You may recall in late 2015 we launched the physical version of The Dreamcast Junkyard Ultimate Collectors Guide. It was really well received by members of the Dreamcast community around the world and was seen as a valuable resource for collectors and those who wanted to explore the Japanese library a little further (it has a handy accessibility guide for non-Japanese speakers). Sadly, Sega Europe's legal team requested that we remove the resource from sale because it wasn't an officially licensed product, and naturally we complied.
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To be honest, I'm actually a little fed up with the whole saga at this point and if it wasn't for the fact that I have around 150 of these things knocking about my gaff I'd probably just burn them in a massive bonfire and dance round it wearing nothing but a mask of Peter Moore's face. No particular reason, just seems like the right thing to do. Anyhow, just thought you deserved an update. As for giving them away for free, maybe I could...and then ask people to 'donate' the cost of the postage? That would at least help to pay off the credit card debt I amassed to get these fucking things printed in the first place. Sigh.