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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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  • #31
    This was no where at all where I wanted or expected this conversation to go. This forum post was not supposed to turn into a direct attack of our Staff, the ONLY people we have running this game still.
    Madalina Blue and Saruno

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    • #32
      Actually Roo I appreciate you giving your side of the issue in question, presumably on behalf of the game staff as well as yourself.

      If I was mistaken about the intention I apologize. I was a bundle of nerves at the time, and sharing the adrenaline rush of my character didn't leave me with much patience before I panicked and took matters into my own hands. I was assuming that staff could have retconned it, and I was unaware that I was actually sealing my own fate in stone. The way I was approached after staff finally contacted me gave me the impression that I was supposed to have done exactly what I did, namely roll with it and follow through with the IC consequences.

      Had I known then, what you just now posted, I would probably have, knowing the death was due to a bug, immediately filed an assist, discretely stashed the body in my private closet at the gilded balance, and waited for further instructions from backstage, using the OOC tools to warn any potential witnesses that a bug was involved.

      I will confess that, in light of your response, a lot of it was due simply to my own ignorance about how things are supposed to run. Being a former guest staffer (who was rightly dismissed for reasons I'm not at liberty to discuss for multiple reasons) may well have impaired my humility to the point of being presumptuous.

      ----

      EDIT:

      That said, however, I still am of the strong opinion that QA and testing doesn't get as much attention as it should.

      Some examples:

      Getting emits from the ooc tower following me even after staff put me back IG.
      Getting stuck in combat with an NPC that had no combat data, thus requiring me to log out to break the combat
      Miscellaneous OOPS messages

      I mean...speaking as a player, running into that stuff is really annoying. Not to say staff are doing a bad job, but I think priority should change in favor of attending to such issues.
      Last edited by shentino; 10-30-2017, 12:49 PM.

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      • #33
        I am late to this party but this has been a problem I've had for a long time and has led me to just stop bothering. This problem was the ranking up system through @favor.

        I was active for a very long time and participated in countless events, important plots both staff and player made, social gatherings, ect. I always put myself out there via RP and tried very hard not to exclude anyone. My goal was to gradually earn my way up the ranks and become a proper head of the Church. At some point we obtained 5 or so promotion tokens and I guess I should have used them on myself instead of thinking "no, I'll leave them and use them for something unselfish", because one day when I logged in during a time my logins had been sporadic due to real life issues and they were all gone, split between the current Church leader and a newbie. I think that was the final straw and I stopped caring. It seemed like nothing I did made any sort of impact on my character. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all of the RP and events and interaction, but I felt cheated out of rank progression for zero reason. I strongly felt Noire deserved SOMETHING for everything she has done.

        Ramsford teases you harmlessly, "I always seem to get in a dangerous situation when I'm around you."
        I came to eat candy and punch heretics, and I'm all out of heretics.

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        • #34
          I'm only speaking on indirect hearsay that I picked up from others, but one thing that aggravated a few people were the changing methods of getting influence and rank in the past. Some people confided to me that they were pissed off at being cheated out of the rewards of their effort.

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