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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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Staff Policy: Roleplay of Intimacy with New Players

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  • Staff Policy: Roleplay of Intimacy with New Players


    I deeply regret that I have to write this message at all, but apparently it needs to be done.

    I’ll be blunt - there are one or more groups of characters who are soliciting other characters for in-character ‘sexual’ encounters, sometimes in exchange for clothing or other items. (It is unclear if they are all part of one extended group or two groups, possibly ‘competing’.) If this is how players wish to spend their time online I suppose I cannot technically object, though I do not understand why you have chosen to make Castle Marrach your home given that our character bodies are, to say the least, anatomically lacking, and there are scores of other MUD/MUSHES specifically suited to this behavior. Frankly, if this is why you play, go play there.

    I can object, however, when new players visiting Castle Marrach for the first time are solicited and propositioned within hours of their arrival in the game. I can and do object when this aggressive, almost predatory, behavior presents a skewed impression of the game to newcomers and biases them against us when it seems that the gameplay and interaction here is “all about sex.”

    This behavior stops now. I have been reluctant to step in because, for the most part, I’ve been presented with primarily hearsay. That has changed of late, and we’ve had more players stepping up and informing us immediately of these solicitations and propositions right after they’ve occurred. (I have seen logs.) I’ve also been reluctant because if this sort of thing is what floats your boat and you are not damaging the game, more power to you. This behavior, however, as I’ve described it, is damaging the game.

    We know who you are, and some of you have been warned in the recent past. You will be hearing from myself or Dathan again… but you, and anyone else acting in this manner, should consider this your final warning. You will not receive another warning. If we catch you engaging in this behavior with new players you will be suspended or banned. (We have already banned one player for this sort of activity, at least in part.) And believe me when I tell you that we will be specifically and actively checking for this behavior. Since I know we cannot police everywhere all the time, we will be devoting some of our valuable coding time to protecting new characters from being lured into these sorts of situations.

    This behavior is inappropriate for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that some of our players are underage, minors by any definition of the word or jurisdiction. Though Castle Marrach carries a “mature” warning, the behavior remains unacceptable.

    I ask any player who encounters this behavior, these predatory propositions and solicitations, to immediate file an assist and email a copy of the logs to myself (geist@marrach.skotos.net) and Lead StoryGuide Dathan (dathan@marrach.skotos.net) so we can take immediate action. Given that many of you out there know who these characters and players are, another option you have is to demand they stop. This is our game and their activities affect all of us.
    Last edited by Kurzon; 06-18-2016, 10:59 AM.

    StoryPlotter Geist
    geist@marrach.skotos.net

  • #2
    I said it before, and I'll say it again, I've never heard of this kind of thing till a few threads ago. Wow. Just wow.
    ( っ '๐')づ# I was going to give you this waffle
    #さ('๐' さ ) But then i was like...
    (>'#'<) I'm hungry.
    (。◕‿◕。) So i ate it.
    (。◡‿◡。)

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    • #3
      Yay Geist!
      Priam: You know what's a bad idea?
      Kyramor: Not usually

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Priam View Post
        Yay Geist!
        seconded. Pretty damn sick.
        Duke Sol glances over you inconsequentially, "Ah. One of those."

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        • #5
          Epic win.


          - Lin
          "Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow."
          - Marcus Cicero


          "So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil."
          - Niccolo Machiavelli

          "Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - but for severe ones they cannot."
          - Niccolo Machiavelli

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          • #6
            Here's a better idea: instead of getting your kicks off a game, go out and get some strange ass. Seriously, having sex in Marrach is about as interesting as watching flies f*ck. How many different ways can you type: thrust my groin into so-and-so's groin. That's what bluebooking is for.

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            • #7
              I don't know if I should cheer about this post, or weep because the problem has come to a point where this post was necessary.
              Proud member of: WWMHSBA

              "Why don't you all just go submit some plots where you can get pregnant, give birth to you own alt as an annoying child character, have it grow up to be a drama queen, and then you can use IC/OOC crossover to hide the goods you stole and escape from the dungeon that you're locked in due to a badly run rape plot?!" - Age

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              • #8
                ::bumped so people notice it::

                StoryPlotter Geist
                geist@marrach.skotos.net

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rikka View Post
                  I said it before, and I'll say it again, I've never heard of this kind of thing till a few threads ago. Wow. Just wow.
                  I second this...

                  Originally posted by Lucus View Post
                  Epic win.
                  ...but I mainly second this.

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                  • #10
                    I am glad to see CM taking a stand on this. I know in the past when I have seen this kind of behavior occur I always paged them and asked them to stop, but sometimes it takes a swift kick in the butt for anyone to listen. Cheers to Geist for that swift Kick and Dathan too!

                    Courtier


                    Nothing is ever lost. Things may disappear be destroyed, or go down into the grave, but they have only changed form: the corruptible nature putting on the incorruptible. -From Haunted Ohio II by Chris Woodyard

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                    • #11
                      So wait, the rule is no tsing newlies?
                      I'm just saying...

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                      • #12
                        That is correct, no TSing newlies.
                        While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

                        Thank you,
                        SG Dathan

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                        • #13
                          What about just running up and molesting them severely and then immediately running away?

                          the ghost of Earen runs to you.

                          the ghost of Earen gooses your groin gigglingly.

                          the ghost of Earen meanwhile gnaws on your chest.

                          the ghost of Earen suddenly dissipates into nothingness.

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                          • #14
                            No, you can't.
                            While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

                            Thank you,
                            SG Dathan

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Earen View Post
                              What about just running up and molesting them severely and then immediately running away?

                              the ghost of Earen runs to you.

                              the ghost of Earen gooses your groin gigglingly.

                              the ghost of Earen meanwhile gnaws on your chest.

                              the ghost of Earen suddenly dissipates into nothingness.

                              This is why I've restricted my Consent list.

                              Tamm

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