So as far as I can tell, Day Z is pretty much the game that we've all been waiting for our entire lives. It's a mod for Arma 2: OA (or Combined Ops) and is in alpha, just having been released a few weeks ago ago... but it's exploded in popularity over the past weekend and for good reason it seems. The official site is http://www.dayzmod.com/ but it's down at the moment, presumably due to server overload. The server is an open world environment in a post-Soviet state, with an area of 225km (15km on each side). You spawn with a pistol and a handful of supplies, and your only goal is to survive by scavenging for gear. You require food and water to survive so you can't just hide somewhere, you have to keep moving to replenish your supplies or you will die. You are free to kill other players so be careful - many players roam in packs of bandits killing other survivors for their supplies. On top of that, there are fast zombies wandering around everywhere (especially in towns) which are drawn by noise. When you die, you are DEAD. You lose all your items and weapons and have to start over from scratch. New players spawn in the coastal area which is also prowled by bandits looking for easy kills. However if you log out without dying you will start in the same spot with the same supplies you had when you left, even if you join a different server (there are something like 10 servers, each a 64 player instance of the same huge map). The only thing that rolls over after death is your "humanity" score which is basically karma based on whether or not you are killing other players. I'm downloading it right now... looks incredible. For anyone looking for a more in depth idea of what the gameplay is like, check out this two-part RPS article about it (the second part is more interesting, so if you are pressed for time skip the first half): http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/05/10/thank-you-for-the-dayz-part-zero/ http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/05/14/surviving-in-day-z-part-two/ There is also a great Something Awful thread about Day Z which has mirrors for the download files as well as installation instructions for both Steam and non-Steam copies of Arma 2: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3481582 Needless to say, we need to get some HL2.ne--er, ValveTime.netters together and play. Take the fight to the bandits! edit: The mod's site is back up. The direct link to their file server is http://cdn.armafiles.info/ - to install just download all the rar's from that directory and extract them all to your Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead/addons/@dayz folder (you will have to create it - your Arma 2 folder is in steamapps/common if you have the Steam version) and put -nosplash [email protected] in launch options or shortcut.