I can't join the server, what's wrong? Make sure you got the latest versions of all the necessary mods. If not, download them with DayZ Launcher. Beware, DayZ Launcher currently has a bug that sometimes loads the mods in the incorrect order when joining a server. In this case, try using the batch files which you can find in the server descriptions in the top menu of this website.
I'm new, what can I do to get started? If you're expecting militarized loot, tanks, jets and slow zeds, log out. If you're up for a challenge, check out the beginner's guide.
I'm starving, and I can't open food cans! You need a knife to open cans. Craft a knife from razors, cloth/bandages and a woodpile (press J to open the crafting menu)
I'm starving, and I can't find any food or drinks at all! Apart from the obvious supermarkets, try to loot zombies. Use a knife or machete to harvest pumpkins and sunflowers. Kill animals, gut them with your knife and cook the meat. There are wells in almost every village. To use a well, right-click an empty can/bottle when next to it. This also works for ponds.
I ate some food and drank soda, but why did it not satiate me? Every food item has a different nutrition value. For example, cooked meat is better than candy bars, and water is better than soda. You may have to eat/drink several items before you are fully satiated.
Why is there so much trash loot everywhere? Every item has a purpose. Press J to open the crafting menu and take a look at the recipes. Also try to right-click any item you may find.
I found a weapon, and now my scroll menu has a new option "add weapon to back", what is it? You can have 2 main weapons at the same time, one on your back and one in your hands. You can switch between them via scroll menu.
I looted many barracks and all I got is an AK and a P38, where are all the good guns? Basic guns are most commonly found, but you can upgrade them with attachments like scopes and silencers. High-end weapons are very rare, you can find them at certain loot events, or even craft them if you got the right parts.
Why no banks and coins? Welcome to the zombie apocalypse. No banking system, no virtual currency.
Where can I buy high caliber ammo/rockets for my APC/Heli? M2, Kord and DShKM are the highest calibers available (buyable at the supertraders). Anything above that is overpowered and would imbalance the gameplay.
Why PVE? There are enough PVP servers out there.
It's so dark, can I vote for day? No day/night voting. After each server restart, it's gonna be about 4 hours of day and then 2 hours of night.
Why do I have 500k humanity? You went to the Ranger camp and became a ranger. Ranger humanity is outside the usual Hero/Bandit humanity, thus the high number. See the ranger guide for details.
Why is my screen suddenly colored and I'm hearing strange noises? You found an anomaly! See the events guide for details.
I found someone's base, am I allowed to take stuff from it? Only if it's already in a state of decay (ie. the owner did not maintain it). When in doubt, ask an admin.