The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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  • Military Title Shuffle


    Due to some OCD on my part, we have changed the military ranking titles. This has been implemented for a month or so and bad on me for not making this post earlier. This change did not effect the numeric rank that players have been advanced to via the favour system excepting 'Worn' titles, if they were high enough to 'wear' one.

    The intent of this change was to make the title progression more in line with 'traditional' military rankings. As an example, in most systems a Sergeant Major is the most senior 'enlisted' or blue collar rank. Someone with this rank would not have been senior to Captain which is generally considered an 'Officer' or white collar rank. We also tried to align the ranks with their civilian counterparts so that the 'officers' or 'noble' ranks started at the same point. Example - Knight is the first noble rank, whereas Lieutenant is the first officer rank. Historically, the officers would also come from the nobility (or folks wealthy enough to buy a commission) so this made sense... in our minds at least.
    Rank Civilian Rank Old Military New Military
    1 Slave None None
    2 Serf None None
    3 Freedman None None
    4 Yeoman Private Private
    5 Burgher Lancepesade Lancepesade
    6 Thane Lance Corporal Sergeant
    7 Gentry Ensign Sergeant Major
    8 Armigerous Gentry Lieutenant Chief Warrant
    9 Knight/Dame Captain Lieutenant
    10 Baronet/Baronetess Sergeant Major Captain
    11 Baron/Baroness Brigadier Major
    12 Viscount/Viscountess Major Colonel
    13 Count/Countess Marshal Brigadier

    Example 1: You were an Ensign which is rank 7 and has the civilian equivalent to Gentry. With the change, you are still a rank 7 but your rank is now Sergeant Major.

    Example 2: You were a Sergeant Major and at Rank 10, the civil equivalent to a Baronet. With the change, you are now ranked as a Captain. You should now have Captain as a title option.

    We did NOT adjust the favour points required to move from one rank to another.

    We have been doing spot checks to ensure that folks titles changed but if you see or know of an issue for yourself or someone else, please @ assist.

    SG Athos
    Last edited by StoryGuideAthos; 10-03-2018, 01:40 PM.

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    I appreciate the rework.

    Not the least of the reasons why being the normalization of rank titles.

    The old one was a mishmash of navy and army ranks and looked a little tacky. The new pure army version looks neater.