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Patchlamb

Patchlamb



  1/18/2020  1

Hello everybody! I am a regular Fanlore page creator and editor, with a heavy focus on a lot of '90s-'10s fandoms. I started and wrote much of the Petz page, with the help of many Petz Community members on their forums. Now I'm here to ask for the Creature's fandom with help writing theirs.

Fanlore is a wiki for fandom, created by those who made AO3. That is to say... Fanlore is meant to archiving and preserving the coming and goings of people like you! I was very surprised you had no Fanlore page, so I made one. You can help me fill in the info by either joining the website and editing the page directly or answering some questions here.

1. When did you first get the game? Which one was it? Where did you find it?

2. How did you discover the online community? What website was it?

3. Can you share any other Creature community websites? Early ones and ones that are still up are good resources.

4. In your own words, how do you describe the gameplay? What's the most fun thing to do?

5. What are things the fandom does (or did)? Things like contests, events, live stream/chat parties, etc.

6. Can you tell me more about things specific to the Creatures fandom? For example: the Petz fandom has a thing where they breed for show animals, then host shows. Then they make graphics that go on your website if you win.

7. Can you tell me about significant fandom history events? Such as the creation of software, important discoveries, fandom drama.

8. What does the fandom call itself? For Harry Potter it's Potterheads, for Petz its the Petz Community, etc etc.

9. Anything else to add that you think ought to go on the FL page?

 
xan

xan
United States  


  1/19/2020

Thanks for doing this. There's a lot of history here that is really on the knife's edge of being lost forever at any given time, with the web the way it is these days.

I may take my hand to editing if I have the time, but two events in CC history that come to mind as notable were AntiNorn and CL's first attempts into (draconically) licensing their dev tools, because both of them were tiny watershed moments for how similar patterns would play out on the net later, even if they're both mostly unknown at this point.

Some information about the DS aftermath Yahoo group, considering what happened to Yahoo groups recently, is also probably important.

Wolfling and feral runs are both pretty unique Creatures community 'event types' that bear some parallels to Petz shows. I don't know that the website award culture lasted nearly as long here as it did there, though that's the thing - I'm not completely sure. If you can find archives of some of the old community 'spokes', like A2K, they often link out to archives of other individual sites and notes that are highly relevant to this kind of digging. The next time I go on a 'dive' I'll try to keep better notes...

 
ylukyun
Patient Pirate

ylukyun

Manager



  1/19/2020  1

The fandom is pretty much universally called the Creatures Community and this is often shortened to CC (which also happens to be the acronym for this website, so the latter is often referred to as CCaves).

Edit: For some major historical drama, check out this Wiki page.

 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  1/19/2020

hey! i saw you on the Petz forum!!

unfortunately this website is basically the only one that's still regularly updated. there's a couple of niche blogs and personal websites but they update VERY sporadically--you can check em out on the links page. last year I wanted to make a website for creatures and other virtual pet games that was inspired by crappy geocities websites, but i didn't get very far, LOL

as for the gameplay... it doesn't really have a specific Goal in mind, per se! in the first game you were given an arbitrary score for breeding more generations of norns, but in the second game things became a lot more open-ended. you can hand-raise them, watch them from afar, conduct experiments on them, create new objects... i like the bioengineering side of things, myself, though i'm not very good at it :P

and for major events... the people posting before me already mentioned the norn torture and C2 genome fiascoes, but on the more positive side of things we have the release of the CFE genome for C3 and the many updates people have made to it (as far as i know there's STILL some things that need to be fixed...!)


etn eat dispenser
 
SpaceShipRat

SpaceShipRat
Italy  


  1/19/2020  2

>CL's first attempts into (draconically) licensing their dev tools,

ooh I never knew about this!

The Creatures Community Spirit Festival is absolutely something to include, it's a fanmade yearly event that modders and artists try to prepare something for. It's a more "modern" addition and it's still ongoing.

And it's worth bringing up the Evil Council, it was an invite-only "secret" rp group that spanned various forums and was dedicated to bringing chaos to the CC with mostly harmless pranks.

 
ylukyun
Patient Pirate

ylukyun

Manager



  1/19/2020

More from the Creatures Wiki:

A list of Creatures fiction, including fan fiction.

Discussion surrounding the Wiki itself and the CC's dispute with Wikia (formerly Wikicities, now Fandom).

Edit:

Live Nornish Action, an interactive livestream.

Albian Warp, a fan project to restore Docking Station's online features.

 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  1/19/2020

I miss Albia 2000.

My TCR Norns
 
Patchlamb

Patchlamb



  1/21/2020

Thanks everyone, the Fanlore page is slowly filling out! Keep answering if you have anything more to add. :3

edit: sorry if you see my reply 3 times :( I refreshed the page twice and for some reason that duplicated my reply.

 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  1/22/2020

i could tell you a little about Aquazone since i went on a search through a ton of old websites about it while looking for some way to play it... but emphasis on "a little"! because i think i'm one of the only people who knows it exists anymore

etn eat dispenser
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  1/22/2020

You'll need some more information about modding in general.

My TCR Norns
 


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