Dwarf Fortress's administrator is now allowance the best aboriginal admission roguelike beyond the accomplishment band afterwards 8 years on Steam

After an 8-year assignment in aboriginal access, the ablaze Caves of Qud is due to hit 1.0 abutting year with the advice of Dwarf Breastwork administrator Kitfox Games. It seems like a acceptable match, with Dwarf Breastwork actuality a big antecedent of afflatus for the indie roguelike sim. 

For the uninitiated, Caves of Qud is a close simulation with a procedurally-generated apple area mutants charge action and dig their way through alien acreage abundant with dangers. Like Dwarf Fortress, it's animated by its absurd activating storytelling and lore, as able-bodied as its 'anything goes' approach, whether it's chopping off anatomy parts, creating clones, or mind-controlling monsters. It's additionally acutely blood-soaked hard, with best runs catastrophe in a abominable death. It's acutely nostalgic, too, with an ASCII-inspired artful that altogether complements the retrofuturistic vibes.

"Few amateur accept had as big an appulse on Caves of Qud as DF," says Jason Grinblat, co-founder of Acreage Games. "It's base to be mentioned alongside the legend, and it's adorable to lock accoutrements with our accompany and some of our admired devs ever, Basin & Zach Adams."

Though conceivably not absolutely as able-bodied accepted as Dwarf Fortress, Caves of Qud has still apparent a lot of success back it appeared on Steam, with over 5,000 user reviews applique it an Overwhelmingly Absolute rating. And it's well-deserved. I've never managed to get all that far in it, but I consistently airing abroad with some camp anecdotes and a annoyed beam on my face.

Back in April, we hosted a roundtable with the Dwarf Breastwork and Caves of Qud teams area they discussed how they accouterment their corresponding simulations, authoritative procedural bearing acquaint allusive belief and their thoughts on AI. It's able-bodied account a listen. 

While there's no babble on back in 2024 Caves of Qud will leave aboriginal access, there's already some new beheld furnishings that you can analysis out in the beta annex appropriate now, which you can additionally see in activity in the bivouac above. You can additionally babble to adolescent mutants on the new Caves of Qud approach in the Kitfox Discord

Fraser Brown
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