DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/23/2017    Duedate: 07/06/2017

NOBLISH ISLAND ARENA

DM-93    TURN-481

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ANNE BONNY
FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
(93-10030) [7-3-1,66]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ANNE BONNY                     LADYHAWKEYE
FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)          MISFIT KINGS (1722)
(93-10030) [7-3-1,66]          (93-10044) [4-3-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ANNE BONNY                     ANNE BONNY
FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)          FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
(93-10030) [7-3-1,66]          (93-10030) [7-3-1,66]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)      43
2. BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)     24      FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
3. MISFIT KINGS (1722)         19      Unchartered Team
4. ODD SQUAD (1712)             0
5. LIZARD DEN (1723)            0      LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)     30  20  3 60.0   1/ 4*LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)   10  5 3
 2/ 4*LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)    17  13  3 56.7   2/ 1 FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)     9  6 1
 3- 3*ODD SQUAD (1712)          13  11  0 54.2   3/ 3 BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)   9  6 0
 4/ 7 BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)   24  26  2 48.0   4- 8*ODD SQUAD (1712)          4  1 0
 5/ 8*MISFIT KINGS (1722)       14  21  0 40.0   5/ 6*MISFIT KINGS (1722)       4  6 0
 6- 0*LIZARD DEN (1723)          3   9  0 25.0   6- 0*LIZARD DEN (1723)         0  5 0
 7/ 0*HI NO UMI (1715)           1   6  0 14.3   7/ 0*HI NO UMI (1715)          0  3 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Note:  This spotlight is being republished (in amended form) due to questions in the 
last DM93 newsletter about tournaments.

                              An FTF Tournament Scenario
                                          Or
                 Billiken Of College Mascots (a Consortium affiliate)
                               Gives The Big Time A Try

     The purpose of this spotlight is to give newcomers to D2 a sense or feeling or 
information about tournaments, in this case a Face-To-Face tournament, held in Tempe 
near the RSI offices. Hence, Billiken of College Mascots was selected as the guinea-
pig. Rah, rah, Billiken!
     So, a tournament. Four times a year RSI holds tournaments. Winter and summer are 
Face-To-Face Tournaments where managers from all arenas compete on-site against each 
other face-to-face and can change strategies each and every fight if they wish.  The 
winter Face Site has always been in Tempe, AZ (the RSI Home Site), while the summer 
event in held in varying cities east of the Mississippi.  (The last one was in New 
Orleans, LA, and summer of 2017 will be in Kansas City, MO.) The Mail-In Tournaments 
are done completely via mail and managers submit predetermined strategies for their 
entered warriors. (Each warrior is allowed a primary strategy and also a secondary 
strategy which will be employed against selected styles.)  Both events cost $7.00 per 
warrior and are great fun. Warriors compete in classes, thereby allowing similarly 
experienced warriors from all arenas to be fairly matched with each other. In 
tournaments, a warrior's chance to learn skills or earn stat increases is half that in 
normal arenas. Supposedly, the chances of dying are also halved. 
     Why might I, or any new manager, want to do this? I had three real reasons. (1) 
Tournaments are fun; a real rush, as the warrior and manager gets lots of fights in a 
very short period -- minimum three fights (2) Seeing one's warrior compete against 
warriors from many other arenas is fun and a good judge of the skill and status of 
one's own warrior. (3) The warrior acquires fights plus skills and/or stat raises that 
are "hidden", meaning that those fights and resultant learnings cannot be seen in the 
arena status listing of the warrior. For example, Billiken was 3-0-1 on the Noblish 
Island newsletter prior to the tournament, and despite fighting several fights in the 
tournament, will be listed at 3-0-1 after the tournament.
     I entered Billiken from Noblish Island in the 2017 Winter FTF. Prior to fighting 
him in The FTF, I wanted to give him the best possibility to succeed. I prepared to 
fight him in the Apprentices class. Classes are segregated by FE -- Fight Equivalents. 
What is a fight equivalent? Each arena fight counts as one fight and any tournament 
fights count as a half fight. The Apprentices Class is for warriors with 1-4 FE. 
Having no tournament fights prior, I wanted to try to "max" Billiken for Apprentices. 
By "max" I wanted him to fight with the maximum FE possible (4 for apprentice) in that 
class. By doing so, I would optimize his chances to succeed. Alas, I was unable to do 
so, only getting Billiken three fights prior to the Face; hence, he was one fight 
"light", but that wasn't too bad.
     Pre-Tournament, Billiken looked like this:
     11-13-5-15-21-8-11, a Lunger who was right-handed, intelligent, incredibly quick 
and elusive, did normal damage, had good endurance, and had an expert in attack on the 
roll. He earned expert defense after one learn in the arena, so I also knew he was +2 
to 4 attack skills and +4 defense. Nice, but not a godling.
     Billiken did o.k. in the tournament, finishing 3-3 (1 a grudge match) against the 
best Apprentices in the land, even though he was only 75% maxed. He also 
learned/trained well, earning 1 stat (CN, moving endurance to great) and 7 skills. 
(Mostly initiative) Perhaps a general fight-by-fight summary would prove of value?
     First, let me list for you the one strategy I chose:

                        8  9  9  7  7  4  4          ASM/S
                       10  9  6  3  3  1 10       0-13 = SS & N
                        6  6  6  7  7 10  4        14+ = LO & N
                        N  L  N  N  N  L  N        b/u = DA
                        D  N  N  N  N  N  D

     Strategies, armor, weapons, backups, tactics, training, etc, etc are all 
variable, and explaining MY choices or normal Consortium choices would require a much, 
much longer spotlight. Perhaps another day.

     As to Billikens's tournament action:
     Fight one against a sz13 scum TP -- Billiken swung 26 times with the LO, 1 crit, 
but with his only normal damage could not take the scum down and lost in six rounds, 
earning an init and attack skill.
     Fight two, a sz8 aimer (ale/l sc/-) with a lot of dodging and back and forthing, 
the aimer was a winner; Blliken was 0/10/0 with the SS earning a riposte and init 
skill.
     Fight three, which Billiken has to win or he is out! (3 losses and done) another 
aimer, also sz8, who was ale/l and using fist. The fight was nearly identical to the 
previous fight except Billiken won, going 0/9/0 with the SS and earning one init 
skill.
     Fight four, a striker at sz11, naked, and with a scimitar. Billiken dodged his 
advances in the first round, traded strokes with him in the second, finally getting 
his best crit of the tourney, knocking him down, and finishing the win in three 
rounds. He was 1/10/0 with the SS. (one init skill)
     Fight five, another scum, sz8, and Billiken did not know he was fighting a scum. 
(APM/F SH/ME) Had he known, in the FTF, he could and would have changed his strategy 
to slow down and hopefully take out the scum.  But instead, although Billiken 
performed well with the LO, going 4/20/0, he lost in 4 rounds. He finished at 2-3, 
earning another init. BUT...
     A final special grudge match is allowed at FTFs, so Billiken brokered a match up 
with a basher. A sz 11, naked, HL wielding basher. Scary! For the grudge Billiken 
wanted to test a strategy. Since he was pretty defensive skilled and not so much of a 
damaging hitter, 6-6-2 dodge, with ale/l sh/- (low armor, and LO high armor). He 
learned the basher was going 10-10-7 decise in the first round. Amazingly, Billiken 
dodged the first two swings of the massive halbard, then jabbed him twice for the win 
and a decent 3-3 record. He was training for a CON stat and got it, not only adding to 
hit points, but giving him great endurance.

     Billiken says he was glad to get out of the FTF alive! Such is Billiken's Face-
To-Face tournament saga. He was an OK 3-3. He earned 7 skills, and a stat increase 
which enhanced his hit points and endurance.

     Key things you learned from this article:

     1.  4 tournaments held plus their type and timing
     2.  FE -- Fight Equivalents
     3.  Tournament Prep
     4.  Some basic Consortium lunger strategies
     5.  The value of tournaments to your warriors (and you)
     6.  Stat raising and burning skills

                  -- Written by: Cheerleader of College Mascots, Consortium affiliated

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                               ASSUR'S GUILD TO KILLING

     Part of arena fighting is the fact that warriors will die.  Last time I told you 
how to optimize your chances to keep your own warriors alive.  This time I give you 
the 'best practices' if you want to KILL your opponent.  It should be obvious that 
winning fights is a requirement to kill.  Some of the suggestions do not help your 
warrior win.  But when you do win, here are the things that will help you get more 
kills.  In the order that I believe makes a difference:

1) Aim for HE, AB, or CH.  There is nothing that will increase your kills more than 
   aiming for the areas that are the most important areas of the body.  Arms and Legs 
   are for not killing.  Head, Abdomen and Chest are for killing.
2) Use High KD!  High KD tells the arenamaster you want the fight to keep going 
   longer.  He is less likely to end the fight early if one or both warriors are using 
   a high kill desire.  I recommend 8+.
3) Good or Great damage.  Over the years, it has become very evident that killing with 
   good or great damage is far easier than killing with little, normal, or tremendous 
   damage.  Tremendous damage warriors make opponents give up faster.  Little and 
   Normal damage warriors can't do the kind of damage that causes wounds that kill. I 
   do not have enough experience to say anything about higher damage ratings than 
   Tremendous.  I suspect they are more like tremendous damage, but I'm not sure.
4) Some warriors appear to have a higher blood lust than others.  Nobody can prove 
   this for sure, but you see some warriors go after the kill much more often than 
   others.
5) Use higher damage weapons.  The easiest way to judge weapon damage is to look at 
   the weapon weights.  Weapons that do slash or piercing damage are better than 
   bashing weapons.  Be careful, though, of selecting a high damage weapon that is 
   really slow (HL comes immediately to mind).
6) Look for warriors that don't wear any armor.
7) Young fighters die much more often than experienced fighters.  The number of deaths 
   in the first 5 fights is much greater than warriors in the Champion and Challenger 
   Champion classes.
8) Challenge warriors with fewer fights than you.

     Realize that killing requires a bit of luck, but these things can help you have a 
high kill percentage.  Anything over 10% (Kills/Wins) is a fairly high kill 
percentage.
     Finally, realize that most managers want to keep their warriors alive.  By trying 
to kill someone's warriors, you may be taking away from their enjoyment of the game.  
I'm not saying you should not try to kill, but realize what you are doing.  We all 
know death is part of Duel2.  But some managers like it less than others. 

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, NOBLISH ISLAND?  Ain't you never seen Snide 
Clemens before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, FAMOUS PIRATES, 
since LEGIONS OF FATE took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  ODD 
SQUAD turned their 0-0-0 turn into a 4th place rank in the listings this turn.  Any 
better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Gee, I'm impressed, a 5-0-2 is nice, 
but don't get cocky, LEGIONS OF FATE, the Fates teach humility, and the Fates are 
proud.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see FILL THE SHAKER win a fight 
and gain 14 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, LADYHAWKEYE beat NOT ENOUGH and NOT ENOUGH 
lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And it's out with the old, in with the 
new, as ANNE BONNY takes the Title and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  
Heh, heh.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You 
want to know what's new, don't you, NOBLISH ISLAND?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  What's the big D?  BASH BROS PEPPER was the most 
avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks 
like FAMOUS PIRATES avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, 
if you ask me.  Hmph.  GOING WITHOUT was challenged more times this turn than the 
Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for NOBLISH 
ISLAND's morgue.  More variety.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines 
through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     What does the NOBLISH ISLAND arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Phlllt!  Just had to do that 
before I leave the fine city of NOBLISH ISLAND.  I feel much better now.  Glad to see 
the back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANNE BONNY 10030              7   3  1    66       FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAN OUT 10035                 6   4  0    54       BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)
 LONG JOHN SILVER 10063        6   1  1    52       FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
 FILL THE SHAKER 10036         6   4  1    49       BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)
 CAPTAIN KIDD 10034            7   3  1    42       FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
 GOING WITHOUT 10037           7   3  0    38       BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKBEARD 10031              7   3  0    37       FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADYHAWKEYE 10044             4   3  0    31       MISFIT KINGS (1722)
-OLIVE 10061                   2   1  0    31       ODD SQUAD (1712)
 LUTHIEN 10059                 4   2  1    30       LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)
-JINXEE 9988                   5   1  0    28       ODD SQUAD (1712)
-ODDO 10060                    3   0  0    25       ODD SQUAD (1712)
 NIKODEMUS 10076               2   1  0    25       LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYMGARA 10056                 3   3  1    22       LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)
 NOT ENOUGH 10038              4   6  1    21       BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)
 DUNCAN 10058                  4   2  1    20       LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)
 BEOWULFISH 10043              3   4  0    17       MISFIT KINGS (1722)
 CZAR URLIK 10075              2   1  0    16       MISFIT KINGS (1722)
-MOLOCH 10052                  1   1  0    15       LIZARD DEN (1723)
 HENRY MORGAN 10032            2   8  0    14       FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
-AUTUMNBE 9643                 3   2  0    12       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 KORLAN 10077                  3   0  0    12       LEGIONS OF FATE (1724)
 NOTHING 10039                 1   9  0    12       BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)
-MS. O 10073                   1   1  0    11       ODD SQUAD (1712)
-OAK 10062                     2   1  0     9       ODD SQUAD (1712)
-DRAXXUS 9644                  1   4  0     7       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-KOMODOENSIS 10048             1   2  0     5       LIZARD DEN (1723)
-CHAMAELEONTIDAE 10050         1   1  0     4       LIZARD DEN (1723)
-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)
 YOSHI 10007                   0   2  0     2       HI NO UMI (1715)
-DRACO AGAMIDAE 10051          0   2  0     2       LIZARD DEN (1723)
-SANCHOO 10006                 0   1  0     1       HI NO UMI (1715)
-ONNA NO KO 10009              0   1  0     1       HI NO UMI (1715)
-KIMIKO 10005                  0   1  0     1       HI NO UMI (1715)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
OTOKO 10008             1  1 0 HI NO UMI 1715       SYMGARA 10056         481   
BALTHAZAR 10057         1  2 0 LEGIONS OF FATE 1724 NOT ENOUGH 10038      478   
BLIEW IZE 10055         0  3 0 LEGIONS OF FATE 1724 FILL THE SHAKER 10036 478   
BASILISCUS 10049        0  3 0 LIZARD DEN 1723      DUNCAN 10058          479   
SCOTCH MARY 10066       1  4 0 MISFIT KINGS 1722    SHEWISH GIANT         481  NONE
SIR TALON 10046         3  4 0 MISFIT KINGS 1722    LUTHIEN 10059         481   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

No "pirate speak" this round as Old Pegleg has already left the arena and a new 
Consortium representative will bring in a new team. Old Pegleg did want me to wish 
everyone good luck and to tell you all how much he enjoyed competing against you. -- 
The Famous Pirate Publicist and Personal Assistant

Uh, Assur, does a 4-1-1 trump a 4-1-0? (Tee hee,) -- The Famous Pirate Publicist and 
Personal Assistant
P.S. Notice that I didn't say does a 4-1-1 clinton a 4-1-0!

Bliew, you need much better info than the Red Book! Ask RSI for the C.I.C. It was 
enspecially compiled by RSI/Assur/Consortium for newbies, and all you have to do is 
ask. -- The Famous Pirate Publicist and Personal Assistant

Tonarian, you fought the best fight. I say uncle! -- Henry Morgan

Luthien, har, har, har. Ye dain't 'spect ta beat me, didje? Blimey fool ye be. -- 
Blackbeard

Jingle Bell, live by the sword; die by the sword. -- Long John Silver.

Note to all: Neither Assur nor The Consortium representative purposely intend to kill 
warriors in this arena. We apologize for any kills, even though they were 
unintentional. We are here mainly to teach, help, educate, and assist you in learning 
and enjoying this fine game of ours. -- The Consortium

Azna, it was my lucky day. -- Captain Kidd

Health. Humility. Honor. -- The Famous Pirate Publicist and Personal Assistant

Bloodfeuds... If your warrior is killed by a fighter of another guild, you:
1. get four chances on the next four turns to specifically bloodfeud that killer
2. must code bloodfeud (BF) on your strategy sheet challenge to attempt it
3. you may challenge with any warrior in your guild, no matter what level
4. may continue bloodfeuding even after you have beaten him
5. will get a very high priority to get the bloodfeud challenge through
6. may challenge with different or the same warrior each of the four turns
7. do not have to bloodfeud if you wish
8. can expect an appx 80% chance that the BF goes through
-- The Famous Pirate Publicist and Personal Assistant

Bash Bros Pepper -- Alas, I have been unable to bring honor back to my team. I must 
salute you and move on.  Perhaps when my team is stronger I will be able to try again. 
-- Bliew, Legions of Fate

Bloodfeuds: You have 4 turns to bloodfeud.  From memory (I haven't read the rule books 
in a long time), there is no reason you 'have' to bloodfeud and there is no penalty 
for not successfully bloodfeuding.  There is a penalty if you sit your warriors out 
when they can be bloodfeuded.  But that penalty is only on their popularity.  Unless 
you want that all time popularity award, it isn't a big deal.

As far as "HOW" to bloodfeud.  The rules say to CIRCLE the challenge.  I simply circle 
their ID number.  I also write Bloodfeud up the side of the sheet.  Then it should be 
entered as a bloodfeud challenge.

Bloodfeuds are likely only 85-90% chance to be successful without avoids involved.  
With avoids, that chance goes down further (meaning the chance to actually have your 
challenge go through).

As far as beating the warrior who killed yours?!?  You get no advantage for it being a 
bloodfeud.  The warriors go out and fight just like normal!!!

Hope that helps! -- Assurnasirbanipal

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SCOTCH MARY was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BEOWULFISH was vanquished by GOING WITHOUT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
LADYHAWKEYE defeated NOT ENOUGH in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
SIR TALON was butchered by LUTHIEN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
CZAR URLIK defeated HENRY MORGAN in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge match.
ANNE BONNY was bested by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a popular 4 minute bloody Title duel.
RAN OUT beat CAPTAIN KIDD in a 1 minute brawl.
LONG JOHN SILVER unbelievably bested AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 5 minute fight.
BLACKBEARD lost to FILL THE SHAKER in a 2 minute duel.
SYMGARA slaughtered OTOKO in a 1 minute uneven fight.
DUNCAN vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
NOTHING was overpowered by NIKODEMUS in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
YOSHI was defeated by KORLAN in a 2 minute bloody novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   1 -  0      90  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  11 -  1      68  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       26 -  20 -  2      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        33 -  29 -  1      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  29 -  2      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK    36 -  35 -  1      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -  15 -  1      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  25 -  0      34  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  12 -  1      25  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   4 -  0       0  |

Turn 481 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     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         4  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1     
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  ANNE BONNY 10030            7   3  1   66 FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
BASHING ATTACK   RAN OUT 10035               6   4  0   54 BASH BROS PEPPER (1721)
TOTAL PARRY      LONG JOHN SILVER 10063      6   1  1   52 FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
AIMED BLOW       BLACKBEARD 10031            7   3  0   37 FAMOUS PIRATES (1720)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ANNE BONNY 10030.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ANNE BONNY 10030.  The ten other most popular fighters were HENRY MORGAN 
10032, SCOTCH MARY 10066, LADYHAWKEYE 10044, NOT ENOUGH 10038, GOING WITHOUT 10037, 
YOSHI 10007, CZAR URLIK 10075, RAN OUT 10035, FILL THE SHAKER 10036, and NIKODEMUS 
10076.

The least popular fighter this week was NOTHING 10039.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were OTOKO 10008, LONG JOHN SILVER 10063, SIR TALON 10046, DUNCAN 10058, 
SYMGARA 10056, BLACKBEARD 10031, CAPTAIN KIDD 10034, LUTHIEN 10059, BEOWULFISH 10043, 
and KORLAN 10077.

                             The Effects of Coordination

     Coordination has long been ruled as having no effect on a warrior.  I have 
noticed a few things that may be the cause of certain coordination levels.  So I 
decided to write this article to give the general DM populace something to ponder.  
Below is the coordination table:

Coordination =  SP + DF

06 - 16  = Clumsy
17 - 20  = Slightly Uncoordinated
21 - 27  = Normal
28 - 31  = Highly Coordinated
32 - 39  = Very Highly Coordinated
40 - 42  = Marvel of Fighting Coordination

     Since I run a lot of bashers that have a clumsy rating most of the time, I 
noticed a few things that happen to them and not the high coordination warriors I 
have.  Most people don't have clumsy warriors, save some bashers and TPs, so it may 
not be paid that much attention to.
     The first thing I have noticed is that a clumsy warrior seems to drop his weapon 
more often than a higher coordination warrior.  So I think that maybe he has a higher 
chance to do this than normally coordinated warriors.
     Second, I noticed that clumsy warriors have harder time trying to quick draw 
their back-up weapon, causing them to fumble around trying to get it.
     Third is that the clumsy warrior also is slower to get up after he has been 
knocked down.  It may also influence the roll on whether you get knocked down or not, 
along with other factors.
     These things aren't as noticeable the higher the coordination becomes.  That's 
probably why a lot of people don't place any  value on coordination.  At the higher 
levels of the game there aren't any clumsy warriors, so coordination isn't noticed.  
You can still get knocked down, lose your weapon, and draw your back-up quickly, but 
the odds are more in your favor with a higher coordination in my opinion.
     Well, may joy and happiness be with you.  If you would like to chat , I can be 
reached at 103260.3347@compuserve.com  
     You may diplo me at LORDS OF THE ABYSS, in DM 11, or any of the JOKER'S WILDS 
scattered about.

                                                         Ta-Ta,
                                                         Sir Jessie Jest
                                            (He who always gets the last laugh......)

                      Top 10 Things to Do to Have a Better FTF!

10.  Have at least one meal that doesn't involve either McDonalds or Domino's Pizza.  
Bonus points if that meal includes the use of utensils.  (Double bonus points if you 
already knew how to use utensils)

 9.  Recycle all those cover sheets and unwanted roll-ups into ammunition for the next 
great paper ball fight!  (And don't assume that because you don't have any ammo, 
you're not in the game.  When these things break out, ANYONE is a potential target!  
Don't assume that I'm going to throw AROUND you to get to my target, if you're sitting 
there in the middle of things trying to read your fights as the paper balls fly in all 
direction, you're not only likely to get hit by a misfired projectile, but I will be 
aiming for you!)

 8.  Showering at least once a day is not an option.  REPEAT:  Showering at least once 
a day, is NOT AN OPTION!!!

 7.  Much like a watched pot never boils, asking if your overviews or reprints are 
there yet every three minutes will only make the person sitting behind the desk 
irritable (or even more so than usual).  They'll be there when they get there.

 6.  Yes, the printer will break down, the hard drive will crash, and RSI will undergo 
some sort of catastrophe.  This is normal.  Be prepared for long delays.  Some people 
like to play Magic while waiting, some of us prefer heavy drinking.  

 5.  For you first timers, it is customary to do a triumphant little war dance each 
and every time you win a fight, complete with whoop-whoops.  That's what the raised 
platform is for, so the rest of us can see you.  If you don't do the dance, RSI will 
take away your TVs and you will forever get 3 WT roll-ups.  Would I lie to you?  

 4.  Converse with your fellow managers.  Take the time to chat, and introduce 
yourself to at least one complete stranger.  "Have you seen this warrior?" is not a 
good way to introduce yourself.  "Hi, my name is _______ and I run _______; nice to 
meet you!" is a much better way to introduce yourself.

 3.  When the run off fights are being read, I want to hear a lot of noise!  Cheer 
every time a brilliant parry is made, shudder at the impact of a horrific blow, laugh 
derisively when a warrior falls down.  Cheer those who read a good fight, and heckle 
those who can't.  Get crazy.  MAKE SOME NOISE GOLDURNIT!!!

 2.  Conversely, if you insist on reading your fights out loud and you don't have an 
audience, go back to your room until the urge passes.

 1.  Buy your good ol' buddy Forge a beer!

  As always, your own tips and comments are appreciated.  *LOL!*  Hope to see you all 
there!

                                                                      -- Forge

                          'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE TOURNEY...

'Twas the night before Tourney, And all through the place
Many managers were drinking, Getting smashed at the Face;
The staff were all busy, The computers were humming,
Rollups were bought, for the deadline was coming;
 
Soon managers were nestled, all smug at their tables,
With visions of TC's coming from their stables;
And NAIMT doing massages, while A-Sop caused trouble,
An hour before deadline, the workload just doubled,
 
When by the computers, there arose such a clatter,
All eyes turned to them, to see what was the matter.
Sue glaring at the screen, Lee's fingers just flew,
Oh, the computer was down, so what else was new?
 
The lights in the room were too bright, someone said,
Nah, it's just the reflection from off Hoffa's head,
Then, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But Soultaker and Sentinel, once again here this year, 

Yes, we heard "No more Faces!", We hear this each time,
But we know it's a farce, like this parody's rhyme.
More rollups are bought, more warriors are made,
Names are thought up, and carefully weighed;

"How 'bout FREE WILLY? Or RODMAN? Or PUSSY? Or KNOCKERS? 
Or SHEIK T'WEEZEL? Or BALLSY? Or TAKE OFF THEM DOCKERS!?
Not a chance say the censors! Nice try, bub, but no!
Now it's HAPPY, and BARNEY, and WE LOVE YOU SO! 

The managers groan, but undaunted keep trying,
The censors all laugh, and just are not buying,
The RUGS altars are burning, offerings are gifted,
With hopes that the rollup curses soon will be lifted.

And then, in a twinkling, we hear down the hall,
A Lunat!k roar and Fusion chased with a maul.
You see, he'd heard about Fusion's campaign for the Prez,
Now it's "Off with his Head!", so Lunat!k says. 

At the Dark Circle table, 6'7" down in height,
With their arrogant statures, their great show of might.
Yet amidst all the notebooks, are nerf toys and giraffe,
Such silliness there, NAIMT can't help but laugh. 

At Aradi's table -- how they giggle, at the cartoons and stories 
Of the FONZ done by Nuln, in his infinite glories!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a ring,
And Barb drew his beard as straggly as string; 

The new guys at Duelmasters, some call them a rookie,
Making names for themselves like Jessie and Bookie;
The regulars are here, The Boss, PUG, and TUM
Carapace, Sensei, and lots more to come
 
Doc Steele and his legends, even now in the making,
If there weren't many witnesses, I'd think he was faking.
The paperball fight, and the chaos ensues,
Clean it up, says Lee, or your heads you will lose!

The independents and alliances, speaking more than a word,
NAIMT's resounding giggles can also be heard;
But the hour before deadline is soon at a close, 
And giving a nod, on a chair Sandy rose; 

Okay guys, she says, no more inputs to be made,
And away goes some managers for a Bourbon Street raid.
But ere I end this bad poem, I just want to say,
"GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD DAY!"

****Hey, what do you expect for a quickie?... <grin>

                                   The Basic Ripper

     Why isn't one of basic's most entertaining styles, a style capable of beating all 
others, a common sight upon the sands?  The myth that rippers are difficult to run and 
inherently prone to dying is widely accepted.  True, the graveyard is full of rippers 
that began their careers running little numbers and the parry tactic.  This is no 
mystery given that very few rippers start with great defenses and the parry tactic 
destroys a young ripper's offense.  In their efforts to make better punching bags, 
many managers have turned to big constitutions and heavy armor.  A dose of sanity is 
long overdue.  If you would like to run some rippers who will survive and win, read 
on.
     DESIGN:  My approach is somewhat unorthodox.  I maintain an evolving list of 
physical requirements for each style, i.e., endurance, punishment, damage, and carry 
capacity.  If you don't have the means to accurately forecast these ratings, ask 
around.  If at all possible, I first max out a new rollup's WL at a value of 15, 17, 
or 21 and then compare the rollup's physical potential with each style's physical 
requirements.  Generally, the style that matches up best and requires me to add the 
least number of points to ST and CN is the one I want.  It isn't absolutely necessary 
for a fighter to be physically fit at the beginning of his career.  Plan ahead.  Will 
a few preselected attribute trains make him so?  Must points be added to the rollup's 
ST or CN so that he can make the grade with no more than two trains per attribute?  
Which weapons will he use?  With these questions answered, it's simply a matter of 
taking WT to the highest odd value possible (avoid 19) and then doing the same with 
DF.  Godlings are not born as a results of how many points you can pump into WT, WL, 
and DF; that's luck's job.
     Young rippers need to be able to go fast for two minutes without tiring.  If your 
ripper isn't physically fit, he will slow down.  If he slows down, you are gambling 
with his life.  The more frail the warrior, the greater the gamble.  That said, if 
your ripper can quickly meet the following criteria and learn reasonably well, you 
will get your money's worth.
     Endurance: Something in the neighborhood of 350 (that's {ST+CN}WL)
     Punishment: Anywhere from the high end of very frail to midrange normal
     Damage:  Normal
     Capacity: Cannot carry a lot (minimum ST/CN combos: 9/8, 10/7, 11/6, 12/5)

     ST: 9 +   Midgets need an 11 or better.
     CN: See Endurance, punishment, and capacity requirements
     SZ: Small (3-8) to medium (9-14)
     WT: 15+   If your ripper doesn't learn, he's toast.
     WL: 15+   See endurance and punishment requirements.
     SP: Though frequently unimportant, it helps to have points here if you're stuck 
with a few 15's in WT, WL, and DF.
     DF: 15+   13 will do if you're fortunate to have a big WT and/or WL.

Strats:        X    8    9    5    5    5    8
               X    8    5    3    3    3    10
               X    6    7    7    7    7    5
               ARM ------------------------- >
               HE -------------------------- >
               N --------------------------- >
               N ------------------------ >  R

     Why the missing numbers in the first minute?  You'll want to find what works for 
your new ripper and possibly change his numbers as he develops.  8-8-6 is probably the 
best opening minute for a young ripper.  If your youngster has a high speed, try 10-
10-6.  6-8-6 is a bit slow for my taste.  Nevertheless, this might be the way to go 
even if your ripper doesn't need to build up his endurance.  Something I call "the 
change" occurs when your ripper approaches his master in riposte, his AD Ex in parry, 
and Experts in attack, defense and initiative.  This is a moment of decision.  If your 
ripper takes normal punishment, this is when you can opt to slow him down.  I don't do 
this, but I have seen 5-7-5 and 5-5-5 parry work rather well.  It's probably wise for 
a slow-running ripper to run fast in desperation.  If your ripper continues to run 
fast after "the change," a first minute strat of 8-10-4 often works well.
     WEAPONS:  A scimitar or longsword belongs in your ripper's hand.  After he starts 
critting, check to see if the epee is his favorite.  I don't believe in heavy backups 
for youngsters; a dagger will do.  Most youngsters will benefit from an offhand dagger 
(preferred), hatchet, or shortsword.  After "the change," rippers who don't slow down 
can improve the quality of their attacks by getting rid of their off hand weapons.  
These guys will need a backup scimitar, longsword, or epee.  Rippers who do slow down 
should keep their offhand weapons.
     ARMOR:  Very frail rippers should debut in ASM/H.  After ten fights or so, it's 
probably best to go with APL/H.  Guys who cannot take a lot of punishment belong in 
ARM/H for their entire basic careers.  Put them in ALE/H if you're feeling gutsy.  
Rippers who take normal punishment can debut in APL/H, ARM/H, or ASM/H.  After ten 
fights or so, it's definitely time for APL/H.  If you decide to slow one of these guys 
down, you'd better put him back in ARM/H or ASM/H.
     CHALLENGES:  Scummers deserve numbers like 4-1-6; keep that big desperation, 
though.  If you know that an opponent is out to kick you when you're down, go with 5-
8-5 or 5-5-5 while he's playing dead and 8-8-5 and 9-5-7 when he's active.  Good aimed 
blows are a pain.  Still, like every other style, they can be beaten with standard 
strats.
     Many people have contributed indirectly to the content of this article.  Foremost 
in my mind are The Lunatic, Scrag, Voo-Doo, U-Star, Shark, Moriarty, and Wormtongue.  
Thanks.  If you have a bone to pick or a story to tell, you know where to find me.

                                                       Cadmus
                                                       Wild Oats (479)
                                                       Solven, DM 22

                          Stimpy's Thoughts on Total Parries

                                       part II

     Well, when we last spoke I gave you a rundown on I feel TPs should be designed.  
Now I will give you my ideas on how to run them.
     First, you need to consider what type of warrior you now have.  A total parry is 
what its name suggests.  Total defense.  The idea around a TP is to concentrate on 
defense first and utmost.  Only when the situation arises will the TP decide to 
attack.  With this in mind NEVER run a TP with an offensive effort (OE) above 5.  In 
doing so you have just told your TP to do what they weren't designed to do.  Go 
offensive.  If you want to run your TP above 5, you should have made an offensive 
styled warrior, NOT a TP.  By using a high OE, you cause your TP to ignore defense and 
go offense.  This results in numerous "flailing" and "wild" attacks.  So don't do it.
     While running your TP, you may find that he tends to really turn on the offense 
often.  That is typical, typical of a warrior who favors initiative skills.  This does 
not mean that you should boost your OE.  What is happening is that one of your 
warrior's favorite learns is initiative.  So he/she will be naturally adept in 
initiative.  And remember that initiative is the skill that allows you to continuously 
make attacks on your opponent.  Since your TP decided to attack, your opponent should 
be relatively worn down.  So it will be hard for your opponent to steal that 
initiative back from you.  Hence the reason that your TP looks like an offensive 
killer.  But that's good.  It means that you have a very dangerous warrior on your 
hands.  High endurance burning styles, look out!
     I know, I know!!!  There are managers out there still that believe in the 
offensive TP and suggest using higher OE.  That's all fine and dandy.  Let those 
managers do just that.  I personally guarantee that if you run your TP with a low OE 
like the style was designed to do, you'll win fights.  Experiment with unorthodox 
strategies when you get a better hang of the game.
     Activity level (AL) is the variable in TP strategies.  I would definitely begin 
running a TP with a moderate/low AL.  Try a 3 at first.  After a few fights you'll see 
if your TP likes to dodge more or parry more.  It should be quite obvious; your TP 
will learn more skills in his "favorite" area.  Chances are, though, if your TP has 
received the statement: "avoiding rather than trading blows," or "relying on his speed 
to stay out of danger," your TP would rather dodge than parry.  And that's just fine.  
Boost your AL to about a 4 or 5.  If you choose to use the dodge tactic in defense, 
use AL up to 7.  Beyond that tends to hurt your warrior more than it helps.
     So why not go with an AL of 7 all the time if your TP likes to dodge more than 
parry, you might ask?  That's simple; your TP may like to dodge more, BUT HE STILL 
PARRIES.  So you'll need to be less active to allow your TP that choice.  With an AL 
of 4-5, your warrior will dodge when it is more advantageous, parry when it isn't.
     Kill desire varies greatly from warrior to warrior.  To be on the safe side, I 
always go low KD with my TPs, until they gain expert in attack.  After that point, I 
may begin to experiment, seeing how my warrior reacts to various KDs.  Generally, if 
your warrior learns attack skills relatively well, then a higher KD won't inhibit them 
at all.  If this is the case, I believe that your warrior is not looking for landing 
several blows to win the match (favoring initiative skills), but is instead looking to 
land a few good blows (favoring attack skills).  In the latter case, a moderate to 
high KD may help.  Keep in mind though that your TP is still defensively oriented.  An 
extremely high KD will cause any warrior to behave like a berserker, and may cause 
your TP to make lots of bad attacks.  With this in mind, stay below 7.
     Now to place it all together...

Minute         1    2    3    4    5    6on  Desp
OE             2 ------------------------ >  varies
AL             2 ------------------------ >    "
KD             2 ------------------------ >    "

or

Minute         1    2    3    4    5    6on  Desp
OE             2 ------------------------ >  varies
AL             4 ------------------------ >    "
KD             2 ------------------------ >    "

     These show my general strategies for parry and dodging oriented warriors, 
respectively.  Seldom do I use any tactics, unless I am making a challenge and wish my 
warrior to behave differently to that challenge (i.e., using the dodge tactic against 
a lunger).  At that point I would refer to the paragraphs in the beginning to 
customize that particular minute to fit the tactic.
     Attack and protect locations are totally up to you.  I like to protect the head 
and body, while attacking the head, arms, and legs.  This protects my vitals, yet can 
allow my warrior to land blows on parts of the body that can cause a warrior to lose a 
fight with the minimum number of hits.
     Desperation is my opposite area.  If I was relying on a low AL in the regular 
minutes, I will boost it in desperation.  While going vice versa if I had a high AL in 
regular minutes.
     Now the one tactic I haven't touched on is the riposte tactic.  Occasionally your 
TP will favor this tactic.  When he does, I like to raise my OE to 3, sometimes 4, and 
the AL to 4.  If I use the riposte tactic, I will use 4-5 OE and a 3-5 AL.  When these 
numbers are any lower, your TP may refrain from attacking in a riposte situation in 
favor of more defense.
     I have found that these strategies work well whether your warrior fights as a 
SCUM or skilled TP.  If you remember from my last article, the difference between the 
schools of thought are the amount of damage the warrior is willing/able to take.
     Well, I hope that this has been informative for the newer players, and the older 
ones, too.  Good luck and see you on the sands.

                                                                 Stimpy

                              MORE ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS

     Many essays dwell on style specifics.  This piece describes a playing philosophy.  
When you just want to WIN, create scum TPs and size 17 monsters with impunity.  Don't 
worry about getting these warriors into ADM!  YOU'RE concerned with winning those "Top 
Team" and "Team on the Move" awards.
     By comparison, managers with an excellent setup shouldn't be too concerned with 
the team win/loss record.  Their character must develop, gain every skill possible, in 
order to blossom into a deadly duelist.  THEIR goal is to advance this fighter into 
ADM, and eternal life.
     Here are some broad parameters for assessing a warrior's value, and a few 
representative samples:
Primus Bound:
     - WT, WL and DF total 49+.
     - 4 or more wit statements.
     - Start with Expert rating or gain it in one or two skills.
     - [13-5-5-21-13-10-17, 6-6-9-17-21-9-17, 11-7-9-17-17-6-17, etc.]
Basic/ADM Only:
     - WT, WL and DF total to 35+.
     - At least 3 wit statements.
     - Gain Expert rating in no more than five skills.
     - [17-9-10-17-9-9-13, 13-11-11-17-13-8-11, 9-13-10-15-21-5-11, etc.]
Dark Arena: [Any two of these qualify the character as "expendable"]
     - WT less than 13.
     - Less than 3 wit statements.
     - Is clumsy.
     - Has very little endurance.
     - [15-15-16-11-13-5-9, 7-18-13-17-5-13-11, 13-15-13-13-17-6-7, etc.]
     The Primus Bound setups are rare; they are coddled, protected and sometimes 
sandbagged for a year or so in order to build up a few Ad Experts to help them survive 
in the arena.
     The Basic/ADM Only fighters have mediocre to decent stats, and are going to be 
very dependent on their overview for that elusive "luck factor."  This class of 
warrior should be highly competitive.  Most of the fighters seen in the arena are in 
this category.
     Finally, the Dark Arena fighters: conceived from pitiful setups with little 
chance of being competitive.  However, these rollups might prove useful.  Don't fight 
the system; learn to use it to your advantage!  Many managers send fighters to the 
D.A. who might have provided them with a successful (if brief) career in Basic.
     Give BIG numskulls lots of ST and SP; these are your killer LUs and STs.  More WL 
= LU; Higher DF = ST. (I don't advise making Bashers unless you have a 17+ wit and 15+ 
points in WL.)  Give LITTLE morons a boost to WL, ST and CN; these are your TP scum.  
If they have absolutely no WT or WL, escort them to the Dark Arena.
     Of course, some fighters have good stats and decent overviews yet still lose most 
of their fights in the beginning of their career.  The "old" method of dealing with 
this phenomenon was to bump all stats by two or more.  Now, it's generally agreed that 
this increases performance at the cost of future skill learns.  This takes away from a 
duelist's competitive abilities in the higher levels of play.  Competitive fighters 
should be making as few stat raises as possible until they have "maxed out" in at 
least three of four skill areas. (Some managers advocate waiting until a character is 
completely "maxed out" before raising stats; this will take a long time for most 
warriors.)
     Some warriors (particularly the finesse styles: AB, PR, PL, PS) take a little 
longer to develop.  If they DON'T have the stats or the overview to raise visions of a 
Primus inductee, take a HARD look at their potential.  Will stat raises help?  Well 
they come easily?  Is the rest of the team strong?  How much money are you willing to 
invest in this character?
     ANYONE can create an awe-inspiring fighter by adding a couple of points to key 
stats.  It means the fighter may lose some of its long-term potential, but so what?  
Duelmaster, Most Popular Fighter, Best Win/Loss Record, etc. all equate into free 
fights and recognition.  If you don't have that Godling in your stable, what other 
goal might you have but to excel in your arena?!!
     I urge new managers to run EVERY setup at least once in the arena.  Look on 
rollups as a challenge; try to make the best killer or scum possible out of Dark Arena 
material.  There's a tremendous amount of experience to be gained by this.
     See what effect a high ST or DF has on specific styles; compare overviews to find 
what works and what doesn't; gain new insights on character design.  You will enjoy 
playing far more than you do now!  You might even come up with a better way of 
designing a character for a specific style, and write an article to share your views.
     The point is, DON'T wait around for the "right" rollup, or waste time and money 
(or sentiment) on characters who aren't doing anything for you.  Play the percentages.  
If a promising warrior is losing repeatedly, be patient.  Once a few AdExperts are 
gained he will probably turn things around.  If you Dark Arena Mutant loses a lot and 
his scumminess or killer-design aren't working, either bump a couple of stats or DA 
him.  If your scum/killer goes out there and wins a few, start paying attention to 
challenges/avoids (which you SHOULD be doing anyway).  Send that scum against a LU or 
ST; send that monster ST against a midget Parry-whatever.  Style vs. style matchups 
are crucial in the early careers of EVERY fighter.
     Generally, even lousy STs, LUs, BAs and TPs do well starting out.  Later the 
finesse styles--PL, PS, PR, AB--usually take over.  Summary: Recognize the difference 
between playing "to win" and playing "longterm."  Start noticing which teams have high 
win/loss percentages: what kind of warriors are they running?  Start sending diplos; 
don't be bashful.  You can bring that win/loss to a respectable level with careful 
play, short-term Mutant killers and scum, and the occasional stat-bump for those 
mediocre fighters whom you plan on retiring later.  Try it and see.  It gives the game 
more spice, you win more often, and you have more FUN!  And just remember... I told 
you so!

                         Diplo me with comments, questions, rebuke:
                              -- The Arcane Kid, of Astral Kin in Osksi (DM-3)

                                  "Favorite Weapons"

     One of the best ways to improve a warrior's record in basic is to find his 
favorite weapon.  The effect of using a favorite weapon is that a warrior's attack 
ability will improve.  A warrior will throw more critical attacks, improve the odds to 
inflict critical damage, and make attacks that are more difficult to dodge and parry.
     There are two methods used to find a favorite weapon.  The first is, "Don't worry 
about it.  They tell you when you get to ADM anyway."  While some managers have the 
patience to wait that long, I would rather have my favorite in hand in fight one!
     The second method is called, "Charting."  The way I chart weapons is I break 
down, statistically, my warrior's attacks with a particular weapon. (No, it's not 
difficult to do!)  I chart 4 categories, (1) Total number of attacks, (2) Total number 
of crit attacks, (3) Total number of crit damages, (4) Total number of knockdowns.
     (1) Total number of attacks (#ATT) -- Record the total number of attacks with the 
weapon in question, including hits, crits, misses, parried attacks, dodged attacks, 
and wild swings.
     (2) Total number of crit attacks (C ATT) -- Record the total number of critical 
attacks with the weapon in question.  Do not get good attacks confused with critical 
attacks.  A good attack is a statement that is more descriptive than, "strikes with 
dagger," but is not as spectacular as a critical.  An example of a good attack is, 
"Bats outward with her quarterstaff," or, "Makes a lunging attack wielding a short 
spear."  These are more descriptive but are not outstanding.  A critical attack is 
exemplified by spectacular statements such as; "Catapults forward, longsword stabbing 
cruelly at his foe," "Punches with piston-like horsefelling power," or "Hatchet 
flashes with snake-like speed and accuracy."  As you can see, crit attacks are very 
obvious.
     (3) Total number of crit damages (C DAM) -- A crit damage statement will signify 
a significant amount of additional damage and is typified by a statement such as; 
"Spectators cringe as the horrific power of the blow strikes home" or "It was a 
devastating attack."
     (4) Total number of knockdowns (# KD) -- Record every time an opponent is knocked 
off his feet with the weapon in question.
     The next step is to convert this data into a usable format.  To do this I divide 
the last three categories by the first.  This gives a "batting average" of sorts.  
EXAMPLE: Dark One fights his first three fights with a scimitar.  In those three 
fights Dark One made 16 attacks, 2 crit attacks, 4 crit damage, and 1 knockdown.  This 
breaks down as such:
C ATT = .125
C DAM = .25
# KD = .06
     Remember, the more fights with the weapon, the more accurate your chart will be.
     Looking at Dark One's performance with the scimitar we can conclude that it is 
not his favorite weapon.  I determine this by looking at the three categories in order 
of precedence.
     First I look at C ATT:
     .00-.25  Doubtful
     .25-.35  Slight possibility
     .35-.50  Very possible
     .50 +    BINGO!
     If your warrior is critting 50% of the time, stick with that weapon.  Favorite or 
not, it is VERY effective.
     Next is crit damage.  This is trickier to look at, as the primary chance to do 
critical damage is primarily based on strength.
Does little     0%
Normal         1-5% (style dependent)
Good           10%
Great          25%
Tremendous     50%
Awesome        75%
     Look for increases in the expected average crit rate.  These numbers may be a 
little off as I don't have a large enough sample of warriors with high damage ratings.  
In the example, Dark One rated at 25%, and with his great damage rating it appears he 
is not doing any additional crits.
     Finally, knockdowns.  I don't have a fast and easy rule for this, but anything 
over 15% or 20% if attacking the legs, could bear investigating.  It's best to look at 
all three and infer a weapon's performance.
     Dark One switches to a short spear and after 4 fights has 15 attacks, 7 crit 
attacks, 6 crit damages and 2 knockdowns.
C ATT = .466
C DAM = .40
# KD = .13
     This weapon suits him much better.  His crit percentage is up for all categories.  
This weapon has a very good chance to be his favorite weapon.  In this example it 
wasn't, but his W/L record improved with 6 straight wins. (By the way, the names and 
weapons have been changed but the numbers are from one of my ADM warriors.)
     Okay, I've figured out that the weapon I'm using is not my favorite.  What now?  
There are some indicators to help you.  Look at how your warrior uses his current 
weapon.  If he likes to slash a lot, stay with a slashing weapon.  Also, look at good 
attacks.  If a warrior makes quite a few good attacks with the weapon, try a weapon 
that is used in a similar fashion.  I.E. epee is used in similar fashion to a long 
sword.  Dark One loved to lunge with his scimitar at a 3:1 ratio.  Try weapons that 
fit your stats at first but don't be afraid to try a weapon that is out of your stat 
parameters.  Should you find your favorite and you don't have the strength, size and 
deftness to use it, who cares.  The fact that it's your favorite will nullify or 
minimize all those penalties.
     I know that this is a question on the mind of new managers, as it was for me when 
I was new to the game.  I hope someone can get some good use out of this article and 
expand upon the charting method in their own way.  If you have any questions, 
comments, additions, or criticism please feel free to Diplo.
                                   -- Abe
                                      Ango (DM 64, 103)
                                      Imploding Ducks (DM 19, 103)