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 Pokemon Tabletop United
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POKEMON

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Map & Locations:
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Town Summaries

Players List:
Quote:Schazer as Theo Foreman
Bigro as Maurry Nando Nandando
Mirdini as Ylva Vikstål
Loather as Caroline Williams
NotTheAuthor as Lucian Mandragora
Aves as Ivy Amaranth!

House Rules:
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Apart from the first two, these are all simply type changes from X and Y that are not in the official PTU rulebook yet.
  • Trainer AP resets at the end of every battle rather than per "extended rest" (but also after every Extended Rest).
  • Flying Pokemon are Resistant to Ground attacks instead of Immune, however:
  • Any pokemon currently flying or using a levitate movement capability is immune to moves with the "Groundsource" keyword, which covers all but nine ground moves, three of which are only learned by the Cubone family.
  • Steel Pokemon do not resist Dark and Ghost, unless it is from a secondary type
  • Electric Pokemon cannot be Paralysed
  • Grass Pokemon are immune to the effects of "Spore" moves
    (Sleep Powder, Stun Spore, Cotton Spore, Rage Powder, Spore, Worry Seed, or Poison Powder)
  • Ghost Pokemon are immune to the effects of the "Trapped" and "Stuck" status effects
  • Tripped targets have -2 to Speed Evasion because it's silly that gives no penalty.

Other Stuff:

Official IRC channel is #eaglemon if you want to chat, so that we don't annoy people in the actual #eagletime channel

Original OP:
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It's been a while since the last two pokemon tabletop campaigns and what with X and Y, it doesn't seem like the community has managed to escape the vicegrip of pokemon fever quite yet. And I've always wanted to try my hand at GMing, so here we are! Another attempt at play by post pokemon tabletop. I've even recruited Solaris as my beautiful assistant to poke me repeatedly if I'm slow at updating.


So, what's this all about?

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(There's a short summary of each town's gimmick here, in case you want it for character background purposes)

Our game takes place in the beautiful, geographically improbable land of Regisalam, which as the map might imply has a strong historic connection with a certain group of legendary pokemon, who are said to have shaped the land itself into its current form (perhaps explaining why it seems to obey no known laws of climatology).
Once a land of three warring nations it was united under a common banner after a great catastrophe. Now, young aspirants from across the three kingdoms are sent on a pilgrimage to visit every corner of the continent in order to encourage unity and recognition of each land's individual strengths, rather than the jealousy that set them to fighting in the first place.

Which is where you come in!

As a citizen of one of the former three nations (the martial ice warriors of the north, artists and artisans of the west or inventors and free-thinkers of the east), or an outsider recently arrived, you've been given the opportunity to go on a some-expenses-paid trip around the continent! You get free food and beds in pokemon centres at every major stopping point, free public transport and even a not-unsubstantial cash grant to fund any supplies you might need to complete your trip. Having a fully-completed pilgrimage certificate is a boon to someone in any walk of life, not necessarily just the pokemon trainers that often take this route for easy access to the region's eight gyms.

For whatever personal reason (a fresh start, a good opportunity or a childhood dream), you felt like this was the thing for you and after passing the entrance exam (possibly not on your first attempt, but they can't just hand out money to any comer!) you've finally achieved your Official Pokemon Trainer's License, the first step on your journey, and have travelled to the Capital for today's presentation ceremony!
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So, how is this different from the previous pokemon tabletop games?
Well to start with, we're using the titular Pokemon Tabletop United system instead of the previous Pokemon Tabletop Adventures system. It's developed by the same community, as a response to several things that were seen as flaws in the original system.
A lot of the rules are largely similar but at the same time they're sort of different.
Damage bases are more streamlined, humans have the same stats and combat stages as pokemon, pokemon don't get a movepool of 12, and classes are less rigid and allow a greater level of mix-and-match. Personally I think it looks like a fair bit of an improvement, but it does mean that if you applied to a previous one and didn't get in but really really wanted to reuse your old profile you'll need to touch it up a bit.
It also alternates gaining features with gaining "Edges" which are like... mini features, with less impact than your big Feature choices. This lets you pick up things like "Rider" or "Pokeball Crafter" or "Get a bit better at running" without compromising on your class goals which I think is a nice addition.

The system does not yet have rules for Fairy Types and the various other changes in Pokemon X and Y, which are apparently going to be forthcoming some time in January. They also said that the new version might have fairly large changes in other areas too though, so while I'd like to be able to move to the new system as soon as it comes out we might just have to play the campaign as if we were playing Black and White. But we'll see when we get there!

Oh and on the subject of rules, the guidebook suggested a house rule of "Flying Pokemon are Resistant to Ground attacks instead of Immune, except for moves with the "Groundsource" keyword (like Magnitude and Earthquake)" which sounded good to me so we're arbitrarily doing that too.

What you'll probably want though is a link to the PDFs of the game system so that you can get acquainted and make a character.
The handbook is properly bookmarked so it should be fairly easy to navigate if you open that tab up!
Player's Handbook
Pokedex

If you want a personal copy you can download it from their site here, it also comes with a couple of splatbooks (based on weapons rules, advanced technology and legendary-themed player classes) which I wasn't planning on using but if you see something in them that particularly catches your eye I might be persuaded. Ditto if there is something on their forum's homebrew index that you think is far more enticing than the character choices on offer.

Also on top of that, while this is largely going to be a play-by-post roleplaying game like the other two, I was thinking about running the actual fights on a tabletop client called Roll20 in order to make them move faster, because let's be honest battles in a play by post system are glacial and trying to get it done in real time is going to make progress a lot faster. If the client doesn't meet approval we can just try IRC instead, but that looked like a really helpful visual tool.
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So I guess this is the important part, how do I sign up?
Well, obviously character sheets are going to be involved and I shall link a google document for you to make your own copy of below (google docs are very helpful for character sheets as they are easily accessed and edited!) but there's also some other things for your consideration.

Money: All the trainers are given a p5000 grant by the government as part of their pilgrimage. You can have a bit more or less if it fits your character background but that's the baseline.

Levels: All trainers start at level one, your pokemon can be somewhere from 8-12, if you have good justification for them being stronger than level 10 or if you want to say "they're a specially bred pokemon so they're a bit younger but I can get egg moves". Although you may want to note that egg moves also work slightly differently in this system and you won't get yours until your pokemon reaches level 20.

Character Background: You can have your character come from wherever on the continent or be someone who moved there recently/as a child/a second generation immigrant or whatever. Your character's birthplace might affect how NPCs (or other party members?) react to you though!

Starter Pokemon: You get one of these. Some good ground rules someone else gave me for starter pokemon were "No legendaries, pseudo-legendaries or pokemon with a base stat total higher than 42" so we can go with that. If you want to fluff it being a family pokemon that is fine, and if your character background is that couldn't be possible then the pokegovernment also hand out starter pokemon from a pool of shelter pokemon to new trainers who don't have one.

Classes: It's nice to know what people plan on making their character into when they sign up, so that we can have a good mix! You don't need to have your exact battle plan of which feature to buy when but a vague kind of idea of your character's role and goals is a good thing.

Desired Pokemon: If you can post a list of like, three to five pokemon you'd really like on your team I can try and make sure they appear at some point!

And finally... how many people are there going to be and how long do they have to sign up? To be honest I'm not 100% sure on how many people I'm going to end up accepting, it's going to depend on the number of signups that impress me but probably something in the region of four to six. Six is bordering on the edge of what I don't think I could easily manage.

This week is christmas and so people are obviously going to be busy, but at the same time I want to get started before my break ends and I go back to work. So I'm thinking... ten days is probably a good signup duration? So you have from today until the 2nd. That still only leaves me with about four days until I go back to work but that's better than none.
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So, character sheets!
The guide in the handbook about how to fill these out is pretty good I think, but if you have problems then ask me on IRC or in this topic and I'll try and give you a hand, it is quite a lot of information to process at once.

If you could make your own copy of this character sheet (File > Make a Copy), fill it in and then post it here with a sort description of your character concept then that would be grand.
Here's an example in case you get stuck. Make sure you set your sheet so that anyone with the link can view it!
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I think that is everything but there's almost certainly something I've forgotten to tell you! Please feel free to address any questions to me in this topic. Or on IRC. Either works.
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Edit:

Oh yeah two additional house rules which I just remembered, not particularly relevant now to :

Trainer AP resets every battle rather than per "extended rest", this is something they said they are planning to add in the next version of the rules anyway and it lets you feel a bit more confident in doing stuff.

Not really a house rule actually but reminder: you are not meant to know the pokedex inside out, but there is literally a stat for "knowledge about pokemon" which is "Education: Pokemon".
The more points you have in there the more lenient I'll be about metaknowledge, whereas if you take points out of it to put them elsewhere but can then recognise a pokemon's type on site then beware of falling rocks.
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edit the second:
Official IRC channel is #eaglemon if you want to chat, so that we don't annoy people in the actual #eagletime channel
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12-24-2013, 12:48 AM
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Jacquerel
 RE: Pokemon Tabletop United
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I made some very minor character sheet changes based on things Crowsy pointed out I forgot to list, but if you are an enterprising person who had already copied the sheet the only changes are:

Height/Weight above Appearance
Injuries below Current HP

they're really only important for bookkeeping so don't worry too much
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MaxieSatan
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Wilhelm Branquist, Archaeologist and Jackass.

Desired Pokemon: Bronzor is a must-have, Spiritomb or Golett (though probably not both) would be neat. Other than that, maybe a Relicanth, but I'm not too picky.
12-24-2013, 05:59 AM
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Robust Laser
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Takin' a look at the new system and seeing if I can still do what I want and if so then yes
12-24-2013, 06:18 AM
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Schazer
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Theo Foreman. Their wishlist is ALL THE BUGS and also Tropius. Joltik and Larvesta are probably top of that buglist, though. Also Hawlucha and Avalugg when the XY Dex is released?
12-24-2013, 07:14 AM
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Robust Laser
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Vladenie Veselo as some of you may remember from an alternate universe in which she instead took to a life of crime. In this timeline, she thought better of joining a crime syndicate and probably ruining her life.
Wishlist is GOASTS! like that fire goast and that water goast. Not gonna have 100% goasts necessarily though so the flygon line'd be cool to try and get flygons is cool
12-24-2013, 11:34 AM
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bigro
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Please explain

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Nando Nandando. Resident musician and total baby.

Wishlist is LOUD POKEMANS. But also flashy pokemon like Milotic and Altaria. (or their respective prevos)

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12-24-2013, 12:08 PM
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Jacquerel
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(12-24-2013, 10:27 AM)Not The Author Wrote: Hey, MrGuy, it looks like the Ability Levitate would indeed grant your Baltoy a Levitate Speed of 8, much the same way Abra only has Teleporter 2, but gains another 6 from the Move Teleport.

We talked about this on IRC and reckoned that as it is literally impossible to create a Baltoy without the levitate ability, they just put the +4 onto it by default

However on further pokedex examination it seems like there's pokemon such as Gastly that also fit this criteria, but start with "Levitate 2" rather than 4, which makes it seem like yeah it should have 8 speed instead of 4 and just loses 4 if it loses levitate.
12-24-2013, 03:12 PM
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Mirdini
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Ylva Vikstål, Ice Cadet

Wishlist: Shroomish, Ponyta, Mawile, Corphish, Deino because man those poor dragons be gettin' left out (and also having a poke that bites everything that moves can only be hilarious). Cool pokemon all, won't be too beat up if something else turns up though.
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12-24-2013, 04:23 PM
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SupahKiven
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Wishlist is Slugma, Dunsparce, Duskull, and maybe Joltik. Also Ditto for things.
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12-24-2013, 05:39 PM
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Zerovirus
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Lan Silvrit, new would-be Team Rocket Boss pretending to be a mere youngster setting out on a Pokemon Journey! He's a Cheerleader with focus in guile, like I plan on doing a WHOLE lot of deceptioning this game. I'm probably going to have Lan take upgrades that help him hack pokeballs and eventually branch him into the Mastermind class.

Wishlist: Hippopatas/Gible (mostly for Sandstorm synergy with Excadrill), Skarmory, Ralts (or any of its evolved forms, I'm not picky), Karrablast (or Escavalier), Honedge (if we ever get XY mons), Pawniard (or Bisharp), Solrock, Misdreavus

Man, that sure is a grab bag of random mons!

E: Due to real life issues I'mma gonna have to withdraw my application. Here's the incomplete spritesheet I was working on, you guys can still use them however you want.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3017...okemon.PNG
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Benedict
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Okay, so- I'm importing/adapting one of my BP characters, Agnesi Wu. I'm still working out how to set sharing settings on this new Google Drive thingy, so it's a PDF for now if that's okay. Starter is a Bronzor, wishlist is Beldum, Nincada and Porygon.

e: think i got google doc working
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12-24-2013, 09:07 PM
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Loather
 RE: Pokemon Tabletop United
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cool?

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Caroline Williams, Mediocre Philosopitcher.

Wishlist is Stunfisk, Vibrava, and a surprise that's just completely weird.
12-25-2013, 04:26 AM
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Not The Author
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Reintroducing Dr. Lucian Julius Mandragora! Now with more actual robots.

Wishlist is Beldum, all other Pokemon with Intelligence 7, and Porygon.
12-25-2013, 04:40 AM
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MasterBlade
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Following the Doctor of Robotics is Dr. Holly Martin, a Doctor in actual doctoring! Also mad science; be careful to keep an eye on where her scalpel goes at all times.

Wanted Pokemon: Luvdisk, Audino, Shuckle, Hypno, Munna, Ditto


EDIT:
The document is now viewable. Derp.
EDIT2: Trainer stats fixed.
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12-25-2013, 01:24 PM
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Crowstone
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Ruja Cyan is a young 24 year old ninja. She will soon become an ace trainer and a martial artist.
With Barboach in purse shall she... do whatever she wants...



Wishlist: need a Zangoose, also want a Whimsicott and a Honchkrow


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12-25-2013, 06:41 PM
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Palamedes
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So I think I might have gotten this right?

Regardless, here is the ballad of Paul Simons, self professed seeker of truth and clinically professed madman. Recently come into Pokemon after a mixup and bout of totally not delusional paranoia.

Wishlist would contain probably any ghost type pokemon, pokemon that wear masks and the like (such as cubone), or pokemon that look like they might actually not be pokemon but random objects instead (like honedge).
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12-26-2013, 12:15 AM
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Jacquerel
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As apparently someone forgot to pay the hosting fees at pokemontabletop.com, here's a rehosted archive of all the PDFs (+ optional splatbooks) on my dropbox account:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5192.../PKRPG.rar
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ZenFeline
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I'm totally gonna join this.

Sven Allister, Martial Artist

I'm having a friend sketch the guy, it'll happen later today probably.

Wishlist: Riolu, Ghastly, Totodile, Ralts, and Cubone. No real connection between them aside from the fact that I like them.
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12-29-2013, 10:28 PM
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Arcran
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Saw this while perusing on the line for a Pokemon game and just thought I'd let you guys know that PTU is having a large update come out in January that will likely change more than a few things. You may want to postpone your game until 1.04 comes out.
12-30-2013, 08:58 PM
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Jacquerel
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Thanks for the tip-off, but I actually already knew!

(12-24-2013, 12:48 AM)Jacquerel Wrote: The system does not yet have rules for Fairy Types and the various other changes in Pokemon X and Y, which are apparently going to be forthcoming some time in January. They also said that the new version might have fairly large changes in other areas too though, so while I'd like to be able to move to the new system as soon as it comes out we might just have to play the campaign as if we were playing Black and White. But we'll see when we get there!

I'm hoping we won't have got so far that a bit of swapping around will harm things and really wanted to get the initial push off while I'm still not at work. Nice of you to sign up to tell me though!
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Arcran
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As long as you understand the scope of the change, you should be fine. As somebody that spends a lot of time on the IRC chat, the changes are likely to be fairly large.

I would apply, but I've been holding off on applying to any games until after 1.04.
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12-30-2013, 09:30 PM
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Aves
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Ivy Amaranth, creepy little florist.

Wishlist: Obviously she'd be pretty keen on getting her grubby mitts on any flowery sort of pokes, particularly a Petilil and a Flabébé if we get the X/Y update. Bugs are good too but probably only one, maybe a Paras or an Illumise. Eventually I'd like her to pick up a ghost as well, pending appropriate character growth, but I love literally every single ghost pokemon ever so you can't go wrong there.
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Jacquerel
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hello it's technically the second but I was very vague about when on the second I meant, so the working assumption is that I am going to go to sleep about now and then wake up probably eight hours from now and that will be the deadline

I'm expecting two people to finish their profiles before that time is up and if they haven't I'm prepared to wait slightly longer
If for some reason you are neither of these two people but wanted to make a profile but decided not to tell me about it then this would be a good time to post and say "wait for me !!!"
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Jacquerel
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Well friends the Time has Come.
I was originally leaning on five and I have fifteen hopeful players, even stretching to six that's not particularly far off three times as many people as I can reasonably fit into this game, so like purely from a maths point of view the rest of this post is more likely to be bad news for you than good and I am sorry. I probably liked your character but... I can't handle 30 actors on the field at a time before we've introduced any enemies!

What we have here are six people who I think should play nicely together. Or, perhaps "be interesting together" would be a better way of putting it...
So uh, without making you wait any further here's the cast:

Quote:Schazer as Theo Foreman
Bigro as Maurry Nando Nandando
Mirdini as Ylva Vikstål
Loather as Caroline Williams
NotTheAuthor as Lucian Mandragora
and finally...
Aves as Ivy Amaranth!

I considered putting it under a spoiler just to get you on further tenterhooks but that would probably have been too mean.

Imminently following this post by whatever margin the forum enforces between two posts in a short time period should be the first In Character post that marks the beginning of Adventure.
So that dealt with... here comes the start of the RP!
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01-03-2014, 01:45 AM
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