Getting Started

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First of all, welcome to the Asylum community and we hope this guide will help you start out! This guide will hopefully cover every topic you will get confronted with as a new player. If you have any questions, you can always ask other players in-game, search the Asylum Wiki, or create a topic on the Asylum forums.

Check out our official Gaming Asylum Website!

Track your own stats in game and look up public leader boards on our My Asylum Website!

Before playing, we highly recommend creating an account on the Asylum Forums and optionally introducing yourself. You can find lots of additional information there too. This account will also help you fill out any support tickets or applications.


Unfortunately, at times, there might be someone that breaks a server rule, a hacker messes up the server, or your game bugs out. We highly recommend recording all of your gameplay (with a recommended video length of 6 minutes) to report any rule violations or request compensation from a server issue or to even protect yourself from a report against you. This will serve as the best evidence in all of your reports and will greatly aid our staff in assisting you in troubles. Recommended recording programs include ShadowPlay and OBS.

If you have an Nvidia Graphics driver, use this quick guide to have ShadowPlay set up for in-game in no time.

Server Rules

Before you play on our servers, review our Server Rules, you can be reported if you break them and might be punished for doing so. Our Staff will review reports carefully and take action appropriately if you are banned you can submit an appeal.

If you need to report a player for a rule break, create a support ticket. Furthermore, refer to the Reporting guide for further information.

Arma 3 Basics

If you are new to ARMA 3 and haven’t figured out the basics of ARMA 3 controls, combat, etc. It might be a good idea to start a boot camp from the ARMA 3 main menu. This will quickly walk you through the information you need to know.

Spawn screen

Here you will choose the location (city/house) you will spawn at.

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Logging into our servers for the first time will give you $10000 starting cash.

We recommend starting out in Athira, it is a city centered on the map with multiple areas to branch out to and make money. We recommend avoiding Kavala as a new player.

You may also familiarise yourself with our Altis map and locations.

Role Play

While Asylum is a light RP server, it is recommended (and required at times) to role play. Freely use your imagination but always follow server rules.


While vocal Direct Chat will probably be the way you interact with other civilians the most, there are other useful chats, accessible by pressing <,> on your keyboard.

Side Chat - This is the global chat for only your faction (Civilian, Police, Medic). This chat is useful for asking questions or long-distance communication. Be sure to follow server rules when using it.

Group Chat - This chat is specific to your formed group or gang. Outside players cannot see this.

Vehicle chat - This chat is for all occupants of a vehicle. It is useful when Direct Chat is too quiet inside.

Useful Key bindings

U - Unlock/lock vehicles and doors (As long as you have keys to the vehicle/the house).

Y - Brings up your cell phone. It has many useful applications on it.

T - Access Virtual Inventory (Look at a vehicle/crate and press T to open the menu).

Caps Lock - Voice chat (Make sure you’re talking in the right channel else people will not hear you). This is the only Asylum key bind you can change in Arma 3 settings.

Scroll wheel - Scrolling is used for most interactions (ATMs, Medical, player, gather actions) on Asylum. This also is used by most Arma 3 interactions. You must press space on the highlighted option to activate it.

  • If this does not show any options, try pressing the Escape key.

H - Holsters your weapon. You may press 1 or 2 on your keyboard to bring them out again.

Tab - Raises your hands. At times you may be asked by criminals, bounty hunters, or the Police to raise your hands.

2x Left Ctrl - Lowers your weapon so that you are not pointing it at other players. Press again to raise it.

Custom Action 12 - Puts in earplugs. You must set the lowered volume first in the phone settings.

You also have other useful keybinds possible via Custom Controls.


While playing on Asylum you will gain experience to level up and acquire talent points.

Talents allow you to do certain things in-game or help you make money by giving you certain advantages.

There are 19 talent points you can have at the same time out of a total of 56, so you will have to pick wisely. But do not worry, you can always unlearn a talent at all times using your phone, although it will charge you a fee of $1,500 directly from your bank account.

For more information regarding talents, refer to the Talents Guide.


While you may freely walk around the island, you may want to travel using vehicles.

For new players, your best choices will be a quad, offroad, or hatchback.

Vehicles can be purchased, stored, and pulled out at the DMV of all cities. You will have to pay a small garage fee for them except for the quad.

More information on vehicles can be found here.


At this point, you may want to know how to make money or what to do in-game. The main page of the wiki has many detailed guides on Asylum mechanics.

These guides are useful for content later in-game for new players. If it is your very first time on Asylum we recommend starting off on the Fishing Guide or Hunting Guide and moving your way up to harder things as you get the funding.

Furthermore, see the Dashboard for more guides.


Certain actions and illegal items may put a bounty on your player.

You will be sought after by Bounty Hunters and the Police. You may turn yourself into the Police or pay off your bounty at a courthouse.

At times, crimes may land you in Prison.

If you are interested in your rights as a civilian and information on crime, visit our APD Guidebook.


Asylum life can vary greatly. You are free to choose how you play the game. Below are certain factions and their abilities.


Rebel - Criminal civilians who like to cause havoc on the island. They get their own outposts and set of talents.

Bounty Hunter - Crime-fighting vigilantes who hunt criminals for a cash prize. Come with their own outposts and set of talents.

Paramedics - Lifesavers around the island that can respond to medical emergencies. They have their own talents and utilize the hospital. This is a whitelisted slot requiring an application. They have a set of rules and guidelines to follow. To access this faction, select the Independent (Green) side from the server lobby.

Police - The Asylum Police Department (APD) serves its citizens to protect them and fight crime. This is a whitelisted slot requiring an application. They have a set of rules and guidelines to follow to protect civilian rights. To access this faction, select the BLUFOR (Blue) side from the server lobby AFTER being whitelisted.


Achievements are acquired as you reach certain milestones in-game. These can then give you certain advantages, or simply display a title for other players to see them.

For more information, refer to Achievements Listing.


Titles can be set on a player when unlocked. The different titles are attainable through different sets of actions/achievements happening throughout the game. See more on Titles Listing.

Important notes

  • If you die, you will drop your virtual inventory and any cash on hand. Other players may pick this up. If you are not revived, you will permanently lose any Arma 3 gear you had on (clothes/weapons).
  • You should deposit cash on hand to the nearest ATM found around the island.
  • Purchases will require cash on hand unless you obtain a debit card from an Atm (Free).