Announcement

Collapse

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.
See more
See less

The Sparkle Ball

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • The Sparkle Ball

    Twenty-Ninth Day of the Seventh Moon,
    Eighteenth Year of Recent Awakenings


    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty, and in upholding the duties charged to me as a Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the
    Sparkle Ball.

    The Inner Bailey ballroom was a sparkling sight, as members and friends of the Winter Court gathered to celebrate the sparkly ornaments that help decorate and accentuate the Winter Realm's beauty.

    Hosted by the Jewelers -- Mistresses Lilly and Adeline and sera Kierra in attendance -- the Sparkle Ball was held in the Inner Bailey Ballroom on Saturn's day, the twenty-ninth day of the Eighth Moon, starting at nine late bells.

    "The Sparkle Ball is all about that which sparkles and provides an opportunity for the Jewelers to show off their work and the designs and creativity of the denizens in the castle," Mistress Lilly explained.

    Designs for Her Majesty's guests, from the most common of rank to that of the most noble, were glittering and on display for all to see, as music, wine, and appetizers kept the guests busy. A black-silver and smokestone jewelry ensemble, for both men and women of honoured guest rank, was exhibited; for Her Majesty's courtiers, a sterling-silver and amethyst set and ebony and peacock-topaz set sparkled under the ballroom lights.

    Diamonds and platinum adorned some of the ebony busts, displaying jewelry arrangements suitable for the realm's Knights Errant; for those come to the rank through ordainment, dark-platinum and snowstone jewelry sets were arrayed. Pale-gold and diamond creations, suitable for the realm's nobles, drew and held almost all eyes many times during the evening. Crafted of pale-gold and diamonds, the designs and craftsmanship showcased the elite talents within the Jewelers.

    A pale-gold tiara was the showpiece of the nobles' sets, adorned with diamond clusters and gemstones. In the weeks leading up to the ball, a contest was held by the Jewelers, inviting all of Her Majesty's guests to submit jewelry designs. The five-strand necklace in the honoured guest set, made of black-silver and amethyst, was designed by sera Elora, one of the winners of the contest.

    According to Mistress Lilly, the lead jeweler, the Jewelers had received many "unique and pretty designs." Sera Elora's design was chosen won because of its "scattered beads and gems," "practicality for the wearer, and how delicate and dainty it was."

    The five-strand necklace was the only design released at the ball, but according to Mistress Lilly, the Jewelers "might release some of the other designs at a later point in time."

    Sera Elora won her design, a pale-pewter and tanzanite creation. But for her, she said that the best part of winning the contest was that "Her Majesty may wear the necklace to the (Winter) Ball."

    A raffle was held by the Jewelers, awarding a prize to both men and women in each social strata. Lord Mirshan won the the Noble prize, Dame Galatea and Sir Howe the knightly prizes, Mistress Blodwen and ser Leodegrance the Courtier prizes, and Mistress Josie and ser Quinlan the honoured guest prizes.

    Before the evening came to its close, the ball had brought in many of the Court's elite, including Lord Mirshan, Dame Galatea, Sir Howe, mistresses Blodwen, Euphelia, Heulyn, Josie and Theresa, seras Natasha and Kierra, sers Leodegrance and Quinlan.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm,
    Euphelia Noronos
    Senior Chronicler
    Last edited by Euphelia; 08-11-2017, 11:15 AM.
Working...
X