Hi all, not sure if there is a thread like this yet and I guess most people interested in it will have probably been there and done it, but I guess this is my take on it as amoderately computer literate person. Also not sure if emulation belongs in this section, pretty sure it does. A while back I borrowed a raspberry pi 3 from a mate and had a quick play with retropie, then gave it back. recently I got one of my own (RS componets was cheaper than anybody on ebay interestingly) and started setting it up with a view to getting everything running before moving on to building a cabinet etc. As I'm a frugalist I just got the pi and powersupply from RS, then a case for a few bucks from ebay and a 3.5mm to 3 x RCA A/V Composite Cable from ??? somewhere cheap. (Red is video!) so I could test it with a free TV I obtained, then reused an old class 2 16 gig SD card. I have a joystick and some arcade buttons (I love concave top arcade buttons for some reason) so ordered another joystick and more buttons plus two "zero delay" USB encoders which I came accross looking for something cheaper than buying another pi3 (looking at you IPAC) So far I've found: setting it up is pretty easy the raspberry pi works much better than I thought, either it works out of the box or it will download what it needs. I thought I would have to install a bunch of crap to get it to work with the TV but it worked as soon as I plugged the correct wrong colored plug into the TV (apparently if you plug in HDMI at the same time it will just display on HDMI) I thought the sound was a bit low on the TV but this was just the output gain setting which was easily fixed. Getting a PS3 wireless bluetooth control to work was quite straightforward once I figured out how to spell things right in the one or two lines I needed to write into wherever You can install KODI so it launches from inside the retropie menu, thought I would have to bugger around with dual booting or something, seems to work great so far. As far as the cabinet goes I've wanted to have a cocktail format one for a while, but have the option to display it on a wall mounted TV (pretty straightforward) Probably start with 6 buttons, would prefer 2 (for my ~5YO son to use at least) but the button mapping isn't consistent on the PS3 controller between systems. Elvis mentioned it the other day (or some time ago) but this is an excellent resource for button layouts http://www.slagcoin.com/joystick/layout.html I have half an idea how to make a cheap coin mech too, will basically just be a slot with a microswitch behind it but it will make the right noise when the coins pass through. I will add links for the above stuff if anyone is interested, to quote the flight of the conchords "I thought this was going to be easy, but it turned out to be even easier than I thought it would be" so give it a go if you are on the fence. I'm sure there are some hard bits waiting for me to run into too.