Bought myself a Digilent Pmod VGA - looking at the schematic, there is a lot going on, including SN74ALVC245 buffers (for level shifting?):
Looking at VGA boards from OLIMEX & XESS (and putting aside the differences in colour-depth) they are a lot more straight-foward... just some resistors:
Are Digilent over-engineering this? or is there a real danger in just hooking my BlackIce board up to a VGA monitor using only a few resistors?
well, the main difference is that you need precision resistors to have a reasonable colour response and...well...are resistors...you get temperature variations...