These Guys Went To The Real DayZ Island, Dressed Up And Took Pictures

Zombie survival mod DayZ takes place in the nation of Chernarus, which sounds entirely made-up, but it's only mostly made-up. The geography of the map is actually lifted from a real-world location, around Povrly, in the north of the Czech Republic.

Sure, there's no ocean in the Czech Republic (only ArmA/DayZ devs Bohemia Interactive), but as you can see from this comparison here, the real Povrly's river matches the outline of the fictional Chernarus' coastline almost perfectly. Same goes for the rest of the terrain, right down to the location of towns and even buildings. It's so close, in fact, that aside from the names of the towns, you could use the game's map to navigate the actual location in the real world.

Which is what makes this cosplay expedition so awesome. They're not only in costume, complete with authentic props like guns, beans and, um, soft drinks, but they're walking the actual roads and actual hills featured in the game/mod. There aren't many video games that let you get that into something.

Tour de Zombies 2012 - Chernarus IRL Trip [Imgur, via @FoltynD]


    How are these guys allowed to run around the countryside with assault rifles?

    I don't know much about the Czech Republic but I thought it was one of those countries that running around the countryside looking all paramilitary was likely to get you shot by the real military?

      Probably just replicas.

      Reminds me of the people that do the S.T.A.L.K.E.R larping around Chernobyl.

      Eh could easily be airsoft guns.

      First of all, it are probably Airsoft guns, airsoft guns are replicas of weapons wich shoot little plastic balls, second of all are you a retard thinking that Dayz and the whole map was in Czech Republic, never heard of Chernobyl etc.? its freaking somewhere in Russia.

        Yes, it is a part of Czech Republic, northern bank of Elbe River (southern bank is a sea in the game), Check out the map around town "Usti nad Labem" in Czech Rep and see for yourself.

    shitty trigger discipline

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