DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/28/2005    Duedate: 10/11/2005

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-511

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TETRICUS
EQUESTORS (158)
(29-4601) [18-6-1,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TETRICUS                       YEAR OF THE CAT
EQUESTORS (158)                ARENA FELINES (399)
(29-4601) [18-6-1,104]         (29-4624) [2-0-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUICK STINGER                  MURRY
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CROC FILES (374)
(29-4600) [12-13-0,56]         (29-4638) [8-8-0,65]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

EQUESTORS (158)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            58
2. EQUESTORS (158)             24      CROC FILES (374)
3. ARENA FELINES (399)          5      Unchartered Team
4. DARK GLORY (395)             0
5. ECHL-EAST (313)              0      ARENA FELINES (399)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 DARK GLORY (395)          20   7  0 74.1   1/ 1 EQUESTORS (158)           9  6 1
 2- 3 RAGE OF ANGELS (361)      35  13  1 72.9   2/ 4 CROC FILES (374)          6  5 0
 3/ 1*ARENA FELINES (399)        3   2  0 60.0   3/ 2 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      5 10 0
 4/ 4 CROC FILES (374)         241 232 14 51.0   4/ 3*ARENA FELINES (399)       3  2 0
 5/ 5 EQUESTORS (158)          584 592 44 49.7   5- 5 ECHL-EAST (313)           1  0 0
 6- 6 ECHL-EAST (313)           12  15  0 44.4   6- 6*CELESTIAL WARDENS (389)   1  0 0
 7/ 7 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     249 341  7 42.2   7- 7 DARK GLORY (395)          1  1 0
 8- 8*CELESTIAL WARDENS (389)    1   2  0 33.3   8- 8 RAGE OF ANGELS (361)      0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLD FILLING of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HI-JINX of PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 524): ANARCHY of CASTLE (Citizen Kane, public relations)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 517): DARK MAGICIAN of LET'S DUEL! (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                   (turn 227): GREGOLA of LIFE'S LESSONS (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 213): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
                (turn 385): KID QUICK of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
               (turn 364): AFFLICTED of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail LAPUR!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  And let's see, MURRY fought WALKS SOFTLY and gained 13 points and contributed 
to CROC FILES' 4-1-0.  WALKS SOFTLY has lost to MURRY, falling 12 points, while 
helping make CARDOW HUNTERS a 2-3-0 turn.  Defending his title for another turn, 
TETRICUS kept CROC FILES' warrior, CHARLIE, from claiming the throne.  Tell me, is 
nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Burning Tree uses 
trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  Well, sports fans, take notice that 
STONETOOTH from CARDOW HUNTERS was LAPUR's most challenged warrior this turn.  In a 
fit of brilliance or of stupidity (hard to say sometimes), WENDY challenged 
STONETOOTH today, facing a 30 difference in recognition.  And now nobody knows where 
STONETOOTH is right now, after giving WENDY 27 points worth of recognition.  As quiet 
chuckles rise behind me.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  Is it really true that LAPUR has more dishwashers per capita that fighters? 
Just thought I'd ask...   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  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 LAPUR again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TETRICUS 4601                18   6  1   104       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WENDY 4657                    9   5  0    97       CROC FILES (374)
 MARIUS 4602                  17   6  0    92       EQUESTORS (158)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LEXINGTON 4580               11   2  0    83       DARK GLORY (395)
 STONETOOTH 4560              19  19  0    76       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-FURY 3872                     8   3  0    75       ECHL-EAST (313)
 CHARLIE 4555                 14  25  0    72       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MURRY 4638                    8   8  0    65       CROC FILES (374)
-NASHVILLE 4577                6   3  0    60       DARK GLORY (395)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICK STINGER 4600           12  13  0    56       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 WALKS SOFTLY 4568             8  26  0    54       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 GALLIENUS 4607               12  10  1    51       EQUESTORS (158)
 AUREOLUS 4631                 9   8  0    41       EQUESTORS (158)
 MOLLY 4645                    6   9  0    40       CROC FILES (374)
 MAD DOG 4625                  7  11  0    39       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ORATHAI 4598                  2   1  0    33       ECHL-EAST (313)
-LOUISVILLE 4579               3   2  0    29       DARK GLORY (395)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YEAR OF THE CAT 4624          2   0  0    24       ARENA FELINES (399)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-REVENGE 4204                  1   0  0    21       RAGE OF ANGELS (361)
 MIGHTY MOUSER 4621            1   1  0    20       ARENA FELINES (399)
 POSTUMUS 4684                 3   1  1    17       EQUESTORS (158)
-YAHEL 4501                    1   1  0    16       CELESTIAL WARDENS (389)
 ACCO 4691                     1   0  0     6       CROC FILES (374)
-RETRIBUTION 4206              1   2  0     5       RAGE OF ANGELS (361)
 ALKAROM 4685                  1   2  0     5       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 KID BOBCAT 4622               0   1  0     1       ARENA FELINES (399)
-ZARACHIEL 4500                0   1  0     1       CELESTIAL WARDENS (389)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ACCO 4680              2  5 0 CROC FILES 374        POSTUMUS 4684         509         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mad Dog -- Furry?  FURRY?! -- Murry

Mad Dog -- When I'm through with you, you'll be sane! -- Molly

Lexington -- Ah...yes.  Of course.  I knew I was going to win that.  (pause to scan
the fight report)  Shierah!  A winning record!  What have I done wrong? -- Stonetooth

Nashville -- Ah, well, the music was good. -- Quick Stinger

Marius -- Would it help if I STOMPED? -- Walks Softly

Orathai -- (impressed)  You really ARE a hairy little thing, aren't you? -- Mad Dog

Year of the Cat -- What a thought! -- Alkarom

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

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WENDY devastated STONETOOTH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
MURRY won victory over WALKS SOFTLY in a action packed 1 minute Challenge battle.
MOLLY subdued AUREOLUS in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
MIGHTY MOUSER was devastated by MAD DOG in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
TETRICUS overpowered CHARLIE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Title match.
MARIUS overpowered VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
GALLIENUS was bested by QUICK STINGER in a 1 minute veteran's competition.
YEAR OF THE CAT vanquished ALKAROM in a 1 minute uneven duel.
POSTUMUS overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven duel.
KID BOBCAT was defeated by ACCO in a action packed 1 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  13 -  0      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  18 -  0      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  14 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   9 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   9 -  0      31  |

Turn 511 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   TETRICUS 4601              18   6  1  104 EQUESTORS (158)
STRIKING ATTACK  WENDY 4657                  9   5  0   97 CROC FILES (374)
WALL OF STEEL    MARIUS 4602                17   6  0   92 EQUESTORS (158)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is QUICK STINGER 4600.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MURRY 4638.  The ten other most popular fighters were TETRICUS 4601, QUICK 
STINGER 4600, ACCO 4691, WENDY 4657, AUREOLUS 4631, MAD DOG 4625, KID BOBCAT 4622, 
MOLLY 4645, MARIUS 4602, and YEAR OF THE CAT 4624.

The least popular fighter this week was ALKAROM 4685.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MIGHTY MOUSER 4621, STONETOOTH 4560, POSTUMUS 4684, GALLIENUS 4607, 
CHARLIE 4555, WALKS SOFTLY 4568, YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, MARIUS 4602, MOLLY 4645, and 
KID BOBCAT 4622.