DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/21/2005    Duedate: 10/04/2005

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-507

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BEFORE THE DAWN
CALL THE PRIEST (344)
(32-4148) [13-2-0,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BEFORE THE DAWN                DAMNATION
CALL THE PRIEST (344)          ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
(32-4148) [13-2-0,115]         (32-4214) [5-2-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TASSALTER                      HERON
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)        FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
(32-4112) [14-35-1,93]         (32-4273) [1-1-0,12]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CALL THE PRIEST (344)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE STORMLORDS (337)        34
2. FRIEND OR FOE? (365)        24      CALL THE PRIEST (344)
3. ANGELS OF PAIN (360)        24      Unchartered Team
4. CALL THE PRIEST (344)       22
5. KAOS (254)                   0      ANGELS OF PAIN (360)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)      2   0  0  100   1/ 1 CALL THE PRIEST (344)    11  4 0
 2- 2*FLAMING DEATH (347)       10   4  0 71.4   2/ 4*ANGELS OF PAIN (360)      7  4 0
 3/ 5 CALL THE PRIEST (344)    116  64  6 64.4   3/ 2 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     6  8 1
 4- 4 BLITZKRIEG II (354)       27  15  2 64.3   4/ 6*FRIEND OR FOE? (365)      5  5 3
 5/ 6 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    807 489 43 62.3   5/ 8 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   5  7 1
 6/ 8*ANGELS OF PAIN (360)      18  13  0 58.1   6/ 3 THE STORMLORDS (337)      5 10 0
 7/ 9 THE STORMLORDS (337)     134 120 10 52.8   7/ 7*COLLEGE RADIO (364)       3  8 0
 8/ 7*FRIEND OR FOE? (365)       5   5  3 50.0   8- 9*GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)     2  0 0
 9/10 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  353 517 11 40.6   9-10*FLAMING DEATH (347)       1  0 0
10/11*COLLEGE RADIO (364)        3   8  0 27.3  10-11 BLITZKRIEG II (354)       1  1 0
11-12*KAOS (254)                 0   1  0  0.0  11-12*KAOS (254)                0  1 0
12-13*DARK TOADS (363)           0   1  0  0.0  12-13*DARK TOADS (363)          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

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Old Secrets #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zukal:

     Karolvingar flicked one leathery wing and looked away, not answering Doreg's
question.
     Zrof said, "Time is different in some other universes.  It might not have been
thousands of years where the Demon Prince is now."
     Doreg looked at the arenamaster, and his face went blank.  For all practical
purposes, Zrof One-Eye was a Prince of Zukal just as he himself was, and it was folly
to reveal one's feelings to another prince.  They might be allies at the moment, but
the princes of Zukal were always rivals.  "You speak as though you know," he said.
     Zrof nodded.  "I do know.  Not all, not for sure where the Demon Prince may be
found, but...I know something.  Where to start looking."
     Doreg stiffened, his face becoming, if anything, blanker.  He was the youngest
of the Bandit Princes, he was Rirorni, he was relatively new to his rank and even to
the city of Zukal.  He knew that some of the princes resented him, were more than
rivals.  "Do the others know--?"
     Zrof shook his head.  "They know nothing at all about the Demon Prince.  Many of
them don't even know there ever was such a man.  Some wouldn't believe it, and none
of them can be of any use in this.  The places where we will need to go to find the
Demon Prince are not for the old and those who are set in their ways.  You and I.
Perhaps a gladiator or two...."  He frowned.  "If such can be found."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     A bold challenge, Argonaut, and it is with regret that I saw you die.  I'm
afraid my dexterity leaves something to be desired, as I was aiming for your leg.  I
hope your manager will learn from this, however, and send his warriors out with
armor!  To come out in your shirtsleeves is asking for trouble.

                                      Tassalter

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of ARVAT.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  What's a move up by 3 
you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to 
FISHERMAN'S WHARF.  Practice pays for BOOYAH JIM, who pummelled PERSISTENT BEGGAR, to 
pocket 16 points.  BILL ZEYBUB certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after 
losing to ULTHAR ULSAY and losing 14 points in the process!  You could cut the 
tension with a scimitar as BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST met the Duelmaster.  In 
ARVAT, nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, 
BEFORE THE DAWN.  Word has it one team in ARVAT is taking speech lessons to try to 
bore their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of COLLEGE RADIO should take 
up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of good breeding 
scorns the "warriors" of DEVIL ADVOCATES, so did that sorry team shy from COLLEGE 
RADIO If challenges were horses, CHARON could open up a fast food joint!  My love of 
complete Spyreports dictates that I note the mismatched fight, VANITY and M. EDGAR 
D'SERPENT.  Are FRIEND OR FOE? unwilling to engage in a fair fight?  I thought VANITY 
showed great skill and promise when it killed M. EDGAR D'SERPENT.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have 
fallen into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in ARVAT is the highlight of my life.  As if buffeted 
by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Can 
anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for ARVAT?  On that giddy note 
I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEFORE THE DAWN 4148         13   2  0   115       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TASSALTER 4112               14  35  1    93       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELECTRIC EYE 4156            10   5  0    79       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-IZUSU TROOPER 4062            8   1  0    73       FLAMING DEATH (347)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREKI 4179                   12   3  0    66       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 M. A. FISTAFOLES 4191         7   4  0    64       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 LOGGERHEAD 4149              13  19  0    58       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 SINNER 4165                   6   5  0    58       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEE SPADER 4192               7   4  3    56       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 UNITED 4162                   4   8  1    53       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-NAUTILUS 4134                 7   3  0    51       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
-LOGGERHEAD 4133               3   2  0    44       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 CHARON 4103                   9  11  0    38       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-DESERT FOX 4131               5   5  1    35       BLITZKRIEG II (354)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAMNATION 4214                5   2  0    33       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
-DAHLGREN 4132                 3   2  1    33       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245        4   0  0    32       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 ULTHAR ULSAY 4199             2   7  0    31       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-JUSTICE 4217                  3   2  0    29       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 VANITY 4267                   2   0  1    29       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
-LOU CYPHER 4188               7   6  0    27       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-MISERY 4235                   3   1  0    27       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEAD 60'S 4258                2   1  0    21       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
 TORMENT 4271                  2   0  0    21       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 BRIAN BORU 4263               2   1  0    18       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 BOOYAH JIM 4285               1   0  1    16       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
-TAKE YOUR LUMPS 4260          0   2  0    16       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
 HERON 4273                    1   1  0    12       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-YUGO CV 4066                  1   0  0    12       FLAMING DEATH (347)
-GREATER ORC 4249              1   0  0    11       GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)
-ROLTON 4250                   1   0  0    10       GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)
 BILL ZEYBUB 4244              2   3  0     9       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-VW BEETLE 4064                1   0  0     6       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 FREDDIE 4265                  1   1  0     6       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-GLOBETROTTERS 4254            0   1  0     5       DARK TOADS (363)
 STUBBORN 4269                 1   1  0     4       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
 THE SHRIMP 4264               1   1  0     4       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-HEAVEN 4261                   1   1  0     4       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
 MALICE 4270                   0   2  0     2       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
-FORD PINTO 4234               0   1  0     1       FLAMING DEATH (347)
-GROPO 3185                    0   1  0     1       KAOS (254)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 313  0  1 0   1                   BOOYAH JIM 4285       507 NONE    
REPRISAL 4216          4  3 0 ANGELS OF PAIN 360    WURM KIN 336          507 NONE    
ARGONAUT 4135          9  3 0 BLITZKRIEG II 354     TASSALTER 4112        506         
M. EDGAR D'SERPE 4236  1  5 0 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   VANITY 4267           507         
BOATMAN KU 4130       15 26 1 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 STRATOSTAR 4173       504         
LITTLE RAINBOW 4146   19 13 0 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 SILVER TRAIN 4170     504         
BASHFUL 4268           1  1 1 FRIEND OR FOE? 365    HIGH ELF 328          507 NONE    
LOVE POTION #10 4284   0  1 0 THE STORMLORDS 337    ARENAMISTRESS SUG 332 507 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lord Protector Sensoo O Suru graduates at 26-19.  He is 11-16(1)-14-11(2)-18(1)-
10(1)-11(2) TP.  Lo/Lo.  Adept with the SH, innate ability to use the parry tactic to
good effect and learns attack skills more easily than normal.  He learned 44 skills
and had an Advanced Expert in Parry and an Expert in Attack.  The Council of Lords
salutes Lord Protector Sensoo O Suru, former Duelmaster of Arvat!

M.A. Fistafoles -- What do the initials stand for?  Marmaduke Archibald? --
Loggerhead
P.S.  Having a name like that would give anyone a nasty disposition.

Brian Boru -- (sigh)  My father always told me that elves were nasty and dangerous,
and I see that he was right. -- Heron

Torment -- You know, I don't think I like this job. -- Freddie

Malice -- What's a nice kid like you doing in a place like this? -- The Shrimp

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BASHFUL was dealt death by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
REPRISAL was butchered by WURM KIN in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
LOVE POTION #10 was easily killed by ARENAMISTRESS SUGAR in a 1 minute match.
FREEWHEEL BURNIN' defeated BRIAN BORU in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
BEFORE THE DAWN devastated TASSALTER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title contest.
DEE SPADER defeated LOGGERHEAD in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge match.
TORMENT devastated THE SHRIMP in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
VANITY butchered M. EDGAR D'SERPENT in a 2 minute bloody mismatched Challenge match.
M. A. FISTAFOLES was savagely defeated by ELECTRIC EYE in a 1 minute melee.
FREKI outwaited SINNER in a 12 minute gory duel.
CHARON lost to UNITED in a 2 minute duel.
DEAD 60'S was overpowered by DAMNATION in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ULTHAR ULSAY handily defeated BILL ZEYBUB in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
FREDDIE subdued MALICE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brutal amateur's competition.
STUBBORN was savagely defeated by HERON in a crowd pleasing 3 minute novice's brawl.
BOOYAH JIM assassinated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       5         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  19 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  16 -  1      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  18 -  1      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  19 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        13 -  13 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  21 -  1      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  32 -  5      41  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  12 -  1      37  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 507 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  BEFORE THE DAWN 4148       13   2  0  115 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FREKI 4179                 12   3  0   66 THE STORMLORDS (337)
STRIKING ATTACK  DEE SPADER 4192             7   4  3   56 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TASSALTER 4112.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was HERON 4273.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEE SPADER 4192, SINNER 
4165, ULTHAR ULSAY 4199, BEFORE THE DAWN 4148, VANITY 4267, ELECTRIC EYE 4156, UNITED 
4162, FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245, TORMENT 4271, and CHARON 4103.

The least popular fighter this week was FREKI 4179.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were STUBBORN 4269, DEAD 60'S 4258, M. EDGAR D'SERPENT 4236, THE SHRIMP 
4264, LOGGERHEAD 4149, TASSALTER 4112, LOVE POTION #10 4284, BOOYAH JIM 4285, BILL 
ZEYBUB 4244, and M. A. FISTAFOLES 4191.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

TASSALTER (32-4112) FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)