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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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Damned Savages! (Also: Thank you, Staffers!)

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  • Damned Savages! (Also: Thank you, Staffers!)

    Just tickled a bit after the creation of my new favorite alt, Shiva, an African wild dog, decided to practice her unarmed combat skills on a tame sapphire dray in the meadow, missed on her first swing at the dray, and became perma-stuck in combat with the quiet animal. (I figure, she was so mesmerized by the creature after trying to attack it that she fell in love entirely and couldn't move... *smirk*)

    You cannot break from combat while you are being attacked. You are currently being targeted by: a tamed three-legged sapphire wild dray
    You cannot leave a capacious meadow while in combat.
    You can attempt to 'breakcombat' to end the fight. Or you can defeat or be defeated by your opponents.
    You are no longer guarding.
    What action do you want to take? You have 2 actions remaining.
    @A - Sneak attack nothing
    @B - Aim at nothing
    @C - Attack nothing
    @D - Guard yourself

    StoryGoddess Eos covers the area in a flutter of delicate soft white downs as she suddenly appears.

    You tell StoryGoddess Eos, "Hi! Thanks for popping in so quickly. "

    A tamed three-legged sapphire wild dray stops targeting you.

    StoryGoddess Eos asks, "Who attacks tame animals anway?"

    You shift your sharp sepia eyes, "A savage..."

    You consider yourself savagely.

    You growl helpfully to StoryGoddess Eos.

    StoryGoddess Eos asks, "You're free again?"

    You grin at StoryGoddess Eos, "Thanks!"

    StoryGoddess Eos waves, "Have fun."

    StoryGoddess Eos leaves suddenly, only a few soft white downs show that she was even here.


    What a lucky savage, to both fall in love for the first time AND to be graced with the presence of a Goddess, all in the same morning!

    (Thanks Eos, and all the other staff who make the game fun and possible! xox, Merry everything and happy always!)
    Until the End of Love,

    Nuit



    ...And then, love ended; and then, night left.

    Bonsoir, mes amis, mes amours.
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