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Colony building sim 'RimWorld' is now in Beta, with lots more content on offer

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To say the RimWorld [Humble Store, Steam, Official Site] Beta is a big update might be a rather big understatement! It's rammed full of new features and content so come take a look.

I've followed RimWorld since the early development and I've been constantly impressed by the quality of the game. This could easily be the best colony building simulation available on Linux right now. I've been guilty at times of loading it up and checking the time only to realise many hours have passed.

The developer has been working on RimWorld since 2012, so it's been a long road. This is the first release to officially be classed as a "Beta", so here's a look at what's new.

An entirely new type of biome, swamp, was added which features thick vegetation making it hard to build due to the terrain. Many new plants got added to make it too, so it will give the game some more visual variety. More map changes include Caves, which feature special cave plants.

To spice things up even more, there's a few new incidents on offer too. You might come across a Meteorite impact which will leave some ore, a Tornado and more quests. They've also reworked melee combat and how combat is reported in the form of a combat log.

There's also new furniture, new quest reward items, new behaviours when colonists break mentally, new end-game material and plenty more tweaks.

See the update blog post here for more.

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niarbeht 18 November 2017 at 11:51 pm UTC
Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnice
WorMzy 19 November 2017 at 12:23 am UTC
QuoteThis could easily be the best colony building simulation available on Linux right now.

I honestly can't see any game ever taking that title away from Dwarf Fortress.
niarbeht 19 November 2017 at 12:26 am UTC
WorMzy
QuoteThis could easily be the best colony building simulation available on Linux right now.

I honestly can't see any game ever taking that title away from Dwarf Fortress.


That starts to depend on your definition of "best". I can see it going either way, it really depends on what people think about user interfaces at that point.
stretch611 19 November 2017 at 6:14 am UTC
This is essentially Dwarf Fortress with 8-bit graphics instead of ASCII art. And more sci-fi humans meets the gun-slinging west instead of Fantasy Dwarves. (ok, *maybe* 16-bit graphics... very similar to Prison Architect.)

Many of the new tantrums added are straight out of Dwarf Fortress... Not to mention existing mood modifiers like sleeping on the floor or eating without a table.

That being said, if there was a gamer style program similar to AA, I might have to join due to 1,000 hours on Rimworld and nearly 1,000 on Factorio. (Note: I may need it... but I wouldn't join it willingly.)
TheSHEEEP 19 November 2017 at 8:53 am UTC
I last played it in Alpha 17 - it was really fun!
Think I'm going to wait a bit more before digging in again, though.
razing32 19 November 2017 at 11:13 am UTC
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stretch611That being said, if there was a gamer style program similar to AA, I might have to join due to 1,000 hours on Rimworld and nearly 1,000 on Factorio. (Note: I may need it... but I wouldn't join it willingly.)

So are these games the Borg to you ?
stretch611 19 November 2017 at 6:13 pm UTC
razing32
stretch611That being said, if there was a gamer style program similar to AA, I might have to join due to 1,000 hours on Rimworld and nearly 1,000 on Factorio. (Note: I may need it... but I wouldn't join it willingly.)

So are these games the Borg to you ?

Not sure if assimilation is the proper term.... Maybe Achilles's Heel. For some reason Tycoon style sims and Fantasy style RPGs have always been my favorite. It always is fun to build a colony, or train network, and see it thrive. Its even interesting to sit back and watch what you created thrive; like watching a well tuned machine hum along... its hypnotic.

I guess even my enjoyment on TD and RTS games to a lesser degree is due to my enjoyment on builders... building a base instead of a colony.

I'm a game-a-holic, and I have a problem... but damn, I'm sure as hell not going to stop.
trawz 19 November 2017 at 6:44 pm UTC
Sorry for not being related to the article, but what's happening to the livestream feed? The official livestreams disappear?
razing32 19 November 2017 at 9:03 pm UTC
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razing32
stretch611That being said, if there was a gamer style program similar to AA, I might have to join due to 1,000 hours on Rimworld and nearly 1,000 on Factorio. (Note: I may need it... but I wouldn't join it willingly.)

So are these games the Borg to you ?

Not sure if assimilation is the proper term.... Maybe Achilles's Heel. For some reason Tycoon style sims and Fantasy style RPGs have always been my favorite. It always is fun to build a colony, or train network, and see it thrive. Its even interesting to sit back and watch what you created thrive; like watching a well tuned machine hum along... its hypnotic.

I guess even my enjoyment on TD and RTS games to a lesser degree is due to my enjoyment on builders... building a base instead of a colony.

I'm a game-a-holic, and I have a problem... but damn, I'm sure as hell not going to stop.

Who says you have to.
Probably gaming is among the more benign of vices out there
Though not sure I would call it a vice , more like a hobby. Unless you get a second mortgage for loot boxes , then you may need some help
wintermute 20 November 2017 at 4:29 pm UTC
stretch611(ok, *maybe* 16-bit graphics... very similar to Prison Architect.)

Definitely 16-bit, most 8-bit machines had a resolution of less than 200x200 in 'colour' mode.
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