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deadlock January 26th, 2006 10:06 AM

Greetings and salutations,

You may also wish to look at Atomik Alienz by The Atomik Vortex Studio. IMHO, it does a very good job in helping create aliens. I covers a lot of things that TheEngineer listed in his post. If you do obtain a copy of it, I suggest getting a copy of The Atomik Add-On Booklet. It will help convert things from their products into the appropriate gaming system you are using. Besides, it's free!

Hopefully this will provide you with some help in creating your own alienz.

Fritz_Brown January 26th, 2006 10:51 AM

Yes, Deadlock, forgot about Atomik! (And, he means the Add-on booklet is free - the Alienz book is 5.95.)

Ptah January 26th, 2006 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Marquis Deadlock:
Greetings and salutations,

You may also wish to look at Atomik Alienz by The Atomik Vortex Studio. IMHO, it does a very good job in helping create aliens. I covers a lot of things that TheEngineer listed in his post. If you do obtain a copy of it, I suggest getting a copy of The Atomik Add-On Booklet. It will help convert things from their products into the appropriate gaming system you are using. Besides, it's free!

Hopefully this will provide you with some help in creating your own alienz.

These are good books, bought both of them after Marquis recommendation. A mini-review is in this thread: www.travellerrpg.com/cgi-bin/Trav/CotI/Discuss/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000072;p=5

Ptah January 26th, 2006 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Flynn:
Mal,

I have written the beginnings of a T20 system for Alien Race Generation, but it's not ready for prime time yet. ...

BTW, if you have access to the Dragon Magazine Archive CD set, there's an old Traveller article that randomly generates alien races. I just don't remember which one it was in...

Mal, on Flynn's first point, pretty much the same story here, but happy to share half-baked ideas.

On the second point, I have that article at home and will post at least the month and year later tonight.

Ptah January 26th, 2006 09:26 PM

Flynn may be referring to the February 1982 Dragon and the article by Jon Mattson entitled Anything but Human, pages 65-67. A nice little 3 page article for generating aliens that uses input from the alien's homeworld, via LBB3, to modify rolls on the generation tables. The design sequence has tables for: Basic Type, Basic Shape, Size, Attribute Modifiers, Psionic Rating Modifiers, and Special Abilities. Not a point buy system but a random generation sequence with modifiers.

Fritz_Brown January 26th, 2006 09:45 PM

Ooooooh, shiny! I guess I have to add that to my searches on eBay, now. :( (Right after my Cogs & Dogs and Rats & Cats searches....)

sid6.7 January 26th, 2006 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by TheEngineer:
Hi !

This is just a list of aspects, which may influence the look and behaviour of a "being".
Guess its hardly possible to concentrate evolution on one page of paper, but perhaps a collection of influencing moments (which should be extended...) might help.

Original environment
- gasous
- liquid
- solid
- phase boundary -> x/y tendency

Metabolism
- C-based
- S-based
- mixed
- artificial
- other

Sensoring
- Gravitational
motivates symmetry reduction by top/down difference
- Radiation > energy source / interaction
- Magnetism > energy source / interaction
- Mechanical (Vibration etc...) > energy source / interaction
- Chemical > energy source / interaction
- static sensor motivations supports specilisation

Symmetry
- spherical
- polyedric reduction
- rotational x e.g. medusa
- rotational x - polygonic e.g. hiver
- mirrowed x e.g. worm, snake, human
- amorph

Preferred movement direction
- x
- x/y
- x/y/z
- dependencies: Sensoring

Manipulation
- Manipulation of location > movement
- none/static/passive
- unstructured/amorph > amoeba, fungus
- continuus following symetry lines (fish fins)
- multi-protosegments ()
- symetry proportional (e.g. 2*n for mirrowed x anatomy, n for n-polygonic shapes)
- reduced to symetry base

Movement
- Sophistication of movement motivates directional aspect to/from
- Sophistication of movement motivates segment count reduction

Energy source
- radiation, e.g. heat or photosynthesis
- mechanical, e.g. fluid or gas movement
- chemical > real "food" > breathing
- radioactivity
- energy source > motivation for sensoring, movement

Reproduction
- unisex
- splitting
- cloning
- multisexual
- up to your fantasy...

Social configuration
- one being
- individuals
- groups
- hive
- the larger the groups the larger the specilisation

Interaction/Communication
- strongly connected to sensoring
- visual > e.g. hivers
- (bio)chemical > e.g. pheromonic, memory transport
- mechanical > e.g. antennas, vibration
- audio /sound/speech
- electrical
- magnetical
- radiation (heat/light)

...to be continued

holy smokes batman...i got what i asked for didnt i! [img]smile.gif[/img]

:( im not sure i even undertsand half of it :(


EDIT:
now maybe basic stats on hiver/droyne kkree
aslan,vargr,vilani,zhodani? or are they
just the same as normal stats but then called
a dog/lion/herbavore/insect? any others would help too i guess...arf!

TheEngineer January 27th, 2006 02:34 AM

Sorry, its because of the drugs.... [img]smile.gif[/img]

sid6.7 January 27th, 2006 03:01 AM

questions


wouldnt splitting be the more natural cloning?

VS artificial cloning as a trait?

cloning would happen if a race gave up
natural reproduction?

TheEngineer January 27th, 2006 04:21 AM

I considered splitting to describe the ability to release a fully "working" organism. just like splitting of a paramecium.
But perhaps with some modification of DNA, so a kind of inperfect copy.

Cloning should be considered to aim a "perfect" copy.

Maybe I should add "genetically engineered" to stress an artifical aspect.
But what if a species is naturally able to actively modify the result of a reproduction ?
Would be highly adaptable, wouldnt it ?
Like "uh, another iceage coming. Prehaps my next children should have fur" [img]smile.gif[/img]


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