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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A Thank You

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    I still can't believe last night happened.

    The art show was such a success I just can't deal with it! We had ten or eleven very charitable
    folks there at the peak. Good, fun, happy, gracious people. We even had some in costume!
    By the end of the night every piece of art had been purchased, including a very intimidating statue
    donated by Christian of
    Petite Pommes and a very spooky tapestry (which now hangs in my room)
    donated by Lamhirh of Sew We Can Sew.

    Once everyone had ample time to sit around and talk with one another and inspect the art
    at their own pace we started the auctions! We had whiskey donated by the Bisclavret,
    strawberry wine donated by Rem and the Gardener's Guild, and a wide variety of items
    donated by Roofus and my own guild The Black and MacDubglass Misfit Company.
    Every item sold with some very intense bidding wars happening on some of them
    I played auctioneer and it was -very- fun.

    At the end of he night, after everything was said and done, I myself walked away with a nice
    little chunk of denarii. Said chunked was DWARFED by what we raised for the city. The
    orphanage has 440 denarii coming their way and the council is getting the hefty sum of 2545
    denarii coming their way! A sum that will be put into Docktown and Docktown alone.


    Never in my wildest dreams did I think the event would go so well. I owe many thanks
    to all who attended, made donations, spread the word, and bought the work of this city's
    artists. This is the first event of many, I assure you. If you were unable to come this
    time don't worry. The next event will be a different theme and at a different time. I will make sure
    that each event will be unique and accessible by all that it can be.

    Thank you people of Triskellian. You have made me one very happy otter.

    *at the bottom of the page is drawn a tearful male otter, hands clasped in thanks with a wide smile spread across his face*
    "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