When the server was started it was because I wanted a configuration I couldn’t find anywhere else.
I wanted public hive, because of the great, non-cliquey meetings it generates, really random encounters where you do not know what the outcome will be.
I wanted as minimal a HUD as I could make to help with immersion, just simply to enjoy the beauty of the game
I wanted 1PP because I beleive it not only gives the best immersive feel, but it also is more ‘real’, the 3PP camera manipulation for advantage is just ridiculous. I also love 1PP for the blinker effect, you can run right past people and not see them.
The server was always low slots, because there’s a balance in DayZ, I think you don’t want to always find people, you want to have time to relax into the game, have time to Explore and move around. For a meeting to not be a certainty. Post apocolyptic meetings should be few and far between, but be a real experience when they do happen.
DayZ had some bad times at the end of .59 and no one noticed. As .60 came in I was able to help my DayZ Bruddas get on a .60 Stable server, so the slots were maxed to 50 and the server has been visited by thousands of people. I’m very glad to have been able to furnish slots for people to play.
But a 50 slot server isn’t the game *I* want to play. Every time we play we meet someone. That meeting generally ends in a shootout. It’s lost it’s randomness. Every time you play, there’s a shootout. It’s not fun.
Over the last couple of days the frenzy of .60 has dissipated somewhat and the server isn’t maxed at peak times. Slots cost money. I’m paying to not play the game I want to play.
For these reasons, the server has been stepped down to 40 slots, to try and spread players out some. It may step down to 30 slots to spread players out even more.
If you’ve any thoughts on this, please let me know.
Running DayZ on SHDDS is a Good Thing (but not as good as an SSD)
RAID 0ing drives to increase data throughput is a Good Thing
All that stuff is fun and much better than HDD rust spinners
There’s another way if you’ve got a load of RAM kicking about, bang DayZ in a RAMDisk
The first thing to do is to set up a RAMDisk, you’ll need it to be about 15Gig, so you’re machine really needs to be having a shedload of RAM in it to run the RAMDisk and the game (I’ve tried it at 28GG and 32GB with 15GB RAMDisks and it was fine)
According to tests I’ve seen this puppy is one of the fastest RAMDisks
You need to download it and install it and setup a 15Gb ish RAM drive
In all honesty I can’t help you too much here, I find it hard to setup, but it’s do-able
I find it hard because I don’t want it automounting on boot n that
Generally it’s kinda easy
Okay, then you need to move the game files onto it
YOU CANT JUST COPY THEM
You need to create a Junction for Steam to follow
A Junction is a bit like a pointer, you go to the old directory and the OS pretends all the moved files are still there
There’s a great program for moving files for Steam, surprisingly it’s called SteamMover, you can get it here:
It’ll move your game files into the RAMDisk (and back again if you need to)
If you cock with this and it kills you’re machine it’s not my fault, but it’s fun and makes a difference if you’ve got enough RAM