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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

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Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Louise Martin aka Suzanne Martin, convicted of fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of the controlled drug Cannabis resin
Suzanne Martin is the current director and MD of Retro Computers Ltd and also mans the PR department. According to C. Rook's blog of 'interesting' people (where criminal conviction certificate 870086 for Suzanne Louise Martin has been posted), Suzanne Martin was born on the June 14th 1967 and was convicted on April 30th 1987 for "being knowingly concerned in a fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a controlled drug: Cannabis resin".

Suzanne Martin has not deemed it necessary to react to or deny the allegations on the C. Rook blog page.

Here is a collection of quotes from Suzanne Martin regarding the Vega+ crowdfunding campaign, which raised more than £500,000 in crowdfunding. The Indiegogo campaign's promise was to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+  in the UK, and to prepare for the second production run. Over to Suzanne...

 

Suzanne Martin on ringfenced backer funds

Monday 28th November 2016: "It’s safe. It was ringfenced from the beginning and anything you hear otherwise is completely untrue."

Thursday 16th March 2017: While Martin denied to The Register that the £500,000 from backers had been spent on legal fees, she said that the money had instead been spent on "starting from scratch".

 

Suzanne Martin on refunds

Friday 10th March, 2017: "We have never refused to refund a backer."

Tuesday 28th March, 2017: "We haven't refused - but this isn't the place to request a refund. If you have requested a refund through the legitimate channels we are working our way through those."

(As of today's date, there is a post containing 192 people that have asked for a refund and been refused or ignored, with approximately a dozen backers refunded so far.)

 

Suzanne Martin on progress of refunds

Discussing when backers that have asked for a refund would get one (Tuesday 28th March, 2017): "We posted earlier today about several of our email accounts being spammed - We are working through them and estimate this will take up to 14 days. For those saying we should just delete those messages - that isn't an option."

 

Suzanne Martin on delivery dates

Monday 28th November, 2016: "We've opted to stop giving delivery dates until we are 110 per cent certain that we are going to meet them."

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017 (March 31st 2017)
  • Summer 2017 (June 21st - September 22nd 2017)
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017

 

Suzanne Martin Campaign Owner

Paul Andrews and Chris Smith resigned from Retro Computers Ltd on Friday 8th April, 2016 and the resignations were reported in Retro Computing News five days later. The campaign owner information as shown at various dates throughout the campaign:

Monday 15th February, 2016

Campaign Owner’s Name: Paul Andrews
Campaign Owner’s Email: retrocomputersltd@gmail.com
Website: http://retro-computers.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retrocomputersltd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sinclairzxvega

Friday 3rd February, 2017:

Campaign Owner’s Name: Suzanne Martin
Campaign Owner’s Email: retrocomputersltd@gmail.com
Website: http://retro-computers.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retrocomputersltd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sinclairzxvega

Monday 17th April, 2017:

Campaign Owner’s Name: PAUL ANDREWS
Campaign Owner’s Email: retrocomputersltd@gmail.com
Website: http://retro-computers.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retrocomputersltd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sinclairzxvega

Friday 18th August, 2017:

Campaign Owner’s Name: PAUL ANDREWS
Campaign Owner’s Email: retrocomputersltd@gmail.com
Website: http://retro-computers.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retrocomputersltd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sinclairzxvega

Multiple concerned backers have contacted Indiegogo to inform them that Paul Andrews is not the current campaign owner:

 

Vega+ In Production?

Contractor/RCL spokesman Lee Fogarty has claimed to have seen the devices in production back in April 2016, also saying "manufacturing is full steam ahead" on the World of Spectrum forums. On Saturday 8th April 2017 a backer talking to Suzanne said "I hope it goes into production" and Suzanne Martin replied "It will...."

Thursday 10th August, 2017: In an article in The Register, "The firm told El Reg a few months ago that it would go into production in July, something it now admits it has not done."

 

Suzanne Martin on the box design

Box design finalised months ago

Watermarked JetPac image ripped from classic-retro-games.com

Wednesday 29th March, 2017: "We have had the box design(s) for months", and in a separate comment "it was finalise months ago...." (sic)

Tuesday 15th August, 2017: "We posted a pic of the box a few weeks back - but we have actually decided to tweak the design since then. So I'll see what I can come up with."

 

Suzanne Martin discussing deleting comments

"True. It’s not something we do lightly. Much of what has been deleted is rude, multiple posts (sometimes over 100), attacks on other backers and offensive. Some of it comes from elements that are not only known to us, but to Indiegogo as trollers and spammers. We’ve worked closely with Indiegogo over what we should do and are only deleting posts that break their community guidelines, after confirming with Indiegogo that it was the right course of action."

Friday 10th March 2017: "We aren't deleting any comments - but we are aware of a number of bugs."

As an aside, Lee Fogarty said in a private message on Facebook on February 10th 2017 "They can't delete comments either because Andrews complained to indiegogo that his trolls were having comments deleted so they removed the ability for rcl to do it".

On Thursday 31st August, 2017, 4 days worth of comments from Daniel Newby were deleted and Daniel's account disabled.

 

Suzanne Martin on courier deliveries

On Monday 13th March, 2017 Suzanne Martin posted a message on Facebook regarding the delivery of 20-30 prototype Vega+ units by the courier company Parcelforce. RCL had apparently paid extra to ensure a Saturday delivery took place so the units could be photographed and videoed:

"On Saturday we planned to post some images and footage of the Red, White and Blue units. Unfortunately, they were sent back to the depot by the courier company. They are back out for delivery this morning, and if they are successfully delivered we can collect them this evening, and we will be able to post some footage and or stills tomorrow."

 

Suzanne Martin quotes

"A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on."

"We're really excited about this."

"We will deliver. It will be brilliant."

"In the meantime, don’t believe everything you read elsewhere on the internet."

"This remains a labour of love for all involved and we are passionate about exceeding your expectations."

"All our rights in this matter are reserved."

"Moving forward we will not be updating on a Friday as a rule. RCL"

"That is not Retro Computers Address RCL"

"We have just up loaded some footage to edit.... this will take time."

"Our Vega+ babies look great... but please give us a chance to give them the Hollywood treatment they deserve..."

"no that is a photoshopped blue line - well done for spotting it"

"Please don't swear"

"Any infringement of this will be notified to the relevant authorities, Police and or enforcements agencies in the relevant jurisdiction."

"You are in breach of community guidelines and please stop spamming the comments section"

"Deliberately sharing malicious, false and unsubstantiated content is not only a breach of community guidelines it may constitute a number of criminal offences. We again ask you to cease all contact with RCL personnel and to refrain from sharing what is clearly malicious material."

"There will be a rabbit... we are still here. The rumours are just that....rumours"

"We apologise for the foul mouth rants from a small group of people"

"Yes please feel free to these are images from FB so Copyright Free"

"Chill out Daniel...."

"Don't call me Baby!"

Suzanne Martin PR consultant and supposed journalist, fraudster and criminal

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Video

Finally Lee bites the hand that feeds him with a sensational series of online tirades against his former masters.
(14/11/2017)

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
  • Prototypes made: 20-30