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[[Image:CClogo.gif|left|A representation of the community - it just keeps on spinning!]]
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.
There have been many, many things that have influenced the Community. Feel free to add stuff in!
==The Beginnings==
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.
[[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.
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]].
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.
This signalled the first 'Era' in the Creatures Community, an era of development, excitement, and discoveries.
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]].
'''[[Lis Morris]]'''
Lis Morris was, and still is, one of the most amazing developers in the Creatures Community.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
One of the first uses of the term "Creatures Community" was by [[Toby Simpson]] in a [http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.games.creatures/browse_frm/thread/bc4629f22a5e0c4d/38383c242ff126d2 newsgroup posting], although [[Lis Morris]] [http://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]].
''There is also a [[Creatures Community (neopets guild)]] at Neopets''

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