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October 27th 2001
It seems incredible, but it is true! KillerBees was defeated by OneEyedWilly in the team category. It seems even more incredible if we remember that KillerBees was the dominator of the arena since the Second Millennium Jrobots Finals (on December 2000). I hope that this astounding result of OneEyedWilly makes other players believe that nothing is impossible: even KillerBees fails!
OneEyedWilly has got a very good percentage over KillerBees (61% versus 53%). I think that the gap is deep enough to prevent different results (due to random fluctuations), but we could answer to the "Will it happen again?" question only at the end of the next challenge.
I need not to say that the percentages of KillerBees are still unreachable in single and double categories because its fire power and aim are the strongest amongst the current robots. I haven't discovered yet the secret of OneEyedWilly, but I think it's a mixture of several qualities with a strong team spirit.
The other new robot (Schmamageddon) confirms its attitude for single play and its lacks in the other types of play.

On the new entries side, Mouth seems very promising. It didn't reach the requested limit of played matches, but it's ready for the next challenge and its placements say that another die-hard robot is born.

This month three more veterans were thrown out of the arena: Kamikaze, Imatron and Sharks (again). Firetron, Jimbo, Sloth and Stinger2 are ready to be thrown out in the next challenge since their percentage margin is very thin. Don't expect to see a Sharks2 and Stinger3 very soon, because I'm desperately looking for good aim and fire techniques, since mine are very poor. (Have you anything to suggest? Send it to me in email, thanks! ;-> )

The robots fought a total amount of 10621 battles. To see the results read the Challenges page.

Here is an abstract:
Single WinnerKillerBeesby MontyFish91.12%
Double WinnerKillerBeesby MontyFish89.89%
Team WinnerOneEyedWillyby chestRcopRpot60.98%

Now you can upload your robots to win the November 2001 Jrobots Challenge (November 3rd-24th 2001) aka Will it happen again?

October 6th 2001
The October 2001 Jrobots Challenge starts now.
Remember that you can send your robots even in the course of the challenge, so you're not too late. The latest robots are stored in the file You can download it to test off-line the behaviour of your robot against the other challengers.
To read the results in real-time simply visit the Battle Applet page
Good luck to all the players!
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