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Jon Shafer's At the Gates

A project in Farmington, MI by Jon Shafer

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Lead a barbarian kingdom to glory during the final days of the Roman Empire. An empire builder by Jon Shafer, designer of Civ 5.
Backers: 3009
Average Pledge Per Backer: $35

Funded: $106,283 of $40,000
Dates: Feb 6th -> Mar 8th (30 days)
Project By: Jon Shafer
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Latest News

Jon Shafer Joins Paradox Interactive While His Kickstarter Remains In The Dark

May 13th - via:
Now that Shafer has much bigger plans on his table, one has to wonder when anyone who funded his game will see it. (Read More)

Jon Shafer's At The Gates Still Over a Year Away From Being Finished

December 6th - via:
The latest update for Jon Shafer's At The Gates, the 4X strategy game crowdfunded through Kickstarter, reveals the release date is pushed back to 2017. (Read More)

At the Gates release date pushed back to 2015

December 2nd - via:
Conifer Games' Kickstarter-funded strategy game, At the Gates, is now set for a release in 2015, designer Jon Shafer announced via Kickstarter. (Read More)

AI Mini Update

April 2nd - via:
Woohoooo, the first update! This is going to be a fairly short one, but I wanted to let you guys know what I've been up to, lest you worry that I've run off to a Caribbean island or something. My intention is to post one major update every month,... (Read More)

At the Gates developer explains where its Kickstarter surplus funding will go

March 8th - via:
At the Gates, the turn-based strategy game set in the Roman Empire's final days from Conifer Games and Civilization 5 designer Jon Shafer, would have been made for $40,000. When the crowdfunding drive ended this morning on Kickstarter, 3,009 backers had pledged more than $106,283. (Read More)

The Video Game Kickstarter Report – Week of March 8

March 8th - via:
It’s a famous computer RPG extravaganza this week! First, we have a spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment with Torment: Tides of Numenera. It’s not an actual sequel to Planescape: Torment since they couldn’t get the rights, but it has many of the same staff members and takes place in a similar but original setting (intersection between various planes). The kickstarter set a new record for fastest kickstarter to reach $1 million in around 8 hours. It’s currently at $2.1 million so it has a good shot at breaking the all-time record for most money raised in a game software kickstarter (currently held by Project Eternity with just under $4 million). (Read More)

The Road Ahead

March 6th - via:
Well, we’ve finally reached the end of this amazing journey everyone! If you'd be so kind as to help spread the word in these final few hours you'll have my gratitude! Honestly, knowing this is the end is a bittersweet feeling. I'm sad that such an... (Read More)

Social Classes - AtG’s Design Dead End

March 5th - via:
We've just about reached the end everyone! We have two more great articles to send you off with. Today I'll be sharing the story behind social classes, among AtG's most important features - and also one that no longer exists. Tomorrow we'll be... (Read More)

Replacing Rome

March 4th - via:
A few people have asked me why At the Gates doesn't actually have “Rome” somewhere in the title. Wouldn't that help inform people of what the game is about? I can see where this question comes from. However, its exclusion is very much not... (Read More)

Growing a Game Company

March 4th - via:
We're down to the last few days everyone! I'll be posting an update every day this week as a thank you for your amazing support. . . Many people have thought about starting their own company. Pretty much every 2am infomercial tells you to do it (all... (Read More)

The Pen is Mightier Than the Axe

February 27th - via:
We're entering the final stretch everyone! In just over 5 days the campaign will be ending, so please help spread the word and let's see if we can get those last couple stretch goals! As a "thank you" we have a full slate of articles planned for next... (Read More)

To Battle!

February 26th - via:
While At the Gates is an empire builder at heart, there's no denying that late antiquity was a time when you were far more likely to die by the sword than resting peacefully in your bed. Appropriately, combat has a large role to play, and getting it... (Read More)

AtG on Mac, Linux and iOS! Plus: Playable Romans!

February 25th - via:
At long last, the update many of you have been waiting for! After a couple of weeks of work, Jonathan and I have successfully run At the Gates on both Mac and Linux! Our initial testing also shows that making an iOS version should be possible, so... (Read More)

Design Doc Preview: Game Pacing

February 22nd - via:
First, a quick note. As part of the "Alive and Kicking" event I'll be talking about At the Gates this coming Sunday, February 24th at 12pm EST. It should be a lot of fun, so stop on by if you're free! Now then, back to our regularly-scheduled... (Read More)

Shannon Drake's Blog - PR Pro Tips: An Indie Guide to Kickstarter PR

February 22nd - via:
While Kickstarters are blossoming like flowers after a spring rain, most of them are destined for the dustbin of history or, at least, Tumblr . Launching a Kickstarter should be treated with the seriousness and planning of any major business venture, as a successful one can fund your project and company and a failure can be a massively public misstep that scares off interested players, as well as investors and other potential business partners. (Read More)

The Enemy in the Mirror

February 19th - via:
Before diving into the meat of what I'd like to talk about in this update, I'll first mention that thanks to popular demand, we've added a new $30 tier where you get not only the game but also a digital copy of the strategy guide and designer notes!... (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup

February 17th - via:
Two contrasting success stories this week. Dreamfall Chapters didn’t need a full week to reach its target and come the morning, the first stretch goal will almost certainly have been reached, adding Mac and Linux support. Unwritten needed almost every second to reach its goal but did cross the finishing line with a tremendous amount of support in its final days. (Read More)

Civilization V designer’s Kickstarter fully funded with more than 3 weeks left

February 11th - via:
Earlier today, designer John Shafer’s new strategy game, At the Gates, surpassed its funding goal on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Nearly 1,350 backers already pledged $45,500, which eclipsed the project’s modest $40,000 budget. The funding campaign still has 24 days left to bring in more pledges. Read more at (Read More)

‘Civ V’ Designer’s Kickstarter For ‘At the Gates’ Hits Goal In Less Than A Week

February 11th - via:
“Civilization V” designer Jon Shafer has successfully Kickstarted the first game from his recently-founded indie studio, Conifer Games -- less than a week after setting the funding campaign in motion, “At the Gates” has raised the $40,000 needed to finish the game. Kickstarter funding is probably a pretty rough sketch for fan enthusiasm, but it’s clear that Shafer has struck a nerve with fans of strategy games. (Read More)

The Weblog Civilization V designer Jon Shafer unveils new studio and project

February 7th - via:
Civilization V lead designer Jon Shafer today announced that he has formed a new Michigan-based studio, and launched a Kickstarter to fund its first game. (Read More)

At the Gates – Kickstarter launched by Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer

February 6th - via:
Civilization V lead designer Jon Shafer has started a Kickstarter for his turn-based strategy game set during the fall of Rome titled At the Gates. (Read More)

Civilization V’ Designer Launches Conifer Games, Hits Up Kickstarter To Fund ‘At the Gates’

February 6th - via:
Jon Shafer is the youngest of Young Turks: while he working for Firaxis, the studio responsible for the “Civilization” series, he moved up in the ranks lightning-fast, working alongside Sid Meier as the lead designer for “Civ V” at the ripe old age of 25. (Read More)

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