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[[File:Metarooms.png|thumb|Icons for the four metarooms included in Docking Station]]A '''metaroom''' is the term used for a contiguous area within a C3/DS [[world]], such as the [[Norn Meso]] in [[DS]], the [[C3]] [[Jungle Terrarium]], or even [[C1toDS]]. A metaroom is composed of a background graphic overlaid with many [[room]]s connected by [[door]]s. The rooms define the open space within the metaroom, as well as the contours of the floor, walls and ceiling which [[creature]]s and other [[agent]]s react to. Often metarooms have [[music]] files associated with them; individual music tracks may be specified per room, but the music files themselves are usually per metaroom.
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[[File:Metarooms.png|thumb|Icons for the four metarooms included in Docking Station]]A '''metaroom''' is the term used for a contiguous area within a [[world]], such as the [[Norn Meso]] in [[DS]], the [[C3]] [[Jungle Terrarium]], or even [[C1toDS]]. A metaroom is composed of a background graphic overlaid with many [[room]]s connected by [[door]]s. The rooms define the open space within the metaroom, as well as the contours of the floor, walls and ceiling which [[creature]]s and other [[agent]]s react to. Often metarooms have [[music]] files associated with them; individual music tracks may be specified per room, but the music files themselves are usually per metaroom.
  
Every metaroom in C3/DS occupies a position in the [[map]], although their locations do not necessarily reflect where they "should" go--the Creatures 3 environments are all arranged in a rough rectangle, while the "main" part of the ship is just below them. The placement of [[third party]] metarooms is left entirely up to the creator.
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Every metaroom in C3/DS occupies a position in the [[world]], although their locations do not necessarily reflect where they "should" go--the Creatures 3 environments are all arranged in a rough rectangle while the "main" part of the ship is just below them. The placement of [[third party]] metarooms is left entirely up to the creator. A map of most of the metarooms can be found at the [[Norngarden]] website.
  
The original world map is mostly full, though there are a few gaps for small metarooms. However, the map can be expanded to one hundred times its original area with no known issues, allowing for many more metarooms to be placed. A list of [[Creatures 3 and Docking Station metaroom coordinates]] is maintained on the Creatures Wiki.
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It seems that the original world is mostly full, though there are a few gaps for small metarooms. However some creators have succeeded in increasing the map size to encompass much more space, about 50 to 100 times as much. There may be some compatibility issues with this larger world but if there are, they are not known. A list of [[Creatures 3 and Docking Station metaroom coordinates]] is maintained on the Creatures Wiki.
  
 
''[[:Category:Metarooms|Browse the list of known metarooms]].''
 
''[[:Category:Metarooms|Browse the list of known metarooms]].''
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20220101033634/http://www.creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=11 Creating a Metaroom] by [[Liam]] and others.
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* [http://www.creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=11 Creating a Metaroom] by [[Liam]] and others.
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20211014001459/http://creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=20 Moe's Room Modelling Basics Tutorial]
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* [http://www.creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=20 Moe's Room Modelling Basics Tutorial]
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20211014001449/http://creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=16 Photoshop Metaroom Background Tutorial] by [[Zareb]].
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* [http://www.creatures.org.uk/ccsf2006/articles.php?id=16 Photoshop Metaroom Background Tutorial] by [[Zareb]].
 
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