Story Form Version

There is a large mountain range to the West and ocean to the East. The distance between these two borders is about 5 miles. To the North about 6 miles and to the South about 4 miles is the edge of your territory and violating the territory border may result in a bloody battle between your neighbors. There is a creek that runs from the mountains to the sea. Up the creek about half a mile is a small village of humans.

It is Spring and you (a strikingly beautiful golden eagle) have been enjoying catching the plentiful salmon that try to struggle upstream at a certain small waterfall about 2 miles up the creek from the sea.

You soar around from your nest to the galore of salmon. You spot a wolf enjoying its fresh caught prey. The deer carcass looks delicious, yet you would be crazy to try to get to the carcass, especially with the plentiful amount of salmon this time of the year. The wolf looks at you and looks back down to devour as much food as possible for the rest of the pack finds it.

You can see the creek now. You already can see the furious struggles of the salmon trying to make it over.

As you get closer you can see a brown bear and a few cubs fishing for salmon also.

You swoop down over the fall and try to snatch a salmon. You miss. The mother bears gets aggrevated at your presence.

For a moment you thought about attacking one of her cubs, but that would be more foolish than going after that carcass.

You go back to swoop again. You hover over the furious salmon for a slight moment, while concentrating on the salmon. As you are about to grab for one you see the brown bear jump towards you. You quickly forget about that salmon and try to escape. Unfortunately, you find the weight of the bear on you. You plunge under water. You thrash around and manage to get out from underneath his weight. You emerge from the water, furiously pumping your wings. The bear claws at you and manages to injure your right wing. Your wings are soaked and flying is made very difficult.

You have gotten to the bank of the river and the bears soon gets distracted and goes on fishing.

Game Form Version

This game version is based on the idea of having the interface be console/command oriented and variable-length turn-based (meaning that the game stops and the birds stop flying mid-air to prompt the user for input, but the time between inputs will vary).

Output: Being at the foothills of the mountains to the west, the terrain is hilly and rocky with a dense population of trees. There is a valley with a fairly large creek (or small river). The creek is bordered with rocks. There is one place in the creek that forms a little waterfall.

Input: declare waterfall

Output: You decide to refer to this place as "waterfall"

... (time passes) ..

Output: You just woke up at your nest. The sun is beginning to peak over the mountains and the shadows of the mountain are starting to crawl away. It is spring.

Input: huntto waterfall Output: You start to fly to the place that you remember as "waterfall." You soar new the ground searching for food as you make your way to your destination.

Output: 20 minutes later you see a wolf enjoying a deer carcass.

Input: continue

Output: You didn't see anything else up to your arrival. Being at the foothills of the mountains to the west, the terrain is hilly and rocky with a dense population of trees. There is a valley with a fairly large creek (or small river). The creek is bordered with rocks. There is one place in the creek that forms a little waterfall. You see a galore of salmon trying to jump up the waterfall. You see a bear and her cub hunting for fish at the waterfall.

Input: attack fish

Output: You swoop down and grab at a fish, but it slips between your talons. A small amount of time passes.

Input: attack fish

Output: As you swoop down the bear jumps on you. You plunge in the water. (How do we determine if the eagle plunges under water or if it is slammed against hard ground?) You are slightly injured. You are trapped under the bear's weight.

Input: flee

Output: You are successful in getting out from under its weight. You still are in its vicinity.

Input: flyto nest

Output: You pump your wings furiously, but the water is making them to heavy to fly. You manage to escape the vicinity of the bear. It seems to forget about you. You find a sunny spot to dry off. About an hour later you are dry. You have minor injuries.

Input: flyto nest

Output: You fly to your nest without attempting to search for food.


The point of the story-based snapshot is to show how the player has to make some decisions during the game play (gain versus loss). How seasons effect the game. It introduces the bear as a possible animal in the game, as well as the wolf.

The game-based verson is to give an idea of what the interface for soar will be like (or a suggestion of an interface).