DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/12/2003    Duedate: 05/24/2003

TALCAMA ARENA

DM-18    TURN-457

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CEREBRAL JANITOR
CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
(18-7729) [12-7-0,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CEREBRAL JANITOR               HOFFA
CENTER FOR OLDS (108)          DOC STEELE FAN CLUB (451)
(18-7729) [12-7-0,129]         (18-6021) [5-3-0,41]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CEREBRAL JANITOR               CHASEK
CENTER FOR OLDS (108)          THE SHADOWS (574)
(18-7729) [12-7-0,129]         (18-7791) [10-4-1,70]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CENTER FOR OLDS (108)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SRETSAMLEUD (572)           38
2. SHEPHERDS (252)             29      NEXT GENERATION (547)
3. BURN N' PILLAGE (218)       26      Unchartered Team
4. CENTER FOR OLDS (108)       24
5. PENTARCHIE-18 (508)         22DOC STEELE FAN CLUB (451)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 NEXT GENERATION (547)    111  75  7 59.7   1/ 1 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)    10  4 1
 2- 4 ANIMAL PHARM (533)        77  53  5 59.2   2/ 2 SRETSAMLEUD (572)        10  5 0
 3- 5 THE DARK TEMPLE (455)     74  55  5 57.4   3/ 6 THE SHADOWS (574)         8  7 1
 4/ 7 GHAELIE SIDHE (495)       65  52  9 55.6   4/ 5 NEXT GENERATION (547)     7  4 0
 5/ 8 THUNDR + LITENING (22)   913 791 %117 53.6   5/ 8 WASTELAND (207)           7  6 1
 6/10 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)    511 479 27 51.6   6/ 7 SHEPHERDS (252)           7  7 0
 7/ 9 THE SHADOWS (574)         37  35  3 51.4   7/12 WAY OF THE BLADE (541)    6  4 0
 8/11 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)    732 715 45 50.6   8/ 3 THUNDR + LITENING (22)    6  6 0
 9/12 WASTELAND (207)          459 468 35 49.5   9/10 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)     6  9 0
10/14 BIG MEAN FISH (171)      466 495 24 48.5  10/19 GHAELIE SIDHE (495)       5  5 1
11/13 WAY OF THE BLADE (541)    27  29  1 48.2  11/ 4 UNTOUCHABLES (287)        5  5 0
12/15*DOC STEELE FAN CLU (451)   8   9  0 47.1  12/ 9 ARROGANCE (347)           5  8 1
13/17 FROM THE FACE (545)       22  26  3 45.8  13/16*SEER KING (534)           4  6 0
14/16 UNTOUCHABLES (287)        92 113  6 44.9  14/17 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)       4 10 1
15/20 SRETSAMLEUD (572)         33  42  3 44.0  15-15 THE DARK TEMPLE (455)     3  1 0
16/18 SHEPHERDS (252)          427 569 25 42.9  16-13 ANIMAL PHARM (533)        3  1 0
17-19*THE DARK GODS (501)       11  15  2 42.3  17/22 FROM THE FACE (545)       2  1 1
18-21 CAULDRON OF HATE (333)    84 120  5 41.2  18/20*DOC STEELE FAN CLU (451)  2  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/22 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)      126 184  6 40.6  19-14 THE GRATEFUL UNDEA (566)  2  8 0
20/23 ARROGANCE (347)          334 501 26 40.0  20/18 BIG MEAN FISH (171)       2 13 0
21/ 3*SEER KING (534)            4   6  0 40.0  21/ 0 THIGHMASTERS (525)        1  0 0
22-24 THE GRATEFUL UNDEA (566)  34  61  2 35.8  22-21*THE DARK GODS (501)       1  2 0
23/ 0 THIGHMASTERS (525)        14  28  3 33.3  23-24 CAULDRON OF HATE (333)    1  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                               Talcama's Battle Royale

                                MANRAY IS VICTORIOUS!

                              Battle Royale Final Scores

         Overall       Mgr   Team                      Manager
  Score   Record    IE Code  Name                      Name
   25     49-28-4   0  [MF]  Animal Pharm              Manray, Marquis 
                                                            d'Frothingslosh
   9      44-37-2   0  [MM]  Wasteland                 The Muffin Man
   7      44-39-2   0   [A]  Shepherds                 Assurnasirbanipal
   7      41-34-0   0  [BD]  Big Mean Fish             Big Wave Dave
   7      37-32-1   1  [DS]  Thundr + Litening         Doc Steele
   7      28-22-1   0  [NN]  Mad Scientists            Neon Necromancer
   7      16-11-2   0  [G2]  The Shadows               Goat
   5      27-24-2   0   [H]  Power Plants              Hoffa
   2       9-7-0    0  [ST]  From the Face             Shocking Toad
   2       9-7-0    0  [GG]  Lurocians III             Greek Guy
   1      11-12-2   0   [U]  Faster Pussycat           Ultraist
   1       7-6-0    0   [S]  Elemental                 Solomon
   1       3-2-0    0  [N9]  Angelus Errare            Necron 99
   0      11-12-1   0  [TT]  Dark Toads                TigToad
   0       1-1-0    0   [M]  Superior Forces 6N        Manager
   0       0-0-0    0  [DK]  Unknowns                  Dark Spirit
   -1      7-8-0    0   [D]  Beast Masters             Druid
   -1      7-9-1    0  [ZP]  Hillbilly Ninjas          Zalgor Prigg
   -2     38-40-0   0   [J]  Burn N' Pillage           Jolly
   -2      3-5-0    0   [G]  Gnostik                   Goat
   -2      1-3-0    0  [JK]  Edible Toons              Joker
   -2      1-3-0    0  [CF]  Trouble Helix             Chazz Frothingslosh
   -3      0-3-0    0  [MD]  Dragon Clan 2             Master Dragon Style
   -5      3-8-0    0  [MQ]  Perfection Quest 2        Mannequin
   -6     5-11-0    0  [SG]  Sadists                   Sungod
   -6      1-7-0    0   [T]  Of Wolf and Man 9         Tripwire
   -7     7-15-1    0  [SS]  House Slytherin           Salazar Slytherin
  -23     17-41-1   0  [SL]  The Grateful Undead       Street Legal

Last Turn's Score:                    Record       Points
  G2   Goat                            2-  1- 1        2
  M    The Muffin Man                  1-  0- 0        1
  MF   Manray, Marquis                 1-  0- 0        1
  ST   Shocking Toad                   1-  0- 0        1
  DS   Doc Steele                      1-  1- 0        0
  A    Assurnasirbanipal               1-  2- 0       -1
  J    Jolly                           1-  2- 0       -1
  SL   Street Legal                    0-  2- 0       -2

Top Warriors (Points)
  Agony                       Thundr + Litening           8-0-0          8
  Double-Blind Bat            Animal Pharm                8-2-1          7
  Cholla                      Power Plants                10-4-0         6
  Viagorilla                  Animal Pharm                10-6-2         6
  Bo Peep                     Shepherds                   14-9-0         5
  Mr Taco Works               Wasteland                   11-7-1         5
  Barracudafed                Animal Pharm                10-6-1         5
  Eli                         Shepherds                   9-5-1          5
  Absolute Zero               Mad Scientists              7-2-0          5
  Blue Valley                 Power Plants                6-1-0          5
  Minon                       Thundr + Litening           5-0-0          5

Bottom Warriors (Points)
  Tecumseh                    Power Plants                2-6-0          -4
  Demon Diva                  The Grateful Undead         1-5-0          -4
  Fluffy                      Burn N' Pillage             5-10-0         -5
  Lawn Gnome                  Burn N' Pillage             3-8-0          -5
  Sex Puppet                  Thundr + Litening           2-7-0          -5
  Cat in the Bag              Wasteland                   2-7-0          -5
  Razor Hawk                  Beast Masters               0-5-0          -5
  Moldy Mummy                 The Grateful Undead         3-9-0          -6

Top 10 Warriors (Most Wins)          # Wins
  Bo Peep                                14
  Mr Taco Works                          11
  Viagorilla                             10
  Mimic Blenny                           10
  Cholla                                 10
  Barracudafed                           10
  Eli                                    9
  Bandit Cichlid                         9
  Double-Blind Bat                       8
  Booter7742                             8
  Blood Asp                              8
  Agony                                  8

Bottom 10 Warriors (Most Losses)          #
  Fluffy                                   10
  Moldy Mummy                               9
  Bo Peep                                   9
  Virile Vampire                            8
  Lawn Gnome                                8
  Blackcap Gramma                           8
  Speckled Spectre                          7
  Sex Puppet                                7
  Mr Taco Works                             7
  Mimic Blenny                              7
  Cat in the Bag                            7

For All Head to Head Records, your team's record (or kills) against the other 
managers is listed as a row, with each column in the row

 Head to Head
 *       A    BD    CF     D    DK    DS     G    G2    GG     H     J    JK
 * A     *   10-6   1-0   0-1   0-0   4-4   1-0   1-4   0-0   1-1   8-3   1-0
 * BD   6-10   *    0-0   1-1   0-0   2-1   1-0   0-2   0-4   3-4   5-3   0-0
 * CF   0-1   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * D    1-0   1-1   0-0    *    0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   2-0   0-0
 * DK   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * DS   4-4   1-2   0-0   0-1   0-0    *    0-0   4-2   0-3   1-1   4-5   1-0
 * G    0-1   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * G2   4-1   2-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   2-4   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   3-4   0-0
 * GG   0-0   4-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   3-0   0-0   0-0    *    1-0   1-1   0-0
 * H    1-1   4-3   0-0   1-0   0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-1    *    3-5   0-0
 * J    3-8   3-5   0-0   0-2   0-0   5-4   0-0   4-3   1-1   5-3    *    0-0
 * JK   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0    *
 * M    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0
 * MD   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-2   0-0
 * MF   4-5   3-4   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   2-0   4-3   6-5   0-0
 * MM   7-3   1-1   0-1   0-2   0-0   3-3   0-0   1-1   2-0   6-4   1-1   0-0
 * MQ   0-0   0-1   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * N9   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   1-1
 * NN   4-3   2-2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-1   1-0   2-2   2-4   0-0
 * S    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0
 * SG   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-7   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * SL   3-5   3-5   0-0   2-0   0-0   3-8   0-0   0-2   0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0
 * SS   0-0   0-3   0-0   0-0   0-0   2-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-4   0-1   0-0
 * ST   0-0   0-1   0-0   1-0   0-0   3-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   2-1   0-0
 * T    0-0   0-2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0
 * TT   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   2-3   0-0   0-0   0-2   0-0   0-0
 * U    1-0   0-1   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0
 * ZP   0-1   0-2   0-0   2-0   0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0

 *       M    MD    MF    MM    MQ    N9    NN     S    SG    SL    SS    ST
 * A    0-0   0-0   5-4   3-7   0-0   0-0   3-4   0-0   0-1   5-3   0-0   0-0
 * BD   0-0   0-0   4-3   1-1   1-0   0-0   2-2   0-0   0-0   5-3   3-0   1-0
 * CF   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * D    0-0   0-0   0-0   2-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-2   0-0   0-1
 * DK   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * DS   1-0   0-0   0-1   3-3   0-0   0-1   1-0   0-0   7-0   8-3   0-2   1-3
 * G    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * G2   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-1   0-0   2-0   0-0   0-0
 * GG   0-0   0-0   0-2   0-2   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * H    0-0   0-0   3-4   4-6   0-0   0-0   2-2   0-0   0-0   0-0   4-1   0-0
 * J    0-1   2-0   5-6   1-1   0-0   0-0   4-2   0-1   0-0   1-1   1-0   1-2
 * JK   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * M     *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * MD   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * MF   0-0   0-0    *    9-5   0-0   0-0   4-5   2-0   1-0   9-0   0-1   1-0
 * MM   0-0   0-0   5-9    *    0-0   0-0   1-2   1-1   3-0   6-0   2-2   1-1
 * MQ   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-0   1-1   0-4   0-0   1-0   0-0   0-0
 * N9   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * NN   0-0   1-0   5-4   2-1   1-1   0-0    *    0-0   0-1   4-1   2-1   0-0
 * S    0-0   0-0   0-2   1-1   4-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-2   0-1   0-0   0-0
 * SG   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-3   0-0   0-0   1-0   2-0    *    0-0   0-0   0-0
 * SL   0-0   0-0   0-9   0-6   0-1   0-0   1-4   1-0   0-0    *    0-0   2-0
 * SS   0-0   0-0   1-0   2-2   0-0   0-0   1-2   0-0   0-0   0-0    *    0-0
 * ST   0-0   0-0   0-1   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-2   0-0    *
 * T    0-0   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * TT   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-2   1-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   3-0   0-0
 * U    0-0   0-0   0-2   5-1   1-0   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0   0-2
 * ZP   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0

 *       T    TT     U    ZP
 * A    0-0   0-0   0-1   1-0
 * BD   2-0   1-0   1-0   2-0
 * CF   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0
 * D    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-2
 * DK   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * DS   0-0   0-0   0-0   1-1
 * G    0-0   3-2   0-1   0-0
 * G2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * GG   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * H    1-0   2-0   1-0   0-0
 * J    1-0   0-0   1-0   0-0
 * JK   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * M    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * MD   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * MF   1-0   0-0   2-0   0-0
 * MM   1-0   2-1   1-5   0-0
 * MQ   0-0   0-1   0-1   0-0
 * N9   0-0   0-0   0-1   0-0
 * NN   0-0   1-0   0-0   1-0
 * S    0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
 * SG   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0
 * SL   0-0   0-0   1-0   0-0
 * SS   0-0   0-3   0-0   0-0
 * ST   0-0   0-0   2-0   0-0
 * T     *    1-0   0-1   0-0
 * TT   0-1    *    0-0   4-2
 * U    1-0   0-0    *    0-2
 * ZP   0-0   2-4   2-0    *

 Head to Head Kills
 *      A BD CF  D DK DS  G G2 GG  H  J JK  M MD MF MM MQ N9 NN  S SG SL SS
 * A    x  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0
 * BD   0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * CF   0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * D    0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * DK   0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * DS   0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * G    0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * G2   0  0  1  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * GG   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * H    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * J    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * JK   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * M    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * MD   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * MF   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  x  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0
 * MM   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  1  0
 * MQ   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * N9   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0  0  0
 * NN   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  x  0  0  0  0
 * S    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0  0
 * SG   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0  0
 * SL   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x  0
 * SS   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x
 * ST   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * T    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * TT   0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 * U    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
 * ZP   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

 *     ST  T TT  U ZP
 * A    0  0  0  0  0
 * BD   0  0  0  0  0
 * CF   0  0  0  0  0
 * D    0  0  0  0  0
 * DK   0  0  0  0  0
 * DS   0  0  0  0  1
 * G    0  0  0  0  0
 * G2   0  0  0  0  0
 * GG   0  0  0  0  0
 * H    0  0  0  1  0
 * J    0  0  0  0  0
 * JK   0  0  0  0  0
 * M    0  0  0  0  0
 * MD   0  0  0  0  0
 * MF   0  0  0  0  0
 * MM   0  0  0  0  0
 * MQ   0  0  0  0  0
 * N9   0  0  0  0  0
 * NN   0  0  0  0  0
 * S    0  0  0  0  0
 * SG   0  0  0  0  0
 * SL   0  0  0  0  0
 * SS   0  0  0  0  0
 * ST   x  0  0  0  0
 * T    0  x  0  0  0
 * TT   0  0  x  0  0
 * U    0  0  0  x  0
 * ZP   0  0  0  1  x

 Fight Results for Turn 456
   Booter7742 [J] over Marduk [G2]
   Thoth [G2] over Valakor [DS]
   Zocorcupine [MF] over Moldy Mummy [SL]
   Lilith [G2] kills Trefoil [J]
   Agony [DS] over Samson [A]
   TUM [ST] over Fluffy [J]
   Mr Taco Works [MM] over Bo Peep [A]
   Bart [A] over Skiddish Skeleton [SL]

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Your Talcama Battle Royale Champion

Denizens of Talcama, I, Manray, salute you as the Victor of the Talcama 'Battle 
Royale'.  You have all been tough competitors, and I'm very honored to have taken the 
crown in this contest of contests.

Now, all pleasantries aside... what the hell happened to you guys?  In the name of 
Biff Frothingslosh - the Great Oceanic Oneness - I kicked your asses!  My 25 
points... and 9 points for second place?  What a slaughter!  I thought I was in the 
'Toughest Arena in Alastari'... well, I guess criticizing that assertion would make 
my victory less impressive... so there I stop.  All Hail Biff!!

Now, all pompousness aside, I have had a great time, and I've really come to like 
Talcama as an arena.  Despite my rather flip and dismissive personals last turn in 
which I poked a bit of fun at Doc 'Darth' Steele, I really have come to see this 
arena as my favorite place to run a team; it might even rival my days in Willaf when 
I ran up a 250-99 record so long ago.  Of course, I would eagerly await the posting 
of the online newsletters for this place like never before when the Battle Royale was 
early in its progression, so my success in this contest ensured that I would have a 
distinctly possitive view.  How couldn't it?

I perhaps misrepresented myself a bit in taunting Doc and the rest of you, stating 
that if I were to draw the ire of a manager the caliber of Doc Steele (well, he's 
pretty much alone in that class in my mind, but some others might worry me as 
well...) that I would have no problem with picking up and leaving an arena.  Well, 
that isn't exactly true.  I'd like to think that I don't run from anyone.  As a 
matter of fact, the beginings of the 'modern' phase of my interaction with Doc Steele 
began about 4 years ago when I was challenging him every turn with my best warriors 
in ADM, Cuddly Koala, Candyacid and Powerlungeritis, despite the fact that I was 
losing at least 3/4 of those fights.  I hadn't been back long from my brief mid-90s 
retirement, so Doc had no idea who I was anymore or why the hell someone was 
challenging his guys like goblins impailing themselves on a laughing warlord's spear.  
In fact he thought my warrior Cuddly was being run as an RSI warrior (or perhaps at 
least on autopilot by some bored megamanager) since it was so old - a la Village 
Idiot, hardly guided in its gameplay - and decided to challenge him a number of turns 
in a row with I believe 'Shadow Knight'.  Undaunted, I kept at him, flying in the 
face of Doc's goal of having no one dare risk his wrath by challenging his 
warriors... a wrath Assur in fact has now been told to expect.  Well, when I met Doc 
for the first time 3 years ago at the winter F2F, he was quite surprised to hear that 
Cuddly actually had a human manager, and was also interested to meet the manager who 
had shown a bit of bravery - if not foolhardiness - in so eagerly tossing his fodder 
into the mouth of Doc Steel's hungry pipeline.  I'm persistent if nothing else.  In 
the scheme of DM things, I enjoy my success as a regular arena DM manager, I always 
have, it's where I generally excel, and I have a bit to learn when it comes to 
tourney play and developing ADM warriors.  But I love learning, and that's what I'll 
do.

Truth is, I don't have enough of a history in Talcama to view it with the nostalgia 
or fervor that Assur or Doc or The Muffin Man or Big Wave Dave or any of the rest of 
you who have toughed it out and made it what it is would rightly show to this great 
place.  So, of course Assur would bluster right back at Doc, I'd hope he's not going 
to scurry out of here, it's his home, he's the Historian of Talcama.  I have merely 
won the most recent contest held on these haunted sands; I could only hope to hold a 
place as valued as Assur's here.  But if someone got all 'can o' whoop-ass' on me?  
Well, maybe I'd yell back, challenge them a few times... you know, see what I could 
do.  Unfortunately my DM priorities have shifted a bit the last year.  A prolonged 
'war of fortitude' is beyond my means.  Which brings me to my next point.

I was getting tooled in the Transel B.R. by Doc Steele about as badly as I reamed you 
all (I think when I quit I had 4 or 5 points to his 22 or 23, and I was in second or 
third or something), so I said 'enough of this, my team sucks, see you fools in 
Talcama!', and I was off to put my money to a better use.  So, I came in here with 
one of the better teams I'd ever had ready to rumble, talked some smack as the 
contest started, and happily found myself atop the leaderboard, neck and neck with 
Jolly and Big Wave Dave.  But frankly, I didn't come in here to mess around and lose 
the Battle Royale, I put a team here that could win it, and got some help with a 
couple replacements that turned out well, and the rest is history.  Did I expect to 
run you all over like pink flamingos under a Combine?  Not really, I thought it would 
be tough, and for the most part it was, but something happened when I was at about 12 
points where I had a good run of success, and the rest of you pooped your pants.  I 
killed two of Jolly's champions with my LU Viagorilla, Double-Blind Bat had just set 
(or at least matched) the record for most successful PR to graduate from Talcama, and 
then Big Wave Dave had two experienced warriors bite the dust (that was pretty ugly 
seeing BWD lose that PR so close to graduation, I had to sort of cringe at that, 
gah).  I admit I tightened up a lot when I got to 22 or 23 points, and I thought it 
better to not be too vocal lest I curse myself.  So I have to take some of the blame 
for the last few months not being quite as riveting as they could have been, I was 
pretty mumm.  But other than that, I pretty much had everything I needed to have 
happen, happen.  And so... I won.  

Unfortunately, that means I also can't stay, though I know a new Battle Royale will 
be occuring.  As I mentioned previously, my DM priorities have shifted a bit since I 
began my career here in Talcama.  Consequently, despite having come to respect and 
cherish Talcama, I have to re-allocate some resources to warriors I'm trying to prep 
for upcoming tourneys.  That means for the time being, I won't be active here.  I'll 
actually miss it.  But sadly enough, I'm in a couple other contests, and I have, 
well, a few handfuls of teams that have to be nurtured for tourney warriors.  Will I 
be back in Talcama?  Yes, off and on the next few months, and I'll probably come back 
and play more consistently sometime after the 2004 winter F2F.  I'll likely even log 
my name as a participant in the next Talcama Battle Royale, but will have to come in 
late and see if I can catch up when someone's already ahead.  No biggie, I can deal 
with that.

But as for the past couple years here in Talcama?  I loved it.  I'm proud to have 
brought this crown home in honor of my Frothingslosh bretheren, a group of diverse 
and wacky guys who love this game.  I've been friends with a couple of them since 
before I played DM, others I met early on because of DM.  Some I even had as 
adversaries when I returned in 1997.  But whether we're the most successful alliance 
in DM isn't my main concern, or our real goal; we want to be a catalyst for action in 
DM.  If we can offer some wisdom while we poke you in the eye, that's great.  Does an 
arena or a manager look like they'd benefit from someone filling the role of easily 
identifiable villan?  If it keeps the game active and vibrant... that helps everyone, 
to a degree.  I'll wear a black hat, white hat, tall hat, short hat... 

So, thanks for a great contest.  Assur - and Neon as well - great job tracking all 
our moves, the rundowns were excellent.  I'll pop in and out, trying to make a move 
on the new Battle Royale when I can.  I know I'll be scarce the next few months, but 
it really has nothing to do with Talcama or any managers in here.  Maybe when I win 
the lottery things will change... but I doubt I'm alone in that sentiment.

Your proud Battle Royale champion -

Manray, Marquis d'Frothingslosh

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                              "On a Journey to Talcama"

     Salute to all!  I've heard such good things about your arena that I had to bring 
my new tourney team "Enigma" here to test their skill.  They say your gladiators are 
very good teachers.  I'm certain time will test this tale.  Of course, as a tourney 
team, their fighting will be sporadic.  Nevertheless, when they do appear on the 
sands, I'll be supporting their swords with my fountain pen.  Hey!  What more can one 
ask from management?  I know, you know, that we all know the pen is mightier than the 
sword.  Even now as I pause...my pathetic wretch of a warrior "I.R.S." is being 
signed aweay to the Dark ARena.  He loves to spout the well know axiom "death and 
taxes."  We all know taxes can be eluded, but as he shall soon find out, when death 
comes to collect his toll he doesn't come up empty handed.  They again, in my travels 
I've heard of a man who defied the tomb.  He has managed to amass a large and devoted 
following.  They say his name is Jesus and he sounds nothing short of an incarnate 
God.  On top of all this, they say his death conquered death itself.  It's a very 
intriguing notion.  So, while in the process of moving next month, I intend to 
investigate this matter further.  Until we meet again, live free and die well.

                                                                 Chosen One

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 469): BABYFACE of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 354): SABLE of HARLEQUINS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 474): OINGO BOINGO of DOUBLE TROUBLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 471): SCALLAITIS of ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 469): HOFFA of JOHNS (Dear, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 473): RED FUSION of IT'S NEW! (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 470): TENACIOUS of BATHTUB ARMADA (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 465): SULTAN of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 456): SPECIES 3.14159265 of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 455): CARNIVOROUS CANARY of CARNAGE CANARIES (?, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 429): ABATIS of ACT OF MALICE (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 420): TIGER SPLASH of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 181): EGAN FORN of THE MIDDLE WAY (Gabria Hand, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 406): PORK CHOP JUKEBOX of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 355): FRANCINE of AMAZON ELITE (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 168): SEX ON THE BEACH of INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 156): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 305): P.B. BLASTER of AS SEEN ON TV (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 133): JARRAC of FREELANCERS (Jinx, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 348): MAHI MAHI of BIG MEAN FISH from TALCAMA (Big Wave Dave)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 469): MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 354): HARLEQUINS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 474): none
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 471): ABBY NORMAL (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 469): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Adela Chu, team captain)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 473): BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 470): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 465): WAR HAWKS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 456): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 455): CARNAGE CANARIES (?, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 429): IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 420): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 181): THE MIDDLE WAY (Gabria Hand, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 406): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 355): SORROW'S HARVEST (?, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 168): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jinda, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 156): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 305): none
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 133): FREELANCERS (Jinx, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 348): THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 469): KHAZID'HEA of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 468): NEVERMORE of LAB EXPERIMENTS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 354): SABLE of HARLEQUINS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 472): PEGASUS of KREWE OF DRUID (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 470): <MELISSA> of DEAD SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
                           PERSEVERANCE of BATHTUB ARMADA (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 465): SULTAN of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 456): SPECIES 3.14159265 of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal)
                (turn 455): MR TACO WORKS of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                            DUCK RUBBER of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
                            BOX-SCITE of ROCK-ETTS (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 419): VELOXI of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 180): ROB A. REE of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 406): PORK CHOP JUKEBOX of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 156): BALI of ISLANDERS (Devan ki Ru, mgr.)
                          ROGERS of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
              (turn 155): ARMSTRONG of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
                          MINDBENDER of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 304): PINK HEART of MIKE'S INK (Hombre, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

When Assur took me in and agreed to let me fight for him, in Talcama, I was worried.  
Talcama has a reputation for being a tough arena.  Yet here I am, at the top, and 
Assur says that if I win, I'll be the 2nd best WOS graduate ever from this arena (in 
a 3-way tie with Whirling Terror and Captain Flapjack at 17-4).

Assur almost DA'd me after my Initiates tournament, since I'd never again have the 
opportunity to do well in a tourney.  He held his hand because I kept on winning.  
Now, however, my career is over.  One last fight (I've challenged Suave's CJ)

Assur has more to say, so here he is!

Species 3.14159265

notes from Assur --
Species PI is 17-11(2)-7-15-17-4-15 WOS, with Masters in attack and parry, an 
advanced expert init and expert in defense.  Fave learn Defense, strangely enough.  
(13 Def vs. 19 Par and 15 Att).  Mode all around.  A well earned retirement, I'd say.

The only thing that colored my turn is that Numbered Won didn't get his invite this 
turn, and I believe I found out the reason.  Apparently, after his TC run, during 
which he fought Manager's TPs about 11 times in a row, Manager was a bit upset and 
put a curse on Numbered Won.  The curse was intended to kill Numbered Won and while 
that hasn't yet worked, it has kept him as a mortal.

Well, after contacting the commission, I believe the whole ordeal has been 
straightened out, though the fact that he was missing 5 PPs from his records is very
suspicious.  One has to wonder whether a curse is the only activity Manager engaged 
in.

So, unless N.W. does, in fact, need a Riposte rating, he'll be getting the old invite 
this turn.  Time to look for a couple more young promising warriors to represent my 
Next Generation of warriors!

Here is Numbered Won, by the numbers:
17-7(2)-3-5-21-12-21 Advanced Expert ATT/DEC, Expert DEF/PAR.
-1 PAR, mode everywhere else.

                                      SPY REPORT

SPECIES 3.14159265 had his retirement party one day too soon and partied too late and 
too hard, finding himself unprepared for his title match against CEREBRAL JANITOR.  
The JANITOR will defend the throne next turn, as he was not given the typical gain 
the throne, be invited to ADM treatment by the GC.  Were I a JANITOR, I'd be looking 
at cleaning up a FLUFFY.

Hottest Warriors on the sands:
CEREBRAL JANITOR (7-3) -- victory against SPECIES 3.14159265
SCOURGE (7-3) -- loss to SAMSON
BO PEEP (7-3) -- victory against KHALHUMS DWARF

Best Team Performances this turn:
   SRETSAMLEUD (4-1) (moving up 5 spots in the rankings)

Up challengers:   4-2   Warriors increasing recognition class: 14
Down challengers: 3-2   Warriors decreasing recognition class: 6
Even challengers: 0-2

Largest Recognition Gains:  MUSCLE BUM (+19) for beating SNIPPERWHAPPER
                            THE CRUSHER (+17) for beating KETUMAIE
                            HO HUM HO (+17) for beating HOFFA
                            SAMSON (+17) for beating SCOURGE
                            CHARDIN (+17) for beating SHEN JING
Largest Recognition Losses: PEOPLE'S ELBOW (-22) in loss to FLUFFY

Most Challenged Warrior:    MHORAM of WAY OF THE BLADE
     YANG CHOW lost to MHORAM in a 2 minute gruesome TV Challenge fight

Most Avoided Team:          THUNDR + LITENING by THE SHADOWS

There were two deaths on the sands this turn.  The veteran, SUAVE, was slain by TUM 
in a deadly challenge.  Also, HERN of SEER KING matched up against ASSUR of ARROGANCE 
and was quickly slaughtered where he stood.

THIGHMASTERS returned to the sands, winning a single fight.  Welcome back to the 
sands.

For those who care about such things, my picks went 48-27 with 3 TVs.  I missed 
CINDERELLA and ZOCORCUPINE in the Initiates class, but I was right on when I said 
Initiates would be Talcama's strongest class.  I also claimed there were no 
undefeated Novices, but technically, there was an undefeated Novice in YANG CHOW, who 
was 1-0 entering the tournament.  I generally only consider 2-0 or 3-0 warriors, so I 
left him off.  He also TV'd.  My top pick, TREFOIL, only managed 3-3.

NUMBERED WON and BUBBLES will travel to the Isle of the Eye next turn, fighting one 
last fight here in Talcama before leaving.  Congratulations to them and their 
managers.

The Wall of Steel style could not maintain the top spot in the ten turn ranks, 
falling back to 2nd after a poor showing.  Total Parries, of course, regained the 10 
turn lead.

BIG WAVE DAVE has either reverted back to childhood and is managing like Dr. Seuss or 
is completely disgusted by recent recruits coming from the commission.  Personally, 
I've always wondered why a manager would look for fish in the mountains, but BIG WAVE 
DAVE has been around and should know what he is doing (unless he truly has reverted 
back to childhood).

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CEREBRAL JANITOR 7729        12   7  0   129       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TUM 7380                     11  11  1   109       FROM THE FACE (545)
 FLUFFY 7185                  22  28  0   101       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
-NUMBERED WON 7434            15  11  0   101       NEXT GENERATION (547)
-QUEUE 7756                    8   4  0   101       NEXT GENERATION (547)
 MIMIC BLENNY 7541            15  11  0    98       BIG MEAN FISH (171)
 BO PEEP 7392                 22  10  0    97       SHEPHERDS (252)
 BUBBLES 7624                 13   8  0    95       WASTELAND (207)
-BARRACUDAFED 7627            10   6  1    91       ANIMAL PHARM (533)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PEOPLE'S ELBOW 6352          13  15  0    90       UNTOUCHABLES (287)
-VAIN VARICOSE 7153           16   7  0    83       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
-BACKALLY SALLY 6055          14  17  0    81       THE DARK TEMPLE (455)
-PENGUINICILLIN 7224          11  10  1    80       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
 BOOTER 7742                  12   5  0    79       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 LILITH 7794                   9   6  1    78       THE SHADOWS (574)
 ACK VERT 7429                16  13  1    73       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 CHASEK 7791                  10   4  1    70       THE SHADOWS (574)
-AGONY 7825                   10   0  0    70       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 FORGED IN L.A. 7433           9  11  0    70       NEXT GENERATION (547)
 SON OF CAIN 6438             15   7  0    68       UNTOUCHABLES (287)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLACK-EYED SUSAN 6546         8   4  1    66       THE DARK TEMPLE (455)
 THE CRUSHER 7739              6   5  1    62       NEXT GENERATION (547)
 HOFFA 7294                    9  33  0    60       ARROGANCE (347)
 JANDOLIN 6922                10   5  1    58       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
 HO HUM HO 7884                6   3  0    58       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAMSON 7855                   7   5  0    57       SHEPHERDS (252)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEON DISCODANCER 7857         7   4  0    56       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
-BEN WA 7103                   4   4  3    56       THIGHMASTERS (525)
 KETUMAIE 7525                12  14  1    55       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 BORILLAR 7329                 7   5  0    55       WAY OF THE BLADE (541)
 DOC STEELE 7407              11  20  0    53       ARROGANCE (347)
 VASSAL 7637                   8   5  0    50       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
-DEFIANCE 7397                 7   6  0    47       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
 BANNOR 7326                   6   6  0    46       WAY OF THE BLADE (541)
 QUAAN 7327                    6   6  0    46       WAY OF THE BLADE (541)
 PAUL 7804                     5   6  0    46       SHEPHERDS (252)
 SCOURGE 7847                  8   4  0    44       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 CAELCARMAC 7095               7   3  0    44       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
-ZOCORCUPINE 7882              6   1  0    43       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
 T. SOPRANO 7785               5   9  1    43       UNTOUCHABLES (287)
 MHORAM 7328                   5   4  0    43       WAY OF THE BLADE (541)
 PEON NECROMANCER 7856         7   4  0    41       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 HOFFA 6021                    5   3  0    41       DOC STEELE FAN CLUB (451)
 REHSALS 7763                  6   9  0    39       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
 PICKLE JUICE 7741             7  10  0    37       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
-JOLLY 7379                    5   4  0    37       FROM THE FACE (545)
-SPECKLED SPECTRE 7642         8  11  0    36       THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (566)
-THE MUFFIN MAN 7377           5   7  1    35       FROM THE FACE (545)
-MOLDY MUMMY 7643              6  13  0    34       THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (566)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 P'TIT GARS 7816               6   9  0    33       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 MARDUK 7835                   8   2  0    32       THE SHADOWS (574)
 NEOSPHINCTER 7317             5   2  0    31       WASTELAND (207)
 HANNAH 7875                   5   6  0    31       SHEPHERDS (252)
 ASSUR 7821                    4  10  2    31       ARROGANCE (347)
 SINGE DES BOITES 7876         4   7  0    31       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 HE HATE ME 7820               4   7  0    31       WASTELAND (207)
 YANG CHOW 7942                3   1  0    31       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 SNOTMAN 7106                  2   8  0    30       THIGHMASTERS (525)
 THOTH 7943                    2   2  0    30       THE SHADOWS (574)
-GRIZZLY BAYER 7841            4   4  0    29       ANIMAL PHARM (533)
 MAYOR MCCHEESE 7903           4   4  0    29       WASTELAND (207)
 MUSCLE BUM 7919               3   4  0    29       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
-DUERGAR 6777                  3   2  1    28       THE DARK GODS (501)
-GHOST SCULL 6448              3   3  1    26       APACHE (352)
 CHARDIN 7232                  2   0  0    26       SEER KING (534)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOUT GOUT 7948                3   0  0    22       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
-VECNA 7322                    2   3  0    18       LOST SOULS (540)
-ENTROPY 7321                  2   3  0    17       LOST SOULS (540)
 SNIPPERWHAPPER 7932           3   2  1    16       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
 BART 7927                     2   3  1    16       SHEPHERDS (252)
-CERRIDWEN 6775                2   4  1    15       THE DARK GODS (501)
-ALYSON H. 7181                2   2  0    15       THIGHMASTERS (525)
-DYMAR IRONFIST 7324           1   4  0    15       LOST SOULS (540)
 STAPLE GUN 6024               2   3  0    14       DOC STEELE FAN CLUB (451)
-HALLWIN 7885                  1   0  0    13       THE DARK TEMPLE (455)
-WILLY LOSE 7750               3   3  0    12       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
 INZO 7284                     3   1  0    11       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
-BERCHTA 6774                  3   2  0    11       THE DARK GODS (501)
 ODOACER 7233                  1   1  0    11       SEER KING (534)
 PARC 7976                     1   0  0    11       SRETSAMLEUD (572)
-EURYNOMOS 6778                2   3  0     9       THE DARK GODS (501)
-BASILISK 6743                 1   0  0     9       THE DARK TEMPLE (455)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KAS 7320                      0   5  0     9       LOST SOULS (540)
-INSANITY 7752                 1   5  0     8       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
 SHEN JING 7312                2   1  0     7       GHAELIE SIDHE (495)
-MELANIE 7197                  2   1  0     7       THIGHMASTERS (525)
-ARCHOR 6776                   1   4  0     7       THE DARK GODS (501)
-MUSTAFA 6679                  0   1  0     7       THE DARK TEMPLE (455)
-GALLOPING GHOST 7931          1   3  0     6       THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (566)
-DEVLIN SHEUER 7954            1   0  0     6       CAULDRON OF HATE (333)
-QUICKLING 7353                0   2  0     6       LOST SOULS (540)
-NEWBIE TM 7376                1   1  1     5       FROM THE FACE (545)
 KING CRAB 7952                1   1  0     4       WAY OF THE BLADE (541)
 NEBO 7944                     0   4  0     4       THE SHADOWS (574)
-SLEAZEE 7378                  0   3  0     3       FROM THE FACE (545)
-SKIDDISH SKELETON 7947        0   2  0     2       THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (566)
 DIRTY HEIDI 7953              0   2  0     2       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 MARAN 7235                    0   2  0     2       SEER KING (534)
 PROTOGENES 7964               0   1  0     1       SEER KING (534)
-SONOVA LICH 7956              0   1  0     1       THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (566)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SUAVE 7183            18 27 0 ARROGANCE 347         TUM 7380              457         
MUFFIN MAN 7912        0  5 0 ARROGANCE 347         SNIPPERWHAPPER 7932   455         
2 FISH 7972            0  1 0 BIG MEAN FISH 171     STONE GOLEM 430       457 NONE    
BLUE FISH 7974         0  1 0 BIG MEAN FISH 171     MOUNTAIN TROLL 422    457 NONE    
RED FISH 7973          0  1 0 BIG MEAN FISH 171     BLACK ORC 424         457 NONE    
1 FISH 7971            0  1 0 BIG MEAN FISH 171     BANDIT PRINCESS 429   457 NONE    
DA PUD 7975            0  1 0 BURN N' PILLAGE 218   WIRYDON THE GIANT 425 457 NONE    
TREFOIL 7920           4  2 0 BURN N' PILLAGE 218   LILITH 7794           456         
NEON 6022              1  1 0 DOC STEELE FAN CL 451 OUY YEH 7918          454 NONE    
HE DA ME! 7977         0  1 0 GHAELIE SIDHE 495     HIGH ELF 423          457 NONE    
ANGRY APPARITION 7930  0  1 0 THE GRATEFUL UNDE 566 BART 7927             453 REVENGED
HERN 7234              1  1 0 SEER KING 534         ASSUR 7821            457         
OUY YEH 7918           3  3 1 SRETSAMLEUD 572       JANDOLIN 6922         456         
VALAKOR 7924           3  3 0 THUNDR + LITENING 22  HIGH ELF 423          457 NONE    
SULAQUIN 7929          1  4 0 THUNDR + LITENING 22  HIGH ELF 423          457 NONE    
SIR GREYBEARD 7826     6  5 0 UNTOUCHABLES 287      ACK VERT 7429         455         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Manray -- Congratulations!  Winning the Battle Royal show great skill.  Dominating it 
the way you did is something else again.  Very impressive. -- Doc Steele

Manray -- As to your Assur comments about not paying attention to you with your lead 
in the contest, well, that is fairly easy to explain.  First, I was very busy and 
stopped keeping track of styles and all that important stuff.  I just check the fight 
descriptions and gave it my best guess.  That is not the best way to go after the 
leader of a contest.  Second, I knew the whole arena was challenging you so I would 
not get my challenges through very often.  That of course is not good since we all 
know getting your challenge is what the contest was all about.  I figured I'd let you 
guys battle it out while I fought my way back to respectability.  I achieved that 
goal.  At one point you were within striking distance of winning, I was at -8 points!  
I finished at 7 points, which is a pretty damn good turn around in a short time.  
Third, the other guys were doing a great job holding you off of that last point or 
two, so I thought they knew what your guys were and had the warriors to beat them.  
What should I blindly insert my warriors into that?  And lastly, you challenged me 
maybe once, if at all, the entire contest and that was in response to one of my 
challenges in the early stages.  In other words, unlike Assur, you knew better then 
to wake the sleeping dragon.  If you actually wanted my attention, you know very well 
all you had to do was challenge me once and it would have been on.  I'll say no more 

as you have earned the right to strut around my back yard a little bit.  I see from 
the ads you are leaving for a while.  Will you be back to defend your title if we 
have a second BR?  -- Doc Steele

Asuur -- Thank you for doing such a great job running the Battle Royal.  Are you 
willing to keep score for a another one? -- Doc Steele

Assur -- Well that didn't work out too well.  I was trying to push your buttons and 
you are just happy that it got me to write a personal ad.  Anyway, I have passion for 
playing in Talcama even when I don't write ads, that just means I am too busy or 
there is nothing to say.  As for killing and avoiding I was surprised by your 
comments.  I didn't know we had a no avoid deal in AD.  I have a bad memory.  That is 
great.  I will certainly take advantage to crush your warriors where ever I see them 
there just for good measure.  As for you not avoiding me here, well, I will believe 
that when I see it.  In fact, I will be infinitely impressed with you if you do not 
avoid me.  I might even drop the KDs from 9 back down to the usual 6-7 if I am able 
to actually get through to your guys.  We'll see if you actually don't care about 
death when I get one of your guys planted.  If you have learned to not care anymore, 
then you are invincible.  How am I supposed to compete with someone who does not care 
if they win, lose, or die? -- Doc Steele

Suave -- A downchallenge out of no where from you!?  That is odd.  I can only assume 
you thought I was being mean to Assur and would try to help him by jumping on the 
grenade.  Whatever.  I already know dealing with you in this game is useless.  I just 
wanted you to know that I thought it was poor taste on your part the entire contest, 
that you challenged my guys throughout and kept them from competing. -- Doc Steele

Goat -- Excellent showing in the contest.  I think everyone was impressed.  I told 
you giving it a shot could only help you.  Now you have some good experience, and a 
bit of recognition for your fine performance.  I know I noticed. -- Doc Steele

All -- Well, I was giving serious consideration to pulling out of Talcama, as I just 
didn't seem to be able to win here.  But, 5-0 a year ago before I took a break, and 
then 4-1 after the break has me close to bucking 50 percent, so I think I'll keep 
trying this place.  That, and my warriors seem to learn at almost double the rate of 
all the other arenas I'm in, so we're here to stay (for now). -- Vhagar

Willy Lose -- You, my friend, are not a very good teacher. -- Mhoram

T. Soprano -- Thanks! -- Bannor

Caelcarmac -- That played out almost perfectly, and those were a great set of skills 
you taught me.  Thanks for the warm welcome back to Talcama! -- Quaan

Bubbles -- Oooh... almost got the jump!  But, I'll take those skills, those were 
fantastic (and stave off my pending date with the Dark Arena)! -- Borillar

Dirty Heidi -- You happen to have a sister?  Maybe one with some personal hygiene? -- 
King Crab

Congrats Brother Manray on your victory in the Battle Royal! -- Sylvester 
Frothingslosh

All -- Not a great turn but adequate... I rid the world of two useless warriors (one 
being mine) which is always a good thing...  The fact that the one killed was one of 
those annoying backward spellers is icing on the cake...  Will he have the courage to 
bloodfued the mighty Jandolin... we shall see... -- Mordraith, Ghaelie Sidhe

Manray -- Finally won? Congratulations! -- Mordraith

mouse -- My my my look what the cat has drug in...  Apparently we find ourselves 
sharing an arena once more... I do not know your team but I am sure we will cross 
blades shortly. -- Mordraith

sretsamleud -- Your pathetic warrior was slain easily by this blade, who will you 
send to his doom next? -- Jandolin

Quaan -- It is rather surprising to know that you had bested me, as I am clearly a 
much more skillful fighter and vastly more powerful...  You now have a fleeting 
moment of joy to savor, but do not gloat too long...  Your blood will spill in due 
time. -- Caelcarmac

Manray -- Congratulations on winning the Battle Royale.  It's sad to see an exodus so 
quickly after the competition, but if that's the only reason you came to Talcama, 
your departure is understandable.  Not exactly the hotbed of vocal activity for the 
last year or so.  I'm as much to blame as the next guy, but at least I'm not to blame 
for giving you easy wins in the Battle.  (I would've been, which is why I withheld my 
participation.) -- Suave, ever trying to tread .500 water

Talcama -- A long time ago in a not so far away place, I used to write half-and-half 
spots.  They worth starting again?  -- Suave, making a half-and-heart effort

Doc Steele -- Now that the Battle's over and you let your guard down, I can take 
advantage and sweep these last 271 wins before you earn 88 more.  Not a problem.  Can 
you do me a favor and set up your guys for a tourney?  In 2014?  -- Suave

Cal McDaddy -- Welcome back, Kotter.  Same goes for mouse and whoever else decided to 
show up again. -- Suave

Assur -- Now that the B.R.'s over, are you getting back to rare finds about how many 
WS graduated .600 or better between turns 271-403? -- Suave

Species Pi -- Get off that seat.  It's mine!  -- Cerebral Janitor, squeaking in a 
word or six.

Ah, I forgot to reveal Species' faves.  As the completely unexciting warrior he his, 
is favors the MS with Moderate Offensive Effort and Very Low Activity Level.  
Somehow, I'm glad I kept using the BA. -- Assur

Doc Steele -- Nice challenge and you were almost successful.  Losing Samson would 
have been fitting, especially for me.  I've lost track of the number of promising PLs 
I've lost in the arena.  If you really want to get me, you should go after Bo Peep.  
Bo Peep would be style #10 for the Shepherds.  Luckily, I am not counting on Bo 
Peep's graduation, and I'm running 3 TPs on my Shepherds stable to hopefully ensure 
one of them graduates. -- Assur

Skiddish Skeleton -- Sorry, not today. -- Bart

Hoffa -- Thanks for the great teaching! -- LA Forge

Suave (the warrior) -- My most heartfelt thanks for our many bouts together.  I think 
my days in Talcama are numbered very low, and likely, I'll be able to say I won my 
last. -- N.W.

Muffin Man -- I tried my best to prepare for Mr Taco Works, but it wasn't quite 
enough.  I do think it is safe to say the Bo Peep is not using her favorite weapon. 
-- Assur

All -- The Battle Royal is over, enjoy the final report!  Who is ready for more?  
Talcama's 2nd Battle Royal is in the planning stages, looking at either a mid or end 
of summer beginning. -- Assur

Flashback T56 -- DM...Markk Blakstab over Hansel (5 min) - Rec...Orthos (120) - 
Pop...Uriah over Delta (2 min) - ADM... Hansel - Enter: The Dying Earth (3-2-0).  
Fights: Orthos kills David, Alora over Psycho Scientist, Afterlife over Zelek.

Flashback T57 -- DM...Markk Blakstab over Psycho Scientist - Rec...Alora (124) - 
Pop...Tom Thumb loss to Jughead (3 min).  Fights: Alora over Delta, Uriah over 
Orthos, Locar over Afterlife, Zelek, Wolfbane over Othello (16 min).  Turn 57 also 
saw the current newsletter format make it's debut.  The only real changes since this 
time: 3 turn win/loss was on the opposite side of the career win/loss.  The turn 
awards were listed after the team rankings.  The warriors who did not fight were not 
identified in the rankings.

Flashback T58 -- DM...Markk Blakstab (130 rec) over Orthos (4 min) - Pop...Test Tube 
Baby over Grave Digger (3 min).  Fights: Psycho Scientist over Delta, Afterlife over 
Zelek, Locar over Lance White, Wolfbane over SS Werewolf (15 min).

Flashback T59 -- DM...Psycho Scientist over Markk Blakstab - Rec... Alora (130) 
Pop... Uriah loss to Ludo (3 min) - ADM...Markk Blakstab.  Fights:  Alora over Ox, 
Zelek over Locar, Midnight Monster over Lance White.

30 April 2003
All -- Remember to put your arena number on your strategy sheets.  Strategies turned
in without an arena number run the risk of missing the turn. -- NAIEI

10 May 2003
To All -- Fellow managers, I humbly request your help.  My team (Ex Oblivione) was
started in Monuntial (DM 34) back in '92.  They were active for seven months.  I have
lost all early traces of them.  If any of you can help with copies of relevant
newsletters or, if you fought one of my warriors, copies of the fights, I would
greatly appreciate it.  I only have one of my original warriors left from the early
team now active in DM 60.  You can diplo me with any info here in the wonderful city
of Aradi.  Thank you in advance. -- Enigma, manager Ex Oblivione

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

VALAKOR was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SULAQUIN was viciously butchered by HIGH ELF in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
2 FISH was murdered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
BLUE FISH was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
RED FISH was assassinated by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA PUD was murdered by WIRYDON THE GIANTESS in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
1 FISH was butchered by BANDIT PRINCESS in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
HE DA ME! was assassinated by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena struggle.
REHSALS was overpowered by JANDOLIN in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
CEREBRAL JANITOR defeated SPECIES 3.14159265 in a 2 minute Challenge Title melee.
YANG CHOW lost to MHORAM in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
TUM slaughtered SUAVE in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge fight.
FLUFFY overcame PEOPLE'S ELBOW in a 1 minute veteran's Challenge bout.
LILITH demolished BORILLAR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
THE CRUSHER devastated KETUMAIE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
BANNOR was bested by NEON DISCODANCER in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
QUAAN overcame PICKLE JUICE in a 3 minute Challenge conflict.
SCOURGE was savagely defeated by SAMSON in a popular 3 minute bloody Challenge duel.
SNIPPERWHAPPER was vanquished by MUSCLE BUM in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.
HE HATE ME was devastated by T. SOPRANO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
THOTH defeated ODOACER in a exciting 1 minute novice's Challenge bout.
NEBO was overpowered by MAYOR MCCHEESE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BO PEEP overcame KHALHUMS DWARF in a tiring 6 minute master's competition.
MIMIC BLENNY overpowered FORGED IN L.A. in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
BUBBLES viciously subdued SON OF CAIN in a crowd pleasing 4 minute gory expert's duel.
CHASEK was outlasted by BOOTER in a popular 11 minute fight.
DOC STEELE was vanquished by ACK VERT in a action packed 1 minute one-sided match.
HOFFA was defeated by HO HUM HO in a action packed 3 minute brutal one-sided bout.
PEON NECROMANCER won victory over HANNAH in a popular 5 minute gruesome fray.
HOFFA was beaten by VASSAL in a action packed 3 minute brutal competition.
PAUL narrowly defeated MARDUK in a crowd boring 16 minute fight.
P'TIT GARS was handily defeated by CAELCARMAC in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
ASSUR assassinated HERN in a exciting 1 minute gory one-sided fight.
NEOSPHINCTER was handily defeated by SNOTMAN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
SINGE DES BOITES vanquished BART in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
GOUT GOUT subdued MARAN in a 2 minute struggle.
INZO beat DIRTY HEIDI in a 1 minute novice's fray.
KING CRAB was subdued by PARC in a 1 minute amateur's match.
SHEN JING was demolished by CHARDIN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
STAPLE GUN overpowered PROTOGENES in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  23         TOTAL PARRY       64 -  48 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         WALL OF STEEL     42 -  34 -  3      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         AIMED BLOW        20 -  18 -  2      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         BASHING ATTACK    52 -  50 - 11      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  19 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   53 -  63 -  3      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE       21 -  28 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  22 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    79 - 124 -  1      39  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   7 -  0      22  |

Turn 457 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        3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  7         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  5         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     9 - 14         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  5     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  4         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  CEREBRAL JANITOR 7729      12   7  0  129 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
LUNGING ATTACK   MIMIC BLENNY 7541          15  11  0   98 BIG MEAN FISH (171)
TOTAL PARRY      BO PEEP 7392               22  10  0   97 SHEPHERDS (252)
PARRY-LUNGE      BUBBLES 7624               13   8  0   95 WASTELAND (207)
BASHING ATTACK   LILITH 7794                 9   6  1   78 THE SHADOWS (574)
SLASHING ATTACK  ACK VERT 7429              16  13  1   73 PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
PARRY-STRIKE     NEON DISCODANCER 7857       7   4  0   56 SRETSAMLEUD (572)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CEREBRAL JANITOR 7729.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was CHASEK 7791.  The ten other most popular fighters were PEON NECROMANCER 
7856, BUBBLES 7624, HO HUM HO 7884, CEREBRAL JANITOR 7729, HOFFA 6021, SAMSON 7855, 
YANG CHOW 7942, PICKLE JUICE 7741, ACK VERT 7429, and MHORAM 7328.

The least popular fighter this week was PAUL 7804.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MARDUK 7835, BO PEEP 7392, 2 FISH 7972, PROTOGENES 7964, SHEN JING 
7312, NEOSPHINCTER 7317, DOC STEELE 7407, HE HATE ME 7820, SNIPPERWHAPPER 7932, and 
KETUMAIE 7525.

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

NUMBERED WON (18-7434) NEXT GENERATION (547)
BUBBLES (18-7624) WASTELAND (207)

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

SPECIES 3.14159265 (18-7512) NEXT GENERATION (547)