Date   : 03/19/2016    Duedate: 04/01/2016


DM-93    TURN-451

This Weeks Top Honors


(93-9888) [7-3-0,55]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WOEFUL BASES                   MINSTREL
(93-9888) [7-3-0,55]           (93-9877) [6-3-0,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GENGELBACH                     GENGELBACH
FAMILY NAMES (1695)            FAMILY NAMES (1695)
(93-9883) [8-2-1,47]           (93-9883) [8-2-1,47]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FAMILY NAMES (1695)         47
2. BATTLE CHASERS (304)         1      FAMILY NAMES (1695)
3. ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)         0      Unchartered Team
4. BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)      0
5. FIGHTING IRISH (1693)      -13      FIGHTING IRISH (1693)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 FAMILY NAMES (1695)       33  16  1 67.3   1/ 2 FAMILY NAMES (1695)      10  5 0
 2- 2*ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)       7   5  1 58.3   2/ 1*FIGHTING IRISH (1693)     7  7 0
 3/ 3 BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)   27  23  2 54.0   3/ 3 BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)   6  9 0
 4/ 4*FIGHTING IRISH (1693)     19  24  0 44.2   4- 4*ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)      2  2 0
 5/ 0*BATTLE CHASERS (304)       0   2  0  0.0   5/ 0*BATTLE CHASERS (304)      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

                        HOW DOES THIS D2 THING ACTUALLY WORK?

     D2, the game of Duelmasters, is just plain fun. It is so good that there has even 
been a published book written about it! It must be great, then! Do you want to have 
the fun and pleasures that hundreds of other managers before you have experienced? 
Can't blame you! I have been enjoying Duelmasters-to-D2 for nearly 30 years. Perhaps 
this article will assist or simplify your introduction to this game and speed up your 
enjoyment process. It goes something like this:  
     ACQUIRE A D2 ROLL UPS sheet from RSI. (Reality Simulations Inc., P.O. Box 22400, 
Tempe AZ 85285-2400, 480-967-7979) The first sheet/team is free. Subsequent teams cost 
$5. Later, after your introductory 10 turns in the Noblish Island (DM93) arena, you 
can transfer your starting team to another arena, or you may find you even want to 
start up a new team/s in other arenas, or both. Actually, you can start new teams any 
time, even while going through your learning process in DM93; but you may want to 
"learn the ropes" first.
     FILL OUT THE ROLL UPS and send the sheet to RSI. Other than the normal personal 
information, the most important things to decide are:  Team name, Manager Name, and 5 
individual warrior designs.  Let's discuss each of those briefly. Team name and 
manager name can be anything you like that fits you. (RSI will edit inappropriate 
naming.) They can be gladiator driven, silly ideas, great play on words, or whatever. 
The warrior names can be closely tied to the team name, or not. My very first team 
was: "Bulldogs," manager Kennelworth, and names like "Tiger Lily," "Sir Smythe," "Wild 
Wayne," and "Flash."  Etc.  A team I admire in the game is "Azure Clouds," manager 
Slugbait, warrior names like "Black Bile," "Violent Orange," "Blue Note"....
     We could spend hours and hours on warrior designs (where to place the 14 points 
on the fixed 70 points and what style to choose?) and there are many articles 
available examining design, so I will offer only a few basic comments:

*  Offensive styles are easier to learn for a newbie. (Or anyone, for that matter)
*  Gender does not matter at all in the fight process.
*  Generally, fast & quick or brawny & strong rule the day. I said generally.  
*  WT and WL are the most important stats.
*  There are reasons to design to odd numbers. (Exclude CN from that statement.)
*  Read newsletters and other RSI info, especially DM93 for design reviews.

     You have received your 5 warrior profiles. Time to fill out DUEL II STRATEGY 
FORMS and send them in to RSI. "Goodness!" you say; "I wish I had a lot more 
information about weapons and strategies and what the warrior profile means, and...." 

Here are a list of places and methods for getting additional info:
* "Phone a friend."  Diplo, e-mail, call, write, etc., beg from other players, 
especially experienced players in the game.
* "Put on your newbie outfit."  Ask RSI, or better yet, diplo the teachers/coaches in 
Noblish Island (DM93) the "starter's arena" and ask for information provided there.  
If you are already in Noblish Island, ask RSI to make sure you get the CIC or "fact 
* "Go electronic." The best information in the game is available at reality.com/dm, or 
terrablood.com, or even try chatzy.com/42003746228981 as DMers chat there from approx 
9AM to 2AM EST. and they seem to welcome inexperienced questions. 

     So back to the strategy sheets. One for each warrior you plan to fight. Write 
legibly! You would be very disappointed to have a code inputted improperly because 
your scribbles were not so discernible.  
     The basic stuff like warrior name and ID, or game # and account # don't need 
discussion. But weapon selection, strategy, armor and challenging do.
     Weapon choice is your chance to select a best weapon against the opponent's 
probable armor. Bigger weapons are probably needed against heavy armor. Some weapons 
do especially well against certain armor types. (Hmmm; that information mentioned 
earlier would help.)  The most common weapon arrangements are a single primary weapon 
and a small backup primary for offensive types, and a primary/secondary (secondary 
could be a shield) and zero to two backups for defensives/finesse warriors.
     Strategy is more difficult to decide. Offensives usually start "hot and heavy" 
and then slow down, as they will wear down/tire due to weight being carried and a high 
activity level Defensives tend to run moderately, but current arena defensive warriors 
can be found fighting anywhere from "hot and heavy" to very slow. The desperation 
strategy is important, because if your warrior is nearing defeat or exhaustion, you 
may want to do something different in a last-ditch effort to pull out the win.
     Armor is really a matter of preference, but like every other choice in the game, 
there are trade-offs. Heavy armor, while providing more protection, can slow down and 
wear down warriors. Naked or light armor may be less restricting and faster but offers 
little protection.  It is easy to think, "I need lots of armor," but over encumbering 
a warrior greatly impacts (diminishes) his fighting ability. Training is simple. The 
most common training is "skills", but stats can be and are trained also. In general 
the amount of skills learned is based on your WT (the higher the better), but it is 
also impacted by the knowledge of the warriors you fight. (And other things) Stat 
training is very highly dependent on WL, as the odds of getting a first stat train of 
a stat type are 5% times the WL.  (Ex: a WL of 15 = 5%x15 or 75% chance.) There can be 
a luck roll impact also in almost everything that occurs in Duel 2. Attempting to get 
a 2nd stat raise in a certain stat is halved. (Ex:  a WL of 15 = 5%x15x 0.5 = 37.5%)
     Challenging and avoiding are very strategic components of the game.  There are 
quite a few managers who do not challenge or avoid or both.  You can use that to your 
best advantage.  Challenge warriors (the warrior ID number) and avoid teams (the team 
ID number).  Several points about challenging/avoiding):

1.  Challenging and avoiding do not work until after the warrior has fought his/her 
first fight in the arena.
2.  Challenge warriors or styles you think you can beat, or who will teach you well, 
or to attempt to advance in the rankings.
3.  Avoid those teams who have warriors that can probably beat you, or who are likely 
to challenge you.
4.  Remember: challenge warrior ID numbers (not names) and avoid team numbers (not 
5.  Some arenas, usually Andorian, frown on down-challenging (usually defined as 
challenging someone with fewer recognition points that oneself).  Beware of the arena 
environment, history, and politics.  
     You have the option to use an alternate "special strategy" either (or both) when 
you challenge someone, or when someone challenges you. You can use this alternate to 
prepare a specific strategy for that challenge you just made, or surprising an 
opponent who will likely challenge or bloodfeud you. To use these alternatives, "x" 
the proper box or boxes and fill out the strategy info on the back of the strategy 
form. This alternative strategy will not be used unless the conditions you selected 
     That was easy, wasn't it!? After sending in your strategy sheets, (in plenty of 
time for the due date -- or last minute via fax; no internet submittals allowed) the 
computer utilizes everyone's' inputs and the fights proceed. A few days after the 
arena run date, the actual fights and arena newsletter will arrive in your mailbox. 
Before submitting the new warrior strategies for the next round of fights, there is 
much a manager can/should examine and review. Here are generic things that this old-
time manager evaluates:

1.  Have I collected/recorded all the information I want from the fight so I can 
access it quickly? (Ed Sullivan and his Consortium cronies record this for every 
fight:  opponent's name, stable, arena and ID number, size, handedness, record, style, 
armor, and weapons plus my warrior's train results, armor, weapons, swing info 
(criticals/swings/extra value hits). W or L, how many minutes, recognition points, and 
political point status- if any.  Also recorded are who, if anyone challenged. This is 
manually recorded on a sheet with my warrior's name, ID, and size, handedness, plus 
2.  Did each warrior fight as I expected from the strategy?  Do I need to adjust or 
change any strategies?
3.  Did any warrior act over encumbered or tire faster than I thought?  Do I need to 
adjust strategies, armor, or weapons?
4.  Did each warrior fight well with the weapon? (Did he hit when he swung?  Did he 
have critical hits -- which are strongly stated weapon hit statements compared to the 
norm?)  Do I need to change weapon selections?
5.  Did another warrior out jump me when I did not expect it?  Do I need to adjust 
strategies or weapons?
6.  Did the warriors learn what I expected and learn well?  (Did he earn lots of 
skills?)  If not, what can I do about it? (Switch to learning stats/skills? Challenge 
a very experienced warrior?)
7.  Do I know anything about the arena warriors that I can challenge? (Have I and my 
friends accumulated style and other information on opponents?) Should I challenge or 
take the luck of the draw?  (Remember:  Challenge warrior #'s.)
8.  Likewise, is there someone within range I just do not want to fight? (A warrior 
that has beaten me? A warrior with lots more experience than me? A team that has my 
number? Should I avoid the team with that warrior? (Remember: Avoid team #'s.)
9.  Have I written some personal ads or a spotlight to add to the enjoyment of the 

     Then it is time to turn in those strategy sheets again!

     Duel 2 is a game of gladiators, comprised of knowledge, strategy, and a little 
luck. Above all, it is fun. See you on the sands! 

                                          -- High Hopes, Consortium Affiliated

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out NOBLISH ISLAND 
to see what's new.  Like, FIGHTING IRISH had to be so embarrassed when they got 
kicked off #1 spot by FAMILY NAMES!  Way to go FAMILY NAMES!  MVP award for SPENCER?  
FAMILY NAMES' proud of her after beating HARD TO RUN and getting 15 points.  Talk 
about yer major upsets!  HARD TO RUN's match with SPENCER cost him a loss of 12 
points!  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to KUNG-FU MASTER, and 
MINSTREL has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  WOEFUL BASES of BASH BROS RIPPER 
takes MINSTREL's place.  (But seriously, who could ever take the place of MINSTREL?  
Oh, all right.) I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  
They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  FIGHTING IRISH was NOBLISH 
ISLAND's most avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Hhmph!  What kind of 
warriors are FAMILY NAMES?  FIGHTING IRISH, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, 
can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can FIGHTING IRISH's FELDSPAR be more 
popular than me?  He was challenged the most, but is that really the same?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All NOBLISH ISLAND ever talks about is 
fighting!  Me, I'm more laid back.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  
I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOEFUL BASES 9888             7   3  0    55       BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HODES 9884                    5   5  0    54       FAMILY NAMES (1695)
 MINSTREL 9877                 6   3  0    53       FIGHTING IRISH (1693)
 GENGELBACH 9883               8   2  1    47       FAMILY NAMES (1695)
 SPENCER 9886                  6   4  0    40       FAMILY NAMES (1695)
 MILLER 9887                   8   1  0    38       FAMILY NAMES (1695)
 WORST DEF IN GAME 9891        5   5  1    35       BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FELDSPAR 9873                 5   4  0    29       FIGHTING IRISH (1693)
 WON'T ATTACK 9889             6   4  0    25       BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEIDRE 9904                   3   1  0    23       FIGHTING IRISH (1693)
 HAGEDORN 9885                 6   4  0    22       FAMILY NAMES (1695)
 HARD TO RUN 9890              5   5  1    21       BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)
 BAD ATTACK 9892               4   6  0    18       BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)
-M. ALLEN 9855                 3   1  0    17       ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)
 DONN 9905                     2   0  0    16       FIGHTING IRISH (1693)
-LONGSTER 9856                 1   1  0    13       ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AUTUMNBE 9643                 3   2  0    12       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 ALEMBIC 9874                  1   8  0    11       FIGHTING IRISH (1693)
-STABLER 9854                  2   1  0     8       ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)
-DRAXXUS 9644                  1   4  0     7       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-LOTT R 9852                   1   1  1     6       ROSS' RAIDERS (1689)
-SEARRUS 9645                  0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-PERSEPHONE 9642               0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
-AGRISEL 9646                  0   4  0     4       CAVEAT EMPTOR (1657)
 RED MONIKA 1689               0   2  0     2       BATTLE CHASERS (304)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DANTALION 9876          2  4 0 FIGHTING IRISH 1693  GENGELBACH 9883       448   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Congrats to the Fighting Irish for best team on the move and Duelmaster. Salute! Those 
Irish are taking over! -- High Hopes

Assur, you are a magnificent manager to be able to get that team of rag-tag rippers to 
60%. I bow to your skill and knowledge. -- HH

Hah, I am the best arena warrior in sight! I am 3-0 against all real warriors. I am 
five-time Duelmaster, Just because I lost to 5 0f 6 NPC's means nothing. Why, Kung-Fu 
Master (2), Khalhum's Dwarf, Veteran Mercenary, and Venomous Concubine are steroided 
Stand-Ins. -- Hodes (who really deserves her 4-5record as a 8(+1)-8-18-15-9-10-17 

Bad Attack, I just love long, slow dances. Don't you? -- Miller

Worst Def In Game, I don't know about that. I am competing with you for your named 
title. -- Hagedorn

Alembic, thanks for the challenge blood feud and my win. You made my day. You are 
getting better and better. -- Gengelbach

Won't Attack, well, I was willing to. Bwahahaha. -- Spencer

Health. Humility. Honor. -- High Hope, a Consortium Affiliate

High Hopes -- Our head to head record for this round, going into this turn is 10-8 in 
your favor -- Assur
P.S. Entirely possible I made a mistake looking that up, but that is what I counted.  
Well done!

Minstrel -- We won't miss you! -- Hard to Run and the rest of the Rippers

Feldspar -- And that is what I was talking about last turn.  As a rule, Lungers hate 
those Plate clad warriors -- Woeful Bases

Assur's order of importance of the stats:
#1: Will -- The most important stat of all.  In general you want 7, 9, 15, 17, or 21 
and a style that makes sense with the number you have.  Lots of exceptions, but those 
values make a ton of sense.
#2: Strength -- Every warrior (except possibly AB's) needs Damage and/or Carry, and 
strength plays a huge role in both (and that without mentioning the ability to use 
weapons, endurance, attack skills, and parry skills).  You need "enough" strength.  9-
11 (unless you are small) is a good place for many styles.  Bashers really need 11 or 
#3: Wit -- If you're talking about 17 or 21 wit, I could place wit higher in the 
priority, but below 17 wit, I pretty much only care about enough to use my weapons (11 
is enough for almost every weapon, 13 is important for Lungers to use LO)
#4: Deftness -- Skills and Weapon selection.  11 is a HUGE break point for both.  If 
you aren't an AB, more than 11 isn't usually very important.  For AB's, Deftness may 
be the #1 priority (since they get bonus attack skills at creation for deftness).  
#5: Constitution/Speed -- I put these equal and last in the stats you can add points 
to.  Most managers don't add to speed except on pure offensives or on Lungers to get 
to 5 speed (superstitious about 3-4 speed lungers underperforming).  Constitution is 
your primary source of hit points.  Not all the useful to pure offensives (though 
being able to take a hit is not a bad thing), but more con is better for all other 
warriors.  There aren't many warriors who expect to never get hit, more is better when 
you do get hit.
#7: Size -- You can't change it so really you just look at the rest of the numbers and 
see what makes sense.  Size impacts damage, so you should consider your expected 
damage rating when designing a warrior.  Little damage is crippling for 8 styles 
(Aimed Blows and Total Parries excepted).  There are ways to deal with little damage, 
but you don't want it.  High size (15+) penalizes you in defense and parry skills, so 
realize that when choosing a style that uses those skills on a big guy. (Recommend not 
going PL, PS, PR on big guys unless you are prepared for it.)

Hope that helps! -- Assur

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SPENCER devastated HARD TO RUN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
MILLER won victory over FELDSPAR in a 2 minute Challenge battle.
MINSTREL was overcome by KUNG-FU MASTER in a popular 1 minute match.
GENGELBACH won victory over WORST DEF IN GAME in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gory brawl.
HODES overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WOEFUL BASES devastated DEIDRE in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
WON'T ATTACK bested CULT MEMBER in a 2 minute match.
HAGEDORN outwaited ALEMBIC in a slow 15 minute competition.
BAD ATTACK was overcome by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 3 minute melee.
RED MONIKA was viciously subdued by DONN in a 2 minute gory beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   2 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       19 -   7 -  0      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    20 -   9 -  1      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     22 -  25 -  2      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  15 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        13 -  18 -  1      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   8 -  0      11  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   5 -  0       0  |

Turn 451 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   WOEFUL BASES 9888           7   3  0   55 BASH BROS RIPPER (1696)
AIMED BLOW       MINSTREL 9877               6   3  0   53 FIGHTING IRISH (1693)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SPENCER 9886                6   4  0   40 FAMILY NAMES (1695)
TOTAL PARRY      MILLER 9887                 8   1  0   38 FAMILY NAMES (1695)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GENGELBACH 9883.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GENGELBACH 9883.  The ten other most popular fighters were FELDSPAR 9873, DONN 
9888, WON'T ATTACK 9889, MINSTREL 9877, and HARD TO RUN 9890.

The least popular fighter this week was HAGEDORN 9885.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ALEMBIC 9874, RED MONIKA 1689, BAD ATTACK 9892, DEIDRE 9904, HARD TO 
9891, and MILLER 9887.


For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament. 

                      PRINCE ALBERT (17-7522) ROYAL PAIN  (610) 
                    THE MAYTAL (35-3644) PHILANTHROPISTS 2  (345) 
                    HOLY SMOKE (82-43560) ROOKIE MAIDEN 29  (7305) 
                  SOFT 'N CHEWY (82-15624) STREET PIZZAD IX  (2347) 
                    SUPPOSABLE THUMBS (82-45792) 10/25/06D  (7689) 
                        COCOA COUP (82-48528) 040707M  (8157) 
                         POOR OLD TOM (82-7154) GWAR  (1021) 
                           RIDIS (82-15371) SANIKUS  (2304) 
                         ELAINA (82-3414) (N.) GODLIKE  (461) 
                 CAUSTIC MACAROON (84-15171) ORLANDO BOUND II  (2675) 
                     SUBATOMIC PASTE (84-27527) 2012 XIV  (4884) 
                       PFC10 (84-3805) MEDAL OF HONOR L7  (741) 
               T TEBOW'S CONCUSSION (84-12163) SUPE FORCES 0905  (2190) 
                     ZELLNER (84-24796) SUPE FORCES 7A00  (4405) 
                  STORM FIRE (84-19028) SUPERIOR FORCES 1601  (3373) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                             The Effects of Coordination

     Coordination has long been ruled as having no effect on a warrior.  I have 
noticed a few things that may be the cause of certain coordination levels.  So I 
decided to write this article to give the general DM populace something to ponder.  
Below is the coordination table:

Coordination =  SP + DF

06 - 16  = Clumsy
17 - 20  = Slightly Uncoordinated
21 - 27  = Normal
28 - 31  = Highly Coordinated
32 - 39  = Very Highly Coordinated
40 - 42  = Marvel of Fighting Coordination

     Since I run a lot of bashers that have a clumsy rating most of the time, I 
noticed a few things that happen to them and not the high coordination warriors I 
have.  Most people don't have clumsy warriors, save some bashers and TPs, so it may 
not be paid that much attention to.
     The first thing I have noticed is that a clumsy warrior seems to drop his weapon 
more often than a higher coordination warrior.  So I think that maybe he has a higher 
chance to do this than normally coordinated warriors.
     Second, I noticed that clumsy warriors have harder time trying to quick draw 
their back-up weapon, causing them to fumble around trying to get it.
     Third is that the clumsy warrior also is slower to get up after he has been 
knocked down.  It may also influence the roll on whether you get knocked down or not, 
along with other factors.
     These things aren't as noticeable the higher the coordination becomes.  That's 
probably why a lot of people don't place any  value on coordination.  At the higher 
levels of the game there aren't any clumsy warriors, so coordination isn't noticed.  
You can still get knocked down, lose your weapon, and draw your back-up quickly, but 
the odds are more in your favor with a higher coordination in my opinion.
     Well, may joy and happiness be with you.  If you would like to chat , I can be 
reached at 103260.3347@compuserve.com  
     You may diplo me at LORDS OF THE ABYSS, in DM 11, or any of the JOKER'S WILDS 
scattered about.

                                                         Sir Jessie Jest
                                            (He who always gets the last laugh......)

                                   The Basic Ripper

     Why isn't one of basic's most entertaining styles, a style capable of beating all 
others, a common sight upon the sands?  The myth that rippers are difficult to run and 
inherently prone to dying is widely accepted.  True, the graveyard is full of rippers 
that began their careers running little numbers and the parry tactic.  This is no 
mystery given that very few rippers start with great defenses and the parry tactic 
destroys a young ripper's offense.  In their efforts to make better punching bags, 
many managers have turned to big constitutions and heavy armor.  A dose of sanity is 
long overdue.  If you would like to run some rippers who will survive and win, read 
     DESIGN:  My approach is somewhat unorthodox.  I maintain an evolving list of 
physical requirements for each style, i.e., endurance, punishment, damage, and carry 
capacity.  If you don't have the means to accurately forecast these ratings, ask 
around.  If at all possible, I first max out a new rollup's WL at a value of 15, 17, 
or 21 and then compare the rollup's physical potential with each style's physical 
requirements.  Generally, the style that matches up best and requires me to add the 
least number of points to ST and CN is the one I want.  It isn't absolutely necessary 
for a fighter to be physically fit at the beginning of his career.  Plan ahead.  Will 
a few preselected attribute trains make him so?  Must points be added to the rollup's 
ST or CN so that he can make the grade with no more than two trains per attribute?  
Which weapons will he use?  With these questions answered, it's simply a matter of 
taking WT to the highest odd value possible (avoid 19) and then doing the same with 
DF.  Godlings are not born as a results of how many points you can pump into WT, WL, 
and DF; that's luck's job.
     Young rippers need to be able to go fast for two minutes without tiring.  If your 
ripper isn't physically fit, he will slow down.  If he slows down, you are gambling 
with his life.  The more frail the warrior, the greater the gamble.  That said, if 
your ripper can quickly meet the following criteria and learn reasonably well, you 
will get your money's worth.
     Endurance: Something in the neighborhood of 350 (that's {ST+CN}WL)
     Punishment: Anywhere from the high end of very frail to midrange normal
     Damage:  Normal
     Capacity: Cannot carry a lot (minimum ST/CN combos: 9/8, 10/7, 11/6, 12/5)

     ST: 9 +   Midgets need an 11 or better.
     CN: See Endurance, punishment, and capacity requirements
     SZ: Small (3-8) to medium (9-14)
     WT: 15+   If your ripper doesn't learn, he's toast.
     WL: 15+   See endurance and punishment requirements.
     SP: Though frequently unimportant, it helps to have points here if you're stuck 
with a few 15's in WT, WL, and DF.
     DF: 15+   13 will do if you're fortunate to have a big WT and/or WL.

Strats:        X    8    9    5    5    5    8
               X    8    5    3    3    3    10
               X    6    7    7    7    7    5
               ARM ------------------------- >
               HE -------------------------- >
               N --------------------------- >
               N ------------------------ >  R

     Why the missing numbers in the first minute?  You'll want to find what works for 
your new ripper and possibly change his numbers as he develops.  8-8-6 is probably the 
best opening minute for a young ripper.  If your youngster has a high speed, try 10-
10-6.  6-8-6 is a bit slow for my taste.  Nevertheless, this might be the way to go 
even if your ripper doesn't need to build up his endurance.  Something I call "the 
change" occurs when your ripper approaches his master in riposte, his AD Ex in parry, 
and Experts in attack, defense and initiative.  This is a moment of decision.  If your 
ripper takes normal punishment, this is when you can opt to slow him down.  I don't do 
this, but I have seen 5-7-5 and 5-5-5 parry work rather well.  It's probably wise for 
a slow-running ripper to run fast in desperation.  If your ripper continues to run 
fast after "the change," a first minute strat of 8-10-4 often works well.
     WEAPONS:  A scimitar or longsword belongs in your ripper's hand.  After he starts 
critting, check to see if the epee is his favorite.  I don't believe in heavy backups 
for youngsters; a dagger will do.  Most youngsters will benefit from an offhand dagger 
(preferred), hatchet, or shortsword.  After "the change," rippers who don't slow down 
can improve the quality of their attacks by getting rid of their off hand weapons.  
These guys will need a backup scimitar, longsword, or epee.  Rippers who do slow down 
should keep their offhand weapons.
     ARMOR:  Very frail rippers should debut in ASM/H.  After ten fights or so, it's 
probably best to go with APL/H.  Guys who cannot take a lot of punishment belong in 
ARM/H for their entire basic careers.  Put them in ALE/H if you're feeling gutsy.  
Rippers who take normal punishment can debut in APL/H, ARM/H, or ASM/H.  After ten 
fights or so, it's definitely time for APL/H.  If you decide to slow one of these guys 
down, you'd better put him back in ARM/H or ASM/H.
     CHALLENGES:  Scummers deserve numbers like 4-1-6; keep that big desperation, 
though.  If you know that an opponent is out to kick you when you're down, go with 5-
8-5 or 5-5-5 while he's playing dead and 8-8-5 and 9-5-7 when he's active.  Good aimed 
blows are a pain.  Still, like every other style, they can be beaten with standard 
     Many people have contributed indirectly to the content of this article.  Foremost 
in my mind are The Lunatic, Scrag, Voo-Doo, U-Star, Shark, Moriarty, and Wormtongue.  
Thanks.  If you have a bone to pick or a story to tell, you know where to find me.

                                                       Wild Oats (479)
                                                       Solven, DM 22

                          Stimpy's Thoughts on Total Parries

                                       part II

     Well, when we last spoke I gave you a rundown on I feel TPs should be designed.  
Now I will give you my ideas on how to run them.
     First, you need to consider what type of warrior you now have.  A total parry is 
what its name suggests.  Total defense.  The idea around a TP is to concentrate on 
defense first and utmost.  Only when the situation arises will the TP decide to 
attack.  With this in mind NEVER run a TP with an offensive effort (OE) above 5.  In 
doing so you have just told your TP to do what they weren't designed to do.  Go 
offensive.  If you want to run your TP above 5, you should have made an offensive 
styled warrior, NOT a TP.  By using a high OE, you cause your TP to ignore defense and 
go offense.  This results in numerous "flailing" and "wild" attacks.  So don't do it.
     While running your TP, you may find that he tends to really turn on the offense 
often.  That is typical, typical of a warrior who favors initiative skills.  This does 
not mean that you should boost your OE.  What is happening is that one of your 
warrior's favorite learns is initiative.  So he/she will be naturally adept in 
initiative.  And remember that initiative is the skill that allows you to continuously 
make attacks on your opponent.  Since your TP decided to attack, your opponent should 
be relatively worn down.  So it will be hard for your opponent to steal that 
initiative back from you.  Hence the reason that your TP looks like an offensive 
killer.  But that's good.  It means that you have a very dangerous warrior on your 
hands.  High endurance burning styles, look out!
     I know, I know!!!  There are managers out there still that believe in the 
offensive TP and suggest using higher OE.  That's all fine and dandy.  Let those 
managers do just that.  I personally guarantee that if you run your TP with a low OE 
like the style was designed to do, you'll win fights.  Experiment with unorthodox 
strategies when you get a better hang of the game.
     Activity level (AL) is the variable in TP strategies.  I would definitely begin 
running a TP with a moderate/low AL.  Try a 3 at first.  After a few fights you'll see 
if your TP likes to dodge more or parry more.  It should be quite obvious; your TP 
will learn more skills in his "favorite" area.  Chances are, though, if your TP has 
received the statement: "avoiding rather than trading blows," or "relying on his speed 
to stay out of danger," your TP would rather dodge than parry.  And that's just fine.  
Boost your AL to about a 4 or 5.  If you choose to use the dodge tactic in defense, 
use AL up to 7.  Beyond that tends to hurt your warrior more than it helps.
     So why not go with an AL of 7 all the time if your TP likes to dodge more than 
parry, you might ask?  That's simple; your TP may like to dodge more, BUT HE STILL 
PARRIES.  So you'll need to be less active to allow your TP that choice.  With an AL 
of 4-5, your warrior will dodge when it is more advantageous, parry when it isn't.
     Kill desire varies greatly from warrior to warrior.  To be on the safe side, I 
always go low KD with my TPs, until they gain expert in attack.  After that point, I 
may begin to experiment, seeing how my warrior reacts to various KDs.  Generally, if 
your warrior learns attack skills relatively well, then a higher KD won't inhibit them 
at all.  If this is the case, I believe that your warrior is not looking for landing 
several blows to win the match (favoring initiative skills), but is instead looking to 
land a few good blows (favoring attack skills).  In the latter case, a moderate to 
high KD may help.  Keep in mind though that your TP is still defensively oriented.  An 
extremely high KD will cause any warrior to behave like a berserker, and may cause 
your TP to make lots of bad attacks.  With this in mind, stay below 7.
     Now to place it all together...

Minute         1    2    3    4    5    6on  Desp
OE             2 ------------------------ >  varies
AL             2 ------------------------ >    "
KD             2 ------------------------ >    "


Minute         1    2    3    4    5    6on  Desp
OE             2 ------------------------ >  varies
AL             4 ------------------------ >    "
KD             2 ------------------------ >    "

     These show my general strategies for parry and dodging oriented warriors, 
respectively.  Seldom do I use any tactics, unless I am making a challenge and wish my 
warrior to behave differently to that challenge (i.e., using the dodge tactic against 
a lunger).  At that point I would refer to the paragraphs in the beginning to 
customize that particular minute to fit the tactic.
     Attack and protect locations are totally up to you.  I like to protect the head 
and body, while attacking the head, arms, and legs.  This protects my vitals, yet can 
allow my warrior to land blows on parts of the body that can cause a warrior to lose a 
fight with the minimum number of hits.
     Desperation is my opposite area.  If I was relying on a low AL in the regular 
minutes, I will boost it in desperation.  While going vice versa if I had a high AL in 
regular minutes.
     Now the one tactic I haven't touched on is the riposte tactic.  Occasionally your 
TP will favor this tactic.  When he does, I like to raise my OE to 3, sometimes 4, and 
the AL to 4.  If I use the riposte tactic, I will use 4-5 OE and a 3-5 AL.  When these 
numbers are any lower, your TP may refrain from attacking in a riposte situation in 
favor of more defense.
     I have found that these strategies work well whether your warrior fights as a 
SCUM or skilled TP.  If you remember from my last article, the difference between the 
schools of thought are the amount of damage the warrior is willing/able to take.
     Well, I hope that this has been informative for the newer players, and the older 
ones, too.  Good luck and see you on the sands.


                              MORE ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS

     Many essays dwell on style specifics.  This piece describes a playing philosophy.  
When you just want to WIN, create scum TPs and size 17 monsters with impunity.  Don't 
worry about getting these warriors into ADM!  YOU'RE concerned with winning those "Top 
Team" and "Team on the Move" awards.
     By comparison, managers with an excellent setup shouldn't be too concerned with 
the team win/loss record.  Their character must develop, gain every skill possible, in 
order to blossom into a deadly duelist.  THEIR goal is to advance this fighter into 
ADM, and eternal life.
     Here are some broad parameters for assessing a warrior's value, and a few 
representative samples:
Primus Bound:
     - WT, WL and DF total 49+.
     - 4 or more wit statements.
     - Start with Expert rating or gain it in one or two skills.
     - [13-5-5-21-13-10-17, 6-6-9-17-21-9-17, 11-7-9-17-17-6-17, etc.]
Basic/ADM Only:
     - WT, WL and DF total to 35+.
     - At least 3 wit statements.
     - Gain Expert rating in no more than five skills.
     - [17-9-10-17-9-9-13, 13-11-11-17-13-8-11, 9-13-10-15-21-5-11, etc.]
Dark Arena: [Any two of these qualify the character as "expendable"]
     - WT less than 13.
     - Less than 3 wit statements.
     - Is clumsy.
     - Has very little endurance.
     - [15-15-16-11-13-5-9, 7-18-13-17-5-13-11, 13-15-13-13-17-6-7, etc.]
     The Primus Bound setups are rare; they are coddled, protected and sometimes 
sandbagged for a year or so in order to build up a few Ad Experts to help them survive 
in the arena.
     The Basic/ADM Only fighters have mediocre to decent stats, and are going to be 
very dependent on their overview for that elusive "luck factor."  This class of 
warrior should be highly competitive.  Most of the fighters seen in the arena are in 
this category.
     Finally, the Dark Arena fighters: conceived from pitiful setups with little 
chance of being competitive.  However, these rollups might prove useful.  Don't fight 
the system; learn to use it to your advantage!  Many managers send fighters to the 
D.A. who might have provided them with a successful (if brief) career in Basic.
     Give BIG numskulls lots of ST and SP; these are your killer LUs and STs.  More WL 
= LU; Higher DF = ST. (I don't advise making Bashers unless you have a 17+ wit and 15+ 
points in WL.)  Give LITTLE morons a boost to WL, ST and CN; these are your TP scum.  
If they have absolutely no WT or WL, escort them to the Dark Arena.
     Of course, some fighters have good stats and decent overviews yet still lose most 
of their fights in the beginning of their career.  The "old" method of dealing with 
this phenomenon was to bump all stats by two or more.  Now, it's generally agreed that 
this increases performance at the cost of future skill learns.  This takes away from a 
duelist's competitive abilities in the higher levels of play.  Competitive fighters 
should be making as few stat raises as possible until they have "maxed out" in at 
least three of four skill areas. (Some managers advocate waiting until a character is 
completely "maxed out" before raising stats; this will take a long time for most 
     Some warriors (particularly the finesse styles: AB, PR, PL, PS) take a little 
longer to develop.  If they DON'T have the stats or the overview to raise visions of a 
Primus inductee, take a HARD look at their potential.  Will stat raises help?  Well 
they come easily?  Is the rest of the team strong?  How much money are you willing to 
invest in this character?
     ANYONE can create an awe-inspiring fighter by adding a couple of points to key 
stats.  It means the fighter may lose some of its long-term potential, but so what?  
Duelmaster, Most Popular Fighter, Best Win/Loss Record, etc. all equate into free 
fights and recognition.  If you don't have that Godling in your stable, what other 
goal might you have but to excel in your arena?!!
     I urge new managers to run EVERY setup at least once in the arena.  Look on 
rollups as a challenge; try to make the best killer or scum possible out of Dark Arena 
material.  There's a tremendous amount of experience to be gained by this.
     See what effect a high ST or DF has on specific styles; compare overviews to find 
what works and what doesn't; gain new insights on character design.  You will enjoy 
playing far more than you do now!  You might even come up with a better way of 
designing a character for a specific style, and write an article to share your views.
     The point is, DON'T wait around for the "right" rollup, or waste time and money 
(or sentiment) on characters who aren't doing anything for you.  Play the percentages.  
If a promising warrior is losing repeatedly, be patient.  Once a few AdExperts are 
gained he will probably turn things around.  If you Dark Arena Mutant loses a lot and 
his scumminess or killer-design aren't working, either bump a couple of stats or DA 
him.  If your scum/killer goes out there and wins a few, start paying attention to 
challenges/avoids (which you SHOULD be doing anyway).  Send that scum against a LU or 
ST; send that monster ST against a midget Parry-whatever.  Style vs. style matchups 
are crucial in the early careers of EVERY fighter.
     Generally, even lousy STs, LUs, BAs and TPs do well starting out.  Later the 
finesse styles--PL, PS, PR, AB--usually take over.  Summary: Recognize the difference 
between playing "to win" and playing "longterm."  Start noticing which teams have high 
win/loss percentages: what kind of warriors are they running?  Start sending diplos; 
don't be bashful.  You can bring that win/loss to a respectable level with careful 
play, short-term Mutant killers and scum, and the occasional stat-bump for those 
mediocre fighters whom you plan on retiring later.  Try it and see.  It gives the game 
more spice, you win more often, and you have more FUN!  And just remember... I told 
you so!

                         Diplo me with comments, questions, rebuke:
                              -- The Arcane Kid, of Astral Kin in Osksi (DM-3)

                                  "Favorite Weapons"

     One of the best ways to improve a warrior's record in basic is to find his 
favorite weapon.  The effect of using a favorite weapon is that a warrior's attack 
ability will improve.  A warrior will throw more critical attacks, improve the odds to 
inflict critical damage, and make attacks that are more difficult to dodge and parry.
     There are two methods used to find a favorite weapon.  The first is, "Don't worry 
about it.  They tell you when you get to ADM anyway."  While some managers have the 
patience to wait that long, I would rather have my favorite in hand in fight one!
     The second method is called, "Charting."  The way I chart weapons is I break 
down, statistically, my warrior's attacks with a particular weapon. (No, it's not 
difficult to do!)  I chart 4 categories, (1) Total number of attacks, (2) Total number 
of crit attacks, (3) Total number of crit damages, (4) Total number of knockdowns.
     (1) Total number of attacks (#ATT) -- Record the total number of attacks with the 
weapon in question, including hits, crits, misses, parried attacks, dodged attacks, 
and wild swings.
     (2) Total number of crit attacks (C ATT) -- Record the total number of critical 
attacks with the weapon in question.  Do not get good attacks confused with critical 
attacks.  A good attack is a statement that is more descriptive than, "strikes with 
dagger," but is not as spectacular as a critical.  An example of a good attack is, 
"Bats outward with her quarterstaff," or, "Makes a lunging attack wielding a short 
spear."  These are more descriptive but are not outstanding.  A critical attack is 
exemplified by spectacular statements such as; "Catapults forward, longsword stabbing 
cruelly at his foe," "Punches with piston-like horsefelling power," or "Hatchet 
flashes with snake-like speed and accuracy."  As you can see, crit attacks are very 
     (3) Total number of crit damages (C DAM) -- A crit damage statement will signify 
a significant amount of additional damage and is typified by a statement such as; 
"Spectators cringe as the horrific power of the blow strikes home" or "It was a 
devastating attack."
     (4) Total number of knockdowns (# KD) -- Record every time an opponent is knocked 
off his feet with the weapon in question.
     The next step is to convert this data into a usable format.  To do this I divide 
the last three categories by the first.  This gives a "batting average" of sorts.  
EXAMPLE: Dark One fights his first three fights with a scimitar.  In those three 
fights Dark One made 16 attacks, 2 crit attacks, 4 crit damage, and 1 knockdown.  This 
breaks down as such:
C ATT = .125
C DAM = .25
# KD = .06
     Remember, the more fights with the weapon, the more accurate your chart will be.
     Looking at Dark One's performance with the scimitar we can conclude that it is 
not his favorite weapon.  I determine this by looking at the three categories in order 
of precedence.
     First I look at C ATT:
     .00-.25  Doubtful
     .25-.35  Slight possibility
     .35-.50  Very possible
     .50 +    BINGO!
     If your warrior is critting 50% of the time, stick with that weapon.  Favorite or 
not, it is VERY effective.
     Next is crit damage.  This is trickier to look at, as the primary chance to do 
critical damage is primarily based on strength.
Does little     0%
Normal         1-5% (style dependent)
Good           10%
Great          25%
Tremendous     50%
Awesome        75%
     Look for increases in the expected average crit rate.  These numbers may be a 
little off as I don't have a large enough sample of warriors with high damage ratings.  
In the example, Dark One rated at 25%, and with his great damage rating it appears he 
is not doing any additional crits.
     Finally, knockdowns.  I don't have a fast and easy rule for this, but anything 
over 15% or 20% if attacking the legs, could bear investigating.  It's best to look at 
all three and infer a weapon's performance.
     Dark One switches to a short spear and after 4 fights has 15 attacks, 7 crit 
attacks, 6 crit damages and 2 knockdowns.
C ATT = .466
C DAM = .40
# KD = .13
     This weapon suits him much better.  His crit percentage is up for all categories.  
This weapon has a very good chance to be his favorite weapon.  In this example it 
wasn't, but his W/L record improved with 6 straight wins. (By the way, the names and 
weapons have been changed but the numbers are from one of my ADM warriors.)
     Okay, I've figured out that the weapon I'm using is not my favorite.  What now?  
There are some indicators to help you.  Look at how your warrior uses his current 
weapon.  If he likes to slash a lot, stay with a slashing weapon.  Also, look at good 
attacks.  If a warrior makes quite a few good attacks with the weapon, try a weapon 
that is used in a similar fashion.  I.E. epee is used in similar fashion to a long 
sword.  Dark One loved to lunge with his scimitar at a 3:1 ratio.  Try weapons that 
fit your stats at first but don't be afraid to try a weapon that is out of your stat 
parameters.  Should you find your favorite and you don't have the strength, size and 
deftness to use it, who cares.  The fact that it's your favorite will nullify or 
minimize all those penalties.
     I know that this is a question on the mind of new managers, as it was for me when 
I was new to the game.  I hope someone can get some good use out of this article and 
expand upon the charting method in their own way.  If you have any questions, 
comments, additions, or criticism please feel free to Diplo.
                                   -- Abe
                                      Ango (DM 64, 103)
                                      Imploding Ducks (DM 19, 103)