DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/01/2004    Duedate: 01/14/2004

NIYTYOLE ISLAND ARENA

DM-33    TURN-460

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ROULETTE HAMMER
CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
(33-7044) [13-4-4,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ROULETTE HAMMER                DARTMAN
CASINO HAMMERZ (576)           COLGATE DAYS (594)
(33-7044) [13-4-4,112]         (33-7161) [5-2-1,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DIGITALIS                      POKER FACE HAMMER
OBSIDIAN HALL (192)            CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
(33-6862) [15-16-1,62]         (33-7057) [8-9-3,56]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OBSIDIAN HALL (192)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WILLY WONKA INC. (550)      25
2. CASINO HAMMERZ (576)        18      PETS ON FIRE (573)
3. COLGATE DAYS (594)          16      Unchartered Team
4. JOYS OF BOOZE (556)         12
5. OBSIDIAN HALL (192)         12      COLGATE DAYS (594)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*COLGATE DAYS (594)         6   2  1 75.0   1/ 1 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)       9  6 0
 2/ 2 PETS ON FIRE (573)       127  77  8 62.3   2/ 6 WILLY WONKA INC. (550)    7  3 1
 3- 3 SACKETT'S & CO. (552)     96  83 10 53.6   3- 2 PIG BATTALION (226)       4  1 1
 4/ 4 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      64  57 13 52.9   4/ 5 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      4  5 2
 5/ 5 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)      322 289 29 52.7   5/ 8*COLGATE DAYS (594)        3  0 1
 6- 6 FOOD FIGHT (10)          141 132  5 51.6   6- 4 BAD BREAD (95)            3  0 0
 7/ 7 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)      115 111  4 50.9   7/ 7 PETS ON FIRE (573)        3  3 0
 8- 8*HARPERS (584)              2   2  0 50.0   8- 3 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)    3  7 0
 9- 9 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)   119 122  3 49.4   9/12 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)       2  4 0
10-10*BAD MOON (460)            11  12  2 47.8  10-11*BAD MOON (460)            1  1 0
11-11 BAD BREAD (95)           187 209 20 47.2  11- 9 SACKETT'S & CO. (552)     1  2 0
12-12 PIG BATTALION (226)       71  84  5 45.8  12-10 FOOD FIGHT (10)           1  3 0
13/13 WILLY WONKA INC. (550)   104 141  6 42.4  13-13 THE WRETCHED (572)        0  4 0
14-14 THE WRETCHED (572)        19  46  3 29.2  14- 0 THE BLACK GUARD (596)     0  2 0
15/ 0 THE BLACK GUARD (596)      6  18  1 25.0  15-14*HARPERS (584)             0  1 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 #97 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Niatoli:

     Agro squinted at the horizon, where an island was taking shape, gray stone and
the brown of winter-killed leaves.  "So that's Niatoli...."  His gaze dropped to the
water that still separated their ship from the new shore.  Water that was steel gray
and torn into ragged waves where the wind whipped it across drowned rocks.  He
glanced at Tully, who had taken charge of sailing their ship.  "Isn't there some kind
of safe channel of approach?"
     The sailor grinned at him.  "This is the safe channel," he said cheerfully.
"This is why people don't conquer Niatoli.  Too hard to get here, and we'll be
sitting ducks for catapults on the shore once we get closer, too."
     "What a thrilling prospect," the Croc growled.
     "Oh, they won't shoot US," Tully said.  "We've got a banner they'll recognize."
He gestured toward the ship's mast.
     Agro looked, and raised his eyebrows.  Apparently the rebels had saved one of
the Usurper's men when they took the ship back in Monuntial.  That man was now
hanging from the mast.  "An unusual sort of banner," he noted calmly.  If Tully had
hoped to shock him, the sailor would be disappointed.  Agro was a gladiator and had
seen death often enough, and more than that, he was a Croc.  He might look human,
outwardly, but his soul was that of a hunter who had eaten men.
     Tully blinked, then shrugged.  "Yeah, but it works.  There's a lot of people on
Niatoli that fled Monuntial at one time or another," he went on.  "Refugees and
rebels and...just people who couldn't take the Usurper's ways."
     "Will they fight?" Agro asked.
     "If someone has a plan--a good plan, mind you--and gives them a leader, yeah.
Most of 'em will fight.  Have you got a plan?"
     "We'll see," the Croc answered.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     For two days, Agro merely circulated among the refugees and listened.  Sometimes
he asked a question or two.  There was a lot of wild talk--that was among the more
recent refugees.  The ones who'd been on Niatoli for months had calmed down.  Or
maybe gotten resigned.  Not that it mattered which.  It was the calm ones he'd want
to talk to first, the ones who'd thrown off their initial indignation and could think
sensibly about ousting the Usurper.
     Because he had the beginning of a plan.
     He decided to start with a man named Riterrian, who had been a merchant in
Monuntial and was now working--and making good money--as a woodcutter.  Agro figured
that showed flexibility and enterprise, and he needed those qualities in the core of
rebel leaders he was going to forge.
     They met in Riterrian's woodyard, surrounded by stacked cords of firewood and
ankle-deep in sawdust.  Riterrian was wielding an axe himself, lopping limbs from a
tree that before sawing it into logs.  When he saw the Croc coming, Riterrian sent
his helpers away with a few muttered words, then waited, axe in hands.
     To 'flexible and enterprising', Agro mentally added 'intelligent'.  If the man
was willing, he'd make a good lieutenant.  "You've guessed why I'm here."
     "Yes, I think so.  There's been talk about you."  Riterrian's hands sifted a
little on the axe.  "Tully is sure you're going to lead a successful revolt against
the Usurper."  He was silent for a moment.  "Tully talks a lot."
     Agro shrugged.  "He's right."
     "Why?  You're not from Monuntial yourself, so why do you care?"
     "Would you believe I hold a personal grudge against the Usurper for what he
tried to do to me and Bindi?"
     "Maybe, but that wouldn't be enough to explain why--"
     "Because I'm from Lapur, which is allied with Monuntial--old Monuntial, not the
Usurper."  Seeing that Riterrian was still unconvinced, Agro frowned, searching his
mind for other reasons.  Finally he shrugged.  "I like a good fight."
     "Now, that one rings true," Riterrian said.  He turned and drove his axe blade
into a chopping block, then sat down on the trunk of tree where he'd been working.
"Have you got a plan, or are we making one together here and now?"
     Agro grinned, displaying rather more teeth than a human would.  "We're making a
plan now.  I can get fighters--gladiators, mostly--but you're the one who knows
Monuntial and its people.  I've only been there once."

Call for volunteers to help free Monuntial from the Usurper.  Contact the Scribe by
personal ad or diplo.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Charter Cities #98 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Monuntial:

     The door closed softly behind him.  The Prince of Ar turned and examined his...
accoster.  A woman, he saw with surprise, nearly six feet tall, and she moved like a
warrior.  A very accomplished warrior.  "What do you want to talk about?"
     "How to coordinate our efforts," she said briskly.  "I can tell by the places
you've gone and the questions you've asked that you are the enemy of Nishtar and
Quelsarrain."  She smiled grimly.  "And an enemy of my enemies is my friend.  I am
Tyrai.  I used to be the Arenamistress here."
     "Coordinating our efforts implies a common goal," Ar said.  "Mine is simply to
gather information.  I am not, myself, an insurrectionist here."
     Tyrai smiled grimly.  "I am rebellious enough for both of us.  Here is the
information I have--in brief, since I assume you don't want the details of who is
collaborating with the Usurper, who is hiding Loyalists, and so on."  She paused for
a moment, as though to marshal her information.  "The Invasion, in this part of
Alastari, was originally under the command of Pasha Arjuna, who has since cast off
his Eastern allegiances and become ruler of Zarens--"
     "I know Arjuna," the Prince interrupted.
     "Good!  Then perhaps you can answer a question for me:  Will he intervene to
curtail his former subordinate, Bey Nishtar?"
     Ar shrugged.  "I don't know.  Perhaps.  He's been busy so far simply
consolidating his position in Zarens.  He has the support of most of the nobles
there, but--"
     "But there are always a few who think THEY should be the ruler, not some
stranger.  Understood.  But Nishtar and the Usurper, especially Nishtar, do not
intend to stop with controlling the Monuntial Peninsula.  Nishtar has imperial
ambitions, and he's been negotiating something with Morya, even making overtures to
Dullens and Khalani.  As for the lesser states immediately to the south of Zarens..."
she shrugged, "would you want to bet your life on their decision, if Nishtar offers
them an alliance?"
     "No.  And if I were Lord Kinnishan of Chimlevtal, I wouldn't make that bet,
either.  I see that we have more to work together on than I had expected."  He sat on
one of the two stools which, with a rough table, were the room's only furnishing.
"Tell me more, Arenamistress."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 481): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): SNAGGLE PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 475): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 476): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 474): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 473): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 236): COA PATTY of KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 461): FIZGIGG of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 452): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 416): FACE BREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 340): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 320): SWINGLINED SUE of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 366): SETHRA LAVODE of CASTLE BLACK from KYR'TERR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 481): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 475): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 476): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 474): DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 473): DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 236): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 461): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 452): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 416): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 340): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 320): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 366): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 479): DENOGGINIZER of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): WEDNESDAY of THE DARK TIDES (Diaretic, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                            ADOBE of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 465): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                   (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 459): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): THE MIGHTY SORE of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                   (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of NIYTYOLE ISLAND.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny 
Vir to give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  Those 
betting on WHEN DOGMA FAILS lost their shirt, as WHEN DOGMA FAILS lost their fighting 
abilities:  0-0-0.  What's a move up by 4 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  
Cause for celebration, according to WILLY WONKA INC..  CASINO HAMMERZ had cause to 
celebrate, after ROULETTE HAMMER got 30 points by beating BOOM CHICKEN BOOM.  Win 
some, lose some.  Speaking of which, MYRIKLE was winsome, after beating POKER FACE 
HAMMER and seeing him lose 10 points.  Well, Duelmaster MIKE TV Dark Arena Challenged 
DARK ARENA's BANDIT PRINCE.  Is a 17-8-1 good enough?  Those who hoped for a new 
Duelmaster were disappointed by BANDIT PRINCE, of DARK ARENA, who despite a 0-0-0 
couldn't overcome NIYTYOLE ISLAND's Number 1.  Word has it one team in NIYTYOLE 
ISLAND is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Perhaps the warriors of SACKETT'S & 
CO. should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of 
good breeding scorns the "warriors" of OBSIDIAN HALL, so did that sorry team shy from 
SACKETT'S & CO.  Is it charming personality?  Conversational abilities?  Good oral 
hygiene?  Whatever it is, LUCKY LADY HAMMER is the most challenged warrior.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
BANDIT PRINCE in the Dark Arena wasn't enough for MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC..  Maybe 
that certain serving girl(?) at The Don't Drop Inn will be!  You've heard about BOOM 
CHICKEN BOOM of PETS ON FIRE.  Death plays no favorites, and neither do I.  What was 
a 17-14-0 doing on the fields in the first place?  Ask not a spymaster for counsel, 
for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in NIYTYOLE ISLAND is the highlight of my life.  As if 
buffeted by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  
Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROULETTE HAMMER 7044         13   4  4   112       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LIGHT DA' PYRE 7063          10   6  1   107       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
-DARK DUMPLING 4949           19  17  1   101       BAD BREAD (95)
-PUT OUT THE CAT 6793         19   9  1   101       PETS ON FIRE (573)
-SQUEEZE CHEESE 1302          23  23  0    98       FOOD FIGHT (10)
-OLD MAJOR 3149               16  15  0    98       PIG BATTALION (226)
-TOMB SCONE 5585              15   3  0    97       BAD BREAD (95)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PANDORA 6898                 14  12  2    89       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
 SPRYTE 7101                   8   9  1    83       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
-GRUDGEBRINGER 6999           12  12  0    69       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYRIKLE 7128                  7   6  1    65       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
 DIGITALIS 6862               15  16  1    62       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
 CHARLIE BUCKET 7095           5   9  1    62       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
-SHAR-PEI FLAMBE 6902         11   0  0    59       PETS ON FIRE (573)
-SIN-EATER 6748                6   8  2    59       THE WRETCHED (572)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POKER FACE HAMMER 7057        8   9  3    56       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 DARTMAN 7161                  5   2  1    53       COLGATE DAYS (594)
-KID REDO 6899                 7   7  2    52       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
 DA SPINS 7011                 7   8  1    51       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)
-LONIGAN 7022                  5   6  1    51       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
-NIGHTCRAWLER 5171             5   2  1    51       BAD MOON (460)
-JOE FRIDAY 7130               6   3  1    49       PIG BATTALION (226)
 LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043        7  10  1    46       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-HEY, ZEUS! 7068               9   7  0    44       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
-CATLOW 6990                   8   5  1    44       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
 STUPOR 7094                   8   8  0    36       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)
-ICE-BOX 6749                  6   9  0    36       THE WRETCHED (572)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CLINCH 7133                   4   1  1    33       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
-IRON CHEF 6925                7   2  0    32       FOOD FIGHT (10)
-HAROLD O'DOOM 7176            3   2  1    30       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
-BLASPHEMY 6750                3   6  0    29       THE WRETCHED (572)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FICKLEBERRY 7165              2   5  1    29       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LUFTSCHWEIN 7154              2   4  0    22       PIG BATTALION (226)
 BLACK MARGOT 7153             3   6  0    18       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
-PERISH DA THOUGHT 7177        2   2  0    18       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
-ZULOK THE SHADOW 7195         4   4  1    17       THE BLACK GUARD (596)
-SLAYBAGEL 7105                2   0  0    16       BAD BREAD (95)
-JUNK PILE 7178                1   1  0    15       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
-BASILISK 5173                 3   3  0    12       BAD MOON (460)
-OGRE 5511                     1   0  1    12       BAD MOON (460)
-PIGGY 7175                    2   2  0    11       PIG BATTALION (226)
-DAVE GAGNON 7158              1   0  0     7       COLGATE DAYS (594)
-HAMTON 7174                   1   3  0     6       PIG BATTALION (226)
-AMASTASIA 7197                1   3  0     6       THE BLACK GUARD (596)
-CHOKECHERRY 7181              0   1  0     1       FOOD FIGHT (10)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BANDIT PRINCE 245      0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          MIKE TV 6965          460 NONE    
RANDAL MORN 6996       2  2 0 HARPERS 584           DARTMAN 7161          458         
BOOM CHICKEN BOO 6798 17 14 0 PETS ON FIRE 573      ROULETTE HAMMER 7044  460         
ZIPPOPOTAMUS 6792     11  9 1 PETS ON FIRE 573      POKER FACE HAMME 7057 458 REVENGED
ANDY 6769             18 21 1 WILLY WONKA INC. 550  PANDORA 6898          456 REVENGED
CHANCE 6981            1  2 0 THE WRETCHED 572      HAROLD O'DOOM 7176    457         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MIKE TV viciously butchered BANDIT PRINCE in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
DARTMAN demolished LUCKY LADY HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
MYRIKLE defeated POKER FACE HAMMER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.
FICKLEBERRY bested BLACK MARGOT in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
SPRYTE defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
PANDORA bested KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gory duel.
ROULETTE HAMMER delivered the death blow upon BOOM CHICKEN BOOM in a 1 minute match.
DIGITALIS was savagely defeated by CHARLIE BUCKET in a action packed 3 minute melee.
STUPOR lost to AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute gory duel.
DA SPINS won victory over DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a popular 1 minute duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  15 -  2      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    52 -  43 -  9      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  19 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  11 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  19 -  0      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  12 -  1      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  22 -  2      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  22 -  1      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW         4 -  10 -  0      29  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   4 -  0       0  |

Turn 460 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         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ROULETTE HAMMER 7044       13   4  4  112 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
PARRY-LUNGE      PANDORA 6898               14  12  2   89 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
TOTAL PARRY      MYRIKLE 7128                7   6  1   65 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DIGITALIS 6862.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was POKER FACE HAMMER 7057.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHARLIE BUCKET 
7095, ROULETTE HAMMER 7044, PANDORA 6898, MYRIKLE 7128, SPRYTE 7101, DA SPINS 7011, 
DARTMAN 7161, FICKLEBERRY 7165, BOOM CHICKEN BOOM 6798, and DIGITALIS 6862.

The least popular fighter this week was STUPOR 7094.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLACK MARGOT 7153, LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043, DIGITALIS 6862, BOOM CHICKEN 
BOOM 6798, FICKLEBERRY 7165, DARTMAN 7161, DA SPINS 7011, SPRYTE 7101, MYRIKLE 7128, 
and PANDORA 6898.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

MIKE TV (33-6965) WILLY WONKA INC. (550)

                       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