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2010-02-02 C&CAncients EPIC - Vassal module (ITA)

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Recently Bill Bennet posted an incredible new module about C&CAncients EPIC, to play online using VassalEngine.

And now you can finally play it with a fully functional Italian Cardset!!! (you will see Italian cards and other players will see original English cards)

You can download it here: C&CAncients_EPIC_ITA .

Commands & Colors: Ancients online EPIC game experience will be easier for "Italian Wargamers".

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2010-04-12 EasyEpic - Punic Wars module extension

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With help and support from DH Judson, I've recently published a new CCA_EPIC module extension.

This one groups all battles from First and Second Punic Wars, already converted using EasyEpic system (by Brady Severns).

 

You can download it here: EasyEpic01 - PUNIC WARS .

(Remember to save it in a subfolder named like the original vassal module)

 

With direct C3i Magazine permission, I've also published a new article about C&C Odds (by Miguel Marques).

You can read it here.

 

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2010-05-06 EasyEpic - Expansion1 Scenarios module extension

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I've recently published a new CCA_EPIC module extension.

This one groups all battles from Expansion 1, already converted using EasyEpic system (by Brady Severns).

Many thanks to DH Judson for converting these great maps!!!

You can download it here: EasyEpic03 - EXPANSION 1 .

(Remember to save it in a subfolder named like the original vassal module plus "_ext" suffix like CCA_Epic_ext)

 

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2010-06-08 New CCA module extension

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It's finally available for download a new CCA module extension containing all scenarios published by C3i Magazine.

Many thanks to Brent Steeves for creating all 14 single Vassal save files and also ti Bill Bennette for assembling them in this new extension!

Click HERE to see C3i Magazine page.

Click HERE to download the fresh new Module Extenion.

Save the MDX file inside C&CAncientsv3_ext subdirectory.

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2010-07-29 CCA Scenario Statistics

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Hi guys,

today I've added a new features inside every scenario page: SCENARIO STATISTIC.

Under "rating stars" you will see a couple new buttons with some percentage numbers:

  • arrow up (green) will let you record a winning play with top army in scenario picture,
  • arrow dow (red) will record a winning play with bottom army in scenario picture.

Moreover you will see Total Plays with the sum of total recorded plays and also percentage to have an easy idea about scenario balance.

By now I've updated scenario statistics with all data from the great Ancients Results Yahoo Group website.

Don't forget to login before recording your play (I'm not safe leaving it public).

Hope this one will improve more and more your Commands & Colors experience.

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2010-09-08 New Forum Moderator

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Hey there commandsandcolors.net/ancients users,
Work on site is getting harder day by day, it was therefore necessary to separate competences to better manage both forum and site.
To achieve the goal I asked, and community immediately replied.  Phill kindly offered his help.
I would like to introduce our first official Moderator for the forum, Freeloading Phill.

For those that don't know what a moderator does, Phill will be assisting with general forum management, making sure threads are in the appropriate sections, banning those pesky spammers, enforcing forum rules, and helping us get everything organized a little better so the forums can provide more value to us all. Essentially it's a little bit like a police officer, but instead of going to jail, you can get banned if you're naughty or post links to warez, etc. So be good!
Please keep in mind that Phill is neither a commandsandcolors.net/ancients employee nor a Support Technician, so please do not bother him with technical inquiries and questions. Please direct those to the Support Requests sub-forum or the Contact Us form. He will help out here and there when he can (and as he wishes), but his purpose here is, at least in the role as moderator, to help us out by moderating, so please keep that in mind.
Everyone please treat him as if he were your friendly neighborhood beat cop, and we should be all good.

A big thanks to Phill for offering to help out!

If there is someone else interested in supporting us, please apply for this role in the forum.

Thank you everyone.
Alessandro - commandsandcolors.net/ancients Admin

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2011-01-18 C3i#25 preview

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New Commands & Colors Ancients Imperial Rome Scenarios

The Battle of Adrianople, 378, is one of the more decisive battles of the late empire, sometimes mistakenly called the "beginning of the end of the Empire".

While its effects are well known, its details are surprisingly vague. We can be confident that the battle started before the Romans had their army entirely ready, due to an impatient subordinate commander, but reports vary on whether this happened on the right or the left flank! Perhaps the details are murky because so many of the Roman leaders died, including the emperor himself. What we do know is that the Romans blundered their way into the fight.

We therefore present two Commands & Colors: Ancients interpretations of this Epic historical battle for your gaming pleasure.

By Richard Borg & Kevin Duke

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2011-03-03 Published 5 new maps (by Travis Taliaferro)

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Hi guys, it's time for 5 new scenarios from Travis Taliaferro.

TT11 Stratus (429 BC)
TT12 Sepeia (494 BC)
TT13 Eion (476 BC)
TT14 Ambush at Pedasos (496 BC)
TT15 Haliartos (395 BC)

Thank you Travis for your continuous scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Travis, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

I've also updated Vassal Module extension with these new maps! Don't forget to update it to version 1.1

UserMaps TT01-TT20 (v1.1) - CLICK HERE

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2011-04-11 New Scenario Designer (Jack Van Riel)

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CCAncients Community seems to have something more to give... today is the day to welcome and enjoy a new Scenario Designer: Jack Van Riel.

Here you can find his first 2 scenarios:

JR01 Syracuse (396 BC)
JR02 Canusium (209 BC)

From now on you will find HERE the complete list of his works.

Welcome aboard Jack and thank you for your submission.

We all hope to see even more scenario from you (as we are approching a great goal: 500 total scenarios).

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2011-05-17 Published 5 new maps (by Brent and Travis)

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Hi guys, it's time for another 2 new scenarios from Brent Steeves and 3 more from Travis Taliaferro.

Brent focused on the battle of Megiddo, creating both Standard and Epic scenarios. He also created an article to explain "Scenario Design notes".

On the other hand Travis suggested me to create a new "scenario category" called Magna Graecia, to store and organize all of his recent scenarios.

BS06 Megiddo (1457 BC)
BS07 Epic Megiddo (1457 BC)
TT20 Taras (490 BC)
TT21 Kailia (473 BC)
TT22 Hyria (460 BC)

 

I've also updated Vassal Module extension with these new maps (v1.2)! Don't forget to update it to see latest maps.

UserMaps TT01-TT22 - CLICK HERE

Thank you both, Brent and Travis for your precious contributions.

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2011-06-27 Published 7 new maps (by Travis Taliaferro)

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Hi guys, Travis Taliaferro submitted 7 new scenarios about the rise of the Persian Empire.

TT23 Araxes (529 BC)
TT24 Opis (539 BC)
TT25 Patigrabana (521 BC)
TT26 Pelusium (525 BC)
TT27 Pteria (547 BC)
TT28 Thymbra (546 BC)
TT29 Vishpauzatish (521 BC)

Thank you Travis for your contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Travis, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

I've also updated Vassal Module extension with these new maps! Don't forget to update it to see latest maps.

UserMaps TTxx (v1.1) - CLICK HERE

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2011-11-27 New scenario designer (Giancarlo Ceccoli)

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CCAncients Community is proud to welcome and enjoy a new Scenario Designer: Giancarlo Ceccoli.

Here you can find his very first 4 scenarios:

GC01 Metaurus (207 BC)
GC02 Argentoratum (357 AD)
GC03 Watling Street (61 AD)
GC04 The siege of Jerusalem (70 AD)

From now on you will find HERE the complete list of his works.

Welcome aboard Giancarlo and thank you for your submission.

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2011 Support

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I’ve started this site on June 2008, full with enthusiasm for the great game I discovered in Commands and Colors: Ancients.
I saw some fragmented informations on the web and I tried to group them all and share results with all other fans.
There has been some hard months behind both “website building” (graphic, structures, layouts, etc.) and “scenario grouping” (map pictures, scenario info, historical background).
I also wanted to create a forum to share ideas, create comments for each scenarios... and after some time I’ve also added scenario statistics and results.
Our map database is full with all original scenarios (thanks to GMT Games for allowing its publishing) but also with loads of fan created scenarios: maps archived reached a total count of 503 scenarios, and I think we can claim is the biggest onlinre resource for this great game ever.
In late 2008, as someone recalls,  we’ve also suffered an online “website attack” that hacked some core files and also forced me to roll back using previous website backup.
By now the site received more than 150.000 visits with a total pageviews of 1.160.000 (Yes! More than a million). Thanks to you all.

And here we are to the painful part.
Unfortunately, like every year, operating costs have increased.
My own finances are still able to deal with the increases but in terms of austerity (a very fashionable term nowadays) something must be reasonably cut or otherwise reduced.
In order to keep commandsandcolors.net/ancients webiste online and running I'm here to ask for an effort to all users with whom I shared so far this wonderful adventure that I hope will continue for a long time.
Those who wish, without any obligation, could use PAYPAL form (available on right pane) and make its personal contribution.

Alessandro Crespi thanks everyone in advance for taking the time to read this sad but necessary announcement.

Take care and have some nice Christmas Holidays!

 

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2012-01-24 Published Expansion 6 rules and unit details

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On left menu under "Rules" you will find "Expansion 6" with full details about The Spartan Army:

  • New Unit Types (also available under UNITS section)
  • New Game Mechanics
  • New Special Rules (about Hoplite Infatry)
  • New Terrain Hexes

I'm working on scenario graphic files and I hope to share the complete scenario list soon.

Stay tuned.

Many thanks to GMT Games LLC and to Mr Tony Curtis (GMT Games LLC manager) for granting permission to publish all these materials.

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2012-03-13 Some new uploads

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Hi guys,

thanks to Rob Judy I've just published his very new files:

  • C&C Results v 4.91 (this includes the JD scenarios through JD121 and also the Expansion #6 scenarios)
  • CCA Random Scenario generator (v3) that just adds in the JD102-JD121 scenarios for the vassal module.

I've also published PDF files for recently released scenarios from Jim Duncan (JD98 to JD121).

Enjoy playing!

 

You can find these files in Download section:

icon C&C:Ancients Results Sheet (1.12 MB 2012-03-13 10:31:42)

icon Random Scenario (3.48 kB 2012-03-13 10:21:22)

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2010-03-25 ScenarioX Army List v10 - Added 6 new armies

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I'v updated ScenarioX Army List (Variant Menu on the left) to recently released v10 (by Don Clarke).

Some new armies and some corrections on the "usage" page.

80. Pergamene 263BC-129BC
81. Alan 50AD-1500AD
82. Sarmatians 310BC-375AD
83. Armenian 300BC-244AD
84. Sassanid Persian 220AD-651AD
85. Ostrogothic, Herul, Sciri, or Taifali 200AD-493AD

Hope you like and enjoy.

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2010-04-19 EasyEpic - Julius Caesar module extension

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I've recently published a new CCA_EPIC module extension.

This one groups all battles fought by Julius Caesar about Gallic Wars and Civil War, already converted using EasyEpic system (by Brady Severns).

 

You can download it here: EasyEpic02 - JULIUS CAESAR .

(Remember to save it in a subfolder named like the original vassal module plus "_ext" suffix)

 

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2010-05-07 New CCA module extension

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Finally I've coded all scenarios by Don Clarke (DCxx).

Click HERE to see his designer page.

I've also created a CCA Vassal module extension to play them easily online. You will find it HERE.

Save the MDX file inside C&CAncientsv3_ext subdirectory.

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2010-06-15 Welcome to a new Scenario Designer

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CCAncients Community is growing bigger and bigger everyday... today is the day for a new Scenario Designer to show his works: Travis Taliaferro.

Travis published his first map - TT01 Argentoratum (357 AD)

From now on you will find HERE the complete list of his works.

Welcome aboard Travis and thank you for your submission.

Now our Maps Archive is counting 434 scenarios.

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2010-09-06 Published 4 new maps (C3i Magazines 23 and 24)

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Hi guys, with kind permission from Rodger B. MacGowan, I've just published 4 new maps taken from C3i Magazines #23 and #24.

C3i15 EPIC Leuctra (371 BC)
C3i16 EPIC Asculum (279 BC)
C3i17 Mona Insulis (60 AD)
C3i18 Camulodunum (60 AD)

If you would like having a look to all maps from C3i Magazines, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Enjoy playing these CCA maps, and don't forget that...

all material from C3i Magazine is Copyright ©Rodger B. MacGowan (RBM Publication)!

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2010-09-24 Welcome to a new Scenario Designer

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CCAncients Community is growing bigger and bigger everyday... today is the day for a new Scenario Designer to show his works: Benedetto Giovanni Roselli.

Benedetto published 3 scenarios.

BR01 Longanos (269 BC)
BR02 Gela(405 BC)
BR03 Medoacus (302 BC)

From now on you will find HERE the complete list of his works.

Welcome aboard Benedetto and thank you for your submission.

Now our Maps Archive is counting 441 scenarios... 500 is near. Come on!

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2011-01-21 New CCA module extension

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It's finally available for download a new CCA module extension containing all scenarios published by Travis Taliaferro.

Many thanks to Travis for creating these 10 single Vassal save files and for sharing them with us!

Click HERE to see Travis page.

Click HERE to download the fresh new Module Extenion.

Don't forget to save the file inside C&CAncientsv3_ext vassal subdirectory.

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2011-03-21 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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Hi guys, it's time for another 5 new scenarios from Jim Duncan.

JD97 Motya (409 BC) Sicilian Wars
JD98 Mazaros River (410 BC) Sicilian Wars
JD99 Eleporus River (389 BC) Sicilian Wars
JD100 Porus (403 BC) Peloponnesian War
JD101 Pharsalus (404 BC) Peloponnesian War

Thank you Jim for your continuous scenario contributions. You are the first designer to exceed 100 scenarios!!!!!
GREAT JOB.

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2011-05-02 Published 4 new maps (by Travis Taliaferro)

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Hi guys, it's time for 4 new scenarios from Travis Taliaferro.

TT16 Cyprian Salamis II (449 BC)
TT17 Crati Gorge (432 BC)
TT18 Siris (440 BC)
TT19 Sybaris Plain (433 BC)

Thank you Travis for your contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Travis, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

I've also updated Vassal Module extension with these new maps! Don't forget to update it to see latest maps.

UserMaps TT01-TT20 - CLICK HERE

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2011-07-08 Scenario Play Statistics

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Hi guys,

as you already noticed I've added on Home page right pane (and also in a specific page) detailed informations about playing statistics.

In homepage (on the bottom right) you will see:

  • Total plays (recorded here on commandsandcolors.net/ancients website database)
  • Recently played scenarios
  • Most played scenarios
  • Never played scenarios

I've also sum them up in a specifica page called commandsandcolors.net/ancients Scenario Statistics.

I'm also thinking about creating a specific list about balancing: if someone have ideas about it (or how to better calculate/show values) please let me know or discuss about it in the forum HERE.

Thnak you for you support.

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2011-10-24 Social Bookmarking

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Hi guys,

maybe you've already noticed them... on bottom of each page I've added social bookmarking icons and links.

Now you can spread all around "commandsandcolors.net/ancients website" using:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • Email
  • Google Plus
  • and even more using sharethis.com

This should make it easier for you all to share your favourite content with your friends.

Thnak you for you support and feedback.

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2011-12-19 Published 6 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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Hi guys, it's time for another 6 new scenarios from Jim Duncan.

JD106 Pistoria (62 BC)
JD107 Cabala (377 BC)
JD108 Baetis Valley (236 BC)
JD109 Tader River (228 BC)
JD110 Aebura (181 BC)
JD111 Stratonicea (130 BC)

Thank you Jim for your continuous scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update your Vassal CCA extension with latest v 1.7 (for Jim Duncan maps)! CLICK HERE to download it.

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2012-01-18 Published 6 new scenarios

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Hi guys, New Year = New scenarios!

Jim Duncan submitted 5 new scenarios while Giancarlo Ceccoli a new one.

JD112 Tunis (307 BC)
JD113 Crotona (204 BC)
JD114 The Last Phalanx Victory (149 BC)
JD115 First Slave War (134 BC)
JD116 Isara River (121 BC)
GC05 Maratona (490 BC)

Thank you both for your continuous scenario contributions.

Don't forget to update your Vassal CCA extension with latest v 1.8 (for Jim Duncan maps)! CLICK HERE to download it.

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2012-01-30 Published 2 new maps (C3i Magazines 25)

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Hi guys, with kind permission from Rodger B. MacGowan, I've just published 2 new EPIC maps taken from C3i Magazines #25.

The Battle of Adrianople, 378, is one of the more decisive battles of the late empire, sometimes mistakenly called the “beginning of the end of the Empire.”
While its effects are well known, its details are surprisingly vague. We can be confident that the battle started before the Romans had their army entirely ready, due to an impatient subordinate commander, but reports vary on whether this happened on the right or the left flank! Perhaps the details are murky because so many of the Roman leaders died, including the emperor himself. What we do know is that the Romans blundered their way into the fight.
We therefore present two Commands & Colors: Ancients interpretations of this Epic historical battle for your gaming pleasure.
Richard Borg & Kevin Duke.

C3i19 EPIC Adrianople (378 AD)
C3i20 EPIC Adrianople (378 AD)

If you would like having a look to all maps from C3i Magazines, then CLICK HERE and see the "Designer Page".

Enjoy playing these CCA maps, and don't forget that...

all material from C3i Magazine is Copyright ©Rodger B. MacGowan (RBM Publication)!

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2012-02-27 Published 5 new maps (by Jim Duncan)

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Hi guys, it's time for another 5 new scenarios from Jim Duncan.

JD117 2nd Pydna (148 BC)
JD118 Lilybaeum (276 BC)
JD119 Malene (493 BC)
JD120 Saka Tigrakhauda (519 BC)
JD121 Pasargadae (550 BC)

Thank you Jim for your continuous scenario contributions.

If you would like having a look to all maps created by Jim, then CLICK HERE and see his "Designer Page".

Don't forget to update your Vassal CCA extension with latest v 1.85 (for Jim Duncan maps)! CLICK HERE to download it.

Enjoy playing these CCA maps!

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2012-06-06 Website framework upgrade

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Hi guys,

i'm writing these two lines to inform you about the website upgrades I applied today:

  • main framework (to improve stability and reduce vulnerability)
  • forum update (for the same reason)
  • SEF component (updated to last version)

Everything should be fine right now, but if you find some problems please report it in the FORUM, so that I can fix it ASAP.

Thank you for your patience.

Alessandro

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