DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/04/2012    Duedate: 01/17/2012

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-689

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PRODICUS
DREAMERS (142)
(12-6868) [15-10-2,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PRODICUS                       POSITION IS EMPTY
DREAMERS (142)                 
(12-6868) [15-10-2,103]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PRODICUS                       ANTIPHON
DREAMERS (142)                 DREAMERS (142)
(12-6868) [15-10-2,103]        (12-6855) [19-8-1,89]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DREAMERS (142)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SWEET MAGIC (267)           42
2. DREAMERS (142)              37      ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
3. GUESSING GAME (661)         10      Unchartered Team
4. TEAM MARIO (598)             4
5. LEGION OF CHAOS (636)        0      SKULL SHAKERS (620)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*LEGION OF CHAOS (636)     16   8  0 66.7   1/ 1 DREAMERS (142)            7  7 2
 2- 2 ARENA FELINES (177)      782 551 69 58.7   2/ 3 SWEET MAGIC (267)         7  8 0
 3- 3 KAOS FROGS (656)          17  12  3 58.6   3- 5*LEGION OF CHAOS (636)     4  2 0
 4/ 0 ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)    93  82  4 53.1   4- 4 KAOS FROGS (656)          4  2 0
 5/ 4 TEAM MARIO (598)          62  56  3 52.5   5/ 7 TEAM MARIO (598)          4  3 0
 6/ 5 DREAMERS (142)           %1439 %1343 %122 51.7   6/ 8 GUESSING GAME (661)       3  0 0
 7/ 6 GUESSING GAME (661)       38  37  3 50.7   7/ 2 BLUE NOTE (474)           3  7 0
 8/ 7 BLUE NOTE (474)           33  41  4 44.6   8/ 0 ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)    2  1 0
 9/ 8 SWEET MAGIC (267)        712 %1112 26 39.0   9- 6 ARENA FELINES (177)       2  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

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Those betting on BLUE NOTE lost their shirt, 
as BLUE NOTE lost their fighting abilities:  0-4-0.  Say what you will about blind 
luck and dirty fighting, but SWEET MAGIC will tell you 712-1112-26 is nothing to 
laugh at...  Practice pays for PRODICUS, who pummelled TWISTED CLOWN, to pocket 24 
points.  TWISTED CLOWN certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing 
to PRODICUS and losing 17 points in the process!  Can you believe it?  KUNG PO FROG 
apparently has better things to do as RIZTAB's Duelmaster than show up and fight!  
Now I can't insult PRODICUS, as he has gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new 
Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) So who was the warrior seen 
charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic 
problem...   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Is it charming personality?  
Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, WHERE is the most 
challenged warrior.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  As the seasons change, and the creatures 
of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave this place.  RIZTAB, I 
leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Swinging Aardvark.  
'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRODICUS 6868                15  10  2   103       DREAMERS (142)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KUNG PO FROG 6800             9   1  1   111       KAOS FROGS (656)
-ITCHY FROGGY 6803             7   2  1    91       KAOS FROGS (656)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANTIPHON 6855                19   8  1    89       DREAMERS (142)
 TWISTED CLOWN 6360           14   5  1    77       ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
 WHERE 6872                   13  13  1    73       GUESSING GAME (661)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XENOPHANES 6916               9   4  2    66       DREAMERS (142)
-ABYSSINIAN ASSASSIN 6348      8   5  1    60       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CATFISH HUNTER 6441           5   2  0    57       ARENA FELINES (177)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DECOMPOSED COP 6551           5   5  1    49       ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
 DIZZY GILLESPIE 5792          9   7  0    48       BLUE NOTE (474)
 ORIOLA 6932                   9   3  0    47       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 THE MONK 4497                 3  14  1    40       BLUE NOTE (474)
 BOWSER 6356                   6   2  0    38       TEAM MARIO (598)
-SCAT CAT 6542                 4   3  1    35       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LUCKY 6502                    6   1  0    33       LEGION OF CHAOS (636)
-LEATHERFACE 6937              3   1  0    33       ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
-PIPS 6500                     3   0  0    33       LEGION OF CHAOS (636)
-WARIO 6409                    4   3  1    29       TEAM MARIO (598)
-LOST 6503                     4   2  0    27       LEGION OF CHAOS (636)
 KOKO LEAH 6926                4  11  0    25       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 HERBIE HANCOCK 6940           3   3  0    24       BLUE NOTE (474)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARIO 6054                    4   7  0    23       TEAM MARIO (598)
-TOM 6407                      4   2  0    23       ARENA FELINES (177)
 TERESIANNA 6944               3   4  0    23       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-HIGH ROLLER 6534              2   1  0    21       LEGION OF CHAOS (636)
 CHAINED UP DEVIL 6911         4   3  0    20       ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
 AEDESIA 6936                  4   5  0    19       DREAMERS (142)
 NELLI POLITANA 6952           1   0  0    13       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-DUKE ELLINGTON 6942           1   0  0    13       BLUE NOTE (474)
-JOE MEOWER 6947               2   1  1    10       ARENA FELINES (177)
 TAFFY 6941                    1   7  0    10       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-DEALER 6535                   1   2  0     7       LEGION OF CHAOS (636)
-PRINCESS PEACH 6927           0   1  0     7       TEAM MARIO (598)
 ELLA FITZ 6948                1   2  0     5       BLUE NOTE (474)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
LIRODENCRA 6931         4  7 0 SWEET MAGIC 267      XENOPHANES 6916       688   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dizzy Gillespie -- Whew!  I am completely unwound!  Ah, should I take this as a
suggestion that you want... swirls in the filling on the cookies?  Like pinwheels?
Could be tricky, but it's an interesting challenge.  I'll give it a whirl, if I can
stop whirling myself. -- Oriola

Xenophanes -- Heck.  I did *not* need that. -- Ghost of Lirodencra

Wario -- Ah, you noticed that my greatest experience is in losing, did you?  Well, I
hope to have taught YOU to lose, too!  It can be done with flair, you know. -- Taffy

Bowser -- No, I will *not* make dog biscuits.  The very idea is ridiculous.  Eat
cookies. -- Teresianna

Herbie Hancock -- But it was the BEST chocolate, you know. -- Koko Leah

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DIZZY GILLESPIE was devastated by WHERE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
TWISTED CLOWN was vanquished by PRODICUS in a 2 minute brutal uneven Title battle.
ANTIPHON savagely defeated DEVAR THE TRAITOR in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody duel.
XENOPHANES overpowered BLACK BARTOK in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ORIOLA bested THE MONK in a 2 minute brawl.
DECOMPOSED COP vanquished MARIO in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
BOWSER beat HERBIE HANCOCK in a 1 minute brawl.
AEDESIA was overcome by KOKO LEAH in a 2 minute fight.
CHAINED UP DEVIL overcame TAFFY in a 3 minute melee.
TERESIANNA won victory over HEZASH THE MOUTH in a action packed 1 minute duel.
ELLA FITZ was overpowered by NELLI POLITANA in a 2 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         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  11 -  4      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   1 -  1      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  10 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   9 -  1      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  22 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW        12 -  14 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   7 -  0      13  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 689 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PRODICUS 6868              15  10  2  103 DREAMERS (142)
WALL OF STEEL    ANTIPHON 6855              19   8  1   89 DREAMERS (142)
LUNGING ATTACK   TWISTED CLOWN 6360         14   5  1   77 ALL HALLOW'S EVE (599)
PARRY-LUNGE      DIZZY GILLESPIE 5792        9   7  0   48 BLUE NOTE (474)
AIMED BLOW       ORIOLA 6932                 9   3  0   47 SWEET MAGIC (267)
BASHING ATTACK   BOWSER 6356                 6   2  0   38 TEAM MARIO (598)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PRODICUS 6868.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ANTIPHON 6855.  The ten other most popular fighters were PRODICUS 6868, THE MONK 
4497, BOWSER 6356, KOKO LEAH 6926, CHAINED UP DEVIL 6911, TERESIANNA 6944, NELLI 
POLITANA 6952, WHERE 6872, XENOPHANES 6916, and ORIOLA 6932.

The least popular fighter this week was ELLA FITZ 6948.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HERBIE HANCOCK 6940, MARIO 6054, DIZZY GILLESPIE 5792, TAFFY 6941, 
AEDESIA 6936, TWISTED CLOWN 6360, DECOMPOSED COP 6551, ORIOLA 6932, XENOPHANES 6916, 
and WHERE 6872.

                                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: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
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!