DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/03/2012    Duedate: 01/16/2012

KALTOS ARENA

DM-5    TURN-693

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

8 BALL
POOL PARTY (535)
(5-5117) [13-5-1,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

8 BALL                         BUZZ KILL
POOL PARTY (535)               HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)
(5-5117) [13-5-1,111]          (5-4991) [5-3-0,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUARTUS                        PRIS
LONG SWORD CLUB (533)          TECHNOLOGY (283)
(5-5102) [14-26-2,70]          (5-5191) [1-1-0,14]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TECHNOLOGY (283)            24
2. LONG SWORD CLUB (533)        9      POOL PARTY (535)
3. POOL PARTY (535)             5      Unchartered Team
4. HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)       4
5. MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)         0      HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 POOL PARTY (535)          13   5  1 72.2   1/ 1 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)    8  7 0
 2/ 2*HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)     5   3  0 62.5   2/ 5 TECHNOLOGY (283)          7  3 0
 3- 3*MASSAGE PARLORS (487)     22  17  1 56.4   3/ 3 LONG SWORD CLUB (533)     4  3 0
 4/ 4 TECHNOLOGY (283)         576 459 34 55.7   4- 4 MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)      3  6 1
 5- 5 MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)     108 106 12 50.5   5/ 7*HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)    2  1 0
 6- 6*ANGELIC LEGION (538)       6   6  0 50.0   6/ 6 POOL PARTY (535)          2  1 0
 7- 7*DREAD EMPIRE (524)         4   4  1 50.0   7- 2*ANGELIC LEGION (538)      2  4 0
 8/ 8 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)   625 646 19 49.2   8- 8*MASSAGE PARLORS (487)     1  4 0
 9/ 9 LONG SWORD CLUB (533)     86  95  4 47.5   9- 9 CASSEY'S CREW (112)       0  2 0
10-10 CASSEY'S CREW (112)      135 158  9 46.1  10-10*DREAD EMPIRE (524)        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 691): ALLEY OOP of ONE HIT WONDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): SKIDMARK BUG of 042909A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): HERMOD of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 668): BRAVE 2 of TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 692): 8 BALL of POOL PARTY (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): KAIARI of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): NIKKI NAILS of TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 680): CENSORSHIP of ABOMINATIONS (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): LEVEL OF MALEVOLENCE of DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): RHAKARAS of TEMPLE OF STEEL (Frenzy, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): WHAT'S A VOLKSIE? Of TEAM FLOYD (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SRV of SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): HANK of VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): GILBERN JUSS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 573): RUGEN THE JELLYFISH of HANNAH'S PALS (The Upright Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 691): RUN DMC (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): HAMOI TONG (Froot E. Bowl, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 668): SAVAGE HORDE (Frenzy, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 692): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 680): THE CLUB (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): RYAN'S HENCHMEN (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): HOLMES ON THE RANGE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 573) PUNCHILINES et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): LOABAL DOMINATION OF STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 667): CUSSTER of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): KAIARI of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 681): BEDDER of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): BLAKSKUL of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
               (turn 680): FATHOM JUMPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 646): IRINA JINZ of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): WHAT of QUESTIONS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 267): UNCLE FESTER of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): GILFMET IVERS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
KALTOS brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  If this keeps up, ANGELIC LEGION, 
you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 5 in the rankings?  
TECHNOLOGY turned their 3-1-0 turn into a 2nd place rank in the listings this turn.  
Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see ISOBEL KLINE win a fight and gain 15 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
HEXTOR beat RIELLA TRUE and RIELLA TRUE lost 7 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  
And if variety is the spice of life, KALTOS may be getting bland, as 8 BALL stays top 
dog in the city.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think 
some of these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  MYSTIK RAINBOW, I suppose you'll be glad to know you 
were this turn's most avoided team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And 
it looks like TECHNOLOGY avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be 
losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  I guess I can give a little credit to WATSON of 
TECHNOLOGY for challenging up by 24 to JUST LOSIN.  WATSON won to get 94 points of 
recognition.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave 
team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     There's got to be a better place in KALTOS to get a drink than The Victory 
Tavern!  Any suggestions?  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before I leave the fine city 
of KALTOS.  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                  
 8 BALL 5117                  13   5  1   111       POOL PARTY (535)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WATSON 5132                  12   4  0    94       TECHNOLOGY (283)
-KELLY 4011                   22  26  0    92       CASSEY'S CREW (112)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JUST LOSIN 5105              15  15  0    84       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 QUARTUS 5102                 14  26  2    70       LONG SWORD CLUB (533)
 NOLBER PRING 5143             7   6  0    70       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 HEXTOR 5100                  13  19  0    67       LONG SWORD CLUB (533)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ASHLEY 4981                  15   7  0    56       CASSEY'S CREW (112)
 TIK-TOK 5062                  8   3  0    42       TECHNOLOGY (283)
 RIELLA TRUE 5141              4  10  0    42       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
-ROSE 5179                     4   5  0    42       MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)
-EX OBLIVIONE 5018             4   4  1    39       DREAD EMPIRE (524)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUZZ KILL 4991                5   3  0    26       HOOKED ON COFFEE (522)
 ISOBEL KLINE 5194             2   1  0    25       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
-SEPH 5163                     2   1  0    24       ANGELIC LEGION (538)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BACK WAX 4848                 3   0  0    23       MASSAGE PARLORS (487)
-JEWEL BOX 4849                2   1  0    21       MASSAGE PARLORS (487)
 IRON GIANT 5192               2   0  0    21       TECHNOLOGY (283)
-SERRA 5162                    2   1  0    20       ANGELIC LEGION (538)
-LAVENDAR LADY 5180            3   6  2    17       MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)
 PRIS 5191                     1   1  0    14       TECHNOLOGY (283)
-JOPHIEL 5165                  1   0  0     9       ANGELIC LEGION (538)
-SIENNA 5173                   1   2  0     7       MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)
-NAPHELUM 5161                 1   2  0     7       ANGELIC LEGION (538)
-MIDNIGHT 5193                 1   1  1     5       MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)
 NEWLIN PARRIT 5201            1   1  0     5       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WHITE TIGER 5175              0   2  0     2       MYSTIK RAINBOW (539)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HOROLD JEMANS 5147      3  3 1 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 453 LAVENDAR LADY 5180    690  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lavander -- What a lucky guy I am. -- Buzz

Watson -- Hey, I wanted a winning record, okay?  And there you were.  I left you
alive and taught you five skills, so it should be all good, right? -- Just Losin

Ashley -- Not tonight, lady, I have a headache. -- Nolber Pring

Serra -- Cussed golem. -- Riella True

Naphelum -- You know what they say about size and falling.  I figure you were just
asking for it, being that tall.  But you lost with grace, so it works for me. --
Isobel Kline
P.S.  Of course, a skill would have worked for me, too.

White Tiger -- Cheese louise, isn't it hard to keep that white hide clean?  I mean,
it's got to show every dirt smudge and grass stain, not to mention blood. -- Newlin
Parrit

Quartus -- If you want to make it in this game, you've got to be tougher.  Meaner.
More dangerous. -- Venzo da'Kraliano, Mercenary and Sword for Hire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WATSON viciously subdued JUST LOSIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.
8 BALL demolished NOLBER PRING in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
QUARTUS lost to KUNG-FU MASTER in a popular 2 minute mismatched brawl.
HEXTOR overpowered RIELLA TRUE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TIK-TOK outwaited CAPTURED ORC in a tiresome 13 minute veteran vs. amateur duel.
BUZZ KILL bested PRIS in a 3 minute gory competition.
NEWLIN PARRIT was overcome by IRON GIANT in a 1 minute gruesome beginner's melee.
ISOBEL KLINE vanquished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        20 -  13 -  0      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -  15 -  1      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  29 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   8 -  1      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   9 -  1      36  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 693 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   8 BALL 5117                13   5  1  111 POOL PARTY (535)
AIMED BLOW       WATSON 5132                12   4  0   94 TECHNOLOGY (283)
TOTAL PARRY      TIK-TOK 5062                8   3  0   42 TECHNOLOGY (283)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is QUARTUS 5102.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PRIS 5191.  The ten other most popular fighters were 8 BALL 5117, WATSON 5132, 
HEXTOR 5100, QUARTUS 5102, BUZZ KILL 4991, IRON GIANT 5192, JUST LOSIN 5105, ISOBEL 
KLINE 5194, NOLBER PRING 5143, and RIELLA TRUE 5141.

The least popular fighter this week was TIK-TOK 5062.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NEWLIN PARRIT 5201, RIELLA TRUE 5141, NOLBER PRING 5143, ISOBEL KLINE 
5194, JUST LOSIN 5105, IRON GIANT 5192, BUZZ KILL 4991, QUARTUS 5102, HEXTOR 5100, 
and WATSON 5132.

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!