- I came up with a sketch of the Asteroids pyramid ("MARCH into space")
exhibit for InfoAge's Halloween tour.
It's going to be around 20 feet on each bottom edge. We will make the
frame out of 1" PVC. I went to Home Depot to look around, and found that
10-ft. sections of 1" PVC are strong (they don't sag more than an inch
or two when you hold them in the middle) and, best of all, they only
cost $3.24 each.
There will be several cross-members for structural support, the whole
thing will be covered with black tarps, and it'll be weighted down with
cinder blocks over each corner of the frame so it does not blow away. :)
Rather than going from outside directly into our asteroid field, people
will wind their way inside via a dark maze of plywood. InfoAge already
has that part pretty much ready to go. This way, the experience will
gradually fade into darkness, until you're inside the pitch-black
chamber ... with the videogame Asteroids! projected all around you.
You'll follow LED rope lights toward the door, through a small tunnel
(where you'll see a cool-looking sign: "Visit www.midatlanticretro.org
to learn about your MARCH into space,") and then out to the next tour
The person running the event for InfoAge approved the plan and approved
up to $200 to build it.
Big thank-you to Mark "OS/2 Man" D. for offering to let us borrow his
LED portable projector. It's only 3 lbs., and there aren't any worries
about producing too much heat or busting an expensive bulb.
We'll have someone in MARCH (Dan R.?) make a looping video of Asteroids,
using the 2600 version (because the solid-color asteroids will look
better than the hollow arcade cabinet version.)
We'll connect the projector to a small PC (InfoAge has a million of
them). This way, all we have to do is leave instructions for someone to
plug in the rope lights, boot the PC, and open the video file. Done!
After the Halloween event is done, InfoAge will have a bunch of PVC to
use however it wishes.
I will start gathering supplies and building this, on-site at InfoAge,
during the next couple of weeks.
It may not be "scary" in the traditional Halloween sense, but it's going
to be really frigging cool!!
- From: Evan Koblentz
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 3:17 PM
>After the Halloween event is done, InfoAge will have a bunch of PVC toWill you be using PVC pipe for Maker Faire?
>use however it wishes.