DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

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

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-482

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BLUE GOOSE
BLUE MOON (381)
(9-4937) [17-14-0,86]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLUE GOOSE                     SLASH LARUE
BLUE MOON (381)                CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
(9-4937) [17-14-0,86]          (9-4993) [6-2-0,61]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLUE GOOSE                     SLASH LARUE
BLUE MOON (381)                CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
(9-4937) [17-14-0,86]          (9-4993) [6-2-0,61]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DREAM PARK (447)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)       55
2. BLUE MOON (381)             36      DSM4 (239)
3. DSM4 (239)                  19      Unchartered Team
4. TECHNO PUNX (369)            0
5. GARDEN OF EVIL (458)         0      CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*GARDEN OF EVIL (458)       3   0  0  100   1/ 1 DREAM PARK (447)          7  5 0
 2- 2*INTERHOOPS (461)           2   0  1  100   2/ 7*CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)     5  0 0
 3/ 4 DSM4 (239)               350 276 25 55.9   3/ 5 BLUE MOON (381)           5 10 0
 4/ 5*CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)     24  19  1 55.8   4/ 2 DSM4 (239)                3  3 1
 5/ 3 DREAM PARK (447)          38  33  0 53.5   5- 4*GARDEN OF EVIL (458)      2  0 0
 6/ 7 BLUE MOON (381)          288 410  9 41.3   6- 6*INTERHOOPS (461)          1  0 1
 7- 8*TECHNO PUNX (369)          0   1  0  0.0   7- 8*TECHNO PUNX (369)         0  1 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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Zukal:

     Ghenis threw down the handful of papers in disgust.  Invoices for the purchase
of black candles and sacrificial knives, chickens, rabbits...potatoes?  An angry note
from the man in charge of the cult's storeroom, demanding an investigation to
determine what had happened to three yards of black cloth and a pound of onions that
should have been there and weren't.  A requisition for a cushion "to kneel on while
praying"--gods!  Members of dark cults were supposed to be TOUGH.  All these
pettifogging little details were an insult to the whole IDEA of a dark cult.  He had
a dark suspicion that Pelishtekan had deliberately dumped this work on him, this
FILING, to get back at him for something.  The Ferencian was always "getting back at
people," and often for the slightest of slights.  It just showed you what kind of
people Easterners were!
     Ghenis looked at the papers that were now scattered on the floor of his cubicle
and came to a decision.  He had had enough.  He walked out into the hall, taking care
to tread on as many of the papers as he could in the process.  These "administrative
details" were the Ferencian's doing, but there might, still, be a proper dark god at
the head of the cult.  He would find out, and if there was such a deity, he would
give it proper worship, with blood--and not chicken or rabbit blood--and dark deeds.
And if not...Pelishtekan would find out that Hell had NOTHING like the fury of a dark
cultist scorned.
     Ghenis began to consider ways in which he might discover the truth at the heart
of the cult.

Elsewhere in Zukal:

     Jorja rubbed her forehead tiredly, which didn't do a thing to relieve the
headache.  She wasn't sure just how SHE had been appointed to organize the overthrow
of Sekahos, one of Inzolas' men and the current ruler of Zukal.  What business was it
of hers?  She was Adantri, dammit.  She sighed.  Doreg's doing, probably.  Doreg
was--or had been--one of the Bandit Princes of Zukal.  Their association had been
brief; she hadn't even liked the man much.  But apparently that was enough.  By
Mantor's blazing sword, it was MORE than enough.
     If getting rid of Sekahos was what it took to shut up the yammering Bandit
Princes, then she would do it.
     The first thing she needed was information.  Spies.  She began to go over the
list of gladiators she might call on for assistance.

Somewhere between Veastian and North Fork:

     Emir Kyreses of Veastian shrugged and sighed.  "I know.  You meet the Mad
Khaliv's minions on land, and I have no doubt they're a major problem.  But--"
     "AND we shelter YOU from them," Gorich of North Fork cut in.  "WE bear the
burden of his demon soldiers, not--"
     "We meet them at sea," Kyreses countered.  "Most of our ships are destroyed or
dare not return from southern ports, no sailors can be found who will ship out of--or
into--Veastian.  To say nothing of the damage this has done to our economy, we--"
     "Something must be done."  Gorich glared at Kyreses, daring him to counter THAT
statement.
     The Karnhorn did not.  "I agree.  But I don't know what will answer our needs
best.  To kill the Mad Khaliv is obvious, and it MAY be enough...or it may simply
free all the demons he's bound to his service."
     "Aye."  The swampman was silent for a moment.  Then he shrugged.  "But at least
it's a place to start.  But to assassinate the Mad Khaliv will take men very nearly
as mad as he is."
     "Gladiators," Kyreses said.  "That is who we must send."

This is a general call for warriors who want to be in adventures.  Any warriors from
any arenas, Basic or Advanced, any region, are welcome.  A personal or a diplo to
Scribe will do the trick.

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 481): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): SNAGGLE PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 475): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 476): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 474): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 473): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 236): COA PATTY of KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 461): FIZGIGG of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 452): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 416): FACE BREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 340): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 320): SWINGLINED SUE of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 366): SETHRA LAVODE of CASTLE BLACK from KYR'TERR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 481): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 475): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 476): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 474): DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 473): DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 236): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 461): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 452): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 416): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 340): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 320): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 366): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): DENOGGINIZER of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): WEDNESDAY of THE DARK TIDES (Diaretic, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                            ADOBE of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                   (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): THE MIGHTY SORE of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                   (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I defeat a roving demon, and not one of which anyone can feel GENUINE fear, and
that makes me Duelduck?  You mammals have a very strange system here.

                                        Blue Goose

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to ZUKAL once again!  Ya gotta be quick on yer feet!  Keep your 
elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  CLAN O' WHOOPAS is now ranked 2nd 
with a 5-0-0 turn.  What's with THE PRUSSIAN?  He actually beat ZUKAL's EMBEZZLING 
SCRIBE, and walked away with 16 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at CLAN 
O' WHOOPAS while they watched SLASH LARUE clobber ACACIA GARCIA.  She lost 11 points 
and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  ALEX GRIFFIN was reminded on 
the sands why BLUE GOOSE is Duelmaster.  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, DREAM PARK!  In my day, no team with a 38-29-0 would scare me off!  What's 
the problem, CLAN O' WHOOPAS?  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, BLUE RUIN!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.  I hate going to the effort of writing about the kind of fights that CLEOPATRA 
SCHWARTZ gets in.  She fights people like BLUE RUIN, 8 points below.  I thought 
CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ showed great skill and promise when she beat BLUE RUIN.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master 
many skills, fight dirty.   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE GOOSE 4937              17  14  0    86       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALEX GRIFFIN 4856             9   8  0    64       DREAM PARK (447)
 SLASH LARUE 4993              6   2  0    61       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
-INSOMNIAC 4870                6   1  0    60       DSM4 (239)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANXIETY 4961                  4   0  1    53       DSM4 (239)
 ACACIA GARCIA 4862            7   5  0    49       DREAM PARK (447)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONEWALL JACKSON 4991        6   3  0    30       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
-ARTICHOKE AVENGER 4994        3   0  0    29       GARDEN OF EVIL (458)
 BISBEE 5002                   6   5  0    28       BLUE MOON (381)
 CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ 4990       5   4  1    28       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TITO THE GUIDO 4992           6   3  0    26       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RICKY PAULDING 5032           2   0  1    22       INTERHOOPS (461)
 CHESTER HENDERSON 4868        4   3  0    19       DREAM PARK (447)
 THE PRUSSIAN 5039             1   0  0    16       BLUE MOON (381)
 GREEN MACHINE 5027            1   2  0    16       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
 BLUE RUIN 5023                3   4  0    13       BLUE MOON (381)
 MORENCI 5003                  0  11  0    11       BLUE MOON (381)
 DARKSTAR 5029                 1   3  0     6       DREAM PARK (447)
-JOSH WINK 4035                0   1  0     1       TECHNO PUNX (369)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BLUE MONDAY 4968       7  9 0 BLUE MOON 381         ANXIETY 4961          480         
ULTRAMARINE 5036       0  1 0 BLUE MOON 381         RICKY PAULDING 5032   481         
DELUSIONAL 4971        0  1 0 DSM4 239              HIGH ELF 622          482 NONE    
VOYEUR 5035            0  1 0 DSM4 239              DARK CHAMPION 627     482 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Sorry for the absence.  I've been concentrating on Fantasy Football.  Now to
devote my attention to the sands! -- J. Thunder mgr.

Anxiety -- Just being around you makes me very, very nervous. -- Bisbee

Artichoke Avenger -- But I'm very good with, I mean, TO artichokes.  There is no need
to take vengeance on ME. -- Morenci
P.S.  Besides, "Vegeance is mine, said the Gourd."  Not the artichoke.

Chester Henderson -- You're supposed to take TIME over this, let me sink into your
liver and bones, not just rush, rush, rush.  I can't do my job properly if you hurry
so. -- Blue Ruin

Ricky Paulding -- Hmm, back to the old drawing board with that one. -- Jorja,
examining the remains of Ultramarine with distaste
P.S.  He was mediocre, his replacement is mediocre, that's all I ever see, seems
like.

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

DELUSIONAL was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
VOYEUR was slaughtered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
SLASH LARUE overcame ACACIA GARCIA in a popular 1 minute Challenge match.
CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ vanquished BLUE RUIN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
GREEN MACHINE overpowered MORENCI in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BLUE GOOSE devastated ALEX GRIFFIN in a popular 1 minute uneven Title brawl.
ANXIETY devastated FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CHESTER HENDERSON was overcome by STONEWALL JACKSON in a 3 minute fight.
TITO THE GUIDO handily defeated DARKSTAR in a 1 minute uneven melee.
BISBEE vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
THE PRUSSIAN won victory over EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   7 -  1      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  18 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  10 -  2      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  17 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 482 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    BLUE GOOSE 4937            17  14  0   86 BLUE MOON (381)
SLASHING ATTACK  SLASH LARUE 4993            6   2  0   61 CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
STRIKING ATTACK  ANXIETY 4961                4   0  1   53 DSM4 (239)
PARRY-STRIKE     ACACIA GARCIA 4862          7   5  0   49 DREAM PARK (447)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLUE GOOSE 4937.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SLASH LARUE 4993.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLUE GOOSE 4937, 
ANXIETY 4961, STONEWALL JACKSON 4991, TITO THE GUIDO 4992, THE PRUSSIAN 5039, 
CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ 4990, GREEN MACHINE 5027, ALEX GRIFFIN 4856, CHESTER HENDERSON 
4868, and BISBEE 5002.

The least popular fighter this week was DARKSTAR 5029.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MORENCI 5003, BLUE RUIN 5023, ACACIA GARCIA 4862, VOYEUR 5035, 
DELUSIONAL 4971, BISBEE 5002, CHESTER HENDERSON 4868, ALEX GRIFFIN 4856, GREEN 
MACHINE 5027, and CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ 4990.

                       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