DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/13/2003    Duedate: 08/26/2003

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-470

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DOORSTOP
SWEET MAGIC (267)
(12-5086) [21-39-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WISHFUL THINKER                ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG
DREAMERS (142)                 THE NORTH (554)
(12-5556) [19-16-0,131]        (12-5748) [3-2-0,40]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EQUALIZER                      EQUALIZER
THE LAWMEN (148)               THE LAWMEN (148)
(12-3391) [12-9-0,97]          (12-3391) [12-9-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ARENA FELINES II (565)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES II (565)      37
2. POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)       31      ARENA FELINES II (565)
3. THE CITY (570)              28      Unchartered Team
4. SWEET MAGIC (267)           24
5. THE SHADOW TIDES (578)      18      HITLIST XII (563)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*HITLIST XII (563)          1   0  0  100   1/ 6 ARENA FELINES II (565)   11  3 0
 2- 2*MASTER OF DOOM (512)       5   2  0 71.4   2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (177)      10  5 1
 3/ 3 ARENA FELINES II (565)   202 105 19 65.8   3/ 1 BLOODSUCKERS (416)       10  5 0
 4/ 4 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)     107  60  4 64.1   4/ 4 DREAMERS (142)            9  6 0
 5- 5 HELL-MART (531)          103  65  2 61.3   5/ 5 THE CITY (570)            9  6 0
 6/ 1*THE NORTH (554)            3   2  0 60.0   6/ 2 THE LAWMEN (148)          6  9 0
 7/ 7 THE CITY (570)            41  29  4 58.6   7/ 8 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)     6  9 0
 8/ 6 THE LAWMEN (148)         436 314 29 58.1   8/11 SWEET MAGIC (267)         4 11 0
 9/ 8 ARENA FELINES (177)      577 448 55 56.3   9- 7 HELL-MART (531)           3  2 0
10/10 DREAMERS (142)           872 924 76 48.6  10-12*MASTER OF DOOM (512)      1  0 0
11/11 BLOODSUCKERS (416)       278 304 27 47.8  11/ 0*HITLIST XII (563)         1  0 0
12/12 SWEET MAGIC (267)        294 450  7 39.5  12/10*THE NORTH (554)           1  1 0
13/13 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)    102 183  4 35.8  13/13 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)      0  3 0
14/ 0*THE SHADOW TIDES (578)     0   2  0  0.0  14/ 0*THE SHADOW TIDES (578)    0  2 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #66 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Ibizond, Korga, and in between:

     Fist of Kjarran strode briskly along the road that ran east from Ibizond.  It
would eventually reach Malcorn and then Zuwayza, but that was several days away even
if nothing came of this effort to catch the killer.  What kind of man, he wondered
would haunt a lonely stretch of road and kill only single travelers after dark?  A
coward, for one thing.  But it might be useful to consider the other factors; after
all, the ambush ahead that was supposed to catch the killer might fail.  He could end
up fighting alone.  His hand caressed the hilt of his sword.  And he'd do very well
by himself, if he had to.
     The Murskan, Cadal, believed the killer was a non-human monster of some sort,
perhaps a demon.  It would be a feather in his cap to kill a demon....  But he had to
remember that he wasn't out here for glory, even when the glory would honor mighty
Kjarran, and his daughter Jayde, too, of course.  He was here to rid the area of a
killer.  He peered sharply into the trees on either side of the road.  Though the sun
had not yet vanished behind the western hills, the woods were already filled with
shadow.  Anything could be hiding there.
     In fact, Aghtamar, Zilla, and Cadal were hiding there, somewhere a little
farther ahead.  No human would detect them, Fist believed.  Cadal might be a semi-
barbarian, as all the Murskans were, and a second-rate gladiator (for a Lord
Protector), but he knew what he was doing in the woods.  Fist sighed and shook his
head.  What the Murskans should be doing in the woods was cutting down the trees and
planting beans.  Oh, well.  Doubtless that would come in time, as they absorbed
civilization from their more enlightened neighbor, the Glorious Empire.
     Meanwhile, there was the killer.  The sun was balanced on the rim of the hills,
and the shadows were stretching out of the forest and across the road.  It was time 
for the killer to appear.
     As though his thought had conjured the sound, he heard hoofs on the road ahead
of him.  No one had mentioned the killer being mounted.  Could this be a chance
victim?  Some unfortunate traveler from the east who didn't know the risk he was
taking?  The rider was still out of sight, as the road ahead curving and slanting
into a valley dark with trees.  That valley would be a good place for the killer to
set his ambush....  Or for Cadal to set his!  Fist had a sudden vision of the killer
and the gladiators facing each other across the road, waiting for a victim to walk
into their trap.  He resisted the urge to laugh; after all, it could be true!  He
also resisted the urge to break into a run, which would tire out him right when he
might be needing his full strength.
     Somewhere ahead, but farther away than the horseman, a hound bayed, answered by
two more.  At least, Fist of Kjarran was fairly sure they were hounds, and not
wolves.  But it was enough to make anyone's blood run cold, and that alone might have
scared a timid traveler to death.  And who would be hunting with hounds along this
road at night?  Fist wasn't a country boy, but something seemed out of step in this.
Maybe the killer used the hounds to terrify his victims?  In any case, the horsemen
in the valley was in danger.
     Fist paused to listen.  He had lost track of the hoofbeats when he'd heard the
baying, but now he picked them up again.  They were faster-paced, but...they didn't
seem to be getting any closer.  He shuddered in sympathy for the rider as he hurried
ahead.  It must be like one of those nightmares where you run and run and can't
escape.
     Darkness filled the little valley like a pool of water.  Fist had the
unreasonable feeling that he should hold his breath as he descended.  There was a
thin wail from below, then shouts and the clangor of swords.  He broke into a trot.
Some other traveler must have drawn the killer and sprung the ambush before he got
there!
     At the bottom of the valley, the road crossed a stream.  The woods were broken
there so that some moonlight came down onto the bridge and the struggle going on
there.  Swords flickered in reflected moonlight, and shadows surged back and forth.
Fist drew his sword.  One shadow detached itself from the struggle.  It was
silhouetted briefly against the white foam of the stream: a gigantic hound, black as
hate except for crimson ears and eyes that burned like fire.  It bayed as it raced
along the road toward Fist of Kjarran.
     Fist shuddered.  You didn't have to be timid for that sound and sight to freeze
your blood!  But he was a gladiator, a Lord Protector, a faithful follower of Kjarran
and Jayde.  No dog was going to intimidate him.  He steadied his sword to receive the
charge.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): PA ELL of WAY OF THE SWORD (? mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): DUSK of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): PICKLED PIGSKIN of BUFFY'S DINER (Alfredo Frothingslosh)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 449): APATHY of WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): 4-0 PROLENE of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): ON MY WAY of SADISTS F2F (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): JUSTICE of PEACE MAKERS (Solomon, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): WYLDERNESS WYLD (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): UGLY URBAN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 449): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): COMIC MAYHEM (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 468): LIFE SENTANCE of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 464): MALASION of THE BLACKHEARTS (Nunzio Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           N.D. GRASSE of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KILLIN' STU of MINIONS OF MILO (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): BATMANNING (28-3402) CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229):ODYSSEUS of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KRAC D'CHEVALIERS of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               BABBS BUNNY of LOONY TOONS (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
                   (turn 228): SIR YDER of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               BONEGRIN DEVAR of BUSHMASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 450): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 448): RYANATOR of OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
                            LEMON DROP of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 205): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): ZEEL BEBUB of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                               INCREDIBLE SULK of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                               MARY ANN of SCREEN DREAMS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 135): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                            MOONSTONE of FLAMING FIST (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  The boys at BLOODSUCKERS left the arena 
dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by ARENA FELINES II.  Good show!  He 
who laughs last didn't get the joke.  Speaking of laughing at jokes, observe THE 
LAWMEN.  Last week they got 0-5-0 to drop by 4!  Nothing works for a team like 
victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as ARENA FELINES II can attest...  
Good things come to those who fight well, as DREAMERS can attest, moving up by 0.  
THE CITY had cause to celebrate, after ARTHUR got 22 points by beating DROMMARE.  
DROMMARE certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to ARTHUR and 
losing 20 points in the process!  Duelmaster EQUALIZER from THE LAWMEN is going for 
the gold, as he TV challenged SWEET MAGIC's DOORSTOP.  Ooh, the excitement!  What can 
be a greater victory?  DOORSTOP has taken its place as the top, as RIZTAB's new 
Duelmaster.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and 
ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     And how sociable are RIZTAB's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Like the noble eagle 
soaring amongst the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of THE CITY, alone and 
unchallenged.  Like a pup with its tail between its legs, POWERPUFF GIRLS scurried 
away from THE CITY.  Oh, the shame!  Is it charming personality?  Conversational 
abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, BATAAKAPPU is the most challenged 
warrior.  Do my ears deceive me?  ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG (outclassed by 30 points) 
challenged SOMNUS, in what promises to be a fight.(!) It's not whether you win or 
lose, but how many points you get (6).  Right, ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG?   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in RIZTAB is the highlight of my life.  My fingers 
tire and I fear my incessant prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable 
character.  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOORSTOP 5086                21  39  0   108       SWEET MAGIC (267)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WISHFUL THINKER 5556         19  16  0   131       DREAMERS (142)
 FASTER PUSSYCAT 5690         15   8  1   124       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 KITTY KAT 5700               17   4  1   116       ARENA FELINES II (565)
-HOFFA'S BANE 3554            22  16  0   110       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 CUNNING CALICO 5628          20  13  2   104       ARENA FELINES (177)
 MIKE BELIEVE 5552            15  17  0   100       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 SMELLY CAT 5742              12   3  1    99       ARENA FELINES (177)
 EQUALIZER 3391               12   9  0    97       THE LAWMEN (148)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT FANCY 5739                9   6  1    97       ARENA FELINES (177)
 LIBERTY BELLE 5448           17  23  0    96       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DENOGGINIZER 5702            11   8  0    87       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 OCTAPUSSY 5720               11   7  1    85       ARENA FELINES II (565)
-97 ITEM EXPRESS 5153         21  10  0    83       HELL-MART (531)
 TILLOUISA 5680               15  11  1    83       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 BARRY 5663                   13  10  0    79       THE CITY (570)
-AISLE GET YOU! 5100          17  13  2    69       HELL-MART (531)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KNOTHEAD 5727                12   3  1    66       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 BATAAKAPPU 5698               9   9  1    66       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 SOMNUS 5708                   9  11  1    66       DREAMERS (142)
 ARTHUR 5662                   6   6  1    66       THE CITY (570)
 THE TICK 5659                 9   3  0    64       THE CITY (570)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BAT MANUAL 5660               6   6  1    56       THE CITY (570)
 RIFT 3922                     7   6  1    52       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 FRANK DREBIN 3209            11  18  0    51       THE LAWMEN (148)
 BAT MASTERSON 3384            9  12  1    50       THE LAWMEN (148)
 SNAGGLE PUSS 5731             6  10  0    49       ARENA FELINES (177)
 CHAINSAW VIGILANTE 5775       5   2  0    47       THE CITY (570)
 PHANTAST 5737                 6   9  2    46       DREAMERS (142)
 DROMMARE 5755                 7   6  1    43       DREAMERS (142)
 NANETTE 5629                  5  28  0    43       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG 5748      3   2  0    40       THE NORTH (554)
 JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770          4   5  0    36       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SAURON 4847                   4   0  0    27       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
-GHOUL 4825                    3   2  1    27       UNDEAD HORDE (509)
 BLOOD BUD 5774                5   1  0    26       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? 5773     4   3  0    26       ARENA FELINES II (565)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WRAITH 4824                   3   2  1    23       UNDEAD HORDE (509)
 SONADOR 5769                  3   6  0    23       DREAMERS (142)
 KITTEN KABOODLE 5798          2   0  0    20       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 NOREEN 5783                   1   5  0    17       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634        4   4  0    16       HELL-MART (531)
-SKELETON 4826                 2   3  2    16       UNDEAD HORDE (509)
 LITTLE BULL 5786              3   1  0    14       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 BURBUJA 5788                  2   1  0    14       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
-PIZZARRHEA 5750               1   1  0    12       HELL-MART (531)
-MORGOTH 4850                  1   2  0    11       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
 METER MAID 5789               1   3  0    10       THE LAWMEN (148)
 DEVIL'S WING 5544             1   0  0     9       HITLIST XII (563)
 STEADY EDDIE 5785             2   2  0     8       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
-LICH 4828                     1   4  1     8       UNDEAD HORDE (509)
 BOMBON 5776                   1   5  0     8       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
-ZOMBIE 4827                   1   4  0     7       UNDEAD HORDE (509)
 SONG OF SUMMER 5790           0   4  0     4       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 DEPUTY CHAD 5810              0   1  0     1       THE LAWMEN (148)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FRAIDY CAT 5784        1  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 565  KUNG PAO 5753         467         
I SUCK 5815            0  1 0 THE SHADOW TIDES 578  SHISHZAR THE SNAK 500 470 NONE    
BOINK 5814             0  1 0 THE SHADOW TIDES 578  ARENAMASTER RILLI 496 470 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Song of Summer -- Two matchups in a row, luckily in my favor.  Let's make it a 
threepeat. -- Blood Bud

Liberty Belle -- With that many fights I thought that I would learn more. -- 
Denogginizer

Equalizer -- Ah, well, I always knew the Doorstop wasn't equal.  A very poorly 
designed but sturdy golem. -- Jorja

Cat Fancy -- But what if I don't fancy cats? -- Tillouisa

Frank Drebin -- Oh, my, you're very forceful, aren't you? -- Nanette

Blood Bud -- Ick.  Just looking at you makes me feel bad. -- Song of Summer

Kitten Kaboodle -- Clever name, but I wouldn't have minded winning myself, you know! 
-- Noreen
P.S.  I know, I know, practice more and get a strategy change.  Like this could 
happen!

Bataakappu -- (sympathetically)  Managers get some very strange ideas, don't they?  
And then we have to live with them. -- Nanette

18 July 2003
To All Managers -- I would like to take this time to announce that my alliance, The
Association, is no more.  Due to the dead weight managers of the alliance and their
lack of participation, DarkSpirit and I have formed a new alliance:  The Firm.  We
have taken on two members so far and are looking for a few more.  If you would like
to find out more about The Firm, you can diplo Dark Spirit, Unknowns XX in arena 15
or myself, Sungod, Sadists F2FII in arena 62.
                               --*  The Firm *--
                    Sungod -- Sadists F2FII -- 62
                    Dark Spirit -- Unknowns XX -- 15
                    Youngblood -- Wensinwasin -- 43
                    Tripwire -- Of Wolf and Man -- 1

26 July 2003
     Citizens of Alastari, a bright dawn has risen.  While you slept, a pernicious
force has entered the once-fair City of Aruak.  It fought alongside their treasured
warriors, it drank with their fans, and it slept with their women.  Now the masks are
coming off.
     Warriors, be afraid...be very afraid.  After years of Andorian managers ranting
that Aruak is the safest city in Alastari, the Frothingslosh Syndicate has selected
Aruak City as the home for its next epic 'contest'--Murder by Numbers II.  Our spies
have selected the warriors for extermination, and the executioners have had several
months to prepare.  Now a new age of darkness will descend upon Aruak, as the
Syndicate and its allies bring an entirely new level of competition to the arena!
Downchallenges!  Assassinations!  Small poodles as hors d'oeuvres!
     The Murder by Numbers II 'rules' will be announced next cycle.  However, we
invite all managers, from all corners of Alastari, to come to Aruak City and take
part...in one way or another.  Help defend the honor of a long heralded haven for the
pure, or join the forces of change in their siege of the ice-cream and cake
stronghold of the Dukes of Nerf-Dueling!
     This exercise is not for either the faint of heart or the weak willed.  Blood
will flow, brains will leak, and beer will be chugged.  Either way, we welcome you
with open arms and gleaming blades.
     This public service announcement has been brought to you by Frothingslosh Epic
Contests (tm), the number 86, and the letter 'K'.

The Frothingslosh Syndicate

29 July 2003
           *     *     *     *The Third Annual Turf War*     *     *     *
     Yes, it's time again for alliances to go to war!  TW3 will be held in DM 47
(North Fork) at a date to be  specified later--right after Crip's Incomprehensible
Contest is over...but I'm sure everyone wants to get their teams there soon!  Here
are the rules:

1.  Each alliance must have a leader declare the arrival of his alliance.  The leader
    will be responsible for verifying any and all teams/managers who declare to the
    alliance he/she is leading.
2.  Each manager, team declaring for the contest must have approval of the leader,
    donate one Roll-up Certificate ($5) to the prize pot (send it to me by diplo, by
    snail, or a note to customer service), and declare his/her team by diplo, p-ad or
    snail.
3.  Each team may declare one warrior as champion.  All points scored by a champ are
    double!
4.  Prizes are as follows (mostly...there WILL be some things added as the prize pot
    grows with entry donations--this list is not final!)
    *  Highest scoring alliance -- Rename Arena 47 for a period of 6 months, one half
       of the total prize pot donated; roll-up certs.
    *  The Alliance with the most returns from the DA will get to re-name the DA
       monsters for a period of 6 months.
    *  The alliance with the most warriors listed as style masters will get to pick
       the Alastari city/arena to host the next Grand Tournament.
    *  The warrior with the most front page honors/awards will have the Arenamaster
       named after him for a period of 6 months.
    *  The Alliance with the most front page Honors/Awards will have the honor of
        picking the *slow* arena to host the Fifth Annual Turf War.
    *  The team with the most listings as Style Master will find out the favorites of
       one of their warriors.
    *  The warrior with the most listings as Style Master will fight at my expense
       for five turns (I will transfer to the manager's account).
    *  The Alliance with the most kills will be able to re-name the stand-in warriors
       for a period of 6 months.
    *  The warrior that scores the most total points will fight at my expense for 5
       turns (I will transfer $7.50 to the manager's account).
    *  The team that scores the most total points will receive an extra share of
       roll-up certs from the prize pot.
     There may be more categories to come, and the prize pot still has to be
divided...I'm open to category/prize ideas--and further donations to the prize pot.
     The contest will run for *TEN* turns; prizes will be awarded at the end of the
11th turn.
     Scoring will be as follows:
* 5 points per fight, doubled for each of the following conditions met:
     -- Two Alliance     -- Champion
     -- Challenge        -- Two Champions
     -- Bloodfeud        -- Challenger losing
     -- Kill
     (Note:  DA losses are exempt, but DA wins will be *tripled*!!!  Ex:  Happy
Slasher goes to the DA and dies, no points are lost.  If he wins, his team scores 60
points!  If he was a champ, he scores 120 points!)
     Use the following chart to calculate scores:
Conditions Met:       0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7
Points Per Fight:     5    10    20    40    80   160   320   640
* Awards/Honors and Style Masters will each be awarded points also.  Find the total
number of each (do note add Awards and Style Masters together) and consult the graph
below.  Champs that score an award or style master count as two.
     1 --   5      7 --  320
     2 --  10      8 --  640
     3 --  20      9 -- 1280
     4 --  40     10 -- 2560
     5 --  80     11 -- 5280
     6 -- 100     (x2 for each extra)
Note -- These categories *count as "triple"*--they will be figured for each team,
*AND* again for each alliance *as well as* for each warrior!
*  Each and every mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points...period.
*  TVs will be scored on the same scale as Awards/Style Masters, but the total points
will be x10.  TC's will be scored as TV's, but x10 more.
Number of TV/TC's          Points Scored (TV/TC)
     1      50/ 500
     2     100/1000
     3     200/2000
     4     400/4000
     +     x2/ x2 (for each extra)
     Each alliance will start with 5000 points, scores for *fights* will be added to
the winner's total *AND* deducted from the losers.
     Come  one and all, defend your turf and the honor of your alliance...or your
own!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB
                    Arenas, DM 47, DM 73

1 August 2003
     Assurnasirbanipal invites you to Talcama to participate in the third BATTLE
ROYAL contest.  It is a Delarquan contest so brutal that even some of Talcama's most
notable managers will refuse to participate.  The rules are simpler than any other
contest:  You may not avoid any other contest team.  There are no silly rules for who
can and can't compete.  Any team in Talcama is eligible to compete.  The scoring is
also quite simple (+1 for a win, +1 for a kill (+1 for the win), -1 for a loss) and
the first team to reach 25 points is the winner.
     Scoring will be live--the results for the turn posted in the newsletter.  The
winner will be able to fight their contest team in Talcama for free for 6 months but
more importantly will win a contest against some of the best managers who play the
game in one of the hardest contests in the game.
     First turn for BATTLE ROYAL 3 is Talcama Turn 465, which is due August 30.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

I SUCK was butchered by SHISHZAR THE SNAKE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BOINK was murdered by ARENAMASTER RILLION in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
EQUALIZER was subdued by DOORSTOP in a 3 minute expert's Challenge Title fight.
KNOTHEAD was overpowered by LIBERTY BELLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BATAAKAPPU devastated BAT MASTERSON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG was unbelievably bested by SOMNUS in a 3 minute Challenge match.
STEADY EDDIE was savagely defeated by KITTEN KABOODLE in a 3 minute Challenge melee.
LITTLE BULL viciously subdued METER MAID in a 7 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
BURBUJA lost to BLOOD BUD in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
CAT FANCY was luckily beaten by WISHFUL THINKER in a 2 minute expert's match.
FASTER PUSSYCAT overpowered MARTOS CHARD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SMELLY CAT savagely defeated BARRY in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody competition.
KITTY KAT demolished DENOGGINIZER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CUNNING CALICO overpowered ANGRY ROSETTA in a 1 minute gory mismatched conflict.
MIKE BELIEVE won victory over TILLOUISA in a action packed 2 minute master's bout.
OCTAPUSSY handily defeated BAT MANUAL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched bout.
DROMMARE was devastated by ARTHUR in a 2 minute brutal one-sided fight.
THE TICK savagely defeated RIFT in a exciting 4 minute gory bout.
NANETTE was overcome by PHANTAST in a 2 minute master's competition.
FRANK DREBIN was beaten by SNAGGLE PUSS in a 1 minute fight.
CHAINSAW VIGILANTE won victory over JOSTLING JAGUAR in a popular 1 minute match.
SONADOR vanquished SONG OF SUMMER in a 1 minute mismatched fray.
WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? overpowered KHAZRHO THE ZUKALI in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BOMBON was overpowered by NOREEN in a 3 minute one-sided duel.
DEVIL'S WING defeated DEPUTY CHAD in a 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  11         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         STRIKING ATTACK   54 -  41 -  3      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         BASHING ATTACK    53 -  41 -  2      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         LUNGING ATTACK    49 -  41 -  5      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY       31 -  27 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  10 -  0      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  13 -  0      28  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  13 -  0      13  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   8 -  0      11  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 470 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

AIMED BLOW         1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     5 -  6         4  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  5         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    WISHFUL THINKER 5556       19  16  0  131 DREAMERS (142)
BASHING ATTACK   FASTER PUSSYCAT 5690       15   8  1  124 ARENA FELINES II (565)
STRIKING ATTACK  KITTY KAT 5700             17   4  1  116 ARENA FELINES II (565)
SLASHING ATTACK  OCTAPUSSY 5720             11   7  1   85 ARENA FELINES II (565)
LUNGING ATTACK   TILLOUISA 5680             15  11  1   83 SWEET MAGIC (267)
TOTAL PARRY      BARRY 5663                 13  10  0   79 THE CITY (570)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EQUALIZER 3391.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was EQUALIZER 3391.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALEX SCHIMMELFENNIG 
5748, TILLOUISA 5680, SMELLY CAT 5742, RIFT 3922, KITTEN KABOODLE 5798, LITTLE BULL 
5786, CAT FANCY 5739, WISHFUL THINKER 5556, OCTAPUSSY 5720, and ARTHUR 5662.

The least popular fighter this week was BOMBON 5776.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were METER MAID 5789, FRANK DREBIN 3209, DENOGGINIZER 5702, STEADY EDDIE 
5785, BAT MASTERSON 3384, BOINK 5814, DEPUTY CHAD 5810, SONG OF SUMMER 5790, JOSTLING 
JAGUAR 5770, and NANETTE 5629.

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

DOORSTOP (12-5086) SWEET MAGIC (267)