This is the real guide to DayZ. If you play the game with the other guides on the internet, you will probably rage-quit after your 20th death spending hours crawling like a slug trying to find a single weapon. Meanwhile, the veterans are using these tricks to have an easier time killing noobs. DayZ is a zombie mod that gaming mags are raving about, that tries to be as "realistic" and hard as possible. If you go on the forums you will see everyone complaining about everything being too easy from things like spawning with a weapon to server chat, both of which have been removed. Most of the people who want it harder probably played hundreds of hours or enjoy killing the defenseless. This guide does not mention a few essentials that every other guide already has. Spawning Keep joining servers until you find one during daytime so you can actually see something. You will spawn by the south or the east of the coast. Use http://dayzmap.info/ to find out where you are and where to go. Search for a Weapon and other Items The first thing you need is a weapon, and trying to find it in the smaller towns nearby is a waste of time. The chances of a house/apartment having a weapon can be as low as 7%. Look for "deer stands" or other buildings that have a high chance of "military loot". This is what a "deer stand" looks like and it is a brown icon on the map. You can actually click on buildings on the dayzmap website to see what they look like and the loot chance. Use http://picacid.com/arma2/loot_en.html to find the drop chances of items you want. Actually getting the weapon Contrary to what every guide tells you, do not waste 30 minutes crawling to a building to avoid zombies. Zombie detection is based on chance which means they can detect you 100 feet away even when you are crawling behind them in pitch black. The best thing to do is to find a building you want to farm and then sprint there. Once you are inside and the zombies are slowly walking to you, hit escape and exit. The zombies will leave and you can reconnect and farm the building at your leisure. Joining a new server will allow you to farm the same place multiple times. How to deal with Zombies Zombies only spawn outside of buildings. They appear to be randomly generated when you walk into an area. Fences or doors do not block zombies. Zombies can outrun you outside of a building, inside a building they will walk slowly. Most buildings only have 1 entrance so you will probably need to exit the game to shake the zombies away. How to deal with Player killers Join a server with fewer people. Quit and join another server when you see them. Farm the less profitable towns away from the coast. And that is DayZ summed up in a nutshell.