Setting up your Arma 2 preset could either be a painfull and infuriating experience or an easy step by step procedure, with that said all you need is a bit of patience and focus on the job and you’ll have everything working fine without any help from us, during this guide we’ll be using Play With Six as our software to install and manage all the mods in our preset. It is also important to point out that our Arma 2 preset, being the biggest one, takes up about 11 GB of space, together with the Arma 2 & Arma 2 OA with takes about 32 GB of space from your hard drive so before you start make sure you have more than enough space to store all these mods and keep in mind that the preset might suffer some changes and that it might get bigger. If during this process you get any error message, close it, if it still persists restart PWS, and if it still persists post your problem in the steam chat and we’ll try to fix it. Alright lets start this!
As it was state before we’ll be using Play with Six, there are many other softwares that you can use to setup this preset and manage your Arma 2 mods such as Armarize feel free to try other ways if you don’t get along with Play with Six. To download PWS (Play with Six) simply click here and execute the setup file. The first thing that will appear is the Six-Networks User Agreement, simply click [Accept], when PWS opens a message will pop asking if you want to change the default mod installation path click [No] we’ll cover that later. Now the file you downloaded from the PWS website is just an executable file, you need to install PWS in your computer to do that click on settings on the top right and click on Check for Updates and on the menu that pops up click on [Install], restart PWS and thats the first step.
Before we start installing the preset we need to make sure PWS has the correct settings, otherwise it will install all the mods in some other folder. To access PWS settings click on Tools on the top right corner and click on settings and click on settings. There you’ll find the Game Settings (top) and the Directories (below).
On the Game submenu tick the options “Always use beta patch” and “Load server mods”, on the Lauching submenu tick “Force Run as Administrator” and if you want to launch the game trough steam and have the steam overlay while you play tick “Launch with Steam Launcher” (some people have had problems with the Steam overlay so if you notice something wrong with your game try to deactivate this option) and last but not least the Startup Parameters, click on Editor on the right and a new menu will open up, the only 3 things you’ll need to change is the Name to your Arma 2 profile, tick “NoSplash” and “SkipIntro”, these last 2 will make your game open 10x faster than the usual. To go back to the previous menu click on “Back to Game Settings” on the bottom and we’re done with the Game Settings. Here’s what it should look like in the end:
There are 3 types directories the Game directory, the Mod directory and the Synq directory, now since we’re using Arma 2 Combined Operations (Arma 2 + Arma 2 OA) our Mod and Sync directories will be the Arma 2 OA directory, here’s how it should look like:
Now that all the Settings and Directories have been taking care of, its time to install the preset, to do that simply click here and a new tab will open asking you to use PWS to open that url, click OK and PWS will pop up, wait until it finishes processing the .yml url and you’ll notice a few new things like the Broma logo and the big orange [Update] button on the bottom left, click that update button and let the magic happen, this will take quite a long time depending on your Internet Speed and Computer specs, PWS will be Processing/Downloading/Unpacking/Resolving all the mods and at some point it might even seem like PWS is stuck or not doing anything but trust me it is, just let it do his things and go do something else. Here’s how it should look like in the end:
All done? Good job, all you need to do is install Teamspeak and setup ACRE to do that follow this guide ( [WARNING] If you only intend to play Arma 2 you won’t need to follow that guide, just download this Teamspeak version and activate the plugin in the Teamspeak settings). After that all you have to do is hit the big green [Join] button to join the Arma 2 server and the [...] to join the teamspeak server.
When you finally have your preset setup you’ll notice that some mods (the ones at the bottom of the list) have not been installed, these mods are optional, we don’t force you to install them but we add them to our preset so that you can try them. These mods are client side mods meaning that the mods will only take effect on your computer. These mods add improvements to the game like better sounds and different huds and lighting, feel free to try them out.
To activate these mods simply tick the small box on the left of the mod and hit [Update] and PWS will install that optional mod. As you can see in the image below the required mods have a lock icon next to their image and the optional ones have an empty square, if you want to use any of these optional mods just tick the emtpy square.