Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations.
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Release Date:
Jul 15, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Caves of Qud is a colossal project. We've weaved a rich, exotic, and well-researched culture around deeply simulated physical and political systems. The world is expansive, the gameplay is unpredictable, and the plants are sentient. For example, you can:
  • Play as a turtle-shelled gunslinger
  • Play as a telepath with amnesia
  • Dig a tunnel anywhere in the world
  • Swap stories with an albino ape mayor
  • Clone yourself, mind-control the clone, and then hack off your own limbs
Before calling it done, we want to watch the community play Caves of Qud, and as the strange, unexpected stories of their characters unfold, we want to use them to refine the systems and make the game better.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We don't have a strict timeline. At the very least, Caves of Qud will remain in Early Access until you can complete the main plot. In the mean time, we'll be adding all sorts of items, monsters, NPCs, quests, new regions, new systems, tweaks to old systems, and more sentient plants.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have:
  • A completed main plot
  • Tile art for every tile
  • Improved UI and graphical effects
  • Sound and Music
  • Less bugs
Additionally, it'll feature refinements to all the game's systems, more monsters and items, new sidequests and locations, and more lore.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Caves of Qud already has a tremendous amount of game, amounting to 50-100 hours of play. There are:
  • Over 70 mutations and 24 player castes and kits
  • Hundreds of monsters
  • Dozens of overland regions with unique ecosystems
  • Scores of conversable hand-crafted NPCs and infinite procedural ones
  • Rich and varied sidequests
  • Hundreds of items and a tinkering system to craft them
  • Themed dungeons—ruined sectors of a fossilized arcology
  • Diseases, storied artifacts, history books, the poetic ramblings of a mad goatman, cryogenic chambers, and cybernetic implants
Most of the major systems are already in the game. The big missing piece is the resolution of the main plot, and that's our #1 development focus.

Also, while Caves of Qud is very stable considering the complexity of the engine, there are some late-game save corruption and crashing issues. We'd love your help identifying these bugs! If you encounter them, please give us the details so we can reproduce them.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to increase the price by at least 50% when we exit Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“You're going to teach us how to play Caves of Qud—from bizarre bug reports...

'I can walk even though a saw-handed robot cut off both my feet.'

—to emergent weirdness...

'Farmer Mehmet's procedurally generated backstory said he hates the Wardens for repeatedly beating him at dice, so he attacked Warden Ualraig, and Ualraig killed him.'

We can't possibly play through all the permutations ourselves, so we're asking for your help. We're active on the Steam forums, Twitter, and our website—tell us your story.”
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October 19

Feature Friday - October 19, 2018

  • Hotkey favorites now use the most recent re-binding for commands.
  • Leering stalkers now use their pneumatic pistons again.
  • Hypertractors can no longer move holes in the ground or areas of open air.
  • Closed a loophole with reputation modifying items where the rep bonus gained from dominating a creature and equipping them with a rep-boosting item stuck around after the domination ended.
  • When you dominate a creature, reputation modifying items they already have equipped now properly alter your reputation.
  • During character creation, arconauts are now correctly listed as having the power Spry rather than Dodge.
  • Activated abilities disabled due to astral tethering are now greyed out in the abilities menu.
  • Animated objects no longer obstruct autoexplore and autowalk.
  • Made the Sacred Well less destructible.
  • Improved the text generation for pet plants.
  • Items with long names no longer overflow the frame in the tinker modding UI.
  • Fixed a bug that generated inaccurate "you heal to full" messages too often while metabolizing a healing-based meal.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the stat modifications from Kindrish to rarely become permanent.
  • Fixed some bugs that caused levels in Bethesda Susa to frequently fail to build.
  • [modding] Added a new part, LowStatBooster, for equipment that increases the lowest base value stat out of a list of stats. It's an IPoweredPart and has that class's properties, with defaults ChargeUse = 0 and WorksOnEquipper = true. Its own properties are: AffectedStats (a comma-separated string list of the stats considered; defaults to "Strength,Agility,Toughness,Intelligence,Willpower,Ego") and Amount (the amount the lowest stat is modified by, defaults to 3).
  • [modding] KindrishProperties is now a subclass of LowStatBooster.
  • [modding] IntPropertyChanger, MultiIntPropertyChanger, and TemperatureAdjuster now have the property BehaviorDescription, a string that, if provided, is appended to the item behavior section of the item's short description. Defaults to null.
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October 12

Feature Friday - October 12, 2018

  • We changed the way we calculate AV and DV from equipment across similar body parts.
    • Previously, creatures always received AV and DV modifiers from equipment equipped on any body part that was part of their original body plan. Body parts added later (e.g., via mutations such as Multiple Legs) were treated differently; equipment equipped on these parts didn't have their AV and DV modifiers factored into the creature's final AV and DV calculations. This approach generally worked well until a recent patch where we added more realistic body plans for several creature types. The old system gave creatures with several natural body parts (e.g., spiders and crabs) an unintended advantage; they could stack AV or DV simply by equipping a bunch of armor to their limbs. For example, a spider could stack AV by equipping four sets of steel boots. We changed the calculation to be more simulative. Now, AV and DV modifiers are averaged across all similar body parts. The example spider now has the AV and DV modifiers from its Feet equipment averaged over all four sets of feet.
    • Rounding is done once for each of the total AV and DV tallies. We round away from zero. For example, if you have two Feet slots and you wear a pair of +3AV/-3DV boots on one of them, assuming no other armor modifications, you'll get +2 AV and -2 DV.
    • If the AV/DV calc results in a piece of equipment contributing more or less AV or DV than its stats imply, the display color of that stat is changed (red for 'contributing less' and green for 'contributing more'). An explanation is also appended to the item's description.
    • We removed the UI elements that explained which slots don't contribute to AV or DV as they're no longer relevant.
    • We changed snakeskin armlet to +2 DV and tread guards to +2 AV. This change replicates their balance in the old system since -- generally speaking -- you have two arms and, with the motorized treads implant, two treads.
    • Equipment bonuses and penalties other than AV and DV are still contributed individually per body part.
  • We generalized the effects of normality gas and made them variable instead of binary.
    • To support this change, we added two new status effects: astrally burdened and astrally tethered. Burdened creatures have difficulty performing actions that morph spacetime. Tethered creatures can't perform those actions at all.
    • The density of normality gas now determines whether it bestows the burdened or tethered effect on things it shares a tile with.
    • Astral effects now interdict Clairvoyance and Precognition.
    • Added normality fields.
    • Added a new piece of rare furniture: norm core.
    • Added a new item: ontological anchor.
  • Historic relics found outside of historic sites now have much better generated names.
  • If you have motorized treads, you can no longer use the interaction menu equip and autoequip commands to inappropriately equip footgear on your lower body.
  • Puddles on the ground are now displayed under the Liquids category.
  • The following items no longer modify your reputation if equipped inappropriately (i.e. held or put in the thrown weapon slot): croccasins, blood-stained neck-ring, goggles, mirrorshades, Issachari banner, Issachari sun veil, mechanical wings, gyrocopter backpack, portable beehive, leafy helm, leafy vest, symbiotic firefly, puma chitin vest, ape fur cloak, ape fur gloves, ape fur hat, electric snail shell, fork-horned helmet, fungal infections, the Ruin of House Isner, engraved items, painted items, jewel-encrusted items, figurines, and reputation-altering relics.
  • Scavenging through trash now yields items based on the depth the trash was found in, not the depth it was rifled through.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed you to gain arbitrary amounts of reputation while dominating a creature by removing and re-equipping gear on your original body.
  • Fixed a bug with cooking in the Rainbow Wood.
  • Fixed a bug that caused swarm racks not to fire.
  • Fixed a bug that broke flamethrowers.
  • [modding] The IActivePart part base has a new boolean property, WorksOnEquipper, to specify that the item only works if the item is properly equipped (in an armor slot if it has the Armor part, and held otherwise). AddsRep and EquipStatBoost have this property set to true by default, and the WorksHeld argument has been removed from EquipStatBoost.AppendBoostOnEquip().
  • [modding] AddsRep is now an IActivePart, inheriting its properties and supported functionality.
  • [modding] DeploymentGrenade's UsabilityEvent is now sent to the grenade object instead of the cell it lands in.
  • [modding] Added an item property, RealityStabilization, that generates astral burdening and tethering effects. It has the following properties: Visibility (number 0-3, 0 = effect produced is invisible, 1 = effect shows up in look, 2 = effect shows up in look + has a render effect, 3 = shows up in look + has more dramatic render effect; defaults to 2), SelfVisibility (the visibility to use on the effect the object applies to itself, if any; defaults to 0), UseCharge (if > 0, the part runs on energy cell charge and the strength of the effect produced depends on the remaining charge in the cell. Anything over 2500 charge use Strength = 100), FromGas (the Strength of the effect produced is equal to the density of the Gas part of the item), Strength (if specified, explicitly sets the effect's base strength, overriding UseCharge and FromGas), VariableStrength (die roll; if specified, the higher of the result and the value set for Strength will be used), HitpointsAffectPerformance (whether the strength of the effect produced is reduced in proportion to damage to the item, defaults to false), CellEffect (whether the item puts its effects on things in the same cell as it, defaults to true), AffectsSelf (whether the item puts its effect on itself, defaults to true), WorksOnEquip (whether the item puts its effect on someone equipping it regardless of how it's equipped, defaults to false), WorksOnEquipAsArmor (whether the item puts its effect on someone equipping it if they're equipping it in the proper slot according to its Armor part), and Projective (whether the effect produced can potentially affect tiles the subject of the effect is trying to move to; defaults to false). Devices whose effects might be interdicted by astral tethering can have an intproperty, called RealityStabilizationPenetration, which will be subtracted from the effective strength of tethering effects the devices are contesting.
  • [modding] Added a RealityDistortionBased flag to several mutations. Use it to control whether a mutation's effects are interdicted by astral tethering. Mutations affected: Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychometry, Sense Psychic, Telepathy, Domination, Sunder Mind, Syphon Vim, and Beguiling. The flag is on by default for Clairvoyance, Precognition, and Psychometry.
  • [modding]Added a new part, DeploymentMaintainer, for items. It is an IPoweredPart and has the inherited properties. Its own properties include: Blueprint (the blueprint of the objects it creates), Duration (how long the objects last, die roll, defaults to null i.e. permanent), Radius (integer radius it fills with objects, or -1 for every tile in the zone), Chance (the percentage chance a given tile will receive an object, defaults to 100), AtLeast (a minimum number of objects to try to deploy when Chance is in use, defaults to 0), MaintenanceInterval (the number of turns that must pass between attempts at maintaining the deployment, defaults to 10), UsabilityEvent (an event that must be successfully fired on the tile the item is in in order for the item to work, defaults to null i.e. none), AccessibilityEvent (an event that must be successfully fired on a given tile in its radius in order to deploy an object there, defaults to null i.e. none), ActiveMaintenance (whether objects deployed are actively maintained by the item and disappear if it is nonfunctional, defaults to true), RealRadius (whether to deploy in a circular radius rather than the usual engine "square radius"), BlockedBySolid (whether solid tiles block deployment, defaults to true), BlockedByNonEmpty (whether tiles must be "empty" for deployment, defaults to true), Seeping (whether BlockedBySolid use "seeping" logic where objects like stakes don't block), DustPuffEach (whether each deployed object generates a dust puff, defaults to false), NoXPValue (whether objects with XP value get it cleared out, defaults to true), and LinkRealityStabilization (whether to configure the deployment maintainer, which should have a RealityStabilization part, as an effect strength source on any RealityStabilization parts on deployed objects).

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“There’s a sense of magnificent history to dredge from its depths.”
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“Caves of Qud is one of the best roguelikes in years, packed with evocative prose and featuring a captivating world of arcane secrets to explore.”

“Narratively, this is one of the most compelling game stories that I’ve seen in a long time.”

About This Game

Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. Decide: is it a dying earth, or is it on the verge of rebirth?

Who are you?

Play the role of a mutant indigenous to the salt-spangled dunes and jungles of Qud, or play a pure-strain descendant from one of the few remaining eco-domes—the toxic arboreta of Ekuemekiyye, the Holy City; the ice-sheathed arcology of Ibul; or the crustal mortars of Yawningmoon.

You arrive at the oasis-hamlet of Joppa, along the far rim of Moghra'yi, the Great Salt Desert. All around you, moisture farmers tend to groves of viridian watervine. There are huts wrought from rock salt and brinestalk. On the horizon, Qud's jungles strangle chrome steeples and rusted archways to the earth. Further and beyond, the fabled Spindle rises above the fray and pierces the cloud-ribboned sky.

You clutch your rifle, or your vibroblade, or your tattered scroll, or your poisonous stinger, or your hypnotized goat. You approach a watervine farmer—he lifts the brim of his straw hat and says, "Live and drink, friend."

What can you do?

Anything and everything. Caves of Qud is a deeply simulated, biologically diverse, richly cultured world.
  • Assemble your character from over 70 mutations and defects and 24 castes and kits—outfit yourself with wings, two heads, quills, four arms, flaming hands, or the power to clone yourself—it's all the character diversity you could want.
  • Explore procedurally-generated regions with some familiar locations—each world is nearly 1 million maps large.
  • Dig through everything—don't like the wall blocking your way? Dig through it with a pickaxe, or eat through it with your corrosive gas mutation, or melt it to lava. Yes, every wall has a melting point.
  • Hack the limbs off monsters—every monster and NPC is as fully simulated as the player. That means they have levels, skills, equipment, faction allegiances, and body parts. So if you have a mutation that lets you, say, psionically dominate a spider, you can traipse through the world as a spider, laying webs and eating things.
  • Pursue allegiances with over 60 factions—apes, crabs, robots, and highly entropic beings—just to name a few.
  • Follow the plot to Barathrum the Old, a sentient cave bear who leads a sect of tinkers intent on restoring technological splendor to Qud.
  • Learn the lore—there's a story in every nook, from legendary items with storied pasts to in-game history books written by plant historians.
  • Die—Caves of Qud is brutally difficult and deaths are permanent. Don't worry, though—you can always roll a new character.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.11+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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