|Wednesday 3rd January - Vectrex overlays back in stock
I've got a selection of new overlays back in stock. This includes YASI, Mine Storm and the generic green overlays
that have been released previously. If interested to find out more please click on the "Shop" tab above or
email email@example.com stating type, quantity required and your country.
|Sunday 1st January - Happy New Year! & the usual reflection of the past year
Who would have thought? This website is now in its 10th year! I donít usually keep hobbies going this long! Relative to many others
I came to the Vectex late. I was aware of the Vectrex in the 80ís, but I was a poor school boy who could only drool over the Vectrex
when I first happened upon it in the famous Hamleys toyshop. This was on a once only school trip to London and after that I never saw it again.
Of course the price tag was way out of reach for a school boy who had spent nearly a year saving up his pocket money in order to purchase a ZX81.
Nevertheless, the sight of those glowing Vector graphics stuck in my subconscious mind and a chance encounter seeing a Vectrex
on eBay some 10 years ago re-established my fascination with vector graphics and the Vectrex. The Vectrex is unique and the fact that
it is still being supported by home brewers means that I will continue to update this website with news of the scene and including my own
However, this year, my time has been going into other "real life" activities so I havenít been as active in the Vectrex world as I would've liked to have been.
My VecZogs game is still stuck at 70% complete and I just havenít had time to get back into it to push it towards the finish line. The delays arenít
just because of software but also because of hardware. The game requires RAM and I need special cartridge PCBs manufactured that include
Regular readers will know that I sell overlays and other hardware for the Vectrex too. Last year, new overlay development and progress
was very slow. This was due to my screen printers having all sorts of challenges. This ranged from dodgy inks causing cracking in the finished
overlays, screen printing equipment breaking down, and priority demands changing due to local political elections putting high pressure on
the printers to deliver huge contracts for leaflet producing instead of my small overlay quantities. However, at the end of last year there
has been progress on that front. As I look to the left of my keyboard, I can see new overlay batches waiting to be sold. This includes
YASI, Mine Storm, Generic Green overlays and a batch of overlays I organized for a fellow home brewer. In January I will honour those first
who have contacted me in the past regarding YASI overlays. Once Iím through that list I will start actively advertising on all the usual
Vectrex related forums. Also this year I am doing another run of my AutoFire dongles.
These are 2nd generation produts containing software and
hardware improvements. I anticipate they will be ready in March 2018. If interested in these let me know and I'll put you on the "interested" list.
A big thank you to all who have contacted me in the past year with comments about the website, scores and Vectrex news. With your
feedback I at least know my words are being read by like minded Vectrex fans from around the world. I look forward to sharing my
Vectrex enthusiasm with you this year.