Post by hcmffm on Nov 5, 2013 15:42:15 GMT -5
Thanks for registering at VGF and joining in the discussion, Shawn. That's quite some surprise. :-)
Your offer for providing your ROM for a release sounds very interesting and would be a great thing. I think your idea of a Mail Plane release is not just a release of the binary file but a full featured release. For Mail Plane this would mean a box, a manual, and the cartridge (no overlay). I'm sure that we have the people here to create the box design, find good text and create the manual. But I'm not quite clear on the production costs. Perhaps someone could elaborate this and then we could perhaps start a crowdfunding in order to find out about the number of people interested and to have the financial commitments and the money if needed. Also, we must not forget that overseas shipment can be quite expensive (plus custom fees/taxes). Perhaps we would have two distribution bases, one in the U.S. and one in Europe.
Public rom release?
Looking at glip's points I think he's right in saying that there should be a public ROM release. Perhaps this ROM release could be done AFTER the full featured release happened. This would make it more likely that the full featured release would happen. John Donzila could have been a distribution base in the U.S., this role might go to the John's successor depending on how good or bad John's successor does his/her job. I think all in all we are looking at something like 12 or 24 months till the full featured release might happen. But didn't we wait 31 years for the release, already? ;-)
With Shawn's offer for providing his ROM I think we should focus on this and find out about the modalities and the possibilities. I still would like to know whether Chris (Vectrexer) got an answer and what the answer of the ebay seller is.