Sympathy for the Level by Allison James

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Swing your way up a series of pegs in an atmospheric neon tower, avoiding falling to your fate in the process, in Sympathy for the Level, an immersive, intuitive and addictive game and experience.

Made for GM48 #32.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James

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Morris Dancing With Death by Allison James

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Avoid wave after wave of thousands of tiny mines being wrought upon you by Death as you jingle your way around the Maypole as Morris.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James

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“The music is fun, the theme interpretation a bit loopy ;)” - qst0
“The music is VERY catchy and actually quite soothing, especially those soft bass pulses :D” - WangleLine
”That was funny and a nice interpretation of the theme. Catchy music and nice gameplay... but can I please get my eyes back? xD” - Gojirana
”the punny title is genius” - Eva

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Jasmine Laslo - Switch U On by Allison James

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You've been tasked with a simple but bizarre request from business magnate Rudolf Laslo - help him get his daughter's latest (terrible) song to 1,000,000 plays on his streaming service, Slola. He's so desperate for that, that every other track on the service is currently down.

Reach 1,000,000 plays by any means possible.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Trajan, Helvetica

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“Funny and quite different from the norm.” - HayManMarc
”A pretty standard incremental/idle game, but with a funny story.” - var
”I've found the game to be quite entertaining and very well made” - Alice
”there goes an hour of my life.” - Mercerenies

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Rev%lver by Allison James

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It's high noon and your targets are all unarmed - but you're not! Only problem is, you've got a gun with an extremely weird quirk.

It asks you questions.

Rev%lver sees you move through quiet, serene deserts, destroying and stealing from docile robots while conserving as much of your ammunition as possible. Every time you pull the trigger, the gun needs a correct percentage level set - and the only way you can work it out is with each given question or statistic. The further away from the correct setting you are, the more ammo the gun discharges and wastes.

If you run out of ammo, scurry back and your captor will give you a refill... for a fee, of course.

Presented with small amounts of humour, Rev%lver has a 97% chance of being fun!

Created in 48 hours for GM48.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Dan Johnston and Allison James

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“Super unique, and very entertaining.” - Baku
”Thanks for giving me a months worth of education” - Loates
”Good job, a bit of an out of the box idea that is nicely done, it was fun!” - havik
“Lmao“ - Kwisarts

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Ink Idiom by Allison James

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Do you know your onions - inside out, forwards and backwards? Then Ink Idiom is the game for you!

Solve over 350 puzzles that give you a cryptic picture leading you in the direction of a wide array of popular English idioms and phrases. Ranging from the mundane and easy to deceptive and clever in the most lateral of ways, Ink Idiom will give your brain a workout - and maybe teach you an idiom or two in the process!

Ink Idiom can be played with a mouse and keyboard, or using mouse or touch controls.

Download the trial version for free to get a taster with Ink Idiom's first 16 puzzles, or pay $1 or more for access to all 350+ puzzles

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System: Windows
Price: £0.99
Music: None
Fonts: Allison James (Queen of Clubs)

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Ne Touchez Pas 5 by Allison James

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An extremely difficult game with one simple rule - do not touch.

In Ne Touchez Pas 5, you navigate 100 different levels with six different characters, all with unique control methods, attempting to reach the finish in one piece. Dodge deadly fans, evade eviscerating laser beams, and manoeuvre around moving segments, hit switches to open paths, collect optional bits and throw yourself through the void at the end of each level to progress.

Play as:

  • L'Oiseau, a french bird that flaps its little wings!

  • Jetpod, a tiny pilot with the lust for thrust!

  • Rockit, a rocket built for destruction but here to kick some walls!

  • Astro, an astronaut that doesn't know why they're here and is getting dizzy!

  • Car, with a full tank of petrol and a six digit milometer!

  • Square, just here to give people an easy mode!

Features 100 levels, 480 collectables, progress tracking, catchy music with a nostalgic easter egg for the four people that will remember the original Ne Touchez Pas games from the noughties, and a quit button for when you get stuck. You will probably get stuck.

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System: Windows
Price: £0.99
Music: Various
Fonts: Bebas Neue

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“Hardcore puzzle with stylish minimalist graphics and hundreds of challenging levels.” - Gold Bear Games
”Navigate 100 levels in this very difficult, fast paced, simple action game.” - Mixer Games
”The game will require full attention and excellent response.” - Earth in the Porthole
”Good levels and obstacles.” - Games Without Borders

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Britskrieg by Allison James

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Queen Elizabeth II is bored of being stuck with the United Kingdom. She has recruited a unique foursome of watertight buddies - The Buddy Squad - to fix that for her. By taking over the world for Blighty.

Daniel Johnston is the Welsh-ish eco-warrior with a thirst for violence - renewable violence. Mark Alexander is the Spanish Scot whose number one priority is to look cool in victory. Allison James is English, scared of loud noises, but is happy to wage war if it means she ends up with a bigger home. And the Irishman Darrell Flood? He just wants to watch the world burn.

Command the Buddy Squad's four armies around a map of the world blitzing capital cities, weakening or recruiting enemies, building British towns everywhere they go, and keeping a steady flow of troops in their midst as they conquer every square.

Britskrieg mixes strategy with idle game, and a sprinkling of education - every sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right (thank you Richard Osman) is represented, as well as their capitals with rough locations and their 2018 populations. And there's also a little bit of patriotism. But only a little bit. Because British patriotism is British pessimism.

Contains no Brexit humour. Breathe a sigh of relief.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James (Glue Gun)

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“Looks like a huge game that took a lot of work – impressive!“ - HayManMarc
”Good story, nice art, music is fitting” - Toque
”that was quite a large entry to complete, but it's perfectly possible to complete in a single day.” - Alice
”Brittain taking over the world... meh.” - Baukereg

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FKR12 by Allison James

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There is now an FKR for every number on an analogue clock. Behold.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Jason Shaw
Fonts: Allison James (Toxico)

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Gossamer Girls by Allison James

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Kill spiders. Collect gossamer. Trip balls.

Gossamer Girls sees you, the newest member of the eponymous all-female taskforce, exploring ancient dungeons, untouched by humanity for generations and overrun by clusters of spiders that produce valuable gossamer.

Dungeons are procedurally generated, containing ever increasing quantities of spiders with escalating threat, and connected by falling sections in which you descend through dangerous but rewarding neon tunnels. Start off with a randomly generated character and upgrade her through chests found on floors and powerups found in the falls between, all the while collecting as much gossamer as you can, using some as ammunition to defeat threats.

Also features a dynamic soundtrack that fades tracks in and out for each floor and fall, because I'm an idiot and decided that a time-constrained game jam was the first time to experiment with it.

Created for #LOWREZJAM 2018.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James (Gossamer Girls, Queen of Clubs)

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“Great little game that will keep you coming back.” - lazerfalcon
”Really awesome game.” - Jack Oatley
”The game plays really well and satisfying.” - sprvrn
”You have one of the best entries this year.” - br0ken_m1nd

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Ink Cipher by Allison James

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Decode the cipher in Ink Cipher!

Ink Cipher is a sleek take on the puzzle sometimes known as the "cipher crossword", "codeword" or "codebreaker".

You're presented with a grid filled with words... except all the letters have been replaced by numbers. Each number represents its own letter. Using your knowledge of the English lexicon, fill in the letters where you can recognise words and crack the cipher!

Free edition includes 11 puzzles. Paid edition includes over 100 puzzles and counting.

Game is touch friendly (requires no keyboard input, although it is optional in the free version), intuitive to play for anyone, and contains a help screen on how to play.

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System: Windows
Price: £0.99
Music: Joel Steudler
Fonts: Gotham

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Maddening Euphoria by Allison James

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Ever feel like you're running around in circles?

Maddening Euphoria is a unique, challenging arcade game with randomly generated level design, in which you control brother and sister duet Mason and Millicent Zane as they flee from their own imagined realisation of their troubles in life - an inescapable wall of death - while avoiding bottomless pits, deadly spikes and speed-reducing pools of thick goo. Keep within spitting distance of the wall to receive a short, colourful Second Wind speed boost and gain the opportunity to be one eighth euphoric.

Not enough for you? Don your favourite fedora, go for eight pieces, and enter the multicoloured rainbow world of Euphoria where time goes even faster, spikes disappear and your survival speeds up dramatically. Or tackle some of the game's 150+ challenges ranging anywhere from trivially easy to borderline unfathomable.

Meanwhile, choose from 36 game themes (or throw it on Shuffle), each with themed poetry telling tales of your demise with anywhere from innocent whimsy to incomparable filth, and ranging from surprisingly clever to embarrassingly hideous. If you're English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, German, Spanish, Japanese, American, or from Bristol or Norwich like we are, I apologise profusely. Also have the game mock your failures in one of 51 ways of varying levels of Britishness. And all of this while other people's highscores pop up and you wonder what some people do with their time.

This is the flashiest, fleshiest Maddening to date. It even has some diamondy bits. And you can turn those off if you're only in it for the circles.

Just don't buy it if you suffer from epilepsy. (Please.)

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System: Windows, Nintendo Switch
Price: £0.99
Music: Various
Fonts: Allison James (Front Page Neue), Sickamore, Last Paradise

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“The concept of navigating through a never-ending ball-in-a-maze puzzle is such a unique concept that for just $1USD, it’s a no brainer to download onto your Switch just to experience what innovating level design can offer.“ - Switchaboo
“No brainer under a $1.” - Sysgen
”A solid leaderboard chaser. […] Everything is a little over the top, but I dig it.” - Scrumpy
”A unique test of focus and visual-spatial awareness.” - MrSterious

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Super Fidget Spinner by Allison James

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Super Fidget Spinner is the reason I, Allison James, shouldn't drink on a Tuesday. A desperate self-serving wake up call that I should stick to making fonts and actual games worth the time of the general public. And it is the result of a fascination with a small, inexpensive birthday present I received last week that I have since been unable to put down due to my lifelong obsession with stupid objects that don't do anything of value or productivity and are available in a range of colours, shapes, sizes and qualities. Four bearings set into a small chunk of cheap plastic and I'm dedicating time to program tributes to it. Good.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: SANDR
Fonts: Impact

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FKR11 by Allison James

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FKR enters the double digits. Again.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Jason Shaw
Fonts: Allison James (Fingbanger)

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NAL Is Alive by Allison James

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System: Windows
Price: £7.19
Music: Various (see in-launcher)
Fonts: Various (see in-launcher)

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“A really electic selection of games crossing over almost every single gaming genre imaginable with fun platformers, weird FPS experiments, music and rythm bonanzas and psychodelic puzzles all combining to create an amazing collection full of surprises.” - jamesbuc
”Very interesting archive. I love collections like this and I wish more independent developers would publish their own variations.” - Bez
”Peek into the creative soul of NAL.” - Feared Alien Voodoo
”Over 130 games but most of them are garbage... Better play Neo Geo” - goribVirus

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Soundproof Cell by Allison James

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Live a life in the day of Em - their job, their interactions with their colleagues, a work party in the evening and the pain they feel.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Joel Steudler
Fonts: Allison James

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Won't You Be My Laser by Allison James

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It's a beautiful day in this laserhood.
A beautiful day for a laser.
Won't you be my laser?

In Won't You Be My Laser, storm your way through 25 varied levels! Radical!

Race to the finish, avoiding sentient dystopian gun turrets that are, quite literally, loose cannons! Way past cool!

Push conveniently-sized crates filled with hovering skateboards, new formulas of your favourite colas and synthetic mullet wigs into the line of sight of those turrets to sneak past undetected! Killer!

Grab the pick-up sticks in each level, because entertainment doesn't get much better than that! Tubular!

And win as speedily as your fluorescent running shoes can take you to beat each star rating and win up to 5 stars in each level, because there's no such thing as 3 star ratings in the 80s - mobile phones, as you all well know, are only for telephoning your home landline and making your pants fall down when you forget your belt! So bad!

It's all there for you in Won't You Be My Laser, the fun, inexpensive little diversion set in the distant year 2000.

So pick up Won't You Be My Laser for just 99 of your American cents today!

Or buy it off of this weird internet thing that everyone's talking about. I'm not sure what it is, DOS doesn't think "cd internet" is a valid function.

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System: Windows
Price: £0.99
Music: Pond5
Fonts: Broadway, Allison James (Digital Display)

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Four Versus The World by Allison James

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Turns out war changes.

In Four Versus The World, each adventure is unique. Travel from city to city with "The Four", the sole survivors of one of many possible catastrophes that took place shortly before the game's events.

Hunt for food, energy, health packs, skill points and car parts to keep yourselves, and your beloved vehicle, on the road.

Search scenery and dungeons and do your best not to die in the face of continuous, sometimes arbitrary dilemmas - each character only has one life; once they're dead, they're dead forever.

Make it to the final destination, the glorious British city of... well, it's different every time, just like everything else.

It's all tongue in cheek and profoundly British. Made in 72 hours for the July 2016 GMC Jam.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Doctor Vox, Nameless Warning
Fonts: Impact

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FKR10 by Allison James

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Every year since the dawn of time, assuming the dawn of time occurred in October 2007, Fantastic Kinetic Reflexes has reared its head and jumped into the world. Each instalment brings negligible improvements and sometimes even stupid graphical "enhancements".

And just because NAL Is Dead doesn't mean it's not happening again.

FKR10 sees you progress through time and each yearly instalment of the FKR virus, raiding computers as antivirus programs attempt to take you down.

The mouse moves the FKR virus. Attached to it, and continuously orbiting it, are a number of trojan horses - swing these into the defending antivirus programs to defeat them.

But don't be datablasted too much, or you'll be erased from the computer quicker than your browsing history when you think someone might gain access to it.

Features music by Inaki/Futch & Slore, used under a CC-BY 3.0 license courtesy of Argofox Creative Commons.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Inaki/Futch & Slore
Fonts: Various

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NAL Is Dead by Allison James

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12 years. 130 games. 90 WIPs. 220 fonts. 50 pages of info. Four e-magazines and even a goddamn LP. All made by one person. All in one pack.

NAL Is Dead is a retrospective pack containing everything by me released under the NAL/NALGames pseudonym between 2003 and the July 2015 formation of Chequered Ink Ltd, of which I am one of two founders.

Containing the good - Maddening Relapse! Hi Me Ro Me! Innoquous 4! Ne Touchez Pas! Prisnhax! Frankenfirearm!

And the bad - Aardvark Cwm! Gemocide! ExecutioNAL! Clickfire!

And everything inbetween! Ever wanted to be a prostitute on a pogo stick? SohoPogoHo hears you! Fancy going around peeing on people? Signal Failure! You can assume the role of a ginger killing the anti-gingers of the world in Infidels, or become a little robot fixing the big robot it resides in with Titan Tighten.

Need a rhythm game fix? Bullet Hills! Need a music game that has no rhythm? Melodika! Need to inject yourself to help forget the nightmarous legion of female stalkers planning on kissing you to death? Yeah, that's in here too. So's the one where you're a dog in a ball unloading clips of everything from water pistols to rocket shotguns at mutant bags of blood. And the one where you get to play an interactive advert for a fictional Japanese dish cleaner while a man touts its superior viscosity to you.

NAL Is Dead also contains every single completed/published font I ever made - that's over 220 fonts that have been downloaded across various sites over 10,000,000 times total, and used by and in various worldwide brands including WWE, NBA and Purina, and by notable musicians such as Flo Rida, KARA and Excision.

You can use them commercially if you're that way inclined, or just install them all and pretend you're the lord of fonts.

There are nearly 20 terrible, terrible music tracks I've made along the way too, along with four issues of my short-lived GameMaker-centric Rekame Mag e-magazine. And some of the games also contain WIP versions for your curiosity - if you've ever wanted to see the pre-final builds of games like madnessMADNESSmadness, Innoquous 4, or Infidels, they're all here for the first time ever.

And to cap it all, there's a chronologically-ordered PDF densely packed with information on each of the 130-ish games included in the pack, along with back-story, and information on the other stuff I made or did, including my five-year stint at YoYo Games, that time I got broadband, and that time I did over 200 fonts.

It's presented in a light hearted way, but this pack truly does represent a huge chunk of my life - everything I made independently from being an 11 year old kid that had to download GM onto a school computer and bring it home on 3.5" floppy discs thanks to the speed of my home internet, to a 24 year old jumping into the world of full-time indie.

Thank-you if you have been any part of it across those 12 years, and thank-you if you support this pack by throwing a little money at Chequered Ink - do note that every game included has been free before, you're paying for the retrospective, and the hundreds of hours it took me to compile this git, get old games working, and even remove blatant copyright infringement from a few of them! If you like fonts, this is an economic way of getting those all for commercial use as well.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Various
Fonts: Various

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Super Dynapogo by Allison James

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Explosive pogo a-gogo!

The city of Dynaster is in ruins - an erupted volcano has flooded it with lava, and as a result, an evil government corporation has bought the land to level it into a hellish lava-moat-surrounded fortress.

But it's okay. You have a pogo stick. Not just any pogo stick, either: it's a Dynapogo! It has a stick of dynamite attached that remains intact when it explodes, allowing for infinite reuse. It explodes on contact with anything, so make sure you're pointed the way you want to go when you land!

Get as far as you can by exploding your way across the doomed Dynaster cityscape's rooftops. Watch as the final helpless and stranded Dynasterians are torn apart by the government's leveller, making sure you aren't killed by itself. And for the love of god, avoid the lava!

"I played the original Dynapogo. What's new?!"

Good question! This is an upgrade, not a sequel, so the core gameplay is the same. But Super Dynapogo has these upgrades on Dynapogo:

+ Game runs at 1080p and is fullscreen now - clearer graphics and no accidental clicking off-screen!
+ Game contains proper HUD elements - original was for a game jam with "no in-game text" as a restriction, so that's now rectified
+ HUD graphics have been polished
+ Everything's got a shadow now, because shadows are for cool people
+ Several new building types added, and tile variety added to new and previous buildings
+ Changed music

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Vidya Vidya
Fonts: Hansom FY, Allison James (Gnome Splinters, Notalot35)

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