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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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  • What does your fortune cookie say?

    Written this 21st day of the 10th moon, 20th YRA

    Surprises are being found in the vines! Among these new surprises are cookies with sayings in them.

    What does yours say?


    Taite

    Mine says: He who is fooled twice, is a fool.
    -Taite-
    Royal Page
    Honored Guest
    Keeper of Games
    Seeker in the Faith
    Secretary to Lady Charmiam
    Acting Leader of the Awakeners


    Currently studying sculpting as a:
    Member of the College of Humanities
    Masque in The Unity

  • #2
    "Look to your elders for answers." I only know of one Elder..

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    • #3
      I got one that said:

      "Luck smiles upon you." - I'll believe it when I see it...
      Alyndra Vallen
      • Leader of the Rememberers
      • Assistant to Initiate Radorcha

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      • #4
        Apathy will destroy you.
        -Taite-
        Royal Page
        Honored Guest
        Keeper of Games
        Seeker in the Faith
        Secretary to Lady Charmiam
        Acting Leader of the Awakeners


        Currently studying sculpting as a:
        Member of the College of Humanities
        Masque in The Unity

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        • #5
          Somebody got one that said "It's really Summer". 0.0
          Hildegard Helmsdottir
          Battler
          Awakener

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          • #6
            I've got one the was already mention. My other one states:

            "Never play leapfrog with a unicorn." True words of wisdom
            ser Caedus Bane
            - Junior Chronicler
            - Junior Librarian
            - Unbound Student of the Sorcery Project

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            • #7
              From this evening:

              "She knows when you're awake." - Must be referring to Tine when I plan to take a day off from chronicling...

              "Do not eat the cookie." - Too late.
              ser Caedus Bane
              - Junior Chronicler
              - Junior Librarian
              - Unbound Student of the Sorcery Project

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              • #8
                Tact is the unsaid part of what you're thinking.


                Luck does not smile upon you.

                -Taite-
                Royal Page
                Honored Guest
                Keeper of Games
                Seeker in the Faith
                Secretary to Lady Charmiam
                Acting Leader of the Awakeners


                Currently studying sculpting as a:
                Member of the College of Humanities
                Masque in The Unity

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                • #9
                  The person to your left is plotting your downfall.

                  And here I thought I was alone.

                  A few moments later ... 'The last person you talked to wasn't being completely honest with you.'

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TrueCalamity View Post
                    The person to your left is plotting your downfall.

                    And here I thought I was alone.

                    A few moments later ... 'The last person you talked to wasn't being completely honest with you.'
                    They were being Tactful.
                    Sir Adahn

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                    • #11
                      Just encountered one reading "Loss breeds character".


                      [Left Unsigned]
                      [OOC Page] from Juliee: "I dreamed about Aratan last night. It was the most dull dream ever"

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                      • #12
                        Help me! Please!

                        This one reminds me of my first sculpture exhibit when Prelinah made the snow sculptures talk. 'Help us. We have been captured'.
                        -Taite-
                        Royal Page
                        Honored Guest
                        Keeper of Games
                        Seeker in the Faith
                        Secretary to Lady Charmiam
                        Acting Leader of the Awakeners


                        Currently studying sculpting as a:
                        Member of the College of Humanities
                        Masque in The Unity

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                        • #13
                          "Beware those who are too quick to befriend you."

                          "To refuse praise is to seek praise twice." [OOC: ...in bed]
                          Alyndra Vallen
                          • Leader of the Rememberers
                          • Assistant to Initiate Radorcha

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                          • #14
                            "Even a great man knows his own faults." - If one as no faults, does that make you less of a great man?
                            ser Caedus Bane
                            - Junior Chronicler
                            - Junior Librarian
                            - Unbound Student of the Sorcery Project

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CaedusBane View Post
                              "Even a great man knows his own faults." - If one as no faults, does that make you less of a great man?
                              Actually, when one is void of any faults, it means they are perfect. Let's say there is such an entity that has absolutely no faults. Their hair is perfect and no single strand is out of place. Their teeth are perfectly white no matter how many roasted pheasants they eat. I am sure you could imagine what makes someone perfect.

                              When you have someone who is perfectly...perfect in every way, there is nothing more for this person to learn. How would one grow, and even more importantly, how would such perfectness be tested? During a mission, everyone would rely on this perfect person, and nobody else would have the chance to shine.

                              So, the answer to your question, it does not make him less of a great man, but moreso, not a man at all, because such a man does not exist.

                              *unsigned*
                              -Taite-
                              Royal Page
                              Honored Guest
                              Keeper of Games
                              Seeker in the Faith
                              Secretary to Lady Charmiam
                              Acting Leader of the Awakeners


                              Currently studying sculpting as a:
                              Member of the College of Humanities
                              Masque in The Unity

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