DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/06/2007    Duedate: 10/19/2007

RODEKI ARENA

DM-42    TURN-522

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KILLER KABUKI
ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
(42-3231) [14-10-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              HISTORICAL LANDMARKS
                               BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)
                               (42-4371) [4-0-1,38]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROCKSOCK                       WINKY DINK
DELVERS (154)                  COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
(42-4253) [21-25-0,100]        (42-4407) [12-9-0,79]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)       58
2. COLOR ME SUAVE (322)        19      COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
3. BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)    13      Unchartered Team
4. KLK RANGE HAMMERZ (379)      0
5. DELVERS (154)              -27      BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)   8   1  2 88.9   1/ 1 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     11  4 0
 2/ 2 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     522 371 26 58.5   2/ 3 ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)     7  8 0
 3/ 3 ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)    111 120  5 48.1   3/ 2 DELVERS (154)             6  9 0
 4/ 4 DELVERS (154)            529 691 13 43.4   4/ 4*BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)  5  1 1
 5- 5 KLK RANGE HAMMERZ (379)   29  38  4 43.3   5- 5 KLK RANGE HAMMERZ (379)   1  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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                         ---===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.

     Quick Dead Hammer, you weren't quick enough, but you also didn't get all the way
dead, so I guess you came out of it ahead.  And I got a bunch of skills, even if I DO
have to do a column again.  At least I took it on a win.  Thanks for that.

                                  Celie Shatterstone

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly RODEKI games.  HONG KONG FOOEY caught the eye of many 
in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested HOLLYMOOP and was awarded 18 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, HONG KONG FOOEY put 
down HOLLYMOOP, causing him to lose 18 points of recognition in the process.  The 
city has turned out in honor of KILLER KABUKI, for with hers arena victory she may 
now lay claim to the highest position in the city!  Informants "close" to the city 
champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  
Watch out!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In RODEKI "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  RODEKI, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the 
names of thy guilds is ELEMENTS OF ZEN, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the 
weekly duels.  Apparently the stalwarts of COLOR ME SUAVE are catching the bulk of 
jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Loose talk 
at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters 
are after MISO SOUP.  Watch your back!  I can not but mention with disdain the name 
of HISTORICAL LANDMARKS who this week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 14 
points below in the rankings.  I thought HISTORICAL LANDMARKS showed great skill and 
promise when he put to death BISSELDA.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!  
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and 
assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  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 - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KILLER KABUKI 3231           14  10  0   100       ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKSOCK 4253                21  25  0   100       DELVERS (154)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINKY DINK 4407              12   9  0    79       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 CELIE SHATTERSTONE 4404      14   9  0    78       DELVERS (154)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HONG KONG FOOEY 3524         10   6  0    66       ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
 MISO SOUP 3167               17  12  0    63       ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOIST TOWELETTE 4430          5   5  1    52       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 HOLLYMOOP 4429                8   3  0    48       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 MASTER PO 3527                8   6  0    48       ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
 CHRISTELLINA 4405            10  13  0    43       DELVERS (154)
 HISTORICAL LANDMARKS 4371     4   0  1    38       BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)
 JADE TIGER 3509               8  11  1    36       ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHEESY SQUEEZER 4436          3   2  0    28       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STANDING AND GAWKING 4368     1   0  1    19       BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)
 SUCKFOOT 4437                 2   2  0    18       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MATCHING SHIRTS 4369          3   1  0    17       BASH BROS. TOURIST (390)
 ASBENTA 4434                  1   4  0     7       DELVERS (154)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BISSELDA 4435          2  3 0 DELVERS 154           HISTORICAL LANDM 4371 522         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Killer Kabuki -- Being a golem, and one designed primarily for mining, I have no
response at all to "drama."  It is simply pretense, not-real.  It does not speak to
me. -- Rocksock
P.S.  I am not, myself, designed to "admire" people for gender-linked qualities, but
I note that you are of a balanced and symmetrical form, which I believe is approved
by most born-people, and that you do have a gender adjustment.  Do you find this
works well for you, or is it a distraction as others have claimed?

Dangerous Criminal?  As if! -- Christellina

Cheesy Squeezer -- I knew at once, just from your name, that you would be suave.  How
do you do it? -- Asbenta

I suspect that the Convicted Thief just does this gladiating in order to get free
lodging in the Infirmary. -- Bisselda

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

WINKY DINK devastated MISO SOUP in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
HISTORICAL LANDMARKS slaughtered BISSELDA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
MATCHING SHIRTS defeated ASBENTA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody Challenge duel.
CELIE SHATTERSTONE was overpowered by KILLER KABUKI in a 2 minute Title fight.
ROCKSOCK devastated KUNG-FU MASTER in a popular 1 minute uneven brawl.
HOLLYMOOP was devastated by HONG KONG FOOEY in a 1 minute mismatched match.
JADE TIGER was handily defeated by MOIST TOWELETTE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CHRISTELLINA lost to MASTER PO in a 2 minute duel.
SUCKFOOT vanquished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
CHEESY SQUEEZER vanquished MORDANT DESERTER 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|
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         BASHING ATTACK    24 -  10 -  2      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -   8 -  1      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  12 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  12 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  12 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  15 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 522 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    KILLER KABUKI 3231         14  10  0  100 ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WINKY DINK 4407            12   9  0   79 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
SLASHING ATTACK  CELIE SHATTERSTONE 4404    14   9  0   78 DELVERS (154)
BASHING ATTACK   HONG KONG FOOEY 3524       10   6  0   66 ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
TOTAL PARRY      MISO SOUP 3167             17  12  0   63 ELEMENTS OF ZEN (129)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROCKSOCK 4253.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was WINKY DINK 4407.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHRISTELLINA 4405, 
MATCHING SHIRTS 4369, CELIE SHATTERSTONE 4404, ROCKSOCK 4253, HISTORICAL LANDMARKS 
4371, ASBENTA 4434, KILLER KABUKI 3231, HONG KONG FOOEY 3524, MOIST TOWELETTE 4430, 
and SUCKFOOT 4437.

The least popular fighter this week was JADE TIGER 3509.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HOLLYMOOP 4429, BISSELDA 4435, MISO SOUP 3167, CHEESY SQUEEZER 4436, 
MASTER PO 3527, SUCKFOOT 4437, MOIST TOWELETTE 4430, HONG KONG FOOEY 3524, KILLER 
KABUKI 3231, and ASBENTA 4434.