Today I have an interview with Civilization V designer, Jon Shafer. Jon’s an experienced 4X strategy game player and creator, and I wanted to talk to him about the design issues these kinds of games tend to face. Here’s a few subjects we talk about:
- Diplomacy systems
- Lack of dynamics in the late (and often mid) game
- How combat should be resolved, if it exists at all
- Match length
- Victory conditions
… just to name a few. Jon is currently working on the successfully Kickstarted At the Gates, which you can play an early access version of here.
Note: Jon’s audio is a little bit spotty in the first 10 minutes of the interview, but it clears up! Enjoy!
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