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TUG is a multiplayer open-world sandbox-RPG using new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design.
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Nerd Kingdom

7,231 backers pledged $293,184 to help bring this project to life.

NEW reward tiers, more accessible BETA access, and NEW digital goods!!!

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We’ve been listening to your comments and internalizing your feedback to be responsive to your needs as backers, and we wanted to give you what you asked for!!! We have added THREE NEW TIERS:

1) $30 NEW!!! DIGITAL ONLY BETA ACCESS!!! -- You’ll have access to the Beta version of TUG with ALL future updates + IN-GAME ASSETS (won’t affect balancing)!!! You’ll receive the “MARK OF THE CHOSEN,” a special tattoo on your player’s avatar EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER BETA BACKERS ONLY to identify you as a hardcore early Beta backer IN-GAME!!! You’ll also receive an EXCLUSIVE “Early Kickstarter Backer” TUG forum recognition badge and credit on Nerd Kingdom’s “Wall of Devotus” webpage, digital wallpaper pack, and digital font pack.

2) $45 NEW!!! DIGITAL ONLY BETA PLUS PACK!!! – Includes everything in the DIGITAL ONLY BETA ACCESS TIER + IN-GAME ASSETS (won’t affect balancing)!!! You’ll get a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE BABY SABRE TIGER COMPANION CRITTER to later train and have accompany you on your journey!!!

3) $65 NEW!!! DIGITAL ONLY ALPHA PLUS PACK!!! - Includes everything in the DIGITAL ONLY BETA PLUS PACK + IN-GAME ASSETS (won’t affect balancing)!!! You’ll also get a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BEAST PELT for your character to wear on the hunt!

NOTE: if you are currently in the $45 BETA FORGE, $65 ALPHA FORGE, or any tier above, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you!!! You will also receive these assets at your respective ALPHA and BETA levels, so you DON’T NEED TO SWITCH to take advantage of these new offerings at the same contribution level!!!


1) YOU GET THE GIFT PACKS IN ADDITION TO YOUR PERSONAL COPY (so a 2x gift pack includes THREE games total)



Again, thank you for your support, and we hope you enjoy these new rewards!  Also, if you haven't already, check out our video update #9 from yesterday!  GO FORTH AND CONQUER THE KINGDOM! For SCIENCE!

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    1. Creator Stephen Brewer on May 16, 2013

      Just as a note, I really like this picture here. That'd be a cool wallpaper if it was 1920x1080. I'd rock it.

    2. Creator Glitch2210 on May 15, 2013

      just for clarification, do all the higher tears also come with the digital goodies of the alpha tear like the pelt and sabertooth?

    3. Creator Jared Wheeler on May 13, 2013

      Thanks for the response; I am glad I saw this game yesterday, the more I look into it, the more excited I get for it.

    4. Creator Nerd Kingdom on May 13, 2013

      @Jared, we're working on it!

    5. Creator Jared Wheeler on May 13, 2013

      Can we get new diagrams with the new reward tiers included. I am having a hard time determining the difference in rewards between some of the tiers. For instance is the difference in $65 tiers the in-game Pelt vs the digital Art Book?

    6. Creator Nerd Kingdom on May 13, 2013

      @Bryan, yup! The gift copies get everything that you get!

    7. Creator Bryan Bessette on May 13, 2013

      Amazing new video. I'm going to up my tier to CORE. The gift copies get Alpha access too, right?

    8. Creator Glitch2210 on May 13, 2013

      love the tattoo idea and will be applying it instantly lol tho i do like the feel of permanency to it as well. it makes the decision to actually get it a lot more substantial.

    9. Creator Nerd Kingdom on May 12, 2013

      Hi Kingdom! Regarding delivery date: Kickstarter instructed us to specifically use the delivery date of the very LAST (furthest into the future) deliverable in any given package. Individual components of your rewards package will be made available to you as soon as possible, so you should think of the estimated delivery date as the day your (latest) last items will be available. Alpha will be ready in July, Beta in January, and the final game's target launch one year later.

      ALSO - a lot of people have been asking about the new digital "tattoo" for your avatar and whether or not it can be toggled. The momentary answer to this question is that you will be able to choose whether or not to apply it to your character.

    10. Creator Robin Andersson on May 12, 2013

      looks neat

    11. Creator Andrew on May 12, 2013

      @Brian - I believe the beta is estimated for January 2014

    12. Creator Brian Alexander Johnson on May 12, 2013

      I'm considering one of the new tiers, but the delivery date is the same as the other tiers. When is the beta estimated to be first available to backers?

    13. Creator xiavn on May 12, 2013

      Totally agree with earlier comments, would really like to see an all digital tier with multiple copies. Would be happy to pledge $75 for the gift copies but don't want the physical rewards or the $15 shipping.

    14. Creator Glitch2210 on May 12, 2013

      love the new changes. not sure if the alpha beta tattoo had anything to do with what i was talking about in the other update, but if not it captures what i was trying to say perfectly. i love the idea of having a physical change to the chars instead of just an item to distinguish them =) keep up the good work guys!

    15. Creator Scott Nuhn on May 12, 2013

      I am totally excited for the game but I have a few questions. First is from your update here:
      Does that mean my $75 pledge allows 2 other friends to join me in the crusade in the Alpha stage? I just want to double check.

      The other question is as Dave blanchard about 12 hours ago asked earlier:

      When is the beta expected?
      To add to that... when will the alpha stage be expected as well? I thought I read somewhere it was going to be in June and beta in July but I cannot find that information anywhere again. Any insight?

    16. Creator David Balsiger on May 12, 2013

      So the new $65 tier is the same as the old one plus some more stuff? Why should anyone pick the old one from now on?

    17. Creator ColdSpiral on May 12, 2013

      Could you please add an all-digital alternative to the $75 tier? I would like the extra copies but I'm not interested in the physical goods enough to have them shipped. Would love a wisp or something, though...

    18. Creator Mark Newcombe on May 11, 2013

      I didn't think there were any tricks.
      It was just the "You won't have to buy it twice" statement that made me look twice and made me wonder where it came from.

      I looked down at my wrist and saw the little blue gem glowing and thought to myself - Every Detail is important..... :-)

    19. Creator Nerd Kingdom on May 11, 2013

      @Mark, nobody has to pay for game updates. No tricks here at all...


    20. Creator Mark Newcombe on May 11, 2013

      "Creator Nerd Kingdom about 3 hours ago
      If you're in the Beta, you have the game forever. You won't have to buy it twice or subscribe or anything.

      Is that to say all the pledges @ $25 or less that include the game will have to pay for updates?
      Or was that written in direct response to Julio Chana because you didn't write in the new $30 tier that the final game release was included?

    21. Creator Dave blanchard on May 11, 2013

      When is the beta expected?

    22. Creator Nerd Kingdom on May 11, 2013

      If you're in the Beta, you have the game forever. You won't have to buy it twice or subscribe or anything.

    23. Creator Julio Chana on May 11, 2013

      does this mean that if a pledge for the 30$ level ill get acces to the beta but not to the game after?

    24. Creator Andrew on May 11, 2013

      I have been waiting to see what changes would be made to the tiers and have now upped to the $75 level. Super excited about this!

    25. Creator Nick on May 11, 2013

      Great new guys! I'm sure this will tempt people to pledge more. Any new digital assets planned at the higher pledge levels? I would be tempted to do the same.

    26. Creator jon on May 11, 2013

      Yes. YES! alright. This is awesome.