DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/09/2012    Duedate: 01/21/2012

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-677

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CANDIED YAMS
ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)
(17-7197) [14-15-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MARX                           TEENIE WHOPPER
ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)           MISSION: EARTH! (578)
(17-7253) [11-1-0,116]         (17-7158) [2-0-0,16]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CORNBREAD STUFFING             BARNUM CHELLS
ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)      MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-7194) [20-9-0,99]          (17-7264) [10-6-0,77]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)   31
2. 82ND ILLINOIS (421)         30      IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)
3. ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)        17      Unchartered Team
4. MISSION: EARTH! (578)       10
5. MIDDLE WAY (484)             6      MISSION: EARTH! (578)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MISSION: EARTH! (578)      5   0  0  100   1/ 1 ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)      7  4 0
 2/ 2 IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)     42  25  0 62.7   2/ 6 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       6  4 0
 3/ 3 ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)      60  40  2 60.0   3/ 3 ALMOST THANKSGIVIN (583)  6  6 0
 4/ 7 ALMOST THANKSGIVIN (583)  57  69  2 45.2   4/ 5*MISSION: EARTH! (578)     5  0 0
 5/ 6 MIDDLE WAY (484)         632 782 11 44.7   5/ 2 IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)     5  4 0
 6/ 8 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       57  72  5 44.2   6/ 4 MIDDLE WAY (484)          3 12 0
 7-10*KAOS FROGS (586)           5  14  0 26.3   7-10*KAOS FROGS (586)          0  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 687): PREDATOR of THE WILLBURYS 9 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 689): PRODICUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 608): ANVIL of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): SOURWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLD LOCKET of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): GANDALF of IN MIDDLE EARTH (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): EMPTY BOTTLE of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 668): SALORIMA TIRANSITH of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 660): KELLY GALL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 535): KOTTER of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 517): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): GORBLE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 467): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): LORD FIREFLASH of LUROCIANS II (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 687): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 689): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 608): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 668): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 660): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 535): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 517): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 687): PREDATOR of THE WILLBURYS 9 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): SOURWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLD LOCKET of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): DARIUS of OPEN HAND (Bahram, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): EMPTY BOTTLE of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
                              SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                              GARNO TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
ALJAFIR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  82ND ILLINOIS turned their 3-2-0 
turn into a 2nd place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you 
get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch ALMOST THANKSGIVING's heads swell from 
their 3-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big deal.  Tsk, tsk, 
DANGEROUS CRIMINAL beat CALEB DOOR and CALEB DOOR lost 12 points.  You're breakin' my 
heart.  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as CANDIED YAMS takes the Title 
and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Vile Vizier, humph!  
I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From ALJAFIR's 
trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  ALJAFIR, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  
82ND ILLINOIS the most avoided team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And 
who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It 
was MISSION: EARTH!.  Ha ha ha ha!  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, ARAGON was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.  I guess I can 
give a little credit to LT. OLSEN of 82ND ILLINOIS for challenging up by 20 to 
ARAGON.  LT. OLSEN won to get 48 points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for ALJAFIR'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?   
     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!  Glad to see the back of this place-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CANDIED YAMS 7197            14  15  0   104       ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARX 7253                    11   1  0   116       ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)
-ZOMBIE 7192                  13   6  2   101       ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)
 CORNBREAD STUFFING 7194      20   9  0    99       ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GANDALF 7280                 13   8  0    90       IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)
-DAWN 7248                     5   1  0    78       ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)
 BARNUM CHELLS 7264           10   6  0    77       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SENLUM NOSH 7142             16  26  1    75       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOROMIR 7277                 17   4  0    60       IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)
 GREEN BEANS 7193             13  16  2    59       ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAPT KIRCHNER 6093            7   6  0    49       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 LT. OLSEN 6245                4   3  1    48       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
-WHIRLING FROGGY 7212          4   5  0    43       KAOS FROGS (586)
 CALEB DOOR 7270               6   6  0    42       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 ARAGON 7279                  10  11  0    41       IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINFIELD 7251                 4   1  0    33       ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LT SPORRE 6636                2   0  0    22       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 LT MUELLER 6423               3   2  0    21       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 LT KAFKA 6075                 2   6  0    20       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
-LOMBAR HISST 7169             2   0  0    19       MISSION: EARTH! (578)
-SEA FROG 7210                 1   0  0    18       KAOS FROGS (586)
 CRAN-BERRY 7281               3   8  0    17       ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)
 TEENIE WHOPPER 7158           2   0  0    16       MISSION: EARTH! (578)
-COUNTESS KRAK 7153            1   0  0    13       MISSION: EARTH! (578)
 FENSTER GOLLY 7311            0   3  0     3       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 MORRIS ORMRAN 7318            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?
DELMAR ERIGEN 7294      1  3 0 MIDDLE WAY 484       ANON 7252             674   
BYE 7319                0  1 0 ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 582   MOUNTAIN TROLL        677  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dawn -- I was never one for the early rising thing. -- Senlum Nosh

I don't see how Kung-Fu Masters can be ALLOWED to do that. -- Barnum Chells

Boromir -- Oh, heck.  Double heck. -- Caleb Door

Lt. Olsen -- You brought a whole army down on me, didn't you? -- Fenster Golly

Teenie Whopper -- What?  That's IT?  Cheese louise! -- Morris Ormran

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BYE was viciously butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CAPT KIRCHNER was subdued by GREEN BEANS in a 1 minute veteran's Challenge melee.
LT. OLSEN overpowered ARAGON in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
TEENIE WHOPPER devastated MORRIS ORMRAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
GANDALF was bested by CANDIED YAMS in a 1 minute expert's Title brawl.
MARX overpowered SENLUM NOSH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided struggle.
CORNBREAD STUFFING overpowered KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute uneven melee.
BARNUM CHELLS slimly won victory over BOROMIR in a action packed 5 minute fight.
CALEB DOOR was overpowered by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
WINFIELD overpowered LT KAFKA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LT SPORRE luckily beat CRAN-BERRY in a crowd pleasing 5 minute bloody competition.
LT MUELLER subdued FENSTER GOLLY in a 1 minute gory amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         AIMED BLOW        23 -   8 -  0      74  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  24 -  0      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         TOTAL PARRY       14 -  11 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  35 -  1      34  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   8 -  1      11  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 677 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         2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MARX 7253                  11   1  0  116 ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (582)
AIMED BLOW       CORNBREAD STUFFING 7194    20   9  0   99 ALMOST THANKSGIVING (583)
STRIKING ATTACK  GANDALF 7280               13   8  0   90 IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)
TOTAL PARRY      BOROMIR 7277               17   4  0   60 IN MIDDLE EARTH (592)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CORNBREAD STUFFING 7194.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was BARNUM CHELLS 7264.  The ten other most popular fighters were 
CRAN-BERRY 7281, BOROMIR 7277, CORNBREAD STUFFING 7194, MARX 7253, GREEN BEANS 7193, 
LT. OLSEN 6245, TEENIE WHOPPER 7158, BYE 7319, CANDIED YAMS 7197, and WINFIELD 7251.

The least popular fighter this week was FENSTER GOLLY 7311.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LT SPORRE 6636, LT KAFKA 6075, SENLUM NOSH 7142, MORRIS ORMRAN 
7318, ARAGON 7279, CAPT KIRCHNER 6093, CALEB DOOR 7270, GANDALF 7280, LT MUELLER 
6423, and WINFIELD 7251.

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!