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Hey, I’ve just bought the old ARMAs because of the sale and was wondering how to get into Day-Z well.

I’ve already installed everything using Day-Z Commander and managed to join my first empty server OK.

I had visions of scavenging undisturbed but was naturally overrun by zombies everywhere and without any weapons at all I died without having any chance in hell basically.

I would like to get to know this game without any big guides and discover things on my own as much as I can.

 

So first of all I’m curious if joining empty servers is a good strategy or not? There are tons of zombies everywhere it seems.

Should I try again until I encounter an area where I can scavenge or is it meaningless to try because zombies spawn absolutely everywhere?

Maybe it’s better to join a server where the players have shot out some zombies already?

Or do you have to take massive chances and scavenge even as zombies are chasing you?

 

Second I’m curious about how to choose servers. Does it work selecting any server or is that a sure way to encounter massive hackers?

 

Thanks.

 

 

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Zombies will respawn every time a player gets close to a town/bulding no "cleaning out a town" here. Whether or not you join a server with players or not doesn't really make a difference, weapons are harder to find in vanilla so KoSing is limited and zeds are dangerous. The danger to a freshspawn are zeds, try to get a machete, hatchet or crowbar preferably the hatchet since it has more reach than the rest imo. You can go sneaky while looting or try to attract every zed close by and hack them when they follow you into a building ( just be sure to have a melee weapon!! ) Dont get surrounded and hit, gaining health is more difficult without self bloodbag and getting wounded can get you into serious trouble ( sepsis, bleeding, pain ).

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In other word this game is hard as hell and I'm going to have to scavenge on the move basically? :p

 

By the way what's all this "Epoch"... "Takistan".... I'm aware Takistan is a map but in Day-Z Commander there's all sorts of stuff to download. Are they mod sets of some sort that certain servers run?

 

Also are ANY houses enterable? So far I’ve only seen some barns that have been enterable and that was sort of a disappointment since in the stand alone basically everywhere seems enterable.

Without many enterable buildings scavenging is going to be hard as hell.

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This game is not for the weak willed that's for sure.

 

Epoch, Takistan are mods of the mod running on said maps. Chernarus ( vanilla ) doesn't have that many enterable buildings, Takistan on the other hand has a lot of enterable buildings. The other mods basically use the same models from vanilla ArmA so they are just the same. Sahrani 1.0 has it's own models that look like the old ones but everything is enterable but not many people play it afaik, it never got popular.

 

If you are into Wasteland DayZ warfare with tanks and attack helicopters some Epoch servers might suit your needs. If you want survival keep playing vanilla DayZ unless someone might throw in a mod that is more focused on surviving in the environment and not pvp.

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Okay, on my fifth guy total I finally got lucky and managed to sneak into a barn and found two guns, some cans, then when my water meter was all empty I finally managed to find a soda and also outran several zombies today.

Anyways then I had to quit and what happens when you do?

In the videos I’ve seen it seems equipment is kept between servers, what about vanilla mod?

If I join the same server again will I still have everything?

That’s a question I’ve been curious about too.

 

Also can you only carry one big gun?

 

Tweaking your settings also seems troublesome in Day-Z.

I can max everything in ARMA3 with about 3200 view distance and 40-60 fps but in Day-Z I currently have 1600 view distance and everything maxed except for anti-aliasing, ATOC, HDR and post-processing.

I'm hoping I'll be able to tweak those up and still maintain about 50 fps though.

I’ve a 4770/770. Should do better really.

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In other word this game is hard as hell and I'm going to have to scavenge on the move basically? :P

 

By the way what's all this "Epoch"... "Takistan".... I'm aware Takistan is a map but in Day-Z Commander there's all sorts of stuff to download. Are they mod sets of some sort that certain servers run?

 

Also are ANY houses enterable? So far I’ve only seen some barns that have been enterable and that was sort of a disappointment since in the stand alone basically everywhere seems enterable.

Without many enterable buildings scavenging is going to be hard as hell.

 

WRONG scavenging is easy as hell compared to SA my good man, foods on the front door, enjoy!

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I've been playing several hours of night a few days ago... easy scavenging.

 

A lot of fun. Got a gun, hunted and cooked some sheep, finally got a compass that turned my world 270 degrees...

I’ve been looking on a map now and can’t figure out where the hell I’ve been. Definitely going to have an eye on it the next time I play to determine where the two starting areas I’ve been to is.

I thought I had went across Chernarus but it seems I’ve actually only moved a few kilometres. Seems it would take about six hours to walk across Chernarus based on the map size?

 

I’m hoping to play a bit more day now then stock up during the nights and then start playing on a bit more populated servers, then dive into mods. Seems DayZ should last a good while.

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I don't know about vanilla but, from what I've encountered on epoch you don't carry gear from server to server since most or all are privately owned. I played on a PvE server for a bit to acclimate myself to the game.

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