Thanks very much for the reply adafruit_support_bill. Yes, I surmised as much as well. However, I should have been a bit more clear. What I am unsure about is how I'll have to modify the LPD8806 library to get it to work with the Esplora. Do I even need to do anything to said library? Seems like I am having some initial errors with my sketch not being able to identify said library. Even though I have the LPD8806 folder, so kindly provided by you guys, copied in the correct folder hierarchy.
Also, is it just me, or are there changes to the coding style between the Arduino 0021 and Arduino 1.0.4 releases? I've noticed some differences in the way the code is written in the examples provided for both the LED belt kit and the Esplora. Or is that just due to different peoples preferences?
So in reality I should have asked for any and all coding tips anyone might be able to muster to help me out with this little pet project. I have a much clearer understanding of the hardware in use; sadly the most critical part, the programming of said hardware, is still almost like magic to me.