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  03:31:56  17 October 2019
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TM5000
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On forum: 02/11/2012
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Updates

Do updates change stats on items?

I'm positive the unadjusted psy helmet showed +20, and the new +30 previously.

Now they are +25 and +40 respectively.
  06:23:12  17 October 2019
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Skaraks
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Poisonous updates and other....


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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

After reading this I got a bright idea. I took the all.sav from a new game I had started and replaced it with the all.sav from my re-installed Game that kept crashing. I launched my last good save and the Game didn't freeze up in launching and everything was working.

My Game was running smoothly. My Elite Detector was working. I saw water reflections that looked stunningly good and unfamiliar. I thought everything was back to normal when after about 5 minutes my Game froze. Task Manager told me my Game wasn't responding. I was unable to get any information why. No Bug Trap or anything.

When I used task Manager to close my Game, that left the Configurator still running. I noticed the little flag was highlighted yellow meaning updates available. I checked it and found 3 updates for all three of the mini-mods I was using including the PRM Weapon Pack. I realized from Dez's previous help, this was probably why my Game was freezing.

I updated the Mods and launched my Game. Sure enough my Elite Detector went back to being broken. The thought then crossed my mind, the reason I had momentarily got my Game to work was re-installing a fresh, new Configurator. Once I started playing, at the same time I am guessing, the Configurator accesses the internet, discovers the updates and intentionally makes my Game non-functioning ( crashes and/or freezes ) as a way of forcing the Player to comply.

TS
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This is why I only install updates between runs. Since adopting this guideline, my game doesn't break (unless I mentally hand off my beer and reiterate the infamous, and somewhat Darwinian, last words phrase, 'Watch This!").

Found game freezes can be a few seconds long or prolonged for 5-10 second (not timed, just an approximation of duration). Figure the ones of a short duration are caused by single NPC's coming into my AO. These would be the human NPC's not the critters. The cause of the longer freezes remains unknown.

Other....

Have been messing around in the Northern Road / Concrete Factory maps. Always found the Leap of Faith side mission compelling as it calls to the inner Indie (Jones) and it's a distinctly different challenge. Less Bullet lead, more Pencil lead. Well, at least it was till reading the meteorological reference. This highlights one of the reasons for playing.

Using that snippet of information was able to reconfigure my approach to the mission. Though it remains one of the most challenging, and the Devs will likely find a way of correcting the oversight, today it brought back that momentary feeling of exhilaration when stepping back onto the pipe. Lots of ways to do things and today I found a new one.

Maybe if/when they fix it, they'll add an egress tunnel at the bottom of the pit. Which you can take as a hint of one not currently existing, at least not in v1.4007.
  06:52:30  17 October 2019
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TM5000
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TM5000
10/17/2019 6:59:55
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Manylith

I just had the most epic battle ever in STALKER. In any game I have played.

Fate, and perhaps forgetfulness, had me assault the Monolith base in Radar with about a mag plus five rounds of ammo for my scoped and silenced AKS-74.

Plenty of mags for my pistol and shotgun, however. About 10 grenades too.

Rather than go back to a prior save and buy what I needed to snipe the freaks, I decided to see how it would go.

Initially I set up with a clear view of the exit and good cover:

https://imgur.com/HUVcuqv

https://imgur.com/tIm8BeR

As the rock worshipers began to migrate toward the exit, I realized my position was so high that they could fire on me from within the compound.

I then moved down to the road and continued to get them with my pistol until it began to jam. Out comes the Vepr-12 until shells were expended. It was surprisingly effective at this distance.

https://imgur.com/upDIL3F

I then ran over to the wall and looted everything I could off several bodies, then ran back for cover. I had found a G-36 in perfect condition and about 70 rounds for it. What a score!

At this point the AK went into the rucksack and the G-36 was up. Those cross-hairs really moved around and it was a challenge to get the Monos, but I did it. Check the white dots in the pics.

Got what I came for, plus two jellyfish just laying in the road and one of those Monolith Preacher Suits I mentioned earlier: https://imgur.com/dP9je6b . I also found an ACOG, which happens to be my personal choice for optics in the real world.

Had to deal with several more Monos on the way back to Dead City but with about 100 more rounds looted for the G-36 it was easy-peasy.

Currently hanging out with Crash, selling some loot and bedding down for the night.

This has got to be the greatest game every created!

Stay frosty, Stalkers!
  17:40:10  17 October 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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TM5000
10/17/2019 17:40:59
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Saves and screenies


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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

Even with massive recycling, I have 939 files of Manual Saves in my current single Game.

Likewise 8,351 Screenshots taking up 59.5 GB of space from the same Game.

TS
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I am nowhere near you in saves and screenshots.

My savedgames directory has 124 items (so 62 saves) and screenshots has 61.

I generally don't have more than 4 saves per map and I name then for the map they are taken on. So Cordon1 through Cordon4, then on to Garbage1 and so on...

Upon returning to any map I start reusing the save names.
  19:04:32  17 October 2019
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Byte Me
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On forum: 10/08/2014
Messages: 455
lol - a sunny day for a mini-genocide!


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Manylith

I just had the most epic battle ever in STALKER. In any game I have played.

Fate, and perhaps forgetfulness, had me assault the Monolith base in Radar with about a mag plus five rounds of ammo for my scoped and silenced AKS-74.

Plenty of mags for my pistol and shotgun, however. About 10 grenades too.

Rather than go back to a prior save and buy what I needed to snipe the freaks, I decided to see how it would go.

Initially I set up with a clear view of the exit and good cover:

https://imgur.com/HUVcuqv

https://imgur.com/tIm8BeR

As the rock worshipers began to migrate toward the exit, I realized my position was so high that they could fire on me from within the compound.

I then moved down to the road and continued to get them with my pistol until it began to jam. Out comes the Vepr-12 until shells were expended. It was surprisingly effective at this distance.

https://imgur.com/upDIL3F

I then ran over to the wall and looted everything I could off several bodies, then ran back for cover. I had found a G-36 in perfect condition and about 70 rounds for it. What a score!

At this point the AK went into the rucksack and the G-36 was up. Those cross-hairs really moved around and it was a challenge to get the Monos, but I did it. Check the white dots in the pics.

Got what I came for, plus two jellyfish just laying in the road and one of those Monolith Preacher Suits I mentioned earlier: https://imgur.com/dP9je6b . I also found an ACOG, which happens to be my personal choice for optics in the real world.

Had to deal with several more Monos on the way back to Dead City but with about 100 more rounds looted for the G-36 it was easy-peasy.

Currently hanging out with Crash, selling some loot and bedding down for the night.

This has got to be the greatest game every created!

Stay frosty, Stalkers!
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You do indeed sound like you're having fun shooting the lunatics up!
(Steam in)
Last time I did this the 'correct' way was in 1.4005 I think.

Miserable experience.
Woke up at about 02.:30h into a thunderstorm.
Used three times as much ammo as might be required otherwise.
Savaged by Pdogs before.
Singed by Pyros...
And then close to 50 nutjobz to retire.

Bastard rocketman had me twice.
"Robber" (the first nutter you ever talk to firs time in from DC) seemed immortal.

Never played 1.4005 again.
  03:54:58  20 October 2019
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Tejas Stalker
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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

Skaraks:

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This is why I only install updates between runs. Since adopting this guideline, my game doesn't break (unless I mentally hand off my beer and reiterate the infamous, and somewhat Darwinian, last words phrase, 'Watch This!").

Found game freezes can be a few seconds long or prolonged for 5-10 second (not timed, just an approximation of duration). Figure the ones of a short duration are caused by single NPC's coming into my AO. These would be the human NPC's not the critters. The cause of the longer freezes remains unknown.

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The trouble with the Configurator is that it doesn't give you the choice to update between Games. Sure it is a manual action to update but the Configurator is designed to either crash or temporarily disable any future Manual Saves until you update. Whoever thought this was a fail-safe design to help the Player wrongly assumed all updates were flawless and without reproach.

Skaraks:

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Have been messing around in the Northern Road / Concrete Factory maps. Always found the Leap of Faith side mission compelling as it calls to the inner Indie (Jones) and it's a distinctly different challenge. Less Bullet lead, more Pencil lead. Well, at least it was till reading the meteorological reference. This highlights one of the reasons for playing.

Using that snippet of information was able to reconfigure my approach to the mission. Though it remains one of the most challenging, and the Devs will likely find a way of correcting the oversight, today it brought back that momentary feeling of exhilaration when stepping back onto the pipe. Lots of ways to do things and today I found a new one.

Maybe if/when they fix it, they'll add an egress tunnel at the bottom of the pit. Which you can take as a hint of one not currently existing, at least not in v1.4007.

---END QUOTATION---



I'm not quite understanding your vague reference to an alternate solution.

TS
  07:11:08  20 October 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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TM5000
10/20/2019 7:12:38
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More Monolith

I decided to stroll through Pripyat Outskirts and see what was going on in Lab X-7.

The compound at the entrance had several Monos, 8 I think, but this time I was loaded with ammo.

After taking care of them, I searched around and found another of those Monolith Preacher suits.

But, the most interesting object I have found so far was called Strange Psy-blocker:

https://imgur.com/uGlYpsk

Can't place it on my belt or activate it, but it must do something cool.

Those Vepr-12's are showing up everywhere, even in the middle of the street:

https://imgur.com/Al66jhi

A bit of eye candy for those long Zone nights:

https://imgur.com/OMwyCEv

P.S. I never went into X-7!
  03:48:50  21 October 2019
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Tejas Stalker
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Tejas Stalker
10/21/2019 3:49:49
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LA DC 1.4007 late start playthrough

TM5000:

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But, the most interesting object I have found so far was called Strange Psy-blocker:

https://imgur.com/uGlYpsk

Can't place it on my belt or activate it, but it must do something cool.

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So you can't swap it out with your Anomaly Detector like that other one from Sakharov during the Brain Vat mission? It has the yellow exclamation point on it ( lower right corner as shown in inventory ) which usually means it is required or wanted by another NPC.

TM5000:

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Those Vepr-12's are showing up everywhere, even in the middle of the street:

https://imgur.com/Al66jhi

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Good to know. It's frustrating in my Game that the only single example I found, rather early in the Wild Territory I think, was too damaged to be repaired. I have no idea how it compares in LA.

TS
  08:01:52  21 October 2019
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Byte Me
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Strange blocker


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More Monolith

I decided to stroll through Pripyat Outskirts and see what was going on in Lab X-7.

The compound at the entrance had several Monos, 8 I think, but this time I was loaded with ammo.

After taking care of them, I searched around and found another of those Monolith Preacher suits.

But, the most interesting object I have found so far was called Strange Psy-blocker:

https://imgur.com/uGlYpsk

Can't place it on my belt or activate it, but it must do something cool.

Those Vepr-12's are showing up everywhere, even in the middle of the street:

https://imgur.com/Al66jhi

A bit of eye candy for those long Zone nights:

https://imgur.com/OMwyCEv

P.S. I never went into X-7!
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You can't drop the weirdo blocker either. It replaces the deprecated 'Strange psy helmet' that you could only get from "Mono Stash" and unlocks what now pass for the alternative "Victory endings" provided you collect a full set of "secret documents".

X7
Aww c'mon!! Just kneecap "Matrix" so that he doesn't chase you. Then it's a stroll in the park - unless you turn the obnoxious radio off...

  00:37:48  22 October 2019
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TM5000
The Zone is my campground.
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X7

Not sure if I missed something in the lab.

My PDA tells me to talk to Veronin, but he only tells me to see Ivancov, who asks about the emitters.

I shot Matrix in the leg and ran past him, never to see him again. I got info from two PC's down there too.

The other two tasks are done: get past security and shut off the generator, but the mission will not complete.

Did I miss something?
 
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