Date   : 10/20/2016    Duedate: 11/02/2016


DM-56    TURN-672

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-4623) [11-1-0,125]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VEALZEBUB                      PRINTS OF WHALES
(56-4623) [11-1-0,125]         (56-4289) [3-1-0,89]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JOMMY                          KROM
MEN OF STEEL (131)             SKULL SQUADRON (28)
(56-4539) [17-31-1,100]        (56-4716) [0-1-0,1]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PICTURE THIS (448)          16
3. MEN OF STEEL (131)          14      Unchartered Team
4. THEM (433)                  10
5. GET (419)                    0      PICTURE THIS (448)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DEMONIC DELICACIES (471)  11   1  0 91.7   1/ 1 SKULL SQUADRON (28)       6  7 1
 2/ 2*PICTURE THIS (448)         3   1  0 75.0   2/ 2 THEM (433)                4  4 0
 3- 3 GET (419)                 77  46  1 62.6   3/ 3 DEMONIC DELICACIES (471)  1  0 0
 4/ 4 SKULL SQUADRON (28)      476 376 30 55.9   4- 4 GET (419)                 1  0 0
 5/ 5 THEM (433)               162 165 13 49.5   5/ 6*PICTURE THIS (448)        1  1 0
 6/ 6 MEN OF STEEL (131)       337 377 46 47.2   6/ 5 MEN OF STEEL (131)        1  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Hail gladiators of Rocanis!

I'm back!  Five turns as Duelmaster and as promised, another Duelmaster Column. It's 
looking mighty ugly in the challenger champions, wait--oh, I smell Pancakes!  However, 
you won't lure me in with your sweet, sweet savory smell.  I remember that Advanced 
Master you earned.  Tournament charged (grumbling).

Moving on, I wanted to congratulate my stablemate Rao on his Dark Arena win.  I know 
many of you didn't get to see the details, it was pretty dark in the arena after all, 
but he completely crushed Vel Steelwind.  His new-found weapon and rhythm worked 
wonders.  I'm now expecting great things for him and his record in ADM.  For anyone 
who might want to cross swords again and read arena spotlights, we are all traveling 
to Talahya #100. 

I didn't challenge anyone this turn and left the match-up to the Roll Up Gods.  
However, as I write this, that might not have been a good idea as the R.U.G.s aren't 
known for their kindness or praying to put numbers where they need to be.  It's low 
Size and high Will (more grumbling).  

I also want to welcome back stables Picture This and Get.  It's likely you are 
probably just returning for a fight or two before the Tournament, but hopefully you 
stick around.  It's fun matching up against great managers and makes the losses a 
little less bitter, but the win's just a little bit sweeter--yum Pancakes!  

Speaking of Pancakes, it's time for the Duelmaster's feast at Mylar's and everyone is 
welcome.  For this turn's meal I'll request breakfast.  So, to my fellow gladiators, I 
will leave you all with some words of encouragement.  Remember, each defeat in the 
arena is only a delay on the long road (or short in my case) to becoming the 
Duelmaster of Rocanis.


                                          Anusha of Skull Squadron
                                          Duelmaster of Rocanis
                                          Grimwood, manager

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Hey everybody, watch out for PRINTS OF WHALES, 
who flew up 16 points in the rankings after mashing TARGUS like a melon.  Keep your 
eye on this beast.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was TARGUS, who dropped 
12 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with PRINTS OF WHALES.  In 
front of all the crowds, VEALZEBUB took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give 
the bum two weeks.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger 
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ROCANIS arena.  Here's a 
song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad MEN OF STEEL?  Big bad MEN OF STEEL.  Big 
bad MEN OF STEEL.  ROCANIS' afraid of the big bad MEN OF STEEL.  Tra la la la la!  
For those of you who like math, try this one:  MEN OF STEEL + Weapons That go Boom = 
THEM + Avoid City.  Well just about everybody wants a piece of JOMMY, who was this 
week's most challenged warrior.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally 
in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in ROCANIS have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Well, there goes another Spy 
Report.  Good luck in next week's fights.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it 
(boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The 
Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VEALZEBUB 4623               11   1  0   125       DEMONIC DELICACIES (471)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GREYLOCK 4605                15   3  1   115       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 JOMMY 4539                   17  31  1   100       MEN OF STEEL (131)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANUSHA 4660                  14   5  1    92       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
-PANCAKES 4241                 9   4  0    91       GET (419)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRINTS OF WHALES 4289         3   1  0    89       PICTURE THIS (448)
 BOSH 4656                    15   7  1    75       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
 TARGUS 4665                  10   5  1    67       SKULL SQUADRON (28)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 T BONES 4551                  7   2  1    60       THEM (433)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GENIUS AWESOME 4402           2   1  0    22       MEN OF STEEL (131)
-NAKOR 4686                    2   0  0    22       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 BUMS 4712                     2   0  0    10       THEM (433)
 KROM 4716                     0   1  0     1       SKULL SQUADRON (28)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

OPEN TRYOUT #12 was butchered by ARENAMASTER AMEL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ANUSHA was vanquished by VEALZEBUB in a exciting 1 minute gory uneven Title battle.
JOMMY vanquished BOSH in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PRINTS OF WHALES overpowered TARGUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
T BONES devastated RABID GOPHER in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
BUMS luckily beat KROM in a 2 minute bloody novice's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   2 -  1      78  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK     8 -   4 -  1      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   6 -  0      65  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   5 -  1      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  10 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   5 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 672 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     VEALZEBUB 4623             11   1  0  125 DEMONIC DELICACIES (471)
AIMED BLOW       ANUSHA 4660                14   5  1   92 SKULL SQUADRON (28)
WALL OF STEEL    PRINTS OF WHALES 4289       3   1  0   89 PICTURE THIS (448)
LUNGING ATTACK   TARGUS 4665                10   5  1   67 SKULL SQUADRON (28)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JOMMY 4539.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
KROM 4716.  The ten other most popular fighters were VEALZEBUB 4623, JOMMY 4539, 
PRINTS OF WHALES 4289, BUMS 4712, OPEN TRYOUT #12 4715, T BONES 4551, ANUSHA 4660, 
BOSH 4656, TARGUS 4665, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was TARGUS 4665.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BOSH 4656, ANUSHA 4660, T BONES 4551, OPEN TRYOUT #12 4715, BUMS 4712, 
PRINTS OF WHALES 4289, JOMMY 4539, VEALZEBUB 4623, KROM 4716, and  0.

                   An Informative Guide to the Parry-Riposte Style

                             composed by Sir Jessie Jest

     Greetings to all.  After many weeks of compiling a database with informationon 
the parry-riposte, I would like to thank the many managers that donated their time and 
effort to make this project work.  We all hope that many managers benefit from these 
efforts to further the interest in this style.
     This article can also be found in the Duel Masters Web page on the internet at:  
     Also, for those of you who have e-mail access, I invite you to join in on the DM 
discussions on the Roundtable.  The roundtable is a forum that discusses anything that 
has to do with Duelmasters.  It is made up of many other DM managers like yourself, 
and will answer any question you have about the game.  To join the Round Table send e-
mail to listserv@ambience.com.au with the message "Subscribe Duel-L Your Name".

                          ***            ***            *** 

     Parry-ripostes, or rippers, can be very deadly if trained and managed 
effectively.  Rippers aren't as widely understood as the more common high skill base 
styles are.   They do draw managers who like more of a challenge.  It is not a style 
for quick fix, so to speak.   They start with much less skill and development than 
many other styles.  This means they require a much longer development time before 
reaching that successful stage.  Rippers are not good short-term warriors.  They lack 
what it takes to get many wins early in their career.   When you make a ripper, you're 
in for the long haul.
     When making a ripper, it is good to think about making him survive through Basic.  
Rippers have the second highest death rate, with aimed blows being the first.  The 
main reasons for this, I believe, are poor warrior design and/or poor strategy.  
Rippers, even if designed exactly the same, vary more from one to another than most 
styles in general.  The aimed blow, I believe, is the only other style that varies 
more widely from one to another than the ripper.  Finding your ripper's likes and 
dislikes may be quite a task, indeed.
     The first thing to get a good ripper is warrior design.   His starting stats will 
greatly effect his starting skill bases as well.   Since rippers starting skill base 
is lower than some of the other styles, getting as many bonus skills from initial 
stats is very important.   These bonus skills are given most in the WIT and DEFTNESS 
stats.   Odd numbered stats are where most of the bonus skills are at, such as 13, 15, 
17 and 21.  There are no bonus stats to be gained at 19 in any stat except speed.  
Good rippers will have a minimum of 32 points between wit and deftness.  34 or more 
points is preferred. 17 or 21 WT and 17 or 21 DT makes the best rippers.

Ripper stats:

Strength:      7-11  gives you the range you need for all ripper weapons.

Con:           10-14 helps keep your ripper alive and helps with encumbrance.  A wise 
               manager would put any left over points here, rather than speed.  We'll
               get to that in a minute.

Size:          3-11,  no bigger.  It's a waste of points and kills your defense, which 
               is one thing that will keep your ripper alive.

Wit:           15, 17 or 21 -- No less.  You need the bonus skills and the quick 
               learning to make up for the lower skill base.

Will:          15+  Not necessary, but to be successful quicker in ADM get at least a 

Speed:         5-9   Speed is the most disputed thing among ripper managers.  It is 
               split 50/50 on its contribution to a rippers success.  I believe any 
               extra points left over after adding to odd number WT, WL, and DF should 
               go to CON, not speed.  It makes no difference whether you get those 
               skills gained from speed now, or later on.  They are still the same 
               number of skills.  Those few skills won't make as much difference 
               now, as CON does in keeping the ripper ALIVE.   A dead ripper's bases 
               don't matter much, now, do they?  ;)

Deftness       15,17, or 21 no less.  This is a MUST.  Deftness gives the most bonus 
               skills out of all the stats.   Unlike other styles, which start out 
               with higher bases, a ripper needs all the bonuses he can get.  Don't 
               skimp here.  Also, many of the rippers weapons require high deftness.

     The average skill bonuses you get for the parry-riposte style are as follows: 
(Taken from the "Ween Chart" that includes decimals)
Skill                                                Bonus
======                                               ======
Attack                                               -1.6
Parry                                                -0.1
Defense                                              -3
Initiative                                           3.1
Decise                                               1.8
Riposte                                              4.6

     Naturally, rippers get more bonus skills in the riposte area.  To help  
understand that chart, round the numbers up to the nearest whole number.   Example, 
Decise 1.8 = 2 extra decise skills.  There is no way to predict exactly what your 
ripper's starting skills will be.  But you can get a good idea when your get your 
overview back by using the skill chart which is not listed here.  There is the luck 
factor, which is a random number that RSI gives to make sure no two warriors are 
exactly alike.  Some are blessed and get more than average skills, whereas others get 
considerably less.  Rippers in general seem to get LESS more than MORE skill in the 
luck factor part of character generation.
     Listed below are some examples of actual rippers in ADM and Primus.Please take 
note of the + or extra skills these rippers received with thestats they have.  Notice 
the amount of extra skills they received from high WIT and DEFTNESS.  The luck factor 
had some play in these startingbases.  These are also examples of when the luck factor 
gives you MOREstarting base skills.  The one at the bottom, with the -2 skills, is an 
exampleof bad luck.  The average skill base totals is +4.8 or 5 skills rounded up.That 
means that if you get a ripper with more than + 5 skills to his base,he is lucky.  
Less than + 5 he is unlucky, depending on his stats.  If theripper has less than a 32 
total points WIT and DEFTNESS, his chancesof getting less than +5 is MUCH higher.   If 
you get more than +5 skills withless than 32 points in your WIT and DEFTNESS total,  
you a very lucky.One exception is when you have a 30 WIT/DEFTNESS total and a 21 
WILL.Then you should get +5 or better to your skill base.  If not, you are unlucky.

ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF    BASE: ATT    INIT   DEC    DEF    PAR   RIP      (Bonus +/-)
17-13-4-17-9-9-15             60(0)  60(+4) 30(+2) 40(-1) 45(+1) 65(+5);     +11
9-13-8-17-15-5-17             55(-1) 55(+4) 15(0)  30(-4) 55(+3) 70(+6);     +8
11-9-12-15-17-5-17            55(0)  35(+2) 20(+1) 30(-3) 45(-1) 75(+9);     +8
9-12-5-17-15-9-17             45(-3) 50(+1) 40(+3) 45(-2) 40(0)  70(+5);     +4
10-10-9-21-15-4-15            60(-1) 50(+2) 45(+5) 35(-4) 35(0)  65(+5);     +7
8-9-7-17-17-9-17              50(-3) 50(-1) 50(+4) 50(-2) 40(+1) 85(+8);     +5
8-10-12-17-17-3-17            60(-1) 45(0)  25(+2) 30(-5) 40(+1) 55(+4);     +1
8-9-8-15-11-12-21             50(-2) 75(+5) 35(+2) 35(-4) 50(+1) 80(+5);     +7
12-10-8-17-11-9-17            40(-3) 45(0)  40(+4) 30(-4) 15(-4) 70(+5);     -2

     The numbers in the parenthesis are the + or - the projected skill base for that 
set of numbers.  Example:  +5 means that he got 5 more than the average projection.  
Pluses are good and minuses are bad.
     A simple method to see whether or not your ripper was lucky is to add the WIT and 
DEFTNESS together.  If it is above 32 then you should get + 5 as an average, and any 
more than +5 is lucky.  The higher the WIT/DEFTNESS total the higher the average.  
This is a quick guesstimate to see if your ripper was unlucky at getting a good number 
starting skills.  It is not an exact way to tell.  You can tell more accurately by 
using the skill chart that lists the skill bonuses, and the style modifiers.
     Good WIT statements for a good ripper include high order ATTACK, DEFENSE, and 
PARRY.   An initiative statement is nice, but harder to come by for a ripper, unless 
you give up one of those 3 up there.  If you get ATTACK, DEFENSE, PARRY and INITIATIVE 
high order you have a GREAT ripper.   Rippers almost always get some kind of Riposte 
statement.  Riposte isn't really as important as those 4 up there are in the long run.  
Decise skill is meaningless to a ripper. 

     Rippers should wear heavy armor at the beginning of their career.  It is  better 
to run a ripper defensively or `scum' him for awhile until he gains more skill.  When 
he starts getting his experts in defense and parry, then you can take off some armor.   
Rippers are more like to DIE in their first 10-15 fights than later on when they have 
more skill and experience.
     Some people don't like playing defensively, and run them offensively at the 
beginning.  Rippers are long term projects and are not ready for this.  They lack the 
skill and experience to do this in the beginning.  For this reason, and the fact most 
people don't put much armor on them at the start of their career, is why so many 
rippers DIE.  Putting heavy armor on them and playing them defensively, increases the 
ripper's chance to make it to ADM ALIVE.  I've put rippers in ACM and APA in basic for 
their first 15 fights.  It keeps them alive and gets them learns without affecting 
their performance.


     Your ripper's favorite weapon is VERY important.  Rippers have a very limited 
number of weapons to choose from, but do have some good ones.

     This is a list of ripper weapons.  They are listed in order of which is best to 
which is worst according to a poll of 58 ripper mgrs.

1.  Scimitar -- The best ripper weapon, without question.
2.  Longsword
3.  Epee -- I wouldn't advise using this weapon in Basic.
4.  Shortsword
5.  Shortspear
6.  Longspear
7.  Hatchet

     Using that chart above, you can tell whether or not your ripper got stuck with a 
lousy favorite weapon.  Down below is more info on ripper's favorite weapons.

Out of 44 parry-ripostes, the following is a chart of the favorite weapons they got:  
EP (11), SC (8), LO (8), LS (4), SS (7), SH (6)
     Notice that most got the top 3 ripper weapons.  Just hope your ripper doesn't get 
stuck with a lame weapon.

Off-hand weapon
     Rippers do better with 2 weapons than one.  In ADM, a ripper can use either one 
or 2 and still be effective.  Shortswords and hatchets are the most effective.  
Daggers and shields are OK, but not really good in ADM.  If you have a ripper with 
high enough deftness, twin longswords or scimitars can be devastating.  Rippers have 
an unusually high chance of being ambidextrous.

Strategy- Using tactics
     Rippers in general don't react well to tactics.  This is agreed on by most ripper 
managers.  They can use lunge, dodge, response and parry to some effectiveness.  Out 
of 44 rippers, 3 got Lunge, 6 got Riposte, and 3 got Parry as a favorite tactic.  
Riposte tactic is lame, and should never be used on a ripper.  He ripostes well enough 
without that tactic.  All it will do is penalize him in other important areas.

Strategy- (favorite rhythms)
     Unlike other styles, the ripper favorite rhythm is used more closely.  Most 
managers use different strategies in basic than they do in ADM for their rippers.   
They play it more by ear in Basic, and stick mostly to the ripper's favorite rhythms 
in ADM.  Unless, of course, they have very bad rhythms for favorites.  Then they may 
go back to playing it by ear.

Below is a graph of 44 Parry - Riposte's favorite rhythms.

A. L. -- O. E.      VL         LO         MO        HI         VH   TOTALS
VL                   3          1          2         0          0      6
LO                   2          1          2         2          0      7   
MO                   2         19          0         1          0     22
HI                   2          0          5         2          0      9
VH                   0          0          0         0          0      0
TOTALS               9         21          9         5          0

     As you can see, most of the favorites for a Parry Riposte fall in the LOW 
offensive and moderate activity range.
     To give someone an example of a basic strategy, I will give you an example below.

MIN      1         2        3       4        5         6        Desp.

OL       2         2        2       4        4         3           7
AL       2         2        2        4       4         2           7
KD       5         5        5        6       6         5           5
Att     RA----------------------------------------------->
Pro     HE----------------------------------------------->

     You can experiment with other strategies, and might even check out how your 
ripper likes tactics.
     In ADM, I'd stick with the favorite rhythms, unless they aren't working for him.

Best style match-ups for a ripper in basic are: PR, TP, BA, PS, WS.
Worst in Basic are :  SL, LU, AB, PL, ST.

Best style Match-ups in ADM are: TP, PR, BA, ST, PS.
Worst in ADM are : LU, SL, WS, PL, AB.

     Well, that should be enough information to get any manager started with a good 
ripper.   If you need more information about rippers or anything else about DM, 
contact me.   I can be reached via e-mail at 103260.3347@ compuserve.com or you can 
Diplo me at the Joker's Wild 2 in DM 75.  I hope this helped someone.

Sir Jessie Jest

Credits -- Major contributors:

Mitch Nakagawa -AKA- Sensei                          Slowburn
Glenn Uren -AKA- Heretic                             JRK
Jeanette Jerles -AKA- Shark                          Jester
Gary Triplett -AKA- Miles                            The Boss Man
The Lunatic                                          Voo-Doo
Assurnasirbanipal                                    Soultaker
Lord Bosk                                            Buri
C.J Caviness -AKA- The Visionist                     Doctor Scot
Manager(Dwayne)                                      Revenant
Eric Goche                                           Seeker
Rajesh Nanda
Johan Behrenfeldt -AKA- Bartender  

and many others.