DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/01/2005    Duedate: 10/14/2005

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-522

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CAT MAN DO
ARENA FELINES (452)
(16-4901) [15-15-1,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CAT MAN DO                     XENOPHOBIAC
ARENA FELINES (452)            D.S.M.V. (578)
(16-4901) [15-15-1,119]        (16-5586) [3-1-0,25]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CAT MAN DO                     O PUNCHA
ARENA FELINES (452)            PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-4901) [15-15-1,119]        (16-5531) [7-9-0,57]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. YAMABUSHI (432)             42
2. ARENA FELINES (452)         37      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. PUNNY AMINALS (305)         31      Unchartered Team
4. D.S.M.V. (578)              13
5. BLOODBANE CLAN (525)         0      D.S.M.V. (578)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  331 167  5 66.5   1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   9  6 0
 2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (452)      152 101  8 60.1   2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (452)       7  3 0
 3/ 0 YAMABUSHI (432)          119 127 14 48.4   3/ 0 YAMABUSHI (432)           5  0 0
 4/ 6*D.S.M.V. (578)             9  11  2 45.0   4/ 2*D.S.M.V. (578)            5 10 1
 5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      428 630 16 40.5   5/ 4 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       4  8 0
 6- 7*BLOODBANE CLAN (525)       4   8  0 33.3   6- 7*BLOODBANE CLAN (525)      1  1 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 525): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLD FILLING of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HI-JINX of PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 524): ANARCHY of CASTLE (Citizen Kane, public relations)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 517): DARK MAGICIAN of LET'S DUEL! (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                   (turn 227): GREGOLA of LIFE'S LESSONS (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 213): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
                (turn 385): KID QUICK of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
               (turn 364): AFFLICTED of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Wow! I saw a note last round that really made me feel bad.  Apparently, members 
of the arena feel bad vibes about us Golden Gladiators.  Some feel we are arrogant, 
and some used words like dominating.  Gee.  The part about "gold diggers" made some 
sense to me, especially for some of us like Pot Of Gold.  I mean, after all, we do 
lust for gold and that does include digging, if necessary.
     I hope we can change that perception.  After all we really aren't that much - 
just a bunch of optimal strategizing by the master, Midas.  Look at our base stats:
ST	9,9,9,13,14
CN	6,9,13,15,19
SZ	6,7,10,13,17
WT	6,10,16,17,17
WL	7,9,16,18,20
SP	7,8,10,10,12
DF	7,10,13,17,21

Shucks, that makes us a sort of average 11-12-11-13-14-9-14, which is not a whole lot 
to write home about.

     I am penning this in hopes that everyone will understand how handicapped we 
really are, and will take pity on us. We appreciate your understanding and will take 
any donations. (especially gold or thrown fights) I need all this more than most, as 
I am over-my-head in this Duelmaster position. Be gentle.
     Your Lucky Two-Time Duelmaster -- Gold Filling

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail WILLAF!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  And let's see, O PUNCHA fought GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY and gained 21 points and 
contributed to PUNNY AMINALS' 2-2-0.  GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY has lost to O PUNCHA, 
falling 10 points, while helping make GOLDEN GLADIATORS a 0-5-0 turn.  Well done, 
WILLAF, the Duelmaster was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps GOLD FILLING 
is not as thrilled, being challenged 2 times.  We should ask CAT MAN DO about the 
thrill of victory, and what being the new Duelmaster does for a warrior, he's now the 
one to ask.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their 
losing fighters do dishes at The Swinging Aardvark until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  ARENA FELINES has cause to stand tall, as they were WILLAF's 
most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And avoiding ARENA 
FELINES more than any other team we find GOLDEN GLADIATORS.  WILLAF, are we going to 
accept, or respect this sort of thing?  In a brave attempt, KITTEN KABOODLE from 
ARENA FELINES challenged up 24 points to fight PUNH JENTLY from the PUNNY AMINALS 
stable.  KITTEN KABOODLE perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was defeated by 
PUNH JENTLY and ended up with 37 recognition points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  
You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in WILLAF and I've a long road ahead of 
me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in WILLAF again, farewell-- Alarond the 
Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT MAN DO 4901              15  15  1   119       ARENA FELINES (452)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLUFFY 5060                  18   4  0   107       ARENA FELINES (452)
 KUROME 5342                  11  10  4    96       YAMABUSHI (432)
 GOLD FILLING 4510            24   8  0    92       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHOCHU 4912                  12  10  2    89       YAMABUSHI (432)
 GOLDEN ARCHES 4984            8   3  0    80       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 PUNH JENTLY 5485             12  13  0    70       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KUROHANA 5128                14   5  0    63       YAMABUSHI (432)
 TANOSHII 5488                 9   2  0    58       YAMABUSHI (432)
 O PUNCHA 5531                 7   9  0    57       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAT A. CLYSMIC 5074           8   7  0    49       ARENA FELINES (452)
 O. FISH 5482                  9  19  0    46       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 KETL PHYSHE 5489              6  16  0    44       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 5491       8   1  0    43       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 KITTEN KABOODLE 5515          4   4  0    37       ARENA FELINES (452)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAIKUTSU 5564                 3   0  0    26       YAMABUSHI (432)
 XENOPHOBIAC 5586              3   1  0    25       D.S.M.V. (578)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PURZ! 5591                    3   0  0    20       ARENA FELINES (452)
-SEDRAN 5008                   3   0  0    15       BLOODBANE CLAN (525)
 KLEPTOMANIAC 5589             2   2  1    13       D.S.M.V. (578)
 TRISKADECAPHOBIAC 5587        2   2  0    11       D.S.M.V. (578)
 NARCOLEPTIC 5588              2   2  1     9       D.S.M.V. (578)
 POT OF GOLD 5590              1   3  0     6       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-UMAR GROHND 5009              1   2  0     5       BLOODBANE CLAN (525)
 GOLD RUSH 5592                1   1  0     4       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 SCHIZOID 5594                 0   1  0     1       D.S.M.V. (578)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Xenophobiac -- Great challenge and fine execution!  (Not THAT execution, thank you!) 
You got me again.  My pot runneth over.  (or something like that.) -- Pot Of Gold

Punh Jently -- What can I say?  I deserved a break today.... -- Golden Arches

Cat Man Do -- Whew!  I feel like I was being neutered, but I finally escaped intact. 
A salute to you. -- Gold Filling

Kitten Kaboodle -- You gave it your all.  I feel great and opportunistic and lucky to 
have come out on top. -- Golden Opportunity

Kleptomaniac -- We both aimed to please, huh? -- Gold Rush

All -- Thank you, or at least some one of you, for that fine Golden Gladiator 
advertisement in this last newsletter.  It was truly very nice.  To whom do we owe 
our heartfelt thanks? -- Midas, Manager Of Golden Gladiators

Anonymous -- Gee!  Self-righteous arrogance?  Us? -- Gold Filling, Lucky Duelmaster

To -- All
     Oh, you that battle on the sands, fear for your lives
     For my master is returning, and he is filled with a quest for renewall
     Long did he rule this arena, having many, many warriors pass from this arena to 
the great halls of TALAHYA...
          From -- Stilcho -- Warrior of The Vivisectionists

All -- What has happened to the once great Willaf?  My return shall bring many fine 
warriors to this arena, are you ready? -- Kurd the Vivisectionist

     Probably not.

Golden Arches -- How can I pun GENTLY when you're so mean to me? -- Punh Jently

Somebody should DO something about these Dangerous Criminals because they ARE. -- O. 
Fish

Narcoleptic -- Sorry to be so abrupt, but our orders are to produce very short fights 
so that our typist can use the backs of the pages for printing out "first drafts."  
It's hard. -- Ketl Physhe
P.S.  Cool congruence of numbers, that warrior number 5588 should be 5'8" tall, for 
instance.

The Cult Member was no fun.  He spent all his time making arcane gestures. -- O
Puncha
P.S.  They had BETTER be arcane gestures!

Golden Arches -- But I leave a nasty aftertaste. -- O.Fish

Unidentified complainer -- If you're losing more than you like, try practicing.  I 
find having the Golden Gladiators here to be amusing. -- Jorja, Punny Animals

Midas and others -- Sorry, I goofed off and did not get an episode written. -- the 
Scribe

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GOLDEN ARCHES was devastated by FLUFFY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
KITTEN KABOODLE was handily defeated by PUNH JENTLY in a 1 minute Challenge match.
GOLD RUSH lost to KLEPTOMANIAC in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge brawl.
POT OF GOLD was defeated by TRISKADECAPHOBIAC in a 3 minute novice's Challenge fight.
GOLD FILLING was vanquished by CAT MAN DO in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
KUROME overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SHOCHU savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a action packed 2 minute expert's melee.
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY was viciously subdued by O PUNCHA in a 5 minute fight.
KUROHANA overpowered O. FISH in a action packed 3 minute one-sided fight.
KETL PHYSHE was beaten by TANOSHII in a exciting 4 minute fight.
TAIKUTSU demolished NARCOLEPTIC in a 3 minute mismatched competition.
XENOPHOBIAC devastated MALCORN INSURGENT in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
PURZ! devastated SCHIZOID in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   5 -  0      81  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   3 -  1      80  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  25 -  2      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -  11 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  12 -  0      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 522 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       1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         3  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  FLUFFY 5060                18   4  0  107 ARENA FELINES (452)
LUNGING ATTACK   KUROME 5342                11  10  4   96 YAMABUSHI (432)
TOTAL PARRY      GOLD FILLING 4510          24   8  0   92 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CAT MAN DO 4901.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was O PUNCHA 5531.  The ten other most popular fighters were KETL PHYSHE 5489, SHOCHU 
4912, O. FISH 5482, POT OF GOLD 5590, GOLD RUSH 5592, NARCOLEPTIC 5588, PURZ! 5591, 
FLUFFY 5060, CAT MAN DO 4901, and PUNH JENTLY 5485.

The least popular fighter this week was SCHIZOID 5594.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TAIKUTSU 5564, GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 5491, GOLD FILLING 4510, XENOPHOBIAC 
5586, TANOSHII 5488, KUROME 5342, TRISKADECAPHOBIAC 5587, KLEPTOMANIAC 5589, KITTEN 
KABOODLE 5515, and GOLDEN ARCHES 4984.