DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/03/2005    Duedate: 03/16/2005

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-447

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TIRO CUCKOO
THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4329) [21-22-1,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TIRO CUCKOO                    POSITION IS EMPTY
THE FAMILY (116)               
(43-4329) [21-22-1,101]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIRO CUCKOO                    GRINIAN
THE FAMILY (116)               THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4329) [21-22-1,101]        (43-4407) [3-1-0,26]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE FAMILY (116)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE FAMILY (116)            69
2. BOOGIE NIGHTS (304)          0      GIRLS X3 (254)
3. HEADHUNTERS (440)            0      Unchartered Team
4. WIDOWMAKERS (115)            0
5. GIRLS X3 (254)             -13       (100)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GIRLS X3 (254)            55  29  3 65.5   1/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)         10  5 0
 2- 2 BOOGIE NIGHTS (304)      192 111  9 63.4   2/ 1 GIRLS X3 (254)            7  5 0
 3- 3 WIDOWMAKERS (115)        161 139  4 53.7   3/ 3 HELL'S PAWNS (104)        4 11 1
 4- 4*HEADHUNTERS (440)          2   2  0 50.0   4- 4 WIDOWMAKERS (115)         2  2 0
 5/ 6 THE FAMILY (116)         403 470 10 46.2   5- 6 BOOGIE NIGHTS (304)       1  0 0
 6/ 5 HELL'S PAWNS (104)       160 191 20 45.6   6- 5*HEADHUNTERS (440)         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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): MECHANISM of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): ARNIE'S ARMY (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BADGER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                     (turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  We now have a new top team for all of you guys 
to dogpile on.  THE FAMILY now holds the crown and they are betting they can keep it. 
Hey everybody, watch out for TIRANIAN, who flew up 27 points in the rankings after 
mashing GRIEF like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in 
the top ten was GRIEF, who dropped 24 points after a disappointing (to say the least) 
bout with TIRANIAN.  It's a proud day for the THE FAMILY stable, as their warrior, 
TIRO CUCKOO, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Advice to bashers--never force 
anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, C. ZETA JONES would be president.  
Although it may be a contest she doesn't want to win.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Congrats to C. ZETA JONES for 
revenging the death of hers teammate (but more importantly, feeding RAPTURE a bit of 
dirt).  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally in the arena with 
you and see what happens.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  Its been 
real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIRO CUCKOO 4329             21  22  1   101       THE FAMILY (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER 2598     10   5  1    87       GIRLS X3 (254)
 C. ZETA JONES 4393            7   1  0    79       GIRLS X3 (254)
 RAPTURE 4374                 12   9  1    68       HELL'S PAWNS (104)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WOUNDBRINGER 4376            11  10  0    62       WIDOWMAKERS (115)
 VAHNZUR 4373                 12  12  0    61       THE FAMILY (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WILLBREAKER 4372             13  10  0    53       WIDOWMAKERS (115)
 TIRANIAN 4391                 6   4  0    53       THE FAMILY (116)
 HEATHER GRAHAM 4395           6   2  0    47       GIRLS X3 (254)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRIEF 4388                    7   7  2    31       HELL'S PAWNS (104)
-DIRK DIGGLER 3962             3   2  0    31       BOOGIE NIGHTS (304)
 GRINIAN 4407                  3   1  0    26       THE FAMILY (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STILJANZ 4409                 3   0  0    20       THE FAMILY (116)
-ROY! ROY! ROY! 4401           2   2  0    15       HEADHUNTERS (440)
 SHOCK 4411                    0   1  0     2       HELL'S PAWNS (104)
 SHY 4410                      0   1  0     1       HELL'S PAWNS (104)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ANGELA MEADORS 2597    9  5 0 GIRLS X3 254          RAPTURE 4374          446 JUST REV
A REJECTED PAWN 4412   0  1 0 HELL'S PAWNS 104      DARK CHAMPION 24      447 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Woundbringer -- Appropriate name, I suppose.  But not today. -- Tiro Cuckoo

C. Zeta Jones -- I felt that it would be wrong, nay, it would be unchivalrous, if I
may use such a term, for me to strike a woman, even a Shewish woman.  Thus my
restraint. -- Vahnzur

Roy!x3 -- Some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.  This is one
of your statue days. -- Tiranian
P.S.  But cheer up, this too shall pass.

Persistent Beggar?  Pah.  Why should I be generous to a golem? -- Grinian
P.S.  Yes, I know the Commission SAYS it's a dwarf, but you know what dwarves are
like.

Obviously, the Embezzling Scribe is an idiot.  Otherwise he wouldn't have been found
out, AND he would teach better. -- Stiljanz

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

A REJECTED PAWN was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER lost to TIRO CUCKOO in a action packed 1 minute Title battle.
RAPTURE was subdued by C. ZETA JONES in a 1 minute fight.
HEATHER GRAHAM lost to VAHNZUR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
GRIEF was overpowered by TIRANIAN in a 2 minute bloody one-sided fight.
GRINIAN devastated SHY in a crowd pleasing 2 minute one-sided duel.
STILJANZ savagely defeated SHOCK in a 2 minute gory amateur's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   2 -  0      82  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   2 -  0      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   3 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  17 -  1      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      7 -  13 -  0      35  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         AIMED BLOW         8 -  23 -  3      26  |

Turn 447 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER 2598   10   5  1   87 GIRLS X3 (254)
SLASHING ATTACK  C. ZETA JONES 4393          7   1  0   79 GIRLS X3 (254)
LUNGING ATTACK   RAPTURE 4374               12   9  1   68 HELL'S PAWNS (104)
STRIKING ATTACK  TIRANIAN 4391               6   4  0   53 THE FAMILY (116)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TIRO CUCKOO 4329.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was GRINIAN 4407.  The ten other most popular fighters were TIRANIAN 4391, 
STILJANZ 4409, SHY 4410, SHOCK 4411, TIRO CUCKOO 4329, C. ZETA JONES 4393, VAHNZUR 
4373, ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER 2598, HEATHER GRAHAM 4395, and GRIEF 4388.

The least popular fighter this week was RAPTURE 4374.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were A REJECTED PAWN 4412, GRIEF 4388, HEATHER GRAHAM 4395, ELLEN SUE 
GOTLANDER 2598, VAHNZUR 4373, C. ZETA JONES 4393, TIRO CUCKOO 4329, SHOCK 4411, SHY 
4410, and STILJANZ 4409.