DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/25/2004    Duedate: 03/09/2004

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-485

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

XXL STRETCH PANTS
HELL-MART (531)
(12-5634) [14-7-0,130]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

XXL STRETCH PANTS              SCREAMING PIXIE
HELL-MART (531)                WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
(12-5634) [14-7-0,130]         (12-5797) [3-2-0,42]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RIFT                           PHANTAST
SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)           DREAMERS (142)
(12-3922) [13-13-1,79]         (12-5737) [14-16-2,93]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE CITY (570)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TEAM GNASTY (460)           29
2. WANDERING MONSTERS (575)    27      NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)
3. ARENA FELINES (177)         26      Unchartered Team
4. THE CITY (570)              21
5. DREAMERS (142)              20      MASTER OF DOOM (512)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*MOVEMENTS (573)            1   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE CITY (570)           11  4 1
 2/ 0*MASTER OF DOOM (512)       6   2  0 75.0   2/ 4 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)     9  5 0
 3/ 0 NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)      14   6  0 70.0   3/ 5 DREAMERS (142)            8  7 2
 4- 2 ARENA FELINES II (565)   233 130 20 64.2   4/ 9 ARENA FELINES (177)       8  7 0
 5/ 5 THE CITY (570)            59  36  6 62.1   5/ 3 TEAM GNASTY (460)         7  5 0
 6/ 4 HELL-MART (531)          125  81  2 60.7   6/ 7*HIGH JINKS (584)          7  8 0
 7/ 3 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)     118  77  5 60.5   7- 2 BLOODSUCKERS (416)        6  4 0
 8/ 6 THE LAWMEN (148)         466 347 29 57.3   8/10*WANDERING MONSTERS (575)  5  8 0
 9/ 7 ARENA FELINES (177)      628 470 60 57.2   9/ 8 HELL-MART (531)           4  6 0
10/ 8*HIGH JINKS (584)          18  16  1 52.9  10/11 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)      3  6 1
11/ 9 DREAMERS (142)           911 958 81 48.7  11/ 6 THE LAWMEN (148)          3  6 0
12-10 BLOODSUCKERS (416)       309 332 28 48.2  12/12 SWEET MAGIC (267)         3 11 0
13/11 TEAM GNASTY (460)         56  66  7 45.9  13/14 SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (506)  2  2 0
14/12 SWEET MAGIC (267)        314 504  9 38.4  14/ 0*MASTER OF DOOM (512)      1  0 0
15/13 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)    133 216  4 38.1  15/ 0 NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)      1  0 0
16/14*WANDERING MONSTERS (575)   6  11  0 35.3  16-15 ARENA FELINES II (565)    1  0 0
17/15 SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (506)  27  58  2 31.8  17-13*MOVEMENTS (573)           1  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #77 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The Golden Moon, Lady Protector Artemisia commanding, was approaching the Urt
Delta from the northeast as the day drew to a close.  Her goal was Zukal, but as soon
as the ship came within sight of land, she would anchor and wait for daylight.  The
maze of channels and islands that formed the delta was not something to attempt at
night.  At least, not now.  A decade ago there had been an intricate network of
beacons that a skilled and familiar pilot could use to reach the city's docks at any
hour, but the invasion from the East had put an end to that.  The defenders had
destroyed the beacons to hamper their foes, and the triumphant invaders of Zukal had
neither the knowledge or desire to restore the system.
     Artemisia's lip curled.  The Easterners called the people of Alastari
barbarians, because many of their cultures were young.  But if the 'civilized' old
cultures of the East didn't--or couldn't--restore safe shipping, who was the true
barbarian?
     The lookout shouted that land was in sight, and Artemisia turned to squint into
the setting sun.  But she was lower than the man on the mast and couldn't see the
dark line of the shore yet.  With a shrug, she turned to look the other way,
searching the sky for a warning of the sudden storms that had given this great lake
its name.  That horizon was clear, also.  She didn't quite trust it, but...the sky
was clear and the wind was steady.  Good enough, for now.
     When she turned to the west again, she could see land herself, the long, dark
hump of Barikala Island, silhouetted against the crimson sky.  The sun vanished from
sight, and its light was replaced by the broad, slightly greenish beam that shot
straight upward from the center of Barikala.  Around her, the sailors moved to place
the ship in a safe position and run out the anchors for the night; her first officer
needed no instructions to handle that.
     That beam of light over Barikala was also new since the invasion, and Artemisia
wished her friend Beag Magda were here.  The Elf understood such things.  Or at least
knew how to think about them, because nobody understood just what that blazing beacon
was...other than dangerous.  No one who had landed on Barikala in the last few years
had returned from there to tell what they'd seen.
     The lookout called down something else that she couldn't hear over the bustling
sounds of sails being lowered and anchor chains creaking off their drums.  One of the
sailors halfway down the mast below him shouted up, got an answer, and came hurrying
down.
     "Koro says there's something coming out through the delta," the sailor reported.
"He isn't sure what, the light's about gone, but it might be a group of canoes.  They
aren't in a main channel, anyway."
     Artemisia glanced to the side.  Her first officer was there, as he should be.
"We may have an attack coming up," she said quietly.
     He nodded and moved off to make sure the crew was ready.
     Artemisia tapped her fingers on the hilt of her cutlass, reviewing
possibilities, then shrugged.  It was useless to speculate without more information,
and dangerous to formulate plans under such circumstances.  She would have to wait
upon events.

Zukal:

     Ghenis glared down into the alley where the last of the soldiers were marching
past.  Nothing had happened.  The dark god he had believed he served had not
responded.  The Ferencian was lying to them all.  But somewhere, he knew, there was
such a dark demongod, and he vowed to find it.  And the Ferencian liar would be the
first sacrifice....
     He withdrew carefully from the roof above the alley.  It would be a good idea to
get out of Zukal for a while.  Out from under that liar Pelishtekan's eye, so that he
could think and lay his plans in relative safety.  Niatoli Island, that's where he
would go.  The false cult already had a 'mission' there, and Cousin Og would be his,
Ghenis's, first recruit.

The Isle of the Eye:

     Beag Magda sat at a small table near the back of the Two Lilies and swirled the
last of the tea in her cup moodily.  She had no fault to find with the Lilies, they
knew her here and always gave her the same table.  And the tea, as usual, was
excellent.  Something was wrong somewhere, but it was less definite--and more
important--than a problem with the service, or a mediocre cup of tea.  She was almost
afraid to look into her cup.
     That was nonsense.  It was only the unknown that should be feared, and once she
read the tea leaves, the problem would not be unknown.  Well, it would not be
completely unknown, but tea leaves were a very imprecise method of diagnosis and
prognostication.  With a little shake, she threw off the dark mood, emptied the last
swallow of tea into the saucer, and peered into the cup at the leaves clinging to its
bottom and sides.
     She could feel the hair trying to rise on the back of her neck.  The leaves
seemed to be swimming in a web of shadows.  The patterns they formed all indicated as
plainly as tea leaves could that something very dark was impending.  But nothing was
clear.  Who was menaced, and by what?  How soon?
     Beag Magda set the cup down very carefully, because her hand was trying to
shake, and laid coins beside it to pay for the tea.  She needed more information, and
she couldn't get it here.

Stormcrowe:

     Lord Protector Ipecac stalked ashore and glared around for someone to share his
outrage.  Anyone who recognized him in time--and Stormcrowe was a small island with a
limited population who generally DID recognize one another--departed hastily.  Lady
Protector Snowfall wasn't quite fast enough.  "Do you know what HAPPENED?" Ipecac
demanded.
     Looking distinctly queasy, Snowfall shook her head.
     "My ship was ATTACKED," the warrior from Emetics snapped.  He didn't notice when
the shapely woman flinched from his vehemence; people were always doing that around
him.  He stalked closer, dropping his voice for privacy.  "Monsters," he hissed.
"Demons out of the waves.  Half shark, half man, you might say.  Others like kraken.
They were summoned by a dark wizard on a black ship.  We have to do something about
this."
     Snowfall swallowed a couple of times, then said, "Why?  And how?"
     Ipecac raised his eyebrows.  "You want to live on nothing but fish caught in the
harbor?" he asked.  "They could blockade us!  And what if they decide to come ashore
and attack us here on the island?"  He frowned thoughtfully.  "Probably it's part of
some Karnhorn plot, and if we don't nip it in the bud, they'll be all over us,
murdering and enslaving.  Can't have that."
     "No," Snowfall agreed faintly, "we can't have that.  But how do we stop them?"
     "We fight, of course!"  He hesitated, perhaps realizing that such a plan was
lacking in useful details.  "All the ships will have to be armed with...catapults,"
he suggested.  "And...none of them going out alone.  Yes.  And we need to find any
wizards on the island and recruit them to help fight, and more importantly to find
out what we're up against.  That's a beginning."  He nodded firmly.  "We need to
start right away!"
     Snowfall turned quickly to the rail at the edge of the dock and fed the fish her
lunch, then straightened.  "Yes, I can see that.  Wizards, catapults, convoys.  No
time to waste...."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 486): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 484): XXL STRETCH PANTS of HELL-MART (Ebenezer Frothingslosh)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 480): ABRA-HAM! of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): HIMEI of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 479): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 477): TMARACK of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): ZACHARIAH of RED IRON KNIGHTS (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): THE FIRE WITCH of CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): HUNGRY BONES of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 466): LOCKED IN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 464): LIGHT DA' PYRE of WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 420): SPACE BABOON of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): MING of DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): 100% COLUMBIAN of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): TENACULUM of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 325): TAIL IN THE AIR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 370): SETHRA LAVODE of CASTLE BLACK from KYR'TERR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 486): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 484): THE CITY (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 480): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 479): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 477): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 466): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 464): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 420): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): THE JESUITS (Goat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 325): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 370): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 479): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): PUN DAT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
                           CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
               (turn 479): MUKAARTH of BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 478): CAESAR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): SACRIFICIAL KNIFE of HAND ON YOUR HEART (Manray, Marquis
                          d'Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               PALLADICE of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 456): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                           IRON-HIDE of FERROUS MEN (Ironbutt, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): UR BRAIN ON EGG of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 207): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): 4-0 PROLENE of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in RIZTAB a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  Now keep the taverns open late 
tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for BLOODSUCKERS, whose 0-0-0 this turn 
dropped them by 5 into 7th.  ARENA FELINES stable has parlayed this turn's 3-2-0 into 
a 5 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 4th place.  Good work, guys!  
The TEAM GNASTY guild has had a 3-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the future.  
You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, SCREAMING PIXIE 
fought FRED THE UNREADY and gained 17 points and contributed to WANDERING MONSTERS' 
2-3-0.  JULIE BEAN has lost to FREAKY BARBER, falling 14 points, while helping make 
POWERPUFF GIRLS a 3-2-0 turn.  This turn XXL STRETCH PANTS challenged BARRY in what 
was RIZTAB's Title bout.  Defending its title for another turn, XXL STRETCH PANTS 
kept THE CITY's warrior, BARRY, from claiming the throne.  By the way, was that our 
Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Swinging Aardvark?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  THE CITY has cause to stand tall, as 
they were RIZTAB's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And avoiding THE CITY more than any other team we find HELL-MART.  RIZTAB, are we 
going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, take notice that 
JULIE BEAN from POWERPUFF GIRLS was RIZTAB's most challenged warrior this turn.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or 
hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to 
paper-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634       14   7  0   130       HELL-MART (531)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CALLISTO 4974                 5   2  0   104       NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)
 SOMNUS 5708                  14  21  1   103       DREAMERS (142)
-HOFFA'S BANE 3554            22  17  0   101       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770         15   9  1   101       ARENA FELINES (177)
-KNOTHEAD 5727                18   9  1    98       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 THE TICK 5659                13   4  0    97       THE CITY (570)
 METIS 4971                    9   4  0    95       NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)
 BARRY 5663                   17  11  0    94       THE CITY (570)
 DROMMARE 5755                16  12  2    94       DREAMERS (142)
 BATAAKAPPU 5698              16  16  1    94       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 PHANTAST 5737                14  16  2    93       DREAMERS (142)
-FLADRAKEEN OOSCH 4396        16  14  1    91       TEAM GNASTY (460)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AISLE GET YOU! 5100          18  14  2    90       HELL-MART (531)
 97 ITEM EXPRESS 5153         21  13  0    86       HELL-MART (531)
 TILLOUISA 5680               21  20  1    84       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 ARTHUR 5662                  10   7  1    81       THE CITY (570)
 RIFT 3922                    13  13  1    79       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 SONADOR 5769                 13  11  1    76       DREAMERS (142)
-BLOOD BUD 5774               13   5  0    74       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 BARBARIAN 4783                4  29  0    73       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 G.I.I.L. 5155                14  12  0    71       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NANETTE 5629                 10  38  2    70       SWEET MAGIC (267)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAINSAW VIGILANTE 5775       9   3  2    66       THE CITY (570)
 BAT MANUAL 5660               8   9  1    63       THE CITY (570)
 AF BOX GNASTY 5417            9   1  0    58       TEAM GNASTY (460)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? 5773     9   9  0    56       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 JUDGE PARKER 5845             5   5  0    52       THE LAWMEN (148)
-TOM SMITH 5876                4   3  0    52       THE LAWMEN (148)
 FREAKY BARBER 5283            7   6  2    46       TEAM GNASTY (460)
-STEADY EDDIE 5785             8   8  0    43       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 SCREAMING PIXIE 5797          3   2  0    42       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-STANK SHANK 5863              5   3  0    41       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 GRAYOLA 64-PACK 5839          5   4  0    39       HELL-MART (531)
 SAURON 4847                   5   0  0    37       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
 CROUCHING TIGER 5899          4   2  0    36       ARENA FELINES (177)
 DIRTY SANCHEZ 5725            4   2  0    36       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 WAX HOSTILE 5888              5   2  0    35       HIGH JINKS (584)
 CAT TAGIOUS 5900              4   2  1    34       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WILSIE 5415                   4   1  0    33       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 HAMSTER GIRL 5911             3   0  0    33       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
-SHORTHAIREDLONGTERM 5846      5   5  0    30       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 DASTARDLY DAN 5887            5   2  0    28       HIGH JINKS (584)
 NOREEN 5783                   3  18  0    27       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 BADGER 5940                   2   0  0    27       HIGH JINKS (584)
 FAST TRACK 5820               3   4  0    26       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 TWIGGY 5912                   2   1  0    25       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JULIE BEAN 5869               4   4  0    23       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 SONG OF SUMMER 5790           2  17  0    23       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-BILL TILGHMAN 5854            3   4  0    22       THE LAWMEN (148)
 SEER 5909                     2   2  2    18       DREAMERS (142)
 SNARLING GNOLL 5793           1   1  0    18       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
 CAT MAN DON'T 5893            3   4  0    17       ARENA FELINES (177)
-WHIPPED 5868                  3   1  0    16       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 POT BELLY 5819                2   5  1    16       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
 DREB 3 5947                   1   0  0    16       THE LAWMEN (148)
 GNASTY EDGAR 5867             2   2  0    14       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 LUNGING PIRATE 5795           1   2  0    13       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-BASS REEVES 5901              1   1  0    12       THE LAWMEN (148)
-MORGOTH 4850                  1   2  0    11       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
-SHOVER 5763                   1   0  0    11       MOVEMENTS (573)
 SKULKING THIEF 5794           1   2  0    11       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-NON-FACTOR 5519               1   0  0    11       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 SUGAR JANE 5948               1   0  0     7       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-CAT MAN DO 5891               1   2  0     6       ARENA FELINES II (565)
 HANOUT 5922                   1   1  0     4       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 DANCING ELF 5919              0   2  0     2       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SWAT CAT 5905          1  3 0 ARENA FELINES 177     DEMRON THE DARK 497   485 NONE    
PIZZARRHEA 5750        7  5 0 HELL-MART 531         SONADOR 5769          484         
D'FOG 5941             0  2 0 HIGH JINKS 584        SHISHZAR THE SNAK 500 485 NONE    
DREG 5939              1  1 0 HIGH JINKS 584        SEER 5909             485         
DREBIN 2.0 5844        5  5 0 THE LAWMEN 148        CHAINSAW VIGILAN 5775 484         
BELLOTA 5832           5  4 0 POWERPUFF GIRLS 522   DROMMARE 5755         481 REVENGED

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MERINDA 5828           4  8 0 SWEET MAGIC 267       POT BELLY 5819        483         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dungeonmaster -- Sometimes, with the more independent thinking types, the onlyest way
to get action is to forbid it. -- Jondeaux

Pot-Belly -- Another prime example of me living up to the Dastardly Clan codes. --
Dan

Snarling Gnoll -- Here'z it.  You...the high road.  Me...the low road. -- Dreg

Bataakappu -- You're making it hard for me to see you as a cheerful yellow flower. --
Nanette
P.S.  Of course, if you don't CARE whether I see you as a cheerful yellow flower,
that's a different matter.  Because I don't have any trouble NOT seeing you that way.

Crouching Tiger -- Darn.  Ambushed by a striped cat.  That's just wrong.  You
shouldn't be able to hide with those orange and black stripes!  It's against logic!
-- Noreen

Cat Tagious -- (cough, sneeze, sniffle)  How log does dis last? -- Sog of Subber

Drommare -- Somehow, that doesn't make me feel more rested.  A disappointment, that.
-- Tillouisa

Knothead -- Bad luck with your challenge not going through.  But what I really want
to know is, what does it mean to lose "slimly" to XXL Stretch Pants?  I'd think that
would be...difficult.  Unless, of course, you're a single XL and the DIFFERENCE is
slim? -- Tillouisa

Jondeaux -- I know about estates with character.  That means rats in the cellar and
the roof leaks. -- Surfer Sam

Pot Belly -- (shrug) (if you can shrug ectoplasm)  It happens, unfortunately. --
Ghost of Merinda

Sultan -- Absolutely!  He's got his attention on the wrong things.  Yeah, that's
it.... -- Jorja

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

SWAT CAT was butchered by DEMRON THE DARK in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
D'FOG was butchered by SHISHZAR THE SNAKE in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
JUDGE PARKER was viciously subdued by CHAINSAW VIGILANTE in a 2 minute match.
GRAYOLA 64-PACK was vanquished by BAT MANUAL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
XXL STRETCH PANTS overpowered BARRY in a 5 minute mismatched Challenge Title match.
BATAAKAPPU overpowered TILLOUISA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
G.I.I.L. overcame NANETTE in a 2 minute gruesome expert's Challenge fight.
WAX HOSTILE was vanquished by AF BOX GNASTY in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
FREAKY BARBER overpowered JULIE BEAN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
HAMSTER GIRL overpowered NOREEN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
TWIGGY overcame SONG OF SUMMER in a 2 minute novice vs. veteran upset Challenge bout.
DREG was butchered by SEER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
PHANTAST was luckily beaten by THE TICK in a popular 8 minute bloody master's match.
AISLE GET YOU! was overcome by SOMNUS in a popular 4 minute bloody expert's fight.
ARTHUR vanquished BARBARIAN in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
JOSTLING JAGUAR viciously subdued 97 ITEM EXPRESS in a 2 minute master's brawl.
SONADOR was subdued by METIS in a 1 minute brutal veteran's bout.
RIFT was defeated by DROMMARE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gory master's conflict.
CAT TAGIOUS overpowered LUNGING PIRATE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
CROUCHING TIGER overpowered SKULKING THIEF in a 2 minute uneven fray.
DASTARDLY DAN overcame CAT MAN DON'T in a popular 2 minute contest.
DIRTY SANCHEZ subdued FAST TRACK in a popular 1 minute fight.
SCREAMING PIXIE vanquished FRED THE UNREADY in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SAURON vanquished GNASTY EDGAR in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
POT BELLY lost to SNARLING GNOLL in a 2 minute bout.
DANCING ELF slimly lost to SUGAR JANE in a 2 minute gruesome novice's fray.
HANOUT was overpowered by DREB 3 in a 1 minute uneven competition.
BADGER overpowered KHAZRHO THE ZUKALI in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  20         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         PARRY-STRIKE      14 -   8 -  0      64  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   42 -  29 -  4      59  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK    52 -  45 -  3      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    63 -  55 -  3      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         TOTAL PARRY       11 -  14 -  0      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        10 -  24 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  30 -  1      29  |

Turn 485 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     9 - 11         5  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
BASHING ATTACK     6 -  2     AIMED BLOW         0 -  4         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634     14   7  0  130 HELL-MART (531)
BASHING ATTACK   JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770       15   9  1  101 ARENA FELINES (177)
TOTAL PARRY      THE TICK 5659              13   4  0   97 THE CITY (570)
LUNGING ATTACK   METIS 4971                  9   4  0   95 NAUGHTY NYMPHS (521)
STRIKING ATTACK  ARTHUR 5662                10   7  1   81 THE CITY (570)
WALL OF STEEL    AF BOX GNASTY 5417          9   1  0   58 TEAM GNASTY (460)
SLASHING ATTACK  WAX HOSTILE 5888            5   2  0   35 HIGH JINKS (584)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RIFT 3922.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
PHANTAST 5737.  The ten other most popular fighters were AISLE GET YOU! 5100, 
JOSTLING JAGUAR 5770, SOMNUS 5708, XXL STRETCH PANTS 5634, RIFT 3922, TWIGGY 5912, 
CAT MAN DON'T 5893, G.I.I.L. 5155, DROMMARE 5755, and POT BELLY 5819.

The least popular fighter this week was THE TICK 5659.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HANOUT 5922, GNASTY EDGAR 5867, SKULKING THIEF 5794, LUNGING PIRATE 
5795, SONADOR 5769, BARBARIAN 4783, NOREEN 5783, JULIE BEAN 5869, WAX HOSTILE 5888, 
and NANETTE 5629.