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We are back again after almost two weeks of vanishing from the Internet. You have probably noticed that everything is different – the domain, the site, the forums. Given all that has happened the team believes the community should know the full story of what happened, so please read on.

Our State

Before the full explanation, here are the facts. We have likely lost the following forever:

  • Forums (both the original and most recent)
  • Wiki
  • Some of the backend configuration and content
  • Bug tracker and project management data

Here is what was mostly recovered / may be recoverable later:

  • Source code
  • Assets (previous revisions lost)
  • Parts of the website
  • domain (may take months)

The Cause

Internally within the team there was the need to do something about the server hosting. Sxx, having retired, did not wish to be involved in this anymore. He had (and still has) ownership of the old domain and server hosting all of the development, site, and forum content. The discussions surrounding this began around March-April (with the old forums being gone it is impossible to verify the exact time).

The only people with both the technical background and trusted access to make this happen were largely not available for many months after Sxx stated his desire to transfer hosting. For significant real life reasons. The topic was placed on the backburner until the issue was forced in September. Payment for the servers over this period went through Sxx’s Paypal account, but the funding was provided by members of the team and the community.

At the beginning of September Sxx made a clear deadline for this server transfer (he had withdrawn payment information from the server hosting after the month’s expenses were paid, so the servers would be shutdown in October). Due to this LoU began the process of making a backup of everything on the evening of the 13th.

Before the backup could complete, all access to the servers and domain were cut off. At first there was a great deal of confusion within the team as nothing should have expired at this point. Why would everything fail at once, both the domain’s configuration and server access? Within a few days we learned from the server provider that access to the Internet had been purposefully cut off at the server side. The only person with the capability of doing this was Sxx.

Needless to say this was unexpected. Before this was learned various team members had attempted to contact Sxx to learn what the situation with the hosting was. These attempts at contact (with a few exceptions) were answered by blocking the individual.

Before we learned the cause, GoodOl’Ben did get one response. Basically a rant stating how Sxx had warned people about needing to move hosting, that anyone could have taken care of the transferring before, and feeling harassed at the messaging asking why the site was down.

Later after learning the cause for the site being down, LoU tried confronting Sxx about it. He requested an explanation and at the very least the chance to backup the data. Sxx’s only response was for LoU to “go fuck himself”.

The Consequences

With communication having broken down, the team was left with whatever had been backed up outside of Sxx’s control (site backups were regularly made to another server, but Sxx owns this as well). What we have left is listed in the previous section. Since Sxx had the hosting and everything else in his name, we have no way of directly recovering the data from the provider unless Sxx permits access again. We do not consider this a likely possibility given recent behavior.

At this point the amount of damage Sxx has done to the Movie Battles project cannot be understated. This kind of betrayal of the community’s trust is unprecedented. Over a decade of history and a lot of effort from the past year has been lost. Despite all of that, Movie Battles development can and will still continue. We will not allow the selfish actions of one individual to destroy the project and tarnish its legacy.

Ultimately the responsibility for this failure falls to the team. For that we offer our sincerest apology to everyone in the community. Those of us who remain to lead are doing what we can to rebuild. For the new site and development, we are learning from this mistake and making changes to ensure no individual has enough control to shut down the entire project on a whim. Not much of a consolation after the fact, but that is the best way we can make the promise that something like this will never happen again.

The Future

Focusing on the current game, we will be releasing an update to the launcher soon. This will require a manual download and install as the auto update mechanism was broken with loss of control over the old domain. This launcher update will then install an updated MBII release to fix the in-game server browser. Please watch for an announcement regarding this.

Regarding the forums and site, this is still a work in progress. Parts may be missing for a little while. The forum style is still incomplete. Please be patient while this is all addressed in the coming weeks.

New Forums:
Original News Post Thread:

Downtime Update

Downtime Update

2 months ago News 4 comments

As most of the community knows, for the last week the website, and by extension the master server and the launcher have been down. There were recently...

V1.2 Released!

V1.2 Released!

9 months ago News 2 comments

The next MBII version (V1.2) has been released.

Moviebattles II V1.1 Released!

Moviebattles II V1.1 Released!

11 months ago News 2 comments

The next update for Moviebattles II (V1.1) has been Released!

Developer Diary - Ten years of JKA

Developer Diary - Ten years of JKA

1 year ago News 6 comments

As you already know, Moviebattles is already over ten years old. Now JKA is 10 aswell! Exactly 10 years ago on September 17th 2003, the game was released...

Star Wars: Movie Battles II v1.3.1

Star Wars: Movie Battles II v1.3.1

2 months ago Full Version 18 comments

The mod is going strong after over 10 years of development. This time with a minor incremental update featuring improvements to existing maps: Smuggler...

Moviebattles II V1.1 Full

Moviebattles II V1.1 Full

11 months ago Full Version 4 comments

This is the full release for V1.1 It is suitable for Linux, Windows and MacOS systems, including server hosts.

Moviebattles II V1.0.1 Patch

Moviebattles II V1.0.1 Patch

1 year ago Patch 7 comments

This is the incremental update for V1.0. It is suitable for Linux, Windows and MacOS systems, including server hosts.

Moviebattles II V1.0 Full

Moviebattles II V1.0 Full

1 year ago Full Version 16 comments

This is the full release for V1.0 It is suitable for Linux, Windows and MacOS systems, including server hosts.

Moviebattles II V0.1.9 Patch

Moviebattles II V0.1.9 Patch

2 years ago Patch 0 comments

This is the incremental update for V0.1.8. It is suitable for Linux, Windows and MacOS systems, including server hosts.

Moviebattles II V0.1.8 Full

Moviebattles II V0.1.8 Full

3 years ago Full Version 2 comments

This is the full zip installation package. It is suitable for Linux, Windows and MacOS systems, including server hosts. To install, extract the contents...

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TheRealIndy Jul 21 2014 says:

Hey, I don't know if anyone has asked this before, but when I try to join in a server, everybody is moving weird, like when people run forward, they either look like they're sitting and moving, or lying down,for 1 example. I have a Steam version of JKA, I installed MBII v1.0, put all of the files in the GameData folder, and set my launch settings as "set +fs_game MBII" without quotes. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the game, the mod, and tried restarting my PC, but this did nothing. I come ask of anyone who can help me with this problem, please. Thanks.

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MaceMadunusus Creator
MaceMadunusus Jul 21 2014 replied:

Did you have a version of Movie Battles prior to this?

Usually problems like that are animation related to the location of the mb_baseassets.pk3. As long as it is in your MBII folder and you're launching like you said you are, it should be fine. However, prior to V1, the MB_Baseassets.pk3 was in the base folder, which means it might be overwriting the file due to its location. Check to be sure it isn't there if you have installed MB2 before.

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TheRealIndy Jul 21 2014 replied:

It wasn't in the base folder, but what I found in MBII was something similar, "z_MB_BaseAssets.pk3". I copied it and pasted it in the base folder, now everything is back the way it was.

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SecretApprentice Jul 17 2014 says:

I see that a detention block duel will soon be released based off the original Republic Cruiser. I wonder how the whole entire map is going...

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Phlipiman Jul 17 2014 says:

It would be so cool if u could have more Separatist Battledroid skins available for the different classes. I have always wanted to look like one while playing as bounty hunter. :) Awesome mod anyways, Cheers!

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Death-Bringer[TR] Jul 12 2014 says:

I thought Movie Battles II is dead.But when i checked MBII's moddb page[here],i saw you guys posted some cool stuff like new loading screens & a new map named Dxun ! but im still wondering what happened to dotf v2 it is best revamp that im waiting for.I really thought this mod is dead :( [but good to see some news here since 2012].I wish we [MBII Players]could see new release this summer ..

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MaceMadunusus Creator
MaceMadunusus Jul 13 2014 replied:

DOTFV2 revamp was postponed along with a number of other things (Conquest, CC, etc.) because I was having a lot of personal issues and I was the one working on those tasks... It took two years, but those issues are slowly resolving and I have started work on things again. CC being the first finished. You will be seeing a release this summer.

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johntis Online
johntis Jul 16 2014 replied:

Good to hear! :)

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MaceMadunusus Creator
MaceMadunusus Jul 11 2014 replied:

It isn't recommended to start MB2 with the mod menu as it usually causes conflicts with other mods that may be present.

I would recommend starting MB2 with the Play_MBII.bat file that is provided (a short cut to it also works). If you don't have one, simply creating a text file, adding this: start jamp.exe +set fs_game "MBII" and saving it as Play_MBII.bat and double clicking it should work fine.

If you are on steam, I believe you can just modify the target with +set fs_game "MBII" to do the same.

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Midgee Jul 7 2014 says:

Okay I've been playing MB2 for along time now, with pretty much no issue, but about half hour ago upon a map change i crashed. Now every time i load mb2 it crashes, i really don't know what to do as there was no indication what has caused this, anyhelp would be grand.

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MaceMadunusus Creator
MaceMadunusus Jul 11 2014 replied:

Are you running a widescreen resolution, and did you update drivers recently? (nVidia perhaps?)

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Fell in love with this mod the second I laid my eyes on it years and years ago. I've barely looked at BaseJA since. One of the few games I always keep coming back to.

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