At the Gates - An empire builder by Jon Shafer, designer of Civ 5


Heads up Civilization gamers, Jon Shafer the designer behind Civilization 5 has announced that he has formed a new Michigan-based studio, and launched a Kickstarter to fund its first game. True to form this is very much like a Civilization game, but it isn't Civilization, this game is "At the Gates". A 4X turn-based strategy title set during a period of the Roman Empire in collapse. You take on the role of a barbarian tribe that is looking to carve a path for itself and establish itself as the new master of Europe.

But be warned, you are not the only power hoping to take control of Europe. Ambitious rival kingdoms will stand in your way, and yes the Romans are still alive and formidable foes. Yet with that going on, even the land it self is not a safe place to be. 

The kickstarter is a modest $40,000 goal and this is one of those games that look to smash the kickstarter very quickly, as it's already at $30,400, with 28 days still to go!

  • Adapt to an ever-changing landscape as the seasons change. Craft plans where you not only survive but hope for fields to dry up, marshes to flood and rivers to freeze solid.
  • Build a robust economy by finding and exploiting new resources. Deposits slowly deplete so you need to always be on the hunt for more - even if they belong to your neighbors. If none are nearby, a better option might be to migrate your entire tribe to a different part of the world!
  • Vanquish enemies on the battlefield by deftly maneuvering around them and destroying their chains of supply. But make sure your own are protected, as tactical victory means nothing if your armies then starve to death!
  • Forge lasting diplomatic relationships with other leaders by lending them a hand in times of need. If Attila’s people are starving, sending him grain might earn you a friend for life.
  • Fight or cooperate with the Romans - and become more like them. Barbarian kingdoms become more “Romanized” and gain access to powerful new technologies as they interact with the two halves of the Empire.
  • Play on a geographically accurate map of Europe or 100% randomly-generated worlds.
  • Lead one of eight factions, each with unique strengths to take advantage of and challenges to overcome.

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