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  18:28:36  16 February 2009
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trojanuch
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[REL] S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Weather Overhauled v3 - feedback

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S.W.O. (S.T.A.L.K.E.R. WEATHER OVERHAULED) v3.0
Modification for 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl' by GSC Game World

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General informations:
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Current version: 3.0
Last updated: 15.02.2009
Tested on Stalker SHOC: 1.0004, 1.0005 (all language versions)

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Team:
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<imperialreing> - testing, promo, addons
nandersen - main coding, testing
mr. fussion - coding, feedback
trojanuch - weather tweaking, sky retexturing, desing

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Features:
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- dynamic weather system, composed of 7 unique 24h cycles

- fully implemented sun (and moon) flares

- almost all sky textures from SHOC, CS and StalkerSkies pack used. All of them hand-reedited

- smart dynamic scheme creating random yet realistic weather condition chains

- as always: sunrise and sunset timezone synchronization and semi-real, east-west sun arch

- overall improvement in visual quality

- easy installation process via full Smart Mod Manager support

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3rd party additions:
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- StalkerSkies by Combragol
- sky textures from Stalker: Clear Sky by GSC team
- thunderbolt sounds by Darius6 and Hectrol
- Sky4CE SkyGraphics Mod v1.81 by Sky4CE
- Nuclear Spring v1.0 by SoundPath
- mutant retextures by Domestos
- Ambient Audio Overhaul by {imperialreing}
- sunset sunflare texture by Dezowave team
- hi-res moon texture by AMK-mod team (used as a basis for new moon texture)
- HQ sun texture by Argus (used as a basis for new sun texture)
- time speedup script by Nandersen
- Smart Mod Manager by DonReba

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Thanks:
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- All the ppl who gave me feedback on previous versions of this mod - especially DC, Decane, derBaron, emace, Eric the fish, Gnomus, Groundhog, miraclefreak, powerslave, silverpower and yellow_helicopter (and every other contributors that I didn't mention)
- Also I would like to thank ppl who uploaded my mod to various places and decided to host my mod. Credits for this goes to: Hoogim, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.(StalkerFiles), @LPKorn3324 (stalker.funday.pl)

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Smart Mod Manager installation:
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General info:

- if you see a square (checkbox) next to a component - this is a 'main' component

- if you see a circle next to a component - this is a 'patch'to a 'main' component - you can use it to customize the 'main' part. You don't have install any 'patches' for any components (just select 'no patch' - you'll have default settings in this case). Exeption: Proper Env Addon plugin for Core has to be installed if you intend to use one of the Envirnomental Addon presets.

- 'OPTIONAL' phrase means that a certain point of procedure can be bypassed

Installation procedure:

0. Unpack the package

0a. OPTIONAL: Install SMM from [#extras] folder (if you don't have it installed yet)

0b. OPTIONAL: Manually customize the CORE part (detailed info in [#1_SWO_v3.0_CORE] folder)

1. Open up SMM, choose 'Install' (top-left corner)

2. Choose 'Install a mod from folder' and select [SWO_v3.0] folder that you have unpacked. After a sec the list of contents should appear

3. Check the box for: 'SWO v3.0 Core'

3a. OPTIONAL: Choose one of the Core 'patches' - if you intend to use one fo the Envirnomantal Addon presets

4. OPTIONAL: Check / uncheck the box for one of the 'SWO v3.0 Envirnomental Addon' presets. ALWAYS ISTALL ONLY ONE ENV ADDON!!! UNCHECK THE BOXES OF TWO PRESETS THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO USE!!!

4a. OPTIONAL: Choose one of the Env Addon patches to customize it

5. OPTIONAL: Check / uncheck the box for 'SWO v3.0 Texture Addon'

6. OPTIONAL: Check / uncheck the box for 'SWO v3.0 Sky4CE Shaders v1.81'

6a. OPTIONAL: Choose one of the Sky4CE patches to customize it

7. OPTIONAL: Check / uncheck the boxes of various 'SWO v3.0 Extras'

8. Press OK and wait untill the installation finishes. Now you should have all components you have chosen shown in your main SMM window. The patches you have chosen are listed under 'version' column of 'Details View'.

9. Go to the folder [#4_SWO_v3.0_USER.LTX_Presets] of the unpacked folder, check out the readme.txt in there and install the user.ltx preset of your choice according to the instructions

Uninstallation and customization:

1. You can uninstall and reinstall any of the components

2. If you want to change the preset of the component - first unistall it, than use 'Install a mod from folder' again and select different 'patch' for the same component

3. To completly get rid of the whole mod - just unistall all components in SMM

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Manual installation:
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1. Unpack the package.

2. Go throu all folder's beggining with numbers (from #1 to #5) and check readme's in there for content description and installation instructions.

3. OPTIONAL: Check out [#extras] folder and install content of you choice

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Technical notification:
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Compatibility with other mods:

- This mod should be compatible with any other mod that does not tweak the weather at all (ex. Faiakes MOD, Redux, Faction Wars) - simply install S.W.O. as on 'pure Stalker.
- If the mod has it's own weather system or features blowouts - manual merging is required.

Game Performance:

- The mod can and propably will decrease you game performance.
- if you experience too much slodown - pls decrease the in-game ADVANCED graphics bars to improve FPS. HOWEVER AVOID USING IN-GAME BASIC PRESET SWITCHES (LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH ETC.)!!!

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Mod threads:
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Pls look for SWO threads at:

[ENG]

https://www.gsc-game.com/index.php?t=community&s=forums&s_game_type=xr&thm_page=1&thm_id=16978&sec_id=16
http://forums.filefront.com/s-t-l-k-e-r-952/

[PL]

http://stalker.funday.pl/forum/index.php
http://forum.stalker.pl/index.php

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Mod downloads:
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Stalker Files:
http://stalker.filefront.com/file/STALKER_Weather_Overhauled;97906

Filefront:
http://files.filefront.com/SWO+v30rar/;13301499;/fileinfo.html

QUICK FIX:

Stalker Files:
http://stalker.filefront.com/file/STALKER_Weather_Overhauled;97907

Filefront:
http://tinyurl.com/cugye3

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Media & promo:
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Screenshots:

Screenshots album (by {imperialreing}):
http://gs90.photobucket.com/groups/k247/DVDS3MXO21/

Movies:

Dynamic system presentation (by {imperialreing}):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucv_mbIQBg0

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Legal:
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For all cases of modyfying and including this mod please
contact me at: trojan158@poczta.fm

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  18:34:34  16 February 2009
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Wolfehunter
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Thanks I'm getting on the Merger hehehe for SmP v2.3

Much appreciated it Trojanuch and team.

WH
  19:46:38  16 February 2009
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Downloading now.
  00:40:02  17 February 2009
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{imperialreign}
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nice to see the release


BTW, trojanuch, I added this post over at the ZSG forums as well - there's quite a few users who've been itchin to get their hands on this.

I'll also finish getting those other vids together and will post them soon.
  01:09:01  17 February 2009
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Florence
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Very nice release. Merged it with my Rebalanced install already.
  09:15:07  17 February 2009
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nice to see the release


BTW, trojanuch, I added this post over at the ZSG forums as well - there's quite a few users who've been itchin to get their hands on this.

I'll also finish getting those other vids together and will post them soon.
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Hi imperial,

About ZSG forums - great - we should 'spread the word' whereever we can Could you pls post a link to this forum?

Sorry for not e-mailing you - I had my head and hands full with the rls - I'll send you the info on last movie asap.

@everyone

As always - thx for your interest and kind words

However - I'm in need of critical feedback at this point (I plan at least to updates) - so pls d/l the mod and test it as much as you can

The mod should be compatibile with OL mod (this is however untested yet) and with majority of existing modifications - thx to very 'lite' script system construction by nandersen. So you shouldn't have much of a problem with pluging SWOv3 to your favorite build.

As to news - we've made an appearence on Russian community:
http://tinyurl.com/d93we5
Since the rls of SHOC - majority of nice things came from east to west - let's see if we can reverse this trend just a little

Also - I'm waiting for upload to Stalker.files - so more convinient d/l place should be available soon...

Se ya!
  10:58:56  17 February 2009
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Congrats on the release trojanuch and {imperialreign} see you at the Bar for a Cossacks Vodka or two

About mod compatibility: this mod is by default INCOMPATIBLE with mods that modify the weather. There are currently two exceptions that SHOULD be handled by compatibility code inside the script but are more or less untested:
- OL2.2
- DEXXX's Blowout Mod

Creating compatibility for other mods should not be difficult but may not be possible without modifying the other mod's files. I'll try and provide support for your merging efforts if needed.
  11:56:01  17 February 2009
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straight copying the core files over top of ol2.2 definitely doesn't work, yields the following:

[error]Expression : fatal error
[error]Function : CScriptEngine::lua_error
[error]File : E:\stalker\sources\trunk\xr_3da\xrGame\script_engine.cpp
[error]Line : 73
[error]Description : <no expression>
[error]Arguments : LUA error: ...ow of chernobyl\gamedata\scripts\bind_stalker.script:63: attempt to call field 'dynamic_weather_level' (a nil value)

i didn't try doing that until i had failed to merge myself, and then read on here that it should be compatible... figured 'what the heck, why not.'

in my attempts to merge, i've ran into problems that i can normally fix... such as the one above that lets me know that their blowout/weather stuff is also found/referenced in bind_stalker.script (and a fair few others...). to bsod... i haven't seen one of those since before i switched to vista

i am pretty tired though. so i probably just need to look at how they do what they do when i'm more fully awake, to know how to sneak in what you guys do as well
  12:15:58  17 February 2009
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straight copying the core files over top of ol2.2 definitely doesn't work, yields the following:

[error]Expression : fatal error
[error]Function : CScriptEngine::lua_error
[error]File : E:\stalker\sources\trunk\xr_3da\xrGame\script_engine.cpp
[error]Line : 73
[error]Description : <no expression>
[error]Arguments : LUA error: ...ow of chernobyl\gamedata\scripts\bind_stalker.script:63: attempt to call field 'dynamic_weather_level' (a nil value)
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This could be a version issue of some kind.
I just checked the SWO 3.0 package and it looks like it doesn't include the latest level_weathers.script - could be a simple glitch in packaging but the workaround should be simple: grab the level_weathers.script from the latest version of Dynamic Weather mod.
  12:29:45  17 February 2009
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will do
 
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