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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 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.
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  • Chronicle of Happenings (18.11.05-18.11.11)

    For the period starting the fifth day of the Eleventh Moon, and ending the eleventh day of the Eleventh Moon, Eighteenth Year of the Recent Awakenings;

    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to the Office of the Chronicler, we hereby submit an accounting of this week's happenings.


    HAPPENINGS OF THE INNER BAILEY

    Limericks rue the day - 11.07
    Mistress Adeline's Limerick lessons on the grand bridge this week attracted a liltingly large number of gregarious guests from both baileys. On the spot prizes were awarded to ser Tiel and Master Aratan for the following lively limericks:

    Limericks should not be obscene,
    just silly and jolly -- not mean,
    but now and again,
    among even best friends,
    rules can be broken, you see?

    and

    This verse is a form called the limerick,
    in content they are terribly sick,
    frequently lewd,
    and often quite crude,
    and this line here is the end of it.

    Library debuts new event - Teanga Tales! 11.09
    The Royal Library hosted an evening of storytelling, with the tale delivered in the Elven language of Teanga. The original story is being delivered chapter-by-chapter over the next several weeks, and attendees are gifted a copy of the book both in Common and Teanga so that no matter their skill with the language, they can follow the story. The event was so successful in the Inner that a similar event will be hosted to share the story in Northern in the Outer Bailey.

    Chocolate Social - 11.11
    Choca-mocha entertainment and velvety smooth socialisation filled the Royal Ballroom the last day of the week. Jointly hosted by Ladies Sinvy and Amoret's houses, the semi-formal chocolate themed event was a well-received comfort break from the angular hazards found elsewhere. A challenging game dared participants to discover ways to describe chocolate, and the Royal Cooks served up multiple flavours of chocolaty goodness in the forms of cocoas and sweets. Guests were presented with gifts of chocolate treats and a pretty or dashing piece of jewelry, depending on whether the guest was a ser or sera.


    HAPPENINGS OF THE OUTER BAILEY

    The Goblin King - 11.06
    The King of the Trash Heap, King Bartox the goblin, emerged from his refuse kingdom and came to the bridge center, where he traded with many for new trash. Rotten food was particularly enjoyed by the goblin king, though he also had a penchant for bloody and dirty items. The best trades of the day went to ser Mitsuko and sera Euphelia; the former received a bronze sphere discarded, allegedly, from the Wizard's tower, while the sera received a black diamond.

    Awakeners on search for most inspiring phrases
    The Guild of the Awakeners, who help those newly awoken by Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne, and those returning from long slumber, has launched a contest going until nearly the end of the Eleventh Moon. The contest asks people to write in with an inspiring phrase, with each guest limited to two entries only. The entries will be made public for voting early in the Twelfth Moon, with all submissions being bound into a book for the Royal Library. The two top-voted entries will win 50 and 25 coins respectively.

    Clockworks Defeated! - 11.07
    The Outer bore witness to an invasion of a stone golem accompanied by what are assumed to be clockwork creatures late in the evening of the seventh day. Valiant defense of the Royal Alchemist's demesne was made, with the golem crumbling to dust as a result. As it is assumed that the attack would not be a lone event, several of the clockwork creatures were captured for examination. Though no more clockworks were seen for the rest of the week, plans were made to relocate Master Orson, the Royal Alchemist, to the Inner Bailey for safety.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as we humbly ask that the readers indicate to us through their discretion any falsehood we 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 Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;

    Chronicler of the Court, sera Euphelia
    Senior Chronicler, sera Roisine
    Junior Chroniclers, sera Setsuna
    Aspirant Chroniclers, sera Caillean
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