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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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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Nov 17 2012, 4:57pm says:

To friends and patrons around the world,

It saddens me greatly to announce that extenuating circumstances in my life will prevent me from working on this mod, at least for the next several months.

There are very serious situations that I am forced to deal with at the present time, and I will not have the necessary time to continue development of the mod.

I would like to emphasize, however, that this mod is *NOT* being discontinued. While these dire situations are being worked through, I will be halting all development until they can be resolved. Once these situations have been worked through, it is my intention to resume development thereafter.

Unfortunately, given the nature of these issues, it is not possible to give an accurate date as to when progress will resume. If fortune smiles on me, it may be as soon as the beginning of 2013.

I realize this must come as a shock to many of you, and I apologize to each of you for the delayed progress on this mod. I still have every intention of delivering this to the community in due time.

I appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation while I work through this extremely difficult time in my life.

Sincerely,

DrBlizzard

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Resev
Resev Nov 12 2012, 12:30am says:

..........Do Want!

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Thirsty_Gringo
Thirsty_Gringo Oct 17 2012, 10:23pm says:

I sure am glad to see that you're back!

With all the great mods being made for SoC and CoP,
it seems to me that you are on an important mission here Stalker.
You can give CS the mod it deserves!

I wish you luck and hope all goes well
(with the modding and RL as well, of course)

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RaptorJesus556
RaptorJesus556 Oct 17 2012, 8:09pm says:

Looking forward to this. COP is my favorite of the trio, but quite lackluster in the mod department.

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Cowlick035
Cowlick035 Oct 17 2012, 3:17am says:

Huzzah! It's... ALIVE!

Sorry to hear about your problems in RL, the best of luck with your progress.

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Oct 12 2012, 11:39am says:

Ultra-brief update; I had to move during the "silent" time inbetween posts here.

I am now settled back in, and can hopefully spin out some media for you folks to feast on while I start hammering on this again.

Once again, thank you for being patient - your patience will NOT go unrewarded, I can promise you that.

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SetaKat
SetaKat Oct 14 2012, 10:46pm replied:

Good to hear.

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Cowlick035
Cowlick035 Aug 24 2012, 4:11am says:

It's been a few months without any updates, I'm praying this is still alive.

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Sep 3 2012, 1:01am replied:

I apologize to everyone for the lack of updates here. I have had some serious issues in RL which have had far-reaching repercussions on my free time.

M.I.N.E. remains in development, albeit at this point development is stalled until these issues are sorted. I anticipate continuing to produce previews and screenshots for the gang here who have been following us, as well as progress updates as I am able to find the time.

I apologize to everyone for the lax in development lately and ask for your consideration and understanding.

Thanks.

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SetaKat
SetaKat Aug 29 2012, 7:18am replied:

DrBlizzard is the main developer behind this. Last time I chatted with him, he was being weighed down by RL, but was slowly working on it where possible. I'll contact him again soon, see how he is.

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