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GM RIG 1.0 - The Project!

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: GM RIG 1.0 - The Project! Reply with quote

So I have been thinking for a while that Id like to make my own GM Rig just for Roleplaying.

I see others have tackled the whole "portable table" with big LCD displays etc but I want a budget yet practical GM rig.

The plan is to make the GM station on a shoe string budget, The thing needs to run only 3 peices of software, Maptools, DM Genie & My Info! so I think thats eay enough to do with 3 screens and 1 extra output for running a projector if I need one.

I own my own house now and when we brought it I managed to (This translates to "She let me think I won") win my own full time gaming room... I have 2 big solid trestal tables and router etc but finally its time to make the GM rig...

This post will follow my great adventure (with photos)... I'll also include costs...

This means that I want 3 screens at once and I want an Unobstructed view to my players, If you imagine a star trek consol... Thats what this rig will look like, Im hoping that over the next 3-4 weeks I can complete this project. (Especially now that Ive finished putting my workshop together)

Things I have so far

  • $Free * PC: - Quad Core, 8 GB Ram, 8800 GT Grahpics Card
  • $Free * 17" Screen x 1 - My mate had an ASUS laying around
  • $Free * 15" Screen x 2 - My mate had two matching IBMs aying around
  • $4 * Cup Holder
  • $14 * 80mm Fans x2 (For keeping the monitors cool)
  • $12 * 80mm Skullwinf Fan Covers x2 (For looking cool!)
  • $Free * 12 Volt Power Adaptor to run fans
  • $86 * USB 2.0 UGA resolved


No Longer Needed

  • $18 * AGP Graphics Card - Brought a 2nd hand one (Will Be resold)
  • Graphics Card x 1 (PCI) - (USB 2.0 UGA resolved)
  • Power supply x 1 (To run the Fans)
  • $Free * PC: - I have a with 2 GB Ram that I got a few weeks from a mate (Giving it to a new home, Using my Main PC)


Things I still need

  • Timber


Anyway... Some of the parts arrived this week, When I get home tonight I'll post the concept Pics I have done in "Sketchup".

I discovered that the AGP card Graphics card I brought does not like windows... So rather than fight with it I brought a brand new USB 2.0 UGA, It arrived today and I tested on my work PC and it works mint! This will now be placed on the back of my normal PC at home with will give my required 3rd Monitor output. (It cost mme $87 NZ Dollars, So will likley be the biggest cost of the project)

The Spare PC I have and had air marked for this project is going to a new home, I cant be bothered messing round with it... To old for that! lol





Anyway, stay tuned for more developments Smile

If you have suggestions please feel free to suggest things. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KA-POW!

Here are the images of the Screens I have, The Sketch up model and the current table layout!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it!

How mobile is it? Can you push it to one side for less demanding games?

Cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to to place handles on it for moving round, but as I tend to GM only games that really benifit from a min of 2 screens.. IE: 1 for Data and one for Maps/Handouts Smile

Guess we will see, Id want to get kool Brass hanfdles if I did Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it looks as though construction should begin this weekend and tonight I'll head down and grab the Timber, Hinges and Screws....

Today the last part of hardware I needed and had to source arrived... That being the below. If you ever want Wall mounts... I fully recommend this company, they had the mounts to me within 24 hours!


Link: http://www.computerstore.co.nz/LCD-WMB301.aspx

I am still waiting on the Wirless adaptor for my PC but thats nothing to do wit the rig, Its just So I have Internet. (Im not keen to run 50 Meters of Cable yet, lol)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pics of the weekends work, I am about 13rd done... If I wasnt gaming Id have got further,

Will post more Pics during the week. Smile








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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking pretty awesome man. Now all you need is a red button linked to a trapdoor to dispose of lippy players, and a fluffy white cat. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

White Cat... CHECK!
RED Button... HmmMmMmmM

Last night I started work on the Front, But then I ran outta bracing but once I have more of that its back to work Smile

Im hoping to have a lot of it done this weekend as I havent got a lot on this weekend Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More work completed tonight, The front and top went on. The top was a bit crazy to cut but thats all good... Next stage will be the internal pillars Smile












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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do you need three screens, btw?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 for Maptools
1 for PDFS
1 for Excel

We all use laptops and Maptools for our games, I hate cleaning up and painting figures
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres some pics of it running]
















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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the cup holder! Are you going to mount that bottle opener? Any plans for an underslung beer fridge?
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