Gameplay Choices and Trajectories: Should the game be primarily focused toward human notions of intelligence, or will the game have space for different manifestations of intelligence (like hunting skills or energy production) as a long-term end goal?

The game’s intended progression system works from the single-cellular state all the way up to what’s basically an ascendant species that commands the universe, but this privileges a certain kind of evolution and evolution path over others. While every species in the game is progressing down their own trajectories, the player is invariably seeking the same final goal each time. What I’m wondering is whether there is space (when we get to that point) for different end-goals in the gameplay?

Say, if a player wanted to evolve toward more sophisticated hunting intelligence and predatorial skills, forming civilizations might not be an important objective to the player. We often think of intelligence in very human terms, talking about the ability to reason, and the ability to problem-solve, but there’s a lot more to intelligence than just that. Think of octopi, which are able to change the color of their bodies to match their surroundings. While the actual reaction is chemical (and so is complex thought for humans), octopi are able to utilize their capabilities in a way that we, who can’t change our skin color at will, could never dream of doing. I guess what I’m getting at is, how are we defining the end-point in gameplay? And will the player be required to seek out the same end-point each time, or choose a different path and to fulfill a different goal?


The intended route through the game will lead towards ascension and finishing the game.
Once that route is in, we can expand on other gameplay choices and make those good. But I don’t currently see as adding really like other win conditions. The satisfaction of creating a really well designed hunter-gatherer society will have to be enough for players of those kind of routes.

This topic has the longest title I’ve seen. I think it might be reaching close to the topic title length limit. I think there’s definitely room for having a shorter title that still encapsulates what this topic is about.


i think you can just get rid of the subtitle and just put it in the main post itself