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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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    A more detailed history of the League has been added to the game world. The lore has been turned into a scroll and put in the library titled, "The Founding of the League."

    Some Highlights for you Aestivan Characters or Wanna-Be-Hoplites:

    The six cities are Aestiva, Haradun, Naeva, Prolos, Astyne, and Gniima.

    They controlled the lands, fought each other at times, and acted very similar to the Greek City States.

    The League was formed in response to a barbarian invasion and capture of Gniima. The city-states united, formed a League, drove them off, and were amazed at what work they accomplish when not trying to kill each other. The Aestivan League thus started as a military confederation.

    Aestiva is the capital city.

    [This suggestion was found buried in the forums from 2003]

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    Good stuff. Glad to see things are still being added to the library.
    Don't tread on me.

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    • #3
      yes, good to see stuff related to the game added to the library, I just wish all those plagiarized Aesop's fables would be removed. all of them.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ArchMagi View Post
        yes, good to see stuff related to the game added to the library, I just wish all those plagiarized Aesop's fables would be removed. all of them.

        How many are in there? Maybe they could be "Iridine-ized?"
        Don't tread on me.

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        • #5
          there's a lot of them, and they've also been inserted into certain official documents.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ArchMagi View Post
            there's a lot of them, and they've also been inserted into certain official documents.
            Which official documents, if I may ask? You can PM me if you don't want to post it publicly.
            Don't tread on me.

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            • #7
              I found an old document on Aestivan History and added it to the wiki. It was originally meant as a book but has been broken into block quotes for each of the categories. Enjoy.
              Aestivan League

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