DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/19/2005    Duedate: 04/01/2005

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-508

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GOLDENROD
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
(16-4805) [12-2-0,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDENROD                      DARK MAGE
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)        DAGGERS EDGE (566)
(16-4805) [12-2-0,103]         (16-5497) [3-0-1,30]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

OLD GOLD                       O. FISH
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)        PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-3878) [10-10-0,100]        (16-5482) [6-8-0,27]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DAGGERS EDGE (566)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. NOBLE ON FIRE (573)         33
2. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     31      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. DAGGERS EDGE (566)          16      Unchartered Team
4. YAMABUSHI (432)             10
5. ALL IN MY HEAD (568)         0      DAGGERS EDGE (566)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 STAR DRECK TNG (562)       9   3  1 75.0   1/ 2*DAGGERS EDGE (566)       10  1 2
 2/ 2*DAGGERS EDGE (566)        12   5  2 70.6   2- 1 ARENA FELINES (452)       6  3 1
 3/ 3 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  293 153  5 65.7   3- 3*ALL IN MY HEAD (568)      5  1 1
 4- 4*ALL IN MY HEAD (568)       7   4  1 63.6   4/ 5 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   5  2 0
 5- 5 ARENA FELINES (452)      143  94  8 60.3   5/ 4 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       4 11 0
 6- 6 FUNKY FOLK (565)          15  12  4 55.6   6/ 9 YAMABUSHI (432)           3  3 1
 7/ 7 YAMABUSHI (432)          103 121 13 46.0   7- 7*FORCE OF FIVE 2 (569)     2  7 0
 8/ 8 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      407 592 16 40.7   8- 8 STAR DRECK TNG (562)      1  0 0
 9- 9 THUNDER CLAP (543)        44  66  5 40.0   9- 6 FUNKY FOLK (565)          1  1 1
10/ 0*NOBLE ON FIRE (573)        1   3  0 25.0  10/ 0*NOBLE ON FIRE (573)       1  3 0
11-10*FORCE OF FIVE 2 (569)      2   7  0 22.2  11-10 THUNDER CLAP (543)        0  3 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  The boys at ARENA FELINES left the arena 
dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by DAGGERS EDGE.  Good show!  What's 
a move up by 3 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, 
according to YAMABUSHI.  Say what you will about blind luck and dirty fighting, but 
DAGGERS EDGE will tell you 12-5-2 is nothing to laugh at...  Practice pays for OLD 
GOLD, who pummelled YUSHIMO, to pocket 19 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of 
which, OLD GOLD was winsome, after beating YUSHIMO and seeing him lose 19 points.  
Can you believe it?  FELIX apparently has better things to do as WILLAF's Duelmaster 
than show up and fight!  In WILLAF, nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find 
ourselves a new Duelmaster, GOLDENROD.  Word has it one team in WILLAF is using 
psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     So much to report, so little time!  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the 
lion, so did the "warriors" in WILLAF avoid ARENA FELINES.  As a woman of good 
breeding scorns the "warriors" of GOLDEN GLADIATORS, so did that sorry team shy from 
ARENA FELINES Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and OLD GOLD is it right now.  
Most challenged warrior.  Isn't GOLDEN GLADIATORS proud!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not for whom the 
sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  More important duties call me.  Do not despair!  
I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDENROD 4805               12   2  0   103       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FELIX 4413                   31  17  1   125       ARENA FELINES (452)
 OLD GOLD 3878                10  10  0   100       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-CAT MAN DO 4901              14  14  1    99       ARENA FELINES (452)
-OLD BALDY 5449                8   3  1    94       STAR DRECK TNG (562)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113           17  42  0    93       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHOCHU 4912                  11   9  2    88       YAMABUSHI (432)
-FLUFFY 5060                  16   4  0    87       ARENA FELINES (452)
 YUSHIMO 5101                 13  14  3    79       YAMABUSHI (432)
-CARRIE OAKEY 5469             6   0  3    69       FUNKY FOLK (565)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUNH JENTLY 5485              7   4  0    60       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 KUROME 5342                   8   8  3    58       YAMABUSHI (432)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GOLD FILLING 4510            15   5  0    50       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-CAT A. CLYSMIC 5074           8   7  0    49       ARENA FELINES (452)
-MARI ACHIE 5471               4   3  1    39       FUNKY FOLK (565)
 TANOSHII 5488                 4   1  0    37       YAMABUSHI (432)
-KUROHANA 5128                10   4  0    34       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK MAGE 5497                3   0  1    30       DAGGERS EDGE (566)
 O. FISH 5482                  6   8  0    27       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-STAN DAUFFISH 5472            2   1  0    27       FUNKY FOLK (565)
-SPLASH 5480                   3   2  1    26       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-KITTEN KABOODLE 5515          2   0  0    26       ARENA FELINES (452)
-O.J. THE JUICE 5505           3   0  0    25       ALL IN MY HEAD (568)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VANGOR 5521                   3   0  1    20       DAGGERS EDGE (566)
 SHADOW WRAITH 5495            3   1  0    20       DAGGERS EDGE (566)
-MOOK 5503                     2   1  0    20       ALL IN MY HEAD (568)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GEORDI LAFROG 5451            1   0  0    18       STAR DRECK TNG (562)
 AXE EM BOUT ME! 5538          1   0  0    17       NOBLE ON FIRE (573)
-APRIL FOOLS 5476              2   4  1    15       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 5491       2   0  0    15       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-DIRTY KITTEN 5507             2   1  1    14       ALL IN MY HEAD (568)
 HOWLING ARC 5493              2   1  0    14       DAGGERS EDGE (566)
 KETL PHYSHE 5489              2   6  0    12       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-HEC-TOR 5478                  2   5  0    11       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-GOLDEN ARCHES 4984            1   0  0    10       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-ANOTHER ONE! 5510             1   1  0     8       FORCE OF FIVE 2 (569)
-MONDAY 5487                   1   2  0     5       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 DEADLY VENOM 5496             1   2  0     5       DAGGERS EDGE (566)
-BOBO THE CLOWN 5509           1   1  0     4       FORCE OF FIVE 2 (569)
 O PUNCHA 5531                 0   2  0     2       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-SLIPPERY SUE 5508             0   2  0     2       FORCE OF FIVE 2 (569)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DANGEROUS CRIMINA 527  0  1 0   1                   KUROME 5342           508 NONE    
BAD NERVES 5541        0  1 0 NOBLE ON FIRE 573     SHEWISH GIANT 537     508 NONE    
IT'S ALL BAD 5539      0  1 0 NOBLE ON FIRE 573     MOUNTAIN TROLL 534    508 NONE    
IT'S ALL GOOD 5537     0  1 0 NOBLE ON FIRE 573     BLACK ORC 536         508 NONE    
MANTIS 5514            0  1 0 THUNDER CLAP 543      DIRTY KITTEN 5507     507         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

O. Pun Pleezj -- That was quick!  Since you are above me, I'm coming again! -- 
Goldenrod

Felix -- Again?!  I DON'T want you.  Really! -- Old Gold

Puhn Jently -- That was no fight!  You were worth your weight in gold, and I was a 
lemon. -- Gold Filling

Congrats, again, Felix. -- Midas and The Golden Gladiators

Goldedrod -- Dab id!  I'b allergik.  Ged away frob be! -- O. Pud Pleeg

Gold Filling -- You are SOOO old-fashioned, not to mention being a waste of good 
bullion.  Porcelain is better. -- Punh Jently

Shadow Wraith -- You didn't seem like a wraith to me, you seemed pretty damned 
substantial. -- Ketl Physhe

Monday -- Not my favorite day. -- O. Fish
P.S.  But at least you weren't as mean as Wednesday was.

O.J. the Juice -- Just you wait, you damned golem!  I'll make you into juice for 
real! -- O Puncha, the nasty cactus

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BAD NERVES was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
IT'S ALL BAD was slaughtered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
IT'S ALL GOOD was assassinated by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
O. PUN PLEEZJ was devastated by GOLDENROD in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
YUSHIMO was devastated by OLD GOLD in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SHOCHU devastated PUNH JENTLY in a 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
KUROME assassinated DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
TANOSHII won victory over O. FISH in a 3 minute novice vs. expert upset duel.
KETL PHYSHE lost to HOWLING ARC in a 2 minute fight.
SHADOW WRAITH defeated O PUNCHA in a 1 minute beginner's match.
DEADLY VENOM was beaten by AXE EM BOUT ME! in a 3 minute fight.
DARK MAGE demolished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
VANGOR overcame PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute novice's contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       24 -  12 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        10 -   5 -  1      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -  11 -  3      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -  19 -  2      49  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  18 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   8 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  17 -  1      29  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   6 -  1      14  |

Turn 508 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 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   GOLDENROD 4805             12   2  0  103 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
LUNGING ATTACK   SHOCHU 4912                11   9  2   88 YAMABUSHI (432)
AIMED BLOW       PUNH JENTLY 5485            7   4  0   60 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
TOTAL PARRY      TANOSHII 5488               4   1  0   37 YAMABUSHI (432)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is OLD GOLD 3878.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BAD NERVES 5541.  The ten other most popular fighters were O. FISH 5482, 
GOLDENROD 4805, KUROME 5342, VANGOR 5521, OLD GOLD 3878, SHOCHU 4912, KETL PHYSHE 
5489, SHADOW WRAITH 5495, DARK MAGE 5497, and IT'S ALL BAD 5539.

The least popular fighter this week was DEADLY VENOM 5496.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were O PUNCHA 5531, PUNH JENTLY 5485, YUSHIMO 5101, IT'S ALL GOOD 
5537, AXE EM BOUT ME! 5538, HOWLING ARC 5493, TANOSHII 5488, O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113, IT'S 
ALL BAD 5539, and DARK MAGE 5497.