Dinosaur Island supports T. rex hunting in packs

Dinosaur Island already supports making T. rex pack hunters.

Dinosaur Island already supports making T. rex pack hunters.

New research recently published in PLOS (“A ‘Terror of Tyrannosaurs’: The First Trackways of Tyrannosaurids and Evidence of Gregariousness and Pathology in Tyrannosauridae” link here) indicates that a ‘cousin’ of the T. rex hunted in packs. Dinosaur Island already supports this behavior by allowing the user to specify that the T. rex is a ‘Meat Hunter’ and in a herd (which can be either matriarchal or patriarchal).

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Dinosaur Island now on Indie DB!

Indie DB is one of the largest game development sites on the internet with over 1,000,000 members.

Indie DB is one of the largest game development sites on the internet with over 1,000,000 members.

Dinosaur Island is now on Indie DB. Indie DB is one of the largest game development sites on the internet with over 1,000,000 members and is 100% dedicated to helping you get your game publicity and support, via our huge community of gamers and developers. For more information, you can follow us at: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dinosaur-island.

Partnering with Indie DB will help get the word out about Dinosaur Island. We anticipate having a video showing gameplay within the next month. Soon after, we will begin our fund raising campaigns.

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Evaluating 3D engines for Dinosaur Island

Herd of Brachiosaurus at night by Ed Isenberg (click to enlarge).

Herd of Brachiosaurus at night by Ed Isenberg (click to enlarge).

Three dimensional models of things like dinosaurs are created using modeling programs like Maya, Lightwave and 3DS Max. When these models are completed they can be placed in an environment and rendered in real-time using a ‘3D engine’. There are a number of 3D engines available to game designers. We’re now at the stage of development of Dinosaur Island where we need to look at all the products that are out there, evaluate them, do some tests and make a decision as to what works (and looks) best.

Our main concerns are what engines make it easy to import our data (the island itself, the terrain, the plants and the dinosaurs) how will it support our artificial intelligence (AI) routines and, of course, what looks great.

So screen shots of the island in 3D should be coming soon!

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Calling all paleobotanists!

BunchoPlants01.jpgAre you a paleobotanist? Do you know someone who is a paleobotanist? Well, we’re looking for an expert to help us make sure that we have the right plants for the dinosaurs to eat.

If you know an expert in this field, please tell him about Dinosaur Island. Even if you can just recommend a good book on the subject we would be very grateful.

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