I considered it, but then I decided to just...try again! And guess what, it worked out! I think the issue was that I wasn't drawing ON the connections, I was being careful to get between them. Either way, I now have all 18 eggs (minus Lalamon, of course). I have one concern though. I'm concerned about losing my progress if the battery dies. I'd really hate to have to go through all that work again, just because I didn't hit reset before the battery died. Are there any indications I should be on the lookout for? Or is this just a hazard I may have to deal with?I'd say with minimal instructions and watching a video or two, someone using a soldering iron and is at least minimally careful likely has less of a chance of damaging the device than random usage of foil and pencil (moreso if they leave the foil or pencil lead in.)You are definitely smarter than me, I had basically no experience with a soldering iron when I did mine. Bought my iron just for that purpose haha. Managed not to destroy anything!
The V-Pet board is reasonably friendly for new people with a soldering iron overall I think.