Progress

Website updated: 6Feb2020

I've enjoyed Star Trek for years. I watched the original series in reruns as a kid. My wife and I watched The Next Generation in college when we were dating. I also enjoy Star Wars, Firefly and science fiction literature in general.

Around 2017, my son pointed out Artemis, a starship bridge simulator. We tried it out and enjoyed it quite a bit. We quickly played through the stock mission scripts, so I wrote a few more for us to play. Artemis version 2.5.2 was available, but we used version 2.4.0 as a group because we could include all of our iOS and Android tablets as bridge station consoles.

Near the end of 2017, we discovered online users (like USN and TSN), other bridge simulators (like Empty Epsilon, Starship Horizons and Thorium) and read about people building bridge sets in their home or other locations or making portable bridge sets and bringing them to various conventions. I started writing scenarios for Empty Epsilon for my friends and family to enjoy. I also started writing them in such a way that I could enjoy them too by putting in random factors so that I did not know the scenario outcome in advance.

Having done this for fun for a while, I thought I might try bringing this experience to a larger group of people. So, I've started putting together a plan to turn this into some kind of business where people would come to enjoy the experience of being on a virtual starship.

—David Priddy

Feb 2020
Bridge set inspected by fire safety representative and by building inspector for certificate of occupancy
Jan 2020
Completed initial construction on bridge set. It can always use improvements, but I'm calling it done for now.
23Jan View from the weapons console
23Jan Consoles ready. Bridge set is ready
Dec 2019
Continued working on building the bridge set. Received first spam contact on website
20Dec Lights off, screens on
12Dec All console articulators built and mounted
20Dec Painted and connected
10Dec Front row consoles built and mounted
11Dec First upper level console articulator built and mounted
5Dec Platform without finished rail
9Dec Platform rail and console articulator prototype
Nov 2019
Leased space, insured business, ordered bridge screens and console mounts, started bridge set build
22Nov Bare bones bridge set
25Nov Bridge screens
Sep 2019
Established Local Starship LLC

6
Updated progress on website and business (with pictures). Changed landing page to indicate we are open for business

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Add instructions on quick function form page for converting request to reservation, change result sort order for several queries
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Add instructions on quick function form page for several functions
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Quick display participants, missions, mission ship. Spruce up quick function form page. Add contact details when viewing single reservation. Quick mission ship station function (create, edit, display)
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Quick mission ship function (edit, create)
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Fix/refine conversion function, quick Participant function (create, edit), quick mission function (edit, create), add participant and mission details to single reservation display
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Quick convert request to reservation function
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Quick edit reservation function
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Quick reservation request function (edit, create), quick edit reservation function
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Quick Person table function (create, edit), quick Contact table function (create, edit)
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Quick list requests
8
Start documenting use cases from business perspective
1
Add Reservation admin function (display, read, edit, add to nav menu), start on similar page for reservation requests

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Add progress pictures, update admin menu, Add contact us functions (display, read, delete)
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Further enhance progress reports
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Include pictures in progress reports
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Add link to Facebook
3
Added/changed station icons in FAQ, start on function to convert reservation request to reservation
2
Updated internal site documentation

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Version 1.0.0 live
29
Simplified database structure, added basic client side validation, reorganized reservation form, tweaked various html formats,
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Start on converting request to reservation, update faq page, add common date picker, create scaled down version of site as placeholder
27
Refactor SQL, add future test data, remove diagnostic labels from output, update video info, refactor admin code
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Filter schedule on reservations page to show only future dates
25
Switch to newer video, fixed syntax error on reservations page
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Started frequently asked questions
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Secure admin functions
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Business progress update

5
Transfer some content from previous home page to divided pages
4
Divide site into pages, alter look and feel a bit, add navigation, prepare for video content
2
Connect reservation request to database, defer email function, squish bugs
1
Squish more bugs, Added more test data to reusable set, pared down multi-join columns

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Squish bugs, improve queries with joins and applicable database test displays
30
Created reusable test data, continued adding to and testing database functions
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Added several database functions, create database test page
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Start switching over to a database rather than flat json files
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Updated reservation form
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Started on getting reserve time part of site working: list existing reservations
8
Reorganized website folder structure. Added role icons, darkened role header backgrounds, enlarged role header text
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Registered domain names localstarship.com and localstarship.net for a year

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Break progress into history and update sections
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Flesh out progress section
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Simple email form for contact us, placeholder content
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Navigation widgets at top of page
15
Establish trust fund for digital paleontology