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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. 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.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

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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  • Freeform Paintings

    You can now do freeform drawings/paintings on canvases without staff involvement!

    Canvases can work in one of two ways:

    'paint/draw <object> on canvas'
    This will copy the description of the targeted object onto the canvas. Canvases have always worked this way so no change to this functionality.

    'paint/draw on canvas'
    This will bring up a popup window for you to enter a title and description for the painting and there is a word limit based on your painting skill. Once you click the 'Finish' button, your descriptions will be applied to the canvas (staff will not fix typos or other mistakes so proof read your stuff before submitting). Also, by clicking the 'Finish' button, you agree to the following rules:
    1. Submissions can have magical/supernatural themes but cannot be magical/supernatural themselves (ie. a painting of a figure that moves around the canvas).
    2. Vulgar/sexually explicit material is forbidden--if the content is not acceptable for a minor, do not submit it! When in doubt, contact staff.
    3. Avoid phrasing that forces the viewer to think or feel a certain way (ie 'this painting is so beautiful you can't help but cry').
    4. Do not reference details of the canvas that do not actually exist, such as a frame.
    5. I understand if I violate these rules, access to this command will be revoked.
    All submissions will get filed in a queue and if we find any of the above rules to be broken, the object will be taken away. In the event we find a player continuously violating the rules, we will revoke access to the command.

    If there are any questions or clarification is needed, please post below!

  • #2
    This is amazing news!

    Very quickly, does painting skill have any effect on this?
    Ximen: "Burn the heretic, purge the unclean, kill the abomination."
    Sang: "What happensssss happenssssss."
    Myrddin: "You, ah, you shouldn't really be, ah, doing that."

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    • #3
      There is a word limit for paintings and that limit is based on your skill. So the better you are, the more descriptive you can get.

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