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PlayStation launches PSN ID change option, though not all games are supported

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 April 2019 - 9:08am

The PSN ID name changes first previewed late last year are set to go live for all PlayStation 4 users this week, though there are some caveats in the full rollout. ...

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New Drupal Modules - 10 April 2019 - 8:54am
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Webform Heading

New Drupal Modules - 10 April 2019 - 8:21am

Provides a simple mechanism for adding headings to webforms.

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Game Jam Survival Kit - by Nielisson Mendonca

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2019 - 7:25am
All you need to know about game jams. The Game Jam Survival Kit is actually the name of a Google Drive Folder I created to help jammers all over the world. This article is a complement to it. Enjoy!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Defusing Flutter Bombs - by Hadar Silverman

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2019 - 7:22am
A brief overview of the production of Flutter Bombs, an indie game on console. How a multi-platform study in game design released as a twin-stick shooter on Xbox One.
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Media Popin

New Drupal Modules - 10 April 2019 - 6:46am
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Basetis GDPR

New Drupal Modules - 10 April 2019 - 5:43am

This project provides help to control sensitive data in order to become more GDPR compliant
The Basetis GDPR module allows you to configure different messages to be displayed in a pop-up before a user enters a page with sensitive data.
The message informs the user the page he is entering contains sensitive data and he has to accept the pop-up before entering. The interactions between the user and pages with messages associated are registered in a log.
Drupal 7.x only

Supporting organizations:

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InternetDevels: Decoupled Drupal out-of-box with Contenta CMS distribution

Planet Drupal - 10 April 2019 - 5:39am

When it comes to creating websites quickly and easily, there’s hardly anything that compares to Drupal distributions. These are ready Drupal builds with core, theme, set of modules, libraries, and configuration ready for a particular industry, website type, or use case. One of the hottest use cases today is decoupled Drupal architecture. Of course, Drupal has got distributions for it that give you decoupled Drupal out-of-box.

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Monstrous Lair #27: Cultists' Hidden Fane

New RPG Product Reviews - 10 April 2019 - 5:17am
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Rating: 3
An Endzeitgeist.com review

This installment of the Monstrous Lairs-pdfs clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

Sometimes, you just need a bit of dressing for a wayside encounter – or something specific to a monster type. Finding appropriate entries can be rough, and so, this series attempts to remedy this shortcoming on 2 pages, with a total of 7 d10-tables.

Outside of a cultist’s lair, one may see rain-soaked steps leading into decrepit buildings; they may be hidden behind a pane in a boudoir, or behind the smiles of a shopkeep – when handed the right token. Soul-deadening smoke may conceal what’s going on – and while I like this section, it is a bit stair-centric, but that’s probably in the nature of the subject matter. As for what’s currently happening when the PCs happen upon the cult’s fane, the PCs can witness horror, like cultists slicing off flesh from bones, engaging in haruspex, or sharpening saws, clearly meant for dismembering bodies. Or, they could be painting demonic masks for the next ceremony. This slice of mundaneity, or normalcy, was something that made me smile, when the entry that features reading from a skin-bound grimoires elicited a less enthused reaction.

Major lair features may include sound-muffling curtains, braziers burning strange incense, obscene murals and more, while minor lair features include the stink of rotten meat, weaponry designed to inflict maximum pain, coffins or grave mould, etc. – as a minor complaint, a blood-stained table seemed less like a major feature to me, and as a whole, these two tables featured pretty much what I expected to see – no surprises there. As for cultist appearances, we have the obligatory robes (with or without stuff underneath), masks, bare-chested dances, bone-covered armor, etc. Sample treasures suggested once more, thankfully, elicit more excitement: A lyre made from skull and sinew and golden teeth, fanged gloves of black leather, a stone for an instant bonfire – this section is truly inspired! The table of less valuable things to be found includes old boots, documents that implicate folks in crime (badly prepared…but that doesn’t have to stop the PCs from trying their hands…), a neat statue that may crumble when moved. Solid.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no serious hiccups. Layout adheres to Raging Swan Press’ elegant two-column b/w-standard, and we get a nice piece of b/w-artwork. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience, in spite of its brevity (kudos!) and is included in two versions – one optimized for screen-use, and one for the printer.

Steve Hood’s take on cultists is interesting – while there are a few entries that are a bit bland, that most GMs will probably be familiar with (or immediately think of when hearing “cultists”), there also are a couple of entries that are frankly inspired – particularly the treasure-table deserves applause. That being said, this still leaves the pdf not as strong as e.g. the installment on bandits or pirates. My final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded down.

Endzeitgeist out.

Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Indie Game Shelf: BLACKOUT

Gnome Stew - 10 April 2019 - 5:00am

Welcome to the first installment of The Indie Game Shelf. Each article in this series will highlight a different small press roleplaying game, and the series as a whole aims to increase the visibility of the wide variety of games available today. Whether you’re a veteran gamer looking for something new or brand new to the hobby and wanting to explore what’s out there, we hope The Indie Game Shelf holds something fun and new for you to enjoy.

BLACKOUT: A Game about Women & the Blitz

BLACKOUT by Erika Chappell/Newstand Press is a game Powered by the Apocalypse and designed to take one GM and 2-5 players through a one-session scenario. Each session of the game represents one night during the Blitz, 8 months of World War II during which the German Luftwaffe made nightly devastating bombing runs over London. The characters in the game are women who have volunteered with various civil defense organizations and respond to the constant danger and harm that results from these air raids.

The Story

BLACKOUT is a game designed to tell a specific kind of story. It is undoubtedly a game about war, but rather than the glories of battle, characters are instead concerned with the tragedies of destruction. The characters’ party (called a “Section”) is made up of people from various walks of British life and a variety of larger organizations specialized in dealing with specific kinds of danger. The Section is one of many dedicated to the safety and care of a “Community,” a specific part of the city under attack. Character relationships are also important to playing this game, as much of the story is about teamwork and solidarity. Not only is it important to know how the main characters relate to one another, but also how they relate to the community.

As mentioned, a single session of BLACKOUT represents a single night of the Blitz. Over the course of this night, you can be sure that an air raid will occur, but you can never know when the attack will come, how severe it will be, or how long it will last. There are no rules for stopping the raid. You play the game until you’ve told the story of that night and, hopefully, have taken a look at the stories yet to come.

Rather than the glories of battle, characters are instead concerned with the tragedies of destruction.Share1Tweet1Reddit1EmailThe primary task of the characters is to provide assistance at bomb sites and other disasters, but they may not be able to finish at one site before another appears. Characters must choose not only who to help, but also how much to help before moving on. In addition, they also must care for each other and, just as importantly, themselves. Disaster relief is difficult work. If a person gives too much of themselves in an attempt to help everyone, they’ll quickly become less able to help anyone. At the same time, any moment taken for valuable rest is another moment during which a new bomb might fall. This is a game about help and survival in a time and place sinking under the horrors of war.

The Game

BLACKOUT is Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA), meaning that the rules are inspired by Apocalypse World. Players of that game or any similar games will be familiar with the core mechanics of BLACKOUT, namely that gameplay is governed by discrete rules packets called “moves” which almost always call for a roll of the dice, modified by a character stat, that results in one of three result states (a miss, a partial success, or a full success) which then informs the fiction of the game.

Where the core of characters in many other PbtA games is contained in a character’s playbook, BLACKOUT uses a combination of two playbooks to create a character. One type of playbook, the Identity, describes your character’s nature as a person and provides a baseline of character stats. Examples include “The Working Lass” or “The Old Bird.” The other type of playbook, the Role, describes the organization for which the character has volunteered and provides professional skills and other abilities relevant to rescue work. Examples include “Rescue Services” or “Fire Guard.” By combining a playbook from each set, a complete character is created for use in the game, with many different combinations possible.

The driving force of the game is having disasters occur for the characters to respond to, and these disaster are governed by a central mechanic called “The Raid Clock.” The Raid Clock moves based on various triggers during the game, and a die roll against a target number set by the Raid Clock determines when disaster strikes. The Raid Clock also indicates how bad the disaster is, and therefore how much attention it requires from the characters.

Over the course of the game, characters can suffer not only physical harm, but simply the nature of relief work itself can incur Exhaustion. If left untreated, Exhaustion may lead to a Break, which is some additional burden the character must now shoulder. In contrast, characters may also accomplish Victories for successful work. At the end of the session, Breaks detract from Victories, but any Victories remaining provide narrative rewards which allow players to tell the stories of character’s survival of the night, the Blitz, or even the entire war.

The Shelf

BLACKOUT is currently available for purchase in both print and PDF formats from DriveThruRPG. For other games along similar thematic lines, one can firstly look to other work by the same designer, namely PATROL, a game about the Vietnam War. Additionally, further similar recommendations include Night Witches by Jason Morningstar/Bully Pulpit Games, a mission-based campaign game based on an all-woman regiment of Russian bomber pilots in World War II, and The Watch by Anna Kreider and Andrew Medeiros, a fantasy game of women and non-binary folks fighting a war against an invading supernatural force. If you’ve got something on your shelf you want to recommend as well, let us know in the comments section below. Let’s fill our shelves together!

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Vardot: Top 10 Drupal Websites in the World (Updated)

Planet Drupal - 10 April 2019 - 5:00am
Firas Ghunaim April 10, 2019

Editor’s Note -- This article was formerly listed as the Top 10 Websites Built with Drupal, and based on TopDrops.org. That site has since stopped updating, so we decided to pivot towards a new kind of value for our readers: the most surprising examples of Drupal-run sites.

Some of the world’s most influential businesses and organizations run their websites using Drupal: General Electric, eBay, The Economist, etc.

A good number of groups using the CMS might come as a surprise, however, and they prove its reliability for creating powerful and noteworthy sites. We checked the web to bring you our list of the top Drupal websites. For a list of Drupal’s 10 best sites, read on.

 

Learn why Drupal is the Best CMS for your Website

 

10. Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly (a.k.a. EW) is an American publication, owned by Time Inc., that covers film, television, music, theater, books and pop culture.

It’s renowned for covering all things Hollywood, from the latest films and trends to the high-octane lives of its celebrities. EW reports on television ratings, movie grosses, production costs, and even concert ticket sales. Their in-depth articles are among the top resources for the world’s favorite shows, producers, showrunners, and more.

In addition to being a top Drupal site, ew.com is also ranked by Alexa as the 902nd most popular website globally over the last three months.

 

9. Tesla

Tesla is one of the world’s most talked-about companies, known for making waves in the markets for automobiles and clean energy. You’ve probably heard about their fleet of self-driving, electric cars or the Tesla Wall: a giant battery providing homes with storage options for clean energy.

Their site is neat, clean, and highly effective at showcasing their products. We’re big fans of their homepage in particular, and we recommend you check it out. It’s exactly what a future tech company’s website should look like!

 

8. NCAA

College sports in the United States is big business. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit association which regulates athletic competitions for 1,281 institutions, hosts conferences, and manages related organizations across the United States.

In 2014, the NCAA generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue—80 to 90% of which was thanks to the Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Their website is a functional mix of sports journalism and sales. Not only do they post schedules, analysis, and video coverage, but they also market their team merchandise hosted on the secondary site, shopncaasports.com.

 

 

7. Mint

Mint.com is a free web-based personal financial management service that caters to over 16,000 US and Canadian financial institutions and self-reports having 10 million users. Mint's primary service allows users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances them all through a single user interface --as well as create personal budgets and goals.

In 2009, it was acquired by Intuit, the makers of Quicken and TurboTax. Judging by the look and feel of their site, that merger came with a bump in digital marketing expertise; Mint.com is simple, clean, and makes user acquisition easy.

 

6. The Australian Government

The state of Australia leans on Drupal to power their website: a sprawling information resource for citizens, visitors, and entrepreneurs. The site hosts over 3,000 distinct pages covering topics from healthcare and culture to career opportunities and travel suggestions. The website even goes the extra mile by linking to local news and social media channels.

Australia.gov.au is a great example of Drupal’s ability to organize and present information. The site is designed like an inverted funnel, with the homepage offering a selection of categories that branch into more specific topics the deeper you dive.

 

5. Le Figaro

Founded in 1826, Le Figaro is the oldest national newspaper in France. It is the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde and is part of Le Figaro Group, whose publications include TV Magazine and Evene.

The site delivers a variety of features that naturally belong on the website of a leading periodical. Page load speed is stellar despite being packed with feeds, media, and a live video pop-up on the bottom corner of the screen.

 

4. The Emmy Awards

The Emmy Awards are a group of American awards dedicated to recognizing the best of U.S. television --from its actors and directors to its engineers and humanitarian impact. Their website covers featurettes on notable happenings and personalities surrounding television around the world (though naturally centered on America), as well as event schedules and videos of events and commentary.

Their site is dense in terms of content but smooth in presentation --just what you might expect from a showbiz powerhouse like the Television Academy.

While there are many options to choose from regarding themes for your website's content, here's our list of recommended Drupal themes that enable an effective and engaging digital experience.

 

3. Keap

Keap offers a client management service and automation platform (Infusionsoft) for small businesses. Their products are aimed at streamlining the customer lifecycle, facilitating customer relationship management, marketing automation, lead capture, and e-commerce.

Based in Chandler, Arizona, USA, Keap is one of the fastest growing private companies in the region, adding 240 jobs between 2012 and 2013, and also receiving $54 million in venture capital from Goldman Sachs in early 2013.

 

2. ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs is the news division of the ABS-CBN Corporation, a Philippine media conglomerate. It’s headquartered in the Philippines, and has news bureaus in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, making it the largest and the most comprehensive news outlet when it comes to local and international newsgathering in the island nation.

Their website is powered by Drupal, which allows them to deliver news in real time, connect across various social media platforms, and encourage community discussion through a login system for news readers to set up profiles and engage in discussions.

 

1. NASA

NASA is the American government’s flagship agency for its civilian space program, aeronautics research, and aerospace research. They stand at the forefront of many of the world’s latest discoveries in physics, astronomy, and engineering --and their website is a haven for the world’s science enthusiasts.

Their site hosts information about past and present space missions, ultra-high definition photos and videos of the cosmos, and download links to a nearly endless amount of apps and learning resources for those looking to learn more about the universe we inhabit. It’s a shining example of Drupal CMS used to present stunning information, and elevate the user’s experience.

 

Honorable Mentions

As of 2019; the following 2 major platforms were revamped and enhanced as digital experiences with Drupal 8:

 

Amman Stock Exchange

 

and

 

Al-Bawaba News (BETA)

New Drupal sites are always being uploaded, updated, and refined as the world’s site designers and marketers find more ways to work with the system. Drupal’s large community of developers and companies like Vardot are always at work innovating the craft of designing with Drupal; it’s only a matter of time before new sites earn a spot on our list.

Do you agree with our list of top 10 Drupal websites in the world? If you don't or see better websites out there worth mentioning... let us know in the comments!

 

How to Ensure the Future of your Digital Business

 

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mark.ie: Printing Regions in Views in Different Places Using the Same Template

Planet Drupal - 10 April 2019 - 4:08am
Printing Regions in Views in Different Places Using the Same Template

We had a case where on some views we needed to print the header above the exposed filters and on others we needed to print the header after the exposed filters. Here's my simple solution.

markconroy Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:08

This is rather simple, in my views template (list.twig I call it, as I am using PatternLab), I created the following:

  1. {% if not header_after_exposed and header %}
  2. {{ header }}
  3. {% endif %}
  4.  
  5. {% if exposed %}
  6. {{ exposed }}
  7. {% endif %}
  8.  
  9. {% if header_after_exposed and header %}
  10. {{ header }}
  11. {% endif %}

Now, in my corresponding views template in Drupal - views-view--search.html.twig - I just use that template and set the header_after_exposed variable to true.

  1. {% set header_after_exposed = true %}
  2. {% include '@content/list/list.twig' %}
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Related block condition

New Drupal Modules - 10 April 2019 - 2:30am

This module provide a method to set the visibility of blocks throught an entity field.

For example you can place a block on a theme region and you can set the visibility for the node entity. In a node you can enable this block or not. If it is enabled the visibility condition is validated and the block shows.

This module enable you an interactive method to show or not blocks based on content.

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Sooper Drupal Themes: Why Drupal is the Go To CMS for Higher Education

Planet Drupal - 10 April 2019 - 2:27am
Who is choosing Drupal as a CMS?

Picking the right type of CMS for any website is no easy task. However, when it comes to complex websites that have to be shown on a wide variety of displays and in 10 different languages, the choice is even harder. In this article, I am going to tell you the reason why universities such as Harvard, Oxford, MIT, Stanford etc. are choosing Drupal as their default Content Management System.

Growth is no problem

Higher education websites are constantly growing and expanding. On top of that, most university websites are having sister sites. This means that a CMS has to handle a bigger degree of complexity when it comes to managing multiple websites. Having this in mind, more simplistic Content Management Systems are likely to fail at handling such a big amount of data in an efficient way. However, Drupal was specifically designed for this. For Drupal, handling such an impressive amount of data in a quick and efficient way is no problem. 

Multi-platform support

Another interesting factor that comes into play when choosing the right CMS is technology. The main consumer market for universities are students. Research shows that on average a student owns 6.9 devices. What this means is that they spend a lot of time on different electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. With Drupal however, the websites are already optimized for different screen sizes, provided that you use a mobile-ready theme like our Glazed framework theme. This means that when a website is built and ready to launch, Drupal is going to automatically adapt it to be also shown in the right format for the screen of a smartphone or any other device that is capable of browsing the internet. This leads to a further drop in the IT overhead costs.

Language is no barrier for Drupal

University websites usually have to come in a variety of languages for international students. The entire multilangual support architecture of Drupal has been rebuild from the ground up. It makes it easy to create a multilingual experience by having the native language functionality directly integrated in Drupal 8 core API’s. Universities now can have the power to adapt to any kind of student demographic. What this means is that Drupal gives you the option to be able to extend your communication campaign in over 100 different languages. 

Easy content management

Managing content is easy on Drupal 7 and 8. All you had to do was presss the edit button present on every page. However, the Drupal experience can be further improved by using Glazed Builder, which is taking this a step further by adding inline editing for the easy access and convenience of its user. This improved experience can benefit universities especially, since a university website should facilitate an easy access to downloading, uploading, updating and editing different files. With Drupal and Glazed Builder you don’t have to be a computer wizard to take advantage of the easy content management that it's offered.

No licensing fees

Proprietary CMS’s are usually charging licensing fees, which have to be taken into account by a university when calculating the cost for building a website. With Drupal however, the costs for licensing are non-existing. The reason for this is that Drupal is an open source CMS. What this means is that people are dedicating their free time for developing the project without any monetary expectations in mind. With this in mind, Drupal is sure to be able to cut down the costs which you would otherwise have for building a new website by choosing another CMS. 

Drupal, the perfect choice for higher education

Drupal is one of the best content management systems currently on the market. There are many advantages, however, when also taken into account with the lack of licensing fees, Drupal is the obvious CMS of choice for higher education institutions. So what are you waiting for? If you're a university and are looking to upgrade your website, then Drupal is the right answer for you.

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Jeff Geerling's Blog: Drupal VM 5 ('Flynn Lives') brings updates to all the things!

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2019 - 2:10pm

It's been five years since Drupal VM's first release, and to celebrate, it's time to release Drupal VM 5.0 "Flynn Lives"! This update is not a major architectural shift, but instead, a new major version that updates many defaults to use the latest versions of the base VM OS and application software. Some of the new default versions include:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 'Bionic' LTS (was Ubuntu 16.04)
  • PHP 7.2 (was PHP 7.1)
  • Node.js 10.x (was Node.js 6.x)

See the full release notes here: Drupal VM 5.0.0 "Flynn Lives"

There are also a number of other small improvements (as always), and ever-increasing test coverage for all the Ansible roles that power Drupal VM. And in the Drupal VM 4.x release lifecycle, a new official pre-baked Drupal VM base box was added, the geerlingguy/drupal-vm Vagrant base box. Using that base box can speed up new VM builds by 50% or more!

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Quick Links

New Drupal Modules - 9 April 2019 - 1:55pm
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Menu item content fields

New Drupal Modules - 9 April 2019 - 1:39pm

The main purpose of the module is to be able to add fields to
custom menu items and render them with different view modes.

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Virtual reality offers benefits for Parkinson's disease patients

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 9 April 2019 - 1:28pm
Researchers are reporting early success with a new tool to help people with Parkinson's disease improve their balance and potentially decrease falls with high-tech help: virtual reality. After practicing with a virtual reality system for six weeks, people with Parkinson's disease demonstrated improved obstacle negotiation and balance along with more confidence navigating around obstacles in their path.
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Fortnite un-features community build containing inappropriate imagery

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 April 2019 - 11:26am

It's a very slight bump in the road for Epic and a reminder to other devs of the additional moderation needed when features that highlight user-made content are brought into the mix. ...

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