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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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Royal Library Book Contest: 25th Day of the 11th Moon

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  • Royal Library Book Contest: 25th Day of the 11th Moon

    ~*~~* Hearts Meeting *~~*~

    Greetings and wondrous delights to you, denizens. The Royal Library is delighted
    to bring forth a contest of words and tales to be had, in the expectation of romance.
    It is requested but not required that tales submitted be more aligned to the idea of,
    "Love at First Sight" or "The Moment Known" of such feelings.
    All submissions are asked to be no longer than -7- pages long, as there will
    be a first and second place winner to each fit into one larger book.
    As always, please keep writings within appropriate and tasteful nature.
    You may enter more than once, but may only win once.
    All entries must be sent to myself before the end of the 25th Day, of the 11th Moon.
    ~*~
    To First place: Shall receive 200 coins, a lovely book copy and writing materials.

    To Second place: Shall receive 100 coins, a lovely book copy and writing materials.

    Both placed winners shall have their work read at a Royal Library bell, to be enjoyed.
    The book in which these tales will be placed will then find a comfortable home in the Library.

    ~*~~* Good Luck, and Write With Your Hearts *~~*~

    -From the Royal Library,
    Nariseth
    Last edited by Nariseth; 10-26-2018, 10:36 AM.

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    I would like to congratulate Ser Vaden for receiving First Place in Hearts Meeting,
    followed by an Anonymous author taking Second Place.

    Wonderful writing by all! There was humor and there were adorable scenes!
    I hope our fellow denizens will come to enjoy the tales as I have.
    Please, write on! Tell your tales!
    ~Thank you, authors. Thank you for sharing.~

    -From the Royal Library,
    Nariseth

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