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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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  • Did that dustpile just move?

    Hi everyone,
    I want to apologize to everyone who was left in the lurch by Euphelia's rather abrupt disappearance many, many months ago. My life was falling to pieces, but I wasn't able to tell because I was right in the middle of it.

    I don't know if it is because my ex-husband was abusive if I'm easily susceptible to abusive relationships, but now that I am clear from my old job I can see that my former employer was really, really awful. So much so the parent company settled my lawsuit out of court. It was a textbook case of gaslighting that left me emotionally shattered and it took a lot longer than I thought I'd ever need to be mentally healthy again. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm getting closer.

    I still have no internet at home and it might be a while before I do. I just bought a house and moved in, but it's cut my finances pretty close to the quick for another few paydays. But I have renewed my account and will try to log on a little bit each day to re-establish myself and get myself back in the groove.

    I want to say thank you to everyone who tried to carry on my responsibilities in my absense, and I want to apologize to those who really, really were depending on me for my vanishing.

    See you soon.

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    **Pokes the dust pile**

    It's really good to hear from you! I'm so sorry about what you've went through, I really hope you had at least one hand there to help when things got rough. I will eagerly awaiting your return, and know that you have been dearly missed!

    See you soon,
    Chres' Handler

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    “No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” ―L. Frank Baum

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      On the positive note, it's only a few days now until I have internet installed. I've had a beast of a time trying to connect via my cell phone service, as it's virtually non-existant.

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