Yesterday I had a few friends over to give Artemis a try for the first time. There were four of us, and we had the main screen, helm, weapns/comms, and science/engineering. Everyone got a chance to try the various stations and they found it very enjoyable, we played all afternoon. They quickly grasped the standard "bombing run" and minelaying tactics, one captain distinguished himself by cleverly laying mines in the gap between a minefield and an asteroid belt which served to funnel incoming fleets into a small killing field. The mines he ordered laid there dispatched two whole enemy fleets!
We were definitely feeling that we were missing things by having to double up two of the stations. We've got plans for more people and machines to make next time the full crew. I was very glad I'd gone out and gotten a USB joystick for the Helm station, that enhanced that station a lot. We even had a five year old (he'll be 6 in a few weeks) contributing- as Science, he helped some calling out beam frequencies and bearings and having a blast.
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