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New Drupal Modules - 26 November 2016 - 3:29am
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Tabletop Gaming News - 26 November 2016 - 3:19am
Hey everyone. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving (for those that celebrate) and a good Thursday and Friday (for those that don’t). I’ve had a great couple of days, taking time to have both Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving 2: Thank Harder. Also got in some good gaming. Ascension, Raise Your Goblets, Guild Ball. Good times. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Justin Winter: shasum Checksum function

Planet Drupal - 25 November 2016 - 4:00pm
##New PHPStorm Version released today.##
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Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Field Display Label (video tutorial)

Planet Drupal - 25 November 2016 - 10:00am
Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Field Display Label (video tutorial) admin_gg Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:00 5

Here is where we look at Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today we'll consider Field Display Label, a module which allows you to set different field labels for your creation and display pages.

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Deep Space Exploration: Generating Design Challenges - by Michael Cook

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:51am
Game design is fun, when you're not crushing bugs! This is a quick introduction to No Second Chance, an app we're making at The Metamakers Institute about game design as creative play.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

9 Steps to Cheaper Game Development with Localization - by Damien Yoccoz

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:50am
Good video game localization is as much about preventing changes as making them. With the right preparation, you can drastically reduce the development cost of your games – not only in financial terms but also the time it takes to produce them.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Live Game streaming in China, its big, but can it also be big for mobile games? - by Jason Kong

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:50am
Current situation of Live streaming in China and the potential and obstacles for the Mobile Games Live Streaming market
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Implementing WiFi multiplayer on Cordova-based games - Part 2 - by Franco Bugnano

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:49am
Last time we have seen that a great solution for implementing local multiplayer on WiFi networks is to use Zeroconf and WebSockets. In this article we will see how to use these technologies, and some implications that are not obvious at first.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Getting a retro look without pixel art - by David Ferriz

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:48am
There’s a lot of people who think a retro game is synonimous with pixel art. This is a very usual association I don’t agree much because I don’t think that size of the pixels or the number of colours define how much retro a game is.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Game Development and Marketing Tips Every Game Developer Should Follow - by Darshan Patel

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 November 2016 - 8:47am
Best tips for game development & marketing for every game developer and every marketer need to know before diving your self into it.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

TimOnWeb.com: JQuery.cookie in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - 25 November 2016 - 8:06am

A quick tip for all Drupalistas outhere: if you want to use jQuery.cookie in your project, you actually don't have to download and install the library. jQuery.cookie is a part of Drupal 7 and can be included as easy as typing: 

  1. drupal_add_library('system', 'jquery.cookie');

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Back to school

Dries Buytaert - 25 November 2016 - 7:58am

Last week I presented at the University of Antwerp, my alma mater. I was selected to be the 2016/2017 ambassador of the alumni and was asked to talk about my career and work. Presentations like this are a bit surreal because I still feel like I have a lot to learn and accomplish. Deep down I'll always be searching for something more. I want my life and career to be meaningful and creative, and full of laughter and friends. This presentation was very special as it was attended by my parents, friends from high school and college, professors whose classes I attended 20 years ago and the university's rector or chancellor, Herman Van Goethem. It was great to laugh and catch-up with old friends and family, and it felt meaningful to share some of my lessons learned to a group of young students.

The university's rector or chancellor, Herman Van Goethem, introducing me. My parents sitting on the front row. Me with some of my friends from high school that I hadn't seen in 20 years!
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Back to school

Dries Buytaert - 25 November 2016 - 7:58am

Last week I presented at the University of Antwerp, my alma mater. I was selected to be the 2016/2017 ambassador of the alumni and was asked to talk about my career and work. Presentations like this are a bit surreal because I still feel like I have a lot to learn and accomplish. Deep down I'll always be searching for something more. I want my life and career to be meaningful and creative, and full of laughter and friends. This presentation was very special as it was attended by my parents, friends from high school and college, professors whose classes I attended 20 years ago and the university's rector or chancellor, Herman Van Goethem. It was great to laugh and catch-up with old friends and family, and it felt meaningful to share some of my lessons learned to a group of young students.

The university's rector or chancellor, Herman Van Goethem, introducing me. My parents sitting on the front row. Me with some of my friends from high school that I hadn't seen in 20 years!
Categories: Drupal

Ixis.co.uk - Thoughts: Social Media Cards: Metatag and semantic data

Planet Drupal - 25 November 2016 - 5:41am

One requirement for our new Drupal 8 site was to implement the necessary markup to provide enough semantic data for services like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to grab the appropriate node data (title, body and image) when sharing posts.

The Twitter developers documentation states that "with Twitter Cards, you can attach rich photos, videos and media experience to Tweets that drive traffic to your website. Simply add a few lines of HTML to your webpage, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a "Card" added to the Tweet that's visible to all of their followers." Facebook have a similar feature and corresponding documentation, as do LinkedIn.

Fortunately with the Metatag module enabling this functionality in Drupal 8 was a relatively painless task! All that was required was to install and enable the Metatag and Metatag: Twitter Cards modules (we're using 1.0-beta10 at the time of writing) and configure some basic, content-global settings.

Essentially, we ensure the card type is set to "Summary card" and that the description uses the [node:summary] token. We also want to provide an image for the summary card. We could provide the "Image URL" in the Twitter card setup which defines the twitter:image meta tag, however Facebook and LinkedIn use Open Graph for cards and we’d also have to provide the og:image metatag too.

This would cause two meta tags to be present in the header containing the same image URL, wasting bandwidth. Luckily, Twitter will fall back to the Open Graph tag if the twitter:image tag is not present so we only have to configure og:image tag.

We also configured several other Open Graph meta tags to support Facebook and LinkedIn.

We have only configured a subset of the tags available, but this gave us the basic card functionality we were after.

There are tools available to aid in development - allowing you to validate the meta tags and how they will render on social networks.. Your site has to be publicly accessible for these to work.

There are plenty of other guides available if you want more details about what you can do with the Metatag module, try these links:

Categories: Drupal

UC Mailchimp Pane

New Drupal Modules - 25 November 2016 - 5:33am

Mailchimp Checkout Pane for Ubercart. The module is compatible with Mailchimp 3.x and 4.x.

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Gifts for Gamers

Gnome Stew - 25 November 2016 - 12:00am

Yes, I’m talking about Christmas, but I’ll spare you the Christmas music.

Happy Black Friday, everyone! For those of you in the United States, I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic and spent with people you love. For everyone else, I hope you had a lovely Thursday.

Now that my guests have gone home and the kitchen is mostly clean (my brother made an amazing turkey dinner – his stuffing beats your stuffing), my thoughts turn to the upcoming season of gift giving. I celebrate Christmas, but I know plenty of people who celebrate other holidays this time of year. While I refuse to join the madding crowd out in the shopping centers on this most capitalist of days, I still try and figure out some awesome gifts for the gamers on my holiday list.

Let’s be honest here. Gamers can be hard to buy for. Friends and family not into the hobby often have no idea what to get their nerdy loved ones, but even those in the know may not be sure what to buy someone. We’re very proficient at having eclectic tastes and picking up the things we want or need on our own. Even when you’re part of the hobby someone is into, it can be hard picking just the right gift for them.

I pinged several gnomes and with the help of John, Darcy, Phil, and Senda, I came up with a list of gift ideas:

Practical

The Outlaw. Such a great name.

Backpacks and Messenger Bags – Gamers need ways to cart their stuff around. Unless someone always and only games at their house, they need a way to get their game stuff from point A to point B. As a “professional” con attendee, I can attest to the importance of having a good backpack along for the ride. Without one, I would be miserable. Phil is our resident bag aficionado, and he highly recommends the Outlaw from 3V Gear. If backpacks aren’t your gift recipient’s style, maybe a messenger bag would do. I’m fond of Timbuk2‘s style, though I long ago decided I preferred backpacks.

There’s a map on the inside of this one, guys!

All Rolled Up – On a slightly smaller scale, but still handy for any gamer, Darcy suggested looking at All Rolled Up. Their kits are compact, but offer transportation for a lot of essential items any gamer might need. On top of that, they’re pretty damn neat looking and there are so many different styles, you can find just the right one for whoever you’re buying for and whatever they’re playing. They did win an ENnie award for best accessory, after all. If you want to get one of these, I recommend moving fast on it as shipping may take a little longer than your lightning fast Amazon order.

Fanciful

There are so many neat little things out there themed for gamers. They may not always be easy to find, but if you know we’re to look, they can be a great gift without being too expensive. ThinkGeek is a pretty mainstream place to find Gamer Themed merchandise, but it’s not the only one out there. Etsy provides a cornucopia of options if you’re willing to search through their many creators. Heck, just searching for ‘RPG’ there will pull up a wide variety of fanciful and fun things. Try it!

Senda provided me with a bunch of adorable things from Etsy that would make awesome gifts without breaking the bank. Here’s a scarf! Some garland! A calendar! And everyone needs key chains!

Scarf!

Garland!

Calendar!

Key chains!

There are also other fanciful options out there. Our very own Gnome in Chief pointed out some very cool items at ShapeWays. They’re like a print-on-demand website storefront, but for 3D printing instead of traditional print media. I was particularly smitten with some of their dice sets, but John pointed out this cool d20 holder that would be quite useful for Magic players. Or just a cool knickknack to display on a gaming shelf.

I don’t play Magic, but I’d put that on a shelf.

They’re probably not functional, but they are cool.

Extravagant

Waaaaant. Can’t afford, though…

Gaming Table – Now, occasionally you have someone really special you want to buy for and you might be able or willing to drop a significant chunk of change down on the gift. If your gamer loved one has the space and doesn’t already own one, a gaming table would be a spectacular gift with a lot of wow factor. Most gamers I know drool over these, but they can’t make it happen just yet. I know I’ve been eyeing the coffee table options, as I’d love to set up a lounge game space in my house. Nothing beats comfy chairs AND a good game surface. GeekChic is probably the best known of these thanks to the exposure they get on Tabletop, but Carolina Game Tables is another, comparable option.

A HeroForge example. My beer drinking dragonborn cleric. She’s a hoot.

Hero Forge Minis – If you have any idea what their character looks like, why not do it up on Hero Forge and order them a mini. It’s personalized and has a huge wow factor. They’re not cheap for the higher end materials, but they are really damn cool. A GM I know designed one for each of her players’ characters and was considering ordering them as an end-of-campaign gift.

Gift Cards

Let’s face it. You have the hardest to buy for gamer on your list. There’s just no getting around it, but they’re the type that never shows enough interest in any one thing to make you feel confident you’re on the right track, or they’re the one that buys what they want the moment they realize they want it. As a last resort, you’re left with the dreaded Gift Card option. Dun dun dun.

But fear not, my friend. While gift cards are often looked down upon as a gift, choosing the right store or the right place to buy the gift card can show far more thought and appreciation than a cocoa sampler set or a pair of mittens. Even if you can’t figure out the exact item to get them, you at least know the ballpark to be shopping in.


Holiday Gnome says it’s okay to give Gift Cards when it’s done thoughtfully.

Most friendly local game stores (FLGS) will have some sort of gift certificate or gift card system. I can remember very fondly getting a handful of Egor Bucks back in the day, allowing me to shop for what I wanted at Crazy Egor’s. Heck, just walking into the store may give you the inspiration you need.

Another option is to get an online gift certificate for DriveThru RPG. That’s one way of ensuring your gift recipient can get WHATEVER they want, be it print or digital. I know there’s ALWAYS something on DriveThru I would love to pick up.

If you don’t have an FLGS or don’t care for DriveThru, another option for gift cards could be an office supply store. Staples, Office Depot, whatever. Even if they don’t sell gaming supplies, they sell stuff we need. From note cards to folders to organizers to whatever. My very favorite dice bag is a shark pencil case that I picked up in clearance at an Office Depot.

So there you have it, advice from gnomes on what to buy for gamers at Christmas time. It’s not a foolproof list and there’s certainly more options out there, but hopefully you got a little inspiration from these suggestions.

Do you have any items you’d add to the list? Heck, what’s on YOUR wish list this holiday season?

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Cheeky Monkey Media: The Secret to Branding DrupalCon: A Stunning Example of a Brand and Web Style Guide

Planet Drupal - 24 November 2016 - 2:33pm
The Secret to Branding DrupalCon: A Stunning Example of a Brand and Web Style Guide chris Thu, 11/24/2016 - 22:33

Cheeky Monkey Media has been involved in the design and creation of the Drupal Association's North American DrupalCons since 2015.

  • DrupalCon Los Angeles in 2015 was inspired the work of Shepard Fairey and his propaganda/street art stylings.
  • DrupalCon New Orleans in 2016 was inspired by the rich French history and wrought iron that is so prevalent in New Orleans.
  • The upcoming DrupalCon in Baltimore in 2017 draws on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and has a mysterious, almost moody edge to it.

Events of this scale take months of planning and preparation. The process and relationships between planning groups are key. The trick, however, is keeping all the moving pieces and deliverables (from the pins that get handed out to the signage guides the attendees to the website that handles all the registrations) consistent and on brand. That’s where our secret resource, the brand and web style guide, comes in.

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Lullabot: Past, Present, and Future of Drupal with Dries Buytaert and Matthew Tift

Planet Drupal - 24 November 2016 - 1:00pm
Matt and Mike talk with Drupal project lead Dries Buytaert and senior developer Matthew Tift to talk about the history of Drupal, what's currently going on, and what the future holds.
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Cision Feeds

New Drupal Modules - 24 November 2016 - 12:19pm

This module is extending the current Feeds module with a new fetcher and parser plugin for Cision feeds.

Dependency

Feeds module.

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Persist payment controller_data

New Drupal Modules - 24 November 2016 - 9:04am

This is a small utility addon for Payment. It simply makes the $payment->controller_data persistent. This reduces boiler-plate code in downstream payment controller implementations.

At some point this functionality may become part of the main payment module - see #2824638: Persist $method->controller_data.

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