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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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  • #16
    Originally posted by Godsend View Post
    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
    lol, I think Phillipe had one with the adjective ugly.
    What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

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    • #17
      James Prince - who was just as likely to bite your ankle or stab you in the eye as he was to shake your hand or give you a compliment. He looked just as normal in his Kappa cufflinks and his tux as he did in his renowned white suit, complete with turban. I think what I always found most amusing about Jimmy was how every guy in town thought he was in the closet while at the same time almost every girl chased him. Haha! Oh yeah..and his ability to get Phin into various kinds of trouble. I miss that terribly.

      Demitri Esquire - I absolutely adore Demitri. Everything about him. Everything. Any character that continues to entertain me for -years- deserves applause. \o/

      Tiffany Quatermaine - The other of Phin's old school best friends, who just can't understand her devotion to Demi. The fights they used to get into over him! Tiffy was awesome on so many levels - y'all who don't know her would love her.

      Prudence Page - Where'd she go? She left without even a kisskiss, darlings!

      Mona Smith - Ah, Moaner.

      Officer Ray Stuckey - Stuckers back in the day was so great. He was the biggest jerk...unless you were female...and he was the perfect Arkham cop. (Brian Allanon was pretty good, too.)

      The Dean! Wilcox! - The best time I remember offhand was when he got -really- mad in the cafe and started hitting things. Pretty spry for an old man sometimes. I think that was the day that Quinnie got popped in the nose? Which brings me to -

      Tarquin (Quinnie) Lanceaux - For those of you who didn't know him, I can't even begin to explain, though that night he got popped in the nose he was frantic that it might not heal straight. He was the first one to tell Phin about the..uh...quirks of Arkham, too.

      Merilee Dupree - One of the (if not the first, then close to it) victims. She was ditzy and cute in her own way, which is probably why she and Phin were pretty good pals for awhile.

      Michael D'Calabraiz - Nobody fights with Phin the way he does.
      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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      • #18
        Stop it Phin! I swear I will cry! I wish we could have every last character here that ever left. I enjoyed interacting with them all. (Why do I sound like Im speaking at a funeral?) These players all contributed to this game in there own way. Even if it was just a small reference in game like " You think thats bad? You should have seen X when X revealed that X had his/her X. It all builds a history for the gaming environment.........But I still miss them all
        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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        • #19
          Oh my god Kate Caldwell was Demitri's first "pet"... I have a feeling her player is still around though, no? She was great, nonetheless. Gotta miss Tiff, too. Whoever that dude who was around for about a week in 07 until I murdered him in the parking lot, miss that guy.

          I forget the name of the magical Asian girl with the tattoos but she was a favorite of mine, as was the original chief of police, who's name also escapes me. All the Mona's have been great, but I do miss the original. Also Frank Gibbons and the first Halsey character! Really, any character Willow or Yaoi played :]

          Theres way too many to mention, but all the regulars from alpha... love you guys!!

          My wandering days are over.

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          • #20
            I miss all those mentioned. Especially that King fella.

            Anyway, I don't think I'll ever come back to playing full time. To busy with the Little Baby King
            Her name is Sedona.


            I would love to come back sometime and finish the King story in a proper way, but I don't have a good idea for it yet.

            So anyway, just saying hello, and that someday, King will pop in for a nice goodbye to Arkham.
            --Thomas King--Lucius--
            "Well I Ain't Evil, I'm Just Good Lookin' "
            Alice Cooper
            "This Is Beetle, Is As Bad As Can"
            Beetlejuice
            "It takes guts to run away, you know. Lots of people would be as cowardly as me if they were brave enough"
            Rincewind

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            • #21
              Congrats on the bub dude! Cute as a button. You will find fatherhood the most rewarding thing ever.
              It would be great to see King out and about on the streets of Arkham again. Maybe he could pop back for John and Summers wedding?
              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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              • #22
                She is absolutely adorable. Congratulations

                Summer Frost

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                • #23
                  Squeeee!!!!!

                  I demand more pictures >.>

                  Give her much loves.

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                  • #24
                    Best picture you've ever posted, King. She looks like an absolute delight.

                    Best wishes, and congratulations to you and yours!

                    (Hope to see you in game soon!)
                    Pyra Wildflower

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                    • #25
                      Crying. Reading this thread and crying.

                      My wandering days are over.

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                      • #26
                        I'm reading this thread and seriously starting to jones for some Arkham. Seriously. (And maybe a little weepy, too.)

                        Now...will I be able to make the time to play? Hmm...

                        Also, why hasn't anyone added anybody new to this? Is there really a lack of missed characters in this town? I was hoping to read about kids I didn't get to play with. *pout*

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                        • #27
                          Okay. Now that I remember what my actual log in stuff was - *eyeshift* - I have to post again. In my defense it's been almost two years!

                          However - these posts are old. Somebody add to them please.
                          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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                          • #28
                            I think all these people are still missing, Phin.
                            Seen Demitri skulking around occasionally, so fingers crossed!
                            But no Mike, or Oliver, or King, or Prince... Or anything of the other oldies!
                            Miss you all so, so, so much.
                            We need to seriously recapture some people from RL and drag them back.
                            They'll like it once they're back, I'm sure.
                            ~

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

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                            • #29
                              Rayne! You're still here! Whee!

                              I might be able to help with some dragging, but no promises. However, Phin will be around soon - I broke down and reinstated my account yesterday.

                              I can't wait to see what has happened to Arkham since I last 'visited'!
                              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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                              • #30
                                I'm not sure what you're talking about, nothing ever happens in Arkham. Everyone knows that.
                                ~

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

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