Over the last couple of weeks there have been a couple of disputes, full-on fights, internal to staff and external discussions over one issue:
Rules, and enforcement of these rules.
This issue has made it's way up to Josh, the owner of JAC Gaming. We all recognize there is a problem - on both sides of the problem. Staff and players define things differently, and staff enforce differently. Some players follow the rules, some don't, and some push the limits to see what they can do.
We recognize there has been a decline in players, quality of staff, and it's management. Because of numerous factors - from Josh switching to SantosRP, quick staff promotions, lack of training, a change of player base; high staff, player, and server turnover; something needed to be done.
This is one reason why I'm here. I've been a long-time Jac player, former staff turned to a server owner separate from JAC, and back to a player; so I've seen all sides of the community. I'm here to help JAC grow, by presenting different viewpoints and ideas I'm also here to help out with the back-end engineering to ensure our servers stay up, and perform the best they can. One task I asked to observe what's been going on, and provide input back and provide ways to "make JAC great again".
After discussions with Josh, Grant, VoSkorbia and some others, it was decided that we needed to update our terms of service to clarify what is, and isn't allowed; as well as officially publish our staff charter - this describes how staff should be interacting with everyone.
These new terms are available under the community tab; and are effective 1/1/2017 as in line with our old TOS stating we would try and publish it 30 days before it becomes effective.
The thought of updating our TOS has been floating around for a while, and recent events was the catalyst to make it happen. These where approved by Josh, and as of 1/1/17 are in full effect for everyone, staff included.
We also have Staff and Player complaint forums. These are here for players to report what's going on - because honestly, we're not on all the time, and we don't want to be in police the community mode. Everyone should do their part. These forums are only visible to managers and up; and the person making the report. Please be aware that we may not respond to every report; as we will investigate the issue and take action depending on what is found.
The second half of this announcement is related to a project that some of you have heard whispers of. It's called AgesPVP. This is a my brainchild after playing on some other networks; and taking elements that I like from each of them and combining into what should be a different play experience for everyone.
AgesPVP is a multi server (although we'll start with one) modified Vanilla PVP server. Each server is themed into different era's and will have unique feel to them. There will be a couple of challenge ages where some things will be limited to force creative ways to pvp and build bases. AgesPVP will be 1.8; and we can do other game styles as well, so if you have a suggestion of something you would like to see, like a Jailbreak, or similar please post it in the Ages PVP suggestion forum.
So how does AgesPVP and Jac tie together? Well loosely. AgesPVP is ran on my servers, but I'm teaming with JAC to leverage an already established player base, website, store and staff. Current staff that have the JAC, Architect or similar global permissions will have the same on AgesPVP. We will be taking donations and offering ranks - but it will be different than the current modded minecraft to comply with EULA. The ranks will apply only to the survival world to begin with, and if we get enough draw for minigames/other game modes we'll offer specific things for that.
tl;dr; TOS updated, effective 1/1/17, New Vanilla server coming.
Ladies and Gentleman, with much excitement I announce to you the launch and return of FossilTech, we are proud to bring back one of the most well received packs here on JAC fully updated and remade to bring to you a even better adventure as you fight for survival here on JAC's newly and improved FossilTech.
Delve into a prehistoric land filled with dinosaurs with one twist, your thrown 500 years into the future. No longer do you fight with sword and bow to fend of these hungry beats but your weaponry has evolved like yourself! Primal times call for drastic measures, you’re faced with the hard choice to partner up in hopes of salvation or do you become a lone wolf pack, take on these ancient creatures by yourself? Adventure and to the brave as well smart, survival awaits as you take on Fossil Tech! Gear up and dive into the fight head first, heart racing and blood pumping. Have no mercy fight for your life!
Regards The JAC administrative team!
Not only are we doing a Texas Hold'em event at 5 PM est, but we are also doing a Minecraft event at 7 PM est on our JAC Event server(Vanilla 1.10 server). The event specifics will not be given out until the event starts, but it will be worth while; ranks, in game cash and more will be given out.
Hope to see a lot of your faces.
This event is for all ages we request any mature and adult content to be muted during this event(we want everyone to feel comfortable during this event).
Whether you're red or blue, liberal or libertarian, thrilled or suicidal following the election, let's all take it out on each other on Saturday in one of our [now] traditional JAC Texas Hold'Em Tournaments!
The same rules as always apply - the overall winner of the tournament/s gets to wear the Texas Hold'Em Hero TS rank with pride, forever, and no buy-ins after going bust until a winner is determined. After we crown a winner, we can play as dirty as we want to.
After the tournament we will wind down with karaoke, and will be awarding $20 credit OR a small bundle of Steam keys to whoever can sing the most beautiful version of our national anthem. We will award $10 credit to whoever sings or raps the best song of their choice.
Come by, bring your friends, make it tremendous, make JAC great again!
We are back once again with Wizard Academy Update 4.0. We are sorry for the long wait. We hope you will forgive us. There were many trails and errors along the way and some of the mods we wanted to add didn't like the others so well. So on that note
JUMP ON AND COME PLAY WITH US!
We will also be doing a raffle once we reach 10 donations for Wizard Academy. We will give away a rank to 2 random players on the server and we will also have a massive drop party when this happens.
We're holding a Governor of Poker tournament today at 1700 EST - the usual Saturday time we were running every week for a while.
As always, don't worry if you've never played poker - we're here to initiate you an then take all your money. Jk, well, sort of.
This is being held on ts.jacgaming.com, come one, come all, but no other variations of that phrase, as this is a non-PG, 18+, under 18s welcome, X-rated, fun for all the family event.
So. to spice up the website a lil bit. I thought it would be a good idea to start posting server build updates on here with screenshots of the progress, And see what you guys think, if you have any ideas or suggestions then either pm me or comment on this post
Here's the progress made so far on the new fossil tech spawn. XD (Click read more to see!)
We Are So Sorry Everyone.
Sorry For The Long Wait FossilTech Is Back Up. Come on to Claim Your 3 One-time use Kits.
We are Truly Sorry For The long Wait We Were Experiencing Issues With the map reset and had to make some changes i hope you will forgive us
In a world where your survival depends on your magic skills, wizards are the elite class. You've been learning the craft since you were just a child, well, you had to. It's a hostile world out there, and you’ll be damned if you’re going to let it beat you. Gone are the days of sitting around at home, organizing your essentia and breeding your bees. This pack has the finesse and mysticism of FTB with all the nail-biting brutality of Raiding/PVP - there are no cozy Towny communities in this world, Dorothy. It's up to you to defend yourself and upgrade your magical arsenal, defenses and skills along the way. JAC Wizard’s Academy is an 18+ server, so only join if you can handle barbarity, sorcery and a whole lot of cursing.
With this reset performance has been better optimize for all players and the server is more balanced. Multiple bugs have been found and resolved. Come join us on the server by downloading the pack @ http://www.technicpack.net/modpack/wizard-academy.509607