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The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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  • Embinders' Open Bell

    Denizens, I am pleased to announce I shall be holding an open Embinding bell this evening, Woden's day, at nine late bells, in our workroom. All are welcome to attend. We do request, for accuracy, that orders be submitted in written form. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Aleysia Forsyth
    Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
    Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

  • #2
    I will again be holding an open Embinding bell this evening, Woden's day, at nine late bells in the workroom. All seeking to place orders for books, folders, or other such items are welcome to join us. We request that orders be presented in written form, for accuracy. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Aleysia Forsyth
    Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
    Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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    • #3
      There will be a slight change in schedule.
      This evening's Embinder Bell will commence
      at nine and a half late bells.
      My apologies for any inconvenience.

      [OOC: Have open house night at my kid's school.]
      Aleysia Forsyth
      Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
      Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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      • #4
        I will again be holding an open Embinding bell this evening, Woden's day, at nine late bells in the workroom. All seeking to place orders for books, folders, or other such items are welcome to join us. We request that orders be presented in written form, for accuracy. Thank you for your cooperation.
        Aleysia Forsyth
        Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
        Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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        • #5
          This is commencing now!
          Aleysia Forsyth
          Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
          Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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          • #6
            Please forgive the late notice, my weekly Embinder open bell
            Shall commence this evening at its normal time of nine late bells, until interest wanes.
            All are welcome to visit and place orders, although we ask for orders to be in written form for accuracy.
            Aleysia Forsyth
            Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
            Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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            • #7
              Regretfully, my usual Woden's day open bell is cancelled for this evening due to a prior engagement.
              I'd like to remind everyone that orders may be placed in writing at any time.
              Additionally, feel free to seek me out in person, should consultation be required.
              Aleysia Forsyth
              Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
              Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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              • #8
                Regretfully my open bell this evening will be
                cancelled this week as well.

                Apologies for those wishing to place orders,
                please be advised orders CAN be accepted via courier as well.

                [OOC: Meeting the MST3K dudes and bots!]
                Aleysia Forsyth
                Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                • #9
                  Good evening! I will be hosting an open bell in the Embinders' workroom at ten late bells this evening, Woden's day.

                  We request all orders to be written, to ensure accuracy. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
                  Aleysia Forsyth
                  Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                  Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                  • #10
                    My sincerest apologies that my open bell did not go on as planned this evening.
                    Please note that orders can always be accepted via courier, or do seek out an Embinder for consultation.

                    [OOC:Got out of work late due to unforeseen circumstances. Womp womp.]
                    Aleysia Forsyth
                    Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                    Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                    • #11
                      After several weeks of various other engagements,
                      I am pleased to announce I will be holding my Embinding Bell this eve, at nine late bells until interest wanes.

                      We do ask that orders be written down and signed in order to ensure their accuracy. Thank you for your cooperation!
                      Aleysia Forsyth
                      Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                      Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                      • #12
                        Good denizens, please forgive the short notice, but I will be resuming my
                        Woden's day Embinding Bell starting this evening, at ten late in the Embinders' workroom.
                        My bells will continue to be held at ten late going forward.

                        We request that orders be submitted in writing to ensure accuracy.
                        Feel free to drop in for consultation or socializing as well.
                        Tokens will also be available for newly awoken guests completing their Quest.
                        Aleysia Forsyth
                        Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                        Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                        • #13
                          Please forgive the late notice, my weekly Embinder open bell
                          Shall commence this evening at ten late bells, until interest wanes.
                          All are welcome to visit and place orders, although we ask for orders to be in written form for accuracy.
                          Aleysia Forsyth
                          Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                          Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                          • #14
                            This will take place this evening at the tenth late bell.

                            All who are in good standing may visit and place orders if they wish. We humbly request that orders be submitted in writing, in order to ensure accuracy when completing orders. Additionally, orders may be sent via courier.
                            Aleysia Forsyth
                            Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                            Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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                            • #15
                              I will once again be holding my weekly Embinders' Open Bell
                              this evening at ten late until interest wanes.


                              All are welcome to stop by to place orders, discuss what type of items the Embinders' Association may provide, or inquire about becoming a student!
                              Tokens will be available for new guests completing their quest as will refreshments.
                              Aleysia Forsyth
                              Deputy Inquisitor - Embinder
                              Royal Library Aide - OB Senior Librarian

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