DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/21/2008    Duedate: 05/03/2008

TALCAMA ARENA

DM-18    TURN-586

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MICHAEL JORDAN
CAROLINA BLUE (575)
(18-7797) [14-6-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MICHAEL JORDAN                 THEAD
CAROLINA BLUE (575)            SNAG RAMA (677)
(18-7797) [14-6-0,104]         (18-9638) [3-2-0,35]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JB BLAH                        RAT CATCHER
CENTER FOR OLDS (108)          SEA DOGS (224)
(18-9478) [17-18-1,71]         (18-9652) [4-1-1,33]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SEA DOGS (224)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CENTER FOR OLDS (108)       33
2. SEA DOGS (224)              29      THUNDR + LITENING (22)
3. SNAG RAMA (677)              9      Unchartered Team
4. CAROLINA BLUE (575)          6
5. THUNDR + LITENING (22)       2      SNAG RAMA (677)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THUNDR + LITENING (22)   %1049 950 %126 52.5   1/ 1 SEA DOGS (224)            9  5 1
 2/ 2 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)    787 732 36 51.8   2/ 4*SNAG RAMA (677)           8  7 2
 3/ 3 SEA DOGS (224)           261 253 14 50.8   3/ 3 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)     8  7 1
 4/ 4 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)    %1056 %1031 65 50.6   4/ 5 THUNDR + LITENING (22)    3  2 0
 5/ 5 SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)      16  18  0 47.1   5/ 9 ARROGANCE (347)           3  3 0
 6- 6 WIZARDGUARD (175)        126 153  9 45.2   6/ 7 SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)      3  3 0
 7- 7 FUNKY FOLK (625)          75  94  8 44.4   7/10 CAROLINA BLUE (575)       2  0 0
 8/ 8 CAROLINA BLUE (575)       29  37  0 43.9   8/ 6 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)     2  1 0
 9/ 9*SNAG RAMA (677)            9  14  2 39.1   9- 2 WIZARDGUARD (175)         2  6 0
10/10 ARROGANCE (347)          467 834 29 35.9  10-11 FUNKY FOLK (625)          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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 594): MIASMA of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 477): SCURVY LAD of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 602): GNOCCHI of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 598): FUZZ BALL of F BALLS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 597): BOMBETTE of PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 601): DOMINO of HI ROLLERS (Darklock, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 599): N'ORLEANS NORA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 593): ICARUS of THE MOONDOG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 585): DINAH MIGHT of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 584): MAST MONKEY of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 558): PATCH of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 548): MATTEO of BOY O'S (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 245): SHRUG of CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 535): BLAZING BLUR of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 484): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 232): DARISTAM of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 220): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 432): DEATH MAGE of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 196): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 476): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 594): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 477): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 602): PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 598): F BALLS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 597): PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 601): SWIM SQUAD (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 599): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 593): SABBATH (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 585): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 584): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 557): MINDSOVERMATTER (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 548): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 245): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 535): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 484): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 232): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 220): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 432): DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 196): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 476) VILLAINS et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 596): ELINDE GOSS of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 597): OBROJOBO of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 585): DINAH MIGHT of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 584): MAST MONKEY of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 533): HOLLYMOOP of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly TALCAMA games.  Fortune did not smile upon WIZARDGUARD 
this time out who this turn suffered a fall into 9th position in the wake of a 0-0-0 
round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness how 
this week ARROGANCE went 1-1-0 to move up 4 in the rankings.  My praise to CENTER FOR 
OLDS for their 4-1-1 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round 
deserving of notice!  FROO-FROO caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission 
as she skillfully bested FLOTSAM and was awarded 22 points in recognition.  In one of 
the week's more notable duels, SHEWISH CORSAIR put down BOTHACH, causing it to lose 
18 points of recognition in the process.  Due to hers absence and inability to defend 
the throne, DINAH MIGHT has lost the title of Duelmaster.  This time victory fell to 
the grasp of the usurper.  All hail MICHAEL JORDAN, Duelmaster of TALCAMA!  Would you 
believe that over half of the old women in TALCAMA seem to feel that they could fight 
better than you gladiators?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In TALCAMA "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  TALCAMA, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the 
names of thy guilds is CENTER FOR OLDS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the 
weekly duels.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent 
the better part of last week avoiding CENTER FOR OLDS.  Indeed it was SNAG RAMA.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  I must report the passing of FLOTSAM, veteran of many duels.  
10-7-0 final record His was not illustrious--but death plays no favorites.  Walk 
proud, warriors of THUNDR + LITENING!  By striking down RAT CATCHER you have avenged 
the honor of your dead.  Your virtue is known to all in TALCAMA.  Dark alleys may 
hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel. 
Keep vigil always!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in TALCAMA.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires 
of a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool 
flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing only 
once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MICHAEL JORDAN 7797          14   6  0   104       CAROLINA BLUE (575)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MIDNIGHT 2549                17  18  0   105       WIZARDGUARD (175)
-MARV JR 9288                  7   1  0   104       WASTELAND (207)
 SHEWISH CORSAIR 9237         13   8  0    95       SEA DOGS (224)
 SHEWISH WHALER 9272          14  10  0    92       SEA DOGS (224)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FROO-FROO 9589               12   6  1    90       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
 HOFFA 9369                   18  25  0    89       ARROGANCE (347)
-KETUMAIE 7525                15  17  1    80       PENTARCHIE-18 (508)
 CATAPHASIA 8780               8   6  0    74       SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)
-DICK TATER 8675               4   0  0    74       FUNKY FOLK (625)
 BOTHACH 9539                 14  12  0    73       BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
 JB BLAH 9478                 17  18  1    71       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
 TOE PUPPET 9544              14  12  0    70       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE CALYPSO KID 1666         10   5  2    64       WIZARDGUARD (175)
-PAPA ROTZI 9551               6   5  1    59       FUNKY FOLK (625)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCATHING 9553                 6   1  0    55       THUNDR + LITENING (22)
 DEMENTIA 8788                 7   7  0    40       SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)
 THEAD 9638                    3   2  0    35       SNAG RAMA (677)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HARPY THE SHREW 9643          5   2  0    33       WIZARDGUARD (175)
 RAT CATCHER 9652              4   1  1    33       SEA DOGS (224)
 SPARE ANCHOR 9610             4   2  0    32       SEA DOGS (224)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NULN 9557                     3  22  0    31       ARROGANCE (347)
-CHOCO BOBA BABY 9623          4   2  2    28       WIZARDGUARD (175)
-PHOTON 3292                   2   4  0    26       MAD SCIENTISTS (75)
 BOOGERMAN 9656                4   1  0    24       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VILAN 9639                    2   2  1    23       SNAG RAMA (677)
-RAYMOND FELTON 9419           4   3  0    22       CAROLINA BLUE (575)
-FABULOUS MR FOX 9631          5   4  0    19       WIZARDGUARD (175)
 CREEPY PETE 9657              3   2  0    18       CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
-ROY WILLIAMS 9336             3   4  0    17       CAROLINA BLUE (575)
-SUCKER PUNCH 8785             1   1  0    15       SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)
 KEOCH 9676                    1   0  0    13       SNAG RAMA (677)
 SCURH 9640                    1   3  1    12       SNAG RAMA (677)
 NIPA 9641                     1   4  0     7       SNAG RAMA (677)
-MEPHISKAPHELES 8779           0   2  0     6       SKA ROBOT ARMY (651)
-TERRY BULL 9668               0   1  0     1       FUNKY FOLK (625)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ROBIN BANKS 9470        7  8 0 FUNKY FOLK 625       THE CALYPSO KID 1666  582  NOT REVENGED
FLOTSAM 9594           10  7 0 SEA DOGS 224         FROO-FROO 9589        586   
HEX 9654                2  1 0 THUNDR + LITENING 22 RAT CATCHER 9652      584  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Abraxis -- Welcome to Talcama.  I have not paid attention to ads in a while.  What
team do you run here?  What team do you run in Transel?  I run Thundr+Litening here,
and Dark Pantheon in Transel. -- Doc Steele

Doc Steele -- You can certainly have a chance at revenge.  Rat Catcher is active
again this turn and probably the next turn or two.  His challenge was indeed
retribution for Scathing's previous challenges.  The loss was intentional, but the
death was not.  I applaud you for getting me to care enough to make a challenge. --
One Armed Bandit

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SCATHING bested RAT CATCHER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Bloodfeud fight.
MICHAEL JORDAN vanquished CATAPHASIA in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
BOTHACH was demolished by SHEWISH CORSAIR in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SHEWISH WHALER devastated JB BLAH in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
FROO-FROO assassinated FLOTSAM in a 1 minute mismatched match.
HOFFA outwaited CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a unpopular 13 minute one-sided duel.
TOE PUPPET overpowered DEMENTIA in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SPARE ANCHOR outlasted VILAN in a crowd boring 12 minute expert vs. beginner melee.
THEAD won victory over NULN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SCURH lost to BOOGERMAN in a 2 minute novice's fight.
NIPA was beaten by CREEPY PETE in a 3 minute novice's melee.
KEOCH overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   8 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    43 -  35 -  1      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     24 -  20 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  26 -  2      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        10 -   9 -  1      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  15 -  3      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  18 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   8 -  1      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  22 -  0      37  |

Turn 586 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MICHAEL JORDAN 7797        14   6  0  104 CAROLINA BLUE (575)
LUNGING ATTACK   SHEWISH WHALER 9272        14  10  0   92 SEA DOGS (224)
SLASHING ATTACK  FROO-FROO 9589             12   6  1   90 CENTER FOR OLDS (108)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    BOTHACH 9539               14  12  0   73 BURN N' PILLAGE (218)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JB BLAH 9478.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was RAT CATCHER 9652.  The ten other most popular fighters were VILAN 9639, THEAD 
9638, SCURH 9640, SCATHING 9553, MICHAEL JORDAN 7797, SHEWISH CORSAIR 9237, SHEWISH 
WHALER 9272, TOE PUPPET 9544, BOOGERMAN 9656, and NIPA 9641.

The least popular fighter this week was HOFFA 9369.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SPARE ANCHOR 9610, NULN 9557, DEMENTIA 8788, FLOTSAM 9594, BOTHACH 
9539, CATAPHASIA 8780, KEOCH 9676, CREEPY PETE 9657, FROO-FROO 9589, and JB BLAH 
9478.

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

DINAH MIGHT (18-9229) FUNKY FOLK (625)

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."