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  1. Sorry I have been absent so much. I have been trying to heal from a Oblique muscle injury. If you have ever ripped or strained a muscle you know it takes a while and a lot of rest. Rest I am trying to get as well as still take care of my Mom....not easy. I have tried to get on a hour or so but the muscle spasms usually win and I get off line. I have been doing my Facebook game but it only requires the use of the mouse (one hand). I will be on this Saturday at Rob's house. We will be celebrating his birthday. So I hope to see you all then.

    Leslee aka Barb

  2. Hey guys,

    My blog page is up and my first blog has been published so check it out. Original post 7931366.jpg?367

    Watch Dogs pre-order bonuses (it confuses me too)

    Pre-Order bonuses pretty much benefit everyone involved, outside the gamer.

    Developers and Publishers benefit since, well, people are buying the game before it is even released. For a AAA game succeed today, how much hype is built prior to release is about as important as the development itself. Naturally, most great games get loads of hype regardless, but there are many who have dropped far below what anyone was expecting, and much of the hype was built by those who created it.

    Battlefield 4 is an excellent example of the hype that is built, with pre-orders through the roof. The game looked great at E3 and having played the demo, I was fully expecting it to be one of the best Battlefields yet. I even pre-ordered a limited edition because I wanted it that bad, then came the release with 90% of players experiencing gamebreaking problems, which continue to this day 8 or 9 months later. Aliens: Colonial Marines is another great example, with people expecting great things after an excellent E3 demo they had the year before release. Loads of people were pre-ordering and was one of the most anticipated games that year, but again, the game was a horrible mess on release and even worse, was nothing like the demo shown at E3.

    Of course, most developers and publishers are not like that, but still do Pre-Order bonuses to help boost sales. I would even say that many developers feel pressured to do pre-order bonuses. For example, 4A Games 'full' version of Metro: Last light (published by Koch Media) did not have 'Ranger Mode' , but instead had it as $5 DLC that you get for free if you pre-order the game. Of course this did not go down well with the gaming community as this is, as they have said, "the way it was meant to be played", which is very much true as 'Ranger Mode' is a great survival mode, that in Metro 2033 was very much loved by the players. This was not a well thought out decision as they clearly did not prepare anything for it and rather on a whim used the mode for that purpose. If pre-order bonuses were not used as often as they were at the time, I doubt 4A would have even thought about it and released it fully. (ps. The game is great and I love it, do definitely check it out, especially if you can get it cheap).

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    Alien: Isolation pre-order DLC bonuses

    Of course, most of us know who benefit the most out of this, and that is Gamestop. Not many other retailers promote pre-order DLC as hard as they do, and even recently said they would like to help FUND developers to make DLC specifically for pre-order! They make the large majority of these sales and with many games coming back which they can sell and profit off through 'used games' as all profit is theirs, and like I said above, developers and publishers have their own reasons for doing it.

    Pre-order DLC is not something that will go away, and in fact is only going to get worse. It is hard to find a AAA game that is not offering something for you commit early, and sometimes the consumer suffers for it. If there is money to be made, then it will become common business practice and something that we will have no choice but to put up with in the long run and we will continue to to buy it because we might not have much choice to if we want to play that game. Even I, who condemn pre-order dlc, has pre-ordered Dragon Age Inquisition and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor because they look amazing to me and I need to have them (I buy a huge amount of games too).

    I am sure many of you have differing opinions on this, so please share them and give reasons as to why you think that.

    Note: This is my first large enough blog, so if you have any suggestions for me to improve it, let me know (in a constructive manner)! I am doing this mostly to improve my writing skills and the better it is for you, the better it is for me.

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    well guys alot has been happening to me recently. i really screwed up a few days ago, i made Sabrina/thexxxruins mad at me. something i shouldn't of said, also my mom had to go to the hospital for the third time in 2 weeks. but its not all bad news, its a nice day today its sunny so i cant complain. also for any of you that don't know my 1 year jr birthday is coming up in june and my 15th real life birthday is in july.

    have a nice day/week/ whatever guys

    peace

    ----- Jordan

    oh forgot one thing thank you frost for the help you have given me in recent days i really owe you dude

    -----Jordan

  3. First off, this blog isn't meant to be negative, It's honest.

    Now, when I first came on JRcraft, one of the first things that clanged to my mind were "promotions." (NOT JUST promotions, this server is also crazy fun) I guess when I saw /warp rankmeup, I got cooky and excited about being promoted so quickly. I'll let you in on a secret, even though I run a server, I've never been promoted, really. So, I set a goal, to myself, that I try to be at least a helper one day, and that I would try my best not to ask for it, but to WORK for it.

    As I try my best, doing what ever I can to help people, I realized, it's actually pretty challenging to be a helper here. It's hard to get the staff to notice you. Even as the members I just helped say thank you, my name is still in green.

    Now, when I see 3 more members go on to become a helper, I feel disappointed, in myself.

    You might say, "You never helped" Well, I have. region protections, shops, anything that I can do, helping igbar with his castle and philly with the pantheon.

    Why haven't I been on so often? Well, I'm busy during the week, I got other things to do and never have time for minecraft at those times.

    However, my fellow JRcrafters, I HAVE set a goal, and I WILL try my best, to be helpful and trustworthy.

    Staff-please understand this is not asking for a promotion, this is WORKING for it! I WILL NOT GIVE UP! :D

    Thank you all for taking the time to read this,

    -commanderAIK

  4. Hey guys,

    I know it's been a while since I've been around on JR. However, I'm currently trying to formalize a philosophy I have developed over this last year (and which I find in a lot of other places too), and I've always thought back to the JR blogs as somewhere I have spewed out brain-droppings. Therefore, I think I'll continue to use this as not only a way to get my ideas out into text, but to stay active on JR. :) 

    I decided to stick with this blog, since it's interesting to me to go back and read old posts to see how much I have changed as a person. However, for convenience, I am naming this series "Unnamed Philosophy", to distinguish the brain-droppings from me trying to write chapters about this philosophy. 

    I hope you all enjoy this. Remember that it is a philosophy, so it will confront everything in life, dark and light. As someone that has embraced this way of thinking, though, I do think I have a clearer view on the world around me and myself. Enjoy your read.

  5. the following is the story of my trip to the USA, and what I though about the place

    to get to the USA we boarded a plane in Dublin were we landed 7 hour's later in New York but as they are 6 hour's behind it only actually took 1 hour, in New York we mainly walked around the large city of which was set out in a grid but despite this ordered arrangement new York was very hard to navigate through and all since of direction appeared lost which is odd as in non-ordered cities in the UK, the first time walking around them is done easily.

    in new York we where mainly there to see the famous building's, and place's like the empire state building and central park, whilst in the empire state building i bought a pocket watch of which I found rather nice

    we also went to several restaurant's such as the steak and stack of which make the best burger's I have ever tasted and we also ate at a subway of which was perhaps the best sub I have ever had.

    New York was very hot, with some day's being over 30 degree's Celsius all the time, and yet this never seem's to be seen in any movie's based in the city, were we where staying in Manhattan. I was also amazed to see so many different type's of people in this one area,

    but as we moved out to ''Amish'' country the population appeared to become less diverse the Amish are defined as people's who do not have electric, have never used a PC and down drive are use machinery, therefore I can say it's all lie's sure some go about in there horse and cart but they also go about in there car's, and use farming machinery and have fridge's and electric and have PC's and the internet and over charge everything and don't like answering question's, despite being famed for hospitality's and corporation

    so therefore it is fair to say these people are basically people who are just there to increase tourism, although they do have very funny name's for place's such as the town of ''intercourse'' and the school of ''leacock'' both real place's

    we then went on to Washington D.C in the capital were we stayed at a nice hotel called the capital Hilton which over looked the rather smaller than I imaged it white house, we saw many thing's whilst in Washington such as the ''senate'', the ''pointy structure'' and the Abraham memorial, it was very hot that day also and make's me wonder how american's do any work at all, and why so little have swimming pool's.

    america supposedly has a very obese population, but in all my time there I didn't actually see that many people that where over weight which appear's to me yet another myth about america busted, despite the recession america actually looked rather good with industry being built and infrastructure being improved. although the area known as ''Gary's town'' was very rough and dangerous with only the poorest resident's still living there, it reminded me of a person called Gary I know, this to me is his town.

    we finally stopped off in Chicago where we saw many building's such as the sear's tower and we had the best steak I have ever placed upon my tongue it was delicious and we ate it along the river front and then we went to the wedding of one of my cousin's of which was much more lively than most northern Ireland wedding's I have been to.

    the driving in america is terrible no one seem's to know how to actually drive and no one appear's to have any manner's whilst on the road compared to driver's back at home although there driving test is a lot simpler, just show up and you pass

    to sum up what I thought of america I would have to say it's the culture of Europe for the people of the world and is strangely a nice place if you aren't having to continuously travel

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    hi its me bradleyhinson and id like to say high to all the testificets reading this so hi to all of and good bye to the zombies

  6. So if you couldn't tell by the title, I wanna make a let's play of a game. Preferably of one with a story. Look through my Steam library and figure one out, since I don't know what to do :P I'm Armdys [JRTX] if you don't know on Steam, I'll also grab a link for it in a couple mins. But I wanna make a Let's Play for some reason, so help me decide what to play! :P

  7. Hi all,

    So I felt like updating this community of random strangers on why I had been gone for so long. :) So starting from when I left which was June 29th to be exact. I went to camp. That's where I was up until august 20th. Then I went to my fathers vacation home for 2 weeks without my computer. I went on JR a couple of times. But not that often. Why... Because I wasn't able to play minecraft and I was on an Ipad. Which I hate. So then I returned home to NYC. I had started to move away from Minecraft and into Borderlands 2. I had just gotten my new PC, and I was so thrilled I played about 200 hours of borderlands. Then in about November I started playing a kind of minecraft server called Minecraft Survival Games. Which are Hunger Games based servers.(Won't give out the site info here) Then I started really getting into PC gaming, and I still am now. So I split my time between Steam and Minecraft. I also wasn't around this weekend because of some various activites with friends. So yea that about brings it up to date. Going to write some other blogs soon. :) There fun to write.

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    The purpose of this blog entry is to discuss some weird topics that I just feel like talking about since I currently can't play on the server right now. Beware of cases of bad grammar, random banter at some points, and yea whatever (can't think of anything else).

    Anyway, I have one question for anyone readying this - Have you ever had a really weird dream, something that is so indescribably awkward and annoying that you actually remember it?

    Yea, I had those kinds of dreams as well. I'm talking about dreams where people are dolphins and the sky is the earth and what not. Not about wet dreams. You can keep those "experiences" to yourself. Eugh. <_<

    The strangest dream I had ever had was when I was with my grandma in some futuristic airport with a lot of confused people walking around. The only thing that crossed my mind when I was there in that dream was nothing; I didn't know why I was there, where I was going, and what I was even wearing. All I knew from that point was that I was with my grandma, holding on to her hand, and waiting for something - as if something were to happen really soon, I just didn't know when. Soon after I had explored my enviornment with my eyes, I could tell that this airport was poorly lit, but at the same time I could see every nook and crack in the entire area, as if the whole airport was a light source itself. There were plants, black-as-onyx floors with orange glowy tapes to the sides, and a large windows that acted as the walls of the airport. Strangely enough, the whole airport, the runways, luggage and waiting room, etc. were all in the same room. Then it struck me that we were going somewhere, and that our exact location in the room was right by the runway. Now as soon as I realized this, my grandmother got sucked into what I assumed was the airplane, which seemed very much like some air train thing. She called out for my name, but I couldn't hear her very well and neither could she. She, along with the airplane-air train thing, vanished so fast that I realized seconds later she wasn't there in the airport with me no longer. I cried because I didn't know where to go, or what I was going to do without her. Like the people in the airport, I became confused.

    Weird dream, huh? Yea, I thought so too. At the time though, I thought it really happened and so I woke up crying and calling for my grandma, but she was right downstairs making breakfast. I was immediately reassured, but I was surprised that a dream that took probably only 1 minute in real life time could sadden and freighten me so much. Now, If you care, you could put down in the comments below your weird dream and I will happily read them. While you do that or if you haven't left already and are just too lazy to write a story about a weird dream you had, I will tell you guys what I think happens in a dream and why everything seemingly goes according to plan in a dream.

    I'm going to warn you guys - I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to say about what I think happens in a dream, but I'll try my best to concentrate and to not make-up too many absurd things.

    The one thing that puzzles everyone is why are my dreams so awesome and interesting - uh I-I mean weird and short? Well I think dreams act as virtual event simulators in which your body tests out certain events and their outcomes. Your dreams probably go on for the amount of time you are asleep, so essentially I think you are dreaming the entire time when your are dozing off in bed, whether you know it or not. The reason for why dreams are so short though, is probably because your unconcious state has concocted up a situation so wild that it demands your concious attention, for it could mean that what you see in the dream could help you solve crazy insane problems you face in your daily life. For example, pretend the premise of a situation you had when you were walking to the ice-cream store to get ice-cream was you trying to get this ice-cream flavor you really wanted but the ice-cream man was a complete dunce that thought his hat was the flavor you wanted. Now normally, in the concious realm (aka when you are awake), you would either rant at the dude and insult him, or just simply walk away, feeling either sorry for the guy or pretty ticked off, walking out of the store with pistachio vanilla thinking "that idiot! Now I am stuck with this lousy flavored ice-cream." (Don't get me wrong, I like vanilla ice-cream and pistachio nuts, but you're out of your mind to mix these two). But when you go into your unconcious realm (aka when you go to sleep), your unconcious state pulls out this weird event that you had and devises several outcomes that could've happened and records all of these outcomes that would indirectly affect your future decisions and judgements. Maybe, as the ice-cream guy was talking, you could have stolen his hat, threw it in the sewer drain, and then ask the guy for the correct ice-cream flavor. Your unconcious state realizes "omg maybe if you had done this, you could've gotten the ice-cream flavor you wanted!". Of course, your concious realm would be like "No, that's a stupid solution. What if there was no sewer drain in the nearby area? Lol yup you got pwned 1-0 me." Thankfully, your unconcious state of mind is smart enough to make several different outcomes of the same event. It's just that in the end, you get that "odd solution" and your unconcious state treats you to it. Just don't thank your unconcious state for these weird dreams / situation outcomes for you making you laugh (or not). Because some times, your unconcious state doesn't really know and frankly doesn't care about what you do or don't like, and so it will sometimes present you with a NIGHTMARE. :(

    Nightmares aren't really that big of a thing. Your unconcious state just pretty much does the same process it always does when your asleep, so it's your fault for watching Pewdie play Slender at 2:00 in the morning and looking at giant spiders eating hummingbirds and sleeping immediately after you've done these two things.

    Thank-you all for your time, and I will see you later with Part 2 of this blog, Dejavu.

    :)

  8. Well, yesterday I couldn't get on a minecraft server until time for me to go to bed. Today I planned to get in a little time on minecraft after eating. I usually make me some dinner and watch some television since it is difficult to eat and do anything on minecraft. I have a tuner card in my computer. I got it because the cable company tries to force you to rent their equipment. They have it now so that you can only get about 20 channels unless you have some of their equipment. The cheapest you can get with their equipment is to get 1 cablecard. They have to let you use one of those for free, its a law. The cablecard doesn't do anything without something to put it into, so I went as far as I could with it. I bought a 4 tuner card that goes into my computer. The cable card gives me access to all the channels I pay for (over 200). My tuner card can allow me to watch and/or record up to 4 channels at one time. Sound like overkill? Not really, I have 2 televisions at other places in the house that can use the cablecard at the same time. That means 3 different things can be watched at the same time and a fourth can be recorded. Actually 3 recordings can be watched and 4 different channels recorded at once. (I tested it, it works well.) The reason I say that it isn't overkill is that tv stations like to put the best shows on at the same time. Needless to say, I have gotten used to having that kind of control over the television. Well today when I turned on the television, the computer was complaining about not having a tuner available to make a recording. I spent 2 hours reinstalling software, updating drivers and firmware, and restarting the computer numerous times with no effect. I spent an hour on the phone to the cable company to get them to reset my cable card. Still no good. Spent another hour submitting a trouble report to the manufacturer of the tuner card. Finally started using google for answers. 2 hours later I found another person who had the exact same symptoms. He also got about 12 different answers to his question. Fortunately for me, I had tried 11 of them. The one that I hadn't tried was the one that fixed it. Just a setting in device manager for the card. It was nearly 6 hours to find the answer. At least it wasn't broken, and I got it fixed the same day. :) But after writing this long winded story, I don't think there will be much time left for minecraft tonight.

    Robert

  9. I realize that it has been a while since I last played, but seriously; What has happened to JR? I played for about 3-4 hours today and not once was there more than 6 people. I was on the RPG server and there wasn't more than 5 people there the entire time. At one point, for about and hour or so, there was only me and an AFK Frosty. Is the server, simply, more active at different time (I played from 6ish to 9ish pm EST)? Is the server simply just on a decline? If anyone has any insight please let me know below because, frankly, I am concerned. This server has always been one that I enjoy playing on and I would be fairly sad if this server went down the drain, like oh so many others do. Again please let me know if you know anything about this lack of players.

    Thanks,

    -Kav

    (IGN-kav0503)

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    Before I start, yes. This will be a rant.

    A piece of work that me and some friends created was taken from the class under the teacher's supervision, not by our group though. So of course she proceeds to blame it on us and commands us to make it again for our next class. Now we have to recreate something that we had almost three weeks to work on in the space of two days. Between the three of us, we have to create the poster and cook shortbread.

    There is only one guy in our group that knows how to cook shortbread. And then, of course, my his grandmother dies, and he's told smack in the middle of a Math test. As if the guy weren't having a bad enough day as it was... Now it is quite likely he will be out of school for a few days, leaving this thing to me and the other person in our group.

    The general point that I'm trying to get to right now is that I'm pissed. Normally I don't complain about things at all, but this just went too far.

    - An enraged Moose.

  10. Alright, remember that time, a long time ago, when I was an admin? Yeah, a good amount of us do. And then I left, well I say I left. If you ask Jamie, he'll say I was demoted. Which is half right, as much as saying, "I resigned" is only half true. You see, near the end of my time as an admin, I realized that I don't want to do this anymore. It's not playing Minecraft anymore, it's a job. And at the time the server was a lot more populated, so problems were going on 24/7, and griefers were everywhere. I just wanted to play Minecraft, not stop an argument over who owns that dirt block. (Which was a real argument once.) So, when Jamie demoted me to mod, I said to myself, "Well, if this isn't the initiative to get out of dodge, I don't know what is." Because before, I was putting it off. "Meh, I'll ask next week," and so forth. And to be honest I was a really crappy and immature admin. I now know why there's an actual age minimum, so the server doesn't get another me wasting space. I was lazy, somewhat selfish and pretty cheaty, and I never told the other staff anything about me. All they ever got was my nickname, not even my full name, just my nickname. Nothing else. So after I got demoted to mod I asked about it and got citizen + (which sadly no longer exists). So Jamie's right, he demoted me and that got me to finally let it go, but I made that decision, to let it go. So we're both right. It was a collaborative effort, really. Now you may ask, "Why would you want to ever give admin, it's the best job ever!" Well I'm sure if you have the time and the dedication, it's a great time, but I'm not either of those. Now, I could have just hung around mod, but here's what would have played out: I would have hated Jamie for demoting me, and I'd slowly turn evil. Then I'd do something stupid to get me banned, and then I'd swear revenge on JRCraft and try to hack it and livestream it (You know who you are, Mr. "Let's hack JR and livestream it for the people of JR." But then again you're banned so I doubt you'll be able to read this.) There was a person who DID get banned it swore revenge and sometimes tries to DDOS the server, and he was an admin once. Basically, we all know the line, "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I don't want to be the bad guy, so I left.

    Now, this was brought up by someone who was complaining on the creative server about how he's super helpful and really nice and how he deserves admin but the age limit is stupid and he's totally ready... (You know who you are, too!) and was taking it out on me like it was my fault. I think it was because I crushed his dreams by speaking the truth, but the truth hurts, no way I could have sugar coated it for him... And then he tried to egg me on to say more to probably get me in trouble, but, one does not simply become an admin and not know how to handle an 11 year old with a temper not getting what he wants. So, HOPEFULLY, for those who actually READ the FORUMS will read this, understand the situation, and not have to ask. I mean, it's not like it was a terrible tragedy and I don't want to talk about it. If you ask, I'll tell you. I didn't have a great time and I didn't have the time, so I left. Simply as that. I would have put this in the Life of Iggy but this is online related. Online related goes in this blog. Real life is the Life of Iggy one.

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    Oh, and here's some proof that I'm legit. To find it, go outside from the adminship, then take the first left. Then take a right at the first intersection, and a left at the next. Then go straight on until you hit the NPC museum. Once inside go to the stairs at the back of the entry room, and behind the stairs there's the semi-secret JR Crypt!

  11. Thought I'd just ramble for a bit, while I listen to Jamie rock & roll some over on Twitch, puts me in a happy mood ^_^

    For starters, I've rejoined the PNX staff, since I'm clearly still here for a while, and I think I could easily help around the PNX site and servers. I especially want to help with the theme/layout/color scheme of the PNX site, at least getting it to match the main site some in terms of looking clean rather than scattered.

    Why not return to JR? Well I'm still here - just not as staff. Staff members are those that have the time to volunteer their help, and while I could offer the time now, I can't play Minecraft anymore - it literally runs maybe at 2FPS on my system, yet I never see the CPU or GPU spike above 10% while it's running (and yes, I've tried the new launcher, doesn't make any difference there T_T).

    Simply, I can't play Minecraft, so I sure as shit can't offer my help on the server! But I could offer my help on the Steam Servers again, plus I've now got the time to.

    When I say 'I've got the time to', I mean that {Jamie starts playing "What I've Done" ^_^} I'm progressing nicely - when I stepped down from JR, and set on my current path, I weighed 280lbs. I have never weighed that much before in my life - and as an Eagle Scout that downright disappointed me.

    These days, I'm down to 240 - enlisting in the Air Force means I've gotta be under 200 (197 if you wanna get technical). But I'm clearly getting there. By the same token, I'm clearly not dropping pounds like crazy. Zistack suggested a good idea for it, but I couldn't stick to it (essentially fasting to force the excess fat and calories to burn off) since I'm still helping Dad around the part during the day when the rest of the kids are at school.

    But as I said, I'll be around - I've found a home in JR, and I like it here.

    Onto a different thought train, I do still want to get into the Air Force. Why?

    * I'm young, health, and single!

    * I wanna see the world (and not have to pay for it)!

    * I have debt following me, and they'll take care of a lot of it for me.

    * I'll get a paycheck while in Tech school, technically even during Basic though I won't have access to it right away.

    * For the length of the contract I sign, I'll have a guaranteed job!

    That's some basic reasoning. but like I said, I'm halfway there, and getting back into shape. Seems like it's taking a while, but considering it normally takes twice the time to drop weight that it does to put it on, and I had a year and a half put that weight on & have dropped half of it in 4 months, I'd say I'm well on my way! Only gets slightly easier as I go, so I figured I could start helping Caly with the PNX site/servers during the evenings!

    That's it for now, before I introduce a third point and just end up confusing myself, when I wanna go back to watching Jamie rock out! If you're reading this and it's still fresh (less than an hour or so), he might still be playing! http://www.twitch.tv/jrnetwork/new

    You know you wanna click it ;)

  12. Welcome back! Mechris445 is here, giving you a long (er) review of an AMAZING indie game he found!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTB0xkkIFQ4&feature=plcp

    Hope you enjoy!

    Oh and, Tim, I'm using my new mike :)

  13. Jamie
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    By Jamie,

    It's been nearly a month since we posted our last development topic. While we haven't posted anything we have been rather busy.

    Website

    • Removed old JRCash system for a new system, This will allow products to be bought from the JR store in trade for JR Cash. Unfortunately this took away JRCash from minecraft, which we are working on to bring back as well as other servers
    • Tweaked mobile slightly
    • Added full steam integration. This shows what games you've been playing, what you are currently playing, if you are on or offline. To use this all you have to do is login with steam.
    • Added marketplace so users can trade JR Cash between themselves for virtual services or virtual goods.
    • Small nav UI Changes
    • Added custom images within the forum to make things a little more friendly

    Gameservers

    • Added RUST
    • Added Ark: Survival Evolved and added mods:
      • Autotorch
      • Stackable foundations
    • Added JC2MP and added new mods:
      • Plane Reverse
      • Jobs (Drive people to locations for money)
      • Join Leave messages
      • Wingsuite (Double Tab shift)
      • AI Traffic, (Sea, Air and Road)
      • Added a gas system, when you run out of the gas the car doesn't move. There are many locations around the server to fill up (Gas stations)
      • Added a bank system so you can store your money even when the server resets
      • Chat bubbles, occur when you chat automatically
      • Scoreboard (Press alt)
      • Anti-spam and 10 minute announcement added to show users where JR is
      • Added Buy panel, you can buy items from the money you earn in jobs
      • Added better admin system

    Social Media Changes

    • Updated about page and small tweaks to facebook

    Server Changes

    • Moved to a faster better server to handle all that we host
    • Tweaked VM's resource usage
    • Updated all packages across all servers to latest versions
    • Working on PHP 7 on main server currently but at the moment we have tested and had a catastrophic failure. Hopefully we can resolve this issue soon to bring the latest in PHP for speed, stability and security to JR soon.
  14. Well i got up from bed and i got my self ready and stuff , then i went to go on jr creative plot world and i had no connection ,Whats wrong

  15. It's time for another me blog!

    So this one isn't a normal me one actually, it isn't me fuming, it isn't me bragging. This one is me reflecting on how decisions can completely change everything.

    One thing goes back to December, about a week and a half before the new year. I'd been talking to this girl who I'd been friends with for a while then, but we'd been talking a couple months. During my trip to Paris/Lisbon I talked to her every night (over Facebook) until like 2 am Paris time (9 pm NY time, where she was.) I also made it a point to get her a poster of the skyline from on top of the Arc de Triumph. So to the point: a couple of days before Christmas break we were walking down the hall alone and I went, "Do you want to go out with me?"

    Now that I think on this I realize I went about it way wrong. I was too vague as I realized by her response, "Like on a date or out with you?"

    And again I made the mistake of a vague response "Umm.. Both." Now to this she said, "Sure!" Smile and all, but then a bit later texts me saying how she actually needed to think since I surprised her.

    The rest of the story is unnecessary for the purpose of what I'm getting at but the result of that was it was a no, but very close to being a yes. So now where I am I have been thinking on how would things be different if I'd gone about things differently, or if she'd responded differently.

    Fast forward to 3 months ago. I'm debating on who to take to prom which is about 2 months from then. If the girl (let's call her Kat (I don't want to write her actual name for obvious reasons)) had said yes, I most likely wouldn't have any question on who to ask. But where I was I had about 4 choices to try and ask: her, 2 friends in the grade below, or a girl my friend had introduced me to who I'd been talking to casually. I asked the girl my friend introduced me to since he knew I needed a date.

    What I'm saying here is that I wouldn't have met her if Kat had said yes, thereby I'd be down a pretty good friend right now.

    But this theory doesn't just apply to girls/boys. This applies to anything really such as tests or video games. On a test if you aren't 100% sure on an answer so you guess, and another question similar to that one pops up, you're likely to answer with a similar answer, or as similar as you can get (whether it be based on the formula you use, or the vocab you see) which either leads to you getting two questions right or two questions wrong.

    In video games this is seen ALL THE TIME. Whether it be in a game where you the choices effect the rest of the game, or if it's multiplayer. Let me make an example of the game I've been spending my time playing primarily: League of Legends.

    What happened was we had slain all but two of the enemy team, who were left at about half health, and were the support and the jungle, who mind you had no mana. So we came down to a choice: shove the inhib turret and maybe inhibitor, or go for Baron Nashor. I personally said we should go for turret due to the longer term game impact, as well as our 5/4 to 2 advantage, but the team believed Baron was more important. After this the game lasted another 35 minutes, with us narrowly scraping up the win.

    So if we'd taken our other choice, where would that game have ended up? Would we have won sooner? Would we have lost? It's impossible to know.

    I suppose what I'm saying is that since you'll never know what the alternate reaction to your choice is, believe in what you chose because for all you know, what you did get is better then what would've come by the other choice. Don't regret your choices because they make you who you are. Oh it's okay to regret your choice if you have a 50/50 chance of winning something amazing by calling like the left door when the car is in the right door.

    TL:DR

    When it comes to women don't be vague.

    Don't regret choices they make you who you are.

    Unless you choose the left door when the car is behind the right door.

    Well there's my little rant :3 I've been thinking about this stuff a lot and just wanted to write about it.

    -Carter

    "Armdys"

    P.S. I'm probably gonna write another soon when graduation happens about forgetting people and such.

    P.P.S. I'm gonna proof read this when I'm on my computer, typed this on my iPod in notes during a 6 hour car ride.

  16. So here we are 2017 and I said I'd blog a small bit when I could!

    Recently work has been busy, with retail (especially technology retail) november onwards is busy very busy. I've survived black friday (black week) for another year. It was busy and it's funny how it used to be Christmas which was the busiest but now the tables have turned, November has the busiest week of the year instead of the last week to Christmas.

    Now it's January and things are getting quiet which is brilliant. I'm relaxing playing xbox every few days and I'm starting to get my head out of retail in to different areas when I'm outside work. What also helps is that I have a brilliant beautiful girl to look after me.

    Today has been a quiet day at work but I was really busy as managers were not in work people called in sick and I had to sort out the place. On coming home and I had a fight with the stair case and twisted my leg and arm which was fun but after that I cooked a brilliant BBQ pasta bake.

    So now chilling after the day and I'm going to work on small things on JR and I'm working on designing a new look for it :) I have updated JR's system to the latest so I can start working on the look and feel of things to improve them :)

     

    Anyway, that's everything I have to talk about tonight. I'll post another blog soon.....

    :D:D:D:D  

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    Once I upgrade my PC, i'm going to be making videos of mainly just games or Source FlimMaker.

    I'm thinking of remaking Meet The Spy into ponies

  18. Helloes! Guess who it is? If you guessed wrong or didn't guess at all, it's me, Smm! (AKA Ben AKA Potato Kind AKA Rarity) Hoorah!

    So I haven't done a blog since July. I'll bet you missed me. I'd probably lose that bet, but what's life without risks? I don't know... but anyway, I had to find SOMETHING to talk about, so I have decided to list random events that have occured as well as some information into the background of the life of Smmbod.

    So first, the stuff of interest. Yesterday was my 14th Birthday! Yay! I got lot's of stuff that I may or may not have deserved, including and mostly limited to:

    • Astro V2 Gaming Headset (It's silver :o)
    • Guild Wars 2 (Epic game ^_^)
    • Various Amazon gift cards (From my generous but un-original relatives)
    • Assorted stuff from the Mann Co. Store (Thank you Saxton Hale :lol:)
    • A boat. (Not just for me, my parents just decided to buy it on my birthday)
    • 15 eggs (From my chickens. That's the most EVER in one day! They clearly knew it was my birthday -_-)

    So that's pretty much it. I'm satisfied. It doesn't help that I have a twin sister... the guilt always comes when I find out how much they spent in total...

    SECOND EVENT! Schools started on the 29th. Actually pretty exciting. Finally the oldest in middle school. Bow down to me little 7th/6th graders! You and your potatoes are MINE! Nah. I love them, I share MY potatoes with them. So... not much is different. Different teachers, sure. Although finally learning algebra... yay. Also doing an online learning program called VMS (Virtual Middle School) which is fun. Yay technology and learning! Best combo. So school is fun. In a school kind of way.

    THIRD EVENT! Pretty awesome. I posted it as a status a while ago. My family recently got a new puppy. He's a Beagle/Pug/Chihuahua (Also known as a Chuggle :P) (10 weeks old). Yesterday (MY BIRTHDAY!) We named him. Cooper. That's his name. I was going to post a blog about him and pictures and stuff so you could all name him, but I never got any good pictures of him. So Cooper. I call him Coopity Doo for no reason. My cat, Macy, does not like him. But... I think they'll bond nicely one day. Maybe go share a potato salad together.

    So that's all the interesting things. That's all. Not much. :(

    So... info about me! So I first have to explain my name: S.M.M.B.O.D. if you've seen my forum posts, you'll know that it stands for Super Mighty Mega Ben of Doom. Why is that my name? Why is that acronym so looooong? Here's why. I loved to draw when I was little. Mostly fantasy stuff that I imagined me doing. My first creation was of the adventures of The Mighty Ben. A space ranger who shoots spicy chicken wings out of his megaman like hand cannon. He mostly killed space slugs and other assorted baddies. So I wanted to make Mighty Ben even awesomer. I extended the name. Super Mighty Mega Ben. He did the same stuff, but his name now had super AND mighty. His greatest enemy was an evil clone of himself known as Super Mighty Mega Ben of Doom. Notice the doom. So in the near future, I added SMM on to everything. I first used the name Smmbod on my webkinz account :blush:. I loved the word SMMBOD, and everyone thought it was like Somebody (Smmbody?)

    So now other info about me. I am Smmbod, but my real name is Ben. That's B-E-N. I am now 14 and live in the U.S.A. Woo. My interests include Minecraft, Chickens, Farming, Swimming, and Potatoes. That's an interest right? Minecraft is self-explanatory, but some people don't seem to understand chickens and farming.

    My family got 8 chickens about 3 years ago. There really was no reason, not out of necessity or anything. We have a large yard and the town I live in is a very small farming community, but we never farmed much. So we got chickens. There was a group called 4-H in our town, and they seemed to fit what we were interested in. As avid gardeners, we joined them, started a community garden, and every year since 2010 we have given lots of *cough* yummy *cough* vegetables to the local food drives and shelters. They also gave us a great way to show our chickens just for fun at fairs. Lot's of winning.

    So swimming? Why that? I don't compete or take classes or anything, but I learned to swim easily and loved it, so I swim laps on my own time to exercise. Yay water!

    I like potatoes, but that's explained in a previous blog. Long story short: they are good.

    So... because I can't think of anything, I am going to say something witty... something witty. Wasn't that funny? Woo!

    So bye everyone! Thanks for reading a little bit into the life of me! Bye bye now!

    ~Smmbod :D

  19. Hello everyone,

    It's been a while since I made a blogpost. In order to not sound as hostile, I will avoid from quoting (aside from one at the end and statements I made myself) and will not name anybody in this story here. For the past week or so I have been ranting to my fellow staff members about a problem I've had with another server. I used to play on it constantly two years ago, but last year, I was banned from it for apparently having a "hacked client," emphasis on apparently. I had and still have absolutely no recollection of having one at all. Therefore, I made an appeal. Have caution, though. This is much harder than it sounds.

    Before I made my ban appeal, I had to find out the format they required for writing one. I found this, and it was quite clear, but on the same page, they went over the reasons you could be banned for and how to appeal them. It makes all the banned people, whether or not they were rightfully banned, feel like monsters and sin committers to the server. THe first two lines of the instructions to appeal begin by "sympathizing" by saying that being banned can be frustrating, especially if you disagree with it. Yeah I felt great when I read this. All I had to do was appeal, I thought. Ha, no way. Below that line I found possible reasons for banishment. Under hacked client, which is what I got stuck with, I heard that it was the worst ban you could get. The author of this post confirmed that they have a custom-made hacking detection plugin that is only set to bypass REI's minimap and other conventional mods that do not create an unfair advantage. Seems as though it is so flawless that any other mod just trips up the system and bans you for hacking. This is just ridiculous. Are they saying that the anti-hack program has never tripped up? NoCheat trips up all the time because of server lag and performance errors. After assuring everybody that there is no way that the hacking program could have made a mistake, the members of the server have the right to declare any appeals regarding having a hacked client unable to be appealed. This is where I became frustrated with server. It definitely wasn't the last time, either. Under that they claimed that "admin bans," which was my type of ban because an admin banned me, are always 100% justified and, and the admins are always right. Therefore, those bans will always stay intact because they are so very worshipped and trusted by the entire staff. Remember this statement for the remainder of my post. It is the entire reason why I am making this in the first place.

    I still made the appeal, though. I figure I should try, and the staff seemed to have the common sense that they should try to reply to everyone that tries to get unbanned. So, I made this. Keep in mind this was attempt one:

    I was banned for a "hacked client."

    My name is commanderAIK and I have not been on this server for months. However, it's frustrating to see me banned. While this sounds like the simple denial of a desperate "UNBANN ME PLEASE," I have absolutely no hacked client at all. Really, I don't know where this came from. There is a report video of me supposedly hacking, however, many people have told me not to worry about this and it was clear that it was his minecraft screen having viewing issues. I had no hacked client then or now.

    [i removed the video from this post because it would give away the server's information. It's basically somebody recording me going through server lag and what looks to be me having forcefield. However, it was confirmed by a staff member of the same server at an earlier time that this was not correct and does show proof of me "hacking."]

    It's not right. I should not have the privilege of this server taken away because of my innocence. I don't know if this was a mistake or anything, but any consideration on this would be much appreciated.

    I can't quote the reply, but it basically said "I personally trust the admin who banned you, and that video shows no relevance whatsoever. Sorry, your account will not be unbanned." The topic was then locked, so I couldn't have made any reply. Not even a "thank you for answering my ban appeal." The fact that they locked the topic (which I believe they do for every appeal when it is replied to) shows that they probably don't really have any proof of anything here, and that they don't want to risk being proven wrong or argued against by the victim. That's my theory.

    It didn't bother me as much until my friend asked me to play on the server again. After seeing that I was still banned, I felt like for the sake of both of our enjoyment (of playing together on the server), I should try again. After refreshing my mind and being discouraged by the same page of directions (mind you this was a year later, in fact last week), I made a more sensible appeal that talks about assuming that I could have done something wrong.

    Hello staff of **********, thank you for reading my ban appeal. This is really my last resort of getting unbanned on this server. I will try to make my story here as comprehensible as I can, but frankly, I really can't stop thinking that I am the hated and disparaged villain here. Please read further to understand why.

    My name on minecraft is commanderAIK. I was banned for a "Hacked Client" on ********** a year ago. You guys will not believe me here, which I have to accept, but I have no recollection of having any hacked clients installed at all (I used to use nodus a while ago for a faction server, but long before I went on ****** I deleted it and went to vanilla client again) [This I actually used to do, but so all you people on JR don't go "WHAT HACKER." I wasn't even aware of JR's existence then]. I posted this:

    [link to the previous ban appeal that I recently talked about above here]

    After reading the ban appeal directions and the response to my old appeal, and also the fact that it was immediately locked after response, I was frustrated with this server. I was so convinced that you guys were in the wrong. While part of me still believes that (because as I said for my sake I have no recollection of having a hacked client), I will try to adapt to the staff's beliefs. As a member of your server, I have to respect the admin's decisions. If this server's hacking detection truly is flawless, then I clearly did something wrong [Here I assumed the hacking detection caught me and an admin banned me, but I was wrong, as you will see soon].

    But the only thing that could have been wrong, in that case, was me having some other kind of mod installed. I only remember having REI's minimap installed, but it's still possible that I could have had some other mod installed for my server at the time and others. However, I hope you can understand that I don't have the perfect recollection of something that was a year ago. However, let's assume that I did have another mod installed, as I said. In that case, then I did not read the rules and deserved to be banned, in which case I owe an apology for doing so. Back in those days I really only played ********* for the casual ********* with my friends and it wasn't my main server at the time, which means I most likely missed the part that compelled me to check my mods folder to see if I had anything installed that wasn't minimap or optifine. In this case, I regret my decisions to not read the rules as carefully and sincerly apologize for that.

    It's really my last resort here, as I said. No, I don't have any evidential proof, but how would I be able to provide proof anyway? As well as being from a year ago, taking a screenshot of my client without mods certainly wouldn't help, because I could have easily uninstalled my "mods or hacks" for the sake of the screenshot and then re-installed them again after. I know I shouldn't write anything irrelevant here, but I decided to appeal here after my friend wanted to play ***** with me. I figured for both of our enjoyment, I would make one last try to play on this server.

    Also, I do have to make one plea here. If it is not in the staff's format to respond to ban appeals, I would appreciate it if this topic weren't instantly locked as the first one was. I may need the chance to make another argument, and even if I was to just say "okay, thank you for reading my ban appeal and while it wasn't the outcome I wished for, I appreciate your time," I formerly found it, once again, to make me feel like an awful villain, which is probably only because I am not trusted, but you get the idea. I definitely could have been the villain.

    It's not the best ban appeal and it's got holes in it. Long story short, I am apologizing for something I shouldn't have done. I agree, my last appeal was complete denial, but I tried to open up a bit here. If I am unbanned, I will without doubt reread the rules and ensure that I do not make the same mistake.

    Happy Halloween guys, and thank you for reading this.

    This appeal wasn't directly replied to, because two days later it was recommended that I make one more story side. So, I did just that and made it clear for them to acknowledge this ^^^ one along with it. I really can't tell if they did. Anyway, I made this one as well to add on.

    Hello again,

    I apologize for making yet another ban appeal, but consider this an addition of information from the previous "my reban appeal [the appeal I last made that I recently talked about]" This is more story wide and somebody recommended I give you this information.

    The last huge thing I remember doing on this server was after a few months (last summer of 2013) of playing *********, I found a group on the **** server and played there for a while. Soon after, I went to camp, deeming me inactive for a month, and then returned to find the ***** servers were restarted. So basically, I gathered my ****** friends and just played League of Legends. This is where I started to grow out of my minecraft interest. I don't play minecraft that much anymore, but that summer, around august, I remember going on it and getting banned. The ONLY suspicion of me "hacking" was this (was one of the only *** games I played, and as seen in my very first post): This was considered useless last time I posted this for some video proof, but I figured I should make this a recap of everything I did relevant to my ban.

    [Here I posted the same "irrelevant" video]

    I was pretty freaked out by this so I posted this:

    [This was a forum post before I was banned asking whether or not this might lead to the suspicion of me hacking. I was told that I shouldn't worry and unless I really did something wrong (which I didn't in the cast of having a hacked client), then I shouldn't worry]

    So as you can see I was pretty calmed down after that and before I was banned I remember playing ****** with my friend for a few times only. However then around late august last year, I was banned. I don't even know who [the name of the admin who banned me] is. S/he seems like a very trusted admin but I have never even talked to him/her before. I really don't think it's right for admins to ban people by simply watching the player's entity and making a decision off of that, so I assume the hacking detection system was catching me from something I was doing. But the reason why I'm so persistent with this at the moment is because not only was doing something offensive not my intention, but I still have no idea what really happened. If somebody were to tell me exactly what I was doing that got me banned, I would be much more understanding. Simply: for what "hack" was I banned for? What exactly am I being accused of?

    Please acknowledge this appeal along with the "reban" appeal I made on Friday. Once again, thank you all for your time and I hope we can come to some understanding eventually.

    It took the staff one week to reply to my ban appeal, and this is all it said:

    "You were not banned by our nocheat system. You were banned, by one of our most experienced and trusted admins, and I'm sorry, but the ban will not be revoked. Appeal denied."

    As you can see, they almost literally copy/pasted their last response and left it at that. I practically wrote two essays and I get a sentence back. I almost have no doubt in saying they quickly skimmed both of them, or at least the first one.

    It's just outrageous. They have shown me no proof and I feel like they expect me to give valid proof. Well for one if I didn't do anything then I can't prove I wasn't doing anything, and how in the world am I supposed to prove that I don't have a hacked client?

    The moral of this story goes to JR directly. We need to make sure we take EVERY ban appeal and EVERY question into consideration and simply, just put ourselves in the victim's shoes. Whether they are innocent or griefed 10000 blocks, think about what they are trying to do. Think about the effort they put in to get back on this server and apply it to our responses to them. Whether we deny appeals or not, we should return the favor, if they made an effort, and reply in a civilized manner giving reasons for our actions besides trust. Maybe ask some follow up questions. We should not solely use personal trust as a justification for banning anybody.

    Thanks to @troll or @MineDr, this problem has been indirectly solved (thanks man!), so I can play on this server again, but I wish things could have been easier.

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