The Mighty Jungle
Both sessions were a great success, with around 25 attendees for each meet-up, with some people coming down specially from London and beyond to take part.
Working together in small teams or flying solo, creatures were created using a variety of techniques, including Coffeescript, SVG, Canvas, CSS3 animations and even good-old animated gifs and image sprites.
A world of fascinating creatures has evolved, including an elephant, flocking birds and the amazing flying hippo-bee.
In advance of the meetups, we created the barebones environment, and provided a simple way for people to add their own creatures. The creatures can interact with one another and the environment. The Pavilion Crab, for example, only comes out during the day; flowers grow after each rainstorm; the UFO abducts unsuspecting victims. And don't get too close to the lion, unless you want to be eaten!
All of the code used to create the Jungle (and the creatures within) is available on GitHub. If you want to make your own addition to the Jungle, it isn't too late! Take a look at the wiki for tips on creating your own creature.