"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 Let's Play of 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 Child's Play charity. He's also a member of the Mindcrack Server and does some of the best known Let's Play of Kerbal Space Programnote He is prone to releasing several Kerbal videos in a short time.... then going for months without any.
Tropes that apply to Kurtjmac:
Adorkable: When making the Lego Space Shuttle for the 25000 subscriber special.
Artifact of Doom: Kurt picks up a Golden Record and it 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.
Bottomless Pits: The Dark and Magical Pit of Bottomless Destiny appears to be this, but actually has a bottom. It's still very deep though.
Butt Monkey: Often in the Ultra Hardcore series where Kurt's been on the receiving end of some nasty glitches.
Canine Companion: 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. 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 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 Kurt was killed by Guude's wolves. In Season 5 of Ultra Hardcore, 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 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 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.
Catch Phrase: Several. "You are dead, sir!"; "INDEED!"; multiple variations on "[Verb] such things as these!"; "Suck it!"
Chekhov's Skill: 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, he uses this glitch to undo Wolfie's glitch-death.
Combat Pragmatist: Not above shooting fleeing enemies in the back if that's what it takes.
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. Glitch killed Kurt by teleportating into his boat, ending his season.
UHC 7 dogs. 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 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.
Every Episode Ending: 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.
Failed a Spot Check: Late in his "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.
Fake Kill Scare: The entirety of Episode 120 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. 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 " Losing Wolfie" to match with the FLoB Flashback.
Yellow Text: You monster!
As well, in Episode 122, 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 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.
Flat "What.": Fond of these when confused, as best seen in episode 36, appropriately titled WAT.
Averted when he 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 Driver: San Francisco, he'll do this when narrowing avoiding disastrous crashes or trying to lose to cops.
Played straight during his fight with Guude in Ultra Hardcore Season 3.
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 Let's Play, Kurt notes that he's running out of euphemisms and must invent new ones.
Halloween Episode: Done twice in Episodes 91 and 186 by collecting Pumpkins and leaving Jack O'lanterns outside the Hidey Holes.
Heroic BSOD: When Wolfie disappears during the livestream, Kurt is stunned speechless and unable to move on. Fortunately, he soon recovers with the help of his friends.
Idiot Ball: Kurt was holding it for a while during Season 6 of Ultra Hardcore. He forgot that you can get string from cobwebs.
Innocuously Important Episode: 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.
Invincible Hero: In the 200+ FLOB episodes, Kurt's never died. 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.
It May Help You on Your Quest: 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. 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.
It's the Journey That Counts: 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.
Milestone Celebration: 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 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.
One of Us: Besides the obvious, he's very interested in astronomy.
Precision F-Strike: When he meets his end in Season 5 of Minecraft Ultra Hardcore, through a glitch leading to fall damage while in a boat.
Rage Quit: Kurt attempted to play through pid. It slowly devolved into swearing, and he gave up at the second boss.
Recap Episode: 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)
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Beef's red in their co-op F1 series. Kurt's nearly always cool, collected, and in control of his car.
Snarky Inanimate Object: 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.
The Stinger: There's one on his Kerbal Space Program video "Kerbinside" in celebration of putting his astronauts in orbit around the Mun. It's also an Homage to Apollo 8.
Technician Versus Performer: Technician to 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.
Temporal Paradox: The Wolfie clone and pre-made Hidey Hole in Episode 36. In the following episode, 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.
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.
Tempting Fate: During his "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.