DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/09/2010    Duedate: 06/22/2010

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-642

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MAXIMILLIAN
VC RULES (501)
(15-5011) [12-3-2,114]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MAXIMILLIAN                    JIM
VC RULES (501)                 RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)
(15-5011) [12-3-2,114]         (15-5021) [6-2-0,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

REXROTH                        CYBERMANCER
DARK CREATION (471)            DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4957) [25-13-0,95]         (15-4992) [14-12-0,108]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK CREATION (471)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARK CREATION (471)         51
2. VC RULES (501)              28      VC RULES (501)
3. STARBASE 5 (263)            17      Unchartered Team
4. GREENWARDENS (244)          -7
5. RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)   -17      RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 VC RULES (501)            44  23  5 65.7   1/ 3 DARK CREATION (471)      10  5 1
 2/ 2*RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)  17  12  1 58.6   2/ 1 VC RULES (501)            8  4 0
 3/ 3 DARK CREATION (471)      375 318 20 54.1   3/ 2 GREENWARDENS (244)        7  7 0
 4/ 4 STARBASE 5 (263)         336 337 13 49.9   4/ 5 STARBASE 5 (263)          7  8 0
 5/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)       698 803 15 46.5   5/ 4*RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)  3  4 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 645): LIP GLOSS of HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 647): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 525): KALLI ELISABETH of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 641): MAXIMILLIAN of VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 643): BAABRA LAMMONT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 635): GRACCHUS of GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 636): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 320): ANFERROUS of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 633): MR. SPOCK of TREKKERS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 318): LODEN NORVIS of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 629): ENVY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 626): BITCHIN' BEAST of DIVINE HERITAGE (Bubba Ganoosh)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 618): PELICAN EEL of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 581): XARGOTH of THE BRETHREN (Godric Magnusson DaVinci, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 295): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 289): ROIS ANIN of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 276): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 508): RYVAS VOLKMAURI of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 495): BB BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): FALLING LEAF of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 470): CHAEGO SARILDAN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 432): MARDEL TEN VAREN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): JAGUAR JON of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 418): UNFORGETTABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 534): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 645): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 647): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 525): SATAN'S KINGDOMS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 641): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 642): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 635): GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 636): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 320): FORCE OF FIVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 633): TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 318): MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 629): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 626): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 618): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 581): WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 295): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 289): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 276): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 508): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 495): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 470): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 432): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 418): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 534): THE WILLBURYS 13 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 645): LIP GLOSS of HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                          BILBO BAGGINNI of MIDDLE ITALY (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 640): AGATE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 643): BAABRA LAMMONT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
                           BRUAR of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
               (turn 642): TAIKUTSU of YAMABUSHI (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 633): VINDOCOMUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 617): FARTIOR of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): FALLING LEAF of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): SUNSET THUNDER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for MALCORN.  Like, VC RULES had to be so 
embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by DARK CREATION!  Way to go DARK 
CREATION!  MVP award for QREATED?  DARK CREATION's proud of it after beating JIM and 
getting 17 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  JIM's match with QREATED cost him a 
loss of 13 points!  This Duelmaster is like something else!  MAXIMILLIAN stopped APOK 
dead in his tracks!  Who was the wiseguy that said MALCORN's Duelmaster was paying 
for drinks at Drake's Barbecue?  Don't look at me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All MALCORN ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  RAINBOW CONNECTION figured it was better to let FIZBAN kill 
CARTMAN unpunished, and not worry about getting nailed again!  Fight, fight, fight.  
Is that all you guys can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  I had a fun 
time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAXIMILLIAN 5011             12   3  2   114       VC RULES (501)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CYBERMANCER 4992             14  12  0   108       DARK CREATION (471)
 BRISTLECONE 4952             23  19  1   102       GREENWARDENS (244)
 REXROTH 4957                 25  13  0    95       DARK CREATION (471)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APOK 4964                    20  15  0    86       STARBASE 5 (263)
 MASTER DARQUE 5015            9   6  0    78       VC RULES (501)
 STREET LEGAL 5012            10   5  0    75       VC RULES (501)
 FIZBAN 5013                   9   6  2    69       VC RULES (501)
 STONEBOW 4993                11  14  0    67       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983         11  19  0    58       STARBASE 5 (263)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVERBIRD 4994              15  10  0    55       GREENWARDENS (244)
 QREATED 4999                  6   7  2    41       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWORDMAGE 5037                2   1  0    28       DARK CREATION (471)
 JIM 5021                      6   2  0    27       RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)
-HAMMER 5014                   4   3  1    27       VC RULES (501)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARMEGADUS 5035                2   1  0    23       STARBASE 5 (263)
 IRON COG 5036                 3   0  0    20       STARBASE 5 (263)
 TERRASQUE 5033                2   2  1    16       DARK CREATION (471)
 STEVE 5027                    3   3  1    13       RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)
-KHAMUL 4033                   1   5  0     8       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
 HONEYSUCKLE 5038              1   2  0     5       GREENWARDENS (244)
 TESTACAE 5034                 1   2  0     5       STARBASE 5 (263)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NEMO 4648                     1   1  0     4       DOWN WITH THE SHIP (468)
-AKHORAHIL 4031                0   1  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
-ADUNAPHEL 4032                0   4  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
QRYSYS 4958            21 14 2 DARK CREATION 471    MAXIMILLIAN 5011      639   
CARTMAN 5025            3  1 0 RAINBOW CONNECTI 503 FIZBAN 5013           638  NOT REVENGED
KERMIT 5022             3  3 0 RAINBOW CONNECTI 503 TERRASQUE 5033        640  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rexroth -- And over to you.  More or less.  If you'd won.  Still, you'll get it back
together.  Look how well *I* did, from very unpromising material! -- Agate

Cybermancer -- What do you do when the storms walk abroad?  Which has been happening
a lot here of late.  Jorja says it's "inconvenient." -- Stonebow

Master Darque -- Shouldn't you be shorter? -- Bristlecone
P.S.  And meaner?  Not that I'm complaining!

A Captured Orc?  What is this Orc to me? -- Silverbird
P.S.  Besides an easy win.

Armegadus -- Your name has ominous overtones, but I'm overtone-deaf. -- Honeysuckle

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MAXIMILLIAN devastated APOK in a action packed 1 minute brutal mismatched Title fight.
BRISTLECONE handily defeated STREET LEGAL in a 1 minute one-sided match.
REXROTH vanquished STONEBOW in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
CYBERMANCER overpowered KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 3 minute one-sided fight.
SILVERBIRD was vanquished by MASTER DARQUE in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
STARLYN FYREFLY was viciously subdued by FIZBAN in a popular 7 minute competition.
JIM lost to QREATED in a 2 minute duel.
STEVE was vanquished by SWORDMAGE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
HONEYSUCKLE was vanquished by ARMEGADUS in a 3 minute one-sided duel.
TERRASQUE overpowered TESTACAE in a 1 minute uneven match.
IRON COG luckily beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 5 minute brutal novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   1 -  2      92  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -   8 -  0      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        22 -  15 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  11 -  2      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -   8 -  2      58  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  31 -  3      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 642 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       2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   MAXIMILLIAN 5011           12   3  2  114 VC RULES (501)
AIMED BLOW       CYBERMANCER 4992           14  12  0  108 DARK CREATION (471)
TOTAL PARRY      BRISTLECONE 4952           23  19  1  102 GREENWARDENS (244)
STRIKING ATTACK  MASTER DARQUE 5015          9   6  0   78 VC RULES (501)
PARRY-STRIKE     FIZBAN 5013                 9   6  2   69 VC RULES (501)
WALL OF STEEL    SILVERBIRD 4994            15  10  0   55 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is REXROTH 4957.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CYBERMANCER 4992.  The ten other most popular fighters were FIZBAN 5013, 
MAXIMILLIAN 5011, QREATED 4999, ARMEGADUS 5035, MASTER DARQUE 5015, STARLYN FYREFLY 
4983, HONEYSUCKLE 5038, REXROTH 4957, JIM 5021, and TERRASQUE 5033.

The least popular fighter this week was IRON COG 5036.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TESTACAE 5034, STEVE 5027, STONEBOW 4993, STREET LEGAL 5012, SWORDMAGE 
5037, SILVERBIRD 4994, BRISTLECONE 4952, APOK 4964, TERRASQUE 5033, and JIM 5021.

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                                TROLL (7-4624) BIG BAD  
                       BARBARIAN (12-4783) SUPERIOR FORCES 22T  
                           RAMPAGE (32-5076) ANGELS OF PAIN  
                                HOOFA (68-8617) ALMOST  
                         SCUMMY BOY (73-3371) THE FAMILY TREE  
                         NIGHTBINDER (82-3120) FORGE OF FURY  
                           HEDWIG (82-11622) LUROCIAN XIII  
                           DOLAN (82-15864) WHETSTONE 2D II  
                       LOAD MASTER (82-15924) ARIZONA TRIP 2K2  
                             SNOTMONSTER (82-26261) NOSEY  
                    YELLOW SUBMARINE (82-26471) LBA:  BEATLEMANIA!  
                            CLUSTER (82-28582) HALF A WORD  
                        KINETIX (82-30489) SUPERIOR FORCES 706  
                            LUNG BUTTER (82-33462) 11405O  
                        WEBBED BEAUS (82-36458) DATING A FROG  
                        KATAMARI DAMACY (82-38613) COOL GAMES  
                           BEAVER (82-39056) ANIMAL'S FARM  
                       VITO BERTOLDO (82-41532) MEDAL OF HONOR  
                       CECIL BOLTON (82-42248) MEDAL OF HONOR V  
                      SOULTAKER (82-45716) FAIRLY ODD PEOPLE II  
                          HARVEY (82-46194) KELLUMBO'S K 06F  
                        PRISONER R09 (82-51085) DUNGEON CELL 4  

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                        BLOODGAMES at the SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE

Back by popular demand, we will be having Bloodgames at the Summer FTF!  For those of 
you who always wanted the chance to manage the last warrior standing alive upon the 
arena sands, your day has come.  At the end of the ten turns, even though several 
warriors, bruised and scarred, MAY yet live, only one will be crowned Champion of the 
Bloodgames.  And in this game mere survival counts for little.  A great general once 
said, "The object of battle is not to die for your cause, but to make your enemy die 
for his."  This general would have greatly enjoyed the Duelmasters Bloodgames.  There 
will be two different arenas:

     DM 98:  for Face-to-Face attendees, with turn-by-turn strategies, and 
     DM 99:  for all managers, with one strategy for all ten rounds

Gameplay proceeds according to standard DM rules, except for a few notable exceptions: 

BLOODGAMES ROLLUP --  Your Bloodgames team is ten warriors, one of each fighting 
style, each warrior designed from scratch!  (All is 84 points, 3-21, as usual.)

DEATH -- As the name implies, the Bloodgames will leave the arena sands somewhat darker 
before they're over.  It's a dangerous sport intended only for the tough and spirited.  
The Arenamaster will be less likely to intercede on behalf of a dying warrior.  Even 
at a 1 kill desire, kill attempts will occur.

REPLACEMENTS AND ROLLUPS -- There will be no replacement characters.  

CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES -- In DM 98, there no regular challenges, only bloodfeuds.  
For DM 99, warriors may not change their strategy from round to round (to make it fair 
for those who could not attend the F-t-F).  There will be no DA challenges.

TURN PROCESSING AND DUE DATES -- If you are not attending the FTF, we must have your 
rollups and strategies by Wednesday, July 7, else they are due by 9pm on Friday, at 
the hotel.  The Bloodgames will process at the FTF with the regular tournament.  

MISSED TURNS -- All warriors fight each round.  Only the dead may rest.

ERRORS -- If we make an input error, that warrior will be awarded a win and kill.  
Errors must be reported before the next turn processes.  

NEWSLETTER -- Warriors are ranked according to their number of kills.  Champions of 
Bloodgames may write a column for the newsletter at the end of the games. 

FEES -- A Bloodgames rollup costs a $10 set-up fee.  Managers may roll up more than 
one team but may run only one team in each arena.  The fee for all ten rounds is $49. 

AWARDS -- The Bloodgames last ten rounds.  Only warriors who survive to the end of 
Turn 10 will be eligible for an award.  However, a consolation award of a Bloodgames 
T-shirt will be awarded to the dead warrior with the most kills.

The living warrior with the greatest number of kills will be the Bloodgames Champion.  
Bloodgames Victor titles, 2nd and 3rd place, and Bloodgames Runner-up titles, 4th 
through 6th place, will be awarded to those living warriors with the greatest number 
of kills at the end of Turn 10, with one other important consideration:  Each of these 
six warriors must be of a different fighting style.  Win/loss records and, if 
necessary, recognition points will only be used to determine awards if there is a tie.  

A Bloodgames T-shirts will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most kills.

The Bloodgames Champion fights for free in Advanced Duelmasters, and all Champions and 
Victors earn Tournament Victor status, which allows them to challenge once per turn 
with increased priority.  These awards last for six months.  The manager of the 
Bloodgames Champion, Victors, and Runners-up will receive Bloodgames T-shirts.

AFTERMATH -- Warriors from the Bloodgames may not transfer to any other arena.  Once 
the games are over, the arena and teams will be disbanded.  The fighters have won 
their freedom and will never more be seen in the gladiatorial games.  A special bonus 
will, however, be awarded to the 1st through 3rd place warriors.  Lady Sheila 
Greywand, of the Isle of the Eye, has consented to allow the top three surviving 
gladiators in each Bloodgames admission to the Advanced Duelmasters Games.  Any 
special training required to qualify those three warriors for Advanced Duelmasters 
combat will be conducted before transfer into A.D.  Astute managers will note that 
this means a slim, but possible chance that a warrior designed from scratch will 
survive the Bloodgames, win one of the top three places, and go on to glory in A.D.  
That warrior could be yours!

         The challenge is yours to take.  The final plans are yours to make.  
          When the dust settles, remember:  To the victor goes the spoils!