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ZEALOTRY Users: Critical Notice on Continued Use

Edit: Our new HTML5 client (Orchil) is now open for beta testing in The Eternal City and Grendel's Revenge. Feel free to try give it a whirl at http://test.skotos.net/orchil/

Edit: We have made great strides toward a new HTML5 client, which should offer a replacement to Zealotry. We're hoping to release that in the very near future, but in the meantime, using Pale Moon remains the best method for ensuring there is zero interruption to your game playing during the transition.

As of November 14, Mozilla will be auto-updating all copies of Mozilla Firefox to Mozilla 57, a new edition of their browser that will disable all legacy add-ons. This will probably include the majority of the plug-ins that you use on Mozilla, including the Skotos Zealotry plug-in.

This is a big problem for us because Zealotry is the most stable of our clients at this time, and the one that we believe is in the widest use. There's unfortunately no easy way to update it, because we'd have to rewrite it from practically scratch, using their new programming system.

There are tricks that you could use to to prevent Mozilla updates, but we don't particularly suggest them, as you want to have a clean, secure browser. Fortunately, there are two alternative browsers that will support Zealotry. Each of them branched off of an earlier version of Mozilla Firefox, and each of them continues to be updated for important security issues.

Pale Moon Browser

The Pale Moon browser is our suggested replacement. It is a totally separate browser that branched off of Firefox some years ago. It will continue to support the classic plug-ins.

To install it:
  • Install Pale Moon (Windows & UNIX only)
  • Install the Zealotry XPI on Pale Moon
  • Restart the Pale Moon Browser
  • Play on Pale Moon

The official version of Pale Moon only supports Windows and UNIX, but you can also get a slightly less official version of Pale Moon for the Mac. We've tested it out and it looks like it's clean and works correctly, but use your own level of caution in working with the Mac variant.

If You Have Errors

Some users are experiencing "Content Encoding Errors" when using Pale Moon and Zealotry. As best we can tell, this is due to an incompatibility between Windows 8.1, Pale Moon, and Plugins. If you have this problem (or any other), we suggest instead using Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox, which branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2018, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but we expect to have full release of our New HTML5 client well before that.

To install it:
The Big Picture

Our larger-scale goal is to introduce a new client that will be usable on any browser and make our games generally more accessible. We've had a HTML5 client in process since last year, but are currently hitting roadblocks that make a deployment before November 14 problematic. We've also just started a second project, which would be more specifically focused as a Zealotry replacement, without worries about new bells or new whistles. Both of these possibilities are being done out-of-house, by Skotos players, but they're receiving our highest level of attention for whatever support they need, as this is all our top priority.

So, consider this a short-term fix, but in the meantime if you use Zealotry, please download one of the alternative browsers and test them out ASAP.
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  • Zelotry is finally dead

    With the new release of Firefox Zelotry, an unsigned Addon is finally dead.

    The addon is dead, long live, I don't know flash...
    Bring it on you lovers of flame it turns my crank.

    Slave to RP.

    We believe in euthanasia here in TEC. We'll kill you any time, just ask.-Tale

  • #2
    Use palemoon. It's basically firefox without all the junk.

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    • #3
      We signed Zealotry some months ago. If yours isn't working, you just need to force an install of the newest version: http://www.skotos.net/Zealotry/

      It's been verified with the newest Firefox as of Friday.

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      • #4
        Starting in Firefox 57, which will be released in November 2017, only extensions built with this new technology will work in Firefox. These are indicated by the "Compatible with Firefox 57+" label on addons.mozilla.org (AMO). Extensions built with the old technology are labeled "Legacy" in the Add-on Manager (about:addons) tab.
        https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...gy-modernizing

        I know people are constantly pestering Wyr/Shannon about Zealotry, but any plans to make it work past November 2017?
        Master Fips Rose

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        • #5
          While it's not an ideal solution, one option may be to use the Pale Moon browser if Firefox Zealotry ceases to work come November.

          Pale Moon is a Firefox based web client from before the day when Mozilla started their rapid release program. It's basically a lightweight version of Firefox that works with all the old plugins and never auto-updates on you. I use it only for Skotos, and it runs Zealotry fine.

          Admittedly it may be hard to convince new players to download a foreign looking browser just to play Skotos games, which is a shame because once you've tried Zealotry it's so drastically superior to the Flash client, but I imagine Zealotry vets might be willing to install a new browser to keep Zealotry functionality.
          StoryHost Kurzon
          Castle Marrach Staff

          kurzon.marrach@outlook.com

          The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kurzon View Post
            Pale Moon is a Firefox based web client from before the day when Mozilla started their rapid release program. It's basically a lightweight version of Firefox that works with all the old plugins and never auto-updates on you. I use it only for Skotos, and it runs Zealotry fine.
            I whole heartedly agree, like you I have Palemoon specifically so I can play the game using the Zealotry client and dislike the flash client. I'm not sure new players are going to stick around for the duration of a free trial, let alone pay $12.95 per month if the solution to this problem is 'download a different browser'
            Master Fips Rose

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fips View Post

              I whole heartedly agree, like you I have Palemoon specifically so I can play the game using the Zealotry client and dislike the flash client. I'm not sure new players are going to stick around for the duration of a free trial, let alone pay $12.95 per month if the solution to this problem is 'download a different browser'
              They won't, full stop. I'm shocked anyone not using Firefox already would be convinced to install it just for this. If you want people's money raising the barrier to entry is not how you do it.

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