DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/09/2003    Duedate: 10/22/2003

OSKSI ARENA

DM-3    TURN-485

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SANDMAN
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
(3-6103) [24-14-0,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SANDMAN                        ALTUN HA
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)          UNBELIZEABLE (570)
(3-6103) [24-14-0,109]         (3-6222) [4-2-1,110]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MARY RETZLAFF                  DEEANN RAKOVICH
AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
(3-6119) [12-17-1,72]          (3-6254) [6-6-0,39]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. AESIR (164)                 44
2. THE NUKES (580)             41      FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
3. SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)       23      Unchartered Team
4. UNBELIZEABLE (570)          19
5. FAMOUS HITTERS (535)        10      THE NUKES (580)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 4*THE NUKES (580)            7   3  2 70.0   1/ 1 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    11  4 0
 2/ 2 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      28  14  2 66.7   2/ 5 AESIR (164)               8  7 3
 3- 3 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  57  34  4 62.6   3/ 6*THE NUKES (580)           7  3 2
 4/ 9*UNBELIZEABLE (570)         8   7  1 53.3   4/ 4*UNBELIZEABLE (570)        5  4 1
 5/ 6 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    101  89  7 53.2   5/ 3 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       5 10 0
 6/ 7 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      79  79  1 50.0   6/ 2 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  5 10 0
 7/ 1*THE DEVENGERS (562)        1   1  0 50.0   7/11 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      2  1 0
 8/ 8 AESIR (164)              519 522 37 49.9   8/ 7 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      2  2 0
 9/10 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      311 477  7 39.5   9- 8 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  1  1 0
10/11 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  55  88  3 38.5  10/10*THE DEVENGERS (562)       1  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

     Well, what are you looking at, OSKSI?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  If this keeps up, AMERICAN APPRAISAL, 
you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 4 in the rankings?  
FAMOUS HITTERS turned their 1-0-0 turn into a 7th place rank in the listings this 
turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch THE 
NUKES' heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, 
big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see TWITCH win a fight and gain 
23 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, SAND CRABS beat DEEANN RAKOVICH and DEEANN RAKOVICH 
lost 9 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  SANDMAN challenged GO FISH for OSKSI's 
Title this turn, and guess what happened?  And if variety is the spice of life, OSKSI 
may be getting bland, as SANDMAN stays top dog in the city.  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, 
OSKSI?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  OSKSI, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  
DOUBLE TROUBLE the most avoided team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And 
who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It 
was THE NUKES.  Ha ha ha ha!  GO FISH 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 OSKSI's 
morgue.  More variety.  AESIR has cause to pause today, as BIFROST was sent to the 
Dark Arena, and came back--though not in the best of moods, I'll wager.  Whoa!  I'll 
even buy RATATOSK a drink tonight!  Anyone who can come back from the Dark Arena, I 
want to be on his good side!  And what a stunning loss we have here, boys and girls, 
STEVE SAX of AMERICAN APPRAISAL has added the final loss to his 10-18-0.  Tee hee!  
Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  Certain nameless 
cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     What does the OSKSI arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Glad to see the back of this place-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SANDMAN 6103                 24  14  0   109       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TERRY MULHOLLAND 3747        13   0  0   115       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 ALTUN HA 6222                 4   2  1   110       UNBELIZEABLE (570)
 GO FISH 6020                 21  36  0    99       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 THE MAN 6077                 13   8  1    96       FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
-PETE HARNISCH 3750           16   7  0    93       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIMEARTH 6155                17  13  0    87       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 BIFROST 5645                 18   4  2    81       AESIR (164)
-BUD SMITH 6022                9   2  2    73       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 MARY RETZLAFF 6119           12  17  1    72       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 CARACOL 6221                  4   2  0    71       UNBELIZEABLE (570)
 THOR 5672                    10   7  1    68       AESIR (164)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FANDRAL 5701                  9   3  0    66       AESIR (164)
 GRAPH 6073                   11  30  0    63       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-DAVID CONE 5795               8   7  1    62       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RATATOSK 5752                 7   2  2    54       AESIR (164)
 DAT NGUYEN 6216               8  10  0    52       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
-PUTT PUTT 4977                4   3  0    50       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 SAND CRABS 6308               4   0  1    48       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 WHIP SCORPION 6275            7   3  0    46       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 SUNSCORCH 6279                5   3  0    45       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 DEEANN RAKOVICH 6254          6   6  0    39       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOHN MAHER 6218               7  10  2    37       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOT HOYLE 6208                5  13  0    28       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 FREDDY FUNGUS 6318            2   0  1    26       THE NUKES (580)
 TWITCH 6316                   1   1  0    24       THE NUKES (580)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE GOALIE 6229               2  14  0    20       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 FROSTY 6314                   2   0  0    20       THE NUKES (580)
 BORA BORA 6281                4   3  1    16       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 HARALDUR 6325                 1   0  0    11       AESIR (164)
 JACK 6317                     1   1  1     5       THE NUKES (580)
 GOMER 6326                    1   0  0     5       THE NUKES (580)
 KARATE HORNET 6152            1   1  0     4       THE DEVENGERS (562)
 WOLF SPIDER 6324              0   1  0     1       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
STEVE SAX 6120        10 19 0 AMERICAN APPRAISA 559 ALTUN HA 6222         485         
JAVY VAZQUEZ 6091      3  2 0 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEE 308 JOHN MAHER 6218       482         
HIGH ELF 623           0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          BIFROST 5645          485 NONE    
DARK CHAMPION 628      0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          RATATOSK 5752         485 NONE    
DEEP SIX 6287          1  1 0 NUMBER OF THE BEA 574 BORA BORA 6281        481 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Go Fish -- Nice job.  I've never seen you play like that, but it was beautiful.  I've
heard of the never let your opponent draw a card strategy, but never actually seen it
work.  Let your opponent keep taking turns, but never let him complete his matches
and especially never let your opponent draw new cards.  Good steal! -- The Man
P.S.  Not quite as good as my AB taking himself out with a single hit to his
opponent's shield, but close!

Altun Ha -- Seems Osksi has been scum central for some time.  My predecessor was
better with them than I, but I'm no slouch. -- The Man

Assur -- Your Cubs got lucky this time out.  Next year, it'll be back to futility for
you and your team! -- Stan, the Man

Stan -- For the first time in many years, I am not looking at next year!  Go Cubbies!
Win it all--THIS YEAR! -- Assur

Altun Ha -- Perhaps, in my old age, I'm simply finding new ways to put people to
sleep.  Being Duelmaster was just a dream, after all. -- Sandman

Aye, I'm back!  I see some of my old friends are still around, such as the Balrogs
and is that the same Nukes I knew back in the day? -- Buri

Where are the Balrogs?  Why didn't we fight any Balrogs last time?  We were LOOKING
for them! -- Nick, Zin, and the warriors of Games Library

The Man -- Go fishing, you hairy little runt!  You might be better at it. -- Go Fish,
full of himself for the win

Mary Retzlaff -- I hope you weren't a famous hitter in your youth.  I believe that
would have been a serious evolutionary mistake leading to extinction, you see.  And
extinction...of the arena is what we hope to prevent.  Thus the skills, of course, so
that even losing is worth your while. -- SimEarth

Sand Crabs -- (furiously)  That very CONCEPT is... Not Hoyle!

Steve Sax -- Do you SEE what all that sand did to my charts?  They're scuffed and
even TORN.  I'll have to replace EVERYTHING. -- Graph

Well, the Osksi Noble was in the right place, except that it was the wrong place, if
you know what I mean.  I hear he got in trouble betting on sports and then trying to,
eh, insure his wins.  Tsk.  He's a bad loser, too. -- The Goalie

Alton Ha -- Three total parries out of thirty-four active warriors is not "an awful
lot." -- Graph, doing the statistical work

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BIFROST unbelievably slew HIGH ELF in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Dark Arena fight.
RATATOSK savagely slew DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
SANDMAN savagely defeated GO FISH in a 10 minute master's Challenge Title duel.
WHIP SCORPION overpowered JOHN MAHER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SUNSCORCH was devastated by CARACOL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
FANDRAL devastated GRAPH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SAND CRABS defeated DEEANN RAKOVICH in a 3 minute Challenge melee.
FREDDY FUNGUS won victory over THE GOALIE in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
FROSTY overpowered KARATE HORNET in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
STEVE SAX was assassinated by ALTUN HA in a 1 minute bloody one-sided match.
THOR was handily defeated by THE MAN in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
SIMEARTH narrowly defeated MARY RETZLAFF in a 2 minute bloody veteran's brawl.
DAT NGUYEN handily defeated NOT HOYLE in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
BORA BORA was devastated by TWITCH in a exciting 1 minute bloody uneven duel.
JACK was viciously subdued by HARALDUR in a 7 minute brutal novice's brawl.
WOLF SPIDER was subdued by GOMER in a 5 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW        11 -   6 -  0      65  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  15 -  2      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  27 -  3      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  17 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  24 -  3      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         TOTAL PARRY       22 -  21 -  2      51  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  11 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  16 -  0      27  |

Turn 485 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     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  4         5  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      SANDMAN 6103               24  14  0  109 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
STRIKING ATTACK  ALTUN HA 6222               4   2  1  110 UNBELIZEABLE (570)
BASHING ATTACK   THE MAN 6077               13   8  1   96 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
WALL OF STEEL    SIMEARTH 6155              17  13  0   87 GAMES LIBRARY (340)
LUNGING ATTACK   RATATOSK 5752               7   2  2   54 AESIR (164)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WHIP SCORPION 6275          7   3  0   46 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MARY RETZLAFF 6119.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DEEANN RAKOVICH 6254.  The ten other most popular fighters were MARY 
RETZLAFF 6119, FANDRAL 5701, FREDDY FUNGUS 6318, FROSTY 6314, SIMEARTH 6155, WOLF 
SPIDER 6324, RATATOSK 5752, SAND CRABS 6308, THE MAN 6077, and DAT NGUYEN 6216.

The least popular fighter this week was GO FISH 6020.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SANDMAN 6103, JACK 6317, GOMER 6326, THOR 5672, STEVE SAX 6120, THE 
GOALIE 6229, GRAPH 6073, SUNSCORCH 6279, JOHN MAHER 6218, and BORA BORA 6281.

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes