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

EVEN NEWER reward tiers, MORE group packs, and MORE digital goods!

Posted by Nerd Kingdom (Creator)

In this episode: Some more new reward tiers!!!

We’ve noticed that you all scooped up our SUPER RARE ASTEROID GOLEMS at the $195 rewards tier, so we’ve opened up some more at group price points! In addition, many of you asked for an improved gift bundle, more virtual goods, and a no physical goods tier (to avoid wasting money on shipping & handling) at the higher rewards levels, so we’ve decided to give you the best of all three in ONE!!! We’ve added TWO DIGITAL ONLY GUILD BUNDLE tiers just above the recently sold out $195 tier, and they each include 6 virtual goods as well as gift packs for your friends!!! We’ve also tried to sweeten the pot in the TUG 4 LIFE tiers as well!

$225 – NEW!!! DIGITAL ONLY CORE GUILD BUNDLE!!!  You’ll have alpha access with all future updates for yourself, as well as a 2x gift pack for TWO friends (with same level of access and digital goods as your copy). You’ll also receive the following in-game assets for each copy of the game: A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE METEOR GOLEM, a wisp, a mount, a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BABY SABRE TIGER, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE “MARK OF THE CHOSEN,” and a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE beast pelt. Finally, as the primary backer, you’ll personally be recognized with a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE “CORE GUILD Backer” forum recognition badge and credit on Nerd Kingdom’s “Wall of Devotus” webpage, and receive a TUG digital font pack, a TUG digital wallpaper pack, and a TUG digital concept art book.

$375 - NEW!!! DIGITAL ONLY CORE-FORGER EXTRAORDINAIRE GUILD BUNDLE!!! You’ll have alpha access with all future updates for yourself, in addition to a 6x gift pack for SIX friends (with same level of access and digital goods as your copy). You’ll also receive the following in-game assets for each copy of the game: A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SUPER RARE ASTEROID GOLEM, WISP, MOUNT, A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BABY SABRE TIGER, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE “MARK OF THE CHOSEN,” and a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BEAST PELT, all for your use IN-GAME!!! You’ll also have access to the special Nerd Kingdom research and design experiment servers and will be able to play TUG with the Nerd Kingdom team!!! In addition, you’ll receive KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS to our server data dumps and research project pipeline, perfect for the aspiring researcher!!! You'll also be recognized as an EXCLUSIVE "Kickstarter CORE-FORGER EXTRAORDINAIRE GUILD Backer" with a TUG forum badge and credit on Nerd Kingdom's "Wall of Devotus" webpage, and receive a TUG digital font pack, a TUG digital wallpaper pack, and a TUG digital concept art book.

$1250 - NEW!!! TUG 4 LIFE TIER!!!  You’ll have an avatar-sized statue of your character with your name to be erected in the “Statue Garden” to forever memorialize your contribution to TUG at a special location IN-GAME!!! Leave your legacy alongside those of everyone else who has made a monumental contribution to TUG!!! You’ll also get all of the DIGITAL rewards at the lower tiers, INCLUDING: DESIGN AN NPC (Non-Player Character), alpha access with all future updates in addition to a 6x gift pack for SIX friends (with same level of access and digital goods as your copy), the following in-game assets for each copy of the game: A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SUPER RARE ASTEROID GOLEM, WISP, MOUNT, A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BABY SABRE TIGER, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE “MARK OF THE CHOSEN,” and a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE RARE BEAST PELT; access to the special Nerd Kingdom research and design experiment servers and will be able to play TUG with the Nerd Kingdom team; a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS to our server data dumps and research project pipeline, perfect for the aspiring researcher!!! You'll also be recognized as an EXCLUSIVE "TUG 4 LIFE" with a TUG forum badge, receive a credit as a "Kickstarter CORE-FORGER EXTRAORDINAIRE GUILD Backer" on Nerd Kingdom's "Wall of Devotus" webpage, a TUG digital font pack, TUG digital wallpaper pack, and a TUG digital concept art book.

$2500 - NEW!!! TUG 4 LIFE TIER!!!  Previous reward tier + Work with the Nerd Kingdom team and help create a concept for one of TUG’s GIANT WORLD MONSTERS (must be appropriate & within the limits of our design approach)!!! Leave your legacy in TUG by being part of the creation of a truly magnificent creature that everyone can run into in-game!!!

THERE’S MORE! DON’T FORGET, IF YOU PURCHASED A GIFT PACK (2x, 4x, etc.):

  • YOU GET THESE IN ADDITION TO YOUR PERSONAL COPY (so a 2x gift pack includes 3 games total) 
  • ARE INCLUSIVE OF ALPHA AND BETA ACCESS FOR YOUR FRIENDS!!! 
  • ANY DIGITAL ASSET TIERS ALSO INCLUDE THOSE ASSETS FOR YOUR GIFTED COPIES AS WELL!!!

Once again, we can't thank you guys enough for your awesome support. We really hope you like these new tiers we're setting up, and if you have any more ideas, please tell us in the comments! GO FORTH AND CONQUER THE KINGDOM! For SCIENCE!

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    1. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Archangel, we're currently developing for Windows, with Mac OS and Linux support coming later on once the game is more complete. In the meantime, you can always run Bootcamp so you can use Windows on your Mac! That's what I do, actually... it's super easy!
      -Merylisk

    2. Archangel Beth on

      I might well pledge more* if I knew for sure it'd run on my Mac. Can't seem to find the projected system requirements anywhere. :(

      * KITTY! SABERTOOTH KITTY! OO'S TEH KY00TEST WIDDLE SABERTOOFY KITTEH?! Ahem.

    3. Mark A. Schmidt on

      @Brian Which is exactly why I posted, so they would know what would boost my pledge. I saw that they posted and *commented* on what they said. Keep up.

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      Brian Stottlemyre on

      @mark they are still working on the tiers as a post from them said yesterday. We all need to go out and advertise this game guys.

    5. Mark A. Schmidt on

      I'm a bare-bones kind of guy. I want to play the game. All the extras are just clutter to me. Okay, a t-shirt would be cool. The digital extras are mostly uninteresting and the physical extras (apart from a shirt) are a *deterrent* to leveling up for me. In game bits are fairly cool, but I'd rather find and earn them in game (that's more of an achievement - Give me hints or a quest or something instead of "BAM, you got it!"). I see a la carte is coming for the last stand... that will be good. Being able to add individual digital gift packs (and a t-shirt or two) without all the extra clutter and nonsense would be appreciated.

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      Jemaime on

      I'm an aplha pledger, and if an a la carte virtual goodies appeared, I would probably grab a few more thing. I hope we make it, and I can wait to see the tech video update (if I get it right, it should be today).
      Sorry for my bad english.

    7. Mark Newcombe on

      @ Thomas - I agree the high Tier pledges are of a high value, please don't get me wrong.
      The potential for you as a high Tier backer to pledge higher is limited due to the fact that you have already pledged a sizable amount.
      The potential for the $10 pledges to double or triple their pledge given the right incentive is very high.
      Given the 2000 odd people in that group you could feasibly see a $20k to $40k bump in pledges.
      The $195 Tier and above has less than 100 people who have already given a lot, I can't imagine that you would be able to generate incentive enough to get these people to pledge higher, or to convert the entire $35 & $45 Tiers to pledge at the $100 mark to generate the same $20K.

      Regarding the $10 game, I think you may have read my comment the wrong way.
      $10 is a steal for what this game is offering, my point was, the Pledge levels essentially say that the game is worth $10, and for an extra $20 Nerd Kingdom will allow you to Beta test for them.

      Which is to say the Beta Test is worth twice as much as the end game, which of course it isn't.
      The real value is the game, and as such you need to Add Value to that game by adding Digital Goodies to encourage the $10 Tier people to Tier up.
      Digital goodies don't add real cost to the project, but they do have the potential to add value to the backers, and importantly add further funding to the project.

      I have nothing but respect for those of you who were able to pledge at the higher level, no doubt Nerd Kingdom is also thrilled to have you on board.

      I hope that makes sense & you can see where I am coming from.

      If the funding was tracking to make the target with ease I wouldn't have said anything, but with half the time gone, and the funding looking like it might only just make Target so long as it gets one of Kickstarters now legendary final day boosts, I thought it better to say something now and encourage some talk on the matter, rather than wait and put my hopes in wishful thinking.

      Cheers

      Mark

    8. Thomas Johansen on

      @Mark But think about it!
      I, Myself is a high tier pledger (going from ur ranking) and there is more to gain if some1 is approached to give that high amount, not throwing ur comment in the trash, but to be honest, what would u get out of a normal game for 10$ ??

      But now, just stepping back a bit. i can see no reason to lvl-up from a 10$ to a 30$ pledge here, so i would think it would be smart to add something to the 30 mark as well
      (the above would get it as well i assume sooo i see no problem here xD)

    9. Kamillo Fitzek
      Superbacker
      on

      @Mark. also my opinion!

      If there would be a 20 tier with some ingame addition ( for example: plant a tree or a used shrubbery ;), name it and watch it grow, only you can cut it down and then plant another one )
      or with 2 downloadable copies so that friends can be given this game, then i'd invest more money.

      I know that high money tiers, when taken, generate a significant bigger amount, but the core players just want to play and have some gimmicks, I suppose!

    10. Mark Newcombe on

      I'm going to get a bad name in the tug community if I keep questioning the wisdom, but here goes.

      Three main funding groups in TUG
      Low - $10 Tier ~58% of the population funding ~ 17% of the project
      Mid - $30, $45 & $65 Tiers ~29% of the population funding ~42% of the project
      High - $195 - $275 Tiers~2.6% of the population funding ~17.5% of the population

      With half of the pledge time now behind us, creating incentive for 60% of the population to tier up will have a far greater impact on your pledge amount.

      Getting those at the $10 pledge level to triple their pledge to $30 would mean they would then account for 50% of your pledge total.
      For tripling their pledge level though, I would assume that most of them want to see more value than just Beta Access.
      Looking through a consumers eyes (I know this is pledging and it isn't the same, but I cant reconcile the difference - If I spend three times as much on product A as i do on product B, then I need to see that extra value) I see you valuing the Beta Access & a few screenshots (cynical I know) @ $20 and the game valued at $10.

      I think Nerd Kingdom needs to get imaginative on the Digital Goodies front that will Value Add those $30-$45 Tiers and help encourage that massive 60% of your population to up their pledges by a few dollars each.
      If you could convert the $10 pledges into $30 pledges then the $30-$65 group would be 90% of your population funding 90% of the project.

      Failing that, I think it will be a nail biting last couple of days on the funding front.

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      jonathan on

      @paul

      this is taken from the kickstarter Q&A
      Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 82% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There's little in-between.

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      jonathan on

      "You'll also be recognized as an EXCLUSIVE "TUG 4 LIFE" with a TUG forum badge"

      would i get the "TUG 4 LIFE" forum badge at the $500 one?

    13. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Chris - We're saving the a la carte approach for the final stretch (great idea tho!), so stay posted!!! There will be an opportunity for you to scale your pledge as you have described!

    14. Ghost on

      Wonder if an "a la carte" approach would be helpful.
      I dont really have the funds to give more to the project, so at the risk of not being able to get said rare exclusive a la carte items (or detracting from people who have contributed as the top tiers), maybe people who are a certain "tier+" can also choose what sort of additional "goodies" they want to add for 5$ or 10$ or whatever more...

    15. Glitch2210 on

      love it and just bumped up my pledge.

    16. Adam Anfuso on

      They'll hit their goal. Once they have more game to show off it'll get more exposure and really take off.

    17. Vaendryl on

      too rich for my blood, but I should upgrade to alpha tier.
      seems likely the project won't get funded anyway.

    18. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @chris, bryan, and everyone: we want to make it clear that we didn't add these new tiers as an attempt to convert you upwards from $195 (which is already sold out, so we don't expect anyone to want to leave that). The new tiers were aimed at an untapped part of the distribution. We want to thank you all for capitalizing on the asteroid golem companion package at $195 - we are glad you were able to take advantage of this lower price point early on for this very rare asset! We have not yet adjusted the tiers around the intermediate rewards ranges, so please stay tuned for more updates!!! You have been heard!!!

    19. Christopher Matthew Andersen on

      "Not happy with how the asteroid golem isnt included in the 225 digital package. Not convienced enough to change from 195 to 225 even though i do pay 210 from the shipping fees."

      Completely agreed... don't care about the physical goods at all, but 'upgrading' would be downgrading, just spending more money to do it. So, sticking with pointless physical goods...

    20. Stephen Brunk on

      SO WISH I COULD GIVE THAT MUCH!

    21. Bryan on

      Not happy with how the asteroid golem isnt included in the 225 digital package. Not convienced enough to change from 195 to 225 even though i do pay 210 from the shipping fees.

    22. Stormwaltz on

      TUG for Life Tier?

      "I didn't choose the TUG life, the TUG life chose me."

    23. Grimoire Studios on

      Want.. To... Give... More... Money...

      Golems sound awesome. But I'm tapped out for money ; ;