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JKA Multiplayer - getting started

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Introduction

 

So, welcome to this tutorial. It's meant to show people completely new to JKA how to get started, as concisely as possible. Here is what this tutorial will teach you:

  • How to patch your game and see all servers
  • How to chat
  • How to use the console
  • What laming is, so you don't get kicked from servers over and over
  • How to install a .pk3 mod, like a custom map
  • How to install a code mod, like JA+
  • How to install OpenJK (optional)
  • Common pitfalls you should know about as a new player
First: buy Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. We recommend getting it from GOG.com, because they are really cool people who have done good things for the community, plus you'll have a less non-standard setup than the Steam version does. It is, however, also available on Steam, Amazon, and god knows where else.

 

This tutorial assumes you've installed Jedi Academy already, and you are using Windows. Things may be subtly different on Linux or OS X.

 

If you find yourself unable to run JKA after installing due to some error or issue, skip to the section about installing OpenJK. Installing OpenJK may fix all your problems.

 

If you don't have the patience for a tutorial right now, you can also just install, jump in, and start playing. You'll probably be fine, and can always come back to this later. :P

 

Patch your game to see all servers

 

Did you buy your game from Steam or GOG.com? Skip this page. You're patched already!

If the installer shows you an error saying Jedi Academy could not be found, and you didn't pirate it, your retailer probably included patch 1.01 already, and you can skip to the next page assuming your ingame server list isn't almost entirely empty.

Chat with players

Jedi Academy often gets the sarcastic nickname Jedi Knight: Jedi Chatroom, so it's probably good to know how to chat with people.

 

Once you've connected to a server:

  • Press the 'Y' key on your keyboard
  • enter them message you want to say
  • Press the Enter key
So that's that.

Open the console

For a variety of reasons, you may be told to enter a command in your console. You should know how to open and close it:

 

If you are using OpenJK:

  • On your keyboard, press whatever key is to the left of your '1' key
  • Input the command you want to run (for example: /model tavion), then press enter
  • Hit the same key again
If you are not using OpenJK:
  • On your keyboard, press shift + tilda (~)
  • Input the command you want to run (for example: /model tavion), then press enter
  • Press the same keys again

Don't get kicked for laming

One of the most controversial aspects of Jedi Academy is called laming. Love it or hate it, a lot of players care deeply about it, and you may get kicked or otherwise disciplined on many servers if you lame.

 

So what is laming?

Laming is attacking - in any way - someone who has their saber deactivated, or their chatbubble up.

 

There is a lot of variation in laming rules between servers: on some servers, you can't attack players with melee (fists) up, either. In other servers, those players are free game. Some servers (especially more competitive ones) don't care about laming at all!

 

As a newbie though, it's good to at least be aware this is a thing that exists, and some server owners may discipline you for it. As a general rule of thumb: you should probably avoid attacking people unless they have their saber ignited and are ready to fight you, unless you've been told otherwise.

Install a mod (.pk3)

Most mods you'll download are .pk3 files. Examples are most maps, sabers, skins, etc. Before we begin, you'll need to locate your 'GameData' folder, the location of which depends on the install path you chose.

 

First, locate your 'GameData' folder

Here are some common places your GameData folder may be - find the right one using Windows' built-in file explorer:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\GOG Games\Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy\GameData
Next, go into your 'base' folder

It should be inside your 'GameData' folder

 

Next, download the mod you want to install. Open the .zip it lives in.

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Finally, drop the .pk3 file(s) you want into your 'base' folder

Your .pk3 mod is now installed! The end result should look something like this:

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Install a code mod

 

First, locate your 'GameData' folder

 

Here are some common places your GameData folder may be - find the right one using Windows' built-in file explorer:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Jedi Academy\GameData
  • C:\GOG Games\Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy\GameData
Next, download the mod you want to install. Make sure to download the client-side, not server-side. Open the .zip it lives in.

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Dump that whole thing in your GameData folder.

Just toss everything in GameData.

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All done!

Install OpenJK

OpenJK is an open source community project based on the original Jedi Academy source code. It fixes countless bugs, security issues, and other commonly experienced problems. You don't have to install it, but it's strongly recommended.

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From now on, never use jamp.exe. Make sure you always start your game using openjk.x86.exe instead.

Common pitfalls

  • If you use a custom model, other players won't see it, unless they also have the same mod installed. If they don't have the mod, they'll see you as Kyle (or sometimes Jan). That's why it sometimes seems like everyone plays as Kyle: they're using models you don't have.
  • You cannot use a modded saber on a server unless it either replaces a vanilla saber (and is thus purely cosmetic, and something only you see), or the server has the modded saber installed too. Similarly, you will only see a modded saber if both you and the server have the same saber installed.
  • You cannot call a vote for a modded map unless, once again, it's installed on the server. If you try to join a server with a modded map you haven't got installed, you won't be able to connect to it, and will get kicked back to the menu with an error message.
  • If you press both mouse buttons, you will perform a move called a kata. It's very flashy, but it will get you killed, and immediately identify you as a new player. So, probably avoid using that?
  • Don't be a dick to other players, and don't take it too hard if another player is a dick to you. I promise people who aren't total muppets exist in JKA.

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