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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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  • What is Premium Skotos?

    At Skotos you can sign up for one of two different types of accounts.

    If you are a casual to moderate gamer, a basic subscription will probably be fine for you. You'll get access to all of the Skotos games, be able to play as much as you want, and may enjoy them all the way up to the highest level of success.

    If you think that Skotos will be your major source of entertainment, you may wish to consider a premium subscription. With a premium subscription you'll gain access to additional services both in-game and out.

    Additional information on particular premium services follows. If you wish to sign up for a premium account:
    1. Go to: http://www.skotos.net/user/overview.php.
    2. Click on "View Billing Info" (or "Enter Billing Info" if you have not yet supplied a credit card.)
    3. Choose premium from the drop-down menu.
    4. Resubmit your credit card.
    5. Click Charge.
    What is this Forum?

    Sometimes we'll give premium subscribers access to early beta tests of various games. And, sometimes we'll updates features in my.skotos.net, webmail.skotos.net, or other Premium services.

    This forum is a place to announce those beta tests and new releases as well as to discuss and request new features.

    It is open to all Skotos members for reading and posting.

    Shannon

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    General Skotos Premiums

    Core Rewards
    • Dynamic Portal – After becoming a premium subscriber you may visit http://my.skotos.net. It currently contains 32 different panels that you can choose between to create a custom Skotos web page for your own usage. We'll be adding more in months to come, and appreciate any suggestions or requests.
    • Skotos Webmail – As a premium subscriber you will have access to 20M of storage in your own personal Skotos email box at http://webmail.skotos.net. Your address will be of the form username@users.skotos.net and spam assassin will automatically filter your incoming mail for undesired junk mail.
    • Bonus StoryPoints – As soon as you sign up for a premium account, you will receive 50 StoryPoints; you will continue to receive 50 additional points on every monthly anniversary (no matter what payment period you choose) for as long as you remain a premium subscriber. These StoryPoints may be used to purchase a variety of other items on a per-game basis.
    • Early BetaTesting – Premium subscribers will receive early invitations to help beta test some new Skotos games.
    We expect to expand core Premium Services with a few additional items to be deployed in upcoming months:Merchandise Story Point Rewards

    If you wish to spend StoryPoints on any of the following merchandise items, you may email ce@skotos.net. We expect to have an online mechanism to make this process even easier deployed by the end of October, 2002.
    • 200 points: Player's guide
    • 300 points: Month of basic subscription or one-month gift certificate
    • 300 points: Castle Marrach mouse pad
    • 600 points: Why Yes I am God T-shirt
    • 1200 points: Unique Skotos t-shirt (tan with castle), not otherwise for sale
    • 3000 points: Year of basic subscription or one-year gift certificate

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      Castle Marrach Premiums

      Core Rewards

      5 Character Slots (base is 2, or 3 for older subscribers)

      Premium subscribers may also get to help beta test some new game systems in advance of their deployment to the rest of the game.

      Story Point Rewards

      If you wish to spend StoryPoints on any of the following items, you may file an "assist" in-game in Marrach. We expect to have an online mechanism to make this process even easier deployed by the end of October, 2002.
      • 50 points: Enhance personal trait
      • 100 points: Enhance item trait
      • 100-2500 points: Custom design for new Marrach character *
      • 300 points: Add character detail
      • 300 points: Free-form description of character
      • 1000 points: CNPC response
      • 1000 points: Private room feature
      • 200 points: First permanent extra character slot for Marrach
      • 400 points: Second permanent extra character slot for Marrach
      * Custom designs are only available for newly created characters. These characters could have a few ranks of skill, special abilities, or even, at the top of the scale, be a courtier that has been sleeping in his room for years. Tell a StoryPlotter what you're considering, and they'll tell you the cost.

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      • #4
        The Eternal City Premiums

        Core Rewards

        5 Character Slots (base is 2, or 3 for older subscribers)
        3 RPs / hour base, 8 RPs / hour max
        3 GSPs / character / month (awarded on a day to be determined, not your renewal date)

        Premium Subscribers will have the opportunity to help beta test some new skill sets and areas as they become available in TEC.

        Role-Point Features

        You may convert StoryPoints to RPs in The Eternal City. Type "@storypoints" in game to get a total. In the welcome area, type @play, then "V" to convert StoryPoints to Role Points at a 1:2.5 ratio.

        Most RP features that do not require GM attention are available from the [S]pend StoryPoints option on the @play menu. This currently includes: [G]eneral Skill Points; [L]uck Points; [S]kill Slots; Increased [M]arkable Destinations; Increased [A]ttribute Potential; Changed Speech [V]erbs; and [C]reate and Play an NPC. Pet renaming is also available without GM attention, as noted below.

        Premium subscribers may request one RP-based feature or service that requires GM attention every month (base is one every two months for non-premium subscribers). Any requested service will be guaranteed completed in 30 days. Requests may be made in TEC through "@request".

        RolePoint Rewards Available to All Players
        • 25 RPs: General Skill Points. @play.
        • 100 RPs: Recovery of Discarded Items
        • 250 RPs: Additional “Mark” Point. @play.
        • 250 RPs: Luck Points. @play.
        • 250 RPs: Skill Slots. @play.
        • 1000 RPs: Attribute Potential. @play.
        • 100 RPs: Item Alterations
        • 1500 RPs: Iridine Citizenship
        • 2000 RPs: Character Alterations/Makeovers
        • 2500 RPs: "Basic" Patrician Package
        • 3000 RPs: Custom Items
        RolePoint Rewards Available to Premium Players
        • 500 RPs: Custom emotes/speech patterns. @play.
        • 500 RPs: Ability to change a pet’s name. name <pet> <pet-name>".
        • 1000 RPs: Character Alterations/Makeover
        • 1500 RPs: Room Makeovers
        • 2000 RPs: Custom Items
        • 2000 RPs: Custom moves
        • 2500 RPs: Domus Credit
        • 2500 RPs: TEC Welcome Area Private Room
        • 3000 RPs: Personalized Events
        • 3000 RPs: Weddings
        • 4000 RPs: Organization Setup
        • 5000 RPs: "Wealthy" Patrician Package
        Additionally, items may be purchased in a new Welcome Area Store, which is available to Premium Subscribers west and south of the Welcome Area.

        The Welcome Area store deployed on Saturday, November 2, 2002.

        NPCs Available to Premium Players

        Premium Subscribers will be able to use Role Points to assume the roles of NPCs and creatures in the gameworld. While the NPCs will be persistent and occupy a character slot, they can die only once, and can’t be brought back to life. They can, however, be used for some PvP activity (a PC killed by a player-controlled NPC can still use a Luck Point to be revived). The following prices are current:
        • 200 RPs: Urchin
        • 200 RPs: Trader
        • 300 RPs: Sailor
        • 500 RPs: Gladiator
        • 600 RPs: Brute
        • 750 RPs: Forest Bandit
        • 900 RPs: Rogue
        • 1250 RPs: Heavy Cineran
        • 1500 RPs: Aestivan Hoplite
        NPCs deployed on Wednesday, November 6, 2002.

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          Galactic Emperor: Hegemony Premiums

          Core Rewards

          5 Character Slots (base is 2, or 3 for older subscribers)

          Story Point Rewards
          • 50 points: Request a 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-player duel
          • 300 points: Design a roleplay game

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            Grendel's Revenge Rewards

            Core Rewards

            4 Character Slots (base is 2)
            10 Favors / Character / Month (awarded on a day to be determined, not your renewal date)
            100 Karma / Character / Month (awarded on a day to be determined, not your renewal date)

            The extra character slots deployed on Saturday, November 2, 2002.

            Story Point Features

            You can check your StoryPoint total in-game by typing "@storypoints".

            Rewards not requiring GM attention can be accessed via commands in-game, as noted below.

            Basic subscribers will be limited to one Story Point reward requiring GM attention every two months, and will be guaranteed completion in 30 days; premium subscribers will be limited to one StoryPoint reward requiring GM attention every month, and will be guaranteed completion in 15 days.

            Story Point Rewards Available to All Players
            • 250 points: Custom item/item alteration
            • 300 points: Character alteration/makeover

            Story Point Rewards Available to Premium Players
            • 250 points: Customer character race name (ie, "Swamp Troll", "Fire Salamander"). name me <adjective>.
            • 400 points: Room/lair makeover
            • 400 points: Start a new wandering monster at tier 2. changeform 2, only available to a wandering monster level 5 or less.
            • 500 points: Additional lair level for your clan (max 12). lairdepth.
            • 800 points: Start a new wandering monster at tier 3. changeform 3, only available to a wandering monster level 5 or less.
            • 1000 points: Personalized events
            • 1000 points: Customized familiar or pet
            • 2500 points: Custom lair structure or unique special ability

            75-750 points: Play NPCs, including thief (75 pts), monk (150 pts), saint (375 pts), paladin (750 pts)

            These NPCs will persist and occupy a character slot until they die. The full guidelines for playing an NPC creature will be posted prior to the launch of the system.

            NPCs Available to Premium Players

            Premium Subscribers will be able to use Story Points to assume the roles of NPCs and humans in the gameworld. While the NPCs will be persistent and occupy a character slot, they can die only once, and can’t be brought back to life. Although there still are some possibilities for change, the latest price costs for NPCs are below:
            • 75 points: Thief
            • 150 points: Monk
            • 375 points: Saint
            • 750 points: Paladin

            The deployment of NPC playing occurred on Wednesday, November 6, 2002.

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