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Caren : (17 June 2018 - 02:19 PM) ah, cool. i sometimes lurk around cttw. (caution to the wind), i'm sure ya'll already know about that tho. man, i have to catching up to do. :happy:
starbuck. : (17 June 2018 - 01:55 PM) shadowplay, another graphics forum ;)
Caren : (17 June 2018 - 01:42 PM) slow old timer here, what is SP?
choobacca : (17 June 2018 - 10:59 AM) same but i'm a bigger part of the tda community so i'll often go like a month without checking sp bc i forget lol
hamylton. : (17 June 2018 - 04:36 AM) I only do their colourisation challenges :P i prefer it here
abhorsen. : (16 June 2018 - 08:47 PM) I'm there, too, under the same name. :P
cheriechapstick : (16 June 2018 - 07:17 PM) There is a lot of SP overlap here. I'm not very active on SP but I am there too.
StarTrekFan1980 : (16 June 2018 - 07:04 PM) Oh I recognize you now Amy! Well it’s pretty cool that I found someone from SP.
hamylton. : (16 June 2018 - 06:44 PM) No, I'm caomoyl over there :P also you can call me Amy :D
StarTrekFan1980 : (16 June 2018 - 05:53 PM) I didn't know you were on there Hamylton. Do you go by the same name?
hamylton. : (16 June 2018 - 04:15 PM) I just realised who you are on Shadowplay since you just posted after me in their PYLG :P
StarTrekFan1980 : (16 June 2018 - 01:59 PM) I just want to say thank you for accepting on this site. I love it here.
cheriechapstick : (16 June 2018 - 10:37 AM) My poor brother was supposed to have his first regional race, but he's to sick to race and my step dad pulled the plug and still hasn't told my brother who is still sleeping. I'm so heartbroken for him.
StarTrekFan1980 : (16 June 2018 - 05:33 AM) Okay thank you both.
hamylton. : (16 June 2018 - 05:22 AM) The majority are, but there are some that aren't

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