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

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.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

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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  • Digital tablet - Kindle ability

    I finished adding several new things to digital tablets recently. Namely, now they work like Kindles (somewhat).

    You can upload your book into a database, so anyone else with a tablet can download it. And you can also download any books listed in the database.

    All newer digital tablets (the skywriter compatible versions, with blue tinted screens), now have a 'backcover' page, as well. This page is meant to be used for excerpts. Any excerpt you write on this page can then be sent to the DB, when you upload your book. The page works like any other page, except:

    There is a 100 character limitation, repeated use of the 'write' command adds a new space, not a new line, and @write and @read will not work with it. And the 'excerpt' command will overwrite any text stored on the backcover page.

    For a list of all tablet commands, type: Ask my tablet "Help"

    Each character has a set limit of 4 saved books each. But if you require more, let me know and I can change it. It's primarily there to keep spam books and such to a minimum. Also keep in mind that administrators and government officials can see all books that have been placed into the database, so it may not be a good idea to write books touching upon certain subjects (colony history, scientist backgrounds, anti-govt. material, etc.)

    If you write a book for the database, I strongly suggest you seal it, save it into the DB, then just put it away somewhere safe. You don't want to accidentally overwrite your new book by loading a new title onto the tablet. I also suggest using Word or some other word processor, and saving any books onto your PC for safekeeping.

    Another addition added recently is that all new tablets are Skyreader compatible. But Skyreader tends to dislike IE, so if you want to use it, I recommend a different browser. Command to use it is simply: @Read.