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NYC Resistor debuted Future Crew, an interactive game of pressing buttons, jacking plugs, and twisting knobs, at their recent interactive party.

9059720008_0d2ac4e25f_bEven better, it has a science fiction bent to it — as the project description reads, Flip switches! Push buttons! Use a variety of retro-futuristic consoles to manipulate the timestream and save the universe! Sounds pretty good to me.

The basic idea is that the players work together like a frantic bridge crew, shouting commands and punching buttons. Only instead of computer panels, the consoles are pieces of repurposed junk; there are a toy piano, a rotary phone, an old patch console, and a teletype, among others. In the case of the piano, a player might have to play “Row Row Row Your Boat” in order to complete the mission. Each console is unique, converted from obsolete electronics with the addition of a Raspberry Pi boards and Teensys. 9059397224_1e6be4f446_b

The hackerspace will be bringing the game to World Maker Faire later on this month, so swing by to give it a try! They’ll also have additional NYCR projects like a new iteration of Chris Fenton’s electromechanical computer.

If you can’t make it, Future Crew is an open-source project and they have set up a code repository. Make your own! [photo credit: William Ward]

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal



  1. Nate B says:

    This is hilarious! It’s like playing the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, but with way more hardware props. And less mission. But the same amount of shouting and laughing and I’m sure someone could come up with a reason to holler “Engineering! Full power to the rear shields, helm, ram them backwards!”.

    Also, was I the only one who saw “Future Crew” and heard IceFrontier.s3m in their head? ;)

  2. Tim Lewallen says:

    There is a phone/tablet based game that is very similar to this called Space Team. It’s a blast at parties!