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  00:07:31  9 January 2019
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Brunzer
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary
I recommended NOT installing the "Extended Weather v0.20" and the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01". I added the "Free A-Life v1.03" to make it more unpredictable and exciting but there is a risk it could kill important people you need to meet so make plenty of Manual Saves.
TS
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Yeah, I read about those weather mods in your posts and didn't install them, I didn't install free A-life either since I like my fellow loners to stay alive . Might go with free A-live in a second playthrough.

I'm enjoying it so far and only replying here cause I got my first crash. I haven't ventured outside of Cordon, but so far it seems a much tighter experience.

Anyway, the monolith calls me, so gotta go. One last question though:
Do artifacts spawn after blowouts?
  23:38:19  8 January 2019
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Brunzer~

I can't speak for the Dez0wave website but as far as I know it's never been the place to go. Usually the ModDB pages of most Mods are where the traffic is. At least it was for Call of Pripyat. However I do know that Dez ( as in Dez0wave ) and a few other members can be found almost daily on the Lost Alpha Facebook page. It requires a Facebook account and a request to join since it is private.

If you haven't been in the LA Zone since 1.3003 ( like me ) then it's definitely worth checking out and getting back into the LA Zone. Just be careful on the download, as some of the 18 included Mods are there by default. I recommended NOT installing the "Extended Weather v0.20" and the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01". I added the "Free A-Life v1.03" to make it more unpredictable and exciting but there is a risk it could kill important people you need to meet so make plenty of Manual Saves. There are plenty of side quests now to keep you busy and earn money.

TS
  01:42:58  8 January 2019
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Byte Me
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Byte Me:

Eventually I played ONE 1.4005 game.
Similarly, ONE 1.4006 'game' .
I played over a dozen 1.4002 distinct games.
Before that: over 30 instances of 1.3000 with around 80 'forks' just because it was FUN....

Can an 'old hand' like you clue me in to what I'm missing in the LA Zone.


Byte Me~

You know way more about Lost Alpha & Lost Alpha DC than I do.
My time as a Dez0wave tester was 2012 to 2014 right up to the leak and the rushed premature official release. I think I did 1.3001, 1.3002 and 1.3003 ( not sure if the nomenclature is accurate ) and after having to repeatedly start a new game hundreds of times, I was burned out. I decided to take a long break and let everyone else find the bugs.

I went back to unmodded SoC in 2015 and played a Game so slow, I intentionally let an entire year ( Game Time ) pass before I entered Pripyat one year after the Game started. From that Game, I took a break and decided to try the Call of Pripyat Mod. Little did I know I would be blown away by this Mod and exclusively play it from 2016 to 2018. I played 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 as a Loner. Finally in my 1.4 experience, I tried other Factions. From being a Loner for 120 days ( Game Time ) I went to being Monolith for 90 days. Then as a Bandit for 90 days. Then as Clear Sky where that lasted about 60 days and I just took a break a few months ago. I haven't been playing anything until I caught wind of the LADC 1.4007 and decided to give it a try. So in retrospect, it's been over 4 years since I've been in Lost Alpha.

I've seen your posts here and on the Wiki. I'll be coming to you for help and advice.

TS
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Just a quick reply because my [https://lost-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Sleeping_bag sleeping bag] appears to be on 'timer'..

Thank you for the kind words about the wiki. (Get yourself a declared account bud, I know you have contributed in the past..)

Or not.

We have several pages there that are right up your street:
[https://lost-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Badlands Twilight Zones]

Gameboard workarounds - (NOT crummy exo run-hacks or godmode cheats) - but serious strategy tips - incredibly the [https://lost-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Mission_Strategy How I got to the NPP in 5 days] mostly still works.

If it didn't I would have given this up a long time ago.

As readers of my various blogs on the wiki may know:
...I really LIKED Lost Alpha....
..DC - not so much.
It had GREAT promise at 1.4002 - but then just seemed to lose "Direction"..
1.4005 was a freaking disaster in no trumps.

The reason for THAT was the destroyed economy. The shagged out weaponry (that had moments earlier been drilling YOU most effectively) but had a zero resale value 90% of the time, was another slap in the face from some basement devmonkey.

There's no easy way to sugar coat this. Nor should it be sugar coated.
LA rocked
DC boogied for a bit

DC devolved into a knife fight.

Personally, I don't mind slashing mutants to shreds with a knife. (v1.4005 to v1.4006 PRM DLC)

Saves ammo IMHO..
And the mutants of v1.4006/7 seem to be pussies compared to 1.3003 - but that's just an opinion.

I've been trying to get some clarity on all of this (and more) from the great Dezoder in the sky for the last two years. No luck yet.

Just for kudos value, since I have a near eidetic memory of the LADC anomalies, I thought it might be kewl to run around for five days WITHOUT the "Basic anomaly detector" that EVERY stalker starts out with.

"May the Zone take me if I lie" (I even had to buy my bloody knife)
  00:39:55  8 January 2019
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Brunzer
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Thanks for the Diary, Tejas. You've (almost) convinced me to install LADC. A few things irk me though.

1. How come there's nothing on Dezowave site about 1.4007? The latest post on the English forum is from march 2018. Seems there's hardly any buzz at all about the DC. Not even on their own website.
2. Where would I even get 1.4007? (scratch that, found the moddb page)

The last I played was 1.3003 which was empty yet strangely enjoyable. Everything felt a bit off, the cars were weird and clunky, the A-life almost non existant, still it had me entertained for hours on end.
The only part that really bothered me were the weird changes to the main story that felt completely out of place and were badly presented.

Guess what I'm trying to ask is: Would you recommend it in it's current iteration? Have the above points been improved?

edit: found a torrent link on moddb with a rather decent 7.5 mb/s downloadspeed
  09:01:43  7 January 2019
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Tejas Stalker
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Byte Me:

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Eventually I played ONE 1.4005 game.
Similarly, ONE 1.4006 'game' .
I played over a dozen 1.4002 distinct games.
Before that: over 30 instances of 1.3000 with around 80 'forks' just because it was FUN....

Can an 'old hand' like you clue me in to what I'm missing in the LA Zone.

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Byte Me~

You know way more about Lost Alpha & Lost Alpha DC than I do.
My time as a Dez0wave tester was 2012 to 2014 right up to the leak and the rushed premature official release. I think I did 1.3001, 1.3002 and 1.3003 ( not sure if the nomenclature is accurate ) and after having to repeatedly start a new game hundreds of times, I was burned out. I decided to take a long break and let everyone else find the bugs.

I went back to unmodded SoC in 2015 and played a Game so slow, I intentionally let an entire year ( Game Time ) pass before I entered Pripyat one year after the Game started. From that Game, I took a break and decided to try the Call of Pripyat Mod. Little did I know I would be blown away by this Mod and exclusively play it from 2016 to 2018. I played 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 as a Loner. Finally in my 1.4 experience, I tried other Factions. From being a Loner for 120 days ( Game Time ) I went to being Monolith for 90 days. Then as a Bandit for 90 days. Then as Clear Sky where that lasted about 60 days and I just took a break a few months ago. I haven't been playing anything until I caught wind of the LADC 1.4007 and decided to give it a try. So in retrospect, it's been over 4 years since I've been in Lost Alpha.

I've seen your posts here and on the Wiki. I'll be coming to you for help and advice.

TS
  05:11:54  7 January 2019
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

insanelazarez:

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Looks like my video card overheated causing graphical artifacting:
https://i.imgur.com/jmL19bP.jpg

Lol... Sometimes i get this on youtube videos, but after refresh page it works ok again. Never got it in games. You just need to save game + quit and restart game.

Btw, you have a ATI card?

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Nope. My last purchased ATI video card was in 2008 at the same time Clear Sky came out. It's performance was a huge disappointment since it did not have the ability to render the barbed wire fences between wooden posts and the mesh fishnet canopies found in many places. ATI never gave the support to fix this. I went back to Nvidia ( that I had used with SoC in 2007 ) and have never looked back since. ATI stays in business by being cheaper but their video cards typically run hot and are very noisy. The reason my Nvidia card got hot in this example was due to me purchasing a Mini GTX 1070, typically used in small form factor or ITX builds of which it is very small and only has a single tiny fan. I've already purchased the components for a new system including a full size GTX 1070 Ti that I need to assemble but have been too busy.


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I still don't know what these are called or what they are:
https://i.imgur.com/zBMqDlu.jpg

Check this out...
https://tcrf.net/S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:_Shadow_of_Chernobyl#Unused_Gamemode
The name of anomaly is 'Rusty Hair' [zone_rusty_hair] located in [misc/zone_rustyhair.ltx]

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Thanks, that's a great link.


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https://i.imgur.com/zT5dd5F.jpg

Lol, AMD Radeon Water Fix v1.00...

Now I just Need To Find A Mod To Make My Graphics Card Fans To Start Working Again... Muhahahaha...

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Do you suffer from an ATI video card?

TS
  01:43:28  7 January 2019
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https://i.imgur.com/zT5dd5F.jpg


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Lol, AMD Radeon Water Fix v1.00...

Now I just Need To Find A Mod To Make My Graphics Card Fans To Start Working Again... Muhahahaha...
  01:28:27  7 January 2019
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Byte Me
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Yup - I see where YOU'RE going, but not where........


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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Byte Me~

As you probably already know, 18 Mods come with the 1.4.007 download. It appears around 4 or 5 of those were selected by default. One of those I immediately found great dislike with the super crappy "Extended Weather v0.20" that is one of the worst executions of a Mod I have ever seen. It required the removal of the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01" first to get rid of it and likewise you could not have the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01" without installing it first. A parasite relationship no doubt. I've made 3 screenshots showing the full range of all the 18 Mods. I'm only using 3. I have no desire to use the Hardcore Economy or Hardcore Survival. The Russian Voice Acting was another one I had to uninstall since there were no English captions for the Russian voices.

Mods ( 1-6 )
https://i.imgur.com/zT5dd5F.jpg

Mods ( 7-12 )
https://i.imgur.com/HBpuso4.jpg

Mods ( 13-18 )
https://i.imgur.com/Va0IioT.jpg

TS
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Eventually I played ONE 1.4005 game.
Similarly, ONE 1.4006 'game' .
I played over a dozen 1.4002 distinct games.
Before that: over 30 instances of 1.3000 with around 80 'forks' just because it was FUN....

Can an 'old hand' like you clue me in to what I'm missing in the LA Zone.
  00:55:03  7 January 2019
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PCDania:

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Interesting read and pictures. Haven't played the newest DC version but for now agrees on the things you don't like.

Pretty strange description of that Gravi. It is radioactive, protects against gun shots but the description also claims it blocks radioactivity (radionuclides emits radiation) but nothing about how good it is at that.

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PCDania~

I am so thankful I was a Tester for Lost Alpha 2 years prior to it's untimely leak and subsequent official premature release. There are so many stories that I could tell about it's development, and the things I fought for, suggested and was both successful and unsuccessful in my input.

For example, the main scripter ( he who I will not name but it was not Dez ) was absolutely against any upgrading of weapons and armors like found in Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat. His reasoning was, is that he never personally needed or wanted them so why should anyone else? The earliest implementations of upgrades were so crude they were a joke. I'm glad I fought for that one and eventually won. Another success was getting the change to allow all NPCs the ability to buy and sell most all items from the Player. Before that, the Player had to tediously haul all used weapons back to a Trader instead of being able to sell them in the field.

The one argument I had that I lost was getting all the Lost Alpha artifacts to fall in line with the what everyone was used to in Call of Pripyat. We all know SoC had unique original versions of the Artifacts and their properties. GSC wisely changed that in Clear Sky to make things harder ( no more complete Anomaly neutralization ) and offered new varieties. This was again slightly adjusted in Call of Pripyat and the version I lobbied for. I wanted the most of all, helpful additional weight-carrying Artifacts and Stamina Artifacts. Needless to say, Lost Alpha ( Dez0wave ) decided to ignore all that and come up with their own Artifact hierarchy.

The LADC Artifacts use pictures and names of the other versions but mixes them up. What you recognize visually may have a different name and/or properties. What name you recognize may have a different picture and/or properties. In other words a complete scramble over any retail Game or Mod. Many more were added with new pictures and names and properties. Is this good or bad? I don't know yet but it does add some excitement since most of us already know the weapons and armors.

TS
  00:33:39  7 January 2019
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Byte Me~

As you probably already know, 18 Mods come with the 1.4.007 download. It appears around 4 or 5 of those were selected by default. One of those I immediately found great dislike with the super crappy "Extended Weather v0.20" that is one of the worst executions of a Mod I have ever seen. It required the removal of the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01" first to get rid of it and likewise you could not have the "DC 14.005 Darker Nights v1.01" without installing it first. A parasite relationship no doubt. I've made 3 screenshots showing the full range of all the 18 Mods. I'm only using 3. I have no desire to use the Hardcore Economy or Hardcore Survival. The Russian Voice Acting was another one I had to uninstall since there were no English captions for the Russian voices.

Mods ( 1-6 )
https://i.imgur.com/zT5dd5F.jpg

Mods ( 7-12 )
https://i.imgur.com/HBpuso4.jpg

Mods ( 13-18 )
https://i.imgur.com/Va0IioT.jpg

TS
 
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