RimWorld is an ambitious sci-fi colony sim inspired by Dwarf Fortress, Dune and Firefl.
RimWorld will be expanded with a new scenario system that allows you to select from a bunch of different starting conditions, or to create your own. Here’s a bit more info on scenarios, from the linked blog post:
“For example, we have a scenario where you play as a lone rich guy out seeking adventure, trying to build a colony on his own. He starts with a lot of wealth and research, but is alone. Another scenario has you playing six lost tribespeople trying to build a new home. As a tribe, they start with less tech (though they do have some tech that the space people lack) and get research penalties when researching high-tech projects. However, they have advantages in numbers.
“Scenarios can also be randomized and manually edited. A random scenario might have a permanent toxic fallout, but start you with a pile of golden spears and ten pet bears, but not allow you to tame animals. You can edit that any way you like, write your own summary, description, and game start dialog.”
Custom scenarios will be integrated into the Steam Workshop.
RimWorld is coming to Steam this Summer—there’s a “tentative” release month of July given.