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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 and Grendel's Revenge. 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.

To install it:
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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  • This Game.

    I am really sick of how dead this game continues to be, how the last update that had any shred of true importance was probably in 2012 when a bunch of skills got tweaked, and how every day I feel this depressing disappointment as I think about how this game just is not going to get better.

    On this day next year I am going to delete all 6 of my characters across 3 accounts. That's one year I am going to subject myself to pointlessly hoping for some speck of light in this bottomless void that is Grendel's Revenge. By then if it isn't there, then it's time to wash my hands of this dead husk.

    This is not an ultimatum to the staff, this is a sad promise from a 13-year veteran of the game who has absolutely no faith left. The worse part is, I don't really believe they care.

  • #2
    I'm still popping in occasionally, but the second destruction of the Sanctum lair was kind of the death-blow to my interest. It's not that I'm that upset about the loss of the resources/structures themselves (although that is always very inconvenient). It's the fact that, both times, there was absolutely no in-character interaction before, during, or after the act. No warnings, no threats, no taunts, no ultimatums...just passive-aggressive destruction. It's bad enough that the game is so dead, but if this is the kind of petty behavior to expect from the few still around, then why bother staying?

    I do appreciate the rebuilding efforts, and for that I'll try to make myself more present in the game. A few constructive players around is better than none.
    Portrait courtesy of Vattukatt

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    • #3
      Ya know, if they were willing to to take on new coders that actually wanted to contribute, it might not be sinking so far.

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      • #4
        I'd come back for sure, if there were some active players. If anyone is interested in starting a grumble/clan message me on facebook and let me know, I hardly ever check the forums anymore.


        Facebook.com/RuthlessRalimere\

        Cheers.

        The Wind Of Death

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        • #5
          @Ophsidian: I'm not going to lie and say I didn't do the same thing back in the game's heyday, but back then the game was considerably active, and pretty much every clan had at least 3 builders capable of rebuilding in just an hour, and I usually limited it to a floor or two. However, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to come into this dying game, with the few shreds of the playerbase clinging on trying to make the best of the situation, and just completely destroy the entire lair when no one's online like a deplorable coward. Whoever did it is despicable.

          @Vorico: At this point I'd even accept you as long as you actually did positive things for the game.

          @Falador: Since I value my privacy I don't use facebook, sorry chief :P

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          • #6
            You silly. I plan on only making negative changes.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Vorico View Post
              You silly. I plan on only making negative changes.
              LOL!! You so funnee...
              SMARMY the GIANT

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              • #8
                Don't even wait. It'll just be another year of disappointment. Do what I did with Ironclaw. Just get SUPER drunk and pissed off. Focus on all the negative. Let the feeling stew. Once it boils over, delete it all. It feels so much better.

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                • #9
                  For any who wish to play, hunt, or interact, I will be online as much as possible. Just find me in-game!
                  Originally posted by Usuichii
                  Anuu, Master of Scrolls. All of them.

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                  • #10
                    So...this is fiendish_thingy/Hecate's player. Some may have already figured that out. I wanted to keep it under wraps for as long as possible to be able to kind of RP with a clean slate in regard to pre-established IC and OOC attitudes and whatnot, but....well the game is dead. Super dead. The deadest I've ever seen it dead. If it gathered flies, well that would be the most activity I've seen in the game for months.

                    So I bring this up to ask: if I brought back Hecate, would anyone be down to come back and RP on a regular basis? I don't want to waste the SP on a slot swap and abandon the only clan left other than the Lab if it's not going to make a difference, though. But in that poll from a while back, "familiar faces" was one of the things that ranked highest in terms of what folks would want to see in order to draw them back to the game. So, yes? No? Maybe? Pie?
                    Portrait courtesy of Vattukatt

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                    • #11
                      I am pretty involved in TEC as is. I will miss hanging out with you, but I don't see myself playing GR ever again.

                      Kabar the Ogre
                      Korchan the Ettin

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                      • #12
                        My response is pretty late Hecate but I'm sorry.. It's going to take a constant, visible effort from the staff to make me feel like coming back will be worth it.

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                        • #13
                          The sad part is even I have been popping in lately out of pure boredom from classes ending for the semester. This is even worse than when Usu and I use to be the only ones on four days out of a week.

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                          • #14
                            I'm near by, but I've been forgetful about checking the forums. RL has kept me very busy the last year with events like academic changes and my mother being diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything is well, but nothing is very normal as of late.
                            -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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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Usuichii View Post
                              I'm near by, but I've been forgetful about checking the forums. RL has kept me very busy the last year with events like academic changes and my mother being diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything is well, but nothing is very normal as of late.
                              Sorry to hear about your mother, hope she gets better. Well as better as someone with cancer can get.

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