Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark.
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Mostly Positive (78 reviews) - 78% of the 78 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

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Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark. On the chess board, when you challenge a piece, you are teleported into a Combat Arena where you fight in REAL-TIME until only the victor emerges to claim the square on the chess board. Conquer your opponent by defeating all of their pieces on the chess board or claim all the Power Squares for a quick victory! You can play Free-For-All mode, where it's everyone for themselves, or play using teams and gang up on your opponents pieces in battle (2 vs. 1.)

Archon:Classic can be played using USB controllers (the best way) or with keyboard and mouse. First developed in 1983, Archon quickly became a hit and instant classic because of it's unique combination of action and strategic gameplay. We've recreated it to play just like the original, but we've added enhancements for today's gamer. So grab some friends and experience the classic game that started the Action/Strategy genre.

Key features:

  • Up to 4 Player support...pure mayhem in battle!
  • Play in "Free-for-All" or "Teams" mode
  • USB controller support
  • Optimized to run even on on netbooks
  • 3 Different Boards (Modes) to play
  • 4 AI settings with 3 different personalities
  • Various spells to use
  • 18 pieces per team, plus others you can summon
  • Pieces gain experience and level up
  • Primary and Secondary abilities
  • Choose modern or classic icons
  • Fully Featured 1 Player Campaign called, "Conquest"
  • Conquest features 4 campaigns (over 60 quests)
  • Over 16 hours gameplay on Conquest alone!
  • Tracking and Statistics per game (fully featured)
  • Achievements and Leaderboards

System Requirements

    • OS: Win XP or later with .NET framework installed
    • Processor: x86-compatible 800 mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: At least 64MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
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Mostly Positive (78 reviews)
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gui1e46
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
If you enjoyed the 80's original then you'll enjoy this. My only disappointment is that the shooting section hasn't aged that well.

GFX and sound are "ok"

Still recommended though
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STDQ
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
I just happen to love chess (though I suck at it), so this game is right up my alley. I honestly wish there was a modern version of this game as it has not aged well. Do not bother playing the campaign, it's a snooze fest. This game is fun as ♥♥♥♥ when you have three other people all duking out on the same board. There's not nearly as much strategy as a game like chess, but it's still a game based off skill. Like chess, there are "black" and "white" pieces (dark and light), but instead of having the exact same roles and moves, they play a little differently. This is pretty cool as there's different ways to play the two sides, but the downside is that there are some pieces that are inherently better than others though they're of the same rank (Pheonix is completely useless for example, while genie is easily the most powerful enemy in the entire game if you upgrade him).

The board's luminosity (basically the light/darkness of a tile on a board) fluctuates as time moves on, so if you're a white piece, you get an advantage in combat if you fight on a tile that is lighter. This makes it just a little more tactical than just running up to your opponent and bashing them in with a genie. That being said it's still a mindless game unless you plan on going for the cunning plan of winning the game by board domination rather than complete annhiliation.

Also you can cast SPELLS! Resurrection! Summoning! Teleportation!
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FudoAkira
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
It's a fun little game that's like chess, but so much more crazy. It's hard to imagine this game came out like 30 years ago and is still pretty fun to play with some friends or family locally. Definitely worth a whirl once you figure out what game modes and settings you feel are most balanced.
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bulldog93
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
A nice update of the 80s original. A different take on chess.
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AlexWrench
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 20, 2015
Trigger warning: wizards

This could have been a tactically complex, hardcore strategy game that I would buy and never play. Instead, combat is played out in janky 1v1 arena shooter format, destroying any semblance of strategy and making this a game I absolutely love.
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Caldorian
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4, 2015
This has to be the BEST remake of a classic 8-bit game (that I spent time from the 80's even today on the Commodore 64 playing). Other than the great graphics, there are new elements for battle and even leveling up. HOWEVER, if you don't care for the new features, you can turn them off. The only thing I would like added is the old title screen and chip-tune as an extra to view and bring back some more nostliga. But I'm not complaining.

Added game types like 'Conquest' is actually fun to play and helps develope skills. If any of you are a fan of the orginal Archon, then you really should play this game. It's so awesome.
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p.sahlstroem
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19, 2015
Some classics should have stayed buried. This is one of them, Grounbreaking for it's time, fairly inane by now. If you loved the original stay away from this version. It will spoils your memories
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Mazurek
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1, 2015
Personally played this back in the early 80's on the Commodore and tended to choose the dark side if only because of the shapeshifter and the dragon pieces. Was not aware of its existance on an Atari until I read some of these reviews. Saw that it was on the NES only a couple years ago thanks to emulators.

While it is not enough to keep my attention for more than half an hour or so, the gameplay brings back the grand memories of the old days. While I have the option to choose to play with the original graphic style of pieces, I play with the modern looks.

The campaigns are engaging, though I am finding the AI to be excessively...stupid. Knight Vs. Goblin and the AI isn't swinging to take advantage of the opposing piece having its back turned, for example. It might just be the AI settings I have it on, but not going to test that.

One thing that would be great would be the ability to stream the game. I have tried multiple programs to do this with but every single one of them only show a black screen for the viewers, including Skype's Screen Share. Would it not be a good thing to show people how great this game is without having to resort to webcam to do it?


Edit: Only just saw the last update they did to allow for windowed mode. It helps to read some things, too... Maybe now I can show people this.
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Prak
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2014
This game whould be a whole different experience if you could play against others online. :(
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Wereboar
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2014
This game had me given a split personality syndrome. Why? Simple: I just don't know if I should love - or hate this game.

It's advertised as Archon classic, well that isn't exactly true, it is more than the classic game from the 80s of the last century, but it still has the classic gameplay with some not so obvious changes. It has become far more strategic than the original. Furthermore you have secondary attacks now, which also weren't present in the original. But the original idea, the eternal struggle between the light and the dark side are still the same, as were some of those obstacle glitches that could change the outcome of an battle in the original game.

The game can be loveable and frustrating at the same time, I know the game as an original, and yeah, even if it has a lot in common with chess, it is a fast paced battle-arena game. Sure it's two dimensional, but you don't need more for this kind of battle. This game offers even some more depth than the original by changing battlefields, secondary powers and... well campaigning... should I tell you more?

Of course, the developer could have created an even better game by adding the contents of Archon 2 and Archon 3 (which was the worst of the series) and give access to such classics as the juggernaut or others by gaining victory points and so on. The idea of Archon is timeless, but I fear that this game might not be counted to the best games that were ported to our "next generation machines". Furthermore, the price of the game is ok, it isn't the best value offer, but it is still a lot better as most sims or visual novells which go for the same price. Once in a while I just love a quick and frustrating game of Archon, even though this game is now 30 years old.
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Iggy 81206
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2014
I consider myself to be a "Retro-Technologist", meaning that I still have functional classic computer. I have a Commodore 64/128, and my copy of Archon still works on it. I bought this game, and the classic mode is pretty much perfectly done. I have done side-by-side comparisons, and can notice no flaws in the Classic verion. Even that is well worth the $9.99 price tag! Add to that, the updated version, and you're really getting a bargain at that price.
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Iron-Ox
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 29, 2014
Great game to play with friends.
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Gastel
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 14, 2014
Archon is one of my all time favorites on the C64. This remake re-creates the original perfectly, while adding a lot of new content and game modes. There are three big problems though:

1) the original Archon is 31 years old (as of 2014). While the core mechanics have aged very well we have to admit that much water has passed under the bridge since. There are thousands of better games, more deep, more strategic, more multiplayer, more everything that appeared on the market in the last 30 years. So if you want to play it to feed your nostalgia or to experience a game of the past, fine. But compared with many recent titles this isn't obviously the best game that your money can buy, not by a long shot.

2) The most fun part of Archon was to play with your friends that were in the same room. That was the way of playing multiplayer games back then. Playing solo or online detract immensely from the experience rendering the game almost "useless"

3) The graphics are bad. There's no art direction, the characters are soulless pre-rendered sprites of the worst type , completely out of context and with ugly animations. Textures, colors, backgrounds, fonts are put together with no taste at all. It looks very amateurish (even if the game as a whole it's not) and this is a pity since a remake with outstanding artistic qualities could have been a great game. A game that could have made us completely forget the two points above.

In its current form the game is just "decent". I would not recommend it at full price, but if you are an old school gamer try to buy it on sale, mostly for collection purpose.

Despite all the above I don't feel like giving Archon a bad review, just remember to get it at low price.
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SpyroGuy
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 2, 2014
An excellent remaster of a classic (which by the way I've never played).
The gameplay itself is pretty well executed and can be addicting as well, that is if you play the game in "Free Mode" where you can play the core experience itself without any restrictions (by that I mean that all chess-pieces and their powers are available).
The campaign howewer can get awfully boring after a while, especially if you're planning to complete all 4 of them. I never did. I played the "Free Mode" instead where I can use everything I want to, choose the tactics on my own and I'm not forced to win a game with let's say, 3 "pawns".
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underbutler
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15, 2014
A fun little time waster, providing a simple to grasp system with great depth and variation through the many different boards. The units are smart, balanced, leading to fantastically tense gameplay on occasions. However, the games style, taking a board game and a real time arena fight make it unconventional as board game style videogames go, and I would really say it appeals more to the side of me that likes turn based RPGs and old arcade and micros games. Its a worthwhile buy in any case if you want to spend a few minutes thinking and slaying in equal measures.
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tipitai707
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8, 2014
Great remake of a great classic. Controls are tight and the updated graphics are nice. My only complaints are: no online multiplayer and the computer AI is fairly exploitable, which means replay value is limited unless you have three local buddies and as many gamepads.
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FriendFive
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6, 2014
OK, first off, I loved the original computer game from the 80s as well as the sequel. This is just bad. This game has bad graphics, bad sound effects, and annoying music. Neither the campaign mode nor any of the added features like a 4-player variation make this game worth any amount. Also, only local multiplayer? All this game has going for it is nostalgia. Oh yeah, did i mention the hard crash to the Windows desktop midgame? I am glad I ONLY paid 99 cents for it. Stay away.
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The Happiness Engine
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6, 2014
It's a pretty Archon with some extra features. I can't steer my dudes, just like the Archon of yore. :/
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Centervillain
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2, 2014
Played the hell out of this on the ole Atari 128 back in the day with my bro - there seems to be a lot less swearing this time around, but it's also not as fun because I can't play with my bro anymore. I'd still recommend for local 4 player battles, but online multiplayer would make this the gem it was meant to be.
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Vino [Olive Garden]
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2014
Based off the obscure NES title, Archon, you and an opponent face each other in a mixture of chess and arcade-style combat. Move pieces around a board to capture important squares, but when two pieces meet, you directly control them on the field of battle in real time! Very fun, but it's only got local multiplayer, and playing against the computer isn't particularly stimulating.

Without nostalgia guiding your purchase or an IRL friend, I can't recommend this title - but if you have either, give it a shot.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
A nice update of the 80s original. A different take on chess.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 30, 2013
A wonderful remake of the Atari 8 bit classic Archon. Graphics and sound are fine, but it's the great gameplay that makes this game so enjoyable.
The original Archon only had one game board and no campaigns. This game has many different game boards and some interesting and challenging campaigns. I've put a lot of hours into the campaigns and more than got my moneys worth.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
The remake of this classic game is almost excellent! The graphics are modern (ok it might not be top notch like in Dota2 but still it’s a great visuals to performance ratio).
We have many new features which introduces a little bit more complexity to the original gameplay in respect to the strategic and RPG element of it.
The new features include: campaign mode (actually 2 campaigns for light and 2 for dark), different layouts (boards), secondary abilities, different kind of magic squares, different difficulty levels and finally we have piece leveling up (up to third level).

My only complaint is about the multiplayer - it should really be implemented as some sort of LAN or steam server matchmaking and not a hotseat.
Anyway it’s definitely worth the $10!

8/10
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I consider myself to be a "Retro-Technologist", meaning that I still have functional classic computer. I have a Commodore 64/128, and my copy of Archon still works on it. I bought this game, and the classic mode is pretty much perfectly done. I have done side-by-side comparisons, and can notice no flaws in the Classic verion. Even that is well worth the $9.99 price tag! Add to that, the updated version, and you're really getting a bargain at that price.
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
a remake of original Archon with
+ better graphics.
+ new layouts.
+ very similar gameplay.
+ singleplayer campaign.
+ multiplayer mode up to 4-players!
(it's possible for 2vs1 battle, should be possible too for 2vs2)

the problems are :
- the graphics are still not good compared to current games.
- the AIs are either too easy or too difficult.
- the (early?) campaign is just some repetitive battles.
- the multiplayer mode is only hot-seat. (no lan/internet)

if you were a fan of original Archon, have extra gamepads and
friends nearby to play with, maybe you can enjoy the game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This game whould be a whole different experience if you could play against others online. :(
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
Game was great back on the NES, I'm glad someone finally remade it. They did a good job remakeing it at that, the modern graphics do the orginal credit, and there's an awesome campain mode to boot. Supports controllers and multiplayer.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
It's still Archon. It's still great.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2011
I still can't believe no one picked this up when it came out, a faithful remake of a fantastic multiplayer game!
for those like myself who have enjoyed archon for years, online play is an amazing addition, and for everyone who missed this gem from the past : if you like the sound of turn based strategy mixed with furious action, check it out, it's cheap!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2012
This game successfully updates the original 8-bit classic, updating the game with more boards and more options. It's hard as heck to beat, though. But it brought back the thrill of gaming in a way I haven't felt in a long time! A must for classic Archon fans! This is the real deal.... highly reccommended.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
Giving this a thumbs up because it's a damn classic and everyone should play it for a bit. On the other hand, it's aged pretty bad. Loved it as a kid decades ago, but nowadays it's just a bit too basic to hold my attention longer than a half hour or so.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Bought the game based on my memories of the classic archon ultra, which I loved. It's full of bugs and basically unplayable. Big disappointment
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
This game had me given a split personality syndrome. Why? Simple: I just don't know if I should love - or hate this game.

It's advertised as Archon classic, well that isn't exactly true, it is more than the classic game from the 80s of the last century, but it still has the classic gameplay with some not so obvious changes. It has become far more strategic than the original. Furthermore you have secondary attacks now, which also weren't present in the original. But the original idea, the eternal struggle between the light and the dark side are still the same, as were some of those obstacle glitches that could change the outcome of an battle in the original game.

The game can be loveable and frustrating at the same time, I know the game as an original, and yeah, even if it has a lot in common with chess, it is a fast paced battle-arena game. Sure it's two dimensional, but you don't need more for this kind of battle. This game offers even some more depth than the original by changing battlefields, secondary powers and... well campaigning... should I tell you more?

Of course, the developer could have created an even better game by adding the contents of Archon 2 and Archon 3 (which was the worst of the series) and give access to such classics as the juggernaut or others by gaining victory points and so on. The idea of Archon is timeless, but I fear that this game might not be counted to the best games that were ported to our "next generation machines". Furthermore, the price of the game is ok, it isn't the best value offer, but it is still a lot better as most sims or visual novells which go for the same price. Once in a while I just love a quick and frustrating game of Archon, even though this game is now 30 years old.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Awesome remake of an old (almost obscure) C64 game. Kind of like chess with mythical beasts except you get a chance to fight your opponent in an arena. I love this! thanks for the remake
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
Reminds me me of the awesome C64 game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
OK, first off, I loved the original computer game from the 80s as well as the sequel. This is just bad. This game has bad graphics, bad sound effects, and annoying music. Neither the campaign mode nor any of the added features like a 4-player variation make this game worth any amount. Also, only local multiplayer? All this game has going for it is nostalgia. Oh yeah, did i mention the hard crash to the Windows desktop midgame? I am glad I ONLY paid 99 cents for it. Stay away.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2011
For those of you who grew up playing the original Archon, you will be glad to know this one exists. It has everything the old game did, and offers a lot of improvements. The major thing being secondary attacks. Those were first introduced in Archon Ultra, and these are somewhat similar. There is also the ability to play on different maps some are dependant upon the number of players. ( You can have 4! :D) There is the classic Archon map, maps that allow your guys to level up to level 3, and maps that have runes that provide benefits when you move onto them.
For those of you who feel the base game was fine the way it was however, and don't want all these additions. You are in luck as you have the ability to turn off the secondary abilities so it will play like the base game. In fact they even brought in the old school original Archon graphics for units, as well as updated graphics. The only drawback is the multiplayer is same computer only. No network/internet. Which hurts it IMO.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
Played the hell out of this on the ole Atari 128 back in the day with my bro - there seems to be a lot less swearing this time around, but it's also not as fun because I can't play with my bro anymore. I'd still recommend for local 4 player battles, but online multiplayer would make this the gem it was meant to be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Great remake of a great classic. Controls are tight and the updated graphics are nice. My only complaints are: no online multiplayer and the computer AI is fairly exploitable, which means replay value is limited unless you have three local buddies and as many gamepads.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
A fun little time waster, providing a simple to grasp system with great depth and variation through the many different boards. The units are smart, balanced, leading to fantastically tense gameplay on occasions. However, the games style, taking a board game and a real time arena fight make it unconventional as board game style videogames go, and I would really say it appeals more to the side of me that likes turn based RPGs and old arcade and micros games. Its a worthwhile buy in any case if you want to spend a few minutes thinking and slaying in equal measures.
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