DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/04/2010    Duedate: 12/17/2010

NOBLISH ISLAND ARENA

DM-93    TURN-313

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GOOD GNUS
GNU TEAM (1567)
(93-9107) [2-0-0,31]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              GOOD GNUS
                               GNU TEAM (1567)
                               (93-9107) [2-0-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CHILMAN ELSE                   OLD GNU
MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)           GNU TEAM (1567)
(93-9102) [2-1-0,7]            (93-9105) [1-1-0,16]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GNU TEAM (1567)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GNU TEAM (1567)             56
2. MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)       -30      DYSERAY (312)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       GNU TEAM (1567)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*GNU TEAM (1567)            7   3  1 70.0   1/ 2*GNU TEAM (1567)           7  3 1
 2/ 1*MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)       7   8  0 46.7   2/ 1*MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)      7  8 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 Striking Style ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                     by Sir Boyd

     Strikers are very effective in basic, but have little use in Advanced
Duelmasters.  This is due to the nature of their primary strength:  decise.  Young
strikers win or lose in the opening few swings.  In basic, few styles can match the
striker's lightning opening or avoid his initial attack.  However, in higher levels
of the game most fighters have sufficient defenses to avoid the striker's relatively
low attack rating, and the striker has little to fall back on.
     A striker should be designed to maximize his initial decise (speed) or
alternately his ability to learn decise (wit).  Strikers have little use for
constitution or will.  Here are a few comments on which stats are good for strikers:

ST:  9-17, the higher the better.  ST 9 is required for SC, but unless you have a big
     fighter you shouldn't settle for less than 11.
CN:  unnecessary.
SZ:  up to 14 is great.  A good striker will have at minimum 21 points between ST and
     SZ (this is the average combination for being able to do good damage with a
     blow.)
WT:  the higher the better.  17 and 21 are great cutoffs.  You want to learn on
     average 2 to 3 skills per turn to maintain your decise advantage over other
     styles.
WL:  9-13 is all that's required.  Longer-term strikers (designed for relevance past
     invite to Advanced) might benefit from a higher WL, but in my opinion such a
     design would be better as a different style.
SP:  9+.  The higher your WT, the less initial SP you'll need.  But for a striker,
     speed is life.  Spend lavishly on your striker's speed.
DF:  11+.  This is also a good stat for a striker to have.  DF 11 allows the use of
     most weapons without coordination penalty, and provides valuable attack skills.

Here's my idea of some great strikers:
                                 13-4- 9-21-11- 9-17
                                 11-4-11-17-11-15-15

     As for strategy, use weapons that are fast and do decent damage (SC, LO, SS, BS,
QS, WH are some of the better ones,) and wear little or even no armor.  Run hard,
with high offense and activity levels.  The decise tactic is well suited to strikers,
and use it whenever the opponent doesn't know you're coming.  Beware that the Decise
tactic can be countered by the use of a Responsive tactic.  It's sort of a rock-
paper-scissors thing.  Decise tactic has advantage over no tactic or any tactic other
than Response.  Any tactic other than Decise has advantage over Response tactic.
Response tactic has advantage over Decise tactic.

Sir Boyd,
Elanti Hunters (102 and 107)
(now inactive)

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Lighthouse ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Jorja sat at her private table at the back of the Lighthouse's taproom and
scanned Sir Boyd's article again.  Quite good, straightforward, no freakish stuff.
Solid.  Helpful, she hoped.  Well, it had better be, because she didn't feel much
like trying to do one on Strikers today herself.  She glanced around the room to make
sure things were going smoothly.  A little rowdiness among a group of young
gladiators off behind the piano, but her back-up bartender, Olber Pring, was already
moving that way.  He'd deal with it.  But maybe she could add just a little around
the edges....

Below is a list of weapons "well-suited" to use by strikers, and the minimum stats
required for effective use.  My thanks to Pagan and other number-crunchers who have
made this information available. -- Jorja

     Striker  Note that the strikers can use every weapon plus the small shield
effectively.  This is the only style that has so broad a selection.  Twenty-one
weapons.
Battleaxe      ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9  Mace           ST 13  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  5
Broadsword     ST 11  SZ  -  WT  9  DF  7  Maul           ST 15  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  7
Dagger         ST  -  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7  Morningstar    ST 13  SZ  -  WT  7  DF 13
Epee           ST  7  SZ  -  WT 15  DF 15  Quarterstaff   ST 11  SZ  9  WT 11  DF 11
Fist  -        presumably any              Scimitar       ST  9  SZ  -  WT 11  DF 11
Greataxe       ST 13  SZ     WT  9  DF 11  Shortspear     ST  9  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  7
Greatsword     ST 15  SZ  9  WT  9  DF 11  Shortsword     ST  5  SZ  -  WT 11  DF  3
Halberd        ST 17  SZ  9  WT  9  DF  9  Small shield   ST  5  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  5
Hatchet        ST  5  SZ  -  WT  3  DF  7  Warflail       ST 11  SZ  -  WT  7  DF  5
Longspear      ST 11  SZ  9  WT  5  DF  9  Warhammer      ST 13  SZ  -  WT  5  DF  7
Longsword      ST 11  SZ  -  WT 13  DF 11

A couple of specific examples of Strikers, neither of them great, but they both
survived to graduation--

                                 Profile of a Warrior
                                      Kardo Dosh

     Kardo was a classic example of the mediocre warrior, starting out as 10-13-15-9-
15-7-15.  He was trained as a striker, I forget why.  It must have seemed like a good
idea at the time.  He'd have made a better lunger, but I must not have wanted a
lunger.  One of the mysteries of the universe.  His overview was not impressive,
merely stating that he was--
     Left handed
     (no primary wit statement, due to the low number)
          Seldom wastes his endurance needlessly
     Is relatively slow and inactive (that 7 SP)
     Can take a lot of damage (SZ and CN)
     Cannot carry a lot of weight (relatively low ST)
     Can do good damage with a blow (mostly his SZ)

     The mode skills for his stats and style are:  three initiative, six riposte,
three attack, two parry, two defense, and seven decisiveness.  Not impressive, and I
must admit that I have not done any research to discover whether he is plus or minus
on any skill.

     At the time he received his graduation notice, he was 21-20-3, running with
minimal attention from the management.  No challenges, no avoids, and he probably
didn't have more than three strategy changes in his whole career.  On his graduation
fight, he was armed with a hatchet, an off-hand hatchet, and a backup hatchet,
armored in leather and a helm, and running 10-10-6 straight across, attacking the
arm.  It turns out that this was NOTHING like his favorite weapon and rhythm:  short
spear, moderate offensive effort (5 or 6), very low activity level (1 or 2).  In
other words, born to scum....  I have a personal bias against running warriors that
slowly, as I hate to wade through long fights.  He left the arena with a master in
decisiveness (his favorite learn) and an expert in attack (this is what he was
waiting for; he got it on the same fight as he received his invitation to the Isle).
     Kardo Dosh is headed for retirement; he's had his fishing spot picked out for
months.  But he was fun to run and with more attention would almost certainly have
done better.

                                Profile of a Gladiator
            Lord Protector and one-time Duelmaster of Noblish Island arena

     Olber is a striker, 15-7-14-11-17-5-15.
     His overview was nothing exciting--
He's right-handed
His intelligence is unremarkably average (no primary wit line on the overview)
     He makes clever attacks (I wouldn't have minded seeing some of these!)
     He is gifted at avoiding a blow (yeah, right!)
     He seldom wastes his endurance needlessly
He's slightly uncoordinated (that low SP)
He is incredibly quick and elusive on his feet (despite the lack of coordination
     which caused him to trip over his own shadow around the guildhouse)
He can do good damage with a blow.
     From the lack of mention, we also know that he has normal endurance, a normal
ability to take damage, and can carry a normal amount of weight in armor and weapons.

His base skills, those deriving from his initial stats, are: initiative 5, riposte 5,
attack 7, parry 5, defense 9, decise 7.  He is plus four in defense, otherwise mode,
or normal for his stats.

     Olber was never a great warrior.  After leaving here at 8-2, he went to Aljafir
and proceeded to lose fights, ending up graduating at 22-29.  He could have done
better if I'd paid more attention to his strategy, issued challenges, and so on.
Given the neglect he labored under, he could also have done much worse.  Good but not
great about describes him.
     Despite this, he has some long-term potential, as indicated by the fact that
none of his base skills are lower than mode, and by that 17 WL which would allow him
to raise stats relatively easily.
     I normally ran him fairly fast, 8-6-x or, if he should have been getting the
jump and didn't, 10-x-x.  Light armor--ALE, H, and, of course, a scimitar and back-up
scimitar for weapons.  He held his own in Aljafir at first, until the arena pulled
out of its slump and began to gather determined managers again.  I feel that it was
the good management of his opponents, rather than his own short-comings, that
resulted in his losing record.  I feel that given a couple of decent--not great, just
decent--warriors matched against each other, it's the better manager who wins the
most.
     Despite my lack of attention, Olber hung on long enough to get the skills and
political points needed to graduate.  He will not be run on the Isle (that's why you
have to put up with him hanging around the Lighthouse).  At the time of graduation,
he was 22-29-0, had experts in attack and decise (only! what a slug--that 11 WT
doubtless slowed his learning), was found to be naturally adept with the dagger
(ick), and to favor a fighting rhythm of high offense and high activity.  If I was
running him further, I would ignore the dagger favorite and continue to arm him with
a scimitar, probably going 8-8-x.  An increase in CN would enable him to take more
damage without compromising his skill-learning.

     I thank you all for your patience with this presentation and invite you to:
     1.  Drop in at The Lighthouse any time to talk about managing or mainland
politics or any other thing that's on your mind.
     2.  Let your warriors hang out here between practice sessions.  I'll see to it
that they get back home okay after closing.
     3.  State opinions, raise questions, make suggestions, etc.  If you like the
idea of a warrior profile each turn, I'd be glad to provide one from my files--pick a
style, any style....

Jorja
Middle Way 7

           +>]H[<+-----+>]H[+ Question of the Week #5 +]H[<+-----+>]H[<+

Question, turn 407:

All -- Is there a difference in between an Expert and (AE).  It appears to me that
your (17, 18, 19th) skills don't seem to make a difference until you get that next
rating @ 20? -- Q.O.W.

Answers, turn 408:

This isn't in answer to the Question of the Week, but it looks like stuff you all
might find interesting, so here 'tis. -- Jorja

Hanibal -- Here's my advice:  Prep your warriors for the Apprentices, Inits, Adepts,
then next for the Freshmen.  Don't worry about the Champions class unless you have a
warrior that received their Invite to AD before the tourney.  Also, run rookies
whenever you can.  It is one of the purest competitions available.  Learn about aimed
blows then run some as rookies.  It is a lot of fun!  If you want to get serious
about tourneys, think about what every warrior needs to do to be at the top of their
class.  Take what the megas on the Duel List say with a grain of salt.  Someone else
will always have a better warrior than you, but the best doesn't always win!  Luck
plays a great role in determining tournament winners, meaning luck in matchups. --
Generalissimo Puerco

QoW -- Each skill makes just a little difference.  So little, that the difference
might be hard to see in any given fight.  I think that the ratings are just there to
give the manager an indication of their warrior's progression. -- Generalissimo
Puerco

If there were more answers in the newsletter in question, I missed them.  Also, I
didn't see a new question in this one!  And I seem to have mislaid the next
newsletter, so I will say again, that's all for now, but more next time. -- Jorja

     It's a little untidier this week, with some delayed answers to earlier
questions, and some questions not yet answered.  For those of you newly arrived on
Noblish Island, these questions and answers are taken from the Aruak City (DM 11)
newsletter, mostly asked by Hanibal, a graduate of Noblish Island, and answered by
any manager in that arena who has something to say on the topic.
     Feel free to ask questions of your own.  I'll answer, Pagan will answer, various
other managers, such as Rillion, who read the newsletter on line will answer, and
we'll put it up to the experienced managers of Aruak City as well. -- Jorja

From turn 410:
     The first three continue an earlier discussion of learning rates.

Q.O.W. -- I have three warriors that I bumped from 17 to 19 [WT] and it didn't make
any difference so I am inclined to believe it is the intelligence rating.  However, I
have talked to managers who have bumped wit to an even number and sometimes it helps.
-- Hanibal

Q.O.W -- I think learn rate for a particular warrior (and only the warrior, exclusive
of other factors) is centered around the intelligence comment.  The mean learn rate
is placed there, but there is also a range higher and lower than that mean rate.
Kind of like a standard deviation distance in statistics.  I feel, though its not
provable, that each warrior gets a random roll that places their own general learn
rate somewhere in this range.  The range is big enough to overlap with the higher and
lower categories of intelligence, thus a 13 WT warrior with a lucky roll could learn
as well as a 17 WT warrior, for example.  This is exclusive of other factors of
course that could greatly affect learning as noted in an earlier Q.O.W. -- Adie

QoW -- We are convinced that "average-skills-learned-per-fight" is dependent solely
upon the wit number.  E.G. -- a 14 wit learns  slightly better than a 13 who is
slightly better than a 12.  But ON-THE-AVERAGE-is key.  Each warrior is different. --
Kennelworth
P.S.  Yes, we run even-wit warriors with no qualms.  We prefer odd, hence optimizing
overall skills, but even works great.  Sure thing.

All -- I have heard about having a favorite of a double tactic.  If you had lunge and
dodge as favs would you use them separately or in the same minute? -- Q.O.W.
P.S.  Do offensive tactics raise your initiative?

From turn 411:

Q.O.W. -- Yep, it's rare, but you can get double tactics.  Though it's usually not
recommended to use two at once, I'd try it if it was your favs.  It's hard to tell,
but I think some offensive tactics might raise init.  I don't use them all that much,
so I can't really say what exactly I think each tactic influences. -- Adie

Q.O.W. -- What is the secret to keeping your warriors alive?  Of course winning all
your fights is the best way, but let's be for real.  I believe that wearing plate
armor could help the underskilled win fights, but does not appear to keep you alive
once you get a death statement.  Would all agree Con keeps you alive much better than
will?  I never had a warrior die on me who could take a lot of damage.  Have any of
your teams?  High skilled warriors with low con win a lot but do they seem to die a
lot when they do lose?  Fighting in tournaments and in Andorian arenas is this the
best way to get fight experience without dying?  What is the number of fights you
must have under your belt before it becomes unlikely you would be killed? -- AK47

Q.O.W.  To start to hold your own in Advanced Duelmasters I believe now you must have
3 master ratings in skills.  I am wondering if I am correct? -- AK47

All -- I have noticed that my great rollups seldom get blessed, but my average ones
almost always do.  Is this just me?  What say you all. -- Q.O.W.

Q.O.W. -- Double tactics are optimized separately; offensive tactics raise only that
which they are -- decisive to gain the attack, slash and bash to enhance the attack
via power and criticals. -- The Bulldogs

Q.O.W. -- If one gets an invite, goes to the tournament and is killed, that "dead"
warrior will appear alive in the selected ADM arena.  (It just occurred to one of our
compatriots in this most recent mailer.) -- The Bulldogs

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 658): NORTHER of BLUE MOON (JorjaX, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 660): HIPPASUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 550): ZOMBIE PARENT of HARRY POTTER AND THE... (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 654): STONEBOW of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 655): KATARINA of FAR TRAVELERS (Obregon, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 647): ZEBD ARVIN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 648): MILK IS OUT of BASH BRO HOUSEMATE (Assurnasirbanipal)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 326): TEZCATLIPOCA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 645): LHISSON of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 624): MAJOR PAIN of MILITARY MAYHEM (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 642): FATHER O'LIES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 639): SCUTTLEBUTT of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 631): SCAPA of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 590): VAISTINIE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 301): CALLOUS COURTNEY of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 296): AFRICAN QUEEN of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 282): WHISTLIN DIXIE of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 521): RYVAS VOLKMAURI of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 506): FALKYNOR of THE WILLBURYS 13 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 488): HUGH GRANT of DOCTORS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 482): MAMBA of SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 231): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 443): ".... of NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 438): WATERLOO of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 430): JOEY of J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 546): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 658): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 660): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 550): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 654): TERMINUS (Carick, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 656): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 647): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 648): MONOPOLY (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 326): MY GENERATION (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 645): CLAN CROW (Owsly, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 324): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 642): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 639): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 631): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 590): WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 301): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 296): LAND OF OZ (Oz, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 282): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 521): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 506): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 488): DOCTORS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 482): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 231): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 443): NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 438): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 430): J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 546): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 657): BISBEE BLUE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 659): DORA BELL of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 647): MINI ME of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 324): ANFERROUS of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 644): KILLIAN MCGUINES of CLAN CROW (Owsly, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 296): MEDEE of THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
                          (turn 295): ROIS ANIN of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 480): CHAEGO SARILDAN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                              LOEKER SMITH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 281): CASS DOLAN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 521): RYVAS VOLKMAURI of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 487): TOM BAKER of DOCTORS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 231): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 430): JOEY of J (Sherlock, mgr.)

                                      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.  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  GNU TEAM now holds the crown and 
they are betting they can keep it.  Hey everybody, watch out for STUPID GNUS, who 
flew up 17 points in the rankings after mashing CHILMAN ELSE like a melon.  Keep your 
eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was CHILMAN ELSE, who 
dropped 15 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with STUPID GNUS.  
It's a proud day for the GNU TEAM stable, as their warrior, GOOD GNUS, ascended the 
Duelmaster's throne.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger 
halberd!   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the NOBLISH ISLAND arena.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time 
is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     Well, there's the manager of the NOBLISH ISLAND 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.  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                  
 GOOD GNUS 9107                2   0  0    31       GNU TEAM (1567)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUPID GNUS 9108              1   1  0    18       GNU TEAM (1567)
 OLD GNU 9105                  1   1  0    16       GNU TEAM (1567)
 GNU BOOK 9106                 2   0  0    14       GNU TEAM (1567)
 GNU I KNEW 9109               1   1  1    13       GNU TEAM (1567)
 CHILMAN ELSE 9102             2   1  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)
 BALKO DUNN 9101               2   1  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)
 ABELARD CHOSE 9100            2   1  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)
 ELBETHA GRON 9104             1   2  0     5       MIDDLE WAY 25 (1566)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DEUCE FINGERS 9103      0  3 0 MIDDLE WAY 25 1566   GNU I KNEW 9109       313   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Elbetha Gron -- Gron?  I think I heard a few of those from your fans. -- Good Gnus

Chilman Else -- No Gnus would have been better than that loss. -- Gnu I knew

Deuce Fingers -- Fighting like that I think I can see where the other 8 went. -- Gnu
Book

Good Gnus -- Huh, no gnus is good gnus.  Vanish!  Begone!  Change your race! --
Elbetha Gron

Old Gnu -- Wow, I wasn't sure that would work, that weapon, you know.  But it did. --
Abelard Chose
P.S.  Maybe you're old enough to retire?

Stupid Gnus -- Hmm, that takes in a lot of territory.  Still, I enjoyed a challenge
match... that I won. -- Balko Dunn

Gnu I Knew -- Are you sure?  The trouble with a clever team name is that it goes
stale and you're stuck with it.  Tricky proposition.  Still, if your manager can hang
on for ten turns, it'll do. -- Chilman Else

Gnu Book -- I've got one of those, but I'm not sure I like it.  You know how it goes.
-- Deuce Fingers

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GNU I KNEW butchered DEUCE FINGERS in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
ABELARD CHOSE lost to OLD GNU in a exciting 1 minute beginner's battle.
BALKO DUNN was overpowered by GOOD GNUS in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
CHILMAN ELSE was bested by STUPID GNUS in a 2 minute novice's fight.
ELBETHA GRON was subdued by GNU BOOK in a 1 minute amateur's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   3 -  0      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK     8 -   4 -  1      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  10 -  1      66  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   29 -  25 -  3      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 313 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CHILMAN ELSE 9102.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was OLD GNU 9105.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHILMAN ELSE 9102, 
GNU I KNEW 9109, GOOD GNUS 9107, GNU BOOK 9106, STUPID GNUS 9108, ELBETHA GRON 9104, 
DEUCE FINGERS 9103, ABELARD CHOSE 9100, BALKO DUNN 9101, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was BALKO DUNN 9101.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ABELARD CHOSE 9100, DEUCE FINGERS 9103, ELBETHA GRON 9104, STUPID GNUS 
9108, GNU BOOK 9106, GOOD GNUS 9107, GNU I KNEW 9109, CHILMAN ELSE 9102, OLD GNU 
9105, and  0.

                            A DM TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

          12 political points a'pumpin'
          11 TVs a'workin'
          10 free duels of credit
           9 ABs to challenge
           8 criticals a'connectin'
           7 scums a'dyin'
           6 skills a'maxin'
           5 A.D. invites
           4 lucky warriors
           3 size on replacement
           2 proxied TCs
          And a quarterstaff from a pear tree.

                                   May your days be merry,
                                   And your wins be often.

                                             The Consortium

                                 Article for Newbies

     This here is an article aimed mostly at you new managers to the game out there.  
This chart is a consensus of managers on the internet about how they felt each style 
fairs against all other styles at the beginning levels of the game.  Of course, once 
you get ten or so fights under your belt the whole scenario changes and you can throw 
this right out the window.  But in the  meantime, use this chart to help you get a 
feel for the game, how the  different styles interact with each other and to hopefully 
dispel those 5-25 starts that can make you drop the game.  Hope this helps you some.

                         KEY FOR ODDS OF WINNING:

              1 - ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE     6 - BETTER THAN EVEN
              2 - HARDLY LIKELY         7 - GOOD CHANCE
              3 - NOT MUCH              8 - HIGHLY PROBABLE
              4 - SLIGHT CHANCE         9 - MOST DEFINATELY
              5 - 50/50                10 - ALMOST GUARANTEED

                   Reminder:  Left Row vs Top Column

          BA    ST    LU    SL    AB    TP    PS    PL    PR    WS  
    BA     5     2     6     6     8     9     7     6     5     6
    ST     8     5     8     9     9     6     7     5     6     4
    LU     4     4     5     6    10     5     7     7     9     6
    SL     4     1     5     5     8     6     8     7     8     9
    AB     2     2     2     4     5    10     6     6     6     7
    TP     3     4     6     4     1     5     7     8     6     5
    PS     3     3     3     4     5     4     5     4     5     4
    PL     5     4     3     3     6     2     7     5     7     6
    PR     7     5     2     2     4     5     6     3     5     4
    WS     5     8     6     2     4     6     7     5     6     5

    There you have it folks.  I would personally like to thank all the managers on the 
internet who made a contribution to this effort.  You know who you are.  Also a big 
nod of appreciation goes out to the mighty PUG (Ben Hitz) who organizes and runs the 
roundtable and without whose effort little projects like this would prove quite 
difficult.

                              David Gottwald - Magic Man

                              The Crew - Monuntial (34)
                           Rocky's Heroes - North Fork (47)
                       Tragedy Strikes - Andor (57) (inactive)
                              Natural Born - Illis (59)
                               Slow & Easy - Aradi (60)
                           Omega Squadron - Dragonhead (72)

                          MAKING YOUR CHALLENGES GO THROUGH

     First, you need to be sure you are making your challenges correctly.
     1.  Are you writing down the warrior I.D. number of the warrior you want to 
challenge?
     2.  Is your handwriting clear?
     3.  Is the warrior you are challenging within range of your warrior?  Warriors 
can challenge within their own class and the next higher class, plus the "Challenger" 
classes can also challenge the next lower class.  So, an Adept can challenge Adepts 
and Challenger Adepts.  A Challenger Adept can challenge Adepts, Challenger Adepts, 
and Champions.  (Try not to challenge down, though.  Besides being unsportsmanlike and 
making everyone mad, it isn't advantageous to your warriors.  They need to fight more 
experienced warriors so they will learn.)
     4.  Are your warriors eligible to make challenges?  If they didn't fight within 
the last two turns, then they can't challenge.
     5.  Are the warriors they want to fight eligible to receive challenges?  If they 
didn't fight within the last two turns, then they can't be challenged.

     Next, adjust your choices for the maximum likelihood of getting your challenges.  
There are several things that will help:
     1.  Have each of your warriors challenge two different opponents from two 
different teams.  That way, if the first opponent's team doesn't fight that turn, you 
still might get your second challenge.
     2.  Use your avoids.  Have each warrior avoid the teams of whoever you think 
might be likely to challenge him.  If you can get out of being challenged, that 
increases your chance of getting your own challenge through.
     3.  Don't challenge warriors who didn't fight last turn.  The odds are higher 
that they won't be fighting this turn.
     4.  Don't challenge warriors who might be involved in a bloodfeud (either as the 
killers, or the avengers).  A bloodfeud challenge has priority over all other 
challenges.
     5.  Don't challenge Tournament Victors.  A TV challenge has priority over all 
other challenges except bloodfeuds.  You'll need to do a little research in back 
issues of the newsletter to find out who the TVs are.
     6.  Don't challenge warriors who you know are going to challenge someone else, or 
are going to get challenged by someone else.  Your challenge has a better chance of 
getting through if it is the only challenge to that particular warrior.
     7.  Don't challenge the "easy pickings."  That is, warriors above you who have 
way too few fights or very bad records for where they are ranked.  They will tend to 
get challenged a lot.
     8.  Don't challenge warriors who are likely to be avoiding your team.  This 
includes any warrior your team fought within the last two turns.
     Well, it sounds like I've eliminated just about everybody, doesn't it?  Of course 
you can challenge opponents who fit into one or more of those categories; just try to 
find ones who don't.  Your idea candidate for a challenge is:  A warrior ranked 
somewhat above your warrior in the same class, or in the next higher class, with a few 
more fights than your warrior, and a winning record, who isn't a TV and isn't 
currently at war with anyone.
     I hope this will be of some help to you.

                                                  The Rogue She-Puppy

          MAXIMIZING THE DUELMASTERS EXPERIENCE: WHAT THE RULES DIDN'T SAY

     When you get your turn results in the mail it is very important that you squeeze 
as much enjoyment as possible out of that envelope!  I recommend (and also use!) the 
following procedures.
     First, open the envelope lengthwise with a letter opener.  Remove the blue-sheet 
BUT DON'T LOOK AT IT!  It may tell you that you are broke and owe RSI a lot of money.  
Flip it over instead!  The blue-sheet will be used as a "hider" when you read the 
fight results line by line, so you don't see the end of the fight by mistake and ruin 
the excitement.
     Remove the rest of the sheets in one smooth maneuver and place the flipped-over 
blue-sheet on top of the pile, without looking at anything.  You don't want to 
accidentally uncover an unexpected replacement rollup.  This is a traumatic experience 
that should be avoided at all costs, as it indicates that one of your battles didn't 
go exactly as planned.
     Now you must prepare your room, or whever you are, for the battles.  If you are 
suicidal, or a lousy manager, or a suicidally lousy manager, remove all sharp objects 
from the area.  If you happen to manage an entire team of scummy warriors it is okay 
to leave a loaded musket nearby.
     The next step is to put on music.  It definitely adds to the experience to have 
your favorite tunes playing in the background, preferably AS LOUD AS YOU CAN GET AWAY 
WITH!  I christen each new warrior with a song that is his and his alone, and play 
that song whenever it is his turn upon the sands.  It is a personal choice but I 
recommend Judas Priest, Manowar or Metallica.  Avoid Abba and Barry Manilow (like I 
had to say it).  It is also important to match the song length with the expected 
length of the fight.  Don't choose "The Immigrant Song" for your 21-con Ultra-Scum.  
Likewise, don't choose "Stairway to Heaven" for your quick lunger.  Finally, sometimes 
it is nice to choose an exceptionally violent alternate selection for those 
Bloodfeuds.
     Now you are almost ready!  The final preparatory step (optional) is to prepare a 
pot of coffee.  Beer also works well, especially on Fridays, but I understand that 
some managers are not Well-Suited to that particular beverage.  I've heard the Duke 
Malibu in Solven drinks goat blood, but mind you this is only a rumor.  For the final 
touch, try putting on any handy armor you have.  Or a loin-cloth.  I put on most of my 
hockey gear.
     The fights are on!  The music is loud!  The coffee is good!  Read the fights 
slowly, line by line using your blue-sheet as a guide.  Don't go too fast, now.  Yell, 
"Yeah!" if your warrior scores an especially gruesome hit.  Cringe if your warrior 
feels the joys of a great axe connecting with his face (that means you, Marilith).  
Raise your fist in the air when that total parry realizes that his last shield has 
broken!  And cry when your favorite gladiator is gravely injured and then takes ten 
consecutive war hammer shots to the head...
     When the end of the fight comes you will be emotionally drained, so yell out, 
"Huzzah!!!" or "Damnnn!!!" or whatever, to take the edge off.  When the fighting is 
ended take a breather before preparing for the next cycle's fights.  Reflect on what 
has transpired and make a few notes.  You'll be a better person (and manager) for it!  
Isn't Duelmasters great?

Brought to you by ICE (the deranged): DM-49 (Vithicar) Rotting Livers (205)
                                      DM-10 (Kolact) Beermacht
                                      DM-22 (Solven) Steel Warriors
                                      DM-24 (Zorpunt) No Escape

                           Winning With the Average Warrior

     Hi!  The Master of Anime here...  Yeah, yeah, I know, you're all doing a 
collective, "Who the Hell is this character?"  Well, my claim to fame, if you can call 
it that, is that I run Eve, one of the more popular, if not completely unspectacular, 
warriors to fight in Alastari.  I am a micro-manager (you've heard of mega-managers?  
Well, think in reverse) who has been mainly running only one team during my 8+ years 
of Duelmasters.  This little write-up is aimed towards the less experienced managers, 
the ones that can be brainwashed from some of the "How to build the perfect 
warrior..." spotlights that tend to appear from time to time.
     Many of the "How to build..." spotlights tend to deal with roll-ups that are 
quite ideal, but in reality, rarely come out of RSI's number crunching machine, 
commonly referred to as "the Roll-Up Gods".  There have been a few good articles on 
how to design skillful warriors from 'average' roll-ups.  Those articles, in my 
opinion, are the most helpful to new managers for the simple fact that you will almost 
always get an 'average' roll-up.  Occasionally, that 'average' roll-up might turn out 
to be something special, and that is what I would like to key in on.
     I know a lot of managers who will continually DA their warriors until they get 
something that is as close to perfect as possible.  You know, the warrior with three 
or four 17s or the warrior with a couple of 21s or that size 3 or 4 warrior, etc...  
If you are a relatively new manager and you are also doing this, I think you are 
missing out on one of the more intriguing aspects of this game and that is warrior 
development.
     Being a micro-manager, I do not have an army of warriors like the mega-managers 
do, but I'd like to think that I can hold my own against them (hey, if you're gonna 
dream, dream big).  Anyway, back to the point.  One of my 'average' warriors seems to 
have achieved a form of notoriety in Advanced Duelmasters to the extent that even the 
ever quiet Mirage (manager of Donatello) has had something to say (it was at the last 
Tempe FTF and my warrior, at the end of the 6th or 7th round, was listed as the top 
Primus warrior on the tourney list.)  Mirage pointed at my warrior on the list and 
said, "That, is embarrassing..."  I took it as a compliment.  In case you're 
wondering, my warrior is Akira (the reason I'm writing this article is that I've been 
approached many times of late by managers who wanted to see Akira's numbers, thinking 
he had some sort of godlike roll-up.  I set them straight).
     I'm not going to print Akira's numbers in this article for the main reason that I 
don't have them with me at this time (it'll probably tick-off a lot of managers whose 
warriors Akira has beaten anyway), but I do know this... he has about 30 attribute 
increases and only one attribute is in the 20's, that one being WL (he even got gypped 
by not getting some skills that you normally think he'd get by raising WL up the 
20's).  He won't be getting another attribute above 20 for a long, long time.  (I 
think his next highest attribute is 17... note that this is after the 30 or so 
increases...)  You should have a pretty good idea how generic this roll-up is... a 
roll-up that would probably be DA'd by most managers looking for a good roll-up... a 
roll-up that I even said, "I'll run him for kicks, but will probably retire him once 
he gets to AD."... a roll-up that entered AD with a less-than-stellar 14-10 record... 
a roll-up currently on a 20 fight win streak... a roll-up with three consecutive 
Primus TVs.
     So, before you give up on that average warrior, think again about giving him a 
chance to flourish... he might suprise you as Akira has surprised me.  Good luck in 
the arena!

M.A., a proud member of GAPPDA
P.S.  If you want to know Akira's original roll-up, diplo Anime Legends (Arena 102, 
104).
P.P.S.  Swift -- We GAPPDA members are NOT slugs!!!  At least, I don't think we are...

                                     TWELVE TIPS

     A rookie manager asked me a question recently which prompted my "teaching juices" 
to flow.  I quote: "Just give me a dozen hints, and I'll leave you alone!"  Obviously, 
his challenge prompted me to organize my thought creating my Twelve Tips.  
     "Now wait a minute!" I hear you asking.  "Why should I read on?"  Simply put:
-- If you're an experience manager, you'll want to "clue me in" on other valuable tips 
I missed.
-- If you're a "newbie," these tips will enhance your W-L record and compound your 
fun.
     "But, are they GOOD tips?" you ask.  Believe me, fellow opponents, after 5000+ 
fights, dozens of "tutored pupils," many A.D. warriors, and a rather lofty W-L record, 
they're GOOD tips.  So here we go, in no particular order.
(I)  ASK FOR HELP--Ask RSI about the Sponsor Program.  Diplo "good" managers in your 
arena.  Proclaim your willingness to learn in a personal ad.  You'll get some 
conversation.
(II) OFFENSIVES FIRST--This is not an easy game, and the basher, lunger, striker can 
be readily designed and more easily "mastered." (Whatever that means.)  Avoid the most 
difficult finessives, such as aimers (AB), rippers (PR), and probably wastes (WS).  
Get some confidence first!  Most of us old-timers yet struggle with a good aimed-blow.
(III) SKILLS, SKILLS, SKILLS--One of the most prevalent rookie errors is training too 
many stats.  Skills win fights, and in the long run, you will regret certain stat 
raises.
(IV) COLLECT DATA--The more you know about your own warrior (And even with the same 
stats, warriors differ) and the more you know about your opponents, the more likely 
you can cause something "good" to happen.  In the military/political world, we call 
this "intelligence." (Clue: ask about a D.M. handbook filled with info.)
(V) PERSONAL ADS--Don't be a jerk!  But write some every time.  Let me assure you that 
an unliked rookie cannot succeed in an arena against the local "Powers-in-control."  
You want to create friendly opponents. (When you know what you're doing--then you can 
try the jerk routine!)
(VI) TURN SHEET--Accuracy counts.  Fill it out perfectly (and legibly) pal!  Know what 
each section is for. (Reread the instructions.)  Many have been the surprised and 
frustrated manager who caused his or her own problem! (Even us "megas" blow it now and 
then!) 
(VII) NO CON--Don't ever (well maybe 1% of the time) add points to constitution on an 
offensive rollup.  Other attributes may add skills; con won't.  (Just wait until you 
hear someone shout never add to con--ever.  I didn't say that.)
(VIII) ONE WEAPON--For offensives.  When you get to finesse styles, you'll understand 
why you may want one in your off-hand also.  But, almost always carry a backup. (Hands 
can be hurt both striking and defending.)
(IX) CHALLENGE/AVOID--Always!  A manager's prime purpose is to optimize his warrior's 
chances.  Challenge those you'll have a good shot at beating and avoid teams who can 
cause you the most difficulties. (Challenge warriors--avoid teams.)
(X) ENTER TOURNAMENTS--What a way to acquire skills and experience without impacting 
your arena W-L record.  Actually, you will create a positive impact in that those 
"tournament earnings" are "hidden" from other arena warriors.  Plus, tournaments are a 
real "rush!"
(XI) FIND A FRIEND--In every arena find at least one "friendly" foe.  Share opponent 
info.  With two, or more, of you sharing, look how much more "intelligence" you'll 
have.
(XII) STAY COOL--Don't let any problem (loss, death, personal ad, error, etc.) anger 
you. (This is fun, right?)  The cool head wins more matches than the emotional one.
     So good luck, rookie!  We were all in your shoes once. (And for some of us that 
was a long, long time ago.)

                              THE CONSORTIUM
                              DM 8  Smithsonian (Curator)
                              DM 11 Bulldogs (Kennelworth)
                              DM 20 Animal Farm (Mino)
                              DM 46 Fandils (Fandil the Wise)
                              (and many, many more)