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LawsonThompson

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My daughter asked for an Artemis LAN party for her 13th birthday! Needless to say, I was fully on board with the idea. My stagecraft-skilled wife also got into the act. I sent out Artemis-themed invitations, including computer-printed official looking envelopes. (One invitee said he thought he was getting drafted!)

Since most of my daughter's sci-fi experience has been Star Trek related, we themed the decorations along Trek canon.

First a little display table in the foyer:
decor front entry.jpg 

And to your right, the dining area...

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Down the hallway, lined with black landscape fabric, blue tape, blacklight in the ceiling fixture, and blue LEDs rope lights along the floor...

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To your right, the kitchen nook with space decor...

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And to your left, the bridge...

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This was our living room! After black landscape fabric and heavy wool with flecks of glitter, it's now deep space! (Didn't black out the lights... would have been too much!)

From top left, working left to right down the photo, we have...
  • 42" LED TV on the mantle connected to a hidden Windows Vista desktop PC.
  • PAR38 DMX pinspot (hidden) providing a splash of color on the ceiling and driven by the usual default DMX settings in game.
  • 24" LED monitor on our media chest, also connected to the desktop. Data display.
  • 17" touchscreen connected to a Latitude D830 laptop running Windows XP (helm), and the laptop on a riser stand (data).
  • Another 17" touchscreen connected to a second Latitude D830 Windows XP (weapons).
  • Engineering is on a 32" ELO touchscreen (!!!) connected to a Latitude E6400 on Windows 10.
  • Science is another 32" ELO touchscreen, driven by an HP t610 Thin Client running Windows 8 Embedded.
  • Comms is a 19" CyberTouch touchscreen PC running Windows XP, plus a desktop laser barcode scanner as set dressing.
Didn't realize under later that I missed Windows 7. Oh well! Got all the others in there pretty much!

Of the 9 participants, only 2 had played before; but it went quite well!

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I'm up front next to helm, and my daughter is overseeing engineering.

After three hours at this party, we had one hour to reset, and hosted a SECOND party for the adults, again with great results!

We did find a couple bugs.

Could be waiting a while for our next nuke from DS1...

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But overall, the game was stable. Everything was wired into a 100Mbit switch over Ethernet. The only crash was due to "Whimsical Whales" not being fixed up for v2.3 syntax of whale spawning... I think.

Not sure that we'll redecorate the entire downstairs again, but we are definitely going to host another Artemis party soon!




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Parenting:  you are doing it right!!!!  Awesome job there, Mom and Dad!


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A fun party with a great looking bridge! Bravo, sir!

You might have Comms ask DS1 to build you something else. Clearly they don't want to build that nuke.

For your next party there might be some fun mission scripts to try.

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Fantastic!  Love the decor, too [biggrin]
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Good job.  I really need to order the command colors TNG and TOS jammies from ThinkGeek.
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From the first, the LawsonThompson experience is what I envisioned my Artemis game to be about.  In fact, let's call it the "LawsonThompson Experience", or LTE.

I pledge to always keep the LTE in mind while continuing to develop Artemis SBS.  While I want to expand the game so lots of people can play anyway they wish, I never intend to add or change something that will detract from the LTE.

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LawsonThompson Experience?
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I think he's referring to getting a group of people together in the same room, playing on a variety of computers and having fun in a LAN Party sort of situation.
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Originally Posted by techbear

From the first, the LawsonThompson experience is what I envisioned my Artemis game to be about.  In fact, let's call it the "LawsonThompson Experience", or LTE.

I pledge to always keep the LTE in mind while continuing to develop Artemis SBS.  While I want to expand the game so lots of people can play anyway they wish, I never intend to add or change something that will detract from the LTE.




Glad to hear that. Im glad all the online groups are around, but this game is best with the social aspect of people being in the same room.





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Quote:
Originally Posted by techbear

From the first, the LawsonThompson experience is what I envisioned my Artemis game to be about.  In fact, let's call it the "LawsonThompson Experience", or LTE.

I pledge to always keep the LTE in mind while continuing to develop Artemis SBS.  While I want to expand the game so lots of people can play anyway they wish, I never intend to add or change something that will detract from the LTE.



Whoa, my very own acronym! I'm honored! [cool]

Artemis hits a great niche: sci-fi fans with their own living rooms to share with friends, in a game where everyone wins (or loses!) together. Few other computer games do this so well.

Other notable tidbits from last week...
  • It took 4 days to set up, 3 hours per night... and about a week to take down! Saturday morning (Apr 2) we'll be moving the final bits of furniture back into place.
  • We had at least one parent say they'd probably be buying Artemis after seeing what we did.
  • One self-proclaimed "not a gamer" (our church youth pastor's wife) decided to try "just one" game, and ended up being one of the most enthusiastic crew members through several missions!
  • Observer mode frame rate makes a pretty good benchmarking tool. If Observer can't stay above 30, you are at the bottom end of the hardware usable for Artemis.
  • Discovered that I like hosting Artemis as much as actually playing!
Thanks for a great game, Thom!


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  • Science is another 32" ELO touchscreen, driven by an HP t610 Thin Client running Windows 8 Embedded.
Can you tell us how you got this to work?
[I have a 15" ELO touchscreen and a HP t540 thin client]

friendly greetings,

Thijs
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  • Science is another 32" ELO touchscreen, driven by an HP t610 Thin Client running Windows 8 Embedded.
Can you tell us how you got this to work?
[I have a 15" ELO touchscreen and a HP t540 thin client]

friendly greetings,

Thijs


If your thin client has less than 4GB flash storage, it's probably not running an operating system capable of supporting the features needed for Artemis. You may have to swap in a larger SSD and provide your own "real" Windows license.

The thin client I was using is an HP t610 running Windows Embedded Standard 8 64-bit, not any of the HP ThinOS or Windows CE variants. Windows Embedded 7 may also work. (I think the t540 might run Windows CE?)

Here's what I did:
  • Remove the vendor-provided 16GB flash drive and installed an old Crucial 64GB SSD.
  • Used HP provided ThinUpdate tool from their web site to wipe and reinstall to factory defaults.
  • Turned off the "Unified Write Filter" using the HP control panel applet; this permits changes on the SSD to persist over reboots.
  • Optional: install the ATI Radeon driver to ensure 3D games have as much horsepower as possible.
The end result is a decent little Windows 8 silent PC with just enough oomph to run Artemis pretty well. The only issue is Windows Embedded Standard 8 doesn't get the free upgrade to Windows 10.

My "Observer Mode" benchmark results showed these frame rates:
  • Dell Latitude D830 laptop: 30
  • CyberNet All-In-One PC: 30
  • Dell Latitude E6400: 60
  • HP t610 Thin Client (WES8 64-bit): 95 !
The HP Thin Client actually had higher frame rates than any of the other hardware I had kicking around, with the exception of the HP desktop acting as server with a nVidia 7950 video card (200+FPS).



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