CCSF 2012 Day 3: Daily Comic by Pirate-Rob

Created by Pirate-Rob

Pirate-Rob's comic characters have been thoroughly enjoying the CCSF and all it has to offer! Only... Something seems rather strange about the Ettin. Poor Coconut Dolly took a spill in all the excitement!

CCSF 2012 Day 3: Empty World

Drawn by MK-Grendel

Creating a Creatures metaroom takes a great deal of work, yet this amazing background has set the stage for an excellent addition to C3/DS! Take a look through the following links on deviantART for two designs:

Alpina: First Design
Empty World: New Design

Note that this is only a graphic at the moment, though it provides an excellent glimpse into a metaroom that could be created! More detail can be found in the links. Maybe the Empty World will not be so empty in the near future... Due to the file sizes, please visit the links listed above to download the full size backgrounds. Enjoy this amazingly crafted metaroom idea!

From MK-Grendel: "If the new design will become a metaroom, I'll help with making sprites for plants and animals in the same style. In case someone will help, I'll draw Grendel/Norn/Ettin sprites: The Norn will be however the other wants them to be, the Grendel will be my design, and the Ettin is optional. The lava room was inspired by the C2 hatchery room, the swamp was inspired by prehistoric fauna, and the big lava crystal is like the big aquarium glass in the C3 aquatic terrarium. There are ideas for an elevator-free use of this room for each part."

CCSF 2012 Day 3: Cloud Layer Butterflies

Created by Jessica for C1 (COB)

The Creatures 1 Cloud Layer Butterflies have received a couple of updates with this release! The original coloring of the butterflies didn't entirely match up with their home in the clouds. These updated Cloud Layer Butterflies sport a beautiful blue color that helps them blend in with the sky and clouds a bit better than their cousins. Also included is a minor update for the original butterflies, along with a COB to inject them more times. This download includes the following:

Blue Cloud Layer Butterflies
Original Cloud Layer Butterflies Update
Updated Cloud Later Butterflies COB

Download the Cloud Layer Butterflies (Updated Link)

From Jessica: "The blue Cloud Layer Butterflies are little more than a recolor of the originals, though I thought it would be nice to have another option in Creatures 1! The update to the original sprite file is extremely minor, though it may make a small difference in the movement of the butterflies. The updated COB allows 255 uses of the Cloud Layer Butterflies... Much better than the original limit of five! Enjoy watching many float about Albia!"

IMPORTANT: The sprite and COB files included with this update will overwrite the original Cloud Layer Butterfly files. Please make sure to make backups. Also, only one color variation may be used at a time in a world.

CCSF 2012 Day 3: Zeppelin Grendels

Drawn and Written by Sam999

Not all Creatures need wings to fly, as this wonderful drawing and description prove! The Zeppelin Grendels would be a sight to see in any world, complete with their methane air sacs and bodies designed for flight. Included with this download are the following:

Zeppelin Grendels Art
Zeppelin Grendels Information
Zeppelin Grendels Report

Enjoy this unique take on a Grendel breed that could certainly exist in Creatures at some point! Also make sure to read the complete report about them. They have a lot of features not usually found in Grendels!

Download the Zeppelin Grendels (690 KB RAR File)

From Sam999: "Recovered on, or rather in the upper atmospherical layers of world twenty, the Zeppelin Grendels are at present one of only three known species of airborne Grendel. The others are Winged Bulbous Grendels and Skyswimmer Grendels, which Shee biologists suspect they may be related to. I don't intend to make Zeppelin Grendels a breed, but if anyone would like to, you have my approval.
  • Maneuvering: Zeppelin Grendels have developed webbed and elongated hands and feet, as well as a flattened paddle-tail for propulsion and maneuvering, although flight is achieved via fleshy methane sacs.
  • Feeding: Diet is largely composed of airborne vegetation such as hover-kelp, balloon-blossom fruit and drifting seeds from assorted species. Some specimens have been observed to filter-feed via their beards, picking out seeds or small floating plants caught following flying through clouds.
  • Reproduction: Unlike regular Grendels, they give birth to live young due to the disadvantages of an egg when the only "ground" consists of a rocky core kilometers below covered in air pressurized into a solid. Further information has been irretrievable due to our Grendel reproductive specialist position being unfilled. Apparently embarrassment due to having that career on a resumé or something.
  • Aggression: Zeppelin Grendels are quite peaceful creatures, presumably as slap-fights would likely lead to both Grendels puncturing each other's flight bladders and falling until crushed by atmospheric pressure. Even deliberate attempts at provoking aggression via a Norn-shaped puppet failed.
  • Evolutionary History: Unknown. It is clear that they can not have evolved in their present location due to the impossibility of a flightless ancestral form. Presumably their ancestors were genetically engineered from standard Albian Grendels at some point.
  • Recovery: Unfortunately, due to the inability to successfully simulate their preferred conditions abroad ship no specimens have been recovered. Further exploration will be required for study of this species."

CCSF 2012 Day 3: Whispers in the Clouds

Written by Jessica as Part of the Shee Journey Series

With most of the sand finally swept up, I made a note that these sandy worlds were not very pleasant. I had to endure sandy, gritty tea for the better part of the day. My tea brewing skills were always my finest point, so I was rather disturbed by this development. Fortunately, the next planet located by the spacecraft appeared to be one giant mass of clouds. The exploration vessel would be unable to bring back another mess. I glared at it as it disengaged and headed off to discover anything it could. I returned to my research on the Ettins: As fascinating as they were, they were not exactly the Norns I expected to find. My scanning tools mysteriously disappeared, only to be located in a pile by one of my assistants. These Ettins were obsessed. At least they showed some devious intelligence, though.

I decided to take a look at some of the images sent back by the vessel. Part of me believed it would make another miscalculation, despite it being in perfect diagnostic condition. As the screen flickered to life, it appeared that this was a world completely crafted of clouds. Wispy ones danced in the sunlight, while giant puffy ones almost formed islands in the sky. Some of the clouds formed strange shapes... I startled myself when I thought I spotted a Grendel. Then, the vessel moved around the supposed shape, and it disappeared into the whiteness. There were indications that a world could exist below these thick clouds... Yet the vessel had plans of its own.

My head was still filled with the strange images from this world. Was it merely my imagination? I shook it off, and brewed myself another delicious cup of tea. The rising steam reminded me of the clouds, and my assistants alerted me that the vessel had brought back something rather interesting. Those wings looked so familiar, and I frantically pulled out a history book detailing some of the early Shee critters. Sure enough, these were listed as extinct. My eyes grew wide: They originated on Albia. Yet this world was light years from those secret coordinates...

From Jessica: "Our journey through the new worlds featured in the CCSF 2012 now turns to a mysterious cloud world. Most Norns, Grendels, and Ettins have kept their feet firmly planted on the ground, though flight has been made possible for numerous breeds! Keep your eyes peeled as these images from the clouds materialize throughout the third day of the Creatures Community Spirit Festival!"
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