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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    I will be holding a Fireside Chat for the Faith. This Chat is designed to help those people interested in joining the Faith to better understand the path they wish to walk. The first part of this chat will be filled with instruction and Counseling for those who seek it. Then I would like to set things aside to enjoy some pleasant conversation and maybe a nice story or two. So please come and enjoy the evening.

    PLACE: Refectory

    DATE: Thursday, 26 day of the 8th moon (Aug 26th)

    TIME: 9 late Bells

    I encourage all those interested in joining but are unable to make this event, please contact me by scroll and I would be happy to set a time and day that we may meet that will be more convenient to you. Also refreshments will be supplied as will as a small gift for coming. I thank you.
    Finna Moon, Courtier to Her Majesty's Court

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      Just for those of you that are unsure exactly what the Faith is, I found a short quote that may clear things up a little...

      Natura Balanus is the Faith of Castle Marrach. The Priestess Nadira advocates a belief system where all things are kept in balance. It is faith of change and changeability, of openness, mutability, and compassion. All Guests are already members of Natura Balanus, though there are many who do not know it. Nonetheless, all are Seekers, searching for truth. Guests may become avowed Seekers by undergoing a short ceremony. Guests may become Acolytes by showing a strong understanding of the precepts of Natura Balanus and taking part in a more intimate rite.

      If that helped at all I'm glad, if not got something to read for a couple of minutes



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            Finna Moon, Courtier to Her Majesty's Court