DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/22/2004    Duedate: 02/18/2004

KYR'TERR ARENA

DM-71    TURN-142

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TOMB
SHADOW GOLD (402)
(71-4704) [13-1-0,114]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TOMB                           CHEROKEE
SHADOW GOLD (402)              CHIEFS' ELITE (624)
(71-4704) [13-1-0,114]         (71-5563) [1-2-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LOKI                           LOKI
ARCTIC GUARDS (403)            ARCTIC GUARDS (403)
(71-3798) [13-11-1,100]        (71-3798) [13-11-1,100]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SHADOW GOLD (402)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SHADOW SONGS (535)          44
2. CHIEFS' ELITE (624)         43      SHADOW GOLD (402)
3. I'M HISTORY II (558)        23      Unchartered Team
4. CASTLE BLACK (430)           8
5. SHADOW TALES (452)           7      SHADOW SONGS (535)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 3*SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (433)   6   3  1 66.7   1/ 1 SHADOW GOLD (402)         7  4 0
 2- 4*SHADOW REIGN (532)         2   1  0 66.7   2/ 2 CASTLE BLACK (430)        6  5 0
 3/ 5 SHADOW GOLD (402)        127  69  3 64.8   3- 0 THE MACHINE (623)         5  5 0
 4- 6 SHADOW MAGIC (454)        50  28  3 64.1   4/ 0*SHADOW SONGS (535)        4  1 0
 5- 7 WOMBAT DREAMS (419)       21  14  0 60.0   5/ 4 ARCTIC GUARDS (403)       3  3 0
 6/ 8 CASTLE BLACK (430)        94  70  3 57.3   6- 8*SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (433)  2  0 0
 7/ 0*SHADOW SONGS (535)         9   7  2 56.3   7/18*SHADOW TALES (452)        2  1 0
 8/ 0 SHADOW MOD (401)          37  29  4 56.1   8-14 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (322)   1  0 1
 9/ 9 I'M HISTORY II (558)      44  35  4 55.7   9- 5 SHADOW MAGIC (454)        1  0 1
10-10 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (322)   75  66  7 53.2  10- 7*15TH ARCTIC GUARD (520)   1  0 1
11/13 ARCTIC GUARDS (403)       32  35  2 47.8  11-15 THE LOWLIFES (416)        1  0 0
12-15*SHADOW GAMES (536)         5   6  0 45.5  12-16*SHADOW REIGN (532)        1  0 0
13-16*15TH ARCTIC GUARD (520)    4   5  2 44.4  13/25 I'M HISTORY II (558)      1  0 0
14/18*SHADOW TALES (452)         7  10  0 41.2  14- 9 WOMBAT DREAMS (419)       1  1 0
15/ 0*CHIEFS' ELITE (624)        2   3  0 40.0  15-10*SHADOW GAMES (536)        1  1 0
16/ 0 THE MACHINE (623)         20  34  1 37.0  16/ 0*CHIEFS' ELITE (624)       1  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
17-20 THE LOWLIFES (416)         8  16  1 33.3  17/ 0 SHADOW MOD (401)          0  1 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[ Andorians Abroad #22 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     Raoul didn't much like this Kaldrehn, or trust him at all, but there was nothing
he could do right then.  And many people, especially wizards, were arrogant and self-
centered without necessarily being bad citizens.  Well, amend that to "most wizards
were arrogant and self-centered, and SOME of them were not bad citizens...."
     "So having escaped the destruction of Krael, you're going to settle down to a
meditative life in Skaithvarn?" Hallie O'Dene asked.
     The Kraelian laughed with genuine amusement.  "Do I look like a man for the
meditative life?"  His gaze went around the inside of the tower, and his lip curled
in scorn.  "This is a way station, nothing more.  As I was the adviser and kingmaker
in Krael, so shall I be in the world that now is."
     "Krael is drowned--" Jeri began.
     The wizard shrugged.  "There are other kingdoms.  The current one in that area
is now called Andoria, is it not?"  He looked toward a shadowy stretch of wall where
a crude table stood; there was a thick black book on it.  "I shall rule Andoria in
all but name...."
     Raoul looked at the book, too, and groaned inwardly.  That would be the one
Peranis had stolen, the infamous Black Book in which the never-to-be-sufficiently-
damned Assassins' Guild had recorded all the secrets it could find that would allow
powerful Andorians, nobles and rich merchants and military figures, to be blackmailed
or coerced.  With that book, a clever man COULD rule Andoria...at least for a while.
They would have to get it away from Kaldrehn and destroy it.
     But on the positive side, it would no longer be necessary to visit the vampire
city of Leemith.  And there was only one of Kaldrehn, whereas Hallie had told them
there were thousands of vampires in Leemith.
     "Not every powerful man in Andoria is corrupt!" Jeri burst out.  "That's just a
small fraction of--"
     "There will be enough," Kaldrehn said calmly.  "You would be surprised how few
points of pressure it takes to control a kingdom!  And I am well skilled in that
art."  The wizard crossed to the doorway and looked out.
     Raoul's hand twitched toward his sword, then was still.  He didn't like to stab
a man in the back, even one who deserved it as much as the Kaldrehn seemed to.  But
he wasn't fool enough even to try against a wizard powerful enough to have moved
through time.  The man probably had eyes in the back of his head, and short way with
would-be assassins.  At least it seemed likely that Peranis had got all that was
coming to him.
     "As soon as this storm ends," Kaldrehn said, "I will cross to Andoria.  You
three will be my guides and servants.  For now.  But soon I must form my own coterie
of agents....  That should not be difficult, there are always, in EVERY land, those
who desire a measure of power and wealth, or revenge on the mighty, or simply someone
to lead them."
     Raoul's face tightened.  That was true, he knew.  Not all greedy men were
Delarquan, just as there were honorable men who were not Andorian.  He would get word
to King Mickeal as quickly as he could.  And then he would form his own coterie to
contend against the Kraelians.

Call for volunteers, good guys and bad.  A personal to Scribe or an email to
Livia@reality.com will do the trick.

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
KYR'TERR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  With any luck, I can sneak into The 
Dripping Blade and join SHADOW TALES' celebration over their good record this turn.  
7th place, not bad.  If The Dripping Blade is buying drinks for I'M HISTORY II's good 
turn, I'm afraid the place will be dry before long.  A 1-0-0 makes for a big thirst.  
If this keeps up, WOMBAT DREAMS, you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A 
drop of 5 in the rankings?  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see BEN 
FRANKLIN win a fight and gain 23 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, BEN FRANKLIN beat VAULT 
and VAULT lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  TOMB challenged LOKI for 
KYR'TERR's Title this turn, and guess what happened?  And if variety is the spice of 
life, KYR'TERR may be getting bland, as TOMB 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!   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  LOKI 
was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or 
feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave 
team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before 
I leave the fine city of KYR'TERR.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your 
scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOMB 4704                    13   1  0   114       SHADOW GOLD (402)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEN FRANKLIN 5133            15   9  0   106       I'M HISTORY II (558)
 LOKI 3798                    13  11  1   100       ARCTIC GUARDS (403)
-ALIERA 4192                  12   7  0    96       CASTLE BLACK (430)
-LOIOSH 4059                  13   7  0    91       CASTLE BLACK (430)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VLADIMIR TALTOS 4191         11   8  0    90       CASTLE BLACK (430)
 VAULT 4353                   16   2  0    86       SHADOW GOLD (402)
-GRUBS 3949                    8   2  0    75       WOMBAT DREAMS (419)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AIKEN 3933                    7   5  0    62       THE LOWLIFES (416)
 SIF 3925                     11  10  0    60       ARCTIC GUARDS (403)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAD CAT 4802                  4   1  2    45       15TH ARCTIC GUARD (520)
 MORROLAN E'DRIEN 4909         4   6  0    44       CASTLE BLACK (430)
-ENTITY 5555                   4   4  0    35       THE MACHINE (623)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ORANGUTANG 4088               5   1  1    33       SUPERIOR FORCES 2200 (433)
-BOLT HOLE 3952                4   3  0    33       WOMBAT DREAMS (419)
-UG 4949                       1   0  1    33       THE LOWLIFES (416)
 CHEROKEE 5563                 1   2  0    31       CHIEFS' ELITE (624)
 RUMOR 4372                    6   3  0    29       SHADOW TALES (452)
-DARK YUKON 4718               3   2  0    29       SHADOW MOD (401)
 IDOL 4706                     4   5  0    28       SHADOW GOLD (402)
-RAVAGE 5557                   5   5  1    27       THE MACHINE (623)
-DARK KING 4945                2   1  0    25       SHADOW REIGN (532)
 AMERICAN PIE 4966             3   0  1    24       SHADOW SONGS (535)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ULLER 4179                    2   5  1    23       2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (322)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-POKER 4972                    2   0  0    23       SHADOW GAMES (536)
-CHESS 4968                    2   2  0    22       SHADOW GAMES (536)
-RAYBEEZ 5551                  2   1  0    20       THE MACHINE (623)
-RUNEMASTER 4382               3   5  0    19       SHADOW MAGIC (454)
 KANEONUSKATEW 5567            1   0  0    19       CHIEFS' ELITE (624)
-NO TICKS 3951                 4   3  0    17       WOMBAT DREAMS (419)
-NECROMANCER 4707              3   0  0    17       SHADOW MAGIC (454)
-THE CRANK 5550                1   2  0    16       THE MACHINE (623)
 NEW WORLD MAN 4967            2   1  0    15       SHADOW SONGS (535)
 SNOWBLIND 4963                2   1  1    14       SHADOW SONGS (535)
-KASIMIR 5549                  2   1  0    14       THE MACHINE (623)
 PRESTO 4965                   1   2  0    14       SHADOW SONGS (535)
-BETSY ROSS 5134               1   1  0    11       I'M HISTORY II (558)
-SAM ADAMS 5138                1   5  1    10       I'M HISTORY II (558)
 PYRAMID 4938                  2   3  0     9       SHADOW GOLD (402)
-CHARLATAN 4709                2   1  0     7       SHADOW MAGIC (454)
-PATRICK HENRY 5136            1   1  0     7       I'M HISTORY II (558)
-MORRIS 4091                   1   2  0     5       SUPERIOR FORCES 2200 (433)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
XOCHITL 5566           0  1 0 CHIEFS' ELITE 624     HIGH ELF 19           142 NONE    
CIVILIZATION 4970      1  1 0 SHADOW GAMES 536      LOCUST 4755           139         
RULE 4981              1  1 0 SHADOW GOLD 402       ULLER 4179            140         
EVIL L 4691            0  1 0 SHADOW MOD 401        HIGH ELF 19           142 NONE    
SOUTHERN CROSS 4962    1  2 0 SHADOW SONGS 535      HIGH ELF 19           142 NONE    
SAGA 4936              1  1 0 SHADOW TALES 452      CICADA 4739           139         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

10 January 2004
ZalCon2 Updates (1/9/04)

     The contest will be starting on the turn due February 23rd, 2004 and run for 20
turns.
     Only one team will be allowed for each manager in the contest, regardless of
whether additional teams are announced as contest entries.  No exceptions for any
reason.
     The Style Master points should read that there is +1 point for beating a member
of your own style even if the warrior is not registered for the contest.
     Rolling points for consecutive turns as Style Master means that your warrior
gets the extra point every turn after the first 3 that he continues to hold the
title.
     The points for Quality Wins should be clarified to read the winning warrior is
ranked below by the number of recognition points needed for each bonus point at the
start of the fight.  For example, Warrior A (3-2-0, 17) beats Warrior B (4-1-0, 35)
and receives 2 bonus points under Quality Win for the 18 point difference in the
ranking.
     I believe that is all the clarifications for the moment, please feel free to
email, diplo, call or write me with any other questions or concerns about the
contest.
          Robert Occhipinti aka Zalgor Prigg

10 January 2004
                *     *     *  Third Annual Turf War  *     *      *

     Come one and all to DM 47 (North Fork) for the Third Annual Turf War!  Rules of
the contest will be posted in Turn #208's newsletter (due date Feb. 23).  The contest
will begin on Turn #209 (due date March 22).
     So, get a team there and register!  To register, you must send me a donation of
one (1) rollup CERTIFICATE.  Then, declare your alliance and team in the North Fork

personals.  You may also declare a warrior as champion, and that warrior will earn
(or lose!) double points in the contest!
     Roll-up certs will be *ALL* awarded as prizes, in addition to:

*** Highest Scoring Alliance -- Gets to Rename DM 47 for 6 months!
*** Most returns from DA (Alliance) -- Rename DA monsters for 6 months!
*** Most listings as "Style Masters" (Alliance) -- Pick arena to host the April "05
    Grand Tournament!
*** Warrior with the most awards -- Arenamaster named after him for 6 months!
*** Alliance with the most awards -- Pick the slow arena for TW 4!
*** Team with most "Style Master" listings -- Discover favorites of one warrior on
    team!
*** Warrior with most "Style Master" listings -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns!
    (I'll transfer $7.50 to the manager's account)
*** Alliance with the most kills -- Rename the stand-ins for 6 months!
*** Highest scoring Warrior -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns.  (I'll transfer
    $7.50 to their manager's account.)

     The contest will run for 10 turns, with the winners announced on turn #220.  See
the Turn #208 North Fork newsletter for complete rules and scoring system!  Direct
"declarations" to:  A.D. in the personals, and prize pot entry donations to:
                      Jason Mazuch HSP H-2
                      P.O. Box 339 #924385
                      Sparta, GA  31087-0339
     By snail mail or diplo through RSI.
               Bloody Sands!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB

16 January 2004
                                    CHAOTIC WINDS
     Once, long ago, the four Winds of Time descended upon Alastari like a TEMPEST of
epic proportions, they slew everything within their all-encompassing reach.  They
left nothing.  In their wake lay smoldering ruins.
     In their haste they sped towards the center of this great land like a colossal
giant would step across an ocean.  The four storms picked up momentum on their way
towards each other.  A collision was eminent.
     The first storm wind, the oldest and wisest of the four was named APEXALUS.  The
second, FLAGGSTAFF, was the quickest and loudest entity ever created.  The third Wind
of Time was MATRIATIN, neither old or young, quick or slow, but fierce and feisty all
the same.  The forth wind, ASSAMITHIUS, the youngest yet most creative in its means
of destruction.
     When finally they merged at the center of ALASTARI, an incredible destructive
explosion occurred.  And when the smoke and debris cleared they were one.  CHAOS was
born.
     And Chaos spread across the diminished lands reeking havoc and doom with its
passing, and destroying allover again that which already lay in ruin.

F E A R    C H A O S    I N C.
M A T R I X

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SOUTHERN CROSS was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
EVIL L was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
XOCHITL was murdered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
MORROLAN E'DRIEN was subdued by SIF in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
TOMB won victory over LOKI in a popular 5 minute master's Challenge Title brawl.
BEN FRANKLIN defeated VAULT in a crowd pleasing 2 minute master's Challenge match.
VLADIMIR TALTOS vanquished VENEMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
RUMOR overpowered CHEROKEE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
IDOL overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven melee.
PYRAMID was vanquished by KANEONUSKATEW in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
SNOWBLIND won victory over PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 3 minute gory novice's duel.
PRESTO overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute one-sided melee.
AMERICAN PIE overpowered PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided match.
NEW WORLD MAN devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   1 -  1      92  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         TOTAL PARRY       29 -   8 -  0      78  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE       19 -  14 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  19 -  2      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    45 -  54 -  2      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  14 -  2      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  10 -  0      33  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   8 -  0      20  |

Turn 142 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      TOMB 4704                  13   1  0  114 SHADOW GOLD (402)
AIMED BLOW       BEN FRANKLIN 5133          15   9  0  106 I'M HISTORY II (558)
LUNGING ATTACK   LOKI 3798                  13  11  1  100 ARCTIC GUARDS (403)
PARRY-LUNGE      SIF 3925                   11  10  0   60 ARCTIC GUARDS (403)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LOKI 3798.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
LOKI 3798.  The ten other most popular fighters were BEN FRANKLIN 5133, SNOWBLIND 
4963, SIF 3925, TOMB 4704, KANEONUSKATEW 5567, MORROLAN E'DRIEN 4909, VLADIMIR TALTOS 
4191, RUMOR 4372, IDOL 4706, and AMERICAN PIE 4966.

The least popular fighter this week was CHEROKEE 5563.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were XOCHITL 5566, EVIL L 4691, SOUTHERN CROSS 4962, PRESTO 4965, PYRAMID 
4938, VAULT 4353, NEW WORLD MAN 4967, AMERICAN PIE 4966, IDOL 4706, and RUMOR 4372.

                       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