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  21:23:41  23 March 2018
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PCDania
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Good to know Noah serves no purpose. Would have hated going back all those hours of gaming.

When I have finished (if that even is possible) playing as a Loner I had actually thought it would be a good idea trying to play as a Monolith.

Strange things are happening. On my way to the NPP I saw a group of 3 Yellow Mercs in Zaton. On one of my trips from the NPP to Zaton I got attacked by a group of Red Mercs. Likely that old CoP bug but I really hope the Mercs in Dead City are still all Green.

I've found the Compass in the mines in Red Forest and I also found the Heart of the Oasis. I found out the portals down there were active but couldn't remember how to trigger the heart so I cheated a bit and checked online. I just wish their effects made them worth actually using.

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I had just shot my way through the NPP and cleared about half the area North of it. On my way back I took the transition point to the West so I didn't have to go through the NPP when going back to Zaton. I had just cleared the tiny military camp and were close to the bushes a short way from the transition to Zaton when a large group of Monolith arrived. I just managed to hide in a bush right as they saw me. Two of them -armed with RPGs- headed directly my way but fortunately could not see me in the bush. I managed to take them both down but found I was unable to fight the remainder without them seing me. Just as I made ready to leg it to the empty military camp for better cover, a heavily armoured and armed soldier arrived on the scene and took on the Monoliths. His distraction gave me the oppotunity to take them down (believe he managed two of them). Unfortunately (luckily for me) the soldier didn't survive.

Edit: Vent from Zaton to NPP. Right inside in NPP there is a red brick building. When I arrived it was at the same time as 3 Bloodsuckers and a Chimera. It must have been quite a funny sight. Me standing with my left shoulder against the building and the 3 Bloodsuckers running counter-clock wise around the building with me firing my Eliminator against them when they turned the corner infront of me, and reloading it when they dissapeared around the corner behind me Luckily the Chimera was busy jumping around on the other side of the building until I had killed the Bloodsuckers. The Chimera I took care of with my knife A shame I don't have a video of it
  10:51:17  26 March 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Your yellow or red Mercs in Zaton or Jupiter have no bearing on your relations of your Mercs back in the other parts of the Game. Likewise your yellow Bandits in the same levels will not help you improve relations towards that Faction in other levels of the game. It's like leftover code from CoP that Team Epic didn't totally remove. It's not a bad thing and I actually like it because it adds another dimension to the game you don't find in any other locations. Just as I warned you before, when you get a mix of yellow and red, the yellow will turn to red if you engage both groups in proximity of each other.

I was excited to get the Heart of Oasis in CoC but they gimped it and removed all it's properties. It used to stave off hunger, which is a great feature not to have to carry so much food or have in an emergency but that is no more. Likewise the Compass has always been weak. It takes using two of them to be a decent protection of the properties it does. One alone is too weak and two at once is really hogging up valuable slots where you want Stamina or Weight Carrying Artifacts to use instead.

I enjoyed your story or moving between levels. The joy of Call of Chernobyl, as you know is the unpredictable nature of where you meet men and mutants and your ability to move around as slow or quickly as you please at your own risk.

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I finally installed the 1 TB M2 SSD in my Laptop. I decided, after taking it apart to do so that it was a pain in the ass I didn't want to do twice so I went ahead and ordered another 8 GB SO-DIMM ( Laptop Memory ) to install in it, which will give me a total of 16 GB. So I'm waiting on that to arrive so I can put it all back together one time only. That means my SoC Game on my Laptop is still on hiatus.

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  13:20:44  26 March 2018
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The joy of Call of Pripyat, as you know is the unpredictable nature of where you meet men and mutants and your ability to move around as slow or quickly as you please at your own risk.
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Don't you mean 'Call of Chernobyl'?. Yes, that is one of the things I like. I've always liked exploring in ARPG games until I crave new things to explore. So, I use the main quest as a pointer for the next place I can explore.

Good to know for sure about those red Mercs. I've made sure to keep the distance each time I saw them. Afraid killing them would turn the Dead City Mercs yellow or worse.

Regarding your laptop: As I read it it sounds like your laptop is one of the models where access to the RAM and the M2 is hidden under the keyboard. Back in 2004-05 when I worked in a PC shop I've assembled at least 1000 labtops. Most were made so there were easy access to RAM and HDD but some were not so easy to take apart if one didn't know how they were constructed. One of the most important things is making sure to not mix up the screws as there are usually two different types of threading and the color of the screw is usually the only give away. If you mix them up you risk destroying the threading in a hole.

Reminds me of when we got a new model laptop in the shop. While I were assembling one my boss came out back and for some reason started assemble another. The way he got about things I could immediately see I would have to take it apart and assemble it myself when he went back to his desk. Luckily for him I kept an eye on him and managed at the last moment stopping him from destroying the laptop. He had started screwing a long screw into a place in the centre of the laptop. I stopped him and asked if he had checked what was on the other side. He turned the laptop upside down and found out he would have broken off a SO-DIMM if he had continued. He just laughed and said something I can't remember, put down the laptop and dissapeared back to his desk.
  00:10:17  29 March 2018
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Very dissapointed at the "Curious Stashes". Only contains patches + either a bottle of vodka or a energy drink. As far as I can tell they are no different from the least valuable stashes one can get for finishing side quests.

Seems like they had a little trouble with the final quests. After searching the NPP and finding some papers I get two tasks. Found out I had to solve them in a specific order. A shame they haven't used that huge underground complex in Generators for something. Looks like I just need to finish "A Concrete Tomb".
  08:45:26  29 March 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Overall the activated stashes in Call of Chernobyl suck. In the 1.3 version it was too many worn pistols and pistol ammo. 1.4 changed that to even more worthless Faction patches. The only good things you ever find in activated stashes are the Basic/Advanced/Expert Tools, Armors & Artifacts. You do get weapons too but it's fairly easy to get high end weapons on your own from looting without waiting for one to appear.

My 1.4 Loner Game was only 3 months in ( X-18 & X16 done but not X-19 yet ) when I took a break and started a Monolith Game where the story mode isn't applicable. However finishing the story mode is the lowest priority of what I'm doing. Basically I'm just living the life in the Zone and doing whatever I feel like each day. Probably more influenced by stash activations, letting them build up in certain levels then making a round trip through multiple levels to empty them all at once.

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Yes, I noticed 10 dark screws and 1 light silver screw for my Laptop. The dark ones go in the outer holes while that light screw goes in the center just like you described. Can't wait to get my Memory soon. I went ahead and ordered 2 sticks of high performance Gaming Memory ( 2 X 8 GB PC 2400 ) so I'll yank out the ordinary value 8 GB Memory it came with once they both arrive. I'm anxious to get back to my Game.

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  15:33:18  31 March 2018
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Finished "A concrete Tomb", kind of an anti-climax.

Have taken a backup of the game and installed MLR as it should have a special story for the Monolith when doing Story Mode.

Edit: For some strange reason the vodka is protecting against Psi instead of removing radiation in MLR. Have changed it back to removing radiation. Flashlights aint worth writing home about.

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Just remembered something funny that happened: A few times I have tried shooting down some crows, just for the fun of it and as it's gives a bit of training shooting at moving targets. I have a difficult time hitting them as it's very difficult to see how far up they are and they fly in circles and change course now and then. Well, at one time when shooting at a chopper I took down a crow that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time
  07:39:07  1 April 2018
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What is "A concrete Tomb", I just haven't gotten that far in my 1.4 Game?

What is MLR again? I've got my SoC Game going on my Laptop and two unfinished CoC Games on my desktop. The 1.4 Loner Game at 3 months in and the current Monolith Game at 2 months(?) in. My 1.3 Game got almost 11 months in before it became so buggy I couldn't finish it.

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Got the Laptop put together tonight. Newly added High Performance Gaming 1 TB NVMe SSD and High Performance Gaming 16 GB Memory. I took out the value 8 GB Memory it came with and put in two new sticks of 8 GB each. That's more than enough. Waiting on updates for Windows 10 to get back to my Game.

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  13:54:12  1 April 2018
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"A Concrete Tomb" is the name of the final mission which is actually split in two as one has to do a mission inbetween.

MLR is a addon/mod for CoC. PressurE told about it back on page 7.

Link to download site: http://www.moddb.com/mods/call-of-chernobyl/addons/mlr

Each faction has its own Quest line, lots of new weapons (how they look is debatable), lots of money but things are more expensive. Weapons on corpses are much more likely to be worn out. As far as I can see from the comments at moddb, it incorporates parts of at least two other mods. I have only played a bit as a Monolith but if the map is correct, some parts are closed to me though maybe they open up later on, who knows. Seems like a earn a salary each day but I'm pretty sure I also lost some money one morning for reasons to me unknown as I didn't manage to read the whole message before it dissapeared.

Seems MLR is more prone to CTD. Haven't checked the game log as it's a CTD without message on the screen so I don't expect to find anything useful.

If weapons are not too damaged on can still make some money on repairing them and selling them.

Medkits heals much less, as the kits can be used twice it's not as bad as it sounds.

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Can't wait to hear if you note any difference while playing after the upgrade. With the NVMe OS and programs should load faster. Loading of saves might be faster as it also depends on the game engine.
  05:34:40  2 April 2018
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I've pretty much stuck with the progress of changes that Team Epic themselves have done with their Game. I started with 1.2, moved to 1.3 and attempted to accomplish a year of playing 1.3 but fell just short of 11 months due to too many object saved that appeared to cause problems and exposed a limitation on the game engine. It got to the point where I had to keep dropping the quality of the graphics just to be able to leave the level I was in. It finally got to the point where I couldn't leave the level I was in without crashing.

1.4 was a major change I wasn't happy hearing about at first. Taking away the ability to have your gunsmith toolkits replenish and re-use them to do mass weapon repair on a large scale and sell them. I can't tell you how much time I spent hauling weapons and repairing them in the 1.3 version. When I started 1.4 I was upset this was changed but quickly realized the wisdom of it. I was now free of spending so much time doing what I had done before. Let's face it, being overloaded carrying massive amounts of loot and spending game hours or days repairing them to sell was not really fun game play. Removing that and instead expanding CoC to have more jobs and tasks for rewards was far, far better. Game play returned to being about travel and action. Not hauling and repairing.

Now I admit I haven't tried the 1.5 Beta. I've been told it's a lot harder and almost like CoC tried to be like a Team Epic version of Misery, which is funny since the Misery Design Team have embraced the work of Team Epic's Call of Chernobyl as their base for their new Call of Misery. I've never been a Misery fan. Everything brown, yellow and rust doesn't have much appeal to me. Perhaps you might want to give it a try.

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Got back to my SoC 1.0006 Game last night on my upgraded Laptop. Left off in Yantar looting on the surface before getting ready to go to the X-16 Lab underground. So much loot everywhere in Yantar, I feel most people don't get it all. After all, there's no way you can get ALL the loot of of the X-16 underground in one trip. It really takes two trips. What I do is as soon as I escape, I usually go right back in before all the Zombies, Snorks and a Controller show up as replacement spawns in Yantar.

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  14:01:09  2 April 2018
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Well, the engine is strained in CoC 1.4.22 too but I don't think I have had crashes related to it. I've kept down the amount of stuff in my fixed stashes but there is at least a one second delay when opening the one in the Rostok Bar and the one in Dead City.

Sometimes for no apparent reason I get radiation poisoning (red warning) at places where I didn't the last time I were there. Note my armour and artefacts carried are the same. It also feels like my guns sometimes wears out faster (no intention of testing it.)

I got pretty tired of dead NPCs having lots of worn out weapons on them so I started collecting them and donating them to the traders. Much easier to find the ones with ammo which is the second or third best source of money, the other is mutant parts. Best source is Artefacts. Naturally one can take a companion and sell some of the less damaged weapons to them but they run out of money pretty fast. As I only used companions when forced to this was a no-go for me. Currently in CoC 1.4.22 I have 7 mill+ RU. BTW, I wonder how many people realize Beard on the Skatovsk pays a good price for artefacts?

What Misery goes, let those people who like that play it, it's not my cup of tea (or mug of coffee).

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In MLR there are two NPCs guarding in the Monolith main base running forth and back right in front of the trader and mechanic. They are a real PITA as they push one away from the trader or mechanic while doing business. I solved it by moving them up to the Monolith thingy up in the theater. Luckily they stay there even when I leave the map.

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Regarding X-16 in SoC. My way of doing it too. I made sure collect all loot and drop it in a few easy to find places. Returned ASAP after getting out and cleaned out the place.
 
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