DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/29/2008    Duedate: 05/12/2008

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-593

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VENTRIIE
DARK WARDS (451)
(9-4987) [21-3-0,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VENTRIIE                       POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK WARDS (451)               
(9-4987) [21-3-0,121]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLUETTE                        BLUETTE
BLUE MOON (381)                BLUE MOON (381)
(9-5328) [18-20-0,103]         (9-5328) [18-20-0,103]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK WARDS (451)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CRIMSON DEATH (471)         22
2. BLUE MOON (381)             12      DARK WARDS (451)
3. DARK WARDS (451)             9      Unchartered Team

                                       BLOOD & IRON (366)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK WARDS (451)         123  61  4 66.8   1/ 1 DARK WARDS (451)          7  2 1
 2/ 2 BLUE MOON (381)          543 690 18 44.0   2/ 2 BLUE MOON (381)           7  8 0
 3/ 3 CRIMSON DEATH (471)       57  82  7 41.0   3/ 3 CRIMSON DEATH (471)       6  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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): NORILTENNE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 590): KOOL-AID DRIKER of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 291): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 289): ULL STORMHELM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
                 (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
                                   HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
                       (turn 439): ALLAN JOHNSON of TPW FOREVER (Anti, mgr.)
                                   WHITE WITCH of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
                                   LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in ZUKAL since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen adapts 
to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  What's with ATHOS?  He actually 
beat BLUE MOON's MORAVIA MAUVE, and walked away with 14 more points from the fight.  
Laughs were big at BLUE MOON while they watched BLEU BONET clobber TRAKE DARROWS.  He 
lost 11 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  See how the 
Duelmaster challenged BLUE MOON's BLUETTE?  That sort of initiative is how he got 
where he is now.  BLUETTE was reminded on the sands why VENTRIIE is Duelmaster.  
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...  ZUKAL thinks CRIMSON 
DEATH and their 57-82-7 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  The 
bums at DARK WARDS couldn't face the challenges from CRIMSON DEATH!  No excuse for 
that!  How well I know the feeling of being the most challenged warrior, BLUETTE!  
Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt you.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting 
younger every day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Time for my medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, 
practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VENTRIIE 4987                21   3  0   121       DARK WARDS (451)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUETTE 5328                 18  20  0   103       BLUE MOON (381)
 GANGREL 4999                 20   5  0   100       DARK WARDS (451)
 BLEU BONET 5356              14  13  2    96       BLUE MOON (381)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLU JON 5308                 18  27  1    90       BLUE MOON (381)
 TRAKE DARROWS 5357            8   9  0    76       CRIMSON DEATH (471)
 DEBARROWS 5121               12  17  0    75       CRIMSON DEATH (471)
-TOREADOR 4948                17  11  2    74       DARK WARDS (451)
 GLINDORA 5118                11  17  1    67       CRIMSON DEATH (471)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ATHOS 5366                    6   3  2    45       CRIMSON DEATH (471)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORAVIA MAUVE 5363            7  10  0    31       BLUE MOON (381)
 BLHU MURTHER 5372             4   5  0    28       BLUE MOON (381)
-SNAPE 5385                    2   0  1    28       DARK WARDS (451)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PORTHOS 5373                  2   3  0    13       CRIMSON DEATH (471)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HODUR 5379                    2   1  0    12       DARK WARDS (451)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

That Embezzling Scribe was a bad wizard; I'm sure of it!  Die, guy! -- Snape

Blu Jon -- And then you win some more? -- Gangrel

Bluette -- Me and you, Babe.  Me and you. -- King Ventriie

Bluette -- I liked your little mouthy comment referring to gangrene.  You have some
spunk.  How nice. -- Gangrel

Spyreport master -- I don't know WHY you said that after a 3-1 last week that we are
in third place, as third place is last place and that is where we have been all the
time; Last place.  We need not you sugar coating our record. -- Verol, manager of
Crimson Death

Ventriie -- I suppose I should be glad there's someone else at all in the arena, but
I'm just not thrilled today.  I have a headache. -- Bluette

Gangrel -- (languid wave)  We meet again. -- Blu Jon

Debarrows -- Well met. -- Bleu Bonet

Glindora -- The sequins are a mistake. -- Moravia Mauve

Athos -- How tedious.  You needed a loss much more than I did. -- Blhu Murther

Ventriie -- You are correct.  This whole business is tedious.  We need new blood
here.  Perhaps even in a literal sense, but definitely new bodies on the sands.
Perhaps if some unwary manager could be...persuaded to relocate? -- Jorja

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

VENTRIIE unbelievably bested BLUETTE in a 3 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
GANGREL slimly won victory over BLU JON in a 2 minute veteran's match.
TRAKE DARROWS was vanquished by BLEU BONET in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
DEBARROWS defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bloody one-sided fight.
GLINDORA vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
MORAVIA MAUVE was overpowered by ATHOS in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
BLHU MURTHER handily defeated PORTHOS in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   1 -  0      95  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -   8 -  1      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  12 -  1      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -  17 -  0      51  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  14 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  11 -  0      27  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 593 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VENTRIIE 4987              21   3  0  121 DARK WARDS (451)
WALL OF STEEL    GANGREL 4999               20   5  0  100 DARK WARDS (451)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLEU BONET 5356            14  13  2   96 BLUE MOON (381)
LUNGING ATTACK   ATHOS 5366                  6   3  2   45 CRIMSON DEATH (471)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLUETTE 5328.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BLUETTE 5328.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEBARROWS 5121, VENTRIIE 
4987, GLINDORA 5118, ATHOS 5366, GANGREL 4999, BLU JON 5308, BLEU BONET 5356, BLHU 
MURTHER 5372, TRAKE DARROWS 5357, and MORAVIA MAUVE 5363.

The least popular fighter this week was PORTHOS 5373.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MORAVIA MAUVE 5363, TRAKE DARROWS 5357, BLHU MURTHER 5372, BLEU BONET 
5356, BLU JON 5308, GANGREL 4999, ATHOS 5366, GLINDORA 5118, VENTRIIE 4987, and 
DEBARROWS 5121.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

BLUETTE (9-5328) BLUE MOON (381)

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."