This is the way it is with the Zone: if you come back with swag - it's a miracle; if you come back alive - it's a success; if the patrol bullets miss you - it's a stroke of luck. And as for anything else - that's fate.
-Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Welcome to the zone. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series is made up of three games as of now, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat. Each game has its own set of unique experiences and features, and each game has a new twist upon the life of a Stalker.
The game series is based off of the Chernobyl Nuclear catastrophe, with it's own fictional additions. The zone is an irradiated hell hole that was formed after the second explosion at the powerplant, it's filled with anomalies and known to be home to deadly mutants. The zone is populated by scavengers nicknamed S.T.A.L.K.E.R's, which stands for "Scavenger, Trespasser, Adventurer, Loner, Killer, Explorer, Robber". There are also various other factions of stalkers which may be friendly, neutral, or hostile.
This is just a quick overview, for in depth information I recommend to go to the STALKER websites listed below. The Wiki is a bonus that holds extra information but does give away several spoilers.
- Good hunting S.T.A.L.K.E.R!
- Epic comics made by Crisis! :D
Crisis's Art Compilation
Facepunch STALKERS '09
- Kingo's ultra-impressive modifications!
Kingo's Optimization Guide
Kingo's Shader Mod for Shadow of Chernobyl
Kingo's Patched EXE's to increase maximum RAM usage
- Comic artist that draws comics that we all can relate to!
Raiskauskone's Comic Thread
JoeSibilant's Artifacts from the Zone. He went to Chernobyl, and knowing that most of us can't go there this is as close to the zone you'll ever get! Check it out!
Trip to the Zone
Unprepared rookies don't last long, stay smart on the zone, get the Survival Guide.
Call Of Pripyat
Shadow Of Chernobyl
People new to this game must play the vanilla version of the game first! It's easier and it gives you some time to get ready for harder modifications!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl mods:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky mods:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat mods:
Gum's improved Ironsights for SGM
Call of Pripyat SDK courtsey of Glitch360
Getting crashes, without any errors?
We can't help you with out the error log.
Paste in here, without copying anything.
This applies even if BugTrap comes up!
DON'T FLOOD THE THREAD BY ASKING WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD GET THE GAME. EVERYBODY IS GOING TO RECOMMEND YOU GET IT.
DON'T JOIN BANDITS, THEY'RE ASSHOLES AND WILL ROB YOUR SHIT
SERGEI IS A DRUNKEN ASSFACE AND WE HATE HIM BECAUSE HE DIDN'T KEEP GSC GAME WORLD GOING
WHICH MEANS THAT GSC IS DEAD, BUT WE SHOULD CONTINUE PLAYING STALKER AND STOP SPAMMING THINGS WITH "RIP"
Here's an image of the kool kids of 2011(we're gonna need a new one)
Got anything to add to the OP? PM me and I'll toss it in.