DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/07/2003    Duedate: 08/20/2003

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-463

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KANDY KANES
CARNIVAL (101)
(19-4329) [15-8-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KANDY KANES                    POSITION IS EMPTY
CARNIVAL (101)                 
(19-4329) [15-8-0,108]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KANDY KANES                    SPECK, SUMMER L.
CARNIVAL (101)                 SADISTS (360)
(19-4329) [15-8-0,108]         (19-4268) [9-8-2,74]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARNIVAL (101)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRAGON JUNKIES (392)        28
2. CARNIVAL (101)              17      THE SIERRAS (393)
3. UNKNOWNS XII (389)          17      Unchartered Team
4. NATURE'S WRATH (395)         0
5. SEINFELD (388)               0       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*HITLIST XIX (383)          1   0  0  100   1/ 1 CARNIVAL (101)            9  6 0
 2/ 2 THE SIERRAS (393)         24  15  1 61.5   2/ 2 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      5  5 1
 3- 3 GO TO THE DICKENS! (330) 173 133  6 56.5   3/ 6 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        3  0 0
 4/ 0 THE SUNGOD XPERIEN (379)  24  21  2 53.3   4- 4*NATURE'S WRATH (395)      3  7 0
 5/ 0 SADISTS (360)             63  56 10 52.9   5/ 3 THE SIERRAS (393)         2  2 0
 6/ 4 CARNIVAL (101)           306 331 11 48.0   6- 9*HITLIST XIX (383)         1  0 0
 7/ 9 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        10  12  1 45.5   7- 5 GO TO THE DICKENS! (330)  1  1 0
 8/ 6 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      41  50  2 45.1   8/ 0 SADISTS (360)             0  1 0
 9- 7*NATURE'S WRATH (395)      11  14  0 44.0   9/ 0 THE SUNGOD XPERIEN (379)  0  1 0
10-10*SEINFELD (388)             3   7  0 30.0  10-10*SEINFELD (388)            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 #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.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     To All -- Some advice.  The trail to the Isle is littered with warriors with Wit
and Will.  The key is Size, Strength and Charisma.

                    Kandy Kanes, DM

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
ZUWAYZA.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  
Coming up with a solid 2-0-0 outing, UNKNOWNS XII has advanced 3 places in the 
rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for MALKIA, who flew up 23 points in the rankings 
after mashing SPECK, SUMMER L. like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, 
some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  SPECK, SUMMER L. was beat by 
MALKIA and drops 16 points.  Going for the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody 
knuckles was THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE's SUNGODZILLA, who was turned away from the 
Duelmastership by KANDY KANES.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a 
day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Did you hear that ACT OF MALICE was most 
avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal hygiene of ACT OF MALICE's 
warriors, I'm not surprised!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your 
rasberries, cause SADISTS beats feet every time ACT OF MALICE smiles at them.  Try 
farming, eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, LURE would be president. 
Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to win.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally 
in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Hasta la bye-bye.  (Loud 
choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KANDY KANES 4329             15   8  0   108       CARNIVAL (101)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-XPERIMENT #1 4267            11   4  1   100       SADISTS (360)
 SUNGODZILLA 4341             10   8  1    93       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (379)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALKIA 4571                  16   4  0    80       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-TMARACK 4651                  5   0  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
-BLUE 4647                     7   3  0    77       THE SIERRAS (393)
 SPECK, SUMMER L. 4268         9   8  2    74       SADISTS (360)
 VOO DOO 4529                  7   0  0    67       UNKNOWNS XII (389)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MADAME DEFARGE 4503          11  13  0    64       GO TO THE DICKENS! (330)
 LURE 4535                    11  11  0    61       CARNIVAL (101)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CALLISTA 4575                11   8  1    56       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-HAWKINS 4649                  4   1  0    55       THE SIERRAS (393)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ONETRIK FONY 4694             3   5  0    51       CARNIVAL (101)
-POST HYPNOTIC 4377            7   4  0    45       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (379)
-MILLER, TERRI L. 4266         8   6  1    39       SADISTS (360)
-COSMO 4498                    3   1  0    37       SEINFELD (388)
-AVALANCHE 4687                6   1  0    36       NATURE'S WRATH (395)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR AUSTIN RIPPER 4671        4   7  1    30       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MURPHY 4703                   3   1  1    23       THE SIERRAS (393)
 SHOEFLY PIE 4704              3   4  0    23       CARNIVAL (101)
-SOULTAKER 4386                1   0  0    21       HITLIST XIX (383)
-LEO PANTHERA 4693             2   2  0    16       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 TABOO 4580                    2   0  0    15       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
 MASKED MIME 4719              2   3  0    14       CARNIVAL (101)
-SOUP NAZI 4499                0   2  0    10       SEINFELD (388)
 SEA DAR 4721                  2   1  0     7       THE SIERRAS (393)
-FLASHFIRE 4722                0   2  0     2       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
-DA 4590                       0   1  0     1       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (379)
-DAV 4594                      0   1  0     1       SADISTS (360)
-IVY 4724                      0   1  0     1       NATURE'S WRATH (395)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FIRE SPRITE 4690       3  4 0 NATURE'S WRATH 395    CALLISTA 4575         462         
CYCLONE 4691           2  3 0 NATURE'S WRATH 395    MURPHY 4703           460 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Malkia -- Less shields and more plans to improve my record. -- One Trk

Avalanche -- Why was I stopped? -- Shoefly

Soultaker -- What's wrong with you?  Are you crazed? -- Mime

Hit List -- Welcome and prosper! -- Carny

Jack Wolfspider and Crow -- Farewell.  Always a worthy opponent.  Prosper. -- Carny

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

VOO DOO unbelievably bested LURE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge fight.
KANDY KANES savagely defeated SUNGODZILLA in a popular 1 minute veteran's Title melee.
SPECK, SUMMER L. was unbelievably bested by MALKIA in a 3 minute veteran's contest.
CALLISTA devastated SHOEFLY PIE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
ONETRIK FONY defeated SIR AUSTIN RIPPER in a 1 minute struggle.
TABOO beat SEA DAR in a 3 minute amateur's brawl.
MASKED MIME defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute gruesome beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   2 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       18 -  12 -  0      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  37 -  0      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  12 -  2      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  12 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  13 -  1      32  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 463 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   KANDY KANES 4329           15   8  0  108 CARNIVAL (101)
TOTAL PARRY      MALKIA 4571                16   4  0   80 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
SLASHING ATTACK  SPECK, SUMMER L. 4268       9   8  2   74 SADISTS (360)
BASHING ATTACK   CALLISTA 4575              11   8  1   56 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KANDY KANES 4329.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SPECK, SUMMER L. 4268.  The ten other most popular fighters were LURE 4535, 
KANDY KANES 4329, SEA DAR 4721, CALLISTA 4575, ONETRIK FONY 4694, MASKED MIME 4719, 
VOO DOO 4529, SUNGODZILLA 4341, MALKIA 4571, and SHOEFLY PIE 4704.

The least popular fighter this week was TABOO 4580.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SIR AUSTIN RIPPER 4671, SHOEFLY PIE 4704, MALKIA 4571, SUNGODZILLA 
4341, VOO DOO 4529, MASKED MIME 4719, ONETRIK FONY 4694, CALLISTA 4575, SEA DAR 4721, 
and KANDY KANES 4329.

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

KANDY KANES (19-4329) CARNIVAL (101)