DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/13/2017    Duedate: 10/26/2017

NOBLISH ISLAND ARENA

DM-93    TURN-489

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KOKOMO, IN
HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
(93-10093) [7-1-0,77]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              KOKOMO, IN
                               HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
                               (93-10093) [7-1-0,77]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MILFORD, MA                    MILFORD, MA
HOME SWEET HOME (1728)         HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
(93-10090) [5-3-0,28]          (93-10090) [5-3-0,28]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BASH BROS APPLES (1727)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)      52
2. THE SLAPPYS (187)           37      S.O.N. (28)
3. HOME SWEET HOME (1728)      31      Unchartered Team
4. BASH BROS APPLES (1727)     24
5. RED AVENGERS (1736)         16      BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)     4   0  0  100   1/ 2*BASH BROS APPLES (1727)  10  5 0
 2/ 0*THE SLAPPYS (187)          1   0  0  100   2/ 1*HOME SWEET HOME (1728)    9  6 0
 3/ 1*HOME SWEET HOME (1728)    27  13  0 67.5   3/ 3*CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)    8  7 0
 4/ 4*BASH BROS APPLES (1727)   21  19  0 52.5   4/ 0*BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)    4  0 0
 5/ 2*CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)    10  10  0 50.0   5/ 0*THE SLAPPYS (187)         1  0 0
 6- 5*NILOCS LEGION (1734)       1   1  0 50.0   6- 4*NILOCS LEGION (1734)      1  1 0
 7- 6*LEGION (1726)              2   8  0 20.0   7/ 0*RED AVENGERS (1736)       1  4 0
 8/ 0*RED AVENGERS (1736)        1   4  0 20.0   8- 6*LEGION (1726)             0  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             Assur's Weapon Requirement Chart (without the inaccuracies)

Over the years, many people have published weapon charts.  Most of them have had 
mistakes.  This is the correct weapon chart and you should discard all others.

                      STR  SIZ  WIT  DFT                   STR  SIZ  WIT  DFT
         Battle Axe    15    3    7    9     Maul           15    9    5    7
         Broadsword    11    3    9    7     Morning Star   13    3    9   11
         Dagger         3    3    7    7     Quarterstaff   11    9   11   11
         Epee           7    3   15   15     Scimitar        9    3   11   11
         Great Axe     13    3    9   11     Shortsword      5    3   11    3
         Greatsword    15    9    9   11     Shortspear      9    3    5    7
         Hatchet        7    3    5    7     War Flail      11    3    5    5
         Halberd       17    9    9   11     War Hammer     13    3    5    7
         Longsword     11    3   13   11     Large Shield   13    7    3    7
         Longspear     11    9    5    9     Medium Shield   9    3    3    5
         Mace          13    3    3    5     Small Shield    5    3    3    5
         ** Battle Axe requires 9 size if you are carrying an off hand weapon

Off Hand
No Wit Requirement
Strength Requirement same as for Main Hand
No Size Requirement

Off Hand Deftness Requirements
For this section, you look at the weapons you want to use in your main hand (MH) and 
off hand (OH).  From the chart above find their deftness requirements.  Use these 
values in the chart below (MH on the left, OH on the top) and the result is the 
deftness to use them together. 

Examples:  Suppose your scum wants to use ME in your main hand and LG in your off 
hand.  Cross referencing, 5 on the left, 7 on the top, you'll see that the required 
deftness to use them together is 9.

                             MH\OH  3   5   7   9  11  15
                               3    4   6   8  10  12  16
                               5    5   7   9  11  13  17
                               7    6   8  10  12  14  18
                               9    7   9  11  13  15  19
                              11    8  10  12  14  16  20
                              15   10  12  14  16  18  22

Caveats:  In finding the values for this chart, there have been inconsistencies.  The 
chart shows the value that we believe will always--well suited.  Some warriors seem 
to--able to use weapons in both hands with lower deftness than the chart shows.  So 
far, I have not seen evidence for a warrior requiring more than the value shown. Note 
that some values make little sense.  (While you can use an EP with an off hand SH 
together with 10 deftness, you would still lack 5 points of deftness to use the Epee.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Me again?  Kung-Fu Master can be a tough draw, but I got him!  Yes!  I can fight; 
but the rest of my teammates are  little shaky.  What the heck!
     I'm thinking of converting religions to The Church Of Uyphy; those guys seem to 
know what they are doing.  They put us Homers on our knees this past round!  Wow!
     And I want to stand up for our friend, Manager Assur of Bash Bros Apples.  No 
matter what those many other folks are saying, he is a pretty decent sort. (sometimes)

                                          -- Lenexa, KS  DMII

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  HOME SWEET HOME?  Who?  BASH BROS APPLES is 
the top team these days, buddies!  I doubt many are quaking in their boots, but 
BLACKTHORN INC. comes out of nowhere to get 4-0-0.  What does the future hold?  Watch 
this space...  Practice pays for SANTIE, who pummelled BRIOSES, to pocket 37 points.  
A certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 19 
points to UNRIPE.  (Discrete enough, SISTER SURIEL?) Those who hoped for a new 
Duelmaster were disappointed by M. CHARDINEE, of NOBLISH ISLAND, who despite a 0-0-0 
couldn't overcome NOBLISH ISLAND's Number 1.  So who's the team that's been walking 
into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  To quell some nasty rumors, the guys in 
CHURCH OF UYPHY are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need to avoid 'em.  The 
warriors of CHURCH OF UYPHY found their efforts at combat frustrated as HOME SWEET 
HOME apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for 
fifteen minutes, and PESTICIDES is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't 
BASH BROS APPLES proud!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not a spymaster 
for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious 
stupor.   
     All good things must come to an end.  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant 
prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Can anything 
compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for NOBLISH ISLAND?  On that giddy note 
I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KOKOMO, IN 10093              7   1  0    77       HOME SWEET HOME (1728)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PESTICIDES 10087              7   1  0    61       BASH BROS APPLES (1727)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOUR 10088                    5   3  0    38       BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
 SANTIE 1034                   1   0  0    37       THE SLAPPYS (187)
 LENEXA, KS 10092              4   4  0    35       HOME SWEET HOME (1728)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EASLEY, SC 10091              6   2  0    33       HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
 UNRIPE 10086                  3   5  0    31       BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
 RACINE, WI 10089              5   3  0    29       HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
 MILFORD, MA 10090             5   3  0    28       HOME SWEET HOME (1728)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IMMA DU-YU 10132              1   0  0    16       BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)
 KA$H-MONIE 10133              1   0  0    15       BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)
 PRIESTESS IRIN 10099          3   1  0    14       CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)
 MONK SABAOTH 10101            2   2  0    14       CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)
-AUTUMNBE 9643                 3   2  0    12       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 ROTTEN 10084                  2   6  0    12       BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
 DEE THE BLADE 10137           1   0  0    12       RED AVENGERS (1736)
 GARGAMEL 10131                1   0  0    11       BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)
 SHOFTIEL 10100                2   2  0    10       CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)
 URKL 10130                    1   0  0    10       BLACKTHORN INC. (1735)
 SISTER SURIEL 10118           2   1  0     9       CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)
-CPT BETHRIG 10128             1   0  0     8       NILOCS LEGION (1734)
-DRAXXUS 9644                  1   4  0     7       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 AZAZEL 10097                  1   3  0     6       CHURCH OF UYPHY (1729)
 BRIOSES 10129                 1   2  0     5       BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
-AZZUMI 10081                  1   1  0     4       LEGION (1726)
-CHARLIE 10080                 1   1  0     4       LEGION (1726)
-SEARRUS 9645                  0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-PERSEPHONE 9642               0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-AGRISEL 9646                  0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 JOE JIGGA 10139               0   1  0     1       RED AVENGERS (1736)
 BIG BERTHA 10135              0   1  0     1       RED AVENGERS (1736)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SSG LOTHAR 10124              0   1  0     1       NILOCS LEGION (1734)
 SNEAKY PETE 10136             0   1  0     1       RED AVENGERS (1736)
 SLOW MOE 10138                0   1  0     1       RED AVENGERS (1736)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A salute and a prayer for the Church Of UYPHY who has been seen in other arenas in 
Alastari.  We are pleased to see your interest in the arenas.  Good luck. -- The 
Consortium

Yikers!  Yer 2-3?!  I be a comin' down ta yuh, Assur.  Muh warrior skills shure bea 
showin' now.  Yup. -- Hobo

Knack Rules!  Great article, Mr. Assur! -- The Consortium Folk

U Church, yuh done sent me packin'.  Yuh bum! -- Hobo and The Home Sweet Homers

Uyphy, I am sure he means "congrats and well done". -- The HSH Administrative 
Assistant and sometimes Interpreter for Hobo

Pesticides, phbttttttttt! -- Milford, MA

Blackthorn, Inc is new to this world and the bloodsport that is a way of life here in 
Alastari.  I am Mr. Misfit, CEO of Blackthorn, Inc and manager to our warriors.  I 
welcome any wisdom and advice that would lead to better, more spectacular matches for 
the bloodthirsty crowds.  We're the new guys on the arena sands.  Our battle cries 
will soon be followed by our enemies' blood on the ground.  But for now we welcome any 
advice on how to grow into the Assassins of Old.
     "The Clemson Tigers will be National Champions again this year."... Well now I'm 
really glad I went 2-0 against you last week. (P.S. Go Nittany Lions)
     Two questions for the pros here:
     1) If you train two of the same skill, then get an Expert in that skill, does 
        that mean the second skill train gave you the Expert?  Or could it be the 
        first?
     2) How would you rollup the following:  10-3-12-15-4-9-17 (Sister Suriel was 
        given this, so it's too late to change, but I'm curious what you would do.)

Uyphy -- Welcome again!  I can only hope that your enjoyment is as much or greater 
than my own, managing warriors! -- Assurnasirbanipal

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LENEXA, KS was devastated by PESTICIDES in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
RACINE, WI vanquished ROTTEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
KOKOMO, IN subdued M. CHARDINEE in a action packed 1 minute Title fight.
SISTER SURIEL was devastated by UNRIPE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
MILFORD, MA was defeated by SOUR in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bloody match.
PRIESTESS IRIN was vanquished by EASLEY, SC in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
AZAZEL was beaten by DEE THE BLADE in a 3 minute amateur's brawl.
SHOFTIEL savagely defeated BIG BERTHA in a action packed 1 minute beginner's melee.
MONK SABAOTH vanquished SNEAKY PETE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BRIOSES was vanquished by SANTIE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
URKL overpowered SLOW MOE in a 3 minute one-sided melee.
GARGAMEL overpowered JOE JIGGA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
IMMA DU-YU overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute novice's contest.
KA$H-MONIE demolished PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 4 minute one-sided brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   4 -  1      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    36 -  24 -  1      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   17 -  14 -  0      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  12 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  19 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         9 -  18 -  0      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   6 -  0      14  |

Turn 489 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:

LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     6 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  4         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  KOKOMO, IN 10093            7   1  0   77 HOME SWEET HOME (1728)
BASHING ATTACK   PESTICIDES 10087            7   1  0   61 BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
WALL OF STEEL    SOUR 10088                  5   3  0   38 BASH BROS APPLES (1727)
LUNGING ATTACK   SANTIE 1034                 1   0  0   37 THE SLAPPYS (187)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MILFORD, MA 10090.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MILFORD, MA 10090.  The ten other most popular fighters were KOKOMO, IN 
10093, SOUR 10088, IMMA DU-YU 10132, SHOFTIEL 10100, GARGAMEL 10131, PESTICIDES 
10087, RACINE, WI 10089, UNRIPE 10086, EASLEY, SC 10091, and AZAZEL 10097.

The least popular fighter this week was SLOW MOE 10138.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KA$H-MONIE 10133, URKL 10130, SNEAKY PETE 10136, PRIESTESS IRIN 10099, 
SISTER SURIEL 10118, LENEXA, KS 10092, JOE JIGGA 10139, SANTIE 1034, BRIOSES 10129, 
and BIG BERTHA 10135.

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2018.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-897-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception, free airport 
shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--the code is RSG.  

Please make your reservations now if you plan to go.  
The hotel reservation site is:  http://tinyurl.com/yaekcffp
This is prime season for Phoenix and the hotel tends to fill up quickly.  

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                       AVERAGE

     I was trying to design a warrior that would have no weaknesses, when my mind 
wandered (It does this a lot!) to what would be the average stat for this game called 
Duelmasters.
     Almost at once I came upon the number nine.  Why, you may ask?
     Okay, I'll tell you, after all that's the point of this article.  There are 
nineteen levels for each stat, half this is 9.5, since RSI randomly assigns attributes 
between 3-21.
     In this manner, even if they assign an attribute below average, the player can 
bring it up to at least average by adding 6 points when he modifies the rollup.  I 
checked this assumption with some rolls I have received, and it appears to run true 
with some interesting results.
     A 9 SZ seems to allow use of any weapon without being too small.
     9 ST seems to allow you to use most weapons without the comment "does not have ST 
to use weapon well."
     9 SP with a 9 DF will give the normal speed/coordination to offensive warriors 
and to PS, PL and PR. (Does anyone think WS, TP, AB are normal?)
     9 WT with a 9 WL will give no negative wit/will statement (no positive one 
either).
     A 9 in all attributes leaves 21 points to modify the key stats for a warrior's 
style.
     I have been trying for a while to design warriors with a minimum of 9 in all 
attributes, or to at least be able to train to a 9 in a couple of raises.  I am still 
trying with mixed results to date.
     I lost track to the point or purpose of this article, but maybe it will provoke 
some thought, yes, no, maybe?  Suggestion and comments will come.

                                             Jeff Hannah, c/o Star Signs, DM 13

                            EARTHWORM FLAMBE A LA THAIGYN

     Arena gourmets, try this tasty tidbit, before, during and after your next 
training session:

Ingredients -  3 qts. processed camel spit
               1 pint fingernail larva
               6K cups giant earthworm droppings (imported)
               3 cups sweet'n'sour orc sweat
               1 slice head cheese
               1 bavarian mint (imported)
               1 tsp. toe jam (I would suggest your own)

Directions -   1. Pre-heat oven to 6200C.
               2. Grease 1 22x22 Turtle shell.
               3. Pour camel spit & orc sweat into shell, mix with high octane 
               gasoline (unleaded for those on diet), place in oven, and heat for 3 - 
               4 hours.
               4. Place all other ingredients into osterizer at *whip* setting until 
               thick.
               5. Bake for 7 days or until you get that distinctive scorched aroma.
               6. Take out of oven, get a match, and light that sucker up.
               7. Now scarf it down.  Yum, yum.

               *It's perfect for those Dark Arena picnics.*

     For a first hand experience come over to Thaigyn's Scarf'N'Barf, right next to 
the Welcome Wench, or go to D. Tramp's Tune-Up Garage & Salad Bar, 1 block east of 
Saugum's Outhouse Inn..
     *** Coming to an arena near you, the Steel Breez Chop'N'Slop, (formerly known as 
the Eradicator's International House of Toe Jam***

                                   To all, enjoy, Thaigyn of Petrys Acoplys
                                   D. Tramp, Lord Petrys & Ennexa
                                   Mephobasheth of Steel Breez.

                           DEATH INTENT STATEMENT EXPLAINED

     In order to keep this brief, I'm going to avoid a long rambling opening and get 
right to the meat of the issue.  The `death intent statement' (`fights with a deadly 
bloodlust in his eyes,' `is going for the kill,' `is eagerly seeking the death blow,' 
etc.) can ONLY be gained in normal combat (non-Dark Arena, non-Bloodgames) AFTER 
striking an opponent in a vital location (some region of the HE, CH, or AB, pelvis 
included.)  Once the death intent statement is printed, the struck warrior makes a 
roll to survive the fight.  If this roll is failed, he is dead, and the rest of the 
fight is simply a matter of running down the dead fighter's hit points by normal, non-
critical attacks.
     Now, the moral offshoot of this is that, knowing this, any fighter sent out by 
his manager attacking a vital location is purposefully increasing his chance of 
killing his opponent.  The logic is this: if you attack vitals you are more likely to 
hit a vital location.  In striking a vital, you may get the death intent statement, 
and that's then one dice roll to end the fighter.  By attacking non-vitals you are 
decreasing your chances of striking a vital (by increasing your chances of striking 
non-vitals.)  Note that this is not flawless, as the percentage of actually HITTING 
your attack location is perhaps only 67% on high-deftness fighters, but by not 
attacking vitals you are doing the best you can, which is all anyone can ask.
     Here's the bottom line.  A fighter can run 10-10-10 L-N and NEVER kill (excepting 
infirmary deaths, which is an entirely separate case) if he hits only arms or legs.  
Thus, while KD is a large factor in determining kills (a head shot by a 10-10-1 
fighter is far less likely to get the statement than a head shot by a 10-10-10 
fighter,) it is less important than attack location.

Gary Triplett, a.k.a. Miles/Sir Boyd
diplo Crimson Pegasi (arena 105) for advice, questions, comments, wit statement charts 
or other charts, etc.

P.S.  Apologies to those I said I'd diplo this to.  I just decided to make this a 
general article.  If you're one of the managers in the wave that received only the tan 
wit statement chart and the lavender activity statement chart, please re-contact me if 
you'd like the explanation sheet, which includes details on all the statements printed 
on the fighter overview.


                           REBUTTAL TO "THE LITTLE BASHER"

     So many times I've seen one of these "helpful hints" that I disagreed with, but 
never have I been so disgusted that I'd write a rebuttal.  Well, this time I could not 
sit aside and watch someone slaughter a style that I love.
     I am referring to Belegrath's article, entitled, "The Little Basher."  Now, even 
though I have yet to have a warrior achieve the title of "Lord Protector," I have been 
at this game for a couple of years now.  I've run bashers more than any other style, 
and my record with them is over .500.  Therefore, I think I have enough experience and 
knowledge to say that Belegrath's basher sucks!!!
     The main purpose I write this is not to undermine Belegrath's managerial 
abilities, but to warn any new people who might read his article.  I don't think 
anyone should waste their money on Belegrath's basher theory.  Or even worse, to have 
someone quit the game after getting the crap beat out of them having warriors modeled 
after Belegrath's.
     First, I'll tell you what is wrong with "The Little Basher" (to refresh your 
memory: 20-6-3-13-7-20-15).
     1)  The best he can get, regardless of his strength, is good damage because of 
his 3 SZ.
     2)  He'll fall over from exhaustion before the first minute is up, unless you run 
a real low activity level.  He'll be very frail and have very little endurance.
     3)  A 3 SZ?!?  And what if the war hammer or mace aren't his favorite weapons?  
You lost the QS, a very reputable bashing weapon, and the GS, which I've recently 
found to be a great bashing weapon.
     4)  He probably won't pick up too many skills with a 13 WT.  Good luck maxing out 
in the next decade!!
     5)  With a 7 WL, he has only a 35% chance to raise a stat ONCE, then the chances 
for that same category are halved every time thereafter.  Therefore, he'll always be 
very frail with poor endurance.
     6)  20 SP, what a waste!  Bashers, in my opinion, have no need for speed.  And 
even if you wanted to waste points on speed, you don't need to raise it to such an 
extreme.  One stat raise here, and you lose app. four skills.
     7)  15 DF.  This is pretty much the only point I agree with.  I know, I know, 
bashers don't need deftness.  But just imagine a basher with an AB's accuracy!
     I had a ST once who looked similar to Belegrath's basher.  He looked like this: 
19-4-13-16-3-19-10.  What happened to him, you ask?  He was killed by a maul-wielding 
scum basher on his third fight.  In his first two fights he hacked the crap out of two 
TP's, and then fell over from exhaustion.  No broken shields, no broken bones.  Get 
the point, yet?
     Now, a better basher, not the best, mind you, would look like this:
13 ST     Achieve good damage (possibly great) and be able to use all 
          bashing weapons (except HL).
10 CN     This isn't important, but at least he'll be able to take a couple
          of blows.
 9 SZ     Fulfills requirement for all bashing weapons.
17 WT     A nice number.  19 isn't good, and 21 means that it should be
          something else.
15 WL     Gives at least normal endurance, and increases chances of raising
          stats.
 5 SP     SP is unimportant, absolutely no need!  Although, it will take a 
          few more skills to get a rating in Decise.
15 DF     Wonderful to have DF.  Keeps them from swinging at the flies (Most
          of the time).
     Well, there you have it.  I hope I cleared things up a little.  I doubt if anyone 
else agrees with me, but that's what makes this game so fun!

                                        LUVUALLWAYS,
                                        Vanion
                         Drunken Stupor (11)   The Dawn-Men (67)
                         The Dark (26)         Othrsydosanity (74)

                                    THE UN-SCUM

     The type of TP I make will often win fights without ever getting hit!  The fights 
are exciting to read, full of dodges and ripostes, and if you've never seen a TP 
outjump a Basher, make an offensive TP.

ST: 7-13   All you really need is normal damage!  11 is perfect, for carrying capacity 
and weapon selection.  Good damage is nice to have, but if it looks like your rollup 
will get good or great, he's probably better off as a WS, LU or BA.

CN: 9-16   Again, all you need is normal.  We're making a finesse substyle, and the 
points are badly needed on WT, WL and DF.  Just make sure he can take a hit or two.  
Don't add any points here on the rollup, but go ahead and raise it later if you think 
he needs it.  Endurance is not a priority.

SZ: 3-9    A single digit is important for dodging and activity levels.  I will go as 
high as 10, but any bigger and you can't dodge well enough.  Small size also helps 
parry and defense, as well as getting a good activity and elusive statement on the 
overview.  Plus, you need the points below.

WT: 15, 17 or 21 only!  This is the biggie, he'll learn like crazy!  I know what 
you're saying, "my 11 WT SCUM learns 3 skills a fight!"  Yeah, but your SCUM's skill 
base will be so low, when he's maxxed out in skills, my off. TP will be at the same 
level of expertise by his 10th fight!  For any style, 90% of the skills are in WT, WL 
and DF, and that's where the 14 points must go.

WL: 13-21  As with any fighter, more is better.  However, you can get by with normal 
endurance, believe it or not!  This TP will wear moderate armor, and can run active 
for 6-7 minutes with normal endurance.  That's long enough for all but a few 
opponents.  Raise WL on the rollup to 17 or 21 if you can, but if 13 or 15 is all he 
can have, he'll be okay.

SP: 5-9    This is a touchy area, and can make or break your TP.  I like to use 7, 8 
or 9.  If you use 5 or 6, he'd better be small, and have a 17 or 21 WT.  OR, a CN that 
will allow him to take a lot of damage.  If he's too big, dumb and slow then he'll get 
"slow and inactive" on the overview, and that is too scummy for my TP.  You MUST have 
normal or better activity.  SP also helps with your riposte, crucial to the off. TP.

DF: 11-17  Second in importance, behind WT.  Parry, Riposte, Defense and Attack are 
your mainstays, and they're all enhanced by a high DF.  Try to get normal coordination 
(SP+DF=21) if possible.

     Here are some examples of good off. TPs, all are real fighters;

     11        10         8        11         7        11        10
     14        12        15         9        15        13        12
      7         4         7         6         8         7        10
     17        15        15        17        21        17        17
     17        21        17        21        13        17        13
      5         7         9         9         7         8         8
     13        15        13        11        13        11        13

     Now, how to fight them, you ask?  Every one of them seems to like to run 
differently, I've seen some tee off at 2-7-5, some do better at 4-4-5, some 2-3-2, 
even those who go 3-3-5 first min, then go ballistic in the second (10-10-6).  Also, 
some run 7-7-7!  You just have to play around with the numbers, 'til you find what 
works best.  Here's a general strategy I usually start with:

     4    5    6    7    4    3    10   Armor: I use ARM/H most of the time,
     7    6    5    4    4    2    10   but guys like examples #1 and 2 
     5    5    5    5    5    5     6   would be better off in ACM/F.  If
                                        facing a LU or SL, you can wear 
     RA ------------------------>  HE   APA/F (yes, even with normal endur-
     AM ------------------------>  HE   ance!), 'cause the LU or SL is going
     -    -    -    -    -    -     -   to drop in min. 2, more than likely.
     S    S    -    -    -    -     D

Weapons:  Any sword and shield you're suited to, as well as the Quarterstaff and the 
Longspear.  Vs. heavy armor, use a BS two-handed.

Tactics:  Parry, dodge, and especially vs. strikers, responsiveness!  Resp. will drive 
other managers nuts, prompting them to say, "How'd you do that?"  My favorite tactic 
for the Un-Scum.

Matchups:  Every striker in the arena should be on your hit-list.  Other good 
challenges are PS, WS, PR, BA.  Avoid lungers and ABs like the plague!

     So, there you have it.  If you'd rather have a TP who's as elusive as a La-Z-Boy 
than one who sidesteps more blows than he parries, then don't follow my advice.  But, 
if you're ready to have fun fights with TPs, and watch their popularity rise (except 
vs. scum) every match, then that's what I offer you.
     Brought to you by Buri of the G.A.P.P.D.A., MGR. Aesier (3, 104), Swords of 
Sergio (4, 104), S.O.S. (59), and way too many others.  Fell free to diplo me, for 
praise, ridicule, or just for the halibut.

                               Duelmasters for Dummies

     There are handbooks around that will guide you in becoming the hottest player 
Duelmasters has ever seen... if you're prepared to work at it.  But what if you don't 
want to be hot, but only pleasantly warm, have a good time, and not fret and stew 
over maximizing the potential of every roll-up you receive?  What if spending months 
in the Dark Arena searching for the perfect roll-up sounds boring?  What if the 
"Perfect Warrior" is not for you, and you have no intention of dominating Gateway?  
What if such handbooks as the Enchiridion represent "more than you ever wanted to 
know" about the inner workings and minute tunings of the game?
     This article is for you....
     You have a new roll-up sheet in front of you; it doesn't matter whether it's a 
new team or only one replacement.  How do you design the warrior(s) for best present 
enjoyment?  First, don't send anyone straight to the Dark Arena.  Okay, do if you 
like to read Dark Arena fights, but not otherwise.  Give every roll-up, regardless of 
"Perfect Warrior" potential or lack thereof, your best design efforts and a chance to 
show his stuff.  Some supposed duds will surprise you.
     A few simple rules for basic warrior design and strategy:
      1)  Aim at achieving an odd number in your key stats, 15 is good, 17 is better, 
except in unusual cases (DF for aimed blows), 21 is too much of a good thing.
      2)  Wit and Will are the key stats for any warrior except a freak experiment.  
Deftness and Strength are second, Speed and Constitution are third.
      3)  Offensive styles (Basher, Lunger, Slasher, Striker) and Total Parries are 
easier to run and easier to win with than the finesse styles (Aimed Blows, Parry-
anythings, Walls of Steel).  Yes, the finesse styles can be fun and devastating, but 
don't START there.  Start with the easier styles and work up to finesse.  Watch out 
for stereotypes.  Big, dumb, clumsy bashers do not generally do well.  Fast, brainy 
lungers with low CN and WL burn out early in the first minute and also tend to die 
easily.  A medium good roll-up will do well at any of the offensive styles.
      4)  Pick your arena with some care, as different arenas favor and reward 
different styles of play and different tones in the personals.
     Generally speaking, arenas of the Andorian and Lirith Kai regions will frown on 
down-challenges and deliberate killing, and hostile "trash-talking" personals will 
not be appreciated.  On the whole, these Andorian and Adantri arenas are the more 
sociable arenas and will tend to have more personals and more role-playing.  (There 
are, of course, exceptions.)  Players in the Andorian and Lirith Kai arenas will tend 
to be helpful to a newcomer.
     Arenas of the Delarquan region will accept more aggressive styles in play and in 
personals, more down-challenging, and more killing... BUT you can expect to draw a 
quick and hard response in kind.  Generally these arenas are not as friendly as the 
Andorians, and they are much less likely to help out a newcomer.
     The arenas of the Free Blades region vary more among themselves than those of 
the other regions but generally tend to fall in between the Andorian and Delarquan 
extremes.
      5)  When arming your warrior, check the Weapon/Style/Stat Suitability chart 
below, probably THE most useful chart for a beginner.  It sorts the weapons by style, 
listing only those that are favored by each style, and gives the minimum stats (in 
ST, SZ, WT, and DF) to use any particular weapon.  Note which weapons your warrior is 
physically able to use.  Arm him with something he can use and that is favored by his 
style, and GIVE HIM A BACK-UP WEAPON, even if it's only a dagger.  Do not be misled 
by real-world logic, by the way: bashers are not well-suited to using the fists as 
weapons!  (If you are going to use the same weapon against all armor weights, it 
isn't necessary to make three categories on your strategy sheet, and it annoys the 
inputter.)
     In fact, you might want to consult the chart below before picking a style for 
your new warrior.  It is not a good idea to make a warrior into, say, a basher, if he 
is unable to use well any of the basher's weapons of choice.  (I've done this by not 
paying attention, and I have ALWAYS regretted it afterward.)  For example, I just got 
a replacement who is 8-10-20-9-12-4-7.  If I make it 9-10-20-15-17-4-9, then I should 
NOT make it a Basher, because the poor goop couldn't use any bashing weapon well.  If 
I go with this set of numbers, he should probably be a Lunger using a short spear, or 
a Striker using a hatchet.  But if I drop WT to 13 and raise ST to 11, he could use a 
broadsword and might make a Slasher; equally, if I drop WT to 13 and raise DF to 11, 
instead, he could use a scimitar and make a Slasher....  Choices, choices....
      6)  Put armor on the warrior before sending him out to fight.  Armor saves 
lives.  Total Parries can take the heaviest armors, as they generally don't move 
around a lot.  Offensives can run faster with no armor or leather armor, but that 
doesn't give them much protection.  If you're worried about their survival, put them 
in mid-weight armor; I favor ringmail for this, but scalemail and chainmail are also 
options.  Always put something on their heads!  A blow to the head can be especially 
deadly, so give them protection there--at least a steel cap, a helm for choice, a 
full helm if the warrior is a Total Parry.
      7)  Train skills, unless/until you're sure this is going to be a throw-away, 
short-term warrior.
      8)  Challenge warriors above your warrior, and/or those with more fights, for 
the best chance to learn skills.  Challenge warriors below your warrior to improve 
your chances of winning and to provoke maximum hostility from other managers.  
Repeated challenges to the same warrior, when there are other targets available, will 
also provoke hostility.
      9)  Avoid teams with high kill percentages and teams that regularly down-
challenge or repeat-challenge.
     10)  Don't run a warrior 10-10-10 unless you like to see him go berserk and then 
collapse half way through the first minute.  Yes, the pure offensives should run 
fast, but drop either Activity Level or Kill Desire or both by a few points if your 
warrior doesn't have a good or better endurance.  If endurance is not mentioned on 
the warrior's overview, then it is "normal" or "average," and 10-10-10 will probably 
burn him out early in the fight.  If endurance is poor, don't even think of it.  
(Yes, I can hear all you number crunchers out there rising up to point out that there 
are exceptions.  I admit the exceptions, but these are general guidelines for the 
average beginner.  Exceptions belong in a different article.}  Generally speaking, 
Total Parries should run slowly.
     11)  Be wary of using tactics.  Sometimes they help, sometimes they hinder, and 
they're tricky.  Even when a tactic gives some clear benefit, remember that it comes 
with a built-in danger in that it commits the warrior to that attitude during the 
minute it is used.  A defensive tactic will tend to hinder offense, offensive tactics 
will reduce the warrior's defense.  Do not use both an offensive and a defensive 
tactic in the same minute.
     12)  Fill out your strategy sheet clearly and completely to avoid antagonizing 
the inputter!  Don't make her guess what you want your warrior to do.
     13)  Write personal ads to take part in the player-player interaction.  This is 
a significant part of the fun of the game.  If you want other managers to help you 
learn, write =friendly= personals!  Surprising how some people miss this obvious 
point, but the obnoxious managers are likely to have a hard time getting help.
     14)  Fill out the front part of the Warrior Census Form.  Picking a warrior's 
race can make him a more clearly realized character and one that it is more fun to 
write personals for.  Filling out the warrior sayings can make reading the fights 
more amusing.  Fill out the back of the form only if you feel like it, as NOTHING on 
the back, not even the character stats, has any effect on the fights.  The back of 
the form is all role-playing information and, at this time, will only be used if/when 
your warrior appears in a spotlight written by a staff writer.  When/if the extension 
of the Duelmasters system for which the back of the form was originally intended is 
completed, you will have another chance to fill out this stuff.

                   Weapons, Styles, Minimum Stats required for use
The weapons best-suited to each style are listed under that style.  If a weapon is 
not listed under that style, then it is not well-suited to use by that style.  
Regardless of style, however, the stats required to use a weapon are the same.
     This chart was composed with information found in the Enchiridion, and I thank 
Pagan for making it readily available.

     Aimed Blow  nine weapons                   Slasher  eight weapons
Dagger         ST  -  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7
FiST  -        presumably any              Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15
Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9  Greataxe       ST 13  SZ  5  WT  9  DF 11
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11  Hatchet        ST  5  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  7
Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11  Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11
Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11  Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11
Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3
Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3  
                                                Striker  Note that the strikers can 
     Basher  eleven weapons                use every weapon plus the small shield 
Greataxe       ST 13  SZ  5  WT  9  DF 11  effectively.  This is the only style that 
Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11  has so broad a selection.  Twenty-one 
Halberd        ST 17  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9  weapons.
Large shield   ST 11  SZ  7  WT  5  DF  5  Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9
Mace           ST 13  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  5  Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7
Maul           ST 15  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  7  Dagger         ST  -  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7
Medium shield  ST  9  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5  Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15
Morningstar    ST 13  SZ  -  WT  7  DF 13  FiST  -        presumably any
Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11  Greataxe       ST 13  SZ  5  WT  9  DF 11
Warflail       ST 11  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  5  Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11
Warhammer      ST 13  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  7  Halberd        ST 17  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9
                                           Hatchet        ST  5  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  7
     Lunger  five weapons                  Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11
Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9  Mace           ST 13  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  5
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11  Maul           ST 15  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  7
Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Morningstar    ST 13  SZ  -  WT  7  DF 13
Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3  Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11
                                           Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11
     Parry-Lunger  six weapons             Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3
Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9  Small shield   ST  5  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11  Warflail       ST 11  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  5
Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11  Warhammer      ST 13  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  7
Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  
Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3       Total Parry  twelve weapons
     Parry-Riposte  six weapons            Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7
Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9  Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11  Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11
Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11  Large shield   ST 11  SZ  7  WT  5  DF  5
Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9
Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3  Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11
                                           Medium shield  ST  9  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5
     Parry-Striker  eleven weapons         Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11
Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9  Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11
Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7  Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Small shield   ST  5  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5
Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11  
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11       Wall of Steel  eight weapons
Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11  Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9
Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11  Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7
Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Greataxe       ST 13  SZ  5  WT  9  DF 11
Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3  Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11
Small shield   ST  5  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5  Morningstar    ST 13  SZ  -  WT  7  DF 13
Warhammer      ST 13  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  7  Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11
                                           Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11
                                           Warflail       ST 11  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  5

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