WSGF Source Engine Multi-Monitor HUD Editor: How-To Part 2

Submitted by Delphium on 19 August, 2010 - 16:47

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Prepare .vpk Mod

Here we need to prepare our custom mod, to do so we must first create a folder in which to put our freshly edited files into. This folder will also be the name of the mod once packed.

The files and folder structure should look like this:

| `ui
| |-basechat.res
| `-scoreboard.res
| `-hudlayout.res

VPK Structure

addonimage.jpg and addonimage.vtf are optional icons for the in-game menu. The image is 128px x 128px in size. To create a .vtf image file, you need to import your image into VTFEdit and save as a .vtf file

Contents of addoninfo.txt
The addoninfo.txt file is a metadata file that is required by all Source Engine Add-ons.

addonSteamAppID 550

// 550 is the app ID for Left 4 Dead

addontitle "WSGF Multi-Mon HUD"
// Add-on title that shows up in Add-ons list. ~20 chars max

addonversion 1.01
// Version number of add-on version of the form .

addontagline "WSGF - L4D2 3072x768 Eyefinity & Surround HUD"
// Add-on tagline or wrap-up- a short description. ~100 chars max

addonauthor "Delphium + GeneralAdmission"
// Name/alias of the author

addonSteamGroupName "Widescreen Gaming Forum"
// (Optional) Steam group related to the add-on. We use this to construct a URL to the group page.

addonContent_Campaign 0
// This addon provides multiple connected maps with a finale

addonURL0 ""
// An html home page for the add-on that includes a download link.

addonDescription "Centered L4D2 HUD for 3072x768 Eyefinity/Surround users - from the Widescreen Gaming Forum (WSGF) community."

// Description that appears in the Add-on list screen.


Create .vpk Mod

With the edited .res files and addoninfo.txt placed in the file/folder structure as described above, we can now pack our files into a .vpk mod.

Locate vpk.exe which is part of the L4D2 Authoring Tools and is situated in "steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\bin\vpk.exe" then create a shortcut to this file on your desktop.


To pack the mod simply drag and drop the mod folder (in the example above the folder to drag and drop is "wsgf-l4d2_hud-5760x1080") onto the vpk.exe shortcut on the desktop. This will pack the mod for you and save the wsgf-l4d2_hud-5760x1080.vpk file onto the desktop.

Your Mod is now ready to use. To install the mod:

  1. Copy the .vpk file to your addons folder located in "Steam\SteamApps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2\addons".
  2. Launch L4D2 and enable the mod through the in game menu under Extras > Addons.