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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8. RPG Superstar 6 Season Dedicated Voter, 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,495 posts. 14 reviews. No lists. No wishlists.


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Greylurker wrote:
John Benbo wrote:

Looking for assistance in identifying an anime I watched a few years ago- I think through streaming on Netflix. I don't remember it being a series, so maybe it was OVA or movie...? I'll spoiler the details below if anyone wants to assist me. It involved vampires.

** spoiler omitted **

Thank you to anyone who can tell me the title! I'll probably feel stupid when I learn what it is :).

I know I've seen that....recently too

it was a flashback in a larger series..

AH

FATE/Zero... it was Kiritsugu backstory

Yep that's it and thanks! And wow...I've seen Fate/Zero and I completely disassociated that one episode from the whole series. Must have made an impression on me!

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Looking for assistance in identifying an anime I watched a few years ago- I think through streaming on Netflix. I don't remember it being a series, so maybe it was OVA or movie...? I'll spoiler the details below if anyone wants to assist me. It involved vampires.

Spoiler:

It started off on an island in Japan. A father who was a scientist was experimenting with vampire DNA. Something happened and the community was infected. This female vampire hunter showed up and killed the vampires, including the scientist and her daughter who become infected (I think). The vampire hunter rescues the scientist's son, who is the main protagonist of the story.

The protagonist goes to live with the vampire hunter who is cold and distance but she teaches him how to fight vampires.

In the present day, the female vampire hunter kills a powerful vampire lord on an airplane. However, he was carrying something so that when he died, he started affecting people. The rest of the movie involves the protagonist and female vampire hunter fighting off this outbreak. It ends, I think, with the female vampire hunter sacrificing her life to crash an airplane into the boat. I think...

Thank you to anyone who can tell me the title! I'll probably feel stupid when I learn what it is :).

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Awesome! I hope people enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Based on many summers spent on Nantucket.

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Great item and congrats, Kalyna!

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Congrats, Taylor!

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Congrats, Kiel!

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Congrats, everyone! I recognize a lot of names this year- past contestants and 3PP freelancers. It's going to be quite the season!

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Congrats, Jeff!

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I want to see a mutation mind Rasputin- it even rhymes- "mutant Rasputin" and then he goes all Tetsuo on the PCs!

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Krensky wrote:
It's on Hulu, which is where a lot of the stuff Sentai Filmworks licenses shows up.

Awesome! Good to know and a reason to not drop Hulu (have a subscription but haven't used it in awhile).

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One series I'm currently watching is Intrigue of the Bakumatus. Bought it as an impulse buy because it's set in the Edo Period (which I find fascinating). Great animation, music, and so far very good (I'm only at episode 5 or 6). It's hard to describe the plot as it's one of those onion type shows where the plot is peeled away layer by layer. It involves a guy looking for an evil head, a traveling company seeking revenge, a stalemate between the shogunate and Emperor, and foreign influence...so far!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find it on any of the streaming services I subscribe to (it's copyrighted to Sunrise, which I don't see a lot of their shows streaming). However, if you have some gift cards or extra case, I recommend it.

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TOZ wrote:
Meanwhile I'm just over here watching Overlord.

Episode 7 (mentioned on the previous page of this thread) had me laughing-

Spoiler:
Not just that it was giant hamster, but that everyone else seemed to think the Wise King of the Forest was some magnificent beast

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Henniker's Double Brown Ale was pretty good- a little chewy. The other Hannaford's grocery store in town had Shipyard Summer Ale in cans for a cheaper price (moving inventory maybe) than I had been paying at the other Hannaford's all summer. Bought all four 12 packs.

I see a lot of Octoberfest beer in the stores and as much as I want to, I just can't buy it yet. Summer seems short enough.

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Mikko Kallio wrote:
John Bennett wrote:

For the same reason, I nowadays avoid putting any unpublished products on my list of credits because I don't want anyone to think "Wait, I thought you wrote something for that product. What happened?" if for any reason something gets changed or cut. Also, knowing that I designed something is a spoiler in and of itself. ;-) Freelancers aren't allowed to give spoilers like that.

I've learned that it's better to be quiet until you've actually seen the product, or at least until the product page has been updated. Even then it's better to act professional and avoid bragging or otherwise going "me me me, look at me, I designed this!"

Mikko brings up a good point- as a freelancer, you're generally aware of a product before its announced by the publisher, so don't make the mistake of letting the cat of the bag before the publisher announces it.

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Petty Alchemy wrote:
I'd be interested in a "Where are they now" list of their design credits (both Paizo and 3PP).

A lot of designers, myself included, keep a list of products we designed on our Paizo profiles here for prospective employers. Plus links to websites and such. I typically don't include a product until its available for sale (as I like to include a hyperlink to it for anyone who wants to buy it).

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Oh, who am I kidding. Even at $50 bucks for the BluRay, for Gundam, that's cheap.

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Looks like Rightstuf is releasing Mobile Suite Gundam next on both BluRay and DVD (Turn A was only on DVD). I have to debate this one as I purchased a DVD copy of the whole collection a year ago for a lot less money. Doesn't look it it's adding anything additional.

I hope Zeta is next.

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Scott LaBarge wrote:

I do have to admit, seeing that "Click here to submit" button on the RPGSS page every time does spur a curious set of emotions. This little voice in the back of my head keeps whispering, "Click it! You know you want to...."

(not that I would, though. :-p)

You'll also get an e-mail reminding you to submit your item before the deadline or at least I have in the past :).

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Personally, I'm not upset about being in the Top 8 and not competing- I've been freelancing consistently since my Top 8 finish in 2011 including currently serving as the line developer for the Shadows over Vathak campaign setting published by Fat Goblin Games and design work for Paizo in the last three hardcovers starting with Occult Adventures. I wouldn't compete even if I could because I have too many paying projects to keep me busy.

I don't say that to brag but to illustrate a point (forgive me as I climb up on my soapbox here)- making the Top 8 is exactly what started my freelance career. Not just opening doors but I didn't even know that I wanted to freelance until I entered the contest and had a lot of fun.

I've written before my advice for those trying to break in. Even as a Top 8, I had to be very proactive in approaching companies including flying out to PaizoCon (which is crazy for an introverted hermit like me). I'll do a brief recap here-

1. Find a company whose products you enjoy/use. Write reviews and engage the publisher on forums (not just here but Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Check their website for to see if they accept freelance submissions (some may even hold contests like Raging Swan does occassionally).

2. Attend conventions frequented by the publishers- for Pathfinder, I recommend PaizoCon and then GenCon. Putting a face to a name is a big help. That's how I got work with Paizo. Even this year at GenCon, I stopped by and talked to Kyoudai Games (Thunderscape), Sasquatch Studios (Primeval Thule), and TPK Games. Make sure you have a business card and follow up afterwards.

3. Have some written material ready- blogs, previous work, any sort of writing/rules crunch sample. People will ask for one.

If you're serious about freelancing and you have the time to do it, with a little bit of determination, you can get published, regardless of whether your Top 8 or Top 100. (climbs down for soap box).

Too long, didn't read?- Don't cry too much for John Bennett, he's doing ok and if you have any questions about breaking into freelancing or the freelance life, just PM him, he'd be happy to give you pointers.

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Our megabundle sale is still going strong- lots of great Shadows over Vathak products in this one. This quote is directly from 3PP super reviewer Endzeitgeist's review of the Colonies GM's Guide (included in the bundle)-

It is with the utmost respect I thus say the following - this is the best land/region-sourcebook I've read for any horror-themed/setting are since the legendary series of Doomsday Gazetteers by Arthaus or the superb free work by the Fraternity of Shadows.

Also, did you know that the Shadows over Vathak campaign setting PDF is available as a Pay What You Want?

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I've also been sneaking in some episodes of Golion on Crunchyroll. Soooo much different (and better) than the Voltron of my childhood.

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Krensky wrote:

Are you watching the Macross Saga of Robotech or Super Dimensional Fortress Macross?

They're two pretty different things after the first few episodes.

Macross Saga of Robotech. Bought a 20 disc Robotech set on Amazon for 30 something dollars- all three "series" and some movies.

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Grey Lensman wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Thanks, that makes more sense!

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Speaking of Gundam, part 2 of Turn A Gundam arrives tomorrow!

And speaking of mechas, after reading Ernest Cline's Armada, I finally picked up a 20 disc set of Robotech. I'm not that far in but I find it very strange...

Spoiler:
A flying space tuna?...that looks like a regular tuna...? Really?

Now I have to decide which one to watch first.

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Hello, everyone! John here, line developer for the Shadows over Vathak campaign setting published by Fat Goblin Games for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

I feel very fortunate to have a design credit in Paizo's just released Occult Adventures book and thought to myself that Shadows over Vathak is a great campaign setting to make use of the occultic material found in that book.

To give you a taste of this unique horror setting, we are offering a mega bundle pack of SoV products including all of our recent products centered on the Colonies region in Vathakat a value of 88% off!

What is Shadows over Vathak? Well, it's a Lovecraftian surival horror campaign setting. The Old Ones are awakening from their long slumber and their spawn pour forth from the depths of the earth. The spawn destroyed many of the remaining vampires hiding there after the arrival of the human vindari who crushed them with the power of their One True God. These vindari then started a war of genocide to consolidate their power. Did the vindari awaken the Old Ones with their arrogance? No one knows but humanity stands on the brink of extinction.

Edit: The sale is for one week only!

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As always, thanks for the review and I appreciate your feedback!

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Brandon Hodge wrote:
QuidEst wrote:
Anybody (devs too if they want!) feel like sharing stuff they really loved?

Mr. Brookes already covered one of the most awesome aspects of this book, and that was the unparalleled collaboration between all the teams. We had a blast talking about real-world mysticism and debating esoteric topics, and putting our heads together to bring those concepts to the gametable. Erik and I had about a year of bouncing this totally bizarre, gonzo stuff between us that we obsess over in real-life, wondering how in the world all this was going to manifest in a hardcover. But finally bringing the developers in was like watching the slo-mo walk of career badasses in Reservoir Dogs--they arrived to get. it. done. Then they called in the freelancers they knew got what we were doing and it was just about the most crack operation I've seen in RPG publishing.

It was pleasure working with Brandon and the rest of the team on this. For me, personally, it was kind of like getting a crash course in Occultism 101 since I dug deeper into the topic than I ever had before. Many tomes were purchased for research (as well as the whole Akira manga, for me) to both get the right feel for the topic and inspiration. I particularly enjoyed a lot of the bold choices Paizo made in this book- skill unlocks, new subsystems, and some very meaty archetypes. I think you'll see the passion people had on this project really come through.

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Mmm, forgot how good Shipyard Summerale is...think the price went up this year, though.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Watched Snow White last night on Funimation- great animation and music. Not sure what type of show it is and where it's going to go, but I plan on watching the next few upcoming episodes at least.

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If you have Netflix or even regular Hulu, I highly recommend Sword Art Online, particularly the first arc.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Finished watching season 2 of Knights of Sidonia at 5am this morning.

I'm going to spoiler my thoughts on the season for those who haven't watched it yet.

Spoiler:

To start with, overall, I enjoyed Season 2, though maybe not as much as the first season.

I felt the season started off strong with the evil scientist coming back to life and resuming his plans. I thought this was going to set up a cool antagonist that would have to be dealt and felt disappointed when it wasn't. However, that's probably because its following the manga.

I liked Tsugumi but I felt the stuff with her in the middle of the season was a bit jarring- going from the dark, gritty atmosphere of the first season to something closer to a harem comedy...The stuff wasn't bad, just felt out of place with what came before. Maybe on a second watch through, now that I've seen it, it won't feel so jarring for me.

I really enjoyed the last few episodes and the battle on Planet 9- when the ena takes the form of Hochijiro, it was down right disturbing (but hey, Nagate has another Hochijiro to chase after!). I'm curious if there will be a season 3- the end credit sequence wrapped hit the highlights of both seasons and ended on the close-up of the medal. The only tidbit was the mad scientist guy staring at another gauna hybrid.

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Greylurker wrote:

Overlord (over on Funimation)looks like it'll be interesting. Virtual MMO gets shut down and one guy decides to stay logged in to the very last moment.

He wakes up as his character, all the NPCs that populated his guild's stronghold are living and breathing and none of the game menues are popping up. Somehow the game has turned real.

Sounds familiar however we have a bit of a twist to seperate it from similar shows.

The guild this guy belonged to was an Evil guild, excludive to players who enjoyed being evil Non-humans in the game. Thier Guild hall a multi-leveled deathtrap that not even the most powerful good aligned players were ever able to penetrate. Our Main character is a mighty Max level Lich with a God-tier artifact in hand and an army of demons and undead at his command.

For someone who has never played an MMORPG, I'm strangely addicted to the "trapped in a MMORPG" genre...

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Awesome!

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Freehold DM wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
8 episodes in, but so far, I'm enjoying Turn A Gundam. It feels very different than any other Gundam I've seen with its almost War of the Worlds vibe. Plus, Loran seems to be the most pyschologically well adjusted main hero Gundam pilot of all the ones I've seen (teenage angst Amuro and Kamille and homicidal tendancies Heero and Setsuna).
I thought Duo and Quatre were very well adjusted (until Quatre's sister died in his arms, anyways).

let's give these beautiful psychotic boys weapons of mass destruction and encourage them to commit terrorist activities, killing hundreds of people.

Sounds like a good show to me.

And I lost track of how many times Heero drew or fired a gun at his one potential love interest...

Finished the first 25 episodes of Turn A last night. Enjoyed it enough that I preordered the next part (available in August). Despite its different sort of premise (and so far, it hasn't really tried hitting you over the head that it's collecting all the Gundam universe) it has all the character complexity, moral shades of gray, heroes and villains on both sides that you expect from Tomino even if it lacks the grittiness and violence of something like Zeta Gundam.

Maybe because I just watched Nausicaa a couple weeks ago, it seems to have almost that sort of playfulness with the characters, art, and world. I know it doesn't happen, but it would have been awesome if they dug up a capsule containing Char (especially his mega80s, rocking with Van Halen, Quattro look).

I'm rewatching Death Note after watching the first live action movie last weekend. Need to rewatch Knights of Sidonia for the umpteenth time in anticipation of the new season next week(!).

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Mama, just killed a giant
Swung my axe at its head
Rolled a crit, now it's dead

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8 episodes in, but so far, I'm enjoying Turn A Gundam. It feels very different than any other Gundam I've seen with its almost War of the Worlds vibe. Plus, Loran seems to be the most pyschologically well adjusted main hero Gundam pilot of all the ones I've seen (teenage angst Amuro and Kamille and homicidal tendancies Heero and Setsuna).

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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:

Here at Raging Swan Press, we are only $30 away from something amazing.

We launched our Patreon campaign back in April and since then 40 of you have joined us raising almost $170 for every book we release. These guaranteed sales have in turn allowed us to triple the word rate we pay our designers. We’ve gone from paying one cent a word to paying three cents a word.

But I want to do more. I’ve taken another look at the numbers and our release schedule and it looks like if we hit $200 a release we can raise our pay rate again to five cents a word! That’s huge—and something I really want to do. It would put us almost on parity with publishers like Paizo and Wizards of the Coast and ensure our designers are getting a fair wage for their efforts. It will also mean that (hopefully) I’ll be able to secure even more releases from such awesome designers as Alexander Augunas, John Bennett, Richard Green, Jacob Trier, Josh Vogt, Mike Welham and more! Who knows—I might even be able to hire myself more often!

So I need your help. We are only $30 away from hitting that milestone. With $2 and $5 pledge levels we only need somewhere between 6 and 15 people to sign up. In return, you get:

A weekly dose of high quality GM focused material designed to make your campaign prep easier.
A warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping designers earn a proper wage for their efforts.
Every book before it goes on general release.
Every book cheaper than normal (if you pledge at the $2 level).

So if you’ve got a couple of spare dollars please consider joining us. Thanks very much in advance (hopefully) for your support!

I feel my will already binding itself to your evil plans...I tweeted the Patreon campaign in the Twittersphere.

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Finished //Hack.Sign last night- still not sure how I feel about it. Realized after buying the DVD collection that I could have just streamed it on Funimation. Doh! I'll probably watch the other series.

Turn-A Gundam arrived this week, so that's next on my viewing list. Should be interesting.

I just got into watching the simulcast of Seraph of the End- pretty good so far if you like stuff like D.Gray-Man and Blue Exorcist. The open and ending music rock, though!

Tonight, it's going to be Nausicca which I picked up on sale on blu-ray this week. Haven't seen it in since probably 2007 so I'm looking forward to it.

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At one point, I was trying to learn Flash Man's stage from Mega Man 2 on the guitar- a great funky groove!

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Really, really enjoyed the con. I think the venue worked nice (the Cascade and Evergreen rooms) for gaming- seemed the right size and it worked well if you were going from one game to another.

I was glad to see more 3PP games- I played in the awesome Legendary Games special and I know Kobold Press and Jon Brazer Enterprises ran quite a few games. The players in my Shadows over Vathak game remarked how they enjoyed getting to play in these different type of games so next year, I might try running a few more events.

The scheduled signings were a great idea as I was able to get James Jacob's to sign my two Dungeon mags (his first two adventures!) without awkwardly stalking him.

I was happy to see a number of large tables from the local 3PPs but I would have liked to have seen more 3PP products from the companies that couldn't make it. For example, there were a number of Adventure A Week mods but I would have liked to have picked up stuff something like Primeval Thule, Thunderscape stuff, etc.

Also, the venue is close to Jack in the Box which has a 24 breakfast, so that's awesome.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:

Started watching Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon and finding it to be rather charming. Hopefully the protagonist will remain adorably clueless rather than turning into annoyingly clueless as the harem gathers.

I needs me more Assassination Classroom. Not so desperate to switch from the dub to the sub yet, but we'll see how well the wife and I hold out.

I am enjoying Dungeon as well- more than I would have thought from the initial premise and title.

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#1 and 2 are my definitive favorites- after that, things get dicey and change on mood.
1. Beck/Mongolian Chop Squad
2. Angel Beats
3. Sword Art Online
4. Ghost in the Shell (any and all)
5. Cowboy Bebob
6. Samurai Champloo
7. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn/UC
8. Knights of Sidonia
9. Log Horizon (season 1 only- season 2 was...ok)
10. Ghost Hunt (or is it Ghost Hunters)

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam probably would be up there but I haven't seen the last 10 episodes.

Guilty pleasures because I enjoy them immensely for whatever reason except they both kind of end feeling very unresolved.
1. The Sacred Blacksmith
2. Chrome Shelled Regios
3. Air Gear

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Sara Marie wrote:
Room updated to Cascade 11.

Cool, thanks!

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Since my patreons asked for it, there'll be more Vathak reviews next week. :)

Awesome- and perfect timing too! I'm gathering our Colonies material for a compilation so any reviews will help with the editing process. Much appreciated!

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Thanks for the review! I'm taking notes for when we do the supplemental PDFs for our next region- Ina'oth.

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Looking forward to it!

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Just FYI, I removed this from my schedule as it ended up conflicting with an informal meet and greet I want to attend that afternoon. So, there may be an extra spot available.

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Unfortunately, Fat Goblin Games ended its distribution deal with Chronicle City so the Campaign Setting book is no longer available in print except for any store that has back stock.

Fat Goblin Games is, however, planning to do a print on demand compilation of all of our Colonies projects (one of the six regions in Vathak) later on this year.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available!

Huzzah! It lives, it lives!

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
I'm in!

Excellent, and we got a full boat! I've already got the swag sitting in my house and Rick Hershey is layouting the pregens while I work on my adventure notes. Should be a good time!

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