DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/24/2003    Duedate: 08/06/2003

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-426

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GAR & BRILL
JUST BECAUSE (373)
(38-4252) [15-17-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GAR & BRILL                    BUBBA
JUST BECAUSE (373)             COLD SWEATS (378)
(38-4252) [15-17-0,108]        (38-4229) [2-1-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GAR & BRILL                    GAR & BRILL
JUST BECAUSE (373)             JUST BECAUSE (373)
(38-4252) [15-17-0,108]        (38-4252) [15-17-0,108]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ALL FINESSE (384)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ALL FINESSE (384)           28
2. JINDA-BAN (198)             28      ALL FINESSE (384)
3. FIRE DECK (394)             17      Unchartered Team
4. COLD SWEATS (378)           16
5. TACTICAL NUKES (392)        10      TACTICAL NUKES (392)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*TACTICAL NUKES (392)       1   0  0  100   1/ 1 ALL FINESSE (384)         7  5 0
 2- 1*GREYHAWK (256)             5   2  0 71.4   2/ 2 JUST BECAUSE (373)        6  3 0
 3/ 3*COLD SWEATS (378)          2   1  0 66.7   3/ 3 JINDA-BAN (198)           6  9 0
 4/ 5 ALL FINESSE (384)         48  51  1 48.5   4- 4*GREYHAWK (256)            2  0 0
 5/ 6 JINDA-BAN (198)          228 297  4 43.4   5/ 6*COLD SWEATS (378)         2  1 0
 6/ 7 JUST BECAUSE (373)        93 142  7 39.6   6/ 0*TACTICAL NUKES (392)      1  0 0
 7/ 0*FIRE DECK (394)            1   2  0 33.3   7/ 0*FIRE DECK (394)           1  2 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 474): CIARAN of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 359): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): DUNE of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 476): BAQA of ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 474): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): ASHANTI of KREWE OF DRUID (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): BAYUSHI KACHIKO of CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): HOTTA WATTA of TOWNSVILLAINS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 461): QUEUE of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): SARA DIVINE of SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 434): M. THRASHER of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 425): GAR & BRILL of JUST BECAUSE (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 184): B.A. TURRY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 412): PUDDING PARADE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 360): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 170): MICROSOFT of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 158): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 310): EURO STEAMER of AS SEEN ON TV (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 353): MAHI MAHI of BIG MEAN FISH from TALCAMA (Big Wave Dave)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 474): SOUL HAREM (?, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 359): RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 476): ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 474): PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): SCIENCE FICTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): none
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 461): WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): IRONIC TAILS (Mr. Twister, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 434): 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 425): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 184): CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 412): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 360): SORROW'S HARVEST (Gergin "Happy Toes" Frothingslosh)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 170): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 158): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 310): FREAKSHOW (Elephant, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): FREELANCERS (Jinx, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 353): THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 473): KOGITSUNE MARU of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 479): DUNE of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
                          MX of THE NUKES (Fusion, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 475): BETSY of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 478): ZOT ZIPZIG of NIGHT TRAIN (Teet, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 475): MALT LICKER of WISH YOU WERE BEER (Alfredo Frothingslosh
               (turn 474): WILL DUEL FOR FOOD of SPARE-A-DIME SHIFT (Chazz 
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           ISAWA TADAKA of CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 470): SIR VILE of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
               (turn 469): SUNNY SIDE UP of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 460): FLUFFY of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 460): THE SICKNESS of BLACKEST PRIDE (Sylvester Frothingslosh)
               (turn 459): MADAM BUTTERFLY of SWORD OPERA (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 433): ANGRY WASHINGTON of 5440 OR FIGHT! (Mordraith, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 183): HOCKEY DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 411): 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  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 309): P.B. BLASTER of AS SEEN ON TV (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 135): EVE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out CLIFFHOME to 
see what's new.  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think GAR & BRILL 
should let CONVICTED ASSASSIN be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  
I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want 
photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  The warriors of JINDA-BAN must be getting lonely.  They were the 
most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  Is there some deep dark 
secret why ALL FINESSE's been avoiding JINDA-BAN so much?  Or is it just that they're 
too scared?  Like, is HAR DI'HAR popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all 
of CLIFFHOME!  He's got a 23-31-0, is that good?  For sure, I was holding my breath 
when I found out ZAZU challenged WORK IN PROGRESS.  After all, haven't ALL FINESSE 
and JUST BECAUSE had a long standing duel in CLIFFHOME?  It wasn't a spectacular 
fight, or anything, but WORK IN PROGRESS wants me to write about it since it was 
defeated by ZAZU.  Satisfied?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All CLIFFHOME ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really 
should stop.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GAR & BRILL 4252             15  17  0   108       JUST BECAUSE (373)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAR DI'HAR 4194              23  31  0   106       JINDA-BAN (198)
 ZAZU 4323                    12   8  0   106       ALL FINESSE (384)
 WORK IN PROGRESS 4193        20  35  2    97       JUST BECAUSE (373)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 2 + 2 = 4 4190               16  39  0    89       JUST BECAUSE (373)
-CHERT 2378                    5   1  0    81       GREYHAWK (256)
 FIDDLESTICKS 4343            11   6  0    73       ALL FINESSE (384)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEBEE 4359                    7   3  0    66       ALL FINESSE (384)
-NUTCRACKER 4380               6   1  1    64       ALL FINESSE (384)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARI CANE 4333               10   9  0    56       JINDA-BAN (198)
 LONESOME TRUCK 4258          10  22  1    53       JINDA-BAN (198)
 BUBBA 4229                    2   1  0    45       COLD SWEATS (378)
 KORRIBIE 4317                 9  14  0    41       JINDA-BAN (198)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLOCK O'DIAL 4348             6   6  1    31       JINDA-BAN (198)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK TYPHLOSION 4414          1   0  0    10       FIRE DECK (394)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATHSTRIKE 4405              1   0  0    10       TACTICAL NUKES (392)
 NOBGOBLIN 4400                0   1  0     7       ALL FINESSE (384)
-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?
LA JINN 4415           0  1 0 FIRE DECK 394         SHEWISH GIANT 21      426 NONE    
KISEITAI 4413          0  1 0 FIRE DECK 394         WURM KIN 27           426 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hebee -- Oh, I get it now, your finesse is the mauve tint of your fingernails.  Mauve
is a finesse color, after all.  But it isn't YOU.  Really, I wouldn't mislead you.
Mauve is NOT your color, any more than, say, taupe would be. -- Korribie

Nutcracker -- I didn't want you to SMASH my filberts, just crack the shells.  Go
easier next time, okay? -- Hari Cane

Gar & Brill -- Oh, YOU're a little monster, all right!  Good thing you can't
reproduce; I'd hate to see MORE like you around. -- Har di'Har

Zazu -- Would you pose on my hood in a gee-string?  I hear it's all the rage to show
how cool a truck is. -- Lonesome Truck

Bubba -- SOMEBODY should clean your clock, and SOON. -- Clock O'Dial
P.S.  Dirty clocks are the root of all evil, not to mention wasted time.

26 June 2003
     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

18 July 2003
To All Managers -- I would like to take this time to announce that my alliance, The
Association, is no more.  Due to the dead weight managers of the alliance and their
lack of participation, DarkSpirit and I have formed a new alliance:  The Firm.  We
have taken on two members so far and are looking for a few more.  If you would like
to find out more about The Firm, you can diplo Dark Spirit, Unknowns XX in arena 15
or myself, Sungod, Sadists F2FII in arena 62.
                               --*  The Firm *--
                    Sungod -- Sadists F2FII -- 62
                    Dark Spirit -- Unknowns XX -- 15
                    Youngblood -- Wensinwasin -- 43
                    Tripwire -- Of Wolf and Man -- 1

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LA JINN was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
KISEITAI was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
ZAZU handily defeated WORK IN PROGRESS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
FIDDLESTICKS was devastated by HAR DI'HAR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
GAR & BRILL demolished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute mismatched Title competition.
2 + 2 = 4 bested KHALHUMS DWARF in a unpopular 5 minute master's match.
KORRIBIE was overpowered by BUBBA in a 1 minute uneven melee.
HARI CANE vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a popular 1 minute gruesome uneven duel.
HEBEE vanquished LONESOME TRUCK in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CLOCK O'DIAL overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
DEATHSTRIKE overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a unpopular 7 minute one-sided match.
DARK TYPHLOSION handily defeated NOBGOBLIN in a 1 minute one-sided contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW         9 -   3 -  1      75  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  10 -  1      58  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  14 -  1      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   7 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -  12 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  14 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   7 -  0      36  |

Turn 426 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        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      ZAZU 4323                  12   8  0  106 ALL FINESSE (384)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FIDDLESTICKS 4343          11   6  0   73 ALL FINESSE (384)
BASHING ATTACK   HEBEE 4359                  7   3  0   66 ALL FINESSE (384)
WALL OF STEEL    HARI CANE 4333             10   9  0   56 JINDA-BAN (198)
STRIKING ATTACK  BUBBA 4229                  2   1  0   45 COLD SWEATS (378)
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 GAR & BRILL 4252.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAR DI'HAR 4194, 
HARI CANE 4333, ZAZU 4323, BUBBA 4229, HEBEE 4359, DARK TYPHLOSION 4414, WORK IN 
PROGRESS 4193, FIDDLESTICKS 4343, CLOCK O'DIAL 4348, and LA JINN 4415.

The least popular fighter this week was DEATHSTRIKE 4405.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were 2 + 2 = 4 4190, NOBGOBLIN 4400, LONESOME TRUCK 4258, KORRIBIE 
4317, KISEITAI 4413, LA JINN 4415, CLOCK O'DIAL 4348, FIDDLESTICKS 4343, WORK IN 
PROGRESS 4193, and DARK TYPHLOSION 4414.

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

GAR & BRILL (38-4252) JUST BECAUSE (373)
HAR DI'HAR (38-4194) JINDA-BAN (198)