DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/28/2005    Duedate: 03/12/2005

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-505

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PIP THE TROLL
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6597) [17-6-0,95]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ACHILLES                       PYRO
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
(17-6612) [15-5-1,108]         (17-6678) [1-1-0,13]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARON EL                       DARON EL
MIDDLE WAY (484)               MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6414) [14-29-0,88]         (17-6414) [14-29-0,88]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    32
2. PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)    22      HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
3. THE OFFENDERS (270)         11      Unchartered Team
4. SURPISE! (538)               0
5. FISH THANGS (505)            0      PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 266 181  9 59.5   1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 15  0 1
 2/ 4*PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)   2   2  0 50.0   2/ 4*PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)  2  2 0
 3/ 0 THE OFFENDERS (270)       41  46  5 47.1   3/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          2 13 0
 4- 2 FISH THANGS (505)         16  22  0 42.1   4- 3 FISH THANGS (505)         1  0 0
 5/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)         209 351  3 37.3   5/ 0 THE OFFENDERS (270)       1  1 0
 6- 5*SURPISE! (538)             0   1  0  0.0   6- 5*SURPISE! (538)            0  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 509): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): TAD DEVILLE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 509): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 509): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 503): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 491): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 489): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 482): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 370): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in ALJAFIR!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  MVP award for BLADESTONE?  THE 
OFFENDERS' proud of her after beating VURZHAL UR and getting 16 points.  Talk about 
yer major upsets!  VURZHAL UR's match with BLADESTONE cost him a loss of 10 points!  
Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think PIP THE TROLL should let 
DARON EL be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  I hear the top team 
insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for 
PR photos.   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All ALJAFIR ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out 
of a job, that's what!!!   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PIP THE TROLL 6597           17   6  0    95       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ACHILLES 6612                15   5  1   108       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARON EL 6414                14  29  0    88       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TABETA UNIS 6405             11  33  0    66       MIDDLE WAY (484)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FLUFFY SCULPIN 6575           3   1  0    43       FISH THANGS (505)
 BLADESTONE 2510               6   8  1    40       THE OFFENDERS (270)
 MARSHALL 6673                 4   0  0    36       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-BLOWFISH 6262                 4   3  0    35       FISH THANGS (505)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VURZHAL UR 6618               7  12  0    33       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-BARRACUDA 6547                2   0  0    32       FISH THANGS (505)
 ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656      5   1  1    31       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALWAYS 2512                   4  10  0    22       THE OFFENDERS (270)
-CASHER 4902                   1   1  0    13       THE OFFENDERS (270)
 PYRO 6678                     1   1  0    13       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
 HI-JINX 6674                  1   1  0    12       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
-BOO!!! 6621                   0   1  0     7       SURPISE! (538)
 QUORDIS RHON 6701             1   1  0     4       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 OBIDA PANIRI 6700             0   2  0     2       MIDDLE WAY (484)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MARIN NEH 6637         8  5 0 MIDDLE WAY 484        ACHILLES 6612         503         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pip the Troll -- Everywhere we see people who call themselves trolls and they aren't.
If you're really a troll, why can't the Commission see it?  They must know a troll
when they meet one. -- Daron El

McArthur -- So, why haven't you graduated yet?  You've got your fourteen wins, and

you seem well stocked on skills.  It must be the political points, yes? -- Tabeta
Unis
P.S.  Ah, you ARE graduating.  Congratulations.

Userous Merchant.  Bah, humbug.  Or something like that. -- Vurzhal Ur

Marshall -- I don't think I like you much.  You're cold. -- Obida Paniri
P.S.  Typical Karnhorn.

Pyro -- Ah... you're going to burn us up with your dazzling displays of skill, yes?
Good!  Go for it!  I 'spect you'll leave me in the dust soon enough. -- Quordis Rhon

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PIP THE TROLL unbelievably bested DARON EL in a 9 minute master's Title fight.
ACHILLES handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided match.
MCARTHUR devastated TABETA UNIS in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
VURZHAL UR was defeated by BLADESTONE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
MARSHALL devastated ALWAYS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT devastated QUORDIS RHON in a 1 minute mismatched match.
HI-JINX handily defeated OBIDA PANIRI in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PYRO vanquished NORTH FORK RABBLE 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|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   1 -  0      91  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   4 -  0      73  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   3 -  1      73  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   4 -  0      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   6 -  1      65  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK     2 -   2 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  14 -  0      33  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  10 -  0       0  |

Turn 505 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      PIP THE TROLL 6597         17   6  0   95 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  ACHILLES 6612              15   5  1  108 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
BASHING ATTACK   MARSHALL 6673               4   0  0   36 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DARON EL 6414.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DARON EL 6414.  The ten other most popular fighters were ACHILLES 6612, 
BLADESTONE 2510, HI-JINX 6674, PYRO 6678, PIP THE TROLL 6597, VURZHAL UR 6618, 
MARSHALL 6673, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, TABETA UNIS 6405, and ALWAYS 2512.

The least popular fighter this week was OBIDA PANIRI 6700.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were QUORDIS RHON 6701, ALWAYS 2512, TABETA UNIS 6405, ALEXANDER THE 
GREAT 6656, MARSHALL 6673, VURZHAL UR 6618, PIP THE TROLL 6597, PYRO 6678, HI-JINX 
6674, and BLADESTONE 2510.

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

MCARTHUR (17-6611) HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)