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ZEALOTRY Users: Critical Notice on Continued Use

Edit: Our new HTML5 client (Orchil) is now open for beta testing in The Eternal City and Grendel's Revenge. Feel free to try give it a whirl at http://test.skotos.net/orchil/

Edit: We have made great strides toward a new HTML5 client, which should offer a replacement to Zealotry. We're hoping to release that in the very near future, but in the meantime, using Pale Moon remains the best method for ensuring there is zero interruption to your game playing during the transition.

As of November 14, Mozilla will be auto-updating all copies of Mozilla Firefox to Mozilla 57, a new edition of their browser that will disable all legacy add-ons. This will probably include the majority of the plug-ins that you use on Mozilla, including the Skotos Zealotry plug-in.

This is a big problem for us because Zealotry is the most stable of our clients at this time, and the one that we believe is in the widest use. There's unfortunately no easy way to update it, because we'd have to rewrite it from practically scratch, using their new programming system.

There are tricks that you could use to to prevent Mozilla updates, but we don't particularly suggest them, as you want to have a clean, secure browser. Fortunately, there are two alternative browsers that will support Zealotry. Each of them branched off of an earlier version of Mozilla Firefox, and each of them continues to be updated for important security issues.

Pale Moon Browser

The Pale Moon browser is our suggested replacement. It is a totally separate browser that branched off of Firefox some years ago. It will continue to support the classic plug-ins.

To install it:
  • Install Pale Moon (Windows & UNIX only)
  • Install the Zealotry XPI on Pale Moon
  • Restart the Pale Moon Browser
  • Play on Pale Moon

The official version of Pale Moon only supports Windows and UNIX, but you can also get a slightly less official version of Pale Moon for the Mac. We've tested it out and it looks like it's clean and works correctly, but use your own level of caution in working with the Mac variant.

If You Have Errors

Some users are experiencing "Content Encoding Errors" when using Pale Moon and Zealotry. As best we can tell, this is due to an incompatibility between Windows 8.1, Pale Moon, and Plugins. If you have this problem (or any other), we suggest instead using Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox, which branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2018, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but we expect to have full release of our New HTML5 client well before that.

To install it:
The Big Picture

Our larger-scale goal is to introduce a new client that will be usable on any browser and make our games generally more accessible. We've had a HTML5 client in process since last year, but are currently hitting roadblocks that make a deployment before November 14 problematic. We've also just started a second project, which would be more specifically focused as a Zealotry replacement, without worries about new bells or new whistles. Both of these possibilities are being done out-of-house, by Skotos players, but they're receiving our highest level of attention for whatever support they need, as this is all our top priority.

So, consider this a short-term fix, but in the meantime if you use Zealotry, please download one of the alternative browsers and test them out ASAP.
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Is Castle Marrach Dying?

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  • Is Castle Marrach Dying?

    Hello everyone,
    I'm an old player returning to Castle Marrach for the fourth time. I have had so many fond memories of role playing in the Castle. However, it seems that nowadays the number of players on at one time has dwindled to near non-existent. I've played on and off in 2007, 2010, 2012 and last night I just subscribed again. If this game still has a strong player base and I'm just missing it please leave the IN GAME (EST) times that most of you are on so that I can make some new RP memories. I may not be the only one with this issue... so I'll leave a poll below.

    Sincerely,

    Rhomulus' player
    12
    00:00 - 04:00
    3.23%
    1
    04:00 - 08:00
    3.23%
    1
    08:00 - 12:00
    19.35%
    6
    12:00 - 16:00
    16.13%
    5
    16:00 - 20:00
    35.48%
    11
    20:00 - 00:00
    22.58%
    7

  • #2
    It's 6 p.m. EST right now and there are 14 people on. I hear it's generally slow this time of year, but will pick back up again, so try not to be discouraged. There's definitely RP to be had.

    Welcome back, by the way!
    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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    • #3
      Many thanks for the responses thus far. I am glad to hear that there are time where more than 4-5 people are on. Even that wouldn't be so bad if everyone weren't idle or in areas that the OB folk cannot access. I'll keep at it, hopefully I'll luck out and find a large group the next time I log in.

      PS- thanks for the welcome

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      • #4
        Online[21] (18:47 EST): Adahn, Adeline, Armswoman Natasha, Aulus, Braedan, Dame Galatea, Elora, Ezraella, Josie, Juliana, Keyland, Lady Sinvy, Lilly, Major Vincint, Melle, Merrynn, Rayna, Sir Donovon, Tatch, Watchman Gerolt and Wilena.
        The who list ebbs and flows, we usually get a subtle peak in the early afternoon, then it wanes a bit and starts picking up again in the evening start around 6lb or 7lb.

        We're in the quiet time of year right now. Winter season is historically a low population time for the game for the last 6 years or so, and this seems to be a Skotos-wide thing based on conversations I've had with the Skotos Vice President.

        That said, we're about at the end of 'quiet time'. Usually by mid-Jan to early Feb people start filtering back into the game, people who were away or busy during the holidays, Staff that were on break tend to start coming back too and plots and events start popping up (we had one significant albeit unexpected plot event happen New Years Eve that will likely domino into other things in the days to come).

        Population peaks and shortages have always been self-perpetuating in CM. In a community with a playerbase of approx. 50 people, if 20 of them disappear over the holidays for RL reasons and another 20 don't bother to log on and play unless the who list is already at peak, that doesn't leave us with many left willing to come out and play. Shortage of active players only perpetuates less players to come out.

        Welcome back.
        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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        • #5
          we had one significant albeit unexpected plot event happen New Years Eve that will likely domino into other things in the days to come
          ...ahem, sorry not sorry.
          Most exciting new years i've had in a while though!

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          • #6
            If it's any help to your data collection, here's this from this afternoon:

            Online[18] (14:51 EST): Adeline, Blodwen, Dame Galatea, Doctor Dolph, Ezraella, Grimir, Kimmi, Lieutenant Natasha, Lilly, Lord Bernier, Raiya, Serjeant Kruel, Sinistro, Trysha, Vasilisa, Wilena, Xethos and Zafrina.

            There were also 30 on last night around 10pm'ish but I didn't think to copy it then.

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