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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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  • Staff Roster and Information

    (copied and revised from this thread, which was quite out of date)

    Current Roster
    (last updated: 5 Sep 2017)

    StoryHost, Kurzon
    Lead StoryPlotter, Odjit
    StoryPlotter, Mercurial
    StoryPlotter, Yuuta
    StoryCoder, Orator

    StoryBuilder, Chimi
    StoryBuilder, Husi
    StoryBuilder, Kida
    StoryBuilder, Thera
    StoryTrainee, Moo


    We do not presently have any dedicated StoryGuides for Castle Marrach, however some of our other Staff double up in this role, and the StoryHost can always address StoryGuide issues when needed.



    Staff Role Descriptions

    StoryHost

    The StoryHost is the overall director of the game. It is his responsibility to set the overall goals for the behind the scenes staff and guide the over-arching story.


    StoryPlotters

    StoryPlotters (SPs) are responsible for overseeing all the In-Character (IC) aspects of the game. They devise plots, play Non-Player Characters, approve game lore related issues and StoryPoint requests. Under the StoryHost they guide the general direction of the game's story.


    StoryBuilders

    StoryBuilders are the backbone of room and item creation for Castle Marrach. StoryBuilders create rooms and items for the game world, writing their descriptions, affecting what they can be targetted as, and so forth.


    StoryCoders

    While StoryBuilders make things, StoryCoders (SCs) make things work. From a coding perspective, Coders are the ones who write scripts that cause things to happen - from crafting and skill, to sorcery and magic, to the special effects some items possess. StoryCoders write the stuff you can't see in the game world that makes the things in the game world work.


    StoryGuides

    StoryGuides (SGs) are available to help players with technical and other Out-Of-Character issues, freeing other StoryStaff from repetitive questions of "How do I put on clothes?" and "How do I leave my room?" They are also there to help players sort out OOC problems in the game, deal with unruly players (as opposed to unruly characters), and generally man the front lines of customer support.



    Misc...

    Remember...

    All of the above named people are volunteers, and in fact Skotos customers themselves, freely giving their time and attention to make Castle Marrach to make the game as a whole a better place. Please be courteous when approaching anyone from the StoryStaff: your patience and respect is appreciated.


    Skotos Staff

    Aside from the assorted StoryFolk listed above, you may from time to time see other StoryHosts online. These StoryHosts are Skotos employees who come nosing around from time to time, looking for trouble (just kidding, of course!). CE StoryHosts (sometimes known as CE or Customer Experience) have very little to do with IC goings-on in the game anymore and usually only come online for high level technical difficulties (game server crashes, etc) and generally are only contacted for Skotos level (non-CM-specific) customer issues including payment issues.
    Last edited by Yuuta; 10-20-2017, 02:51 PM.
    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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