Game ideas

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geofflove
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So this might be a bit off topic in which case I am happy to remove. However there is a connection as I need some ideas from you clever people....

I’ve just taken delivery of this lovely old Dictograph phone thingy! They don’t seem too rare so while I like to preserve things in their original condition in this case I fancy adding a bit of a twist. It looks lovely to my eyes and I want to do something interesting with it. I considered creating a lamp out of it by adding some bulbs in the mouthpiece and receiver or adding a light above it shining down. However, I also can’t resist all the switches and lights on the front! The 16 switches all have an up and down position and activating one in a row resets the rest in the row. Replacing the receiver resets all switches.

So what can I do? So far I’ve thought of adding an led chaser and leds behind the windows to slowly light them ‘randomly’ as if in operation. Only the second and fourth rows will actually light, the other rows are solid. I also fancy wiring up the buzzer so it sounds when the call switch is activated.

Then I wondered if there was some sort of simple ‘game’ I could create using a combination of the switches and lights. But no ideas yet........

Anyone got any wild thoughts.....?!
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I can only think of the old joke .....

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Love the machine. How about when one particular sequence of, let's say, four switch movements in the correct order causes the phone to ring; when the phone is then answered this causes a new random unknown sequence to be set? :!?!:
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That's an interesting idea. Now, how to do it....?! I guess a single sequence could be done with a few transistors in a chain. To get it changing the sequence I'd have to do something with a Pi or similar. Unless you know differently?
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What about a fortune teller.......you could use the buttons to select some choices.

I remember a few old telephone related fortune tester type machines seen in old arcade pictures. A pair sold at the Elephant years ago, really cheap - £100. :shock:
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Another interesting idea! Thanks
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treefrog wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:43 amyou could use the buttons to select some choices.
Yes, I like that. First set your gender (that's one whole row of switches spoken for these days),
then your date of birth; pick up the phone and hear which gender of tall dark stranger you are about to meet. :lol:
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treefrog wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:43 am What about a fortune teller.......you could use the buttons to select some choices.

I remember a few old telephone related fortune tester type machines seen in old arcade pictures. A pair sold at the Elephant years ago, really cheap - £100. :shock:
I'm all for repurposing machines that otherwise would have fallen by the wayside. I turned one of those EH Tele Fortunes machines into a very unique and whimsical creation.

Once coins are inserted, projected footage of the original US 1953 Kentucky Derby horse race begins on recessed side screens. The lineup of horses and gathering crowds are introduced by the central live race commentator head phones and microphone in place. His eyes light and his head turns. 'Recording' studio lamp lights. The starting bell sounds and the race begins. Then the lower screen opens and a full grandstand crowd of automated race goers is revealed all with heads turning to watch the horses pass. The horses thunder by and the film goes into slow motion as the horses pass the winning post for a photo finish.

Great fun with adults and kids alike, and is very popular.
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Re, The sequence memory game suggestions.
There are some light up memory games that you could probably strip the guts out of and extend the wiring to suit your telephone exchange. Simon Says and Tap-It might be useful donors of parts.
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Moon, that's nuts! :burp: Very imaginative reinventing of a rather boring machine. Please may we see footage of it running now that you've wet our appetite? Once upon a time when I was restoring hundreds of pinball machines and parts we're plenty I started coming up with ideas for my own e/m remakes and add-in/on ideas. Sadly was always too busy restoring something to ever get around to bringing any to reality. That ship sailed a long time ago over here as prices for any pins are crazy nowadays.
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