DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/06/2009    Duedate: 05/19/2009

SUNSET ARENA

DM-21    TURN-612

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LEAD INSTRUCTOR
LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
(21-6642) [16-12-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              KING TOOTNPOOTN
                               BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
                               (21-6731) [3-2-1,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SURLY DECKHAND                 SALTY
SEA DOGS (533)                 SEA DOGS (533)
(21-6568) [24-19-0,100]        (21-6607) [15-17-0,73]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

NOMADIC TRIBE (160)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEATH MOB 4 (567)           57
2. NOMADIC TRIBE (160)         39      NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
3. GRIM FANDANGO (454)         36      Unchartered Team
4. BEN'S BAZAAR (577)          34
5. SEA DOGS (533)              13      GERM WARFARE (494)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*GERM WARFARE (494)         4   0  0  100   1/ 1 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      10  4 0
 2/ 1 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      249 139 10 64.2   2/ 6 SEA DOGS (533)            9  3 1
 3/ 2 DEATH MOB 4 (567)        101  70  3 59.1   3/ 3 LITERATE LOONS (538)      9  6 0
 4/ 3 SEA DOGS (533)           139  98 12 58.6   4/ 8 DEATH MOB 4 (567)         8  2 0
 5/ 4 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      509 427 18 54.4   5/ 7 GRIM FANDANGO (454)       8  7 0
 6/ 5 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)    104  94  6 52.5   6/ 4 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)       8  7 0
 7/ 6 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)      159 160  4 49.8   7/ 9*BEN'S BAZAAR (577)        6  9 1
 8/ 7 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      49  56  7 46.7   8/ 2 SWORD OPERA (323)         6  9 0
 9/ 8 LITERATE LOONS (538)     197 238 11 45.3   9/ 5 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      3 12 0
10/10 SWORD OPERA (323)        577 862 21 40.1  10/ 0*GERM WARFARE (494)        1  0 0
11/11*BEN'S BAZAAR (577)         8  17  1 32.0  11/10 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     1  5 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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 622): POOP DECK GUY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 504): GALLORDIN of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 628): KOVARARMANN VOTH of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 623): FELISSA HURM of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 623): HATTIE of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 626): HIERONYMUS ZIGG of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): JOLEEN KRUZ of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): STOWAWAY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 611): LAGERKVIST of LITERATE LOONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 383): SHIRLEY of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): RUNNA DAMILL JOE of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 259): D'URVILLE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 559): CHATTY CABALIST of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 510): HASARCH of DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 246): KORASIM of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): KIRRALA of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): ANGRY DECKHAND of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): UM-PAH of ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 504): SUPER BUM of FLAT BROKE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 622): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 504): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 628): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 623): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 623): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 626): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 611): MONADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 583): GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (Non?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 259): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 559): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 510): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 246): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 504) FLOPS et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 622): JAMMY LARKE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 625): HIDA YAMAKO oF CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): JOLEEN KRUZ of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 615): REESE SILEEN of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): BLUE MOON of RUN AND HYDE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                            HEXALUS of VINCERE AUT MORI (Toker, mgr.)
                (turn 611): DECK APE of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 610): JAGARE of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): RUNNA DAMILL JOE of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
                  (turn 574): VANILLA of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): KIRRALA of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): EVANDER GILL of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  SWORD OPERA after a sorry 0-5-0 might want to consider abandoning the 
sands and taking up singing the 'Can't fight no more' blues!  Nothing works for a 
team like victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as SEA DOGS can 
attest...  GRIM FANDANGO posted a nice gain, to come in 5th.  Everybody loves a 
winner...  BEN'S BAZAAR had cause to celebrate, after MIME MACHINE got 19 points by 
beating NATURAL KILLER.  KORRELNOS certainly had a baffled expression on his face, 
after losing to BLACK LOTUS and losing 12 points in the process!  Duelmaster 
LAGERKVIST from LITERATE LOONS is going for the gold, as he challenged LIGHT 
BRIGADE's LEAD INSTRUCTOR.  Ooh, the excitement!  What can be a greater victory?  
LEAD INSTRUCTOR has taken his place as the top, as SUNSET's new Duelmaster.  So who 
was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  
Someone's got a basic problem...   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst the 
mountaintops, so stand the warriors of NOMADIC TRIBE, alone and unchallenged.  The 
warriors of NOMADIC TRIBE found their efforts at combat frustrated as GRIM FANDANGO 
apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Is it charming personality?  
Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, VERGIL is the most 
challenged warrior.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Oh hard!  that to 
strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEAD INSTRUCTOR 6642         16  12  0   111       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLYTHR 6597                  22  12  2   112       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 ULLRICH BLADESONG 6645       17  10  2   112       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 SURLY DECKHAND 6568          24  19  0   100       SEA DOGS (533)
 LAGERKVIST 6532              24  25  0    97       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 WHITMAN 6531                 21  28  0    97       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 PILSON 6643                  13  14  1    96       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 RESERVE GUARD 6595           23  15  0    93       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 ROLISTON 6697                 8   3  0    92       DEATH MOB 4 (567)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CALPURNIA 6173               11  10  1    86       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 BARON TONE 6249              19  27  0    84       SWORD OPERA (323)
 MIGHTY BOSSTONE 5969         11  11  1    81       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 SALTY 6607                   15  17  0    73       SEA DOGS (533)
 MERRY LEONA 6591             11  28  0    71       SWORD OPERA (323)
 SARALEE JO 6686              11   8  0    68       SWORD OPERA (323)
 ROSE LAMONT 6675             12  12  1    67       SWORD OPERA (323)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEULLA BALLBREAKER 6708       6   2  0    62       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 BLACK LOTUS 6709              4   4  1    57       DEATH MOB 4 (567)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLOTOV 6682                 10  10  2    54       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 VERGIL 6169                  11  11  0    48       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 KORRELNOS 6699                6   6  0    45       SWORD OPERA (323)
 SCIPIO SUNSETUS 6725          5   0  0    45       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 KING TOOTNPOOTN 6731          3   2  1    45       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 AMOEBA BAKER 5663             4   0  0    44       GERM WARFARE (494)
 SUCKER PUNCH 6648             9  13  0    40       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 QUINTUS REX 6243              5   5  2    38       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WALLACE 6707                  7   1  0    36       GRIM FANDANGO (454)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BATTLECRY 6724                4   1  0    31       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
-RED ROBIN 6413                6   5  0    26       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 MILLHAUSER 6705               6   4  0    24       LITERATE LOONS (538)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHEKHOV 6735                  3   1  1    23       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 FATHOM JUMPER 6737            2   0  1    23       SEA DOGS (533)
 FLY FISHER 6727               2   0  0    23       SEA DOGS (533)
 VELARIA 6256                  5   5  2    22       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 MASTADONNA 6723               2   3  0    22       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 ZYBOR ROCKCRUSHER 6736        1   2  0    20       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 MIME MACHINE 6745             1   0  0    19       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 IRONSIDES 6720                2   0  0    16       SEA DOGS (533)
 CICERO 6262                   3   5  0    14       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 BERSERKER 6702                1  10  0    13       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
-CRYSTAL CONDOR 6439           2   6  0    12       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 CHANDLER 6721                 2   4  1    11       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 PLAIN JAIN 6744               1   0  0     8       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 BUL GOBLINHEWER 6738          0   2  0     8       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 MIME CONTROL 6729             1   4  0     7       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 GRAVEN WARD 6743              1   0  0     6       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 FEARLESS RECRUIT 6741         1   2  0     5       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 LABYRINTH NYMPH 6740          1   2  0     5       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 NATURAL KILLER 6742           1   1  0     4       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 MIME TRAVELER 6746            0   1  0     1       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
GIDDY GEISHA 6732       1  3 0 BEN'S BAZAAR 577     FATHOM JUMPER 6737    611   
NIHILISTIC MONK 6706    3  5 1 LIGHT BRIGADE 549    KING TOOTNPOOTN 6731  610   
RAIDER 6617            12 18 2 LIGHT BRIGADE 549    DANG CHAO 6632        609   
CARVER 6710             1  4 0 LITERATE LOONS 538   BLACK LOTUS 6709      608  REVENGED
DAKOTA COSSACK 6726     1  1 0 NOMADIC TRIBE 160    CHEKHOV 6735          609   
LIFEBOAT CAPTAIN 6691   7  6 1 SEA DOGS 533         LIU BONG 6630         608  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Fathom Jumper -- Well, I guess we will see just how high you can jump. -- Gentleben

Natural Killer -- Well, that did no go the way it was supposed to, we will have to
see about a strat change before we tango again. -- Labyrinth Nymph

Battlecry -- How rrrude. -- Mime Control as interpreted by Gentleben

Quintus Rex -- Take that, you King of the Quintus, what ever... -- King Tootnpootn

Madam Butterfly -- Labyrinth Nymph is the only one you would want to hear sing or
watch dance, the King thinks he is good, but, well, let's just say that it is better
to humor him than tell him the truth and the Mimes (yes multiple) dance and lipsink,
they do a mean mili vanilli (sp?). -- Gentleben

All -- The Mime Machine and the Mime Traveller have agreed to join us in Sunset, I
hope you treat them gently and with kid gloves. -- Gentleben

Jagare -- Congrats on the invite and we look forward to your replacements. --
Labyrinth Nymph speaking on behalf of Ben's Bazaar

Vergil -- You got away with that one, didn't ya?  Watch out now... -- Molotov

Reserve Guard -- Well, it's nice to know some things never change!  Back in the
CC's! -- Slythr

Sherman -- Congrats on Lagerkvist ascending the throne.  Slythr wants his shot!
What's with you these days anyway?  You're awfully quiet.  RL issues or cat just got
your tongue?  I do hope we see a column.  I must say I miss our verbal sparring to go
with the matches on the sands! -- Stik

LP Jagare -- Yes, it was a wonderful speech!  I raise my mug to you! -- Stik

Hooray for me, a decent replacement!  Dance of Joy! -- Stik

Calpurnia -- Nice try.  It seems this old waste has more than one trick up his plate
sleeve. -- Lord Protector Jagare

Whitman -- Did you mean to just stand their like that?  Does getting pounded inspire
you to write poetry?  A little pain-derived inspiration?  You must be working on a
best seller. -- Ullrich the inspirer

Millhauser -- I thought I might need that armor.  I got the win, but you did make me
earn it.  Nice fight. -- Scipio

Mime Control -- Your problem, I suspect, is that I am not a mime.  No, my name and
mime do not go together at all.  "Blade control," it seems, is something you will
need to work at. -- Battlecry

Chandler -- No mystery about it, you're are not very welcoming for a member of the
Sunset welcoming committee.  Next time shall be different. -- Bul Goblinhewer

Salty -- Ekkk!  Much too salty for me.  Where's that water-boy when you need him? --
Baron Tone

Sucker Punch -- Hmm, too much lemon and lime.  Needs sugar.  I can fix that. -- Merry
Leona

Ambitious Guard?  Well, he is tall, dark, and handsome, but that isn't enough.  He
is, unfortunately, rude and impecunious. -- Rose Lamont

Where does the Venomous Concubine think she gets off, anyway?  Trying to bite me!  I
knocked her teeth down her throat, sent her to the Infirmary, and it turned out she
didn't have dental insurance.  Ha! -- Saralee Jo

I found the Dangerous Criminal unimpressive. -- Korrelnos

Nomad -- I'm having fun with my most recent return to the "Arena of Death"!  I've
talked to a few of my old alliance-mates and they will be returning to DM.  Now I
just have to convince them to come to 21. -- Toker

Gentleben -- Isn't Sunset fun! -- Toker

29 April 09
Greetings All -- This is Vincent Michaels, "the Rake", mgr. of the Stormbringers out
of DM 33 Niatoli Island, back after a relatively long layoff.  I come back to my
arena to find only two other teams there.  Terrible!  I'm calling on all you managers
out there who have inactive teams in Niatoli to put them back in the game.  Also,
anyone else who wants to come check out our little island are welcome.  Good food and
a lot of good gambling, and you will have a chance to smack around Gen. GirlPants and
his band of Ravaged Queens.  Great fun.  Come one, come all!

4 May 09
Players of Duel 2:

RSI wants to try, in a few arenas, a system that rewards role-play and general arena
involvement.  Our thoughts at this time are as follows, and feedback is earnestly
solicited:

1.  What to reward.
a.  Spotlights--they don't have to be involved and lengthy storylines, and in fact,
my own inclination is to say: anything game related and original (i,e,, not a
reprint), maybe set a minimum length.  I use TOGS here as my model--half a column as
formatted for the newsletter, and we don't judge the quality of the writing (so long
as the editor isn't grossed out), just the intent to make a positive contribution.
b.  A dm column where one is "due."  Again, no judgment on quality of writing, should
be dm-related, and I would say (this is just me) a minimum length of maybe five
lines.
c.  Personals.  More than just "you suck," or "good fight."  How much more doesn't
really concern me, and quality, other than "not offensive to the editor," should not
be an issue.  We don't want to encourage participation and then muzzle it.
d.  It has been suggested that a reward point or two be offered for running a full
team.  We could include this, but my own inclination would be to say that there would
be no points for this, but that those who don't make a clear effort on this
(accidents happen, so maybe something like "when the three-turn total of fights is
below twelve"?) aren't eligible for points on any turn until they get it back up to a
full team.

2.  How to reward it.
a.  We've been thinking nebulously about some kind of point system, obviously, as an
example, say 3 points for a spotlight, 2 for a column, 1 for personals, more points
here for what takes more effort, but some points for any effort.  This is in no way
final!  But some way to keep track of who is contributing and how much, and as non-
subjective as possible; this would be noted as each newsletter would be proofed.  A
way to clearly identify who's sending in what would help, but I can work it out by
referring to the warrior listings if I have to.
b.  But, assuming a point system, do the rewards, whatever they end up being, go to
the player who achieves a certain point total?  Is this calculated per turn, or as a
running total over as many turns as it takes to reach that point?  Or to the player
with the highest total on any given turn?  What about ties?
c.  What do the points get the player?  The current thought is X points gets a free
fight, probably replacing the "Popularity Leader's" free fight in the relevant arena.
That suggests only one player getting a role-play free fight on any given turn.  Is
this enough to encourage the newsletter participation we're hoping for?  Should we
convert "This Week's Favorite" to a role-play free fight also?  Or handle rewards in
some other way entirely?

3.  Where it happens.
The current thought is, try it in four arenas:  one in each region, and one slow
arena.  Who picks the arenas in question?  I'd be inclined to rule out those that are
doing fairly well already (Ardivent, Sunset, Lapur; Arkers, Morya, North Fork), but
is that wise?  Or even fair?  Darned if I know.  Places where it is NOT currently
intended to happen:  Transfer arenas.  Maybe rule out the no-tourney arenas as
current candidates, too?

If this seems to work well enough to be worth the effort, should we consider
extending it to more, eventually to all non-transfer, arenas?

This is not a "someday down the line we might" concept.  We want to do this, and
SOON.  Your feedback would be appreciated, for, against, changes, anything.  You can
email me directly at jputney zianet com (make sure it says DM in the subject line) or
send a diplo to scribe, any arena.

the Scribe

P.S.  Staff members not to be eligible for role-playing free fights.

5 May 09
The Battle Royal V is upon us!  Come join one of the original contests that has had
some of the games best managers involved in the past.  DM 18, Talcama, some consider
it to be the crown jewel of the Delarq cities is where this contest will take place.

The Battle Royal is intended to be a play as you want, play what you want Delarquan
style contest with very few rules.  While I'd love to say, "NO AVOIDING" is the only
rule (and that wouldn't be too far off), I must spell out situations that can and
have occurred and require additional clarification.

The advantages of this format:
1) Simple.
2) No penalty for DAs.
3) No restrictions on warriors entered into the contest (baggers, TC mods, etc all
   welcome)
4) No penalty for not fighting. 
5) It isn't a race where 21 wit and favorite learn determine the victor.
6) Losing a warrior (or even your whole team) doesn't eliminate you from contention.
7) It is possible to overcome almost any deficit.  And this has been proven, with
   managers making huge point swings in short periods of time!
8) It is a contest designed to show manager skill rather than warrior ability.

There are a few disadvantages:
1) There is no set end.  It is possible for this contest to go on indefinitely.  In
   practice, this format has worked very nicely in the past and I expect it will
   continue to work well. 
2) You cannot avoid (But that is part of the fun and the head to head nature of this
   contest requires this rule.)
3) It encourages bloodshed.
4) Baggers and experienced warriors have an advantage over new warriors.

Battle Royal Rules:

- Any team in Talcama is eligible to participate.  There are no restrictions on
warriors (baggers, TC prize modified, etc).  However, any warrior that fights for
your team is considered in the BR.

- Teams may not avoid any other team within the contest.  (Note that you may avoid
teams outside the contest but you do so at your own risk.)  Avoiding a team on the
turn they enter the Battle Royal is not considered against the rules (since you
couldn't know the team wasn't part of the BR).  The suggestion is not to avoid at
all.  Assur (the contest moderator) gets an avoid report every turn and will catch
people avoiding!

- Managers may only enter a single team in the contest.

- Any manager with more than one team in Talcama may not challenge any other contest
warrior with their non contest team(s).  The intention is that no advantage can be
gained by having multiple teams in the arena.

****Failure to comply with the above rules***
1st offense: Disqualification from the prize, but you may still participate.
2nd offense: Warning.
3rd offense: Removal from Battle Royal.

- If a manager decides to switch teams, his score will start back at 0.  This is to
prevent a manager from sweeping the contest with several teams of sandbaggers.  Can a
manager use this clause to go from a negative score to zero?  Yes.  I realize this is
sort of cheating, but I'd rather have a manager start over with a new team than drop
out of the contest.  Even so, they have to start at 0 and must gain 25 points.

- If your warrior loses a contest fight because of an input error and this error is
verified by RSI, you will have a point added to your score.  The head to head records
will remain the same and any points gained by another manager will remain on that
manager's record.

- As soon as you are announced in the newsletter, you are officially entered into the
Battle Royal.  Scoring begins on that turn!  You are expected to follow the rules
that turn and every turn following.  Your team may enter any time they wish during
the course of the Battle Royal.

- If you are exiting the Battle Royal, you are not removed until the turn after your
intention is published.  You are asked to follow the rules for that turn (either
through not avoiding or not running your warriors).

Scoring:
- Scoring begins the turn your team declares participation.
- Scoring continues through the turn your team withdraws.
- Score is calculated by: Wins+Kills-Lossses.
- Only fights with other B.R. participannts count towards your score, but they count
  whether they are challenges or random match-ups.
- First Manager to 25 points wins!
- In event of tie, B.R. continues until one team that has reached 25 points is ahead
  of all other participants.

Disputes:
- The attempt has been made to make these rules as complete and bulletproof as
possible, but Tripwire will resolve any disputes as fairly as he is capable.

Prizes:
For the Winner:

6 Months Free Play in Talcama for the winning team (doesn't include tourneys)!

One +1 Bonus Potion (up to max for warrior, to be used on a warrior in DM 18)!

One Limited Damage Bump Potion (one time use, up to max for stats, used on DM 18
warrior)!

One Minor Stat Switch Prize (up to 2 points can be moved from one stat to another
stat on a new rollup in DM 18, before adding 14 points.  This prize can be used up to
3 months from the contest end.  Both points must be used in the same place (can't
take one from a speed and one from deftness and add one to wit and will)).

One Favorites Knowledge Potion (to be used on a 5+ FE warrior in DM 18).

Rename One Dark Arena Creature in DM 18, which will be renamed for 6 Months or until
the Ladies decide to return it to the previous name.

All potions renaming prizes must be used within 2 turns of the end of the contest.

Endurance Award (available to all participants):

One +1 Bonus Potion (up to max for warrior, to be used on a warrior in DM 18).

To qualify for the Endurance Award you must participate in 90% of the total fights
possible over the course of the BR.  If you don't have time to make it into the BR by
the first turn, there will be a two turn window before the counter will start for new
teams.  The fights do not have to be BR point scoring fights, just 90% of the total
possible participation over the course of the contest!  So, if the contest runs 26
turns, there are 130 fights possible. Your team must have 117 fights during those 26
turns to be eligible.

All prizes/potions subject to RSI's interpretation of how they are used/implemented.
RSI said the faves knowledge must be used on an Inits warrior or higher and set at
5FE or more.

Tripwire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MIME CONTROL was bested by FATHOM JUMPER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Bloodfeud fight.
BUL GOBLINHEWER was viciously subdued by CHEKHOV in a 1 minute Bloodfeud battle.
LAGERKVIST lost to LEAD INSTRUCTOR in a 1 minute master's Challenge Title brawl.
ROLISTON overpowered SALTY in a crowd pleasing 3 minute mismatched Challenge match.
WHITMAN defeated CALPURNIA in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge struggle.
BEULLA BALLBREAKER viciously subdued VERGIL in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
QUINTUS REX was viciously subdued by MOLOTOV in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
KING TOOTNPOOTN savagely defeated SUCKER PUNCH in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
CICERO was overpowered by BATTLECRY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
ZYBOR ROCKCRUSHER was defeated by WALLACE in a 3 minute Challenge match.
MASTADONNA handily defeated FEARLESS RECRUIT in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
LABYRINTH NYMPH was outwaited by IRONSIDES in a unpopular 13 minute Challenge bout.
RESERVE GUARD defeated MERRY LEONA in a 2 minute veteran's duel.
SLYTHR devastated BARON TONE in a 1 minute brutal uneven duel.
ULLRICH BLADESONG devastated MIGHTY BOSSTONE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SURLY DECKHAND overpowered ROSE LAMONT in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SARALEE JO was overpowered by PILSON in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
KORRELNOS was defeated by BLACK LOTUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
AMOEBA BAKER devastated VELARIA in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SCIPIO SUNSETUS vanquished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
CHANDLER was handily defeated by FLY FISHER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven duel.
MILLHAUSER subdued BERSERKER in a 2 minute fight.
NATURAL KILLER was overpowered by MIME MACHINE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
GRAVEN WARD defeated MIME TRAVELER in a 3 minute novice's duel.
PLAIN JAIN defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         SLASHING ATTACK   32 -  19 -  1      63  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   9 -  1      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  20 -  3      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         WALL OF STEEL     28 -  27 -  1      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  23 -  1      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         AIMED BLOW        23 -  24 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         BASHING ATTACK    36 -  41 -  4      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  19 -  0      41  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  23 -  0      36  |

Turn 612 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    5 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         3  PARRY-STRIKE   
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     AIMED BLOW         2 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     5 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  LEAD INSTRUCTOR 6642       16  12  0  111 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
SLASHING ATTACK  SLYTHR 6597                22  12  2  112 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
PARRY-STRIKE     ULLRICH BLADESONG 6645     17  10  2  112 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
BASHING ATTACK   SURLY DECKHAND 6568        24  19  0  100 SEA DOGS (533)
WALL OF STEEL    RESERVE GUARD 6595         23  15  0   93 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
TOTAL PARRY      ROLISTON 6697               8   3  0   92 DEATH MOB 4 (567)
LUNGING ATTACK   CALPURNIA 6173             11  10  1   86 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
AIMED BLOW       SARALEE JO 6686            11   8  0   68 SWORD OPERA (323)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SURLY DECKHAND 6568.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SALTY 6607.  The ten other most popular fighters were BEULLA BALLBREAKER 
6708, FATHOM JUMPER 6737, ROLISTON 6697, LEAD INSTRUCTOR 6642, CALPURNIA 6173, 
MOLOTOV 6682, KING TOOTNPOOTN 6731, ZYBOR ROCKCRUSHER 6736, MERRY LEONA 6591, and 
BLACK LOTUS 6709.

The least popular fighter this week was IRONSIDES 6720.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LABYRINTH NYMPH 6740, NATURAL KILLER 6742, VELARIA 6256, SARALEE JO 
6686, MIGHTY BOSSTONE 5969, CICERO 6262, MIME CONTROL 6729, BERSERKER 6702, CHANDLER 
6721, and KORRELNOS 6699.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

LAGERKVIST (21-6532) LITERATE LOONS (538)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLVII

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANVIL 4498 (159-110-2)                 2  3  0         THE LAST STRAW       

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THE BUTCHER 5374 (56-28-0)             1  3  0         NASTY MOB            

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GROLSCH 5029 (60-12-4)                 7  3  1         REAL BEER            
GOLDENBEARD 6202 (35-9-1)              1  3  0         SEA DOGS             
KORLAC 6574 (22-12-1)                  1  3  1         DEATH MOB 4          
RAJEREK 6045 (32-9-0)                  1  3  0         AGE OF EMPIRE        

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KNOTHANDLER 6555 (24-11-2)             3  1  0         SEA DOGS             
THELONIUS 6631 (21-3-1)                3  3  0         NOMADIC TRIBE        

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KHORAG 6011 (11-5-3)                  10  3  0         AGE OF EMPIRE        

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
AMOEBA BAKER 5663 (3-0-0)              4  3  0         GERM WARFARE         
DAVE NELSON 6280 (0-0-0)               3  3  1         NEWS RADIO           
BLACK LOTUS 6709 (3-4-1)               1  3  0         DEATH MOB 4          

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BATTLECRY 6724 (2-1-0)                 4  3  0         NOMADIC TRIBE        
DANETTE ROGERS 6019 (0-1-0)            4  3  0         GIRLS X3             

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FATHOM JUMPER 6737 (0-0-0)             7  3  0         SEA DOGS             
FLY FISHER 6727 (0-0-0)                6  3  0         SEA DOGS             
IRONSIDES 6720 (0-0-0)                 6  3  0         SEA DOGS             
BUL GOBLINHEWER 6738 (0-0-0)           2  3  0         NOMADIC TRIBE        

ELIGIBLES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CARNAL 5388 (67-56-0)                  2  3  0         GRIM FANDANGO        

FRESHMEN FOOLS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
VORG 6576 (21-13-1)                    4  3  0         DEATH MOB 4          

CHALLENGERS FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ADDUCTOR MAGNUS 5922 (16-11-0)         1  3  0         MUSCLE MEN           

ADEPTS FOOLS TOURNEY                   W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CALPURNIA 6173 (11-8-1)                0  3  0         EQUITES VIRTUS       
QUINTUS REX 6243 (5-3-2)               0  3  0         EQUITES VIRTUS       
ROLISTON 6697 (7-3-0)                  0  3  0         DEATH MOB 4          

INITIATES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WALLACE 6707 (5-1-0)                   4  3  0         GRIM FANDANGO        

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SCIPIO SUNSETUS 6725 (3-0-0)           2  3  0         NOMADIC TRIBE        

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KIRA 5837 (0-0-0)                      2  3  0  DEAD   I MAGI