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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. 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.

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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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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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Reduce SP Reward Prices

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  • Reduce SP Reward Prices

    Grendel's Revenge has less than 20 regular players, only a few of which are willing to pay for a premium account, or to buy Storypoints.

    Currently, the price of a custom race name (i.e. Anuu the "Archivist" Lich) is 250 SP. That is, either 5 months of Premium (at 29.95/month X 5 months) comes out to $149.75, or Purchase SP (at 50 SP X 5 purchases) comes out to $124.75.

    I would love to have a custom race name and a custom description, but the cost of SP and SP rewards is "Too damn high". I, and most people, am not willing to shell out over 100 dollars to buy an SP reward at such a high cost when there is hardly anyone to notice such a change. The best days of GR only have 5 or 6 individual Players.

    Again, I would LOVE to have one or both of these rewards, and I love GR, but I cannot afford all those StoryPoints.
    Originally posted by Usuichii
    Anuu, Master of Scrolls. All of them.


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    There are already plans in the working to both reduce the cost of SP options and to possibly implement a TEC-like system of RP points (or GRPs, if you will.)

    But while GR is operating at less than full capacity, we believe temporarily reducing the cost of all SP options by 50% sounds fair.


    Disclaimer: We may alter or remove this at any time. All sales are final. No sales tax in Wisconsin. Limit 100 reductions per customer. Available only while supplies last. Svyn smells.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Pence View Post
      There are already plans in the working to both reduce the cost of SP options and to possibly implement a TEC-like system of RP points (or GRPs, if you will.)

      But while GR is operating at less than full capacity, we believe temporarily reducing the cost of all SP options by 50% sounds fair.


      Disclaimer: We may alter or remove this at any time. All sales are final. No sales tax in Wisconsin. Limit 100 reductions per customer. Available only while supplies last. Svyn smells.
      I feel the need to clarify a point: Everyone smells. Svyn smells like lilacs and roses while Pence smells soapy and jealous.

      "Operating at less than full capacity" means "As long as the game is 'lightly supported'" meaning that once Grendel's Revenge is considered a fully supported Skotos game again, the pricing will return to normal.

      Or if Svyn gets angry at all of the requests he's having to fulfil, the prices might go back to full price (or higher, depending on anger level.)
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        Thank you all so many lots! I can't believe how well this was taken.
        Originally posted by Usuichii
        Anuu, Master of Scrolls. All of them.

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