When you start off you have a flashlight, some water and a can of beans. You have no map/compass and have no idea where you are. Naturally, food, weapons and other useful items are scarce, so scavenging/hunting is the only way to survive.
Your character is persistent across all servers linked to the central server and if you die, it is permanent.
The mod is still in Alpha so there are still some bugs to be sorted out, but if you like the idea of a true survival sandbox, I can't recommend this mod enough.
Most of your time in DayZ will be spent in paranoia, deciding who to trust. Some people want to live in a friendly community, some will do whatever it takes to survive and most just want to watch the world burn.
HOW TO GET STARTED
You will need:
Arma2 (Full version or Free version) and Operation Arrowhead (Fully patched)
Comprehensive install guide: Link!
Quick install guide for non-steam users (courtesy of Hawk SE):Link!
To get DayZ installed use the official updater:
Six Updater Suite - Download
YOU WILL NEED THE MOST RECENT BETA PATCH TO PLAY ON THE NEOGAF SERVER. DOWNLOAD HERE.
If you have issues, ask in the thread.
PLAYING WITH GAF
Where do we play? Quote to see!
How do we communicate?
HOW TO PLAY
TO BE UPDATED: I'll be adding images of all the icons and a basic tutorial on how to play DayZ. Be patient!
Advice that will keep you alive:
- Trust NO ONE
- Avoid joining large groups
- Stay low, stick to cover and do your best to remain unseen
- If you have to shoot a zombie, use a pistol or melee weapon to avoid alerting too many zombies.
- Enfields will get you killed. They're a zombie magnet.
- Don't follow orders from other people if you think they're stupid. More than likely it'll end in you dying.
MAPS - Using these may ruin your initial sense of discovery
Topographical Map - Based off of the physical printed maps sold by Bohemia.
Map with with legend and markers for important buildings
Hi-Res Map (Vehicle spawns may be outdated)