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Lullabot: Lullabots Speaking at BADCamp

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2017 - 4:24pm

Are you going to San Francisco for BADCamp? No need to wear some flowers in your hair (although that would be festive), but you should definitely check out these presentations brought to you by our Lullabots and the Drupalize.Me team. The event will be held October 18-21 at the University of California at Berkeley. And, if you haven't registered yet, here's a handy link for convenience! It's FREE!

Intro to Backdrop CMS Thursday, October 19, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

with Jen & Nate Lampton, Senior Technical Architect at Lullabot

If you aren't already familiar with Backdrop CMS, it's a simple and easy-to-use CMS built for the budget-conscious SMBs, educational institutions, and non-profits that need comprehensive CMS solutions that won't break the bank. Jen and Nate will give you an intro to Backdrop CMS and conduct a hands-on site building session from exploring pages and posts to deploying changes using Configuration Management. Check out the full details as there are pre-requisites for this session.

Theming Drupal 8 Thursday, October 19, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

with Joe Shindelar, Lead Developer & Lead Trainer at Drupalize.Me

Front-end developers: You're probably in a situation where you have an existing site that needs a little facelift or you're creating a new theme from scratch. Joe will show you everything you need to know about how Drupal 8's theme system works so you can make your websites beautiful. Also, if you attend this session, Joe has a little Drupalize.Me gift for your continued learning.

Debugging, Profiling, & Rocking Out with Browser-Based Developer Tools! Friday, October 20, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

with Mike Herchel, Senior Front-End Developer at Lullabot

Front-end developers have come to rely on browser-based tools for developing the modern web, but keeping up with the continuously evolving changes and features often presents challenges. Never fear! Mike will make it simple by walking you through live examples sharing tricks and tips for using Chrome, Firefox, and Safari developer tools, as well as common troubleshooting solutions.

So long and thanks for all the requests: Front-end performance in the age of http/2 Friday, October 20, 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

with Marc Drummond, Senior Front-End Developer at Lullabot

Curious to know how http/2 affects front-end performance when aggregating your CSS and JS? Marc says, "Don't panic!" New front-end performance techniques don't have to be drastically different from what you already know. In addition to recapping the basics of how http/2 is changing the way browsers process requests, Marc will take a look at performance strategies, stats, and studies on http/2 that will encourage attendees to continue the conversation and knowledge-sharing.

Big BADCamp Party Friday, October 20, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am 

And, of course, don't miss the party! We're proud to be a sponsor this year.

Photo by Changyu Hu

Categories: Drupal

Ogre Gate Inn and the Strange Land of Li Fan Available For Wandering Heroes of the Ogre Gate

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 3:00pm
The Ogre Gate Inn and the Strange Land of Li Fan is a new sourcebook for Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate. If you’re interested in some wuxia RP action, you’ll want to check it out. It will take players to the land of Li Fan, where restless ghosts and other spirits haunt the living. Dare […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Azure Storage

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2017 - 2:39pm

This project provides an easy integration with Microsoft Azure Storage services (blobs, tables and queues)..

Categories: Drupal

S.P.Q.R. Fantasy Football Team Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 2:00pm
The American Football season is well under way. And I’m sure many of you have tabletop football seasons going as well. If you’d like to expand out your roster with a new team, you can do so over on Kickstarter. Atlas Miniatures is running a campaign to fund their S.P.Q.R. team of Ogres and Snotlings. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal blog: Drupal 8.4.0 is now available

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2017 - 1:20pm
What's new in Drupal 8.4.0?

This new version is an important milestone of stability for Drupal 8. It adds under-the-hood improvements to enable stable releases of key contributed modules for layouts, media, and calendaring. Many other core experimental modules have also become stable in this release, including modules for displaying form errors inline and managing workflows.

The release includes several very important fixes for content revision data integrity as well as an update to stop the deletion of orphaned files that was causing data loss for many sites, alongside numerous improvements for site builders and content authors.

Download Drupal 8.4.0

Important: If you use Drush to manage Drupal, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before updating Drupal. Updating to Drupal 8.4.0 using Drush 8.1.11 or earlier will fail. (Always test minor version updates carefully before making them live.)

Inline Form Errors

The Inline Form Errors module provides a summary of any validation errors at the top of a form and places the individual error messages next to the form elements themselves. This helps users understand which entries need to be fixed, and how. Inline Form Errors was provided as an experimental module from Drupal 8.0.0 on, but it is now stable and polished enough for production use.

Datetime Range

The Datetime Range module provides a field type that allows end dates to support contributed modules like Calendar. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the Drupal 8.3.x experimental version and shares a consistent API with other Datetime fields. Future releases may improve Views support, usability, Datetime Range field validation, and REST support.

Layout Discovery API

The Layout Discovery module provides an API for modules or themes to register layouts as well as five common layouts. Providing this API in core enables core and contributed layout solutions like Panels and Display Suite to be compatible with each other. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the 8.3.x experimental version and introduces support for per-region attributes.

Media API

The new core Media module provides an API for reusable media entities and references. It is based on the contributed Media Entity module.

Since there is a rich ecosystem of Drupal contributed modules built on Media Entity, the top priority for this release is to provide a stable core API and data model for a smoother transition for these modules. Developers and expert site builders can now add Media as a dependency. Work is underway to provide an update path for existing sites' Media Entity data and to port existing contributed modules to the refined core API.

Note that the core Media module is currently marked hidden and will not appear on the 'Extend' (module administration) page. (Enabling a contributed module that depends on the core Media module will also enable Media automatically.) The module will be displayed to site builders normally once once related user experience issues are resolved in a future release.

Similarly, the REST API and normalizations for Media are not final and support for decoupled applications will be improved in a future release.

Content authoring and site administration experience improvements

The "Save and keep (un)published" dropbutton has been replaced with a "Published" checkbox and single "Save" button. The "Save and..." dropbutton was a new design in Drupal 8, but users found it confusing, so we have restored a design that is more similar to the user interface for Drupal 7 and earlier.

Both the "Comments" administration page at `/admin/content/comment` and the "Recent log messages" report provided by dblog are now configurable views. This allows site builders to easily customize, replace or clone these screens.

Updated migrations

This release adds date and node reference support for Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrations. Core provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data and can be used for migrating Drupal 6 sites to Drupal 8, and the Drupal 6 to 8 migration path is nearing beta stability. Some gaps remain, such as for some internationalization data. The Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration is incomplete but is suitable for developers who would like to help improve the migration and can be used to test upgrades especially for simple Drupal 7 sites. Most high-priority migrations are available.

Moderation and workflows

The Workflows module is now also stable, however it only provides a framework for managing workflows and is not directly useful in itself. The experimental Content Moderation module allows workflows to be applied to content and is now at beta stability. Content moderation workflows can now apply to any entity types that support revisions, and numerous usability issues and critical bugs are resolved in this release.

Platform features for web services

Drupal 8.4 continues to expand Drupal's support for web services that benefit decoupled sites and applications, including a 15% performance improvement for authenticated REST requests, expanded REST functionality, and developer-facing improvements.

Further details are available about each area in the 8.4.0 release notes.

What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners

Update to 8.4.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release (8.4.1) is scheduled for November 1, 2017.

Updating your site from 8.3.7 to 8.4.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.3.6 to 8.3.7. If you use Drush, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before using it to update Drupal 8.3.7 to 8.4.0. Drupal 8.4.0 also has major updates to several dependencies, including Symfony, jQuery, and jQuery UI. Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.

Drupal 7 site owners

Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8.

Most high-priority migrations from Drupal 7 to 8 are now available, but the migration path is still not complete, especially for multilingual sites, so you may encounter errors or missing migrations when you try to migrate. That said, since your Drupal 7 site can remain up and running while you test migrating into a new Drupal 8 site, you can help us stabilize the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path! Testing and bug reports from your real-world Drupal 7 sites will help us stabilize this functionality sooner for everyone. (Search the known issues.)

Drupal 6 site owners

Drupal 6 is not supported anymore. Create a Drupal 8 site and try migrating your data into it as soon as possible. Your Drupal 6 site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your Drupal 6 data into your new Drupal 8 site. Core now provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data, but the migrations of multilingual functionality in particular are not complete. If you find a new bug not covered by the known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 8.4.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.4.0 release notes for more details on the improvements for developers in this release.

Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.3.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.4.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, and internal APIs (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.4.0 release candidate for more background information.

Categories: Drupal

Worlds of Empyrea Fantasy RPG Setting Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 1:00pm
Worlds of Empyrea, written by Frank Mentzer (famed Dungeons & Dragons author) is a setting book with a difference. It’s not written for just one system. Or two. Or three. It’s written with rules for 10 different gaming systems. If you’re wanting a new place for your game to be set and don’t want to […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Hook 42: Hook 42 at BADCamp 2017 - Sessions, Trainings, and Summits!

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2017 - 12:22pm

BADCamp is back and Hook 42 is embracing all the magical goodness! This year we are not only a proud sponsor of the largest free Drupal Camp, but we also have the awesome opportunity to share our expertise across several platforms. Join us at our Supercharged SEO & Accessibility training, the DevOps Summit, and four sessions.

Categories: Drupal

Fortnite: Battle Royale prompted engine-wide Unreal improvements

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 4 October 2017 - 12:14pm

Epic Games, the creator of both Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, says that developing the game's recent battle royale mode led to a number of optimizations headed to the next few Unreal updates. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Oscar’s Hot Night Out Card Game Now Available

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 12:00pm
Just about any group of friends has come up with names for situations they’ve been in. You know, semi-vague sayings that hint at what happened, but don’t really give it all away. Many are rife with innuendo. Well, Oscar’s Hot Night Out is a game designed to help you come up with names for crazy, […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Blackbaud SKY API

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2017 - 11:42am

This module is for connecting via OAuth to the Blackbaud SKY API

Drupal 8

Once the client I built this for upgrades to D8, I will make a version then. Unless someone else wants to do it in the interim!

Drupal 7

This module require Composer Manager & Xautoload (version >5.0).

Categories: Drupal

Teleoperating robots with virtual reality: Making it easier for factory workers to telecommute

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 4 October 2017 - 11:27am
Many manufacturing jobs require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could be done remotely? Researchers have now presented a virtual-reality (VR) system that lets you teleoperate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset.
Categories: Virtual Reality

aleksip.net: Values, community and technological choices

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2017 - 11:10am
Drupal needs to adopt a JavaScript framework for its administrative interfaces. The selection of this framework is an important decision, which should not be based on just technical merits or popularity. Drupal has been an open source project and a community for over 17 years, and when we make decisions like this, our values should weigh more than what is the hottest JavaScript framework at the moment.
Categories: Drupal

Midweek Snippets

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 11:00am
It’s halfway over. The work week is about half-done for most of us. With any luck, you’re looking forward to a weekend of gaming. I might be doing some of that. But I can guarantee that I’ll be doing some baking. Actually, that’ll start tomorrow. We’re having a chili and dessert cook-off here at the […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale saw 7M players its first week

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 4 October 2017 - 10:29am

Epic Games says that its PUBG-like Fortnite: Battle Royale has passed 7 million players at the close of its first week out in the world. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Star Trek Adventures Quickstart

New RPG Product Reviews - 4 October 2017 - 10:22am
Publisher: Modiphius
Rating: 5
After a couple of pages advertising assorted Star Trek miniatures, the full rules and other accessories, we get to Chapter 1: Quickstart Rules. This consists of an introduction, basic operations and combat. The introduction provides brief basic details of what the game is about and what you need to play it, then there's a run-through of how a character is described in terms of attributes, skills and so on, and how these are used in play. There's a lot packed in, and as well as providing the detail you need to run the Quickstart could make a good introduction for new players joining an existing game. Finally, there's sufficient information for running a brawl. The concentration is on person-on-person combat, but there's a nice sketch of a Galaxy-class starship showing where all the weapons are located.

Chapter 2: Away Mission 'Signals' contains a short adventure. Apparently a small vessel, a runabout, has gone missing whilst investigating a mysterious signal emanating from the Carina Nebula, and the party's starship has been tasked to investigate. Finding a planet, the characters are beamed down to the surface as an away party, and that's when the fun begins... settlers and Romulans provide opposition, and there's the source of that signal to sort out as well. The notes are full of advice for the first-time GM, explaining how to use the rules to best effect throughout.

Finally, six pregenerated characters are provided: first officer, science officer, medic, engineer, a bridge officer, and the security chief. Amongst this we have a Vulcan, an Andorian and a Trill. Quite a bit of variety for the players to try out.

This presents a good introduction to an excellent interpretation of Star Trek as a role-playing game, with an adventure that captures the spirit of the show well. The illustrations and style of the whole thing suggests The New Era, but it would adapt reasonably to a different era if you insist. It certainly leaves you wanting to play some more of this game!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

SULA Calculator

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2017 - 10:02am
Categories: Drupal

Green Fairy Studios LLC Releases Lygari! Card Game

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 10:00am
We’ve all told tall tales from our past. It was really a $5 bill and not a $100 you found that one time on the ground. The fish you caught was only 2lbs and not 10lbs. You only defeated 3 frost giants and not 16. You know how it goes. But sometimes you might be […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Last Call Media: Introducing Mannequin

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2017 - 9:21am
Introducing Mannequin Rob Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:21

Today, we’re excited to announce the first stable version of our new Component Theming tool, Mannequin. We’ve been working on this for months now, and couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made.

Categories: Drupal

NecroMech Dieselpunk RPG Releases Version 1.2 Playtest

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 October 2017 - 9:00am
These days, the world of the digital and tabletop are blending together more and more. You’ve got board games that have apps that not only help run them, but are vital to the play experience. Well, Alchimie Inc. is blending technology and umm… non-technology in NecroMech, their upcoming Dieselpunk RPG. They’ve recently released the latest […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Commerce MANGOPAY Direct PayIn

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2017 - 8:05am
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