Hi @tamorgen - sorry for the reply to your old post (ignore if you've solve this already - or perhaps it's valuable still).
Have you looked at the Reactor Plugin for Vera? (it's on Github too - by Patrick Rigney aka Rigpapa from the Vera Forums). I believe it runs on OpenLUUP as well if you were external to Vera.
There are example use case videos on Youtube for it.
It is a logic engine for LUUP - (if/then/else/and/or/not/timers). You can react to any variable or device state. (ie if door not locked, lock it, then unlock it). You can chain actions or conditions together as well.
This was probably done in the past with PLEG, but I was never fond of PLEG so I wrote some conditional stuff directly in LUA, but since Reactor came along - it's so powerful, lightweight and a no brainer to use.
I'm probably going to write some battery monitoring and door state monitoring with MySensors with it shortly.
@nagelc thank you for directing me to the log parser. It helped me to understand that my issue caused by lack of INCLUSION_MODE messages that is easily solved by uncommenting MY_INCLUSION_MODE_FEATURE in my gateway sketch.
The second part of the question stays valid. I realize that choosing the "right" controller is much more than choosing the controller that works good with MySensors. Anyway, I appreciate any personal experience on that.
@urbanus in your wiring, did you flip around the leds? (i.e. did you connect the longer pin to the gpio pins instead of to vcc?
With your wiring, are the leds on when there is no traffic?
My guess is that you have reversed the connections. Which is fine, but by default the leds will be on.