Date   : 01/01/2005    Duedate: 01/28/2005


DM-39    TURN-203

This Weeks Top Honors


(39-3594) [15-7-1,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HOMEY CIDE                     DAFORCE
(39-3594) [15-7-1,108]         (39-3671) [2-0-2,17]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ULRIK VORN                     ULRIK VORN
THE MIDDLE WAY (385)           THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
(39-3556) [15-15-1,74]         (39-3556) [15-15-1,74]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)       28
2. THE MIDDLE WAY (385)        23      CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
3. CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)      18      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE ANGELS (402)         13
5. MY UNDOING (432)             2      MY UNDOING (432)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)   161 109  9 59.6   1/ 1 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)   10  4 1
 2- 2 WITLESS WONDERS (419)     60  41  2 59.4   2/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      9  6 0
 3/ 3 DARQUE ANGELS (402)       59  45  5 56.7   3- 2 WITLESS WONDERS (419)     5  3 1
 4/ 4 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)    131 105 11 55.5   4/ 3 DARQUE ANGELS (402)       5 10 1
 5/ 5 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     155 173  7 47.3   5/ 5 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)     3  1 1
 6/ 7*MY UNDOING (432)           3   7  3 30.0   6/ 6*MY UNDOING (432)          3  7 3

    '*'   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[ A Darque Tale ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     It was a dark and stormy night, and the next time one of Master Darque's
bodyguards mentioned that, the man would be a toad, and to Hell with the magical
     He should have remained in Morya till morning, but the storm had come up with no
warning.  Not even magical warning.  It was an insult.  He should have been warned.
He should have KNOWN there was a storm brewing, especially one like this, clouds
laced with magic, sizzling with raw spell energy.  How had it been possible?
     The half-demon frowned, pulling his hooded cloak more firmly around himself
against the ripping gusts.  Could his Enemy have obscured the early stages of the
build-up, especially to trick him into leaving shelter?  Master Darque had many
enemies, of course, that was a sign of his success.  But at this moment, THE Enemy
was only one person--the wizard Nishtar in Monuntial.  "They" said he was a half-elf,
but what was the other half?  Could he be dealing with the machinations of another
demon-born?  It was beginning to seem all too likely.
     His mount stumbled.  He hadn't wanted to ride a horse, but there had been no
boats leaving Morya for the upriver ports.  The horse hadn't wanted him to ride it,
either, but no lesser animal was going to cause problems when Master Darque did not
want problems.  So if it was stumbling now--  Ah, hailstones.  His cloak was proof
against such simple missiles, but the horse had no such protection.
     "Master!"  One of his dwarves rode up beside him and leaned close enough to be
heard.  "Master Darque, they say there are caves in those hills yonder!"  He gestured
at some low hills barely visible between the road and the shore.
     "They?"  Darque's voice dripped scorn.  Tyre, or it might be Sidon, in this
murk, who could tell? knew better than quote an unspecified "they" as an authority.
     "The people in the last town, at the stable where we stopped for fresh horses."
     "Ah.  You think we should seek this possible shelter, do you?"  Darque squinted
against a sudden burst of lightning.  That was actually not a bad idea.  He didn't
enjoy the weather, even when his cloak and his powers protected him from the worst
effects.  And a demon had to think of his followers just as much as a man did; treat
them badly, and the wretches would return the favor.  "Very well.  Let us seek one of
these caves, then.  Lead on."  Caves.  Pfui!  A resort for beasts.  At least, being
dwarves, his guards should have an instinct for this sort of thing.  They'd probably
feel quite at home in a cave.
     The dwarf rode ahead.  Tyre and Sidon had been as reluctant to mount horses as
he had himself.  Ah, well, if worst came to worst, they could always eat the beasts.
A cheering thought.  The one in the lead signaled to the other almost at once.
Darque nodded.  They DID have an instinct for these things.
     There were trees and uneven ground as soon as they left the road.  The horses
didn't seem to mind.  And then the slopes of hillsides, tipped this way and that.
     And then shelter from the wind and the rain, so suddenly that it was a shock.
Darque sensed enclosure, smelled the raw stone.  A cave, as promised.  He removed
himself from his horse, leaving it for his bodyguards to tend in whatever way seemed
appropriate, and turned to look back out at the storm.
     The cave was near the lake and had a view out across the water.  Just now, the
view of the storm was impressive, if one cared for storms.  Master Darque did not.
He found the sight of all that power going to waste on a mere natural phenomenon
offensive.  Especially now, when the Arcanum was in such a desperate state.
Especially when he could tell that a good portion of the power being expended in
sheets of violet lightning was magical.  Could Nishtar be so profligate?  No.  He
didn't have that much power to waste, whatever his parentage.  NO wizard had that
much power to waste.
     The image of a city that was not Morya hung over the raging waves, rippling like
a painting on silk.  Darque studied it for several minutes.  He had heard of the
"ghost city" of Lake Moruchei.  It was said to have appeared several times in the
past few years.  But it did nothing, portended nothing, and he had not pursued the
matter.  Still, since it was here in front of him, and he had nothing better to do
while he waited for the storm to cease, he would learn what he could.
     Definitely it was not Morya.  The buildings were of some white stone, marble,
probably, which most of Morya was not.  And the architecture was different.  Lighter,
more graceful.  More "elvish," as humans would say.  Slender towers, airy bridges
between them, fluttering banners.  That sort of thing.  No people were visible, but
they wouldn't be at this scale.  The Ghost City was probably as far away, visually,
as the center of the lake from here, ten or fifteen miles, he supposed.  The
lightning flashed around and between the towers.  It struck one of the delicate
bridges, which shattered.  Darque's eyebrows rose.  Amazing.  The storm, which was
definitely in the world of Ghea and Lake Moruchei, was ALSO in the world where the
Ghost City existed.  Because the city must exist, or it could not suffer destruction
of that kind.
     And if the city existed, somewhere, then it was worth knowing more about.  The
half-demon glanced around for a place to sit.  His two bodyguards were staring past
the horses, deeper into the cave; they were silhouetted against a greenish light.  If
there was power there, it was "cool"; he could sense nothing from the light.
     Curious.  Very curious.
     Darque made a gesture of warding, in case there was more to the light than he
could detect.  Well, there must be more to it, if it was there at all.  He left the
cave's mouth and moved past the dwarves and the horses, deeper into the green-lit
darkness.  The source of the light was easy to find, around the first bend.  It came
from a symbol inlaid into the wall of the cave.
     It was not a symbol he had ever seen before, and his knowledge was extensive.
There was a slight resemblance to some sigils he had seen in a Folstrom manuscript
that was four thousand years old.  But this was less cluttered and, he suspected,
more powerful.  What did it do, and why had no one seen it before now?
     Or had it been discovered in the past, and its discoverers destroyed?  Moryan
peasants might have found this cave, perhaps.  Darque snorted.  He had skills and
protections that no Moryan peasant could match.
     A bolt of lightning as brilliant as the sun struck behind him, wrapped in its
thunder, and filled the cave with white light, blinding him even though he was turned
away from it.  Tyre or Sidon cried out, and the horses screamed in terror.  Darque
knew that none of them had been injured, or he would smell the burned flesh.  He
waited for his eyes to recover.
     The brilliant afterimage faded, leaving darkness just brushed with red light
from behind.  A glance behind showed him that a tree just outside the cave was
burning.  Looking back into the depths of the cave there was only darkness.  The
symbol had vanished.
     No matter, it was burned into his memory.  He stretched out the toe of one small
foot and traced the symbol in the sandy floor of the cave.  Yes.  That was correct.
There was an extensive library in the palace in Xochithlan, more extensive than most
people knew.  He would look for the symbol there, in the oldest scrolls.
     This journey had seemed tedious in the beginning, a duty visit to his teams in
Morya, Xochithlan, and Illis.  Now...now he was looking forward to it.

     Uncle Wolf squinted at the sky.  It was pale a blue as a bird's egg, washed
clean by the storm.  The lake reflected it as a sheet of silver.  "You'd think
there'd never been a storm, not so much as a sprinkle of rain," he said.
     Ghost Dancer reined his pony to one side of the road, which was a smooth and
shining ribbon of mud.  He had already ridden into one such patch, and his horse's
legs were muddy to the knees.  "I wouldn't think it.  Why are we out this early?"
     "What's wrong with being up early?  You getting soft on the Isle, boy?  Or up
too late last night, partying?"
     "Uncle Wolf...."
     The old man shrugged.  "I don't know why you're here, but I'm out here because I
need to be.  I don't know why, exactly.  But I haven't survived forty-five years as a
shaman by not listening when my bones talk to me."
     Ghost Dancer looked around uneasily.  Fields and orchards were emerging from the
early mist on their right.  On the left, the surface of the lake rippled as ducks
settled into the water.  There was no breeze.  No other people out yet, nor any sign
of human activity beyond the road itself, and the fence rows.  It should be peaceful.
After a moment, he indicated a tree-clad hill near the shore.  "There's something
over there."
     "Not now," Wolf said.  "But there was something last night.  Or someone."  His
shoulders twitched.  "Something that made a ripple in the Spirit Land.  That's what
you're feeling."  He urged his horse toward the trees.  "That's what got us out
     "If it's gone, whatever it was, what can we do?" Ghost Dancer asked, following.
     The old shaman shrugged.  "We'll see."

     Master Darque glared at the horse.  "We'll abandon it."  Before Tyre could
speak, he added, "And yours and Sidon's as well.  I will convey us to Xochithlan
     "I thought that took a lot of magical power," Tyre said, looking up from his
examination of the horse's leg.  "You said you wanted to save it for--"
     "For the moment when I decide to use it.  That moment is now.  Get anything you
want off your saddles and we'll go now."  Darque frowned into the distance.  There
was no point in cursing the state of the Arcanum.  It had already been cursed, by the
Grey Witch's mismanagement.  "We're in line-of-sight of Spirit Ridge near Rocanis,
that will help.  We'll be in Xochithlan by tomorrow."

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

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 512): GOOEYDUCK of LAB EXPERIMENTS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 397): YELLOW PIKE of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 517): DEWEY of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 513): KURT RAMBIS of PURPLE AND GOLD (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 516): THIRD OMEN of DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 513): GOKU of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 508): CYCLONE of THUNDERSTRIKERS (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 499): MARY of SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 498): MINOS of SONS OF SATAN (Damion, mgr.)
 DM  36 COSMOWORLD (turn 472): TIMBER LION of WOLFCATS (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 463): BOB, ETERNAL, of SANDS OF TIME (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 202): HOMEY CIDE of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 449): BOZO of CLOWNING AROUND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 398): SPIDER-MAN of WENSINWASIN M.H. (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 177): SVAD BONEGRIN of DAMAGE INC. (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 348): BUS of PUBLIC TRANSIT (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 154): ORPHAN of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 391): TUM of FROM THE FACE from TALCAMA (Shocking Toad, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 512): MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 397): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 517): FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 513): PURPLE AND GOLD (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 512): JOHNS (Dear, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 516): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 513): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 508): TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 499): PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 498): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 COSMOWORLD (turn 472): WOLFCATS (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 463): BOY O'S (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 202): CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 449): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 398): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 189): KATHOUSE (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 177): CHAPEL ROCK (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 348): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 154): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 391): ODD SQUAD, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 517): DEWEY of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
                          FROSTY of THE NUKES (Fusion, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 512): EXCURSION of BLADES OF MIST (Lord Andarus, mgr.)
                           GROTESQUE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
                           SYNDICATE of ORCCON THUGS (DMobster, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 516): THIRD OMEN of DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 507): GRACIE of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
                           LUNELLE of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 499): MARY of SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 498): GINA TAILIA of FEVER PITCH (Alfredo Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 462): KORRIBIE of JINDA-BAN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 201): LAHRS ENNY of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
                               ANGELOST of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 397): APPLE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 188): CERISA of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jinda, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 177): SVAD BONEGRIN of DAMAGE INC. (Tripwire, mgr.)
                          SLIPPERY NIPPLE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
                          FLAMING DRAMBUIE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
              (turn 176): PLAGUEBEARER of SHADOWLAND (DeGotti, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail XOCHITHLAN!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for 
your deeds.  The DUCKS UNLIMITED guild has had a 3-1-1 turn and deserves to be 
watched in the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's 
see, DUCK A L'ORANGE fought SOLL I. TARRY and gained 13 points and contributed to 
DUCKS UNLIMITED's 3-1-1.  SOLL I. TARRY has lost to DUCK A L'ORANGE, falling 12 
points, while helping make CRIMINAL ELEMENT a 3-2-1 turn.  The attempts to dethrone 
the Duelmaster have failed, and HOMEY CIDE remains XOCHITHLAN's top warrior for 
another turn.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their 
losing fighters do dishes at The Welcome Wench until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  CRIMINAL ELEMENT has cause to stand tall, as they were 
XOCHITHLAN's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And 
guess who avoided CRIMINAL ELEMENT stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was DARQUE 
ANGELS.  Anyone surprised?  Well, sports fans, take notice that QUIA RAYNE from THE 
MIDDLE WAY was XOCHITHLAN's most challenged warrior this turn.  In a brave attempt, 
MAGUA from MY UNDOING challenged up 23 points to fight ZED ARLEN from the THE MIDDLE 
WAY stable.  MAGUA perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was beat by ZED ARLEN 
and ended up with 9 recognition points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  
You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     I like this place, XOCHITHLAN, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet 
again, keep your swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in 
XOCHITHLAN again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOMEY CIDE 3594              15   7  1   108       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OUTLAW STAR 3550             11   6  1    99       DARQUE ANGELS (402)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOT AIR DUCK 3451            12   6  0    90       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
-DAMOK 3538                   14  15  0    89       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
-TYSON 3592                    5   3  0    77       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 ULRIK VORN 3556              15  15  1    74       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KAHR, JACK 3637               7   5  1    62       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE FALLEN ONE 3416          11  10  2    57       DARQUE ANGELS (402)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUCK A L'ORANGE 3607          4   6  0    48       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 ETRIGAN 3596                  6   3  0    41       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
-COWTOWN SNIPER 3660           5   1  1    40       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 QUIA RAYNE 3636               5   9  0    34       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZED ARLEN 3653                7   2  0    32       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 SOLL I. TARRY 3652            5   4  0    27       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
 PEKING DUCK 3632              3   1  0    26       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPARA PERSI 3670              3   1  0    22       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
-ANUDDA BLOUD 3659             3   3  0    18       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 DAFORCE 3671                  2   0  2    17       MY UNDOING (432)
 MANN SLAUGHTER 3688           1   0  1    13       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
 BLACK GUARD 3667              2   3  0    11       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
 DAFFY DUCK 3668               1   0  1    11       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
-CLEO 3570                     0   1  0     9       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 MAGUA 3673                    0   2  0     9       MY UNDOING (432)
 CURLY 3674                    1   1  1     8       MY UNDOING (432)
 SLEAZA 3672                   0   2  0     4       MY UNDOING (432)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
COLLABORATOR 15        0  1 0   1                   OUTLAW STAR 3550      203 NONE    
THUG 3676              1  1 0 CRIMINAL ELEMENT 379  DAFORCE 3671          203         
DEAD 3689              0  1 0 DARQUE ANGELS 402     ARENAMASTER XORON 23  203 NONE    
INDILLA JASSE 3695     0  1 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 385    DAFFY DUCK 3668       203         
GIB HOLGIN 3611        6 10 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 385    COWTOWN SNIPER 3660   202         
OZMA 3675              0  2 0 MY UNDOING 432        MANN SLAUGHTER 3688   203         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Persi (The Taste of a new Generation) -- Magua hope you get drunk.

Geez, me and Curly would have been here sooner, but we were busy uh...undoing...a
bunch of archers that ambushed us and Sleaza on our way into town. -- Daforce

Yeaeeaah...Deadguys...Hnyuk hnuk.... -- Curly

Yeah and we used to have a manager, too, but...uhmm (dirty smirk)...we were his
undoing. -- Sleaza

...And I was mugged by a thug who said, "Welcome to Xochithlan."  Made me feel right
at home. -- Ozma

Tyson -- I suppose it's a benefit for you, being witless.  You can't anticipate how
much it's going to hurt.  But if you want to find out how much it's going to hurt,
start going down dark alleys alone. -- Ulrik Vorn

Cowtown Sniper -- (pained look)  I didn't realize you were a Duck sympathizer.  I'd
already come under verbal attack for maligning Ducks, but now this!  It's too much!
I promise, okay?  No more mentioning that Ducks are infiltrating the arena, that
Ducks are probably planning on taking over the city-state!  I will be mum on that
topic. -- Ghost of Gib Holguin

Well, THAT is an eye-opener!  I didn't realize that Dwarves were getting into
shamanism. -- Zed Arlen
P.S.  Uh...is this really a good idea?  Should we maybe do something about it?

The war has been over for YEARS, and we're still getting Rirorni Looters?  Maybe we
should burn down their ghetto. -- Quia Rayne

Magua -- YOUR undoing, anyway.  And let me tell you, I really ENJOYED undoing you,
too. -- Opara Persi

8 December 2004
Battle Royal 4
     The Battle Royal arena contests are one of the purest tests of manager skill
available. The rules are simple.  The scoring is simple.  The updates are live.  If
you would like to participate, simply get a team ready in Talcama in the next month
and announce in the personals that you're in.  The prize is bragging rights and
having your name along side previous winners (Doc Steele, Manray Frothingslosh, and
Manager).  It is a brutal contest, but it is a lot of fun!
     Basic rules:  No avoiding other contest teams.  Score = Wins + Kills - Losses.
Only fights against other BR teams count.  First team to 25 wins!
     BR4 begins in Talcama (DM 18) on turn 502, due on Jan 29, 2005.
     Visit http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4 for more information.

8 December 2004
     The Turf War IV Grand Contest will commence on Turn 221 (approx. February 22,
2005).  For those who have never participated, Turf Wars are alliance-type contest
and Winner-Takes-All.  There are no 2nd place winners!
     Everyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created to compete in the Turf War!  However, to participate, each alliance must:
     A.  Announce the alliance name and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
         (DM #47) newsletter.
Captains are responsible for:
     A.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their alliance;
     B.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the TW4.
Managers must:
     A.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-up Gift Certificate to participate;
     B.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name and alliance
         in which they will be fighting under, in the DM #47 North Fork newsletter.
1.  No scoring will begin until an RSI Roll-up Gift Certificate is received.  No
    exceptions will be made.
2.  Before a manager can compete, he must be acknowledged and verified by the Captain
    of the alliance he has claimed for;
    A.  The following turn, points will begin to be awarded or subtracted;
3.  Only one (1) team per manager may compete.  No multiple aliases please (we'll be
    checking this and if caught...you'll be disqualified and no refund);
4.  The contest will end on Turn 233 (12 turns!).  Winners will be announced on Turn
    234 and prizes sent to winning alliance between Turn 233 and 234.
5.  No declarations will be acknowledged after Turn 231.
6.  For the purpose of scoring, I reserve the right to make all final decisions.
Scoring:         Win    Lose     Kill     Die
Challenge         +2     -2       +5       -5
Match-up          +1     -1       +1       -5
Bloodfeud         +2     -5       +5       -10
Champion          x2     x2       x2       x2
Downchallenge     +2     -5       +2       -10
Dark Arena       +10     -5       xx       xx
Special Scoring:
     A.  Each mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points;
     B.  Each Style Master is worth 5 points;
     A.  Champions may be declared, but are not mandatory.  If declared, they must be
         in the Adepts or lower brackets.
     A.  Bloodfeuds will count for all four turns.  However, the same warrior may not
         bloodfeud all four turns.  A penalty of -10 will be given to the team who
         violates this rule.
Special Conditions:
     A.  I reserve the right for all final decisions.
     B.  If I make a mistake, I'll multiply the points by 2;
     C.  If you claim I did, and *YOU* are wrong; I'll subtract points at the rate of
     D.  Each alliance begins with zero (0) points.
     E.  Dark Arena may be used on the first turn of every warrior with no penalty.
     F.  T.V.'s won after contest begins gain a Triple rate of scoring.
     G.  T.C.'s won after the contest begins gain a multiple of 10 scoring.
     H.  No switching alliances once verified by an alliance.
     Any questions or concerns may be addressed (if you're incarcerated) to:
Baphomet, mgr. Knights Templar (268), DM #47 -- North Fork.
     If you're in the free world:  Rick Strigner  Merit East
                                   SCI  P.O. Box 500
                                   Georgetown, DE  19947-0500
P.S.  Prizes are:
     A.  100% of the roll-up certs
     B.  Currently under negotiations with R.S.I. for other prizes
     C.  A special prize from me that I will discuss with the Captain of the winning

15 December 2004
The Company of Brothers Alliance would like to welcome Azereth as our newest member.
We are sure he will be an asset to both our alliance and the dueling community! --
Baphomet, Co-Founder T.C.B.

24 December 2004
Due to requests, the Turf War IV will be postponed until turn 225 (approx May/June
2005).  Sorry about the inconvenience. -- Baphomet, host of TW 4

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD was butchered by ARENAMASTER XORON in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
THE FALLEN ONE was viciously subdued by ULRIK VORN in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
ETRIGAN was overpowered by KAHR, JACK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
THUG was unbelievably slain by DAFORCE in a 2 minute brutal novice's Challenge fight.
MAGUA was bested by ZED ARLEN in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
CURLY was vanquished by QUIA RAYNE in a exciting 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
HOMEY CIDE viciously subdued HOT AIR DUCK in a 6 minute gruesome expert's Title fight.
OUTLAW STAR slaughtered COLLABORATOR in a 1 minute gory uneven duel.
SOLL I. TARRY was vanquished by DUCK A L'ORANGE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
PEKING DUCK overpowered SLEAZA in a 6 minute uneven match.
BLACK GUARD was beaten by OPARA PERSI in a 3 minute fight.
OZMA was murdered by MANN SLAUGHTER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
DAFFY DUCK easily killed INDILLA JASSE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   1 -  2      86  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  14 -  1      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  16 -  2      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  14 -  1      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  15 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  29 -  1      41  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW         7 -  13 -  1      35  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   6 -  0      33  |

Turn 203 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        1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         4  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     HOMEY CIDE 3594            15   7  1  108 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
STRIKING ATTACK  OUTLAW STAR 3550           11   6  1   99 DARQUE ANGELS (402)
WALL OF STEEL    HOT AIR DUCK 3451          12   6  0   90 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
BASHING ATTACK   KAHR, JACK 3637             7   5  1   62 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
SLASHING ATTACK  ETRIGAN 3596                6   3  0   41 DARQUE ANGELS (402)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ULRIK VORN 3556.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ULRIK VORN 3556.  The ten other most popular fighters were HOMEY CIDE 3594, 
JACK 3637, ZED ARLEN 3653, HOT AIR DUCK 3451, and DUCK A L'ORANGE 3607.

The least popular fighter this week was PEKING DUCK 3632.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were INDILLA JASSE 3695, OZMA 3675, SOLL I. TARRY 3652, CURLY 3674, 
DEAD 3689.


     For those of you who keep track of such things, 11 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                        EEK THE CAT (2-4110) of THE FUNNY FARM 
                             HADES (11-5338) of MYTHICAL 
                    DRAUGHT DODGER (12-5209) of WISH YOU WERE BEER 
                      DRACO MALFOY (18-7115) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN 
                           FREAK (18-7300) of RUN AND HYDE 
                   BETWEEN THE EYES (60-716) of METAL MILITIA II 6
                  SHOVELING SANDY (65-3584) of STORMNITE SANDBAGGER 
                         BLUE BLOOD (73-3657) of BLACK & BLUE 
                          JOCK (82-10452) of 4-LETTER ITCHES 
                       WILLIE BROWN (82-13201) of 1976 RAIDERS 
                          YUENGLING (82-16265) of LOCAL BEER 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                                FACE-TO-FACE XXXIV

     Our next Winter Face-to-Face will be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Friday 
through Sunday, 14-16 January 2005, at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, Arizona (4400 S 
Rural Rd--this is the same hotel as last year).  Room rates are $139.00 per night, 
1-4 occupancy, which includes breakfast.  The rooms are blocked.  The reservations 
number is 480-897-7444; tell them you're with the "Reality Simulations Face to Face 
Convention" block.  Our room block will be released in mid-December, so please make 
sure you reserve your room before then! 
     Room rates include a full cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary two-hour 
manager's reception.  There is a free shuttle to the airport, as well as free parking.  
The hotel is located down the freeway in Tempe.  All rooms have high speed internet 
(for an extra charge).  There is a fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool, and of course a 
bar and Mexican restaurant inside the hotel.  And there's Denny's right across the 
street.  Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.
     The tournament information sheet/strategy sheet should be out sometime in late 
November/early December. 
     If you haven't been to a Face-to-Face before, you're overdue.  If you have, 
you'll be back.  Don't miss this one, it'll be a blast!  See you there! 

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI Staff

                 MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXVIII

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SUE E. SYDE 3240 (46-45-1)             3  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ROB A. REE 3241 (42-28-1)              5  1  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LAHRS ENNY 3400 (18-17-0)              2  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANGELOST 3415 (14-5-1)                 9  3  0         DARQUE ANGELS        

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PEKING DUCK 3632 (2-1-0)               0  2  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BLACK GUARD 3667 (2-0-0)               0  2  0         DARQUE ANGELS        

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DAFFY DUCK 3668 (0-0-0)                3  3  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      
MAGUA 3673 (0-0-0)                     3  3  0         MY UNDOING           
CURLY 3674 (0-0-0)                     0  2  0         MY UNDOING           
DAFORCE 3671 (0-0-0)                   0  2  0         MY UNDOING           
OZMA 3675 (0-0-0)                      0  2  0         MY UNDOING           
SLEAZA 3672 (0-0-0)                    0  2  0         MY UNDOING           

DEAD CHALLENGERS TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TOP DUCK 932 (17-15-0)                 0  2  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BERG, LORI 3554 (8-4-1)                0  2  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SILVERSTAR 3361 (6-3-1)                2  3  0         BLUE DIAMONDS