It all started in 1998 June, me as an JJ2 Online newbie entered the whole world of Jazz Jackrabbit and with only an Outdated 33k6 modem. I was prettty lame to be honest, cursed at everybody saying that they where Lamers. But then i discoverd Jazz2city with the Epic Boards and my first step of this New World new community was settled, it was weird because i came from a Die-hard Demonic QuakeWorld and now i was trown into the world of Jazz Jackrabbit, carrots, DethMan and the World of People that i soner knew. Ive seen that there where clans in this game, I know i had a clan started with my friend BlackWolf in Quake. I wanted to try to make one of the first multigameclans and it worked Xeno and Alec aka Kovu where the first joiners of this new clan called GPE Glenn Petronas Energy (lame eh?) so we renamed the clan in GPW God Promise to Win. In the new game it was like, “Hello, jazz jackrabbit we have a clan now in you now!” In the begin we where weak and laughed out lost alot of members but it became worse, i lost
“the Internet” for 7 months, clan died accept the Quakeworld Division survived thanks to Kman and BlackWolf but jj2 was forgotten the clan of GpW. I was lost and forgotten..
Then march 1999 my goal was to be back in all. ways Ive planned to be in the News to be Known, ive started project Jazz Jackrabbit 2 goes Quake this worked but the project died very soon because the Coder and Model Designer Quited, while I was just a sim-pel level-designer. So then the rumors of “it” came, “iT” became “The Secret files”. I was impressed, A new caracter, new levels, new players, heh that time ive even downloaded all the screenshots (still have them!) by the Jazz 2 Team but it was really Project 2 plus Evil Bill/Jeh and Noogy. Then a few days later, I saw the Downloads by Xeno, it where some modfiles collections, this made me thinking. “What he, can I can” I had from my friend Tars (aka Blade Master) more then 5000! mod files. So Ive started with construction GPW music pack one, this was a big succes, had a lot of Fanmail after that so soon after that 2 and 3 where released and even got more Fame/Fan mail, i loved that so for my feeling this was a succes and step 2 was completed.
Now it was time to get back into JCF, i re-opend the old level “Kill-zone”, Edited it some with the standards that time.. It needed eyecandy, so i made “eye-candy” on icq, Heather aka Aprhodite said that she would love to see more levels by me. So i made a Castle one and a weird Tubelectric.. but it was nameless, coulden’t make up a name so i thought about clans and clanwars. Merging that and you had the pack Clan-Wars. It striked directly a *** by Wakeman and it had a great comment about it.
In may 1999 Jazz Jackrabbit The Secret Files was a hit in Europe, but i just had it in June was a month to-late but no big deal, ive heard there where a few contests but i was way to late for the Level Design Contest and the slogan. The I heard about GamePoint BattleContest, wadda ya know I knew Gamepoint sinds QuakeWorld so this would be very interesting. I knew the contest was somewhere late July so i started to practise alot sometimes with a 56k 12 hours A DAY!…
THen the day came, Battle 2, Giant, Kingpin, Spy and alot of others where there, ready to claim the last 500 euro.
It started, I coulden’t think, just shoot and shoot, so i did and before i knew the 25 limit was hitted “I was champion!!!! and 500 Euro Richer” Wow, I coulden’t believe it I WON something in my little life.. “CooL” This was Step 3 to be known agian..
Then suddenly August 1999 Jazz 2 City needed ADMINS.. New, Clan and LevelGroupLists.. This was THE chance to be in the Elite of Elite.. I joined up For Clan and levelgroups, my dream came out.. I WAS A %$&$ Jazz 2 City admin.. Couldn’t believe it. This was really for my feeling to top but it wasn’t.. Ive got suddenly contact with Arjan Brussee, Jeh and Noogy.. It was so fast.. After that Project 2 Asked me to join the team for HH99 aka Christmass Chronicals. but it went even better Jeh asked me to join MYSTIC LEGENDS!!!! Whaaa! Sorry, GpW design Team and J2LC i’m going to join them.. Fquist wasn’t really that happy, but Mystic Legends, wow, that was really the best thing i ever did. It was JEH and Dethman, the legends of legends asked me.. arg.. To thank everyone, ive started to do project ClanWars:Special Edition!
Year 2000 Striked, [GpW] Changed alot, URL, Name (Gurus of proactive Warfare) logo and games. Counter-strike, Quake 3 Arena, StarCraft and Jazz jackrabbit 2.
Dang, what a time was that, notthing could go wrong, but the CS merge and personal problems was this the start of the Dead.. Lost a great classmate where i was in love with, couldn’t care about anyone.. These months are vague, jazz 2 city died, Universe Jazz started and was slowly updated because Alienator had to much so after a short living it died simply. More happend the Quake 3 Arena Gameleader toke the Clan with him for Quake 3 Fortress and letted the [GpW] die for a new clan Called back to basic (thanks mister wizard!)
After the bad half year a slow grow came, well at least in the CS division, jazz division started to suffer from the first inactives and leavers, the Legend from clan Army of Death joined GpW but 2 months later he became inactive and quited Jj2. This was such a smack for the clan, he was THE guy that owned…
In decemeber, jmmb died “censored DETHMAN, 2nd time now this year, without warning letting it die!” a well things couldn’t be worse, but it did, 01-01-01 came.. I lost 2 fam, 2 friends after a great cafe Fire in volendam, i couldn’t care about ANYTHING anymore…I wanted to die, but after some serieus help from local people, I learned to be positive agian with life and just go on with life that death from someone close shouldn’t be mine death. This toke months and months but somewhere in July i regained strength, Gambit replaced Aerox that time for the CS divion. This was so good, that we striked 3th on the CLanbase Netherlands ladder! Wow, we where PRO! now.. In August a great event happend by KooF, [GpW] PaintBall Event 1, The begin of a new age, but it died a month after the event.. GpW CS died, GpW was now bleeding, no succesfully game anymore. The Remaining stayed in [GpW]CS but the team was to small, so we merged with clan [BLaaT] what a choice but [GpW] was dead now.. Already..
2002 came, from worse to bad.. we started to fight with our old enemy CC, bad choice imho, didn’t damage the clan but damaged the feeling of playing and inactives list grew and grew.. I was almost crused about this. JJ2 is going down for [GpW] hints where there but notthing helpted! April Came Anniversary bash 4. THe Joke of [GpW].. Was a succes! Every-one didn’t like this so after the conclusion.. The joke is over lets get back to the game in a fresh start, first thing first.. make peace with CraccoBoy of clan CC. AFter a few hour discussion it was made.. Peace was there! So back to gaming igeuss..
but no, it was for another game.. Wolfenstein, it made me go wow.. ‘grpix, gameplay and Skills! I was good in a game agian? unbelieveable!’ So TCGO came, [GpW] Rtcw left, welcome pro-gaming, bye clan.. TCGO project didn’t hold that long. So soon after that, after a few clans the Ultimate clan Asked me.. Amnesia, best of benelux, winner from Benelux Cup! So lets go…
2002 July striked, i went on a Holiday, [GpW] was now using his last strength, to be alive, no Gameleader, no active members.. Now what? I waited till i came back, but i didn’t.. I lost the spirit of jazz, and a clan with no leader dies fast….
So I tried to comeback but it failed, actives where unhappy, skills where gone, [GpW] lost his pride and love. To the sake of Disguise, Tyffy and the new joiners i couldn’t let it die.. but it must be.. a goodleader knows when it ends and then newspazz sayed, “Magoo left” this was for me the final blow.. Bye [GpW], Bye jazz.. We will miss you…
Am i now a legend? No, I am jazzer.. I Am ShadoW a Guru of Proactive Warfare [GpW].
Although i regret my decission..
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.