Jon Shafer's At The Gates


It is for me. I cant speak for anyone else. More specifically, if the tutorial is helping me along as i play then its fine. if its one of those ones that limit my choices early on or even worse put me through one of those “do this”, “now do that” style on rails things, then I resent it and will skip it if I can.

Or to put it another way, if the tutorial gets in the way of me playing the full game by limiting features or world spaces until I complete it then its a negative in my mind.


I do tutorials when I see them on the main menu. In fact, I appreciate when a developer separates a tutorial out from the main game/campaign, so subsequent replays don’t include some sort of forced, scripted hand-holding. However, I’ve come to find the best tutorials are on YouTube anyway, so if this is one of those games you can learn on your own through careful playing/testing/reading OR from watching YouTube, I’m totally okay with that.


As you debate the merits of tutorials, you guys are missing the big story in Jon’s post:

I’ll be back early next month with a big announcement, so stay tuned!


Just don’t want to jinx it.


I hate tutorials. I just want to play, and am resentful of unskippable tutorials.


Mark your calendars.



“Jon Shafer’s At The Gates, now ONLY on the Nintendo Switch!”


Launch exclusive on Epic Games Store!

Just kidding.


I bet you’re exactly right.


If true that would mean I have a game on the store.

Honestly I’m just glad it’ll be coming out, when a year ago I assumed it was dead.


At long last: a release date, Steam page, the works!


Good luck, Jon!


Very exciting! The dev diaries for this game were awesome.




I’m interested to see how this turns out. I’ll be waiting for the forum feedback before I do anything. I hope it ends up being worth the wait.


the game certainly has its rough edges it really is a new kind of 4X experience. It’s a tough game, and it can be a slow grind, but from day one I always wanted to build something that would take the basic genre formula and push it a bit more. The game won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

This reviewer is a total jerk!


Congrats on getting this out! I know it’s been a long slog, and you’ve been through a lot,I’m just hoping for the best for both you and the game!


Okay, another game I’m excited about for 2019! Imperialism 2 is my favorite strategy game of all time, and I absolutely love the mechanic of searching for resources that Jon is using here.




Congratulations to Jon for shipping. Looking forward to it!