DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER Date : 03/08/2004 Duedate: 03/20/2004 TOBIR ARENA DM-14 TURN-485 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS HYDE OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) (14-3927) [19-10-2,105] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader HYDE MICHAEL PALIN OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) MONTY PYTHON (312) (14-3927) [19-10-2,105] (14-2750) [5-2-0,57] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite 10% VIGORISH I ATE MY WORM THE DEATH SQUAD (63) I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) (14-4108) [13-7-0,92] (14-4053) [8-1-0,93] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) 23 2. I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) 22 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) 3. THE DOGHOUSE (188) 17 Unchartered Team 4. OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) 11 5. THE DEATH SQUAD (63) 9 MONTY PYTHON (312) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) 8 2 0 80.0 1/ 2 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) 9 1 1 2/ 0 CEASE TO EXIST (270) 20 6 0 76.9 2/ 1 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) 7 5 0 3/ 2*MONTY PYTHON (312) 5 2 0 71.4 3/ 3 THE DOGHOUSE (188) 6 9 1 4/ 3 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) 233 141 16 62.3 4/ 5 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) 5 5 1 5/ 4 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) 245 199 17 55.2 5/ 4 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) 3 0 0 6/ 5 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) 313 282 23 52.6 6/ 6*MONTY PYTHON (312) 2 1 0 7/ 7 THE DOGHOUSE (188) 271 332 6 44.9 7/ 0 CEASE TO EXIST (270) 0 1 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Valamantis: Hallie O'Dene did not stay in Valamantis. She hadn't been able to get an audience with the ruler of the city-state, Garlor Shanmarrik, and the clerk to whom she had given her warning had been...disbelieving. Had, in fact, threatened her with imprisonment if she "stirred up unrest." A very proper bureaucrat, he'd been. Hallie considered slicing off his ears and nailing them to the wall, or possibly nailing the man's ears to the wall without slicing them off, but such action would serve no purpose but to express her anger, so she didn't. There really wasn't any point in that. She gave her warning to Arenamistress Sitalva, who was at least polite, and then went on her way. Carefully circling wide around the ruins of Old Valamantis and ghosts of the ancient city that came and went unstably above them. The people of Valamantis, in the person of the Lord's clerk, had chosen to ignore her warning, and there were others she had to find and warn, others who might listen. Arenamistress Sitalva did not exactly believe Hallie's warning about the danger from the Bloodgames, but she didn't disbelieve, either. She had already seen the mirage-like ancient towers above the bloody ground. She had seen those ghostly towers before, after other Bloodgames, had accepted them as a normal illusion there. Maybe she needed to re-think "normal." She couldn't imagine anyone resurrecting Old Valamantis for any kind of GOOD reason. The oldest levels of the city were Folstrom. And saturated with dark magic. Mordant: Mordant was like a stirred up hive of bees, full of activity, and hostile to any stranger who had the misfortune to get in the way. She guessed that she wouldn't have any more luck getting in to see Queen Talissen of Mordant than she had in Valamantis. Which was frustrating, since it was a serious warning she had to deliver. Well, she hadn't expected this to be easy.... After a moment's thought, she headed straight for the arena, bypassing the palace entirely. There would be people who'd listen to her at the arena, because she was one of them. Kakar was arenamaster in Mordant, she'd met him once. A grim man, but who wouldn't be if they had to live in Mordant? She avoided looking at the pitted black stone that most of the city was built of, and the windowless architecture. The Mordanti were a grim people all around. The arena was seething with activity and speculation, though it wasn't fight day. Rumors were flying; before she managed to locate the arenamaster, Hallie heard seven different versions of "an attack on the Queen!" which had been foiled by a gladiator, or maybe more than one gladiator, or maybe it had been made by a gladiator, or only reported by a gladiator, or.... The attack on the Queen, if it had happened at all, was the main topic, but there was a froth of other rumors in the background: monsters in various likely or unlikely places, out in the swamp, down in Valamantis, in the Syrinwald lake, or up in the mountains. A war that might or might not be happening between two different kingdoms in the south, and even the supposed participants kept changing--Trocar, Rocanis, Xochithlan, the wild Rirorni. Banditry around Tricorus; she shrugged that one off. There was always banditry around Tricorus. Arenamaster Kakar was closeted with a sober looking man, tall for a Kannar, and richly dressed. Kakar didn't actually refuse to listen to Hallie, but he made it clear that he didn't have much time to spare. Hallie shrugged. The way things had been going since she'd set out to spread the warning, his attitude was no surprise. She wondered in passing whether Khaldren could have managed some kind of spell that made people unwilling to listen. Not that it mattered at the moment. "I bring word of a powerful wizard who has come out of the past to spread disaster in our time," she began. "He is a wizard from drowned Krael, and he claims the intention to resurrect Celestinvael and other lost cities and build a new empire in Alastari." The tall man leaned forward, suddenly frowning. "Celestinvael is five hundred years dead," he stated. "How can this be 'resurrected'?" Celestinvael was also, Hallie knew, the closest of the dangerous ruins to Mordant, unless you counted Old Valamantis--which Khaldren hadn't mentioned. "I'm no wizard," she answered. "I don't know. But he stated his intention to use 'blood magic' to do it, which he believes will work even with the Arcanum in flux." She shrugged. "I don't know about magic, but he seemed confidant, and I saw him work spells of great power." "No doubt we've mages around who can confirm or deny this possibility," the tall man said. "I will carry the warning to Queen Talissen and set our magicians to work." Seeing her surprise, he added, "I am Allech Rabo, Her Majesty's Herald. I have the authority to take these steps." "Good! You might pass word to Valamantis, too--I couldn't get to see anyone but a damned clerk. If it's blood magic at work, well, there was a lot of blood spilled in Old Valamantis just over a month ago--" "Mordan!" The Herald leaped to his feet. "The Bloodgames! If blood magic still works, then the danger is extreme! I must go to the Queen at once!" "And I will speak to the gladiators of this city about the dangers ahead," Kakar said when the Herald had gone. "Doubtless they will be called upon to take arms against enemies of Mordant." Iaye: The first ground tremors made people uneasy, but no more than that. There had been small earthquakes for months now, mostly centered on Seam and its underground disturbances. They posed no threat to the island, except in the case of those boats who were just coming into the docks when tremor-waves hit. And even that...the sailors of Iaye were skilled, and they had learned to deal with it. But the mild tremors didn't stop, they were replaced by serious jolts, and the ground underfoot shivered like jelly in a bowl. All the sailors who could took their ships out of the harbor and around the island toward the center of the Trier. No one wanted to get caught by a bigger wave than usual and shoved onto a rocky shore. Once the ships were safely away from the land, alarm turned to eager speculation. Did this herald new geysers for Seam? Would a volcano erupt and destroy the town entirely? Bets were placed. After all, Seam wasn't THEIR town.... Or maybe this quake would strike a little closer to home, like the one that had cracked open the Ogre's Tomb in Point. That thought sobered people. There had been...things in the Tomb, and it had taken all the warriors who could reach Point to deal with them. What else might be down there, to be released by a fresh earthquake? They didn't really want to know. Most of the ships were strung out parallel to the coast north of Point and Iaye. Far enough apart not to damage each other if something went wrong, close enough to pass messages along. The message that came up from the southern end of the line near sunset was unexpected, and more than a little alarming. Everyone knew there were ruins under the lake between Point and the island of Iaye. But nobody had expected them to rise. And none of the half-remembered stories of Krael made people happy about the great city's reappearance. SPY REPORT Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again! Nothing is certain in TOBIR, with changing loyalties, changing Duelmasters. Write this down: new top team--ALL THE MUN'S MEN. I BENT MY WOOKIE had cause to celebrate, after I ATE MY WORM got 22 points by beating MOLYNEUX. MOLYNEUX certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to I ATE MY WORM and losing 12 points in the process! You could cut the tension with a scimitar as HYDE of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS met the Duelmaster. Now I can't insult HYDE, as he has gloriously dueled to the top. Oh great new Duelmaster!!! (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees? Someone's got a basic problem... A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn? And do not the little birds cry out?' Any ideas? Like the noble eagle soaring amongst the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of THE DEATH SQUAD, alone and unchallenged. The warriors of THE DEATH SQUAD found their efforts at combat frustrated as OTAGO HIGHLANDERS apparently had more important things to do than fight. If challenges were horses, MOLYNEUX could open up a fast food joint! PUSSYFOOT found himself challenged by a warrior 22 below: ANGRY SHEW. ANGRY SHEW of THE DEATH SQUAD kept his wits as he subdued PUSSYFOOT. Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors. Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious stupor. All good things must come to an end. As the seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave this place. Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for TOBIR? On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HYDE 3927 19 10 2 105 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME I ATE MY WORM 4053 8 1 0 93 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) 10% VIGORISH 4108 13 7 0 92 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MOLYNEUX 3921 18 12 0 78 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) -ZERO THE HERO 4129 6 2 0 72 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) ABBOTT 4131 6 0 1 69 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MICHAEL PALIN 2750 5 2 0 57 MONTY PYTHON (312) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME BOWSER 4096 10 13 1 45 THE DOGHOUSE (188) LOGCHAIN 4111 5 11 0 41 THE DOGHOUSE (188) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PUSSYFOOT 4126 7 8 0 29 THE DOGHOUSE (188) STUD MUN 4183 2 1 1 25 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) WESTON 4137 2 3 0 25 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) -VURON 2370 2 0 0 25 CEASE TO EXIST (270) FROSTY THE SNOWMUN 4181 2 0 0 25 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) THE THING 4185 3 2 0 24 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME ANGRY SHEW 4201 2 0 0 23 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) GEORGE FOREMUN 4187 2 0 0 22 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) SPIDER MUN 4186 2 0 0 20 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) TAIPAN 4200 1 1 0 16 THE DEATH SQUAD (63) BAMBAM MUN 4182 2 1 0 13 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423) JUNO 4178 2 4 0 10 THE DOGHOUSE (188) HONEY PUP 4207 0 2 0 2 THE DOGHOUSE (188) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? OBMI 2369 0 1 0 CEASE TO EXIST 270 STONE GOLEM 517 485 NONE HAROLD JOHNSON 4130 5 4 0 THE DEATH SQUAD 63 BOWSER 4096 483 CATKILLER 4109 10 7 0 THE DOGHOUSE 188 ABBOTT 4131 483 KILDA 4127 3 8 0 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS 348 SPYMASTER 513 485 NONE PERSONAL ADS I Ate My Worm -- Why? -- Bowser Michael Palin -- (nervously) I don't do pythons. I hate snakes, especially BIG snakes. -- Pussyfoot Fratsfan Noble? Ha! -- Logchain Taipan -- I thought you were some kind of island, or maybe a game with tiles, you know? I was misinformed! -- Juno Angry Shew -- (mournful look) But puppies are SUPPOSED to chew on shews. -- Honey Pup 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 18 March 2004 St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start. We are also pleased to announce that in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills. The contest is only 2 turns old and is still wide open. There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill each. Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena. On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to challenge the kLk dominance. We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their supposed home arena. But, they were a no show. Guess they proved what they are really made of. *evil grin* Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge. We are throwing down the gauntlet. Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance. If you don't show up, Chaos, don't feel bad. FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but have chosen to pass on the offer. So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM 36. We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a storyline being actively worked on in the arena. Whatever you like about DM you can find it in JHANS. Bookie mgr. of Suicidal Dreams and Director Jhans Board of Tourism kLk Alliance LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS KILDA was dealt death by SPYMASTER in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight. OBMI was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute brutal Dark Arena duel. TAIPAN was overcome by BOWSER in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match. HYDE won victory over 10% VIGORISH in a 1 minute Challenge Title brawl. I ATE MY WORM viciously subdued MOLYNEUX in a popular 6 minute brutal Challenge fight. ANGRY SHEW viciously subdued PUSSYFOOT in a 2 minute Challenge brawl. ABBOTT overpowered AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl. MICHAEL PALIN handily defeated WESTON in a 2 minute gruesome uneven melee. LOGCHAIN viciously subdued CHEERFUL FAN in a 2 minute gory expert vs. beginner fight. JUNO was overpowered by STUD MUN in a 1 minute uneven match. FROSTY THE SNOWMUN overpowered HONEY PUP in a 1 minute one-sided fight. BAMBAM MUN was subdued by THE THING in a 2 minute amateur's competition. SPIDER MUN bested POLITE BEGGAR in a crowd pleasing 3 minute novice's battle. GEORGE FOREMUN overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 2 minute mismatched conflict. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |STRIKING ATTACK 6 TOTAL PARRY 13 - 7 - 0 65 | |BASHING ATTACK 4 LUNGING ATTACK 23 - 14 - 2 62 | |LUNGING ATTACK 3 STRIKING ATTACK 34 - 21 - 3 62 | |AIMED BLOW 2 AIMED BLOW 11 - 7 - 0 61 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 WALL OF STEEL 5 - 4 - 0 56 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 BASHING ATTACK 10 - 10 - 0 50 | |TOTAL PARRY 2 PARRY-LUNGE 6 - 7 - 0 46 | |WALL OF STEEL 1 SLASHING ATTACK 3 - 5 - 0 38 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 7 - 17 - 1 29 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 - 0 0 | 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: LUNGING ATTACK 3 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 4 STRIKING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 3 LUNGING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 4 - 2 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 4 1 TOTAL PARRY AIMED BLOW 1 - 1 1 WALL OF STEEL PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW TOTAL PARRY 1 - 1 TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK HYDE 3927 19 10 2 105 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) STRIKING ATTACK I ATE MY WORM 4053 8 1 0 93 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413) TOTAL PARRY MOLYNEUX 3921 18 12 0 78 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348) WALL OF STEEL MICHAEL PALIN 2750 5 2 0 57 MONTY PYTHON (312) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is 10% VIGORISH 4108. The most popular warrior this turn was I ATE MY WORM 4053. The ten other most popular fighters were SPIDER MUN 4186, OBMI 2369, ANGRY SHEW 4201, BAMBAM MUN 4182, MOLYNEUX 3921, ABBOTT 4131, MICHAEL PALIN 2750, LOGCHAIN 4111, GEORGE FOREMUN 4187, and KILDA 4127. The least popular fighter this week was HONEY PUP 4207. The other ten least popular fighters were JUNO 4178, THE THING 4185, WESTON 4137, PUSSYFOOT 4126, 10% VIGORISH 4108, BOWSER 4096, FROSTY THE SNOWMUN 4181, STUD MUN 4183, HYDE 3927, and TAIPAN 4200.