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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.

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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New Medical Training Device

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  • New Medical Training Device

    I just installed a new training device for all characters with the medical skill. It's located in the anatomy lab (2nd Floor, Science Building)... lying on a table.

    He's similar to the organ torso training tool that I am sure many of you have seen. Same body, but now instead of spewing out organs, he just bleeds a lot.

    To use him, first tap the display screen attached to his neck. You can also examine the screen to see check his current blood levels. Once he hits zero, the poor fellow temporarily dies, before he slowly refills again.

    After tapping the screen, a procedure will be announced for you to perform. Have your suturing tool ready beforehand, as each procedure is timed.

    You will be presented with various body parts to suture. Example: It may say to suture -- the abdomen --

    The command to suture him then is: suture synthetic man "the abdomen"

    Use an evoke at the end of the regular suture command for each specific body part. Each procedure is timed, and if you complete it successfully you will gain experience in the medical skill. Regardless of how you perform, he will lose some blood... but he'll lose less if you suture him properly. You can repeat the procedures until he hits 0% blood levels.

    After he is drained of all of his blood, you will need to wait until he refills again. The time is somewhat random, currently set for every 2-4 hours. You can use him repeatedly throughout the day, but it's first come, first served. If someone else drains him, you will have to wait until the next refill before training on him.

    He's still somewhat experimental, so please report any bugs you may find.
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