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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.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

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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  • Battle Guild Practices

    Practices held by the Battle Guild are open to denizens of all ranks, social standings and inclinations, and particularly welcome those who are newly-dawned in the Castle or curious about the path of the sword. Our bells comprise of both sparring and lectures and free discussion on such topics as theory of battle, methods of self-defence, the proper use and bearing of weapons, the dangers native to our Realm and its environs, strategy and tactics, codes of Honour, and historical conflicts of the Castle. Lessons in the use of longsword and shortsword are available to all the Castle's denizens, within the bounds of our martial guidelines, though priority will be given to the Guild's members as well as newly-awoken guests.

    Our next practice will be held this evening, the third day of the Third Moon, at the fifth late bell.

    Melle Scheralz
    Preceptor

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    There will be another practice this evening at the 10th late bell.

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    • #3
      Today's practice will take place at the 6th late bell.

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      • #4
        I shall be holding a practice at the Fifth Late Bell this evening.

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        • #5
          Today's practice will begin at the Fourth Late Bell and continue until interest dwindles.

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          • #6
            Until further notice I will not be hosting my daily practices. I apologise.

            Melle Scheralz
            Preceptor

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            • #7
              Upon this notice, I will hold the Preceptor's bells in his stead. They will be held at 3 late bells daily.

              Loyal Honored Guest to Her Majesty's Winter Court
              Servant to Lord Sicard, Her Majesty's Royal Champion
              LPA Director/Treasurer
              Elder Battler Teacher/Treasurer
              Masque in the Unity
              Lead Apprentice Embinder

              “No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” ―L. Frank Baum

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              • #8
                This has been bumped until now, 4 late. My apologies

                Loyal Honored Guest to Her Majesty's Winter Court
                Servant to Lord Sicard, Her Majesty's Royal Champion
                LPA Director/Treasurer
                Elder Battler Teacher/Treasurer
                Masque in the Unity
                Lead Apprentice Embinder

                “No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” ―L. Frank Baum

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                • #9
                  I will today resume holding my daily practices, at the Fourth Late Bell in the Practice Hall.

                  As always, all guests of Her Majesty are welcome to attend.

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                  • #10
                    I will hold another practice to-day at the fifth late bell, to compensate for those missed in the week.

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                    • #11
                      Practices will resume to-day at the fourth late bell.

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                      • #12
                        Another practice today at the 4th late bell.

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                        • #13
                          My practice today shall be at the fifth late bell, apologies for the delay.

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                          • #14
                            There shall be a practice today at the fourth late bell.

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                            • #15
                              Today's practice shall take place at the later time of six late bells.

                              Melle Scheralz
                              Preceptor

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