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spellcasting – I need help with distance scaling in a homebrew RPG – from “your body” to “the whole planet” in 10 simple steps

Years ago, I developed and play tested a simple RPG system, in which magic-alike powers were driven by 2 parameters, namely Power and Precision. Like, with high precision and minimal power you could burn a specific card in a standard 52 cards deck without charring any other card. With high power and minimal precision you could easily burn a house, maybe even a village, but with a risk of burning the wrong one. There were also specific techniques to be used, but that’s besides the point for now.

Playtesting was showing that what we lacked was Distance – how far PC would be able affect things. What we decided would be OK was the non-linear progression from only being able affect one’s own body and the things he touches, to the whole globe. Like, high Precision, high Distance, minimal Power should make a great messenger-type character or seer. Self distance would be good for shapeshifters, touch for healers, etc.

We got this rough sketch we never playtested properly, but it was in storytelling terms and had a big hole in it, and I was wondering if / how to turn it into numerical values, like meters or kilometers. Preferably with a simple equation and not just arbitrary table.

  1. One’s own body
  2. Touch
  3. Immediate area
  4. Village
  5. Town or City
  6. A continent
  7. Whole world

Numerical or not, this progression seems totally uneven. I expect and want each step to be bigger than previous one, but I want them to feel natural, feel “not arbitrary”, for the lack of better words. Sorry, not a native English speaker.

So how to make this progression feel more natural?

By “feel natural” I mean that your average player wouldn’t be shocked or taken aback by it. Ideal answer would point to other systems that already solved similar problem, your own playtested homebrew experiences, or design guidelines from a reputable source I could use. Seeing your specific solution, be it table or equation, is less important than the process that lead to it, or one that confirmed it works.

2013 – Steps in a Process & Coloring them (SP2013)

I came across an example of a process with a current stage image (should be attached to the thread).

Sample Workflow

Basically there would be 4 or 5 stages: Initial / Assigned / Being Processed / Completed.

Each of the stages would have (almost like a flowchart diagram) a progress image with an arrow showing the current state and they would be colored.

For example:
Current Stage – White box / Green Outline
Completed Stage – Green Box / Black Outline
Pending – Yellow Box / Gold Outline
Cancelled – Red Box / Red Outline

As the list item gets updated, the workflow images would get marked and colored for the stages.

How could this be accomplished? Would it be as simple as having a column for each stage? And if so then would the coloring of each stage come from CSS?


tokens – Views admin UI: Steps to create a geofield view proximity search for unrelated content

End goal:
I am using geofield, leaflet maps and views to try to create a view of nodes of a content type B within a specified proximity distance of an origin specified in another content type A. A and B do not hold references to eachother. Content types A and B are not related and they do not hold entity references to each other so I cannot rely on views relationships to access fields from B in the context of A.

Bit more detail… A and B both have geofield locations: A has field_origin and B has field_position.
Content Type A actually has three fields: field_view (type: viewfield) field_origin (type: geofield) and field_distance (type:decimal). I do not want to define a relationship between origin nodes (type A) and proximity nodes (type B).

This was my starting point but there are too few detailed steps to reproduce it and I think it assumes that the origin node has a relationship with the proximity nodes: https://www.drupal.org/project/geofield/issues/3149688

I cannot find a way to configure a proximity filter using either exposed or contextual filters to compare the origin of A against the position of B’s.

I hope this is possible as I dont want to have to set up fixed one-many relationships between A and B so I can keep the views truly dynamic.

Bluetooth headphone volume buttons make big steps

When I change music volume using the volume buttons on my bluetooth headphones, each click moves the volume 2 or 3 volume steps (compared to when I change volume using the volume buttons on my phone itself). This often means that it jumps right from too loud to too quiet, so I have to dig out my phone to get the volume to a comfortable level.

I’ve already tried Developer Options > Disable absolute volume, which didn’t seem to make any difference. I’m using a Pixel 2 (stock Android 11) with Soundcore Life Q20 headphones.

usability – Can I design 2 steps wizard

I have a process of sharing video snippets. The users are trained and they need to trim a video (complex step that include using several UI components), choose a recipient and write a message.

My question is if wizard/ steps left pattern can be a good fit although it has only 2 steps and it is for trained users

ag.algebraic geometry – Evaluate the following algebraic expressions. Show all of your steps

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continuous integration – Clarifying the steps in a CI/CD, but namely if if unit testing should be done building a Docker image or before

I’m building at a Build and Deployment pipeline and looking for clarification on a couple points. In addition, I’m trying to implement Trunk Based Development with short-lived branches.

The process I have thus far:

  1. Local development is done on the main branch.

  2. Developer, before pushing to remote, rebases on remote main branch.

  3. Developer pushes to short-lived branch: git push origin main:short_lived_branch.

  4. Developer opens PR to merge short_lived_branch into main.

  5. When PR is submitted it triggers the PR pipeline that has the following stages:

    1. Builds the microservice.
    2. Unit tests the microservice.
    3. If passing, builds the Docker image with a test-latest tag and push to container registry.
    4. Integration testing with other microservices (still need to figure this out).
    5. Cross-browser testing (still need to figure this out).
  6. If the PR pipeline is successful, the PR is approved, commits are squashed, and merged to main.

  7. The merge to main triggers the Deployment pipeline, which has the following stages:

    1. Builds the microservice.
    2. Unit tests the microservice.
    3. If passing, builds the Docker image with a release-<version> tag and push to container registry.
    4. Integration testing with other microservices (still need to figure this out).
    5. Cross-browser testing (still need to figure this out).
    6. If passing, deploy the images to Kubernetes cluster.

I still have a ton of research to do on the integration and cross-browser testing, as it isn’t quite clear to me how to implement it.

That being said, my questions thus far really have to do with the process overall, unit testing and building the Docker image:

  1. Does this flow make sense or should it be changed in anyway?

  2. Regarding unit testing and building the Docker image, I’ve read some articles that suggest doing the unit testing during the building of the Docker image. Basically eliminating the first two stages in my PR and Deployment pipelines. Some reasons given:

    • You are testing the code and not the containerized code which is actually what will be run.
    • Even if unit testing passes, the image could be broke and it will be even longer before you find out.
    • Building on that, it increases the overall build and deployment time. From my experience, the first two stages in my pipelines for a specific service take about a minute and half. Then building and pushing the image takes another two and half minutes. Overall about four minutes. If the unit tests were incorporated into the Docker build, then it could possibly shave a minute or more off the first three stages in my pipeline.

    Would this be a bad practice to eliminate the code build and unit testing stages, and just moving unit testing into the Docker build stage?

Thanks for weighing in on this while I’m sorting it out.

progress bar – User Experience for non linear steps

Non-linear interfaces have pros and cons that go beyond the UI layout. Consider your intended and likely use cases carefully.

I’ve tackled similar requests a variety of times over the years. There are occasions where the desire for non-linearity comes from the users, but they are rare.

Humans are linear beings. Unless you have a system where multiple users are interacting with a single form simultaneously, your single user can’t really multitask. (They can’t physically fill out steps 1-4 at the same time they do steps 5-8.)

When presented with a single list of steps, users will tend to start at the top and move through them each in turn. Even if they can skip right to the middle or end, they usually won’t because they have to do all the steps eventually anyway, so the might as well do them in some sort of order. It’s inefficient to jump around randomly, so they go with the order they are on the screen as the path of least resistance. If you have some cases where things must be done in order users will likely adapt to doing everything else in order too, since there’s not much of an interaction downside.

For example, think of filling out your name and address to ship a package. Nothing stops you from filling out your state first followed by your last name then your street and so on. But why bother?

Users may be motivated by things like a desire to pause at a random step so they don’t lose work if they get interrupted or wanting to be able to return to edit a section without redoing all the steps, but these things lead to a non-linear interface as a side effect, rather than as the desired goal.

If you really have steps that need to be done in parallel (they take a long time, or something) structuring them as 3 columns of 5 steps will help convey that they are separate more than 1 column with 15 steps in groups, especially if each column has it’s own completion percentage.

Another possibility is to design things similar to most tax software: groups of questions that can be done in any order, but the overall order of the groups is fixed. They also decouple saving and submitting the data so that users can jump around as much as they want without losing work, but when they think they are done there’s a final step to review the information before it is all submitted.

network – You are in charge of the security of a very small company. What steps would you follow to achieve a good security level?

first of all, I would like to admit that I belong to the offensive side of security (Penetration Testing) and this is not my common area of expertise.

Last week I was thinking about how the market usually provides services focused on medium/big companies. On one hand, it makes sense, bigger company = more money but, on the other, it annoys me how unfair is that the smallest and modest companies are not an area of interest for the main business.

So, if you had to create a budget model for every small company, what would be the least principles to follow if we take into account the following premises:

  • Company with UP to 10 people, this means that in total there will be 10 workstations
  • This company did not buy yet any hardware as FW or SW
  • This is a simple company that
  • There is no plan on scalability/ company growing, therefore thinking of a centralised solution as an AD would probably be meaningless
  • A wifi AP would be nice, but not mandatory
  • There will be at most 1 or 2 servers exposing DB services (or something similar)
  • The people in the company should be able to access somehow the DB service when they work at home (OpenVPN)

My penetration testing mindset came with these recommendations:

  • Create an inventory of every element that has connection capabilities and which is intended to be used
  • Assess the password security policy and adapt it accordingly
  • Create a golden image or similar that will be installed on every WS computer, this image should bring effective hardening adapted to the business.
  • Assess the security of the servers installed, this includes the services exposed, avoid cleartext protocols,outdated/deprecated versions…
  • Create a VPN server that implements MFA
  • Ensure that the HDDs are encrypted
  • Educate the users

I know that is not perfect and these are the topics where I might find some confusion:

  • A security policy/ threat model has to be created. But I have no clue about how to do that. What is a good starting point?
  • Does the use of a SOC makes any sense in this context?
  • Would it be needed to hire a part-time sysadmin?
  • In terms of network topology, my idea was something like this:
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I know that it might be bad but honestly, I did not find any “golden” rule about how to create effective network diagrams. I simply adapted what I saw on the internet + experience

Finally, I would like to add that even though this looks like an enormous and wide question, it is actually not that wide. Lots of small companies have to deal with this problem which is not easy to solve. From my perspective (that has nothing to do with seceng) I have seen a lot of obscurity on this topic particularly for people with 0 security knowledge as if the industry was specifically interested in not providing clear answers.

Thanks to everyone.

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