DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/06/2008    Duedate: 12/19/2008

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-605

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ONDO FLEUR
PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-5808) [19-11-0,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ONDO FLEUR                     POSITION IS EMPTY
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            
(16-5808) [19-11-0,99]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ONDO FLEUR                     BAABRA LAMMONT
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-5808) [19-11-0,99]         (16-5852) [6-4-0,41]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

PUNNY AMINALS (305)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     28
2. PUNNY AMINALS (305)         17      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. YAMABUSHI (432)             14      Unchartered Team
4. LEGENDS (574)                8
5. MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)        3      DIGITABULUM MAGAE (469)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  519 264 10 66.3   1/ 1 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      10  5 0
 2/ 3 LEGENDS (574)              9   8  0 52.9   2/ 3 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   6  1 0
 3/ 2 YAMABUSHI (432)          209 203 17 50.7   3/ 2 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     6  3 2
 4/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    224 274 17 45.0   4/ 4 YAMABUSHI (432)           2  7 0
 5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      623 816 21 43.3   5/ 5 LEGENDS (574)             1  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 606): BLHU MURTHER of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 608): CAELUM of FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 602): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 604): GOLD BULLION of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 603): YAREK ZURN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 601): BART SIMPSON of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 300): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 594): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 298): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 590): LUCRETIUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 588): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 579): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 542): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): BOLI of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 469): TWIG LITE ZONE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 456): STITCHES of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 433): ROPE MAN of MIGHTY HEROES (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 401): GOOGLE of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 379): SHANA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 495): GOLEM of THE PHILANTROPHISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 606): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 608): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 602): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 604): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 603): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 601): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 300): THE ANIMALS (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 594): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 298): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 590): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 588): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 579): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 542): LUROICIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 469): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 456): HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 401): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 379): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 495): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 608): BIG SHRIMP of ICE AGE (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 604): GOLD BULLION of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 593): HULIK of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): AUNTY ENTITY of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                             FOLMOR GRIGG of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 456): STITCHES of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
                                   FLICKED BOOGERS of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
                            HAWTHORN of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, Ziggy, you found me.  It was fun.  And now I AM OUTTA HERE!  For those
interested...17-6-0; that's it!  No tournament fights.  Like you, Zigadenus, I have
been careful with my challenges and avoids.  I guess the 9-0 record against aimers
indicates that.  This is me.  9-9-14-17-9-9-17 +2 Dec striker.  I think I like the
epee or scimitar.  (19-76-2 with EP; 9-35-4 with SC; 0-19-0 with others) I shall
announce my faves when they "arrive".
     Good luck to the next reigning Duelmaster.  It won't be me.
                   Gold Bullion

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, WILLAF?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see STINGING NETTLE win a fight and gain 18 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, SUIYOBI 
beat THORIN and THORIN lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Going for broke or 
broken, our Duelmaster ZIGADENUS challenged this turn.  And if variety is the spice 
of life, WILLAF may be getting bland, as GOLD BULLION stays top dog in the city.  
Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think some of these guys 
win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  MAXIMUM 
RESULTS, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided team.  
Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And it looks like GOLDEN GLADIATORS 
avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  
Hmph.  ONDO FLEUR was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was 
the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  I guess I can give a little credit to ON 
GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS for challenging up by 19 to ONDO FLEUR.  ON GOLDEN 
POND lost to get 75 points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for WILLAF's 
morgue.  More variety.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     What does the WILLAF arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll 
need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ONDO FLEUR 5808              19  11  0    99       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BUDOKUMO 5635                18   5  1    96       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TAIKUTSU 5564                26  11  0    89       YAMABUSHI (432)
 ZIGADENUS 5775                9   7  1    88       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 STINGING NETTLE 5774         10   6  1    84       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 ON GOLDEN POND 5785          18   7  0    75       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 CRICKET 5544                  9   8  0    75       LEGENDS (574)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVIA MINNO 5855             7   1  1    56       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILENCE IS GOLDEN 5854        6   1  0    54       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 BEAU RAMN 5845                8   4  2    43       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 BAABRA LAMMONT 5852           6   4  0    41       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOROBO 5813                   5  11  1    27       YAMABUSHI (432)
 SUIYOBI 5825                  3   5  1    24       YAMABUSHI (432)
 GOLDBRICK 5857                3   0  0    24       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARUZON 5831                  4   4  0    16       YAMABUSHI (432)
 MAREY D'NUIT 5861             1   0  0    13       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-GOLDWATER 5856                1   0  0    13       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 THORIN 5859                   2   1  1    11       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CHIK-CHUN LILL 5844     7  5 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305    STINGING NETTLE 5774  604   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Zigadenus -- Did you say you were looking for me? -- Gold Bullion

Suiyobi -- That was a fine battle.  I was the lucky one. -- Goldbrick

Baarbra -- I keep telling you.  Shhhhhhh. -- Silence Is Golden

Coyote -- Yes, indeed.  Get invite.  Fight DA.  Lose/die in DA.  Ready and available
to fight in ADM.  Immortality is great, isn't it? -- Midas

The faves for Gold Bullion were HL, Mod/Mod, learns defense. -- Midas

Silence Is Golden -- Looks like tarnished brass to me. -- Baabra Lammont

Cricket -- I felt all a-twitter having to face a legend, but then I remembered what
my granny said:  Snuff, or at least some kind of loose tobacco, will stop crickets
where they stand.  So I filled my pockets with the stuff, despite the fact that it
almost overpowered ME, and by golly, it worked! -- Ondo Fleur

Dorobo -- Huh, just on number of fights, you'd've thought we were well matched, or at
least I would've thought that.  Just goes to show, doesn't it? -- Beau Ramn

Stinging Nettle -- Aaaaaaaaaaa!  The sky fell on me! -- Ghost of Chick-Chun Lill
P.S.  I knew this was going to happen, but no one would listen to me.

A Userous Merchant?  Bah.  A mere money-peddler.  Piffling. -- Silvia Minno

Silence Is Golden -- (snicker) -- Ondo Fleur

Coyote -- I hope Midas or someone has posted the website address in this newsletter,
because I keep losing the darned thing.  Probably because I don't do much webby
stuff.  If you can make it to the Face to Face this January, you could expect to meet
people who will be helpful, or at least knowledgeable. -- Jorja

Re the question asked last time, about an Invited gladiator who dies in the Dark
Arena on his last fight.  Yes, he goes to the Isle.  He's immortal the minute he
receives the Invite.  It would be better if he managed to stay alive in that fight,
because the Dark Arena staff tends to teach very well, but the world is not perfect
and you have to take it as it comes.

For that matter, if a gladiator gets his Invite, and BEFORE his last fight in the
regular arena, goes to a tourney and dies THERE, he also survives to reach the Isle.
An Invitation to the Isle is like a Get Out of Jail Free card. -- Jorja

Our congratulations to Gold Bullion. -- Jorja and the Punny Animals

Our congratulations for courage and optimism to those who participated in the
tourney, and a bottle of aspirins to each. -- Jorja and the Punny Animals

Gold Bullion -- Congrats!  But I will see you soon. -- Zigadenus

Gold Bullion, Midas -- My error reading the rules; I never expected to fight Gold
Bullion on a challenge with Zigadenus as he did not fight the turn before.
Congratulations anyway. -- Coyote

Midas -- I have fought a 4 will warrior, and although winning the fight, I thought,
quit in the third!  Lesson learned.  Thanks for the insight. -- Coyote
P.S.  Now my roll-ups are size 16 plus...oh boy, here I go again.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GOLD BULLION devastated ZIGADENUS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
ON GOLDEN POND was viciously subdued by ONDO FLEUR in a 2 minute Challenge battle.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN defeated BEAU RAMN in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
MARUZON was bested by GOLDBRICK in a 3 minute Challenge contest.
CRICKET defeated SILVIA MINNO in a 2 minute brutal fight.
STINGING NETTLE devastated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
BAABRA LAMMONT narrowly defeated DOROBO in a exciting 4 minute bloody struggle.
SUIYOBI overcame THORIN in a action packed 1 minute fight.
MAREY D'NUIT vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   1 -  1      80  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   7 -  0      71  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         AIMED BLOW        26 -  16 -  1      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   4 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         LUNGING ATTACK     2 -   2 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  19 -  1      46  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 605 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         4  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   ONDO FLEUR 5808            19  11  0   99 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
AIMED BLOW       ZIGADENUS 5775              9   7  1   88 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      STINGING NETTLE 5774       10   6  1   84 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
TOTAL PARRY      ON GOLDEN POND 5785        18   7  0   75 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
WALL OF STEEL    BAABRA LAMMONT 5852         6   4  0   41 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ONDO FLEUR 5808.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BAABRA LAMMONT 5852.  The ten other most popular fighters were ONDO FLEUR 5808, 
BEAU RAMN 5845, CRICKET 5544, DOROBO 5813, MARUZON 5831, STINGING NETTLE 5774, 
SUIYOBI 5825, ON GOLDEN POND 5785, GOLDBRICK 5857, and SILVIA MINNO 5855.

The least popular fighter this week was ZIGADENUS 5775.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MAREY D'NUIT 5861, THORIN 5859, SILENCE IS GOLDEN 5854, SILVIA MINNO 
5855, GOLDBRICK 5857, ON GOLDEN POND 5785, SUIYOBI 5825, STINGING NETTLE 5774, 
MARUZON 5831, and DOROBO 5813.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

GOLD BULLION (16-5759) GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next Winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 16-18, 2009.  It will be 
held at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, AZ at 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, 85282
(480-967-1441).  Rooms are only $139.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  There is a free 
24-hour shuttle from the airport, free parking, free high-speed wireless internet
in all guest rooms.  There is a fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-lifting 
equipment, a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, with poolside beverage delivery.  They 
have a bustling happy hour in the Kachina lounge, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
There are tons of restaurants nearby at the Mall, a Denny's across the street, and 
several fast food options nearby as well, as well as a restaurant in the hotel with 
room service.  

If you arrive early or stay late, don't forget that there is excellent golfing in 
the Phoenix area, with several championship courses nearby.  Winter is an excellent 
time to explore Arizona with a trip to the Grand Canyon or Sedona or any of our 
other scenic sites across the state.  

Hotel info:  http://www.fiestainnresort.com

The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!