DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/31/2003    Duedate: 01/13/2004

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-480

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SNAGGLE PUSS
ARENA FELINES (177)
(12-5731) [15-11-1,127]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SNAGGLE PUSS                   SHADOW-BOX
ARENA FELINES (177)            HIGH JINKS (584)
(12-5731) [15-11-1,127]        (12-5889) [2-0-1,23]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RIFT                           WAX HOSTILE
SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)           HIGH JINKS (584)
(12-3922) [11-11-1,66]         (12-5888) [1-1-0,18]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ARENA FELINES (177)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES (177)         59
2. ARENA FELINES II (565)      41      ARENA FELINES II (565)
3. HIGH JINKS (584)            12      Unchartered Team
4. THE LAWMEN (148)            11
5. HELL-MART (531)             10      HIGH JINKS (584)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 ARENA FELINES II (565)   230 126 20 64.6   1/ 1 ARENA FELINES (177)      11  2 1
 2/ 3 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)     114  71  4 61.6   2/ 3 DREAMERS (142)            9  6 0
 3/ 4 HELL-MART (531)          117  73  2 61.6   3/ 5 THE LAWMEN (148)          7  7 0
 4/ 1*HIGH JINKS (584)           6   4  1 60.0   4/ 4 ARENA FELINES II (565)    7  7 0
 5/ 5 THE LAWMEN (148)         459 339 29 57.5   5/ 2 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)     7  8 0
 6/ 6 ARENA FELINES (177)      617 456 59 57.5   6/ 8*HIGH JINKS (584)          6  4 1
 7- 7*COUNTRY SUCKS (452)        6   6  1 50.0   7- 6 BLOODSUCKERS (416)        6  4 0
 8- 8 DARKMOON (448)           148 149  7 49.8   8/ 7 HELL-MART (531)           3  2 0
 9/ 9 DREAMERS (142)           898 946 77 48.7   9-10*COUNTRY SUCKS (452)       2  0 0
10-10 BLOODSUCKERS (416)       296 325 28 47.7  10/ 9 SWEET MAGIC (267)         2 13 1
11/11 SWEET MAGIC (267)        308 486  9 38.8  11/11 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)      1  2 0
12/12 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)    122 205  4 37.3  12-12 THAT TEAM (556)           1  3 0
13-13 THAT TEAM (556)            5   9  1 35.7  13/14*WANDERING MONSTERS (575)  0  3 0
14/14*WANDERING MONSTERS (575)   0   3  0  0.0  14-13 DARKMOON (448)            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

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #75 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

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.

Greetings,

     Your Duelmaster here giving a little hello shout to you all.  I guess Garfield
felt it was safe to tell me now that he has agreed to keep me around, that I should
have been DA'd six turns ago when I was 8-10.  I guess he forgot and I ended up
killing a fellow alliance member.  I guess Marshall D said to Garfield to fight me in
a bloodfeud against one of his newbies to get some skills for the tourney, and me an
easy win.  Well, I won.  But he only learned one skill.  After he said he'd bloodfeud
me with his great lunger for a bit.  I guess Garfield thought "screw that!"  But, my
luck continued when his lunger died that turn.  So, with all the winning I had been
doing, and now Duelmaster, I'm going to get a chance to go to AD soon. *yippee*  6-1-
1 in the last 7 turns and so slowing down in sight.  Let's see if the luck continues.
See ya on the sands.

                                        Snaggle Puss
                                        (exit stage right)

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  DREAMERS is no joke as it posted a 4-1-0 week 
advancing from 3rd place to 2nd place.  Hey everybody, watch out for CROUCHING TIGER, 
who flew up 21 points in the rankings after mashing HEZASH THE MOUTH like a melon.  
Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the 
sands.  DROMMARE was subdued by XXL STRETCH PANTS and drops 7 points.  Going for the 
gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was SWEET MAGIC's TILLOUISA, who 
was turned away from the Duelmastership by SNAGGLE PUSS.  Advice to bashers--never 
force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad  BLOODSUCKERS?  Big bad 
BLOODSUCKERS.  Big bad BLOODSUCKERS.  RIZTAB's afraid of the big bad BLOODSUCKERS.  
Tra la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause 
HELL-MART beats feet every time BLOODSUCKERS smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  And 
who is this SONG OF SUMMER you ask, with 16 points and a 1-13-0 record.  Ooh, the 
tales I could tell!  In a mismatch, our friend GRAYOLA 64-PACK of HELL-MART got 
heroic notions and challenged PHANTAST.  What did it get it?  A 3-1-0 record, that's 
what.  Some advice to GRAYOLA 64-PACK.  Please don't challenge up 26 points to fight 
a 11-14-2 fighter like, say PHANTAST.  (Okay, so it may be a little late).  In a 
touching display by a 'touched' warrior, BATAAKAPPU went after OCTAPUSSY, who was 
higher by 18 points.  Well, when the dust settled, BATAAKAPPU was subdued by 
OCTAPUSSY.  SHADOW-BOX of HIGH JINKS had better have a good reason for challenging 
down 12 points in a challenge which it killed.  I thought SHADOW-BOX showed great 
skill and promise when it dealt death to  LAUGHING OGRE.  All right, so I slept 
through it!  Big deal!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Big deal, so METER MAID got 
mashed in the Dark Arena.  With his face he was more at home with the trolls than 
with us. (Waka waka).  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and 
no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in RIZTAB have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you 
worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNAGGLE PUSS 5731            15  11  1   127       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HOFFA'S BANE 3554            22  17  0   101       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 OCTAPUSSY 5720               18  10  1    99       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770         13   6  1    96       ARENA FELINES (177)
-AISLE GET YOU! 5100          18  13  2    95       HELL-MART (531)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOMNUS 5708                  12  18  1    82       DREAMERS (142)
-97 ITEM EXPRESS 5153         21  12  0    81       HELL-MART (531)
 XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634        9   7  0    79       HELL-MART (531)
 TILLOUISA 5680               19  17  1    78       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-KNOTHEAD 5727                15   8  1    78       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 BATAAKAPPU 5698              13  14  1    73       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 NANETTE 5629                  9  34  2    67       SWEET MAGIC (267)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RIFT 3922                    11  11  1    66       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 PHANTAST 5737                11  14  2    65       DREAMERS (142)
 DROMMARE 5755                13  10  1    58       DREAMERS (142)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLOOD BUD 5774               10   4  0    55       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
-SHANIA TWAIN 4277             6   2  1    54       COUNTRY SUCKS (452)
 WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? 5773     8   9  0    52       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 BELLOTA 5832                  5   3  0    51       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 SONADOR 5769                 10   9  0    49       DREAMERS (142)
-BRIARTHORN 5671               6   6  0    42       DARKMOON (448)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PIZZARRHEA 5750               6   2  0    33       HELL-MART (531)
 GRAYOLA 64-PACK 5839          3   1  0    31       HELL-MART (531)
 TOM SMITH 5876                2   1  0    28       THE LAWMEN (148)
 JULIE BEAN 5869               2   1  0    28       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 REVEUR 5843                   2   3  0    27       DREAMERS (142)
 CAT MAN DON'T 5893            2   0  0    26       ARENA FELINES (177)
 DREBIN 2.0 5844               4   3  0    25       THE LAWMEN (148)
 BILL TILGHMAN 5854            3   3  0    25       THE LAWMEN (148)
-STEADY EDDIE 5785             6   6  0    24       BLOODSUCKERS (416)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHADOW-BOX 5889               2   0  1    23       HIGH JINKS (584)
 NOREEN 5783                   3  13  0    22       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-JUDGE PARKER 5845             3   3  0    21       THE LAWMEN (148)
 CROUCHING TIGER 5899          1   0  0    21       ARENA FELINES (177)
 CAT MAN DO 5891               1   1  0    18       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 WAX HOSTILE 5888              1   1  0    18       HIGH JINKS (584)
 WHIPPED 5868                  3   1  0    16       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 SONG OF SUMMER 5790           1  13  0    16       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 MERINDA 5828                  3   6  0    15       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-STANK SHANK 5863              2   2  0    14       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
-THAT GUY 5442                 1   1  0    14       THAT TEAM (556)
 SHORTHAIREDLONGTERM 5846      3   4  0    13       ARENA FELINES II (565)
-FAST TRACK 5820               2   2  0    12       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 CAT TAGIOUS 5900              1   0  1    10       ARENA FELINES (177)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DASTARDLY DAN 5887            2   0  0     8       HIGH JINKS (584)
-SCREAMING PIXIE 5797          0   1  0     7       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-POT BELLY 5819                1   3  0     6       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 MOLLY 5865                    1   3  0     6       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 DOLLY 5864                    1   3  0     6       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HALF A MO 5885         0  2 0 HIGH JINKS 584        DARK STRANGER 498     480 NONE    
RUMOR MILL 5886        1  1 0 HIGH JINKS 584        CAT TAGIOUS 5900      480         
METER MAID 5789        5  9 0 THE LAWMEN 148        DARK STRANGER 498     480 NONE    
THAT WARRIOR 5444      4  6 1 THAT TEAM 556         NANETTE 5629          479         
LAUGHING OGRE 5796     0  2 0 WANDERING MONSTER 575 SHADOW-BOX 5889       480         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Early platitudes, long may we wave. -- Jondeaux

Whipped -- That attack style is known as the "Ton o' Bricks" -- Wax Hostile

Laughing Ogre -- So much for that rumor.  (Ho, usual I forward em, not debunk em)
I'd heard an Ogre's face would split open and the top of it's head would fall off if
you so much as guffah.. -- Rumor Mill

Cat Man Do -- A dastardly way to begin an obviously promising career. -- Dastardly
Dan

All -- The storefront is unpreposing, so advertin fer a house manageress (and yes it
has to be a woman...preferably a big woman.  Someone who won't get turned on when
barking) has been going slowly. -- Jondeaux

Grayola 64-Pack -- Waaaaa!  My life has become a vast sea of gray!  True, there are
subtle variations in value and texture, but I'm not INTO subtle variations.  And you
know the Great Sage said that "Everything looks worse in black and white!" -- Noreen

That Warrior -- (unnecessarily smug look)  Ha! -- Nanette

Bill Tilghman -- But I keep TELLING you, I didn't do it! -- Song of Summer

Drommare -- Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have read the Necrocomicon before going to bed
last night.... -- Tillouisa

Drebin 2.0 -- But that HURTS. -- Merinda

That Team -- Oh, heck.  Darn.  I just realized that I killed That Warrior.  I didn't
mean to.  Warriors who can lose to me are too valuable to waste. -- Nanette the
moderately remorseful

Tillouisa -- Yeah, I stink don't I?  Well, you don't have to breathe my foul stench
anymore. -- Smelly Cat

Jondeaux -- Greetings, I see we've crossed paths already.  I'm sure there will be
more.  Good luck.  Riztab isn't as easy as it looks. -- Garfield, mgr. Arena Felines

Denog -- Your name is too long.  You're welcome for the throne, but my bigger brother
is a greedy SOB. -- Octapussy

Knothead -- You still haven't learned your lesson yet have you?  Thanks for all the
wins though. -- Ocatpussy

Shania Twain -- That body of yours is distracting.  I couldn't concentrate.  Good
fight. -- Pussycat

XXL Stretch Pants -- I think we each got what we wanted there huh?  You the skills
for the tourney, and me the win.  No tourney for me though...I guess bashers don't do
too well in the Champions tourney. -- Jaguar

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

METER MAID was dealt death by DARK STRANGER in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
HALF A MO was butchered by DARK STRANGER in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
GRAYOLA 64-PACK was handily defeated by PHANTAST in a 1 minute Challenge match.
BATAAKAPPU was vanquished by OCTAPUSSY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
DROMMARE was overpowered by XXL STRETCH PANTS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
DREBIN 2.0 was vanquished by BELLOTA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
TOM SMITH overpowered SONG OF SUMMER in a 2 minute gory mismatched Challenge brawl.
SHADOW-BOX easily killed LAUGHING OGRE in a 1 minute gruesome uneven Challenge melee.
DOLLY was outwaited by DASTARDLY DAN in a dull 14 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
CAT MAN DON'T overpowered NOREEN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CAT MAN DO handily defeated MERINDA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SNAGGLE PUSS demolished TILLOUISA in a 1 minute mismatched Title match.
JOSTLING JAGUAR handily defeated RIFT in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
NANETTE was narrowly defeated by SOMNUS in a 3 minute bloody veteran's brawl.
SONADOR overcame JULIE BEAN in a 2 minute expert vs. novice fight.
WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? devastated FRED THE UNREADY in a 1 minute uneven duel.
REVEUR luckily beat WAX HOSTILE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute brawl.
SHORTHAIREDLONGTERM was bested by BILL TILGHMAN in a 2 minute fight.
WHIPPED overpowered MOLLY in a 1 minute one-sided match.
RUMOR MILL was killed by CAT TAGIOUS in a 1 minute novice's match.
CROUCHING TIGER handily defeated HEZASH THE MOUTH in a 1 minute competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         STRIKING ATTACK   54 -  41 -  4      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    45 -  35 -  1      56  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         BASHING ATTACK    56 -  50 -  4      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  11 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW        11 -  20 -  1      35  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  30 -  2      30  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   7 -  0      30  |

Turn 480 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         4  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  5         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  3     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SNAGGLE PUSS 5731          15  11  1  127 ARENA FELINES (177)
SLASHING ATTACK  OCTAPUSSY 5720             18  10  1   99 ARENA FELINES II (565)
BASHING ATTACK   JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770       13   6  1   96 ARENA FELINES (177)
PARRY-STRIKE     XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634      9   7  0   79 HELL-MART (531)
LUNGING ATTACK   TILLOUISA 5680             19  17  1   78 SWEET MAGIC (267)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RIFT 3922.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
WAX HOSTILE 5888.  The ten other most popular fighters were XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634, 
SOMNUS 5708, SONADOR 5769, TOM SMITH 5876, BILL TILGHMAN 5854, JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770, 
NANETTE 5629, WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? 5773, CROUCHING TIGER 5899, and METER MAID 5789.

The least popular fighter this week was DOLLY 5864.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DASTARDLY DAN 5887, RUMOR MILL 5886, MOLLY 5865, SHORTHAIREDLONGTERM 
5846, RIFT 3922, MERINDA 5828, NOREEN 5783, LAUGHING OGRE 5796, SONG OF SUMMER 5790, 
and DREBIN 2.0 5844.

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

SNAGGLE PUSS (12-5731) ARENA FELINES (177)

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

DENOGGINIZER (12-5702) BLOODSUCKERS (416)

                       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