Using the creatures IQ Test developed by Danikat found here http://creatures.wikia.com/wiki/Creatures_IQ_test as a starting point, I have decided to have a survival of the fittest competition between all the norn breeds at my disposal. Although the page suggests not to test baby Gizmo norns because they starve too quickly. The large majority of the hatchlings I've been testing have made it through.
The system I have designed will see both the male and female norns of the breed taking on an obstacle course on their lonesome.
Starting on the bottom floor of the workshop, the contesting norns simply have to navigate their way across to the meso to get food before they die of starvation.
Each round sees the difficulty increase by the addition of obstacles. I'll decide on the setup for round 2 after round 1 is complete.
There will be five rounds in total before the final 'breeding' round.
In the final breeding round the male norns will have to navigate the same treacherous course as round 5. This time, however, all males will be racing at once to reach the meso. The meso will contain all the female survivors anxiously awaiting a suitor. The first healthy offspring to become a child will be declared this competition's winner. The winner will be exported to take part in the winners competition when there are enough winners.
Current List of Competing Breeds:
Apple Norns Astro Norns Bondi Norns C1 Banana Norns
C1 Forest Norns C1 Forest-Purple Mountain Norns
C1 Horse Norns C1 Horse-Pixie Norns C1 Pixie Norns
C1 Purple Mountain Norns C1 Ron Norns
C1 Ron-Pixie Norns C1 Santa Norns Chichi Norns
Dodgy Norns Fallow Norns Hardman Norns
Harlequin Norns Magma Norns Siamese Norns
Toxic Norns Treehugger Norns Zebra Norns
There are a few official breeds missing from the list (Bengal, Civet and Bruin) if I'm not mistaken. I'm hoping my copy of Creatures 3 arrives before the end of round 1 so they can be included if not then the show must go on and they'll have to be included in the next competition.
I'll have the list of male survivors of Round 1 soon enough. Pictures of each survivor to follow.