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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.


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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Cowlick035 Mar 11 2012, 1:41am says:

"With the new code, they take full damage - resulting in a more realistic damage model throughout."

Will this change depending on difficulty? I'd rather it didn't and only the damage the player takes changes.

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Mar 20 2012, 4:55pm replied:

This specifically concerns the damage that the NPCs receive; so friendly and enemy NPCs will end up taking more realistic damage, instead of absorbing only around 30% of the energy of the bullet (as is in default).

This change will be global, across all difficulties.

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febel Mar 7 2012, 11:41am says:

So if you won't give us a solid release date could you at least tell us if it will be released this year?

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Mar 20 2012, 4:56pm replied:

Febel, you tried so hard so many times to get a positive date out of us. :)

In all likelihood, it will be this year. I would like to wrap this project up so that I can work on other activities as well.

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Cowlick035 Feb 28 2012, 9:11am says:

It's been a while since any activity on this page. I'm hoping everything is going well.

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Mar 5 2012, 7:28pm replied:

Cowlick, thanks for the concern.

While things are arguably slower, they haven't stopped altogether. Unfortunately, my real-life responsibilities are eating away at precious development time as never before.

I hope to make some additional progress soon.

Best wishes,

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Cowlick035 Mar 10 2012, 8:31am replied:

That's great, thanks for the reply and good luck with any progress.

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Le_Smee Jan 14 2012, 10:23am says:

Is there a rough release date, like april etc, nothing concrete just so i can get excited, so i can finally play clear sky?

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Jan 15 2012, 10:15pm replied:

Unfortunately, no, we don't have a release date. Mostly due to my general inability to come through on anything, and my insolvent ability to wreck project plans and completely (and with vinegary ire) miss dates nearly on purpose.

In short, when I am able to salvage what little dignity I have, I will finally be able to close the lid on this project and release it. Sometime in 2035.

Or, perhaps, when it's done. Which could be sooner than 2035. Or later.

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RequestDenied Feb 16 2012, 11:49pm replied:

Really? in 20-24 years?

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Le_Smee Jan 16 2012, 3:58pm replied:

Well i'm happy waiting, quality takes time anyhoo.

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DrBlizzard Creator
DrBlizzard Jan 16 2012, 5:12pm replied:

In all seriousness, sooner rather than later. There's only a few more things I am capable of doing that I could add, and those are getting fewer and fewer.

I have things I'd LIKE to do, but would delay the mod until I learned how to do them - which doesn't seem very fair or likely.

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febel Mar 2 2012, 1:59pm replied:

So answer me this: If you won't give a rough release date could you at least tell us if it will be released sometime in 2012?

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