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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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Royal Library: Romance Competition

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  • Royal Library: Romance Competition

    Royal Library: Romance Competition

    The Royal Library is looking for new, original romance books to add to its inventory. Think you are up to the challenge? We will be taking book submissions for this category through the 28th day of the 10th moon at midnight.

    -- Submission Guidelines:

    * Must be writ in a book of 16 pages, filled front to back.

    * Each page must contain at least two paragraphs, or eight lines of conversation.

    * Must be appropriate in language and content, so as not to be offensive to members of the Court.

    * Must be sent to myself prior to the date and time listed above, otherwise it will not be counted toward the contest.

    * May be fiction or non-fiction, but we encourage works inspired by relationships in Castle Marrach.

    * Must be original. (OOC: No copy/pasting stories from elsewhere that do not belong to you, even with proper acknowledgement of the author.)


    -- Wondering what's in it for you?

    * A chance to win a grand prize including 200 Treasury coins and an exclusive meal with Her Majesty's Handmaidens (to be scheduled upon the winner being selected).

    * A chance to win a second place prize of 100 Treasury coins.

    * Get your romance story read aloud at a story bell by myself

    * Get your romance story promoted in the next edition of the Clocktower Herald.

    * Receive 10% off your next Treasury order (not to exceed a discount of 100 coins).

    * Receive a copy of your book bound in a fine material and an appropriate hue for the theme.


    We eagerly await your submissions. Should you have any questions about the rules, including what is considered appropriate content, you are welcome to write and ask.


    On behalf of the Royal Library,

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            This has been extended until the end of the first week in the eleventh moon. Do not forget to turn your story in.

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            Royal Purse Bearer
            Royal Librarian
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            Assistant Dean of the Royal Collegium

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                Raised to the fore.

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                  Raised to the fore.

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                  Assistant Dean of the Royal Collegium

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                    Raised to the fore.

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                      Raised to the fore.

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                        There are three days remaining in the competition, with only one entry received thus far. You still have time to place a submission and contribute to the regrettably small romance collection in the Library. Those with any writing experience whatsoever are much encouraged to make an attempt.

                        On behalf of the Royal Library,

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                          The Royal Library would like to congratulate sera Mallegra for winning the Romance Competition and encourage others to congratulate her also. Her story will be read aloud at a story bell this upcoming week by myself, so keep an eye on the boards to attend and listen to her creation.

                          No second place prize is awarded due to lack of entries.

                          On behalf of the Royal Library,

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