DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/13/2003    Duedate: 11/26/2003

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-470

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TRAGIC TUESDAY
QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
(19-4226) [8-6-0,86]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TRAGIC TUESDAY                 POSITION IS EMPTY
QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)          
(19-4226) [8-6-0,86]           

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LADY DEATHSTRIKE               LADY DEATHSTRIKE
QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)          QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
(19-4232) [9-3-2,83]           (19-4232) [9-3-2,83]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)       26
2. NATURE'S WRATH (395)         0      QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
3. THE SIERRAS (393)            0      Unchartered Team
4. JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)        0
5. DRAGON JUNKIES (392)         0      EVENGATE (300)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 THE SIERRAS (393)         29  17  1 63.0   1/ 2 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     8  7 1
 2- 2 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        16  14  1 53.3   2- 1 NATURE'S WRATH (395)      4  6 0
 3- 3 SADISTS (360)             65  58 10 52.8   3- 3 THE SIERRAS (393)         3  1 0
 4- 4 NATURE'S WRATH (395)      26  28  1 48.1   4- 4 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)     3  2 1
 5/ 6 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     42  47  5 47.2   5- 5 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      3  3 2
 6- 5 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)    236 283 14 45.5   6- 6 SADISTS (360)             2  1 0
 7- 7 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      49  60  4 45.0   7- 7*SEINFELD (388)            1  0 0
 8- 8*SEINFELD (388)             4   7  0 36.4   8- 8 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        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 #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to
faint.

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): LADY DEATHSTRIKE of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): SILVER BELLE of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): none
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): none
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     This is my first time in the mighty throne and man is it comfy.  Let me start by
apologizing to SunGod, that was not my intent.  Aldara...O.K. I'm confused.  You have
the throne then you sit out; there were no Challenger Champs, you dolt.  Therefore
you were almost guaranteed a computer guy.  Or maybe you did it on purpose so you
could fight someone with half of your F.E.  What a brave soul you must be.  Oh well,
I guess I'll find out this turn.

                    NECRON 99
                    Mgr. Quasi-Legal Ops

                                      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!  We 
now have a new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  QUASI-LEGAL OPS now holds 
the crown and they are betting they can keep it.  Hey everybody, watch out for 
ZUWAYZAN TSAR, who flew up 11 points in the rankings after mashing CONVICTED THIEF 
like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, 
folks, lost to KHALHUMS DWARF, and LADY DEATHSTRIKE has made the way for a new 
Duelmaster!  With LADY DEATHSTRIKE clearing the throne, QUASI-LEGAL OPS of TRAGIC 
TUESDAY takes a proud seat as ZUWAYZA's new Duelmaster, by virtue of recognition 
points.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ZUWAYZA arena.  Did you 
hear that JAGUAR WARRIORS was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the 
personal hygiene of JAGUAR WARRIORS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  For those of you 
who like math, try this one:  JAGUAR WARRIORS + Weapons That go Boom = QUASI-LEGAL 
OPS + Avoid City.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time 
is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  Its been 
real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226           8   6  0    86       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ADARA AL ZAHRA 3989          16  10  0   103       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VOO DOO 4529                 10   1  0    90       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
-SPECK, SUMMER L. 4268        10   8  2    83       SADISTS (360)
 LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232         9   3  2    83       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
-TMARACK 4651                  5   0  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
-BLUE 4647                     7   3  0    77       THE SIERRAS (393)
-MALKIA 4571                  18   5  0    71       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CALLISTA 4575                13  11  1    64       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-NYMPH 4752                    5   0  0    64       NATURE'S WRATH (395)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MURPHY 4703                   6   1  1    55       THE SIERRAS (393)
-HAWKINS 4649                  4   1  0    55       THE SIERRAS (393)
 EFIL NIKEUFECIN 4486          6   3  1    50       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
-MILLER, TERRI L. 4266         8   6  1    39       SADISTS (360)
-COSMO 4498                    3   1  0    37       SEINFELD (388)
 KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562       4   2  0    36       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SEA DAR 4721                  4   3  0    27       THE SIERRAS (393)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLIZZARD 4754                 2   3  1    21       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
-HIGH ELF 4732                 1   2  1    19       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-SOUP NAZI 4499                1   2  0    19       SEINFELD (388)
-DEO VOLENTE 4751              2   1  0    17       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
 ZUWAYZAN TSAR 4759            2   1  0    15       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
-CRAZY TWIST 4610              1   0  0    15       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
-TABOO 4580                    3   1  0    14       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
-IVY 4724                      3   4  0    13       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
-VED BUENS ENDE 4749           1   2  1    12       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
-BLACK MAMBA 4608              1   0  0    10       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
-SFORNO OBADJA 4662            1   5  0     8       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
-DING HAO 4750                 1   2  0     5       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
-DAV 4594                      0   1  0     1       SADISTS (360)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BLACK MAIDEN 4758      0  1 0 DRAGON JUNKIES 392    VED BUENS ENDE 4749   468         
VOLCANO 4731           3  2 0 NATURE'S WRATH 395    HIGH ELF 4732         469         
TORNADO 4757           2  1 0 NATURE'S WRATH 395    LEO PANTHERA 4693     469 NONE    
XPERIMENT #1 4267     12  6 1 SADISTS 360           LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232 469         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LADY DEATHSTRIKE was unbelievably bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 3 minute bloody fight.
TRAGIC TUESDAY vanquished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
EFIL NIKEUFECIN overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute bloody mismatched duel.
KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ZUWAYZAN TSAR devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   5 -  0      77  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  19 -  2      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  10 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  17 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW         6 -   8 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  17 -  1      29  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

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

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226         8   6  0   86 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
STRIKING ATTACK  LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232       9   3  2   83 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
BASHING ATTACK   KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562     4   2  0   36 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232.  The ten other most popular fighters were TRAGIC 
TUESDAY 4226, EFIL NIKEUFECIN 4486, ZUWAYZAN TSAR 4759, KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562,  0,  
0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ZUWAYZAN TSAR 4759, EFIL NIKEUFECIN 4486, TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226, 
LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232,  0,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

                       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