Laser challenge All kidding about etching of eldritch runes aside, if I had a laser cutter I would used it to expand the sorts of things I make, foc...
The instruction manual for each of the MANY munchkin series of card games always includes a phrase like "you will need a 10 sided die for each player or some other device to keep score."
10 sided dice are not hard to find in my house, but I took this as a challenge to make my own device to keep score. I created this electronic score keeper that also doubles as a box for transporting a subset of my family's munchkin collection. The box can keep track of each player's score and notify everyone when someone wins.
This device is not limited to keeping score in munchkin games of course. It will keep score for 1 to 4 players (sitting anywhere they like around the box) ranging from a score of -9 to 99 for each one.
Even if you don't need a munchkin score keeper, this article might still be of value to anyone interested in:
How to use a max7219 chip to drive up to 8 seven segment LED displays with just a few pins of your microcontroller.
How to recover from minor flaws in a board.
Re-purposing parts of obsolete electronics, and make a virtue out of pack-rat-ery.
Of course, if I had my own laser cutter, the box would be much more ornate and even more munchkiny. I would craft my own custom box and burn artwork both silly and terrifying in its sides. Players would be advised to keep their gaze fixed on the score lest they be driven mad by the terrible runes seared in its facets.*
Please vote for this this article in the laser challenge so that I can realize that ambition, and perhaps stop the dreams coming.
For more of my thoughts on what I would do if I won the epilog laser challenge, please see the notes at the end.
* Perhaps we play munchkin Cthulhu a bit too much.