DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/03/2012    Duedate: 01/16/2012

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-687

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PREDATOR
THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
(9-2701) [12-9-1,143]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PREDATOR                       OGRE BATTLE
THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)          QUEEN (522)
(9-2701) [12-9-1,143]          (9-5608) [8-1-0,76]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLUE STREAK                    JED TARRAN DAPP
BLUE MOON (381)                BLUE MOON (381)
(9-5574) [14-11-0,53]          (9-5597) [9-6-0,57]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. QUEEN (522)                 27
2. THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)       25      HOMESTAR & CO (474)
3. HOMESTAR & CO (474)         10      Unchartered Team
4. PAPERBOYS (502)              1
5. BATTEL BLADES (516)          0      QUEEN (522)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 HOMESTAR & CO (474)       30   4  2 88.2   1/ 1 BLUE MOON (381)           8  7 0
 2/ 2*QUEEN (522)               17   7  0 70.8   2/ 3 THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)     7  1 0
 3- 3 HOT STUFF (504)           99  57 10 63.5   3/ 2*QUEEN (522)               5  4 0
 4- 4*BATTEL BLADES (516)       10  11  0 47.6   4- 5*BATTEL BLADES (516)       2  5 0
 5/ 5 BLUE MOON (381)          785 911 24 46.3   5/ 0 HOMESTAR & CO (474)       1  0 0
 6/ 6 THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)     55  64  2 46.2   6- 4 HOT STUFF (504)           1  2 0
 7/ 7 PAPERBOYS (502)            2  30  0  6.3   7/ 7 PAPERBOYS (502)           0  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 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): GEMMA of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): GANDALF of IN MIDDLE EARTH (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): GORBLE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): LORD FIREFLASH of LUROCIANS II (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): DARIUS of OPEN HAND (Bahram, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
                              SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                              GARNO TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of ZUKAL.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  Practice pays for 
LADYHAWKE, who pummelled BLAMMO, to pocket 13 points.  BLUE FUNK certainly had a 
baffled expression on his face, after losing to DANGEROUS CRIMINAL and losing 18 
points in the process!  What can be a greater victory?  PREDATOR has taken his place 
as the top, as ZUKAL's new Duelmaster.  So who was the warrior seen charging into 
immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of BLUE MOON should take up 
some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  The warriors of BLUE MOON found 
their efforts at combat frustrated as PAPERBOYS apparently had more important things 
to do than fight.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Ask not a 
spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an 
unconscious stupor.   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PREDATOR 2701                12   9  1   143       THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRONG BAD 5140              11   1  0   116       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-TIGHT BLOUSE 5425            12   2  3   105       HOT STUFF (504)
 FREE WHEEL 2912              12   6  1    99       THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
-G-STRING 5560                11   2  0    91       HOT STUFF (504)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILK GARTER 5536             10   9  1    83       HOT STUFF (504)
 LADYHAWKE 4289                9   7  0    79       THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
 OGRE BATTLE 5608              8   1  0    76       QUEEN (522)
-SURADNA 4368                  8   2  0    74       THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLAMMO 5571                  16  11  0    59       BLUE MOON (381)
-KATANA 5570                   6   3  0    59       BATTEL BLADES (516)
 JED TARRAN DAPP 5597          9   6  0    57       BLUE MOON (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE STREAK 5574             14  11  0    53       BLUE MOON (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE FUNK 5589               12   9  2    47       BLUE MOON (381)
-TROGDOR 5142                  3   1  0    44       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
-MIDNIGHT 5568                 4   2  0    42       BATTEL BLADES (516)
 THROUGH THE WINDOW 5398       2  30  0    36       PAPERBOYS (502)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KERNAL 4629                   2   0  0    23       THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
-BICYCLE RACE 5609             2   0  0    22       QUEEN (522)
 WE WILL ROCK YOU 5605         3   1  0    17       QUEEN (522)
 BO RHAP 5613                  2   2  0    15       QUEEN (522)
-HOOTERS 5615                  1   0  0    14       HOT STUFF (504)
 39 5606                       0   1  0    11       QUEEN (522)
-COACH Z 5141                  1   1  1    10       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 NERISA TEAL 5616              1   1  0     5       BLUE MOON (381)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jed -- Put me down on the inept column.  Just never let me touch you. -- Window

Through the Window -- Sounds like a good plan.  I could use the wins.  Thanks. -- Jed
Tarran Dapp
P.S.  And for the five skills, as well.  Generally useful things, skills.

I curl my lip in scorn at the Ambitious Guard.  Not only can he not win, he can't
teach. -- Blammo

Somehow, a victory over a truly Dangerous Criminal feels really good. -- Blue Streak

Midnight -- I knew orcs have a lot of, um, physical confidence, but seriously, what
are you doing ranked that high? -- Blue Funk
P.S.  And what are you doing tonight?  I know a good place for dinner.

They tell me a Convicted Thief counts as "starting easy."  Okay.  But they didn't
tell me he'd WHINE. -- Nerisa Teal

Blammo -- Sorry that oaf had no skills to teach you.  But with luck, he's learned his
lesson and will be a little less pushy, eh? -- Del'Borasan, trainer of Guards

Blue Streak -- Meet me in the alley behind the arena, two hours after sunset.  I've
got something for you. -- Horlinse, Dangerous and Lawless

Nerisa Teal -- Old Zrof One-Eye was disgusted with the way the fight went.  Did you
have to do that?  We don't mind if you win, it's a disciplinary event for our thieves
anyway, but do you have to make them look so totally inept? -- Taralbos, Senior Thief
P.S.  Though I will admit, some of our members are naturals at looking inept.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

OGRE BATTLE was devastated by PREDATOR in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
STRONG BAD viciously subdued FREE WHEEL in a 2 minute brutal expert's battle.
LADYHAWKE overpowered BLAMMO in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
BLUE FUNK was devastated by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THROUGH THE WINDOW was savagely defeated by JED TARRAN DAPP in a 3 minute competition.
BLUE STREAK was overpowered by CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
WE WILL ROCK YOU devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
KERNAL handily defeated 39 in a 1 minute uneven melee.
NERISA TEAL slimly lost to BO RHAP in a 4 minute gruesome novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   4 -  0      76  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   1 -  1      75  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   4 -  0      73  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    19 -  11 -  0      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  14 -  2      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         AIMED BLOW         4 -  11 -  0      27  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 687 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   PREDATOR 2701              12   9  1  143 THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
LUNGING ATTACK   STRONG BAD 5140            11   1  0  116 HOMESTAR & CO (474)
PARRY-STRIKE     LADYHAWKE 4289              9   7  0   79 THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)
SLASHING ATTACK  OGRE BATTLE 5608            8   1  0   76 QUEEN (522)
STRIKING ATTACK  JED TARRAN DAPP 5597        9   6  0   57 BLUE MOON (381)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLUE STREAK 5574.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JED TARRAN DAPP 5597.  The ten other most popular fighters were STRONG BAD 
5140, NERISA TEAL 5616, FREE WHEEL 2912, LADYHAWKE 4289, WE WILL ROCK YOU 5605, 
KERNAL 4629, BO RHAP 5613, PREDATOR 2701, THROUGH THE WINDOW 5398, and OGRE BATTLE 
5608.

The least popular fighter this week was 39 5606.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLUE STREAK 5574, BLUE FUNK 5589, BLAMMO 5571, OGRE BATTLE 5608, 
THROUGH THE WINDOW 5398, PREDATOR 2701, BO RHAP 5613, KERNAL 4629, WE WILL ROCK YOU 
5605, and LADYHAWKE 4289.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

PREDATOR (9-2701) THE WILLBURYS 9 (257)

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
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manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!