DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/20/2005    Duedate: 05/03/2005

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-496

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SAVORY
SARATOGA GLORY (352)
(32-4143) [15-4-1,165]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SAVORY                         POSITION IS EMPTY
SARATOGA GLORY (352)           
(32-4143) [15-4-1,165]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BOATMAN KU                     TAD DEVILLE
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)        DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
(32-4130) [12-21-1,63]         (32-4140) [19-5-1,91]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE STORMLORDS (337)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SARATOGA GLORY (352)        81
2. FLAMING DEATH (347)          0      SARATOGA GLORY (352)
3. FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)     -3      Unchartered Team
4. THE STORMLORDS (337)       -10
5. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)      -29      MISSSPELLED (314)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*FLAMING DEATH (347)        7   1  0 87.5   1/ 1 THE STORMLORDS (337)      9  6 0
 2/ 2 SARATOGA GLORY (352)     102  43 10 70.3   2/ 3 SARATOGA GLORY (352)      8  6 1
 3/ 4 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    780 462 40 62.8   3/ 2 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     7  8 0
 4/ 5 THE STORMLORDS (337)     109  90 10 54.8   4/ 5 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   5 10 0
 5/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  337 488 10 40.8   5- 4*FLAMING DEATH (347)       3  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 513): TOP CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 513): DREB 3 of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 507): STALKING HORSE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 509): O. PUN PLEEZJ of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 508): DARON EL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 506): TMARACK of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 253): BALDER of VALHALLA (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 498): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 251): REZOS THE THRACIAN of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 495): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 493): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 486): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 449): TIRO CUCKOO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 228): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 222): LEVIATHAN OF LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 209): FENDER GRALE of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 374): MACHINE of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 353): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 158): ABASHI of BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 399): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 513): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 513): FORCE OF NATURE (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 507): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 509): DAGGERS EDGE (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 508): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 506): VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 253): VALHALLA (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 498): BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 251): NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 495): THE STORMLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 493): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 486): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 449): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 228): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 222): BLACK STORM (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 209): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 374): RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 353): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 158): BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 399): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 513): T. ZER of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
              (turn 512): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 512): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 506): BATTERY of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 253): BALDER of VALHALLA (KAT, mgr.)
              (turn 252): MAXIMUS DECIMUS of NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
                          LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 251): REZOS THE THRACIAN of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               TRASHIUS of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
                               ABYSSINIAN of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 495): DIETER KWAN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                          LIL ETH of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                          PICKLED PIGSKIN of BUFFY'S DINER (Alfredo Frothingslosh)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 485): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 449): TIRO CUCKOO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 228): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 158): ABASHI of BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)
                (turn 157): CHINESE SIMIAN of K.B.W.F II (Polarius, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly ARVAT games.  S. MOE DIUS caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested FREKI and was awarded 17 points 
in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, S. MOE DIUS put down FREKI, 
causing him to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  Although BASKERVOLE 
made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious SAVORY.  
Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without 
pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  I saw one fighter that warriors 
avoided when this week's challenge seeking began.  DEVIL ADVOCATES is feared.  This 
much I can say.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent 
the better part of last week avoiding DEVIL ADVOCATES.  Indeed it was DEVIL 
ADVOCATES.  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the 
knowledge that many fighters are after LITTLE RAINBOW.  Watch your back!  A match 
that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that SILVER TRAIN posted 
a TV challenge against the more highly recognized BOATMAN KU.  The results, you ask?  
Well, the firebrand SILVER TRAIN won victory over BOATMAN KU.  Remember warriors, 
this is the discipline of steel.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Look no more for LIL ETH in the arena or on the streets of ARVAT.  
Hers fate was sealed in the Dark Arena.  Inevitable for one at 24-9-2.  Was I the 
only one shocked to see the well respected fighter LIL ETH (24-9-2) appear on the 
sands of the Dark Arena?  She is now dead.  This week marked the last days of DIETER 
KWAN who at 23-11-0 was dispatched to the Dark Arena by the command of DEVIL 
ADVOCATES' demanding management.  Some guilds are strict but few are as heartless as 
DEVIL ADVOCATES.  Witness, last turn they sent DIETER KWAN, a 23-11-0 fighter, to the 
Dark Arena!  Strange what qualities come forth in the face of certain doom.  
THUNDERING CREEK has the town astir with the news of his Dark Arena victory!  Dark 
alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there is only the 
brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in ARVAT.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, 
indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await 
me!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and 
harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAVORY 4143                  15   4  1   165       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITTLE RAINBOW 4146          17   7  0   107       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 BASKERVOLE 4071              16  45  0    98       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 SENSOO O SURU 3979           21  14  0    92       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 TAD DEVILLE 4140             19   5  1    91       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975          20  19  1    89       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 TASSALTER 4112                9  29  0    82       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 SILVER TRAIN 4170             6   0  0    82       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOATMAN KU 4130              12  21  1    63       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IZUSU TROOPER 4062            5   0  0    58       FLAMING DEATH (347)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHARON 4103                   7   2  0    50       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 LOGGERHEAD 4149              11  10  0    43       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THUNDERING CREEK 4189         1   0  1    33       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 STRATOSTAR 4173               4   2  0    26       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 THOR 4169                     3   4  0    25       THE STORMLORDS (337)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 S. MOE DIUS 4180              1   3  0    20       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-YUGO CV 4066                  1   0  0    12       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 FREKI 4179                    3   1  0    10       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-VW BEETLE 4064                1   0  0     6       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 LOU CYPHER 4188               1   2  0     5       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DARK CHAMPION 333      0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          THUNDERING CREEK 4189 496 NONE    
LIL ETH 4093          24 10 2 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   SPYMASTER 331         496 NONE    
DIETER KWAN 4092      23 12 0 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   SHEWISH GIANT 330     496 NONE    
THE STATE 4190         0  1 0 SARATOGA GLORY 352    BANDIT PRINCE 334     496 NONE    
DEATH KNIGHT 4104      2  3 2 THE STORMLORDS 337    DAHLGREN 4132         492 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Congrats to those who have earned their Lord Protector title and immortality! -- The
Stormlords

The most popular style was PR?!  Sure, its a small arena, but how cool is that! --
The Stormlords

Savory -- Please challenge someone else.  Thanks. -- Sensoo O Suru

Baskervole -- I was not suffering from an input error.  Congrats.  Obsidian Golem
says the same.  Now graduate please. -- Sensoo O Suru

Dahlgren -- If you don't show this turn, you will be placed on our "to kill" list. --
The Stormlords

Arvat -- Time to beat the drums and get the word out that the 500th cycle is rapidly
approaching!  Fifteen teams is our goal!! -- The Stormlords

Savory -- That was actually an unsavory thing to do.  I'm not complaining, mind you,
since I *did* survive it, but still. -- Little Rainbow
P.S.  What, my record is impressive?  (pause to check)  Hey, it IS!  That in the eye
for Jorja, then!

Silver Train -- Is that like a gravy train? -- Loggerhead

Obsidian Golem -- Tricky, very tricky.  You resist the most ferocious blows that come
directly at you, the oblique ones just skitter off, I finally had to ricochet my
blows off the wall of the arena to chip your stony hide.  Whew!  Hard work, that.  If
you weren't a golem, I'd invite you out for a beer. -- Baskervole

Lil Eth -- Women just don't understand the proper behavior in boats. -- Boatman Ku

Dieter Kwan -- We at Fisherman's Wharf are so GLAD to see that you and Lil Eth are
graduating.  Take the fast stage, and don't come back! -- Tassalter, usually not this
rude, but being hit on the elbow will do it to anyone

All -- Farewell, it was fun! -- Dicter and Lil

The Icelord -- A weekend of swilling, feasting and gaming sounds great.  How do I get
in on it? (grin) -- The Dark One

Jorea -- Sorry bout all the challenges.  It's tough when there's NO ONE else to
fight.  Well, now yours are all up top and we're gonna be down low, so your folks
will get a break! -- Devil Advocates

28 March 2005
Is there anybody in the DM game who is incarcerated that has had to litigate in order
to continue playing?  Or anyone in the free world who may be able to help me with
case law or legal advice?  The Administration has already taken "D&D type games" from
us once (though I recently had that decision overturned).  I believe it's only a
matter of time before they try it again and I am prepared to file a lawsuit if need
be.  I enjoy DM and any help that could be offered would be greatly appreciated!  I
can be contacted at:
     Danny Warren
     #28341
     P.O. Box 250
     Draper, UT  84070
     or:
     Heathen, mgr. Misnomers DM 47

28 March 2005
Ladies and gents...get your teams together and join in on the hottest and fiercest
contest ever to grace the arena sands!  Intrigue, personal wars, you name it...we got
it going on!  What is this contest?  It's the Turf War IV in DM 47, North Fork!!
This fantastic contest was begun by my alliance mate Asmo Dius, and I've picked up
some of the slack.  Contest starts on Turn 225 (approx. date June 9th?).  It's an
"alliance-type contest", so grab your folks and bring them in for a bang up time.
Rules will be printed in the DM 47 newsletter at least until the contest starts. --
Baphomet, Host...Company of Brothers Alliance, Illuminati Confederation of Alliances

28 March 2005
Contest Announcement
====================
It's finally here!  ScumFest 2005!  The greatest scum in the land of Alastari are
formally invited to participate in ScumFest 2005, a contest involving the scummiest
scum in all of Alastari!

Who:  All Scum in Alastari
What:  Scum Fest 2005!
Where:  Talahya
When:  May 23rd, Talahya Turns 490-499

Rules
======
The object of winning ScumFest is to have the longest cumulative time (in minutes) at
the end of the 10th round.

Should there be a tie at the end of 10 rounds, tiebreakers are (in order):
- Head to Head Record
- Win/Loss Percentage
- Average Fight Length
(We'll go into overtime if they're still tied)

There are no other rules.  A manager may use any means at his disposal in order to
accomplish his goal.  Collusion, hiring Aimed Blows to take out the leaders, etc.
Anything goes!

To enter the scum fest, please write a personal ad in the DM 100 newsletter,
declaring your intention to join the contest, or send an email to managerr@aol.com

Please include warrior name and ID numbers of the contestants.  You may enter the
competition up until Turn 494.

Prizes will be announced after the competition begins.  The point of the contest is
to prove you have the scummiest scum, and necessarily for a silly prize.

Good luck and Happy Scumming!

-- Manager

6 April 2005
                                SLAUGHTER'S CHALLENGE

     I would like to make a formal announcement to all the managers of Alastari that
the inaugural/memorial challenge put forth by Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest (Richard
Hammes) has been approved by the commission.  The contest will be held in TROCAR,
arena 54, beginning on the turn that starts around June 2nd.  Keep in mind that this
is a slow arena.  Before I go on, I would like to personally thank the commission for
procuring an outstanding top prize for this contest.  This announcement follows my
last and entry into the contest will be a minimum $5 donation, which I will pool and
give to a charity in the San Diego area in Richard Hammes' name and memory.  My
address is at the end.  Once the donation is made, I intend to notify RSI of the
charity and amount we donated as a matter of pride for them and us in this game!  I
will notify everyone in an all arena ad as well.
     The contest is pretty simple.  Any team may enter, there are no restrictions on
fight experience!  There are no challenges, avoids, bloodfeuds, or tourneys allowed
and only one single use of the Dark Arena is allowed after the contest begins.  To
help eliminate any interference, I am going to allow avoids of non-contest teams in
case they are there to manipulate and affect the winner of the contest.  Scoring is
as follows:

1 point for winning
1 point for killing (giving 2 in total, 1 for the win and 1 for the kill)
1 point for at least one of your warriors writing a personal (regardless of number of
     personals beyond one you still only get one point).  Make sure it is written
     from one of your team's warriors and not simply the manager entity or you will
     not get the point.
-1 point for losing
-1 point for being killed (giving -2 in total, -1 for losing and -1 for being killed)

     The contest will last for 12 turns, again beginning roughly June 2nd.  May I
point out that if you use your Dark Arena fight you will get either 2 points, for
winning, or -2, for losing, and ALL fights count in the scoring.  It matters not if
you fight a non-contest warrior or a stand-in; they still count as much as fighting a
contest warrior.  This will be a test of basic strategy with a touch of luck added in
as well.
     If anyone should break the no tourney rule they will lose 5 points for each
warrior entered and those warriors, and any subsequent warriors who replace them in
death, cannot score points!  Break the no DA, challenge, or avoid rules (except
avoids of non-contest teams) and you will be DQ'd as soon as the transgression is
discovered.  To keep the contest playing field as level as possible, we will have no
messing with these rules.  Of course you may DA the one time, just as a
clarification, but the second time gets you DQ'd.  This also counts if it is found
you bring a second team in for the purpose of making challenges.  You can bring a
second team, just don't think they can challenge to give you an advantage.  This
means DQ to your contest team.  A second team may also enter the contest with its own
donation of $5 and adherence to the rules.  Well, enough of that, I'm sure you'd like
to see the prizes so here they are:

1st place - +1 bonus to one warrior on the team, 1 resurrection potion, and 1
     favorite knowledge
2nd place - +1 bonus for one warrior, 1 favorites knowledge
3rd place- +1 bonus for one warrior
Iron Manager - Run 54 of the possible 60 fights and get a +1 bonus potion

     The resurrection potion may be used on any FE warrior, however the favorites and
+1 bonus potions must be used on a warrior with at least 5 FE.  These prizes also
must be used within 2 turns of the ending of the contest.  Even those rookie level
teams can figure out a way to use that resurrection potion if you think night fight
;), after the contest of course, so don't think this is only good for experienced
teams!  Check your rosters and unused RU's and see if you can't find a reason to come
and test your mettle!
     Again, entry fee is a minimum $5 donation, money order preferred method but if
that doesn't work for you we can figure alternate means.  If a hopeful entrant
happens to be incarcerated and the only real means of making the donation is an
account transfer, please make sure you let me know where the transfer came from and
which team it is for.  I prefer that this only be used as donation method by
incarcerated players unless otherwise discussed with me.  Please drop me an email, or
diplo my team in Tobir(14), letting me know you are sending a donation for entry and
the amount so I can be on the lookout for it in the mail.  Thanks to all who have
sent their sympathies regarding our game's loss of a kind and admirable soul and my
best wishes to all!

Street Legal
Jeff Bura
193 Pepperidge Dr.
Wixom, MI 48393
triumph1971@hotmail.com
THE DEATH SQUAD (63) in Tobir, arena 14

12 April 2005
                               A Question of Contests
                               by Hammer the WordSmith

     The familiar figure of a veteran manager clad in an Elven War Cloak at a lone
outpost somewhere near the cross roads of ElseWhere and ElseWhen sorted through his
vast disarray of DM papers and notes.
     Hammer pondered upon the recent dispatches that he had received regarding the
upcoming contests that he had been invited to participate in; after all, most contest
managers enjoyed having a HAMMERZ stable on the sands, due to the fact that they were
usually comprised of dues paying gladiators who were just a cut above the average RSI
Stand Ins.
     The Scum Fest in ADM sponsored by the veteran manager named Manager looked like
an entertaining offer, but alas, Hammer had NO candidates worthy enough to warrant
spending the cycle fees for their fleeting participation in such a contest.
     Perhaps sometime in the future, when Hammer succeeded in graduating some Aimers
and a promising candidate from one of his slow arena stables, would be the proper
time.
     TW4 in DM 47 was already on Hammer's list of contests to participate in,
especially with the convening of the Clown Circus in North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena,
along with all the other zany personalities and alliances that promised to make this
the greatest ever Turf War contest that Alastari had ever witnessed upon the bloody
arena sands!
     Those same Clowns had sent Hammer an invitation to participate in a contest that
their Dark Knighties were sponsoring in an Andorian slow arena, but Hammer also had
an invitation to send a stable to DM 54 for a contest being held in the memory of
Slaughter Priest, one of Hammer's former alliance mates who had met with an untimely
and violently unexpected death while doing a good deed for a friend off world in San
Diego.
     Also added into the mix was an intriguing contest being sponsored by Zalgor
Prigg that was to be staged in a few months in the currently closed DM 13 Dullens
Regular Arena.
     Zalgor had contacted Hammer earlier in the year to inform the veteran manager
that his newest contest would feature a first round Dark Arena Challenge to level the
playing field.  Also, each gladiator would have a hyphenated Style listing after
their name for the Style Masters competition.
     An All Arena Ad Announcement was expected to be filed by Zalgor sometime before
the Summer 2005 Tourney, thus allowing the DM 13 Dark Arena Replacement Warriors from
the Dullens Contest to enter the Rookie Fall Mailer Tourney to prep for the contest.
     Hammer had been considering sponsoring such a Dark Arena First Round Type
Contest, but it would be much better to just enter the Zalgor sponsored contest,
rather than to be subjected to all the current Contest Host Harassment that was
plaguing the many contest arenas throughout Alastari.
     A grim smile crossed the lips of Hammer as he thought about the possibility of
the Clowns getting a taste of their own medicine while sponsoring their Andorian
contest.
     Hammer quickly took a pen and paper, writing instructions to his gladiator
trainer GrimmDorr at his Hammerz Flower Garden Morya Manor Estate on the Lake on the
outskirts of the DM 28 Morya Arena, to assemble a Cast of Cast Offs to enter the
upcoming contest being sponsored by Zalgor Prigg.
     Hammer jotted down a note to file the following stable with the Gladiatorial
Commission once Zalgor Prigg had announced the contest in Dullens DM 13 Arena:
     ASTONISH HAMMERS stable to register DARK ARENA HAMMER--SL, DARK ARENA HAMMER--
ST, DARK ARENA HAMMER--AB, DARK ARENA HAMMER--BA and DARK ARENA HAMMER--PS for the
Zalgor Prigg sponsored contest in Dullens DM 13 whenever the Gladiatorial Commission
was ready.
     Hammer then turned his attention to the two slow arena contest invitations that
tugged at his emotions for full participation.
     However, there was only room for one more stable addition in the current plans
of the veteran manager, who had deactivated his SNOW CALL HAMMERZ in DM 50 to devote
his attention to entering a new stable in a promising slow arena contest.
     Street Legal had recently cleared the air with the Gladiatorial Commission in
regards to sponsoring SLAUGHTER'S CHALLENGE in DM 54, which would begin in Trocar
around the first week of June.
     As yet, there seemed to be NO OFFICIAL ALL ARENA ANNOUNCEMENT from the Clowns
regarding their contest in an Andorian slow arena.
     These Clowns had a lot to learn about sponsoring and advertising contests!
     Hammer thought back to two years ago when Maximillian had convinced the veteran
manager to Co-Sponsor Maximillian's Morya Madness in the DM 28 slow arena.
     Abarsis the Slaughter Priest had answered the call to cross blades in the
Madness by entering a stable named LEE FAMILY.
     LEE FAMILY had NOT missed a single fight during the Madness until Slaughter
Priest's life was snuffed out one dark night in San Diego while helping a friend.
     When the Delarq Death Fest was sponsored by Hammer in the DM 59 Illis slow
arena, Slaughter Priest had answered the call to cross blades by sending a stable
named FASCIST DROOL to compete for the Ten Death Fest Prize Categories.
     Abarsis the Slaughter Priest a.k.a. Richard Hammes had been a true DM friend and
a fine competitor among many, not to mention a close comrade in arms while Hammer had
been a member of the Vendetta Cartel.
     As was written by Street Legal a.k.a. Jeff Bura in a recent All Arena Ad Eulogy
to the Memory of Slaughter Priest a.k.a. Richard Hammes:
     "On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill."
     Now the DM Community who either knew Rich personally from the RT and VC Emails,
or from crossing blades on the sands with this avid DM competitor; now have the
opportunity to Honor His Memory by competing in a DM 54 contest held in his Honor.
     Could Hammer do no less?
     This was an opportunity to set aside personal goals and allocate the necessary
funds to enter a stable in SLAUGHTER'S CHALLENGE to Honor the Memory of Rich Hammes!
     Hammer quickly filled out an entry form to dispatch to the Gladiatorial
Commission to register the following stable in DM 54 Trocar for SLAUGHTER'S
CHALLENGE:
     Be it known that MEMORIAL HAMMERZ are hereby registering SLAUGHTER HAMMER, FASC
DROOL HAMMER, LEE FAMILY HAMMER, HONOR RICH HAMMER and GRUNGE GRL HAMMER in DM 54
Trocar for the Street Legal sponsored contest in Honor of Richard Hammes a.k.a.
Abarsis the Slaughter Priest.
     GRUNGE GIRL was one of Slaughter Priest's warriors from his FASCIST DROOL.
stable that was entered in the Delarq Death Fest in DM 59 Illis Arena, so it was only
fitting to name one of the MEMORIAL HAMMERZ gladiators after one of Rich's warriors
that had competed in a Hammer Sponsored Contest.
     Hammer leaned back in his chair and reflected upon the memories of his fallen
comrade from his days in the Vendetta Cartel. Tears moistened the veteran manager's
eyes upon every remembrance of his fallen VC comrade in arms.
     Hopefully the odd assortment of veteran and newbie managers would answer the
call to cross blades in Honor of the fallen Slaughter Priest in the type of contest
that Rich had envisioned to one day Sponsor and Participate with some of Alastari's
Finest Managers!
     This One's for YOU Rich/Slaughter Priest; May You Rest in Peace!

Hammer
WordSmith
WeaponSmith
Minister of War
kLk Knight
Illuminati Ice Pick

12 April 2005
                           FRATSFA'S QUEST FOR THE BEST!!!

     Rollup certs aplenty!  Need to know favorites for warriors initiate or above?
SURE!  Renaming of both the arena and the D.A. Monsters?  Why not!  Skill bonus
potions?  Of course!  This and more is all possible for the top 10 (ten) teams in:
Fratsfa's Quest for the Best!
     What does it cost you ask?  NOTHING!  Who is running the contest and putting up
the total of 30 rollup certs as prizes to be split up amongst the top 6 (six) teams?
Dark Knight Wasby, Dark Knight Goat and Dark Knight Toker of the Desolate Empire of
vendett@UNITED!  The gaming commission is also going to supply prizes for the top 10
(ten) teams.  Where?  FRATSFA DM-52!  When?  The month of July, T-207.
     Rules!  We, of the Desolate Empire, do not like the word Rules!  So, we use the
term requirements.  Here they are:

1.  One team per manager entered in the contest.
2.  Only (1) Total Parry on your team at a time.
3.  You must declare (1) warrior as your team's scout.
4.  Managers that have teams established in Fratsfa must have 3 (three) warriors in
    the initiates class by the contest's 3rd turn.  (If they wish to compete, or can
    send in new team!)
5.  If you bloodfeud, you must use a different warrior each time to score the
    bloodfeud points.
6.  You must declare your team in the p-ads to be entered.
7.  A declared champion and scout cannot be the same warrior.
8.  Champions are not required (manager's choice)!  Champions must be declared on the
    first fight.

     We are also offering 25 bonus points to managers that submit a brief history (5
paragraph minimum) including your manager and team name by the contest's 3rd turn.
These points will be added to the scores on turn 211.
     Now, on to the scoring:  Wins + Kills - Losses = base score
                                     Base score + Variants = Total Score

BASE SCORE POINTS

WIN = +1 point
KILL = +1 point
LOSS = -1 point

VARIANT SCORES
SCOUT WIN = +2 points
SCOUT LOSS = -2 points
SCOUT DEATH = -5 points
CHAMPION WIN = +3 points
CHAMPION LOSS = -3 points
STYLE MASTER FOR TURN = +1 point
MOST AVOIDED TEAM = +2 points
SUCCESSFUL BLOODFEUD = +2 points
FAILED BLOODFEUD = -2 points

     Let's say (a) team goes 3-2-2 = 3 wins + 2 kills - 2 losses = +3 base score.
His champion won (+3 pts) and is style master for this turn (+1 pt).  His scout lost
(-2), for a total turn score of +5 points.
     Now, let's say (b) team goes 1-4-1 = 1 win + 1 kill - 4 losses = -2 pts.  His
fighting marvel of a scout won (+2 pts) and the scout's win was a successful
bloodfeud (+2 pts).  So, the total points for the turn would be +2 points.  (There
was no champion on this team.)

Now on to the prizes:

1ST PLACE "FRATSFA'S BEST":
     1)  12 (Twelve) rollup gift certificates transferred to "Fratsfa's Best"
         ultimate victor.
     2)  Renaming of Fratsfa's arena for 6 (six) months.
     3)  Renaming of D.A. monsters: Wurmkin', Bandit Prince and Black Orc.
     4)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
     5)  1 (one) +1 bonus skill potion.**
2ND PLACE
     1)  8 (eight) rollup gift certificates transferred to 2nd place manager.
     2)  Rename the D.A. monsters:  Dark Champion and High Elf.
     3)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
     4)  1 (one) +1 bonus potion.*
3RD PLACE
     1)  4 (four) rollup gift certificates transferred to 3rd place manager.
     2)  Renaming of D.A. monsters Mountain Troll and Shewish Giant.
     3)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
     4)  1 (one) +1 bonus skill potion.**
4TH PLACE
     1)  3 (three) rollup gift certificates
     2)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
     3)  Rename D.A. Monster Stone Golem
5TH PLACE
     1)  2 (two) rollup gift certificates
     2)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
     3)  Rename D.A. monster Spy Master
6TH PLACE
     1)  1 (one) rollup gift certificate
     2)  1 (one) favorites potion.*
7TH PLACE
     1) 1 (one) favorites potion.*
8TH PLACE
     1) 1 (one) favorites potion.*
9TH PLACE
     1) 1 (one) favorites potion.*
10 PLACE
     1) 1 (one) favorites potion.*
STABLE STAMINA AWARDS:
     All teams that fight at least 67 of the possible 75 fights will get 1 (one) FREE
tournament entry for a warrior of that team in the first tournament after the
completion of "Fratsfa's Quest for the Best"!

-- NOTE --
* -- All potions must be used within 2 (two) turns of the contest and on initiate
(tournament class) or higher character on the same team that competed in Fratsfa,
non-transferable.
*  1 (one) favorites potion gives all faves:  Rhythm, Tactic and Weapon.
** 1 (one) +1 bonus skill potion gives +1 to 1 (one) skill.

    Our thanks go to RSI for their cooperation with us on the prizes they have
sponsored to make this contest of ours a reality.
     Any questions can be addressed to Toker, mgr. Vincere Aut Mori in DM 18 or by
email:  darkknighttoker@yahoo.com!  OR to Goat, mgr. Desolate Ones DM 47 or to Wasby,
mgr. Soul Forge in DM 47.

20 April 2005
I have returned after a five-year absence.  I expect all tithes, gifts and bequeaths
to resume as normal. -- Magic Man

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LIL ETH was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
DIETER KWAN was dispatched by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
THUNDERING CREEK assassinated DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
THE STATE was viciously butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
SILVER TRAIN devastated BOATMAN KU in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
SENSOO O SURU was savagely defeated by LITTLE RAINBOW in a 8 minute struggle.
TAD DEVILLE outlasted TASSALTER in a action packed 7 minute expert's Challenge melee.
THOR lost to LOGGERHEAD in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
SAVORY won victory over BASKERVOLE in a popular 1 minute veteran's Title duel.
OBSIDIAN GOLEM savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a slow 8 minute veteran's melee.
CHARON narrowly defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute competition.
STRATOSTAR demolished LOU CYPHER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
FREKI was beaten by S. MOE DIUS in a 1 minute gory amateur's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  10 -  4      70  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  11 -  0      65  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  10 -  1      64  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   8 -  1      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  16 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  15 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   8 -  0      20  |

Turn 496 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SAVORY 4143                15   4  1  165 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    LITTLE RAINBOW 4146        17   7  0  107 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
TOTAL PARRY      SENSOO O SURU 3979         21  14  0   92 THE STORMLORDS (337)
WALL OF STEEL    TAD DEVILLE 4140           19   5  1   91 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
STRIKING ATTACK  SILVER TRAIN 4170           6   0  0   82 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BOATMAN KU 4130.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TAD DEVILLE 4140.  The ten other most popular fighters were TASSALTER 4112, 
LITTLE RAINBOW 4146, THOR 4169, SAVORY 4143, CHARON 4103, THUNDERING CREEK 4189, THE 
STATE 4190, SILVER TRAIN 4170, BASKERVOLE 4071, and S. MOE DIUS 4180.

The least popular fighter this week was SENSOO O SURU 3979.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975, LOU CYPHER 4188, BOATMAN KU 4130, FREKI 
4179, STRATOSTAR 4173, LOGGERHEAD 4149, S. MOE DIUS 4180, BASKERVOLE 4071, SILVER 
TRAIN 4170, and THE STATE 4190.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

BASKERVOLE (32-4071) FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

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

PICKLED PIGSKIN (32-4051) BUFFY'S DINER (346)
DIETER KWAN (32-4092) DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
LIL ETH (32-4093) DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)