- the “Radiation level”
- the available Gene Pool: of “Cell Types”
- the "Only point mutations" check-box
- the “Substrate temperature”
Objective: By inserting only random cells in the first 100h of the substrate age, find as many genomes as you can that can coexist together for a 1,000h period by adjusting only the radiation level and/or restricting the available cell types.
The goal is more artistic than technical; Find random combinations of different genomes that appear to be able to coexist indefinitely.
When you think you have a solution, set the “Radiation Level” to zero and run the simulation for an additional 1,000h period. Then, please share the variety of different solutions that are emergent as a *.substrate file.
- Objective (Easy): Find 1 genome that can survive for a 1,000h period with zero radiation.
- Objective (Average): Find 2 genomes that can coexist for a 1,000h period with zero radiation.
- Objective (Hard): Find 3 genomes that can coexist for a 1,000h period with zero radiation.
- Objective (Improbable): Find 4 genomes that can coexist for a 1,000h period. (I’ve not done this yet)
- Objective (Impossible): Find 5 genomes that can coexist for a 1,000h period. (I actually don’t even know if this is possible. If you prove me otherwise, I’ll name this level of difficulty after you, and make 6 be “impossible” instead!)
- Objective (Bonus): Bonus points are given if the genome has appealing colors or a bizarre life cycle.
- Objective (Super Extra): Study the behavior of each genome you discover and name them. Super Extra points are given if the genome name is witty or funny.
Cell Type allowed: All Cell Types are allowed. However, I have not personally unlocked them all as yet, so you may need to check the box if you want to use more advanced Cell Types.
Additional Rules: You must seed the substrate using only the “Contaminate with random cells” check box. However, you may only turn this checkbox ON during the first 100h of “Substrate age.” When Substrate age is greater than 100h you must turn “Contaminate with random cells” OFF for the remainder of the simulation.
If your genome dies out with a substrate age greater than 100h, you must sterilize the substrate, at which time you may again seed with “Contaminate with random cells” as the substrate age is less than 100h again.
After the first 100h, you must attain the Objective(s) by changing only the “Radiation level,” the available “Cell Types,” the "Only point mutations" check-box, or the “Substrate temperature,” controls.
When you find a multi-genome coexisting solution turn the “radiation level” down to zero for a 1,000h period to clearly define how many unique genomes you have co-existing in equilibrium at the end of that period. If you observe that your multi-genome substrate will probably not persist indefinitely, although technically reached the end of the 1,000h period, this is considered a weak solution.
You may continue to subject your previous solutions to more radiation and incubation in order to achieve higher levels of difficulty or to find more interesting emergent genomes from a common ancestor.
TIPS: Start with the substrate temperature set to “Incubate.” Add a little radiation to start with. Sterilize, then momentarily click ON then OFF the “Contaminate with random cells” to add about 100 randomly generated genomes. Stay on the SUBSTRATE tab and watch the “substrate age” and “number of cells.” If the number of cells increases beyond 200, you might have a viable genome to start cultivating. However, you are likely to reach the 100h substrate age quickly with no viable genome. You will need to “sterilize” and “Contaminate with random cells” multiple times before you can get a cell life cycle that is stable enough to survive for 1,000h, so I recommend staying on the SUBSTRATE tab until the number of cells indicates you have a viable genome.
Focus on getting an EASY solution first and save it. You can reload the EASY substrate and continue your progress toward more difficult goals. So, any time you can be patient enough to wait 1k hours you can save your progress, even if it is still only an EASY solution. After a while you build up a library of different EASY solutions that you can go back to and try to cultivate more.
Remember you can turn OFF more advanced “Cell Types," and you may use the "Only point mutations" check-box if you like.