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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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  • #16
    Originally posted by Philip View Post
    What exactly is required to grandfather in an account? I have been in for many years (on and off). Just curious.
    as have I, this is curious
    <Morphius thinks aloud: Would Aelavius, Jacie, Reever, Atre, Sarian, Anaya,
    Dracuul, Psilac, Bobith, Jepta, Ryback, Coppernicus, or Agnus be available?>

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    • #17
      Originally posted by GMKevin View Post
      Well, if anyone was grandfathered in and I can somehow verify it, I will setup their current account to be grandfathered in. Just @report on it.
      @report and ask that he check. The account likely shows your originally sign-up date.
      ~StoryHost Death

      Death@Ironclaw.Skotos.net
      Dragon Pieces

      Originally posted by Plato
      Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Gavin121
        Newpatriot (Aux) Snakes on your plane to Storm_queen, "Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter has a lot t do with lesbians. See, vampires find out that if they wear lesbian skin they can walk around in sunlight. So Jesus teams up with a Mexican wrestler named El Santos to fight lesbian vampires. And it's a musical."
        And really, how can you argue with that?
        --Thomas King--Lucius--
        "Well I Ain't Evil, I'm Just Good Lookin' "
        Alice Cooper
        "This Is Beetle, Is As Bad As Can"
        Beetlejuice
        "It takes guts to run away, you know. Lots of people would be as cowardly as me if they were brave enough"
        Rincewind

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        • #19
          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.
          Items highlighted in red are benefits currently unavailable in the Eternal City as of 21 NOV 2010:
          • 5 Character Slots
          • 3 RPs / hour base, 8 RPs / hour max
          • 3 GSPs / character / month
          • Premium Subscribers will have the opportunity to help beta test some new skill sets and areas as they become available in TEC
          • 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"
          • 25 RPs: General Skill Points.
          • 100 RPs: Recovery of Discarded Items
          • 250 RPs: Additional “Mark” Point.
          • 250 RPs: Luck Points.
          • 250 RPs: Skill Slots.
          • 1000 RPs: Attribute Potential.
          • 100 RPs: Item Alterations
          • 1500 RPs: Iridine Citizenship
          • 2000/1000 RPs: Character Alterations/Makeovers
          • 2500 RPs: "Basic" Patrician Package
          • 3000/2000 RPs: Custom Items
          • 500 RPs: Custom emotes
          • 500 RPs: Custom speech patterns
          • 500 RPs: Ability to change a pet’s name.
          • 1500 RPs: Room Makeovers
          • 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
          • Welcome Area Store
          • PNPCs
          17/29 benefits are currently unavailable.

          I encourage players of the other Skotos games to take a look at this thread and then post a reply here with a comparison on how your favorite Skotos game's promised basic and premium benefits stack up against what's actually available.

          Happy gaming!

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