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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

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Thursday 22nd March, 2018

George Cropper releases a new video called THE VEGA+ V2 - DEAD MAN WALKING?

A backer notices that the twitter account Aaron E Mowse has been suspended. A backup of the account from March 19th contains 5 tweets, including why the Anon y Mouse was originally suspended.

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Friday 23rd March, 2018

Gareth Corfield publishes an article called Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices. Highlights of the article:

  • Yet more financial claims are piling up against failing ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm Retro Computers Ltd, with the company's former web fixer threatening to sue over allegedly unpaid invoices.
  • One-time contractor Lee Fogarty, who performed a range of roles including web dev and organiser of product testing, has told The Register that he intends to sue RCL over £599 of unpaid invoices.
  • Fogarty showed The Register a copy of a letter he sent to RCL chairman Dr David Levy, headed "Final letter before commencing legal action". The sum due was broken down as £500 for the original, overdue, invoice with the rest being accrued interest.
  • "I may also commence insolvency proceedings," warned Fogarty in his letter, adding to us that the invoice related to "consultancy" work.
  • On behalf of RCL, Levy told El Reg: "Far from owing Lee Fogarty money, RCL paid Lee in advance for work he has either not delivered or was not of an acceptable commercial standard. He received £14,000 from RCL and we have nothing useful to show for it."
  • RCL's chairman also alleged that Fogarty had "defaced" the firm's website after his departure.
  • The Companies House listing for RCL shows that its accounts are nearly two months late, having been due on 31 January 2018.

David Levy's reply to The Register all but confirms that the leaked bank statements from 2017 are real when he admits that £14,000 was paid to Lee. This figure is the same as what Lee has previously stated he received and also matches the figure on the bank statements.

George Cropper releases his 42nd video on the Vega+ debacle, this time called THE VEGA+ - SUED BY FORMER EMPLOYEE ??

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Saturday 24th March, 2018

Lee Fogarty posts on the Indiegogo campaign:

Lying Lee Fogarty

If there are any backers that have genuinely started court proceedings and need a witness statement and supporting evidence from the software consultant, you know where to find me. I will also try as much as possible to attend court if required.

Please try to keep it relevant as I have a *lot* of documents that will be on a case by case basis. Mostly they will show ignored advice and requests to update backers, and follow a pattern but every case will be different.

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty offers witness statement to people taking David Levy/RCL to court

A new twitter account called @RealFogartyLee appears and also tweets a similar message (backup available):

 

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Tuesday 3rd April, 2018

An article appears on That Retro Video Gamer called 27 days left. The article questions why there have been no updates or photos of the 10,000 devices that have supposedly been manufactured, and the subsequent account suspension and deletion of all posts by the author on the RCL facebook page

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Saturday 7th April, 2018

RCL managing director Suzanne Martin is active on Twitter, but unfortunately for backers Suzanne returns to report tweets rather than to update backers on the progress of the Vega+ and refund requests.

Former RCL supporter Preston Thomas releases a 33 minute video called The Sound Off - The Spud Speaks on his channel The Tater Tuber. The video talks about Preston's mistake of supporting the scammers Retro Computer Ltd, being tagged with the #zxvega hashtag on Twitter, his final apology for assisting in the Vega+ scandal and his reason for refusing to quit the scene.

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Sunday 8th April, 2018

A follow up article appears on That Retro Video Gamer called ZXVegawatch - the blinded mice that RCL forgot. The article discusses the 3 main associates that shilled for RCL during the Vega+ scam, namely Lee Fogarty (Mr F in the article), Jan Saggiori (Mr S) and Preston Thomas (Mr T). 

Preston Thomas closes his YouTube channel one day after re-opening it. A backup of The Sound Off - The Spud Speaks video is available.

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Tuesday 10th April, 2018

RCL file micro company accounts more than 3 months late for the year ended 30th March 2017. The figures on the micro accounts do not match the leaked bank statements, and somehow RCL claim to have increased assets by almost £350,000 in the previous year. Members of the Vega+ public discussion facebook group suggest that creative accounting has taken place by capitalizing the intellectual property, adding a huge "goodwill" figure or adding an imaginary amount owed by Cornerstone Media.

RCL directors David Levy and Janko Mrsic-Flogel resign as directors of Ping Pong Studios Limited

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

Is it ? Does anyone really care ?
(25/04/2018)

Lie Fogarty has decided to chase RCL for £599 and this time he's not fibbing !
(23/03/2018)

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:
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  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: 20-30