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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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  • Just wanted to re-kudos for the padded weapons. No joke I have trained more in the last 3 days than the last 2 months, and having this option is a big part of it. More training, more training partners, more fight-based RP for me. Good times.

    (And kudos for not having to revert so I can keep my 3 days of training).
    I used to be a gladiator like you. Then I took a round-strike to the neck.

    Originally posted by Cracked.com, on "Pottermore"
    But if there is real, player vs player dueling enabled, a whole realm of emergent-gameplay opportunities open up that can be used to wreck everything for everyone. We already know how this will play out - wrecking a community isn't a new hobby, not since the Vikings invented player-killing in the eighth century

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    • Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
      (And kudos for not having to revert so I can keep my 3 days of training).
      *knocks on wood*

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      • Originally posted by jkidd View Post
        *knocks on wood*
        It is still locked up for everyone else too, right?

        Originally posted by VinianQuartz
        HAIL CULEXUS

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        • Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
          (And kudos for not having to revert so I can keep my 3 days of training).
          I brought this on myself.
          I used to be a gladiator like you. Then I took a round-strike to the neck.

          Originally posted by Cracked.com, on "Pottermore"
          But if there is real, player vs player dueling enabled, a whole realm of emergent-gameplay opportunities open up that can be used to wreck everything for everyone. We already know how this will play out - wrecking a community isn't a new hobby, not since the Vikings invented player-killing in the eighth century

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          • Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
            I brought this on myself.
            And all of us too *facepalm* No soup for you! One year!
            ~Having children, it's...it's like, it's living with little mini-heroin addicts. You know, they're laughing one minute and then they're crying the next. And then they're trying to kill themselves in the bathroom for no good reason. They're very mean and selfish and burn through your money. And they break shit...~

            Originally posted by Sirrius
            Aww it's okay bot, english isn't your first language.
            Iroko exclaims to Aerilia, "HAVE YOU BEEN THERE THE WHOLE TIME?!"

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            • Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
              I brought this on myself.
              If I'm gonna have to have a scape goat, it might as well be one as cute as you.
              Originally posted by Ravenlark
              Miri, you are such an OOC rebel.
              Taking things out of context ftw:
              <Wallace thinks aloud: Leonias, Cleburnus, Occulo and work your way down the list.>

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              • Originally posted by Miri_arielle View Post
                If I'm gonna have to have a scape goat, it might as well be one as cute as you.
                I call marriage bias.

                Originally posted by VinianQuartz
                HAIL CULEXUS

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                • Originally posted by Armataan View Post
                  I call marriage bias.
                  You can prove nothing.

                  ETA: I'd almost think it'd have the opposite effect, no?
                  Originally posted by Ravenlark
                  Miri, you are such an OOC rebel.
                  Taking things out of context ftw:
                  <Wallace thinks aloud: Leonias, Cleburnus, Occulo and work your way down the list.>

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                  • Kudos to all the staff for trying to fix this crash/revert/lag issue ASAP. My respect for each and every one of you has increased fractionally.

                    Keep up the good work!

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                    • ^^^

                      Seconded. And thanks to ShannonA and Wyrhtan too.

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                      • A heavily battle-scarred bandit bearing several tattoos runs in, responding to the noise of battle!

                        --That's really awesome. The spawn pattern, the emotes, the... it's just awesome! I know it took a lot of work, so thanks!

                        A pool of blood dries up.
                        --I've heard that's not new, but it's the first time I've seen it. I like it.
                        I used to be a gladiator like you. Then I took a round-strike to the neck.

                        Originally posted by Cracked.com, on "Pottermore"
                        But if there is real, player vs player dueling enabled, a whole realm of emergent-gameplay opportunities open up that can be used to wreck everything for everyone. We already know how this will play out - wrecking a community isn't a new hobby, not since the Vikings invented player-killing in the eighth century

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                        • Kudos to the gms, for the very fair compensation for the recent issues. Its always nice to be reminded that we are valued as players.

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                          • Originally posted by Tyril View Post
                            Kudos to the gms, for the very fair compensation for the recent issues. Its always nice to be reminded that we are valued as players.
                            *sighs*
                            A freebie account due to a luck of funds

                            But, I second what Tyril said. It's a fair compensation, I'm glad to see that. As well as the reactivity of the GMs during those issues.
                            "No-one ever gets out of life alive. So stop taking out all the fun away from life, will you?!"

                            Vote for TEC on Top Mud Sites!
                            ... or ...


                            Wherever you go, check if they've got some real old Pilsner there... and if not, take at least a barrel with you, in case you get thirsty... You might need it

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                            • Bobby, I hate your new signature. It has Newman getting beat. That hurts us KSU fans.

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                              • Big kudos to Tale! For his VERY quick responses and work on my altered item request!

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