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Investors pour $25M into eSports team Cloud9

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 24 October 2017 - 12:09pm

The eSports team Cloud9 saw investments from owners of NBA and NHL teams as well as a contribution from the sports entertainment company WWE. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Full Moon Jacket Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 12:00pm
My dad was drafted for Vietnam. He never went in-country, but he did train to head over there. I’m sure many of you have relatives (or possibly you, yourselves) fought in the conflict. But as hellish as that war was, at least there weren’t werewolves stalking the jungles. Unfortunately, such is not the case in […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Podcast Roundup

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 11:00am
Well, Monday’s over. We have made our way to Tuesday. Eventually, we will make it back to the weekend. But we’ve still got a long way to go before we get there. In the meantime, there’s gaming podcasts to help make the time go by. So, while Nina in Corporate Accounts Payable answers her phone […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Hide Submit Button D8

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 10:31am

Some users accidentally click the submit button more than once while waiting for their post to be saved. In some cases this may result duplicate postings or duplicate e-commerce orders.

There are few ideas on how to solve duplicate postings but none is perfect. One of the solutions is a bit of jQuery to hide or disable the submit button after it has been clicked and replace it with an informative text such as "Processing..." .

Categories: Drupal

Micro Webform

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 10:10am

This modules integrate webform module with a micro site.

Categories: Drupal

Carnival of Monsters Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 10:00am
If we’re going to have a story about a carnival, we need appropriate music. Alright, there we go. Nowthen, in Carnival of Monsters, you take on the role of leader of a carnival, looking to attract people to your show. The best way to do that is to go out and capture the most magnificent […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Manifesto: City of Drupal: thoughts on DrupalCon Vienna 2017

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2017 - 9:51am
It seems like a long time ago now… Well. It was…. At the time of writing, it’s three weeks since I was at DrupalCon. I could argue I’ve been taking time for reflection, but actually we’ve been super busy and so I’m just getting round to penning my thoughts and memories of my week in. Continue reading...
Categories: Drupal

Munchkin Starfinder Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 9:00am
Starfinder is just finding itself all over Kickstarter recently. The campaign to create miniatures was a success with Ninja Division. This time around, it’s Paizo teaming up with Steve Jackson Games to bring you a new expansion for Munchkin. Head out into the void with Munchkin Starfinder. From the campaign: Play a laser-toting explorer in […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Views Argument Defaults

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 8:43am

This module provides a default handler for contextual filters which allows the site administrator to set a title or a breadcrumb for a view based on a value defined by a contextual filter of this view.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Create user permission (video tutorial)

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2017 - 8:29am
Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Create user permission (video tutorial) NonProfit Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:29 Episode 41

Here is where we seek to bring awareness to Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today we'll consider Create user permission, a module which allows users to create other users without granting all the permissions administer users provides.

Categories: Drupal

Blair Wadman: Override Drupal 7’s page template for a content type

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2017 - 8:06am

Creating a page template for a content type gives you a lot of control over the structure of the page. While Drupal will automatically pick up a node template for a content type, if you use the right naming convention, it will not for a page template. Fortunately it just takes a few lines of code and you can create a page template for any content type you choose.

Categories: Drupal

Latest Issue of Wyrd Chronicles Now Available

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 8:00am
Filling up your day with gaming is easy when you take into account all the various gaming media out there. You’ve got websites like us here. You’ve got podcasts (which we’ll get to at 2pm). And then there’s gaming magazines. Many of them are available, including a new issue of Wyrd Chronicles. It’s got everything […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Smart Ring: Mobile on-body devices can be precisely and discreetly controlled using a tiny sensor

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 24 October 2017 - 7:48am
Mobile end-user devices, such as the new version of the “Apple Watch”, have a drawback: their small screen size makes them difficult to use. Computer scientists have now developed an alternative, which they call “DeformWear”. A tiny switch, no larger than the head of a pin, is built into a ring for example, and worn on the body. It can be moved in all directions, pressed, pinched, and pushed toward the right, left, up, and down.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Noninvasive brain imaging shows readiness of trainees to perform operations

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 24 October 2017 - 7:33am
While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study that used noninvasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills to operating on cadavers and were faster than peers who had no simulator training.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Views PHPExcel Export

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 7:23am

Appends a global view header that creates a form in the view used to export data to spreadsheets. It requires PHPExcel library.

Features:

Categories: Drupal

Fantasy Flight Games Posts Uthuk Y’llan Preview For Runewars

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 7:00am
My love for you is like a truck! Berserker! Would you like to… I probably shouldn’t finish that line. I try and keep this place PG-13, after all. Anyway, berserkers are what you get a look at in this Uthuk Y’llan preview for Runewars. You also get to check out Flesh Rippers and Spined Threshers. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Deeson: Deeson at DrupalCon Vienna 2017: Excellence in the tech team

Planet Drupal - 24 October 2017 - 6:43am

In my previous post I shared key takeaways from a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session I ran at DrupalCon Vienna last month on what it means to be an Agile agency

Another BoF session I ran invited conference attendees to share their experiences of managing team members and ensuring technical excellence. We covered each topic in a lot of depth, and at times it felt a bit like a counselling session for new and aspiring tech leads!

Here’s a snapshot of what we discussed:

Overcoming resistance to change.

The group debated how best to roll out changes within the tech team, such as changing version control software to git. Tech leads don’t always feel empowered to force through new initiatives, and can get frustrated by developers who either don’t want to change or are unable to see the benefits.

We spoke about the need to introduce change gradually and gain buy in through mechanisms such as team meetings, highlighting the importance of allowing changes to be discussed and concerns to be heard.

It can be helpful to identify evangelists in the team who will promote the change, and can act as support contacts during the period of transition so that no one suffers in silence.

Leading change in remote teams.

Change is hard enough when you’re all in the office together – how do you ensure a smooth transition in co-located and distributed teams?

At Deeson, we’ve introduced a quarterly get together in person. We set up the changes the tech chapter plans to make over the next quarter, and assign owners to develop the ideas and facilitate the transition process.

We also run group workshops on the changes made during the last quarter, allowing people to gain hands on experience with a new tool or technique under the supervision of those that specified it and their evangelists. This allows us to identify any problems and concerns before the change is mandated.

Dealing with complaints.

It’s natural and healthy to express concerns or frustrations. But what do you do when a team member seems to complain more than most? 

As a manager you feel responsible for solving every issue that arises, and of course there are times when the onus will rightly fall on you.

However, in the case of a chronic complainer it can be more effective for you as tech lead to listen to the grievance and empower the person to consider their options and suggest solutions, rather than exhaust yourself trying to solve the issue on their behalf.

Transitioning to tech lead.

Often a developer progresses until they one day find themselves leading a tech team, without ever having received any formal leadership or management training. We spoke about the changes you need to make, and how to understand what’s expected of you in your new role.

We cited the book The Manager’s Path by tech lead turned CTO Camille Fournier as an excellent reference. The Lead Developer conference which takes place annually in London is another good resource. Talks are made available online and provide a lot of guidance to those new to the tech leadership position.

Here’s one of our favourites:

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Categories: Drupal

Translate All

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 6:37am

Provides a mechanism to translate all occurrences of the same locale string.

Categories: Drupal

Ajax Content

New Drupal Modules - 24 October 2017 - 6:33am

Summary:
This drupal 8 module converts internal links to ajax requests that return the rendered nodes. All attached JS and CSS of the requested nodes are also added and executed.

Categories: Drupal

Bushido Wave 37 Available to Pre-Order

Tabletop Gaming News - 24 October 2017 - 6:00am
Up at my LGS, one of my favorite miniatures games has seen an upswing in people playing. Bushido is always growing, and soon, they’ll have another wave of figures available to purchase. Wave 37 is now available to pre-order. So, if you want to be the first gamer on your block with these figures when […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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