Sunday, March 21, 2021

The End

Let's get straight to the point: I'm leaving the Creatures Community. 

I'm not going to repeat my reasons why. I've been over those time and time and time again. I'd prefer to go out with something a little more dignified than a burst of negativity. 

What I'd most like to do is go out with a massive bang. A whole new slew of releases; genetic breeds, agents, maybe even a metaroom. Despite all that negativity, the Creatures series and the community around it's been one of the biggest parts of my life, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciated it. Alas, I can't do this either. 

As such, my final gift to the community is instead a change to my terms of use (which is funny, considering my last post here was about just those). Do whatever the heck you want with my work. Share it, rehost it, edit it, preserve it for future Creatures players to enjoy. 

There's a lot of people that I've enjoyed talking to and working with over the years, to the point where I honestly can't remember them all off the top of my head. However, there are two people in particular I'd like to give a special thanks to:

Mea, for helping so much with the artwork that I'm lacking in. Without her, a lot of my crazy ideas would have never come to life. I only wish I could have given more back to her; I do feel like I asked a lot of her without offering much back in return. 

Ylukyun, for hosting the server that has all the downloads here on it for so long, and without asking any compensation from me in return. As with Mea I can't help but feel a little guilty that I couldn't offer much in return but gratitude. 

For everyone else, I wish you the best of luck in keeping the spirit of these old games alive. Who knows? Maybe someday one of these attempts at a new game or a spiritual successor will actually come to fruition, and you'll be the reason why that person had enough determination to see it through.

Well, I think this goodbye's gone on long enough. Farewell, folks.

1 comment:

  1. Heyo, it's CosmiSynth. Jesseth and I did a lot of BG and sprite work for the community a few years back (Banshee Ark Meso, Desert Hideout, some random agents, etc). We kind of faded out from the community ourselves, mostly due to having an awful time getting long term help with learning how to code our own content and properly create/compile new breed sprites. The old tutorials can only carry you so far, you know?

    I've made a lot of genetic breeds over time but never felt confident in releasing them due to feeling the reception would be lukewarm.

    Both of us wanted to create and release bigger things on our own or collaboratively, but it ended up being more like providing assets was the only way we could interact with the community. There just... wasn't that much support.

    - I'm rambling a bit, though.

    The reason I made this post was that I wanted to thank you for everything you've contributed - archived - done for other players like myself that made a game that should have been dead a decade ago fun to this day. At the time I was active, archiving, rehosting, revamping, etc was still pretty frowned upon, so it made me overjoyed to come across your site again all this time later with all the new downloads full of content I thought was going to die like everything else has. I've downloaded everything for my own archives now, because in the event something happens here, I want all these passion projects to survive.

    So, yeah - thank you again. If you ever wanna chat, whether it's just about Stuff or Creatures Things, my inbox is always open. You don't have to be a part of a large community to enjoy what you're passionate about.