Aaron Leonard https://risingthumb.xyz

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Who am I?

I'm Aaron Leonard. I'm known for making some games. You may also know me from some of the Screencasts and Videos I put out on YouTube.

This site is where I post either Blog posts, Git Repositories, or public information about myself.

Programs and Tools

Programs I use daily include cmus, nvim, newsboat. I use Arch Linux but that's not that important. For window managers I use DWM. For task management I use vimwiki and taskwarrior.

I also use tmux, and write/modify other scripts to fit my needs. A lot of my dotfiles and configurations are built on top of Luke Smith's LARBS setup. The main differences being keybindings, music player and my particular use cases

You can get my dotfiles, scripts and DWM, DMenu and Neofetch source files from my Git Repository.

Game Development

For Game Development I used to use Gamemaker because of its simple scripting language. Nowadays I dislike it because it encourages heavily coupled code that makes the game you're making on exponentially harder to work on as you work on it, rather than linearly hard. For new developers I can recommend it for training wheels, and some good games have been made in it(Hyper Light Drifter, Hotline Miami among others).

These days I have changed to Godot due to GDScript being based on Python3, the Scene system and the way scenes arrange objects in a tree structure. All of this makes for a very nice and powerful environment from which to make a game. It's also open source, royalty-free, supports 3D games and actually has a proper way to make a GUI in it. The entire engine is also written within the engine as well which goes to show how stable it is.

For artwork, I use Aseprite, and I export it with custom shell scripts to mass export source files to automatically integrate them. I don't see any other tool to meet how powerful Aseprite is. For tiles, tilesetter is a good choice, though it's not user friendly.

For audio, I use Audacity. I get sound effects from freesound.org. For music I use PXTone, a tool by Pixel.

You can find a list of my games here

Latest Blogs

Browsable blogs Rolling Blog Page

  • 2020 Jul 21 – Gopher
  • 2020 Jul 20 – Social media is garbage(but you already knew that already)
  • 2020 Jun 07 – The Pessimist's Why
  • 2020 Jun 06 – Happenings
  • 2020 May 31 – Exams finished
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