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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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  • #31
    King was seen the other day. A fair number of older players are also returning to that cold castle down the street. We just need to have more parties and more fun over here and steal some of their time to populate our streets.
    -StoryHost Xios

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    • #32
      miss you guys

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      • #33
        Evan!! Don't make me hunt you down! we miss you too!
        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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        • #34
          Uhhh, if we have just the core 5 people that used to come on and people log on regularly that would make all the effing difference. Please do this. Please come back. Oh my god.

          I can get Bria Cavella to play again, i think.

          My wandering days are over.

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          • #35
            I can beg and possibly torture James Prince. Same with Evie - I know she wants to!

            I want Bria too!

            Happily every time I've logged in during the past week somebody's been around and it's been pretty fun. Just have to keep the ball rolling! I can probably be around at least a couple of nights a week to tease whichever kids I come across.

            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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            • #36
              Originally posted by Phinny Lee View Post
              I can beg and possibly torture James Prince. Same with Evie - I know she wants to!

              I want Bria too!

              Happily every time I've logged in during the past week somebody's been around and it's been pretty fun. Just have to keep the ball rolling! I can probably be around at least a couple of nights a week to tease whichever kids I come across.

              Dooooooooooooooooooo it

              My wandering days are over.

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              • #37
                If there is a group of people logging in more frequently, I would be happy to set up some 'investigations' on more of a table top method. I'll certainly continue building on the existing stories being told. But I don't mind putting aside some of the Quality Assurance (QA) issues that keep distracting me. I'd actually enjoy some time away from trying to fix things which none of you probably would notice.

                As you talk to older players, find out what they would like or like to see. I certainly have my own vision and ideas. But I am more than willing to put anything on the shelf and focus on what the players want. Obviously some things might be off the table (free money) and others might not turn out how you expected.
                -StoryHost Xios

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                • #38
                  I miss my peeps

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                  • #39
                    I want to come back

                    I miss EVERYBODY.

                    Summer Frost

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                    • #40
                      I've been scarce because it became so very empty the times I could play. (around 10 pm arkham time.) Now this sucks, because I heart me some Arkham. Maybe I'll try again and see how it goes?
                      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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                      • #41
                        Awr, shucks. No-one remembers me?

                        How is the game going these days? If people start playing more, I'll come back regular like!

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                        • #42
                          Reeeee!

                          You should definitely come back. There are quite a few olbies lurking around as well as some newbies. And I'm sure Phinny would love another gal pal to add to her growing army of devil women.

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                          • #43
                            I'm about now! But I can only get on at really weird times when no one is really around..

                            Summer Frost

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                            • #44
                              We are always needing new recruits! (and Evan needs a few more girls to fawn over him. It brightens his day.)

                              Ree and Summer! I miss y'all! Come play with us!

                              I (and therefore phin) will be back from Texas tomorrow, so we will haunt and terrorize again soon. Be there or be square.
                              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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                              • #45
                                Do I count as old, I wonder... nah, I am fresh and young! That makes me still new meat, right?

                                It is great to see the who list populated anew!

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