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Monday, January 5, 2004

Jedi Knight Arena Contest Winners Announced - Brian @ 9:19 PM
Brad has posted a thread containing the JKA winners on the Discussion Forum. The post includes screenshots of all the winning levels. Word is that the mod will be released tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

New Jedi Academy FFA Level: MultiDuelPad - GhostOfYoda @ 1:58 PM
File: MultiDuelPad
Author: Gigon
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is multipad structure floating in space.
New Jedi Academy Duel Level: Beware The Rancor - Duel - GhostOfYoda @ 2:04 PM
File: Beware The Rancor - Duel
Author: Gigon
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a dungeon-like duel arena. It has a respawnable rancor and a usable portcullis.

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

New Jedi Knight Arena Level: Official Jedi Knight Arena Level Pack - Brian @ 4:32 PM
File: Official Jedi Knight Arena Level Pack
Author: JKA Team
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Jedi Knight Arena is a multiplayer modification for Jedi Knight, similar to Rocket Arena which was originally released for the Quake series. JKArena pits two players against each other at a time. Other players wait in the observation area until it's their turn. Available weapons can be selected by the host and players can take themselves out of the "queue" at any time. These settings are saved across level transitions, making psuedo-dedicated servers a possibility (host can start a game, set up the weapons, remove him/herself from the queue, and then leave the game to run itself on a score or time limit).

More information on creating your own JKA levels can be found on the Official Jedi Knight Arena web site.

  • Brad "oSiRiS" Huizenga
  • Justin "Juz`" Stocks
  • Brian Lozier
  • Rishka
  • The_Mega_ZZTer
  • Blood_Asp
  • time_b0mb

Thursday, January 8, 2004

New Jedi Academy Mod: Minimal_HUD - GhostOfYoda @ 10:24 AM
File: Minimal_HUD
Author: Gigon
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Because I was annoyed by the solid metalic parts of the hud I removed them. In my opinion, everything that blocks vision is not good!
New Jedi Academy Capture the Flag Level: Yavin Valley - GhostOfYoda @ 10:57 AM
File: Yavin Valley
Author: Torchy
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a Yavin themed ctf map, inspired by the yavin single player mission. Each base resides on a landing bay in the clearing. There are 3 main routes to the enemy base; a couple forest trails and a lower trail through a small rocky valley and cave.
New Jedi Academy Mod: StarwarsiaNewHope 1.2 to 1.3 Update - GhostOfYoda @ 11:07 AM
File: StarwarsiaNewHope 1.2 to 1.3 Update
Author: Teddy X
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This update deals with some requests I recieved concerning the sabers and the force FX tonedown.
  • Episode I sabers vs1.31 replaces Brighter Sabers vs1.2 (This mod gives you sabers that are straight, not pointy and look more like the Episode I sabers).
  • Alternate file: Brighter Sabers vs1.3 (Like 1.2, Episode IV through VI look, but straight sabers like in Episode I Sabers vs.1.31)
  • Force FX-SFX Tonedown (Jedi Academy only) -Replaces Force Effects Tonedown, this does everything Force Effects Tonedown does and also removes the force protection and absorbtion aura's almost completely).

Sunday, January 11, 2004

New Jedi Knight Mod: Duel Zero - GhostOfYoda @ 12:37 PM
File: Duel Zero
Author: Checksum and Acharjay
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
I'll summarize this mod for the front page, check the level page for a much more detailed description.
  • New saber and gun graphics.
  • New gigantic block radius.
  • Choose from one of four different saber systems.
  • Choose from one of seven different saber forms.
  • Modified player physics, a new force power, some other stuff.
In short, I can't do it justice here. Check it out in the level summary page instead.
New Jedi Knight Utility: Patch Enforcer - GhostOfYoda @ 2:14 PM
File: Patch Enforcer
Author: The Mega-ZZTer
Description: To sum it up, Patch Enforcer is Patch Commander's little, faster, brother. However, Patch Enforcer has some features that Patch Commander does not, and Patch Enforcer lacks some of PC's more advanced features in favor of faster loading times. Just try Patch Enforcer for a few days, mmk?

Monday, January 12, 2004

Site Status - Brian @ 3:02 AM
As you probably have noticed, certain parts of our site are still down due to the recent PHP upgrade. Unfortunately, some server configuration still needs to be done and we are waiting for our host to accomplish that. Until that time, we won't be updating SotD or LotW and the EC will be down as well. Other sections will likely be down till we move to the new back-end, hopefully within two or three weeks. Sorry for any inconvenience.
3do Terrain Generator - Brian @ 3:05 AM
Hellcat has posted a very interesting tool for creating realistic looking terrain in Jedi Knight! It uses a heightmap (similar to Quake3 engine games, Serious Sam, and likely a lot of others), which is basically a 2d image containing shades of gray between black and white, to create a 3d representation (which of course is a 3do for JK). There are a lot of screenshots in the thread, and quite a few other showcase threads featuring this technology have been popping up.
JKArena Update - oSiRiS @ 5:02 AM
The cog files have been updated for a small bug, and therefore we have uploaded a new version of the devkit. It can be found HERE.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO LEVEL AUTHORS! The old devkit is not the one used in the official pack, this IS, so you should grab this new one immediately for any JKArena levels you may be working on.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Star Wars Battlefront Info - Brian @ 10:33 AM
buck posted some scans out of a recent Playstation Magazine, and KOP_Snake notes that LucasArts posted a press release (dated today) announcing the game. There are also 12 screenshots on the LEC site.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

JKArena Site Update - oSiRiS @ 12:43 PM
The JKArena site now has a section with screenshots of all of the levels in the pack. Also, it now works properly with Opera.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Screenshot of the Day & Level of the Week - Brian @ 6:00 PM
As you can probably see, the Screenshot of the Day and Level of the Week scripts are back up and running. There was a problem with the Level of the Week, however. Most of the votes for the current LotW were lost, which made it so the LotW is based on a very small number of votes. Please vote again for your favorite levels so they get recognized properly.
Battlefront Interviews - Brian @ 11:18 AM
ShackNews noted that there are two new Star Wars: Battlefront interviews.
New Jed Plugin - Brian @ 3:59 PM
Darth Slaw sends word that dr0id has released a new plugin for Jed:
drOid has put together a new Jed Plugin. It cleaves a group of multiselected sectors along a plane defined by 3 multiselected vertices (not necessarily part of the sectors). Download locations for the plugin and the source code are found below.
All these sites and links appear to be down as of now, but they were up yesterday so they will likely be back online soon.

Plugin: Download
Source Code: Download
dr0id's Site:

Friday, January 16, 2004

New Jedi Knight Mod: SSR 4000 Pro - mscbuck @ 8:02 PM
File: SSR 4000 Pro
Author: ID_Junkguy
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This sequel to the highly successful SSR 4000 includes the improved SSR 4000 Pro sniper rifle (based on the SIG SSG-3000) with body-piercing bullets and a better scope, a new UGW assault rifle (based on the Steyr AUG) that uses virtually lagless cogs, useful dodge maneuvers, punches and uppercuts and kicks, ability to dive and go prone, an improved jetpack, heart-thumping music, and more.

There are also TWO revolutionary and totally unique modes, both activated by a hotkey. Combat Mode lets you run on walls while having lower gravity, faster movement, a green Matrix-like tint, and spinning reloads. eXtreme Time is like "Bullet Time"; everything is in slowmo, with slow animations and warped sounds.

Please ensure that you set all of the hotkeys, and remember that the only new guns are #2 (SSR) and #6 (UGW). I hope you enjoy this fun mod!
Jedi Academy Duel Level Contest - kak @ 8:35 AM
Gothix sent word that Levelsource is having a Jedi Academy level contest. For more information, check out this thread!

Saturday, January 17, 2004

New Jedi Knight Mod: Scorpion - GhostOfYoda @ 7:04 AM
File: Scorpion
Author: Darth Slaw
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: In this mod, you get to be Scorpion from Mortal Kombat 2 (instead of Kyle), complete with harpoon feature and teleport ability, though you must be Scorpion to be able to use them. If you are Scorpion, you can also punch more rapidly. When you teleport, you will be able to select your target and warp behind him (above head level). And when you harpoon a sorry character, "C'me here!"
New Jedi Academy Single Player Level: Imperial Outpost Part 1 - GhostOfYoda @ 7:26 AM
File: Imperial Outpost Part 1
Author: Eike Legien
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Your ship has been captured by an imperial outpost. You, Jaden, an apprentice of Kyle Katarn, have to find a way out of the Imperial Outpost. This Outpost has been alerted of your presense and some troops are on the way to docking bay 134 where your ship has landed.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Interview with Steve 'Blaster' Brown - BV @ 6:14 PM
Kengo sends us news from his site
Hey guys, Over at Map-Review we have an interview with Steve "Blaster" Brown, author of the highly enjoyable single player levels Mainframe 2.0 and Dark Alliance for Jedi Outcast, who is now working on a single player project for Jedi Academy called 'Revenge of the Sith'!

All the best,

Check it out!

Sunday, January 25, 2004

New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: Weapons Factory - GhostOfYoda @ 9:07 AM
File: Weapons Factory
Author: Vaprolinx
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This a small level, best for 4 people, set in a factory full of weapons.
New Jedi Academy FFA Level: SwoopfunV1.1 - GhostOfYoda @ 9:26 AM
File: SwoopfunV1.1
Author: Gigon
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is an update of 'swoopfun'. I have deleted the two custom vehicles from the map's pk3 because it ued to cause a max_vehicles error. So, for the map to work properly, you have to have place the two original vehicles' pk3 in your BASE folder.

- sithspeeder_mst by Monsoontide, Duncan_10158
- speeder_bike_dun03 by Duncan_10158
New Jedi Academy FFA Level: ffa_Castle Reflex - GhostOfYoda @ 9:26 AM
File: ffa_Castle Reflex
Author: Reflex
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is my first map for JA. It is a castle built in the snow of Hoth. This map is compatible with FFA but no bots routes are included.
New Jedi Academy FFA Level: Coruscant Speedway - GhostOfYoda @ 9:34 AM
File: Coruscant Speedway
Author: Sith-J-Cull
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: (NB: This map is based on the JKR idea with credit to the original author who started JKR.)

This map is an idea that I have been playing with for a long time, and I am pleased to be able to fialy release it! The map consists of respawnable swoop bikes with optional sound effects (pk3 included) a large race track with a few surprises on the way. I have kept the weapons to a minimum in an attempt to encourage the use of swoop rather than getting tied down to a FFA, although its still fun to do so.

There are various new sound effects to give the map the impression of a large city. Also near the start line there is a special spectator service with transporters to key places around the map for come realistic spectating, and there is a start line computer up on the walkway. I hope you enjoy this map. If the music is gets on your nerves, I am deeply sorry!
New Jedi Academy FFA Level: NFOR Club - GhostOfYoda @ 9:44 AM
File: NFOR Club
Author: Gigon
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a multiple gametype map of average size. It has got a few secrets and a few "things" to use. It's a clan map so it has got some clan graphics, some custom sounds and other stuff. All messages are in french as NFOR is a french clan! The zip file include french and english readme files.
New Jedi Outcast Multiplayer Level: misc7 - GhostOfYoda @ 9:49 AM
File: misc7
Author: outcast
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a small duel level.
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: Duel In The Sky - GhostOfYoda @ 10:04 AM
File: Duel In The Sky
Author: Jeffrey Aron
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a simple Multiplayer level that I created for the use with 2 to 6 players. The level is fairly self explanatory, but basically it is set on a floating junkyard, miles above a planet's surface. There is a docking station for dueling purposes, as that is what the whole level is for. Weapons are allowed and are provided but of course the fun is in the saber battles! This is my first level so I hope that you like it, and any feedback, positive or negative, would help me greatly on building future levels. Please be kind! Thank you for trying my level.
New MotS Single Player Level: The Force of a Jedi - GhostOfYoda @ 10:07 AM
File: The Force of a Jedi
Author: Michael Delavante
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a medium sized single player level for Mots. It takes place in the Empire's new headquarters on the small planet of Thalon. Kyle Katarn has been sent there by Luke to investigate, and if possible, destroy the imperials new superweapon.

Monday, January 26, 2004

New MotS Single Player Level: Life of Grismath 01 - kak @ 5:50 PM
File: Life of Grismath 01
Author: Grismath
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: LoG 01: Of All Places...

You are Tiberius Grismath, and you have an awful headache. You awake in an MRI machine in what appears to be a hospital, but you don't see any people.  What's more, you can't seem to recall how you even got there.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Files Server Down - Brian @ 10:25 AM
It appears that our files server is down. We are working to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Massassi File Backup... - Cool Matty @ 5:24 PM
Until our main fileserver has returned to working order, I've set up a backup server, which has the latest backup of the file server. This backup server is exactly that, a backup. It's not fully up to date (About two weeks old), and is nowhere near as fast. However, it'll hold us over until the main server comes back. We'll be sure to let everyone know when it returns, thanks for your patience.

You can access the server here (Requires FTP):

Some Notes: Due to high demand, Life of Grismath, although only uploaded a day or so ago, can be found on the backup. Also, you can find instructions on how to find the level you are looking for by clicking on the link above, and going to the instructions file. It's quite hard to miss. Please, also remember, this is extremely slow, and is only offered due to extreme circumstances. Please refrain from direct linking, and we cannot provide support for it. If you can't find a file on the backup, we can't help you. Sorry.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

SotD Image Conversion Script Fix - Brian @ 2:54 PM
Thanks to Brad (oSiRiS) for finding the problem that has made some of the Screenshot of the Day images look really whack. I kept blaming it on our server's graphics library, but in reality it was bad coding on my part. Not only did he pinpoint the problem, he wrote a script to convert all the old SotD thumbnails using the fixed method, so if you visit the SotD archives, you will see that the thumbnails are no longer messed up. Just for that, here are a couple of plugs: Visit Jedi Knight Arena | #massassi Chat Page

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Concerning Backup Server: - Cool Matty @ 11:34 AM
I may not have made this clear, but as this is a backup server, it has limited bandwith. Only download the levels/mods you require. Do NOT download entire directories. This has already become a problem. If someone is caught doing this, their IP will be banned from the backup server, and will have to wait until the main server comes online again. I keep a log of all connections, so please, don't make it a hassle for me, and remember, everyone has to use this server. Thank you. (The server can be found here so you don't have to scroll down to get the link again)