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

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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Laws of Alpha Colony

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    Attention Alpha colony citizenry!

    It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Security that not all citizens are familiar with the laws and regulations of the colony. For clarification I provide you the following:

    General Laws of Alpha colony

    All newly grown citizens of Alpha have been pre-imprinted with the regulations for the colony. However, if someone tries to bypass their pre-imprinted list of rules and common sense, the Ministry of Security is in charge of helping this information take precedence again.

    Newly hatched citizens, under 30 days of age, are considered underaged and susceptible to be influenced. To help all newly hatched citizen become well integrated with society, any romantic relationships of any kind, as well as physical or subjective requests and allusions are strictly prohibited, and this between underaged citizens and between underaged and older citizens.
    Underaged citizens should not be looking for these types of interactions with other underaged citizens or with older citizens, or will be regarded as precocious. If a precocious citizen is found, they will be first informed of the law. If they persist, they must be put in a cell for a week, for their own protection. If the behavior persist, they must be put in a cell for a period of a month.
    Older citizens are strictly forbidden to encourage underaged citizens to practice any of the above mentioned activities, and this openly or insidiously. There will be no warning for older citizens. Any older citizen caught doing any of those crimes, whether it be as a joke or seriously, will be considered defective. The first offense will result in one week of imprisonment. More offenses will result in one month of imprisonment. If the defective criminal persists, it could result in long term Mendus internment.

    If anyone is given a warning by a member of the Ministry of Security, be aware that it begins to count against you. After three warnings you will be considered showing signs of disorderly conduct.

    If anyone is proven of showing signs of disorderly conduct -- meaning lacking respect for caretakers and officials in the colony (including officers of the law), nudity in public places, or other behavior deemed unruly, they will be fined 7% of the value of their total property plus receive a type 1 session of reprogramming.

    If anyone is found guilty of abusing the neural com, they will be fined. The public channel is offered as a courtesy of the Alpha Government. It is allowed to briefly greet one another and find a place to meet, to inform Citizens of official matters, and to help newly hatched Citizens with questions they might have. Any other exchanges should be done using other means, such as e-mail, phones, or meeting in person. Fining can occur at any time after com recordings have been reviewed by an official com monitoring official. Fining will remain at the discretion of the monitoring official. Repeat offenders might get bigger fines. Be advised that abuse of this device will result in deactivation. Major brain surgery will be required for all abusers, causing extreme pain and loss of mental function.

    If anyone is proven to have stolen goods, they will be forced to return the stolen items and pay a fine of 5% of the value of their total property, plus receive a type 1 session of reprogramming.

    If anyone is guilty of grand theft, defined as stealing objects worth a value of 5000 credits or greater, they will be forced to return the stolen items and pay a fine of 8% of the value of their total property plus receive a type 2 session of reprogramming.

    If anyone is proven guilty of assault, they will be forced to pay a fine of 10% of their current property value. In addition, they will go through a type 2 session of reprogramming.

    Murder, treason, crimes against the state, and signs of cannibalism will bypass any of these guidelines and the perpetrator will be sent directly to the Mendus Institute.

    Repeat offenders will be fined at an incremental rate of 5%, and may face additional reprogramming and/or brain surgery. If the offender reaches a type 3 session or has to be arrested more than 3 times, they will be put in jail until they can bail themselves out. If the offender needs particular attention and does not show signs of improvement, they will be sent to the Mendus Institute.

    All criminals may be jailed for an indeterminate amount of time, at the discretion of the Ministry of Security.

    General Laws covered under Govt. Ordinance #510.

    In addition to these regulations, orders and instructions from Ministry of Security personnel is to be considered a law or regulation. That is to say it is to be followed to the letter otherwise potential reprogramming, incarceration, or other suitable punishment will be dispensed.

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

    "Algorithms I trust. Boolean logic I trust. Beautiful women... they just mystify me." - Charlie Sheen, "The Arrival"
    "Not a robot." - Callum