2011 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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Just added a new Secret Santa Poll . Head over to [geekurl=http://boardgamegeek.com/article/7924278#7924278]Week 2 Secret Santa Poll[/geekurl] to see how everyone is faring thus far in this year's event. And of course, add your votes!

ALRIGHT! It is time once again for the annual Secret Santa List, this time the 2011 Edition. For those of you who are new to the list:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That way your Secret Santa can look to see if you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift here and you can reply without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order. No placeholder entries, please.

In years past this list has been heavily monitored as the gifting season approaches and I am sure the same will hold true this year.

Last year there were 1,437 unique entries spread over 58 pages. I'm curious to see how huge it grows this year. As a tip - if you go looking through the previous years' lists, please be mindful of which year you are actually posting your gift to. There have been multiple occasions of people posting a gift from the current year on the previous year's list. That would likely diminish the chances of your Secret Santa getting around to seeing it...

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



In addition,
Simon Hunt
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does a superb job using the data from this list to create his great statistical look at the hottest gifts of the season. This year's version of his list is located at:

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2011


Last year: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010

Want some for your stocking? Simon also runs a Secret Santa Sweepstakes which is located at:

This year: 2011 Secret Santa Sweepstakes

Last year: 2010 Secret Santa Sweepstakes


IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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1176. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:454]
Eric E
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So I couldn't do it. I couldn't wait till Christmas to open up the 2nd gift that came from my BGG Secret Santa.

Behold, I was extremely happy to see it was...surprise



Ikusa! Awesome! I've been wanting to get this since my formative wargaming years in the mid 80's! Thank you so much Secret Santa!


Now for the amazing part... Secret Santa said MORE was coming!


You can see the first item that I opened from the parcel my Secret Santa ordered:

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/74475/item/1933022#item193...

It turned out Secret Santa didn't get the first gift Batt'l Kha'os - it looks to be courtesy a shop local to me that Secret Santa ordered from... Thank You too, Starlit Citadel!
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1177. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:466]
Ben Lott
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Received a massive package from my Secret Santa yesterday. I tore it open to find a copy of this game. Amazingly it looks like a really well done homemade version of the game! I believe it might have been my Secret Santa's very own copy of the game. It's one thing to sacrifice money for your gift, but to sacrifice a game that you clearly care about a ton, that's just amazing!

I have since learned that my Secret Santa custom built this game just for me! I've gotta take some pictures and share them soon, this thing is unreal.

Thank You SANTA!! I'm excited to play real soon.
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1178. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:729]
Luis Dominguez
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THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!!!

Wealth of Nations is a game I REALLY wanted to have. Economic games are my favorite genre and I am sure I will enjoy this one with my friends very much.

Thank you Secret Santa.

Thank you to all BGGers. BGG is my favorite Internet community.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE.
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1179. Board Game: Rune Age [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:580]
Harri Kokkonen
Finland
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Just before christmas I got my package, and there was Rune Age Tank you Santa!
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1180. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:242]
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At the beginning of this week, I was a bit worried: I didn't heard anything from my secret santa yet...

But yesterday I came home from work and I found this present:



It was very heavy! I couldn't resist to open it and inside I found:



Santa: you're the best! Merry Christmas to you and your family and everyone else!


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1181. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:119]
Peter dR
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My package was delivered last Wednesday. Better said. My second package.
I already received Coloretto a few weeks ago.

When unpacked it I found 9! gifts. My sons did not want to wait untill Christmas so we started unwrapping immediatly.
And this is the list.

Ticket to ride card game
Victory & honor
Speed
Druiden walzer
Lange Jan
Nobody but us chickens
dvd Benidorm bastards
book by Joost Zwagerman.

What can I say................

Perhaps that we played speed 20 times and my sons and I love the chaos.
Dvd went immediatly in the dvd player.
Unfortunately Lange Jan is missing the dice.cry Not a complaint though, but I wanted to play it yesterday and it seems to be a special one.
Santa, I hope one day you will find it..
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1182. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:118]
Rob Silmser
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I came home yesterday to find a very large box in the mail. When I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Earth Reborn and a nice D&D minis promo fig inside.

I spent quite some time last night looking at the beautiful components and the rules and can't wait to play it!

Thanks Secret Santa! Well done. I appreciate the thought you put into this!
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1183. Board Game: Munchkin: Waiting For Santa [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]

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Santa:

I received the package the other day and am waiting.

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1184. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:699]
Simon Klein
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Not only did my SS get me Drum Roll but also Basilica.



You rock, Santa! cool

btw, I was worried since I bought quite some games recently and also had a wishlist that "was not perfect" - thanks for hanging in there and get me some real cool stuff!
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1185. Board Game: Micro Mutants: Evolution [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1361]
Dan4th Nicholas
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Cambridge
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Last time, my Secret Santa thought that my wishlist was a joke. So this year I left special instructions in my SS info:
dan4th, in my Secret Santa instructions wrote:
You may notice that I have a monkey thing. I like monkeys. I have Monkeys on the Moon, Monkey Lab, and Cheeky Monkey. If there's another monkey game that you know of and enjoy, and it's not on my list, feel free to substitute that. I'm always up for trying new games. I like push-your-luck games and dexterity games (Loopin Louie FTW!) my preference is for games that take under an hour and seat 4+. Again, if you have a game you are excited about sharing, I'm not tied to my wishlist. Also, a gently used game from your collection is fine if there's something you don't play anymore. Happy Hogswatch! Dan


Well, Santa took it to heart. Here's the taunts I received:
Santa on the 14th wrote:
Subject: Ho Ho Ho!
Hello there young man! I just wanted you to know that the Elves have just about finished the last of your presents! Be on the lookout for a package coming sometime next week! It took some time to organize all the proper paperwork to be able to ship all these monkeys...
Merry Christmas!


and then:
Santa on the 17th wrote:
Subject: Ho! Ho! Ho!
Hiya Dan!

Weren't getting worried, were you? Fear not! I'm using my fastest, brownest, most UPS truck lookingist reindeer to deliver your presents to you just in time for Christmas!

You said you like dexterity games? I gotcha covered.
You say you like to push your luck? Got that covered, too.
You say you like...monkeys. Hrm. Well, Santa's not here to judge, so we got that covered too.
I also threw in a little something we enjoy up here at the North Pole. It's good fun for a larger group, and hopefully you and your gaming crew will enjoy it as well.

You've been a good boy, Barry, and I hope you like the gifts!

Yours,
Santa


I was a little worried, since I felt like I was missing a clue. Who's Barry? Was this a reference to a movie I haven't seen?

Then on Monday I got
Santa on the 19th wrote:
Subject: Reindeer Tracking
Hi Dan!

My elves never cease to amaze me! They came up with a really cool new bit of tech this year. It's a micro-transmitter that allows us here at the North Pole to follow a reindeer in real time from point to point. We smooshed it up in some yummy treats, and the reindeer just scarf 'em right down! Retrieving it later on is going to be a bit unpleasant, though...

Obviously I can't give you access to our network at The Pole, but some particularly craft elves manages to hack into the UPS database, and upload the tracking information disguised as a regular package! You can go to UPS.com and use the following Reindeer Identification Code to see your present's progress: [snip]. Assuming the weather holds, I should expect him to arrive no later than Wednesday.

One more thing, the elves didn't quite have enough time to wrap your presents, so if you want to keep them a surprise until Christmas don't open the box! If you're like me and can't wait, then go for it man!

Happy Holidays!


Well, Santa, I did try to wait. Thanks for the warning about the wrapping. Instead of opening the box, I just wrapped a bow around it. Here's what your present looked like under the tree:


However, we had a "last game night of 2011" on Thursday, and I just couldn't wait anymore. (A little too much Holiday Cheer may have contributed to my lack of impulse control). It was time to dig in.

Oh my gosh, Santa! There was a lot in the box! My friends kept laughing at me as I dug in the peanuts and kept finding games. In total, Santa sent:
Micro Mutants: Evolution
Ra
Cranium WOW
Cookie Fu: Coconut Monkey Fortune Deck
And an extra special simian elf. Obviously, this is Barry! Hi Barry!

Barry quickly made a couple of furry friends who really liked his hat.


Thank you Santa! I can't wait to try them all, and I hope that you don't have too much trouble retrieving your tracking device! (ew.)
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1186. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:196]
Laszlo Toth
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I got a mysterious package from Amazon today, and it turns out, it's from Secret Santa!!
Perfect timing, Santa!
I got a game which is one of my most wanted game for months (if not years): Kingsburg.
I can't wait to play it, I'm sure it will be on the table at Christmas Eve (and not as a dinner, of course ).

Thank you, Santa, Happy Holidays to you, and your family!!
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1187. Board Game: Quarriors! Quaxos Promo Cards [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Michael Wißner
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My Secret Santa had already send me a generous gift a few weeks ago, but neverthelesse, I received a second package today, just in time for Christmas.

In it were promo cards for Quarriors, Defenders of the Realm and Power Grid!



But that's not all, because the most awesome gift is still to come: Santa had also knitted / crocheted me a Dogbert to go with my avatar!



Wow. I'm speechless. This gives generosity a new meaning. Secret Santa rocks!

So thanks again many, many times Secret Santa, you're the best!
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1188. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:70]
Ken Henderson
United Kingdom
Seaham
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My parcel arrived a few days ago together with a nice note from my SS saying that he had really enjoyed playing this with his neighbour.

Thanks Santa! Can't wait to play this over Christmas.
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1189. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1482]
Kristof Minnen
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I received my gift but my Santa asked me to keep it closed until Christmas.
Now I'm very curious but the packages are stil closed.
One more day!!




26-12-2011

I opened my Santa gift and I was very surprised. I just got Survive, escape from atlantis and the 2 expansions, The squid and the 5-6 player expansion.
There was also a second gift that arrived later. It's a selfmade cloth bag for playing peaces. I LOVE it, the personal touch of my santa.

Thanks a lot santa, my first BGG Secret Santa is great!!



Here some pics:








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1190. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:17]
Tony T
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Spring
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This box arrived 3 weeks ago. I put it up thinking it was presents for the kids. Thanks Secret Santa.



Oh, and the Leaders expansion was with it as well
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1191. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:238]
Joseph Pape
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Kingston
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I broke a long standing rule this year and opened my present before Christmas. I was very pleased with my bounty this year.



Hurray! This is one of my favorite new games that I've been playing this year. As much as I like playing Brass, this one just takes the cake. It's expandable, and I'm not afraid to show it to my family.

And of course, a must have for the new owner of Age of Industry



What good is expandable without expansions

Thank you so much Santa! This is definitely what I was hoping for.

Merry Christmas,
Joey
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1192. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:84]
Christoph M.
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Today my first christmas gift arrived - Santa is one day early this year. This offers the opportunity to play a round of Dungeon petz this noon, before being out of the house due to christmas visits.

Thank you, (not so) Secret Santa!
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1193. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:831]
Simon Taylor
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My present has been sitting under the tree for quite a while and I had managed to put off opening it.

As I'm away tomorrow the grand opening was this evening.

Thank you very much Secret Santa and Happy Christmas.
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1194. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:297]
Mike Banks
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Harrisburg
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MY Secret Santa is off the chain and completely out of control!

FORMULA D?!??!?

WOOHOO!!!



*and* FACTORY FUN??!??!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!??



*AND* JAIPUR???!!???

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!


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1195. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
Burster of Bubbles, Destroyer of Dreams.
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Sunnyvale
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Santa:

Prompted by your geekmail, I checked around, and lo and behold there was a box sitting under the front table for me. I don't know how long it's been sitting there, I hope you weren't too worried.

Inside were two pretty gift-wrapped boxes and a folded sheet of paper hand-labelled "Top Secret for Santa eyes only".

Well... I was Santa for someone else this year, that counts, right? Right?

I told you to feel free to completely ignore my wishlist and just get me games you thought I'd enjoy. You did wonderfully!

Louis XIV -- People have been telling me I should try this for years, we almost got it on the table a few years ago on Bastille Day... and now I get to try it at my convenience! Into the car it goes!

The Pillars of the Earth -- I bet I'll have fun playing this with J., the Caylus fan. Or J., who I've seen playing PotE at Games Day. Or J., who likes mid-weight economic games. Or J., who's always on the lookout for classic games he hasn't tried. Or J., who loves medieval history. (OK, at this point I'm just going down my mental list of gaming friends whose names start with J, looking for things to say. Once you're on a roll...)

Thank you so much, Santa!

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1196. Board Game: Dixit Odyssey [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:102] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Greg
United States
Brea
CA
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Wednesday, I came home to find a HUGE package waiting for me.

Inside I found this:


2 presents for me
1 present for "the boys" (something for me and my boys to play together?)
1 Stocking for each of my boys
and
1 VERY heavy stocking for my wife!

Very excited to find out what is inside of everything. Chrisrtmas can't come soon enough.

Thanks, Secret Santa!

Update:
Opened the packages to find Dixit Odyssey, Dixit Quest, Ramses Pyramid.


The kids stckings had an assortment of candy and small toys (The Wacky Packages trading cards were an instant favorite.)
My wifes stocking had a variety of foodstuffs including BBQ sauce, Jalapeno Cherry jelly, and a sugar free marshmallow chocolate Santa

A BIG THANK YOU from everyone in my family Santa!!
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1197. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:528]
Josh Middleton
United States
oakdale
Connecticut
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So my santa first let me know what's what and set some demands up. And one of those was to use GeekGold he sent me to set up an avatar, so now I'm not some faceless lurker! I posted some things gave some thumbs and did everything evil santa asked of me, and then lo' and behold, one day before he said it would arrive I get this in the mail!





I LOVED colossal arena when I played it before and my more casual group of friends would love this game, this alone would have been a great present but as you can see, there are TWO more under it! I was told not to open them until christmas and I have to do what santa says but it's hard. At least I have the first game to distract me for two days. Thank you so much Santa this is great! I'll update this once I found out what's in the other boxes!!! I just realised how many exclamation points I've used in this post!
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1198. Board Game: Puerto Rico: Limited Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked]
Ulf Persson
Sweden
Malmö
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Dear Secret Santa!

Thank you so much for the gift that I recieved yesterday. It was a copy of Puerto Rico: Anniversary Edition! WOW! Very generous. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
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1199. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1007]
Nicolas Varela
Chile
Santiago
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Just when I was about to lose faith in Secret Santa, I get back home and 5 parcels were waiting for me. I was told "someone" came and identified himself as "amigo secreto" (secret friend) and left the parcels. No card, no sign, nothing...

So, not knowing if they were for me (or for my wife and/or children), I decided to open them.

First parcel: a keyring featuring a pig, which is really a LED flashlight. Excellent!!! laugh

Second parcel: a bunch of coloured mini die. Wow! I love dice! Note to self: keep away from Rosario (my 1-year daughter).

Third parcel... Dragonheart! Wonderful! It has been on my wishlist for ages! I'll try it ASAP, and I think it will be a very good replacement for my worn out Lost Cities.

Fourth one: Pit, in its chilean version called "Ding". I love loud games, particularly those I can play with my kids. A great, great addition to my collection!!

Fifth and last, Sorry! Sliders! This one wasn't "formally" on my wishlist, but it's a game I've been longing to have! I even offered a fellow gamer to buy it from him a couple of months ago... so, only readers of the juegosdemesa.cl forum knew I wanted this game ninja I can't wait to play it!!

So, a HUGE "thank you" (or should I say "Muchas gracias"?) to my Secret Santa, and thanks also to the misterious delivery guy. He may have been Rudolph, an elf, or perhaps Santa himself!!

Feliz Navidad!
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1200. Board Game: Dust Tactics: Revised Core Set [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:1384]
Kirlian Silvestre
Brazil
Recife
Pernambuco
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best, impossible!!!!

on Christmas Eve, I received my package of the my secret santa.

simply the first one of my wishlist..... a Dust Tactics: Revised Core Set and not only that..... plus 1600 MSP for my Xbox Live.

I'M SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!



THANKS SECRET SANTA!!!!

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Feliz Natal!!!

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