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Lead a barbarian kingdom to glory during the final days of the Roman Empire. An empire builder by Jon Shafer, designer of Civ 5.
Lead a barbarian kingdom to glory during the final days of the Roman Empire. An empire builder by Jon Shafer, designer of Civ 5.
3,009 backers pledged $106,283 to help bring this project to life.

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      clayffo on November 16

      @Michael, you shouldn't encourage bad behavior. Jon has done nothing but lie and ignore his supporters for over a year. read back to mine and other comments. Go to the game forum conifergames.com. No concerns or criticisms ever get directly and appropriately answered. It's always an excuse for almost 4 years now.

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      Michael Johnsen
      Superbacker
      on November 15

      very nice of you to offer a refund - however I pledged to this to support you in getting the game made - not as a glorified pre-order :) - so keep the money and stay healthy too btw - we'll get the game in the end and im sure it'll be awesome

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      clayffo on November 7

      Jon

      I'm not interested in a refund. $30 means nothing to me. I'm interested in you actually doing what you say.

      You promised a moderator 2 months ago . Did it take 2 months to come up with another phony excuse? What Exactly have you done to further the game? I'm fascinated to know

    4. Jon Shafer Creator on October 28

      Thanks Jonathan. I do truly understand how much patience and faith it's taken to stick with this project. As such, anyone who wants a refund will still retain their access (via both Steam and Humble) to the game, as I'm truly confident AtG will in fact be a great once finished.

      Thanks again, everyone.

      - Jon

    5. Jonathan Walters
      Superbacker
      on October 28

      Admittedly, this game has far exceeded reasonable release expectations. But that's the nature of Kickstarter, and I'm fine with waiting longer, assuming the result is a polished, complete, and high quality game. Hopefully the funding arrangement works out and we're able to see results sooner than later. Until then, I'll keep my fingers crossed and sincerely wish you the best of luck in seeing this through to release.

    6. Jon Shafer Creator on October 27

      Oh, and if you are interested in a refund you can do so by sending me either a PM here on Kickstarter or via email at contact@conifergames.com.

      - Jon

    7. Jon Shafer Creator on October 27

      Hey all,

      Just wanted to update you on the latest goings-ons. AtG has obviously taken a fair bit longer than expected but we're still dedicated to finishing the game. The reason for the recent radio silence is that I've been in discussions with a partner to provide financial assistance to finally bite the bullet and hire full-time staff (in addition to just myself) to help get it out the door once. Once the deal is done and I'm contractually allowed to talk about it we'll fill you in on the details.

      For anyone who's no longer interested in waiting I have no problem offering a refund of your contribution via PayPal. (As an aside, if I were a charlatan then I'm obviously not a very good one, having cashed out my retirement to pay for development!)

      - Jon

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      clayffo on October 27

      Jon, i think you're more cut out for politics than game development. You do 3 things really well.
      1. Solicit money under false promises
      2. Get nothing done
      3. Lie to and then ignore your supporters

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      clayffo on October 27

      Jon, i think you're more cut out for politics than game development. You do 3 things really well.
      1. Solicit money under false promises
      2. Get nothing done
      3. Lie to and then ignore your supporters

    10. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on October 13

      dev ... stupid Kickstarter lacking an edit function.

    11. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on October 13

      Aaah shit... looks like my expectations were correct.... a dav selling everything he owns is preparing for bankruptcy and not for the release of a product.

      Ah well ... software kickstarters mostly fail, right?

    12. pharmac on September 18

      Here we are again, spinning our wheels on this. I am only out $30 for this, but "Civilization 6" release date is already scheduled for October 21, 2016. Time to write this off as a bad debt and move on as while this was ambitious in its initial plan, C-VI is a certainty even though it is not as multifaceted as ATG promised to be, it will be delivered.

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      clayffo on September 7

      AKA that's not an errant comment

    14. AKASlaphappy
      Superbacker
      on September 6

      wrong game, sorry :) had to many tabs open

    15. AKASlaphappy
      Superbacker
      on September 6

      It would be nice to hear from you guys again on the state of the game.

    16. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on August 30

      @nik zahn
      If he would release the alpha to the backers, so we had "something" for our pledges I think people would be way more sympathic to the cause.
      At the current state of the game, it´s not as if any backer would buy into the alpha anyway.

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      clayffo on August 25

      and we're back on the 6 month vague update routine.....

    18. nik zahn on August 24

      totally understand, i think if i hadn't bought early access at the beginning i wouldn't do so now for the same reasons...
      just find it hard to believe that jon would 'abandon' us voluntarily. i am worried he's seriously ill (he mentioned he had some health issues).. i rather want to believe that once he's better he'll reach out to us again..
      AtG was the very first project i supported on KS and now, 30 projects later, i still believe his project was closest to the true spirit of KS. most others had a ready item and (only) wanted exposure, an outlet, marketing, boosting ordering number or what not - and that's all fair too; but jon really needed us to even start and pursue his dream. really hope the pressure did not break him and he'll be able to finish what he dared to start :)

    19. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on August 22

      @nik zahn ... I am surely not buying an Alphabuild for a game that I dont see leaving Alpha any time at all. I already put down money in good faith and currently consider this pledge wasted. I would be way more sympathic to the Jon Shafers cause if he did not abandon the community funding his project completely.

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      clayffo on August 16

      @nik just curious, why would anyone want to put out more money to a dev who clearly does not care enough about his backers to, at the very minimum, converse with them on a regular basis? at least you have received value in the alpha build. I have received nothing from this

    21. nik zahn on August 13

      @Aerouge depending on your pledge level you can already play the Alpha. I've been playing for about a year now.. if you desperately want the early access (and help Jon some more along the way) there is always the option to 'buy' the key on his webpage:

      http://www.atthegatesgame.com/purchase/earlyaccess

      i really hope he'll recover from whatever he's hit with and finishes the game. even though there is still a lot missing in the game it's quite addictive :)

    22. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on July 28

      It´s just such a pitty. There seems to be a playable Alpha available. If they would just release this to us it would not have been a complete waste.

    23. JLLongshore on July 27

      well as in real life a picture is worth 1000 words (or in his case 10,000 words). I guess i'll just write this one off as giving money to the homeless.. i.e. Voltaire.

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      clayffo on July 26

      since the conifergames forums are all but abandoned, I would hasten to say that the car is currently upside down in a ditch somewhere with the roadmap nowhere to be found.

    25. Niels on July 26

      So, according to the latest roadmap, the game should be around Alpha status by now. Any news on whether that is actually the case?

    26. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on July 21

      oh just dug out this post on the forums:

      http://forums.conifergames.com/index.php…

      "Creator Jon Shafer on May 13

      Hey all, apologies for the lengthy radio silence. I've been dealing with some health issues the past few months and had to take some time off. I'm back in the saddle as of today though, so no need to worry about whether the game will be finished or not - you should start seeing updates to the game again next week!

      - Jon"

    27. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on July 21

      Well since he already posted that he sold everything he owns in the last updated I expected this project to fall radiosilent and the creator to file for bankruptcy. Would be sad if my guts were right back then.

      Still the last Forum Update for the beta testers was around February ...

      Maybe we should try to contact Kickstarter and politely ask for refunds? If there still is some cash left that is ... it worked for Star Citizen ;-)

    28. Josh Wolf on July 15

      Let's face it, this game isn't seeing the light of day. >:(

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      Adauli, Red Wizard of the Obisdian Order on July 6

      In April and May we got promised a update within some week but now its July and the last update is still Sep. last year. :(

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      clayffo on June 30

      I think that since the game is 2 years past the anticipated completion date and $100k isn't that much money for 2 years of development, we deserve a more open and honest explanation of what's going on. If you're crippled and not able to work, then you should post that you need a year off to get right. if you're out of money, then you should consider a cash call to get what you need to finish the job. simple being MIA for 6 months at a time is unprofessional and shows no respect for the backers

    31. nik zahn on June 24

      judging from the long silence it must be rather serious - hope you can beat whatever you are fighting and get well soon!

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      Radnom on May 31, 2016

      Hope you're feeling well Jon, be careful not to burn out! Take your time with the game, your health is more important!

    33. Hipparchia on May 23, 2016

      'Hope you are well \o/
      Looking forward for the next update!

    34. Jon Shafer Creator on May 13, 2016

      Hey all, apologies for the lengthy radio silence. I've been dealing with some health issues the past few months and had to take some time off. I'm back in the saddle as of today though, so no need to worry about whether the game will be finished or not - you should start seeing updates to the game again next week!

      - Jon

    35. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on May 3, 2016

      Well? How many are a couple?

    36. Jon Shafer Creator on April 11, 2016

      Apologies for the late response - the next big update should be posted here in a couple weeks.

      - Jon

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      saluk on April 11, 2016

      Yeah any updates for 2016?

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      BeeTHLe BeTHLeHeM on March 22, 2016

      Looking forward for some update about the game. Since I have to wait the game release at least your videos and insights on game design can help with the wait!

    39. Barbar on February 20, 2016

      Any updates? Some Screen shots? :) I always love getting updates on this game

    40. Christian Weisskopf on February 9, 2016

      I really enjoyed the previous updates and gameplay videos. Any news? How's the Milestone Schedule progressing?

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      David Korus on January 15, 2016

      As a game-dev, I appreciate your dedication to shipping when it's done instead of shooting for a ship date. Really looking forward to seeing the final product Jon!

    42. Niels on November 24, 2015

      Ok, prompt delivery. Thank you. And I'm amazed at your level of dedication.

    43. Niels on November 23, 2015

      Thanks for updating us here. (Maybe you should still post a real update every couple of months though, not everyone checks the comments.)
      So, what about that schedule?

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      Pesticide on November 6, 2015

      nevermind my question, u answered below had to scroll down :)

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      Pesticide on November 6, 2015

      thx for the updates, any reason u use the comments in stead of the real updates we get via mail?

    46. Jon Shafer Creator on November 4, 2015

      November 4 Update …

      We've been busy getting a complete, finalized project schedule nailed down over the past couple weeks, and should have it ready to go to the presses soon. As such, the next big project update which will detail exactly that should be posted next week, so stay tuned!

      - Jon

    47. Jon Shafer Creator on October 27, 2015

      October 27 Update …

      Finished writing a script which automates the process of building and deployment of new game versions - what used to be 19 tedious and error-prone steps now only requires a single click!

      - Jon

    48. Jon Shafer Creator on October 24, 2015

      I was recently a featured guest for the Game Designer's Vault (http://www.gamedesignersvault.com/), a site dedicated to the discipline and game development generally. My bio page there (http://www.gamedesignersvault.com/jon-shafer/) includes a brief career recap along with recommendations for design-related blogs and podcasts I've found informative. If you're a current/aspiring game designer or simply interested in the craft I definitely recommend stopping by the site and checking out all the other great content it has to offer.

      - Jon

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