Back into the fray. I was pleased to note that I was still pretty well equipped from the last time I'd logged off months ago, despite the many changes and updates to the game.
I found myself in a deserted town. I was well-armed with a rifle, a pistol, and a .357 revolver for which I had no ammunition. Additionally, I had plenty of shotgun shells and first aid supplies.
What I didn't
have was food, and I was pretty low on water. Finding those two essentials became my first mission.
I thought about approaching the airfield, but I heard gunshots and hit the deck. I don't think they were aimed at me, but I decided to hit the road before I encountered somebody.
I encountered my first and second zombies right about then. The first one I simply shot. But, in lieu of wasting ammo, I decided to use my trusty fire axe.
It proved to be less trusty than I recalled. It used to drop the walkers in one blow. It took several to drop this guy, and he got in some good licks in the process. Victorious, I bandaged myself and continued on my way. (In this instance, the painful clunkiness of the ARMA II engine proved frustrating. Basic movements are very awkward.)
A search of a bombed out car netted me 25 rounds of .45ACP ammo!
At this point I was getting hungry. I followed the road and saw a town off in the distance. I decided to go search some houses and see if I could find some food.
Success! My house searching paid off. I found a can of beans, holed up in a second-story room, and ate greedily.
Even better, I found this baller cowboy hat! I'm riding out the apocalypse in style.
Moving on, I decided to approach on of the larger towns and see what was going on. One of the things about DayZ is that you have to make your own missions. Once you're equipped, there really isn't anything for you to do other than to wander around and maybe murder other players.
Once in town I moved carefully. There are way too many angles to cover by yourself.
It's easy to get complacent, and you're limited by the field-of-view of the game. You need to approach situations cautiously.
To better scout the town, I made my way to the top floor of a tall building and looked around. I heard gunshots, but couldn't tell where any of them were coming from.
This seemed as safe a place as any to camp out, however. I decided to take a load off here. It'll be just my luck that when I respawn, I'll appear five stories in the air and fall to my death (it's happened before).
That's all for now!