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Book of Monsters

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Hello, first time poster here. Didn't find anything to do with this in particular, so I decided to share my idea.

I was thinking about how you could have a book telling you about the monsters in don't starve, and a little about them. Not a strategic guide, but more of a general overview of them.

For example:

Monster file/entry #67, Hounds

Hounds are known to attack in packs, causing wounds with serrated, razor-sharp teeth. They usually howl before striking, probably a sign of a battle cry. Although many are black in colour, some may be orange-red, bursting into flames when slain. It is unknown whether this alternate colour shows gender or an authoritive rank. Nevertheless, they are dangerous and should be confronted away fro flammable

objects.

Not a very good entry, but I tried to make it sound more of a written down thing coming from one who has seen their behavior, and not a robot writing it. A sort of not breaking the fourth wall thing, if you get me.

Then, prehaps, we could learn more about said monster's origins by collecting at least one of each of it's drops, only by killing said thing, and not killing, let's say, a spider in an attempt to get the one monster meat required to learn more about the hounds.

So, an example on how this could work, again using hounds as an example:

They are believed to be the pets of the devil only known as Maxwell, corrupted by the darkness of night.

Obviously it'd probably be longer if it got in, but this is still just an example.

But how would it be filled up, and where would it be? I think that it should be filled up when you kill or get killed by a mob, and it should be placed in a familiar fashion to the map ingame or on the main menu.

Then, we have things that don't drop items or cannot be killed. Namely, the darkness at the moment as far as I know. It could be unlocked when everything else has been done completely done, but that seems generic and boring.

How about when sanity gets included, getting killed by the darkness when fully insane could get you it? Just my two cents, and although this will probably not be included due to what It might possibly take to do it, and in the event it does it'd probably be a low priority, at least sharing ideas is what makes this sub fourm fun!

Feel free to drop suggestions in!

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This was suggested before, However, I'm currently busy with 'not doing anything at particular' to have a look for the topic. I however did state that the idea is interesting and should be implemented.

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Filtiarn    10

My first suggestion would be to write down a couple of monster descriptions and include some imgs. Make it look nice so they have developers have a good starting point. ;)

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genocide    10

I like the idea of having a "pokedex" for the monsters in dont starve. Especially if they threw in a few jokes here and there.

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This was suggested before, However, I'm currently busy with 'not doing anything at particular' to have a look for the topic. I however did state that the idea is interesting and should be implemented.

Ah, ok. Still, I guess it could show the idea to folks who haven't seen it and refresh the idea to those who have seen it. I hope my interpretation of how it could be implemented was original enough.

It was intended to be a little insight into the creatures of the world, for those people who like finding out about the background of games and the folks who like to 100% games.

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I like the idea of having a "pokedex" for the monsters in dont starve. Especially if they threw in a few jokes here and there.

I can imagine that. :D would be amazing.

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My first suggestion would be to write down a couple of monster descriptions and include some imgs. Make it look nice so they have developers have a good starting point. ;)

Well, I could do entries, pictures however I probably can't do because I'm posting on a tablet and I have next to no practice on art.

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I think we should let the developers take care of their own lore when it comes to the description of creatures. Also, I personally don't like the whole 'every single living creature on the island is Maxwell's minion', Because it's kind of unamusing and unoriginal. I prefer that the wildlife is unique in it's own way.

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I think we should let the developers take care of their own lore when it comes to the description of creatures. Also, I personally don't like the whole 'every single living creature on the island is Maxwell's minion', Because it's kind of unamusing and unoriginal. I prefer that the wildlife is unique in it's own way.

Yeah, I second what you say about everything being maxwell's minion being boring.

But if I am going to give example entries, I'd need to make up what their background is, obviously.

The idea of this was a suggestion that devs maybe could use it as a way to explain how people could counteract that animal next time or improve their defences against it as a means to improve without it becoming blatantly obvious, as well as a bit of background information.

Not really to make up stories about it, otherwise this'd be a thread in art & lore.

Hope this clears it up :)

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mobius187    29
I was thinking about how you could have a book telling you about the monsters in don't starve, and a little about them. Not a strategic guide, but more of a general overview of them.

There was a thread a while back about uses for papyrus, and one of the first was to craft a journal item. The idea was that it would replace the map icon and combine with the map (i.e. you opened the journal and inside was the map + other useful pages). The "other useful pages" included player statistics (i.e. how many monsters killed, ect), a bestiary, and diary. The diary would be an optional feature that would let players record in a daily journal. They didn't need to, it was more of a fun extra feature.

Then, we have things that don't drop items or cannot be killed. Namely, the darkness at the moment as far as I know. It could be unlocked when everything else has been done completely done, but that seems generic and boring.

The thing that kills you in the darkness is the Grue... and it cannot be killed.

How about when sanity gets included, getting killed by the darkness when fully insane could get you it?

Well actually going insane will probably conjure all sorts of horrors for you to deal with... and they probably will be fatal all on their own.

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It sounds like a great idea, Doctor... But wait, Doctor.. Who..?

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