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Freeman

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i was wanting to get feedback from you, and see what you would do. With Arizona Artemis, we have been invited to 4 events so far this year (we have a great start for 2020) Here is how my bridge was set up for Zapcon last year. We will be using this exact same room for 2 of the big events in this coming year. What could I do to get a better "Bridge feel " with this setup? side note the projector screen has been upgraded and its a better fit screen and all stations except fighters and helm have been upgraded to 21-inch touch screen monitors. and I am planning on having the lights dimmed and DMX lighting behind the main view screen. "What would you do, that would not break the bank?
 
 
 

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Assuming it is OK to block that Exit door, rotate your setup by 45° and put it in the the corner of the room. The converging walls will help make it seem more like an enclosed bridge than an open conference room.
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Freeman - I like to set the tables so the players can see each other.  Basically, invert the {shallow} V formation you have there. 


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dimming the lights sounds like a really good idea. It will make players feel less like they are in a conference room and more like they are on a starship. As a possible alternative to placing the DMX lights behind the screen, I have seen layouts where the lights are placed on or near the tables, or close to the floor to light the bridge from below. This setup is a significant departure from conference room lighting and will help to set the scene. Some LED "puck" lights placed on tables or on the floor can serve as alternative illumination and will look more starship-y than regular conference room lights. These lights are relatively cheap, can be battery powered, and are easy to move and setup.

I have seen some recent bridges where either the back tier of consoles or the captain's chair are slightly elevated to terrace the bridge, which does a lot to break up the floor and create visual interest. There are some potential safety and accessibility issues, so I recommend considering this approach with caution. It also tends to be a rather bulky solution.

Something simple we have done for the last three years is to place some dark gray textured shelf liner on the tables. It has a bit of a sci-fi look to it and is directly in player's line of sight (see photo below). I find that it helps with the illusion. It is also supper cheap and rolls up for easy transport.
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Freeman - I like to set the tables so the players can see each other.  Basically, invert the {shallow} V formation you have there. 



I second this. We use a similar setup and angle the tables inward to face the main screen. With a short throw projector (100 inches diagonal screen throw from only 48 inches from the wall), we can get the players VERY close to the main screen if we need to. The stations on the outer seats of the bridge should be able to glance up and make eye contact.

https://www.ltebridge.com/agamacon-2019/ shows our layout with 3 short tables.

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Another idea: for multi-day convention events we set up pipe and drape to mask out the wall around the screen. That darkened background makes the screens "pop" even more.




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Freeman it looks like you have five joysticks, but only enough stations for helm and one fighter/shuttle. What do the other joysticks do?

LawsonThompson has shown good examples of typical convention setups. Two tables in a V with everyone facing the mainscreen works okay. If you can handle the cable management it's also fun to have a front table (Helm & Weapons) and two rear tables with a gap between them and the Captain just behind the gap. It's okay to have fighters dependent on Science for their navigation.

IMO the best thing a convention can do is supply a room with a built-in large television. A projector works fine for players, but if you have a television your DMX will look a lot better and photos of your bridge will look a lot sharper.

I recommend that convention bridges NEVER have multi level floors. As soon as there is a step on your bridge you exclude handicapped players.



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