How do I install and play the Day Z mod for Arma 2?
I'd like to install and play the Day Z mod for Arma 2, but the web page for the mod doesn't give very specific instructions. Simply dropping the .rar files into the specified directories seems to be insufficient.
I'd like a step by step process for installing and launching this mod. I purchased the game through Steam, if distribution method matters.
This process has gotten a lot simpler since the question was originally asked.
The DayZ site now recommends and links a launcher which installs the mod, updates it, and even lets you launch the game from it. Turns the entire process into a few simple clicks, and has the stamp of approval from the DayZ team so that you don't have to worry about running an unsupported executable.
For DayZ to run, you need both Arma II and its expansion, Operation Arrowhead (which you have if you've purchased Arma 2: Combined Operation).
I can confirm that this **does** work with ARMA II free as well. Just make sure you follow these directions *(particularly, steps 3 and 4 - you can skip step 5, the launcher does that for you)*. I also had to verify my game cache after everything was done to get it to work, a problem a lot of people are having apparently.