DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/22/2005    Duedate: 03/07/2005

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-510

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CAT TASTROPHIE
ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-4940) [10-4-0,94]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CAT TASTROPHIE                 HOMESTAR
ARENA FELINES (433)            HOMESTAR & CO (474)
(9-4940) [10-4-0,94]           (9-5143) [2-0-0,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE PRUSSIAN                   CAT TASTROPHIE
BLUE MOON (381)                ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-5039) [15-14-0,59]          (9-4940) [10-4-0,94]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES (433)         35
2. BLITZKRIEG (462)            19      ARENA FELINES (433)
3. HOMESTAR & CO (474)         12      Unchartered Team
4. BLUE MOON (381)              9
5. WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)    0      HOMESTAR & CO (474)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*HOMESTAR & CO (474)        3   1  0 75.0   1/ 1 BLUE MOON (381)          11  4 0
 2- 2*WAR ON THE TERRACE (472)   3   2  1 60.0   2/ 2 ARENA FELINES (433)       6  3 0
 3/ 3 ARENA FELINES (433)      126  90  9 58.3   3/ 4*HOMESTAR & CO (474)       3  1 0
 4- 4 LETTER BOMBS (436)        96  91  8 51.3   4- 3*WAR ON THE TERRACE (472)  3  2 1
 5/ 0*BLITZKRIEG (462)           3   3  0 50.0   5/ 0*BLITZKRIEG (462)          1  0 0
 6/ 5 BLUE MOON (381)          359 477  9 42.9   6- 5 LETTER BOMBS (436)        1  2 1

    '*'   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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): TAD DEVILLE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt ZUKAL will ever be the same.  And let's see, SCOURGE fought TROGDOR and 
gained 19 points and contributed to BLITZKRIEG's 1-0-0.  BLUE SUEDE has lost to 
DANGEROUS CRIMINAL, falling 8 points, while helping make BLUE MOON a 3-2-0 turn.  The 
attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and CAT TASTROPHIE remains ZUKAL's 
top warrior for another turn.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top 
team makes their losing fighters do dishes at The Blue Boar Inn until they win.  
Maybe?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  WAR ON THE TERRACES has cause to stand 
tall, as they were ZUKAL's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team 
to beat.  And avoiding WAR ON THE TERRACES more than any other team we find HOMESTAR 
& CO.  ZUKAL, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or 
hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in ZUKAL, but never good to wear out my welcome.  Look 
for me in future turns.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- Alarond 
the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT TASTROPHIE 4940          10   4  0    94       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-T. ZER 5011                  13   5  2    93       LETTER BOMBS (436)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOP CAT 4928                  9   3  0    77       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE PRUSSIAN 5039            15  14  0    59       BLUE MOON (381)
 LAZULIO 5123                  6   0  0    58       BLUE MOON (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE HAVEN 5087              12   9  0    54       BLUE MOON (381)
 AZURITA 5124                  5   1  0    49       BLUE MOON (381)
 BLUE SUEDE 5112               6   7  0    34       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOMESTAR 5143                 2   0  0    27       HOMESTAR & CO (474)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCOURGE 5045                  1   1  0    20       BLITZKRIEG (462)
-TITAN 5046                    1   0  0    20       BLITZKRIEG (462)
-HP SAUCE 5127                 1   0  0    15       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
-DAVID BECKHAM 5128            1   0  1    14       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
 COPY CAT 5151                 1   0  0    13       ARENA FELINES (433)
-ZINGER TOWER BURGER 5129      1   0  0    11       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
-PERSHING 5044                 1   0  0    10       BLITZKRIEG (462)
 TROGDOR 5142                  1   1  0     8       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-C. MENT 5132                  1   0  1     6       LETTER BOMBS (436)
-IKE 5043                      0   1  0     1       BLITZKRIEG (462)
-CHINESE TAKE-AWAY 5131        0   1  0     1       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
-KITTY LITTER 5113             0   1  0     1       ARENA FELINES (433)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ROBBIE FOWLER 5130     0  1 0 WAR ON THE TERRAC 472 C. MENT 5132          509         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Top Cat -- I'd like to see you on the bottom sometime. -- Blue Suede

And four-oh against standbys.  Oh, well. -- Jorja

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

CAT TASTROPHIE devastated KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute mismatched Title fight.
TOP CAT demolished THE PRUSSIAN in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
BLUE SUEDE was overpowered by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
LAZULIO devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
AZURITA bested FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute brawl.
BLUE HAVEN vanquished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute mismatched fight.
SCOURGE overpowered TROGDOR in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
HOMESTAR overpowered CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven melee.
COPY CAT vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -   5 -  2      74  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  13 -  2      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   7 -  1      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 510 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-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CAT TASTROPHIE 4940        10   4  0   94 ARENA FELINES (433)
STRIKING ATTACK  TOP CAT 4928                9   3  0   77 ARENA FELINES (433)
TOTAL PARRY      BLUE HAVEN 5087            12   9  0   54 BLUE MOON (381)
AIMED BLOW       AZURITA 5124                5   1  0   49 BLUE MOON (381)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE PRUSSIAN 5039.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CAT TASTROPHIE 4940.  The ten other most popular fighters were AZURITA 5124, 
TOP CAT 4928, LAZULIO 5123, SCOURGE 5045, HOMESTAR 5143, BLUE HAVEN 5087, COPY CAT 
5151, THE PRUSSIAN 5039, BLUE SUEDE 5112, and TROGDOR 5142.

The least popular fighter this week was TROGDOR 5142.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLUE SUEDE 5112, THE PRUSSIAN 5039, COPY CAT 5151, BLUE HAVEN 5087, 
HOMESTAR 5143, SCOURGE 5045, LAZULIO 5123, TOP CAT 4928, AZURITA 5124, and CAT 
TASTROPHIE 4940.

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The winter tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of March.
If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please contact RSI Customer 
Service.  The charge for a name change is $1, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)