Suggestions Thread for BPVCT [Official!]

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Suggestions Thread for BPVCT [Official!]

Post by White parrot » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:00 pm

Quasar wrote:(edited by Quasar) Official Thread now! I'll pick out my favorite and/or popular suggestions from this thread to use as the basis for some of the future BPVCT rounds. The only rule is that suggestions need to be posted with a picture or a link to a picture to count.
Since "the more the merrier" also applies to blasphemous monstrosities from Nature, I thought it would be cool to have a place where we could suggest which horrible features could (or not) figure in the BPVCTs one day. :P

My mind still focused on marine heads, I present you the four strangest heads of predatory fishes :

- Helicoprion tooth-whorl : the exact placement and functionality of this prehistoric shark's teeth spiral still elude the specialists -all the more artistic licence ! This French site presents my two favourite hypothesis(es? :? ) : a circular saw as a lower jaw, or an outright toothy tentacle.

- Goblin shark protrusile jaws : while the ominously named Goblin shark presents at rest the usual elongated snout we usually associate with sharks, this one has the ability to project his jaws forward in a way that openly display his upper jaw. Freakish !

- Snaggletooth lip : members of the angler fish genera Lasiognathus have a relatively small lower jaw, for they don't rely on it to bite their prey. Instead of that, their massive upper jaw is split in the middle, allowing the animals to fold their lip upward at rest, and snap it down around preys like a Venus Flytrap confused about the life Kingdom it belongs to.

- Loose jaws : both "Exactly what is said on the tin" and hard to imagine until seeing it. The loosejaw projects its jaws forward to capture preys, without any flesh linking them to the mouth to slow down their motion.


In a totally unrelated way, I'd like to have an insectivore/herbivore mouth with a long, prehensile tongue (anteater/giraffe). :D


Do you have any ideas of unusual animal features that could contribute to making the Species universe a weirder place ? :)
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Re: Suggestions for BPVCTs to come ?

Post by AnarchCassius » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:17 am

Tongues could be an exentions like eyes and horns.

Helicoprion probably have a short jaw with the saw arrangement: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com ... y-ratfish/ Apparently the jaw motion helped it act like a saw.

I think this head has the most straightforward uses in game, where as the speed of a loosejaw is harder to model.

I'd like to see tusks/teeth modular but some kind of fierce herbivore mouth would be neat. A boar or elephant. Heh, elephant with grasper limb from the face :)

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Re: Suggestions for BPVCTs to come ?

Post by White parrot » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:26 pm

Tongues could be an exentions like eyes and horns.
:shock: That would be more tentacle-like that tongue-like, in my opinion. I'd prefer tongues to stay in mouth ... and have tentacles colonize the rest of the body. :roll:
WE CAN'T RESIST THEM ANYWAY. :o


Speaking of having graspers on the face, what about the stars of Burgess Shale, Opabinia and Anomalocaris ? Their faces are pretty cool too.
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Re: Suggestions for BPVCTs to come ?

Post by AnarchCassius » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:48 pm

Guess I'll spill the beans. If my efforts to get Quasar to let me on the dev team, or at least see the source someday, I'm working on some mods. You've seen my biome mod (got a smaller version without unnessicary files and better textures to put up soon) but the next one will be Cambrian Explosion. I figure the creatures become too modern too fast and wanted to get them some early side branchings. Those and Pikia (more vanilla but it's the chordate ancestor or the closest we've found) will be stars of the show. :)

I wonder how limited part arrangement should be. Why shouldn't creatures have taste sensors (tongues) on their tails or weird mouth parts? You're thinking too Terran. :)

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Re: Suggestions for BPVCTs to come ?

Post by White parrot » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:11 pm

Ohoh, ambitious, aren't we ? ;) Seriously, good work with this.
AnarchCassius wrote:You're thinking too Terran. :)
Maybe. :) Well, as they said, most people are human.
I think using familiar features would allow us to better see when we go wrong during the early development, and make identifying what is going on (like, say, who is a predator) easier, especially for a less-nerdy publ... who am I kidding, Species is nerdy as heck. :lol:
I'd prefer we had a bit more experience before trying the weird stuff, even though I'm not opposing it on principle. that's what she said
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Re: Suggestions for BPVCTs to come ?

Post by Quasar » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:35 am

Since "the more the merrier" also applies to blasphemous monstrosities from Nature, I thought it would be cool to have a place where we could suggest which horrible features could (or not) figure in the BPVCTs one day. :P
Sure, why not? I hereby declare this thread official. See it's in the title and everything. :D

Just a quick rule: Submissions need to come with a picture or a link to a picture or a link to an article with a picture, so I don't have to interpret the myself.

I'll pick my favorites and/or ones that seem popular out of this thread for round 4. Maybe we can make it a regular thing, every couple rounds or something.

So happy I started this competition, you guys are coming up with way weirder things than I was. :D

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Re: [Official] Suggestions for BPVCT

Post by AnarchCassius » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:29 pm

On topic, I think Zoidberg's Tentacles scored well enough to get another chance against another round of opponents. Round 2 was kind of all or nothing but maybe against the runner(s) up in Round 3 and a suggestion or two from here.

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Re: Suggestions Thread for BPVCT [Official!]

Post by sylverone » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:18 am

[Cross posted at Quasar's request]

The caterpillar face is in the list up there like it's so simple, like we all know what a caterpillar face looks like... and I think we can all agree it looks like this, right?:

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Oh wait, my bad, that's just coloring... it's actually this that we're all thinking of, right?:
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Or maybe this?:
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But those are so menacing, they might be mistaken for carnivore heads... I mean, whenever I think of a caterpillar peacefully fattening up on leaves, it goes without saying that this is always the first image that comes to mind:
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But that's just me. I'm sure most other people immediately think of this:
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Of course there are also niche audiences who might imagine differently:
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*Who's That Pokemon!*


And let's not get started on the mantids...
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"Wait, did someone mention my brethren just now?"

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Image Sources:
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/fe ... arth/11812
http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2013 ... his-3.html
http://designtaxi.com/news/360650/In-Ja ... aped-Face/
http://www.theprayingmantis.org/Mantis-Eyes.php
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All in good fun! :) (and... my bad, I didn't notice that Quasar gave reference images until already making this post. I'm leaving it, though, unless the number of images is deemed too much)

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Re: Suggestions Thread for BPVCT [Official!]

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Re: Suggestions Thread for BPVCT [Official!]

Post by Neovenator » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:16 pm

What about legs, bodies and other such objects?

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