Stone Age Survival

Yea, everything is going well, but school takes priority over everything right now and I don’t want to fall behind. I’m actually doing good in school for once, I’m not losing that!

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Using AI art generators, I may have an Icon for the game today, or possible cover for the first page of the game.

I am making a portfolio website where this game will be included, though it won’t host updates like I do here. I’ll be posting it when I’m done, partially as networking but also since this game is featured on the site I want it included with this now.

So this is a possible icon concept (much more detailed than what I would probably use) and/or cover for the first page of the game.

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It’s unfinished (mostly) but my portfolio website is done and it features Stone Age Survival, as well as other works of mine!

https://solarwolf.wixsite.com/macnamara-works

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Cute cat

I’ve sort of been paused for about 2-3 weeks now (because making my portfolio website took the majority of my time), but I do have some news that most people will be unaware of. As soon as I can I will be working more on SaS but my portfolio, which is not only for a grade in school but also for my professional life, needs to be completed as much as possible before I can continue my games.

My website currently has a story bible that is for Stone Age Survival, but I am taking it a step further. I will be making a page of info on my site that will include the names of the three settlements leaders (& some info about each one’s reaction to you), more in-depth info about each of the paths, the maps I created for a previous class (seen above as well), and could explain some potential minor spoilers for each path.

And for fans of A Dog’s Life, rest assured that game IS NOT CANCELED OR ABANDONED! I have simply paused it while I work on other projects (including SaS and a novel that is 14 years in the making) and it will get its own page as well!

A direct link to the SaS page will be added to the top post for SaS after it is finished. I should be done within a few days at most, possibly even tomorrow night, and after my website is done I will make a new reply with the link, edit the top post & add the link, and share the latest progress.

I am also thinking of starting a discord for SaS but unsure, I may make it for all my games and have SaS as a section.

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An update on the new page, it will take longer than expected as I am providing some details and possible spoilers about the game, but some of my research about the animals of this area is incomplete and I need to do some research.

When it’s finished, I will upload a link to the new page but the ADL page will not be done for quite some time.

Editing to add: A full list of potential animal companions can be found on this page, which is why it’s going to take a bit longer.

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Okay, the official page is done! This link is being added to the main post as well.

https://solarwolf.wixsite.com/macnamara-works/stone-age-survival

This page is on my personal portfolio website, but this page is just for SaS. There is info on the three paths, the four leaders, and a complete list of every companion animal found in the game.

There are three breeds per companion species, and I will list them here as well as on the site since they are a much bigger part than even the leaders. Keep in mind that this is a massive spoiler for your companion animals, so ignore this message if you want no spoilers

Overview

Obtained at different points that are dependent on the path you choose, each companion offers not only company during your travels and life, but each can also offer two skills. The species of each companion is listed below and is dependent on the path they are found in.

Aside from the Wolf, carnivore companions must be tamed after finding an herbivore companion or you will be unable to tame an herbivore. Most carnivores are found after herbivores, while herbivores can be found in multiple spots at many different times.

Herbivores

Deer

The most docile of all the companions, the deer found in most places are actually based on the Red Deer found in this region but modified for each path.

Omnivorous Black Deer, black deer with faint white spots and backward-facing antlers (males) and stripes and short dull antlers/horns (females), can be found along the Coastline. They gladly eat fish, clams, and occasional meat from carcasses as well as the usual but sparse vegetation found there. Seaweed is their favorite food and can be found in herds moving in the shallows even in the winter. Their fur is also thicker and denser than other species. They do not shed their antlers for some reason but the antlers become very brittle in spring and broken shards can be found in the sands often.

Red Deer, the largest of the deer species before Megaloceros, can be found scattered throughout the forest. Usually in small herds of two to three, usually one buck and a doe or two or does and their young, as well as young bucks traveling in groups of three to six before they find a herd of their own, they are surprisingly fleet and nimble among the roots and branches. Their antlers are smaller and typically pale ivory, but they shed them easily in the springtime.

Wheat Deer, named for their pure pale golden coats, are in abundance on the plains but are somewhat smaller than their cousins found in other paths. Preferring hay, wheat, and grains over other food, they have a diet somewhat closer to a horse rather than deer but can go longer between needing food than the others. Their horns, skinny and dark golden, shed in the fall instead of the spring; most often they are lost while fighting for females or dominance.

Deer alert the player of vegetation and water, and can pull Small Sleds or Medium Sleds depending on the breed, but are very skittish and can disappear when predators show up. Once tamed, they no longer fear humans and will not react to them if they are around.

Elk

Much larger than the deer, Elk are slightly more versatile for the player when kept as a companion. While larger than horses, elk are not as social and their family groups differ in each path.

Grey Elk, the smallest variety found in the game, roam in small mother-calf herds or singular males along the coast. They typically stay away from the sea, but their coats are the best at staying waterproof next to reindeer though they aren’t nearly as warm. The only elk that can be tamed that shed their antlers, they do not fight for dominance but instead can be seen performing intricate, almost dance-like motions to impress females. The males will mate with up to two females for life, but the females will find another mate if theirs is killed. They prefer bushes and shrubs for food and will chase away anyone stealing berries they want.

Ash Elks can be found migrating in large numbers through the forest in the spring and fall. They can be found using ash trees to scratch itchy spots, help sharpen antlers, and eat the bark occasionally. Larger than Grey Elk, they are not as strong despite fighting for dominance against other males. Bulls are extremely territorial and will threaten anyone who gets too close to a herd, and herds can have up to three bull elk in the fall while only one travels with the mothers and calves in the spring; a herd of younger males and unclaimed bulls travel within a few days behind the females and young and provide more meat but are more aggressive and swifter.

Red Elk are the largest elk in the game and are found mostly on the plains, though they may appear on the fringes of the forest during the summer. Traveling in massive herds that are only rivaled by the bison, Red Elk are highly aggressive and love to fight anyone they deem as a threat. Their massive antlers, sometimes with as many as 14 points, are prized by hunters and while not as thick as a megaceros antlers, are used only by the best weapon and tool makers. The pelts are surprisingly thick but do not hold as much warmth as expected; pelts are typically used for cooking containers, footwear, or babies in the summer.

Elk can pull Small, Medium, and Large Sleds, and Red and Ash Elk can be ridden once grown. They help the player defend against aggressive animals, alert them to predators, and are the only animal that will willingly travel across rivers without training.

Horses

Only one breed is found in the game, though the color is different for each path. Steppe Horses are thick, sturdy animals that can survive in a number of terrains as long as they have plenty of food and water, though climbing cliffs is much more difficult for them than other large herbivores.

Salt Horses can be found along the cliffs on the coastline, are more skittish than the horses found elsewhere but can climb slopes easier and have a larger variety in their diet. Stiff manes and tails range from dark grey with light streaks to pitch black, with bodies that typically stay from pale grey to dark grey and sometimes speckled with white. Their legs, from hoof to midway up, are usually slightly darker than their bodies. Broad backs give them a stout appearance but they are long and lean.

Cave Horses are a peculiar and much smaller breed found in the forest, around half the size of typical Steppe Horses. Their manes and tails are softer and droop downwards more as well, and can range from dark brown to black with white or pale grey stripes. Their bodies are normally a muddy brown to dark brown color; their coats are normally shaggy and long. Their legs are usually the same color as their bodies but can be darker, while their hooves can be either black or white. They can be found normally hanging out in caves during the night, while daytime sees them foraging among the roots.

Golden Steppe Horses are found in larger herds on the plains, with one male and a head female leading mares and their young colts or fillies or smaller bachelor herds that tend to follow the female herds in the springtime. White-gold to dark gold coats, black manes and tails, and darker legs that tend to be stripped mark these horses apart from the others and match the ones drawn on walls during this time period.

Aside from being able to ride Golden and Salt Horses, those two breeds can pull Small, Medium, and Large Sleds, can tow Large Carcasses, and can be used when hunting in groups to herd a large number of animals into a narrow defile, canyon, or structured blind.

Carnivores

Wolf

The first companion offered, they are the ancient ancestors of the Grey Wolf, sometimes known as the Pleistocene Wolf.

Around the size of a modern Grey Wolf, their heavy jaws and strong jaws were better suited to hunting down the available prey of this era. Thick fur helped them through the harsh winters, and their fur was possibly along the grey to brown to black range of modern wolves.

For the character, they provide help with hunting and notifying the player of nearby enemies and prey, and can even provide pups during the breeding season which can be traded for tools, weapons, clothing, or food. They can be trained to pull a Small Sled, but tire quickly and will refuse to pull up or down slopes.

Wolves are the only carnivore companion that will not attack other potential companions and are the only ones who will leave herbivore companions alone.

Cave Lion

Large carnivores that are the cousins of modern-day lions; they were bigger than the modern lions and had no significant manes. They were also picky about their food; modern-day lions will eat anything they can catch but Cave Lions would primarily go after reindeer or bear cubs.

Sand Lions, the largest breed in the game, are found living in caves and under overhangs that stretch alongside the coastline. A light tawny to pale gold in the warmer months and white to pale grey in winter, their stub tails are usually black or dark brown. They live alone, unless they have cubs, and do not do well around others. Their litters are usually small, with usually no more than two or three at a time.

Stone Lions are the smallest Cave Lion breed and are found exclusively in the forest. With strong claws and sharp teeth, they are known to actually chew through trees and even soil to get to burrowing prey; this is the only breed that does not just hunt bear cubs or reindeer, they also hunt deer, elk, and moose. In the forest, the lack of caves can prove a problem and they are known to build their dens by toppling small trees or digging into stiff ground if caves of stone are not nearby. They usually travel in packs of three to four and have litters of up to six cubs.

Steppe Lions are nearly as large as Sand Lions, but they can be longer and leaner with short tails that end in a tuft of fur. They also have the largest mane compared to other lions, though it still isn’t that large compared to modern lions. When reindeer are not available they will settle for bison, megaceros, or any large prey they can take down. Living in prides of one male and up to six females, they are highly territorial but will give way to Golden Sabres. They give birth to at least two cubs but sometimes have as many as eight.

Cave Lions will help hunt and can be trained to pull small or medium sleds, though they will not pull them all the time, and will help locate prey for hunting. They will occasionally hunt on their own but sometimes require you to feed them. They are extremely protective of you and may see other humans as a threat, but can be trained to not attack others.

Sabre Tooth Cat

A large carnivore found in many colder environments, this large feline is powerfully built for the ambush, with large fangs that could crush bones easily. They could hunt even mastodons, woolly rhinos, and megaceros in packs, though these giant cats may have also brought down mammoths.

Mist Tigers are solitary sabre cats that roam the cliffs along the coastline, only coming together to couple and then raise their young for the first six months of life. The smallest breed, they are much faster and nimbler than the others in other paths. A pearl-grey color most of the year, they become a somewhat darker mottled grey in summer to better fit in with the surroundings, darker stripes can be seen along their spines and the back of their hind legs. Their tails are usually absent, but can sometimes have a small stub. They can be seen hunting chamois and goats but sometimes they will go after horses. Rarely do they attack humans, and only when provoked.

Cave Sabres are nearly identical to Cave Lions, but tend to be slimmer and with the obvious longer fangs. They are slightly larger than Mist Tigers, but longer and have short tails. With dark mottled or brindled brown and fawn coats, they fit right into the forest and are excellent stalkers and climbers, though they don’t usually go for birds or their eggs. In winter their coats fade to a very pale fawn to white color, though their paws and tail stay dark. More elusive than other sabre species, they are rarely spotted and no one has found their dens.

Golden Sabres, larger than Cave Lions and fierce enough that even Cave Lions run in fear, are found among the tall grasses in the plains. Golden tawny with slightly darker spots, these sabres will attack humans that get too close to anything they perceive as theirs. Living in prides similar to Cave Lions, they do not hold territory like others but instead travel across large areas and females will stay in the birthing den until their cubs are three months old; once cubs start traveling with their mothers they become deadly hunters very quickly and by six months they are able to leave their mothers and look for a pride of their own.

Sabre Cats are the ultimate carnivore companion, but they are very finicky and cannot be trained like the other animals. You cannot ride them, they will not pull a sled, but they will help take down larger prey that would normally require multiple people or elaborate traps. They also prevent food from being stolen during winter by others, warn you of any approaching predators, and will occasionally bring back medium (while young and adult) or large (while adult) carcasses. They do not stay with you every day like the others do but disappear for up to a week at a time.

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Will we have to choose between carnivore species or can we also let’s say have a wolf and saber cat at the same time?

I need to add that, cuz you cannot have two carnivores at the same time. It’s primarily because in the wild they compete with each other, so being forced to live with another in a much more primitive time would be almost catastrophic. The territorial or instinct for food would override any training you could give them.

Editing to add that you can only have one herbivore as well. If an herbivore is tamed before a carnivore, you may have both, but carnivores (except the wolf) tamed before the herbivore will kill the young one you find so if you want one of each, tame the herbivore first.

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So I want to know can we tame the animals before we meet the tribes I mean I want to imagine the tribe reaction of seeing the MC with Sabre Tooth Cat and riding a horse

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Haha yes XD i planned it that way on purpose. The first of each herbivore (since they can be found in multiple instances) and each carnivore can be found before you make the decision to settle down in each settlement.
But that does not mean that a carnivore may be tamed before you first reach the settlement. Some of the carnivores may be found after you first meet the settlement, but before you make the decision to settle down or not.

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Gives me kind of a far cry primal vibe

Has there been any updates or not really

Lately? Not really. It’s very slow going currently since I prioritize my homework over this, but I’m not paused. Currently unsure of when exactly the next update will be out.

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SaS is temporarily on pause, but I don’t expect it to be for long.
I am nearly through the first draft of my first book, and then I will do edits and rewrites for a bit before trying to find a publisher. Because I’ll have the first draft done and what’s left is primarily editing, it won’t take as long as writing it, and while I search for a publisher I will continue my work on SaS.

SaS is my favorite project now after my novel series, and I want to continue it, but I’ve been writing my novel in such a fever for a month now that I haven’t touched any of my other projects and my partner has even had to remind me to eat! XD
I am probably going to be done with the first draft by Wednesday!

But after the edits are done, I’ll start SaS again and just focus on that for a while!

My writing has improved drastically since working on my book though, so the edits I will make to SaS should be noticeable after ll this!

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The first draft of my book is officially done!!! I won’t edit for a few days at least so I can catch up on homework, but I’d say two weeks at most before I begin work on SaS again (yay for editing software to help XD)

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Omg, I loved the demo! I can’t wait for this game to be complete!

My first book is done, finishing the final edits today, and getting a cover designed!

After that’s ready I’m setting up a patreon/kickstarter to help with self-publishing as I don’t want to do traditional publishing, and then I’ll be working on the second book as well as SaS.
I know doing two projects at once will be a challenge, but I want to work on SaS for a while. I understand that I shouldn’t take forever to work on the second book for my trilogy, but I don’t want to set it side completely right now either.

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Cool. I can’t wait for Stone Age survival to get done