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Jon Shafer Interview preview: Modding in Civilization 5


  • Jon Shafer Interview preview: Modding in Civilization 5

    We're working on this video interview we had with Jon Shafer (Lead Designer of Civilization V). Here's a small preview on what Jon Shafer had to say about modding and a possible SDK:
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