Civilisation V lead designer Jon Shafer’s At the Gates Kickstarter has been successfully funded already, less than a week into its campaign.

The turn-based empire building title is being developed by a small team at Shafer’s new studio Conifer Games, and sees the player lead a barbarian kingdom to glory during the final days of the Roman Empire.

Its key features are a landscape affected by the changing seasons, the ability to migrate your entire tribe to find new resources, geographically accurate or randomised worlds, and eight factions each with their own challenges.

The Kickstarter campaign goal was US$40,000 (AU$45,603), and it has raised US$46,829 (AU$38,951) with 24 days remaining.

The game is expected in the first half of 2014.