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New Drupal Modules - 2 January 2019 - 2:09am

"Create Module On One Click"

A module which create a Simple Module with all default files like .info,.routing,.install,.module and readme files.This is very easy and fast to create a module with basic code and it is also useful for new developers to create a module.

This module also create:
Controller
Form
Block

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Meeple Like Us Top Ten Board Games, 2018 Edition - by Michael Heron

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 1:11am
Every year (for at least two years) we have put together our top ten games and published them on Meeple Like Us. Here's how that list stands at the end of 2018 - a mix of the semi-new and the ancient, presented for your hopeful enjoyment.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Industry Predictions 2019 - by Patrick Scott

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 1:10am
2018 was a year of upsets: surprising game trends, sudden studio troubles, omnipresent indie angst, and a fervent race to start a Steam-killer. What awaits us in 2019?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Game controls for 3rd person and First Person Shooter Games - by Christian Philippe Guay

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 1:08am
Game design article about how to design efficient game controls for 3rd person and First Person Shooter games.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How to Launch a New App Successfully with Facebook Ads and Google UAC - by Brian Bowman

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 1:07am
User acquisition strategies assume that the developer has an existing app for cross-promotion and a history of advertising performance. That's not always the case. Here's how to run a successful ad campaign for a new app when you're starting from scratch.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Where are all the smartphone controllers. - by arne neumann

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 1:01am
An enquiry as to the forces holding smartphone controllers at bay.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Restart of China’s Game Approval Process and What It Means for Localization - by Jacob Stempniewicz

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 12:58am
In December 2018, China finally restarted the approval process for video games after a 9-month break. What does it mean for Chinese game localization?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Professionals: Do the Game Jam - by George Collins

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 January 2019 - 12:44am
The Global Game Jam isn't just for students and amateurs. It can be rewarding and entertaining exercise for professionals as well.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Group Node Field

New Drupal Modules - 1 January 2019 - 8:35pm
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Layout Builder Styles

New Drupal Modules - 1 January 2019 - 3:44pm
Overview

IMPORTANT! This module currently requires a core patch. See "Requirements" section below.

This module allow site builders to select from a list of styles to apply to blocks that are placed via Layout Builder.

A "style" is a configuration entity with the following properties:

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Commerce RL Carriers

New Drupal Modules - 1 January 2019 - 10:27am

This module will allow LTL Freight shipments to be quoted using an active account with R&L Carriers (https://www.rlcarriers.com/).

Categories: Drupal

Advanced Designers & Dragons: 2018: The Year in Review

RPGNet - 1 January 2019 - 12:00am
Memorials, alt-right wars, kickstarters, and more.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Accidental Coder: 8: Adding an admin page with a config settings form to a custom module

Planet Drupal - 31 December 2018 - 6:19pm
8: Adding an admin page with a config settings form to a custom module ayen Mon, 12/31/2018 - 21:19
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Block Blacklist

New Drupal Modules - 31 December 2018 - 10:53am

Remove unnecessary blocks from the block list for better system performance.

Drupal provides an extensive list of blocks, many of which you may never use anywhere, and others you won't use in Layout Builder. Improve UX and system performance by removing blocks that won't be used on your site.

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Token Headers

New Drupal Modules - 31 December 2018 - 9:45am

Create a new token under site that allows one to grab a http header.

Example:
[site:header:HTTP_TRUE_CLIENT_IP]

Categories: Drupal

An object at rest

Adventures in Interactive FIction - 17 May 2008 - 2:03pm

So obviously, the pendulum of progress stopped swinging on my game.  As much as I tried to prevent it, pressing obligations just wouldn’t take a back seat (nor would the burglars who, a few weeks ago, stole 90% of my wardrobe and who last week stole my monitor).  So after a string of hectic weekends and even crazier weeks, this weekend has been pretty wide open for doing whatever I want to do.  And not a moment too soon!

So after doing all the other things I try to do with my weekends, I finally loaded up the ol’ Inform 7 IDE and started working on my game.  To get me back in the swing of things, so to speak, I started reading through what I’d already written.  It was an interesting experience.

Strangely, what impressed me most was stuff I had done that I have since forgotten I learned how to do.  Silly little things, like actions I defined that actually worked, that had I tried to write them today, probably would have had me stumped for a while.  Go me!  Except, erm, I seem to have forgotten more than I’ve retained.

I also realized the importance of commenting my own code.  For instance, there’s this snippet:

A thing can be attached or unattached. A thing is usually unattached. A thing that is a part of something is attached.

The problem is, I have no idea why I put it in there – it doesn’t seem relevant to anything already in the game, so I can only imagine that I had some stroke of genius that told me I was going to need it “shortly” (I probably figured I’d be writing the code the next night).  So now, there’s that lonely little line, just waiting for its purpose.  I’m sure I’ll come across it some day; for now, I’ve stuck in a comment to remind myself to stick in a comment when I do remember.

It reminds me of all the writing I did when I was younger.  I was just bursting with creativity when I was a kid, constantly writing the first few pages of what I was sure was going to be a killer story.  And then I’d misplace the notebook or get sidetracked by something else, or do any of the million other things that my easily distracted self tends to do.  Some time later, I’d come across the notebook, read the stuff I’d written and think, “Wow, this is great stuff!  Now… where was I going with it?”  And I’d never remember, or I’d remember and re-forget.  Either way, in my mother’s attic there are piles and piles of notebooks with half-formed thoughts that teem with potential never to be fulfilled.

This situation – that of wanting to resume progress but fumbling to pick up the threads of where I left off –  has me scouring my memory for a term I read in Jack London’s Call of the Wild.  There was a part in the book where Buck’s owner (it’s late, his name has escaped me) has been challenged to some sort of competition to see if Buck can get the sled moving from a dead stop.  I seem to remember that the runners were frozen to the ground.  I thought the term was “fast break” or “break fast” or something to that effect, but diligent (does 45 seconds count as diligent?) searching has not confirmed this or provided me with the right term.  Anyway, that’s how it feels tonight – I feel as if I’m trying to heave a frozen sled free from its moorings.

The upside is, I am still pleased with what I have so far.  That’s good because it means I’m very likely to continue, rather than scrap it altogether and pretend that I’ll come up with a new idea tomorrow.  In the meantime, I’ll be looking for some SnoMelt and a trusty St. Bernard to get things moving again.

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Time enough (to write) at last…

Adventures in Interactive FIction - 14 April 2008 - 3:24pm

So I didn’t get as much coding done over the weekend as I had hoped, mainly because the telephone company *finally* installed my DSL line, which meant I was up til 5:30 Saturday am catching up on the new episodes of Lost.  That, in turn, meant that most of the weekend was spent wishing I hadn’t stayed up until such an ungodly hour, and concentration just wasn’t in the cards.

However, I did get some stuff done, which is good.  Even the tiniest bit of progress counts as momentum, which is crucial for me.  If the pendulum stops swinging, it will be very hard for me to get it moving again.

So the other day, as I was going over the blog (which really is as much a tool for me as it is a way for me to share my thoughts with others), I realized I had overlooked a very basic thing when coding the whole “automatically return the frog to the fuschia” bit…

As the code stood, if the player managed to carry the frog to another room before searching it, the frog would get magically returned to the fuschia.  This was fairly simple to resolve, in the end – I just coded it so that the game moves (and reports) the frog back to fuschia before leaving the room.  I also decided to add in a different way of getting the key out of the frog – in essence, rewarding different approaches to the same problem with success.

Which brings me to the main thrust of today’s post.  I have such exacting standards for the games I play.  I love thorough implementation.  My favorite games are those that build me a cool gameworld and let me tinker and explore, poking at the shadows and pulling on the edges to see how well it holds up.  A sign of a good game is one that I will reopen not to actually play through again, but to just wander around the world, taking in my surroundings.  I’ve long lamented the fact that relatively few games make this a rewarding experience – even in the best games, even slight digging tends to turn up empty, unimplemented spots.

What I am coming to appreciate is just how much work is involved in the kind of implementation I look for.  Every time I pass through a room’s description, or add in scenery objects, I realize just how easy it is to find things to drill down into.  Where there’s a hanging plant, there’s a pot, dirt, leaves, stems, wires to hang from, hooks to hang on, etc.  Obviously, unless I had all the time in the world, I couldn’t implement each of these separately, so I take what I believe to be the accepted approach and have all of the refer to the same thing.  Which, in my opinion, is fine.  I don’t mind if a game has the same responses for the stems as it does for the plant as a whole, as long as it has some sort of relevant response.  Even so, this takes a lot of work.  It might be the obsessive part of me, but I can’t help but think “What else would a person think of when looking at a hanging plant?”

Or, as I’ve come to think of it:  WWBTD?

What Would Beta Testers Do?

I’ve taken to looking at a “fully” implemented room and wondering what a player might reasonably (and in some cases unreasonably) be expected to do.  This is a bit of a challenging process for me – I already know how my mind works, so trying to step outside of my viewpoint and see it from a blind eye is hard.   I should stop for a second to note that I fully intend to have my game beta tested once it reaches that point, but the fewer obvious things there are for testers to trip over, the more time and energy they’ll have for really digging in and trying to expose the weaknesses I can’t think of.

I’ve found one resource that is both entertaining and highly informative to me:  ClubFloyd transcripts.  ClubFloyd, for the uninitiated (a group among which I count myself, of course) is a sort of cooperative gaming experience — if anyone who knows better reads this and cares to correct what may well be a horrible description, by all means!– where people get together on the IFMud and play through an IF title.  The transcripts are both amusing and revealing.  I recently read the Lost Pig transcript and it was quite interesting.  The things people will attempt to do are both astonishing and eye-opening.  In the case of Lost Pig (which, fortunately, I had already played before reading the transcript), what was even more amazing was the depth of the game itself.  I mean, people were doing some crazy ass stuff – eating the pole, lighting pants on fire, and so on.  And it *worked*.  Not only did it work, it was reversible.  You obviously need the pole, so there’s a way to get it back if, in a fit of orc-like passion, you decide to shove it in down Grunk’s throat.

Anyway, my point is, the transcripts gave me a unique perspective on the things people will try, whether in an effort to actually play the game, to amuse themselves, or to amuse others.  Definitely good stuff to keep in mind when trying to decide, say, the different ways people will try to interact with my little porcelain frog.

Other Stuff I Accomplished

So I coded in an alternate way to deal with the frog that didn’t conflict with the “standard” approach.  I also implemented a few more scenery objects.  Over the course of the next few days, I’m going to try to at least finish the descriptions of the remaining rooms so that I can wander around a bit and start really getting to the meat of it all.  I also want to work on revising the intro text a bit.  In an effort to avoid the infodumps that I so passionately hate, I think I went a little too far and came away with something a bit too terse and uninformative.  But that’s the really fun part of all of this – writing and re-writing, polishing the prose and making it all come together.

Whattaya know.  Midnight again.  I think I’m picking up on a trend here.

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Day Nothing – *shakes fist at real life*

Adventures in Interactive FIction - 8 April 2008 - 12:13pm

Grrr… I’ve been so bogged down in work and client emergencies that progress on the game is at a temporary (no, really!  Only temporary) standstill.  I’ve managed to flesh out a few more room and scenery descriptions, but have not accomplished anything noteworthy in a few days.  Hopefully after this week most of the fires on the work front will be extinguished, and I’ll have time to dive into the game this weekend.

(She says to no one, since there’s been one hit on this blog since… it started.)

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