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Welcome to Rubicon's Ramblings.

This is the new blogging home of independent game creators, Rubicon Development. 

Yeah, who? With over 3.5 million customers, two game of the year awards and a BAFTA nomination, we put the "under" in "under the radar". So shhsh, don't tell anyone we're here!....

It's going to be me making all the posts and commentary, so here's a little about myself:

I've had a career in professional game programming spanning nearly 30 years, much of that in senior or lead roles, but you probably won't have heard of me before either.

The main reason for that is that a long time ago I made a decision to avoid working in massive teams on blockbuster titles and instead stuck with small to medium sized companies.

As cool as it is to say "I worked on Call of Duty" or whatever, I much prefer making a big impact on whatever it is I help develop, as it's much cooler to say "I made that". That's just not something you can really say when you're one tiny cog, even if it's the drive wheel.

For the last nine years I've been running a small independent studio, Rubicon Development, with co-founder Steve Haggerty. We set up Rubicon because we wanted to make original titles of our own, without publisher or investor interference, and have projects led by programmers how they should be.

To that end we've had some modest successes, mostly coming from our own IP creation, Great Little War Game, and it's much acclaimed sequel, Great BIG War Game.

Go play our stuff



Expert Blogs

Posted by Paul Johnson on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:11:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
When Steam makes your blood boil...

Posted by Paul Johnson on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:45:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Pirates are a lot of things. But why is one of those things not "embarrassed" ?

A sorry tale of over-expectation and under-performance, from the biggest CCG you've never heard of...

Posted by Paul Johnson on Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:58:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet
"Taken together, all of these factors should contribute to an overall CPI goal that backs out in an ROI-positive manner" -- is this actually English?

Posted by Paul Johnson on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:05:00 EDT in Design, Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Late summer, 2012. "Great Big War Game" had launched and done reasonably well so we started to think... “what next?”

Posted by Paul Johnson on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:26:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet
Here I am again swimming against the tide. This time, "the charts" get my own brand of good news!

Paul Johnson's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 09/23/2014 - 09:49]

I have to say I ...

I have to say I feel like this too. r n r nJust as you think you 're getting somewhere, the goalposts move again. I feel like I 'm being taunted in life because all I can really do is work ridiculously hard. And contrary to what my parents told ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/20/2014 - 06:11]

Thank you, that 's much ...

Thank you, that 's much appreciated. We 'll hopefully get back on to that next year for a long overdue free update too.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/18/2014 - 09:55]

Aye, that which doesn 't ...

Aye, that which doesn 't kill us... : r n r nWill be snagging this as soon as it 's out of course.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/20/2014 - 04:45]

I could see that mentality ...

I could see that mentality in some spheres, but every game on google play : r n r nActually, what am I saying. There does seem to be that level of cracking going on so this must be exactly it

Comment In: [Blog - 07/12/2014 - 06:06]

I hope you like your ...

I hope you like your advice blunt... r n r nI do love a good word game so went to check yours out with the full intention of buying it. But when I got to your facebook page, the screenshots I saw put me right off. Frankly it looks amateurish ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/11/2014 - 07:14]

Thanks, we 're actually trying ...

Thanks, we 're actually trying to figure a way to do something like that. Anything 's worth a shot atm