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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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  • Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!

    Over at TEC there's always a big push for people to vote on Top MUD site's webpage. I just realised that Marrach doesn't even rank there, when it should given this game is extremely rich in RP. The benefit of ranking there is that you get new players trying out the game.

    So... VOTE! As often as you can:

    http://www.topmudsites.com/vote-skotos.html


    Additonally, here is the bio that's up there right now:

    http://www.topmudsites.com/forums/mudinfo-skotos.html
    Annett Aspley
    Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
    Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


    If I should labour through daylight and dark,
    Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
    Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
    And what if I don't, and what if I do?
    - Dorothy Parker

    Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
    - Anton Chekhov


  • #2
    Excellent idea - thanks for showing it to us.

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    • #3
      *ahem* VOTE!

      We were doing good there for a little while, around 82. Now we're off the list again.
      Annett Aspley
      Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
      Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


      If I should labour through daylight and dark,
      Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
      Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
      And what if I don't, and what if I do?
      - Dorothy Parker

      Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
      - Anton Chekhov

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      • #4
        I'm happy to report that because the voting has reset, Castle Marrach is currently at 34!

        If everyone voted within the next few days I bet we could make it to the top 20 for at least a little while.

        http://www.topmudsites.com/vote-skotos.html

        Annett Aspley
        Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
        Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


        If I should labour through daylight and dark,
        Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
        Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
        And what if I don't, and what if I do?
        - Dorothy Parker

        Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
        - Anton Chekhov

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        • #5
          At 26. Almost in the top 20!

          Just need 7 more votes...
          Woah, TonyD's like Roadstrom on crack. - Andrew's Ghost

          I mean, how hilarious isn't the thought of a guard who gets off on animalistic behavior? - Kalle

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          • #6
            HAPPY NEW YEAR!

            A new month means the voting should reset starting the 1st. Cast it!

            *hugs*
            Annett Aspley
            Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
            Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


            If I should labour through daylight and dark,
            Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
            Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
            And what if I don't, and what if I do?
            - Dorothy Parker

            Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
            - Anton Chekhov

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            • #7
              Ranked 68th currently.

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              • #8
                There was a noticeable increase when we got higher in the rankings - lets go go go!
                ser Anton Blake

                "All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia"

                "Although many of us consider ourselves forward-thinkers, we still cling tenaciously to the old values of the system."

                "Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force"

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                • #9
                  Vote, vote, vote!

                  http://www.topmudsites.com/vote-skotos.html

                  We are number 77, we can do better than that.
                  Annett Aspley
                  Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
                  Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


                  If I should labour through daylight and dark,
                  Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
                  Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
                  And what if I don't, and what if I do?
                  - Dorothy Parker

                  Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
                  - Anton Chekhov

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                  • #10
                    I just voted 5 times! Go team CM!
                    ser Anton Blake

                    "All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia"

                    "Although many of us consider ourselves forward-thinkers, we still cling tenaciously to the old values of the system."

                    "Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force"

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                    • #11
                      New month, new round of voting. Currently we're at 111. That just won't do.

                      http://www.topmudsites.com/vote-skotos.html

                      VOTE!
                      Annett Aspley
                      Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
                      Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


                      If I should labour through daylight and dark,
                      Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
                      Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
                      And what if I don't, and what if I do?
                      - Dorothy Parker

                      Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
                      - Anton Chekhov

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                      • #12
                        My roommate and I just voted 5 times each. If you've got a roommate, get them to do it!

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                        • #13
                          Bump bump bump. VOTE!

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                          • #14
                            Let me take this opportunity to agree with Kwee and add that this should at least be stickied. ICO is number 16 on that list and Marrach is no. 97 out of 100.

                            Why? Mostly because in ICO they can vote on the login screen.
                            BRAAAAIIINS!

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                            • #15
                              Yay, vote!

                              Yeah, there's a button in the TEC parser as well, so you can't miss it. And when they do backups they ask you to vote while you wait. These little reminders help keep voting top of mind.

                              Vote!
                              Annett Aspley
                              Doctor for the Healers of Castle Marrach
                              Scholar, Secretary, and Treasurer to Lady Avaria's Household


                              If I should labour through daylight and dark,
                              Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
                              Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
                              And what if I don't, and what if I do?
                              - Dorothy Parker

                              Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
                              - Anton Chekhov

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