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A new bridge construction

posted Aug 21, 2012 23:38:50 by SeanLukie
My basement is about to have half of it become a starship bridge! However, I don't suppose someone on here has a link to other people who have built bridges? I need ideas on what to cover the walls with, how to make backlit screens in the walls, etc. I want to go all out.
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LeeKeiserII said Aug 22, 2012 21:20:30
I can possibly answer some questions for you. I'm planning on covering my walls with a mix of corrugated plastic and thin-carpet on plywood. I own a sign/graphic shop so I was planning on putting some printed vinyl on the plastic wherever it made sense.

I'm also able to print onto backlit-film to make buttons, displays and the like.

I'm choosing 'open-frame communication racks' (do a google image search) as the base for each of the officer stations. This allows me to have 3 monitors PER officer station for all the info I want to feed to them. One of the 2 extra monitors I want to use as a re-broadcast of the main screen. This reduces my need to have a HUGE main screen and gives each player a closer look at the details of the main without having to look across the sim itself. The second extra monitor I plan on using some digital signage software (possibly in kiosk-mode) to feed the stations "multimedia" that should enhance the storyline and/or their specific station operation. This may include some in-game training media as well.

I've been working on and dreaming of this for quite some time... Let me know if you have any questions you think I may be able to answer for you and I'll do my best to answer them (from my perspective anyway ;-).

TreChipman said Aug 25, 2012 21:35:15
Here's a pretty good resource for building an immersive bridge environment:
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Ed said Aug 27, 2012 00:02:40
There's always which is fairly 'immersive'.
LeeKeiserII said Aug 27, 2012 01:13:58
Tre, Chrome is throwing up malware warnings on that url... Any idea what the issue could be?
Ed said Aug 27, 2012 10:15:51
But not for, for a totally different domain...
Cmdr.Brandr said Aug 27, 2012 14:28:42
I am getting an attack page report for both using FireFox.

Hmmm....makes me nervous.
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TreChipman said Aug 28, 2012 04:03:09
Sorry guys--- I ran into the malware alert on that page several months ago, but haven't encountered it since (and I've got a pretty good set of anti-malware tools running on a regular basis). I wouldn't have recommended it if I knew it was still throwing up red flags.

However, a lot of the basics of what he did is covered in this You Tube video:

I'm not a mad scientist. I'm an angry one. You'd be wise to fear the latter.

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BrianBrokaw said Aug 30, 2012 02:57:56
*watches the youtube movie*

Oh, HELL yes! Now I just have to acquire a house sufficiently large to dedicate a room to this. :)
LeeKeiserII said Aug 31, 2012 15:13:59
*watches the youtube movie*

Wow! Nice "Bridge".. :-) Very cool...
Mike_Substelny said Sep 17, 2012 13:50:49
I thought I had posted these somewhere before, but here are a couple photos of my dedicated bridge in action.

This is demonstrating Thom's DMX controlled lights.

"Damn the torpedoes! Four bells, Captain Drayton!"

(Likely actual words of Admiral David Farragut, USN, at the battle of Mobile Bay. Four bells was the signal for the engine room to make full steam ahead).
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