Date   : 03/11/2004    Duedate: 03/24/2004


DM-56    TURN-347

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-3736) [12-9-1,92]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

APPLEMINT                      MACHINE
BAD APPLES (187)               TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
(56-3736) [12-9-1,92]          (56-3795) [2-0-0,29]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MOUNTAIN GOAT                  DEVICE
REDHORSE (207)                 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
(56-3700) [18-18-3,82]         (56-3797) [0-2-0,2]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)      22
2. ROLE MONSTERS (408)         18      REDHORSE (207)
3. GENERAL SURGERY (267)       14      Unchartered Team
4. REDHORSE (207)               8
5. BAD APPLES (187)             1      TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)     6   2  0 75.0   1/ 3 REDHORSE (207)            8  7 0
 2/ 2 REDHORSE (207)           344 395 13 46.5   2/ 1 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     7  6 1
 3/ 0 ROLE MONSTERS (408)       27  34  3 44.3   3/ 4*TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)    6  2 0
 4/ 3 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     78 101  2 43.6   4/ 2 BAD APPLES (187)          5 10 0
 5/ 4 BAD APPLES (187)         293 393 14 42.7   5/ 0 ROLE MONSTERS (408)       2  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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #78 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     Twilight rushed westward, following the sun and leaving darkness in its wake.
The stars gave more light than city people realized, but not enough to tell Artemisia
what was approaching around the blacker curve of Barikala island.  Something was.
Probably the canoes her lookout had guessed: she could see the flicker of starlight
off what might be paddles rising and falling.  That it was to be an attack, she
didn't doubt.  There was no other reason for approaching in the darkness like this.
These waters were too dangerous for--
     Something bumped against the side of her ship, scraped along it.  Other bumps,
maybe a dozen...the canoes.  The Lady Protector drew her cutlass and knew that her
crewmen were doing the same.  Did these attackers really think she would be so
careless as not to notice their approach?
     Something showed over the rail, dark against the dark water, but it gleamed
white briefly in the starlight.  She took one long step forward and brought her blade
down on it.  From close up, she could smell it, a horrible rotten-meat stink.  It
fell away and hit the water and the canoe below with a sodden clunk-splash.  There
was no time to think about it; another one was reaching over the rail beside it.  She
cut sideways, then reversed to cut the other way at a third.  Her crew was lined up
on either side of her, hacking steadily.  There was no sound but their grunts of
effort, and their feet shifting on the deck.
     "Not everyone here!" Artemisia commanded.  "Mr. Horlon, take a half-dozen men
and watch the other rail before they come at us from behind!"
     She could hear her first officer's low-voiced commands, and men moving out of
the line.  The ones still fighting on this rail moved to cover the gaps in their
line; it was actually better now, because they had room to work.
     "These are DEAD men!" one of her sailors exclaimed.  "They're already DEAD!"
     Zombies?  Should that be possible with the Arcanum weakened?  Not that it
mattered.  Dead or alive, she didn't want them on her ship.  "Make them twice dead,
then," she ordered.
     In truth, the zombies were not hard to fight with.  You had to dismember them to
get them to stop attacking, but they had no skill.  Since her crew was more numerous,
the end was not in doubt.
     And whoever had launched this attack must know that....
     A feint?  She wanted desperately to look around for the other attack, the real
one.  But the problem with a really good distraction like this was that it was
dangerous.  If you ignored it, then the distraction became the real attack.
     Artemisia hacked at another zombie trying to climb over the rail and realized
that she had been able to see it very clearly.  Too clearly for a moonless night.
She glanced up quickly and then froze.  The pillar of light over Barikala had become
a roaring torrent, a blaze to match the sun...and there were shapes moving within the
shining column.

Approaching Niatoli Island:

     Ghenis had settled for a small, fast ship, the kind that was used for smuggling
small cargoes.  He'd been hunted in Zukal; he wasn't sure why.  Had Pelishtekan
somehow guessed that he, Ghenis, had become a deadly enemy?  It didn't seem possible,
since he'd spoken to no one of his plan, but maybe the damned Ferencian had ways....
In fact, the man must be a wizard of some kind to pull of the "divine signs" that had
appeared during the worship performances.  Which was all the more reason not to go
back to Zukal until he had found the TRUE demongod.
     There were men belonging to the cult who owned boats, but Ghenis had not gone to
one of them for transport.  No point in making his trail obvious.  Being a gladiator
gave him contacts Pelishtekan couldn't guess at.  He'd rented the boat from a man who
asked no questions, a man who had been a gladiator on Barikala before the invasion.
     Ghenis leaned back against the low cabin in the middle of the boat and began to
plan his operation on Niatoli.  Contact his teammate, Cousin Og.  Then...other
gladiators.  Potential worshippers for the demongod, when he found It.  And allies.
He'd have to raise some money, you couldn't start a rival cult without money.
Piracy, maybe, or a little treasure hunting.  Maybe raid...Monuntial.  Yeah, no one
would mind, no one that mattered to him, anyway, if he raided the invaders.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Well now, Rocanis.  Looks like I get a brief stop on the big chair before I move on.
I bid you farewell, just another boring lunger:  11(1)-11(1)-14-17-18(1)-5-11 Adex
Init/Def, Exp Att; SS, Mod/Mod.  Hm, seems I have an affinity for parry skills.
Well, I'm averaging over 2 skills per fight so Darkfist is willing to let me play on
for a while despite my poor bases.  Hopefully I'll keep doing what I love best:
Carving flesh!  I'm just glad I don't have to fight Deadfall anymore.  Carving wood
keeps dulling my edge.

Eleven Blade of the Scalpel Clan

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  REDHORSE now holds the crown and 
they are betting they can keep it.  Advancing in the rankings was TOOLS OF TORMENT 
who went from last turn's 3-1-0, to this week's record of 6-2-0.  Hey everybody, 
watch out for MACHINE, who flew up 14 points in the rankings after mashing PALOMINO 
like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk 
out on the sands.  PALOMINO was defeated by MACHINE and drops 9 points.  Our battling 
duelmaster ELEVEN BLADE has managed to hold the title, fending off APPLEMINT's none 
too subtle advances.  Better luck next time, BAD APPLES.  Can you believe they are 
paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ROCANIS arena.  Did you 
hear that GENERAL SURGERY was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the 
personal hygiene of GENERAL SURGERY's warriors, I'm not surprised!  For those of you 
who like math, try this one:  GENERAL SURGERY + Weapons That go Boom = TOOLS OF 
TORMENT + Avoid City.  And who is this PALOMINO you ask, with 12 points and a 3-3-0 
record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Remember:  alliances are great, 
but try and take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, there's the manager of the ROCANIS giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and 
I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, 
I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APPLEMINT 3736               12   9  1    92       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TENACULUM 3735               13   5  0   123       GENERAL SURGERY (267)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANDREW 3805                  10   8  2    89       ROLE MONSTERS (408)
 BROKEN TOE 3683              17  23  1    87       REDHORSE (207)
 MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700           18  18  3    82       REDHORSE (207)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JONATHANNIE 3747              9   8  0    64       BAD APPLES (187)
 DEADFALL 3685                11  28  0    61       BAD APPLES (187)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JAVELINO 3728                13   9  0    53       REDHORSE (207)
 BITTER VETCH 3762             8   2  0    52       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLEEZ 3807                    7   5  0    34       ROLE MONSTERS (408)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEDGEHOG 3748                 8   9  0    33       REDHORSE (207)
 SHAARON 3798                  5   8  1    32       ROLE MONSTERS (408)
 MACHINE 3795                  2   0  0    29       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JUSTICE 3800                  3   2  0    21       ROLE MONSTERS (408)
 MECHANISM 3796                2   0  0    16       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
 PALOMINO 3766                 3   3  0    12       REDHORSE (207)
 CANDY APPLE 3786              2   3  0     9       BAD APPLES (187)
 DOHICKEY 3793                 2   0  0     7       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
 4X4 3810                      1   0  0     6       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 DEVICE 3797                   0   2  0     2       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
 PROVODINE 3809                0   1  0     1       GENERAL SURGERY (267)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
18-GAUGE 3792          0  2 0 GENERAL SURGERY 267   STEV STONEFIST 18     347 NONE    
DA FOREVER 3799        0  1 0 ROLE MONSTERS 408     TABAR THE KNIFE 27    347 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

4-0 Prolene -- Guess I took your threat seriously ("Another blow and I'll send you to
Ahringol").  I'm not ready to meet Ahringol yet. -- Broken Toe
P.S.  Hey, you're going to the Isle!  Bye!

Applemint -- Wow.  Four skills and two ratings.  You are dangerous, lady. -- Mountain

Jonathannie -- I guess my head is more vulnerable than your groin. -- Javelino

     And what that says about both of you I don't even want to contemplate. -- Ed.

Bitter Vetch -- Dang. -- Hedgehog, not roaring today

Device -- Well, it kind of takes the sweetness out of my victory when I learn one
skill and you learn five.  But at least I won, which is more than the rest of my team
did. -- Palomino

Candy Apple -- I am not and never have been a caravan raider.  I dated a former
caravan raider for a while.  But none of Team Redhorse raids caravans for a living
anymore. -- Palomino

Eleven Blade -- Don't you ever get tired of things working out like this?  Maybe wish
you could whip out a TWELVE? -- Deadfall

Mountain Goat -- Now, THAT was a good fight.  I one-shotted you, grabbed the victory,
and acquired four skills and two new ratings.  I like it. -- Applemint

Javelino -- Doesn't seem like there's anyone else for us to match with these days,
does it? -- Jonathannie

Hedgehog -- They tell me that if you get a hedgehog from the belly, you can peel off
the spines.  And that then there's about one mouthful of meat.  Hardly worth it. --
Bitter Vetch

Machine -- Oh, gee, I'm anti-technological.  I don't do machines. -- Candy Apple

     Bet you could gum 'em up if you tried. -- Ed.

Javelino -- There is no good luck in this game, though plenty of bad luck. -- Bitter

Palomino -- (stung to protest)  I would make poor attacks with ANY weapon! -- Candy

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

3 March 2004

     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:
     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,


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
     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
     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
     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.

mgr. of Suicidal Dreams
and Director Jhans Board of Tourism
kLk Alliance

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

18-GAUGE was butchered by STEV STONEFIST in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA FOREVER was butchered by TABAR THE KNIFE in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
MACHINE demolished PALOMINO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
MECHANISM defeated CANDY APPLE in a 1 minute amateur's Challenge duel.
ELEVEN BLADE viciously subdued APPLEMINT in a exciting 1 minute veteran's Title fight.
ANDREW viciously subdued RIRORNI ASSASSIN in a popular 1 minute bloody duel.
MOUNTAIN GOAT overpowered DEADFALL in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
BROKEN TOE defeated JONATHANNIE in a 2 minute uneven melee.
BITTER VETCH won victory over DOOM FROM THE SOUTH in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
JAVELINO savagely defeated SHAARON in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
HEDGEHOG defeated JUSTICE in a 3 minute fight.
SLEEZ overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a slow 4 minute one-sided melee.
DOHICKEY outlasted PROVODINE in a unpopular 17 minute amateur's match.
DEVICE was bested by 4X4 in a crowd pleasing 5 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    37 -  23 -  0      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  13 -  1      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  10 -  0      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   9 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 347 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         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  APPLEMINT 3736             12   9  1   92 BAD APPLES (187)
BASHING ATTACK   ANDREW 3805                10   8  2   89 ROLE MONSTERS (408)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JONATHANNIE 3747            9   8  0   64 BAD APPLES (187)
STRIKING ATTACK  JAVELINO 3728              13   9  0   53 REDHORSE (207)
AIMED BLOW       BITTER VETCH 3762           8   2  0   52 BAD APPLES (187)
TOTAL PARRY      SLEEZ 3807                  7   5  0   34 ROLE MONSTERS (408)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DEVICE 3797.  The ten other most popular fighters were BROKEN TOE 3683, 

The least popular fighter this week was DOHICKEY 3793.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PROVODINE 3809, SLEEZ 3807, HEDGEHOG 3748, DEADFALL 3685, CANDY APPLE 
3786, PALOMINO 3766, DA FOREVER 3799, 18-GAUGE 3792, 4X4 3810, and SHAARON 3798.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn: