Welcome to THE BURN.

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My Docking Station tribute to heat, fire, and being on fire, that is to say, flaming.

THE BURN shares disk space with ACID SPEW 555, for what it's worth.

Discover Albia was having a bit of a challenge where you set up a world themed upon the current season in your region. For most of the userbase, that would be either summer or winter right now, I reckon.

My region does not have mundane, earthly seasons like 'summer'. It is quite easy to die from heat stroke here and some portion of city advertising budget is allotted to that fact.

So, I wonder if Creatures can too?

I've adapted the Desert terrarium, for obvious reasons.

Step 1 Mess up the background. Make it nice and horrible. DONE
Step 2 Unleash the fire imps. Creatures unfortunate enough to stumble into the wandering flames will get their heat levels risen directly (in case they develop resistance to heat as a CA). Creatures stupid enough to touch them will get burnt. DONE
Step 3 Adaptation of the local environment. The volcano never stops going off. Also, the pond is a fire pit now. Gnarlers mysteriously unmoved as they have been for thousands of years.
Step 4 Explosions, of course. Creatures caught in explosions will be injured. They are completely random, until I think of a more interesting criteria.

Pretty tidy, don't you think? It seems like a good test bed for designing plants that propagate via fire to me. Thanks for the prompt, DiscoverAlbia.

There are surprisingly few fire-themed third-party agents.

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Day 2

So ... I answered my original question, somewhat on accident while I was revising my script. You indeed can kill creatures simply from hotness. Or at least drive stress.

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Now I'm distracted from the whole 'fire world' concept and just want to patch this up into an agent that spreads through traditional 'forest fire' like patterns.

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I found some appropriately themed agents!!!

  • Ghosthande's Fun In The Sun pack
  • kezune's Comfort Candles
  • emmental's Maracas
  • edash's Wiggy Pack
  • Ghosthande's Survivor Dolly (hey, it's an incentive)
  • Meer's Bawls vendor (do they even make bawls anymore? remind me to make a mint skittles vendor)
  • TwilightCat/Bug's snail torch & jack-o-lanterns & corpse candles. ... and Ice Crystal. OF course.

I left the latter next to the ettin mother for MAXIMUM ENERGY.

Oh yeah, we also had the first attempt by a creature to TOUCH FIRE.

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Just brings the room together, don't you think?

16-7-10: NEW NEWS THAT IS BAD NEWS: APPARENTLY TO COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE YOU HAVE TO HAVE CREATURES SURVIVE IN THE WORLD YOU SET UP.

Well this is just going to be difficult

I'm taking out the part of the code that directly injects 'heat' into creatures for the time being. What's the harm in having a few fuzzballs running around ruining my decor while I work out the physics code anyway?

...17.07.53...

This is gonna be just fine

Just drop em off next to the fire ghosts and hover ettin.

Huh. I should set this place up so the whole area is an incubator like the pit in the Meso later.
You know, because fire.

...18.43.28...

STRANGELY, THIS MAGMA NORN SEEMS TO BE SURPRISED HE IS ON FIRE.

1845 - I put in a single Tuba so folks don't starve. I'm gonna go make lunch.

...18.54.15...

1854: I can see why it was so surprising.
Only one fatality so far. If you believe it, I heard the asshole downstairs -shiver from cold- as I was leaving the room.

...18.56.01...

Naturally it would be the asshole drinking all the Bawlz.

...18.57.56...

Hover ettin disappoints me as usual.

Someone got sick and is sneezing violently, probably from all the bacteria I left in there for something I was testing. Oops.

I'm cranking up the heat and light since the shee evidently mastered genetic engineering before fire, and going back to the kitchen. 1859

...

Nevermind here's some peppers for you to use as your sole protein source. AND I ALMOST FORGOT THE PUMPKINS

...

Did I mention the fire does this because I haven't fixed the plane yet? It works.

Oh someone else died.
I don't even know what they're dying FROM at this point. None of their food needs are maxed out. Are children more susceptible to hunger or something?

No one here is even slightly warm. I think something is wrong with the way I'm handling the CA emits.

I TRIED TO MAKE FIRE AND EVERYONE IS FREEZING TO DEATH.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOME FIRE

I'm gonna just
I'm gonna look at the ice crystal code.

1910
We now have one (1) survivor who has been sustaining herself by chugging Bawlz and pacing around the bottom corridor accelerated by her own sneezes at what I can only imagine is meant to be a significant fraction of the speed of light.

(sleepy)

HOW?

Anyway I think it's safe to say I've completely failed this challenge.

But this norn is going to live FOREVER

She is the chosen one

The prophet of Bawlz.

The Bawliever.

(halo)

 

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I think (stock) ettins are immune to CA heat.

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Seriously what is wrong with you guys
Sometimes she gets curious and touches the fire and her 'heat' spikes up for a second, then is IMMEDIATELY handled.