O Tragic Mystery
October was a rough month for me. Sigh. But I'm still here and still running Creatures.
I ran the previous world most of the month until it reached Gen ~50 or so. At that point I had accumulated enough observations to know what I wanted to tweak next in the genome (some instinct repatterning, mostly, so they'd be more drawn to eating bugs and animal eggs rather than fixating so closely on critters only). Plus I got tired of looking at that particular set of metarooms and the problems in C1toDS (especially the tendency for them to get 'stuck' in the left hand side of the larger ocean just past the world wrap spot).
So I made a new world and started again with a new batch of edited dragons to test the edits, using a different set of metarooms. I wanted to go all-out on the Halloween thing but that world kept crashing and eventually died completely (can't be opened). I'm pretty sure it was the Hydroponics Bay metaroom causing the problems, but I couldn't be certain and didn't feel like doing a bunch of testing. So I just made another new world and used only agents and metarooms I've used before without a problem. We ended up with Veridia, Primordia Redux, Deep Abyss, Devil's Reef, and Hydro Norn Terrarium. Turns out C1toDS is very resource-expensive to run, too. In this world I've got a population limit of 50 and it's running fine so far. I'm jecting out all the stuff we're not using just in case, especially the ones that tend to overpopulate like the jungle mosquitoes, but we're a couple days in and so far so good.
Normally, when I click on the death notif, it takes me to the place the creature died even if the body has already evaporated because it happened too long ago. This time, it took me to the memorial tomb in the Norn Terrarium, which is the default for "I don't know where this happened". That was odd. So I checked the Autopsy Report file and found this as the most recent death:
Age: Child, 0 mins
Cause of Death: Low Energy
Location: Unknown Room, X: -9870.000000 Y: -9910.500000
Interesting, eh? She died so fast that APT didn't have time to assign her a name. From the egg to the grave. She also apparently hatched as a child, which gives me a hint as to what might have happened to her - but let's open GeneCompare and see just what lethal mutation got her, shall we?
OK, let's look at her mutations. Most will be trivial or at least survivable, but at least one is a killer. I'm going to skip over the boring ones, but if I see anything interesting or weird, I'll note it even if it's not the death culprit.