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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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Healers of Light: A New Game

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  • Healers of Light: A New Game

    As stated in the @events posting this event has a cost of one talent per entry. Players may enter as many times as they wish. Eighty percent of all sold tickets will be returned to the winning purse with a maximum of twenty entries and a top prize of sixteen talents. Some entries are available before the event and tickets are sold at the event. You must have your ticket to win.

    As always, if you have questions about the event seek Neithan in game [or post them here]. If you have questions about the venue see Kyrah.

    [
    The remainder of this post is to serve as an OOC explanation of the rules and operation of the game.

    Each entrant will receive a parchment labeled with a unique identifier. On the parch is a grid of five rows and five columns. The game plays as a one dimensional Bingo. This means that a randomly selected parchment drawn from a sack and labeled with it's value will be read. Any and all cells containing the announced word may be marked. This foregoes the B-I-N-G-O matching portion of Bingo. A winning parchment will have marked all the entries in any row, column or diagonal.

    This is an example parchment:
    Code:
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    | Cent    | Lounge  | Priest  | Bank    | Spear   |
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    | Tailor  | Insula  | Wine    | Arena   | Baths   |
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    | Globi   | Thief   | Iridine | Axe     | Senate  |
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    | Dirk    | Healer  | Cult    | Sterce  | Invex   |
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    | Ludus   | Brandy  | Harbor  | Posca   | Staff   |
    +---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
    If "Cent, Insula, Iridine, Sterce, Staff" is called this parchment would win. This is only one of the combinations that would win for the given card.

    The identifiers will allow the announcer to know when a winner is reached, and which identifier won. However, each person is to keep track of their own winning. The first to call out their win will take the prize. More than one person might reach a winning combination simultaneously, so be quick!
    ]

  • #2
    Haha cute.
    A woman in a shiny boison helmet with an absurdly tall dome says to a ram in Cineran, "Oh yes, hit me now, you bad bad bad sheep."
    A woman in a shiny boison helmet with an absurdly tall dome is stunned.
    A ram bumps roughly into a woman in a shiny boison helmet with an absurdly tall dome with its head!.


    “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs

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    • #3
      Thanks, we try.

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      • #4
        We have a winner! Psilac won but graciously decided to hand his winnings to Poscadelius and Merula instead. The results are posted below.

        Code:
        $ php play.php
        Game ready!
        Press ENTER to make the first call.
        What should the next call be? Tailor
        What should the next call be? Sterce
        What should the next call be? Insula
        What should the next call be? Baths
        What should the next call be? Stola
        What should the next call be? Priest
        What should the next call be? Toga
        What should the next call be? Casino
        What should the next call be? Cent
        What should the next call be? Bank
        What should the next call be? Staff
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] y
        What should the next call be? Domus
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] y
        What should the next call be? Steps
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] y
        What should the next call be? Spear
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] y
        What should the next call be? Invex
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5, 72c8bbc909e4bc74df7cb62f67c441
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] Wine
        What should the next call be? Wine
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5, 72c8bbc909e4bc74df7cb62f67c441
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N] y
        What should the next call be? Socks
        There was a winner! Card(s) 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5, 72c8bbc909e4bc74df7cb62f67c441, ec319a36aa978f4676d6da0d4de091, c6ea7455bc3cd71d1b916f48b6b470
        Do you wish to continue? [y/N]
        The card holders were as follows:
        Code:
        Angeliek = 6f353a82fca21af2a38f75bb2bec98, Ec319a36aa978f4676d6da0d4de091
        Poscadelius = B0568d6e8b237cbf07bf1918fb72b6
        Sithrin = 72c8bbc909e4bc74df7cb62f67c441, D85439dc5d8a2372270de5e1ef525a
        Merula = 95ad0dba2e96ff5314f22201940778
        Psilac = 115839a2fbece277f2e3e405ce9bb5, 15b0652ae3e97a394cd9ed56deedf2
        As you can see, Psilac took a while to call his winners. He announced his success after Spear was called but before Invex, just edging out Sithrin. It took two further calls for the next person to have hit the winning combination.

        The final winnings were 16 talents.

        On behalf of the Healers of Light Neithan sincerely hopes that everyone had fun. The grunt work is mostly done for this and we could play this game regularly both for the organization and at social gatherings unrelated to the Healers of Light.

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        • #5
          Big kudos to you for writing the app for this (and for writing out those cards)! Hope we can utilize it again soon.

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