Creatures in a non-standard world (in Contests)

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 14 2009 4:45 PM EST

Here's a fun contest..

The winner gets a 200k (feel free to donate to the contest pot), this contest is judged by me.

Sometimes I find myself thinking about ideas for different video games that I think would be fun. Now, I know what you're thinking, everyone with 2 brain cells can put together an idea for a video game.

The point of this contest however, is not to think of what has already been done to death, and to go way outside the box. I want you to come up with a 1 or 2 sentence description of a world for this video game, and a 1 to 2 sentence description for 3 or 4 creatures that inhabit this world.

Still interested? Okay, now here's the twist: Your game environment CANNOT be one in which human beings or animals exist in currently, of course limited by our own understanding. (microscopic environments are okay though). And yes, you can put human beings into this new/harsh environment if you like, but you better explain how they got into this environment. ;) So here's an example list of environments with things I DON'T want to see.

And here's an example list (please feel free to come up with your own) of environments that people wouldn't exist in that you could populate with your creatures. Have Fun!

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] January 14 2009 5:25 PM EST

the intra-uterine sperm-egg warfare game. try to fertilize the egg by swimming through the labyrinthine maze but watch out for the layers of defense including latex, spermicide and iud's!

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 14 2009 5:26 PM EST

On an alien planet known as Sharglak, a planet with two extremes. The planet orbits a red dwarf and does not rotate as earth does. One side of the planet is always day, the other is always night, and the space in between is always in a constant state of twilight.

Some of the creatures include:
A walking squid-like organisms that tower above even the foliage, has three legs, and must use its long tongue to snatch up its prey. The tongue comes out of the mouth which stands aprox. 15 feet above the ground and is located on the underside of its "head." It is a slow moving behemoth, and all the animals are wary of these beasts. Because it often scares off its prey simply by being seen, it is an omnivore. Because this animal does not have eyes, and must rely on its extra sensitive hearing in order to track its prey. Its hard armor protects it from the extreme temperatures and it can wander all over the planet.

A fast moving scaly creature that lives on the dark side of the planet. This creatures eyes have adapted over thousands of years of evolution, and as such can see in the dark better than humans can see in the day. These are carnivorous organisms and they have extremely strong hind legs that they use to pounce their prey. They can leap great distances despite their size (maybe two feet long), up to aboot 50 feet. They have extremely sharp teeth that they use to shred their victim to pieces with after they have pounced them. These creatures are however, relatively fragile, as their scales must be very flexible to allow such agility. If they do not catch their prey by surprise they often run, or else they might be the prey.

A creature that can be found in the small twilight region of the planet does not remain there for long. When they are born they dig into the ground and remain there, feeding upon the nutrients in the soil. The gasses released by their digestive system remain in a bubble on the upper part of their body, collecting until they collect enough so that when they emerge, they float into the air and drift with the wind. They detatch their bubble and fall on to the ground and evolve according to which part of the planet they land on. If they land on the bright side, they evolve into an animal capable of photosynthesis. They have a great many leaves upon their back, and crawl around searching for insects which they feed upon. If they land on the dark side of the planet, they evolve into an animal with a large mouth that remains open most of the time. The mouth contains a substance that attracts a variety of smaller creatures and the animal eats them when they get close. Regardless of which side of the planet they live on, they both move into the twilight region of the planet to mate. They often mate with their counterpart (daytime with night time), however, they have also been known to mate with members of their own family, but only under dire circumstances.

Gameplay could be similar to Spore, or maybe have a sentient species and have gameplay something like Morrowind. Or you choose which creature you want to be and when aliens attack you must scare them off. *shrug*

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 14 2009 5:26 PM EST

Oh, sorry aboot the length. I know you said a few sentences, but I kind of got into it. =P

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 14 2009 5:39 PM EST

Dudemus, your creatures didn't get any explanation, and you only listed two!

Lord Bob January 14 2009 5:42 PM EST

Question: will you be using these ideas for a game of your own, or will we remain the "owners" of these concepts? I have a few good ones I'd like to post and share, but they're going into one of MY games, so I don't want anyone "borrowing" them.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 14 2009 6:08 PM EST

Yes, everyone owns their own ideas obviously. I wasn't doing this for some perceived deception. I just wanted everyone to have some fun. :)

Lord Bob January 14 2009 6:10 PM EST

Cool. I'll post mine as soon as I get a break. Work is busy tonight.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] January 14 2009 6:19 PM EST

Millennia after a post-nuclear future without humans as the animals ate the corpses of those breeders long ago meta-morphed into humanoid mutants of forthcoming intelligence. This concrete jungle's lanes now streams, where it's life drinkers has have adapted and copied from our picture book fantasies and painted scriptures bring vivid new style to high hives.
First chosen such as the proud Imp-Cats, vicious Walking Roots, crazed Gilled Rollers, and evil Titan Roaches long staked claims to lands being scouted by new rogue species from The Green. You are one such being, a Man-wolf with extending tentacles from each shoulder on a quest for pack vengance against a roving pride of paw-tailed lions.

Tabaldak January 14 2009 8:52 PM EST

I have a few good ideas, I used to get these fantasy and horror ideas/stories that pop in my head all the time. But all the good ones that had any detail to them are on earth with the same continents and stuff in the future or in present day and something drastic happens.

Daz January 14 2009 9:07 PM EST

The setting: an abandoned yoghurt warehouse.

The strains of bacteria that grows in one tub has come to despise the bacteria that grow in the other tubs. They bombard them with strawberries to knock them over and have them either dry out or run down the drain.

This is the story of Kurt (from curd), a cultured young gentleman whose tub is attacked. When his yoghurt mixes with some that is already spilled, he gains an astounding new ability- He can leap! Out for revenge, Kurt starts jumping through tubs to rally support and gain new abilities. This is no vanilla hero.

I'd have this mixed with more terrible puns, but I'm pretty tired...

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 15 2009 3:02 PM EST

Has this thread been lost in the never ending depths of the Old Forums Vault? I think its a cool contest. In fact, I'm going to donate 300k to increase peoples' desire to enter in their ideas. That brings the pot up to 500k. Yay for math. =P

Lord Bob January 15 2009 3:22 PM EST

I still plan on getting in on this, it's just that it's semester startup here, and we're swamped with student and faculty calls right now.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] January 15 2009 3:40 PM EST

Here is an idea, for the world or environment lets take a sphere or sphere like object.
In this world there are no clouds but their are fast moving objects in the "sky" or layers above the surface. One of the many perils that are in this world are collisions, freakish electrical storms, rather strange physics or non existing physics, the "ground" that can float into the layers above it and some kind of radiation that some how makes the sky light up (anyone see where I'm getting at?)

Your creatures are rather small and life on this surface feeding of each other and the occasional drops that the electric storms bring as they scar the "land".

One of those creatures for obvious reason is a predator and kinda looks like a raptor, doesn't like the storms tries and hide from it
One of those creatures looks like lint and is fluffy
One of those creatures is a storm chaser
One of those creatures looks mechanical, very robot like almost looks like a nanobot trying to mend the surface of the sphere.

Yes the world I'm describing is an atom, anyone will do, the more electrons, neutrons and protons, the more activity there will be.

Your goal as a specie is to migrate to other spheres and survive. To "upgrade" your living conditions and to reproduce and conquer.

The nanobot however are trying to keep things stable and are the enemy of all.

Thats my idea. You like it?

Vicious Cat January 15 2009 4:26 PM EST

Because I enjoyed Daz's reply so much, I'll donate a couple hundred k if someone tells me how to.

And even tho I'm not the most imaginative I'll have a crack too :-)

Tabaldak January 15 2009 11:40 PM EST

I see that knights and dragons are discouraged. Is stuff like human magicians, sorcery, and shapeshifters discouraged also?

IndependenZ January 16 2009 4:53 AM EST

I once saw this ghost movie (no idea what is was called) and it had the notion of certain ghosts being stuck to one living person. When that person moved around, and the ghosts did not move with him, an invisible wall would push them with him automatically. It looked awesome when the living one got into a car. :D

I want to take this one step further. Here's the environment. When killed, you get into some sort of dimension which the living can't see, and where all kinds of creatures meet. From rabbits to penguins to humans. They don't speak the same language, but understand each other nonetheless. They're all 'attached' to a living person, like in the movie, but the thing is, the dimension isn't more than say 50 square meters around the living one. It all goes black or static or whatever after that. Every creature has to keep up with the living person, because if they touch the outer barrier... death? Doom? Hell? Something like that. Yes, that means they've got to run real fast when the living person gets into a car. Or a plane. No worries, the dimension grants every creature special abilities to overcome these problems. They just have to find out about them.

So, the world for this video game is a 50 square meter extra dimension around a living person. It's crowded, so they all have to fight for their space and be prepared to run long distances, jump great heights and so forth.

Creature 1: A cheetah, incredibly fast and powerful, able to overcome almost any obstacle the living one finds on his path. (the 'mentor')
Creature 2: Your pretty average 15-year old boy. He'll have to learn quick about this dimension to survive. (the main character)
Creature 3: An eagle. Very powerful and agile, but one-eyed, selfish and ruthless. (the bad guy)
Creature 4 and further: Whatever creatures that become the main's friend or foe, adversary, loved ones, whatever.

AdminNightStrike January 16 2009 1:31 PM EST

"Inside a computer chip."

Tron 2.0 ROCKED!

QBOddBird January 16 2009 7:51 PM EST

A macro-scale universal worldscape, where Earth is simply one of the specks of dust lying on a stool. Thousands of universes are annihilated each second as creatures wander aimlessly, oblivious to the mass destruction they are causing.

Some of these creatures cause little destruction, levitating via the high magnetic concentrations in their bodies, which they manipulate in order to direct themselves about in the air. The amount of iron simply in one of the miniscule worlds below them would be enough to propel them easily, but they never even know just how much is contained in so little.

Others of these creatures, formless, yet contained, move through the atmospheres of the tiny planets and never realize the effects they have. They are considered gods, as they are unseen yet moving, but none realize that this "god" of their planet is simultaneously being worshipped on billions of others as well.

Lord Bob January 17 2009 1:34 AM EST

Nobody steal this. I'm actually using it.

The "planet" is literally one of the last remaining Titans that the gods did not slay during their rise to universal dominance; a fully sentient, semi-supernatural colossal physical living entity. This particular one is snake like in shape, and coils around a star roughly 1.3 times the mass of our Sun, and has a total mass roughly 10000 times that of the Planet Jupiter. It's underbelly that faces the sun sees temperatures averaging 1200 degrees, while the outer shell is as cold as Pluto.

(I could elaborate more, but you wanted 1 to 2 sentences, and I've already given three.)

A diminutive (six inches, average) fungus-like race of small, near humanoid beings that live on the "flesh" of the moist area bordering the hot and cold segments of the host creature (the titan). The active males reside inside the bodies of the far larger, stationary females, and the species gathers in small, tribe like clusters.

A gargantuan, quadrupedal creature with a broad, massive body and seemingly thin, long legs that span taller than most American skyscrapers. It swallows up tons - tons! - of food with an elephant-like trunk that frays out at the end, which gives the creature a wide suction like ability that allows it to vacuum up massive prey, or entire gatherings of smaller beings (see above) at a time.

A race of generally peaceful, yet callous intelligent, magically inclined beings, bi-pedal yet lacking similarity to humans, who have recently come into contact with yet another quasi-humanoid type species residing closer to the "planet's" tail. Though it's above average intelligence has allowed it to colonize a much larger area of the world than similarly advanced species, because of the incredible stretch of surface area provided by the titan's body, not even this species has explored far enough to catch even a glimpse of the other dominant species scattered all across the vast landscape.

Daz January 17 2009 2:04 AM EST

Dryads fight corruption in trees just by existing. You play as the soul of all Dryads in order to fight a new corruption that is spreading.

First it must be fought off in the forests around the world, so it cannot resurge when it is eliminated from the Tree of life.

Daz January 17 2009 11:09 AM EST

I have fun doing this. I actually do it when there is no contest involved, and even now I'm only writing down a small selection of the stuff I'm thinking of. Also, I'm not trying to skew the contest by posting a lot or anything. Feel free to just use my first entry for contest reasons... This one is my favourite so far, though.


We are the Faerie. We exist outside of your perception, Human. We lived peacefully once, until you had to destroy that, like you destroy everything else. You Plague. We have studied you to determine how and why you declared war on us. An accident. You nearly commit genocide by accident. It turns out that we exist in what you call 'Frequencies'. We change frequencies based on nothing more than our mood. If we fly somewhere at a frequency that matches one that you broadcast, we are buffeted by walls of force. If we fly near a receiver, we get sucked into it. You haven't yet attacked our 'rage' mood. Lucky for us, to be stuck either feeling pure anger or dying. Unlucky for you.

Our rage gives us motive. Our rage gives us strength. Our rage gives us hope.

Our rage takes our essence.

.... You have destroyed us....

Tabaldak January 17 2009 3:18 PM EST

Hereメs my game idea for this contest:

Description of the world:

A man, and the character you play as in the game, wakes up in a pile of filthy leaves in a hammock and heメs in this room that is made of adobe or something similar and it has plants like vines or moss growing up the walls in the room. He walks outside and sees he came from the ground floor of a building 5 stories high made of this adobe stuff with the plants growing outside the building also and heメs in the middle of a city, most of the other buildings are similar to the one he just came out of and a few others are made of stone and very few that are made of concrete. The sky is a deep red and the air he sees everything through is slightly hazy. There are three suns in this world and the world is directly in the middle of all three and never turns, somehow the gravity force keeps the planet so that it never moves but the planet is so far away from all the suns that it never gets too hot from all sides being exposed to the sun. There are streets in the city that are made of nothing but black dirt and there are creatures (I'll get to what some of them are like later) in the city that are constantly busy doing their business of shipping things by cart and patching buildings and stuff. The temperature is always around 130 degrees. The last thing the man remembers that he was doing before waking up in the hammock is he was in reality (our modern day reality) doing part of his job that he was just hired for a week ago as a psychiatrist filling out paperwork at his desk about patients of his in the mental hospital. He now wonders that if the world he is in is hell or a form of hell.

By the end of the game, many plot twists are unraveled, which are:

Many of the patients in the mental hospital are insane with schizophrenia and such. But there is one patient that ISN'T delusionary; he's psychic so when he says that he really is seeing a monster and can see monsters he isn't just imagining it. The monsters aren't really monsters though, they are like ghosts of dinosaurs or something and are actually harmless. The first ghost-monster he saw was over a year ago, it charged and jumped at him like it was attacking him and while defending himself from what couldn't hurt him he accidentally killed a woman. But since being kept in the mental hospital he has learned that he can do more with his psychic abilities other than see monsters, he can also project images into other people's minds, hypnotize others by just concentrating while they are in another room, etc.
The head administrator of the mental hospital is a HUGE SADIST and has been working there for a little more than 30 years so nobody knows that he is torturing some of the patients and every once in a while when there is a patient that says the head administrator is torturing them nobody believes the patient. He finds some of the worst patients of the hospital and makes their lives even worse by giving them wrong medication or too much, not enough, or none of the right medication, not letting some of the patients sleep at night, etc.
The man thatメs a psychic that the doctors believe to be delusionary is one of the patients the head administrating doctor is sadistic to, but somehow the head administrating doctor makes it look like to this psychic that it is the new psychiatrist who has been here only a week that is the one torturing him. To stop the new psychiatrist from torturing him, the psychic puts the psychiatrist to sleep and gives him a nightmare, the nightmare being the world that the new psychiatrist is in that he believes to be like hell. Half the world and the creatures in it is what the new psychiatrist believes to be like hell, the other half is what the psychic projects to him.
When the game finally ends the new psychiatrist escapes from his nightmare and has somehow deduced that the head administrator of the mental hospital is torturing many of the patients and that he was the scapegoat which was why he was put in the hell-like nightmare for it. So he kills the sadistic head administrator of the mental hospital for the sake of the patients and finds a way to get away with it.

Some of the Creatures:

Vampire Willow: At the ends of itメs many branches instead of leaves it has something like leeches, this tree wraps itメs victims up in it branches and/or roots and then sucks the blood out of them for food.
Creever: It has the shape of a spider but only 4 legs and is a little bigger than a German Shepherd. It can only move along the ground and it moves by moving its back and front left legs ahead at the same time and then moving its back and front right legs ahead at the same time.
Mindling: Flying pests the size of flies that look like wasps, they dig their way into skin and although they canメt injure the host they take temporarily take over the mind of the host and then take the host to a creature that can and will injure it.
Xalta: friendly creatures in this world, at least they are considering the fact they arenメt violent like your enemies. They are the creatures hauling carts and stuff to ship stuff in and most resemble giant lizards or salamanders or something and can understand the main characterメs language. When working they are on all 4 legs and when relaxing they are on only their 2 back legs.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] January 17 2009 9:06 PM EST

Can anyone keep to the rules?

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 17 2009 9:59 PM EST

Can Gun refrain from trolling? =P

j'bob January 17 2009 11:37 PM EST

I want you to come up with a 1 or 2 sentence description of a world for this video game,

Empty space occupied by just a few planets that are the hosts of several types of "creatures". The "creatures" and eventually, the planets are the "combatants".

and a 1 to 2 sentence description for 3 or 4 creatures that inhabit this world.

At least 3 types of creatures on each planet.
Type A is a destructive lil thing, chewing, gnawing, tearing at any surface of the planet exposing the planet's "flesh" which is a bubbling living quickly expanding entity.
Type B is a "healing" entity, drawn the the "flesh" of the planet when ever and where ever it is exposed, mutating and forming it into a vicious 3rd entity (Type C if I may be so bold) that YEARNS to fight the other entities springing up all around it in order to grow large enough to eventually break free from the surface and drift off to become it's own "planet" which will then draw the attention of the existing/other planets which naturally want to devour it.

Thus the fight continues...

Lord Bob January 19 2009 12:46 PM EST

When does this contest end?

Wizard'sFirstRule January 19 2009 10:14 PM EST

In a circular land, with cryptic markings on the outer rings, and regular craters spaced roughly evenly in the inner rings. From any point on the edge, it is about 20 steps (not actual steps, just a local unit for measuring length) to the first inner ring, and the "cryptic marks" are in the middle, or none at all. The inner rings are separated by metallic paths, each 3 steps wide. The first inner ring is about 5 steps wide, the next closer to 40, then its another narrow ring, and a wide one. Close to the centre, the paths that runs from the first inner ring stops, and there is only 2 complete circles, one bigger then the other, a black circle and a red one.
Arrows regularly falls onto the land, with higher frequency in the centre, but most frequently in the narrow inner rings in the north.

Living in the centre of the land is the Buell. A race that is relatively tough that can withstand the arrows that regularly falls from the sky. They only have one eye, and plant-like feet. Their movement is very slow, and feeds mostly on the micro-organism that lives on the arrows.

On the inner rings, there is the Quirks. They have no feet, but there mini-propellers lifts them slightly off the ground and glides. They do not have tough outer shells, but they are quick enough to dodge the arrows that occasionally hits.

In the outer rings, there lives the danagerous Levil, little is known about the environment beside the cryptic markings, and little is known about the Levil themselves. Rumors are that they eats Quirks, but it seems unlikely, as very few, if any Quirks wanders outside the metallic paths.

(hey, its a dartboard)

Tabaldak January 19 2009 11:07 PM EST

Should be pretty soon Bob, I think Verifex was waiting for one more reply and got it from BBB.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 20 2009 7:04 PM EST

Alright, I'm going to start judging them today, good job everybody.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 20 2009 7:57 PM EST

Alright, based on lots of reading and using my own 'rating' system, I've come to the conclusion that Lord Bob is the winner!

Since I enjoyed so many of your entries, I'm going to send out some parting gifts to everyone who entered.

Also, Vicious Cat, please send whatever you were planning on donating to prizes to character Lord Bob.

And thank you to everyone who participated!

Tabaldak January 20 2009 8:10 PM EST

ty for the contest Verifex, I had fun.

Lord Bob January 20 2009 11:58 PM EST

"I've come to the conclusion that Lord Bob is the winner!"

Wow, I'm honored! I honestly didn't expect it.

QBOddBird January 21 2009 12:10 AM EST

A satisfactory conclusion, that was very nicely written and very creative, Lord Bob. :D

Thanks again, Fex!

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 21 2009 1:23 AM EST

Bob also stole my planet idea with the extremes as well as my behemoth idea. Jerk... =P

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 21 2009 1:26 AM EST

If you couldn't tell, my above comment is one of those "Haha, good one" kind of comments. No offense intended in the slightest.

Lord Bob January 21 2009 1:42 PM EST

I got the sarcasm. No worries Ravey. *grin*
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