DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/02/2008    Duedate: 02/15/2008

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-583

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TANOSHII
YAMABUSHI (432)
(16-5488) [24-7-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TANOSHII                       POSITION IS EMPTY
YAMABUSHI (432)                
(16-5488) [24-7-0,108]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PENNY LOPEZ                    PENNY LOPEZ
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-5725) [17-16-0,101]        (16-5725) [17-16-0,101]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

PUNNY AMINALS (305)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PUNNY AMINALS (305)         35
2. YAMABUSHI (432)             29      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     17      Unchartered Team
4. POWER LEGION (579)           0
5. MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)       -7      LOST SOULS (348)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  469 246  9 65.6   1/ 1 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       8  7 0
 2- 2 POWER LEGION (579)        76  64  4 54.3   2/ 3 YAMABUSHI (432)           6  3 0
 3/ 3 YAMABUSHI (432)          178 177 15 50.1   3/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     5  4 1
 4/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    190 240 14 44.2   4- 2 POWER LEGION (579)        2  0 0
 5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      565 765 18 42.5   5/ 5 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   2  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

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 586): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 586): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 580): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 582): PENNY LOPEZ of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 580): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 578): VENENOSO of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 289): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 571): ELVIRA MADIGAN of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): OBERON of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 568): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 566): THE CLAW of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 557): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTONW (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 519): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 264): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 447): LELLADORIN of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 425): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 410): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 194): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 382): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 379): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 365): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 472): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 586): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 586): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 580): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 582): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 580): DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 578): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 289): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 571): MID EARTH (Dirmael, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 568): BIG LAKE NOMADS (Den, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 566): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 557): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 519): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 264): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): DREAMS OF KADATH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 447): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 425): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 410): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 194): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 382): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 379): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 364): UNKNOWN
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 472): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 570): KYOKO of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
                          SPARKLE FARKLE of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 567): ROLAND of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI (turn 564): SHANNON D'ANJELISA of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
                  (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 409): KILLIAN TEN VIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 378): SLUGBAIT of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Oh, gods.  Power Legion misses a turn, and I get the title for defeating a
Convicted Assassin?  This is so not representative of Willaf, City of Battles!

                                    Penny Lopez

P.S.  Plus, the Convicted Assassin didn't teach me anything.  Useful.  How to sing
the Illisni Anthem is not "useful."

P.P.S.  Midas, note that *I* did not promise any "two-page column"!  That was my
cousin.

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Hey everybody, watch out for DOROBO, who flew 
up 18 points in the rankings after mashing KUNIKO like a melon.  Keep your eye on 
this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was KUNIKO, who dropped 11 points 
after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with DOROBO.  In front of all the 
crowds, TANOSHII took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give the bum two weeks.  
Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad PUNNY  AMINALS?  Big bad PUNNY 
AMINALS.  Big bad PUNNY AMINALS.  WILLAF's afraid of the big bad PUNNY AMINALS.  Tra 
la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause 
GOLDEN GLADIATORS beats feet every time PUNNY AMINALS smiles at them.  Try farming, 
eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, ANIS would be president.  
Although it may be a contest she doesn't want to win.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Congrats to HEART OF GOLD for revenging the death of hers 
teammate (but more importantly, feeding ANIS a bit of dirt).  Here's some advice:  
warriors with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, there's the manager of the WILLAF giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and 
I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, 
I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TANOSHII 5488                24   7  0   108       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AMPERE 5638                   8   1  1   103       POWER LEGION (579)
 PENNY LOPEZ 5725             17  16  0   101       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 PENNY LOPE 5722              18  16  0    97       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KILDILLI DALL 5765           14  10  0    82       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-TAIKUTSU 5564                17   9  0    80       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ON GOLDEN POND 5785          11   1  0    67       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUNROE MINH 5766             12  12  1    66       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BUDOKUMO 5635                10   3  1    53       YAMABUSHI (432)
 HEART OF GOLD 5776            7   9  0    51       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-SPIKE 5783                    5   2  2    46       POWER LEGION (579)
-24 CARAT 5694                11  11  1    45       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 ANIS 5189                    10  12  2    44       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
-FISSION 5768                  5   2  0    44       POWER LEGION (579)
 ONDO FLEUR 5808               7   1  0    42       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-GOLD BULLION 5759             7   4  0    39       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PRESSURE 5746                 2   7  0    27       POWER LEGION (579)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOROBO 5813                   1   0  0    18       YAMABUSHI (432)
-GOLDEN RETRIEVER 5814         1   0  0    13       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 LYRA 5811                     2   1  0    12       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
-TIDAL 5809                    1   3  0    12       POWER LEGION (579)
 KINYOBI 5729                  1   5  0     8       YAMABUSHI (432)
 KUNIKO 5812                   1   2  0     5       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
GOLD-PLATED 5810        3  1 0 GOLDEN GLADIATOR 362 ANIS 5189             581  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Anis -- When will we ever learn?  You are our albatross!  Nice fight, BTW. -- Midas,
Golden Gladiators

Anis -- You cold-hearted bastroon! -- Heart Of Gold

Kinyobi -- It is always a pleasure to chomp on a Yamabushi.  (Midas told me to say
that.) -- Golden Retriever

Caddess Kildilli Dali -- Hi. -- 24 Carat

Penny Lopez -- Congrats!  You are on. -- Midas

Midas -- Thanks for the props!  I believe the fight differential did Gold-Plated in.
Hope the RUGS were kind to you. -- Anis

Tanoshii -- Did you ever wish you got more for winning than "a nod from the
arenamaster"?  For instance, a purse full of gold, or an all-expenses-paid weekend in
a fabulous resort, or even a get-out-of-jail-free card? -- Penny Lope

Taikutsu -- Drat, where's a grasshopper when you need one?  I will admit that I don't
know what I was supposed to do with the grasshopper, but that's what the Ancient Sage
told me.  And when I pointed out that it was the middle of winter and finding a
grasshopper would be impossible, he just shook his head sadly and looked inscrutable.
-- Kildilli Dall

Why are Userous Merchants allowed her?  He isn't even local!  He's a trouble-maker.
He's out to GET me.  Waaah! -- Ondo Fleur, losing for the first time and not liking
it

Now, this is a confusion of expectations!  Ondo loses to that wimp, the Userous
Merchant, when all expected him to win it hands down.  Or, at least, hands on his
hips or such.  And then I draw the Dangerous Criminal, well known for the accuracy of
his arena title, and WIN!  Yes!  I call this hot stuff! -- Dunroe Minh

15 January 2008
                                 Order of Lost Souls

     Where there is a beginning, there is an end.  Where there is a whole, there is a
part.  Where there is light, there is dark.  All these are found to be true and along
with the most important, when something is lost it can always be found.
     Many a person has walked this land in one form or another.  Some truly believe
that here is there and there is here but who really knows?  Among the peoples of this
great land many have felt lost in time and in place.  Some have gone as far as to be
lost of soul....
     Although most are thought to have been born into this world in a mortal way, no
one can be sure.  Life is something they have in a way but a torturous joke to them
in all others.  They live in a sense as they are here and now and having mind and
knowledge.  They are flesh and blood of one sort of another.  They cast a shadow as
all things living do.  Blood courses through their veins.
     These beings have become wraiths drifting here and there, knowing that they
truly belong nowhere.  Searching for that one thing that they seem to be missing or
the one thing in them that puts them beyond others.  These people have become masters
of many things as time seems to have no hold.  For not even time can find those that
are truly lost.  Many of these beings have drifted toward the gladiatorial games.  In
the blood and chaos of the arenas something holds them like no other.  It's the loss
of something they have never had or something they had so long ago it seems to have
never been.  LIFE.
     A few of the more shall we say "human" of these beings have settled into many
arenas around the land.  The loss of life and the crazed emotions of the arenas
giving them glimpses of things they longed for but seemed incapable of attaining.
     A number of these lost ones saw in each other something that might be able to
help the other.  They spent many a day traveling to and fro, for what is time to one
who it doesn't touch.  The more time they spent together the more they seemed to
change.  No one noticed the change in the others but each recognized it in himself.
Years passed and the changes stopped.  Each had been changed in different ways but
all felt more whole.  A discussion ensued between them.  They came to a realization
that in each other they had found parts of themselves that had been missing.  Then
came the next thought.  If they could find more of like minded lost ones they might
eventually find what they always wanted, their true selves.
     The group settled down to think things through.  They finally came up with an
idea they all could accept.  They would form an organization that through their
arenas through out the land they would seek out other lost ones.  If they were of
like mind they would be invited to join the group and seek that special something
they all desired.
     This was how it began and how it still is.  The Order of Lost Souls was formed
and the search began.  The original members numbered six.  They were Baphomet,
Blackstorm, Hammer, JGW, Reaper and Wretch.  These members of the Order spread their
gladiator stables through out the realm seeking others like them.  Through blood and
death they lived through others.  One day hoping to live for themselves.  For as they
all know what is lost must eventually be found....

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HEART OF GOLD devastated ANIS in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
PENNY LOPEZ was viciously subdued by TANOSHII in a 6 minute expert's Title battle.
PENNY LOPE vanquished KHALHUMS DWARF in a popular 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
KILDILLI DALL savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute master's competition.
DUNROE MINH viciously subdued THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
ONDO FLEUR overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
KINYOBI lost to LYRA in a 2 minute duel.
KUNIKO was vanquished by DOROBO in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       19 -   4 -  0      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   2 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  13 -  1      58  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  18 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  11 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 583 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-STRIKE       1 -  2         4  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      TANOSHII 5488              24   7  0  108 YAMABUSHI (432)
PARRY-STRIKE     PENNY LOPEZ 5725           17  16  0  101 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
BASHING ATTACK   KILDILLI DALL 5765         14  10  0   82 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PENNY LOPEZ 5725.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PENNY LOPEZ 5725.  The ten other most popular fighters were TANOSHII 5488, 
KILDILLI DALL 5765, KINYOBI 5729, PENNY LOPE 5722, DUNROE MINH 5766, LYRA 5811, HEART 
OF GOLD 5776, ONDO FLEUR 5808, DOROBO 5813, and ANIS 5189.

The least popular fighter this week was KUNIKO 5812.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ANIS 5189, DOROBO 5813, ONDO FLEUR 5808, HEART OF GOLD 5776, LYRA 5811, 
DUNROE MINH 5766, PENNY LOPE 5722, KINYOBI 5729, KILDILLI DALL 5765, and TANOSHII 
5488.