DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/10/2005    Duedate: 10/22/2005

DULLENS ARENA

DM-13    TURN-436

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DARKWIND
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
(13-4639) [13-10-1,77]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DARKWIND                       POSITION IS EMPTY
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           
(13-4639) [13-10-1,77]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARKWIND                       DARKWIND
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
(13-4639) [13-10-1,77]         (13-4639) [13-10-1,77]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FURY'S EDGE (528)           53
2. KATHOUSE (519)              50      CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
3. DREAMERS (539)              50      Unchartered Team
4. WHAT MOM'S SAY (526)        45
5. STYLE AND STRIFE (529)      42      LUROCIANS ABC (534)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 THE UNDESIRABLES (461)   171  88  7 66.0   1/ 0 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)     11  0 0
 2/ 0 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)     226 251  5 47.4   2- 2 THE UNDESIRABLES (461)    4  1 0
 3/ 0*LUROCIANS ABC (534)        3   8  1 27.3   3/ 0*PROJECT MAYHEM (537)      0  5 0
 4/ 0*PERFETION QUEST XI (527)   0   5  0  0.0   4/ 0*KIRKWOOD 1 (535)          0  5 0
 5/ 0*ASTONISH HAMMERZ (521)     0   5  0  0.0   5/ 0*ARENA FELINES II (530)    0  5 0
 6/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (533)        0   5  0  0.0   6/ 0*ARCANE ARCADE (427)       0  5 0
 7/ 0*BLUE COLLAR (538)          0   5  0  0.0   7/ 0*POTTER POTPOURRI (523)    0  5 0
 8/ 0*ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (536)     0   5  0  0.0   8/ 0*KATHOUSE (519)            0  5 0
 9/ 0*ARCANE ARCADE (427)        0   5  0  0.0   9/ 0*SLAUGHTER'S CREW (520)    0  5 0
10/ 0*DARQUE FORCES (540)        0   5  0  0.0  10/ 0*ASTONISH HAMMERZ (521)    0  5 0
11/ 0*KIRKWOOD 1 (535)           0   5  0  0.0  11/ 0*DUNGEON CELL ZC3 (522)    0  5 0
12/ 0*KATHOUSE (519)             0   5  0  0.0  12/ 0*STYLE OVER SUBSTAN (524)  0  5 0
13/ 0*SLAUGHTER'S CREW (520)     0   5  0  0.0  13/ 0*CON ZAL CON (525)         0  5 0
14/ 0*PROJECT MAYHEM (537)       0   5  0  0.0  14/ 0*WHAT MOM'S SAY (526)      0  5 0
15/ 0*DUNGEON CELL ZC3 (522)     0   5  0  0.0  15/ 0*PERFETION QUEST XI (527)  0  5 0
16/ 0*POTTER POTPOURRI (523)     0   5  0  0.0  16/ 0*FURY'S EDGE (528)         0  5 0
17/ 0*STYLE OVER SUBSTAN (524)   0   5  0  0.0  17/ 0*STYLE AND STRIFE (529)    0  5 0
18/ 0*CON ZAL CON (525)          0   5  0  0.0  18/ 0*SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (531)  0  5 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/ 0*WHAT MOM'S SAY (526)       0   5  0  0.0  19/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (533)       0  5 0
20/ 0*DREAMERS (539)             0   5  0  0.0  20/ 0*LUROCIANS ABC (534)       0  5 0
21/ 0*FURY'S EDGE (528)          0   5  0  0.0  21/ 0*DARQUE FORCES (540)       0  5 0
22/ 0*STYLE AND STRIFE (529)     0   5  0  0.0  22/ 0*ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (536)    0  5 0
23/ 0*ARENA FELINES II (530)     0   5  0  0.0  23/ 0*BLUE COLLAR (538)         0  5 0
24/ 0*SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (531)   0   5  0  0.0  24/ 0*DREAMERS (539)            0  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

                              Dullens Duellist Duellos
                                         by
                                Hammer the WordSmith
                                   Minister of War

          "O God the Lord, the Strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in
the day of battle."  -- Psalm 140:7  Amplified Bible

     Welcome one and all to the torch lit opening ceremonies of ZalCon3.
     Rumor has it that twenty plus managers have answered the call to cross blades
and match wits in what promises to be the fiercest and best ever historic Zalgor
Prigg sponsored contest in the Alastari Annals of DM/D2.
     Legends and Legend Killers are reportedly delivering their stables to the
Dullens Dark Arena in anticipation of the greatest free for all ever witnessed upon
the Dullens Dueling Sands.
     There remains yet one more Preliminary Round of Dark Arena Fight Options for
those contestants who are in quest of an Elusive Godling or Knacky Gladiator that
will tip the scales in favor of their stable, ensuring their enshrinement into
Managerial Mayhem Megalomania Monomania Mythology for ever more.
     On the eve of this historic occasion, Hammer has chosen the torch lit path to
witness the grandeur and the glory from inside the blood stained DM 13 arena; instead
of merely watching wistfully from the outside, as so many managers have opted to do.
     Perhaps a handful of fence sitters will heed this historic ZalCon3 call by
sending a stable to the Dark Arena registration prior to the 22nd of October due
date; before Dullens once again closes its doors to all but those who are truly
anointed ZalCon Zealots.
     Hammer anticipates scribing an allegorical chronicle of the Dullens Duellist
Duellos [The Duelists' Code] as inspired by the entrants whose Dullens Dueling Code
is modified and mutated to win by whatever means available over the course of the
contest.
             "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
                               Hammer
                           Minister of War

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): ALEXANDER THE GREAT of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): KRAMER of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): PRONGHRON of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): KIT-KAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): AGE OF EMPIRES (The Historian, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): GILIA HARN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Hey everybody, watch out for DARKWIND, who flew 
up 19 points in the rankings after mashing GHOST OF ELDRAD like a melon.  Keep your 
eye on this guy.  Try as hard as the CARDOW HUNTERS stable might, they were unable to 
find their warrior (and ex-Duelmaster) SILENT HAWK before this week's fights.  In 
front of all the crowds, DARKWIND took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give 
the bum two weeks.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff? 
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the DULLENS arena.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Ask not the elves for counsel, 
for they will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've 
got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARKWIND 4639                13  10  1    77       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DANDRUFF 4476                28  14  0   112       THE UNDESIRABLES (461)
-SILENT HAWK 4596             16  14  0   109       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
-OPEN FLY 4594                14   5  0    95       THE UNDESIRABLES (461)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LITTLE OX 4540               14  26  1    85       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WINDWALKER 4648              14   5  1    66       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
-MANURE 4529                  13  10  1    65       THE UNDESIRABLES (461)
-RAMSHORN 4633                10  13  0    62       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PASSED GAS 4680               2   0  0    24       THE UNDESIRABLES (461)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NOSE PICKER 4688              1   0  0    16       THE UNDESIRABLES (461)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PONG 1 3996            0  1 0 ARCANE ARCADE 427     NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
PONG 2 3997            0  1 0 ARCANE ARCADE 427     UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
PONG 3 3998            0  1 0 ARCANE ARCADE 427     UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
PONG 4 3999            0  1 0 ARCANE ARCADE 427     NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
PONG 5 4000            0  1 0 ARCANE ARCADE 427     THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
FELINE BASHER 1 4771   0  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 530  NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
FELINE STRIKER 1 4772  0  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 530  UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
FELINE STRIKER 3 4773  0  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 530  POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
FELINE STRIKER 2 4774  0  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 530  POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
FELINE BASHER 2 4775   0  1 0 ARENA FELINES II 530  UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
DA HAMMER SL 4726      0  1 0 ASTONISH HAMMERZ 521  POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
DA HAMMER ST 4727      0  1 0 ASTONISH HAMMERZ 521  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DA HAMMER AB 4728      0  1 0 ASTONISH HAMMERZ 521  FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DA HAMMER BA 4729      0  1 0 ASTONISH HAMMERZ 521  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
DA HAMMER PS 4730      0  1 0 ASTONISH HAMMERZ 521  SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
DEAD GUY 5 4816        0  1 0 BLUE COLLAR 538       FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DEAD GUY 4 4815        0  1 0 BLUE COLLAR 538       THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
DEAD GUY 3 4814        0  1 0 BLUE COLLAR 538       THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
DEAD GUY 2 4813        0  1 0 BLUE COLLAR 538       ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DEAD GUY 1 4812        0  1 0 BLUE COLLAR 538       NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
WASTE NOT 4746         0  1 0 CON ZAL CON 525       AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
I LUNGE 4747           0  1 0 CON ZAL CON 525       NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
SIR LUNGE-ALOT 4748    0  1 0 CON ZAL CON 525       UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
STRIKE OUT 4749        0  1 0 CON ZAL CON 525       POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
COLLEGE BASH 4750      0  1 0 CON ZAL CON 525       THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
ROCKFANG 4825          0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 540     ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
SPELLDUSK 4824         0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 540     FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
GLOOMGIBBER 4823       0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 540     THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
BEASTFURY 4826         0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 540     NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CINDERVENOM 4822       0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 540     FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DREAM STRIKER 4821     0  1 0 DREAMERS 539          ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DREAM LUNGER 4820      0  1 0 DREAMERS 539          SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
DREAM BASHER 4819      0  1 0 DREAMERS 539          NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
DREAM SLASHER 4818     0  1 0 DREAMERS 539          FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DREAM AIM BLOW 4817    0  1 0 DREAMERS 539          ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
PRISONER PS 4731       0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL ZC3 522  FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
PRISONER BA 4732       0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL ZC3 522  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
PRISONER LU 4733       0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL ZC3 522  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
PRISONER SL 4734       0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL ZC3 522  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
PRISONER AB 4735       0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL ZC3 522  UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
DA LU 4786             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 533     AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
DA BA 4787             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 533     THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
DA AB 4788             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 533     THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
DA ST 4789             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 533     SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
DA SL 4790             0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 533     SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
STRIKE THREE 4761      0  1 0 FURY'S EDGE 528       THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
STRIKE ONE 4762        0  1 0 FURY'S EDGE 528       THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
STRIKE 4 4763          0  1 0 FURY'S EDGE 528       ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
STRIKE TWO 4764        0  1 0 FURY'S EDGE 528       UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
STRIKE 5 4765          0  1 0 FURY'S EDGE 528       SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
DOUBTFUL BASHER 4806   0  1 0 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS 536  UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
BIG SMART STRIKE 4805  0  1 0 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS 536  THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
WHY A STRIKER 4804     0  1 0 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS 536  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
BIG DUMB BASHER 4803   0  1 0 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS 536  THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
I'M A PSTRIKE 4802     0  1 0 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS 536  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
JUMPER ST 4716         0  1 0 KATHOUSE 519          NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
KITTY AB 4717          0  1 0 KATHOUSE 519          THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
AGGIE BA 4718          0  1 0 KATHOUSE 519          NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
KATTY PS 4719          0  1 0 KATHOUSE 519          ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
MRS KITTY LU 4720      0  1 0 KATHOUSE 519          SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
THE WALL 4801          0  1 0 KIRKWOOD 1 535        AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
MEADOW 4800            0  1 0 KIRKWOOD 1 535        FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
SNOWKIRK 4799          0  1 0 KIRKWOOD 1 535        SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
SNOW BUNNY 4797        0  1 0 KIRKWOOD 1 535        SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
SOLITUDE 4798          0  1 0 KIRKWOOD 1 535        THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
QUACKING DUCK 4795     2  2 1 LUROCIANS ABC 534     SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
I NOOO GOO 4791        0  1 0 LUROCIANS ABC 534     FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
RAGIN CAJUN 4792       0  1 0 LUROCIANS ABC 534     UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
CLUCKING CHICKEN 4794  0  1 0 LUROCIANS ABC 534     ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
CHIRPING CRICKET 4796  0  1 0 LUROCIANS ABC 534     THE ARETHA FRANKL 385 436 NONE    
SEXY LADY 4756         0  1 0 PERFETION QUEST X 527 AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
PERFECT LOVER 4757     0  1 0 PERFETION QUEST X 527 AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
WICKED SWING 4758      0  1 0 PERFETION QUEST X 527 FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
PUNK ROCK 4759         0  1 0 PERFETION QUEST X 527 ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
ANTI BIOTIC 4760       0  1 0 PERFETION QUEST X 527 NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
MANSY MAXIME SL 4736   0  1 0 POTTER POTPOURRI 523  NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
PADMA CHUNG LU 4737    0  1 0 POTTER POTPOURRI 523  THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
HAGRID DIGGORY S 4738  0  1 0 POTTER POTPOURRI 523  AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
NEVILLE THOMAS T 4739  0  1 0 POTTER POTPOURRI 523  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
VINCENT GOYLE WE 4740  0  1 0 POTTER POTPOURRI 523  THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
DEAD MAN FOUR 4811     0  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 537    ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DEAD MAN FIVE 4810     0  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 537    FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DEAD MAN THREE 4809    0  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 537    FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DEAD MAN ONE 4808      0  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 537    SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
DEAD MAN TWO 4807      0  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 537    POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
SLAUGHTER PIKER 4721   0  1 0 SLAUGHTER'S CREW 520  FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
SLAUGHTER BASHER 4722  0  1 0 SLAUGHTER'S CREW 520  SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
SLAUGHTER AIMER 4723   0  1 0 SLAUGHTER'S CREW 520  AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
SLAUGHTER AIMER 4724   0  1 0 SLAUGHTER'S CREW 520  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
SLAUGHTER TP 4725      0  1 0 SLAUGHTER'S CREW 520  NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
DA'S PS 1 4766         0  1 0 STYLE AND STRIFE 529  FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
DA'D BA 1 4767         0  1 0 STYLE AND STRIFE 529  FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DA'D BA 2 4768         0  1 0 STYLE AND STRIFE 529  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DA'D PS 2 4769         0  1 0 STYLE AND STRIFE 529  ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
DA'D BA 3 4770         0  1 0 STYLE AND STRIFE 529  POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
L-BRACKET 4741         0  1 0 STYLE OVER SUBSTA 524 POTATO GOLEM 379      436 NONE    
SLASH DOT 4742         0  1 0 STYLE OVER SUBSTA 524 UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
LUNGE CORD 4743        0  1 0 STYLE OVER SUBSTA 524 SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
CAN'T AIM STRAIG 4744  0  1 0 STYLE OVER SUBSTA 524 UNDEAD POTATO LOR 382 436 NONE    
GOPHER BASH 4745       0  1 0 STYLE OVER SUBSTA 524 FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
TP BORDERLINE 4776     0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 531 AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
SL MOSS 4777           0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 531 THE PHONE BOOTH 380   436 NONE    
DA A 4778              0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 531 SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    
DA B 4779              0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 531 SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
DA C 4780              0  1 0 SUPERIOR FORCES Z 531 FUNKY DISCO DUDE 378  436 NONE    
IS MY BUTT BIG? 4751   0  1 0 WHAT MOM'S SAY 526    ARENAMASTER TYKOR 383 436 NONE    
ST-OP THAT! 4752       0  1 0 WHAT MOM'S SAY 526    AN INVISIBLE ENTI 387 436 NONE    
LU-UNCH! 4753          0  1 0 WHAT MOM'S SAY 526    SALTMARSH OGRE 386    436 NONE    
SL-OW DOWN! 4754       0  1 0 WHAT MOM'S SAY 526    NOMADIC HORSE LOR 384 436 NONE    
TP - OUT AGAIN? 4755   0  1 0 WHAT MOM'S SAY 526    SALT GOLEM 381        436 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

ZalCon3 Zealots -- There was such a crowd milling around the reopening of the Dullens
torch lit arena that it was difficult to recognize all the managers who turned out
for this historic opening round event, what with all the screaming and blood letting
going on!  Zalgor Prigg, TigToad and Manager seemed to be enjoying themselves
immensely at the competitive turnout for the third ZalCon contest!  Thought I saw
Maximillian and Liam the Goth, but with all the pushing and shoving going on it was
difficult to make a positive identification in the flickering torch light!  Expected
to see Tripwire, The Greek Guy, Rillion, Ultraist, The Consortium and several others;
however, all the perilous pandemonium made it extremely necessary to focus my full
attention upon making sure that all five of my ASTONISH HAMMERZ gladiators not only
registered, but actually entered into the torch lit arena sands to meet their fate!
-- Hammer/Minister of War
P.S.  It will actually be sometime in December before Christmas when I actually get
to read the fight results, as I have requested that the Gladiatorial Commission
forward my newsletters to my brother for safe keeping until I arrive at his home for
the Christmas Holidays and College Bowl Games!  However, if anyone is interested in
being included in a famous Hammer the WordSmith storyline during the course of this
contest, please feel free to contact Hammer via Diplo, Personal Ad, Spotlight or
Email the necessary information needed to scribe a storyline to
ammerDM@fastermail.com

Zalconites (Zalconians?) -- Best of luck to everyone in the contest!  The sands
promise to be full of chum tonight! -- Your friendly neighborhood, and oh-so-
loveable; Kat

All -- Please welcome "Isn't it Obvious" to Dullens we sure hope the RUGS are kinder
to us than you.  :)  Be interesting to see if any of mine survive. -- Maximillian

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

QUACKING DUCK was butchered by SALT GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DOUBTFUL BASHER was butchered by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
ROCKFANG was murdered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SPELLDUSK was slaughtered by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
GLOOMGIBBER was butchered by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DREAM STRIKER was assassinated by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DREAM LUNGER was dealt death by SALT GOLEM in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena duel.
DREAM BASHER was butchered by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DREAM SLASHER was dealt death by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute competition.
DREAM AIM BLOW was easily killed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
DEAD GUY 5 was slaughtered by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BEASTFURY was assassinated by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BIG SMART STRIKER was barely slain by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
WHY A STRIKER was savagely slain by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 3 minute Dark Arena match.
BIG DUMB BASHER was executed by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
I'M A PSTRIKE was savagely slain by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 2 minute competition.
THE WALL was butchered by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
DEAD GUY 4 was executed by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena conflict.
DEAD GUY 3 was easily killed by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEAD GUY 2 was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
DEAD GUY 1 was butchered by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
MEADOW was easily killed by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena bout.
SNOWKIRK was butchered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena brawl.
DEAD MAN FOUR was executed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DEAD MAN FIVE was savagely slain by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute Dark Arena bout.
DEAD MAN THREE was slain by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 3 minute Dark Arena conflict.
DEAD MAN ONE was savagely slain by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
PONG 1 was murdered by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
PONG 2 was easily killed by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
PONG 3 was easily killed by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena contest.
PONG 4 was murdered by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PONG 5 was assassinated by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
DEAD MAN TWO was assassinated by POTATO GOLEM in a popular 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
JUMPER ST was slain by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
KITTY AB was slaughtered by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena bout.
AGGIE BA was dispatched by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 2 minute Dark Arena fray.
KATTY PS was executed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fray.
MRS KITTY LU was killed by SALT GOLEM in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena competition.
SLAUGHTER PIKER was killed by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
SLAUGHTER BASHER was viciously butchered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 3 minute fray.
SLAUGHTER AIMER was executed by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
SLAUGHTER AIMER was assassinated by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SLAUGHTER TP was executed by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena bout.
DA HAMMER SL was easily killed by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DA HAMMER ST was assassinated by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena struggle.
DA HAMMER AB was savagely slain by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
DA HAMMER BA was executed by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena fray.
DA HAMMER PS was killed by SALT GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
PRISONER PS was barely slain by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
PRISONER BA was viciously butchered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
PRISONER LU was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
PRISONER SL was viciously butchered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
PRISONER AB was slaughtered by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
MANSY MAXIME SL was assassinated by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute battle.
PADMA CHUNG LU was slaughtered by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
HAGRID DIGGORY ST was butchered by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
NEVILLE THOMAS TP was easily killed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute duel.
VINCENT GOYLE WE was easily killed by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
L-BRACKET was executed by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
SLASH DOT was easily killed by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena conflict.
LUNGE CORD was killed by SALT GOLEM in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena match.
CAN'T AIM STRAIGHT was murdered by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
GOPHER BASH was slaughtered by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
WASTE NOT was executed by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a popular 3 minute Dark Arena fray.
I LUNGE was slaughtered by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
SIR LUNGE-ALOT was savagely slain by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 2 minute conflict.
STRIKE OUT was murdered by POTATO GOLEM in a popular 1 minute gory Dark Arena battle.
COLLEGE BASH was easily killed by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
IS MY BUTT BIG? was easily killed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
ST-OP THAT! was butchered by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
LU-UNCH! was savagely slain by SALTMARSH OGRE in a popular 3 minute Dark Arena brawl.
SL-OW DOWN! was killed by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
TP - OUT AGAIN? was barely slain by SALT GOLEM in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena brawl.
SEXY LADY was assassinated by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
PERFECT LOVER was assassinated by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 3 minute Dark Arena brawl.
WICKED SWING was executed by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena match.
PUNK ROCK was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
ANTI BIOTIC was put to death by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
STRIKE THREE was put to death by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena bout.
STRIKE ONE was slain by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
STRIKE 4 was butchered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena match.
STRIKE TWO was slaughtered by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena bout.
STRIKE 5 was slain by SALT GOLEM in a 3 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
DA'S PS 1 was slaughtered by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DA'D BA 1 was killed by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
DA'D BA 2 was assassinated by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA'D PS 2 was butchered by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DA'D BA 3 was slaughtered by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena contest.
FELINE BASHER 1 was killed by NOMADIC HORSE LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
FELINE STRIKER 1 was executed by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
FELINE STRIKER 3 was assassinated by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
FELINE STRIKER 2 was butchered by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
FELINE BASHER 2 was murdered by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
TP BORDERLINE was slaughtered by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 3 minute Dark Arena brawl.
SL MOSS was narrowly killed by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
DA A was murdered by SALT GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena conflict.
DA B was slaughtered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena match.
DA C was assassinated by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
DA LU was easily killed by AN INVISIBLE ENTITY in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DA BA was easily killed by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena conflict.
DA AB was slaughtered by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DA ST was savagely slain by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena contest.
DA SL was viciously butchered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena match.
I NOOO GOO was assassinated by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fray.
RAGIN CAJUN was assassinated by UNDEAD POTATO LORD in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
CLUCKING CHICKEN was easily killed by ARENAMASTER TYKOR in a 1 minute match.
CINDERVENOM was butchered by FUNKY DISCO DUDE in a 1 minute Dark Arena bout.
CHIRPING CRICKET was murdered by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena bout.
SNOW BUNNY was slaughtered by SALTMARSH OGRE in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena match.
SOLITUDE was easily killed by THE ARETHA FRANKLIN in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
DARKWIND narrowly defeated GHOST OF ELDRAD in a 3 minute veteran's Title competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 26         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   4 -  0      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  26         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  18 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                      11         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  29 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                    10         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  12 -  0      37  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW         9 -  16 -  0      36  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  35 -  0      34  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  13 -  0      28  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  34 -  0      11  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   6 -  0       0  |

Turn 436 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       1 -  9         4  BASHING ATTACK 
                              AIMED BLOW         0 - 11         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 - 10         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 - 10         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 - 26     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 - 26     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 - 10     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  5     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     DARKWIND 4639              13  10  1   77 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DARKWIND 4639.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DARKWIND 4639.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEAD MAN THREE 4809, 
LU-UNCH! 4753, DREAM LUNGER 4820, WHY A STRIKER 4804, SLAUGHTER PIKER 4721, STRIKE 5 
4765, PRISONER SL 4734, DA ST 4789, DEAD MAN FIVE 4810, and DEAD MAN ONE 4808.

The least popular fighter this week was SOLITUDE 4798.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DEAD GUY 3 4814, SNOW BUNNY 4797, CHIRPING CRICKET 4796, CINDERVENOM 
4822, CLUCKING CHICKEN 4794, RAGIN CAJUN 4792, I NOOO GOO 4791, DA AB 4788, DA BA 
4787, and DA LU 4786.

               NEW TEAMS IN THE TEMPORARY TOURNAMENT ARENAS (DM 81/83)

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 

                                      A REMINDER

     On behalf of the mailroom slaves, please, please, put your arena number on 
everything, including your personals and diplos!  
     All diplos must show the recipient's name, team name, and arena number.  
     Sometimes stuff gets misfiled, delayed, not printed, or not delivered because we 
don't know where it belongs.  Thank you.
                                          -- A lowly mailroom slave

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXV

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ARCOS 3373 (40-68-2)                   1  4  0         EL EQUIDO            

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
T-BONE 3139 (28-11-0)                  2  3  0         LEGION OF DUMB       

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 11 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                        EEK THE CAT (2-4110) of THE FUNNY FARM 
                             HADES (11-5338) of MYTHICAL 
                    DRAUGHT DODGER (12-5209) of WISH YOU WERE BEER 
                      DRACO MALFOY (18-7115) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN 
                           FREAK (18-7300) of RUN AND HYDE 
                   BETWEEN THE EYES (60-716) of METAL MILITIA II 6
                  SHOVELING SANDY (65-3584) of STORMNITE SANDBAGGER 
                         BLUE BLOOD (73-3657) of BLACK & BLUE 
                          JOCK (82-10452) of 4-LETTER ITCHES 
                       WILLIE BROWN (82-13201) of 1976 RAIDERS 
                          YUENGLING (82-16265) of LOCAL BEER 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                    HOLD THE DATES!  (FACE-TO-FACE XXXV AND XXXVI)

Summer Face-to-Face Tournament XXXV in St. Louis!  
Our next summer FTF will be held in downtown St. Louis, July 29-31, 2005.  It will be 
at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, St. Louis (800-925-1395--ask for the Reality 
Simulations room block). Room rates are $99.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy.  The rooms 
are blocked--please make your reservation by mid-June before the block is released! 
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  See you there!

Winter Face-to-Face Tournament XXXVI in Tempe!
Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 20-22, 2006.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $139.00 per night (same as last year!), 
1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's 
reception, free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), 
fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your 
reservation soon before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and
several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.)  
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  We hope you're all 
looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                FACE-TO-FACE XXXIV

     Our next Winter Face-to-Face will be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Friday 
through Sunday, 14-16 January 2005, at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, Arizona (4400 S 
Rural Rd--this is the same hotel as last year).  Room rates are $139.00 per night, 
1-4 occupancy, which includes breakfast.  The rooms are blocked.  The reservations 
number is 480-897-7444; tell them you're with the "Reality Simulations Face to Face 
Convention" block.  Our room block will be released in mid-December, so please make 
sure you reserve your room before then! 
     Room rates include a full cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary two-hour 
manager's reception.  There is a free shuttle to the airport, as well as free parking.  
The hotel is located down the freeway in Tempe.  All rooms have high speed internet 
(for an extra charge).  There is a fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool, and of course a 
bar and Mexican restaurant inside the hotel.  And there's Denny's right across the 
street.  Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.
     The tournament information sheet/strategy sheet should be out sometime in late 
November/early December. 
     If you haven't been to a Face-to-Face before, you're overdue.  If you have, 
you'll be back.  Don't miss this one, it'll be a blast!  See you there! 

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI Staff

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes 

*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*  NEWS BULLETIN -- Second Edition  *--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*

     In the interests of better dueling for all, those arenas which are and have been 
for some time quite small are being closed.  The regular-speed (two-week) arenas will 
close at the end of April, the slow (four-week) arenas at the end of May.  The arenas 
which will be closed are:

         DM 13 Dullens            DM 46 Ardivent           DM 63 Amen-Tei   
         DM 20 Seam               DM 48 Caer               DM 64 Kurukar    
         DM 23 Ti                 DM 49 Vithicar           DM 66 Tarrgir    
         DM 27 Point              DM 53 Khalhums           DM 67 Barikala   
         DM 34 Monuntial          DM 55 Khalani            DM 76 Simtakka   
         DM 37 Sibikhas           DM 57 Andor              DM 79 Miroi Chang
         DM 44 Krill              DM 58 Delarq Tor       
                         
     In order to participate in regular arena dueling, managers in these closed arenas 
may choose to move their team to any other arena.  It is not necessary to move a team 
for its warriors to compete in tourneys; inactive teams will remain in these closed 
arenas until/unless they move (similar to the arenas of Firehold, Cimmeriac, or 
Sentern, DM 68-70).  Teams from closed arenas may transfer to any arena, even an arena 
where their manager already has an active team; in such a case, both teams will be 
allowed to fight.  As in the past, warriors already graduated to ADM will retain their 
old identification numbers from their original arena, but their transferred teammates 
in the new arena will receive new identification numbers for their new arena.  Moved 
teams and warriors will retain all their training, records, and other attributes when 
they move, and may begin fighting in their new arena immediately.  
     There are two exceptions to the above team transfer rule, however.  Managers 
may not transfer teams to DM 93 (Noblish Island).  Also, in DM 33 (Niytyole Island), a 
manager may not have more than one team in the arena; a manager could transfer a team 
into this arena from a closed arena, but would have to transfer the old one out first. 
     We realize that most managers have strong loyalty to their home arenas and would 
like their arenas to remain open.  If managers and arenas work together to collect 
fifteen active teams in one of these arenas, that arena will remain open.  Similarly, 
if there is enough interest, we could reopen any of these arenas at a later date.  If 
this happens, any teams which transferred out will be allowed to return.  
     These measures are being taken in the interests of better dueling for all, the 
reasoning being that arenas with only a small number of teams are simply not as fun as 
larger arenas with more managers interacting.  This move also gives us the flexibility 
to reopen arenas or open new arenas at some time in the future, if there is interest.  
     Requests for team transfer may be directed to Customer Service at any time.  

                                          -- RSI

*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--**--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--*--* 

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The winter tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of March.
If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please contact RSI Customer 
Service.  The charge for a name change is $1, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 51 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                          CAPTAIN CRUNCH (5-4330) TECHNOLOGY    
                             GARAI (7-4608) BLADES OF ICE       
                         GAZREK (7-5097) DEMONS OF DARKNESS 7   
                       CRIMSON BLUSH (7-5351) VENGEANCE SEEKERS 
                           NEMESIS (10-2676) MYTH AND MIGHT     
                         PLAYFUL DOG (10-4237) MONGREL HORDE   
                          CALLISTO (12-4974) NAUGHTY NYMPHS    
                         ILLUMINAUGHTY (12-5423) LOBOTOMATION   
                          SKIPPY (14-2305) PRIDE OF THE CDC    
                              ARGINASE (16-4137) ENZYMES        
                          CADEX CFM (18-3366) THE BIKE SHOP    
                            CRY-O-LIT (18-6106) ROCK-ETTS      
                          PAPA RATTLESNAKE (18-6800) APACHE    
                            SUICIDE (21-4832) APPLE CIDER      
                        REVEREND LOVEJOY (22-5517) SPRINGFIELD  
                          DVDA (22-5768) THAT'S UNPOSSIBLE!    
                            DONAHAR (24-3006) MAGIC REALM      
                      LINK HOGTHROB (33-5358) INTERSTELLAR PORK 
                        JETS TO BRAZIL (36-5604) SKATE DRAGONS  
                          ARTEMIS (41-3675) LADY OF THE MOON    
                          SELENE (41-3676) LADY OF THE MOON    
                             BETTY (58-5755) HELL HOUNDS       
                       INSURRECTION (60-5607) BLADES OF DESTINY 
                       COPPERHEAD (65-5467) NATURE'S ASSASSINS 
                          CHRISSEL (70-5208) LITHE & LOVELY    
                         SUPERIOR II (75-760) SUPERIOR FORCES                                                  
                             ARCHER (82-1198) GORGONITES                                                      
                      SQUIRREL KILLER (82-3278) END OF THE LINE     
                            CICINISTI (82-3706) BEGUILERZ           
                           GNORE (82-3717) MILITARY SCIENCE          
                        FINALITY (82-4063) SUPERIOR FORCES 3P       
                          SIR LANCELOT (82-5350) ROUND TABLE         
                            WILLY T MAC (82-5925) RAPTURE           
                         KHORGA KHAN (82-6730) THE BEGINNING        
                             ELLYN (82-8983) LAS VEGAS II            
                             MANTISSA (82-9324) MATMATICA            
                        JETS TO BRAZIL (82-9697) DRAGON SKALE       
                          ON THE WASHER (82-10019) SUNNYDALE         
                             ORAL B (82-10020) SUNNYDALE            
                         2-STROKE (82-10384) THE WILLBURYS 79        
                           HITZ (82-10428) 4-LETTER DOCTORS          
                      UNDEFEATABLE (82-10966) SUPERIOR FORCES 5M     
                        GOLDWRAP (82-11886) SUPERIOR FORCES 34       
                        CHIMPANZEE (82-12985) ANIMAL CRACKERS       
                        THE CUTICLE DANCE (82-13639) DON'T ASK       
                      SCHWETTY OLIVES (82-14247) SCHWETTY FOODS     
                     QSTAFF INFECTION (82-14523) DIRTY INFIRMARY    
                     BING S7 WANG (82-16000) SUPERIOR FORCES 6201   
                    TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT (82-16651) SLIGHTLY HEATED 
                       SMILING GOAT (82-20735) SHAVE MY POODLE      
                    CRITICAL UPDATES (82-24025) ANNOYING THINGS II 
                       LIGHTNING XLV (82-24103) DEATH STUDS IX      

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

              Pagan's Logical Argument on Tactics and Their Suitability

The suitability comes from the "Red Book" in its explanation of tactics and references 
to styles.

I of course assume that there are only two possibilities WS (Well Suited) or US 
(unsuited).  Nothing in the fight says you are using this tactic unsuitably so how can 
we judge tactic usage...?

I look to the Favorites Chart and see what tactics are possible to the style and those 
must be Well Suited.  All the other tactics must not be Well Suited.

Perhaps there's a middle category, but I can't see a defined structure to prove it so 
I stick with what I can know.  Managers make the three pronged assumption because 
weapons have three categories, WS / S / Unorthodox.  They assume that tactics must 
work the same way without any data to support their belief.

I believe that any style can use a tactic that they can get a favorite in.  All other 
tactics lower their style's fighting "string" in the program.  There's always a chance 
of getting a favorite tactic based on luck and any warrior could get any tactic, but I 
don't think so.

Why I haven't made a change in my charts to reflect my ideas:

1.  Everyone thinks of tactic usage as possible across all the styles, and some 
tactics are better suited to some styles over others.  Hence the three pronged thing, 
or a varying degree of effects depending upon which tactic for which style.

2.  I trust my intuition when I think of only WS and US, because I know that my 
strategies will not make me fall on a decision which adversely affects my warriors 
since I use only those tactics I see as WS to the style.  Plus I feel I'm logically 
correct <smile>.

This is how the tactics are written on the styles, in the current RSI stuff:

"The Parry-Riposte style is well suited to the Lunge, poorly suited to the Slash, and 
horribly suited to the Decisiveness and Bash tactics."

WS I can understand; Poorly Suited has no reference for me; Horribly Suited means US 
to me but this could all mean varying degrees of badness.  How in the world do you 
rate terms like Poor, Horrible, Ineffective, not-well, and other tags I've seen 
mentioned in the styles of the Red-Book to denote skills not WS?

Favorites chart lists Slash, Decise, and Bash as not possible to ever have as a 
favorite tactic.  If you add up all the number of PR warriors that got one of these as 
a favorite tactic you get the big ZERO.  Decise I see is against the fundamentals of 
the style.  Bash is Horribly Suited...?  Using Bash for the PR is just wrong since the 
style doesn't even have a weapon that it could be used with.  But I would bet that 
they wouldn't put that in there if one or both of the following reasons were true:

1.  the PR's had a bashing type Well Suited weapon, or marginally suited bashing 
weapon
2.  the PR's get an EXTRA negative when using the Bash tactic.  (I believe unlikely 
given my stance on the functions of a tactics usage at the end of the this essay.)

HERE'S ANOTHER:

"Offensively, because of its economy of motion, the Parry-Strike style lends itself to 
Decisiveness modification.  The Slash, Lunge, and Bash tactics can be used, but are 
not very effective."

What does "not very effective" mean?  Does it mean Poorly Suited?  Why is there a 
reference in the Parry Riposte about Horribly Suited to Decise and Bash, but not to 
others?  Does that mean that the Parry Strike is/or is not Horribly Suited to a 
tactic?  Is 'not very effective' the same as 'poor', or 'not well'?

This is all ambiguous.  But let's try and look at what we "know."

The Favorites chart lists Slash, Lunge, and Bash as not possible to ever have as a 
favorite tactic.  If you add up all the number of PS warriors you get ZERO with those 
tactics.  I guess I could start to assume that the reason the PR got a special extra 
mention about the Bash tactic may be from that style's weapons selection.  The PS 
weapon selection does offer it the potential to at least use a weapon suited to the 
three tactics even though they are not suitable to the style (it is not possible to 
get them as a favorite).

HERE'S ANOTHER:

"Defensively, the Parry-Lunge style is Well Suited to both the Parry and the Dodge 
tactics.  The Riposte can be used to some effect, but it is not a well suited tactic.  
The Responsiveness tactic is not at all suited to this style."

A lot of the same questions apply.  I can see Well Suited, but what about the other 
tactics?  Since the PL is not suited at all to Response, then is this the worst 
possible tactic that could be used for the style, or should I assume that 'not at all 
suited' has more innate badness than 'Horribly Suited'?  The others are bad but not as 
bad?  Does it go from helpful to gradually getting worse?  Wouldn't the program have a 
rhyme/reason for tactics used by styles?  Wouldn't there be a simple computer 
formulation to be used in the fighting?  I it goes from helpful to bad in categories, 
then so far I have listed quite a few categories over the presumed three.

I hate the red-book for stuff just like this, and I am not alone in this opinion.

Favorite tactics for the three above styles listed in the Favorites Chart:

PR 3 Lunge ; 11 Riposte ; 6 Parry

PS 12 Decise ; 9 Response ; 9 Dodge ; 1 Riposte ; 8 Parry

PL 23 Lunge ; 12 Dodge ; 12 Parry

Now if you look at what the actual favorites are then you'll see the only tactics that 
are Well Suited.  Neither of the three have a favorite tactic available that didn't 
say it was Well Suited.  They had some WS tactics that weren't written about at all 
but as for the PR we assume Riposte could be a favorite, where PL we assume that Parry 
could be a favorite.  The other tactics mentioned as being 'Poorly Suited', or 'could 
be used to some effect' are not listed to be a favorite tactic at all for the 
corresponding style when you look at a Favorites Chart.  But we don't even have to 
assume the styles WS tactics, just by looking at the Favorites Chart we can see them 
for ourselves.

I think the need to put more words into the "what is the such-and-such style" made the 
writer(s) of the Red-Book put comments about which tactics could be used.  By looking 
at the Parry-Lunge style you immediately guess that this style will be able to use 
Parry and Lunge tactics, and the inferences seem to show themselves this way through 
all of the styles.  The trouble is determining if there are degrees of US tactics or 
not.  I personally doubt that there are.

I'm sure that the Poorly Suited, Horribly Suited, and other adjectives used in the 
style explanations of all the ten styles reflect both the weapons available to the 
style and the preferential weapons that are well-suited.  I have to say preferential 
since weapons used can be well-suited, marginally-effective, or unorthodox.  Use a 
marginally effective weapon with a tactic listed as Poorly Suited and you have a bad 
combination, so instead of listing Bash for the PR as 'not-well' (or some such 
adjective) it gets listed as 'horrible'.  What it broke down to was the PR using a 
weapon with negatives, and a tactic which causes negatives.  But enough of my rambling 
about the Red-Book of Lies....

I'm sure that anything not able to be gotten as a favorite tactic is a negative 
modifier to your warrior.  The others only alter the program's numbers.  Like moving 
some of your attack skills to Decise when using the decise tactic but over all not 
reducing your warrior's total skill performance.

Say a warrior has 10 skills in all 6 skill areas

 INI RIP ATT PAR DEF DEC TTL
 10  10  10  10  10  10  60

Now let's assume a 5 skill bonus for a WS tactic
Our Striker uses Decise - a WS tactic

 INI RIP ATT PAR DEF DEC TTL
  9   9   9   9   9  15  60

In this case I can see a shuffling around of 5 skill points towards Decise, lowering 
the effectiveness of the others by 1, while keeping the total skills at 60.

But use a tactic your style can't get a favorite in (in my opinion an US tactic) and I 
bet it enhances that area while subtracting from your warrior's total skill 
performance by twice the amount (2 skills per area instead of 1)

 INI RIP ATT PAR DEF DEC TTL
 10  10  10  10  10  10  60

A Parry-Lunger uses Decise - an US tactic

 INI RIP ATT PAR DEF DEC TTL
  8   8   8   8   8  15  55

In this case I can see a shuffling around of skill points towards Decise, lowering the 
effectiveness of the others by twice the amount of a WS tactic, and lowering the total 
skills to 55 (that's a 5 total skill loss).  Where the former keeps you at zero skills 
negated, the latter would keep you at a negated skill level.  Use your favorite 
tactic, and I assume there would be no shuffling of skills just an enhancement of the 
skill area correspondent to the tactic.  And in my examples that would be an 
enhancement of +5 skills in decise for a total of 65 skills ( a +5 total skill gain).

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