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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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Castle Marrach Community Meeting (take two)

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  • Castle Marrach Community Meeting (take two)

    ** APOLOGIES TO ANYONE WHO ALREADY SUBMITTED DATA FOR THE FIRST POLL; THE ORIGINAL THREAD SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTALLY DELETED WHILE COMBATING THE WAVES OF SPAM WE'VE BEEN GETTING LATELY **

    Good day everyone,

    With some big changes for the game around the corner coming October, Castle Marrach Staff will be holding a community meeting at the end of September just before the big switch. This meeting will be to in part to discuss the upcoming Castle Marrach Freemium changes next month and how we as a community can capitalize on them, but primarily the meeting will be open to the floor for all players to bring up thoughts/ideas/concerns for the community as a whole.

    Due to the large variety of timezones we have within our community, I'd like to do this meeting on a weekend to maximize availability, as most people working regular nine-to-five monday-to-friday work weeks are best available on the weekend. That would be the last weekend of September, which is this weekend coming.

    Included with this thread is a poll of various availability times over the course of this coming weekend. Please check off all availabilities that apply for you if you have interest in attending.


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    Sat 30th, 3LB
    9.23%
    6
    Sat 30th, 4LB
    6.15%
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    Sat 30th, 5LB
    4.62%
    3
    Sat 30th, 6LB
    4.62%
    3
    Sat 30th, 7LB
    7.69%
    5
    Sat 30th, 8LB
    7.69%
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    Sun 1st, 3LB
    20.00%
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    Sun 1st, 4LB
    15.38%
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    Sun 1st, 5LB
    10.77%
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    Sun 1st, 6LB
    13.85%
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    StoryHost Kurzon
    Castle Marrach Staff

    kurzon.marrach@outlook.com

    The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.

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    As I asked in the last post before it was deleted. What about those who can't make these times at all?

    sera Eloren Misra

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SeraEloren View Post
      As I asked in the last post before it was deleted. What about those who can't make these times at all?
      There will be a few people who will not be able to make these times, but since it was picked on the weekend, it accommodates a much larger group then, say, a random weekday. Unfortunately, no matter -what- time we as a community select (and putting a poll out there is completely fair to everyone), there are going to be individuals who just can't make it - players who would love to be there, but have other engagements/work/etc.

      I will be taking a log of the meeting and formatting it so that anyone interested can read the breakdown on our forums following the community meeting. If you have questions you'd like answered that you see in this log, feel free to file an assist with them, or reply to the post once it's up Hope this helps!
      -StoryPlotter Yuuta

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