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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. 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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Open Court, you say?

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  • Open Court, you say?

    Hey everyone.

    So Open Court has been announced for this Saturday. Wow, short notice, right?

    Before anyone starts to panic, I want to pre-emptively nip in the bud what Open Court actually is, since we've not had an Open Court (as opposed to Royal Court or Formal Court) in awhile... longer than many present day players have been around to witness. Which isn't all that surprising, since we've only had one or two Open Courts since the game started anyway.

    Open Court is essentially an extravagant Royal Open Bells session in the Throne Room that everyone in the Court can attend. Unlike Formal Court, there is no pre-arranged script of announcements from the Royalty, and no Petition Submission and Commentary process in the month leading up to Court.

    The upside is you don't have to stand silent and listen to Royal announcements for two hours! During Open Court you're free to mill about, engage, socialize, come and leave the Throne Room as you like.

    The Royal Family (or at least some of them) will be present upon the Ice Throne and anyone who has business for the Crown, the kind of which is normally handled at Royal Court, can wait in line and then plea their case directly to the Crown before those Court members present. Depending on the nature of the business, the Crown may allow those Court members gathered to weigh in, and a decision on the petition be rendered on the spot.

    From a historical standpoint, Court Sessions were an important recurring event, and in Castle Marrach, it is an excellent opportunity to engage in courtly intrigues and build favour and face time with Royalty who otherwise can be hard to catch for characters who aren't part of a Royal household.

    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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    btw: It went rather well. People didn't just stand around like statues for 3 hours, with occasional nose scratching and coughing.
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      Originally posted by Gareth View Post
      btw: It went rather well. People didn't just stand around like statues for 3 hours, with occasional nose scratching and coughing.
      Except Gunn. That's essentially exactly what Gunn did.
      Tyr Gunn
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