Half the year gone by and nothing – absolutely nothing new on the Spore front.  Someday…I don’t think the franchise is dead yet.  However, I do want to know if there is a purpose for these contests other than just keeping the game alive…Here’s a new one kicked off by MaxisCactus from yesterday.

Space Barracuda Template Challenge

Overview: In this fixed morphology challenge it’s up to you to modify our template creature to fit the bio provided below. Your entry should be in the form of a creature tagged mcbarracudachallenge based on the template provided. Entries will be judged on creativity, adherence to creature bio, how well they animate.

Space Barracuda
Bio: Once tiny sea creatures, the space barracudas are now larger and via gravitic powers, able to “swim” through the air on land. Dangerous and unpredictable, space barracudas use their gravitic abilities to teleport themselves and their prey. Prospectors and fighters should exercise extreme caution around these bizarre creatures.

Template restrictions: You may not modify (scale, move, remove) the spine or mouth. You may add parts anywhere.

Tag: mcbarracudachallenge

Template:
Space Barracuda Template Challenge

Color/vibe references:
These images are meant to generally inform the aesthetic direction you take especially when painting your creature. It’s not a requirement to match your paint to these colors, but we just want to give you an idea of the vibe we’re looking for.

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What will the challenge winner(s) get?
A chance to be featured on Spore.com! Maxis will hand pick the winner(s) in this challenge.

Challenge Rules:

  • To submit a creature publish and tag it with: mcbarracudachallenge
  • You can submit as many entries as you’d like
  • All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT July 13, 2010
  • Optional: Post screenshots or YouTube movies of your creation on the forum

Feature Criteria

  • Creation must not have any parent authored by a different creator (other than MaxisCactus)
  • Creation must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations)
  • Creation must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description