DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/26/2010    Duedate: 09/08/2010

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-601

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JITNEY JOHNNY
JINDA-BAN (198)
(38-4825) [18-9-1,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JITNEY JOHNNY                  CLOD
JINDA-BAN (198)                THE OAFS (430)
(38-4825) [18-9-1,99]          (38-4863) [2-0-2,56]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JITNEY JOHNNY                  CLOD
JINDA-BAN (198)                THE OAFS (430)
(38-4825) [18-9-1,99]          (38-4863) [2-0-2,56]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE OAFS (430)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE OAFS (430)              61
2. JINDA-BAN (198)            -14      JINDA-BAN (198)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       THE OAFS (430)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*THE OAFS (430)             8   2  4 80.0   1/ 2*THE OAFS (430)            8  2 4
 2/ 3 JINDA-BAN (198)          590 790 14 42.8   2/ 1 JINDA-BAN (198)           8  7 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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 656): HONOR of MIGHTY MORALS II (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 538): TWO-PIECE TOENAIL of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 662): THE VOICE INSIDE of STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 633): IRONSIDE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 657): SONNY of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 652): NOT-A-NUT JONES of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 660): HARPOON of BUNION SQUAD (Obregon, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 645): THE GRINCH of ABOMINATIONS (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 646): PINCH BLISTER of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 645): SIDEWINDER of SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 613): ATILLA of THE FALLEN ANGELS (Jahgg Grimeye, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 600): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 276): KAHR, JACK of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 593): FAROMAN of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 544): OF SEA AND WIND of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 260): ALLERDAE CHAN of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 251): I'M A BASHER of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 490): FARGO HAIL of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 227): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 538): RUGEN THE JELLYFISH of HANNAH'S PALS (The Upright Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 656): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 538): 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 662): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 633): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 657): TECHNOLOGY (Otto X Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 652): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 660): BONSUR LONG NAMES (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 645): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 646): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 645): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 613): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 600): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 376): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 593): I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (?, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 544): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 260): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 251): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 490): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 227): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 538) STREET PIZZA et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 659): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 645): SIDEWINDER of SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                           WEASEL of OMINOUS REIGN (Archaic Elf, mgr.)
                           GRANDADDY SMURF of BEN'S BAZAAR (Gentleben, mgr.)
               (turn 644): BLAKSUNN of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 612): ELLIRIN IMBRAY of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 600): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 599): GURU GNU of HILLTOP GURUS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 543): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 259): SAMILDAR of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Despite our general non-chattiness, I have to say SOMETHING here.  Such as, the
Veteran Mercenary fought a good fight, and in a just world would be the duelmaster.
Oh, well.

                                    Kartikaya

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for CLIFFHOME.  Like, JINDA-BAN had to be so 
embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by THE OAFS!  Way to go THE OAFS!  MVP 
award for CLOD?  THE OAFS' proud of him after beating THEA DOZZIER and getting 28 
points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  LUM BUSBY's match with VENOMOUS CONCUBINE cost 
him a loss of 5 points!  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to M. 
CHARDINEE, and KARTIKAYA has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  JITNEY JOHNNY of 
JINDA-BAN takes KARTIKAYA's place.  (But seriously, who could ever take the place of 
KARTIKAYA?  Oh, all right.) Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his 
teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  CLOD of THE OAFS wasn't planning on killing THEA DOZZIER, I bet.  Now he 
has to worry about being Bloodfeuded, and getting put on lists...  I was so shocked 
when CLOD killed THEA DOZZIER I just about swallows my gum!  And do you think THE 
OAFS really wants a Bloodfeud from JINDA-BAN?  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you 
guys can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  
Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JITNEY JOHNNY 4825           18   9  1    99       JINDA-BAN (198)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUM BUSBY 4822               17  16  0    74       JINDA-BAN (198)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLOD 4863                     2   0  2    56       THE OAFS (430)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOMAX 4865                    2   0  1    29       THE OAFS (430)
 STUMBLEBUM 4862               2   0  1    28       THE OAFS (430)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUMBLEBUM 4864                2   0  0    21       THE OAFS (430)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
T-BONE TWO-STEP 4793    4  4 0 DANCES WITH MEAT 425 HANS 4836             597  NONE
TAREK TORR 4852         3  3 1 JINDA-BAN 198        LOMAX 4865            601   
THEA DOZZIER 4832      13  5 1 JINDA-BAN 198        CLOD 4863             601   
NOPE 4871               0  1 0 THE OAFS 430         WURM KIN              601  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

To those we fought -- Good fight. -- We who fought you

19 August 10
POSTED:  Arena recruitment effort, DM 32, Arvat -- seeing as our arena Participation
has dwindled in recent months, we're offering the following incentive to any new
teams looking for a new home arena.  We will GIVE a Free Rollup to any manager
willing to agree to fight in Arvat for the next 10 turns.  We have a number of VERY
solid arena teams stockpiled, and while we don't promise tournament godlings, we are
certain we can come up with teams with 3, 4 or even 5 solid arena warriors to start
out with.
     In addition we'll honor any no-challenge requests by relatively new managers to
help you get off on the right foot.

     If interested, please contact the Devil Advocates via Diplo or contact
theDarkOne via IM on the www DOT reality DOT com site.  We will even give a choice of
teams available if requested.

21 August 2010
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                                 COME ONE, COME ALL
                                  MEET NEW FRIENDS
                                 AND FORM NEW TEAMS
                     WIN ROLLUP CERTS AND RSI SPONSORED PRIZES
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                               THE TURF WAR IS HERE AGAIN!!!!!
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                                 *TURF WAR VII RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2010 (12 turns)
           Bring acclaim and glory to the North Fork (DM47) arena.

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork (DM 47)
newsletter.
        2.  Indicate in the newsletter which Captain/alliance you will join.
        3.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums or elsewhere will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying/authorizing, in the North Fork newsletter those who wish to
participate under the banner of their alliance. (Lack of participant indication of
joining and/or lack of lack of Captain confirmation will delay a team's participation
in the Turf War.)
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit two (2) RSI Roll-Up Certificates to participate. (Note: Captains
may, if they wish, submit certs for all potential members of their alliance.)

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit two (2) RSI Roll-Up Certificates to participate (Unless already
submitted by Captain. Note: extras will not be returned, but will go into the winning
pool of prizes.)
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.  Announcement made
on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until an RSI Gift Certificate is
received, and participant indication and captain confirmation are posted in the North
Fork newsletter. NO EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified in the newsletter
by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate disqualification
(including team point adjustments) from the Turf War (so be sure to take any multiple
teams OFF of Team Maintenance and be certain not to run any other team warriors).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams/alliances that do not
properly declare or get captain confirmation or fail to send a Gift Certificate by
Turn 1.  In other words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of the
Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your score will not begin until Turn
3.  All conditions must be met before scoring will begin--declaration, verification,
and Gift Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions will be final. (Note:
the intent is to have a very thorough set of rules so that few decisions, if any, are
required from the moderators.)

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                                   Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Up Challenge                        +2     -2     +5       -5
Down Challenge                       0     -2      0       -5
Match Up                            +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud Challenge (Up or Down)    +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion **                         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*                        +10     -5     xx       xx
Tournament Death***                                        -5
Halfway (6 round total) best alliance win/loss percentage ****
Final (12 round total) alliance w/l% percentage ****
    *After 2nd win in DA, warrior scores no additional points for wins,
    ** A Champion's double score applies to his score only -- not to the opponent.
    *** No warrior may be substituted without the proper use of the DA or arena death
or death in a tournament. There must be a maximum of five only on a team at any point
and time. (The penalty for such substitution is -10 points.) Points awarded for
tournament participation are 5 for any entrant, 15 for a TV and 25 for a TC. Death in
a tournament negates any tournament points gained and results in a-5 score.
    ***** Halfway points scored are 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 5 (etc) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
(etc). (to qualify for any of these points the alliance must have fought 75% of its
possible fights.) Final 12 Round points scored are 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 5 (etc)
for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd (etc). (to qualify for any of these points the alliance must
have fought 75% of its possible fights.)

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2 
     1. No matter how many mentions or stylemasters, an individual team can score
only +2 in each category per round
Style Master                                     +2
      1. No matter how many mentions or stylemasters, an individual team can score
only +2 in each category per round
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must have fought at least one previous fight in the North Fork
(DM47 arena) to be able to be declared a champion. 

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
(1) time bonus of 25 15 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a warrior(s) wins
such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
(1) time bonus of 50 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a warrior(s) win
such status.
        4.  Points awarded for tournament participation are 5 for any entrant, (15
total for a TV and 25 total for a TC.) However, death in a tournament will result in
a -5 score for that tournament. (If a warrior TV's and is subsequently killed in a
tournament the points scored are -5 for that tournament.)
        5.  Points for TVs and TCs and tournament deaths will be applied the Turn
after RSI posts tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North Fork turn 276
to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with Alliance A.
If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of five (5) teams allowed per alliance for the
Turf War VII.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is normally a "winner take all" contest.  However, for TWVII, a prize
will be awarded each of the twelve turns to the individual team/manager that fights
five fights and has the best w/l record that turn. (Tiebreakers are in order - kills,
recognition points earned.) All prizes and 100% of the Gift Certificates will be
awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance at the end of the competition.  It is
the responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

     All entry fees (rollup certs) are awarded to the winning alliance, except for
the twelve reserved for the individual winning manager each week.)
     The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of all Dark Arena Monsters (two for each manager in the winning
alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
(warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have at least one
DM47 arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each and every individual manager who
fights in all 12 rounds AND 54 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied
to a living warrior from (DM 47)
     These RSI awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee)
within 4 turns of the end of TW VI. The certs will be mailed to the winning alliance
by the Moderators within two weeks of the end of the TW.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com or
wfms101 at aol dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

This contest will begin in November 2010 following the Fall Mail In.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NOPE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
KARTIKAYA was viciously subdued by M. CHARDINEE in a 9 minute one-sided duel.
JITNEY JOHNNY overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
LUM BUSBY was bested by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a exciting 1 minute veteran's fight.
THEA DOZZIER was viciously butchered by CLOD in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
STUMBLEBUM overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
BUMBLEBUM devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
TAREK TORR was put to death by LOMAX in a 1 minute melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        10 -   2 -  1      83  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   3 -  2      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    17 -   8 -  1      68  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  2      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  14 -  3      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   8 -  0      27  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        2 -  12 -  0      14  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 601 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     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0     
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   JITNEY JOHNNY 4825         18   9  1   99 JINDA-BAN (198)
STRIKING ATTACK  LUM BUSBY 4822             17  16  0   74 JINDA-BAN (198)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JITNEY JOHNNY 4825.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CLOD 4863.  The ten other most popular fighters were JITNEY JOHNNY 4825, LUM 
BUSBY 4822, STUMBLEBUM 4862, BUMBLEBUM 4864, LOMAX 4865, THEA DOZZIER 4832, TAREK 
TORR 4852, NOPE 4871,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was NOPE 4871.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TAREK TORR 4852, THEA DOZZIER 4832, LOMAX 4865, BUMBLEBUM 4864, 
STUMBLEBUM 4862, LUM BUSBY 4822, JITNEY JOHNNY 4825, CLOD 4863,  0, and  0.

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

KARTIKAYA (38-4761) JINDA-BAN (198)

                 NEW TEAMS IN THE TEMPORARY TOURNAMENT ARENA (DM 85)

Please note that all new teams created at the Face-to-Face were temporarily placed in 
a temporary Tournament Arena, DM 85.  If you requested that your team be placed in a 
specific arena, it has already transferred to that arena.  Any teams not transferred 
out of DM 85 by October 1 will be deleted.  If you have questions about any of your 
teams, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI 

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 14-16, 2011.  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 $129.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), 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 22 
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!