DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/16/2007    Duedate: 10/29/2007

KALTOS ARENA

DM-5    TURN-585

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BOMBETTE
PAPER MARIO (457)
(5-4399) [25-8-0,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BOMBETTE                       POSITION IS EMPTY
PAPER MARIO (457)              
(5-4399) [25-8-0,115]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JERI LOUGH                     JERI LOUGH
THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)         THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
(5-4840) [12-27-0,102]         (5-4840) [12-27-0,102]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)      42
2. PAPER MARIO (457)            7      PAPER MARIO (457)
3. SPORTS GREATS (496)          0      Unchartered Team
4. THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)     -15
USELESS INVESTMENTS (367)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 PAPER MARIO (457)         91  39  3 70.0   1/ 1 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)    8  7 0
 2/ 2 TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)    47  36  3 56.6   2- 2 SPORTS GREATS (496)       5  2 0
 3- 3 SPORTS GREATS (496)       55  44  7 55.6   3/ 4 TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)    5  8 0
 4/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)   359 375 13 48.9   4/ 3 PAPER MARIO (457)         4  4 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 581): LARRY KING of DEATH'S DOOR (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 464): PAUL ATREIDES of MASTERS OF SAND (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 589): OTIS 3 of FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 585): FOOS BALL of F BALLS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 584): BOMBETTE of PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 588): GRUNT 3 of MEDAL OF HONOR B6 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 586): SANDY SHORE of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 580): SIR CUMFERENCE of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 572): PROGIDY, DAMMIT! of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 571): DR. DREAM of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 545): IRON MAN of ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 535): RIQUETTIE of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 239): SMIRK of CHEAP SHOTS (Cheap Shots Manager, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 522): KILLER KABUIK of ELEMENTS OF ZEN (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 471): JACINTHE of AMAZON ELITE (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 225): GLUM of JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): DERELICT of ALL-STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 419): DARTH NIKILUS of RANDOM SITH (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 191): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 463): SUSHI SLINGER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 581): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 464): TEAM HAVOK (?, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 589): FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 585): TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (Master Beru, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 584): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 588): MEDAL OF HONOR B6 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 586): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 580): SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 572): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 571): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 545): ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 535): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 239): THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 522): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 471): BLACK CONVENTICLE (?, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 224): JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 419): RANDOM SITH (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 191): QUARTERFLASH (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 463) TWISTED SESAME (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 580): HATCH BATTENER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                            SWEET STUFF of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 587): SOLDIER 3 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): HOWARD of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 586): SANDY SHORE of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): QUIZNOS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 571): DR. DREAM of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
                           BLACK TIGER of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 535): RIQUETTIE of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 471): DARK SWEET TREAT of BLACK CONVENTICLE (?, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 417): BALI DARRAS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

My new cheer .....................
     Bomb, bomb, bomb; bom, bom babette
     Bomb, bomb, bomb; bom, bom babette
     Bomb, bomb, bomb; bom, bom babette
     Bomb, bomb, bomb; bom, bom babette
To the tune of Barbara Ann, you know?

     Bombette, The Babette Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly KALTOS games.  OVERKILL caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as it skillfully bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT and was awarded 
11 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, KHALHUMS DWARF 
put down HELENE JUSTE, causing her to lose 8 points of recognition in the process.  
Most watched of the fights this week, the spotlight was on JERI LOUGH as she bore 
arms against the challenge of reigning Duelmaster BOMBETTE.  Not for nothing has 
BOMBETTE in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week she's 
proven hers combat skill yet again.  Would you believe that over half of the old 
women in KALTOS seem to feel that they could fight better than you gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city KALTOS.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  TEAM CHAOS ELITE 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 TEAM CHAOS ELITE.  Indeed it was PAPER MARIO.  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  JERI LOUGH take warning!  You have more 
than a few enemies in KALTOS.  Give MOON CHILD credit for hers courage.  Did you note 
how she challenged ELINDE GOSS despite the 29 point difference in their rankings?  
The TEAM CHAOS ELITE stable will be up late tonight, for indeed it was MOON CHILD who 
claimed victory in the contest, ascending 24 in recognition!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  
In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in KALTOS.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  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 next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a 
maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOMBETTE 4399                25   8  0   115       PAPER MARIO (457)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JERI LOUGH 4840              12  27  0   102       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 MOON CHILD 4878              11   5  0    98       TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ORVERD QUILL 4834            19  20  1    87       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 HELENE JUSTE 4875            12  12  0    85       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 ELINDE GOSS 4841             17  21  0    79       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 GERDIG IBBINS 4902            9   4  0    69       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OVERKILL 4882                10   7  2    56       TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)
 IRON MAIDEN 4880              9   8  0    55       TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)
-TUBBA BLUBBA 4395             4   3  0    39       PAPER MARIO (457)
-WRATHCHILD 4881              10   6  0    38       TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CLANK 4903                    6   3  1    33       PAPER MARIO (457)
-WOODS 4872                    2   3  0    32       SPORTS GREATS (496)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ALI 4910                      3   1  0    29       SPORTS GREATS (496)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALICE IN CHAINS 4904          2   4  0    17       TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)
-TY COBB 4914                  1   0  0     7       SPORTS GREATS (496)
-ZAHARIUS 4916                 1   0  0     7       SPORTS GREATS (496)
-TINY TOES 4913                1   2  0     5       PAPER MARIO (457)
 SLINKY 4915                   0   3  0     3       PAPER MARIO (457)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Zaharias -- You were better under the name Babe.  Now apparently you've grown big
feet. -- Tiny Toes

Jeri -- It was fun painting our nails.  It beats flower arrangement! -- Bombette

Captured Orc?!  He beat me?  Give me a rope and a stool and I'll just do my own DA.
-- Clank

Ty Cobb -- You stole that one, you Cad! -- Slinky

Fergus -- You are soooooo cute!  I like raft pullers--especially those in the water
dressed only in those slinky briefs.  Oh, yeah! -- Bombette

Bombette -- Honest to pete, I do NOT know what Fergus sees in you.  But then, he's a
guy, and there's no understanding them. -- Jeri Lough

Moon Child -- Hard luck, kid, what with the moon being in its darker phase at the
moment, not to mention all the clouds.  Rain!  Gah. -- Elinde Goss

Iron Maiden -- Just a little word of advice, between us girls, men like their women a
little softer.  At least, they like to THINK we're softer than them.  (snort)  Cater
to their misperceptions, sister. -- Helene Juste

Wrathchild -- I don't know what your "Cool" rating is, but even if it's a three, work
on it.  You can train it, I'm sure you can, somehow.  Cool in battle is good.
Sometimes it's enough to save your life. -- Gerdig Ibbins

Aaaah!  The Veteran Mercenary!  I wasn't READY for him, okay?  I just, you know,
didn't want to get involved with him today. -- Orverd Quill

Bombette -- Have you just insulted us, in a backhanded sort of way? -- Jeri Lough and
the rest of the Middle Way
P.S.  We may be easy with each other, but when men are involved, it's different.

Oskan Steeltooth and M. Tolovi Chardinee -- Hey, look, I'm just trying to be
friendly.  Don't read too much into it. -- Elinde Goss

20 September 2007
Ok, ok, you can stop not-talking about TOGS VI already, it is coming, slowly but
surely, like a giant, over-fed, greased slug sliding down a gravely driveway.  We're
looking for new-comers, old-timers, in-betweeners, fence-sitters and Delarquans to
come on out and participate.  Just think, you could be the next Pinky & the Brain
pairing (a la Creepster & Manager), or maybe you'll be the team that crushes all in
its path on the way TO UTTER AND COMPLETE TOGS DOMINATION!!!!!!  [note:  insert
sinister cackle if it helps you complete the picture]

There will be a few minor changes, so let's recap the rules from top to bottom:

1.  Each TOGS team consists of two managers.  After the contest starts, there will be
no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your teammate wisely.  TOGS VI will last
for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.

2.  The TOGS entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per TOGS
team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no exceptions
being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or manager decides
to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
     a)  send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
          Paul Jokelson
          115 Moss Ave. #201
          Oakland, CA 94611
     b)  get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards
         and no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.

3. TOGS point system:

Fights: 

10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on your even challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on another TOGS warriors challenge.
 7 points for winning a random match-up against another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning a random match-up against a non-TOGS warrior.

Changes this TOGS: 

** 10 points for any challenge by the DM, UP OR DOWN!!
** 4 points for winning a random match-up against your TOGS partner's warrior.
To state the obvious, there are 0 points if you challenge your partner.

** 4 points for winning a bloodfeud attempt against you by a non-TOGS warrior

You will not get any points if you challenge or get challenged by a non-TOGS team
(with the exception of the above-stated rule if you get bloodfeuded), so use your
avoids wisely if you think someone is out to get you.

Spots/Ads

5 points for every spotlight written by any team member.  1 per manager per turn.

The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter
(that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and we will be completely firm on
this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will not be given points if
they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy related.
We will be the sole judge of this.  If you're unsure if we will judge something to be
Duelmasters or fantasy related, then e-mail me before you write the spotlight and
ask.  We reserve the right to take points away from a spotlight after they are given
if we judge at later time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.

-5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
personal ad.

4.  TOGS VI will start in arena 60 shortly after the Winter Face-to-Face (turn due
Feb 21, Aradi turn 436) and as mentioned before will last for 13 turns.  There will
be multipliers in the later rounds, which means that all points accumulated by a team
on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by each team
on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.

5.  Soultaker and Nuln will be the sole arbiters of any dispute that may arise, with
props to Sentinel for doing the score-keeping as always.  Whine all you like, we will
be glad to provide comfortable chairs and the cheese of your choice.

And there be the rules.  If you look closely, you'll notice there were a few minor
changes and additions made from the TOGS V rules.  They are as follows:

-- The Snotman & Nuln rule:  Last TOGS Snotman and Nuln randomly matched up something
like 4-5 times, so we basically decided out of pity to now give a small amount of
points (4 in this case) for winning a random against a teammate, so that you're not
completely screwed by having 2 of your 10 warriors get 0 zero points automatically.

-- Scaling Down Points for the DM:  Previously a TOGS DM would get 10 points *in
addition* to whatever challenge points they got.  This was to keep the DM from being
penalized for being at the top and give people something to fight for.  However, it
was a bit too much of an award and we decided to scale it back and eliminate the
bonus, but give full upchallenge credit whenever the DM challenges.

-- Bloodfeuds from outside TOGS teams:  This incident came up last TOGS, and it was
felt that if a person killed a non-TOGS warrior in a random, they shouldn't have to
be potentially locked into 4 turns of getting 0 points.  So we've added an additional
rule which now gives 4 points if you win when bloodfeuded by a non-TOGS warrior, at
least giving you some way to get points if you're locked into a non-TOGS bloodfeud
instead of being basically removed from the contest for 4 turns.

And lastly...

-- Team Names:  This was not listed in the rules, but to make things more festive, at
the suggestion of Manager we have decided to have the added dimension of team names!
Yes, no more boring rankings with Team 4 edging out Team 7.  Just picture reading a
TOGS turn report now, with something along the lines of "Team Fiery Starfish
obliterated Team Superior TOGSlings," just as one example.

We hope to see you all there....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BOMBETTE unbelievably bested JERI LOUGH in a 3 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
MOON CHILD handily defeated ELINDE GOSS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
IRON MAIDEN was bested by GERDIG IBBINS in a popular 1 minute Challenge fight.
HELENE JUSTE was subdued by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute master's competition.
ORVERD QUILL overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided struggle.
OVERKILL handily defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
ALICE IN CHAINS vanquished SLINKY in a action packed 1 minute gruesome one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -  11 -  0      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW         4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  0      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  22 -  2      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  10 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 585 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      BOMBETTE 4399              25   8  0  115 PAPER MARIO (457)
SLASHING ATTACK  MOON CHILD 4878            11   5  0   98 TEAM CHAOS ELITE (509)
LUNGING ATTACK   GERDIG IBBINS 4902          9   4  0   69 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JERI LOUGH 4840.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was JERI LOUGH 4840.  The ten other most popular fighters were MOON CHILD 4878, 
GERDIG IBBINS 4902, ORVERD QUILL 4834, ALICE IN CHAINS 4904, BOMBETTE 4399, HELENE 
JUSTE 4875, OVERKILL 4882, ELINDE GOSS 4841, IRON MAIDEN 4880, and SLINKY 4915.

The least popular fighter this week was SLINKY 4915.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were IRON MAIDEN 4880, ELINDE GOSS 4841, OVERKILL 4882, HELENE JUSTE 4875, 
BOMBETTE 4399, ALICE IN CHAINS 4904, ORVERD QUILL 4834, GERDIG IBBINS 4902, MOON 
CHILD 4878, and JERI LOUGH 4840.