DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/05/2010    Duedate: 05/18/2010

SUNSET ARENA

DM-21    TURN-638

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WEASEL
OMINOUS REIGN (584)
(21-6795) [14-7-1,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SILVER SMURFER                 SIDEWINDER
BEN'S BAZAAR (577)             SERPENTS HOLD (589)
(21-6811) [15-6-0,135]         (21-6883) [7-1-1,79]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GRANDADDY SMURF                VENOM
BEN'S BAZAAR (577)             SERPENTS HOLD (589)
(21-6783) [14-9-0,87]          (21-6908) [3-2-0,26]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GRIM FANDANGO (454)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE RED BLADES (578)        60
2. OMINOUS REIGN (584)         51      FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
3. TOOL SHED (592)             37      Unchartered Team
4. 420 B.C. (594)              35
5. GOLGOTHA'S BLOOMS (264)     28      420 B.C. (594)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*420 B.C. (594)             4   1  1 80.0   1/ 1 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      11  4 0
 2/ 1 FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)     24  13  0 64.9   2/ 6 THE RED BLADES (578)     10  4 0
 3/ 3 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)      308 204 15 60.2   3/10 OMINOUS REIGN (584)       8  5 0
 4/ 6 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      584 477 25 55.0   4/ 7 LITERATE LOONS (538)      7  8 2
 5/ 5*SERPENTS HOLD (589)       19  16  2 54.3   5/ 9 DARK AT HEART (586)       7  8 0
 6/ 8 DARK AT HEART (586)       60  59  2 50.4   6/ 2 FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)     6  7 0
 7/10 OMINOUS REIGN (584)       50  51  3 49.5   7/ 3 BEN'S BAZAAR (577)        6  8 1
 8/ 9 BEN'S BAZAAR (577)        74  80  6 48.1   8/ 4 NOMADIC TRIBE (160)       6  9 2
 9/12 THE RED BLADES (578)      59  67  1 46.8   9/ 5*SERPENTS HOLD (589)       5  6 0
10/11 LITERATE LOONS (538)     252 306 14 45.2  10/ 8 SWORD OPERA (323)         5  9 0
11/ 0 KANO CLAN (106)          267 359 20 42.7  11/ 0*420 B.C. (594)            4  1 1
12/13 TEAM SLIME (585)          19  26  1 42.2  12/13 TEAM SLIME (585)          4  3 0
13/14 SWORD OPERA (323)        628 929 22 40.3  13/ 0 KANO CLAN (106)           3  2 0
14/ 0*TOOL SHED (592)            2   3  0 40.0  14/11*BLOODTHIRST (591)         3  9 0
15/15*BLOODTHIRST (591)          7  20  1 25.9  15/ 0*TOOL SHED (592)           2  3 0
16/ 0*GOLGOTHA'S BLOOMS (264)    0   5  0  0.0  16/ 0*GOLGOTHA'S BLOOMS (264)   0  5 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                    Blood on a Purple Robe: A Bloodgames Primer
                                by One Armed Bandit

     Twice a year, there is a great gathering.  These tiny men with their stained
clothing and great intellects do not look like your traditional gladiators, but they
will meet and compete for a chance at Duel-2 immortality.  No, no, I'm not talking
about the managers at the Face-to-Face.  I'm talking about the murderous dwarves of
the Bloodgames.
     It's probably the worst advertised event in Duel-2 history.  It happens twice a
year, in January and July, and you don't have to fly across the country to
participate.  For some, the Bloodgames are just a distant memory of a t-shirt that
never arrived, newer managers may have never even heard of it.  For others, though,
it is a way of life.  And it can be yours, too.
     The cost:  $10 to roll up the team, $49 to run them.  At each Face-To-Face
tourney, two Bloodgames arenas are run.  One of them (called the FtF Bloodgames) gets
run round-by-round for ten rounds, and warriors are allowed to change their
strategies, avoid, and make Bloodfeud challenges.  For the other arena (called the
Mail-In Bloodgames), there are no bloodfeuds or avoids and each warrior must use the
same strategy and train for all ten rounds.  You can participate in both even if you
don't attend the FtF, but you'll be at a slight disadvantage in the FtF Bloodgames
(the Mail-In Bloodgames is a perfectly level playing field).
     The teams:  Each team consists of TEN warriors, one of EACH style.  You can
design each warrior however you want, as long as the stats add up to 84 points and no
stat is lower than a 3 or higher than a 21 (referred to as DYOs or design-your-own
warriors).  Simply write down the following information on a piece of paper and mail
it to RSI (or email it to csr@reality.com): your name, your account number, the words
"Mail-In Bloodgames" or "FtF Bloodgames", the team name, and all ten warriors (name,
style, gender, ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF).  If you submit them early enough you will
probably get a chance to see the overviews before sending in strategies for each of
them (using a normal strategy sheet, remember only one strategy and one train for the
entire event).  If you want to play it safe, however, you can submit strategies along
with the team information, just write "NEW" in each of the Warrior ID spots and
either "MI BG" or "FTF BG" in the Game # spot.  Some managers who are especially
ambitious will roll up each team more than once, and look over the overviews to
determine which team had the best luck in the roll-up process.  Just remember, it
costs $10 each time you roll them up.
     The rules:  So what's the catch? $59 for 10 design-your-own warriors?  Not so
fast, buddy.  At the end of ten rounds, the top three warriors of different styles
from each arena will be granted immortality, trained up to the minimum ADM
requirements, and will graduate to ADM.  Every other warrior will be gone forever.
Executed, freed, or retired to a quiet life on the farm like your childhood dog
Buster, if that helps you sleep at night.  If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors
are a LU, a WS, and an AB, then those three will win the prizes.  However, if the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors are a LU, a LU, and a WS, the 2nd place LU is out
of luck, his prize will drop down to the highest ranking member of a style that isn't
LU or WS.  So what does it take to be one of the top ranked warriors?  Warriors are
ranked based on number of kills, first and foremost, with their record and
recognition points being the tie breakers.  Oh, did I mention that the chances of
dying are FIVE TIMES that of a normal arena?
     What to expect:  You will run into many opponents who are SZ 3, who have 21 WT
and 21 WL, who are using a 10 KD and aiming for the vitals, who are using unusual
weapons that Duel-2 folklore says have a greater chance of delivering that killing
blow, such as the Battle Axe.  You may run into such classic archetypes as the 17-3-
3-21-21-8-11 ST or the 17-16-3-3-21-3-21 AB.
     So why should you play?  There are many reasons.  You don't have to feel guilty
about killing your friend's warrior, for starters, because that's the whole
objective.  Unique kill text make it all the sweeter, too.  You won't see anyone get
"pierced completely through" or "skewered through their vital organs" anywhere else
(at least I hope not).  Not only is it exciting to read, but my most rewarding
warrior came from the Bloodgames and yours could, too.  Whether you are a tournament
player or an arena player, if your warrior is tough enough to survive the Bloodgames,
he's tough enough for whatever task you set him to.  My first Bloodgames graduate was
a warrior named Sushi Slinger of Sea Dogs: 17-3-3-21-21-12-7 SL.  He left Old
Valamantis with a 10-0-3 record and immortality.  Since then, he has been a
Tournament Victor in the Freshman tourney, a Runner-Up in the ADM tourney, and a
three-time Tournament Victor in the Eligibles tourney.  He is now fighting in Primus
against the best of the best and holding his own.  Your Bloodgames graduate could
join him in Primus, too.

     "Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.
     Dare to fight bravely." - Alarond the Scribe

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 648): CHINA BULL of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 625): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 644): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): DEMON of ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SALLANCHE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): WALLACE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): EDDIE INCHER of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): EACHAM of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 256): SAMILDAR of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 247): I'M A BASHER of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 482): JERANS LA'ROC of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 530): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 648): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 625): TL;DR (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 644): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 256): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 247): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 482): DETHKLOT (?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 530) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 648): DOOMTAIL of EVIL BEAVERS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 529): GROND of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 528): BRANDY PINKERTON of PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (Gavin Rule, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): CREDIT CARD of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CANDY CANE of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): HAGAR BLUETOOTH of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 635): FAMINE of DARK AT HEART (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 535): SHALAITHA of DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Stik leaned back in his chair at the team table his warriors were seated at in
the Broken Bone Tavern, scratched his grizzled, graying beard, and could not repress
a small smile of satisfaction before he took another draught off his ale tankard.
Success such as the turn they had just pulled off was hard to come by in Sunset these
days, with competition being more fierce than ever.  All five gladiators had emerged
victorious, they had gotten four of their five challenges through, had pulled three
awards, and one of the crew had taken the throne.  He glanced over at that particular
fighter, who was at present being ribbed mercilessly (by Mersilus) for being forced
to drink his ale through a straw, since his helm had gotten so dented in from the
former DM's strikes that they were having no small trouble removing it.
     "I'm telling you, it's a good look for you, Wallace!  You should really think
about keeping it just like it is!" Mersilus laughed as the new Duelmaster indignantly
turned in his seat to glare balefully at his stablemate out of the single eye hole
that still lined up.
     "Yeah, veeerrrrryyy funny, ha freakin' HA!!  If you ever get a shot at the
throne we'll see how you do, barely-over-.500-boy!"  Wallace shot back, his high
voice echoing around in his helm like a tin can.
     "Look at it this way, Wally," chimed in Blaksunn, "You wouldn't have to make any
changes for your costume come Hallow's Eve, mask already on!"
     "Yeah, he'll scare less kids that way than if he showed them his real face!"
added Rezurekt, and the table roared with laughter.
     Stik banged his empty mug down and the team quieted, sensing he was about to
speak.
     "All right, nicely done, ladies!  Now, what are we gonna do to keep helmet-head
here on the throne another turn?  He needs to rack up some political points any way
he can, or he's NEVER going to graduate!  Who's gonna run interference for him?"
     The table was silent except for Wallace's breathing as they all looked at each
other.
     "Don't look at me!" piped up the newest member, Blakskul.  "I'm just an
initiate!"
     "Yeah, STILL..." responded Rezurekt.  Blaksunn snorted derisively.
     Stik looked with some disgust at the other three.  "If and when any of you other
losers get the throne, you'll want the same from your teammates below you if at all
possible.  Remember, this game is all about--"
     "Matchups, we KNOW..." cut it Mersilus, rolling his eyes as he tried to catch
the serving maid for another round.
     "That's right, my boy," said the Old Man back.  "Don't forget it.  I've spoken
to Nomad and word is he's contempating a bloodfeud attempt on Cather, so that
eliminates one problem."  Wallace breathed a very audible, metallic sigh of relief.
"What about the other aimer?  Mersilus, I think your challenge goes there, you've had
close fights with him before."
     Mersilus grumbled something obscene into his ale and nodded in acceptance.
     "The other problem is the striker at the top," added Stik.  "Blakky, I have to
say he's yours this time out.  Good luck."
     "I'll need it most likely," said the waste somewhat gloomily.
     "Rezurekt, not much you can do yet where you're at.  I think you should go Loon
hunting..." Stik grinned.
     The big slasher returned the grin.  "It HAS been a while!"
     "What about me?" asked Blakskul, wanting to be included in the strategizing.
     Stik regarded him for a moment.  "Just try not to lose or die, all righty?
Good."
     The new Duelmaster raised his hands in the air at this point in a hello-what-
about-me? look and stared at the old manager from his eye hole.
     "Oh yeah, you," Stik grinned.  "Hmm, don't know if the other TPs gonna fight at
night or at all.  I think you should just as well keep that bucket afixed to your
noggin, maybe a few more hits from that damned smurf will knock it clean off for you,
save us the trouble!"
     Wallace dropped his head and hands on the table with a loud clang as everyone
else roared anew with laughter.  Lucinda, the head serving girl, arrived with fresh
drinks at that moment.  It's good to be on top in Sunset, thought Stik.  Yes, indeed!

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out SUNSET to see 
what's new.  Uncool, FIZBANS FOLLIES.  I mean 0-4-0 is bad.  Will they will be 
allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training practice!  The guys at OMINOUS REIGN 
like really pulled together to get a 4-1-0 this turn, moving up by 7.  Cut this out 
and put it in your scrapbooks, THE RED BLADES!  'Cause they got 5-0-0 and moved up to 
2nd!  I just can't say enough good things about 420 B.C..  They went 4-1-1 their 
first time, don't slouch, and they've got good oral hygiene!  MVP award for BORGES?  
LITERATE LOONS' proud of him after beating DANG CHAO and getting 21 points.  Talk 
about yer major upsets!  DANG CHAO's match with BORGES cost him a loss of 20 points!  
Oh, wow, like the Duelmaster must be the most popular guy in all SUNSET.  He got the 
most challenges.  (But what about proposals?) And I was just getting used to the 
ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh well, welcome WEASEL.  Aren't OMINOUS REIGN proud. 
(Oh, my.) Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me! 
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  DARK AT HEART was SUNSET's most 
avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Is there some deep dark secret why GRIM 
FANDANGO's been avoiding DARK AT HEART so much?  Or is it just that they're too 
scared?  Ooh!  Did BLAKSUNN really know what he was doing when he challenged SILVER 
SMURFER?  A 17-6-0 speaks volumes.  (Zontoni said that.  I don't know what it means.) 
SILVER SMURFER overcame BLAKSUNN, and was I surprised (right!).  But its a good thing 
SILVER SMURFER could stop laughing long enough to give BLAKSUNN a good pounding.   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  How cruel!  DARK AT HEART heartlessly sent his to FAMINE certain fate in 
the Dark Arena.  Is a 14-8-0 bad or something?  Hey, warriors get killed by other 
warriors, not by their manager sending them to the Dark Arena.  What's wrong with 
FAMINE's 14-8-0, DARK AT HEART?  Hey!  Quit laughing!  Just because BIG KEVIN had 
9-5-0 was no reason for BEN'S BAZAAR to send him to the Dark Arena!  Stop it!  
Everyone has problems, but why did BEN'S BAZAAR send BIG KEVIN to the Dark Arena?  He 
had a 9-5-0, and I thought he looked neat on the sands...  Fight, fight, fight.  Is 
that all you guys can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  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                  
 WEASEL 6795                  14   7  1   100       OMINOUS REIGN (584)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER SMURFER 6811          15   6  0   135       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 MERSILUS 6781                13  10  1   107       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 LENI POOLE 6854               9   5  0   101       THE RED BLADES (578)
 CATHER 6786                  15   7  1    96       LITERATE LOONS (538)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WALLACE 6707                 22  11  0    95       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 YUEDEBAHL LITHA 6788         11  12  1    92       THE RED BLADES (578)
 BLAKSUNN 6774                17   6  0    91       GRIM FANDANGO (454)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ICE 6820                     10   8  0    88       OMINOUS REIGN (584)
 GRANDADDY SMURF 6783         14   9  0    87       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 TERRA SIGILLATA 6787         11   9  0    85       THE RED BLADES (578)
 MORBID CRUSADER 6825         15   7  0    82       DARK AT HEART (586)
 SIDEWINDER 6883               7   1  1    79       SERPENTS HOLD (589)
 REZUREKT 6805                12  10  1    74       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 ANGEL 6846                   10   6  2    74       OMINOUS REIGN (584)
-BLACK GOLD 3886              14   5  3    73       THE COLOUR OF NEON (354)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRAVEN WARD 6743             13  13  1    65       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 BORGES 6844                   7   8  1    64       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 MILLHAUSER 6705              14  21  0    63       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 JONISSON 6780                 9  15  0    63       SWORD OPERA (323)
 SASQUATCH 6816                9  10  1    61       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 DISEASE 6827                 10  13  1    60       DARK AT HEART (586)
 BUL GOBLINHEWER 6738         10  17  0    60       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 JESICKA 6800                  7   1  0    59       TEAM SLIME (585)
 LITO SKY 6861                 7   5  0    59       THE RED BLADES (578)
 DARKNESS 6841                10   7  1    58       DARK AT HEART (586)
 MOSHI HARU 6704               6   1  1    58       KANO CLAN (106)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SELIA DOVE 6832              10   9  0    44       SWORD OPERA (323)
 MAKITA KANE 6681             10   8  0    44       KANO CLAN (106)
 FOUGHT TOO MANY 5391          5   3  0    44       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
 DANG CHAO 6632                7   8  2    42       KANO CLAN (106)
 MUTABA IRO 6690               8   7  1    41       KANO CLAN (106)
 VIRILE MAN 6865               7   5  0    37       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 LIU BONG 6630                 9   7  2    36       KANO CLAN (106)
 PYNCHON 6810                  8  11  0    36       LITERATE LOONS (538)
-ONE TOO MANY 5393             6   1  0    36       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
 ZONZALIN 6836                 5   3  0    35       TEAM SLIME (585)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AGAMAMNON 6803                4   6  1    33       TEAM SLIME (585)
 RUIN 6862                     5   8  0    31       DARK AT HEART (586)
 NOT DA'IN ME 5392             5   3  0    31       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
 SHATAAS 6904                  4   1  1    30       BLOODTHIRST (591)
 WILD 6863                     3  10  0    27       OMINOUS REIGN (584)
-RED ROBIN 6413                6   5  0    26       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 REAVER 6885                   4   2  0    26       SERPENTS HOLD (589)
 VENOM 6908                    3   2  0    26       SERPENTS HOLD (589)
 BIZNAF 5389                   5   3  0    25       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
 RAMON LALO 6894               3   5  0    25       SWORD OPERA (323)
 OPHELIA DELPHI 6910           3   3  0    24       THE RED BLADES (578)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WAELSLEAHT 6804               2   7  0    21       TEAM SLIME (585)
 CHESTERTON 6853               3  10  0    19       LITERATE LOONS (538)
 BLAKSKUL 6899                 4   3  0    18       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 PIKRITORI 6928                1   1  0    14       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
-CRYSTAL CONDOR 6439           2   6  0    12       DOC LEGRAND'S AVIANS (57)
 YODLE LAYHE WHO 6927          1   1  1    12       BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
 WORM FOOD 6905                3   2  0    11       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
 GRASS SEED 6923               1   0  0    11       TOOL SHED (592)
 MASTER KUSH 6938              1   0  0    10       420 B.C. (594)
 TIME 6920                     1   0  0    10       OMINOUS REIGN (584)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHITE WIDOW 6936              1   0  0    10       420 B.C. (594)
 SPIGOT 6925                   1   0  0     9       TOOL SHED (592)
 MORIDEN 6900                  1   5  0     8       BLOODTHIRST (591)
 SILVER HAZE 6940              1   0  0     8       420 B.C. (594)
 SNOW WHITE 6937               1   0  1     6       420 B.C. (594)
 ELISE ISLA 6921               1   2  0     5       SWORD OPERA (323)
 WALLI WEEBLE 6935             1   0  0     3       NOMADIC TRIBE (160)
 GREY FATAL 2920               0   1  0     1       GOLGOTHA'S BLOOMS (264)
 KALLIA MAY 6941               0   1  0     1       SWORD OPERA (323)
 GOD BUD 6939                  0   1  0     1       420 B.C. (594)
 BLOODSONG 2924                0   1  0     1       GOLGOTHA'S BLOOMS (264)
 BROKEN TOOL II 6924           0   1  0     1       TOOL SHED (592)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BIG KEVIN 6849          9  6 0 BEN'S BAZAAR 577     BLACK ORC             638  NONE
ELDRICT 6919            0  2 0 BLOODTHIRST 591      YODLE LAYHE WHO 6927  638   
TELETHIAN 6902          0  6 0 BLOODTHIRST 591      MR. TWISTER           638  NONE
WRYLETH 6901            1  4 0 BLOODTHIRST 591      SHEWISH GIANT         638  NONE
FAMINE 6826            14  9 0 DARK AT HEART 586    SHEWISH GIANT         638  NONE
DEAD....REAL DEA 2923   0  1 0 GOLGOTHA'S BLOOM 264 STONE GOLEM           638  NONE
DUMMY 2922              0  1 0 GOLGOTHA'S BLOOM 264 ARENAMASTER HART      638  NONE
DUMMY 2921              0  1 0 GOLGOTHA'S BLOOM 264 QUICKSILVER           638  NONE
BATTLECRY 6724         14 14 0 NOMADIC TRIBE 160    CATHER 6786           636   
PILLOW 6819             9  7 0 OMINOUS REIGN 584    REZUREKT 6805         635  REVENGED
PYTHON 6898             3  3 0 SERPENTS HOLD 589    BANDIT PRINCE         638  NONE
SEE YA 6934             0  1 0 SERPENTS HOLD 589    DARK CHAMPION         638  NONE
KERBESTAM 6857          5  7 0 SWORD OPERA 323      BORGES 6844           636  REVENGED
SPARTACUS 6916          0  1 0 TEAM SLIME 585       SNOW WHITE 6937       638   
BROKEN TOOL I 6922      0  1 0 TOOL SHED 592        SPYMASTER             638  NONE
TAMPER 6926             0  1 0 TOOL SHED 592        WURM KIN              638  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Blakskul -- Wryleth will not be trying much of anything any longer.  He simply did
not have the mettle to survive in this game, so I am "letting him go." -- Daemonspawn

Ruin -- Great fight!  I'm still at a loss to how you parried that one thrust, or how
you managed to win, but still, it was a great fight. -- Moriden

Well, it seems the RUGS were not as busy as had been expected.  Both Sasquatch and
Graven Ward return from the night fights!  Congratulations to the survivors, you have
earned your reprieve at the expense of Mr. Twister.  Cosmo was not so lucky.  He
shall be replaced by Walli Weeble.  Now let the Tribe get back to winning some
fights! -- Nomad

Big Kevin -- I know my record isn't that good.  Okay, it is bad.  But I'd like to
think I'm better than my record shows.  At the very least, I appear to better than
your record.  That was an interesting strategy anyway. -- Bul Kevinhewer

Elise Isla -- Are you in the opera?!  Perhaps you could sing a song about the
beginning of my career?  Okay, so it isn't very glorious yet, but the wise men in my
hometown always said that everybody has to start somewhere, and this is my start.
And just think, you were there! -- Pikritori

Sasquatch -- Yah, I knew you'd... I mean, damn, you made it back. -- Weasel

Virile Man -- Weeaaaseel power! -- Weasel

Blaksunn -- Bah, I guess you had me figured out for some time; I think I need a tune
up. -- Ice

Mersilus -- (pout) -- Angel

One too many -- Does your name refer to multiple personalities?  If so one or more,
it doesn't matter, it was enough, evidently! -- Wild

Arena -- It's been really fun watching the fighting at the top these last few turns.
This isn't a pushover arena.  Grats on the title, Stik.  Is the culling of the Abs
done yet, hehe.  I always have a backup AB as a sacrifice to the DM gods.  They will
not be denied.  Picked on, nah, that's the name of the game.  =P -- Archelf

Belatedly, the personals for turn 636:

Mersilus -- Damn, you're well-named in a sneaky way. -- Jonisson

Darkness -- You were supposed to FALL. -- Selia Dove

Borges -- I could've done without that. -- Ghost of Kerbestam

Worm Food -- What's the point of feeding worms?  It gives them ideas. -- Ramon Lalo

Ophelia Delphi -- I hate short, delicate women who come along and make me feel over
grown.  And when I hate, I get, ah, heavy-handed.  So watch out. -- Elise Isla
P.S.  Or grow taller.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled personals....

Borges -- You actually *had* an insurance policy?  I've never seen that they were
worth the money, since the premiums for gladiators are so high. -- Jonisson

Fought Too Many -- Houseplants?  Whatever for? -- Selia Dove

Pynchon -- Yes, well, we all have days like that, but I'm surprised to see it in an
opponent. -- Ramon Lalo

Pikritori -- Oh, right, come along and make me feel bad!  Just for that, I won't help
you curl your beard. -- Elise Isla

Our congratulations to Famine. -- Jorja and the Sword Opera

Grandaddy Smurf -- ThankyousirmayIhaveanother?!?? -- DM Wallace

Ophelia Delphi -- You have my thanks, madam! -- Blakskul

Fizban -- Well, at least I gave you a much-needed breather from holding that top team
spot! :) -- Stik

     You're all heart.

Sasquatch and Graven Ward -- Congrats on your survival!  Fight on! -- Grim Fandango

A very sharp-edged, bloody, grinning welcome to all the new teams who (reportedly)
will be showing up this cycle!  Enjoy your stay in the Jewel of the Delarquan
Federation.  Blades UP!! -- Stik and Grim Fandanog

Disease -- I think my first challenge was avoiding me.  Nice to see you again. --
Leni Poole

Sidewinder -- Nice.  For you, I mean.  Maybe GW shouldn't have took that loss so
hard. -- Lito

Blakskul -- Solid training plan, there.  Does that come with spelling lessons? --
Ophelia

Millhauser -- I think I prefer the new weapon.  Do you agree? -- Terra

Convicted Assassin -- Was that part of some plea deal? -- Yuedebahl Litha

     I wish! -- C. Assassin

Lord Protector Famine -- Congratulations from The Red Blades

Wallace -- Congrats, Duelmaster--this way. -- Bill the Bard

Sorry no ads the past few turns.  Here are a few I was working on for last turn. --
Bill the Bard

Smurf boy -- You shouldn't let a girl know that you're nervous about meeting her.  It
worked out for you this time.  I want to be top ST, so see you soon. -- Leni

Sasquatch -- Go figure.  It's possible the strat tweak I made was entirely awesome...
-- Yuedebahl

Fought Too Many -- Wow, that was the absolute worst matchup you could have received.
But, you did well for never really being in the fight.  Too bad you weren't training
skills. -- Terra

Elisa -- Well, I still can't disprove the old adage.  No man is an isla. -- Ophelia

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FAMINE was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BIG KEVIN was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
TELETHIAN was assassinated by MR. TWISTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
PYTHON was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
WRYLETH was assassinated by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
TAMPER was viciously butchered by WURM KIN in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena brawl.
DEAD....REAL DEAD was slain by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena struggle.
BROKEN TOOL I was executed by SPYMASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
DUMMY was easily killed by QUICKSILVER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena melee.
DUMMY was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER HARTH in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
SEE YA was slain by DARK CHAMPION in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
SASQUATCH was overpowered by CATHER in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
BLAKSUNN was viciously subdued by SILVER SMURFER in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
LENI POOLE bested GRANDADDY SMURF in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
MERSILUS devastated MORBID CRUSADER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
BUL GOBLINHEWER was savagely defeated by ANGEL in a 3 minute Challenge conflict.
LITO SKY overpowered VIRILE MAN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
BLAKSKUL viciously subdued WORM FOOD in a unpopular 13 minute bloody Challenge bout.
YODLE LAYHE WHO butchered ELDRICT in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge fight.
PIKRITORI was beaten by SHATAAS in a exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
WALLACE was savagely defeated by WEASEL in a 3 minute master's Title conflict.
DISEASE was overpowered by SIDEWINDER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ICE overpowered MILLHAUSER in a 1 minute uneven fray.
JONISSON was handily defeated by YUEDEBAHL LITHA in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
TERRA SIGILLATA overpowered CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a exciting 1 minute uneven fight.
REZUREKT overpowered FOUGHT TOO MANY in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
DANG CHAO was overpowered by BORGES in a 1 minute uneven match.
GRAVEN WARD overpowered LIU BONG in a popular 1 minute gruesome uneven duel.
MOSHI HARU overpowered NOT DA'IN ME in a 1 minute uneven competition.
JESICKA overpowered REAVER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
AGAMAMNON was vanquished by DARKNESS in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
MAKITA KANE overpowered RAMON LALO in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SELIA DOVE defeated BIZNAF in a exciting 2 minute bout.
VENOM was luckily beaten by PYNCHON in a exciting 4 minute bloody fray.
ZONZALIN vanquished MORIDEN in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
RUIN subdued WAELSLEAHT in a 3 minute match.
WILD was bested by OPHELIA DELPHI in a 3 minute gruesome bout.
CHESTERTON was overpowered by MUTABA IRO in a 1 minute bloody one-sided match.
ELISE ISLA was savagely defeated by MASTER KUSH in a popular 3 minute novice's duel.
GRASS SEED overpowered KALLIA MAY in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
TIME handily defeated GOD BUD in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SPIGOT defeated GREY FATAL in a 2 minute beginner's battle.
SPARTACUS was barely slain by SNOW WHITE in a 2 minute novice's struggle.
BROKEN TOOL II was outwaited by WALLI WEEBLE in a tiring 11 minute amateur's duel.
BLOODSONG was devastated by WHITE WIDOW in a 1 minute mismatched match.
SILVER HAZE overcame MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  17         LUNGING ATTACK    47 -  30 -  4      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         SLASHING ATTACK   26 -  19 -  2      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  12 -  0      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  38 -  1      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         BASHING ATTACK    46 -  45 -  2      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW        29 -  33 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         STRIKING ATTACK   46 -  54 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         PARRY-LUNGE       19 -  26 -  3      42  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  20 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  14 -  1      30  |

Turn 638 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-LUNGE        4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     7 - 10         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  8         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     8 -  4     AIMED BLOW         2 -  5         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  8         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       WEASEL 6795                14   7  1  100 OMINOUS REIGN (584)
STRIKING ATTACK  SILVER SMURFER 6811        15   6  0  135 BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
LUNGING ATTACK   MERSILUS 6781              13  10  1  107 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
TOTAL PARRY      WALLACE 6707               22  11  0   95 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
WALL OF STEEL    BLAKSUNN 6774              17   6  0   91 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
BASHING ATTACK   GRANDADDY SMURF 6783       14   9  0   87 BEN'S BAZAAR (577)
SLASHING ATTACK  REZUREKT 6805              12  10  1   74 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
PARRY-LUNGE      DARKNESS 6841              10   7  1   58 DARK AT HEART (586)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GRANDADDY SMURF 6783.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was VENOM 6908.  The ten other most popular fighters were ANGEL 6846, WEASEL 
6795, MASTER KUSH 6938, SELIA DOVE 6832, WILD 6863, DEAD....REAL DEAD 2923, MERSILUS 
6781, OPHELIA DELPHI 6910, SPIGOT 6925, and SILVER SMURFER 6811.

The least popular fighter this week was WALLI WEEBLE 6935.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were WORM FOOD 6905, BROKEN TOOL II 6924, BLAKSKUL 6899, BLOODSONG 
2924, GOD BUD 6939, KALLIA MAY 6941, CHESTERTON 6853, MORIDEN 6900, BIZNAF 5389, and 
RAMON LALO 6894.

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

FAMINE (21-6826) DARK AT HEART (586)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GOLDENBEARD 6202 (40-23-1)             3  3  0         SEA DOGS             
GROLSCH 5029 (69-14-4)                 3  3  0         REAL BEER            
PRIMUS 4975 (75-18-0)                  2  3  0         REAL BEER            

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MORBID CRUSADER 6825 (15-5-0)          1  3  0         DARK AT HEART        

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WEASEL 6795 (12-7-1)                   3  3  0         OMINOUS REIGN        
DISEASE 6827 (10-11-1)                 1  3  0         DARK AT HEART        
ICE 6820 (9-7-0)                       1  3  0         OMINOUS REIGN        

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SIDEWINDER 6883 (5-1-1)                4  3  0         SERPENTS HOLD        
ANGEL 6846 (9-5-2)                     1  3  0         OMINOUS REIGN        
REZUREKT 6805 (10-10-1)                1  3  0         GRIM FANDANGO        

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JESICKA 6800 (6-1-0)                   2  3  0         TEAM SLIME           

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
VENOM 6908 (3-1-0)                     2  3  0         SERPENTS HOLD        

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GRASS SEED 6923 (0-0-0)                4  3  0         TOOL SHED            
SPIGOT 6925 (0-0-0)                    3  3  0         TOOL SHED            
SPARTACUS 6916 (0-0-0)                 2  3  0         TEAM SLIME           
TAMPER 6926 (0-0-0)                    1  3  0         TOOL SHED            

CHALLENGERS FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ADDUCTOR MAGNUS 5922 (16-11-0)         2  3  0         MUSCLE MEN           
FAMINE 6826 (13-8-0)                   0  3  0         DARK AT HEART        

CHAMPIONS FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DARKNESS 6841 (9-6-1)                  0  3  0         DARK AT HEART        

ADEPTS FOOLS TOURNEY                   W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
RUIN 6862 (3-8-0)                      0  3  0         DARK AT HEART        
WILD 6863 (3-8-0)                      0  3  0         OMINOUS REIGN        

INITIATES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ONE TOO MANY 5393 (5-1-0)              0  3  0         FIZBANS FOLLIES      
WAELSLEAHT 6804 (2-6-0)                0  3  0         TEAM SLIME           

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SHATAAS 6904 (3-1-1)                   0  3  0         BLOODTHIRST          

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DRUFF THE HAMMER 6887 (0-0-0)          3  3  1         DAGGERS DEEP         
TIME 6920 (0-0-0)                      1  3  0         OMINOUS REIGN        
WARLOCK 6876 (0-0-0)                   1  3  0         TWILIGHT BRIGADE