MGC 2019 - The True BitBuilt Experience

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So there was a party this last weekend. All 3600 of you were invited but I guess y'all didn't think this was worthy of your attention?

Time to prove you wrong.

This thread is for any and all images relating to MGC, I just don't want a repeat of last year where the images all got put in a private chat to never see the light of day until 11 months later. Front page article coming soon(TM).

Thursday was fun, but I don't have any good pictures. Gman troubleshot everything, people took lots of Fireball shots, and I took a shot at sleeping with cheese (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖).

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Cheese attempted to kill the Waker with his mad Tetris skills. Jokes on him, my dpad sucked so he had to use the 3DS slider.
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One angle of the room shortly after setup on Friday. Lots of sexy portables out there for the world to destroy.
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The Nobble/Postman zone had lots of neat stuff and trinkets to give away.
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Work got started on the G-Wii Friday afternoon. Shank started off by trimming the buttons, and thankfully he messed up on the first batch so we had to use some Madmorda buttons instead.
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The modding corner back when it was organized. Nold worked to swap out the composite screen in the G-Wii for a nicer VGA one, which made his beautiful portable even better. Woodii is a 10/10 portable, had my favorite shoulder buttons out of every portable there by a long shot.
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The button wasn't lying.
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Cheese took a turn at the G-Wii. His job was to wire up the GC+ without t r i g g e r i n g Gman with spaghetti. He delivered on this quite well.
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!wah
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The vendor refused to sell me just the middle section of this poster.
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Two tiny consoles side by side, these were both amazing. Cameo appearance by the N64 3x3 too apparently.
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The modding corner on Saturday. Noah is working on Thank64 revival and Cheese is still under the jurisdiction of Gman's whip as he moves onto securing the batteries in the portable.
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Sneaky picture of Ben Heck. On Friday night he showed up for 3 minutes, yelled "Who wants to go to the bar?", and left for the rest of the night.
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Gman pours out some "extension cord" for everyone soldering. No outside food or drink allowed, so naturally it was only extension cord.
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Noah takes a crack at the G-Wii. HackerBilly is probably doing something with a Virtual Boy.
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Postman and MasterNate discuss the finer points of the ethics of having Wario in a game for children.
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Cheese brought out the Tetris on Saturday night. He curbstomped MasterNate, me, CrashBash, and a couple BenHeck Forums blokes in quick succession.
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Wide shot of the room's setup.
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Shank fields some questions about all the portables. He and CrashBash were the MVPs of MGC, the two of them spent most of Saturday explaining what a portable is to hundreds of people. I don't know who said "original Wii hardware" and "no emulation" more between the two of them, but they were champs regardless.
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Ultra rare photo of Gman doing some work on the G-Wii.
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The BB-Wii after getting all closed up. We were actually able to finish it completely before the end of MGC. It looks really nice, on the insides and outsides. Having a project to work on inside the room was a lot of fun. We'll have to build a purple portable next year though, so I'll get on that.

Not pictured:
-Aurelio :(
-ShockSlayer saying "yeet" 3 times in 30 seconds.
-The dude who got so excited about "GAMECUBES TO GO" that he had to run out of the room and never come back
-A ten year old kid who asked some really good questions about the portables and would probably make a great member right now.
-The group photo. Deebug took the pictures so hopefully it'll show up in here shortly.
-Nold providing everyone with delicious chocolates.
-The train game
-The KillMii or melted PiiWii pocket.(This may the only year that more portables end up in Hawaii than break at MGC. Shank managed to comprise 100% of both camps)

This weekend was a whole lot of fun. I'm really glad I went and look forward to future BitBuilt meetups!
 

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MGC was a major success. Everyone's presentations looked professional and a huge step up from last year. The reception was great, there was a lot of people really interested in what we were doing and I hope some of them join along. None of my portables went up in smoke this year and even the thicc boii survived!

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Last year felt too short so we all arrived by Thursday night and hung out in the hotel breathing soldering fumes

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Shank presumably doing something illegal with those buttons

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I think I speak for most of us when I say that we don't have any friends in our normal life with the same portablizing addiction so being able to work on portables alongside each other is one of the greatest experiences of MGC this year.

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The most interesting piece in the room

I'm so proud of everyone who worked on the BB-Wii. I think almost everyone did some sort of contribution and HackerBilly finished it. I mostly watched the show and only had to step in for troubleshooting twice.

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Shank soldered the bluetooth and actually didn't kill it

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Nold did some beautiful audio wire routing and Doom getting ready to pump it full of hotglue I think

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Just Isopropyl Alcohol in those glasses for cleaning the pcbs

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Praying to Ashen that we don't break it on the last day

I've got a ton more photos of everyone who worked on the BB-Wii, I'll probably put them in a video soon.
 

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Apparently there will be snapped nands at MGC next year ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
 

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After driving through an ice storm probably brought in by the new season of GOT, we arrived on Wednesday to a motel room that greeted us with the most amazing smell of cat piss from every wall, surface, and especially the beds. We decided to set up our workstation and burned a spool of solder to cut the smell a bit.
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Thursday morning we had the true BB breakfast experience from the irl shop. Afterwards we met up with the others in our hotel room for much memeing.
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We stayed in the Hilton this year, a step up from being 5 blocks
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Moriow showed us de we.
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CrashBash represented our collective attitude about PSPs and in my eyes won the "Official Hardware" speech contest.
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POD Experience had the nicest memes and the prettiest artworks!
 
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These are all from Sunday since I was fending off the herds of "Is this a pi?".
Overall I think this MGC was a pretty good success. I for one actually had some form of sleep unlike last year. Was also quite a bit of fun seeing some of the people I to about portabilizing be genuinely interested in it, especially the few kids that seemed smart and might pick it up at some point. Also saw a few people I know from my university who were all interested so I might have pulled some new members there.
Talking to that many people though was tiring between not eating since Friday and being an introvert though lol.

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Everyone from BB signed the the badges of those who had them shortly before Madmorda left.
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Shot of some of the portables on display.

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Wii Boards on display which we used for demonstrating just how far you can go in regards to trimming.

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The WooDii and WiiNano

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I'm not going to lie, I have no clue why there appears to be a laptop MoBo in this case, but man those heatpipes.

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"This thing still works?"

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The state of the table which was the main workspace. Featuring the G-Wii Nearing completion.

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HackerBilly putting in the last 2 screws into the G-Wii
 
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