DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/21/2003    Duedate: 08/02/2003

TALCAMA ARENA

DM-18    TURN-462

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

QUEUE
NEXT GENERATION (547)
(18-7756) [11-4-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JANDOLIN                       ACE
GHAELIE SIDHE (495)            CONSORTIUM CREW (536)
(18-6922) [14-5-2,123]         (18-7260) [5-2-1,49]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PICKLE JUICE                   JANDOLIN
BURN N' PILLAGE (218)          GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
(18-7741) [9-13-0,62]          (18-6922) [14-5-2,123]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BIG MEAN FISH (171)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BURN N' PILLAGE (218)       62
2. GHAELIE SIDHE (495)         47      NEXT GENERATION (547)
3. WASTELAND (207)             46      Unchartered Team
4. CENTER FOR OLDS (108)       31
5. BIG MEAN FISH (171)         29      CONSORTIUM CREW (536)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 THE GUARDIANS II (479)    44  24  1 64.7   1/ 5 BIG MEAN FISH (171)      11  4 1
 2- 2 ANIMAL PHARM (533)        79  54  5 59.4   2/ 9 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)     9  6 1
 3/ 3 NEXT GENERATION (547)    116  85  8 57.7   3/ 1 WASTELAND (207)           8  5 0
 4/ 4 GHAELIE SIDHE (495)       76  61 10 55.5   4/ 7 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)       8  5 0
 5/ 6 THUNDR + LITENING (22)   922 800 %119 53.5   5/13 GHAELIE SIDHE (495)       8  7 1
 6/ 5*CONSORTIUM CREW (536)     16  14  2 53.3   6/14 THUNDR + LITENING (22)    7  5 1
 7/ 7 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)    526 489 30 51.8   7/ 3*CONSORTIUM CREW (536)     6  4 2
 8/ 8 BONE TO BONE (199)        95  90 16 51.4   8/ 2 SRETSAMLEUD (572)         6  9 2
 9/10 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)    741 730 45 50.4   9- 6 THE GUARDIANS II (479)    5  0 0
10/11 WASTELAND (207)          473 475 35 49.9  10/11 NEXT GENERATION (547)     5  7 1
11/ 9 THE SHADOWS (574)         45  47  4 48.9  11/ 4 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)     5  9 0
12/12 BIG MEAN FISH (171)      479 507 25 48.6  12/ 8 THE SHADOWS (574)         4  6 0
13/13 BEAST MASTERS (567)      242 258 15 48.4  13/17 BEAST MASTERS (567)       4  7 0
14-16*OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)   13  15  1 46.4  14/10 SHEPHERDS (252)           4 11 0
15/17 SRETSAMLEUD (572)         44  56  6 44.0  15/18 UNTOUCHABLES (287)        4 11 0
16/18 UNTOUCHABLES (287)        99 131  6 43.0  16-16*OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)   3  2 0
17/19 SHEPHERDS (252)          436 584 25 42.7  17/12 ARROGANCE (347)           3  6 0
18/20 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)      137 195  6 41.3  18/19 BONE TO BONE (199)        2  0 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/22 ARROGANCE (347)          338 512 26 39.8  19-15 THIGHMASTERS (525)        2  0 0
20/21 CAULDRON OF HATE (333)    88 134  5 39.6  20/24 CAULDRON OF HATE (333)    1 12 0
21-23 THIGHMASTERS (525)        17  28  3 37.8  21-21 ANIMAL PHARM (533)        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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     The table set, Assur sat down to relax and wait.  He reflected on the events of
the previous two years.  Way back on turn 404, Big Wave Dave actually wrote a
personal ad welcoming about 10 teams and also welcoming any teams that were new since
he'd last written an ad (some decades before).  Assur, always pleased with any
personal ad, but especially with these since it looked as if the I.T. alliance was
becoming active again in the  personals, commented on such and asked if the
spotlights were forthcoming.
     Big Wave Dave responded the very next turn:
          Assur -- Hmm, this writing personals is nice and all but then you said
          spotlight writing and now you're just talkin' crazy!  Speaking of feuds, I
          haven't had much of any in my day but who feuds with a bunch of fish?  A
          crazy person that's who...hmm, crazy like a fox! -- BWD, what the hell did
          all that mean?
With the gauntlet thrown, Assur had to respond.  No one can just call him crazy.  The
feud began, but unfortunately, the personal ads by Big Wave Dave stopped.
     In the meantime, Assur became a basher-a-holic and Big Wave Dave begins his
quest to lose the most Parry Rippers ever without graduating one.  (I feel your pain,
my friend, especially with Coral Beauty and Garibaldi.)  As for the feud, it
continued on, but not with as much glory as it might have.  Oh, the brutal
downchallenging was there and BWD and Assur fought each other as much as possible
during the Battle Royal, but even with the prize, the feud could not completely
capture the attention of either participant.  Talcama's weekly Old Maid club was of
more interest to both of them (As per the feud agreement, this essential part of life
would not come into contention during the course of the feud).
     Perhaps the most amazing turn of events happened only days prior.  The LBA,
recognizing Assurnasirbanipal's resounding victory over an IT Alliance member,
invited Assur to become a part of their team.  Yes--Assur in the LBA--what nonsense.
Of course, the rites of ceremony and blood letting in order to seal the  agreement
and pages of legal documents saying how Assur would always follow the LBA's charter
had been taken care of quickly and efficiently.
     Yet that has nothing to do with the party today.  Today's party was all about
one thing.  Big Wave Dave, as the loser, would watch Assurnasirbanipal, the winner,
eat Jello.  What perfect punishment for any loser in the I.T. alliance.  (Of course,
had BWD won, it would have been the perfect reward, except that this spot would never
have been written--it took Assur an extra turn as it was...)
     The moment arrives, and Big Wave Dave appears, already disheartened by the
prospect of lots of Jello with none for him.  When he saw the table, he became
downright depressed.  For low and behold the table was full of bowls, each with a
different, yet exquisite, flavor of Jello.  A glimmer of hope appeared when he
noticed two place settings.  Perhaps Assur wasn't as heartless as he thought.
     "Now remember, you actually have to watch me eat.  You can't just sit there
covering your eyes!  But do not worry, your humiliation has only begun.  For Suave is
also here to witness this and join me in this fine feast!"
     Hope shattered and the event began, an afternoon of Jello, but none for Big Wave
Dave.  The conversation never dulled, for these managers didn't have many occasions
to remember old times and spend time celebrating.  Big Wave Dave even almost forgot
about the Jello in front of him.  But let's be realistic, this IS Jello.
     Suddenly, a cry was heard from either side and from nowhere appears Jolly, The
Muffin Man, and HORRIBLE!?!.  Already armed, they immediately fall upon their
comrade.  Big Wave Dave hadn't seen his alliance-mates in such a fury since the glory
days of the House of Jello.  (Had Horrible even been seen at all since then?)
Luckily, Assur had prepared for just such an event.  He armed himself with a bowl in
one hand, nodded to Suave, and each reached under the table for their hidden Super
Soakers the fray was joined.
     Big Wave Dave, already covered with Jello, took two handfuls of Jello and
started retaliating.  Eating it might be off limits, but not throwing was not part of
any deal he'd ever make!
     The Jello and water flew in a battle perhaps without equal.  Rumor has it that
The Upright Man and Kahuna arrived in the nick of time with more weaponry and
ammunition so that the battle raged even longer.  When the war finally ended, the
survivors vowed silence, that none might know the truth of the matter.  The glory and
shame of the day would remain a secret, or so they thought.  None saw the grinning,
hooded figure slip into the shadows while the rest of the evidence of the day was
hidden.  They should have known though--would ever such a prominent figurehead miss
such an event?

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                                       TALCAMA
                               THE ROAD LEADS THROUGH

Talcama:

     It was months ago when their manager had sent them to Jade Mountain to set up a
team for future activity.  But as fast as Lyssa could fly, they had to make long
trips on foot back to the Andorian Kingdom.  But the only reason the two ladies had
come this way was because the Palani had wanted to.  She wanted to see the famed city
and its beautiful valley.
     So it was that Chi'en Huan Li stopped just outside the narrow gorge leading to
the Delarquan city of Talcama.  "It is very beautiful.  Did you know that Talcama is
famous for its archers.  They were instrumental in lifting the siege of Jhans during
the Rirorni war."
     "It IS pretty," Lyssa conceded, "and despite the reputation of its peacefulness
and kindly rulers, they did lose the palace to a bunch of managers in a card game.
And we all know how bad the arena is here."
     "Not everybody in Alastari shares our home's sense of honor and code of conduct.
Not even all of Andoria," Chi'en countered, as they walked through the city and
closed on the arena.
    "Yeah, but look at this," Lyssa said, pointing at a listing of the teams and
records.  "You can tell they don't even TRY to avoid killing.  Such disrespect for
life and talent.  Talent that could defend Alastari some day."
    "It is a waste.  I would put them on the field of battle before wasting them on
the sands.  My standards are low compared to Andorians, but even I am more
honorablethan these---"
    Lyssa finished the sentence for her, "Wretches?"
    Chi'en neither agreed nor disagreed with the word choice, "Theu have no qualms
about challenging a lesser ranked warrior."
    "Perhaps some warriors, and even managers would like another choice, given it..."
Lyssa noted, having a brain storm.  "While we're here, let's post something in the
ads.  This will probably infuriate some people back home, and especially here.  But
hey, if they can come to our arena and not care or show respect for our ways,
demanding they have that right, we can do it too."
    The Palani tied up her silky black hair in a top-knot as if expecting a fight to
ensue any moment, but seemed to have no response.
    Lyssa produced some parchment and began writing....

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 474): CIARAN of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 359): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): DUNE of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 476): BAQA of ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 474): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): ASHANTI of KREWE OF DRUID (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): BAYUSHI KACHIKO of CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): HOTTA WATTA of TOWNSVILLAINS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 461): QUEUE of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): SARA DIVINE of SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 434): M. THRASHER of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 425): GAR & BRILL of JUST BECAUSE (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 184): B.A. TURRY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 412): PUDDING PARADE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 360): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 170): MICROSOFT of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 158): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 310): EURO STEAMER of AS SEEN ON TV (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 353): MAHI MAHI of BIG MEAN FISH from TALCAMA (Big Wave Dave)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 474): SOUL HAREM (?, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 359): RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 476): ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 474): PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): SCIENCE FICTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): none
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 461): WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): IRONIC TAILS (Mr. Twister, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 434): 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 425): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 184): CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 412): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 360): SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes" Frothingslosh)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 170): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 158): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 310): FREAKSHOW (Elephant, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): FREELANCERS (Jinx, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 353): THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 473): KOGITSUNE MARU of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): DUNE of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
                          MX of THE NUKES (Fusion, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 475): BETSY of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): ZOT ZIPZIG of NIGHT TRAIN (Teet, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): MALT LICKER of WISH YOU WERE BEER (Alfredo Frothingslosh
               (turn 474): WILL DUEL FOR FOOD of SPARE-A-DIME SHIFT (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           ISAWA TADAKA of CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): SIR VILE of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
               (turn 469): SUNNY SIDE UP of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 460): FLUFFY of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): THE SICKNESS of BLACKEST PRIDE (Sylvester Frothingslosh)
               (turn 459): MADAM BUTTERFLY of SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 433): ANGRY WASHINGTON of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 183): HOCKEY DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 411): COOKIE SNORT of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 359): REAP THE FIELD of SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes"
                             Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 169): SEX ON THE BEACH of INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 309): P.B. BLASTER of AS SEEN ON TV (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I greatly enjoyed the tournament and will have much to report to the Continuum,
should I decide to return there.  In the meantime, I will explore the possibilities
of entertainment afforded to the Duelmaster of this place that is called a city.  I
call it an embarrassment, unfit for one such as I.

And I hear everyone is lining up to fight me.  Well, pick a number and maybe you'll
hear from my agent (but don't hold your breath).  I think I'll watch Peon Necromancer
flail in front of me.  Maybe he'll even beg me to let him look good before his
manager.  But I have no intention of showing him any mercy.  After all, Ms. Crusher
has always given me so much time and attention (not that she ever had any choice in
the matter).

-- Queue

                                      SPY REPORT

QUEUE bloodfeuded from the throne and successfully avenged THE CRUSHER's death and
kept the throne for another turn.  PEON NECROMANCER fought for 5 minutes, but in the
end, could not overcome the top Total Parry in the arena.  QUEUE is still a young
warrior and could hold the throne for several more turns, if he can keep on winning.
Can PEON or some other warrior take the throne away?

Hottest Warriors on the sands:
    PEON NECROMANCER (8-2) -- Lost to QUEUE
    MIMIC BLENNY (8-2) -- Victory over HOFFA
    NEON DISCODANCER (8-2) -- Lost to DIRE WOLF
    ACK VERT (7-3) -- Beat Convicted Assassin

Best Team Performances this turn:
    BURN N' PILLAGE - (5-0)
    BIG MEAN FISH - (4-1)
    GHAELIE SIDHE - (4-1)

Up challengers:   4-1   Warriors increasing recognition class: 13
Down challengers: 2-4   Warriors decreasing recognition class: 4
Even challengers: 0-1

Largest Recognition Gains:  KETUMAIE (+20) - beat CHASEK
                            NEOSPHINCTER (+18) - beat MORROCCO MOLE
                            SHEN JING (+18) - beat MUSCLE BUM
                            PICKLE JUICE (+17) - beat ACE

Largest Recognition Losses: SON OF CAIN (-15) - loss to BOOTER

Most Challenged Warrior:    BAMBI of BEAST MASTERS
     BROKE STROKER was beaten by BAMBI in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge fray

Most Avoided Team:          CENTER FOR OLDS by CONSORTIUM CREW

The commission gave me some very sad news over the last turn.  Apparently, I made
mistakes in my tourney picks and misclassed a few warriors.  Alas, I can not take
them back, but Talcama did pretty miserably in the tourney so it probably wouldn't
have mattered.  Talcama's only TV was a sandbagger.  We won't even talk about TC's
this time around.

There were no deaths this turn, probably because the arena population is so full of
Total Parries.  BO PEEP and MIMIC BLENNY are off to the Isle next turn so
congratulations to them and their managers.

The least popular warrior was not one of the two warriors who fought for 23 minutes.
3 WINS THEN DA and ADAR took the least popular spots in 13 minutes of boredom while
BOOTER and SON OF CAIN had a much more exciting 23 minute fight.  Go figure.
Meanwhile, the fans preferred PICKLE JUICE's 2 minute win over JANDOLIN's 7 minute or
FORGED IN L.A.'s 5 minutes of fighting.

And BURN N' PILLAGE's 5-0 was enough to claim most of the team awards, but BIG MEAN
FISH held the 3 turn record award.  Congrats to the victors. Work harder, you losers.
Until next time. -- Sherik

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUEUE 7756                   11   4  0   118       NEXT GENERATION (547)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JANDOLIN 6922                14   5  2   123       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
 PEOPLE'S ELBOW 6352          16  17  0   117       UNTOUCHABLES (287)
 ACK VERT 7429                20  14  1   116       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 BO PEEP 7392                 24  13  0   109       SHEPHERDS (252)
 MIMIC BLENNY 7541            19  12  0   106       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
-PENGUINICILLIN 7224          13  11  1    97       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
-VAIN VARICOSE 7153           17   8  0    96       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
 BOOTER 7742                  15   7  0    92       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 KETUMAIE 7525                15  16  1    91       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
-BARRACUDAFED 7627            10   6  1    91       ANIMAL PHARM (533)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LILITH 7794                  11   8  1    90       THE SHADOWS (574)
 DIRE WOLF 7655               16  12  2    88       BEAST MASTERS (567)
-AGONY 7825                   11   1  0    87       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 NEOSPHINCTER 7317             9   3  0    82       WASTELAND (207)
 PEON NECROMANCER 7856        10   6  2    81       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 SON OF CAIN 6438             18   9  0    79       UNTOUCHABLES (287)
 YANG CHOW 7942                7   2  1    79       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
-FEMUR 3823                   14  11  5    78       BONE TO BONE (199)
-CHASITY BELT 6507            10   4  0    75       THE GUARDIANS II (479)
 NEON DISCODANCER 7857        10   6  0    72       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 MORROCCO MOLE 7654           17   9  0    70       BEAST MASTERS (567)
-IRON HANDS LEE 6621           6   4  1    68       THE GUARDIANS II (479)
 CHASEK 7791                  11   7  2    67       THE SHADOWS (574)
 HOFFA 7294                   10  37  0    67       ARROGANCE (347)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VASSAL 7637                  12   6  1    64       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 DOC STEELE 7407              13  23  0    62       ARROGANCE (347)
-WONDER BRA 6510              11   4  0    62       THE GUARDIANS II (479)
 PICKLE JUICE 7741             9  13  0    62       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 FORGED IN L.A. 7433           9  15  0    60       NEXT GENERATION (547)
 HE HATE ME 7820               8   8  0    60       WASTELAND (207)
 SCOURGE 7847                 10   5  0    59       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 RAZOR HAWK 7656              14  15  1    58       BEAST MASTERS (567)
 TIBULA 4153                   7   5  2    58       BONE TO BONE (199)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BEN WA 7103                   4   4  3    56       THIGHMASTERS (525)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 P'TIT GARS 7816               9  11  0    55       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 MAYOR MCCHEESE 7903           6   7  0    55       WASTELAND (207)
 PAUL 7804                     8   7  0    53       SHEPHERDS (252)
 HO HUM HO 7884                8   6  0    51       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
 ACE 7260                      5   2  1    49       CONSORTIUM CREW (536)
-TAKOV 7457                    4   3  0    48       OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)
 CRAZY CREEP 7259              6   2  0    47       CONSORTIUM CREW (536)
 HANNAH 7875                   6  10  0    47       SHEPHERDS (252)
-ZOCORCUPINE 7882              6   1  0    43       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
 MARDUK 7835                  10   4  0    40       THE SHADOWS (574)
 GOUT GOUT 7948                6   2  0    36       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
 BART 7927                     4   6  1    36       SHEPHERDS (252)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHEN JING 7312                5   2  0    33       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
 ASSUR 7821                    5  14  2    31       ARROGANCE (347)
-ROYCE 7459                    3   1  1    31       OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)
-GRIZZLY BAYER 7841            4   4  0    29       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
 BRICKTOP 7955                 3   1  0    27       WASTELAND (207)
 PURPLE FIREFISH 7982          4   1  0    25       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
 INZO 7284                     5   3  0    24       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
-CURATOR 7511                  3   2  1    24       CONSORTIUM CREW (536)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MUSCLE BUM 7919               5   7  0    22       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 MIDNIGHT ANGEL 8008           2   2  1    22       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
-RAGEN 7461                    2   5  0    21       OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)
-JOCK 7939                     4   0  0    20       THE GUARDIANS II (479)
-SOLAR PLEXUS 4265             3   2  1    19       BONE TO BONE (199)
-MINO 7257                     2   3  0    19       CONSORTIUM CREW (536)
-VECNA 7322                    2   3  0    18       LOST SOULS (540)
 CONVICT BLENNY 7983           2   3  0    17       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
-ENTROPY 7321                  2   3  0    17       LOST SOULS (540)
 KIM POSSIBLE 8022             1   1  0    17       UNTOUCHABLES (287)
-ALYSON H. 7181                2   2  0    15       THIGHMASTERS (525)
-DYMAR IRONFIST 7324           1   4  0    15       LOST SOULS (540)
 FRENCH GRUNT 7981             1   4  0    15       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
-OZ 7258                       0   5  0    15       CONSORTIUM CREW (536)
-LOLOT 7458                    2   2  0    14       OF WOLF AND MAN 9 (549)
-KEEPER OF SOULS 8015          1   0  0    10       THE GUARDIANS II (479)
 ADAR 8005                     2   1  0     9       THE SHADOWS (574)
 RYGOR 8020                    1   1  0     9       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 GROBRAUM 8045                 1   0  0     9       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
-KAS 7320                      0   5  0     9       LOST SOULS (540)
-MELANIE 7197                  2   1  0     7       THIGHMASTERS (525)
 BAMBI 7926                    1   1  0     7       BEAST MASTERS (567)
 BROKE STROKER 8017            0   3  0     7       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 REIHE 8044                    1   0  0     6       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 IZUMI 7995                    1   3  0     6       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
-QUICKLING 7353                0   2  0     6       LOST SOULS (540)
 MARUKKA 8006                  1   2  0     5       THE SHADOWS (574)
 HASETH 8046                   1   0  0     5       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
 LE PAIN DLG 8016              1   2  0     5       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 3 WINS THEN DA 8026           1   1  0     4       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 I'M A WINNER 8009             0   1  0     1       WASTELAND (207)
-KNEECAP 4373                  0   1  0     1       BONE TO BONE (199)
 VALAKOR 8043                  0   1  0     1       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 RON STOPPABLE 8047            0   1  0     1       UNTOUCHABLES (287)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FROGS FORM THE SK 409  0  1 0   1                   MIDNIGHT ANGEL 8008   462 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
POOFTA 7994            2  2 1 BURN N' PILLAGE 218   VASSAL 7637           461         
DEFIANCE 7397          7 10 0 CAULDRON OF HATE 333  DARK CHAMPION 428     462 NONE    
INSANITY 7752          2  8 0 CAULDRON OF HATE 333  SPYMISTRESS SHARD 426 462 NONE    
WILLY LOSE 7750        4  6 0 CAULDRON OF HATE 333  BANDIT PRINCESS 429   462 NONE    
SZEGDA 8027            1  1 0 CAULDRON OF HATE 333  WIRYDON THE GIANT 425 462 NONE    
MIKE THE LIBRARI 8007  0  4 0 CENTER FOR OLDS 108   BLACK ORC 424         462 NONE    
SON OF NORWAY 8031     0  1 0 CENTER FOR OLDS 108   STONE GOLEM 430       462 NONE    
FODDER 8032            0  1 0 CENTER FOR OLDS 108   SPYMISTRESS SHARD 426 462 NONE    
SNIPPERWHAPPER 7932    5  4 1 CENTER FOR OLDS 108   ACE 7260              461         
CAELCARMAC 7095        7  5 0 GHAELIE SIDHE 495     PEON NECROMANCER 7856 460         
MRS. ROGERS 8014       1  1 1 NEXT GENERATION 547   DARK CHAMPION 428     462 NONE    
WEAKLEY 8030           0  1 0 NEXT GENERATION 547   BLACK ORC 424         462 NONE    
THE CRUSHER 7739       7  8 1 NEXT GENERATION 547   PEON NECROMANCER 7856 461 JUST REV
VENORAN 7460           2  4 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 9 549 CURATOR 7511          460         
SINGE DES BOITES 7876  4  8 0 PENTARCHIE-18 508     YANG CHOW 7942        458 NOT REVE
THOTH 7943             2  3 0 THE SHADOWS 574       BANNOR 7326           458 REVENGED
ZACH 8028              0  1 0 SHEPHERDS 252         BLACK ORC 424         462 NONE    
SAMSON 7855            8  7 0 SHEPHERDS 252         JANDOLIN 6922         460         
REHSALS 7763           7 11 0 SRETSAMLEUD 572       TIBULA 4153           460         
VALAKOR 7985           1  1 1 THUNDR + LITENING 22  POOFTA 7994           459 REVENGED
TOUCH AGAIN 8048       0  1 0 UNTOUCHABLES 287      HIGH ELF 423          462 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Assur -- Thanks for the welcome.  The Consortium Crew welcomed me back with a butt
whipping of one of my pikers!  Venoran: 9-9-8-21-17-11-9, a strange design to say the
least but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it.  Now I don't have to
worry about it! -- Tripwire

Talcama -- Are you a gladiator sick of having that spear aimed intentionally at your
head?  Sick of seeing the bloodshot berserker look of uncaring foes?  Or perhaps
you're a manager tired of losing their best warriors to other uncaring managers?  Are
you sick of downchallenges, even small ones that feel bigger than the recognition
belies?  Then perhaps you are in the wrong arena, comrades!  Come to the Andorian
Kingdom, and find an arena that possesses a sanctity for life and tries NOT to kill
you or your team members!  One that doesn't down challenge, even if infrequently.
One where you can be part of a community to stand up for your values.  Don't wait
another minute, move out of those soulless, heartless, uncaring 'Larq arenas and feel
the light of day, a friendly smile, and a drink that's not poisoned!  Come to Andoria
where slavery is banned and freedom reigns! -- This message brought to you by a
fellow Andorian at heart

Jolly -- Okay, now it is your turn to bloodfeud.  We have a fine match of death
tennis shaping up here. -- Doc Steele

Assur -- I knew you would enjoy ending that streak more than anyone.  I'm glad I
could provide such good entertainment for you. -- Doc Steele

Doc Steele -- Yeah I know, I'm always below your radar.  Guess I'm just not good
enough for you, eh?  But you know what they say, being second makes you try harder,
so I guess I'll just have to try harder to be on the radar screen. -- Guardian

Jandolin -- All I can say is bring it on.  If you can kill a bunch of puds with no
tourney experience, I can get replacements and sandbag them in the ToD. -- Guardian

Assur -- I know the feeling. -- Guardian

Doc Steele -- You haven't underestimated Paul.  He just has Scourge's number. --
Assur

Jandolin -- I've got good news and bad news.  The good news is that should Bo Peep
survive, she'll be off to the Isle next turn.  So you'll only have to face her two
more times.  The bad news is that I'll know her faves for that third turn!  As you
suspected, I have every intention of avenging my loss of Samson. -- Assur
P.S.  My idea of a thank you for that particular loss is to see you in the same place
as Samson.

Suave -- Thanks for talking me into running Bo Peep in the Champs tourney.  While
going 4-3 was a lot of fun, getting the skills she needed to graduate are far more
rewarding.  Now if I can just keep her alive one more turn!!! -- Assur

Peon Necromancer -- The Crusher, on the other hand, truly is a favor done to me.
Fave learn Riposte bashers really are worthless and The Crusher was no exception
(12(1)-5-12-21-15-9-11) -- Assur

Neosphincter -- Through my avoids and all! -- Paul

Scourge -- Thanks for the skills! -- Bart

Vain Varicose -- You should be embarrassed! -- Queue

Ketumaie -- Well fought! -- Forged in L.A.

Mrs. Rogers -- Whoops. -- Assur

Assur -- Was that the best you could do?  How pathetic. -- Jondolin

Suave -- So it's that kind of party, eh?  I welcome it.  Down challenge will be met
in kind and so it begins. -- Mordraith

26 June 2003
     STOP THINKING TOGS!!!!!  It's here.  Well, almost here anyway.  We're looking at
a start date of the first turn in Aradi (DM 60) following the Fall Mail-In.  This
should give everyone sufficient time to study the new ultra-improved T#%S IV rules 
and prep accordingly.  So without further ado, here is your handy-dandy guide to
winning your very own Golden Scrod (and some other very cool prizes to be announced
officially before the start of the tourney that must not be named):
1.  Each T#%S team consists of two managers.  After the tourney starts, there will be
    no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your partners wisely.  T#%S IV will
    last for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.  The only
    team I know of so far is last TOGS winners:  Ganolus Oakleaf/Hombre of Blood
    Related/Thieves Guild.  Hey, this is fun!
2.  The T#%S entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per T#%S
    team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no
    exceptions being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or
    manager decides to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
    a) send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
       Andy Salveson
       6812 Romanzo Way
       Elk Grove, CA 95758
    b) get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards and
       no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.
3.  T#%S point system:
    10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on your even challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on another T#%S warriors challenge.
    7 points for winning a random matchup against another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning a random matchup against a non-T#%S warrior.  Do not fight
      your team mate, you will not get any points.  Also, you will not get any points
      if you challenge or get challenged by a non-T#%S team, so use your avoids
      wisely if you think someone is out to get you.
   10 points for being the Duelmaster.  This is in addition to all points listed
      above and will begin turn 1, so prep accordingly.
    5 points for every spotlight written by any team member, 1 per manager per turn.
      The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the
      newsletter (that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and I will be
      completely firm on this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will
      not be given points if they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not
      Duelmasters or fantasy related.  I will be the sole judge of this.  If you're
      unsure if I will judge something to be Duelmasters or fantasy related, then
      e-mail me before you write the spotlight and ask me.  I reserve the right to
      take points away from a spotlight after they are given if I judge at a later
      time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.
   -5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
      personal ad.
   -5 points for being the team that avoided the most.
     If you participated in TOGS III, you'll notice some slight changes in the points
structure.  The main things are points for random match ups against non T#%S
warriors, bonus points for being the Duelmaster, new spotlight criteria, and no
points given for being the most avoided team.
4.  I already mentioned this, but T#%S IV will start the first turn in arena 60 after
    the Fall Mail-In runs and it will last for 13 turns.  There will not be a
    Survivor format this time around, meaning no eliminations.  I will still be doing
    the multipliers at the end, however.  This means that all points accumulated by a
    team on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by
    each team on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.
5.  Prizes are yet to be determined, but I'll tell you what I know.  There will be
    prizes given out each turn to whichever team scores the most combined points on a
    given turn.  Tie breakers will go to the team with the most wins on that turn and
    then to the team with most overall points.  I have asked RSI for the same prizes
    as last TOGS which were transferring any warrior to arena 60 and renaming Aradi
    for approximately 6 months, but we'll see what they come back with.  I haven't
    decided how to split the prizes up, partly because I don't know how many teams
    will be entering yet, but I do know the prizes will be split among the top 3
    teams at the end.  I will announce the exact breakdown of everything when I know
    more.
6.  And just like TOGS III, Death Stud and I will be the sole arbiters of any dispute
    that may arise.  Whine all you like, but as Nuln told you last time, that's how
    it is.
7.  M & RR Clause (go ahead, read between the capitals):  I reserve the right to
    disallow entry to this tourney if you have a previous history of being a big fat
    mouth about everything.
     I think that pretty much covers it.  I will be accepting team entries as of now
and then posting them in the newsletters as I receive entry fees.  Please feel free
to e-mail me regarding any questions or comments at Ganolus@aol.com.  So everyone don
your best pair of leg warmers, hop on your favorite farm animal, and ride to Aradi
for the 4th kinda-annual Tournament that must not be named for no apparent reason
whatsoever, or T#%S IV, for short.  See ya'll there!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEFIANCE was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
MRS. ROGERS was dispatched by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
INSANITY was easily killed by SPYMISTRESS SHARDA in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
WILLY LOSE was dispatched by BANDIT PRINCESS in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
MIKE THE LIBRARIAN was assassinated by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
SZEGDA was butchered by WIRYDON THE GIANTESS in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
SON OF NORWAY was barely slain by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
FODDER was butchered by SPYMISTRESS SHARDA in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena competition.
TOUCH AGAIN was easily killed by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena melee.
ZACH was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
WEAKLEY was assassinated by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
QUEUE defeated PEON NECROMANCER in a exciting 5 minute gruesome Bloodfeud Title fight.
BO PEEP was savagely defeated by JANDOLIN in a 7 minute veteran's Bloodfeud fight.
YANG CHOW handily defeated DOC STEELE in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
NEON DISCODANCER was bested by DIRE WOLF in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge bout.
VASSAL unbelievably bested HO HUM HO in a action packed 3 minute gory Challenge fight.
NEOSPHINCTER bested MORROCCO MOLE in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
SCOURGE beat BART in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
MAYOR MCCHEESE slimly won victory over FORGED IN L.A. in a 5 minute Challenge fight.
HANNAH was savagely defeated by HE HATE ME in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge bout.
MARDUK was outwaited by PAUL in a 8 minute gory Challenge contest.
MUSCLE BUM was overpowered by SHEN JING in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
BROKE STROKER was beaten by BAMBI in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge fray.
ADAR outwaited 3 WINS THEN DA in a monotonous 13 minute novice's Challenge contest.
MARUKKA was defeated by PURPLE FIREFISH in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
LILITH was overpowered by PEOPLE'S ELBOW in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MIMIC BLENNY overpowered HOFFA in a exciting 1 minute gruesome uneven match.
ACK VERT handily defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a exciting 1 minute uneven bout.
SON OF CAIN was outwaited by BOOTER in a slow 23 minute veteran's bout.
CHASEK was vanquished by KETUMAIE in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
ACE was savagely defeated by PICKLE JUICE in a 2 minute gory match.
P'TIT GARS savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute veteran vs. novice bout.
RAZOR HAWK savagely defeated BRICKTOP in a popular 3 minute bloody uneven contest.
CRAZY CREEP subdued GOUT GOUT in a crowd pleasing 3 minute match.
TIBULA overpowered ASSUR in a 2 minute one-sided fray.
CONVICT BLENNY demolished LBA GROUPIE in a 2 minute mismatched match.
FRENCH GRUNT was demolished by INZO in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MIDNIGHT ANGEL killed FROGS FORM THE SKY in a unpopular 4 minute novice's duel.
LE PAIN DLG was demolished by KIM POSSIBLE in a 1 minute uneven competition.
IZUMI was beaten by GROBRAUM in a 1 minute novice's fight.
RYGOR won victory over RON STOPPABLE in a exciting 4 minute amateur's duel.
VALAKOR was viciously subdued by REIHE in a 2 minute gory amateur's duel.
HASETH unbelievably bested I'M A WINNER in a action packed 1 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         WALL OF STEEL     40 -  32 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         TOTAL PARRY       64 -  53 -  1      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         STRIKING ATTACK   56 -  50 -  8      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  24 -  1      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-STRIKE      19 -  20 -  0      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    7         AIMED BLOW        14 -  17 -  3      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         BASHING ATTACK    46 -  58 -  7      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  22 -  1      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    75 - 109 -  4      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  21 -  2      28  |

Turn 462 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  3         4  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  4     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  7         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  6         1  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        7 -  7     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      QUEUE 7756                 11   4  0  118 NEXT GENERATION (547)
STRIKING ATTACK  JANDOLIN 6922              14   5  2  123 GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
SLASHING ATTACK  ACK VERT 7429              20  14  1  116 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
LUNGING ATTACK   MIMIC BLENNY 7541          19  12  0  106 BIG MEAN FISH (171)
BASHING ATTACK   LILITH 7794                11   8  1   90 THE SHADOWS (574)
PARRY-LUNGE      DIRE WOLF 7655             16  12  2   88 BEAST MASTERS (567)
AIMED BLOW       NEOSPHINCTER 7317           9   3  0   82 WASTELAND (207)
PARRY-STRIKE     NEON DISCODANCER 7857      10   6  0   72 SRETSAMLEUD (572)
WALL OF STEEL    MARDUK 7835                10   4  0   40 THE SHADOWS (574)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PICKLE JUICE 7741.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JANDOLIN 6922.  The ten other most popular fighters were FORGED IN L.A. 
7433, PEON NECROMANCER 7856, HE HATE ME 7820, YANG CHOW 7942, RAZOR HAWK 7656, CRAZY 
CREEP 7259, SON OF NORWAY 8031, HO HUM HO 7884, RYGOR 8020, and DIRE WOLF 7655.

The least popular fighter this week was 3 WINS THEN DA 8026.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ADAR 8005, BOOTER 7742, SON OF CAIN 6438, PAUL 7804, RON 
STOPPABLE 8047, VALAKOR 8043, IZUMI 7995, LE PAIN DLG 8016, MIDNIGHT ANGEL 8008, and 
FRENCH GRUNT 7981.

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

BO PEEP (18-7392) SHEPHERDS (252)
MIMIC BLENNY (18-7541) BIG MEAN FISH (171)