DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/11/2005    Duedate: 02/24/2005

TRANSEL ARENA

DM-6    TURN-519

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SATAN CLAUS
HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
(6-5878) [12-1-0,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SATAN CLAUS                    COOKIE FOR THE SOUL
HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)          HOLE IN THE WALL (520)
(6-5878) [12-1-0,105]          (6-6002) [3-0-0,44]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLOODY EASTER BUNNY            NATASHA IVANOVA
HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)          YFEL STEORRA (519)
(6-5877) [12-4-2,98]           (6-5984) [3-5-2,36]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)       35
2. HOLE IN THE WALL (520)      10      HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
3. BATTLE BEASTS (464)          0      Unchartered Team
4. DARK PENTAGRAM (524)         0
5. TOON IN (510)                0      HOLE IN THE WALL (520)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*TOON IN (510)              8   1  1 88.9   1/ 2 HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)     6  4 0
 2/ 2*HOLE IN THE WALL (520)     3   1  0 75.0   2/ 6*HOLE IN THE WALL (520)    2  0 0
 3/ 3 HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)     30  16  4 65.2   3- 1 BATTLE BEASTS (464)       2  1 0
 4- 4 BATTLE BEASTS (464)      191 123  8 60.8   4- 3 DARK PENTAGRAM (524)      1  0 0
 5- 5 DARK PANTHEON (317)      450 342 29 56.8   5- 5*TOON IN (510)             1  0 0
 6- 6 DARK PENTAGRAM (524)      20  21  1 48.8   6/ 0*YFEL STEORRA (519)        1  2 1
 7/ 0*YFEL STEORRA (519)        12  16  3 42.9   7- 4 DARK PANTHEON (317)       1  3 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

     Much has changed in TRANSEL since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Woof!  BATTLE BEASTS were 
a bunch of dogs after HOLIDAY HORRORS got through with 'em!  3rd ain't so sweet as 
1st!  Ya gotta be quick on yer feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block 
out the pain!  HOLE IN THE WALL is now ranked 2nd with a 1-0-0 turn.  What's with THE 
GREAT PUMPKIN?  He actually beat TRANSEL's EMBEZZLING SCRIBE, and walked away with 20 
more points from the fight.  Major screwup at YFEL STEORRA.  NATASHA IVANOVA lost 8 
points to COOKIE FOR THE SOUL.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe NATASHA IVANOVA 
will provide more easy wins...  Try as he might, MASTER RHOLENN wasn't good enough at 
persuading SATAN CLAUS to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  Wouldn't it be 
nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses 
of convicted prisoners.   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  TRANSEL thinks HOLIDAY 
HORRORS and their 30-16-4 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  In 
my day, no team with a 26-15-4 would scare me off!  What's the problem, HOLIDAY 
HORRORS?   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, 
fight dirty.   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
Are you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm 
writing it before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good 
skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SATAN CLAUS 5878             12   1  0   105       HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HOMOCULOUS 5798              13   5  0   108       DARK PANTHEON (317)
 BLOODY EASTER BUNNY 5877     12   4  2    98       HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE 5896     5   0  0    55       TOON IN (510)
-HORNED ONE 6098               6   0  1    52       DARK PANTHEON (317)
 COOKIE FOR THE SOUL 6002      3   0  0    44       HOLE IN THE WALL (520)
-GHOLAM 6038                   6   1  0    39       DARK PENTAGRAM (524)
 RAY BROC 6107                 4   0  1    36       YFEL STEORRA (519)
 NATASHA IVANOVA 5984          3   5  2    36       YFEL STEORRA (519)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE FORSAKEN 6052             5   5  0    33       DARK PENTAGRAM (524)
-SUPER CHICKEN 5899            3   1  1    25       TOON IN (510)
-MANTIS 6117                   4   0  0    24       BATTLE BEASTS (464)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EMILY THE STRANGE 6027        3   4  0    21       DARK PENTAGRAM (524)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE GREAT PUMPKIN 6132        1   0  0    20       HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
 AIAS TELAMONIOS 5983          4   4  0    16       YFEL STEORRA (519)
-YETI 6118                     1   2  0    11       BATTLE BEASTS (464)
-BILLY THE GOAT 6121           1   1  0    11       BATTLE BEASTS (464)
-KOMODO 6112                   2   2  0    10       BATTLE BEASTS (464)
 DEATH BY GROUNDHOG 6133       1   0  0     9       HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
-CALABAZA CABEZA 6110          1   0  0     7       YFEL STEORRA (519)
-SKINWALKER 6043               0   1  0     7       DARK PANTHEON (317)
 ARBOR DAY ASSASSIN 6134       0   1  0     1       HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SIR LYRIN PRESKAN 531  0  1 0   1                   RAY BROC 6107         519 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

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

SATAN CLAUS devastated MASTER RHOLENN in a 2 minute mismatched Title fight.
BLOODY EASTER BUNNY won victory over PEREGRINE FIREHAWK in a 2 minute battle.
NATASHA IVANOVA was viciously subdued by COOKIE FOR THE SOUL in a 8 minute gory match.
RAY BROC slaughtered SIR LYRIN PRESKANE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
AIAS TELAMONIOS was overpowered by MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE GREAT PUMPKIN devastated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
DEATH BY GROUNDHOG defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute novice's struggle.
ARBOR DAY ASSASSIN was handily defeated by MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        10 -   4 -  1      71  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -   9 -  2      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     15 -   9 -  0      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   4 -  2      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  18 -  1      40  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  23 -  4      39  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 519 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    SATAN CLAUS 5878           12   1  0  105 HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
TOTAL PARRY      BLOODY EASTER BUNNY 5877   12   4  2   98 HOLIDAY HORRORS (507)
AIMED BLOW       COOKIE FOR THE SOUL 6002    3   0  0   44 HOLE IN THE WALL (520)
LUNGING ATTACK   RAY BROC 6107               4   0  1   36 YFEL STEORRA (519)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLOODY EASTER BUNNY 5877.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was NATASHA IVANOVA 5984.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLOODY 
EASTER BUNNY 5877, SATAN CLAUS 5878, DEATH BY GROUNDHOG 6133, COOKIE FOR THE SOUL 
6002, RAY BROC 6107, THE GREAT PUMPKIN 6132, AIAS TELAMONIOS 5983, ARBOR DAY ASSASSIN 
6134,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was ARBOR DAY ASSASSIN 6134.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were AIAS TELAMONIOS 5983, THE GREAT PUMPKIN 6132, RAY BROC 6107, 
COOKIE FOR THE SOUL 6002, DEATH BY GROUNDHOG 6133, SATAN CLAUS 5878, BLOODY EASTER 
BUNNY 5877, NATASHA IVANOVA 5984,  0, and  0.