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Welcome to the True World!  This campaign sourcebook, along with the 5th edition core rulebooks, is all you need to begin adventuring in the fabled lands of Maztica!


The True World Campaign (and tagging system):

The True World Campaign encompasses the books which are linked in the images below.  It is a campaign set mostly in the Forgotten Realms to the west of Faerun proper on the continental landmass which encompasses Maztica, Anchôromé, Lopango and Katashaka.  It also delves into some planar connections which are more commonly accessed from these lands than elsewhere on the world of Toril.  The books are broken down into smaller campaign regions (currently Maztica, Anchôromé and the Planes only) and are tagged in such a way as to properly identify each product.

MZC and ANC:  The main campaign guides for subregions of the True World Campaign.  In this case representing the "Maztica Campaign Guide" and "Anchôromé Campign Guide" respectively.

MZS and ANS:  The "S" is used to represent major supplements, whether they are a monster manual for each campaign or a major regional supplement.

MZA and ANA:  The "A" in this case is used to represent a dedicated campaign adventure.

MZM and ANM: Small, article sized supplements are tagged with the letter "M."

Note that each of the planar supplements are meant to function as independent campaigns only loosely connected to ergo their use of the "C" tag.


Get the entire Maztica Alive! collection here in the Maztica Alive! Bundle:

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Maztica Campaign Product List

MZC1MZS1MZS2MZS2MZA1MZA2MZA3MZA4MZA6MZM1MZM2

Anchôromé Campaign Product List

ANC1 The AnchôroméCampaign GuideANS1 The Land of the Insect MenANS2 Monsters of AnchoromeANS3ANA1ANA2ANA3ANM1 The Bee Tribe of AnchôroméANM2 Kci Athussos, The Great Snail DragonANM3ANM4ANM5ANM6

The Planes Campaign Product List

PSC1PSC2




The entire collection of "Maztica Alive!" products are in the process of being updated.  Throughout the entire update process, the "older books" that have yet to be updated remain below.  The list is dropping fast!

TWC2 Lopango - Land of the Sacred Sun

TWC3 Claw and Sting - The Scorpionfolk of the Maztican Underdark

TWM1 Diamond Eyes - A True World Tale of Betrayal

TWM4 The Penguinfolk


 
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Furiel V October 02, 2020 10:28 pm UTC
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don't you find it low key offensive how you write that this continent returned, practically, for those who want to plunder it, as if the rehashed colonial trope wasn't bad enough in its inception. Did anyone of mexica or indigenous descent work on this with you or was it all your research? imo there are alot of good ideas in here, but they are overshadowed by the colonial lens.
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Jon H October 02, 2020 10:45 pm UTC
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I can't tell you how much I appreciate this question/comment. This very concept has been what has guided me in my pursuit of the update. In the early 90s when I was just a teen, I read the Maztican Novels (and sourcebooks), was utterly enamored with the setting, and hugely disappointed (well, angered tbh) with the execution. I saw endless potential, but then wondered what in the world was going on. Why was the colonial route taken when there was so much greatness to be explored?!! At that time in my life, I couldn't quite understand what didn't sit so well, but I have learned its name in recent years.

I hope that my attempt to "do better" (because something like this can never truly be fixed) by focusing on making the setting stand on its own without the colonial influence has made it better but in no ways perfect. I hope you get an opportunity to read the timeline so you can see that I have tried to move fully away from the problems of 90s sensibilities.

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Furiel V October 02, 2020 11:14 pm UTC
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I'm making my way through it, i'm researching all 5e mesoamerican content because my hope was to write an adventure in the spirit of the hero twins of mayan mythology, but so much of the content i have found has been through the colonial lens, so why would i want to play that or explore a world for anything other than vengeance as a person of that ancestry?
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Jon H October 02, 2020 11:21 pm UTC
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The Hero Twins story (each version or translation I have read) are all wonderful, I am extremely curious what you might come up with in the end. Please keep me informed. My gmail is seethe75.

With that being said, I would really love for you to get through this book and let me know what you think then. Every word I wrote I had in the back of my mind exactly what was bothering you about the older version. I'd really like to know if you think I managed to do better. I attempted to utterly eradicate the colonial angle of Maztica. It wasn't all that difficult to do with the continent being on another world for 100 years!
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Furiel V October 03, 2020 12:01 am UTC
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I was off put initially by the start of the history overview, "After now having returned for half a decade, those who seek to plunder its riches once again might find the continent quite a bit more prepared." this whole part isn't needed, its not that the natives weren't prepared during the colonization irl, it was that disease overtook them, internal warfare among the rival tribes were a big part, as was the religious celebrations going on that stalled the gathering of native soldiers, etc. that just my opinion on that, but right after, at the start of historical era, i just dont believe that maztican historians would have a hard time documenting history as this was a big part of mesoarmerican cultures, in the aztec empire alone, literacy was a huge deal, that's why most of their documents and codices were burnt.

in my own initial thoughts to maztica magic, i want to implement the use of ritual tattoos and piercings as well as the ability to craft talismans out of stone or metal like gold....See more
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Jon H October 03, 2020 12:18 am UTC
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That was a homage to canon. An intro which I was hoping to move past after the very first moments.
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kenneth C August 12, 2020 7:00 am UTC
Your work is an inspiration and I have been using it for reference in the creation of my katashaka campaign guide. I consider you my Fantasy neighbor and even reference your Lopango guide and events that occurred like the great flood and orc migrations. I would appreciate any tips or guidance you've acquired in your artistic journey.
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Kenny C August 12, 2020 1:58 pm UTC
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I set up 2 profiles like a dummy lol
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Jonathon C July 16, 2020 10:52 am UTC
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So, I was really impressed by this book and recently came back to see if there had been any new releases in the series, but now I find myself at a loss as to how the different titles all fit together? Apparently, some are "mark 1" products and others are revised editions of older titles? Is there any kind of definitive guide to Maztica Alive that shows how the different books compare? The TSR-esque naming structure really doesn't help me keep track of things at all.
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Jon H July 16, 2020 1:02 pm UTC
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Hi there. Yes I can see how this is confusing. I have been working on Maztica and Anchorome even prior to 5th edition so there are versions everywhere over the past decade (there’s even a 3rd edition version which is TERRIBLE floating around on the internet somewhere).

Basically, I learned a lot through trial and error over the years and after a series of a dozen or so books (everything marked TW*) I found most of it needed updating, editing and balancing. A year or two ago I started reorganizing resulting in the links above (each image is a product link).

The links for what I have yet to update are still above (like Lopango), but I’m intentionally de emphasizing them. I’ll rewrite the description above soon to make this all clearer.
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Jon H July 16, 2020 1:04 pm UTC
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To be clear any book labeled TW has been updated to a newer version or is scheduled to be.
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Anthony S March 06, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
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Hello, I'm new to this site and don't know much about these campaigns. I have a lot of questions regarding these Maztican Campaigns, Rule books, and Monster Manuals. I just recently got my family into D&D and when they found out there was a Maztica Campaign they wanted me to DM for them. If I was to purchase these products, would I receive them in a physical copy or are these all digital copies? Also, are these official D&D campaigns and rule books or are these all fan based? Please let me know. Thank you.
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Jon H March 06, 2020 9:17 pm UTC
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Hi there! Let me see if I can answer your questions properly. To begin with I don't really charge for my books so you can just take them as is - I don't mind at all. If you like them, some have a PWYW option afterwards but I value comments as much. I only ever charge to cover the cost of artwork.

Unfortunately, I don't have the option of printing on demand, every copy is digital only. I wish I knew how or could allow for it. Of course there are outside sites that would do the printing for you.

Maztica itself is certainly official. It is a part of the Forgotten Realms and was introduced in 1991 with a boxed set and some novels. What I have done here is update the information from that era into the fifth edition. I have certainly added a ton of material and perhaps 70% of this book in particular is all new. However, I am painstakingly certain I do not contradict anything written that is canonical and what I write here is always an attempt at a logical extension of lore. I also...See more
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Anthony S March 07, 2020 12:06 am UTC
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Wow I'm very immpressed. Bummer there aren't any physical copies, but I'll do fine printing out the copies myself. I also noticed that there are campaigns under your name. You wrote them yourself, correct? Do most of the campaigns take place after the refugees escaped during the night of wailing? Are there any that take place in the valley Tukan?
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Jon H March 07, 2020 12:25 am UTC
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Yes, I wrote each of the adventures. Creature Features is set in the southern jungles of the Green Folk, Blood Offering is in the jungles of Far Payit, The Mother of Life is an adventure path anthology that hits just about everywhere EXCEPT Tukan, but The Curse of Zarzumotl (cowritten by Steven St. John) just happens to be right in the House of Tezca with Tukan very close by! It's part of the adventure.
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Anthony S March 09, 2020 9:51 pm UTC
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I bought the Maztica Alive bundle. I'm excited to read what updates you've included and can't wait to read the campaigns. Since I just recently discovered about the Maztican lands in D&D, I started reading the books for the Maztican story. I was inspired to continue the story and update the rules to 5e myself, but you've already done most of that. I began writing somewhat of a story for the refugees who settled in Tukan to rebuild themselves. Would you be willing to collaborate and add a few more stories/campaigns?
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Jon H March 09, 2020 10:26 pm UTC
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I most certainly would. Feel free to email me at seethe75 at gmail. I’ve always wanted to highlight a particular city that could serve as a Campaign home base. I was leaning towards Michaca in Anchorome but Tukan would be fantastic as well.
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Edson S January 07, 2020 1:42 pm UTC
Would it be possible to have this content translated? Me and a lot of folks here in Brazil would love to use this supplement, but few of us have fluency in English so it would be wonderful if you could have it translated to portuguese or if you allow it, let another person do it. I have a couple of friends that can have it done if you give us the permission.

Ps: Sorry for the bad english.
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Jon H January 07, 2020 4:58 pm UTC
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Allow it? I’d be honored.

If you want, and are able to use programs like gmbinder, I’ll even email you the code whole cloth to do with as you please. Please email me at seethe75 at gmail.
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Thomas W October 24, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
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Would it be possible for you to find a way to decrease the file size for the version 2? It's 200mb, and my ipad can't handle it, so I can't reference it during a game.
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Jon H October 24, 2019 3:00 pm UTC
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Hrmmm. I will absolutely look into this. I’m not great with that end of the work (I’m a bit of a Luddite) but at the very least I could break it up into a series of smaller files. Would that be helpful?
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Thomas W October 25, 2019 12:15 pm UTC
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I'm not sure breaking it up into smaller files would really do the trick, since I would still need to have them all loaded onto my device.
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Jon H October 25, 2019 9:23 pm UTC
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Ok, I’m going to meet with someone Monday who is going to help me put together a smaller version. I’ll include that file as well as soon as it’s done.
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Jon H October 11, 2019 3:37 am UTC
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Looks like it's time to put together an extensive update. While this book was an intensive labor of love, there are flaws that aren't aging as well as I had hoped. In the next few months keep an eye out for an update that does the following among other things...

1. Removes the tabaxi - they were updated in an official product, but I will add subraces.
2. Change jaguar and eagle knights to paladin archetypes. It fits far better than ranger as I have been told a number of times.
3. Add additional artwork if I can get my hands on it.
4. Include (and expand upon) the magic item and spell books into one massive document.
5. Fix the background and map.

If you have any other suggestions, now is definitely the time. It's also going to get another editing once over to clear the small grammatical errors that appear in the document.
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Darvin K October 24, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
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I would love to get in touch with you to offer some possible useful content. I purchased all 5e Maztica content that you have released and have completed a high res Maztica map (very good quality) as well as an exhaustive random encounter table with detailed descriptions (all based on the products you have put out). You could see if any of it would add to your efforts. I am asking for nothing in return, just happy to contribute as a thank you to you for all your hard work.
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Jon H October 24, 2019 3:15 pm UTC
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Fantastic! Please feel free to email me at seethe75 at gmail. Let’s talk about it!
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Ben R December 27, 2019 11:01 am UTC
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Amazing update! Addressed all of my critiques from my review, and really improved the product to a top-notch, modern 5e feeling. Bravo!!

PS. Darvin's map is the one I mentioned in my review, I've used it and his random encounter tables. Really good work.
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Evelyn M June 06, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
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This is a great supplement! I've loved using it in my campaign, and my players are loving the classes.

I have some questions about the Artisan's talisman creation feature. First, what spells can an artisan turn into talismans? I assume it's more than just their own, considering they can create up to ninth level, but is it completely unlimited?
Secondly, do the permanent talismans have a limited number of uses per day? It seems a bit overpowered if not, since even the highest level of caster can only cast so many spells per day (especially if it's being used in a setting where the PCs have plenty of down time between/during adventures).
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Jon H June 08, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
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Hello there! I’m glad you are enjoying the guide!

I am going to have to rethink the wording under the talisman crafting ability of the artisans. Eventually, there will be an update to this product that addresses other issues as well. For example, since it’s release, tabaxi got an official write up and they are far different from the tabaxi of Maztica!

The intended crafting power of the artisan was truly just to cheapen (cost-wise) the crafting of magical items that fell in their specialty (typically those dealing with pluma or hishna spells). The permanent talismans should be treated using the same guidelines that DMs use on typical item creation. You should certainly take into consideration uses per day, necessity for attunement, etc. I will be more specific with this when the errata comes out. In fact, one of my players right now happens to be a tabaxi plumaweaver!
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avok T February 17, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
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GET it, GET IT, GET iiiiiiit, For Payit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jon H December 23, 2017 12:43 am UTC
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There is a new "phase" of products now that will lead to an exciting conclusion soon. Enjoy the TWR series, links are up above for the first two installments. They could of course also be used independently.
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J.J. S August 28, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
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If a Plumaweaver summons birds with the Bird Charm spell, can said birds be turned into giant eagles using the Giant Eagle spell?
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Jon H December 06, 2017 12:02 am UTC
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I can't see why not. It doesn't seem like it would be particularly imbalancing, and there is precedence in the fact that wizards could perform similar magics on their familiars. PS Sorry for the incredibly delayed response. I had family health issues that necessitated I devote very little time to gaming and producing games.
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Princess S April 20, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
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Whats up with the white borders at the top and bottom of each page? This is seriously going to affect print-ability.
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Jon H April 21, 2016 12:45 am UTC
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Other than on the cover page, what appears to be a white border, I believe, is simply just a conclusion to the artwork that makes up the watermark. It is not an actual white border - and doesn't seem to affect the printing negatively in any way (I have a printed and bound copy for myself). I will toy with it and see if there are alternative options, or I could even make a version with no watermark.
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Princess S April 21, 2016 12:55 pm UTC
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That would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Jon H February 11, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
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Update 2/11/16: Updated some inconsistencies within the product and its affiliated products. Also added a table of contents and actually numbered the pages for easier reference.
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Simon R January 21, 2016 12:07 pm UTC
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Just a game balance quibble: the Mācuahuitl (TWC1 p.62) is a versatile martial weapon that does 1d10/1d12 slashing damage. Such weapons in the Player's Handbook (e.g. battleaxe, longsword, warhammer) only ever do 1d8/1d10.
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
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Ahhh , yes. I went back and forth on this very issue a number of times. In most of the research I have done, the macuahuitl was a massive weapon, capable of beheading the horses of the conquistadors in a single stroke. That gave me the impression that when wielded two-handed, the greatsword's 1d12 was most appropriate. Yet it was also really the weapon of choice for the Aztecs - and also often wielded one handed, so "versatile" fit. I understand your point though and whatever you deem appropriate should work.
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Jon H January 28, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
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I updated the damage after reflecting on your thoughts. Also edited a few typos.
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Joseph B January 20, 2016 3:22 pm UTC
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Thank you for this. Maztica and Al-Qadim are now covered. Only Kara-Tur and Malatra left!
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:04 pm UTC
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You're welcome!

Don't forget Lopango. I wrote a whole sourcebook for 3.5e on that southern neighbor of Maztica long ago and I would love to update it at some point.

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Tommaso S January 20, 2016 5:08 am UTC
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This is really good. I can only imagine how much effort must have been put into this project. Thank you for sharing your work.
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
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Thank you so much! It took forever, but as a labor of love it was so much fun to do.
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