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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. 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.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

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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Farewell to Donna

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  • Farewell to Donna

    I'm posting tonight to say goodbye to my friend Donna, who passed this morning. Donna was a long-time member of the community and the player of Etaine and other characters. For those of you that knew her and her bountiful contributions to our game, you will understand that we are all poorer for her absence. There are no words that can be cobbled together to fully express my appreciation for her friendship, eager mind, sharp wit, and unique voice. I will miss her terribly.

    May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine soft upon your face, and the rain fall gently on your fields. And until we meet again, my friend, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Nick

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    I did not know her overmuch, but in the years I played previously and since my return I enjoyed her ability to fully commit to a character and their personality and not stray from it. I am sorry for the loss those of you who knew her better are feeling, and I hope she has found peace and comfort.
    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
      Nick,

      Thank you for sharing this with the community. I will dearly miss Donna, and I am quite saddened, more than saddened by the turn of events. I had promised her I would come back at the end of this summer after graduate school was over. I will always remember the absolute fun we had in so many ways, the long nights plotting or just playing randomly. The creativity, cutting wit, and how much time we spent together on this game. I know she has found peace and comfort as someone previously said. She has touched this game in so many ways with her writing and creative flair. I was speaking to Odjit about a few things after her passing and we mused over how when she created food it made you literally hungry. She could be so caring and thoughtful, and when you spent time with her it did feel as if the entire world was focused on you for that moment. I am still in shock and will miss my Donna and Howe's Etaine very very much. It's unreal.

      - Karen

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      • #4
        I did not know her well, but I remember her character with fondness. She will be missed.
        ~Jewel

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        • #5
          I knew she was sick but I didn't know it was this bad. Words can't express how much I'll miss her, she really was a wonderful person and player. I hope her final days were good and that god blesses her soul.

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          • #6
            Nick,

            Thank you for sharing, Nick, your post is beautifully expressed and shares my heart sentiment. May God bless Donna, her family and her loved ones.

            I have many fond memories of Etaine and Ella and I cannot believe that Donna is gone, her contribution to the game and to our community will be dearly missed and never forgotten. I will miss Etaine and I will miss the IC & OOC collaboration on food/clothes/Etaine's singing opportunities. I remember her sharing some backstory on Etaine and I thought it was so cleverly done. She was a truly creative and inspiring person and player, she kept to character all the time with Etaine and could push others to rise up to the challenge.

            I am glad she has found peace from her sickness, she will be dearly missed.
            Last edited by Ezraella; 06-17-2017, 07:22 AM. Reason: so many typos!

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            • #7
              Wow, such sad news. I didn't interact with Donna OOC very often, but knew there was a very talented and creative handler on the other side of Etaine. I enjoyed the development and evolution of the character and am glad to see so many of you had built strong personal relationships with Donna over the years. Thank you all for sharing not only the unfortunate news, but also the happier memories of Donna as a vibrant member of our community.

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              • #8
                Donna and I were far from friends, but her contributions to the game were massive and creative. I am saddened for her family and friends. She will be missed.
                Proud member of: WWMHSBA

                "Why don't you all just go submit some plots where you can get pregnant, give birth to you own alt as an annoying child character, have it grow up to be a drama queen, and then you can use IC/OOC crossover to hide the goods you stole and escape from the dungeon that you're locked in due to a badly run rape plot?!" - Age

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                • #9
                  While I didn't know her personally, any time I received a @page from her she was always very friendly and amusing. Politics aside, Dolph liked her character as a person and really enjoyed her singing. Donna created a unique character in Etaine and didn't care what anyone thought about her. She was going to do her.

                  It's always sad when someone we know passes away, even if it's not someone we interacted with on a day to day. Ariel will miss taunting the doll-loving prosecutor. Dolph will miss jabbing at her with philosophy. And I'll miss an interesting player who wasn't always acting like a robot.
                  Royal Chief of Medicine
                  Courtier of Her Majesty's Royal Court

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                  • #10
                    I worked closely with Etaine, and found her to always hold herself true to her character. Long hours spent talking on so many subjects. She will be dearly missed.

                    Secretary of Lord Boreas' House
                    Senior Hairstylist
                    Junior Aide for the Royal Library

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                    • #11
                      This is such sad news thank you for letting us know.

                      ~ Keeper of the Royal Vault
                      ~ Junior Handmaiden to Her Majesty

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                      • #12
                        I ache so badly with this news. I knew she was struggling for a while, but I didnt know how badly. I'll miss her, I always got a kick out of secretly making her smile, talking about howe and old times when no one was around. I hope that I was a cause for her to laugh once in a while, because while I didnt know her as well as some here, I knew her enough and tears are shed in her memory.

                        ~bobby

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                        • #13
                          I knew Etaine as my older alt and she was lots of fun to role-play with. I will miss her. Rest well my friend. I pray that you have found peace. Sir Howe I know you will profoundly miss her. If you want an old friend to talk to--just let me know.

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                          • #14
                            Oh no. Condolensces all around.
                            "You mean you'll put down your rock, and I'll put down my sword and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?"
                            -Westley, The Princess Bride

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                            • #15
                              I stumbled across this. Hit me like a truck. She's in a better place now. Belated heartfelt condolences.

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