DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/10/2003    Duedate: 07/23/2003

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-425

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GAR & BRILL
JUST BECAUSE (373)
(38-4252) [14-17-0,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WORK IN PROGRESS               CHERT
JUST BECAUSE (373)             GREYHAWK (256)
(38-4193) [20-34-2,109]        (38-2378) [5-1-0,81]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GAR & BRILL                    CHERT
JUST BECAUSE (373)             GREYHAWK (256)
(38-4252) [14-17-0,105]        (38-2378) [5-1-0,81]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ALL FINESSE (384)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. JUST BECAUSE (373)          29
2. COLD SWEATS (378)           20      ALL FINESSE (384)
3. ALL FINESSE (384)           15      Unchartered Team
4. GREYHAWK (256)              15
5. TEAM FLOYD (99)              0      GREYHAWK (256)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*GREYHAWK (256)             5   2  0 71.4   1/ 1 ALL FINESSE (384)         9  4 0
 2- 2 TEAM FLOYD (99)          290 254 17 53.3   2/ 3 JUST BECAUSE (373)        5  5 0
 3/ 7*COLD SWEATS (378)          1   1  0 50.0   3/ 2 JINDA-BAN (198)           4 11 0
 4- 3 DARK TOADS (379)          35  37  2 48.6   4/ 4*GREYHAWK (256)            3  0 0
 5/ 4 ALL FINESSE (384)         46  49  1 48.4   5- 5 TEAM FLOYD (99)           1  0 1
 6/ 5 JINDA-BAN (198)          225 295  4 43.3   6/ 7*COLD SWEATS (378)         1  1 0
 7/ 6 JUST BECAUSE (373)        91 141  7 39.2   7- 6 DARK TOADS (379)          1  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

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 472): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 358): BIG RED of BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 477): OINGO BOINGO of DOUBLE TROUBLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 474): SULACCO of DEATH ON A STIK (Stik, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 472): AUTOMATON of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 476): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 474): WILL DUEL FOR FOOD of SPARE-A-DIME SHIFT (Chazz Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 468): SUNNY SIDE UP of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 460): FLUFFY of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 459): THE SICKNESS of BLACKEST PRIDE (Sylvester Frothingslosh)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 433): ANGRY WASHINGTON of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 424): HAR DI'HAR of JINDA-BAN (Zin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 183): B.A. TURRY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 410): COOKIE SNORT of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 359): REAP THE FIELD of SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes"
                             Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 169): SEX ON THE BEACH of INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 157): IMMOVEABLE OBJECT of NOT QUITE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 308): ANDERS of THE DEN OF SWORDS (TMoney, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 352): MAHI MAHI of BIG MEAN FISH from TALCAMA (Big Wave Dave)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 472): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 358): HARLEQUINS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 477): ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 474): ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 472): PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 476): SUPER HEROES (Unforgiven, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 474): WISH YOU WERE BEER (Alfredo Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 468): TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 460): THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 459): YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 433): 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 424): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 183): THE MIDDLE WAY (Gabria Hand, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 410): none
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 359): SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes" Frothingslosh)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 169): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jinda, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 157): KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Unforgiven, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 308): FISH MONGERS (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): FREELANCERS (Jinx, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 352): THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 471): BABYFACE of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 477): OINGO BOINGO of DOUBLE TROUBLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 474): SULACCO of DEATH ON A STIK (Stik, mgr.)
               (turn 473): APNEA of ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 474): WILL DUEL FOR FOOD of SPARE-A-DIME SHIFT (Chazz 
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           ISAWA TADAKA of CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
               (turn 473): SCHMEIKEL of IMPORTED FOOTBALLERS (Crip, mgr.)
                           BIG FUN of FLOWER CHILDREN (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 460): FLUFFY of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                (turn 459): CEREBRAL JANITOR of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 459): MADAM BUTTERFLY of SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
               (turn 458): JACKASS of TRIAL & ERROR (JE, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 433): ANGRY WASHINGTON of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
              (turn 432): LAST RESORT of HELTER SKELTER (Cosmo Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 183): HOCKEY DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 359): REAP THE FIELD of SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes"
                             Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 169): SEX ON THE BEACH of INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 156): BALI of ISLANDERS (Devan ki Ru, mgr.)
                          ROGERS of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I always knew that mammals were or are silly creatures, and I've long suspected
that elves are the silliest.  Fiddlesticks has just proved it by opening the way for
ME, a noble DUCK, to sit where I belong, on the Duelmaster's throne of Cliffhome.
     All hail me!

                                        Har di'Har

P.S.  Does this mean I'm a "sitting duck"?

                                      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!.  Hey everybody, watch out for BUBBA, who flew up 
20 points in the rankings after mashing CLOCK O'DIAL like a melon.  Keep your eye on 
this guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  HARI CANE was 
bested by NUTCRACKER and drops 10 points.  It's a proud day for the JUST BECAUSE 
stable, as their warrior, GAR & BRILL, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Advice to 
bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Did you hear that GREYHAWK was most avoided 
team this week?  Well, knowing the personal hygiene of GREYHAWK's warriors, I'm not 
surprised!  Okay, so I may not be funny, but catch ALL FINESSE's act in the arena.  
Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at running from GREYHAWK.  Well just about 
everybody wants a piece of 2 + 2 = 4, who was this week's most challenged warrior.  
HEBEE of ALL FINESSE had better have a good reason for challenging down 9 points in a 
challenge which he won.  I thought HEBEE showed great skill and promise when he won 
victory over KORRIBIE.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes 
and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  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                  
 GAR & BRILL 4252             14  17  0   105       JUST BECAUSE (373)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WORK IN PROGRESS 4193        20  34  2   109       JUST BECAUSE (373)
 HAR DI'HAR 4194              22  31  0    97       JINDA-BAN (198)
-UHLEK 4234                   11   5  1    93       DARK TOADS (379)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZAZU 4323                    11   8  0    90       ALL FINESSE (384)
 2 + 2 = 4 4190               15  39  0    84       JUST BECAUSE (373)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHERT 2378                    5   1  0    81       GREYHAWK (256)
 FIDDLESTICKS 4343            11   5  0    78       ALL FINESSE (384)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NUTCRACKER 4380               6   1  1    64       ALL FINESSE (384)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LONESOME TRUCK 4258          10  21  1    56       JINDA-BAN (198)
 HEBEE 4359                    6   3  0    56       ALL FINESSE (384)
 HARI CANE 4333                9   9  0    44       JINDA-BAN (198)
 KORRIBIE 4317                 9  13  0    40       JINDA-BAN (198)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUBBA 4229                    1   1  0    29       COLD SWEATS (378)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLOCK O'DIAL 4348             5   6  1    22       JINDA-BAN (198)
-EAGLE'S CLAW 4345             1   0  1    18       TEAM FLOYD (99)
-HUMAN 4322                    1   1  0     7       DARK TOADS (379)
-FURGO 2380                    0   1  0     5       GREYHAWK (256)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GAZURTOID 4385         0  1 0 DARK TOADS 379        EAGLE'S CLAW 4345     423         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Nutcracker -- Hmm, if you got the win, shouldn't *I* have gotten the big batch of
skills?  Or conversely, if you were determined to hog the skills, shouldn't I have
won?  I mean, what useful things do I demonstrate while losing so quickly?  I didn't
even show you a graceful surrender! -- Korribie

That Criminal is Dangerous!  Someone should lock him in a dungeon and LEAVE HIM
THERE.  Why let him out to beat on decent gladiators? -- Clock O'Dial, feeling
distinctly ill-used

The Fratsfa Slave (an elf, wouldn't you know it!) is worthless and weak.  He does not
belong here. -- Hari Cane

The Ambitious Guard made an error in judgment.  He thought he could stand in the
middle of the street and make ritual grimaces at me.  I just ran him down.  Not that
I ENJOYED that, I mean, I'm a well-mannered truck, I was raised never to DO things
like that.  But sometimes, you just have to, I guess. -- Lonesome Truck

Nutcracker -- In an arena this small, do I have a choice? -- Korribie

All -- Just in case it should matter to somebody, this team (Jinda-Ban) will now
officially be managed by Nick.  However, I'll still hang around and handle the day-
to-day details. -- Zin

26 June 2003
All -- Would you be willing to proxy my lunger Ganglare at the Face-to-Face?  He's
fighting in the champions tourney.  Thanks.  Write:  Michael Rogers #25335-013, PO
Box 6000, Florence, Co 81226 -- Skullagrim

     STOP THINKING TOGS!!!!!  It's here.  Well, almost here anyway.  We're looking at
a start date of the first turn in Aradi (DM 60) following the Fall Mail-In.  This
should give everyone sufficient time to study the new ultra-improved T#%S IV rules 
and prep accordingly.  So without further ado, here is your handy-dandy guide to
winning your very own Golden Scrod (and some other very cool prizes to be announced
officially before the start of the tourney that must not be named):
1.  Each T#%S team consists of two managers.  After the tourney starts, there will be
    no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your partners wisely.  T#%S IV will
    last for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.  The only
    team I know of so far is last TOGS winners:  Ganolus Oakleaf/Hombre of Blood
    Related/Thieves Guild.  Hey, this is fun!
2.  The T#%S entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per T#%S
    team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no
    exceptions being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or
    manager decides to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
    a) send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
       Andy Salveson
       6812 Romanzo Way
       Elk Grove, CA 95758
    b) get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards and
       no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.
3.  T#%S point system:
    10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on your even challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on another T#%S warriors challenge.
    7 points for winning a random matchup against another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning a random matchup against a non-T#%S warrior.  Do not fight
      your team mate, you will not get any points.  Also, you will not get any points
      if you challenge or get challenged by a non-T#%S team, so use your avoids
      wisely if you think someone is out to get you.
   10 points for being the Duelmaster.  This is in addition to all points listed
      above and will begin turn 1, so prep accordingly.
    5 points for every spotlight written by any team member, 1 per manager per turn.
      The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the
      newsletter (that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and I will be
      completely firm on this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will
      not be given points if they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not
      Duelmasters or fantasy related.  I will be the sole judge of this.  If you're
      unsure if I will judge something to be Duelmasters or fantasy related, then
      e-mail me before you write the spotlight and ask me.  I reserve the right to
      take points away from a spotlight after they are given if I judge at a later
      time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.
   -5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
      personal ad.
   -5 points for being the team that avoided the most.
     If you participated in TOGS III, you'll notice some slight changes in the points
structure.  The main things are points for random match ups against non T#%S
warriors, bonus points for being the Duelmaster, new spotlight criteria, and no
points given for being the most avoided team.
4.  I already mentioned this, but T#%S IV will start the first turn in arena 60 after
    the Fall Mail-In runs and it will last for 13 turns.  There will not be a
    Survivor format this time around, meaning no eliminations.  I will still be doing
    the multipliers at the end, however.  This means that all points accumulated by a
    team on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by
    each team on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.
5.  Prizes are yet to be determined, but I'll tell you what I know.  There will be
    prizes given out each turn to whichever team scores the most combined points on a
    given turn.  Tie breakers will go to the team with the most wins on that turn and
    then to the team with most overall points.  I have asked RSI for the same prizes
    as last TOGS which were transferring any warrior to arena 60 and renaming Aradi
    for approximately 6 months, but we'll see what they come back with.  I haven't
    decided how to split the prizes up, partly because I don't know how many teams
    will be entering yet, but I do know the prizes will be split among the top 3
    teams at the end.  I will announce the exact breakdown of everything when I know
    more.
6.  And just like TOGS III, Death Stud and I will be the sole arbiters of any dispute
    that may arise.  Whine all you like, but as Nuln told you last time, that's how
    it is.
7.  M & RR Clause (go ahead, read between the capitals):  I reserve the right to
    disallow entry to this tourney if you have a previous history of being a big fat
    mouth about everything.
     I think that pretty much covers it.  I will be accepting team entries as of now
and then posting them in the newsletters as I receive entry fees.  Please feel free
to e-mail me regarding any questions or comments at Ganolus@aol.com.  So everyone don
your best pair of leg warmers, hop on your favorite farm animal, and ride to Aradi
for the 4th kinda-annual Tournament that must not be named for no apparent reason
whatsoever, or T#%S IV, for short.  See ya'll there!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FIDDLESTICKS was devastated by WORK IN PROGRESS in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
CHERT won victory over 2 + 2 = 4 in a action packed 1 minute brutal Challenge battle.
HEBEE overpowered KORRIBIE in a 1 minute bloody mismatched Challenge duel.
NUTCRACKER overpowered HARI CANE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
HAR DI'HAR was devastated by GAR & BRILL in a 1 minute uneven Title brawl.
ZAZU overpowered LONESOME TRUCK in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
CLOCK O'DIAL was devastated by BUBBA in a 1 minute one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        10 -   3 -  1      77  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -   8 -  1      68  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   8 -  1      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  15 -  1      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  1      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -  14 -  1      48  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  15 -  2      42  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        9 -  14 -  0      39  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   7 -  0      36  |

Turn 425 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-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      ZAZU 4323                  11   8  0   90 ALL FINESSE (384)
STRIKING ATTACK  CHERT 2378                  5   1  0   81 GREYHAWK (256)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FIDDLESTICKS 4343          11   5  0   78 ALL FINESSE (384)
AIMED BLOW       NUTCRACKER 4380             6   1  1   64 ALL FINESSE (384)
BASHING ATTACK   HEBEE 4359                  6   3  0   56 ALL FINESSE (384)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GAR & BRILL 4252.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CHERT 2378.  The ten other most popular fighters were GAR & BRILL 4252, WORK 
IN PROGRESS 4193, HEBEE 4359, NUTCRACKER 4380, ZAZU 4323, BUBBA 4229, 2 + 2 = 4 4190, 
FIDDLESTICKS 4343, KORRIBIE 4317, and HARI CANE 4333.

The least popular fighter this week was CLOCK O'DIAL 4348.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LONESOME TRUCK 4258, HAR DI'HAR 4194, HARI CANE 4333, KORRIBIE 
4317, FIDDLESTICKS 4343, 2 + 2 = 4 4190, BUBBA 4229, ZAZU 4323, NUTCRACKER 4380, and 
HEBEE 4359.