DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/20/2005    Duedate: 10/03/2005

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-525

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COPY CAT
ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-5151) [12-4-0,91]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COPY CAT                       POSITION IS EMPTY
ARENA FELINES (433)            
(9-5151) [12-4-0,91]           

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DEATH                          MAINE COON
DEATH SQUAD (20)               ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-3500) [19-14-4,75]          (9-5202) [2-1-0,25]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ARENA FELINES (433)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES (433)         55
2. DEATH SQUAD (20)             8      ARENA FELINES (433)
3. BLUE MOON (381)              8      Unchartered Team
4. HOMESTAR & CO (474)          0
5. KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)       0       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2*HOMESTAR & CO (474)        9   4  2 69.2   1/ 1 ARENA FELINES (433)       9  4 1
 2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (433)      171 105 13 62.0   2/ 2 DEATH SQUAD (20)          8  3 3
 3/ 4 DEATH SQUAD (20)         637 527 69 54.7   3/ 3 BLUE MOON (381)           6  8 0
 4- 5 LETTER BOMBS (436)       105 100  8 51.2   4- 4*HOMESTAR & CO (474)       3  1 1
 5- 6 PHILANTHROPISTS II (446)  89 116  4 43.4   5- 5*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)    2  4 0
 6/ 7 BLUE MOON (381)          385 514  9 42.8   6- 7 LETTER BOMBS (436)        1  1 0
 7- 8*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)     2  12  0 14.3   7- 8 PHILANTHROPISTS II (446)  0  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Old Secrets #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zukal:

     Karolvingar flicked one leathery wing and looked away, not answering Doreg's
question.
     Zrof said, "Time is different in some other universes.  It might not have been
thousands of years where the Demon Prince is now."
     Doreg looked at the arenamaster, and his face went blank.  For all practical
purposes, Zrof One-Eye was a Prince of Zukal just as he himself was, and it was folly
to reveal one's feelings to another prince.  They might be allies at the moment, but
the princes of Zukal were always rivals.  "You speak as though you know," he said.
     Zrof nodded.  "I do know.  Not all, not for sure where the Demon Prince may be
found, but...I know something.  Where to start looking."
     Doreg stiffened, his face becoming, if anything, blanker.  He was the youngest
of the Bandit Princes, he was Rirorni, he was relatively new to his rank and even to
the city of Zukal.  He knew that some of the princes resented him, were more than
rivals.  "Do the others know--?"
     Zrof shook his head.  "They know nothing at all about the Demon Prince.  Many of
them don't even know there ever was such a man.  Some wouldn't believe it, and none
of them can be of any use in this.  The places where we will need to go to find the
Demon Prince are not for the old and those who are set in their ways.  You and I.
Perhaps a gladiator or two...."  He frowned.  "If such can be found."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Death walked through the streets of Zukal on his way to the arena.  What a great
town:  lying, cheating, thievery, thuggery, intrigue and murder.  There was nothing
like a heaping plate of such fare to keep a person on their toes and make them feel
alive.
     His joy faded as soon as he entered the arena and looked at the fight board.
There would only be 12 fights this week. Fights against beggars, thieves, and
criminals instead of warriors.  It was pathetic.
     What could Epitaph be thinking to have the Death Squad return to this lifeless
venue?  It sure wouldn't be part of some grand recruitment plan to see large numbers
of talented warriors flocking to our cause.
     Death's fought against an unarmed Karnhorn.  All right, not exactly a fight.
More like target practice.  That still left him as the Duelmaster, which meant an
obligatory crowd.
     "Zukal, the Death Squad plans to make things a lot livelier around here by
making sure there is plenty of death to go around."  Death paused.  A thought passed
through his head that his statement might be a bit contradictory.  He shrugged it
off; assassins weren't meant to be spokesmen and diplomats.  The commission was lucky
that he addressed the crowd at all.
     "Ok, that's all I have to say...for right now."
     With that Death kicked sand on the fallen Kung-fu Master and walked away,
offering obscene gestures to the crowd as he went.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ZUKAL?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Tsk, tsk, TRUE BLUE beat RETRIBUTION and 
RETRIBUTION lost 8 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And it's out with the old, in 
with the new, as COPY CAT takes the Title and last week's bar tab from the old 
Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Blue Boar Inn, humph!  I've tasted better ale at 
mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From ZUKAL's trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  STEELE was challenged more times this turn than the 
Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  I guess I can give a 
little credit to MAINE COON of ARENA FELINES for challenging up by 19 to STEELE.  
MAINE COON won to get 25 points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for ZUKAL's 
morgue.  More variety.  And what a stunning loss we have here, boys and girls, 
AZURITA of BLUE MOON has added the final loss to hers 9-11-0.  Tee hee!  I can't say 
as I'm proud to find out that ARENA FELINES' PUSS has killed AZURITA from BLUE MOON.  
I can say I wish BLUE MOON good luck in their bloodfeud.  Titanium shields and bamboo 
daggers, guess what brave team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     What does the ZUKAL arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  I see 
the crowds are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COPY CAT 5151                12   4  0    91       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE HAVEN 5087              20  16  0    86       BLUE MOON (381)
 DEATH 3500                   19  14  4    75       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 PUSS 5184                     8   0  2    74       ARENA FELINES (433)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FEBLES 4821                   8   5  0    55       PHILANTHROPISTS II (446)
-CAT-FU 5180                   6   1  0    55       ARENA FELINES (433)
-HOMESTAR 5143                 6   1  1    51       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-E. LECTER 5158                3   0  0    44       LETTER BOMBS (436)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAINE COON 5202               2   1  0    25       ARENA FELINES (433)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STEELE 5171                   5   6  0    21       BLUE MOON (381)
 FATALITY 5207                 2   0  1    21       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5205          2   0  0    21       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 TRUE BLUE 5203                2   1  0    18       BLUE MOON (381)
-BLOOD SUGAR BABY 4605         1   1  0    17       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-STRONG BAD 5140               1   1  0    16       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 GUILLOTINE 5204               1   1  1    13       DEATH SQUAD (20)
-COACH Z 5141                  1   1  1    10       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-EXPENDABLE YOUTH 4200         1   0  0     9       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-TROGDOR 5142                  1   1  0     8       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 RETRIBUTION 5206              1   1  1     6       DEATH SQUAD (20)
-PREMATURE BURIAL 4206         0   2  0     6       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TUNA BREATH 5169       4  3 0 ARENA FELINES 433     HOMESTAR 5143         524         
AZURITA 5124           9 12 0 BLUE MOON 381         PUSS 5184             525         
BLUETTE 5211           1  1 0 BLUE MOON 381         GUILLOTINE 5204       525         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Copy Cat -- It was time for you to do something NEW and DIFFERENT--time for you to
LOSE.  You have become too complacent. -- Blue Haven, philanthropist

Strong Bad -- Overly ambitious, were you not? -- Steele

Premature Burial -- In your case, sir, it could not be premature, only too-long
delayed. -- True Blue

Puss -- Oh, gee, are you sure you learned enough skills from that one? -- Azurita

Guillotine -- Not MY head, you don't! -- Bluette

Blue Haven -- What do you mean?  I am taller!  I am taller than...Hey, you trying to
make fun of me by saying I'm short?  That's it pal--you're dead. -- Death

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MAINE COON devastated STEELE in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
DEATH was demolished by COPY CAT in a 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
BLUE HAVEN defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute master's duel.
PUSS assassinated AZURITA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BLUETTE was viciously butchered by GUILLOTINE in a 1 minute gory beginner's brawl.
TRUE BLUE viciously subdued RETRIBUTION in a 2 minute bloody amateur's match.
SLAUGHTER HOUSE overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven melee.
FATALITY vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a popular 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                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -   7 -  4      75  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   4 -  0      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   8 -  2      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   8 -  1      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   6 -  1      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  15 -  0      35  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   6 -  0      25  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 525 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    COPY CAT 5151              12   4  0   91 ARENA FELINES (433)
TOTAL PARRY      BLUE HAVEN 5087            20  16  0   86 BLUE MOON (381)
LUNGING ATTACK   DEATH 3500                 19  14  4   75 DEATH SQUAD (20)
STRIKING ATTACK  PUSS 5184                   8   0  2   74 ARENA FELINES (433)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DEATH 3500.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
MAINE COON 5202.  The ten other most popular fighters were TRUE BLUE 5203, FATALITY 
5207, COPY CAT 5151, BLUE HAVEN 5087, PUSS 5184, SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5205, BLUETTE 5211, 
GUILLOTINE 5204, STEELE 5171, and DEATH 3500.

The least popular fighter this week was RETRIBUTION 5206.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were AZURITA 5124, DEATH 3500, STEELE 5171, GUILLOTINE 5204, BLUETTE 
5211, SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5205, PUSS 5184, BLUE HAVEN 5087, COPY CAT 5151, and FATALITY 
5207.