New Chernarus Plus Map in Upcoming Day-Z Standalone

Reddit user TheAngryKat posted this fascinating look at the new map for DayZ. As we know, the old map from the mod has increased in size. We also know that many more buildings are enter-able, and things have been added in.


If everyone still spawns on the coasts then the far north will be a very dangerous place. If the spawn points are scattered all over the map then the hotzones will concentrate around military or high-value areas.
New Map

Have You Ever Wanted to See the REAL Chernarus? Now You Can!

I can’t figure if these are totally awesome or completely insane.  Maybe a little form column A and a little from column B. They have traveled to the region of the Czech Republic that Chernarus is based on. We have all seen the pic of the Stary Sabor sheet metal building, and a few other shot like that. These guys and girls have taken things much further. They have gone to a lot of the real locations with their ArmA 2 map in hand.

Not to mention there is some really great cosplay/airsoft type of stuff going on complete with the right color Heinz beans! I really need to get my hands on one of those cans, just to have a little piece of DayZ history.

Forget the game for a while and just soak in the scenery. A lot of these little ponds and fences and stuff are really spot on. The game designers did a great job of bringing the country side to us. There really is a lot enjoy here, so get to it! Thanks to Nagasawa for posting the gallery.


“The Freeside Trading Company” by Joss, The DayZ War Photographer

“Photojournalism from the fronts lines of the Chenarus infestation.”

Trust is a finite resource on Chenarus, but it’s a commodity that the boys of the Freeside Trading Company must rely on. 

Click here to read more about our war correspondent Joss.

(Gallery of full-sized images at the bottom of the page)

A customer is met at the entrance before being escorted into the Trading Post.

When two people meet on Chenarus, usually one of them ends up dead. But the Freeside Trading Company is attempting to carve out a little piece of civilization in a world dominated by mistrust and desperate aggression. They are doing this in the face of banditry, zombie infestation and relentless hacker attacks.

The Company is run by three main officers: Publik, Vulwulf and Kurkistan. When Publik first contacted me he told me that they had managed to set up a working trading post on Chenarus. Every weekend they meet, customers turn up and they facilitate trades between the people who arrive. I was impressed. How could this even be possible? It seemed to me like a logistical nightmare. When I asked Vulwulf why it is that they do this he told me: “I can’t give you a really good answer as to why I do it – why we do it… So many people had said ‘this is a great idea but it isn’t possible’. I did it half to prove them wrong and half to do something amazing.” They have certainly achieved this goal.

After being met on the coast I am driven to the trading post in one of the Company’s vehicles.

When I arrived at the camp I was even more impressed. Barbed wire, tank traps and sandbags have been placed to force customers through a prescribed route through the camp and into the customer holding area. Customers are met a short distance outside of camp and are escorted by two members of the company whenever they wish to enter or leave. They must walk at all times, never run and have their weapons lowered. They are constantly watched by ever-vigilant guards. Customers must all stay inside the holding pen at all times and sit on the floor when not making a trade. That can either trade with each other or sometimes directly with the Company itself. The whole operation runs smoothly and efficiently with everyone aware of their roles.

Kurkistan puts down an errant zombie

The Company faces a problem. It’s the big one. The hackers. Every single op they run is a huge target for those looking to test out their new hacks. I had only been at the trading post for an hour before a hacker ran a script that insta-killed everyone on the server, and the hackers are taking their toll. Publik speaks of an “utter lack of morale at this point with all the bullshit that we pull. DayZ at the moment is kinda run by the hackers. It’s sad but true.”

A group of traders is escorted out having concluded their evening’s trading. Just moments they and everyone else on the server were killed instantly by a hacker’s script.

So why are the company still trading in the face of this onslaught? “Every time I see a post on the forums saying ‘you guys are doing a great job, we traded with you guys and despite what’s happening with the hackers you should keep going’ that is what keeps me going.”

Juicebox, a charismatic and confident combat officer, told me: “It’s the greatest game I’ve ever played when you actually fight someone that’s legit. It’s the most intense feeling I’ve ever had. That’s why I keep playing, just hoping for that fair fight.”. Then Vulwulf chimes in: “We actually had a legit attack on Friday’s op. From what I gathered from the radio chatter during the confusion there were 8 of them. We had killed four and lost two of ours. We were laying down suppressing fire while a team of three led by Kurkistan tried to flank them. Then just as they were coming up on their flank a hacker teleported us all to Solnichniy and tried to blow us all up with a satchel charge. Even with the hacker attack it was still the most fun I’d had during an op.”

A counter-sniper team including Juicebox, Xyro and Kitrick keep a vigilant watch over the Trading Post and constantly scan the treelines for possible attackers.

I was along for the ride during trading hours last Sunday when they suffered their most devastating attack to date, which ended with an explosive finale. For once the attackers appeared to be genuine non-hackers. They were highly organized and on this occasion the Freeside Trading Company were bested. Their number were diminished quite possibly due to the morale issues cited by Publik – ten players, four new. According to Vulwulf this is “what I consider just enough people to safely defend Devil’s Castle.” I was atop the tower photographing of one of their sniper team when it happened. The shot rang out and the sniper fell to floor before my eyes. I immediately hit the deck and crawled panicking back down into the tower. The radio chatter became furtive as the Company responded. Snipers manned their posts, the guards on the gate readied for battle and a team was designated to mount a counter attack on the snipers, to be led by Juicebox. This team needed another member and, tempted by the thought of the amazing action that might greet the lens of my camera, I volunteered. Big mistake.

Santaman the guard hops his bunker wall to clean up a few zeds.



Click read the rest of this entry below to finish this article and see more screen shots


Continue reading is Proud to Welcome Joss to the Team

“I’m So Ronery…. pic by Joss”

It has been a hell of an adventure putting this site together over the last couple weeks. My initial call for artists, screenshots, writers, and talent had a lot of responses, but no one has stepped up to the plate. Now I have more of a mindset of “don’t call us, we’ll call you”. Having said that if anyone wants to contribute, please do. is averaging 2,000 to 3,000 hits a day and we are growing all the time.

So let me introduce the man right now, meet Joss. DayZ survivor and screen shotter extraordinaire. I discovered his work on (user: Foolishnun) His nice clean images, and wide cinematic framing is what caught my eye and I thought this style would be great for the site. We have worked out a deal where I get to use his art, and the readers get to know him and his work. Joss is also offering his services as a war correspondent for you and your clan. He will follow you around and document your exploits. Hopefully your exploits don’t include actual exploits.

“Good Will Hunting 2 Looks Fucking Awesome! pic by Joss”

Joss stays very busy with not only his Chernorus exploits, but other art and music projects as well. He runs a blog called “We Are Unfinished Artists” which finds peoples old art, craft, and fashion projects and puts them out in the world for others to finish. They actually hold workshops in the real-world meatspace of Birmingham, UK where they invite people to come in  and either drop off their unfinished art, or to help finish a neglected piece. Please visit his site here, or contact

Not being content just working in the physical realm, he also works on music. Check out his band here: El Burro. Their song “Bang” sounds to me like a cross between some good old punk/ska, Monty Python (Americans think everything British reminds them of Monty Python), maybe with some… zombies added in? That middle ambient section could definitely have some zombies in it. Or have I just been playing too much DayZ and am now hearing things? El Burro has been described as “Syd Barrett trapped in an Atari, or a summer morning ruined by overzealous birds“.

“Nice Trigger Discipline There Bud. pic by Joss”

Either way I am glad to have him on the team. I will be using a lot of his shots over the coming months, and after a few get posted he will have a dedicated page to show off his amazing vistas and perspectives. Please comment below and tell us what you think.

Russia vs. Canada: the duality of man.

I got started with DayZ a little bit too late to experience the Kumbaya-singing, bean-swapping, tent-sharing earliest days of the mod. To me “friendly in Cherno?” is a death knell, not a cry for help. KOS (or kill-on-sight if you are new to military shooters) is the mantra and mindset now. For whatever it’s worth at least there is less of a let-down once you are betrayed. I knew all along that was a distinct possibility, if not a certainty.

If there is a little bit of a DayZ utopia going on, it *would* be in Canada. Either there or Switzerland. Anyone play on a Swiss server? I bet they run like a clock… The Russian servers, on the other hand, I am too scared to enter lest my credit-card number *and* my precious loot gets stolen.


Friendly in Cherno: Russia vs. Canada