There are lots of things you can do on your own in ZMR, but to unlock the true potential of the game you should play with other people. Not only will you find it easier to complete certain PvE missions, but having someone to watch your back can really come in handy at times.
The best way to make sure you have folks to play with is to make a few friends in game. ZMR has several ways to organize the players you’ll meet while playing (we’ll leave it up to you to find players you like killing zombies with): your friends list and your corporation (or corp, for short).
When you’re first starting out, your best bet for meeting new players is in the main lobby. Once you complete the tutorial missions and are at least level 2, you can start chatting with other players. Just hit the [ENTER] key and start typing. An interface will open up in the lower left-hand corner of your screen, and you can say whatever you want! (There are limits, of course. Use of profanity and hate speech are not only frowned upon, but against the EME code of conduct.) Note that chatting in the lobby area requires a megaphone.
Your default chat channel is the lobby, but you can also send private messages (/w to “whisper”).
Once you’ve played a few games and are ready to start building a group of online buddies, you’ll want to start adding people to your friends list. In the upper left-hand corner of your screen, there are three buttons. Selecting the top one brings up a list of who is currently in the same channel you are.
When you’ve found the player you want to add, you have several options. As shown above, you can click on the card icon and bring up your buddy’s business card. Then click the [Add] button, and you’ll receive a notification.
You can also right-click the player’s name and bring up a menu of options. Select the Add Friend option, or click [+ Friend] at the bottom of the window. Either will add the selected player to your friends list.
Now that you’ve added someone to your friends list, they show up on the Friends tab of the Social window. You can use this window to contact your buddies regardless of what channel they’re in, and you can also see their online status. Use the buttons at the bottom of the window to remove someone from your friends list, send them a private message, or add other friends whose names you know.
Select the button from the bottom of the window, and type your buddy’s name in the space provided. Click [Confirm] and you’re all set.
To remove someone from your list, right-click their name. This opens a menu of options, and you can select [Delete Friend]. You can also do this by selecting the button from the bottom of the Friends tab.
CAUTION: You won’t get a confirmation warning when removing someone from your friends list and the action cannot be undone. On the bright side, there are no penalties for adding them back at any time.
The next level of social participation in ZMR is the corp.
Shorthand for “corporation,” corps are a way for players to organize and communicate away from the public eye. They can use a private chat channel (/g from the chat window), and may also sponsor more involved forms of interaction (out-of-game chat, corporation-dedicated web pages, and so on).
To see a list of corps on your server, select the Corp tab from the top navigation bar. Compete with other corporations for a spot among the top 50, and track your standings on the corporate leaderboard.
You’ll be able to see where the corp’s members are located, how many players belong to it, and also whether or not they are hiring new employees.
If you’ve found a corp you want to join (most likely because one of your buddies belongs to it), highlight the corp’s name and click [Join].
Type a brief intro for yourself into the text window, and click [OK]. If you’re hired, the CEO will send you an invitation to join, and your business card will update with the corp’s name.
You’ll now have access to the corp’s employee list and employee interface. If for any reason you want to leave the corp, click [Quit the Corp] at the bottom of the interface.
Forming Your Own Corp
Once you’ve been playing for a while, you may want to form your own corp. The process is fairly simple, but there are a few requirements:
- You must be level 5 or above.
- You must have at least 50,000 gold.
- You cannot already be in a corp.
If you meet the above requirements, select the Store tab from the navigation bar, select the Gold tab, and purchase the Articles of Incorporation.
Next, go to your locker, and use the item as shown.
Enter a name for your corp, select a logo to represent you, indicate the zone you live in (so other players have an idea of who they’re playing with and when you might be online), and type up a brief mission statement for your group.
Once you’re set up, other players on the server will be able to see your corp and submit applications for membership. You can also directly invite players if you’d like, but it’s always a good idea to ask first.
Blocking and Reporting Players
You can also block players you don’t want to hear from in open chat. To do so, right-click their name from the lobby list, then select the Block option. If that player is on your friends list, you will need to remove them before blocking them.
You can remove someone from your blocked list at any time by highlighting their name on the Block tab, and then selecting the icon at the bottom of the window.
Note: Blocking a player only stops you from seeing their messages in chat—they can still make server-wide announcements using a megaphone and can still join open rooms you are playing in.
If you are concerned about another player’s actions in game or feel that they are engaging in behavior that violates the EME code of conduct, please use the report feature to let us know as soon as possible. As with other social interactions, highlight the player’s name, then right-click to bring up a menu. Select the Report option. You can also right-click a player's name from chat to report them.
When you start a report, an incident interface will come up in the center of your screen. Select one of the incident types from the drop-down menu, then type the nature of your complaint into the text box.