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The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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Skotos Suggestion: Consecutive Monthly Premium Rewards

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  • Stonespyder
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    I like these suggestions but in my opinion premium will never be worth the cost due to lack of staff support.

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  • Skotos Suggestion: Consecutive Monthly Premium Rewards

    I made a post a little while back about the market of successful muds, subscription models, and Skotos Premium Subscription and the value it has.

    I wanted to make this suggestion that would encourage more premium subscriptions to Skotos and also yield some value for the community in general. Currently the price point of $30 a month is not competitive in the current market. This is based on the strategic analysis of other successful MUD game companies and subscription models. Other subscription price points are comparable but the Skotos value to the consumer are not where they could be. My suggestions are to increase market penetration by encouraging already Premium Subscribers to continue along with developing this new Monthly Model to increase product appeal to others who may have never considered Skotos Premium as having value in its current state.

    Here are my suggestions

    I will start with Story Points because that affects all of Skotos Games

    Bonus Storypoints for your First Month is 50 StoryPoints
    Bonus Storypoints for your Second Consecutive Month is 60 StoryPoints
    Bonus Storypoints for your Third Consecutive Month is 70 StoryPoints
    Bonus Storypoints for your Fourth Consecutive Month is 80 StoryPoints
    Bonus Storypoints for your Fifth Consecutive Month is 90 StoryPoints
    Bonus Storypoints for your Sixth Consecutive Month is 100 StoryPoints (Which is the new consecutive top base monthly bonus)


    Additional Per Game Adjustments
    3 GSP in TEC being adjusted up to a base of 5 GSP per month with the same scale as above
    1st Month 5 GSP
    2nd Month 10 GSP
    3rd Month 15 GSP
    4th Month 20 GSP
    5th Month 25 GSP
    6th Month 30 GSP

    While I do not play GR - I wanted to make sure as part of this post I mentioned them as well since they seem to have a similar Core Reward like TEC does
    10 Favors - Adjusted to 15 Favors monthly, scaling up?
    100 Karma - Adjusted to 150 Karma monthly, scaling up?

    I wrote this up in the hopes that instead of seeing people sign up for Premium just for X or Y and then drop it we can encourage more of the community to consider a Premium subscription on a Consecutive monthly basis which would be competitive in the currently MUD market with an actual value that matches the money spent.
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