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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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    I asked the contestants of my tattoo apprenticeship to design a tattoo based on anatomy. Below are their submissions, please pick your favorite to help me decide later on.

    1. Severed Hand Tattoo
    A sketch below of a severed hand holding a dagger tattoo. The singed furred covered hand grips a dagger’s blade. The dagger pointed downward has red curves of blood dripping down it’s blade forming a tiny puddle of red below its tip. The hand consists only of a thumb, an index finger and a middle finger from the knuckle to the base. In the place of the ring finger and pinky you see the artist has sketched ghostly replacements as if they never were missing. Faintly etched on ribbons placed above and below the hand are the words” Live today, Die Tomorrow”.

    2. Pain Landmass Tattoo
    A sleekly built silhouette of a cat has been shaded delicately with a trifecta of colors. The muscle and sinew of the body fades gently under what appears to be a landmass, each area of the mass colored with a different shade. The red and orange areas seem to indicate the most delicate and painful places on the body, indicated by sweeping flames that drift away from the silhouette, a single emerald green fig-leaf hanging over the genitals of the subject with the word ~No~ neatly inscribed upon it. As the red fades to orange and then dips down into blue the less painful areas of the figure are revealed with gentle rolling waves and a tuft of cloud that obscures the barest portion of the left thigh. Finally a verdant sprouts of draping vines crawls from the sea decorating the body as the least painful sections are detailed, the vines crawling out over the upper arms finally before curling into them as if part of the underlying tissue.

    2. Muscle Bone Hand Tattoo
    The entire hand appears to be muscles and tendons that are tearing away from the bone. A few strands of skin appear to be what is left of the hand. You begin to wonder if it was an accident that caused this or perhaps a wound from combat. As you look closer you notice the shading and that the hand doesn't have any real damage.
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    1. Severed Hand Tattoo
    50.00%
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    2. Pain Landmass Tattoo
    40.00%
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    3. Muscle Bone Hand Tattoo
    10.00%
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