DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER Date : 03/04/2004 Duedate: 03/17/2004 CLIFFHOME ARENA DM-38 TURN-443 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS HARI CANE JINDA-BAN (198) (38-4333) [18-18-0,91] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader NUTCRACKER JILESNASPEEDO ALL FINESSE (384) DENNY'S BKFAST (367) (38-4380) [17-2-1,175] (38-4146) [1-0-0,17] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite HARI CANE HARI CANE JINDA-BAN (198) JINDA-BAN (198) (38-4333) [18-18-0,91] (38-4333) [18-18-0,91] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM JINDA-BAN (198) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. JINDA-BAN (198) 62 2. DENNY'S BKFAST (367) 42 ALL FINESSE (384) 3. ALL FINESSE (384) 0 Unchartered Team 4. EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391) 0 5. THE WATCHMEN (363) 0 FORCE OF FIVE (400) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1*COLD SWEATS (378) 4 1 0 80.0 1/ 3 JINDA-BAN (198) 8 7 1 2- 2*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391) 3 1 0 75.0 2/ 1 ALL FINESSE (384) 7 5 0 3- 3*THE WATCHMEN (363) 10 5 1 66.7 3- 6*COLD SWEATS (378) 1 0 0 4/ 4 ALL FINESSE (384) 99 75 4 56.9 4- 7*EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391) 1 0 0 5/ 7 JINDA-BAN (198) 264 346 6 43.3 5- 4*THE WATCHMEN (363) 1 1 0 6/ 8*FORCE OF FIVE (400) 3 5 0 37.5 6/ 0*DENNY'S BKFAST (367) 1 4 0 7/ 0*DENNY'S BKFAST (367) 1 4 0 20.0 7/ 8*FORCE OF FIVE (400) 0 3 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Valamantis: Hallie O'Dene did not stay in Valamantis. She hadn't been able to get an audience with the ruler of the city-state, Garlor Shanmarrik, and the clerk to whom she had given her warning had been...disbelieving. Had, in fact, threatened her with imprisonment if she "stirred up unrest." A very proper bureaucrat, he'd been. Hallie considered slicing off his ears and nailing them to the wall, or possibly nailing the man's ears to the wall without slicing them off, but such action would serve no purpose but to express her anger, so she didn't. There really wasn't any point in that. She gave her warning to Arenamistress Sitalva, who was at least polite, and then went on her way. Carefully circling wide around the ruins of Old Valamantis and ghosts of the ancient city that came and went unstably above them. The people of Valamantis, in the person of the Lord's clerk, had chosen to ignore her warning, and there were others she had to find and warn, others who might listen. Arenamistress Sitalva did not exactly believe Hallie's warning about the danger from the Bloodgames, but she didn't disbelieve, either. She had already seen the mirage-like ancient towers above the bloody ground. She had seen those ghostly towers before, after other Bloodgames, had accepted them as a normal illusion there. Maybe she needed to re-think "normal." She couldn't imagine anyone resurrecting Old Valamantis for any kind of GOOD reason. The oldest levels of the city were Folstrom. And saturated with dark magic. Mordant: Mordant was like a stirred up hive of bees, full of activity, and hostile to any stranger who had the misfortune to get in the way. She guessed that she wouldn't have any more luck getting in to see Queen Talissen of Mordant than she had in Valamantis. Which was frustrating, since it was a serious warning she had to deliver. Well, she hadn't expected this to be easy.... After a moment's thought, she headed straight for the arena, bypassing the palace entirely. There would be people who'd listen to her at the arena, because she was one of them. Kakar was arenamaster in Mordant, she'd met him once. A grim man, but who wouldn't be if they had to live in Mordant? She avoided looking at the pitted black stone that most of the city was built of, and the windowless architecture. The Mordanti were a grim people all around. The arena was seething with activity and speculation, though it wasn't fight day. Rumors were flying; before she managed to locate the arenamaster, Hallie heard seven different versions of "an attack on the Queen!" which had been foiled by a gladiator, or maybe more than one gladiator, or maybe it had been made by a gladiator, or only reported by a gladiator, or.... The attack on the Queen, if it had happened at all, was the main topic, but there was a froth of other rumors in the background: monsters in various likely or unlikely places, out in the swamp, down in Valamantis, in the Syrinwald lake, or up in the mountains. A war that might or might not be happening between two different kingdoms in the south, and even the supposed participants kept changing--Trocar, Rocanis, Xochithlan, the wild Rirorni. Banditry around Tricorus; she shrugged that one off. There was always banditry around Tricorus. Arenamaster Kakar was closeted with a sober looking man, tall for a Kannar, and richly dressed. Kakar didn't actually refuse to listen to Hallie, but he made it clear that he didn't have much time to spare. Hallie shrugged. The way things had been going since she'd set out to spread the warning, his attitude was no surprise. She wondered in passing whether Khaldren could have managed some kind of spell that made people unwilling to listen. Not that it mattered at the moment. "I bring word of a powerful wizard who has come out of the past to spread disaster in our time," she began. "He is a wizard from drowned Krael, and he claims the intention to resurrect Celestinvael and other lost cities and build a new empire in Alastari." The tall man leaned forward, suddenly frowning. "Celestinvael is five hundred years dead," he stated. "How can this be 'resurrected'?" Celestinvael was also, Hallie knew, the closest of the dangerous ruins to Mordant, unless you counted Old Valamantis--which Khaldren hadn't mentioned. "I'm no wizard," she answered. "I don't know. But he stated his intention to use 'blood magic' to do it, which he believes will work even with the Arcanum in flux." She shrugged. "I don't know about magic, but he seemed confidant, and I saw him work spells of great power." "No doubt we've mages around who can confirm or deny this possibility," the tall man said. "I will carry the warning to Queen Talissen and set our magicians to work." Seeing her surprise, he added, "I am Allech Rabo, Her Majesty's Herald. I have the authority to take these steps." "Good! You might pass word to Valamantis, too--I couldn't get to see anyone but a damned clerk. If it's blood magic at work, well, there was a lot of blood spilled in Old Valamantis just over a month ago--" "Mordan!" The Herald leaped to his feet. "The Bloodgames! If blood magic still works, then the danger is extreme! I must go to the Queen at once!" "And I will speak to the gladiators of this city about the dangers ahead," Kakar said when the Herald had gone. "Doubtless they will be called upon to take arms against enemies of Mordant." Iaye: The first ground tremors made people uneasy, but no more than that. There had been small earthquakes for months now, mostly centered on Seam and its underground disturbances. They posed no threat to the island, except in the case of those boats who were just coming into the docks when tremor-waves hit. And even that...the sailors of Iaye were skilled, and they had learned to deal with it. But the mild tremors didn't stop, they were replaced by serious jolts, and the ground underfoot shivered like jelly in a bowl. All the sailors who could took their ships out of the harbor and around the island toward the center of the Trier. No one wanted to get caught by a bigger wave than usual and shoved onto a rocky shore. Once the ships were safely away from the land, alarm turned to eager speculation. Did this herald new geysers for Seam? Would a volcano erupt and destroy the town entirely? Bets were placed. After all, Seam wasn't THEIR town.... Or maybe this quake would strike a little closer to home, like the one that had cracked open the Ogre's Tomb in Point. That thought sobered people. There had been...things in the Tomb, and it had taken all the warriors who could reach Point to deal with them. What else might be down there, to be released by a fresh earthquake? They didn't really want to know. Most of the ships were strung out parallel to the coast north of Point and Iaye. Far enough apart not to damage each other if something went wrong, close enough to pass messages along. The message that came up from the southern end of the line near sunset was unexpected, and more than a little alarming. Everyone knew there were ruins under the lake between Point and the island of Iaye. But nobody had expected them to rise. And none of the half-remembered stories of Krael made people happy about the great city's reappearance. DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. Where did everybody go? How come I'm Duelmistress after fighting M. Chardinee? This is ridiculous. A TRAVESTY. Cliffhome can do better! Hari Cane SPY REPORT It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last week's fights. Say good-bye to ALL FINESSE, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the JINDA-BAN stable. Coming up with a solid 0-0-0 outing, COLD SWEATS has advanced 3 places in the rankings. JINDA-BAN is no joke as it posted a 4-1-0 week advancing from 3rd place to 1st place. Hey everybody, watch out for DINGIL BILL, who flew up 25 points in the rankings after mashing SUI GENERIS like a melon. Keep your eye on this guy. Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands. SUI GENERIS was defeated by DINGIL BILL and drops 14 points. Going for the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was CLIFFHOME's CONVICTED ASSASSIN, who was turned away from the Duelmastership by HARI CANE. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay. But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle! Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the most interesting, though! In the 'Oops, What Have I Done?' category, CLOCK O'DIAL was mashed by NUTCRACKER, who let CLOCK O'DIAL know that killing members of ALL FINESSE is a no-no. Remember: alliances are great, but try and take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens. I think I had better cut this one short. It's been nice chatting to those of you whom I have not offended yet. Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors. Its been real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HARI CANE 4333 18 18 0 91 JINDA-BAN (198) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME NUTCRACKER 4380 17 2 1 175 ALL FINESSE (384) -NOBGOBLIN 4400 10 6 1 100 ALL FINESSE (384) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME KORRIBIE 4317 16 24 0 83 JINDA-BAN (198) CLOCK O'DIAL 4348 13 16 2 75 JINDA-BAN (198) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -BUBBA 4229 4 1 0 66 COLD SWEATS (378) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME DINGIL BILL 4428 6 10 0 50 JINDA-BAN (198) RUNABOUT 4458 5 5 0 44 JINDA-BAN (198) SUI GENERIS 4444 6 4 0 36 ALL FINESSE (384) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -GOOD HEARTED 4388 3 0 0 31 EDIBLE AUTOPSY (391) -SLICK RICK 4468 2 0 0 26 FORCE OF FIVE (400) -SHAMU 4105 5 1 0 24 THE WATCHMEN (363) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -GRAVES 4107 1 0 1 20 THE WATCHMEN (363) -BROTHER JOHN 4106 2 2 0 18 THE WATCHMEN (363) JILESNASPEEDO 4146 1 0 0 17 DENNY'S BKFAST (367) RETORT 4472 2 1 0 15 ALL FINESSE (384) -DULL ROB 4466 0 1 0 7 FORCE OF FIVE (400) HYPER BOY 4467 1 3 0 6 FORCE OF FIVE (400) -ANGEL 4104 1 0 0 6 THE WATCHMEN (363) -PICKETTE 4108 1 2 0 5 THE WATCHMEN (363) VEGGIELETTE 4149 0 1 0 1 DENNY'S BKFAST (367) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? 171410159127 4479 0 1 0 ALL FINESSE 384 WURM KIN 27 443 NONE JAMMER 4452 5 5 0 ALL FINESSE 384 CLOCK O'DIAL 4348 442 JUST REV BAGELSNCHEEZ 4145 0 1 0 DENNY'S BKFAST 367 BLACK ORC 20 443 NONE FARMBOY 4148 0 1 0 DENNY'S BKFAST 367 SHEWISH GIANT 21 443 NONE MOONS HAMMY 4147 0 1 0 DENNY'S BKFAST 367 MOUNTAIN TROLL 18 443 NONE PERSONAL ADS The Kung-Fu Master is a mean old bugger. -- Korribie Ghost of Jammer -- oops. (deeply apologetic look) I really didn't mean to do that. -- Clock O'Dial Sui Generis -- I certainly hope so! -- Dingil Bill Well, nobody SAID I shouldn't run over the Persistent Beggar, and he didn't move out of my way, so.... -- Runabout 25 February 2004 Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden lack of episodes. I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the Scribe 3 March 2004 MONGO'S MARDI GRAS MADNESS DUELMASTERS AUCTION Mongo, aka Matt McIntosh and ex-Warden of the Dark Circle, is auctioning off his entire collection of Duelmasters warriors and stables. Don't miss out on this chance to own some fantastic warriors! There are ADM warriors available in every class from Primus to Freshmen, as well as over a dozen Basic stables. Does a Slasher with +4 attack, +4 decisiveness, +3 initiative and +2 riposte sound good? How about a Lunger who received the benefit of a TC prize, has TVed three times after graduating--and still hasn't maxed out his skills!? How about a Striker in the Freshmen class who has decisiveness for a favorite learn and the MAUL for a favorite weapon!? Or perhaps you prefer playing in Basic. Then how does a stable with four Adept class warriors who have a combined record of 41-19-9 sound? Or maybe a stable with three 21-Will warriors? Or perhaps a stable with four Initiates and a Rookie who have a combined record of 23-6-1? The quality of the lots is excellent. All you need to view and bid on the lots is go to: http://members.aol.com/jvmerlino/mardigras.html If you want to be on the mailing list to receive regular updates on the auction, just send an e-mail to JVMerlino@aol.com. Merlin, aka John Merlino and also an ex- Warden of the Dark Circle, will be running this auction for me. I just moved to New Orleans and am likely currently stumbling around the French Quarter...because it's Mardi Gras! So I have named my auction in honor of this occasion. The auction will start on Saturday, March 13th, 2004, and will continue for several weeks. But you should get your bids in early if you want your best chance at owning any of these fantastic warriors and stables. Many thanks to all for your interest and your bids, Mongo 5 March 2004 Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer The years have slipped by and many DM Managers have come and gone since the last Hammer's Handbook was compiled and printed. There is now a stirring within me to begin writing and editing yet another Handbook with a distribution date sometime in 2005. This Handbook will be made available via Email with a possibility of burning the info to a CD for distribution. Special arrangements will be made to provide the information via printed page to those contributors who are serving sentences behind bars. The working title of this new Handbook is "Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer". Distribution of this Handbook is projected to be MAINLY for those DM Managers who contribute information/articles to Hammer by June 2004. Informative and entertaining articles should focus on insights regarding Any or All 10 Style Masters for both the Basic and ADM arenas as well as Tourney competition. Articles focusing on Weapons/Armor are also encouraged for inclusion. Whether you are a Newbie Manager without a clue or a Jaded Veteran; everyone has discovered something about this gaming experience that is both Insightful and Entertaining. Email Your Articles to HammerDM@fastermail.com or send them via Diplo to either Flower Hammerz (372) in DM 28 or Casino Hammerz (576) in DM 33. Length and Content of the Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer will be Determined by the Quality and Quantity of Contributors Combined with the Literary Efforts of Hammer who is currently overseas for an indefinite period of time. Articles Contributed for this Project should be of Sufficient Length and Content to Warrant being Included to Receive the Finished Document when Hammer has completed this literary work to His satisfaction. Managers contributing articles are also requested to include a DM Bio of Themselves along with any Notable Successes and/or Failures during Their DM Career in Basic, ADM and/or Tourney Play. A listing of Active Stables would also be Helpful for Anyone Seeking to Reply to Contributors via Diplo, Email or Snailmail. May Your Blades Be Sharp And Your Wits Sharper! -- Hammer of Flower Hammerz (372) DM 28 and Casino Hammerz (576) DM 33 18 March 2004 St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start. We are also pleased to announce that in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills. The contest is only 2 turns old and is still wide open. There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill each. Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena. On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to challenge the kLk dominance. We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their supposed home arena. But, they were a no show. Guess they proved what they are really made of. *evil grin* Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge. We are throwing down the gauntlet. Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance. If you don't show up, Chaos, don't feel bad. FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but have chosen to pass on the offer. So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM 36. We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a storyline being actively worked on in the arena. Whatever you like about DM you can find it in JHANS. Bookie mgr. of Suicidal Dreams and Director Jhans Board of Tourism kLk Alliance LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS BAGELSNCHEEZ was dealt death by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight. FARMBOY was dispatched by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle. MOONS HAMMY was viciously butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena match. 171410159127 was dealt death by WURM KIN in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena contest. NUTCRACKER overpowered CLOCK O'DIAL in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match. HARI CANE devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel. KORRIBIE viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a 3 minute veteran's competition. SUI GENERIS was vanquished by DINGIL BILL in a 1 minute uneven duel. RUNABOUT vanquished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute uneven fight. RETORT won victory over VEGGIELETTE in a 2 minute novice's fight. HYPER BOY was luckily beaten by JILESNASPEEDO in a 5 minute gory melee. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 3 AIMED BLOW 21 - 7 - 0 75 | |WALL OF STEEL 2 SLASHING ATTACK 11 - 7 - 2 61 | |AIMED BLOW 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE 3 - 2 - 0 60 | |STRIKING ATTACK 2 TOTAL PARRY 14 - 12 - 0 54 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 STRIKING ATTACK 8 - 8 - 0 50 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 LUNGING ATTACK 13 - 13 - 0 50 | |PARRY-LUNGE 1 WALL OF STEEL 14 - 15 - 0 48 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 PARRY-LUNGE 4 - 6 - 0 40 | |SLASHING ATTACK 1 BASHING ATTACK 3 - 5 - 0 38 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 - 0 0 | Turn 443 was great if you Not so great if you used The fighting styles of the used the fighting styles: the fighting styles: top eleven warriors are: PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 2 3 STRIKING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 1 2 WALL OF STEEL WALL OF STEEL 2 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 2 AIMED BLOW AIMED BLOW 1 - 1 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 1 2 LUNGING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 1 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 SLASHING ATTACK 1 TOTAL PARRY TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME AIMED BLOW NUTCRACKER 4380 17 2 1 175 ALL FINESSE (384) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is HARI CANE 4333. The most popular warrior this turn was HARI CANE 4333. The ten other most popular fighters were KORRIBIE 4317, HYPER BOY 4467, BAGELSNCHEEZ 4145, FARMBOY 4148, MOONS HAMMY 4147, RUNABOUT 4458, VEGGIELETTE 4149, 171410159127 4479, NUTCRACKER 4380, and DINGIL BILL 4428. The least popular fighter this week was JILESNASPEEDO 4146. The other ten least popular fighters were SUI GENERIS 4444, CLOCK O'DIAL 4348, RETORT 4472, DINGIL BILL 4428, NUTCRACKER 4380, 171410159127 4479, VEGGIELETTE 4149, RUNABOUT 4458, MOONS HAMMY 4147, and FARMBOY 4148.