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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3 comments by ketxxx on Dec 2nd, 2014

Evening stalkers, I know being what we are curiosity gets the better of us so heres a list of additions and changes TK has undergone over the last month or so.

- All new digital and analog PPE filters for night vision.
The new effects have been designed to match their respective real world counterparts as closely as possible. The effects also have a small amount of filter noise which doubles with the idea that radiation and general anomalous activity hard to see with the naked eye is more visible in different spectrums. These effects also have a very small amount of blur (it won't screw your eyes up, but should be noticeable still) to replicate typical filters that don't display a perfect crisp image.

- All new Infrared "Predator" filter
I created this filter to bridge what I perceived as a gap between no NV and 1st gen (analog) NV. As such IR can be found on some lower grade armors such as some military suits, merc suits, the unique bandit jacket etc. This effect also has a small amount of filter noise and blur, as well as a more limited effective range compared to NV when being used as a make-shift night device. Again, I've tried to create something true to its real world counterpart which means if you use this effect for too long it will make your eyes tired.

- New anomaly PPE effects
Still doing some work on these, but they make for a much more interesting experience. The Gravi anomaly PPE effect is one of the more interesting ones. As you approach a Gravi anomaly your vision will gradually start to blur and distort. I got the idea for this from the basic principles of a black hole \ neutron star, which is to say as gravity increases pressure mounts, things would start to look distorted before you eventually get spaghettified \ incinerated \ generally die a horrible horrible death. Basically, I looked at the Gravi anomaly and thought "Hey, its kind of a mini black hole or neutron star!" Real science FTW.

- Changed PPE anomaly & radiation effect radius
I done this to hopefully add more of a paranoia \ fear factor. I'm sure a lot of you have noticed by default that the zone doesn't exactly feel very dangerous as PPE effects only really become visible when you are in immediate danger, not so anymore. Now its quite possible to not be all that close to something that would imminently cause you death but you would start to see\"feel" the effects much sooner. As a side note, I also added more noise to the radiation PPE effect to mimic the "seeing stars" effect in your eyes when in areas of high radiation.

- Some general tweaks here and there
Nothing too much to write about this one, I just fixed some balancing issues with various things such as some stash locations being given out too often as a result of the stash system being entirely overhauled and changed along with things like adding better granularity for rainfall and description changes for various armors and equipment.

- Brand new rain texture
Probably the best rain you will see in any stalker game, I always hated the vanilla rain as it looked like lasers\wax streaks. I've never been too keen on my previous attempts to fix this issue either, but now I'll concede the rain probably looks as good as its going to without direct DLL and renderer hacks.

- Addressed a few general non-issues
Just X-Ray making some "rattling around" noises in its logs, it bugged me, so fixed them. Well, mostly.

Thats about it, theres some other stuff I'm working on but their only about 50% done at this point, such as a pretty cool death cam effect that should kick in when you die (yes, notice I said when, not if :p ) the effect works, but it doesn't work when I tie it to the player dying so I have to look at that.

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Tutorial for creating rain in SoC with examples

Tutorial for creating rain in SoC with examples

Dec 10, 2014 Graphics Tool 2 comments

Tutorial and working examples to help you along on how to create your own rain texture for SoC.

TK Pre-RC build 1-3-14 update

TK Pre-RC build 1-3-14 update

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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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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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Frostelis
Frostelis Apr 3 2014, 5:37pm says:

Hello, i liek the mod, but i have Huuuge lags in cordon and the stalker seem to completely ignore the controller cchilling around their camp?

I s this intentional ?

My biggest problem is the laggy game - no stutter jsut lag, verryyy sloow :(

I've got

Geforce 550 TI 1gb
8 Gigs of DDr2 ram
Windows 7 64 bit
2.4 ghz Quad 6600 processor

Im pretty sure my machine can handle stalker, i can play narodnaya soljanka mod iwthout a single stutter, no lag on highest settings, but this is just too bad, i cant move without lag, everywhere i turn its lagging

What could be the issue ?

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digitaloctopus
digitaloctopus Apr 27 2014, 6:08am replied:

Your processor and GPU are weak - both of them should be twice the power if you want to play games without lag (and with dynamic lighting, AA, detailed shadows and anisotropic filtering on full)

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Apr 4 2014, 6:07am replied:

Read the user manual. The problem is your weak graphics card. AI doesn't ignore controller, when the NPCs see it they shoot, they react line of sight not by having a magical 6th sense like in vanilla.

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Frostelis
Frostelis Apr 4 2014, 11:32am replied:

But.. I can play Assassin's Creed Black flag on High settings, Max Payne 3 on Maximum settings as well as Dead Space 3, Shogun 2 and so on On High/Max Settings and many other ALOT newer games than stalker

What's up with the mod that it makes such horrible lag? Is it the textures? Can I turn back to the old view/ which doesnt hog so much computer resources and just enjoy the mod?

That's the first Mod Along with Misery 2.1 for stalker cop that my pc cant handle on max

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Frostelis
Frostelis Apr 4 2014, 11:46am replied:

Well anyways I suppose i cant enjoy it either way, thanks for the answer

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ketxxx Creator
ketxxx Apr 4 2014, 12:23pm replied:

Your GPU is just pants, the games you mention are all console ports so don't challenge any PC, TK utilises X-Ray to its fullest which means you need at least a halfway decent GPU. Things will probably be playable if you turn off global illumination and use the included R2 renderer with the lowest grass draw distance.

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