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Release Date: Mar 28
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are an independent developer and being on Early Access allows us the chance to earn the trust and support of our community by sharing our progress, intentions, and ideas. Also equally important to us is that we are able to make a game and utilize new technology with and for the community and even other developers. We get the opportunity to create strong relationships with our players and get deeper insight into what they are doing and saying so that we can act on what things actually need to change and look at things from other perspectives.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“At the very least until all of our core systems are online. At that time, the tools and engine functionality will give the community a chance to build and modify whatever they like, beyond the scope of our own game's design.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final form of the game is ever evolving with the new features we discover our technology can do and the discussions we have with the community. The great thing about making an open world sandbox game is anything and everything is possible. The bad part about making an open world is... well, anything and everything is possible. The engine will also be much more stable and the community will be able to make amazing games, models, and maps of their own. When the game is complete, we will have a great deal of new features from physics based projectiles, to responsive water and in game logic systems.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Right now you are able to craft simple tools and weapons in survival. You can also explore a massive procedural generated world and modify it in either survival or creative mode. We also have a primitive form of a closed PvP map which we refer to as the Proving Grounds. For those that like to dig into things, you can also modify much of the world and game rules.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We will slightly increase the price with major milestones in the game and technology over time. Currently we are asking for a smaller amount of money in support of the game because we feel that the amount of work in justifies a small price this early. If anything were to happen to the game and for some reason it could not receive the support needed to be completed, we hope our community would not feel cheated, as opposed to paying 40 or 50 dollars for an unfinished project.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We use a multitude of platforms to watch and create dialog with the players from live streams and videos from the community, to forum discussions and random twitter exchanges. We also look for insights all over the interwebs and encourage lots of conversation and debate between one another in the community.”
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TUG Update Alpha 0.6.5

September 16

Good news, everybody!

Another day another update. Finally coming out of the stone age… maybe we will be less a caveman simulation now *cough*. It’s our first step to advancing an age in TUG with crafting and a few additional bits, along with an adorable, and also very annoying little surprise.

As usual, don’t forget to share any bugs you run into, on the forums here, follow us here, and follow our progress on our trello here.

*high five*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImNac0IKmAo

Patch Notes:

Art

  • Bronze weapons and tools
  • Surprise!
  • Metallurgy set with a Furnace, Bellows, Sandcast Mold, and Stone Anvil
  • New Ores that can be combined to make bronze
  • Updated textures to the predator

Design
  • Ores set up to generate from certain rock materials
  • Material drops from terrain and trees adjusted to match new block digging sizes
  • Updates to the predator behavior, it now fears campfires and hunts other critters
  • New recipes added for all bronze tools and new tables (Bellows, Sandcast Mold & Stone Anvil)
  • Existing tables also received new recipes in line with the new age of tools
  • Repair and deconstructing recipes added for bronze tools
  • Rock heads for crude tools have a chance of dropping from terrain materials

Code
  • You can now dig/place voxel blocks in two different size. You can now place/dig a 2x2x2 cube. The 1 voxel cube size can still be used. Holding down the Shift key + scrolling with the mouse scroll wheel will shift between the sizes.

Eternus API
  • Modders now have the ability to register and create their own slash commands. RegisterSlashCommand(“command”, “functionToCall”). Arguments are passed over as a table. See Survival:TargetInfoCommand function for an example!
  • New function on game objects NKIsInWorld(), a simple query to find out if a given object is in the world or not.

Known Issues
  • Proving Grounds has been temporarily disabled.
  • Multiplayer has been temporarily disabled while we revamp that whole system.
  • Fruits have durability bars
  • When a fruit is held in your hand, the voxel ube outline for a tool appears.
  • Thrown (not dropped) spears stuck in the world aren’t saving properly
  • Critters don’t save their positions between game sessions
  • Critters love to get stuck on the terrain and other objects.
  • The location to harvest Critter bodies tend to be slightly lower near their feet. When looking at the correct spot, the menu pop up will appear.
  • Can place items (right click or Q) through voxels if you are too close to the voxel.
  • When (right-click) placing a Vine Fence, it places inside of the player.
  • The game can crash on exit.
  • Sometimes when resuming the game, the same sounds will play
  • Weapon/Tools placed in the environment return to full durability between game sessions
  • The shovel’s animation is not playing correctly. The shovel can still be used to dig.
  • When digging voxels, sometimes their collision will remain there.
  • Curved (partial-voxel) surfaces cannot be destroyed at certain angles.
  • Sometimes grass billboards can pop out of seemingly fully tilled dirt. This is due to an error with the blending; tilling each area around that billboard should remove the grass.
  • 3rd Person camera not fully functional; interactions are not working correctly; use only for viewing the seed.
  • The sprint key (Left Shift) cannot be rebound.
  • Can’t bind the Mouse 4 and Mouse 5 buttons

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TUG News & Update 9/8

September 8

Greetings!

We promised to keep everyone updated every 2 weeks and it’s about that time again. There are so many things going down in the Kingdom that we need a dedicated person, @Cambo, running around collecting the goods to keep you informed. These updates will be smaller since we are splitting them bi-weekly instead of monthly but you get news faster, deal?

Importantly, we are working really hard to make sure we bring updates out faster. They will be smaller content updates, but we want to ensure you that we are not holding any goodies away from our community. Your feedback early on, is important and the sooner we can get it out, the better it is for future iterations of that feature!

The Awesome News/Update:

  • Metallurgy
    Our first pass on Metallurgy is in the works and you will be able to craft a furnace in the next update. In addition, early iterations of mining will be introduced to fuel your hole digging addiction. More details rolling out this week!

  • Bronze Age
    The introduction of Metallurgy and mining brings forth a new age as well. We are moving from the crude age towards bronze age with stronger tools and weapons. Higher durability and strength to keep you going. One pick axe to rule them all! I kid, but that would be pretty OP wouldn’t it?

  • Multiplayer support a high priority
    The multiplayer support is currently high priority and we have 2 dedicated code wizards jamming away at it. Lots of technical stuff, I cannot understand, since I would need to be a wizard to decode that information for you all. Personally, I’m a dwarf, so I only care about mining and hoarding all the gold deposits in the mountain biomes. More details will be released in a blog post once it’s ready.

  • Terrain Generation v2
    Terrain Generation v2 is also a high priority and we will continue to update the Indev build as we make more progress. The biggest hurdle for us is to ensure we have terrain manipulation working and is stable.

In The Works:
Here are the latest work in progress videos if you missed it.
  • Mountain Biomes in Terrain Generation v2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQ5xrreBGE
  • Bronze Age Tools
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcEYDh7ySo

That is it for now but do keep an eye on our social media channels for more specific details on the updates. Huzzah!

Shoot us an email at support@nerdkingdom.com if you still haven’t claimed your TUG early access key on Steam. They have been sent out since April :-p

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About the Game

TUG sits at the crossroads where survival sandbox and multiplayer RPGs meet, offering both elegant simplicity and a world of complex secrets for those who desire to seek them out. The gameplay focuses on crafting, exploration, pvp, and role-playing, with an emphasis on immersion and player freedom.

Begin your journey as a Seedling, a race of humanoid beings with special crystals on their hands enabling them to interface with the strange energies and ancient secrets in the world around them. TUG offers a massive procedurally-generated world to explore, full of mystery and danger. How will you and your friends harness these powerful tools to build a new world?

Game Modes

We currently offer 3 game modes in our current alpha state. Currently, survival mode is our main development focus and we will be adding a lot of content and features in the upcoming months.


  • Survival Mode: This is our traditional survival mode which allows you to gather resources, build shelter, hunt, and farming. This is our current development focus as we plan to add many of the key features.
  • Creative Mode: This single and multiplayer mode gives you the freedom to build and manipulate the terrain, craft, break, and control all aspects of the world at your own pace.
  • Proving Grounds: Compete in limited PVP arena matches! Spawn as a helpless Seedling and collaborate or compete with others to gather resources and tools. Will you be the last Seed standing? (Under construction)

Key Features

We want TUG to immerse you in it’s world. We are dedicated to bringing you that experience even if we have to build an engine from the ground up.


  • Eternus Game Engine: We are building our very own game engine from the ground up. Are we crazy? Yes, but we feel that building an engine to support advanced terrain generation and modding support was very important to our vision.
  • Dynamic Crafting: TUG’s intuitive, crafting interface allows creation of a constantly expanding set of tools, weapons, and armor.
  • Biomes: Procedural generated biomes - Explore the biomes of TUG, from forests to deserts, including complex cave systems with many more to come.
  • Lore and Mythos: Uncover the secrets of TUG’s world through exploration and gameplay, including an entire original language to translate and decode.
  • Player-driven design: How you play will directly influence what Nerd Kingdom prioritizes in development.

Released & Testing Phase Features (Updated 9/16/2014)

These features have been updated into our game for you to play and provide feedback since our launch on Early Access. We will continue to improve these current features and implement new ones.


  • Projectile Weapons: Physics-based projectile weapons to throw at people's faces!
  • Prey Critters: Goats are are in and more are in the works.
  • Cooking: Create a fire pit and cook your goat meat.
  • Farming System: Craft a shovel and hoe to prepare your own farm. Gather fruits and vegetables, extract the seeds, and grow your way into a self-sustainable state. Build a fences to protect your food source.
  • Modding: Full Lua script integration for more robust modding.
  • Predator Critters: Hostile cats are in and more are in the works.
  • Apothecary: Early stages of apothecary are introduced with 5 potions for you to craft.
  • Crafting Refinement: Tools, items, and objects durability now take effect. For example, you can hit trees multiple time with a tiny sharp rock or craft a crude axe to increase gathering efficiency.
  • Metallurgy: Move forward into the Bronze Age with new tools and weapons. First iteration of mining is introduced to feed your digging addiction.

Upcoming Features

TUG have been in development for over a year and we realize that building our own game engine takes up a lot of time. We wish to implement these features before we launch TUG early next year in 2015. We decided to release this early because your feedback, ideas, and thoughts means everything to us in this early stage. We wouldn't be here without the community so please get involve and let us know how we can make TUG fun for you. We are committed to launching gameplay updates every 4-6 weeks and hotfix patches occasionally.


  • Alchemy System: Transmute item and sacrifice your energy for some sweet magic.
  • Higher Tier Recipes: More crafting and recipe variations, as well as traps and armor!
  • Multiplayer: Host your own dedicated server, or host a game session within the game itself. Only survival mode is single player and we are working on a new network code for better multiplayer experience. (Under construction)
  • Pets and Companions: A pet that follows roams the world with you. Golems you can build, find within the world, and program!
  • Terrain Generation v2: Our new generation will pave the way for more immersion with our biomes while allowing us to step away from block placements to smooth blocks.
  • Dynamic Voxel Manipulation: Voxel placement, block smoothing, and the ability to push and pull within them.
  • Sub-Biomes: A biome inception! Sub-biomes will allow larger biomes to be more immersive by allowing more variation.
  • Dynamic Character Progression: Characters that physically change and grow as a result of how you play them! Eat too much and become heavy, run great distances and become lean, or swing heavy weapons and watch your muscles grow over time!
  • Dynamic Skill Progression: Skill and health system based on your Seed’s actions. The more you do something, the better you’ll get at it.
  • Higher Tier Tools: More building tools, like terrain smoothing and shape variations.
  • Logic System: Programmable “magic” abilities and effects, traps, companions, and more!
  • Dynamic Combat: Advance combat mechanics inspired by such games as Monster Hunter and Skyrim. A system that requires proper timing and skills to delivery to death blows to your foes!
  • Unique Worship System: Perform tasks and rituals to gain blessings and boons from mysterious beings.
  • Official Dedicated Servers: Dedicated servers that is hosted by us for the players. You can still host your own and have full control over on your own server.
  • Water: It's hard to survive in a world without some H20!
  • More to be listed as we continue development

About Nerd Kingdom


We are a team of game designers, artists, programmers, and academic scientists--the game is intended to serve as a platform for social science research of player interactions within virtual worlds. This ongoing research will be used to continuously improve the game, as well as further our academic understanding of how people interact in online spaces. TUG is an experiment in collaborative game design.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel® or AMD® processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 11 compatible card with 1 GB of memory, nVidia® 4XX+/AMD® 5XXX+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 11 compatible card with 3 GB of memory, nVidia® 7XX+/AMD® 7XXX+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
193 of 267 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Make sure your Graphics Card is directx 11 compatible! I bought the game just assuming i could run it (didnt look very system heavy) but my graphics card is not compatible. Not really the developers fault i didnt read the reccomended requirements which is why i am not downvoting and the game from what i have seen does show a lot of potential and i hope that as they develop the game more they will optimize it and make it easier to run for those of us with older computers!
Posted: March 29
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56 of 69 people (81%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'm Blown Away. First I want to say THANKYOU to Nerd Kingdom FOR MAKING THIS GAME, and for releasing this part of it though it isn't yet finished. I like minecraft alot, my son LOVES minecraft a whole lot. The graphics in MC just aren't my thing. I Love the TUG graphics. With everything that is on the list to come I think my son and I will both LOVE TUG a whole lot!
I'm perfectly happy to just build and get excited about every new little thing until January ;-)
I do hope that what I build now will still be around once the final game is done (Dev's, will it??)
And I'm truly hoping for a method for 3rd person POV; and by the videos, it looks like the PC's are individualized-- I'm assuming that there will be a character creation section for the game too? Or will there be skins? Just wondering.
I haven't been this excited about a game since Skyrim! Thanks again Nerd Kingdom!
Posted: April 7
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44 of 55 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is SUPER early... probably not a good idea to buy it if you are looking to get a clean smooth play experience. The game is in early access to ACTUALLY get feedback to not just help the game progress in design, but also to get some help troubleshooting/testing the engine to stabilize it. Still, $10 is pretty cheap, considering all updates come for free and the game price will increase later when more stuff is polished. Also, all the money goes into making the game better, so that's pretty sweet too.

Just reviewed my own game... awesome.
Posted: July 2
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80 of 136 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Hi I've just downloaded the game and spent very little time on it so far. I am looking forward to putting in the time with this game tho. to start its in very early alpha, so. a couple of little things would help, to start maybe some kind of information regrading the items that are in your inventory straight away, what there for and there purpose. to start you are just plonked into a world and are given no hint as what to do, so you just dig and lay blocks. looking at the key bindings wasn't much help at the minute, its says craft but your left thinking "craft what". It looks as tho its going to be a great game in time, but for new players ie everyone I think a little help guid is needed for people to find there feet as it will get boring very quick wondering around a big world with no idea.
Posted: March 28
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59 of 99 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
TUG (Three Unruly Gorillas) Is tons of fun, its early access now so there are still lots of features to go in and performance issues to iron out but multiplayer survival mode with some friends is rockin!
Posted: March 29
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