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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.

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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  • Minor Updates

    The issue where miners would be told they received one amount of resources, but would actually receive a different amount has been fixed.

    As always, if you experience any issues, please @report.
    Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

  • #2
    Changed teleportation failure to something a little less embarrassing.
    Fixed the grammar on moan command.

    Please @report any issues you may find.
    Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.

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    • #3
      Whispers

      You can now see when somebody whispers to somebody else in the same room as you.
      Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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      • #4
        Negative status effects are now removed at the conclusion of an arena match.

        Please @report any problems.
        Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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        • #5
          More whisper fun, and others

          You can now whisper to people while hidden. You must be approached to them in order to whisper to them; the target will just see: Somebody whispers to you, "blah blah."

          When you join a grumble or clan, grumble now toggles on automatically. (You must still toggle on
          allied-grumble manually).

          Also, you may now Slap yourself. Have fun
          Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.

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          • #6
            Fixed an issue with whisper that caused you to stumble while hidden.

            Additionally, the shortcut * has been added to freemoting. This works just like : does for emoting.

            Example:
            *After having slid to the right, then to the left, %n criss-crosses twice.

            Result:
            After having slid to the right, then to the left, Svyn criss-crosses twice.
            Last edited by Pence; 06-20-2013, 01:06 PM.
            Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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            • #7
              You'll 'dig' this update

              There are now additional ways of reducing your dig and bury round-times besides increasing size:
              • Chimera gain a natural bonus.
              • Undead and Humanoids gain a bonus if they are carrying a shovel.
              • Builders gain a bonus, with pure builders getting an even greater bonus than mixed-role builders.
              • Builders with Digger as a role gain an additional bonus.

              These bonuses stack, so if you're a gigantic shovel slinging (or chimera) pure-role digger, you'll be the fastest hole-digger in all of Uthgol.

              Please @report any issues you may find.
              Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.

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              • #8
                Undead hairstyles

                Changed undead hair options to 'no' instead of 'gone' so new characters' description should read 'no hair' instead of 'gone hair.'

                This change is not retro-active, so if you have a character with 'gone hair,' send in an assist and we will get it changed for you.
                Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.

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                • #9
                  The mark command now also shows how many total marks you currently have.
                  Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.

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                  • #10
                    "Illusion recall" now includes the total number of illusions you have acquired.
                    Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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                    • #11
                      When a character with mentor mentors it will properly tell them that they're mentoring, not grumbling.
                      Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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                      • #12
                        What Hidden Abiliites?

                        At long last, the Immortality Tomb has a proper helpfile.

                        The Snipe ability does too. And the ability has an icon as well.

                        Finally, the help files for the following abilities should be a bit easier to find now:
                        Advanced Structures, Advanced Traps, Duelist, Two Weapons, Resonance, Shroud of Mist, True Sight, Spit Acid, Whirlwind, and Mixer
                        Wyrhtan, Grendel's Revenge GameMaster

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                        • #13
                          A number of toy items have been added to the random treasure list that human adventurers may spawn with.

                          As always, @report any issues.
                          Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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                          • #14
                            A typo when building rooms has been corrected. Previously, it would say:
                            You order your gruntsto begin building an Arena to the south.
                            It should now say:

                            You order your grunts to begin building an Arena to the south.
                            Thanks to Korky for @reporting it.
                            Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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                            • #15
                              Great news for mixers!

                              The longstanding issue where afreet trees would not spawn should now be corrected.

                              I set them to spawn rarely in a certain area and manually added a few in to get things rolling.

                              As always, please @report any issues.
                              Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

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