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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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Attention Alpha Colony Citizens - Alpha Occurences

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  • Attention Alpha Colony Citizens - Alpha Occurences

    As all citizens are aware there are many exciting activities to engage in Alpha colony. Your Alpha colony government understands that this occasionally precludes citizens from engaging in other exciting happenings. It is your Alpha colony government's honor and privilege to provide updates and information regarding events in Alpha colony.

    Brain Mite Infestation
    Recently an infestation of brain mites was discovered among the citizens of Alpha colony. Doctor Knight said in a statement, "It's a good thing we caught it when we did, otherwise we might have lost many valuable experiments!" While the average brain mite is considered harmless to your average citizen it is extremely dangerous to the average human.

    Thanks to quick action on behalf of Alpha colony's medical citizens this infestation has been stymied. Following a very exciting brain surgery the last of the mites were disposed of and the temporary lockdown preventing doctors and other important staff to visit the colony has been lifted.

    Citizens are still encouraged to submit themselves for inspection and continued monitoring.

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    Additional Brain Mite Information and Dr. Knight's Preventive Treatment
    As you are likely aware, there has recently been an outbreak of brain mites, which are completely harmless and nothing to be concerned about. Please be advised the citizen carrying the mites has been operated on and her scalp removed. Dr. Knight offers a three stage preventive treatment to all members of the colony. You may step into his office to inquire for it. He also offers physicals for new hatchlings to uncover potential manufacturing defects, which is highly unlikely due to the doctors being exceptionally capable.

    The Botany Group
    The Botany group is currently seeking to grow and regroup. Once a group is created we plan to go out to the green to investigate, dig and check the ground and grow our own plants as well as offer our services to the community in the form of lectures or new discoveries in plant life. For further information please contact Citizen Ginger via email.

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      An Evening of Positive Interaction
      As we are all aware, positive action is important for a healthy colony. After a long fishing and hunting trip, several citizens met at in the Pyramid's recreation parlor. Beverages were served and the citizens spent their time socializing and dancing, bonding in a productive manner. The event took play by suggestion of Sergeant Callum, a helpful Ministry of Security officer who often finds creative ways to increase the productivity of other citizens. We could all learn from these citizens.

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