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  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.
  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...
  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
  09:01:43  7 January 2019
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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
  00:39:55  8 January 2019
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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
  01:42:58  8 January 2019
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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)
  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
  00:07:31  9 January 2019
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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?
  01:45:19  9 January 2019
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Lost Alpha Director's Cut 1.4007: Tejas Stalker Diary

Brunzer~

I guess they're supposed to. I've had the worst luck detecting artifacts with the default potato detector I started with. I've only found one next to the trap-claw thing in the creek just north of Sid's bunker. Most artifacts I have were found in the Zombie tunnel, from stashes or looting the dead.

TS
  17:31:16  9 January 2019
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LADC v1.4007.

@Brunzer
@Tejas Stalker

I doubt if you're going to like 1.4007 very hugely, and I don't want to influence anyone in advance (or at all) - nor do I want to spoil things for anyone reading this.

But let's look at this critically.

LA v1.3003 had CHARM. It was a hastily patched LEAKED release that blew people away.

If it had had widescreen graphics I might still be playing it in Static Render to this day. There was something compelling about looking down from a fence in south western Forest at night - the place just sparkled. Hellfire, you could even see some of the artifacts...

You didn't really mind if you accidentally ran through a Burner on your way there.

A teeny downside of 1.3003 was the knackered Vintar. Many players' favourite longarm in SoC.

LADC v1.4002 was my second fave Lost Alpha. It has issues - but there are workarounds. And the Vintar was fixed..

After this, things go downhill IMHO.

v1.4004 was "pulled" within 24 hours.
v1.4005 seemed to be the Misery Mod LADC:
*Inexplicably shafted economy.
*Useless 'loot weapons' (no-one would buy them)
*A couple of lootable corpse bullets (before the Blowout hit)
*Military shooting you in X16 while you are in Lab coat...
*A chance to get to the Victory Ending by collecting all of the Enlightered Docs and 'funny hat' - but the game CTDd when you approached the Generators 2 level changer (no remedy)
*For good measure - "Talking to Ghost at the Cemetery" completed, but you died three times on your way to Freeplay.

Are we seeing a pattern here?

As far as I can see...:
v1.4007 - which incorporates the much unneeded PRM weapon and suit pack from v1.4006, has the following additions:

*There are virtually NO artifacts on the gameboard.
*Anomalies tend to be invisible (when compared to 1.3003)
*If my experience in Dark Valley is indicative - Anomaly Fields have been removed from the board too.
*The Vehicle ration has been increased from 12 useables - to 6.
*One of these has been replaced with a smoking one-doored fagmobile that even Cheech and Chong would laugh at in their dopemobile. Reason unknown.
*All levels have been upgraded because they weren't broken...

So I'll probably play it more than once. Maybe.
 
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