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sixpack

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We'll be hosting another Artemis session in the evening of Friday March 23rd at the Hershey Public Library.  We've reserved both meeting rooms so we can provide for two bridges and some fighters.
The session will start at 4:30pm and run until 8:00pm.
More details can be found on our website at this link.
This event is free and for ages 8 and up.
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"Another" means you've done this before. As fellow Artemis fan, and a public library employee, I'd love it if you could answer a few questions.

I see the event is for 8+, who decided on this being the cutoff and what was the reason 8 was picked (as opposed to older or younger)?

Did they have the sign up form on their website for the last one? If so, did they say whether they thought the number of sign ups and actual show ups was good?

Since they're promoting on their website as opposed to just letting you use the rooms, it looks like there's a fair bit of 'buy-in' from the library, is this the case? How receptive were they at the start or how much did you have to push to get support?

Who came up with the idea of doing it at the library (the library or you)?

The event is going past their normal Friday closing hours, are any staff staying through the program in an official capacity, is their website inaccurate about their hours, or is this a case of "don't let the place burn down and remember to lock up when you go?"

Who is providing the hardware and software?

sixpack

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Thank you for your interest, I'll try to answer your questions as best I can.

Yes, this will be our third public presentation of this setup.  The age limit was set by the library staff...it may just be a default for their programs.

There was a sign-up before and while we expected 8 we got 14 attending.

This was my idea to try Artemis at the Library and we were fortunate to have buy-in from the new Director.  It was a simple demo at first and their minds were blown.  Apparently librarians can be quite the sci-fi fans...who knew?

I am an employee of The Township so we are able to run this like any other program offering.  And yes, some staff will be there to host this.  Hardware is simply a collection of older laptops that are usually used for various computer classes and training sessions.  I purchased the bridge licenses myself.

Hopefully this information helps you get your project underway as well.  Artemis is not only fun entertainment, it is also an exercise in cooperation, planning, creativity, computers, etc.  Maybe these concepts can help in your presentation as well.

If you have further questions, please feel free to PM me and I'll send you my contact information.
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Thanks for getting back to me. We spent last week hosting our state library association conference. Once we've recovered from that, I'm going to fully pitch the program. I've got tentative approval already, but I need to come back with a full plan for it. 
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Good luck with your event!

My personal experience is that 8-year-olds are just about the youngest who can enjoy playing Artemis. Most of the stations require pretty good reading skills. For whatever reason many crews assign their youngest player to the Communications console, a job that is nothing but reading.

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There's nothing like the look of joy on a little girl's face when she blows up her first Kralien!  #RandomThoughtsHadWhileHostingArtemis 
Good luck and happy hunting! 

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Well, we've arranged to do another one next Friday (May 18th).  Stop by if you like, details at this link:  http://ya.hersheylibrary.org/2017/11/22/artemis-starship-simulation/
Same two full bridges, three fighters, and v2.7.1
Yes, we are going for a slightly older crowd this time.  Seems there was some confusion before where interested persons were given the impression that it was just a game for kids so this month it's 16+
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Good luck with your event!

I have seen Artemis used as a free daycare. As soon as one parent decides they can just drop off their kids for a few hours and drive away you are stuck. If there is a group of kids who stays on the bridge for every play session because they have nowhere else to go your bridge becomes a lot less appealing to teens and adults.

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