DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/13/2005    Duedate: 10/26/2005

ZORPUNT ARENA

DM-24    TURN-515

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STONEFISH
AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
(24-4489) [27-16-0,123]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STONEFISH                      INNY MEANIE
AUSSIE KILLERS (455)           MONEY PIT (475)
(24-4489) [27-16-0,123]        (24-4656) [4-2-0,28]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PINE LEAF                      TRINA LARK
KRILL CAVALRY (403)            KRILL CAVALRY (403)
(24-4580) [20-21-0,94]         (24-4615) [14-12-0,61]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

KRILL CAVALRY (403)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GANG GRENE-BAX (478)        47
2. KRILL CAVALRY (403)         31      STAR DRECK (467)
3. PSYCHO CANDY (479)          21      Unchartered Team
4. AUSSIE KILLERS (455)        10
5. WATER DECK (459)             0      GANG GRENE-BAX (478)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*GANG GRENE-BAX (478)       4   1  0 80.0   1/ 1 KRILL CAVALRY (403)      13  2 0
 2/ 1 STAR DRECK (467)          15   4  0 78.9   2/ 0*GANG GRENE-BAX (478)      4  1 0
 3/ 2*MONEY PIT (475)            8   4  0 66.7   3/ 2*MONEY PIT (475)           3  3 0
 4- 3 WATER DECK (459)          80  45  4 64.0   4/ 3 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)      3  5 0
 5/ 4 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)     120 114  4 51.3   5- 5 WATER DECK (459)          1  1 0
 6/ 5 KRILL CAVALRY (403)      488 489 13 49.9   6/ 4 STAR DRECK (467)          1  2 0
 7/ 0*PSYCHO CANDY (479)         9  20  0 31.0   7/ 0*PSYCHO CANDY (479)        1  4 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Deep Waters #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Off the shore of Iaye:

     Kegrald Steelhand was lying in the bottom of a small boat and staring at the
sky.  Clear except for a few mare's-tails, he noted.  He nerved himself to look
around, fearing to see tentacles.  None.  Just a small boat, with real people in it.
Humans, but right now, he was glad to see humans.  Besides, dwarves weren't much for
boats.  After a moment, he realized that these two were familiar:  gladiators.  Lord
Protector Senator Sedalia, and Lady Protector Gissanniah.  "What happened?" he asked
hoarsely.  Why should he be hoarse?  He couldn't remember anything that...he couldn't
remember anything after hearing a horn blowing.
     The two gladiators exchanged a glance.  Senator Sedalia cleared his throat.  "We
were hoping you could tell us that," he said.
     "I was climbing Bird Rock--"
     "Gull eggs aren't any better tasting than chicken eggs," Gissanniah said.
     Kegrald stopped trying to sit up and made a gesture of embarrassment.  "I had...
other reasons," he muttered.
     "Later for the questions," Sedalia said.  He hoisted the dwarf easily, bracing
him against a knee, and offered a pocket flask.
     Arena rumors spoke very well of Senator Sedalia's pocket flask.  Kegrald seized
it and drank.  And coughed, because the flask's reputation had been well-earned.
Fortunately, as a dwarf he had a very hard head.  "There were Things in the water,"
he said.  "Tentacles and so on.  The usual stuff, except for the horn.  And the Thing
on the half-shell."  He frowned.  "Never heard of any Thing like that."
     The boat rocked as Gissanniah shifted position impatiently.  She opened her
mouth to ask a question but closed it again without speaking.
     "Where abouts in the water?" Sedalia asked.
     Kegrald looked around for Bird Rock, the coast, and the position of the sun, and
gestured.  "There, where the surface is a funny color."  He looked at the oily patch
of water where the ripples were all in the form of rings moving outward, and turned a
funny color himself.  "Let's get to shore, and quickly!"

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 262): NYTEMAIR of CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 525): FRANK ZAPPA of THE HEADCUTTERS II (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 525): OPUNTIA of PLANTARUM ANDORIA (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 518): CLINT EASTWOOD of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): JAMES T. JERK of STAR DRECK (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 514): VELOND WOK of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Nolan Orgel, team
                              captain)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 512): POPPA LODE of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 507): DR. ROSENZWEIG of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 476): JENIPHER of BEYOND THE PALE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 469): FLUTTERLEE of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 458): ECLIPSE of CYNICAL DELUSIONS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): COLLAPSED LUNG of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 374): BRUSHFIRE of NATURAL DISASTERS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 363): MALICHAI of WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 164): I OF THE KNEE DOLL of HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 410): JOE SATRIANI of THE HEADCUTTERS II from ARUAK CITY
                            (Street Legal, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 262): CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 525): TUFT TUGGERS (Tankesh Dushanbe, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 525): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 518): JUST CHILLIN (Mr. Freeze, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 514): MADTOWN (Namenlos, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 512): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 507): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 476): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 469): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 458): CYNICAL DELUSIONS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 374): THE MISGUIDED (?, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 363): none
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 164): NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 410): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 524): LINI DAWNWIND of KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): JAMES T. JERK of STAR DRECK (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 468): LURLINE GRACE of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of ZORPUNT!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  A team with purpose!  A team with 
the skill to back up their boasts!  Getting a 4-1-0 their first time out is GANG 
GRENE-BAX.  What's with GRAZL?  He actually beat ZORPUNT's EMBEZZLING SCRIBE, and 
walked away with 16 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at GANG GRENE-BAX 
while they watched GROGAR clobber SLAPSHOT.  He lost 6 points and got bruised from 
objects thrown from the stands.  Apparently ZORPUNT isn't filled with as many gutless 
wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded Duelmaster got 2 challenges this turn!  AUSSIE 
KILLERS' hatred of STAR DRECK surfaced again as STONEFISH challenged ZORPUNT's top 
dog.  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for AUSSIE KILLERS' outstanding member, 
Duelmaster STONEFISH.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about 
your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  The most avoided team 
was KRILL CAVALRY.  In my day, no team with a 483-489-13 would scare me off!  What's 
the problem, MONEY PIT?   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, 
places to go...   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  The 
end of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Time for my 
medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONEFISH 4489               27  16  0   123       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PINE LEAF 4580               20  21  0    94       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
-TENTACRUEL 4588              12   5  0    93       WATER DECK (459)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILL POOLE 4634              13   6  1    84       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 KING BROWN SNAKE 4635        10   8  0    72       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUBBA JONES 4621             14   9  0    63       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 TRINA LARK 4615              14  12  0    61       KRILL CAVALRY (403)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TIGER SHARK 4575              9  10  0    58       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OMASTAR 4665                  4   0  0    43       WATER DECK (459)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VAPOREON 4613                 3   3  0    31       WATER DECK (459)
 INNY MEANIE 4656              4   2  0    28       MONEY PIT (475)
 OPIUM 4682                    4   2  0    24       PSYCHO CANDY (479)
 SQUID VICIOUS 4689            3   3  0    24       PSYCHO CANDY (479)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MIKKI POOLE 4675              2   0  0    21       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
-TAIPAN 4667                   1   3  0    21       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
 ULTIMATE SIN 4659             4   2  0    18       MONEY PIT (475)
-DEATH ADDER 4582              2   6  0    16       AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
 GRAZL 4679                    1   0  0    16       GANG GRENE-BAX (478)
 GROGAR 4678                   1   0  0    12       GANG GRENE-BAX (478)
 GARGUS 4677                   1   0  0     9       GANG GRENE-BAX (478)
 GROX 4676                     1   0  0     9       GANG GRENE-BAX (478)
-CLOYSTER 4666                 0   1  0     7       WATER DECK (459)
 SLAPSHOT 4687                 1   2  0     5       PSYCHO CANDY (479)
 GIRK 4680                     0   1  0     1       GANG GRENE-BAX (478)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SNORG 4683             0  1 0 PSYCHO CANDY 479      WURM KIN 419          515 NONE    
OOG 4684               0  1 0 PSYCHO CANDY 479      BANDIT PRINCE 417     515 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bill Poole -- Glub!  Glub glub glub glub glub!  Glub glub glub glub glub glub glub!
--Tiger Shark (insulted)

Tiger Shark -- Glub! --Stonefish

Bill Poole -- Why, thank you!  Though it's a bit of an anomaly since snakes don't 
have lips (nor can they talk)... -- King Brown Snake

     And they don't have fingers, so how did you write this personal?

King Brown Snake -- Snake meat is actually quite tasty, you know.  I've eaten
rattlesnake; it tastes rather like, ahem, chicken. -- Pine Leaf

Tiger Shark -- You're going to have to put your back into it if you want to regain a 
winning record. -- Bill Poole

It's easy to beat an Ambitious Guard who's half-gone on an adventure.  Ha! -- Bubba 
Jones

Inny Meanie -- Ah.  Hidden tourney fights?  Or just really bad luck? -- Trina Lark

Why should this Embezzling Scribe person think that I'm a patsy?  I'm not.  Nor even 
a patricia. -- Mikki Poole

Lord Protector James T. Jerk -- Obviously, if you are going to baldly go where no man 
has gone before, you have no need of lands here in Zorpunt where there are men all 
over the place.  Have a good trip.  Write when you have time. -- Arenamaster Kai

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SNORG was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
OOG was dispatched by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
STONEFISH unbelievably bested JAMES T. JERK in a 3 minute Challenge Title match.
KING BROWN SNAKE was bested by BILL POOLE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
PINE LEAF overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TRINA LARK devastated OPIUM in a 3 minute bloody one-sided duel.
BUBBA JONES overpowered INNY MEANIE in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
ULTIMATE SIN was viciously subdued by SQUID VICIOUS in a 2 minute gruesome melee.
MIKKI POOLE vanquished GIRK in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SLAPSHOT lost to GROGAR in a 2 minute novice's duel.
GRAZL defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute beginner's match.
GARGUS defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's match.
GROX bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute amateur's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       6         AIMED BLOW        11 -   3 -  0      79  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 515 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        1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      STONEFISH 4489             27  16  0  123 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
SLASHING ATTACK  BILL POOLE 4634            13   6  1   84 KRILL CAVALRY (403)
LUNGING ATTACK   KING BROWN SNAKE 4635      10   8  0   72 AUSSIE KILLERS (455)
BASHING ATTACK   BUBBA JONES 4621           14   9  0   63 KRILL CAVALRY (403)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TRINA LARK 4615            14  12  0   61 KRILL CAVALRY (403)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PINE LEAF 4580.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TRINA LARK 4615.  The ten other most popular fighters were GROGAR 4678, GARGUS 
4677, STONEFISH 4489, BUBBA JONES 4621, SQUID VICIOUS 4689, GRAZL 4679, GROX 4676, 
BILL POOLE 4634, PINE LEAF 4580, and MIKKI POOLE 4675.

The least popular fighter this week was GIRK 4680.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were OOG 4684, SNORG 4683, SLAPSHOT 4687, ULTIMATE SIN 4659, INNY MEANIE 
4656, OPIUM 4682, KING BROWN SNAKE 4635, MIKKI POOLE 4675, PINE LEAF 4580, and BILL 
POOLE 4634.

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

JAMES T. JERK (24-4590) STAR DRECK (467)