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RimWorld has added custom difficulty options, for those who really want a challenge

If managing an unruly colony of idiots on an alien planet filled with hostile wildlife, raiders, aliens, and robots has somehow become easy for you: good news, you can now make RimWorld more difficult. Thanks to this week's free patch, you can fiddle with over two dozen difficulty settings to create your own 'playstyle' - everything from trades prices and friendly fire to the rates…

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RimWorld psychics can now be Avatar hippies or grave-loving goths too

The Dune-esque psychic warriors of RimWorld's Royalty expansion are great, but what if you want your spacewizards to not be dukes and lords but rather monks, hippies, or goths? The latest update has you covered. It revamps psychics by making them mediate to charge their wizardbrains, and different types of character will use different focuses. Sure, lords will still love their thrones and that, but…

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Feature: A beast with a mind… a mind… and fists!

The Tragedy of King Beef – a RimWorld: Royalty story, part one of two

Since there's good odds you're either stuck at home right now or are soon to be, I thought it might do us all good to have a bit of story time. And today, I want to tell you the story of King Beef. It is a tragedy: a tale told by an idiot, full of mace duels and uranium armour, and signifying nothing. Nothing except,…

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Feature: Sycophants and Sick-o-'phants

RimWorld: Royalty review

It's been 28 years since 1992's Dune II, and like many people out there, I'd long ago stopped seriously hoping for another videogame to do justice to Frank Herbert's legendary science fiction series. So it's with surprise and delight, then, that I can tell you the best Dune game in three decades is here... and it's a procedurally generated sitcom, played through a colony management…

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RimWorld planning to add more to Royalty

New psychic combat abilities and new quests are among the features that might be added to RimWorld's Royalty expansion, lead developer Tynan Sylvester has said. Today he issued a wee update on plans for the sci-fi colony management sim's first expansion, which launched last week alongside Update 1.1. He explained that while he's tended to operate quietly before rather than raise players' expectations and risk…

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RimWorld just launched its first expansion, Royalty

Out of nowhere, sci-fi colony management sim RimWorld launched its first expansion today. Royalty is its name, and adding a spacemonarchy with courtly flair but futuristic gear is its game. Befriending the monarchy sounds exhausting, with their posh demands and their harpsichords, but they can deign to give you access to high-tech troops and gear including technopsychic warriors and plasma swords. It all sounds somewhere…

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RimWorld 1.1 will bring new items and animals, including a goose

While splendid spacecolony sim RimWorld may have left early access in October 2018, creator Tynan Sylvester has always insisted that didn't mean it was done. And here we are today, with a public beta build of Update 1.1 for spacemanagers to test. Look forward to new items, UI improvements, performance optimisations, new modding capabilities, and new animals including ducks, goats, yaks, and -- oh no…

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Feature: Fear the fists of King Beef

Space Dracula vs King Beef: 5 very silly RimWorld scenarios

Since colony sim RimWorld left early access at the start of the year, it hasn’t changed. And that’s fine. It can be hard to remember, when so many sandbox-type games are constantly having new content shovelled into them like coal into a furnace, that games sometimes just… get finished. Still, when you’re used to coming back to a game and falling in love with it…

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Feature: Welcome to the story farm, we grow disaster

RimWorld review

RimWorld is a game of perfect catastrophe. Not simply a homage to Dwarf Fortress, or a skin graft of Prison Architect, it has spent five years of early access becoming its own simulation of farce, hopefulness and inevitable disaster. Today, it's finally "done". It starts as an opaque management game about the marooned survivors of a sci-fi shipwreck. But it quickly harnesses the darkness and…

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RimWorld beta 19 out now, adding bridges and new turrets

The "Ah c'mon don't pretend the possibility of cannibalism isn't part of why you were interested in spacelife in the first place" colony simulator RimWorld has launched a big early access update focused on expanding the most important thing in life: being near water. Beta update 19 lets players build bridges and build light buildings atop them, and baselords can also build power-generating watermills and…

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RimWorld’s next big update will be version 1.0

Sci-fi colony catastrophe sim RimWorld is finally almost ready to leave early access and launch in full with a shiny version 1.0, creator Tynan Sylvester has said. It's a game that one could keep adding to forever, he says, but after five years of development he's ready to draw a line in the sand and call it ready. Sounds fair, really. He still plans to…

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RimWorld’s beta adds swamp biomes and ‘story combat’

RimWorld has left its awkward alpha stage, blossoming into a beta with update 18. It’s called A World of Story, but the update really dabbles in everything, from crazy weather to orbital super weapons. Hitting beta also means that it’s in the final stretch, says developer Tynan Sylvester, and there won’t be any “major” new additions like entirely new systems before launch, though there will…

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RimWorld’s huge Wanderlust update is world-changing

I'd quite happily write and read about Dwarf Fortress and RimWorld [official site] all day long. There might even be time to play them every now and again as well, though I've become accustomed to enjoying them vicariously, reading about other peoples' virtual lives and escapades. A new RimWorld update arrived today and it's a big one, changing the way that worlds are built and…

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Feature: "Code is never neutral"

How RimWorld’s Code Defines Strict Gender Roles

Reed’s having a bad day: her spaceship crashed, she’s one of three survivors, and the other two won’t stop hitting on her. Unfortunately for her, she’s beautiful, which means that they’re immediately enamoured with her; unfortunately for them, she’s gay, which means the feeling is definitely not mutual. Her life is a constant hellish stream of corny pick-up lines and work for the colony.RimWorld is…

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Rimworld Diary, Part 3: The Drugs Do Work

We sent Brendan into sci-fi disaster simulator RimWorld [official site], where he quickly established a failing hotel in the middle of a scorching desert. In the final part of his diary, things fall apart.Is everybody ready? Okay, let’s smoke this shit. I order the staff to smoke their flake, and one by one they light up. Then we immediately move onto the next drug. Okay…

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Feature: Tales from Bogdan's Rest

RimWorld Diary, Part 2: From The Ritz To The Rubble

We dispatched Brendan back into sci-fi disaster simulator RimWorld [official site], where he quickly established a failing hotel in the middle of a scorching desert. Last week, the hotel staff were in the grip of drugs and cancer. In part two of this three-part diary, a tragedy brings the hotel to its knees.Wide-eyes Pete was on another one of his binges. He’d gotten his hands…

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Feature: The drugs don't work

RimWorld Diary, Part 1: Welcome To Bogdan’s Rest

RimWorld [official site] continues its march through early access, adding drugs and enticing modders, almost as if it wasn’t already wonderful. We sent Brendan back to the planet’s surface, where he decided to set up a hotel in the middle of the desert. In part one of this three-part diary, the colonists struggle to establish themselves.Shinichi needs a new kidney. He has been walking around…

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RimWorld Reddit AMA Talks Prototypes And Future Plans

Scifi colony sim RimWorld arrived on Steam last week and has done quite well for itself, if the Steam Charts are to be believed. And not without cause either, as Brendan's recent look at the game suggests its producing Dwarf Fortress-style anecdotes. Its creator Tynan Sylvester popped up on Reddit yesterday for an Ask Me Anything post and I've been enjoying browsing the answers this…

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Feature: A scifi Dwarf Fortress with a usable AI

Premature Evaluation: RimWorld

Every week Brendan scours the wastes for an early access title to tame and take home with him. This time, the haphazard space colonies of RimWorld [official site].Before I tell you about RimWorld, let me tell you a story that happened in RimWorld. It's about that girl up there, drinking a beer. If you're not convinced to jump in by the end of this tale,…

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