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jespong

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I purchased Artemis back in version 1.x directly and not through steam.

I've been planning to buy the upgrade to v.2. Money isn't an issue but my question is:

For most of the people posting invites to groups: is steam a requirement? Could I just buy the game and play with you guys or do you guys handle your grouping through steam? I don't have any local peeps to play with and the only real draw I have to upgrade is to start finding people online to play with.

What does the community suggest?

EDIT: thanks for the responses. Since it's been well over 2 years since I bought the original game, I wanted to purchase the full version again and not even try to use the coupon they gave back then for the upgrade to 2.0. Figured I would go to the Artemis site for this, since Artemis is an awesome project and well worth the financial support. So that is what I will do. [smile]


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Xavier Wise

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Hello and welcome!

Whether you purchase through steam or not doesn't seem to cause an issue. In fact, I would guess that most people in the TSN RP community have not purchased through steam. I am aware that some have and compatability is no problem.

Steam is not a requirement for the TSN RP Community. We have our own website for communciations between players and have developed a mod too. Our members are always around and willing to give advice and help out on how to sort the game to join us.

As for people to play online with, there are a couple of options: USN & my own group TSN. The USN I know little about, but would describe it as a semi-RP online group that arranges meetings fairly regularly.

The TSN RP Community though is my own group that I set up several years ago now. It is still going strong and our meetings are regularly attended by 30+ people. As an RP community, we play in character during the shift,using a rank system, completing missions (GM missions that create a wider story arc) and have protocols and procedurew which we adhere to.

We meet on Saturday @ 2000hrs UTC/GMT. We guarentee a spot on a ship, so you'll have the opportunity to play in all the missions and simulations going.

Check out some of our forum posts about our mod in the Bridge Crew Comms sub-forum. You can also check out our website: http://www.terranstellarnavy.com

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ryleyra

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There is no difference between the game Thom posts on his website and the one available through Steam. The only real difference is the licensing and distribution method, which just involves how you want to buy the game. If you want to set up the game on a whole bridge, then the old website license is the way to go. You can set up as many clients as you want, and it's cheaper than buying 6 copies separately. The only thing you have to worry about is buying a second license if you want to play two ships, and I suspect Thom is flexible about people playing an extra Scout or something on occasion.

If you want everyone to buy their own copy of the game, though, then Steam is the best bet. It would be the method you would choose if a couple of your players have already bought Steam licenses. But you can mix and match however you want. You also may need a 7th or 8th license for a Data screen or Fighter console, so that can be a slightly more expensive alternative.

I would actually expect most people online would buy the Steam version, since there are a lot of single players out there that don't have a crew and have to meet up with the TSN or USN. But Xavier would know better than me. It may still be the case that full crews outnumber the "unattached" players.
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There is a third online group called "The Eastern Front". We play 8-10pm Tuesday evenings EST (Eastern time). We are a mix of TSN, Artemis Pirates, USN, and anyone else who wants to play.

"With war raging across the galaxy, Earth forces are spread thin and an unlikely naval flotilla is amassed. Here privateers, military naval vessels and those just trying to survive join forces in a desperate last stand! Here, you will find the grizzled veteran and the rawest of recruit working together for the common good. Here, on the Eastern Front!"

Artemis:Eastern front is an online gaming group for Artemis: Spaceship Bridge simulator that is geared towards the Eastern US timezone. We are beginner friendly and try to create a welcoming atmosphere for all that want to play the game to learn and try out new tactics. Our current game time is Tuesday evenings 8:00pm (first game) till roughly 10:00pm EDT. We meet on Teamspeak server comms.terranstellarnavy.community (no password needed). Join us whether you are an old hand that wants to play with some new people, if you have never played before and want to learn, or anywhere in
between!

Our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642312256048679/?ref=bookmarks

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GrandmasterJim

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I requested to join your FB group. Do you have a bunch of different bridges connected? Would love to see ours be able to join.
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Useually, we only have individuals connected.  In the past though, there have been entire bridges at one location Connect to our server.  Also, there are couples who play side by side together as well.  

We have had occasional problems in the past with an entire bridge connecting, because, I believe, the bandwidth was not quite up to snuff at that house of the entire bridge, to handle 6 computers playing artemis "remotely".  So be prepared, there might be some technical fidgeting.  
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