DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

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

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-683

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SOURWOOD
GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-5047) [21-20-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SOURWOOD                       POSITION IS EMPTY
GREENWARDENS (244)             
(15-5047) [21-20-1,115]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HONEYSUCKLE                    SHANK
GREENWARDENS (244)             SERPENTS' HOLD (510)
(15-5038) [22-22-0,88]         (15-5109) [11-3-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          21
2. RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)     6      SERPENTS' HOLD (510)
3. THE LIVING DEAD (515)        0      Unchartered Team
4. SERPENTS' HOLD (510)       -35
                                       REPROBA VERITAS (419)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SERPENTS' HOLD (510)      30  32  0 48.4   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)       11  4 0
 2/ 2 GREENWARDENS (244)       813 891 19 47.7   2/ 2 SERPENTS' HOLD (510)      5  2 0
 3/ 3 RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)  85  94  2 47.5   3/ 4 RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)  1  3 0
 4- 4*THE LIVING DEAD (515)      1   2  0 33.3   4- 3*THE LIVING DEAD (515)     0  2 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!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly MALCORN games.  SHANK caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as it skillfully bested HONEYSUCKLE and was awarded 10 points 
in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, STEVE put down GOLDEN 
STAIRS, causing her to lose 5 points of recognition in the process.  This time 
victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail SOURWOOD, Duelmaster of MALCORN!  
Would you believe that over half of the old women in MALCORN seem to feel that they 
could fight better than you gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city MALCORN.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the 
miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     The girls are as pretty in MALCORN as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed 
a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms 
no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOURWOOD 5047                21  20  1   115       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHANK 5109                   11   3  0    97       SERPENTS' HOLD (510)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOWEN 5091                   14   5  0    89       SERPENTS' HOLD (510)
 HONEYSUCKLE 5038             22  22  0    88       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STEVE 5027                   18  29  2    88       RAINBOW CONNECTION (503)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUNDOG 5075                  10  14  1    60       GREENWARDENS (244)
 GOLDEN STAIRS 5128            6   5  1    58       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRYSTAL RAIN 5139             5   1  1    27       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FANG 5133                     1   0  0    22       SERPENTS' HOLD (510)
-REVENANT 5143                 1   2  0     8       THE LIVING DEAD (515)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Revenant -- Didn't we just do this?  It isn't like I'm a whiz-bang teacher, either.
-- Crystal Rain

Bowen -- Yeah yeah, I know the drill. -- Sourwood, glad not to be writing a column
P.S.  You could've taught me something.  Or graduated.  Either would be good.

And three wins over standbys.  Okay. -- Honeysuckle, Sundog, and Golden Stairs

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BOWEN was devastated by SOURWOOD in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
HONEYSUCKLE was subdued by SHANK in a 2 minute gory one-sided melee.
STEVE vanquished GOLDEN STAIRS in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SUNDOG overpowered CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CRYSTAL RAIN devastated OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        22 -   8 -  1      73  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   4 -  1      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  12 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  10 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 683 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SOURWOOD 5047              21  20  1  115 GREENWARDENS (244)
AIMED BLOW       SHANK 5109                 11   3  0   97 SERPENTS' HOLD (510)
SLASHING ATTACK  GOLDEN STAIRS 5128          6   5  1   58 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HONEYSUCKLE 5038.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SHANK 5109.  The ten other most popular fighters were SOURWOOD 5047, STEVE 
5027, SUNDOG 5075, BOWEN 5091, HONEYSUCKLE 5038, CRYSTAL RAIN 5139, GOLDEN STAIRS 
5128,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was GOLDEN STAIRS 5128.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CRYSTAL RAIN 5139, HONEYSUCKLE 5038, BOWEN 5091, SUNDOG 5075, 
STEVE 5027, SOURWOOD 5047, SHANK 5109,  0,  0, and  0.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

SOURWOOD (15-5047) GREENWARDENS (244)

                                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!