OK. So, I have ordered up my PAL-1 with Motherboard and 2nd RIOT (hit the budget limit or I would have ordered everything).
My question is how do y'all suggest I proceed, when I get the package?
By way of background, I've only done one other soldering job (Oscar Vermeulen's PiDP-11), so you can call me a newb when it comes to putting together hardware. You can think of me as more of a programmer - tons of experience with tons of languages on tons of platforms :) who is just now getting around to machine language. I've taken on the 6502 as a hobby at this point. I read up on the processor, grabbed an Apple Virtua][, then Vice, then Oscar's KIM-1 Uno, and lately Han's KIM-1 simulator, all in an attempt to get closer and closer to the hardware. Finally, I decided to get some hardware to play with and the PAL-1 looked good.
In preparation for the momentous occasion of turning it on, I started reading every KIM-1 source on the planet - with Hans's collection of books, that's a lot of culling through different texts to find just the right one... well more like a handful. In case some other newb comes rolling along, here's what I found to be most helpful, in order:
KIM-1 User Manual
MCS6500 Microcomputer Family Programming Manual
MCS6500 Microcomputer Family Hardware Manual
Don Lancaster's Micro Cookbook Volumes 1 and 2 (2's online in two parts)
Microcomputer Experimentation with the MOS Technology KIM-1 by Lance Leventhal
Anyhow, I'm curious what y'all would recommend by way of getting started with the actual PAL-1. Put it all together at once (PAL-1, MB, 2nd RIOT) and then what? or Do PAL-1, do stuff for a while and then do the 2nd RIOT. Do the labs from the books first, then games, or jump in and start downloading games to it?