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->''"Hello, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Kurt, and welcome back to Far Lands or Bust!"''
-->--'''Kurt, at the beginning of every episode'''

Kurtjmac started off doing a typical [[LetsPlay Let's Play]] of ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}''. Then, in episode 11 he decided to head off to the Far Lands, a point where the game, when far enough from the spawn point, completely bugs out. The series, Far Lands or Bust, is currently being done to raise money for the UsefulNotes/ChildsPlay charity. He's also a member of the MindcrackServer and does some of the best known Let's Play of ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram''[[note]]He is prone to releasing several Kerbal videos in a short time.... then going for months without any[[/note]].

!!Tropes that apply to Kurtjmac:
* {{Adorkable}}: When making the Lego Space Shuttle for the 25000 subscriber special.
* AnimalsHateHim: [[spoiler: Has been killed by wolves in Ultra Hardcore Seasons 4b, 5, 6, and 7. And in 5 and 6, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own wolf killed him]].]]
* {{Angrish}}: Occasionally. For example, in Driver San Francisco, when trying (and failing) to unlock the Shelby GT-500, he says something that sounds about like "Gah-geck-herp-flerp-der".
* AsbestosFreeCereal: According to the channel banner, the channel is Gluten free.
* AscendedMeme: There's a Minecraft mod that adds Kurt into your minecraft world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDdtFwzUQ_Y
* ArtifactOfDoom: Kurt picks up a Golden Record and it [[spoiler: leads to Wolfie's disappearance.]] When he encounters another in a dungeon, he immediately seals the place up and leaves, declaring the entire area to be cursed.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Kurt is often sidetracked from his speaking by something that happens in the game. Usually due to mobs or terrain.
* BigNameFan: Both in the Minecraft and VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram communities.
* BeyondTheImpossible:
** Walking to the Far Lands, without mods or assistance.
** In [[MindcrackServer Mindcrack]] Ultra Hardcore Season 5, [[spoiler:Kurt somehow dies of fall damage. At full health. In a boat, which would [[FridgeLogic negate fall damage anyway]]. The probable cause is that his three dogs teleported into him.]]
* BookEnds: Kurt starts Tomb Raider Underworld in the Treasure Hunt mode, & ends the game by replaying the First Level in said mode.
* BoldExplorer: In his "Far Lands or Bust!" series.
* BottomlessPits: The Dark and Magical Pit of Bottomless Destiny appears to be this, but actually has a bottom. It's still very deep though.
* ButtMonkey: Often in the Ultra Hardcore series where Kurt's been on the receiving end of some nasty glitches.
* CanineCompanion: To the extreme with his pet dog Wolfie. He picked him up Episode 32 and has trailed Kurt ever since. Kurt is very protective of Wolfie and goes to great lengths to keep him in good health. [[spoiler: The greatest length Kurt went to was at the start of Episode 179 and Season 4 as he invoked a Temporal Paradox to save Wolfie who had vanished in the livestream to end Season 3.]] Also in Season 3 of Ultra Hardcore [[spoiler: Kurt's dog Ace kills Pause for him, saving Kurt's life and taking out one of the best opponents he had to face. Kurt then gets two more dogs after Ace's death, but they can't save him.]]
** Ironically subverted completely several times. Kurt's original pack of five wolves annoyed him greatly, and when they were left behind accidentally as he crossed an ocean, Kurt was relieved, calling it a 'mutual parting of ways'. In Season 4b of Ultra Hardcore [[spoiler: Kurt was killed by Guude's wolves]]. In Season 5 of Ultra Hardcore, [[spoiler: Kurt gets a collection of dogs that end up killing him by glitching into his boat as he was teleporting]]. Season 6 was similar with [[spoiler: Kurt going to great lengths to get a single wolf, who ends up killing him by pushing him off a skybridge]]. And finally in Season 7 [[spoiler: Kurt's pack of wolves manage to get Nebris down to a single heart but Kurt confuses Nebris' wolves for his, leading to his death]].
* CatchPhrase: Several. "You are dead, sir!"; "INDEED!"; multiple variations on "[Verb] such things as these!"; "Suck it!"
* CelebrityEndorsement: Notch himself has [[https://twitter.com/notch/status/207818152820744194 acknowledged]] FLOB. Cue a substantial increase in donations in less than 24 hours.
* ChekhovsSkill: Kurt learns how to perform a glitch he calls the "Hidey Hole Paradox" in FLOB Episode 36, which allows him to reload a backup of his save without undoing any changes he makes to the world. Much later, in episode 179, [[spoiler: he uses this glitch to undo Wolfie's glitch-death.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Not above shooting fleeing enemies in the back if that's what it takes.
* CozyVoiceForCatastrophes
* DiabolusExMachina: In Season 8 of Ultra Hardcore, [[spoiler:just when he's about to ambush and kill Etho, his internet crashes. By the time he's logged back in, Etho is waiting and kills him.]]
* DeadpanSnarker : The yellow text that shows up in most episodes of Far Lands or Bust is a prime example.
** Kurt himself gets very snarky when he plays Amnesia and doesn't feel it's up to snuff.
-->'''Kurt:''' ''[picks up a book]'' Lierature/{{Twilight}}? [[BigNo NOOOOOOO]]! ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[dumps it into a water drain]] ]]''
* DogsAreDumb: This trope is used in full force.
** The Wolf Pack. A group of five wolves that Kurt took as his first pets, who repeatedly whined and demanded food and injured themselves via fall damage. Vanished when they did not spawn after Kurt crossed a vast ocean.
** Wolfie. Kurt's faithful pet for near 200 episodes, he is known for being an idiot. Most commonly Wolfie will fall off cliffs, and skirting past lava. He also glitches into boats and blocks.
** UHC 3 dogs. They often refused to spawn after Kurt and got glitched on pieces of land.
** UHC 5 dogs. [[spoiler: Glitch killed Kurt by teleportating into his boat, ending his season]].
** UHC 7 dogs. [[spoiler: The last survivor doesn't follow Nebris into the water when it could have killed him, effectively giving the season win to Team UK. Instead it stayed on the beach and [=JustD3fy=] killed it, and was able to win UHC 7.]]
** Possibly the only subversion was UHC 6 where [[spoiler: the dog knows Kurt is desperate to own a dog and demands many bones to be tamed. He then pushes Kurt off a skybridge Zisteau made after Kurt killed Zisteau.]]
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Kurt digs into the Hidey Hole, plants the bed, reminds the viewers to donate to Child's Play charity, promises he will see them next time, and gets in bed fading to black with snoring and a water drop at the end.
* FailedASpotCheck: Late in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrJY6FVHlOg "Stranded! in Minecraft 1.8"]] playthrough, Kurt gets surprised by a zombie while making torches and drops all of his coal. After killing the intruder, he then panics again when he realizes he dropped it several blocks down and starts looking for it, completely missing the coal seam in the cavern wall nearby. The climax of the scene shows him looking down into the darkness, saying "I don't see any coal..." while he's standing right next to the seam.
* [[spoiler:FakeKillScare]]: The entirety of Episode 120 [[spoiler:for Wolfie. The episode, titled "Left Behind" and featuring what appeared to be a grave marker in the episode icon, has Kurt nearly dying as he falls into a deep pit partway through, with Wolfie barely avoiding the same fate. The yellow text warns that it won't be the last scare of the episode. Later on, he leaves Wolfie sitting down after feeding him and doesn't notice until night has fallen. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Kurt then braves his way through the dark to get back to Wolfie.]] For bonus points, Kurt posted a Far Lands or Bust {{Flashback}} episode showing his first meeting with Wolfie right before posting Episode 120.]]
-->'''Kurt:''' ...I almost called this episode "[[spoiler: Losing Wolfie]]" to match with the [=FLoB=] Flashback.
-->'''Yellow Text:''' You monster!
** As well, in Episode 122, [[spoiler:Wolfie almost kills himself running into a cactus. As Kurt searches for food, he sees a wild wolf dive off a cliff and kill itself. Kurt thinks Wolfie is dead before finding his companion alive.]]
** 101 Episodes later for the 2-Year Anniversary Special Episode 223 [[spoiler: Wolfie glitches into a block upon finding the double waterfall in the episode, and comes the closest to death since Episode 122. Kurt saves him just in time.]]
* FlatWhat: Fond of these when confused, as best seen in episode 36, appropriately titled WAT.
* FreudianSlip: During the F1 2012 Co-Op series with LetsPlay/VintageBeef, we got this gem:
--> '''Kurt:''' *after turning a corner at full speed* Wow, I went into that turn really hot!
--> '''Beef:''' *mumbling* You're really hot....
--> '''Kurt:''' I beg your pardon?
--> '''Beef:''' Erm....
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Has to choose between [[spoiler:going back for Wolfie and losing 4-5 hours of progress, as well as potentially losing [[InfinityPlusOneSword The Diamond Sword of Spawn-Pointyness]], or continuing on without him.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It takes him less than a second to choose Wolfie.]]
* FriendlySniper: Plays this to the hilt when [[spoiler:he snipes Zisteau in the Ultra Hardcore Season 6 finale.]]
* FunWithSubtitles: As mentioned above, the snarky yellow text.
* GilliganCut: In season 7 of UHC: "I'm kind of anti-dog this season..." lampshaded in the finale, when he has ten wolves following him.
* GoshDangitToHeck: Most often when Wolfie breaks his boats or knocks him off a cliff:
-->'''Kurt:''' God Bless America, Wolfie!
** Averted when he [[spoiler: dug out unsupported sand, while he was standing on it. The reaction was repeated "OH SHIT!", and this scene is the subject of one FLOB Flashback]]
** In his Let's Play of ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', he'll do this when narrowing avoiding disastrous crashes or trying to lose to cops.
--> '''Kurt:''' Oh...sugar!
** Played straight during his fight with Guude in Ultra Hardcore Season 3.
--> '''Kurt:''' Crumbs!
--> '''Kurt:''' Oh, Christmas!
** Also inverted during the same fight by Kurt ''and'' the on-screen text
--> '''Kurt:''' Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.
** During his DIRT 3 LetsPlay, Kurt notes that he's running out of euphemisms and must invent new ones.
* HalloweenEpisode: Done twice in Episodes 91 and 186 by collecting Pumpkins and leaving Jack O'lanterns outside the Hidey Holes.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: When Wolfie disappears]] during the livestream, Kurt is stunned speechless and unable to move on. Fortunately, he soon recovers with the help of [[TrueCompanions his friends]].
* IdiotBall: Kurt was holding it for a while during Season 6 of Ultra Hardcore. He forgot that you can get string from cobwebs.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Episode 32 where Kurt tames Wolfie. Everybody expected Wolfie to die or get lost similar to the previous Wolf Pack Kurt had, but Wolfie is still alive nearly 200 episodes later.
* InvincibleHero: In the 200+ FLOB episodes, Kurt's never died. [[spoiler: The closest he got was getting down to half a heart trying to save Wolfie.]]
** He also survived the whole of Ultra Hardcore Season 9 without losing a single heart of health.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: In Episode 39 of Far Lands or Bust, Kurt fills a bucket with lava and takes it with him on his journey in the belief that it he may eventually need it, despite knowing how dangerous it can be. [[spoiler:Over 100 episodes and almost exactly one year later in Episode 161, he finally makes use of the lava bucket to kill a pack of Creepers so he can investigate a grass-filled cavern.]]
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: His motivation for walking the old-fashioned way and documenting every step in "Far Lands or Bust!" He mentions that he could easily get to the Far Lands using cheats, but he wouldn't have the pride of accomplishment from doing so and would also miss out on a lot of interesting sights.
** He's also made this even better by turning his journey into fundraiser for Child's Play charity.
* [[LetsPlay Let's Play]]: Aside from Far Lands or Bust and the other Minecraft worlds he does videos of, Kurt has also made Let's Plays of a few other series, such as [[VideoGame/TombRaider Tomb Raider: Anniversary]], {{GRID}}, and VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram.
* LiveEpisode: The "8-hour 20-minute Livestream for Child's Play Charity", which was an official continuation of Far Lands or Bust.
--> The five-hour 50% livestream also ends in a live episode of Far Lands or Bust, with Kurt forgoing notes and taking questions selected by [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Lorgon111 Brian]] directly from the livestream chat.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Wolfie.
** Averted with the dog he gets in Season 6 of Mindcrack Ultra Hardcore. It takes 8 bones to tame [[spoiler:and ends up pushing Kurt to his death]].
** In real life, Kurt also has a pet turtle named Speedy. The two of them have been together since (Kurt's) childhood.
* MaleGaze: He seems rather uncomfortable with how often the camera defaults to this while playing [[Franchise/TombRaider Tomb Raider: Underworld]].
* MassOhCrap: When [[spoiler: Wolfie disappears]] in the [=FLoB=]-athon.
* MilestoneCelebration: Several of them. Episode 50 and the search to make the Golden Clock of Destiny. Episode 100 seeing the world through 3D glasses. Episode 200 with Kurt [[spoiler: going to the Nether to retrieve Glowstone]], and Episode 211 where the spawn cabin is rebuilt on 200 episodes of walking. Episode 223 was the two-year anniversary special and Kurt talked about how the series changed his life.
* OneOfUs: Besides the obvious, he's very interested in astronomy.
* PrecisionFStrike: When he [[spoiler: meets his end in Season 5 of Minecraft Ultra Hardcore, through a glitch leading to fall damage while in a boat.]]
--> '''Kurt:''' [[spoiler:What...? What...? What...! Motherfuc- [[CurseCutShort *TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES PLEASE STAND BY*]]]]
** In episode 21 of Minecraft Cast Away, [[spoiler: upon discovering the stronghold.]]
--> '''Kurt:''' [[spoiler: What? What? What? You've gotta be shitting me.]]
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Reunites the K.G.B.S twice after the initial disbanding - once for OneLastJob for a charity exhibition match, and then to take on Spellbound Caves.
* RageQuit: Kurt attempted to play through pid. It slowly devolved into [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness swearing]], and he gave up at the second boss.
* RecapEpisode: Is done occasionally to get new subscribers up to speed on the series, but done through Kurt's narration rather than clips.
** He has recently uploaded a few [=FLoB=] Flashbacks, which are short clips of memorable moments (such as discovering the Canyon of Whoa)
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Beef's red in their co-op F1 series. Kurt's nearly always cool, collected, and in control of his car.
* SnarkyInanimateObject: The Snarky Yellow Text, the third of the three characters in Far Lands or Bust. While sometimes pointing things out, it's known for its extremely snarky comments on Kurt's commentary.
* TheStinger: There's one on his ''Kerbal Space Program'' video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1dVUSLZY54 Kerbinside]]" in celebration of putting his astronauts in orbit around the Mun. It's also an {{Homage}} to Apollo 8.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Technician to [[LetsPlay/VintageBeef VintageBeef's]] performer in their co-op F1 series. While Beef has managed to turn better or equal lap times to Kurt, Kurt will often be less than a second slower and do it lap after lap after lap, improving over the course of the race. Combined with his better grasp of race strategy, he tends to place better than Beef when he has even a mediocre race. It is the combination of both styles that really makes the entertainment value of the series.
* TemporalParadox: [[spoiler:The Wolfie clone and pre-made Hidey Hole]] in Episode 36. In the following episode, [[spoiler:Kurt reveals that this occurred due to a glitch in Minecraft where he had scrapped his first take of the episode and reloaded a previous save, but Minecraft kept the changes to the world he had made in the original take.]]
** [[spoiler: In the [=FLoB=]-athon, Wolfie disappeared upon running into the same block as Kurt when he logged off. After finishing the marathon anyway, Kurt proceeds to cook up an idea to save Wolfie by invoking the above paradox. Kurt reverts to a previous back up of the save to find Wolfie and then walks back in the terrain he previously altered so it does not erase the marathon progress. Kurt then walks back with Wolfie and still has his faithful companion.]]
* TemptingFate: During his "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUSBxFE56sY Mission to the Sun]]" episode for his ''Kerbal Space Program'' series, Kurt notices a design flaw in his rocket, but dismisses it with an "I think we should be OK." Less than a minute later, that same flaw turns his rocket into a massive fireball.
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: The 100th Episode of Far Lands or Bust is this.
* TimeyWimeyBall: In the Hidey Hole Paradox, even though Kurt is sent to where he was in the past, any changes he made to the world before he was sent back remain. [[spoiler: This allows him to save Wolfie]].
* TitleDrop: Most of the video titles from Kurt's multi-video series are taken from lines he says in the video.
* TrueCompanions: Kurt is close friends with several members of the Mindcrack team.
* VillainDecay: Although Kurt's arch-nemesies in Season 1, Skeletons have decayed in fear value to the point of uselessness. Creepers have only completely replaced them as Kurt's major article.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Played straight in UHC 5 where [[spoiler: Kurt gets killed through a glitch and cuts to a technical difficulties screen]].
* WeirdMoon: A few episodes have featured Kurt discussing the oddities of Minecraft's moon, and his attempts to figure out how it could potentially work like it does.
* VerbalTic: "... INDEED.", "...ness", "Ah!", and "Gigigi!"
** More recently: "INDEED, WHATNOT, and ETC!"
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-> ''I will see you... next time!''
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