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Creatures 2 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently asked questions - that are things that are newbies to Creatures or the Creatures' community often want to know. There's convieniently broken into categories, so click on the link of the category most likely to have your question and you'll be taken directly to it.


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What period of time does the Creatures 2 sea monster emerge from its hiding place?
It's in Spring if I remember correctly.

Are there any sites with pics of borland the sea monster?
Not that I know of, but if you would like to have access to pictures of the sea monster, you can download a program called 'sprite editor' at Bobware (http://www.frimlin.co.nz/bobware/). With this you can view all the pictures in the C2 world, and hopefully, one will be of the seamonster!

There are some cobs that won't show up on the agent ingector. I can't figure out how to make it show up! Please help!



It might be because it's zipped! If it is, you could get Winzip at www.winzip.com and then place it in the directory of your choice.


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albia

Is there a way to get rid of the C2 Sea-monster?
Unfortuantly no. :) The sea monster is scripted into the game and sometimes emerges to eat your Zander fish, as you may have noticed. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

What's this big monster looking thing that hides in the dark blue ocean?
Yes, that's Borland the sea monster. He keeps the zander population under control. He's very shy. He only comes out at a certain time of year when there are plenty of zanders about. He's harmless to norns, ettins, grendels and hands.

Is there a way to get rid of the cactuses in C2?
You can download weedkiller cobs from several sites including BRF's creatures site. Another tool for this job if you just want to remove selected plants is the spade cob, downloadable from this site. It's also handy for removing the Deathcap Mushroom

How can I delete dead Norns from Albia?
They *should* just delete themselves, but you may need a death update which is avialable in one of the object packs from the official creatures' 2 site.

What are doozers?
Doozers are those little brown and white animals that walk around Albia squeaking. If you click on them they will teach any norn close by a random word. Doozers can be good fun! If you throw them into the ocean the will scream and jump out again. You should be thoughtful of doozers, though. *taps her nose* My theory is they're part Shee, so if you drown them/tell your norns to eat them/lock them in the incubator the shee will get you back next time you go to sleep. This theory is strengthen by the number of insomniacs in the Creatures community.

Can a Norn pick up an egg?
Unfortunately yes. :) My norns seem to love playing football with any newly laid eggs around the place. After a norn has picked up and egg it will not hatch unless you put it in the incubator.

Is it possible to get rid of an unwanted egg?
It is possible to freeze them by picking them up, but without the use of a cob (like the remover spray) you can not get rid of them.

Why does my norn have a yellow ring around it's head?
You've got the norn indicator on. This tells creatures to put a yellow glowing 'halo' around the currently selected norn's head. You can turn it off by clicking on the button with a picture of a grey doughnut on it on the task bar.

How do I get my Norns into lifts?
Well norns very rarely do what they don't want to do, but often by putting a toy they are playing with or waving your hand near the lift and calling their name will make the Norns come over to the lift. You can then quickly scroll up and hit the call button on the level you want to go to before the norn moves away.

Why has the incubator closed?
This is a way to stop over population in Albia. Once you reach 12 Norns the incubator closes and all Norns must hatch in the wild. This means if you disturb an egg while it is hatching by picking it up, it will not hatch until you export some Norns and the incubator opens again.

How do I tell the difference between codliver oil and love potion #9?
The red on the Love Potion #9 bottle is just a little bit darker than the Codliver Oil's bottle and the Codliver Oil is just a little bit wider

what's that media box that looks like a piece of paper?
It's a calendar showing the season and game year of Albia. :)

why does the shee statue glow when my norns approach it?
It's scripted to do that. Don't worry about it. The worst it can do to your norn is distract it so long that the norn dies of starvation. However, thankfully, most norns don't have this long an attention span.

Why does it snow all year round in my Albia?
Sounds like you injected the grendel frost cob. To remove it just go to your injector and click the remove button. The grendel frost came with one of the early C2 add-on packs from cyberlife.


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art

How do you create those Norn pictures on your page?
To make a norn picture without the background, you can download a program called NornPose and actually choose what position you'd like the norn to pose in. Anything else in the picture I draw in by hand in PSP.

How do I save the norn pictures I take in the owner's kit?
There is an export button near the bottom of the photo page. This lets you save the image as a .bmp file which you can then open in MSpaint (in the accessories folder in the start menu) or any other painting program.


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behaviour

Is there a way to make certain a female will become pregnant?
There is no way to make certain a female will become pregnant when she mates. If the female is to be pregnant, she must have a certain level of fertility, lifeforce, progesterone and sex drive. If these levels are lower than they should be she will not be pregnant.

Is Norn inbreeding a problem?
Not really. Because Norns only have haploid genes it makes no difference whether a Norn's mother is closely related to it's father. In fact in a such a closed breeding circle (you can't have more than 12 Norns at once) having diploid genes and all of the problems of inbreeding that come with diploid genes, would probably be a disadvantage.

As soon as I feed one of my Norns, another is hungry. What can I do?
I don't think there's much you can do. Make sure you've the latest game update. They're available from the official creatures2 page and there is at least one which has easier to look after Norns. Try not to have too many Norns in your Albia at once. Usually between four and eight is the best. Try different genomes and see which one works best for you. Two good ones include the Cannies and the Nova Subterra.

Should I just inject liquid food into my norns when they won't eat?
It's not really a good idea to inject your norns with liquid food. It mucks up the norns' brains and makes it harder to feed them next time, and harder for them to fend for themselves. There's a document on the effect this has on norns at The palace of the evil Shee you can read if you're interested

Do Grendels Dance?
Yes, Grendels can dance too! Their favourite is the honey wiggle.

how can I get my Grendels and Ettins to breed?
There's a cob you need to download from the palace of the evil shee that you can use to get your grendels and ettins breeding.

Do Norns Dance?
Yes, Norns can do a little dance sometimes. The most popular is the Choo Choo, in which the Norn faces the camera and stomps his foot on the ground, going round and round. They Sometimes moves their arms too.

is there a cure for the one hour stupidity syndrome?
The canny norns.

What is the one hour stupidity syndrome?
It's a problem the original C2 norns were particularly prone to which causes them to forget everything they've learnt, refuse to eat, sleep or do anything else, and seems to agravate their tendency to wall-bonk.

Why do my norns have stars around their heads?
This is an indicator that they are unconsious. You need to visit the science kit and give them a shot of defibrillant to wake them up again.

What's a Wolfling Run?
A Creatures game where the Norns run wild and are not looked after or taught. Sometimes there are Wolfling competitions that see which Norns survive the longest


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bibble

How can i send you a norn for others to download on your website?
Go to the Norn submit page and fill in the form. Then attach your creature to an email addressed to helen@frimlin.co.nz.


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breed

Are there any other types of Norns?
Yeah, if you look around on the internet you'll be sure to find some new breeds for any of the games.

What is the different between genomes and sprites?
A genome is the genetics file for a norn. It contains all the genetic material for a norn. Sprites are the norn's pictures for the game. Norns that look different from normal norns come with the sprite files that Creatures needs to make them look like that. Without these files Creatures just makes them look like an existing breed of norns.

Where do you put the "all chemicals" and "lobes" files that come with the Akamaicanny norns
Main creatures 2 directory.

What's a geat?
A creature that isn't norn, ettin or grendel. It's a spare slot in the creatures scriptorium for developers to create new creatures.

Does the Grendel really spread disease?
No. There has been no evidence found that suggests that grendels spread disease any more than norns do. The stuff in the manual isn't really true. Grendels are sometimes a little bit more violent than norns, but many norns hit each other so often they put the grendel to shame.

Where can I find the norn verter?
It's installed on your computer when you install C2. Look in the main creatures 2 directory.

Where can I find Pegasus norns?
You can visit the The homepage of the Pegasus Norns. However, this page is not in english so you might want to visit Nornophite instead.

What's A Shee?
The Shee were the the race that looked after the Norns, they Left Albia in search for a new, more Spherical home.

How do you put new norn sprites into your game?
Norn sprites are basically the same as cob sprites. You need to put all the sprite files (.s16) into your /creatures 2/images/ folder and then import a norn that's genetically altered to use these images. You'll probably get the sprites in a breed file with other things like atts (which specify where the body bits join) and norn exp files. The best advice I can give is to follow the instructions with the breed to install it because the author will best explain exactly what to do for that norn breed.


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buy

I've been lokin everywhere for Creatures 2! In the shops and I could'nt find it! Even from the official website! Where the heck is it?!
They don't seem to be selling it anymore. You can still buy C1 and C3 though.


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caos

What does the word 'scripts' in the cobbing world mean, and how do I make/use them?
Scripts are the different pieces of code that are run when something happens to an object. There's a script for each action (ie. eat, push, pull, hit) as well as installation and removal scripts. Your cob doesn't have to have a script for each possible actions, only the ones that you want something special to happen for.


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cdn

What is the CDN?
The CDN is a forum for Creatures and Creatures 2 add-on developers. There are special documents available there and a set of fabulous newsgroups that you can use to pick more experienced developer's brains when you run into problems.


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chemical

how do you know what the Unknownase shots are
The Unknownase shots are empty chemical slots. Kind of like empty breed slots. This makes it possible to add 3rd Party Chemicals, and CL can also add chemicals if they wish later on. Unknownase is in other words, nothing.


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cob

Will C1 cobs run in C2?
No, because of differences in the cob creating language, only cobs made especially for C2 will run in C2.

What's the difference between a cob and an agent?
Agents are the fancy name for C2 cobs. All C1 cobs, and most C2 cobs are just called cobs by most people in the Creatures community.

What's a cob?
A cob is a Creatures OBject. An accessory that you can import into Albia for your Norns to use. These can be useful implements like seed launches or teaching tools, toys like dolls and trains, food like icecream or any other sort of object that is already in Albia.

Cobs are new objects for Albia (often made by people who aren't from cyberlife). Creatures 2 comes with a special applet to bring them into your albia called the object injector. You can download new cobs from all over the internet and expand and add to your Albia.

What's CAOS?
CAOS (creatures object/agent scripting language) is the language cobs are created in.

Is there a limit to the species number I can give cobs?
The species number needs to be under 65535. Unless you are creating cobs for CDN you need to keep your genus numbers between 20000 and 65535.

As your cob tutorials concerntrate on making cobs using BoBCoB not the cyberlife cob compiler, where can I learn to use it?
Get BoBCoB - it's easier to use. :) Beyond that, there are some instructions bundled with the Cyberlife cob compiler if I remember correctly, try reading those. It's mostly a drag and drop interface, you need to write the caos in notepad, save it as a .cos file and then drag the file into the appropriate window of the cob compiler. It's been a while since I used it, but it has a set by step wizard interface that's fairly easy to use.

Is there an easy way to find coordinates in Albia for cob creation?
Yes, there is a cob you can download that will give you the coordinates for anywhere in Albia. It is called the X-Y finder and can be downloaded from Generations

What do I need to make cobs?
You just need to download a cob compiler like BoBCoB and some instructions.

Is there anywhere I can find a listing of all cobs for download?
Yes! You need to visit Where's the cob, a brilliant page that has a link to every known cob on the internet. It's the perfect place to find something new for C2 and an even better place to track down the URL for those indispensible cobs you lost off your harddrive.

Why won't my cobs install properly?
First check you've extracted all the files to the right directories. You can find out which directories the files should go in by reading the text file of the cob you are installing.
Make sure the cob you are trying to inject was created for the game you're trying to inject it into. C1 cobs are for C1, C2 cobs are for C2 and C3 cobs are for C3. Cobs will only work in the game they're designed for.
Make sure the cob has been unzipped. If the file you are trying to import has a .zip extension, it needs to be unzipped.
For more information visit the C1, C2 and C3 cob installation pages.

Is there a limit to the number of cobs I can have in Albia?
Yes there is. It takes a very large number of different types of cobs to reach that limit though.

How do I reserve a range of classification numbers for my cobs?
There is a very good FAQ on the creatures newsgroup (alt.games.creatures) that allows you to 'stake out' a set of classification numbers to ensure other cobbers do not use the same numbers. There is also a page called Bibble's Creatures world that has a list of cob authors and the classification numbers they use.


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cobs

What is BoBCoB and where can I find it???
From BoBWare.


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download

Can you download eggs?
You can't download new eggs to import into creatures 2 like a cob, but you can download some to add some new types of norns to your hatchery. Some norn types that come in eggs include the Nova Subterras from the Norn Underground


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game

Where do I buy Creatures?
You should be able to buy it from your local software store, but if this fails, you can buy it online from the offical Creatures' site.

Can the seamonster kill mernorns and merettins?
No

Where can I get the Blueberry Cheat?
This "cheat" simply turns on the creatures debuging mode that allows you access to some interesting menus that the developers used while creating the game.
It's a registry cheat, so you need to make changes to the registry to activate it. This can be quite dangerous as the registry is a very important part of windows and if you wreck it the computer won't start up anymore.
If these seems to difficult or daunting, you can download a program called BoBCoB that will activate this cheat for you (in the preferences). You can also get a program called BoBTweak that will give you access to the "cheat" functions without actually turning it on.
To get either of these programs, visit the BoBWare page.

how do i get my c1 norns onto c2?
You need to use the NornVertor

Where do norns go when they die?
LOL! Who knows!? The recycling bin?

Is there a demo of Creatures?
No. Cyberlife never released one, and isn't intending to. If you want to play Creatures you need to buy it I'm afraid.

Do I have to pay anything to have an Albia or a Norn?
Yes, you need to buy the a game called Creatures. You can buy it from most software stores or from the official creatures' site. There are three games in the series.

How can i retreive a lost
norn/ettin/grendal, i have used the splicer and the egg just will not hatch!

Try exporting some norns. Chances are you are exceeding the maximum number of norns. If you export a couple, then the egg will be able to hatch.

Can you export Norns without opening the world up?
Not as far as I know. If you can't open your creatures world I think you'll just have to cut your losses and start a new one.

Is it possible to inject a 3rd party egg without hatching all of the eggs until you find the one you want?
You want to get hold of the advanced hatchery from Creatures 2.com. That'll let you see what's in each egg.

Creatures runs really slow on my computer.
Creatures is a big memory and CPU hog. It usually runs best on newer machines (with over 32 meg of RAM and a CPU speed faster than 200mhz). If you find your Creatures running really slowly, you can download another version of the world with fewer objects in it which should run a lot faster on older machines.

Why can't I import my Norns?
After you reach the limit of Norns, you can't import any more. This is so Albia won't get overcrowded and that's about all an average computer can handle.

How many Norns can I have in Albia at once?
Only 16. After that new eggs will not hatch.

How many Norns can I have on my hard drive?
You are limited only by the space on your hard drive.

Where can I get the lite world for C2?
You need to go to Darcie's site Random Access.

My norn has "unlearnt" it's name. What do I do?
Just go to the owners kit and reregister the Norn.

What do you do if one of your favorite norns gets the one hour stupididy syndrome?
There's not much you can do except spend a lot of time looking after them.

I have seen a purple dooser walking sort of in the ground just under where the incubator is. What is it?
A little creature that stops objects getting stuck under there. For some reason, they occasionally fall under the floor in the incubator room.

Have you ever seen the C2 Sea Monster? If you have what does it look like?
He looks like a big scaly fish.

A friend of mine has c2 and seen the see monster, but after a couple of seconds it disapeared. What happend?
Probably just went back behind its rock. :) It's pretty shy.

How can I talk to my norns?
You just type while you're in the creatures window and press enter when you're done and it comes up on the screen and the norns can 'hear' it.

how do i get an object/thing into the teleporter?
You can't teleport objects unless a norn is holding it.

Where can I get free Creatures 2 updates?
You need to visit the offical creatures page and poke around in the support section.

Can I change the default vocab in the game?
If you have got the latest creatures 2 update from the offical C2 page - www.creatures2.com - you can change the default vocabulary in the game and the doozers and teaching machines will teach different words.

How do I do that wolfling run thing??
Just leave your norns to fend for themselves without and help from the hand for a while. When you come back, theoretically, natural selection should have taken its course and only strong surivors will be left.


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genetic

How do you get those ettin/grendel/norn mixtures?
To get the ettin/grendel splices, you use the genetic splicing machine in Creatures 2 or Creatures 3. It's in the space ship under the creator in Creatures 3 and it's in the room under where the cheese dispensor is in Creatures 2. There's a help file on this site about activating the machine for Creatures 2 if you need some help.

How do I get a genetically colored norn?
There are several ways. You can download a coloured Norn that someone else has breed and breed it with your own Norns in the hope of getting some coloured ones. Alternatively, you could play with an existing Norn's genes with one of the genetics program (eg. GEL or EGFB) and make them like that.

Where can I get a genetic editor?
You can buy the official genetic editor from the offical creatures' site.
You can download a free editor called GEL from Mike's Creatures for C2 or a C2/C3 editor from Chris Double's site.

Can Norns and Grendels crossbreed?
No they can't. If you would like a grenorn, you must use the genesplicer.

What's a moniker?
The moniker is the alphanumerical name Creatures assigns to each Norn when it is born. Each norn has a unique moniker and Norns with the same moniker have the same genetic material (unless they've been altered with a gene editor). Creatures just uses this to tell one Norn appart from another.

Why do some of the norns I splice in the gene machine die when they hatch?
Chances are you're splicing norns with incompatible genomes. Some different types of norns (ie. canny norns and original norns) have different brain and chemical structure so a baby that is half canny and half original may end up with chemical reactions or brain lobes that aren't fully functional.
The spliced baby norn is born with the same scripts that a naturally born norn is born with, so the fact it was spliced rather than conceived naturally should make no difference.

Can you affect genes using the genetic splicer?
Nope, the genetic splicer simply combines two genomes (as if the two norns have mated). However, you can download a genetic editor and create a norn with the attributes you want.


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health

What does it mean if a norn's health bar is flashing?
It means their lifeforce is really low. If their lifeforce gets to zero they'll die. You need to give them an emergency shot of metabolism tranfusion in the science kit and then give them some TLC to nurse them back to health.


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powerup

how do i get the scince kit and other items that are in a spinning gold circle on the game
These 'Spinning Gold Circles' are called Powerups. You need to get your norns to push these, and then all your deepest desires will come true. Actually they won't, but you'll get some cool stuff happen. Tell your norn to "Push Tool."


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scroll

What are those funny scroll things for?
These are the Creatures Calenders and will tell you what season it is in your world.


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sprite

Why do some cobs and breeds have 555 and 565 sprites available?
This means that creatures can be played on a wider range of video cards, older ones that support the 555 encoding and newer ones that use 565. If you're not sure which you use, download both sets and then use one. If the object or norn looks green and strange in your world, you need to use the other lot. If they look fine, then you've got the right sprites and you know which ones to download next time.

Are there any free sprite editing programs that allow you to actully edit the sprites?
No. You need to use a sprite editor to export the sprites as bmp files and then use a conventional editing package (such as psp) to actually edit them.


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sprites

What are Sprites?
Sprites are the pictures for Norns and cobs. Norns and cobs are sort of two layers thick, like a piece of cake. The .exp file is a bulky layer is the special A-life programing that makes your Norn run in Albia. The sprite is like the icing, it sits on top and is what you see. If you do not have the right pictures for newer types of Norns (such as Mernorns and Albian greys) they will not import into your game as a mernorn or Albian grey. They will import as a different type of Norn that your computer all ready has the pictures for.

What sort of program do I need to create sprites?
You need a paint program (like mspaint) to make the inital .bmp file. Then you need a program like the sprite editor that comes with BoBCoB to convert the .bmp file into a .s16 or .spr file that creatures can read.

where can you get a .s16 viewer? I found it some where, but the link wasn't right. Please help!
There's one bundled with BoBCoB and you can also get one from the Norn Underground.


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website

How can I put COBs in my web page?
Put all the files you need in a zip file and then upload it to your server. You do this the same way you put html pages and images on your server. Next you need to link to your cob files on your page. You do this exactly the same way you would link to another website. In HTML it would look like <A HREF="myFile.zip">Download my file</A> Finally, if it's not your cob file you are required by the copyright laws to ask permission from the author to post it. Doing this before you post any cobs will save you problems later as some authors don't like other people posting their work.

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