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[[Image:CClogo.gif|left|A representation of the community - it just keeps on spinning!]]
 
[[Image:CClogo.gif|left|A representation of the community - it just keeps on spinning!]]
  
The Creatures Community (CC) are the people that love the Creatures series and keep the game alive.  
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The Creatures Community is what we see around us every time we we browse [[Creatures Caves]], [[Albia 2000]], or [[Gameware Development|Gameware Development's Forums]]. It is the thing that has made the [[Creatures]] series so successful - and is one of the most loyal fanbases there is. It has been going strong since [[history#1996|1996]], when the first [[Creatures]] game was released.
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There have been many, many things that have influenced the Community. Feel free to add stuff in!
  
They show their appreciation by [[Developer|developing]], [[gengineer|gengineering]], [[Category:Blogs|blogging]] or just by playing the game, posting on the forums and enjoying the downloadable content. The community is what made the [[Creatures]] series so successful - and they are one of the most loyal fanbases there is.
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==The Beginnings==
  
The CC has been going strong ever since [[history#1996|1996]], when the first [[Creatures]] game was released. There have been many, many things that have influenced the Community. Feel free to add stuff in!
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It all started on a balcony in [[history|1992]], where [[Steve Grand]] thought up the first inklings of what would once become the [[Creatures]] series. Work started on the game in 1993 and the first game was released in 1996 (mid-1997 in the US). [[Creatures]] was adored by both genders of all ages, and was a virtually instant hit - especially in the US, where the UK release had been getting rave reviews.  
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[[Image:Cyberlifelogo.png|left]]
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[[Cyberlife]] released a number of addon-packs for Creatures, including the [[Purple Mountain Norn]]s, and a number of new kits, including the [[Observation Kit]], and the [[Injector Kit]], which allowed you to inject [[Cyberlife]]'s [[COB]] [[Object Pack|packs]]. Soon after, CL made a [[Life Kit]], and sold it at their [[Creatures Mall]]. It included 2 entirely new Creatures breeds, and a number of Cobs. Another thing they made and sold at the [[Creatures Mall|Mall]] was the C1 [[Genetics Kit]], which many people found extremely useful in their developments.
  
=== Get in touch ===
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These caused positive waves throughout the small but growing community, and soon, as always happens, people were looking to create addons for the game. No-one knew how to do it, though, and it was an [[Alexander Laemmle]] who came up with the solution. He called it a [[.cos]] file, standing for Creatures Object Source. He built a program called the [[Creatures Object Editor]] (COE) to make [[.cob]] files from these .cos files and [[.spr]] files, which you could alter in the program, as well as copy/paste (which enabled people to make graphics in other programs and then copy it into the program). COE was met with great success, and soon other programs were springing up, including Cyberlife's [[COB Maker]] and the later [[BoBCoB]] by [[BoBWare]].
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Another fantastic program to spring up was [[BORG]], again by Alexander Laemmle. A fantastic program which is virtually invaluable now when people play Creatures 1.
  
Do you want to get in touch with other members of the Creatures Community?
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This signalled the first 'Era' in the Creatures Community, an era of development, excitement, and discoveries.
  
As of 2018 - Either create an account on [[Creatures Caves]], hop into one (or all) of the [[Discord]] channels or if you prefer IRC, join the [[CC Chat]] or [[Sine]]. There is also a [[Creatures Community (neopets guild)]] at Neopets.
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A host of COB makers (or ''[[COBbler]]s'') sprung up, each intent on creating the best [[:Category:Addons|addons]] they could for Creatures, including [[Alexander Laemmle]], [[LummoxJR]], [[Slink]], [[SteerPike]], [[Stefan Kuske]], and [[Steve Dismukes]].  
  
== History ==
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[[Image:Cyberlifelogo.png|right]]
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'''[[Lis Morris]]'''
The first Creatures game was released in 1996 (mid-1997 in the US). After the initial release, [[Cyberlife]] released a number of addon-packs and new kits, some of which were free and others were being sold at their [[Creatures Mall]].  The new developments caused positive waves throughout the growing community and people were interested in creating their own addons for the game. [[Alexander Laemmle]] developed a program called the [[Creatures Object Editor]] (COE) to make [[.cob]] files, which could be injected into the game. Soon, other programs to create objects became available, and more people started developing for Creatures.
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This signalled the first 'Era' in the Creatures Community, an era of development, excitement, and discoveries.  
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Lis Morris was, and still is, one of the most amazing developers in the Creatures Community.  
  
A host of COB makers (or ''[[COBbler]]s'') sprung up, each intent on creating the best [[:Category:Addons|addons]] they could for Creatures, including [[Alexander Laemmle]], [[LummoxJR]], [[Slink]], [[SteerPike]], [[Stefan Kuske]], and [[Steve Dismukes]].  
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Her more notable projects include the [[Canny Norns]], the [[Hippy Norn]]s (a [[Creatures]] [[breed]] which turned drive decreases into energy), and the [[Infirmary]], the first [[third-party]] [[metaroom]] for Creatures 3. Many of her projects influenced the way the developers of today look at [[genetics]] and [[CAOS]].
  
The community stayed in touch by joining the official [[Gameware]] forums, getting together on [[JRchat]], some people created their own websites for Creatures, some of which are still around (such as [[Creatures Caves]], [[Albia2000]], [[Mummy's Creatures]]).
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'''[[HomeCreatures]]'''
  
One of the first uses of the term "Creatures Community" was by [[Toby Simpson]] in a [https://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.games.creatures/browse_frm/thread/bc4629f22a5e0c4d/38383c242ff126d2 newsgroup posting], although [[Lis Morris]] [https://web.archive.org/web/20010423113227/www.ricardo2000.homecreatures.com/interview4.html suggested] that it only came into popular use after [[CptSiskoX]] and the Avenger Squadron attacked [[alt.games.creatures]].
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HomeCreatures originally came about in the summer of 1999, with only a large 'Coming Soon!' splash and the promise to become one of the most successful community hubs to date. It was one of the first 3rd party sites to have its own domain (one other being CreaturesLife.net) and soon a message appeared on CL.net about its forthcoming 'sister site'. About this time, many rumours were beginning to fly about this now-famous site.  
  
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Soon Miff was offering hosting at HomeCreatures, and many who had been use Geocities and Xoom jumped at the chance of hosting at www.yourname.homecreatures.com
  
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Miff, of course, was helping the rumours along in JRChat and a few forums by dropping tantalizing hints. People were still completely in the dark however, and wanted to know more about HomeCreatures.
===[[Lis Morris]]===
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Lis Morris was, and still is, one of the most amazing developers in the Creatures Community.  
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Her more notable projects include the [[Canny Norns]], the [[Hippy Norn]]s (a [[Creatures]] [[breed]] which turned drive decreases into energy), and the [[Infirmary]], the first [[third-party]] [[metaroom]] for Creatures 3. Many of her projects influenced the way the developers of today look at [[genetics]] and [[CAOS]].
 
 
===[[HomeCreatures]]===
 
 
HomeCreatures originally came about in the summer of 1999, with only a large 'Coming Soon!' splash and the promise to become one of the most successful community hubs to date. It was one of the first 3rd party sites to have its own domain (one other being CreaturesLife.net). Soon Miff was offering hosting at HomeCreatures, and many who had been use Geocities and Xoom jumped at the chance of hosting at www.yourname.homecreatures.com.
 
 
Unfortunately, HomeCreatures went down and took a lot of sites down with it. Some were revived, but others are only a fading memory, which most of us will fondly cherish.
 
Unfortunately, HomeCreatures went down and took a lot of sites down with it. Some were revived, but others are only a fading memory, which most of us will fondly cherish.
  
===[[Creatures Caves]]===
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One of the first uses of the term "Creatures Community" was by [[Toby Simpson]] in a [https://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.games.creatures/browse_frm/thread/bc4629f22a5e0c4d/38383c242ff126d2 newsgroup posting], although [[Lis Morris]] [https://web.archive.org/web/20010423113227/www.ricardo2000.homecreatures.com/interview4.html suggested] that it only came into popular use after [[CptSiskoX]] and the Avenger Squadron attacked [[alt.games.creatures]].
Creatures Caves is a website with a forum, news, downloadable content, a gallery and [[bibble]]. It's also possible to adopt a virtual [[creatchi]] to take care of. Lots of community members gather here. (2018)
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===[[Albian Warp]]===
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Albian Warp is meant to be a replacement for the official [[DS Server|Docking Station servers]] which are no longer active. Albian Warp has warping and messaging abilities, allowing the community to stay connected.
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''There is also a [[Creatures Community (neopets guild)]] at Neopets''
  
 
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