Topic Index - Last Update May 2013

Discussion in 'Planetary Annihilation General Discussion' started by KNight, January 15, 2013.

  1. KNight

    KNight Post Master General

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    Whelp, I figure with how often we're starting to go over the same topics I thought it'd be nice to have an index of 'important' threads nicely organized and laid out, both for the new people and the regular crew!

    I figured I lurk around here enough, might as well try and do something productive right? xD

    It'll be a little slow to kick off and while I've been kicking around since the beginning there is a lot I've forgotten, so if you know of any threads you'd like to have up here shoot me a PM or post here(With a link!) once I get my reserves done.

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    I'll be editing things and what not quite a bit, so check back often! ;p

    Mike
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  2. KNight

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    UNITS

    Unit Veternacy: can we skip it?
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    Talking about the effects of including Unit Veterancy, Neutrino states that he is not a fan of Veterancy.

    Regarding unit 'voices'
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    This thread covers ideas for unit voice acting and other SFX.

    Air Superiority
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    This thread talks about Air Superiority and how it might be made more interesting than who has the Most Air units.

    Idea to balance planes - Airbases
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    This thread talks about the potential use of Air Bases to limit Air unit's power.

    How to perform Carpet Bombing
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    This thread tackles new implementations of attack orders for Bombers in regards to carpet bombing.

    Obligatory navy thread
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    This thread is from during the KickStarter and deals with Naval units and in particular it's relation to land. This thread is older and as such a lot of information has been released since it was posted in so please keep that in mind.

    Submarines and Anti-Submarine Warfare
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    This thread talks about the overall balance for Submarines and their counters, as it has traditional been a stumbling point in prior games.

    Unit Ranges Vs Zoom
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    This thread aims to figure out appropriate unit ranges based on a Zoom level when Strategic Icons are not not yet present.

    Legs vs track: Style vs. Function
    This thread covers potential systems to differentiate different Movement types and thier roles in Unit creation.
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    Rethinking Air Combat
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    This thread presents a different approach to handling Air Combat in PA

    Engineers and constructor types.
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    This thread covers how engineer types can be differentiated without resorted to arbitrary limitations.

    Unit names
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    This thread deals with the naming of units and what role it plays in unit Identification and theme.

    Unit Nomenclature
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    This thread deals with differnet naming conventions for units.

    Mines
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    This thread covers mines, what role they could play in PA and how they could be implemented.

    Gunships
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    This Thread Discusses the inclusion of Gunships style units and it's potential Role in PA.

    The problem with fighter planes
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    This thread attempts to identify Problems with Air units experienced in prior PA-style games and continues on to discuss how to overcome these issues.
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  3. KNight

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    ECONOMY

    Logistics (ammo, fuel, electricity, building materials, etc)
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    This thread talks about the addition of Logistics, primarily in terms of units but also applying to the economy in some areas.

    Should resources be tracked per planet/moon
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    This thread talks about the potential application of 'Local' economies based on Individual Planetoids, includes Poll.

    Should the game have resource limit?
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    This thread discusses the value of there being a resource limit, includes Poll.

    Another Economic Thought: matching mass and build times.
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    This Tread discusses the possibility of matching Mass and Built time in a 1:1 ratio to help make the Flow Economy Easier to learn.

    Resource system - suggestion to add rare resource types
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    This thread talks about the idea of adding adding additional resources types based on planet type/biome in order to access the most advanced units.

    Energy costing unit and building weapons
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    This thread covers possible implementations and consequences of wepons/units requiring an energy upkeep to function/fire.

    Scarcity of Natural Resources and PA
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    This thread Discusses the potential effects from implementing Limited or Diminishing returns into the Economy system.

    Extractors
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    This thread talks about Extractos and how they should be implemented in PA.

    Metal Makers
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    This thread discusses Metal Makers and thier possible Inclusion into PA.
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    COMMANDERS

    Pay to Win?
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    This thread tackles the idea that having different commanders leads to a Pay 2 Win scheme due the Alpha, Progenitor, Theta and Custom commanders only being available to a limited number of people.

    ACU snipes
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    Talks about survival issues, solutions, and gameplay focused around the Commander.

    Keeping the commander relevant through out the game
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    An Early Thread raising concerns on how the Commander can be relevant at all stages of the game.

    What abilities should the commander have?
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    This thread is a Discussion regarding possible Commander Abilities.

    Making the Commander Late Game Viable
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    This thread covers the potential issues faced by commanders as the game goes on and units/armies get larger.

    Big crater after the commander go's nuclear (combomb)
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    This thread deals with the effects of a Commander's DeathBlast and how they can be tweaked to provide the ideal team game environment.
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    STRUCTURES

    Modular factories
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    A proposition of modular factories, concerning an alternative for assisting and reducing "micro"

    Structure Facing
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    Discussion of whether buildings should be allowed to freely rotate when being built.

    Should Bots, Tanks and hovercraft have their own factorys?
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    This thread covers a broad range of topics, but focuses primarily on how Factories should be implemented in consideration of the multiple unit types(Bot, Tank Air Naval ect ect).

    Multiple Bays per Factory
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    This thread proposes that Factories should make use of Multiple Build Bays to remove unit roll off time as a factor in construction speeds.

    Reactive buildings
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    This thread covers potential implementations and possible issues for Reactive buildings like Solar Collectors or Pop-Up Turrets.

    Turrets and Immobility
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    This thread initially deals with the potential for mobile turrets but primarily covers how defenses achieve a given role in a game.

    USER INTERFACE

    Better Commands; specific ideas
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    This thread proposes a selection of advanced orders for the User Interface.

    How many people would like the 2D version included?
    This thread talks about potential Implementations of a 'Minimap".
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    Attack Move Command & Target Priorities
    This thread deals with the implementation of Attack Move Commanders and how they function differently due to the more Simulated nature of TA/SupCom/FA/PA.
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    How long we want the command delays to be?
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    This thread Discusses the 500ms Command Delay sound in SupCom and whether it would make a return in PA.

    GUI ~ Build Grid
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    This thread covers the uses of a build grid for use during building placement.
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    ORBITAL LAYER

    Satellites.
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    This thread lays out a potential System for Satellites, originally stemmed from this post.

    Will the planets actually move?
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    This thread discusses the ramifications of based on the accuracy of planetary orbits and other orbital mechanics.

    Moons of Moons?
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    This thrad deals with the potential to 'nest' orbits.
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    GLOBAL GAME MECHNICS

    Do we need tech levels?
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    A 55 page thread regard Tech Levels and going over potential applications.

    How many races?
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    A Thread from Early on regarding The potential for Multiple factions, keep in mind this thread is old and a lot of new info has come out since then.

    How many factions are there?
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    This more recent thread discusses the benefits and downfalls of the single unit pool system used for PA as opposed to factions.

    MMO Aspects such as levelling commander skills and unlocking
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    This Thread explores the option of adding Leveling and other Progression type Mechanics to PA.

    Wreckage blocking unit movement
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    This thread talks about the options for wreckage in terms on blocking Movement.

    What is the community's take on engineering towers?
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    This thread deals with Engineering Towers, akin to SupCom FA's Hive and Kennel Structures.

    where we're going, we'll need roads
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    This thread talks about possible applications of road systems to ease the transporting of units.

    Auto Repair for units and structures
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    This thread puts forth the idea of units and structures self repairing and other similar ideas.

    Auto-Repair, Better Engineer Patrols, or Neither?
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    This thread talks about a variety of ways to improve Repair and Assisting Mechanics from prior games.

    What game modes should we start with?
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    Neutrino Started this thread to Collect ideas for Game modes for Planetary Annihilation.

    Galactic Gates: A Universal Solution To Major Problems
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    This thread proposes a Galactic Gate System to address many problems such as Connecting Local Economies, Unit Transportation among others.

    Natural events that hamper your strategy
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    One of many threads proposing random events that would affect gameplay.

    Shields?
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    This thread discusses possible implementations for Shields.

    Things TA did well that SupCom didn't
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    This thread Covers the improvements brought on by Strategic Zoom and how it affects Gameplay and User Experience.

    [Suggestion] 3rd resource, command points.
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    This thread suggestions the addition of a 3rd resource, labeled Command Points, for specific purposes.

    Shell arcing
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    This Thread proposes a system when units that use ballistic weapons can always use High and Low Arc trajectories to overcome terrain.

    Handling Wreckage - The SUPER POLL
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    This thread is for discussing the various potential implementations of wreckage in PA, primarily focused on how other units interact with wreckage.

    No more: 100 engineers around a factory
    This thread Discusses the implications of large sale assisting as seen in prior games and looks for solutions.
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    Simulation: How much is too much?
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    This thread discusses Simulation and the extent it 'should' be used and it's effects on gameplay.

    Instant Death
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    In this thread the Application of 'Instant Death' within PA is Discussed.

    Non-Deterministic Combat
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    This thread discusses how combat can be made less deterministic and it's effects on gameplay.

    Building underground?
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    This thread haphazardly discusses a variety of potential applications for an Underground layer.

    Shooting Robots in the Dark
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    This thread Discusses the effects a Day/Night cycle might have on Gameplay.

    Friendly Fire
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    This thread Discusses Friendly Fire and it's place in PA.

    What if Nukes Weren't Superweapons?
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    This Thread discusses the implications of making Nukes more Common.

    The good side of Micro
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    This thread discusses the potential benefits of Micro and how select applications of it might be beneficial.

    One race = perfect balance!
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    This thread examines the effects, and questions the reasoning behind the choice by Uber to limit the game to One Unit pool shared by all players.

    Planetary Orbits?
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    This thread discusses the Possible Variations possible to PA to simulate Orbiting Bodies and their effects on gameplay.

    Discussion about vision. (if at all)
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    This thread covers some different ideas for implementing vision/Intel in general along with associated concepts for Fog of War.

    There Be Dragons: Slaying the Deathball
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    This thread deals with the infamous 'Deathball' and how it might be avoided/mitigated.

    HP to DPS Ratio
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    This thread talks about how the ratio of DPS to HP can alter the gameplay and discusses potential ratios for PA.

    Rushing
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    This thread covers the state and place of 'Rushing' in PA.

    What is the community's take on engineering towers?
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    This thread talks about the potential for Engineering/Nano towers to make a return in PA.

    Air collisions
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    This thread discusses potential ways to improve the pathfinding system for air units.

    Disconnected Oceans and the issues faced by Naval Units.
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    This thread covers potential issues for naval units will face with insufficiently large bodies of water to operate in.

    Idea: Night vision shorter then day vision?
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    This thread proposes the idea that a unit's visions and possibly other stats could be affected on a day/night cycle.

    Ideas about the Egg.
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    This thread covers potential applications for the 'Nest Egg' to help out in the early game.

    Radar, Jamming, Stealth, Cloak in PA
    This thread dicusses Potential Applications of various Intel Systems in PA.
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  9. KNight

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    MODDING

    Modding Requests from SupCom Modders
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    Request and comments from SupCom Modders for PA Modding.

    Modding compared with Sup Com
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    Discussion compared modding in PA to SupCom, mostly focuses on Coding Languages.

    What game modes should we start with?
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    A Dev Post asking for ideas for extra game modes that could be included within PA.

    Monetizing mods
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    this thread begins with potential systems to monetize mods and features Dev input and potential guidelines for such a system.
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    ASSORTED

    PSA - Realism VS Awesome
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    This thread aims to educate on the complimentary nature of 'Awesome' and 'Realism' factors as opposed to them being mutually exclusive.

    PSA - PA's Aesthetic
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    This thread aims to educate on the finer aspects of PA's Aesthetic and help provide more fitting terminology.

    DLC vs Expansions - KNOW THE DETAIL!
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    This thread talks about the 'distinctions' between DLC and Expansion packs, and how they may or may not be applicable to PA.

    PA + orchestral music = honey + herring = crap
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    This thread was created on the basis that because they are recording an Orchestra the music is going to be straight up classical and is quickly shown to not be case.

    Space ships and space combat
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    This thread creates a great overview of the state of 'space' combat in the TA/SupCom/PA universe and discusses some possible implementations that work in conjuncture with the overview.

    Unstable Equilibrium Aversion topic
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    This thread proposes putting a system in place to arbitrarily keep any given player's advantage over his opponent(s) in check under the guise of providing 'even footing' for the battle.

    Ideas from Zero-K
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    This thread presents many ideas/systems from Zero-K with potential benefit to PA.

    Alpha / Beta definition
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    This thread aims to educate on what can be expected from teh Alpha/Beta phases of Game Development.

    Competitive player
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    This thread deals with several aspects concerning competitive play in PA.
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    Okay all done! Now comes the fun part! xD

    Mike
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    Changing to sticky for now. :) So long as people are using it/keeping it updated. Good idea, Mike!
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    Thanks, yeah I've been adding a few in, at work right now so I kinda gotta sneak it in around that ;p Hopefully people can start sending in suggestions to help speed things up.

    Mike
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    Is there any topics about what might arrive regarding clans or factions?? could be a interesting thing to add if there is.
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    it's possible, thing is from what I remember about the few times it's come up is that people are generally pretty agreeable, with this I'm hoping to focus on threads that are heavy on discussion, but if you come across and particular threads post or PM the link and I'll take a look.

    Mike
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    I've got similar idea sometime ago, but I decided that thread scale is too big. A lot of threads discuss a few "hard questions" at a time. So, wouldn't it be better to have "question index"?

    Like "AI: If unit is moving towards some direction and got command to move some other direction, what shall it do while calculating new path - go in previous direction, go directly towards new target or stale?"
    Or "What is easier to balance: few small factions vs each other or one wider faction within itself?"
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    Nice OrangeKnight ;)
  18. KNight

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    The problem I see with that specific approach is that like you said, many threads cover topics from many angles, so you'd have the same thread appear for multiple "questions" and the list ends up being artificially long.

    I'm hoping to focus on those big discussions, because those big 10+ page threads tend to not only cover the original questions from multiple angles, they also tend to branch out to other closely related questions as well.

    It's not that I'm trying to provide answers per see, more so a reference guide, there are still things we haven't talked about yet(as hard as it might be to believe) and new ways to look at old problems, the issue is making sure something is actually new and not something we've already gone over.

    Mike
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    I like how you reserve posts for your content and then give the content after the reserved posts lol. thanks for making this.
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    Very good work man!

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