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Jon Shafer, lead designer of Firaxis Games’ "Sid Meier's
Civilization V", is excited to announce that he has founded
Conifer Games, a Michigan-based independent
studio. The first project from Conifer will be "Jon Shafer’s
At the Gates", for which a Kickstarter campaign was launched
While at Firaxis and Stardock, Shafer experimented with new ways
to conceptualize the empire building games that dominate the
strategy world. With "Jon Shafer’s At the Gates", he wants to
provide gamers a fresh experience that is challenging from
beginning to end set atop a constantly evolving landscape.
Jon Shafer’s At the Gates can be found on Kickstarter
and is targeting a goal of $40,000
Set in the waning days of the Roman Empire, "Jon Shafer’s
At the Gates" casts you as the leader of a barbarian tribe, ready
to fill the power vacuum left by a great power in decline. You must
compete not only against other nations, but with an environment
that does not eagerly feed your people and armies. The resources of
the world you are constantly depleting, requiring you to move your
tribe in search of new ones - or to pillage those of your
Will you be ready for a long, hot summer that scorches your
fields, or a winter that freezes the river that once served as a
wall to fend off the Huns? "Jon Shafer’s At the Gates"
features seasons that transform not just the world, but the
strategic options available to you.
Based out of Farmington, Michigan and led by Jon Shafer, the
Conifer team is dedicated to providing deep and meaningful
experiences with every game they develop. Conifer believes the
future of the games industry will be shaped by smaller, agile
studios able to innovate and breathe new life into gaming.