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Vega+ Shipping Dates

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017
  • April 2018
  • May 8th - 12th 2018
  • May 12th 2018
  • May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
  • June 15th 2018
  • July 6th 2018

World of Spectrum

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David Levy asleep at the wheel

Director David Levy was supposed to be in charge of obtaining permissions for games to go on the Vega+, but Levy repeatedly failed to do his job as he worked on his other pet projects such as sex robot conferences and amateur chess competitions.

When well-respected members of the community did offer to help or grant permission for games to be used, Levy ignored the requests and delivered the 80 or so Vega+ prototypes without these games on. Instead David Levy and Suzanne Martin bundled a meagre 18 games that were almost exclusively written by Jonathan Cauldwell, with a large number of Egghead titles (Dizzy knock-offs).

In addition to ignoring permissions for the games, Suzanne Martin also passed a message to David accusing Elite Systems boss Steve Wilcox of threatening Lee Fogarty. We cannot tell for sure, but on the World of Spectrum homepage Lee Fogarty has the following message:

Lying Lee Fogarty

Recreated Spectrum App: We are aware that the Recreated Spectrum keyboard no longer has the app supported by Elite. We have a copy here for download for the android version.

— Lee Fogarty

Steve Wilcox threatening Lee Fogarty and ignored games rights

Grant Jaquest permission ignored by David Levy and Suzanne Martin

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Subject: Re: More game permissions?
From: suzanne@suzannemartin.com
To: davidlevylondon@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 10:15:06 AM GMT

Yes he is threatening Lee - see the letter sent our office

Sent from my iPhone

On 12 Mar 2017, at 10:09, David Levy <davidlevylondon@yahoo.com> wrote:

Have we had any contact with Wilcox since the split with Andrews?

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: #####
To: Suzanne Martin <suzanne@suzannemartin.com>
Cc: David Levy <davidlevylondon@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: More game permissions?

Hi Suzanne,

You are welcome!

I assume your "thank you" refers to game "SAM MALLARD", correct? Also can you please confirm if you finally received "PIXEL QUEST 2000"?

I'm contacting many other authors and I should have more games in the next few days. Regarding this subject, did you receive my previous emails? This is what I wrote:

I'm sure I can help obtain several permissions for fairly good Spectrum games for you. I have good credibility among other developers and I'm not making any profit here (or any other personal interest) so most people should consider my contact with different eyes. How many titles do you really need for VEGA+? I'm concerned about asking too many authors for permissions, then finding out there's no room for all of them... So I really need at least a rough number.

I could do a much better work if you could provide a full list of your already approved and denied games, also developers you have already tried to contact and their responses. I assume you keep a complete spreadsheet or something similar? I understand this is very sensitive information so you should be reluctant to share it with me, but you can trust me to keep this information strictly confidential. Many people should be able to vouch for my credibility, ask Lee Fogarty for instance.

Besides my current effort to obtain more game permissions, I have a suggestion for you. I strongly suggest you contact Steve Wilcox at Elite Systems to ask if he would agree to license his classic Spectrum games for VEGA+. Apparently he still owns many great famous games that your target audience will easily recognize. It seems he's not producing the Elite Bluetooth Keyboard anymore so he won't see Retro Computers as competition, and he's currently not selling any of these games thus licensing them for VEGA+ would be a chance for him to make some profit without any effort and with nothing to lose. However you better don't mention my name when you contact him, since I have publicly criticized his project so I rather not get involved in any conversations you may have with him... I hope you understand.

Regards,

#####


 

Vega Copyright holder - permission granted - Grant Jaquest
Gerard Sweeney <gerardsweeney@#####> Aug 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM
To: David Levy,Suzanne Martin

Hi, folks.

Grant Jaquest is onboard.

[Conversation done on Facebook Messenger.]

13/08/17
Hi. Yep no problem. Happy for u to include on the console. If it
generates any revenue pls give to charity.

Email address is grant@#####

--
Gerard Sweeney
Hackers Anonymous/Team Amiga
http://www.the-tipshop.co.uk
and
http://www.worldofspectrum.org/hackersanon

There's a fine line between marketing and hating.
(Dilbert, dilbert.com, 12/04/05)

David Levy asleep at the wheel

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

The drama continues as season 2 begins with the dramatic installation of two new directors. Rumours persist that the drama may be renewed for season 3.
(09/11/2018)

More terrible press for the much maligned console and to make matters worse, Sky have now insisted that the company no longer use the Sinclair name and its related trademarks.
(02/08/2018)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

  • All refunds processed:
  • Roll of honour email:
  • Address confirmation:
  • Battery specification:
  • PEGI certification:
  • Final specs released:
  • Games list released:
  • Finished box design:
  • Manual released:
  • Working website:
  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: ~100-200