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About

UPDATE: Tug O' Lords is currently set to relaunch on Wednesday November 6th! Why? Read the update for more details! 

My name is Chris Dixon, and I’m the co-founder of Gigaloth Games, a small indie game studio located in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can visit us on our website, Facebook, or Twitter. The members at Gigaloth have been making board and card games for over 15 years, taping printed pieces of paper to playing cards and wood blocks, and drawing up spaces on sheets of construction paper even in our wee-est of years.

This year, we won Best Game Design and Best Presentation in Microsoft’s 2013 Imagine Cup for our XBOX game Produce Wars (please check it out!). It was our first indication that “hey, people think we’re pretty decent at this game making thing.” So in addition to making video games that you love, we decided to try our hand at publishing our first board game, and thus Tug O’ Lords was born.

The game and everything you see in this campaign is primarily designed by myself and my great friend and colleague Jascha Frei. If you have a question about anything at all, one of the two of us will try to answer it (even if it is strangely personal).

Since it might be difficult to keep track of all that loot found in treasures (also known as "Stretch Goals"), this grid represents a quick look at exactly what comes in each version of the game (BASIC and DELUXE). We'll update this board as new chests get unlocked!

Each Kingdom and Magic deck contains 15 cards. All versions come with 30 custom cardboard damage tokens and a rules sheet. The "Big Box" in the DELUXE version contains an internal card divider (similar to Dominion).

BASIC: 5.5"x3.75"x1.5" box, 126 cards, 30 cardboard damage tokens

DELUXE:  11.5"x11.5"x3.5" big box with internal divider, 156 cards, 30 cardboard damage tokens, and ALL unlocked expansion content

Note: please read below for a full description of the contents in each treasure!

Players: 2-4; Ages: 12+; Time: 40-60 minutes

Download the rulebook for the game here!

Tug O’ Lords is a fast-paced fantasy card game where you control armies from all genres of fantasy to try and overtake your opponent’s castle. The game mechanic is based on the tug-of-war style game popularized by Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients and League of Legends.

Each player commands one of six kingdoms inhabiting the realm of Tugoland: Knights, Demons, Undead, Elves, Dwarves or Orcs. As a Lord of Tugoland, you pair one of these kingdoms with a magical element (fire, ice, earth, and air) and shuffle them together to create a single deck of fantasy awesomeness. Want to play Fire Knights? Ice Demons? Storm Orcs? The possibilities are limitless! Okay, not limitless, but there are like, a lot of combinations. Fans of Paul Peterson’s Smash Up! card game know of this mechanic quite well.

Each Kingdom and Magic deck has its own strengths and weaknesses, ensuring that no two deck combinations play the same. You can find out more about each Kingdom on the Tug O’ Lords page on the Gigaloth website.

We have put in our own money to get this game off the ground (and oodles of time…yes, “oodles”) but we need your help making it a reality. This is why we are taking to Kickstarter.

The majority of the money raised will go into printing and shipping the game to eager backers (hopefully, that's you!). We need to raise enough money to at least meet the minimum print order of 1,000 copies. In addition, as much incredible work as our artists have already done conceptualizing the creatures of Tug O’ Lords, we need to make sure they can continue to create this awesome artwork to make the game as high quality as possible.

The truth of the matter is, we won’t be able to manufacture and ship the game without your support!

Note: We do not have "Early Bird" pricing, because EVERY copy of Tug O' Lords and its expansions are coming at our original "discounted" value. More on this later...

Want to know how to play? We can help you with that. Click that nifty little icon below this paragraph for a .pdf of the rules (which will be translated into Spanish, French, and German). They are only four pages long, but if that's "rawr! too many words!" for you, there's a quick summary of gameplay below.

The basic idea of the game is that you deploy creatures at your castle, and they march towards the enemy castle with victory on the mind and little regard for their own safety (kind of like these guys). Each creature has an attack value, a number of hit points, and a movement value. Creatures deal damage equal to their attack value, absorb hits equal to their HP value, and move along the battlefield according to their movement value.

In addition, every card in the game has a level associated with it, whether it be a spell or creature, which determines its “mana cost” to put into play. Since you can only spend a limited amount of mana per turn, you must be strategic how you play your cards in order to gain an advantage over your opponent.

Of course, while you are busy building your army and marching happily across the battlefield, your scheming opponent is doing the same. When armies meet each other in the middle of the battlefield, they shake hands (or hooves…or claws) in a gentlemanly fashion and duke it out. Every creature has its own unique ability which can influence combat, movement, deployment, or other facets of the game creating multiple layers of strategy.

Tug O’ Lords ends when you eventually overwhelm your opponent and storm their castle, laying siege to their buttresses (heh heh). Creatures that reach the enemy castle each deal one damage to the castle, and once a castle suffers five hits, it’s game over man.

What are Lordly Treasures? They are the Stretch Goals for Tug O’ Lords of course! By reaching certain milestones in funding, the Lords (that’s you, if you haven’t figured that out yet) obtain the keys to unlock a bounty of new treasures.

Okay, enough with the metaphors.

We literally spent weeks running the cost numbers for each improvement to the game, and a lot of work went into making sure that they were all feasible. Basically, we want to make sure that every time we have enough money to add something to the game, we do it.

You’ll notice a lot of the stretch goals here are focused on improving the game itself, such as adding kingdoms, magic decks, and new game mechanics such as terrain and items.

In fact, when we reach some of the stretch goals, you’ll notice we actually bump more content into Basic edition because…well, we just love you guys that much. We want to give you more content for less, and reward all backers for helping Tug O’ Lords come together whether you pledge for Basic or Dexlue. So help us help you.

Note: Unless backers start requesting broadswords or something, we’ll keep the stretch goals focused on improving the actual game.

This is the first stretch goal, and it’s big one. This treasure contains two new kingdoms and two new magic decks added to the DELUXE version of the game, DOUBLING the total number of deck combinations possible. Get your Halloween on with Witches and Werewolves from the Nocturne Kingdom, and throw spells like a British pre-teen with Mages and Genies from the Arcane kingdom. Embrace your inner light or dark side with the addition of Holy and Dark Magic decks

That’s not all. If we reach this stretch goal, we’ll go ahead and bump Dwarves and Orcs into the BASIC version of the game, meaning everyone gets to enjoy these loveable guys no matter what version you have.

Summary:

  • Darkane Expansion Pack added to the DELUXE version of the game, including two new kingdoms (Nocturne and Arcane), two new magic decks (Holy and Dark), and any unlocked stretch goals.
  • Dwarves and Orcs bumped to the BASIC version of the game.

8 unique terrain cards will be added to the DELUXE version. These aren't just flavor art either folks. The terrain cards will have actual abilities that players can manipulate to their advantage. Using unique terrain is a completely optional rule that can be added to create another level of strategy.

In this treasure you'll find 8 unique castle cards to appear in the DELUXE version. A Necropolis for the Undead? A Mechanical Fortress for the Dwarves? You got it.

These unique castles will also have their own abilities and stats, allowing players to customize their strategy at yet another level. Again, the unique castle cards are another optional rule players can enjoy.

We’ll include 15 blank kingdom cards, and 15 blank magic cards in the DELUXE version of the game so that you can customize your own Kingdom and Magic deck! Make your copy of Tug O' Lords unique to you!

Note: Matt Damon should probably have a higher attack value…I mean, have you SEEN the Bourne Trilogy?

Things are getting good, and why not? You deserve it.

Another huge pile o' loot in this treasure. We are going to add two new kingdoms and two new magic decks to the DELUXE version. The Kingdom of Olympia sends their best warriors into battle with Hoplites, Minotaurs, and Titans. Beware of the rising tide as Sirens, Pirates, and the mighty Kraken emerge from the Kingdom of Atlantis. Control the laws of the universe and the battlefield with the elements of Order and Chaos.

We will also bump the unique terrain cards into the BASIC version if this treasure is unlocked. A win for all backers!

Summary:

  • Odyssey Expansion Pack added to Ultimate game, including two new kingdoms (Olympia and Atlantis) and two new magic decks (Order and Chaos).
  • Unique terrain bumped into the BASIC version of the game.

In this treasure you'll find 30 Mercenary cards added to the DELUXE version. Mercenaries add a whole new mechanic to the game, allowing players to recruit powerful creatures to their cause from the community Mercenary Camp…at a price.

In addition, we'll bump unique castles into the BASIC version.

Summary:

  • Mercenary cards added to the DELUXE version.
  • Unique castles bumped into the BASIC version of the game.

This treasure contains...well...treasure. We’ll create an Item Deck of 60 weapons, armor, and trinkets to appear in the DELUXE game. These items allow you to pimp out your creatures to drastically alter their performance on the battlefield. An Imp with the Legendary Warhammer of Ultimate Victory? Why not?

Note: the Legendary Warhammer of Ultimate Victory probably isn’t real…probably…

And - because we can - we'll bump the Blank "Create-A-Lord" cards into the BASIC version.

Summary:

  • Item deck added to the DELUXE version of the game.
  • Blank "Create-A-Lord" cards bumped into the BASIC version of the game.

Bring home some fire-breathing warmth with two new kingdom decks ADDED into the DELUXE version of the game. That’s right. At this stretch goal, everyone with the Odyssey Expansion Pack will receive Ragnarok essentially free.

Call down the thunder with Valkyries and bring the Frost Giants with the Norse Kingdom. Burninate the countryside and peasants with the help of the Dragon Kingdom.

To recap this amazing treasure:

  • Ragnarok Expansion added to the Ultimate version of the game, including two new Kingdoms: Norse and Dragons.

Want more stretch goals? Please leave comments about what you’d like to see next!

First off, we’re really glad that you've kept with us this long. That means either you’re truly interested in Tug O’ Lords, or you’re pretending to be working to throw your boss off the scent. Either way, here’s where we tell you exactly what you’re getting with your pledge.

There are basically three versions of the game you can pledge for: BASIC, DELUXE, or ULTIMATE. We will update the contents of each version at the top of this page as the Kickstarter progresses because the contents can change as new treasures are unlocked. We’d like to point out that the gameplay content in both the Deluxe and Basic versions of the game improves drastically as we meet stretch goals, so please spread the word and make EVERY copy of Tug O’ Lords better! If you decide later you’d like to add some of the unlocked expansion content, you can always alter your pledge to match the content you want.

In addition, see the "Add-Ons" section below for specifics about including additional content in your pledge.

If anything is unclear, please ask us and we can clarify. We've tried to create as many different levels to pledge as possible so that you receive maximum value no matter how much money you are able to support with.

Note: We initially had "Early Bird" tiers where the first X backers could get the game at a discount...after consulting with some great Kickstarter creators and backers, we eliminated these tiers and are offering EVERY copy at the "Early Bird" price. To be plainly honest with you, we lose money doing this, so please please please (yes, three of 'em) help us out by sharing this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc.!

$1 – Lending Lord

Thank you for your support! Every little bit goes towards helping Tug O’ Lords become a reailty. Plus, your name will be in the credits of the game as a Contributing Lord.

Summary:

  • An e-mail thank you
  • Name in credits as a contributor.

$15 – Print-a-Lord: Lord's Horde

Since we really want to get our game out there, if you pledge at this tier you will get the full Ultimate game in PDF files so that you can print and play the game yourself! This includes all improvements and content unlocked in treasures, the digital art book, and early print-and-play as well.

Not only this, but the print and play version is available in English, Spanish, French, or German and requires no shipping making it a great option for international backers.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • PDF documents of all cards, instructions, and tokens in the ULTIMATE game
  • Digital art-book of game art, from concept to finish product

$29 – Basic Lord: Full BASIC Game

The first 1,000 copies on the print run are the most expensive, but we want to make sure that we get the game to as many people as possible. The basic game includes a 5.5"x3.75"x1.5" full color box, cards for any unlocked Kingdom and Magic decks, 30 cardboard damage tokens, and a rulebook.

You may pledge for additional copies of the BASIC game for $25 each (see below rewards and add-ons).

See the "Board of Treasures" at the top of this page to see what comes in the Basic version of the game.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • Full BASIC game, including any improvements to the BASIC version via stretch goals.
  • Additional versions of the BASIC game can be added for $25 each.

$49 – Deluxe Lord: Full DELUXE Game

Want more tasty morsels of Tug O' Lord-ness? Skewer this gem. The Deluxe game includes everything the Basic version has, plus two expansion teams (Dwarves and Orcs). The Deluxe box is 11.5"x11.5"x3.5" and includes an internal card divider to separate your team and magic decks!

The Deluxe version also includes all expansions unlocked in treasures, such as expansion teams and magic decks, team-specific castle cards, hazardous terrain, and much more.

Not only this, but you can pledge for additional copies of the DELUXE game for $45 (see below rewards and add-ons).

See the "Board of Treasures" at the top of this page to see what comes in the Deluxe version of the game.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • Full DELUXE game, including any improvements to the DELUXE version via stretch goals.
  • Additional versions of the DELUXE game can be added for $45 each.

$69 – Ultimate Lord: Full DELUXE + Digital Art-Book + Early Print and Play

At this pledge level, you will get the Ultimate version of the game which includes all improvements found in treasures. In addition, as an Ultimate Lord, we will include a full digital art-book of the game’s creatures, from concept to creation so you can see how the creatures of Tug O’ Lords came to be!

You will also get a print-and-play version of the game immediately after the Kickstarter finishes so that you can play the game right away and provide any feedback you might have.

Note: The early print and play version will not include the game's artwork.

See the "Board of Treasures" at the top of this page to see what comes in the Ultimate version of the game.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • Full DELUXE game.
  • Digital artbook.
  • Early print and play access.

$79 – Triple Lords: Three Copies of the BASIC game

Not one, not two, but THREE copies of the Basic version of Tug O’ Lords. Because we can save on shipping to the same place, we can pass that savings on to you. Want to play Fire Knights versus Ice Knights? Earth Demons versus Earth Elves? With multiple copies of the game, you can! You could also give the other copies to friends or family members, if you happen to be the benevolent type.

You may pledge for additional copies of the Basic game for $25 each.

See the "Board of Treasures" at the top of this page to see what comes in the Basic version of the game.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • Three copies of the BASIC game, including any improvements to the BASIC version via stretch goals.
  • Additional versions of the BASIC game can be added for $25 each.

$109 – Artsy Lord: One Copy of the ULTIMATE game + Custom Art Print

As a Lord, the appearance of your estate can woo many young maidens and impress your fellow Lords. Improve that appearance by jazzing up your art gallery with a premium giclee art print of the creature of your choosing from the realm of Tug O' Lords! Oh yeah, and you also get a copy of the Ultimate game.

Note: Any backer my pledge for a custom art print by adding $40 to their pledge, regardless of their tier. For international backers, please add $10 shipping for each art print.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • One copy of the ULTIMATE game.
  • One premium paper giclee art print (12"x18") of any piece of artwork from Tug O' Lords.

 LIMITED QUANTITY!

Because you're just that awesome, send us a picture of your face after the conclusion of the Kickstarter and our artists will feature YOU on a spell card casting a powerful spell! Your likeness will forever be immortalized in the lore of Tug O' Lords!

Note: We may be able to offer Elf, Dwarf, Demon, and Undead conversions for you humans who want...something more...

Summary:

  • Your likeness featured on one of the 16 spell cards in Tug O' Lords.
  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • One copy of the ULTIMATE game.

$139 – Triple Deluxe: Three Copies of the DELUXE game

Because two hamburger patties sometimes aren't enough to quench your appetite…three copies of the Deluxe version of Tug O’ Lords for $139. Again, help us help you save on shipping by bundling with a friend, pet, acquaintance, or storage closet.

You may pledge for additional copies of the Deluxe game for $45 each.

See the "Board of Treasures" at the top of this page to see what comes in the Deluxe version of the game.

Summary:

  • Name in credits as a contributor.
  • Three copies of the full DELUXE game, including any improvements to the DELUXE version via stretch goals.
  • Additional copies of the DELUXE game can be added for $45 each.

Any backer at the "Basic Lord" tier ($29) or above may add these items to their pledge for the cost listed:

BASIC GAME $25 Notes: You will need to manually add the dollar amount to your pledge (but not the reward level), and after the Kickstarter concludes you can indicate the number of games you are receiving on the post-project survey. For international backers, please see the table below under "Shipping" for shipping costs.

PREMIUM ART PRINT $40 Notes: Indicate on the post-project survey which print you would like. Because all of the artwork may not be completed, you may also wait for additional artwork to choose your print. For international backers, please include $10 shipping.

DELUXE GAME $45 Notes: Same as BASIC GAME.

 Bundling Expansions, and Ordering Multiple Copies

Shipping costs seem to be the one variable where both the publisher and the consumer lose, because that money essentially disappears into oblivion as far as both parties are concerned. You hate it, because you have to throw more money into the void to get your game. We hate it because we have to charge more money for our game to feed the void.

If you just pledge for the BASIC version of the game, then a greater percentage of your money is going into shipping (this sucks). But if you pledge for the Deluxe version or multiple copies of the game, a much smaller percentage goes towards shipping since we can bundle and ship the items together. We pass that savings directly to you by offering additional copies at even a further discounted price.

Because of this, please strongly consider pledging for the Deluxe version and/or finding people in your gaming group or area that may be interested in owning a copy of the game so that we can ship multiple items to the same destination and SAVE EVERYONE money. You will get the game cheaper, and we BOTH can spend less money feeding the void.

International Shipping

For U.S. and Canadian backers, we are subsidizing the cost of shipping so that there is no extra charge here. For international backers…well, things get complicated.

Most people who are familiar with supporting games on Kickstarter know that international shipping is a complete nightmare. This is not at all uncommon. If we were to send you a game via UPS ground, it would cost much more just to ship it than it would to manufacture it. Because of this, we’re shipping the games to Amazon and using their third-party fulfillment services to lower the cost as much as possible.

Despite this, for international backers we have to ask you add a certain amount to your pledge in order to get you the game in the most cost-effective way possible. Please note that this table assumes all copies are being sent to the same destination.

Risks and challenges

This is the first time that we at Gigaloth Games have attempted to deliver a tabletop game. Since we started the company about two years ago, tabletop games have always been a part of our plan. We have spent months talking with and interviewing game developers, designers, and Kickstarter vets. We've learned as much as we can, and we're STILL learning. We want to make sure that we can give backers (hopefully that's you!) as much security and assurance that we are dedicated and devoted to getting Tug O’ Lords into your hands.

Our number one goal is getting a fun game out there to people who might enjoy it (like...duh).

After researching everything thoroughly, we decided to design, print, ship, and communicate the game by ourselves instead of using a publisher like Game Salute. Most of the advice we received from successful Kickstarter creators was that we should handle this ourselves because the experience is invaluable, and most importantly we are able to have more control over how we interact with backers and how it influences the project - two things that we weren't willing to sacrifice.

This also means, however, that we've taken a large burden on ourselves to deliver what we promised. The two largest challenges we face in the delivery of the game are shipping and artwork, and we will keep backers updated every step along the way to keep everyone up to speed on how and when we plan to deliver the goods (triple cliche...oh yeah!). Production delays can happen, and our goal of delivering the game by February may be optimistic, but it's the one we'd like to hit. We've been talking with our printer multiple times a week to make sure we understand the process from print to your doorstep.

Please let me know if you have any questions for me, and thank you for reading and being a part of this adventure!

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    The full Lordly treatment. You'll get everything the Deluxe version has, PLUS a digital artbook of all artwork in Tug O' Lords including the artists' original sketches. In addition, you will be sent a print-and-play version immediately after the Kickstarter finishes. See below for more details.

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    One copy of the deluxe game, the digital artbook and early print and play, plus a premium giclee print of any piece of artwork from the game! The perfect addition to any Lord's art gallery. See below for more details.

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    Magic Lord: Ultimate Lord + Your Face on a Spell Card

    Want to be immortalized forever as a Lord in Tugoland? Now you can! Your face and likeness will be featured on one of the spell cards available in EVERY version of the game! Limited spots available. Also comes with the full Deluxe game. See below for more details.

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