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Maybe the animals/plants which have not been found are in silhouette/monochromatic/lower detail form in the checklist, but when they have been found the silouhette turns into a colour photo? I suppose that could be another incentive for going out there and looking for the animals: the reward isn't just a four second glimpse of the big toe of an indigenous snake and a little tick beside some text.
If you introduced cute baby animals, you wouldn't be able to get me out of there, hehe. Having the animals change a little (hey, a bit like Delin winter/summer)is a good idea, and I tihnk that it would make people want to visit again and again.
There should also be some "ultra rare" creatures that aren't even noted from the start which would give more explorers the chance of discovery.
Great idea, I really love it! One thing to consider is that people have been taking out-of-game notes in Uru for a long time. Maybe you just provide the checklist as a clickable object on the desk (like the Negilahn silouette sheet), and can just copy it down or take a screenie and print it out. There's a long history of doing this, from all the maps and clues in the original Myst game all the way through the Minkata orientation books... While a clickable sheet or book is cool, I don't think you'll have a huge outcry if you don't put all that effort into it.
While having a "master" journal that gets filled in as explorers find wildlife would be most realistic; it would ruin the game play for late comers. Sooo.... I was thinking perhaps every explorer gets a personal journal (by clicking/examining the master journal) to fill out that will eventually be transferred to this master journal. Say if all explorers have found creature "A" and there are no new explorers for some time period(a month, quarter?); it gets added to the master journal annotated to whom made the first discovery. There should also be some "ultra rare" creatures that aren't even noted from the start which would give more explorers the chance of discovery. More critters could even be added later. Maybe some animal sightings can be "triggered" by shaking a plant/tree. This (hopefully)allows an explorer to have a lasting IC effect on the age without leaving everybody else out.
Well, the problem is that players will be strongly tempted to help themselves to the reward early by filling in the check blank, looking at the picture, and then unfilling it again. I'm pretty sure that I would do that just as soon as I was having trouble finding species XYZ.
There are some great points here. What else needs to be done to finish the ERC Age?
I'm pretty sure that a journal that the player could carry around with them would be possible- think about the KI journal, or, even better, the CC bookshelf journal that was given to the player by Yeesha, which could be carried around and filled in. Things like that can also be picked up- CC relto book, for example.
Hmm, I hadn't thought about that. Maybe- and I know this goes slightly against the current concept- there could be regions around the animals, which cause the appropriate box to be ticked in the journal/machine index when entered. However, this wouldn't be as satisfying as clicking a box when an animal was sighted.
You might have met me running around in MOUL as Seltahn (I managed to cause a mass panic in Ae'gura when I unintentionally made people believe that the Jalak book had arrived , were you caught in the confusion? If so, I apologise.).
*mod pops out of passing kangaroo* AR, stop hijaking the thread already!
aww... (but no crazy 'foo messes with a mod, so...) *puts thread back on track and hands flight controls to... whoever's steering this thing*
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