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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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Jonathan Cauldwell caught with egg on his face

Jonathan Cauldwell with one of the Oliver twins at the Vega+ launch party 2016
Jonathan Cauldwell claims to be the ZX Spectrum's most prolific games developer and a member of MENSA, and to this day continues to spread misinformation that RCL are on the verge of delivering the Vega+ to almost 4800 backers. Despite RCL missing every deadline, having no games list, no PEGI certification, no box or manual, and 650 outstanding refund requests worth well over £73000, nothing seems to deter him. Cauldwell steadfastly refuses to believe he has been scammed by Retro Computers Ltd, and has repeatedly called RCL non-believers a hate mob.

A source close to Jonathan (that does not wish to be identified) has stated that Cauldwell paid for Stuart Thomas to track down critics and the supposed hate mob for RCL, and helped bankroll the manufacturing costs for the small prototype run along with a "small contribution" to legal costs. Just like Inquirer "shill-for-hire" Chris Merrimen, Cauldwell signed a non disclosure agreement with RCL and uses this to claim he has secret information about the Vega+ debacle that he cannot talk about.

The small manufacturing run was critical to Jonathan because Cauldwell promised on social media that he would leave the retro scene if the Vega+ failed to materialise.

Since the start of November 2018, Cauldwell has been extremely active on social media but repeatedly refuses to comment about his financial contributions to RCL. Cauldwell has stated that he would not ask for his money back or royalties due to him until the majority of backers have their devices, but Jonathan has claimed the Vega+ has materialised but in a limited way. He has also lied about not speaking to RCL for over a year.

Early Days

Jonathan Cauldwell was happy to supply games to RCL when Paul Andrews was in charge back in early 2016:

15/02/2016, 20:09
Hi Paul, just thought I'd let you know that I'd be happy to send you several more games for the new Vega Plus, should you decide to revise or improve the pre-loaded games list.
Brilliant thanks for that! Back to you soon on this!
27/11/2016, 23:22
Thanks for the reply on Twitter, sad that it came to this.
Hi Jonathan I am sorry I had to reply publicly but for obvious reasons I had to. You may not believe me at this time but I am sure in due course when this matter comes to a natural end, you will see that none of this was mine or Chris's fault at all. It's not appropriate to say anymore than that at the moment, but if in doubt speak to other rights owners or even say the Oliver twins. Regards Paul

Cauldwell happy with Paul Andrews in early 2016

In late 2016, more than 6 months after Paul Andrews had quit RCL, Cauldwell suddenly changed his tune and began tweeting claiming that Paul's previous company Alten8 didn't pay him what he was owed.

Shilling for RCL

Jonathan Cauldwell helping RCL

Cauldwell made no secret of the fact he was actively assisting RCL by contacting developers to supply their games for the Vega+. In spite of his social media postings, none of the externally developed titles appeared on the prototype devices, including many of his own titles that were promised such as Jubbles.

Peddling Vapourware

Cauldwell threatens to quit!

On Sunday 7th May, 2017 on the World of Spectrum forums, Jonathan Cauldwell threatened to quit the scene forever if the Vega+ does not come out:

Jonathan: What can I say? If this product does not come to pass I shall walk away from the scene and will not return.

guesser: Don't say that... This RCL nonsense has done enough damage already.

Jonathan: The damage has been done by the enemies of RCL.

Nazi references and the Vega+ Hate Mob

Cauldwell began his Nazi themed posts on Sunday the 4th June 2017 on Facebook:

Jonathan Cauldwell

The Vega+ hate mob has certainly poisoned the scene. Given the events of late May I would have hoped to have seen the last of this but we've at least shown that the scene is resilient. There's really only one side to be on and it isn't with George Haw-Haw and those who have been trying to stop backers getting their mitts on a fantastic product.

— Jonathan Cauldwell

Jonathan Cauldwell refers to the Vega+ hate mob

It would appear that the best way to have a healthy discussion about the Vega+ is to ban people that disagree:

Jonathan Cauldwell blocking people

Jonathan Cauldwell does not like blocking sceners

Gareth Corfield's got to go!

Reporter Gareth Corfield has written a number of articles about the Vega+ for The Register, and according to Jonathan "he's got to go..."

Cauldwell will write all 1000 games!

Deletions and blocking

Jonathan Cauldwell has a long history of blocking people on twitter, deleting tweets, and recently he has been caught unblocking people so he can post a nasty reply and then re-blocking them.

On November 17th 2018, Cauldwell deleted the following tweet:

Cauldwell in court deleted tweet

Twitter user SeanR has recently reported being blocked, unblocked, and blocked again by Cauldwell:

Outstanding money owed to Cauldwell

Egghead 6 Vega+ production line

Cauldwell inserted a fake Vega+ production line screen in the game Egghead 6:

Egghead 6 featuring the Vega+ production line

Quitting the scene

On November 10th 2018, Jonathan Cauldwell posted several comments on George Cropper's video about the refunds site being attacked. Cauldwell back-pedalled on his earlier tweets where he said that the prototype Vega+ he was given had no hardware problems, and he also claimed that he hadn't spoken to RCL for over a year:

Jonathan Cauldwell

I said I'd leave the scene if the product didn't materialise.  At the time people were still calling V1 pre-production units "prototypes" and denying they existed.  It has materialised, albeit in a limited way, about 200 units or so shipped by my reckoning.  Still under five percent of the total, certainly nowhere near the number of shipped units of its predecessor...  I haven't seen a V2 so can't comment but it looks like some of the issues on the V1 haven't yet been resolved.  That is disappointing but then I've not spoken to RCL for over a year so don't know what their plans are.  I got involved to do my bit to try and help backers actually see a product and won't apologise for that.  My involvement has been fairly minimal, providing software and doing some testing.  Alas, I can't fix buttons or write emulator software.

No threats veiled or otherwise, I merely don't want to see members of the retro scene becoming embroiled in legal difficulties because they've been publishing misinformation put out by certain individuals. FS and yourself aren't the "haters", you're pawns in a far bigger chess game onto which you haven't yet cottoned on. There's an awful lot more to the RCL saga than you have realised and the trouble is, nobody who knows what's going on can say too much about it. Just think very carefully about how you proceed. By all means critique the product (I haven't seen a V2 so it's all news to me) but be extremely careful about what else you say. Take it easy chap

— Jonathan Cauldwell

Cauldwell says the Vega+ has materialised

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