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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 Art of Spirits Night~

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  • The Art of Spirits Night~

    OooOoOooo! Hello ghosts and ghouls of Triskellian!

    This Lundi, the twenty-eight day of Hunter's, there is going to be a horror
    themed art show! It will be in the evening for peak spookiness and
    will be held in the dead end south of the infirmary! Simple drinks and snacks
    will be provided. Anyone that comes in costume will get entered into a
    raffle for a free piece of art, a painting or drawing, of their choice!

    All art on show will also be available for purchase! Just speak with Dallas at the showing
    for pricing details! Commissions will also be accepted during this time or at any point
    during the future by missive or arranged meeting.

    If any other artists in the city would like to take part and show off some
    spooky themed pieces just write to Dallas! I'm happy to work with anyone
    else that would like to show off their art form or would like to collaborate on a
    work. Poets, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and storytellers are all welcome!

    Come one and all to celebrate Spirits Night, support the arts, and your
    fellow citizens while having loads of spooky fun!

    --Dallas--
    *a smiling otter is drawn just below the signature with vampire fangs, giving a thumbs up*



    (OOC: This will be on the 28th of October at 9 PM EST. If it's not night in game just pretend it is haha)
    "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
    as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
    have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

    -----------------------------

    Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
    Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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    *a small message is tacked onto the bottom by a giddy otter*

    We've got security for the event now!
    "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
    as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
    have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

    -----------------------------

    Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
    Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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    • #3
      *another posting is tacked onto the previous two*

      I had planned on doing something with my own earnings from this but let's make
      it official. This is now going to be a charity event along with everything else!

      Seventy five percent of anything I earn from my own paintings will be donated to the
      Guild Council to be put back into Docktown in some way. I will also be taking donations
      for the same cause as well as to buy gifts for the orphans! I grew up in the
      orphanage in Docktown so it's very important to me to give back to my 'family'. I know
      others think the same way.

      In other news I've had a rather saucy and hilariously funny book donated
      anonymously to be raffled off as well! Let me tell you, you want to read this book. I'll tease
      you with the title a little.
      "THE WAR OF SCALES"
      It practically had me rolling on the floor of my room, it's -REALLY- good.

      I'll be accepting donations of other items to be raffled off as well. I'd like them
      to be spooky themed but I'll take anything to drum up traffic to the event! I've
      been blessed recently with great charity and opportunity. I want to use
      my privilege to give back to Docktown, my home.
      "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
      as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
      have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

      -----------------------------

      Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
      Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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      • #4
        Another, wonderful, charitable update!
        The Bisclavret embassy by way of Lord Ralston has very graciously
        donated a keg of their finest malt whiskey! This keg will be auctioned off
        the night of the show with -ALL- proceeds going back into Docktown

        Let's all give thanks to the Bisclavret embassy!
        "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
        as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
        have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

        -----------------------------

        Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
        Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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        • #5
          THIS IS TONIGHT!

          Everything is setup, we've had some very nice donations, and have even had a couple of
          pieces submitted for the show!

          Remember that it's in the dead end south of the infirmary in Docktown! Just follow
          the signs when you get to the infirmary and you'll get there!

          I look forward to seeing whoever shows up! Don't let the fact that it's in Docktown
          scare you away. I've got security lined up to protect the even and as long as you
          take the left from the mark you shouldn't run into any muggers. Docktown
          isn't as scary as you think, I promise!
          "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
          as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
          have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

          -----------------------------

          Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
          Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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          • #6
            *an excited otter pins one last notice onto the bottom of this series*

            THIS IS IN AN HOUR!

            A launched pumpkin rocket will mark the beginning!
            "Focus on the small, good things in your life. See them
            as little fireflies in the darkness surrounding you. Gather them up and put them in a jar and you'll
            have a nice nightlight to keep the darkness at bay."

            -----------------------------

            Noah, Adiza, Dru, Tobias
            Once played Mattimeo (Matt), Drosnan, Seened, Patrick

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