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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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Pendants! (YAY! Boo...)

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  • Pendants! (YAY! Boo...)

    So pendants have been fixed! YAY. Your old pendants are likely broken. Boo...

    Also pendants being added to jewelry is still broken. Boo...

    But what do we have going on here, what do I mean by that they are fixed? Well let's hop on over to the Jeweler Shop and walk you through the steps you'll need to do as a jeweler to make a pendant and see what you end up getting.
    1. First you need some metal. On a story coders pay, I'll just get a small copper bar.
    2. Also will need a gem. So poor as a SC so I'll just get some jasper. I got banded jasper.
    3. You of course already have your gem cutting machine and jeweler's knife right?
    4. Shape that bar into a clasp. Give it an etching if you want. I'm etching mine into lovebirds.
    5. Cut your gem. I'm cutting mine into a heart. Oh how lovely.
    6. Add your gem to your clasp. Oooh a pendant.
    7. Shape your pendant if you want. I'm shaping mine into a wolf. Oooh dangerous.
    Now let's take a look at the finished product:
    > You look at your banded jasper wolf pendant.
    A heart-shaped shaped banded jasper pendant hanging from a wolf shaped copper clasp.
    > You examine your banded jasper wolf pendant.
    A heart-shaped shaped banded jasper pendant hanging from a wolf shaped copper clasp, etched with a pair of lovebirds.
    This banded jasper wolf pendant appears to be of unsurpassed quality.
    > You look at a wolf shaped copper pendant's clasp.
    A wolf shaped copper clasp.
    > You examine a wolf shaped copper pendant's clasp.
    A wolf shaped copper clasp, etched with a pair of lovebirds.
    This banded jasper wolf pendant appears to be of unsurpassed quality.
    > You look at a heart-shaped shaped banded jasper set into the pendant.
    The heart-shaped shaped banded jasper hanging from a copper clasp.
    > You examine a heart-shaped shaped banded jasper set into the pendant.
    The heart-shaped shaped banded jasper hanging from a copper clasp.
    This heart-shaped shaped banded jasper set into the pendant appears to be of outstanding quality.
    Isn't that such a lovely pendant? Why the two quality levels though you might ask. Well the clasp is unsurpassed quality and the gem is outstanding quality. Seems straightforward enough to me. But what's this about old pendants perhaps being broken? Well due to the way the code was written before your old pendant if made with the exact same materials as this might now look like this:
    A copper pendant hanging from a wolf shaped metal clasp.
    That's of course just silly so if you have a pendant that looks like that, you have two options. Throw it out and have some jeweler make you a brand new pendant. Or two file an assist and we can perhaps fix it. I say perhaps because some details on your pendant might have just never even made it over in the first place let alone correctly. So unless this pendant of yours has some specific sentimental value to you, you might be better just getting a new one made.

    Request of jewelers: After you've made up a cool pendant come take a look over here to see if the item you want to add the pendant to has been adjusted to work right. If it has you are good to go, add that pendant to that thing. If it hasn't just file an assist along the lines of, "Has X been adjusted to work with pendants correctly?" and if it hasn't yet we'll get it fixed up and added to the list and let you know you are good to go. Please do not add the pendants to items not on the list or you will lose details and it will be a hassle to fix.

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    Items that can have pendants added safely without losing details:
    • None yet sorry.

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