Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!
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Release Date: Mar 31, 2014

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March 7

Sales Milestone, New Game, Patch & GDC

500k sales of the main game.
Thank for the support people!

If you have any issues please post and let us know. We've been making fixes and will put a patch public when there a nice bunch of them.

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Reviews

“This is a deep experience backed by intricate mechanics and a concerted polish that makes gameplay immediately intuitive and rewarding. Age of Wonders 3 will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, constantly muttering that you'll crawl into bed after just one more turn.”
9/10 – Joystiq

“A war worth sinking your teeth into”
83/100 – PC Gamer

Digital Deluxe Edition

Get the game and also the Dragon’s Throne Stand-Alone Scenario and the two hour Official Soundtrack.

Dragon’s Throne Scenario
An extra large Stand-Alone Scenario. Legend tells of dragons who ruled the fabled Sea of Flames at the dawn of time. However nobody has seen a True Dragon in living memory. The isles are still loaded with treasure and have become popular with adventures, merchants, scoundrels and sightseers. Now eight rival lords have found a mysterious dragon’s egg, and each sees it as proof of their claim to the Dragon’s Throne. The sages warn they risk unleashing the wrath of the Dragons, but the Lords pay no heed as they prepare for war. You can play the Dragon’s Throne versus AI opponents or in multiplayer with up to 8 players.

Age of Wonders III: Original Soundtrack
The two hour Age of Wonders III Original Soundtrack is composed by maestro Michiel van den Bos, of Unreal, Deux Ex, Overlord and Age of Wonders 1 fame. The OST features thirty one crisp, high quality 320kbs MP3 & FLAC tracks from Age of Wonders III and five exclusive bonus tracks. To top it off the OST includes liner notes by the composer - english only - and jewel case CD inlay jpg files. Be enchanted!

Songs and OST materials will be placed in your AoW3 folder in the Steam Directory: "...Steam\steamapps\common\AoW3\OST"

You can get there using your favorite file manager or by following these step:
1) Right click 'Age of Wonders III' in your Steam Library.
2) Select 'Properties'.
3) In the 'Age of Wonders III - Properties' tab, go to the 'Local Files' tab.
4) Select 'Browse Local Files...' to open the folder that contains the game.
5) Here you can find the 'OST' folder that contains your music.

About This Game

Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!

Create an Empire in your own Image
  • Rule as one of 6 RPG style leader classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, or the tech-focused Dreadnought.
  • Research powerful skills unique to your class to develop your empire and arsenal.
  • Choose your allies from among the six main races - Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Draconians - and fantastical monster dwellings.

Explore and Exploit a Living Fantasy World
  • Explore a rich fantasy world that is more detailed and alive than ever with over 50 location types to raid for treasure.
  • Expand your domain by building new settlements, forge pacts with monstrous allies and capture valuable resources.
  • Wield earth shattering magic and terra-form the lands for your needs.

Fight In-depth Tactical Battles
  • Recruit legendary heroes, equip them with magical weapons, and let them lead your armies into battle.
  • Crush your enemies using the detailed 3D turn-based Tactical Combat System.
  • Become a master tactician. Crush city defenses. Learn to use flanking and master your army’s hundreds of abilities.

Master Age of Wonders III’s many Modes!
  • Immerse yourself in a rich single player story campaign, playable from two sides of an epic conflict.
  • Create endless scenarios using the random map generator.
  • Compete in multiplayer wars with up to 8 players online.

Please note that:
  • Level Editing Tools are provided as a courtesy to fans. They might have different system specifications from the Age of Wonders III game, are not tech supported and have an English only interface.
  • Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using player alliances versus computer opponents.
  • Local Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using “Hot Seat” mode on the same computer using player alliances versus computer opponents.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 8800 / ATi Radeon HD 3870 with 512MB or Laptop integrated Intel HD 3000 with 3GB system ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.3 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
      • Not running SteamOS or Ubuntu 14.10? That doesn't mean your machine won't run the game, it just means we haven't seen it run on those distributions in the office. Visit the various AoW3 forums to learn more and share your experiences. Please post feedback on how the game runs on your system to help your fellow gamer and to help us improve our Linux build.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
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Jimmy
( 41.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Civ 5 with Fantasy theme. It's really fun and I highly recommend it.
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Iztaryn
( 135.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is a great strategy game that has endured since the first launch way back when. Expansion is key but there is literally something to find in any unexplored part of the map. The game play is sound and the battles are are different enough to warrant different techniques with the same characters. Great game.
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<™[-=> Cookiez <=-]™>
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Lovely game. I enjoyed the tutorial immensely. This is a hybrid of Heroes of Might and Magic and Civilization, 2 games that I also enjoy. I prefer the textured map of Heroes of Might and Magic rather than the flat map system of Civilizations. Being able to see the rivers, mountains, streams and the underground make for a much more interesting game.

PROS
1. The Zoomed In Combat System
I love this. Combat is based on an Action Point system and is slightly better compared to similar combat systems from 4X games like Endless Legends. You have elevation, terrain, range and spells and even strategic positioning. E.g. If you were to attack an enemy Hero with 2 armies on the left and right flank, the armies will appear on the right and left flank of the enemy as well.

2. Feedback Button
I love the consideration that the developers put in for their players. While I'm sure that the developers aren't able to attend to all feedback, it is a good idea for players to give their feedback. Also, if I ever need to report bugs, this makes it easy to do. Alternatively, F12 works as well.

3. Textured Map vs Flat Map
You get to see details versus a plain flat map.

4. Lore and Theme
I love the Dreadnought.

5. Wall Climbing
Very nice. I like the climbing of walls. It's something that's not in Civilizations or Heroes. Not that it's very useful. I'm guessing Total War has had a small impact here?

6. Scout Creatures
Prety useful.

7. Expanding your Territory with Builders
Not bad, but not perfect. Instead of using builders for roads and industrial upgrades, you build settlements that increase your city's domain. Compared to buying tiles with culture, it's much better. However, the builders need to be given instructions, otherwise they are pieces of junk. If you don't expand, it stands around doing nothing.

8. Spells instead of Technology
Not bad. It's thematically more interesting.

9. Multiple heroes in Combat
Love it, although I am unsure if hero bonuses stack on troops.

CONS
1. Unintuitive Clicking
No auto-pickup. You have to pick it up on your own with a left click and then place it in your inventory. Why can't you just auto-pick it up if you have inventory space?

2. Registration
Pain in the ♥♥♥. I understand that you need to use it to link with GOG and Steam though.

3. Equipping items
Why is the bow in your inventory and not held in your hand? Do you go into combat with your weapon stashed in your bag?

4. Cliche Races
Goblins, Elves, Orcs, Humans, Dwarves? How much Tolkien do you want to repeat?

5. No Parallel Builds
You can only ever build 1 thing at anytime. Why can't you make an upgrade that builds 2 things at once? E.g. 2 infantry will pop up in a single turn.

6. Spellcasting in Combat
If I'm right, only 1 spell can be used per round. Having 2 heroes that can cast spells is redundant. I may have to double-check on this.
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Charles Zef Bronson
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Incredibly high price for a game that looks 20 years old.
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The_Confusled
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I bought this game to play multiplayer with a fellow fan of the series, but unfortunately Triumph Studios P2P system for multiplayer simply doesn't work; even after a considerable time troubleshooting.
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lionelricky
( 335.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Awesome game. Loved it.
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mikescorpian
( 302.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is the best hex-style turn based strategy game I have played. The game offers very distinct empire classes to play, each with a very unique playstyle and unit set. You can also select a race which augments your class by giving your base units special traits and skills. Every class is surprisingly balanced with the exception of Dreadnought, which is significanty overpowered.

What I love most about this game is its combat system which is very deep but at the same time completely transparent. All units possess unique traits and interactions which if leveraged perfectly, can turn a likely defeat into a flawless victory. Units can level up and earn promotions that give them not just plain stats, but additional skills and traits making them more suited to their combat role. The addition of a wide array of global combat spells also adds depth to the game.

This game is a must buy if you enjoy games like Civ, or if you want a game similar to the HoMM series but with balanced gameplay and game depth.
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trent
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Good game, takes a bit too get the hang of things.
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ARX
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Great game, nice music, nice graphics not that in depth though. Quite shallow compared to some other titles with not that great visuals! But it's good game.
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dynastycorey
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
i would be completely thrilled if u could have an option to change the in game music to the gameplay music of age of wonders 2 i loved it and miss it, please consider adding this
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
155.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is exactly what I\'ve been looking for: a decent fantasy strategy game.

I do have some slight issues:
1. Needs more Navy. I love naval combat. It\'s adds a different layer into the strategy game and makes it more interesting and challenging. Unfortunately there are only two fleet options in AoW: the frigate and the galleon.
2. I\'ve found the Tigrans to be slightly OP. I started a game with Cerren and have tier I & II units just walking effortlessly over tier IV and higher units. Are they OP or an I just better with the Tigrans than I am with other races?
3. Sorcerers feel slightly OP. Sorcerers. Holy ♥♥♥♥! ♥♥♥♥ing sorcerers! They start of weak then suddenly BAM! Unstoppable. But I can\'t judge AoW for that. They\'ve always been like that.
3. Why don\'t assassins have throwing knives? Assassins without throwing knives or shuriken is like waffles without maple syrup.

What I love:
1. The tactics. Having to take into consideration race, class, morale, climate, terrain, and all these factors makes this game pretty damn sweet. I know it\'s not really a new concept, but it\'s a good one.
2. The world is beautiful.
3. The characters are beautiful.
4. I can customise my own heroes.
5. It saves after every turn, which is great if something goes wrong, like a blackout or a crash.

All in all I like this game a lot.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game is an absolute gem. Replay is so good thanks to all of the races and classes. If you like playing random maps that can be customized to your choosing this is certainly the game for you.

You can be a hobbit priest that fights off hordes of undead cat people. I don't know how else to sell this game other than saying that.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was a big fan of Age of Wonders II and Age of Wonders II: Shadow Magic so it is natural like I would like AoW III. This turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme is sort of a mix between Heroes of Might & Magic and Civilization. At least for me, I like AoW best of all. I love the hero units in this game and the way they level, have items/mounts, and can use spells. I love that there is incentive to level and grow even the normal units as their stats get better and they may get additional abilities at higher levels. I love being able to choose what each city is producing whether it be units or some building that will give that city an ability or boost. AoW III does not have the race and unit variety that AoW II: Shadows Magic had but they keep adding races and whatnot via expansions so maybe it will get there eventually.

I like the single-player campaigns thus far but there are some things that bother me. First, sometimes the missions force you to be very aggressive in order to win. If you are too slow then the AI can wipe you out or at least make the mission drag out way longer than it should take. Second, I love to focus on leveling my heroes and the campaign missions usually have a hero level cap that gets higher as you get deeper into a campaign. I understand the reasoning for that but my interest drops when I can't grow my heroes anymore. The best part about the campaigns is that you get to keep your heroes mission to mission. All their XP and items and skill points remain. There is a caveat though but I'm not sure how much I should say about it since it could be a story spoiler.

I have about 80 hours played thus far and I haven't even finished the first out of four single-player campaigns (I think the base game comes with 2 campaigns and the expansions add more). I am definitely getting my money's worth. Even if/when I finish all the campaigns I can easily create scenarios against AIs or players where I control the map size and whatnot (a la Civilization). That is what I often did on AoW II.

This is not a game I will play all the time but I will always come back to it periodically where I get all excited about it once again and sink a lot of time into it for at least a couple weeks.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game has the best combat system out of all the 4x games I have played. Rather than watching your army play an attacking animation against the enemy on the map like in most 4x games, you are transported to a seperate battle map. In this battle are the units of the attacking army, the defending army, and any adjacent armies, for a total of up to 42 units. There are lots of unique units with unique spells and abilities. The combat is very strategic, you have to think about how you position your units to flank your enemy and not leave them vulnerable to be flanked by the enemy.

The empire building isn't as in-depth as other 4x games though. This game is focused more on your hero, whom you can level up and acquire new armor, weapons, spells and abilities for. You can also recruit other heros to join you. This is one of my favourite 4x games and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for one with a more engaging combat system than most other 4x games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
837.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
You can see how many hours I have in this. It's only going to keep rising. I love this game. It may well be the best strategy game I've ever played. It's heavily combat focused, and that combat never gets old for me. I'm still learning all the time. And the highest level AI remains a valid challenge for me, which I like to think speaks highly of the AI, and not poorly of me. If I'm honest, it's probably a bit of both.

So, what's it about? War. The entire game is focused around going to war. Do not get it for empire building, there isn't any. The biggest decision you have to make with cities is when it's worthwhile to stop producing units in favor of a building of some sort. All of the buildings either unlock new units, upgrade units produced from the city, increase research output (used to research more WEAPONS), or make the city harder to take. The only victory conditions are war related.

Is that a problem? No. Because the war is so good. The strategic map is for faking out your enemy, destroying their economy, causing their cities to rebel, and striking their armies with spells. The tactical map, entered for battles, is for destroying their armies, and no other purpose. And it is so good. Most of your time will be spent on the tactical map, trying to keep your units alive while inflicting as much damage as possible on the enemy. The tactical AI may be the best I've ever encountered at providing a challenge. You have to be careful, or even the weakest group of enemies can deal serious damage to you.

Everything has a counter, but no counter is hard. You aren't going to be crushed because your opponent chose a "better" setup at the beginning of the game. You will always be able to find a way around it.

Man, I've rewritten this review so many times, trying to keep it short. Too much to talk about, and I'm going to cut myself off here. This game is wonderful. I will be playing it, minimum, until Triumph puts out their next game. My metric for value on a game is that it's worthwhile at 3 hours per dollar paid. I'd say that it falls well beyond that benchmark.

Want a game focused on tactical war? Get this. Full price, all DLC included, I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
great game. especially if you like complex & deep combat and different units and tactics.

strong theme as well.

devs are engaged alive as well...
last year's expansion has 104 reviews and 98% approval.

that should say a lot.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
285.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Undeniably one of the best Turn Based Strategy games and a true sequel to its estabilished franchise while at the same displaying a lot of maturity with its newly introduced mechanics.

Age of Wonders 3 takes the best of all its predecessors and builds upon them instead of shoving new gimmicks in hopes of keeping things interesting. Its' reverence towards estabilished concepts is notable, instantly bringing out front what best characterizes the series: Epic battles between powerful personas in a high fantasy world. Those familiar with the series will delight in seeing the familiar towers in elvish cities and the armies of halfling pony riders charging across the fields.

Its combat phase is greatly improved by increasing the units' presence in the battlefield with the added Guard stance and flanking abilities, giving the player much control on how his units will play their part on the battles. Even with the humongous number of abilities that each unit has all of them are finely interwoven with the estabilished systems of attack, defense and morale. The reduction of uncertainess that previous games had also opened venues to dozens of other tactics and created a wonderful balance between all units. No one strategy is unbeatable.

What shortcomings this game had after launch have been fixed with balance updates and the expansions, all due to carefully listening and considering the feedback given by the community. Triumph Studios sets the example by truly creating and caring for its masterpiece in the fashion all other studios can only hope to be inspired by. They deserve all the recognition they can get.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I wish I knew about this game sooner. It incorporates features from Civilization, Total War, and XCOM in a turn-based format.

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Pros:

I'm just playing single-player so far, but I'm loving the RPG elements of leveling your leader and troops.

You can research spells which you can use to cast spells in combat (buffing troops, damaging enemies, etc), or cast spells outside of combat (damaging enemy armies, buffing your cities, etc.)

Sieges are well done as far as giving the defender a big advantage, but still making siege weapons useful. Not enough games use these mechanics properly.

Each race has it's own pros and cons, and each leader has their own spells and stats, some of which you can influence when they level up. There is a custom leader creator as well which is pretty cool.

Great value. Got this game on a -66% Steam sale, absolutely worth the price. Only bought the base game, but in the first hour realized I would enjoy it enough to buy the whole package.

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Cons

There is a lot of micro-management, but it's turn-based and similar to Civilization. So if Civ was overwhelming, this may not be the game for you.

Battles can be a little tedious because you move and attack with every unit. Also most units have their own spells and ranks, so it's not too horrible. I'm not disliking combat yet, but I can see where some might. There is an auto-resolve option like Total War though.

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All in all, if you enjoy Civilization, XCOM, or Total War, then you would probably enjoy this game.



Also, that guy who has 100 hours played and still didn't recommend this game, stop being so entitled. That's a great value.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
76.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
goblin seducers orc crusaders and elven necromancers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Music was better in 1&2, but otherwise it's a very cool entrance in series. After all the patches racial diversity is in much better place, and the game is a very nice addition to my library. Get it!
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