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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.

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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  • #46
    Message 468 on *news:
    From: Wombat
    To: *news
    When: 10:22 pm, Saturday, September 03, 2005
    Subject: Exchanging coinage
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    The Pay and Sell commands have been updated so that you may now use them while not located inside a bank.

    The teach command has been added to to allow automated charging for lessons using the following syntax:

    teach <skill> [to <rank>] [for <amount> <coinage>]

    Any problems with this new functionality should be @reported immediately.


    Message 470 on *news:
    From: Sceadu
    To: *news
    When: 11:28 pm, Tuesday, September 06, 2005
    Subject: Welcome Area Auctions
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    We've implemented the ability for the GMs to now auction off items in the Welcome Area for RPs. Some items may stay up for auction for extended periods of time, so be sure to check 'action view all' upon waking there for a possible chance to get that unique WA item you've always wanted.


    Message 471 on *news:
    From: Sceadu
    To: *news
    When: 8:57 am, Wednesday, September 07, 2005
    Subject: Welcome Room Auction Sign
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    I've place an 'automated auction sign' in the WA to make it easier for you to check the open auctions. All you need to do is look at the sign to get a list of items up for auction along with instructions on how to bid. Have fun.


    Message 474 on *news:
    From: Wombat
    To: *news
    When: 3:12 am, Sunday, September 11, 2005
    Subject: Randomness
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    You can now choose a random object from a container by substituting the word random in place of the regular item name.

    Eg. get random from my sack


    Message 476 on *news:
    From: Wombat
    To: *news
    When: 4:43 am, Tuesday, September 20, 2005
    Subject: Quick updates
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    Shera has been updated and should now repair all cloth fabrics. Take charcoal-blackened cloth items to her to be repaired.

    Zappers can now be recharged. Zap the post in the WA store.


    Message 478 on *news:
    From: Sceadu
    To: *news
    When: 2:53 pm, Saturday, September 24, 2005
    Subject: Dog calling.
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    For those of you that can't seem to keep up with your dogs, you can now 'whistle' and if they're in an area adjacent to you, they will come to you. The mechanics of this may change in the future. As always, please @report any problems you may encounter.


    Message 480 on *news:
    From: Jenn
    To: *news
    When: 7:52 am, Thursday, September 29, 2005
    Subject: Event posting
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    Recently we have received event submissions by a few players attempting to post-date events by adding in future dates at the bottom of the event listing.

    Please do not do this.

    It creates confusion for the GM handling the event schedule as well as players seeing the listing to see a date at the bottom of the event post in addition to the regular date at the top. The event handler is not mechanically set up to accept post-dated events. The event schedule is posted by every Wednesday afternoon for that week up to Monday. If you need an event to be posted for the following week, please wait until the current event schedule is posted Wednesday afternoon before posting your event.

    If you need to advertise your event for a week or two prior to its actual date to raise player attendance, please do so in your in-game guild forum, ICly in game, or on the web forums, and then submit for the appropriate date.

    Any events now received with a post-date at the bottom will have this date removed and the event will be posted for the date it was submitted on.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    The GM staff


    Message 483 on *news:
    From: Wombat
    To: *news
    When: 9:18 pm, Wednesday, October 05, 2005
    Subject: Bug fixes
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    The chest in the clearing of the Traevant forest now has a lock on it. It's somewhat dissapointing that this wasn't reported in the previous 40 weeks that the chest has been there.

    Whip-using gladiators should now attempt to free themselves from grapples. Cestus-using gladiators should now react to someone entering the room, rather than just standing around inactive until someone approached them; expect tumble lunges once more.

    A bug allowing several moves to be aimed at places they shouldn't have been able to be aimed at has been fixed. This bug affected Whips' Face Strike and Precise Snap, along with a few of the more recently released attacks.

    Pankration's grapples should now be interrupted in the same way that Brawling grapples are, this should include being interrupted by a successfully landed attack.

    Constables and other officials will now warrant people for Assault of an Official if they are attacked. They will also be far more attentive to their surroundings when it comes to warranting for violent offenses that they witness.


    Message 485 on *news:
    From: Sceadu
    To: *news
    When: 12:21 pm, Sunday, October 09, 2005
    Subject: A Warning to Repeat Offenders
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    Notice:
    A system of keeping records of arrest made has been put into place allowing the ability to keep track of all arrest made of characters from this day forth. A word of warning: Repeat offenders may find penalties greatly stiffened or possibly find themselves facing trial in the future.


    Message 487 on *news:
    From: Sceadu
    To: *news
    When: 9:21 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2005
    Subject: GSP conversion.
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    It is now possible to convert your GSP into a particular skill SP with the new '@gsp' command. This should help out in those situations where a character wishes to combine GSP with SP to learn a new skill. Please @report any problems.


    Message 490 on *news:
    From: Wombat
    To: *news
    When: 11:06 pm, Friday, October 28, 2005
    Subject: Group accounts
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    Anyone caught purposely depositing junk into organisation's bank accounts will be fined. Further abuse will result in their accounts at all Seneda banks and message offices being closed, and them being barred from the Auction House.
    “We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” ~Bill Watterson

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    • #47
      Latest news

      Message 491 on *news:
      From: Wombat
      To: *news
      When: 1:44 am, Tuesday, November 01, 2005
      Subject: Tweaks
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      Linen belts with bronze buckles will no longer provide better protection than a waistguard.

      The trait Blade Mastery will no longer affect actions where you are not able to control your blade/cutting-edge enough to demonstrate such mastery, in addition to actions which do not involve a blade at all. This includes, but is not limited to, all whip attacks, archery attacks, unarmed combat attacks and thrown items.

      Bronze waistguards have been fixed. More weight, better protection.

      Bronze galeri have been fixed. More weight, better protection, and the ability to be worn with the correct array of clothing.
      ---
      “We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” ~Bill Watterson

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      • #48
        Message 496 on *news:
        From: Sceadu
        To: *news
        When: 1:29 pm, Saturday, November 26, 2005
        Subject: @birthday
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        Use the new @birthday command in the Welcome Room to enter your birthday into the system. Birthdays MAY be used for some future plans.
        ---

        Message 498 on *news:
        From: Wombat
        To: *news
        When: 10:53 pm, Thursday, December 01, 2005
        Subject: Addition to Show command
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        You may now show someone the contents of a container using the Show command, like so:

        Show [contents of] <container> to <person>

        Eg. show contents of sack to japes

        As with any additions, please @report any problems immediately.
        ---

        Message 499 on *news
        From: Wombat
        To: *news
        When: 1:01 am, Tuesday, December 06, 2005
        Subject: Penalties and bonuses
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        A (very) long-standing bug has been fixed which was causing the penalties which should have been given to certain moves in the spears and trident skillset not to be applied. Said moves will now suffer a penalty when used at close range.

        The bug had a side-effect of stopping stance bonuses being applied to some trident moves, which should now work as intentended.
        ---

        Message 500 on *news:
        From: Wombat
        To: *news
        When: 9:33 pm, Tuesday, December 06, 2005
        Subject: Stance bonuses
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        Stance bonuses in general have been lowered. Previous bonuses of 40-70 left those with stances with a severe and unfair advantage over those who did not wield a weapon that had a stance available to it. It's possible the bonuses will be reviewed when stances are more widespread among the combat skillsets.
        ---

        Message 501 on *news:
        From: Wombat
        To: *news
        When: 9:42 pm, Tuesday, December 06, 2005
        Subject: Attribute-emulating Skills
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        The attribute-emulating skills have been fixed. Their maximum bonus will now be comparable to a low-end exceptional stat in the bonuses it gives during combat.
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        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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        • #49
          Cralus in Blackvine now has a practice dummy in his dojo.

          Thanks to Blackening for the suggestion.
          Relevant to most forum threads.

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          • #50
            Kept looking for this, had to go through the ingame forums to find it thought I'd stuff it in here for future reference.

            From: Tiehn
            To: *news
            When: 3:02 pm, Saturday, December 13, 2008
            Subject: Komidus' expanded wares
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            Attention all aspiring authors:
            Komidus now sells both more distinctive codices and a codex with double the
            size. That means you have 20 more pages of great poetry to inflict on your next
            girlfriend!
            But wait, there's more. If you buy within the next....okay, it's the same
            whenever you buy it. Enjoy!
            Amatoria crams a fist full of biscuits in her mouth.
            You pick out a biscuit from some biscuits.
            You consume the last of a biscuit.
            Dragaxus says to you, "You know you're quite sexy when you do that."
            Amatoria spits crumbs all over, "You're just saying that."

            Typically, 9 times out of 10 in TEC you are bored you just dont realize it because your brain functions at a higher rate and it keeps you from thinking about the possibility that you are simply sitting there doing absolutely nothing.

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            • #51
              I don't know if this was announced, and I don't know how recent the change is, but one of the GMs apparently implemented a suggestion I had requested months ago:

              Aquari, the wedding priestess merchant just east of the Temple of the Morning, now sells wedding rings. These are customizeable with various adjectives and metals.
              Relevant to most forum threads.

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              • #52
                Rattlers have been introduced.
                Themis attempts to strike with her fine pine quarterstave but strikes a nearby wall instead!
                You exclaim to Themis, "Wall banger!"

                Lang may yer lum reek!
                We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns!

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Heinzius View Post
                  Rattlers have been introduced.
                  This is nothing new. They've been in the game for a long time.

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                  • #54
                    Bandus will now allow you to checkout of his inn instead of just shrugging or frowning at you. Also the innkeepers returned to all 3 of the inns in rock valley a little while ago.

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