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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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More Woodsie Updates!

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  • More Woodsie Updates!

    Originally posted by Tale View Post
    • A new Lore has been added to the game called "Advanced Camp Cooking Lore".
    • Advanced Camp Cooking Lore allows woodsie cooks (depending on their ranks in Basic Camp Cooking - specific rank requirements withheld) to use alternate cooking methods on various cookable items.
    • Different cooking methods detailed in this lore work on different types of items, but there is some crossover for each method.
    • These alternative cooking methods add new flavors, smells, and descriptions to the food in question.
    • Some of these methods require the use of new cooking tools.
    • A new cooking tool has been added as an option to the Whittle skill. Skewers!
    • A new cooking tool has been added as an option to the Survival Weaving skill. Broilers!
    • A new Lore has been added to the game called "Field Dressing Lore".
    • Field-dressing entails turning certain corpses into whole food items rather than skinning them for individual parts. A chicken corpse, for example, would become 'an uncooked whole chicken'.
    • Field-dressing requires a certain number of ranks in Advanced skinning (specific rank requirements withheld) in order to use.
    • Details and usage syntax of both new Lores can be found by recalling the lore in question once learned.
    • Both Lores function like previously released woodsie Lores. They can be purchased with General Skill Points, or with skill points in the related skillset.
    • Please see your local cave-dwelling wild-man if interested in learning these new and exciting camping Lores.
    As posted in the Minor Changes forum thread. Enjoy, and feel free to discuss!

    (Note: These are camp cooking methods, so do not expect pots, pans, oils, or seasonings.)
    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.

  • #2
    cool, gonna have to learn those now.

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    • #3
      Can we make it so rats can be field dressed? For those urban hunters...
      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.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mikeand View Post
        Can we make it so rats can be field dressed? For those urban hunters...
        Going to go with no (as this is geared towards wild game that can be caught in traps). And also? Eeewwwwwww! (>_<)
        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
          After some constructive player feedback, the following changes have also been implemented:
          • More forest critters can now also be field-dressed.
          • Field-dressing a corpse now results in a quality-of-skinning descriptor (based on your combination of ranks in all three skinning skills) just like normal skinning to reflect the quality of the final product.
          • Skinning ranks now determine the final quality of field-dressed food items and better quality results in better tasting food, just like normally skinned meat.
          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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