This is a “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly” mod fansite. The idea behind it is to collect all the Anomaly related info from Mod DB, Discord, YouTube and display it in one place, in a n00b friendly format. Anomaly news, videos, changelogs, guides, hot addons etc.
Hello there, Stalker.
You might or might not know me as SoulforgedCRO on Mod DB, mostly by commenting “Anomaly” mod and related addons.
I am one of those people who got somewhat “late” to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. party. I knew that the games existed but somehow I missed them when they came out. At one point in time, I’ve decided to finally play them. It was tough… The atmosphere was amazing but I had many issues with the gameplay segment… Some things just felt off. Not to mention all the bugs and glitches. However, the feeling of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. remained. After some time, I wanted to play the games again, but I just couldn’t force myself to do it. That is when I discovered the “Misery” mod. My mind was blown! After that I started to follow the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modding scene, although I wasn’t an active member of its community yet. I fell in love with “Call of Chernobyl”, “Call of Misery”, “Last Day” and in the end, “Anomaly”.
I think that modding is the future of gaming. This might not be recognized or acknowledged by the industry but it can be seen and felt from the player’s point of view. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modding community is the perfect example of that. And “Anomaly” is its pinnacle (so far), at least in my eyes. For me, it is just the perfect S.T.A.L.K.E.R. experience, with an insanely amazing development team and a very deep pool of addons behind it.
The issue with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modding (and modding in general), from my personal experience, is a hard point of entry. In other words, new players often don’t know where to start. Where to download mods and addons? How to install them? Are they compatible with each other? How do they work? How to overcome bugs and crashes? And so on… Even the players who are already familiar with specific mods are often confused about their state. Is the mod still being developed? When is the next update coming? What was changed in the new version? What addons are compatible with it? Sure, there are amazing Russian websites / fan pages, but not everyone is Russian. There is also Discord, but even if you know where and what to search for, it can still get tricky (if you are not a regular there).
I also think that the entire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. modding community could benefit even more from additional exposure of many amazing content creators in its community. I am not only talking about YouTube content creators but also about individual talent amongst various mod development teams, such as coders, animators, artists, designers etc.
Since I’m a self-employed web developer for over 12 years and I already own multiple dedicated servers, I have decided to create and host this website. The development of the site started in June of 2020 and continued through most of the summer period. Originally, I wanted the site to focus on all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mods and projects, such as “Dead Air”, “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Unreal Remake” and “Ray of Hope”, even S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. However, this would take a lot of time and energy and this is, after all, my nonprofit side project. That is why I halted the project and decided to think about its future before putting any more effort into it. In January of 2021, the work continued. I’ve decided to start small and focus on my favorite mod first, which is “Anomaly”. It is possible that this website will expand in the future to include more mods. Or that a separate website will be created for that purpose, while this one will remain dedicated to “Anomaly”. It is hard to say at this point in time. The website is developed on WordPress CMS and hosted on my own US-based dedicated server. I have a lot of cool website features in plan, from both content and technical point but I’ll keep them a secret for now.
Hopefully, this website will help both newcomers and existing players to immerse themselves more easily into the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe and motivate its modders and other content creators to keep creating amazing things within it. Things we all can enjoy. <3
If you went through all of my rambling, thank you! If you would like to contact me for any reason, you can do that via private message on Mod DB or via Discord (SoulforgedCRO#2355).
I’ll see you in The Zone, Stalker.