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New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 8:56am
Categories: Drupal


New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 8:55am
Categories: Drupal

Amazee Labs: Lessons In Leadership From DrupalCon Nashville

Planet Drupal - 13 April 2018 - 8:53am
Lessons In Leadership From DrupalCon Nashville

Taking on a leadership position can be a very rewarding but also draining experience. I’d like to share some of the exciting things that stood out to me at DrupalCon in terms of leadership. In the last few years, I was able to take on a number different leadership positions such as CTO at Amazee Labs, running the #d8rules initiative or co-organizing camps in Austria and Switzerland. To me, it’s a deeply satisfying experience to be part of a team that works towards a common goal and see myself being able to help drive us to be successful. At the same time, leadership always felt very difficult to me. Why wasn’t I able to take decisions effectively? Why wouldn’t others follow my advice as I wanted them to?

Looking up to other leaders at work and in our community is really valuable to me. It allows me to feel inspired, keep improving, and relate my own struggle to the struggles of others. I’d like to share an overview of the things that inspired me during this DrupalCon Nashville.

Josef Dabernig Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:53 Leadership lessons at DrupalCon Nashville

The Diversity & Inclusion team ensured me that fighting for a common cause with a well structured approach can lead to great results. This DrupalCon featured 40% speakers who identified as part of an underrepresented group. This is an awesome achievement and I appreciate the group and the DrupalCon program team who made this possible. I also really like how D&I tries to lead by example as they extend their attribution system to credit for non-code contributions such as attending an initial meeting. Finally, Nikki Steven handed over initiative leadership to Fatima and they mentioned how helpful it can be to distribute ownership of an initiative to make sure the cause is more important than the actual person leading it.

The Community Working Group (CWG), together with Jordana & George, explained their approach to ensuring safety within the Drupal Community. I appreciate the hard work they put into such a thoughtful process that helps us deal with difficult situations. An important aspect of the communication is to always try to separate internet and impact. A person might have the best intentions when they do something, but it is also really important that they understand the impact their actions have on others. A lot of the work that the CWG does goes into the mediation process. This brings disagreeing parties together to reach an understanding their own actions and how others feel about it. Not every difficult situation can be solved in a mediation process so it was great to learn that the CWG also relies on a careful process that leads to taking action if needed.

On Tuesday I was able to attend a Leadership workshop that was organized by the CWG and facilitated by Adam Goodman, Chairman of the Drupal Association. Adam is Director for the Center of Leadership at Northwestern University and I really appreciated his thoughtful approach to this workshop. Together as a group of roughly 50 attendees, we used individual and group exercises to discuss our different perspectives on leadership. Adam was able to make sure that there was a balanced discussion, added plenty of valuable insights, and reassured us that leadership is not always an easy topic. There was also a controversial discussion about the boundaries of leadership and I would like to thank Donna Benjamin for writing her thoughts on it.

In his keynote, Dries took a good amount of time to reflect on the leadership of Drupal. In his section on fostering the community, Dries presented his version of Drupal’s values and principles. I think this is an exciting move forward for us as a community to being able to define and iterate on our values and principles definition. I like how Dries stressed that he put a lot of effort into working on those but at the same time, that he also recognizes that they by no means will be perfect from the beginning. We’ll need a good amount of feedback & collaboration to help make sure that the values & principles definition of the Drupal community, as diverse as it is, serves the purpose and needs of our extensive community.

Rachel Lawson, Community Liaison at the Drupal Association, shared her story at the beginning of Wednesday’s keynote. I appreciated finding out how her feeling welcomed enabled her to become a key contributor and leader within our community. Rachel’s open and candid approach has always been a refreshing experience for me. Over the years, Rachel has always provided an open ear for me to discuss leadership challenges. It’s great to know there are people available that will listen to you and that want to help you to become better at what you do.

Finally, in the keynote itself, Steve Francia shared his very inspiring journey leading various open source community projects. There were tears in my eyes when I found out that Steve had been struggling with the responsibility of being the lead of these big, successful projects, especially when he wasn’t aligned with the project's goals anymore. Steve realised he needed to step down in order to focus on what he wants to work on. I especially appreciated Steve’s honest approach to giving genuine feedback to himself and us as a Drupal community. Steve’s presentation was full of great feedback for us a Drupal community and how we have inspired him to develop the communities he is working with.

Final thoughts

It’s awesome to look at what others do when it comes to leadership and get inspired by them. But without introspection, true leadership cannot really emerge. I’d like to conclude with my own notes from the leadership workshop:

What is teamwork?

The work performed together as a group of individuals towards shared goals.

What is leadership?

Everything that helps the teamwork such as leading by example, principles, coaching or being a servant leader.

How do people learn to become more effective team members, followers, and leaders?

When we learn to express our needs, feelings, and provide feedback. When we understand what our peers need and learn how to create safe spaces for interaction and collaboration. When we listen actively, take responsibility and are open to learning something new every day.

What’s next?

Today is the most collaborative day for DrupalCon. At the sprints we all come together to work on Drupal initiatives. On my side, I’m looking forward to meeting the DrupalCon Europe team to discuss the program. If you are interested, check out the website to get your ticket or sign up as a volunteer.

I want to get better at enabling others. In that spirit, I am looking for a new #d8rules initiative coordinator. If you are interested in helping the Rules module to Drupal 8, this might be a great opportunity for me to learn how to coach you. Feel free to reach out to me.

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New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 8:17am

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Victory Point Games Running Gem Rush: Second Edition Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 13 April 2018 - 8:00am
Victory Point Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new edition of Gem Rush. This new set includes updated artwork and components, cooperative modes, new gems that can be found in the ever-expanding mine, and new skill cards so no two dwarves are exactly alike. From the campaign: Gem Rush: Second Edition is a […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Private content

New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 7:13am

Private content is a very simple node access module that gives each node a 'private' checkbox. If it's set, the node can only be seen by the node author, or users with the 'access private content' permission. The module is particularly recommended for simpler sites, for example to create a members-only area.

The module includes per-content type defaults, actions integration and views integration.

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Views Collapsible List

New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 7:05am

The Views Collapsible List module provides a new style plugin for Views that renders items in a list where you can expand and collapse additional information for an item. You can select multiple fields to be shown/hidden by this toggle. This allows you to present additional information to users if they want to see it without having too much clutter when the page initially loads.

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On Their Merry Way Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 13 April 2018 - 7:00am
Get out your best set of green tights. There’s wealthy merchants to rob from! On Their Merry Way is a new board game up on Kickstarter where players take on the role of members of Robin Hood’s merry band. Set traps for unsuspecting wealthy merchants. Get the most money and you’ll become Robin’s right-hand man. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Datetime Repeat

New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 6:46am

A date repeat field.

*** This module is under development ***

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Hunting Whales: The Problem with “Free-to-play” Games - by Caleb Compton Blogs - 13 April 2018 - 6:32am
In this article, I talk about some of the commonly used tactics in the mobile games industry which are designed to target individuals with highly addictive personalities. I want to raise awareness so players and designers can avoid these tactics.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Revealing Regions − Mafia 3 - by Nathan Cheever Blogs - 13 April 2018 - 6:30am
A big game needs a big map and Mafia 3 had them in spades! Take a look at some of the places you may have missed in the Louisiana heat of New Bordeaux.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Postmortem of Anime Matsuri Expo - by An Lieu Blogs - 13 April 2018 - 6:27am
As an indie developer with your first commercial project, it is difficult to know what to expect and what to prepare for. This postmortem was a way for me to share with other indie developers my personal experience as a first time indie game exhibitor.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Asmodee Announces New T.I.M.E. Stories Expansion

Tabletop Gaming News - 13 April 2018 - 6:00am
Yarr arr yarr! I loddie the hotpants! It’s time to get some sunshine on your skin and some salty air in your lungs. The new expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories has been announced, and it’s sending players to the golden age of piracy. Brotherhood of the Coast is the name of this new set, and you’ll […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Currencylayer Currency Converter

New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 5:36am

The "Currencylayer Currency Converter" module will help your website convert currency using the Currencylayer.
It will give you a block to convert currency from one format to another. This module provides the option to set your default block currency. This module also provides a function to convert currency from one
format to another.

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Inclusion and the Game Retail Experience

Gnome Stew - 13 April 2018 - 5:00am
Today’s Gnome Stew article is co-authored by Camdon Wright and Wendelyn Reischl. Both are role players with experience spanning multiple decades. Wendelyn and Camdon are game masters, game creators, and well known participants in the gaming community. This article is co-written because they shared the refreshing experience at the heart of the matter. Headings below […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Paragraphs React

New Drupal Modules - 13 April 2018 - 3:13am

Placeholder project for integrations between paragraphs and reactjs
Actually under initial development

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Atari VCS: Riddle of the Sphinx - by John Harris Blogs - 13 April 2018 - 1:23am
Excerpt from 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS. Riddle of the Sphinx shows developers for the Atari reaching for complexity of design and theme, a far cry from the Pong and Tank clones the system was made for.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Dropcap Ckeditor

New Drupal Modules - 12 April 2018 - 10:11pm

A drop cap is a decorative element typically used in contents at start of the word. It's a large capital letter at the beginning or a paragraph or text block that has the depth of two or more lines of normal text. Drop caps are easy to apply in Word.

Drupal 7 version is Dropcap ckeditor plugin

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Skirmisher Publishing Has Two New Bundle Deals Going

Tabletop Gaming News - 12 April 2018 - 3:00pm
“Buy together and save!” We see it all the time, but most of the time, those savings are pretty negligible. Like, maybe 5-10%. But when Skirmisher Publishing goes in for a bundle, they make it worth your wile. They’ve got a Ragnarok Bundle that’s 30% off regular and a Miniature Wargaming bundle that’s 46% off […]
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Vote ME! Party Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 12 April 2018 - 2:00pm
Pretty much everyone has those friends that are good at persuasion. They could just about sell you on anything. In Vote ME!, you’re given odd policy and theme cards that you must spin into being the greatest thing ever, looking to get the votes of your friends. The card game is up on Kickstarter now. […]
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