Date   : 05/20/2009    Duedate: 06/02/2009


DM-29    TURN-606

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-5178) [13-3-0,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LIME                           GEMINI
WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)         ZODIAC (459)
(29-5178) [13-3-0,109]         (29-5364) [2-1-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LITERNIUS                      CALLISTO
EQUESTORS (158)                VENUSIANS (321)
(29-5049) [18-24-1,98]         (29-5036) [21-22-2,93]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BOHICA (449)                44
2. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        32      PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
3. 2008 (450)                  26      Unchartered Team
4. ZODIAC (459)                25
5. MID EARTH (223)             22      TREKKERS (462)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     15   6  0 71.4   1/ 4 MID EARTH (223)           9  6 1
 2/ 2 BOHICA (449)              55  33  0 62.5   2/ 5 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     9  6 0
 3/ 3*TREKKERS (462)             6   4  0 60.0   3/12 BOHICA (449)              8  3 0
 4/ 4 METAL MINCERS (256)      568 381 12 59.9   4/ 1 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)    8  6 0
 5/ 5 STREET WALKERS (97)      551 375 46 59.5   5/ 2 EQUESTORS (158)           8  7 0
 6/ 6 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   164 116 18 58.6   6/ 6 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      7  7 0
 7/ 7 BLACK KELTS (233)        223 198  8 53.0   7/ 8 X-MEN (78)                7  8 1
 8/ 8 MID EARTH (223)          458 417 20 52.3   8/10 VENUSIANS (321)           7  8 0
 9/ 9 EQUESTORS (158)          735 775 51 48.7   9/14*TREKKERS (462)            6  4 0
10/10 VENUSIANS (321)          298 328 15 47.6  10/13*ZODIAC (459)              6  8 0
11/12 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    328 379 24 46.4  11/ 3 STREET WALKERS (97)       6  9 1
12/13 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     483 564 10 46.1  12- 7 CLAN CROW (456)           5  5 1
13-14 CLAN CROW (456)           24  30  2 44.4  13/11 METAL MINCERS (256)       5  6 0
14/15 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)     122 162  7 43.0  14/ 9 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)      5 10 0
15/17*ZODIAC (459)               6   8  0 42.9  15/17 2008 (450)                3  4 1
16/16 X-MEN (78)                63  88 10 41.7  16/15 BLACK KELTS (233)         3 11 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
17/18 2008 (450)                18  29  2 38.3  17/16 PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     2  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

2008 Lapurian Award Winners

Best Duelmaster = BRICKHOUSE
Worst Duelmaster = MURRY
Favorite Manager or Team = ROADKILL
Most Disliked Manager or Team = 2 TIED WITH 1 VOTE
Most Avoided Team = WILL DUEL 4 MEAD
Most Challenged Team = 3 TIED WITH 1 VOTE
Best Team Name = BOHICA
Worst Team Name = 2008
Best Warrior Name = 5 TIED WITH 1 VOTE
Worst Warrior Name = 3 TIED WITH 1 VOTE
Best Personals Writer = SPORKIS
Best Spotlight Writer = UNCLE WOLF
Marcus Award = AMIE
Ahringol's Apprentice = 4 TIED WITH 1 VOTE
Bonnie Award = 4 TIED WITH 1 VOTE

Basher = CELADUS
Parry Riposte = MAD JACK
Parry Strike = TURTLE
Lunger = FHRAIN
Striker = MOSSMAN
Total Parry = BRICKHOUSE
Wall of Steel = SOLAR ERUPTION

Note: A minimum of 2 votes required to be eligible to win a category.

Team Results for the year 2008.(Minimum 65 arena fights)
TEAM NAME              W   L  K
METAL MINCERS         45  23  0
WILL DUEL 4 MEAD      65  35  6
MID EARTH             74  52  5
STREET WALKERS        57  56  2
CARDOW HUNTERS        65  65  0
ESCAPADE              57  57  7
VENUSIANS             61  67  4
EQUESTORS             59  70  4
CROC FILES            54  73  2
FORCE OF NATURE       49  71  6

Best W/L Percentage = METAL MINCERS
Most Wins = MID EARTH
Most Kills = ESCAPADE
Iron Team Award (Most fights) = CARDOW HUNTERS and FORCE OF NATURE

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 618): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 620): CARLOTTA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 614): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 616): MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 614): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 612): WHITE CHOCOLATE of WALI'S FINEST (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 605): LITERNIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 602): MADNESS of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 600): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 591): SLOWGO of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 262): INGLEMORT JULS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 481): SPLAT of THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 468): ACIDULOUS of ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 448): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 444): MAN-O-WAR of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 211): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 408): MORO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 401): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 390): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (NON, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 506): NATAS of DO IT AGAIN (Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 618): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 620): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 614): DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 616): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 614): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 612): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): SANGUIS MORI (Toker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 605): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 304): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 602): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 600): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 591): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 553): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 281): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 261): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 481): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 468): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 448): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 444): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 211): MIDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 401): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 390): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 506): I'M HISTORY et al (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 617): HEMPEN JIG of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 619): PHILOLAUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 615): ZIGADENUS of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 614): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 611): WEE MAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
                          MANKILLER of DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 604): ELVIRA MADIGAN of TRAIL OF TEARS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 303): THERMOPYLAE of WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): NIKKO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                 (turn 275): NILES of SECOND BANANAS (Manniquin, mgr.)
                             BLACKENED of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                 (turn 274): KILLING JOKE of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 468): ACIDULOUS of ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                       (turn 467): BUSTED NUTS of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 444): MAN-O-WAR of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Some actions people take have unintended consequences.  The spy report did not fully
chronicle my rise to this lofty position, let me entertain you.

You ask yourself, "Self, how did a fighter with an 18-23 record get to be
Duelmaster?"  Well I can thank team Bohica.  You see, in another one of his infamous
down challenges, Bohica sent NEEDS SALT (11-2-0, 101) against poor ole me with 14-23-
1, 89.  A 12 point down challenge.  Well he lost, losing 12 recognition while I
gained 16 recognition.  Not bad for a one minute fight described as a "melee."  I
knocked him down and really would have liked to finish him off but was stopped.

I would also like to thank all of you for making me the Popularity leader, it gets me
a free fight.

I would like to congratulate Street Walkers for their fine showing in the tourney,
well they did better than me and my teammates.

By the time everyone reads this I am sure to be deposed, well one turn at the top is
better than none.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  The boys at WILL DUEL 4 MEAD left the arena 
dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by MID EARTH.  Good show!  He who 
laughs last didn't get the joke.  Speaking of laughing at jokes, observe STREET 
WALKERS.  Last week they got 2-3-0 to drop by 8!  What's a move up by 9 you ask?  
(alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to BOHICA.  X-MEN 
had cause to celebrate, after BISHOP got 24 points by beating ENCOLPIUS.  A certain 
someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 12 points to 
ATRIA.  (Discrete enough, LUNA?) You could cut the tension with a scimitar as LIME of 
WILL DUEL 4 MEAD met the Duelmaster.  Now I can't insult LIME, as she has gloriously 
dueled to the top.  Oh great new Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) 
Word has it one team in LAPUR is taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent 
to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     And how sociable are LAPUR's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Perhaps the warriors 
of CARDOW HUNTERS should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  
The warriors of CARDOW HUNTERS found their efforts at combat frustrated as WILL DUEL 
4 MEAD apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for 
fifteen minutes, and FYRE RAYNES is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't 
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Oh hard!  that to 
strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  LAPUR, I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Warty 
Toad.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIME 5178                    13   3  0   109       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RED HOT CHILI 5202           11   4  0   105       BOHICA (449)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054              17  23  3   103       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 LITERNIUS 5049               18  24  1    98       EQUESTORS (158)
 NEEDS SALT 5206              12   3  0    98       BOHICA (449)
 CALLISTO 5036                21  22  2    93       VENUSIANS (321)
 MAKADOS 4704                 11   3  0    91       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ICE SHARD 5191               14  10  1    90       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 ATRIA 5101                   19  16  1    86       VENUSIANS (321)
 COLOSSUS 556                 18  22  4    86       X-MEN (78)
 CLOUDSHADOW 5154             18  11  0    83       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 GLAUCO 5102                  18  17  1    78       EQUESTORS (158)
 FELICIA 1693                 10   6  1    75       STREET WALKERS (97)
 JOHN COURAGE 3313            14  12  0    72       BLACK KELTS (233)
 MAD DOG 5125                 17  15  0    70       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 VON GROV 3337                14  13  0    70       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 HORN ROCK 5113               16  18  0    68       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ILLYRIA 5149                 16  13  0    68       VENUSIANS (321)
 NAILIN' PALIN 5302            9   3  0    68       STREET WALKERS (97)
 COPPER COMPACTER 5092        15  14  0    67       METAL MINCERS (256)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SMACK O'MALLEY 5282           7   4  0    66       CLAN CROW (456)
 LUNA 5179                    10   7  0    65       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         8   3  1    59       METAL MINCERS (256)
 STARRY NITE 5186             16   9  0    57       FORCE OF NATURE (312)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YURI 5188                    10   6  2    56       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 VINDOCOMUS 5251              10   8  0    56       EQUESTORS (158)
 GILAN 5242                    9  10  1    52       MID EARTH (223)
 BISHOP 5300                   5   8  1    51       X-MEN (78)
-MEAT POPSICLE 5309            4   5  0    50       BOHICA (449)
 ENCOLPIUS 5268               11   5  0    44       EQUESTORS (158)
-LUCKY EIREANN 5285            6   4  2    44       CLAN CROW (456)
 HIMEKO 5247                   6   5  0    43       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 LUHAR 5244                   10   9  2    41       MID EARTH (223)
 JAILYN 5354                   5   0  1    40       MID EARTH (223)
 DARK UNCLE 2168               4  13  0    40       X-MEN (78)
 REVY 5344                     5   1  0    38       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 JULIANUS 5321                 5   3  0    36       EQUESTORS (158)
 SALAMANDER 4165               4   5  0    34       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
-SHANGGAR 4703                 3   3  0    34       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHROME CUTTER 5316            5   2  0    33       METAL MINCERS (256)
 GEMINI 5364                   2   1  0    33       ZODIAC (459)
-LAST BUSH 5352                1   0  1    33       2008 (450)
-SILVER SAW 5287               5   5  0    32       METAL MINCERS (256)
-IRON IMPACTER 5315            5   3  0    30       METAL MINCERS (256)
 BAD YEAR 5298                 1   1  0    29       2008 (450)
 WATERSTONE 5317               5   4  0    28       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SOLAR RADIATION 5308          5   7  0    26       VENUSIANS (321)
 CANCER 5363                   2   1  0    24       ZODIAC (459)
 BIMBO SLICE 5386              2   0  0    24       STREET WALKERS (97)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAPTAIN PICARD 5384           2   0  0    23       TREKKERS (462)
 ALHENA 5291                   4  10  0    22       VENUSIANS (321)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOJO 5340                     4   2  0    20       X-MEN (78)
 FYRE RAYNES 5341              3   3  0    19       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 LARD SPRINKLE 5359            2   0  0    19       BOHICA (449)
-DEATHWIND FORGE 5283          4   6  0    18       CLAN CROW (456)
 GAMBIT 5372                   2   1  1    17       X-MEN (78)
-IZALOR 4702                   1   0  0    17       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 RAW 4173                      4   4  0    16       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
-FAYLIN O'COMMA 5322           2   5  0    14       CLAN CROW (456)
 SCHADENFREUDE 5387            1   1  0    14       BOHICA (449)
 RINDEL 5346                   3   3  0    12       MID EARTH (223)
 RED SQUIRREL 5357             2   3  0    12       BLACK KELTS (233)
-URLIC MAC COOL 5373           2   0  0    12       CLAN CROW (456)
 SAGITARIUS 5365               1   2  0    11       ZODIAC (459)
 BROWN BEAVER 5358             2   3  0     9       BLACK KELTS (233)
 LIETENANT WORF 5383           2   0  0     9       TREKKERS (462)
 NOVEMBER 5361                 1   0  0     9       2008 (450)
 MISS FRIENDLY FIRE 5396       1   0  0     9       STREET WALKERS (97)
 SONTE HINGE 3455              1   5  0     8       BLACK KELTS (233)
 BOOKABOUTBIRDS 4787           1   5  0     8       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 NULDOR 5374                   2   1  0     7       MID EARTH (223)
 CAPTAIN KIRK 5382             1   1  0     7       TREKKERS (462)
 72 5353                       0   2  0     6       2008 (450)
 LIBRA 5366                    1   2  0     5       ZODIAC (459)
 COMMANDER RIKER 5381          1   1  0     4       TREKKERS (462)
 MR. SPOCK 5380                0   2  0     2       TREKKERS (462)
 WHIP ME HOUSTON 5397          0   1  0     1       STREET WALKERS (97)
 BUTTERFLY 5388                0   1  0     1       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF         0  0 0                      GAMBIT 5372           606  NONE
WHITE ROBE 3421         3  5 2 BLACK KELTS 233      LUCKY EIREANN 5285    605   
PUFFY SCRUFF 5337       1  2 0 BOHICA 449           A.A. SHOCK 5054       602  REVENGED
HUH? 5394               0  1 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  SHEWISH GIANT         606  NONE
NOGOOD 5398             0  1 0 TRAIL OF TEARS 229   ARENAMASTER KYAL      606  NONE
PISCES 5362             0  1 0 ZODIAC 459           JAILYN 5354           604   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All Lapurians, oh, my gosh!  Can you believe it?!  2-36!!!  My goodness!  Lapurians
only went 2-36 in The Mailer?!  (excluding ADM)  What have we all come to? -- Ora
P.S.  Which begs for a "congratulations to Bonnie," I guess.

Ice Shard -- I guess you won the battle of the "I's." -- Inconel Indenter

Himeko -- I didn't have it that way, but I'll bet that on my challenge.... -- Silver

0-4?!  That'n, be yer last time ye ole miner lets ole Ora manage.  Aye! -- Oremaster

Oremaster -- You old senile coot!  You were in charge last week! -- Ora,
affectionately (sort of)

Elvira and Jugger -- Very nice DM Column, indeed. -- Ora and Oremaster

Roadkill -- Quite a nice spot, I'd say.  I had to read it to Oremaster. -- Ora

Lime -- I feel sliced and shredded rather than compacted.  A salute to my better. --
Copper Compacter
P.S.  And I GOT the message, all right!

Fyre Raynes -- No fair!  You had the edge and used it!  And here I am a poor metal
butcher just trying to prepare the meat for the day.  Meanie! -- Chrome Cutter

Liternius -- Congratulations on your Duelmastership. -- Ora

Shoulda been one o me borgs.  Shoulda.  Aye. -- Oremaster

Stone Golem -- Well, thank goodness you finally decided to swing back, you block
head!  Misty was tearing you up and I was beginning to fear that she was going to
survive and come looking for me for retribution. -- Storm Front

Mad Dog -- Please forgive A.A.'s attitude.  He is suffering from the depression that
only comes with realizing one is seen as "having potential"...which is a terrible
thing. -- Storm Front

Chrome Cutter -- Those are better results that I really had anticipated, and you're a
better teacher that I would have thought.  Hopefully you stick around a while. --
Fyre Raynes

Inconel Indenter -- Not a fight I would chosen for myself, and not the results I
would have wagered my meager pay on...Gods, but you borgs can teach. -- Ice Shard

Smack O'Malley -- You're truly living up to your name.  If only I could have reached
that sword. -- Starry

Sporkis -- Nice last three turns record. -- Storm Front

Liternius -- Congrats on your Duelmastership! -- Force of Nature

Scruffy -- Have I?  I'm just trying to survive in this crazy world. -- Starry

RCH???  Do you mean RHC?!!

Luna -- Whoa, wait just a minute here, I seem to have lost my leg, you're not keeping
it as a trophy are ya? -- Illyria

Red Hot Chili -- It seems I am allergic to Chili. -- Atria

Encolpius -- I'd tell ya good fight, but I am not feeling that gracious. -- Solar

Brown Beaver -- Whew!  I am so glad that I won that fight, had I not my manager would
surely be looking at me for some darker activities. -- Alhena

Elvira Madigan -- I made it out alive against you, I'd call that a win on my part;
although I'm not sure my manager sees it that way. -- Callisto

Needs Salt -- GRRRR -- Illyria

Mad Dog -- Flattery will get you everywhere. -- Atria

Lucky Eireann -- Owe, Owe Argh.  Killed a one you did.  We shall be avenging that.
With your permission once avenged we would like to use another warrior to test the
mettle of our blades.  I will keep Kill Desire 4 or less if you desire. -- Tiffinal

Vindocomus -- Spank you Spank you much. -- John Courage

Alehena -- Hmmm, ouch. Hmmmm -- Brown Beaver

Deathwind Forge -- Are you clarirvoyant or something. -- Red Squirrel

All -- And you new managers if you wan interested in Leasing a location for a
business just diplo me or contact me on the duel2 site. -- Purple Sage
"Food for Thought Builds better brains"

Mr. Spock -- It was highly illogical for you to stand there and let me pound on you
like that. -- Lard Sprinkle

Oramaster -- We're just keeping the hot seat warm for you. -- Scruffy

Liternius -- Grrrr!  You're like the energizer bunny; takes a lickin', keeps on
kickin'.  Congrats on the throne. -- Needs Salt

Gambit -- Thank you sir, may I have another? -- Schadenfreude

Colossus -- Okay, okay, I conceed....  I thought maybe you were lucky the first,
obviously I didn't realize you were playing a par 5...damn that hurt.  Imagine a big
guy like you just smacking around a little girl like me, for shame. -- Felicia
P.S.  Maybe we could go dancing sometime, you know I just stand on your feet while
everyone else thinks it's so cute.

Von Grov -- Where did you come from, I mean I have my eye on Russia, so it must have
came from the Manitoba or the Northwest Terratories... this is what happens when you
turn your backside to Canadians... or is that the Greeks???  Gotta go, just saw a
moose in the back yard!!  (Where's my high powered rifle?) -- Nailin' Palin

Libra -- Atralogical symbols, astralocical?  Uhmm, the star thingy isn't my strong
point, so I'm not sure what to say, whatever! -- Bimbo Slice

Crongrats to Bonnie and Mellisa Riddle on your TVs, well done. -- Roadkill

While a turn too late, Big Congrats to Elvira on your invite, well done. -- Roadkill
and the Street Walkers

And yet another AB dies... when will this end??? -- Street Walkers

Welcome, Trekkers, to Lapur, I hope you enjoy the arena as much as the rest of us do.
-- Roadkill and the Street Walkers
P.S.  Yeah, I did the live long and prosper thing (it took me three times to get it
right), now once I figure out the mind meld, I'm heading to the FTF.  ;)

Lucky Eireann -- Brave challenge, young one. -- Luhar the Jinx

Von Grov -- I must have started counting my chickens too early. -- Gilan the Bonehead

Cancer -- Argghhh the weapon smith gives me a small shield!?! -- Rindel the Annoyed

Pisces -- Such a shame, you showed promise.  My condolences to your guild. -- Jailyn
the Repentant

Bookaboutbirds -- Shouldn't your name be Bookaboutrocks? -- Nuldor the Fatigued

Cloudshadow -- Even though I disdain golems, I must give you credit for an excellent
duel.  Till we meet again. -- Luhar the Torn

Revy -- I am still trying to figure out how you pulled that one off. -- Gilan the

72 -- Is that your IQ? -- Rindel the Jocular

Cancer -- Nice try young werecat, I salute you and your fallen guild mate. -- Jailyn
the Honorable

Captain Kirk -- My gods say to avoid me in the future. -- Major Nuldor

A.A. Shock -- Well, that was truly shocking.  We've probably made that observation
before, but it continues to be so. -- Mad Dog

Luhar -- Ah, are you one of those people who must have constant sunlight?  Could be a
problem. -- Cloudshadow
P.S.  For you, not me.

Dark Uncle -- Ah, and you're sinister, too!  I never trust a lefty. -- Horn Rock

Julianus -- Heck.  May you slip on a wet stone and give yourself a thump. --

Elvira -- My pleasure.  I could teach you some more, if you care to drop by our place
after dark? -- Red Bull

John Courage -- Too much thinking will get you a headache even faster. -- Horn Rock

Chetam -- So, what about my cows?  Dairy cows.  There's a lot of money in milk. --
Red Bull

     Be patient, dammit.  Do you think cows grow on trees? -- Chetam

A salute to all who participated in the tourney. -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Oremaster -- After you whuppin' up on Liternius in turn 604 with a good up challenge
I was considering sending him to the Dark Arena, never got around to it and I guess
being Duelmaster for one turn is okay.  I may still send him there. -- Spartacus

Lapur -- I am not crazy about those who down challenge or hide form bloodfeuds.  So
for those of you how have not had the dishonor of meeting NEEDS SALT--here you are--
striker, came after me with a war hammer and as naked as the day he was born, right
handed and 5'9". -- Spartacus

Solar Radiation -- It was an unfortunate mis-match. -- Encolpius

29 April 09
Greetings All -- This is Vincent Michaels, "the Rake", mgr. of the Stormbringers out
of DM 33 Niatoli Island, back after a relatively long layoff.  I come back to my
arena to find only two other teams there.  Terrible!  I'm calling on all you managers
out there who have inactive teams in Niatoli to put them back in the game.  Also,
anyone else who wants to come check out our little island are welcome.  Good food and
a lot of good gambling, and you will have a chance to smack around Gen. GirlPants and
his band of Ravaged Queens.  Great fun.  Come one, come all!

4 May 09
Players of Duel 2:

RSI wants to try, in a few arenas, a system that rewards role-play and general arena
involvement.  Our thoughts at this time are as follows, and feedback is earnestly

1.  What to reward.
a.  Spotlights--they don't have to be involved and lengthy storylines, and in fact,
my own inclination is to say: anything game related and original (i,e,, not a
reprint), maybe set a minimum length.  I use TOGS here as my model--half a column as
formatted for the newsletter, and we don't judge the quality of the writing (so long
as the editor isn't grossed out), just the intent to make a positive contribution.
b.  A dm column where one is "due."  Again, no judgment on quality of writing, should
be dm-related, and I would say (this is just me) a minimum length of maybe five
c.  Personals.  More than just "you suck," or "good fight."  How much more doesn't
really concern me, and quality, other than "not offensive to the editor," should not
be an issue.  We don't want to encourage participation and then muzzle it.
d.  It has been suggested that a reward point or two be offered for running a full
team.  We could include this, but my own inclination would be to say that there would
be no points for this, but that those who don't make a clear effort on this
(accidents happen, so maybe something like "when the three-turn total of fights is
below twelve"?) aren't eligible for points on any turn until they get it back up to a
full team.

2.  How to reward it.
a.  We've been thinking nebulously about some kind of point system, obviously, as an
example, say 3 points for a spotlight, 2 for a column, 1 for personals, more points
here for what takes more effort, but some points for any effort.  This is in no way
final!  But some way to keep track of who is contributing and how much, and as non-
subjective as possible; this would be noted as each newsletter would be proofed.  A
way to clearly identify who's sending in what would help, but I can work it out by
referring to the warrior listings if I have to.
b.  But, assuming a point system, do the rewards, whatever they end up being, go to
the player who achieves a certain point total?  Is this calculated per turn, or as a
running total over as many turns as it takes to reach that point?  Or to the player
with the highest total on any given turn?  What about ties?
c.  What do the points get the player?  The current thought is X points gets a free
fight, probably replacing the "Popularity Leader's" free fight in the relevant arena.
That suggests only one player getting a role-play free fight on any given turn.  Is
this enough to encourage the newsletter participation we're hoping for?  Should we
convert "This Week's Favorite" to a role-play free fight also?  Or handle rewards in
some other way entirely?

3.  Where it happens.
The current thought is, try it in four arenas:  one in each region, and one slow
arena.  Who picks the arenas in question?  I'd be inclined to rule out those that are
doing fairly well already (Ardivent, Sunset, Lapur; Arkers, Morya, North Fork), but
is that wise?  Or even fair?  Darned if I know.  Places where it is NOT currently
intended to happen:  Transfer arenas.  Maybe rule out the no-tourney arenas as
current candidates, too?

If this seems to work well enough to be worth the effort, should we consider
extending it to more, eventually to all non-transfer, arenas?

This is not a "someday down the line we might" concept.  We want to do this, and
SOON.  Your feedback would be appreciated, for, against, changes, anything.  You can
email me directly at jputney zianet com (make sure it says DM in the subject line) or
send a diplo to scribe, any arena.

the Scribe

P.S.  Staff members not to be eligible for role-playing free fights.

5 May 09
The Battle Royal V is upon us!  Come join one of the original contests that has had
some of the games best managers involved in the past.  DM 18, Talcama, some consider
it to be the crown jewel of the Delarq cities is where this contest will take place.

The Battle Royal is intended to be a play as you want, play what you want Delarquan
style contest with very few rules.  While I'd love to say, "NO AVOIDING" is the only
rule (and that wouldn't be too far off), I must spell out situations that can and
have occurred and require additional clarification.

The advantages of this format:
1) Simple.
2) No penalty for DAs.
3) No restrictions on warriors entered into the contest (baggers, TC mods, etc all
4) No penalty for not fighting. 
5) It isn't a race where 21 wit and favorite learn determine the victor.
6) Losing a warrior (or even your whole team) doesn't eliminate you from contention.
7) It is possible to overcome almost any deficit.  And this has been proven, with
   managers making huge point swings in short periods of time!
8) It is a contest designed to show manager skill rather than warrior ability.

There are a few disadvantages:
1) There is no set end.  It is possible for this contest to go on indefinitely.  In
   practice, this format has worked very nicely in the past and I expect it will
   continue to work well. 
2) You cannot avoid (But that is part of the fun and the head to head nature of this
   contest requires this rule.)
3) It encourages bloodshed.
4) Baggers and experienced warriors have an advantage over new warriors.

Battle Royal Rules:

- Any team in Talcama is eligible to participate.  There are no restrictions on
warriors (baggers, TC prize modified, etc).  However, any warrior that fights for
your team is considered in the BR.

- Teams may not avoid any other team within the contest.  (Note that you may avoid
teams outside the contest but you do so at your own risk.)  Avoiding a team on the
turn they enter the Battle Royal is not considered against the rules (since you
couldn't know the team wasn't part of the BR).  The suggestion is not to avoid at
all.  Assur (the contest moderator) gets an avoid report every turn and will catch
people avoiding!

- Managers may only enter a single team in the contest.

- Any manager with more than one team in Talcama may not challenge any other contest
warrior with their non contest team(s).  The intention is that no advantage can be
gained by having multiple teams in the arena.

****Failure to comply with the above rules***
1st offense: Disqualification from the prize, but you may still participate.
2nd offense: Warning.
3rd offense: Removal from Battle Royal.

- If a manager decides to switch teams, his score will start back at 0.  This is to
prevent a manager from sweeping the contest with several teams of sandbaggers.  Can a
manager use this clause to go from a negative score to zero?  Yes.  I realize this is
sort of cheating, but I'd rather have a manager start over with a new team than drop
out of the contest.  Even so, they have to start at 0 and must gain 25 points.

- If your warrior loses a contest fight because of an input error and this error is
verified by RSI, you will have a point added to your score.  The head to head records
will remain the same and any points gained by another manager will remain on that
manager's record.

- As soon as you are announced in the newsletter, you are officially entered into the
Battle Royal.  Scoring begins on that turn!  You are expected to follow the rules
that turn and every turn following.  Your team may enter any time they wish during
the course of the Battle Royal.

- If you are exiting the Battle Royal, you are not removed until the turn after your
intention is published.  You are asked to follow the rules for that turn (either
through not avoiding or not running your warriors).

- Scoring begins the turn your team declares participation.
- Scoring continues through the turn your team withdraws.
- Score is calculated by: Wins+Kills-Lossses.
- Only fights with other B.R. participannts count towards your score, but they count
  whether they are challenges or random match-ups.
- First Manager to 25 points wins!
- In event of tie, B.R. continues until one team that has reached 25 points is ahead
  of all other participants.

- The attempt has been made to make these rules as complete and bulletproof as
possible, but Tripwire will resolve any disputes as fairly as he is capable.

For the Winner:

6 Months Free Play in Talcama for the winning team (doesn't include tourneys)!

One +1 Bonus Potion (up to max for warrior, to be used on a warrior in DM 18)!

One Limited Damage Bump Potion (one time use, up to max for stats, used on DM 18

One Minor Stat Switch Prize (up to 2 points can be moved from one stat to another
stat on a new rollup in DM 18, before adding 14 points.  This prize can be used up to
3 months from the contest end.  Both points must be used in the same place (can't
take one from a speed and one from deftness and add one to wit and will)).

One Favorites Knowledge Potion (to be used on a 5+ FE warrior in DM 18).

Rename One Dark Arena Creature in DM 18, which will be renamed for 6 Months or until
the Ladies decide to return it to the previous name.

All potions renaming prizes must be used within 2 turns of the end of the contest.

Endurance Award (available to all participants):

One +1 Bonus Potion (up to max for warrior, to be used on a warrior in DM 18).

To qualify for the Endurance Award you must participate in 90% of the total fights
possible over the course of the BR.  If you don't have time to make it into the BR by
the first turn, there will be a two turn window before the counter will start for new
teams.  The fights do not have to be BR point scoring fights, just 90% of the total
possible participation over the course of the contest!  So, if the contest runs 26
turns, there are 130 fights possible. Your team must have 117 fights during those 26
turns to be eligible.

All prizes/potions subject to RSI's interpretation of how they are used/implemented.
RSI said the faves knowledge must be used on an Inits warrior or higher and set at
5FE or more.


                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NOGOOD was butchered by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HUH? was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a exciting 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
LIME subdued LITERNIUS in a action packed 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
FELICIA was bested by MAKADOS in a 4 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
ATRIA overpowered LUNA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
DARK UNCLE was bested by VINDOCOMUS in a popular 1 minute Challenge duel.
GILAN viciously subdued REVY in a crowd pleasing 5 minute bloody Challenge match.
LUHAR was overpowered by VON GROV in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
HIMEKO was vanquished by JOHN COURAGE in a 4 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge duel.
JAILYN vanquished FYRE RAYNES in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BOOKABOUTBIRDS was overpowered by LARD SPRINKLE in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
CHROME CUTTER overpowered MOJO in a 1 minute bloody one-sided Challenge match.
CANCER handily defeated BROWN BEAVER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
SAGITARIUS savagely defeated COMMANDER RIKER in a 3 minute novice's Challenge brawl.
SCHADENFREUDE handily defeated SONTE HINGE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MR. SPOCK was luckily beaten by RINDEL in a 5 minute gruesome Challenge struggle.
A.A. SHOCK handily defeated GLAUCO in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched bout.
RED HOT CHILI overpowered COLOSSUS in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
NAILIN' PALIN was savagely defeated by CALLISTO in a exciting 2 minute gory bout.
MAD DOG was handily defeated by NEEDS SALT in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
COPPER COMPACTER was overpowered by CLOUDSHADOW in a exciting 1 minute uneven fight.
ICE SHARD handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
YURI was bested by ILLYRIA in a 4 minute brutal bout.
HORN ROCK overpowered SALAMANDER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
STARRY NITE luckily beat GEMINI in a 4 minute gory uneven fight.
ENCOLPIUS was savagely defeated by BISHOP in a action packed 1 minute brutal match.
SOLAR RADIATION lost to JULIANUS in a 2 minute gory fray.
ALHENA was overcome by BAD YEAR in a 1 minute bout.
WATERSTONE handily defeated NULDOR in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
RAW was savagely defeated by BIMBO SLICE in a action packed 2 minute gory duel.
RED SQUIRREL was beaten by CAPTAIN PICARD in a 2 minute novice's match.
72 was defeated by MISS FRIENDLY FIRE in a popular 1 minute novice's bout.
LIBRA was unbelievably bested by LIETENANT WORF in a 6 minute amateur's match.
GAMBIT assassinated CONVICTED THIEF in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
CAPTAIN KIRK subdued BUTTERFLY in a action packed 1 minute novice's struggle.
NOVEMBER defeated WHIP ME HOUSTON in a 3 minute bloody novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         PARRY-STRIKE      15 -  12 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 11         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  32 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  20 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         AIMED BLOW        41 -  39 -  3      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  18 -  3      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         BASHING ATTACK    38 -  41 -  2      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         STRIKING ATTACK   52 -  62 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         LUNGING ATTACK    54 -  65 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -  25 -  1      39  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  16 -  1      33  |

Turn 606 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  7         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  5         2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         4 -  3     TOTAL PARRY        4 -  5         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  4         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  3         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       LIME 5178                  13   3  0  109 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
STRIKING ATTACK  RED HOT CHILI 5202         11   4  0  105 BOHICA (449)
TOTAL PARRY      MAKADOS 4704               11   3  0   91 PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
PARRY-STRIKE     ICE SHARD 5191             14  10  1   90 FORCE OF NATURE (312)
BASHING ATTACK   ATRIA 5101                 19  16  1   86 VENUSIANS (321)
LUNGING ATTACK   MAD DOG 5125               17  15  0   70 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
PARRY-LUNGE      VON GROV 3337              14  13  0   70 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
SLASHING ATTACK  ENCOLPIUS 5268             11   5  0   44 EQUESTORS (158)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LITERNIUS 5049.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CALLISTO 5036.  The ten other most popular fighters were GILAN 5242, REVY 5344, 
5364, JULIANUS 5321, and CAPTAIN PICARD 5384.

The least popular fighter this week was LIETENANT WORF 5383.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ALHENA 5291, SALAMANDER 4165, MAD DOG 5125, COLOSSUS 556, SONTE 
and FYRE RAYNES 5341.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

CALLISTO (29-5036) VENUSIANS (321)

                                  Daydream Believer

You once thought of me,
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be...

It's true.  I'm gone.  I've punched my ticket to Immortality and I'm off to the Isle.
I know a lot of you are wondering what it is about me that has made me so successful.
I wish I knew for sure.  I think it has more to do with intangibles (knack) than it
does with design, bonuses and favorites.  I'll let you decide.

Daydream Believer (PR) 17-14-4-17-7-8-17  Poor Endurance--Good Damage
I -- 8 (+1)  R -- 13  A -- 14 (+4)  P -- 14 (+4)  Df - 8  Dc - 6 (+3)

I know what you're thinking, "WTF, that guy looks like a 98 lb weakling!"  Sigh...I
prefer to think my physical characteristics are ideally suited for a finesse style.
As for my bases, I know they aren't much to look at.  After all, I am a PR.  I'm
fortunate to be blessed where I need it the most--attack and parry.

Okay, so I've got nice bases with bonuses in the right spots.  What about favorites?
Did I know them in advance or did I change them?  The answer is no, I had no idea
what they were for sure until I recieved my graduation announcement.  I would be
happy to tell you what my favorites are but I don't think my clone, Jumpinjack Flash,
would be very happy with me if I did.  Let's just say that from the moment I stepped
on the sands as a Rookie I used the same strategy in EVERY fight.  The only thing I
ever changed was armor (early on vs. TP's) and attack/defend locations.  That should
give those of you who have faced me more than once something to think about.

You may be interested to know that I am all natural.  I haven't had a prize of any
type used on me.  I'm a freak of nature.  It just goes to show you never know when a
guy like me will walk into your guildhouse looking for work as a gladiator.  It's up
to you to spot the potential and nuture it along.

I'm going to list my tourney results and records versus each style.  It isn't meant
to be a brag--I just thought you might find it interesting and a lot easier than
looking it up yourself.  Enjoy!
     Tourneys:  Rookies: 15-1-3 TC.  Initiates: 15-3-3 TV.  Adepts: 16-2 TC.
Champs: 13-1-1 TC.  Rookies--Champs record: 59-7-7 (.894)  Challengers: 9-3 TV.
Challengers: 15-1-1 TC.
Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)  Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up
(Teevella-LU)  Challengers: 7-3  Challengers: 11-3-2 TV  Challengers: 11-3-1 TV
 Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)

Challengers: 12-3 TV.  Challengers record: 104-25-4 (.806).  Career Tourney record:
163-32-11 (.836)  TC's: 4  TVs: 8 (3 Runner-ups)  Arena record: 5-0-1  Grudge
matches: 3-0

Total record: 171-32-12 (.842)  Tourney record vs all styles:  AB: 7-11  BA: 6-0-1
LU: 46-9-4  PL: 5-1-1  PR: 2-0  PS: ---  SL: 9-2  ST: 51-5-2  TP: 35-4-3  WS: 2-0

As you can see, the only style I had trouble with is the ABs.  I think that has more
to do with which ABs I fought rather than the style as a whole.  I was 3-1 vs ABs
early on (Rookies-Champs) and 4-10 in Challengers.  I was 1-5 vs Marv, 0-1 vs Marv Jr
and 0-3 vs Soulsnare.  I am going to make an educated guess and assume they all had
skills or prizes added to them to make them competetive at the Challenger level where
so few ABs are.  I could be wrong, though I doubt it.

See you on the Isle,
    Daydream Believer