DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/03/2006    Duedate: 01/30/2006

FRATSFA ARENA

DM-52    TURN-213

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

INSOLENT IRIS
FLOWER GIRLS (189)
(52-3323) [17-7-0,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

INSOLENT IRIS                  KYKENSTIENBURG
FLOWER GIRLS (189)             ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
(52-3323) [17-7-0,117]         (52-3613) [8-0-1,61]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PANDEMIC                       PANDEMIC
DARK RAIDERS (78)              DARK RAIDERS (78)
(52-3319) [9-15-0,100]         (52-3319) [9-15-0,100]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BOTTOM FEEDER (380)         46
2. HOPLITES (376)              41      FLOWER GIRLS (189)
3. BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)       40      Unchartered Team
4. FLOWER GIRLS (189)          35
5. SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)      32      BOTTOM FEEDER (380)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*QUINTIC DEATH (57)         1   0  0  100   1/ 3*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)    10  5 1
 2/ 0*BOTTOM FEEDER (380)        4   1  1 80.0   2/ 2 FLOWER GIRLS (189)       10  5 0
 3/ 2 FLOWER GIRLS (189)       394 242 10 61.9   3/12*HOPLITES (376)            8  2 0
 4/ 3*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)       25  16  3 61.0   4/ 5*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)       8  7 1
 5/18*HOPLITES (376)             9   6  0 60.0   5/ 6 DARK RAIDERS (78)         7  6 0
 6/ 5*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     23  18  2 56.1   6/ 7 ASSASSIN NATION (186)     7  7 3
 7/ 4*SITTEES (359)             15  12  1 55.6   7/ 8 SILVER KNIGHTS (361)      7  7 0
 8/ 6 OTTO'S PARTS (150)       240 232 12 50.8   8/ 1 OTTO'S PARTS (150)        7  8 0
 9- 9*THE FALLEN (373)           5   5  1 50.0   9- 9*ICELANDERS (371)          6  4 1
10/10 SILVER KNIGHTS (361)      24  25  0 49.0  10/ 4 SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)    5  9 0
11/11 ASSASSIN NATION (186)    152 169 26 47.4  11/ 0*BOTTOM FEEDER (380)       4  1 1
12/14 DARK RAIDERS (78)        142 163  7 46.6  12-11*THE FALLEN (373)          4  1 1
13/15 SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)    45  64  3 41.3  13/16*SITTEES (359)             3  4 0
14/13*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)       9  13  2 40.9  14/20*DARK DRAGONS (378)        3  7 0
15-16*ICELANDERS (371)          12  18  1 40.0  15/10*BLEAK LEGION (364)        3 11 0
16/20*DARK DRAGONS (378)         3   7  0 30.0  16/14*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)      2  8 0
17/19*BLEAK LEGION (364)        10  29  1 25.6  17-18*QUINTIC DEATH (57)        1  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
    '*'   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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                                  "Heathen's Cafe"

     Hello, everyone!  I hope the holiday seasons were the best they could be for
each and every one of you and you were able to spend them with those you love the
most!!!
     Well, this contest sure seems to be heating up what with Crip and Lady Fern hot
on my heels.  Ghab over in the corner panting and Fangthayne quietly maintaining a
top position--everyone had better be on top of their game!
     I wanted to say thanks to Expatriate and Lady Fern for offering input on tactics
--I guess I am one of them who does not understand tactics, Lady Fern, as I tend to
run open more often than not, even in desperation!  I think it all goes back to
design:  if you create a warrior that has the skills to maximize their style's
natural strengths, then you don't need to use tactics.  A general rule of thumb is
that skilled warriors can run open effectively while unskilled must make use of
tactics to succeed--though this rule often does not apply to specific challenges or
even to being challenged.
     I do agree with Expatriate that a tactic should not be dismissed simply because
it is unorthodox for a particular style--I once had a slasher who would parry quite
well when running the parry tactic and won.  A couple extra fights when he would
riposte out of a parry and steal the initiative!  Experimentation is the key to
success in Duelmasters as far as I'm concerned!!
     Ok, this turn's question:  How effective are a warrior's favorite rhythms in the
basic arenas and should the warrior run them exclusively if they are known?
     Until the next time we meet:

                    Heathen Hatebred

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                                  *Heathen's Menu*

Top 10 Without "Most Avoided"          Without "Stylemaster" Points
1.  Heathen = 68                       Heathen = 74
2.  Crip = 66                          Crip = 57
3.  Lady Fern = 58                     Lady Fern = 52
4.  Fangthayne = 45                    Le Pentarque = 44
5.  Le Pentarque = 44                  Fangthayne = 39
6.  Ghab = 41                          Toker = 38
7.  Toker = 36                         Ghab = 35
8.  Azraelus = 32                      Azraelus = 32
9.  Wasby = 22                         Wasby = 22
10. Wulfhere = 22                      Wulfhere = 22

Without Either                         Win/Loss Only
1.  Heathen = 66                       Heathen = 21-9-2 (+14)
2.  Crip = 55                          Crip = 20-10-0 (+10)
3.  Lady Fern = 52                     Lady Fern 17-11-0 (+6)
4.  Le Pentarque = 44                  Le Pentarque = 16-11-1 (+6)
5.  Fangthayne = 39                    Fangthayne = 16-12-2 (+6)
6.  Toker = 36                         Ghab = 16-13-3 (+6)
7.  Ghab = 35                          Toker = 15-14-0 (+1)
8.  Azraelus = 32                      Wasby = 7-8-3 (+2)
9.  Wasby = 22                         Azraelus = 5-5-1 (+1)
10. Wulfhere = 22                      Wulfhere = 7-8-0 (-1)

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                                  Questers Contest!

     As always, being prone to mistakes as I am, I goofed the whole commission error
concerning Le Pentarque, and The Lovely Lady Fern.  Le Pentarque will keep the points
and Lady Fern will receive the points that were mistakenly taken away from Volatile
Verbena.  I do want to apologize to Lady Fern and thank her for her understanding and
not withholding any special services that I have come to overly enjoy!  (grin)
     The rankings didn't change too much this turn, so I'll let you all see for
yourselves who did what and landed where in the list that follows.  Good luck to all,
and let's all make the push to catch up.  (Except for you, Heathen!)  'Till next
time, may the sun be in your eyes, the air too thin to breath, and the sand slippery
under your feet!

                                        Toker, Co-Host

Place shows this turn's place first, followed by last turn's place.  (LT) is for last
turn's score, (TT) is for this turn's score, and (Total) is for total score.

Place     Team/#/Mgr.                                             LT   TT  Total
1/1       Odin's Chosen (368) mgr. Heathen Hatebred               66   10   76
          Scout -- Kykensteinburg #3613
          Champion -- Bloodeagle  #3631
2/2       Otto's Parts (150), Crip                                58   10   68
          Scout -- Brain Tumor  #3502
          Champion -- Cauliflower Ears  #3424
3/3       Flower Girls (189), Lady Fern (+2 Host Error)           57    5   62
          Scout -- Insolent Iris  #3577
          Champion -- Rambling Rose  #3659
4/4       Blood & Guts! (365), Le Pentarque                       46    4   50
          Scout -- Tonelle #3634
          Champion -- Igor Malmort  #3594
5/5       Dark Raiders (78), Fangthayne                           44    1   45
          Scout -- Psychosis  #3651
          Champion -- Dead
6/7       Assassin Nation (186), Ghab                             34    7   41
          Scout -- Mayhem  #3537
          Champion -- Viscious  #3508
7/6       Silver Knights (361), Toker                             38    2   40
          Scout -- Lord Davos  #3577
          Champion -- Ser Arthur Dayne  #3575
8/8       Fallen (373), Azrealus Prime                            32    0   32
          Scout -- Creandal  #3654
          Champion -- Badda Bang  #3656
9/9       Bronze Knight (362), D.K. Wasby The Great               22    0   22
          Scout -- Ser Jamie  #3578
          Champion -- Lord Jon Snow  #3580
10/10     Force of Five (367), Wulfhere                           22   0   22
          Scout -- Gord the Rogue #3607
          Champion -- None
11/12     The Church (369), Rev. Bob                              17    0   17
          Scout -- The Elder #3618
          Champion -- The Deacon #3619
12/11     Springborne Fair (305), Still                           19    -2   17
          Scout -- Orgami Orc #3091
          Champion -- Garble Goblin (dead)
13/13     Red Knights (370), Dok Sik                              17    0   17
          Scout -- Ser Red Scar #3623
          Champion -- Lord Red Scorpion #3625
14/15     Icelanders (371), Staghorn                               7    9    16
          Scout -- List Borb  #3696
          Champion -- Eldr #3712
15/14     Incarnations (281), Papaiz                              13    0   13
          Scout -- Step-up!! #3627
          Champion -- None
16/16     Odd Odious Orcs (374), Slugbait                          1    0    1
          Scout -- Abhorrent Ant #3668
          Champion -- None
17/17     Bleak Legion (364), Expatriate                           0   -5   -5
          Scout -- Old Grim #3593
          Champion -- None

     In case of a tie, we will check the best win percentage since the beginning of
the contest.  (Thanks Ghab!)

                                        Questions!

     There were no real questions this last turn that I saw.   If there are any you
can contact me at:  darkknighttoker@yahoo.com, p-ads, or by diplo to Silver Knights
(361).
     I plan on leaving a list of requirements, scoring formula, and prizes printed
throughout the contest for easy reference.

                                        Requirements!
1)  Only ONE team per manager entered in the contest.  Only one active team in
    Fratsfa during the contest, PERIOD!
2)  Only one TP on your team at a time.  (If it dies, then you may replace it.)
3)  You must declare (1) warrior as your team scout.  Points will not be scored until
    a scout is declared!!!
4)  You do not need (3) three warriors in the initiates class to compete.  FE does
    not play a factor for eligibility!!!!
5)  If you bloodfeud, you must use a different warrior each time to score the FB
    points.  (If a warrior is used twice, he will only be awarded the points for the
    win or point subtracted for the loss on the second bloodfeud.
6)  You must declare your team in the p-ads to be entered.
7)  A champion and scout cannot be the same warrior.
8)  Champions are not required (manager's choice).  Champions must be declared on
    their first fight of the contest!

Now to the scoring formula:
Wins + Kills - Losses = Base score
Base score + Variant score = Total score

BASE SCORE POINTS:
Win = +1 pt
Kill = +1 pt
Loss = -1 pt

VARIANT SCORE POINTS:
Scout Win = +2 pts
Scout Loss = -2 pts
Scout death = -5 pts
Champion win = +3 pts
Champion loss = -3 pts
Stylemaster for turn = +1 pt
Most avoided team = +2 pts
Successful Bloodfeud = +2 pts
Failed Bloodfeud = -2 pts

     Let's say (A) team goes 3 - 2 - 2 = 3 wins + 2 kills - 2 losses = + 3 base
score.  Team (A)'s champion won (+3 pts) and is style master for the turn (1 pt).
His scout lost (-2 pts) for a total turn score of +5 pts.
     Now, let's say team (B) goes 1 - 4 - 1 = 1 win + 1 kill - 4 losses = - 2 pts
base score.  His scout won (+2 pts) and the scouts win was a successful bloodfeud (+2
pts).  So, the total points for this turn would be +2 pts.  (There was no champion on
this team.)
     +25 bonus points will be given to managers that submit a brief history (5
paragraph minimum) including manager alias and stable name by the contest's third
turn.  These  points will be added to the team by T-210.

**** On to the list of prizes ****
1st Place "Fratsfa's Ultimate Victor"
   1)  Twelve (12) Rollup gift certificates transferred to 1st place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Fratsfa arena for six (6) months.
   3)  Renaming  of Dark Arena monsters:  Wurmkin, Bandit Prince, and Black Orc.
   4)  One (1) favorite's potion. *
   5)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **
2nd place
   1)  Eight (8) rollup gift certificates transferred to 2nd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Dark champion and High Elf.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **
3rd Place
   1)  Four (4) rollup gift certificates transferred to 3rd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Mountain Troll and Shewish Giant.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) skill bonus potion. **
4th Place
   1)  Three (3) gift certificates transferred to 4th place manager.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Stone Golem.
5th Place
   1)  Two (2) Rollup certs
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Spy Master.
6th Place
   1)  One (1) rollup cert.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
7th-10th Place
   1)  One (1) favorite's potion *

     All teams who fight at least 67 of the possible 75 fights will get (1) free
tournament entry for a warrior of the team that competed in Fratsfa in the first
tournament after the completion of Fratsfa's Quest for the Best.

****NOTE****

* -- All potions must be used within (2) turns of the contest end, and on an initiate
(tournament class) or higher character on the same team that competed in Fratsfa;
this is non-transferable.

* (1) One favorites potion gives all faves:  Rhythm, tactic and weapon.
** (1) One + 1 skill bonus potion gives +1 to one skill

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I may be insolent, but I am an iris, and an iris is Duelmaster of Fratsfa--the
Arena of Love.  (Come on over to The Flower Shoppe and look me up and I will show you
what I mean.)
     I am a lady of few words.  Actions speak louder than words.  I save my actions
in the arena, so that you will have plenty of action with me at The Flower Shoppe.
     I will pass along the basic vitals of The Flower Girls:

ST     9, 11, 14, 15, 17
CN     4,  5,  9, 16, 20
SZ     9, 11, 12, 15, 15
WT     3, 11, 16, 17, 17
WL     9,  9, 11, 16, 17
SP     3,  9,  9,  9, 16
DF     6,  7, 10, 21, 21
For an average of 13 - 11 - 12- 13- 13 - 9 - 13. 

     If you really think that we are average, you owe yourself a trip to The Flower
Shoppe.  Come one; come all!
          Insolent Iris

                                      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.  Say good-bye 
to OTTO'S PARTS, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the BLOOD AND 
GUTS! stable.  A stormcloud is brewing over the OTTO'S PARTS guildhouse.  Rumor says 
any more weeks like this ones 1-4-0 may send the team to the Dark Arena.  Coming up 
with a solid 5-0-0 outing, HOPLITES has advanced 9 places in the rankings.  BLOOD AND 
GUTS! is no joke as it posted a 4-1-1 week advancing from 3rd place to 1st place.  
Call it luck at the right time or bribes in the right hands, but the new team BOTTOM 
FEEDER scored a 4-1-1 record this week.  Hey everybody, watch out for SEVERITY, who 
flew up 25 points in the rankings after mashing GANGRENE like a melon.  Keep your eye 
on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was BRAIN TUMOUR, who dropped 
13 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with HORRID HOLLY.  Well 
here's a duelmaster that doesn't sit back and say 'Challenge me'!  INSOLENT IRIS made 
a challenge against PANDEMIC this week.  Going for the gusto and coming up with aught 
but bloody knuckles was DARK RAIDERS' PANDEMIC, who was turned away from the 
Duelmastership by INSOLENT IRIS.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a 
bigger halberd!   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the FRATSFA arena.  Did you 
hear that BLOOD AND GUTS! was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the 
personal hygiene of BLOOD AND GUTS!'s warriors, I'm not surprised!  And you guys like 
to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause ODIN'S CHOSEN beats feet every time 
BLOOD AND GUTS! smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well just about everybody wants a 
piece of PANDEMIC, who was this week's most challenged warrior.  In a touching 
display by a 'touched' warrior, KYKENSTIENBURG went after VICIOUS, who was higher by 
25 points.  Well, when the dust settled, KYKENSTIENBURG defeated VICIOUS.  LORD DAVOS 
of SILVER KNIGHTS had better have a good reason for challenging down 9 points in a 
challenge which he won.  I thought LORD DAVOS showed great skill and promise when he 
subdued OAK LEE.  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?).  There's got to be more reason for the 
sending of TENTPEG TROLL to the Dark Arena than his record (4-2-0).  Anybody got any 
ideas SPRINGBORNE FAIR?  Carrion Bird Cinematic Humor:  GANGRENE II:  THE REMATCH.  
We might as well mark the passing of RAMBLING ROSE, who was relatively new to the 
arena at 5-1-0.  Probably killed before hers first shave.  Congrats to ORIGAMI ORC 
for revenging the death of its teammate (but more importantly, feeding MAYHEM a bit 
of dirt).  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.  Silly 
buggers, eh?   
     Well, there's the manager of the FRATSFA giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and 
I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, 
I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INSOLENT IRIS 3323           17   7  0   117       FLOWER GIRLS (189)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HORRID HOLLY 3334            14   9  0   108       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424        16   9  0   107       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 TORMENT 3523                 12   6  1   106       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 PANDEMIC 3319                 9  15  0   100       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 SEVERITY 3538                11   6  3    97       ASSASSIN NATION (186)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAIN TUMOUR 3502            11   2  0    82       OTTO'S PARTS (150)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VICIOUS 3508                  9   6  1    66       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 KYKENSTIENBURG 3613           8   0  1    61       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 MALICE 3343                  10   6  0    60       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 IGOR MALMORT 3594             5   3  1    59       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611         6   2  2    58       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ORIGAMI ORC 3091              5   4  0    56       SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
 MAYHEM 3537                  12   5  2    49       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 BOB LE CANADIEN 3632          5   2  0    49       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 ABHORRENT ANT 3668            3   2  1    43       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 SER ARTUR DAYNE 3575          6   4  0    40       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 AUBIN L'AUROUGE 3596          4   5  0    39       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TONNELLE 3634                 6   1  1    33       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
-SHY ANN 3562                  2   2  1    33       SITTEES (359)
 BLOODEAGLE 3631               6   2  0    32       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 PULLED HAMSTRING 3554         4   6  0    30       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 BYRON 3559                    5   1  0    27       SITTEES (359)
 SOUL NOVA 3685                3   0  0    26       HOPLITES (376)
-SUE SOON 3572                 3   1  0    25       SITTEES (359)
 LORD DAVOS 3577               6   4  0    24       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAS DE QUARTIER 3633          3   4  0    23       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 SER VON DARKMOOR 3697         2   1  0    23       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 SIGURD 3648                   3   4  0    21       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
-BADDA BANG 3656               2   0  1    21       THE FALLEN (373)
-SKJOTT HIFNA 3660             2   3  0    21       ICELANDERS (371)
 ARMED RESPONSE 3683           2   1  0    21       HOPLITES (376)
 MERCILESS MUM 3675            3   2  0    20       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 SER GALAD 3714                2   0  0    19       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-LIST BORG 3696                2   0  0    19       ICELANDERS (371)
 OLD GRIM 3593                 1   7  1    18       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 PSYCHOSIS 3651                4   3  2    17       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 LUMINOUS ANGEL 3684           2   1  0    17       HOPLITES (376)
 SER ILYN PAYNE 3573           3   7  0    16       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-HASKISON 3676                 2   2  0    16       ICELANDERS (371)
 AZRITH 3705                   1   1  0    16       DARK DRAGONS (378)
 LITTLE DEATH 3649             4   3  0    15       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 CRAFTY CROCUS 3693            2   1  0    15       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 ABSOLUTE GRACE 3687           1   2  0    15       HOPLITES (376)
-GRAENDEL 3654                 1   1  0    15       THE FALLEN (373)
 DERANGED DIAMOND 3666         2   3  1    14       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 GUNGNIRSDOTTIR 3610           2   6  0    14       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 BLEEDER 3720                  1   0  1    14       BOTTOM FEEDER (380)
-ELDR 3712                     1   0  1    14       ICELANDERS (371)
 NERVOUS NEOPHITE 3664         2   3  0    13       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AYDINDRIL 3704                2   0  0    13       DARK DRAGONS (378)
 FREAK NASTY 3721              1   0  0    13       BOTTOM FEEDER (380)
 OAK LEE 3563                  3   3  0    12       SITTEES (359)
-FUNOR DREPA 3661              3   2  0    11       ICELANDERS (371)
 LOATHSOME LUMMOX 3665         2   3  0    11       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 LEACH 3718                    1   0  0    11       BOTTOM FEEDER (380)
 ATHLETE'S FOOT 3678           2   3  0    10       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
-HARKAHN 298                   1   0  0    10       QUINTIC DEATH (57)
 CHAOTIC 3715                  1   0  1     8       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 OPAL AVENGER 3686             1   2  0     8       HOPLITES (376)
-PRINGEL 3657                  1   1  0     7       THE FALLEN (373)
 WINO 3719                     1   0  0     7       BOTTOM FEEDER (380)
 BRENT WOOD 3588               1   3  0     6       SITTEES (359)
 LOST LOVE 3700                1   2  0     5       BLEAK LEGION (364)
-TOWEL 3698                    1   0  0     5       THE FALLEN (373)
 BROKEN VOW 3699               0   3  0     3       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 DRAGHKAR 3702                 0   2  0     2       DARK DRAGONS (378)
 NUMB SKULL 3703               0   2  0     2       DARK DRAGONS (378)
-TRAMMEL 3655                  0   2  0     2       THE FALLEN (373)
 IMBECILE 3717                 0   1  0     1       BOTTOM FEEDER (380)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEE 1  0  1 0   1                   BLEEDER 3720          213 NONE    
YOUNG GRIM 3589        0  5 0 BLEAK LEGION 364      SER LORAS TYRELL 3582 210         
BLACK VIPER 3590       4  3 0 BLEAK LEGION 364      GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611 212         
BAM BAM 3701           0  2 0 DARK DRAGONS 378      CHAOTIC 3715          213         
BARON VON TEMP 3722    0  1 0 DARK RAIDERS 78       WURM KIN 27           213 NONE    
GANGRENE 3344          9  7 1 DARK RAIDERS 78       SEVERITY 3538         213         
SORROW 3571            5  2 0 DARK RAIDERS 78       SEVERITY 3538         210 REVENGED
RAMBLING ROSE 3659     5  1 0 FLOWER GIRLS 189      IGOR MALMORT 3594     213         
VOLATILE VERBENA 3536  2  3 0 FLOWER GIRLS 189      GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611 210 REVENGED
FELLWYNN 3679          0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 367     PSYCHOSIS 3651        209 NOT REVE
RAPTR 3695             0  1 0 ICELANDERS 371        BADDA BANG 3656       211         
CALM CALAMITY 3711     0  2 0 ODD ODIUS ORCS 374    BLACK ORC 20          213 NONE    
TENTPEG TROLL 3663     4  2 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  BANDIT PRINCE 25      213 NONE    
BIG-JOB 3713           0  2 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  DARK CHAMPION 24      213 NONE    
RACK'MD ORK 3694       1  2 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  WURM KIN 27           213 NONE    
BAD 3716               0  1 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  BLACK ORC 20          213 NONE    
GARBLE GOBLIN 2932    10  8 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  MAYHEM 3537           212 JUST REV
BETSY BOGGLE 3680      0  1 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  ABHORRENT ANT 3668    210         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Thanks for this merciful night, Merciless Mum, but I feel like hugging your splendid
Rose friend. -- Igor the rude

Rambling Rose -- Will happily visit you at the Flower Shop.  However, I think the
arena is not fitting your beauty, so I will try NOT seeing you again on the sand. --
Bob le Canadien

Lady Fern kindly noticed my valiant efforts on the turn 211, but the 212 was a
"Scottish shower."  (Do you say that in your beautiful language ?)  The leaders are
flying away and my guys are now getting in the high FE area where they don't really
belong.  Igor and Aubin just realized this ugly truth.  Well anyway, I'll keep trying
and hitting on the teams in my range.  So Heathen, I guess we will meet again! -- Le
Pentarque

About tactics, I use them most of the time.  I like to fill my little papers.

Kykensteinburg -- I want a rematch! -- Pas de Quartier

Tonnelle, in front of his mirror wonders if this guy really has a 21 wit.

All -- I am here.  I am now, and I think I might be lost.  Does anybody want to help
me find my way? -- Tarl Possinger, mgr. Divine Duelists

All -- Someone told me that this is lots of fun; what is this?  Do I need to bring
refreshments or something? -- Tarl Possinger, mgr. Divine Duelists

Toker -- I agree with Ghab about doing away with the bonus points for being most
avoided.  Managers should be penalized for avoiding fights, not rewarded for being
avoided!  After all this is war!  While we're at it, I would also do away with the
stylemaster points simply because it gives an unfair advantage to managers who have
warriors at the top before the contest even begins.  Example:  Ghab, Fanthayne, and
Lady Fern have each gained six points from stylemasters, while Crip has netted 11
thus far.  I think you could offer a bonus to the highest upchallenge (double for
winning it) or a negative for lowest downchallenge (double for losing it) as listed
in the spy report.  Also, you could take the one TP per team a little further and
specify that each warrior must be of a different style to qualify for points.  These
are my suggestions, though I'm having a blast and I'll be here for the next one
either way. -- Heathen

Ghab -- You have been sandbagging the stylemaster points for slashers since this
contest began.  It doesn't take a genius to see what you're doing!  Win your battles
on the sands instead of relying on stylemaster points.  I think you should stop
running your slashers for a couple of turns to give someone else an opportunity to
earn those stylemaster points! -- Heathen Hatebred
P.S.  Check out the menu at Heathen's Cafe.

Lady Fern -- Obviously not a good enough set up or preparation 'cause Guthhild lost!
Holly is not supposed to dodge like that!  Alas, che sera, sera!  I wish you would
have bloodfeuds again--now she has another kill to deal with!!  I wish you continued
success nonetheless. -- Heathen

Expatriate -- You know I like you really I do, so for both our sakes please stop
challenging me!  Guthhild setup was not meant for you and I send my condolences for
Black Viper, but I really hope you'll just leave it alone and not send anyone to
avenge his death.  Good luck on the plan to post positive scores. -- Heathen

Wasby/Dok Sik -- Where are you guys?  Too busy watching the Broncos and Seahawks
qualify for the playoffs or what?  Well get in here and represent! -- Heathen

Le Pentarque -- I see that Bob represented at the mail-in, though I'm sure one more
win would have been nice huh?  Hopefully your squad had some good learns.  As I wish
you continued success. -- Heathen

Crip -- I know hockey is back on and all, but there is a contest going on here, so a
few personals now and then would be nice! -- Heathen Hatebred
P.S.  Besides, real men play football--go Dolphins! (grin)

     Real men play cricket! -- Ed.

Fangthayne -- Why so quiet? -- Heathen

Heathen -- Thanks a lot. -- The Expatriate

Rambling Rose -- Bully! -- Little Death

Lord Davos -- No more of your style. -- Old Grim

Sigurd -- All that armor, what are you hiding? -- Broken Vow

I'm now firmly in last place.  My best warrior bested and my second best killed.  All
in all, a typical turn for me, wouldn't you say. -- The Expatriate

All -- First of all, I just want to say that I am honored to share this arena with
all of these great warrior and I hope that my triumph here will not have any ill
effects towards me. -- Turak, mgr. Dark Dragons

Brent Wood -- I just want to say that you were a worthy adversary and I really
enjoyed my first match.  Better luck next time though. -- Aydindril

The Expatriate -- My condolences for the loss of Black Viper.  From my understanding,
he was a great warrior.  I look forward to seeing who you have to replace him. --
Turak, mgr. Dark Dragons

Ser Galad -- Don't celebrate too long.  We will meet again.  I promise. -- Draghkar

Haskison -- You're lucky that the Arenamaster stopped the match.  I was just
beginning to catch my second wind. -- Azrith

Toker -- I am here to compete in Fratsfa's Quest as you already know!  My scout will
be Wino, and Freak Nasty will champion my Bottom Feeders!  I know I contacted you and
Wasby via e-mail about joining your alliance and I hope to receive the info soon. --
Bane, manager of The Bottom Feeders

All -- I am a new manager who has come to compete and learn with the best.  Any and
all pointers, advice, etc...is very welcome.  See you all on the sands! -- Bane

Staghorn/Icelanders -- There's an old saying about "peeing down someone's leg and
telling them it's raining".  I've only been playing this game for 15 years or so, but
I wasn't aware that warriors on maintenance could send themselves to the Dark
Arena.... -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

Insolent Iris -- I have fired my weapons smith.  I look forward to meeting you again,
when I can keep my "sword at the ready" the entire engagement.... -- Torment

Igor Malmort -- Trust me, you didn't want to win anyway.  Someone with your limited
experience will get chewed up at the top.  Ghab tells me he'll be keeping an eye on
you. -- Vicious

Springborne Fair -- A tough matchup for Garble Goblin.  I would be truly surprised if
you bloodfeud.  I am not avoiding, if you feel the need to try. -- Mayhem

Pandemic -- I won, right?!?  I mean, I saw my sword slicing at your body and that's
the last thing I remember.  I must have destroyed you! -- Severity

Pandemic -- I have let Severity know about his loss.  He still cannot believe it.
Congratulations, as that win gives you a successful bloodfeud, even if you didn't
mean to get it. -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

Lady Fern -- Again, I apologize for the mistake.  You have been re-awarded the points
for Volatile Verbena's win over Igor Malmort!  (Sorry!) -- Toker
P.S.  I appreciate your support of a second run for this contest!  We will do our
best to keep it entertaining!

Le Pentarque -- I'm trying my best to keep from getting things tangled up.  Your wish
of luck is much needed.  I thank you for it and return it in kind.  Nice 5-0 in
Talcama, I'm envious! -- Toker

Staghorn -- Since it was my fault that Skjoh Hifna hasn't been listed, I will allow
you to rename Eldr as your Champion.  Again, it was an oversight which I am glad is
now ironed out. -- Toker 

Still -- Sorry about the luck you've been having with champs!  I wish you extremely
good luck with the next.  You deserve it! -- Toker

Ghab -- I, too, agree with keeping avoids to a minimum.  I will take your suggestions
close to heart, and I thank you for bringing it up! -- Toker

Expatriate -- Looks like you got your wish this turn!  LOL!  I know I was overly
generous with the bonus pts.  However, I will also take that into account for the
next one.  Thanx for the input! -- Toker, co-host
P.S.  Personal situations have kept Goat away, while Wasby and Dok Sik spaced out the
turn, if you can believe that!

30 December 2005
Just a reminder to all you online type people.  It is much appreciated if you send
your personals in PLAIN TEXT, rather than HTML or formatted text.  HAL, in his
infinite wisdom, doesn't DO formatting, which means having to unsnarl your personal
ads from bunches of extraneous...stuff.  So, if your e-mailer has a plain text
option, let it be your friend. -- Ed.
P.S.  Sometimes it's the formatted text which makes ads go astray.  Not often, but
sometimes.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TENTPEG TROLL was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BIG-JOB was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
RACK'MD ORK was easily killed by WURM KIN in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
CALM CALAMITY was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
BAD was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
BARON VON TEMP was murdered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
ORIGAMI ORC overpowered MAYHEM in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud struggle.
OLD GRIM was bested by GUTHHILD MIDWALL in a 1 minute Bloodfeud competition.
INSOLENT IRIS defeated PANDEMIC in a 4 minute expert's Challenge Title melee.
SEVERITY slaughtered GANGRENE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
HORRID HOLLY vanquished BRAIN TUMOUR in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
KYKENSTIENBURG unbelievably bested VICIOUS in a popular 3 minute Challenge bout.
RAMBLING ROSE was murdered by IGOR MALMORT in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
ABHORRENT ANT devastated PAS DE QUARTIER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
LORD DAVOS bested OAK LEE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
GUNGNIRSDOTTIR was handily defeated by BYRON in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
DERANGED DIAMOND lost to BLOODEAGLE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
SER GALAD bested ATHLETE'S FOOT in a exciting 1 minute beginner's Challenge duel.
ABSOLUTE GRACE slimly won victory over LOST LOVE in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.
SER VON DARKMOOR savagely defeated PSYCHOSIS in a exciting 2 minute Challenge bout.
CRAFTY CROCUS overpowered NUMB SKULL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
CAULIFLOWER EARS handily defeated VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 1 minute competition.
COLLAPSED LUNG was beaten by TORMENT in a exciting 1 minute expert's fight.
SER ARTUR DAYNE was luckily beaten by BOB LE CANADIEN in a 3 minute fray.
MALICE handily defeated PULLED HAMSTRING in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
TONNELLE luckily beat SER ILYN PAYNE in a popular 1 minute gruesome fight.
AUBIN L'AUROUGE overpowered LITTLE DEATH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
NERVOUS NEOPHITE was defeated by AZRITH in a 2 minute bout.
LOATHSOME LUMMOX was demolished by ARMED RESPONSE in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
SIGURD lost to SOUL NOVA in a 2 minute veteran vs. beginner upset fray.
MERCILESS MUM overpowered FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute uneven competition.
LUMINOUS ANGEL overpowered IMBECILE in a 2 minute one-sided fight.
BROKEN VOW lost to WINO in a 2 minute novice's fray.
BAM BAM was savagely slain by CHAOTIC in a popular 1 minute brutal novice's match.
DRAGHKAR was beaten by OPAL AVENGER in a exciting 1 minute beginner's bout.
AYDINDRIL bested BRENT WOOD in a 1 minute novice's duel.
LEACH bested POLITE BEGGAR in a 2 minute novice's battle.
BLEEDER butchered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven bout.
FREAK NASTY overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  15         TOTAL PARRY       42 -  18 -  1      70  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW        17 -   8 -  4      68  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         WALL OF STEEL     28 -  20 -  3      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         SLASHING ATTACK   36 -  38 -  3      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         STRIKING ATTACK   47 -  51 -  4      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         LUNGING ATTACK    64 -  72 -  6      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         BASHING ATTACK    36 -  46 -  2      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  14 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  20 -  1      33  |

Turn 213 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     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  6         3  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         3  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     3 - 12         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  3                                       2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      INSOLENT IRIS 3323         17   7  0  117 FLOWER GIRLS (189)
BASHING ATTACK   HORRID HOLLY 3334          14   9  0  108 FLOWER GIRLS (189)
LUNGING ATTACK   CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424      16   9  0  107 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
SLASHING ATTACK  TORMENT 3523               12   6  1  106 ASSASSIN NATION (186)
AIMED BLOW       GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611       6   2  2   58 ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
STRIKING ATTACK  ORIGAMI ORC 3091            5   4  0   56 SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
PARRY-STRIKE     ABHORRENT ANT 3668          3   2  1   43 ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PANDEMIC 3319.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PANDEMIC 3319.  The ten other most popular fighters were VICIOUS 3508, SER ARTUR 
DAYNE 3575, SER VON DARKMOOR 3697, DERANGED DIAMOND 3666, NERVOUS NEOPHITE 3664, 
CHAOTIC 3715, LEACH 3718, OAK LEE 3563, BLOODEAGLE 3631, and OPAL AVENGER 3686.

The least popular fighter this week was BRENT WOOD 3588.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BROKEN VOW 3699, IMBECILE 3717, LOATHSOME LUMMOX 3665, LITTLE DEATH 
3649, NUMB SKULL 3703, GUNGNIRSDOTTIR 3610, PAS DE QUARTIER 3633, RAMBLING ROSE 3659, 
GANGRENE 3344, and MAYHEM 3537.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

COLLAPSED LUNG (52-3380) OTTO'S PARTS (150)