RimWorld Builds and Colonies – A Beginner’s Guide

Ludeon Studios’ simulation strategy game, RimWorld (available on Steam), offers players a massive amount of freedom to play the game how they want and build a settlement that resonates with them. But many newcomers to the series struggle with knowing what rooms and buildings they should build first or how to build their colony in a way that’s both efficient and visually appealing.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of RimWorld builds that will get your colony up and running as soon as possible. This guide covers basic essentials like food storage and a dining room, as well as more advanced features such as production chains and high-tech research labs.

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Colony Types in RimWorld

Before you build your colony, you should understand the logic behind the colony types in RimWorld. There are three types of colonies you can make; Base-type colonies, Village-type colonies, and Mountain colonies.

Base-type Colony

One of the most popular colony types in RimWorld is the Base-type. This allows pawns to move quickly between tasks, as all structures are closely connected. The rooms are linked by hallways and there is no outdoor space between them. Roofs cover the entire area, and temperatures are controlled throughout the colony. While this setup is great for efficient pawns, it is somewhat limiting.

Village-type Colony

The Village-type colony is considered the most aesthetically pleasing due to its resemblance to a traditional village. Each room is separate, and when pawns leave their homes to go to work, they must walk outside. While this design creates happy pawns, it is challenging to execute effectively. Maintaining consistent temperatures in each room poses a difficulty, and preparing for raids requires extra effort compared to other colony structures. Unlike the other types, the Village-type cannot simply create a killbox to solve their problems, so they must take additional precautions.

Mountain Colony

A safe and effective strategy for playing RimWorld is to create a colony inside a mountain. This allows you to build everything within the mountain for maximum protection. However, keep in mind that you will spend more time mining than building. While this strategy is great for defense, it can make it difficult to produce food and generate electricity. If you prefer to use solar or river power, you will need to build these structures outside of the mountain base. Additionally, farms should be placed outside the mines at the start of the game. This may put them at risk and require your colonists to spend more time away from the safety of the colony.

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RimWorld Colony Rooms

In RimWorld, it’s important to create a secure and comfortable living space for your colonists. To achieve this, you’ll need to construct various buildings and rooms. Fortunately, the Orders Architect tab includes a useful planning tool allowing you to create a blueprint of your desired layout before construction begins. Once you have identified the necessary rooms, you can plan how everything will fit together. Keep in mind that the types of rooms required are generally the same across all types of colonies.

The most important rooms in any RimWorld build are those that will provide your settlers with the items they need to survive and thrive. For this reason, it’s often best to start with a base-type colony that includes a kitchen, freezer, barracks, workshop, and hospital. This will allow you to quickly set up a production chain that will have the colonists producing weapons, clothes, armor, medical supplies, and food. Keeping these production facilities close together will ensure that your settlers don’t spend too much time traveling from one to the other.

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Important Rooms To Build in RimWorld

In RimWorld, one of the most essential rooms is the dining room, which is where your pawns will go to eat every day. You should try to keep this as close as possible to the freezer where your food is stored so that your pawns don’t have to travel too far. This will also help prevent them from getting upset when they don’t have enough food to eat.

Other important rooms include a storage room, where you’ll put all your items that need to be kept safe from rain and deterioration, such as weapons, tools, clothes, and food.

You’ll also need a workshop where you can craft all the other items your pawns need, from weapons and armor to medicine and art.

A barracks is also a must-have, as you’ll be using it to store your pawns until they’re ready for work.

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Prison Management Essential Part Of The Game

In addition to these core rooms, you’ll need to make some specialized ones to meet your specific needs. A prison is a great way to increase your future pawn population and earn good money. There are two main prison designs to choose from, either separate rooms or a joint cell, and both have their pros and cons.

Creating an effective security system is essential to the survival of any RimWorld build. This will ensure that your pawns are protected from raiders and manhunter packs. You can use a combination of walls and traps to keep the bad guys out, including high-tech traps that are more difficult for them to bypass.

Managing the emotions of your pawns is essential to your success in RimWorld. A happy colony is a productive colony, so you’ll need to delegate tasks to the most qualified people and ensure that they have plenty of time to rest. We recommend setting up work schedules and demarcating recreation times to maximize efficiency, as well as manually assigning work priorities to ensure that your pawns don’t overwork themselves.

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