Unboxing the Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition

I normally don’t do collector’s editions of video games. They tend to be overpriced useless junk that just takes up space in your home. I’ve made the occasional exception like with Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mortal Kombat, and the two most recent Fallout games, but these days I stick to digital or no-frills titles. So what made me decide to pick up the $200 (after tax and overnight shipping) Inquisitor’s Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Well, a lot of reasons. The first is that I rarely buy video games these days, especially at full price. I’m spending far more time with tabletop games (especially miniature painting/building) so I had a lot of trade-in credit at the old Babbages/Software Etc/EBX or whatever it is called these days. Enough credit in fact, to pick up this with little to no cash spent on it. So why not? My wife thought the tarot deck looked great and I was interested in the lockpick set since I haven’t monkeyed with one of those in a long time. Since there weren’t any other physical copies of games I was really looking at purchasing this year (Maybe Persona Q, but $50-$70 for a 3DS cart? Ha ha ha…no.) so I decided to why not blow it all on a giant exclusive like this? At worst, I’d get a decent unboxing feature out of the site for it and I know my wife would use the tarot deck. At best, I’d have an actually cool exclusive set I’d want to keep around.

What now follows are forty-three pictures detailing everything that comes in the Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Set. You’ll see the good and the bad here. Remember that each picture can be clicked upon for a large, more detailed version of the image. So with that in mind, let’s enjoy this Bioware based photo galley, shall we?

This is the box as it arrived at my Doorstep. Gamestop just put a UPS overnight label on the Bioware crate that must have arrived to them without opening it or even remotely seeing what was in there. Pretty irresponsible if you ask me, but they did probably have an insanely short turnaround time to meet. Notice the box says it weighs 9.3 pounds. That’s a lot of ancillary video game odds and ends.

Here’s the box open. Notice there is little to no space between the Inquisitor’s Edition and the box it is in. It’s as if they folded up the box around the collector’s Edition. Again, a bit shocking Bioware and EBGames let an expensive limited edition of a game go out like this. Doubly that there was no protective material like peanuts or those little air pouches either. Bad corporations, bad!


A top down view of the set in its box.


Three-quarters view of the boxed set.


Top-down view of the boxed set with the Sony PS3 version of the game removed from its sheath.


A bad photo showing the backside of the plastic casing that goes around the boxed set. It shows some of the items in the Inquisitor’s Edition.


Finally, we have the Inquisitor’s Edition out of the plastic sheath that holds it and the video game. The box is not metal but rather a thin feeling plastic made up in faux alligator (Black Dragon?). Each scale is detailed and textured. The box looks great but you can tell it wouldn’t hold up from even a small fall. A bit disappointing. For the price, I would have e3xpected far superior materials. Look at the metal steamer trunks Chaosium got for the deluxe version of Horror on the Orient Express. EA and/or Bioware could have easily sourced a high quality container like for even less money but corners were cut. It’s still a great look collector’s edition but it could have been so much more box-wise.


This is the front side of the box. I love the little latch here. It’s fully working and helps make the whole package feel a bit like a treasure chest.


The latch is up! Ready to see what is inside?


This is an EXACT picture of the moment I opened the box. Remember what I said earlier about how they needed to put actual packing materials in this and that it was obvious Gamestop didn’t even check these Inquisitor Editions before they went out. Well, here’s the nail in the coffin. Nothing was in its spot after it’s long trip to Arlington, VA – and why would it be? There is no way to secure any of these pieces in the case or any temporary padding for shipping. Holy crap, Bioware, Triforce, Electronic Arts and Gamestop should be ashamed of themselves for shipping a $200 edition of a game like this. Honestly though, they don’t care. These are companies that think little to nothing of you as a human being and just want your money. I’ve already sent off email complaints to all three. Let’s see if they actually respond.


Another picture taken after I sifted through to see if any damage was done. Thankfully only one item was actually damaged and it was something I could easily fix thanks to having a plethora of metal glue in the house (Oldhammer saves the day again!). Again, look how badly this thing was packaged. Shame on everyone involved. Well, no sense bitching and moaning about it. let’s continue with the unboxing.


This is how the box top SHOULD look upon opening. This looks much better than what we had for our first impression, doesn’t it?


Here is what the first layer of the bottom of the box looks like. Yes, I did say first layer. we’ll show you the second layer down the road. Each layer is made of very thin flimsy red plastic with a faux vinyl layer on top. Again, very cheap materials used to make this and for the price of this, the companies involved with this could have easily sourced a higher quality materials to make this CE out of.


Here we go with the Knick-Knacks. This is a Shield of Thedas or something like that. There’s no description of the pieces in the box. The shield is made of plastic, not metal. it looks really cool, but like much of the Inquisitor’s Edition, it’s really flimsy.


A really nice looking resin/finecast castle. It’s not metal, but it is really solid plastic. Nicely detailed and unlike some pieces in this set, it will hold up well.


A Cestus?


A look at the three other faux pewter (it’s very thick resin) figurines with this set. You have a lion, an eagle/hawk and a set of keys. The set of keys were the one damaged piece in the collection. The little connectors holding the keys into the base were snapped off due to the terrible shipping and lack of protection. A little Games Workshop super glue though and it’s holding up nicely now. Disgusting I had to do that though.


A close-up of the resin keys.


A close-up of the eagle figure. The actual detail on this thing is incredible and it’s my favorite of all the figurines.


A close-up of the lion figurine.


So funny story. I had to look at the plastic casing sheath for the Inquisitor’s Edition to figure out that the Cestus was supposed to be in the lion’s mouth. It must have been knocked out during the shipping process due to the lack of protection (and forethought). I was able to get it back in the mouth with little to no trouble and this is the end result.


A leather pouch containing the lock picks! Hurrah! The part I was most looking forward too.


The pouch unfurled. See the lock picks sticking out?


Here are the lock picks out of the leather pouch. They are terrible. There is no other way to describe them. They aren’t real lock picks, but then that’s probably for liability reasons. Still, you can purchase a beginner’s set of lock picks for like thirty bucks. These are plastic and really crappily made to boot. We’re talking like those plastic toothpicks that you buy in terms of material and thickness. Again, considering the companies involved in this, this really should have contained a set of real picks for the cost…or at least actual metal replicas. This was pathetic. You couldn’t even scratch an itch with these without the picks snapping, much less an actual lock. Man, so many corners were cut material and quality-wise with this set, it’s not even funny. Had I actually spent money on the Inquisitor’s Edition, I’d have been PISSED and asked for my money back.


A ratty feather? I guess it is supposed to be a quill.


A satin pouch containing the tarot cards. This is the highlight of the Inquisitor’s Edition by far.


The tarot cards removed from their pouch.


A sampling of the cards. They’re very well made and the artwork is terrific. Again, this is by far the highlight of the set.


The Tower card.


A quick interlude as my cat decides she REALLY wants the feather that comes in this Inquisitor’s Edition.


The steelbook case for Dragon Age: Inquisition


The inside of the steelbook case. Notice there are two disc slots, but that Dragon Age: Inquisition only has one disc. What is the other slot for? No idea. It would have been nice to have a soundtrack to go in that slot, but nope. This steelbook case also came with a code I had to use on ORGIN but it never told me what exactly I unlocked. The piece of paper says “Bonus Multiplayer Items” but there are no details. Oh well.


Here we go with the SECOND layer of the boxed Inquisitor’s Edition. This one can’t be removed from the boxed. It’s glued in and it feels like if I tugged, I could get it out but I’d also risk ripping the flimsy plastic the layer is made out of. Man, I’ve used flimsy a lot in this piece, haven’t I?


Here are the four coins in the set. They’re bigger than a silver dollar and they feel like resin.


A glass apothecary jar. This is really well made and an unexpected treat in the set.


A rolled up cloth up map. I guess they could have folded it but it wouldn’t have fit in the second layer slot that exists for it.


The map in all its glory. It’s huge. The picture does not do the full map justice.


To show just how big the map is, I’ve placed the PS3 case in the lower left hand corner of the map. Look at the size of this map! It’s big, beautifully drawn, very soft and probably the second best piece in the Inquisitor’s Edition, after the tarot cards.


A close up of a section of the map.


The final piece in the Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition is a journal.The cover is real leather and looks quite nice.


Of course it’s actually just a leather holder for a journal. That’s not a bad thing. it means you just treat it like a slipcase and once all the paper inside is used up, you can take off the case and move it onto a new journal. Here’s a look at the journal the casing is currently around.


A look at the pages of the journal itself. They’re very thin and the paper is of a very low quality, but if you don’t like it, just move the casing to a journal you do like. The leather cover is well made and very striking, so I’m not too upset about the actual journal pages themselves being lackluster.


Our final picture in this unboxing is a look at EVERYTHING in the set. It’s crazy how many little doodads are in here, eh? I do wish that a lot of the pieces were made from a higher quality than they actually were, but what can you do? It appears Triforce, EA, Bioware and Gamestop all teamed up to give you quantity rather than quality, which really shouldn’t be a surprise since this is the video game side of the gaming industry. I’m really happy with the journal cover, map, tarot cards and steelbook casing though. I definitely would have felt ripped off had I paid $200 for the Inquisitor’s Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition, but considering I got it by trading in old games I would never play again, I can live with what’s here. Again, the lock picks should have at least been made of metal many of the pieces should have been made out of higher quality materials and EVERYTHING SHOULD HAVE BEEN PACKED/SHIPPED BETTER, but there’s no doubt the Inquisitor’s Edition looks impressive, even if it actually isn’t when you get your hands on it. I think some hardcore zealous Dragon Age fans will love this and for them, this will be money well spent. For everyone else, this is a bit of a disappointment. Thank goodness the game won’t be.



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56 responses to “Unboxing the Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition”

  1. disqus_GOTHZbVHu7 Avatar

    Yep the packaging was horrible. Everything arrived in tact inside mine but there are places where the red velvet is worn off, from all the pieces just flying around. I’m so glad I used gift cards from taking online surveys. Quality wise this CE is much crappier than my AC3 and that was much cheaper. Maybe I’ll frame this map and hang it next to my AC flag.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      I agree. Everyone involved with the packaging of the AE should be drug out into the street and shot. (Not literally. Garfield quote.)

  2. C4rnos Avatar

    The real question is why anyone would buy a game like this on a last-generation device, at least do it some justice and get it on PC, PS4 or Xbox one- though i must admit the quality control here wasn’t too great.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Four big reasons.
      1. Bioware is extremely bad in terms of quality control as you’ve mentioned. Would I rather get a next gen version of the game which they have little experience coding for and so the chance of bugs, glitches and errors are THAT MUCH HIGHER, or go with a version that is less visually impressive but because they know how to code for it will probably run better? I chose the latter.

      2. I have DA:O and DAII for the PS3, so I wanted uniformity. They’re all on the same system.
      3. I never saw a PC version of DA:I IE. I am primarily a PC gamer these days and if there had been one for the PC I would have probably strongly considered it.
      4. I don’t have or want a Next-Gen system. There’s nothing for the XB1 or the PS4 exclusive wise that interests me at all yet. Maybe once Disgaea 5 is released but for now it would be insane of me to buy a system for a single game.
      Hope that helps!

    2. jbt1234 Avatar

      I wish people would understand that Bioware have basically nothing to do with the production of this outside of the artwork. After that, it’s in other people’s hands.

      1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
        Alexander Lucard

        Bioware actually sent these out to gamestop who just turned around and mailed them back out. Mine still had the Bioware to gamestop address label on it. So what you’ve said is completely incorrect. Bioware was the second to last stop on the quality control chain and they had ample opportunity to pack these things correctly or ship these out with a bit of padding. Of course even before the shipping they had to know Triforce was cutting corners and making a shit product. They could have (should have) said something or made them redo it with higher quality materials. As tit is their brand they should have protected it better than this.

        1. jbt1234 Avatar

          What I mean is it wasn’t the same people that made the game. There have been abusive as hell tweets at people like Mike Darrah and Cameron Lee and they have literally nothing to do with it. That’s not fair :

          1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
            Alexander Lucard

            Well the developers definitely had nothing to do with on Bioware’s end. However Bioware’s marketing, licensing and several other divisions definitely are part of the problem here. Mike and Cameron are probably getting the angry tweets because they’re known employees rather than Joe Schmoe work works in shipping and did a terrible job of packing these sets or Jane Doe who let things of this shoddy quality go out with the Bioware logo.
            It’s like people getting mad at the average Gamestop clerk for the condition these items were in. I understand the ire, but directed it at a person who wasn’t actually involved in any way shape or form is terrible.

  3. April Ladd Avatar
    April Ladd

    I wish my Inquisitors Edition arrived in as nice shape as yours did. It was (sadly) packed exactly the same, two of the outer corners of the box were cracked (probably during shipping), my shield was broken at the tips, and the owl figurine was snapped off at the legs. Otherwise the whole thing was a jumbled mess like yours. So disappointed with the low quality materials (cheap red plastic liner was cracked in multiple places too) and bad packaging, but their “secret compartment” that the lockpick tools were supposedly for was the biggest lie of the set. I wasn’t expecting something extraordinary but a sheet of red plastic under the journal (feels fake to me) that “hides” the place where the coins are supposed to be, is just sad. I would be asking for a refund but also got it with credit the same as the author. Sigh… At least the game is good.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      If it is that badly damaged, you definitely should get a refund or replacement. I’m starting to feel lucky after hearing how badly everyone’s was packaged. I’ll never buy anything made by Triforce again after this one.

      1. April Ladd Avatar
        April Ladd

        Its not possible to get a replacement, I asked and they don’t have any and cant get more. Even if they did, it would probably show up the same way. Like you said, they just don’t care. I could return it but may as well just keep it for the few good items in the set. I was so excited to be getting it until I opened the package, instant sadness :(

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          Oh man, I’m so sorry. This is exactly why I tend to avoid CEs of video games.

          1. April Ladd Avatar
            April Ladd

            I normally don’t get them either but DA is one of me favorite series so I had to get it. It does make me rethink other CEs I was considering. I’m having a great time with the game tho!

  4. Darb Avatar

    Mine showed up in much the same fashion.. pieces everywhere. Luckily, nothing actually damaged. The coins were free from the “secret” compartment. My only beef with this article is blaming gamestop for pieces being loose. Can’t expect them to Crack open your collector edition and repack it. They definitely could have repacked the outer carton into another.. but short turn around being what it is.. I understand. Who I do blame is EA/Bioware. Some pretty shoddy quality items for what was promised… and the plastic liners with felt are just insulting.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      The entire chain needs to be blamed. At some point one of these companies needed to hold the other ones accountable. GameStop made the Edition their exclusive so they’re still a part of the problem. They should have held Bioware (who sent these out) and Triiforce (who made this package) accountable. After all, GameStop is going to be the place that gets the refund and return requests with the average salesperson having to deal with the complaints. At some point they had to know how shitty this was going to be and say something.

  5. Maximum0veride Avatar

    Just got mine in the mail also and was i nthe exact same condition with everything out of place but for me the owl was broke at the legs, only had 3 coins, and the jar has a crack in it. gamestop told me they could only have me return it and refund me because they are out of stock. Also on the box it says the lockpicks are for opening a secret compartment inside the case any idea where that is inside the case?

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Most people don’t actually have the secret compartment in their set. It is where the coins were supposed to be.

      1. Maximum0veride Avatar

        Oddly 3 coins where just splayed out ontop of the journal and the map but today i took the journal out and found the secret compartment and the fourth coin was in its proper place. How the other 3 got out of that compartment and out from under the journal i have no idea unless they just tossed them in on boxing.

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          I think that is what happened. Sloppy packers + sloppy packaging = all the problems people have been having.

  6. Dchaos Avatar

    Yep, I’m down in AUS myself and picked mine up from EBgames (the australian franchise of gamestop) I had the same deal with mine, it was all over the show when I opened it up and I was extremely disappointed, alot of the little bits and pieces are cool as I love my collectible things, but however whilst your DAI has 1 disc and steelbook with 2 disc slots, our copies of DAI are 4 discs but same situation with the steelbooks. So stupid.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      WOW! 4 discs? Why so many? Lots of bonus stuff or something else?

      1. kittylexy Avatar

        maybe it’s the PC/Mac version? I saw in your pics you got the PS3 copy

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          That would make sense. Especially if it were DVD-roms instead of Blu-Ray/HD discs.

  7. Declan Kehoe Avatar
    Declan Kehoe

    Mine was busted up too :(

  8. Declan Kehoe Avatar
    Declan Kehoe

    I also CANNOT find the bit that’s the bar on the ‘cestus’…

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      It might have fallen under the second layer plastic thingy. It’s pretty small and pops out easily.

      1. Declan Kehoe Avatar
        Declan Kehoe

        Well I found one of the handles of the TWO broken lock picks underneath – still no bar…

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          Wow, go bring this in for a refund already dude!

          1. Declan Kehoe Avatar
            Declan Kehoe

            Unfortunately I’m in the UK. Has to be returned via Ireland I think! Anyways, managed to find the piece (stuck to the cardboard under the second layer, literally stuck, with the sticky stuff) and got that back together. Superglued the lock pics, superglued the shield thing (the front was broken) and now it does look really nice. Just, uh. Seriously shoddy work there.

  9. kittylexy Avatar

    I’m still waiting for my box to get delivered to my local GameStop which was supposed to be delivered by end of day today. The tracking for UPS now says ‘status not available. may be delayed due to weather’ so I’m not exactly thrilled to begin with. I’m a huge DA fan and sprung for the CE way back in June. My husband got the digital download and in hindsight, the man is brilliant for it. He offered to let me have it so I can play it – true love there guys. I wasn’t about to let him fall on his sword though so we played through a bit of it together. If I knew most of the insides were going to be plastic – flimsy or not – I wouldn’t have thrown in for it, but the tarot cards were my undoing since I read tarot for my friends all the time. Getting a deck like this was a major pull. When it eventually gets delivered I’m going to open it in store in front of the manager. To his credit he really swung for the fences for me but ultimately couldn’t do anything since he cant make a box appear out of thin air. However, if too many of the parts are broken and I’m not willing to put humpty dumpty back together I will be asking for a refund.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Exactly what you should do.

  10. Daniel Barlow Avatar
    Daniel Barlow

    So I got my version of this and quite honestly I wish America had gotten theirs a week before ours came out cause if I had read this I would have gone nope not paying $320 (NZD) for something that I could probably make up at home. The only saving grace, and my heart goes out to those whose were damaged, But mine was not damaged. It was all packed safely and neatly with the exception of the coins which weren’t where they were meant to be. I am admittedly quite dissapointed about the so called quill I could of walked across the road and Plucked a duck for a better feather than what was in the box but all and all I wasnt too upset. Another thing that was a bit of a let down was no Concept art. DVD or otherwise. usually CE’s come with that kind of stuff. This however came with a stream of irrelevant (neat in concept) junk

    1. Daniel Barlow Avatar
      Daniel Barlow

      TL;DR The contents dont feel very dragon age

    2. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Holy crap! $320 NZD? That’s way too much.

      1. Daniel Barlow Avatar
        Daniel Barlow

        I was expecting something a little different to what I got. Like I said if I knew what was in it before I got it I would never have got it. Im happy with the game though and the Tarot cards are pretty cool. Just a little let down by a company that I used to respect

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          Well, with EA and Triforce involved, you know it’s going to be at least somewhat shady. I think everyone was let down all around by this. Agreed that the Tarot cards are pretty awesome though. They let me return mine this morning with no problem. In fact, there was a line of people returning the IE

          1. Daniel Barlow Avatar
            Daniel Barlow

            Im pretty sure if collectively everyone here who ordered the Inquisitors edition filed complaints with Bioware there would be some serious fixing being done quite quickly

          2. Alexander Lucard Avatar
            Alexander Lucard

            I’ve filed one and no response. Gamestop apologized and took mine back without the slightest quibble though.

    3. mtcoffeecup Avatar

      Another kiwi here. Courier just dropped off my CE and … yeah. Pretty disappointing. For $300+ I expected more metal and less plastic/resin, at least for the coins and the picks. :(

  11. Immelmann081 Avatar

    Returned mine for a full refund, this was false advertising by EA just to get our money in my opinion. The case was the main thing I was interested in and the description given by EA in the advertising didn’t even come close to what I received. No way was it worth the $209 they are sell them for here in Australia.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Glad you got your money back as well!

  12. Guest Avatar

    I received mine today in the UK and I have to say… I am discusted. So disappointed… was expecting something a lot better quality than this!!!

    Take a look at my un-boxing experience.


  13. PyroXan Avatar

    I received mine today in the UK and I have to say… I am discusted. So disappointed… was expecting something a lot better quality than this!!!

    Take a look at my un-boxing experience… was devastated :(


  14. Googlie Avatar

    I believe the reason the steel book has multiple slot, is the PC version had multiple discs, so to be universal I guess they made one steel book that could work for all three.

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Some of the other commenters on here got the PC version and said it came with four discs. So either way the Steelbook doesn’t match up properly. With consoles, there are too many slots and with the PC version, there aren’t enough. Oh, Triforce…

      1. Curo Avatar

        I’m a bit late in my commenting (only just now read this article), but you CAN actually fit all 4 discs into the metal case. Each slot holds 2 discs, so 2+2=4 :)

        1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
          Alexander Lucard

          Doubling up is how you damage/scratch discs though, so again really bad design/overall planning from Triforce.

          1. Curo Avatar

            True. But it’s still possible to fit them in, even if one don’t want to. But yeah, Triforce (and Bioware) could have done much better. Thankfully mine was intact, though one of the lockpicks did break later… but that’s due to my toddler.

  15. Maximum0veride Avatar

    Triforce put out a tweet saying email jgray@ProjectTriForce.com and let the person know what peices where broke etc then they will email back asking for pictures etc and say they will determine if they will replace the broken items.

  16. DeeKay Avatar

    Have you used your cd-key for the deluxe edition?

    It isn’t blurred out – wich would propably be a VERY good idea to have done :)

    1. Alexander Lucard Avatar
      Alexander Lucard

      Considering the text of the piece that goes with the picture talks about me using the code, I think it is safe to say it I have no need to blur the code out. :-)

      It is an Inquisition Edition code and not the one that comes with the Deluxe Edition though. It’s also an Origin code rather than a PSN one. So you’d have to have entered the code in the right location to boot.

      1. DeeKay Avatar

        Just wanted to make sure you where well aware of it not being blurred ;)

        Other than that, hope you’re enjoying it beyond anything else life has to offer! ^^

  17. […] nichts weiter drin war. Keine hübsche Anleitung. Kein billiges Faltposter. Nix. Nur die Collector’s Edition hätte allerlei Sammlerkram gehabt – aber 160 EUR für ein paar billige Plastik-Dietriche […]

  18. Leedipus Avatar

    Ours arrived really late and not only was one of the lockpicks missing… but also the central bar for the cestus and the ENTIRE map was not present. The shield was also broken.

    In communication with Gamestop at the moment… and probably sending it back for a refund, but I’m a little unsure as to how it will work seeing as parts are actually missing.

    Dissapointing is not enough to sum up my feelings. this had been preordered for so long and for it to arrive and not only be poor quality, but also incomplete was a real killer :(

  19. Conor Beach Avatar
    Conor Beach

    Absolutely disgusted with mine. Selling the whole package on eBay. Very very let down in both Bioware and EA for putting items I could buy in a 99p store in a package and shipping it out for £120. Will do well on a Collector’s shelf.

  20. Rhox Forgues Avatar
    Rhox Forgues

    BTW, it’s an owl, not an eagle :)

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