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420chan is Getting Overhauled - Changelog/Bug Report/Request Thread (Updated April 10)
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Alan Guth - Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:03 EST ID:C2T6C64T No.54670
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basically just imagine something we could meet in the future. something that evolved somewhere that wasnt earth. or just honorable mentions of someones elses creations. i always liked the elcor of mass effect, the pupeteers of nivens known space, the turlogs of the damned trilogy, the various hive-minded insectoid species of scifi in general and so forth as interesting examples of how a species might develop. not just your standard bipedal humanoid with a weird face.
William Herschel - Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:41:32 EST ID:sky71Ye7 No.54672 Ignore Report Reply
Ever since I played Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri I've had a thing for planetary fungoid intelligence.

Also, I'd personally expect there to be squid-like intelligent aliens out there. Such a body plan would readily provide manipulators without having to go through millions of years of evolution to gain upright stance and free fore-limbs like we did.
Edwin Salpeter - Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:37:41 EST ID:C2T6C64T No.54679 Ignore Report Reply
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ive been considering playing alpha centauri just for its story value. otherwise i never really liked the civilization type games, its basically chess really. i think the fungi thing classifies as one of the hive-minds i noted. "the thorian" in mass effect was probably a rip-off of just that (though it didnt have as much elaboration).
the squid thing is also interesting. i keep hearing that auatic species would be disadvantaged by the inability to harness fire which seems very anthropocentric. surely they could harness undersea volcanic vents to shape metal? it would make for an interesting society to be sure if it had evolved around that resource. the whole squid thing reminds me of the manifold trilogy and http://www.vondanmcintyre.com/squids/baxter-sheena5.html
so yeah, thats very much how i was hoping this thread would go.
Bruon Rossi - Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:58:07 EST ID:nt+q33wq No.54683 Ignore Report Reply
id like to see a planet-covering superbrain with robots automatically doing all the tasks and fixing themselves. or sagan's baloon-y type dudes in jupiter's clouds
Urbain Le Verrier - Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:43:58 EST ID:e7BOleJi No.54689 Ignore Report Reply
My favorite type of theoretical organism are molecular clouds in space that have spontaneously assembled to become sentient beings.

See the story by Fred Hoyle for more, its super good.
Kocoayello !jxaL03vL/Q - Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:53:35 EST ID:Ar8ZIqLY No.54697 Ignore Report Reply
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Some alien's I've designed. I've got lore for most, ask away if you are curious.
Henry Russell - Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:32:30 EST ID:sky71Ye7 No.54699 Ignore Report Reply
Nice! Cool and farfetched, though some of them kinda look like pokemons with those bright colors.

What's that rigelian alien at the top?


I don't think aquatic species can develop technological civilizations, but there's nothing that stops mollusk-like species to conquer the land.

As for AC, if you don't like civ-type games I won't recommend it to you. It is cumbersome and unintuitive. The quotes, movies and text you get when researching new tech was the only thing that kept me playing for as long as I did TBH. The game's hard sci-fi lore is superb.
James van Allen - Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:18:20 EST ID:EHSCkQyN No.54715 Ignore Report Reply
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I think that aliens probably look like Jeff Goldblum.
Fred Whipple - Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:09:50 EST ID:4HbkLal6 No.54722 Ignore Report Reply
you can be certain they'll be acetylene welding steel, whoever they are.

I wonder what kind of cars they'd drive...

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