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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  • Office of the Chronicler is Recruiting

    Do you have a desire to know what is happening and to be in the middle of events as they unfold?

    Have you ever found yourself sharing the news over and over and over?

    Do you delight in knowing the answer to all the questions?

    Do you enjoy being able to tell stories from times long past?

    If so, you may be a Chronicler at heart! The Office of the Chronicler is responsible for maintaining an ongoing record of castle life and sharing the experience of notable events, and smaller happenings, with those who were not in attendance themselves.

    It's not very demanding and can fit in alongside other duties already held
    by established guests. New guests are also very welcome to apply. The expectation is that our chroniclers will write one chronicle and attend one meeting per moon.

    What are the benefits? Chroniclers are invited to events and are at the forefront of the exploration of the weird and mythical dangers and
    encounters often found within the many walls of the Keep. We mix with the honored guests of the realm, directly interact with the Winter Court, and often find ourselves in demand with Nobles and Royalty as the bearers of news and knowledge. You also get to work in one of the nicest offices in the Outer Bailey. Tangible benefits include a signing bonus, a bonus for the first chronicle and another bonus on becoming a Junior Chronicler. Each chronicle published also receives a coin payment.

    It is our job to record what happens and how can we be accurate when we don't know what's said? It's one of the reasons why Chroniclers have always been permitted to learn tongues. Membership in the Office of the Chronicler also opens up avenues to learning training in Courtesy, access to the color Burgundy regardless of rank, working access to the Inner Bailey and opportunities to develop the skills and relationships necessary to be recognized as an Honoured Guest or the privilege of membership in the Winter Court.

    How do I join? You can try us out as an Aspirant Chronicler to see if you like it. Contact sera Tine, or attend open bells at seven late on Thor's in the Clocktower, for more information.

    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri

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    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri