DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 09/22/2005 Duedate: 10/05/2005 OSKSI ARENA DM-3 TURN-536 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS BLACK WIDOW MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) (3-3662) [8-1-0,94] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader BLACK WIDOW KUNG FU REDNECK MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600) (3-3662) [8-1-0,94] (3-6518) [2-0-0,10] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite HEARTS URU GAMES LIBRARY (340) AESIR (164) (3-6485) [11-18-1,54] (3-6538) [6-0-1,55] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM GAMES LIBRARY (340) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. GAMES LIBRARY (340) 20 2. AESIR (164) 18 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) 3. MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) 10 Unchartered Team 4. SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600) 3 5. NEED FOR SPEED (598) 0SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1*NEED FOR SPEED (598) 2 0 0 100 1/ 2 GAMES LIBRARY (340) 7 5 0 2/ 2*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600) 2 0 0 100 2/ 1 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) 6 3 0 3/ 3 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) 15 12 0 55.6 3/ 4*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600) 2 0 0 4/ 4 AESIR (164) 639 625 44 50.6 4/ 5 AESIR (164) 2 3 0 5/ 5 GAMES LIBRARY (340) 398 637 9 38.5 5- 3*NEED FOR SPEED (598) 1 0 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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + On the south coast of the Ardivent Peninsula: Two men stood on the roof of the manor house and stared out at the bay. A black tower rose from the water near the string of rocky islands that narrowed the channel between Ardivent and Kaltos. Near the islands, but not on them. "I can't make out what it's standing on," Harbad Kore said. The Guard was Ambitious, but his inclinations had not led him to study charts of the bay. He felt there was more scope for him on land. "Not an island, not a charted rock," Ternas d'Aleen said. D'Aleen had shipping interests, or maybe just was interested in ships and boats, but at least he was likely to know about the waters here. You'd never take him for an Assassin, and now that the Assassins' Guild had been outlawed again, he didn't practice. Although how he supported himself based on occasional appearances in the arena as a standby...maybe he really was a shipper. Kore shrugged that off. It wasn't his business, anyway. "Okay, then what IS it standing on?" D'Aleen raised an eyebrow. "How should I know? But it arrived courtesy of magic, so maybe it has a magical foundation, as well." "Magic." The guard considered that for several minutes. "And it's threatening Ardivent's shipping, right? Probably the Transelites did it." "An unfounded assumption," the assassin said. "No it isn't! Transel's got loads of magicians, and the whole island lives off piracy. Seems reasonable to me that they're doing this." His hand went to his sword. "We should Take Steps. Those pirates can't be allowed to get away with this!" "We all know you're a bit of a fool, Kore," the assassin said coldly. "But you don't need to keep demonstrating it. And fortunately for us all, you are not the one who must make the decision. That is the Baron's prerogative. We are merely here to observe and report." Kore twitched his shoulder. The comment about him being a fool he decided to ignore; practicing or not, D'Aleen WAS an assassin. "Okay, fine, I know I'm not the diplomatic type, but mark my words, we'll end up going to war with Transel over this. I just wish...." He glanced down at the building beneath them uneasily. "Oh, I agree," D'Aleen said. "I would much have preferred almost any other vantage point, but this IS the best place for observing the black tower." "That statue in the front hall--" The guard shivered. "I believe it isn't actually a statue," D'Aleen said after a moment. "I seem to have heard that it is actually a living person, preserved in amber. A Lady Protector...Stepharoo, or something like that." "It isn't decent," Harbad Kore said. "She should be, I don't know, put out of sight at the least, or buried, or something. Just having a naked woman standing there in the hall...." "Not buried," D'Aleen said. "If she's a Lady Protector, which is what I remember, then even if she's dead she isn't really dead. To be buried alive..." he shuddered. "But if we have to use this place again, I would agree that we can move her into a closet or something." SPY REPORT Thankyouthankyou. It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in OSKSI. Hope you enjoy the show. Oh, who am I kidding? I already got paid! We now have a new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on. GAMES LIBRARY now holds the crown and they are betting they can keep it. Hey everybody, watch out for SHARAN KHOR, who flew up 18 points in the rankings after mashing HODUR like a melon. Keep your eye on this gal. And falling like a basher in the top ten was HEARTS, who dropped 12 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with ALFJAR. Our battling duelmaster BLACK WIDOW has managed to hold the title, fending off KUNG-FU MASTER's none too subtle advances. Better luck next time, OSKSI. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay. Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the OSKSI arena. Here's a song for you: Who's afraid of the big, bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS? Big bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS. Big bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS. OSKSI's afraid of the big bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS. Tra la la la la! And you guys like to boo me? Well, unsling your rasberries, cause SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT beats feet every time MISTRESS 4 XMAS smiles at them. Try farming, eh? Death is kind of like a new puppy: he's always around wanting to play. (Ha Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?). Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster. Well, there's the manager of the OSKSI giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 'They're going to strangle you in the alley?). Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors. Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos). Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME BLACK WIDOW 3662 8 1 0 94 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -DAT NGUYEN 6216 19 22 0 97 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME ALFJAR 6512 9 5 0 73 AESIR (164) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME URU 6538 6 0 1 55 AESIR (164) HEARTS 6485 11 18 1 54 GAMES LIBRARY (340) -DIANE MACK 6435 5 5 0 42 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559) MUMBLEDY PEG 6510 8 10 0 34 GAMES LIBRARY (340) -JEFF DUNKLE 6391 6 9 0 34 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SHARAN KHOR 6561 2 0 0 31 GAMES LIBRARY (340) -PEREGRINE FALCON 6495 2 0 0 28 NEED FOR SPEED (598) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MISCHA 6560 3 0 0 19 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) HODUR 6530 5 3 0 18 AESIR (164) -RAY MORAN 6436 1 9 0 13 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559) KUNG FU REDNECK 6518 2 0 0 10 SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600) YATZEE 6568 1 1 0 9 GAMES LIBRARY (340) DOMINO JOE 6562 1 1 0 8 GAMES LIBRARY (340) -ISABELLA 6556 1 1 0 7 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) -REIKO 6553 1 1 0 4 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) VIGRID 6557 0 2 0 2 AESIR (164) SKADI 6558 0 2 0 2 AESIR (164) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? KEIRA 6559 0 1 0 MISTRESS 4 XMAS 304 MOUNTAIN TROLL 622 536 NONE PERSONAL ADS I won't tell the Fratsfa Slave what he was doing wrong, at least, not in public. I don't want to shame the boy. -- Hearts That Ambitious Guard has lost all sense of proportion. He was supposed to LOSE. -- Mumbledy Peg Mischa -- Are you comfortable allowing your manager to objectify you? I can see that you are FULL of aggression and hostility, so why not direct it at HIM. Your manager. Show him what's what, eh? -- Yatzee Kung Fu Redneck -- Hmm, maybe you need a stronger sunscreen. -- Domino Joe Oh, a convicted thief. Pooh. -- Sharan Khor 15 September 2005 HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005. What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of selected arenas has become a far from fun experience. In other words Hammer has had it! The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from his planned sponsorship of any future contests. There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors. Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the time, effort and money spent over the past several years. May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today. Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history. 19 September 2005 I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for five years. Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord Xiang, D2-101 LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS KEIRA was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena fight. BLACK WIDOW won victory over KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute Title battle. ALFJAR demolished HEARTS in a 1 minute uneven fight. URU devastated MUMBLEDY PEG in a 1 minute one-sided contest. HODUR was overpowered by SHARAN KHOR in a 1 minute mismatched match. KUNG FU REDNECK viciously subdued VIGRID in a 1 minute bloody novice's duel. SKADI was beaten by MISCHA in a 2 minute amateur's brawl. YATZEE defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's melee. DOMINO JOE won victory over MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's duel. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |AIMED BLOW 4 STRIKING ATTACK 18 - 6 - 1 75 | |WALL OF STEEL 3 LUNGING ATTACK 5 - 2 - 0 71 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 AIMED BLOW 17 - 11 - 0 61 | |BASHING ATTACK 2 SLASHING ATTACK 9 - 7 - 0 56 | |SLASHING ATTACK 1 WALL OF STEEL 11 - 9 - 2 55 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 PARRY-STRIKE 4 - 4 - 0 50 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 BASHING ATTACK 2 - 4 - 0 33 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 TOTAL PARRY 2 - 5 - 0 29 | |LUNGING ATTACK 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 5 - 0 17 | |TOTAL PARRY 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 - 0 0 | Turn 536 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 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 2 AIMED BLOW STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 2 BASHING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 2 - 1 LUNGING ATTACK 0 - 0 2 SLASHING ATTACK AIMED BLOW 2 - 2 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 0 2 STRIKING ATTACK PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 2 WALL OF STEEL BASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME AIMED BLOW BLACK WIDOW 3662 8 1 0 94 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304) SLASHING ATTACK ALFJAR 6512 9 5 0 73 AESIR (164) STRIKING ATTACK URU 6538 6 0 1 55 AESIR (164) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is HEARTS 6485. The most popular warrior this turn was KEIRA 6559. The ten other most popular fighters were URU 6538, SHARAN KHOR 6561, BLACK WIDOW 3662, ALFJAR 6512, KUNG FU REDNECK 6518, YATZEE 6568, DOMINO JOE 6562, HEARTS 6485, MISCHA 6560, and MUMBLEDY PEG 6510. The least popular fighter this week was SKADI 6558. The other ten least popular fighters were VIGRID 6557, HODUR 6530, MUMBLEDY PEG 6510, MISCHA 6560, HEARTS 6485, DOMINO JOE 6562, YATZEE 6568, KUNG FU REDNECK 6518, ALFJAR 6512, and BLACK WIDOW 3662.