DARKHOLM SPORTING JOURNAL

Date   : 10/08/2011    Duedate: 10/21/2011

DARKHOLM ARENA

DM 104    TURN 568

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 STREET PIZZA 18/114 2153 1721  23 55.6    4-SOULTHIEVES 37/416    31   45   0 40.8
    HANNAH'S PALS 82/1270                     5 JOHNS 5/927         1128 2083  19 35.1
    DYSLEXICS UNTIE! II 82/1258                 AUTHORS 21/749
  2-HYBORIA 69/747       311  291   3 51.7      JUST BECAUSE 38/1151
    XENOCIDE 69/725                             THE LADY'S LIST 6/917
    TACKLE BOX 6/1332                         6 THE MIDDLE W 5/1325  513  963   7 34.8
    TACKLE BOX 37/788                         7 THE WILLBUR 59/1333    1    5   0 16.7
  3 ILLFANG PACT 1/281   468  647   8 42.0    8 WOLF AND MA 98/1334    1    1   0 50.0
    UP TO NO GOOD 37/316

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 685): BLACK of FULL SPECTRUM (Jester, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 568): BIG BIRD of THE FUNNY FARM (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 690): LOABAL DOMINATION of STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 662): CUSSTER of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 686): JUDAS PRIUS of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 681): JOE WILLIAMS of BLACN AND BLUES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 290): ALPHONSO BLACK of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 674): SCARFACE of THE CLUB (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 676): JAMESON of RYAN'S HENCHMEN (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 675): ZOLDIVAR of GREDAN (The Plansman, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 641): IRINIA JINZ of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 630): LION'S MANE of HOLMES ON THE RANGE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 291): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 623): DORSAL FINN of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 574): TACK TACK of SERPENTS HOLD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 272): ALBERT of KIWI CONNECTI0N (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 265): I'M POWERLESS of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 519): INFERNO of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 242): ROMOR SAITH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 567): STASSIA of UP TO NO GOOD (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 685): ONE HIT WONDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 568): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 690): BRIGHT (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 662): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 686): TECHNOLOGY (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 681): SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack?, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 290): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 674): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 676): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 675): NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 641): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 630): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 291): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 623): NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 574): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 272): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 265): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 519): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 242): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 567) STREET PIZZA et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 685): BLACK of FULL SPECTRUM (Jester, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 689): THE SUN of BRIGHT (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 290): ALPHONSO BLACK of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
               (turn 689): ORSINIUS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 673): HOPE SPRINGS of THE RED BLADES (Bill the Bard, mgr.)
                           SPEEDO SMURF of BEN'S BAZAAR (Gentleben, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 628): ZANDER of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 291): QUITA ROSALA of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 622): STICKY FINGERS of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 573): YES? Of QUESTIONS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 265): I'M POWERLESS of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
              (turn 264): I'M A BASHER of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                      Reflections by the Keeper of the Runeblade

     I'm not literary, you know?  At all.  I don't mind holding the Runeblade, which
is kind of cool, or sitting in the special chair, which needs to be reupholstered,
but... write something?  Ew.
     I'm Stassia, from Sibikhas, half Shagornan elf.  *twirls finger in air*  Being a
gladiator was really hard, at the start.  Sibikhas was a tough arena in those days,
and not all of my teammates were very nice people.  Well, Phetmolge the troll was
okay (surprisingly), but the team leader-- Ragtime Cowboy Joe-- he was a bad, bad
man.  Will you understand if I say that I didn't know he was bad, at the time?  I
thought all men were like that.  He liked to hit women, and in those days, I thought
he had a right to do it.  Joe died though.  Couldn't take it as well as he could dish
it out, I guess.  And things got a bit better after that.
     Still, the basic arena was tough.  Darkholm, it's not so bad.  No chance of
dying, of course.  Plus... we all know one another.  And there's not much hating, you
know?  Beating on each other in the arena, that's a job, but there are no hard
feelings about it.  And women get as much respect as men.  I like it here.  Even if
that spyreporter keeps looking at my chest when he talks to me.  That's okay.  My
face isn't that great.  I've been told I look tough.  I mean-- what the F?  I AM
tough!
     This Runeblade is pretty cool.  It changes shape, according to what you like,
but when nobody's hands are on it, it's a scimitar, which is what I like, anyway.
It's got a fancy guard and, yeah, glowing black runes all over the blade.  I guess
you'd call them glowing black.  The blackness kind of spreads out from them, know
what I mean?  I tried to sharpen it, but my sharpening stone crumbled in my hand.
That's a really magical sword, that is.
     I got the title by fighting Kalidor.  Of course he wasn't allowed to use the
Runeblade in the arena, or I would have lost, I'm sure.  He was really good though.
He's one of those werecats, and although he stayed in human form, he was really fast.
But on a lucky riposte I disemboweled him.  Pretty much.  He didn't die.  The healers
here are pretty awesome.
     Anyway, that's all I've got to say.  See ya.

Stassia

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

Oh!  There you are!  Hullo, then.

     I should probably be telling you all about the fights, then.  There were...
let's see... exactly seventeen of them.  We do usually have a better turnout, but I
suppose a lot of people are getting read for the big tourney over on the mainland.
Anyway, seven fights involved a stand-in.  So that means 27 actual gladiators
competed.  At least, this is enough that no one ended up on BOTH the most popular and
least popular lists.  It's quite disturbing to some people when that happens to them.
And you know, in a peculiar twist of human nature, the people to whom that happens
are too often the exact sort of people you don't want to see in a disturbed state.
You know-- the kind who prowl around  muttering to themselves, and then they spot you
and say "HA!"  And give chase!  To my relief, I have not been chased at all this past
fortnight.
     I was at the deep conclave where they talked about the tourney prize.  Just
saying.  It was kind of an honor.  Never been invited to a deep conclave before.  I
sat next to Debby Tonte, who talked about ducks.  I never knew Snide Clemens was a
duck!
     There were no challenges, no avoids... no deaths.  People basically said, "What?
Darkholm?  Never mind, no time!"  And rushed off, you know, in a state of confusion.
     I am in a state of confusion, myself.  What to talk about, how to fill this
page?  There are so many possibilities, so few of them involving arena fights.

     All right, here's the title fight.  STASSIA (37-1523) (94-106-4,235) of UP TO NO
GOOD fought RASCALLY RABBIT (59-1338) (34-30-0,192) of THE WILLBURYS 1.  STASSIA
slimly won victory over RASCALLY RABBIT in a 3 minute Title fight.  Yes, right.  It's
a bit rummy, don't you think?  She doesn't even have a winning record.  And could
barely beat a young rabbit.  I had a dog that could, and did, eat a young rabbit.  It
was sad and disgusting.  Anyway, now Stassia is our Top Wall of Steel and... reddest
redhead.
     As usual, our overall popularity leader is ??Radar??  ??RADAR?? (82-20310) (81-
95-1,204) of DYSLEXICS UNTIE! II fought WORK IN PROGRESS (38-4193) (71-197-2,190) of
JUST BECAUSE.  ??RADAR?? subdued WORK IN PROGRESS in an action packed 2 minute fight.
Quite.  I did think it was an exciting fight.
     Olaf Modeen was asking whether our little town has any plans for a retirement
home for aged warriors.  Eh?  Isn't that what the Isle of the Eye IS?  I mean, yes,
yes, all that earnest stuff about defending the land if creatures should attack from
another dimension.  But is that likely, really?  You get a stipend, more if you
fight, but something even if you don't, and some land.  Some of it is rather good
land, too.  A lot of it isn't, but I believe the point is to have tough fighters
living all along the borders of troubled areas, ready to jump in if enemies attack.
     Ah... not quite so much like retirement, then.  Never mind.

     I've said quite a lot about quite a little, and I'm quite tired of writing.  I'm
off for a nap.  See you in two weeks!

Malic of Talcama

KEEPER OF THE RUNEBLADE        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 STASSIA 37-1523              95 106  4  243  UP TO NO GOOD (316)        SIBIKHAS

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-ENDER 69-1066                38  32  4  221  XENOCIDE (725)             CIMMERIAC

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ??RADAR?? 82-20310           82  95  1  209  DYSLEXICS UNTIE! II (1258) DWES EG
-THUNDER BUG 37-3734          28  17     209  TACKLE BOX (788)           SIBIKHAS
-NEEDLE 69-3134               37  24     206  HYBORIA (747)              CIMMERIAC
-HULA POPPER 37-2986          32  27  1  201  TACKLE BOX (788)           SIBIKHAS
 RUGEN THE JELLYFISH 82-12478 69  25     200  HANNAH'S PALS (1270)       DWES EG
-KALIDOR 69-2314              33  32     198  HYBORIA (747)              CIMMERIAC
 CRYSOPRASE 1-3266           103 127  2  197  ILLFANG PACT (281)         MORDANT

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-SELENA STEELE 37-2010        44  15     192  SOULTHIEVES (416)          SIBIKHAS
 RASCALLY RABBIT 59-1338      34  31     190  THE WILLBURYS 1 (1333)     ILLIS
 WORK IN PROGRESS 38-4193     71 198  2  189  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SMELL CAREFULLY 18-8889      63 111  2  180  STREET PIZZA (114)         TALCAMA
 MARK 5-4088                  51 121  3  179  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 ZAKAU 5-4623                 37  36     172  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 ZANE GREY 21-4810            29  51  2  170  AUTHORS (749)              SUNSET

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MEN WORKING 38-4189          57 212  1  148  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME
 HELENE JUSTE 5-4875          25  26  1  128  THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (1325)    KALTOS
-SPUTTERBUZZ 6-5810           21   8     102  TACKLE BOX (1332)          TRANSEL

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MIKEL 6-6190                 22  17  2   97  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JERI LOUGH 5-4840            22  48      77  THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (1325)    KALTOS
 LENNON 5-4087                23  18  1   76  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 KATIRONA MURH 5-4929         39  25  2   75  THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (1325)    KALTOS
 CLIVE 6-5215                 25  32  5   65  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 JAMMY LARKE 5-4926           30  28      63  THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (1325)    KALTOS
 PENDRU ROST 5-4956           23  61      50  THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (1325)    KALTOS
 2 + 2 = 4 38-4190            38 131      41  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME
 HOFFA 5-4622                 28  45      36  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 JUSTIN 6-6179                17  25  2   36  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 HOFFA 5-4348                 12 115      36  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 HOFFA 5-4299                 15  47      34  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 ALOYICIUS 6-5045             18  21  2   29  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 SATCHEL 6-6215               21  24  1   13  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Zakau -- Are you sure you were supposed to do that?  After all, your experience in
losing should have prevented it.  And what's most annoying is that now we both have
even records.  Which means that THIS time, each of us has to strive and hesitate over
the question of "winning record, or losing record?"  I hate that kind of thing. --
Helene Juste

Hoffa -- We all enjoyed that. -- Jeri Lough, Jammy Larke, and Katirona Murh

Satchel -- JUST what I need. -- Pendru Rost
P.S.  How did I get sixty-one losses?  I didn't think I even had sixty-one total
FIGHTS.

Kalidor -- I'm a Grandmaster now.  Does this mean I get a pay raise?  Anyway, just so
you know, I never did hit what I was aiming at. -- Stassia

??Radar?? -- It's fun to meet up with you outisde the arena... but on the sands not
so much.  I can see why you almost have a winning record. -- Crysoprase

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STASSIA slimly won victory over RASCALLY RABBIT in a 3 minute Title fight.
CRYSOPRASE slimly won victory over SMELL CAREFULLY in a action packed 3 minute battle.
??RADAR?? subdued WORK IN PROGRESS in a action packed 2 minute fight.
RUGEN THE JELLYFISH devastated MARK in a popular 1 minute one-sided contest.
ZANE GREY demolished CAPTURED CUTPURSE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
ZAKAU savagely defeated SHEWISH GIANT in a exciting 1 minute bloody struggle.
MEN WORKING handily defeated HELENE JUSTE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MIKEL vanquished PYG in a action packed 1 minute uneven duel.
JERI LOUGH overpowered 2 + 2 = 4 in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
HOFFA luckily beat COCKY SPECTATOR in a action packed 4 minute gory match.
HOFFA was defeated by PENDRU ROST in a exciting 2 minute match.
HOFFA was devastated by KATIRONA MURH in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SATCHEL was demolished by DEBBY TONTE in a popular 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
JUSTIN was handily defeated by BOOKIE'S GUARD in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CLIVE was overpowered by BOOKIE'S GUARD in a action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.
ALOYICIUS was overpowered by INKEEPER'S SON in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
LENNON bested JAMMY LARKE in a 2 minute brutal fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    37 -  26 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         WALL OF STEEL     32 -  34 -  1      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   32 -  36 -  3      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  23 -  0      41  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  19 -  0      34  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -  15 -  0      32  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  18 -  1      31  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 568 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     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    STASSIA 37-1523            95 106  4  243 UP TO NO GOOD (316)
LUNGING ATTACK   RUGEN THE JELLYF 82-12478  69  25  0  200 HANNAH'S PALS (1270)
PARRY-STRIKE     CRYSOPRASE 1-3266         103 127  2  197 ILLFANG PACT (281)
STRIKING ATTACK  RASCALLY RABBIT 59-1338    34  31  0  190 THE WILLBURYS 1 (1333)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WORK IN PROGRESS 38-4193   71 198  2  189 JUST BECAUSE (1151)
PARRY-LUNGE      MARK 5-4088                51 121  3  179 JOHNS (927)
BASHING ATTACK   MEN WORKING 38-4189        57 212  1  148 JUST BECAUSE (1151)
SLASHING ATTACK  MIKEL 6-6190               22  17  2   97 THE LADY'S LIST (917)
TOTAL PARRY      2 + 2 = 4 38-4190          38 131  0   41 JUST BECAUSE (1151)

The overall popularity leader is ??RADAR?? 82-20310.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was STASSIA 37-1523.  The ten other most popular fighters were CRYSOPRASE 
1-3266, SMELL CAREFULLY 18-8889, ??RADAR?? 82-20310, PENDRU ROST 5-4956, WORK IN 
PROGRESS 38-4193, LENNON 5-4087, RASCALLY RABBIT 59-1338, RUGEN THE JELLYFISH 
82-12478, ZAKAU 5-4623, and JERI LOUGH 5-4840.

The least popular fighter this week was ALOYICIUS 6-5045.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JUSTIN 6-6179, HOFFA 5-4299, 2 + 2 = 4 38-4190, HELENE JUSTE 
5-4875, JAMMY LARKE 5-4926, CLIVE 6-5215, HOFFA 5-4348, PYG 98-1120, MARK 5-4088, and 
KATIRONA MURH 5-4929.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           1  0 0  SUNSET(21)           1  0 0  ILLIS(59)            0  1 0  
KALTOS(5)            6  5 0  SIBIKHAS(37)         1  0 0  DWES EG(82)          2  0 0  
TRANSEL(6)           1  4 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        1  2 0  SYVYN'S HILL(98)     0  1 0  
TALCAMA(18)          0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CRYSOPRASE 1-3266          103 127  2  197  ILLFANG PACT (281)         MORDANT
 MARK 5-4088                 51 121  3  179  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 MIKEL 6-6190                22  17  2   97  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 SMELL CAREFULLY 18-8889     63 111  2  180  STREET PIZZA (114)         TALCAMA
 ZANE GREY 21-4810           29  51  2  170  AUTHORS (749)              SUNSET
 STASSIA 37-1523             95 106  4  243  UP TO NO GOOD (316)        SIBIKHAS
 WORK IN PROGRESS 38-4193    71 198  2  189  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME
 RASCALLY RABBIT 59-1338     34  31  0  190  THE WILLBURYS 1 (1333)     ILLIS
 ??RADAR?? 82-20310          82  95  1  209  DYSLEXICS UNTIE! II (1258) DWES EG

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 13-15, 2012.  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 $134.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception, free airport 
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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 people have been
unable to book rooms because they waited too long.)  Look for the tournament info 
sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope you're all looking forward to 
it and that we will see you there!