ISSUE 1: February 2008
Welcome to Beast Wars International's first newsletter. Sapphire's apologies for it starting a month later than intended! Hopefully it will remain a monthly thing, full of fun content submitted by YOU, the fans. It's never too late to get onboard this project! All you need is enthusiasm and something Beast Wars-related to submit, be it a comic, a review or even an exciting piece of news. There will be a few regulars in the newsletter, like Crab's comic reviews and Silver's Advice Column, to give a few examples. There's also a cool "Bother a Beast Warrior" section, where you can ask the character of the month a question! The best questions will get selected, answered and displayed here. Be sure to give this newsletter a proper read through and please feel free to email suggestions to Sapphire as to how she could spice it up and improve it, if you have any. The background and images you see here will get refreshed with news designs as the issues progress. Enjoy!
- Sapphire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
human creatures with which I would have no reason to speak to
ordinarily, it is I, Megatron, chosen first for your “Bother a Beast
Warrior” column. In all honesty, I have more important things to do,
so I will just get this over with.
first question to be addressed is from Wistwin:
kind of bet did you lose to end up being the first Beast Warrior we get
yess. I thought people would wonder. I will be brief: Starath talked me into it.
speaking of that squeaking demon…
are you so smart that you predicted things before they happened in Beast
Wars, or did you look at all the elements and come to conclusions about
what would happen that way?
lattermost suggestion is more accurate. I did not predict outcomes so
much as looked at all factors involved in a given situation and worked
out what would mostly likely occur, adjusting things as I saw fit so
that the outcome would best suit my needs. To an outsider it would
appear that I could make future predictions, but I have no intention to
correct the assumption that I am just that good.
u like ur colour purple? if u could choose wich colour would u prefer to
color scheme is what I have always had, so I suppose, yes, I like the
color purple. If I had to choose another color scheme I would like red
and black. By the way, your spelling and grammar is repulsive. Invest in
a dictionary and attend school more often than once a month.
following is from Wicked Woman:
Megatron, you have a ferret, a roulette wheel and a hammer, what do you
would remove the hammer’s metal head and attach the handle to the
roulette wheel and use it to launch the ferret at the Maximal Base.
Surely it can do better than my minions…
you hadn't gotten a T-rex as your beast mode, what animal would of you
chosen for yourself?
would have chosen something with useable forearms.
my own experience I have found that it helps to recruit those of lower
intelligence that yourself. This, however, has its obvious downfalls. I
also recommend you take public speaking instruction so you learn how to
give persuasive speeches. If you wish to add a speech mannerism to your
repertoire, I suggest you choose something short, yess. Keep me updated
on your progress, and if you succeed, I will melt you down into a statue
in your honor.
it was horrible. I didn’t sleep for three weeks.
is all, for now. In future issues of the Beast Wars International
Newsletter this section will be handled by a Beast Warrior. Next month
CHEETOR will answer your questions. I would almost pity you, Maximal, if I cared enough.
glorious leader of the Predacons
Scorponok also features
two gimmicks in this mode (and in his robot mode, too). The first one is
that if you press on the trigger on the top of his tail, the stinger will
launcher forward about an inch, to 'skewer' anyone in front of him. The
other, far more impressive, gimmick pretty much involves the rest of his
body-- as you roll Scorponok along on a flat surface, his claws rotate as
well as the drill that makes up the core of his main body. This automatic
movement can work either way, too-- rotate the drill to rotate the claws,
or visa versa. It's impressive how this works even with articulation in
the shoulders and elbows, and emphasizes Scorponok's 'sand shark' digging
aspect very well. In addition, Scorponok can latch on to Voyager-class
Blackout in Blackout's vehicle mode and, when Blackout's rotor button is
pushed in, Scorponok's claws will spin in unison. The
story opens up with a simple question. “Where are
we?” The answer? “The beginning.” A splash page filled with the
events of Beast Wars Season 1, Season 2, and the beginning of Season 3.
A voice is narrating over how the Beast Wars were a timelost series of
battles, and how the stasis pods were a catalyst for many fights. The
voice then describes how Covert Agent Ravage was sent to isolate and
contain Megatron, and how he failed.
new Beast Wars comics are a mixed bag. The back story to this was
written by Benson Yee and Simon Furman, and both of them managed to
combine both Beast Wars 2 and Beast Wars Neo into the current storyline.
This story is based in said universe. However, a lot of people didn’t
like it. The way I see it, you can look at this comic as an expansion of
the already-existing Beast Wars story, or as a ‘What If?’ alternate
universe kind of thing. Personally, I’m looking at it as official
canon material. Although I know about them, I’ve never seen Beast Wars
2 or Beast Wars Neo, so this is a nice treat.
everyone and a Happy New Year in 2008!
Nyx and this is the first
I’m hyped up like a little kid about this first review! I’m so excited
and happy that I was allowed to write and review Fan works and I’ve been
biting my nails with nerves, Haha!
I will hunt around for the most wonderful fan art and most fantastic fan
fictions from the well-known fan writers to the new bidding artists. And I
will take a look though and post a review of the fan-fiction or fan-art.
There will be a link to take you to the story or art to see for yourself
how great it is!
this has been really hard for me. Why? Because there is so much talent out
there! It’s really difficult to choose between all the work so many
people have put into their pictures and their stories!
It is all in the name of our favourite show,
to the review, as I said, there was so much to chose from, I couldn’t
decide! But with Miss Sapphire’s help, I have chosen a fairly recent
a Pre-Beast Wars story that tells us about the events leading up to the
theft of the Great Golden Disc though the eyes of Quickrim, a bot that has
been assigned to the most difficult case of his life.
tale begins with a scene outside the Cybertron Database or CD for short.
This is like a giant library of codes and information from the planet’s
history to the security information of the government.
first character we meet is Galeforce, a security bot for the CD. As he is
going home from his shift, he is attacked and two mysterious thieves steal
his entry card for the most classified codes.
four hours after this happens, Quickrim, a maximal government agent, is
assigned to investigate a break in at the CD. He is quick to respond and
as soon as he enters the CD building, he notices what the “thief” was
looking for, Information of the security based at a Cybertron museum
containing the Great Golden Disc.
he has time to ponder this however, he is soon caught up into a high speed
chase with an invisible thief that turns out to be some sort of a cat bot.
(We can only assume it is Ravage)
an action packed fight between the pair, Quickrim wins. However, the thief
manages to escape, leaving Quickrim with more questions than answers.
later, Torcher, a good-natured, gun-loving cop (one of Cybertron’s elite
officers, in fact.) joins Quickrim to help his with the investigation.
Torcher manages to stop the bot entering the room with Galeforce in and a
fight ensues in the hospital corridors.
this, Part one of the story ends and we are left hanging with a very tense
at first, I’d admit, I wasn’t sure that I would like this story but I
really did enjoy it.
a first time newbie to action stories, this kept me on the edge of my seat
and kept tempting me to read more. (And in this case it was, “Just one
more sentence” or “I’ll just finish this paragraph”)
story grabs you to the action as soon as the first paragraph is finished
and you can just picture what is happening. It is so visual that it
literally draws you in and you feel as though you are an onlooker,
watching it as it happens.
words Blazemane has chosen to describe the streets of Cybertron, buildings
and his characters are well used and it makes it even more believable.
And I have to say this, the fighting scenes between Quickrim and the Thief
or between Torcher and the mysterious nameless bot, are incredible.
described and entertaining, Blazemane keeps us on the edge of our seats as
the battles have you cheering on for the good guys.
hope you enjoyed my first attempt of a review and Many Happy times in the
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Well, here we are. The dawn of a new life! Transmetal 2.... oops. It’s easy to get carried away with such things, but I guess many are used to that from me by now. Sooo... Silver’s Advice Corner
Most of you probably know me from my ramblings and ravings throughout the forum. Always getting up to mischief and having something to say about pretty much everything. I hope I have managed, from time to time, to dispense some of my accumulated wisdom to those in need and more importantly I hope that it has helped.
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By: Razor One
watched the silvery blue mech stood within a pool of light amidst the
darkened room, alone, but afraid.
was young for a transformer, barely two stellar cycles since she had first
come online, and Maximus could see that she had the youthful hope and
vibrancy within her that he had had at the same age a century before when
he had first stepped into that same light.
Are You?” He asked from the darkness.
jumped at his voice, not expecting it for one, and not expecting the
authority that voice seemed to possess.
surprise faded quickly however, and she soon regained composure. Whether
it was bravado or the wish to hide what fear she might have would have to
remain to be seen.
Am Aurora,” she said, “And who are you?”
are not here to ask questions!” he snapped.
of him marveled at the audacity she showed. The Inquisition usually sent
fear into any bot that was brought forth to face it. To be able to face
fear at such a young age as her showed that he had chosen well.
your answer,” he continued in a more terse tone, “Is insufficient. I
did not ask your name. I asked who it is that you are.”
this she frowned in thought. The young so seldom understood the difference
between a name and an identity.
am a Maxima-“
was created by –“
am from –“
No! No!” he shouted loudly enough for his voice to echo several times
around the darkened chamber.
did not enjoy the harshness but understood its necessity. This was no test
of knowledge or wit but one of character a test of spark, a test of soul.
an easier question would be in order,” He said with just a hint of snide
in his voice.
not stupid or mis-programmed; your question is just unfair!”
he cried, “Life is not fair Aurora! And unless I’m not mistaken you
are just three short Decacycle out of basic programming! That’s
certifiably stupid by any count!”
paced about in the darkness, practically walking circles around her as she
stood in the only pool of illumination in a pitch black room. She could
hear him of course and the pacing served to heighten her tension while
giving him time to formulate every word of his next sentence.
she hardly suspected as such, his every last syllable was carefully
modulated and intoned specifically for her benefit. The more scathing and
ruthless he seemed the more of her true character would become apparent.
on her part, she remained silent until he addressed her again.
are you here?” he asked.
I was summoned.” She said irritably.
didn’t need to say a word. Aurora could feel his glare despite the
darkness and softened instantly.
am here to be tested.” She said.
is why you are in this room, perhaps,” said Maximus, “But you miss the
more important part of the question. Why are you here?”
paused waiting for an answer with baited breath as she simply looked into
the darkness, not understanding.
are you here? In this life? At this time? Why do you exist?”
I-“ she struggled to answer.
watched her carefully, observing her body language, her facial expression,
even the brightness of her optics he noted with all the fine detail of a
botanist whom had found a rare and exotic flower. He could practically see
into the depths of her mind as the faint beginnings of wisdom and
intelligence grappled within her all too empty yet young mind until…
don’t know.” She said and hung her head in shame.
don’t know?” he said almost mockingly, “You don’t even know the
reason for your existence?” he said with growing incredulity.
looked embarrassed, shamed and defeated as she hung her head and clenched
her fists, no doubt rebuking herself as what she saw as the stupidest
mistake of her life.
Aurora, is the very foundation of all wisdom,” said Maximus with a
gentleness he had never used once before in their encounter thus far.
she blurted out in surprise.
no doubt expected another rebuke, a string of mockery and disgrace.
that proclaims they know why they came into being, that claims that they
have a purpose in this existence above all others is the highest order of
fool. Wise is the one who says ‘I do not know’, for in them lie our
was floored. She hadn’t expected this at all. She hadn’t expected any
of it and the only semi-intelligent thought capable of asserting itself
within her mind told her to lift her jaw up and stop gaping like a fool.
shall be a small recess. You may wait in the outer corridor until you are
called for, I suggest you partake of energon and counsel during this
time.” Said Maximus and shuffled out.
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Taken from this thread at the BWINT Forums.
What purpose would Transmutate serve in Beast Wars if she survived more
than one episode?
Position (Scout? Fighter (hey, she did display quite a bit of power))?
Interaction with other characters?
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