Date   : 10/17/2016    Duedate: 10/29/2016


DM 104    TURN 696

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 WASTELAND II 7/500  3776 2731  16 58.0      LEGION OF LEGEND 62/1305
  2 HIGHLANDERS 42/1341  673  840  10 44.5    4 ARROGANCE 18/732    1592 2835  27 36.0
  3 BRUTAL LEGIO 7/1335  110  139   0 44.2      THE LADY'S LIST 6/917
    BLOODY LEGION 96/1276

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER


I have a simple job this time.  There were neither challenges nor avoids. Eight 
gladiators took part.

ASSUR (18-7821) (96-142-2,209) of ARROGANCE fought ZEUS (62-4010) (69-57-0,210) of 
LEGION OF LEGEND.  ASSUR viciously subdued ZEUS in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gruesome 
Title fight.  Assur is still our top Basher, of course, and Zeus is the top Wall of 
Steel.  It was indeed gruesome -- there was blood spatter.  But it didn't fly all the 
way up to the row I was sitting in.

MIKEL (6-6190) (79-88-3,199) of THE LADY'S LIST fought MAN-MOUNTAIN (7-3853) (35-35-
1,159) of WASTELAND II.  MIKEL demolished MAN-MOUNTAIN in a popular 1 minute one-sided 
melee.  Mikel is top Slasher.

PHILTHRY (42-2079) (79-74-0,185) of HIGHLANDERS fought FERD THE TOWER (104-27) (120-
15-8,280) of  .  PHILTHRY was vanquished by FERD THE TOWER in a popular 1 minute gory 
mismatched brawl.  Philthry is top Parry-Strike and overall popularity leader, and 
Ferd the Tower is just amazing.

PELIS THE TRUE (42-3469) (67-110-1,186) of HIGHLANDERS fought FERD THE TOWER (104-27) 
(120-15-8,280) of  .  PELIS THE TRUE was demolished by FERD THE TOWER in a 1 minute 
mismatched competition.  Hmm, giving Highlanders a 0-2 turn, which means the personal 
ads for next turn will be kind of lame.

FATALITY (7-5820) (56-68-0,95) of BRUTAL LEGION fought DESIREE (104-23) (20-15-4,150) 
of  .  FATALITY was viciously subdued by DESIREE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody 
match.  Fatality is top Parry-Strike.  Desiree, or rather her stand-in, is not as 
pretty as the real thing, whom I met once.

ASSASSIN (96-1802) (20-16-4,75) of BLOODY LEGION fought INKEEPER'S SON (104-4) (15-15-
0,40) of  .  ASSASSIN narrowly defeated INKEEPER'S SON in an action packed 6 minute 
gruesome melee.  Assassin is the top Aimed Blow, and the Inkeeper's Son is a young 
thug.  No wonder Assassin was voted this turn's favorite fighter.

So that's it.  I could say more, if I knew it.  Sooo... if you know some embarrassing 
things about your opponents or teammates, I'd be happy to jot down a few notes.  Let 
me know, eh?

                                          -- Malic of Talcama     

KEEPER OF THE RUNEBLADE        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ASSUR 18-7821                97 142  2  223  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469       67 111  1  207  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PHILTHRY 42-2079             79  75  0  206  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI
 MIKEL 6-6190                 80  88  3  201  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 ZEUS 62-4010                 69  58  0  196  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853          35  36  1  159  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FATALITY 7-5820              56  69  0  100  BRUTAL LEGION (1335)       BONSUR

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ASSASSIN 96-1802             21  16  4   77  BLOODY LEGION (1276)       OLD VALAMANTIS

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

A column and some ads didn't make it into last turn's Sporting Journal.  Here they are now:

Assur -- You let me beat you!  At least, I think you let me.  It's hard to judge the expressions on a golem, even a very human-like one.  So now I have to write something.  I don't know why, since nobody else ever does, but my manager requires it. -- Phil

Mikel -- We were both awesomely fast, weren't we?  Even Lady Greywand was impressed.  I like when that happens, although I'm not thrilled at losing. -- Pelis the True

Keeper's Column for 104

Greetings to all of you.

This is Philthry writing today's column.  You may not remember my sister, Tolais Deepheart, who had to write a lot of these.  Anyway, we're orcs.  Orcs aren't what you think they are.  We're, um, sexier.  Any ladies out there who would like to know exactl

I got lucky, beating Assur.  He may not have a great record, but he is one dangerous golem.  So I may not be here on the big chair for long, but the view is nice.

With respects, Philthry Deepheart

And now, this turn's ads:

Assur -- Oh well.  It was fun while it lasted. -- Philthry

Man-Mountain -- It's nice not to lose once in a while. -- Pelis the True

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ASSUR viciously subdued ZEUS in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gruesome Title fight.
MIKEL demolished MAN-MOUNTAIN in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee.
PHILTHRY was vanquished by FERD THE TOWER in a popular 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
PELIS THE TRUE was demolished by FERD THE TOWER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
FATALITY was viciously subdued by DESIREE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody match.
ASSASSIN narrowly defeated INKEEPER'S SON in a action packed 6 minute gruesome melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 696 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   ASSUR 18-7821              97 142  2  223 ARROGANCE (732)
PARRY-STRIKE     PHILTHRY 42-2079           79  75  0  206 HIGHLANDERS (1341)
SLASHING ATTACK  MIKEL 6-6190               80  88  3  201 THE LADY'S LIST (917)
WALL OF STEEL    ZEUS 62-4010               69  58  0  196 LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)
STRIKING ATTACK  FATALITY 7-5820            56  69  0  100 BRUTAL LEGION (1335)
AIMED BLOW       ASSASSIN 96-1802           21  16  4   77 BLOODY LEGION (1276)

The overall popularity leader is PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was ASSASSIN 96-1802.  The ten other most popular fighters were ASSUR 
18-7821, ZEUS 62-4010, MIKEL 6-6190, MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853, PHILTHRY 42-2079, PELIS THE 
TRUE 42-3469, FATALITY 7-5820,  0-0,  0-0, and  0-0.

The least popular fighter this week was FATALITY 7-5820.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469, PHILTHRY 42-2079, MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853, MIKEL 
6-6190, ZEUS 62-4010, ASSUR 18-7821, ASSASSIN 96-1802,  0-0,  0-0, and  0-0.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
TRANSEL(6)           1  0 0  TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  VALAMANTIS(62)       0  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            0  2 0  RODEKI(42)           0  2 0  OLD VALAMANTIS(96)   1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MIKEL 6-6190                80  88  3  201  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853         35  36  1  159  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR
 ASSUR 18-7821               97 142  2  223  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469      67 111  1  207  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI
 ZEUS 62-4010                69  58  0  196  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS
 ASSASSIN 96-1802            21  16  4   77  BLOODY LEGION (1276)       OLD VALAMANTIS

                   An Informative Guide to the Parry-Riposte Style

                             composed by Sir Jessie Jest

     Greetings to all.  After many weeks of compiling a database with informationon 
the parry-riposte, I would like to thank the many managers that donated their time and 
effort to make this project work.  We all hope that many managers benefit from these 
efforts to further the interest in this style.
     This article can also be found in the Duel Masters Web page on the internet at:  
     Also, for those of you who have e-mail access, I invite you to join in on the DM 
discussions on the Roundtable.  The roundtable is a forum that discusses anything that 
has to do with Duelmasters.  It is made up of many other DM managers like yourself, 
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     Parry-ripostes, or rippers, can be very deadly if trained and managed 
effectively.  Rippers aren't as widely understood as the more common high skill base 
styles are.   They do draw managers who like more of a challenge.  It is not a style 
for quick fix, so to speak.   They start with much less skill and development than 
many other styles.  This means they require a much longer development time before 
reaching that successful stage.  Rippers are not good short-term warriors.  They lack 
what it takes to get many wins early in their career.   When you make a ripper, you're 
in for the long haul.
     When making a ripper, it is good to think about making him survive through Basic.  
Rippers have the second highest death rate, with aimed blows being the first.  The 
main reasons for this, I believe, are poor warrior design and/or poor strategy.  
Rippers, even if designed exactly the same, vary more from one to another than most 
styles in general.  The aimed blow, I believe, is the only other style that varies 
more widely from one to another than the ripper.  Finding your ripper's likes and 
dislikes may be quite a task, indeed.
     The first thing to get a good ripper is warrior design.   His starting stats will 
greatly effect his starting skill bases as well.   Since rippers starting skill base 
is lower than some of the other styles, getting as many bonus skills from initial 
stats is very important.   These bonus skills are given most in the WIT and DEFTNESS 
stats.   Odd numbered stats are where most of the bonus skills are at, such as 13, 15, 
17 and 21.  There are no bonus stats to be gained at 19 in any stat except speed.  
Good rippers will have a minimum of 32 points between wit and deftness.  34 or more 
points is preferred. 17 or 21 WT and 17 or 21 DT makes the best rippers.

Ripper stats:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIN      1         2        3       4        5         6        Desp.

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

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

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

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

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

Sir Jessie Jest

Credits -- Major contributors:

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

and many others.