Two new STALKERS

A couple new crew members for Zone runs, one a head swap on a Mongrel Miniatures Russian, the other on a fig from The Assault Group. Here are several shots from today’s game. An experienced STALKER crew happened to be in the neighborhood when a recon UAV went down in the town of Yoshkav-Ola. A […]

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ZONA ALFA crews

A History It’s no secret I’ve been fascinated with the STALKER game setting since ‘Shadow of Chernobyl’ released back in 2007. 30 sq km around the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor site reproduced for a single-player, first person shooter/survival/horror sandbox game, S:SoC was quirky and buggy as hell but it was also moody, atmospheric, smoldering, dangerous, and […]

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ZONA ALFA: Yuri’s Crew

After a spate of recent Zone tours turning sour, Yuri Bonyev is shifting away from working as a freelance guide and moving into what is euphemistically known “retrieval work”; searching the Exclusion Zone for valuable salvage and artifacts. In preparation for ZONA ALFA‘s official release, I started modifying figs from The Assault Group’s Modern Russians […]

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Footage from the Zone

The real Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl, that is. Perhaps I’ll take a tour there one day, but the place already seems strangely familiar because the game developers were faithful to reproduce not only the tone and aesthetic of the area, but actual buildings and locations. I’ll certainly reference this for inspiration for more Zona Alfa […]

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ZONA ALFA: Refinery Number 3

Large ZONA ALFA game last Friday night as a handful of the Cape Cod Wargame Commission met for Chinese take out and a quick salvage run into the Exclusion Zone. Other Pat managed to break away from baby duty to join Max, John, myself, and a visitor from Virginia, Drew K for a few hours. […]

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Coming soon: Strange Treasure

The adventures of Zone Guide, Yuri Bonyev, continue. In finishing and editing, it became apparent ‘Strange Treasure’ was a far more appropriate title. And with that came the need for a more relevant, engaging cover. So… To finish what I started, I’ll post the final chapter here this weekend. However, the full and polished story […]

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FROM FIRE TO FLAME

‘The Vladivostok Kind’ continues. Apologies for the lateness. I’ve been chipping away at this between jobs. Enjoy. 6. FROM FIRE TO FLAME Yuri kept Sasha trained on the front door.   It’s a trick, he told himself. The dogs will return – knowing even as he said it they wouldn’t. But why? His shoulder ached […]

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The Vladivostok Kind – Ch 5

5. LIKE A REAL ACTION HERO Yuri went to the roof early the next morning. It had been a long night and he needed ballast for the day ahead.  He had developed his pre-run rituals in Syria, hunting SDF militia in the hills outside Aleppo and Deir-ez-Zor. That was where he’d learned to savor daybreak; […]

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A Chasm of Choices

chapter 4 of the latest Tale from the Exclusion Zone, THE VLADIVOSTOK KIND 4. A CHASM OF CHOICES The day’s hike was almost over. Light was draining out of the sky and the air was chilled with the first hint of night. The village of Zymna was spread out less than a thousand meters away, […]

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