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Jam Site Information
Address: 

New Jersey Institute of Technology
College of Architecture and Design
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
(street address: Martin Luther King Boulevard)

Building Name: 
Weston Hall
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Andrzej Zarzycki
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
none
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Who can participate: 
open to everyone
Age restrictions: 
18+
Security: 
This site has onsite security
Auditorium space: 
Have auditorium space available
Notes: 

Please register for the site and email to organizer Andrzej Zarzycki (andrzej.zarzycki(at)njit(dot)edu) prior to the event.

NJIT (School of Art and Design) GAME JAM PROGRAM 2013

ARRIVAL

Park in the NJIT parking garage, in front of the West building.
Stop by the registration table set up on the 3rd floor of Weston Hall.
Sign in, pick up packet
Acquaint yourself with area (restrooms, vending machines, campus, etc.)

NOTE:
Our local student ACM Siggraph chapter at SoA+D NJIT will hold the "get-involved" meeting immediately preceding GGJ 2013 Opening Session at 4 PM in the Loft. All student participants are welcome to stop by and get involved. ACM & ACM Siggraph Student Chapters, and members, are important contributors to our event and this event is a great opportunity to meet them.

SCHEDULE:

Friday

4:00-6:00 PM Arrival and registration
4:00-5:00 PM Informal mingling and networking
5:00-5:20 PM Welcoming (Zarzycki , Goldman)
5:20-5:45 PM GGJ Keynote 2012 Screening
5:45-6:00 PM Official jam kick-off, Logistics (Zarzycki)
6:00-6:30 PM Past favorite GGJ games (Sequeira)
6:30-6:45 PM Theme Discussion (Narahara)

7:00-7:45 PM Warm up / brainstorming (Zarzycki, Narahara, Sequeira as facilitators)
8:00-8:30 PM Pitches and team forming
8:30 PM Start jamming

Saturday

1:00 PM Deadline to set up game teams and individual IDs on GGJ web site
Whole day Opportunity for crits and discussions with a number of SoA+D/NJIT Faculty

Sunday

3:00 PM Deadline for the projects, the best version of their game uploaded
3:00-4:00 Informal reviews of games and mingling: the groups show their games to each other and play each others' games while the jury panel reviews games.
4:00 PM Presentation of the games in the auditorium. The groups present their games to the participants, describe their ambitions and answer questions.

5:00-6:00 PM Panel Discussion, Awards, Closing Ceremony

PARKING AND CAMPUS INFO

Free parking is available at the parking deck of NJIT. Driving directions to NJIT and its parking deck are here (http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php). Parking is marked as number 19 on the map in this link: http://www.njit.edu/campustour/index.php .

The event takes place in Building 20 called Weston Hall (College of Architecture and Design). It is the building shown on the Game Jam site: http://www.globalgamejam.org/sites/2011/new-jersey-institute-technology/.

Access to the building is on the campus side through the ramp (opposite of Martin Luther King Blvd). When you enter the building from the campus side you will be on the 3rd floor. Event registration will take place in the room immediately to your right after you enter the building.
Opening presentations and the keynote will take place in the Weston Lecture Hall on the first floor. If you are arriving late Computer labs for the Game Jam are on the same floor in the section marked “School of Art and Design” in the room 236C. For overnight access (after 10 PM) outside jammer would need to contact me or one of the volunteers. There will be signage in a building to help you navigate between various rooms.

For parking use NJIT parking garage. If you plan to stay beyond 10 PM, please park your car on or above level 5. Levels 4 and below are reserved for day parking only. Parking garage has card access. If you don’t have a card, you would need to use buzzer at the gate to gain the access. Mention that you are coming for the Game Jam event. There is also possibility of parking on the adjacent streets around the campus. However, there is no overnight street parking.

Campus Maps: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/njit-maps.php

Directions to NJIT Campus: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php

Site sponsors ACM and ACM Siggraph NJIT Students Chapters:

New Jersey - Slingo World Headquarters

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Jam Site Information
Address: 

411 Hackensack Avenue
8th Floor
Hackensack, NJ
Please be sure to register here: http://tinyurl.com/6s3jpa9

Building Name: 
Continental Plaza
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Coray Seifert
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
none
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Who can participate: 
Site capacity limited. All are welcomed to apply, but we can only accommodate around 20 people. Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/6s3jpa9
Age restrictions: 
18+ Years only
Available tools or technology: 
Internet, switches, PS3
Security: 
This site has onsite security
Auditorium space: 
No space available
Notes: 

Please be sure to register here: http://tinyurl.com/6s3jpa9

We have limited capacity and want to make sure that we can accommodate everyone who registers, or notify them if we do not have space.

IGDA Philadelphia South Jersey Hosted by Camden County College

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Jam Site Information
Address: 

311 College Drive Blackwood, NJ 08021
CIM Building 2nd Multiple classrooms.
Signs will be posted.
Parking in white spots only, placards will be made for your vehicles to be placed on the dash.
PARK AND ENTER IN THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING!!!!!!

Building Name: 
Gabriel Danch CIM Center
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Ryan Morrison
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
none
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Who can participate: 
Anyone! Although you MUST REGISTER !!!!!
Age restrictions: 
17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Available tools or technology: 
We will have 2 MAC labs (44 seats)( and at least two PC lab (approx 44 seats) with 6 additional gaming PC's, and podcastling lab, video lab, 1-2 sleeping area classroom, conference room (seats 130) and additional empty classrooms for analog development and collaboration areas.
Security: 
This site has onsite security
Auditorium space: 
Have auditorium space available
Notes: 

A HUGE thank you to all of our 2012 sponsors!
- Location Sponsors: Indy Hall and Camden County College
- Full Screen Sponsors: Cipher Prime & Disk Makers
- Shared PLUS Screen Sponsors: AMI Entertainment, Microsoft
- Shared Screen Sponsors: Island Officials, Play Eternal, Too Many Games
- Food Sponsor: PopChips!
- board game sponsor-Rolco Games
A FEW OPPORTUNITIES LEFT: http://bit.ly/IGDAPhillyGGJ2012Sponsorship

You do not need to bring your own equipment or tools in order to participate in Global Game Jam at Camden County College but you can if you like. If you can bring it, you can use it!

things to consider bringing:
Technology
- computers, monitors, keyboards, mice
- Ethernet cables
- power strips
- headphones
- Artist or musician? What equipment/software will you need to do your thing? Make sure you bring it, some software will be available!
- Plan to make a non-digital (card/board) game? What type of things would you make it out of? BRING IT!

Comfort / Sleeping
- blow up mattress / cot / sleeping bag / something to sleep on (if you plan to snooze)
- We will have designated areas for crash time at CCC, there will be one-two classrooms cleared out for people to snooze a bit.

Food
- if you would like to dine on something besides take-out, consider bringing some snacks

The site has:
- hard-wired AND wireless internet available
- a microwave
- We got showers there is only a blackout on Saturday from 10-6pm
- a variety of delivery/take-out menus to choose from
- numerous restaurants and eatery's nearby

The space is handicap accessible.

Raritan Valley Community College

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Jam Site Information
Address: 

Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
North Branch, NJ

Building Name: 
West Building
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Bill Crosbie
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
20
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Who can participate: 
College and University students and members of the community
Age restrictions: 
18+years only
Available tools or technology: 
Game Maker, Adobe Suite, Unity, Visual Studio 2010/XNA
Security: 
No security available
Auditorium space: 
No space available

Magic Circle @ TCNJ

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Jam Site Information
Address: 

The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing Township, NJ 08628

Building Name: 
Brower Student Center
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Andrew Lohmann
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
none
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Hours: 
It is accessible the entire time, but participants may be required to move to different parts of the building for a short time.
Who can participate: 
Anybody over the age of 18 can participate. We encourage not only college/university students, but also independent development teams who may wish to enter.
Age restrictions: 
18+
Available tools or technology: 
We have wireless Internet access, sufficient power supplies, and will be able to aid those who would like to use Processing, Flash, or Unreal.
Security: 
This site has onsite security
Auditorium space: 
Have auditorium space available
Notes: 

When and Where:

This is going to be held from January 27th to January 29th on the second floor of the Clayton Brower Student Center on the TCNJ campus. We'll let you know when the exact times are as we hear more information from the Game Jam organizers, but right now we're estimating that the theme will be revealed at about 5pm on the 27th, and games will be due about 3pm on the 29th. For our off-campus participants, we recommend that you arrive a little early so we can make sure everyone's signed in and any administrative tasks are taken care of before the Jam starts. We'll have some people set up in Brower at some point in the afternoon on the 27th to welcome our guests on campus. That time will also be decided once we know specifically when the event begins.

Accommodations:

We'll be using Room 202 in the Brower Student Center, which is the large upstairs conference room. We'll have a corner of the space cordoned off to use as a sleeping area. How much and when you sleep is up to you, our only stipulation is that if you will be driving on Sunday, you must get at least a little sleep on Saturday night. Since space has the potential to be at a premium. we ask that you not bring air mattresses, tents, or portable hotels unless it's absolutely necessary. We're not going to chain the doors, or anything, so you're welcome to come and go as you see fit. Just remember that you do have a game due in less than two days! Wireless internet is available at our location.

Importantly, a Student Government party is going to be taking place for part of the day on Saturday, and as such we will need to relocate to another part of the building on a short-term basis. We're talking with them about whether or not we can leave equipment in the room during that time, but make sure you plan to move.

The Competition Itself:

Once our theme is officially unveiled, we'll begin a brainstorming session to formulate games that most creatively address the theme, whatever it happens to be (we don't even know ourselves yet!) From those brainstorming sessions, we'll ask you to create teams to work on specific ideas that you've come up with. Then, at 3pm on Sunday, you'll upload your games to the Global Game Jam website. If you want more information about the specific rules, check here (http://globalgamejam.org/wiki/ggj-wiki). Also, remember that you can create board games! If you'd like to do that, more information can be found here (http://globalgamejam.org/wiki/board-games).

Food:

As a consequence of this event being free, food is not included! If you've got a TCNJ meal plan, you're covered, but for the rest of you, there are a number of options. You're welcome to bring anything that you want with you, but there won't be any cooking facilities available to us there. Access to all of TCNJ's dining facilities is available, and they take cash and cards. These run from the Atrium at Eickhoff, our primary dining hall, to the Marketplace Convenience Store, which is a 7-11-type location. All told, there will be some sort of on-campus food available between 7:30am and 1am. If you want to know more about the dining locations on campus, check here (http://www.tcnjdining.com/locations.html) . Like I mentioned in the above section, you're free to travel, so you can go visit any of the eateries in Ewing, Pennington, or Trenton, if the mood strikes you. We're also going to be discussing with local take-out places about possibly setting up a discount for Game Jam participants. Even if they don't go for this, delivery is definitely an option, and you can view all of the places that deliver to TCNJ here (http://www.campusfood.com/campus.asp?campusid=22).

New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Jam Site Information
Address: 

New Jersey Institute of Technology
College of Architecture and Design
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
(street address: Martin Luther King Boulevard)

Building Name: 
Weston Hall
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Andrzej Zarzycki
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
None
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Who can participate: 
open to everyone
Age restrictions: 
18+
Security: 
This site has onsite security
Auditorium space: 
Have auditorium space available
Notes: 

Please register for the site and email to organizer Andrzej Zarzycki (andrzej [dot] zarzyckiatnjit [dot] edu) prior to the event.

NJIT (School of Art and Design) GAME JAM PROGRAM 2012

ARRIVAL

Park in the NJIT parking garage, in front of the West building.
Stop by the registration table set up on the 3rd floor of Weston Hall.
Sign in, pick up packet
Acquaint yourself with area (restrooms, vending machines, campus, etc.)

NOTE:
Our local student ACM Siggraph chapter at SoA+D NJIT will hold the "get-involved" meeting immediately preceding GGJ 2012 Opening Session at 4 PM in the Loft. All student participants are welcome to stop by and get involved. ACM & ACM Siggraph Student Chapters, and members, are important contributors to our event and this event is a great opportunity to meet them.

SCHEDULE:

Friday

4:00-6:00 PM Arrival and registration
4:00-5:00 PM Informal mingling and networking
5:00-5:20 PM Welcoming (Zarzycki , Goldman)
5:20-5:45 PM GGJ Keynote 2012 Screening
5:45-6:00 PM Official jam kick-off, Logistics (Zarzycki)
6:00-6:30 PM Past favorite GGJ games (Sequeira)
6:30-6:45 PM Theme Discussion (Narahara)

7:00-7:45 PM Warm up / brainstorming (Zarzycki, Narahara, Sequeira as facilitators)
8:00-8:30 PM Pitches and team forming
8:30 PM Start jamming

Saturday

1:00 PM Deadline to set up game teams and individual IDs on GGJ web site
Whole day Opportunity for crits and discussions with a number of SoA+D/NJIT Faculty

Sunday

3:00 PM Deadline for the projects, the best version of their game uploaded
3:00-4:00 Informal reviews of games and mingling: the groups show their games to each other and play each others' games while the jury panel reviews games.
4:00 PM Presentation of the games in the auditorium. The groups present their games to the participants, describe their ambitions and answer questions.

5:00-6:00 PM Panel Discussion, Awards, Closing Ceremony

PARKING AND CAMPUS INFO

Free parking is available at the parking deck of NJIT. Driving directions to NJIT and its parking deck are here (http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php). Parking is marked as number 19 on the map in this link: http://www.njit.edu/campustour/index.php .

The event takes place in Building 20 called Weston Hall (College of Architecture and Design). It is the building shown on the Game Jam site: http://www.globalgamejam.org/sites/2011/new-jersey-institute-technology/.

Access to the building is on the campus side through the ramp (opposite of Martin Luther King Blvd). When you enter the building from the campus side you will be on the 3rd floor. Event registration will take place in the room immediately to your right after you enter the building.
Opening presentations and the keynote will take place in the Weston Lecture Hall on the first floor. If you are arriving late Computer labs for the Game Jam are on the same floor in the section marked “School of Art and Design” in the room 236C. For overnight access (after 10 PM) outside jammer would need to contact me or one of the volunteers. There will be signage in a building to help you navigate between various rooms.

For parking use NJIT parking garage. If you plan to stay beyond 10 PM, please park your car on or above level 5. Levels 4 and below are reserved for day parking only. Parking garage has card access. If you don’t have a card, you would need to use buzzer at the gate to gain the access. Mention that you are coming for the Game Jam event. There is also possibility of parking on the adjacent streets around the campus. However, there is no overnight street parking.

Campus Maps: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/njit-maps.php

Directions to NJIT Campus: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php

We would like to thank our sponsors for providing software and awards: Scirra makers of Construct 2 (www.scirra.com)

Site sponsors ACM and ACM Siggraph NJIT Students Chapters:

New Jersey Institute of Technology - [2011 site]

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Location Information
Address: 

New Jersey Institute of Technology
College of Architecture and Design
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
(street address: Martin Luther King Boulevard)

Building Name: 
Weston Hall
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Andrzej Zarzycki
Contact Email: 
andrzej.zarzycki@njit.edu
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
None
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Security: 
This site has onsite security
IT tools: 
Provide specialized game development tools, or licenses for participating jammers
Auditorium space: 
Have auditorium space available
Notes: 

Please register for the site and email to organizer Andrzej Zarzycki (andrzej [dot] zarzyckiatnjit [dot] edu) prior to the event.

NJIT (School of Art and Design) GAME JAM PROGRAM 2011

ARRIVAL

Park in the NJIT parking garage, in front of the West building.
Stop by the registration table set up on the 3rd floor of Weston Hall.
Sign in, pick up packet
Acquaint yourself with area (restrooms, vending machines, campus, etc.)

SCHEDULE

Friday

4:00-6:00 PM Arrival and registration
4:00-5:00 PM Informal mingling and networking
5:00-5:20 PM Welcoming (Zarzycki , Goldman, Vin St. John,)
5:20-5:45 PM GGJ Keynote 2011 Screening
5:45-6:00 PM Official jam kick-off, Logistics (Zarzycki)
6:00-6:30 PM Past favorite GGJ games (Vin St. John, Sequeira)
6:30-6:45 PM Theme Discussion (Narahara)

7:00-7:45 PM Warm up / brainstorming (Vin St. John, Narahara, Sequeira as facilitators)
8:00-8:30 PM Pitches and team forming
8:30 PM Start jamming

Saturday

1:00 PM Deadline to set up game teams and individual IDs on GGJ web site
Whole day Opportunity for crits and discussions with a number of SoA+D/NJIT Faculty

Sunday

3:00 PM Deadline for the projects, the best version of their game uploaded
3:00-4:00 Informal reviews of games and mingling: the groups show their games to each other and play each others' games while the jury panel reviews games.
4:00 PM Presentation of the games in the auditorium. The groups present their games to the participants, describe their ambitions and answer questions.

5:00-6:00 PM Panel Discussion, Awards, Closing Ceremony

PARKING AND CAMPUS INFO

Free parking is available at the parking deck of NJIT. Driving directions to NJIT and its parking deck are here (http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php). Parking is marked as number 19 on the map in this link: http://www.njit.edu/campustour/index.php .

The event takes place in Building 20 called Weston Hall (College of Architecture and Design). It is the building shown on the Game Jam site: http://www.globalgamejam.org/sites/2011/new-jersey-institute-technology/.

Access to the building is on the campus side through the ramp (opposite of Martin Luther King Blvd). When you enter the building from the campus side you will be on the 3rd floor. Event registration will take place in the room immediately to your right after you enter the building.
Opening presentations and the keynote will take place in the Weston Lecture Hall on the first floor. If you are arriving late Computer labs for the Game Jam are on the same floor in the section marked “School of Art and Design” in the room 236C. For overnight access (after 10 PM) outside jammer would need to contact me or one of the volunteers. There will be signage in a building to help you navigate between various rooms.

For parking use NJIT parking garage. If you plan to stay beyond 10 PM, please park your car on or above level 5. Levels 4 and below are reserved for day parking only. Parking garage has card access. If you don’t have a card, you would need to use buzzer at the gate to gain the access. Mention that you are coming for the Game Jam event. There is also possibility of parking on the adjacent streets around the campus. However, there is no overnight street parking.

Campus Maps: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/njit-maps.php

Directions to NJIT Campus: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC/Bloomfield College Joint Jam) - [2011 site]

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Location Information
Address: 

Raritan Valley Comm College
118 Lamington Rd
Branchburg, NJ 08876-3315

Get Directions
(908) 526-1200

Building Name: 
West Building
Jam Organizer Information
Contact Name: 
Bill Crosbie
Contact Email: 
rvcc.crosbie@gmail.com
Jam Logistics
Entrance Fee: 
$10 - to offset food costs
48hours: 
Site will remain open for entire 48 hours
Security: 
This site has onsite security
IT tools: 
Provide specialized game development tools, or licenses for participating jammers
Auditorium space: 
No space available
Notes: 

We are OFFICIALLY OVER CAPACITY for this location. if you are planning on attending, you may register and be placed on a wait list. Please be aware that priority will be given to attendees in the order of registration in the system


Welcome back


Welcome back to many of you, and to our first time jammers, welcome to RVCC and the GGJ.

This is going to be a great Jam. We have folks coming from the following colleges/Universities:
RVCC (Current students and alumni)
Bloomfield College
NJIT
Rutgers
Rowan
Mercer CC
as well as members of the professional community. It's going to be a great mix!

Friday's Itinerary


Hard to tell how this will shift with the expectation of yet more snow, but as of 10:00 am Thursday, this is the plan:

Arrive and collect information packet:
4:00-5:00
5:00-7:00 - Keynotes and Mixer, getting to know each other
7:00-9:00 - Revelation of the Theme, Game Pitches, Team Formation
9:00- - Protoyping, Jamming, Coffee consumption

Notes on Saturday


Please remember that we are in a classroom building and that we be sharing the building with regularly meeting classes. During this time we will need to keep our impact on other classrooms to a minimum. Please be aware of your noise level and the perceptions of those around you.

Parking at RVCC


Luckily we are on campus when most other people are not. Please proceed to Parking Lot #2. you can park in front of the West Building, or you may use the faculty lot to the side of the west building. I have been told they will leave the gate up so we will have access to the lot.

For the users of Nicotine


Just a reminder - RVCC is a smoke free campus. You are allowed to smoke in the parking lot more than 50 ft from the building, sidewalks, grass (weedy/snowy) areas.

Registration information


We are going to open up on-site registration/badge pick up at 4pm. You will be given a lanyard and name tag as well as a wristband. Please keep your lanyard on you at all ties. This will help everyone get to know one another more easily.

You will also receive a registration packet with details about
* how to find the restrooms
* map of the west building jam areas
* schedule of jam related events (1st playable, media moment, final upload, etc)
* maps to local food stores
* Description of creative commons license used by GGJ

Technical details


RVCC has a very closed network. Personal laptops will not have wireless access. Please come with some form of portable drive (USB stick, myBook, etc.) that you can use for transferring files.

We have two classrooms reserved with 40+ workstations. Ony the workstations in Room 205 have GameMakerPro 8 on them. All workstations have Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Our MIS department will be supplying Guest passwords. They are automatically generated for each calendar day. All guests will be using the same login account to get access to RVCC workstations.

Feel free to bring your own audio workstation equipment. We will have some low grade microphones available. I will bring my 25 key midi controller. But if you are an audio person with a laptop DAW at our disposal, bring it on in.

Nom Noms


The RVCC game development club will be providing drinks and snacks for the duration of the jam in Room 220.

There will be a buffet lunch mid-day on Saturday for all registered attendees. We found that the lack of 'real food' was detrimental to rational thought as we approached the 39th hour last year. We wanted to head that off with at least one nutritious meal.

There are several restaurants within close driving distance. Starbucks and Dunkin Donut's are close by for morning caffeine junkies. There is a SubWay, Wendy's, Moe's Mexican Grill and a ShopRite directly across from the campus. Just up the street there are several options: Pizza, Chinese, Sushi, bagels.

If things get dire, there are vending machines on campus. The machines in the West building are on the third floor, next to the entrance to room 311.

Overnight Accommodations


We have some of the most comfortable floors in the entire region. Feel free to pack an air bed or a sleeping bag. Starting at 2am, one of the available rooms will be turned in to 'dim lights/quiet space.'

Bring some warm clothes because the heating is controlled centrally on campus, and there doesn't seem to be a way to adjust the temperature for one weekend. Things got a little chilly early on Sunday morning last year.

In the event of bad weather


Once the jam starts we will be committed to staying through to the end of the jam unless forced off site by security.

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