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New Way to Organize your Creature/Planet Information
« on: December 18, 2007, 04:55:53 pm »
I have a new way to classify creatures. Bear with me here, as the system was originally designed for RPGs and such. I've streamlined it down, removed a few things (psi ability for one) and added a few more to fit into the whole "Spore" theme.

UPDATE: Planet Sheet (Thanks to UFO King for helping hammer out the details)
UPDATE 2: Darth Grievi's Insanely Long Creature Questionare (for fleshing out races) and Further Explanation of the Tech Level System

Alien sheet:  [ Put Race's Name Here ]

(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : (Enviroment, like Arborial or Aquatic. Values Below)
Appearance           : (Overall biology of the race. Values Below)
Gravity preferences  : # - # g (The range of gravity your race likes. If you don't know specifics, just put very low, low, standard, high, or very high)
Temperature pref.    : # to # C (Like above, but with tempurature. If you don't know specifics, just put arctic, cool, standard, warm, desert)
Atmosphere breathed  : (Almost all of us will put "Nitrogen/Oxygen" here)
Body cover           : (Does yor race have scales? Feathers? Fur? Just plain old skin? Values Below)
Body color           : (Self explanatory)
Hair                 : (What kind of hair or hair-like structures does your race have? Values Below)
Hair color           : (Self explanatory)
Eyes                 : (How many and what kind of eyes does your race have? If your race's main sense is not vision, list what it is. Values Below)
Eyes color           : (Self explanatory)
Body characteristics : (Basicly anything that your race has that a human doesn't. Values Below)
Diet                 : (Carnivore? Herbivore? Omnivore? Mineralvore? Solar Powered? Direct Energy Intake?)
Sexual reproduction  : (How many genders? Are they asexual?)
Reproduction method  : (Eggs? Live birth? Parasitic? Budding? Other?)
Limbs pair n 1 : (Is/are your race's first limb/s arms? Legs? Both? Wings? Fins? Tenticals?)
Limbs pair n 2 : (Rinse and repeat. Put as many of these as you need.)
Mass :  # kg (Average weight of your race. If values differ between Male/Female, list both)
Size :  # cm (Average height of your race. If values differ between Male/Female, list both)

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       : (0-20: The higher the value, the more likely the race will use military force in a conflict)
  Determination   : (0-20: The higher the value, the more likely that the race will continue a course of action once adopted)
  Racial tolerance: (0-20: The higher the value, the more tolerant the race is of other cultures)
  Progressivness  : (0-20: The higher the value, the more the race prefers change to static conditions)
  Loyalty         : (0-20: The higher the value, the more the race trusts it's government)
  Social cohesion : (0-20: The higher the value, the more uniform the society)
  Art             : (0-20: The higher the value, the more value the race puts on art)
  Individualism   : (0-20: The higher the value, the more value the race puts on individual sucess)
  Body            : (0-?: A measure of the race's overall physical strength and stamina. Human average is 10)
  Mind            : (0-?: A measure of the race's overall intellegence and willpower. Human average is 10)
  Speed           : (0-?: A measure of the race's overall reaction time and running speed. Human average is 10)
  Lifespan        : # years (Average life expectancy (in Earth Years) of your race. If values differ between Male/Female, list both)
  Tech level      : (Evolution level of your race. Values Below)

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : (Who rules your race? Values Below)
Religion          : (What does your race believe in? Values Below)
Devotion          : (How devoted is your race to their religion? None, Poor, Fair, Good, or High)

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:
 -Values Below

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(Section 1 Variables)
Type                 : Terrestrial, Aquatic, Amphibious, Flying, Arborial, Space-dwelling

Appearance           : (Things get a touch complex here...)
                       Aquatic (This group includes all races that spend at least a part of their adult lives in water. They are often streamlined, and many have gills. This group includes Nauceans and Icthians!)
                       Artificial (This group includes all races whose minds consist of computer programs. They often have metallic bodies, and many have perfect memories. This group includes Wexxains and self-aware AI!)
                       Avian (This group includes all races who have feathers as their main body covering. They often have a beak or bill, and many are capable of winged flight. This group includes Mon-Krai!)
                       Humanoid (Not necisarily a bad thing, this group includes anthing that follows the general human body plan. Basicly, if it can be made to look human with a long cloak, a bit of cosmetic surgury, and maybe some gloves, it's a humanoid. If your race fits into this group, choose a second group that also applies to it.)
                       Insectoid (This group includes all races who have an exoskeleton. They often have multiple sets of limbs, and many have antennae or mandibles. This group includes Graid and Screebles!)
                       Mammalian (This group includes all races who have fur or hair of some sort. They often give birth to live young, and many are warm-blooded. This group includes Torpals and Kazea!)
                       Otherworld (This group includes all races that do not fit into any other category. This is a rather grab-bag group, consisting of the blobby, the colony creatures, the bizzare, and the technically impossible. This group includes the ViS and Halo's Hunters!)
                       Plant (This group includes all races who have their evolutionaly roots in stationary photosythesizers. They are often mobile, and many still photosynthesize. This group includes My Florauna and Oten!)
                       Reptavian (This group includes all races who have characteristics of both Avians and Reptillians. This group includes Halo's Jackals and Pterosaurs!)
                       Reptillian (This group includes all races who have scales as their primay body cover. They are often cold-blooded, and many lay eggs. This group includes Willosaurs and Kratiar!)
                       Reptomammal (This group includes all races that have characteristics of both Mammalians and Reptillians. My Noasaurs and Early Mammals!)

Body cover           : Soft-skinned, Thick-skinned, Furred, Feathered, Scaled, Spiny, Hard shelled, Metallic, Crystal

Hair                 : None, Rare, Bony Crest, Palps, Fur, Crest, Feather, Short

Eyes                 : (Choose all that apply) No Eyes, Single, Two, Three, Four, Multiple, Large, Small, Double-Lidded, Bulging, Sunken, Luminous, Stalked, Round Pupil, Slitted Pupil, No Pupil, Multi-faceted

Body characteristics : Tail, Trunk, Horns, Antennae, Fangs, Claws, Nippers (crab claws), Hooves

(Section 2 Variables)
 Tech level      : 0=Creature Stage
                    1=Early Tribal (Cavemen)
                    2=Late Tribal/Early City (Egypt)
                    3=Late City (Renaissance)
                    4=Early Civ (Industrial Revolution)
                    5=Late Civ (Present Day)
                    6=Very Early Space (Colonize Home System)
                    7=Early Space (Colonize Nearby Stars. First Contact usually happens here)
                    8=Mid Space (FTL Invented. Colonize Distant Stars. Most of our races are here)
                    9=Late Space (Very Efficient FTL Invented. Colonize other side of galaxy.)
                    10=Uber Race (Colonize Another Galaxy. Also includes ascended races. Nauceans go here.)

(Section 3 Variables)
Government type   : (Choose one or two that best describe your race. Alternatively, you could use This list)
                    Anarchy (no or few rules, each one is his own ruler)
                    Androarchy (government composed of only men)
                    Artificial Monarchy (ruled by an AI who makes all desicions)
                    Aristocracy (the succession is determined by heredity)
                    Balkanization (no united governments)
                    Bureaucracy (ruled by a potent administration)
                    Community (society centered around the notion of common ownership)
                    Computer Oligarchy (the ruler is choosen by a computer)
                    Corporation (ruled by a corporation, citizens are company employees)
                    Democracy (major issues are decided by the people)
                    Dictatorship (single leader that used force to get or to maintain his power)
                    Federation (alliance of different governments)
                    Gaming Oligarchy (the ruler is the winner of a game or a quest)
                    Gerontocracy (ruled by the elders)
                    Imperialism (centralized government with imperialist views of near stars)
                    Matriarchy (government composed only by women)
                    Meritocracy (social position based on the performance)
                    Monarchy (self-perpetuating single leader)
                    Oligarchy (government by a restricted minority)
                    Ploutocracy (ruled by the wealthiest people)
                    Republic (the ruler(s) is elected by citizens)
                    Stochastic (the ruler is choosen randomly)
                    Syndicate (ruled by a criminal syndicate)
                    Technocracy (ruled by intellectuals or technocrates)
                    Theocracy (ruled by a religious hierarchy)
                    Tribalism (aliens are regrouped in tribes or clans bounded by ethnical relationship)
                    Utopia
                    Other (Describe)

Religion          : (If your race has more than one religion, list them by popularity. If more than one falls under the same category, put "multiple" in front of that category. For example, since Earth has many Monotheistic religions, it would be listed as "Multiple Monotheism")
                    Agnosticism (there's no way to know if God exists or not.)
                    Animism (all natural phenomena are caused or inhabited by spirits.)
                    Deism (God created the universe but he isn't involved in mortal affairs.)
                    Dualism (two mutually antagonistic gods (one good and one evil) exist.)
                    Elementism (Belief in elements that make up everything in nature. Water/Fire/Earth/Air and the like.)
                    Leader Worship (a leader from past (or present) is worshipped.)
                    Monotheism (there's only one god (like Christianism).)
                    Pantheism (God is not a personnality, God is everything, and everything is God.)
                    Philosophical Atheism ( a rejection of God due to a failure to understand the concept of a Supreme Being.)
                    Polytheism (multiple gods exist (like in old Greece).)
                    Rational Atheism (a rejection of God on the basis of science, logic or reasoning.)
                    Other (Describe)

(Section 4 Variables)
Special Abllities: (List all that apply)

360 Vision
Acid Secretion
Acute Hearing
Acute Smelling
Acute Vision
Ambidexterous
Bicephalous (Has two or more distinct brains/heads)
Blind
Bonus skills (Race has a knack for certain skills)
   Merchant
   Engineer
   Pilot
   Combat
   Science
   Computer
Chameleon skin (Able to blend into suroundings)
Charisma (Has a universally friendly personality)
Chemical communication
Clone (Every member of this race looks exactly the same)
Cold blooded biology
Cold Sensitivity
Cold Tolerance
Color blind
Cultural adaptability (Takes even major cultural differences in stride)
Cybernetics
Dampen (Can hinder the operation of electronics)
Deaf
Dependancy (Dependant on some substance other than food or air)
Disease Tolerance
Eidetic memory (Perfect or almost perfect memory)
Electric Blast (Pikachu! I choose YOU!)
EM imaging (Can see Electromagnetic fields generated by magnets, electronics, etc.)
Extra heart (Race has more than one heart)
Fast healing (Race recovers from damage quickly)
Field sense (Race can detect and orient itself to electromagnetic fields. Like a bird's internal compass)
Foul odor (Race emits a nasty smell, on purpose or not)
Heat sensitivity
Heat Tolerance
Heavy sleeper (Race sleeps for more than 50% of the time. Humans only sleep for 33%)
High fecundity (Has a high birthrate. Think rabbits.)
High speed (Race lives at an accelerated rate. Weeks for most are entire lifetimes for them)
Hive mind
Hypnotism (Able to gain and hold the attention of most races easily. Originally, this was much more powerful and mystic)
Independent eyes (Think chameleons)
Infertile (Race must reproduce via artificial means)
Infrared Vision (Predator vision, Yey!)
Involuntary dampen (Same as Dampen, but ability is allways "on")
Language talent
Leap (Has extraordinary jumping ability.)
Light sensitivity
Light sleeper (Needs sleep 15% or less of the time.)
Lightning calculator (Race has a knack for mathematics)
Manual Dexterity
Microscopic Sense (Has extremely acute sense that can detect tiny details)
Mimicry (Can duplicate sounds.)
Nictating membrane (Race has a third, clear eyelid)
Night Vision
No Sense of smell/taste
Odious racial habit (Race has habit(s) that are considered wierd by other races. Examples include sadism, slavery, caniblism.)
Perfect balance (Race can easily keep it's footing even on narrow walkways)
Poison (Race is venomous)
Poloarized sense (Not what you'd think. Sense of the race can quickly adjust to changing conditions)
Poor hearing
Poor Vision
Pressure support (Can withstand heavy atmospheres or the vacuum of space.)
Quick maturity (Quickly reaches adulthood)
Racial memory (Members of this race have memories of their genetic ancestors.)
Radiation Tolerance
Radioactive sensing (can detect radioactivity)
Radio hearing (Who needs a Walkman?)
Regeneration (Able to regrow lost body parts.)
Sealed system (Able to survive in conditions very unlike it's homeworld, including the vacuum of space)
Skin color change (Skin changes color based on things like mood, tempurature, time of year, etc.)
Slow motion (Race lives at a very slow rate. A few seconds for them are like years for most.)
Sonar (Echolocation!)
Sonic beam (Super Sreech Attack! GO!)
Sound Sensitivity
Spatial orientation (Race can naturally orient itself relative to certain landmarks or planets)
Spectrum vision (Able to see radio waves, gamma rays, X-rays, and/or ultraviolet)
Strange appearance (... Whatever that thing is, it's frea-kay!)
Streching (Able to elongate a part of the body. Now stop thinking dirty! This is a family forum!)
Subsonic Communication
Subsonic hearing
Swarm (Race fuctions as a group)
Systemic antidote (Immune to poisons. AKA The Super Liver.)
Time sense (Race allways knows what time it is.)
Toughness (It... Won't... DIE!)
Universal Digestion (I eats anything!)
Ultrasonic communication
Ultrasonic hearing
Vibration sense (Race is very sensitive to vibrations)
Vibrolocation (Echolocation turned up to 11! Able to echolocate by only using ambient noise)
Vulnerability to Disease
Wall climbing (Who am I? I'm Spiderman!)
Warm blooded biology
Water dependency (Needs to be kept wet for optimal health)
Water Breathing (Gills!)
Web spinning  
Winged Flight

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Whew! So, Waddya think? I can provide an example if you want.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2010, 07:52:22 pm by Darth Grievi »



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Re: New Creature Classification
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 04:59:05 pm »
I tried to keep mine simple. :-\

Oh well. If you have a better CCS, be my guest. That's one less task for me to maintain. :D

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 05:05:37 pm »
I kind of misnamed the thread. It's a way of organizing information, realy, and it can provide ideas for new races.

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Re: New Creature Classification
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 06:04:07 pm »
Sorry, no thanks. Too complicated. :|


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Re: New Creature Classification
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007, 06:06:58 pm »
Wow, that is indeed in-depth.

To the survey-filling-out-machines!

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Re: New Creature Classification
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007, 06:12:54 pm »
Sorry, no thanks. Too complicated. :|

That's allright. It's rather hard to srtike a balance between simplicity and detail. :-\

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2007, 06:35:16 pm »
Ooh!  me likely!  Quick, to the notepad-mobile!

EDIT: Shzam!

Alien sheet:  Kratair

(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : Amphibious
Appearance           : Reptillian
Gravity preferences  : .9 - 1.5 g
Temperature pref.    : 15 to 40 C ((Though they can survive outside that range))
Atmosphere breathed  : Nitrogen/Oxygen
Body cover           :Scales
Body color           : Dark grey, vibrant purple stripes.
Hair                 : Spines
Hair color           : Grey
Eyes                 : Two eyes, double lidded, slit pupil.
Eyes color           :Yellow
Body characteristics : Sharp teeth, scythes, claws, spines, long tail, powerful legs
Diet                 : Carnivore
Sexual reproduction  : 2 genders, male/female
Reproduction method  : Eggs
Limbs pair n 1 : Short arms ending in long, sharp scythes.
Limbs pair n 2 : Longer arms ending in clawed hands.
Limbs pair n 2 :Long powerful legs ending in clawed feet.
Mass :  500 kg (Average weight of your race. If values differ between Male/Female, list both)
Size :  300 cm

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       : 11
  Determination   : 18
  Racial tolerance: 2
  Progressivness  : 19
  Loyalty         : 18
  Social cohesion : 7
  Art             : 5
  Individualism   : 15
  Body            : 40
  Mind            : 50
  Speed           : 50
  Lifespan        : 120 years
  Tech level      : 9

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : Hereditary Republic ((Elected positions are held by a family until they are voted out.))
Religion          : Atheist
Devotion          : High

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:

Acute Smelling
Acute Vision
Bonus skills
   Engineer
   Pilot
   Computer
Cold blooded biology
Disease Tolerance
Fast healing
Heat Tolerance
Leap
Nictating membrane
« Last Edit: December 21, 2007, 02:59:04 pm by martyk »
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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2007, 06:50:31 pm »
Nice to see this is catching on so fast. Martyk, did you notice that I used your Kratair as an example of a Reptilian race?

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2007, 07:01:24 pm »
So should we just add this to our creature information we have already provided as an easy to look at sheet for casual observers and continue to go more in depth throughout the rest of our creatures thread?

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2007, 07:02:36 pm »
That's the idea. :)

What's more interesting is when you can explain why your creatures have some of these characteristics in your more lengthy descriptions.

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2007, 07:03:23 pm »
Nice to see this is catching on so fast. Martyk, did you notice that I used your Kratair as an example of a Reptilian race?

Yessiry!  And it made me a very happy camper.  I love seeing refference to my Kratair.  To me it truly signifies the Kratair's position as a prominent race in the second generation of Spore creatures here on GS.
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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2007, 07:04:18 pm »
So should we just add this to our creature information we have already provided as an easy to look at sheet for casual observers and continue to go more in depth throughout the rest of our creatures thread?

If you want to. I made it so that you can put it in the first post of your thread to give an overview of your creature. You can then expand to your heart's content in the rest of the thread.

So yeah, pretty much what you said. :)

EDIT: Daxx beat me to it...

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2007, 07:08:23 pm »
Its an awesome idea because it not only helps anyone else reading my thread but it helps myself as well because I typically find myself drifting off topic when I try to explain things about my creature so this way I can easily look at it step by step :)

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2007, 07:19:59 pm »
Well thank you.

By the way, this system was originally used in a program called Star Generator. I don't recomend it, though. It's buggy and a pain in the rear to use.

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Re: New Way to Organize your Creature Information
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2007, 11:00:01 pm »
I think the section 1 variables are too earth-like. Also if you classify them like that then you instantly limit the creativity and will tend to make them with those earth-like qualities.

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  2=Late Tribal/Early City (Egypt)
   3=Late City (Renaissance)

What happened to "Early City"?



Ok i will try ...

Alien Sheet:  Nauceans

(Section 1 -- Biology)

Type: Amphibious, Warm-Blooded
Appearance: Raptor-Dolphin-Squid Looking
Gravity Preference: Standard
Temperature Preference: Alpine, Caves, Desert, Ocean Temperate Forest, Rainforest, Savanna, Swamp (Depends Upon the Race)
Atmosphere Breathed: Nitrogen / Oxygen
Body Cover: Skin
Body Color: Blue-Gray Variations
Eyes: 2 Large Eyes (ROYGBV Vision) 2 Small Eyes (UV Vision)
Eyes Color: Shiny Black
Body Characteristics: Raptor/Dolphin-like
Mouth: Beak mouth within a "pseudo-mandible"
Nose: 2 Nostrils on the top of the head.
Diet: Omnivore?
Sexual Reproduction: Sexual, 2 Genders (Male and Female)
Reproduction Method: Eggs
Legs:  2 legs each with one "floot" which is a flipper/foot.
Arms: 6 Tentacles (2 with hands). Each hand have 2 fingers and 2 thumbs.
Tail: 1 Tail with a fluke.
Mass:  136 to 181 kg (Females) to 91 to 136 kg (Males)
Size: 3 to 3.5 m (Females), 2.5 to 3.0 m (Males)

(Section 2 -- Culture)

All types within the various tribes.

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)

Government Type: Varies between the tribes
Religion: Varies between the tribes
Devotion: Varies between the tribes

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)

They Ascended.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2007, 11:33:16 pm by Hydromancerx »