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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    Have ... you ever noticed how empowering ... and lucrative ... an ellipsis can be ...?

    Even when used at the ... wrong times, used more than actual, complete ... sentences, or elongated to ................................... excessive lengths, the ellipsis can be so ... versatile.

    It destroys ... the walls separating the nobodies ... from the elite ... and even makes it look like ... they have something ... to say that's also worth ........... reading ...
    "The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation."

    -Anne Rice-

  • #2
    I played a game where a guildmember and I used to only use ellipsis points to express our disappointment in things.


    • #3
      In the Xanth series ellipsis' are used when having sex to send a message to Storks to bring a baby. *nods*


      • #4
        I always thought an elipsis was only three of those magical little dots. Not eight and not eightteen. Three ie. . . .
        Anything considerably longer is just stupid. Three gets the point across just fine, this on the other hand: ".................." is generally just ridiculous.
        Ah well, c'est la vie and all that rot
        Last edited by Reiyua; 03-18-2003, 05:47 PM.
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        • #5
          Mmmm, ellipsis.
          I apologise, I don't speak pineapple.
          -- little red dinosaur


          • #6
            Mmmm, dots. Especially those ice cream dots.

            I agree with Reiyua though. More than three dots turn out ridiculous, unless you're expressing your speechlessless like Greg does a lot.

            C a r r i e !


            • #7
              Originally posted by Humphrey
              In the Xanth series ellipsis' are used when having sex to send a message to Storks to bring a baby. *nods*
              Royal Chief of Medicine
              Noble of Her Majesty's Royal Court
              Avowed Seeker of the Faith


              • #8
                Ah, judiciously used, more than three can be can expressive. Then again, you rarely see 'judicious use'.


                • #9
                  More often you see something resembling:

                  OMG!......LOL ROFL!!!1111...... STFU!!!111

                  Shoot them all.

                  When's open season for hunting morons?


                  • #10
                    Now *shoots Age*

                    You walked right into that

                    Royal Chief of Medicine
                    Noble of Her Majesty's Royal Court
                    Avowed Seeker of the Faith


                    • #11
                      I don't think I can type without my dots!

                      I thought they were a nice 'pause', to show a slight pause in speech, and yes... Viceran can not live without them.

                      *raises hand* My name is Darby, and I'm an ellipsis' abuser. Oh, and if you don't like my dot dot dot then bugger off.


                      • #12
                        Just to be vaguely pedantic (and soon to be corrected, I'm sure), an ellipsis, three periods, is normally used to show the removal of intervening text in a quote.

                        That be said, they have come to be commonly accepted as a method of showing a pause in a quote-delimited sentence of dialogue, just as mis-spellings and apostrophes are allowed to show dialect or regional accents.

                        And when used as a pause in a sentence, three of them are used for an interuption or pause in the middle of a sentence, and four (an ellipsis plus a period) for a pause at the end.

                        That being said, I'll finish by saying: Elisandra smiles suggestively, "Wouldn't you be more...comfortable, with less clothing...."
                        Life is a moment to celebrate, to enjoy. Look at Life -- do you see sadness anywhere? Have you ever seen a tree depressed? Have you ever seen an animal neurotic? Your cleverness is your disease. Don't be too wise. Always remember to stop; don't go to the extreme. A little foolishness and a little wisdom is good, the right combination makes you a Buddha...
                        ~Osho: I Celebrate Myself