The envisionment of TK is to bring you what was promised by GSC for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, instead of the gutted retail release we were left with. TK aims to cover every aspect imaginable from gameplay intended to genuinely scare the player, to graphics for the absolute best visual experience, cut mutants, absolute realism, optimisations, stability, and a complete game mechanics overhaul, all without breaking the story. The idea is to present the player with a complete retail experience for the purist that liked SoC but wished it was far more fleshed out. In no way what so ever does TK try to be like old beta or alpha builds of SoC, TK aims to enhance everything SoC already has - nothing more, nothing less.

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13 comments by ketxxx on Nov 5th, 2014

Evening folks, this evening I bring you another TK update for the final build. Work has gone well, albeit at a much more steady pace due to time restrictions. There isn't too much left to finish but more about making sure everything slots together nicely and doesn't cause any nasty surprises, so heres how things stand;


UPDATE! I forgot to add this to the change list, the TK stealth system has also been revised to make it more realistic. A good example of this would be shooting a NPC while his buddies are just on the other side of a wall, if you are too close they will hear the shot still and come to investigate, if they find you, they will gun you down.


1. Totally overhauled stashes. By this I mean I have completely changed the contents of stashes, the conditions which need to be met in order to get the stash location, and theres even some code in place to reward players that like to explore that will allow for looting of any stash found, even if you don't have its infoportion.

2. Enhanced NPC loot system. This is a simple (well, I suppose simple is relative) minimod I developed and injected into TK, its now possible for players to "loot" the armor a NPC is wearing. Obviously its not guaranteed that you can "loot" a NPCs armor, but a chance you will be able to loot it.

3. Diversified NPC loadouts. This is just to make things more "natural", so expect to see more NPCs sporting such things as silencers and scopes outside of what is predetermined in specific level xml files.

4. Finished optimisations. The mod is as friendly as its going to be, but make no mistake, you are going to need a powerful system still.

5. Added normal maps for tree branches and bushes. Reworked from the screens I've already posted, they add about as much depth as possible to avoid the textures from looking like they are steamrollered flat.


6. Revised survivalist aspects. NPCs and traders will carry far less food/drungs etc, while traders also have a lower chance of having such supplies.

7. Better rewards for exploring maps. In addition to the totally reworked stashes artifacts are also rarer, you won't find many stashes with artifacts in, if you want some, you will need to actively go and find them.

8. Fixed a CTD when approaching the abandoned farm in Dark Valley if a mutant ended up on the NPC smart terrain.

9. Fixed a CTD in Dark Valley where if a mutant spawned with no valid ID and you killed it it would crash the game.

10. Changed actor arm texture and normal map for a higher resolution version. This is just a cheap band aid fix for some weapons I added that use the actor arms from CS, while the arm models are a bit different because the textures are now the same the "transition" isn't particularly jarring in any way.

11. Removed being able to put some smaller weapons in the grenade slot. I've left the code in place so if anyone wants to re-enable this its as easy as making one change in a weapon ltx file. I disabled the feature just because the implementation wasn't perfect and I was too lazy to implement the hack/workaround to overcome the issue.

12. Numerous fixes and tweaks for other smaller things.

Left to do:
Resolve a issue with fleshes that seem to cause a problem in Agroprom
Implement blowouts (I'm getting around to this I swear)
Maybe make some tweaks to all.spawn
Help Meltac with DS2.0

Thats everything left to do, everything is slowly getting chipped away at ;)

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TK Pre-RC build 1-3-14 update

TK Pre-RC build 1-3-14 update

Apr 17, 2014 Patch 14 comments

First update for TK build 1-3-14, see full description for details.

TK:Singularity build 1-3-14 P1/3

TK:Singularity build 1-3-14 P1/3

Mar 3, 2014 Demo 8 comments

Part 1/3. Be sure to check the readmes and user manual. For SoC v1.0005. Download broken into 3 parts to make it easier on those who are bandwidth challenged...

TK:Singularity build 1-3-14P2/3

TK:Singularity build 1-3-14P2/3

Mar 2, 2014 Demo 0 comments

Part 2/3. Be sure to check the readmes and user manual. For SoC v1.0005.

TK:Singuiarity build 1-3-14 P3/3

TK:Singuiarity build 1-3-14 P3/3

Mar 2, 2014 Demo 0 comments

Part 3/3. Be sure to check the readmes and user manual. For SoC v1.0005.

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TLKwarrior
TLKwarrior Aug 31 2014, 3:08am says:

How many new weapons exactly are going to be present?

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Aug 31 2014, 7:53am replied:

By the time the next build is released (which may or may not be the final build it depends on the time I have) compared to vanilla SoC there will be a total of 12 new weapons, not including restored weapons I have added that were cut from the retail version of SoC. I don't believe in adding weapons that I can't fit into the game in a plausible way. Theres no point in dumping a weapon into the game and just giving it to a trader to buy, somewhere in the game NPCs must also carry the weapon for continuity, variety, believability and game balancing reasons.

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TLKwarrior
TLKwarrior Aug 31 2014, 1:06pm replied:

Well that should be enough to atleast enjoy the game a bit more. But yeah I know what you mean, sometimes a little too much is bad.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Aug 31 2014, 3:46pm replied:

Its a dirty copy/paste from weapons.ltx, but heres a full list of weapons the new build will have;

#include "w_bk74.ltx" - wood stock & grip AK74
#include "w_ak74.ltx"
#include "w_ak74u.ltx"
#include "w_fn2000.ltx"
#include "w_rpg7.ltx"
#include "w_knife.ltx"
#include "w_bolt.ltx"
#include "w_f1.ltx"
#include "w_rgd5.ltx"
#include "w_rg6.ltx"
#include "w_vintorez.ltx"
#include "w_lr300.ltx"
#include "w_mp5.ltx"
#include "w_p90.ltx"
#include "w_mac10.ltx"
#include "w_val.ltx"
#include "w_hkg3a3.ltx"
#include "w_mp7.ltx"
#include "w_gauss.ltx"
#include "w_groza.ltx"
#include "w_hpsa.ltx"
#include "w_pm.ltx"
#include "w_pb.ltx"
#include "w_walther.ltx"
#include "w_ups.ltx"
#include "w_fort.ltx"
#include "w_toz34.ltx"
#include "w_svd.ltx"
#include "w_svu.ltx"
#include "w_binoc.ltx"
#include "w_l85.ltx"
#include "w_bm16.ltx"
#include "w_spas12.ltx"
#include "w_wincheaster1300.ltx"
#include "w_mounted.ltx"
#include "w_colt1911.ltx"
#include "w_beretta.ltx"
#include "w_desert_eagle.ltx"
#include "w_sig220.ltx"
#include "w_sig550.ltx"
#include "w_abakan.ltx"
#include "w_g36.ltx"
#include "w_gp100.ltx"
#include "w_m1891_30_scope.ltx"
#include "W_57.ltx"
#include "w_march.ltx"
#include "w_m_134.ltx"
#include "w_bizon.ltx"
#include "gsh18.ltx"
#include "w_m79.ltx"

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TLKwarrior
TLKwarrior Sep 1 2014, 2:02am replied:

Liking the list. Ill have some fun with the shooters.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber Jul 28 2014, 11:59am says:

This mod is just fantastic the more I play the more I notice. The attention to detail is astounding. I never realised until I had spent a good few hours in this zone just how good it is.
It looks beautiful but it'll kill you in 10 seconds flat.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Jul 29 2014, 8:58pm replied:

If you like the RC build just wait until the final build I've managed to eek even more out of X-Ray and gameplay aspects. Theres more shader visuals being worked on too the whole point in TK is to present a "finished" version of SoC, it makes no attempt to copy any alpha or beta formula.

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Refragger
Refragger Jul 26 2014, 10:30am says:

Understood. I read it before. And that's the way it would be in real life.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Jul 26 2014, 7:05am replied:

Forgot to say, when you take your armour off exit the inventory screen, then put your armour back on.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Aug 4 2014, 6:26pm replied:

Thats not exactly explanatory is it? How do you expect anyone to help with something as ridiculously vague as that?

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