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  07:59:06  16 November 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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On forum: 02/11/2012
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Lieutenant

I have just done another mission for Veronin.

He told me to see a Guide to escort me to the Freedom camp, but we are all in Outskirts now so it was not needed.

Gave password, planted the bug, grabbed the flash while Chef was picking his nose around the corner, told the guard it was the other guy who took the flash, and ran out of there.

When I got to the exit of the compound, where the Lenin statue is, there was a Merc.

I put my crosshairs on him and he is waving at me, so I don't shoot.

I decide to slide up next to the building for cover and move toward him.

My minimap shows he is alone.

He is red hostile but has his weapon shouldered and takes no action against me, so I continue.

When I am about 10 feet away from him, five of his buddies appear out of thin air. Teleported in or something.

I walk backwards and give him five 12ga shells to the chest, turn around and run back to the building where there is another Merc shooting at me.

He gets the other five shells in my mag.

There is no time to reload, so I equip the AK and dust the other four dickheads from around the corner.

I assume they were after the flash drive, but I saw nothing on the Wiki about this ambush.

Maybe I look cute in the Freedom armor I was wearing for this mission.

Veronin says I am a Lieutenant now.
  07:59:49  16 November 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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Freeplay

Just out of curiosity, have you been to Bloodsucker Village yet?
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Yes.
  08:03:17  16 November 2019
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Tejas Stalker
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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

Just out of curiosity, have you been to Mercsucker Village yet?

TS
  08:14:52  16 November 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

Just out of curiosity, have you been to Mercsucker Village yet?

TS
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I'm not proud of that time in my life. I needed money, OK???
  08:22:35  17 November 2019
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Byte Me
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On forum: 10/08/2014
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I assume they were after the flash drive, but I saw nothing on the Wiki about this ambush.


Maybe I look cute in the Freedom armor I was wearing for this mission.

Veronin says I am a Lieutenant now.
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Congrats on your promotion. Hope it sticks.

Again, it looks to be a consequence of the PRM pack. Vanilla 14007 didn't have the "be a spy" submission when I played Join Duty. It certainly worked better in 13003 (except you had to arbitrarily stiff the Sin House occupants at the beginning of the game) - but no merc ambush. It was coded, but never seemed to happen.

Occasionally you might see a lone merc wandering around Outskirts but that was about it.

I tried to start that "Deal with Voronin" intro into Joining Duty in my vanilla game in Freeplay - but it was a non starter.

None of the ambush scene is documented simply because it's never been previously seen as functional.

Maybe you get to join Freedom later on??
  10:52:24  17 November 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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Again, it looks to be a consequence of the PRM pack. Vanilla 14007 didn't have the "be a spy" submission when I played Join Duty.
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Not sure I follow you here.

I am playing 'vanilla' as far as I know.

The only mods are PRM weapon pack (which only mentions weapon appearance and animations), Autumn Vegetation and Closed Optical sights.

These were downloaded within the Configurator.

They will affect gameplay like that?
  07:16:58  18 November 2019
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Byte Me
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Again, it looks to be a consequence of the PRM pack. Vanilla 14007 didn't have the "be a spy" submission when I played Join Duty.

Not sure I follow you here.

I am playing 'vanilla' as far as I know.

The only mods are PRM weapon pack (which only mentions weapon appearance and animations), Autumn Vegetation and Closed Optical sights.

These were downloaded within the Configurator.

They will affect gameplay like that?
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Autumn veg and Closed sights are cosmetic fixes.
PRM is an option that does more than just change appearances and animations. One example is the incredibly SLOW reload time for the Eliminator. In a vanilla game it's called 'Armstel Protecta' for either variant.

The difficulty seems to come in the preselected options at game setup. The configurator seems to have a mind of its own and selects PRM as though it were a required option. It isn't. Deselecting it and avoiding options like Ultrahardcore gameplay and Lunatic Economy (or whatever) gets you a basic, vanilla game.

From your last loadout piccie it's now clear that PRM tweaks the PROPERTIES of artys apart from using a different inventory set.

So that's weapons and artifact properties changed in PRM. Who knows what else is changed...
  09:54:39  20 November 2019
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Skaraks
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Autumn veg...
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Personally view that mod as a cheat. Lower vegetation means artifacts are far easier to spot. Combined with third person view and it's an exercise in 'low-hanging fruit' selection.

BTW the X2 Lab part of the wiki needs serious revision. Between it and configurator corruption/crashes it's a religion loosing experience.
  11:20:28  20 November 2019
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Byte Me
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Autumn veg...

Personally view that mod as a cheat. Lower vegetation means artifacts are far easier to spot. Combined with third person view and it's an exercise in 'low-hanging fruit' selection.

BTW the X2 Lab part of the wiki needs serious revision. Between it and configurator corruption/crashes it's a religion loosing experience.
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Can't see why you think it's a cheat in that respect. There's just as much veg and other crap getting in the way as in the vanilla July veg. I might agree that running at a low detail or render might confer an advantage, but some players have to do that to get the game to run.

Either veg variation is just as concealing to NPCs and just as transparent to bullets.

Perhaps you could clarify what you would like revised in the X2 article.
All of it plays about the same as in 1.3003 except the end fight and it's pretty obvious what you do there.
  18:07:27  20 November 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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Autumn veg...

Personally view that mod as a cheat. Lower vegetation means artifacts are far easier to spot. Combined with third person view and it's an exercise in 'low-hanging fruit' selection.

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It is not "lower", it is colored more brown to look like fall.

I like it because those colors make the zone appear more dead.
 
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