Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an open source apocolyptic survival roguelike with the ability to craft items, scavenge, forage, fight, and build both homes and vehicles. Originally created by Zachary “Whales” Jenkins, Cataclysm built up a decent following before the project was abandoned. The community never gave up on the game - a small group of dedicated modders, hackers, and contributors kept hacking a way at the code, even knowing it was never going to be mainlined, working instead on a myriad of mods played by the few players still lingering around slowly emptying forums.
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead是一个开源的后启示录背景的生存roguelike游戏。游戏特色包括物品制作，探索搜寻，战斗，建造建筑和载具等。最初的Cataclysm是由Zachary “Whales” Jenkins所创立，在他放弃项目之前，Cataclysm已经初具规模。但是爱好者团体并没有放弃这个游戏-一即使知道他们的工作永远得不到正名，一小群参与者仍旧坚持不断的修订源代码，在人气逐渐凋零的论坛上推出了无数的改版。
Eventually, they were contacted by a web developer with some space to spare, who was saddened by how a game with such great potential was dwindling, and saw an opportunity to truly breathe life back into the game. Darkling Wolf and Kevin Granade seized on the idea of spinning off a full-fledged branch project, as if they’d been waiting for the moment. The subtitle Dark Days Ahead was added to the end of the original name, a website was thrown together, and the word was sent out that, like the undead abominations that lurk it’s street, Cataclysm was back on its feet and hungry for flesh blood.
终于，他们遇到了一位愿意赞助网站空间的网站开发者。他为这个拥有如此巨大潜力的游戏的衰退而惋惜，但也看到了让这个游戏再次复兴的希望。Darkling Wolf和Kevin Granade，正如他们一直期待的那样，得到了完整的项目分支权。Dark Days Ahead作为副标题被加在原来的名字后面，网站也建立了起来。这意味着，就像潜伏在废墟里的丧尸那样，Cataclysm再次回归了！
Since then, the team of active developers has grown. A number of developers have joined the project, and, with the aid of Let’s Players like jefmajor, the fanbase has increased steadily, well past it’s previous highs, and things are only looking up from here. There are some great new features in the pipeline, and the game is getting better every day. Hopefully, someday soon, Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead will be as well known the giants of the genre, like Dungeon Crawl, ADOM and Unreal World. But we can’t get there alone, so if you want to contribute, there’s no time to start like now.
从此，活跃开发者的队伍不断壮大，大批的开发人员加入了这个项目。在类似jefmajor这样的游戏介绍者的援助之下，爱好者数量也在稳定的增长，从目前来看甚至超过了曾经的最高峰。一些非常优秀的特性还在制作之中，游戏每天都在变得更好。希望Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead在不久的将来能够成为像Dungeon Crawl、ADOM和Unreal World那样的同类游戏中的巨作。但是我们无法独立完成这些，所以如果你愿意加入，现在是最好的时机！
Kevin “GlyphGryph” McKayven
Ethan “Soron” Kaminski
Major Active Contributors （主要的活跃贡献者）