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Compared to other gaming communities, our requirements are quite stern. We aim to be a serious and mature role-playing community and since all content in game is created by you - the players - we must demand the same from all our members. Here are a few requirements that you need to meet before joining DayZRP:
- Forget all your old DayZ habits. No shooting on sight, no exploiting bugs, no loot cycling or duping, no camping or hunting other survivors. This community is about role playing. We are NOT a simple "no-KoS" server. Everything like gear, weapons or vehicles in game are secondary objectives, your primary one is to create authentic role play with other players.
- Have a clean sheet. We have an absolute zero tolerance policy for cheating, exploits or any attempt thereof. If we find out you've been cheating in any competetive multiplayer games, received a BattlEye global ban or have recent VAC bans on your Steam account you will be immediately blacklisted or banned from DayZRP without any questions asked.
- All members must carefully read the community and server rules, this newcomer guide and Frequently Asked Questions before considering joining or asking questions.
The first step in joining the DayZRP community is the account registration. In order to register click on the "Sign Up" button in the top right corner. Make sure to read the registration agreement carefully, it contains important information that may be useful later on when you post on the forums or apply for whitelist. Once you've read and accepted the agreement you will have to enter the usual information - your desired username, password and your email. Make sure to use a username that is Safe For Work, does not contain any profanities and is generally in good taste. Also, make sure that you are happy with your name, as after you register the only way to change your username is by buying a certain premium level or the name change service. You also have to answer the security question, try using Google if you're not sure about the answer.
Once you have registered, check your email for activation link which you have to click in order to active your account. Accounts that are not activated within 24 hours will be deleted. DayZRP allows only one account per user, connected to one email address and one steam account. Any violation of this could result in the removal and/or blacklist of your account from our services. Multiple accounts are not allowed.
Your account is your sole responsibility. All actions taken on your account or Steam accounts connected to your DayZRP account will hold you accountable. Please make sure to properly restrict access to your DayZRP account, for example make sure to always log out from the website when browsing the forums from school or other public places. Do not allow anyone else to use your website account or your Steam account to play on our servers. Sharing accounts is not allowed.
All users can set an avatar - a small image that will be displayed next to all your posts and on your public profile. Different user groups get different avatar sizes and formats. You can always check the full list of user group perks in the Premium store page. Currently the avatar perks are as follows:
- Member: 100x100px, max 25kB
- Supporter: 125x150px, max 50kB
- Contributor, Sponsor, Patron: 150x200px, max 100kB
- Hall of Famer, Tycoon: 150x200px, max 500kB, animated GIFs allowed
If you're having trouble meeting the file size restrictions, try using TinyPNG. Upload your image to TinyPNG first to optimize it and then try using the image you get from there as your avatar.
Signature is the text or image that appears below users posts on the forums. Only registered users who have more than 100 posts on the forums or premium users can use signatures. We have some rules regarding the size and content of signatures:
- The maximum signature size is 800x120px. Please keep the file size to a minimum using TinyPNG. Upload your image to TinyPNG first to optimize it and then upload the result file to an image host like Imgur.
- Signatures may not contain any animated features or media, this includes WebM videos, mp3 audio, GIFs etc. All images must be static.
The reputation system is a point system where users award each other "Beanz" for helpful or insightful posts. Other content can be given beanz too, such as profile status updates and many other things. Every post has a "GIVE BEANZ" button at the bottom right corner of it, which you can click to give that user BeanZ for their post. You can give maximum of 5 BeanZ per day, unless you are a Tycoon rank whom can give 10 BeanZ per day. Any BeanZ that the staff deems to be spam or given for illegitimate reasons may be deleted.
DayZRP uses a custom warning system that is used to track and punish community and game rule breaks. All members start with 0 warning points and the maximum warning is 30 points, if you reach 30 warning points you are automatically permanently banned from the DayZRP community. You can always check your current warning level and your warning history by going to your profile page accessible from a drop down menu next to your username at the top right of the page.
For in game rule breaks we use a ban strike system - all in game rule breaks give you at least 1 ban strike which is equivelent to 10 warning points or 33%. So, 3 ban strikes equals a permanent ban.
For other community rule breaks, staff decides the appropriate amount of warning points, it is usually between 3-5 warning points for lesser offences and banstrikes (10 points) for more severe ones.
When you receive a warning it has a certain expiry date set by staff. The warnings expire after this time and your warning level will go down again, however the warnings are never erased from your history and may be a factor when deciding punishments in the future. The length of a warning is based on the amount of warning points you have received in the last 90 days. This goes for all warning points, both from forum or in game actions.
- 0 - 15 warning points received in the last 90 days = next warning will last for 1 month
- 16 - 30 points = 2 months
- 31 - 45 points = 3 months
- 46+ = permanent warning until the admin team decides to revoke it
Example: Rolle has gotten 2 banstrikes (20 points) in the last 90 days. His next warning will last for 2 months!
There are other optional settings that may provide more features for your account if you buy a Premium rank.
- Contributors and higher are able to have an animated GIF cover photo on their profile, similar to the GIF avatars.
- Sponsors and higher are able to have a background music playing on their profile pages. If you are this rank or higher, a new field will appear on the edit profile page where you can enter URL to the mp3 file to be played.
- Patrons and higher are able to have a background image on their profile pages. If you are this rank or higher, a new field will appear on the edit profile page where you can enter URL to an image that will cover your profile page.
- Tycoons can change their username color freely. Additionally their name can be animated and smoothly switch between two colors. If you are this rank or higher, a new field will appear on the edit profile page where you can enter URL to an image that will cover your profile page.
All DayZRP game servers are whitelisted. This means that you cannot join them unless you go through a whitelisting process. This process makes sure that you are familiar with our rules and have gone through the required security checks before you are allowed to role play with other players. The whitelist process can look intimidating and complicated, however it is quite straight forward. The current DayZRP whitelist consists of 6 steps:
- 1. Steam login
You will have to log in through OpenID system using your Steam credentials. You can do that by either signing up for an account using Steam or by going to your account settings here. The process is completely safe and your password is only sent to Steam servers. After you successfully log in, Steam sends us an encrypted confirmation that you have successfully logged in to your Steam account. We will then gather some information about your account neccessary for whitelisting, like SteamID, DayZ GUID, check if you own the game or if you have any recent VAC bans.
- 2. Whitelist disclaimer
Once you've completed the Steam login you can access the whitelist page. You must read and acknowledge the whitelist information and disclaimer before continuing.
- 3. Passphrase and age
A pretty straight forward step, you have to enter your age and the passphrase. The passphrase is located on the rules page. If you are trouble finding the passphrase, check our FAQ.
- 4. Rule questions
This step is the most important one. You will have to answer 15 randomly picked questions with multiple choice answers provided. The questions are from three categories: community rules, game rules and lore. You must answer all questions correctly in order to proceed with the whitelist. If you fail, your application will be denied and you will have to wait for a certain amount of time (also known as the whitelist cooldown, more information below) before you can apply again.
- 5. Character background
Congratulations, you have answered all the questions correctly, you must know our rules inside out by now! In this step you will have to write a background story for a character that you would like to play on DayZRP. Try to make the story realistic as well as compatible with the official lore. We will check your writing and story telling skills as well as test your lore knowledge. Do NOT use a story someone else wrote or one that you found online. Do NOT use fillers (spam space or other characters/words) in order to meet the length requirement. Those things will result in you being blacklisted! We also do NOT allow the use of famous characters like celebrities or characters from movies, series or other games.
- 6. About you
Almost there! Here you will have to write something about yourself, who you are, if you had any previous role playing experience, why you want to join our community. It is to get to know you better and see if you will be a good candidate for our next community member.
After step 6 you will be presented with the information you have put in in steps 5 and 6 and will be able to double check them before submitting your application. Once submitted, your application will await to be handled by one of the administrators. Sometimes it can take minutes, sometimes hours and during heavy traffic periods - days. Please be patient, the applications are done in order they are submitted.
Have you failed your application? Don't worry, you can try again in a short while, but be careful as you are normally limited to 5 attempts to whitelist! Use the cooldown time to check the rules again and learn from the mistakes you have done. The time you have to wait before each attempt is called a whitelist cooldown. The cooldown is equal to 4 hours * the number of times you have been rejected, which means the timeout increases every time you fail. This timeout is in place in order to allow you to reflect on your application and think it through before submitting it once again. Please do not contact staff about the cooldown, it cannot be shortened or removed. However, Premium users have their timeout cut in half (only 2 hours * the number of times you have been rejected).
Now that you're whitelisted, it's time to play! In order to join our servers make sure to set your server browser filter to 0 ping and filter for name "DayZRP". You should get our servers listed after a minute or two. Add them to your favorites for easy access next time!
Before joining remember the naming rules! You must use a realistic first and last name for your character, using only a nickname is not allowed! You can change your name on the main menu screen. If you're new using voice can sometimes be intimidating, but we strongly recommend to start using it as soon as possible. Your accent does not have to be perfect and most players you meet will show understanding if you let them know in chat using OOC (//text) that you are new.
If you're a new player we strongly recommend you to play as a normal survivor for a while, to get accustomed to the rules and how they work in game. Starting out as a bandit who robs and kills people without an extensive preperations can lead to swift bans for rule breaks. You can also take advantage of our Official Mentor Programme.
For in depth role-play video guide, see the next tab.
DayZRP staff team provides you with personal support, in case you have questions, problems with your account or whitelist or other community related issues. When asking for help try to gather as much information as possible prior to contacting us, as that will make your experience better and our work easier. First and foremost you should always contact a Support first, no matter what your problem is. Even if it may be something that you think only an admin can fix, a Support staff member will be able to assess the scope of your issue and escalate it to an available administrator if needed. Contacting an admininistrator directly may not always get you a response or reply in timely manner, if the questions or problem is trivial or can be solved by lower rank staff members.
DayZRP community relies heavily on moderation and enforcement of our rules. Our staff members are our most valuable assets, without them none of this would be possible. We are continuously searching for dedicated and talented individuals who are willing to give their time and effort and help our community grow and prosper.
Every staff rank has its own tasks and responsibilities. While we work as single unit, your main focus should be on your ranks main responsibilities. The current hierarchy of the staff is the following.
Support (S) Moderator (Mod) Game Master (GM) Administrator (Admin)
Staff group tasks:
Support - 1st line support, answering questions and solving user problems on forums and TeamSpeak.
Moderator - forum moderation and advanced Support tasks.
GameMaster - handling reports, ban appeals, ingame moderation.
Administrator - back end administration, staff recruitment and guidance, whitelist, Search & Destroy operations.
If you're interested in becoming a staff member, head over to the staff recruitment forum and submit an application.
The large majority of all user issues are resolved on our TeamSpeak server, which is the fastest way to contact a staff member.
The address is "ts.dayzrp.com" and the password is "dayzrp".
In order to gain access to channels further than the Helpdesk, Newcomers Channel, Lobby, and AFK you must add your TeamSpeak UUID here.
Remember that when on our TeamSpeak server you are required to use your website username, which should automatically sync once you complete the integration above.
Our staff team usually mans the Helpdesk channel 24/7, you can either poke one of the free Support (S) or join the "Waiting for staff help" channel and someone will help you shortly.
You should only use PM to get help if instructed by a staff member or if the other attempts of support did not help.