DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/26/2008    Duedate: 05/09/2008

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-589

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HEART OF GOLD
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
(16-5776) [13-9-0,132]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HEART OF GOLD                  SOAP EATING MOUSE
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)        INFESTED! (599)
(16-5776) [13-9-0,132]         (16-5830) [3-0-0,51]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PENNY LOPEZ                    PENNY LOPE
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-5725) [19-20-0,77]         (16-5722) [21-19-0,107]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

YAMABUSHI (432)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. INFESTED! (599)             30
2. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     26      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. YAMABUSHI (432)             23      Unchartered Team
4. MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)       21
5. PUNNY AMINALS (305)        -14      INFESTED! (599)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*INFESTED! (599)            5   1  0 83.3   1/ 2 YAMABUSHI (432)           7  2 2
 2/ 2 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  484 250  9 65.9   2/ 3 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   7  3 0
 3/ 3 YAMABUSHI (432)          189 184 17 50.7   3/ 1 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       6  9 0
 4/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    199 249 14 44.4   4/ 4*INFESTED! (599)           5  1 0
 5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      578 782 18 42.5   5/ 5 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     3  6 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 592): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): TIMES of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): SOLDIER 4 of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): DUCK KA-BOB of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): GENERAL MILLS of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 590): KOOL-AID DRIKER of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 291): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 289): ULL STORMHELM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 266): ANGEL HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
                 (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
                                   HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
                       (turn 439): ALLAN JOHNSON of TPW FOREVER (Anti, mgr.)
                                   WHITE WITCH of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
                                   LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     It is true that I have a heart of gold.  And I am scared xxxxless continuing to
fight in Willaf.  Why, a gal could die doing this silly stuff.  But, it pays awfully
well, doesn't it?
     I think I have scoped out my favorite weapon; I hope; I hope.  I would gladly
accept it if true.
     Mostly, though, I simply want to say--GET ME OUTTA HERE!  I want to graduate and
move on.  (Read retire.)  Then I'm gonna find me some big bimbo boy and make big
hearts of gold.  OUTTA HERE!
     But first, I have to squeak out two more wins and 5 more PP's, while staying
alive.  Some of the things a gal has to do in this world....  Ugly!
          Heart Of Gold

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail WILLAF!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  It seems the training can make the difference, as PUNNY AMINALS is pushed out 
of top team by YAMABUSHI, who came from 2nd with a 3-0-1 this turn.  And let's see, 
SOAP EATING MOUSE fought ONDO FLEUR and gained 22 points and contributed to 
INFESTED!'s 2-0-0.  ONDO FLEUR has lost to SOAP EATING MOUSE, falling 11 points, 
while helping make PUNNY AMINALS a 1-4-0 turn.  This week's Duelmaster bout was 
between KILDILLI DALL and our Duelmaster HEART OF GOLD, making a challenge.  
Defending hers title for another turn, HEART OF GOLD kept PUNNY AMINALS' warrior, 
KILDILLI DALL, from claiming the throne.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I 
saw last night, cramped under the table at The Welcome Wench?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  MAXIMUM RESULTS 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 MAXIMUM RESULTS more than any other team we find YAMABUSHI.  
WILLAF, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged 
warrior this turn was PUNNY AMINALS' warrior KILDILLI DALL.  More fighters challenged 
her than challenged the Duelmaster!  BIRD SEED MOTH of INFESTED! had better have a 
good reason for challenging down 8 points in a challenge which he won.  I thought 
BIRD SEED MOTH showed great skill and promise when he beat KUNIKO.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     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 the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- Alarond the 
Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEART OF GOLD 5776           13   9  0   132       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENNY LOPE 5722              21  19  0   107       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TAIKUTSU 5564                18   9  0    90       YAMABUSHI (432)
 KILDILLI DALL 5765           17  13  0    88       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 ANIS 5189                    14  14  2    85       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 ON GOLDEN POND 5785          13   3  0    84       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 PENNY LOPEZ 5725             19  20  0    77       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 24 CARAT 5694                14  11  1    76       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUNROE MINH 5766             14  16  1    59       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BUDOKUMO 5635                10   3  1    53       YAMABUSHI (432)
 SOAP EATING MOUSE 5830        3   0  0    51       INFESTED! (599)
-GOLD BULLION 5759             7   5  0    38       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 GOLDEN RETRIEVER 5814         5   1  0    36       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 ONDO FLEUR 5808              10   4  0    34       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIRD SEED MOTH 5827           2   1  0    32       INFESTED! (599)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOROBO 5813                   3   4  1    20       YAMABUSHI (432)
 SUIYOBI 5825                  2   1  1    20       YAMABUSHI (432)
 LYRA 5811                     4   5  0    17       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 KUNIKO 5812                   4   5  0    17       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 MARUZON 5831                  3   0  0    15       YAMABUSHI (432)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
EMBEZZLING SCRIB        0  0 0                      SUIYOBI 5825          589  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Kildilli Dal -- It looked like you were the algae in that fight! -- Heart Of Gold,
Duelmaster

Dunroe -- Some days you get the aminal; some days the aminal gets you. -- 24 Carat

Penny Greedy Lope -- Only one skill?  You thrive for more?  Listen and learn.  Listen
and learn. -- Gold Bullion

Congrats to our own Heart Of Gold, who unbelievably repeated as Duelmaster.  I would
suggest that she is fighting above her ability, but, then, what do I know? -- Midas

Good luck to all Willafians in The Mailer.  Unfortunately, no Golden Gladiators were
in attendance. -- Midas
P.S.  Unless Five Golden Rings talks the Crysalis bosses into participating!

Ondo Fleur -- You may have a point err, or blunt in your case. -- Lyra

Midas -- Oh really.  Looks like a bunch of typo errors to me.  Real stats?  I do not
think so. -- Coyote

Heart of Gold -- With a metal heart, who needs armor, eh? -- Kildilli Dall

24 Carat -- Euwh.  Makes me think of covered-dish suppers and Twenty-Four Carrot
Surprise.  It had (shudder) miniature marshmallows in it. -- Dunroe Minh

Anis -- Even that would probably improve the Carrot Surprise.  Well, maybe not
*improve*, but at least it would be different. -- Ondo Fleur

The Khalhums Dwarf?  I didn't want to fight the Khalhums Dwarf.  Or wherever he's
from.  Drat. -- Penny Lope

I'd've taken the Dwarf and been glad. -- Penny Lopez

Taikutsu -- (gloomily)  Good fight. -- Penny Lopez

Heart of Gold -- Right, that's her, greedy. -- Penny Lopez

Heart of Gold -- Don't listen to her, she never has a good word to say. -- Penny Lope

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HEART OF GOLD devastated KILDILLI DALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
BIRD SEED MOTH vanquished KUNIKO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
PENNY LOPE savagely defeated ON GOLDEN POND in a crowd pleasing 3 minute uneven fight.
24 CARAT overpowered DUNROE MINH in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
PENNY LOPEZ was devastated by ANIS in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
ONDO FLEUR was overpowered by SOAP EATING MOUSE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER devastated LYRA in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
DOROBO overcame PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute melee.
SUIYOBI dispatched EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute beginner's duel.
MARUZON won victory over PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   2 -  0      87  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  18 -  2      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  16 -  1      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      14 -  15 -  0      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 589 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-STRIKE       1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  HEART OF GOLD 5776         13   9  0  132 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
PARRY-STRIKE     PENNY LOPE 5722            21  19  0  107 PUNNY AMINALS (305)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   KILDILLI DALL 5765         17  13  0   88 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
TOTAL PARRY      ON GOLDEN POND 5785        13   3  0   84 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
SLASHING ATTACK  24 CARAT 5694              14  11  1   76 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
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 LOPE 5722.  The ten other most popular fighters were HEART OF GOLD 
5776, SUIYOBI 5825, BIRD SEED MOTH 5827, 24 CARAT 5694, SOAP EATING MOUSE 5830, 
DOROBO 5813, MARUZON 5831, ON GOLDEN POND 5785, ANIS 5189, and GOLDEN RETRIEVER 5814.

The least popular fighter this week was LYRA 5811.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ONDO FLEUR 5808, PENNY LOPEZ 5725, DUNROE MINH 5766, KUNIKO 5812, 
KILDILLI DALL 5765, GOLDEN RETRIEVER 5814, ANIS 5189, ON GOLDEN POND 5785, MARUZON 
5831, and DOROBO 5813.

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."