DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/13/2003    Duedate: 12/26/2003

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-475

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ROWARDENN
SAILS OF CHARON (419)
(16-4105) [14-10-0,114]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MUKAARTH                       IN RE BEER
BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)         PORKCHOP EXPRESS (513)
(16-5156) [13-3-2,133]         (16-4905) [2-1-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROWARDENN                      PUN DAT
SAILS OF CHARON (419)          PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-4105) [14-10-0,114]        (16-4789) [16-38-0,86]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SILK AND STEEL (537)        51
2. THUNDER CLAP (543)          39      BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
3. BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)      28      Unchartered Team
4. SAILS OF CHARON (419)       25
5. TYCRON'S MERCS (555)        24      FORCES OF EVIL (557)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*FORCES OF EVIL (557)       4   1  0 80.0   1/ 1 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)   11  1 0
 2/ 2 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    46  21  3 68.7   2/ 2 SILK AND STEEL (537)      8  7 0
 3/ 3 HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)    507 315 36 61.7   3/10 THUNDER CLAP (543)        5  1 0
 4/12*PORKCHOP EXPRESS (513)     3   2  0 60.0   4/11 TYCRON'S MERCS (555)      5  4 0
 5/ 4 SILK AND STEEL (537)      43  32  3 57.3   5/ 3 THE DARK TIDES (546)      5  9 0
 6/ 5 SAILS OF CHARON (419)     42  34  1 55.3   6/ 6 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       5 10 0
 7/ 7 TYCRON'S MERCS (555)      36  31  1 53.7   7/12*FORCES OF EVIL (557)      4  1 0
 8- 6 COLOR ME (350)            99  87  3 53.2   8/ 9 YAMABUSHI (432)           4  2 1
 9/ 9 BROWN'S BLADES (539)      32  33  0 49.2   9/ 4 PHOENIX (536)             4  2 0
10/13 THE DARK TIDES (546)      51  53  4 49.0  10/13*DARK WARRIORS (551)       4  4 2
11/11 PHOENIX (536)             29  31  1 48.3  11/ 5 BROWN'S BLADES (539)      4  8 0
12/16 THUNDER CLAP (543)        15  18  0 45.5  12- 8 COLOR ME (350)            3  2 0
13/14 YAMABUSHI (432)           76  94  8 44.7  13/ 7 SAILS OF CHARON (419)     3  2 0
14-15 LUST MUPPETS (188)        51  71  0 41.8  14/14 HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)     2  3 0
15/17 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      331 503 12 39.7  15-17 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   1  1 0
16-18 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   16  26  1 38.1  16/20*PORKCHOP EXPRESS (513)    1  1 0
17/ 0*KILL OR BE KILT (455)      7  12  0 36.8  17-18 LUST MUPPETS (188)        0  2 0
18/19*DARK WARRIORS (551)        6  14  2 30.0  18/ 0*KILL OR BE KILT (455)     0  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-20*THUNDER TO GLORY (556)     0   2  0  0.0  19-19*THUNDER TO GLORY (556)    0  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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On board the Crysiste:

     Tycron slammed his fist onto the table.  "Just where in the hell are my new
warriors?!" he yelled.
     "Apparently they've been held up by something, sir," Colonel Trill responded.
"Hopefully we can get contact with them soon enough."
     "Tycron, you seemed angry at more than just an empty stable," Ket interjected.
     Tycron took a deep breath and became his usual cool self.  "Pardon me, Ket.  I
have been reflecting on the latest posting on the arena gates.  While I was initially
proposing a simple, temporary alliance for this so-called 'vengeance' against
Wednesday, it seems that his manager has taken the event quite personally and his
considering the rivalry to now be a war.  I suppose it's fair enough.  Be warned, my
fighters, Diaretic has been in this arena longer and he can be quite charismatic to
others, so our allies may be few to begin with.  But they will be strong allies if
they come to our side.  Not wishing to be cloak and dagger about this, I will also be
posting in my old Noblish Island arena asking other managers to further our cause and
to enhance the Willaf arena in general."
     "What about Jorja?" Colonel Trill asked.  "She seems to be on good terms with
you."
     "Jorja is on good terms with everyone.  I don't feel there's any need to get her
involved, although if she wishes to do so I will not stand in the way.  Get some
rest, my few warriors.  We shall fight again soon."

The next morning, a posting on the arena gates:

     I, Tycron of TYCRON'S MERCS, once again have the pleasure of speaking to you.  A
certain manager has formed a foundation that is suggesting that TP's be banned.  Let
me tell you that to all of the wise managers out there that this is an absurd idea.
The argument is that TP's are winning too much, so they should be removed.  Following
this convention will mean that warriors who would initially make great TP's will
instead be given other, less efficient styles, resulting in more losses.  A TP win is
not a cheap win.  In fact, one of the greatest aspects of the TP is that they are one
of the few styles that can challenge warriors of greater experience and still hold
their own.  Managers who like to challenge and win find TP's as a useful tool.  Once
again, let me emphasize that a win is a win is a win, regardless of style.  I find it
far more satisfying to have my opponent utterly exhausted and defeated rather than
having a striker place just a single blow.
     I urge you to ignore this convention that Diaretic has proposed.  Once again, my
original posting on these gates still stands.  Wednesday has moved a little closer to
the 40% win line, although the loss this time was a result of a challenge Diaretic
issued.  I will be looking forward to anyone who will assist me in this cause, in
which of course, the benefit is mutual.

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                          "WAR WAGING UPON THE HORIZON..."

     Dark clouds rolled across the endless border, and mild hits of thunder here and
there miles away, the Dark Warriors practiced intensely and contemplated on their
strategy on their skills and how to make names for themselves in their new homeland.
Lin Maeharra had taken up waitressing as a bar maid, splendidly she looked in all her
oriental glory as her black hair flowed and slanted eyes, and the most beautiful body
you've ever seen...Leena Windsong, in her late teens, really unsure of age, truly had
seen a lot of violence in her life already, which is how she became so aggressive,
the rest about her is unclear.  Cutting Edge had recently his first win...and kill.
His stomach quenched cause he had never had to kill anybody, but his life was in
turmoil.  Cutting Edge had learned an amazing thing about human adrenaline when one's
life is in trouble.  Crusher, well...we are still unsure it he has a conscience or
not.  He or it doesn't to seem to be the very brightest when it comes to self defense
for something so hulking huge as it is.  Somehow, Crusher was created by an evil
wizard upon the watch towers over the mountains and created to lift and do manual
labor for the scrawny wizard, but had managed to escape...although unsure of what the
glow around the 6'8" golem is, obviously the wizard had cast a mysterious spell on
him.  A war is presently waging upon us all...and we must get prepared.

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Malcorn:

     The Prince of Malcorn listened carefully as Fist of Kjarran and his companions
described the monster on the road to Murska, what it had done up till now and how
they had dealt with it.  When Fist repeated Cadal's statement that the matter was not
settled and could not be settled in simple combat, the prince sighed and nodded.
"That's true," he admitted.  "The dregur can be driven off with steel, but they can't
be finally settled that way.  It takes magic to bind and unbind them, because an
essential part of their nature is magical."
     Stiffly, Aghtamar said, "We heard that it was you who set them loose
originally--"
     "For what I considered good and sufficient reason, yes, I did," Malcorn agreed.
"How many invaders did you encounter on the road here from Korga?"
     "Invaders?"  The Korgan woman shook her head, puzzled.  "None.  I hear they're
pulling out all along the coast, going back to their homelands, I suppose, and about
time!"
     "About time," Malcorn agreed.  "It was the dregur who finally convinced them of
that.  Not all dregur are criminals like the one you fought, probably no more than
might be found in a similar group of humans.  I made an agreement, which the
responsible leaders of the dregur entered into fully and fairly.  They will help us
deal with the few among them who are criminal."
     "They'll...help?" Zilla asked faintly.  "Wonderful.  Just wonderful."
     "They said they'd clean up their own snakes."  The gladiators turned to peer
into the dark corner.  The man sitting there, who had been so silent he hadn't been
noticed, was plainly a Karnhorn.  A Karnhorn of a familiar type--by his clothing,
which was fashionable but not highly so, and very plainly made, a man of the lower
ranks of the nobility, and impoverished, Aghtamar decided.  Probably a minor
bureaucrat.  Which made his presence here, on terms of familiarity with the Prince of
Malcorn, a puzzle.  Not her puzzle to solve, she hoped.
     "I know they did, Tiljanz, and I believe they intend to do so," Malcorn replied. 
"But I don't see any harm in providing them with...witnesses to their fulfillment of
the agreement."
     "To make sure they have no second thoughts?" Tiljanz asked.  He sounded a little
amused, but only a little.  "No harm in that," he agreed.  "I shall certainly go
along to see that the terms of the agreement are met."
     "No offense intended," Fist said quickly, "but this will be a job for warriors.
You don't look like--"
     "I am not a warrior," the young Karnhorn answered calmly.  "And I take no
offense at your warning, intended as it is to preserve my life.  But life is not
enough, there must be self-respect, as well."
     "Tiljanz al Burgos is as steady a man as you'll find," Malcorn cut in.  "He
won't run, and he won't get in your way.  We'll take him with us."
     "With...us?" Aghtamar asked faintly.
     "Yes, I'm coming, too," the Prince of Malcorn answered.

     Fist of Kjarran had expected to leave immediately, or at least first thing the
next morning.  But two full days passed before Lord Malcorn and the Karnhorn
bureaucrat were ready to go.  Two days during which he considered going without them.
But there were always several Shews, large, Lord Protector Shews, standing between
him and the door when those thoughts came to him.
     And then when they did finally set out, Fist of Kjarran, Aghtamar, Zilla, Cadal,
Malcorn, and Tiljanz al Burgos, Fist found himself wishing that some of those big,
tough-looking Shews were coming, too.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in WILLAF a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  Now keep the taverns open late 
tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for BROWN'S BLADES, whose 0-4-0 this turn 
dropped them by 6 into 11th.  THUNDER CLAP stable has parlayed this turn's 3-0-0 into 
a 7 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 3rd place.  Good work, guys!  
The SILK AND STEEL guild has had a 4-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the 
future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, GELRON 
fought B'EKA STORMEYE and gained 25 points and contributed to SILK AND STEEL's 4-1-0. 
B'EKA STORMEYE has lost to GELRON, falling 18 points, while helping make BROWN'S 
BLADES a 0-4-0 turn.  ROWARDENN challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, 
attempting to dethrone PHOENIX's warrior.  And not without some honor, ROWARDENN now 
claims the title and throne of Duelmaster of WILLAF.  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I 
have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Dripping Blade uses trolls in their 
stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  BLACKHEART'S AXE has cause to 
stand tall, as they were WILLAF's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a 
team to beat.  And avoiding BLACKHEART'S AXE more than any other team we find SAILS 
OF CHARON.  WILLAF, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most 
challenged warrior this turn was PUNNY AMINALS' warrior PUN DAT.  More fighters 
challenged him than challenged the Duelmaster!  In a brave attempt, BIRDIE NUM-NUM 
from HELPLESS ANIMALS challenged up 22 points to fight YUSHIMO from the YAMABUSHI 
stable.  BIRDIE NUM-NUM perhaps got hers just desserts, seeing as she was bested by 
YUSHIMO and ended up with 7 recognition points.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Will BLACKHEART'S AXE get away with 
MUKAARTH having killed SEXY FLANDERS of HOMERIC MMMMMMS...?  One more turn, and the 
bloodfeud's over, at least officially.  Is it really true that WILLAF has more 
dishwashers per capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in WILLAF and I've a long road 
ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROWARDENN 4105               14  10  0   114       SAILS OF CHARON (419)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MUKAARTH 5156                13   3  2   133       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 WEDNESDAY 5254               14   6  2   101       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 ANYA 5160                    11   5  1   100       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 CALIAPHUS 5159               12   4  0    98       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRIMSON 5197                 12   3  0    89       PHOENIX (536)
-ANNIE PINKLEY 3713           13   9  2    87       COLOR ME (350)
 EWE R TAR 4333               19   9  0    86       HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)
 PUN DAT 4789                 16  38  0    86       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-MURGEN 5065                  13  13  1    83       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 CAEDDAR 5173                 10   5  1    79       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-HIMEI 4402                   15  12  3    77       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOTANA 5174                   9   6  1    74       SILK AND STEEL (537)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAS GRAVYBOOT 4340            9   6  0    66       HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)
 RANDOM 5171                   7   8  1    62       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 TONYA THE RAGER 5183          9   7  0    59       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 AMBROSIUS 5158                9   7  0    59       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 KET 5329                      8   3  0    57       TYCRON'S MERCS (555)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HIPPOPOTTYMOUTH 4423          7   5  0    56       HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)
-SHOCHU 4912                   6   4  1    52       YAMABUSHI (432)
 GELRON 5175                   7   8  0    51       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 GHENGIS KAHN 5252             7   9  0    51       THE DARK TIDES (546)
-FREUD 4258                    9   8  0    49       LUST MUPPETS (188)
 LASARIC 5172                 10   5  0    47       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 IN RE BEER 4905               2   1  0    45       PORKCHOP EXPRESS (513)
 JOAN OF ARC 5287              4   5  1    41       THE DARK TIDES (546)
-LAYETTE 4225                  4   2  0    41       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113            7  19  0    40       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 YUSHIMO 5101                  9   8  1    39       YAMABUSHI (432)
 ALENNA TRYSHAND 5184          8   8  0    39       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 LONG TOM 5169                11   5  0    38       PHOENIX (536)
-HAPPY FUN BALL 4259           7   8  0    38       LUST MUPPETS (188)
-KUROHANA 5128                 7   1  0    36       YAMABUSHI (432)
 B'EKA STORMEYE 5182           9   7  0    34       BROWN'S BLADES (539)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MOOT 5075                     5   1  0    32       LUST MUPPETS (188)
-QUARTERMASTER 4477            2   0  0    29       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
-BLUU GNITE 5201               4   2  0    27       COLOR ME (350)
-AFF THE CUFF 4432             3   1  0    27       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
 KYLA SKINFLAYER 5203          6   8  0    26       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 COLONEL TRILL 5327            4   3  0    26       TYCRON'S MERCS (555)
-RUDDY JOE 5236                3   0  0    24       COLOR ME (350)
 MEPHISKAPHELES 5361           2   0  0    24       FORCES OF EVIL (557)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PEACH NUTT 5298               5   4  2    23       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-NEVRON 5231                   4   2  0    23       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 BENMAR 5227                   3   4  0    23       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 TONIUS 5229                   2   5  0    23       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 LEENA WINDSONG 5335           2   1  0    23       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 SKAMAKAZE 5362                2   0  0    22       FORCES OF EVIL (557)
 DARK PRIEST 5319              3   4  0    21       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 PRAXEL 5230                   2   5  0    20       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-MURDOX 5228                   4   2  0    19       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 CUTTING EDGE 5295             2   3  1    18       DARK WARRIORS (551)
-BLACK AND BLUE 5237           2   0  0    18       COLOR ME (350)
 ORAN JI 5299                  4   5  0    17       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 KUROME 5342                   2   2  1    16       YAMABUSHI (432)
-ELMO 4453                     1   0  0    15       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 LIN MAEHARRA 5296             2   3  1    14       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 HECK S'NUTT 5337              3   3  0    12       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-SKITTERS 4431                 2   1  0     7       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
 BIRDIE NUM-NUM 5092           1   1  0     7       HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)
 SARAH THE BLUE 5355           1   0  0     6       TYCRON'S MERCS (555)
-BARNACLE 4339                 1   0  0     6       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
-HOT SAUCE 4904                1   1  0     4       PORKCHOP EXPRESS (513)
-THE WEE BEASTIE 4429          0   4  0     4       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
 CRUSHER 5293                  0   4  0     4       DARK WARRIORS (551)
-SAM FIREHEART 5297            0   2  0     2       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 COFFIN DODGER 5366            0   1  0     1       KILL OR BE KILT (455)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILENT 4452                   0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 MELVAIN 5357                  0   1  0     1       TYCRON'S MERCS (555)
-AQUA VELVET 5265              0   1  0     1       COLOR ME (350)
 DENCEA 5356                   0   1  0     1       TYCRON'S MERCS (555)
-RAVEN 4451                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-MERCY 4455                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MISCHIEVIOUS IMP 5318  3  4 0 THE DARK TIDES 546    MOUNTAIN TROLL 534    475 NONE    
GOT COOTEEZ 5360       0  1 0 FORCES OF EVIL 557    MOUNTAIN TROLL 534    475 NONE    
SNOW WHITEHORSE 4464   0  7 0 HELPLESS ANIMALS 73   HIGH ELF 535          475 NONE    
THE FOOSTIE FUD 4528   1  1 0 KILL OR BE KILT 455   LIN MAEHARRA 5296     475         
DRONE 5363             0  1 0 SAILS OF CHARON 419   SPYMASTER 538         475 NONE    
COUNTRY ROMANCE 5351   0  1 0 THUNDER TO GLORY 556  CUTTING EDGE 5295     473         
BOOKMASTER 5353        0  1 0 THUNDER TO GLORY 556  KUROME 5342           473         
KATRINA THE RED 5331   8  5 0 TYCRON'S MERCS 555    JOAN OF ARC 5287      472 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Diaretic -- The fatal fight with Katrina the Red has been my single down challenge
(except bloodfeuds) in my career.  Katrina was at 32 points, Joan of Arc was at 31.
Just ONE point.  However, your point has validity, so even that sliver of a
difference in points will be recognized in future challenges.  Of course, the feud is
still on.  I hope Joan of Arc is looking forward to bloodfeuding with Ket again. --
Tycron
P.S.  Perhaps on a mutual matter we can agree that the post office can sure be a pain
sometimes.  Don't worry, once my new warriors finally get here they will be fighting
yours.
P.P.S.  I appreciate your sincerity for not wanting Katrina the Red killed.  The
return for that sincerity is my wishing not to have Wednesday killed, just
humiliated.

Diaretic -- I know that it is out of my place to be addressing a manager, but I take
it as a personal offense with your strong stance on TP's.  Perhaps my prowess in the
arena has you scrambling for you to stop my advancement into Wednesday's bracket, I
don't know.  My style is one that requires careful training and practice, and it
involves more than just loading up on armor.  A win is a win is a win, sir. -- Ket

Wednesday -- Tycron's Mercs have not had the privilege of fighting you yet.  I am
advancing towards your bracket, and will challenge you as soon as I get the chance.
Sure, the odds aren't in my favor seeing as you have twice my FE, but of course that
will not stop me.  I will fight in the name of my fallen comrade. -- Ket

Thunder To Glory -- I apologize for your two recent losses.  I had no idea death
would come by with a simple dagger, as I have learned is "knowledge is taught through
itself, as is in trial and error." -- Cutting Edge of Dark Warriors

Thunder To Glory -- I know I'm a beginner myself, but I know through experience well
enough to always wear a helm to protect the blows.  Trust me, "Helms save lives!!" --
Dark Warriors

Nevron -- Alright, alright!  I'll start carrying backup weapons now.  Yeesh. --
Colonel Trill

OK, I will take another turn now....  Seems I have one to graduate, three to tourney
prep and...well maybe a DA...we'll see.  In the meantime, you are all gonna have to
let me win. -- Ghoti

Diaretic -- What?  You don't like TP's?  What is wrong with you?  They generally win
more than they lose in basic, they are upsetting to your opponents.  What's not to
like? -- Ghoti

Diaretic -- Exlax?  Is that you? -- Ghoti

Mukaarth -- I had the cards stacked against me; there was this terrible input error
that's too upsetting to get into.  Maybe it will be different next time. -- Wednesday

Ket -- I can beat you. -- Joan of Arc

Tycron -- What's the matter?  Can't you get warriors who want to fight for you, or
are you afraid to recruit more. -- Diaretic

Random -- Silk and steel, eh!  All I saw was steel. -- Dark Priest

Mephiskapheles -- That is one hell of a name you got there.  Wish I had thought of
it.  Welcome to Willaf. -- Diaretic

All -- We have an average of twenty teams here and only three or four ever write
personals.  C'mon, liven up. -- Diaretic
P.S.  Sheesh, remind me not to go to a party with you guys.
P.P.S.  Excluding Jorja, her pubs always have the coolest party games.  I like the
one where someone gets thrown through a table and you see how long it takes for them
to get up.

Tonya the Rager -- Watch that temper, child!  You'll have apoplexy. -- Pun Dat

Long Tom -- I hate that.  I really do.  I want to retire and be a dentist. -- O. Pun
Pleezj

Ambrosius -- You're mean...but sweet.  Very tasty. -- Peach Nutt, an appreciator of
men

Kyla Skinflayer -- You didn't think I'd just stand there and LET you!  As if! -- Oran
Ji

Mephiskapheles -- Phew!  I didn't know Evil came with such a stench. -- Heck S'Nutt

Diaretic -- Some people would rather have wins than respect. -- Jorja
P.S.  But I find long, slow fights tedious myself.

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MISCHIEVIOUS IMP was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
SNOW WHITEHORSE was savagely slain by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
GOT COOTEEZ was slaughtered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
DRONE was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
KET outlasted JOAN OF ARC in a unpopular 9 minute Bloodfeud match.
ROWARDENN devastated CRIMSON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title duel.
WEDNESDAY devastated CAEDDAR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
EWE R TAR luckily beat PUN DAT in a action packed 4 minute expert's Challenge melee.
IN RE BEER vanquished O. PUN PLEEZJ in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
COLONEL TRILL won victory over DARK PRIEST in a 3 minute gory Challenge fight.
SKAMAKAZE overpowered HECK S'NUTT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BIRDIE NUM-NUM was overpowered by YUSHIMO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
MUKAARTH devastated KHALHUMS DWARF in a exciting 2 minute brutal mismatched conflict.
CALIAPHUS devastated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
ANYA handily defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
LOTANA savagely defeated TONYA THE RAGER in a action packed 1 minute struggle.
GHENGIS KAHN savagely defeated ALENNA TRYSHAND in a 2 minute bloody brawl.
AMBROSIUS devastated LEENA WINDSONG in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
LONG TOM was overpowered by RANDOM in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.
LASARIC handily defeated PEACH NUTT in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
B'EKA STORMEYE was overpowered by GELRON in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KYLA SKINFLAYER was subdued by BENMAR in a 2 minute bout.
ORAN JI was overcome by TONIUS in a action packed 3 minute bloody duel.
PRAXEL narrowly defeated CULT MEMBER in a 3 minute gory match.
LIN MAEHARRA slew THE FOOSTIE FUD in a 2 minute novice's duel.
CUTTING EDGE overpowered MELVAIN in a 2 minute gory one-sided duel.
CRUSHER was demolished by KUROME in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
MEPHISKAPHELES vanquished DENCEA in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
SARAH THE BLUE overcame COFFIN DODGER in a action packed 1 minute amateur's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         TOTAL PARRY       31 -  16 -  0      66  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         STRIKING ATTACK   84 -  70 -  4      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         SLASHING ATTACK   25 -  25 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    71 -  71 - 10      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -  19 -  0      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  18 -  2      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW         6 -  16 -  1      27  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  23 -  0      18  |

Turn 475 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:

AIMED BLOW         1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  7         4  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  5         1  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  5     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      ROWARDENN 4105             14  10  0  114 SAILS OF CHARON (419)
STRIKING ATTACK  MUKAARTH 5156              13   3  2  133 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
SLASHING ATTACK  WEDNESDAY 5254             14   6  2  101 THE DARK TIDES (546)
TOTAL PARRY      EWE R TAR 4333             19   9  0   86 HELPLESS ANIMALS (73)
LUNGING ATTACK   LASARIC 5172               10   5  0   47 SILK AND STEEL (537)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROWARDENN 4105.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PUN DAT 4789.  The ten other most popular fighters were MUKAARTH 5156, 
MISCHIEVIOUS IMP 5318, ORAN JI 5299, LOTANA 5174, GHENGIS KAHN 5252, ALENNA TRYSHAND 
5184, PRAXEL 5230, CUTTING EDGE 5295, SARAH THE BLUE 5355, and WEDNESDAY 5254.

The least popular fighter this week was KET 5329.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DENCEA 5356, CRUSHER 5293, THE FOOSTIE FUD 4528, B'EKA STORMEYE 5182, 
PEACH NUTT 5298, LEENA WINDSONG 5335, BIRDIE NUM-NUM 5092, HECK S'NUTT 5337, O. PUN 
PLEEZJ 5113, and JOAN OF ARC 5287.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

WEDNESDAY (16-5254) THE DARK TIDES (546)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXII

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GNU WORLD ORDER 3948 (62-59-3)         8  2  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
POINTY 4427 (35-23-0)                  8  2  0         HOMERIC MMMMMMS...   
LEITZITH 4444 (23-20-0)                2  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      
GREW SOME SHREW 4135 (47-42-2)         0  2  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     
THE BISMARCK 4481 (31-16-1)            0  2  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
D'WEASEL ZAPPA 4457 (23-21-0)          3  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DARLING TATIANA 5052 (14-12-0)         4  3  0         ARCHERS OF LOAF      
RR SANTO 4204 (6-1-0)                  1  1  0  DEAD   GIFTED GODS          
THE MECHANIC CRAZY 4977 (9-8-0)        1  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      
ARGINASE 4137 (5-3-1)                  0  2  0         ENZYMES              

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
RACECAR 4517 (5-2-0)                   9  1  0         MARGANA MAET         
TAREX 4865 (11-6-0)                    5  3  0         WAY OF THE SWORD     
WEDNESDAY 5254 (12-5-2)                4  3  0         THE DARK TIDES       

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MOOT 5075 (5-1-0)                     12  0  0         LUST MUPPETS         
LAREX 5274 (3-2-1)                     7  3  0         WAY OF THE SWORD     
DUBBAH 5248 (0-0-0)                    4  3  0         THE STICKY GREEN     
POR Q. PINE 5149 (5-2-0)               3  3  0         WYLDERNESS WYLD      
RUDDY JOE 5236 (2-0-0)                 3  3  0         COLOR ME             
KATRINA THE RED 5331 (8-4-0)           1  3  0         TYCRON'S MERCS       

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KESSEL II 5336 (1-0-0)                 3  1  0  DEAD   TYCRON'S MERCS       
DARK PRIEST 5319 (1-2-0)               5  3  0         THE DARK TIDES       
KET 5329 (5-2-0)                       1  3  0         TYCRON'S MERCS       
SARIC 5338 (1-1-0)                     1  3  0         WAY OF THE SWORD     
LAZARUS 5345 (1-0-0)                   0  2  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   
MELVISHNU 5328 (3-2-1)                 0  2  0  DEAD   TYCRON'S MERCS       

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DERRICK LASSIE 5315 (0-0-0)            0  2  0         CRIMSON TIDE II      
JAY BARKER 5314 (0-0-0)                0  2  0         CRIMSON TIDE II      
TWILO TALON 5263 (0-0-0)               0  2  0         TALON'S TERRORS      

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120 (10-1-1)          0  1  0  DEAD   LOOK OUT!            

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
INVISIBLE COLA 4425 (3-2-0)            4  3  0         HOMERIC MMMMMMS...   

DEAD INITIATES TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
EXCELLENT SMITHERS 5072 (4-1-0)        4  3  0         HOMERIC MMMMMMS...   

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CRAZY LEGS 2395 (0-0-0)                6  3  0  DEAD   SWASHBUCKLERS        
KESSEL 5334 (2-2-0)                    3  3  0         TYCRON'S MERCS       
RAVAGER OF DOOM 5332 (6-4-0)           3  3  0         TYCRON'S MERCS