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C3/DS – Grendels!

I’m sitting here with some sort of upper respiratory infection and a mug of some homemade chicken noodle soup. It could be a cold. It could be the flu. Either way, I’m sequestering myself from the rest of the world until I’m better again. I’m already feeling better than I was yesterday (2 bad fevers) but my voice hasn’t returned so I’m limited to written blog posts rather than videos.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s talk Grendels.

bandicam 2015-11-21 19-05-34-258PurringCat decided ot start the session off with a new egg! Out of that egg hatched a little boy that I decided to name “LovelySong”. Given the fact that I’ve injected the Norn Mother agent purely to help these guys release their anger through violence, I think the irony of this gentle naming scheme is hilarious.

PurringCat came down with Antigens 0 and 4, though. Being sick with some kind of infection myself, I couldn’t help but sympathize. I gave her a spray to kill the bacteria, but she would have to fight the Antigens herself. I couldn’t remember the numbers for the antibodies, though I should keep a memo to immunize a population in the future.

It didnt’ take long for more infections to spring up. LovelySong and LovelyDown both had bacteria on their bodies but they were sorted much more quickly than PurringCat. Honestly, I was curious to see what Antigens actually affected Grendels. I’ve forgotten a lot since I stopped playing regularly some months ago.

bandicam 2015-11-21 19-30-56-257Before too long, however, and despite beating the Antigens in her body, PurringCat passed away before reaching old age. I guess the previous infection just took too much out of her. She was alone in the Grendel Jungle at the time so I don’t think the other grendels will be overcome with the same ilness.

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C3/DS – I don’t even know anymore

During this move, I’ve been struggling to find time and ideas for Creatures blog entries. I want to sit down and explore the differences between Vanilla, CFE and CFF creatures, I want to sit down and play the older games and I want to eventually get back to making content for the games, but I just don’t know what I’m doing anymore.

I guess not playing a game for most of the year can have that kind of effect.

So I’ve finally just accepted that I’ve basically forgotten a lot of the information that I knew about creatuers and it would probably be in my better interest to just… play.

Kitty Tikara sent me a group of Grendels a little over a month ago and I haven’t had the time to play with them til now. I figure now’s as good a time as any. I have no goal with these grendels except to play with them.

bandicam 2015-11-16 18-05-31-577First up is PurringCat. She’s a 1 hour old female from a genetic project. Since she was furious (as most Banshees are out the gate) I fed her some calm balm and she quickly fell asleep.

bandicam 2015-11-16 18-08-34-292Next I imported FluffyKittens, a 1 hour old male. I wanted to keep these two together in the interest of producing future generations.

Because the two of them were always so angry (as is natural in their breed) I decided to add the Norn Mother. The agent would provide a constant source of norns for the Grendels to beat up on.

bandicam 2015-11-16 18-15-37-738Bypass Import Cloning stopped working (… uuh) so I had to give these babies their names again but since they were both newborns, I decided to introduce them to the world at the same time.

Finally, the group included a newborn Gen2 grendel who I opted to introduce in the future instead.

It wasn’t long til the first Norn made it into the world. It had a pretty easy introduction to the world, too. The male siamese had met Cuddles and the two left each other alone. FluffyKittens even walked right up to the little guy without putting a finger on him.

Well. Things were peaceful at first. It didn’t take long for FluffyKittens to decide he couldn’t handle the anger anymore and he started slapping… Cuddles!? The fiend! It was eventually PillowSoft who attacked the poor thing first and it was PillowSoft who took it down for good.

bandicam 2015-11-16 18-26-15-223It wasn’t long after that the older Grendels had an egg together. I decided to introduce the Gen 2 from Kitty Tikara’s group at the same time as this one hatched and I got PuffyClouds and LovelyDown. I decided to commit to the “soft and cozy and nice” naming-scheme, just for kicks. 😛

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C3/DS – One Step Back (or Looking At The Vanilla Norns)

Hah! Once I’d started playing with my new CFF creatures, I realized that it’d been a while and that I didn’t know what the difference between the Vanilla, CFE and CFF breeds were anymore. I decided it might be wise to correct this by looking at the different Astro genes and reading some documentation.

I’ll be keeping the CFF world that I have and we’ll visit our little norns again in the future. For now, I’m going to play around with a population of Vanilla Astros. Playing in the Shee Ark will also give me a more nostalgic experience and I think this particular terrarium is better suited for this sort of experience. The Capilatta is a little too… “test-bedy” for my taste.

After hatching 3 males and 3 females I taught them all their vocabularies through the console, just to make things easier for me. I’d be able to keep track of how they were feeling and they’d be able to communicate their needs with me. Naturally, they used it to talk about who they liked instead. While this “like/dislike loop” problem wasn’t as bad as in the CFE genome, it was still pretty bad.

bandicam 2015-09-28 21-03-10-552Yes, I get it. Everybody like everybody, now shut up about it. Thankfully, I had the good sense to mute creature voices from the get-go. Chatty little bastards, but at least they’re cute. After a while, the chatter about who likes who died down and I was able to just watch them. As babies, they still had a lot of learning and decision making to do and so would pace back and forth and try all sorts of things. They eventually got enough experience to advise each other on how to deal with drives, like resting when tired. Things slowed down for a while.

Then, when they were each a half hour old, EES cropped up.

bandicam 2015-09-28 21-32-55-602You poor, stupid animal. For those of you not in the know, EES or “Eat Elevator Syndrome” is something that happens to many creatures in Creatures 3/Docking Station. The norns just get so bored, or their brains get so mixed up, or the game’s engine has a hiccup that causes their brains to become unable to focus on anything for a while. They default to “eat door” or “eat elevator” when this happens and they eventually starve to death. A quick slap on the butt is all it usually takes to wake them up but this is quite a problem for anyone running an AFK wolfling or feral run, for example. It’s even tedious for people doing what I do, that is, running the game on the side while I do other things. This was one of the biggest problems in the default game but thankfully, there are several fixes for this, including the CFE edits and Brainfarter, the latter which I haven’t tested yet.

The Norns started to do dumber and stranger things. One male grabbed an egg and just stood there saying “get creature egg” when I asked what he was doing. A pair of females played with an elevator and another male kept walking off of high ledges. Nothing high enough to really hurt and there’s no way for them to detect cliff edges, but it was just dumb looking.

I’ll be playing with this world for a few generations to see what I can glean about the vanilla genome. It’ll be fun to play with the newer genomes after a few rounds of this nonsense, I’m sure.

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C3/DS – Boy, isn’t that just like me?

Isn’t it just like me to announce that I’m going to do something and then just kinda… accidentally fuck off for a while? Sorry about that everyone! I guess I’m still getting used to blogging again.

At any rate, I’m here now and I’m finally putting together my first Creatures blog post in what feels like ages. I hope you like it. Oh, and remember that this is still a sometimes thing. Don’t expect a regular blogging schedule.

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bandicam 2015-09-25 13-59-00-643It seems like I couldn’t have picked a better time to start blogging about Creatures again. As I collected my agents, breeds and bug fixes for the games, I noticed that evolnemesis had finished the first pack of CFF norns! I’ll be playing around with version 1.1 because the edits there appeal to me, but they come from the same basic genome.

bandicam 2015-09-25 14-36-05-009When it came to picking which of the 6 updated breeds I would start with, I couldn’t make up my mind. In the end, I decided to use them all, two at a time, starting alphabetically. I opted to start with a male so when the egg finally hatched, I got a Male Astro norn, who I named Gabe.

Too lazy to teach him vocabulary myself, I  took him down to the Holistic Learning Machine and waited. It didn’t take him long to press the machine and then start complaining about how hungry for protein he was. I taught him to push toys and to rest when he got tired. Teaching him things was fun, but I wanted to hatch a second creature since having just one can get boring before you realize it.

bandicam 2015-09-25 14-43-21-621Next to hatch was Donna, a Female Chichi norn. You can tell from the photo that I remembered to turn on Creatures Nametags this time.

I taught Donna the same things that I taught Gabe and waited to see what they would do. They talked about their needs and offered (misguided) advice on what to do. For example, when Gabe said he was hungry for protein, Donna suggested he travel left from food. I think she hadn’t learned what she was supposed to do yet and was just trying to help, but I hope she’ll learn soon. I’m counting on these two to be guardians for future generations.

Next time, we’ll talk about plans for these two. See you soon!

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