GOBLINARIUM THE APP.
It’s a simple introduction to our characters, and you can play with them. The app has been completed as an animation test. The test paves the way for the main project, a second story app with a completed script, background world scenery and richer story experience.
“Backstory” for apps.
The World of Goblinarium: A Natural History
Goblinarium is a magical world filled with Goblins, Dragons, and other creatures. They all live, play and work together. Goblins are called “Blins” for short, and Dragons are “Agons” (sounds like A-gone.) Agons and Blins originated from separate islands, but eventually found each others’ cultures quite fascinating, and decided to live harmoniously as one community. Outhers (sounds like “ooo-thers”) are all the other creatures of their world, like mice, fish, birds and bugs- who have their own societies too.
Dragons originated from a set of fire islands, called the Agonias. Goblins originated from one small island off the coast of Agonia, called Blinaria. Outhers have lived alongside them for thousands of years.
The creatures of Goblinarium
Agons, Blins, and Outhers keep evolving into new species as time goes by. Coming up with names for these many combinations of creatures can be tricky at times. Here’s how it usually works:
Agons plus Blins will create a “Blinagon”. They’re very rare- in fact, none have been seen for several generations.
Agons plus Outhers will create an “Outhagon”- for example, a fish mixing with an Agon will create a “Fisgon”.
Blin plus Outher will create an “Outhblin”. A frog mixing with a Blin will create a “Froblin”.
Agons and Blins will always be the dominant species over the Outhers, with Agons having the most advanced society. They live much longer, but are much fewer, and have children far more seldom. Agons have tails and long snouts, legs and arms (the arms can sometimes be underdeveloped). A mixture with an Agon has a tail, snout, legs, and usually arms. Blins do not have the same rules, but usually their hybrids will be distinguished by an Outher trait, like a fish tail or rabbit ears.
Agons are mainly vegetarians and Lithotrophic eaters (rock and mineral eaters). Only on rare occasions will an Agon eat meat- they’d much prefer pie. Colors of Agons vary, and most have a metallic glow, due to diet and sun exposure. Some have the ability to change color, but this is very rare. Agons tend to live in families or communally- they don’t like to be alone for too long. All species of Agons are great communicators and considered wise, and live harmoniously with Blins and Outhers.
Agon Fire Breathers are the “Meltingflame” genus. One family within it is the Scratchhornes. Scissile Scratchhorne Meltingflame II is shown in the Goblinarium app.
Fire breathers have very pronounced bellies, that glow bright when fire is ready to be released. They are the most gassy of all Agons, and known for being silly pranksters. A word to the wise: never pull their fingers! This species of Agons are flightless, and have sharp strong horns. Their main staple food is metal and rock- they are lithotrophic eaters. Their horns are magnetic to help find mineral veins within rocks. They use fire to melt the metals, which are used for food or tinkering. Fire breathers are brilliant tinkerers, and have been known to build contraptions such as the Dragapult, a handy device for launching mice into the air for competitions featuring trained mouse athletes. These Agons generally live within caves, close to food sources and mineral veins in rocks. They are shiny and metallic in color due to their diet, and poop gold nuggets, which Blins collect for trading.
Agon Flyers are the “Flytensight” genus. One family within it is the Snoozrollors. Leofric Snoozrollor Flytensight and Aethylswift Snoozroller Flytensight may be seen in the Goblinarium app.
Agons flyers are the watchers and observers of Goblinarium. These Agons are mapmakers and surveyors, and have tremendous eyesight. They have been great explorers, and helped unite the two cultures of Blins and Agons. They are the smallest variety of Agons, sometimes almost as small as a hummingbird. Due to their size, they are not intimidating, and therefore helped merge societies with ease betweem the Blins and Outhers. Flyers can be found in the tops of trees, in tree houses which look like bird nests from afar, but close up are intricate well built homes. This variety of Agons sometimes can be found with small underdeveloped horns. One theory holds that these horns help protect their skulls when they fall out of bed at night due to heavy dreaming. This species of Agons can have underdeveloped arms, usually within the young. Their wings are very flexible and can be used like arms at times.
Agon Grounders are the “Scalenthorne” genus. One family within it is the Clawsons, who are known for their fireberry pies. Charles Clawson Scalenthorne III is featured in the Goblinarium app.
Grounders are the collectors, gatherers and philosophers of Goblinarium. With their great intellects, they are thinkers and problem solvers. They have thick skin, and are covered in shield-like scales, in order to raid the fireberry bushes which have treacherous, deadly thorns and are guarded by the aggressive flame-bees. All Agons love fireberries, and find them simply irresistible. Grounders have become expert bakers, cooking up pies a-plenty for all of Goblinarium. Grounders live in houses made from earth, sticks and roots, generally found on the ground near tree stumps and fallen trunks. Grounders can sometimes be found sitting under trees, doing their favorite thing, thinking.
Blins are very unpredictable, and can be a bit difficult to deal with at times, and even harder to catch. All Goblins use their tongues as a primary means of communication, and it sometimes comes off as silly or sassy. Most Blins live under trees, or within the rocks and shrubs, in small secretive niches and burrows. They tend to live alone, but enjoy a social gathering from time to time. Blins are scavengers and omnivores, but they tend to consume mainly a vegetarian diet. They too are very keen on fireberry pies, and creep around Grounder’s houses, looking for a pie to swipe.
Head Tosser Blins are the “Heablin” genus. One of them is Mortimer Heablin (sometimes called Mortiheab), shown within the Goblinarium app.
Heablins have very gelatinous bodies, in order to sneak and squeeze into tight spaces. They are very sassy blins, and communicate by sticking out their tongue and giggling. They tend to answer any question one might ask with only a head shake “NO”, just to be sassy. Heablins remove and toss their heads about for better viewing or pure entertainment. They love to dance and laugh. Whenever a tune is played, they simply can’t resist the urge- they simply must dance.
Shell Biters are the “Shellblin” genus. Snickeris Shellblin (or Snickelblin) may be seen within the Goblinarium app.
These curious Blins don’t speak very often. They will mainly communicate with their tongues, and by knocking their knuckles on their very hard shell-like head. These goblins can be heard grinding up shells on the sandy shoreline with their incredibly strong teeth, sounding very similar to nails scratching a chalkboard. Shell biters grind up shells to make an edible powder which is a precious source of minerals for their diet. The shell powder is expelled from vents outside their tail. This powder wards off the scurvy fleas, which are problematic amongst the Outher community. Shellbins have long horns on their heads, that help dig up and push shells about. They are very hard to catch, due to their impeccable hiding techniques and camouflage abilities.
Armless Flyers are the “Armleblin” genus. Perciful Armleblin can be seen in the Goblinarium app.
Armleblins have incredibly strong long legs, and use them to run like mad, often for no apparent reason other than their pure enjoyment. They run everywhere they go, and so fast they are very hard to see. They have very small wings, which allow them to extend their jumps over vast spaces, but are not used for much else. Armleblins are very flexible. They can touch their heads to the ground without bending their feet. They have chests that contain an “Egoblin”, or a very small flightier version of themselves. They release their Egoblins while showing off, playing tricks, and to impress other Armleblins. It is said they have secret Egoblin competitions- but no one has ever witnessed these events first-hand outside the Armleblin community. Most have the ability to convert water into steam, using their side vents to blow it out at random moments. Why they do this is unknown, but one theory suggests that they do it when they get mad, and another suggests it helps them steer while in motion.
Belly Scatchers are the “Bellblin” genus. Fortisque Bellblin can be found in the Goblinarium app.
Bellblins are horned, and really rather lazy creatures. Usually they can be found laying in the sun to soak in it golden glow. Like the Fire Breathing Agons, they often have a metallic color . These Blins love to dance, but due to their lazy nature, they will lay down and mainly shake their feet and heads. In the winter, they can be found by following trails of snow blins (we know them as snow angels). They scratch their bellies to make music, and use their tongues like kazoos. They are the music makers in the Blin community.
Outhers are all over the place within Goblinarium. They are generally very friendly creatures, and like to help Agons and Blins whenever they can. Occasionally, you will find an Outher that has evolved as a hybrid with an Agon or a Blin. These creatures are Outhblins.
Humblins are hybrids with hummingbirds. Flintch Humblin (or Flinblin) can be seen in the Goblinarium app.
Humblins are silly creatures that are flightless, unlike their hummingbird cousins. They can levitate for brief amounts of time, using their tiny wings. They lift themselves to reach nectar from flowers. They hover and flap their ears and tail to hold positions with absolute precision. They communicate by squawking using their flabby gullets, with a sound similar to gurgling water. Humblins are very peculiar egg layers- they will drop an egg and abandon it. It is said that certain Blins will collect abandoned Humblin eggs, but it is still unknown what they do with them.
Froblins are hybrids with frogs. Belch Froblin (or Beltblin) is shown within the Goblinarium app.
Froblins are said to have large ears to hear the illusive carrotflies at their peak of ripeness. Carrotflies will sprout wings at that precise moment, and the Froblins are ready with their long swirly tongues to enjoy a most excellent carroty meal. At some point, the Froblins might have a had a bunny cousin, and their ears surely do resemble rabbit ears. One can hear a Froblin from miles away as their tummies grumble at the sight of carrot flies. In the spring, they tend to burp out spotted eggs, which are collected by rabbits with baskets- a very odd behavior indeed.
Fisblins are hybrids with fish. Elwin Fisblin may be seen in the Goblinarium app.
Fisblins like to spend as much time in the water as out of water. They love blowing bubbles all day long. They like to hide voice messages inside the bubbles, and when the bubbles pop, the noises and words can be heard sometimes. They have many dorsal fins to allow for aerodynamic swimming. Their tails and fins are incredibly strong, and they can occasionally be found walking on their tip tails being very sneaky.
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Where to find us
* July 2016:
MOCHA Claymation Summer Camp - Oakland, CA.
* September 2015:
MOCHA After School Animation - Oakland, CA.
* Summer 2015: Oakland Youth Aspire - creature workshop.
* May 2015
GOOGLE San Francisco. Public art exhibit in their lobby.
* December 2013
The Crucible - Oakland CA
* November 2013
Con-Volution - Burlingame CA
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