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10 comments by DrBlizzard on Apr 22nd, 2014

Good day, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s.

Swallowed By Life

As time weathers all things, so too did it erode my ability to work on this project. No, hold your breath, this isn't a break-up speech. Following some rough personal turmoil, I relocated to a new area, and whereas I used to work-from-home, I now have a regular office job like everyone else.

To be brutally honest, that is where most of the delays have been coming from. I have vastly expanded responsibilities at my job now that I am there in person.

Once A STALKER, Always A STALKER

There is good news, however. My divorce tried to kill this mod, and that failed. My moving across the State I live in tried to kill this mod, and that failed. And finally, my aging rig (which blew a power supply and had to have some other components replaced) tried to kill this mod, and that, too, failed.

To celebrate not being "dead", I decided I would grab a new CPU (one which I believe will be much better at handling the extensive work needed in this mod) and that would jump-start a wholly new perspective on development.

Whereas in the past I must admit that a lot of things were half-organized and mainly driven by, "when I had time", I think I want to try a new approach to the development. One that is overall more organized, more streamlined, and easier to get into (as a developer).

Since returning to an office environment, yes - I may have less time than I ever had before. But the *good* news is, I also now have a much, much, much finer appreciation for what some good organization, an encouraging word or two from all of you, and a desire to see this project make it across that hallowed finish line that eluded so many STALKER mods before this one.

The Holding Of Breath, and the Calm Before The Storm

All-in-all, you are all wonderful for sticking it out. The one thing I am constantly reminded of is that we are *all* survivors. We are all STALKERs, and we are all part of a community that loves to keep the "Zone" alive. Every one of us who still enjoys these games does so because STALKER gave us what many games today still haven't; and that's a massive experience where our very survival depended on our quick wits, our ability to survive on-the-fly, and a game that nourishes our very will to live.

What does all of this mean? It means that, "it's time to get back to the business of making one of the best Clear Sky mods out there".

Look for updates coming in the next few weeks, and this time - barring a tornado dropping on my house, a flash flood sweeping my neighborhood away, or a real-life nuclear apocalypse - I'm pretty certain we'll be able to share some of the latest and greatest from our work we've been doing.

With this in mind, I am armed with new tools, and a renewed zeal for crossing that fairy-tale finish line - I believe we will see the Zone in ways we haven't seen it before by the time I am able to make M.I.N.E. yours.

Very sincerely, with heart-felt thanks for your time and patience,
-"Doc" Blizzard

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Strogglet15
Strogglet15 Oct 7 2014, 1:55pm says:

The textures on that L85A2 (Or is it A1 in Clear Sky?) looks great!

I hope you guys are still alive and making progress with this.

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bobbflocka
bobbflocka Jul 17 2014, 10:36pm says:

how is it going now? please dont be dead

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Seeker_of_Strelok
Seeker_of_Strelok May 31 2014, 2:36pm says:

Nice to see this mod has started up again, looking forward to its release.

Keep up the good work, and thanks.

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HectorShiroi
HectorShiroi May 27 2014, 1:30am says:

Glad to see you're back on track! :)

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard May 21 2014, 12:42am says:

Good news, folks. I shot some video after some initial difficulty on Tuesday, 2014/05/20.

The video turned out pretty good, all things considered. It will be in the Garbage, but will showcase some "general" activity that we're all used to. Searching corpses, shooting down mutants (which can be very, very profitable if you sell the mutant parts to the right vendors), and harassing the bandits as much as they harass us.

It's a little bit of "classic" STALKER done in a way that says, "Guess Who's Modding Again".

Look for this new video to be posted sometime in the next week or two, depending on editing time. I need to set up my editor again, but I don't foresee any great difficulty.

Until then, happy stalking!

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zin90
zin90 Mar 22 2014, 12:23am says:

Looking good, when can we expect it to be released?

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Apr 22 2014, 7:57pm replied:

Thanks for writing, zin90.

Development had stalled for a bit again, following some ugly personal turmoil that I will spare the rest of you.

The good news is, that's done with, and I am back to my old, happy, modding self.

As for a release date, I don't think I'm ready to commit to a date just yet. I know a lot of modders do this, and still more say, "It's done when it's done". I too, understand why they would do this.

However - and for reasons outlined in the latest news article - I think I may try to frame a timeframe for this project so that I can, at the very least, be a little more transparent with all of you as to how this project is progressing.

I need to take a long, hard look at what we already have, and that will give me a better idea of where we "should" be. I think that once we have that "destination", then we can give you guys some updates timeframes, or at least ball-park estimates.

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Zone_Raven
Zone_Raven May 9 2014, 1:44pm replied:

Just let us know whenever you're ready Doc. We're always up for an adventure in the Zone (since 1.000 for SHoC & counting on my part :D)

My condolences and heartfelt sympathy concerning the IRL issues. I've walked many a mile in your very shoes myself. It's never easy but time does assuage nearly all, I can assure you. As long as we still live, we can always scrape up the pieces & plod on. :)

I'm glad everything is coming back together for you. Just keep putting those feet one in front of the other S.T.A.L.K.E.R., & one day you might be surprised at just how far you've come. ;)

Cheers,
Raven

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Jan 8 2014, 11:04am says:

The good news is, I'm still alive. And just like promised, "Dead" comments become - "dead" themselves.

I ran into some technical issues during the last play test, and will be addressing these as time permits. Fortunately, I don't anticipate any major problems.

To the fans still watching the pages, I give you my thanks and my continuing commitment to give you something worthy of your time.

Best wishes,
"Doc"

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Oct 6 2013, 12:11pm says:

Good news, everyone.

I've moved - settled in - and best of all, I took some time over this weekend to shoot some footage of the mod in-progress to see if it all plays out as smoothly as I remember it.

The truly good news is that it remains as exciting today as it was when I had more time to work on it.

I will try to have something posted here (footage) a little later in the week so that everyone can have a "refresher". From there, there's no telling where we will go, but I know it will be an exciting road.

Thanks for walking it with me, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s!

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