UPDATE: This solution has a critical flaw. The sound effects when running an Android client DO NOT WORK! (No Warp Drive, Torpedo, Phaser, or incoming damage sounds.) If I can find a fix, I will update this post.
I LOVE Artemis Bridge Simulator. If you haven’t played it, go find six friends and get together with your laptops for a super good time! However, there is a trick to successfully being able to play Artemis – you have to own enough equipment to build a bridge. It takes SIX computers or iOS/Android devices all running the same version of the game to play! Mrs. Mindcrime and I host two games a year in our home where we run two bridges for 12-player mayhem. I have one bridge made up of an old gaming PC and five Windows 98 craigslist laptops that are set up only for use on Artemis night. The other bridge tends to be a hodgepodge of our other gear and anything that friends bring over. Since Artemis runs on a home network it is susceptible to all kinds of issues from interference from firewalls to TV Tuner Cards (one of my earliest posts on this blog). Therefore, anytime I can find a piece of home hardware that I can also use for Artemis (and pre-configure to play nice on my network) I get pretty excited.
I’ve put a BRIEF review and a video clip of Artemis Bridge Simulator at the end of this article.
So, I thought I’d gamble on trying out the new Nvidia Shield TV. The Shield TV runs Android TV as it’s OS which is essentially Android. There is an Artemis App for Android, so I figured it shouldn’t be too hard to put the Artemis app on to the Shield TV. I ran into some serious difficulty with side-loading the app onto the Shield TV. I do not own any other Android devices. I did once, and I installed Artemis on the device after paying for the app. However, the Google Play store does not let you download APKs (essentially Android programs) to your PC directly. Many of the instructions online which show how to install APKs on the Shield TV are assuming that you either have the APK already on a thumb drive OR you are willing to download it from a 3rd party source. I was in neither position. Let me just say this now – The technique I am describing is ONLY for use if you have PAID for the Artemis Android app and do not have another Android device to run it on. Otherwise, what you are doing is piracy. Artemis is not a game created by some gigantic faceless corporation where piracy might be erroneously rationalized as some kind of Robin Hood inspired activity. Nope, it’s a game developed by a dude named Tom in Ohio – good ‘ol fashioned entrepreneurial moxy and he deserves to be paid for his hard work (and the joy he brings to so many lives).
#1: Install ES File Manager and Sideload Launcher from the Google Play Store on your Shield TV.
#2: You will need to go into your computer’s BIOS and turn on “Intel Virtualization Technology”. It is most likely set to “Disabled” and you will need to set it to “Enabled”. If you don’t know how to do this, you might want to Google it and watch an instructional video first. It is my understanding that turning this feature on will not impact a PC’s performance.
#3: Download DuOS from American Megatrends website – this is an emulator that will let you run a virtual Android device on your PC. It is from American Megatrends (they are a PC Bios developer) and a reputable company. The trail version will do the job. I’d recommend buying a copy because you will need to repeat this procedure every time Artemis Bridge Simulator for Android is updated.
#4: Next open DuOS and go to the Settings page. Under Display Setting tick the box for “Show the Select Button” (it should be blue). If you don’t do this – the rest of the instructions will drive you INSANE!
#5: DuOS comes with the Amazon App Store pre-installed. You can BUY a copy of the app there for $3 by logging in with your Amazon ID. That’s what I did and it’s worth it – 1000X over, it is sooooo worth it!
#6: Once you have done that you should be able to follow the directions contained in this you tube video to get the APK on to the Nvidia Shield TV. You will need some kind of cloud drive (Such as Google Drive) to make this work. The button-ology is slightly different since the YouTuber is working on an android device and you are using an emulator. But it should become clear how to use the technique below after clicking around some. The video might seem a bit long, but he does an excellent job of covering the details.
#7: Once you have installed the Artemis Android app on your Nvidia Shield TV, you can launch it from the Sideload Launcher App. You will want a wireless keyboard with track-pad or trackball plugged into the Shield TV’s USB port to navigate the initial setup of the app. I plugged in a standard wireless keyboard with trackball from another PC in the house and it worked fine.
When you “Start Server” you will quickly notice that for some reason the Artemis App can’t read the network address for the Shield TV.
#8: Therefore, the next step is to look in your router’s settings and find the device list. There you will find the IP address for every device on your network. On my ASUS router, the Shield was identified as “Nvidia Shield”.
#9: Start your client machines and put in the address for the Shield TV from the router – not the 0.0.0.0 network address. I was able to connect to the Shield TV with my iPhone and was able to steer the ship etc (running multiple stations from my phone).
Side note: I have not yet tested this in a full 2-bridge Artemis night and drinking fest situation. However I am confident it should work.
What the Heck is Artemis Bridge Simulator??
Watch this video from Rev3Games which does a good job of explaining Artemis Bridge Simulator. If you are a Star Trek fan like me, the minute you discover that Artemis exists…your life will change forever! The best thing about Artemis is that it can’t be played over the internet (at least not well). Artemis forces you to get your friends together, like a good old-fashioned LAN party! Eat pizza! Be social! Even people who do not like video games (like Mrs. Mindcrime) or Star Trek (*GASP!*) love playing Artemis, because the fun isn’t the game itself as much as the interactions between friends!