New Playable Dinosaur Candidates!
ATTENTION EVERYONE! VOTING HAS NOT STARTED. THIS POST IS A CHANCE FOR EVERYONE TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THEIR OPTIONS AHEAD OF THE ACTUAL BALLOT
And now, without further ado, Ladies and Gentlesaurs, backers of all ages, the candidates are finally ready to present their platforms for playability. All Kickstarter backers will have the opportunity to vote for one Omnivore and one Herbivore:
Anzu is the jack of all trades in the Hell Creek ecosystem. As an omnivore, Anzu is able to take advantage of both high quality vegetation and small prey items, particularly the eggs and hatchlings of other dinosaurs. Males are larger and much flashier than females, resulting in both sexes occupying a slightly different niche from one another. While not the fastest dinosaur in Hell Creek, Anzu’s first choice in dealing with threats is still to run. Perhaps Anzu’s most unique skill is its ability to mimic the calls of other dinosaurs in the ecosystem, a handy tool for both attracting prey and bluffing potential threats.
Playing as the ornithomimid is all about being one with the flock. While the ornithomimid is one of the fastest animal in Hell Creek, there’s not a lot you can do to defend yourself against a marauding Dakotaraptor or Tyrannosaurus. There’s safety in numbers, so finding other ornithomimids is the best way to keep one step ahead of the predators. In large enough groups, you can even turn the tables on some of your smaller adversaries. Primarily an herbivore, the ornithomimid will not turn its beak up at small animals or eggs.
Anatosaurus’ entire life revolves around the herd and your place in it. The healthier your herd is, the healthier you as an individual are. As a young animal you are extremely vulnerable, your survival depends on how well you can utilize the rest of the herd for protection from hungry predators looking for an easy meal. As you grow larger, your safety becomes a matter of your social connections: the more friends you make within the herd through social interaction, resource sharing and alerts to potential threats, the more allies you have when you are under attack.
The beefcake of Hell Creek, Ankylosaurus lives a largely solitary life. Ankylosaurus is a very territorial animal, and tolerates other members of its species only during breeding season. While eating is a full time job, Ankylosaurus gains significant benefits from eating specific plants, and therefore must range widely and defend choice plots of foliage, not only from each other, but from other herbivores as well. While adults are rarely bothered by predators other than Tyrannosaurus, young ankylosaurs are vulnerable to many Hell Creek predators due to their still forming armor, and must either hide from predators or seek shelter in the company of more intimidating targets.
Denversaurus relies on partnership to survive, forming strong bonds with other individuals, even when separated. Relatively non-vocal when alone, Denversaurus becomes very noisy and communicative when together with other individuals. Unlike its relative Ankylosaurus, Denversaurus tends to be very high strung due to its smaller size and less formidable weaponry, and is far more likely to react aggressively to any perceived threat. Both parents provide extended parental care to scutelings, which lack armor when first hatched.
HOW DO I VOTE?!
Hold on to your butts, voting HASN'T started yet. We're currently in the process of setting up our Backerkit account to handle reward fulfillment for Kickstarter backers, and give those of you who might have missed out the first time around a chance to pick up some rewards. Best of all? Backerkit gives us the ability to accept Paypal payments from new backers. Keep an eye on your inbox, we'll be sending out surveys to Kickstarter backers some time in the next week. Until then, the race is on to select our two new playables!