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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Refragger
Refragger Jun 4 2014, 9:32pm says:

So will it run on 32bit?

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Guest
Guest Jun 1 2014, 7:37am says:

Some of the characters in the game cannot be killed. I've joined the assault on duty camp with freedom at the military warehouses, but the duty members are indestructible and freedom get wiped out. I've tried everything from RPG grenades they just won't die. Also fox and guide are automatically hostile towards me even though I haven't attacked them and my reputation is good, so I am unable to talk to Guide to get message from DOC, they also won't die. Some guy goes ape **** in rads bar and causes a **** storm, where everybody starts randomly shooting at things, and he also can't be killed. The duty guys don't retaliate to this or other shooting when shot at by me or other stalkers, but if I respond to being attacked and kill someone the message comes over saying there's a murderer on site, although this doesn't happen to them.
Any ideas?

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Jun 1 2014, 2:14pm replied:

Some Key NPCs I made extra tough, they can be killed but they take a lot of work ;) The Duty guys it sounds like something has broken in the (vanilla) script. The rest I can't comment too much on as TK is very dynamic it will respond to your play style - which is to say you must of done a lot of things to **** people off. Not helping stalkers and just walking by them if they are in need of a first aid kit or ignoring them if they get in a fight with other npcs/mutants etc or generally just randomly murdering people needlessly will all stack up against you.

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JoshKlint
JoshKlint May 27 2014, 2:45pm says:

I'm a Steamworks developer and I created a way for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mods to be distributed through Steam Workshop:
Steamcommunity.com

I'm just looking for feedback from people who play these mods. If you think this would be useful, please favorite and comment on the Greenlight page. I'm going to the response to decide whether to finish this or not.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx May 28 2014, 9:29am replied:

Honestly, I'm not keen on the idea of software potentially jacking with my directory tree structure. I've seen it happen before on a far too frighteningly regular basis.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx May 26 2014, 7:44am says:

Just a brief heads up guys. While I'm investigating modding LA into something far richer, fuller, rewarding, realistic, etc. I haven't forgotten about SoC either ;) Heres the current list of changes / fixes / improvements in the current update I'm working on.

1. Included modified version of DS 1.2B (1.3 TK Edition to avoid confusion) except for DS1.2Bs sunshafts. Included is a revamped version of DS1.1 bolton sunshafts instead.
2. Suits now have visors (Exo & scientist)
3. Redefined pretty much all of the default DS 1.2B paramaters
4. Added "long grass" to certain levels.
5. Fixed meltacs laggy texture overlay with scoped weapons
6. Nightvision on weapons and binoculars has changed. Press the Tab key prior to zooming to turn NV on/off
7. Tweaked treasure_manager.ltx a tad
8. Finally tracked down the last 2 remaining elusive vanilla textures that needed overhauling
9. Hopefully fixed a rare CTD in the Dark Valley
10. Made some shader adjustments to increase FPS.
11. Added some options to ShaderSettingsVisor.txt so if you don't like its appearance you can try one of the other options or disable it entirely.
12. Fixed sky rotation errors.
13. Adjusted snipers range at military warehouses.
14. Improved NPC bleeding to death (slower >:D )
15. Enhanced AI, should be a bit less sensitive to stuff it doesn't need to always react to.
16. Advanced AI changes, density of fog / rain should now have a impact on NPCs vision.
17. Weapon tweaks for AI, they should use their sidearms more often now.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber Apr 19 2014, 4:35am says:

The new pause screen is nice, much easier to navigate.
The sky is much, much better it's nice to see the clouds moving and the sun rays are really looking nice too. I also like the subtle DOF. I'm not a fan of DOF in SOC but you seem to have nailed it. Great job.
This is one of my favourite SOC mods. It looks fantastic, and it runs smoothly. I like higher tier muties when I'm ill equipped to deal with them easily.
I got to the railway and all the military(six?)had been killed by a Burer who was also dead, phew.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Apr 19 2014, 6:49am replied:

Glad you like it, things aren't quite as I want them yet but many loose ends are tied up with the official update. The next update will add even more dangers to the zone assuming I can get them working right.

Theres more to worry about in the zone than just Burers ;)

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XStrelokX
XStrelokX Apr 12 2014, 2:37pm says:

For those who can't play this mod due the weak graphic card like me, just put the gamedata without replacing the bin folder files.
Enjoy, very nice mod.

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Apr 9 2014, 2:37pm replied:

They all gain experience through their actions in the zone, some will survive to higher ranks, the unworthy the zone will claim.

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