DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/17/2003    Duedate: 07/30/2003

OSKSI ARENA

DM-3    TURN-479

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DUNE
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
(3-6095) [17-8-0,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

QUICKSAND                      POSITION IS EMPTY
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)          
(3-6102) [17-18-2,123]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FUNGARI                        MX
THE BALROGS (121)              THE NUKES (551)
(3-6171) [17-4-0,90]           (3-6055) [23-11-0,104]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)       52
2. THE NUKES (551)             29      FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
3. DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)        13      Unchartered Team
4. AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)     9
5. FAMOUS HITTERS (535)         9       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*OF WOLF AND MAN 3 (481)    9   3  0 75.0   1/ 1 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    12  3 0
 2/ 2 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      24  12  2 66.7   2- 2 ASTRAL KIN (230)          7  3 0
 3/ 3 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  48  30  4 61.5   3/ 3 THE BALROGS (121)         6  9 0
 4/ 4 THE NUKES (551)           96  73 10 56.8   4/ 4 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  5 10 0
 5/ 5 THE BALROGS (121)        520 435 22 54.5   5/ 7 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  4  5 0
 6- 6 ASTRAL KIN (230)         279 256 23 52.1   6/ 8 THE NUKES (551)           4  6 1
 7/ 7 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)     82  79  6 50.9   7/ 5 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       4 11 0
 8/ 8 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      74  76  0 49.3   8-11*DARK TOADS (568)          2  0 0
 9/ 9 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      302 456  7 39.8   9/ 9 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      2  1 0
10/10 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  42  71  2 37.2  10- 6*OF WOLF AND MAN 3 (481)   2  1 0
11-11*DARK TOADS (568)           3   6  1 33.3  11/10 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      2  1 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  It was a tough week for OF WOLF AND MAN 3, to drop 4 places in the 
rankings.  Coming up with a solid 0-0-0 outing, DARK TOADS has advanced 3 places in 
the rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for MARY RETZLAFF, who flew up 15 points in 
the rankings after mashing GRAPH like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And 
falling like a basher in the top ten was JOHN MAHER, who dropped 14 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with YROHK.  Well here's a duelmaster that 
doesn't sit back and say 'Challenge me'!  DUNE made a challenge against STEVE SAX 
this week.  Our battling duelmaster DUNE has managed to hold the title, fending off 
STEVE SAX's none too subtle advances.  Better luck next time, AMERICAN APPRAISAL.  4 
out of 5 gladiators surveyed protect the body, so try and avoid aiming at that 
location.   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad ASTRAL KIN?  Big bad ASTRAL KIN. 
Big bad ASTRAL KIN.  OSKSI's afraid of the big bad ASTRAL KIN.  Tra la la la la!  For 
those of you who like math, try this one:  ASTRAL KIN + Weapons That go Boom = THE 
BALROGS + Avoid City.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, GO FISH would 
be president.  Although it may be a contest it doesn't want to win.  Was it guts or 
an overtaxed mental capacity that had QUICKSAND challenge up 31 points in the 
rankings to take on FUNGARI?  I heard QUICKSAND laughed all the way to the inn as his 
new point total of 123 was posted in the arena.  I guess beating FUNGARI really pays! 
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Knowing when to use the right tactics at 
the proper time is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in OSKSI have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Okay, so I may not be the 
world's best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been 
fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide 
Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUNE 6095                    17   8  0   121       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICKSAND 6102               17  18  2   123       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
-TERRY MULHOLLAND 3747        13   0  0   115       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 MX 6055                      23  11  0   104       THE NUKES (551)
 GAMMA RAY 6057               19  15  1   103       THE NUKES (551)
 STEVE SAX 6120                8  15  0    95       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 SANDMAN 6103                 20  12  0    92       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FUNGARI 6171                 17   4  0    90       THE BALROGS (121)
 GO FISH 6020                 19  32  0    89       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 PETE HARNISCH 3750           13   6  0    87       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 THE MAN 6077                  9   6  1    83       FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
 DREUBRA 6092                 13  13  0    80       THE BALROGS (121)
-HELIAS SOL 5185              11  10  2    73       ASTRAL KIN (230)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARY RETZLAFF 6119           10  13  1    66       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
-VECTOR UNSTABLE 6231          6   2  0    59       ASTRAL KIN (230)
 GRAPH 6073                   11  24  0    57       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 BUD SMITH 6022                6   1  2    57       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAVID CONE 5795               7   6  1    56       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
-SPLINTERED SKY 6249           6   0  0    53       ASTRAL KIN (230)
 YROHK 6191                    9   8  0    52       THE BALROGS (121)
 SIMEARTH 6155                12  12  0    48       GAMES LIBRARY (340)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GWENNOLAS 5592                5   0  0    38       OF WOLF AND MAN 3 (481)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BENEICO 5457                  3   1  0    33       OF WOLF AND MAN 3 (481)
 SUNSCORCH 6279                2   0  0    33       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
-SMEG MAGGOD 6200              3   1  1    32       DARK TOADS (568)
 JOHN MAHER 6218               6   5  1    31       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 WHIP SCORPION 6275            3   1  0    30       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 DAT NGUYEN 6216               4   8  0    26       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 AMOK 6228                     4   6  1    25       THE BALROGS (121)
-PUTT PUTT 4977                2   3  0    25       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 WHELM 6261                    4   1  0    24       THE BALROGS (121)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STAR SHARD 6270               3   1  0    23       ASTRAL KIN (230)
-VAGABOND DREAM 6240           4   3  0    20       ASTRAL KIN (230)
 NOT HOYLE 6208                4   8  0    20       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 DEEANN RAKOVICH 6254          2   4  0    20       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 BORA BORA 6281                1   0  0    13       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 THE GOALIE 6229               1   9  0    12       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-JAVY VAZQUEZ 6091             1   1  0     4       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
-PHLEM 6271                    0   1  0     1       DARK TOADS (568)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FILTHY FILTH 6278      1  1 1 THE NUKES 551         SHEWISH GIANT 625     479 NONE    
NUKEY HOUSER 6238      3  4 0 THE NUKES 551         BLACK ORC 624         479 NONE    
BLOODY FILTH 6280      0  1 0 THE NUKES 551         STONE GOLEM 630       479 NONE    
DUST DEVIL 6269        0  1 0 SIMPLY DESSERTS 555   SMEG MAGGOD 6200      475 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Balrogs -- Astral Kim is the most avoided team in the arena??  And you guys are
ducking me most of all???  C'mon, guys!!  Just step into the sands and follow the
pretty lights!!  It's most painless, I assure you...(mostly). -- Kid Arcane
P.S.  Save yourself the effort.  Leave sarcastic condescension to those of us born to
it.

Old Man Fusion -- Tell the kids of today: "It really doesn't matter what the charts
say.  What matters is who wins!"  But I have to say that all those computerized
charts and formulas and whatnot are interesting, in a bizarre way. -- Kid Arcane

Nukes -- What's with all the DA's?  Get a discount or something? -- Kid Arcane

Quicksand -- I was misled by your sobriquet. -- Helias Sol

Dat Nguyen -- I think that "viciously subdued" pretty much sums it up, don't you? --
Splintered Sky

Amok -- Wow.  And I thought that the crazy gleam in your eyes was merely a symptom of
your extreme blood loss.... Well, if you're loony enough, please challenge!! -- Star
Shard

Mary Retzlaff -- I see London, I see France, I see...um...Mary saying "no thanks"? --
Vector Unstable

Nukey Houser -- Try eating a good breakfast.  You have to be awake and alert if you
wanna see the final blow comin'.  Maybe next time. -- Vagabond Dream

The Man -- (triumphantly)  HA!  You won't catch ME sleeping with the old "illusory

lure" trick!  (squinting at his cards more closely)  Who said you could claim my
parry skills AND an attack?  You have to pick one or the other and then STOP until
it's your turn again. -- Go Fish

Yrohk -- I've got you mapped today! -- Graph
P.S.  But I'm not liking the look of your learning graph.  You need to do something
about that, and quickly.

Whip Scorpion -- (groggy from a heavy course of antihistamines)  Somebody should! --
The Goalie

Dat Nguyen -- You are unquestionably a fool, and I don't see why I should budget
evolutionary space for a fool.  (pause to read the fine print)  But it looks like I'm
REQUIRED to have a certain percentage of fools.  I don't like that.  I think it's a
PLOT to make sure that everything will go WRONG.  I'm going to look into this more
carefully, and if I find out that I can, in fact, dispense with fools, you're OUT of
here. -- SimEarth

Dat Nguyen -- Don't worry about it.  Fools are here to stay. -- Zin

Gwendolas -- Your behavior was definitely... Not Hoyle
P.S.  You should be quiet and gentle and submissive.

Everybody's trying to make a goal off me.  I hate that. -- The Goalie, Most
Challenged

Dune -- Well played.  It was the ol' pull the chair away as I'm about to sit upon it
trick.  Now I will try for DM. -- Fungari

Steve Sax -- Excellent riposte.  I'm not so sure a rematch is in my best interest. --
Dreubra

Graph -- I'll get it right one of these times. -- Yrohk

26 June 2003
     STOP THINKING TOGS!!!!!  It's here.  Well, almost here anyway.  We're looking at
a start date of the first turn in Aradi (DM 60) following the Fall Mail-In.  This
should give everyone sufficient time to study the new ultra-improved T#%S IV rules 
and prep accordingly.  So without further ado, here is your handy-dandy guide to
winning your very own Golden Scrod (and some other very cool prizes to be announced
officially before the start of the tourney that must not be named):
1.  Each T#%S team consists of two managers.  After the tourney starts, there will be
    no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your partners wisely.  T#%S IV will
    last for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.  The only
    team I know of so far is last TOGS winners:  Ganolus Oakleaf/Hombre of Blood
    Related/Thieves Guild.  Hey, this is fun!
2.  The T#%S entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per T#%S
    team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no
    exceptions being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or
    manager decides to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
    a) send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
       Andy Salveson
       6812 Romanzo Way
       Elk Grove, CA 95758
    b) get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards and
       no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.
3.  T#%S point system:
    10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on your even challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on another T#%S warriors challenge.
    7 points for winning a random matchup against another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning a random matchup against a non-T#%S warrior.  Do not fight
      your team mate, you will not get any points.  Also, you will not get any points
      if you challenge or get challenged by a non-T#%S team, so use your avoids
      wisely if you think someone is out to get you.
   10 points for being the Duelmaster.  This is in addition to all points listed
      above and will begin turn 1, so prep accordingly.
    5 points for every spotlight written by any team member, 1 per manager per turn.
      The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the
      newsletter (that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and I will be
      completely firm on this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will
      not be given points if they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not
      Duelmasters or fantasy related.  I will be the sole judge of this.  If you're
      unsure if I will judge something to be Duelmasters or fantasy related, then
      e-mail me before you write the spotlight and ask me.  I reserve the right to
      take points away from a spotlight after they are given if I judge at a later
      time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.
   -5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
      personal ad.
   -5 points for being the team that avoided the most.
     If you participated in TOGS III, you'll notice some slight changes in the points
structure.  The main things are points for random match ups against non T#%S
warriors, bonus points for being the Duelmaster, new spotlight criteria, and no
points given for being the most avoided team.
4.  I already mentioned this, but T#%S IV will start the first turn in arena 60 after
    the Fall Mail-In runs and it will last for 13 turns.  There will not be a
    Survivor format this time around, meaning no eliminations.  I will still be doing
    the multipliers at the end, however.  This means that all points accumulated by a
    team on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by
    each team on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.
5.  Prizes are yet to be determined, but I'll tell you what I know.  There will be
    prizes given out each turn to whichever team scores the most combined points on a
    given turn.  Tie breakers will go to the team with the most wins on that turn and
    then to the team with most overall points.  I have asked RSI for the same prizes
    as last TOGS which were transferring any warrior to arena 60 and renaming Aradi
    for approximately 6 months, but we'll see what they come back with.  I haven't
    decided how to split the prizes up, partly because I don't know how many teams
    will be entering yet, but I do know the prizes will be split among the top 3
    teams at the end.  I will announce the exact breakdown of everything when I know
    more.
6.  And just like TOGS III, Death Stud and I will be the sole arbiters of any dispute
    that may arise.  Whine all you like, but as Nuln told you last time, that's how
    it is.
7.  M & RR Clause (go ahead, read between the capitals):  I reserve the right to
    disallow entry to this tourney if you have a previous history of being a big fat
    mouth about everything.
     I think that pretty much covers it.  I will be accepting team entries as of now
and then posting them in the newsletters as I receive entry fees.  Please feel free
to e-mail me regarding any questions or comments at Ganolus@aol.com.  So everyone don
your best pair of leg warmers, hop on your favorite farm animal, and ride to Aradi
for the 4th kinda-annual Tournament that must not be named for no apparent reason
whatsoever, or T#%S IV, for short.  See ya'll there!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FILTHY FILTH was barely slain by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
NUKEY HOUSER was killed by BLACK ORC in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
BLOODY FILTH was slain by STONE GOLEM in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Dark Arena duel.
DUNE bested STEVE SAX in a exciting 1 minute veteran's Challenge Title fight.
QUICKSAND devastated FUNGARI in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
PETE HARNISCH was viciously subdued by MX in a 4 minute master's Challenge match.
SANDMAN viciously subdued GO FISH in a 10 minute expert's Challenge melee.
DAVID CONE was overpowered by THE MAN in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
BUD SMITH overpowered SIMEARTH in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
MARY RETZLAFF overpowered GRAPH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
YROHK devastated JOHN MAHER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
DEEANN RAKOVICH demolished THE GOALIE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SUNSCORCH overpowered DAT NGUYEN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
WHIP SCORPION overpowered NOT HOYLE in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
GAMMA RAY slimly won victory over DREUBRA in a exciting 4 minute expert's duel.
WHELM was outwaited by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a unpopular 13 minute brawl.
AMOK overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute brutal one-sided bout.
BORA BORA overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW        26 -  12 -  1      68  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  12 -  1      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -  11 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  24 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  22 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  29 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  23 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -  12 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  13 -  1      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  18 -  0      36  |

Turn 479 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  3         5  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  4         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       DUNE 6095                  17   8  0  121 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
STRIKING ATTACK  MX 6055                    23  11  0  104 THE NUKES (551)
TOTAL PARRY      GAMMA RAY 6057             19  15  1  103 THE NUKES (551)
BASHING ATTACK   THE MAN 6077                9   6  1   83 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
LUNGING ATTACK   BUD SMITH 6022              6   1  2   57 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
SLASHING ATTACK  YROHK 6191                  9   8  0   52 THE BALROGS (121)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FUNGARI 6171.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MX 6055.  The ten other most popular fighters were DREUBRA 6092, BLOODY FILTH 
6280, GAMMA RAY 6057, QUICKSAND 6102, BUD SMITH 6022, NUKEY HOUSER 6238, DUNE 6095, 
THE MAN 6077, DEEANN RAKOVICH 6254, and WHIP SCORPION 6275.

The least popular fighter this week was GO FISH 6020.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were WHELM 6261, SANDMAN 6103, NOT HOYLE 6208, DAT NGUYEN 6216, THE GOALIE 
6229, GRAPH 6073, SIMEARTH 6155, JOHN MAHER 6218, BORA BORA 6281, and SUNSCORCH 6279.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

DUNE (3-6095) SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
MX (3-6055) THE NUKES (551)