I wanted to round out on 2016 with some memorable standout happenings around DayZ this year, in no particular order:
The amazing, brilliant, erudite, eloquent, intelligent and different people that are brought together by DayZ there are no borders, there’s just the pure truth and love of the community
Howard, Jarl and Luc, you guys are fucking nuts
Helping out someone who’d almost single handedly police’d the community get over the line with their new PC after finding out they were so close
Helping a [fairly] random person with a replacement to their all time favourite mouse after they broke theirs
Singing Weiner Schnitzel with Sir Toasty
Multiplay for keeping a server up all year with a fairly hard to find configuration
TheRunningManZ leaving his job and his community seemingly making it work for him, and for letting me get drunk in his stream and blathering like a twat
M1ndr getting feisty about badly timed donations (and his cooking stream)
Tope and his clan for being able to become monsters at the drop of a hat, and for letting me reszta mojego penisa na jego ramieniu babci
The Mods that change tone for different streamers and keep it all honest
DayZ for prompting me to do some mad hardware stuff in the pursuit of FPS
The Dev Team for doing so much work and for doing all the things no one realises they’re doing
Hicks, DH and Baty for understanding that most of the time discovering something is more joyful than being told it, and finding the balance
Geez for somehow making order out of complete chaos
The arseholes who constantly moan about the same things and allowing me to feel superior
The Czech Republic for being full on beautiful, and for kind of letting me know it in a not knowing it completely weird kind of way
The status updates which must be a ball breaker for all concerned
The guy who felt like he was just in front of me taking all the good loot
All the leg breaks
Twitch for being The Future of Television
Anyone that’s ever made a DayZ youtube video or had a pop at streaming DayZ, ever
Anyone got anything to add?
So is it a scope viewport rendered ?
A while ago the server was logged on GameTracker for a few reasons
We’ve unregistered the server from there now for a few reasons
Well, it’s like trying to get the shower to be the right temperature
So I’m trying an experiment
Since snipping to 40 the server hasn’t really gone above 10 players which is too low, so let’s turn it back up to 50 to see if that’s an effect
See how it pans out
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.
Thanks for the loot guys… yours Pumpkin 😉
We are not Pro Snipers
Here’s another remarkably useful detritus cleaning trinket
(If you use it, it’ll probably be good, but don’t blame me if it goes wrong)
For that box fresh graphics feeling
Sometimes it’s fun to give people the benefit, sometimes it doesn’t work out.
Running DayZ on an SSD is a Good Thing
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
Dayz is massively unoptimised right now and everything you can do to streamline your machine will increase Frames per Second and Graphics
Putting the game files on an SSD is good
Tweaking your DayZ Settings is also good
But optimising your processor can also make a difference
One of the best things to do is to park the DayZ process and then prioritise it using Process Lasso, click on the image to go download it
Once you’ve got it installed, set the profile to Gaming
You could also think about maaybe (depending if your cooling is cool) permanently increasing the DayZ priority.
ALT+Tab out of it
open Process Lasso and find the DayZ process and set it to Above Normal or something
Remember to play with other things, if you run Kaspersky Anti Virus you might want to make sure this is set:
IMPORTANT: I really don’t know what I’m doing dicking with this stuff so if it breaks your computer it’s not my fault