The "Jury-Rigged BJP Tools" are a modified version of Bengt Jardrup's Quake BSP Compiler suite
with added support for Detail-Brushes, Hint-Brushes, the BSP2 format, among other things.
The most recent Stable and Test Builds can be downloaded below.
If you have any problems and/or feedback, please refer to the readme file for contact information.
This project is currently on hold.
Since it was released, the community response can only be described as "happily ignored".
There was next to no feedback, even though some people initially promised to take a look.
What instead often followed were underhanded snarky remarks on messageboards about encountered problems which had never been reported,
hence making it very hard to actually track down and fix them.
Only after a while arrived some feedback by very few people, which still helped a lot
in identifying and fixing problems, some of which not actually stemming from newly introduced features.
This has largely ceased now, even though they knew how feedback-starved this project really was.
Granted, the release-time and feature collision with a well-known toolset likely plays a large role in this.
Work on a lot of features had already been going for a while, most of them lighting related but not moved over to the final codebase yet.
The sudden release of the other toolset pretty much forced a quick release of what was in the main codebase so far, although due
to the fact that this was never meant to be a competition project, it was mostly just a test-balloon at that point.
As expected, interest was pretty much nonexistant, and a lot of side-taking and strange propaganda followed,
making it clear that favouritism is still very predominant in this community, and probably always will be.
Only Map Projects seem to be considered for fair treatment as far as feedback is concerned.
If people think it is necessary to put up walls, it makes you wonder where the word "community" fits in, and if what's on the other side was ever really worth caring about.
Initially there were plans to add a lot more features, but why improve something for people who need to feel someone "worthy" enough is making the offering.
Another reason is that the development environment has become too inherently hostile for a while now.
The officially declared "Winners" ( largely by people who don't much care about fair assessment ) started to cherry-pick useful features off, with no communication whatsoever, during active development.
All while they were constantly in contact with the one person ( let's call him "MrX" ) i naively and mistakenly trusted and had opened up to during that time.
This means that they either took advantage of what they were told, or that they had been lied to and not given the full truth about the situation.
In either case, one or both of them knowingly and happily benefitted from the crushing situation, without remorse and with extreme sense of entitlement.
I remember one example in particular where i mentioned a specific technique to "MrX", only to find that technique be tried out days later on a certain someone's Github. Strange coincidences.
Although at that point, MrX already had made pretty clear how false, superficial and untrustworthy he really was.
He only truely cared about himself, while posturing as a "friend who understands" as long as he though it to be useful.
He was always happy to be helped with problems, but when it came to the few, very simple, and some of them very important ( which he full well knew because he had posed as a "friend" ) wishes i had, he ignored them or put them down in other ways.
Like the narcissist he is.
He prefers to play a bad situation against someone else, instead of doing what a decent human being would do.
He apparently made sure to only relay certain information to others, while concealing and withholding the kind of information that could have increased mutual understanding and prevented more catastrophe.
But why would one tell others that someone is having a very hard time, and feels like he cannot talk to anyone at all, right ?
Much nicer and more useful to simply hide this from everyone, and just try to keep controlling that person in distress, with some tactical lies.
And just watch what happens, with mild curiosity, as that person slips more and more into hell - like a gawker next to a car accident.
And so he did.
Maybe he even tried to "shine" around others, with certain things he was told - as he did on a few occasions on func_msgboard.
In the end, he was just another opportunist who had arrived around that time, because things had suddenly become much easier if you wanted to create complex Quake maps without having to compile for days.
And just like many of the other opportunists, he too didn't care about anyone else who was already there, and was happy to walk all over others to get what he wanted - fast.
Making a name for himself, first and foremost. Of course it didn't matter to him what he destroyed, he just wanted quick, easy success.
A trait that some new programmers also displayed. Extreme entitlement and lack of empathy for others.
It was easy to see what they were doing.
There's a limit to watching something you once had high hopes for barely live and ultimately be picked clean by entitled people with no empathy.
To be used and abused in an already crushing situation, by those you mistakenly helped and trusted out of pure desperation.
Anyway, i'm sure this paragraph will make some people real happy.
All of this has since been ridiculed, but that was not surprising given the core character of this community.
The original idea was to improve tools for people i once mistakenly cared about, in an environment i had foolishly believed to have changed for the better over the years.
It had not.
I have known the Quake community for a very long time as one of the most arrogant, toxic and narcissistic creative communities.
For a moment in time things appeared to have improved, but it turned out to be little more than naive wishful thinking. People don't change.
Between all it's newfound glory, hyperdetailed maps and "god mappers" still sits the same deep arrogance and highly toxic nature that has most likely been there since the very beginning.
It is a deeply cold and self-obsessed place.
The Loud and the Proud do very well in such an environment, as it is in many ways a perfect honeypot for narcissistic tendencies - the resulting culture has been more than proof of that.
Bullying, ostracism, elitism and abuse are just a few things that have always been very real there and attempts at countering them almost nonexistant. You don't talk about abuse club.
Even people who very much tried to improve things for everyone have been treated in ways which made them leave in the end.
It was always worth a laugh for someone, somewhere.
Real empathy is the last thing that can be expected in this environment.
Even, or maybe especially, when you find yourself in a crushing situation there will be no shortage of additional abuse following.
Empathy is an alien concept here, and no matter if you try to help people with their goals, be it making a new editor or giant hyperdetailed maps .. programmers and mappers alike, they will all look for reasons to treat you inhumanely.
The hype is all that counts.
It is very much considered "cool" to be cold in this community.
Always preferring to judge others instead of trying to understand them.
The people who might tell you otherwise most likely have not been in the community for more than 5 years ( as of 2018 ), or may be trying to sugarcoat or obscure the cruelty that they themselves have knowingly and happily been a part of.
Since the game and subsequently the community has shifted back more into the public focus, there have been many attempts at making it appear like a veritable happy place.
But that's not the truth. Some of the most arrogant, toxic and narcissistic ( implies lack of empathy ) people are still there, making sure their narcissistic supply keeps flowing - as they always have.
Also still there are those who always loved to discourage, minimize, harshly criticize and devalue efforts and ideas by others who only wanted to improve things.
"Don't want it. Don't need it. Meh."
Ironically ( but unsurprisingly ) they are also now profiting from such improvements, and probably now act as if they were always open to progress.
They just changed their masks, now that the public eye is more on the game again, much more than it had been for a very long time.
But they did their damage to others, happily, probably without thinking much at all, simply trying to exert their power over others. When they knew noone wasn't really looking or caring.
Certain people have such a cult of personality around them, they get a free pass for everything. And they love using it.
Especially on those who refuse to join that hollow cult and constantly pander to their ego, like so many others did.
It's all about being the center of attention for them, their superficial image.
And superficiality is what you will find no shortage of.
The most casual narcissistic abuse and toxic behaviour usually came from people with "big names" in the Quake mapping community.
More often than not, these were people who were luckier than most in many ways - even from an early age - but instead of being thankful and acting the part, it only bloated their already immensely arrogant egos further.
And made them look down on others even more.
But it's not really a surprise. Success never required anyone to be a good person.
They themselves most likely never had to deal with the same toxicity they exuded, but still somehow thought it necessary to act like brutal narcissistic gatekeepers - their word being gospel.
Since they have been allowed to shape the cold culture of this community for many years, it only attracted more people who share many of the same narcissistic traits, knowing they will feel right at home.
They care about one thing only : to "shine" and consequently open up easy sources of narcissistic supply for themselves.
No interest in treating others like human beings - that would be too boring, too uncool.
The easy and fast way to "fame" is much more seductive.
Ironically, the ones who had it far easier than many who came before them ( who had to make do with simpler tools, less resources and more constraints ) also ended up quickly becoming some of the loudest and most arrogant.
Maybe helping people who have no frame of reference or take everything for granted is the wrong thing to do after all ..
In such an environment, once you find yourself in a situation that requires simple understanding or basic empathy, you will realize that human coldness is not limited by absolute zero.
This is a place where the fortunate prey on the unfortunate, where you have to be part of a very exclusive clique just to be considered a human being.
A place shaped by arrogant cynics who, despite having everything go their way, still managed to complain almost on a daily basis about how their lives are not going quite perfectly enough.
Meanwhile people who actually had to go through real struggles were unable to talk about it, knowing they would only be judged, or even ridiculed, and not find any kind of basic understanding.
I noticed fairly quickly that many people in this "community" are on the extreme low end of empathy.
The mistake i made was, after many years, thinking that this had changed.
It has not.
If anything the whole experience has only further confirmed something i learned early on in life ..
People are Monsters.
Maybe i will write a more detailed post about all of this at some point.
To some people in this community, who always were happy to make ( or help make ) the world a living hell for others, especially if they deemed them as "unworthy" or otherwise below them :
I hope your personal hell comes true for you one day, and stays for many years.
I hope that, when you desperately need some simple understanding, and people you can really trust, because you feel absolutely disconnected - life sends you narcissistic psychopaths instead, who you never met before.
The type that throw themselves at others, and play "nice" immediately, but are extremely insincere and false, and ultimately only look for ways to manipulate others for maximal personal gain.
The type that only tells people what they assume they want to hear, happily lies, and plays people against each other without remorse or empathy.
The type that sees people as objects to use and manipulate.
But you will realize this too late.
Whom you trust out of pure desperation and naivety, hoping that life can't be so cruel and actually make things even worse, right ?
Oh, it can.
It will be people who only truely seek to help themselves and others take advantage of your situation.
Who act as if they care and understand, that they are trustworthy, only to manipulate you better and get what they want.
Playing a crushing situation against you, isolating you even more, most likely lying to everyone about what they knew, instead of simply trying to prevent more unnecessary damage.
And they will lie to you as well, to control you and to get what they want.
All they truely care about is getting help taking their personal shortcut to success.
People who build their heaven on your hell.
Who then act very surprised and even mock you when you start to finally lash out due to pure pain and desperation, realizing what they are actually doing.
Their masks will come off, eventually.
You will realize that they have no capacity for empathy at all.
People who are preoccupied with trying to "blow people's minds", but are actually simply profiting from things having become vastly easier and faster than they had been for most Quake1 mappers up to that point.
People who even think that it gives them extra cool points by casually bragging about their hard drug habits in conversations and on forums.
I hope that you will find yourself in an unsafe, cold, brutally judgemental and uncaring environment, like the one you made a reality for others.
Where cruelty is normalized, rationalized, hand-waved away and/or laughed about.
A place where people are proud of being arrogant, cold and indifferent.
I hope that you lose most of the things that you loved, things that made life bearable for you.
With no support, and no-one to talk to who seems capable of understanding.
And everything that brought you hope, that could potentially save you, your creative outlets, poisoned - possibly forever.
I hope that you get to experience the hell that you forced others into, for no reason other than your own pure arrogance and complete lack of empathy.
I hope that the world treats you in the same cynical and destructive way that you treated others.
With the same judgemental contempt, the same shallow arrogance, the same cold indifference, the same hate.
I hope it dehumanizes you in the same way you dehumanized others.
Every cruelty that happens to you should simply be rationalized by others, instead of prevented - just like you did.
So that you finally realize what that means.
I hope you personally experience what Trauma and Major Depression is, and what they can do.
It probably won't give you any capacity for empathy, but it may finally give you some perspective.
You deserve it.
To the people who showed me some kindness and treated me ( and others ) like a human being :
Thank you, You made it possible to breathe in a suffocating environment.
To those who find it amusing or acceptable ( or especially sick and dehumanizing : somehow inspiring ) when other people fall into traumatic events :
I hope it happens to you one day, and you too get no basic understanding, and no real help whatsoever.
Instead you get used and abused more and more for no reason at all.
Then you will finally get a taste of the world that you stand for.
This community has a history of cold abuse.
I've witnessed and experienced it for almost 10 years before it became too much, because i had mistakenly thought you might have changed. I was wrong.
Abusers and their enablers don't change. Narcissists don't change.
You always enjoyed making fun of or ignoring people who were in obvious distress.
Even mocking someone having lost their mother was not below some of you.
This place always felt like a horrible version of high-school culture, especially the way people were treated. With the emotional maturity of 16 year olds.
But trying to act like a 16 year old forever doesn't make you remain "young" or "cool" - it makes you remain an immature asshole, who will most likely do real damage to others sooner or later.
This is a place where people talk ABOUT others, instead of simply TO them.
Until it is too late and preventable damage has been done.
Where many just love to judge, but never try to understand.
It's actually interesting, how a lot of people who create things for an abstract "other person" ( aka "the player" ), are so unable or unwilling to put themselves into the shoes of others and understand their perspective.
That would require empathy.
But it's not about that anyway, is it ? It's never about others. It's always just about your ego.
I know i'm not really a human being in the eyes of some of you.
That's actually a main feature of Narcissism, the ability to completely dehumanize others.
"The Internet" has always been an extra excuse for you, to be as cruel as you wanted to be, without remorse or thinking about it.
I'm sure you've always played "the nice guy" in real life, while abusing others to your heart's content in the virtual world - using it as your personal hate playground.
But the damage you caused is real. You did it to real people. Which in turn had negative ripple effects in yet more lives, of which you are oblivious.
This is who you really are.
Of course, if you're a narcissist, that's fine for you.
I know there are some very real narcissists in this community.
I did absolutely nothing to any of you, at least not before everything finally became too much to tolerate.
Those were reactions to people who somehow felt the need to make an already pitch black situation even darker, or even to brutally take advantage of it.
Some of whom i knew for many years, and even liked and tried to support in the past .. everything is so meaningless in this place ..
Nothing can be trusted except everyone's pure self-interest.
I did nothing to you. I tried to be positive most of the time, even if nobody remembers.
Some of you even seemed like "friends" after a while - which was probably never the case from your perspective.
Just something that occurs automatically after being around the same people for so long.
I don't know. Maybe it's better not to know. Maybe the truth is far more sinister.
I have heavy social anxiety and crippling depression for most of my life, and life just keeps reaffirming that i have them for good reason.
Funny enough, these originate from social traumata like betrayal, ostracism and bullying early in life, often by "friends".
I guess some things just keep repeating over and over again, no matter what.
There are many things you won't ever know or realize, even though they may have been very obvious. But many of you wouldn't care either way.
You can judge me, i know you do. Some of you were always quick to judge, without having all the information, or simply ignoring / not understanding important parts of it.
But don't be surprised if you too get judged, when you're going through the worst time of your life yet, slowly getting crushed by multiple traumatic events at once.
Surrounded by people who coldly judge, or even manipulate and use you, instead of understanding what is actually happening.
When you feel that everything and everyone is against you, and every choice you can make looks like the wrong one - locked in - unable to move - with no support.
When your world falls apart just because you were desperately looking for something that can give you some hope back, doing something positive for and with others.
But instead it all blows up in the worst way imaginable.
Meanwhile a nightmare you never knew you had becomes unchangeable reality on top of it all.
A few people i feel bad about having ever written certain things to, one person in particular.
He didn't deserve that, never did anything wrong to me.
I hope you know who you are.
Most of the others i definitely do not feel bad about having given a tiny mirror for themselves.
People who do not believe in fairness for everyone, but instead preferred to make destructive comments whenever they could.
People who clearly showed their lack of empathy and disdain for others. Usually these were the same ones who always try to appear "perfect", and love having others admire them.
Back then i wasn't sure what this combination of traits was, but i know now what it is called - and the signs are all there.
I'm not really surprised about the casual devaluation that happened, just by who it came from. Devaluation instead of providing fair and constructive feedback, as you would expect in a healthy creative environment.
Devalueing the efforts of others was always a favourite of certain people, who like to believe they know everything so much better, and see themselves as generally quite the perfect human beings.
Happy to create hostile and toxic environments for others, while they would never accept the same for themselves.
It's interesting how many of the same people worked, or are working, in the games industry. I really believed once that this would make someone act more professional and respectful towards others.
So naive. Apparently it makes some people simply much more arrogant and judgemental. Maybe playing politics is the main skill one learns there.
One example was especially ironic. Someone who worked on a game based on a person not being able to finish their creative endeavours. And yet it was no problem for him to throw harsh, and very superficial, criticism towards the work of someone else, adding his brick to a wall of hostility.
Instead of trying to give constructive feedback instead.
An attempt to devalue and discourage, to attack something someone else was doing, nothing more.
Is that irony ? Or already hypocrisy ? I thought highly of some of you once .. but i know you better now.
But it's not the only ugly irony of this community.
People who i've gotten to know early on to be especially arrogant, condescending, negative and elitist, and loved to have cults of personality created around themselves - worked on games where the Enemy are Nazis.
One of history's prime examples of what arrogance, lack of empathy, "elitism" and cults of personality can enable.
One thing i learned in this place is, that it's not usually the people who had to go through difficult hard times, who turn out to be hateful.
It's mostly the ones who always got what they wanted, who got lucky. They let everything go to their heads and grew immense arrogant egos as a result.
Those were always the ones who showed the least empathy, and sought to be admired all the time while openly or passive-agressively expressing their hate towards others.
Especially towards those who refuse to join into some kind of daily shallow ass-kissing contest for them.
If you have too many of such people in a community, they will shape the culture of it, for the worse.
The fish always stinks from the head.
It's always the ones who know the least about the darkness, who are happiest to push others into it.
Belittlement of ideas, and attempts at intimidation by some of the "big boys", are probably the first memories i have from this community.
Exactly what you need when you are arriving fresh from a long lasting bad experience and are just looking for something positive.
I originally came here with plans to improve certain things, but what does that make you, if you try to do something good for extremely arrogant people who love to be "edgy" and abusive, and act generally hostile for no reason ?
Why do positive things for negative people ?
No creative community should work like a street gang where you have to "prove yourself" just to be treated like a human being.
I wasn't the only one thinking this, and saw it happen later on multiple times again, when others tried to improve tools and editors, but were driven away because something was not "perfect" enough for the most arrogant and vocal members of this community.
Some promising things were sabotaged or destroyed that way.
Certain "game changing" improvements that already existed decades earlier were apparently even ignored on purpose. Not very surprising though, unfortunately.
I'm not proud of any of this. If you think i write these things when i'm doing "well", you're very mistaken.
It's a sign that things are cracking again.
This is usually caused by outside triggers related to all this, which i desperately try to avoid for years.
But sometimes they get through.
I know now that there will be some major ones coming up sooner or later that i won't be able to avoid due to how the internet hype machine and the internet works ..
I'm not sure what will happen then.
I've been mentally at my worst for years now, since all of this happened - and it doesn't seem to improve.
These kinds of triggers make it worse every time.
Maybe someday it will all magically fall off of me, one way or the other.
It's funny, after losing someone to cancer, i'm starting to really see the analogy.
This really does start to feel like a cancer that is not physical. One that has spread on many things that once could give me hope. Warping and transforming them. Or making them inaccessible.
All of that could have been prevented .. by applying a little bit of humanity and understanding when it mattered.
But of course, it was too much to ask - especially here.
I'm not surprised. I had known you for almost 10 years at that point.
The way everything went, it just fits the pattern of cynicism, coldness, arrogance and lack of empathy that was always very noticeable.
It really just confirms that many of you are exactly how you appeared to be, when i first met you many years ago.
The mistake i made was trying to believe "in the good in people", and over the years among you, thinking that maybe i was wrong and things had improved.
But evidently, i wasn't wrong.
Some people here are very in tune with their anti-social tendencies. Maybe even proud of it.
Dehumanization is simply how you do things. Your default. It's what you do best.
It's who you are.
Putting people on pedestals is just another manifestation of it.
Many of you will let any type of cruelty take place, or join in on it, as long as it doesn't happen to you.
You just love to see these things unfold and file them under "drama", good to tickle your cynical boredom for a few seconds.
Most likely you'll just use it as an excuse to look down on others even more, and see yourselves as even more superior.
Instead of simply treating people like human beings.
These are all hallmarks and proof of a deeply toxic culture.
I've watched the most humane, good-natured, compassionate person i will probably ever know, succumb to a horrific fate over the course of mere months, while seeing some of the absolute coldest, arrogant and selfish ones, who have zero concern and understanding for others, continually live their dreams for many years.
I already knew that Karma does not exist in this world, but this contrast very painfully confirmed it.
He showed me what people could be like, if they tried only a little bit. If they honestly cared.
But instead, many people choose to, or are brought up to be the polar opposite of that.
It feels like the Zombie Apocalypse has already happened .. the Walking Empathically Dead.
He used to believe in others, tried to see the good in everyone - and for the longest time i thought he was right, and tried to approach things in a similar way, even though i had every reason to distrust others.
But now i'm not so sure.
Maybe he was wrong after all.
Maybe there is no reason to care any more, because the amount of people who appear to be completely emotionally and empathically blind, extremely entitled, and simply go for the most egotistical and cut-throat route, seems to have become an avalanche.
In this world, the monsters tend to "win", because that is all they truely care about.