DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/06/2007    Duedate: 11/02/2007

XOCHITHLAN ARENA

DM-39    TURN-239

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SMIRK
CHEAP SHOTS (426)
(39-3606) [24-7-0,128]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SMIRK                          STINKY PETE
CHEAP SHOTS (426)              DREW'S BOYS (448)
(39-3606) [24-7-0,128]         (39-3790) [7-1-1,49]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

OPARA PERSI                    NAKOR
THE MIDDLE WAY (385)           DOG SOLDIERS II (443)
(39-3670) [20-20-0,85]         (39-3757) [9-6-1,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CHEAP SHOTS (426)           49
2. DOG SOLDIERS II (443)       -2      CHEAP SHOTS (426)
3. DREW'S BOYS (448)           -8      Unchartered Team
4. THE MIDDLE WAY (385)       -17
                                       DREW'S BOYS (448)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 CHEAP SHOTS (426)         97  25  0 79.5   1/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      9  6 0
 2/ 2*DREW'S BOYS (448)         16   6  1 72.7   2/ 1 CHEAP SHOTS (426)         7  2 0
 3/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     239 260  9 47.9   3/ 3*DREW'S BOYS (448)         5  2 0
 4/ 4 DOG SOLDIERS II (443)     31  44  4 41.3   4/ 4 DOG SOLDIERS II (443)     1  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 580): LARRY KING of DEATH'S DOOR (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 463): SCURVY LAD of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 588): OTIS 3 of FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): LEOPARD of TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (Master Beru, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 583): BOMBETTE of PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 587): JUGGERNAUT 31 of MACHINES OF WAR (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 585): BABY JESUS of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): QUIZNOS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 571): XYLICARE of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 570): DR. DREAM of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 544): IRON MAN of ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 534): RIQUETTIE of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 238): SMIRK of CHEAP SHOTS (Cheap Shots Manager, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 521): CELIE SHATTERSTONE of DELVERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 470): BLADERUNNER of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 225): GLUM of JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): DERELICT of ALL-STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 418): BALI DARRAS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 190): CRYBABY of OUTLAWS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 462): SUSHI SLINGER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 580): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 463): TEAM HAVOK (?, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 588): FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (Master Beru, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 583): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 587): MACHINES OF WAR (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 585): SENTINELS (?, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 571): BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 569): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 544): ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 534): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 238): CHEAP SHOTS (Cheap Shots Manager, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 521): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 470): RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 224): JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 418): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 190): QUARTERFLASH (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 462) TWISTED SESAME (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 580): HATCH BATTENER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                            SWEET STUFF of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 587): BIG BROTHER of FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): HOWARD of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 582): GRETZKY of SPORTS GREATS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): QUIZNOS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 520): QUICK DEAD HAMMER of KLK RANGE HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 417): BALI DARRAS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Ho, hum.  That makes it eight DM crowns.  They are getting a little heavy.  4-1
vs. wastes; 3-0 vs. rippers; 1-0 vs. slashers.  I think I may as well take a nap.
          Smirk, Duelmaster Extraordinaire

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly XOCHITHLAN games.  Former top team CHEAP SHOTS was 
unseated this week as THE MIDDLE WAY moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot 
with a 3-2-0 record for the round.  SHRUG caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as it skillfully bested MORI NEB and was awarded 24 points in recognition. 
In one of the week's more notable duels, SHRUG put down MORI NEB, causing her to lose 
20 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing has SMIRK in the past laid 
claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week it's proven its combat skill yet 
again.  Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights 
without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  My inside sources tell me that the 
team to beat in XOCHITHLAN these days is THE MIDDLE WAY.  At least, most blades in 
town are looking to avoid them.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild 
it was that spent the better part of last week avoiding THE MIDDLE WAY.  Indeed it 
was CHEAP SHOTS.  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the 
knowledge that many fighters are after OPARA PERSI.  Watch your back!  I cannot but 
express pride for the fearlessness of IGNORE who cast caution to the winds and 
challenged OPARA PERSI, a fighter 38 points higher.  The CHEAP SHOTS stable will be 
up late tonight, for indeed it was IGNORE who claimed victory in the contest, 
ascending 21 in recognition!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears 
arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in XOCHITHLAN.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I 
keep, indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari 
await me!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  
The wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMIRK 3606                   24   7  0   128       CHEAP SHOTS (426)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IGNORE 3605                  14  12  0    94       CHEAP SHOTS (426)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EYE RAISE 3604               11   0  0    90       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 NAKOR 3757                    9   6  1    90       DOG SOLDIERS II (443)
 SHRUG 3768                    8   1  0    90       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 OPARA PERSI 3670             20  20  0    85       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 MORI NEB 3728                17  10  0    69       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEELA ELLIS 3796              5   1  0    60       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RENNOR SIMM 3784              4   5  0    50       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 STINKY PETE 3790              7   1  1    49       DREW'S BOYS (448)
-SNEAK 3766                    4   3  0    43       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 MRS. POTATOE HEAD 3793        6   3  0    39       DREW'S BOYS (448)
-NIUN 3764                     3   1  0    35       DOG SOLDIERS II (443)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PONY 3755                     6   8  0    30       DOG SOLDIERS II (443)
 XYOKOR YAHL 3767              5   9  0    28       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
-TUNTUN 3754                   6   7  0    25       DOG SOLDIERS II (443)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TALON 3748                    4   3  2    17       DOG SOLDIERS II (443)
-REX 3795                      1   0  0    13       DREW'S BOYS (448)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARMY MUN 3794                 2   2  0     8       DREW'S BOYS (448)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We are getting a little tired of these measly 2-1's, Cheap Shots.  Shape up or ship
out! -- Cheap Shots Management

     Two-one?  Try running a couple more warriors, then.

Mori -- A sneer is so overt.  But it befits you. -- Smirk

Mrs. Potatoe Head -- Ho hum. -- Shrug

Ignore -- There was a fight?  I didn't notice.  I can't be bothered with it.  Just
give me some skills and go away. -- Opara Persi

The Rirorni Officer may have been quite a warrior in his day, but his day was fifteen
years ago. -- Mori Neb

Pony -- Some days, it's like that.  You just need to get a box of chocolates and a
mushy romance, or if you can't read, a minstrel with a stock of romantic songs, and
go back to bed for the day. -- Deela Ellis

Tuntun -- I expected a dwarven woman to be hairier.  Are you sure they got your race
right? -- Rennor Simm

Niun -- Wretched upstart! -- Xyokor Yahl

20 September 2007
Ok, ok, you can stop not-talking about TOGS VI already, it is coming, slowly but
surely, like a giant, over-fed, greased slug sliding down a gravely driveway.  We're
looking for new-comers, old-timers, in-betweeners, fence-sitters and Delarquans to
come on out and participate.  Just think, you could be the next Pinky & the Brain
pairing (a la Creepster & Manager), or maybe you'll be the team that crushes all in
its path on the way TO UTTER AND COMPLETE TOGS DOMINATION!!!!!!  [note:  insert
sinister cackle if it helps you complete the picture]

There will be a few minor changes, so let's recap the rules from top to bottom:

1.  Each TOGS team consists of two managers.  After the contest starts, there will be
no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your teammate wisely.  TOGS VI will last
for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.

2.  The TOGS entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per TOGS
team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no exceptions
being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or manager decides
to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
     a)  send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
          Paul Jokelson
          115 Moss Ave. #201
          Oakland, CA 94611
     b)  get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards
         and no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.

3. TOGS point system:

Fights: 

10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on your even challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on another TOGS warriors challenge.
 7 points for winning a random match-up against another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning a random match-up against a non-TOGS warrior.

Changes this TOGS: 

** 10 points for any challenge by the DM, UP OR DOWN!!
** 4 points for winning a random match-up against your TOGS partner's warrior.
To state the obvious, there are 0 points if you challenge your partner.

** 4 points for winning a bloodfeud attempt against you by a non-TOGS warrior

You will not get any points if you challenge or get challenged by a non-TOGS team
(with the exception of the above-stated rule if you get bloodfeuded), so use your
avoids wisely if you think someone is out to get you.

Spots/Ads

5 points for every spotlight written by any team member.  1 per manager per turn.

The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter
(that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and we will be completely firm on
this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will not be given points if
they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy related.
We will be the sole judge of this.  If you're unsure if we will judge something to be
Duelmasters or fantasy related, then e-mail me before you write the spotlight and
ask.  We reserve the right to take points away from a spotlight after they are given
if we judge at later time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.

-5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
personal ad.

4.  TOGS VI will start in arena 60 shortly after the Winter Face-to-Face (turn due
Feb 21, Aradi turn 436) and as mentioned before will last for 13 turns.  There will
be multipliers in the later rounds, which means that all points accumulated by a team
on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by each team
on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.

5.  Soultaker and Nuln will be the sole arbiters of any dispute that may arise, with
props to Sentinel for doing the score-keeping as always.  Whine all you like, we will
be glad to provide comfortable chairs and the cheese of your choice.

And there be the rules.  If you look closely, you'll notice there were a few minor
changes and additions made from the TOGS V rules.  They are as follows:

-- The Snotman & Nuln rule:  Last TOGS Snotman and Nuln randomly matched up something
like 4-5 times, so we basically decided out of pity to now give a small amount of
points (4 in this case) for winning a random against a teammate, so that you're not
completely screwed by having 2 of your 10 warriors get 0 zero points automatically.

-- Scaling Down Points for the DM:  Previously a TOGS DM would get 10 points *in
addition* to whatever challenge points they got.  This was to keep the DM from being
penalized for being at the top and give people something to fight for.  However, it
was a bit too much of an award and we decided to scale it back and eliminate the
bonus, but give full upchallenge credit whenever the DM challenges.

-- Bloodfeuds from outside TOGS teams:  This incident came up last TOGS, and it was
felt that if a person killed a non-TOGS warrior in a random, they shouldn't have to
be potentially locked into 4 turns of getting 0 points.  So we've added an additional

rule which now gives 4 points if you win when bloodfeuded by a non-TOGS warrior, at
least giving you some way to get points if you're locked into a non-TOGS bloodfeud
instead of being basically removed from the contest for 4 turns.

And lastly...

-- Team Names:  This was not listed in the rules, but to make things more festive, at
the suggestion of Manager we have decided to have the added dimension of team names!
Yes, no more boring rankings with Team 4 edging out Team 7.  Just picture reading a
TOGS turn report now, with something along the lines of "Team Fiery Starfish
obliterated Team Superior TOGSlings," just as one example.

We hope to see you all there....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

IGNORE unbelievably bested OPARA PERSI in a 7 minute master's Challenge fight.
SMIRK outwaited NAKOR in a action packed 7 minute one-sided Title match.
MORI NEB was devastated by SHRUG in a popular 1 minute one-sided contest.
DEELA ELLIS demolished MRS. POTATOE HEAD in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
RENNOR SIMM vanquished RIRORNI JANISSARY in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
STINKY PETE beat PONY in a 1 minute brawl.
TALON was overcome by XYOKOR YAHL in a action packed 1 minute fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   1 -  0      90  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   8 -  1      58  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 239 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    1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      SMIRK 3606                 24   7  0  128 CHEAP SHOTS (426)
SLASHING ATTACK  NAKOR 3757                  9   6  1   90 DOG SOLDIERS II (443)
STRIKING ATTACK  SHRUG 3768                  8   1  0   90 CHEAP SHOTS (426)
WALL OF STEEL    MORI NEB 3728              17  10  0   69 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
BASHING ATTACK   STINKY PETE 3790            7   1  1   49 DREW'S BOYS (448)
AIMED BLOW       MRS. POTATOE HEAD 3793      6   3  0   39 DREW'S BOYS (448)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
The overall popularity leader is OPARA PERSI 3670.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was NAKOR 3757.  The ten other most popular fighters were OPARA PERSI 3670, 
SHRUG 3768, IGNORE 3605, XYOKOR YAHL 3767, DEELA ELLIS 3796, SMIRK 3606, MORI NEB 
3728, RENNOR SIMM 3784, STINKY PETE 3790, and TALON 3748.

The least popular fighter this week was PONY 3755.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MRS. POTATOE HEAD 3793, TALON 3748, STINKY PETE 3790, RENNOR SIMM 3784, 
MORI NEB 3728, SMIRK 3606, DEELA ELLIS 3796, XYOKOR YAHL 3767, IGNORE 3605, and SHRUG 
3768.