Date   : 11/12/2003    Duedate: 11/25/2003


DM-29    TURN-462

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4395) [13-12-1,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDIE                         POSITION IS EMPTY
CROC FILES (374)               
(29-4395) [13-12-1,118]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MONTY                          RAGING FIRE
CROC FILES (374)               DEATH THREAT (376)
(29-4391) [12-15-3,88]         (29-4407) [8-2-0,65]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. EQUESTORS (158)             50
2. CROC FILES (374)            47      DEATH THREAT (376)
3. DEATH THREAT (376)          39      Unchartered Team
4. BLACK SAMURAI (166)         16
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        11      OH CAPT., MY CAPT. (342)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DEATH THREAT (376)        67  48  9 58.3   1/ 4 EQUESTORS (158)          10  5 1
 2- 2*TANKS A LOT! (387)        11   9  0 55.0   2/ 6 CROC FILES (374)         10  5 0
 3/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         127 105 12 54.7   3- 2*TANKS A LOT! (387)        7  3 0
 4- 4*CRIMSON KINGS (388)        8   7  1 53.3   4- 5 VENUSIANS (321)           6  4 0
 5/ 5 THE TAKEN (173)          601 539 29 52.7   5/ 1 THE TAKEN (173)           6  9 0
 6- 6 VENUSIANS (321)          117 116  6 50.2   6/ 8 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       4  2 0
 7/ 7 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      232 238 20 49.4   7/11 DEATH THREAT (376)        4  4 0
 8/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          442 494 35 47.2   8- 7 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     4  6 0
 9-10 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    148 175 10 45.8   9/ 9 MEN (356)                 3  3 0
10/11 MEN (356)                106 134  7 44.2  10- 3*CRIMSON KINGS (388)       3  7 0
11/12 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     156 219  6 41.6  11/10 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      3  9 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[ The Charter Cities #95 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

From Monuntial to Niatoli:

     Agro didn't know if the Usurper's men hadn't been able to get a boat moving fast
enough to do any good, or if they'd decided this little band of rebels wasn't worth
the effort, but nobody followed them out of Monuntial harbor.  Someone had mentioned
that the Usurper's men patrolled all around the peninsula, though, so maybe they
didn't feel there was any need for pursuit.  Not a comforting thought, but he'd been
a long time out of the egg since he expected things to go easily.  At least the
rebels seemed to know their way about this boat, or maybe it was a ship, and to know
the waters.  He'd heard that there were a lot of hazards in the lake in this area,
rocks under the surface, and wrecks that would rip the bottom out of an unwary boat
as fast as the rocks would.
     One of the men who had climbed up the mast yelled, "Ship coming!"
     Everyone looked back toward the shore, but the water was empty of other vessels.
The peninsula itself was merely a dark band of trees on the horizon, the city a
cluster of paler shapes.  Agro staggered as the deck underfoot shifted and tilted.
He glanced around and saw that the approaching ship was coming from farther out, and
it was big, and there were...he squinted, rather a lot of armed men on the deck,
sunlight winking off shields and helms and spear points.
     Tully, at the stern, was yelling commands to the two men up the mast, and they
were scrambling around doing things with ropes and sails.  Lots of sails.  The deck
tilted farther, and Agro, clinging to the railing, had a view of the Storm Sea's
clear, dark-green water rushing by close at hand.  It was laced with foam, very
decorative, and very uninviting.  He hoped the ship wasn't in the process of turning
over and dumping them into the lake.  He glimpsed things poking upward from the
bottom, some wrecked ship's timbers, maybe, or drowned trees.  They didn't quite
reach the ship he was on, but what if there were others reaching a little higher?  He
could swim, and Bindi could swim, but they preferred WARM water....
     The ship tilted the other way, not instantly, but it felt like a fast change
anyway.  Agro released the rail and allowed himself to slide toward the cabin in the
middle of the deck, pulled himself upright, and looked around to see what was
happening.  The rebels who weren't engaged in steering the ship were holding onto
whatever they could reach, and he guessed they were praying.  And the other ship was
approaching, not aiming directly at them, but the Croc could see that the two courses
were converging despite the crooked maneuvers Tully was sailing.
     The bigger ship was zigzagging, too.  Ah, trying to find a clear channel!  Of
course.  And being bigger, it would need a deeper channel.  That must be what Tully
was counting on, because it was a good bet they couldn't outrun the other.  The other
ship was so close that he could hear people in the front of it screaming warnings to
the steersman.  It was changing course, but slowly.  Well, you couldn't expect it to
skid around like a pony.  With any luck, it'd hit some snag and get the bottom ripped
out, a prospect Agro could view with enthusiasm.  Too bad there wouldn't be time to
go after some of the survivors....  The Croc licked his lips and sighed.  Oh, well,
another time.
     As he had that thought, the bigger ship seemed to jerk and shudder, slowing
suddenly.  Some of the rebels who knew how ships ought to behave cheered.
     One of them, scrambling along the deck, thumped Agro on the shoulder and
shouted, "Niatoli, here we come!  We'll be there in time for dinner!"

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

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

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

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

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

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Say good-bye to THE TAKEN, as they are pushed 
from the coveted top team spot by the EQUESTORS stable.  For every winner there is a 
loser.  Speaking of losers, lets take a look at CRIMSON KINGS, who went down to 3rd 
from 10th.  Life is tough.  Coming up with a solid 4-1-0 outing, CROC FILES has 
advanced 4 places in the rankings.  It looks like the guys(?) at EQUESTORS had a good 
week as they went 4-1-0 to put them in 1st place.  I guess steroids help!  Hey 
everybody, watch out for BINDI, who flew up 21 points in the rankings after mashing 
SHAWN like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to 
walk out on the sands.  SHAWN was defeated by BINDI and drops 17 points.  GOLDIE got 
through to the Duelmaster this turn.  No doubt she was more than anxious to kick 
BUZZARD's tail out of the throne!  It's a proud day for the CROC FILES stable, as 
their warrior, GOLDIE, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  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 LAPUR arena.  Did you 
hear that THE TAKEN was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal 
hygiene of THE TAKEN's warriors, I'm not surprised!  And you guys like to boo me?  
Well, unsling your rasberries, cause BLACK SAMURAI beats feet every time THE TAKEN 
smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  And who is this HOPE you ask, with 73 points and a 
16-10-0 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  Was it guts or an overtaxed mental 
capacity that had SCRAPPA challenge up 27 points in the rankings to take on HOPE?  To 
the crowd's chants of 'Bo-zo bo-zo bo-zo', HOPE was taken out by the lower-ranked 
SCRAPPA.  (Maybe it's time to think Dark Arena?).   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time 
is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  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                  
 GOLDIE 4395                  13  12  1   118       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COBRA 4355                   15   6  1   106       DEATH THREAT (376)
 ALAN 4397                    13  12  0   104       MEN (356)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUZZARD 3995                 19   6  0    90       THE TAKEN (173)
 MONTY 4391                   12  15  3    88       CROC FILES (374)
 SCRAPPA 4411                 11   5  2    87       CROC FILES (374)
 BINDI 4454                    5   3  0    86       CROC FILES (374)
-SUE NAMI 4097                11  16  0    85       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 ENOSHIMA 4349                22   6  0    78       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 LUCIUS 4406                  12   8  2    77       EQUESTORS (158)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCORPUS 4393                 17   9  2    76       EQUESTORS (158)
 HOPE 3988                    16  10  0    73       THE TAKEN (173)
 GALBA 4389                   18  10  1    67       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGING FIRE 4407              8   2  0    65       DEATH THREAT (376)
 SHAWN 4405                   12   9  1    64       MEN (356)
-LYRA 4320                    11   8  0    58       VENUSIANS (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK ABYSS 4417               6   2  1    52       DEATH THREAT (376)
 COOKIE 4455                   5   3  1    45       CROC FILES (374)
 TALL TREE 4380                6  25  0    44       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-WHIRLWIND 4325                6   9  0    43       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-TREAD HEAD 4505               2   0  0    43       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 MACRINUS 4452                 3   5  2    35       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OTARU 4245                    6   5  1    31       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 RAVAGE 4444                   5   5  0    30       THE TAKEN (173)
-FRANK THE TANK 4488           4   0  0    29       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-THE FIRE WITCH 4489           2   1  0    27       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 SUGARPLUM 4432                7   5  0    26       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-KOJIRO 4456                   2   0  1    26       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-ASTRIAL 4328                  6   7  0    25       VENUSIANS (321)
-MENSA 4442                    5   4  1    25       VENUSIANS (321)
 ENIGMA 4466                   4   3  0    24       THE TAKEN (173)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              3   8  0    24       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-THE MINCER 4490               2   1  1    24       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SOLAR FLARE 4427              6   5  0    23       VENUSIANS (321)
-DOWN POUR 4323                4  11  0    23       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-ILL OMEN 4494                 3   1  0    21       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 FLINT EYE 4511                2   0  0    21       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-POKIN' PERSHING 4499          2   1  0    18       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 MUCIANUS 4478                 2   4  0    16       EQUESTORS (158)
 MACHIGAI 4506                 2   0  0    15       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-FRACTURE 4491                 2   1  0    12       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-ZERO VISABILITY 4495          2   2  0    11       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-UBER-PANZER 4498              2   1  0    11       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-URSA 4508                     1   1  0    10       VENUSIANS (321)
 RIP TIDE 4509                 0   1  0     7       DEATH THREAT (376)
-PRINCE RUPERT 4493            1   2  0     5       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-ABRAHMS LINCOLN 4485          0   4  0     4       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 HAMBONE 4512                  0   1  0     1       THE TAKEN (173)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
JUMPING SPIDER 4431    5  5 1 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    MACRINUS 4452         460         
CARINA 4496            0  2 0 VENUSIANS 321         THE MINCER 4490       459 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Zero Visability -- I like fighting people who can't spell almost as much as I like
fighting girls. -- The Mincer

The Mincer -- How refreshing...a psychopath who can double as a copy editor! -- The
Yellow Jester

Cobra -- I wish my defeating you was DURING the bloodfeud cycle instead of AFTER...
at any rate, THAT was for Bindi (the 2nd). -- Monty

Buzzard -- Let's try that again, shall we.... --Goldie

Raging Fire -- You just burned me up! -- Tall Tree
P.S.  Haven't we done this before?  It feels so familiar....

Scorpus -- I could do without the poison sting. -- Sugarplum

Frank the Tank -- I wonder if I should start working on a career as "best loser"?
The record's a tough one to match, and I just don't know if I have it in me to
survive four years in Basic. -- Black Tiger

Beggars, bah.  That shows what civilization does to a man.  In a proper, barbaric
society such as we have on the plains, he would have starved to death long ago and
been no further problem. -- Flint Eye

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GOLDIE devastated BUZZARD in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
SCRAPPA won victory over HOPE in a action packed 1 minute brutal Challenge battle.
BINDI overpowered SHAWN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
DARK ABYSS devastated RAVAGE in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge fight.
COOKIE devastated SUGARPLUM in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
MONTY was overpowered by COBRA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided struggle.
ALAN overpowered VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
ENOSHIMA unbelievably bested RAGING FIRE in a popular 4 minute gruesome expert's duel.
LUCIUS won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a popular 1 minute fight.
SCORPUS overpowered STRIKE BREAKER in a 1 minute gory one-sided melee.
GALBA subdued TALL TREE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody master's match.
ENIGMA was subdued by MACRINUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
BLACK TIGER overpowered MUCIANUS in a popular 1 minute gruesome mismatched conflict.
MACHIGAI overpowered HAMBONE in a 2 minute uneven struggle.
FLINT EYE handily defeated RIP TIDE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    60 -  38 -  7      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  19 -  2      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   31 -  29 -  2      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  26 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    31 -  41 -  4      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  25 -  1      42  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW        10 -  15 -  1      40  |

Turn 462 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:

PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDIE 4395                13  12  1  118 CROC FILES (374)
LUNGING ATTACK   COBRA 4355                 15   6  1  106 DEATH THREAT (376)
TOTAL PARRY      BUZZARD 3995               19   6  0   90 THE TAKEN (173)
BASHING ATTACK   SCORPUS 4393               17   9  2   76 EQUESTORS (158)
AIMED BLOW       HOPE 3988                  16  10  0   73 THE TAKEN (173)
SLASHING ATTACK  SHAWN 4405                 12   9  1   64 MEN (356)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MONTY 4391.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
RAGING FIRE 4407.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAMBONE 4512, GOLDIE 
4395, SCRAPPA 4411, COBRA 4355, BLACK TIGER 4436, BINDI 4454, DARK ABYSS 4417, MONTY 
4391, ALAN 4397, and ENOSHIMA 4349.

The least popular fighter this week was SUGARPLUM 4432.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were RAVAGE 4444, SHAWN 4405, HOPE 3988, BUZZARD 3995, RIP TIDE 4509, 
MACHIGAI 4506, TALL TREE 4380, FLINT EYE 4511, MUCIANUS 4478, and MACRINUS 4452.

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

COBRA (29-4355) DEATH THREAT (376)


     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