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A stylish, retro, and fun arcade cabinet for your Raspberry Pi, Mini-ITX, Pandaboard, or other mini PC from the makers of Pibow
A stylish, retro, and fun arcade cabinet for your Raspberry Pi, Mini-ITX, Pandaboard, or other mini PC from the makers of Pibow
625 backers pledged £74,134 to help bring this project to life.

Pitchforks and Prejudice

So, since Gamestick made the BBC news today (thanks for the heads-up nickr), this update is public so everyone knows where Picade is, and that PlayJam aren't the only ones who got delayed in the games Kickstarter space :-)

We'd not going to judge, life's too short, but we do want you to understand how it relates to the Picade.

Personally I can say that when we were sure the Feb shipping date was looking dangerously optimistic we were shitting bricks about letting y'all know. As it happened, after feeling quite unwell and stressed for a couple of days, we bit the bullet, and you were all really nice about it. Thanks.

We hope you understand how much we love the Picade at Pimoroni. To keep things clear, here's the position as we see it:

1) Backers come first. We will make your Picades and PCBs first, and make them beautiful before we even *think* about Picade beyond Kickstarter. We're doing this for the love of making something fun and good, and that chunk of cash to the right puts an obligation on us that we're well aware of.

2) Keeping in touch and open about what we're doing and why is part of the KS process for us, involving you in the design and building process. We're far from excellent at it, and you guys have been really understanding about things and given us a kick up the arse when we need it. We also realise your patience is not infinite. I think we'll start shipping units late May as things stand. Jon reckons June, which leads to...

3) This is where we are RIGHT THIS SECOND:

  • I've made 3/4 cabinets for the screen sizes we've narrowed down to for Maxi. I'll hook them up and do the long promised screen update which will kick off the ORDERING A BOATLOAD OF LCDs stage of Picade which is holding things up. Est: Thu/Fri realtime
  • We have suppliers for decals, wood, buttons, nuts, bolts, wires & connectors, joysticks, fixing joints and acrylic all sewn up and the paint finish now has a Plan A and a Plan B (do it ourselves)
  • Jon has the PCBs, which are on Rev 4 and almost working nicely. PCB design is *hard*. We have making and assembling PCBs sorted, and a Plan B if that turns out to not be the case suddenly due to subbies.
  • We need to work out how we're shipping the Picade out so it arrives in the expected 100-odd pieces, rather than 150 or 200.

Any other questions we have on our todo list (nickr and others gave us a list of stuff) will be in that update, as is 'usual' now.

Any immediate concerns or questions, let us know in the comments. As Frasier says 'I'm listening...'.

And on a personal note, we wish the PlayJam peeps luck in making the Gamestick happen in a big way. I like the idea of a games marketplace with a bunch of open, more friendly consoles like the Ouya, GameJam and Pi :-)

- Paul & Jon

*Yes, we moved the workshop around again. Storage is king :-)

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    1. Matt Charlton on April 9, 2013

      I'd rather wait until next year and get the Picade in the most amazing format it can be than get something that neither the backers nor yourselves are happy with.

      Step back, take your time, make it perfect. When it's ready, it's ready.

      At this point, late May/June is better for me anyway :)

      Just try and keep the updates semi-regular so we can see what's going on, this isn't about checking up on you - we're just interested to see the evolution of the product we're all very excited about. We've not just invested in the Picade, we've invested in you guys. Fully. You have my complete support :)

    2. Daniel Mackey on April 9, 2013

      Pimoroni, TRUST ME, I KNOW I'll love my "Christmas present" for sure. After Christmas I explained to the wife and kids why I only wanted $$ for Christmas. The wife thought I was being a geek again..... but she is correct ROFL.

      Me and my daughter will be putting this together as a team, we both have worked on Jamma board arcade controls before, we made a piece of plywood with holes in it for buttons and joysticks, tested all the switches and then wired it up, she just turned 13 and had a blast helping and learning and then PLAYING the RASTAN and P.O.W games we have.

    3. Pimoroni Ltd 2-time creator on April 9, 2013

      Heya Daniel - really glad you're enjoying/supporting our approach to things :-)

      We setup this Kickstarter to fund and support the entire development process from concept to finished product. Obviously we had a rough idea of unit costs based on some checking before we set the backer levels but the idea was to expose (and fund) the entire process of researching, developing, and producing Picade from start to finish in the open with the support of all you guys.

      We believe that this is the Kickstarter way (i.e. not just a store front for finished concepts).

      LCD panels are hard to source because there are tons to choose from (we've tested something like 20-30 different units now) and each have their pros and cons. What we didn't want to do was just grab the first panels that seemed kinda ok and go with them - we really wanted to find the best possible option for Picade based on quality, price, mounting, and driver boards. Of course we've also had to do it twice because we need to find them for both Picade and Picade Mini!

      We really hope you love your Christmas present when it arrives! :-)

    4. Daniel Mackey on April 9, 2013

      Thanks for the great and honest update. I love hearing how you guys go about doing things and the troubles you have in the design process and the fixes you come up with. Awesome.

      One thing that has been on my mind though, not a complaint or anything but why wasn't most of the design work,screen testing etc not done before the Kickstarter kicked off?

      I'm really looking forward to the Picade. It's the most money I have kicked in for any of the Kickstarters I've backed. I used all the money my wife and kids gave me for Christmas to back this. Keep up the great work guys, loving it.

    5. Bob Smith on April 9, 2013

      Later actually works for me. On the road a lot with work.

    6. Craig Howe on April 9, 2013

      Happy with the honest update. Obviously, I'd prefer it if it came in on time but I work for the MoD, whose equipment suppliers are hardly paragons of timeliness themselves (BAE Systems I'm looking at you!) At least with KS we - the backers - don't have to cough any more cash, unlike the MoD... Just given me a great idea for our next round of military kit procurement though..

      Slight topic drift there, sorry. Anyway, I'm sure we'd all rather get a good bit of kit, well made, well designed and actually works than rushing to meet an artificial deadline imposed before you'd even started designing or speccing the thing in the first place. As a Pebble backer, I'm currently running on an 8 month slip to initial delivery estimate (and I still don't have it) - so do I moan on the forum? No I don't - it won't make it arrive any quicker. All we ask for is to be kept in the loop as often as possible; we as backers want to be as much part of your journey, warts and all, and that's why we love Kickstarter. Keep up the good work!

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      nickr on April 9, 2013

      I appreciate the amount of love you guys are putting into this and I'm another one who is happy to wait until it's right. It's good of you to post this though in case people did start having concerns, especially off the back of some of these reports coming out in mainstream media. I for one was totally thrown by the reaction to Playjam since I understand why they are doing what they're doing, but I guess each to his own. I've recently dabbled in PCB design btw and I feel your pain! Keep it up!

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      Paul Reynolds on April 9, 2013

      Yup, to echo earlier comments I'm happy you're taking the time to get it right. It's been built from near enough scratch and is (afaik) a completely unique thing. It's bound to take time and it's not like I could have got one from somewhere else :)

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    10. Giulio Alè on April 9, 2013

      It's just a matter of time, a little more. Keep on guys, you still rock the scene. We trust you :-)

    11. Paradiso Shlee on April 9, 2013

      Thanks for the update... there is a huge difference between delays and "rescheduling". Regardless, the communication between your team and the kickstarter backers has been excellent.

      Keep us in the loop and you will be fine. I really want my Picade tomorrow, but I'm willing to handle delays for the greater good.