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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:

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):

Then click the following link for Zealotry/Firefox:

Or this link for Alice/Internet Explorer:

Problems? Questions? You can email the GR staff group at
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A scroll attached underneath the Plaque

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  • A scroll attached underneath the Plaque

    *As monsters mill about the shrine, some simply resting by the pool, some leaving a gory, bloodied trail as they stalk past, and some arguing over some monsterly feud, another scroll is noticeable, attached neatly straight underneath the plaque*

    look plaque

    This plaque is roughly rectangular and made from a smooth ebony stone. There are words etched into the stone.

    read plaque

    You read a plaque made from ebony stone.
    Treasure, Power, Blood, and Revenge

    look scroll

    Uneven letters, crooked and tilted in variable ways, cover this tattered scroll. Signs of something dried out and red can be seen on one of the edges, it could be blood, but by the smell ... it's probably sauce.

    read scroll

    Hail, Monsters of Uthgol. Children of the Big One. Do you like ... treasure?

    Of course you do. What a silly question. You were wrong to ever doubt yourself. Well, if you do, I have a ... proposition. A scheme, a plan, an idea. If I manage to come up with the proper crew, with proper skills, the right mind set, and proper enthusiasm. Eeeeveeeryone will find treasure! Hidden treasure, coveted treasure, rare, ancient, possibly yummy treasure. It'll be wondrous! You'll like it! Find Valey, of the Troll kin, for details.

    Skills possibly needed for the scheme.
    Bloody claws or various other flesh rendering instruments
    Understanding of trapping mechanisms (Just in case)
    Ability to render down defenses, doors and barriers of various kinds.
    Experience in torture and other methods of extracting information from others or subduing them to your will.
    Keeping out of sight.
    Turning flesh to shadow and shadow to flesh.
    Befuddling and commanding the spirits.
    Working with ethereal magicks.
    Experience and knowledge of lay out, defenses, traps, and other security measurements of the Black Bazaar.
    Anything else I cant come up with right now.
    Got a nosebleed? Put a tourniquet on the neck and tighten it untill the bleeding stops.

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    *a fresh crimson-hued inked (blood? sauce? goo?) scribbles is added to the scroll*

    The Heist is Today! All members of the crew and any other wild talent are welcome to come. If you want to be a part of glorious raid of treasure and destruction, seek out Valey of the Troll kin for details.
    Got a nosebleed? Put a tourniquet on the neck and tighten it untill the bleeding stops.