After leading design on the critically acclaimed Civilization V, Jon Shafer went indie. The result is the recently released At the Gates, a 4X strategy game focused on the final days of the Roman Empire. We recently spoke with Shafer on how At the Gates came together, how he broke into the game industry at a young age, and his advice for indie developers struggling to make it to the finish line.
From the mind of Jon Shafer, the designer of Civilization 5, At the Gates places you in the role of a Dark Age lord tasked with building a kingdom in the "shadow" of the remains of the Roman Empire. You'll have to explore the dangerous lands surrounding you, all while gathering resources so you can have the means to build up a powerful economic and military force the rest of the world will tremble at.