DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/27/2010    Duedate: 03/12/2010

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-637

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ON GOLDEN POND
GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
(16-5785) [29-11-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BAABRA LAMMONT                 SHADOW DANCER
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
(16-5852) [16-26-0,113]        (16-5878) [7-0-0,116]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BAABRA LAMMONT                 BAABRA LAMMONT
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-5852) [16-26-0,113]        (16-5852) [16-26-0,113]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PUNNY AMINALS (305)         23
2. DRAGON'S GUARD (603)        23      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     18      Unchartered Team
4. MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)       17
5. EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)        3      DRAGON'S GUARD (603)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*DRAGON'S GUARD (603)      21   8  3 72.4   1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)   9  3 0
 2/ 2 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  607 289 11 67.7   2/ 2*DRAGON'S GUARD (603)      8  3 0
 3/ 3*EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)      7   8  0 46.7   3/ 3*EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)     7  8 0
 4/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    270 327 20 45.2   4/ 4 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     7  8 0
 5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      701 893 23 44.0   5/ 5 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       5 10 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 638): RAT CATCHER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 640): ACE of CARDS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 510): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOMS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 634): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 636): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 627): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 316): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 625): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 314): KOLUM MAROD of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 622): BILL P. GORE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 619): CRAB SMASHER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 611): ORION of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 573): PRINCE CONNOR of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 286): VYNMORGATH of KAOS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 501): BALZEC of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 488): IMOTO-CHAN of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 468): CHAM DUGAN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 464): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 221): SQUEEZE of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 424): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 418): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 410): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 526): CORT NIGHTJEWEL of THE DRAGON FIST (Armalias, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 638): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 640): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 510): HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 634): DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 636): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 627): GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 316): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 625): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 314): THE KINDRED (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 622): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 619): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 611): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 573): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 286): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All-Winning, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 501): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 488): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 468): DOCTORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 464): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 221): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 424): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 418): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 410): POSITION IS EMPTY
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 526): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 627): SAPHRONICUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 316): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 625): MAD DOG of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
              (turn 624): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 621): UNBREAKABLE of CHRISTIAN ROCK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 611): EVINDAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 501): BALZEC of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 468): CHAM DUGAN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 410): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
                   (turn 409): TYLER DURDEN of PROJECT:  MAYHEM (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Uh, I'm Duelmaster and I'm all wet.  But I like it.  I don't really have
anything to say, so when all else fails, post the starting stats of the whole team.
Right?
     The Golden Gladiators are:
ST   10,11,12,13,14
CN   7,9,15,15,16
SZ   10,13,15,15,16
WT   6,7,15,15,17
WL   9,9,16,16,17
SP   3,6,8,8,10
DF   8,11,14,17,17
Kinda big, kinda slow.  That's us!
            On Golden Pond, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon WILLAF, for I, 
Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Good things come to those who fight well, as DRAGON'S 
GUARD can attest, moving up by 0.  Practice pays for BAABRA LAMMONT, who pummelled 
SILENCE IS GOLDEN, to pocket 24 points.  A certain someone should cut down on the 
drinking and practice more, after losing 11 points to GOLDEN DELICIOUS.  (Discrete 
enough, JEALOUS JEANS?) Like a flirtacious debutante, WILLAF's Duelmaster ON GOLDEN 
POND found itself the creature of the hour, being "invited to dance" 2 times!  Those 
who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by BRUAR, of MAXIMUM RESULTS, who 
despite a 12-12-0 couldn't overcome WILLAF's Number 1.  So who was the warrior seen 
charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic 
problem...   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Perhaps the warriors of MAXIMUM 
RESULTS should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman 
of good breeding scorns the "warriors" of GOLDEN GLADIATORS, so did that sorry team 
shy from MAXIMUM RESULTS My love of complete Spyreports dictates that I note the 
mismatched fight, MORGAR and SAD SLACKS.  Are MAXIMUM RESULTS unwilling to engage in 
a fair fight?  I thought MORGAR showed great skill and promise when he defeated SAD 
SLACKS.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Hey DRAGON'S 
GUARD!  Is there some deep dark, unmentionable secret as to why HAVOC has been sent 
to the Dark Arena?   3-1-2 isn't so shabby!  Questions are being raised about the 
disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in WILLAF would I 
avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in WILLAF is the highlight of my life.  Keep those 
sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  WILLAF, I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has 
agreed to foot my bill at The Swinging Aardvark.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON GOLDEN POND 5785          29  11  0   107       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHADOW DANCER 5878            7   0  0   116       DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
 BAABRA LAMMONT 5852          16  26  0   113       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 BRUAR 5868                   12  12  0   100       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 FANGS ARDENTE 5869           11  13  1    94       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILENCE IS GOLDEN 5854       26   6  0    88       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 CRIS CROFT 5870              12  12  0    83       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDEN EAGLE 5873            11   5  0    63       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WARSONG 5880                  4   1  1    51       DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
 STOGA STEEL 5871              8  10  2    36       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 SARDO GRACKEL 5875            6   5  1    34       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARDAVAN 5882                4   3  0    33       DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
 MORGAR 5863                   3   4  0    31       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 GOLDEN DELICIOUS 5887         3   0  0    26       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-BALISONG 5883                 3   1  0    25       DRAGON'S GUARD (603)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELEESIA 5884                  5   1  0    21       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 SILLY SUIT 5892               2   1  0    18       EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)
 SAD SLACKS 5891               2   1  0    15       EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)
 ALLIE BARNETT 5877            1   6  0     9       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 CRAZY CAPRI 5893              1   2  0     8       EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)
 JEALOUS JEANS 5889            2   1  0     7       EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)
 WIN OR DA BOUND 5888          1   2  0     6       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 CRANKY  CORDUROY 5890         0   3  0     3       EMOTIONAL PANTS (604)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HAVOC 5879              3  2 2 DRAGON'S GUARD 603   ARENAMASTER KHAR      637  NONE
ELKOAK 5886             0  1 0 MAXIMUM RESULTS 311  HAVOC 5879            633  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bruar -- It was my lucky day.  The fish were biting. -- On Golden Pond

Baabra -- What can I not say? -- Silence Is Golden

Allie Barnett -- You had quite the taste to you.  Was that red delicious? -- Golden
Delicious

Coyote -- Not that I know of.  No one seems to ever have found a real correlation
between fave OE and skills learned.  I suspect there is none since favorite learn (if
one has one) is a separately listed fave. -- Midas

Fangs -- Pandora Of The Pretty Legs seems to have slipped out of sight.  Retired?
Maybe demons are not in these days?  The Consortium does, however, get occasional
questions about her. -- Midas

On Golden Pond and Golden Gladiators -- Top Team and the throne, well done. -- Coyote

Sad Slacks -- I have seen this fight before, and did not like it then either.  Now go
change the pants and leave me alone!! -- Win or DA Bound

Does anyone know why articles are not printed in newsletters?  More experienced
managers' advice was always welcomed when I started.  Like opinions or different, it
was interesting.  Maybe this dog should howl more... -- Coyote

     Good point.  We can see about reprinting some of the articles in the ewsletters.
     -- GC

Shadow Dancer -- This is like that song, right?  "Me and My Shadow"?  Really, you
didn't need me out there at all.  I should've slept in. -- Cris Croft

Golden Delicious -- Not very, but I suppose I've had worse. -- Allie Barnett

Silence Is Golden -- Nah, maybe brass. -- Baabra Lammont

This Convicted Assassin is... okay, I guess.  Blood's a little thin and bitter.
Probably not eating right. -- Fangs Ardente

Stoga Steel -- My turn today. -- Sardo Grackel

Coyote -- I've never done more than lightly bruise a number, and you need a number-
cruncher for that question.  My guess would be: No.  That's based on two
observations:  That so many things managers think should be connected are not.  And
that when you get down to the inner workings of this game, a lot of stuff is not what
you would intuitively expect it to be, and not at all logical (look at how many
gladiators end up with favorite weapons for which they don't have the required
stats!).  If this really bugs you, I could dig out the mini-overs for my graduates
and run some totals, but I honestly don't think there's a connection.  In so far as I
think about it.  I suppose you could try the notorious Terrablood website. -- Jorja
P.S.  Mind you, I did do a little work on preferred rhythm by style, and there is a
connection there, though it's a loose one.  Styles don't have *A* preferred rhythm,
but they have a preferred range of rhythms.  That spotlight shows up in the Noblish
Island newsletter every ten turns, and is next due three turns after the one running
the same day as this newsletter.  But I never worked with preferred learns, because I
couldn't see any way that would be helpful to new players.  Could be I was wrong
about it, but... for new players, they've got so much ELSE to master, something that
"iffy," I just didn't see the point.  Prove me wrong and I'll see that it gets into
the Noblish Island newsletter.
P.P.S.  If you don't have web access, put a note in the next newsletter here and I 
could, if you like, see that you get the Noblish material on rhythm as a diplo.

9 February 10
All -- I know you all thought the old Wiz that is Fiz went off to die somewhere.
Well, I didn't.  Now I'm back to befuddle and frustrate you with my senseless
ramblings.  I look forward to reconnecting with all my old friends and enemies alike.
-- Fizban the Famous

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HAVOC was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHARAK in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MORGAR bested SAD SLACKS in a exciting 6 minute veteran vs. beginner Challenge duel.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS overpowered JEALOUS JEANS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
ON GOLDEN POND unbelievably bested BRUAR in a exciting 3 minute veteran's Title fight.
SHADOW DANCER devastated CRIS CROFT in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN was viciously subdued by BAABRA LAMMONT in a 4 minute match.
FANGS ARDENTE handily defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven melee.
GOLDEN EAGLE overpowered SARDO GRACKEL in a 1 minute uneven duel.
WARSONG overpowered STOGA STEEL in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided fight.
SHARDAVAN overpowered ALLIE BARNETT in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
ELEESIA outwaited CRAZY CAPRI in a unpopular 7 minute conflict.
WIN OR DA BOUND subdued CRANKY  CORDUROY in a 5 minute amateur's match.
SILLY SUIT beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute amateur's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       24 -   6 -  0      80  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW        11 -   6 -  1      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  12 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         BASHING ATTACK    19 -  20 -  2      49  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  27 -  2      41  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 637 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-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ON GOLDEN POND 5785        29  11  0  107 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
LUNGING ATTACK   SHADOW DANCER 5878          7   0  0  116 DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDEN EAGLE 5873          11   5  0   63 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
AIMED BLOW       WARSONG 5880                4   1  1   51 DRAGON'S GUARD (603)
BASHING ATTACK   SARDO GRACKEL 5875          6   5  1   34 PUNNY AMINALS (305)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BAABRA LAMMONT 5852.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BAABRA LAMMONT 5852.  The ten other most popular fighters were SAD SLACKS 
5891, MORGAR 5863, BRUAR 5868, FANGS ARDENTE 5869, CRAZY CAPRI 5893, GOLDEN EAGLE 
5873, WARSONG 5880, SHARDAVAN 5882, GOLDEN DELICIOUS 5887, and ON GOLDEN POND 5785.

The least popular fighter this week was ELEESIA 5884.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CRANKY  CORDUROY 5890, WIN OR DA BOUND 5888, ALLIE BARNETT 5877, STOGA 
STEEL 5871, SARDO GRACKEL 5875, CRIS CROFT 5870, JEALOUS JEANS 5889, HAVOC 5879, 
SILLY SUIT 5892, and SILENCE IS GOLDEN 5854.