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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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  • Ask the Auxilii!

    In case you didn't know, at any given time there's a pretty good network of auxilii members in game to answer your every question on our aux chat line. It's newer, so some of the old returning folks may not know of it. All you do is type 'aux' in front of your text, and we'll see it. If you ask for directions or gear, we'll tell you to ask in game. But commands, mechanics questions and general help, we will gladly point you in the right direction as best we can.


    Here are some frequently observed questions and their answers. Feel free to add to the list if you've got helpful tips, too.


    -Count people: If you want to see a list of who is in the room, you can type 'count people.' But this is seen. If you want to do it quietly, type 'ac .' with the . OR 'ac Miri' but I don't think this works for other people, just to see who is approached to your own character.

    -Collect: There isn't a shortcut that I know of to open all chests and coffers, but you can empty them all with one command. 'Collect contents <1-22> coffer empties it onto the ground. 'Collect contents <1-22> coffer into my sack' into container.

    -Undress: Use this command to take off all armor and clothing. Can type 'stop' to make it end!

    -@allow check <name> shows you if you are allowing this person to hug you, etc. passive check <name> likewise. You can only do that if the person is present. If you want to just clear all type 'passive none'

    [[ETA: Thanks to Sceadu for this one: you can just type 'passive check' and see the list.]]

    -SP calculating command for current and future skills: ssk costs

    -The | sign works as 'and," so you can 'group all stone|pebble|mineral' ,or 'target brute|thug|dog|newbie'
    Last edited by Miri_arielle; 02-16-2012, 12:17 PM.
    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.>

  • #2
    In the Welcome Area, type @menu to change your description, gender, speech pattern.

    Don't forget that the reader sees an 's' at the end of your speech so if you set your speech to: dances with wolves, they'll see: Miri dances with wolvess, "Hey newbies." Instead type 'dances with wolve' even though it looks bizarre to you, it's correct to the rest of the world.
    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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    • #3
      Originally posted by Miri_arielle View Post
      Instead type 'dances with wolve' even though it looks bizarre to you, it's correct to the rest of the world.
      Not bizarre! I feel like a rockstar when I 'fizze' things to everyone.


      Get it? Rockstar? Fizzing? hur.

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      • #4
        A few more commands you might want to know about / use:

        2wield - Used instead of "wield" to wield a polearm in both hands.

        Target - @mtarg, mtarg, or targ"et" all work. This sets it so whatever you are targeting will be used if you use attacks on "<target>" So you could macro your slash attack to expand to "slash <target>". When you enter the dumps for example, you could "@mtarg rat|hound" and then you would only need to type "slash" in order to slash at the first rat or hound in the room.

        Collect - "collect pouch from <1-20> corpse" will collect the pouch from the first 20 corpses in thr room. "Collect contents <1-20> pouch" will empty the first 20 pouches into the ground. "Collect contents <1-20> pouch into my backpack" will instead empty them into your backpack.

        Passivewield - This sets it so that you automatically unwield your weapon if law enforcement warns you to do so. This will prevent you from a criminal charge of wielding a weapon in the city, if you forget to unwield manually.

        Sstats - a brief summary of your stats page.

        Sskills - a brief summary of your Skill Point totals.

        Skills ? - gives you a list of commands for all your known skills.

        Proclaim ! - ONLY to be used in emergencies for things like game-ending glitches or immediate problems that are a detriment to your gameplay or that of others, or when contacted by the staff. This allows you to communicate directly to the staff.

        @feedback - Used to give the staff feedback. General, or specific, your feedback is appreciated.

        @kudos - Used to inform the staff of other people you see role-playing well. Let's us know that someone is deserving of appreciation.
        Game Master Tale
        Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is actually a smoothie. Common Sense is knowing that no, ketchup is not a smoothie.

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        • #5
          2wield would be awesome for cestii... just saying

          Grant/Revoke- allows people to work on the doors of buildings you own

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          • #6
            Cadaes

            If you have a tile, and are not superstitious: 'focus tile'
            Then to use it, 'send <message>'
            To finish using it, 'eyeclose'

            If you don't want to be contacted by cadaes, 'ignore'


            Welcome Area

            To page something privately to a user, '@page <username> <message>'

            The mail system is really... special.
            To send mail to an offline/nowhere'd user: '@mail <username>' (enter), then it will tell you to enter your message.
            To check forum messages, there are a couple ways to do things.

            '@forum' is the easiest, I think. It gives you a pretty little menu with a few options. "R" will give you all of your forums, but not your personal mail.
            '@mail on me' gives you your mail. Then '@read <message number> to read a message in your inbox.

            If you want to get fancy schmancy, you can type '@mail on *<messageboard>', asterisk and all, and then @read <message number>. This is just faster if you're reading a ton of messages in a row. For example: '@mail on *aux' will give me the Auxilii forum. Then I type '@read 3983' to read about [super secret stuff].

            If you like to keep it clean, like I do, you can go back to that @for/@forum panel and type "M" to mark them all as old. Then, whenever there's a new message, you can go @forum > S > Ret (for return) to go through the new messages individually.

            Whew.

            Random

            'prefs' has all kinds of goodies

            @color is pretty cool, too. I have only tested its use on Zealotry.

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            • #7
              Passivewield - This sets it so that you automatically unwield your weapon if law enforcement warns you to do so. This will prevent you from a criminal charge of wielding a weapon in the city, if you forget to unwield manually.
              Exception to this rule: cestii. Cestuses will not automatically unwield when you have passivewield on and you will serve a 6 RL hour sentence for Disturbing the Peace if you walk out of the square that the NPC constable is in before manually unwielding.
              The position being taken is not to be mistaken for attempted education or righteous accusation- Only a description, just an observation of the pitiful condition of our degeneration.

              Oh doom and gloom, oh doom and gloom, the GMs are fools and do not realize what a position they have put us in. They could not possibly have thought of all of this already, for they are but tiny brained fools.
              Keep on keepin' on, can ya dig it?

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              • #8
                If you need help calculating money in game, you can use the convert command.

                USAGE: convert <amount> <coin type> [to] <alternate coin type>
                EXAMPLE: convert 5 talents to cents
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stonespyder View Post
                  Exception to this rule: cestii. Cestuses will not automatically unwield when you have passivewield on and you will serve a 6 RL hour sentence for Disturbing the Peace if you walk out of the square that the NPC constable is in before manually unwielding.
                  @report?
                  Maybe? They've been pretty good about fixing stuff like that to be more even/fair.

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                  • #10
                    you can 1wield a two handed weapon


                    Originally posted by Miri_arielle
                    If you need help calculating money in game, you can use the convert command.

                    USAGE: convert <amount> <coin type> [to] <alternate coin type>
                    EXAMPLE: convert 5 talents to cents
                    This is awesome. After all the years i didn't know this command.

                    You can write new macros quickly if you type
                    @macro pour (shortcut for the macro)
                    pour oil in my lantern (what the macro should do)
                    @macro w2
                    2wield spear|javelin|pilum (| will make it possible that you wield all three types of a spear with just one macro)

                    Grouping:
                    'group all wasp|beetle' - will group all parts that have wasp or beetle in their name, you will make a nice large parts pile from them
                    If you skin a rabbit completely and there are various organs scattered all over the ground you can just 'group all rabbit' and all the parts will be grouped in one large pile.

                    Another useful macro is a macro for emptying your sacks:
                    @macro e1
                    empty my sack
                    @macro e2
                    empty my 2 sack
                    .....
                    Useful in an encounter with bandits

                    Combat macros:
                    @macro jab
                    jab <target>
                    @macro jab hi
                    jab <target> high
                    @macro jab h
                    jab <target> head
                    @macro jab ne
                    jab <target> neck
                    and so on with each attack, then you just type 'tar man' (would be target man in longer) and you're prepared to kill that faceplate which is attacking you
                    You can also make macros for each target type.
                    @macro man
                    target man
                    @macro sands
                    target seafarer|sailor|marine

                    A few more shortcuts
                    ssk - sskils but shorter
                    ss - sstats
                    pos - will show your current combat stance

                    Edit: just noticed that Miri already posted some things that i wrote.

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                    • #11
                      @sp-count for a tally of your total skill points gained.


                      Learned this one when I accidentally sold a custom item to Hazin and didn't realize it until a day later. You can label your custom stuff so it gets flagged if someone discards or accidentally sells it. 8)
                      Usage: @CUSTOM?-ITEM <item>
                      Please use this only on truly custom items. Abuse of this command will result in its being taken away.
                      Last edited by Miri_arielle; 02-21-2012, 06:55 PM.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Since it came up in the other thread:

                        Directing Emotes at a target:

                        Hat-tip to Armataan for the skeevy example:

                        :smiles seductively at <raid>
                        Culexus smiles seductively at Raidian.
                        Culexus smiles seductively at you.

                        :glances down at <raid+p> rump, catcalling audaciously.
                        Culexus glances down at Raidian's rump, catcalling audaciously.
                        Culexus glanecs down at your rump, catcalling audaciously.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Languages

                          To SPEAK in a different language, type:

                          speak <language>

                          To speak in Common again, either type:

                          speak common
                          or
                          lang

                          ==========================================

                          To WRITE in a different language:

                          GET/TAKE your writing instrument, DIP it in a jar of ink, and have your parchment/vellum/scroll/codex ready (in your hand, on a desk, on the ground, wherever).

                          Then,
                          WRITE on <item> in <language>

                          ====================================

                          Note: If you want to write in the Common tongue, just type: write <item>

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                          • #14
                            Newb Questions!

                            How do I take a single cent, or a specific number of cents, from an group or armful? Can this be done with non-money groups?
                            Signature.

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                            • #15
                              Usually you can 'split <item> [#]' to split off <number> of items into a separate group. For example: split cents 1, will split off 1 cent.

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