Defend the Highlands combines the genres of Tower Defence, Real Time Strategy, and Scotland. The player will have to build defences, recruit Scotsmen and manage their porridge stockpile as they fight off the British invasion of Scotland.
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Release Date: Nov 6, 2015

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June 4

June Update

Guid mornin lads and lasses.

A few small updates to the game:

  • Reduced Friend of Nessy achievement to require 10 kills in a match instead of 15
  • Fixed a bug where when placing a tower, if you hover it over a unit as it dies, the tower can no longer be placed anywhere.
  • No longer able to place towers in the water in White Cliffs of Dover level
  • Queen Boadicea's shield is much more effective at blocking projectiles now, making her a bit more useful.

If anyone encounters any other bugs, please post them on the message board or contact me through the website, http://kiltedcamel.com/contact/

On other fronts, work progresses well on Defend the Highlands World Tour. Check out the blog at http://kiltedcamel.com/blog/ and like the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/defendthehighlands

Cheers laddie/lassie

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March 19

Multiplayer in Defend the Highlands World Tour

For those of you who've been wanting to Defend the Highlands with your friends, I'm pleased to announce that the sequel, Defend the Highlands World Tour will feature multiplayer. Check out the latest dev-log post to learn more - http://kiltedcamel.com/blog/2016/3/18/multipl

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About This Game

Defend the Highlands combines the genres of Tower Defence, Real Time Strategy, and Scotland. The player will have to build defences, recruit Scotsmen and manage their porridge stockpile as they fight off the English invasion of Scotland.

The player will control a band of Scotsmen, led by the short, hairy and nationalistic pub owner Alfredo. Making use of traditional Scottish weaponry, such as golf clubs and haggis catapults, the band of Scotsmen must defend locations around Scotland, Wales and England, as they defend their homeland, and then take the fight to the enemy.

  • Fight wacky enemies: Welshmen who ride sheep into battle, English teapot hurlers, Irish potato farmers, and many more.
  • Build crazy defensive structures including porridge cannons, turnip turrets and cheese wheel stations.
  • Building defenses is only half the equation. Unlike ordinary tower defense games, you will also have to man your towers with Scotsmen.
  • Recruit Scotsmen to your cause by playing bagpipes - but be sure to keep your bagpipe players defended.
  • Capture and hold oat farms to keep your porridge stockpile full.
  • Command powerful hero characters, from the humble pub owner Alfredo, to the great William Wallace himself.
  • Earn points and upgrade your Scotsmen and defensive structures.
  • Fight the enemy through a 20 level story mode, or play custom matches in skirmish mode.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Single core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Shader Model 3 Compliant Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Single core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Shader Model 3 Compliant Graphics Card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS or better
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Single core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Shader Model 3 Compliant Graphics Card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or higher
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS or better
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (38 reviews)
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White Sheep
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
You throw Whiskey bottles at the Brits and roll cheese down the hill. But my favorite is shooting golf ball at those damn rugby players. (don't ever let them get close) 10/10 would kick the Brits out and join the Union again. (disclaimer: I am not British)
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BeserkerBatey
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A fantastic tower defense that is offensive to everyone in the U.K.

Original, hilarious and addictive.
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Jakerfuffle
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
light humor, fun RTS in general, and can be quite challenging at times. 7 hrs on record and I think im only 60% done with campaign, but also has skirmish mode which i havent tried. Was also a fun game to record, if you enjoy rts games this will be right at home in your library.
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King Weeman
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Noice gaym laddies
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IVIad
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
This game is just brilliant. Behind a silly theme and cheesy (sometimes literally) jokes there is a very captivating base defence game with RTS elements. The ability to control individual units while balancing resource collection and population size really adds a depth to the strategy aspect. I would love to see more games like this but with more customization and more serious themes.
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Zorder
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Defend the Highlands mixes elements from both the RTS and Tower Defense genre. The core gameplay is pretty simple and straightforward, especially if you’r eused to playing these types of games. What really sets Defend the Highlands apart from other titles is its Scottish theme along with some pretty funny dialogue and scenarios, as well as one of the most fitting theme songs I’ve ever listened to in a videogame of this type. The game starts off with you attempting to free Scotland from invading hordes of irish, british and welsh people and from there forward it is up to you to strike back at the enemy.

The game features a skirmish offline mode and a 20 level single player campaign. I must admit that I was surprised with the fact that each level was very unique and different from one another. You play on varied scenarios such as porridge factories, villages, caverns, fortresses, hills, subway stations, beaches or lowlands in which the enemy has the higher ground. There was this level in which cows kept running horizontally through the field and if they ran into an unit or construction, it would get obliterated.

There are some levels in which you can build some pretty neat looking fortifications by using all your available constructions, such as tables, that act as cover, porridge cannons, turnip machine gun turrets, among others. That said, the variety of weapons that you can use, combined with the renowned heroes you’ll get to control, open alot of possibilites for each level. Either build a wall along the frontline or deploy “scottish snipers” (units with golf clubs) in the back to kill your enemies from afar, it is up to you.

After completing a level you will be presented with some sort of skill tree, where you can upgrade your units or reduce the amount of time it takes to harvest porridge or to summon new recruits.

The most basic mechanic of the game envolves sending an unit to farm porridge, which acts as food to keep spawning units. Since you play as fellow scottish people, what better way to spawn more troops than by playing bagpipe? If you select a scotsman and order him to play his bagpipe, units will start spawning from one edge of the map and head towards you. It also adds music to the game and I found this to be a nice little touch which I thoroughly enjoy. I enjoyed so much the song that the Scotsman played with their bagpipes that I always found myself stepping on the floor at the rhythm of the song. Other than that they are the bulk of your army and attack by throwing bowls at the enemies.

As I mentioned before, you have hero units. As you progress through the campaign you’ll unlock more. However, your main hero, Alfredo, is the only one that can’t die during a mission. Failure to save him from death will result in a mission restart. That said, all heroes have their unique role to play in battle and it is important to keep them behind cover.

Pros:
  • Great music
  • Overall good voice acting and dialogue
  • Great mixture of Real Time Strategy and Tower Defense
  • Variety of enemies and “turrets” to build

Cons:
  • Confusing save system and lack of manual save option
  • No indication of how much a Scotsman really costs. You have to keep an eye on the how many resources you have and stop spawning more troops when you’re running low
  • Pathfinding, sometimes your scotsman would get stuck in terrain.

Verdict:

If you’re a fan of RTS or Tower Defense games, or if you’re interested in trying a nice mix of both, with a nice set of characters, funny dialogue and strategic gameplay, I’d recommend checking this one out.
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grandfeatherix
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
the game is very short, but fun, and does have a bit of replay if you are going for the achievments. i'd maybe wait til it's on sale, but worth picking up for a slight twist on tower deffence games but a good twist
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Unclefunnyman
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
An absolute ROFL riot :)
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Hamakei
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
A mediocre tower-defence game that attempts to make itself stand out from the crowd by throwing in some horribly cliched national stereotypes.

Nothing special. Unless you're desperate to play every single tower-defence game out there...I'd give this one a miss. There's far better.
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Samurai Vader
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Defend The Highlands is a first game made by studio Kilted Camel, and published by KISS ltd (who you may know for games like Uriel's Chasm or Lifeless Planet).

It's a strategy game where you control a group of Scottish people who want to keep their independence and want to show the proof who is the boss there, as you'll be facing Irish potato farmers, English cricket players, Posh englishmen and more similarly silly enemies.

Your heroic group prefer throwing bottles in fights, and covering up behind their barricades. They have to eat something, so you'll have to feed them with porridge. And for that, you'll need to farm oat. But don't expect much complex stuff, most things are done automatically, keeping you with simple tasks like "choose who'll be the farmer". To get more people to help you in fight, you don't use any barracks or typical strategy requirement building. You just let your people play on bagpipes and people will gladly come to help you!

There's nothing extraordinary to say about sound effects, though it was a nice surprise to find it has a voice-acted tutor in your game progress. The graphics are more on the "meh" side, though it really depends on your taste.

What's really sad is the fact the game isn't much polished on the design part. All the menus and interface feels similarly to Air Control (if you don't know that game, you must be a happy person), as all you'll see are basic Unity buttons without any proper designing work. It feels rushed and amateurish, and makes a terrible impression.

Another huge con of the game is the optimalization, as it, for how it looks, runs bad. You can expect getting pretty low FPS if you decide to buy the game. But will you? I can't recommend this game, there are so many better strategy games and this can get attention only because of the humor about Scotland and others. And that's not enough for a game that feels like it shouts to every player "Hey, I'm their first game made in Unity engine!".


Disclaimer: My copy of Defend the Highlands was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A fantastic tower defense that is offensive to everyone in the U.K.

Original, hilarious and addictive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
You throw Whiskey bottles at the Brits and roll cheese down the hill. But my favorite is shooting golf ball at those damn rugby players. (don't ever let them get close) 10/10 would kick the Brits out and join the Union again. (disclaimer: I am not British)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 31, 2015
A very amusing little strategy game. It's Tower Defence, but with an open battlefield, so it also has real time strategy aspects to the gameplay. It was the humour that kept me playing. I wanted to see what enemy characters (each with their own chatch-phrase) and outlandish weapons each level would bring. This alone would have kept me going. So it is a nice bonus that unerneath the humour is quite a nice little strategy game. The 20 levels are varied, and you will need to adjust your strategy to defeat each one. Took me about 6 hours to play through the campaign, but there is replay value with skirmish modes.

The asking price is cheap, especially when it brought a smile to my face so often. Highly recommended.

Also worth noting that although this is in early access, this plays like a complete game.
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
As a Scotsman I can wholeheartedly agree that we. as a nation, brought down Hadrian's wall with our epic bagpipe artillery, pillaged the Lands of the English, Irish and Welsh for porridge oats and turnips and when we had stripped the lands clean of them we headed back North whereby we barricaded ourselves into the great pub of Scotland with our tables and chairs, cracked open some Tennents superbrew and awaited the arrival of the Sassenach counter attack from which point the people's champion Wee mental Alfredo stood upon the highest barstool in the land and uttered these words of challenge.

""Take a wee gander ae these pure pieces ae prime baws!"

From which point legend states, that wee mental Alfredo lifted his kilt and chucked many a broken whisky bottle and malkied many a foe to death.

Seriously though I havn't had this good a chuckle at a game in ages, totally plays up on the national stereotypes but it's so ridiculous it's brilliant and I'm still trying to figure out if James Cosmo is the voice of Alfredo.

10/10 Git it doon yer neck chief.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Not the best tower defense game I've ever played, but it's certainly unique. You have drunken Englishman invading the Scottish and your men throw beer bottles at the enemy. You need to supply your men with porridge, to do so you have a fields which you send your men to get oats (which generates porridge automatically). If you run low on men, you can have one play the bagpipes until new recruits start showing up. You have to balance your men to porridge ratio, but also building structures as defense for your men is crucial.

Never played aything like this before. Glad I did. It was pretty funny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-6vZ4ImXA
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44 of 63 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 31, 2015
An amusing wee game that takes a little bit of planning to get through....offensive? Hey I'm Scottish and I found it funny as hell :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tGNPtw9mi0
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4, 2015
Ha Ha..... Right LADs! we need more porridge.
Defend the PUB from Tea leaves, sheep shaggers and spud farmers !

MORE DLCs ill pay

Good game fun and funny.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Defend The Highlands is a first game made by studio Kilted Camel, and published by KISS ltd (who you may know for games like Uriel's Chasm or Lifeless Planet).

It's a strategy game where you control a group of Scottish people who want to keep their independence and want to show the proof who is the boss there, as you'll be facing Irish potato farmers, English cricket players, Posh englishmen and more similarly silly enemies.

Your heroic group prefer throwing bottles in fights, and covering up behind their barricades. They have to eat something, so you'll have to feed them with porridge. And for that, you'll need to farm oat. But don't expect much complex stuff, most things are done automatically, keeping you with simple tasks like "choose who'll be the farmer". To get more people to help you in fight, you don't use any barracks or typical strategy requirement building. You just let your people play on bagpipes and people will gladly come to help you!

There's nothing extraordinary to say about sound effects, though it was a nice surprise to find it has a voice-acted tutor in your game progress. The graphics are more on the "meh" side, though it really depends on your taste.

What's really sad is the fact the game isn't much polished on the design part. All the menus and interface feels similarly to Air Control (if you don't know that game, you must be a happy person), as all you'll see are basic Unity buttons without any proper designing work. It feels rushed and amateurish, and makes a terrible impression.

Another huge con of the game is the optimalization, as it, for how it looks, runs bad. You can expect getting pretty low FPS if you decide to buy the game. But will you? I can't recommend this game, there are so many better strategy games and this can get attention only because of the humor about Scotland and others. And that's not enough for a game that feels like it shouts to every player "Hey, I'm their first game made in Unity engine!".


Disclaimer: My copy of Defend the Highlands was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Defend the Highlands mixes elements from both the RTS and Tower Defense genre. The core gameplay is pretty simple and straightforward, especially if you’r eused to playing these types of games. What really sets Defend the Highlands apart from other titles is its Scottish theme along with some pretty funny dialogue and scenarios, as well as one of the most fitting theme songs I’ve ever listened to in a videogame of this type. The game starts off with you attempting to free Scotland from invading hordes of irish, british and welsh people and from there forward it is up to you to strike back at the enemy.

The game features a skirmish offline mode and a 20 level single player campaign. I must admit that I was surprised with the fact that each level was very unique and different from one another. You play on varied scenarios such as porridge factories, villages, caverns, fortresses, hills, subway stations, beaches or lowlands in which the enemy has the higher ground. There was this level in which cows kept running horizontally through the field and if they ran into an unit or construction, it would get obliterated.

There are some levels in which you can build some pretty neat looking fortifications by using all your available constructions, such as tables, that act as cover, porridge cannons, turnip machine gun turrets, among others. That said, the variety of weapons that you can use, combined with the renowned heroes you’ll get to control, open alot of possibilites for each level. Either build a wall along the frontline or deploy “scottish snipers” (units with golf clubs) in the back to kill your enemies from afar, it is up to you.

After completing a level you will be presented with some sort of skill tree, where you can upgrade your units or reduce the amount of time it takes to harvest porridge or to summon new recruits.

The most basic mechanic of the game envolves sending an unit to farm porridge, which acts as food to keep spawning units. Since you play as fellow scottish people, what better way to spawn more troops than by playing bagpipe? If you select a scotsman and order him to play his bagpipe, units will start spawning from one edge of the map and head towards you. It also adds music to the game and I found this to be a nice little touch which I thoroughly enjoy. I enjoyed so much the song that the Scotsman played with their bagpipes that I always found myself stepping on the floor at the rhythm of the song. Other than that they are the bulk of your army and attack by throwing bowls at the enemies.

As I mentioned before, you have hero units. As you progress through the campaign you’ll unlock more. However, your main hero, Alfredo, is the only one that can’t die during a mission. Failure to save him from death will result in a mission restart. That said, all heroes have their unique role to play in battle and it is important to keep them behind cover.

Pros:
  • Great music
  • Overall good voice acting and dialogue
  • Great mixture of Real Time Strategy and Tower Defense
  • Variety of enemies and “turrets” to build

Cons:
  • Confusing save system and lack of manual save option
  • No indication of how much a Scotsman really costs. You have to keep an eye on the how many resources you have and stop spawning more troops when you’re running low
  • Pathfinding, sometimes your scotsman would get stuck in terrain.

Verdict:

If you’re a fan of RTS or Tower Defense games, or if you’re interested in trying a nice mix of both, with a nice set of characters, funny dialogue and strategic gameplay, I’d recommend checking this one out.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Defend The Highlands isn’t your typical Tower Defense or Real Time Strategy game. There is no mazing you need to do; it is just a matter of strategically locating your towers. Just setting down a tower isn’t enough though, you still need to place a unit in it for it to function. This adds up to an interesting twist in the standard Tower Defense genre. The individual towers and the worker units can all be skilled up by spending the skill points earned during each mission. While it isn’t the best Tower Defense games I have ever played, it is one of the more unique ones.

This game pokes fun at the various stereotypes of the British people. You play as the Scots… the drunken, porridge eating, haggis loving, golf playing, bagpipers. Are you low on units? Start belting out a tune on your bagpipes and the Scots for miles around will come join your cause to push back the evil British forces. You can then give the Brits what for with golfing snipers, haggis catapults, porridge shotgun cannons, turnip machine gun turrets and don’t forget the Bagpipe artillery. Alternatively you can poison them with the drunken haze surrounding your pub or crush them with a well rolled wheel of cheese. As you can see, the towers in this game are all quite hilarious. You also attract allied heroes to join you in your quest to overthrow the rest of Britain.

The enemy forces are just as amusing and stereotypical! I don’t want to spoil the fun by giving too much detail about the enemy so I’ll describe just a few to give you an idea. There are the posh British people who throw tea pots at you from great distances, the quick Welsh sheep riders and the Irish Potato farmers just to name a few. They tend to come at you in waves until you have killed every last one of them much like other tower defense games.

The game is not without its faults though. Unit pathing can be quite an issue. Often you place a tower down and tell a unit to go control it just to find the unit hung up on something and unable to reach the controls of the tower. It would be nice if the unit could teleport into the correct positon to control the tower if it is able to touch the tower, but sadly it does not which leads you to have to destroy the tower losing all the gold it took to make it. Sometimes the battlefield’s uneven surface can cause you to miss position your tower causing it to hit the ground despite looking like it should have a clear shot. The units will automatically run to any open tower or cover location when they first enter the field, unfortunately if there is something in their way they may end up caught on it and just infinitely run into a wall rather than trying to find a new path. Another issue I found was in the last mission. After playing for a while, my towers were randomly building way up in the sky where I could not control them. This led me to have to finish the battle with just my units which luckily I had skilled up throughout the game.

Pros:
  • Nice spin on the Tower Defense and Real Time Strategy genre
  • Amusing theme and story
  • Fun towers and enemies
  • Colourful dialogue
  • Even if you fail the mission, you retain your skill points earned, making it easier when you retry the mission
  • Vast Skill Tree which allow you to make the game feel a little different when you replay it.
  • Simple controls, no micromanagement needed.
  • Bagpipes
Cons:
  • Skill Tree likely will lead you to using the same few towers every match due to the rest of the towers not being upgraded yet.
  • Pathing issues, ability to place your tower in a spot that will make it useless despite it looking like a proper spot. Units may run into a wall infinitly rather finding a new path on their own.
  • Game bugged in last mission making it harder than it was meant to be. I enjoyed the challenge, but others may not.
  • You do not get any kind of refund for removing a tower and you are unable to move them once placed. A slight misplacement of a tower can cause it to shoot the ground rather than at the enemies.
  • It can be very unforgiving in later levels when the enemy begins sending massive waves half way through the battle. One mistake can set you down a losing path without much hope of recovery.
  • It's a little short.
  • Bagpipes

Overall, Defend The Highlands is a humorous take on the Tower Defense and Real Time Strategy genres. If you are able to look past the bugs and pathing issues then you should definitely consider Defend The Highlands.
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