DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/08/2004    Duedate: 01/21/2004

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-438

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

NUTCRACKER
ALL FINESSE (384)
(38-4380) [13-2-1,158]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NUTCRACKER                     POSITION IS EMPTY
ALL FINESSE (384)              
(38-4380) [13-2-1,158]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HARI CANE                      NOBGOBLIN
JINDA-BAN (198)                ALL FINESSE (384)
(38-4333) [16-15-0,82]         (38-4400) [8-5-1,98]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ALL FINESSE (384)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. EAGLES CLAW (47)            46
2. ALL FINESSE (384)           25      ALL FINESSE (384)
3. JUST BECAUSE (373)           8      Unchartered Team
4. JINDA-BAN (198)              6
5. THE WATCHMEN (363)           0      FACIAL EXPRESSION (249)

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/ 2 ALL FINESSE (384)         9  6 0
 2- 2*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)       2   1  0 66.7   2/ 3 JINDA-BAN (198)           8  7 0
 3/ 4 ALL FINESSE (384)         86  66  4 56.6   3/ 1 EAGLES CLAW (47)          7  8 0
 4/ 5 EAGLES CLAW (47)         614 549 54 52.8   4- 4*THE WATCHMEN (363)        5  1 0
 5/ 6 JINDA-BAN (198)          254 331  5 43.4   5- 5*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)      1  0 0
 6/ 7 JUST BECAUSE (373)        97 155  7 38.5   6/ 6 JUST BECAUSE (373)        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

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Rodeki:

     "Princess?  I didn't know she was a princess," Tolugat muttered.  "Princess
Tirisha?  This changes everything!"
     "Yeah."  Adabemis & Balmador nodded with satisfaction.  "This gives us, you
know, whatchit.  Not just a back-street cult.  We've got a princess."
     "She'll be picky," the priest objected.  "She'll want velvet cushions to kneel
on.  Good wine.  All that fancy stuff we can't afford--"
     "Hey, it makes a good show!" the gladiator protested.  "People like a good show.
Velvet cushions, okay, maybe not, but we have to have good wine.  And blood
sacrifices.  Lots of them."  His eyes glittered.  "Lots of blood...."
     Tolugat began to look uneasy.  "That could attract unfavorable attention.
Rulers don't like that, they shut down cults that do a lot of sacrificing, they--"
     "But Princess Tirisha's going to be the ruler," the gladiator pointed out.
"She's one of us.  She's on OUR side.  She LIKES a good bloody cult, I can tell."  He
grinned, the glitter in his eye becoming more pronounced.
     "Oh.  Oh, of course," the priest said faintly.  "Why didn't I think of that...."
     "And we'll have lots of gladiators," Adabemis & Balmador went on.  "Gladiators
like blood, too.  Gladiators are INTO dark cults, after all.  It'll be great!"
     "Right... great.  Of course," Tolugat muttered.  "Lots of...," he swallowed
hard, "lots of blood."

Mordant, the royal palace:

     Talissen, Queen of Mordant, threw down the spy's report and glared across the
breakfast table at her husband, King Samir of Trocar.  "You see!  I told you that if
we didn't deal with Sibikhas and Rodeki, there would be trouble."
     Samir shrugged and cut himself another slice of ham.  "If it gets out of hand,
you can crack down on things, but I like the idea of letting the contenders for
Overlord of Sibikhas fight it out among themselves.  Fewer discontented challengers
left around to make trouble later."
     "And I told you I thought it was a bad idea, on several counts," she snapped
back.  "That kind of chaos is not good for the nation, in the first place.  Second,
the winner could end up being TOO strong, and everyone knowing it.  Third, it ignores
the legal solution, that Morra of Jhans, as Gryzash's wife, should be regent until
his son is old enough to take the rule--"
     "She's got experience at being a regent," Samir remarked, frowning thoughtfully.
"Rather convenient, isn't it, that just when her job ends in Jhans, here comes
another one in Sibikhas...."
     "Coincidences DO happen sometimes.  That's why we have a name for them," the
Queen replied.  "And the fourth reason is that if there is to be some new rulers
among my vassals, *I* should be the one to choose them."
     "That's the best reason," Samir agreed.  He shrugged again.  "So choose one.
But if it isn't someone with the strength to defend the position, you'll have to
commit YOUR army to supporting him.  And if your army's not at home, then you could
be vulnerable."
     After a moment's thoughtful silence, Talissen said, "I need more information.
And I need some warriors to be bodyguards for whoever I do choose.  Gladiators, I
think.  Very useful people, gladiators."

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 485): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG RED of BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 490): MARY RETZLAFF of AMERICAN APPRAISAL (?, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): SUX0R of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): SPONGEBOB of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): RAISON D'ETRE of BATHTUB ARMADA (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): CADEX CFM of THE BIKE SHOP (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): MAC of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): SNAPPY GEORGE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): MAUI WAUI of TACO GODS from ZENSU (The Sentinel, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 485): SOUL HAREM (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 490): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): RAGE (Myrrdin, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): DREIHDENWALD (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): 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.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): AUTOMATON of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): ALOHA ALICE of BEACH BABES (Nick, mgr.)
                           BUBBA of MORGAN'S BOYS (A-Sop, mgr.)
               (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): VIGO of ALCHEMY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): 2 + 2 = 4 of JUST BECAUSE (A-Sop, 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.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of CLIFFHOME!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team EAGLES CLAW was 
unseated this week as ALL FINESSE moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot with 
a 3-2-0 record for the round.  SYSTEM OF A DOWN caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested DANGEROUS CRIMINAL and was awarded 18 
points in recognition.  This time out TEDIOUS TED made his bid for the throne as he 
challenged NUTCRACKER in an all out contest of skill for possession of the title!  
Although TEDIOUS TED made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of 
victorious NUTCRACKER.  Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he 
never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  Loose talk at the arena has 
reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after 
TEDIOUS TED.  Watch your back!  I can not but mention with disdain the name of HEBEE 
who this week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 15 points below in the rankings. 
I thought HEBEE showed great skill and promise when he beat CLOCK O'DIAL.  All right, 
so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way 
he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!  
     The girls are as pretty in CLIFFHOME as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till 
next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different 
story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NUTCRACKER 4380              13   2  1   158       ALL FINESSE (384)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEBEE 4359                   14   8  0   106       ALL FINESSE (384)
 NOBGOBLIN 4400                8   5  1    98       ALL FINESSE (384)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEDIOUS TED 4133             20  11  2    88       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 HARI CANE 4333               16  15  0    82       JINDA-BAN (198)
 CLOCK O'DIAL 4348            12  12  1    80       JINDA-BAN (198)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORRIBIE 4317                14  21  0    64       JINDA-BAN (198)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYSTEM OF A DOWN 4451         5   2  0    55       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455          5   0  1    52       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 SUI GENERIS 4444              4   1  0    37       ALL FINESSE (384)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUNABOUT 4458                 2   3  0    22       JINDA-BAN (198)
-GRAVES 4107                   1   0  1    20       THE WATCHMEN (363)
 DINGIL BILL 4428              4   7  0    19       JINDA-BAN (198)
-GOOD HEARTED 4388             2   0  0    19       EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391)
-BROTHER JOHN 4106             2   0  0    19       THE WATCHMEN (363)
-SHAMU 4105                    3   0  0    17       THE WATCHMEN (363)
 AMOROUS ANDY 4464             1   0  0    15       EAGLES CLAW (47)
 JAMMER 4452                   2   4  0    10       ALL FINESSE (384)
-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?
PERRY PALAGRINO 4454   2  3 0 EAGLES CLAW 47        HIGH ELF 19           438 NONE    
MENTAL FLOSS 4390      0  1 0 EDIBLE AUTOPSY 391    STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455  435         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pickette -- A good watchwoman does not become frantically careless.  Remember that in
the future. -- Dingil Bill

Hebee -- Jebee, etc.  Ouch. -- Hari Cane
P.S.  Hey, you want scintillating, you have to help out.  It takes two to make a
conversation.

System of a Down -- You do the "down" part fairly well, once you get to it. --
Korribie

A Venomous Concubine holds no fear for me.  You should see my WIFE! -- Clock O'Dial

Is every scribe in this town an embezzler?  That's the only kind I can find. --
Runabout

Ed. -- They're talking behind our backs. -- Hari Cane
P.S.  I admit, it would be NICE, or at least DIFFERENT, if they'd speak up in the
personals occasionally, but I don't really believe in miracles.

     That's just plain not nice! -- Ed.
     P.S.  No, miracles are where you make 'em; they don't just HAPPEN.

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

PERRY PALAGRINO was dealt death by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HEBEE demolished CLOCK O'DIAL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
NOBGOBLIN was luckily beaten by 2 + 2 = 4 in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge duel.
TEDIOUS TED was overpowered by NUTCRACKER in a 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
JAMMER was bested by RUNABOUT in a action packed 1 minute Challenge brawl.
HARI CANE defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran's struggle.
KORRIBIE was overcome by KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 2 minute uneven fight.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN vanquished DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
STEVEN SCIMITAR viciously subdued DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 2 minute duel.
SUI GENERIS handily defeated DINGIL BILL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
AMOROUS ANDY outlasted EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 7 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         AIMED BLOW        16 -   4 -  0      80  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   7 -  1      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   4 -  1      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  14 -  0      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  17 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  16 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    2 -   5 -  0      29  |

Turn 438 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         3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       NUTCRACKER 4380            13   2  1  158 ALL FINESSE (384)
BASHING ATTACK   HEBEE 4359                 14   8  0  106 ALL FINESSE (384)
LUNGING ATTACK   NOBGOBLIN 4400              8   5  1   98 ALL FINESSE (384)
WALL OF STEEL    TEDIOUS TED 4133           20  11  2   88 EAGLES CLAW (47)
SLASHING ATTACK  STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455        5   0  1   52 EAGLES CLAW (47)
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 STEVEN SCIMITAR 4455, 
RUNABOUT 4458, NUTCRACKER 4380, HARI CANE 4333, SYSTEM OF A DOWN 4451, KORRIBIE 4317, 
SUI GENERIS 4444, HEBEE 4359, JAMMER 4452, and PERRY PALAGRINO 4454.

The least popular fighter this week was AMOROUS ANDY 4464.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DINGIL BILL 4428, TEDIOUS TED 4133, CLOCK O'DIAL 4348, PERRY 
PALAGRINO 4454, JAMMER 4452, HEBEE 4359, SUI GENERIS 4444, KORRIBIE 4317, SYSTEM OF A 
DOWN 4451, and HARI CANE 4333.

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

HEBEE (38-4359) ALL FINESSE (384)

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

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

                       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