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The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
821 backers pledged £63,194 to help bring this project to life.

EXCLUSIVE! Added New Rewards - Manic Miner (Bug Byte): Limited-Edition Collectors’ Prints – Signed By Matthew Smith

Posted by Elite Systems Ltd (Creator)
Matthew Smith will create a third limited-edition by signing 50, individually numbered, digitally re-mastered collectors’ prints of Manic Miner; along with 5 artists’ proofs. The prints will be based on Bug Byte's cassette inlay art for Manic Miner.
Matthew Smith will create a third limited-edition by signing 50, individually numbered, digitally re-mastered collectors’ prints of Manic Miner; along with 5 artists’ proofs. The prints will be based on Bug Byte's cassette inlay art for Manic Miner.

In the spring of 2011, Matthew Smith - author of legendary ZX Spectrum games Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy - created the first of two sets of limited-editions by signing 50, individually numbered, digitally re-mastered collectors’ prints of Manic Miner; along with 5 artists’ proofs. Print #50 of 50 is owned by Matthew Smith; prints #2-49 of 50 had already been sold prior to the launch of this appeal, print #1 of 50 is currently being offered as a reward. You can read more about the first two sets of limited-editions here.

The last few individually numbered, digitally re-mastered collectors’ prints of Jet Set Willy - signed by Matthew Smith - are also currently being offered as rewards.

Both of the first two sets of limited-editions were based upon cassette inlay art for the versions of Matthew Smith’s ZX Spectrum games as published by Software Projects.

Matthew Smith’s first ZX Spectrum game, Manic Miner was originally published by Bug Byte and in total cassette inlay art for three versions of Manic Miner was created and published.

Matthew Smith’s first ZX Spectrum game, Manic Miner was originally published by Bug Byte and in total cassette inlay art for three versions of Manic Miner was created and published.
Matthew Smith’s first ZX Spectrum game, Manic Miner was originally published by Bug Byte and in total cassette inlay art for three versions of Manic Miner was created and published.

Arising from the apparent demand and since we hope it will assist our Kickstarter appeal, Matthew Smith will create a third limited-edition by signing 50, individually numbered, digitally re-mastered collectors’ prints of Manic Miner; along with 5 artists’ proofs. The prints will be based on the cassette inlay art for Manic Miner as originally published by Bug Byte. The prints are now being offered as a reward.

The limited-edition collectors' prints do not include any of the devices. We hope to make the prints more accessible this way. Since this is our first appeal we're not entirely sure of the mechanism of pledging for multiple rewards but - according to this informed source http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dreamforge-games/something-wicked-this-way-comes-crusader-plastic-m/posts/290134 "... to pledge for multiple rewards, simply add the totals together for all rewards you would like to participate in (including shipping), then make / amend your pledge to cover all rewards you wish to back. When the project ends, you will be sent a survey, simply list the rewards you pledged for."

Here’re an example of how we think we can make this work in practice, (and in so doing, avoid the need to add a whole host of new reward combinations or to create rewards that include items that you may not want).

Say you want a print and a device.

E.g. Manic Miner, Limited-Edition Collectors’ Print (#11-49 of 50) at £60 and a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Edition at £50, both to be shipped to an address outside the UK. To pledge for this you would add the two rewards together (£60 and £50, plus £10 for the cost of shipping the device to an address outside the UK; total £120) and pledge that total amount. IMORTANT: be sure to select the Manic Miner, Limited-Edition Collectors’ Print as your reward, because it is a limited reward with the smallest number available. Then send us a message and let us know what exactly you are pledging for and we will take care of the rest at our end. We will deal with such pledges on a first come, first served basis. When the survey goes out you will be able to "spend" your remaining £60 on the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Edition.

TAKE NOTE: Please do not attempt to pledge for two or more print rewards, whether the same or different. Both are limited rewards and may sell out. In this eventuality, we will supply only the reward for which you’ve pledged.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please do not attempt to pledge for two or more device rewards, unless they are different. Kickstarter’s rules for hardware projects forbid this. In this eventuality, we will supply only the reward for which you’ve pledged.

The Telegraph - Covers Kickstarter Appeal for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum

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Happy New Year.

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In the next 24 hours or so we’ll be refreshing both the home page and the appeal video for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum at Kickstarter. These changes will be reflected at BluetoothZXSpectrum.com next week (after Paul and his team get back in harness).

With more that 75% of the duration of our Kickstarter appeal still ahead of us and with pledges now at almost 25% of our funding goal, we now know that our target is achievable. However, as we reported in Update #2, “… we can clearly see a close correlation between media coverage of our Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum and your pledges and we now appreciate, more than we did even a few days ago, that media coverage of our Kickstarter appeal is as important as is our explanation of the technical features and specs of the device.” New media coverage tailed off in the last 24/48 hours, as can be seen by Googling “Bluetooth ZX Spectrum” and selecting “Past 24 hours” under Search Tools. Consequently, from today we’ll be increasingly using the new marketing assets, reported in Update #7 to communicate to and though the media the functions, features and benefits of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. We’ll be calling on the great and the good within the contemporary games business and those in the world of celebrity to endorse the project and to help spread the word. You can do this too by following us on Twitter (@elite_systems) and then by retweeting our tweets. You can also support Facebook presences, like this one The real work in bringing the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum to life starts on this New Year’s Day. We’re looking forward to the challenge and we trust you’ll stay on board for the ride.

Note: we’re putting the finishing touches to the first explanation of the technical features and specs of the device. It will be posted here soon.

A Reminder Of How The ZX Spectrum Was 'Pitched' In 1982

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A Reminder Of How The ZX Spectrum Was 'Pitched' In 1982

As Rick Dickinson (the man responsible for the external design of the ZX Spectrum) reminded us - in the extensive interview he gave us on film - the ZX Spectrum was originally available by mail order only. Paraphrasing, "Demand for the device was such that the post bags blocked the entrance to Sinclair Researches offices." 

A Reminder Of How The ZX Spectrum Was 'Pitched' In 1982
A Reminder Of How The ZX Spectrum Was 'Pitched' In 1982

If you'd like to see more extracts from the extensive interview Rick Dickinson gave us on film then do please let us know by commenting here, by sending a message via http://BluetoothZXSpectrum.com or by email to zxspectrum@elite-systems.co.uk

Draft ‘Infographics’ - Features And Functions Of The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum Device

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As previously advised, we’re working on a full project update (for the Kickstarter appeal) and the addition of a device specification to the http://BluetoothZXSpectrum.com site. The additional documentation is catchily entitled “Technical Overview Of The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum” and contains, amongst other things, information regarding the design, Bluetooth pairing, keyboard commands, power and USB circuitry of the device. It should be available in the next couple of days.

In the interim, we wanted to share some of the unfinished drafts of the one-page ‘infographics’ which we intend to use - starting in the New Year - to convey to the media and others the features and functions of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device. They're intended to provide an 'at a glance' summary of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features: "One Device ... Two Functions". Media coverage of our plans for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device is essential to the success of our Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum and that in turn is an essential pre-condition of Elite's plans for its delivery.

The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".
Bluetooth ZX Spectrum's features and functions: "One Device ... Two Functions".

 As ever, we'd welcome your feedback.