DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/08/2005    Duedate: 02/21/2005

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-516

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ARCANE RAIDER
THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
(4-4347) [10-2-0,140]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ARCANE RAIDER                  VAGABOND
THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)         SCOUNDRELS (575)
(4-4347) [10-2-0,140]          (4-6049) [5-2-0,70]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SERILIA                        JOHN DOE
BLADES OF MIST (253)           FORCE OF FIVE (535)
(4-5193) [17-10-2,109]         (4-6158) [2-2-0,18]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LOTHLORIEN (579)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SOME BODIES (523)           43
2. THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)      26      ORCCON THUGS (572)
3. FORCE OF FIVE (535)         25      Unchartered Team
4. BLADES OF MIST (253)        21
5. LOTHLORIEN (579)            20      ONE HIT WONDERS (576)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*ONE HIT WONDERS (576)      1   0  0  100   1/ 6*LOTHLORIEN (579)          7  2 1
 2/ 1*LOTHLORIEN (579)           7   2  1 77.8   2/ 5 THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)    7  6 0
 3/ 3*SCOUNDRELS (575)           5   2  0 71.4   3/ 7 FORCE OF FIVE (535)       6  3 2
 4- 2 PURPLE AND GOLD (571)     80  39  4 67.2   4/ 2 BLADES OF MIST (253)      6  6 0
 5/ 0*BABY BROTHERS (510)        2   1  0 66.7   5/ 3 DREAMERS (569)            6  9 0
 6/ 4 ORCCON THUGS (572)        71  41  4 63.4   6/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (546)  5  1 0
 7/ 6 BLACK & BLUE (547)        67  53  3 55.8   7/10*THE WALLEYES (580)        5 10 0
 8/ 5 SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (546)  66  53  4 55.5   8/ 8 DOGS OF WAR (115)         4  2 0
 9/12 THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)    19  18  0 51.4   9/ 9 BLACK & BLUE (547)        4  5 0
10/ 8 BLADES OF MIST (253)     304 289 23 51.3  10- 1 PURPLE AND GOLD (571)     3  2 0
11- 9 TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)     227 223 12 50.4  11/15*SCOUNDRELS (575)          2  1 0
12/10 ARENA FELINES (554)       56  58  0 49.1  12-11 THE FORCE II (537)        2  2 0
13-11 HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)     51  53  3 49.0  13/13 SOME BODIES (523)         2  4 1
14/13 SOME BODIES (523)         36  44  6 45.0  14/ 0*BABY BROTHERS (510)       1  0 0
15-15 THE FORCE II (537)       136 178 12 43.3  15/ 0*ONE HIT WONDERS (576)     1  0 0
16/14 DREAMERS (569)            55  74  2 42.6  16/18 MILLENIUM METAL (558)     1  3 0
17/17 DOGS OF WAR (115)        331 504 20 39.6  17/14 ORCCON THUGS (572)        1  5 0
18/19 FORCE OF FIVE (535)       43  66  6 39.4  18/17 ARENA FELINES (554)       0  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/18 MILLENIUM METAL (558)     44  68  4 39.3  19-19 TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)      0  1 0
20/20*THE WALLEYES (580)         6  18  0 25.0  20-20 HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)     0  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 514): SWALLOWTAIL of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 399): NELLISTHA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 519): GREEN BEAN of VEGGIES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 515): ARCANE RAIDER of THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 514): FREDERICK DOUGLASS of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 518): SATAN CLAUS of HOLIDAY HORRORS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 515): GOKU of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 510): LADY DIVAN of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 501): BRICKTOP of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 500): ANIMATE TOFU of SCRAGITARIOUS (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  36 COSMOWORLD (turn 474): TIMBER LION of WOLFCATS (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 465): BOB, ETERNAL, of SANDS OF TIME (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 204): HOMEY CIDE of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 452): RONALD MCDONALD of CLOWNING AROUND (Assurnasirbanipal)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 400): HANNAH of AMAZON ELITE (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 190): DAROSHTAN of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jinda, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 178): LONDON QUIREBOY of CHAPEL ROCK (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 350): TRAIN of PUBLIC TRANSIT (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 155): ORPHAN of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 393): DARK GUMBY of WASTELAND II from BONSUR (The Muffin Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 514): MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 399): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 519): OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 515): BLADES OF MIST (Lord Andarus, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 514): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 518): HOLIDAY HORRORS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 515): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 510): BIG TROUBLE (Edge, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 501): PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 500): none
 DM  36 COSMOWORLD (turn 474): THE DREAMING (P-Diddy, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 465): JINDA-BAN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 204): CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 452): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 400): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 190): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jinda, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 178): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 350): DEVIL'S MAYHEM (Buddy Lee, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 155): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 393): ODD SQUAD, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 514): AEGLOS of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 513): GOOEYDUCK of LAB EXPERIMENTS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 399): PROWESS of KNOT WHOLE (Sultan, mgr.)
               (turn 398): FORMIDABLE of KNOT WHOLE (Sultan, mgr.)
                           YELLOW PIKE of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 519): GREEN BEAN of VEGGIES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 514): FREDERICK DOUGLASS of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
                           MANUTE BOL of LARGE LOSERS (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 510): CYCLONE of THUNDERSTRIKERS (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 501): MEET DEATH of INANIMATE TOFU (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
                            CESIUM of HEAVYMETAL KIDS (Moribund, mgr.)
                            PARALLAX of MAD SCIENTISTS (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 500): ANIMATE TOFU of SCRAGITARIOUS (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
                           THE HIPPY of COSMIC FREAK OUT (Floyd, mgr.)
               (turn 499): MINOS of SONS OF SATAN (Damion, mgr.)
                           I SEE SOUNDS of COSMIC FREAK OUT (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  36 COSMOWORLD (turn 473): DONNA of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 465): BOB, ETERNAL, of SANDS OF TIME (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 204): HOMEY CIDE of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 177): SVAD BONEGRIN of DAMAGE INC. (Tripwire, mgr.)
                          SLIPPERY NIPPLE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
                          FLAMING DRAMBUIE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 350): TRAIN of PUBLIC TRANSIT (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                   (turn 349): BUS of PUBLIC TRANSIT (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 155): CANNONBALL of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly JHELUM games.  Former top team PURPLE AND GOLD was 
unseated this week as LOTHLORIEN moved up from 6th ranking to take the top spot with 
a 3-2-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at PURPLE AND GOLD's 
guildhouse after a 0-0-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 10th.  Dark 
Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness 
how this week LOTHLORIEN went 3-2-0 to move up 5 in the rankings.  Did only my eyes 
note the 3-1-0 record which THE MOTHERSHIP 5 managed to post this round?  I don't 
doubt that such a record will draw challengers!  REVEUR caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested PERICLES and was awarded 22 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, DOGFACE put down SUPER JACOB, 
causing him to lose 7 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not present 
for the title fight this week as DREAMER boldly challenged ARCANE RAIDER in order to 
strive for the Duelmasters honors?  Although DREAMER made a valiant effort, it did 
not suffice to topple the reign of victorious ARCANE RAIDER.  Heed this!  A seer has 
warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just 
remember...5 or 7!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city JHELUM.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  MILLENIUM METAL is feared.  This much I can say.  Methinks 
more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part of last 
week avoiding MILLENIUM METAL.  Indeed it was BLACK & BLUE.  Loose talk at the arena 
has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after 
DOGFACE.  Watch your back!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Strange what qualities come forth in the face of 
certain doom.  CRUD has the town astir with the news of his Dark Arena victory!  
KERRY has sworn to take up religion upon living to tell of his recent bout with the 
Dark Arena horrors.  A rare thing indeed!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     The girls are as pretty in JHELUM as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed 
a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms 
no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARCANE RAIDER 4347           10   2  0   140       THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAGIC JOHNSON 5904           16   8  1   113       PURPLE AND GOLD (571)
 SERILIA 5193                 17  10  2   109       BLADES OF MIST (253)
-SHAQ DADDY 5912              16   8  1   106       PURPLE AND GOLD (571)
 ANDROMEDA 5684               17   9  3    97       SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 (546)
-KURT RAMBIS 5917             16   8  0    96       PURPLE AND GOLD (571)
-FIRE BALL 5486               14   8  0    95       SOME BODIES (523)
 DARK CHAMPION 5689           12  14  0    94       BLACK & BLUE (547)
-MICHAEL COOPER 5943          18   5  1    92       PURPLE AND GOLD (571)
 RAEL 5225                    13   5  1    92       BLADES OF MIST (253)
 DREAMER 5894                 13  13  0    91       DREAMERS (569)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REVEUR 5896                  11  15  1    85       DREAMERS (569)
-SIREN WOLFE 5719             14  10  1    83       THE FORCE II (537)
 VANGUARD 5966                18   8  0    81       ORCCON THUGS (572)
-GEORGE MIKAN 5910            14  10  1    80       PURPLE AND GOLD (571)
-BAGMAN 5890                  11   9  1    80       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
-PUSSY-FOOTED 5772            11  11  0    79       ARENA FELINES (554)
 PERICLES 5531                20  16  2    78       DOGS OF WAR (115)
-ALL LICKERED UP 5770         10  12  0    76       ARENA FELINES (554)
-HAPPY CAT 5771               12  10  0    71       ARENA FELINES (554)
 CAT TUSION 5769              12  14  0    70       ARENA FELINES (554)
 VAGABOND 6049                 5   2  0    70       SCOUNDRELS (575)
 JUSTGIVEITUP 5688            16  10  0    69       SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 (546)
 SNOW FLEA 6087               11   7  1    68       BLACK & BLUE (547)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FOG SHOWER 6100              10   7  1    65       BLACK & BLUE (547)
 CRUD 6169                     3   0  3    65       FORCE OF FIVE (535)
-PAVEL ICAM 6089              10   6  0    64       THE FORCE II (537)
 TRAUMER 5897                 10  16  1    63       DREAMERS (569)
-AVREN RALCEN 5994            10  13  0    63       THE FORCE II (537)
 SOGNATORE 5895               12  14  0    62       DREAMERS (569)
-SPIDER CLAWS 5692            12   9  1    59       BLACK & BLUE (547)
-ROGUE 7 5813                 12   9  0    59       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NICKLEBACK 5798               7  13  1    56       MILLENIUM METAL (558)
-CRAZY IVAN 5998              11   8  2    51       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
-GETS LAST LICKS 5768         11  11  0    50       ARENA FELINES (554)
-RED STORM 5889               10  10  0    50       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
-EMILLE 5357                   6   6  0    44       BLADES OF MIST (253)
 DROMMARE 6066                 7  14  0    43       DREAMERS (569)
 THE ANGRY GREEK 6174          6   0  0    41       THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
-ANNOYING ELLEN 6109           5   5  0    41       FORCE OF FIVE (535)
 DOGFACE 6031                  4  19  0    40       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 SWAYTHE 5253                  4   7  0    38       BLADES OF MIST (253)
-GRELIS FLARG 6155             5   3  1    35       THE FORCE II (537)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KERRY 6126                    4   5  4    33       SOME BODIES (523)
-BRIDESOFDESTRUCTION 6141      4   3  0    33       MILLENIUM METAL (558)
-DIPLOMA 6128                  6   3  0    26       BLACK & BLUE (547)
 RATTLE 6183                   2   2  0    24       THE WALLEYES (580)
 HALDOR 6161                   2   0  0    24       LOTHLORIEN (579)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SARALIN 6163                  2   0  1    22       LOTHLORIEN (579)
-WHITE THUNDER 6040            3   2  0    21       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)
 DIAPERED ZALGOR 5367          2   1  0    21       BABY BROTHERS (510)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNCLE SAM 6199                2   2  0    19       THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
 QUET 6164                     2   0  0    19       LOTHLORIEN (579)
 JOHN DOE 6158                 2   2  0    18       FORCE OF FIVE (535)
 SUPER JACOB 6151              2   3  0    15       FORCE OF FIVE (535)
 ROCKDIP 6182                  2   3  0    15       THE WALLEYES (580)
 SPIRIT IN THE SKY 6110        1   0  0    15       ONE HIT WONDERS (576)
-BUZZKILL 6157                 2   1  0    14       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
 LOTHAR 6184                   1   4  0    13       THE WALLEYES (580)
 FELZOR 6185                   1   4  0    11       THE WALLEYES (580)
 BLINK 6162                    1   1  0    11       LOTHLORIEN (579)
-PUY 5764                      2   2  0    10       TEERAK HA (553)
 APP 6181                      0   4  0    10       THE WALLEYES (580)
-JUNGLE JAM 6178               1   3  0     6       THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
 EVERGREY 6210                 1   0  0     5       MILLENIUM METAL (558)
 FLIM FLAM 6173                0   4  0     4       THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
 Q 6160                        0   1  0     1       LOTHLORIEN (579)
-HUNTING WOLF 4237             0   1  0     1       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)
 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 6209        0   1  0     1       MILLENIUM METAL (558)
-JUUNK 6196                    0   1  0     1       MILLENIUM METAL (558)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DEAD 6211              0  1 0 BLADES OF MIST 253    DARK CHAMPION 604     516 NONE    
SHEWISH GIANT 601      0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          CRUD 6169             516 NONE    
MOUNTAIN TROLL 598     0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          KERRY 6126            516 NONE    
BIG JUNK 6208          0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 535     HIGH ELF 599          516 NONE    
THOUSAND FOOT KR 6098  7  6 0 MILLENIUM METAL 558   SNOW FLEA 6087        512 NOT REVE
C. ROCK 6198           0  1 0 SOME BODIES 523       ARENAMASTER NARHM 603 516 NONE    
DIANA 6175             0  1 0 SOME BODIES 523       ARENAMASTER NARHM 603 516 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Felzor -- I was going to say that you were a wall-eyed son of a crossbow, and then I
noticed (how could I have missed it?) your cleavage.  And my momma always told me not
to be crude in front of a woman, so if you wouldn't mind turning your back...?  I
don't know any way BUT crude, you see. -- Dogface
P.S.  But I'm sure you could take me in hand and teach me manners.  Wanna try?

Serilia -- Was that an invitation to join you in the bath? -- Pericles

12 January 2005
On Jhans turn number 476 (due on Feb. 16, 2005) the Second Annual kLk St. Valentine's
Massacre Kill Contest will begin.  The rules are simple; the team with the most kills
on the last turn wins.  Last year's winner was Shocking Toad.  Can he repeat?  Could
DOOMcorps crush all challengers?  Will the kLk prevail?  Or will you be the
independent manager to show that alliances aren't all that?  Come on to Jhans and
let's find out!
     Prizes are:  1st.  Renaming of a Dark Arena monster and five roll-up
                        certificates or $25.00 deposited in your account.
                  2nd.  Renaming of a Stand-In monster.
     Come on and celebrate the Delarquan way!
                                                                   Azrael

15 January 2005
     BR 4 is upon us!  First turn is due on 1/29/05.  Many thanks to RSI for helping
supply a great prize for the winner and those who meet the 90% endurance criteria.
     Winning prize:  6 months free play, a +1 bonus potion, a limited damage potion,
a favorites knowledge potion, a minor stat-switch prize, and renaming a Dark Arena
creature.
     Endurance prizes:  a +1 bonus potion to all teams that fight 90% of the possible
fights during the contest.
     For details, visit Talcama's newletter or
http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4
     To join, simply bring a team to DM 18, announce your entry in the personals, and
follow the very simple rule of not avoiding!

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CRUD butchered SHEWISH GIANT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
KERRY savagely slew MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
C. ROCK was assassinated by ARENAMASTER NARHMIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
DIANA was butchered by ARENAMASTER NARHMIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BIG JUNK was slain by HIGH ELF in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DEAD was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena duel.
DREAMER was devastated by ARCANE RAIDER in a 1 minute Challenge Title match.
VAGABOND viciously subdued SOGNATORE in a action packed 2 minute Challenge fight.
JOHN DOE viciously subdued FELZOR in a action packed 4 minute gory Challenge duel.
SUPER JACOB was vanquished by DOGFACE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ROCKDIP was overpowered by HALDOR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
RATTLE defeated BLINK in a 1 minute Challenge match.
QUET subdued LOTHAR in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
UNCLE SAM overcame APP in a exciting 1 minute Challenge contest.
ANDROMEDA demolished CAT TUSION in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
SERILIA overcame DARK CHAMPION in a action packed 3 minute veteran's conflict.
JUSTGIVEITUP was savagely defeated by VANGUARD in a dull 31 minute expert's struggle.
PERICLES was devastated by REVEUR in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
RAEL overpowered TRAUMER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SNOW FLEA savagely defeated SWAYTHE in a exciting 2 minute gory bout.
FOG SHOWER handily defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
DROMMARE was beaten by THE ANGRY GREEK in a action packed 1 minute fight.
DIAPERED ZALGOR demolished FLIM FLAM in a 1 minute uneven bout.
SARALIN vanquished KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in a 1 minute mismatched fray.
SPIRIT IN THE SKY overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided match.
EVERGREY defeated Q in a popular 6 minute gruesome novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  11 -  0      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  19 -  2      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         BASHING ATTACK    40 -  35 -  4      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-STRIKE      23 -  21 -  0      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    69 -  63 - 10      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        39 -  36 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  32 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   36 -  41 -  3      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  32 -  2      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -  24 -  1      35  |

Turn 516 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:

WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  2     AIMED BLOW         3 -  5         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ARCANE RAIDER 4347         10   2  0  140 THE MOTHERSHIP 5 (401)
PARRY-STRIKE     SERILIA 5193               17  10  2  109 BLADES OF MIST (253)
BASHING ATTACK   ANDROMEDA 5684             17   9  3   97 SUPERIOR FORCES ZC2 (546)
WALL OF STEEL    RAEL 5225                  13   5  1   92 BLADES OF MIST (253)
TOTAL PARRY      VANGUARD 5966              18   8  0   81 ORCCON THUGS (572)
AIMED BLOW       PERICLES 5531              20  16  2   78 DOGS OF WAR (115)
STRIKING ATTACK  CRUD 6169                   3   0  3   65 FORCE OF FIVE (535)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SERILIA 5193.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was JOHN DOE 6158.  The ten other most popular fighters were SNOW FLEA 6087, VAGABOND 
6049, Q 6160, SERILIA 5193, DROMMARE 6066, KERRY 6126, CRUD 6169, DOGFACE 6031, 
LOTHAR 6184, and UNCLE SAM 6199.

The least popular fighter this week was VANGUARD 5966.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were JUSTGIVEITUP 5688, EVERGREY 6210, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 6209, FLIM FLAM 
6173, TRAUMER 5897, PERICLES 5531, CAT TUSION 5769, ROCKDIP 6182, DREAMER 5894, and 
DEAD 6211.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

DREAMER (4-5894) DREAMERS (569)