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Keyvalue UI

New Drupal Modules - 18 July 2018 - 10:55pm

UI for the keyvalue database backend

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Mantic Games Announces Here’s Negan Board Game

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 3:00pm
In The Walking Dead, the zombies are often not the scariest or most dangerous things around. The still-living are often much more evil. Such is the case with Negan. In the new game Here’s Negan, coming from Mantic Games, players take on the role of Negan’s lieutenants in the early days of his reign. They […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Simulation Theory Board Game Coming to Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 2:00pm
There are all manner of hypotheses about the nature of the universe. One of them is that it’s not really real. It’s just a very intricate, very detailed, very complex computer simulation. In Simulation Theory, it’s not a hypothesis, but reality. What would you do if you woke up from the simulation? Would you think […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Mediacurrent: Is Drupal Right for Universities? A Strategic Perspective

Planet Drupal - 18 July 2018 - 1:15pm

Selecting a CMS for a university can be a challenging decision. There are so many needs and nuances to consider - costs of implementation and maintenance, a wide-range of technical ability among site administrators, developers and content editors, a variety of end users looking for different information and the list goes on and on. While your answer likely isn’t as easy as, “let’s just do what everyone else is doing,” by better understanding why other universities made the choice they did can shed light into your decision-making process. 

Drupal is far and above the most used CMS in higher education - 26% of all .edu domain sites are in Drupal, including 71 of the top 100 universities. 

So why are universities like MIT, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State University, Butler, Stanford, Harvard and the rest of the Ivy League universities choosing Drupal? 

Simply put, Drupal makes good business sense, especially with the added benefits of Drupal 8. At Mediacurrent, we believe your website is your greatest digital asset and can be leveraged to accomplish organizational-wide goals. Drupal makes that possible. Here’s how:  

Communicate With All Students - Prospective, Current, and Alumni 

If you want to reach your full recruiting and fundraising potential, you need to communicate with your entire audience. There are a variety of Drupal features that ease the stress of common communication challenges. 

Language:  Not only are their multiple languages spoken within the U.S., but our country hosts over a million international students. Drupal makes creating a multilingual digital experience simpler. Native language handling is built directly into Drupal 8’s core APIs, giving you over 100 languages to choose from. With that functionality it is easier than ever to engage with prospective students across the globe in a meaningful way.

Accessibility: The CDC estimates that 20% of U.S. adults identify as having a disability. These disabilities often hinder people’s ability to interact with the average website. Drupal is an inclusive community and has committed to ensuring that all features of Drupal conform with w3C and WCAG 2.0. Pair that with a strong higher-education focused accessibility strategy and your potential audience could grow by 20%. 

Technology: According to the 2017 College Explorer Market Research Study, the average college student owns 5.6 devices and spends 137+ hours on them! This may seem like common sense now, but if you want to engage with students, you need to account for a variety of screen sizes. Thankfully, Drupal 8 is designed with a mobile-first mentality and includes out-of-the-box responsive functionality. 

Personalization: Universities face added complexity when it comes to digital strategy due to the broad audiences they appeal to. With so many unique people coming to the same pages, content strategy, conversion path mapping and optimization, and defining strong call to actions can be a struggle. By incorporating personalization into your content strategy, whether that is personalized based on user authentication or by integrating tools like Acquia Lift or Salesforce Marketing Cloud, you can speak to the masses but make them feel like you’re speaking specifically to them. 

Reduce Overhead Costs + Increase Operational Efficiencies with Drupal

Drupal can have a dramatic impact on reducing overhead costs and increasing operational efficiency. Universities have a big need for multiple websites: departments, colleges, libraries, and student organizations all want their own website. The direct cost of supporting this many sites along with resourcing the training and support is expensive and encourages unnecessary technology sprawl. As an open source technology (no licensing fees!) along with the multisite feature, creating sites for these different groups is exponentially easier, more cost effective, and ensures brand consistency. 

You can also increase efficiency, ensure content consistency and improve the user experience by creating a “source of truth”.

Write content once and publish it anywhere it’s relevant.

Having to update content such as curriculum or an academic calendar on multiple pages is inefficient and unnecessary. Write once, publish everywhere, save time. 

Improve Brand Equity + Amplify Digital Strategy

As a university, your brand is a powerful asset. You spend significant energy and resources on building loyalty to bolster several organizational goals from recruiting efforts, engaging current students on campus and fundraising among alumni.

With your website being the hub of your marketing strategy, it is critical for your CMS of choice to play nice with your marketing efforts.

Drupal happens to be very SEO friendly out of the box, but there are also advanced configuration options available to support a more sophisticated SEO strategy. You can amplify your digital strategy by integrating your marketing tools and communication platforms directly with Drupal. And the 26% percent of other .edu sites using Drupal make integrating your university-specific tools to your website easier. 

Reduce Risk

I’d be remiss without mentioning security and GDPR compliance. As a university, you hold sensitive information about the students who have attended your school and they are trusting you to keep that secure.

The Drupal community is passionate about security and has an industry leading global security team to ensure your site is protected.

Additionally, as the landscape of privacy rights changes around the world (most recently, GDPR), it’s in your best interest to stay on top of it and reduce the risk of being penalized for data collection practices. 

Have questions about how Drupal can benefit your university? Let us know. We’d be happy to chat. 

Categories: Drupal

Helheim Unbound Core Rulebook Now Available

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 1:00pm
Skylark Studios has released the core rulebook for their Helheim Unbound RPG. While it might initially look like it’s just for gaming in the age of Vikings, it’s actually fairly setting agnostic, allowing GMs to utilize the rules in pretty much any setting they can think of. If you’re looking for a high-energy RPG with […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

myDropWizard.com: Drupal 6 security update for XML sitemap (6.x-2.x only)

Planet Drupal - 18 July 2018 - 12:42pm

As you may know, Drupal 6 has reached End-of-Life (EOL) which means the Drupal Security Team is no longer doing Security Advisories or working on security patches for Drupal 6 core or contrib modules - but the Drupal 6 LTS vendors are and we're one of them!

Today, there is a Moderately Critical security release for the XML sitemap module (version 6.x-2.x only) to fix an Information Disclosure vulnerability.

The XML sitemap module enables you to generate XML sitemaps and it helps search engines to more intelligently crawl a website and keep their results up to date.

The module doesn't sufficiently handle access rights under the scenario of updating contents from cron execution.

See the security advisory for Drupal 7 for more information.

Here you can download the Drupal 6 patch.

If you have a Drupal 6 site using the XML sitemap module, we recommend you update immediately! We have already deployed the patch for all of our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support clients. :-)

If you'd like all your Drupal 6 modules to receive security updates and have the fixes deployed the same day they're released, please check out our D6LTS plans.

Note: if you use the myDropWizard module (totally free!), you'll be alerted to these and any future security updates, and will be able to use drush to install them (even though they won't necessarily have a release on Drupal.org).

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Silver Games Releases Hybrid Blood Book

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 12:00pm
Wizards, potions, alien experiments… randy bards… There’s a lot of ways that two different races in a fantasy or sci-fi game to interbreed and end up with mixed kids. Silver Games has released a new sourcebook that shows off a bunch of these new creatures in Hybrid Blood. You can pick up your copy now. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Ashday's Digital Ecosystem and Development Tips: Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 18 July 2018 - 12:00pm

Now that Drupal 8 has gained some momentum, it is time to start planning out your upgrade strategy. You want to upgrade to get the latest benefits and take advantage of the future stability that comes with the direction that Drupal will be taking from here on out. Before upgrading you will want to consider some things about what your current site has. In this article we will be covering some of those questions with some context to assist in the decision making process. Let’s determine if you website is adequately serving the current needs of your business and which content will need to be brought over to the new Drupal 8 site. There may be a difficulty in the switch, but being prepared will put you in position to handle whatever comes up.

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Don't Miss: Applying lessons from Warcraft's world to Overwatch arenas

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 18 July 2018 - 11:54am

We spoke to Blizzard's Aaron Keller about the design of Overwatch's first-person shooter arenas, and how lessons he learned from designing maps for World of Warcraft still matter today. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Tencent awarded $2.9M in case against dev of alleged League of Legends clone

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 18 July 2018 - 11:18am

A Chinese court ruled that Tencent was owed roughly $2.9 million following a lawsuit filed against Mobile Legends developer Moonton. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Midweek Snippets

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 11:00am
We’re getting there, everyone. The work week continues along and, eventually, we’ll make it back to the weekend. Gotta keep up the energy, though. And the best way to do that is to nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories. Today on the platter we have: HeartBeats Dice Previews New Designs, Brigade Models Releases New 6mm […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Xaviant to delist The Culling 2 after rocky launch, opts to support The Culling 1 instead

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 18 July 2018 - 10:44am

Xaviant has announced that it is delisting the recently released game and instead focusing its efforts on reviving and supporting the day-one build of the original The Culling. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Renegade Game Studios Announces Spell Smashers

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 10:00am
I know a lot of words. Like… lots… Lots and lots… a whole lot. Words… For those like me who know a lot of words, you’ll have a leg up in Renegade Game Studios’ newest game, Spell Smashers. Players collect cards and use them to spell out words, doing damage to the various monsters and […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

North Star Games To Debut Most Wanted at Gen Con

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 9:00am
We’re a scant couple weeks away from Gen Con. With thousands of gamers all descending upon the ICC, it’s a great place to debut a new game. And that’s what North Star Games is doing with Most Wanted. It’s a family-friendly poker game with a touch of the wild west thrown in. A few will […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Shadowhand postmortem – Top ten takeaways - by Helen Carmichael

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 18 July 2018 - 8:49am
We recently did a detailed postmortem of our RPG card game, Shadowhand, to review what we got right, and, importantly, what we got wrong and how we could improve. We have distilled our findings into a checklist of ten points to share with you.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal Association blog: Features and the future

Planet Drupal - 18 July 2018 - 8:17am

Drupal.org has been in existence since 2001. That's a long time for a website to serve an ever changing community! We're doing this work thanks to the support of our members, supporters, and partners. As time goes on needs change, technology evolves, and features are deployed to improve the experiences of site visitors.

As a web professional, you know how delivering small feature requests can have a big impact. To ensure people take notice of the improvements the Engineering Team makes on all of the *Drupal.org sites, we share frequent updates with the community. You can read a monthly what's new on Drupal.org blog, watch for change notifications, and follow on Twitter to know what's on the horizon.

Recently, these improvements were deployed:

  • More maintainers can now grant issue credit

  • Security Advisory nodes are now included in the /news feed

  • Project page screenshots will display in a lightbox

  • DrupalCI.yml Documented

We'll continue to make Drupal.org better every day, with your help. Find out more about what we do and become a member today. Thank you!

 Follow Drupal.org on Twitter: news and updates, infrastructure announcements, commits (and deployments).

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Trogdor!! The Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 July 2018 - 8:00am
Badger! Badger! Badger! Badger! Ah! Motherland! Then the guacamole exploded, then it exploded again. The early internet was filled with iconic videos. One such of which was Trogdor, out burninating the countryside. Now, he can burninate your tabletops. Homestar Runner is running a Kickstarter campaign for Trogdor!! The Board Game. From the campaign: From the […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Cocoen BeforeAfter

New Drupal Modules - 18 July 2018 - 7:53am

This module provides a new formatter for image field with beforeAfter effect to compare images.

Cocoen module using Cocoen beforeAfter plugin

Instalation:

  • Download and enable module
  • Download plugin and extract to /libraries directory, correct path should be /libraries/cocoen/dist/js/cocoen.min.js
  • Select cocoen beforeAfter formater, remember that you have to upload 2 images
Categories: Drupal

The Gaming Community Unhappy with WHO’s “Gaming Disorder” Classification - by Dr. Michael Garbade

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 18 July 2018 - 7:23am
The WHO proposed to classify gaming as a disorder in its forthcoming 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), a move which has ignited rebuke from all quarters—from the gaming community as well as the academic community.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How to take 7 years to ship a beta - by Ben Porter

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 18 July 2018 - 7:21am
How can you take 7 years to make your game? Here are some important tips and tricks for taking your sweet time.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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