DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/02/2012    Duedate: 01/14/2012

LYRATILAN ARENA

DM-25    TURN-672

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SHOULDA 8 STEAK
PARKING LOT 3 (506)
(25-5544) [11-9-1,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SHOULDA 8 STEAK                CANDYMAN
PARKING LOT 3 (506)            SAY MY NAME (510)
(25-5544) [11-9-1,106]         (25-5582) [6-2-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE COOK                       VOLDEMORT
GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)         SAY MY NAME (510)
(25-5514) [23-16-0,101]        (25-5579) [4-4-0,26]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAY MY NAME (510)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SAY MY NAME (510)           32
2. PARKING LOT 3 (506)         26      PARKING LOT 3 (506)
3. ANDROID DUNGEON 010 (509)    0      Unchartered Team
4. FUNKY FOLK (469)             0
5. THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)      -2      SAY MY NAME (510)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SAY MY NAME (510)         20  10  0 66.7   1/ 2*SAY MY NAME (510)         8  4 0
 2- 2 FUNKY FOLK (469)         223 181 26 55.2   2/ 1 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)    7  2 2
 3/ 3 PARKING LOT 3 (506)       11   9  1 55.0   3/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)    6  9 0
 4/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)   563 543 15 50.9   4- 4 FUNKY FOLK (469)          2  0 0
 5/ 5 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)   148 219  9 40.3   5- 5*ANDROID DUNGEON 01 (509)  2  6 0
 6- 6*ANDROID DUNGEON 01 (509)   2   6  0 25.0   6/ 6 PARKING LOT 3 (506)       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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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): NORM QUESHA of MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 688): ROSE ROOSTER of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 287): FANTASSIN of F WORDS (Centauri, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 672): BLOODY KINK of THE SAVAGE KINKS (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 675): VINEGAR of WRESTLING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 671): CONSERVATORY of GOTTA GET A CLUE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 668): BETTY FOURS of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 669): LOST IN PACE of PACE'S WILD (Pacemaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 633): LORIS DEANE of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 630): THE HAND OF DOG of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 621): MONSIGNOR MARK of FANIDLS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): ZOUM LA BOUSE of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 516): MISS PASSIN' of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): DIANGELIQUE of DARQUE FORCES V (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 573): DOMINION of ZOMBIE SQUAD III (Khisanth, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 688): COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 687): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 672): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 675): WRESTLING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 671): GOTTA GET A CLUE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 668): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 669): ALL JACKED UP (Pat Sajak, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 633): CAPTAIN PLANET (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 630): THE STORM FRONT (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 621): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 516): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): DARQUE FORCES V (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 573): SUPERIOR FORCES et al (Manager, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 688): ROSE ROOSTER of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
                   (turn 687): BLACK EYE of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
                               CANILIV CAT of FURRY FURY (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 674): DARRON POOLE of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 667): JELLIA BOONE of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): 451 DEGREES of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
                (turn 290): HOT STUFF of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 514): SLITHER of SERPENTS HOLD 113 (Khisanth, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in LYRATILAN this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as GOTTA GET A CLUE is pushed out of top team by SAY MY NAME, who came 
from 2nd with a 3-1-0 this turn.  And let's see, CANDYMAN fought AMBITIOUS GUARD and 
gained 18 points and contributed to SAY MY NAME's 3-1-0.  JOSH LITTLE has lost to 
BEETLEJUICE, falling 4 points, while helping make THE MIDDLE WAY 4 a 2-3-0 turn.  And 
all eyes were on SHOULDA 8 STEAK this turn as it ascended to the throne of 
Duelmaster.  LYRATILAN has a new victor!  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I 
saw last night, cramped under the table at The Piper's Rest?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  A brave warrior does not carry a 
red shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     I like this place, LYRATILAN, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet 
again, keep your swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in 
LYRATILAN again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHOULDA 8 STEAK 5544         11   9  1   106       PARKING LOT 3 (506)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ROBIN STORZ 5521             14   2  0   116       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 THE COOK 5514                23  16  0   101       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONSERVATORY 5552            15   4  1    81       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LORRIE DRIVER 5566            8   2  1    58       FUNKY FOLK (469)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VINA YANCY 5575               9   5  0    54       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-MARV ELLIS 5561               4   0  0    49       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 CANDYMAN 5582                 6   2  0    45       SAY MY NAME (510)
 BEETLEJUICE 5583              7   1  0    43       SAY MY NAME (510)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOSH LITTLE 5574              8   6  0    31       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 POISON 5562                   3   7  2    31       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
 BA'ALZAMON 5580               2   3  0    29       SAY MY NAME (510)
-DAN SINGH 5578                2   0  0    27       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 VOLDEMORT 5579                4   4  0    26       SAY MY NAME (510)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-COMIC BOOK GUY 5571           2   0  0    22       ANDROID DUNGEON 010 (509)
-BART ENDA 5585                2   2  0    19       FUNKY FOLK (469)
-SAURON 5581                   1   0  0    13       SAY MY NAME (510)
 MELONDIE PRINN 5586           1   6  0     9       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 HUBERT KOMBUN 5587            1   2  0     9       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CHESTER DALE 5584       3  6 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 464 POISON 5562           670   
ERNIE FRINK 5592        1  1 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 464 POISON 5562           672   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

If Phaidon Kansi, Honest Purveyor of Pre-Owned Weapons, is an Honest Merchant, then
I'm the Queen of the May or something. -- Vina Yancy
P.S.  Although I do appreciate the five skills.

Ba'alzamon -- What the heck?  Why was it so "unbelievable" that I defeated you?  I
thought it was the most natural thing in the world. -- Josh Little

Comic Book Guy -- I'm not laughing. -- Melondie Prinn

Voldemort -- Actually, that sounds like some kind of patented cheese mold. -- Hubert
Kombun

This is it?  I defeat a Trustworthy Scribe armed with a penknife, and now I'm a
gladiator? -- Ernie Frink

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CONSERVATORY was devastated by SHOULDA 8 STEAK in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
THE COOK vanquished VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven battle.
VINA YANCY subdued BA'ALZAMON in a crowd pleasing 1 minute expert vs. amateur fight.
BEETLEJUICE savagely defeated JOSH LITTLE in a 5 minute brutal fight.
CANDYMAN devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven brawl.
POISON executed ERNIE FRINK in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
VOLDEMORT slimly won victory over MELONDIE PRINN in a action packed 2 minute melee.
HUBERT KOMBUN won victory over FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   1 -  0      88  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  10 -  0      66  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -   4 -  0      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -  16 -  1      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW        16 -  18 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   7 -  2      30  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   4 -  0      20  |

Turn 672 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     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SHOULDA 8 STEAK 5544       11   9  1  106 PARKING LOT 3 (506)
SLASHING ATTACK  THE COOK 5514              23  16  0  101 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
STRIKING ATTACK  CONSERVATORY 5552          15   4  1   81 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
PARRY-LUNGE      BEETLEJUICE 5583            7   1  0   43 SAY MY NAME (510)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE COOK 5514.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was VOLDEMORT 5579.  The ten other most popular fighters were BEETLEJUICE 5583, 
CANDYMAN 5582, VINA YANCY 5575, SHOULDA 8 STEAK 5544, THE COOK 5514, POISON 5562, 
MELONDIE PRINN 5586, HUBERT KOMBUN 5587, BA'ALZAMON 5580, and CONSERVATORY 5552.

The least popular fighter this week was JOSH LITTLE 5574.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ERNIE FRINK 5592, CONSERVATORY 5552, BA'ALZAMON 5580, HUBERT 
KOMBUN 5587, MELONDIE PRINN 5586, POISON 5562, THE COOK 5514, SHOULDA 8 STEAK 5544, 
VINA YANCY 5575, and CANDYMAN 5582.

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

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

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

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

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

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

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