Setting up Hammer

Start mapping for L4D today!

This tutorial will guide you how to set up hammer for Left 4 Dead so you can create your own awesome l4d maps >:D.

Written by Fearlezz

Step 1.0 Creating a new mod

1.1

Open up Source SDK. Choose The Orange Box as the engine, and press Create a Mod.

1.2

Choose Half-Life 2 Multiplayer. However, if you can not choose this option, choose anything esle, it does not matter.Now fill in the directory. Doesn't matter where you install it. I choose to install it C:\Program\Left4Fake\. Name; Left4Fake. The name is totally random and you can put in whatever you want. However, I recomend that you do not put Left 4 Dead, or Left4dead. Since it might screw up your SDK when the official SDK is released for L4D

1.3

When its done copying the new files, click continue and then next. Now close down Source SDK and follow the step below.

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Step 2.0 Extracting Materials and Models

2.1

2.2

Okay, now you need to add the materials and models from l4d to your new mod. Download the VPK extractor and run it (Green Icon). Now press extract and find the file called "pak01_dir.vpk" which is in this directory; drive:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\Common\left4dead\left4dead

2.3

Then another browse box will come up. Now find the mod you just created in your SourceMods Folder (SteamApps\SourceMods\Left4Fake) and press ok. The process of extraction can take around 10 minutes, so don't worry if it takes a while. Now if you were to open your mod with hammer you would see the new textures, but no new models or entities. That's what we are going to fix now!

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Step 3.0 Fixing the models

3.1

First off, you need to download a file that I've created. But Corion on L4Dmaps.net has written this code, I haven't. Download it here;http://www.savefile.com/files/1908708

3.2

Extract this .Bat file to your mod model folder, where you have extracted the L4D models (SteamApps\SourceMods\Left4Fake\models\). If there isn't any models folder, you've done something wrong :S.

3.3

Now Run this file, double click it and a new batch window should pop up. This process will take a while, it copies and deletes different files to make the models work for you =).

3.4

When it is done, you should now have working textures and models in hammer. Although, something is missing, doesn't it? Oh right, the entities, well, lets get started on that then :)

Written by Fearlezz with help from NovaSilisko on L4Dmaps.net

Step 4.0 Adding the Entities

4.1

The finale here is to add the entities. Lets start by downloading the left4dead.fgd Download it here; http://www.gimmik.net/terrenteller/filedump/VDC/L4Dfgd.zip UPDATED

4.2

Open up hammer, with your custom mod selected. Go to Tools>Options A new window should pop up

4.3

It should look something like this:
Now add the left4dead.fgd that you downloaded. It should look like this after;
I have my .fgd on the desktop, not in the same directory as the other .fgd's.

Written by Fearlezz

Step 5.0 Making Hammer automatically launch L4D after Compile

5.1

Welcome to the final step, to make Hammer launch Left 4 Dead after you have compiled your map, this will also save your maps in the maps folder. Open up the options menu again.

5.2

The other options should be following;
$SteamDir\steamapps\SourceMods\Left4Fake
Game Directory:
$SteamDir\steamapps\SourceMods\Left4Fake
Hammer VMF Directory:
$SteamUserDir\sourcesdk_content\l4f
You'll need to create a new folder.

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Step 6.0 Restart and Enjoy!
Guess what? Your done, enjoy the new hammer and dont forget to say thanks! Thanks to: Fearlezz Occlusion NovaSilisko (at l4dmaps.net) Corion (at l4dmaps.net) www.l4dmaps.net

You know how pissed I would be if they would release the official SDK tomorrow? >.>

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    Have any other place that I can download this file (. bat)?

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    Step 2.3....0 files in package. Whats going on here, the main game plays fine, set my friend up using this tut, worked perfect. Any ideas.

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    This is the problem, I have no money to buy the game!

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    Posted by estevoo Hey man, can I extract this files with gfc or whatever???

    The official SDK has been released. If you bought L4D then you should have no problems.

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    Hey man, can I extract this files with gfc or whatever???

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    Posted by reyrey723 HELP!!!!! ermmmmmmm i do the starting but the file when i making it,it will always corrupt i type C:\Program\Left4Fake on install and Left4Fake on name but always to the last part of the downloading it corrupt HELP!!!!!!

    The official SDK has been released. If you bought L4D then you should have no problems.

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    HELP!!!!! ermmmmmmm i do the starting but the file when i making it,it will always corrupt i type C:\Program\Left4Fake on install and Left4Fake on name but always to the last part of the downloading it corrupt HELP!!!!!!

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    Posted by dr.Cola Why can't i download L4Dfgd.zip? All i get is a 404 error. :/

    google it :) i did it too.

    But why cant i choose Left4Fake under the orange box. i can even run my "created mod" and stuff -.-

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    Why can't i download L4Dfgd.zip? All i get is a 404 error. :/

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    Ok i did everything it said. i have the folders and everything! models entities.

    BUT when i start sdk it wont let me select anything as "current game" :(

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