DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/04/2005    Duedate: 10/17/2005

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-526

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COPY CAT
ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-5151) [13-4-0,93]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COPY CAT                       COWBOY WHACKER
ARENA FELINES (433)            MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
(9-5151) [13-4-0,93]           (9-5231) [1-0-0,23]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DEATH                          DEATH
DEATH SQUAD (20)               DEATH SQUAD (20)
(9-3500) [19-15-4,77]          (9-3500) [19-15-4,77]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)      43
2. ARENA FELINES (433)         27      ARENA FELINES (433)
3. BLUE MOON (381)             24      Unchartered Team
4. KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)       0
5. HOMESTAR & CO (474)          0      MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*HOMESTAR & CO (474)        9   4  2 69.2   1/ 3 BLUE MOON (381)          10  5 0
 2/ 2 ARENA FELINES (433)      174 106 13 62.1   2/ 1 ARENA FELINES (433)       8  4 1
 3/ 0*MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)     3   2  0 60.0   3/ 2 DEATH SQUAD (20)          8  7 3
 4/ 3 DEATH SQUAD (20)         638 531 69 54.6   4/ 0*MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)    3  2 0
 5/ 6 BLUE MOON (381)          389 515  9 43.0   5- 4*HOMESTAR & CO (474)       1  1 1
 6- 7*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)     2  12  0 14.3   6- 5*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)    1  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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): ALEXANDER THE GREAT of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 524): ANARCHY of CASTLE (Citizen Kane, public relations)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                   (turn 227): GREGOLA of LIFE'S LESSONS (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 213): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
                (turn 385): KID QUICK of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
               (turn 364): AFFLICTED of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome ZUKAL.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have I 
fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Biff!  Pow!  ZUKAL watched 
with glee as ARENA FELINES got knocked off top spot by BLUE MOON!  Welcome to ZUKAL, 
MARCUS'S MISFITS!  We need more teams who can get a 3-2-0 their first time out!  
What's with COWBOY WHACKER?  He actually beat DEATH SQUAD's SLAUGHTER HOUSE, and 
walked away with 23 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at MARCUS'S MISFITS 
while they watched COWBOY WHACKER clobber SLAUGHTER HOUSE.  She lost 14 points and 
got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Try as he might, KUNG-FU MASTER 
wasn't good enough at persuading COPY CAT to step down from the Duelmaster's 
throne...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow 
fighters?  Tough!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  The most avoided team was 
ARENA FELINES.  Management must be dealin', as the boys at DEATH SQUAD ain't reelin'! 
ARENA FELINES' mad!  What do people see in BLUE HAVEN?  His 21-16-0?  BLUE MOON ain't 
talkin', but he's got 91 points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  GUILLOTINE was plum wore out after TRUE BLUE 
pounded 'im silly in a Bloodfeud.  DEATH SQUAD'll have to get a little better before 
going after TRUE BLUE again!  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, places 
to go...   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  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                  
 COPY CAT 5151                13   4  0    93       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE HAVEN 5087              21  16  0    91       BLUE MOON (381)
 PUSS 5184                     9   0  2    91       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATH 3500                   19  15  4    77       DEATH SQUAD (20)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAT-FU 5180                   6   1  0    55       ARENA FELINES (433)
-HOMESTAR 5143                 6   1  1    51       HOMESTAR & CO (474)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAINE COON 5202               3   1  0    27       ARENA FELINES (433)
 TRUE BLUE 5203                3   1  0    27       BLUE MOON (381)
 STEELE 5171                   6   6  0    24       BLUE MOON (381)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FATALITY 5207                 3   0  1    23       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 COWBOY WHACKER 5231           1   0  0    23       MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
-BLOOD SUGAR BABY 4605         1   1  0    17       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-STRONG BAD 5140               1   1  0    16       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-COACH Z 5141                  1   1  1    10       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 CRUNCHER 5232                 1   0  0    10       MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
-EXPENDABLE YOUTH 4200         1   0  0     9       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
 VELCRO NINJA 5229             1   0  0     8       MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
-TROGDOR 5142                  1   1  0     8       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5205          2   1  0     7       DEATH SQUAD (20)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GUILLOTINE 5204               1   2  1     6       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 RETRIBUTION 5206              1   2  1     6       DEATH SQUAD (20)
 BLUE SHREW 5234               1   0  0     6       BLUE MOON (381)
-PREMATURE BURIAL 4206         0   2  0     6       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
 GRANNY PANTIES 5230           0   1  0     1       MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
 BLANKET MONSTER 5233          0   1  0     1       MARCUS'S MISFITS (482)
 ZULOR 5235                    0   1  0     1       BLUE MOON (381)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
OUTTA 9 LIVES 5226     0  1 0 ARENA FELINES 433     STONE GOLEM 629       526 NONE    
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 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Maine Coon -- For a kitten, you're mean.  Somebody should have tied a brick around
your neck and drowned you. -- Steele

The Venomous Concubine was persuasive, but not QUITE persuasive enough, thank the
gods. -- Blue Haven

Puss -- How LIKE a cat to bury me in the sand!  The indignity of it. -- Ghost of
Azurita

Guillotine -- But I was innocent! -- Ghost of Bluette

Retribution?  But what did *I* do? -- True Blue

Bluelle -- Yes, your head!  Oh, but now you're dead.  (Hey, that's a rhyme I said.)
-- Guillontine

Copy Cat -- You're fast. -- Death
P.S.  I'm glad I didn't have to write another DM column.

Two and a half active teams.  Tsk, tsk.  Memories of Zukal in its heyday. -- Eulogy

True Blue -- A quip at me?  Have at you, you scoundrel. -- PB

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

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

OUTTA 9 LIVES was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEATH was outwaited by BLUE HAVEN in a 7 minute veteran's Challenge duel.
COPY CAT narrowly defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Title duel.
PUSS overpowered KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
MAINE COON won victory over OSKSI NOBLE in a 2 minute fight.
STEELE viciously subdued RETRIBUTION in a popular 1 minute master vs. amateur match.
TRUE BLUE vanquished GUILLOTINE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SLAUGHTER HOUSE was vanquished by COWBOY WHACKER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
FATALITY defeated GRANNY PANTIES in a action packed 1 minute novice's fight.
VELCRO NINJA beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute novice's fight.
CRUNCHER demolished ZULOR in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
BLANKET MONSTER was bested by BLUE SHREW in a 2 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -   9 -  4      70  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   7 -  1      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   8 -  2      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  13 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 526 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     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    COPY CAT 5151              13   4  0   93 ARENA FELINES (433)
TOTAL PARRY      BLUE HAVEN 5087            21  16  0   91 BLUE MOON (381)
STRIKING ATTACK  PUSS 5184                   9   0  2   91 ARENA FELINES (433)
LUNGING ATTACK   DEATH 3500                 19  15  4   77 DEATH SQUAD (20)
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 
DEATH 3500.  The ten other most popular fighters were COPY CAT 5151, OUTTA 9 LIVES 
5226, PUSS 5184, MAINE COON 5202, STEELE 5171, COWBOY WHACKER 5231, FATALITY 5207, 
BLUE SHREW 5234, VELCRO NINJA 5229, and CRUNCHER 5232.

The least popular fighter this week was BLANKET MONSTER 5233.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ZULOR 5235, GUILLOTINE 5204, BLUE HAVEN 5087, GRANNY PANTIES 
5230, SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5205, TRUE BLUE 5203, RETRIBUTION 5206, CRUNCHER 5232, VELCRO 
NINJA 5229, and BLUE SHREW 5234.