Since the redirection of the list.jazzjackrabbit.com list server some time ago, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 has seen a steady influx of mainly Polish newcomers. Being one of the main gathering points of the online Jazz Jackrabbit 2 community, Jazz2Online always strives to offer as much support to the community as possible. It is because of this that I can proudly announce, on the behalf of the whole J2O staff:

Jazz2Online Poland

That’s right – a Jazz2Online sister site focused at the Polish-speaking community! As this community has always been focused on the less serious, more fun-oriented side of the multiplayer spectrum, J2OP (as we abbreviate Jazz2Online Poland) will mainly focus on hotels and tests. J2OP offers the same functionality as the international J2O though – downloads, articles, a wiki, pictures… you name it, J2OP’s got it. Anyway, I’d advise you to go see it for yourself – check it out at http://polski.jazz2online.com!

Coincidentally I can also announce another big change. Up till now, J2O has always been free and paid out of the staff’s own pocket. As we all become older and move to university or college, however, gathering funds to pay the hosting bill has become increasingly difficult. The J2O staff has always opposed advertisements and the like, so that was not an option. We have instead chose to introduce…

Jazz2Online Premium Content

Yep, special features and content for paying members. Base functionality of the site will be the same, but for a small fee of $15 per month you can unlock several cool features. No advertisements? Jazz2Online Premium Users won’t see them. Unlimited downloads? You guessed it, Jazz2Online Premium Users don’t have a monthly download limit. Upload pictures in any resolution? Exactemundo, JPU – our abbreviation for Jazz2Online Premium Users – can do it.

As of now, new sections added to the site will be exclusive to JPU. Starting with Jazz2Online Poland, you will automatically see a warning that the chosen content is off-limits to non-paying members if you click a link leading to such content. To give people a taste of what’s behind this warning, we chose to have the J2OP frontpage visible to everyone. The warning contains all instructions needed to become a JPU, so just browse around a bit if you want to know the full details, or go right there!

We hope that you will enjoy these new features and we are always open for feedback. Comments are open – drop your suggestions there!

- Stijn


Comments

PurpleJazz on 1 Apr 2008 at 17:44

Haha, very funny.

Bluespaz7 on 1 Apr 2008 at 17:52

I’m not beaten yet.

:)

sonicnathan 1 on 1 Apr 2008 at 18:03

Good one. Even if it was true I wouldn’t pay $15 a month! That;s outrageous!

Bluespaz7 on 1 Apr 2008 at 18:24

[Poland edit. Polish is part of our premium content. Please become a J2O premium subscriber before posting in polish. – FQuist]

Vegito on 1 Apr 2008 at 18:57

JAK TAM LOL.

Lark on 1 Apr 2008 at 19:47

haha that’s hilarious.. i love it

SPAZ18 on 1 Apr 2008 at 20:07

HAHA! Love the “Make Hotel” and “Test Serwer” links.

sonicnathan 1 on 1 Apr 2008 at 20:43

LOL! funny!

TUXlejdi on 1 Apr 2008 at 20:43

Ha Ha Ha… very funny…

stupid joke ;[

Yes.. The most players come from poland (because they know how download jj2? idk) and a lot of them play only hotels…
but they have only 9-12 years? (Probably they don’t know what is j2o)

whatever

I know it was only joke… bleh… gj

Its boring… not funny [;

Sacrush on 1 Apr 2008 at 20:52

The funny this about this is, is that everybody think it’s a joke. It’s not guys but you will notice soon enough.

Nonomu198 on 1 Apr 2008 at 21:09

My Polish nickname is awesome :o

DoubleGJ on 1 Apr 2008 at 22:37

oh crap this is actually funny as bloody hell

srsly

although a premium account is not a bad idea if it was a bit cheaper

people are divided as equal and equaler

DanYjel on 1 Apr 2008 at 23:28

xD xD xD kurwa xD xD xD!!1!111!!!!

Slaz on 1 Apr 2008 at 23:34

Haha this made me lol out loudly . Atleast this joke doesn’t make fun of something the community has to be serious about.. Although ‘premium content’ could be a real idea for the future. Just make it replace the current donate option and give ‘premium users’, the ones that donate, some small extra’s like special profile stuff or maybe a special rank image at review score etc.

JordanJett on 2 Apr 2008 at 03:55

Aliens have invaded earth

EvilMike on 2 Apr 2008 at 05:18

All my future uploads will be for premium users only. Normal users will get a text file saying they have to upgrade their account, along with a short demo.

I have negotiated a sponsorship deal with j2o and they have agreed for this to be the case. I make exclusive jj2 levels for premium users only, and in exchange I get a cut of the profit from premium accounts.

This may annoy some people, but on the other hand since I’ll be getting paid it will mean I can release episodes at a much, much faster pace. Overall the community wins!

Also, before anyone points out that this is april fools. Yes, the polish j2o thing is a joke, and the “premium account” thing mentioned in this post is exaggerated and also a joke. But j2o is in fact working on such a system and has been for quite a while (just check out the bandwidth costs and how few people have donated anything!). The final implementation of paid accounts will not be as annoying as they seem in this april fools joke, but it will happen (the monthly fee won’t be so high, don’t worry). I am in full support of this plan as it will mean a better j2o overall.

Hopefully fquist won’t be angry with me by revealing these details. He told me to keep this a secret until the official announcement was made, but if I don’t say something now then I expect people will be VERY mad and confused when they find out premium j2o isn’t 100% a joke.

EvilMike on 2 Apr 2008 at 06:49

Oh and before anyone points out that they can just trade the j2ls and stuff outside of j2o, that won’t be possible. We are still working on the details, but we will be using a modified j2l file that uses an encryption scheme directly tied to your account (the file is dynamically generated when you download it from the site). Probably gonna be called something like .j2ls (s for secure) but who knows. Anyway to get them to load, you’ll need to launch them through a special “Premium J2O Launcher” or PJL (still working on coming up with a catchier name, I hope, because the current thing they are calling it sucks).

The .j2ls files will also NOT be possible to open in jcs. This could theoretically be made possible, but it would require a huge amount of work that no one really sees worth the effort.

PJL will require your premium j2o username and password, and from there it will connect to the j2o database and be used to decrypt and run the encrypted levels that are tied to your account. You must launch these levels with PJL every time, though you only have to enter your password once. It’s basically a DRM scheme. And yes, it requires an internet connection. And yes, there are ways around it, but we’re counting on no one cracking the encryption, and people who share accounts will be easy to detect. And if anyone does find a way to crack the system, it will be easy to track them down and ban them from j2o and the jcf for illegal actions.

There has also been some talk of also requiring a special “secure jazz2.exe” to run but that doesn’t seem too popular or practical, so the straightforward PJL route is the one being focused on.

There are also plans for making PJL a platform for downloading Premium J2O Content, once more of it is put up. So far I’m the only one onboard for creating premium content, but after the system enters public beta there will be an open invitation for other people to create premium content.

So far the plan is to make it so all premium content is freely downloadable by anyone with a premium account. Later on small fees may be implemented (eg 1 dollar per download) as a sort of royalty payment to the authours. It might be made so the price is up to the person who made it, or even a “pay what you want” scheme like the latest radiohead album used. Too early to tell though.

Bluespaz7 on 2 Apr 2008 at 09:12

If you’re gonna make people pay to download premium content, allow it so that people like a 3 day or so trial with the level(s), so they can decide for themselves if they’d like to buy this upload. After the time period, the level(s) would no longer work until they were paid for.

EvilMike on 2 Apr 2008 at 10:40

That is somewhat too difficult to implement, from what I’ve heard, although I’m not the one doing the coding for this.

The plan is for all premium content to have a few free “demo” levels. For example, I make a 10 level episode, maybe the first 3 of the levels are free to play. This can easily be done by distributing them as .j2l instead of .j2ls. Non-premium users can just load the demo levels through home cooked levels. And since PJL (ugh, I really hate that name) is able to launch both unencrypted and encrypted levels it won’t be inconvenient for premium users to deal with the two different formats of .j2l and .j2ls. In fact, they won’t even notice as long as they launch everything through PJL.

NovaStar on 2 Apr 2008 at 11:37

this page is awesome

through and through

Violet CLM on 2 Apr 2008 at 16:13

incidentally it is absolutely illegal to charge for any sort of .j2l file

Vegito on 2 Apr 2008 at 16:46

I doubt anyone would do so too.

sonicnathan 1 on 2 Apr 2008 at 16:59

Listen, if you make use pay for your levels you spineless worm I will leave the community and shut it out of my mind. So will a lot of other people as we LOVE your episodes Mike! Go ahead and make a premium account thing but if you make it so we have to pay I will leave forever and that is that,

Nonomu198 on 2 Apr 2008 at 17:07

You heard sonicnathan people, get this thing up soon.

On a less serious note, this is not funny anymore.

And now seriously, it’s not funny.

Dr. Eggman on 2 Apr 2008 at 20:26

o kurwa!!!11111one XD xd xD Xd Iks-De
The best polish translation i’ve ever seen :D

Spazio on 3 Apr 2008 at 17:30

short comment:
(kurwa hotel xd)

[Personal attack removed ~cooba]

sonicnathan 1 on 3 Apr 2008 at 18:15

LOL! XD

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