DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/02/2012    Duedate: 01/07/2012

DULLENS ARENA

DM-13    TURN-608

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ANVIL
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
(13-5373) [14-48-1,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ANVIL                          CORKY
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           BLACKTHORNE (580)
(13-5373) [14-48-1,108]        (13-5470) [4-2-0,36]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ANVIL                          ANVIL
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
(13-5373) [14-48-1,108]        (13-5373) [14-48-1,108]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CARDOW HUNTERS (445)        62
2. HOUSE OF CARDS (561)         3      HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
3. KAOS (579)                   0      Unchartered Team
4. HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)  -2
5. BLACKTHORNE (580)          -15      BLACKTHORNE (580)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*BLACKTHORNE (580)          4   2  0 66.7   1/ 1 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)      6  3 1
 2/ 2 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)     173 108  4 61.6   2/ 4 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)      6  9 0
 3- 3*KAOS (579)                 1   1  0 50.0   3/ 2*BLACKTHORNE (580)         2  1 0
 4/ 4 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)     518 523  9 49.8   4/ 3 HARRY POTTER AND T (566)  2  3 0
 5/ 5 HARRY POTTER AND T (566) 209 223 16 48.4   5- 5*KAOS (579)                1  0 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 DULLENS!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  What's with WOLFDOG?  He actually 
beat BLACKTHORNE's CORKY, and walked away with 18 more points from the fight.  Laughs 
were big at CARDOW HUNTERS while they watched WOLFDOG clobber CORKY.  He lost 15 
points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  I'm sure DULLENS is 
excited about ANVIL, the new Duelmaster from CARDOW HUNTERS.  (remember?)  But when 
you've seen as many as I have...  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 
HOUSE OF CARDS.  The bums at HOUSE OF CARDS couldn't face the challenges from HOUSE 
OF CARDS!  No excuse for that!   
     Warriors of DULLENS unite.  You have only your games to lose!  How long have I 
been here?  I got people to see, places to go...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  DULLENS 
is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  I don't want to 
overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANVIL 5373                   14  48  1   108       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GEMMA 5356                   15   5  1    90       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
-SEGUE 5394                   12   8  0    84       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 FATHER OF FOUR 5366          13   2  0    72       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 UNEXPECTED SEQUEL 5458        9  10  1    67       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEARFOOT 5419                18  12  0    66       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAUGHTER REDKNIFE 5462        6   3  0    56       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 WOLFDOG 5461                  6   4  1    47       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 CORKY 5470                    4   2  0    36       BLACKTHORNE (580)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKBUCK 5474                1   3  0    17       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
-PONDERING ANGYL 5463          1   1  0     8       KAOS (579)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
X 5475                  0  1 0 HOUSE OF CARDS 561   POTATO GOLEM          608  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Gemma -- You can graduate, too.  Or write a column.  Either will do. -- Anvil

Unexpected Sequel -- You're worse than... I don't know what you're worse than!  Bums
who come back and back and back when they think they've found a soft touch.  One of
these days, I will TURN on you, and I'll LAUGH. -- Laughter Redknife

Father of Four -- I'm surprised you aren't working with Harry Potter.  You'd fit
right in. -- Bearfoot

Corky -- This is shaping up to be a very unpleasant turn here.  And you aren't
helping improve it any. -- Wolfdog

Pondering Angyl -- Oh, cheese, JUST what I needed.  Thank you so much. -- Blackbuck

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

X was butchered by POTATO GOLEM in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
GEMMA was viciously subdued by ANVIL in a action packed 5 minute brutal Title battle.
UNEXPECTED SEQUEL was defeated by GHOST OF ELDRAD in a 1 minute duel.
FATHER OF FOUR viciously subdued BEARFOOT in a popular 5 minute gory contest.
LAUGHTER REDKNIFE demolished TEDDY BEAR OF DEATH in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
CORKY was bested by WOLFDOG in a 1 minute match.
BLACKBUCK devastated CRANKY OLD COOT in a 1 minute one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   0 -  1     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL     15 -   6 -  1      71  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   5 -  0      17  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 608 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    GEMMA 5356                 15   5  1   90 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
TOTAL PARRY      FATHER OF FOUR 5366        13   2  0   72 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
STRIKING ATTACK  BEARFOOT 5419              18  12  0   66 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
AIMED BLOW       CORKY 5470                  4   2  0   36 BLACKTHORNE (580)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ANVIL 5373.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ANVIL 5373.  The ten other most popular fighters were BEARFOOT 5419, GEMMA 5356, 
LAUGHTER REDKNIFE 5462, WOLFDOG 5461, BLACKBUCK 5474, UNEXPECTED SEQUEL 5458, FATHER 
OF FOUR 5366, CORKY 5470, X 5475, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was X 5475.  The other ten least popular fighters 
were CORKY 5470, FATHER OF FOUR 5366, UNEXPECTED SEQUEL 5458, BLACKBUCK 5474, WOLFDOG 
5461, LAUGHTER REDKNIFE 5462, GEMMA 5356, BEARFOOT 5419, ANVIL 5373, and  0.

                              "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!