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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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Ghost Ball Costume Competition: Ends 10/21

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  • Ghost Ball Costume Competition: Ends 10/21

    The Clothiers are glad to present a costume competition sponsored by the Treasury for the upcoming Ghost Ball. Submissions for this contest will be taken until Saturns the 21st at 9 late bells, with two winners being selected at the Outer Bailey Clothier Bell on Suns the 22nd. Each costume may include up to four details with materials and colors from the guidelines still being taken into consideration. Purchasable dyes and fabrics may be used in your designs. All entries must be sent to sera Trinity by the aforementioned date and time with your name and rank included on them. One entry per person only.

    Please be certain to employ your creativity in this endeavor if you choose to participate, as we will not be taking basic costume designs into consideration.

    Sample Costume Submission with sketch:

    Grim Reaper Costume for 11th link, commoner
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    Brief: an ebony silvaten grim reaper costume
    Look: An ebony silvaten grim reaper costume comprised of a long, ebony robe with an attached plush hood, a pair of ebony dreadnought gloves, and worn ebony boarskin boots.
    Examine: An ebony silvaten grim reaper costume comprised of a long, sleek ebony robe that pools in tattered folds about the feet. An attached, plush hood pulls over the head to reveal intricate blood-red silkaline embroidery depicting a variety of death symbols. A supple pair of ebony dreadnought gloves cover the hands, each finger sheathed precisely and protectively within, while a pair of ebony boarskin boots clearly worn with time hunker under the robe to peek out on occasion.

    Detail 1:
    Brief: long, tattered ebony robe
    Look: A long, sleek ebony robe crafted in fine silvaten that pools in tattered folds about the feet. An attached, plush hood pulls over the head to reveal intricate blood-red silkaline embroidery depicting a variety of death symbols.
    Examine: A long, sleek ebony robe crafted in fine silvaten that pools in decorative, tattered folds about the feet of the wearer. An attached, plush hood of the same hue pulls over the head to partially conceal the face in shadow. Intricate blood-red silkaline embroidery adorns the outside, depicting scythes, skulls, and tombstones across its surface.

    Detail 2:
    Brief: plush, silvaten hood
    Look: A plush, ebony silvaten hood has been attached to the long, tattered ebony robe and pulls over the head to reveal intricate blood-red silkaline embroidery depicting a variety of death symbols.
    Examine: A plush, ebony silvaten hood has been attached to the long, tattered ebony robe and pulls over the head to partially conceal the face in shadow. Intricate blood-red silkaline embroidery adorns the outside, depicting scythes, skulls, and tombstones across its surface.

    Detail 3:
    Brief: pair of supple ebony dreadnought gloves
    Look: A supple pair of ebony dreadnought gloves cover the hands up to the wrists with each finger sheathed precisely and protectively within.
    Examine: A supple pair of ebony dreadnought gloves cover the hands up to the wrists with each finger sheathed precisely and protectively within

    Detail 4:
    Brief: pair of worn ebony boarskin boots
    Look: A pair of ebony boarskin boots clearly worn with time hunker under the long, tattered ebony robe to peek out only on rare occasion.
    Examine: A pair of ebony boarskin boots clearly worn with time hunker under the long, tattered ebony robe to peek out only on rare occasion.

    *** All of these items could be described further than I have done, but it's intended to serve as an example.

    On behalf of the Clothiers,

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          Congratulations to the winners - sera Meryl, with her glatisant costume, and ser Chrestian with a design inspired by the night sky. We of the Clothiers apologize for the delay in the receipt of your costumes as we are still awaiting their completion from the Treasury. They will be forwarded as soon as we are able to do so.

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