DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/14/2005    Duedate: 03/26/2005

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-506

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PIP THE TROLL
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6597) [18-6-0,97]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ACHILLES                       HI-JINX
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
(17-6612) [16-5-1,111]         (17-6674) [2-1-0,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARON EL                       DARON EL
MIDDLE WAY (484)               MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6414) [14-30-0,90]         (17-6414) [14-30-0,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    29
2. PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)    11      HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
3. MIDDLE WAY (484)             8      Unchartered Team
4. THE OFFENDERS (270)          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/ 2*PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)   4   2  0 66.7   1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 14  1 0
 2/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 270 182  9 59.7   2/ 2*PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)  4  2 0
 3- 3 THE OFFENDERS (270)       41  46  5 47.1   3/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)          3 12 0
 4/ 5 MIDDLE WAY (484)         210 355  3 37.2   4- 5 THE OFFENDERS (270)       1  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 510): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): 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 492): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, 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 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): MECHANISM of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): 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 510): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): 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 492): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, 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 221): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): ARNIE'S ARMY (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, 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 510): BADGER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, 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  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                     (turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I thought it was about time I wrote a column since I have been sitting on 
Aljafir's throne for a while.  First off, my team is pretty excited -- we went 15-0-1 
over the last three turns, setting an arena record for best three turn record.  
Unfortuantley, we graduated McArthur with the minimm number of fights.  Though we 
welcome our new team member, PRC Lynch, I am not sure she can measure up to General 
McArthur.  Oh yeah, he was really good -- best slasher Judge has ever had. Good to 
see some old teams coming back.  Thought the arena was dying there for a second.  See 
you next turn.

                                                Your Duelmaster,

                                                                  Pip the Troll

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ALJAFIR?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see PFC LYNCH win a fight and gain 15 points, terribly.  And if variety is the 
spice of life, ALJAFIR may be getting bland, as PIP THE TROLL stays top dog in the 
city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You want to 
know what's new, don't you, ALJAFIR?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines 
through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  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                  
 PIP THE TROLL 6597           18   6  0    97       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ACHILLES 6612                16   5  1   111       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARON EL 6414                14  30  0    90       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 TABETA UNIS 6405             12  33  0    69       MIDDLE WAY (484)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLADESTONE 2510               6   8  1    40       THE OFFENDERS (270)
 MARSHALL 6673                 4   1  0    39       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656      6   1  1    37       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 VURZHAL UR 6618               7  13  0    34       MIDDLE WAY (484)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ALWAYS 2512                   4  10  0    22       THE OFFENDERS (270)
 HI-JINX 6674                  2   1  0    20       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
 PYRO 6678                     2   1  0    16       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
 PFC LYNCH 6707                1   0  0    15       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-CASHER 4902                   1   1  0    13       THE OFFENDERS (270)
 QUORDIS RHON 6701             1   2  0     5       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 OBIDA PANIRI 6700             0   3  0     3       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 -- Well, darn.  What does it take to keep you down? -- Daron El

McArthur -- And a fine fare-you-well.  Enjoy the Isle.  I'm told the weather's bad, 
but it can't be worse than here! -- Tabeta Unis

Bladestone -- Well, yeah, I gotta say I WAS offended at being beaten by a mere slip 
of a girl like you.  But that's the way it goes, I'm just a soft touch for cute 
little things. -- Vurzhal Ur

Alexander the Great -- Don't let it go to your head, boy. -- Quordis Rhon

Hi-Jinx -- (wistfully)  Do redheads really have more fun? -- Obida Paniri
P.S.  Triple-X?  That's means extra strong and well able to overpower the (weak) 
minds of men, right?  Sounds good to me.  Let's go make some mayhem!

Daron El -- The commission rejected my application to be declared a troll.  They said 
I was a fraud, and that I am pretending to be someone I am not.  Go figure. -- Pip 
the Troll

     How odd.  You certainly look like a troll to me!

M. Chardineee -- I have to tell you, that was an anemic effort. -- Achilles

Tabeta Unis -- Thanks for the congrats.  I enjoyed my last fight with you.  Wish I 
could have stayed longer. -- McArthur

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PIP THE TROLL outwaited DARON EL in a action packed 9 minute master's Title fight.
ACHILLES savagely defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a exciting 1 minute gory melee.
TABETA UNIS won victory over MARSHALL in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
VURZHAL UR was defeated by ALEXANDER THE GREAT in a 2 minute fight.
QUORDIS RHON was demolished by HI-JINX in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
PYRO viciously subdued OBIDA PANIRI in a 2 minute brutal amateur's fight.
PFC LYNCH devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided competition.

                                    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  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   4 -  1      76  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   4 -  1      69  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK     1 -   2 -  1      33  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  14 -  0      30  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   9 -  0      10  |

Turn 506 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-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                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         18   6  0   97 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  ACHILLES 6612              16   5  1  111 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
BASHING ATTACK   MARSHALL 6673               4   1  0   39 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
WALL OF STEEL    ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656    6   1  1   37 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, PYRO 
6678, TABETA UNIS 6405, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, HI-JINX 6674, PFC LYNCH 6707, 
MARSHALL 6673, VURZHAL UR 6618, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, and QUORDIS RHON 6701.

The least popular fighter this week was PIP THE TROLL 6597.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were QUORDIS RHON 6701, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, VURZHAL UR 6618, MARSHALL 
6673, PFC LYNCH 6707, HI-JINX 6674, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, TABETA UNIS 6405, PYRO 
6678, and ACHILLES 6612.