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issue 178 | JAN 2012

issue 178 | January 2012



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Gather round my friends. The New Year has come and it’s time to gaze into the misty smoke of electrical burning and let the arsenic poisoning tell of things that will be... overclocked. For the lords of boards I see changes – both for those in service to the king and the brave usurper. As the bridges grow thick with ivy, the three gates to the furnaces of hell will yield 11 treasures marked X. The challenger’s armies will cool as they march upon the fabled trinity. The heaving of the world begun this year past shall calm as time ticks on and every house will come to own a son that is a soldier too. Finally the highways marked 3.0 will be opened by the intelligent king, the paths to glory will be widened and travelled; for both powers and their kingdoms will grow on the back of legends such as the three battlefields. The gap between the peasants and the nobles will widen as generations grow old and the stories told require more magic. The field of play is due for many victories and losses. The republic old may suffer the same fate as those who pinned their hopes on modern warfare. The third coming of evil and the fight against Azmodan and Belial may bring happiness, but it is the unknown entity that will come from the great blizzard that we should watch for. Beware of syndicates and the five grand thieves; they will steal your time more than anything. There will be infinite shocks, halos, heroes, parties and payne. It’s going to be a year of plenty and we hope we can be with you for it all! Happy New Year and all the best everyone. See you on the servers!

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