DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/31/2008    Duedate: 01/13/2009

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-596

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RED BULL
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-5062) [20-9-0,155]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RED BULL                       IRE MACLEER
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CLAN CROW (456)
(29-5062) [20-9-0,155]         (29-5310) [1-0-0,13]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WEIPA                          RED BULL
CROC FILES (374)               CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-4793) [17-32-2,91]         (29-5062) [20-9-0,155]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MID EARTH (223)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STREET WALKERS (97)         37
2. BOHICA (449)                35      BOHICA (449)
3. X-MEN (78)                  27      Unchartered Team
4. MID EARTH (223)             25
5. VENUSIANS (321)             24      CLAN CROW (456)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 BOHICA (449)              32  16  0 66.7   1/ 1 MID EARTH (223)          11  4 1
 2- 2 BLUNT FORCE (393)         18   9  2 66.7   2/13 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 0
 3/ 4 METAL MINCERS (256)      550 366 12 60.0   3/ 9 VENUSIANS (321)           8  6 0
 4/ 5 STREET WALKERS (97)      524 352 43 59.8   4/ 4 METAL MINCERS (256)       7  5 0
 5/ 6 MID EARTH (223)          437 388 18 53.0   5/15 STREET WALKERS (97)       6  3 0
 6- 7 ESCAPADE (417)           140 128 10 52.2   6/ 5 BOHICA (449)              6  3 0
 7- 8*2008 (450)                14  14  1 50.0   7/10 X-MEN (78)                6  8 1
 8/11 CROC FILES (374)         411 433 28 48.7   8/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      6  9 0
 9/10 EQUESTORS (158)          707 753 51 48.4   9- 7 BLUNT FORCE (393)         5  2 1
10/12 VENUSIANS (321)          275 301 15 47.7  10- 8*2008 (450)                5  3 0
11/13 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    301 356 21 45.8  11/11*CLAN CROW (456)           5  9 0
12/14 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     457 541 10 45.8  12/ 2 EQUESTORS (158)           5 10 0
13/15 X-MEN (78)                47  57  9 45.2  13/ 6 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     4 10 0
14/16*CLAN CROW (456)            5   9  0 35.7  14-12 ESCAPADE (417)            1  4 1
15/17*APPLICANTS 2 (457)         2   6  0 25.0  15/16*APPLICANTS 2 (457)        1  5 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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Announcing the Annual Lapurian Awards for the year of 2008.

The categories are:

Best Duelmaster
Worst Duelmaster
Favorite Manager or Team
Most Disliked Manager or Team
Most Avoided Team
Most Challenged Team
Best Team Name
Worst Team Name
Best Warrior Name
Worst Warrior Name
Best Personals Writer
Best Spotlight Writer
The Marcus Award (The old fart warrior everyone wants or wanted outta here)
Ahringol's Apprentice Award (Deadliest Warrior or Team, either for killing or having
     warriors killed)
Style Masters (Top Warrior of each Style AB/BA/PL/PR/PS/LU/SL/ST/TP/WS)
The Bonnie Award (Choose from your selected Style Masters for the best overall
     warrior)

Any Manager/Team or warrior that fought at least one turn during 2008 (Turns 570-596)
is eligible to vote or receive a vote.  If you don't have all of this past year's
newsletters, check the old newsletter archives online at the Duel2 website.

Please post your votes in the Newsletter as a Team Spotlight on turns 597-600 and
please make sure to included your Team Name at the top of spotlight, so I know who is
submitting their votes.  I will post the results on turn 601.

Visionist, Manager Mid Earth Guild

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 608): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 610): CAELUM of FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 604): BOSS of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 606): BUDOKUMO of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 604): THE RED BARON of DEATH INCARNATE (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 602): ANTONIUS of IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): VELVET FINISH of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 592): EASTER GUARDIAN of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 590): THE CYCLOPS of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 581): PATRICE of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): BOLI of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 271): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 471): TWIG LITE ZONE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 458): ENIGMA XXV of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 434): ROPE MAN of MIGHTY HEROES (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): POP KHAN of MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 402): DOLBY KLEE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 380): SHANA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 496): GOLEM of THE PHILANTROPHISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 607): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 610): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 604): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 606): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 604): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 602): IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): THE ANIMALS (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 592): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 590): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 581): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): IRE OF BROGUE (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 271): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 471): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 458): DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 464): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 402): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 380): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 496): TRECK PEOPLE et al (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 610): CAELUM of FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 604): BOSS of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
                            THULE of DARK CREATIONS (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
                (turn 603): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
                          CHROME CRIMPER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 592): LUCRETIUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
              (turn 591): WAR EAGLE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
                          MYSTIC MIRAGE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 581): PATRICE of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 580): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
                           BRENNA of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): SELINSIA of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): AUNTY ENTITY of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 271): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             MAGIC WAND of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                             BOQ of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 471): TWIG LITE ZONE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 434): MERRO DOSH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
                            HAWTHORN of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Platinum Peener, who had far too much ale celebrating the DM Title and Lord
protectorship has asked the manager to write the column for him.  Since the old goat
can hardly write or speak legibly, the task has fallen to me, Ora.  Doesn't it
always?
     It is traditional for Consortium Teams that upon graduation, the information
concerning the grad is posted.  I am pleased to have to publish stats and figures for
two.

     Platinum Peener
     13-9-11-13-17-10-11 LU mode
     19-10-1 and no tournaments
     adexes in init, rip, defense and only expect in attack
     12-52-2 with SS and 7-16-2 with LO
     learned mostly defense
     skill learn rate 1.50
     guesses at faves - LO, high/mod, defense learn, attack tactic

     Chrome Crimper
     13(+2)-20(+2)-11-7(+2)-17(+2)-10(+1)-17(+2) mode TP
     32-15-0 and no tournaments
     no adexes
     1-26-1 with 7 diff weapons (one crit with LG)
     learned mostly defense
     skill learn rate 0.95 (including learning FIVE in one fight)
     guesses at faves - SH (never used) and low/very low, defense learn, no tactic

     Well, there you have them.  May the best warrior next be Duelmaster of the great
Lapur.
     Happy Holidays one and all.
                  Ora (for Platinum Peener)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly LAPUR games.  The proverbial rising comet can only 
hope to compare with CROC FILES' team record!  A 5-0-0 week and now a firm grasp on a 
2nd place ranking.  My praise to VENUSIANS for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  
Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of notice!  STARRY NITE caught the 
eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested CLOUDSHADOW and 
was awarded 21 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, 
SCRUFFY PUFF put down COPPER COMPACTER, causing it to lose 17 points of recognition 
in the process.  Unwilling to wait upon the will of others, Duelmaster PLATINUM 
PEENER challenged CELADUS last week in a match to decide the fate of the throne.  Not 
for nothing has PLATINUM PEENER in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, 
and this week it's proven its combat skill yet again.  Informants "close" to the city 
champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  
Watch out!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city LAPUR.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  STREET WALKERS is feared.  This much I can say.  Methinks 
more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part of last 
week avoiding STREET WALKERS.  Indeed it was METAL MINCERS.  Loose talk at the arena 
has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after 
GLURB.  Watch your back!  At the gambling halls I have started to bet money on CHROME 
CRIMPER.  He has got the courage it takes.  Witness his challenge this turn against 
RED BULL!  Truth to tell, CHROME CRIMPER did not come out of the fight a winner, but 
he managed to capture much attention, gaining 1 in recognition.  I can not but 
mention with disdain the name of DEATHWIND FORGE who this week posted a challenge to 
a warrior a full 15 points below in the rankings.  I thought DEATHWIND FORGE showed 
great skill and promise when he was bested by MORDUH.  All right, so I slept through 
it!  Big deal!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way 
he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!  
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in LAPUR.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of 
a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is 
mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RED BULL 5062                20   9  0   155       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HYDROPONICUS 4605             7   1  0   110       BLUNT FORCE (393)
 FHRAIN 5124                  13   6  2    99       MID EARTH (223)
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984         18  16  4    97       STREET WALKERS (97)
 CELADUS 4948                 22  17  2    95       EQUESTORS (158)
 CALLISTO 5036                17  16  2    92       VENUSIANS (321)
 WEIPA 4793                   17  32  2    91       CROC FILES (374)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HOOTCHY COOCHER 5119         14   7  1    90       ESCAPADE (417)
 SCRUFFY PUFF 5207             8   3  0    86       BOHICA (449)
 DAISY CHAINS 5096            12  11  0    84       STREET WALKERS (97)
-BONZO 5132                    9   9  2    81       ESCAPADE (417)
 COLOSSUS 556                 14  16  4    74       X-MEN (78)
 LITERNIUS 5049               15  17  1    73       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COPPER COMPACTER 5092        11   8  0    65       METAL MINCERS (256)
 CUDDLE ME TENDER 5205         9   2  0    65       BOHICA (449)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         7   2  1    65       METAL MINCERS (256)
 STORM 553                    16  13  3    64       X-MEN (78)
-NEEDS SALT 5206               6   0  0    64       BOHICA (449)
 GLAUCO 5102                  13  12  1    61       EQUESTORS (158)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054              11  19  1    57       FORCE OF NATURE (312)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HORN ROCK 5113               10  14  0    56       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ATRIA 5101                   12  13  1    54       VENUSIANS (321)
 MAD DOG 5125                 12  10  0    54       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 STARRY NITE 5186              9   6  0    54       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-RED HOT CHILI 5202            5   2  0    50       BOHICA (449)
 ILLYRIA 5149                 11   8  0    44       VENUSIANS (321)
 CLOUDSHADOW 5154             12   7  0    43       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-CRABBY ABBIE 5252             5   1  1    41       ESCAPADE (417)
 LUHAR 5244                    6   3  1    39       MID EARTH (223)
-THE IRON LUNG 4667            3   0  0    39       BLUNT FORCE (393)
 OCCY 5160                     9   9  0    38       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BISHOP 5300                   2   1  1    30       X-MEN (78)
 NORMAN 5208                   7   6  0    29       CROC FILES (374)
 GILAN 5242                    6   3  1    27       MID EARTH (223)
 FELICIA 1693                  5   1  1    27       STREET WALKERS (97)
-CYBORG 420 4547               3   0  1    27       BLUNT FORCE (393)
 DARK UNCLE 2168               2   5  0    27       X-MEN (78)
 DANG IT DEBBIE 5217           6   3  0    24       STREET WALKERS (97)
 ICE SHARD 5191                5   9  0    24       FORCE OF NATURE (312)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VINDOCOMUS 5251               4   4  0    23       EQUESTORS (158)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER SAW 5287               2   2  0    20       METAL MINCERS (256)
-LEAP YEAR 5299                2   0  0    20       2008 (450)
-DR. STRANGELEAF 4659          3   2  0    19       BLUNT FORCE (393)
 ENCOLPIUS 5268                4   2  0    17       EQUESTORS (158)
 MORDUH 5303                   1   1  0    16       MID EARTH (223)
 LUCY 5253                     3   5  0    15       CROC FILES (374)
-DECEMBER 5307                 1   0  0    15       2008 (450)
 NAILIN' PALIN 5302            1   1  0    15       STREET WALKERS (97)
 MEAT POPSICLE 5309            1   1  0    14       BOHICA (449)
 IRE MACLEER 5310              1   0  0    13       CLAN CROW (456)
-JANUARY 5305                  1   0  0    10       2008 (450)
 DIGGER 5278                   2   1  0     9       CROC FILES (374)
 STACY GOO 5297                2   2  0     8       APPLICANTS 2 (457)
 LUCKY EIREANN 5285            1   2  0     8       CLAN CROW (456)
 DEATHWIND FORGE 5283          2   1  0     7       CLAN CROW (456)
 HARRY CANE 5267               1   4  0     7       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 SOLAR RADIATION 5308          1   1  0     7       VENUSIANS (321)
 ALHENA 5291                   1   3  0     6       VENUSIANS (321)
 FIREBOW 5279                  0   6  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-SEPTEMBER 5306                1   0  0     5       2008 (450)
-THE CRUNCHER 5290             1   1  0     4       ESCAPADE (417)
-MONTEREY 5289                 1   1  0     4       ESCAPADE (417)
 GLURB 5304                    1   1  0     4       MID EARTH (223)
 PURPLE TAO 5294               0   4  0     4       APPLICANTS 2 (457)
 SMACK O'MALLEY 5282           0   2  0     4       CLAN CROW (456)
 BRAN MCRAVEN 5311             0   1  0     1       CLAN CROW (456)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
GOT MILK 5203           3  8 0 BOHICA 449           CRABBY ABBIE 5252     594   
AISLING OF SLEIG 5284   1  1 0 CLAN CROW 456        GILAN 5242            595   
LOU NER-ECLIPSE 5292    2  1 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  BISHOP 5300           595   
SOL ERECLIPS 5266       0  1 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  LUHAR 5244            592  NOT REVENGED
NILITH 5243             2  5 0 MID EARTH 223        CYBORG 420 4547       594   
ROUGE 2549              0  5 0 X-MEN 78             DARK CHAMPION         596  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Me old borg-mates all bea goin'.  Outta here!  Blimey sad.  Aye. -- Oremaster

A salute to our own Platinum Peener and Chrome Crimper who are going to the big time
and immediately retiring.  They both said they have already fought a lifetime of
fights! -- Ora

2008 -- Those are such pretty names.  Now where did you find them?  (wink) -- Ora of
Metal Mincers
P.S.  Nice point turn.  Way to go!

A salute to all the managing-newcomers to Lapur.  We are glad you brought your
warriors here.  If we can help in any way, please ask.  (wfms101@aol.com)  May your
stay be long and prosperous. -- Ora, Oremaster, and all The Consortium managers

Celadus -- Ya got another in ya?  I don't wanna let that Red Bull work me over on my
way out. -- Duelmaster Platinum Peener

Red Bull -- Very well done.  Nice fight!  You, Sir, are a warrior. -- Chrome Crimper
(The Metal Mincer take-one-for-the-team-borg.)

Liternius -- It is always a lucky day when I win. -- Copper Compacter

Purple Tao -- Well, one of us was assured our first win, and I was the one who got
the roll of the die.  May we both go on to bigger and better things. -- Silver Saw

The complexion of things has changed for The Metal Mincers.  As recently as three
turns ago, we had three warriors at "the very top" and two nearing.  On top of the
world in Lapur.  Shortly, the three will be gone to graduation, and we will be
virtually starting all over again with new borgs.  It is sad to see our long time
warriors go, but exciting to consider what we can do with new recruits.  Such is life
in the arena.  And such is the enjoyment. -- Oremaster, Manager Of Metal Mincers, and
Ora, Manager of Oremaster

The New Year is upon us.  May we wish our friends and competitors a very Happy and
prosperous New Year.  Thanks for sharing this great game with us. -- Ora, Oremaster,
and Consortiumites everywhere

Mincers -- Congrats on the invites! -- Bohica

Storm -- Whew...I think I may have stolen that one! -- Scruffy

Crabby Abbie -- You're not avoiding us after killing our mascot, are you??  :( --
Bohica

Mad Dog -- I put on my Air Fordans for our fight, under normal circumstances I doubt
I could jump that high. -- Mad Dog Montana

Dr. Strangeleaf -- You must be an entomologist.  A little gnat that you swat at but
the persistent little insect keeps taking a bite here, a bite there. -- Dang It
Debbie
P.S.  Irritating? yes...but worth the skills.  Thanks. :)

Fhrain -- That wasn't a surprise, hard to believe that with three more skills in the
right arenas and I'll have one master and three ADX's and I still manage to stink up
the arena. -- Daisy Chains...the most unlucky fighter in Lapur.

Deathwind Forge -- You may have gotten the win, but I can see Russia from my house.
-- Nailin' Palin (wink)

Lapur -- Sorry for the Street Walker absence of late, I'm sure all you know how life
can bite you in the butt at times.  Hopefully, we'll be around for a while. --
Roadkill

The Street Walkers would like to welcome back to Felcia to Lapur, please be gentle,
she's already died once. -- Roadkill

Gilan -- Not real sure how ye pulled that off.  Some of me clan's Irish luck musta
rubbed off on ye from the butt whoopin' ye were receivin'! -- Owlsy, mgr.

Lou -- Thank ye, laddy.  There will be other times, I be sure.  Until then, may the
sands not rise to meet ye too often! -- Lucky Eireann

All -- Catching up on the weekly quotes. -- Visionist

Red Bull -- Hey!  Wait!  Woooh!  Owwww!  Medic!!! -- Fhrain the Wimp

Bluiddvl -- You need to learn how to treat a lady. -- Nilith the Debutant

Vindocomus -- Hey, now enough of that! -- Luhar the Irritated

Crabby Abbie -- Ummm, what was I thinking challenging you!?!  DOH! -- Gilan the
Bonehead

Hootchy Coocher -- Sorry for the beat down; hope the skills help with your future
fights. -- Hulik the Retired

Red Bull -- Thanks for my third Master.  I doubt it will help me against you and the
borgs. -- Fhrain Ironboots

Cyborg 420 -- Murderer! -- Nilith the Dead

Lucy -- Trust me, you don't want to go see Ahringol. -- Luhar the Wise

The Cruncher -- One for sixteen doesn't add up to much crunching. -- Gilan the
Uncrunched

Firebow -- Well, one of us put the kiss of death on me. -- Ghost of Nilith

Daisy Chains -- See, the anger management is working.  Not one mention of trying to
kill. -- Fhrain the Calm

Ice Shard -- One more chance if you wish. -- Luhar the Unavenged

Aisling of Sleigh -- Who suggested that weapon?  Ohh well, enjoy your time with
Ahringol. -- Gilan the Killa

Solar Radiation -- Glurb go boom boom! -- Glurb the Genius

January -- Is ducking a skill I can learn?. -- Nearly Headless Morduh

Congrats to ye ol' borgs on their invites. -- Visionist and the Mid Earth Guild

Chrome Crimper -- Crimped, cramped, crumpled!  Got you that time. -- Red Bull
P.S.  It's why bulls have horns.

Cyborg 420 -- That wasn't very blunt.  In fact, that was sharply unpleasant.  Don't
do it again. -- Firebow

Mad Dog Montana -- So!  A dog-fight, eh?  I'm a little surprised this hasn't happened
before.  A little annoyed at the end result, too, but that's the way it goes some
days.  Another time might see another outcome, say in about...a year? -- Mad Dog

Colossus -- Ah, someone from the early days of dueling.  You teach well, thanks. --
Cloudshadow
P.S.  But another time, I might manage to cast a shadow over you.  Or perhaps not.

Atria -- It does no good to pound on a rock, woman.  There are better uses for your
time and energy. -- Horn Rock

Whoever it was who said I didn't need to take my anger out on him/her/it, yes, I DID
need to.  And I'd do it again, if I knew who you were. -- Mad Dog

Starry Night -- SUUUURE it didn't.  Good try on your part, though. -- Horn Rock

Callisto -- Alas, if you get under the cloud, you'll just have to risk the rain. --
Cloudshadow

Our congratulations to Platinum Peener and Chrome Crimper. -- Jorja and the Cardow
Hunters

I have a strong suspicion that I won't be able to get an episode ready in time for
this newsletter.  The spirit is willing, but the time is short.  Next time. -- the
Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ROUGE was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SMACK O'MALLEY lost to GILAN in a 3 minute Bloodfeud battle.
PLATINUM PEENER overcame CELADUS in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge match.
CHROME CRIMPER was viciously subdued by RED BULL in a 4 minute Challenge contest.
DAISY CHAINS devastated GLAUCO in a 2 minute gory uneven Challenge brawl.
SCRUFFY PUFF devastated COPPER COMPACTER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
CUDDLE ME TENDER unbelievably bested HORN ROCK in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
DANG IT DEBBIE lost to LUHAR in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
SILVER SAW vanquished GLURB in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
DEATHWIND FORGE lost to MORDUH in a popular 1 minute novice's Challenge duel.
MEAT POPSICLE overpowered HARRY CANE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
MAD DOG MONTANA overpowered LITERNIUS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
FHRAIN devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute brutal mismatched conflict.
WEIPA savagely defeated STORM in a 2 minute bloody veteran's brawl.
CALLISTO handily defeated MAD DOG in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
COLOSSUS devastated A.A. SHOCK in a 1 minute uneven duel.
CLOUDSHADOW was overpowered by STARRY NITE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
ATRIA devastated VINDOCOMUS in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
ILLYRIA beat BISHOP in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran vs. novice bout.
OCCY viciously subdued ICE SHARD in a popular 3 minute gory contest.
ENCOLPIUS was unbelievably bested by DARK UNCLE in a popular 4 minute match.
NORMAN handily defeated FIREBOW in a 1 minute uneven duel.
FELICIA bested LUCKY EIREANN in a slow 6 minute veteran vs. novice bout.
LUCY won victory over ALHENA in a 2 minute match.
DIGGER defeated BRAN MCRAVEN in a 1 minute novice's duel.
PURPLE TAO was narrowly defeated by SOLAR RADIATION in a 4 minute beginner's match.
STACY GOO was unbelievably bested by NAILIN' PALIN in a 8 minute beginner's bout.
IRE MACLEER vanquished IRRITATED HOUSEWIFE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         AIMED BLOW        49 -  26 -  1      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  14 -  1      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-LUNGE       22 -  15 -  2      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         TOTAL PARRY       36 -  30 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         STRIKING ATTACK   47 -  46 -  1      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    45 -  55 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  25 -  2      44  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  16 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         BASHING ATTACK    32 -  61 -  2      34  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  22 -  1      29  |

Turn 596 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        3 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     3 -  5         3  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  6         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  6                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  3                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  RED BULL 5062              20   9  0  155 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
LUNGING ATTACK   FHRAIN 5124                13   6  2   99 MID EARTH (223)
AIMED BLOW       MAD DOG MONTANA 4984       18  16  4   97 STREET WALKERS (97)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   CELADUS 4948               22  17  2   95 EQUESTORS (158)
PARRY-LUNGE      CALLISTO 5036              17  16  2   92 VENUSIANS (321)
WALL OF STEEL    DAISY CHAINS 5096          12  11  0   84 STREET WALKERS (97)
TOTAL PARRY      COPPER COMPACTER 5092      11   8  0   65 METAL MINCERS (256)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WEIPA 4793.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
RED BULL 5062.  The ten other most popular fighters were STACY GOO 5297, OCCY 5160, 
ENCOLPIUS 5268, PURPLE TAO 5294, HORN ROCK 5113, LUHAR 5244, WEIPA 4793, DAISY CHAINS 
5096, CALLISTO 5036, and ATRIA 5101.

The least popular fighter this week was LUCKY EIREANN 5285.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were NAILIN' PALIN 5302, FELICIA 1693, VINDOCOMUS 5251, CLOUDSHADOW 
5154, A.A. SHOCK 5054, MAD DOG 5125, LITERNIUS 5049, HARRY CANE 5267, GLURB 5304, and 
DANG IT DEBBIE 5217.

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

CHROME CRIMPER (29-4296) METAL MINCERS (256)
PLATINUM PEENER (29-4298) METAL MINCERS (256)