All RPGs and Storygames by Tod Foley are now available at DrivethruRPG. Bring these games to your table!
To create a game is to learn that the act of gaming is more important than your creation. The same can be said for preparing a game.
The activity is bigger than the product or plan. The product is a tool of the activity, not the other way around. The same could be said about any creative endeavor.An Augmented Reality
We live in an interesting world full of more things to do and more places to see than we can ever hope to accomplish.
Marketing teams remind me every time I check my email.
- RE: your next trip—Just For You
- Must-Try Activities
- NEW Weekend Deals
Social media knows what I look at and who I care about, targeting me with content.
- Flashy pictures of who, what, and where I search
- Click bait headlines of what I read about
- The ever-evolving drama of friends, family, and associates
Overwhelming amounts of advertisements lead the lists of our search engines and surround our shows, it is almost inescapable! Our constant connection to the internet can distract us with something new or something noteworthy at nearly every moment. Trying to reduce the number of notifications by unsubscribing, changing settings (in each app), and unfollowing people is a constant battle as software updates and mailing lists grow.
When was the last time you were bored? When was the last time you didn’t have something you needed to do?
I didn’t ask the last time you had to replace your cell phone.
I mean truly bored. Bored enough to try something new.A War Is Being Fought For Your Attention
Your attention, your time, is precious and you only have so much of it. Just think about it.
When do you have a valuable attention span?
- First thing in the morning?
- Just before noon?
- After the kiddos are asleep?
What do you do with it and when do you spend time doing what you love? Do they align?
Make time for what you love to do. In the battle for your attention, you must make it a point to spend time doing what you love. Because when you are not, you are allowing all the distractions, all the advertising, all the junk—to occupy your valuable time. If you don’t choose how to spend your time, someone else will choose for you. Share1Tweet1Reddit1Email
What activity will make your heart sing? What do you create to share with others, enrich others?
Look around, if you have even one person nearby, you’ll see it. It isn’t just you or me. The clutter is robbing us of time with our loved ones too. Why do you think it is so hard to get people to show up to game? Everyone is short on time. Everyone is a victim.
If you are not standing up for what you love, you are letting it wither. Letting it just fade into the background—the void. So many things are vying for your time and the time of others, don’t lose the things you love in the process. Maybe you draw dungeons, maybe you write worlds, maybe you write for Gnome Stew. When people no longer pay attention to tabletop role-playing games, what is left of your creations?
If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Don’t let your thing go quietly.
I love role playing games. We have been through thick and thin together. Like a constant companion, we have visited dangerous places, faced great challenges, and even managed to save the day on occasion. I have so many great friends and shared memories thanks to this hobby. I have been able to explore new worlds and creatively express myself without the repercussions of a society that is too quick to judge. I’ve been so many different characters and lived so many different lives. Who else can say that?
Profess your love, don’t hide from it. Don’t hide it from other people.
Take the time to stand up for what you are passionate about. Make a point to pursue the things you love, before they fade behind the noise of notifications or the next new iphone game.
Make time for what you love.
What do you need to make more time for? How do you remind players to make time for gaming? How do you find more time for gaming?
Do your website users need a Guide to find content or do you have large and complex search facets?
This module might help. It provides a guiding system in form of a decision tree where each answer can lead the user to a specific node or add filters to a faceted search.
This module provides a block that display feeds from any social network.
New social networks and the way they are displayed can be implemented in your module.
Available configurations :
Elfsight Yelp Reviews is a widget, which enables you to display on your website reviews about your business from Yelp. With the help of the widget, you are able to apply filters to sort out the negative reviews, display the star and number rating from Yelp, show detailed info about the authors, and place an active call-to-action button that will help users to write one more review about you. Elfsight Yelp Reviews widget will help boast your great social proof on the site and have new sales.
For years, SimplyTest.me has provided a once-and-done tool for testing Drupal, and Adam Bergstein has recently taken over maintainership. In this episode we find out why, how you can help, and coffee!
We are on our journey to master the Drupal performance, after having our previous Part 1: Caching published a couple of weeks ago, we've been lucky enough to get into Issue 386 of TheWeeklyDrop newsletter, Planet Drupal, and got much love and good feedback on Twitter.
If you haven't already read the first part of the series, the ultimate guide for faster Drupal: Part 1 Caching, please feel free to read that article too.
Faster Drupal - Part 2: Aggregation and CDN
Note: You don't necessarily have to do all of these, some items listed here are replaceable with each other as well, so proceed with caution!
The one and the only holy grail: Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation
On every Drupal optimization post you’d read you have to setup and configure AdvAgg module, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
AdvAgg features and core benefits are listed on the module page completely, so go ahead and read them all, configure it the way that works best for you and move on
Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation Drupal module
Note: If you have Mod Pagespeed you might not need AdvAgg module, make sure that you don't overlap your own work
But that’s not all, if you are on Drupal 7, you should consider checking Speedy module as well, in some areas, this might work a bit better so make sure to check it out as well
Drupal MinifyJS module
CDNize the whole project, as much as you can! You may use CDN module too
Consider if you can make your own scripts defer/async (a new challenge when it comes to Drupal js aggregation)
Okay, this round was much easier thanks to AdvAgg module for taking care of half of the things we need to do for us! Note that on the frontend side you can Uglify, Minify and make sure everything that you code, will become compressed, whether it’s CSS, JS or even images or SVG files! Now let's get to it, Image optimization.Image optimization
Drupal 8: Use the Responsive Image module wherever possible and create the appropriate styles. It uses the <picture> tag which is what we really want
One might say we have one too many image optimization modules in Drupal, which is a good thing! For that we tested some, experienced with some of them and here’s what we suggest: Use blazy and lazyload_images (Drupal 8 that uses IntersectionObserver instead of scrolling events), Also consider: lazyloader and image_lazy_loader when using the picture module for responsive images in Drupal 7. There is also a lazy loading option that works well
Image optimization: for main images/icons used in the design (Yes you can optimize SVG files as well), also the best tool for that is not in Drupal, try ImageOptim desktop app, Also there’s an API-based service available with a Drupal 7 module, take a look here, might worth setting/selling this up to clients
Image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP often provide better compression than PNG or JPEG, which means faster downloads and less data consumption. There's a really good module that help you serve WebP, it's called, you guessed it; WebP.
Bonus tip: Even favicons should be optimized. Sometimes people ignore the weight of a favicon file. You shouldn’t!
For the next week, we will be covering subjects regarding Drupal database/web server tweaks & improvements, stay tuned.
Written by Sohail Lajevardi
Developer at Ramsalt Lab
For this month’s SC DUG, Mauricio Orozco from the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs shared his notes and lessons learned during his first DrupalCon North America.
We frequently use these presentations to practice new presentations, try out heavily revised versions, and test out new ideas with a friendly audience. If you want to see a polished version checkout our group members’ talks at camps and cons. So if some of the content of these videos seems a bit rough please understand we are all learning all the time and we are open to constructive feedback.
If you would like to join us please check out our up coming events on Meetup for meeting times, locations, and connection information.
This module allows you to upload files without the need to be associated with a type of content.
Drupal 8.5.x or higher is required.
In the configuration section, an administrator can enable the required extensions. These can be enabled and disabled without problems by an administrator.
While upgrading to the latest version is always part of the best practice, the process can be staggering.
Drupal 8.7 is already here and 9 will be released in a year, in June 2020.
Although a lot of discussion is happening around the upgrade and possibilities it brings along, the final product can only be as good as the process itself.
The good and important news is that moving from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 should be really easy — radically easier than migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.
As a site owner, here’s what you need to know about the new release and what to take care of to make the process easier without many glitches.