Hello! Before answering questions, I must thank you from deep in my heart. Your efforts have blown me away.
Exactly, players are simultaneously playing.
Unlike a pinball machine with only a single player, everyone plays at the same time until there is a winner.
So, the handle is pulled and shoots the ball up, it bounces on rubber bumpers but the bumpers do nothing.
Think of them like the bumper rails on a pool table.
Gravity takes over and the ball drops into one of two lanes. One lane has two rollover switches, the other lane has three.
The ball rolls over each switch and the light advances.
Since the lights are programmable, (remember I really don't know much about all this so if it sounds dumb, sorry) couldn't one switch be used to advance the lights two or three lights depending on which of 2 switchs is activated instead of using 5 switches?
Less parts to buy, less to wear out.
As the lights advance, they reach the "Final Stretch".
Question, can the lights in the final stretch be programmed to advance one light using the same switches instead of two or three lights? Basically slowing down the leaders so others can catch up?
Do I need to cut the string (or can I cut it?) or is it one long string zig zagging back and forth?
It seems to me that the lights then have to be coded backwards for every other player. Is it more efficient to cut the string, add three lengths of long wire to start the string for those players at the start instead of backwards coding them? It seems simpler for the coding? Am I perceiving this correctly?
Next question: after enlarging the picture of the board, I discovered there are 30 lights for each player to light. 24 lights during the race and then six lights for the Final Stretch.
If I reproduce the game exactly like the picture, there are 18 players. I'm reproducing something that no longer exists. I may donate this to an arcade museum after I leave this world, that means all 18 players for a faithful reproduction. How much power will this take?
Can the Espruino handle that many players?
If not, what is the number of players that can play on one board and what power supply should I purchase to run all of it?
Can I use a power supply like those used for a pc upgrade with a powerful graphics card. I think this is a compatible solution but I'm guesstimating here.
Do you have a way I can call or you can call me. I think verbally communicating might help on the game operation. Everything for the coding and building should stay here on the forum.
As I'm on my cell, I can't see the pictures Robin posted. My eyes are old and its hard to watch them. The pc at home is much easier to see.
I may add more comments this afternoon when I get home. A real keyboard and big screen.