DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 11/30/2006 Duedate: 12/13/2006 JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA DM-75 TURN-349 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS FRILLED DRAGON IN COLD BLOOD (215) (75-2329) [13-6-0,88] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader FRILLED DRAGON MAUL IN COLD BLOOD (215) WEAPONS I WON'T USE (284) (75-2329) [13-6-0,88] (75-3230) [3-6-0,33] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite SHORT ROCK GILA SAND DANCERS (67) IN COLD BLOOD (215) (75-3196) [12-17-0,82] (75-2331) [6-2-0,60] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM MANAGER MUSINGS (240) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. SAND DANCERS (67) 23 2. IN COLD BLOOD (215) 23 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) 3. MANAGER MUSINGS (240) 22 Unchartered Team 4. PARANOID ASYLUM (234) 0 5. DARKSTALKER2 (280) 0 MY CARTOONS (285) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1*DARKSTALKER2 (280) 1 0 0 100 1/ 1 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) 11 3 0 2/ 4 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) 367 187 9 66.2 2/ 2 IN COLD BLOOD (215) 5 4 0 3/ 3 I AM SAM (267) 49 28 2 63.6 3/ 5 SAND DANCERS (67) 4 8 0 4/ 5 IN COLD BLOOD (215) 56 35 1 61.5 4- 3 PARANOID ASYLUM (234) 2 1 0 5/ 2*MY CARTOONS (285) 1 1 0 50.0 5- 8*DARKSTALKER2 (280) 1 0 0 6- 6 PARANOID ASYLUM (234) 133 136 12 49.4 6/ 6*MY CARTOONS (285) 1 1 0 7/ 7*WEAPONS I WON'T US (284) 9 14 1 39.1 7/ 7 I AM SAM (267) 1 3 0 8/ 8 SAND DANCERS (67) 641 %1030 20 38.4 8/ 4*WEAPONS I WON'T US (284) 1 5 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank SPY REPORT I was going on vacation, see? Surf, sun... But what do those bums say? "Hit the road, Debby Tonte. JADE MOUNTAIN needs a spyreport." Oh, well. Uncool, WEAPONS I WON'T USE. I mean 0-2-0 is bad. Will they will be allowed to fight? I say use 'em for training practice! The guys at DARKSTALKER2 like really pulled together to get a 0-0-0 this turn, moving up by 3. MVP award for ULRA T'SSAR? SAND DANCERS' proud of her after beating DARQUE and getting 27 points. Talk about yer big time losers! DARQUE got smashed by ULRA T'SSAR, and lost 21 points! The Duelmaster isn't going to stop just cause he's Number One! JANG-KO BLACKHAND knows this. He was Dark Arena Challenged by the Duelmaster. The crowds were amazed this turn, as JANG-KO BLACKHAND killed the Duelmaster, SAMURAI, leaving I AM SAM in mourning. FRILLED DRAGON gets to be new Duelmaster. But doesn't this mean people might try to kill it, too? I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep. They want photogenic fighters for PR photos. Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right? PARANOID ASYLUM was JADE MOUNTAIN's most avoided team. Is there some award for that? Is there some deep dark secret why MANAGER MUSINGS' been avoiding PARANOID ASYLUM so much? Or is it just that they're too scared? Can SAND DANCERS' DONAL PINES be more popular than me? He was challenged the most, but is that really the same? For sure, I was holding my breath when I found out GARTH challenged GILA. After all, haven't MANAGER MUSINGS and IN COLD BLOOD had a long standing duel in JADE MOUNTAIN? It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but GILA wants me to write about it since it was bested by GARTH. Satisfied? Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other! Don't you guys ever give it a break? Fight, fight, fight. Is that all you guys can do? Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain. Soak it in cold water, and hand wash. I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits. I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME FRILLED DRAGON 2329 13 6 0 88 IN COLD BLOOD (215) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -SAMICH 3046 6 0 1 115 I AM SAM (267) -FOOTSTEPS 3155 10 2 0 102 PARANOID ASYLUM (234) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -SAMOSET 3043 9 5 0 86 I AM SAM (267) SHORT ROCK 3196 12 17 0 82 SAND DANCERS (67) BUSHMASTER 2327 10 11 0 72 IN COLD BLOOD (215) DONAL PINES 3194 15 17 1 68 SAND DANCERS (67) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME GILA 2331 6 2 0 60 IN COLD BLOOD (215) SLUGBAIT 3245 8 2 0 58 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VERN 3186 12 10 1 56 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) GARTH 3246 7 0 0 55 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) ULRA T'SSAR 3224 5 14 1 54 SAND DANCERS (67) HORNY TOAD 2783 6 2 0 50 IN COLD BLOOD (215) SERNILLAN 3207 8 14 1 39 SAND DANCERS (67) TOKAY 3126 3 0 0 38 IN COLD BLOOD (215) -CORINTHIAN 3195 3 2 0 36 PARANOID ASYLUM (234) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MAUL 3230 3 6 0 33 WEAPONS I WON'T USE (284) DARQUE 3185 9 4 1 32 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) GREATSWORD 3231 5 4 1 28 WEAPONS I WON'T USE (284) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SOULTAKER 3253 1 2 0 19 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) -STREGOICA 3203 1 0 0 19 DARKSTALKER2 (280) GRAPE APE 3235 1 1 0 8 MY CARTOONS (285) -LIFER 3250 1 0 0 4 PARANOID ASYLUM (234) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? SAMURAI 3119 7 1 0 I AM SAM 267 JANG-KO BLACKHAND 20 349 NONE DA1 3254 0 1 0 I AM SAM 267 TREEMASTER 19 349 NONE DA2 3255 0 1 0 I AM SAM 267 DAR-KOL BLACKBROWS 25 349 NONE PERSONAL ADS Ah, Soultaker, what more could I have expected of you other than last place? -- FTF Manager I Am Sam -- I feel sorry for you. I would not advertise that name either. -- FTF Manager Samurai -- Yep, there it is again. "Wham, bam, oh, didn't you realize there was a fight on? Well, pay attention next time!" I don't want to pay attention, the whole topic is too depressing. -- Short Rock It gave me an amazing amount of pleasure to carve up the To-Fu Backstabber. I hate tofu, and I'm not too fond of backstabbers, either. -- Donal Pines How do you know he doesn't confine his stabbing of backs to those backs made of tofu? -- Ed. Darque -- Amazing! Who does your hair? It is sooo cool! -- Sernillan P.S. Except the color. That wishywashy blondybrown is blah. Maul -- I'm really glad you weren't using one. -- Ulra T'ssar Ed. -- Hmm, good point. I'll have to think about it for a while before taking steps. -- Sernillan But if you DO find out what constitutes and escalation, let me know. -- 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 email@example.com. Thanks. 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 experience. 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 Light!" 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 BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! 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 processing. 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 Commission. 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 Arena. 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 Expected!] 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 mind! 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 Arena!] 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 graduation!] 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 GRIFFONRAWL MMA. 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 thought!] 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! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena 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" Hammer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 SAMURAI was butchered by JANG-KO BLACKHAND in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight. DA1 was butchered by TREEMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel. DA2 was murdered by DAR-KOL BLACKBROWS in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee. FRILLED DRAGON demolished DONAL PINES in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title fight. GARTH unbelievably bested GILA in a popular 3 minute gory Challenge contest. TOKAY subdued GREATSWORD in a 1 minute Challenge competition. BUSHMASTER was bested by SHORT ROCK in a crowd pleasing 2 minute veteran's duel. HORNY TOAD bested SERNILLAN in a 1 minute competition. DARQUE was overpowered by ULRA T'SSAR in a 2 minute gruesome uneven melee. VERN won victory over MAUL in a popular 1 minute duel. SLUGBAIT won victory over BAHNING THE LAWYER in a popular 1 minute gory duel. GRAPE APE was overpowered by SOULTAKER 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 4 PARRY-STRIKE 12 - 2 - 0 86 | |BASHING ATTACK 3 LUNGING ATTACK 19 - 5 - 1 79 | |STRIKING ATTACK 3 STRIKING ATTACK 11 - 8 - 1 58 | |AIMED BLOW 2 WALL OF STEEL 7 - 6 - 0 54 | |TOTAL PARRY 2 TOTAL PARRY 11 - 11 - 0 50 | |WALL OF STEEL 2 PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 1 - 0 50 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 BASHING ATTACK 10 - 14 - 1 42 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 AIMED BLOW 4 - 9 - 1 31 | |PARRY-LUNGE 1 SLASHING ATTACK 4 - 11 - 0 27 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 2 - 0 0 | Turn 349 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-STRIKE 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 1 4 LUNGING ATTACK LUNGING ATTACK 3 - 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 2 WALL OF STEEL BASHING ATTACK 2 - 1 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 2 1 STRIKING ATTACK AIMED BLOW 1 - 1 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 3 1 BASHING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 1 - 1 1 SLASHING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 1 - 1 1 PARRY-STRIKE 1 TOTAL PARRY TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME WALL OF STEEL FRILLED DRAGON 2329 13 6 0 88 IN COLD BLOOD (215) LUNGING ATTACK GILA 2331 6 2 0 60 IN COLD BLOOD (215) PARRY-STRIKE VERN 3186 12 10 1 56 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) TOTAL PARRY GARTH 3246 7 0 0 55 MANAGER MUSINGS (240) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME The overall popularity leader is SHORT ROCK 3196. The most popular warrior this turn was GILA 2331. The ten other most popular fighters were BUSHMASTER 2327, SHORT ROCK 3196, ULRA T'SSAR 3224, SLUGBAIT 3245, FRILLED DRAGON 2329, HORNY TOAD 2783, GARTH 3246, TOKAY 3126, DARQUE 3185, and VERN 3186. The least popular fighter this week was GRAPE APE 3235. The other ten least popular fighters were SERNILLAN 3207, DONAL PINES 3194, DA2 3255, DA1 3254, SAMURAI 3119, GREATSWORD 3231, SOULTAKER 3253, MAUL 3230, VERN 3186, and DARQUE 3185. 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!