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Creative Director of Important Little Games, an indie educational games studio based out of Chicago.  Currently building 'Codemancer,' a fantasy adventure game where Magic is Programming.

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Posted by Rob Lockhart on Tue, 31 May 2016 12:25:00 EDT in Programming, Serious
The idea of using simple games and apps to teach programming has come under fire. I come to its defense.


Posted by Rob Lockhart on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:18:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Let's look through a large dataset of game titles and see what we can find...


Posted by Rob Lockhart on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:49:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
When creating proper names for fictional people, places and things in a game (or other creative endeavor), there are some tricks you can use to help your players keep them distinct and organized in their minds.


Posted by Rob Lockhart on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:30:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Indie
Specifics of the successful Kickstarter for Codemancer, a fantasy game that teaches programming. There are lots of numbers and graphs and pretty pictures.


Posted by Rob Lockhart on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:50:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Some observations about magical fiction which I hope will help other game designers to craft the mythologies of their games.


Posted by Rob Lockhart on Mon, 09 Jun 2014 04:54:00 EDT in Design, Indie
I announce the winner of the Game Design Challenge!



Rob Lockhart's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/31/2016 - 12:25]

Agreed. I hope everyone realizes ...

Agreed. I hope everyone realizes that no software can replace a good instructor, but these games and apps that introduce programming are a valuable tool on the path towards learning computer science.

Comment In: [News - 11/10/2015 - 02:30]

This is fantastic. Someone should ...

This is fantastic. Someone should approach his estate about making this game. r n r nI could picture Maxis doing a great job with this if they were still around. My friends at Strange Loop would be a good choice, too, as would SomaSim games.

Comment In: [Blog - 11/12/2015 - 12:20]

This is definitely a worthwhile ...

This is definitely a worthwhile effort. It might be worth running this by the IGDA Learning and Educational Games SIG. http://www.igda.org/group/leg I 'll bet we could make a good deal of progress.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/12/2015 - 09:25]

Relativity has been renamed 'Manifold ...

Relativity has been renamed 'Manifold Garden, ' just FYI :

Comment In: [Blog - 10/06/2015 - 01:45]

I 'm so glad you ...

I 'm so glad you posted this. I agree that in many unfortunately less tangible ways the game was a success. It 's almost as though you made this game instead of an animated company logo. You should put a simplified version in the header of your website :

Comment In: [Blog - 10/02/2015 - 01:08]

Right on ...

Right on