DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/14/2008    Duedate: 02/27/2008

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-580

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JACK HAMMA
FUNKY FOLK (405)
(19-5001) [9-1-2,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JACK HAMMA                     POSITION IS EMPTY
FUNKY FOLK (405)               
(19-5001) [9-1-2,115]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

NIFTY NICKEL                   PETE MOSS
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)     FUNKY FOLK (405)
(19-4941) [18-20-1,92]         (19-4968) [8-4-1,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TEAM CHAOS (422)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FUNKY FOLK (405)            43
2. IDES OF MARCH (226)         21      FUNKY FOLK (405)
3. ANARCHY (342)                7      Unchartered Team
4. JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)        0
5. TEAM CHAOS (422)            -7      BLACKENED PRIDE (301)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 FUNKY FOLK (405)         113  89  9 55.9   1/ 3 TEAM CHAOS (422)          7  3 0
 2/ 5 IDES OF MARCH (226)       47  49  3 49.0   2/ 4 FUNKY FOLK (405)          7  6 2
 3- 4 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)    397 421 37 48.5   3/ 1 THE MAGNIFICENT MA (241)  6  9 0
 4/ 6 ANARCHY (342)            163 205 22 44.3   4- 2 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)     3  1 0
 5/ 8 TEAM CHAOS (422)          92 118  4 43.8   5/ 8 IDES OF MARCH (226)       3  3 0
 6/ 7 THE MAGNIFICENT MA (241) 428 551 17 43.7   6/ 7 ANARCHY (342)             2  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 587): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): TANOSHII of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): SOLSTICE of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): OBERON of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): HOPALONG of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
                            MATT of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  ZUWAYZA needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Too bad, THE 
MAGNIFICENT MAGS, but TEAM CHAOS was just too good to be stopped.  The guys at IDES 
OF MARCH like really pulled together to get a 2-1-0 this turn, moving up by 3.  MVP 
award for DAN STEPPE?  FUNKY FOLK's proud of him after beating TIMES and getting 18 
points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  BLACK BELT's match with MARCO TITANIUS cost 
him a loss of 8 points!  The Duelmaster isn't going to stop just cause she's Number 
One!  JACK HAMMA knows this.  He was challenged by the Duelmaster.  Was that a tear I 
saw in JACK HAMMA's eye, as he took over Duelmastership?  And wasn't SOLSTICE fit to 
be tied!  Who was the wiseguy that said ZUWAYZA's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at 
The Drunken Ox?  Don't look at me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  JAGUAR WARRIORS was the most avoided team.  Is a 397-421-37 record 
really that scary?  Is there some deep dark secret why IDES OF MARCH's been avoiding 
JAGUAR WARRIORS so much?  Or is it just that they're too scared?  Some fights are 
really unfair.  How do you think HOT ROD II feels about being challenged by GULF 
COAST D, 20 points above him?  Is this how ANARCHY advances, by having their members 
(GULF COAST D) fight people that are really below them (HOT ROD II)?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All ZUWAYZA ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to 
hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really 
should stop.  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JACK HAMMA 5001               9   1  2   115       FUNKY FOLK (405)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DARDANIUS 2683               11   3  0   153       IDES OF MARCH (226)
 GULF COAST D 4789             8   3  0    97       ANARCHY (342)
 NIFTY NICKEL 4941            18  20  1    92       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
 SOLSTICE 4998                15   7  0    91       TEAM CHAOS (422)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MATARSE FURY 4880            20  19  2    90       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
-VENENOSO 4959                14   9  4    90       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
 DAN STEPPE 5000               6   4  2    82       FUNKY FOLK (405)
 TIMES 4908                   14  28  0    70       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOT ROD II 4961              16  16  1    66       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AKASAI CHIN 5035              5   4  1    56       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
 PETE MOSS 4968                8   4  1    55       FUNKY FOLK (405)
-PUBLIUS 4994                  5   1  0    44       IDES OF MARCH (226)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ELEMI TRIANGLE 5036           5   4  0    42       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARCO TITANIUS 5037           7   5  0    33       TEAM CHAOS (422)
 TIBERIUS 5002                 6   3  1    29       IDES OF MARCH (226)
 BLACK BELT 5040               7   4  0    25       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
-SERRA ACARAL 5034             4   5  0    25       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMATUS JUSTAS 5042            5   2  0    22       TEAM CHAOS (422)
 MARCELLUS 5057                2   0  0    21       IDES OF MARCH (226)
 TACITUS SPURIUS 5056          2   1  0    15       TEAM CHAOS (422)
 ANICETUS ENNIUS 5045          2   3  0     9       TEAM CHAOS (422)
 MISS LEAD 5053                0   3  0     3       FUNKY FOLK (405)
 ORNAMENT 5060                 0   1  0     1       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BELLE A. DONNA 5058     0  1 0 FUNKY FOLK 405       NOACHIAN              580  NONE
NONONONONO 5059         0  1 0 IDES OF MARCH 226    NOACHIAN              580  NONE
FLIGHT JOURNAL 4907    15 26 0 THE MAGNIFICENT  241 JACK HAMMA 5001       579   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Solstice -- This is...planning for the next one?  Planning ahead is good, everyone
says so, but most of my customers don't go for such a long lead-time. -- Nifty Nickel
P.S.  I don't give special rates for repeat ads, either.  Why should I?

Jack Hamma -- Yow!  That one went right through the wing tank.  Crash and burn.  VERY
bad news.  No more flying circus around here. -- Ghost of Flight Journal

Gulf Coast D -- I don't know what you're about, you really tied up traffic!  I
haven't seen a gridlock like that here since, cheese, since the race!  And horses,
well, they don't handle traffic jams calmly.  They get upset, the waste products
escalate, someone starts to panic and tries to run away, and you have MAJOR, well,
anarchy!  So.  This was your plan, right? -- Hot Rod

Pete Moss -- If you can assure me that your materials and technology will keep my
houseplants alive, I *will* make you the Man of the Week!  The gods know, nothing
else has worked for that. -- Times

Marco Titanius -- Not bad, I suppose, but you need to work on stance and balance.  A
little meditation followed by strenuous exercise wouldn't hurt, either. -- Black Belt

I had to fight twice?  For why?  I would've been glad to share.  Plenty of other
deadbeats among the standbys. -- Kargedhaal the Wanderer, Fugitive from Mordant

15 January 2008
                                 Order of Lost Souls

     Where there is a beginning, there is an end.  Where there is a whole, there is a
part.  Where there is light, there is dark.  All these are found to be true and along
with the most important, when something is lost it can always be found.
     Many a person has walked this land in one form or another.  Some truly believe
that here is there and there is here but who really knows?  Among the peoples of this
great land many have felt lost in time and in place.  Some have gone as far as to be
lost of soul....
     Although most are thought to have been born into this world in a mortal way, no
one can be sure.  Life is something they have in a way but a torturous joke to them
in all others.  They live in a sense as they are here and now and having mind and
knowledge.  They are flesh and blood of one sort of another.  They cast a shadow as
all things living do.  Blood courses through their veins.
     These beings have become wraiths drifting here and there, knowing that they
truly belong nowhere.  Searching for that one thing that they seem to be missing or
the one thing in them that puts them beyond others.  These people have become masters
of many things as time seems to have no hold.  For not even time can find those that
are truly lost.  Many of these beings have drifted toward the gladiatorial games.  In
the blood and chaos of the arenas something holds them like no other.  It's the loss
of something they have never had or something they had so long ago it seems to have
never been.  LIFE.
     A few of the more shall we say "human" of these beings have settled into many
arenas around the land.  The loss of life and the crazed emotions of the arenas
giving them glimpses of things they longed for but seemed incapable of attaining.
     A number of these lost ones saw in each other something that might be able to
help the other.  They spent many a day traveling to and fro, for what is time to one
who it doesn't touch.  The more time they spent together the more they seemed to
change.  No one noticed the change in the others but each recognized it in himself.
Years passed and the changes stopped.  Each had been changed in different ways but
all felt more whole.  A discussion ensued between them.  They came to a realization
that in each other they had found parts of themselves that had been missing.  Then
came the next thought.  If they could find more of like minded lost ones they might
eventually find what they always wanted, their true selves.
     The group settled down to think things through.  They finally came up with an
idea they all could accept.  They would form an organization that through their
arenas through out the land they would seek out other lost ones.  If they were of
like mind they would be invited to join the group and seek that special something
they all desired.
     This was how it began and how it still is.  The Order of Lost Souls was formed
and the search began.  The original members numbered six.  They were Baphomet,
Blackstorm, Hammer, JGW, Reaper and Wretch.  These members of the Order spread their
gladiator stables through out the realm seeking others like them.  Through blood and
death they lived through others.  One day hoping to live for themselves.  For as they
all know what is lost must eventually be found....

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NONONONONO was butchered by NOACHIAN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BELLE A. DONNA was slaughtered by NOACHIAN in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
SOLSTICE was demolished by JACK HAMMA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title fight.
GULF COAST D devastated HOT ROD II in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
MARCO TITANIUS demolished BLACK BELT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
TIMES was overpowered by DAN STEPPE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided struggle.
NIFTY NICKEL defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a action packed 2 minute expert's melee.
PETE MOSS viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute expert vs. beginner fight.
AMATUS JUSTAS beat MISS LEAD in a 1 minute melee.
TIBERIUS overpowered ANICETUS ENNIUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
TACITUS SPURIUS subdued ORNAMENT in a 1 minute amateur's competition.
MARCELLUS devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  13 -  1      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  2      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  18 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  38 -  4      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         2 -   3 -  0      40  |

Turn 580 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 -  0         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  4                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  JACK HAMMA 5001             9   1  2  115 FUNKY FOLK (405)
AIMED BLOW       GULF COAST D 4789           8   3  0   97 ANARCHY (342)
LUNGING ATTACK   SOLSTICE 4998              15   7  0   91 TEAM CHAOS (422)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is NIFTY NICKEL 4941.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PETE MOSS 4968.  The ten other most popular fighters were NIFTY NICKEL 4941, 
DAN STEPPE 5000, GULF COAST D 4789, MARCO TITANIUS 5037, TIBERIUS 5002, JACK HAMMA 
5001, AMATUS JUSTAS 5042, TACITUS SPURIUS 5056, MARCELLUS 5057, and NONONONONO 5059.

The least popular fighter this week was ANICETUS ENNIUS 5045.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MISS LEAD 5053, TIMES 4908, SOLSTICE 4998, BELLE A. DONNA 5058, 
ORNAMENT 5060, BLACK BELT 5040, HOT ROD II 4961, NONONONONO 5059, MARCELLUS 5057, and 
TACITUS SPURIUS 5056.