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A Message From Steve Grand   
Laura
Tea Queen

Laura
United Kingdom  
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  5/11/2010

The latest news of the Creatures 1 background models being put up for auction has prompted Steve Grand, the 'Digital God' himself, to send our community this message:

Hi Laurence, hi everybody!

Wow! I'd have bought them years ago if I'd been given the opportunity (come to that, I'd have bought the rights to Creatures if they hadn't been sold to Gameware behind closed doors). But unfortunately I live the wrong side of the Atlantic now, too, and there's no space in my apartment. Also, it would grieve me to give as much as a cent to Gameware, even to save those. I do still own the hot air balloon that nobody let me include in Creatures 1 (it was my favourite thing, too!), and one of the tiny clay models I made to show CL how we could make the backdrop (I think Gameware may have the other), but just lately I've had to let go of quite a bit of my past - I don't even have Lucy, my robot, any more (long story) - so 12 feet of display case would be too much nostalgia to hang on to!

While I have you all here, though, you might be interested to know that I've recently started work on a new Creatures-like simulation. It's getting on for 20 years since I started C1, so I figure it's about time I made use of everything I've learned since then! Nobody else seems to have filled the gap. Maybe your kids will be interested?!? You can follow progress on my blog if you like: http://stevegrand.wordpress.com.

Thanks for the info, Laurence. Always nice to know you guys are still flying the flag!

- Steve


These were just the highlights, but this idea of a new "Creatures-like simulation" does sound interesting!

 
scoota94

scoota94
United Kingdom  


  5/11/2010

That does sound good *bookmarks blog

Edit: This is awesome, this could well turn out to be the most advanced AI on the planet!


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Officer-1BDI

Officer-1BDI
United States  

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  5/11/2010

That's quite a find, Laura! Thank you for sharing.

And it offers some very interesting insight, too; not all of it encouraging (what's up with his relationship with GW?) but some of it very exciting. I'm *definitely* interested in that new program he mentioned, and I've already bookmarked his blog.


You have to be honest with yourself when you are writing. If that leads to somewhere unexpected then perhaps you really needed to go there.
-- Jim Adkins

 
Data

Data
Australia  

 visit Data's website: GR had this to say
  5/12/2010

That got my interest!

Back again! Beware!
 
Laura
Tea Queen

Laura
United Kingdom  
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  5/12/2010

Officer-1BDI wrote:
That's quite a find, Laura! Thank you for sharing.

No problem, I'm just the messenger. :) TreeSprite first alerted me to the message, just passing it on!

I too was surprised to read about his feelings towards GW, and now I can't help but wonder what things would be like if Steve had bought the rights to Creatures instead. But the mention of this new "Creatures-like simulation" certainly makes me feel like there's something exciting on the horizon!

I've also added the blog to the Links page for safekeeping.

 
Jessica

Jessica
United States  

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  5/12/2010

That's very exciting to hear from Steve Grand! I found his blog a few weeks ago and forgot to bookmark it, so thanks for posting the link!

His next simulation sounds exciting: I consider him to be the heart and soul behind Creatures, and I think things would have panned out very differently had he gotten the rights to the game. C'est la vie! I hope he still looks back at the game fondly and sees that his work and vision continue to live on through the community.

I find it funny that he mentioned how our kids would be the interested ones in his Creatures-like simulation. I could be in my 80s and I'd still be interested in anything related to Creatures! Ha ha!


Discover Albia

 
GreenReaper

GreenReaper
United States  

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  5/14/2010

Just remember, Steve wanted norns to look like awkward chicken things. Sometimes marketing knows best! ;-)

The history of Creatures is a long and complicated topic. Even in bullet points, the rise and fall of CL takes up a page. Those wondering about Steve's relationship towards what's now GW should read the end of this page for insight. (You should have a look at the links, too!)

I think he has rightly moved on from what he was doing back in the 1990s, and I hope he can achieve something equally fantastic this decade.


GreenReaper - GreenReaper Studios
Former Benevolent Dictator of the Creatures Wiki
Founder and Custodian of WikiFur
Editor-in-chief of Flayrah
Maintainer of the Yerf Historical Archive

 
Officer-1BDI

Officer-1BDI
United States  

 visit Officer-1BDI's website: My Tumblr Account (semi-NSFW)
  5/14/2010

Those wondering about Steve's relationship towards what's now GW should read the end of this page for insight. (You should have a look at the links, too!)



I'm actually quite familiar with that page. For some reason I didn't immediately make the connection the other day that the bad blood between him and GW was probably because so many of the GW employees used to work for CL (duh *facepalm*) :P

And I liked the awkward chicken things. :c


You have to be honest with yourself when you are writing. If that leads to somewhere unexpected then perhaps you really needed to go there.
-- Jim Adkins

 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

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  5/14/2010

I don't know about the awkward chicken things. Are there any sketches about?


 
Officer-1BDI

Officer-1BDI
United States  

 visit Officer-1BDI's website: My Tumblr Account (semi-NSFW)
  5/15/2010

There's this cardboard cutout that I pulled from someone's web site (Grand's?) ages ago, so I unfortunately don't have the source link:



It kind of reminds me of a muppet. =P


You have to be honest with yourself when you are writing. If that leads to somewhere unexpected then perhaps you really needed to go there.
-- Jim Adkins

 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

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  5/15/2010

Oh that one! Hah. Reminds me of something Dr. Seuss would draw. Or a duck. I think it's the tail.


 
Arnout

Arnout
Netherlands  


  5/19/2010

A new simulation? thats just awsome! I don't know what i should say....
 
Pann
Small Birb

Pann
United States  

 visit Pann's website: Heck Yeah, Creatures!
  5/25/2010

Wow, I come back after a week or so absence and see this news! That's awesome! I look forward to whatever he will be working on next! :D

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ratkinzluver33

ratkinzluver33
United States  


  5/25/2010

Go Team Steve! :P I wonder what he's making.

~Soso <3
 
Jacob

Jacob
United Kingdom  


  5/27/2010

"Also, it would grieve me to give as much as a cent to Gameware, even to save those."

heh


Not really active around these parts anymore.
 
scoota94

scoota94
United Kingdom  


  6/3/2010

^ This sounds like some form of controversy :P

Don't be worried about who is right, Just follow you heart...
 
EmergencyTowel

EmergencyTowel
United States  


  6/13/2010

Great patrick stewart! Steve didnt forget about us that whole time!

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