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''For the currently active branch of Cataclysm, see [[CataclysmDDA|Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead]].''
 
{{game-alpha| name = Cataclysm
 
{{game-alpha| name = Cataclysm
 
|developer = [[Whales]]
 
|developer = [[Whales]]
|theme = Post-Apocalypse, Zombie, Sci-fi
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|theme = [[List of roguelikes by theme#Post-Apocalyptic|Post-Apocalyptic]], [[List of roguelikes by theme#Zombies|Zombies]]
 
|influences = Fallout, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, Deus Ex, [[DoomRL]], [[Crawl]], Dune, Mad Max, Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, Tremors, The Day of the Triffids, RIFTS
 
|influences = Fallout, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, Deus Ex, [[DoomRL]], [[Crawl]], Dune, Mad Max, Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, Tremors, The Day of the Triffids, RIFTS
 
|released = 19 September 2010
 
|released = 19 September 2010
|updated = often; see [https://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm/commits/master github commit history]
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|updated = On hiatus
|licensing = Source available but unlicensed
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|licensing = [[Open source]], but unlicensed
 
|language = [[Cpp|C++]]
 
|language = [[Cpp|C++]]
|platforms = Windows and Linux
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|platforms = [[Windows]], [[Linux]]
|interface = [[ASCII]], Keyboard
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|interface = [[ASCII]], [[Keyboard]]
 
|length = Open ended
 
|length = Open ended
|site = http://cataclysmrl.blogspot.com
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|site = https://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm
 
}}
 
}}
  
Cataclysm is a zombie apocalypse roguelike. Source is available via the git repository at '''http://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm'''. There is a (mostly-abandoned) devblog at '''http://cataclysmrl.blogspot.com'''.  Source is updated on a near-daily basis, so be sure to update your copy regularly.
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Cataclysm is a zombie apocalypse roguelike. It can be downloaded for [http://www.mediafire.com/cataclysm-roguelike#b4q4bkfcecl4d Windows] and [https://github.com/herbertjones/Cataclysm Linux].  Source is available via the [https://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm GitHib repository]. A [http://whalesdev.com/forums/index.php forum] for the game exists where you can find news about the latest updates, new Windows executables, and various tips there.  Source is updated on a near-daily basis, so be sure to update your copy regularly.
  
Recently, a developer of BayStation12, "head", has made a Cataclysm wiki at '''http://whoopshop.com/catawiki/index.php/Main_Page'''
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The official wiki is no longer available.
  
Cataclysm is still in alpha, and should be expected to be riddled with bugs.  Please do not exploit these bugs and run shellcode on squidnet.
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Cataclysm is still in alpha, and should be expected to be riddled with bugs.
  
 
== Windows vs. Linux ==
 
== Windows vs. Linux ==
While the developer, Whales, works only only on the Linux source itself, a fellow programmer and manager of the Catalyst Wiki, "head", has made a port to the Windows platform.
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For over 2 years starting from the game's release, Windows builds were not available. People had to play through SSH or were forced to run it in a Virtual Machine. One fan even created a lightweight Linux distribution that booted into a shell and was created exclusively as a way to play Cataclysm as a VirtualBox image for Windows users, in a testament to the game's acceptance.
While there were some stability problems, the port is now almost as stable as the original Linux version itself.
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Cataclysm officially supports Windows branches in addition to the original Linux code since 4 October 2011.
  
 
== Download ==
 
== Download ==
Windows binaries can be found at GitHub[http://github.com/headswe/Cataclysm], while the Linux binaries are at Whoopshop.com[http://whoopshop.com/cataclysm/?C=M;O=D].
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Windows and Linux binaries are now available at for [http://www.mediafire.com/cataclysm-roguelike#b4q4bkfcecl4d Windows] and [https://github.com/herbertjones/Cataclysm Linux].
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You can also get the latest and greatest (but possibly buggy/broken) by compiling the source code found at the game's [https://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm Github repository]. This is very easy under Linux, somewhat hard under Windows.  Bugfixed and more recently updated versions can be obtained in the modding forum on the official website.
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== Hiatus ==
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While [[Whales]], the original creator of the game, has taken a hiatus from development, an active modder, [[The Darkling Wolf]] has continued development on his own branch of the game, [[CataclysmDDA|Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead]].
  
 
== SSH ==
 
== SSH ==
Cataclysm is available through SSH thanks to Eronarn. First, download the SSH key at '''http://eronarn.info/multirobin_key'''. Then, connect to '''cataclysm@eronarn.info'''. Windows users can use [http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ PuTTY] and PuTTYgen (available on the PuTTY download page). ([http://sat79.com/2011/07/05/how-to-play-cataclysm-through-putty-on-windows/ Complete Windows Putty Instructions])
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Cataclysm is available through SSH thanks to [[Eronarn]]. First, download the SSH key [http://eronarn.info/misc/multirobin_key here], and then connect to '''cataclysm@eronarn.info'''.
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Windows users can use [http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ PuTTY] and PuTTYgen (available on the PuTTY download page), which is a graphical but powerful SSH client. Complete PuTTY instructions are available [http://sat79.com/2011/07/05/how-to-play-cataclysm-through-putty-on-windows/ here]). PuTTY is also available under Linux with an identical interface to the Windows version and is available in most distribution repositories.
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Linux users will need to save the private key to a file (ssh_cataclysm is a reasonable filename), then use the ssh command with -i option to select that file for identification. For example:
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ssh -i ssh_catacysm cataclysm@eronarn.info
  
 
== Gameplay ==
 
== Gameplay ==
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== Features ==
 
== Features ==
 
*Detailed character creation, with a plethora of traits to choose from.
 
*Detailed character creation, with a plethora of traits to choose from.
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*Defense mode, a coffeebreak mode with fast-paced combat.
 
*[[Bionic]]s; Similar to the magic system in many games.
 
*[[Bionic]]s; Similar to the magic system in many games.
 
*[[Mutation]]s, both positive and negative.
 
*[[Mutation]]s, both positive and negative.
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**Many drugs are addictive, and will require continuous use to avoid withdrawal effects.
 
**Many drugs are addictive, and will require continuous use to avoid withdrawal effects.
 
*Ability to board doors and windows, construct traps and fortify your home base to prevent a rude awakening by a zombie.
 
*Ability to board doors and windows, construct traps and fortify your home base to prevent a rude awakening by a zombie.
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*Ability to construct your own wooden constructions, including walls and a roof.
  
 
==Undocumented Debug Keys==
 
==Undocumented Debug Keys==
*~ toggles debug mode; during debug mode, extra debug messages will be displayed.
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Debugging commands are accessed via the Z key.
*z reveals the world map (and will also tell you how many radio towers it contains)
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The scent map can be accessed by pressing the - key and selecting a sensitivitySelecting 0 will crash the game.
*M displays your addictions and their severity, and will also let you know when the next monster spawn will occur.
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[[Category:Open source]] [[Category:Open ended roguelikes]]
*Z allows you to "wish" for an item.  It's ugly and not very user friendly right now; hitting spacebar wishes for the selected item, and "/<name><ENTER>" will search for, and select, item <name> (e.g. "/5.56<ENTER>" will select 5.56 NATO). Be warned this is a debug tool and as such is not perfected. Using it may lead to crash long term.
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*G will spawn a random NPC nearby.  They'll want to talk to you, but there's a good chance that their intentions are not benign.
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*' displays the scent map.
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* * causes the player to teleport a short distanceThis perfectly mimics the in-game "teleporter" item.
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** This is mainly useful if you somehow get stuck inside walls or the like.  Let me know via email or the talk page here if that happens.
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** Just like the teleporter, using * will cause you to become slightly disconnected from reality.  This can cause illness, teleportitis, hostile summons and more.  Use sparingly.
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*% displays your morale modifiers.
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Latest revision as of 03:40, 30 May 2017

For the currently active branch of Cataclysm, see Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead.

Cataclysm
Alpha Project
Developer Whales
Theme Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies
Influences Fallout, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, Deus Ex, DoomRL, Crawl, Dune, Mad Max, Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, Tremors, The Day of the Triffids, RIFTS
Released 19 September 2010
Updated On hiatus
Licensing Open source, but unlicensed
P. Language C++
Platforms Windows, Linux
Interface ASCII, Keyboard
Game Length Open ended
Official site of Cataclysm


Cataclysm is a zombie apocalypse roguelike. It can be downloaded for Windows and Linux. Source is available via the GitHib repository. A forum for the game exists where you can find news about the latest updates, new Windows executables, and various tips there. Source is updated on a near-daily basis, so be sure to update your copy regularly.

The official wiki is no longer available.

Cataclysm is still in alpha, and should be expected to be riddled with bugs.

Contents

[edit] Windows vs. Linux

For over 2 years starting from the game's release, Windows builds were not available. People had to play through SSH or were forced to run it in a Virtual Machine. One fan even created a lightweight Linux distribution that booted into a shell and was created exclusively as a way to play Cataclysm as a VirtualBox image for Windows users, in a testament to the game's acceptance.

Cataclysm officially supports Windows branches in addition to the original Linux code since 4 October 2011.

[edit] Download

Windows and Linux binaries are now available at for Windows and Linux.

You can also get the latest and greatest (but possibly buggy/broken) by compiling the source code found at the game's Github repository. This is very easy under Linux, somewhat hard under Windows. Bugfixed and more recently updated versions can be obtained in the modding forum on the official website.

[edit] Hiatus

While Whales, the original creator of the game, has taken a hiatus from development, an active modder, The Darkling Wolf has continued development on his own branch of the game, Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead.

[edit] SSH

Cataclysm is available through SSH thanks to Eronarn. First, download the SSH key here, and then connect to cataclysm@eronarn.info.

Windows users can use PuTTY and PuTTYgen (available on the PuTTY download page), which is a graphical but powerful SSH client. Complete PuTTY instructions are available here). PuTTY is also available under Linux with an identical interface to the Windows version and is available in most distribution repositories.

Linux users will need to save the private key to a file (ssh_cataclysm is a reasonable filename), then use the ssh command with -i option to select that file for identification. For example: ssh -i ssh_catacysm cataclysm@eronarn.info

[edit] Gameplay

The basic goal is survival in harsh post-cataclysm world. This alpha release doesn't present any long-term goals to the player, aside from goals they might set for themselves (and there's plenty to do). The first important goal is to find a way to store some items on your person. The player starts out wearing jeans and a t-shirt, limiting the volume they can carry severely. Many clothing pieces will provide pockets to store useful things in. Jeans have a few, but trenchcoats have significantly more. Consider looking for a messenger bag, a purse or a backpack. Alternatively, you can study tailoring and sew one yourself.

The next goal is to get armed well. Try to get your hands on a broom, a mop or some other long stick. Find something capable of cutting to sharpen it to a wooden spear, which is a fairly good weapon to start puncturing monsters with. Guns are a great means of dispatching shambling zombies; unfortunately the noise made attracts many more braindeads and you are going to have more trouble than you started with. Either waste those and use the first opportunity to flee, or use a silencer, found occasionally in gun stores. If you have mechanics skill, it is possible to craft a silencer from common items.

Later, load up on comestibles, tools and knowledge. Visit libraries, hardware stores, grocery stores and more. Loot every place that might contain useful means of survival. Manage your resources carefully. During your travels you should aim to be continually better prepared for all kinds of problems. These will come for sure. Zombies, triffids, fungaloids, giant ants, diseases ...

Butcher every corpse you find. Practice makes perfect. Learn how to cook and soon lone green Z's will look like meals on two legs. Unless your character is a vegetarian, that is.

[edit] Features

  • Detailed character creation, with a plethora of traits to choose from.
  • Defense mode, a coffeebreak mode with fast-paced combat.
  • Bionics; Similar to the magic system in many games.
  • Mutations, both positive and negative.
  • Unbounded, fully randomized three-dimensional world map that is persistent between characters.
  • Item crafting!
    • New recipes may be acquired by honing your knowledge through practice or learning from books
  • Realistic fire, smoke, and other dynamic map effects.
  • NPCs:
    • Menu-based dialog.
    • Item trading. Barter skill.
    • Ability to recruit, hire, or enslave NPCs to form a party.
  • Randomized Factions with their own economies and longterm goals. May help you if your standing is good enough.
  • A day/night cycle with the need to sleep. Use caffeine to stay awake longer if you must but be aware this is not healthy.
  • Over 300 item types, including a multitude of real-world guns, drugs, and tools.
    • Many drugs are addictive, and will require continuous use to avoid withdrawal effects.
  • Ability to board doors and windows, construct traps and fortify your home base to prevent a rude awakening by a zombie.
  • Ability to construct your own wooden constructions, including walls and a roof.

[edit] Undocumented Debug Keys

Debugging commands are accessed via the Z key. The scent map can be accessed by pressing the - key and selecting a sensitivity. Selecting 0 will crash the game.

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