It was a bloody game, at least from Snake-boy's vantage point. He never got a blow in against the elf, and she ended up gutting him.
I next took a human warrior woman, who met pretty much the same fate (although she at least got one hit on the elf).
Combat in this game can go back and forth for awhile, until you use up all your bonus dice. Then your opponent gets in one or two hits and you end up bleeding on the arena floor. But the various traits each fantasy race gets means the game can still surprise you.