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Lionel
United States
San Francisco
California
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Just got it, need to test.
2015-09-03
Owned
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Roel Vaneerdeweg
Belgium
Weerde (close to Mechelen)
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8
Dec 2011
(+) Beautiful game!

(+) Simple yet interesting mechanic in which the order in which to carry out sequential card actions and careful management of momentum markers can have devestating effects on you or your opponent.

(+) Playing the democrats or the republicans really feels different. In our games, both parties have however snatched away decicive victories, so the game feels balanced (however: new players might find Nixon slighty easier or more 'straight forward', but don't be fooled, Kennedy is also a very strong faction!).

(+) The game kind of tells a story, and it is so much fun getting caught up in it! The game really makes you feel like you are running in an election.

(-) Pretty harsh game. When some cards fall on the wrong time, this could very much screw you. This kind of luck dependence is also present during cube draws from the bag. However, it is certainly possible to mitigate your luck by making the right decisions in the course of the game.

(-) This game is very 'in your face'. You directly oppose one player and you do so by making him/her hurt: you constantly destoy each others carefully built support on the map and you play agressive cards which can sometimes be more confrontational than some war games I know of. It could bring back some youth traumas of building the most magnificent sand castle on the coast, just to see it destoyed by a stupid fat kid - but this time the fat kid grew up, is red or blue and it doesn't happen to you once, but about 25 times in one evening!

(-) It takes a rather long time to play this game, certainly for a 2-player game. This sure is an evening-filler with a playtime of 2 to 3 hours! Presumably, when you get to know the cards, the game will flow more quickly, and who knows, maybe one day we will play it in 90 - 120 minutes?
2015-09-02
Owned
Daniel Peterson

Layton
Utah
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8
May 2014
2 Player Only:

I love this game. Most of my 2-player games are the kosmos 2 player games. I love having an in depth, engaging game of strategy for 2 players in my collection. First game was a fight over New York. Second was fight over New York with some media battles to help. Third game was getting endorsements to pick up states at election day. Great game with many paths to victory!
2015-09-01
Owned
Grayson
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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7
Aug 2015
First off, I like Matthews' style of area control CDGs. I like the theme and I think the cards and actions largely reflect that. The debate phase is sort of a nuisance here as we almost always end up with 1 or 2 cards that are just sort of nuked. As a result, it's generally a formality unless you try and throw one of the topics to get it out of the way. Last, and probably the most damning is that there isn't really a reshuffle ala TS's Early/Mid/Late war system. If I get the right cards, I'm in like Flynn, but if I don't, there is only so much I can do about it. It's not like (as Nixon) I have to worry about Houston Ministries coming back to haunt me in a couple turns if I play it for points now and pre-empt it.

I do like the system surrounding the momentum markers, that's an interesting form of brinksmanship in terms of what sort of bait can you do to get your opponent to use theirs. Second, I find it's really easy and plays fairly fast (compared to his other games). The hovering around 0 and flipping things with endorsements is also a nice touch.

All in all, it's a fun game, and it hovers between a 7 and an 8 (which is really good for me). Maybe it will bloom over 10-15 plays time, but either way, I don't regret picking it up.
2015-08-31
Owned
Miguel Antón
Spain
Barcelona
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6.5
Aug 2015
Tense, diceless game. I happen to like the theme a lot. At first I thought I wasn't going to be able to play it here at home, but after demoing the game to my usual opponents, one of them actually went to the local game shop to buy it!
2015-08-30
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Craig Johnson
United Kingdom
Boston
Lincolnshire
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2015-08-27
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Jonathan Heuvinck
Belgium
Dendermonde
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7.5
May 2015
Great tactical game and one of my favorite 2-player games so far. The theme of political tension to win the race for the White House works perfect. By the way, this game also contains my favorite game component of my entire board game collection: "The-Political-Capital-Bag"
2015-08-25
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Daniel Kuchar
Germany
München
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Jul 2015
A tactical game, that didn't feel too exciting, but it seemed to be designed well.
2015-08-23
Mr. Stabs
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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6.5
Oct 2014
This game devolves in the same way that real-life US elections do - inevitably both players are fighting over 6 or so huge states and completely ignoring the lower-population territories. It does a good job of realism, but I'm not sure it makes a particularly interesting game. The debate mechanic sets this apart from other CDGs, but that alone doesn't do enough for me to prefer playing this game to others in the genre.
2015-08-20
Charles B Ward
United States
San Jose
California
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7
Aug 2015
Played once, probably around 2010. Liked the idea of the card driven area control wargame applied to politics.
2015-08-19
Owned
Scott Daniel
United States
San Diego
California
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9
Dec 2013
Card-driven game of the very tight 1960 US Presidential election. Does an outstanding job of capturing the tension of a political campaign. The challenge of balancing resources in battling for the individual states while managing the issues and dealing with the unexpected results that the events present does a great job of delivering the feel of a tight and unpredictable campaign..
2015-08-19
Owned
Dr. Adam
United States
Sumner
Washington
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Mar 2015
Inevitable comparisons to TS and it didn't have the legs. Components felt a bit gross to me, something about them.
2015-08-18
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andrew sl
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2015-08-18
Owned
Olli Viitala
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Varastossa
2015-08-17
Owned
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Benjamin Benson
United States
REDMOND
Oregon
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Jul 2015
I purchased this game and then sold it, then purchased it again and played some more and I do enjoy it but it seemed to come down to the same tactics of trying to control the NorthEast so it fell flat after a while. Maybe I'd have a different experience if I had a different person to play it with but I don't so, I will keep Twilight Struggle for now and let this one go.
2015-08-15
Owned
J-F Huard
Canada
Shawinigan
Quebec
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+120615 VS La crypte de la Créature
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2015-08-08
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Bosze Gabor
Hungary
Kapuvár
Győr-M-Sopron
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9.5
Jul 2014
Végre! Kipróbáltuk ezt a remek játékot. Sajnos megint beleszaladtam abba, hogy csak nekem tetszett. Ez a jövőt illetően nem sok jóval kecsegtet.
Rövid véleményem az, hogy egy jó kis mechanikával és remekül átérezhető tematikával van felvértezve. Nagyon jó minőségű a játék, kifejezetten a kártyák. Ezek messzemenőkig a legszebbek amivel valaha játszottam, sőt a minősége is remek. Komoly mélységű stratégiákat nem tudtunk még játszani, mert homály volt ezzel kapcsolatban mindegyikünkbe, de a fő csapásirányokat már megláttuk. De a tématámogatások a végén erősek lehetnek, csak a párom ezt szerintem nem használta ki százszázalékosan. A vita szerepét nem látom olyan kiemelkedőnek, de ahhoz többet kellene játszani, hogy ezt bátran kijelentsem. Jó sok minden összefügg a kártyákkal kapcsolatban, de mégsem vagyunk szerintem urai a játékunknak, egy kicsit a szerencse is közbeszólhat. Bár a fene tudja, olyan nagyon mégsem ül rá a játékra ez a szerencse. Kíváncsi lennék ezeknek a kocka bedobás, kihúzás matematikai összefüggéseire.
Summa summarum ez egy jó játék. Üröm az örömben, hogy egy államjelzőt nem találok. (Meglett)

Még annyit, hogy nem írtunk történelmet, csak ismételtük. Kennedy nagyon nyert!
Update: még mindig izgi, mily meglepő. New yorkot elvesztettem kennedyként,(illetve az utolsó pillanatban nem sikerült fordítanom ott, így full bukó lett a játékom. De izgi volt nagyon!!!
2015-08-01
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Michel Ney
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7.5
Oct 2011
Somehow more clunky and less fun than Twilight Struggle
2015-07-29
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Kweku
United States
Oakland
California
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5
Jul 2015
A Cube Pusher that Makes you FEEL Like You're a Campaign Planner for the Presidential Race... But Kinda Sucks If You've Played Twilight Struggle

killer setting for a board game -- remarkable sense of time and place. However, the gameplay feels waaay too tit for tat (reversing what the other player does constantly makes you feel both piss weak which is boring), and it is a bit too easy to play your hand compared to the tense Twilight Struggle --

I don't think Momentum system really works that well in practice, the "movement" is a joke, etc. so the advantages and cool things it has on paper over TS don't really matter.

I'd Rather Play: Twilight Struggle, hands down. The gap in game length and complexity is just not big enough to justify playing both.

(3 Design + 2 Enjoyment)
2015-07-28
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Jerod Keryluik
Canada
Abbotsford
British Columbia
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7
Aug 2013
For the first 2 or 3 plays through, 1960: The Making Of The President gives the feel of being a political campaign manager in the form of a war game. Early plays are fun, grueling contests to win the hearts and minds of the American people and provide an education of the U.S. political landscape in 1960.

The game is as well-designed as it could be. Each game component is attractive and well-implemented. For new players, rules are not too difficult to learn. A curious addition to the game is the debate turn which uses mechanics similar to Schotten-Totten to win debate issues.

1960:tMotP initially only suffers from the fact that it is for 2-players only, but after a few plays its other limitations will appear. Once a player becomes familiar with, or memorizes, the cards the game loses its appeal. Variability dissolves as players move toward set strategies making each playthrough a forgone conclusion. Experienced players will unavoidably slaughter beginners.

All that was needed to improve 1960:tMotP was too have more cards than could be used in the course of the game. This would have added some uncertainty to each play mixing things up for veterans.

Another minor quibble: The cards seem to have a bias towards the Republicans. This can be problematic when introducing 1960:tMotP to new players as most people I've played it with prefer to play Democrats and fight an uphill battle all game.
2015-07-25
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Matt Highfill
United States
Boston
MA
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10
Jul 2015
A masterpiece! I don't know where to start, really.
I can easily say that this game provided more tension than any other game I've played, from start to finish.

My favorite part about the game, and the driving force throughout, is the cards. They are fantastic. First of all, the names of many of them are hilarious (political jokes at the expense of either Kennedy or Nixon). They also include just a blurb of flavor text, which in this case is historical information (which is primarily anecdotal and interesting). Beyond that, the cards are mostly split into 2 parts. You can either initiate an event OR take action points. This decision alone can drive any player mad, at times. Plus, you have to consider whether you are going to prevent someone from blocking your event or if you want to copy someone else's. Perhaps most importantly, you have to play the cards in the right order to achieve the optimal effect. To be fair, this could potentially be an AP-inducing nightmare for some player. Even for me, someone who doesn't generally succumb to AP, I tend to have to take my time. But, it's so enjoyable, and this is where the game gets a lot of its tension! It's almost more fun to decide the order to play your cards than it is to actually play them, oddly enough. So, the cards are awesome.

Beyond that, there's a great deal of chrome in the game: endorsements, advertising, major issues, momentum, etc. Consequently, there's a lot to think about, but it's not overwhelming, at least not for us. This isn't a gateway game! If you play this as a gateway, you might hate it, or think it feels like work. But that's just an assumption, I can't be sure.

Nevertheless, one of the greatest strengths of this game is the theme. I love how everything blends thematically: the tension, the back and forth, the debates, the campaign factors, and eventually, election day. The theme is well-implemented (granted I'm a history teacher).

The components are also quite nice. The art is period-appropoiate and clean. I like the "rest cubes/coffee mug" mechanic. What's interesting, and also thematically appropriate to elections, is I was crushing my wife the whole game as Kennedy. But because of her disproportionate amount of support check cubes in the bag on election day, you was able to pull off an inconceivable victory. I couldn't believe I lost, and I was quite frustrated, but in a weird way (because it made so much sense thematically) I just couldn't help but like the game more because of it. I just love this game! I'm going to stop now!
2015-07-22
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Samuel Favre
Switzerland
Sion
Valais
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9
Jul 2015
I'm in love with this game! Theme is strong, cards (and infos on it) are wonderfull. I really like the card-driven mechanic and this game is a very good example of it. Note that it's shorter than other card-driven games, and it's a good point in my opinion.
2015-07-22
Owned
Joshua Hamer
United States
Oakville
Missouri
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8
Mar 2014
Absolutely wish this game could get played more often. This was my first deep strategy game, and it's so well-constructed. Need to try Twilight Struggle still.
2015-07-21
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Uga Gamer's association
United States
Georgia
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2015-07-20
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Lior A
Israel
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2015-07-20
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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May 2015
Although 1960: The Making of the President has a lot in common with Twilight Struggle, I strongly prefer the latter. For some reason I don't feel the tension in 1960.
2015-07-19
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Walter Donovan
United States
Saint Cloud
Minnesota
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9
Nov 2013
Nixon all the way! Arooo!
2015-07-19
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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7
Jul 2015
This game probably deserves a 9, but since I don't have that connection to the theme that is required in order to really appreciate the game, I can't give it more than a 7.
2015-07-16
Juan Carlos Goyes
Colombia
Bogota
Cundinamarca
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6.5
Jul 2015
2015-01-05

Initial Rating: 8.0 (May 2012)

What a surprise!!! Really good game (way better than Campaign Manager). After I played Twilight Struggle, a game that didn't grab me, I didn´t want to try 1960 but I really liked it. It makes me want to try TS again to see what I missed the first time.

It's been a long time since my only play of 1960: The Making of the President, so I don't remember much other than I had lots of fun playing it.

For now I want to play the game again and when I do I will come back and re comment. I'm downgrading its rating so it matches my feelings for the game with the BGG rating system. Still I consider the game a good one.

Current Rating: 7.0


2015-07-13

I still haven’t had the chance to play the game again, but my desire to do so have waned a bit more, So I’m downgrading its rating once more.

Current Rating: 6.5
2015-07-13
Michael W.
Germany
Böblingen
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6
Mar 2015
Tentative review after the first game: I was quite disappointed after my first game although I am a big fan of GMT's CDG. I won't give up on it so easily, though. Will reeavulate after more plays!
2015-07-12
Owned
Cristiano Carusi
Italy
Giulianova
Teramo
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2015-07-10
Owned
David Wright
United Kingdom
Wallington
Surrey
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2015-07-10
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Corin A. Friesen
United States
California
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7
Jul 2015
Good game. Dramatic to the end. The game has a significant random factor, but that is essential to the theme, it isn't much of a negative mark on the game itself. The game is essentially thematic; I think that's the value of it. Where I'm at right now, I like the idea of less random factors, but that doesn't prevent me from appreciating this game and having fun playing it with others.
2015-07-08
Rob Compton
England
Branston
Lincolnshire
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8.5
Jul 2015
Got to play this for the first time tonight (7/7/15).
Great game, a bit easier to learn than Twilight Struggle which for me, is its nearest comparison.
Lots of tug-of-war as players choose to control states, push the issues, control the media or play thematic events from the period.
Would suggest multiple plays are required to grasp the depth to the strategy involved.
Thanks Steve 'Nixon' Barker for introducing me to the game.
2015-07-07
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Mattias B
Sweden
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7
Jul 2015
Nice alternative to Twilight struggle. Faster but the debates are more of a hassle than they add in terms of play value.
2015-07-07
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Richard Adams
Scotland
Haddington
East Lothian
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From what I hear and read - not up to the standard of Twilight Struggle - but keen to give it a go all the same - not yet played
2015-07-04
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Olivier Levasseur
Canada
Montreal
Québec
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10
Feb 2009*
Amazing theme and gameplay!
2015-07-03
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Julio Riquelme
Spain
Zaragoza
Zaragoza
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7
Apr 2014
La temática no me llama, pero el juego la verdad es que está bastante bien.
2015-06-30
Danielle Weaver
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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2015-06-29
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Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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9
Jun 2015
Very Cool Tactical Epic 2-player Area-Control/Influence Hand-Management War-Like Awesome Game !!!!!!!!!!
2015-06-24
Owned
Mike Szarka
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
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8
Jun 2015
After one play seems like a well-balanced and interesting mid-weight CDG. Nice mix of fun and strategy and plenty of history.
2015-06-20
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Rock Preacher
United States
Michigan
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Excellent Condition, Looks New!
2015-06-13
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Northern Vecino
Spain
Madrid
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[ESP] Muy interesantes mecánicas. Insuperable relación calidad/precio.
2015-06-08
Mark Coleman
Wales
Barry, South Wales
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8.5
Apr 2013
Still brilliant after 15+ plays. One of my favourite two player games of all time.
2015-06-02
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Brent Case
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Sep 2013
OOP
2015-05-31
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Rub the wizard! You should probably wash your hands.
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8
Oct 2010
I like TS a bit better but this is simpler and faster. A tiny edge for Nixon means you can let the inexperienced player play him.
2015-05-28
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Spencer Witt
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2015-05-28
Esteban Marin
Spain
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Tengo Videoreseña
Control Areas/Conquista
3.2
2015-05-25
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Brian Pierce
Denmark
Aarhus
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8
Oct 2014
I enjoy this game. It isn't as stellar as Twilight Struggle or 1989, but I still enjoy the unique mechanics.
2015-05-25
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klf NC
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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May 2015
fun.
2015-05-19

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