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The Jedi Academy is a community of Star Wars fans, with the purpose of teaching people to play Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Their website is http://www.thejediacademy.net. The Academy hosts a number of private servers, where the members can have fun and practice dueling, as well as attend classes to learn new skills. The goal of The Jedi Academy is simply "To help you become a better Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy player." The Academy has many different ranks.

Overview

"The Jedi Academy is a collection of individuals who have a common interest in playing multiplayer Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight 3: Jedi Academy. We are a multi-national group that constantly strives to provide a friendly and respectful setting in which to learn the game.

We provide instruction primarily on lightsaber dueling technique, but also team-based and capture-the-flag strategies. The Academy holds numerous weekly classes that focus attention on specific aspects of the game, taught and assisted by Jedi Academy Trainers and Knights culled from our ranks.

The Academy also provides a collection of Forums to allow for the discussion of various aspects of Star Wars, Jedi Knight, and other miscellaneous topics.
"
DJ Sith

History

The Jedi Academy was concepted by JediSith999 in 2002 when he posted on Lucasforums looking for a "Jedi Academy Training School" for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast [1]. The responses were fairly positive but the only suggestion he received was that he should consider joining a clan. Even in that thread, people had already began to collaborate knowledge and teach eachother new things.

Enthusiastic about the idea, he applied for webspace at jediknightii.net [2] and upon receiving a very positive response, sought the help of webmasters massadoobie and DJ Sith to build a website that would see instructors teach students, classes and padawans in an online school called "The Jedi Academy" [3].

"I always wanted someone to train me, but nooone did, so I think it would be nice to train others. I hope JK2.net accepts the site. Im thinking this will be done within a month or so. So Im just hoping for the best and trying to get everything organized for you."
JediSith999, Founder

A rough design was constructed [4] and submitted to the jediknightii.net team who agreed to host it [5]. DJ Sith agreed to host the academy's first server in Dallas, Texas [6].

"i do think it will help convert dozens, maybe hundreds, to the dork nation by giving them some pointers on how to play the game..."
massadoobie, Webmaster

Timeline: May 17th 2002 - April 07 2003

  • May 17th, 2002: The academy begins accepting applications for the Jedi Academy Trainer rank [7].
  • June 2nd, 2002: A new database-driven site is produced [8].
  • June 11th, 2002: A new IRC channel #ja is created on irc.enterthegame.com [9].
  • June 14th, 2002: Student applications officially open [10].
  • June 19th, 2002: The first rules page is constructed [11].
  • June 26th, 2002: The jedi_academy first map is fully released [12].
  • July 1st, 2002: The ability to comment on news, servers, users and classes was announced and an IRC java applet is implemented [13].
  • July 25th, 2002: jim[beam] of jolt.co.uk interviews DJ Sith and massadoobie [14].
  • August 29th, 2002: Complaints are reported regarding various staff members and people are advised to report it rather than spread rumours [15].
  • September 5th, 2002: The academy accepts suggestions for improvement and opens a new mail account (fixtheja) [16].
  • September 7th, 2002: Jedi Academy Trainer trials are on hold after 15 have attained the rank [17].
  • September 8th, 2002: The classes system is redone and various commenting bugs are fixed; the academy is back after being somewhat inactive recently [18].
  • September 9th, 2002: The staff publicise their new e-mail address in hopes of compiling a Frequently Asked Questions section and the Creations server [19] is removed [20].
  • September 13th, 2002: massadoobie teaches a class! [21]
  • September 20th, 2002: The FAQ is up and can be viewed here [22].
  • September 27th, 2002: The first member to offer to give out the passwords to the servers is banned from the academy [23]. Huxley, a new member, donates a new Kansas-based server to the academy [24].
  • September 29th, 2002: The servers become chaotic and full of rule breaches and the staff have to take tough action to combat it [25]. The ranks are updated to include Initiate, Learner, Journeyman, Knight, Trainer, Mentor, Master and Council [26] and it is stressed that, rather than repeatedly asking for a trial, you must earn it, deserve it and follow the procedures [27].
  • October 7th, 2002: The first of many future movie projects, aside from demos and roleplay classes, is announced [28].
  • October 9th, 2002: Learner trials are officially opened for initiates to try [29].
  • October 15th, 2002: People begin to pass the learner trials [30].
  • Ocotober 21st, 2002: The first inactive member purge is conducted [31].
  • October 22nd, 2002: aValon joins Silent Whisper and the others on the Jedi Academy Council. Huxley donates another Kansas-based server specifically for classes [32].
  • October 26th, 2002: The IRC network hosting the IRC channel goes down and the channel is moved to #ja on the irc.gamesnet.net network [33].
  • October 29th, 2002: Lightning Rod steps down [34] and cHoSeN oNe runs for Supreme Chancellor [35]. The staff once again have to take action to fight rule breaches [36].
  • November 1st, 2002: Loaf announces he is also running for Supreme Chancellor [37].
  • November 2nd, 2002: Jumpin' Jedi and Nemesis Nova are the first ones to reach the Journeyman rank [38].
  • November 5th, 2002: Ulic Belouve writes a journal of his experiences in the academy [39].
  • November 6th, 2002: cHoSeN oNe is elected as the Supreme Chancellor [40].
  • November 9th, 2002: Knights are able to take padawans, various visual updates are applied to the site and the ability to toggle people for trials is implemented [41]. massadoobie releases the first State of the Academy Address [42].
  • November 13th, 2002: The declining number of JAT is addressed by the staff [43]. cHoSeN oNe is promoted to Jedi Academy Master [44].
  • November 15th, 2002: The first Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament is announced [45]. Jumpin' Jedi is promoted to Jedi Academy Trainer [46].
  • November 21st, 2002: The second version of the jedi_academy map series for JK2 is released by =Derelict-Crusader= [47]. The Opening Ceremonies of the first TIT tournament are recorded here.
  • November 27th, 2002: ShadowSith wins the first TIT tournament and is awared the rank of Jedi Academy Knight.
  • December 1st, 2002: The Knight trials are opened but individuals must be selected by the staff before being able to take them [48].
  • December 2nd, 2002: The skin pack is updated [49].
  • December 4th, 2002: Knights are granted limited administrative abilities to keep order on the servers. Nofrikinfun and skyler_ are promoted to Jedi Academy Knight [50].
  • December 16th, 2002: State of The Academy Address (Part 2): There is no application for the JAT rank anymore [51]!
  • December 18th, 2002: The forums officially go up [52]. massadoobie posts regarding the state of the academy [53]
  • December 21st, 2002: JavaGuy produces a new tool for scanning the servers which responds when you send him an e-mail [54].
  • December 24th, 2002: cHoSeN oNe's jamod is applied to the servers, the skinpack is updated and Zero releases a new christmas celebration map [55].
  • December 30th, 2002: Smileys are introduced and comments can now be viewed in ascending or descending order [56].
  • January 4th, 2003: Animated smileys are scrapped, profiles gain the 'homepage' field, smileys are clickable and permanent logins now work [57].
  • January 12th, 2003: cHoSeN oNe is promoted to Jedi Academy Council. Trials will only be conducted during the relevant preparation classes if possible. People are encouraged to give evidence of rule breaches. [58]
  • Jaunary 13th, 2003: A new points system for attending classes is introduced [59].
  • Jaunary 17th, 2003: The first Jedi Academy Script is released [60].
  • January 21st, 2003: JATs fail to keep up with adding points for everyone who attends a class [61].
  • January 24th, 2003: The about us page is updated and another inactivity check is conducted [62]. Early rumours of an expansion to Jedi Outcast emerge [63].
  • Februrary 9th, 2003: Jedi_Academy_v3 is released [64] by =Derelict-Crusader=.
  • February 10th, 2003: Luke Skywalker and Darkblade conceive the 'Jedi Academy Aurochs', a sports team for the Jedi Academy [65].
  • February 17th, 2003: A Paypal donations page is setup to aid payment for the servers, bandwidth and tournament prizes. A new website is developed with a more academy feel to it [66].
  • February 24th, 2003: Three students are unbanned after having learned their lesson, donations reach $181 and Jacen LW Solo is elected as the Lead Knight.
  • March 3rd, 2003: Open Sessions are introduced into the classes system [67].
  • March 8th, 2003: Class points are scrapped, being difficult to maintain and for busy people to gain and not achieving the right mood. The concept of rank is dropped and Initiates, Learners and Journeymen become Jedi Academy Students. The Jedi Academy Mentor rank is also dropped. Students learn and staff-selected Knights, Trainers, Masters help maintain the servers, the academy and the classes [68]. The Jedi Knight Forum is introduced.
  • March 10th, 2003: Aron produces an early version of JAbot [69].
  • March 12th, 2003: The popular Advent 2 map is released [70].
  • March 16th, 2003: Aron introduces an IRC statistics bot named Statz0r [71].
  • March 24th, 2003: aValon departs and Huxley is promoted to Jedi Academy Council [72].
  • March 29th, 2003: The first ever prom is announced and organised by Silkmonkey [73].
  • April 1st, 2009: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is officially announced [74]. The server passwords are changed as a part of a monthly routine.
  • April 2nd, 2009: A new forum is created for the new game [75].
  • April 7th, 2003: The holocron is announced and a new forum is created for it. The project is headed by Mune and Ruuk Haviser. The academy gets a new domain name http://www.thejediacademy.net/. massadoobie notes a new interest in classes rather than rank since the scrapping of the rank-oriented system.
"In the past year, we’ve seen the Academy grow from 3 dorks conning jediknightii.net out of webspace to 5 dorks on a council in charge of over 1600 students, 13 Teachers, and 16 Knights. We’ve seen the Academy move from a small niche in the Jedi Knight Community to a large, well-respected force throughout the web (We even have our own game coming out! :)) We hold 34 classes per week on 4 servers (although our Dutch server seems to be down at the moment, something which is being researched). And coming soon, I am proud to announce the acquisition of our own personal address, the URL of which will be announced when the site is ready to be transferred."
massadoobie, State of the Academy Speech, April 07 2003
  • April 9th, 2003: Jumpin' Jedi leaves the academy for the first time. Systems are introduced to combat people with multiple accounts [76].
  • April 10th, 2003: cHoSeN oNe's jamod is a hit on public servers [77]!
  • April 14th, 2003: Another inactive member purge is conducted leaving only 810 members and 130 comments are left [78].
  • April 16th, 2003: The site moves to Huxley's server from the jediknightii.net server [79]. The ability to upload profile pictures is implemented. The IRC channel is moved to #Jedi-Academy on irc.gamesnet.net [80]. Arcuss gets the academy an interview with Ravensoft [81]. Legolas departs [82].
  • April 18th, 2003: The IRC channel is moved to #jedi-academy on irc.quakenet.org [83]. A new teamspeak2 server is setup [84].

Timeline: October 4th 2006 - November 29th, 2011

  • October 4th, 2006: The JA Calender 2006 October Edition is released [85].
  • October 14th, 2006: The release of Masta's excellent frag video Revelation is announced [86].
  • October 17, 2006: Xanatos is promoted to the rank of JAK [87]. The JA Tag Team Training map by Virtue is released [88].
  • October 20, 2006: The [Jedi Academy Aurochs] are again open for [TFFA] and [CTF] applications [89].
  • October 22, 2006: DJ Sith announces the completition of the web server upgrade. [90].
  • October 30, 2006: Ken is promoted to the rank of JAT [91]. The Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament Round 5 (TIT5) is announced [92].
  • November 24, 2006: Sauce is announced as the winner of the TIT5 [93].
  • November 30, 2006: Chosen One releases the final canditate of version 1.01 of his JAE mod [94].
  • December 06, 2006: Sauce announces tryouts for the TFFA squad of the Jedi Academy Aurochs [95].
  • December 09, 2006: Jade Jedi is promoted to the rank of JAT [96].
  • January 04, 2007: JAE Mod version 1.01 by Chosen One is officially released [97].
  • January 24, 2007: Kaelis becomes the JA public relations deputy to help out Virtue [98].
  • February 14 2007: Small donations to help out DJ Sith's cost of maintaining the academy are announced as welcome [99].
  • February 18, 2007: JA Prom 2007 organized by Virtue is announced. [100].
  • February 19, 2007: A JA Radio stress test is held to aquire important information for the Prom. [101].
  • February 23, 2007: The Prom Skinpack is released. [102].
  • February 24, 2007: The Jedi Academy Prom 2007 is being held [103].
  • March 05, 2007: Virtue releases his The Academy V3 map [104].
  • March 07, 2007: Changes to the Classes system are announced [105].
  • March 15, 2007: The current Projects server is changes to a Public TFFA server [106].
  • March 28, 2007: JK2 Jedi Outcast celebrates its 5 year anniversary [107].
  • April 01, 2007: JA Calender 2007 April Edition is released [108].
  • April 22, 2007: Buzz shares information on how to solve problems with JK3 on Windows Vista [109].
  • April 27, 2007: Malak is promoted to the rank of JAK [110].
  • April 28, 2007: Laziana is promoted to the rank of JAK [111].
  • April 30, 2007: JA Calender 2007 May Edition is released [112].
  • May 18, 2007: New European Servers for the Academy are ready to go [113].
  • June 01, 2007: The JK2 5th Anniversary Tournament is announced [114].
  • June 03, 2007: Move of the Jedi Academy website to another server is announced [115].
  • July 04, 2007: Lirael is promoted to the rank of JAK [116].
  • July 22, 2007: Hardwired is offered a positions on the JA Council and accepts. Filling a gap left after Buzz.
  • September 08, 2007: Chosen One releases his next and final version of the [JAE] mod (1.02] [117].
  • September 11, 2007: Chosen One steps down as a JAC. [118].
  • September 26, 2007: Laziana is promoted to the rank of JAT [119].
  • October 08, 2007: IP changes for the European JA servers are announced [120].
  • November 10, 2007: Laziana hosts a Tag Team Tournament [121].
  • December 13, 2007: Christmas Time at the JA on Rin Mintaka's newly built Christmas Map is announced [122].
  • December 21, 2007: Rin Mintaka's Christmas Map is uploaded to the JA servers [123].
  • February 10, 2008: FullMetal is promoted to the rank of JAK. [124].
  • April 02, 2008: Jedi Academy Aurochs dissolving april fools is pulled [125].
  • June 06, 2008: Problems with the European JA servers are explained [126].
  • June 27, 2008: Solitude is promoted amongst the JAStaff as Server Manager of the European Servers which he hosts [127].
  • June 30, 2008: Good server news and changes are announced [128].
  • July 03, 2008: Server's passwords are chagned due to a security issue [129].
  • July 10, 2008: Huxley brings the US Servers back online [130].
  • July 12, 2008: JA Prom 2008 is announced which is organized by Laziana with a map built by Rin Mintaka [131].
  • July 19, 2008: The Jedi Academy Prom 2008 is being held. [132].
  • August 22, 2008: solitude announces a POD Racing tournament [133].
  • October 07, 2008: Due to a password leak all server passwords are changed [134].
  • November 13, 2008: The idea of Academy Idol is announced for Christmas Time [135].
  • November 19, 2008: Details for the Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament 6 (TIT6) are announced [136]. A new European TFFA server is up and running [137].
  • November 28, 2008: TIT6 brackets are up [138].
  • December 12, 2008: Slight websever downtime due to relocation of the server [139].
  • December 21, 2008: Maher is promoted to the rank of JAK [140].
  • January 05, 2009: Server passwords are changed again due to security reasons [141].
  • January 11, 2009: New Staff members for maintanence of the Holochron and the Archives are needed [142].
  • January 18, 2009: Solitude and Kaelis are promoted to the rank of JAC due to their position and field of work inside the Jedi Academy [143].
  • January 22, 2009: Lirael takes on the position as Deputy Enforcer along her rank of JAK [144].
  • February 09, 2009: Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament 6 Final Round is announced [145].
  • February 12, 2009: An IRC Q&A Session is being announced [146]. Kain is announced as the winner of TIT6 [147].
  • March 13, 2009: Servers are back up and running after a power cut [148].
  • March 16, 2009: Amik, Zodiac and Cuthalion are introduced as new Article Writers amongst the JAStaff [149].
  • March 22, 2009: Masta is promoted to the rank of JAK [150].
  • April 01, 2009: A fake JK4:Redemption screenshot is released for 2009's april fools [151].
  • April 11, 2009: The idea of Weekly Events is made public for feedback [152].
  • April 16, 2009: Official Jedi Academy Skinpack gets uploaded on the European Servers [153].
  • April 17, 2009: Weekly Event #1 announced [154].
  • April 22, 2009: Volunteers for skin and hilt testing to create the official skinpack v2 are announced as welcome [155].
  • April 23, 2009: Weekly Event #2 announced [156]. Dash Starlight and Setementor are rewarded for their hard work over the years and get promoted to the rank of JAM [157].
  • April 25, 2009: FullMetal is promoted to the rank of JAT [158].
  • April 30, 2009: Jaina D'Kana rejoins the ranked members as she is promoted to the rank of JAK [159].
  • May 03, 2009: Weekly Event #3 announced [160].
  • May 05, 2009: Xanatos rejoins the ranked members as he is promoted to the rank of JAK [161].
  • May 08, 2009: Skinpack update on hold until volunteers who can do the job well are found [162].
  • May 09, 2009: Huxley announces a Jedi Academy reunion with lots of fun games in mind [163].
  • May 10, 2009: Weekly Event #4 announced [164].
  • May 15, 2009: Weekly Event #5 announced [165].
  • May 19, 2009: The Euro Fun Server is running the JAE mod for more fun events and gameplay ideas [166]. The server passwords are changed again due to security reasons [167].
  • May 20, 2009: Lok is promoted to the rank of JAK [168].
  • May 23, 2009: Weekly Event #6 announced [169].
  • May 29, 2009: Weekly Event #7 announced [170].
  • May 31, 2009: Kain is promoted to the rank of JAK [171]. Tritoch's CTF maps are uploaded on the CTF and the Instagib servers [172].
  • June 06, 2009: Weekly Event #8 announced [173].
  • June 14, 2009: Weekly Event #9 announced [174].
  • June 21, 2009: Weekly Event #10 annoucned [175].
  • September 12, 2009: The Dark Forces series (including the JK games) are coming to Steam [176].
  • October 31, 2009: Weekly Event #11 announced [177].
  • January 03, 2010: First weekly event of the new year (#12) announced [178].
  • January 06, 2010: Weekly Event #13 announced [179].
  • January 15, 2010: Weekly Event #14 announced [180].
  • January 19, 2010: Hardwired makes a call to all of the Academy to contribute to the Wiki [181].
  • January 20, 2010: Parallel to the weekly events, the Monday Event is announced [182].
  • January 23, 2010: Weekly Event #15 announced [183].
  • January 29, 2010: Weekly Event #16 announced [184].
  • February 06, 2010: Weekly Event #17 announced [185].
  • February 28, 2010: Weekly Event #18 announced [186].
  • March 14, 2010: Weekly Event #19 announced [187].
  • March 21, 2010: Weekly Event #20 announced [188].
  • March 24, 2010: Short Story Competition announcement [189].
  • March 28, 2010: Weekly Event #21 announced [190].
  • March 29, 2010: Laziana is running a one-day Tag Team Tournament [191].
  • March 30, 2010: Cuthalion starts putting together the 2010 edition of the JA Yearbook [192].
  • April 1, 2010: April Fools 2010 thread [193].
  • April 15, 2010: A friendly reminder at the community to behave [194].
  • April 18, 2010: Weekly Event #22 announced [195].
  • April 20, 2010: Weekly Event #23 announced [196].
  • May 02, 2010: Kain is organizing more tournaments (1v1, 2v2 and classic tffa) [197].
  • May 04, 2010: Weekly Event #24 announced [198].
  • May 19, 2010: Weekly Event #25 announced [199].
  • June 18, 2010: doobie posts a neat link to a Force Unleashed 2 Video [200].
  • June 21, 2010: Hardwired announces his retirement from his JAC position [201].
  • July 24, 2010: DJ Sith explains the details concerning the site hack [202].
  • July 31, 2010: solitude calls for programmers for new forums [203].
  • September 11, 2010: Game servers are down due to hosting expiration [204].
  • November 19, 2010: New game servers provided by Kaelis are up [205].
  • December 14, 2010: DJ Sith migrates the website to a new server [206].
  • December 20, 2010: DJ Sith posts a rather funny/disturbing christmas picture [207].
  • December 24, 2010: DJ Sith posts another nice christmas picture [208].
  • January 13, 2011: solitude provides the Academy with a Teamspeak 3 server [209].
  • March 03, 2011: DJ Sith announces downtime of the website due to upgrades [210].
  • April 18th, 2011: Huxley provides the Academy with a new EU Server [211].
  • June 13, 2011: Sad news arrive the Academy as learn about the death of Dante Valmont [212].
  • June 18, 2011: Tag Team Fun Event lead by Jaina D'Kana announced [213].
  • November 14, 2011: Lirael gets promoted to JAC [214].
  • November 15, 2011: Virtue calls out for applications regarding JA Radio DJs and SW:TOR guild leaders [215].
  • November 15, 2011: Links to the offical Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms of TJA are posted [216].
  • November 22, 2011: DJ Sith sets up a Teamspeak 3 Server for the Academy [217].
  • November 23, 2011: Alexander D'Kana, Wolfwood and Tallepyon are promoted into a staff position due to guild leadership applications for SWTOR [218].
  • November 24, 2011: After overcoming the Knight Trials, Dark D'Kana is promoted into the rank of JAK [219]
  • November 29, 2011: Link to the SWTOR TJA Guild for US users is posted [220].

Provided

The Jedi Academy provides instructional tutoring on dueling technique, team based game types, and everything in general that goes along with Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. There are currently four Jedi Academy Trainers that teach different classes. The Jedi Academy Knight rank helps the Jedi Academy Trainers with class'. Both the Jedi Academy Trainer rank and the Jedi Academy Knight rank have a Padawan system for those who cannot attend classes or wish to work more closely and get one on one help.

Along with the teachings that they give, they also provide a nice atmosphere for anyone and everyone that comes across the servers.

Sports

Main article: Jedi Academy Aurochs

The Jedi Academy Aurochs are the official sports team of The Jedi Academy. Members from the Academy are recruited into the Aurochs to represent the community both in fighting ability and in good sportsmanship. The Aurochs compete in TFFA and Duel matches against other teams in JK3. The JAA also takes an active role in contributing back to the Academy and also to the entire JK3 community. As such, the Aurochs comprise the very best of the Academy.

The first Academy team to carry the name "Aurochs" was originally created by Luke Skywalker and (SKX) Dark Blade as a casual Hydroball team at the Academy. Who the original players were and how active the team was at that time is unknown today. All that is known is the team eventually fizzled out with the arrivial of JK3.

In 2003, Aphex created the first version of the Aurochs as they are today. He invisioned a team of Academy members that could go out and compete against other clans/teams in Duels and TFFA while representing the Academy. Aphex wanted the Aurochs to spread word of the Academy to various players in JK3 that didn't know about it and needed help.

Ranks

See Jedi Academy Ranks.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is for very deserving members of the academy that have provided a very fundamental contribution to its developement and is maintained by the Jedi Academy Council.

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