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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 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!

Posted by Rob Lockhart on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 01:11:00 EDT in Design, Indie
An amazing roster of game designers explain their ideas for games that will occupy space travelers on their journey to Mars. Then you get to vote on your favorite!

Posted by Rob Lockhart on Thu, 01 May 2014 10:13:00 EDT in Design
Six respected game designer face off to design the best game, as voted by you -- Gamasutra readers!

Rob Lockhart's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/30/2015 - 01:30]

Well done You might be ...

Well done You might be interested in my project, Codemancer, where I tried to escape these stereotypes for just the reasons you outline.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/11/2015 - 12:44]

Typo: 'tenants ' should be ...

Typo: 'tenants ' should be 'tenets '

Comment In: [Blog - 03/10/2015 - 01:21]

This was my third GDC ...

This was my third GDC and I felt much the same way about it. Sorry I missed you at Lost Levels. Can 't wait to play Cadence

Comment In: [Blog - 08/12/2014 - 12:56]

It seems like a lot ...

It seems like a lot of commercial media is unnecessarily split along gender lines. There are Guy Movies and Chick Flicks. There 's even Spike and Oxygen gendered channels. The media I enjoy most is the kind I can enjoy with my Wife or my Mom or my Sister, which ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/07/2014 - 12:30]

Best of luck Let me ...

Best of luck Let me know when your campaign is up

Comment In: [Blog - 06/10/2014 - 04:50]

I 'm an obsessive Neal ...

I 'm an obsessive Neal Stephenson fan. r n r nI agree that ancient cultures have some 'interesting ' cultural explanations for magic. Unfortunately, they 're all too often either in service to a deity or to further the opression of women, other tribes, etc.