Date   : 03/01/2004    Duedate: 03/13/2004


DM-17    TURN-480

This Weeks Top Honors


(17-6205) [24-13-0,138]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

(17-6205) [24-13-0,138]        (17-6417) [7-1-0,84]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIBERIOUS                      CREME A. SHUN
(17-6209) [25-14-1,127]        (17-6152) [13-10-1,101]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DELTA DOOM (492)            38
2. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    31      DELTA DOOM (492)
3. DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)    21      Unchartered Team
4. LET'S DUEL! (519)           18
5. SPECIAL ED (499)             0      LET'S DUEL! (519)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 DELTA DOOM (492)          99  77  6 56.3   1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 10  5 0
 2/ 3 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 180 142  6 55.9   2/ 6 DELTA DOOM (492)          6  5 0
 3/ 4 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  35  30  2 53.8   3/ 2*LET'S DUEL! (519)         6  5 0
 4- 5 SPECIAL ED (499)         192 165  7 53.8   4/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)          5 10 0
 5- 6*GROW (512)                15  13  1 53.6   5- 5*GROW (512)                3  1 0
 6/ 7*LET'S DUEL! (519)         16  15  0 51.6   6/ 4 FISH THANGS (505)         2  4 0
 7/ 9 MIDDLE WAY (484)         159 276  3 36.6   7/ 8 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  1  5 0
 8/ 8 FISH THANGS (505)         12  22  0 35.3   8- 9 SPECIAL ED (499)          0  3 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #77 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

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


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

The Isle of the Eye:

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


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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Back for another round.  Turn 6 of my reign.  Mouse Noyle, it wasn't even close.
I cannot decide whether I am getting better, or you are getting worse.  That fight
was much more one-sided than our fight on Turn 4 of my reign.
     Where did everybody go?  Aljafir used to be a bustling metropolis.  Pip the
Troll is a no-show.  The Victorians are gone.  The members of the Midnight Foundation
(Jekyll, Carny et al) have abandoned their "home arena."  Judge tells me that the
rollup gods abandoned the arena too (at least based upon his latest replacement
     Tiberious killed the only guy who could potentially beat me.  Good job
Tiberious.  I do not want to fight any of those aimed-blow folks.  Keep trying y'all.
I am looking for someone, anyone, who can knock me off this throne.  See you next

                                        Your Duelmaster,
                                        Ghengis Khan

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
ALJAFIR.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  
Coming up with a solid 3-2-0 outing, DELTA DOOM has advanced 4 places in the 
rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for IDUN, who flew up 20 points in the rankings 
after mashing MOUSE NOYLE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And falling like 
a basher in the top ten was MOUSE NOYLE, who dropped 16 points after a disappointing 
(to say the least) bout with IDUN.  Drawing on all of his experience as a 13-9-1 
warrior, CREME A. SHUN went for the Duelmastership against GHENGIS KHAN this week.  
Our battling duelmaster GHENGIS KHAN has managed to hold the title, fending off CREME 
A. SHUN's none too subtle advances.  Better luck next time, DELTA DOOM.  Advice to 
bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Did you hear that DEITIES & DEMIGODS was 
most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal hygiene of DEITIES & 
DEMIGODS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  For those of you who like math, try this one: 
DEITIES & DEMIGODS + Weapons That go Boom = DELTA DOOM + Avoid City.  Well dang 
howdy, but if challenges were votes, KARO LEE would be president.  Although it may be 
a contest she doesn't want to win.  In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, 
DARK MAGICIAN went after KARO LEE, who was higher by 24 points.  Well, when the dust 
settled, DARK MAGICIAN won victory over KARO LEE.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes 
and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in ALJAFIR have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Okay, so I may not be the 
world's best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Hasta la 
bye-bye.  (Loud choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GHENGIS KHAN 6205            24  13  0   138       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIBERIOUS 6209               25  14  1   127       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 CREME A. SHUN 6152           13  10  1   101       DELTA DOOM (492)
 TORLYN UNA 6288              17  17  1    97       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK MAGICIAN 6417            7   1  0    84       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 IDUN 6396                     9   3  1    80       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 KARO LEE 6133                13  37  0    76       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 MOUSE NOYLE 6252             17  23  0    74       MIDDLE WAY (484)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ELDAR BARRY 6334              3   1  0    44       GROW (512)
-PHLEUM PRATENSE 6335          4   2  0    42       GROW (512)
-OANIUN SETT 6331              4   4  1    37       GROW (512)
 ELMER FLOOD 6574              3   1  0    34       DELTA DOOM (492)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TABETA UNIS 6405              7  12  0    33       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARON EL 6414                 7  11  0    33       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-CHERRY PITTER 6332            4   1  0    33       GROW (512)
 CASS KETT 6546                4   3  0    33       DELTA DOOM (492)
 FLUFFY SCULPIN 6575           2   1  0    33       FISH THANGS (505)
-EXODIA! 6420                  4   3  0    32       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-DA 6564                       2   1  1    25       SPECIAL ED (499)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NAPOLEON 6578                 2   1  0    23       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-LA JINN 6419                  2   3  0    20       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 BLOWFISH 6262                 2   3  0    20       FISH THANGS (505)
 ANHUR 6544                    4   6  0    18       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
-GREY MOUSER 6290              1   4  0    16       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 TRASH 6588                    1   0  0    13       DELTA DOOM (492)
-BARRACUDA 6547                1   0  0    13       FISH THANGS (505)
 GEARFRIED 6573                2   2  0     9       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 GRACEFUL CHARITY 6586         1   1  0     4       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-SILKY SALMON 6537             0   4  0     4       FISH THANGS (505)
 PURPLE HEART 6590             0   1  0     1       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SLUG 6591              0  1 0 DELTA DOOM 492        BLACK ORC 645         480 NONE    
TROUT TART 6261        6  4 0 FISH THANGS 505       TIBERIOUS 6209        477         
SACRIFICIAL LAMB 6589  0  1 0 HEROESANDFOUNDONE 475 HIGH ELF 644          480 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Idun -- I don't know what it was you dun, but maybe this was enough penance? --
Torlyn Una

Fluffy Sculpin -- I was handicapped by an innate inability to hit fluffy things.  I
think it was something my mother inadvertently impressed on me before my birth, as I
understand that she had a "fluffy" brain and, well, you know. -- Daron El

Ghengis Khan -- That was INSUFFERABLE!  I actually got a title match, and YOU, a
PRIMATE, insisted on hogging it?  You are CLEARLY and INEXCUSABLY anti-Mouse. --
Mouse Noyle

Caesar -- Yes, you are laughing, though most people couldn't tell because you're
laughing in Latin. -- Karo Lee

Phleum Pratense -- Euwh! -- Tabeta Unis

Barnabas -- Er...did they get into your garden?  Do I need to mend the fence? --
P.S.  Different manager name, same manager.

Judge -- Congratulations on your ripper, and good luck with a piker. -- Jorja
P.S.  You're probably going to need it.  The most uncooperative style!

Tabeta Unis -- I prefer it that way (you being at a handicap that is).  Hopefully
your teammates will also be at a loss if/when I gith them! -- Dark Magician

Napoleon -- That was certainly the strangest fight in my brief career.  Hopefully it
taught me to pay attention at all times, rather than let my opponent just rip the
attack away and hit me. -- Gearfried

Elmer -- You're right, I'm not a wabbit, but I am proving easy to beat... --

Eldar Barry -- I kept losing you from my vision...perhaps you should wear platform
shoes if we ever fight again. -- Exodia

Blow Fish and Fish Thangs -- Get real.  Scumming up your waste is not going to help
you beat Tiberious.  It is a bad matchup for you.  The purpose of bloodfeuding is to
avenge the death of a fallen comrade.  You are not even close to achieving this goal
--you are just making yourselves look silly.  I know it is frustrating to lose a
quality warrior, but you unchallenged Tiberious, and Trout Tart got what he deserved.

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

3 March 2004

     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:
     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,


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
     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
     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
     Email Your Articles to HammerDM@fastermail.com or send them via Diplo to either
Flower Hammerz (372) in DM 28 or Casino Hammerz (576) in DM 33.
     Length and Content of the Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer will be
Determined by the Quality and Quantity of Contributors Combined with the Literary
Efforts of Hammer who is currently overseas for an indefinite period of time.
     Articles Contributed for this Project should be of Sufficient Length and Content
to Warrant being Included to Receive the Finished Document when Hammer has completed
this literary work to His satisfaction.
     Managers contributing articles are also requested to include a DM Bio of
Themselves along with any Notable Successes and/or Failures during Their DM Career in
Basic, ADM and/or Tourney Play.
     A listing of Active Stables would also be Helpful for Anyone Seeking to Reply to
Contributors via Diplo, Email or Snailmail.
     May Your Blades Be Sharp And Your Wits Sharper!
     -- Hammer of Flower Hammerz (372) DM 28 and Casino Hammerz (576) DM 33

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SLUG was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SACRIFICIAL LAMB was slaughtered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
FLUFFY SCULPIN was demolished by TIBERIOUS in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
CREME A. SHUN was unbelievably bested by GHENGIS KHAN in a 4 minute Challenge contest.
DARK MAGICIAN demolished KARO LEE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
BLOWFISH was viciously subdued by DARON EL in a 7 minute bloody Challenge fight.
GRACEFUL CHARITY was overpowered by NAPOLEON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
TORLYN UNA handily defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute uneven melee.
MOUSE NOYLE was unbelievably bested by IDUN in a 5 minute uneven fight.
ELMER FLOOD vanquished ANHUR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
TABETA UNIS was beaten by CASS KETT in a 3 minute melee.
GEARFRIED beat PURPLE HEART in a 1 minute novice's fight.
TRASH demolished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         TOTAL PARRY       18 -  11 -  1      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  12 -  1      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK   31 -  32 -  2      49  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  15 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -  24 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      8 -  14 -  0      36  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   6 -  0      25  |

Turn 480 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         5  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GHENGIS KHAN 6205          24  13  0  138 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
SLASHING ATTACK  TIBERIOUS 6209             25  14  1  127 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TIBERIOUS 6209.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CREME A. SHUN 6152.  The ten other most popular fighters were MOUSE NOYLE 6252, 
6414, NAPOLEON 6578, CASS KETT 6546, TIBERIOUS 6209, and ELMER FLOOD 6574.

The least popular fighter this week was KARO LEE 6133.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were FLUFFY SCULPIN 6575, SACRIFICIAL LAMB 6589, SLUG 6591, TRASH 6588, 

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