Date   : 02/26/2005    Duedate: 03/25/2005


DM-50    TURN-208

This Weeks Top Honors


(50-3414) [20-2-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OPEN SESAME (199)              SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
(50-3413) [9-3-0,113]          (50-3477) [3-1-0,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GILIA HARN                     NO-PAIN-4U
MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)             EXTREMISTS (252)
(50-3391) [21-19-0,88]         (50-2359) [12-5-2,103]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. IN THE NICOTINE (383)       42
2. DARK SIDHE (288)            34      MASTER BLASTERS (60)
3. DRUID'S GROVE (292)         27      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          23
5. OPEN SESAME (199)           15      SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)   15   5  2 75.0   1/ 1*SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)  11  4 1
 2/ 0 MASTER BLASTERS (60)     130  86  3 60.2   2/ 2 DARK SIDHE (288)         10  5 2
 3/ 0 OPEN SESAME (199)        276 189 17 59.4   3/ 3 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       7  7 1
 4/ 2 DARK SIDHE (288)         330 297 22 52.6   4/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        6  9 1
 5/ 0*IN THE NICOTINE (383)      2   2  0 50.0   5/ 4 EXTREMISTS (252)          4  4 2
 6/ 3 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       83  85  8 49.4   6/ 0 OPEN SESAME (199)         3  2 1
 7/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        92 108  2 46.0   7/ 0*IN THE NICOTINE (383)     2  2 0
 8/ 6 EXTREMISTS (252)          46  59  7 43.8   8/ 0 MASTER BLASTERS (60)      1  0 0
 9- 7 BRIGANDS (384)            33  48  6 40.7   9- 7 BRIGANDS (384)            1  2 1

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): TAD DEVILLE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  SNOWBOUND needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Cut this out and 
put it in your scrapbooks, DARK SIDHE!  'Cause they got 4-1-2 and moved up to 2nd!  
This new team IN THE NICOTINE shows promise, and that's all I'm going to say (for 
now).  MVP award for VIRGINIA SLIM?  IN THE NICOTINE's proud of her after beating 
EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and getting 20 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  SNOW BELCH 
HAMMER's match with AZAER cost him a loss of 12 points!  Oh, wow, like the Duelmaster 
must be the most popular guy in all SNOWBOUND.  He got the most challenges.  (But 
what about proposals?) YAIWE thinks his 20-2-0 and studly character is good enough to 
face up to the Duelmaster.  Any bets?  Was that a tear I saw in YAIWE's eye, as he 
took over Duelmastership?  And wasn't NO-PAIN-4U fit to be tied!  Who was the wiseguy 
that said SNOWBOUND's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Victory Tavern?  Don't 
look at me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  I was SO depressed when I heard SNOW TROLL 
HAMMER got killed.  He was just a kid, and didn't get a fair chance in SNOWBOUND, or 
anything!  D'ya think ELLITA FESS is feeling guilty for killing OPEN SESAME's HAIRY 
MONSTER, a mere boy?  Naah, I doubt it.  What a bummer!  ORION GRIMM got wasted by ON 
MY WAY!  But with a 5-4-1, I guess DRUID'S GROVE aren't too bummed.  It was so gross 
when ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME killed ORION GRIMM.  They should start making warriors 
use safer weapons, or more shields, or something...  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that 
all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  SNOWBOUND is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby 

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YAIWE 3414                   20   2  0   111       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUPER GROVER 3413             9   3  0   113       OPEN SESAME (199)
-TARGHOL 3512                 12   8  0   107       BRIGANDS (384)
 NO-PAIN-4U 2359              12   5  2   103       EXTREMISTS (252)
 ELLITA FESS 3392             22  18  1    98       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 STRYKER 3404                 13  14  0    92       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GILIA HARN 3391              21  19  0    88       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 HOLLAN INNIS 3388            15  18  0    86       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 ON MY WAY 3378               15   7  1    72       OPEN SESAME (199)
 FENDER GRALE 3389            14  20  1    70       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 NEUMA 3406                   11  15  0    70       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ASHAKI 3509                   9   7  3    66       BRIGANDS (384)
 SWEET AIR 3381               13   8  0    63       OPEN SESAME (199)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEGGERS BLOOD 2729            6   0  0    55       EXTREMISTS (252)
 BLAZE 3412                    9  10  4    47       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449         8   7  0    46       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 SNOW COBRA HAMMER 3477        3   1  0    46       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
-BERLINETTA 2156               7   6  0    40       MASTER BLASTERS (60)
-BLUNGEON 2436                 5   2  0    40       EXTREMISTS (252)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARRY MONSTER 3430            2   7  0    36       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KALDOR 2522                   5   2  3    33       EXTREMISTS (252)
 AZAER 3096                    5   2  0    33       MASTER BLASTERS (60)
 GRONK 3472                    5   7  1    26       DARK SIDHE (288)
 SNOW HIPPO HAMMER 3513        3   0  0    25       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOW BOUND HAMMER 3474        3   1  1    22       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 VIRGINIA SLIM 3501            1   0  0    20       IN THE NICOTINE (383)
-GROTH 3508                    2   1  0    16       BRIGANDS (384)
 SNOW BELCH HAMMER 3475        3   1  0    15       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 ASH TRAY 3498                 1   0  0    13       IN THE NICOTINE (383)
 MAILEA 3518                   1   0  1    11       DARK SIDHE (288)
 AMPUTATION 2767               1   2  1     9       EXTREMISTS (252)
-TOKAR 3504                    1   6  0     9       BRIGANDS (384)
-ROTHAZ 3505                   0   1  0     9       BRIGANDS (384)
 DRAGOUL 3516                  1   1  0     8       DARK SIDHE (288)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               0   2  0     2       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF 1      0  1 0   1                   GRONK 3472            208 NONE    
VORAGAR 3487           3  2 2 DARK SIDHE 288        THE HUNTING SONG 3471 205         
TAMBARO 3514           0  1 0 DARK SIDHE 288        SNOW BOUND HAMME 3474 206         
SHIN SPLINTERER 3466   1  1 0 DISTRUXTIVE HABIT 379 BLAZE 3412            204 NOT REVE
ORION GRIMM 3486       5  4 1 DRUID'S GROVE 292     ON MY WAY 3378        208         
OBSIDIAN 2484         14 21 1 DRUID'S GROVE 292     NO-PAIN-4U 2359       207         
BUTT 3497              0  1 0 IN THE NICOTINE 383   STONE GOLEM 26        208 NONE    
SALEM 3500             0  1 0 IN THE NICOTINE 383   MAILEA 3518           208         
ARLEN ABELI 3387      13 25 0 MIDDLE WAY 6 368      ASHAKI 3509           206         
HAIRY MONSTER 3436     5  3 0 OPEN SESAME 199       ELLITA FESS 3392      208         
SNOW TROLL HAMME 3476  3  1 1 SNOW CALL HAMMERZ 380 KALDOR 2522           208         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Hello.  New to the arena, not the game.  We moved here from Monuntial.  Went 
to work and the doors were all locked up.  Figured I'd go north being a Canadian, eh?  
See you on the sands...er snow?  Whatever. -- Brigands

A great warrior he was, an angry blade that held a gentle touch.  I will remember the 
one called Obsidian.  I must have gotten carried away during our final encounter.  We 
must honour this warrior, let him ascend to Valhalla or to a place of never ending 
fights. -- No Pain 4U.

I have rised to the level of Duelmaster.  Free drinks all around if I survive the 
blood fueds before me.  Let our fights stay on the sands and our legendary boldness 
cover the world over. -- No Pain 4U

Vanwafea -- For that many skills, I'll take the loss and smile. -- Ellita Fess
P.S.  Especially since I have to be alive to get the skills, so it's a "safe" loss.
P.P.S.  Congratulations.

Yaiwe -- Did you notice a certain amount of confusion on the part of the crowd, there 
at the end?  They didn't seem to know who they wanted to praise or blame.  Well, 
blame me, but there seemed to be a certain ammount of hostility attaching to you, 
also.  Fickle things, crowds. -- Fender Grale

Stryker -- Yep, that was a match. -- Hollan Innis

A Convicted Assassin?  Well, bah, and also humbug. -- Gilia Harn
P.S.  I would've killed him, but the stewards said they had a hard time getting new 
Convicted Assassins, and please not to kill this one.  Oh, well.

Snow Belch Hammer -- Er... running a little short on names there? -- Cass Dolan

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     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.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BUTT was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
YAIWE unbelievably bested NO-PAIN-4U in a 10 minute expert's Challenge Title battle.
NEUMA lost to GILIA HARN in a popular 1 minute master's Challenge brawl.
BEGGERS BLOOD defeated SNOW COBRA HAMMER in a 2 minute Challenge match.
KALDOR butchered SNOW TROLL HAMMER in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge brawl.
SUPER GROVER devastated FENDER GRALE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
HOLLAN INNIS viciously subdued SWEET AIR in a action packed 2 minute expert's fight.
ELLITA FESS slaughtered HAIRY MONSTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
STRYKER won victory over KUNG-FU MASTER in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
ON MY WAY narrowly killed ORION GRIMM in a 4 minute one-sided melee.
ROXANNE DE'MORRE overpowered KARRAGIT SLAVE in a 2 minute one-sided match.
BLAZE bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute conflict.
SNOW BELCH HAMMER was devastated by AZAER in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
HARRY MONSTER viciously subdued SNOW BOUND HAMMER in a 1 minute bout.
GRONK assassinated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
AMPUTATION was viciously subdued by SNOW HIPPO HAMMER in a 1 minute amateur's bout.
CASS DOLAN was defeated by DRAGOUL in a 2 minute novice's bout.
VIRGINIA SLIM overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SALEM was assassinated by MAILEA in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
ASH TRAY devastated KARNHORN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   7 -  1      75  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   3 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  20 -  3      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         SLASHING ATTACK   27 -  21 -  5      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  12 -  1      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  17 -  4      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  18 -  6      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  20 -  1      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 208 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     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  5         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      YAIWE 3414                 20   2  0  111 DARK SIDHE (288)
STRIKING ATTACK  SUPER GROVER 3413           9   3  0  113 OPEN SESAME (199)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    ELLITA FESS 3392           22  18  1   98 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
WALL OF STEEL    GILIA HARN 3391            21  19  0   88 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GILIA HARN 3391.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NO-PAIN-4U 2359.  The ten other most popular fighters were HOLLAN INNIS 3388, 
3517, YAIWE 3414, STRYKER 3404, SNOW HIPPO HAMMER 3513, and GILIA HARN 3391.

The least popular fighter this week was ON MY WAY 3378.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SALEM 3500, SNOW BOUND HAMMER 3474, SNOW BELCH HAMMER 3475, HAIRY 
3472, and ELLITA FESS 3392.


     The winter tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."


     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of March.
If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please contact RSI Customer 
Service.  The charge for a name change is $1, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)