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Ooh it has Great Garianos. I got blisters playing that in the arcade! 

 

If we get custom charges on top of having paid Vat to SLG what can we do? 

Is it just a case of contacting SLG and requesting a vat refund? It does feel like  a blatant rip off. 

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5 hours ago, strider said:

We mentioned extra game carts a while back and it looks like the first is on the way.

 

 

Now look here Taito, this is great and all, releasing a cart with a pile of semi obscure tat on it. But where oh where is Double Dragon?? For fucks sake, have a word with yourselves and at least chuck in op wolf or continental circus (neither of which would work mind) but at least I'd have heard of them.

 

Of course I'm buying.

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On 03/09/2022 at 11:46, AceGrace said:

Got the letter £86.91 paid. Dammit!

 

This thing had better be worth it 😆

 

In other news they have announced another SD card called "Arcade Memories Vol 1"

Hi all. Long time lurker here (although I post on other forums from time to time) and I've recently joined up after searching around for some advice to add to the tales of woe on this thread.

 

I'm currently waiting on delivery of an Egret 2 Mini Game Center Blue Edition myself and I too have now been hit with the dreaded 'Pay up another chunk of money or you're not getting your stuff' notification. Presumably, I'm going to be stung for nearly £87 as well, judging by what I'm seeing here 😔 

 

Yeah, I understand the law and how customs now works (particularly post-Brexit) but it's still absolutely grinding on me that I've now got to pony up that kind of amount after forking out over £400 earlier in the year and thinking everything was covered. They really do seem to be clamping down on us, for some reason all of a sudden, almost as if they're actively keeping an eye out for Egret Mini 2 deliveries 🙄 I take it there's nothing at all we can do and we're just all going to have to suck it up?

 

Luckily, I have got enough to cover it at the moment but I can imagine that kind of charge would put quite a lot of people in a tight spot.

 

I'm still very much looking forward to getting hold of it, but it's really soured the excitement I first had last week after getting the dispatch email.

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3 hours ago, AceGrace said:

Regarding the firmware update it seems to be saying that you don't need the SD cart that comes with the trackball any more and that you only need to plug in the controller.

If that's true, lovely stuff.

 

I read that as it changed the order of games shown depending on whether the trackball was connected or not.

 

So has anyone contacted Strictly Limited about the VAT situation? 

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26 minutes ago, Boody said:

So has anyone contacted Strictly Limited about the VAT situation? 

Not yet. I definitely will be as soon as I get my letter of charges from Parcelforce. Strictly Limited have got a reputation for ignoring/fobbing off/being slow to respond to enquiries though, so I won't hold my breath 😑

 

UK Customs must have been rubbing their hands together in glee at all the Egret 2 Minis dispatched over to here recently.

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59 minutes ago, Boody said:

 

I read that as it changed the order of games shown depending on whether the trackball was connected or not.

 

So has anyone contacted Strictly Limited about the VAT situation? 

 

The thing with that is the update says not to insert the SD card after the update and to only connect the controller

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22 minutes ago, TromaDogg said:

UK Customs must have been rubbing their hands together in glee at all the Egret 2 Minis dispatched over to here recently.

 

Which is a pissing joke, as the strictly order was already a tad on the expensive side.

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12 hours ago, Boody said:

 

I read that as it changed the order of games shown depending on whether the trackball was connected or not.

 

So has anyone contacted Strictly Limited about the VAT situation? 

Yes, I contacted them on Monday but haven't had a reply.
I looked into the tax situation, which is as clear as mud, but it looks like there's no getting away from the fact that the money is owed. I've just swallowed it and paid the bill. It does leave a sour taste though.

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7 hours ago, Camel said:

What’s the SD card expansion? 
 

The firmware updates posted; are those for the first machine too? 

There's only one machine, the firmware is for that. It has an SD card reader, you can add games via that.

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I'm a new member here, got my Egret Mini 2 the other day, also had to pay £86 Customs. I have emailed SLG and not had a response...

 

It's a great little unit, comes into it's own when you add the spinner, I made sure I updated it before though! Games seem to play great, only Truxton seems to slow down and speed up again only slightly, I know the game well as I have owned the PCB for years. Update seems to have improved latency and taken out all those pauses.

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  • 1 month later...

Looks like since about three weeks ago, a couple of guys are working on making Batocera a thing on both the Astro City and Egret Mini machines (they share the same hardware guff):

 

 

There's more on the YouTube channel, and when it's ready it'll be available on this GitHub.

 

Of course, it might not see the light of day, but it was nice news to see while I was thinking about plonking one of mine on my work desk as a nice ornament.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally opened up my trackball/spinner today. It’s really lovely being able to play Arkanoid with a spinner even though it’s an absolute bastard.

 

What I’ve enjoyed most though is Cameltry. I’ve played it a fair bit on SNES but the super responsive rotation with the spinner really makes it something else.

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