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Helmut
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November 13, 2009 - 5:58 pm
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Helmut: I am looking for someone named 'Boris', Boris Yatamashenkov?

Man: Da,  am Boris.

Helmut: I'm here on assignment from 'Tap-Repeatedly,' a gaming...

Boris: Want sausage?

Helmut: Er... no thanks. Can you describe your job in this war?

Boris: Am former member of 45th Ninja Grenadier Cell, now discharged, loosely attached to Freedom Faction in Zone.  My
             job to put grenades next to peoples.

Helmut: I was in the campaign the other day and someone put  a grenade on a rock shelf right in front of my face from 100 meters. How is this possible?

Boris: Was taken from home age 3. First jobs was lifting pails of rocks, then pushing cars up hill to develop strength. After five years working with Anatolyi Smolensk (ED: Olympic 5 time shotput champion) to develop range and accuracy. Then six years of winner take all competition among 'nading teammates. What you describe is nothing special.

Helmut: How is that possible? I was on a ridge with a big drop behind me, rocks in front protecting me, yet I was repeatedly 'naded from 2x further than I could throw.

Boris: You pencilneck wimp. Never one day in life have you work like I work everyday.  I could tap you on head repeatedly from 100 meters with eyes shut. Sausage?

Helmut: You insist you can put a grenade onto the top of a meter wide shelf of rock from 100 meters?

Boris: Is nothing special.

Boris: can '''-BLAM-''' even detonate one right here with no harm to me.

Helmut: 'ahhhhhh (expires)'

Boris: Decadent Western Fool

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Steerpike
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November 13, 2009 - 7:26 pm
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That may have been the best thing I've read all year.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Helmut, it's painfully obvious that if you'd only eaten the proffered sausage you'd have lived through that detonation... even the ones from 100 meters out.

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Helmut, I am soo glad I dropped into this thread.Thank you for your wit.

I watched a documentary about similar training for female gymnastists from somewhere in Former Sovietville. Brutal. Not only the snatching of tots but years of, as you mention, winner-take-all.  Cannot imagine post competition the "failed" have much chance of smoothly reintegrating into society. Kind of like when the Living Goddess in Kathmandu reaches puberty but on a much greater scale.

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Toger, I would love opening a restaurant called, “The Proffered Sausage.” The name has such resonance.  Here's a first pass for our sign: Do you think maybe New York?

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Yapette, I was kinda making more fun of the game than any perceived real life training routine, but I did rip off the training quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.....er_Karelin The CBC runs a bunch of athlete profile films during any Olympics and this one was pretty funny. He was plowing around his farm through waste deep snow and I swear his quote during the film was closer to Boris' line than the wikipedia line, although memory fades, etc.

Steerpike: I died on assignment. Are there some forms I can sign to speed up payouts?

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Death on assignment guarantees safe burial in the lower ring of the silo, where the radiation levels are highest. Your atoms will be interacting with protons and neutrons from other elements, collectively blasting one another apart until your very particles themselves will be free to wander... a very Golden Compass form of closure.

Ms. Helmut and the Helmutlets are part of our family now, and we'll look after them as such, have no fear. Their lives in the silo will be those of Relatives to the Honored Departiculated, and they'll be treated with respect and reverence wherever they go... provided it's not into Toger's pen.

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Toger
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Damn skippy. There is no respect or reverence in Toger's pen. In there, everything is some kind of fodder.

That signage is brilliant; however, I think opening in SF first would be a stroke of genius. Or just a stroke.

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I only played the first STALKER but I was very impressed with the superlative fighting skills of everyone who was not me.

I'm thinking it's an exploding sausage, Helmut. So you would be dead either way. It's STALKERtown, baby.

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Helmut
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March 22, 2010 - 11:02 am
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Got back to this and found my last save game five months old. Yeesh. Fellow stalkers, I need some tips. I'm just about to take on some soldiers near the latter stages (I think) in Limansk. I haven't kept up with many quests and have a rather threadbare piece of armor that's nearly consumed. Should I retrace some steps to try to earn a better set? Prices are high, and I have 67 rubles to my name so it would be quite a detour. Are there any bits laying around like in the first game? Anyone?

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Steerpike
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March 22, 2010 - 11:36 am
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Helmut, in Clear Sky you're better off getting armor repaired and upgraded than you are replacing it, unless what you've got is really a POS. I tend to recommend the combat armor offered by Freedom - not the exoskeleton, you can't run in that - as it offers nice ballistic and radiological protection. Of course you have to be in Freedom to get it and even then the prices are high.

You might want to retrace and pick up some corpse junk (or artifacts) to sell to one of the faction merchants, then use that cash to get your armor repaired/upgraded. There's also a crazy man in Red Forest who does repairs and upgrades.

After the village of Limansk there are only a couple more (brief) sections, but you will need armor for them. Lots and lots of armor.

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March 22, 2010 - 11:53 am
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Hey thanks. I'm going to have to go back. Maybe I can do a bit of exploring in Limansk that I skipped on the way in. Although, come to think of it, I may have a hard time retracing some of my steps around the bubble problem. These games are best when you're simply exploring some new mystery area. They would make people happy by just creating more and more level area and put a few creepy sections in and drop the faction war stuff altogether.

Sausage?

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March 22, 2010 - 12:57 pm
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You know... it occurs to me that there's a point after which you can't turn back. And it might be that bubble puzzle.

Call of Pripyat essentially ditches the faction wars - they're still going on, but your role is more of an outsider and it's possible to keep both sides reasonably happy with you. And there's lots of exploring to be had.

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Helmut
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March 23, 2010 - 3:55 pm
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I went back to the very first camp and fetched a 50,000 ruble reward for something. I guess I haven't been giving this game my full attention. I snagged a snazzy new suit but in all honesty it hardly makes any difference to impact resistance. I guess I might withstand more anomoly damage or something.

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March 23, 2010 - 4:07 pm
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Have you done any upgrades to the suit? Upgrades can really help armor's performance. There are various upgrade paths you can follow that explicitly improve impact resistance.

Of course, some suits are just better against radiation or anomalies (or teeth and claws) than they are against bullets. Many a time have I accidentally bought a suit of armor that seemed great only to realize that it lacked an artifact container or offered no protection against radioactivity.

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March 23, 2010 - 6:22 pm
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I'm using the 'Bulat' suit. Designed for assult operations in hightly anomalous areas. Supposed to be capable of stopping an assault rifle round. Scoring 27 in the impact resistance scale with 100% durability upgrade for bulletproof rating of 60. One shot and I'm bleeding and I'm currently all out of bandages.

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Finished. This effort has soured my interest in 'Call of Pripyat' at least until it reaches the < $10 bin. Bleh.

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