An evolution game, different from the rest here
The goal is to take the starter organisms and evolve them. Building a diverse and unique ecosystem from just those 3 starting organisms.
- Changes to a species should be gradual, this is especially true for changes to diet, senses, reproduction, or locomotion
- Species can only spread to adjacent habitats/locations with similar or somewhat similar conditions
- Species can only grow or shrink by a factor of two (meaning their size can be multiplied or divided by two). Exceptions may be granted for specific conditions such as abyssal gigantism
- A Species cannot be evolved until the Epoch after they were created.
- yes, every species needs an image, do not worry about artistic skill- just look at the starter species!
- this is an open game, anyone can hop in at any time. I am the GM as of now.
- If a zone has no organisms living in it, that means it is barren, plants must move there before animals can
- let me know ASAP if you have any questions, or feel anything needs to be clarified
Species BIO format
This is the format that species should be entered in. When creating the scientific name, keep in mind how different your species is from the earliest member in the genus. If your species is only a little different, like in color, size, simple features, or habitat, then it should probably go in the same genus. If there is a major difference, like body shape, method of locomotion, etc, then consider placing it in a new genus.
Periods and Epochs
Periods and Epochs are how the passage of time is tracked.
Each epoch lasts for one generation, and will end once 15 species have been created in that epoch (The number of species per epoch will eventually increase, this will be noted at the start of an epoch). There are 4 epochs to a period. At the end of each period, there will be an extinction event where some species will go extinct. At the end of each period there will also be a new map.
World conditions (temperature, etc) are slightly different each epoch, and VERY different each period.
The 3 first organisms on this nameless planet to become multi-cellular. They will hopefully be the spark of a lengthy and beautiful natural history
Bublalga (Simplaherba virdbulla)
Bublalga are extremely simple plants, being little more than a grouping of algae-like organisms arranged in a hollow, bubble-like formation. Bublalga are 5 millimeters tall and wide, and grow in small clusters at the sandy bottom of shallow waters. They reproduce asexually by budding, with new plants attached to their parents, pieces of Bublalga can also grow into new individuals in ideal conditions.
Noodli (Parvermis ligula)
Noodli are wormlike, herbivorous animals. They feed on Bublalga by poking a hole in them with their flexible tongue, and then using the tongue to pull small chunks of the plant into their digestive system. Noodli are 8 millimeters long, and 2 millimeters thick. Noodli reproduce asexually by laying dozens of eggs, which hatch into juvenile Noodli. Noodli can burrow or swim, and possess a small paddle in order to help with swimming.
Bunstar (Symmetriarum stella
Bunstar are omnivorous, slow moving animals that vaguely resemble starfish to the naked eye. They are indiscriminate feeders, and simply eat whatever life they crawl on top of- be it a patch of Bubalga, a Noodli or their eggs, or a smaller individual of their own kind. Bunstar are able to 'smell' by the colored patches on their arms, and use this ability in order to crawl in the direction of food. Bunstar reproduce asexually by division. Bunstar are 7 millimeters in diameter and 3 millimeters tall.
All of these starting organisms are only found in Zone 1
Map: Epoch 1: Dawn Period
What the Zones are:
Zones 2 - 5 are somewhat deeper and less calm than Zone 1, but are overall still pretty much ideal for life
Zones 6, 8, an 9 are the slopes leading to deep water, there is enough light for plant life to exist, at the floor here, albeit barely.
Zone 7 is the sheer cliff going straight down to the abyssal trench below, conditions are similar to 6, 8, and 9, but with a steep slope rather than a gentle one
Zone 10 (both E and W), is the deep and open ocean, low in nutrients, and too dark for plants to grow on the bottom, the surface however is full of light
Zone 11 is a deep trench, pitch black beyond a certain depth, and cold too. Higher up conditions are same as Zone 10
Zone 12 is the shallows around a smaller landmass, not as rich as Zone 1, but definitely better conditions than Zone 10
Zones 13 - 17 are small patches of land, seeing as all current life is simple and aquatic, and these places utterly hot and barren, it will take time for life to get here
Index of Epochs & Periods
Epoch 0 (starters & prior): you are here
Epoch 1: you are here
Epoch 2: ???
Epoch 3: ???
Epoch 4: ???
Epoch 5: ???