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TJA is ten! Share your experiences here
Apr 17 2012 03:14pm

Alex Dkana
 - Staff
Alex Dkana
So, May 17th of this year will mark the Tenth Anniversary of The Jedi Academy. You may have already seen or heard of some of the things the Staff have planned to mark this occasion, but it is also a time for looking back.

Whether you are an oldbie who has been here since the dawn of time, or joined years after TJA first opened it's doors (or even only joined recently to play TOR with us :o) we want to hear from you!

Share your stories, anecdotes, screenshots, videos, memories of anything and everything - the good, the bad, and the PINK!

We will be collating some of the choicest recollections into an upcoming series of articles that will be published over Anniversary week.

This place has given us all a lot to talk about over the years, so... who'll go first? :)
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To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield | Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken | Rhaiko D'kana - SWTOR EU Guild Co-Founder | Is it what the teacher, teaches? Or what the student learns? A Dkana

This post was edited by Alex Dkana on Apr 17 2012 03:15pm.

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May 18 2014 05:46pm

Zachry D'Kana
 - Jedi Knight
 Zachry D'Kana

My joining can be considered pretty late, for it was the beginning of 2013 when I first entered the Academy map and my journey started. It was thanks to Dash Starlight, whom one day I met on a public JA+ server where he used to play at the time. We quickly got to know each other and he became my first teacher, later inviting me to the Jedi Academy.

If I were to define a true friend, it would be enough to say ’Dash’. I can probably never thank him enough for all his help and his cheerful and honest personality and the fact that I would probably never have found this place if not for him. Whenever I think of the JA I instantly remember all that tons of hours of fun we spent on training yellow (comebody, ketchup, yeha, oaky, btw-nvm :D), telling corny jokes, talking about writing, the old days or doing whatever. He’s always been the kind of person I could talk to about anything or have a great time with.

As the second stage, I met Jaina D’Kana who proved in my life the most difficult person to get to know. I remember that I often misinterpreted her and it took me a LONG time to understand her ways. Just like it goes with introverted people I guess, there’s always something they can surprise you with, never being able to figure them out completely.

My first memory of Jaina is when Dash introduced us on the FFA5 map and I got beaten several times, each by 100 100. I remember the immediate interest and respect those defeats generated. I wanted to know how it was possible. I wanted to understand. She quickly became a goal for me to pursue, and she probably inspired me in more ways than I can think of. I was SO happy and grateful for every opportunity when she would train me and I could get some tips, because I always felt like it took me to the next level. It was also along Jaina’s guidance that I understood that although I may accept what others tell me, and I may follow exactly what they say, in the end I must use my own head to progress and walk my own path, because every method and technique eventually become a restriction. I remember it as an exciting period, spending hours and hours to train and figure things out, waiting for the next chance to test myself.

For someone who had thought he would never be able to find a master, someone similar in personality, someone who could understand, I must tell that Jaina is the best thing that could happen to me on my way in jk. If anyone, she teaches you how to keep your wits about you. She’s a GENIOUS (lol) and an overall awesome person with great humour (and smilies that can make me laugh every single time <_< :D).

This post is getting way too lenghty, but I feel I must tell about how the JA has the power to change our lives. Basically, when I made my comeback into the game after a long break I was in a quite difficult period in my RL. I often suffered from depression and I sometimes felt that my life was worthless and wasn’t going anywhere.

As I joined up with Dash and Jaina however, my perception started to change. JK has become a shelter for me where I could relax, regenerate, find the fun that was lacking from my life. And while my RL friends were abandonning me, I found that having a virtual friend can mean a LOT. I never thought I would say that a game can really shape someone’s fate, but it was in JK where I came to realise that things can be handled simply, that all problems can be solved and it just depends on us to make the effort and pay the necessary attention and energy. I learned about never giving up, to always give the best of yourself, and how you should take the time to observe things before you rush into anything. I learned to question, to understand, to always look for new opportunities to grow in both skill and personality. I learned about not making excuses and complaints, never projecting out any blame or anger, but see if you were the culprit. I learned the meaning of standing up for our friends, and not taking life too seriously. And although we may often make mistakes, I learned that we can always accept those mistakes and fix them, and we SHOULD care about fixing them. Undoubtedly, it’s an experience that changed my whole thinking and the way I used to live. It became a flame that keeps me going forward, providing a light that shows the right way, never letting me to sink into regression.

I also learned much about people, how they behave and react in certain situations, how they handle situations concerning power, how we all are different with different needs. Moreover, I learned a nice deal about pr0 players, corny and mean jokes, teaching, how to push people into the pit… omg THE PIT IS SO MUCH FUN!! and there are many many other things and many people whom I think fondly of but I simply can’t list here because then I should write a whole book about it.

TJA has been a place of constant fun for me from the very first moment. It has given me heartwarming friendships (seriously, I haven’t met someone in TJA whom I think badly of… YOU ARE ALL AWESOME OMGOMGOMG!! :D) and it continues to be an inspiration for me every day. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay all the kindness and love I received here, but I do hope and wish that others may share the same experience. Honestly, hardly any other game fills a so special place in my heart, and I think it’s not exaggerating to say it’s similar to the feeling of home. So, a BIG THANKS to everyone!

Stay awesome people! :D

ZDK
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Always striving to be better.

May 18 2014 02:48pm

HitMan
 - Student
 HitMan

I remember trying to log in a few years back and getting a message saying that my account has been inactive to long please contact an admin...:P

But wow 10 years... I guess I remember finding this place from the jk2files site? And well I was in and out of this place just enjoying the community atmosphere. Those times when you'd join the server and the bot spawn room be full of sith npcs trying to kill you haha. Or eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new academy map to bask in it's beauty.

Yeah so many duels, random ffa battles.. getting told to move the ffa battle out of the courtyard... ha.. I remember killin Sauce when he was afk and he'd do the same to me as well...or wait was it when I was typing, either way just fun times.

I remember joinin the Aurochs team and competing in the ESL... feels like forever ago... glad to see the academy still up and running. I've been getting the urge to swing a lightsaber around lately maybe I'll have to find my disks and reinstall jk2/jka.:cool:
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The tired grow old...Somehow you always knew...How has it changed so fast...Wandering a new...Games that never end...The fighting see it through...

May 15 2014 09:27pm

Masta
 - Jedi Instructor
 Masta

It truly was hopeless. I resorted to taunt spam to try and distract him or make him lose his cool, but to no avail.
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Find out more about the Jedi Academy Aurochs here and more about Masta here!
Married to Kain.


May 15 2014 09:14pm

Jaina D'Kana
 - Jedi Instructor
 Jaina D'Kana

Quote:
My favourite memory is 99,99% win rate in duels against Jaina D'Kana and Masta.


We could never win :(
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INTP

May 07 2014 09:45pm

JavaGuy
 - Student
 JavaGuy

My memory must suck b/c I just looked it up and saw JK2 was released in 2002. Perhaps I'm thinking of my second born (2003).
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May 07 2014 08:54pm

JavaGuy
 - Student
 JavaGuy

It has to be older than that because I remember telling people on our JK2 server that I had to leave because my wife was in labor with our first child. That was in April of 2000.
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My signature is only one line. You're welcome.

Apr 22 2014 05:05pm

Wicek
 - Nugget
 Wicek

My favourite memory is 99,99% win rate in duels against Jaina D'Kana and Masta.

Apr 21 2014 01:30am

SilkMonkey
 - Distributor of Cold Ones
 SilkMonkey

My only regret is I didn't get on Virty enough to get a fountain made for no reason.

Missed opportunities :(
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|-HK-47 -SilkMonkey: You are receiving a warning for being_too_sexy. If you do not stop, action will be taken against you.|| (11:13:43) � Virtue dances for Silk ||Smiling owner of Smilykrazy's 6000th comment =) ||Odan Wei's Proud Big Brother|| Janus is my official TaruTaru Cuddly Animal Type Person. ||(@Virtue) Or you could just be a man and set fire to your genitals.....you won't fall asleep for days after that.......trust me.||Thomas Skywalker er for sexy for sitt eget beste!!!!| Not changing sig until the JA loosens up. (Started: Aug 31, 2005)

Feb 27 2014 12:42am

Virtue
 - Jedi Council
 Virtue

Mune: That bar was the only thing that made it through around 5 or 6 different map versions (including the Beta maps), everything else changed in some way or another. :)
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Academy Architect

Feb 17 2014 11:42pm

Sared
 - Retired
 Sared

I remember being a kid. A stupid, stupid kid. ;)
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I'm crazy, not stupid.

Feb 14 2014 04:18am

Mune
 - Student
 Mune

Oh man. I got a lot of social awkwardness out of my system here, haha... I sure do miss this place. I honestly couldn't believe Virtue was going to build me a bar. I mean, who was I? But hey, if someone wants to build you a sweet bar, you just say yes.
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Captain Barkeep.

This comment was edited by Mune on Feb 14 2014 04:22am.

Aug 31 2013 05:48am

SaberWeildinKow
 - Student
 SaberWeildinKow

Hm...not sure if I'm considered an oldbie yet, but I post once a year or so, so why not.

I'm 24, married and a father now, but I remembered this game and the good time I had on these servers 10+ years ago. I remember joining the academy, watching those who joined with me get masters, make friends, and really become a part of the community. I didn't act much more maturely than you would expect of a 13 year old, and frankly offended a few people through the forums, but appreciated ya'll letting me hang around anyway. I even thought I played half-decently until Sauce came around and would beat me 49/50 duels :D

Well I guess by now we're probably all oldbies :P

Aug 29 2013 09:38pm

Kamidake Kenji
 - Student
 Kamidake Kenji

Memories of a simpler time...a happier time. :P
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"...wait, what?"

Apr 06 2013 04:21pm

Dash Starlight
 - Jedi Instructor
 Dash Starlight

Quote:
P.S. Dash, for the millionth time, that saber is pink!

BANT! :mad:
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The name is Bond. James Bond.

Apr 04 2013 10:33pm

Raz
 - Student
 Raz

I don't even remember how I ended up finding this site.
But from Laziana showing me around the map and the pit dueling for a while, Jaiko showing me the basics of dueling and the philosophy behind it (and then disappearing forever damn it) to the classes, and missing a chance to be Sauce's padawan.

Then that short period when Sauce, Jaina, Dark Daemiser and me were the only people consistently online. Trying to become Jaina's padawan. And those two dueling Dark and me without holding back was the most fun I had with this game.
But also, becoming friends with Saz, which transcended JKA. Years later, he is one of my few very best friends(whiny bitch). I will always remember this place as an integral piece of my teenage years.

P.S. Dash, for the millionth time, that saber is pink!
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Proud fan of DJ Laziana

Mar 30 2013 03:23pm

R2D2
 - Staff
 - The winner!!!
 R2D2

@Ataris... JAbot was your third parent :empire: :D
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"Do or do not, there is no try"
Jedi Master Yoda
Dual Saberist


Mar 27 2013 08:45pm

Ataris
 - Milwaukees Finest
 Ataris

TJA is basically the place where I grew up. I kid you not when I say those countless arguments and occasional bans taught me how to behave more than my parents at that time did.

Don't get me wrong my parents schooled me plenty when I was a kid. But from age 17 (2003) up to around age 20 (2006), when I went to the military, most of my time was spent around the numerous activities that TJA treated us to. Classes, Radio DJing, TS, goofing in-game, trying really hard not to use cursewords on IRC, trying to negotiate with the JAT+ not to be banned when I got in trouble.. Everything was just awesome.

BTW (this just popped in to my head for some reason) what was that webcam chat programme called where you could have dozens of people on your screen at the same time? I remember I used it that one NYE and "everyone" was on it.

In any case I'd like to thank each member that made this place what it was and those lifelong friends that I've made without ever actually meeting any of you face to face. Not to go all soft on you guys now but this place and by extension all of you meant a lot to me growing up.

:alliance::empire::alliance::empire::alliance:

-Tomas

PS.
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Mar 21 2013 04:03pm

Kenyon
 - Lord of the Dance
 Kenyon

Quote:
powerstrutting with Kenyon


*struts*

*leaves again*

Mar 11 2013 05:44pm

Casual
 - Student
 Casual

TJA gave me some great memories.

Being bestman at Plank & Menaxia's wedding, powerstrutting with Kenyon, DJ'ing TJA radio, trying to spread some Star Trek gospel among the unbelievers, fooling around in IRC and loving every damned minute of my life with you nerds.

Alas, real life has me the jingles and I only pop in once a year or so to comment in nostalgia posts such as this :)

Missing you all, though!
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Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.


Feb 19 2013 12:04pm

Dash Starlight
 - Jedi Instructor
 Dash Starlight

It's really good to hear how much people have been enjoying their time in here. :)

Quote:
Bonus points for anyone who went to the first JA PROM.


I think the first prom I attended to was in 2005 or something. I'm such a newbie :P
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The name is Bond. James Bond.

Feb 15 2013 07:46pm

SilkMonkey
 - Distributor of Cold Ones
 SilkMonkey

Holy crap 10 years?!

Man I am old.

Just wanted to say hello and thanks to everyone who I got to chat with and connect with while I was still in HS/early in my college career. Bonus points for anyone who went to the first JA PROM.
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|-HK-47 -SilkMonkey: You are receiving a warning for being_too_sexy. If you do not stop, action will be taken against you.|| (11:13:43) � Virtue dances for Silk ||Smiling owner of Smilykrazy's 6000th comment =) ||Odan Wei's Proud Big Brother|| Janus is my official TaruTaru Cuddly Animal Type Person. ||(@Virtue) Or you could just be a man and set fire to your genitals.....you won't fall asleep for days after that.......trust me.||Thomas Skywalker er for sexy for sitt eget beste!!!!| Not changing sig until the JA loosens up. (Started: Aug 31, 2005)

Feb 14 2013 11:36pm

Rosie
 - Student
 Rosie

Oh man this is awesome!

MISS AND LOVE YOU GUYS!!

I don't think I've heard or read the word laming since I left bahahahah. I should use it for customers at work.

I don't have any specific memories. Generally trying to become better all the time and being liked by as many as possible :P yes very obsessed. Getting accepted into aurochs was the highlight of my life at that time, so nice to be part of a team and feel needed (ish my kill/death ratio was horrible).

I wish I hadn't been so shy and joined in when everyone went onto TS, seemed like such good fun :)

I probably should not have played as much as I did and tried to socialised a bit more with people in my surrondings but hey ho everything has its time :D

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Feb 14 2013 08:40am

SmilykrazyDonita
 - Retired
 SmilykrazyDonita

Wow 10 years old?!! How is that possible since I continue to get younger every year?

I spent the greater part of my early 20s here and really enjoyed this community. It was my first real gaming experience and I was actually fairly decent at JK2. I was not so lucky when JKA came out but I still enjoyed the environment. Most public servers were filled with rude people or "Lamers" and it wasn't enjoyable. This place was always the place I could go to and have fun with real genuine people. Of course we had our share of bad eggs but they were few and far between compared to all other servers. It doesn't surprise me that a decade later people are still here and still friends. Makes me happy to see that. :D
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RIP MOM 06/29/58-07/31/08 Married to Koyi Donita 4/30/11

Feb 13 2013 12:08am

MOTREC
 - Student
 MOTREC

Ah yes, JA memories! I have ALOT of them. (having spent days on end hanging with the awesome people here) Going WAAAAAYYYYY back here but... I remember hanging out on teamspeak for "Acey's hour". That was alot of fun! Plus I had never heard an Australian talk before so it was a bit of culture shock too. In fact there were quite a few "Aussies" on teamspeak, Furious, Garos, Senor Hat, Ozzcoz, etc... And ofcourse Acey. They really loved 2 things I used to say, 1) You guys sound like Steve Irwin and 2) "Fosters! Australian for beeaah". ROFL. They tried their hardest to not come undone with me for stuff like that. And then, I almost ended up divorced!!! as soon as my wife heard Roan Belouve (Roan is from England btw) talk on teamspeak. I was like "WTF! My voice is lower than his!" her reply "yeah but he has a low voice and and that accent!" W/E rofl.

I also remember the EXTREMELY fun weekends when Virtue and Kenyon would serenade us! And they did it from their respective homes. They would play guitar and piano together, harmonize with eachother, and sing some really excellent songs. I could have sat there listening to them for hours. I would request songs and Kenyon and Virt would always incorporate my name into the song. It was a blast.

DJsith and alcohol, Here is a brutal combination. Nothing like hearing mild mannered DJsith talk like a dock worker in his drunken stupor lol. He would make fun of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE! OMG!@ there were nights he was real bad. LOL. It was all in good fun but "too much of a good thing" and all that you know.

JJ, OMFG, TALK ABOUT MAKE YOU LAUGH FOREVER!!!????!!!! Holy crap would he go after some people in ts. If JJ didn't like someone, yeah, they were mentally screwed. But mostly he would talk about how much he wanted to sex me and sing like Michael Jackson LOL.
I know I'm going on and on but I can't help it, there are ALOT of stories! There was one time where your's truly,(me), lost his voice. Roan and Vax were on TS and I joined. Well it wasn't too long and they had me on a roll, (those of you who have experienced me know what I'm talking about) and the next thing I know, Roan and Vax got everyone from the Euro server on teamspeak laughing their heads off at me and not having a voice and trying to yell at them. Even my wife was laughing at what she was hearing in the living room. There were like 15 to 20 people on teamspeak that night, ALL LAUGHING AT ME!! Well how I sounded/ what I was saying. Oh yeah, some REALLY GREAT times in the JA. It's nice gaming with "like minded" people. And getting the opportunity to break some of the stereotypes that I had thought were true about different people from all over the world. I learned alot more than how to play a video game, I learned how to be an even better person. That's one thing that you can't get from any class or by following any rules. It's the people who make that sort happen. Happy late 10th Jedi Academy!! And remember, it's just a website with out all of you guys.

This comment was edited by MOTREC on Feb 13 2013 12:09am.

Jan 14 2013 12:27am

PlooKoon
 - Student
 PlooKoon

Hahah Yes DASH! I love you too, and it makes me tearfully happy to think someone remembers my classes and all the other people that you've mentioned. I am currently 21..last year of university. I joined when I was 11, playing with a joystick on jk2 /ultracool with 56k dialup. Essay deadlines for tomorrow but will return to spam with my memories!!! Nice to read all of these bad boys.

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I love trips down memory lane.


My first class ever was KaTaN's, which was a lot of fun. I participated in many others as well over the years, including:
- PlooKoon's Basic and Advanced Red Stance classes (yes red! :P);
- PlooKoon and Lancer's Single vs. Duals/Staff;
- Virtue's Basic Medium Stance and Advanced Medium Stance;
- Luke's Lightsaber Training (advanced yellow) class;
- Leif's Hybrid Stance class.
And many, many others. Heck, I was even in that class by SmileyKrazy that SaZabi mentioned. He and JK13 won the Tag Team Tourney, me and my partner were the runner ups. I remember it was a VERY good final. Good games, guys. :)

I remember teaming up with Kenny Jowol and Majno as training partners. We'd practise what we had learned together, giving each other feedback and talking things through. That really helped me understand things better. What also helped, was the training I got from so many friends here: PlooKoon, Lancer007, illian D'Kana, Jaiko D'Kana, Jaina D'Kana, Virtue, Dacascos, JK13, Carda and many others.

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Moo

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