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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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  • Strategies

    How about a strategy discussion? Surely all this new blood is good for something besides a bunch of intergalactic news services announcements. There must be lots of new ideas about strategy.
    Bite me.

  • #2
    I tried to get something started earlier. Maybe now with a few games under their belts, someone will respond. I will say this, the new maps have made me spend more on range and speed than I ever have before. The RP game is completely different and the strategies will have to be worked out.
    "I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side" Treebeard the Ent, from Lord of the Rings

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mongul
      I will say this, the new maps have made me spend more on range and speed than I ever have before.
      Personally, I've aimed to max out speed swiftly in most of my games so far, simply because it's damn practical at any rate, when you begin to consider logistics. The sooner I can bolster my garrisons, the sooner I can press onwards and conquer new territory.

      As far as range is concerned, while it is needfull on some maps, I find it mostly needed when I'm dealing with DPs. Those 200$ extra are mostly better spent to buy 4 full increments of range. After all, nothing is as romantic in the night sky as the erupting core of a faraway star.


      Have a nice day.
      'If you're going through hell, keep going.'
      -- Winston Churchill

      POLITENESS, n.
      The most acceptable hypocrisy.
      -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


      'Hitler had a good 20 to 30 IQ points on Bush, so comparing Bush to Hitler would in many ways be an insult to Hitler.'

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      • #4
        "The Pack Attack" sure seems to work well. Get 2-3 players together to strike at a comon enemy, dividing up the spoils, sharing intelligence and guarding each other's back.

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        • #5
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          Quigg Big!

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          • #6
            This guy totally cracks me up.
            Bite me.

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            • #7
              i like ryo's idea.. its so simple :>
              -Shadow

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ryo
                "The Pack Attack" sure seems to work well.
                In game 60 the 'Pack Attack' was quite devastating. After being open only 2 days, a group of players DP'ed Stalin's home world before he even had the slightest chance of affording a Death Shield.

                I can't recall another game where a DP was used so effectively so soon. I'm saving up for my Death Shield now

                Tene

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                • #9
                  on the old site, rufus and some of his cronies wiped me completely out using 2 dps by turn 5
                  "I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side" Treebeard the Ent, from Lord of the Rings

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                  • #10
                    ok, is it better to buy the ds, or just not build over 40 facts. 40 facts= 1 dp.
                    "I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side" Treebeard the Ent, from Lord of the Rings

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                    • #11
                      There were at least two people in 038 who invested in DS' far too early, and subsequently got their butts kicked, or so it seems...

                      (I know you still got at least one fleet of ~70 out there, but trust me, it won't help you much... muahahahah.)


                      Have a nice day.
                      'If you're going through hell, keep going.'
                      -- Winston Churchill

                      POLITENESS, n.
                      The most acceptable hypocrisy.
                      -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


                      'Hitler had a good 20 to 30 IQ points on Bush, so comparing Bush to Hitler would in many ways be an insult to Hitler.'

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                      • #12
                        I have a theory regarding 40 factories = one DS. My theory is that, at least in a one-on-one situation, 80 factories = one DS (or one DP, from the view of the attacker). In other words, it is not worth it to DS a star with under 80 factories, or to blow a star with under 80 factories.

                        Think about it. I think I'm right -- only if you consider a one-on-one fight.
                        Bite me.

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                        • #13
                          I'm curious where you come up with that number, Kid.

                          Clearly, a factory is worth more than its initial investment because of the fact that it may have already produced ships for you, but 2x seems like a pretty high number.

                          I use 1 DP=40 ships, at least in part. In most games I don't build factory worlds larger than 40, and thus never buy DS for them.

                          Shannon

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                          • #14
                            I think Kid is pulling your leg, guys. Kid loves DPs. He'll DP a planet with no factories if he has the cash to spare.
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                            • #15
                              spread your factories around a little bit

                              That's my strategy. Look at game 033. within 1 day of the game start, the planet Rfugee was no more. My neighbours thought I was toast and were asking me if I was gonna give up. It was less than 20% of my factory production. The next day, my ships took over the homeworld of the person who DP'd me. Now I am ranked no 1 in the game.

                              Of course, there is one other important factor here. ALLIES! Make sure you start with lots of NAPs. Then after a few days, when you see how the game is going, decide whom you want for a game long ally and with whom you want to break your NAPs. Give proper notice and follow thru. If you don't, your name will become mud.

                              Thanks to Shade and Dahk for being good allies.

                              refugee
                              No you don't, have, to live like a refugee.

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