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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The Frosty Fun Fest Closing Ceremony

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  • The Frosty Fun Fest Closing Ceremony

    Penned on the 18th day of the 1st moon, 17th YRA

    To the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Castle Marrach;

    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit the chronicle of The Frosty Fun Fest Closing Ceremony.

    The closing ceremonies of the second annual Frosty Fun Fest was capped off by a special surprise, as Her Royal Majesty, Queen Vivienne, made her first appearance in the Outer Bailey in years.

    Falling upon Frey’s Day, the fifth day of the Twelfth moon, the event brought to close a week of both indoor and outdoor activities celebrating winter. The attendance of the closing ceremonies of the Frosty Fun Fest included many from the Inner and Outer Bailies. Some in attendance included Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne who was attended by Lady Amoret, Sir Donovon and her Handmaidens. Others included sera Carla, ser Kobe, and Deputy Siward.

    As her Majesty arrived she brought to life a statue of a cat that Deputy Siward had created earlier and a throne of ice to sit upon during the ceremony. Mistress Eupehlia announced that sera Carla was the winner of the sword tournament during opening announcements. The Queen gave personal congratulations to sera Carla. Her Majesty also thanked Mistress Euphelia for her hard work planning and executing the event.

    A huge bonfire was erected by Master Taralyn, as well as a skating rink. Ser Siward was picked to light it by Her Majesty noting the most recent awakened at the event should light it. Afterwards, there was roasting of foods upon the bonfire and ice skating, while Sir Donovon played violin for those in attendance.

    Upon speaking to Mistress Euphelia about Her Majesty's attendance Mistress stated “I sent an invite to Her Majesty to attend the Frosty Fun Fest, especially the closing ceremonies, but I never expected Her to actually attend. I am flattered, humbled and honored that She would come to the Outer.”

    Her attendance delighted many, including ser Kobe who had only spoke earlier with Mistress Brook that morning who had wished to see the Queen.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated. It is through the preservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Grace and give strength to those that will follow in our wake.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lady Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;

    sera Eloren Misra