ZX Vega+ News

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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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Chris Merriman

chris_merriman.jpgChris Merriman is a "reporter" for The Inquirer that shilled the vapourware Vega+ console for Retro Computers Ltd. Merriman did this by posting various press releases written by David Levy and Suzanne Martin as if they were researched articles written by himself.

Merriman received incentives from illegally-installed former RCL director Janko Mrsic-Flogel to promote Planet Computers products, and his relationship with Mrsic-Flogel guaranteed he would win the 1st prize gold Cosmo Communicator. The crowdfunding community can only speculate what other "prizes" Chris Merriman received.

No doubt RCL would deliver

On August 10th 2016, Chris Merriman posted an article called Specwars: Accusations fly as the world of retro ZX Spectrum gaming gets ugly. In the article, Chris admitted that he got on "rather well" with RCL, posted various lies directly from David Levy and stated that he "had no doubt that Retro would deliver". Various quotes from the article:

Chris Merriman the RCL shill

We dutifully contacted the team at Retro, with which we've always got on rather well.

Dr David Levy, chairman of Retro Computers Limited, made a number of important opening remarks, so you'll forgive us if we quote him a lot. We promise it's worth it. "The most important thing I would like to say is that the current team at Retro Computers Ltd has been and is focusing its efforts on the completion of new and better software for its forthcoming product, the Vega+, and is making every effort, supported by the factory, to deliver the first production run of the Vega+ by the end of next month, as originally planned," he said.

Good news for backers, although we had no doubt that Retro would deliver.

— Chris Merriman

Game over for the haters

On September 27th 2016, Chris Merrimen posted another article on The Inquirer called ZX Spectrum Vega+ defies naysayers with confirmed launch date. with a sub heading Game over for the haters. Lowlights from this incredible work of fiction:

Chris Merriman the RCL shill

Retro Computers has confirmed that the much anticipated ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console will arrive on 24 October.

SMS Electronics has confirmed that it is all systems go for the launch. Andrew Maddock, CEO, said: "We are excited that the project is going ahead and will soon be in volume manufacture."

As it is, the device, with its 1,000 preloaded ZX Spectrum games, will launch just three weeks after the end of September estimate, which is an acceptable margin of error in anyone's books.

Mr David Levy said "We are very confident that with the manufacturing strengths of SMS and the worldwide reach of our new sales and marketing partners, the Vega+ will be a huge and long-lived success."

Online retailers should also have the product in time for Christmas, although it was always going to be too late for bricks and mortar retailers.

The Retro Computers team is able to give out an almighty 'told you so' as its handheld launches in just three weeks' time.

— Chris Merriman

It exists. It's real. It's ready. It's worth waiting for

On November 4th 2016, Chris Merriman posted a follow-up article called ZX Spectrum Vega+ hands-on review on the Inquirer website. The article made out that Chris had reviewed one of the first production models off the line, that it exists and was good. Various quotes from the article:

Chris Merriman the RCL shill

We got our hands on the first production models off the line, which are in final tweaking before shipping details are announced in what Martin referred to as “days not weeks”, with an assurance that any destined to go under the tree this Christmas will be there.

But the million dollar question: is it any good?

Short answer: yes.

There’s a lot more to say, but we’ve been asked to hold off. And when friends of the INQ ask us to be patient a little while longer, we oblige.

So to backers with itchy feet we say this:

It exists.

It’s real.

It’s ready.

It’s imminent.

It’s worth waiting for.

And as soon as the finer details are announced, you’ll hear it from us, because Retro has pledged to tell its backers everything first.

— Chris Merriman

Customer money is safe and has been ring-fenced

On November 28th 2016, Chris Merriman posted an article called ZX Spectrum Vega+ production is delayed but RCL 'hopes' for pre-Christmas rollout in The Inquirer. Chris talked to Suzanne Martin asking to clarify some of the burning questions from backers. The article explains that there will be a further delay to the Vega+ after playtesters had identified a problem with one of the buttons. RCL can no longer promise Xmas delivery, but confirm that backers' money has been ringfenced. Suzanne also confirms that they have been deleting comments on the Indiegogo campaign, and that they will not be giving any delivery dates unless they are 110% certain. Suzanne also says that the project is a "labour of love", which is interesting considering they have half a million pounds from backers. Quotes from the article:

Chris Merriman the RCL shill

Retro Computers Limited (RCL) has confirmed that there is to be a further delay to the ZX Spectrum Vega+, the handheld version of last year’s ZX Spectrum Vega, a recreation of the iconic 8-bit computer.

The problem was revealed on Friday night on the project’s Indiegogo page. The team explained that playtesters had identified a problem with one of the buttons in the small production run that had already taken place, which led to the decision to pause the full-scale production, pending a change to the component. RCL will also retroactively fit the new button to consoles already manufactured.

Does that mean Christmas delivery is off the table?

"We still hope to get some units out before Christmas, but being completely honest, we can’t promise that until we get the test results back this week."

But what about customer money?

"It’s safe. It was ringfenced from the beginning and anything you hear otherwise is completely untrue. The disputes are about the proceeds from the original Spectrum Vega. Retail of the Vega+ will happen after all the backers have their machines."

One other matter of concern is that when there have been problems, comments have been deleted from your Indiegogo page. Generally, that’s not the done thing.

"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."

The main complaint is the lack of communication over a delivery date. What do you say to those people?

"We've opted to stop giving delivery dates until we are 110 per cent certain that we are going to meet them."

"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."

— Chris Merriman

Chris Merriman shilling on Twitter

Chris has been extremely vocal on Twitter as he shilled for RCL:

Spectrum 35th

After the Spectrum 35th event in 2017, Chris Merriman continued to post positive messages about the Vega+:

Chris Merriman posts after Spectrum 35th

Chris Merriman posts after Spectrum 35th

Chris Merriman "wins" first prize

On December 12th 2018, it was announced that Chris Merriman won the top prize in the Cosmo Communicator referral competition run by former RCL director Janko Mrsic-Flogel. Chris Merriman "won" the top prize of a free Gold Gemini. In an incredible coincidence, another employee of Planet Computer Mike Halsey happened to "win" second prize and a free Space Grey Gemini.

Janko Mrsic-Flogel

Referrer Competition Winners

We can now announce the winners of the Cosmo Communicator referrer competition

1st place - Chris Merriman - wins Gold Gemini 4G+WiFi

2nd place - Mike Halsey - wins Space Grey Gemini 4G+WiFi

3rd place - Tatsuya Yamamoto - wins Space Grey Gemini WiFi

— Janko Mrsic-Flogel

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

Well it seems justice has prevailed for once and no surprises there to be honest what a ridiculous bit of behaviour !
(15/03/2019)

Just when things could not get any more pathetic, Lee Fogarty attempts to sell a company asset of a broken Vega+ V1 on EBay.
(11/03/2019)

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