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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.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

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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  • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
    tended to.

    [Success: 5, Roll: 51] You make a wide, heavy-handed, slashing attack at a
    gladiator, cutting from left to right with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!
    With a surge of strength, your tin gladius crushes through muscle, arteries and
    bone, until the head of a gladiator rises a bit before suddenly crashing to the
    ground at your feet.

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    • [Success: 95, Roll: 97] With knotted walking staff held at the horizontal, you
      let loose a quick side strike at a gladiator! Critical Hit!a gladiator falls
      to the floor as knotted walking staff crashes into her knee, bending it
      backward with *POP*!
      TRproclaim power!

      Originally posted by Armataan
      Did I just get told Synodia was a better RPed character than Culexus?
      Originally posted by Bucaria
      The player of Synodia should be made a GM, he seems to have no favorites and hates everyone equally.

      Comment


      • A Cineran heavy soldier, wielding a bronze gladius, walks in from a wide wooden dock.

        Your stance is now aggressive.
        A Cineran heavy soldier is stunned!
        [Success: 5, Roll: 83] Sliding your front leg back, you pivot away from a Cineran heavy soldier while extending your spear horizontally in a parting slash! Critical Hit! The blow glances off the shoulder, scraping painfully against the base of a Cineran heavy soldier's collarbone!
        You are no longer busy.
        Your stance is now berserk.
        [Success: 5, Roll: 85] Stepping forward aggressively, you clear the way with rapid stabs of your retalq-tipped spear, all thrusts aimed at a Cineran heavy soldier! Critical Hit! A painful wound is opened up on the side of a Cineran heavy soldier's neck, dangerously close to the jugular. A Cineran heavy soldier stumbles to one side as an attack meant for his neck catches him square on the chin.
        A Cineran heavy soldier is no longer stunned.
        A Cineran heavy soldier falls unconscious.
        A Cineran heavy soldier's face slowly oozes blood.

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        • [Success: 5, Roll: 96] Stepping forward aggressively, you clear the way with
          rapid stabs of your boison-tipped spear, all thrusts aimed at a Cineran
          soldier! Critical Hit! Your boison-tipped spear digs into a Cineran soldier's
          hip but stops abruptly as it hits bone. Your boison-tipped spear slams into a
          Cineran soldier's thigh, chipping bone and sending him staggering in agony!
          You are no longer busy.

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          • [Success: 5, Roll: 90] You slam your head into a gladiator. Critical Hit! The head lands squarely on a gladiator's nose with a bloody crunch!

            Ugh.

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            • A thug, wielding a nicked dagger, walks in from a narrow alley.
              A thug is stunned!
              [Success: 95, Roll: 96] Stepping slightly to the side, you bring your
              iron-capped quarterstave down in a forward spin and unleash several rapid
              strikes aimed at a thug! He suffers a bruise to his right shoulder. Critical
              Hit!Severe shot to the ribs is accompanied by a cracking sound!
              Bone-shattering blow to a thug's arm leaves it hanging limply at his side!
              A thug screams!
              TRproclaim power!

              Originally posted by Armataan
              Did I just get told Synodia was a better RPed character than Culexus?
              Originally posted by Bucaria
              The player of Synodia should be made a GM, he seems to have no favorites and hates everyone equally.

              Comment


              • Success: 5, Roll: 85] Tilting your Iridine wall shield on a vertical axis, you
                make a sudden stab at a gladiator with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!
                Piercing strike to the exact point of a gladiator's shoulder joint shatters
                bones and causes his arm to go limp!


                Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                tended to.
                [Success: 5, Roll: 87] Tilting your Iridine wall shield on a vertical axis, you
                make a sudden stab at a gladiator with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!Your
                tin gladius stabs through a gladiator's throat and severs his spine, killing
                him instantly!

                Comment


                • [Success: 24, Roll: 82] Extending your iron gladius in one hand, you whirl around, stepping towards a gladiator, before finally bringing the blade down in a powerful diagonal slash! Critical Hit! The iron gladius slashes right through a gladiator's shoulder, taking a fair bit of flesh with it!

                  couldn't hold onto his weapon after.
                  Kergan Adrenna: ex-Lancer, pole dancer and rebel extrodinaire

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                  • [Success: 5, Roll: 97] Stabbing a vicious-looking man suddenly with your boison gladius, you draw your arm back halfway and cut across with a follow-up slash! Critical Hit! The tip of your boison gladius penetrates cleanly through a vicious-looking man's hand before pulling out again! A bloody curve is slashed through several of a vicious-looking man's fingers, nearly losing him one of them.

                    Comment


                    • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                      tended to.
                      [Success: 5, Roll: 95] You make a wide, heavy-handed, slashing attack at a
                      gladiator, cutting from left to right with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!You
                      behead a gladiator in one swift, clean stroke!

                      Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                      tended to.
                      [Success: 5, Roll: 85] Making a wide, false, slash, you point the pommel of
                      your tin gladius at a gladiator and aim for the head! Critical Hit!Your tin
                      gladius crushes a gladiator's head inwards, blood gushing over her face as he
                      collapses! The solid blow stuns her!

                      Comment


                      • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                        tended to.
                        [Success: 5, Roll: 85] Tilting your Iridine wall shield on a vertical axis, you
                        make a sudden stab at a gladiator with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!The
                        powerful blow penetrates cleanly through the skull! A gladiator stands for a
                        moment with a hole in her head, before collapsing in a heap.

                        Comment


                        • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                          tended to.
                          [Success: 5, Roll: 77] You make a wide, heavy-handed, slashing attack at a
                          gladiator, cutting from left to right with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!
                          Clean slash to a gladiator's neck severs an artery and sprays you with blood!

                          Comment


                          • A shower of blood sprays out from a gladiator's general area.
                            [Success: 5, Roll: 80] Extending your iron gladius in one hand, you whirl around, stepping towards a gladiator, before finally bringing the blade down in a powerful diagonal slash! Critical Hit! Slash to the neck leaves a lingering arc of blood in the air!
                            Kergan Adrenna: ex-Lancer, pole dancer and rebel extrodinaire

                            Comment


                            • [Success: 5, Roll: 73] Extending your iron gladius in one hand, you whirl around, stepping towards a man with a hooked nose, before finally bringing the blade down in a powerful diagonal slash! Critical Hit! The iron gladius cleaves partway into a man with a hooked nose's hand, revealing bone and flesh!

                              [Success: 5, Roll: 92] Extending your iron gladius in one hand, you whirl around, stepping towards a short and stubby man, before finally bringing the blade down in a powerful diagonal slash! Critical Hit! A short and stubby man's right arm is knocked backwards after a bloody cleave by your iron gladius!
                              Kergan Adrenna: ex-Lancer, pole dancer and rebel extrodinaire

                              Comment


                              • [Success: 5, Roll: 85] You lift your back leg up, perpendicular to a gladiator, then bring around your knee, hammering him with the entire weight of your body! Critical Hit! Devastating strike to a gladiator's right thigh! Bone sticks through the flesh, and blood is spraying!
                                Blood gushes from a gladiator's right thigh He is bleeding badly!

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