DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/06/2003    Duedate: 11/19/2003

OSKSI ARENA

DM-3    TURN-487

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SANDMAN
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
(3-6103) [26-14-0,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SANDMAN                        TWITCH
SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)          THE NUKES (580)
(3-6103) [26-14-0,119]         (3-6316) [2-2-0,43]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MARY RETZLAFF                  DEEANN RAKOVICH
AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
(3-6119) [12-19-1,70]          (3-6254) [7-7-0,45]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)       47
2. AESIR (164)                 37      FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
3. THE NUKES (580)             15      Unchartered Team
4. AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)    10
5. FAMOUS HITTERS (535)         4      THE NUKES (580)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2*THE DEVENGERS (562)        2   1  0 66.7   1/ 1 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    12  3 0
 2/ 3 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      29  15  2 65.9   2/ 3 AESIR (164)               9  5 3
 3/ 1*THE NUKES (580)           12   8  2 60.0   3/ 2*THE NUKES (580)           9  6 0
 4/ 4 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    110  90  7 55.0   4/ 5 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  4 11 0
 5- 5*UNBELIZEABLE (570)         9   8  1 52.9   5- 6*UNBELIZEABLE (570)        3  1 1
 6/ 6 AESIR (164)              524 526 38 49.9   6/ 4 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       3 12 0
 7/ 7 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      80  81  1 49.7   7/ 8 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)      2  1 0
 8/ 8 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      313 485  7 39.2   8- 7*THE DEVENGERS (562)       1  1 0
 9/ 9 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  58  95  3 37.9   9/ 9 DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)      1  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

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 481): CHYNA of HAWKS (Mr. Monsen, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 366): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 486): SANDMAN of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 483): SHERMAN of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 481): FOLIE HANNA of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 485): SHEMAN DO of HEME-JO CONDITION (Hamich, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 482): ARROWROOT of SUGAR AND SPICE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 477): FELICITAS of PRAETORIAN GUARD (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 468): LILITH of THE SHADOWS (Goat, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 467): STINKALOGICAL of BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 441): ZANTARA of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 432): EAGLE'S NEST of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 187): B.A. TURRY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 419): DRAXUS BREMOORE of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 367): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 174): SLIPPERY NIPPLE of INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 162): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 317): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 139): CONSTANTINE of AGELESS WONDER (Belyn, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 360): BARROCH of SHEPHERDS from TALCAMA (Assurnasirbanipal)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 481): none
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 366): RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 486): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 483): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 481): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 485): JETHRO'S TOOLS (TigerTiger, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 482): none
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 477): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 468): SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 467): SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 441): EVER AFTER (SOL, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 432): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 187): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 419): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 367): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 174): INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 162): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 317): SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 139): FAVORITE THINGS (?, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 360): DARK PANTHEON, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 481): CHYNA of HAWKS (Mr. Monsen, mgr.)
                            MAN NEXT DOOR of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 483): SHERMAN of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 482): ARROWROOT of SUGAR AND SPICE (Mannequin, mgr.)
                           MIAMI MIA of BEACH BABES (Surfer Sam, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 477): GRANDIOSE GRETA of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 468): LILITH of THE SHADOWS (Goat, mgr.)
                            SON OF CAIN of UNTOUCHABLES (Angus, mgr.)
                            VAIN VARICOSE of CAULDRON OF HATE (Philthy Phil, mgr.)
                            DIRE WOLF of BEAST MASTERS (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 467): STINKALOGICAL of BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
                           POTOMACC of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
               (turn 466): ADAM AND STINK of BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 431): FIDDLESTICKS of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 187): B.A. TURRY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
                               WHAT'S UP, DUCK? of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 418): PUDDING PARADE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 316): RAY of THE BOLT (Hombre, mgr.)
                               DADDY of MIKE'S INK (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 139): SIR LANCELOT of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Baphomet, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of OSKSI!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  TWITCH caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested DANGEROUS CRIMINAL and was awarded 19 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, THOR put down 
SIMEARTH, causing her to lose 11 points of recognition in the process.  Most watched 
of the fights this week, the spotlight was on GO FISH as it bore arms against the 
challenge of reigning Duelmaster SANDMAN.  Although GO FISH made a valiant effort, it 
did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious SANDMAN.  No confirmation, but my 
sources claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  
Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In OSKSI "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  OSKSI, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names 
of thy guilds is THE NUKES, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  
Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part 
of last week avoiding THE NUKES.  Indeed it was SIMPLY DESSERTS.  Loose talk at the 
arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are 
after GO FISH.  Watch your back!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable with fortune 
but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in OSKSI.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of 
a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool 
flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing only 
once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SANDMAN 6103                 26  14  0   119       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ALTUN HA 6222                 5   2  1   113       UNBELIZEABLE (570)
 THE MAN 6077                 14   9  1   102       FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
 THOR 5672                    12   7  2   102       AESIR (164)
 GO FISH 6020                 21  38  0   101       GAMES LIBRARY (340)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIMEARTH 6155                18  14  0    79       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 FANDRAL 5701                 10   4  0    78       AESIR (164)
 GRAPH 6073                   12  31  0    72       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 SUNSCORCH 6279                7   3  0    71       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 MARY RETZLAFF 6119           12  19  1    70       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHIP SCORPION 6275            9   3  0    60       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAT NGUYEN 6216               9  11  0    52       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 JOHN MAHER 6218               8  11  2    51       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 DEEANN RAKOVICH 6254          7   7  0    45       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 PUTT PUTT 4977                4   4  0    44       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 TWITCH 6316                   2   2  0    43       THE NUKES (580)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAND CRABS 6308               5   1  1    42       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 FREDDY FUNGUS 6318            3   1  1    38       THE NUKES (580)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOT HOYLE 6208                5  15  0    30       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 WOLF SPIDER 6324              2   1  0    26       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 BORA BORA 6281                5   4  1    25       DOUBLE TROUBLE (332)
 FROSTY 6314                   3   1  0    25       THE NUKES (580)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE GOALIE 6229               2  16  0    22       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-KARATE HORNET 6152            2   1  0    22       THE DEVENGERS (562)
 HARALDUR 6325                 2   1  0    20       AESIR (164)
 FREKI 6329                    1   0  0    15       AESIR (164)
 GOMER 6326                    3   0  0     9       THE NUKES (580)
 JACK 6317                     1   3  1     7       THE NUKES (580)
 MARK BOBBER 6327              0   2  0     2       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

'-' 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         
CARACOL 6221           4  3 0 UNBELIZEABLE 570      THOR 5672             486         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sandman -- Good win!  You've proven yourself to be worthy of the throne in my eyes.
But that won't stop me from trying to claim it yet again!  Besides, Assur says I need
7 more PP's to graduate and the throne is a quick way to make the time needed to get
those PP's go down!  So, I'm double challenging you for our rubber match! -- Stan,
the Man

Go Fish -- Loving your personals! -- Assur

Ghost of Caracol -- I, on the other hand, am not the least bit squeamish about
killing my opponent!  I'm sure, all things considered, you'd rather have been skill-
raped again.  Nevertheless, good luck on thy replacement. -- Thor

Osksi -- Good luck in the tourney!  Make us proud -- Buri

Karate Hornet -- A strange concept.  I question whether rules have been devised to go
with it yet.  And if there are no rules, then anything you do must be... Not Hoyle

Haraldur -- Oh, from somewhere up north, huh?  I guess that explains why YOU are
doing well when I'm shivering in my shoes, or boots, or whatever it is I've got on my
damned cold feet. -- The Goalie, waxing philosophical (so it won't rust when the snow
starts)

M. Chardinee had the UNMITIGATED gall to seize my tens without even ASKING for them!
-- Go Fish

Fandral -- I believe you may be in an evolutionary dead end.  Or perhaps, yes, one of
those species that just goes along, never dying out but never dominating its niche,
either. -- SimEarth
P.S.  Waste of time.  Better a spectacular failure than a mediocre survival.

John Maher -- You're NOWHERE on my chart!  I can't plot you.  I hate that. -- Graph

Altun Ha -- Er, I hate to draw this to your attention, but there seems to be a
discrepancy in your calculations there.  You say "3 out of 35 warriors" are total
parries, and THEN you say there are FOUR total parries in your vicinity.  Now, I
grant you that it's quite possible that some one or more among them is SOOO scummy
that he seems to be two warriors in sequence, but still. -- Graph
P.S.  Inactive warriors can't be counted, can they?  I mean, sure, I could count the
number of inactive warriors and do statistics with that, but not with their
(unrecorded) styles.
P.P.S.  But I agree that to have a significant portion of those in challenge range be
total parries, unless, of course, one is an aimed blow, is unfortunate.  Even, if you
will, disconcerting and/or depressing.

The Man -- Of COURSE I didn't let you draw your backup.  Do I look crazy? -- Go Fish

All -- Perhaps I'll be able to retire and dream a little dream of my own...someday...
-- Sandman, ready to graduate

The Man -- Maybe...a lighter weapon?  Little too heavy for you?  Need to work out?
Sleep well... -- Sandman

Altun Ha -- I'm pretty sure you're more skilled than I...I suppose experience *DOES*
count for something...just not for graduating... -- Sandman, still ready to graduate

Buri -- The Venomous Concubine and the Captive Orc are knitting our sweaters. --
Arenamaster Lord Iskoven
P.S.  But since you seem to feel so strongly on the subject....

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SANDMAN outwaited GO FISH in a crowd boring 11 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
THOR demolished SIMEARTH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SUNSCORCH overpowered JOHN MAHER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
FANDRAL devastated MARY RETZLAFF in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
WHIP SCORPION demolished FREDDY FUNGUS in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
HARALDUR was vanquished by DAT NGUYEN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
SAND CRABS devastated NOT HOYLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
MARK BOBBER slimly lost to GOMER in a crowd boring 8 minute beginner's Challenge duel.
WOLF SPIDER overpowered THE GOALIE in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
THE MAN overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven match.
GRAPH overpowered PUTT PUTT in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
DEEANN RAKOVICH bested FROSTY in a exciting 2 minute master vs. novice conflict.
TWITCH viciously subdued DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody bout.
BORA BORA overpowered JACK in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
FREKI devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         AIMED BLOW         8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  10 -  1      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  13 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  19 -  3      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  27 -  3      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       19 -  17 -  2      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  24 -  2      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -  11 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  14 -  0      26  |

Turn 487 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      SANDMAN 6103               26  14  0  119 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
BASHING ATTACK   THE MAN 6077               14   9  1  102 FAMOUS HITTERS (535)
WALL OF STEEL    SIMEARTH 6155              18  14  0   79 GAMES LIBRARY (340)
STRIKING ATTACK  FANDRAL 5701               10   4  0   78 AESIR (164)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WHIP SCORPION 6275          9   3  0   60 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
LUNGING ATTACK   SAND CRABS 6308             5   1  1   42 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
PARRY-LUNGE      FREDDY FUNGUS 6318          3   1  1   38 THE NUKES (580)
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 FROSTY 6314, 
TWITCH 6316, BORA BORA 6281, THOR 5672, SUNSCORCH 6279, DAT NGUYEN 6216, GRAPH 6073, 
FANDRAL 5701, WHIP SCORPION 6275, and SAND CRABS 6308.

The least popular fighter this week was GO FISH 6020.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SANDMAN 6103, GOMER 6326, NOT HOYLE 6208, MARY RETZLAFF 6119, JOHN 
MAHER 6218, SIMEARTH 6155, FREKI 6329, JACK 6317, PUTT PUTT 4977, and THE GOALIE 
6229.

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

SANDMAN (3-6103) SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)

                       TOURNEY FREEZE CHANGE -- ADVANCE NOTICE

     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff