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[[Image:Dockingstation.png|frame|left|The DS logo]]
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'''Docking Station''' is a game in the [[Creatures series]], set on the [[Lone Shee]]'s spaceship, the ''[[Capillata]]''. It is known for being the first [[Creatures series|Creatures]] game with online networking capability, see [[DS Server]].
'''Docking Station (DS)''' is a game in the [[Creatures series]], set on the [[Lone Shee]]'s spaceship, the ''[[Capillata]]''. It is known for being the first [[Creatures series|Creatures]] game with online networking capability (see [[DS Server]]).
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Docking Station is available to '''[[Docking Station#External links|download for ''free'']]''' on [[Windows]] and [[Linux]], or can be purchased as part of [[Creatures Exodus]] for the [[Macintosh|Mac OS X]]. To play the game online you will need to register for a free [[Docking Station id|Docking Station ID]], though this is not currently possible as the servers are down.  To play the game offline, you will need a login disabler such as the [[DS Offline Option]]. The default [[wikipedia:shortcut (computing)|file shortcut]] for Docking Station redirects through a defunct [[InstallBlast]] updating service.  Docking Station must be run from engine.exe to run without errors.
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It is available to '''[[Docking Station#External links|download for ''free'']]''', but can be [[docked]] with the retail [[Creatures 3]] to make an even larger [[world]], hence its name. In addition, several [[:Category:C3/DS Breeds|breeds]] are available to add to the game, some [[official]], some [[third-party]]. Each of the official [[breed]]s has an entry in the [[Docking Station Story]].
  
Creatures Docking Station gets its name from the fact it can be [[docked]] with the retail [[Creatures 3]] to make the [[world]] even larger. In addition, [[third-party]] [[metaroom]]s are available for download, along with many new [[:Category:C3/DS Breeds|breeds]], both officially and fan designed. Each of the official [[breed]]s has an entry in the [[Docking Station Story]].
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Docking Station features an improved version of the [[Creatures Evolution Engine]] (Including the [[NetBabel]] protocol which is responsible for internet-based things such as the [[warp]]), and some [[agent]]s are designed to work only with it. Conversely, others require [[Creatures 3]] to be installed if they use [[script]]s or [[sprite]]s from it.
 
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Docking Station features an improved version of the [[Creatures Evolution Engine]] including the [[NetBabel]] protocol, which is responsible for internet-based things such as the [[warp]]. Some [[agent]]s are specifically designed to work only with DS, while others require [[Creatures 3]] to be installed if they use [[script]]s or [[sprite]]s from it.
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''Want to know who was involved in making Docking Station? Read the [[Docking Station Credits|credits]]!''
 
''Want to know who was involved in making Docking Station? Read the [[Docking Station Credits|credits]]!''
 
==Gameplay==
 
The player, which is being represented as the [[Hand]], has to create a new world or pick a previously saved world. When making a new world, you are being asked to log in to the [[DS Server|servers]]. The official servers are down, so to be able to play the game a [[DS Offline Option|login disabler]] is needed. Once logged in, the hand appears in the Norn Meso, close to [[muco]] the egg layer. Another dialog pops up, asking you to choose between receiving a pre-trained adult Chichi norn couple, having the game lay two random eggs via Muco or just let you enter the game.
 
 
Once a choice has been made, the player and their creatures can freely explore the Capillata which consists of four metarooms. The creatures have to learn how to care for their basic needs, so the Hand can talk to the creatures, teaching them [[vocabulary]] and try to communicate with them. You can also teach them vocabulary with some help of the [[Holistic Learning Machine]]. The Hand can reward or punish creatures by petting or slapping the creature, right-clicking allows the Hand to lead a creature around, while shift-right-clicking picks them up. You could also just leave the creatures entirely on their own, watching them and finding out which creatures are smart enough to survive by themselves, which is also called a [[wolfling run]]. The creatures can mate with each other, laying eggs and creating offspring which inherit a mixture of the [[genomes]] from the parents.
 
The player can enjoy watching and interacting with their creatures in just the base game, or download some of the numerous [[metaroom|metarooms]], [[agent|agents]] and [[breed|breeds]] in existence which have been developed by the [[Creatures Community]]. The Docking Station server also allowed you to chat with other players and [[warp]] creatures out to these players.
 
 
An open source project, [[Albian Warp]] is being developed to possibly bring back the online functionality to Docking Station.
 
  
 
==Rooms==
 
==Rooms==
[[Image:dsmesoss.jpg|right|thumb|250px|The Norn Meso]]
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The game is small - meaning that docking with [[Creatures 3]] or adding third-party [[metaroom]]s is a requirement in order to make a reasonably-sized world to play in - but still comes with several [[metaroom]]s:
The game is quite small, and docking with [[Creatures 3]] or adding [[third-party]] [[metaroom]]s is a must in order to make a reasonably-sized world to play in. [[metaroom|Metarooms]] included are:
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*[[Norn Meso]] - the main area of Docking Station containing the [[egg layer]] and [[learning machine]], allowing you to play with and look after your norns.
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*[[Comms Room]] - a metaroom which allows you to communicate with other online players, inject new agents, and tweak several different aspects of the current world.
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*[[Workshop]] - the entry point for the [[warp]], the location of the [[Containment Chamber]], and where [[Warp Portal]]s can be configured to be put around the ship.
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*[[Hub]] - a central room that connects the other three, allowing travel between them. It also provides a way to the Creatures 3 ship in docked worlds.
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''To see [[third-party]] metarooms, check out [[:Category:Unofficial_Metarooms]]!''
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*[[Norn Meso]] - the main metaroom of Docking Station, with the [[egg layer]] and [[learning machine]], allowing you to play with and look after your norns
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*[[Comms Room]] - a metaroom which allows you to communicate with other online players
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*[[Workshop]] - the entry point for the [[warp]], including the [[Containment Chamber]]
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*[[Hub]] - connects all three metarooms together, allowing travel between them
  
 
==Agents==
 
==Agents==
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*The [[HoverDoc]]
 
*The [[HoverDoc]]
 
*The [[Containment Chamber]]
 
*The [[Containment Chamber]]
*The egg-layer, [[Muco]]
 
*The [[Holistic Learning Machine]]
 
 
''To see more, including free addon agents made by fans, check out [[:Category:DS Agents]]!''
 
  
 
==Breeds==
 
==Breeds==
[[Image:Chichi.png|right|frame|The Chichi Norn is included in Docking Station.]]
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Docking Station has many [[official]] breeds that either come with it or can be bought from the [[Creatures Mall]] to be used with it:
Docking Station includes the [[ChiChi Norn]], but there are many other [[official]] breeds that come as part of [[Creatures 3]] or can be bought from the [[Creatures Mall]] to be used with it:
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===Included===
 
*[[ChiChi Norn]]
 
===Free Official Addons===
 
*[[Magma Norn]]
 
 
*[[Astro Norn]]
 
*[[Astro Norn]]
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*[[Bondi Norn]]
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*[[ChiChi Norn]]
 
*[[Fallow Norn]]
 
*[[Fallow Norn]]
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*[[Hardman Norn]]
 
*[[Harlequin Norn]]
 
*[[Harlequin Norn]]
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*[[Magma Norn]]
 
*[[Siamese Norn]]
 
*[[Siamese Norn]]
*[[Zebra Norn]]
 
===In Creatures 3===
 
*[[Bengal Norn]]
 
*[[Bruin Norn]]
 
*[[Civet Norn]]
 
*[[Jungle Grendel]]
 
*[[Desert Ettin]]
 
===Breed Packs===
 
*[[Bondi Norn]]
 
*[[Hardman Norn]]
 
 
*[[Treehugger Norn]]
 
*[[Treehugger Norn]]
 
*[[Toxic Norn]]
 
*[[Toxic Norn]]
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*[[Zebra Norn]]
 
*[[Banshee Grendel]]
 
*[[Banshee Grendel]]
  
There are also many [[third-party]] breeds available for free download.<br />
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There are also many [[third-party]] breeds available for free download. <br>
 
''See [[:Category:C3/DS Breeds]] for a listing of breeds for DS!''
 
''See [[:Category:C3/DS Breeds]] for a listing of breeds for DS!''
  
==Key characters in the DS storyline==
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==Key (agent?) developers==
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*[[Frimlin]]
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*[[Masha]]
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==Key players==
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*[[Banshee]]
 
*[[Banshee]]
 
*[[Capillata]]
 
*[[Capillata]]
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*[[:Category: Docking Station|'''Docking Station category''']]
 
*[[:Category: Docking Station|'''Docking Station category''']]
 
*[[DS Server|Docking Station online server]].
 
*[[DS Server|Docking Station online server]].
*[[Creatures Internet Edition]]
 
*[[Creatures Exodus]]
 
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.gamewareeurope.com/GWDev/download_ds.php Download Docking Station]
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* [http://www.gamewaredevelopment.co.uk/downloads_more.php?id=22_0_8_0_M13 Download Docking Station (PC)]
* [http://www.gamewareeurope.com/GWDev/ds/ds_index.php Docking Station Central] where you can register or view your DS profile (offline)
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* [http://www.gamewaredevelopment.co.uk/downloads_more.php?id=448_0_8_0_M13 Download Docking Station (Linux)]
* [http://www.gamewareeurope.com/GWDev/downloads.php?id=C0_25_8 The online Creatures Manuals] from [[Gameware Development|Gameware]](offline)
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* [[Games:Creatures 3|Creatures 3]] in the [[Games:Main Page|gameinfo wiki]], including a detailed guide
* [http://www.creaturesvillage.com/alfl/manual.html Docking Station Manual] - an online version of the manual at [[Artificial Life for Linux]]
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* [http://www.simons-rock.edu/~rlovison/dsmanual/index.htm Docking Station Manual] - an online version of the manual at [[Artificial Life for Linux]]
* [http://www.creaturesdockingstation.com Alternate Download Location]
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