DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/20/2008    Duedate: 11/01/2008

NIANIA ARENA

DM-2    TURN-491

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HAND OF GOD
TEAM HAVOK (645)
(2-5466) [11-8-0,124]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HAND OF GOD                    GELATIN KOALA
TEAM HAVOK (645)               062408M (656)
(2-5466) [11-8-0,124]          (2-5556) [1-1-0,22]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HAROLUE                        DIVINE ASSASSIN
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          TEAM HAVOK (645)
(2-5464) [20-18-1,79]          (2-5499) [5-4-1,37]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TEAM HAVOK (645)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TEAM HAVOK (645)            20
2. THE GOLDEN FISH (147)        4      TEAM HAVOK (645)
3. 062408M (656)                1      Unchartered Team
4. WIDE WORLD OF... (653)       0
                                       062408M (656)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*WIDE WORLD OF... (653)     4   0  0  100   1/ 2 TEAM HAVOK (645)          9  3 0
 2/ 3 TEAM HAVOK (645)          62  55  5 53.0   2/ 1 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)     7  8 0
 3/ 2*062408M (656)              1   1  0 50.0   3- 3*WIDE WORLD OF... (653)    1  0 0
 4/ 4 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)    634 744 20 46.0   4/ 4*062408M (656)             1  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 608): JETSAM of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 490): HAND OF GOD of TEAM HAVOK (Kaos, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 616): BUD GREEN of GREEN WITH ENVY (Misfit, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 610): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 611): OVERKILL of TEAM CHAOS ELITE (?, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 615): BIMBETTE of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 612): CHIOS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 607): N.I.B. of SABBATH (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 598): FROO-FROO of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 597): KORLAC of DEATH MOB 4 (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 570): KYRA of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 561): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 252): MORI NEB of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 545): MOIST TOWELETTE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 496): PAHEDRA of AMAZON ELITE (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 239): ALLERDAE CHAN of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 227): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 446): WOLF RIDER of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 203): HAMMY HAMSTER of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 490): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 608): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 489): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 616): GREEN WITH ENVY (Misfit, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 610): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 611): PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 615): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 612): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 607): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 598): WIZARDGUARD (?, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 597): NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 570): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 561): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr,(
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 252): WACKY (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 454): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 496): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 239): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 227): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 446): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 203): MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 490) POWER PLAY et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 608): WAIF of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 488): DOLOVOR of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 615): LAMERIDHOR SKO of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 607): N.I.B. of SABBATH (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 598): DICK TATER of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 597): DANTE FURIOSO of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 561): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
                              CYPRIAN of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 252): MORI NEB of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 459): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 202): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Hand of God!  Enough has been said. -- Hand of God

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
NIANIA brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, THE GOLDEN FISH, since 
TEAM HAVOK took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Of course, we're 
all terribly impressed to see KESTRATLAK win a fight and gain 7 points, terribly.  
Tsk, tsk, HAND OF HELL beat GALLORDIN and GALLORDIN lost 4 points.  You're breakin' 
my heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, NIANIA may be getting bland, as HAND 
OF GOD stays top dog in the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I 
telling you this?  You want to know what's new, don't you, NIANIA?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if 
the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     There's got to be a better place in NIANIA to get a drink than Jim's Tap Room!  
Any suggestions?  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before I leave the fine city of 
NIANIA.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need the 
kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAND OF GOD 5466             11   8  0   124       TEAM HAVOK (645)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAND OF HELL 5456            11  14  1    93       TEAM HAVOK (645)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAROLUE 5464                 20  18  1    79       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GROND 5540                    7   4  0    63       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
-HORMONAL GROWTH 5534          4   0  0    62       WIDE WORLD OF... (653)
 GALLORDIN 5486               15  16  0    61       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KESTRATLAK 5511              13   6  0    51       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
-GENDER BENDER 5497            6   4  0    38       TEAM HAVOK (645)
 DIVINE ASSASSIN 5499          5   4  1    37       TEAM HAVOK (645)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GELATIN KOALA 5556            1   1  0    22       062408M (656)
 GULBY 5558                    1   1  0     8       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
-LORD'S FURY 5557              1   0  0     8       TEAM HAVOK (645)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Grond -- I bend in all ways and all directions.  Tell me now, which way do you like
to bend? -- Gender Bender
P.S.  Sometimes my bending gets in the way of me focusing on the fight.  With all the
muscles and sweat and gleaming armor...can you blame me?  After all there are some
interesting genders running around this place.

God and Hell!  Good and Evil, ham and eggs, bad drivers and women.  See we can co-
exist...we go Hand and Hand.

Hand of Hell -- Ah, that explains why it was so hot.  I thought you were feverish. --
Gallordin

Hand of God -- They all say that. -- Harolue

Gender Bender -- Eagerly awaiting an answer. -- Grond

Divine Assassin -- Sounds like an excuse to me. -- Kestratlak

Gelatin Koala -- So long as it isn't lime gelatin with koala-pears in it. -- Gulby

Well...that's intersting, I guess.  The Commission says I don't have anything else
going for my personality, but I'm massively charismatic.  Sounds a little tricky to
handle. -- Gulby

8 October 2008
Hail Alastarians!
     Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Vanek, manager of the Warmasters in the No-
Tourney arena of Shadowspire.  I come to you with a public service announcement.
Some of you may already be aware of Shadowspire and some of you may not realize what
exactly you're missing.  This isn't your average arena.  This is Shadowspire, a large
and very active arena where role-playing is encouraged; many managers are active both
the personal ads and the D2 forums online, and excitement reigns with many grudge
matches from turn to turn.
     If you haven't checked arena 81 out, I urge you to do so.  After returning to
the game almost 2 years ago, after a 15+ year hiatus, I was looking to try and
recapture the magic of the game I remembered from my youth.  After finding my first
two arenas lacking, I almost quit the game again.  That was until I found the newly
opening Shadowspire.  It was here that I found the magic and excitement that I
remembered.  I truly love this arena and am sure you will too if given a chance.
Rookie or experienced veteran, it matters not.  Both have come together here to
successfully make an arena with plenty of competition to challenge the vets, yet with
the no tourney format, friendly enough for the novices to get their feet wet and
learn (or relearn) the game.  When I say that even novices can find success here, I
speak from personal experience.  I still consider myself a "newbie" to the game but
have found plenty of success with my first two Duelmaster titles and two ADM
graduates to date.
     I encourage you all to check out the D2 forums at www.reality.com/duel2/ and
look over both the Shadowspire newsletter and DM-81 forum section at the bottom of
the page.  The forum banter and personal ads help to clearly show that the "old
school" feel for the game is still alive and well here in Shadowspire.
     Also, if you're a former Shadowspire manager who is currently away, I encourage
you to return and help continue to make this one of the most entertaining arenas in
the game today!
     I hope to see many new faces in the near future and am excited to see the return
of some of the old faces whom have been away!
     Sincerely,
          Vanek

8 October 2008
After 17 long years they are finally cutting the Cowboy loose.  Red & stinging, my
hand is now sufficiently slapped.  The state of Texas' boot print is stamped across
my ***... Uncle Damnit!  I am only 34 (think about it...) so plenty of time to
reinvent myself...prospects are great.  After wading through the culture shock I hope
to be amongst you soon, dishing out paper "w"itch slaps and taking my share of them
from you.  See you @ the Winter face '09?  Only time will tell.  Good luck. --
CFH/Rat Salad, 5 Below Zero and an assortment of other underachieving thugs.
P.S.  Contact info coming soon for those who want it; email and all that other fun
sh...stuff.  *grin*  Sorry Ed.

8 July 2008
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
                *****************************************************
                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HAND OF GOD devastated HAROLUE in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
HAND OF HELL demolished GALLORDIN in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee.
GROND was viciously subdued by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute bloody brawl.
KESTRATLAK defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute brutal fight.
DIVINE ASSASSIN viciously subdued GELATIN KOALA in a action packed 3 minute brawl.
GULBY bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   1 -  0      90  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   6 -  0      65  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  10 -  2      58  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK    1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 491 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  HAND OF GOD 5466           11   8  0  124 TEAM HAVOK (645)
LUNGING ATTACK   HAROLUE 5464               20  18  1   79 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
BASHING ATTACK   GROND 5540                  7   4  0   63 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
WALL OF STEEL    KESTRATLAK 5511            13   6  0   51 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HAROLUE 5464.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DIVINE ASSASSIN 5499.  The ten other most popular fighters were KESTRATLAK 5511, 
HAND OF GOD 5466, HAND OF HELL 5456, GELATIN KOALA 5556, GULBY 5558, HAROLUE 5464, 
GALLORDIN 5486, GROND 5540,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was GROND 5540.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GALLORDIN 5486, HAROLUE 5464, GULBY 5558, GELATIN KOALA 5556, HAND OF 
HELL 5456, HAND OF GOD 5466, KESTRATLAK 5511, DIVINE ASSASSIN 5499,  0, and  0.