Date   : 08/02/2004    Duedate: 08/14/2004


DM-2    TURN-387

This Weeks Top Honors


(2-5103) [31-4-0,178]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TOOFLESS                       POSITION IS EMPTY
(2-5103) [31-4-0,178]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ABALONEA                       FORMIDABLE
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          KNOT WHOLE (443)
(2-5032) [12-43-0,84]          (2-5177) [6-3-3,87]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)    45
2. THE GOLDEN FISH (147)       38      GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)
3. RESURRECTION (570)          13      Unchartered Team
4. KNOT WHOLE (443)             9
5. BLACK/RED KLK (617)          0       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)  80  21  0 79.2   1/ 1 GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599) 10  2 0
 2- 3*BLACK/RED KLK (617)        6   4  0 60.0   2/ 2 BIG COUNTRY (593)         9  6 0
 3/ 4 BIG COUNTRY (593)         91  77  5 54.2   3/ 4 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)     6  9 0
 4/ 5 RESURRECTION (570)       196 194 17 50.3   4/ 5 KNOT WHOLE (443)          4  5 1
 5/ 6 KNOT WHOLE (443)          20  24  3 45.5   5- 3*BLACK/RED KLK (617)       3  2 0
 6/ 8 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)    331 538  9 38.1   6/ 6 RESURRECTION (570)        3  5 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[ Out of the Past #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Delarquan Edition

Old Valamantis:

     The Old Forum of the ruins was empty of people, though strewn with bits of
rubble and random bushes.  Two hundred yards long and a hundred yards wide, and they
stood at the midpoint of one side and looked across to the battered, dark-stoned hulk
of the Old Valamantis arena on the other.  At the end to their left was a vast
building--or the remains of it--that had the layered foundation of an edifice built
on the remains of many previous ones.  Basalt, marble, sandstone, granite, porphyry.
     "The growth rings of the old city," Tensekai, the Silver Mage muttered.
     "Which is the Folstrom layer?" Ka D'Argo of Kolact asked.
     "The oldest.  The bottom one--black basalt," the mage answered.  "The old city
was founded by the Folstrom.  They laid out the ground plan and built the walls.
That," a twitch of his head to the left, "was their main...temple, although we don't
think they worshipped in the same sense we do now.  There at the other end--" a
forest of columns of many different stones, skillfully carved to look like different
species of trees, closed off the right end of the Forum, "that was their Grove of
     The gladiators looked one way, to the temple, the other way to the stone grove,
and then across at the arena.  The lower arcade was of black basalt.
     "So the arena was theirs, too."  Sputter of Dwes Eg hunched his shoulders
uneasily.  "Were the Bloodgames their idea?"
     Tensekai glanced at him, startled.  "I don't know, I never questioned that it
was Sheila of the Grey Wand who came up with that."  After a moment, he grimaced.
"She lived then, or near to then, and might have borrowed the idea from them."
     "So she's using blood magic, too, eh?"  Goblin licked his lips and took a step
forward.  "So much for her high-and-mighty attitude, then!  Not that I'm complaining,
mind you."
     "I have heard it said that Sheila of the Grey Wand would use ANY means to
protect Alastari," Tensekai muttered.  "But it never occurred to me that the
Bloodgames might be part of her magical defense...."  The thought appeared to make
him uneasy.
     "We won't get anything done standing around here," Goblin called back over his
shoulder.  I thought you were all eager to establish a magical perimeter inside the
arena.  Let's do it!"
     "Right," Sputter said.  He stepped forward to follow Goblin.  "You know, I
really don't want to go over there."
     "Me neither!"  Lavender Lance took Tensekai's arm.  "But we have it to do,
     The gladiators straggled out onto the Forum's cracked pavement.  Goblin was in
the lead; Ka D'Argo brought up the rear, facing backwards with his sword drawn.  None
of them felt comfortable with the fact that they'd gotten this far without being
     After a few minutes, Sputter glanced around and then at Tensekai.  "Why aren't
we hearing anything?  No birds or mice, okay, I wouldn't want to hang out here
either, if I was a bird or a mouse.  But not even any wind!"
     The mage's eyes were blank with concentration, and he didn't answer.
     "It's a trap," Ka D'Argo said quietly.  "The whole city, but especially the
arena, is a trap for anyone who ventures in without the permission of..." he gestured
at the ruins around the Forum, "whoever's there.  But we have to do it anyway.  Some
traps can only be destroyed from the inside."
     Lavender Lance burst into tears.  "I don't want to be trapped by...by liches or
whatever they are!"  But she kept walking toward the arena.
     No one tried to stop them.  This unexpected fact brought all of them to
agreement with the Kolactan's assessment that the arena was a trap.  And a very
unpleasant one.  Once they were inside the walls, and especially as they descended
the dark corridor toward the sunken fighting floor, the smell of the place grew
stronger.  It stank of blood and death and decay, with a sulfurous undertone that
none of them could identify.
     Until they stepped out onto the sands, under a dome of crimson light, and saw
the demonic creature waiting for them.
     And heard the iron bars clash into position behind them to prevent an exit.

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 501): JEJUNE of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 386): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 506): LEFTISTS BLOW of THE CONFUSED (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 502): STANLEY'S CUP of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 501): BELISS DON of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 505): SECOND OMEN of DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 502): TERRI TOWEL of BEACH BABES (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 497): SIR PENT of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 488): POOPIEHEAD of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 487): RAZOR MELODY of IRONIC TAILS (Mr. Twister, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 461): MAD MILKSTER of LEGENDARY BASTARDS ( ! , mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 452): STEVEN SCIMITAR of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 197): MYRON NAGEL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 439): STUPID SEXY FLANDERS of I'M SO SEXY (Muffy, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 387): APPLE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 184): MICROSOFT of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 172): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 337): YOU of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 149): CANNONBALL of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 501): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 386): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 506): THE CONFUSED (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 502): MAYAN WHITE (Myrrdin, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 501): RENEGADES II (Elizamir, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 505): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 502): FLOWER CHILDREN (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 497): SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 488): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 487): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 461): LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 452): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 197): THE MIDDLE WAY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 439): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 387): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 184): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 172): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 337): DEVIL'S MAYHEM (Dincuru Feadagnor?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 149): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 380): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 506): GRAPH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 502): STANLEY'S CUP of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 500): HOWLER of THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 487): PURPLE FIREFISH of BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
                            PICKLE JUICE of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                            VASSAL of THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)
                            HANNAH of SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 486): THE BUTCHER of NASTY MOB (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 460): POSTMASTER P of HELTER SKELTER (Cosmo Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 197): MYRON NAGEL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Nick, mgr.)
                   (turn 196): MISS CON DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 439): STUPID SEXY FLANDERS of I'M SO SEXY (Muffy, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 184): MICROSOFT of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 172): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
              (turn 171): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 337): YOU of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 149): CONSTANTINE of AGELESS WONDER (Belyn, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in NIANIA this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, LUBAYA fought SORRY JUNK and gained 
29 points and contributed to THE GOLDEN FISH's 3-2-0.  SORRY JUNK has lost to LUBAYA, 
falling 31 points, while helping make BIG COUNTRY a 1-4-0 turn.  Well done, NIANIA, 
the Duelmaster was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps TOOFLESS is not as 
thrilled, being challenged 4 times.  BILLY challenged for the Duelmastership this 
turn, attempting to dethrone GLORY BOUND TROLLS' warrior.  Defending its title for 
another turn, TOOFLESS kept BIG COUNTRY's warrior, BILLY, from claiming the throne.  
By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at 
Jim's Tap Room?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  I also notice that the RESURRECTION stable 
was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on NIANIA, what are you afraid of?  And 
avoiding RESURRECTION more than any other team we find BIG COUNTRY.  NIANIA, are we 
going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  TOLDERST of RESURRECTION had better 
have a good reason for challenging down 12 points in a challenge which she won.  I 
thought TOLDERST showed great skill and promise when she overcame FORMIDABLE.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  A brave warrior does not carry a 
red shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     I like this place, NIANIA, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in NIANIA and I've a long 
road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in NIANIA again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOOFLESS 5103                31   4  0   178       GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JARCK 5132                   18  10  0   112       RESURRECTION (570)
 BILLY 5153                   12   6  0   105       BIG COUNTRY (593)
 TOLDERST 5159                15   4  0   100       RESURRECTION (570)
 LUBAYA 5126                  17  18  0    98       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 BETTY 5107                   15   7  2    95       BIG COUNTRY (593)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FORMIDABLE 5177               6   3  3    87       KNOT WHOLE (443)
 ABALONEA 5032                12  43  0    84       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 ANALIRA 5087                 17  27  1    79       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 YELLOW PIKE 5031             11  44  1    78       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 NELLISTHA 5156               16  14  1    77       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 SORRY JUNK 5161              11   7  1    74       BIG COUNTRY (593)
 PROWESS 5155                  9  14  0    72       KNOT WHOLE (443)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OOZE-O 5277                   5   1  0    38       GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TALON 5250                    2   1  0    33       BLACK/RED KLK (617)
 PIP 5286                      4   1  0    32       GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)
-CHYLEYA 5225                  5   4  0    28       RESURRECTION (570)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUTUS 5248                   5   3  0    24       BIG COUNTRY (593)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-UPUP 5105                     3   0  0    23       GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)
 BWA HA 3650                   2   4  0    22       KNOT WHOLE (443)
-AZRAEL 5249                   2   1  0    19       BLACK/RED KLK (617)
 XENOTH CLY 5266               3   6  0    15       RESURRECTION (570)
-QUEMBY 5265                   1   1  0    15       RESURRECTION (570)
-SIK 5253                      1   0  0    14       BLACK/RED KLK (617)
-POLARIUS 5300                 1   0  0    13       BLACK/RED KLK (617)
 NEEBLES 5301                  1   0  0    12       GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)
 LOU LOU 5294                  1   2  0     5       BIG COUNTRY (593)
-HOSS 5251                     0   1  0     1       BLACK/RED KLK (617)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sorry to have written no personals last time.  The occurrence of the Face to Face,
though I don't go to it, always disrupts my schedule.  We'll try to make it up to
you, though. -- Nick, The Golden Fish

Sorry Junk -- (shaking her head sadly)  That's no more than I deserve for being
careless! -- Analira

Ooze-O -- How can you be a troll and a golem at the same time?  Is this an error in
representation by the Commission?  I thought they recognized a troll when they saw
one.  (sigh)  But the blindness of the Commission bureaucracy shouldn't surprise me.
-- Nellistha

Betty -- If it weren't for you and the Trolls, well, and the Knot Wholes, I hardly
know who we'd fight.  Glad you could stay a little longer.  We'd miss you if you
left. -- Lubaya

Formidable -- I suppose you'd have to be to share a guildhouse with the Prowess.  But
that didn't mean you should bury me in the sand! -- Yellow Pike

Prowess -- I am honored to be matched against you, but unworthy!  I could not begin
to compare to your prow.  (indicating her own modest dimensions)  As you see. --

Prowess -- It did?  Great!  That's what it was supposed to do.  Not you specifically,
but it was MEANT to be distracting.  I had it specially made. -- Lubaya

Billy -- "Fight and not look back."  I'll remember that.  Of course, sometimes the
spy reporters advise to watch our backs, for which one would have to look back, yes?
But what do they know? -- Yellow Pike

Lou-Lou -- (injured look)  (not difficult under the circumstances)  If I was allowed
to keep the skills I learn, it would be a different story! -- Biff Mug, Mordant
P.S.  Who you calling a city boy?  Why do you think I left that wicked city?

17 July 2004
I am currently trying to put together a favorites chart for AD warriors.  I
desperately need help with this.  What I need are style, favorite rhythm (ex.:
hi/low), favorite weapons, and tactics.  What would be great is if you could send me
a copy of the invite with the warrior's name, id#, and arena blacked out.  This way,
I can verify that this is an actual warrior.  Minis will work, too!

For those interested, I have both a challenge style vs. style and a match-up style
vs. style chart.  There's about 250 fights calculated in these charts, and I'll be
happy to send a copy to anyone who asks.  You can contact me (if you're a free world
player) at: Rick Stringer, Merit/East, SCI, P.O. Box 500, Georgetown, DE 19947-0500.
If you're in prison, just send a diplo to:  Baphomet, Mgr. Knights Templar (568), DM
#47--North Fork.  (I also have a lot of other charts and info for anyone who wants
it.)  Thanks!

30 July 2004
The total number of fights calculated was reported as 250 fights.  This is a
misprint.  It should have read "over 2,500 fights." -- Baphomet

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOLDERST bested FORMIDABLE in a crowd pleasing 5 minute Challenge fight.
BILLY slimly lost to TOOFLESS in a exciting 3 minute expert's Challenge Title battle.
BETTY overpowered ANALIRA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
PIP devastated BRUTUS in a 4 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
JARCK demolished YELLOW PIKE in a action packed 1 minute gory mismatched competition.
SORRY JUNK was devastated by LUBAYA in a 2 minute mismatched match.
NELLISTHA overcame KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gruesome fight.
PROWESS slimly lost to ABALONEA in a action packed 6 minute gory expert's duel.
OOZE-O vanquished XENOTH CLY in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BWA HA defeated CULT MEMBER in a 2 minute match.
LOU LOU was handily defeated by NEEBLES in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       22 -   7 -  0      76  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  12 -  2      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  19 -  0      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   9 -  0      10  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 387 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      TOOFLESS 5103              31   4  0  178 GLORY BOUND TROLLS (599)
LUNGING ATTACK   JARCK 5132                 18  10  0  112 RESURRECTION (570)
SLASHING ATTACK  BILLY 5153                 12   6  0  105 BIG COUNTRY (593)
WALL OF STEEL    NELLISTHA 5156             16  14  1   77 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ABALONEA 5032.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FORMIDABLE 5177.  The ten other most popular fighters were BILLY 5153, ABALONEA 
5032, JARCK 5132, PROWESS 5155, PIP 5286, TOLDERST 5159, TOOFLESS 5103, NELLISTHA 
5156, BETTY 5107, and BRUTUS 5248.

The least popular fighter this week was LOU LOU 5294.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were XENOTH CLY 5266, SORRY JUNK 5161, ANALIRA 5087, NEEBLES 5301, YELLOW 
PIKE 5031, BWA HA 3650, OOZE-O 5277, LUBAYA 5126, BRUTUS 5248, and BETTY 5107.


Please note that all new teams created at the Face-to-Face were temporarily placed 
in a temporary Tournament Arena, DM 81 or DM 83.  If you requested that your team be 
placed in a specific arena, it has already transferred to that arena.  Any teams not 
transferred out of DM 81 and DM 83 by October 1st will be deleted.  If you have 
questions about any of your teams, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI