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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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  • Old characters?

    From time to time I've heard names of characters that don't play anymore, and I am curious. Your task? Name a character or two that you don't see anymore that you miss and tell us what was so special about that character.

    I'm too new to have one of my own, but give me a while, and maybe I'll be able to post in my own thread.

  • #2
    Silas. Because he was Silas. And He and Evan and Ollie made a good trio. And because I think he was one of the first friends Ollie made in the game 3 years and 4 months ago when I started.

    But there are many other characters I miss.
    E's for the Evil that lures and entices;
    F is for Fear and its many devices;

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    • #3
      Kate (Kathryn) Caldwell was Phin's absolute best friend and so very much fun to play with. She was a very deep character (haha, Phin's opposite, really) and so believable.

      The famous (or is it infamous?) Thomas King, for multiple and various reasons. I miss Slim!

      As for you other MIA chars that I miss dreadfully and want back, you know who you are.

      Story Dakini dubs Phineas Lee the Snotty Bitch of Arkham. Sparkles land on Phineas Lee's head.
      "If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living." -Leo Tolstoy

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      • #4
        Alex Sanders. He was the best cowboy in Arkham and founder of the very brief Beta Alpha Delta fraternity (B.A.D.).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Evan Davis View Post
          Alex Sanders. He was the best cowboy in Arkham and founder of the very brief Beta Alpha Delta fraternity (B.A.D.).
          hahahaha! \o/

          I'd forgotten about that!
          Story Dakini dubs Phineas Lee the Snotty Bitch of Arkham. Sparkles land on Phineas Lee's head.
          "If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living." -Leo Tolstoy

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          • #6
            Albert Zero: He always reminded me of Caramon from the Dragonlance series. Big muscles, big heart, and always looked out for ht eones he loved. No quite the brightest, but if he ever yelled 'KAI!' You knew you were in trouble.

            The first to get injured by Pyra's hair, too!


            Abigail, Blaze, and Miko. Aside from the thing that made these three split from the game, they were so fantastic to play with. Abby for her import of values and resepct on Arkham, Blaze for his particular.. diction. Though it was really more her own language. And Miko as the perfect foil for Blaze. Ah..
            Pyra Wildflower

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            • #7
              Ardesco Calor. She was hilarious and green <3 I particularly liked the way she made new characters feel welcome and wanted.

              Hey Phinny, talk about Jimmy.

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              • #8
                Blaze Newnam. I remember Blaze quite fondly. One of my favorite exchanges involved Blaze and Natalie Anne Ports. In a nutshell: Every evening around the same time (before her player logged off for the night), Blaze would walk around town. Her evening constitutional, she called it. Oliver comments to Natalie that people take constitutionals to help them digest and go to the bathroom. So of course Natalie yells at Blaze as she's passing "Oliver says you're trying to poop." And that pretty much sums up Oliver and Natalie's relationship and was not at all what this story was to be about.
                E's for the Evil that lures and entices;
                F is for Fear and its many devices;

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                • #9
                  I miss Philippe.

                  Philippe was Arthur's first partner in crime, many an evening was spent discussing philosophy, women and being proper.

                  Philippe was great as he was so very French which may have made him disliked by some.

                  Also Philippe was a staunch skeptic which is the exact opposite of Arthur, some great scenes were had with this.


                  Arthur P. Smith

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                  • #10
                    I was Phillipe's player but he grew boring and stagnent, too much of a stereotype. Stuck in somewhat of a rut. When I decided to come back I almost changed my mind for want of not playing him so I created Carlyle instead. Nice to see you're still here, by the way
                    What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Carlyle View Post
                      I was Phillipe's player but he grew boring and stagnent, too much of a stereotype. Stuck in somewhat of a rut. When I decided to come back I almost changed my mind for want of not playing him so I created Carlyle instead. Nice to see you're still here, by the way
                      That's great, welcome back

                      I have already heard good things about your new character, can't wait to meet him.


                      Arthur P. Smith

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                      • #12
                        Players I miss in no particular order,

                        King- Always took John as he is and was a great friend to this game. A real big help when I first started

                        Demitri- Even though hes been back recently but is alas gone again. Loved pissing his character off and the conflicts were some of the best RP ever.

                        Sally- The looniest character on the face of the planet. Loved her to death

                        Zero- All round good bloke. The kind of character you could rely on

                        Mirage- Johns first love. I liked the Scooby doo way we would try and find out whats going on. but to no avail usually. And she was a big help showing me how to play

                        Prince- Good character. Had a laugh being both Johns second enemy for a while and diagnosing him as a closet homosexual (not that theres any thing wrong with that)

                        Hal- What happened to that guy?

                        Williams- You remember! That emo guy!

                        Ethan- John ruined his love life by being hit on by his girlfriend and telling him...bastard that he is!

                        Whitby!- Havent seen her for a bit

                        Cartwright (or was it Cartright. Cant remember the spelling)- good coach

                        Oh! Ethans sister what ever her name was- Good victim!

                        Blaze- she was cool. Showed me that I can doff my hat

                        Kathryn Caldwell- was also cool and a great character. Also helped me out in the early days

                        The Gibbons family in general- Mainly Frank. He gave John his first occult lesson. First lesson John had in anything actually.

                        Mike D- First one to actually supply John with grog when I had to roll play that John was a drunk

                        And last but not least our old wheel chair bound dean. He rocked. Loved when he sniffed John at the Gibbons wedding. Classic

                        Im sure I have missed a stack of good players and characters but I swear I miss them all from one time or another
                        So fill up your glass,
                        for life will soon pass
                        When your dead ye'll ne'er drink to your king or your lass!
                        Lovecraft, The tomb

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                        • #13
                          Has anyone seen Bertha recently?
                          I miss your cheese, Miss Banks!
                          And your stories about monkeys, and popcorn vendors...
                          ~

                          Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
                          There is no such thing as darkness... Only a lack of light.

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                          • #14
                            I miss Bertha too! I still hold her cheese coloured yak fur scarf as one of Johns most detested gifts. Yet one of my personal faves
                            So fill up your glass,
                            for life will soon pass
                            When your dead ye'll ne'er drink to your king or your lass!
                            Lovecraft, The tomb

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                            • #15
                              I just realized:

                              Vance Thane and Maripooooooosia Angelo!
                              Pyra Wildflower

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