Post by friendlyhomoerectus on Oct 20, 2016 0:43:00 GMT
This isn't a proposal at all, more so just a question of "Is this possible/has this been considered?" I'm using the term "not-earth like" very loosely. I don't mean things such as desolate Mars or living on a fiery, baked up hell of Venus (although both would be an interesting scenario to put into late-development Thrive). I mean planets very closely related to earth - they have seasons, atmospheres, possibly moons, magnet-spheres, volcanoes, plate tectonics, all of that good stuff in the list of "Need for Life." But maybe the atmosphere and liquid of these planets don't have to be necessarily 'Oxygen' and 'Water'. Life needs oxygen and water as a medium to move objects through one place to another, as well as an energy source in some scenarios. While oxygen and water are by far the most common gases and liquids in the universe, could it be a possibility that in the game of Thrive life exists outside of these boundaries?
Maybe on a freezing Titan-like planet life could evolve, but be based around methane rather than oxygen and water. Maybe life could exist in earth like temperatures as well, but rather breathe in ammonia rather than oxygen. The obvious problems with this comes that many of the alternative gasses need extreme temperatures to actually be present as a gas/liquid (I.E. liquid methane), which would mean more work in developing certain features that make life heat or cold resistant.
So, #1: Would it be possible to follow into the philosophy of Thrive, to put evolution and adaptation on such alien worlds, and #2: Would it/has it ever been considered?
Well, a lot of gases, for example ammonium, just wouldn't work as well as "replacement" of oxygen, but they are planning (I think) on being able to play in a-bit-different planets I think Edit: I meant with different temperatures, not different gases and stuff...
This sort of thing has been discussed in the past and the consensus is generally not to include it. The problem is that we are trying to be as realistic as possible and because we haven't experienced it we have no idea how a methane-based life would work. Obviously though, there will be alien planets where the atmosphere and composition is different.
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im not sure about different gases but if your talking about ggravity distance to the sun rotation time year length all that stuff then yes if you mean things like methane planets then i have few words for you "water civilations have a better chance then that"
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