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WeKnow: My take of BADCamp 2018

Planet Drupal - 5 November 2018 - 12:36pm
My take of BADCamp 2018 weKnow gave me the opportunity to attend my first BADCamp as part of the team that represented the company at this awesome event. msantibanez Mon, 11/05/2018 - 20:36
Categories: Drupal

Horror survival game The Forest has sold over 5.3 million copies

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 5 November 2018 - 11:34am

Endnight Games†™ survival game The Forest has sold over 5.3 million copies in four years, a milestone that comes just ahead of the game†™s PlayStation 4 release this week. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Jacob Rockowitz: Talking about Advanced Webforms and Showing Code

Planet Drupal - 5 November 2018 - 8:40am

For the past two North American DrupalCons, my presentations have focused on introducing people to the Webform module for Drupal 8. First and foremost, it’s important that people understand the primary use case behind the Webform module, within Drupal's ecosystem of contributed modules, which is to…

The other important message I include in all my presentations is…

Over the past two years, between presentations, screencasts, blog posts, and providing support, the Webform module has become very robust and feature complete. Only experienced and advanced Drupal developers have been able to fully tap into the flexibility and openness of the Webform module.

The flexibility and openness of Drupal

Drupal's 'openness' stems from the fact that the software is Open Source; every line of code is freely shared. The Drupal's community's collaborative nature does more than just 'share code'. We share our ideas, failures, successes, and more. This collaboration leads to an incredible amount of flexibility. In the massive world of Content Management Systems, 'flexibility' is what makes Drupal stand apart from its competitors.

Most blog posts and promotional material about Drupal's flexibility reasonably omits the fact that Drupal has a steep learning curve. Developers new to Drupal struggle to understand entities, plugins, hooks, event subscribers, derivatives, and more until they have an ‘Aha’ moment where they realize how ridiculously flexible Drupal is.

The Webform module also has a steep learning curve

The Webform module's user experience focuses on making it easy for people to start building fairly robust forms quickly, including the ability to edit the YAML source behind a form. This gives users a starting point to understanding Drupal's render and form APIs. As soon as someone decides to peek at...Read More

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It's time to re-think A/B testing - by Viktor Gregor

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 6:53am
Using Bayesian statistic, we completely changed our approach to A/B testing. We can now test faster and get more actionable results. Instead of p-values that are so often misinterpreted we directly get the answers needed to make an informed decision.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The process of remaking the UI art for Conflict0: Revolution - by Ricardo Bess

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 6:43am
This post presents the process behind the remaking of the UI art for Conflict0:Revolution.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diablo's Deltarune... To The Stars?

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 5 November 2018 - 6:21am

This week's highlights include the top news from Blizzcon around Diablo and other devilish titles, Toby Fox's Deltarune & his radical transparency, and Marty O'Donnell talking 'The Music Of The Spheres'. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

PixelFest 2018, David Hernly (Starship Horizons, Mythric Mystery Master) - by Jeremy Alessi

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 5:49am
David Hernly is a long-time indie game developer focused on a combination of hardware control systems and starship simulations. Somehow, his journey has taken him to the escape room space? Watch to learn more!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Rapid XR Content Creation, from Reallusion, Pixologic and Noitom to Unity - by Gaspar Ferreiro

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 5:48am
A super-fast and easy way to prototype animated characters for Unity, using Reallusion, ZBrush and other common tools.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Multi-Platform VR takes a bold new step with the Mixed Reality Toolkit beta launch - by Simon Jackson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 5:48am
Reimaging and redeveloped from the ground up in to a true multi-platform / Multi-vr framework, the Mixed Reality Toolkit releases it's first stable beta. Enabling Mixed Reality experiences with the least amount of effort to get started.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Life is Strange and the Power of Subplots - by Nicole Barelli

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 5:47am
This article discusses the function of subplots inside the structure of a story - only by understanding it we can decide if it really improves our narrative or exists only as decoration.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

AI detecting player from vision using camera and shaders - by Kévin Drure

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 5 November 2018 - 5:46am
In this post I will explain how I gave my AI a real vision using a camera and a compute shader to detect player with more accuracy than ray casts.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Craft Free Magic Items In 3, 3.5 And Pathfinder? Yes Please!

Gnome Stew - 5 November 2018 - 5:00am

I was reading the Pathfinder item creation rules recently and I was struck by one piece of the RAW. Aside from some exceptions, creation of magic items requires “materials” equal to half of the end market value of the item produced. These items are specifically left vague. One presumes this is for several reasons:

  • So the rule books don’t have to be a grocery list of items required for magic item creation.
  • So that reasonable substitutions can be made. Do you really need Medusae venom for ink for your scroll of flesh to stone? Can you not use distilled Gorgon Breath?
  • So that you can flavor items depending on materials. A magic sword created from iron ingots, obsidian chunks, or the trophy teeth of a great beast will all look very different and might lend themselves to different secondary enchants.
  • So that I can explain why the RAW explicitly allows for free item creation… Whaaaa? Yeah really. (but seriously, as GM you don’t HAVE to allow this any more than any other rules loophole but I think it’s kind of cool personally and would allow it.)

So according to the magic item creation rules you need half the market value of the item to be created in unspecified “materials”. And creating the item takes time based on item value (and in 3, 3.5 also xp). But since “materials” is left vague, there’s no reason at all that those materials can’t themselves be magic items as long as they are also appropriate materials for crafting the item in question. So magic ingots of metal, magic wood, magic silks, magic crystals, magic nuggets of pure elements — if you can imagine it, you can make magic items out of it. Again, that’s part of the goal of the system. Making a magic greatclub from any of the above makes wildly different items, each of them interesting and cool in their own way.

But here’s the catch: You can make a magic sword worth 16000 gp from 8000 gp worth of magic iron ingots and magic crystals. But how much does it cost to make 8000 gp worth of magic iron ingots and magic crystals? 4000 gp of “materials”. But can those materials be magic? Why the heck not? So you can make 8000 gp worth of magic ingots and crystals from 4000 gp worth of magic ore and uncut gems. But can those be magic? Hell yeah! You see where this is going, right? Start with a nearly worthless commodity and enchanting it into “unspecified magic version of itself” doubles its gp value. Rinse and repeat, doubling each time. And there is even historical precedent in fiction. You are literally spinning straw into gold there, Rumpelstiltskin.

You can just trust me and leave it at that. Kind of hand wavy but it clearly works and is RAW. As a GM you can deny it to your players, that’s up to you but that is the way the rules work. But if you don’t want to leave it there, let’s codify it a bit:

Ingot of Crafting
Price: Varies; Slot: None; CL: 1; Weight: Varies; Aura: Transmutation
Description
These gold ingots come in a variety of sizes and values. Any Crafter can concentrate on any number of them while crafting which causes the ingots to transform into an amount of materials appropriate to the craft the user is creating equal to the value of the ingots used.
Construction Requirements:
Cost: Varies; Feats: Craft Wondrous Item; Special: Caster must have access to the transmutation school of magic

So if you wanted a 500 gp ruby to use in your staff you could gather 500 gp worth of Ingots of Crafting, concentrate on the pile and poof! Ruby!

Clearly the market value of these Ingots of Crafting is equal to the value of materials they produce. First, it says so right in the item description. Second, if the Ingot was worth more, no one would pay for them over just buying the materials themselves. If the Ingot were worth less people would buy up all the ingots selling for LESS than the value of materials they produce (thus driving up the cost of Ingots to material value), turn them into materials and sell those materials. So: obviously market value equal to what they produce.

Note that this seems weird but absolutely works and has been borne out by many discussions about how DnD and Pathfinder magic works off market value in the past. The classic example that you can find discussed ad nauseam online is the 3, 3.5 pearl. If you crash or rig the pearl market, you STILL need a 100gp pearl for identify. It doesn’t matter if that pearl is a seed or a monstrosity. It only matters that it’s market value is 100gp.

Note: In Pathfinder, this may seem to be in opposition to the 3rd party Artificer’s Salvage ability, but it’s really not. The Salvage ability lets you turn a magic item that is not an appropriate material for an item you are crafting into half its value of materials that are appropriate to any crafting attempt. In effect it is making explicit that universal magic materials that are useful in crafting any and all magic items do in fact exist.

So the catch is: if you have an Ingot of Crafting you could use it as materials to make: an Ingot of Crafting worth twice as much (because it has half the market value of what you’re creating) and you could use that one to double again, etc… etc… until you have the value you need to make whatever item you want.

Doesn’t have to be exactly this. You could create enchanted iron ingots or ensorceled silk that give you a bump to your crafting roll when you use them as materials or whatever. The Ingots just are a simple obvious example.

BUT of course it’s not quite that simple. The additional crafting steps still take time, and in 3, 3.5 also xp. In order to make an item of value X, you need 1/2X in value. In order to make the 1/2X of value you need 1/4X etc… etc… and since crafting takes linear time (and xp), making the components for an item worth half it’s value takes half the time (and xp) the item does, and making the components for that item takes half the time (and xp) again, 1/4 the original etc…

This is a classic geometric series 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8+ 1/16… = 1
So according to RAW you can craft any item you want for essentially free, but the catch is in order to do so you have to spend twice the time (and xp) making it. This means that rushed crafting of items still takes money/materials. It also makes sense that to create magic materials you would need the Craft Wondrous Items feat and perhaps access to certain appropriate spells, meaning that creating free items has additional prerequisites.

QED

Categories: Game Theory & Design

WeKnow: My First BadCamp

Planet Drupal - 5 November 2018 - 4:48am
My First BadCamp

BADCamp 2018 was the first real big event I attended, aside from actively participating in Drupal Camp Costa Rica for three years. Kindly enough some co-workers who had already assisted shared with me their experience which gave me great expectations. In addition, I was excited to sightsee San Francisco and Berkeley.

After dedicating this year to front-end, BADCamp sessions left me more than satisfied, with refreshed knowledge and practices. So I would like to share my experience and the content of sessions I participated:

The second day was a highlight, assistants were given challenges and tools, dialogue tables enriched my personal experience by listening to others talk about ways to improve development applications.

hjuarez Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:48
Categories: Drupal

MD Systems blog: Drupal Europe Darmstadt 2018

Planet Drupal - 5 November 2018 - 2:31am
Last year, Drupal Association has decided to take a break to consolidate and not organize an official DrupalCon Europe in 2018. Twelve community members stepped in and developed a plan to organize a DrupalCon replacement − named Drupal Europe. The final result was outstanding.
Categories: Drupal

Fuzzy Thinking: Warming Up ...

RPGNet - 5 November 2018 - 12:00am
Fuzzy magic-users.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

GraphQL Entity Definitions

New Drupal Modules - 4 November 2018 - 8:58pm

This module exposes Drupal content entity definitions through GraphQL via the Drupal GraphQL contrib module.

This can be useful for building forms/views for entities through a front-end automatically instead of hand coding and constantly maintaining updates and changes.

Categories: Drupal

Sector Portfolio

New Drupal Modules - 4 November 2018 - 4:50pm

Sector Portfolio offers a simple and easy way to add a promotional portfolio or showcase to your site. Included is everything you'll need to get going - a Portfolio content type, categories, and a Portfolio landing page via a Drupal view.

Categories: Drupal

SolarEdge

New Drupal Modules - 4 November 2018 - 11:19am

Simple module to display SolarEdge solar power production data.

Contributions welcome!

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Movement Prediction - by Bartlomiej Waszak

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 4 November 2018 - 7:44am
The article is a deep dive into three different scenarios of movement prediction in game programming.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diablo's Deltarune... To The Stars? - by Simon Carless

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 4 November 2018 - 5:15am
This week's highlights include the top news from Blizzcon around Diablo and other devilish titles, Toby Fox's Deltarune & his radical transparency, and Marty O'Donnell talking 'The Music Of The Spheres', among many other great stories & videos.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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