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- Date :12-06-2018
Join us on Wednesday, at Gridonic, for the upcoming Zurich Drupal user group meetup.Anli de Jager Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:37
The gathering is dedicated to all those interested in Drupal. Everyone, from beginners to experts, are more than welcome.
Hope to see you there!
Date and time: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Gridonic - Ernastrasse 22, Zürich
When I was younger, my older siblings continually conspired to scare me. They would hide around corners and jump out at me, force me to watch scary things on TV, and — my favorite — pretend to be dead, waiting for me to run screaming to my mom. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m pretty sure I’ve been sick of jump scares since before I was even in first grade.
Despite this baggage, I still managed to develop a fascination with various horror franchises. When my friends and I were in middle school, we would rent all kinds of scary movies. One of the first movies I watched when my little town got cable was Aliens, and through high school I became at least a little obsessed with the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
I’m not quite as conversant in modern horror, but when I saw that Evil Hat was releasing a Horror Toolkit for Fate, it got my attention.The Purple Beast
This review is based both on the PDF of the Fate Horror Toolkit, and the physical copy of the book. The book is 152 pages, and the physical copy is the same size as the standard Fate line, in hardcover.
The interior art is black and white, and matches the theme of the chapter in which the art appears. For example, when the topic is the zombie apocalypse or body horror, the art style is different than when it features Spooky Fun. There are some detailed images of dead bodies, insect creatures, and mutated body parts, but viscera and gore are limited (unless you count shadowy textured areas).
The formatting follows the clear and easy to read style that is present in other Fate books, with clearly bold headers, offset example paragraphs, and lots of bullet points.Chapter 1: Gazing Into the Abyss
This chapter has an overview of the horror genre, what elements make up a horror-themed game, and a summary of the chapter contents. There are page references to specific rules in this book, and references to sections of the Fate Core rulebook.
This chapter also has a sidebar on the responsible execution of horror, and a two-page spread on safety and consent. Given the subject matter of the book, I think it was a very good move to put this right up front. The “Horror Doesn’t Excuse Being Horrible” paragraph hits about a third of the way through the first page, and you can’t miss it.Chapter 2: The Raveled Sleeve of Care
This section addresses setting up a horror campaign and making characters that will fit into the horror genre. There is a list of media to consume for inspiration (most of which revolves around sympathetic and flawed characters in a horror story), as well as new optional rules to help reinforce the genre.
The tools presented in this section help build connections to the source of the horror and to give players reasons to compel their own aspects. There are also new rules that revolve around the following:
- Enhanced self-compels
- Group Fate Pools
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Legacy Aspects
- Group Aspects
- Intensity Aspects
- Moral Dilemmas
There is a lot of great material here even outside of horror games. Enhanced self-compels work with the group Fate Pools to reinforce the PCs working together against a problem. Heroic sacrifice, legacy aspects, and hauntings all incentivize a PC to accept death as part of the story, while giving them a way to continue to participate in the story. Group aspects dovetail with the rules for group Fate Pools, and intensity aspects introduce a rating system for aspects that tie the character to something potentially horrible or dangerous in the game. Moral dilemmas set up a resolution where X or Y equally hard resolutions are the most obvious ways to resolve the situation, and anything outside of those options automatically becomes more difficult.
Many of these tools highlight the agency of the player by creating rewards for their investment in the horror genre. Rather than just making things harder for the player characters, many of these tools highlight how the players can make life worse for the group to tell a better story, while still giving them some options to nudge the story in each direction.Chapter 3: Some Scars are Invisible
This chapter addresses the portrayal of the mental stresses that are present in the horror genre. There is another list of media inspiration for horror media dealing with the mental toll of horror, and introduces some rules for portraying the long-term repercussions of trauma on the characters.
Some of the optional new rules include the following:
- Trauma Aspects
- Coping Conditions
- The Mental Toll of Gore
In addition to the game advice and new rules, there is also a thoughtful discussion of mental health and the proper way to utilize it in a game without trivializing it. This includes determining what the trauma was, how that would affect a person, and what they would do to lessen that effect. The emphasis is to do this without trying to find a specific medical condition, which could lead to stereotypical behavior based on a shallow reading of a diagnosis.
Trauma aspects are taken on by a character when something seriously disturbing happens, and coping conditions can be checked to allow the character to continue to function. There are different levels of severity for these conditions, based on the condition rules introduced in the original Fate Toolkit and elaborated on in the Dresden Accelerated game.
The mental toll of gore is a means by which the GM can attack the stress track of characters with the disturbing nature of an environment. It functions as an independent element that has a turn where it attacks, although some character aspects may, optionally, be used to explain why a player is inured to such attacks.
Chapter 4: Who’s Who of the Damned
This section is all about making monsters, and giving example monsters. Like the previous chapters, there is a list of media inspirations, this time focusing on media that has strong and memorable antagonists. There are discussions on how to use monstrous skills or approaches, as well as monstrous conditions, to build threats. The final sections of the chapter deal with body horror including rules for how a player character’s body part can function as a monster. There is an extensive section on The Other as a villain–a societal force that is attempting to subsume or eliminate the PCs if they don’t conform.
There are several fully built example threats, like the Vampire, the Slasher, the Killer Swarm, and the Created. There are also stat blocks and special rules for hands, tongues, hearts, and eyes to function as monsters while still connected to a character. This includes effects that might take place when the body part acts against its host, and what happens if a body part breaks free of its original body. As a brief aside, there are times I really love being part of this hobby.
When discussing The Other as a threat, there is advice about using care in choosing what “other” you are portraying. Because it represents more of a societal force or movement, there is more discussion on how a campaign involving The Other progresses over time.Chapter 5: We Are All Going To Die
This chapter is about playing in a horror campaign where all the characters will eventually die, and how to facilitate that. The media sources cited as inspirational in this section revolve around horror media featuring doomed protagonists, and there are rules for a countdown clock and how it should function.
When setting up the countdown clock, the players and the GM set up what triggers the clock to tick forward, and what, if anything, rolls the clock back. The assumption is that there will be less causing it to roll back than causing it to move forward.
In a campaign like this, the group sets up what their goal is, so they still might accomplish something before the end. Once the clock ticks off its final segment, everyone is doomed, but the amount of time they have to “wrap things up” will vary based on the length of the campaign.
The discussion of this style of campaign was particularly interesting to me, as I like the concept of having an end game in mind when starting a campaign, and I like the dynamic way that a countdown clock might play into that. It also seems like a tool that could have broader applications than just the horror genre.Chapter 6: The High Cost of Living
If you ever wanted rules to help model survival horror, this is your chapter. Inspirations cited in this chapter revolve around horror media where survivors have limited resources and ever-present external threats, and the optional rules include consumables, consequences and NPCs, and havens.
Consumables drive a lot of play, since they get used in different circumstances. There are general rules for the number of NPCs in a haven, and how they might be removed from play. Havens get assaulted and damaged, and must be defended and repaired.
The rules for connections between the NPCs and the PCs allow for some of the danger of survival horror to remain present while still having a stable cast of protagonists.Chapter 7: Horror is the New Pink
Chapter seven is all about managing aspects of horror that overlap with the unique way the genre interacts with assumptions about women. It has the usual inspirational material, and has additional rules for feminine horror aspects, horror points, and several thematically linked scenarios.
Much of the material in the Horror Toolkit gives players agency while incentivizing causing problems for their characters, even beyond what Fate Core normally allows. In this case, characters will have a feminine horror aspect linked to the theme of the campaign. Self-compelling this will give the player a horror point, which acts as an especially effective Fate point.
The generation and use of feminine horror aspects and horror points allow for the player to have greater control over when they might be put in a position of vulnerability, and how much agency they will have in the resolution of the scenario.
The example story arcs explored in this section include the following:
- Poisonous Sexuality
- Anticipated Blood
- Alien Pregnancy
These include setups, feminine horror aspects, stunts, NPCs, current issues, and lingering issues. Lingering issues are a specific aspect that characters in a feminine horror scenario have, which represents past events and how they still affect the player character.
While the chapter has several tools for modeling the story structures described, this is definitely one of the chapters where reading the breakdown of the elements, and the usual progression of these stories, is as interesting as the mechanics reinforcing that story structure.Chapter 8: Spooky Fun
Compared to the heavy topics in some of the other chapters, chapter 8 looks at a slightly lighter side of horror. The optional rules in this section deal with stories inspired by Goosebumps, Scooby Doo, or Nancy Drew. This includes inspirational media suggestions, a new way to present skills (the report card), conditions, stunts, and new rules like courage and fear. It also defines what being taken out looks like in this genre, and introduces formalized rules for twists in the narrative.
The report card version of skills presents a version of skills that is similar to approaches from Fate Accelerated, with the rating of a subject that can be broadly applied depending on the fiction. Player characters using these options do not have a stress track, but mark several conditions that they can clear over time. The group has a Courage stat that builds as they find clues. It can also go up when players introduce a twist to the story. The courage stat is available when the group is together, but not when they get separated, unless there is a special circumstance.
I like the concept of building the Courage stat, and how finding clues is less about having a convoluted mystery, and more about building resources until the group is ready to confront a threat. It reinforces the genre concept that having all of the kids together for the confrontation is the best way to get a favorable resolution.Appendix
There are two appendices in the book, and both involve safety tools that can be employed at the table. Appendix 1 deals with the X-Card by John Stavropoulos (which can be found here online), and Appendix 2 deals with the Script Change tool by Brie Sheldon (which can be found here online). While some of the text of both tools is included in the appendices, there is also some additional discussion on why these tools might be useful or preferable for a group.
I appreciate that these tools are both in the book in usable forms. Often, when outside safety tools are referenced in RPG material, it can be easy to not follow up on links presented in the text. In this case, while there is more material on both sites, there is enough to make both tools functional from the book itself.
I have a lot of respect for both tools, but I am especially happy to see Script Change referenced in an RPG safety section, as it is a great tool that I have seen used very well at a table, and Brie Sheldon did a great job designing it. I’m looking forward to more “safety in gaming” sections referencing their work.Plenty of Stakes, Lots of Garlic Many horror stories manage to be scary or impactful even when they are using established tropes. This toolkit does a great job of explaining how to use those tropes to maximum effect. Share49Tweet9+11Reddit1Email
The tools in this book are useful for a horror game, but many of them, like the group Fate Pool, heroic sacrifice, and trauma aspects, can be used for games that aren’t explicitly in the horror genre. The discussion of doomed campaigns, survival horror, and feminine horror, as well as the outline of The Other and how it progresses in a game, provide strong campaign frameworks. Almost all the tools provided have a strong, built-in aspect of agency to them.Should I Have Invited Them In?
If there is any downside to the book, it’s that the tools may work better for creating a good horror story than being immersed in a good horror story. There has been discussion about how well Fate can do horror in the past, and while the tools in this book incentivize players to make the decisions that will put their players in harm’s way, for some players, knowing that they can pump the brake may drop them out of the immersion they were previously hoping to experience.Recommended — If the product fits in your broad area of gaming interests, you are likely to be happy with this purchase.
If you are even a little interested in Fate or in horror as a genre, it is unlikely you will regret this purchase. In addition to providing a wide range of useful Fate related tools, the discussions on genre and campaign structure are going to be of broad appeal, even for people not running their game using Fate.
If you are the kind of player that is more focused on the flow of the story and hitting the right beats, you may appreciate this a bit more than if you want to be immersed from your character’s point of view, but even in that instance, many horror stories manage to be scary or impactful even when they are using established tropes. This toolkit does a great job of explaining how to use those tropes to maximum effect.
What do you think of horror RPGs? Do you need to feel scared for them to be successful? What horror games have done this the best? What Fate toolkits would you like to see in the future? I’m interested to find out all of that and more, so please leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
This module adds drupal actions to convert entities from one bundle to another.
Content can be converted individually from a "Convert Bundle" tab on the node (or entity), selected nodes from the content administration page (/admin/content), or all entities of one bundle to another from the convert bundles config page (/admin/config/content/convert_bundles).
Since the convert bundles creates standard drupal actions for each type of entity, this module should work with other drupal modules such as rules and vbo.
The world’s top news and media networks operate different sites to targeting a wide audience. They know that the only thing better than playing to a niche market is playing to all the niche markets --by running multiple websites tailor-made to fit the preferences of their different market segments, they play to win.
This kind of business model takes effort. Their content has to be distributed in multiple languages and reworked to fit different cultures. Naturally, it takes the right CMS to be able to pull this off while still managing to be user-friendly (after all, new content pops up every hour of a given day).
This article will cover the reasons why leading news and media outlets opt for Drupal 8, choosing the framework for all other alternatives in the market. Read on to find out why Drupal is trusted by 73% of the top news and media networks (including Al Jazeera, the Walt Disney Company, Time Inc., The Economist, Twenty-First Century, CBS, and Viacom) are using it.
Drupal 8 is Optimized for a 24 Hour News Cycle
The news cycle is both the greatest and worst thing to ever happen to news media. On one hand, it guarantees a steady stream of content, and therefore opportunities to earn from subscriptions and ad space. On the other hand, news media practitioners are almost always on the clock.
The freshness of a news item is time-sensitive and highly dependent on presentation (nobody wants to read a poorly-presented article, for instance). This is why a CMS like Drupal 8, which offers core features straight out of the box, is preferred among newsmen. For example, Drupal offers a rich media editor for the content creation stage of editorial work.
Drupal’s functionality also extends beyond the newsroom, with offerings such as monetization tools, social media integration, and near-universal 3rd party integration.
Drupal 8 is Easy to Personalize and Localize
Personalization is the key to engaging with an audience. Users want to see content that appeals to their interests and challenges them to discover new information. Naturally, timing is also a major factor; a news site that is aware of their readers’ most active times can take full advantage of things like push notifications, and special offers to exclusive content.
Beyond this, news agencies need to be able to push content that appeals to a person’s sense of locality --people are naturally drawn to things that might have an impact on their lives directly. While there’s no contesting the average person’s curiosity about distant happenings, top news and media networks know how to tap into the power of the parochial mindset.
Drupal enables personalization through a suite of powerful tools designed by its large community of developers. The platform makes it easy to connect readers to the kinds of content that align with their interests. Likewise, localizing content is a necessity made accessible through the platform --nurturing a loyal following is easier with Drupal 8, which allows your content to be relevant to events that take place in their immediate surroundings.
Drupal 8 Allows for Convenient Multi-Site Management
Running multiple websites is easy with Drupal. The platform allows businesses to run multiple websites grounded in the same code base. In plain English, you don’t need to build websites from scratch every time you want to expand your base of captive niches, and you can apply the same brand of aesthetic and experiential quality to your different digital holdings.
Drupal offers a multi-site management solution, complete with tutorials, that makes the job of expanding a news empire about as accessible designing a blog. Put this together with Drupal’s offer of news and media distribution solutions straight from the box, and sprawling online presences for news agencies can grow virtually overnight.
Drupal 8 is Secure
Security is a natural concern for any organization, and news companies are no exception. Nobody wants to lose credibility in the face of a cyber attack, or worse, have their subscribers’ data leaked.
One of the pivotal reasons why the media prefers Drupal is the long tradition of security that surrounds the platform. Between the swarms of developers working to close every loophole and patch over every possible entry point and the dedicated team of security specialists attached to Drupal, the framework does an excellent job of guaranteeing its users’ security.
Case Study: Uber Publisher & Al Jazeera
We mentioned Al Jazeera among the list of news agencies that rely on Drupal for their CMS needs. They were generous enough to agree to serve as an extensive case study on the official Drupal website, and some of the major takeaways do a good job of proving how the platform is a good fit for the industry.
The case study banks on the news agency’s growth after their tie-in with Drupal. It also describes how the agency met their myriad goals, including the unification of AJMN’s digital assets and workflows into a single interface. All told, the decision to opt for Drupal was a success for Al Jazeera.
Now, what the case study didn’t cover was Al Jazeera’s decision to opt for one Drupal-based solution in particular: Uber Publisher, a sub-profile of Varbase. Uber Publisher is a Drupal distribution that contains over a thousand out-of-the-box features and is continuously funded, supported, and improved by Vardot --and likely a contributing factor to Al Jazeera’s digital success. Its features for media marketing, automated tagging, easy authoring, and SEO make it a potent tool in the hands of a business of any size.
Drupal 8 is an optimal solution for news and media networks, regardless of their size. It’s affordable, convenient, and easy to both implement and maintain over the lifespan of a media agency. A good network would do well to tap into the functionality that Drupal has to offer, and a great one would scan the market for tools such like Vardot’s Uber Publisher; with any luck, they’ll meet the same digital success as Al Jazeera and its cohort (or exceed it).
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This feature provides the configuration and content specific structure that allows publication of Featured Links of the Public Entities of the Bogotá's Mayoralty
This feature provides the configuration and content specific structure that allows publication of News of the Public Entities of the Bogotá's Mayoralty
This feature provides the configuration and content specific structure that allows publication of featured images at Home Page of institutional site of the Mayoralty of Bogota
This feature provides the configuration and content specific structure that allows publication of the Institutional Information of the Public Entities of the Bogotá's District which corresponds to the Standard for the Publication and Divulgation of Public Information defined in the Law of Transparency and Public Information Access of Colombian State.
This feature provides the configuration and content specific structure that allows publication of the Budget Documents of the Public Entities of the Bogotá's District which corresponds to the Standard for the Publication and Divulgation of Public Information defined in the Law of Transparency and Public Information Access of Colombian State.
Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.Announcements Change your git remote configuration
We will be deprecating the git remote format @git.drupal.org/project/;.git in favor of email@example.com/project/<yourproject>.git in preparation for changes to our developer tooling stack. If you used the <username>@ format for your git remotes, you should change your remote to the git@ format. You can use $ git remote set-url to make this change for existing repositories you have cloned.
We have updated the version control instructions on Drupal.org to reflect this change, and will be updating the git daemon to warn developers who are using the deprecated remote format.Proposal: Improving Core's Relationship with Composer
In May, Mixologic from the Drupal Association engineering team worked with community members Mile23, Bojanz, Webflo, and others in the community to develop a proposal for improving Drupal Core's relationship with Composer.
In its simplest form, the proposal is to: Conceptually separate Drupal, the product, from Drupal's git repository, and provide a mechanism that creates a composer ready Drupal installation.
Going into early June, we've been circulating this proposal to the Core Committers, the Auto-Updates Initiative team, Contrib maintainers, Distribution maintainers etc.Credit for non-code projects on Drupal.org
We're excited to announce that we've created a 'Community Projects' section in the Drupal.org issue queues. This section exists to record all the tremendous community labor exercised to promote the Drupal project in ways other than code. This format was pioneered by the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion group, who started recording their meeting minutes in the issue queues so they could provide contribution credit for attendees. This same model can be used by initiative coordinators, camp organizers, or any other Drupal community group that would like a place to recognize their work with the official contribution credit system.
The Contribution Credit system is one of the Drupal projects most successful innovations in the way that open source projects are managed, and it will continue to evolve and grow as time goes on.Updates for GDPR
Have you built great relationships with your Drupal customers? Help them contribute back to the project by becoming part of our Customer Supporter program.Drupal.org Updates Self-nominations for the Drupal Association board are live
Each year one of the two community-held seats on the Drupal Association board comes up for election. We opened the self-nomination process for this year, and some passionate and dedicated members of the community have already stepped forward with their candidacy.
To learn more, you can view our portal for the 2018 Elections Process. Key dates to remember:
- Self nominations: 1-11 June, 2018
- Meet the candidates: 12-29 June 2018
- Voting: 2-13 July, 2018
- Votes ratified, Winner announced: 25 July, 2018
Did you know there are 12 active Drupal strategic initiatives right now?
These tools are the first step in improving the project management tools available to initiative coordinators to help move the Drupal project forward.Historical user and organization contribution data is now available.
Drupal.org user profiles show the last year's worth of contributions by users. We chose the one year window deliberately, to promote the importance of a user's more recent activity. However, seeing a user's complete contribution history can be valuable as well. We've recently added a link to the bottom of this view to display that history.
Similarly, organization profiles have shown the last 90 days of contributions by organization. Again, we chose this very deliberately to emphasize the importance of recent and ongoing contribution. However, as with user accounts, these profiles now also include a link to the organization's complete contribution history. You can see an example of where to find this link below:Expanded spam protections
After the sunsetting of Mollom in March of this year, we've been implementing a new set of tools to mitigate spam on Drupal.org. We expanded these protections in May, using a combination of bot detection, content analysis, rate limiting, and more to try and reduce the impact of spam attacks on Drupal.org. The less time the community spends wading through spam, the greater the velocity of the Drupal project.And a Thank You
We'd also like to give a special shout out to contributor Wim Leers, for his incredibly kind 'Ode to the Drupal Association' about our work on the testing infrastructure. The nature of software engineering has a tendency to draw our attention to things that are broken, buggy, or unoptimized, and so when things are working well that success can sometimes feel invisible.
Fortunately, the Drupal community puts people first, and celebrates our collective success, and Wim's words are a tremendous example of that ethos.
Thank you, Wim - and thank you to everyone who takes the time to recognize the hard work and dedication of your fellow contributors.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who make it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular we want to thank:
- Contegix - Renewing Premium Hosting Supporter
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