DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/01/2004    Duedate: 01/28/2004

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-239

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LUMBERING WAIF
HAPLESS WAIF (515)
(8-4346) [13-8-0,127]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LUMBERING WAIF                 FIRE FLY
HAPLESS WAIF (515)             PHOENIX FIRE (532)
(8-4346) [13-8-0,127]          (8-4533) [6-0-0,57]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MONGOOSE                       LUMBERING WAIF
A.K.A. (346)                   HAPLESS WAIF (515)
(8-2663) [12-15-0,51]          (8-4346) [13-8-0,127]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

Z GLADIATORZ (519)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHOENIX FIRE (532)          39
2. TYCRON'S GUARD (535)        27      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. Z GLADIATORZ (519)          25      Unchartered Team
4. HAPLESS WAIF (515)          19
5. X-FORCE (484)               14      TYCRON'S GUARD (535)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        42  18  0 70.0   1/ 1 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       10  4 0
 2- 2 BONDAGE (469)             85  50  7 63.0   2/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       9  4 0
 3- 3 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)    234 150 22 60.9   3/11*TYCRON'S GUARD (535)      9  6 1
 4/11*TYCRON'S GUARD (535)       9   6  1 60.0   4/ 5*PHOENIX FIRE (532)        8  2 0
 5/ 4 SMITHSONIAN (245)        476 319 13 59.9   5/ 7 SMITHSONIAN (245)         7  4 0
 6/10*PHOENIX FIRE (532)        21  16  1 56.8   6/13 X-FORCE (484)             6  3 0
 7- 7 LADIES IN WAITING (115)  295 244 12 54.7   7/ 4 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        6  6 0
 8/ 6 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      130 108  3 54.6   8/ 6 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    6  9 0
 9/ 8 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        47  41  1 53.4   9- 9 WIMPS OF PERIL (504)      5  5 0
10/ 9 DOGPOUND (477)            48  45  2 51.6  10/16 A.K.A. (346)              4  6 1
11-12 WIMPS OF PERIL (504)      71  72  4 49.7  11-12*PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)     3  2 1
12-13 TREE PEOPLE (511)         48  53  1 47.5  12- 8 TREE PEOPLE (511)         3  6 0
13/14 A.K.A. (346)              62  72  6 46.3  13- 3 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)     3  7 0
14/15 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    70  86  7 44.9  14-10 BONDAGE (469)             2  2 0
15/16 X-FORCE (484)             82 109  7 42.9  15/17 DOGPOUND (477)            2  4 0
16-17*PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)      9  21  4 30.0  16/18*ENTENTER (534)            2 10 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
17/18*ENTENTER (534)             2  10  0 16.7  17-14 LADIES IN WAITING (115)   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

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #21 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     "Bound to be trouble there," Hallie O'Dene said almost cheerfully.  She guided
her horse toward the half-hidden tower.  "It's too pat to be anything but a trap."
     "You've got that right, doll," Raoul agreed.  "But it just might be a trap for
sheep.  Let's see how it handles some wolves."
     "It might be a perfectly innocent tower," Jeri Northwind protested.
     "It MIGHT, doll, but I don't think so.  It--"
     "If it was a 'perfectly innocent' building, whether ruined or whole, I'd have
heard of it," Hallie said.  "It's my job to hear of such things.  Besides, this isn't
the first time I've been down this road, and I don't recall seeing that tower before.
Maybe--MAYBE I missed it because I didn't need it, but...."
     "But it's the kind of thing you would be looking for anyway," Raoul said.
Thunder crashed suddenly.  He squinted at the trees.
     If there was going to be lightning, the trees might be risky shelter at best.
Of course, riding down a road with nothing nearby as tall as three gladiators on
their horses wouldn't be safe, either.  The horses seemed to have their own ideas and
ran in under the trees at the edge of the road, not quite fast enough to avoid the
deluge that suddenly burst from the clouds.
     Even the trees didn't provide much shelter from that driving downpour.  Raoul
took off his hat and tried to shake the water from it, then shrugged and put it back
on.  "Not much choice--risk the tower or drown where we sit."  He urged his horse
forward.  The light wasn't good now that the rain had closed over them, but he
thought he could see a door of planks weathered to almost the same gray as the
stones.
     As they approached, the door moved.  Opened into the black interior of the
tower.
     "Probably haunted," Hallie muttered.  "If we're lucky.  If not...well, all the
vampires may not be in Leemith.  And there are robbers, and--"
     "Oh, stop!" Jeri protested.  "At least not robbers--they couldn't have BUILT the
tower since you were here last, could they?"
     "If they had a wizard--"
     A figure appeared in the doorway.  Between the rain and the shadow of the trees
now, it was little more than a pale, moving shape until they got close.  Too close
now to flee, if they had to and he was any kind of wizard.
     An old man, Raoul saw, but not bent or shriveled with his age.  Tall, lean as a
bone, with a narrow, hawk's face, hair more gray than red, wearing a simple robe of
natural-colored wool.  He made a gesture that was half an offer of shelter, half a
command that they enter.
     "Come out of the rain," he said.  His voice was deep and cold, and he spoke
Fratsfan with a slight accent like none that Raoul had ever heard before.  He stepped
toward the doorway ahead of them.  "I have a great aversion to becoming wet."
     After a brief hesitation, Raoul dismounted and moved forward, leading his horse.
"We didn't expect to find a shelter along this stretch of the coast," he said,
shaking what rain he could from his clothes before entering.  The room within was
circular and large, filling the whole base of the tower.  A fire burned on a hearth
to one side.  It looked like the part near the door had been used to stable horses
before, and recently.
     "This tower has been here a long time," the man said.  He turned back at the
fireplace and watched the women enter behind Raoul.  "But it has not always been...
visible."
     "You're a wizard," Hallie said.
     It wasn't a question, but the man bowed his head slightly.  "Perhaps the
greatest.  I am Kaldrehn of Krael."
     One of the women drew a breath in shock; Raoul didn't look back to see which
one.  He didn't want to turn his back on this man.  "It figures that a great wizard
wouldn't have been caught in the destruction of Krael," he agreed.  "But I'm
surprised I haven't heard of you before.  You don't have the look of a recluse."
     Kaldrehn laughed.  "And so I am not."  His gaze shifted from Raoul to look
past--at the women, probably.  "Not at all a recluse.  Nor a man to endure the tedium
of the dark centuries between the fall of Krael and the present, if it could be
avoided.  A man with skill enough can move behind time from one era to another, as he
wills."  His smile was not reassuring.  "As I willed."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 238): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 479): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 478): 10% VIGORISH of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 471): GARY CONDIT of THE DEMOCRATS (Al Gore, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 468): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 467): NOLAN ORGEL of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 468): MR. GRINCH of HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 464): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 430): CMOT DIBBLER of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 423): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 416): ANASTASIA of RUBY DRAGONS (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 186): RED EYE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 327): LLOSMIC LLAMMER of LUROCIANS VI (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 317): SPEEDBUMP of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 141): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 364): ZEPHYR of ELEMENTAL FORCE from FRATSFA (Poison Ivy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 238): Z GLADIATORZ (Mr. Zee, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 479): THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 478): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 471): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 468): THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 467): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 468): HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 464): TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 430): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 423): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 416): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 186): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 327): I'M WITH STUPID (Yukon Cornelius, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 317): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 141): SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 363): SUNNYDALE, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 478): HARRY POTTER of GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (Godric Gryffindor)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 477): ATROPHY of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 471): MORGAN of WOMEN OF REALITY (THawk, mgr.)
               (turn 470): WOF-A-MIT of ROCK ETTS (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
                           SNAKE IN THE GRASS of SERPENTINE INC. (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 468): CONE SHELL of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
                (turn 467): SLIM SHADY of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
                            SQUASH BUTT of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PYROTECHNICIAN of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 327): TOO ICKY of BLOOD RELATED (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
                          LUMMOX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
              (turn 326): BLACK CAT of SHADOW SIGNS (Shadowgate, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 317): SPEEDBUMP of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
                 (turn 316): GORDIAN of WHY KNOT (Clove-Hitch, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 140): GHOULSHINE of MONSTER RANCHER (Hombre, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in ARKERS since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Ya gotta be quick on yer 
feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  TYCRON'S GUARD 
is now ranked 3rd with a 4-1-1 turn.  It seems so recently people were saying X-FORCE 
was washed up, finished.  But 3-1-0 moved them up 7.  I guess they're washed no 
more...  What's with FIRE FLY?  She actually beat Z GLADIATORZ's ZIT, and walked away 
with 22 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at LA PENTARCHIE.  MOTEL DU LAC 
lost 11 points to FALCON.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe MOTEL DU LAC will 
provide more easy wins...  Apparently ARKERS isn't filled with as many gutless 
wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded Duelmaster got 6 challenges this turn!  Another 
fighter (NIGHT BLACK 13-18-0) challenged another Duelmaster (LUMBERING WAIF 13-8-0).  
Life goes on.  Try as he might, NIGHT BLACK wasn't good enough at persuading 
LUMBERING WAIF to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  Wouldn't it be nice to 
have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses of 
convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, WIMPS OF PERIL!  Management must be dealin', as the boys at LA PENTARCHIE 
ain't reelin'!  WIMPS OF PERIL's mad!  Taunt your opponent HUNGRY WAIF!  That was my 
lucky charm when I was unfairly challenged.  (and by 20 points!)  MELTDOWN should 
have an easy win.  MELTDOWN defeated HUNGRY WAIF.  X-FORCE calls this fighting?  In 
my day...   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  POLE CAT of A.K.A. got 7 points for removing another young 
punk.  Tough luck, LA PENTARCHIE!  Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover 
stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
ARKERS is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  Time for my 
medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUMBERING WAIF 4346          13   8  0   127       HAPLESS WAIF (515)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZIG ZAG 4384                 13   2  0   119       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 MELTDOWN 4353                18   4  0   106       X-FORCE (484)
 RANCID WAIF 4413             13   7  0   106       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 NIGHT BLACK 3174             13  18  0    97       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
-GOLDENEYE 4479                8   2  0    96       BONDAGE (469)
 ABYSS 3178                   17  15  0    93       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 GREY FOX 2880                13   8  1    93       A.K.A. (346)
-CLOSED MIND 4429             13   6  0    91       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUNGRY WAIF 4349              9  12  1    88       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
-MISS TOOK 4091               13   9  1    85       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 L'ORC BLEU 4352              12  11  0    84       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-MISS STEP 3978               17  15  0    74       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 ZZZZ'S 4381                  13   3  0    74       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 FRENZIED WAIF 4345           11  10  0    71       HAPLESS WAIF (515)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SQUIFFY 4490                 11   3  0    71       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
-MISS TREE MEAT 4418          10   3  0    71       LADIES IN WAITING (115)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118        9   8  0    65       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 WOLFHOUND 4158               10   5  0    64       DOGPOUND (477)
 TOM SAWYER 4281               6   4  0    63       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 BORZOI 3983                  11   6  0    61       DOGPOUND (477)
-REDWOOD 4304                 13   7  0    60       TREE PEOPLE (511)
-HOOF HEARTED 4503             8   5  0    58       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
 FIRE FLY 4533                 6   0  0    57       PHOENIX FIRE (532)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZIT 4385                      9   2  0    55       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 TOBACCO ROSE 4529             5   4  1    53       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 BLACK LAB 4265                7   3  0    52       DOGPOUND (477)
 MONGOOSE 2663                12  15  0    51       A.K.A. (346)
 DREAM STEALER 3576            5   4  0    51       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
-CASTOR BEAN 4442             11   6  0    47       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 ZIP 4383                      6   5  0    47       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-QUEUE 4549                    6   3  1    41       BONDAGE (469)
-MISS CONSTRUED 4419           4   9  0    41       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 SPRITE 4600                   3   1  0    41       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
-PUSSY GALORE 4467             4   3  0    39       BONDAGE (469)
 RICHARDTHELIONHEART 4023      8  11  1    36       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-PSYLOCKE 4470                 3   6  1    36       X-FORCE (484)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAMMURABI 4219                5   4  0    32       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 FALCON 3422                   4   3  0    30       A.K.A. (346)
 HELEN OF TROY 4603            3   0  0    30       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 POLE CAT 3111                 6   6  1    28       A.K.A. (346)
 POLARIS 4547                  6   4  0    28       X-FORCE (484)
 DART 4586                     5   0  0    28       X-FORCE (484)
-CHIKEN HEARTED 4502           5   8  0    27       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
-EMM 4588                      2   2  0    26       BONDAGE (469)
 JAGUARMAN 4532                5   4  0    25       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
-GRYPHOS 4582                  2   2  0    24       PHOENIX FIRE (532)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALIZA 4609                    3   0  0    23       TYCRON'S GUARD (535)
-MORRIGAN 4557                 2   4  1    20       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
-ESTUPIDO 4572                 5   3  0    18       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
-WEEDS II 4577                 4   1  0    17       TREE PEOPLE (511)
-MAPLE-WOOD 4587               2   2  0    17       TREE PEOPLE (511)
-CALLIECH 4558                 1   5  1    16       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 MOTEL DU LAC 4580             4   3  0    15       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-LUGH 4559                     3   3  1    14       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
-CERNUNNOS 4556                3   3  1    14       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 ZYGLOT 4382                   1   5  0    14       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-WITLESS WAIF 4347             1   3  0    14       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 KOOL GREEN 4568               2   1  0    13       ENTENTER (534)
 RINSAD SEBINSKI 4606          1   2  1    13       TYCRON'S GUARD (535)
 WEAPON 3 4611                 1   1  0    13       X-FORCE (484)
 CHOW 4552                     0   3  0    13       DOGPOUND (477)
-BAD 2 THE BONE 4583           3   3  0    12       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-NIGHT THORN 4596              2   2  0    12       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 GULEERAMOON 4608              2   1  0    12       TYCRON'S GUARD (535)
-G. WHIZ 4594                  2   2  0    12       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
 THE BONEBREAKER 4605          2   1  0     8       TYCRON'S GUARD (535)
 L'AUBERGISTE 4614             1   0  0     8       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598      1   4  0     7       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 JACK RABBIT 3489              1   4  0     7       A.K.A. (346)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BRIGID 4555                   0   6  0     7       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
-KNAVE OF NAUGHT 4602          1   2  0     5       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 HUMANDO 4607                  1   2  0     5       TYCRON'S GUARD (535)
-AURIC GF 4610                 1   0  0     5       BONDAGE (469)
 BEAGLE 4593                   1   1  0     4       DOGPOUND (477)
-LUKE 4566                     0   2  0     2       ENTENTER (534)
-DAN 4569                      0   2  0     2       ENTENTER (534)
-BEAM 4565                     0   2  0     2       ENTENTER (534)
 WISPER 4634                   0   1  0     1       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
LAZY BONES 4584        2  1 0 BLACKTHORN ORCS 425   PSYLOCKE 4470         235 REVENGED
BUGLER 4567            0  3 0 ENTENTER 534          RINSAD SEBINSKI 4606  239         
HERBERT LE VERT 4604   2  1 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     POLE CAT 3111         239         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Z People -- Keep up the fine work!  I am proud of you. -- Mr. Zee

Lumbering Waif -- As you might suspect, I want what you have. -- Zig Zag

Mr. Crip -- We are sorry to see The Ladies go.  We hadn't yet had our fill of them.
A salute to you. -- Mr. Zee

Same to you, Bobby Bigfoot, same to you. -- Mr. Zee

Abyss -- Unbelievable?  Even though it was on your challenge, I know the outcome.
Challenge anytime, Bud. -- Zig Zag

Castor Bean -- Now THAT was fun.  Lots of long, enduring, fulfilling fun! -- Zit

Hoof Hearted -- Wimps never put me to sleep. -- ZZZZ's

Redwood -- Where did that come from?  Wow!  I'm impressed!  And I'm clearly in second
place. -- Zip

All -- May The New year bring peace and prosperity to Arkerites everywhere. -- Mr.
Zee

Congratulations to Lumbering Waif who is not nearly as lumbering as fans might think.
A salute to our Duelmaster. -- Curator of Smithsonian

Crip -- We will miss you, my friend.  Just when we were getting back to having fun!
Bring your Ladies back soon. -- Curator and all The Smithsonians

May the Holiday Season have treated you all with peace and joy. -- The Smithsonians

Chicken Hearted -- I'll have to admit that I felt really really good about that.
Perhaps you will aspire to a gizzard for a gizzard with no "c"? -- Hammurabi

Culeeramon -- I caught you on my very very good day.  I hope I can continue to
perform like that! -- Helen of Troy

Mongoose -- Luck was with me this day.  I suspect next time will belong to you.  My
friend Huck sends his regards. -- Tom Sawyer

Sir Francis Drake -- Gallant adventurer that he was, asked for a chance at the Unlit
Arena.  He will be missed as a 14(+2)-20(+2)-17-9(+2)-16(+2)-10(+1)-9(+2), Total
Parry with no experts, some hoses, and minimal skills earned.  He did bring 19 great
wins (no tournaments) to the Smithsonian Clan. -- Curator

Arkers -- It comes a time when things must change.  I am forced to withdraw from the
competition in Arkers for now and perhaps forever.  I hate to leave for several
reasons.  Most of these reasons are the wonderful managers I met here.  One reason is
I leave with a losing record, one game under 500.  I wish you all good fortune.  You
can find me in Aradi and Zensu and maybe after a while in Andorak. -- Wimpy

Curator -- Thank you. -- Meltdown

Bad 2 the Bone -- I'd bet if you can get that offhand weapon attacking, that you'd
take down a few foes. -- Tobacco Rose

Falcon -- I was expecting some flashy moves and spectacular dodges from you.  Maybe
next time... -- Fire Fly

Bugler -- That was a bad matchup for you on your second arena fight.  I can't
understand, though, how you taught skills so well. -- Jaguarman

Pole Cat -- After that first great parry you made, I could see in my mind's eye, a
swift counter-attack that would steal away my momentum.  I feel fortunate that it did
not come to pass. -- Gryphos

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

NIGHT BLACK was bested by LUMBERING WAIF in a 3 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
ABYSS was overcome by RANCID WAIF in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge match.
MELTDOWN slimly won victory over HUNGRY WAIF in a 2 minute master's Challenge brawl.
WOLFHOUND was savagely defeated by L'ORC BLEU in a 5 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
ZZZZ'S won victory over FRENZIED WAIF in a 2 minute master's Challenge fight.
RICHARDTHELIONHEART was overpowered by DREAM STEALER in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
POLARIS was savagely defeated by ZIP in a action packed 3 minute Challenge melee.
FALCON vanquished MOTEL DU LAC in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ZYGLOT was outwaited by DART in a 8 minute gory Challenge duel.
KOOL GREEN defeated JACK RABBIT in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge match.
WEAPON 3 savagely defeated V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 5 minute novice's Challenge fight.
ZIG ZAG devastated GREY FOX in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
ZIT was subdued by FIRE FLY in a 2 minute bloody match.
TOM SAWYER savagely defeated BLACK LAB in a tiring 20 minute master's conflict.
BORZOI defeated SPRITE in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
TOBACCO ROSE unbelievably bested MONGOOSE in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bout.
POLE CAT delivered the death blow upon HERBERT LE VERT in a 3 minute brawl.
JAGUARMAN subdued CHOW in a exciting 1 minute bout.
HELEN OF TROY overpowered BEAGLE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched fight.
BUGLER was butchered by RINSAD SEBINSKI in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
THE BONEBREAKER unbelievably bested WISPER in a 1 minute gruesome novice's match.
HUMANDO was viciously subdued by L'AUBERGISTE in a popular 1 minute amateur's fray.
GULEERAMOON defeated STRAY CATMAN in a 3 minute beginner's fight.
ALIZA overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         AIMED BLOW        39 -  27 -  0      59  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       63 -  45 -  2      58  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  16 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         BASHING ATTACK    25 -  26 -  1      49  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK    38 -  41 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  25 -  2      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  22 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  40 -  5      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  18 -  2      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  19 -  2      32  |

Turn 239 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     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         5 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  7         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   LUMBERING WAIF 4346        13   8  0  127 HAPLESS WAIF (515)
WALL OF STEEL    ZIG ZAG 4384               13   2  0  119 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
TOTAL PARRY      MELTDOWN 4353              18   4  0  106 X-FORCE (484)
AIMED BLOW       RANCID WAIF 4413           13   7  0  106 HAPLESS WAIF (515)
STRIKING ATTACK  GREY FOX 2880              13   8  1   93 A.K.A. (346)
PARRY-LUNGE      L'ORC BLEU 4352            12  11  0   84 LA PENTARCHIE (481)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TOBACCO ROSE 4529           5   4  1   53 PHOENIX FIRE (532)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MONGOOSE 2663.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LUMBERING WAIF 4346.  The ten other most popular fighters were L'ORC BLEU 4352, 
ZIP 4383, NIGHT BLACK 3174, MONGOOSE 2663, ZYGLOT 4382, WEAPON 3 4611, FRENZIED WAIF 
4345, V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598, FIRE FLY 4533, and L'AUBERGISTE 4614.

The least popular fighter this week was TOM SAWYER 4281.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLACK LAB 4265, DART 4586, GULEERAMOON 4608, BUGLER 4567, SPRITE 4600, 
MOTEL DU LAC 4580, RICHARDTHELIONHEART 4023, HUMANDO 4607, WISPER 4634, and THE 
BONEBREAKER 4605.

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

ABYSS (8-3178) PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)

                       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