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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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  • I'm not usually one to post these, but this made my day so.

    [Success: 5, Roll: 95] You lean forward, striking a gladiator with your lead palm, then turn your shoulder, throwing your rear elbow straight into him! Critical Hit! Bone-shattering blow to a gladiator's arm leaves it hanging limply at his side! Your right hand slams into a gladiator's right forearm with a sickening crrracckkk!
    You are no longer busy.
    [Success: 5, Roll: 74] You stomp your foot down on a gladiator, and hit! Critical Hit! a gladiator hops back on one foot as a strong blow nearly shatters his other one.
    You are no longer busy.
    A gladiator is no longer stunned.
    A gladiator has left a vast high defensive opening.
    A gladiator winces in great pain, almost doubling over to cradle his arm.
    I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
    Steven Hawkings

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    • A gladiator is stunned!
      [Success: 5, Roll: 46] You dip one hand then shoot an upward elbow-strike at a gladiator! Critical Hit! Your left arm shatters a gladiator's left shoulder. It begins to gush blood!

      Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be tended to.
      [Success: 5, Roll: 78] You lean forward, striking a gladiator with your lead palm, then turn your shoulder, throwing your rear elbow straight into him! Critical Hit! The force of the impact forces a gladiator off balance! Your left arm crashes noisily into a gladiator's skull!

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      • First crit kill in a very long time

        [Success: 5, Roll: 95] With your weapon turned, you stab suddenly at a short man with the butt end of your two-handed boison axe! Critical Hit! Killing thrust to the midsection disembowels a short man!

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        • now I'm curious, what mob was a short man?

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          • Originally posted by ArchMagi View Post
            now I'm curious, what mob was a short man?
            Ravanite Tunnels have them
            Tale responds from afar, "Decided to give out t-shirts to all the people I murder. Three so far. This way you can all say, "Tale murdered me! .....and all I got was this stupid t-shirt!!""

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            • Originally posted by Felisin View Post

              Ravanite Tunnels have them
              Worm Temple specifically but yep same NPC's

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              • [Success: 7, Roll: 89] You take several aggressive steps forward, striking at a
                short woman with an opposite end of your iron-capped quarterstave every step of
                the way! Critical Hit! x hacks and coughs as the blow glances
                across her throat, almost collapsing it! You drive x's nose up into
                her brain with your iron-capped quarterstave. She suffers a ugly bruise to her
                left shoulder.
                You are no longer busy.
                You can't dsweep the x.

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                • [Success: 29, Roll: 94] Twisting the angle of your two-handed boison axe's blade, you slash upward at a lean brawler! Critical Hit!Your two-handed boison axe cuts a broad incision through a lean brawler's stomach to his spine, and he feebly clutches his entrails as they slither out.

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                  • [Success: 5, Roll: 60] Stepping slightly to the side, you bring your iron-capped quarterstave down in a forward spin and unleash several rapid strikes aimed at a soldier in dark green armor! Critical Hit! a soldier in dark green armor's eyes glaze over as your iron-capped quarterstave crashes into his chest, smashing through bone and puncturing a lung. He suffers a bruise to his right arm. He suffers a bruise to his face.

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                    CRUNCH! a short brawler's hand hangs limply after being smashed by your iron-capped quarterstave!
                    The blow cracks a short brawler's jaw and she spits out blood and bits of teeth!
                    A vicious blow fractures the shoulder, leaving the arm limp!
                    a muscular woman feels the force of the blow to her neck vibrate up and down her spine. she collapses from the pain!
                    Devastating strike to a muscular woman's back breaks it like a twig. a muscular woman falls to the ground and quivers for a moment, before dying.
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