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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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New Command: @kudos

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  • New Command: @kudos

    Hey folk,

    I'm here to let you all know that Castle Marrach now has a new @command for use by all players, @kudos.

    The @kudos command was developed to help facilitate you in giving praise to other players for good and proactive roleplay. The command works as thus;

    @kudos '<name> <reason>

    When you file an @kudos, your acknowledgement goes into a queue within our TAS system. At the end of each month, Staff will go through that queue, tally the results, and post them in the Castle Marrach forums. At this time, the sole reward for receiving @kudos is the standing ovation at the end of the month, but we're currently looking into the possibility of granting storypoints or other rewards for those who receive @kudos. Use this as your opportunity to praise and encourage fellow roleplayers for going out and being proactive and contributing to the game world.

    There are some restrictions on how this command can be used, to facilitate fair usage. A reason does need to be included when you file the @kudos in order for Staff to count it, and as of this posting, you can only use @kudos once every 72 hours (and not on yourself). We're looking at tweaking those numbers a bit to make the command more useful in situations where you want to give @kudos to multiple players for a scene, or situations where you come across more than a single good scene over a 3 day span, and so forth, so expect some changes to this command in the near future. But for now, feel free to enjoy early release of this command for what it is.

    Thanks and happy gaming!
    Last edited by Kurzon; 06-01-2015, 09:02 AM.
    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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    UPDATE: The aforementioned changes are now implemented. You can cast @kudos as frequently as you like, but can only vote for the same character once every 24 hours. Thanks to Orobas for getting this fix in quickly.
    Last edited by Kurzon; 06-01-2015, 09:03 AM.
    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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      UPDATE:

      Hey folk,

      An update has been made to @kudos. When you receive an @kudos a message will now pop up on your screen indicating such, though it won't tell you who it came from.

      The purpose of this is two fold. Firstly, to give a player a better idea of what roleplay specifically interested or impressed other players; it's hard to draw any real conclusion at the end of the month on what roleplay at what point over the last month you were being praised for. Secondly, this is intended to serve as a reminder for players who simply forget or don't think to file an @kudos, receiving an @kudos during an enjoyable scene may serve to help remind you to file an @kudos yourself.

      Thanks, and happy gaming!
      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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