Date   : 11/30/2006    Duedate: 12/13/2006


DM-56    TURN-417

This Weeks Top Honors


GET (419)
(56-3900) [12-1-0,125]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

IT                             POSITION IS EMPTY
GET (419)                      
(56-3900) [12-1-0,125]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FORLUITHA                      TEMB
BAD APPLES (187)               RESCUE RANGERS (338)
(56-3946) [10-9-0,55]          (56-3907) [11-6-1,64]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. RESCUE RANGERS (338)        32
2. BAD APPLES (187)            23      GET (419)
3. GET (419)                   17      Unchartered Team
4. EXILED GLADIATOR (249)       0
5. STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)       0      JUST A REM SONG (350)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 GET (419)                 41  17  1 70.7   1/ 2 BAD APPLES (187)          9  6 0
 2/ 0 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      72  31  7 69.9   2/ 1 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)       9  6 0
 3- 2*STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)    14   9  2 60.9   3- 3*STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)    4  2 0
 4- 3 EXILED GLADIATOR (249)    16  11  1 59.3   4/ 0 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      3  0 0
 5/ 4 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)       76  75  8 50.3   5- 4 EXILED GLADIATOR (249)    1  2 0
 6- 5 YIELD (405)               32  41  7 43.8   6/ 0 GET (419)                 1  2 0
 7/ 6 BAD APPLES (187)         442 579 14 43.3   7- 5 YIELD (405)               0  4 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ROCANIS!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  ZIPPER caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested TROCARAN DESERTER and was awarded 13 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, PRIEST OF MYTORI put 
down PRESTON, causing him to lose 26 points of recognition in the process.  This time 
victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail IT, Duelmaster of ROCANIS!  
Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without 
pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ROCANIS "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way 
he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!  
     The girls are as pretty in ROCANIS as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IT 3900                      12   1  0   125       GET (419)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CONTRABAND 3827              11   5  3   100       YIELD (405)
 NIKALA 3443                  19  12  0    93       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZANDER 3440                  14  18  1    88       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 PRESTON 3604                 12  10  5    82       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
-WISHLIST 3816                11  10  3    82       YIELD (405)
 GODGET 3110                   9  10  1    76       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 TREEKILLER 3927              17   6  0    73       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEMB 3907                    11   6  1    64       RESCUE RANGERS (338)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VANESSA 3483                 14  13  1    56       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 FORLUITHA 3946               10   9  0    55       BAD APPLES (187)
-IN HIDING 3902                4   3  1    49       YIELD (405)
 MEABEER 3899                  4   4  0    46       GET (419)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARD CIDER 3978               5   2  0    33       BAD APPLES (187)
 SOURCRAB 3969                 5   5  0    26       BAD APPLES (187)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LOVEABLE LARRY 3981           2   0  0    20       STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)
 BUCK FEVER 3980               3   3  0    18       BAD APPLES (187)
-LOIS THUG 3970                3   2  0    18       STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)
-SAWTOOTH 3944                 1   1  0    15       YIELD (405)
 PIERRE 3977                   2   1  0    14       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
-DELIA THUG 3973               2   3  0    13       STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)
 ZIPPER 3947                   1   0  0    13       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
-MARCELLUS 3983                1   1  0    10       EXILED GLADIATOR (249)
-CHIP 3948                     2   2  1     9       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 BACK 3949                     0   1  0     5       GET (419)
-MR THUG 3982                  1   1  0     4       STRAIGHT UP THUG (426)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rabid Gopher.  Huh, what a wuss.  I grant you he's a dangerous little critter, what

with being rabid and all, but still, a wuss.  I enjoyed dropping a tree on him. --
P.S.  And when you think about it, what better use for a tree?

A Rirorni Assassin?  Hmm, I was going to say, "That doesn't sound like the Rirorni
approach," but then I noticed that the assassin is not, in fact, Rirorni, so I guess
that isn't the issue.  The issue is, this is a fairly mean sort of dude, and I didn't
warm to him at all. -- Forluitha

Vanessa -- Even with a loss, time spent with you was well spent.  Something on the
order of a skill per second, would you say?  Sorry I didn't teach YOU more, but I was
so busy learning, I didn't have a chance to teach.  Maybe sometime later, in greater
privacy?  I'm sure that you're a woman who could handle... Hard Cider

Loveable Larry -- (bristling)  I don't love you, I could never love you, and if you
hug me again, you thug, I'll bite your nose off. -- Sourcrab

Marcellus -- Exiled, huh?  From where and for what?  Inquiring minds hope to hear
some exciting. -- Buck Fever

Ed. -- Yep.  And it doesn't hurt if you can do "obsessive" and "jealous" well, too.
-- Treekiller
P.S.  And "irrationally picky."

     Little did I know how many demigods I number amongst my acquaintance, though not
     amongst my friends. -- Ed.

2 November 2006
I received a Gift Certificate from someone.  I'm assuming it's for entry into the
Turf War 5.  Whoever sent this to me...please email me at rbaphomets@yahoo.com.

10 November 2006
     The Quest of the Best has come to an end.  Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest,
wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners.
     Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the
Quest.  Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in
the dust.  Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink)
     Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions:

1)  Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls
2)  Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts!
3)  Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts
4)  D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen
5)  Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation
6)  Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders
7)  D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights
8)  D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights
9)  The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion
10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair

     Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the
managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their
butt handed to them.
                                                           Respect to All.
                                                           Quest #1 host,
                                                           Dark Knight Toker

14 November 2006
                                      A Tale of

                        Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution
                                     as told by
                                Hammer the WordSmith

     SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the
lingering wisps of memory from days gone by.
     From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and
flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources
of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation.
     Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness
embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the
influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time
and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence
     The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that
spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had
metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and
paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet
posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times.
     Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings
possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities
presently past and future.
     Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the
corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the
sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93.
     The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi
faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever
instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch
that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory
and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the
virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered
their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the
sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant
gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior
and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy.
     Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the
reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of
gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and
gallantry before.
     Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers
numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing
the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of
visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike.
     History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded
to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new
arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants
pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades
and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes.
     Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the
gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly
divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens
determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and
olden legends of times lost.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located
SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy,
yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena!
     "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he
sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is
nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the
arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded
mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch
     Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already
deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High
Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and
depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81.
     Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable
candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind.
     From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by
     Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising
stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn.
     Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the
hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand.  Future events would lend
themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was
now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for
     Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the
worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New
Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM
28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!]
     Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the
sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for
fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena.
     After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then
another group of hopefuls.  After lengthy debate a third was cast aside.  Deciding
between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected
candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could
live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered
out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial
     The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other
managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney-
worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney
experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such
matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and
now it was time to begin their training.  The paperwork had been dispatched for
registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which
preparation was paramount!
     Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being
offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney
     Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial
community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to
escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red!
     Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No-
Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously
increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up
stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly
     Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could
for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his
     When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each
Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in
the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night.
     These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had
they fallen into the possession of most other managers!
     Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than
being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney
     Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than
for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!]
     Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace!
         [TIME JUMP]
     Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting!
     Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered
such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81
[recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli
Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon
     The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS
stable managed by Sweety Pie.  Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was
seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena!
     Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and
KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission.
     Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and
longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus]
had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE.
     Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No-
Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission.
Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it
the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute
Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari!
     Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION.
     Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF
BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm.
     Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and
RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf.
     Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with
     Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a
penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!]
     Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to
registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!]
     Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a
stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in
     Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and
Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to
officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena.
     COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending
stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as
to their intentions.
     Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New
Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was
anybody's guess at the present time!]
     Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and
alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating
with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena
was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None!
had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors
rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by!
       JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans
join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between
some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!]
                 "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper"
                                          Minister of War

30 November 2006
NEED A TURF WAR ALLIANCE??  Master Beru, Wretch, Reaper, and Xoan have come together
to form an Alliance for the TURF WAR in DM47 with no regards for experience in
competitions or even the game.  If you want to enjoy the thrills of the competition,
we have space for up to three more managers.  Contact Master Beru at
d_spinella@msn.com for more information or send a note to Master Beru at DM 29--Army
of Darkness.  If you are interested, we need to move quickly, since the contest
starts in January and there are a few requirements to meet to participate.  May your
blades find the chinks in your enemy's armor. -- Master Beru

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NIKALA was devastated by IT in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
ZANDER lost to RIRORNI SABOTEUR in a 2 minute brutal expert's battle.
PRESTON was defeated by PRIEST OF MYTORI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute duel.
TREEKILLER devastated MEABEER in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
VANESSA was viciously subdued by TEMB in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
GODGET overpowered FORLUITHA in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
HARD CIDER devastated RIRORNI LOOTER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
SOURCRAB handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven melee.
BUCK FEVER vanquished TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
PIERRE viciously subdued BACK in a 4 minute gory novice's duel.
ZIPPER overpowered TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         TOTAL PARRY       11 -   3 -  0      79  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   2 -  1      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  3      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    34 -  29 -  1      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  11 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   2 -  0      33  |

Turn 417 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-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       IT 3900                    12   1  0  125 GET (419)
TOTAL PARRY      NIKALA 3443                19  12  0   93 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
STRIKING ATTACK  PRESTON 3604               12  10  5   82 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
LUNGING ATTACK   TREEKILLER 3927            17   6  0   73 BAD APPLES (187)
SLASHING ATTACK  TEMB 3907                  11   6  1   64 RESCUE RANGERS (338)
BASHING ATTACK   VANESSA 3483               14  13  1   56 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FORLUITHA 3946.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TEMB 3907.  The ten other most popular fighters were IT 3900, ZANDER 3440, 
3949, VANESSA 3483, and GODGET 3110.

The least popular fighter this week was PIERRE 3977.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were FORLUITHA 3946, MEABEER 3899, NIKALA 3443, ZIPPER 3947, GODGET 3110, 
VANESSA 3483, BACK 3949, BUCK FEVER 3980, HARD CIDER 3978, and PRESTON 3604.

                            JANUARY FACE-TO-FACE IN TEMPE!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2007.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free 
airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 
before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and several people 
were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.)  Look for 
transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to it and that we will see you there!