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     Last Updated: 6/1/09           Current Version:  v1.08

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{5/22/09 - v0.99} - Revised some content, added new spots and added my times
{5/24/09 - v1.00} - First full version of Guide complete, added achievements
{5/28/09 - v1.05} - Added two new spots for Boathouse and Drains
{6/01/09 - v1.08} - Minor corrections, spelling, grammar, updated times
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WELCOME! I'm BiG8BaLL

Thanks for checking out my Survival Mode Guide.
The purpose of this guide is to inform you of tried and true strategies
for earning Gold Medals in L4D Survival Mode. If you have any questions, 
comments, advice or strategies please e-mail me at:

                 Linkcar414@aol.com

I will read your e-mails and will also give you credit for tips 
and strategies. Please title your e-mails "L4D SURVIVAL GUIDE".
I appreciate comments and helpful hints. None will be overlooked. 

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This guide is broken into five easy sections.

1.) Survival Mode	

2.) Weapons and Team Work

3.) Spots For Gold and Strategies

4.) General Tips For Survival Mode

5.) Contact Information, Thanks and Copyright

(*NOTE* This guide only focuses on Left 4 Dead Survival Mode although some
tips you find here may be useful for other modes as well.) 

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1.) Survival Mode
-----------------

Survival mode is absolute mayhem as well as a whole lot of fun!

The goal is to simply survive the endless onslaught of infected, boomers,
smokers, hunters and tanks for as long as possible. The witch does not appear
in Survival Mode. Depending on how many minutes your team can last will
determine what medal you earn. 

Medal            Time    
------           ---------
Gold             10:00 Min
Silver           7:00  Min
Bronze           4:00  Min

Earning medals will unlock some achievements. Here they are:

Achievement              Requirements
-----------              ---------------
Bronze Mettle            *Earn your first bronze medal on any survival level
Silver Bullets           *Earn your first silver medal on any survival level
Violence is Golden       *Earn your first gold medal on any survival level
Distinguished Survivor   *Earn at least a bronze medal on every survival level
Heroic Survivor          *Earn at least a silver medal on every survival level
Legendary Survivor       *Earn at least a gold medal on every survival level

Easy right? Not so fast.

The zombie hordes are endless and only get bigger as the minutes tick on.
Hunters come pouncing at your face with no mercy, spawning in groups. 
Smokers lurk around every corner and are impatiently waiting to wrap you up
with thier slimy discusting tongues. Boomers are sloppily waddling around
hoping to throw up some grimey blinding vomit all over you. Finally, tanks
play thier equal role in dishing out death. There is nothing like hearing
the tank spawn music and seeing TWO of those huge, grotesquely mutated beasts
come barreling towards you side by side. Despite all of this, some gold medals
are actually quite easy to earn but many of them will take you several tries.

When the game starts you are given umlimited time to set yourselves up before
activating the trigger event. Each chapter has a unique trigger event but all
of them provide the same function: To summon the endless horde.

If you want to earn all the gold medals you must pick the right weapons, find
the right spot and work together as a team. Once all three of these elements
are at play you'll be smooth sailing your way to the top of the leaderboards. 

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2.) Weapons and Team Work     
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It is essential to know what weapons to pick. It depends alot on your location.
If your in a tight spot, using the auto shotgun might work better than the
sniper rifle. Or if your out in the open, the sniper rifle or m4 might be a 
better choice than the shotgun. But sometimes you might want to use the sniper
rifle for close range combat as well because of its powerful rounds that can
penetrate multiple enemies and pierce through walls (thanks "starwarsdukky").

If you are having alot of trouble surviving, I suggest that you pick 
the weapon that you are most skilled with. In my personal experience the most 
useful weapon for survival is the shotgun. If all four survivors have the 
shotgun, tanks can be dropped in three seconds. Four shotguns can also mow down
huge groups of infected very quickly. In Section 3, "Chapter Spots/Strategy" I
will recommend certian weapons for each chapter.

If you want gold medals, teamwork is required. It requires 100% awareness from
each survivor. You must watch each others backs at all costs. When a teammate
is down you must get them up as soon as possible. You must communicate with
your teammates as much as possible so no one gets smoked to death or pounced to
oblivion. Also, make sure each survivor is a real person. Bots won't do!! 

If someone gets smoked or pounced, I recommend melee whenever you can. 
Shooting can do alot of damage to your teammate. Learn how to melee hunters
before they pounce. Also don't get an itchy trigger finger around boomers.
They can ruin it for you by blinding you at a critical moment. When tanks
get too close for comfort concentrate all fire on them. Work with each
other and never leave a man behind. 

I've played too many games where one teammate will be messing around or just
not working together. All it takes is one person to ruin every round. All 
four survivors must know what to do and cover each other till the very end.
                                                                               
If you feel a teammate is pulling you down, kick them. Don't worry they'll find
another game :) One time I was playing on a team and we had tried the same 
chapter twenty times only to get silver. We decided that one of the players was
holding us down. We kicked him, a new player joined, and we earned gold on 
the next try.

Each Chapter has a specific spot which I refer to as "The Spot for Gold".
These are small spots in the Chapter where you can hold up against the infected
Read more in the next section to find out how to earn those Gold Medals.  

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3.) "Spots for Gold" and Strategies
-----------------------------------

This section explains how I got gold for each chapter. I'm sure there are
strategies other than mine that will work and I'd love to include them here.
If you have any strategies or spots for gold that I have not listed, just
e-mail me and I will update them into this FAQ. I will give you credit.

*NOTE* I posted my best times up next to each chapter title to give you an idea
of how long you can expect to last using each strategy.
      
            (*TIP* Use Ctrl + F to quick find a chapter or section!)  

                       (Table of Contents)
a. NO MERCY
        a1. The Generator Room	  
        a2. The Gas Station
        a3. The Hospital	  
        a4. The Rooftop		  
b. DEATH TOLL
        b1. The Drains		  
        b2. The Church		  
        b3. The Street		  
        b4. The Boathouse	  
c. DEAD AIR	
        c1. The Crane		  
        c2. The Construction Site
        c3. The Terminal	  
        c4. The Runway		  
d. BLOOD HARVEST
        d1. The Warehouse	  
        d2. The Bridge
        d3. The Farmhouse	  
f. LAST STAND
        f1. The Lighthouse	  
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                               a. NO MERCY

a1. The Generator Room {My best time: 11:33:37}    
    *Special thanks to "letskillem"
		
The spot for gold on this Chapter is a dark corner in the basement under the
generator room. The basement is the big dark room with all the cement columns.
Everyone collect pipe bombs and get an auto shotgun. To get to the spot,
start on the stairs that connect the generator room to the basement.
Run down to the bottom of the stairs and turn left. Then move forward and turn
left again. You should now be looking out into the dark basement with all the
columns. Now move forward up to the ammo table. Move past the ammo table and
turn left at the wall. You should see a small pile of brown boxes on your left.
Move past the boxes and go and crouch in the corner right in front of you. 
Keep your back to the wall and stay crouched. This is the spot for gold.  
Make sure to use your shotguns at all times because the ammo pile is
straight ahead and pretty easy to reach. Use shotguns to mow down anything that
comes in your way. With proper teamwork tanks can be dropped in a matter
of seconds. Use the concrete columns for protection from tanks and smokers.
Make synchronized ammo and health runs. You should get gold in a few trys
although this one can be difficult at times. Save pipe bombs for after
five minutes. Also, whoever sets off the trigger must run quickly to 
the gatling gun room and jump down through the hole in the floor to 
the basement. The horde comes quickly.
 

a2. The Gas Station {My best time: 10:45:77}
    *Special thanks to "-CrazyStinger-"

For the gas station everyone needs to grab an auto shotgun. Stock up on pipes
and molotovs hop onto the lift then trigger it. When it reaches the top, the
whole team should sprint across the roof to the room with the big breakable 
window. Once in this room, everyone should jump down the hole in the floor
into the small room beneath. This small room has a few desks stacked and a 
medical cabinet with some pills. This room is the spot for gold. The trick
for this one is to use ONLY PISTOLS except for the tank. Save all of your
shotgun ammo for the tanks. They will usually only climb through the two small
windows opposite the medical cabinet. When a tank enters the room quickly
switch to shotty and drop him before he can do major damage. Then, you can
switch back to pistols. As long as you have about twenty shotgun shells left
by 8:30, you should be fine. Everyone really needs to stick close to the wall
and away from the windows because smokers will pull you out! Wasting ammo on
this one could cost you gold. 

a3. The Hospital {My best time: 14:03:13}
    *Special thanks to "RadicalEdward" & "Nanii"

This one is not too difficult. Start by standing on top of the ammo pile. 
The hall you are currently standing in has two different directions. One way
leads towards the elevator and the other way leads towards side rooms. You 
want to head down the hall in the direction of the side rooms. Then keep
moving straight till you reach a set of locked double doors. Everyone get an
auto shotgun and keep shooting those double doors until they break open. It 
takes some time to break them but they will crumble eventually. This room that
you just opened is the spot for gold. It should have pipe bombs, pills and
even molotovs. You should switch all the pipe bombs to molotovs. You want to
have as many molotovs as possible. All four survivors use the hospital tables
and crouch so you all are facing the doorway. When huge hordes and tanks come
rolling towards you, the molotovs work wonders if you toss them right outside
into the hall. Also, you can make quick runs to the side rooms for more pills
and pipes/mollys. This spot is also close to ammo for easy ammo runs.
The tanks will get into the room for close combat so make sure you have your 
shotguns ready. The main idea is to stop every zombie before it can even get
into the room. Make sure to save the molotovs for after five minutes!

a4. The Rooftop {My best time: 23:28:97}
    *Special thanks to "!kmz! Peter Petrelli"

The rooftop is incredibly easy. I recommend m4s for this one. Now do you see
that gray power box on top of the middle roof? This power box is right behind
the ammo and health. Now look behind that power box and you'll see a small
ledge. ONE teammate will position himself on this ledge snugged up against the
power box. The rest of the team will go to a different spot. Start on the
middle roof and go to the metal staircase around back. Go down the stairs and
move forward a few feet until your snugged against the ledge. Now look straight
ahead and you will see a HUGE gray power box. It is very large. Now look to the
right of this HUGE power box and you will see a large concrete block. This
concrete block has a red light on its top surface. It is right on the corner
of the roof. The trick to this one is simple. Three teammates jump over so they
are positioned on the concrete block with the red surface. Then the last
teammate positions himself on the small ledge behind the small power box
on the middle roof. The person who will position on the ledge should trigger
the event. Once triggered everyone must stay in thier position. You cannot
be touched by smokers, tanks, or hunters. The only thing that will attack you
will be the regular horde. For the person on the small ledge behind the power
box, nothing will attack you. Just sit tight for gold. 
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                           b. DEATH TOLL

b1. The Drains {My best time: 63:35:17}

Make sure your whole team has auto shotties. Do you know where the health packs
and pills are? That's the spot for gold. Make sure the whole team stays
crouched in that corner on top of that green crate with the health packs.
Dont get too close to the edge in case of smokers. Try to conserve ammo
by using pistols and saving main ammo for tanks. Make ammo runs only when
its safe. One bad ammo run will ruin this for you. Also, there is a large
pipe right next to that spot which has an opening in the wall. Zombies
come rushing out of there so be ready. This one can take many tries but
eventually will seem kind of easy. Everyone having shotguns is crucial
to success. There is another strategy.........


*ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY* (Special thanks to "SuperMan")

In the sewer room there is a crate on a push cart. Use a gas tank to push this
crate so its sitting slanted half on the ground half on the cart. Then throw
a pipe bomb under the elevated side to propel the crate in the air. It should
land right near the green trunk that has the health on it. Then use the gas
tank to push the crate up agaisnt the wall with the big opening and the pipe.
Jump on the crate and up into the opening. Run all the way to the saferoom.
Hold the saferoom until you die.

b2. The Church {My best time: 11:49:43} 
    *Special thanks to "Nanii"

Stand on top of the ammo pile and look around. Do you see those two benches
up against the far wall outside the church? Thats the spot for gold.
Everyone crouch beind those two benches. I recommend three shotguns and one m4
for success. Make careful ammo runs when you can but watch out because smokers
really build up in the cemetery. If you run out alone you might get pulled to
an early grave. Hunters can only pounce you from the sides if you are
crouched behind the benches and smokers won't be able to drag you over.
Keep really close together and make sure that tanks are dropped as soon
as they come into sight. Tanks and hunters are the hardest part on this one.
This chapter took many tries for me but eventually I got gold. It is one of the
harder ones. 

b3. The Street {My best time: 12:32:33}
    *Special thanks to "Joon"

For this one I recommend two auto shotties and two m4s. Everyone grab a pipe
bomb and run to the fence way at the end of the street. There is a part of
the fence that is kind of broken and indented. It has enough room for all 
four survivors to snuggly squeeze in next to each other. This is the spot for
gold. Most all infected will come at you from the front but keep a careful 
eye for the few rogues who will hop the fence behind you. Watch out for 
flying cars when the tanks come down the street. Make synchornized ammo runs
and get back to the fence as soon as possible. This one is pretty easy. 
The main idea is to save as much ammo as possible and use pistols whenever 
you can. You only want to go on one or two ammo runs and rest of the time 
should be spent holding tight formation agaisnt the fence. There is plenty 
of room to spot incoming tanks and hordes. Smokers are also easily defeated 
as they tend to crowd under the ramp on the right. 

b4. The Boathouse {My best time: 30:12:77}
    *Special thanks to "Boo327"

Stock up on pipe bombs. Everyone get auto shotties and run to the upstairs
room of the main boathouse. You'll notice a brown shelf on one side of the
room. That's the spot for gold. Only thing is its kind of difficult to get up.
The stairs inside have a wooden railing. Jump on this railing then
use it to jump on top of the the brown shelf. Make sure there aren't any
gas tanks in the room and make sure everyone is on top of the shelves.
This one is kind of difficult to get a hang of. Watch for smokers trying
to pull you off the shelf because its hard to get back up. Just camp the
shelf for as long as possible. Save main ammo for tank and use pistols 
as much as you can. If you fall and can't get back up just use a corner
of the room and try to make it work. Eventually you'll have to do an ammo
run. If you are very close to gold I suggest getting ammo then jumping 
into the water and sprinting to the far corner of the map. This one ain't 
no cake walk. Also, when you are on the top of the shelf, watch out for
tanks. They will climb up rather fast. As long as everyone has shotguns the
tanks should perish before they can even climb up to swing at you.

*ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY* (Special thanks to "TopBanana")

There is another trick to getting gold on this one. This trick is easier
but not as fun. All you have to do is go to the main boathouse to where the
radio is. Now, go to the front door and look out. You'll see a picnic building
up on the hill to your left. Go to this building and walk through the front
entrance. Look for the first picnic table on your left as you walk in. This
is the one you will move. Grab a gas tank and throw it against the picnic
table. As soon as it hits the table push up against it. The table will move
slowly. You must use this technique of throwing the gas tank against the
table until you push the table outside. Once its outside push it to the left.
Keep pushing it to the left and a little bit forward/up so it is slanted on
the hill. Keep pushing it to the left till it nudges up against the pine tree
closest to that corner of the picnic building. It may take you some time to
position the table just right. Once in place use the picnic table to jump
onto the roof of the picnic building. Once everyone is on the roof, someone
trigger it and quickly get on the roof. Stay near the chimney for easy gold.
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                              c. DEAD AIR

c1. The Crane {My best time: 12:35:73}
    *Special thanks to "The 1ne" & "Sgt.Snyper.GSS"

This one is easy. Everyone get a sniper rifle. Run over to the crane and stand
in front of the ladder as if you were about to climb it. Now look behind the
ladder and notice the ledge of the building. Walk behind the ladder and 
jump onto that ledge. Now move along the ledge about five paces to the left.
Now look down. You'll notice a smaller outer ledge that is a little lower than
the one your standing on. Crouch and drop down very carefully onto the small
outer ledge. Everyone stay close together packed onto this smaller outer 
ledge. Everyone must stay in this spot. Push up agaisnt the inner ledge so
you dont fall off. When everyone is tightly packed on this outer ledge, right 
beneath the crane a little to the left, the only threat is smokers. Just stay
here for the duration and you can't be touched!

c2. The Construction Site {My best time: 15:43:27}
    *Special thanks to "The 1ne"

Everyone get an auto shotgun. Collect gas tanks and position them around on the
ground near the ammo and health. Grab a molotov if u can. Now stand on the ammo
pile. Look around until you see the ladder. A little down and to the right of
the ladder you will see a few gray bags of mortar stacked up. Run ahead jump on
the bags and jump into the enclosed area. This area is enclosed with
scaffolding and is directly below the spot where you find the mollies and pipe
bombs. The trick is to pull back agaisnt one side of the square enclosure and
just use your auto shotty for everything. Whenever you get a second to breath
jump down, get ammo really quick, then run back into the enclosure. Smokers
will grab you often but they can't really pull you anywhere so melee as much
as you can. Use fire to your advantage especially during tanks. This spot will'
get you gold but doens't come easy. You must have a good team and unload into
every tank as fast as possible. No time to waste once a tank enters the area!

c3. The Terminal {My best time: 16:08:53}
    *Special thanks to "Bonesaw", "Sgt.Snyper.GSS" & "Evade"

For this one I recommend two auto shotties and two m4s. The spot for gold is 
behind the desk. The desk is near the fence that breaks with all the pipe bombs
and molotovs. Make sure you use the pipes and mollys sparingly. There are
alot of them and if you use them right they will get you closer to gold.
Make sure you save your ammo as much as you can because ammo runs can get
a little hairy. Everyone shoot then crouch. Shoot then crouch. Use the 
desk as cover from smokers and hunters. When the tanks come you can quickly
exit the desk by the opening and use the fence for some extra room. When 
tank is dead just return to desk. There are extra pipes and mollys down in
front of the bathroom entrances and there are extra pills in the bathrooms.
This one is pretty easy once you get the hang of it just make sure you stay
tightly packed behind that desk. 

c4. The Runway Finale {My best time: 18:20:93}

There is a luggage pile on the hill behind the green rescue plane. Everyone
grab an m4 or sniper rifle and go to this luggage pile. Do you see that
darkbrown/gold suitcase on the very top of the pile? That's the spot for gold.
The idea is that everyone cram onto this suitcase. For the whole time just
stay planted on top of that suitcase and if you fall, get right back up. If
everyone does this correctly then you can only be hurt by smokers. All other
infected including tanks, boomers and hunters will be stuck behind the
rescue plane and despawn. Easy gold for this one as long as you stay crouched
on the suitcase. 
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                             d. BLOOD HARVEST 

d1. The Warehouse {My best time: 11:10:67}
    *Special thanks to "The 1ne" 

On this chapter, everyone should get an auto shotty and stock up on molotovs.
The spot for gold is located on the other side of the trigger door, so you will
not be able to reach it until triggering the mayhem. Once you open the trigger
door, run straight through and look to your right. You will see a metal
staircase. Go up the stairs and when you reach the top stop. You should now
be standing between the stairs and a large window that cannot be broken. This
is the spot for gold. Most zombies and hunters will come at you from the
stairs but watch your right side! Smokers, tanks and hordes will come at you
from the right but will not be as numerous as the ones that attack you from the
stairs. Throwing mollies at the base of the stairs really works wonders on this
one but just make sure you save them for the really big hordes. Easy gold if
you've got a tight team.

d2. The Bridge {My best time: 13:46:40}
    *Special thanks to "Sgt.Syper.GSS", "`brandon yee." and "DamnedBrit"

For this one I recommend everyone get an auto shotgun. The spot for gold is the
room with the ammo. First take some time to set up gas tanks outside, and grab
a molotov or a pipe bomb off of the train car. The best way to hold the
ammo room is to have two people camp right next to the ammo, one person on 
top of the boxes in the corner, and the last person should camp the small TV
table. This is just the setup that my team used to get gold you can certianly
hold any spot in the room you like, just make sure you have some kind of cover.
I don't recommend that everyone get on the boxes because the tanks will kill
you. The basic strategy is to just hold the room, with auto shotguns. Save the
nades for when you really need them and drop those tanks quick. This one took
me many tries but I found out that all I really needed was a good team. Make
sure you shoot carefully because it is easy to shoot your teammates by 
accident in these tight quarters. 

d3. The Farmhouse {My best time: 12:14:93}
    *Special thanks to "Homer", "Bell066", and "GotYourBack"

For this one, everyone get auto shotties. Then collect pipe bombs from the
desk in the hallway upstairs in the farmhouse. Then collect all the gas tanks
and propane tanks that you can find and throw them into the loft of the barn.
Everyone get to the barn loft. This is the spot for gold. Gather all the gas
tanks and propane tanks and stack them behind the haystack so you dont shoot
them. use them accordingly. Everyone camp the ammo pile. There is no trick to
this just straight up shoot everything in sight. Being next to the ammo makes
things a whole lot easier- no reason to conserve. take out tanks quickly and
don't get knocked out of the window. This one is pretty easy of you have a
good team. 

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			f. THE LAST STAND

f1. The Lighthouse {My best time: 21:07:30}
    *Special thanks to "Billy7508" & "Eclipse"

This one is pretty simple. Everyone get m4s or sniper rifles. Either will
work well. Then everyone hop on top of the chimney. The chimney is easy to
spot. Its on top of the main house and has smoke coming out of it. The main
idea is to keep put on top of that chimney. If everyone is up there you will
have no problem getting gold. The only threat is smokers. So just sit on the
chimney and pick off smokers for easy gold. But, I must warn you. If you fall
off the chimney, you must get back on as soon as possible. As soon as you fall
off the chimney, the tanks and zombies can reach you. As long as everyone is
on the chimney nothing can touch you except for smokers. Easy gold my friends.

An alternative way to get gold is to use the water tanks. In the room where
you push the trigger there are two big green water tanks up against the wall.
All four survivors must jump on top of these tanks in the middle spot
between the two red pipes. Everyone must have a shotgun and take out tanks 
before they can climb up. The main trick is for everyone to stay pushed 
back against the wall so each survivor is inside each other. If a teammate is
alittle too far forward you will shoot him/her by accident.It is imperative
that everyone stay in this spot and melee each other in case of smokers.

*I must say after getting gold with both strategies, the Chimney is a 
breeze compared to the water tanks but not as exciting.

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4.) General Tips For Survival Mode
----------------------------------

*NOTE* Please e-mail me any of your tips that you would like to share!
I will update this guide regularly and credit will be given


-Use pistols as much as possible and save main gun ammo for tanks
Exception: If you are right next to ammo you dont need use pistols at all

-Miniguns are dangerous because smokers can pull you right off of them

-Watch out for friendly fire during close combat shotgun encounters

-At first Survival Mode seems overwhelming and impossible. (At least it did
for me). It is actually pretty easy and a whole lot of fun.

-Constantly check status of teammates

-Immediate rescue is needed for teammates who are smoked, pounced or down

-If all survivors have shotguns you can kill a tank in three seconds up close

-If at first you don't succeed try and try again

-meleeing teammates who are smoked or pounced is much safer than shooting

-Rescue downed teammates instantly. Every second costs you valuable health. 

-Stay close to teammates at all times

-Announce ammo runs to the rest of your team

-Use a microphone for better team work

-Make good use of all the pipe bombs and gas tanks. They are there for
a reason!!

-If you have a bad team don't waste your time. Call a vote or leave.

-The two tanks at once most often occur between 5:00 mintues and
8:00 minutes

-There are always times of break for a few seconds every once in a while.
Use these breaks for ammo runs or to heal

-When going on ammo runs throw pipe bombs

-Dont set fires close to your team

-Keep gas tanks away from the spot you want to hold 

-If your using the shotgun make sure to reload it before firing all the shells.
If you reload while you still have some shots left then it wont take long. If
you completely empty the gun before reloading it takes a while.

-Always aim for the head and shoot in bursts rather than blowing through your
ammo

-Have Fun

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5.) Contact Information, Thanks and Copyright
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Contact me at:             Linkcar414@aol.com
Please title your e-mail:  "L4D SURVIVAL GUIDE"

* Thank you to the fine folks at Gamefaqs for making this whole process
painless and fun and providing me with a reliable source for gaming info. 

* Thank you to the fine folks at Valve for creating Left 4 Dead, which is,
imho, the BEST zombie game ever made. 

* Thanks to all my steam friends and Left 4 Dead teammates
who helped me earn Gold medals and have showed me strategies to victory. 

* Thanks for any e-mails with comments, suggestions, or tips!


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 2009 Carl Breig

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This is an unofficial guide. 

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