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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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SEARCH Command Issue

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  • SEARCH Command Issue

    As long as a character is passive, they can be investigated using the 'search <name>' command. Once investigated, it seems all(?) of their clothing and inventory items will appear for the searching character to see.

    From a roleplaying standpoint, this is awkward to say the least. Feedback from the playerbase would be grand! :-)

    AN EXAMPLE OF IT IN ACTION: I had an incident where one of my characters was searched with -zero- RP build-up (I suspect simply to see if she was passive) and then asked about an item in her sack. What was the problem? Her sack was closed. So am I to understand that what actually happened was said character walked up to mine and in the duration of the emit for the 'search xxxxx' command, this character opened her sack and pouch to peer into them and sift through the items and also lifted/pulled down her clothing to see what she was wearing under it?

    Hrm.

    I almost wish this command had a 'y/n' choice pattern much like the soldiers at checkpoints. If not, then it should be restricted by non-law enforcers to only permit you to see outer clothing and -perhaps- contents in OPEN containers only.

    Just my .02.

  • #2
    This will sound more harsh than I mean it, but be careful who you go passive to. Yes, in that time they did search you fairly thoroughly. At least good enough to flip open your containers to peek inside and lift clothing to make sure nothing was obviously stashed. If your sack somehow had a locking mechanism that was closed I'd be more concerned. I'm sorry you seemed to have learned about this in this way. As for a consent prompt, in cases where your character could choose to be passive or not you do have that choice. You chose to be passive.

    As for "no RP build up" that doesn't mean there should be no RP consequences for something that could be seen as quite rude.

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    • #3
      At least they didnít bind you up with rope, knock you down and loot you. Thatís what happens to passive people unfortunately.
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      • #4
        As a player of multiple thieves who constantly had the issue of forgetting to un-passive after the last arrest, I second this notion. I'm also gonna try searching every female I can just to make things awkward.

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        • #5
          I don't see any problem with the search command.
          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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