Welcome to Cheddarmongers!

Welcome to the home of the Cheddarmongers! :cm

What can I find here?
This page is a gamers and hobbyists community site. It includes an extensive photo gallery, a list of favorite links, tutorials, web logs, and wish lists. The subject matter is gaming and the gaming miniatures hobby. By "gaming," I mean table top wargames and role playing games, all genres including Historical, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi are welcome. The miniatures hobby includes collecting, painting, and sculpting miniature figures and terrain pieces.

What is a Cheddarmonger?
A Cheddarmonger, or Monger of Cheese, is a discerning gamer or miniatures hobbyist.

The Cheddar Rules
This site encourages friendly collaboration. Please click here for the rules and standards for this site.

Great News!
You can be a Cheddarmonger! Contact me if you want me to create an account for you. That will give you your own gallery and weblog! I can even give you your own cheddarmongers email address!

Important updates -- Major website revisions are coming soon. Earlier this year I upgraded the site from version 5 to version 6 because the version 5 was way past support. Well, version 6 is coming to end of support within weeks. In addition, the gallery code is also old, and the development team that creates and maintains that has called it quits for now. Here's the details...
The website is built on Drupal content management, and is currently on version 6. We are using Gallery2 for the picture gallery, and Gallery2 is embedded into Drupal so that users are synched and lots of great features are merged.
Cheddarmongers was originally built on Drupal 4, and was migrated to Drupal 5 about seven years ago and finally to Drupal 6 earlier this year. Drupal 8 is in development, and they only really support two versions at a time, so when Drupal 8 is released, Drupal 6 won't be supported. When I was having trouble with the Gallery2/Drupal integration a few years back, I granted access to the non-embedded gallery in parallel to the embedded gallery, so folks were able to provide links to their pictures in an embedded and non-embedded view.
Gallery2 is pretty awesome, but Gallery3 has way better performance. However neither version is supported at this point. Grr.
I'm experimenting with embedding Gallery2 and Gallery3 into Drupal7. I'm able to migrate the site and the gallery to their new versions, but getting the integration to work has eluded me so far.
So -- here's the options so far:

  • Keep it as it is. Big downside -- poor gallery performance, no sustainability
  • Upgrade to Drupal 7 and integrate Gallery2 with custom blocks/frames. Downsides-- perpetuates the un-embedded gallery, drift between URL links to images, will create broken links, user accounts won't be synched anymore.
  • Upgrade to Drupal 7 and use the Gallery2 bridge. Downside -- Gallery2 performance and sustainability, broken links, and the current bridge does not synch accounts.
  • Upgrade to Drupal 7 and Gallery 3. Gallery 3 sustainability, I don't know if I can get the bridge to work, and it will also create broken links.
  • Upgrade to Drupal 7 and use its included gallery -- broken links, but might be able to replicate links with custom URL pathing, but that would be a pain for the >6,000 images in the gallery. Also -- I don't know if I'll be able to replicate all of the cool features by using Drupal's gallery. Huge learning curve for me.
  • Upgrade to Drupal 7 and migrate to another gallery version. There's a bunch of advantages and disadvantages of doing that.
I'm looking for your opinions, so feel free to let me know your thoughts!

Other gallery versions

The other galleries I'm considering include Coppermine, Piwigo (formerly PHP Web Gallery, which was the original Cheddarmongers site!) or the Drupal gallery.