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!
1. First Steps
You wake up on random spot on the map, usually near the East coast, but sometime you may spawn in the North near Novodmitrovsk or in the South near Chernogorsk. On your character you have only jeans with 4 slots,a t-shirt and running shoes. In your inventory you will find a flashlight and 9-V Alkaline battery, both are non-essential items unless playing at night. You can safely throw away the flashlight and battery instantly doubling your inventory slots. To do this to the flashlight and battery, or any other item in the game, by holding your left mouse (default) button and drag it into the "ground" (left side) side of your inventory screen. However, if you need the flashlight, 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 when spawning in is check your surroundings for any threat of Zed (zombies) or other players. If you stumble upon either of these be very cautious as you do not have any other weapons other than your fists. To raise your fists in case of emergency press the space bar (default) and click your left mouse button to swing your fists. Best aim for the head!
Your best option when first spawning in is to find the nearest village, town, or city to find food as you are already hungry, and keep an eye for players and Zeds!
When first spawning in, search any village or town you come across. Loot is everywhere in most if not all buildings in stable 0.50. A main objective once spawning in could be to get to a bigger settlement (town or city) for loot. To do so you can simple follow a coastline (it does not matter which direction) and you should come across a town or a city.
On your way don't be afraid to stop and search any house or village that looks rather empty and safe. Look for canned foods, fresh fruit of any type and types of drinks. What is most important is to look for any clothes for warmth, backpacks so you can boost your inventory space, or a weapon to defend yourself. It may be a good idea to look for clothes that have neutral color such as beige, brown, green or black, while not a necessity, it may help your chances of survival. As this game is based on ARMA 2 engine what you wear will determinate how visible you are.
In little villages you can find some basic weapons/tools such as baseball bats, hammers, screwdrivers, knives, etc. They are largely ineffective against zombies and to kill other players with them is very difficult. 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. The fire-fighter axe will be able to put any regular civilian zombie down in one blow, whereas military zombies will take two. All zombies will die in one hit if you hit them in the head.
3. Zombie Encounter
Sooner or later you will meet a Zed (Zombie, Z, zomboid, walking dead, dead living, etc.) these buggers are fast and agile, but you can outrun them. Don't let your guard down though! However, once they loose sight of you they may give up. As this is an Pre-ALPHA version of the game so it's full of bugs. The main bug is sometimes the Zeds can hit you through walls if you are on an upper story of a building when they are trapped outside. As the latest iteration of stable build (0.50) zombies can come up stairs and follow you. There are certain "tracks" that zombies will follow to get to you, so they cannot go through doors in most instances. It has been found to be 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