Read about this on Penny Arcade Report:Artemis allows six people take the bridge of a starship, and tell their own story
Lets plug the web site again. Official Artemis site:http://www.artemis.eochu.com/
Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers.
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 is a software game for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
*Although the column pushes the LAN/bridge in one room aspect, the comments threads suggest it's a real blast online as well, using some sort of virtual LAN stuff, and indicate it's fun even with just two people. The FAQ notes he optimized it for online play.
I think all the people who yapped about STO not being like Bridge Commander should look into this.
I'd love to give it a whirl some day.
The game's $40, and apparently gives you the right to copy and install the game onto every computer of your bridge (up to 6). Supposedly runs well on just about anything that can run Windows XP, including netbooks.
I guess I could buy a copy, burn some copies (within the limit, I'm a boy scout
) and mail them to anyone willing to nerd out with me.