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Nostalgic RPG gold

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Another recent find and has shot straight to the top of my list. I'm worried I'm bingeing them too fast and then I'll be waiting each week for a new release. But it's worth it.

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Nostalgic RPG gold

By Goodmania7000 - Mar 19 2018
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Another recent find and has shot straight to the top of my list. I'm worried I'm bingeing them too fast and then I'll be waiting each week for a new release. But it's worth it.
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Rank #1: Back in Black. Hack.

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Baz and Gaz investigate the recent spate of hacks, including The Black Hack and Cthulhu Hack. Small press house rules for the masses, Emperor’s New Clothes, inspired pet projects? The lads have a wander through some of the recent offerings in search of what the new hawtness is all about.

Want more of the same? By becoming an honoured Patreon, to keep us encouraged, or if you’re feeling fruity, simply drop the guys a line and tell them what they should look at or talk about!
Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party
Join in some great chat on G+ with a varied RPG community.
Episode 41
Nov 17 2016
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Rank #2: New GM Advice

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Episode 71 - New GM Advice
(a.k.a. Your Job Is To Lose Every Fight)

How do you go about running your first game? Do you want to be a DM, GM, LM, Referee or Keeper? Perhaps you've played for years but never run a game, maybe you've never gamed at all, is could be you tried running games and didn't really get on with it. Fear not! The Smart Party are here to help. The lads go through how to go about running your first RPG with everything from whether you should buy and adventure, to giving yourself enough credit and the minutiae of wee breaks. They're super keen to know how you get on should you try a game - so let them know - and please do share with any friends you think might benefit from some sage advice.
Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.
Apr 03 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #3: First Time DM Experience

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Episode 82 - First Time DM Experience

It's been many long years for Baz and Gaz, hazy memories of early games lost to the mists of time. What was it like to run that very first game? Well, that lads can't remember, that's for sure, so this time they're joined by delightful guest Nina (@humanbard) to talk about her first time behind the DM screen. Our guest has been playing for many years, and done podcasting and streaming, but that first time in charge of the game can be intimidating. But like all others, she's survived to tell her tale!
Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Buy the guys some Hobnobs by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a fanzine, scenario from Baz - and another from Gaz fresh out of production!
Oct 02 2018
51 mins
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Rank #4: Designing Scenarios

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Episode 83 - Designing Scenarios

Scenarios are what it's all about! Thanks to glorious supporters on Patreon, The Smart Party have pumped out a couple of adventures - one whimsical from Baz and another more gritty from Gaz. This week the lads chat about the process of designing their own scenarios and some of the tips and tricks they've learned from their own writing and reading (and playing) other peoples'. Struggle to write your own stuff? Wonder what goes on behind the scenes? This podcast is for you!
Want to discuss further? We're now on MeWe (the popular destination for those leaving G+). Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!
Oct 14 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #5: DIY Gaming

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Episode 74 - DIY Gaming
(a.k.a. It's Only Got to be Good Enough)

Back by popular demand! The Smart Party presents DIY gaming – what do they mean by this? A bit of reminiscing about how it used to be “back in the day”, a dash of OSR and writing your own stuff, and advice to stop creating and start playing!
Already building your own stuff? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of virtual nuts and bolts by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.
Jul 23 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #6: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition

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Episode 98 - Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition
(a.k.a Show Us Your Two-Tailed Comet)

‘So, what are you here for? Adventure? Maybe. Gold? Probably. Justice? Ha, that’s a flexible term! What’s that I see in your eye, that pious gleam? Oh, you want to do the right thing. So long as it’s well enough paid, entertaining, and fits with your political views. Eh, close enough, you’ll do, come inside and I’ll tell you about the job.’

So begins the intro of WFRP 4e, a grim world of perilous of adventure - Baz and Gaz are long time fans and walk through the latest iteration giving sage insights, wistful comments on older editions and generally getting excited about how pretty it is.
Find out about WFRP 4e at the Cubicle 7 site

You can listen to some Actual Play of the game!
Good friends of the show, The Grognard Files play in their 2018 summary show
We have some more on this very site!
There's even more (for free) on our Patreon page!

Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty
Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party
Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com
Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty
Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty
Apr 01 2019
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #7: Teachers & Teaching

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Episode 78 - Teachers & Teaching

This week the lads are joined by educators Pete Atkinson and Neil Gow to talk about how teaching influences gaming, or vice versa. Is the noble art of pedagogy something that helps or hinders young minds when it comes to playing games? With a teacher of primary, secondary and further education on board, the assembled classroom discusses what lesson we can all learn.
Gaz mentioned a Data Science in the Games Industry course that can be picked up on the freemium model - find more here.

Neil Gow is the master of Omnihedron Games and you can catch up on what he's up to on his website.

Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help the lads get new school uniforms by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!
Sep 01 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #8: Satine Phoenix Interview

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Episode 77 - Satine Phoenix Interview

Community Manager of Dungeons & Dragons, co-creator of Maze Arcana (with Ruty Rutenberg) and all around great ambassador of D&D and gaming in general Satine Phoenix joins the lads for some great chat on D&D, communities, sending people to sleep, D&D around the world, gaming in a castle and all sorts. Strap yourselves in for some delightful conversation and heartfelt chat about our great hobby!
You can find Satine by looking for @satinephoenix around the internet and get your Twitch on with The D&D Stream or Maze Arcana
Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help the lads bribe more special guests by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!
Aug 21 2018
53 mins
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Rank #9: Bonus Episode – UK Games Expo Chat

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Bonus Episode - UK Games Expo Chat

Not too long ago it was the highlight of the UK gaming calendar UK Games Expo and Gaz went round chatting to all kinds of lovely gaming folk to find out what's going on in the wonderful world of gaming. Here's some awesome #content from his travels.
[02:10] Paul Baldowski from All Rolled Up, Cthulhu Hack and other fame
All Rolled Up

[06:20] Sam, from award-winning Sins RPG
SINS RPG

[12:50] Julia from Lamentations of the Flame Princess talks about weird stuff
Lamentations of the Flame Princess

[23:00] Mary at Rowan, Rook and Decard (The Spire RPG) gives us the low down on the Indie League Stall
Rowan, Rook and Decard
UK Indie RPG League

[32:00] Chris Birch from Modiphius takes us on a whistlestop tour of lots of books!
Modiphius

[39:40] Lloyd Gayan was the man on the scene for Games on Demand
You can follow Lloyd's antics on Twitter

[48:30] Rich talks to us about the inaugural RPG Designer's meet up
Get hold of some of Rich's games

[55:00] Dirk and Blythy talk bobbins at the bar
the Grognard Files

Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help support the guys by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!
Aug 14 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #10: Downtime Abbey

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Episode 72 - Downtime Abbey
(a.k.a. You're Not My Supervisor)

What to do with those pesky players when they're not delving in dungeons? How to convince the GM you need time to fanny around and go shopping for booster potions with real characters? Two sides of the same copper piece my friends, this week the lads talk about downtime or what goes on in games when you're not doing the core activity (be that punching orcs in the face or using Traveller to model Elite). What do you do with your time outside of the usual stuff? Robin Laws once had a gaming group that would bang the table and shout "Next fight! Next fight!", but the Smart Party like to think there's more constructive actions that could be filling the gaming space.
Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.
May 02 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #11: Bonus Episode – Runequest Actual Play

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Bonus Episode - Runequest Actual Play

As a special feature, here's some actual play of the Free RPG Day adventure which is still available at the Chaosium site. The lads along with Mat Hart (currently warming up to release Dungeons & Doggies read more on Facebook here) faced the perils of Glorantha, as realised by Dirk the Dice from The Grognard Files.
Something different to keep you going while we get more content for you dear listeners, many thanks to Dirk for helping out and doing an edit as well as ably running a fun session!

Got games stuff to talk about? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help keep the show running by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.
Jul 09 2018
47 mins
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Rank #12: Ken Hite Interview

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Episode 96 - Ken Hite Interview
(a.k.a What If Vampires Are Snake People?)

Top guestage again this time dear listeners as the lads chat to gaming luminary Ken Hite about Vamprire, Night's Black Agents, The Fall of Delta Green, Nephilim, future projects, novels, games design, ploughing the world's history for gameable content, pilum throw weights and much more!
You can get more podcast goodness by listening to Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff (KARTAS).

Ken mentioned Star Crossed by Alex Roberts, which you can find on Bully Pulpit Games and Nathan Paoletta's upcoming Imp of the Perverse has details here.

Some of the other games we mentioned:
Fall of Delta Green
Night's Black Agents
Vampire V5
Nephilim

And of course, the author to recommend to your 10 year olds, Diana Wynne Jones.
Gaz recommends The Vory and other books by Mark Galeotti while you're buying books.

Finally, there's the Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes kickstarter.

Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! You can also buy them a Ko-Fi.

Many thanks to new Patreons, Martin, Chris and Will! Plus all the regular supporters and listeners too. Encourage the lads by becoming a Patreon supporter, which will lead to fully fleshed out scenarios, fanzines and more!
Mar 12 2019
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #13: Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part Two

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Episode 95 - Dungeon Master's Guide - Part Two
(a.k.a. A Thinking DMs Book)

With a surfeit of D&D designer guests and other goodness, the lads round off their current D&D coverage with a walkthrough of the second half of the DMG. What old favourites still languish in the book, and what exciting new gems? How has the last few years of gaming and writing thereof influenced this tome? When D&D 6 comes out - will we even still have a DMG? All this and more is discussed in this week's bumper episode.
Look out for the bonus episode, with rolls on tables from the DMG and a live example of ideas for creating scenarios. Have you used the DMG in anger? Got thoughts on the book? Let The Smart Party know... Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!
Feb 23 2019
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #14: Ennies Nominee Review

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Episode 75 - Ennies Nominee Review

The gremlins got into the sound engine again this week and it's all gone a bit tinny. Never mind, the content is still golden! Maybe electrum. The lads discuss the Ennie Awards happening at Gen Con weekend. What's with the nominees, the process, the missing games? All is far grist for the mill - get the expert opinion on this year's entries while the GenCon masses cast their vote.
Think of anything that should have got an Ennie? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

For the love of Cthulhu get the boys some better microphones by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site and there's a scenario coming in August.
Aug 01 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #15: The Kraken 2016

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The Kraken is a fabulous Gaming Retreat (not convention) in Germany, about half way between Berlin and Hamburg. Run by Runequest Gesellschaft e.V. a non-profit organisation, the event has very much a family feel to it, with previous guests becoming part of the organising team and new attendees welcomed to the bosom of gaming like a returning prodigal son.

This year I had to make it a short trip due to Ryanair changing flight schedules among other things, but nevertheless it was worth it as always. The Kraken arrange a coach to pick up foreign travellers from Schönefeld airport (still being constructed after several years), with refreshments available on board and a chance to meet and greet other attendees – it’s a relatively painless introduction to the event itself.

Arriving at the Schloss on Friday evening, food was being served (all drinks and food are included in the price) it was a warm welcome from the hosts – and already games were starting to spring up or be arranged ad hoc. I jumped in on a game of Cthulhu with Ralph, who I had convinced the previous year to run a game this time round. A Belgian, this was his first attempt at running a game in English – and a great job he did too. I think we can forgive someone who is not a native English speaker for only failing on one word – dungarees! Two Americans and another Brit rounded out the table which shows the diversity of nationalities at the event.

On to Saturday morning and after a fine breakfast it was straight into the Chaosium seminar for their state of the nation pitch. An impressive five of the head honchos were in attendance and a good coverage of how the company is doing after a year or so of new management alongside some highlights of what’s coming in future months.

I missed out on Robin Laws’ seminar in person, but thankfully there’s a video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsvCAiULq6Q

I managed to fit in some axe throwing in the morning too, with the ever-patient and genial Risto taking people through the Atlatl, throwing knives, tomahawk, hatchet and two-handed axe. Excellent fun and just thing to get me in the mood for some medieval style gaming later.

For the afternoon session I ran Pendragon – I’ve got a good stable of knights for this that I’ve been using for some time now, which is just as well given that my printer had died the (k)night before and I couldn’t use new ones. Again a multi-cultural table of players from Germany, Switzerland and America. We had fun dabbling with the fae realm, culminating in a fight with a giant simultaneously taking place with a dance-off between a chaste knight and the faerie queen.

A fine barbecue was laid on then for the assembled guests. Attempts to shortcut the delivery of steak by going straight to the source were politely but firmly rebuffed as a danger to the supply chain. If there’s one thing a combo of Americans and Germans are good at, it’s flame-grilled meat. Vegan options we available…

For the evening I got myself a place in Kenner’s Delta Green game. I’ve not had chance to properly review the new version, but it wasn’t massively different from the playtest, so no issues there. I’m used to having luck or “push” rolls from Cthulhu 7th ed, so it was mildly disappointing to be back in old school world were you often just straight up fail without the opportunity to make things worse for your character, but that aside, it’s all good. AK ran a great game, with a variety of nationalities present once again – and overall we were successful with few mental or physical casualties. I do love me some Delta Green.

Sunday was going to be a short day due to inconvenient travel plans, but we determined to make the most of it. Kenners ran some Cthulhu and I’d got myself signed up for a playtest of Gianni’s WWII game defending the Russian motherland from the forces of the Reich. It was never going to go well for our brave soldiers, but we managed to get some glory and success for the People before ...
Oct 18 2016
44 mins
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Rank #16: Patrick Stuart Interview

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Episode 80 - Patrick Stuart Interview
(a.k.a Picard is my nemesis)

More Ennie Award Winning guestage this week, with Patrick Stuart joining the lads. Author of such gems as Maze of the Blue Medusa, Veins of the Earth and many more, Patrick provides insightful chat on his writing process, inspiration and all things gaming from Warhmmer to OSR.
Follow what Patrick is doing by checking his blog or get some lovely books on his author website.

You can find much more of Dirk's unique art by clicking the image below, or following him on Instagram:
Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Assist the boys grab more amazing guests by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz - another from Gaz is on the way!
Sep 13 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #17: Systems Are Doing It For Themselves

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Episode 48 – Ten Interesting Mechanics
(a.k.a. Systems Are Doing It For Themselves)

There are a plethora, nay myriad of systems out there, so what are some good ones? The lads chat through some of their favourite ways of rolling funny shaped dice. Thanks to the d20 Future Show for inspiring this week’s topic.

Want more of the same? By becoming an honoured Patreon, to keep us encouraged, or if you’re feeling fruity, simply drop the guys a line and tell them what they should look at or talk about! Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party

Join in some great chat on G+ with a varied RPG community.

Episode 48
Mar 07 2017
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #18: Shane Ivey Interview

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Episode 85 - Shane Ivey Interview

The guys chat to Arc Dream head honcho Shane Ivey about the Ennie-award-winning Delta Green, GODLIKE, British small press games, publishing in the modern world many other things. Not only a prolific producer of games, but well-read fan of RPGs too, Shane has plenty to say on what's happening on Arc Dream and tidbits on other games and insights into how to run a game company.
The Delta Green site has plenty of content, but there's great presence on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc.

Of course there's also the Arc Dream website and one for The Unspeakable Oath too - A Digest of Arcane Lore for Cthulhu Mythos Roleplaying Games.

Want to discuss further? The Smart Party are now on MeWe (the popular destination for those leaving G+). Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!
Nov 15 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #19: Jonathan Tweet Interview

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Episode 76 - Jonathan Tweet Interview

Legendary game designer and writer, Jonathan Tweet joins the lads this week, with news of his reboot of Over the Edge which you can still grab on Kickstarter if you're quick, great insights on D&D, Everyway, Ars Magica and much more. We get in a bunch of questions from our dear listeners and generous supporters and a couple of our own war stories too!
Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help support the guys by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!
Aug 09 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #20: Dennis Detwiller Interview

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Episode 97 - Dennis Detwiller Interview
(a.k.a. Everyone Walking Around In Parkas )

Top guestage again dear listeners, the lads chat to RPG writer and artist Dennis Detwiller who you will no doubt recognise from Ennie-award winning Delta Green, Magic the Gathering, GODLIKE and much more - including Arc Dream's latest Kickstarter (at time of writing) Wrestlenomicon. The guys talk about the changes in writing and publishing games, classic RPGs, improvements in the industry and making a quality product, plus games stores and digital art and much more.
You can check out more of Dennis' work at his patreon page, by visiting Arc Dream, and there's lots of good Delta Green content on the dedicated site. He's also active on the Twitters - follow him here!

Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! You can also buy them a Ko-Fi.

Many thanks to all the Patreons who keep the 'cast on the air. Encourage the lads by becoming a Patreon supporter, which will lead to fully fleshed out scenarios, fanzines and more!
Mar 19 2019
1 hour 8 mins
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