Many thanks to the Creatures Community at alt.games.creatures for their kind assistance in putting this FAQ together.
My Agent Injector
is in German... That's the only thing in German in the whole game. Have I
done something wrong?
The reason for this was a confusion with Windows that led to the program deciding that United Kingdom English was not North American English, and that the closest language was German... Funnily enough, this problem does not occur the other way around. Needless to say, we've fixed it, so those not familiar with the German language will not need a dictionary to operate the Agent Injector. If you are having this problem, you should download Object Pack 1 again and re-install it.
My Norns have trouble
sleeping and feeding themselves as much as they should
My Norns are hyperactive.
They often say sentences simultaneously, making it difficult to teach concepts.
Is it possible to
set up another world so my siblings can play without screwing up my world?
One of my newborns
walked a few steps, learned a few words and then died suddenly. What happened?
I've run out of
eggs, do I have to reinstall the software ?
I've got 12 Norns
in my world. I keep on hearing them kissPop, but the females don't get pregnant.
If your Norns are not kissPopping, try using the aphrodisiacs in the Breeder's Kit or take them to the island of love (desert island, left hand side) and play the Love Horn instrument to encourage them to be "friendly." Finally, there is the possibility that one or both are sterile.
One of my Norns
laid an egg and when I put it in the incubator, Creatures crashed.
What is a "Wolfling
I saved the world
file and then did the "wolfling run". Next morning they were all
dead, so I copied the world file back. But C2 couldn't load it! It said that
some file in "images" directory was missing.
Are the mushrooms
Why does it take
so long for the eggs to hatch in nature?
How do I get the
to Norns can be quite time-consuming. Can you automatically teach all words
referring to objects to new Norns?
What can you do
when you have accidentally taught a wrong word to a Creature? Can it be reversed?
There are several
different fruits like tomato and mushroom. Why are they all called fruits?
There are several critters, and even the fish are called critters. When I
taught one Norn to call tomato a tomato, it also called mushroom a tomato.
Why is this?
The reason they are categorised in this manner is because the Norn brain is not large enough to differentiate between hundreds of objects. You can see what category a given object is by holding the hand over it for a few seconds. You will see a label like this:
The part inside the square brackets shows us that cheese is in the "food" category. The word prior to this is the name that the selected Creature thinks it is. In this case, the Norn does not know the category yet, so it is just "baby talk." You can see exactly what any given Norn actually knows by selecting her and then pointing at objects to see what appears. You can use the "look" concept (taught using the Concepts Computer) to directly encourage the Norn to look at something in particular, or just pick the object up and wave it about. Norns are attracted to sounds and movement, so if you're not having any luck, try making as much noise and movement as you can!
(Reprinted with permission from the Creatures 2 Strategies and Secrets book, published by Sybex Inc.)
What does the third
smaller machine on the left of the hatchery do?
Should I teach the
language to every new Norn? Can the parents teach them?
How are the first
six eggs generated? Do they have random DNA or have their genetics been already
optimised at the Creatures Lab? Are the first six eggs same every time and
in every machine?
We have attempted to create genomes that result in robust Norns, but it's your job to breed better and better Norns. You can do this by using a type of (un)natural selection whereby you breed the most successful Norns to create better and smarter babies. The Genetics Kit for Creatures 2 will soon be available which will allow you to manipulate your Norn's DNA and maybe create a SuperNorn!
What can one expect
by letting the natural selection do its work? Can the Norns pass their knowledge
into their DNA so that their baby norns are smarter or tougher than the parents?
Norns cannot pass their knowledge (learned behaviour) onto their children genetically (this is known as LaMarckian evolution and is generally said not to exist in the natural world. However, Lamarckian evolution is possible in a memetic sense, i.e., knowledge is taught from generation to generation. If you are successful with multiple generations passing knowledge on to their children, let us know!
My game crashed
last time I played it and now it won't run! What can I do?
Special Thanks to Denise Voskuil, MaeTang, Harri Pesonen, Ashley Harman and Lis Morris.