That is the real Jon Shafer. At least that's what he told me.
To get serious for a bit though - my goal is not to come to Stardock and change everything. Every company and every project has different goals, priorities and challenges to overcome. With Civ 5 we had a particular target, but that doesn't mean every Stardock game I'm involved with is going to be like Civ 5 in some way. Stardock aims for a different audience compared with other studios, and Brad has a clear idea on what kinds of projects he wants to make. I'll be lending my experience to that cause, and in the end, hopefully we end up with better games.
To those who have extended a warm welcome, you have my thanks!
For those skeptical of me coming aboard, I hope to win you over in time. I can promise you I'll do my best.
And for those who hate my guts, you'll be seeing a lot of me around these parts, so better get over it! Interacting with the fans is one of my favorite parts about making games, and I know not everyone will enjoy what you create. But one of my biggest goals going forward is to make sure you guys are happy with our games. So if you haven't liked my previous work, I ask that you give it another chance in the future. There's some really cool stuff coming up.