DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/05/2005    Duedate: 01/18/2005

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-492

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LEXINGTON
DARK GLORY (395)
(29-4580) [9-1-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LEXINGTON                      FIGHTING COCK
DARK GLORY (395)               ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
(29-4580) [9-1-0,118]          (29-4514) [7-2-0,61]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LUCIUS                         LUCY
EQUESTORS (158)                CROC FILES (374)
(29-4406) [27-23-3,115]        (29-4588) [5-6-0,29]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

EQUESTORS (158)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ANGRY ANIMALS (390)         40
2. EQUESTORS (158)             28      DARK GLORY (395)
3. CROC FILES (374)            23      Unchartered Team
4. DARK GLORY (395)            12
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)         9      ANGRY ANIMALS (390)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK GLORY (395)          16   3  0 84.2   1/ 1 EQUESTORS (158)           9  6 1
 2/ 2*ANGRY ANIMALS (390)       18  11  1 62.1   2/ 3*ANGRY ANIMALS (390)       8  6 1
 3- 3 DEATH THREAT (376)       103  83 14 55.4   3/ 6 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      6  6 0
 4/ 4 CROC FILES (374)         203 179 14 53.1   4/ 4 DARK GLORY (395)          5  1 0
 5/ 5 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      266 261 20 50.5   5- 5 DEATH THREAT (376)        4  2 0
 6/ 6 EQUESTORS (158)          527 557 42 48.6   6/ 7 CROC FILES (374)          4 11 0
 7/ 7 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     209 286  7 42.2   7/ 2 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       3  3 0
 8- 9*GET FUZZY (380)            0   2  0  0.0   8- 9*GET FUZZY (380)           0  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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 506): T. ZER of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 506): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 500): BATTERY of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 502): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 500): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 499): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 249): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 491): LEXINGTON of DARK GLORY (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): CHERRY 2000 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 488): MAY FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 486): CATLOW of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 479): DARLING NIKKI of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 442): RIBSPLITTER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 224): BOMBSHELL of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 219): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 205): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 367): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 346): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 154): BLUE BLOOD of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 392): FUNNY BUNNY of RHYME TYME from KHALANI (Emerald Orbs)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM  9 ZUKAL (turn 506): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 506): EXTREME (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 500): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 502): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 500): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 499): DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 249): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 491): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 488): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 486): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 479): BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 442): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 224): NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 219): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 205): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 367): PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 346): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 154): ODIN'S CHOSEN (Staghorn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 392): LEGION OF DUMB (?, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 505): BRIARTHORN of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 498): CALLISTA of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 249): RHINOVIRUS of BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
              (turn 248): PEG-LEG BOUCHARD of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          SCUM REAVER of THE RED REAVERS (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): CHERRY 2000 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 442): RIBSPLITTER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 223): THE SMELL OF IT of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 218): ACE BAILEY of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 366): DEADFALL of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 153): MANNAZ THORSSON of ODIN'S CHOSEN (Staghorn, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
LAPUR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  If this keeps up, BLACK SAMURAI, 
you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 5 in the rankings?  
CARDOW HUNTERS turned their 3-1-0 turn into a 3rd place rank in the listings this 
turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Of course, we're all 
terribly impressed to see CASSIE win a fight and gain 22 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
CASSIE beat STONETOOTH and STONETOOTH lost 20 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And 
if variety is the spice of life, LAPUR may be getting bland, as LEXINGTON stays top 
dog in the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  
You want to know what's new, don't you, LAPUR?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  EQUESTORS, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were 
this turn's most avoided team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And who 
led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was 
BLACK SAMURAI.  Ha ha ha ha!  BLACK TIGER was challenged more times this turn than 
the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  I suspect either a 21 
will or a 21 ego on this one, but NASHVILLE has challenged up by 29 in an attempt 
against BLACK TIGER.  And, oof!  NASHVILLE saw stars around its helmet, after losing 
the fight, and disappointing the crowds, I might add.  I guess I can give a little 
credit to STUBBORN ASS of ANGRY ANIMALS for challenging up by 24 to CHARLIE.  
STUBBORN ASS won to get 47 points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for LAPUR's 
morgue.  More variety.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  Paste 
this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEXINGTON 4580                9   1  0   118       DARK GLORY (395)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUCIUS 4406                  27  23  3   115       EQUESTORS (158)
-ENOSHIMA 4349                29  10  0    97       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MACHIGAI 4506                15   3  0    83       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 DOMITIAN 4594                 8   2  1    82       EQUESTORS (158)
 BLACK TIGER 4436             13  28  0    70       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FIGHTING COCK 4514            7   2  0    61       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 CASSIE 4574                   9   5  0    60       CROC FILES (374)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUBBORN ASS 4517             5   3  0    47       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 KOJIRO 4456                   8   6  1    44       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 STONETOOTH 4560              10   9  0    39       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 CHARLIE 4555                  8  12  0    36       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NASHVILLE 4577                4   1  0    33       DARK GLORY (395)
-EBOLA 4581                    4   0  0    31       DEATH THREAT (376)
-PINK EYE 4575                 2   2  0    30       DEATH THREAT (376)
 LUCY 4588                     5   6  0    29       CROC FILES (374)
 WALKS SOFTLY 4568             3  12  0    25       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 QUICK STINGER 4600            2   4  0    25       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TETRICUS 4601                 4   1  1    24       EQUESTORS (158)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LOUISVILLE 4579               3   1  0    23       DARK GLORY (395)
 BITTER BEETLE 4611            2   0  0    22       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 GALLIENUS 4607                2   1  0    21       EQUESTORS (158)
 BARNEY 4582                   4   8  0    20       CROC FILES (374)
-BUCKY 4412                    0   1  0    19       GET FUZZY (380)
 JUNIBAN 4599                  5   2  0    17       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 MARIUS 4602                   3   1  0    10       EQUESTORS (158)
-ROBBO 4415                    0   1  0     5       GET FUZZY (380)
 MURRY 4608                    0   2  0     2       CROC FILES (374)
 TESTY TITMOUSE 4610           0   1  0     1       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CROTCHETY CARIBO 4609  1  1 1 ANGRY ANIMALS 390     SHEWISH GIANT 386     492 NONE    
AMIE 4564              8  7 0 CROC FILES 374        LUCIUS 4406           490         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Fighting Cock -- What you need is a fighting hen for company.  Of course, you being a
capon, there wouldn't be a lot you could DO with a hen. -- Black Tiger
P.S.  Too bad you can't teach.

Stubborn Ass -- Ah, gave up managing to show that YOU knew how it should be done, eh?
Go for it.  I know better than to stand in the way of a Stubborn Ass. -- Quick
Stinger

Cassie -- We've been meaning to ask, since it's something that doesn't really show
either way on the sands:  Are you Crocs cold-blooded, in the sense of being exo-
thermic? -- Stonetooth

Ebola -- Urg. -- Walks Softly (and teaches very well)

T Hawk -- Would you believe...I'm stacked up getting ready for the Face to Face, and
that's why there's no episode? -- the Scribe

8 December 2004
Battle Royal 4
     The Battle Royal arena contests are one of the purest tests of manager skill
available. The rules are simple.  The scoring is simple.  The updates are live.  If
you would like to participate, simply get a team ready in Talcama in the next month
and announce in the personals that you're in.  The prize is bragging rights and
having your name along side previous winners (Doc Steele, Manray Frothingslosh, and
Manager).  It is a brutal contest, but it is a lot of fun!
     Basic rules:  No avoiding other contest teams.  Score = Wins + Kills - Losses.
Only fights against other BR teams count.  First team to 25 wins!
     BR4 begins in Talcama (DM 18) on turn 502, due on Jan 29, 2005.
     Visit http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4 for more information.

8 December 2004
TURF WAR IV -- GRAND CONTEST NOTICE!
     The Turf War IV Grand Contest will commence on Turn 221 (approx. February 22,
2005).  For those who have never participated, Turf Wars are alliance-type contest
and Winner-Takes-All.  There are no 2nd place winners!
     Everyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created to compete in the Turf War!  However, to participate, each alliance must:
     A.  Announce the alliance name and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
         (DM #47) newsletter.
Captains are responsible for:
     A.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their alliance;
     B.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the TW4.
Managers must:
     A.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-up Gift Certificate to participate;
     B.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name and alliance
         in which they will be fighting under, in the DM #47 North Fork newsletter.
Rules:
1.  No scoring will begin until an RSI Roll-up Gift Certificate is received.  No
    exceptions will be made.
2.  Before a manager can compete, he must be acknowledged and verified by the Captain
    of the alliance he has claimed for;
    A.  The following turn, points will begin to be awarded or subtracted;
3.  Only one (1) team per manager may compete.  No multiple aliases please (we'll be
    checking this and if caught...you'll be disqualified and no refund);
4.  The contest will end on Turn 233 (12 turns!).  Winners will be announced on Turn
    234 and prizes sent to winning alliance between Turn 233 and 234.
5.  No declarations will be acknowledged after Turn 231.
6.  For the purpose of scoring, I reserve the right to make all final decisions.
Scoring:         Win    Lose     Kill     Die
Challenge         +2     -2       +5       -5
Match-up          +1     -1       +1       -5
Bloodfeud         +2     -5       +5       -10
Champion          x2     x2       x2       x2
Downchallenge     +2     -5       +2       -10
Dark Arena       +10     -5       xx       xx
Special Scoring:
     A.  Each mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points;
     B.  Each Style Master is worth 5 points;
Champions:
     A.  Champions may be declared, but are not mandatory.  If declared, they must be
         in the Adepts or lower brackets.
Bloodfeuds:
     A.  Bloodfeuds will count for all four turns.  However, the same warrior may not
         bloodfeud all four turns.  A penalty of -10 will be given to the team who
         violates this rule.
Special Conditions:
     A.  I reserve the right for all final decisions.
     B.  If I make a mistake, I'll multiply the points by 2;
     C.  If you claim I did, and *YOU* are wrong; I'll subtract points at the rate of
         x10!
     D.  Each alliance begins with zero (0) points.
     E.  Dark Arena may be used on the first turn of every warrior with no penalty.
     F.  T.V.'s won after contest begins gain a Triple rate of scoring.
     G.  T.C.'s won after the contest begins gain a multiple of 10 scoring.
     H.  No switching alliances once verified by an alliance.
     Any questions or concerns may be addressed (if you're incarcerated) to:
Baphomet, mgr. Knights Templar (268), DM #47 -- North Fork.
     If you're in the free world:  Rick Strigner  Merit East
                                   SCI  P.O. Box 500
                                   Georgetown, DE  19947-0500
P.S.  Prizes are:
     A.  100% of the roll-up certs
     B.  Currently under negotiations with R.S.I. for other prizes
     C.  A special prize from me that I will discuss with the Captain of the winning
         alliance.

15 December 2004
The Company of Brothers Alliance would like to welcome Azereth as our newest member.
We are sure he will be an asset to both our alliance and the dueling community! --
Baphomet, Co-Founder T.C.B.

24 December 2004
Due to requests, the Turf War IV will be postponed until turn 225 (approx May/June
2005).  Sorry about the inconvenience. -- Baphomet, host of TW 4

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CROTCHETY CARIBOU was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CASSIE demolished STONETOOTH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
NASHVILLE was overpowered by BLACK TIGER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
STUBBORN ASS overpowered CHARLIE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LUCY viciously subdued JUNIBAN in a action packed 8 minute gory Challenge brawl.
MURRY was devastated by BITTER BEETLE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LEXINGTON handily defeated LUCIUS in a action packed 1 minute uneven Title fight.
DOMITIAN vanquished VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
KOJIRO was viciously subdued by FIGHTING COCK in a popular 3 minute gory duel.
QUICK STINGER overpowered MARIUS in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
BARNEY was luckily beaten by WALKS SOFTLY in a 2 minute brutal match.
TETRICUS devastated TESTY TITMOUSE in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
GALLIENUS demolished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         BASHING ATTACK    23 -   9 -  3      72  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         TOTAL PARRY       14 -   8 -  0      64  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  22 -  2      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  16 -  0      27  |

Turn 492 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   LEXINGTON 4580              9   1  0  118 DARK GLORY (395)
BASHING ATTACK   DOMITIAN 4594               8   2  1   82 EQUESTORS (158)
PARRY-LUNGE      FIGHTING COCK 4514          7   2  0   61 ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LUCIUS 4406.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
LUCY 4588.  The ten other most popular fighters were KOJIRO 4456, FIGHTING COCK 4514, 
LEXINGTON 4580, NASHVILLE 4577, BLACK TIGER 4436, STUBBORN ASS 4517, DOMITIAN 4594, 
BARNEY 4582, TETRICUS 4601, and CROTCHETY CARIBOU 4609.

The least popular fighter this week was JUNIBAN 4599.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TESTY TITMOUSE 4610, CHARLIE 4555, STONETOOTH 4560, MARIUS 4602, LUCIUS 
4406, MURRY 4608, GALLIENUS 4607, WALKS SOFTLY 4568, QUICK STINGER 4600, and BITTER 
BEETLE 4611.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

LUCIUS (29-4406) EQUESTORS (158)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 11 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                        EEK THE CAT (2-4110) of THE FUNNY FARM 
                             HADES (11-5338) of MYTHICAL 
                    DRAUGHT DODGER (12-5209) of WISH YOU WERE BEER 
                      DRACO MALFOY (18-7115) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN 
                           FREAK (18-7300) of RUN AND HYDE 
                   BETWEEN THE EYES (60-716) of METAL MILITIA II 6
                  SHOVELING SANDY (65-3584) of STORMNITE SANDBAGGER 
                         BLUE BLOOD (73-3657) of BLACK & BLUE 
                          JOCK (82-10452) of 4-LETTER ITCHES 
                       WILLIE BROWN (82-13201) of 1976 RAIDERS 
                          YUENGLING (82-16265) of LOCAL BEER 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes