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

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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Email Issues With GMail and Skotos

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  • Email Issues With GMail and Skotos

    If you use gmail for anything Skotos related this is relevant to you.

    So it seems that as of 1 or 2 months ago, the domain was falsely flagged by google as a spam/phishing agency. The result of this is that the CM mailing lists used by guilds are now completely useless for anyone using a gmail account. Staff email accounts are similarly neutralized if they're set up to forward to a gmail account... like mine is. Which explains why some of you have been asking me about replies to emails I never received. Unfortunately gmail is not simply sending these emails to the spam box, but bouncing them altogether without any notification sent to the recipient, which means in the case of staff or VP emails set up to forward email to a gmail account, setting up anti-spam filters won't work because gmail stops the message before it even reaches your filters.

    Skotos is trying to address this problem with Google. In the interim, there are ways for non-forwarding accounts to get around this problem by setting up gmail filters. A simple solution is to create a filter that flags any email with the word "Marrach" in it. With that filter set, check the option "never send to spam", this should prevent any email with the word "marrach" in it from getting deleted on you.

    As for me, I'll probably have to create a non-skotos webmail account for Staff related emails in the interim, and will do so later tonight or tomorrow when I get a chance to do so.

    This is all a lot of jargon that translates simply to "Gmail just gave Skotos a swift kick in the face and email is no longer a reliable means of communication between Marrach players for anyone using gmail or sending email to someone who uses gmail and I don't have an immediate or easy solution for it". So if you send me something, and it bounces, or you don't hear back, this is why.
    StoryHost Kurzon
    Castle Marrach Staff

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