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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Update to Royal Court Petitions

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  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Update to Royal Court Petitions

    Hear ye good denizens of Castle Marrach,

    By the grace and will of Her Royal Majesty Queen Vivienne, let it be known that the formatting and regulations for Royal Court petitions have hereby been amended. Henceforth at the commencement of petition commentary period for each Royal Court, the Office of the Chambers shall place a chest of court tokens in the Great Hall of Her Majesty's Inner Bailey. This chest, enchanted with Her Majesty's magics, shall contain court tokens distributed to court members based on their standing within the Royal Court, and be used to represent their support or opposition to any given court petition.

    When submitting court commentary to the Chambers courtiers are to include their tokens in a package with their commentary and the commentary itself should denote which tokens are being distributed to which petitions. These tokens shall be used to indicate the influence a courtier wishes to place towards or against any Court petitions, courtiers are therefore advised to take into consideration which petitions they feel most strongly about when submitting commentary. After court commentary period has concluded, tokens shall be tallied by the Chambers with the results presented to the Crown. Unused tokens will disappear following commentary period and do not carry over to following Royal Courts.


    ~ GUIDELINES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF COURT TOKENS ~

    - Courtiers receive 15 tokens, plus an additional 2 tokens for every link they hold above the 8th link on the Great Chain of Being.
    - Knights receive 30 tokens, plus an additional 2 tokens for every link they hold above the 6th link on the Great Chain of Being.
    - Nobles receive 40 tokens, plus an additional 2 tokens for every link they hold above the 4th link on the Great Chain of Being.
    - If a Knight or Noble is an Ordained Knight of the Realm, an additional 5 tokens are granted.


    ~ GUIDELINES FOR PASSING OF COURT PETITIONS ~

    - A petition for intrinsic promotion to the rank of Honored Guest requires a final sum of 25 tokens in favour.
    - A petition for intrinsic promotion to the rank of Courtier requires a final sum of 60 tokens in favour.
    - A petition to demote an individual from either of the above ranks requires twice the cost of that needed to raise the individual, and must also bear a detailed petition explaining the reasoning for the proposed demotion and outlining the and offences committed by the target of the demotion. The included reasons must clearly explain why the offender's behaviour is objectively harmful to the Court or Realm as a whole and deserving of the removal of the individual's intrinsic titles.
    - Other miscellaneous and/or unique petitions shall be assessed by the Crown and/or Chambers as they are presented, and an influence value attached to them at the discretion of the Crown.


    ~ COMMENTARY ~

    It remains the Crown's intention that the purpose of court commentary is to provide an opportunity for the court to advise the Crown on pending petitions that affect courtly life for all. As such, the Crown grants a consideration for any court commentary it deems well informed, justified and insightful explaining the reasons for their support or opposition to a petition. This consideration will count as token value to the sum of:

    - Up to 2 tokens for a court commentary that the petitioner did not place any tokens towards.
    - Up to 5 tokens for a court commentary that the petitioner placed tokens towards, but not to exceed a sum of one-half of the amount of tokens put forth.


    ** Posted on behalf of Her Royal Majesty Queen Vivienne, Long May She Reign **
    StoryHost Kurzon
    Castle Marrach Staff

    kurzon.marrach@outlook.com

    The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.
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