DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/30/2003    Duedate: 01/12/2004

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-487

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

G.A. CUSTER
DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-5376) [17-18-2,80]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

G.A. CUSTER                    HUSBAND
DOGS OF WAR (115)              DIFFERENT HATS (532)
(4-5376) [17-18-2,80]          (4-5561) [2-0-2,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

G.A. CUSTER                    THE CORSICAN
DOGS OF WAR (115)              DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-5376) [17-18-2,80]          (4-5618) [2-0-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DOGS OF WAR (115)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE FORCE II (537)          19
2. DIFFERENT HATS (532)        16      CHAMPIONS (417)
3. CRUSADE (505)               14      Unchartered Team
4. DARK TOADS (534)            11
5. BLACK HAND BRIGADE (533)    10      DIFFERENT HATS (532)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*WATERWORKS (521)           6   3  1 66.7   1/ 1 DOGS OF WAR (115)         7  7 0
 2- 2*SOME BODIES (523)         12   8  1 60.0   2- 2*WATERWORKS (521)          5  1 1
 3- 3*FUNNY HA HA (498)          3   2  0 60.0   3- 3*SOME BODIES (523)         2  0 0
 4/ 4 CHAMPIONS (417)          229 186 10 55.2   4- 4*FUNNY HA HA (498)         2  2 0
 5- 5*BLITZKRIEG (531)           2   2  0 50.0   5- 5*BLITZKRIEG (531)          2  2 0
 6/ 6 CRUSADE (505)             79  86  4 47.9   6/ 6*DIFFERENT HATS (532)      2  8 2
 7/ 0 THE FORCE II (537)        85 108  9 44.0   7/ 7 CRUSADE (505)             0 13 0
 8/ 7 DOGS OF WAR (115)        302 465 18 39.4   8/ 8 CHAMPIONS (417)           0  9 0
 9/ 8*DIFFERENT HATS (532)       2   8  2 20.0   9/10*DARK TOADS (534)          0  4 0
10/ 9*DARK TOADS (534)           0   4  0  0.0  10/ 9*BLACK HAND BRIGADE (533)  0  3 0
11/11*BLACK HAND BRIGADE (533)   0   3  0  0.0  11/ 0 THE FORCE II (537)        0  3 0
12-10*HARTLAND ORCS (426)        0   2  0  0.0  12/ 0*SHOCK TROOPS (544)        0  1 0
13/ 0*SHOCK TROOPS (544)         0   1  0  0.0  13/ 0*SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (546)  0  1 0
14/ 0*SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (546)   0   1  0  0.0  14-11*HARTLAND ORCS (426)       0  1 0
15/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (535)        0   1  0  0.0  15/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (535)       0  1 0
16/ 0*RONDE VAN NOORD-HO (536)   0   1  0  0.0  16/ 0*RONDE VAN NOORD-HO (536)  0  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     The night was dark and moonless and the lamps along the street already burning
low when the large and heavily laden coach rolled into Jhelum.
     The four horse team was reined in at the stables to one of the many presently
abandoned guildhouses near the arena.  The middle-aged driver flowed smoothly to the
ground and quickly organized the four small statured figures that climbed from the
coach into moving the gear inside.  He sent his assistants to rouse the fellow
commissioned to produce their sign.  For himself, he reached into the coach and shook
the towering figure still sleeping into wakefulness.  This unworthy, attempting to
move his equipment, nicked his finger and nearly bled out in the yard.
     The older man stanched the wound and patted the giant on the head, "Don't fret,
Sputter.  If the troll hits you it will all be over in seconds."  The big fellow
looked relieved and entered after his tiny stablemates.
     The Slaughter Priest smiled a moment and murmured with satisfaction, "They'll
wish they'd changed more rules after they deal with this bunch," before turning to
look at the freshly painted and hung sign above the guildhouse door.  "Shock Troops,"
it said.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Rodeki:

     "Princess?  I didn't know she was a princess," Tolugat muttered.  "Princess
Tirisha?  This changes everything!"
     "Yeah."  Adabemis & Balmador nodded with satisfaction.  "This gives us, you
know, whatchit.  Not just a back-street cult.  We've got a princess."
     "She'll be picky," the priest objected.  "She'll want velvet cushions to kneel
on.  Good wine.  All that fancy stuff we can't afford--"
     "Hey, it makes a good show!" the gladiator protested.  "People like a good show.
Velvet cushions, okay, maybe not, but we have to have good wine.  And blood
sacrifices.  Lots of them."  His eyes glittered.  "Lots of blood...."
     Tolugat began to look uneasy.  "That could attract unfavorable attention.
Rulers don't like that, they shut down cults that do a lot of sacrificing, they--"
     "But Princess Tirisha's going to be the ruler," the gladiator pointed out.
"She's one of us.  She's on OUR side.  She LIKES a good bloody cult, I can tell."  He
grinned, the glitter in his eye becoming more pronounced.
     "Oh.  Oh, of course," the priest said faintly.  "Why didn't I think of that...."
     "And we'll have lots of gladiators," Adabemis & Balmador went on.  "Gladiators
like blood, too.  Gladiators are INTO dark cults, after all.  It'll be great!"
     "Right...great.  Of course," Tolugat muttered.  "Lots of...," he swallowed hard,
"lots of blood."

Mordant, the royal palace:

     Talissen, Queen of Mordant, threw down the spy's report and glared across the
breakfast table at her husband, King Samir of Trocar.  "You see!  I told you that if
we didn't deal with Sibikhas and Rodeki, there would be trouble."
     Samir shrugged and cut himself another slice of ham.  "If it gets out of hand,
you can crack down on things, but I like the idea of letting the contenders for
Overlord of Sibikhas fight it out among themselves.  Fewer discontented challengers
left around to make trouble later."
     "And I told you I thought it was a bad idea, on several counts," she snapped
back.  "That kind of chaos is not good for the nation, in the first place.  Second,
the winner could end up being TOO strong, and everyone knowing it.  Third, it ignores
the legal solution, that Morra of Jhans, as Gryzash's wife, should be regent until
his son is old enough to take the rule--"
     "She's got experience at being a regent," Samir remarked, frowning thoughtfully.
"Rather convenient, isn't it, that just when her job ends in Jhans, here comes
another one in Sibikhas...."
     "Coincidences DO happen sometimes.  That's why we have a name for them," the
Queen replied.  "And the fourth reason is that if there is to be some new rulers
among my vassals, *I* should be the one to choose them."
     "That's the best reason," Samir agreed.  He shrugged again.  "So choose one.
But if it isn't someone with the strength to defend the position, you'll have to
commit YOUR army to supporting him.  And if your army's not at home, then you could
be vulnerable."
     After a moment's thoughtful silence, Talissen said, "I need more information.
And I need some warriors to be bodyguards for whoever I do choose.  Gladiators, I
think.  Very useful people, gladiators."

This is a call for volunteers.  A personal, or an email to Livia@reality.com will do
it.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 485): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG RED of BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 490): MARY RETZLAFF of AMERICAN APPRAISAL (?, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): SUX0R of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): SPONGEBOB of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): RAISON D'ETRE of BATHTUB ARMADA (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): CADEX CFM of THE BIKE SHOP (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): MAC of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): SNAPPY GEORGE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): MAUI WAUI of TACO GODS from ZENSU (The Sentinel, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 485): SOUL HAREM (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 490): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): RAGE (Myrrdin, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): DREIHDENWALD (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): GO FISH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): AUTOMATON of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): ALOHA ALICE of BEACH BABES (Nick, mgr.)
                           BUBBA of MORGAN'S BOYS (A-Sop, mgr.)
               (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): VIGO of ALCHEMY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): 2 + 2 = 4 of JUST BECAUSE (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
                          GHASTLY MIGRAINE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

A veteran mercenary, is he?  No wonder people speak so poorly of mercenaries!  Quite
a useless man, than which there are few more useless things.

                                        Lysistrata

P.S.  Morning star and low/moderate?  Ick.

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  JHELUM needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  MVP award for 
PERICLES?  DOGS OF WAR's proud of him after beating EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and getting 14 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  G.A. CUSTER got smashed by VETERAN 
MERCENARY, and lost 21 points!  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to 
KHALHUMS DWARF, and LYSISTRATA has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  G.A. CUSTER of 
DOGS OF WAR takes LYSISTRATA's place.  (But seriously, who could ever take the place 
of LYSISTRATA?  Oh, all right.) I hear the top team insists all their warriors get 
nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  DOGS OF WAR was JHELUM's most avoided team.  Is there 
some award for that?  Is there some deep dark secret why DIFFERENT HATS' been 
avoiding DOGS OF WAR so much?  Or is it just that they're too scared?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey, warriors get killed by other warriors, not by their manager sending 
them to the Dark Arena.  What's wrong with GREM's 3-1-3, THE FORCE II?  Hey!  Quit 
laughing!  Just because JOHN CONNOR had 5-7-0 was no reason for THE FORCE II to send 
him to the Dark Arena!  Stop it!  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 G.A. CUSTER 5376             17  18  2    80       DOGS OF WAR (115)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FIRE BALL 5486                5   0  0    45       SOME BODIES (523)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZOLA 5520                     4   0  0    43       SOME BODIES (523)
-MY FOOT 5237                  3   0  0    34       FUNNY HA HA (498)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARBOR VITAE 5460              3   2  1    33       WATERWORKS (521)
 PERICLES 5531                 4   3  0    26       DOGS OF WAR (115)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUSBAND 5561                  2   0  2    20       DIFFERENT HATS (532)
 THE CORSICAN 5618             2   0  0    20       DOGS OF WAR (115)
-STARGAZER 5458                2   0  0     7       WATERWORKS (521)
-HANDSOME JACK 4569            0   2  0     6       HARTLAND ORCS (426)
-MANDIBLE 5503                 1   1  0     4       SOME BODIES (523)
-CARROT 5461                   1   1  0     4       WATERWORKS (521)
-ROMMEL 5551                   1   1  0     4       BLITZKRIEG (531)
-BUTTERBEAN 5555               1   1  0     4       BLITZKRIEG (531)
 DEACON 5557                   0   2  0     4       DIFFERENT HATS (532)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FODDER III 5682        0  1 0 BLACK HAND BRIGAD 533 SHEWISH GIANT 601     487 NONE    
VALOR 5673             0  1 0 CHAMPIONS 417         BANDIT PRINCE 605     487 NONE    
NOPE 5671              0  1 0 CRUSADE 505           STONE GOLEM 606       487 NONE    
ARROW 5674             0  1 0 CRUSADE 505           SPYMASTER 602         487 NONE    
WALL SHIELD 5675       0  1 0 CRUSADE 505           SHEWISH GIANT 601     487 NONE    
TOWER 5676             0  1 0 CRUSADE 505           MOUNTAIN TROLL 598    487 NONE    
VILE 5669              0  1 0 DARK TOADS 534        SPYMASTER 602         487 NONE    
HORRENDOUS 5670        0  1 0 DARK TOADS 534        WURM KIN 607          487 NONE    
PROGRAMMER 5560        0  2 0 DIFFERENT HATS 532    STONE GOLEM 606       487 NONE    
GAME DESIGNER 5679     0  1 0 DIFFERENT HATS 532    BANDIT PRINCE 605     487 NONE    
PHILOSOPHER 5680       0  1 0 DIFFERENT HATS 532    STONE GOLEM 606       487 NONE    
MASTIFF 5490           1  7 0 DOGS OF WAR 115       ARBOR VITAE 5460      485         
CHOPPED LIVER 5556     0  2 0 DOGS OF WAR 115       HUSBAND 5561          486         
GREM 5584              3  2 3 THE FORCE II 537      ARENAMASTER NARHM 603 487 NONE    
JOHN CONNOR 5587       5  8 0 THE FORCE II 537      ARENAMASTER NARHM 603 487 NONE    
BYRNE 5628             0  1 0 THE FORCE II 537      BLACK ORC 600         487 NONE    
GONER 5574             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 535     HUSBAND 5561          487         
TINO HAAKMAN 5579      0  1 0 RONDE VAN NOORD-H 536 HIGH ELF 599          487 NONE    
SPUTTER 5659           0  1 0 SHOCK TROOPS 544      SPYMASTER 602         487 NONE    
WHOCARES 5687          0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 546 BLACK ORC 600         487 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Arbor Vitae -- The tree of life seeks my death?  How unkind of you. -- Pericles

There are too many of the Khalhums Dwarves about.  We should massacre them all. --
G.A. Custer

Husband -- Oh, yeah?  Hmm.  Well, I guess that makes me... Chopped Liver

Deacon -- (raised eyebrow)  Next time, watch how you address me, fool. -- The
Corsican

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second

arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GREM was butchered by ARENAMASTER NARHMIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
JOHN CONNOR was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER NARHMIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
PROGRAMMER was murdered by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
SPUTTER was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
GAME DESIGNER was assassinated by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PHILOSOPHER was murdered by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
WHOCARES was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BYRNE was assassinated by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena struggle.
VALOR was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
NOPE was assassinated by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena melee.
FODDER III was dispatched by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
TINO HAAKMAN was assassinated by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
ARROW was slaughtered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
WALL SHIELD was executed by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena melee.
VILE was assassinated by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena match.
TOWER was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena conflict.
HORRENDOUS was murdered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
LYSISTRATA was bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute master's bout.
G.A. CUSTER was handily defeated by VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute Title fight.
PERICLES overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
THE CORSICAN handily defeated DEACON in a 2 minute bloody mismatched bout.
HUSBAND butchered GONER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW         8 -   6 -  1      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  13 -  0      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  15 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  15 -  1      25  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     2 -  15 -  2      12  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |

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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is G.A. CUSTER 5376.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was FODDER III 5682.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE CORSICAN 
5618, PERICLES 5531, GAME DESIGNER 5679, PHILOSOPHER 5680, ARROW 5674, TOWER 5676, 
HUSBAND 5561, GREM 5584, JOHN CONNOR 5587, and SPUTTER 5659.

The least popular fighter this week was PROGRAMMER 5560.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GONER 5574, DEACON 5557, G.A. CUSTER 5376, HORRENDOUS 5670, VILE 5669, 
WALL SHIELD 5675, TINO HAAKMAN 5579, NOPE 5671, VALOR 5673, and BYRNE 5628.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

LYSISTRATA (4-5389) DOGS OF WAR (115)

                       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