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:
15 Jul, 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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15 February

Feature Friday - February 15, 2019

  • We refreshed the banana grove.
    • Changed the stats, behaviors, and descriptions of the following creatures and plants: cyclopean gibbon, red death dacca, gelatinous palms (now called irritable palms), and fruit flies (now called adiyys).
    • Added new tiles for banana trees and bananas.
    • Added a new plant to the banana grove: dicalyptus tree.
    • Added a new disease: ???
    • Added instructions for the new disease's cure to the Corpus Choliys.
    • Added a new cooking ingredient: sun-dried bananas.
    • Bananas can now be preserved into sun-dried bananas.
    • There are now occasionally villages in the banana grove.
  • Many liquid containers can now be sealed and unsealed.
  • You now get the appropriate reputation bonuses and penalties when your companions kill a reputation-awarding creature.
  • Except for in the starting village, you can no longer perform the water ritual with the wardens of dynamic villages.
  • Pathfinding and autoexplore now avoid aloes.
  • Dynamic item retrieval quests now properly complete if the item is in your inventory when you receive the quest.
  • Wardens are less likely to be hostile to the villagers they protect, and vice versa.
  • Plants summoned by Burgeoning are now friendly to the caster's party leader (and their leader, all the way up the chain). This means your companions can use Burgeoning without causing havoc in the party.
  • The descriptions of reputation-awarding creatures now more accurately reports the correct factions those creatures are loved by.
  • Dominating creatures with Heightened Hearing or Sense Psychic no longer continues to give you hypersensory information after the domination ends or the mutation is removed.
  • Baetyls now take only the number of objects they requested, not the entire stack.
  • When you empty a container to fill it with another liquid, the emptied liquid now appears in your tile rather than disappearing.
  • Carrying a ceremonial vibrokhopesh in a container no longer prevents you from moving to the world map.
  • Fidget cells no longer slow the game down as drastically when you're moving on the world map.
  • Unreal objects are no longer auto picked up.
  • Fixed a bug with engulfing creatures.
  • Prone creatures will now have to stand up before they attack or otherwise act, not after.
  • Companions will no longer join you in new zones while asleep, stunned, or immobilized.
  • Fixed a bug that made paralysis not work.
  • Paralysis now sets DV to 0 if over 0, like stun.
  • [modding] The GivesRep part now acknowledges the properties or tags NoHateFactions and NoFriendFactions, where you can specify comma-separated lists of factions that the NPC is never disliked by or admired by, respectively. If a relationship to a faction specified in NoHateFactions is generated, it defaults to a friendly relationship. Likewise, if a friendly relationship to a faction specified in NoFriendFactions is generated, it defaults to a dislike relationship. If a faction is specified in both lists, the final relationship is dislike.
  • [modding] The LiquidVolume part now has the fields Sealed (a boolean which, if true, makes the liquid inaccessible), ManualSeal (a boolean that enables seal and unseal inventory actions on the item), and LiquidVisibleWHenSealed (a boolean which, when true, means the liquid can be seen while the volume is sealed; if false it cannot).
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8 February

Feature Friday - February 8, 2019

  • Most static quests now award reputation when completed.
  • The maps "behind" the Spindle are no longer empty.
  • Slam now costs a turn and goes on cooldown when used on inanimate objects.
  • Quests with level-based rewards, like More Than a Willing Spirit, now indicate that their rewards are level-based in the quest accept dialog and on the quest screen.
  • The asphodelytes now get along a *little* better with the other inhabitants of Omonporch.
  • Red death dacca are now trees.
  • Changed the tile for banana tree.
  • Added new worldmap tiles for the banana grove.
  • The attack indicators of lithofex and decarbonizer are now visible even if you can't see the creatures, and they now indicate the full path of the attack.
  • Astral tethering now inhibits the cloning effects of gelatinous prisms and antiprisms. Cloning can still occur but it's less likely.
  • Ontological anchors now have their effectiveness reduced in proportion to their wearer's psychic glimmer (even if it's below 20).
  • Gave the Putus Templar long blade expertise.
  • Tweaked the Putus Templar tiles.
  • Player melee hits now display their penetration numbers again.
  • Clonelings no longer clone your original body while you're dominating another creature.
  • During liquid pouring, containers are no longer emptied until you confirm the number of drams you want to pour into them.
  • Fixed some issues with item stacks and auto-disassemble where scrap occasionally stuck around even after it was disassembled for bits.
  • Fixed a rare bug that occurred when the phased effect ended.
  • Fixed a crash caused by interdictor effect rendering.
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally broke the recoiler UI on use.
    [Modding] Added support for a new zone template tag, <single>, that places the contents of the tag in a single random region on the map.
    [Modding] Added a new part, Uplift, that uplifts the parent creature object to a named unique.
    [Modding] Added a new part, Followers, that generates followers for the parent creature object. It has one field: Table (a population table that specifies the followers to generate).
    [Modding] Added a new quest field, BonusAtLevel, where you can specify if the quest has bonus rewards if completed by certain levels. If you do, those quests indicate that their rewards are level-based on the appropriate screens.

    Below are some additional patch notes from last week that were left out.

  • Preserving an exotic food now only takes you back one menu step if you have other exotic foods to preserve.
  • Added a UI option to change the take all binding to F1.
  • Added F2 as an additional store items bind.
  • Fixed some lockups caused by attempting to gain another mutation when you already have all the available mutation.
  • Added a UI option that lets you map shift + direction to pagination keys (defaults to no, currently doesn't work for numpad direction input).
  • [Modding] Having a player body without a Stomach no longer causes the game to crash.
  • [Modding] Added new fields to the XML quest specification, Factions and Reputation, that allow quests to grant reputation rewards (ex: Factions="Joppa,Farmers" Reputation="100").
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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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