Date   : 05/20/2009    Duedate: 06/02/2009


DM-21    TURN-613

This Weeks Top Honors


(21-6531) [22-28-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SLYTHR                         AMOEBA BAKER
GRIM FANDANGO (454)            GERM WARFARE (494)
(21-6597) [23-12-2,121]        (21-5663) [5-0-0,57]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SEA DOGS (533)                 SEA DOGS (533)
(21-6568) [24-20-0,96]         (21-6568) [24-20-0,96]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEATH MOB 4 (567)           46
2. GRIM FANDANGO (454)         33      NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
3. THE RED BLADES (578)        30      Unchartered Team
4. LITERATE LOONS (538)        25
5. CELESTIAL WRATH (579)       20      GERM WARFARE (494)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*GERM WARFARE (494)         5   0  0  100   1/ 5 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      11  4 1
 2/ 2 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      252 141 10 64.1   2/ 2 SEA DOGS (533)           11  4 1
 3/ 0*THE RED BLADES (578)       3   2  0 60.0   3/ 1 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      11  4 0
 4/ 3 DEATH MOB 4 (567)        105  71  3 59.7   4/ 3 LITERATE LOONS (538)      9  6 0
 5/ 4 SEA DOGS (533)           142 100 12 58.7   5/ 4 DEATH MOB 4 (567)         8  2 0
 6/ 5 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      513 428 19 54.5   6/ 6 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)       7  8 1
 7- 6 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)    104  94  6 52.5   7/ 8 SWORD OPERA (323)         5 10 0
 8/ 7 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)      162 162  5 50.0   8/ 7*BEN'S BAZAAR (577)        5 10 0
 9/ 9 LITERATE LOONS (538)     200 240 11 45.5   9/ 0*THE RED BLADES (578)      3  2 0
10/ 8 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      50  60  7 45.5  10/ 9 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      3 12 0
11/ 0 NCA5 (381)                27  37  5 42.2  11/10*GERM WARFARE (494)        2  0 0
12/10 SWORD OPERA (323)        578 866 21 40.0  12/ 0*CELESTIAL WRATH (579)     2  3 1
13/ 0*CELESTIAL WRATH (579)      2   3  1 40.0  13/ 0 NCA5 (381)                1  4 0
14/11*BEN'S BAZAAR (577)        10  20  1 33.3  14-11 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     0  4 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===---

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 623): POOP DECK GUY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 505): GALLORDIN of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 629): KOVARAMANN VOTH of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 624): FELISSA HURM of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 624): HATTIE of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 627): HIERONYMUS ZIGG of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 617): DEIMOS of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 613): DOT DOT DOT of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 612): LEAD INSTRUCTOR of LIGHT BRIGADE (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 584): BAM BAM THE IMP of HOUSE OF RATS (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 576): TORCHILIGHT KID 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 560): CHATTY CABALIST of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 511): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, 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 461): ANGRY DECKHAND of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): UM-PAH of ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 505): SUPER BUM of FLAT BROKE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 623): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 505): PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (Gavin, Rule, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 629): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 624): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 624): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 627): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 617): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 613): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 612): MONADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 584): GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (Non?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 576): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 259): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 560): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 511): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 246): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 461): DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 505) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 623): POOP DECK GUY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                            WAYWARD SON of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 624): HATTIE of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): JOLEEN KRUZ 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.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 612): LAGERKVIST of LITERATE LOONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): RUNNA DAMILL of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): KIRRALA of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 461): ANGRY DECKHAND of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
                   (turn 460): EVANDER GILL of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  SUNSET needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  GRIM FANDANGO like 
really fought hard to move up to 1st from 5th.  Way to go!  Cut this out and put it 
in your scrapbooks, DEATH MOB 4!  'Cause they got 4-1-0 and moved up to 5th!  MVP 
award for BEULLA BALLBREAKER?  DEATH MOB 4's proud of her after beating SARALEE JO 
and getting 15 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  MIME MACHINE got smashed by 
CICERO, and lost 13 points!  Oh, wow, like the Duelmaster must be the most popular 
guy in all SUNSET.  He got the most challenges.  (But what about proposals?) WHITMAN 
thinks his 22-28-0 and studly character is good enough to face up to the Duelmaster.  
Any bets?  And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh 
well, welcome WHITMAN.  Aren't LITERATE LOONS proud.  (Oh, my.) I hear the top team 
insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for 
PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  GRIM FANDANGO was SUNSET's most avoided team.  Is 
there some award for that?  I don't know what NOMADIC TRIBE's been doing.  They 
certainly haven't been accepting many fights from GRIM FANDANGO, that's fer sher.  
BATTLECRY must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  He challenged 
VELARIA.  9 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought 
BATTLECRY showed great skill and promise when he won victory over VELARIA.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All SUNSET ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  What a bummer!  X'S FOR EYES got wasted by MOLOTOV!  But with a 
6-7-1, I guess NCA5 aren't too bummed.  ULLRICH BLADESONG bloodfeuded (is that a 
word?) CHEKHOV for revenge over some guy's bad fortune.  Was it really worth it?  
LABYRINTH NYMPH really fought hard against FATHOM JUMPER.  That'll teach SEA DOGS not 
to go and kill any of BEN'S BAZAAR's guys again, huh!  Hey you guys, don't you think 
your families would like to hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHITMAN 6531                 22  28  0   107       LITERATE LOONS (538)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLYTHR 6597                  23  12  2   121       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 ULLRICH BLADESONG 6645       18  10  2   114       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 ROLISTON 6697                 9   3  0   107       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 PILSON 6643                  14  14  1   105       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 RESERVE GUARD 6595           24  15  0    97       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 SURLY DECKHAND 6568          24  20  0    96       SEA DOGS (533)
 LEAD INSTRUCTOR 6642         16  13  0    96       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BARON TONE 6249              19  28  0    85       SWORD OPERA (323)
-MIGHTY BOSSTONE 5969         11  11  1    81       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 CALPURNIA 6173               11  11  1    79       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 SALTY 6607                   16  17  0    77       SEA DOGS (533)
 BEULLA BALLBREAKER 6708       7   2  0    77       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 BLACK LOTUS 6709              5   4  1    72       DEATH MOB 4 (567)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLOTOV 6682                 11  10  3    66       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 ROSE LAMONT 6675             12  13  1    64       SWORD OPERA (323)
 MERRY LEONA 6591             11  29  0    62       SWORD OPERA (323)
 AMOEBA BAKER 5663             5   0  0    57       GERM WARFARE (494)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SARALEE JO 6686              11   9  0    56       SWORD OPERA (323)
 KING TOOTNPOOTN 6731          4   2  1    54       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 SCIPIO SUNSETUS 6725          6   0  0    53       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORRELNOS 6699                7   6  0    49       SWORD OPERA (323)
 VERGIL 6169                  11  12  0    45       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 WALLACE 6707                  8   1  0    41       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-SUCKER PUNCH 6648             9  13  0    40       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 QUINTUS REX 6243              5   6  2    39       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 UNREASONABLE 4263             5   5  1    39       NCA5 (381)
 BATTLECRY 6724                5   1  0    37       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 ANOTHER BAD BASHER 4188       5   8  2    35       NCA5 (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MILLHAUSER 6705               7   4  0    33       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 ZEROPOINTZERO 4192            5   8  0    30       NCA5 (381)
 MASTADONNA 6723               3   3  0    30       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 FLY FISHER 6727               3   0  0    30       SEA DOGS (533)
 CICERO 6262                   4   5  0    28       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
-RED ROBIN 6413                6   5  0    26       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 WILLIAM HELL 4222             6   6  1    25       NCA5 (381)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VELARIA 6256                  5   6  2    23       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 CHEKHOV 6735                  3   2  1    23       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 LABYRINTH NYMPH 6740          2   2  0    20       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 IRONSIDES 6720                3   0  0    19       SEA DOGS (533)
 FATHOM JUMPER 6737            2   1  1    18       SEA DOGS (533)
 CHANDLER 6721                 3   4  1    16       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 NATURAL KILLER 6742           2   1  1    14       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 FEARLESS RECRUIT 6741         2   2  0    14       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 BERSERKER 6702                1  11  0    14       LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
 LEVI POOLE 6749               1   0  0    13       THE RED BLADES (578)
-CRYSTAL CONDOR 6439           2   6  0    12       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 ZYBOR ROCKCRUSHER 6736        1   3  0    12       DEATH MOB 4 (567)
 SON OF SOL 6756               1   0  1    11       CELESTIAL WRATH (579)
 LUCIUS STONE 6747             1   0  0    10       THE RED BLADES (578)
 BUL GOBLINHEWER 6738          0   3  0     9       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 MIME CONTROL 6729             1   5  0     8       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 PLAIN JAIN 6744               1   1  0     7       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 MICKLEY O'RION 6752           1   0  0     6       CELESTIAL WRATH (579)
 MIME MACHINE 6745             1   1  0     6       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 BREEZE SUMMERS 6750           1   0  0     5       THE RED BLADES (578)
 GRAVEN WARD 6743              1   1  0     4       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 MIME TRAVELER 6746            0   2  0     2       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 EMENY TERRATORY 6754          0   1  0     1       CELESTIAL WRATH (579)
 FREDDIE MERCURY 6753          0   1  0     1       CELESTIAL WRATH (579)
 LAYLA SPARK 6751              0   1  0     1       THE RED BLADES (578)

'-' 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  JUST REVENGED
VENUS D'MAULER 6755     0  1 0 CELESTIAL WRATH 579  NATURAL KILLER 6742   613   
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  NONE
X'S FOR EYES 4189       6  7 1 NCA5 381             MOLOTOV 6682          613   
DAKOTA COSSACK 6726     1  1 0 NOMADIC TRIBE 160    CHEKHOV 6735          609  JUST REVENGED
HERMES DREAMSCAP 6748   0  1 0 THE RED BLADES 578   SON OF SOL 6756       613   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

To the Instructor -- Congratulations on the throne. -- the Tribe

Cicero -- You didn't try to challenge me did you?  Little ol' me?  I guess it didn't
work out as well as you had hoped. -- Battlecry

Toker -- Good news!  Welcome to your old mates--to Alastari in general and Sunset
specifically!  Our blades await them in the "Arena of Death!" -- Nomad

Chekhov -- We tried the even match-up type of bloodfeud.  It simply hasn't worked
very well.  Now, I guess, you will have to face Ullrich.  I hope you're training
skills. -- the Tribe

Bossy -- Sweeeet!  That helps take the sting out of the first two losses I had
against you, especially the first one when I let you get the jump.  Not this time! --

Mime Traveller -- A great start to my Dueling career!  I thank you for getting me off
to a good start!  Have you and your Mime teammates (And if there was ever a warrior
that deserved to be called Bizarre, it is a mime) spoken with the Commission about
having all comments removed from your fight records?  It is so nice when an opponent
just stands there and quietly takes a beating. -- Graven Ward

     How can a mime "speak to the Commission"?

Fathom Jumper -- First round ofthe BF goes to you, let's try someone else this time.
-- Gentleben

Sucker Punch -- Sucker!!! -- King Tootnpootn

Ironsides -- And iron fronts and backs and tops and bottoms, I will find your
weakness, and remember that iron rusts so watch out for water, you Sea Dog. --
Labyrinth Nymph

Natural Killer -- Of what, bow to the Machine. -- Mime Machine as translated by

Graven Ward -- Ward of the state is more like it, you're insane. -- Mime Traveler as
translated by Gentleben

Amoeba Baker and Ichabod -- Feel free to invite more of the Germs we have plenty of
disinfectant. -- Gentleben and Ben's Bazaar

DM Lead Instructor -- Congrats on taking the throne by force.  I hope to relieve you
of it the same way. -- Slythr

Quintus Rex -- Nope. -- Molotov

Baron Tone -- Well, at least I got a rating out of it. -- Slythr, just 5 PPs (one
turn on the throne) from graduation

Fearless Recruit -- That's the way I like'em, I do! -- Mastadonna

Zybor Rockcrusher -- I am not rock, contrary to appearances.  Look elsewhere for your
crushing. -- Wallace

Nomad -- Scipio is looking good at 5-0-0, Battlecry not far behind!  Just keep a'
rollin'! -- Stik

LP Lagerkvist -- Congrats on your survival of the gauntlet and, at last, your
graduation!  Drinks on us tonight down at the double B! -- Grim Fandango

Reserve Guard -- I believe I shall become a reserve, and you can guard me. -- Merry

Slythr -- Rather like a certain type of throat lozenge made with slippery elm, very
good for maintaining a singing voice in an inhospitable environment. -- Baron Tone

Surly Deckhand -- Oh, for the gods' sake, lighten up!  Things could be a lot worse.
-- Rose Lamont

Pilson -- I didn't need that. -- Saralee Jo

Black Lotus -- Not a good flower color.  I like 'em brighter. -- Korrelnos

Gentleben -- Ah, too bad.  I am always looking for more talent.  It isn't easy to put
on an opera with a limited crew, you know. -- Madam Butterfly

Our congratulations to Lagerkvist. -- Jorja and the Sword Opera cast

A salute to all who participated in the tourney, with a special salute for Korag,
tourney victor. -- Jorja and company

Lord Protector Lagerkvist -- You don't want lands, do you?  Think of the hassle, what
with taxes figured by the square inch, and all sorts of maintenance, neighborhood
covenants, you name it. -- Alamar, Gladitorial Lands Commissioner
P.S.  Besides, we don't have any on the books at this time.  Not that you could put
much land on a book, but that's moot at the moment.

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

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
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
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 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.

- 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.

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

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.


                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ULLRICH BLADESONG devastated CHEKHOV in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
LABYRINTH NYMPH unbelievably bested FATHOM JUMPER in a 2 minute Bloodfeud battle.
WHITMAN overcame LEAD INSTRUCTOR in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge Title match.
CALPURNIA was devastated by PILSON in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
BEULLA BALLBREAKER demolished SARALEE JO in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
BLACK LOTUS won victory over MERRY LEONA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge fight.
AMOEBA BAKER devastated VERGIL in a 3 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge competition.
QUINTUS REX lost to KORRELNOS in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
BATTLECRY viciously subdued VELARIA in a popular 1 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
CICERO vanquished MIME MACHINE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MASTADONNA overpowered BERSERKER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
MIME CONTROL was overpowered by FLY FISHER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
ZYBOR ROCKCRUSHER was devastated by MILLHAUSER in a 1 minute Challenge battle.
GRAVEN WARD was bested by CHANDLER in a 3 minute bloody Challenge bout.
MIME TRAVELER was handily defeated by FEARLESS RECRUIT in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
ROLISTON savagely defeated SURLY DECKHAND in a action packed 3 minute struggle.
SLYTHR overpowered LAGERKVIST in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
RESERVE GUARD bested BARON TONE in a 2 minute veteran's fight.
ROSE LAMONT was savagely defeated by SALTY in a exciting 1 minute gory veteran's bout.
UNREASONABLE was handily defeated by KING TOOTNPOOTN in a 1 minute competition.
SCIPIO SUNSETUS overpowered ZEROPOINTZERO in a 1 minute brutal uneven fight.
X'S FOR EYES was executed by MOLOTOV in a 1 minute gruesome uneven fray.
ANOTHER BAD BASHER was unbelievably bested by WALLACE in a exciting 4 minute bout.
IRONSIDES defeated BUL GOBLINHEWER in a 4 minute fight.
WILLIAM HELL won victory over PLAIN JAIN in a 3 minute veteran vs. beginner match.
NATURAL KILLER assassinated VENUS D'MAULER in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
LUCIUS STONE overpowered EMENY TERRATORY in a 2 minute uneven duel.
HERMES DREAMSCAPE was executed by SON OF SOL in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
LEVI POOLE overcame PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a popular 2 minute novice's duel.
BREEZE SUMMERS defeated FREDDIE MERCURY in a 4 minute beginner's duel.
LAYLA SPARK was defeated by MICKLEY O'RION in a 2 minute novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   35 -  20 -  2      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         STRIKING ATTACK   29 -  23 -  4      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    7         WALL OF STEEL     30 -  26 -  0      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         TOTAL PARRY       26 -  23 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    7         AIMED BLOW        24 -  25 -  2      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         BASHING ATTACK    37 -  44 -  4      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  22 -  0      37  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  23 -  0      36  |

Turn 613 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    5 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  6         3  PARRY-STRIKE   
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  6         2  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         4 -  3                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  SLYTHR 6597                23  12  2  121 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
PARRY-STRIKE     ULLRICH BLADESONG 6645     18  10  2  114 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
TOTAL PARRY      ROLISTON 6697               9   3  0  107 DEATH MOB 4 (567)
WALL OF STEEL    RESERVE GUARD 6595         24  15  0   97 LIGHT BRIGADE (549)
BASHING ATTACK   SURLY DECKHAND 6568        24  20  0   96 SEA DOGS (533)
AIMED BLOW       AMOEBA BAKER 5663           5   0  0   57 GERM WARFARE (494)
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 SURLY DECKHAND 6568.  The ten other most popular fighters were ANOTHER BAD 

The least popular fighter this week was IRONSIDES 6720.  The other ten least popular 

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:


                                  Daydream Believer

You once thought of me,
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be...

It's true.  I'm gone.  I've punched my ticket to Immortality and I'm off to the Isle.
I know a lot of you are wondering what it is about me that has made me so successful.
I wish I knew for sure.  I think it has more to do with intangibles (knack) than it
does with design, bonuses and favorites.  I'll let you decide.

Daydream Believer (PR) 17-14-4-17-7-8-17  Poor Endurance--Good Damage
I -- 8 (+1)  R -- 13  A -- 14 (+4)  P -- 14 (+4)  Df - 8  Dc - 6 (+3)

I know what you're thinking, "WTF, that guy looks like a 98 lb weakling!"  Sigh...I
prefer to think my physical characteristics are ideally suited for a finesse style.
As for my bases, I know they aren't much to look at.  After all, I am a PR.  I'm
fortunate to be blessed where I need it the most--attack and parry.

Okay, so I've got nice bases with bonuses in the right spots.  What about favorites?
Did I know them in advance or did I change them?  The answer is no, I had no idea
what they were for sure until I recieved my graduation announcement.  I would be
happy to tell you what my favorites are but I don't think my clone, Jumpinjack Flash,
would be very happy with me if I did.  Let's just say that from the moment I stepped
on the sands as a Rookie I used the same strategy in EVERY fight.  The only thing I
ever changed was armor (early on vs. TP's) and attack/defend locations.  That should
give those of you who have faced me more than once something to think about.

You may be interested to know that I am all natural.  I haven't had a prize of any
type used on me.  I'm a freak of nature.  It just goes to show you never know when a
guy like me will walk into your guildhouse looking for work as a gladiator.  It's up
to you to spot the potential and nuture it along.

I'm going to list my tourney results and records versus each style.  It isn't meant
to be a brag--I just thought you might find it interesting and a lot easier than
looking it up yourself.  Enjoy!
     Tourneys:  Rookies: 15-1-3 TC.  Initiates: 15-3-3 TV.  Adepts: 16-2 TC.
Champs: 13-1-1 TC.  Rookies--Champs record: 59-7-7 (.894)  Challengers: 9-3 TV.
Challengers: 15-1-1 TC.
Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)  Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up
(Teevella-LU)  Challengers: 7-3  Challengers: 11-3-2 TV  Challengers: 11-3-1 TV
 Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)

Challengers: 12-3 TV.  Challengers record: 104-25-4 (.806).  Career Tourney record:
163-32-11 (.836)  TC's: 4  TVs: 8 (3 Runner-ups)  Arena record: 5-0-1  Grudge
matches: 3-0

Total record: 171-32-12 (.842)  Tourney record vs all styles:  AB: 7-11  BA: 6-0-1
LU: 46-9-4  PL: 5-1-1  PR: 2-0  PS: ---  SL: 9-2  ST: 51-5-2  TP: 35-4-3  WS: 2-0

As you can see, the only style I had trouble with is the ABs.  I think that has more
to do with which ABs I fought rather than the style as a whole.  I was 3-1 vs ABs
early on (Rookies-Champs) and 4-10 in Challengers.  I was 1-5 vs Marv, 0-1 vs Marv Jr
and 0-3 vs Soulsnare.  I am going to make an educated guess and assume they all had
skills or prizes added to them to make them competetive at the Challenger level where
so few ABs are.  I could be wrong, though I doubt it.

See you on the Isle,
    Daydream Believer