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We have found that every hotel we go to automatically refuse to allow plywood walls because they do not meet fire code.


I wonder what materials would be allowed? Trying to think of what the walls for True Dungeon are made of. It used to run in the big huge ballroom in the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. 
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Your bridge looks great! I especially like the blue car seats. I wish I had those on my bridge.

IMO the most attractive moments are when you show women and kids playing the game. Artemis appeals to a diverse spectrum of players, but when we set up at conventions we have found that a crew of 100% adult males sometimes makes women and kids feel unwelcome.


Thanks, I have more video and photos of the players and intend to put a smoother fun time had by all sort of video together to showcase that this isnt just for guys but for anyone and everyone. I had one kid who was maybe 6 come play weapons (his mom helped a lot)and several kids ages 10 to 17 come back again and again. I am looking forward to scheduling a couple of sessions for more "serious" players and maybe get an online participant to join us but that may not work on the convention spaces internet connection.
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Also, Ogremasch, have you cleared your bridge with the Conglomeration hotel? We have found that every hotel we go to automatically refuse to allow plywood walls because they do not meet fire code. I would love to see your bridge come to Artemis Armada some day, but I know you could set up your consoles but those walls would not be allowed.



Thanks, the video of the players on the bridge is from the 2019 Conglomeration here in Louisville. The hotel didnt balk at it being set up in the assigned room. The events committee must have gotten the approval prior to my coming to the convention.
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...She's not exactly excited about wearing a "uniform" to the con where we are running Artemis, but the fact that I'm splitting the proceeds with her 50/50 after we offset some of our own costs keeps her motivated and willing to go along with it.


I just ordered some uniform patches from Wish, I hope they are worth the couple of bucks I spent on them but more importantly I am unsure as to weather I am going to go for a dress uniform or a utility style uniform or a jumpsuit. I believe you are going with a jumpsuit/CVC flightsuit style if I remember correctly. I may do the same but I am thinking of going with something a bit more Han Solo meets USMC dress Charlie's sort of look. Futuristic embassy guard. With patches and rank designates. I had my 14 year old son help last year but now that he is 15 he has taken an interest in DND and may not want to be stuck on my bridge for the whole con. I was told I may get a couple of volunteers assigned to my bridge so I should be able to sneak in some time away myself this year. 2019 was basically me running the games Friday and Saturday from 8am or so to midnight or beyond. Sunday we had to be out by noon and the teardown/setup took several hours so we didnt run any sunday games.
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You’d be surprised (or maybe not since you ARE the parent of a teenager) how much motivation you can get out of a teenager when you dangle a couple hundred bucks in front of them :)
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You’d be surprised (or maybe not since you ARE the parent of a teenager) how much motivation you can get out of a teenager when you dangle a couple hundred bucks in front of them :)


The Conglomeration convention tickets are 35 bucks for the weekend (currently) and covers the Artemis entry. I have a donations jar for those inclined (donations are appreciated but not expected) but the entry price to the con includes unlimited Artemis play time. This convention is more of a lanor of love/spread the word about Artemis and show of my nifty carpentry skills type of convention for me. I am looking for ticketed events in 2020 and additional conventions to go to.

Conglomeration did help me with some building, and all of the transportation so it's not as though they didnt compensate me. I dont want to misrepresent them at all. They are great and the 35 bucks for a ticket includes snacks and drinks from the con suite all weekend. It is probably the best deal for a weekend's worth of geeky fun available.
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Wow, that sounds like a REALLY great show to go to. Where’s it located?
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Louisville KY Crowne Plaza Hotel
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Looking good! Thanks for the video!
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I wonder what materials would be allowed? Trying to think of what the walls for True Dungeon are made of. It used to run in the big huge ballroom in the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. 


My guess is that True Dungeon's walls are probably made of the same materials as trade show booths. The walls are probably fireproof, easy to collapse, transport, and store, and more expensive than plywood.

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The Conglomeration convention tickets are 35 bucks for the weekend (currently) and covers the Artemis entry.


Wow, that is a very reasonable price for such a nice convention! Louisville is a pretty easy drive from Cleveland. I will put ConGlomeration on my calendar.

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My guess is that True Dungeon's walls are probably made of the same materials as trade show booths. The walls are probably fireproof, easy to collapse, transport, and store, and more expensive than plywood.


I have volunteered with TD before (in 2016) and did setup and tear-down as part of that.

They actually have two kinds of walls - something akin to what you describe which are used for interior room walls and other relatively flat or regular surfaces. Not sure what this is actually made of though...

The other kind is essentially aluminum foil bonded with tarpaulin (or some other fabric) and is hung up in sections and then hand-molded into a rough "cave wall" type texture.

Don't know if any of it is fireproof but it is probably fire resistant.
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Wow, that is a very reasonable price for such a nice convention! Louisville is a pretty easy drive from Cleveland. I will put ConGlomeration on my calendar.


I look forward to seeing you! The hotel is providing discounted rooms I believe. Crowne Plaza Hotel. Let them know you're booking for the convention.

https://book.passkey.com/event/49920344/owner/2812/home?mobile=true&dw=412
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Work continues albeit at a slower pace than I would like.

I have made some modifications since my last post and planned a few more upgrades. The side stations now have a 1/4 inch plywood face plate that will be used for additional displays, lights and buttons.

I placed the boards on the station frame with 4 cabinet closure devices. During my first crewed playthrough after installing the new board I found out I need to add more hardware that secured the face better... if you give a person a handle, they're going to pull on it. So I'm likely going to add a butterfly clasp or something similar to better secure the panel but allow me to take it off should I need to work on the gadgetry or wiring.

Additional changes are in the works for seating. I bought a 5 point harness seat and am going to use it as my captain chair. I plan to add arms to the chair and maybe buttons or info displays, probably both.

Lighting is in the process of being upgraded. I built some DMX tube lights for when the ship travelled and they were a big hit so I'm working on making some more. I think I'm going to make the new set about half as long so I have some variety in lighting sizes and so I can spread them through the ship more without costing much more in terms of supplies. I took a bunch of picture with the intent of writing up a how to. I hope to find time to do that, maybe when I get the other set built I'll make a video as well.

Controls. I bought a bunch of momentary push buttons and am going to add them to the toggle switches, buttons and controls I already have. I am thinking of doing a LeoBodnar board for each station and working the controls into a custom set up. I'm still designing the layout I want to use and am going to have to find time to test with new players in person... that might be a while. I want to get the ergonomics right.

The front stations are great until I have to transport them. I'm strongly considering adding 4 panels to the ship sonit forms an entirely enclosed structure and setting it up so the front walls contain the front station controls and screen/screens. Sort of like a Murphy bed or table that fold out from an upright wall. The design is still in progress but the idea is to make transport simpler and give the player more real estate in terms of the controls for the front station. I have a video showing the correct concept. While the concept is in its early stages I think it will eventually work out well for the front 3 walls to contain the buttons and screen in a collapsible format. I'm considering adding another layer of complexity to the design after I get it nailed down a bit more. For now I need to decide if I want to have the tables bolted into the front or attach in a different way.

More updates to follow.

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