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The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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  • #46
    Umm how do you find that list of your other user names or do we have to redo those?

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    • #47
      If you can't remember a forum name, you probably weren't using it.

      If you have troubles remembering a password, mail CE with the name and they'll generate an email to help you out.

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      • #48
        I figured out Finna's but I do need the rest. Thanks Shannon
        Finna Moon, Courtier to Her Majesty's Court




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        • #49
          Shannon I sent the email to forums@skotos.net is that alright?
          Finna Moon, Courtier to Her Majesty's Court




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          • #50
            I like it so far! Haven't ran into any problems myself.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Finna View Post
              Shannon I sent the email to forums@skotos.net is that alright?
              ce@skotos.net worked for me.

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              • #52
                Ok there is a problem with getting passwords. I sent in to Forums@skotos.net and they sent me 77 emails....I do not have that many usernames. It was a repeat over and over again of my usernames. I followed the link to reset my password....and all they sent me was my user name no passwords. Please advise on what to do. Thank you
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Finna View Post
                  Ok there is a problem with getting passwords. I sent in to Forums@skotos.net and they sent me 77 emails....I do not have that many usernames. It was a repeat over and over again of my usernames. I followed the link to reset my password....and all they sent me was my user name no passwords. Please advise on what to do. Thank you
                  Er.. write CE? Unless they check this post constantly, it's much faster to get it handled that way.
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                  • #54
                    Uhm - did anyone find the 'mark forums read' bottom?

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Namida View Post
                      Uhm - did anyone find the 'mark forums read' bottom?
                      Top right, in the Quick Links.
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                      "Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."- Trevelyan
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                      • #56
                        Thanks, though unfortunately it marks all forums as read, not just the one you were browsing.

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                        • #57
                          Uhm - perhaps I'm slow - but where's that nifty drop-down menu with the other forum accounts you could post from? So when you had written the post, you could just pick a : post as name, without having to log in and out to change the forum account you're browsing with?

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Namida View Post
                            Uhm - perhaps I'm slow - but where's that nifty drop-down menu with the other forum accounts you could post from? So when you had written the post, you could just pick a : post as name, without having to log in and out to change the forum account you're browsing with?
                            Unfortunately that seems to no longer be an option. You apparently need to set up separate log-ins for each forum name you want to use. I think it was said that the accounts are still existant, but that you need to log in as each one (but don't hold me to that).
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                            • #59
                              If that's true, then it's rather impractical and silly. Especially since a few of mine weren't assossiated with any e-mail addresses (that I recall) and I therefore can't get a password for them. And to have to log in each time is annoying. *le sigh*

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Namida View Post
                                Thanks, though unfortunately it marks all forums as read, not just the one you were browsing.
                                Oh, thought that was what you were asking for. If you want to mark just a single forum read, you go to the main page for that forum (like http://forum.skotos.net/forumdisplay.php?f=14 ) and then in the top right area (under the page numbers) you'll see two menu items. Click Forum Tools -> Mark This Forum Read.

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