DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/09/2004    Duedate: 03/22/2004

KOLACT ARENA

DM-10    TURN-487

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BLING BLING
TERRAPIN STATION (189)
(10-5084) [16-6-0,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLING BLING                    DANTAVIUS
TERRAPIN STATION (189)         DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
(10-5084) [16-6-0,129]         (10-5270) [6-2-1,59]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CLEO                           RUN ABOUT RON
THE MOONDOGS (97)              SPRINGBORN (358)
(10-4996) [13-28-2,69]         (10-5426) [0-1-0,5]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE JERKS (508)             33
2. VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)       33      ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
3. SIR AGLIO (296)             29      Unchartered Team
4. SPRINGBORN (358)            28
5. PROJECT MAYHEM (507)        27      THE JERKS (508)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     14   8  2 63.6   1/ 3 SIR AGLIO (296)           9  6 1
 2/ 5*THE JERKS (508)            7   4  0 63.6   2/ 1 THOROUGHBREDS (469)       9  6 1
 3- 2*SCOUT (504)                6   4  0 60.0   3/ 4 QUBIT (464)               8  3 1
 4- 3 FARSCAPE (425)            31  21  1 59.6   4/ 9 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     8  7 0
 5/ 4 TERRAPIN STATION (189)   470 349 21 57.4   5/12*THE JERKS (508)           7  4 0
 6/ 6 SIR AGLIO (296)          623 470 28 57.0   6/ 6 THE MOONDOGS (97)         7  8 0
 7/ 8 THOROUGHBREDS (469)       36  32  2 52.9   7/ 2 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)       7  8 0
 8/ 9 QUBIT (464)              395 359 13 52.4   8/13*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)      7  8 0
 9/ 0 VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)     17  16  0 51.5   9- 7*SCOUT (504)               6  4 0
10/ 7*DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    18  18  2 50.0  10/ 5 MEGAWARRIORS (47)         6  9 0
11-10 FEAR LESS (460)            6   6  0 50.0  11/11 SPRINGBORN (358)          6  9 0
12-11 WAR HAWKS (11)           270 280 16 49.1  12/17 TERRAPIN STATION (189)    4  3 0
13/18*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)       7   8  0 46.7  13/10*DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    4 11 0
14/13 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)     273 333 19 45.0  14/ 0 VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)     3  0 0
15/14 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)      123 154  7 44.4  15-15 WAR HAWKS (11)            3  1 0
16/15 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     63  82  7 43.4  16- 8*BLOODSHED (502)           3  7 1
17/17 SPRINGBORN (358)         303 395 20 43.4  17/14 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)      3 10 0
18/16 MEGAWARRIORS (47)        108 143  7 43.0  18-16 FEAR LESS (460)           2  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 THE MOONDOGS (97)        200 349  9 36.4  19/19 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     1  2 0
20-20*BLOODSHED (502)           11  24  1 31.4  20-18 FARSCAPE (425)            1  2 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 #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene did not stay in Valamantis.  She hadn't been able to get an
audience with the ruler of the city-state, Garlor Shanmarrik, and the clerk to whom
she had given her warning had been...disbelieving.  Had, in fact, threatened her with
imprisonment if she "stirred up unrest."  A very proper bureaucrat, he'd been.
Hallie considered slicing off his ears and nailing them to the wall, or possibly 
nailing the man's ears to the wall without slicing them off, but such action would
serve no purpose but to express her anger, so she didn't.  There really wasn't any
point in that.  She gave her warning to Arenamistress Sitalva, who was at least
polite, and then went on her way.  Carefully circling wide around the ruins of Old
Valamantis and ghosts of the ancient city that came and went unstably above them.
The people of Valamantis, in the person of the Lord's clerk, had chosen to ignore her
warning, and there were others she had to find and warn, others who might listen.
     Arenamistress Sitalva did not exactly believe Hallie's warning about the danger
from the Bloodgames, but she didn't disbelieve, either.  She had already seen the
mirage-like ancient towers above the bloody ground.  She had seen those ghostly
towers before, after other Bloodgames, had accepted them as a normal illusion there.
     Maybe she needed to re-think "normal."
     She couldn't imagine anyone resurrecting Old Valamantis for any kind of GOOD
reason.
     The oldest levels of the city were Folstrom.
     And saturated with dark magic.

Mordant:

     Mordant was like a stirred up hive of bees, full of activity, and hostile to any
stranger who had the misfortune to get in the way.  She guessed that she wouldn't
have any more luck getting in to see Queen Talissen of Mordant than she had in
Valamantis.  Which was frustrating, since it was a serious warning she had to
deliver.  Well, she hadn't expected this to be easy....
     After a moment's thought, she headed straight for the arena, bypassing the
palace entirely.  There would be people who'd listen to her at the arena, because she
was one of them.  Kakar was arenamaster in Mordant, she'd met him once.  A grim man,
but who wouldn't be if they had to live in Mordant?  She avoided looking at the
pitted black stone that most of the city was built of, and the windowless
architecture.  The Mordanti were a grim people all around.
     The arena was seething with activity and speculation, though it wasn't fight
day.  Rumors were flying; before she managed to locate the arenamaster, Hallie heard
seven different versions of "an attack on the Queen!" which had been foiled by a
gladiator, or maybe more than one gladiator, or maybe it had been made by a
gladiator, or only reported by a gladiator, or....  The attack on the Queen, if it
had happened at all, was the main topic, but there was a froth of other rumors in the
background: monsters in various likely or unlikely places, out in the swamp, down in
Valamantis, in the Syrinwald lake, or up in the mountains.  A war that might or might
not be happening between two different kingdoms in the south, and even the supposed
participants kept changing--Trocar, Rocanis, Xochithlan, the wild Rirorni.  Banditry
around Tricorus; she shrugged that one off.  There was always banditry around
Tricorus.
     Arenamaster Kakar was closeted with a sober looking man, tall for a Kannar, and
richly dressed.  Kakar didn't actually refuse to listen to Hallie, but he made it
clear that he didn't have much time to spare.
     Hallie shrugged.  The way things had been going since she'd set out to spread
the warning, his attitude was no surprise.  She wondered in passing whether Khaldren
could have managed some kind of spell that made people unwilling to listen.  Not that
it mattered at the moment.  "I bring word of a powerful wizard who has come out of
the past to spread disaster in our time," she began.  "He is a wizard from drowned
Krael, and he claims the intention to resurrect Celestinvael and other lost cities
and build a new empire in Alastari."
     The tall man leaned forward, suddenly frowning.  "Celestinvael is five hundred
years dead," he stated.  "How can this be 'resurrected'?"  Celestinvael was also,
Hallie knew, the closest of the dangerous ruins to Mordant, unless you counted Old
Valamantis--which Khaldren hadn't mentioned.
     "I'm no wizard," she answered.  "I don't know.  But he stated his intention to
use 'blood magic' to do it, which he believes will work even with the Arcanum in
flux."  She shrugged.  "I don't know about magic, but he seemed confidant, and I saw
him work spells of great power."
     "No doubt we've mages around who can confirm or deny this possibility," the tall
man said.  "I will carry the warning to Queen Talissen and set our magicians to
work."  Seeing her surprise, he added, "I am Allech Rabo, Her Majesty's Herald.  I
have the authority to take these steps."
     "Good!  You might pass word to Valamantis, too--I couldn't get to see anyone but
a damned clerk.  If it's blood magic at work, well, there was a lot of blood spilled
in Old Valamantis just over a month ago--"
     "Mordan!"  The Herald leaped to his feet.  "The Bloodgames!  If blood magic
still works, then the danger is extreme!  I must go to the Queen at once!"
     "And I will speak to the gladiators of this city about the dangers ahead," Kakar
said when the Herald had gone.  "Doubtless they will be called upon to take arms
against enemies of Mordant."

Iaye:

     The first ground tremors made people uneasy, but no more than that.  There had
been small earthquakes for months now, mostly centered on Seam and its underground
disturbances.  They posed no threat to the island, except in the case of those boats
who were just coming into the docks when tremor-waves hit.  And even that...the
sailors of Iaye were skilled, and they had learned to deal with it.
     But the mild tremors didn't stop, they were replaced by serious jolts, and the
ground underfoot shivered like jelly in a bowl.  All the sailors who could took their
ships out of the harbor and around the island toward the center of the Trier.  No one
wanted to get caught by a bigger wave than usual and shoved onto a rocky shore.
     Once the ships were safely away from the land, alarm turned to eager
speculation.  Did this herald new geysers for Seam?  Would a volcano erupt and
destroy the town entirely?  Bets were placed.  After all, Seam wasn't THEIR town....
Or maybe this quake would strike a little closer to home, like the one that had
cracked open the Ogre's Tomb in Point.  That thought sobered people.  There had
been...things in the Tomb, and it had taken all the warriors who could reach Point to
deal with them.  What else might be down there, to be released by a fresh earthquake?
They didn't really want to know.
     Most of the ships were strung out parallel to the coast north of Point and Iaye.
Far enough apart not to damage each other if something went wrong, close enough to
pass messages along.  The message that came up from the southern end of the line near
sunset was unexpected, and more than a little alarming.  Everyone knew there were
ruins under the lake between Point and the island of Iaye.  But nobody had expected
them to rise.
     And none of the half-remembered stories of Krael made people happy about the
great city's reappearance.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 490): FACELESS of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 376): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 495): WHIP SCORPION of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 491): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 494): MEDUSA of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): DIGGER WASP of FLAGG'S CHAMPIONS (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 486): BLING BLING of TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): WONDER BRA of THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 476): GLIMMOR of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 441): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 192): TAMMY FAYE of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): STERLING of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 376): ORANGE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): DUFF of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 326): AKLAR of MITHRAL HALO (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): 2 PHAT TOO of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 369): LARGE SPINNY GUY of DIABLO TOO from TI (The Muffin Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 490): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 376): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 495): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 491): DIFFERENT HATS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 494): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): THE BEARS II (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 486): THOROUGHBREDS (DRF, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 476): COSMIC FREAK OUT (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 441): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 192): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 376): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 326): THE DEN OF SWORDS (TMoney, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 369): DARK PANTHEON, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DELAPP of NIGHT TRAIN (BPR, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): ADAM of MORGAN'S BOYS (A-Sop, mgr.)
               (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): WONDER BRA of THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
                            BOOTER of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                (turn 477): RAZOR HAWK of BEAST MASTERS (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): JADE of I MAGI (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): STERLING of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
               (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 142): MISSY MAYHAM of ANGELS OF CHAOS (Lord Chaos, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly KOLACT games.  Fortune did not smile upon BLOODSHED 
this time out who this turn suffered a fall into 16th position in the wake of a 0-0-0 
round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness how 
this week THE JERKS went 3-1-0 to move up 7 in the rankings.  Did only my eyes note 
the 4-1-1 record which SIR AGLIO managed to post this round?  I don't doubt that such 
a record will draw challengers!  OJO TANGO caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested QUIETUS and was awarded 19 points in recognition.  
In one of the week's more notable duels, CONVICTED ASSASSIN put down REPENT, causing 
him to lose 18 points of recognition in the process.  As is fitting, the most sought 
after warrior on the challenge boards this week was none other than Duelmaster BLING 
BLING itself.  Most watched of the fights this week, the spotlight was on LENNY 
BAXTER as he bore arms against the challenge of reigning Duelmaster BLING BLING.  
Although LENNY BAXTER made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign 
of victorious BLING BLING.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in 
duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  KOLACT, city of gladiators!  
Mighty among the names of thy guilds is SIR AGLIO, a guild shunned and avoided by 
many in the weekly duels.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was 
that spent the better part of last week avoiding SIR AGLIO.  Indeed it was 
THOROUGHBREDS.  For some warriors honor is not important--only empty victory.  See, 
gladiators, how SULTAN OF SWING of TERRAPIN STATION challenged down 19 points to HOLY 
BULL.  An upset indeed!  SULTAN OF SWING found heself outmatched as him was bested by 
HOLY BULL.  There is no place left further down for SULTAN OF SWING but the burial 
mound!  I cannot but express pride for the fearlessness of VULGAR who cast caution to 
the winds and challenged CLEO, a fighter 31 points higher.  To be sure the battle was 
a losing one.  But I like to think VULGAR at least gave CLEO a run for hers money.  A 
match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that OIL CAN posted 
a challenge against the more highly recognized THE UPRIGHT MAN.  The results, you 
ask?  Well, the firebrand OIL CAN lost to THE UPRIGHT MAN.  Remember warriors, this 
is the discipline of steel.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  The warrior's path is harsh.  For 
mediocrity there is but one reward--death.  This past week DIE NASTY, at 4-5-1, 
departed KOLACT forever.  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the 
arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in KOLACT as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far 
off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is 
mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLING BLING 5084             16   6  0   129       TERRAPIN STATION (189)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR PRISE 3573               18  14  2   106       SIR AGLIO (296)
 EYELASH VIPER 4436           10   5  0   101       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
 VAPID VANNA 5147             11   8  0    94       SPRINGBORN (358)
 LENNY BAXTER 5064            15  13  0    93       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 HOLY BULL 4974                9   3  1    91       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OJO TANGO 5046               15  13  2    86       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 NEVENGAR 491                 12  13  0    86       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 SULTAN OF SWING 5076         16  11  1    79       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 SIR PENT 5089                 9   9  1    78       SIR AGLIO (296)
 SIR INGOMYELIC 5119          12   7  1    71       SIR AGLIO (296)
 CLEO 4996                    13  28  2    69       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 POINT GIVEN 4964              8   4  1    68       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REPENT 4992                   8   3  0    67       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAPPY WHAPPY 5045            14  13  1    66       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 QUIETUS 5165                  9   6  1    64       QUBIT (464)
 GOGO PATROL 5228              8   4  0    64       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 STORMBLADE 2210               9  11  1    62       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 TYCHO 4997                   10  31  0    61       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 SIR OCCO 5079                14   8  0    59       SIR AGLIO (296)
 DANTAVIUS 5270                6   2  1    59       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 GRACIE 5125                  11  10  1    57       SPRINGBORN (358)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILENT KNIGHT 5322            4   3  1    54       BLOODSHED (502)
-ALEKTOROPHOBIA 4696           5   3  0    47       FEAR LESS (460)
 LUNELLE 5252                  8   5  0    45       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 CYCLONE 2057                 10   7  0    44       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 THE UNKNOWN LU 4709           6   5  1    43       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 BAILEY O'BEAD 5253            6   7  0    43       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 GABOON VIPER 4438             4   5  0    43       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
 SIR PLUTZ 5207                6   8  1    41       SIR AGLIO (296)
 OCTAVIAN 5210                 8   6  1    40       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 THE UPRIGHT MAN 5185         10   5  0    38       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 CUTTHROAT 2019                7  12  2    36       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 XTRA HEAT 4975                5   7  0    34       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VULGAR 5251                   6   7  1    33       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 JUMPING VIPER 4437            3   4  0    33       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
-BLOODY MARY 5321              3   4  0    31       BLOODSHED (502)
-QUANTUM 5246                  6   4  0    30       QUBIT (464)
 CHINA DOLL 5287               5   2  0    28       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
-CHIEF 5368                    2   0  0    27       SCOUT (504)
 QUADRICEPS 5326               4   3  0    24       QUBIT (464)
 GRAND SLAM 5382               3   1  0    24       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QAEDA, AL 5302                5   2  1    23       QUBIT (464)
 SAFFIRE 5274                  4   4  1    23       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
-KAMI 5243                     3   2  0    23       WAR HAWKS (11)
 FLAGG 5381                    2   2  0    21       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
-JOHN CRICHTON 4269            2   2  0    21       FARSCAPE (425)
 OPTI-GRAB 5396                3   0  0    20       THE JERKS (508)
 TROJAN ROC 5364               4   1  0    19       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 SLAPSTICK 5389                2   1  0    19       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 CUP O'PIZZA 5397              1   0  0    19       THE JERKS (508)
 RUBICON 5271                  4   4  0    18       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 DEEMONICA 5343                3   4  0    17       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
-AZIK 5348                     2   1  0    17       WAR HAWKS (11)
 SPECIAL PURPOSE 5394          2   1  0    17       THE JERKS (508)
 CHOBOJA SAMURAI 5365          3   2  0    16       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
-SUAVE 5183                    2   0  2    16       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 RIVERWIND 2714                2   8  0    14       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 BUM RUCKUS 5392               2   1  0    13       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-LIGHTNING 5367                2   0  0    13       SCOUT (504)
-TENDER 5369                   2   0  0    13       SCOUT (504)
 CIPHER 5423                   1   1  0    12       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-PA'U ZOTOH ZHAAN 4297         1   1  0    11       FARSCAPE (425)
 CORVINA 5355                  2   3  0     9       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
-DRIP 5359                     2   3  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
-ART ERY 5324                  1   6  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
-DOGMA 5323                    1   6  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
-BOGYPHOBIA 4697               1   1  0     8       FEAR LESS (460)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OIL CAN 5393                  1   2  0     7       THE JERKS (508)
-QUAINT, TOO 5352              0   1  0     7       QUBIT (464)
 LONG SHOT HERO 5388           1   2  0     5       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-LUCINCH 5380                  1   0  0     5       WAR HAWKS (11)
 EL SCORCHO 5391               1   2  0     5       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 RUN ABOUT RON 5426            0   1  0     5       SPRINGBORN (358)
-JAEILL 5347                   0   3  0     3       WAR HAWKS (11)
-BRAVE 5371                    0   2  0     2       SCOUT (504)
-LITTLE CHIEF 5370             0   2  0     2       SCOUT (504)
 LONGFELLOW 5419               0   1  0     1       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 NOKANIA 5422                  0   1  0     1       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 ENDAIUS 5421                  0   1  0     1       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 REVENANT 5430                 0   1  0     1       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 LUMBER'N LOU 5427             0   1  0     1       SPRINGBORN (358)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
THE USEROUS MERCH 512  0  1 0   1                   POINT GIVEN 4964      487 NONE    
MINERVA 5403           0  3 0 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE 498  MOUNTAIN TROLL 520    487 NONE    
JACK-O 5273            4  2 0 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE 498  SILENT KNIGHT 5322    486         
DIE NASTY 5319         4  5 1 MEGAWARRIORS 47       SIR PLUTZ 5207        487         
A B RU 5425            0  1 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 6    BLACK ORC 522         487 NONE    
MAXIMUS MINOR 5357     1  3 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 6    QAEDA, AL 5302        486         
QUIRKY QUICK 5399      1  2 0 SPRINGBORN 358        STONE GOLEM 528       487 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

El Scorcho -- Nice name.  You'll be alright.  It was the amount of fights I had on
ya.  Makes a difference! -- Die Nasty

Gracie -- Watch the smack talk before I sick Dontavius on you again! -- Matrix --
(Chaos Rep.) lol

Q. Al -- Nice to see you can win after being Deemonicized. -- Dee

Sultan -- You're not missing anything.  The Zal sucked the first turn for me. --
Matrix

Sir Pent -- Well, I don't have an answer for you in my stable.  You could get
destroyed by the rest of Alastari, but not by my "ANTI-snake" team. -- Matrix

Sultan (again) -- I haven't used him in ADM yet.  He and Herc Lasara (remember him?)
are waiting for Nevengar to join them before they tackle ADM.  But I'll let you know!
-- Matrix

Question -- Hey managers, does anyone subscribe to the theory that a warrior's
favorite weapons change as he/she/it matures until the "final" favorite is reached
upon graduation?  How about rhythm favs? -- Still

Zeus -- Answering your question from turn before last (I was too sick to hold a
keyboard, or I would have spoken last time), I don't know about other people, but I
tend not to settle for "marginally effective."  There are plenty of weapons that can
be used as "well suited" for any style, after all.  So even though I really LIKE
scimitars, I wouldn't give one to a lunger. -- Nick
P.S.  Okay, so maybe five for the lunger isn't PLENTY, but it's enough.

Holy Bull -- I am not prepared to put up with the, uh, residue of a bull, holy or
otherwise.  The very thought of it makes me sick. -- Cleo

Pappy Whappy -- Gods, untamed fury.  I hate it when people loose untamed fury on me.
I can just about handle TAME fury, but the untamed stuff...no. -- Tycho

The Upright Man -- I put YOU into eclipse, didn't I? -- Bailey O'Bead

Cutthroat -- How unfriendly that would be! -- Lunelle

The Mordant Deserter is a wimp who stole his daddy's armor and came out thinking he
could fight.  He couldn't. -- Trojan Roc

Sultan -- Re all out offense, I think that's partly more effective now because of
small arena syndrome.  I wouldn't SWEAR that, but I think it.  I tend to run rippers
in small arenas faster than I do in larger ones, at least. -- Nick, putting in about
one cent's worth

25 February 2004
Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden
lack of episodes.  I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the
Scribe

3 March 2004
                   MONGO'S MARDI GRAS MADNESS DUELMASTERS AUCTION

     Mongo, aka Matt McIntosh and ex-Warden of the Dark Circle, is auctioning off his
entire collection of Duelmasters warriors and stables.  Don't miss out on this chance
to own some fantastic warriors!  There are ADM warriors available in every class from
Primus to Freshmen, as well as over a dozen Basic stables.
     Does a Slasher with +4 attack, +4 decisiveness, +3 initiative and +2 riposte
sound good?  How about a Lunger who received the benefit of a TC prize, has TVed
three times after graduating--and still hasn't maxed out his skills!?  How about a
Striker in the Freshmen class who has decisiveness for a favorite learn and the MAUL
for a favorite weapon!?
     Or perhaps you prefer playing in Basic.  Then how does a stable with four Adept
class warriors who have a combined record of 41-19-9 sound?  Or maybe a stable with
three 21-Will warriors?  Or perhaps a stable with four Initiates and a Rookie who
have a combined record of 23-6-1?
     The quality of the lots is excellent.  All you need to view and bid on the lots
is go to:
          http://members.aol.com/jvmerlino/mardigras.html
     If you want to be on the mailing list to receive regular updates on the auction,
just send an e-mail to JVMerlino@aol.com. Merlin, aka John Merlino and also an ex-
Warden of the Dark Circle, will be running this auction for me.  I just moved to New
Orleans and am likely currently stumbling around the French Quarter...because it's
Mardi Gras!  So I have named my auction in honor of this occasion.
     The auction will start on Saturday, March 13th, 2004, and will continue for
several weeks.  But you should get your bids in early if you want your best chance at
owning any of these fantastic warriors and stables.
     Many thanks to all for your interest and your bids,

Mongo

5 March 2004
Style Masters Symposium
Hosted by Hammer

     The years have slipped by and many DM Managers have come and gone since the last
Hammer's Handbook was compiled and printed.
     There is now a stirring within me to begin writing and editing yet another
Handbook with a distribution date sometime in 2005.
     This Handbook will be made available via Email with a possibility of burning the
info to a CD for distribution.
     Special arrangements will be made to provide the information via printed page to
those contributors who are serving sentences behind bars.
     The working title of this new Handbook is "Style Masters Symposium Hosted by
Hammer".
     Distribution of this Handbook is projected to be MAINLY for those DM Managers
who contribute information/articles to Hammer by June 2004.
     Informative and entertaining articles should focus on insights regarding Any or
All 10 Style Masters for both the Basic and ADM arenas as well as Tourney
competition.
     Articles focusing on Weapons/Armor are also encouraged for inclusion.
     Whether you are a Newbie Manager without a clue or a Jaded Veteran; everyone has
discovered something about this gaming experience that is both Insightful and
Entertaining.
     Email Your Articles to HammerDM@fastermail.com or send them via Diplo to either
Flower Hammerz (372) in DM 28 or Casino Hammerz (576) in DM 33.
     Length and Content of the Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer will be
Determined by the Quality and Quantity of Contributors Combined with the Literary
Efforts of Hammer who is currently overseas for an indefinite period of time.
     Articles Contributed for this Project should be of Sufficient Length and Content
to Warrant being Included to Receive the Finished Document when Hammer has completed
this literary work to His satisfaction.
     Managers contributing articles are also requested to include a DM Bio of
Themselves along with any Notable Successes and/or Failures during Their DM Career in
Basic, ADM and/or Tourney Play.
     A listing of Active Stables would also be Helpful for Anyone Seeking to Reply to
Contributors via Diplo, Email or Snailmail.
     May Your Blades Be Sharp And Your Wits Sharper!
     -- Hammer of Flower Hammerz (372) DM 28 and Casino Hammerz (576) DM 33

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MINERVA was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
QUIRKY QUICK was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
A B RU was killed by BLACK ORC in a action packed 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
CORVINA was bested by QAEDA, AL in a popular 1 minute Bloodfeud fight.
BLING BLING demolished LENNY BAXTER in a 1 minute Challenge Title competition.
SULTAN OF SWING lost to HOLY BULL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.
PAPPY WHAPPY was overpowered by VAPID VANNA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
OJO TANGO overpowered QUIETUS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
THE UNKNOWN LU lost to SIR OCCO in a action packed 1 minute Challenge duel.
OCTAVIAN luckily beat XTRA HEAT in a action packed 2 minute Challenge duel.
VULGAR was overpowered by CLEO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
DIE NASTY was put to death by SIR PLUTZ in a popular 1 minute brutal Challenge bout.
OPTI-GRAB luckily beat RUBICON in a 3 minute Challenge competition.
OIL CAN was handily defeated by THE UPRIGHT MAN in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
FLAGG narrowly defeated RIVERWIND in a popular 5 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
NEVENGAR was handily defeated by SIR PRISE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SIR INGOMYELIC was overpowered by EYELASH VIPER in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
SIR PENT viciously subdued TYCHO in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody master's bout.
REPENT was overpowered by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
GOGO PATROL savagely defeated LUNELLE in a exciting 1 minute gory bout.
DANTAVIUS viciously subdued CUTTHROAT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory competition.
STORMBLADE defeated BAILEY O'BEAD in a 2 minute duel.
POINT GIVEN savagely slew THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute gruesome bout.
GRACIE won victory over CYCLONE in a 5 minute fray.
GABOON VIPER viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute veteran vs. novice bout.
DEEMONICA was beaten by CHINA DOLL in a action packed 2 minute gory fight.
SAFFIRE was overpowered by JUMPING VIPER in a 1 minute uneven match.
QUADRICEPS overpowered LONG SHOT HERO in a 1 minute uneven duel.
CIPHER overpowered REVENANT in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
GRAND SLAM overcame RUN ABOUT RON in a popular 5 minute novice's duel.
SLAPSTICK overpowered LUMBER'N LOU in a 2 minute gory uneven duel.
EL SCORCHO was overpowered by CUP O'PIZZA in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BUM RUCKUS overpowered ENDAIUS in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
TROJAN ROC luckily beat LONGFELLOW in a 2 minute bloody novice's fray.
SPECIAL PURPOSE vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
CHOBOJA SAMURAI subdued NOKANIA in a 1 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  21         LUNGING ATTACK   116 -  83 -  8      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     29 -  23 -  1      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       30 -  25 -  0      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  18 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  23 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  14 -  0      42  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  24 -  1      40  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   32 -  52 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW        20 -  36 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  45 -  2      33  |

Turn 487 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:

WALL OF STEEL      4 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  5         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK    15 -  6     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  6         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BLING BLING 5084           16   6  0  129 TERRAPIN STATION (189)
AIMED BLOW       LENNY BAXTER 5064          15  13  0   93 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
WALL OF STEEL    OJO TANGO 5046             15  13  2   86 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
STRIKING ATTACK  SULTAN OF SWING 5076       16  11  1   79 TERRAPIN STATION (189)
BASHING ATTACK   REPENT 4992                 8   3  0   67 THOROUGHBREDS (469)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    LUNELLE 5252                8   5  0   45 THE MOONDOGS (97)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CLEO 4996.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
RUN ABOUT RON 5426.  The ten other most popular fighters were XTRA HEAT 4975, FLAGG 
5381, SIR PENT 5089, CHINA DOLL 5287, MINERVA 5403, SIR OCCO 5079, RUBICON 5271, 
GRACIE 5125, RIVERWIND 2714, and GOGO PATROL 5228.

The least popular fighter this week was ENDAIUS 5421.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were EL SCORCHO 5391, LUMBER'N LOU 5427, REVENANT 5430, LONG SHOT HERO 5388, 
SAFFIRE 5274, DEEMONICA 5343, CUTTHROAT 2019, REPENT 4992, TYCHO 4997, and SIR 
INGOMYELIC 5119.