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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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The Quarter-Moon Chess Tournament

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  • The Quarter-Moon Chess Tournament

    To those interested, sera Kamilah and myself will be hosting regular chess tournaments, to be hosted roughly every FOUR moons. The first being held this Thirtieth day of the Fourth moon, 18th YRA. In the interest of including all who wish to partake, the tournament will be broken into THREE TIERS, which will be listed in detail below.

    FREE TIER -
    - No entry fee
    - No winnings
    - Social and practice "tournament"
    - Held in the Refectory



    AMATEUR TIER -
    - 10 coin entry fee
    - 15 coin entry fee if entering the day of
    - 40% of pot total
    - Tournament for average player
    - Held on the large board Terrace



    EXPERIENCED TIER -
    - 15 coin entry fee
    - 20 coin entry fee if entering the day of
    - 60% of pot total
    - Tournament for those who feel they excel at chess
    - Held in the Center of the Grand Bridge





    Any further questions or entry fees, can be sent to myself - ser Ibar, or sera Kamilah.

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    *brought forward*

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    • #3

      An update regarding the Tournament.

      The Chambers has been kind enough to offer a more alluring prize:


      To the winner of the
      EXPERIENCED TIER:
      350 COINS

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      To the winner of the
      AMATEUR TIER:
      150 COINS



      Additionally, all participants will be entered into a giveaway of:
      1 CUSTOM CHESSBOARD
      Winner must be present to collect.
      To be designed by Mistress Lilly


      Entries can still be sent to either myself (ser Ibar) or Sera Kamilah

      We look forward to hearing from you.


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        *Brought forward*

        This is commencing at the end of this week, we will be taking entries until the start of the event!

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        • #5
          *Brought forward*

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          • #6
            *Brought forward*

            Only two days left before this commences.

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            • #7
              *Brought forward*

              This is tomorrow.

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              • #8
                *Brought forward*

                This event is today. We will begin at 10EB and to ensure none of our contestants feel rushed, the tournament will span over a few bells. Good luck to all!

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                • #9
                  Please join me in congratulating the winners of both our Amateur Tier and Experienced Tier:

                  Experienced Champion:
                  Mistress Merrynn

                  Amateur Champion:
                  Sera Yazmin

                  Prize Winner:
                  Lieutenant Adahn


                  Thank you to all who participated and observed the event.

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