Weekly News Round-Up and Video Update #4!!!
Hello Kingdom! In this episode: TUG’s news for the week, our final Kickstarter day, a summary of the week's updates, new goodies, reward tier add-ons, our upcoming PayPal campaign, PLUS another Alpha/Beta gift, player death, and stretch goals!!!
TUG News Round-Up
OVER THE PAST WEEK: We did some... wait... WE MADE OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL!! WOOOOO!!!! And today is the last day of our campaign. Thank you guys, thank you, thank you, thank you!! You have all been and continue to be amazing, we couldn’t have done this without you! It’s been a wonderful campaign, crazy, nerve wracking at times, but wonderful. A quick raise of a glass for a toast and a sprinkle of confetti and we’re back to working on TUG. With your continued support and input, we’ll do our best to keep making it more awesome!
Critters & Monsters
Technical stuff is all well and good but some days it’s just time for the “aww”s and the “RAWR”s. In our Critters & Monsters update we explained the different types of critters, how their behavior will be an important identifier in game and that monsters will be more than just big things to kill.
In Real Rewards for Real Achievements we talked about in-game achievements being more organic and related to actions the player naturally does instead of arbitrary, repeating, out-of-the-way errands and how we also want achievement rewards to be more meaningful and useful than a simple badge on your profile.
New Goodies, Add-ons, Paypal, Plus an Alpha/Beta Gift
Combine our Final Stretch... New Goodies Coming, and More! and We Did It!!!!! updates and what do you get? That’s right, a huge ball of awesome and new goodies! We announced our upcoming Paypal campaign, new available add-on items, and because you guys are awesome, the addition of extra rewards to all tiers $30 and higher: an exclusive ThaumCraft Wisp companion!
Player Death and Stretch Goals, and Another Gift!
Instead of boring corpse runs we wanted to do something different with our player deaths. In Player Death... and Stretch Goals!!!! update we shared what we have in mind for player as well as companion death mechanics. We announced another bonus gift for all $30 and higher reward tiers: the special Aether II Baby Moa pet! And we revealed our Stretch Goals!! These goals are big ones, but they’re awesome and they’re not going away when our Kickstarter ends. They’ll stay active throughout our Paypal campaign and into our Beta, so keep spreading the word! We’re very excited about these goals, and with your help we would really love to make them happen!!
TODAY’S GIFT: If you are in any tier with alpha or beta access (that is, any tier $30 or higher), we’ve added the following gift to your rewards:
- Special FTB Beast Mask! - In honor of our collaboration with Feed The Beast, we are pleased to announce the final gift to all Beta backers and above: the Mask of the Beast. This mask represents that primal side of the world, and with proper time or treatment may lead to unique opportunities and uncover mysteries of the world.
REMINDER: ADD-ONS!!! If you add the following amounts to your current pledge at your current rewards tier, we will add on:
- An Extra Pre-order Copy of TUG (final game deliverable in January 2015): $10
- KS EXCLUSIVE Baby Sabre Tiger Critter (deliverable by January 2015): $15
- Rare Beast Pelt (deliverable by January 2015): $20
Our PayPal campaign launches TOMORROW so check back for even more a la carte goodies and special rewards!!!!
Video Update: ART
Today’s video takes a look at our approach for the visual style of TUG, as well as the sound design of the game.
People have posted some amazing art in our forum’s Fan Art section. We love hearing your ideas about TUG, and we also really enjoy seeing them in such a creative way! If you’d like to see what people have created or would like to post your own TUG art, join us here!
There’s also been tons of speculation about what “TUG” could stand for besides “The Untitled Game”... some submissions have included “Tenacious Unmannered Gerbils,” “Tasty Unagi Gobblets,” “Thundering Undead Gophers,” and the very apropos “Total Utter Geekdom.” Join the discussion here!
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Thank you everyone, for getting us over that Kickstarter bump. It’s been an exciting ride but with such an awesome community surrounding us, we never had any doubts.
Now that we’ve nailed this part, the road ahead certainly won’t be any less exciting. If anything, it’ll be more so! And we’re very much looking forward to thinking, creating, and playing together in the months ahead. With all of you who have been by our side and with many more in the future.
Let’s make TUG amazing!!!
Keep spreading the word and expanding our Kingdom!