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Heather Flowers

Game developer, writer

in developer, game, windows

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Heather Flowers. I'm an independent game developer and writer, currently working on the Extreme Meatpunks Forever game series (Seasons 1 and 2 out now), about gay disasters beating up Neo-Nazis in giant robots made of meat.

What hardware do you use?

I work using a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad P50. It's a solid laptop -- strong enough that I'll be using it for years to come, while still maintaining a kind of brutalist elegance.

And what software?

I program my games in Unity engine (specifically v2018.3). I code C# in Sublime Text with a personalized theme I put together a while back. I write in Yarn, a Twine-like program used for game dialog. For static art assets, I tend to use stylized ASCII art, so a common workflow is to make a basic ASCII image in Notepad, port it into Glimpse (a GNU Image Manipulation Program fork), color/edit it there, and export to Unity. For animations, I use Aseprite.

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup is honestly similar to my present setup, but more powerful. Part of the reason I enjoy the ThinkPad P50 is that it has lots of room to grow: it's an easily modded machine, so with the right setup it can become really powerful for a laptop. I don't think I'd want to switch to a desktop, long term -- ironically, mobility is an important aspect in my working from home routine. Being able to pick up my workstation and move it elsewhere in my home allows for a strong routine and greater work hygiene, which is important to my mental health.

Software-wise, I want to begin incorporating Blender for 3D modeling into my workflow, but I have some more learning to do before I feel confident working with it professionally.

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