Date   : 01/06/2012    Duedate: 02/02/2012


DM-28    TURN-341

This Weeks Top Honors



Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader

                               DREW'S BOYS (428)
                               (28-3727) [3-2-1,37]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MADELINE                       DIAPER BAG
DODGE BULLETS (126)            DREW'S BOYS (428)
(28-4710) [17-19-0,82]         (28-3728) [3-4-0,27]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)       38
2. THE DEATH LORDS (507)       25      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. DREW'S BOYS (428)           24      Unchartered Team
4. DODGE BULLETS (126)         17
5. ISIS PTAH (536)              9      MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*DREAD EMPIRE (523)         5   1  0 83.3   1/ 1 DODGE BULLETS (126)      11  4 1
 2/ 2 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)    120  65  4 64.9   2/ 2 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     9  3 0
 3/ 3 MY GENERATION (533)       36  21  1 63.2   3/ 3 STEEL AND SILK (495)      7  8 0
 4- 4 THE PENTARCHY (397)      417 253 13 62.2   4/ 8*DREW'S BOYS (428)         6  4 0
 5/ 0*MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)      3   2  0 60.0   5- 5 THE PENTARCHY (397)       5  0 0
 6/ 5*ISIS PTAH (536)           24  21  0 53.3   6/12 THE DEATH LORDS (507)     5  5 0
 7- 6 PHANTACITY (480)         134 120 10 52.8   7- 4 PHANTACITY (480)          4  6 0
 8/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)      451 448 14 50.2   8/ 9 MY GENERATION (533)       4  6 0
 9- 8 ZULU NATION (501)         71  75  9 48.6   9/ 0*MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)     3  2 0
10/ 9 STEEL AND SILK (495)     157 177  4 47.0  10/ 6*BIZARRO SQUAD (537)       3  7 0
11/10 THE DEATH LORDS (507)     28  32  0 46.7  11/ 7*ISIS PTAH (536)           3 12 0
12/11*DREW'S BOYS (428)         13  17  1 43.3  12-10*DREAD EMPIRE (523)        2  0 0
13/12*BIZARRO SQUAD (537)        5   9  1 35.7  13-11 ZULU NATION (501)         2  2 1

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                              ---===SLOW ARENA NEWS===---

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): NORM QUESHA of MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): ZOUM LA BOUSE of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): DIANGELIQUE of DARQUE FORCES V (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 60): VODI of OLLIS HEROES (Omega, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): DUTCH TREAT of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 60): OLDIES (Coach, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): SPARF! et al (Crip, mgrs.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): 451 DEGREES of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
                (turn 290): HOT STUFF of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 267): UNCLE FESTUS of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, I pulled it off through Brute FE, but now I've got to go.  *sigh*  Funny
thing is, I'm the least skilled of Michael's grads but the only one to hold the
throne for more than one turn--consecutive or not.
     I took down Taxes like a striker, but considering my slightly odd review,
Michael asked me to point out my faves:

     * Short Spear
     * Defensive skills
     * Low offensive (what?!)
     * High activity

     I'm 21-5(7)-8-11(13)-17(19)-15(17)-7(9) with Great endurance and damage.  I
scraped by with an AdEx in attack and an Ex in initiative.
     I'm not likely to see a lot of action on the Isle, so let me thank you all for
the great competition, and here's to the next Duelmaster!

                                          -- Pyrite

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  For every winner there is a loser.  Speaking of losers, lets take a 
look at BIZARRO SQUAD, who went down to 6th from 10th.  Life is tough.  Coming up 
with a solid 3-2-0 outing, THE DEATH LORDS has advanced 6 places in the rankings.  
Hey everybody, watch out for MADELINE, who flew up 15 points in the rankings after 
mashing FUNKY CHICKEN like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And falling like a 
basher in the top ten was AHRIMAN, who dropped 12 points after a disappointing (to 
say the least) bout with SPIDER.  Well here's a duelmaster that doesn't sit back and 
say 'Challenge me'!  PYRITE made a Dark Arena Challenge against MOUNTAIN TROLL this 
week.  The crowds were amazed this turn, as MOUNTAIN TROLL killed the Duelmaster, 
PYRITE, leaving STEEL AND SILK in mourning.  4 out of 5 gladiators surveyed protect 
the body, so try and avoid aiming at that location.   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
afraid of the big bad THE PENTARCHY.  Tra la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  
Well, unsling your rasberries, cause THE DEATH LORDS beats feet every time THE 
PENTARCHY smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were 
votes, MR BOOK would be president.  Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to 
win.  Well, it looks like GARROT wasn't happy with last turn's rank, so he went for 
broke by challenging up 26 points.  No guts, no glory.  This week GARROT 7-14-0 
fought POSTAGE 20-9-1 and in losing gained 2 points.  I know several gladiators who 
could go for a few fights like that.  In a mismatch, our friend HADES of THE DEATH 
LORDS got heroic notions and challenged POP TARGET.  What did it get him?  A 6-2-0 
record, that's what.  I heard HADES laughed all the way to the inn as his new point 
total of 54 was posted in the arena.  I guess beating POP TARGET really pays!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Here's some advice:  warriors 
with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, there's the manager of the MORYA giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  
Good luck in next week's fights.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  
Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown 

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LILY OF SARMATIA 4775        15  10  0    95       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 TAXES 4795                   11   3  0    95       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POSTAGE 4750                 20   9  1    88       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-CALL OF THE SEA 4687          5   1  0    83       DREAD EMPIRE (523)
 MADELINE 4710                17  19  0    82       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538          10  15  1    79       ZULU NATION (501)
-ZOD 4525                     15  10  1    72       ZULU NATION (501)
-VRTOGLAVA 4684               12   5  0    68       PHANTACITY (480)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLGATE SMILE 4812           10   2  0    66       MY GENERATION (533)
 GARROT 4777                   7  14  0    62       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAPEX 4833                    8   3  3    59       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 FUNKY CHICKEN 4816            9   5  0    57       MY GENERATION (533)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPIDER 4840                   5   8  0    56       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 HADES 4846                    6   2  0    54       THE DEATH LORDS (507)
 GOPHER BROKE 4821            10   9  1    50       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 HONG KONG FOOEY 4834          7   3  0    44       MY GENERATION (533)
-GOUM 4844                     3   3  1    42       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 BOMBYCINUS MORS 4879          4   3  1    41       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 POP TARGET 4817              10  10  0    40       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 BOTTLE BOY 3727               3   2  1    37       DREW'S BOYS (428)
 TEDDY BEAR 3730               2   3  0    36       DREW'S BOYS (428)
 AHRIMAN 4545                  5   7  0    35       THE DEATH LORDS (507)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KALI 4877                     3   2  0    32       THE DEATH LORDS (507)
 CASANOVA 4886                 2   1  0    32       BIZARRO SQUAD (537)
 DRUJ NASU 4547                7   5  0    31       THE DEATH LORDS (507)
-ZAB 4729                      5   2  0    30       ZULU NATION (501)
 MR BOOK 3731                  3   4  0    29       DREW'S BOYS (428)
-BRZ 4801                      5   2  0    28       PHANTACITY (480)
 BOUDICCA 4871                 5   4  0    27       ISIS PTAH (536)
 DIAPER BAG 3728               3   4  0    27       DREW'S BOYS (428)
-ZIGGY (DARKFACE) 4716         2   5  2    26       ZULU NATION (501)
-ACCRUED INTEREST 4796         5   5  0    25       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 XI CRYSTAL 4872               5   4  0    24       ISIS PTAH (536)
 SHAKA ZULU 4874               5   4  0    24       ISIS PTAH (536)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YAN LO 4546                   4   8  0    22       THE DEATH LORDS (507)
-I'M JUST A BILL 4815          3   2  0    21       MY GENERATION (533)
 SIRDAR 4873                   5   4  0    19       ISIS PTAH (536)
 AUTUMN LEAVES 4889            4   3  1    19       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 BINKY 4495                    1   1  0    18       DREW'S BOYS (428)
-BRONCHITE 4870                1   0  0    16       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-BOCNI 4797                    3   4  0    15       PHANTACITY (480)
 ALEXIS 4907                   1   0  0    15       MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)
-SUNET 4899                    1   1  0    14       PHANTACITY (480)
 SESOSTRIS 4901                1   2  0    14       ISIS PTAH (536)
-SHUPALJ 4800                  3   4  0    13       PHANTACITY (480)
 SOFTWARE 4878                 2   5  0    13       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-TETE DE LARD 4876             1   0  0    13       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 GEE 4905                      1   0  0    13       MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)
 TODD MAYES 4883               2   2  1    11       BIZARRO SQUAD (537)
 ANNA KARENINA 4903            2   1  0     9       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-ZTL 4891                      1   0  0     9       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 KEY 4904                      1   0  0     8       MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)
-LADY BIZARRO 4884             0   2  0     2       BIZARRO SQUAD (537)
-COUNT BIZARRO 4882            0   2  0     2       BIZARRO SQUAD (537)
 TOBY 4908                     0   1  0     1       MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)
 ARTELIA 4906                  0   1  0     1       MAYHEMS MINIONS (540)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
NOLA DIMPLES 4885       1  2 0 BIZARRO SQUAD 537    AUTUMN LEAVES 4889    341   
EDEN REGAL 4875         3  3 0 ISIS PTAH 536        CAPEX 4833            338   
PYRITE 4698            19 14 0 STEEL AND SILK 495   MOUNTAIN TROLL        341  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pyrite -- A hot Duelmaster and Lord Protector!  Kudos! -- Finance Manager
P.S.  I guess he WAS DM material, Michael.

The Pentarchy with a fine 4-0!  Going to be a force in Tempe. -- Finance Manager

I'm Just A Bill from My Generation -- I keep thinking you are one of my expense
accounts.  Love the name. -- Finance Manager

Charlie Rankin -- Loved Bizarro's, especially the half-price drinks.  We all need to
spend less these days.  Nice place; glad to have it in Morya. -- Finance Manager

Kali -- That seemed to be quite an unfair experience match up the MUGS gave you, but
I must admit I needed the win.  Luck at you henceforth. -- Capex

Pyrite -- I bow to a better champion. -- Taxes
P.S.  Watch out in the future as I am sicking the auditors on you!

XI Crystal -- Nothing personal, you know.  You were there.  You were a style I
thought I had a chance with.  You had more experience so should teach me well.  As it
is, I won.  Thankfully.  (for me) -- Software

Garrot -- Thanks for the challenge and the long, slow dance.  You can tap in on me
anytime.  (wink) -- Postage (Which is going to get slower in the Spring.)

Happy New Year to all.  May 2012 be an enjoyable and profitable year for each and
every one of you. -- Finance Manager

Sunet -- You fought well and thaught me a new trick or two.  Perhaps next time we
dance you can borrow my weapon. -- Hades

Vrtoglava -- You are a stern teacher.  I don't know if I can handle another lesson
like that. -- Ahriman

Bottle Boy -- Your days are numbered, Shew.  One of my brothers will be coming to cut
you down to size. -- Yan Lo

Capex -- Talk about a rotten draw!  Next time we meet I'll snap that quarterstaff in
two and beat YOU over the head with it. -- Kali

Bill -- I'be been waiting for my rematch for almost a full year.  YOu scum can cower
behind your shields and heavy armor, but even the toughest nuts can be cracked with a
big hammer. -- Druj Nasu

Autumn Leaves -- Slow down?  Hmmm, perhaps you are right.  Thanks, but I think I'm
gonna stick to tending my pub.  It was a nasty loss that Brz fellow dealt me.  Don't
know if'n I dhouls call him fellow, some kind of cat man that one is, a bit smelly
too. -- Count Bizaro

Bronchite -- Man, I though I had that one won.  Great fight man, you handed my first
defeat.  Oh yeah, by the way I challenged you this week, so we'll see how that goes.
Until then, you're a Dwarf and I like to drink so how about an ale.  Come on, first
round's on me. -- Todd Mayes

Boudicca -- I have reason to believe you are using performance enhancing spells.  You
drop me with one swing of your war hammer, and the size of you is ungodly. -- Lady

Autumn Leaves -- Ha ha, too right.  *smiling*  Though I don't agree with the soaking
in cold water, I've always preferred the squeezing method.  Practice will help most

anyone, still I'm always looking for the ones who are just born with it.  You seem
like a hard worker, if ever you find yourself out of a job with Jorja, come talk to
me. -- Charlie Rankin

Bizarro Squad -- Thanks for the donation of gold to help with Eden's Rose GArden.  If
you're inclined to send a diplo sometime feel free to do so.  I generally like
receiving diplos. -- Aesir Vanir, mgr Isis Ptah

Postage -- Gah!  Next time I bring the hammer and chisel.  If that doesn't do it,
just engrave my epitaph and let me die. -- Garrot

Funky Chicken -- I moved fast.  I struck true.  I got squashed. *sigh*  Hate when
that happens. -- Spider

Hong Kong Fooey -- Okay, I was wrong.  THAT was more painful. *wince* -- B. Mors
P.S.  I'm a woman pop, so I ain't your son. *smirk*

Shupalt -- Yeah, a little on the cheap side, but it made for a nice long dance, eh?
-- A. Karenia

Taxes -- No more taxes!  Woohoo! -- Pyrite, off to the Isle

All -- Hard to believe that we're already heading into a new year!  Looks like my
team gets a fifth kill if Pyrite wins next turn, and I'm proud to say Steel and
Silk's warriors have still never killed another manager's warrior.  Alright, time to
go.  Hope everyone made the most of the holidays! -- Michael Eldritch

A warm welcome to Mayhem's Minions.  Steer clear of a low flying trees. -- The Mad

All -- Good tidings to all of Morya!  I was hired to keep organization among these
ranks.  May the Gods help you divide these minions. -- Mgr. Mayhem

All -- As a boy growing up, I've always dreamed of being DM someday! -- Gee

All -- I say Chances make Champions, who is next? -- Key

All -- I am new to the arena.  Any good gossip? -- Alexis

All -- Get half off at Bizarro's, then meet me outside! -- Toby

All -- Looking for a few good men... to feed my horses! -- Artelia

Happy New Year!!  I took some holidays far from my mailbox, so I could miss this
turn, but Ill be back next month! -- Le Pentarque

Congrats, Pyrite!

We congratulate Pyrite and salute the tourney participants, all in one personal.
It's the economy, we just don't have enough electrons to go around. -- Jorja and the
Dodge Bullets band

Aesir Vanir -- Got your diplo.  I *hope* the Commission is forwarding you some
further information.  As to the handbooks mentioned in the article, well, it was an
old article.  Ten years?  Twelve?  Something like that.  The managers who produced
the handbooks back then are mostly no longer active, and for those handbooks of which
I have copies, I lack the time and resources to produce MORE copies and send 'em on.
Sorry, but I just can't do it.  What I can and will do is recommend, as strongly as
possible, that if you are still qualified as a "new manager" (I think the Commission
would agree to this but don't know for sure), put a team in dm 93, Noblish Island.
Noblish Island was intended, designed, and is run to show new managers a little of
what they can do.  A collection of ten consecutive Noblish Island newsletters is a
fair handbook in itself. -- Jorja
P.S.  If you don't qualify as a new manager, get a friend to sign up for Noblish
Island and copy his newsletters.

Charlie Rankin -- Well, if you ANNOUNCE your arrival, what else can I do but welcome
you?  People and teams who don't announce themselves I sometimes don't even NOTICE
until they've been here a while.  Sometimes it's all a blur for months. -- Jorja

Garrot -- It's okay, you can go ahead and hang on till you lose.  I don't mind.
Where I come from a woman who hasn't killed a man (Jorja frowns on that,
unfortunately, and won't let me head-hunt) isn't allowed to marry.  And while I have
no spouse in mind at the moment, well, there's nothing wrong with being prepared. --
Lily of Sarmatia

To defeat a Khalhums Dwarf is good.  We don't "go" for dwarves back home.  They
usually mean trouble. -- Lily of Sarmatia
P.S.  And they always fall off their horses, which is just ridiculous.

Call of the Sea -- Ah, let's get it straight here:  are you the call of a sea such as
the Storm and Trier, which are actually lakes, or of the true salty ocean which is so
far away I don't think anyone here could HEAR a call from it? -- Madeline

Sirdar -- Wow, a three-shotter!  Cool. -- Gopher Broke

Shaka Zulu -- Looks to me like the handicapper might be against you, son. -- Pop
P.S.  The handicappers who set up the random matches aren't SUPPOSED to bet on the
fights, but some do.

Teddy Bear -- I never liked your kind.  Beady-eyed, smirking.... -- Autumn Leaves

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PYRITE was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
GARROT was outwaited by POSTAGE in a monotonous 13 minute expert's Challenge battle.
SPIDER overpowered AHRIMAN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
DRUJ NASU was viciously subdued by GOPHER BROKE in a popular 1 minute Challenge fight.
BOMBYCINUS MORS devastated MR BOOK in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
HADES devastated POP TARGET in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
YAN LO unbelievably bested SOFTWARE in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
SIRDAR was vanquished by TEDDY BEAR in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CASANOVA overpowered ANNA KARENINA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
NOLA DIMPLES was savagely slain by AUTUMN LEAVES in a 2 minute brutal Challenge fight.
FUNKY CHICKEN was handily defeated by MADELINE in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
TAXES savagely defeated COLGATE SMILE in a 2 minute master's competition.
LILY OF SARMATIA demolished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
HONG KONG FOOEY viciously subdued BOUDICCA in a popular 1 minute gruesome conflict.
DIAPER BAG was defeated by KALI in a 3 minute expert vs. beginner upset struggle.
BOTTLE BOY bested SHAKA ZULU in a popular 1 minute brutal brawl.
BINKY subdued TODD MAYES in a 1 minute brutal bout.
XI CRYSTAL overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
SESOSTRIS devastated ARTELIA in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
KEY defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute novice's duel.
GEE overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven fray.
ALEXIS handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
TOBY was subdued by JAR JAR BINKS in a 3 minute gruesome novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  14 -  2      62  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         AIMED BLOW        19 -  13 -  0      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  20 -  4      58  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   37 -  34 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  21 -  2      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  22 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY       11 -  17 -  1      39  |

Turn 341 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  TAXES 4795                 11   3  0   95 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
TOTAL PARRY      POSTAGE 4750               20   9  1   88 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
WALL OF STEEL    COLGATE SMILE 4812         10   2  0   66 MY GENERATION (533)
BASHING ATTACK   GOPHER BROKE 4821          10   9  1   50 DODGE BULLETS (126)
LUNGING ATTACK   HONG KONG FOOEY 4834        7   3  0   44 MY GENERATION (533)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MADELINE 4710.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DIAPER BAG 3728.  The ten other most popular fighters were TAXES 4795, KALI 4877, 
MORS 4879, HADES 4846, TEDDY BEAR 3730, and AUTUMN LEAVES 4889.

The least popular fighter this week was POSTAGE 4750.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GARROT 4777, ARTELIA 4906, TODD MAYES 4883, BOUDICCA 4871, FUNKY 
CHICKEN 4816, ANNA KARENINA 4903, SIRDAR 4873, POP TARGET 4817, AHRIMAN 4545, and 
TOBY 4908.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

PYRITE (28-4698) STEEL AND SILK (495)

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!