DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/25/2003    Duedate: 01/07/2004

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-437

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

NUTCRACKER
ALL FINESSE (384)
(38-4380) [12-2-1,144]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NUTCRACKER                     BROTHER JOHN
ALL FINESSE (384)              THE WATCHMEN (363)
(38-4380) [12-2-1,144]         (38-4106) [2-0-0,19]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HARI CANE                      NOBGOBLIN
JINDA-BAN (198)                ALL FINESSE (384)
(38-4333) [15-15-0,72]         (38-4400) [8-4-1,102]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

EAGLES CLAW (47)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. JINDA-BAN (198)             40
2. ALL FINESSE (384)           30      ALL FINESSE (384)
3. THE WATCHMEN (363)           6      Unchartered Team
4. JUST BECAUSE (373)           1
5. TACTICAL NUKES (392)         0      THE WATCHMEN (363)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*THE WATCHMEN (363)         7   2  1 77.8   1/ 1 EAGLES CLAW (47)          9  6 1
 2- 2*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)       2   1  0 66.7   2/ 2 ALL FINESSE (384)         9  6 0
 3- 3 TACTICAL NUKES (392)       9   6  0 60.0   3/ 3 JINDA-BAN (198)           8  7 0
 4/ 4 ALL FINESSE (384)         83  64  4 56.5   4/ 4*THE WATCHMEN (363)        5  1 0
 5/ 5 EAGLES CLAW (47)         611 547 54 52.8   5- 5*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)      2  1 0
 6/ 6 JINDA-BAN (198)          252 328  5 43.4   6/ 7 JUST BECAUSE (373)        0  3 0
 7/ 7 JUST BECAUSE (373)        96 155  7 38.2   7- 6 TACTICAL NUKES (392)      0  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

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Jhans:

     "That is a fight you cannot win, Princess Morra," Chancellor Ethylbyrr said.  He
leaned forward to emphasize his point, one hand on the report that had sparked the
discussion.  "It is better not to enter a battle you cannot win."
     "Darron wouldn't--"
     "Princess, your brother is no longer a boy, he is a young man now," the old man
said.  "He will not be pleased to receive...advice from his older sister, much less
commands.  Even without his new friends, he would be reluctant to--"
     "All right, you've made your point."  She looked away.  Looked out the window
across the city of Jhans, but she didn't really see it.  Didn't want to see it, if
the truth be told.  She was surprised to realize that what she really wanted to see
at this moment was her husband, Gryzash the Golden.  She had not felt strongly about
him one way or the other, theirs had been a marriage of political expediency.  But
Gryzash was--had been--a confident, decisive man.  One whose very presence would awe
these quarreling nobles of Jhans into obedience.  Unfortunately, Gryzash was dead.
Her thoughts shifted briefly to their son, Gorris.  She might have stayed in Jhans to
fight the treacherous 'advisors' of her brother, except...it was her first duty to
protect her son and defend HIS heritage.  Let Prince Darron worry about Jhans now.
It was time for her to leave him to it, for good or ill.
     "I must take Gorris to Sibikhas," she said finally.  "That is where my duty lies
now.  That city is his to rule, by rights, but it is easier to hold onto power than
to win it back after it's been lost.  Will you stay here and advise Darron?"
     Ethylbyrr laughed sadly and shook his head.  "The boy--the young man--wouldn't
have me," he said.  "His new friends won't want to share the influence, and...I am a
reminder of his youth.  Which he would prefer to forget as he strives to become a man
in his own eyes."
     "If you remain in Jhans without a royal post, your life won't be worth--"
     "It will be worth nothing at all," the old man said.  "I will be dead by the
time you clear the city's gates."
     She nodded.  There was no mercy in the Delarquan Federation for someone who fell
from power.  "Come with me to Sibikhas, then.  It would be a shame to waste your wit
and experience, old friend."
     The old man half rose from his seat across the table and bowed.  "I would be
honored to serve you in Sibikhas or elsewhere, Princess."  Seating himself again, he
said, "But you cannot simply decide to leave Jhans and then go.  You will need, at
the very least, bodyguards.  The Jhans Royal Guard you cannot take with you--they
belong here and will provide some protection from Darron, if he does not run
completely mad and dismiss them.  So you will need--"
     "Gladiators," she said firmly.  "Two or three, at least, as many as half a dozen
perhaps.  They are--"
     "They are crude men, for the most part," Ethylbyrr protested.
     "So?  They are less likely than any others to have political axes of their own
to grind.  I will have gladiators for bodyguards."  She grimaced.  "I will need
them."

This is a call for volunteers.  A personal, or an email to Livia@reality.com will do
it.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): MARY RETZLAFF of AMERICAN APPRAISAL (?, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): FREDERICK DOUGLASS of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): KATHLEEN of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): DRAXUS BREMOORE of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): DOONE of FLAGG 16 from RODEKI (Flagg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): BLOOD AND IRON (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): KNOT WHOLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): none
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): GO FISH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
              (turn 488): THE MAN of FAMOUS HITTERS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
                (turn 487): GRIZZLY ADAMS of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
               (turn 485): ISHINOMORI of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
                (turn 471): PEOPLE'S ELBOW of UNTOUCHABLES (Angus, mgr.)
                            ACK VERT of PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 435): EAGLE'S NEST of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
                          GHASTLY MIGRAINE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, CLIFFHOME?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Gee, I'm impressed, a 4-1-0 is nice, but 
don't get cocky, JINDA-BAN, the Fates teach humility, and the Fates are proud.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see CLOCK O'DIAL win a fight and gain 18 
points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, BROTHER JOHN beat PERRY PALAGRINO and PERRY PALAGRINO 
lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  TEDIOUS TED challenged CLIFFHOME's 
Duelmaster for a shot at the throne.  And if variety is the spice of life, CLIFFHOME 
may be getting bland, as NUTCRACKER stays top dog in the city.  Kickbacks and bribes, 
kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think some of these guys win their fights?  
Skill?  Ha!   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for CLIFFHOME's 
morgue.  More variety.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is 
developing these kinds of weapons?   
     What does the CLIFFHOME arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Glad to see the back of this place-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NUTCRACKER 4380              12   2  1   144       ALL FINESSE (384)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 2 + 2 = 4 4190               18  48  0   102       JUST BECAUSE (373)
 NOBGOBLIN 4400                8   4  1   102       ALL FINESSE (384)
 HEBEE 4359                   13   8  0    99       ALL FINESSE (384)
 TEDIOUS TED 4133             20  10  2    93       EAGLES CLAW (47)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLOCK O'DIAL 4348            12  11  1    84       JINDA-BAN (198)
 HARI CANE 4333               15  15  0    72       JINDA-BAN (198)
 KORRIBIE 4317                14  20  0    68       JINDA-BAN (198)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DEATHSTRIKE 4405              6   1  0    43       TACTICAL NUKES (392)
 STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455          4   0  1    42       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 SYSTEM OF A DOWN 4451         4   2  0    37       EAGLES CLAW (47)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUI GENERIS 4444              3   1  0    30       ALL FINESSE (384)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GRAVES 4107                   1   0  1    20       THE WATCHMEN (363)
 DINGIL BILL 4428              4   6  0    19       JINDA-BAN (198)
-ATOMIC BASHER 4404            3   2  0    19       TACTICAL NUKES (392)
-GOOD HEARTED 4388             2   0  0    19       EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)
 BROTHER JOHN 4106             2   0  0    19       THE WATCHMEN (363)
 RUNABOUT 4458                 1   3  0    18       JINDA-BAN (198)
 SHAMU 4105                    3   0  0    17       THE WATCHMEN (363)
 JAMMER 4452                   2   3  0     9       ALL FINESSE (384)
 PERRY PALAGRINO 4454          2   2  0     8       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 PICKETTE 4108                 1   2  0     5       THE WATCHMEN (363)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
UNWORTHY 4463          0  1 0 EAGLES CLAW 47        BANDIT PRINCE 25      437 NONE    
MENTAL FLOSS 4390      0  1 0 EDIBLE AUTOPSY 391    STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455  435         
LONESOME TRUCK 4258   13 26 2 JINDA-BAN 198         TEDIOUS TED 4133      433 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Nobgoblin -- We have to stop meeting like this.  People are beginning to talk. --
Hari Cane

     Not in the personal ads. -- Ed.

Good Hearted -- Gosh, it doesn't show! -- Dingil Bill
P.S.  But maybe with garlic and onions....

System of a Down -- Well, looks like I cleaned your sundial that time. -- Clock
O'Dial

That Criminal was supposed to be Dangerous?  Coulda fooled me. -- Korribie

Shamu -- You know, you make it really hard to get anywhere when you park in the
driving lane like that. -- Runabout

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

UNWORTHY was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
TEDIOUS TED was vanquished by NUTCRACKER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title battle.
NOBGOBLIN savagely defeated 2 + 2 = 4 in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.
STEVEN SCIMITAR defeated SUI GENERIS in a exciting 1 minute Challenge fight.
PICKETTE was viciously subdued by DINGIL BILL in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge brawl.
JAMMER was outlasted by SHAMU in a tiresome 7 minute Challenge struggle.
HEBEE devastated HARI CANE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
KORRIBIE handily defeated SYSTEM OF A DOWN in a 1 minute uneven melee.
CLOCK O'DIAL vanquished VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
BROTHER JOHN outwaited PERRY PALAGRINO in a slow 17 minute fight.
RUNABOUT beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute novice's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW        13 -   4 -  0      76  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  12 -  1      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   7 -  1      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  17 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  15 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    1 -   5 -  0      17  |

Turn 437 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       NUTCRACKER 4380            12   2  1  144 ALL FINESSE (384)
LUNGING ATTACK   NOBGOBLIN 4400              8   4  1  102 ALL FINESSE (384)
BASHING ATTACK   HEBEE 4359                 13   8  0   99 ALL FINESSE (384)
WALL OF STEEL    TEDIOUS TED 4133           20  10  2   93 EAGLES CLAW (47)
SLASHING ATTACK  CLOCK O'DIAL 4348          12  11  1   84 JINDA-BAN (198)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HARI CANE 4333.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NOBGOBLIN 4400.  The ten other most popular fighters were DINGIL BILL 4428, 
NUTCRACKER 4380, CLOCK O'DIAL 4348, RUNABOUT 4458, STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455, SUI GENERIS 
4444, KORRIBIE 4317, TEDIOUS TED 4133, PICKETTE 4108, and HEBEE 4359.

The least popular fighter this week was BROTHER JOHN 4106.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PERRY PALAGRINO 4454, SHAMU 4105, SYSTEM OF A DOWN 4451, HARI 
CANE 4333, JAMMER 4452, 2 + 2 = 4 4190, UNWORTHY 4463, HEBEE 4359, PICKETTE 4108, and 
TEDIOUS TED 4133.

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

2 + 2 = 4 (38-4190) JUST BECAUSE (373)