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Real Name Jon Shafer   
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Description Game designer. Currently working on 'At The Gates'. Owner & CEO of Conifer Games. Committed to crafting a new generation of games that are deep, meaningful and forever replayable.
Signed On Feb 8, 2013, 23:57
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News Comments > Jon Shafer's At The Gates Video
5. Re: Jon Shafer's At The Gates Video Oct 21, 2014, 12:38  Jon Shafer 
saluk wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 19:21:
Nice to see this project coming along. It does feel a lot like civ, but also different in a lot of ways. The clans, weather, and survival feel make it a bit more intimate. I love the watercolors, and the hints in the fog of war. I'm glad the tech tree made it in too. The design updates have been really interesting, but also a bit worrying because so many things have been changing all the time.

For instance, clans were added in august. They seem like the core feature the game is built around now.

To be fair, we did first start working on the clans system back in March... but your point certainly stands that the project has seen a big shift or two! That said, I can state with confidence that no more big changes will be coming. From here on out we'll simply be polishing what's already there (plus small tweaks here and there, e.g. bandits which you can pay off, or purchase the services of as mercenaries).

If AtG were coming out in only a few months I'd absolutely be concerned about the number of changes the game has seen, but we're committed to spend as much time as necessary on polish, balance, AI, etc. The unfortunate cost of that is everyone having to be patient for a fair bit longer, but I can promise the wait will be worth it in the end!

Also, if you guys have any questions about the game I'd be happy to answer them for you.

- Jon
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News Comments > Jon Shafer's New Studio Announces At the Gates
20. Re: Jon Shafer's New Studio Announces At the Gates Feb 8, 2013, 19:22  Jon Shafer 
nin wrote on Feb 8, 2013, 19:21:
Looks like you've got it locked in, Jon. Congrats!
Getting close, but we're not quite there yet!

- Jon
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News Comments > Jon Shafer's New Studio Announces At the Gates
18. Re: Jon Shafer's New Studio Announces At the Gates Feb 8, 2013, 19:12  Jon Shafer 
Hey guys, Jon here.

You're right that 40k isn't much for a project like this. However, I'll actually be the only full-time developer on board, and many of the misc business expenses are already out of the way. We don't have an office or really any overhead costs, so that gives us a large degree of flexibility.

The other two core members of the team both still have full-time jobs and will be working on ATG in the evenings and on weekends (unless we blow way past our goal, and then we'd have other options). None of us are being "paid" to make ATG, and we all live together so rent is not an issue. I actually have another house I used to live in that I'm planning on selling in the next couple months which will also help ensure I'll be able to eat during the course of development!

So finishing the game is very much feasible on this budget - it's really just a question of level-of-comfort for the team and, in particular, myself. The campaign has gone very well so far though and it looks like we'll have more than 40k to work with, so I may be able to get away with munching on something besides ramen over the next year!

At the end of the day though, when you're an indie you have to make sacrifices. I want to have creative control and follow through on my vision. I could work for a larger company with a lot of money, but there are always strings attached. I'd rather sell all of my stuff so that I can make exactly what I want.

Thanks for your support everyone! All the best,

- Jon
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