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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.

Final Stretch... New Goodies Coming, and More!

Posted by Nerd Kingdom (Creator)

In this episode: a look at some cool goodies coming your way in alpha/beta access tiers, an announcement about some exciting post-Kickstarter plans, as well as a re-cap of good stuffs you already are entitled to!!!

COOL NEW DIGITAL GOODS FOR YOU!!! MORE COMPANION CRITTERS & GOODIES!!!! To celebrate crossing our 5,000 backers threshold, and to thank everyone in our alpha (opens July ‘13) and beta (opens January ‘14) access tiers, we’ve decided to “sweeten the pot,” so to speak, for everyone in any tier with alpha and beta access by giving you a new rare digital companion/good each day starting tomorrow until the close of the campaign Friday during our final 3-day stretch. These companion critters/virtual goods will be tradeable once the game is in full swing come January 2015. So if you are in any tier with alpha or beta access and you remain in that tier from tomorrow onward, you will get not one, not two, but THREE unique digital goods that celebrate the influence of our favorite modders!!!

ADD-ONS!!! THEY’RE COMING!!! You’ve been asking and we’ve been listening. Many of you have requested an option to buy additional copies of the final version of TUG on pre-order. We will make those options available for you within the next few days. Also, if you wanted some of the cool digital assets offered at the higher tiers, we will provide an opportunity to acquire some of them by adding a few bucks to your reward donation as well!

PayPal Campaign!!!! When our Kickstarter campaign here ends, we’ll be launching a 30-day PayPal campaign on our own website to continue to fund our Stretch Goals, which we will announce later this week. It all adds up, so stay tuned for the introduction of these goals!

Many of you have been asking for some more a la carte options, and our PayPal campaign will let you add to your current rewards bundle via a shopping cart style donation system, so you can mix and match different digital goods and products as you like. Keep in mind, however, that none of the Kickstarter exclusive digital assets will be available once the KS campaign comes to a close, so get ‘em while they’re hot!!!

We also wanted to take the time to remind you about a few of the rewards that we’ve added to sweeten your bundle since the start of the campaign in case you forgot:

If you are at the $30 beta access tier, you’ll receive the following digital goods in addition to your current rewards:

  • Mark of the Chosen exclusive tattoo

If you are at ANY $45 beta access tier, you receive the following digital goods in addition to your current rewards:

  • Mark of the Chosen
  • Baby Sabre-tooth Tiger

If you are in any of the alpha tiers at any level ($65+), you are going to be getting the following virtual goods in addition to whatever you also receive in your tier:

  • Mark of the Chosen
  • Baby Sabre-tooth Tiger
  • Rare beast pelt

1) YOU GET THESE IN ADDITION TO YOUR PERSONAL COPY (so a 2x gift pack includes 3 games total)

Once again, thank you everyone for your continued support and enthusiasm. We couldn’t do this without you, and we mean that from the bottom of our hearts. Every dollar we get on this campaign helps us make more awesome stuff for the game... so please, keep sharing our project and spreading the word!!!! And don’t forget to pass around our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube Channel, and Official Forums!

Oh, and check out the new fan-created Wiki page for TUG!

We have the best fans... you guys seriously rule. Keep being awesome!


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    1. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Victoria, we haven't posted much/anything about the magic system yet, but plan to very soon!
      @Chris, yes, all 3 copies will have alpha access and all the digital goodies, but only you will have the forum badges.

    2. Victoria Lay on

      Congrats on reaching your goal! I could not find much information about the magic system in TUG and one of my friends who is becoming very interested in this game would love to know more about it.

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      Chris on

      So just upped my Pledge to the no limit $75 tier, and just to clarify, That will be 3 copies of tug with alpha access? and the digital goodies, tattoo, beast pelt, etc for all 3 copies? What about the forum badges? will the friends i give those copies to get those as well? thank you

    4. Ghost on

      215!!! Congrats!! Checked last night and saw ~40k to go and 3 days... got a little nervous. Glad to see this one get funded, super excited to see what happens!

    5. Kharlos Johnson on

      Woot! Hit 215,000!!! Congrats, I'm actually really shocked you guys didn't hit this much earlier, this game looks amazing!

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      Henrique Vignon on

      OooOoooOOoo, does the baby sabretooth tiger grows to be a full blown sabretooth tiger and you can like mount it?

      Sorry I nerded out there a bit..

    7. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Kite, yup! Totally on it!

      @Thomas, yea you get those new goods too! We are building on dx11, its our own engine. Most of the stuff (including AI) will be adapted/modded with LUA. We are working closely with the MC modders because we want to make sure that we cover as many needs as we can to have it supported from ground up, not as an afterthought.

      Any other questions guys, feel free to message us! Sometimes its tough to keep track of all the update comments.


    8. Thomas Laurent on

      Congrats for this amazing game project! The current implementation seems a good starting point and your goals are very promising. I just pledge on the 75$ tier.

      I have three questions for you:
      - As I pledged today, will I get the new rare digital companion/good each day that you just announced?
      - What technology do you use to build the game?
      - What programming languages the modders will be able to use to mod the game?

      Thanks and keep up the good work!

    9. Kite on

      Hey Nerd Kingdom, it'd be pretty nice to see some concept art featuring more feminine-looking seeds!

    10. BdB on

      TUG (Trough Unity Greatness) .

      Darwin did overlook that the evolution of the human race is not ended yet .
      We only just started ;)

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      Charlotte Jolicoeur on

      Oh boy, i'm so nervous, i've pushed my contribution to 75$. Past that it feels a bit crazy. But I believe in you guys! I would even pay a monthly fee once the game is up to ensure the good work of the PhDs overseeing the economics and other datas of the game. You guys are the future! Good luck!

    12. Gearsoul Dragon

      n___n You know, I love artbooks. I imagine we could also tack on a digital artbook...? D: Man, I wish I could afford to Pledge on one of those higher-up, spiffy tiers! 'x3

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      Kjetil Disch on

      Damn! i love the concept for this game. congrats Nerd Kingdom! and good job! :D

    14. Dylan Johnston on

      @Russell all the copies have alpha access :)

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      Llurendt on

      I really wish there was an all digital $75 tier, or something similar, with only the game, 2x gift pack, and digital reward items, haha. Although, I guess it won't be ALL bad to have a t-shirt. :P

      On another note, I had not realized that the $75 2x gift pack tier included alpha and beta! I totally just upped my pledge to $75!!!

    16. Jorian on

      Is there also a possibility to buy a gift pack for 20 euro, since i don't need al the extra's of the 75 tier?

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      Russell Chisholm on

      This is the first project I have ever pledged on and I can't wait to get into the Alpha. If I upgrade to the $75 tier do the 2 extra copies also get into alpha or just my copy?

    18. Tim Schweizer on

      Wow... now that's really LOTS OF stuff you get! I love it! =D
      I think I will throw a small party once this masterpiece (aka. future of gaming) reaches its goal!

    19. Gearsoul Dragon

      So... if I understood this correctly... I can tack on a few extra bucks, once the costs are released, to gain a Baby Sabre-tooth Tiger(for example), even though I'm only on the $30 tier? :3c

    20. Fernando Garcia on

      just pledged, for the first time ever on kickstarter and didn't even realize these new goodies were thrown in after the fact... pretty awesome!!!

    21. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Nathan, we will intro some addons in a couple days so everyone who is in will see the update with the information.

      @Palenoue, sounds like a neat idea! I'll chat with the art dudes!


    22. palenoue on

      Any chance you could upload some of the 3D models to Thingaverse so those of us with Replicator 2's could print them out for our action figure dioramas?

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      nathan waters on

      are you able to get the $75 pledge without the physical goods as i dont want them for the extra$15

    24. Nerd Kingdom Creator on

      @Thomas, yes, they all come with the gift copies as well. So you can just snake them up later and trade them to new players who missed out on them :D

      @Jonathan, it comes with 6 extra copies

      @Chohsan, yes, in addition to those things. And to clarify, they are not all companions :D, but still some neat stuff!

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      Chohsan on

      I have more questions:

      Will the 3 bonus companions be in addition to the Sabre Tooth (totaling 4) tiger or including it (totaling 3)?

      Will the bonus pets be added to all of the accounts you receive or just one?

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      jonathan on

      cool, still not sure if the 500 tier includes 4 or 6 extra

    27. Thomas Johansen on

      Does my copies get all the ingame loot just like me regardless, or did i Missunderstand that part??

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      Chohsan on

      Will the PayPal period have it's own exclusive perks as well or is it themed exclusively towards stretch goals? Either way I can't wait to see what [stretch goals] you guys have in store for us!

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      Flammablezeus on

      This just keeps getting better.

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      Brian Stottlemyre on

      Wooo! Go TUG! almost there!

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      Spirit_Guardian on

      I hope I will be helpful during the Alpha test phase.

    32. Mitchell Watson on

      This is great, so happy, Cant wait for TUG Beta

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      Aaron on

      Wow, good thing I decided to back yesterday rather than tomorrow. I am pumped about this game!

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      danar smith on

      If we are in the beta tier and we buy enough through PayPal after the kickstarter will we be able to get into the alpha?

    35. Peter Conlin on

      You guys rock. <3

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      Adrian Donaldson on

      Amazing deals they are giving us! I can't believe I get 5 coipes of this game! You guys just want me to pay more, huh huh? Well I will, thanks so much for being the best devs yet!