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I really have to share this site with you guys and gals - somebody has painted mostly comical pictures inspired by D&D miniatures.
Some are cute, some outright funny, some weird and some... - enjoy! ;-)

headinjurytheater

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Personally, i´m more interested in the organisations themselves (history, members etc), than in their spells and feats.

And yes, the name isn´t good, it sounds like going to a real bad school...

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
I´ve written Wizkids and D&D today, i think next week will bring some details. ;-)

This made me smile.

Conjured all kinds of mental images. :p

Glad to make you smile, Steve. ;-)

Maybe you´ll get a laugh out of this too:

Here´s what Wizkids wrote:

"Hello Marco,

We hope to have an update on the D&D Icons of the Realms Set 7 next week. Thanks for your patience.

Best,
- The WK Team"

And here is what Dungeons & Dragons wrote:

"Unfortunately we do not have any information we could provide at this time, however we're more than happy to get feedback along on your behalf that you'd appreciate some previews before release! Thank you for your patience, and have a great day!"

:-)))

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Keep making them and i'll keep buying them. ;-)

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Nice Devilfish (B2 page 88) vs. Jirelle & Merisiel cover, by the way!

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Bring it on, Todd! ;-)

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Lorian wrote:
I'm confused, what's this velcro and clear plastic even for?

You can put one half of a velcro sticker under each pillar and the other half in the center of one of the clear plastic plates.

That way the pillars won´t fall over even if you tip against them. ;-)

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Wow, a "Jubjub Bird" (Bestiary 3 page 157, CR 15) chasing Lini - great cover!
Too bad we don't (yet) have a mini for that. ;-)

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CanisDirus wrote:
So, the previews thusfar have had 51 minis (assuming the Court is all under a single "number"), but this entry mentions 52 minis. Is there a surprise in our future?

#1 (Dog) through #44 (Grey Maiden Dragon Rider) are creatures, plus 6 Dungeon Dressings for a total of 49 different minis in the blind boosters.

The Incentive has #50, #51 & #52: Dr. Davaulus, Glorio Arkona & Gnome Executioner.

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I have it, and it´s worth every penny!

It may not be used as often as the "Rusty Dragon Inn Tavern", but it sure as hell looks even cooler!

Writing a review now.

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Liz Courts wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Ooh, can't wait to see how my critters turned out. :3
Follow-up: super-pleased. :3

That's cool, congratulations. :-)

Do you want to reveal which ones are your creations? ;-)

Muldnal, bore worms, and clockwork excavator.

I love the Muldnal!

I only have one question, is it right that their bite attack does 1d8 damage, isn´t it normally 1d4 for small creatures?
From the art (and proportions of normal european moles) i´d would have thought they have the "improved natural attack" feat for their oversized claws. ;-)
What an adorable little guy.

Bore Worms are cool, they remind me of "Cthonians" from Brian Lumley´s "The Burrowers Beneath" with their water vulnerability.

The Clockwork Excavator is brilliant and it´s entry holds a wealth of adventure ideas - well done, Liz!

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When i look at the photographies of the actual dressing pieces, the following comes to mind:

Totem:

The rectangular base is slightly larger than a flip-mat square. The height is more than double of most medium minis.
It´s a great looking piece (but the Star Stelae are shown to be large on the battle-maps).
This could be one (of the usually two) dressing of which there are two in a case.

Stocks:

It´s really hard to say with the bad resolution, but it looks like the top could be opened to place the neck of a medium miniature inside...

Podium:

The size is small, not medium. The details could be great, i´ll have to reserve judgement until i hold it in hand.

GRAVE MONUMENT:

An incredible piece on a 2 x 2 base and very tall - looks to either fill the booster box from top to bottom or to come in 2 pieces.

TABLE:

2 squares long, 1 square broad, nothing special really.

WELL:

A very beautiful and useful piece. Looks to be the size of a round large base and the height of a medium mini. This will see lots of use.

All in all a great selection of dressing pieces.
I´m still waiting for a stone fireplace/chimney though (2 squares broad and 1 square deep), as i can´t recall any AP that doesn´t feature one. ;-)

In other news:
-The "D&D Icons of the Realms Miniatures Epic Level Starter" will be out on the 14th of june.
-"D&D Icons of the Realms: Set 7" is still scheduled for 7th of july. -"Pathfinder Battles: Maze of Death" is still holding it´s october 2017 release date.

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A free 10-20 pages "Players Guide" is a great way to introduce people to Starfinder.
Include a pre-gen (iconic?) for every character class and explain the setting on one page and why the characters are on Absalom Station in the first place and you have a great way of getting into the game for players without having to read anything in the Core Rules before.
The GM can fill in the blanks and explain the rules further during the game.

This is much better than having every player read the CRB before, something that´s not going to happen with a lot of people anyway in my experience. ;-)

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My alltime-favorite is Varisia.

But i agree about elf and dwarve nations being interesting.

Also Brevoy and Nidal need to be done.

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Finally the last of the old 3.5 Players Companions get´s a Campaign Setting book!

We now have 12 out of 24 nations in Avistan (50%):

-Andoran
-Cheliax
-Hold of Belkzen
-Irrisen
-Land of the Linnorm Kings
-Molthune
-Nirmathas
-Numeria
-River Kingdoms
-Taldor
-Ustalav
-The Worldwound

Still missing are another dozen:
-Brevoy
-Druma
-Five King Mountains
-Galt
-Isger
-Kyonin
-Lastwall
-Mendev
-Nidal
-Razmiran
-Realm of the Mammoth Lords
-Varisia

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Steve Geddes wrote:

All three of these look great. (Sadly the first real enthusiasm I've had for this set).

I'd very much like an uncounted version of the first two down the track, if that's possible (I guess it may not be feasible without appropriate art, but it can't hurt to ask, hey?) :)

What do you mean by uncounted, Steve? ;-)

I would love to have more (4-6) of all three to build an army off, but i won't realistically get more than 2 of each.
Almost nobody will buy more than two cases to get more rares, but if these were uncommon, i know a dozen people who'd buy a case (or two) to get 3-4 (or 6-8) of each.

Thats a real missed opportunity imo, the "rare" rarity isn't good for direct market sales, but only for the secondary market, something neither Wizkids has anything from nor Paizo (besides to a small degree with offering singles).

Many people would like to build armies of general looking minis troops, but the two "Builders Series" blind single-mini boosters concept was a failure.
Blind Boosters are the right choice financially.

That being said, this set has an unfortunate choice for large uncommons if compared to the last two sets - RD had 2 horses, a Frost Giant & an enlarged Bugbear, Deadly Foes had 7 uncommon monsters you can use groups of, but CF has only the Giant Scorpion & Bone Devil you can easily use more of. 3 of the 4 large rares would have been more useful as uncommons...

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The first book to mix Golarion lore with freely available rules.
Personally i think this is long overdue, as i know NOBODY in Germany who makes a distinction between the rulesbooks and the Golarion setting. ;-)

Looking forward to buy the hardcover next month!

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Samy wrote:
Mummy's Mask or Iron Gods?

MM was the one i skipped, Iron Gods it is. ;-)

Look in the Iron Gods pawn collection in a few minutes, i'm going to post and edit after each AP book. :-)

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Thanks, Luthorne & Thomas. :-)

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All the enemies from book 1 are included. :-)

It's unfortunate but understandable, that Cessadia Wrentz (book 2) isn't included.

The "Formless Spawn" (huge) from book 3 is missing.
You'll need 4 Ettercaps, but Bestiary Box 1 has only one.
1 "Lurker in Light" too many is included, 2 Will-O'-Wisps too few.
2 "Ceramic Guardians/Terra-Cotta Soldiers" is one too many.
I understand that 8 Ghasts or 6 Nightgaunts are too many too include.

Book 4:
No Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath. :-( Maybe because no new artwork has been done and the original is from AP#46?
No "Proto-Shoggoth Synctium".
The omission of 2 more "Axiomites" & "Clockwork Mages" seems logical (although the artwork from page 34 is very nice).

Books 5 & 6 seem pretty completely presented (the gargantuan creatures obviously excluded).

All in all a pretty good (if not perfect) pawn collection, all unique creatures (or stand-ins) for the first two (most played) books are included.

An additional "Mythos Pawn Collection" with all the creatures from Bestiaries 1-6 in larger numbers plus the Great Old Ones and creatures from the "Carrion Crown" & "Strange Aeons" articles & bestiary sections would be nice. ;-)

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Looks like a Naga on the cover.
And a medusa turned to stone...

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Magentawolf wrote:
Trade paperbacks are terrible, horrible things.

My old Pathfinder tpbs (#2-26 at least) are still in very good condition, but the three Tor versions are already very frayed at the edges after one reading.

That being said, i'm used to bound hardcover books, which are of course the best.
But i suppose the price would be too high for most people. ;-)

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I don´t mind two different "bottled sunlights".
One in the Darklands and one in the upper world.
In real life there are different things with the same name too.

There are worse editing oversights than the same name for two very similiar things. ;-)

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Liz Courts wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Ooh, can't wait to see how my critters turned out. :3
Follow-up: super-pleased. :3

That's cool, congratulations. :-)

Do you want to reveal which ones are your creations? ;-)

Muldnal, bore worms, and clockwork excavator.

Thanks for sharing, i'll be checking them out in 2 weeks. :-)

I'm especially curious about the Agathion artwork. ;-)

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Liz Courts wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Ooh, can't wait to see how my critters turned out. :3
Follow-up: super-pleased. :3

That's cool, congratulations. :-)

Do you want to reveal which ones are your creations? ;-)

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paddyboomsticks wrote:
Guys this has been the only Tale in the upcoming section for around six months - are there going to be more tales after this??

Paizo and the Publisher are working something out, but neither can comment on it at the moment due to legal reasons.

The next Pathfinder Tales novel would normally be out in june, so we'll probably and hopefully hear something in may latest. :-)

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I refuse to die before i´ve seen Avengers 4 aka Infinity War part 2 on may 1st 2019 (in Germany)!

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
It's easy to see why it fits the Campaign Setting line better. It isn't centered or limited to PC options and we are probably getting lots of GM content to create constructs unique to our settings. Maybe there's also a lot of flavor texts, just like a revisited book.

You're probably right.

This is just a little unexpected, i was expecting another regional book like maybe Varisia or Taldor... ;-)

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This seems more like something for the Players Companion line imo...

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Isabelle Lee wrote:

I hope that the cover gets updated s... just kidding. ^_^

That said, I think the final cover for this one looks excellent. I may be biased, though, since two of the three are my sections.

If you mean the cover with the Red Mantis Assassin, Hellknight and Gray Maiden on it, yeah it looks great. :-)

Also i find the price of $39.99 very reasonable for what´s in it. ;-)

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Here are the minis we have already seen:

COMMON (13 small or medium minis, 4-5 in a case)

1 Dream Spider (s)
2 Halfling Archer (s)
3 Halfling Rogue (s)
4 Fungal Guardian (m)
5 Geist (m)
6 Giant Spider (m)
7 Grey Maiden Guard (m)
8 Skeleton Infantry (m)
9 Skeleton Spearman (m)
10 ?
11 ?
12 ?

UNCOMMON (11 small or medium minis, 3-4 in a case)
13 Banshee (m)
14 Grey Maiden Archer (m)
15 Grey Maiden captain (m)
16 Red Mantis Assassin female (m)
17 Red Mantis Assassin male (m)
18 Skeletal Champion (m)
19 ?
20 ?
21 ?
22 ?
23 ?
24 ?

UNCOMMON (8 large minis, 3-4 in a case)
25 BONE DEVIL
26 DEATH
27 GIANT SCORPION
28 HORNED DEVIL
29 LEUKODAEMON
30 RED REAVER
31 ?
32 ?

RARE (8 small or medium minis, 1 in a case)
33 Cinnabar (m)
34 Queen Illeosa Arabasti (m)
35 Rakshasa (m)
36 Trinia Sabor (m)
37 Urys Sevenskulls (m)
38 ?
39 ?
40 ?

RARE (4 large minis, 1 in a case)
41 GREY MAIDEN DRAGON RIDER
42 ?
43 ?
44 ?

DUNGEON DRESSING (1-2 in a case)
45 ?
46 ?
47 ?
48 ?
49 ?
50 ?

Here are some creatures that absolutely have to be in the set:

-Shoanti Archer (medium (un)common)
-MINOTAUR SKELETON (large uncommon)
-Blackjack (medium rare)
-Rakshasa, Marai (medium uncommon)
-BELIER DEVIL (large rare)
-ASH GIANT (large rare)
-Cinder Ghoul (medium uncommon)

And some that are highly likely:

-Cinderlander (medium rare)
-Shoanti Boneslayer (medium (un)common)
-Cultist of Urgathoa (medium common)
-Jolistina Susperio (medium rare)
-Krojun Eats-What-He-Kills (medium rare)
-Lady Andaisin (medium rare)
-Queen's Physician (medium uncommon)
-Kyton/Chain Devil (medium uncommon)
-Ukwar/Orc female (medium uncommon)
-Sea Hag (medium (un)common)
-SKELETON CAVALRY (large uncommon or rare)

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32 AP volumes out of 114 are now sold out!

JADE REGENT AP update:
#49 sold out.
#50 sold out.
#50 LESS THAN 500!
#50 sold out.
#53 LESS THAN 250!
#54 sold out.

There are now only between 350 and 748 issues left in stock.

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Yeah, i thought the "Androffan" robot designs unlikely to appear in the "Pact Worlds" too, but some are very cool and they could maybe turn up in a later product. ;-)

I was mostly being happy about the "android", "kasatha" & "ratfolk/ysoki" minis we will get (the sculpts look cool! :-)) and the fact that we will get some (different) robots to represent the ones in IG. ;-)

We'll probably never see a gargantuan "Annihilator" robot though...

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I wouldn't have minded a 96 page or even hardcover version of this book considering the huge broadband it has to cover and the fact that it is the only Campaign Setting book coming out in the next 7 months.

Can we get some little previews, please? :-)

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I hope we'll get the "Ironfang Invasion Players Guide" this week - maybe wednesday or friday? :-)

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Kalindlara wrote:
Jester David wrote:
Really, what surprises me about this book is that it covers a topic that was already done, while so much of the rest of the Great Beyond has barely been touched.
My theory (based purely on speculation) is that with Starfinder design taking up more staff resources than normal, having a project build on existing material was advantageous.

That's something i was a little wary off too at first, but come to think of it:

-all 3 BotD are sold out,
-BotD Vol. 1 was the first Campaign Setting book with PF rules,
-Bestiary 6 has stats for all Archdevils, Horsemen & maybe a few new Demon Lords,
-"The Great Beyond" was created with 3.5 rules in mind,
-The Queens of the Night get stats,
-it becomes "Core"/open content material

The only thing about this book that i don't like is, that because of it we get nothing new in the Campaign Setting line for three months (august, september, october) after that line had already paused in march, april and may due to Starfinder needing more development power.

That being said, i hope more old material gets compiled and revised in future hardcovers (like " Complete Varisia" for example, containing the sold out Korvosa, Kaer Maga and Magnimar Campaign Setting books plus additional material about Sandpoint and Riddleport from the RotR and SD APs).

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I kinda like that characters only advance 1 level in book 1 and that spellcasters now only have 6 spell-levels.
In my over 30 years of roleplaying, higher level play is mostly not as good as lower level play and it becomes a nightmare to game-master.

That being said, maybe only the first AP is taking it slow (players would finish the AP at level 11 or 12 if this advancement-speed would continue) and the second one is a direct follow-up?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Paladinosaur wrote:

Ohhh, its in the RPG line. I'm really happy with this route.

Is James Jacobs developing this?

Nope.

In that I just finished developing it last Monday, that is. So the present tense is no longer accurate. :-P

James, three quick questions if you will:

1. How much (roughly) of this is reprinted material from "Book of the Damned Vol. 1-3" or the Bestiaries (6 included) and how much is all new content?

2. Are there stats for the so far unrevealed Demon Lords in this?

3. Is this book the reason we don´t get a Campaign Setting in september?

Thank you.

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So it looks like we won´t get a new Campaign Setting product in AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, after not getting anything in march, april and may (due to starfinder)?

Really?

So far, the only two books in the line in 2017 are "Lands of Conflict" and "Aquatic Adventures"!

Color me VERY disappointed.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Valantrix1 wrote:
Looking pretty sweet! Gazetteer of the region especially interests me.

Just to get this out there nice and early.... (So, pardon me for using your post as a place to say this, as it's directed to everyone.)

From the Office of Expectation Management:
The gazetteer mentioned in this description is only going to cover the region of the shattered continent where this Adventure Path takes place. It won't be a comprehensive gazetteer of the entire remains of lost Azlant.

That´s totally okay, Adam.

Nobody would expect an entire continent described in a - what - 6-10 pages(?) gazetteer.
The islands relevant to this AP are totally enough.

The rest may come later in an "Azlant, sunken Empire of Humanity" Campaign Setting. ;-)

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Kalindlara wrote:
Zelgadas Greyward wrote:
Legacy of Fire has sold out copies - does that mean it's more likely to get a hardcover than Second Darkness?

More likely... but by no means guaranteed, or even especially likely. Neither has quite the popularity that the first two APs possess.

Zelgadas Greyward wrote:
Although, as far as selling out, I'm pretty sure any PRPG update of the Drow City information would sell very well. It sucked having to use pre-PRPG info when I ran a drow game.
That, on the other hand, sounds like perfect material for the Campaign Setting line. Or, perhaps, a future AP will return to Zirnakaynin. Who knows? ^_^

+10 for "Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Zirnakaynin, City of the Drow"!

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Will you update the rendered pictures with pictures of the actual minis once they arrive in your warehouse?

I think that will increase interest because people see the actual products (which look quite good as far as i've seen them).

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By the way: "Lands of Conflict" puts the population of Phaendar at just under 400.
So if every PC saves about 100 people...
Ah, who am i kidding - let there be blood! ;-)

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I was a BIG Marvel fan in the 80s, 90s, 00s and even in the early 10s.

I own literally thousands of Marvel comics and grew up with these characters.

That being said, most Marvel comic series are crap these days.

I also watch a lot of movies and tv series.

To me LEGION is visually the BEST series on tv right now, maybe ever (i get a Twin Peaks vibe sometimes).
It certainly is not for people who want action, as it is kinda slow, but the crazy ideas and change of emotional reaction for the viewer from creepy to cool, funny, romantic and so on is done wonderful.

I also like Agents of SHIELD, but i have to agree that seasons 1-3 were very hit and miss depending on the episode.
Season 4 has been the most constant quality-wise, it really benefits from having three arcs with a clear structure that are mostly self-contained.
This is a show for the action-lovers where lots of name-dropping and some cool guest-appearances and eastereggs are found.

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In other news:

"Pathfinder Deep Cuts" unpainted miniatures officially release on wednesday 22nd of march (same day as the unpainted D&D minis).

April 2017 has no miniature releases.

Pathfinder Battles: Crown of Fangs has the (momentary) release date of wednesday 3rd of may (this may get pushed back or not, but will stay in may).

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-Alaznist: is awake in the "Hollow Mountain" comics, but her location is unknown.

-Belimarius: unknown

-Karzoug: dead

-Krune: dead

-Sorshen: in stasis in the lowest level of the pyramid under Castle Korvosa.

-Xanderghul: unknown

-Zutha: Inside the Cenotaph in the Hold of Belkzen.

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John Ryan 783 wrote:

Does anyone else think it's weird that the pc award for reaching rank 20 in your militia is 25,600 xp divided among the pcs.... When you have to be level 20 already to get rank 20? Seems like an odd choice.

The 8th team and +1 for focus is nice, but the pc award just seems off. It really feels like the title should be 20, and the bonus xp should be 19, even if it does ruin the base template of bonus xp every 5 ranks.

Do your PCs have to be level 20 to reach level 20 in the militia score?

If yes, it´s pointless.
Bonus XP for reaching a Militia Rank is totally useless to me anyway, as i mostly don´t use XP anymore, but tell players when to level up.
Getting additional abilities is better.
That being said, so far most subsystems weren´t worth bothering with (caravan rules being the worst and Hell´s Rebels rebellion system being the best).

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