DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/05/2011    Duedate: 10/18/2011

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-668

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DARIUS
OPEN HAND (466)
(29-5467) [12-5-0,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DARIUS                         POSITION IS EMPTY
OPEN HAND (466)                
(29-5467) [12-5-0,117]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STORMRIDER                     ULPHOR
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           MID EARTH (223)
(29-5520) [17-23-0,88]         (29-5671) [12-9-2,68]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

METAL MINCERS (256)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OPEN HAND (466)             39
2. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        36      METAL MINCERS (256)
3. METAL MINCERS (256)         25      Unchartered Team
4. MID EARTH (223)              1
5. CLAN CROW (456)              0       (153)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 METAL MINCERS (256)      657 438 18 60.0   1/ 1 METAL MINCERS (256)      10  2 1
 2- 2 BOHICA (449)             113  78  2 59.2   2/ 4 MID EARTH (223)           8  7 0
 3/ 3 BLUNT FORCE (393)         53  40  3 57.0   3- 3 EQUESTORS (158)           7  3 0
 4/ 5 MID EARTH (223)          619 557 29 52.6   4/10 OPEN HAND (466)           6  4 0
 5- 7 CLAN CROW (456)          130 142 10 47.8   5/ 5 TREKKERS (462)            6  9 0
 6- 8 EQUESTORS (158)          865 945 60 47.8   6/ 2 BLUNT FORCE (393)         5  9 0
 7/ 9 TREKKERS (462)           132 150  4 46.8   7/ 6 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      5 10 0
 8/10 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     614 734 12 45.5   8- 9 BOHICA (449)              1  2 0
 9/11 OPEN HAND (466)           46  57  3 44.7   9-11 CLAN CROW (456)           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 680): BITTERMAN of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 682): CRITIAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 594): SAUSAGE PARTY of DUDE RANCH (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 676): BOBCAT of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 678): SAD SLACKS of EMOTIONAL PANTS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 669): CORNBREAD STUFFING of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 670): DESERT PLANTS of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 337): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 667): DR. STRANGELEAF of BLUNT FORCE (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 335): URN4A TREAT! of JUST DESSERTS (Destitute Noble?)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 664): PETROV of ASSORTED (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 661): JERK O'LANTERN of HALLOWEINERS (The Dark One, mgr)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 653): RABEL of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 611): TORN CLOTH of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 312): YUMALESCA of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 307): KATIE of ALL-STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 293): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 543): MANZA WIGGLES of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 528): EVENING STAR of SUPERIOR FORCES 60 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 510): DEEMER EPPT of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 504): SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 242): STINKY PETE of DREW'S BOYS II (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 465): NIMINI TYL ZO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 460): BALISONG of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 451): DELNA BERIN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 568): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 680): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 682): ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 594): HARRY POTTER AND THE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 676): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 678): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 669): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 670): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 337): ISIS PTAH (Aesir Vanir?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 667): METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 335): NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 664): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 661): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 653): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 611): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 312): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 307): ALASKAN PIPELINE (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 293): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 543): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 528): SUPERIOR FORCES 60 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 510): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 504): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 242): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 465): NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 460): ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 451): J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 568): THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 676): BOBCAT of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 678): SAD SLACKS of EMOTIONAL PANTS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 669): BELLONA CHIST of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 670): DESERT PLANTS of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 336): WHITE BECT of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 334): SLATE G35 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble?)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 660): GRANDMA'S FAN of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 610): VILE HENCHMAN of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 312): YUMALESCA of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 306): BASKET of LAND OF OZ (Oz, mgr.)
                                      KISS OF DEATH of DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
                                      KANA BALLISTIC of DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 542): IEZA VON DRAKA of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 242): STINKY PETE of DREW'S BOYS II (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 450): ROGAR THORFIN of DOMINATION (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
                               TESLA SHARPE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in LAPUR this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, for there 
are sorrows to drown for BLUNT FORCE, whose 1-3-0 this turn dropped them by 4 into 
6th.  OPEN HAND stable has parlayed this turn's 5-0-0 into a 6 space move up the 
rankings.  This brings them up to 4th place.  Good work, guys!  And let's see, 
STORMRIDER fought PRIORE and gained 17 points and contributed to CARDOW HUNTERS' 
3-2-0.  PRIORE has lost to STORMRIDER, falling 15 points, while helping make MID 
EARTH a 2-3-0 turn.  This week's Duelmaster bout was between DARIUS and our 
Duelmaster DR. STRANGELEAF, making a challenge.  And not without some honor, DARIUS 
now claims the title and throne of Duelmaster of LAPUR.  Can someone confirm a rumor 
for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing fighters do dishes at The Burning 
Tree until they win.  Maybe?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  EQUESTORS has cause to stand tall, as 
they were LAPUR's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And guess who avoided EQUESTORS stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was METAL 
MINCERS.  Anyone surprised?  The most challenged warrior this turn was OPEN HAND's 
warrior BAHRAM.  More fighters challenged him than challenged the Duelmaster!  STEEL 
SHARPENER of METAL MINCERS had better have a good reason for challenging down 10 
points in a challenge which it won.  I thought STEEL SHARPENER showed great skill and 
promise when it beat SOUR DIESEL.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Is it really true that LAPUR has 
more dishwashers per capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     I like this place, LAPUR, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Always good to rest in LAPUR, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in LAPUR again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARIUS 5467                  12   5  0   117       OPEN HAND (466)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BERYLLIUM BUFFER 5592        11   3  2   150       METAL MINCERS (256)
-VERUS 5590                   16  14  2   102       EQUESTORS (158)
 DR. STRANGELEAF 4659         15   5  1    92       BLUNT FORCE (393)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RUTILIUS 5585                13  18  3    90       EQUESTORS (158)
-CASIMIR PULASKI 5435         10   6  0    90       BOHICA (449)
 INCONEL INDENTER 4324        17  13  2    89       METAL MINCERS (256)
 STORMRIDER 5520              17  23  0    88       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-CAIRRAIG AMADAN 5518         12   3  0    83       CLAN CROW (456)
 BISMUTH BENDER 5692           8   0  0    80       METAL MINCERS (256)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ULPHOR 5671                  12   9  2    68       MID EARTH (223)
-KICKER MURPHY 5622            7   8  1    68       CLAN CROW (456)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRIORE 5628                  14  13  0    66       MID EARTH (223)
 PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669         10   2  0    61       METAL MINCERS (256)
 SWEET BIRCH 5691             11   7  0    58       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SULU 5705                     8   7  0    57       TREKKERS (462)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARDWOOD 5611                13  16  0    55       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 BAHRAM 5445                   9  13  1    54       OPEN HAND (466)
-BAG OF BONES 5460             7   3  0    53       BOHICA (449)
 GRASSFIRE 5715                8   6  0    48       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 KHAN 5717                     8   5  0    47       TREKKERS (462)
-PAPPADEAUX 5440               8   8  0    44       BOHICA (449)
-PUB O'CONNOR 5702             5   3  0    41       CLAN CROW (456)
 SPACEMAN SPLIFF 5747          4   0  0    39       BLUNT FORCE (393)
-PARTHENIUS 5721               5   4  0    38       EQUESTORS (158)
 MAGDALA 5474                  7   7  1    34       OPEN HAND (466)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NERO 5707                     5   9  0    32       TREKKERS (462)
 GOWRON 5719                   6   5  1    27       TREKKERS (462)
-CINCIUS 5714                  4   9  1    27       EQUESTORS (158)
 CLAYBANK 5699                 5  11  0    26       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 TANE 5480                     6   7  0    25       OPEN HAND (466)
-CALYPSO 5710                  6   2  0    25       BOHICA (449)
-LUSIUS STORAX 5727            3   5  0    24       EQUESTORS (158)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRYANA 5492                   5   7  0    23       OPEN HAND (466)
-SPIN MCDUECAN 5728            2   0  0    17       CLAN CROW (456)
 SALLE 5736                    4   2  0    15       MID EARTH (223)
 STEEL SHARPENER 5748          2   2  0    14       METAL MINCERS (256)
 WENIEN 5758                   1   0  0    14       MID EARTH (223)
 CAPTAIN KIRK 5754             1   1  0    13       TREKKERS (462)
 SOLWYN 5753                   1   2  0     9       MID EARTH (223)
 PUFF THE DRAGON 5746          1   3  0     6       BLUNT FORCE (393)
-ROUGAROU 5735                 1   2  0     6       BOHICA (449)
 SOUR DIESEL 5757              0   2  0     2       BLUNT FORCE (393)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CYBORG 420 4547        10  4 1 BLUNT FORCE 393      RUTILIUS 5585         664  REVENGED
CHROME CUTTER 5316     11  8 0 METAL MINCERS 256    VERUS 5590            664  REVENGED
MENHOIR 5529           17 20 0 MID EARTH 223        BERYLLIUM BUFFER 5592 666   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Gratters, Dr Strangeleaf!  Champeen!  Good'n.  Aye! -- Ora

Spartacus -- DON'T GO, you hunk!  You are not the only one in this game getting
Social Security checks.  Papa Bear is the oldest in our game.  He and elderly
Consortium discussed just that fact at The Milwaukee Face.  Old is omnipotent!--
Ora, Metal Mincers

     Ah, something to look forward to, then.

Darius -- You cretin!  That hurt.  Cut it out! -- Inconel Indenter

Hardwood -- It was close, but metal triumphs over wood every time.  Yes! -- Bismuth
Bender

Sour Diesel -- I trust that my victory made you sourer?  Har, har. -- Steel Sharpener

Visionist -- When we apologized for Menhoir's demise, we forgot to mention that B.B.
is maxed for the Mailer.  Indeed, he abdicated.  We apologize for the blood feud
inconvenience.  Maybe we can make it up to you somehow later? -- The Metal Mincer
Publicist
P.S.  Neither Ora nor Oremaster could respond as they just left for their counselling
session.

Bahram -- Good spotlight, and good to see you back. -- Jorja, Cardow Hunters

Bismuth Bender -- When we have to be, yes, of course.  Besides, anyone who will bend
bismuth will bend the rules, so we need to get you OUT of here. -- Sweet Birch

Spartacus -- Indeed, we wish you all the best.  And acknowledge that when the time
comes to cut a connection, it's best just to do it. -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Managers and gladiators of Lapur -- I *think* I will be able to write short
spotlights / episodes on a semi-regular basis.  If anyone is interested enough to
volunteer--either manager persona or gladiator--that would improve the odds of
spotlights getting written.  Let me know. -- Jorja aka Scribe
P.S.  Mind you, if I get socked with the tourney spy report, all bets are off.

Pappadeaux -- Ah, that was a good one, for me, at least.  And to think I could have
been a mere canoe instead! -- Sweet Birch

Priore -- That was completely embarrassing, but it was a good fight on YOUR part. --
Stormrider

Bismuth Bender -- They should call you the Pot-metal Pretzel-maker.  Nah, too long
for the forms.  Oh, well.  I survived, so all is acceptable.  But you really need a
loss on that record. -- Hardwood

Ulphor -- You doused my flames.  Ouch. -- Grassfire
P.S.  Good skills!  Thanks.

Parthenius -- Huh, that makes me look bad!  Uh, worse than I did before, I mean. --
Claybank

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DR. STRANGELEAF was devastated by DARIUS in a 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
SULU was demolished by BISMUTH BENDER in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
GOWRON was vanquished by BAHRAM in a popular 1 minute gory mismatched Challenge brawl.
NERO was demolished by SWEET BIRCH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
KHAN was viciously subdued by ULPHOR in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge fight.
SPACEMAN SPLIFF devastated CLAYBANK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
CAPTAIN KIRK lost to IRYANA in a popular 4 minute beginner vs. expert Challenge duel.
STEEL SHARPENER won victory over SOUR DIESEL in a 1 minute novice's Challenge fight.
INCONEL INDENTER handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
PRIORE was demolished by STORMRIDER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
PLUTONIUM PUNCH overcame HARDWOOD in a exciting 4 minute contest.
GRASSFIRE demolished BOND SERVANT in a 2 minute bloody one-sided brawl.
MAGDALA overcame SALLE in a 2 minute fight.
TANE won victory over SOLWYN in a 1 minute master vs. beginner bout.
PUFF THE DRAGON was handily defeated by WENIEN in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  19 -  2      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  11 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        28 -  25 -  2      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  26 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  15 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  28 -  0      43  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    33 -  44 -  3      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   7 -  0      42  |

Turn 668 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  DARIUS 5467                12   5  0  117 OPEN HAND (466)
LUNGING ATTACK   DR. STRANGELEAF 4659       15   5  1   92 BLUNT FORCE (393)
BASHING ATTACK   INCONEL INDENTER 4324      17  13  2   89 METAL MINCERS (256)
TOTAL PARRY      PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669       10   2  0   61 METAL MINCERS (256)
AIMED BLOW       SWEET BIRCH 5691           11   7  0   58 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
PARRY-LUNGE      SULU 5705                   8   7  0   57 TREKKERS (462)
WALL OF STEEL    GRASSFIRE 5715              8   6  0   48 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STORMRIDER 5520.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ULPHOR 5671.  The ten other most popular fighters were CAPTAIN KIRK 5754, 
HARDWOOD 5611, BAHRAM 5445, GRASSFIRE 5715, DARIUS 5467, BISMUTH BENDER 5692, 
SPACEMAN SPLIFF 5747, STEEL SHARPENER 5748, STORMRIDER 5520, and MAGDALA 5474.

The least popular fighter this week was SALLE 5736.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669, PRIORE 5628, CLAYBANK 5699, NERO 5707, DR. 
STRANGELEAF 4659, PUFF THE DRAGON 5746, SOLWYN 5753, TANE 5480, INCONEL INDENTER 
4324, and IRYANA 5492.

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 13-15, 2012.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $134.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception, free airport 
shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 
before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and people have been
unable to book rooms because they waited too long.)  Look for the tournament info 
sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope you're all looking forward to 
it and that we will see you there!