My Jedi Outcast 2 experience began... at a friends house when I was about 9 years old and we played on the gamecube! i absolutely loved the game and we played CTF virtually the whole day. I played it another time at his house about a year later and really wanted to get it for myself. Unfortunately, for whatever reason I was never able to acquire the game and it basically slipped from my memory. Then, early last May, steam had a sale on all Star Wars games and they were all really cheap. As a fairly big Star Wars fan, I of course searched through the games on sale and recognized the game I loved many years earlier. I promptly bought it and my JK2 story began!
I began with the campaign which I promptly rage quit after not saving and dieing at the very end of the second mission xD. I then went to see the online servers and was sad to find that at almost every server I joined, there were no real players. I found activity on the STU servers but my ping was terrible so it wasn't that much fun. However after about a week or two, a player I met on STU informed me that a server with a ~ after a bunch of dots was the active server to be at. I left the STU server and to my delight found a great number of players online! However with the joys of new faces came the frustration of not understanding the game. On my friend's gamecube version, I wasn't able to grip or saber throw and was initially very frustrated by those aspects. Furthermore I couldn't figure out how to kick at all until Peg offered to start showing me the basics which I greatly appreciated. I started learning the different saber styles and began to slowly but surely understand the game a bit better.
After another week or so playing on what I learned was the SoL server, I met my first two SoL members, NickdeClaw and Luke. Both of them greatly impressed me in the knowledge of the game and their willingness to help me a complete pro. I spent a lot of time talking and getting training from the both of them. I also met a few other members such as Igrom, Xasomur, Danek, and Lucifer and they were all great influences on my early days. After about a month of total playing, Nick asked me if I wanted to join the clan and directed me to the forum. I found the questionnaire and submitted my application hoping to be accepted. Everyone seemed really glad that I was joining and after two weeks I was officially a SoL recruit. The next couple weeks were alot of fun meeting other members and having a good time on the server, but what I really was looking for was a way to get better quickly.
At this time, I met the player known as Devy. He was really nice and helpful to me and began training me in various FF techniques. He offered to take me as his padawan, but to do so I would need to join his new clan HF. I thought about it for a few days and although I was sad to leave SoL, I decided that I really wanted to get better at the game and joined HF. The first week at HF was a ton of fun. I learned a lot and got to fight some really skilled players. However, I always had a hard time with laming other players and seeing other members of HF doing it began to slowly push me away. After about a week in HF, Devy went inactive and I didn't know how to get ahold of him for training. None of the other HF members were offering me any training and I began to be conflicted more and more with the laming. After talking with Danek, I realized I had made the wrong decision leaving SoL and left HF. I spent a few weeks without a clan because I was too nervous to reapply to SoL. I thought that they wouldn't accept me back after leaving so soon.
But after a few weeks, I finally got the courage to at least reapply. I expected to be turned away or have to go through this long process but was astonished when everyone was really glad for me to be back. It made me realize what a great community SoL was and I knew that it was definitely the place for me. Seven days later I was readmitted to SoL and was there to stay! The next couple months were a great time. Old members who I hadn't met returned, and the clan continued to grow. I continued to enhance my skills and really tried to contribute as much as I could to the clan. I got my first padawan Super Yaku during this time and really enjoyed training him and trying to help him get better just as so many SoL members had done for me when I first joined.
After about 2-3 months of rejoining, there was a huge surge of lamers coming on the server and I began to get frustrated. They wouldn't always attack me but I would also feel bad for the friends of mine that they lamed as well. Over the course of the weeks my frustration kept building and building until finally I hit a breaking point. A player was laming another member of SoL and I unchecked for at least an hour and I had an idea. The training-invite command had just been established and I thought it would be the perfect way to get the lamer to stop. However I lost sight on what was the right way to handle it and got carried away. I used the command in the wrong way and ended up only making the situation worse. I hadn't realized it at the time I was doing it, but I began to understand later that day how immature and emotional I had responded to the other player's actions. The situation became public over the next couple days and I was sure that I was going to get heavily punished/demoted or be removed from the clan.
However once again the people of this clan showed how forgiving and truly great they are. I apologized to the player and the clan and began to learn a very valuable lesson about the game. Over the next month I worked very hard to not let laming get the best of me. It still frustrated me alot when it was done to helpless players, but I began to shrug or laugh it off when it happened to me and really began to turn a corner. I learned two valuable lessons from this. The first was that acting rashly and with force was not the best way to stop the injustice that was being done. Staying calm and dealing with the situation diplomatically was a much better after and I really tried to get better and more mature in my dealings. I eventually got to the point after several months of reshaping my image where I finally started to make a difference in some of the lamers and they began to at least listen when I asked them to stop. What I also began to realize is that lamers were the best way to improve one's own skill. Fighting those better than me allowed me to learn a ton of tactics and techniques and I even began to make friends with some of the hardcore players. I grew to understand their perspective of loving the fight of the game and although I was and still am against laming, I began to understand that the player's motives mattered in the situations.
As I began to train against SoL members and other players my love of the fight in the game began to grow and I really wanted to progress through the SoL ranks. To do so, I needed to train my LS though as I was absolutely terrible at it. I turned to my friend Samfp and he began to really train me and fight against me. I felt that with his help I learned alot and improved in a fairly short amount of time to the point where I would actually be ready when I was able to fight my blue tourney. Also at this time, I was appointed to my first DC admin position which really honored me and I strove to be the best I could be. I acquired the yellow flame on my second attempt and set my sights on blue and cyan. At this time I really began to get more and more involved in clan debates and other things. The clan continued to grow and rumors of re-establishing the council started. I was extremely interested in this and was thrilled when I was eventually elected to server in the first new council term. We had alot of great discussion and the clan continued to thrive!
I finally felt that I had learned enough LS tactics to try my hand at a Blue Flame tourney and I got... destroyed. My Blue was clearly not up to the standard that it needed to be and I got really frustrated with it. I completely stopped training for a week because I thought I could never get good enough to actually advance any more. However shortly after my friend and mentor Samfp actually joined SoL and he began to more formally train me. I was really glad he was joining and began to train much harder for my next tourney. About a month after my first defeat, I was able to win my Blue flame tourney and set my sights to achieving Cyan.
Ever since I had first found out about SoL I had longed for the day I could change my flame to Cyan. After I had passed my member poll I had switched my flame over to Cyan for a minute just so I could see what it would look like. I had seen the skill of the active Cyans Nick, Xaso, and Igrom and thought I could never accomplish the rank. However in my time in the clan, I learned that people truly wanted to help me get better and that there was more to the SoL ranks than just skill. I came to realize that although I might not be the most skilled player, I could at least have a chance at Cyan if I trained hard enough. I continued to train hard on my FF with Samfp and began to really focus on my NF with my other good friend Epic. Both of them really helped me improve alot and the day for my Cyan eligibility moved closer. In what was truly the best and most fun tourney of my JK2 career against the equally matched Vader, I finally was able to achieve the goal I had set from the very beginning and became a Cyan flame.
I haven't had the longest history with SoL and JK2 but I have enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to making many more memories in this great game with this great clan and all the friends I have made! Thanks for reading and I hope it wasn't too dry