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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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Castle Marrach Staff Hiring: StoryBuilders

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  • Castle Marrach Staff Hiring: StoryBuilders

    Hello Folk,

    Castle Marrach is currently looking for more players to help further the game by joining our volunteer staff group. In particular, at this time I'm looking for people to fill the role of StoryBuilder, this is the default role usually given to new staff members, after which they can optionally move up to StoryCoder or StoryPlotter positions down the road.

    StoryBuilders are tasked with a lot of the "legwork" involved in Castle Marrach. Mostly they do what the name implies - they build. Items, rooms, storypoint body alterations, props for plots, items and decorations for player hosted socials and events, et cetera. This is done chiefly by writing descriptions in what is known as KarMode (see below), and then submitting them in a web-based editing program we use called Woe.

    Applications can be sent to myself at my staff email included in my signature, and should go as follows:

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    Real Name:
    Account Name:
    How long you have played Castle Marrach:
    How many hours per week you could contribute to building (be realistic to what you think you can actually commit to):
    Any prior experience in coding or building:
    A short statement about why you'd like to Build:

    In addition to these questions, with you application please include a sample of your writing talent as a builder by writing up the description for one of each of the following:

    1. An object of your choosing, of at least 5 details including the default detail.
    2. A room of your choosing, of at least 5 details including the default detail.

    I've included below an example of an item to demonstrate proper KarMode format. A room would follow the same format as an item.

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    Example Item

    DETAIL [default]
    Brief: steel broadsword
    Look: A steel broadsword. This is a single handed cross-hilt sword, approximately 38 inches from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the pommel.
    Examine: You see a well crafted steel sword, about 38 inches in total length. The double-edged blade of this sword is roughly 32 inches long and bears a single fuller on each side of the blade that runs about two-thirds of the blade's length. This weapon's hilt consists of a crossguard horizontally mounted between the blade and the handle, with a smooth disc-shaped pommel attached to the opposite end. The handle itself is roughly 5 inches in length, suggesting this weapon was meant to be used in one hand, and is wrapped in a black leather grip. This sleek weapon is sturdy yet remarkably fast, weighing about 3 pounds.
    SName: sword
    SName: weapon
    SName: thing
    SName: broadsword
    PName: broadswords
    PName: swords
    PName: weapons
    PName: things
    Adjective: broad
    Adjective: steel
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    DETAIL [blade]
    Brief: double-edged broadsword blade
    Look: A double-edged broadsword blade.
    Examine: The double-edged blade of this sword is roughly 32 inches long and bears a single fuller on each side of the blade that runs about two-thirds of the blade's length.
    SName: blade
    SName: edge
    SName: point
    SName: tip
    PName: blades
    PName: edges
    PName: points
    PName: tips
    Adjective: broadsword
    Adjective: sword
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    DETAIL [grip]
    Brief: black broadsword grip
    Look: A sword grip of black leather.
    Examine: The handle of this broadsword is approximately 5 inches in length, suggesting this weapon is designed to be wielded in a single hand. A strip of black leather has been wrapped several times around the handle, forming a snug sword grip.
    SName: grip
    SName: handle
    PName: grips
    PName: handles
    Adjective: broadsword
    Adjective: black
    Adjective: steel
    Adjective: sword
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    DETAIL [guard]
    Brief: broadsword crossguard
    Look: A crossguard on a steel broadsword.
    Examine: This particular broadsword bears a simple steel crossguard, consisting of a single metal bar mounted horizontally between the blade and the grip, designed to protect the wielder's hands and wrists while fighting.
    SName: guard
    SName: crossguard
    PName: guards
    PName: crossguards
    Adjective: broadsword
    Adjective: steel
    Adjective: sword
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    DETAIL [hilt]
    Brief: broadsword hilt
    Look: The hilt of a broadsword, consisting of a crossguard, grip, and pommel.
    Examine: The hilt is the entire handle portion of the sword, consisting of a steel crossguard mounted horizontally between the blade and the grip, the grip itself wrapped in black leather, and the disc-shaped pommel set with a moonstone.
    SName: hilt
    PName: hilts
    Adjective: broadsword
    Adjective: steel
    Adjective: sword
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    DETAIL [pommel]
    Brief: disc-shaped broadsword pommel
    Look: A disc-shaped pommel on a broadsword.
    Examine: This pommel is a disc-shaped metal ornament on the very bottom of the sword hilt.
    SName: pommel
    PName: pommels
    Adjective: broadsword
    Adjective: disc
    Adjective: disc-shaped
    Adjective: steel
    Adjective: sword



    And that's all there is to it. 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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