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My question is how exactly would an explorer get their "checklist"?
The easiest thing I could think of would be a discoverable paper on a table in the ERC.
Maybe there is a children's exhibit and that is one of the activities.
That's a great idea you have about the minigame. I don't know whether this will work or whether you would be allowed to do it, have pages with the trees/species on them that can be picked up and the pages then go into a book you have. I know that nothing was said about a book though.
It shouldn't be terribly long (months) before it's reasonably achievable (since it's possible already) to have a piece of paper GUI with check boxes stored for each player.
I had the idea that perhaps the animals weren't intentionally written into the age (at least, not the unusual ones), and the ERC committee have only caught occasional glimpses of the creatures. As a result, the explorers could help find things out about them, like taking KI photos, writing the guidebook and so on. This could also include the Guild of Zoologists- it's exactly what they're around for. Another advantage of this is that when there's no new art being recieved, another creature could be 'sighted' (and placed into the age), thus creating interest and a reason to revisit the ERC! (not that there'd be no appeal to the age when there wasn't new art, of course.
I love this idea! I'm not part of the team, I know, but I drew up the layout attached, I hope you don't mind.
I only have one major suggestion, and that's for the picture portion--I think it should be a black and white drawing rather than a full color photo. This will have two effects--one, it will make it somewhat more difficult for the player to find the animal or plant, since they won't have as much visual information on it, and that will make the treasure hunt a little more challenging and will draw out the player's entertainment time. Second, this way the player only gets a tiny taste of what the animal or plant looks like...so to satisfy their curiosity and their appetite for color and detail, they will have to find the animal or plant for real. (I'm pretty sure that this was the exact reason why Cyan chose to show the Negilahn animals in sillouette rather than in full color renders.)
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