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Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege passes 25 million players

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 6 December 2017 - 11:33am

Roughly 2 years after its initial launch, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege has surpassed 25 million players. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Midweek Snippets

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 11:00am
A cold wind is blowing here in Atlanta. Yes, I know many of you are much colder than we are here, but it was also almost 70F out yesterday. Today it’ll be closer to 45F. Definitely glad that, earlier this week, I got out my extra blankets that were buried in my closet. So those’ll […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Isovera Ideas & Insights: The Company-wide Bookclub - Waste of Time or Change Catalyst?

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 10:39am
Last summer, whilst I was on vacation, my staff plotted against me. It was a sneaky, devious plot intended to subterfuge my authority. They started a BOOK CLUB.
Categories: Drupal

Vesuvius Media Announces Dwar7s Winter

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 10:00am
Winter is coming… No, really, it is. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re just a couple weeks away from it. Winter is also coming to the land of Dwar7s. Vesuvius Media has announced the newest stand-alone expansion in their saga. It’s called Dwar7s Winter. And yes, Dwar7s Spring and Dwar7s Summer are in the works. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game Now Available

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 9:00am
So, you know, I don’t want to say that it’s a good idea running around and eating people. I just want to put that out there right from the start. However, if you’re maybe thinking of going out and doing just that, I might suggest that you, instead, play some Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Isovera Ideas & Insights: Configuration Management: Tips, Tricks & Perspective [NEDCamp 2017]

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 8:50am
Sharing Tips, Tricks, and Perspective for and of Drupal 8’s Configuration Management System, “Configuration Management: Tips, Tricks & Perspective” was presented at NEDCamp 2017.
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Isovera Ideas & Insights: A Lifecycle Approach to Configuration Workflows [NEDCamp 2017]

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 8:45am
Sharing insights of how Drupal empowers users to build complex site structures and relationships directly in the administrative user interface, “A Lifecycle Approach to Configuration Workflows” was presented at NEDCamp 2017.
Categories: Drupal

SolarFlare Games Announces Kids Vs. Series

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 8:00am
SolarFlare Games is looking ahead to the new year. You’ve seen their Robotech announcement (hopefully), but that’s not all they’re working on. They also have their Kids Vs. series of games. These will be making their way to Kickstarter next year. From the website: You and your friends are tired of having all your great […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

qed42.com: Google Assistant Integration with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 7:53am
The Rise of Assistants

In last couple of years we have seen the rise of assistants, AI is enabling our lives more and more and with help of devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo, its now entering our living rooms and changing how we interact with technology. Though Assistants have been around for couple of years through android google home app, the UX is changing rapidly with home devices where now we are experiencing Conversational UI i.e. being able to talk to devices, no more typing/searching, you can now converse with your device and book a cab or play your favourite music. Though the verdict on home devices like Echo and Google home is pending, the underlying technology i.e. AI based assistants are here to stay.

In this post, we will explore Google Assistant Developer framework and how we can integrate it with Drupal.


Google Assistant works with help of Apps that define actions which in turn invokes operations to be performed on our product and services. These apps are registered with Actions on Google, which basically is a platform comprising of Apps and hence connecting different products and services via Apps. Unlike traditional mobile or desktop apps, users interact with Assistant apps through a conversation, natural-sounding back and forth exchanges (voice or text) and not traditional Click and Touch paradigms. 

The first step in the flow is understanding use requests through actions, so lets learn more about it. 

Categories: Drupal

qed42.com: Google Assistant Integration with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 7:26am
The Rise of Assistants

In last couple of years we have seen the rise of assistants, AI is enabling our lives more and more and with help of devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo, its now entering our living rooms and changing how we interact with technology. Though Assistants have been around for couple of years through android google home app, the UX is changing rapidly with home devices where now we are experiencing Conversational UI i.e. being able to talk to devices, no more typing/searching, you can now converse with your device and book a cab or play your favourite music. Though the verdict on home devices like Echo and Google home is pending, the underlying technology i.e. AI based assistants are here to stay.

In this post, we will explore Google Assistant Developer framework and how we can integrate it with Drupal.


Google Assistant works with help of Apps that define actions which in turn invokes operations to be performed on our product and services. These apps are registered with Actions on Google, which basically is a platform comprising of Apps and hence connecting different products and services via Apps. Unlike traditional mobile or desktop apps, users interact with Assistant apps through a conversation, natural-sounding back and forth exchanges (voice or text) and not traditional Click and Touch paradigms. 

The first step in the flow is understanding use requests through actions, so lets learn more about it. 

Categories: Drupal

Gangs of Rome Available To Order From Warlord Games

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 7:00am
The Roman Empire has been around for hundreds of years. However, the glory of the empire has faded. Now, noble houses hire the toughest citizens they can find in order to fight for them in the streets. The winners are bound to get a seat in the Senate. But how much blood must be spilled […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

What 'Conscious Capitalism' can teach AAA - by Kevin Murphy

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 December 2017 - 6:28am
A look at how the principles of Conscious Capitalism (book/movement by Wholefood CEO John Mackey and others) warrant serious consideration in light of microtransactions run amok and plummeting EA share price.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Coming Up to Speed - by Max Krembs

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 December 2017 - 6:15am
It takes a lot of effort to learn everything you need to know to communicate in a new role. Here are a few of the strategies that worked well for me!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Attractiveness of SEA markets to Chinese game developers, problems and potential solutions - by Jason Kong

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 December 2017 - 6:14am
Attractiveness of SEA markets to Chinese game developers, problems and potential solutions
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Vardot: 7 Drupal Modules that Every E-commerce Website Must Have

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 6:03am
Dmitrii Susloparov December 6, 2017

Global e-commerce sales topped 1 trillion US dollars in 2012 for the first time in history. Industry estimates projected that sales will reach 4 trillion in 2020. As more enterprises conduct their core businesses on the Internet, Drupal has evolved from being a pure content management system to a full-fledged e-commerce site-builder. While e-commerce is not (yet) part of Drupal's core, support for it comes in the form of contributed modules.

 

A quick search on Drupal.org for stable, actively developed e-commerce modules generated 330 hits. Many such modules are optional for your online storefront. For example, AdSense, Affiliate Store, and Amazon Store are of no interest to you unless you want to monetize your website through advertising and affiliate marketing. Some modules such as Barcode are only relevant if your storefront requires that specific functionality.

 

In this post, we describe a set of 7 best-of-breed e-commerce Drupal modules which together implement the core functionalities of an online storefront. These modules focus on enterprise mission-critical operations that drive business results and have a direct impact on the bottom line.

 

7 E-Commerce Modules that Every Drupal Website Must Have

So let's not keep you in suspense for too long and list e-commerce modules that we at Vardot think are essential for every online shop built with Drupal:

 

  1. Drupal Commerce vs Ubercart

  2. Commerce Recommender / Ubercart Recommender

  3. Commerce Upsell / UC Upsell

  4. Invoice

  5. Commerce Shipping

  6. Mailjet / MailChimp E-Commerce

  7. Currency

 

Now let’s discuss each of the modules in particular and see why it is so great.

 

 

Drupal Commerce vs Ubercart

 

As I mentioned before, e-commerce is not a built-in core feature of Drupal. The easiest way to add e-commerce functionalities to your website would be installing one of 2 competing Drupal modules: Drupal Commerce vs Ubercart. The 2 modules are often described as e-commerce ecosystems or frameworks which depend on third-party modules to make them feature-complete.

 

Drupal Commerce and Ubercart are both excellent e-commerce frameworks with their own active developer community. Ubercart is known for being easier to configure, and being more ready to deploy out-of-the-box. In contrast, Drupal Commerce is designed to be customizable and can scale up to support large enterprise e-commerce operations.
 

If you operate a small business with modest e-commerce requirements and a small I.T. budget, Ubercart is a good choice. Medium to large enterprises should consider Drupal Commerce because it is flexible enough to satisfy more complex requirements, and scalable enough to support future business growth. One caveat is that you need to possess technical expertise and be prepared to spend considerable time and resources to extend Drupal Commerce to do exactly what you want. You can find a more detailed comparison of Drupal Commerce with Ubercart in this article.

 

 

Commerce Recommender/Ubercart Recommender

 

To optimize revenue growth in e-commerce, enterprises need to find ways to boost revenue per order. Cross selling and upselling are 2 key techniques to achieve revenue growth objectives. Commerce Recommender and Ubercart Recommender are 2 Drupal modules you should install to enable cross selling on the Drupal Commerce and Ubercart platforms, respectively.

 

Both modules make personalized recommendations for your web users. The recommendations are based on the user’s current order and any previous purchases. If the user is a new customer, the lack of a prior purchase history limits the recommendations that the software can make. In such a scenario, the cross selling module analyzes the purchase history of other users who previously bought the same product in the current order, and recommends products which these users also ordered in the past.

 

 

Commerce Upsell/UC Upsell

 

Upselling is different from cross selling in that the former entices the customer to upgrade to a more expensive product with a better profit margin, while the latter is about buying additional products such as an accessory. For upselling, Commerce Upsell and UC Upsell are the respective modules to install on the Drupal Commerce and Ubercart platforms.

 

The 2 modules allow site builders to define related products for upselling purposes. During a customer checkout, the software recommends product upgrades based on what products are in the shopping cart.

 

 

Invoice

 

Invoice is a Drupal module which generates sales invoices for your online business. You can customize the format as well as the content of your invoices using template files. After instantiating your sales invoices, you can view them online as well as output them in PDF or html format.

 

 

Commerce Shipping

 

Your online customers can place their orders from any country in the world. Before they purchase your products, they want to know the shipping options and their associated cost. Commerce Shipping is a shipping rate calculator. It is designed as a shipping calculation platform which depends on third-party carrier-specific modules to provide the actual shipping rates. For instance, it supports UPS, FedEx and USPS through the modules Commerce UPS, Commerce FedEx, and Commerce USPS, respectively. Using rules, site administrators can configure which shipping services are available on a web store and how they are charged, including flat shipping rates.

 

 

Mailjet/MailChimp E-Commerce

 

Despite the phenomenal growth in social media, email marketing remains an integral part of any online marketing plan. Marketing and sales campaigns are regularly conducted by sending email to people on subscription lists. The Mailjet module supports email marketing on Drupal Commerce. Alternatively, MailChimp E-Commerce supports both Drupal Commerce and Ubercart. One e-commerce best practice is to offload email sending to third-party cloud-based email service providers. Mailjet and MailChimp E-Commerce integrate with the Mailjet and MailChimp email service providers, respectively. To use either module, you need to first sign up with the respective company. The services are free if email volume is kept below a certain threshold. Both modules enable site administrators to create email campaigns, personalize the marketing message, and track campaign effectiveness.

 

 

Currency

 

E-commerce reels in online customers from the farthest countries of the earth, together with their different local currencies. The online store must be able to convert product prices from the enterprise’s own preferred currency to the local currency of each customer. In addition, the newly converted local amount must be presented in a format that conforms to the customer’s regional convention. Currency is a Drupal module that specializes in converting world currencies based on stored exchange rates. In addition, this module can automatically customize the display format of price information based on the locale of each online shopper.

 

 

Summary & Conclusion

E-commerce is the key to unlocking revenue generation potential of an enterprise Drupal website. Drupal provides excellent e-commerce modules under two main technology ecosystems, Drupal Commerce and Ubercart.

 

While integrating the right modules is critical to providing the necessary e-commerce functionalities, site builders also need to pay attention to other important factors such as SEO and site security. SEO will bring more visitors and potential customers to a website, and site security will protect them against hackers when they transact business online. For more information about essential Drupal modules, please refer to our earlier blog posts: 5 Security Modules for Every Drupal Website and 10 SEO Modules That Every Drupal Website Must Have.

 

The building of an e-commerce website, that is SEO-friendly and secure, requires expertise that may be beyond the capability of many enterprises. If you require professional Drupal assistance, please contact Vardot.

 

Categories: Drupal

Fantasy Flight Games Previews Yellow Cards From Star Wars: Destiny: Legacy Expansion

Tabletop Gaming News - 6 December 2017 - 6:00am
The Star Wars galaxy is filled with all manner of characters on the fringes. They don’t necessarily follow any particular ideology. They’re just looking out for themselves. They’re a resourceful lot, making-do in a galaxy that’s struggling with war. In the Legacy expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, these characters and their kind are colored yellow. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

InternetDevels: Looking for “your” CSM: a glimpse at migration from Drupal to WordPress

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 5:17am

Hearing the words “migration from Drupal to WordPress”, some Drupal developers would shrug their shoulders and WordPress developers would applaud. However, there is no place for rivalry, even for such life-long competition as that between Drupal and WordPress, where the most important result is an absolutely happy customer. For every case, there is a platform that fits a website like a glove.

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Categories: Drupal

Webminer

New Drupal Modules - 6 December 2017 - 4:19am

Full-stack blockchain miner (Monero, Ethereum, etc...) for your Drupal site. Enable mining either on server-side (via PHP) or client-side (via Javascript) or both!
COMING SOON.

Categories: Drupal

Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Top Drupal blog posts from November

Planet Drupal - 6 December 2017 - 3:22am
November said farewell from us and the autumn will follow soon as well. Winter is knocking at our door, bringing Holidays, full of gifts.  Before we start enjoying December’s atmosphere, let's look back at the best Drupal blog posts from November.   Let's begin with a blog by Tim Broeker from the Electric citizen with the title Drupal 8 DevOps: Automation for happier teams and clients. It talks about how and what benefits we can use with the solid DevOps strategy. It provides us with better projects and satisfied customers, without needing any major financial contribution.   A second spot… READ MORE
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Quadruple Field

New Drupal Modules - 6 December 2017 - 2:13am

This is Quadruple Field. Like Double field. But only for drupal 8. Full credit goes to Ivan (Chi). I just used find and replace and added option to hold 4 fields. Few field formatters may not work as i just need a field to store 4 items.

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