Note: Search is disabled, so my efforts to make sure that there wasn't another thread floating around might have been in vain. Also, I ripped a majority of the OP from the Something Awful one written by one of the developers
Give it to me now
If you'd just like to directly download the game without registering here are the direct links, these are always the latest public build:
Mojo, what is this?
? That glorious roguelike with glacial development speed (which now seems to be being developed for the iPhone or something). Well, this is a roguelike really along those lines. It also claims inspiration from OMEGA, if any of you are familiar with that.
I'll highlight the salient points
- A combination of random generation and set pieces
- A modern interface
- Very fast development and a dev team who interact with the userbase on a daily basis
- Ancient Gods From Beyond Time and Space (TM)
- A post-apocalyptic setting
- Mutant powers
The team have gone out of their way to make the word a living entity, so in their own words
What do you mean modern interface?
The world is deeply simulated; each monster is as "real" as the player -- they wield equipment, suffer all the same effects, and interact with the world in the same way as the player. Everything in the world -- creatures, items, walls, etc -- has a physical presence and can be destroyed, frozen, set on fire, etc. The whole world is contiguous, so if you want (and have the patience) you can go down a few levels and dig your way across the entire world. Though this physical simulation means that the game is fairly resource intensive for a roguelike.
The philosophy taken to the interface is the polar opposite to something like Dwarf Fortress. So, it's quite rare to actually need to look up the key-binding table as in most cases you can just press space.
Does it have beautiful graphics?
We've tried to update the roguelike interface to be as modern as possible, providing user interfaces for conversation, trade, quests, and skills that should feel pretty modern, even though they are provided via a terminal interface. We provide the plethora of commands a roguelike player expects, but also provide a single "smart use" command (bound to 'Space' by default), that chooses the most "reasonable" thing to do in the square. So, for common interactions you can simply walk up to a door and hit 'Space' to open it, walk up to an NPC and hit 'Space' to talk to them, or walk up to a chest and hit 'Space' to loot it. Though if you want to run over to a pool of acid, fill up your canteen with it, and hurl it at a nearby enemy, all of the manual commands are available as well, and may be freely remapped.
No, it's a roguelike. So, while one day in the distance future you may be able to get tilesets that obfuscate what is going on, for now, we have to deal with basic ASCII. For some reason, this is actually one of the uglier roguelikes, but in general the usual symbols are used and you can just look at anything you don't understand to get a nice description.
The static world map
Talking to people
Look at stuff in town
Stuff. Lots of stuff
A very modern quest system
More skills than you can shake a stick at
Create your own grenades and guns from junk
Most NPCs will trade with you, letting you offload your crap for valuable fresh water.
Is it finished?
No, the devs are calling this an "open beta" - although really this is the state that most roguelikes reach and never pass. You can merrily download, play it, and get the latest version every couple of days.
If you want to talk to the developers directly, head to their
Can't make it work?
- Guns are your friend - Buy a gun. Any gun. Kill things before they get near enough to kill you
- Mental-type Mutant powers will level up automatically if you have a high Ego
- Tinkers can make any ranged weapon(i.e. those hundreds of shortbows you keep finding) into turrets that don't seem to use ammo and provide covering fire
- Water is heavy, keep some but carry your wealth in trade goods
Here's the .NET 2.0 framework if you need it:
I get an IOError when saving, or I get a Prognition.SAV isn't found: I'm bad a programming and I'm creating saves under program files in Vista and Windows 7. Run as administrator, or re-install outside of program files (c:\games\coq or whatever)
My screen is all black or all white and nothing happens: Post your video card in the Freehold bug reports forum, and then try the 'Caves of Qud - Console' shortcut, it will probably work till I can fix these issues.
The font is hideous: Try the OpenGL Filtered shortcut.
I resized my screen now it's even more hideous: Download the latest and hit escape once you're in-game. Select the "reset aspect ratio" option and it should automatically resize based on your width to a correct aspect ratio.
How do I run in filtered or console mode from the zip installer?: Make a shortcut to xrl.exe with the -filter or -console argument, respectively.
I'm mysteriously getting slower and slower!: I fixed it! Download the latest.
Now lets all bitch about how unfair it is to start with a knife and get killed by a two-headed boar as soon as we step out town.