DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER Date : 08/08/2003 Duedate: 08/21/2003 TRICORUS ARENA DM-51 TURN-362 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS LURCH SORROW'S HARVEST (542) (51-5135) [13-2-1,123] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader LURCH ORANGE SORROW'S HARVEST (542) FRUITS (548) (51-5135) [13-2-1,123] (51-5168) [3-1-0,27] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite REIDI RAZOR WYRM DARK HORSEMEN (433) SORROW'S HARVEST (542) (51-5133) [10-7-0,76] (51-5179) [2-2-0,19] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM SORROW'S HARVEST (542) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. DARK HORSEMEN (433) 35 2. SORROW'S HARVEST (542) 10 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) 3. AMAZON ELITE (536) 2 Unchartered Team 4. FRUITS (548) 0 5. WENSINWASIN M.H. (549) 0 FRUITS (548) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1*WENSINWASIN M.H. (549) 1 0 0 100 1/ 1 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) 8 4 1 2/ 2*FRUITS (548) 6 2 0 75.0 2/ 3 DARK HORSEMEN (433) 5 7 0 3/ 3 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) 71 34 2 67.6 3/ 2*FRUITS (548) 4 2 0 4/ 4 AMAZON ELITE (536) 59 52 6 53.2 4/ 4 AMAZON ELITE (536) 3 4 0 5/ 5 DARK HORSEMEN (433) 379 484 13 43.9 5- 5*WENSINWASIN M.H. (549) 1 0 0 6- 6*ARCTIC BELT (488) 0 3 0 0.0 6- 6*ARCTIC BELT (488) 0 1 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. "Bring out your dead!" *clang* "Bring out your dead!" *clang* "Bring out your dead!" ... Francine has shuffled off her mortal coil with the help of my current top recruit, Lurch. Sorrow's Harvest can finally celebrate successful vengeance over the prideful amazons, Francine in particular, who so cruelly took the life of our young rookie, Wither Rain, so long ago. Yes, Francine's threats and posturings led to her undoing. And while her experience allowed her to survive our initial bloodfeud it was only a matter of time before we laid her low (in this case six feet under.) Alas, so many upstarts have attempted to challenge my preeminence to their shame and defeat. Though the row of heads in my trophy room is long, storied usurpers by their nature pay no heed to the lessons of the past. Again I must remind you who you're dealing with because in these hinterlands the names of Rhialto and the Reaper seem unheard of. It seems when the word "Frothingslosh" is uttered people blink and scratch their noses rather than bolt their doors and hide their children and womenfolk. Well, pay heed now when I tell you these names all describe the very same child of outrage spawned from a devil and a saint who ravages the domains of Alastari wherever and whenever he sees fit and grinds all who oppose him into the primal dust from which they sprang. And whether I name myself Rhialto in Vithicar, The Reaper in Transel, or Gergin in Bonsur, the swathe I cut through the opposition is deep and indelible. So, if you see an arena where turn after turn the same team holds a death grip on the top spot. Where turn after turn the same Duelmaster reigns and where challengers fear the very sound of their ruler's tread. Where the meek pay tribute and the bold roar and cry but pay tribute nonetheless. Heed Tricorians! There you see the fell embrace of Gergin Frothingslosh! Where I lay my hand the top team is my team. Where I lay my hand the Duelmaster is my agent. Where I lay my hand a long night envelopes the land with no sunrise till I choose to move along. Fortunately for you that time has come. My advancing is upon me. Indeed you will see me but fleetingly in these lands and in a short time you will see me no more lest you follow your own path to better shores. For this is a children's game and I have tarried here too long. The fruits of this endeavor are mere candy, truly satisfying are the feasts of a wider world. So take what lessons are to be learned here and move on. Children will always find games to play and adults will always need amusement to leaven the burdens of life. Together these things build practice and patience. Pursue them too much and you deny yourself and forget your neighbor. So, is your play the frosting on the cake or is your cake all frosting? Know yourself and act accordingly. Gergin "Happy Toes" Frothingslosh SPY REPORT It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report. Sit back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis. Hey everybody, watch out for REIDI, who flew up 16 points in the rankings after mashing CONVICTED ASSASSIN like a melon. Keep your eye on this gal. And falling like a basher in the top ten was APPLE, who dropped 8 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with TSOMEGH. Well, everybody's pal LURCH moved his record to 13-2-1 by defeating HANNAH in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 2 recognition points. Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd! Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the TRICORUS arena. And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't avoid WENSINWASIN M.H., please raise you hand. Wow. Does TRICORUS really have that many liars? For those of you who like math, try this one: WENSINWASIN M.H. + Weapons That go Boom = SORROW'S HARVEST + Avoid City. Well just about everybody wants a piece of TSOMEGH, who was this week's most challenged warrior. GARGANTUAN APHID of SORROW'S HARVEST had better have a good reason for challenging down 13 points in a challenge which it won. I thought GARGANTUAN APHID showed great skill and promise when it beat HAROCH. All right, so I slept through it! Big deal! Death is kind of like a new puppy: he's always around wanting to play. (Ha Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?). Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no. Silly buggers, eh? Well, there's the manager of the TRICORUS giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 'They're going to strangle you in the alley?). Well, there goes another Spy Report. Good luck in next week's fights. Hasta la bye-bye. (Loud choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LURCH 5135 13 2 1 123 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CHRISEIS 4989 24 12 1 91 AMAZON ELITE (536) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME REIDI 5133 10 7 0 76 DARK HORSEMEN (433) HANNAH 5059 7 8 1 70 AMAZON ELITE (536) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME DROGOI 5156 7 2 0 58 DARK HORSEMEN (433) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME TSOMEGH 5132 9 8 1 48 DARK HORSEMEN (433) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME GARGANTUAN APHID 5171 5 1 0 27 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) ORANGE 5168 3 1 0 27 FRUITS (548) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME APPLE 5169 3 1 0 23 FRUITS (548) -BELLONA 4986 2 1 0 22 AMAZON ELITE (536) -SPIDER-MAN 5173 1 0 0 21 WENSINWASIN M.H. (549) RAZOR WYRM 5179 2 2 0 19 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) -POLAR WORM 4338 0 3 0 11 ARCTIC BELT (488) -DAPHNE 4987 2 1 0 8 AMAZON ELITE (536) HAROCH 5177 1 4 1 8 DARK HORSEMEN (433) TORI'S ICICLE 5181 1 0 0 4 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) INANNIA 5183 0 1 0 1 AMAZON ELITE (536) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? FRANCINE 5021 18 16 4 AMAZON ELITE 536 LURCH 5135 361 PERSONAL ADS Gargantuan Aphid -- We're on to your tricks. The only sorrow you'll harvest from the fruits is your own! -- Apple Haroch -- You are a disgrace to your style! -- Orange I told you I'd be back, but perhaps you didn't want me back. The Apple of my eye met my expectations, while Oranges never fail to please me. Both my warriors are at 10 FE after this turn, so see you just before the Mail In. -- Assurnasirbanipal Sorrow's bunch -- Whoa!! That's it, bub! You just bought yourself a blood war with the killing of Francine! Been putting up with your level of arrogance for long enough anyway. You're long overdue for getting kicked down a few notches. So, stand-by for the rock n'roll, pal. We don't care about the fight record any more. We don't care about the distractions. We're just going to beat you down, no matter how long it takes! -- Amazon Elite Lurch -- For now, you can go rot in the top spot, moron! Hope you have no one to fight and get as aggravated as possible. You're just too far out of reach right now with that bloated 121-point total. -- Chriseis Razor Wyrm -- Is this what the spy reporter means by "taking a dagger and shaving it close"? -- Drogoi Hannah -- I admire a woman who blazes with deadly bloodlust, but I'd rather admire her from a distance greater than sword's-length, you know? -- Tsomegh The Fratsfa Slave is worthless and weak. He does not belong here. -- Reidi Orange -- Heck, I guess it's true that I can't get blood from an orange. Darn. -- Haroch 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 26 July 2003 Citizens of Alastari, a bright dawn has risen. While you slept, a pernicious force has entered the once-fair City of Aruak. It fought alongside their treasured warriors, it drank with their fans, and it slept with their women. Now the masks are coming off. Warriors, be afraid...be very afraid. After years of Andorian managers ranting that Aruak is the safest city in Alastari, the Frothingslosh Syndicate has selected Aruak City as the home for its next epic 'contest'--Murder by Numbers II. Our spies have selected the warriors for extermination, and the executioners have had several months to prepare. Now a new age of darkness will descend upon Aruak, as the Syndicate and its allies bring an entirely new level of competition to the arena! Downchallenges! Assassinations! Small poodles as hors d'oeuvres! The Murder by Numbers II 'rules' will be announced next cycle. However, we invite all managers, from all corners of Alastari, to come to Aruak City and take part...in one way or another. Help defend the honor of a long heralded haven for the pure, or join the forces of change in their siege of the ice-cream and cake stronghold of the Dukes of Nerf-Dueling! This exercise is not for either the faint of heart or the weak willed. Blood will flow, brains will leak, and beer will be chugged. Either way, we welcome you with open arms and gleaming blades. This public service announcement has been brought to you by Frothingslosh Epic Contests (tm), the number 86, and the letter 'K'. The Frothingslosh Syndicate 29 July 2003 * * * *The Third Annual Turf War* * * * Yes, it's time again for alliances to go to war! TW3 will be held in DM 47 (North Fork) at a date to be specified later--right after Crip's Incomprehensible Contest is over...but I'm sure everyone wants to get their teams there soon! Here are the rules: 1. Each alliance must have a leader declare the arrival of his alliance. The leader will be responsible for verifying any and all teams/managers who declare to the alliance he/she is leading. 2. Each manager, team declaring for the contest must have approval of the leader, donate one Roll-up Certificate ($5) to the prize pot (send it to me by diplo, by snail, or a note to customer service), and declare his/her team by diplo, p-ad or snail. 3. Each team may declare one warrior as champion. All points scored by a champ are double! 4. Prizes are as follows (mostly...there WILL be some things added as the prize pot grows with entry donations--this list is not final!) * Highest scoring alliance -- Rename Arena 47 for a period of 6 months, one half of the total prize pot donated; roll-up certs. * The Alliance with the most returns from the DA will get to re-name the DA monsters for a period of 6 months. * The alliance with the most warriors listed as style masters will get to pick the Alastari city/arena to host the next Grand Tournament. * The warrior with the most front page honors/awards will have the Arenamaster named after him for a period of 6 months. * The Alliance with the most front page Honors/Awards will have the honor of picking the *slow* arena to host the Fifth Annual Turf War. * The team with the most listings as Style Master will find out the favorites of one of their warriors. * The warrior with the most listings as Style Master will fight at my expense for five turns (I will transfer to the manager's account). * The Alliance with the most kills will be able to re-name the stand-in warriors for a period of 6 months. * The warrior that scores the most total points will fight at my expense for 5 turns (I will transfer $7.50 to the manager's account). * The team that scores the most total points will receive an extra share of roll-up certs from the prize pot. There may be more categories to come, and the prize pot still has to be divided...I'm open to category/prize ideas--and further donations to the prize pot. The contest will run for *TEN* turns; prizes will be awarded at the end of the 11th turn. Scoring will be as follows: * 5 points per fight, doubled for each of the following conditions met: -- Two Alliance -- Champion -- Challenge -- Two Champions -- Bloodfeud -- Challenger losing -- Kill (Note: DA losses are exempt, but DA wins will be *tripled*!!! Ex: Happy Slasher goes to the DA and dies, no points are lost. If he wins, his team scores 60 points! If he was a champ, he scores 120 points!) Use the following chart to calculate scores: Conditions Met: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Points Per Fight: 5 10 20 40 80 160 320 640 * Awards/Honors and Style Masters will each be awarded points also. Find the total number of each (do note add Awards and Style Masters together) and consult the graph below. Champs that score an award or style master count as two. 1 -- 5 7 -- 320 2 -- 10 8 -- 640 3 -- 20 9 -- 1280 4 -- 40 10 -- 2560 5 -- 80 11 -- 5280 6 -- 100 (x2 for each extra) Note -- These categories *count as "triple"*--they will be figured for each team, *AND* again for each alliance *as well as* for each warrior! * Each and every mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points...period. * TVs will be scored on the same scale as Awards/Style Masters, but the total points will be x10. TC's will be scored as TV's, but x10 more. Number of TV/TC's Points Scored (TV/TC) 1 50/ 500 2 100/1000 3 200/2000 4 400/4000 + x2/ x2 (for each extra) Each alliance will start with 5000 points, scores for *fights* will be added to the winner's total *AND* deducted from the losers. Come one and all, defend your turf and the honor of your alliance...or your own! Asmo Dius, TCB Arenas, DM 47, DM 73 1 August 2003 Assurnasirbanipal invites you to Talcama to participate in the third BATTLE ROYAL contest. It is a Delarquan contest so brutal that even some of Talcama's most notable managers will refuse to participate. The rules are simpler than any other contest: You may not avoid any other contest team. There are no silly rules for who can and can't compete. Any team in Talcama is eligible to compete. The scoring is also quite simple (+1 for a win, +1 for a kill (+1 for the win), -1 for a loss) and the first team to reach 25 points is the winner. Scoring will be live--the results for the turn posted in the newsletter. The winner will be able to fight their contest team in Talcama for free for 6 months but more importantly will win a contest against some of the best managers who play the game in one of the hardest contests in the game. First turn for BATTLE ROYAL 3 is Talcama Turn 465, which is due August 30. LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS APPLE was devastated by TSOMEGH in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched Challenge fight. GARGANTUAN APHID demolished HAROCH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee. LURCH overpowered HANNAH in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel. REIDI devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute brutal one-sided fight. DROGOI devastated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute gory uneven brawl. ORANGE bested RAZOR WYRM in a crowd pleasing 4 minute match. TORI'S ICICLE outwaited INANNIA in a dull 8 minute beginner's fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |PARRY-RIPOSTE 4 PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 0 - 0 100 | |LUNGING ATTACK 2 SLASHING ATTACK 10 - 4 - 0 71 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 LUNGING ATTACK 23 - 13 - 1 64 | |TOTAL PARRY 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE 16 - 10 - 1 62 | |WALL OF STEEL 1 TOTAL PARRY 12 - 9 - 0 57 | |AIMED BLOW 1 STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 1 - 0 50 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 WALL OF STEEL 6 - 13 - 0 32 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 AIMED BLOW 1 - 4 - 1 20 | |STRIKING ATTACK 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 - 0 0 | |BASHING ATTACK 0 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 3 - 0 0 | Turn 362 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: WALL OF STEEL 1 - 0 AIMED BLOW 0 - 1 3 TOTAL PARRY PARRY-RIPOSTE 3 - 1 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 3 SLASHING ATTACK LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 1 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 2 LUNGING ATTACK SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 0 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE TOTAL PARRY 1 - 1 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 WALL OF STEEL TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK LURCH 5135 13 2 1 123 SORROW'S HARVEST (542) PARRY-RIPOSTE REIDI 5133 10 7 0 76 DARK HORSEMEN (433) SLASHING ATTACK DROGOI 5156 7 2 0 58 DARK HORSEMEN (433) WALL OF STEEL TSOMEGH 5132 9 8 1 48 DARK HORSEMEN (433) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is REIDI 5133. The most popular warrior this turn was RAZOR WYRM 5179. The ten other most popular fighters were TSOMEGH 5132, REIDI 5133, GARGANTUAN APHID 5171, LURCH 5135, DROGOI 5156, APPLE 5169, ORANGE 5168, HAROCH 5177, HANNAH 5059, and TORI'S ICICLE 5181. The least popular fighter this week was INANNIA 5183. The other ten least popular fighters were TORI'S ICICLE 5181, HANNAH 5059, HAROCH 5177, ORANGE 5168, APPLE 5169, DROGOI 5156, LURCH 5135, GARGANTUAN APHID 5171, REIDI 5133, and TSOMEGH 5132.