Episode #121: At the Gates Update with Jon Shafer

Episode #121: At the Gates Update with Jon Shafer


Former host and Game Design Roundtable co-founder Jon Shafer stops in to talk about At the Gates. Jon’s been hard at work adding features, taking out features, and polishing the game. Progress moves ever forward as the game becomes the game that Jon set out to make.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.comDavid Heron – @DavidVHeron

Jon Shafer – www.atthegatesgame.com, @jonshaferdesign, jonshaferondesign.com, jon.shafer@conifergames.com

Episode Outline

0:01:58 – Making changes in development

0:06:56 – Clans

0:11:57 – Developing the clan mechanic

0:14:36 – Other changes to the game’s original design

0:19:44 – Storytelling

0:22:57 – Diplomacy

0:26:46 – Romanization

0:36:08 – Test groups

0:39:51 – Food and player pressure