New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2017 - 1:25pm

This module provides Appreciation Engine Widget support for social signup.

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Battlefront is Hiring

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 1:00pm
Want to get into the gaming industry? Well, if you’re in England or America (or willing to relocate), then Battlefront has a couple positions open. In the US, they’ve got a Customer Service Rep and an Accounts Manager. And over in the UK, they’re also looking for an Accounts Manager. From the post: The Battlefront […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

OSTraining: How to Use the New Media Features in Drupal 8.4

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2017 - 12:35pm

Drupal 8.4 is out now, and it contains new media handling features.

For many years, Drupal has shipped with almost no media handling. This was the most commonly requested feature whenever we did Drupal training.

If you missed it, here's our overview of everything new in Drupal 8.4. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use Drupal's new media options. 

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Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer has been brought back from the dead

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 3 October 2017 - 12:10pm

GOG and Disney have partnered up to do something a little unusual and bring the multiplayer servers for the classic Battlefront II game back online 12 years after release. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fantasy Flight Previews Sleeper Agent Specialization for Star Wars RPG

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 12:00pm
I wish I could be a sleeper agent. Just nap all day, snuggling up with your teddyrancor, under your X-Wing sheets. *gets handed a note* Oh… that’s not what a sleeper agent does at all. Apparently they’re deep-cover operatives that infiltrate a location and basically live a double-life, waiting for the signal from their command […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Visualizing life in silico

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 3 October 2017 - 11:45am
Programming a molecular biology experiment can be similar to playing Sudoku; both are simple if you're working with only a few molecules or a small grid, but explode in complexity as they grow. Now, researchers have made it far easier for molecular biologists to make complex biological models.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Don't Miss: A deep dive into Forza Horizon 3's frictionless online co-op multiplayer

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 3 October 2017 - 11:18am

Playground Games designer Grant Orban describes the challenges in designing Forza Horizon 3's smooth-as-silk online co-op multiplayer campaign. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Podcast Roundup

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 11:00am
The work week is firmly underway. I know I like to have some sounds going on beside the random clacking of keyboard keys and the conversations coming from the other offices. That’s why I keep my regular list of gaming podcasts (as well as several groomed Pandora stations). Seeing as it is Tuesday, that means […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Sponsored: Fraud is a growing problem, but game publishers can strike back

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 3 October 2017 - 10:10am

Game publishers must deploy a fully featured storefront experience to deter consumers from going to the gray market for game keys, says Jeremy Coker, group vice president for games and entertainment at Digital River. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Tako Games Running Four Kings Drinking Game Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 10:00am
Gamers love games (seems pretty obvious). Gamers, so I’ve found, by and large, love to drink. As such, you will very often see these two things mixed together and you get drinking games. Four Kings, by Tako Games, is one such drinking game. Players will draw cards from a deck and, generally speaking, drinks will […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Trench Relaunches on Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 9:00am
Not to say that I like when I see Kickstarters not do well, by any stretch. But I am heartened when I see a campaign that was struggling look at making a fresh start, reconfigure some, and get back into the swing of things with a new campaign that does just fantastically well. Outer Limit […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design


New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2017 - 8:23am
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Jules Vautour Named COO of CMON Limited

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 8:01am
It’s good to know what’s going on in the upper echelons of the game companies we love. The people in charge of the companies have a lot of say in what direction that company goes. You want good people with steady heads in charge. And that’s what CMON Limited is getting in promoting Jules Vautour […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Warpgate Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 8:00am
The galaxy can be yours… if someone else doesn’t grab it for themselves first. It’s a race to grab the best spots and keep control of them in Warpgate, a new sci-fi board game that’s up on Kickstarter. Take control of a unique alien civilization and head out into the void, conquering in the name […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Pseudo Title

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2017 - 7:41am

Pseudo Title creates a pseudo field that can be used to move up and down the content of the title in the same administration page where the display of other fields are managed.

The problem that this module addresses is that Drupal 8 doesn't show the Title field in the /admin/structure/types/manage/[CONTENT_TYPE]/display page. Therefore; if your page layout requires that the title of a node in full-view be placed after the output of other fields, then you have to do it by other means.

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Fantasy Flight Games Posts New Fallout Preview

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 October 2017 - 7:00am
Well, the world’s come to an end again. Damnit, Todd! I told you to clean up your stuff! Now we’re living in a blasted-out nuclear wasteland! It’s not going to be easy, surviving out here. Good thing there’s the Fallout board game from Fantasy Flight. It’ll help teach us how to live in this environment. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Hidey Help (video tutorial)

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2017 - 6:56am
Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Hidey Help (video tutorial) NonProfit Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:56 Episode 38

Here is where we seek to bring awareness to Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today we'll think about  Hidey Help, a module which hides and displays your help text.

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Acquia Lightning Blog: Creating a new instance of an existing site

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2017 - 6:43am
Creating a new instance of an existing site Adam Balsam Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:43

Throughout the development and support lifecycle of a site, it is often necessary to install a fresh version of your application in a new environment with all of the existing site's configuration. For example, a new developer might need to set up their environment for the first time or your CI system might want a fresh install for tests. Basically:

As a user I want to be able to install Drupal from a package of configuration that is maintained in git.

Existing solution (pre Drupal 8.4.x): Drush --config-dir option

Installing a site from existing config is not as easy as going through the install process and then importing config though because the fresh install will have a different site UUID than the existing app and Drupal won't allow you to import configuration on sites with different UUIDs. To work around this, Drush introduced the --config-dir option to the site-install command which imported the configuration during install and magically worked around the UUID issue.

That workaround did have other issues including the fact that base fields defined in module or profile config would end up with conflicting UUIDs. But critically, Drush 9 only supports the --config-dir option when installing the Minimal profile - and Drush 8 isn't compatible with Drupal 8.4.x. So we need a new solution.

Investigated approaches

The Drush maintainers have suggested using the Config Installer profile. We tested it and works great, but:

  1. It's undocumented.
  2. It won't work if you're using Lightning as a Base Profile, which we recommend.

In theory, you could also manually set your site's UUID after install and then import your config, but this is sloppy and is an abuse of UUIDs. It also wouldn't solve the problems with base fields ending up with conflicting UUIDs.

Solution (Drupal 8.4.x): Another core patch

Enter the following issue: [#2788777] Allow a profile to be installed from existing config. The patch in #91 allows you to add a simple boolean to your sub-profile's info file that will automatically install your site with config from the config sync directory defined in your settings.php file. The end result is that no matter how you install your site (via Drush, the UI, or Drupal Console), your existing config will also be imported.

The only problem is that the scope of the issue is still being debated. As a result, Lightning can't bring the patch in just yet. But we will as soon as the issue is RTBC or we get further clarity about the scope. In the meantime, you can bring the patch in yourself.



  • Your site's config sync directory is located in a VCS tracked directory (e.g. "../config/sync").
  • You use a sub-profile.
  1. Apply the patch #91 from issue #2788777 to drupal/core, in your root composer.json file: "patches": { "drupal/core": { "Allow a profile to be installed from existing config": "" } }
  2. Add the boolean flag to your sub-profile's info file config_sync: true


The result will be that each time you install your site, all of your existing configuration will also be imported.

If you are not using a sub-profile, you can simply use the Config Installer profile mentioned above.

  1. Add the Config Installer profile to your codebase
  2. During installation select Config Installer as the profile
  3. Point Config Installer to your exported config directory (the resulting installation profile will still be Lightning even though you selected Config Installer)

If you're using BLT in your project (recommended), a lot of the configuration setup is already handled for you. See BLT's notes about updating to Drupal 8.4.x.

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Takeaways from showing my game for the first time at a festival - by Dan Williams Blogs - 3 October 2017 - 6:35am
In this post I'll go over some tips and observations I found from showing my first commercial game Gravestuck for the first time at the Boston Festival of Indie Games.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

[User Interaction]: Press “O” to open: the running joke behind my un-streamlined controls - by Constantin Bacioiu Blogs - 3 October 2017 - 6:35am
This post covers what I learned after demoing a game that did not offer conventional keyboard controls. 40% of my players never made it past the main menu because the controls were not standard.
Categories: Game Theory & Design


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