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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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Grendel's Revenge Free Accounts

On December 15th of 2012, Grendel's Revenge enabled free accounts for play. This announcement is following in the suit of TEC's own free account announcement, serving as a reminder to any new or returning players that are browsing the forums.

For all the details about what free accounts are, look no further than here: http://forum.skotos.net/showthread.php?t=95655

In order to log into GR for free, simply visit this page to sign into your Skotos account (ignoring any subscription notices it may give): https://www.skotos.net/user/login.php

Then click the following link for Zealotry/Firefox: zealotry:@GrendelsRevenge.skotos.net...login/Zealotry

Or this link for Alice/Internet Explorer: http://grendelsrevenge.skotos.net/mo...in/alice.shtml

Problems? Questions? You can email the GR staff group at grendel.staff@gmail.com
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In Development: a new Skotos client

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  • In Development: a new Skotos client

    I've had many, many back-burner projects as a GM of Grendel's Revenge, and one of them was mastering the client so that it could work better for us.

    That project has started to bear fruit; I've applied what I've learned to developing a new client for Skotos - one that works seamlessly in modern browsers, and that I can support with new features.

    See the main announcement for full details. I've learned to be wary of release dates, but I'm trying to have a beta available this spring. The client will come first to GR and TEC, as they share the same server architecture. Thanks to the other staff of GR and the staff of TEC over the years, especially Koyo for taking care of a major speed bump along the way.

    If you have any questions about how the client will work for GR, please feel free to post them. Ideas are welcome too - the base design is intended to mimic Alice and Zealotry, but I plan to add options that break from the mold, and welcome ideas for more.
    Wyrhtan, Grendel's Revenge GameMaster

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    One of the big things that stopped me from moving off Firefox fully to Chrome was the fact that I couldn't open GR in Chrome. So this is pretty cool if it'll finally let me do that.
    -Usuichii, Great Scientist.

    Smarmy the Titan bellows to you, "You look almost like an Ugly."

    Blackhand the Orc grumbles: I don't know what to call you. No ugly is that vile, and no proper creature of Uthgol has ever had such a lack of honor!

    Usuichii 1, Usuichii 2

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    • #3
      I was thinking... tablet and phone screens have very limited space. How about making it so the player can choose which side-screens to display, even none of them.
      SMARMY the GIANT

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Smarmy View Post
        tablet and phone screens have very limited space. How about making it so the player can choose which side-screens to display, even none of them.
        Removing one sidebar or the other is already an option in the new client, and if you want to pick and choose, you can move the things in the sidebars around, or turn them off entirely.
        Wyrhtan, Grendel's Revenge GameMaster

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        • #5
          **Does the 'happy dance'.**

          Whoooot!

          SMARMY the GIANT

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          • #6
            I see the part about touch-based features to cut down on typing; will it also support voice-to-text?
            Originally posted by Rythgen
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            <Vyshka the Wyvern grumbles: {Hecate wins the internet. Forever.}>

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fiendish_thingy View Post
              I see the part about touch-based features to cut down on typing; will it also support voice-to-text?
              There's nothing in the client that should get in the way of voice-to-text, but it'll be up to the operating system or a 3rd party program to do the actual conversion.

              So if your phone, tablet or computer can already do voice-to-text, it should work here.
              Wyrhtan, Grendel's Revenge GameMaster

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Usuichii View Post
                One of the big things that stopped me from moving off Firefox fully to Chrome was the fact that I couldn't open GR in Chrome. So this is pretty cool if it'll finally let me do that.
                Exactly my thoughts. Firefox taxes my system to no end, and Internet Explorer...well, it's Internet Explorer. I'll be far more likely to play GR if it's available in Chrome.
                Marx the Lich
                Rykon the Dwerger

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                • #9
                  I'm pumped about this! So much, I may actually poke around GR for a bit today
                  Originally posted by Usuichii
                  Anuu, Master of Scrolls. All of them.

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                  • #10
                    Well, this is big news. Thanks Wyrhtan!
                    Japes point towards Studgrob. A single point of light flashes from the middle of Studgrob's body, then starts growing larger until a great dome of bluish-white energy consumes him and his surroundings! 999999 points of damage! Studgrob roars a final time before dying

                    Japes says, "Ninja minotaurs in love."
                    Japes flails.


                    Synchar: Toastah!
                    Toasty: o.o
                    Toasty: OMG, IT'S A SYNCHAR.
                    <Toasty thwacks you with a rolled up newspaper.>

                    sgp NO LAG! *can't breath* *starts to turn blue*
                    StoryGuide Damocles responds, "Just calm down. Maybe it's the start of great things."

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                    • #11
                      While we wait on this new client, I'm curious how people are playing currently. Firefox can't be used any more (as far as I know) and IE has serious structure issues (for example, if I go full screen it overlaps the text window and the favor/cooldown bar/resource box). I've switched back to IE and can survive without being able to see certain elements of the client, but I'm wondering if anyone else is doing something that works better?
                      Japes point towards Studgrob. A single point of light flashes from the middle of Studgrob's body, then starts growing larger until a great dome of bluish-white energy consumes him and his surroundings! 999999 points of damage! Studgrob roars a final time before dying

                      Japes says, "Ninja minotaurs in love."
                      Japes flails.


                      Synchar: Toastah!
                      Toasty: o.o
                      Toasty: OMG, IT'S A SYNCHAR.
                      <Toasty thwacks you with a rolled up newspaper.>

                      sgp NO LAG! *can't breath* *starts to turn blue*
                      StoryGuide Damocles responds, "Just calm down. Maybe it's the start of great things."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Aco View Post
                        Firefox can't be used any more (as far as I know)
                        I've been using Firefox without any problems.

                        SMARMY the GIANT

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                        • #13
                          Mine updated to the latest version and in that release I wasn't able to enable unsigned extensions any more. I was able to get around this by installing the extended support release version which does still allow unsigned extensions to be used.
                          Japes point towards Studgrob. A single point of light flashes from the middle of Studgrob's body, then starts growing larger until a great dome of bluish-white energy consumes him and his surroundings! 999999 points of damage! Studgrob roars a final time before dying

                          Japes says, "Ninja minotaurs in love."
                          Japes flails.


                          Synchar: Toastah!
                          Toasty: o.o
                          Toasty: OMG, IT'S A SYNCHAR.
                          <Toasty thwacks you with a rolled up newspaper.>

                          sgp NO LAG! *can't breath* *starts to turn blue*
                          StoryGuide Damocles responds, "Just calm down. Maybe it's the start of great things."

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