I aquired an old q-berts quest pinball playfield from the local pinball people and decided that i wanted to turn it into a coffee table. Bear in mind it was the playfield only, with a heap of components and wires etc on it. These wires had all been unceremoniously chopped off where they would have gone into the cabinet to be controlled/powered etc.
(the playfield as i got it)
Initially all i wanted to do was control the lights so i could plug my coffee table in and have it light up. From there it grew into a desire to control the lights using code. I found the pinmame-hw site (http://membres.lycos.fr/regismalt/) and started playing around with electronics and things, and it kind of just grew from there.
As i get around to writing more - ill go through all the different stages of the project to date, how I accomplished them and any problems/issues I had to overcome.