A strategy simulation based on stories of the first men. Infinite possibilities await your very own Adam and Eve as they embark on a generation-spanning adventure. How will you shape their future?
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Spring 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Here at Gathering Tree, we value your feedback highly. We don’t want to just build a good strategy game, we want to build it with the players, and let the game live beyond just our ideas. This Early Access will be as much yours as it will be ours, and we will expand our mechanics based on your opinions and requests to make TFM: The First Men a multifaceted game with incredible replay value.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're currently estimating that the game would be in Early Access for about two years. We want to make sure the game launches in a state we are happy with and don’t want to rush it.”

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

“When the full version is launched, it will be a complete package of everything refined according to the tastes and preferences of our player base. So the big part of Early Access is finding out what players would like to see more of, but here’s some of what you can expect:

  • Skirmish maps for player versus player action.
  • Procedural generation working as intended.
  • Polished multiplayer functions.
  • Gameplay balance tuned to perfection.
  • Tactics interface that enables you to automate how your characters behave in combat.
  • A larger variety of maps, map objects, character traits, appearances, combat styles, activities, entity techs, AI systems, and other game elements.

In addition to these features, what we want until the full version is to add extensive modding support, which is gonna let you explore and craft wildly interesting mods on Steam Workshop with the help of straightforward in-game tools, a map editor, and an API that allows you to override, add or modify new and existing features. This will be your playground, your crafting table, your ruleset; whether localization to another native language, fresh & hand-crafted assets, exciting game rules, overhaul for the UI, or... shameless cheating!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the game is giving you a solid single-player experience with settlement management, character progression, exploration, diplomacy, and combat aspects of the game fully working.”

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

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

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

“During the Early Access phase, the TFM community is kindly encouraged to post as much constructive feedback on Steam Community Hub as possible.

Feedback and comments are incredibly important for the development process of TFM. We are extremely grateful for having such a passionate group of players and we make sure not to take it for granted.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much for the support and trust you have given us during this phase. We hope to see all of you shaping the destiny of the first men!”
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About This Game

TFM: The First Men is a strategy simulation, enriched with character-driven base building, party-based exploration, and tactical real-time with pause combat. Inspired by the creation stories, Knights and Merchants, Rimworld, and almost every fantasy roleplaying game.


A modern character-focused approach to old-school base building fun. Develop your region and tend to your settlement's needs with the help of various paths, constructions, relations, traditions, and bragging rights. Whip your characters into shape with infinitely varied possibilities that will echo for generations. Body, Mind, Heart, Soul, and Self attributes with hundreds of traits and skills offer rich and enormously diverse character progression. Choosing the right character to take the right path is the most important part - as they can be the doom or the boon to your future!


Team up your characters as you lead multiple parties in a roleplaying game - discover a living, breathing, and ever-changing world full of wonder that rewards exploration as you traverse, interact and learn more about the multitude of races, authentic cultures, mythical creatures, and special characters you will encounter during your adventures.


Prepare to be challenged by a real-time with pause combat system that rewards strong tactical thinking. Defend or attack in an unending cycle of war where adaptation is the key to success - raise children, train warriors, synergize cooperative parties, distribute loot and shape their experience into beneficial feats - they are all important parts of your grand strategy. Don't forget, all subjects you encounter, whether a gang of orcs, a pack of wolves, or a swarm of ghouls, each will have respective threats to overcome.


Help reshape the ancient, untold stories of how mankind started its ambitious journey of life. Suffer the struggles that they’ve been through together and help them overcome the challenges of loneliness during times when they were afresh to their universe. Our official maps are inspired by classical Abrahamic creeds to local lore of all cultures and traditions, and we have divided them into three categories to help you understand their playstyles, flows, and end-game goals;
  • Campaign maps offer a simulation, city builder, colony sim experience, where you embark on an adventure of your chosen story, fine-tuned and hand-made to provide a strong sense of polished settings, plots, and characters with tailored events, conflicts, and end-game objectives.
  • Skirmish maps offer a classic 4x game experience, where you compete and cooperate with other settlements on balanced, optimized, multiplayer maps to experience the classical, shortened RTS adrenaline. All players start as a separate settlement in this map mode.
  • Custom maps have deep roguelike mechanics in an RTS game, offering endless replayability, where you define starting rules and modifiers and enjoy a procedurally generated, randomized world that's never been explored by any of "the first men" before.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    • OS: OSX 10.9+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    • OS: OSX 10.9+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
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