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Iain Baker:
Hi everyone! I come with news both good  :) and bad  :(

Some of you may know that for the last couple of years I have been writing a semi-fictional book set in the universe of the Eastern European PC game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

The bad news is that I have finally received a response from GSC Gameworld regarding obtaining permission to use the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. IP, and thus sell my now completed book, ‘The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide’ commercially. They said ‘No’, as it would clash with their future plans for the franchise. I was half-expecting this anyway TBH.

The good news is that you all get an early Christmas present from yours truly, since I am now releasing The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide for free as a PDF. To get your copy either:

Head on over to its webpage:

E-mail me at: [email protected]

PM me on the Nomad’s Reviews Facebook page:

I will happily share it via the forum, but when I try to attach it the forum glitches out. Perhaps at 114K words it is a little to large to fit. Something no woman has ever said about me  :lol:

Enjoy 😊

Hmm, you might want to remove the period from your webpage link.

Also, while currently not interested in reading it, I can kind of comfort you with the fact that a Stalker-centric community functioning in my country, producing a respectable quantity of not-so-bad texts had a promise that their work will be released as a novel anthology... And that promise was never fulfilled. RIP.

Also, maybe you could offer them a bit of cooperation - if adapted to Stalker 2 lore and stuff, your text might make a nice teaser at some point.

Iain Baker:
Thanks for the heads up. I removed it and it is working fine now :-)

Re cooperation with them - I offered that already. They basicly siad my work would clash with what they are planning to release in the future. I can only assume they feel they will get more money from the stuff they are already planning on releasing.

I had offered to split the profits 50/50 with them, which would be easy money for them since I had already done all the work and had publishers lined up waiting. I even had an old university friend who is a native Russian, who speaks fluent English and Russian, and thus could have easily translated it into Russian and localised it. It could then have been sold in the Russo-phone nations as well, making yet more money, since the profits from that would be split too, probably 50% for GSC, 25% for me and 25% for my friend who translated it.

I even offered to make extensive alterations to it in order to be granted the licence, and offered to sign an NDA to ensure confidentiality regarding any info they divulged about what those future plans were. But still they said no.

I have heard they have let people down in the past, which is one of the reasons I was not getting my hopes up. Even if they had given permission,they might then change their mind later as happened to an earlier author.

Sweet, thanks for sharing it!  Any chance of an e-book version?  I tried to use Calibre to convert it from pdf, but I've never had great results doing that (especially when pdfs have background imagery).

Iain Baker:

--- Quote from: theperfectdrugsk on December 15, 2018, 02:23:39 pm ---Sweet, thanks for sharing it!  Any chance of an e-book version?  I tried to use Calibre to convert it from pdf, but I've never had great results doing that (especially when pdfs have background imagery).

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Your welcome, hope you enjoy it.
Re e-book version. I would very much like to create one, but I do not think it will be wise to do so at the moment. I have heard the last person who placed a free Stalker e-book up on-line, a book going by the name of Snorkbait, got threatened with legal action by GSC Gameworld. I'm not sure if this is true, but I'm not willing to take the risk.

I can send you the original word doc without background images and borders if that helps? I will need an e-mail address, or you can PM me on the Nomad’s Reviews Facebook page: , since you can't upload word docs on here (I just tried - the computer says no ;-)

This of course is on the understanding that it will be for your own personal use only, and neither it or the resultant e-book is to be shared with any third parties.

Sorry for the 'leaglease' bit, but GSC Gameworld are as aggressive with the defending their IP as are the likes of Disney. Therefore, ahem...'One needs to ensure one's derrière possess sufficient coverage'.  :lol:


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