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OSTraining: New Video Class: Build a Drupal Corporate Site

Planet Drupal - 26 October 2015 - 12:04am

Drupal is used for a myriad of different kinds of websites. This week, Robert begins a two week series with "Build a Drupal Corporate Website".

During this class, Robert talks about planning, content types, modules, themes and everything you might need for this kind of site. You'll build a blog, personnel department, a views slideshow and more for the fictitious corporation, BoardGames Ltd.

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Troy’s Crock Pot: Make the room fit the monster

Gnome Stew - 25 October 2015 - 11:01pm

This one is for gamemasters learning to stock their first dungeons, a bit of straight-forward advice to make your life easier as you create and / or adapt adventures for your group.

Make the room fit the monster.

Now, this is more than just making sure that the dimensions of the encounter space match your adversary’s size. That’s just common sense. Dragons need a BIG room. Sprites less so (but room to fly around in is always advantageous).

And with the exception of magical enhancements, the entrance way has to accommodate its principal occupant. The naga might be content with slithering through the doggy door, but that ettin sure isn’t.

That said, let’s get to what this post is really about:  Making the room fit the monster. By this, I mean that the encounter space should reflect its residents. I’m talking about dressing the room so it fits  the monster’s ecology and purposes.

Let the monster manual, bestiary or adversary list for your chosen game guide you. Most monster listings include terrain as a descriptor. That is the first place to go.

OK, so let’s say the big book o’ beasts’ entry for the monster you’ve chosen lives in swamps. Does that disqualify it as a monster for your dungeon? Not at all. While it is true that swamp creatures like dry land as much as they do mud and pools, you should work with the water angle.

Create a room that is sufficiently damp to satisfy the swamp creature. Water collecting on floor, a pool overgrown with moss, roots dripping with moisture coming through cracks in the ceiling. You get the idea. Now this is a room that fits the monster.

But can you outfit an entire dungeon this way? Next, consider an alternative to terrain. Look at the monster’s descriptor for its preferences for treasure (and if is a beast, what it likes to eat. A meal is always as good as gold). If it likes gems, then it might prefer to live in volcanic vents, where gems form. If it has a hankering for mutton, then listen for the bleating from a nearby sheep pen.

Lastly, see if the descriptive text lists the monster’s motivations or things it values. A vampire with lust in its heart is going to be where the next party is. A priest of Ares likes to have lots of armor and weapons around. And the beefolk need lots of pollen.

You get the idea.

Dress your dungeon according to these three tips and you’re on your way to creating encounters that seem suited to your adversaries.


Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fuzzy Thinking: Unearthing the Arcana

RPGNet - 25 October 2015 - 11:00pm
Fuzzy weaponry.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

PreviousNext: aGov for Drupal 8: First Alpha Release

Planet Drupal - 25 October 2015 - 10:43pm

Since 2012, PreviousNext has been developing and maintaining the aGov distribution for Drupal 7. aGov provides a means for Australian Government organisations to meet their accessibility and security obligations with free and open-source software hosted on the platform of their choice.

In the last few weeks we have been working on the Drupal 8 version, and are happy to announce today the first Alpha release!

In this post we share some of our experiences developing a Drupal 8 distribution.

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OSTraining: How to Add a Custom Date Format in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 25 October 2015 - 7:36pm

In Drupal 8, the process of adding a new date format is substantially simpler than in Drupal 7.

In Drupal 7, there were several steps involved.

In Drupal 8, the process is substantially simpler:

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OSTraining: Everything that's Changed With Comments in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 25 October 2015 - 7:24pm

Comments were one of the more basic features in Drupal 7. There was only type of comment and you had very limited modification and moderation options. 

In Drupal 8, comments are vastly better. Here are 5 ways that comments have changed and improved:

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Quora - Related Questions / Posts

New Drupal Modules - 25 October 2015 - 9:41am

Quora Module provides related questions/posts of QUORA websites in drupal as Block or Ctools Plugin. Quora Questions/Posts to be displayed is fetched on the basis of tags provided by one of the fields of the content type. This field acting as the interconnection between your Drupal website and Quora Website is configurable.

This module uses
Google's Custom Search Engine (CSE) api

to fetch

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Flickity Carousel

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2015 - 10:00pm

Flickity is a touch responsive gallery created by desandro. This module integrates the Flickity library providing both theme functions for manual rendering and Views integration via a format style.

Commercial use

Please remember Flickity is provided to us by the wonderful desandro. For commercial use please read the license page

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DrupalOnWindows: Drupal 8 Performance: Moving the service container cache away from the database

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2015 - 9:00pm
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Drupal relies on pluggable cache backends to store cache data such as Memcache, Wincache, Database, etc. The default storage backend is the Database, but Drupal being a very cache intensive application (even more in Drupal 8) you want to get better performance by using faster backends that will yield lower latency and scale better.

Moving caching away from the database is done by replacing the caching services by ones that do not rely on the database. You define the services in your services.yml file and the binaries routing in settings.php:


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File Entity Browser

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2015 - 12:50pm

This module provides a default Entity Browser that lets you browse and select your files in a nice-looking, mobile-ready Masonry based interface.

  1. Entity Browser
  1. Download Entity Browser from
  2. Run bower install from the file_browser directory
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Environment Field Access

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2015 - 7:27am

Restrict an access to fields depending on environment.


Create an environment via hook_environment(), go to editing of any existing field and configure an access in Field Access settings group.

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Url Redirect

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2015 - 12:53am
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Yonas Yanfa: Merging changes from GitHub back into

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2015 - 12:46am

I recently needed to merge the work of pjonckiere and geertvd from GitHub back into Here is how I did it using Git subtree merging:

# Clone the repository git clone --branch 8.x-1.x cd calendar # Make sure to set your name and email address git config "Yonas Yanfa" git config # Register the GitHub remote repository git remote add -f geertvd # Prepare for the later step to record the result as a merge git merge -s ours --no-commit geertvd/8.x-3.x # Read the GitHub branch into our branch git read-tree --reset -u geertvd/8.x-3.x # Commit the merge git commit -m 'Merge' # Pull in the GitHub commits git pull -s subtree geertvd 8.x-3.x # Verify that everything worked git log # Push the changes to git push

The neat thing is, if the developers that worked on GitHub use the same email address in GitHub and, Drupal will credit them with all the commits as if they originally made their commits in!

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Virtual K-pop dance teacher developed to make dance learning easier

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 22 October 2015 - 6:38am
A virtual dance teacher has been developed that can make learning famous K-Pop dances easier at home by precisely tracking 3-D body joints. The developers successfully created the precise 3-D tracking of 15 human body joints using big data of the human body and the relational information among human body joints.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Subliminal effect of facial color on fearful faces

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 22 October 2015 - 6:35am
Facial color affects early stage of subliminal processing of facial expression, say researchers, providing the first neurophysiological evidence showing the effects of facial color on emotional expression perception. This finding may contribute to promoting emotional interaction using avatars in virtual reality-world.
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