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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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  • Poetry Bells

    On behalf of the Unity, I shall be hosting a poetry session this evening at 10 and a half late in the Bowling Lounge for any with interest. During the course of the bell we will learn about and craft acrostic poems. Scrolls will be provided, but please bring your own writing instruments.

    I look forward to seeing you there.



    (OOC: Rescheduled the time due to a Healer's meeting for more inclusion)
    Last edited by Josie_Brennan; 05-05-2016, 09:24 PM.
    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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    I will be holding the same class on acrostics tomorrow, Moon's Day, at 8 LB in the Bowler's Lounge so that those who were unable to attend the last class might have the opportunity to still learn the rules of this poetry form.

    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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    • #3
      This is due to take place presently. I will wait fifteen ticks for people to arrive, but if none do then I will simply proceed with a different lesson next week.

      Regards,
      You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
      No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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      • #4
        I will be holding my regular poetry bell tonight from 8 to 9 late in the Bowler's Lounge during which we will learn about Cinquains. Scrolls shall be provided, but please bring along a writing instrument of your own.

        On behalf of the Unity,
        Last edited by Josie_Brennan; 05-22-2016, 10:47 PM.
        You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
        No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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        • #5
          Tonight's poetry bell from 8 to 9 late will cover the writing of Limericks. As always, scrolls will be available to those who need them, but stylus' need to be brought along. Come join us in the Bowler's Lounge for education, fun, and .. nuts!

          On behalf of the Unity,
          You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
          No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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          • #6
            This begins in one bell for any with interest.
            You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
            No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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            • #7
              I will be moving my weekly poetry bell to 9 late in observance of His Excellency's open bells. It will last until 10 late or until interest wanes and will be held in the Bowler's Lounge. Tonight we will be focusing on echo verses for those with a desire to learn them. As always, scrolls shall be available, but please bring your own stylus with which to write.

              On behalf of the Unity,

              You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
              No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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              • #8
                My poetry session tomorrow will begin at 9 late in the Bowler's Lounge and last approximately bell. We will be learning to write tankas which should be markedly easier than the echo verses we attempted last Moon's. As always, please bring your own writing utensil and I shall supply the scrolls.

                On behalf of the Unity,
                You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                • #9
                  I'll be moving my bells to ten late since other bells were scheduled simultaneously and I need a bit of extra time to prepare. (OOC: My internet keeps dropping so I'm hoping the extra hour of time will help it resolve).

                  My apologies for any inconveniences this causes.

                  You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                  No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                  • #10
                    Tonight's lesson will begin 15 ticks after the 9th late bell to afford people a bit of cushion time to move between meetings, and will cover the form of Abstract Poetry. Please bring a writing instrument and creative mind.

                    On behalf of the Unity,
                    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                    • #11
                      I am reholding last week's lesson due to lack of attendance and covering Abstract Poetry again this evening beginning at 10 LB in the Bowler's Lounge. Any with an interest in learning the form are invited and encouraged to attend. As always, scrolls shall be provided, but please bring your own writing instrument.

                      On behalf of the Unity,
                      You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                      No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                      • #12
                        Mistress Josie will be holding her Moonday Poetry practice and play during 10 late bells, but this time in the Infirmary proper where she is recovering. Everyone is invited to come and keep her company and learn about the "Pantoum" form of poetry.

                        Ser Adahn

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                        • #13
                          Tonight's lesson on Pantoums will be held at 10 1/2 late bells in the Bowler's Lounge. All are invited to come and express their creativity with this poetry form.

                          On behalf of the Unity,
                          You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                          No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                          • #14
                            Tonight we will learn the Madrigal poetry form starting at 10 late bells in the Bowler's Lounge. All are invited to come try their hand and express their creativity.

                            On behalf of the Unity,
                            You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                            No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                            • #15
                              Tonight we will cover the Rispetto poetry form starting at 10 late bells in the Bowler's Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their creativity.

                              On behalf of the Unity,
                              You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                              No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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