A full sized 6 player spaceship bridge built on a mobile platform, using Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator software.
What is the Mobile Bridge Project?
The Mobile Bridge Project (MBP) is the ultimate spaceship bridge simulation experience, a full sized spaceship bridge complete will 6 unique crew stations built inside of an enclosed trailer, allowing a crew of 3 to 6 players to be transported to a far-off galaxy and assume command of a powerful starship. It is based on the wildly popular (and incredibly fun) Artemis S.B.S. computer game, and gives the game the full immersive environment it was meant to have. And since it's a complete mobile package, being constructed in a 8.5'x16' enclosed trailer, it will be ready to hit the event scene and give everyone and their crew an opportunity to have an unparalleled space adventure experience.
After thorough research and many design iterations, we've arrived at something fun, functional, truly exciting. We can't wait to see the MBP move off the drawing board and onto the road. We're opening up the opportunity for lovers of science fiction, role playing, and cooperative gaming to help make this a reality, and then be able to share in the fun! (As well as earn a few rewards along the way!)
Game and Project Details
Explore the design yourself! Click here to download two fully explorable models of the MBP interior, one featuring normal lighting conditions, the other with RED ALERT conditions.
(Windows users choose .exe files. Mac users download and extract zip files, then open the .html files to view the models in your web browser.) Choose your desired resolution and take control of your own private tour! Use keyboard keys WASD and your mouse to navigate (don't worry it's easy to figure it out!)
The MPB is designed for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator computer game.
From the Artemis S.B.S. website:
“Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers. (And soon IOS Devices)
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.”
Artemis S.B.S. is available now, and I hope everyone heads to the website http://www.artemis.eochu.com/ to check it out and see some of the great things others have been saying about it. Believe me, your group of friends will love it.
Here's a couple links to videos others have made with more on Artemis:
The Mobile Bridge Project allows 6 players to enter a completely contained and authentic spaceship bridge and take control of five unique stations governing different aspects of the ship. The sixth player does not control a station, but acts as captain directing and coordinating the efforts of the rest of the crew to lead them to a glorious victory (or a crushing defeat!) The Mobile Bridge Platform will serve as an event attraction, traveling to conventions and other locations, even its own “mini-events”. Its future appearances will be listed online, and event-goers can join a crew (or bring their own) for a complete adventure in the simulator.
The MBP will include the following features:
- Fully immersive sci fi environment
- Six large (21.5”) touch screen stations with comfortable seating
- Flight stick controls for Helm station
- Software-driven environmental lighting (controlled via DMX USB interface)
- A massive main viewscreen (digitally projected)
- Booming surround sound audio
- Internal web cameras for recording sessions or live streaming of the action
- Air Conditioning!
- Individual air vents for each station.
- Two clearly marked and easily accessible exits, one side and one rear (rear exit not shown in concepts)
- The entire bridge will be constructed in a brand new 8.5'x16' enclosed trailer, so it can come to an event/location near you!
Where Will the MBP Appear?
We're forming a schedule of potential venues for the MBP to appear. Here is a partial list:
- MegaCon - Orlando, Florida
- CONduit - Salt Lake City, Utah
- Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) - Los Angeles, California
- GameStorm Convention - Vancouver, Washington
- Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) - Seattle, Washington
- PAX East - Boston, Massachusetts
- Comic-Con - San Diego, California
Those are just the big ones. We are also planning to schedule smaller, mini-events at local comic book/game stores in California and potentially other states in connection with some of the larger shows. We're open to other events and for invitations from groups wanting to host their own events, and hoping to get some good suggestions from the community as to interesting places for the MBP to appear.
My name is Derek Matthews. I am an artist and a fabricator, my background is primarily in industrial design. I've been designing/building everything from kitchen tables to off-road vehicles since 1998. I also have extensive knowledge and experience with design software packages (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Adobe Products, Sketchup, etc), and a working knowledge of how to incorporate digital elements into my projects. I have a small shop which I work out off, as well as relationships with machinists, powder coaters, precision sheet metal shops, and many other manufacturing facilities. I've collaborated on the design for the MBP with a partner, another experienced fabricator, and once fully funded we estimate it would take us just under a month to complete the project.
MBP Tickets – Tickets for your own spaceship adventure! All reward packages include 1 or more tickets to play at upcoming events. These tickets are transferable, good at any event, and do not have an expiration date.
Limited Edition MBP Crew Badges – These limited edition custom lapel badges give a stylish nod to Artemis S.B.S. and commemorate the build at the same time. They come in three varieties, and match the colors/insignias of each station. Feel like a real crew member with these attractive badges!
Basic Crew T-Shirts – These shirts are cool, whether you plan to wear them to play or not! Each features the color and insignia of its respective station.
Deluxe Crew T-Shirts – For those with deluxe taste, these long sleeved shirts feature the insignia of each station, printed in its respective color, along with a little attitude on the back to let everyone know what your station of choice is all about.
Dedication Plaque – This one we're really proud of. This custom dedication plaque is made from thick laser engraved acrylic, and mounted with aluminum LED standoffs to give it a unique illuminated, floating design that will look cool wherever you put it. It also looks great when not illuminated, with an etched glass appearance. Only 150 plaques will be made, and all are exact duplicates of the plaque that will appear in the Bridge itself. All plaques will come with 6 tickets to play (a value of $60) so you and your friends can get in some serious simulation time at an upcoming event!
All plaques will come with 6 tickets to play (a value of $60) so you and your friends can get in some serious simulation time at an upcoming event!
Mini-Deluxe Package – The first of our deluxe packages gets you all the sweet swag, at a discount. It includes: A dedication plaque, a set of six Deluxe T-Shirts, a set of 6 MBP Crew Badges, and $120 worth (12) of tickets to play.
Deluxe (Admiral's) Package – This is the ultimate reward package. The 20 backers choosing the Admiral's Package will receive everything in the Mini-Deluxe Package, but will also have their names inscribed on each plaque under “Admirals” in the “Contributing Commissioners” section of the plaque. Again, this comes with $120 worth (12) of tickets to play.
We can't wait to get started, and we really appreciate your support. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but we had enough ideas to fill several trailers, and depending on the results of our Kickstarter Campaign we could potentially build several unique bridges. For every $30,000 raised above our goal, we'll design and build a comparable but stylistically unique MBP trailer, capable of using existing Artemis connectivity to be linked together with other bridges to form a whole fleet! Be sure to check back here so you don't miss out on any exciting developments or updated reward opportunities!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This trailer will be the first of its kind, and there will no doubt be a bug here or there to iron out of the design. That's one of the most challenging things about designing and building something new, but also one of the most fulfilling. And it is expected. The design is based on pretty thorough research, but once we get all of the components in our hands we'll have to take the time to make sure everything functions as intended, to ensure the best experience possible. Will we have to add some adjustments to the seats? Will the viewing angle of the monitors be sufficient? Or will we have to make the consoles adjustable? (We've already got a power system in mind for doing so if necessary.) We've estimated the build will take us only a month, based on our experience with fabrication, but it *could* be slightly longer if we happened to run into a a design challenge here and there. And there are always more wires to run than you think there are going to be! As of posting this project, we've already added a rear exit door to the design which doesn't appear in the above concept images. You never know when inspiration will hit, especially during the actual build process, so it will definitely continue to evolve, but always for the better. However, as we already have a clearly defined budget, we will be building essentially what you see above, with some potential performance/comfort enhancements as needed.
As far as event appearances - much planning is necessary to attend trade shows. While we definitely plan to be at as many shows as possible, its not possible to be at all of them. There are literally hundreds each year, even dozens on the same weekends! Our focus would be on shows which the majority of people could attend, in a variety of locations, some of which you may have been planing/wanting to visit anyway. At times when there are no such major shows happening, we'll try to be at smaller events or even try to set up at local comic book/game stores and make sure such occasions are listed online so people can plan to attend.
Project Budget (or, How the Money Will Be Spent)
The project funding goal is $30,000. However, the Mobile Bridge itself will cost only half that to build. Why are we asking double?
Basically its due to the fact that we are offering such high quality rewards. We've come up with some attractive and truly unique rewards that are meant to appeal to fans of Artemis, as well as sci fi fans in general. Not that we're trying to use Kickstarter as a store, just offering a lot for each pledge. The badges we've designed are made of real metal, not plastic or cardboard. If you've ever had anything quality produced you'll understand it cost something have these things made!
We're trying to give everybody a lot of bang for their buck - a chance to play in the MBP once its completed being the ultimate reward. That's shy we've engineered value into our rewards (especially through the inclusion of Simulator Tickets) that approaches or exceeds the amount of the pledges, so you're funding the project but getting your full money's worth (or more) at the same time!
The project funding goal is $30,000. However, the Mobile Bridge itself will cost only half that to build. Why are we asking double?
Basically its due to the fact that we are offering such high quality rewards. We've come up with some attractive and truly unique rewards that are meant to appeal to fans of Artemis, as well as sci fi fans in general. Not that we're trying to use Kickstarter as a store, just offering a lot for each pledge. The badges we've designed are made of real metal, not plastic or cardboard. If you've ever had anything quality produced you'll understand it cost something have these things made! (And shipped!)
If you've ever run a Kickstarter campaign, or read about them, you'll know that Kickstarter itself tells you to account for all these costs before you set your funding goal, otherwise you'll be stuck trying to fill rewards that you don't have the money for!
We've done a lot of research into the components, and in this regard quite a few helpful insights came from other builders on the Artemis forums. Basically, the computers needed to run the game needn't be that powerful, and the touchscreen monitors can be had for a reasonable price. That means the majority of the funds will be going towards the materials for the environment, and the trailer itself (which will be bought brand new). We're also keeping the costs down by doing all the construction ourselves. This is also the best way to ensure quality. We're with you - we wouldn't be excited about some cheesy haunted house set up either. We're going for the highest quality possible, capable of standing up to the rigors of hours of play and hundreds of players climbing in and out, and wrapping the whole thing in a sleek and polished sci fi exterior worthy of a movie set.
Feel free to check our numbers (rest assured we've done A LOT of searching for the right components at the right price). Just in case you're interested, here's the link to the forum posting discussing these issues.
Check out "Hardware and LBE Construction" and the thread "Mobile LBE Design, Construction".