Jazz Jackrabbit's Poker Broker Weekly Update #1040 - April 1st 2015
Welcome back once again to the Jazz Jackrabbit’s Poker Broker Weekly Update, where the JJPBO staff details their experiences brokering poker. Broking poker. Breaking? Poking? Anyway, this is Update #1040; if you’ve missed a week or two, you can catch up on previous updates here.
I started my game with a $5000 stake and a standard $100 bet. I know the folks at jazzjackrabbitspokerbroker.net have been talking about lowering the bet to $3 but I’m a traditionalist. I got dealt the King of Spades and a bunch of middle cards, some straight potential but mostly inside and I’d need two draws. Unfortunately the interface was arse backwards and I discarded the King, gaining a pair of fours, which lost to another pair. I guess. I don’t actually know what my opponent had.
Next round was no better. Held onto a 9 and 10; got some higher cards and very nearly a straight, but drew a 3 instead of a J. Lost $100 again, which I believe the cool kids call “jazzing it.”
Third round I was torn between holding onto my pair of 5s vs. some serious flush potential in the heart quadrant. Opted for the pair and ended up with two-pair, winning back $200. Up to $5000 now, and decided to go all in. I know Chiyu tried that once and no one ever heard from him again, but I had a good feeling about the next hand.
Unfortunately it turns out this game doesn’t actually let you go all in, and anyway my pair of Jacks was rewarded with the message “Higher pair, even money.” Nobody won. Truly, when you play Jazz Jackrabbit’s Poker Broker, nobody ever wins. Not even the Nguyens. Not even you.
See you next week for more exciting broken polkaing action!
Ori and the Blind Forest - March 10th 2015
Moon Studios’ new title, Ori and the Blind Forest, has just released to Steam and Xbox One, with beautiful graphics and widespread rave reviews. Besides being the latest 2D rabbit(ish)-based platformer, why should you care? Among the game’s geographically diverse development team are respected J2O users et (gameplay programming) and EvilMike (level design). I haven’t gotten final word yet on whether they managed to sneak in any explicit Jazz references, so now’s the time to buy it and find out for yourself, as well as to see what they’ve been up to over the past four years or so. Oh, and enjoy the game, of course, but by all accounts that’s hardly a difficult thing to do. ;)
Changing of the polls - March 5th 2015
|I download everything new||5 votes (9%)|
|I've downloaded a few things||15 votes (27%)|
|Not recently, no||32 votes (59%)|
|My harddisk was full sorry||2 votes (3%)|
|Total votes: 54|
That was up for a while! A long while. Let’s move on… Are there games you spend more time with than JJ2? Personally I’m counting both playing the game itself and also interacting with the game’s broader community (including other websites and IRC channels), but answer the question in whatever way feels most correct for your own life.
(I am asking about your current behavior, however… if you played JJ2 twelve hours a day five years ago, but in 2015 you play it significantly less than Big Rigs Over The Road Racing, JJ2 isn’t your primary game for the purpose of this poll.)
And of course, if there are specific community-based reasons (tournaments, contests, fanart, whatever) that might be leading you to spend more time with another game, feel free to mention them here! You never know but someone might want to make something like that happen.
Omri Lahav comes back with a remix of Jazz Be Damned! - March 4th 2015
Source: youtubeThis was posted on RabbitJournal on March 4th 2015. You can post, too!
J2O's interview with Alexander Brandon - February 25th 2015
Alexander Brandon is one of the people you most likely hear everyday, if it’s in Jazz Jackrabbit 2, Dues Ex, Unreal Tournament or some more recent games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He’s has magic hands when it comes down to music, giving us the ambiance or tunes we all love.
So yeah.. it was time for us Jazz Jackrabbit 2 fans to sit down with the man and ask him a bunch of questions.
IGN Benelux talks about Arjan and Cliffy B - February 22nd 2015
The Dutch version of IGN has made an article about the carriers of our Jazz Jackrabbit developers Arjan Brussee and Cliff Bleszinski. They are going pretty deep with the story of our favorite hare. What games they have produced and where it all ended. They also conclude that Jazz Jackrabbit has sparked a love for sci-fi. As since all their previous games were about guns, aliens and futuristic stuff.
Go give it a read here on IGN Benelux (Dutch)
Small tileset contest! - February 11th 2015
Source: JCF thread
And you could win £25! That’s £1 more than the previous contest of mine. WOW! There’s also a second place prize of £12.50, providing another entry is good quality enough. The max size is 320×480 pixels (150 tiles).
The deadline is the 11th of April 2015
So get your tileset making whatevers going!
JDC - ODT Level Contest - February 2nd 2015
Fancy the chance to have your own level feature in an ODT event in a future round? Now you can! We are going to be hosting a contest to design a level suitable for play in an ODT event.
While that means that the level probably shouldn’t be too large for duelling, there’s no upper or lower size limit so feel free to decide on a suitable size yourself. The gamemode should be Battle, with a primary focus on gameplay and fun factor, be relatively easy to learn and should preferably discourage camping. Gimmicks are allowed but are generally not advisable; this includes gameplay elements such as death pits, excessive use of warps and/or sucker tubes. Eyecandy is not important – as long the level is easy on the eyes and there aren’t any distracting elements then the level should be fine in this aspect.
Unlike last season’s contest, there will be a generous point bonus awarded for the creator of the winning entry, with potential prizes for runners up too depending on the amount of entries this contest receives. That means that if you’re playing to win, it may be worth finding some spare time to make a level for this contest! The deadline is Saturday 21st February; in other words the end of Round 3. The winning entry will then be played in a subsequent round.This was posted on RabbitJournal on February 2nd 2015. You can post, too!
The Jazz Duelist's Challenge returns - January 30th 2015
In a surprise twist, JDC is back for another season! It’s scheduled to start tomorrow, so go login right now to have your account activated.
See you all at the opening event!