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Date   : 05/04/2009    Duedate: 05/16/2009

ANDORAK

DM-105    TURN-504

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 SUPERIOR FAT 82/1033  625  405  2 60.7      SCARLET KNIGHTS II 11/994             
    SUPERIOR FORCES 2G 68/991                   SCARLET KNIGHTS 11/902                
    SUPERIOR FORCES 1W 82/1036                  RUBY DRAGONS 46/1006                  
    SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 4/1028                3 GOLDEN CANYON 26/741  642 1082 10 37.2
  2 X-FORCE 66/415       1610 2212 22 42.1    4 MIKES 14/831          406  722 12 36.0
    DRAGONBALL Z 46/944                   

    '##/###' Avoid teams by their Team Id     '-'  Team did not fight this turn

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

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Elsewhere:

     Lenpro didn't mention the disappearance of the gate they'd come through from Old
Fratsfa, but Sizzling Sunflower turned to look also.  "It isn't like we need a way
out," she said.  "This is a great place, really good soil for the roots, and plenty
of sunlight!"
     Lenpro looked at her, suddenly worried.  "Is this what you want for your life,
to become a sunflower completely and stand in the light with your feet in the dirt?
Bees to pollinate you and birds to harvest your seeds?"
     She turned her face, which was rounder and flatter and more like the flower she
was named for with every passing moment, toward him, and her eyes opened wide.
"Bees?"
     "I seem to recall that's how sunflowers do it."
     "BEES?"  She blinked at him, startled and dismayed.  "No!  Surely I wouldn't
become a PLANT."
     "Look at yourself," Lenpro said.  "Listen to what you've been saying."
     "The lady wants to be a plant, you shouldn't butt in," someone growled.
     Gladiator and manager turned.  Something that was half man and half feline faced
them, ears laid back and whiskers bristling.  "And this was your choice?" Lenpro
asked, indicating the hybrid form.  "To be neither one thing or the other, unwelcome
in either group?"  To ask such questions here and now was probably dangerous, the
creature looked to be balanced on knife-edge of temper and sanity, but he wasn't
feeling diplomatic.  A good fight might clear the--  No, he couldn't push things that
far, what was he thinking?  Was this place getting to him, too?  He had
responsibilities, and they did not include getting himself killed here in some pocket
dimension.  He took a deep breath and said, "Sorry, not my business.  But the young
lady is my business."
     The man-cat looked at them for a long minute, while others of this place
gathered behind him.  Other man-cats, but no two alike, something that might have
been a sort of werewolf, and many stranger forms.  Some were clearly not far from
their human beginnings, but others--he assumed they had started as human, but now it
was hard to believe that.  "You need to see the king," the man-cat decided.  "We will
take you there."
     So, a king.  Not the anarchy he had thought at first.  Was this good or bad?  A
king meant authority he could appeal to in order to get the kidnapped women returned.
But if the king said no, it meant authority on the other side, no recovery of the
women, and maybe no escape for himself and Sunflower.  Well, you played the hand you
were dealt.  He watched the denizens of this place move to surround them and herd
them through the chaotic jumble of buildings and ruins.  They weren't going to be
given a choice to decline.  And if they had to run, it wouldn't be easy to find their
way back through this maze.  Which was assuming that once they got back to where the
gate had been, they could make it appear and open for them; no guarantee on that.
     The king was holding court in--Lenpro blinked.  It looked more like a ruined
arena than any kind of palace.  An oval space open to the sky, stone steps or ledges
rising all around it with people lounging on them.  The floor of the place was
sandy... and blood stained.  They were hustled into a position before the raised
throne.
     Lenpro looked up at the king critically.  He might be some kind of werewolf, but
there was more to him now than just the man and the wolf.  He looked... unstable,
which was no surprise.  Tricky to deal with.  But the man behind him, if it was a
man, looked worse.  Ancient, skeletal, not-quite-human but in some different way.  No
suggestion of cat or wolf there!  Nor elf, dwarf, orc... it would be easy to call him
half a demon, and it might even be true.
     The mancat who had led them here began to speak, hissing and yowling and barely
intelligible.
     The king growled back at him, then turned his yellow-eyed gaze on Lenpro.  "You
would take people away from this place where they can be themselves?" he asked.
Despite his conspicuous fangs, he was easy enough to understand.
     "Those who came here of their own will, no," the manager said.  He didn't like
the idea of leaving so many people here in this insane place, but he couldn't rescue
everybody.  "Just the two women who were kidnapped a few hours ago.  They weren't
volunteers."
     The half-demon leaned to the king's ear and whispered something.  The werewolf
shrugged and shook his head.  To the mancat, the king said, "Bring the women here."
     The wait seemed interminable, and Lenpro didn't try to guess how long it was.
Subjective time was tricky, and he suspected that it might be different here anyway.
     Presently the mancat returned, with two more who were, well, not his own kind,
exactly, but more like him than like the others around.  And two still-human women,
young, disheveled, and frightened.
     The king scowled at everyone impartially.  To the kidnappers he said, "It is a
rule here that no one is forced to enter.  How came these women to be with you?"
     One of the kidnappers replied, yowling like an angry cat.  "We wanted them.
That is our nature.  So we took them.  Why should we not?  It is our nature.  We live
our true natures here."
     The king roared, leaping to his feet.  If there were words in the roar, Lenpro
could not decipher them, but several of the observers came forward to grab the
kidnappers.  "It is the Rule," he said, becoming calmer.  "Each of us can be himself,
but only if it does not put this whole place at risk.  By your actions you drew the
attention of Those Outside.  You know the penalty."
     "Death!" roared all the spectators together.
     The king nodded.  "Death on the altar.  Take them away."  When the guilty pair
were taken away, he turned to Lenpro.  "There will be no more kidnappings," he said.
"Your work here is done.  You may leave."
     "Not without the women we came for."
     "They have seen too much.  They cannot go."
     "Sunflower and I have seen, too.  Will you try to keep us here?"
     "You, no, you'd be nothing but trouble, but the woman is one of us.  Already she
is changing, as you see.  She shall remain and become her true self."
     "I don't want to stay here," Sunflower protested.  "This... plant is NOT my true
self, dammit!  It's just an accident because of my arena name!"
     The half-demon leaned forward to whisper to the king again, but he brushed his
advisor back.  "You are a gladiator?  Good.  Will you fight for your right to leave?"
he asked.
     "Yesss!"
     "And for the right of the other two," Lenpro added.  "They won't tell about this
place, and if they did, who would believe them."
     The half-demon muttered something and smashed the butt of his staff onto the
stone floor.
     The king turned to snarl at him.  "No!  I am king here, and I decide.  The
sunflower will fight for the right to leave, for herself and the other two women.  I
have said it.  Let it be done.  Bring someone to oppose her."

West of Fratsfa:

     The brush that choked the end of the road turned out to be a thin screen, maybe
a couple of yards of it.  The road beyond that screen wasn't exactly well worn, but
it did look like there'd been travel.  Regular travel.  Horses or maybe mules, Fandil
was no tracker to tell the difference, and besides, it was getting dark fast under
the trees.  But nothing with wheels that he could see a sign of.
     "We're going to have to find a place to camp soon," Ravishing Redbud said.  "In
fact, we should probably take the first good place we find."
     Elosjon stopped in his tracks and stared at her.  "Sleep OUTSIDE?"
     Redbud widened her eyes in comical dismay.  "You were going to ask someone who
lives out here," she waved at the forest, "for shelter?  I really don't think so."
     "If we could find a tree big enough to shelter us in its limbs, that might be
even better," Fandil said.  "I don't know what wild animals live in these woods--"
     "Deer, wolves, wild boars, bears," Redbud recited.  "Bears climb trees, though."
     "Three out of four is better than nothing," Fandil said.  "Start looking for a
tree."
     Elosjon opened his mouth, to make a further protest, probably, Fandil thought,
and then stopped.  The notes of a hunting horn were echoing through the shadowy
aisles of the forest.  He shivered a little.  "Trees, right.  Big trees... over
there?"  He pointed toward a darker area where the ground sloped downward.
     "Probably our best bet," Redbud said.  "And we'd better move fast."

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 308): CONCUSSION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 618): LILAC LIZARD of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 618): MR FANG of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 606): ULTRA FAIT of DROP THE LEASH (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 607): PAUL WEIDORFER of MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 605): WORKER BEE of WE BEE BAD (Dartor, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 604): FLESH FLAYER of ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 600): BAINES of GAMEHENDGE (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 569): GRUNT 4 of MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 560): SERGEANT 1 of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 551): TEMPTATION of INFERNAL LORDS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 256): BRAIN TUMOR of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 450): THOMAS WIGLE of MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 209): NAPOLEON of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 503): SMITH of MIKES (Cereal Boy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 308): CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 618): ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 618): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 606): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 607): MEDAL OF HONOOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 605): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 604): MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 600): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 569): MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 560): MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 551): BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 256): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 450): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 209): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 503): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 618): SEPHIROTH of NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 618): LITTLE BIG MUN of ALL THE MUN'S MEN (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 568): GRUNT 5 of MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                          GRUNT 3 of MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 255): TEALIN SALI of MIDDLE WAY 8 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 449): M.T. LANE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.}
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 208): DORINE EAGEL of THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                          Reflections by the King's Sentinel

     Served you right, Maxie boy.  Did you think you had an easy win to hang onto the
title?  Not that I can blame you for that ambition, I suppose.  But while I'm old,
I'm not easy.  No way, no how.

                                        Smith

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Amazing, the Split has moved among us, and we see who our friends are, eh?
Kellumbo's Kids are gone, and suddenly we have only fourteen fights, involving five
standbys, no challenges, no avoids.  Is this an arena?  Will managers from the other
arenas laugh at us?  Only time will tell.

In brief, and brief it will necessarily be, the fights:
     SOLARIS (46-3759) (35-107-0,58) of RUBY DRAGONS fought YOGONITH (105-5) (0-0-
0,90) of Ever-Reliable Standbys.  SOLARIS luckily beat YOGONITH in a popular 3 minute
duel.  It shouldn't have taken a veteran like Solaris that long.
     MERRIWEATHER (68-8693) (15-3-0,100) of SUPERIOR FORCES 2G fought GO-FER (26-
4444) (31-46-2,100) of GOLDEN CANYON.  MERRIWEATHER overpowered GO-FER in a 1 minute
mismatched conflict.  Obviously, Go-Fer is not getting inducted any time soon.
     GOLDERIE (26-4657) (38-35-1,114) of GOLDEN CANYON fought KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN (46-
3809) (61-76-1,149) of RUBY DRAGONS.  GOLDERIE was demolished by KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN
in a 1 minute mismatched match.  Nor is Khorne getting inducted.  Damn.  I don't have
anything against him as a person, I don't KNOW him as a person, but I think he's
sleep-walking out there.
     SARINA (26-4220) (34-44-1,141) of GOLDEN CANYON fought CONNOR MACLEOD (11-5532)
(75-89-0,145) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II.  SARINA was devastated by CONNOR MACLEOD in a 1
minute mismatched conflict.  Nothing new happening anywhere, is there?

     WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIRE (82-3317) (26-7-0,202) of SUPERIOR FATHER fought NIXIE
SEASPRITE (11-4992) (76-88-1,202) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIRE was
defeated by NIXIE SEASPRITE in an exciting 2 minute match.  And how does this affect
the Evil Empire, eh?
     TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD (11-4304) (86-126-0,208) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought LORIS
KEY (26-4706) (30-38-2,153) of GOLDEN CANYON.  TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD overpowered LORIS
KEY in a 1 minute one-sided melee.  Nothing new.
     WOLVERINE (66-3871) (78-128-7,199) of X-FORCE fought RHYNIAN ALANDA (105-9) (0-
0-0,200) of Ever-Reliable Standbys.  WOLVERINE won victory over RHYNIAN ALANDA in a
popular 2 minute fight.  I'm really glad I'm not a standby.  That must be a hellish
job.
     WARDUKE (11-5930) (66-80-3,183) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II fought RHYNIAN ALANDA
(105-9) (0-0-0,200) of Ever-Reliable Standbys.  WARDUKE was vanquished by RHYNIAN
ALANDA in a popular 2 minute gruesome uneven duel.  Ah, with some rewards.
     BLACKRAZOR (11-4091) (72-154-2,196) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought CLEMMIE (26-4630)
(33-51-1,168) of GOLDEN CANYON.  BLACKRAZOR devastated CLEMMIE in an action packed 1
minute one-sided competition.  I foresee that there will be no cooking in the next
couple of weeks.  Sandwiches, all of us.

     VAN HELSING (11-6338) (56-71-1,185) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II fought MAXIMUM EFFORT
(82-11013) (19-15-0,162) of SUPERIOR FORCES 1W.  VAN HELSING was vanquished by
MAXIMUM EFFORT in an exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.  Didn't look like it was
that hard.
     HUMMEL (14-1404) (103-157-7,219) of MIKES fought LUKARIAN LAMORAK (11-4841) (72-
107-1,209) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  HUMMEL overpowered LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a crowd
pleasing 1 minute one-sided fight.  But Hummel's teammate Smith has gone.
     VAJRA VALMEJAR (11-4928) (79-95-0,212) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought BERYL (105-26)
(0-0-0,181) of Ever-Reliable Standbys.  VAJRA VALMEJAR demolished BERYL in a 1 minute
one-sided melee.  I did hear that beryls are fragile stones, as stones go.
     MICHAEL COOPER (4-5943) (33-16-1,211) of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 fought SANDS (11-
4123) (74-150-3,197) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  MICHAEL COOPER slimly won victory over
SANDS in a crowd pleasing 3 minute fight.  "Slim" and "three minutes"--does that mean
it was hard fought?

For the title:
     GOKU (46-3655) (104-82-2,249) of DRAGONBALL Z fought MASKED GUILDMASTER (105-6)
(0-0-0,201) of Ever-Reliable Standbys.  GOKU overpowered MASKED GUILDMASTER in a 1
minute mismatched Title duel.  Hardly impressive, but there it is.

                                       Ardane

THE KING'S SENTINEL           W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GOKU 46-3655               105  82  2  260  DRAGONBALL Z (944)         ARDIVENT

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 HUMMEL 14-1404             104 157  7  230  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992     77  88  1  220  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 VAJRA VALMEJAR 11-4928      80  95  0  218  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 MICHAEL COOPER 4-5943       34  16  1  218  SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 (1028) JHELUM

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TALISMAN SHIELDGUA 11-4304  87 126  0  210  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 WOLVERINE 66-3871           79 128  7  208  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 SANDS 11-4123               74 151  3  201  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 BLACKRAZOR 11-4091          73 154  2  200  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIR 82-3317  26   8  0  198  SUPERIOR FATHER (1033)     DWES EG
 LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841    72 108  1  190  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 MAXIMUM EFFORT 82-11013     20  15  0  185  SUPERIOR FORCES 1W (1036)  DWES EG

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WARDUKE 11-5930             66  81  3  178  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY
 CLEMMIE 26-4630             33  52  1  165  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 VAN HELSING 11-6338         56  72  1  164  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY
 LORIS KEY 26-4706           30  39  2  155  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 CONNOR MACLEOD 11-5532      76  89  0  154  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY
 KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN 46-3809  62  76  1  153  RUBY DRAGONS (1006)        ARDIVENT

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SARINA 26-4220              34  45  1  132  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 GOLDERIE 26-4657            38  36  1  113  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MERRIWEATHER 68-8693        16   3  0  110  SUPERIOR FORCES 2G (991)   FIREHOLD

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GO-FER 26-4444              31  47  2   93  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SOLARIS 46-3759             36 107  0   80  RUBY DRAGONS (1006)        ARDIVENT

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Salem -- Let me know when you're all leaving for Talahya and I'll wave you goodbye.
-- Sarina
P.S.  Maybe I'll even cook something for you, if a neuter dwarf has preferences.

Tyra -- NOT teriyaki, PLEASE.  It isn't particularly BAD, I suppose, but it also
isn't much good, really.  I've had better barbecue sauce from other ethnic styles.
Although I do hear that part of the problem is that the people making teriyaki sauce
around here these days don't really know what they're doing, or else they're catering
to perverted tastes.  Or both, of course. -- Golderie

Wolverine -- Oh.  It's you. -- Clemmie
P.S.  How can I be even civil to someone who eats everything that comes his way
without discrimination?  Philistines aren't in it with you.

Warduke -- I won't make you pies, so don't even ask. -- Loris Key, having a less than
stellar day

Connor Macleod -- Ya bum!  You deserve your fate. -- Go-Fer

29 April 09
Greetings All -- This is Vincent Michaels, "the Rake", mgr. of the Stormbringers out
of DM 33 Niatoli Island, back after a relatively long layoff.  I come back to my
arena to find only two other teams there.  Terrible!  I'm calling on all you managers
out there who have inactive teams in Niatoli to put them back in the game.  Also,
anyone else who wants to come check out our little island are welcome.  Good food and
a lot of good gambling, and you will have a chance to smack around Gen. GirlPants and
his band of Ravaged Queens.  Great fun.  Come one, come all!

4 May 09
Players of Duel 2:

RSI wants to try, in a few arenas, a system that rewards role-play and general arena
involvement.  Our thoughts at this time are as follows, and feedback is earnestly
solicited:

1.  What to reward.
a.  Spotlights--they don't have to be involved and lengthy storylines, and in fact,
my own inclination is to say: anything game related and original (i,e,, not a
reprint), maybe set a minimum length.  I use TOGS here as my model--half a column as
formatted for the newsletter, and we don't judge the quality of the writing (so long
as the editor isn't grossed out), just the intent to make a positive contribution.
b.  A dm column where one is "due."  Again, no judgment on quality of writing, should
be dm-related, and I would say (this is just me) a minimum length of maybe five
lines.
c.  Personals.  More than just "you suck," or "good fight."  How much more doesn't
really concern me, and quality, other than "not offensive to the editor," should not
be an issue.  We don't want to encourage participation and then muzzle it.
d.  It has been suggested that a reward point or two be offered for running a full
team.  We could include this, but my own inclination would be to say that there would
be no points for this, but that those who don't make a clear effort on this
(accidents happen, so maybe something like "when the three-turn total of fights is
below twelve"?) aren't eligible for points on any turn until they get it back up to a
full team.

2.  How to reward it.
a.  We've been thinking nebulously about some kind of point system, obviously, as an
example, say 3 points for a spotlight, 2 for a column, 1 for personals, more points
here for what takes more effort, but some points for any effort.  This is in no way
final!  But some way to keep track of who is contributing and how much, and as non-
subjective as possible; this would be noted as each newsletter would be proofed.  A
way to clearly identify who's sending in what would help, but I can work it out by
referring to the warrior listings if I have to.
b.  But, assuming a point system, do the rewards, whatever they end up being, go to
the player who achieves a certain point total?  Is this calculated per turn, or as a
running total over as many turns as it takes to reach that point?  Or to the player
with the highest total on any given turn?  What about ties?
c.  What do the points get the player?  The current thought is X points gets a free
fight, probably replacing the "Popularity Leader's" free fight in the relevant arena.
That suggests only one player getting a role-play free fight on any given turn.  Is
this enough to encourage the newsletter participation we're hoping for?  Should we
convert "This Week's Favorite" to a role-play free fight also?  Or handle rewards in
some other way entirely?

3.  Where it happens.
The current thought is, try it in four arenas:  one in each region, and one slow
arena.  Who picks the arenas in question?  I'd be inclined to rule out those that are
doing fairly well already (Ardivent, Sunset, Lapur; Arkers, Morya, North Fork), but
is that wise?  Or even fair?  Darned if I know.  Places where it is NOT currently
intended to happen:  Transfer arenas.  Maybe rule out the no-tourney arenas as
current candidates, too?

If this seems to work well enough to be worth the effort, should we consider
extending it to more, eventually to all non-transfer, arenas?

This is not a "someday down the line we might" concept.  We want to do this, and
SOON.  Your feedback would be appreciated, for, against, changes, anything.  You can
email me directly at jputney zianet com (make sure it says DM in the subject line) or
send a diplo to scribe, any arena.

the Scribe

P.S.  Staff members not to be eligible for role-playing free fights.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MICHAEL COOPER slimly won victory over SANDS in a crowd pleasing 3 minute fight.
VAJRA VALMEJAR demolished BERYL in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
GOKU overpowered MASKED GUILDMASTER in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
HUMMEL overpowered LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fight.
VAN HELSING was vanquished by MAXIMUM EFFORT in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
BLACKRAZOR devastated CLEMMIE in a action packed 1 minute one-sided competition.
WARDUKE was vanquished by RHYNIAN ALANDA in a popular 2 minute gruesome uneven duel.
WOLVERINE won victory over RHYNIAN ALANDA in a popular 2 minute fight.
TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD overpowered LORIS KEY in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIRE was defeated by NIXIE SEASPRITE in a exciting 2 minute match.
SARINA was devastated by CONNOR MACLEOD in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
GOLDERIE was demolished by KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MERRIWEATHER overpowered GO-FER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SOLARIS luckily beat YOGONITH in a popular 3 minute duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         PARRY-LUNGE       27 -  11 -  0      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       36 -  24 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  12 -  1      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        25 -  19 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  14 -  0      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -  15 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -  34 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  31 -  2      38  |

Turn 504 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     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       2  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       GOKU 46-3655              105  82  2  260 DRAGONBALL Z (944)
PARRY-LUNGE      HUMMEL 14-1404            104 157  7  230 MIKES (831)
WALL OF STEEL    NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992    77  88  1  220 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
STRIKING ATTACK  VAJRA VALMEJAR 11-4928     80  95  0  218 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
LUNGING ATTACK   TALISMAN SHIELDGU 11-4304  87 126  0  210 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
SLASHING ATTACK  WOLVERINE 66-3871          79 128  7  208 X-FORCE (415)
BASHING ATTACK   CLEMMIE 26-4630            33  52  1  165 GOLDEN CANYON (741)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SARINA 26-4220             34  45  1  132 GOLDEN CANYON (741)
TOTAL PARRY      MERRIWEATHER 68-8693       16   3  0  110 SUPERIOR FORCES 2G (991)

The overall popularity leader is GOKU 46-3655.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was WOLVERINE 66-3871.  The ten other most popular fighters were NIXIE SEASPRITE 
11-4992, MICHAEL COOPER 4-5943, WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIRE 82-3317, SANDS 11-4123, GOKU 
46-3655, WARDUKE 11-5930, HUMMEL 14-1404, MAXIMUM EFFORT 82-11013, VAJRA VALMEJAR 
11-4928, and BLACKRAZOR 11-4091.

The least popular fighter this week was GOLDERIE 26-4657.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LORIS KEY 26-4706, GO-FER 26-4444, SARINA 26-4220, CLEMMIE 
26-4630, VAN HELSING 11-6338, LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841, MERRIWEATHER 68-8693, CONNOR 
MACLEOD 11-5532, SOLARIS 46-3759, and KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN 46-3809.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
JHELUM(4)            1  0 0  CALEAM(26)           0  5 0  FIREHOLD(68)         1  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       5  4 0  ARDIVENT(46)         3  0 0  DWES EG(82)          1  1 0  
TOBIR(14)            1  0 0  TARRGIR(66)          1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MICHAEL COOPER 4-5943       34  16  1  218  SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 (1028) JHELUM
 NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992     77  88  1  220  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 HUMMEL 14-1404             104 157  7  230  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 CLEMMIE 26-4630             33  52  1  165  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 GOKU 46-3655               105  82  2  260  DRAGONBALL Z (944)         ARDIVENT
 WOLVERINE 66-3871           79 128  7  208  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 MERRIWEATHER 68-8693        16   3  0  110  SUPERIOR FORCES 2G (991)   FIREHOLD
 WORKS 4 EVIL EMPIR 82-3317  26   8  0  198  SUPERIOR FATHER (1033)     DWES EG