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Critique on data driven development - by James Mearman

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 October 2018 - 6:15am
In a time where collected data increasingly shapes how we create games I would like to offer my thoughts on how this same data is invoking it's own reality on how games are to be created.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Situations of Conflict - by James Allsopp

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 2 October 2018 - 6:09am
Most stress, anxiety and the increasing pressure we experience in game development is due to situations of conflict. Conflict with; other people, yourself, the design, the way the character just doesn’t quite feel right when jumping and of course…time
Categories: Game Theory & Design

CTI Digital: Marketing Drupal to Customers: a Drupal Europe Initiative. Call for Contributors!

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2018 - 5:03am

Whilst at Drupal Europe last month, I was privileged to be invited by Drupal’s founder, Dries Buytaert, to a round table discussion, aimed at further marketing the Drupal project.

Categories: Drupal

Kayak Integration

New Drupal Modules - 2 October 2018 - 4:59am

This module provides an integration of Kayak Widget as a Drupal Block.

This project is under active development and it will be updated as soon as possible.

Categories: Drupal

DARK PLACES and DEMOGORGONS - The Ghost Hunter's Handbook - and use w/other OSR games

New RPG Product Reviews - 2 October 2018 - 4:19am
Publisher: Bloat Games
Rating: 5
Nothing beats a good ghost story and the early 80s was full of them. From the old school hauntings of 1981's Ghost Story to 1982's Poltergeist to the old guard in House of the Long Shadows (1983) and even to 1984's Ghostbusters. And this is now where near all. If you loved ghost stories it was a great time.

Thankfully Bloat Games hears you and has what you need.

DARK PLACES and DEMOGORGONS - The Ghost Hunter's Handbook is 60 pages (digest sized) with color covers and black and white interior. It has the same feel as the other books in this series. The art is good and I recognize a lot of the names inside.

With this book, like the others, we start out with new classes.
The Clairvoyant can see things the others can't (we have a couple "I see dead people" classes already, but this is a good one).
The Parapsychologist is great, but I think it is stretching what it means for a "Kid" class like the core book is filled with. Though, I guess reading the starting equipment this is also the class that best fit me in High School! Yes, I did write a program to emulate a PKE meter on my TRS-80 Color Computer.
The Mystical Ghost Hunter covers your basic exorcists/cleanser type.
But the class I was happiest to see was the Nullifier! This is the guy who walks in the room and all paranormal activity stops. The class might have limited growth, save that they are the ones that will survive any magical attack, but I like them all the same. In college one of my "hippie" friends claimed I was a "Null" because his Ouija board never worked when I was around!

Pages 14-24 cover different kinds of ghosts, spectres, and haunts and their reasons for haunting. This is one of the parts that make this book "and use w/other OSR games". You can drop these spookies into any OSR game (some will require tweaks) and you are good to go. They can all be run as-is really; especially if you are playing Swords and Wizardry. In fact, there is a lot here in the DP and D that the S and W game master can use.

A few pages on what you can find on The Other Side! (uh...Thanks! but I didn't get you anything. OH! THAT Other Side.)

There are a couple pages on equipment including Ghost Hunter kits to fit your price range.
Next, we have some new ghost-related magic items.
A couple pages of minor and major spells.

And what book on ghosts would be complete without a haunted house? Well, this one taped into that 80s feeling well and gives us a haunted asylum! It's like you guys read my Christmas lists or something!

Information of the J'town Paranormal Society (which feels like it is somewhere between Supernatural's "Ghost Chasers" and Doctor Who's LINDA).

We end with a great, but incomplete, list books, movies, and television shows.

Author Josh Palmer did a hell of a job here and this is a worthy addition to the DP and D line. The book is worth every penny. In truth at just $5 and 60 pages you are getting a hell of a deal.

Print on demand is coming soon.

It's Halloween. Get out there and bust some ghosts!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Viewfield Tags

New Drupal Modules - 2 October 2018 - 4:19am

This Module extends the Viewfield Module by adding a view field filter based on Views Tags.
Sometimes Developers dont want to give the full right to all views inside of a ViewField, so this little helper Module provides a Tag based Filtering for Views.

Categories: Drupal

Digital Echidna: Thoughts on all things digital: Can We Talk? Planning the First Step Along the Path to Better

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2018 - 3:10am
Take a look at the bottom right corner of this blog post. See it? That Echidna-red “speech bubble”? Go ahead… click on it. I’ll wait! That’s right. A direct link to me. And legitimately me, not just a team of “me”s monitoring the account. Of…
Categories: Drupal

How EVE Online has evolved in the era of F2P

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 2 October 2018 - 1:01am

We chat with some recently-promoted leads of EVE Online to learn how the long-running space spreadsheet MMORPG is faring as it transitions to F2P -- and experiments with new "Abyssal Deadspace" zones. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Advanced Designers & Dragons: Designers & Dragons Next — Evil Hat: 2010-Present

RPGNet - 2 October 2018 - 12:00am
Evil Hat in the Kickstarter and Patreon age.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Chocolate Lily: Drupal and Governance

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2018 - 3:58pm

Way back in January 2005, I posted a proposal to improve the governance of the Drupal project and help make it "fully 'community-driven'". In response, one commenter wrote:

Yesterday evening on the #drupal channel there was a trial vote casting for "Leave Dries alone" and unamiously everyone voted +1 on this...

Categories: Drupal

Seattle police try new opt-in registry system to combat SWATting

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 1 October 2018 - 3:30pm

This week Seattle's police department is launching a new opt-in registry system aimed at making it harder for people to harass and endanger others by filing hoax emergency reports (aka "SWATting"). ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Jacob Rockowitz: Why I am one of the top contributors to Drupal?

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2018 - 3:21pm

Who sponsors Drupal development?

We know who contributes

A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert published his annual who sponsors Drupal development. His report acknowledges individual and organization contributions and what projects they are supporting. This report provides a high-level overview of who contributing in the Drupal community. There are some old names on this list and some new names.

Asking why they contribute

Now that we know who is contributing to Drupal, the next and more difficult question is “Why are they contributing to Drupal?” Knowing the story behind why an individual or organization contributes to Drupal will inspire more people to get involved and give something back to Drupal and Open Source.

My contribution to Drupal

This year, I was the number three individual contributor to Drupal. The previous year, when I first appeared on the top contributor list, it was completely unexpected. I joked with my son, Ben, that, "I won a race that I did not know I was running." Being included on this list was an honor that I did not expect to achieve, partially because I’m always in awe of the ongoing work by all the core maintainers and contributors.

Since last year, I have not slowed down on my commitment to the Webform module for Drupal 8. So I was not surprised to be included in this year's list. Over the past year, I have had several interesting conversations with other developers on the top contributor list, and what resonated with me the most is that everyone on this list has a different history as to...Read More

Categories: Drupal

California's net neutrality legislation met with DOJ lawsuit

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 1 October 2018 - 1:08pm

California enacted a law that offered what the state called †œthe strongest net neutrality protections in the nation,† something the Department of Justice has taken issue with. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Even a decade in, GOG doesn't want to try and be the Steam-slayer

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 1 October 2018 - 12:21pm

GOG's managing director and global communications head reflect on the platform†™s growth and its differences from Steam in an interview with Eurogamer. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

lakshminp.com: Local Drupal development using Docker

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2018 - 11:20am
Local Drupal development using Docker lakshminp Mon, 10/01/2018 - 14:20

One of the biggest arguments for using Docker to develop your app is to have isolated environments for different setups(The classic case of two different versions of PHP for two projects). Even that is sometimes not convincing enough. I find Docker to be damn useful when building production parity on local(Think trying to reproduce a production bug on your local). If you've faced this problem and want to solve it, read on.

Categories: Drupal

Google is testing an in-Chrome game streaming service with Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 1 October 2018 - 10:57am

Google has unveiled Project Stream, a Chrome-based streaming service that aims to let players dive into triple-A caliber games while armed with only a web browser and powerful internet connection. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Turning Food Into Architecture Makes For Great Game Design - by Deborah Han

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 1 October 2018 - 9:14am
Concept Artist turns food into architecture to create world maps in Cookie Jam Blast.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Imagefield Crop Image Convert

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2018 - 9:09am

Convert an Image field to Imagecrop field OR convert an Imagecrop field to Image field without loosing images already attached!

Categories: Drupal

How does 'The Messenger' make you a master? - by Chris Wilson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 1 October 2018 - 7:46am
What can we learn about 'The Messenger' from it's opening hour of gameplay? A level and game design deconstruct of the initial experience of this action platformer with a twist.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Releasing a Demo - Dos and Don'ts - by THOMAS KANG

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 1 October 2018 - 7:43am
I released the first demo for my game, here's a comprehensive list of what went wrong and what went right so you can do yours right!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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