Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dead Things

Wow, where have I been in the last, oh, 2 years?  Yeah, that's like it.

This probably isn't news, considering it's been nearly four years, but the official Zoo Tycoon forums are shut down to posts.  Zoo Tycoon Volcano still appears to be active (as of 4/18/2012, 5:45 PM EST, 9:45 PM UTC, nearly 40 users were online within the last 30 minutes).

Considering I have been uninterested in Zoo Tycoon for a very long period of time, my knowledge of recent events is currently limited.  From what I can tell, Mysterious Map Marvels' forums still seem to be down.

MESSAGE ON FORUM:

Dear loyal fans,

Mysterious Map Marvels is busy working on a new project. Cretaceous Calamity is currently on hold. We will reopen our site when our current top secret project is revealed to the public. Until then, keep visiting, because it won't be much longer ;)

~Mysterious Map Marvels Staff

P. S.: JVM was here.
~JVM, 2/6/12

So MMM is still active, as of February 6, 2012 (If any MMM member, particularly JVM happens to stumble on my blog, please verify this).  Aside from this so-called "top secret project," which has kept the forums shut down for a very long time to the point I don't believe it's real, Mysterious Map Marvels seems to be, in the modding world, dead.

Even this blog is on the verge of death.  I don't say it was or it will die.  All I know is that my Zoo Tycoon Blog is of uncertain fate.  But there is hope.

Since this winter, I have been eagerly awaiting the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, which, needless to say, struck an iceberg and sank on the night of April 15th, 1912, killing over 1,500 people in the most famous oceanic disaster in history.

Now that the centennial is just about past, my interest in Titanic is temporarily fading, and may likely be replaced by my interests in Zoo Tycoon and Jurassic Park, reviving this and my other blog, Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs Revealed.  The only thing conflicting with that is an interest in amusement parks.  My school is going to Cedar Point Amusement Park a month from now, and I'm pretty much gearing up on it.  But if I was interested in Star Wars, Titanic, and Cedar Point all at once, I can possibly squeeze ZT and JP in Titanic's place.

So you can expect (no promises) to see updates on JP:DR and The Gamer's Zoo Tycoon Blog in the future! (Here's one now - I'm changing this blog's name, but not URL, to that!)

One last thing: I have been on Internet Archive's WayBack Machine to the original Zoo Tycoon website.  On my desktop, I have both Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection and Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection currently installed.

In case you never realized, the original Zoo Tycoon's way of making suitable exhibits is difficult.  Believe me, I have tried making such an exhibit on extinct animals like the Giant Ground Sloth and Gallimimus with no reasonable success.  Zoo Tycoon 2 fixed this...dilemma.  Still, in a few ways (just a few ways), I have found the first more entertaining than the second.  Example: When I got Complete Collection, animals that would otherwise have to be downloaded from the website were already on the game (the same has happened with Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection).  Such animals included unconfirmed animal species - Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster.  But that's not the point.  That's just one of my few ways.

Another one is that it's more challenging in some ways.  I like to experiment with fence designs to hold in extinct animals in the first one, the second one had some fences of unrealistic strength.  For example, you could hold in a Tyrannosaurus rex - which seems to be quite weaker than the real thing - with just standard zoo enclosure bar fences.

But as I said above, for some extinct animals - and possibly regular and marine animals as well - getting a good exhibit is quite...difficult.  They may lose their temper and turn every piece of foliage into rubble, and that won't help you - or them - get a good exhibit at all.  Thus, I need some sort of cheat sheet that was seemingly lost ever since Zoo Tycoon 2 came out and replaced the original's website.  That's where the WayBack Machine comes into play.

I can get on the Zoo Tycoon website as it looked in 2004.  I do this from the homepage:

Hints and Tips>Animal Care Overview>Zoo Tycoon or any expansion pack...Read More>Select any animal.

Now I can use this to guide me through!

That is all.

PS: All posts older than this one are now obsolete and expected to be ignored.  I was...younger and less knowledgeable than I am now.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Final Plans for Cretaceous Corral part 1

Okay, before I start on the final plans for Cretaceous Corral, I would like to straighten out things before people start complaining. First of all, if you say, "You copied this from Cretaceous Calamity!" or something like that, I will say, "It was only my inspiration from Cretaceous Calamity," because there are a lot of noticeable differences between C. Corral and C. Calamity: C. Corral has more animals and maps, and is divided into parts while C. Calamity is a singular expansion pack (unless someone from Mysterious Map Marvels goes along with my suggestion to divide C. Calamity into parts).
Well, actually, that first part on differences is the only part, so...final plan time!

CRETACEOUS CORRAL PART 1: RISEN FROM THE ASHES
Time: 127 million years ago

Maps: Early Cretaceous Argentina, Early Cretaceous Brazil, Early Cretaceous North American Atlantic Coast, Early Cretaceous Spain, Early Cretaceous England, Early Cretaceous Utah

Animals (and shows based on)

Dinosaurs:
Utahraptor (based on the drawing by Wikipedia user ArthurWeasely, who granted permission to copy in the copyright notice, so it seems okay to use it as the re-skin of Utahraptor for Zoo Tycoon 2)
Iguanodon (Walking with Dinosaurs)
Polacanthus (Walking with Dinosaurs)
Argentinosaurus (Chased by Dinosaurs)
Giganotosaurus (Chased by Dinosaurs)
Macrogryphosaurus (Chased by Dinosaurs)
Gastonia (Jurassic Fight Club)
Amargasaurus (based on picture from National Geographic magazine)

Other animals:
Ornithocheirus (Walking with Dinosaurs/Chased by Dinosaurs)
Tapejara (Walking with Dinosaurs)
Pteranodon (Chased by Dinosaurs)
Plesiopleurodon (Walking with Dinosaurs)
Iberomesornis (Walking with Dinosaurs)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

An Opinion About Cretaceous Calamity

I have an opinion on Cretaceous Calamity:

While I do agree that it is unfair to criticize unfinished work, I still think it would have been possible to finish Cretaceous Calamity, just without the things that would have made it complicated to complete. Those issues can be solved later, right?

And like I said, I agree it is unfair to criticize unfinished work like Cretaceous Calamity, but I also think it is unfair to just cancel the entire pack with only complications in the way.

I also think that, if Cretaceous Calamity work continues at some point, it would be easier if they would divide it into parts, like their previous Jurassic Park Pack (part one is the only part released), or my very own dream pack, Cretaceous Corral. (Speaking of which, remember when I said I was thinking about merging it with Cretaceous Calamity? Well, after reading Mysterious Map Marvel's copyright notice, I'll definitely keep them separate.) That way, everyone is happy with their parts while waiting for the next part.

In conclusion, I don't think it's fair for Mysterious Map Marvels to cancel Cretaceous Calamity as a whole due to "complications arising from unfinished content," as JVM said. I think they could have just finished the things they could have and leave the complications out or deal with them later. Or, like I said, divide everything into parts.

Oh Noes!

I just figured out that I can't skin, code, and mesh not just because I don't know how to, but because I CAN'T at all. I don't have WinRAR, the only program I know of that can open those Zoo Tycoon 2 files.

Great. It's a really huge setback, if not a pernament obstacle that will completely keep me from joining the Zoo Tycoon community. That just leaves me as a researcher/dreamer that can't modify ANYTHING from Zoo Tycoon 2.

Friday, April 9, 2010

I'm ON Again!

Well, the previous post was right. Despite about 5 months of rarely playing Zoo Tycoon, I never uninstalled it, and now I'm back on!

Well, I've been having occasional shivers that tell me that I HAVE to join the Zoo Tycoon Community, despite having no experience at skinning, meshing, or coding. But there's a couple of problems. Because I have no experience at the stuff that I mentioned before, I might feel left out. Worse still, the computer I'm on DOESN'T have Autodesk 3ds Max, although there is a place I know of (won't mention it directly) that I can supposedly mesh animals. (Yes, I said 'supposedly' because I have serious doubts I will EVER be able to mesh as good as the awesome meshers like Simba and a few others I don't know the names of.)

I do, however, have a simple but well-thought plan:
  1. Learn to resize;
  2. Learn to code;
  3. Learn to skin;
  4. Learn to mesh;
  5. (If possible) Learn to animate animals better, repositioning body parts, etc.;
  6. (If possible) LEARN TO MAKE ANIMALS FROM SCRATCH!!!
If my guesses are correct, resizing will be the easiest of all six steps (my money's on this, by the way, LOL). All you have to do, I believe, is just take an animal - Tyrannosaurus rex, for example - and then make it smaller or bigger.

I think the second easiest will be coding, as it doesn't really affect the looks of the T. rex I mentioned before, but rather, affect its actions. It seems like Mysterious Map Marvels and an unknown Zoo Tycoon designer used coding to make dinosaur death duels possible for Zoo Tycoon 2, so it sounds like the easiest thing to do, aside from resizing (then again, I could be wrong).

I'm guessing that the 3rd easiest of them all will be skinning. I'm not that good of an artist, not even on a computer (then again, you can do a lot of stuff on a computer), so that could be a bit of a handicap for me. Let's take that T. rex and use the resizing thing to make it smaller, skin it like the Nanotyrannus from Jurassic Fight Club, and then change its name to Nanotyrannus.

Next up, meshing. One of the big handicaps I have for meshing is that I'll have to get out of my house and go to that place I mentioned before that has Autodesk 3ds Max, since my computer doesn't have it, so while I won't be able to mesh very efficiently as people who have 3ds Max on their home computers, it won't be impossible. As you good Zoo Tycoon designers know, meshing is the art of texture (and, sadly, there are only specific animals from Zoo Tycoon 2 you can mesh without difficulty, one of which being Tyrannosaurus rex and I think all the other animals that were in Dino Danger Pack).

The fifth and first of my "unconfirmed-to-be-possible" steps is about repositioning body parts of an animal and animations. The first of these two, repositioning body parts, was based on a few facts I learned on Jurassic Fight Club, to support that Nanotyrannus was a separate genus from Tyrannosaurus (and not a juvenile of Tyrannosaurus), one of which being a different neck position. The second part of step five is animation. I was inspired from this part when Black Rhino Ranger made the fifth episode of his Zoo Tycoon 2: Prehistoric Park series. One user asked why he hadn't included an Arthropleura, and BBR responded, saying that it would take a lot of animation. I figured that some animation would be easy, such as making an animal's eyes blink. But others, such as the Arthropleura's animation, would be difficult, and I'm not sure if part five would be partially possible, let alone totally. If that's the case, it's bye-bye to step six, making new animals from scratch, and I have even more doubts about that, even if step five is totally possible.

Well, now I'm going to go over the basics of coding, skinning, and meshing on the Zoo Tycoon Wiki now. Wish me luck on being a good Zoo Tycoon designer in the future (if I'm ever)!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

On and Off

Well, I got two reasons to post this: number one, the more simpler part. I got Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis recently, and a couple weeks after downloaded Jurassic Park Legacy's Film Canon Mod 2.0, and it works awesome! And I'm turned off with Zoo Tycoon but I might go to on later on. Now, for the more complex part, and it's considered good news. I was just checking out the forum (which is down) and it seemed like Cretaceous Calamity wasn't cancelled at all, but rather 'on hold,' meaning that the project could go on again! But there was something else: a brand new, secret project!

I'm excited for this, but I'm also a bit disappointed. I was kind of looking forward to Jurassic Park Pack part 2 to come out. And if I could connect this to the Film Canon Mod, I was thinking about making the dinosaurs on them more realistic (the correct number of fingers on Spinosaurus and Ceratosaurus for example, or give them sound) and make them truly film canon (skins, sounds, and possibly behavior). But I have no experience at that.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

OH MY GOODNESS!!! BAD NEWS!!!

I was just looking at the Mysterious Map Marvels Googlepages site, in the news section. There was a new paragraph for September 15, 2009, and it said that MMM was sad to say that Cretaceous Calamity was...*gulp*...CANCELLED!!! I wonder if anyone else has figured that out yet, so hopefully, whoever is looking at this page will know and spread things. And whoever thinks I'm lying...
http://mysteriousmapmarvels.news.googlepages.com/news

I'm sorry everyone, but that's what's happened. My heart has sunken pretty deep (since I'm not part of the Zoo Tycoon Community), but for the rest of you, I have a feeling that it'll sink deeper.

One of my dream expansion packs, Cretaceous Corral, has also been affected by this loss. You probably read earlier that I would give a lot of cancelled packs a second chance if the Area 51 Xpansion Team existed. Well, now, I'm not sure if I should go on with C. Corral being separate from C. Calamity, or merge C. Corral with C. Calamity, and give it another, more exciting chance. Either way, the loss of C. Calamity has gotten into me pretty far. I feel more encouraged to join the Zoo Tycoon Community; get a lot of experience with skinning, meshing, coding, web managing, and possibly creating; find an amateur; teach them to do the things previously said; band together a team; and ultimately create the Area 51 Xpansion Team.

So, since Cretaceous Calamity is cancelled, what's next? Well, I don't know about you, but I heard that Jurassic Park Pack part 2 was supposed to be made and to come out after Cretaceous Calamity. Perhaps the whole thing will blow over for Mysterious Map Marvels, and then they'll get going on JPP part 2, hopefully pretty soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Future Plans for A51XT

So, you've heard about my fantasy expansion team which one day I plan to become a reality in one of the three texts to the right, huh? Well, if you did, I would love to discuss my future plans for this expansion team, called the Area 51 Xpansion Team.

Starting before the beginning, I sure would love to learn to become an expert object creator, skinner, mesher, coder, and webmaster (which I have zero experience at now, I'm only good at being a researcher, which could be a valid position in about any expansion team, but I've never made it onto an expansion team before). So, anyway, the A51XT would be born where a lot of Zoo Tycoon expansion teams have been born: the infamous and successful Zoo Tycoon Volcano. But before that, I want to bring up another highlighted thing I've been thinking about: a partner. An assistant. An apprentice. You see, I would find an amateur skinner, mesher, or coder and take him or her under my wing, and teach them how to skin, mesh, code, and create, as well as being a good webmaster, until he or she could be my official partner, helping me with every project. Then, of course, A51XT's possible birth and early life moves on.

In the beginning, with the probable partner's help, I would create the first of the Area 51 Xpansion Team. It would be a small group at first, only existing on the Volcano. Then, after reaching 5 members, the team would begin its immigration into the new home site. It would be until reaching 10 members that the site and team would depend on support from the Volcano. Then, after the tenth member, the team is fully independent from Zoo Tycoon Volcano. Then, we would begin discussing pack ideas (which I have oodles of) on its own non-strict forum mentioned earlier in the posts, or in a special team chat room. Next part!

I have a special idea for a first pack. First of all, you probably know about the first Zoo Tycoon's expansion pack, Dinosaur Digs. Well, if you have, then, you've probably heard of BlackRhinoRanger's idea to make a second Dinosaur Digs for Zoo Tycoon 2. He was not able to do something well, so he gave up the idea. Later, the now gone User eXpansion Team (UXT) had an idea for a second-attempt Dinosaur Digs, but, with an even greater idea, they cancelled it and merged it with that greater idea, Reptile Rage, which, sadly, was cancelled too, because of the breaking up of team members (so one of the prime goals of the A51XT would be to give a lot of cancelled packs made from other users and expansion teams another chance). With both versions of Dinosaur Digs 2 shot down in flames, the Area 51 Xpansion Team would give it a last ditch effort to make it to the Zoo Tycoon 2 world. In Dinosaur Digs 2 version 3, the animals and other objects would be mostly the same thing as the original Dinosaur Digs, with a few modifications. For example, in Dinosaur Digs 1, the Allosaurus was skinned by Zoo Tycoon designers without being based on anything that I know of, and its biome is Tropical Rainforest. For Dinosaur Digs 2, however, the Allosaurus skin would be from the Walking with Dinosaurs version (and, unlike the Zoo Tycoon Volcano exclusive download, which seems to be made from a Carnotaurus, mine would be made from Tyrannosaurus rex, with, aside from a re-skin and a possible slight mesh, would go under a few modifications like longer arms that exhibit three fingers, added crests, and a shorter size than T. rex), and its biome would be boreal forest. Now, let's get onto the next part of A51XT's possible life.

So, I would think about adopting another expansion team's cancelled pack to give another chance. First one would be either be one of User eXpansion Team's two cancelled packs, the major hit never released, Reptile Rage; or the minor pack that was supposed to come out after Reptile Rage, called Isla Diablo, which I don't know much about. Another option for giving a second chance would be Mysterious Map Marvels' Awesome Avians pack, which is still under the possibility of being released by MMM, but is extremely unlikely. The reason for Awesome Avians' cancellation is because of an argument that caused Simba, one of the team's members, to leave, so they cancelled it. One of the things that it may have had was custom-made aviaries and birds that behaved like their real life counterparts, and I mean, if A51XT could give it a second chance and succeed, that'd be really cool. But, of course, the team would have its own ideas too that were not from another expansion team. For example, I have been thinking of three expansion packs, one of which is similar in a few ways to Cretaceous Calamity, but divided into parts and from the Jurassic Period. The other two would be based mostly on Walking with Beasts and Walking with Monsters, before and after the dinosaurs.

So, who knows about the pretty distant future of the A51XT in about, oh...2020-2025? I'd estimate that the team would be formed by 2015. By 2020, it may assist other favorite games of mine, like the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, the Ship Simulator series, Quality Simulations' productions (Virtual Sailor, Vehicle Simulator, Micro Flight), Microsoft Flight Simulator versions 7-10, Orbiter Space Flight Simulator, and Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis.

Well, I hope you enjoyed me telling you about the possible future of the Area 51 Xpansion Team!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another Dream of Mine

Well, somehow, I feel like switching from Jurassic Park to the Cretaceous period. Speaking of which - you got it - Mysterious Map Marvels' expansion pack (trumpet music) CRETACEOUS CALAMITY!!! There will be a lot of dinosaurs in this pack, so I'm really anticipating it, as with everyone else. Especially people in Zoo Tycoon Volcano. In fact, did you know that Zooasaurus Rex, the Volcano's leader, used to be a member of Mysterious Map Marvels? Well, he was (pretty obviously) not leader of the team (that title belongs to DragonGod, aka Incinerox), but he's still pretty famous. Like in September 2nd, 2008, when this dope named Hero dropped in and, somehow, demoted Zooasaurus Rex so he could be leader. Hero said that he'd make ZTV 'a better place' by 'starting all over'. Soon, he started demoting most administrators on ZTV. Luckily, although Zooasaurus was down, he was not out. He guessed the password of this loser, and succeeded! (The password, by the way, was Hero, big surprise.) Hero was gone, and Zoo Tycoon Volcano was restored to its former self in no time. [NOTE: this was typed BEFORE I found out that Zooasaurus Rex HIMSELF was responsible for this, in order to gain attention (he admitted he hacked his own forum several times to gain attention, and it looks like the whole 'Hero' thing was no different). Shouldn't that be easy, because Zooasaurus IS the leader?]



But anyway, back to why I made this post. Well, Cretaceous Calamity gave me a few ideas for my own pack. Okay, it gave me a BIG idea for my own pack. I don't know about you guys, but I think it could...how do you say it...be more exciting than Cretaceous Calamity. It would be called Cretaceous Corral. I named it after a cheat in the original Zoo Tycoon (Dinosaur Digs, to be exact), which would unlock a Triceratops for adoption.

Well, part one would have three maps: Early Cretaceous Utah, Early Cretaceous Young Atlantic Ocean 1, and Early Cretaceous Young Atlantic Ocean 2. The two Young Atlantic Ocean Parts take place on either side of the Young North Atlantic. Map 1 takes place in North America, map 2 in Europe. They are based on Walking with Dinosaurs episode 4, "Giant of the Skies," and so are the animals, which we'll talk about later. The other map, in Utah, is based on episode 8 of Jurassic Fight Club, which is a fight between a Utahraptor and a Gastonia. Now for the animals: well, you obviously heard about the fight between Utahraptor and Gastonia I mentioned earlier. So you probably think that the pack will have Gastonia, as well as a new version of Utahraptor. And you are 100% right! The Gastonia will have the JFC skin, maybe the sounds, but Utahraptor will be different. It won't be the Walking with Dinosaurs version, eitheir. Rather, it would have the same sounds as the first Zoo Tycoon 2 Utahraptor. And it would be covered in feathers, colored the same as a Wikipedia artist's impression, which you can see on the profile picture of Wikipedia's Utahraptor page. The other animals, from Walking with Dinosaurs, are Ornithocheirus, Iguanodon, Polacanthus, Plesiopleurodon, and Tapejara.

Part two takes place again in the Early Cretaceous, but this time, about 2 million years after part one. That puts it at 125 million years ago. There would be only one map: Early Cretaceous China, which is the setting of Prehistoric Park episode 3: "Dinobirds." There are five dinosaurs: two titanosaurs (one of which could be the titanosaur species in Prehistoric Park), Jiangshanosaurus and Borealosaurus. The three others are Incisivosaurus, Mei Long, and Microraptor. There's also a pterosaur: Eosipterus.

Part three, which takes place 110 million years ago, has two maps: Early Cretaceous Oklahoma, and Early Cretaceous Argentina. Dinosaurs are: Acrocanthosaurus, Argentinosaurus, a new version of Carnotaurus, a new and feathered version of Deinonychus, Sauroposeidon, and Tenontosaurus. There will also be a few South American dinosaurs from National Geographic's Dino Death Trap, but I can't remember their names. But, from a Walking With Dinosaurs special, Chased by Dinosaurs, there's Giganotosaurus and Pteranodon.

Part four takes place 106 million years ago, with only one map: Antarctica/Austrailia Seperation Area. The animals: Leaellynasaura, Muttaburasaurus, Koolasuchus, even the dwarf/polar allosaur in Walking with Dinosaurs episode 5: "Spirits of the Ice Forest."

Part five, in the end of the Early Cretaceous (100 million years ago), we have two maps of Egypt and Niger, and those two places are the home of some Cretaceous giants. We have the big sauropod Aegyptosaurus, the huge shark-toothed predator Carcharodontosaurus, the big but swift Deltadromeus, another sauropod called Nigersaurus, yet another sauropod called Paralititan, the crocodile Sarcosuchus, the sailed terror Spinosaurus, and the fish-eater Suchomimus.

After part five, stage one (the Early Cretaceous) is complete. Now for some...(drum roll)...BONUS DOWNLOADS!!! First of all, we have some herbivorous American neighbors, Nothronychus and Zuniceratops (both of their skins are from When Dinosaurs Roamed America), then we have a fish-eating carnivore from Europe. Presenting: Bayronyx! After these guys are published, the pack would move on to production stage two (the Late Cretaceous). First off, we have...

Part six, 80-70 million years ago. Welcome to the maps here, a new and larger version of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and a few others of the same location, based on Chased by Dinosaurs. The first map of Cretaceous Corral is based on Dinosaur Planet episode 1: "White Tip's Journey." Here, there are more predators than prey, so watch your back. Animals we have: the egg raider (?) Oviraptor, the headbutting Prenocephale, the ceratopsian Protoceratops, the bug-eating Shuuvia, and a new version of the pack-hunting predator Velociraptor. And from Chased by Dinosaurs, there's Mononykus, Saurolophus, Tarbosaurus, and Therizinosaurus.

Part seven, again 80 million years ago. The two maps here are Late Cretaceous Southern Europe, and the island of dwarfs, Hateg Island. Both of these are based on Dinosaur Planet episode 2, "Pod's Travels." The animals here: the crocidile ancestor Allodaposuchus, the titanosaur Ampelosaurus, the seabird Ichthyornis, the pint-sized sauropod Magyarosaurus, Pyroraptor, the dwarf Pyroraptor, the possible missing link between hypsilophodonts and iguanodonts Rhabdodon, Tarascosaurus, the dwarf Tarascosaurus, and the dwarf Troodon.

Part eight, once again 80 million years ago. Say hello to Late Cretaceous Patagonia, the only map on this part of Cretaceous Corral! It's based on Dinosaur Planet episode 4, "Alpha's Egg." The animals here: the small carnivore that preys on huge dinos' babies, Alvarezsaurus. Next up, the medium-sized carnivore Aucasaurus. Also, we have the terrestrial crocidilian with a strong bite, Notosuchus. Don't forget the armored sauropod Saltasaurus, too!

Part nine, moving ahead 5 million years, takes place in the four maps: Late Cretaceous Montana 1 lowlands, Late Cretaceous Montana 1 highlands, Late Cretaceous Texas, and Late Cretaceous Alberta. The Montana maps are based on locations in Dinosaur Planet episode 3: "Little Das' Hunt," while the Alberta map is based on the Albertosaurus vs. Pachyrhinosaurus fight setting on Jurassic Fight Club episode 10: "River of Death." The Texas map is based on Prehistoric Park episode 6: "Supercroc." The animals here are Albertosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Deinosuchus, Einiosaurus, Maiasaura, Nyctosaurus, Orodromeus, Pachyrhinosaurus (the true version, not the JFC version with the false rhinoceros-like horn) Parasaurolophus, and Troodon. There could also be a Corythosaurus and a Euoplocephalus, as well as a new version of Styracosaurus that would override the original.

Between part nine and part ten (part ten is the last part), there's a bonus download of both a dinosaur AND a map! The map: Late Cretaceous Madagascar. The dinosaur: Majungasaurus. In fact, the Majungasaurus would be the JFC version of their Majungatholus (which turned out to be a junior synonym of Majungasaurus).

Now, onto part ten. The finale to this epic pack. Multiple maps of Late Cretaceous Montana 2, 65 million years ago, and ten million years after the hunt for Deinosuchus. Ten million years after the fight at the river. Ten million years after Little Das' hunt, and ten million years after the volcano eruption that took out a lot of dinosaurs in the lowlands and highlands of Late Cretaceous Montana 1, including Maiasaura Buck, his playmate Blaze, and his nemesis Das.
These multiple maps of one location are based on several locations by TV shows previously mentioned (except Dinosaur Planet), and so are the animals. Walking with Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Park, When Dinosaurs Roamed America, and Jurassic Fight Club. Animals: Anatotitan, a new version of Ankylosaurus, Dromaeosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Nanotyrannus, Ornithomimus (looking like the Prehistoric Park version, but with feathers coloring it, not skin), Pachycephalosaurus, Quetzalcoatlus, Struthiomimus (feathered like Ornithomimus), Stygimoloch, Torosaurus, a new version of Triceratops, and a new version of the ever so famous Tyrannosaurus rex.


Holy cats, I can't believe I wrote that all! It took me a morning and a long afternoon to make. Well, finally I'm done.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Own Dream...

You know how I mentioned earlier how I said if I had my own expansion team? Well, that's gotten me into big thinking right there. It would make expansions, mods, etc. for my favorite games (which I can't all put on this single computer at the same time, unless I don't have some of them): the Zoo Tycoon franchise; the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise; the Quality Simulations games (Virtual Sailor, Micro Flight, and Vehicle Simulator); the Ship Simulator series; Microsoft Flight Simulator 7, 8, 9, and 10; Orbiter Space Flight Simulator, and Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. This would be called the Area 51 Xpansion Team.




Well, here's a Zoo Tycoon expansion that I would be thinking about for this nonexistent expansion team. You see, I have recently gotten back into dinosaurs from ships and boats and airplanes. I have been on Jurassic Park Legacy very frequently, and I was daydreaming about making this Jurassic Park expansion for Zoo Tycoon, that would feature all dinosaurs that Jurassic Park Legacy has ever recorded, and not just those notable in the films. Within the weeks, I decided this dream pack would have six parts. Part one would be on Isla Nublar, showing all the creatures of Jurassic Park itself. In addition to Tyrannosaurus and Dilophosaurus and Triceratops, other dinosaurs there included Baryonyx, Compsognathus, Herrerasaurus, Proceratosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, and Segisaurus, as well as Pteranodon longiceps. Also, a mod would keep all those dinosaurs on the female gender.

The next part of the pack is Isla Sorna, which would have all the other movie dinosaurs, as well as debated dinosaurs. These dinosaurs include Anatotitan, Apatosaurus, Hadrosaurus, Leptoceratops, Maiasaura, and Muttaburasaurus, as well as two other species of Pteranodon: P. longiceps "hippocratesi" and P. sternbergi. Also, the male dinosaur option would become available.

The third part, moving onto Isla Matanceros (part of the fictional Las Cinco Murtes, or "The Five Deaths," where Isla Sorna is also located within), would have all the novel dinosaurs, like the camouflaged Carnotaurus, Othnelia, and other ones I can't name.

The fourth part, in Isla Muerta (again part of Las Cinco Murtes), all the Jurassic Park comic dinosaurs would be brought into the Zoo Tycoon world. I also figured out that there are three unknown species in the comics: an unknown ornithopod, an unknown pterosaur, and an unknown sauropod. Well, here's what I think about these three guys. The ornithopod would be identified as a Camptosaurus for me, and it could be unlocked as a 2-star fossil you could assemble at the Extinct Research Lab in Zoo Tycoon 2, or as a 2-star unlocked species at Campaign mode. This would be the same for the sauropod (Diplodocus), but with a 4-star rating. As for the pterosaur, Pterodactylus, it would be one that would occasionally fly overhead, only on the Isla Muerta map.

The fith part, Isla Pena (once again part of Las Cinco Murtes), would have all the new Novelette dinosaurs: the non-camouflaged Carnotaurus, Datousaurus, and the real Velociraptor mongoliensis (that was not hybrided with Deinonychus like its two different counterparts, V. "antirrhopus nublarensis" and V. "antirrhopus sornaensis"). With the lack of dinosaurs, the current ones could be improved as much as possible, for an excuse.

And the sixth and final one, Isla Tacano (yet again part of Las Cinco Murtes), would have all the Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis dinosaurs not yet in any of the parts, like Dryosaurus, Homalocephale, Kentrosaurus, Torosaurus, Albertosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus, Allosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus.



Whew! That sure was a lot of stuff to say. But here's one thing my mind's kind of concerned about, and it's about Mysterious Map Marvels' Jurassic Park Pack (mostly part one, because it's obviously the only one published so far). They say that the dinosaurs look like, even sound like their movie counterparts. Well, here's one thing I have to say, and some of you might think I'm crazy or something: I DISAGREE!!! Yeah, I knew you thought I was crazy. But let me get into the details.

First of all, it's the general sounds of the dinos. The Gallimimus make no sound at all! Well, except when they're babies. But the adults make no sound! This is the same for the Parasaurolophus. I don't know about the babies, but the adult Paras make no sound! The Brachiosaurus, meanwhile, do make sound, but their sounds are unlike what I've heard in the first and third movies. I mean, they could have been taken from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, but most of the content in that game is non-canon to the movies to me, even though I don't have the game (while I've seen YouTube videos). Next, we move to the Stegosaurus. They still sound like the original Stegos on Zoo Tycoon 2! I mean, nothing like the JPOG version, and certainly nothing like the films! And the Ceratosaurus, their sounds are from JPOG, but given the fact that the single Ceratosaurus from Jurassic Park /// made no sound but sniffs and growls, I guess I could call that canon. In fact, unless the skin of the Ceratosaurus was taken from JPOG, it could be the most canonical dinosaur of Jurassic Park Pack part one (except the fingers, which are still two fingers, when there should be four), so let's not worry about it anymore. Next we have the Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus. These two ever death-dueling dinosaurs have some canon in their roars and growls, so this is probably the most canonical feature of these dinosaurs.

Next, we have the skins of the dinosaurs. The Brachiosaurus skins were what I've seen in the films, especially the difference of color in their gender (females are brown, males are light green with slightly darker green stripes, and a red head), so I call it canon. Now the Gallimimus is where the confusion begins. The male Gallimimus skin is taken right from JPOG (which I have serious doubts is canon, because of Jurassic Park Legacy), and the females have the same color, but duller. And the babies are very dull in color, like brownish-gray with black stripes on top. Next, we have the Stegosaurus, which is more confusing than the Gallmimus. The female Stego skin I can't tell if it's from the movies or JPOG, but the male Stego is even more confusing. He has, if I can remember, purple skin! I ask myself this several times a minute without an answer: where did Mysterious Map Marvels get that weird idea? (However, I saw that a patch that goes over JPP part one that listed a solution to a lot of bugs and probelms. One of them was called 'Stegosaurus coloration'. I don't know what it does, but I made a mental note to try and download it.) Also note that the Stegosaurus in The Lost World: Jurassic Park are bigger than they're supposed to be (I think InGen bred them that way) Next up, the Parasaurolophus. The male skin seems canonical enough, but the female has the same thing, but duller! This is the case for the novelette version, but these are supposed to be from the movies. The female Para is said to be green and blue, with a lot of black stripes running down her torso. Also take note that the JP Pack Paras always stay on their hind feet, while they're really supposed to spend most time on all fours, rearing up on two only when to graze high branches and to run. Next up is the Spinosaurus, we have skins that are not from the movies, but from JPOG. They can also have light colored skin as a color variation, I think. I'll mark that part as non-canon. Also take note that the hands are still two fingers. As for the Tyrannosaurus, the female skin is okay, but the male skin, I'm pretty sure, is from JPOG, though I'm not certain. I don't know, actually. It could be the skin of the sub-adult male tyrannosaur that was slaughtered by the Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park ///.

And another concern is that, sometime after Cretaceous Calamity comes out, Jurassic Park Pack part two will come out. The only confirmed dinos are new versions of Triceratops and Ankylosaurus, and I have a feeling they're gonna get it wrong again. Also note that there could probably be Dilophosaurus, Compsognanthus, and perhaps all others in the films not in the first part (excluding both species of Pteranodon seen at the final scene of The Lost World and the bird cage part of Jurassic Park ///, as well as Mamenchisaurus). And here's my primary concern: Velociraptors. You see, there are two species of Velociraptor in all three films. The one in TLW was the same one seen in JP, and when you watch JP/// after that, the Velociraptors are strikingly different. Not just their colors, their behavior as well. Well, the names that JP Legacy gave them make sense, I guess. The word "antirrhopus" in both species' names means that they were hybrided with Deinonychus antirrhopus, which is why they're bigger than real life. And the last word in the species' names tells a lot. The one seen in JP and TLW was Velociraptor "antirrhopus nublarensis," and the one in JP/// was Velociraptor "antirrhopus sornaensis." JP Legacy came up with a theroy that the Raptors in the third movie were the first attempt to genetically make Velociraptors for the tourists, but these guys proved too dangerous to take to Isla Nublar, where Jurassic Park was at, so they stayed on Isla Sorna. The second attempt was a success; V. nublarensis lived on both Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar. And what I'm afraid about is that Mysterious Map Marvels might think there is only one Velociraptor species. SO CAUTION: Jurassic Park Pack content may not be canonical, maybe not as canonical as you'd like.


So, that's my entry. It took an afternoon and a morning to make, by the way. Plus, edits are frequently going on, so you won't be surprised to see changes from when you last read (that is, if anyone's out there).

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Kinda Dissapointed...

Do you know that Mysterious Map Marvels has a forum? Well, although I like their Jurassic Park Pack, I kind of don't like the forum. Too many strict rules. I also think it's selfish that they don't accept new people to their team.

So, here's what I would do if I organized my own team with its own forum:

1. Basically, it is much less strict than the MMM forum, and guests (who would be called "Time Travelers," with their name being entitled "Anonymous") could be allowed to post, but I would delete, or in some cases, edit comments made by spammers.

2. In the MMM forums, there were certain rules that didn't really apply to me, like "not asking release dates" or "not requesting anything," because if you did, you would get a warning. If you do that three more times, you're out permanently. If I created my own forum, however, most of the thing changes. It would be like, "Don't bother asking release dates, because we won't answer until we know for sure. If you ask for them, you won't get a warning, your comment will just get deleted." Also, for the requesting thing, I would put up one article about one upcoming thing, and another for requesting objects, maps, and animals for the one after that upcoming thing. The expire date: whenever the upcoming expansion comes out. On MMM, there was once a pack that was called Awesome Avians, but two members left the team, and it was canceled. One member on the forum opened a topic and wanted the pack out, but an MMM member said something then shut it down. Not the best way to reply, so for me that proves that the members of MMM may be one of the best skinners, meshers, coders, etc. of the Zoo Tycoon Community, but not one of the friendliest.

3. I've noticed a lot of unfriendly behavior going on between the official members of MMM (who work on expansions) and the members of those in the forums. Today, while I looked in the Cretaceous Calamity article, one of the members of MMM said to a guy in the forum: "Shut up." That got me in a pretty aggressive mood. If I was a member of the forum, that would put me in a defensive mood. If I was a member of the MMM team, that would put me in overdrive. In my forum, however, things would change. If a member of my team said something mean to a member in a forum, I would give him a warning. A second time, a 30-day moderation. And the third, the team member would suffer a permanent ban from the team. You might think that's harsh, but there are still a few disadvantages for the forum members that would lead them to a similar fate, but with four warnings, not three. Some of these factors: bad username, cussing, rude or mean behavior, and calling people names. But also, unlike other expansion makers, where people have had fights over the months or years, I would try to keep peace to the team.

4. I would accept all membership, or at least helper requests to the team. Then expansions would go quicker. But if any hacking occurred, the team member would be banned, or in some cases, demoted to member of forum.

Bottom line, my forum would be more, well, non-strict than the MMM one. So if any Mysterious Map Marvels team members comes by, READ THIS!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

My First Post!

Have you ever wanted to see a blog about Zoo Tycoon, mostly Zoo Tycoon 2? Well, you came to the right place! I have probably the best version of the game, Ultimate Collection, which has the original game, with all four expansion packs (Endangered Species, African Adventure, Marine Mania, and Extinct Animals). I might post more stories, and posts about upcoming events. So, if this blog interests you, mark it to your favorites! :)