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STALKER News

April 30, 2012

Although it seems many on the internet have already heard, I have recently learned that GSC Games has closed its doors and shutdown the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Project.

The developers, however, did not wish to see their life’s work gone to waste and have established Vostok Studios and are making a new game modeled after S.T.A.L.K.E.R., called Survarium.

I don’t know why they are not using the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. name, but I suspect it is a legal issue. They intend to share much with the community, and have established a YouTube channel where they are showing development diaries. I’ve embedded the first below. The video is in Russian with English subtitles (poorly translated, but quite intelligible).

For those who do not wish to watch the video, here is a basic summary.

When the company went under many of the developers decided to try and save the game. They had to abandon the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. name if they wanted investors. They decided to go for some kind of free 2 play model mmo  shooter. The concept would be something like “the Zone has consumed the world,” but obviously not literally, due to above mentioned legal issues. The devs felt that leaving the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. name behind would free them from the existing canon and allow them to explore more ideas.

Personally, I’m pretty bummed. Although S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in this form is probably better than no S.T.A.L.K.E.R. at all, I’d still prefer my good old single player experience. I actually had an idea like this once, and interested to see what they do with it. They really want player feedback, so if you have some constructive ideas you’d like to share, please go to their website here.

The RPG Pavilion Minecraft Arena – YouTube

March 23, 2012

I show you the Pavilion’s Minecraft server Arena! Check it out. I sound very different in my head.

Felicia Day Does It Again & Xanthestar Customs

March 20, 2012

The effervescent Felicia Day has once again put together an amazing project for our viewing pleasure.

Felicia had, along with several friends and internet personalities (Will Wheaton!), created a new YouTube Channel called Geek & Sundry. Click on that link and you will start a short-ish series of clips where Felicia talks about the various shows and then a trailer plays. I’m personally looking forward to The Flog and Tabletop.

The Guild, Felicia’s awesome show about a group of socially inept MMORPG gamers trying to interact with the real world, is starting its 5th season in the first week of April and will now be on Geek & Sundry.

Secondly, I’d like to point you all to Xanthestar Customs, the owner does custom roleplaying minis and My Little Pony figurines. Xanthestar is quite talented and you would do well to consider them as an option if you would like a custom mini or pony. They have an Etsy Store, and a Facebook Page as well.

Here is an example of the custom designed Pathfinder Goblin knit Xanthestar designed,

Knitted Goblin

Creepy and Adorable, just like the art released by Paizo.

and here is a Gnome Sorcerer they did…

Fizzle the Gnome Sorcerer

Most of this is custom molded, even the magical energy arcing over his head. Impressive!

So I hope you check them out, even if just to look at some of the cool stuff they did 🙂