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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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  • Awakener's Letter Submissions - Ends 19th day of the 10th moon, 19YRA


    Written this 17th day of the 9th moon, 19YRA

    A Letter to Myself

    The Awakeners are holding another submissions event and will end the 19th day of the 10th moon, 19YRA. The theme of this event is 'A Letter to Myself.' Submissions should be in the form of a letter you'd write today, to the newly awoken you were, to help you in your journey within the castle. We are looking to fill another book, and submissions, of course, must be in by the end of the event (19th day of the 10th moon) When you have completed your letter please send it to sera Taite.


    Story:

    Barely out of our rooms and dressed in wrappings, we are greeted by none other than a courier with a strange missive. He smiles at you as he places a scroll in your hand and then disappears into a cloud of thick ash-colored smoke.


    You read the scroll, and the sender claims to be you from the future--your future. The sender tells you things that will happen to you and gives you words of encouragement during certain periods of your life. You read in amazement at the things you are said to have accomplished. You begin to dream of possibilities that you have yet to know was possible.


    For the future you:

    What would you tell yourself? What words would you lay out on a scroll to be sent back to the day that you first awoke in wrappings?


    First, you will want to introduce yourself.


    Ideas you can add in your introduction:

    How long have you been awake?

    What are your current positions?

    What is your most notable accomplishment?

    What are you proud of?

    What is your favorite virtue, and in what ways have you shown this virtue?


    Then you will want to add your message. In your message, you will want to add words of encouragement and possibly ways of overcoming certain things that you have experienced during your time here.


    Not everyone shares the same life story, so we would like you to stay positive with your letters. You would want to help your newly awakened self, not scare yourself into a deep sleep.


    Be creative and most of all, have fun with these letters.


    After the event, all submissions will go into a book for future newly awakened to read. Your words of wisdom to yourself could very possibly be the same words a future newly awakened will follow.


    Thank you, and strength to your quests,

    --Taite



    Last edited by Taite; 09-17-2018, 07:58 PM.
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