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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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  • About Gen Con....

    Heya all,
    I have read the topic on Gen Con and have been thinking. Last year Katherine's player and I organized and ran the Marrach Event at Gen Con. We had some good feedback, and I was wondering what yall thought. I had thought of organizing and running another again with possibly another minilarp. Let me know what yall think.If this is going to be done it needs to be done soon, and I need an idea of how many will be in attendance.

    Later,
    Le/Anabeth's player
    Apprentice Anabeth, Assistant to Doctor Mielyr,Fellow of the Royal Collegium

  • #2
    No gencon for me this year... I won't be eligible for vacation until october.

    *sigh*

    How's that for timing?
    Counsellor Jennet an Dathuil

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    • #3
      I'll be there, and I'll give you a hand if you want any help. But then... I already told you that. :-)
      ---
      Sean

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      • #4
        *player prays feverishly that she might attend this years Gen Con*... If I can, I will definately want to assist somewhere. I will keep ya informed.
        This Section is entirely OOC:
        If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. ~ Katherine Hepburn
        "Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away." ~ Sir Arthur Helps.
        "Boredom is the fear of self." ~ Comtesse Diane
        Angron - Well, if pouches were a little bigger, Faer would have a mobile home "

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Faer
          *player prays feverishly that she might attend this years Gen Con*
          Ditto! By the way, in the eventuality I *might* attend, anybody wants to share a room with a poor Pepsi-aholic tomboy who speaks with a huge French-Canadian accent and might just yell in French if she is PMSing at that time? I still need to calculate how much it will cost me for the bus... Eeeek!

          Gaby

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          • #6
            Most likely, I will be there this time around.
            Jennifer
            Elea Clearlight
            Apprentice to Lady Serista
            Sorcery Classes

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            • #7
              I wasn't there...so I guess its no surprise that the awards were my favorite part, as that was something we could all enjoy, even if we couldn't attend. Lets have more of the same!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Umichan


                Ditto! By the way, in the eventuality I *might* attend, anybody wants to share a room with a poor Pepsi-aholic tomboy who speaks with a huge French-Canadian accent and might just yell in French if she is PMSing at that time? I still need to calculate how much it will cost me for the bus... Eeeek!

                Gaby
                Gaby,

                You know they will lock the two of us up in a room together and 'lose" the key when we actually make our threats of the past con real don't you?...I can see us now.. hyped up on sugar and running about in PJ's torturing the others as they try and sleep!

                Holly
                Equerry to Lady Hieronyma
                Adjunct-Prosecutor (Acting)
                Master Jeweler

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                • #9
                  Fear the wrath of my teddy bear! *smacks random people around*

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                  • #10
                    Anyone who laughs at my bunny is a dead man....


                    Holly
                    Equerry to Lady Hieronyma
                    Adjunct-Prosecutor (Acting)
                    Master Jeweler

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                    • #11
                      Mind if I ask exactly what this is/Where this is?
                      I likely wouldn't be able to go, and that's probably for the better; but, *shrugs*
                      Originally penned by Dionar
                      Ryot was a mistake, and it was corrected. Threads have been locked because the conversation degraded into personal attacks and name calling.

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                      • #12
                        Great...I'm going to be missing out on this year's Gencon AGAIN. Damn my age and innocence. *beams sweetly* Awww...I was planning on tackling Gaby and totally torturing her this year too...and our CHOO-CHOO ensemble!!!!!!!

                        *waaaaaaaaaaaaaah*

                        Well, with that done, anyone wanna swing by California and pick me up? I say someone kidnap me so I can finally be happy with my REAL pals. Hee. Hee. Hee.


                        :::carrie:::

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hannah
                          Anyone who laughs at my bunny is a dead man....


                          Holly

                          I laugh at your bunny...LOL...*BLECK!*...

                          Those responsible for the laughing at Holly's Bunny have been sacked.

                          Harbormaster: Hold up there, you! It's a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock... and I shall need to know your name.

                          Jack Sparrow: What do you say to three shillings and we forget the name.

                          Harbormaster: Welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Twulf



                            I laugh at your bunny...LOL...*BLECK!*...

                            Those responsible for the laughing at Holly's Bunny have been sacked.

                            hehe, yea, so I'm a sad and pathetic 22y/o who sleeps with a stuffed rabbit...did I mention he had a seat next to me on the the plane ride hom from Wa? Hehe, he came in handy when the little girl behind me got scared and started crying... so back off the bunny
                            Equerry to Lady Hieronyma
                            Adjunct-Prosecutor (Acting)
                            Master Jeweler

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                            • #15
                              Holly-

                              You don't need to worry about keeping us up late at night at GenCon. We stayed up real late without you and Gaby's overhyperactive tendancies. But we would still love the company!

                              BTW - this poor helpless and cute girl here who works a full time job, runs a part time business and also goes to school partime DESPERATELY NEEDS A ROOMATE! Rooms are sooo very expensive. I swear I do not snore, I'm neat, and will make a fine roomie (I can french braid, too!) So, if there are any takers, please let me know so we can plan for this.

                              Diana's Player
                              A glutton for punishment.

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