What is Day Z?
Day Z is a zombie survival mod for Arma 2 and it's stand-alone expansion Operation Arrowhead. It is currently in early alpha and frequently updated.
You start on the coast of Chernarus, a fictional post-soviet state based on satellite photos of the Czech Republic. You begin with a flashlight and some basic supplies, but no way to defend yourself. From there, you must do whatever it takes survive. That might be scavenging abandoned buildings looking for food or weapons, or running around in a state of panic as you're chased by a train of zombies. Perma-death is always on so if you die, you must restart as a new character with starter gear and in one of the semi-random spawn locations.
Okay, hardcore zombie simulator, I'm interested. How much does it cost?
To run Dayz, you need Arma 2 and the expansion Operation Arrowhead. You can get them separately, or bundled together as Arma 2: Combined Operations. You can also get Arma X: Anniversary Edition, which includes Arma 1 and 2 with all expansions and DLC. If you don't own any Arma games, you are best off buying Combined Operations. If you already own Arma 2, just buy Operation Arrowhead.
You can also get a slight discount buying them from the Bohemian Interactive store, but make sure you buy the Steam versions, unless you hate Steam I guess.
How do I install Day Z?
There's a lot of ways, but the easiest I found was to use Steam with the Six Updater launcher.
- Install both Arma 2 and Operation Arrowhead using Steam
- Close Steam, run it as an Administrator and load both Arma 2 and Operation Arrowhead once so it installs properly.
- Download and install the Six Updater launcher
- Run Six Updater and it should download all the Day Z mod files.
- Download and install the beta patch (use the 94876 patch for now, the newer ones have issues)
- Browse to the Arma2:OA main directory (../Steam/steamapps/common/arma 2 operation arrowhead/) and right-click on shortcut "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch". Add "-nosplash -mod=@dayz" without quotes to the target line.
- Run "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch" and enjoy playing on beta servers!
I'm stuck on "Waiting for character to create" and/or "Loading..."! WHAT DO I DO!?!
This happens when a server is full, or hasn't been restarted in a while. The only thing to do is wait and eventually your request will go and you'll load in to the game. Sometimes it takes a minute, sometimes it takes 10 minutes.
Why does everyone call me bad names when I use voice?
Sending voice (by holding Caps Lock) through side/general channels sends your voice to everyone in the server. It lags the entire server and it's annoying, so don't do it.
However, you can use voice in the Direct Communication channel and only people in close proximity to you will hear it. This is a good way of communicating with people near by to find out if they're friendly, or if they're likely to kill you. Use the < and > keys to change which channel is active until you get to Direct Communication. Be aware that using voice can also attract nearby zombies.
This game is buggy as hell! I just had <insert something horrible here> happen to me!
Yeah, bad stuff happens from time to time. Sometimes you lose a sweet gun because you tried to transfer it to a bag that was full. Sometimes you clip through a ladder and break your legs in the fall. Unfortunately you have to accept that in Day Z, sometimes you're going to have to start over through no fault of your own.
Familiarise yourself with the Known Bugs List and try to avoid them as best you can.
ANZ7 - Regular (3rd person cam on, crosshair enabled, name tags enabled)
ANZ8 - Veteran (3rd person cam enabled, crosshair/name tags disabled)
Day Z Wiki
Day Z Map with loot spawns
Official Day Z Forums
General Survival tips and more tips. Take these with a grain of salt because
some info may be outdated.
Tips on starting without a gun - a good break down of how to move, which items are useful and where to find good stuff other than "go to cherno lol"
Weapon information post (or handy image chart) including damage per shot and audible range (for zombies to hear the shot)
Survival tips from a veteran a mixture of sensible tips (e.g. barns and deer stands contain good weapons) and bug exploits (e.g. if you stand amongst fir tree branches, zombies can't hit you)
This thread is a work in progress, so feel free to reply with any extra useful links/tips/questions and I'll add them in.