There's a supposed curse that goes, "May you live in interesting times." That also seems to be the foundation on which each playthrough of RimWorld is built. While the gameplay might be that of a city building simulator, the game bills itself as more of an interactive story generator. At the start of each game, players pick one of three different "Storytellers," which are responsible for how, when, and which random events will take place to shake up your colony. One eases players into the experience by spacing things out over a gradual progression, while another is chaos incarnate, tossing anything and everything at you at any given time. No matter which you go with though, each is designed to keep you from getting complacent in your colony life. And thanks to the procedurally generated content of both the planet and the Storyteller's plot twists, no two games of RimWorld ever play the same. One colony might evolve into a technological paradise filled with innovations and marvels, only for the next to collapse quickly into apocalyptic anarchy with colonists harvesting organs and feasting on each other's bones.
RimWorld isn't for the faint of heart, both in terms of gameplay and in content. This is a complicated mix of menus and micromanagement. Often, players will need to go three or four menus deep just to issue a basic command to one of the colonists. Plus, there's an insane amount of statistics and actions to constantly monitor and manipulate, ranging from colonists' mental and physical states to food and resource management to technological upgrades and defensive capabilities and more. It's overwhelming even in the calmest parts before the inevitable storm. While it's nice that players can control time, pausing the world long enough to navigate through everything and speeding things up to witness the results, it's still a lot to take in. Not to mention that overlooking even the slightest thing could result in catastrophic consequences down the road. Still, even when things go horribly wrong, RimWorld's story generation makes for an interesting and entertaining (if not occasionally frustrating) tale to watch unfold.