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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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    So I wondered how people picture their characters. I know in my head I have more Beatrice Potter/Redwall sort of images. More bipedal animals. This is opposed to the more anime/furry comic style of extremely anthropomorphic animals.

    I went looking for pictures of suitable porcupines and went through a number of furry sites. My comments are thus as follows:
    • Oh my god, my eyes, why do people draw furry porn?
    • Its hard to find bipedal or anthro porcupines

    I actually found one that fit, but I was unable to find it again. Still here is an image that sort of matches my sensibility. It is of an older porcupine, thus the glasses. The story of the pic is that he says he's climbing up the tall stump to think wise thoughts, but really he's gone to get away from the Missus and smoke a cigarette in peace

    Brumble is younger, but I picture him as moving slow and sedately as porcupines just rarely have much that causes them to move fast. This picture fits that sense of a less humanoid 'pine.


  • #2
    I drew Basanti more humanish than animal for the fact I can't draw animals to save my life. I'll probably draw her again though since I'm not too satisfied with this one.

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    • #3
      I found this on Deviant Art. Thanks to Random Artist(tm) who drew it.

      --Thomas King--Lucius--
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      Alice Cooper
      "This Is Beetle, Is As Bad As Can"
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      "It takes guts to run away, you know. Lots of people would be as cowardly as me if they were brave enough"
      Rincewind

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      • #4
        Leah's a forest cat, so not quite the right picture.

        But I can imagine her like this, very easily:

        Reeve of the fair City of Triskellian, seat of the Rinaldi

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        • #5
          WoodBurn by Gen-Etik

          *sighs* Still nothing suitable, but this body form and back view works.

          (Huh, won't let me put an image in or link)

          http://s164.photobucket.com/albums/u...Wood_burn_.jpg

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          • #6
            Lilly's player found me this one...Just a tad too old for Naomi, but I liked it and it will definatly be teenage Naomi.




            P.S try finding drawings of fat, children raccoons with shaved fur dressed as a pirate.....Impossible.

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            • #7
              http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/...+age_scale%3A5

              Cait, except she has indigo eyes ^.^

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              • #8
                This is a picture of Persia that I found somewhere and was then personalized by a lovely staffer.

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                • #9
                  Nes!

                  I love drawing, so naturally I do my own stuff. Since a lot of my art has anthropomorphic subjects, I'm confident in saying that the way I draw my characters is pretty similar to the ICO vision.

                  First concept sketch of Nes. Be warned- relatively tasteful nudity. My characters start out naked as the day they're born!

                  Now, in case people didn't already know, Nes is a dancer, and I spent, like, a month nutting out his costume. But it hasn't been introduced in game yet, so if you don't want to ruin a surprise, don't click the following!

                  Initial brainstorming
                  Concept sketch
                  Pretty much the final design, save for some color tweaking

                  Now for something funny...

                  In game lineart! On the left is Jahari (who is currently not with us, sadly). I'm in the middle of coloring it, so you'll get to see his markings etc. (he looks curiously bare without them). And yes. He totally spanked Nes. And Nes was totally asking for it. I think the injury was a "dire bruise" to the rump.

                  Speaking of Jahari...





                  And also: A personal favorite. It's a pity that ICO doesn't have avian species, so the falcon on the left is not related to ICO.

                  On that note, since I am hopelessly addicted to ICO, if you want a pic done, you are quite welcome to ask me I will, however, be extraordinarily slow as I am very busy!
                  Ryan wrinkles his button nose, "Why don't you just stick a sign on your head sayin 'I'm a girl an like guys havin' sex with me'?"

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                  • #10
                    Wow! You're really good! I'd show you some of my work but my scanner is crap! I might ask Gemma if I can use her scanner or something!

                    Perhaps my scanner has worked for once.
                    My drawings tend to be less detailed and more lined as the time I have on my hands is often very small. So here is one I drew earlier...http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m...=Sonyara-1.jpg
                    "The key to a good relationship is the key. Give me back the key."
                    Ronnie Edwards

                    "All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. Thatís in the nature of secrets."
                    Cory Doctorow

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                    • #11
                      Wow, wow, wow, wow! Nes! You are so awesome at that!
                      - - -
                      You're in docktown. If you want respect you should be in Newtown.
                      Presbyter Ximen pauses as he can't quite think of something to be angry at you for but by S'allumer does he want to be angry with you.

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                      • #12
                        Indeed. Great stuff Nes.

                        Actually all around, good pics. Its fun to see how people picture their chars

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                        • #13
                          Thats pretty much how I see Fips, maybe a little rounder...


                          (and with clothes )
                          Master Fips Rose

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                          • #14


                            I was surfing around looking for pictures, trying to come up with an idea for a character to play in-game. I quite liked this picture, it has personality.

                            I liked how this picture has the character looking a little sassy & capable, and wanted to combine that with the standard anime "catgirl" ditzy useless cutesey over-emotional sort of character. So you may notice that Tygra is a little bi-polar.

                            The details that stood out in the picture for me were the ears and hands, so I emote a lot using her large ears and strong hands.

                            The site had a lot of egyptian characters, so that's what made me decide to make her come from an Egypt-like place (despite tigers not coming from egypt...)

                            An earlier picture by the artist...


                            ...and another

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                            • #15
                              Neske is not as girly as I pictured him in game I always thought he was less musculary. Silly Rabbit.

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