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Today, me fellow Left 4 Dead fans, I bring you sad, sad news. Darth_Brush has been hit by a terrible ordeal. His computer has packed up he won't be able to work on Dead Before Dawn until he can buy a new computer. It is in this light, that we come to you, the Left 4 Dead community and Dead Before Dawn fans.

Posted by StephanBotha on Sep 14th, 2009


It will take roughly 6-8 weeks before Darth_Brush can afford another computer and this will drastically delay the release of Dead Before Dawn. If you have some spare cash, please donate so we can buy Darth_Brush a new computer in Germany so we can release the campaign on schedule.

We are planning on releasing the campaign on Halloween, if we can get Darth_Brush a new computer/laptop in a week or 2, we will be able to stick to our goal. Please spread the news if you can't donate, maybe someone else you know can donate. To donate, please click on the Paypal link to the left of this article or send donations to

If we can get Darth_Brush a new computer in time, we will release never before seen footage of the campaign in versus mode. We have been working our fingers to the bone for the fans of versus mode and we are confident that you will love the versus campaign of Dead Before Dawn.

If we do not collect enough money for a new computer, we will return each and every donation received. While we're on this topic, what do you think is a reasonable PC to use for mapping and playing Left 4 Dead?

To say thank you for all the people who donated, we decided to give everyone who donated $10 or more their own wall writing in the game. Now you, the player can search the campaign for your very own Easter Egg.

Erik and Stefanie donated and will have their names carved into a tree:
"Erik & Stefanie 4Eva" with 2 dead bodies on the ground next to the tree.


Hi guys! Just to let you know, we have now enough money to buy a PC. Darth_Brush scraped some money together that his wife won't know about (lol). He donated 200USD to the cause himself.

I am now just waiting for him to send his address over to me so I can finalize the payment of the PC. Donations are always welcome, but from now on, there's no need unless you really feel like you want your name in the campaign.

I personally want to thank each and everyone one who donated, wether you donated 1c (yes, someone actually did) or if you donated $100 (some people did). It always makes you proud to be a part of a community that helps eachother up when we have fallen down.

I would also like to tell you guys, that the guys who donated $50 or more will now be included into the Beta Testing team. You trusted us with your money, we will trust you with our campaign.

Again, thank you so much for all your help! I will post an article on when we have the PC assembled and ready!

Here's the full list of donators!

Chris Camuti $3
Pieter $12.03 (lol?)
Daniel Willenberg $2
Heiko Wichterich $2.97 (Equalizer)
Graphics Blandishment $20.00
Chris Mussard $50.00
Douglas Oberle $100.00
Peter Stephan $10.00
jaffa59 $20.00
Steven Denner $10.00
Carsten Haertwig $50.00
Richard Booth $10.00
Justin Horth $4.05 (lol?)
Connor Griffiths $5.00
Jeremy Garrett $10.00
Aaron Willard $1.00
Andrea Ferrigno $5.00
Kristian Mansikkamäki $30.00
Luke Shaffner $100.00
Paul Eure $15.00
Matthew Simons $0.01
Jesper Åström $15.00
Brandon Lewis-Liles $10.00
Felix Hindemo $10.00
FireStorM $15.00
Christopher Garbowski $10.00
Pyronhell $10.00
Tu Tran $10.94 (Equalizer)
Spencer Berg $14.00
Eric and Stefanie $10.00
Michael Mathison $10.00
Sam Maddock $1.43
Stephen Rowe $20.00
Eduardo Juarez $6.66
David Hawkes $10.00
Kevin Le Tual de Laheudrie $20.00
Paul Henshall Jr $100.00

Richard Nazarchyk $24.33
Danny Thompson $10.01
Stephan Vandenborn $43.21
James King $15.00
Christopher Anderson $10.00
Steven Antash $2.91
Cezar Lutac $8.91
Roberto Manunta $20.00
Craig Lonsdale $20.00
Maximilian Dengler $15.00
Morten Kroknes $10.00
Stephen Eardley $10.00
Greg Culbertson $15.00
Kevin Bobbin $11.00
Thom Western $25.00
Bryan Schulz $50.00
Adam Hooper $10.55 (Equalizer)
Jacob LeVan $10.65
Murat Dagdeviren $10.00
Daniel McGowan $10.00
Richard Barcelo $5.00
Jakub Tylewski $20.00
Justin Aramian $10.00
Leo Gubatina $12.00
Ryan Walton $10.00
Lor Thao $10.00
Lisa Keaton $15.00
Derek Marcoux $12.00
Kyle McWhirter $10.05
Brian Schmitt $15.00
Ben Baden $10.00
Anna Chekmareva $12.00

Many thanks to the people who donated already! We cannot say thank you enough for your support. We have decided to say thank you by adding the names of the people who donated $10 or more to the campaign in wall writings. Come Halloween, you can do some Easter Egg hunting to find your name in the game!

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Orion Sep 14 2009 says:

Wow... $849.09 Total so far! (or is that $949.09 inc.'s donation?). Great to see so many generous people donating during these tough financial times! ;)

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha Sep 14 2009 says:

Yeah I was totally surprised. We didnt expect this to happen. We just thought we'd ask the community for help and they did!

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1337-1 Sep 15 2009 replied:

Ask and thou shalt recieve...especially if you throw in some chance at fame/immortality. Hey, if I get to see this thing finished, I'll be happy :)

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Squiggers Sep 14 2009 says:

Wow, thats certainly impressive. Generosity is everywhere, eh?

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Dra6o0n Sep 14 2009 says:

A basic pc for mainly source modding can be as follow:
2.0GHZ Dual core.
3GB+ DDR2 RAM or more.
300GB HDD or more.
ATI/NVIDIA GPU with 512MB ram or more, at least Year 2007+ Quality...

I think Simple PC package sold for 600-700 dollars in Bestbuy or Futureshop is enough for mapping alone...

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Dra6o0n Sep 14 2009 says:

As for the people donating, maybe it's also a good idea to improve upon each detail in the map, since people are now literally paying you (for a new pc) lol?

The game is called "Impression" and if money gets involved, you need to work harder to catch up to people's expectation..

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CosmicD Sep 21 2009 replied:

the maps were already profesionally detailed before the donation so it's really just an aid now, he compiles maps that took 27minutes to compile in 7 minutes and no crashes. Thanks to the comunity , his map making process has become alot faster than on a laptop: it means also that more time can be spent adding even more details.

If you ask me this campaign is even more details than map :) :P

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AmazingRedd Sep 14 2009 says:

wow what a scan, a nice way to get money to get a new custom build computer. just tell the fans, my computer broke down n a neeed a new one asap with the scan of being able to release DBD in time. lol

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Kimbo Sep 14 2009 says:


Basicly this is what we are :P sry im not in the legal age to have the type of creditcard so i can donate :/ GL!!

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Sebbeman Sep 14 2009 says:

I wish I had it this easy not having to work for my money

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha Sep 14 2009 replied:

Clearly you have no idea what you are talking about. Check Darth's hours using the SDK then we can talk again.

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alien3 Sep 17 2009 replied:

Maybe he just doensn't classify this as work? Modding is loads of fun isn't it? They are doing what the love.

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kTeku Sep 14 2009 says:

I wish I could donate some cash, but unfortunately, I am jobless. And I'd donate more than $20 if I had a job.

People are very generous based on the amount of people donating. :)

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha Sep 14 2009 replied:

Dont worry about it mate. Donations are NOT mandatory to show your support. Your comment here is a donation by itself!

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Ryswick17 Sep 14 2009 says:

I support this.

Although, what did ya'll get for winning the moty08?

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha Sep 15 2009 replied:

We gave the prizes to other Teams. Only kept some ebooks and games.

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Spooboy Sep 14 2009 says:

Yeah roughly 1000, not bad at all.

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Dra6o0n Sep 15 2009 says:

Actually, this many people donating shows that there are still those who have it better than others, and will do so for a long, long, long time...

I think its because of human nature that we separate ourselves into classes using money... >_>

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Danboe Sep 25 2009 says:

Wow, I did not expect that much.

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Afnopo Oct 12 2009 says:

I wish i could post a comment about getting a job Mr.Darth Brush, but then drones would down vote me for it.

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Rawket Oct 31 2009 says:

This whole thing reminds me of those homeless people at the ends of freeway ramps, asking for handouts. They can really rack up the money to buy their booze!

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Ballsopt Nov 4 2009 says:

i wouldn't wanna be Douglas Oberle, Luke Shaffner, or Paul Henshall Jr right now >.>

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tundra_cool Nov 4 2009 replied:

LOL. I don't even have to scroll up and see how much they paid to know what you're talking about.

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Kyle247i Nov 7 2010 says:

How do I donate for Nazi Zombies Portable PSP?

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