Asmodee releases dice game, Perdudo, on mobile
Not sure if you noticed, but it's the time of year when not a lot is happening in good ol' Digital Board Game Town. The sun is setting, the horses are in the livery, and we're all getting ready to head down to the saloon to hang with the hoopleheads and play some faro.
Oh, wait, what's this? Sheriff Asmodee says there's one more app ready for the rope. Alright, get your chaps back on and lets meet at the gallows.
Turns out their name is Perudo and they're wanted for lying. Sounds like a harsh sentence, but Perudo's whole game revolves around bending the truth and bluffing, and that just can't be allowed.
<The door opens, a small man in a sweater vest and glasses enters>
What's this intrusion? You'd best reach for the sky...
Say again? Oh, Perudo is a pirate-themed dice game? Oh crap.
Arr, me hearties! Grab yer parrots and peg legs or be ready to walk the plank...
Okay, I give up. Any more of that and my head was going to explode. Anyway, the bottom line is that, earlier today, Asmodee Digital released Perudo on the App Store and it's one we didn't even know they were working on. Blurb it:Asmodee wrote:CHALLENGE, BID, CALCULATE AND BLUFF... TO BECOME THE MASTER OF DICENow, I'm not sure I see the wisdom in porting a game that relies so heavily on reading your opponent to a digital format in which you can't actually see or talk to anyone, but what do I know? I'm just a cowboy/pirate wannabe who really wished he'd worn something under these chaps.
Somewhere in a tavern, six pirates are sitting around a table playing dice. But only one of them can be crafty enough to bluff the others and become the master of Perudo.
Bluffing and piracy are the essence in the official adaptation of the renowned dice game!
In Perudo, every pirate has a cup and 5 dice. Roll your dice in your cup, then turn your cup onto the tabletop and take a discreet look at what you rolled. You can't look at your opponents' dice, mind!
Now, in every turn you have to bet on the total number of dice that have the same face value under all of the cups.
Keep bidding until one of the pirates doubts the bid and decides to reveal the dice! If you lied, you lose one die as well as your swashbuckling reputation! If you got it right, your opponent loses a die!
If you're the last pirate to hold one die or more, you win the game!
Adopt a brazen strategy or a measured one – whatever you need to win the game!
• Simple and entertaining, for the whole family
• Up to 6 players: play in single-player mode against an AI, challenge your friends in Pass and Play, or challenge pirates from all over the world in online mode
• Customize your game: unlock avatars, cups and stylized dice over the course of your adventure
• Unlock the map as you make progress and play in unique settings
• Discover the story behind your adventure by unlocking segments of the tale over the course of the game
• Loads of achievements to unlock!
- Perudo: The Pirate Board Game for iOS Universal, $2
- Perudo: The Pirate Board Game for Android, $2
Zombie in My Pocket comes back to life as the oddly monickered Zombie in My Pocket New
We missed this back when it released in November, but the famed solo print-and-play game, Zombie in My Pocket is now available on the App Store for iOS Universal.
Now, there's been a version of ZimP on Android since 2015, but now you can fight the zombie horde regardless of your mobile platform. Not much of a blurb, but here goes:[user=ycyclop wrote:ycyclop[/user]"]Find the zombie totem, then bury it in the backyard graveyard before midnight and you've saved the world. Otherwise, you're zombie food.If you're a fan of the original PnP version, or are just looking for a nice, solo board game with some, dare I say it, brains, then give ZimP New a try. It will run you $2, which is less than a rental of Night of the Living Dead.
Searching for the secret of the evil temple where you can find the item to destroy the zombies rising from the dead.
You can pick up items to bash zombies along the way; a machete, golf club, chain saw, or even your former uncle's grisly femur.
- Zombie in my Pocket New for iOS Universal, $2
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Roxley bringing Santorini to iOS/Android
So, we were back and then we went away. Yes, it's been 2 weeks since our last post but, this time, it wasn't intentional. Truth of the matter is, there just hasn't been a lot of news regarding digital board games. Sure, we missed Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics landing on the Switch, but I just couldn't get excited enough to write a post about only THAT. I kept waiting for some other stuff I could bundle together. No such luck.
Then, today we learned that Roxley is bringing their snazzy building game, Santorini to both iOS and Android! That's pretty big news. What's even bigger is that you can sign up now to get on the Early Access bandwagon and start testing it as soon as tomorrow!
Click here to sign up for the invitation-only Early Access period and, who know, you could be playing Santorini on your phone by tomorrow evening.
What can we expect from a digital version of Santorini?Roxley wrote:-Free to downloadAgain, you can sign up to help test beginning tomorrow whether you're an Android or iOS user. Head on over and sign up and let us know if you were accepted in the comments!
-Beautifully rendered 3D play area
-Adventure through the land of Santorini in the single player Odyssey mode
-Play with a friend in pass-and-play or online game modes
-Already own the boardgame? Use the "Helper" to select gods to play in the physical board game, and log your matches
-Dare to challenge the insanely skilled "Godlike" AI level
-Watch tutorials on all the god powers!
-Fully orchestrated sound track.
- Santorini beta signup page for iOS/Android
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Blood Rage coming to digital via Kickstarter
This may be old news for some of you, but that's what happens when I take a month-long break. I miss stuff, and now I feel compelled to talk about it like it's hot news. Deal with it.
That news comes from Cool Mini Or Not and the announcement that the Eric M. Lang viking-based, area control gem, Blood Rage is coming to digital.
Because this is CMON, there's a Kickstarter involved. It begins next week, December 3rd and promises both digital version of the game as well as new minis, clans, cards, etc. that you can also nab for your analog copy.
The signs have been clear for a long time. Ragnarok is coming, and now we know when! #BloodRage Digital is the next Flash Kickstarter from CMON. The campaign will go live on December 3 at 12 PM EST. Stay tuned for more updates as the end of days approaches! pic.twitter.com/wJRHNoJrxA— CMON (@CMONGames) November 21, 2018
We don't know a whole lot other than the new figs and stuff they've been showing off in daily tweets. At least I can't find anything. Then again, I'm lazy and dumb, so maybe I'm just missing it.
Even for the lazy and dumb, information will be easy to get come next Monday when the Kickstarter goes live. Until then...
Aeon's End is coming to digital from Handelabra, hopefully
With fantastic card game ports like Sentinels of the Multiverse and One Deck Dungeon under their belts, we should all be excited any time Handelabra Games Inc. announces a new port on the way. That new announcement came nearly a month ago and was for Aeon's End, a cooperative deck-builder with a tower-defense-ish theme.Handelabra wrote:Aeon's End is a cooperative deck-building game where you struggle to defend the city of Gravehold from The Nameless and their hordes using unique abilities, powerful spells, and, most importantly of all, your wits. We are excited to be working with designer Kevin Riley from Action Phase Games, as well as Indie Boards and Cards to bring Aeon’s End to Steam, with your help!It's currently on Kickstarter and, despite Handelabra's history of excellence, has yet to fund completely and there are only a handful of days left to go. The Kickstarter is for the PC/Mac/Linux version of the game, but the plan is to bring it to iOS and Android as well. To make that happen, they've added a $1 pledge called "Mobile Mage" and the more of those pledges they get, the quicker the game comes to mobile (this is how their Kickstarter for One Deck Dungeon worked as well, btw).
Of course, you can pledge more and get the game earlier on your laptop. You can pledge even more and become a member of the beta or alpha team, if that's your thing.
Here's the blurb for what we can expect in the digital version:Handelabra wrote:The digital version of Aeon’s End will cost $19.99 (USD), but backers can get the game for just $15. The 1.0 retail launch on Steam will include all Aeon's End base game content and features:If you're still on the fence, head to the Kickstarter page. There you'll find a playable demo of the game that you can play in your browser. It's very cool and I really hope more Kickstarters do stuff like this in the future.
-8 playable mages, each with a unique starting card
-4 nemeses to defeat, each with their own mechanics
-27 unique player cards (gems, spells, & relics)
-22 general nemesis cards
-53 nemesis-specific cards
-Local co-op play with 1-4 mages
-Interactive tutorial so you can learn the game while you play
-Brand-new music composed by Jean-Marc Giffin
-Steam Cloud Saves
-All unlocked promo cards and mages from stretch goals
They only need about $2500 more in the next five days, which I'm pretty sure we can make happen. Of course, some of those stretch goals would be nice to hit as well...
Take a look at the link below and play the demo. It sold me.
- Aeon's End for PC/Mac/Linux (and mobile) Kickstarter page
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App News: Apologies and Explanations, Morels heading to mobile, Mystic Vale arrives in Early Access, LotR: LCG gets more content and more...
Hey, everyone! How's it going? What's new? Not much for me, either. You know, the usual. Yep, that means pouting and then taking my ball and going home. How's that working out for me? Well, I'm kind of bored actually. Yeah, I think I'd like to write again. Is that okay? Great. Let's start.
First of all, sorry for the month-long absence. I'd like to apologize for my reaction to, well, everything. No good excuses here other than __D=afds--a-d-__ (I don't know how to make that shrug emoji with text characters, but that's my attempt). Sorry to everyone involved and to everyone else for having to sift through the nonsense.
On the plus side, however, this break has given Brad and I a chance to consider making some long overdue changes. Yes, this means the title of this blog will be changing. To what? We don't know yet, but I'm sure it will be something that Brad and I think is clever, yet 67% of you will think is stupid and will beg us to go back to 'iOS Board Games'. The other 33% of you will not object, but that's probably because you're intoxicated and/or my mom. Or, most likely, both!
There will be some other changes, too. Brad's a much busier guy than he used to be when this blog began, so we're trying to figure out a way to lessen his video workload but still bring consistent video content to this space. As far as my writing goes, I have no life and will continue to just keep spewing the same old dreck.
I'm not sure when these changes will take place, but I know Brad is talking with Aldie about making them happen. Will our Twitter handle change? How will blog subscriptions work? Will we have a different URL? I don't know, but we'll keep you in the loop until everything falls into place.
Until then, let's proceed...
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Indian Summer Released (last week) by Digidiced
Due to some scheduling craziness and travel, we missed the release of Indian Summer from Digidiced UG which happened late last week. It doesn't help that I know nothing about the physical version of this game, so let's blurb it out:Digidiced wrote:Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.Sorry for the late notice on this one! If you already picked it up, congrats. For the rest of us, links below:
On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.
• 1 to 4 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face players from all over the world in online mode!
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with playback
• 3 different computer opponents
• uses the newest rules of the board game
- Indian Summer for iOS Universal, $5
- Indian Summer for Android, $5
Love Letter Arrives on Mobile
Not to be outdone by Digidiced, Asmodee Digital made some noise of their own when they released Love Letter this morning. Yep, that Love Letter. It was developed by Nomad Games Ltd (II) of Talisman fame and is now available for iOS, Android, and PC.
I'd love to tell you that it's fantastic and you should run out and buy it, but, instead, I have to tell you that I can't play it. I have an iPhone XS Max and it immediately crashes upon starting. This morning I didn't even make it to the splash screen, but they released a Day 1 patch that I hoped would fix it. It didn't. Well, I now make it to the splash screen, but then it crashes back to my home page. Curious to know if it's working out there for anyone?
Anyway, here's the blurb:Asmodee Digital wrote:DRAW, PLAY AND BLUFF, FOR ONLY ONE SUITOR WILL BE ABLE TO WIN THE HEART OF THE PRINCESSPick it up at the links below:
You and other suitors are prepared to do anything to get your love letter to the princess. She's shut herself inside her palace, so you're forced to use go-betweens to deliver the message. Guards, princes, the king, the countess... Who will turn out to be the best ally to help win your beloved's heart?
You only ever have two cards in your hand. Draw and play your cards to get closer to the princess. Everyone staying in the castle could aid you in their own way: guards and princes can help discredit letters from other suitors, priests will give you precious information about your rivals while the handmaiden will protect your letter at any cost!
As the game progresses, you'll have to think strategically, bluff and try to read your opponents' game. When the deck is used up, the card in your hand will be the character holding your letter for the princess. The strongest card, i.e. the character who's closest to the princess, wins!
Send the other suitors packing, gain the advantage and win the game. Let's get started!
• Simple rules and quick turns in this game adapted from the multi-award winning card game Love Letter
• 1 to 4 players
• Play in single-player mode against the computer, against your friends in local multiplayer or face suitors from all over the world in online mode
• 16 cards representing 8 types of characters found at the Court: Guards, Priests, Barons, Handmaidens, Princes, King, Countess and of course the Princess
- Love Letter for iOS Universal, $4
- Love Letter for Android, $3.50
- Love Letter for PC via Steam, $7
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Completely and Totally iOS Board Game News. But also Android Board Game News. Oh, and PC/Mac/Linux Board game news, too. Okay, it might even be Nintendo Switch news? No, probably not. Maybe? Is anyone else hot? I'm really warm right now. I'll be outside.
Through the Ages Expansion Screenshot Appears on Twitter
The digital port of Through the Ages is definitely one of the four apps currently chiseled into whatever the iOS Board Games version of Mt. Rushmore would be called. (Incidentally, the other 3 are Twilight Struggle, Race for the Galaxy, and Terraforming Mars. FIGHT ME!)
We've known that Czech Games Edition has been working on an expansion for both digital and cardboard TtA for a bit now, Leaders & Wonders. Today I spotted my first glimpse of it in the wild and the screenshot has a lot to offer. Five new leaders are visible and three new wonders. Take a look and let's try to figure out what's happening in the comments.
- Through the Ages for iOS Universal, $10
- Through the Ages for Android, $10
- Through the Ages for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $16
First Look of Castles of Burgundy
After the sucessful launch of the rather-wonderful Stockpile a couple weeks ago, Digidiced UG could have sat back and put their feet up and relaxed. Instead of that nonsense, they're hard at work on their next Big Thing, a digital port of Stefan Feld's hit, The Castles of Burgundy.
We've known for a bit that tCoB was on the Digidiced docket, but today we've learned a bit of what we can expect when it graces our devices in 2019.Digidiced wrote:In the original board game The Castles of Burgundy, released in 2011 and designed by the cult author Stefan Feld, players work to build the most successful medieval princedom.So, there you have it. All the information we currently have on what might be Digidiced's most anticipated release ever (okay, that was Terra Mystica, but this one's right up there).
They chose to place new settlements, gather resources, trade, and build castles. TCOB is a classic strategy board game, where everything you do gains you some points. But some choices bring you points faster and easier.
The Castles of Burgundy's unbroken popularity (Rank 11 overall on Boardgamegeek) even spawned card and dice game spinoffs.
DIGIDICED now sets out to develop the digital adaption. The game will be released on different platforms (iOS, Android, PC, Mac and Linux) and offer cross-platform play, different interfaces for big and small screens, 9 languages and the usual good feature set provided by DIGIDICED.
Two dice set out the action options, but the players always make the final choices. Whether trading or livestock farming, city building or scientific research, many different paths lead to the prosperity and prominence of the players!
The many ways to gain victory points in this building game require careful thought round after round along with extensive planning ahead. Thanks to the different estates, the game remains challenging for the players for a long time, as no two games play out alike.
- platforms: Android, iOS, Steam (Mac, PC, Linux)
- cross-platform play
- ranked and casual games
- computer opponents
- hot-seat offline play
- asynchronous game with notifications
- fast ranked games for live experience
- languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Russian and Italian
I also noticed in their press release the following:Digidiced wrote:DIGIDICED, the digital board game company specialized in bringing your favorite board game to the digital world. We are a team of dedicated developers who build and publish games for iOS, Android, PC, Linux, Mac and the Nintendo Switch.Nintendo Switch you say????
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Totally Not iOS Board Game News, More like PC Board Game News: Terraforming Mars Gets Release Date, Achtung! Cthulhu Coming Tomorrow and more...
Not iOS Board Game News. Well, some, I guess. A little. More PC Board Game News with a little iOS (and Android) Board Game News thrown in for good measure
Terraforming Mars Launches on October 17
It's been a pretty good year for Asmodee Digital with digital ports of Onitama: The Board Game, Scythe: Digital Edition and others, not to mention their Gen Con reveal of upcoming games like Gloomhaven and more. Of course, the one big game everyone is waiting for is the digital version of Terraforming Mars. We haven't heard much about the port, other than seeing it in action at Gen Con, and there's been no word of when we can expect it on our devices. Yesterday, Asmodee cleared that up. The PC version of Terraforming Mars will arrive on Steam on October 17.
The October 17 release will be for PC only, but don't worry, other platforms are being furiously worked upon and we should, hopefully, see it on our mobile devices in the not too distant future.
We're working hard towards getting Terraforming Mars on other platforms! The devs are working as hard as they can. 😉 pic.twitter.com/JaIepfhxX0— Asmodee Digital (@AsmodeeDigital) October 3, 2018
If you want to put Terraforming Mars on your Steam wishlist, do so at the link below. Then you'll be sure to grab it as soon as it goes live. For those of use with overpriced MacBooks and iPads, I guess we can wait a little longer.
- Terraforming Mars for PC via Steam, coming Oct. 17
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Coming to Steam Tomorrow
Achtung! Cthulhu has a pretty cool alternate history theme that posits the Nazis as cultists for Lovecraftian gods and then puts players in the shoes of heroes trying to take the Cult of the Black Sun down or die trying. There's an RPG, minis, and even a wargame all set in this rather horrifying setting, so why not a digital game? I'm glad you asked.
Tomorrow will see the release of Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics for PC on Steam. This is a squad-level, tactical combat game based on the RPG which sounds a lot like XCOM mixed with...well, who cares what it's mixed with. They had me at "like XCOM".
While Achtung! Cthulhu won't be making it onto the mobile markets, we can expect it to release later this year on consoles including Xbox, PS4, and the increasingly more awesome, Switch. Check out the trailer and then check out the link below where you can pick up Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics when it goes live tomorrow.
- Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics for PC via Steam, coming tomrorow
Siberian Dawn Moves to Steam
We mentioned the original card game Siberian Dawn in the past and thought it looked interesting. Unfortunately, we thought it was only going to be available on Android devices, which I don't own and, therefore, tend not to follow as closely. A couple weeks ago, however, Siberian Dawn made its grand debut on another platform: PC via Steam, so I have no excuses.
I'd keep rambling, but my fingers are tired, so I'll just blurb it out:Stephen Winterflood wrote:Siberian Dawn is an original, solo, digital card game that combines the core soul of a deck builder with the tactical power of a war game and the strategic challenge of crisis management.Siberian Dawn is available for PC and is free to download with a $4 IAP to unlock the full core game and 3 additional missions. No reason to not download and give it a go. There's a good how-to-play video below if you need to see before you buy. Or download for free. You know what I meant.
You are an Overseer in the Union, one of the tactical controllers who has to deal with the increasing dangers facing the Union through Objective based Missions. Recruit and deploy Units, enlist the help of the Guilds, and build your Bond with those in the shadows, whilst trying to control the conflict unfolding before you.
The basic Training Run Mission is available for free with the base game, to give you a taste for how the game works, and the first Mission Pack available as DLC adds the full Core game and first 3 Missions of the Siberian Dawn story.
- Siberian Dawn for PC via Steam, free
- Siberian Dawn for Android, coming soon
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Here is another look at Switch games that may be of interest to board gamers.
The game this time around are:
10.Hand of Fate 2
9. Banner Saga Trilogy
7. Light Fingers
6. Dead Cells
5. Sushi Strikers
4. Into the Breach
3. Octopath Traveler
2. Picross S2
1. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
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Compatibility: iOS Universal, Android, PC/Mac/Linux
Current Price: $5
Developer/Publisher: Digidiced UG
Download Size: 228 MB
Multiplayer: Asynchronous Online, cross-platform
iTunes Link: Stockpile
Android Link: Stockpile
PC/Mac/Linux Steam Link: Stockpile(not available until September 21)
BGG Entry: Stockpile
VGG Entry: Stockpile
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Asmodee Announces a Slew of Switch Releases
We learned a while back that Asmodee Digital was setting their sights on Nintendo's handheld console with an upcoming release of Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics. Last night that was confirmed, along with confirmation that Asmodee will not stop until they have complete world domination. In other words, a bunch of other games are coming to the Switch as well.
Aside from Carcassonne which should arrive this holiday season, the Switch will also see ports of The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Pandemic: The Board Game, Catan (2007), and Munchkin, all coming in 2019.
Most of those games we've already seen either on Steam, mobile, or both. Munchkin is the odd man out, here, and we know that it will not be a one-for-one adaptation of the beloved/hated card game. Instead it will be a roguelike, card-based dungeon crawler set in the Munchkinverse. It actually sounds a lot better than the actual card game, but I'm not a fan of the card game. I know you're out there, though, and you're probably feeling the same way I felt when I realized the digital LotR LCG wasn't the same thing as the tabletop version. Don't worry, you probably won't get over it.
Of course, this is only what Asmodee announced yesterday. I'm assuming it's not the end of their Switch lineup, and if they announce anything else we'll bring it to you.
[Yes, Dave is aware that this is not iOS news and, therefore, violates the sacred promise made in the title of this blog. He, and all his ancestors, apologize vehemently -ed.]
Smash Up Gets Awesome Level 9000 DLC
The digital version of Smash Up was released a while ago from Nomad Games Ltd (II) (and published by you-know-who) and yet we don't give it a lot of love. Part of that is the fact that I never bought it. To be honest, the cardboard version never really did anything for me, so the digital port was lost in the shuffle.
I know I'm the odd one here, though, as it has a ton of fans. Asmodee knows this, too, and today they added something we've been waiting for since the app released: more factions. Right now you can snap up 4 new factions by downloading the Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 expansion which is available via DLC.
The Awesome Level 9000 expansion offers four new factions to add to the mix:[company=396 wrote:[/company]"]The Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 expansion features 4 all-new distinct factions that you can mix and match to defeat your opponents. Mix & match them together or with the factions from the Base Set or any other Smash Up expansions to create exponential new combinations!The DLC isn't listed on the iTunes page for Smash Up, so I'm not sure how much the expansion will cost you, but considering the app is only $4, I'm guessing in the $2 range?
Killer Plants – Better deal with these guy fast, leave them alone and they’ll grow all over the place… like weeds! *rimshot*
Ghosts – Unlike just about every card game in history, Ghosts benefit from having less cards in your hand. Can you be immaterial?
Steampunks – Can’t leave a good base alone, the Steampunks will add new abilities to bases to help your strategies.
Bear Cavalry – What’s scary? A bear. What’s really scary? A cossack riding a bear! Bear Cavalry will use fear to drive opposing minions away to other bases.
Combine these groups into teams of two for various effects! Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 also contains 8 new Base cards to compete over.
Smash Up is available for iOS, Android, and PC at the links below.
- Smash Up for iOS Universal, $4
- Smash Up for Android, $3.50
- Smash Up for PC via Steam, $7
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