Date   : 03/12/2004    Duedate: 03/25/2004


DM-61    TURN-327

This Weeks Top Honors


(61-3096) [15-15-0,71]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

FREDDIE                        SNOTMAN
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            I HATE THEM TOO (354)
(61-3096) [15-15-0,71]         (61-3157) [2-0-0,30]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FREDDIE                        MANTIS SHRIMP
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)
(61-3096) [15-15-0,71]         (61-3305) [1-2-0,18]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FORCE OF FIVE (373)         25
2. I HATE THEM TOO (354)       19      FAVORITE GUYS (186)
3. SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)      16      Unchartered Team
4. FAVORITE GUYS (186)          6
5. ARENA FELINES (341)          0      I HATE THEM TOO (354)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*I HATE THEM TOO (354)      2   0  0  100   1/ 1 FAVORITE GUYS (186)       6  9 0
 2/ 2*FORCE OF FIVE (373)        5   1  0 83.3   2/ 4*FORCE OF FIVE (373)       5  1 0
 3- 3*BLADES OF TERROR (348)     8   5  0 61.5   3- 3*BLADES OF TERROR (348)    2  0 0
 4- 4 ARENA FELINES (341)      114  72  9 61.3   4/ 6*I HATE THEM TOO (354)     2  0 0
 5/ 6 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      361 429  9 45.7   5- 2 ARENA FELINES (341)       1  1 0
 6/ 8*SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)     1   2  0 33.3   6/ 7*SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)    1  2 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.

     Naturally, we couldn't have M. Chardinee as Duelmaster.  So even though he won,
I get the title.  He wouldn't have appreciated it properly.

                                 Duelmaster by default

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out JURINE to see 
what's new.  Talk about yer major upsets!  DELORES' match with MANTIS SHRIMP cost him 
a loss of 3 points!  Our Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to KHALHUMS DWARF, BUT 
FREDDIE is still the Duelmaster because he has the most recognition points!  Who was 
the wiseguy that said JURINE's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Welcome Wench? 
Don't look at me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  The warriors of FAVORITE GUYS must be getting lonely. 
They were the most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  Is there 
some deep dark secret why I HATE THEM TOO's been avoiding FAVORITE GUYS so much?  Or 
is it just that they're too scared?  Like, is A BELL AZIZIZI popular, or what?  He 
was challenged the most in all of JURINE!  He's got a 8-4-1, is that good?  For sure, 
I was holding my breath when I found out SNOTMAN challenged A BELL AZIZIZI.  After 
all, haven't I HATE THEM TOO and FAVORITE GUYS had a long standing duel in JURINE?  
It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but A BELL AZIZIZI wants me to write 
about it since he was subdued by SNOTMAN.  Satisfied?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a job, 
that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I gotta leave.  JURINE is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much!  
Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREDDIE 3096                 15  15  0    71       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TAIL IN THE AIR 3148          6   1  0    91       ARENA FELINES (341)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ROBESPIERRE 3098              6   3  0    81       BLADES OF TERROR (348)
 MARTINE 3231                 14   9  0    68       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KIT-KAT 3128                  5   5  1    65       ARENA FELINES (341)
 HENRY DEARE 3271              9   4  1    62       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOTMAN 3157                  2   0  0    30       I HATE THEM TOO (354)
 A BELL AZIZIZI 3272           8   4  1    29       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 SUMMER 3294                   2   0  0    28       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
-M.C. CAT 3124                 4   5  0    27       ARENA FELINES (341)
-PUTTY TAT 3129                5   2  1    26       ARENA FELINES (341)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GUILLOTINE 3100               2   0  0    19       BLADES OF TERROR (348)
 MANTIS SHRIMP 3305            1   2  0    18       SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)
 STAN THE MAN 3295             1   1  0    15       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
-LARGE MARGE 3293              1   0  0    14       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
-CRAZY LARRY 3292              1   0  0    13       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
 DELORES 3311                  2   1  0     7       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-COOL CAT 3147                 1   1  0     4       ARENA FELINES (341)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Out of nine fights, only TWO of them had two managed warriors--and this only if you
count my warriors as "managed."  We're in trouble here. -- Jorja, Favorite Guys

Mantis Shrimp -- Surely I've already mentioned--or somebody has--shrimp sauce in
connection with fights against you?  Given the basic silence of this arena, I don't
have to think of a NEW comment, do I? -- Delores

And three other standbys for us, mean ones, too! -- Favorite Guys

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

SNOTMAN bested A BELL AZIZIZI in a 1 minute amateur vs. expert upset Challenge fight.
MANTIS SHRIMP handily defeated DELORES in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge match.
FREDDIE was unbelievably bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute Title contest.
MARTINE demolished CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched competition.
HENRY DEARE overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
SUMMER devastated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a action packed 1 minute one-sided competition.
STAN THE MAN vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   4 -  0      73  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   5 -  1      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |

Turn 327 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    MARTINE 3231               14   9  0   68 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HENRY DEARE 3271            9   4  1   62 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FREDDIE 3096.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MANTIS SHRIMP 3305.  The ten other most popular fighters were SNOTMAN 3157, 
3311, A BELL AZIZIZI 3272,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was A BELL AZIZIZI 3272.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DELORES 3311, STAN THE MAN 3295, SUMMER 3294, HENRY DEARE 3271, 
MARTINE 3231, FREDDIE 3096, SNOTMAN 3157, MANTIS SHRIMP 3305,  0, and  0.