Project Explore is a new survival game. You will have to deal with tough situations, starting with starvation and rapidly increasing insanity. There will be lots of new upcoming features and changes.
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I would like to get feedback and take extra time to really polish, and balance the game. The number one priority is a very enjoyable, and memorable, experience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I expect it to take about a year to complete every feature and aspect of the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“I want to create a really immersive and fun experience. Multiplayer is a key feature that will definitely be included by the time of the full release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully functional and includes tons of content including the following:
  • House construction
  • Crafting
  • Cooking
  • Day and night cycle
  • Multiple NPCs
  • Over 150 items
  • Temperature system
  • Random world generation
  • Save system
  • Fishing
  • Multiple biomes

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The final release will cost a bit more than the early access release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I will be posting updates consistently and fixing issues brought up by the community. I'll try my very best to stay active and involved in the forums for Project Explore.”
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August 23

Update 0.3.0.8, Console Overhaul, Player Modding!

I mentioned in my last post that I would do these things so I did them!

Improved Console



The new console has a suggestion system based on what you have input. It works perfect and I think will help out a lot of people. I think it is silly to expect anyone to go back and read through this post just to see what the console commands are.


There is also a new logging system on the side! Using the arrow keys you can easily re-use a command that you already typed.

object_mode
This is a new console command that allows you to place any object that has been loaded into the game (that obviously includes any from mods). With this command you could easily build levels for others to play through or hand craft a world! I still need to create an object deletion system but that will come next as it is a bit more complicated.

Here is a gif showing off the new object_mode:


Player Script
Now you can modify the players variables. This includes all of the following:
  • Health, soft limit
  • Health, hard limit
  • Health falloff
  • Health heartbeat trigger amount
  • Health regeneration (food)
  • Health regeneration (thirst)
  • Health loss from starvation
  • Food limit
  • Health loss from dehydration
  • Thirst limit
  • Movement speed

If you have more suggestions regarding the players modifiable variables, let me know. I've not included sanity because it may not be in future builds. Until I decide on that I will not include it.

Foundations Fixed
This has been an issue for quite a while. I spent months trying to figure out some convoluted math equation to properly set the depth of each foundation. I finally fixed it which is great because I can progress further along with house building now!



Change Log
  • Fixed Foundation depth issues
  • Console system overhaul
    • object_mode <Object Name>
    • kill_self
    • time_set_speed
    • give_item <Item Name>
    • fps_set
  • Mod script files changed from ANSI to UTF8
  • Player variables modifiable via a 'PLAYER' script
  • Fixed potential crash when quitting from ingame menu
  • Foliage is no longer drawn when it is underneath a foundation

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August 23

What will be changed next?

Creative Mode?
A lot of the community here has asked for a creative mode and in the past modding has be requested. I have included modding this time around but I have yet to get around to a creative mode.

I've decided to streamline the console commands. It lets you add items to your inventory, change the speed of the day and night cycle, and more. I didn't really consider how many of the current users here are interested in modifying Project Explore or just messing around with it.

Expanding Modifcation
Currently you can modify biomes, what spawns in them, items, tools, crafting, and pretty much everything aside from terrain textures. This all works within Multiplayer (except for books right now). THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT MULTIPLAYER IS AVAILABLE YET. Have to clarify that.

I'll be adding the possibility of player modifcation. Making the player move faster, have more/less health, damage resistance, and maybe even more!

Weather
A lot of players who experienced Project Explore 0.2.1.2 and prior seemed to have enjoyed some of the weather in the game. Particularly the rain. That will be the next feature I'll be working into the experimental build. In the new beautiful world you can expect that rain to look at least as lovely as it used to.

Thanks to you
Each and every one of you have motivated me to continue my work on Project Explore. I seriously appreciate all the support I get from you wonderful people. I hope we build an amazing game together.

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Reviews

“If you like sandbox survival type games, you will very likely love 'Project Explore'!”
Recommended – Zaxtor99

“It's a pretty fun game with crafting, fighting and all that good stuff. You have to play it for a while before you judge how much content is in it though.”
Recommended – RagerX

“Project Explore is a charming survival game which is steadily getting fleshed out content.”
Recommened – Jedo

About This Game



Project Explore is a survival game. You will have to deal with tough situations, starting with starvation and rapidly increasing insanity.

You will need to manage your time and resources to survive the night. You must maintain your sanity by staying near light until you reach the day time hours again.

The world is rendered in 2D with various 3D elements, such as the trees, structures, storage items, etc...

Updates, accompanied by descriptive news posts, are made to the game about every other week and sometimes more often!

"I think every player deserves a voice and the direction of the game should be based on community feedback, and ideas. I've followed this idea since the beginning of the games development and so far it has helped the game become something I could not have ever imagined." -Seabass

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB graphics with DirectX 9.0c, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This runs on just about any modern potato.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel i3 550 or AMD Phenom II X2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB graphics with DirectX 9.0c, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This runs on just about any modern potato.
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XcodemanX01
3.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
If you like survival games this is defenitely a good buy i love it so far it just needs more content which is fine since its in early access but the only problem i have with this is it crashed and wiped everything i can interact with everywhere on all of my saves so please fix that but again its in early access so no problem. Keep it up it has alot of potential, and a couple suggestions maybe make something in desserts i mean all it is is sand right now and this game would be alot more fun with villages and not the bad ones.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Elwood Blues
5.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
Fun,
EZ.
Run across the map still can`t find my first base, meh, just build another one.
Build the 2nd base near the river so I won`t get lose. Then I findout that`s not river, can`t drink from the sea, ditch the 2nd base.
Bored of beating animals, so I got some metal, and craft a pistol....???????what????
Now I`m growing tomatos, to lazy to go explore.
Most survival games ♥♥♥♥ players up so hard, but this one does not.
Waiting for more memes.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Gedrik
1.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Well, it's Early Access and it still does look like a regular game. And it's for a reasonable price.
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a night of passion
0.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
> Day 1
> Wander around all day not knowing exactly what to do
> Night starts falling
> Go into an abandoned house, not sure what comes out at night
> Three bears line up at the door like I'm a homeless shelter giving out soup
> imnotyoursoupslut.jpg
> Equips pickaxe that I robbed off of a corpse
> Opens door
> Bears roll into my shelter at the speed of sound and surround me
> Revenant flashbacks
> "The dust is making it hard to breathe"
> are you sure it isn't this bear orgy i let into our home
> are
> you
> sure

Fun game, 10/10 would recommend hosting more homeless bear orgies in abandoned houses.

Onto a more serious critique, even with the little time I've spent in this game, I got a lot done. Minus the bear death.

In its current state, if you're looking for a cheap game to pick up for a few hours, I definitely recommend this one, especially if you think Don't Starve is too overhwelming. You'll get the same feel with simpler gameplay and mechanics. For the little time I spent in the game (on a small map), I refurnished an abandoned house and got revenge on the bears.

However, I do have a few gripes. I'm aware that this game is pretty young, so I definitely hope that the developer is still reading through reviews.

• Was it just me, or can you not refill empty water bottles? I was dehydrating fast and staring longingly at the numerous puddles/lakes I kept passing, spamming every button I had in a desperate attempt to fill my bottles. On a small map, I quickly ran out of things to quench my thirst and could not, for the life of me, find any sort of drink from looting.

• While inside of a house, sometimes I was affected by the dust storm and sometimes I wasn't.

• The fire was a bit confusing. Does it drain sanity? Sometimes my sanity would go down and other times it went up. I'm not sure why fire would drain sanity when I'm standing in the dark.

• Speaking of sanity, I had no clue how to restore it, which seemed like an important tip to mention during the tutorial. It just went up or drained whenever it wanted to. I had a few close call nights and was panick-clicking everything I could in a vain attempt to combat how fast it was draining.

Other than those few things, I'm definitely going to put some real hours into this game. Just playing for a few minutes sparked my creativity. I'd love a purely sandbox mode if more building options are added, since I can already see wood and stone becoming a problem. Currently, trees don't seem to be a renewable resource.
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-=MOTA=-Zeferoth
4.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
great game... you just need more items... more things to do... more stuff on the map.... anything... its very boring after the first ten min... kindly add more things places...

1. graveyards for zombies ghouls ect
2. broken down buildings
3. actual villages
4. other npc's quests... gathering or killing wolves ect you know..
5. more weapons and tools... better crafting....
6, a MAP! would be great.. but have to craft it or find it... :)
7. when making a game map when entering a name for your game put it if u guess a special name ur map will be unique with special things in it... you know what i mean

8. catching animals having a pet have it fight for u level up like pokemon... you should also have levels and get exp for kills gathering ect... make the game way more fun and productive and progressive many ppl would play more...

9. better inventory ui. in general the ui is lacking greatly.. plz do somthing about it...

overall this game has great ability to go far.... its up to the dev team to get off there ♥♥♥ and do some improvements.... what i listed are just a few of many that i have in mind but i dont wanna sit here and list a hundred points... if devs wont listen to me plz reach out and contact me id love to help you free of charge <3 this game is a must buy :)
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frank2351
0.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
For the current price of 2 bucks it's a buy. Especially when you're into survival, building, crafting, management. Dev is active and updates happen.
It's a bit heavy on the eyes as you can see from the screenshots. You shouldn't mind that when buying in.
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Sʜɪɴɪ
7.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11
If you want a good and fun survival game which is in early access well this is the game for ya! It's got some pretty good house building but only those who are truly creative would be able to make some good houses. Basically, it's a fun game and it's achievements are.. well, achievable. And beware of a bug that you might sadly possibly encounter. When you save and turn off the game you should probably take your most important items into your inventory in case the game decided to delete parts of your house like it has for me. Otherwise, it's pretty fun even with it's seemingly small amount of content.
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76561198059668125
26.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4
This developer is:
10% slack,
20% play,
15% of the time he's fixing bugs all day,
5% sleep,
50% not lame,
100% reason to purchase his ♥♥♥♥ing game.

Also on a more serious note the developer really is involved in this game, fixes bugs if they appear, listens to the community, takes criticism well, and the developer just goes with the flow whenever someone trolls him/her.

If you go to the developers profile you will see what I mean. Someone commented on the devs profile "-rep worst porn star ever" or something like that and all the developer said back was this; "+rep (trolls name) was recognized as porn star".

One of the best human beings I have literally ever met on steam and the best developer I have ever seen and had the pleasure of chatting with.
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PrimalWeaponsXX
15.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
PROTIP: Hitting a bear with a stone in your hand does the same damage as a wooden sword in your hand.

Then the bear kills you.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Calvin
0.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
not enough meme
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
> Day 1
> Wander around all day not knowing exactly what to do
> Night starts falling
> Go into an abandoned house, not sure what comes out at night
> Three bears line up at the door like I'm a homeless shelter giving out soup
> imnotyoursoupslut.jpg
> Equips pickaxe that I robbed off of a corpse
> Opens door
> Bears roll into my shelter at the speed of sound and surround me
> Revenant flashbacks
> "The dust is making it hard to breathe"
> are you sure it isn't this bear orgy i let into our home
> are
> you
> sure

Fun game, 10/10 would recommend hosting more homeless bear orgies in abandoned houses.

Onto a more serious critique, even with the little time I've spent in this game, I got a lot done. Minus the bear death.

In its current state, if you're looking for a cheap game to pick up for a few hours, I definitely recommend this one, especially if you think Don't Starve is too overhwelming. You'll get the same feel with simpler gameplay and mechanics. For the little time I spent in the game (on a small map), I refurnished an abandoned house and got revenge on the bears.

However, I do have a few gripes. I'm aware that this game is pretty young, so I definitely hope that the developer is still reading through reviews.

• Was it just me, or can you not refill empty water bottles? I was dehydrating fast and staring longingly at the numerous puddles/lakes I kept passing, spamming every button I had in a desperate attempt to fill my bottles. On a small map, I quickly ran out of things to quench my thirst and could not, for the life of me, find any sort of drink from looting.

• While inside of a house, sometimes I was affected by the dust storm and sometimes I wasn't.

• The fire was a bit confusing. Does it drain sanity? Sometimes my sanity would go down and other times it went up. I'm not sure why fire would drain sanity when I'm standing in the dark.

• Speaking of sanity, I had no clue how to restore it, which seemed like an important tip to mention during the tutorial. It just went up or drained whenever it wanted to. I had a few close call nights and was panick-clicking everything I could in a vain attempt to combat how fast it was draining.

Other than those few things, I'm definitely going to put some real hours into this game. Just playing for a few minutes sparked my creativity. I'd love a purely sandbox mode if more building options are added, since I can already see wood and stone becoming a problem. Currently, trees don't seem to be a renewable resource.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
Fun,
EZ.
Run across the map still can`t find my first base, meh, just build another one.
Build the 2nd base near the river so I won`t get lose. Then I findout that`s not river, can`t drink from the sea, ditch the 2nd base.
Bored of beating animals, so I got some metal, and craft a pistol....???????what????
Now I`m growing tomatos, to lazy to go explore.
Most survival games ♥♥♥♥ players up so hard, but this one does not.
Waiting for more memes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
great game... you just need more items... more things to do... more stuff on the map.... anything... its very boring after the first ten min... kindly add more things places...

1. graveyards for zombies ghouls ect
2. broken down buildings
3. actual villages
4. other npc's quests... gathering or killing wolves ect you know..
5. more weapons and tools... better crafting....
6, a MAP! would be great.. but have to craft it or find it... :)
7. when making a game map when entering a name for your game put it if u guess a special name ur map will be unique with special things in it... you know what i mean

8. catching animals having a pet have it fight for u level up like pokemon... you should also have levels and get exp for kills gathering ect... make the game way more fun and productive and progressive many ppl would play more...

9. better inventory ui. in general the ui is lacking greatly.. plz do somthing about it...

overall this game has great ability to go far.... its up to the dev team to get off there ♥♥♥ and do some improvements.... what i listed are just a few of many that i have in mind but i dont wanna sit here and list a hundred points... if devs wont listen to me plz reach out and contact me id love to help you free of charge <3 this game is a must buy :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Well, it's Early Access and it still does look like a regular game. And it's for a reasonable price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
If you like survival games this is defenitely a good buy i love it so far it just needs more content which is fine since its in early access but the only problem i have with this is it crashed and wiped everything i can interact with everywhere on all of my saves so please fix that but again its in early access so no problem. Keep it up it has alot of potential, and a couple suggestions maybe make something in desserts i mean all it is is sand right now and this game would be alot more fun with villages and not the bad ones.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
For the current price of 2 bucks it's a buy. Especially when you're into survival, building, crafting, management. Dev is active and updates happen.
It's a bit heavy on the eyes as you can see from the screenshots. You shouldn't mind that when buying in.
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82 of 122 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 23, 2015
First of, I'd like to point out that this is a preliminary review. As in, a comment on how the game stands right now. My attitude towards it will most likely change as it develops.
So, let's start off...

Right now this game contains about as much content as an average flash game on Newgrounds or Kongregate. It's extremely simple, and once you figure out how to move adequately you can easily fend off attacks by the wildlife (wolves and bears), whose only real difference is their speed. And if the developer reads this: You might want to change that.

Your main tools for harvesting the lands are rocks (as in common rocks you find lying on the ground) and axes; both can harvest any kind of harvestable resource (trees and boulders) or kill wildlife. There are also hammers and shovels, though their uses are limited to construction or reshaping the ground respectively, and they can't be used as weapons. Tools used exclusively as weapons include bows and handguns, which can be crafted relatively easily. Their advantage is not only in range, but they also slow your opponents drastically for about two or three seconds, making it far too easy to get in consequtive hits, assuming you have enough ammo. (And it would surprise me if you didn't, since that is also extremely easy to craft.)

You can also build your own house! Flooring, walls, doorways and roofs. Out of wood... J-Just wood... Oh, and different kinds of flooring with rocks, and wood... This will obviously be expanded on in the future updates, but right now it's just a bit boring building your own shelter, not to mention unnecessary since the map is littered with abandonned buildings. The only disadvantage to these is that you can't make doors for them, but meh...

All in all, I'm sensing the usual potential with early access games here. And if Scott Cawthon has proved anything, it's that single developers can produce good games. But right now, the game is far too limited, and much too easy. And it suffers from the same sort of problem that most survival games has: Hoarding! The game didn't do its description justice... Because as it stands right now, it's just another minimalistic survival game, with the same core ideas and the same problems. So sorry people, but I just can't bring myself to recommend this. And I'm usually a bit TOO NICE in my reviews...! You'd be better off playing Project Zomboid or something. At least that game has some challenge in its early stages...

But once again, this is only preliminary. I've put my money on this thing, so I better not be disappointed in the future as well. But I'm an optimist! So I assume that I won't be. :)
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13, 2015
Project Explore is a charming survival game which is steadily getting fleshed out content. I am impressed by how much has been added to the game when I first got 100% achievements on it. I can only look forward in anticipation to see what else the developer has in store for the game!

+ The game currently has a lot of nice crafting options.
+ Enemies can pose a threat in the right conditions.
+ Lots of ways to die.
+ Consistent updates.
+ Most of the achievements are designed to introduce players to the newly added features.
- I would like to see more variety in the generated housing.
- I would like to to see less of the monotonous achievements where you do something 500 times over.
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38 of 53 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 18
Disclaimer - I have been gifted a free key for this game for review purposes, however my review will be kept as truthful as possible, since I am meant to help developers and buyers/gamers.

Project Explore review:

Overview
Project Explore is a top-down sandbox survival game which has lots of potential. Currently realism is one of the major factors of the game (after all, it IS a survival game) which is very well done. There are four needs; health, thirst, hunger and sanity. Most have their unique ways to become satisfied. Thirst is filled by using a drinking item, hunger by eating, sanity by either reading or killing enemies and health by multiple ways; eating, drinking, consuming a healing item or waiting it out while your hunger and thirst needs are mostly full. Hunting creatures is a large portion if the objective since it rewards you with multiple things, such as armor, sanity and food. However, the fighting system is quite literally just hit/miss, run up to the enemy, attack them before they run away, if they chase after you, stop for .05 seconds and then hit them and so on. So you may be asking yourself one thing; is this game worth buying? And if so, why? Isn't it just an isometric remake of AAA games? The answer is, well, the game shows potential other AAA survival games did not. You can lose the game due to a simple mistake early on in the game which evolves raidly in late game. If you went into an enemy stronghold instead of hunting bears, you will be punished. This game will challenge you, don't go adventure because nature will try and best you, but do go venture because you need everything.

Gameplay
Early game is quite difficult if you have no idea whatsoever of your actions and consequences. The learning curve is very easy to pick up since it's a mostly a generic survival game, the only things slowing new players down are small details , such as drinking straight from the water source instead of needing a canteen or something of the same sort to fulfill thirst. So in a way it is difficult because of the obvious not being so obvious (obvious in real life, not so obvious it would be added into a games' mechanics). Once you know how to survive, the game is amazing, especially seeing that your base is so large and mostly finished. It adds a factor of achievement, you can now see for all the days you have survived just how much progress you have done, even what was un-needed was added. Building mechanics are fun and intriguing, the worst part during building is probably laying down the ceiling. You can only place ceiling when it is right next to a wall. This is a large problem while making structures on a larger scale since you need to make a maze if you'd like to add a ceiling. Another con of this topic is ho the doors open and close, it's quite difficult to close them behind you sometimes. The combat system is terrible and will definitely be improved, it's one of the few flaws I've seen so far, but the worst one. Over time you will become overrun with loot which will be rendered useless, so you can't do anything about that apart from exchange it into materials.

Pros and Cons

Pros:
Addictive gameplay
Mostly realisitc
Frequently updated
Loads of times
Builing is very well done
GUI doesn't get in the way

Cons:
Combat system is flawed
Whatever you build resets after you load the game back up

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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
148.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 4, 2015
Not a bad little game. It's still a work in progress. Survival in it's simplest form. Hunt, Defend, Build, Loot & keep your Sanity. Crafting system is easy enough and there's several items you're able to craft. The Construction part is plain and simple. It's top down only so, you're not going to build anything like you can in Mine Craft therefore, it's not a clone.

It's not bug free, mind you as with all Early Access games so, keep your sanity and read the books.
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