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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
    I like crusades as much as the other guy, so I'll join you in this.

    Skotos: Are you all willing to have a discussion about account options/perks? It could be a great option for you guys, and in fact, drive more people back to being paying customers.

    As one of the few non-trolls of the forums, I'm happy to help keep the discussions on a positive note.

    Thanks.
    <Tivan thinks aloud: No offense, I'd rather take it from behind by an eyeless humanoid from twilight...guess I'll get them myself.>

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    Carefully reading his lips, you make out the words "I liked it, but I have a thing for blondes in catholic school girl skirts

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    • #17
      Originally posted by glenh View Post
      And 2 months later. Noone cares. Other graphical free to play games are seeming to win. I know for one i'm logging in less and less lately. Mainly due to the censorship of the forums and people not being able to voice their opinion's without threats of their accounts (both forum and in game) getting deleted.

      That and the constant disregard towards pricing.
      Two more months later and still, nada.

      I only play TEC. I currently pay for prem. because I can (barely) afford to on a month to month basis. I'd like to pay yearly, and would do so if the fee was significantly lower. THAT is why I never expect the fee to be lowered. Why would a company offer me a service at a discount when, if they charge more I can only afford it a month at a time? Strictly dope-dealer mentality, never give a junkie a discount. Sell 10 dollar hits, get 'em hooked, and never cut them a deal. They'll keep coming back, guaranteed.

      Oh, just thought I'd mention...the new Elite mmorpg is nearly out, scheduled for a February release. When that one comes out, ya'll might be seeing quite a bit less of me.
      "The heat come by and busted me for smilin' on a cloudy day..."

      Grateful Dead

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      • #18
        There's unfortunately little more to say, because it's already been said. As I noted before, offering the other games is a free benefit. If we removed the free benefit, it wouldn't change our pricing, because if we decreased our prices we couldn't afford to run our games.

        We've held our prices steady for about a decade, without any increases. We've also offered free play on many of our games for people who prefer not to pay, and a good number of people have taken advantage of that option.

        I've got some other things in the works right now, but if you want to talk about paying account perks in mid-March or so, feel free to drop me a line; I'm open to ideas that can increase the paying player base

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        • #19
          I wish Skotos would release Grendel's Revenge to another entity that could allow the game to grow again. It's an awesome game. There is just no way a mud is going to compete with similarly or lesser priced graphical mmorpgs. Any players paying $5 a month would be a lot more money than 0 players paying $30 a month. I fail to see Skotos' business logic. Should at least do like a trial of temporarily offering single game only subscriptions and see how many people come back...send out email notices of course. *goes back to playing one mmorpg (that offers 50 characters for $15 a month on a graphical game with constant new content) and another mmorpg (that is free to play and also has constant new content on a graphical platform).....they rhyme with pow and sift*
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          • #20
            Sigh...

            Grendel's Revenge has been FREE TO PLAY for many moons now! Restrictions are on creating new builders and leaders and T7's. Also, only ONE free character per IP address. When you log into your account, if it is not already paid for, you will be redirected to the account payment page. Disregard that. LEAVE THAT PAGE OPEN. Open another page at:

            http://grendelsrevenge.skotos.net/

            (Player Portal) and Wha-la! you can play. The free character is the one listed first in your character list. If this is not the character you wish to play for free, then you may contact staff and request them to move the one you wish into the first spot. They are HAPPY to do so!

            I expect to see you ALL in game ASAP!!

            Korky the Ogre
            Head Builder and Trapper

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Korky View Post
              Sigh...

              Grendel's Revenge has been FREE TO PLAY for many moons now! Restrictions are on creating new builders and leaders and T7's. Also, only ONE free character per IP address. When you log into your account, if it is not already paid for, you will be redirected to the account payment page. Disregard that. LEAVE THAT PAGE OPEN. Open another page at:

              http://grendelsrevenge.skotos.net/

              (Player Portal) and Wha-la! you can play. The free character is the one listed first in your character list. If this is not the character you wish to play for free, then you may contact staff and request them to move the one you wish into the first spot. They are HAPPY to do so!

              I expect to see you ALL in game ASAP!!

              There's actually no restriction on builders, and the restriction on leaders was just for clan leaders, but it's been lifted.

              You still can't be a T7 though, but I think they're all taken anyway.
              <Pandarus thinks aloud: Oh Ereal's blazing jewels, I'm on my way.>

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