Date   : 02/23/2005    Duedate: 03/08/2005


DM-15    TURN-504

This Weeks Top Honors


(15-3925) [18-13-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CITATION                       LAN
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             THE RIP-OFFS (440)
(15-3925) [18-13-0,120]        (15-4415) [7-0-0,59]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CITATION                       LAN
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             THE RIP-OFFS (440)
(15-3925) [18-13-0,120]        (15-4415) [7-0-0,59]


STARBASE 5 (263)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE RIP-OFFS (440)          34
2. STARBASE 5 (263)            21      OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
3. TRIPLE CROWN (382)          15      Unchartered Team
4. OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)      3
5. DARK CREATION (471)          2      THE RIP-OFFS (440)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*THE RIP-OFFS (440)        24  10  0 70.6   1/ 4 STARBASE 5 (263)          7  6 1
 2/ 1 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   14   7  1 66.7   2/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)        7  8 0
 3/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          44  35  2 55.7   3/ 2 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        6  1 0
 4/ 4 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       289 236 16 55.0   4/ 3*DARK CREATION (471)       6  4 1
 5/ 2*DARK CREATION (471)        8   7  1 53.3   5/ 0*THE RIP-OFFS (440)        3  2 0
 6/ 5 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     61  70  4 46.6   6/ 5 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     2  1 0
 7/ 6 GREENWARDENS (244)       363 475  8 43.3   7/ 6 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   1  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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): TAD DEVILLE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, Battery, it seems to me you've earned your invite.  But it would help if
you bought ME free drinks; forget about the counsel.  Not to worry, I'll put in a
good word for you.

                                             Your Duelmaster, and subduer

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly MALCORN games.  Former top team GREENWARDENS was 
unseated this week as STARBASE 5 moved up from 4th ranking to take the top spot with 
a 3-2-1 record for the round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the 
corner!  Witness how this week STARBASE 5 went 3-2-1 to move up 3 in the rankings.  
BLACKWIND caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully 
bested XANE REAVER and was awarded 14 points in recognition.  In one of the week's 
more notable duels, BLACKWIND put down XANE REAVER, causing him to lose 12 points of 
recognition in the process.  Unwilling to wait upon the will of others, Duelmaster 
CITATION challenged NIGHTWYN last week in a match to decide the fate of the throne.  
Not for nothing has CITATION in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and 
this week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Would you believe that over half 
of the old women in MALCORN seem to feel that they could fight better than you 
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city MALCORN.  MALCORN, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy 
guilds is STARBASE 5, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  If 
you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any of TRIPLE 
CROWN last week.  Busy avoiding STARBASE 5?  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  NIGHTWYN take warning!  You have more than a few 
enemies in MALCORN.  I can not but mention with disdain the name of MORTIKHAN who 
this week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 9 points below in the rankings.  I 
thought MORTIKHAN showed great skill and promise when he defeated STALKING HORSE.  
All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Some guilds are strict but few are as heartless as 
THE RIP-OFFS.  Witness, last turn they sent BORIS, a 4-1-0 fighter, to the Dark 
Arena!  This week's duel proved deadly to ARKANE SLAYBACK as he fell to the more 
renowned warrior, BATTERY.  How will DARK CREATION find revenge?  My hearty 
congratulations BATTERY, for thy revenge upon ARKANE SLAYBACK, slayer of thy fallen 
comrade.  Next time he will know better, eh?  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and 
assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in MALCORN as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed 
a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CITATION 3925                18  13  0   120       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BATTERY 2293                 14   4  1    97       STARBASE 5 (263)
-LIL E. TEE 4608              10   4  0    91       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NIGHTWYN 891                 16  15  2    89       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORTIKHAN 2294               13   9  1    88       STARBASE 5 (263)
 JAVOR 3796                   11   3  1    79       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
 STALKING HORSE 4569          14  28  1    71       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODEN ARROW 4619            11   6  0    66       GREENWARDENS (244)
 MAYFLOWER 4649                6   3  0    61       GREENWARDENS (244)
 LAN 4415                      7   0  0    59       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
 CHARISMATIC 4607             13   9  0    57       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREENGROVE 4612              13  11  0    55       GREENWARDENS (244)
 MEAN GUY 4416                 6   1  0    51       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
 OAKLEAF 4651                  5   3  0    47       GREENWARDENS (244)
 FOREVER 2540                  8   4  0    45       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DASHING 3798                  3   4  0    32       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
 BLACKWIND 2518                2   0  0    32       STARBASE 5 (263)
-RED STORM 986                 6   6  0    30       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ILMARYN 4413                  5   2  0    23       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
-STASHEFF 1112                 3   3  0    23       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 ZOID 4432                     2   2  0    19       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
 FLESH GOLEM 4663              2   1  0    13       DARK CREATION (471)
 XANE REAVER 4666              2   1  0    11       DARK CREATION (471)
 PUTRID CORPSE 4665            2   1  0    10       DARK CREATION (471)
-MR. PISTON 1095               1   2  0    10       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 AARON SLAYSONG 4664           1   2  0     5       DARK CREATION (471)
 INDEMOS 4668                  0   1  0     1       STARBASE 5 (263)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662   1  2 1 DARK CREATION 471     BATTERY 2293          504         
BORIS 4417             4  2 0 THE RIP-OFFS 440      STONE GOLEM 459       504 NONE    
ECLIPSO 4667           0  1 0 STARBASE 5 263        ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662  503 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mortikhan -- No, Sultan checked my records and he says we've never met before.  And
we all know him:  he's ALWAYS right.  Anyway, to answer your question, I came from
the pasture.  I've been there for a while, but I see I'm far younger than you!  You
Starbase guys got multiple tourneys under your saddles? -- Citation

Stalking Horse -- Heigh!  (Sorry, couldn't resist that one)  You're off the hoof, er,
I mean...hook, this turn--I'm NOT challenging.  And, just so we don't randomly meet
in the back 40, I laid down, er, sat out this turn. -- Lil E. Tee
P.S.  Thanks again.  That makes 19 skills in five fights!  And me with only a 15 wit.
Man, do you teach!

Citation -- A warrior of your caliber, showing great skill, only to make me look and
feel like a rookie.  Gets me thinking.  I may not be ready for what lies ahead.  I am
humbled.  Well done. -- Battery

Stalking Horse -- Take that you horse!  You are a horse aren't you? -- Mortikhan the

Charismatic -- With each and every passing minute that goes by, it feels like more of
an eternity than our last.  Maybe someday we will reach the 30th.  Is there any
records that you know of, you know, for the longest fight within this city? --

Eclipso -- Hello, Goodbye.

Arkane Slayback -- Those who kill by the sword, tend to die by the sword.  I would
watch your back. -- Battery

Welcome Dark Creation -- Zeus

Mortikhan -- Bury me not on the lone prair-ree. -- Stalking Horse
P.S.  I dunno where that came from, but I'm running out of things to say.

Who all do you suppose the Convicted Assassin has to pay off to stay alive?  I
would've killed him if the stewards, the orderlies, and the arenamaster hadn't all
jumped on me at the last second. -- Wooden Arrow

Userous Merchant, bah, humbug. -- Oakleaf

Captured Orc?  How come we don't have Captured Elves and Captured Humans, too?  This
is discrimination, you know. -- Greengrove, a non-captured Shew

And the Userous Merchant again, phooey. -- Mayflower
P.S.  But he did teach well.

Battery -- Well, fourteen wins in the regular arena is considered to be essential.
It always has been--skills and political points are not enough.  I understand that
these days you can get the rest of your fights in tourneys (used to need twenty
regular-arena fights), and that if you can hang around for one hundred fights, you
can graduate without the fourteen wins, but other than that....  You need another
win, boy. -- Jorja

Battery -- No, actually it means a third thing.  I owe the Commission a LOT of money.
-- the Master of Kung-Fu

Battery -- A very fine, worthy opponent.  I was quite impressed. -- Citation

Forever -- 2-1, your favor.  Well done.  What I hate the most is that you're learning
and I'm not.  BEGONE! -- Charismatic

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BORIS was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BATTERY slaughtered ARKANE SLAYBACK in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
CITATION subdued NIGHTWYN in a crowd pleasing 2 minute expert's Challenge Title fight.
MORTIKHAN overpowered STALKING HORSE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CHARISMATIC unbelievably bested OAKLEAF in a 4 minute Challenge brawl.
XANE REAVER was vanquished by BLACKWIND in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
JAVOR beat MAYFLOWER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute brawl.
WOODEN ARROW was defeated by KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute melee.
FOREVER was viciously subdued by LAN in a action packed 7 minute gory duel.
GREENGROVE vanquished ILMARYN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MEAN GUY overpowered CAPTURED ORC in a popular 1 minute gory uneven match.
ZOID demolished AARON SLAYSONG in a 1 minute mismatched match.
FLESH GOLEM overcame MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's contest.
PUTRID CORPSE subdued INDEMOS in a 2 minute novice's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   3 -  0      81  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         8 -   4 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  11 -  0      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     25 -  23 -  1      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   3 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY        8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 504 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     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         5  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  6         1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CITATION 3925              18  13  0  120 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
WALL OF STEEL    BATTERY 2293               14   4  1   97 STARBASE 5 (263)
BASHING ATTACK   MORTIKHAN 2294             13   9  1   88 STARBASE 5 (263)
AIMED BLOW       WOODEN ARROW 4619          11   6  0   66 GREENWARDENS (244)
PARRY-LUNGE      LAN 4415                    7   0  0   59 THE RIP-OFFS (440)
TOTAL PARRY      CHARISMATIC 4607           13   9  0   57 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
SLASHING ATTACK  MEAN GUY 4416               6   1  0   51 THE RIP-OFFS (440)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CITATION 3925.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LAN 4415.  The ten other most popular fighters were CITATION 3925, JAVOR 3796, 

The least popular fighter this week was BORIS 4417.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were AARON SLAYSONG 4664, ILMARYN 4413, FOREVER 2540, XANE REAVER 4666, 
4612, and NIGHTWYN 891.


     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*)