Amaikokonut, also known as Aiko or Amai (and formerly known as Bombay, BluburryNorn, and even "norn") has lurked around the Creatures Community on and off since 1998. She enjoys hanging out on any of the number of Creatures Discord channels, keeping tabs on the Creatures blogging community, and watching Creatures video streams.
She is most known for her Docking Station agents, including Garden Box, Magic Words, Creature Nametags, Advanced Muco, and Protective Tub. She also worked on the CAOS modifications for Albian Warp as well as her personal favorite project, the now-defunct Live Nornish Action.
Aiko runs a Creatures blog called Naturing :: Nurturing, where she posts her agents, world logs, and notes about her development efforts and discoveries in working with CAOS. She also occasionally posts creatures videos on YouTube, and once in a while streams on Twitch.
She has stated that she is most fascinated by the emotional attachments that the player can form with individual creatures. She enjoys exploring how that attachment might be enhanced or built upon through game mechanics and storytelling, and that this is the driving force behind much of her development work. Other CAOS developments, she states, are motivated by either "wanting to never have to do this by hand ever again" or "the sheer caotic [sic] joy of it."
Aiko first discovered Creatures in 1998 when she found AntiNorn's site Tortured Norns linked in a Petz forum thread. As a child who felt that she rarely interfaced well with other humans, she was intrigued by the 'passion' in the infamous flame emails posted on the site, and concluded that these virtual creatures must be intensely lovable to provoke such a defensive outrage. Hoping that perhaps this game might allow her to experience a similarly deep level of attachment, she decided that she must find a way to obtain this game. Having access to a meager allowance, she knew she must be very cautious about how she spent it and thus ventured into JRchat under the alias of "norn" to ask questions about the game's graphical requirements. Unfortunately, it seemed her chosen alias was hardly unique enough to give her a solid identity, but she did learn that Creatures 2 was about to be released and decided to save her allowance for that instead.
After many upsetting attempts to raise vanilla Creatures 2 norns, she turned to more alternative playstyles. As she had discovered Creatures via a very non-traditional Creatures site, she continued to frequent sites such as The Creatures Match and The Creatures Abyss under the alias of Bombay. Although she had chosen the alias in honor of the beautiful breed of cat, she was often nicknamed "Dr. Bombay," and became mildly frustrated. During this period she did create her first COB for Creatures 2, a torture toy called the Cactus Ball. Unfortunately, no known copy of the file remains.
By the time Creatures 3 was released, Aiko was getting a little bored of the novelty associated with being one of "those evil norn-torturing people" and even more bored of being called Dr. Bombay. Thus she redubbed herself BluburryNorn, and went through several phases of lurking and delurking in the Creatures Community.
Early in her Creatures 3 experience, she developed a strong attachment to a norn named Bibblita and documented her life in dramatic fashion in The Story Of Bibblita. Decades later, she still often reflects on this old story to remember why she loves these games so dearly.
In September of 2008, Amaikokonut decided it would just be easiest to use the alias she used for all her online interactions rather than having a separate one just for the Creatures Community. During this time she also discovered Creaturetopia and found that she felt very comfortable with the community there. Her interest in Creatures blossomed, leading her to take a serious interest in CAOS and slowly work towards making her Creatures-related dreams a reality.
In 2009, she began blogging at Naturing :: Nurturing and honing her understanding of CAOS. As of 2022 she continues to make the occasional post, is active on Discord, and reportedly has an "absurdly long and infinitely growing" list of Creatures-related projects she is slowly working on, doing her best to at least polish up a release or two for CCSF each year. While her public activity has slowed over the years, she states that she always finds herself coming back to Creatures for the unique and unmatched experience.
Amaikokonut resides somewhere in the northeast US. Her non-creatures interests are reading, writing, trying (and failing) to code in literally anything other than CAOS, and tea. Especially tea.