I might turn this into a blog post, but if I open up Wordpress rather than a gist editor I'll think too much and end up not posting anything. So...
I'm finding DayZ Standalone to be a really compelling experience. At lot of this I owe to the fact that I'm playing with @Thayer, @bamblesquatch, @tomnatt and @dsfan10 who are fun to play with. But the game itself, even at this early stage, has a lot to get hooked on.
Firstly, its a really beautiful game. I've spent several sessions just roaming the landscape away from all of the towns, cities, zombies and other players. In the dreary, wet winter evenings it's nice to drop-into an "eternal day" server and just roam the countryside.
Secondly, the survival mechanics, whilst still being developed, are nuanced and more complex than I've seen in other FPS's that I've played. The need to regulate hydration, food intake, health, bleeding and shock, makes the simple fact of fi