A Beginners Guide
DayZ Standalone beginners guide.
Before we begin there is one important thing in DayZ we need to talk about and that is DEATH.
Yes as you all ready may have found out, death in this game is permanent that means once you die you loose ALL your equipment and have to start all over again. Some say it's rubbish, and that it needs to be changed! Only I know is that its COOL. Why? You may ask. Well its rather simple. I tried long list of MMO games over the years and what I found out is that most of them are !BORING! for only simple reason you cannot die. Well technically you can but practically you just re-spawn with some minor penalisation and hooray to carry on. In DayZ when you die you are DEAD this means you are on alert all the time you play because death can come from anywhere. You are constantly living in fear of death because that will mean all the items and clothing you have gathered over those hours of game play will be gone, or worse, looted by one of the other players. So I have this little guide to help you to survive, get equipped and most of all STAY ALIVE!
You wake up on random spot near the coast. You have just jeans with 4 slots,a t-shirt and running shoes. Also in your inventory you will find a flashlight and battery, both are non-essential items, and can safely be thrown away instantly doubling your inventory slots. Having said that, if you wish to keep it (you might be playing at night!) you can drag the battery to the flashlight, combine these and you find yourself in possession of fully working flashlight
The first thing to do is check your surroundings for any threat of Zed (zombies) or other players. If you stumble upon either of these be very cautious. Your best option is to go near a forest so you can hide. Once you think you are clear, evaluate your next move!
There is no point in searching the village you spawn near by, it's probably completely looted. Your main objective is to get to a bigger settlement (town or city), to do so you have to follow the coastline (it does not matter what direction) try to keep out of the road and try hide as soon as you see even one pixel of another player. On your way don't be afraid to stop and search any house that has a still closed door or village that looks rather empty and safe. Look for canned tuna, fresh fruit of any type and cans of drink, but what is most important is to look for any clothes, bags or rucksacks so you can boost your inventory space. Also look for clothes that have neutral colour such as beige, brown, green or black, while not a necessity will help your chances of survival. As this game is based on ARMA 2 engine what you wear will determinate how visible you are. In these little villages you can find some basic weapons such as baseball bats, big spanners, screwdrivers, knives, etc. They are largely ineffective against zombies and to kill other players with them is almost impossible. HOWEVER! If you are lucky you can find an axe, there is a standard wooden handled one and a one-hit fire-fighter axe, the latter is far better, this baby will put any ZED down in one blow and make mince meat of any other player, assuming he doesn't have a gun!
Sooner or later you will meet a Zed (Zombie, Z, zomboid, walking dead, dead living, etc.) these buggers are now fast and agile, you can outrun them, but have your wits about you! Once they loose sight of you they give up. As this is an ALPHA version it's full of bugs. The main one is that Zeds can clip trough walls. However they cannot walk up stairs which gives you some level of protection if you find yourself backed into a house with a stair case. I have found it easier to just blaze run in to villages and loot. Quick search houses and just run by all ZEDs you meet. This will prove more than effective at the beginning of your journey.
In the mean time, check out Tips for Getting Started