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Electric Bass Lessons – Louisville CO

While there are thousands of resources online for learning to play the electric bass, the one thing these resources cannot give you is feedback. This is where a private bass teacher can help you. My name is Webb Pickersgill.  I have been playing the...

MAME – Design and Plans

Any time I start a new project, I always love going out and doing research.  A huge win was discovering the Build Your Own Arcade Controls website, dedicated to people who had already built MAME cabinets, and resources with how to find anything you need to...

MAME – Cabinet Cutting

Measuring it Out First step was to get the wood. I got 2 pieces of 3/4" MDF 4x8' which would be used mostly for the sides of the cabinet, the floorboards, and other parts that needed thicker support. MDF is "Medium Density Fiberboard" which is one grade...

MAME – Cabinet Assembly

First order of business was to measure out and mark where all of the 2x2 supports would be attached. I figured that the kickboard was 3" and the casters I got should be mounted 2 1/4" recessed. So I measured in 2 1/4" and clamped in the first 2x2 support....

MAME – Control Panel

The control panel is one of the core aesthetic reasons I decided to make a cabinet.  The control panel is your physical interface to the games; the joysticks, trackball and buttons. My design for the control panel was so that it could be easily removed and...

MAME – Finishing Touches

First Computer System The first computer I put in was an old Pentium system I had sitting around.  Specs: Compaq Pentium 166MMX with onboard video 64MB of RAM SBLive soundcard 2x CD-ROM 17" monitor Not a powerhorse by any means, but it sure does play a mean game of...

Sharon’s Crazy Cool Kid Lunches

My wife Sharon is ... awesome. For years I worked as a freelance filmmaker. Over those years, Sharon and I worked very hard to be frugal and yet still have fun. Going out to lunch was a rare treat, particularly with 3 ravenous kids. So she did the only thing an...

Mysterium DIY Box Insert

Mysterium is a super-fun cooperative board game where a ghost tries to communicate with psychics to identify who murdered the unsettled ghostly victim.  While a ton of fun to play, often board games of this complexity require setup time that is burdensome and can be a...

Technology Agreement For Kids

When I was growing up in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia, life was pretty simple. We were free to roam the neighborhood, and happy to play with our friends until the sun went down. My Mom would ring a cowbell which I could hear from blocks away, the audible...

Dead of Winter – DIY Box Insert

Over the past two years, I’ve really gotten into the resurgence of board games and I enjoy playing them with my kids. One of the games we bought that is super fun to play, is Dead of Winter.   My kids would want to play a game, but it would take a good 15 minutes to...

DIY Wood Dungeon Master Screen

Playing D&D is more than just a game, it's an experience. When I DM a session, I want my players to be engaged with the storytelling. I like adding visual elements when I can, like hand-outs, special artwork, character and monster tents. For the longest time I was...

10 Reasons Your Kids Should Play D&D

I was at the prime young age of 12, and the big rage in middle school was this new game called "Dungeons & Dragons.” The problem? My wonderful conservative Mom was concerned with all of the satanic looking monsters, so she didn’t let me play. I didn't put up much more...

DIY D&D Dice Box

Why do my dice seem to enjoy landing on the floor?  Despite how careful I am, they seem to have a mind of their own.  When they do run amok, it's always an awkward situation... do you try to read the roll from the floor?  Or do you re-roll on the table?  Or better...

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