Apr 10th 2018 by IFAS_WEC_AMAs • 9 Questions • 109 Points
I'm the lead developer of Monster Crown, the indie Monster Taming RPG with true crossbreeds!
Remember being a kid playing your favorite Monster games and doing breeding/fusion? Ever wish the offspring were true cross-breeds, or even, new species? Check out Monster Crown:
We're live on Kickstarter starting today!
We've got great content and videos (and monsters!) coming all month. Be sure to check out our subreddit if you'd like to see more at /r/crownsgame
Don't ask me my favorite monster, that's mean - do you ask Dads who their favorite child is? (Ok it's Tanukrook)
What generated your interest in this field? Is there some kind of event involved in your childhood?
Hello Chris! I enjoy watching your videos and find them wholesome and informative.
I'd like to ask you a question that you frequently ask your guests- what is one thing that you would like the world to know about you?
Keep up the great work!
What keeps you going every day?
How do you decide when a game is "done"?
Will there be updates afterwards?
What will you do if the game isn't successful?
Hi! I definitely always had an interest in slimy and scaly critters as I would catch them in my backyard as a kid, and luckily my parents never discouraged me. I also had an amazing HS biology teacher. However, I didn't actively realize I could be a herpetologist for a job until I failed miserably as a genetics major (too prone to lab accidents) and looked into more options.
I'm awkward and hate being on camera! I've gotten better with time but you can really see in those beginning videos I am uncomfortable. Also, my favorite hobby is beach volleyball! I play every day when home.
What keeps me going? Hm...
When I close my eyes I see the complete game. Anyone that picks it up has plenty of fun and has a plethora of content available to them. Have they seen everything yet? No.
I imagine the real grinder, the guy like me that punches 900 hours. I want that guy to be able to still find something he hasn't seen before. A monster form, an ability, a unique transformation.
Because I'm that guy too - I don't ever want to stop exploring. And in games like this exploration isn't just physical - it's deeply rooted in the breeding, the battling, the experimenting.
At the same time, everything is hand-crafted, we're not using procedural generation of Monsters or anything.
The game will be done when we have everything in our MONSTER CROWN PLAN BOOK implemented. We've defined everything that will be in the game already, we're past the point of adding new features/scope.
There will be monthly free DLC for years, absolutely :)
If it isn't successful I'll feel really sad for a bit, but I know when I release it I'll be proud of it - that's all that really matters.
I think we have pretty good hellbender water in these woods. Do you have any pointers on seeing them in their natural habitat? Is their a good time of day to go river snorkeling to see them? Follow up --- What else can we do in our community to help the hellbenders? (Aside from telling everyone not to move the rocks in the river)
I've watched a ton of your videos since the one you did with Liz was posted on reddit yesterday. I was incredulous at first but it just seems like you're a wonderful human being. Thank you so much for your hard work!
I find your videos fascinating. The more I watch the wider my range of normalcy becomes! I'm keen to understand more about the brain and how we communicate - could you recommend any decent books that give an insight into different neurodiverse conditions and /or communication?
Also, what position do you play in football? (Soccer)
Follow up --- Do they end up living most of their lives in the same pool of a river? Do they hang out with family / grow up with their parents? Or do the eggs and larvae float down the river and grow up on their own?
Your follow up really gets to some of my favorite things about Hellbenders.
Hellbenders are pretty solitary as adults and typically have one or two rocks shelters they will use regularly, sometimes over years. This species mostly crawls on the stream bottom, which helps them avoid getting swept away from the current.
The breeding season typically takes place between late Fall to early Winter. At this point males will start fighting over nest shelters, until one winner, a den master, is declared.
Multiple females will come to the nest and lay their eggs. The male then fertilizes them, and kicks all the other Hellbenders out to protect the eggs from cannabalism.
The den master tends to the eggs by slowly rocking his tail for oxygenation and will carefully pull apart and eat any diseased eggs. Researchers are just starting to understand what happens next, but it appears that males will stay with the larvae potentially all the way until they disperse from the nest.