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Sci-fi colony building sim RimWorld is out in full now and it's awesome

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RimWorld, the sci-fi colony building sim that will suck away days and nights of your time has officially left Early Access today.

Inspired by the likes of Dwarf Fortress and Firefly, with a style much like Prison Architect it makes it all a lot simpler to understand with the simple presentation. It's not a simple game though, far from it. It's easy enough to get into and thanks to that I've found myself completely engrossed in it many times.

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It's absolutely full of features like:

  • Manage colonists' moods, needs, wounds, and illnesses.
  • Build colonies in the forest, desert, jungle, tundra, and more.
  • Watch colonists develop and break relationships with family members, lovers, and spouses.
  • Replace wounded limbs and organs with prosthetics, bionics, or biological parts harvested from others.
  • Fight pirates, tribes, mad animals, giant insects and ancient killing machines.
  • Craft structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, and futuristic materials.
  • Tame and train cute pets, productive farm animals, and deadly attack beasts.
  • Trade with passing ships and caravans.

There's loads more to it, that really is the tip of the iceberg. What makes the game truly interesting is how you can adjust the experience to your liking, with the use of the different AI Storytellers. Some will throw events at you like candy constantly testing you, while others will provide a more relaxing experience for those who just want to build more. It does a great balancing act for those who like to play it differently.

For those interested, it has a vibrant modding community with a Steam Workshop full of thousands of them. There's mods to change simple things, some will add big gameplay elements and there's entire scenarios available too.

Our livestreamer Sin has covered it a few times on our Twitch Channel, no doubt she will do so again soon for those who like to get involved in the fun (or to simply watch her colony rise and fall).

Absolutely recommended, while there's others that might do similar things there's nothing else really like it right now. You can grab it from Humble Store and Steam.

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tim241 17 October 2018 at 6:24 pm UTC
It's surely an awesome game!
Tchey 17 October 2018 at 6:41 pm UTC
I played it the first time in Q3 2013, and it was already great.
Today it's clearly awesome.
madpinger 17 October 2018 at 7:07 pm UTC
It seems like all my mods just updated for 19, lol. Guess I'll try vanilla out, but I expect I'll want many of my mods back to enjoy it. Been playing it for so long now o.o;
madchaotikan 17 October 2018 at 7:11 pm UTC
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One of the games with the most playtime in my steam account. Simply brilliant.

Together with Prision Architect the main reason why Early Access is a great thing for me. I really like to see how design and game running develope, evolve and changes over time.
TheSHEEEP 17 October 2018 at 7:50 pm UTC
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Currently playing Rise to Ruins again.
But after that.... *rubs hands*
edenist 18 October 2018 at 3:44 am UTC
You know, I've seen the game floating around on steam for years, yet I've never actually taken the time to look into it. Well, I just watched the trailer after reading your article and wow..... I think I know what I'll be playing this weekend! It looks amazing!
fabertawe 18 October 2018 at 9:08 am UTC
Same as edenist, this one sounds great.

I've lately been playing the sort of games I've shied away from and while it's great that it's expanded my horizons I've also got the problem where my limited game time will have to be spread even thinner! Maybe I should whizz through games faster instead of dawdling on each one and I might get a bit further into my backlog.
Samsai 18 October 2018 at 10:56 am UTC
fabertaweSame as edenist, this one sounds great.

I've lately been playing the sort of games I've shied away from and while it's great that it's expanded my horizons I've also got the problem where my limited game time will have to be spread even thinner! Maybe I should whizz through games faster instead of dawdling on each one and I might get a bit further into my backlog.
I'm not sure what to tell you. RimWorld is a game that can easily suck you in and not let go for a good while. So be prepared to use up your game time if you decide to have a crack at it.
fabertawe 18 October 2018 at 11:01 am UTC
SamsaiI'm not sure what to tell you. RimWorld is a game that can easily suck you in and not let go for a good while. So be prepared to use up your game time if you decide to have a crack at it.

Well I can be a right sucker and I can't see me not committing fully as I normally do... so you're probably right!
theghost 18 October 2018 at 12:01 pm UTC
Onto my wishlist. I will play it when I finished Dota 2
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