Shafer's Next Step: From Civ To Stardock6 by Kris Graft[01.07.11]
Jon Shafer, lead designer on Firaxis' Civilization V, is now at Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. Here, he explains his move from a major publisher to a small independent studio, his reaction to fan criticism for the well-reviewed Civ V and why he never felt he was living in the shadow of Sid Meier.
Design, Interview, Indie
Five Minutes Of... Minecraft20 by Margaret Robertson[10.21.10]
Here, Margaret Robertson takes five minutes to uncover a speck of what drives the design of the web's current viral gaming sensation -- a game that lives not on Facebook, but marries blocky, pixellated classicism and anarchic current day design choices.
Design, Art, Indie