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I was picked as a winner of the competition because I said that I would create some wicked custom lighting for the game “Artemis : Bridge Simulator”. “But what IS Artemis?” you ask. Since I just had a session of the game last night at i3Detroit, I figured I’d type up a quick post explaining the game and why it’s perfect for a DIY enthusiast. This way, when the project is complete, my readers will be able to appreciate it even more.

Taken from the Artemis homepage :

“Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers, and now IOS devices too.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room (“bridge”) , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.”

Basically,  it’s a Hollywood Sci-fi simulator. We currently play in a small area with a couch, a couple of chairs, and two tables. A projector and screen are installed into this small area, and the lights are turned off before play. On its own, it’s pretty nice. The couch is really comfortable, and with the lights off there’s still a pretty good atmosphere to play in.

The DIY aspect lies in two important details. As I mentioned previously, the game supports DMX output. This game was pretty much made for bright dramatic lighting and fog machines. The second thing is the fact that it’s actually fairly easy to create custom USB controllers. After the lighting is finished, we have plans of making custom control panels such as a weapons station with a big, shiny red “FIRE” button.

After the MyKi project, you might see an occasional Artemis post as I make something really cool to fit into i3Detroit’s play area. I’m looking forward to sharing some great projects with you all soon.

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