◈ From the game’s website: Caves of Qud is a science fantasy RPG & roguelike epic. It’s set in a far future that’s deeply simulated, richly cultured, and rife with sentient plants. Now in Early Access. Full release coming to PC, Linux, and Mac in early 2023. More platforms to follow.
Contrary to other traditional roguelikes, the game has a quest system as a core mechanic, with some of these quests being scripted while others are procedurally generated. Players can choose to follow the main questline but can also choose to ignore it and play the game without following the pre-written plot. When creating a character, the player can select either a “True Kin” (unmutated humans) who have higher base stats and access to cybernetic augmentations, or a mutant that has access to both physical and mental mutations that offer a wide degree of utility. The default starting location is the pre-made town of Joppa, but it is also possible to choose to spawn in one of the many procedurally generated towns.
A player has their reputation with various factions change due to their decisions and relationships. The game has “deeply simulated physical and political systems” which are randomly generated and different each session. It generates a set of historical events and group relationships mostly centered around a set of five randomly generated ancient rulers, dubbed Sultans. It takes inspiration from the history systems of the games
Dwarf Fortress and
Epitaph. Instead of having historical events being generated without bias, its procedural history system is based around historical accounts, like word of mouth and ancient texts.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta (I use half the package) according to package directions after adding 2 tablespoons salt to the water.
Melt butter in a large pan, add garlic, onion, and cook until brown. Then add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft.
In a small saucepan, pour in 1/4 cup (~ 6 tablespoons) olive oil and heat over low heat for 60 seconds. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook 60 seconds. Remove from heat.
Pour olive oil mixture over the cooked and drained pasta. Add in additional 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour in lemon juice (half a lemon) and parsley and toss until pasta is coated.
Result: I think it’s fine, but there’s something lacking. My family, however, enjoys it, as does my Husky dog, who demands more. However, I must return to the restaurant to taste the olive oil pasta once more in order to perfect it.