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  21:11:09  17 September 2010
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Three Mile Island
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On forum: 11/04/2008
 

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Devilish encampment


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I have turned defending the Devilish encampment into an art form worth about 15,000+ RU waiting for me back at the Cordon, with NO Stalker casualties (so long as I am there).
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Had to try that too. I think there should be a reward for keeping the NPCs alive a certain time. I also noticed that you don't get rewards every time you save them. Maybe you must stay close to the stalkers, but even when I saved the last snork until it got close enough I sometimes didn't get any reward. The artifacts were a disappointment too.

In between mutant attacks things got boring, so I also made a few excursions into the forest, sniping pseudo-dogs with my SVD among other things. Nothing beats hurrying back to Devilish encampment when you're deep inside an anomaly field.

4000 tank machine gun rounds will get you by a few days, but after the first 24 hours the MG started to jam, which can be complicated when surrounded by snorks. Since my supply of shotgun ammo was also dwindling fast I saw no other choice than using the knife. Once the snorks start migrating from the tank towards the Devilish encampment they become blind to everything behind them, so all you have to do is step aside until they've passed you, then run after them and attack from behind.

Stabbing even a snork in the back feels a bit unethical though, also the knife doesn't always reach down (only on sloping ground?), so after a while I decided to sneak away to Garbage and buy shotgun ammo and and repair the machine gun. Made it back just in time for an emission and the next mutant attack.

Around the same time (24 hours) the first stalker got killed in the anomaly. Is this scripted or a bug? Should I reload an earlier save when it happens? Anyway I decided to give away the machine gun around this time, not long after the NPC got killed in the anomaly too, so I could get the MG back. After about 55 hours all stalkers were dead in the anomaly, all at the same spot going in the same direction. One time an NPC just got wounded, so I could heal him with a medkit.

The total amount of mutant kills was far above 100, leaving a trail of bodies between the tank and Devilish encampment. Almost all of them were snorks, but a couple of times dogs showed up as well. Dogs are harder to catch up with before they manage to attack the stalkers.

One time I saw a mutant "squad" on the Western part of the level (next to the road before the bridge, where the mercs end up after lowering the bridge) on my PDA with "target: Devilish encampment", but they never started moving, and when I reloaded a quick save they were gone.
  22:56:58  5 January 2009
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CleaverX
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On forum: 12/09/2008
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The Red Forest belongs to me!!!

TS
Thanks for the great guide, that is pretty much the way I handle the RF, difference is that I have turned defending the Devilish encampment into an art form worth about 15,000+ RU waiting for me back at the Cordon, with NO Stalker casualties (so long as I am there). I own them all with the RP, the MP5, the AC92 and of course your favorite, the AKM (btw thanks for that tip too, once upgraded, I can take anything down, including npc's wearing armor). The key to owning the Red Forest is to learn the map, and understanding how to fight each different mutant (health and bleeding artifacts are a big help, lol).
As for the Poltergeists in the Mineshaft, I kill them every time, and here is how:
I shoot the boards by the ladder going into the pit, and wait until a couple of Dutyers on patrol approach the area, then I go down the ladder just far enough to p**s off the ghosts, I scramble back to the top and start shooting at them with my MP5, once they start throwing stuff around, the Duty guys join the action, and a couple of minutes (and few medkits) later the ghosts have been owned. Works for me every time. My only sore spot is that I can never find the bulldog down there, only the granades in the cabinet. Oh well, it would be nice to have for the army base assault, but I usually do just as well with the RPG (talk about shock and awe!!!)
Thanks again for showing me the way I have given up the shottys forever, and I now own all the monsters with the Vipers and AKM.
All the best
The Cleaver
  22:53:10  5 January 2009
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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How to survive Red Forest

I have found that the way to keep activating more Purple-Icon Stashes
in the Red Forest is to continually and periodically search the 5 Loner
bodies where you recovered the "Commander's PDA" over in the AW.

TS
  18:06:25  5 January 2009
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yayo
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On forum: 12/27/2008
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Found it, the tunnel wasn't hidden either, just my blue night vision made it difficult to spot. Am done with Red Forest now, time to go visit the Army Warehouses
  08:02:05  5 January 2009
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hhiker
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The purple stash "under the flipped over trolley car"
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maybe in a secret tunnel.
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Bingo
It's not so much a secret but may be difficult to notice at first. It's easier to spot if you enter the tunnel from Devilish encampment side.
  05:52:22  5 January 2009
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yayo
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Funny thing, in my game there was a Duty stalker staying in the poltergeist pit, near the entrance with the metal plate. He was there before I started fighting the creatures, they wouldnt throw things at him (just at me, they had to be friends or something). After the fight the fella just walked into the tunnel with the acid anomaly and died. In my second attempt he stayed near the entrance and left the pit after I knifed the crates blocking the passage (he was obviously too dumb to break them himself). The purple stash "under the flipped over trolley car" is near the tunnel that leads to the devilish encampment, on the left, but I'm not able to reach it either from the encampmet side or from the Dark Yar. Has to be somewhere on the slope I'm not able to climb or maybe in a secret tunnel.
  00:26:05  5 January 2009
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Tejas Stalker
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How to survive Red Forest

One time I had all the Poltergeists come out of the lower level and up
to the area of the Mine where all the Dutyers walked around totally
oblivious to me getting smashed by every object that could be thrown.

TS
  15:22:59  4 January 2009
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Danlo
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killing the poltergeists is relatively easy - as long as you have lots of med/bandages and plenty of shot gun shells.

About six shots will kill one and there's only 3 of them - keep moving about and they find it hard to hit you - after about 4 attempts last time I managed to to do it.
  13:51:38  4 January 2009
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RemCo
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01/04/2009 14:48:26
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In my experience there's no way to kill the poltergeists, I mean if one decides to do the experimental device quest before accepting the Compass mission from the forrester. I spent several minutes shooting them, evading the objects they were hurling at me and healing my character. In they end they just left, I didn't manage to kill a single one. And there were two of them, not four as I stated previously (either the game spawns a random number or I was hallucinating, dunno) I also got the Bulldog 6 granade launcher which was in the bathroom with the anomalies, under a locker. Not sure what to do with it, to sell it or to keep it, in my experience the Kostyer underbarrel granade launcher isn't very effective, wonder if the Bulldog is any better. Anybody knows how to reach the purple stash "under a flipped over trolley car"?
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If I did not manage to kill them one time then I would agree with you but I managed to go down and kill them with my shotgun.
I tried it a couple of times after that but I could not kill them again.
So you got the bulldog and the experimental device so now you just got to pick up the artifact down there.
There are a couple of stashes to be picked up and the one you mentioned is probably above the trolley car,jump on it and you can pick up the stash if you look up

edit:I was getting some doubts about the stash answer and the stash I was talking about dont has a trolley car involved.
Do you have a pic of the stash you mentioned?

I was speaking about this stash,
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/3294/ssremco010409154007redfsf7.jpg
You need to jump on the barrel and look up
  03:19:57  4 January 2009
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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How to survive Red Forest

Yayo~

It's usually better to just Post again than to go back several hours later
and Edit something new to the picture. Especially if it gets put on a
different page it might get missed. I usually edit all my messages
for either spelling or to better phrase or word things differently
but I do that rather quickly after first posting. The Clear Sky
Poltergeists are not as easy to kill as the SoC Poltergeists

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