I Murdered One and a Half People.

Posted by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

After committing to buying Arma II: Combined Ops off steam, i've gotten deep into the DayZ mod. The servers have been fairly stable and i've had plenty of adventures. I've been playing solo, which is great fun, although i'll need to find some teammates if I want to maximize my time alive. Today I began my best run yet... but i'm starting to regret some choices i've made.

I began in the small town of Novy Sobor, prior to this all my games had begun along the coast, but Sobor is deep inland, adjacent to the primary Airfield in the gigantic world of Chenarus. I creeped around and collected some things from the nearby church, while avoiding another survivor (or possibly bandit) who I only was aware of due to a few distant pistol shots from the other end of town. Maybe that survivor needed help, maybe they were looking for me, or maybe they died, it's hard to say but i was too concerned with crawling past various undead townsmen to bother.

After collecting some minor supplies, I jog to the outskirts and began moving across the fields towards where I thought the airfield was, going off a static map i found online without a compass and not having an ingame one to compare to made the journey long and confusing despite being only a few Kilometers from the landing strip. I tried to keep away from roads as it would be too easy to get caught walking down one, i stayed in the brush alongside. I kept my distance from structures and the zombies who guard them and booked it through a series of farms and orchards. 20 minutes later I reached the edge of the airfield.

A surprisingly long journey.

I found the place abandoned, except for a few shuffling zombies who i was able to get around quite easily, having not fired a shot, i reached the end of a row of hangars and began crouch walking past each of them, checking inside for anything i could use, I found some leftover cans of food, a few soda bottles, and in the 3rd hangar, something exciting, a M1014 shotgun with a dozen slugs. I grabbed it and holstered my handgun. It was then that I heard gunfire, and it was close.

Shotgun pointed, i moved my way slowly to the next hangar, leaned around the corner, and spotted something frightening. A survivor, searching through a pile of loot he found, a DMR on his back, he faced away from me. I didn't bother to negotiate, i fired a slug into him, and he dropped. Shocked, i moved towards the body to check if they were alive, a bullet wizzed by, another survivor, i assume his buddy, had been in the back corner covering the entrance, his bolt action sniper rifle failed him up close and before he could fire another shot i sent a volley of slugs towards him. He dropped and i began grabbing whatever gear i could from the hangar, the first survivor popped out of unconciousness and took one last shot at me, missed (Luck was on my side) and i fired more rounds at him and made sure he stayed dead.

At this point my character model changed to that of a bandit, no longer was I simply an innocent man trying to find his way after the world has ended, i was a killer, a prolific one, who slayed two innocent players without receiving a scratch and without bothering to approach things peacefully. Someone in chat swore at a bandit who killed them at the airfield, I knew they meant me. Fortunately they wouldn't respawn for some time. I grabbed an M16 that had been in the hangar and ignored the corpses. I was too shaken from the encounter to bother, which made the killing all the more worse, i didn't even want their stuff. A group of zombies had been stirred up by the gunfire and came looking for the shooter, with my new found assault rifle I quickly dispatched them.

At this point i made my mistake, i grabbed some more M16 magazines that were in an adjacent hangar and booked it away from the airfield. 10 minutes later a survivor reported several bodies in a hangar at the airfield, and warned others of a possible sniper. However the "Sniper" was long gone.I glanced at the stat screen and noticed that despite shooting two enemies, only one murder was registered, my second victim had fallen and played dead rather than fight back like his buddy, who i had put down. The second man must have crawled off after I ran from the airfield. I regretted clearing the zombies that were in his way. WIth my new found gear I set my sights on a nearby mountain top, turned my back on the airfield, and never looked back.

#1 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

After committing to buying Arma II: Combined Ops off steam, i've gotten deep into the DayZ mod. The servers have been fairly stable and i've had plenty of adventures. I've been playing solo, which is great fun, although i'll need to find some teammates if I want to maximize my time alive. Today I began my best run yet... but i'm starting to regret some choices i've made.

I began in the small town of Novy Sobor, prior to this all my games had begun along the coast, but Sobor is deep inland, adjacent to the primary Airfield in the gigantic world of Chenarus. I creeped around and collected some things from the nearby church, while avoiding another survivor (or possibly bandit) who I only was aware of due to a few distant pistol shots from the other end of town. Maybe that survivor needed help, maybe they were looking for me, or maybe they died, it's hard to say but i was too concerned with crawling past various undead townsmen to bother.

After collecting some minor supplies, I jog to the outskirts and began moving across the fields towards where I thought the airfield was, going off a static map i found online without a compass and not having an ingame one to compare to made the journey long and confusing despite being only a few Kilometers from the landing strip. I tried to keep away from roads as it would be too easy to get caught walking down one, i stayed in the brush alongside. I kept my distance from structures and the zombies who guard them and booked it through a series of farms and orchards. 20 minutes later I reached the edge of the airfield.

A surprisingly long journey.

I found the place abandoned, except for a few shuffling zombies who i was able to get around quite easily, having not fired a shot, i reached the end of a row of hangars and began crouch walking past each of them, checking inside for anything i could use, I found some leftover cans of food, a few soda bottles, and in the 3rd hangar, something exciting, a M1014 shotgun with a dozen slugs. I grabbed it and holstered my handgun. It was then that I heard gunfire, and it was close.

Shotgun pointed, i moved my way slowly to the next hangar, leaned around the corner, and spotted something frightening. A survivor, searching through a pile of loot he found, a DMR on his back, he faced away from me. I didn't bother to negotiate, i fired a slug into him, and he dropped. Shocked, i moved towards the body to check if they were alive, a bullet wizzed by, another survivor, i assume his buddy, had been in the back corner covering the entrance, his bolt action sniper rifle failed him up close and before he could fire another shot i sent a volley of slugs towards him. He dropped and i began grabbing whatever gear i could from the hangar, the first survivor popped out of unconciousness and took one last shot at me, missed (Luck was on my side) and i fired more rounds at him and made sure he stayed dead.

At this point my character model changed to that of a bandit, no longer was I simply an innocent man trying to find his way after the world has ended, i was a killer, a prolific one, who slayed two innocent players without receiving a scratch and without bothering to approach things peacefully. Someone in chat swore at a bandit who killed them at the airfield, I knew they meant me. Fortunately they wouldn't respawn for some time. I grabbed an M16 that had been in the hangar and ignored the corpses. I was too shaken from the encounter to bother, which made the killing all the more worse, i didn't even want their stuff. A group of zombies had been stirred up by the gunfire and came looking for the shooter, with my new found assault rifle I quickly dispatched them.

At this point i made my mistake, i grabbed some more M16 magazines that were in an adjacent hangar and booked it away from the airfield. 10 minutes later a survivor reported several bodies in a hangar at the airfield, and warned others of a possible sniper. However the "Sniper" was long gone.I glanced at the stat screen and noticed that despite shooting two enemies, only one murder was registered, my second victim had fallen and played dead rather than fight back like his buddy, who i had put down. The second man must have crawled off after I ran from the airfield. I regretted clearing the zombies that were in his way. WIth my new found gear I set my sights on a nearby mountain top, turned my back on the airfield, and never looked back.

#2 Posted by Ramone (2966 posts) -

Day Z is so awesome

#4 Posted by Mutley (300 posts) -

Wow...Maybe I should look in to playing this too. That sounds awesome!

#5 Posted by JacDG (2124 posts) -

@Mutley said:

Wow...Maybe I should look in to playing this too. That sounds awesome!

It is really tempting, man it sounds like it could offer some cool, interesting and different scenarios that you don't encounter often in games.

#6 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

I wish I had any kind of money so I could buy Arma 2 and play Day Z.

#7 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

You can pretend you're dead in this game? Holy cows, Batman.

#8 Posted by Ramone (2966 posts) -

Anyone wanting to play should watch some of the numerous 'Let's Plays' on Youtube. They give you a good idea of what the expect in terms of bugginess and such and they are pretty entertaining to watch.

#9 Posted by Brendan (7807 posts) -

Well that was a disheartening story.

#10 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

@MikeGosot said:

You can pretend you're dead in this game? Holy cows, Batman.

I have no idea, I didn't hang out very long by those two dead guys, when you get badly wounded you get an unconscious timer, during which you appear dead, but once the timer stops you go to prone, I assume the pretend dude was just mortally wounded and not actually dead.

@Brendan said:

Well that was a disheartening story.

There's a moral to the story in there, somewhere.... yea it's kinda just me panicking and killing people, but it was unlike anything i've ever done in a game before, and those two people i killed found a way to get along, so clearly that's as much a possibility as becoming a psycho killer.

@rebgav said:

@Mikemcn: Your cowardice made for an entertaining story. I might have to buy Arma 2 CO now.

Rule 1 of DayZ is, when in doubt, run away. I was in some pretty serious doubt about sticking around at the scene of the crime.

@JacDG said:

@Mutley said:

Wow...Maybe I should look in to playing this too. That sounds awesome!

It is really tempting, man it sounds like it could offer some cool, interesting and different scenarios that you don't encounter often in games.

there's a ton of variables in play at every encounter, it makes for a unique experience each time. I've enjoyed the 5 or so hours i've played it so far.

#11 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Mikemcn: I can't fucking play this game. I would be so paranoic that i would try to kill people, shoot them twice in the head when they're down, and i wouln't even rob them, because i would run away from the zombies. Now that i think about it...
 
#12 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

This game sounds like a panic attack condensed into a game. I want more livestreams of this now.

#13 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

This game sounds like a panic attack condensed into a game. I want more livestreams of this now.

I got caught in a fire fight today where I found my hands actually shaking afterwards. I escaped at least. I get tense easily haha.

#14 Edited by JacDG (2124 posts) -

@Mikemcn said:

@JacDG said:

@Mutley said:

Wow...Maybe I should look in to playing this too. That sounds awesome!

It is really tempting, man it sounds like it could offer some cool, interesting and different scenarios that you don't encounter often in games.

there's a ton of variables in play at every encounter, it makes for a unique experience each time. I've enjoyed the 5 or so hours i've played it so far.

Sounds cool, when I was a little kid I used to love the idea of being alone against the whole world, sneaking around, enemies everywhere in an open environment while you were playing war (no idea if there is a game called War in English) with a whole lot of people and that kinda stuff, this game/mod sounds exactly like those games so I'll probably have to check it out at some point, probably when it is on sale.

#15 Posted by Draugen (649 posts) -

I just tried it for the first time today. Pitch dark, and only a few flares for company. I trudges around randomly, until I came across some powerlines. I followed them for God knows how long, until I got to a power station. I found a few zombies inside, but nothing I couldn't handle. The place was abandoned, and a goldmine of stuff. Eveything except flares of course, which I'd just ran out of. When I spotted another red glare in the distance, I abandoned the place, since I couldn't find anything in the dark anyway.

Then the flare went out, and I was left in utter darkness, shouting out for anyone in the area. No-one responded, and I disconnected as quickly as I could.

Because I was scared. :)

Brilliant mod.

#16 Posted by konig_kei (617 posts) -

Only thing I hate is that hunger and thirst persist after you close the game. Good mod though, love the constant feeling of danger.

#17 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

@konig_kei said:

Only thing I hate is that hunger and thirst persist after you close the game. Good mod though, love the constant feeling of danger.

They shouldn't, i've never experienced that, it might be a bug.

@Draugen said:

I just tried it for the first time today. Pitch dark, and only a few flares for company. I trudges around randomly, until I came across some powerlines. I followed them for God knows how long, until I got to a power station. I found a few zombies inside, but nothing I couldn't handle. The place was abandoned, and a goldmine of stuff. Eveything except flares of course, which I'd just ran out of. When I spotted another red glare in the distance, I abandoned the place, since I couldn't find anything in the dark anyway.

Then the flare went out, and I was left in utter darkness, shouting out for anyone in the area. No-one responded, and I disconnected as quickly as I could.

Because I was scared. :)

Brilliant mod.

Going out at night is so damn hard. you need a buddy to make it work.

#18 Posted by NegativeCero (3002 posts) -

God, I should play this. I demand a continuing series of your misadventures in Day Z.

#19 Posted by Skyrider (351 posts) -

Thoroughly enjoyed your post, man. This is why this mod is so crazy, it's not just proud bandits who kill other players, it's other survivors who experience a moment of panic when encountering people in unfamiliar territory. This is why I hide in the woods all day, everyday.

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#20 Posted by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

@Skyrider said:

Thoroughly enjoyed your post, man. This is why this mod is so crazy, it's not just proud bandits who kill other players, it's other survivors who experience a moment of panic when encountering people in unfamiliar territory. This is why I hide in the woods all day, everyday.

I got killed by my first bandit today because I made the mistake of exploring the coastal cities, ALWAYS GO NORTH! Its safer, quieter and more interesting because every other player you encounter is a new story. I too love the woods.

The character I was playing in the above story finally keeled over in a rather dramatic turn of events after 3 days survival, i should put something up about that...

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