DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

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

ZORPUNT ARENA

DM-24    TURN-465

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KID ROCK
THE MC5 (445)
(24-4340) [24-15-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CURTIS JOSEPH                  CROCONAW
THE MC5 (445)                  WATER DECK (459)
(24-4384) [14-11-0,124]        (24-4475) [3-0-0,29]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TRISHA WINGFOOT                CANE TOAD
KRILL CAVALRY (403)            AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
(24-4330) [19-29-1,87]         (24-4425) [9-8-0,95]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MC5 (445)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KRILL CAVALRY (403)         39
2. THE MC5 (445)               24      THE MC5 (445)
3. WATER DECK (459)            23      Unchartered Team
4. AUSSIE KILLERS (455)         2
5. THE ASININE (272)            0      WATER DECK (459)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*WATER DECK (459)           6   4  0 60.0   1/ 4 THE MC5 (445)             7  5 0
 2/ 2 THE MC5 (445)            104  91  9 53.3   2/ 5*WATER DECK (459)          6  4 0
 3- 3 THE ASININE (272)         89  79  8 53.0   3/ 1 BATTLEMANIA (71)          6  7 1
 4/ 4 BATTLEMANIA (71)         359 329 25 52.2   4/ 6 KRILL CAVALRY (403)       6  9 1
 5/ 5 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)      38  36  3 51.4   5/ 2 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)      4  6 0
 6/ 6 KRILL CAVALRY (403)      367 361 12 50.4   6- 3 THE ASININE (272)         2  3 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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #18 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zuwayza:

     They were all assembled in the throne room of the Satrap's palace:  he,
Khannarth, Kasarya, the Satrap's First Wife Jasryala, and the Satrap himself and his 
guards.  It was not crowded, even with those numbers present, and Tankesh looked
around curiously.  The style was foreign to what he was used to, of course, but he
was surprised to find it less ostentatious than he had expected.  Apparently the
Satrap didn't feel the need of external aids to boost his prestige and authority.  A
good sign, in one way, a bad one in another.  This was probably a man who would act
intelligently to deal with his problems, and in Tankesh's experience, intelligent
foes were worse, in the long run, than impulsive ones.
     One of the guards in front of him shifted, allowing Tankesh to see the Satrap of
the Glorious Empire for the first time.  Younger than the Andorian had expected, in
his thirties, maybe.  Regular features, but foreign, of course.  The swarthy skin and
slightly hooked nose characteristic of the Karnhorn people, but blue eyes.  Odd,
that, but he'd heard that previous satraps, and the sultans of Serevada, for that
matter, sometimes took "foreign" women, what they called "white barbarians" to wife.
Not that it mattered.  What mattered was that this man, this Satrap Kharanjal, looked
intelligent, decisive, and royally pissed.  Bad combination.
     The Satrap was in consultation with a plainly dressed man, possibly a minor
official, more like a spy.  Finally he nodded and waved the man off, then turned to
the people standing before him.  "I see four people before me who have had positions
of trust and who have wronged the Satrap," Kharanjal said.  "You have been brought
here together because your various treacheries are perhaps linked."  He looked them
over coldly as the guards shifted again and moved Tankesh into a line beside Kasarya,
Jasryala, and Khannarth.  "I will start with the foreigner."  His gaze settled on
Tankesh.  "What have you to say for yourself, barbarian who claims to be a King's
Envoy?"
     "First, that I am an envoy of King Mickeal of Andoria," Tankesh answered just as
crisply.  "I was sent to find out what had become of Princess Samara's children, when
she came here to Zuwayza with her second husband--"
     "Whose name is not to be mentioned in this place," Kharanjal cut in.  "His
treasons have found him out, and his end was less unpleasant than he deserved.  The
woman and her children returned to the west."
     "So I discovered.  Eventually.  So I might have discovered sooner and without
having to sneak into your palace, if ANYONE here had been helpful."  The elf
shrugged.  "I got in, and encountered Kasarya, who was concerned about--"
     "She will tell me her concerns, at the proper time.  That you acted as seemed
best to you with regard to the children I will grant.  But what prompted you to think
it any part of an envoy's privilege to enter into a liaison with the Satrap's
concubine?  The licentiousness of elves is of course well known, but I would have
thought someone chosen for an important task would have more self control."
     Tankesh's expression hardened.  "If anyone has accused your concubine Kasarya of
improper behavior, that person lies, and I can guess why.  The lady requested my aid
in ferreting out a conspiracy, and we have been partners in that effort, but nothing
more."
     One of Kharanjal's eyebrows rose slightly, but he made no other comment.
Turning to the younger of the two women, he said, "What conspiracy do you claim to
have 'ferreted out'?"
     Kasarya's chin came up proudly.  "I have been always loyal to you, Most Exalted.
But it came to me gradually, like the creeping of dawn, that Khannarth who was
honored to be your Vizier was not so loyal.  There were meetings with emissaries of
the Invader.  There were...gifts exchanged.  I hastened to your First Wife to report
these suspicions, as was proper, and found her intimately engaged with the very
object of my concern, Khannarth.  Seeing this, I began to doubt that any in the
Kashka could be trusted.  Came then this foreigner, and since I needs must trust
someone, I chose him who had no ties here.  If I have done wrongly, I abase myself,
but I have had only the best interests of the Glorious Empire, so far as I understood
them, of the Exalted Satrap, and of yourself, in my heart."
     Again the raised eyebrow as the Satrap looked toward his First Wife, Jasryala.
     She met his gaze with one equally cold.  "Why should I answer ridiculous charges
from that little commoner?"
     "You make no defense?"
     "I need none."
     "Then you shall meet Mighty Kjarran across His altar and answer to Him."
     It was a shock to realize that, so simply, the Satrap was proposing to sacrifice
his wife to Kjarran.  Tankesh didn't like the woman, much less trust her, but he
wondered if he should intervene here.
     Before he could say anything, Jasryala said, "I fear nothing from the Mighty
One, for He will see that it was I, not you, who was working for the good of the
Glorious Empire.  And my brother will deliver Kjarran's judgment upon you."
     "You think I fear Jhuizkhal of Kurukar?  He has forsaken Kjarran, and if any
judgment is made involving him, it will compass his destruction."  The Satrap turned
at last to Khannarth, but the Vizier remained silent.  Kharijal made a sign to the
guards, who took Khannarth and Jasryala away.
     To Tankesh, the Satrap said, "I see that whether you have made Kasarya your
leman or not, you have a regard for the wench.  Therefore I will permit you to redeem
her from the altar of Kjarran by performing a small task for the Glorious Empire.
Which task shall be yours to choose or refuse as you wish, and if you refuse, no harm
will come to you, King's Envoy, save that you will be expelled from all the lands of
the Glorious Empire forever on pain of death.  But Kasarya shall then be given to
Kjarran."
     "What 'small task'?" Tankesh asked.
     "Remove from this plane of existence the offense which is Jhuizkhal of Kurukar."

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 475): ATROPHY of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 464): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): SAPPER of SHERWOOD FOREST (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 461): DUMB, DUMB of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 426): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 419): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 412): BANANA JR of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 184): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 324): UNDERGROUND BEAT of CLUB CULTURE (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 313): MALICHAI of WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 360): DEMONFANG of DARK PANTHEON from TRANSEL (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): BONDAGE (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 475): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): SERPENTINE INC. (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 464): BATTLEMANIA (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 461): TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 426): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 419): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 412): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 184): MIDDLE WAY 8 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 324): FA CHING (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 313): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 360): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): DREIHDENSMURF of U.B.O.S.M. (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
                   (turn 474): SECRET of YOUNG JUSTICE (Rillion, mgr.)
                               NEVILLE of GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 474): BERWICK of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): GUANTANAMO BAY of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
                           PISHTUSH of ANDORIAN WIMPS (Wimpy, mgr.)
               (turn 467): JUDITH of WOMEN OF REALITY (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): OMNIBOOK 6000 of AT WORK (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 411): COURIER of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 312): RAZORTOOTHROTEY of TOMATO ENFORCER (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  THE MC5 now holds the crown and they 
are betting they can keep it.  Coming up with a solid 3-2-0 outing, THE MC5 has 
advanced 3 places in the rankings.  Advancing in the rankings was KRILL CAVALRY who 
went from last turn's 363-360-12, to this week's record of 367-361-12.  Hey 
everybody, watch out for TELLER FLETE, who flew up 15 points in the rankings after 
mashing EMBEZZLING SCRIBE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some 
days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  ORESTES lost to AMBITIOUS GUARD and 
drops 9 points.  Well, everybody's pal KID ROCK moved his record to 24-15-0 by 
defeating CANE TOAD in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 5 recognition points.  
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ZORPUNT arena.  Did you 
hear that THE ASININE was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal 
hygiene of THE ASININE's warriors, I'm not surprised!  Okay, so I may not be funny, 
but catch BATTLEMANIA's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at 
running from THE ASININE.  Well just about everybody wants a piece of TRISHA 
WINGFOOT, who was this week's most challenged warrior.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and 
take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, there's the manager of the ZORPUNT giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick your--(loud boos), 
oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KID ROCK 4340                24  15  0   116       THE MC5 (445)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CURTIS JOSEPH 4384           14  11  0   124       THE MC5 (445)
 CONE SHELL 4422              13   4  1   115       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
 SLIM SHADY 4370              14  13  0    99       THE MC5 (445)
 TAZZY TIGER 4423              9   8  0    99       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
 CANE TOAD 4425                9   8  0    95       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330         19  29  1    87       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 SPANKYTIME 4446               9   4  2    75       BATTLEMANIA (71)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RICH CRANIUM 4464             8   1  0    60       THE ASININE (272)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DEHUMANIZER 4461              6   4  1    59       THE ASININE (272)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENOK 4445                    7   6  1    50       BATTLEMANIA (71)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CROCONAW 4475                 3   0  0    29       WATER DECK (459)
 GYRADOS 4476                  3   0  0    28       WATER DECK (459)
-DAMNATION 4492                2   0  1    27       THE ASININE (272)
 ORESTES 4471                  5   4  0    26       BATTLEMANIA (71)
 JESSIE JUNE 4466              6   6  0    24       KRILL CAVALRY (403)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOMBO LARK 4488               4   3  0    21       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 TELLER FLETE 4510             1   1  0    16       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 GEORGE CLINTON 4470           3   5  1    15       THE MC5 (445)
 HALEY STORMRIDER 4501         1   2  0    14       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 IGGY POP 4469                 0   7  0     7       THE MC5 (445)
 PEDRO DE SADE 4499            1   1  0     4       BATTLEMANIA (71)
-PERDITION 4500                0   1  0     1       THE ASININE (272)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
AIMER 4427             7  3 0 THE ASININE 272       PENOK 4445            461 REVENGED
FLESHHARROWER 4462     7  3 1 THE ASININE 272       TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330  463         
TELLAR FLEET 4415     10  6 1 KRILL CAVALRY 403     SPANKYTIME 4446       463         
TESSELA RYDER 4490     1  2 0 KRILL CAVALRY 403     DAMNATION 4492        462         
KIRBY 4512             0  1 0 WATER DECK 459        HIGH ELF 411          465 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tomboy Lark -- Hey, I was practicing over by the arena the other day and my teammates
tell me they think I whacked you one on the backswing.  Sorry 'bout that! -- Penok
(still mourning Tellar, he acts so different in his new body it's just not the same!)

Jessie June -- Thanks for the pointers, they'll come in handy.  What did you think of
those techniques I showed you in return? -- Orestes

Tellar Flete -- The pleasure is mine, this time.  I'm curious:  Do you realize you
could avenge your own death? -- PdS

Tazzy Tiger -- Wow, dangerously stunned!  I don't like the sound of that.  And I
didn't feel all that much better when Flitter McGee said he'd come back to beat you
up if you killed me, either.  Why is that supposed to be comforting?  Comforting is
staying alive! -- Trisha Wingfoot

Penok -- Thanks all the same, but I'll keep my distance.  I don't need bad luck! --
Tombo Lark

Orestes -- You know, I can see why your sister killed herself. -- Jessie June

Gyrados -- Don't you get dizzy? -- Haley Stormrider

Pedro De Sade -- If you're the one who called me a midget, I'll GET you for it. --
Teller Flete
P.S.  I'm actually taller than I look out on the sands.  It's a perspective thing.

Spankytime -- Why would I want your hide?  It wouldn't go with my decor. -- Trisha
P.S.  We're not going to bloodfeud that one, as Tellar obviously brought it on
himself by getting too close to a konep.  Besides, he's come back, more or less.
(And I'm not thrilled.)

Ed. -- Ah?  I'll remember that, thanks. -- Trisha Wingfoot, making a note not to bury
the Cone Shell in the sand

     Happy to be of service. -- Ed.

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

KIRBY was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SLIM SHADY vanquished TRISHA WINGFOOT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
IGGY POP was savagely defeated by JESSIE JUNE in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
KID ROCK unbelievably bested CANE TOAD in a popular 6 minute one-sided Title contest.
TAZZY TIGER was bested by CURTIS JOSEPH in a action packed 2 minute brawl.
CONE SHELL overpowered SPANKYTIME in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
PENOK devastated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
ORESTES was handily defeated by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute uneven melee.
CROCONAW vanquished GEORGE CLINTON in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
TOMBO LARK vanquished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
GYRADOS overpowered PEDRO DE SADE in a 1 minute uneven match.
HALEY STORMRIDER overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
TELLER FLETE subdued EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         LUNGING ATTACK    44 -  19 -  4      70  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       16 -   8 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  14 -  1      39  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  16 -  0      30  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   9 -  0      10  |

Turn 465 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      KID ROCK 4340              24  15  0  116 THE MC5 (445)
LUNGING ATTACK   CONE SHELL 4422            13   4  1  115 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
SLASHING ATTACK  TAZZY TIGER 4423            9   8  0   99 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
STRIKING ATTACK  CANE TOAD 4425              9   8  0   95 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
AIMED BLOW       PENOK 4445                  7   6  1   50 BATTLEMANIA (71)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CANE TOAD 4425.  The ten other most popular fighters were TAZZY TIGER 4423, 
JESSIE JUNE 4466, KID ROCK 4340, CURTIS JOSEPH 4384, SLIM SHADY 4370, PENOK 4445, 
GYRADOS 4476, CONE SHELL 4422, CROCONAW 4475, and TOMBO LARK 4488.

The least popular fighter this week was PEDRO DE SADE 4499.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were GEORGE CLINTON 4470, ORESTES 4471, SPANKYTIME 4446, TRISHA 
WINGFOOT 4330, KIRBY 4512, HALEY STORMRIDER 4501, IGGY POP 4469, TELLER FLETE 4510, 
TOMBO LARK 4488, and CROCONAW 4475.

                       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