I was gonna dump this into the “Games You’re Playing” thread but thought it might be niche enough to be its own topic.
Some time last year Nuri and I started hosting Artemis parties. Get a few folks together and host a LAN party to play some starship adventures as the bridge crew.
If you’re not familiar:
I became familiar with it (like a lot of people) via MAGfest, and then realized we could just, like, do this. The system requirements are so low that you can make it run on like a tin can. I sideloaded the Android app to my damn Fire TV stick and had it run a server.
Anyway it’s raucous fun and the community is pretty dedicated and extensive. There are people who design consoles and shit for full immersion. Thinkin’ I might get some Raspberry Pis one of these days and give it a go.
Artemis itself has a few flaws - the Comms station is boring, the Gamemaster option is lackluster, and the Android app is behind everything else so cross-platform play is annoying. Also, you can technically play over the Internet rather than a LAN, but it takes some VPN work.
We hosted a last hurrah before social distancing this weekend, and during that we ran into an open-source Artemis clone that looks wicked promising - Empty Epsilon:
It fixes a few problems that Artemis has, it’s totally free, the Android app and desktop apps are synced (though the Android app has issues that keep it from being perfect), and it’s set up for playing over the Internet! So, future spaceship wars are probably gonna migrate to this!
Anyone else out there into the spaceship bridge life?