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Wil Wheaton captains an all star cast on the TSN Maltose Falcon

posted Feb 21, 2013 00:26:33 by SigbiornSigmundarson
Everyone should see this...
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TaigiaReilly said Feb 21, 2013 09:23:04
This is a great thing because it'll show more people the game we have all fallen madly in love with.
TaigiaReilly said Feb 21, 2013 15:21:10
Three other videos from the same event. The last one is of Capt. Wheaton's crew.
LawsonThompson said Feb 23, 2013 05:39:50
What settings, and what ship mod was that using?
TaigiaReilly said Feb 23, 2013 05:46:15
Heck if I know. It looked the the standard Light Cruiser to me.
Charlie said Feb 23, 2013 07:18:36
Definitely looked like a cool con.
TaigiaReilly said Feb 23, 2013 07:22:06
It wasn't a convention in the usual sense. It was a cruise. Boat travel and buffet. Sounds wonderful.
Charlie said Feb 23, 2013 08:06:57
Oh, hell yea!
SigbiornSigmundarson said Feb 23, 2013 17:20:35
Yep, looked like they were playing Vanilla at least level 3. The projection screen was on another client allowing the use of the observer station.
jtmarcure said Feb 25, 2013 21:20:03
Months ago I wrote Wheaton's internet show about Artemis and was told in no uncertain terms that it was not his kind of game and he was not in the least bit interested. I guess it's a case of the right place and time.

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SigbiornSigmundarson said Feb 25, 2013 21:31:26
Producers and agents sometimes may choose to say whatever they want even if it isn't true. Just look at what happened with the Weird Al and Lady Gaga fiasco. What he most likely meant was that Artemis is not a correct fit for the show "Tabletop" as its an electronic game suited to a plan party situation and not a friends gather around the table situation. I would never expect Artemis on the show.
1955jt said Feb 25, 2013 23:27:47
What he most likely meant was that Artemis is not a correct fit for the show "Tabletop" as its an electronic game suited to a plan party situation and not a friends gather around the table situation. I would never expect Artemis on the show.

I only know what was said and didn't bother to "decode" the meaning. Friends gathered around the table is exactly how I and my friends play Artemis. Sure we have a large screen for the main but we basically all sit at the table. Maybe we don't "get" the true intent of the game but, it works for us.

Note: I'm jtmarcure above. Logged in under a different Google account.
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SigbiornSigmundarson said Feb 26, 2013 04:33:10
I'm really not of the mind to start a flame war here, but you really don't see the difference between Artemis and the games played on tabletop? Tabletop deals with analog games exclusively and as much as we love Artemis I agree it would not fit on the show.

A little food for thought as well. Those celebrities are not exactly on the cruise for the fun of it. They are getting paid to be there and a round of Artemis may have been in the contract.
jtmarcure said Feb 26, 2013 14:20:13
I'm really not of the mind to start a flame war here

No, I think you are because I apparently crossed some line with my comment. What that line is I'm not sure and to be frank I don't give a $hit about your whole point. All I did was mention that I had contacted Wheaton's show months ago and they were not interested. I thought it was just an interesting little tidbit. You apparently found that offensive and have chosen to defend Wheaton and his outfit against my apparent attack on their integrity. Fine, you win. I sincerely apologize to all the Artemis fans and I'll make sure to apologize to Wheaton for my insulting behavior next time I see him.
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piebob said Mar 02, 2013 02:17:46
i was on this cruise ( and was already a big Artemis fan. the 'celebrity Artemis' event was great, although i wish they had spent more time in tactical and long range scanner view rather than chase camera view--i think the game's breadth and depth is less obvious this way.

none, or almost none of the entertainers who played the game had played before. they had been given an hour or so of instruction right before the game, and it was pretty clear who had actually paid attention (John Roderick and Wheaton in particular, unsurprisingly :)).

in addition to the celebrity event, some of the attendees also set up a conference room (we had the ship's conference center dedicated as a 24/7 gaming room) with laptops and projection so other attendees could play. the missions were only 10 min, which i found to be too short to really have any fun, but it allowed a lot of people to get a feel for the game in a short time. here's a photo of that:

i'd be curious to hear from the Artemis developers whether there's been an uptick in purchases of the game since then... (cruise ended on 2/17).
isildur42 said Mar 02, 2013 17:46:45
I was the person who ran this on the cruise, and it was a ton of fun. The celebrity version was indeed vanilla at level 3. We had an extra computer off to the side running Observer and Main Screen. As for Wil, maybe he only played because he was encouraged to by the producers of the cruise (I don't personally think that is the case, but I didn't really talk to him about his desire to play). I wish that Randall Monroe had tried Science and then gave the other crew orders using sudo commands.

I would have loved to run longer sessions in the conference room, but in order to get the number of people that wanted to play the chance to in the limited time windows we had the room setup, 10 minutes was the time I chose. I hoped that it satisfied their urge to play and encouraged them to go get a copy and play with their local friends. Near the end of the conference room sessions as demand petered off I increased the time to 20 minute sessions for the last couple missions. People were not restricted to playing only once, though we encouraged them to let new players go before they went again. Next year I am hoping to block aside more time for Artemis and with 2.0 hopefully being out in time for the next one, I can certainly see it back on the main stage.
Captain JonĀ² Riley
The Mortis - Artemis-class cruiser
Federation of Humans in Andromeda
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