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Creature Design Challenge #3 Winners!
Plural! Our guest judges were debating the merits of these two creatures in the end so why not choose both? ;)

The formidable Crabosapien by DINOBOY.

It’s only made of crab parts and it’s a bit deceptive at first glance, but our guest judges liked the cool humanoid shape and that it’s quite tough in a fight. It’s got great movement in battle and can throw a mean uppercut at you. “Which is also awesomely cool, unless you are the one that’s claw-uppercutted”, says squidking. This will make a great creature for players to run into while exploring the beachy areas of the island.

The majestic Chicat by deathasholds.

This build combines just two animals (cat and chicken) very well into a wonderful “gryphon-esque” creature. Jacemachine says “it looks great in action, and it’s just a handsome build overall.” We definitely agree. It’s Teleporting Vanish ability does make it interesting to fight, but really this creature is all about good looks. We’d love to run into this in the wild and tame it for our own. (And build larger, mama Chicats to guard her babies.)

Runners Up
We also wanted to get in on the judging action so here are some of our favorite creatures from all the amazing entries.

RoboSnakeapede is also by deathasholds but we couldn’t help calling it out. It’s got quite the wow factor, especially when you see it move around in the world.

Griminilim by Jelly Butter is just so creepily cute. Look at that face! The eyes really draw you in. (We love the name, too.)

There’s something about Duble clucker by Lordofd that feels very CHKNy. It’s super interesting and weird, and that makes it great.

MechaChkn by Dinoman9877 is definitely a mad scientist creation. We don’t want to meet that scientist (or see the creature made up of the other halves).

Salamander by Tycothepug is somehow cute despite using some of the creepiest parts. Watch it walk around in game and react to the world. You’ll want one as a pet!

Finally, there’s Hat Cat, also by Jelly Butter. We have no idea what this is but it’s amazing anyway.

Congrats & Thanks!

Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions, and thanks for all the amazing entries! Don’t forget that you can subscribe to them all using this handy list so you can spawn them in your own games.

Design Challenge #3 Submissions Collection

We also showed off some of these creations on our developer stream early today so check that out to see some of them in action.
And thanks again to the judges! Definitely check out Jacemachine’s YouTube Channel when you get the chance. His CHKN videos are really fun and he plays other survival and creative games, too! And if you’re looking for really interesting and fun creatures for your games, you’re guaranteed to find something you love in squidking’s Workshop Creations.

We hope you all had fun creating your entries using the revamped Life Blocks. (More are on the way!) It’s so much fun looking through all your creations and we’re constantly inspired by your creativity. We can’t wait to see what you build next!

- Team CHKN

Creature Design Contest #3 (Guest Judges!)
The Rules
  • Play the Pre-Release build and create a creature using Life Blocks from any of the 7 newly revamped creatures:
    • Chicken
    • Cat
    • Crab
    • Mech Dino
    • Dog
    • Snake
    • Pig
  • Is it cute or intentionally abominus? Is your creature dangerous or helpful or playful? Use the new Life Blocks in creative combinations to make your creature unique.
  • We’re looking for anything from small creatures a new player might come across early in Adventure Mode to large boss creatures you might encounter later in the game. Think about where your creature might live in the CHKN world.
  • Judges will rate your creatures on:
    • Looks
    • Personality
    • Movement & Functionality

Our Guest Judges!
A couple amazing creators from the CHKN community have agreed to join us as guest judges for this contest!

Squidking is a creature creating machine, with over 200 creatures shared in the Workshop. You should also check out his CHKN Creature Wiki if you want to know all about some of the creatures you can find out in the wild.

Now you know what a Goat riding a cat looks like.

Jacemachine plays a bunch of creative sandbox and survival games on his hilariously entertaining YouTube channel. He’s built plenty of creative creatures while surviving the wilds of CHKN. Check out his latest video hunting dragons...
They’ll be seeing first hand how tough it is to judge the amazing creatures everyone submits to our contests. Thanks, guys!

How to Enter
  1. Get on the Pre-Release build using these instructions.
  2. Launch CHKN in Creative Mode.
  3. Choose your Life Blocks from the newly revamped creatures and build your creature. Have fun and get creative!
  4. Exit the build sphere and save your creation to the Workshop so we can see it. (Press [TAB] and go to the Bestiary tab of the journal. Find your creature under “My Creations”, click it, and check the “Sync to Steam Workshop” box.)
  5. Make sure to give your creature a name and be sure to add “Creature Challenge #3” to the description so we can find it.
  6. If you have multiple creature ideas, you can enter as many times as you like! Help us beat our record for the most number of entries!
That’s it! Make sure to save your creatures to the Workshop before Tuesday, June 5 @ 23:59:59 EDT[] to enter them into the contest! We’ll announce the winners and show off our favorite entries during our next live stream on Friday, June 8 @ 3:30 PM EST[]. Join us then to see if you’re the lucky winner!

And while you’re testing out the new Life Blocks, make sure to send us your feedback.

Pre-Release Troubleshooting
There were two major loading issues we’ve tracked down and fixed with the latest Pre-Release update. If you were having issues, here are the solutions:

  • Game window doesn’t appear after pressing Play in Steam
    • This was a memory issue on our end and we’ve cleared it up. Download the updated build on Pre-Release and it should load properly (within 5 - 10 seconds) the next time you play.
  • Loading screen stuck at “Loading Terrain”
    • This is an issue with some .dll files not loading properly because a runtime is missing. We’ve made a fix on our end so that Steam will now properly installs these files when installing the game. If you already have CHKN installed and Steam doesn’t update automatically for you, you can do one of these two things to force it:
      • Option 1: Go to Steam and uninstall CHKN. Then reinstall it. (If you want to make sure to save your games, back them up by copying them first! You can usually find them here: C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\LocalLow\Katapult\CHKN)
      • Option 2: Download the runtime separately and install it on your computer. It’s called “Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015” and you can find it here.
    • Once you've done either of these, you should make it through the "Loading Terrain" screen and load into the Main Menu.

Arena Testing
While you’re in the Pre-Release, be sure to check out the Arena. We want your feedback on the new abilities creatures can use in battle. Let us know what you think on the forums.

Thank you!
Early Access lets us build CHKN together with all of you so we really appreciate all your support with testing, bug reporting, and sharing your feedback. It helps a ton. Thank you!

Okay, time to get creating. We can’t wait to see your contest creatures!

- Team CHKN