Date   : 12/06/2006    Duedate: 12/19/2006


DM-21    TURN-549

This Weeks Top Honors


SPORTS (497)
(21-5693) [13-6-0,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SWIMMING                       THE LEPER
SPORTS (497)                   PHILTHBALLS (554)
(21-5693) [13-6-0,119]         (21-6400) [4-0-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SHERWOOD                       SYENDRAD
(21-6208) [11-14-0,59]         (21-6406) [0-2-0,2]


LAKOTA (362)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHILTHBALLS (554)           38
2. D.R.I. (536)                27      SPORTS (497)
3. GRIM FANDANGO (454)         24      Unchartered Team
4. METAL MARVELS (548)         22
5. SPORTS (497)                17      PHILTHBALLS (554)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SPORTS (497)              27  14  0 65.9   1/ 2 LAKOTA (362)             11  3 0
 2/ 3 METAL MARVELS (548)       49  31  1 61.3   2/ 1 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      10  4 0
 3/ 2 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)       49  32  0 60.5   3/ 3*PHILTHBALLS (554)         9  6 1
 4- 5*IN MY ROOM (545)           4   3  1 57.1   4/ 4 METAL MARVELS (548)       7  6 0
 5/ 6 LAKOTA (362)             248 187 12 57.0   5/ 5 GRIM FANDANGO (454)       7  7 0
 6/ 7 D.R.I. (536)              72  55  6 56.7   6/ 9 D.R.I. (536)              6  4 0
 7/14*PHILTHBALLS (554)         11   9  1 55.0   7/10 SPORTS (497)              5  1 0
 8/ 8 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      343 292  8 54.0   8/11 KANO CLAN (106)           4  4 0
 9- 9*FEEBLE LEGION (547)       15  15  2 50.0   9/ 6 DOC LEGRAND'S AVIAN (57)  4 11 0
10-10 SONS OF SATAN (20)       344 347 40 49.8  10/ 8 LITERATE LOONS (538)      4 11 0
11/11 DOC LEGRAND'S AVIAN (57) 439 446 38 49.6  11/13 NASTY MOB (456)           3  3 1
12-12 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      42  43  7 49.4  12- 7 EQUITES VIRTUS (535)      2  1 0
13/13 NASTY MOB (456)          115 131 10 46.7  13/16*RAGING LORDS (552)        2  6 0
14/15 LITERATE LOONS (538)      56  69  5 44.8  14/14*FORCED VENGEANCE (542)    2  6 0
15-16*WARMASTERS (551)          13  17  2 43.3  15-12*WARMASTERS (551)          2  7 0
16-17 K.G.B. (51)               76 100  6 43.2  16-18*IN MY ROOM (545)          1  0 0
17/18 KANO CLAN (106)          178 253 10 41.3  17-15*FEEBLE LEGION (547)       1  3 0
18/20*RAGING LORDS (552)         7  19  0 26.9  18-19 SONS OF SATAN (20)        1  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19*FORCED VENGEANCE (542)     4  14  0 22.2  19-20 K.G.B. (51)               0  1 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I just need to survive until I get 2 more wins and 2 more PP's to get my invite.  As
I also mentioned, I will be at 29FE after this fight.  I'd rather get the wins,
because while competing in another tourney would be great, immortality is a much
better prize.

Stik -- Thanks for the welcome and congratulations.  It is a nice feeling to be up

Sir Steel -- Clearly, you have no concept of who the top team in this arena belongs
to.  We're one of those fly by night organizations.  Here today, gone tomorrow.
Sunset gained it's reputation at a different time, with mostly different managers.
It was well deserved at the time, but perhaps it doesn't fit now.  Even if it doesn't
fit, those who remember will always think of Sunset as the Arena of Death, even if
the Delarqs who gave the place its reputation are no longer around.

This may be my last turn here, so I'm off to enjoy the benefits of being Duelmaster
of this fine place.  I hope to be able to address you again next turn, but with
dueling, there are no sure bets....  However win or lose, I will certainly ponder the
quote by Martina Navratilova:

     "Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost."

-- Swimming

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of SUNSET.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  NOMADIC TRIBE?  Who?  
LAKOTA is the top team these days, buddies!  Those betting on EQUITES VIRTUS lost 
their shirt, as EQUITES VIRTUS lost their fighting abilities:  0-0-0.  Nothing works 
for a team like victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as D.R.I. can 
attest...  PHILTHBALLS posted a nice gain, to come in 3rd.  Everybody loves a 
winner...  Practice pays for RED BRIGADE, who pummelled LITTLE FLOWER, to pocket 23 
points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, NERVE RAKER was winsome, after 
beating JACKAL and seeing him lose 19 points.  The arena was more crowded than usual 
this time, as HART CRANE faced SUNSET's Duelmaster.  SWIMMING successfully staved off 
a grab for the roses by HART CRANE of LITERATE LOONS.  Does SUNSET have no one 
talented enough to dethrone it?  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns 
last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the 
lion, so did the "warriors" in SUNSET avoid NOMADIC TRIBE.  The warriors of NOMADIC 
TRIBE found their efforts at combat frustrated as GRIM FANDANGO apparently had more 
important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and CROW 
BAR is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't METAL MARVELS proud!  As a 
confidence booster, THE LEPER challenged SYENDRAD, down 19 points.  Do you also slay 
vicious rodents in your spare time, THE LEPER?  THE LEPER beat SYENDRAD.  The whole 
thing leaves a bitter memory.  SHAMAN found himself challenged by a warrior 19 below: 
VIOLENT PACIFICATION.  VIOLENT PACIFICATION of D.R.I. kept his wits as he subdued 
SHAMAN.  Willing to win at any cost is BONEDUST, who challenged BULGAKOV, 9 points 
junior.  Our sympathies, BULGAKOV!  I thought BONEDUST showed great skill and promise 
when he defeated BULGAKOV.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Sober up, 
young warriors, and take note of LITTLE FLOWER's fate!  RED BRIGADE of NASTY MOB 
handily did her in.  Experience counts for something on SUNSET's sands.  Ask not a 
spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an 
unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in SUNSET is the highlight of my life.  As if buffeted 
by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Like a 
mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid SUNSET farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWIMMING 5693                13   6  0   119       SPORTS (497)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BONEDUST 6098                20  18  0    98       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-CALPURNIA 6173               10   7  1    95       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 BLACK TIGER 1705             10   7  0    91       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VOLLEYBALL 5691              13   6  0    86       SPORTS (497)
 HART CRANE 6207              11  14  2    86       LITERATE LOONS (538)
-JASON 558                     9   5  1    86       K.G.B. (51)
 VIOLENT PACIFICATION 6180    17   8  0    84       D.R.I. (536)
 CROW BAR 6332                10   3  0    82       METAL MARVELS (548)
-AZRAEL 6076                  11  15  0    73       SONS OF SATAN (20)
-MATSUDA KAO 5712             15   7  0    72       KANO CLAN (106)
-MOMORO WA 5514               20  10  0    70       KANO CLAN (106)
 BULGAKOV 6244                13   7  1    69       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 SHAMAN 1706                  13   3  0    69       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 CROUCHING HAMSTER 6184       14  12  1    68       D.R.I. (536)
 FLAMING FLAMINGO 3570        14  12  0    68       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NERVE RAKER 1874             10   8  0    66       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 MUSHIKU BO 5713              14  19  0    64       KANO CLAN (106)
 WEST WIND 5125               12   7  1    61       LAKOTA (362)
 BRAVOS 6368                   5   2  0    60       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 SHERWOOD 6208                11  14  0    59       LITERATE LOONS (538)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRAVEYARD TAN 6278           11   4  0    50       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-VERGIL 6169                  10   8  0    48       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 BAD HANDWRITING 6276          6   1  0    48       LAKOTA (362)
-XAPHAN 6126                   8  12  1    47       SONS OF SATAN (20)
 MOLTEN METAL 6333             7  11  0    46       METAL MARVELS (548)
 LEAD 6316                     8   5  0    45       METAL MARVELS (548)
 JACKAL 6193                   5   5  1    45       NASTY MOB (456)
-BUBBA 626                     4   1  0    42       K.G.B. (51)
 BLESSED BLUEJAY 3633          8   9  0    39       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 ROAD RUNNER 6237              6   1  0    39       LAKOTA (362)
 VINCENT 6324                  7   3  0    38       METAL MARVELS (548)
-GLASS CEILING 6299            5   3  1    38       FEEBLE LEGION (547)
-HADRIAN 6361                  4   2  0    38       WARMASTERS (551)
 HAMSUN 6289                   6   9  0    37       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 VENGEFUL VULTURE 4604         5   8  0    35       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 VULGE 6260                    8   9  0    34       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-DOILY 6298                    5   2  0    34       FEEBLE LEGION (547)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GENGHIS TRON 6311             6   3  1    33       D.R.I. (536)
 BUBONIC BEN 6252              6   4  0    32       NASTY MOB (456)
 DR. DREAM 1709                8   5  0    31       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 MEGA ROKU 6091                4   3  2    31       KANO CLAN (106)
-QUINTUS REX 6243              4   2  2    31       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
-JAYNA 6305                    4   2  0    30       SONS OF SATAN (20)
-WILLIN POINER 571             5   7  1    27       K.G.B. (51)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE LEPER 6400                4   0  0    24       PHILTHBALLS (554)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONRAD 6308                   4   9  1    23       LITERATE LOONS (538)
-DIMITRI 613                   3   5  1    23       K.G.B. (51)
 RED ROBIN 6413                2   1  0    23       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 RED BRIGADE 6408              1   0  1    23       NASTY MOB (456)
-FLOOR 6287                    2   0  0    22       IN MY ROOM (545)
-BRUTUS 6360                   5   2  0    21       WARMASTERS (551)
 SUNSHINE 6414                 2   0  0    21       LAKOTA (362)
 LURKER 6264                   3   1  0    20       FORCED VENGEANCE (542)
-TIBERIUS 6357                 2   3  1    20       WARMASTERS (551)
 DARLA 6416                    2   0  0    20       PHILTHBALLS (554)
 BLOODLUST 6402                3   1  0    18       PHILTHBALLS (554)
 MISASHI SAN 6084              5   2  0    17       KANO CLAN (106)
-BONEFACE 6372                 1   4  0    15       RAGING LORDS (552)
-VELARIA 6256                  3   3  2    14       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
-LIGHT FIXTURE 6286            1   0  1    14       IN MY ROOM (545)
 WICCAN 6415                   1   1  0    14       PHILTHBALLS (554)
-VICTOR 6358                   2   4  1    13       WARMASTERS (551)
-ATTILA 6376                   2   0  0    13       NASTY MOB (456)
 DUNG 6419                     1   0  0    13       RAGING LORDS (552)
-VASE 6362                     2   2  0    12       FEEBLE LEGION (547)
-SEVERO 6359                   0   6  0    12       WARMASTERS (551)
 SHAKA CONNIE 6381             2   3  0     9       D.R.I. (536)
 SILVERBLEED 6379              0   2  0     8       FORCED VENGEANCE (542)
-FRED 627                      1   4  0     7       K.G.B. (51)
-ZAN 6304                      1   4  0     7       SONS OF SATAN (20)
 CHASSIS 6375                  1   4  0     7       METAL MARVELS (548)
-CICERO 6262                   1   3  0     6       EQUITES VIRTUS (535)
 DRIVE BY SAMURI 6390          1   1  0     6       D.R.I. (536)
-GLEEK 6314                    0   4  0     5       SONS OF SATAN (20)
-WINDOW 6288                   1   1  0     4       IN MY ROOM (545)
 NETHERBORN 6407               1   1  0     4       FORCED VENGEANCE (542)
-LACE 6404                     0   1  0     3       FEEBLE LEGION (547)
 SYENDRAD 6406                 0   2  0     2       FORCED VENGEANCE (542)
-RAGING BULL 6386              0   2  0     2       RAGING LORDS (552)
-MOLECULES 6285                0   1  0     1       IN MY ROOM (545)
-GRIMLORD 6412                 0   1  0     1       RAGING LORDS (552)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GREY GROUSE 4689       2  6 0 DOC LEGRAND'S AVIA 57 QUICKSILVER 406       549 NONE    
BLEDD 6351             3  7 0 GRIM FANDANGO 454     WURM KIN 414          549 NONE    
LITTLE FLOWER 6367     2  1 0 LAKOTA 362            RED BRIGADE 6408      549         
HOOLIGAN 6374          3  3 0 NOMADIC TRIBE 160     SPYMASTER 409         549 NONE    
IDONTWANNALIVE 6417    1  1 1 PHILTHBALLS 554       MR. TWISTER 405       549 NONE    
SNAKELIP 6370          0  3 0 RAGING LORDS 552      GENGHIS TRON 6311     545 REVENGED
HATCHETFACE 6398       0  1 0 RAGING LORDS 552      VELARIA 6256          546         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Phil -- ?????????????????????????????????????? -- Ikillu

Blessed Bluejay -- You filthy birdcage blesser.  I was on a roll there for a few
turns but you just had to go and ruin it didn't you.... -- Hamsun

Volleyball -- A 32 point down-challenge just for me?  Patience is a virtue my dear,
and if you'd only waited a bit and let my double-challenge against you go through it
would've saved you the humiliation factor.  Besides what're you challenging me for,
especially at a time when the arena's being overrun by scum winning at a 70 percent
clip.  For shame, for shame.... -- Hart Crane

Philthy -- What the **** are you talkin about???????????  I've never said anything to
anybody here!!!!!!!!!  I've never asked for any war nor am I looking for one!!!!!!
You told me you challenged my warriors and then you talk smack to other mgrs.!!!!!  I
hope they grind you into the ground!!!!!!!!! -- Ikillu

Stik -- I don't know what the heck Philth is talking about.  I must apologize for his
actions.  I did not come to this arena for a war with anybody. -- Ikillu

Sir Steel -- You sure talk a lot; can you back it up? -- Shaman, mgr. Lakota

Assur -- Good to see you do you still run in Talcama. -- Shaman

Philthy Phil -- You also talk a lot, can I get on your list?  If you are ninth in
command, but I thought there where only four or five of you guys, really puts you
down on the list doesn't it? -- Shaman

Filth -- Yer supposed to rub the soap all over yer body, not eat it! -- Disgusted
P.S.  Yer p.a's stink about as much as you do, you stupid moron.

Bulgakov -- Now that felt good, even if you did make it close at the end.  You had
been a Loon that had escaped us until now. -- Shaman

Sherwood -- And another Loon goes down....  The style matchup was interesting.  It
always feels good when you can take down, well anybody, but especially someone with
twice the number of fights you have.  So much for experience. -- Dream

Crow Bar -- Yeah, I didn't think that was going to be a good matchup.  Not good at
all. -- Raker

Flamingo -- A favorable style matchup.  I doubt it helps you much, but you can tell
your boss that I learned a lot of what I know about this style from watching his
guys/birds/monkeys/reptiles/whatever.  No, that probably doesn't take the dents out
of your armor or replace torn feathers, but it is amusing. -- Black Tiger

Wait!  Wait!  But...but...I BEAT Misashi San!  How can you make me fight under the
lights after WINNING my last fight??!!  Was it just because I overslept that last
turn?  It was an accident, she....  No--there was no she!  I wasn't out late the
night before!  I was up late practicing!  Practicing!  And it helped--I beat Misashi
San! -- Hooligan, who learned the lesson that you should never oversleep your fights
and miss turns, particularly when learning nothing when you do show up on time.

Nomad -- Well played, of late.  Blades UP!! -- Stik

Ah, Mr. Sir Steel sir -- I wouldn't gripe too loudly about kill ratios with the one
you're sporting, it's almost as bad as mine.  Must be the holiday season or
something, but I just can't get my guys to finish the job lately, no matter what the
strat sheet says.  Ardivent does look like a cut above most Andorian knitting
circles, but I'll take Sunset, Talcama, or Mordant any day. -- Stik
P.S.  And I only take the Golden Longsword out on special occasions, a visit to
Chimlevtal not being one of those!

Dearest Phillip -- Tsk, tsk, such venom...Didn't ask for a welcome?  Cool, it's
withdrawn.  I'm not too worried about my "tenure" here, loudmouth vile-spewing types
like yourself tend to come and go with the wind in this game, and I'll still be here.
You and your mystery counterpart (Private Ike, I take it, not too tough to figure
out) can 'rage for my blood' all you want (why do I picture Will Ferrell in a phone
booth, for some reason?).  My dance card's always open if you can get any of your
puds in range.  And I just killed off one for you, so there you go.  Do your worst,

pigpen.  Oh, and I won't be responding to any more of your comments, I'll just let
you amuse me and the rest of the arena with your junior high bits, and do the talking
on the sand. -- Stik

Brutus -- Nice try, big guy, come back when you've got some skills. -- Bravos

Duelmaster Swimming -- And I was avoiding, too.  Guess you big bad bashers eat us big
bad slashers for breakfast. -- Bonedust, just looking to stay in the C.C.'s

Mushiku Bo -- Not the results I was hoping for, but I do thank you most kindly for
the skills! -- Vulge

10 November 2006
     The Quest of the Best has come to an end.  Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest,
wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners.
     Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the
Quest.  Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in
the dust.  Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink)
     Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions:

1)  Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls
2)  Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts!
3)  Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts
4)  D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen
5)  Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation
6)  Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders
7)  D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights
8)  D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights
9)  The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion
10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair

     Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the
managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their
butt handed to them.
                                                           Respect to All.
                                                           Quest #1 host,
                                                           Dark Knight Toker

14 November 2006
                                      A Tale of
                        Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution
                                     as told by
                                Hammer the WordSmith

     SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the
lingering wisps of memory from days gone by.
     From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and
flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources
of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation.
     Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness
embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the
influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time
and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence
     The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that
spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had
metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and
paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet
posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times.
     Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings
possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities
presently past and future.
     Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the
corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the
sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93.
     The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi
faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever
instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch
that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory
and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the
virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered
their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the
sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant
gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior
and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy.
     Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the
reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of
gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and
gallantry before.
     Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers
numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing
the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of
visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike.
     History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded
to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new
arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants
pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades
and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes.
     Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the
gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly
divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens
determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and
olden legends of times lost.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located
SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy,
yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena!
     "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he
sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is
nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the
arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded
mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch
     Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already
deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High
Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and
depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81.
     Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable
candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind.
     From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by
     Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising
stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn.
     Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the
hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand.  Future events would lend
themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was
now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for
     Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the
worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New
Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM
28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!]
     Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the
sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for
fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena.
     After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then
another group of hopefuls.  After lengthy debate a third was cast aside.  Deciding
between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected
candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could
live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered
out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial
     The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other
managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney-
worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney
experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such
matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and
now it was time to begin their training.  The paperwork had been dispatched for
registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which
preparation was paramount!
     Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being
offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney
     Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial
community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to
escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red!
     Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No-
Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously
increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up
stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly
     Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could
for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his
     When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each
Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in
the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night.
     These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had
they fallen into the possession of most other managers!
     Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than
being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney
     Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than
for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!]
     Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace!
         [TIME JUMP]
     Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting!
     Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered
such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81
[recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli
Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon
     The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS
stable managed by Sweety Pie.  Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was
seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena!
     Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and
KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission.
     Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and
longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus]
had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE.
     Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No-
Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission.
Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it
the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute
Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari!
     Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION.
     Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF
BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm.
     Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and
RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf.
     Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with
     Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a
penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!]
     Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to
registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!]
     Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a
stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in
     Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and
Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to
officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena.
     COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending
stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as
to their intentions.
     Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New
Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was
anybody's guess at the present time!]
     Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and
alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating
with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena
was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None!
had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors
rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by!
       JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans
join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between
some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!]
                 "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper"
                                          Minister of War

30 November 2006
NEED A TURF WAR ALLIANCE??  Master Beru, Wretch, Reaper, and Xoan have come together
to form an Alliance for the TURF WAR in DM47 with no regards for experience in
competitions or even the game.  If you want to enjoy the thrills of the competition,
we have space for up to three more managers.  Contact Master Beru at
d_spinella@msn.com for more information or send a note to Master Beru at DM 29--Army
of Darkness.  If you are interested, we need to move quickly, since the contest
starts in January and there are a few requirements to meet to participate.  May your
blades find the chinks in your enemy's armor. -- Master Beru

6 December 2006

As an American I honor my cultural heritage by stealing any good idea.  This idea was
originally proposed by Lord Xiang in November 2005.  RSI will be opening the arena
(81) for teams willing to sign the following pledge:

*  I pledge that I will not send warriors from this arena to a Tournament, nor will I
   use a Tournament prize on a warrior from this arena.
*  I pledge to run a full team when I run turns in this arena.  If circumstances
   preclude my running less than a full team I will notify the Player Committee.
*  I agree to abide by the decisions of the Player Committee.
*  I understand that any warrior that participates in a Tournament shall be sent to

   the Dark Arena until they are dead.
*  I understand that any warrior that receives a Tournament prize shall be send to
   the Dark Arena until they are dead.

The following are the rules for joining this No-Tournament arena
1.  No tournament play for warriors in this arena (Dead tournament or otherwise).
2.  One team per manager.
3.  Teams start with new rollup (or a zero fight equivalent team is transferred into
    this arena.)
4.  No tourney prizes allowed to modify warriors in the arena.
5.  Twenty teams required, per RSI.
6.  Waivers are required to allow self-regulation on tourney ban, granting RSI
    authority to Dark Arena any warrior that participates in a Tournament (until the
    warrior is dead).
7.  Rotating council to enforce tourney ban and maintain arena integrity.

The main purpose of the Player Committee is to maintain fair play in the arena:
*  Warriors that participate in Tournaments will be sent to the Dark Arena until they
   are dead.  This means that the Player Committee has the power to send another
   player's warrior to the Dark Arena
*  Managers that abuse the rules of the Arena may be banned/transferred from the

The player with the most votes for Chairman will fill slot 1 [Chairperson] and that
term expires end of March 2007.
The player with the most votes overall will fill slot 5 and that term expires end of
November 2007.
The player with the second most votes overall will fill slot 4 and that term expires
end of September 2007.
The player with the third most votes overall will fill slot 3 and that term expires
end of November 2007.
The player with the fourth most votes overall will fill slot 2 and that term expires
end of May 2007.

During the month that the chairperson's term expires the Player Committee will select
one of the remaining 4 players to be the next chairperson.  During the month that any
member's term expires the arena will vote for a different player to join the Players'

If you want to be a candidate for the player committee:
1.  Post a message in the Duel2 Forum at
2.  E-Mail Deke at DekeYoung@Comcast.NET
3.  Send a Diplomatic Note to Doc LeGrand's Lab [ARENA 81]

There are 4 steps to joining this arena
1) Send in a new team rollup to RSI with the following pledge taped/stapled to the
rollup sheet, or transfer a ZERO FIGHT EQUIVALENT TEAM to Arena 81 and send RSI the
following form.

No-Tournament Arena (81)
*  I pledge that I will not send warriors from this team to a Tournament, nor will I
   use a Tournament prize on a warrior from this team.
*  I pledge to run a full team when I run turns in this arena.  If circumstances
   preclude my running less than a full team I will notify the Player Committee.
*  I agree to abide by the decisions of the Player Committee.
*  I understand that any warrior that participates in a Tournament shall be sent to
   the Dark Arena until they are dead.
*  I understand that any warrior that receives a Tournament prize shall be send to
   the Dark Arena until they are dead.

[Sign your name here ..............................................................]

2) [Optional] post a message on the Duel 2 Forums in the Creating a No-Tournament
   Arena thread
3) [Optional] send an e-mail to DekeYoung@Comcast.NET with your team name
4) [Optional] Send a Diplomatic Note to Doc LeGrand's Lab in Arena 81 with your team
   name and intent to join Arena 81 and abide by the Arena rules.

     RSI will be processing overviews for this arena as soon as you send them into
     The first turn will run in January 2007.  This will be a normal speed arena.
     While I am encouraging everyone to use TEAM MAINTENANCE it is not mandatory.
The intent is that players that run turns will run a full team.  One warrior teams
are discouraged and will a topic for the Player Committee to resolve.
     I also encourage players to join the Duel2 Yahoo Group for faster updates and
feedback.  http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/duel/

There are already 29 managers already committed to the project
x    Apex = CAROLINA BLUE -- Cf PC -- Cf PCC
x    Bill (I think this is the same person) = CLUB CUTTHROAT
x    Blackstorm = DARK ENCLAVE -- Cf PC
     Master Darque = DARQUE AGES
x    DeGotti = CULT OF BACCHUS
x    Drake = DRAKE'S HARDWARE -- Cf PC
     Grimm = FURRY FURY
     Ikillu = BATTLE GRUNTS
x    Indimar = AS SEEN ON TV II
x    Kat = KATHOUSE
x    Kellumbo = KELLUMBO'S KIDS
x    Le Pentarque = LA PENTARCHIE
x    Master Beru = CHILDHOOD HEROES -- Cf PC
x    Pauly = ALE HOUSE MERCS
     Ragnarokwolf = RAGNAROK'S WOLVES
x    Rillon = THE DRAUGS
x    Roadkill = STREET WALKERS
     Seraphim = LEGION OF SOLITUDE
x    Terminator = WARMASTERS
x    The Consortium = LIFE IMPACTS -- Cf PC -- Cf PCC

X  = 17 Team Rollups received by RSI as of 29 November 2006
Cf = Candidate for
PC = Player Committee
PCC = Player Committee Chairperson

     Deke Young will not be part of the inaugural Player Committee, maybe later once
the Arena direction has been developed.
     Any questions can be directed to DekeYoung@Comcast.NET
     I will track Awards in Arena 81, which will be posted on a web site and included
in the following turn's newsletter.

The Honor of Sunset Award:
     The first team to reach 10 Team Kills.  In the case that there is more than one
team that achieves 10 Team Kills on the same turn, I will pay the Award to the team
with the most kills.  If two or more teams are tied for Team Kills, I will prolong
the contest until one team has the most Kills in the Arena (it does not have to be
one of the teams that first reached 10 Team Kills.)

The Race to Victory Award:
     The first team to reach 75 Team Wins.  In the case that there is more than one
team that reaches 75 Team wins on the same turn, I will pay the Award to the team
with the most wins.  If two or more teams are tied for Team Wins, I will prolong the
contest until one team has the most wins in the Arena (it does not have to be one of
the teams that first reached 75 Team Wins.)

The Commitment to Change Award:
     The first team to reach 125 Team Fights.  In the case that there is more than
one team that reaches 125 Team Fights on the same turn, I will pay the Award to the
team with the most fights.  If two or more teams are tied for Team Fights, I will
prolong the contest until one team has the most fights in the Arena (it does not have
to be one of the teams that first reached 125 Team Fights.)  I hope I never give out
this award {figure it out on your own.}

The Team Advancement Award:
     The first team to graduate 5 warriors to ADM.  In the case that there is more
than 1 team that graduates 5 warriors on the same turn, I will pay the Award to the
first team to graduate 6 warriors.  In the case that there is more than 1 team that
graduates 6 warriors on the same turn, I will pay the Award to the first team to
graduate 7 warriors, and so on.

The Iron Throne Award:
     The first team to hold the Duelmaster for 10 turns STARTING ON TURN 11.

The Stylemaster Award.
     The first team to hold the Stylemaster Award in 7 different styles, STARTING ON
TURN 11.  If two teams obtain Stylemaster Awards in 7 styles on the same turn, the
goal will be increased to 8 Styles.

Team Recognition Points:  The total recognition points for all warriors in the arena
The Iron Throne Ledger:  We will track who has been the Duelmaster every turn in
     Arena history.
Iron Throne Counter:  The total number of times a team has been the Duelmaster.
Composite Team Stylemaster awards:  The number of times a team has had any of the 10
     Stylemasters.  Having 2 Stylemasters = 2 points that turn.
Challenge win percentage:  How often your warriors win when they challenge.
Challenge Defender rate:  How often your warriors win when they WERE challenged.
Team Invitations:  Number of warriors graduated to ADM.
Team Graduation Rate:  Total team fights/Graduated Warriors.
Team Kill Percentage:  Total of team Kills/Team Fights
Team Death Percentage:  Total of Team Deaths/Team Fights
Team Revenge Rate: Number of Deaths/BloodFeuds Revenged (Note that the Dark Arena
     will be counted as not-revenged.)  You only get credit for one successful
     BloodFeud per death (though I encourage you to BloodFeud all 4 turns.)
Current Win Streaks:  Warriors that have gone the most turns without losing or
     missing a turn.
Team Yahtzee counter:  Number of times a team has gone 5-0 in a turn.
Team Bagel counter:  Number of times a team has fought without a win.
Team Dark Arena counter:  Number of times each team has used the Dark Arena.
The Most Feared (avoided) Team counter:  Number of turns that team was the most
     avoided team.

     We will create a web page just for Arena 81 category leaders.
     Hope to see you there. -- Deke

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HOOLIGAN was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
IDONTWANNALIVE was barely slain by MR. TWISTER in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
GREY GROUSE was easily killed by QUICKSILVER in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
BLEDD was assassinated by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
HART CRANE was devastated by SWIMMING in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title fight.
BONEDUST devastated BULGAKOV in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven Challenge brawl.
FLAMING FLAMINGO was overpowered by BLACK TIGER in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
WEST WIND was overpowered by CROW BAR in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
VIOLENT PACIFICATION outwaited SHAMAN in a crowd boring 22 minute gory Challenge duel.
VULGE lost to MOLTEN METAL in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
BLESSED BLUEJAY was overpowered by SHERWOOD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
GENGHIS TRON savagely defeated CONRAD in a exciting 3 minute bloody Challenge match.
RED ROBIN overcame LURKER in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
THE LEPER demolished SYENDRAD in a popular 5 minute mismatched Challenge match.
CHASSIS was handily defeated by WICCAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge conflict.
VOLLEYBALL vanquished MUSHIKU BO in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
CROUCHING HAMSTER vanquished HAMSUN in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
JACKAL was devastated by NERVE RAKER in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
DR. DREAM was narrowly defeated by ROAD RUNNER in a tiresome 15 minute match.
VENGEFUL VULTURE was beaten by BAD HANDWRITING in a 2 minute match.
BRAVOS overpowered VINCENT in a crowd pleasing 6 minute gory mismatched conflict.
LEAD defeated BUBONIC BEN in a 2 minute duel.
GRAVEYARD TAN subdued MEGA ROKU in a 3 minute bout.
MISASHI SAN unbelievably bested SILVERBLEED in a action packed 1 minute bloody duel.
LITTLE FLOWER was assassinated by RED BRIGADE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SHAKA CONNIE was savagely defeated by BLOODLUST in a popular 4 minute novice's duel.
DRIVE BY SAMURI was overpowered by SUNSHINE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
NETHERBORN was vanquished by DARLA in a 1 minute uneven bout.
DUNG handily defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         TOTAL PARRY       34 -  16 -  0      68  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         AIMED BLOW        18 -  12 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         WALL OF STEEL     26 -  21 -  1      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  15 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  20 -  0      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  28 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    46 -  57 -  3      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK   29 -  40 -  2      42  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  38 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  23 -  1      38  |

Turn 549 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 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  6         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  8         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   SWIMMING 5693              13   6  0  119 SPORTS (497)
SLASHING ATTACK  BONEDUST 6098              20  18  0   98 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
STRIKING ATTACK  BLACK TIGER 1705           10   7  0   91 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VIOLENT PACIFICATION 6180  17   8  0   84 D.R.I. (536)
WALL OF STEEL    BULGAKOV 6244              13   7  1   69 LITERATE LOONS (538)
LUNGING ATTACK   CROUCHING HAMSTER 6184     14  12  1   68 D.R.I. (536)
AIMED BLOW       BRAVOS 6368                 5   2  0   60 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
PARRY-LUNGE      GRAVEYARD TAN 6278         11   4  0   50 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SHERWOOD 6208.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SYENDRAD 6406.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLOODLUST 6402, GENGHIS 

The least popular fighter this week was VIOLENT PACIFICATION 6180.  The other ten 
least popular fighters were SHAMAN 1706, ROAD RUNNER 6237, VINCENT 6324, THE LEPER 
DR. DREAM 1709, and HAMSUN 6289.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


                            JANUARY FACE-TO-FACE IN TEMPE!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2007.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free 
airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 
before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and several people 
were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.)  Look for 
transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to it and that we will see you there!