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[Oct. 23rd, 2005|10:27 am]
I have been reading about various arthropods all morning at the University of Kentucky Entomology website, doing research for some updates to my 4X-style bugs boardgame.

Holy crap! NATURE IS CRAZY!!!

Now I want to run an RPG where the players are all a centimeter tall or something.

From: tolkiencub
2005-10-23 11:09 am (UTC)

If you haven't already

Tad Williams' "Otherlands" quartet - "City of Golden Shadows" is book 1.

Centimeters tall...large, voracious bugs...yeppers. :)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-10-23 11:54 am (UTC)

Re: If you haven't already

Oh, cool. I haven't read it because I was intimidated by the length, and didn't want to commit to reading it without having some sense of whether I'd like it. (I usually feel compelled to finish a book/series once I've started it, even if I don't like it all that much.)
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[User Picture]From: madbodger
2005-10-23 12:48 pm (UTC)
Heck, I think I'm crazy too. I saw a lost mantis at the U-store the other day, figured it
wouldn't find much to eat there, and brought it home and put it on a plant on the porch.
When it was still there 2 days later, fizzygeek bought a critter keeper and
brought it inside. I just went out and bought it some feeder crickets. They were too
little (it polished off 2 of 'em in 3 minutes flat). So I went outside and caught a house
cricket and pill bug for it to eat. The larger cricket got caught in about 90 seconds and
is now being messily eaten. Wow. Voracious.
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[User Picture]From: envirobear
2005-10-23 02:19 pm (UTC)
And people call biologists "crazy"...little do they know all the marvelously bizarre creatures and behaviors that we get to see! You've seen a few...hope you keep looking and find more intriguing critters for your board game.
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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2005-10-23 07:10 pm (UTC)
Phylum arthropoda is one of the coolest groupings of anything anywhere. How can you go wrong with spiders, butterflies, lobsters, scorpions, beetles, trilobites, roly-polies, barnacles, dragonflies, and horseshoe crabs?

I would so dig an arthropod game. I've been considering doing a Find Your Inner Arthropod ritual...
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-10-24 09:29 am (UTC)
Sounds like someone should create a meme. :)
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[User Picture]From: redbeardedblond
2005-10-24 08:59 am (UTC)
Oh no - don't you know? That's not nature! That's divine creation!

*rolls eyes*
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-10-24 10:16 am (UTC)
Then God was on DRUGS when He made insects, because THEY'RE CRAZY!

(Actually, I think I like the idea that God is a little bit crazy sometimes. It explains so much...)
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[User Picture]From: redbeardedblond
2005-10-24 10:24 am (UTC)
Yeah... I also like the idea that God is just up there, laughing. You know how in LDS teachings we're all supposed to be able to have our own worlds and stuff and be gods. In that sense, think of ours as someone like Pauly Shore just fuckin' with our minds. He's got some squirt cheese and wheat thins and he's acting like it's Biosphere IV.
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