Date   : 11/05/2003    Duedate: 11/18/2003


DM-32    TURN-458

This Weeks Top Honors


(32-4039) [11-2-1,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STARBREAKER                    ROHAN
(32-4039) [11-2-1,120]         (32-3361) [2-2-1,17]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(32-3852) [14-8-0,61]          (32-4072) [14-9-0,68]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)       37
2. DIAMOND THRONE (269)        19      CALL THE PRIEST (344)
3. CALL THE PRIEST (344)        7      Unchartered Team
4. FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)      6
5. THE STORMLORDS (337)         0      DIAMOND THRONE (269)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*FLAMING DEATH (347)        1   0  0  100   1/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    13  2 1
 2/ 3 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     42  24  3 63.6   2/ 2 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     8  0 0
 3/ 2 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    703 407 37 63.3   3/ 5*DIAMOND THRONE (269)      3  6 0
 4- 4 THE STORMLORDS (337)      87  73  8 54.4   4- 3*REVELATIONS (325)         2  1 0
 5- 5*REVELATIONS (325)          7   8  1 46.7   5- 4 THE STORMLORDS (337)      2  2 1
 6/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  264 373  9 41.4   6- 7*FLAMING DEATH (347)       1  0 0
 7/ 7*DIAMOND THRONE (269)       5  11  2 31.3   7/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   1 11 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

Between Ibizond and Korga:

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): ROYCE GRACIE of SADISTS-OCTAGON (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): ALPHABETIZED AL of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): none
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 455): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, 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  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
                 (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Greetings and well met, warriors of Arvat (what few of us there are).  I am
Starbreaker from Destitute Noble's team "Call the Priest", and feel great privilege
in attaining the throne of Arvat at such a young point in my career.  I have been
called out by Linden for not writing a column, so I decided to indeed write a column
and let some of my thoughts be known (thanks for kicking me in the rear, Linden,
though I appreciate the win too).  In my defense, I had written a column a turn or
two ago, and sent it via scribe through something I was told is called the
"reality.com website ad and dm column submission tool", but it never got to its
destination apparently.  Doesn't really surprise me much, just look at the name and
how ominous it looks!

Being Duelmaster in a small city like this obviously has its advantages, and
disadvantages.  Sometimes, the advantages are disadvantages also!  Case in point--
next turn I will be fighting one of the arena stand-ins (advantage--because it's an
easy win--usually, disadvantage--usually a low training rate).  This close to the
tourney, I would prefer to fight someone who has a better chance to teach me some
skills.  Still, I won't complain, 'tis enough to be Duelmaster here...I am content in

By the time all will fight their next turn here, the Halloween tourney will be
completed--perhaps we will have some new TV's or TC's around here!  Only J.B. Goode
fought from our stable, but we will be fighting a full squad in the next tournament
in the fabled land of Tempe.  Until then, fight and learn well, fellow Arvatians!!


                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ARVAT!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  TIA M. ATT caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested VENOMOUS GIGOLO and was awarded 16 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, TED EVIL put down 
SWIFT FEUTZ, causing him to lose 4 points of recognition in the process.  Although M. 
CHARDINEE made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious 
STARBREAKER.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, 
the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  I saw one fighter that warriors 
avoided when this week's challenge seeking began.  REVELATIONS is feared.  This much 
I can say.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find 
any of DEVIL ADVOCATES last week.  Busy avoiding REVELATIONS?  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  FIZGIGG take warning!  You have more than a 
few enemies in ARVAT.  JOHNNY B GOODE must really be harboring a grudge against the 
FISHERMAN'S WHARF guild!  Merciless, 30 challenged down FIZGIGG points this week to 
duel with it.  Few would not have guessed the outcome of the bout as FIZGIGG was 
bested by JOHNNY B GOODE.  Is this what passes for courage in ARVAT?  I can not but 
mention with disdain the name of MAY FISTAFOLES who this week posted a challenge to a 
warrior a full 12 points below in the rankings.  I thought MAY FISTAFOLES showed 
great skill and promise when she overcame BASKERVOLE.  All right, so I slept through 
it!  Big deal!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena 
there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARBREAKER 4039             11   2  1   120       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOHNNY B GOODE 4034          12   2  0   111       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975          17  14  1    90       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-PRIVATE PROPERTY 4029         7   4  1    90       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-LOCKED IN 4049                8   4  1    87       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 FIZGIGG 4012                 18  25  1    82       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 TIA M. ATT 4095               8   0  2    75       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 LINDEN 4072                  14   9  0    68       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAY FISTAFOLES 3852          14   8  0    61       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-SENSOO O SURU 3979           16  11  0    59       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 DIETER KWAN 4092              8   1  0    57       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIL ETH 4093                  6   3  2    47       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 BASKERVOLE 4071               8  15  0    39       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RUN OF THE MILL 4056          3   4  0    32       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-R.WALDREP II 3899             2   2  0    32       REVELATIONS (325)
-LEGION SUX 3903               3   1  1    27       REVELATIONS (325)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROHAN 3361                    2   2  1    17       DIAMOND THRONE (269)
-TIMKEN 3988                   1   0  0    17       REVELATIONS (325)
 TED EVIL 4109                 2   0  0    15       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 KI'SHIN 4110                  1   0  0    13       DIAMOND THRONE (269)
-IZUSU TROOPER 4062            1   0  0    11       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 SWIFT FEUTZ 4107              1   1  0     6       DIAMOND THRONE (269)
-CHARON 4103                   1   0  0     5       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-LYMPHNODE 3902                1   1  0     4       REVELATIONS (325)
 DOGFISH 4105                  0   3  0     3       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-DEATH KNIGHT 4104             0   1  0     1       THE STORMLORDS (337)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DEBBE EAST 3858       10  6 0 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975   456         
I'M GOING DIE 4108     0  2 0 DIAMOND THRONE 269    MOUNTAIN TROLL 327    458 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
COEUR DE LION 3976    15 14 2 THE STORMLORDS 337    PRIVATE PROPERTY 4029 455         
VY-OTIN 4081           5  5 0 THE STORMLORDS 337    LIL ETH 4093          456         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Icelord/Bosk -- Please let me take a few lines of text here and address you fellas.
We've been on good terms throughout our 16 year plus career in Duelmasters, so I
think enough of you to spend a few moments and put "pen to paper".  First, let me
apologize for the satirized (and fictionalized) spotlight which I wrote almost a year
ago discussing events at the last AZ tourney.  I did feel it was funny, and obviously
RSI did not feel it was "flaming" anyone too much on a personal level, so they saw
their way clear to print it.  That being said, I can understand how you may have
taken it as a personal attack, so once again I apologize for that and I'll make it a
point in the future not to satirize your Duelmaster or "real" exploits again.
     As for your comments in last turn's newsletter, I also understand that those
come from your feelings stemming from that original spotlight 9 months ago.  If
you've followed how I play at all over the last 10 years you know that I'm very into
timing my warriors so they have the most fights possible for tournaments.  That
Private Property killed your warrior in a random fight, and as he was subsequently
hitting a breakpoint in FE is regrettable for you since you did not get the chance to
bloodfeud, but isn't going to change my modus operandi for playing.  There have been
many times in the past (and will continue to be times in the future) where I
intentionally sit a warrior out so he won't be bloodfeuded by some manager who has a
good chance to kill him because of style or experience advantage over him.  Needless
to say, this was not the case here--I sat out only so he can fight as an adept in
Tempe.  I wasn't too concerned by the total parries you have left in this arena
killing my basher that can use a halberd.  As you can probably guess--I don't view my
actions as "cowardly" as you put it, nor did I ever gloat about killing your warrior.
     As for decrying our alliance...go ahead.  I think we are all pretty thick-
skinned, and the reality is that we do uphold good sportsmanship and mind our manners
generally.  We don't typically downchallenge for easy victories, but prefer to move
up the rankings for a better challenge.  We don't gang-up on other managers or
warriors when we are all in the same arena--in fact, we're so lazy we don't even
share styles on other warriors or anything.  Because there's been a few incidents
that didn't please you regarding our alliance doesn't make us bad or mean or evil.  I
think I can say that you are using what some people might characterize as "cheating"
by using your multiple teams in 31 to your advantage vs. me in there currently, but
that's your right to do, and it's my right to avoid you so you won't hear anything
like that from me.  If I didn't like it, I could also leave the arena like you've
done here in Arvat.
     Enough name-calling and finger-pointing!  I'd be happy to go back to the way we
were, friendly counterparts.  If you guys can't see your way clear to do that, that's
ok too I'm sure our warriors will be running into each other on the sands, so there
is always plenty of opportunity to gain justice in that way....
     Marty Bender a.k.a. Destitute Noble

Johnny B Goode -- Couldn't you be LESS good sometimes? -- Fizgigg

Locked In -- Well, heck.  I wish you were locked OUT, then. -- Linden
P.S.  That one blow was quite rude, but that's Karnhorns for you.  Tactless at best,
and you weren't at your best.

May Fistafoles -- Oh FINE, that is JUST what I need, some damned woman coming along
and making me look HELPLESS.  I hate that. -- Baskervole

Izusu Trooper -- I'd wag my tail and ask you to kiss it and make it well, but I've
got to dig myself out of the sand first. -- Dogfish

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

I'M GOING DIE was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
JOHNNY B GOODE won victory over FIZGIGG in a 1 minute expert's Challenge battle.
MAY FISTAFOLES overpowered BASKERVOLE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
STARBREAKER overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched Title match.
LINDEN viciously subdued LIL ETH in a 2 minute gory duel.
TIA M. ATT unbelievably bested VENOMOUS GIGOLO in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
DIETER KWAN overcame DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a action packed 1 minute fight.
ROHAN vanquished DOGFISH in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SWIFT FEUTZ lost to TED EVIL in a 2 minute beginner's fight.
KI'SHIN vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  1      75  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     20 -   8 -  4      71  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW         5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -   8 -  0      68  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  10 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -  10 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  16 -  1      36  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 458 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  STARBREAKER 4039           11   2  1  120 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
WALL OF STEEL    TIA M. ATT 4095             8   0  2   75 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
PARRY-LUNGE      MAY FISTAFOLES 3852        14   8  0   61 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
LUNGING ATTACK   DIETER KWAN 4092            8   1  0   57 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MAY FISTAFOLES 3852.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LINDEN 4072.  The ten other most popular fighters were JOHNNY B GOODE 4034, 
SWIFT FEUTZ 4107, KI'SHIN 4110, FIZGIGG 4012, and LIL ETH 4093.

The least popular fighter this week was DOGFISH 4105.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BASKERVOLE 4071, I'M GOING DIE 4108, TED EVIL 4109, LIL ETH 4093, 
FIZGIGG 4012, KI'SHIN 4110, SWIFT FEUTZ 4107, ROHAN 3361, TIA M. ATT 4095, and DIETER 
KWAN 4092.

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



     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