DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/29/2005    Duedate: 10/12/2005

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-461

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TIRANIAN
THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4391) [13-11-0,75]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TIRANIAN                       SNOHBAL
THE FAMILY (116)               DARKSPEAR (443)
(43-4391) [13-11-0,75]         (43-4424) [2-1-0,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIRANIAN                       SULLIUS MAXIMUS
THE FAMILY (116)               RAIDERS OF GOR (341)
(43-4391) [13-11-0,75]         (43-3434) [5-3-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE FAMILY (116)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHILANTHROPISTS (407)       65
2. THE FAMILY (116)             4      THE FAMILY (116)
3. ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)       0      Unchartered Team
4. DARKSPEAR (443)              0
5. RAIDERS OF GOR (341)         0      DARKSPEAR (443)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*DARKSPEAR (443)            2   1  0 66.7   1/ 1 THE FAMILY (116)          8  7 0
 2/ 7*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)      5   3  2 62.5   2/ 7*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     5  1 2
 3- 2*ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)     3   2  0 60.0   3- 3*ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)    3  2 0
 4/ 3*RAIDERS OF GOR (341)      17  13  0 56.7   4/ 4*DARKSPEAR (443)           2  1 0
 5/ 6 THE FAMILY (116)         442 497 10 47.1   5/ 5*RAIDERS OF GOR (341)      2  5 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 525): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLD FILLING of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HI-JINX of PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 521): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 518): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 509): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 459): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 410): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 524): ANARCHY of CASTLE (Citizen Kane, public relations)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 517): DARK MAGICIAN of LET'S DUEL! (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                   (turn 227): GREGOLA of LIFE'S LESSONS (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 213): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
                (turn 385): KID QUICK of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
               (turn 364): AFFLICTED of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     It gets no better as time goes on.

                                      Tiranian

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in VEASTIAN since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  
Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, PHILANTHROPISTS' 
2nd moved them up to 5-0-2 place.  What's with LINNAEUS?  He actually beat VEASTIAN's 
PERSISTENT BEGGAR, and walked away with 16 more points from the fight.  Laughs were 
big at THE FAMILY while they watched TIRRAJ clobber THURNOCK.  He lost 4 points and 
got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Our Duelmaster has lost, folks, 
lost to M. CHARDINEE, BUT TIRANIAN is still the Duelmaster because he has the most 
recognition points!  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I 
hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  
VEASTIAN thinks RAIDERS OF GOR and their 17-13-0 is too much!  If at first you don't 
succeed, give up...  In my day, no team with a 16-11-0 would scare me off!  What's 
the problem, RAIDERS OF GOR?  What do people see in SNOHBAL?  His 2-1-0?  DARKSPEAR 
ain't talkin', but he's got 27 points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting 
younger every day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
The end of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Time for my 
medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIRANIAN 4391                13  11  0    75       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRINIAN 4407                 11   7  0    60       THE FAMILY (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIRRAJ 4429                   8   2  0    55       THE FAMILY (116)
 STILJANZ 4409                10   7  0    41       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOHBAL 4424                  2   1  0    27       DARKSPEAR (443)
 THURNOCK 3433                 5   3  0    26       RAIDERS OF GOR (341)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SULLIUS MAXIMUS 3434          5   3  0    20       RAIDERS OF GOR (341)
 LINNAEUS 4055                 1   0  1    16       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 UMBAR CONN III 4280           1   0  1    14       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 UNECASARY RUFNESS 4053        1   0  0    14       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-JAGUAR 4440                   1   0  0    13       ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)
 CLOVIS 4454                   1   0  0    13       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-BENGAL 4444                   1   0  0    13       ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)
 CHESTER 4119                  1   0  0     8       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-LION 4442                     1   0  0     7       ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)
 ARN 3430                      1   3  0     6       RAIDERS OF GOR (341)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KONJOR 4448                   0   4  0     4       THE FAMILY (116)
-LONE WOLF 4443                0   1  0     1       ANIMAL MAGNETISM (446)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 4    0  1 0   1                   LINNAEUS 4055         461 NONE    
MORDANT DESERTER 2     0  1 0   1                   UMBAR CONN III 4280   461 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Userous Merchant.  (sigh) -- Grinian

Somebody's been feeding the Ambitious Guard meat.  I thought I WARNED people about
that. -- Stiljanz

     It's better than feeding him beans.  Trust me on this one. -- Ed.

Thurnock -- Eat gore, beanpole. -- Tirraj
P.S.  I assume the "gore" you're raiding is, I dunno, a pantry or something?  Of
course it is.

Arn -- Pshaw.  I hate fights like that.  I was AHEAD for the first five seconds! --
Konjor

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

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SNOHBAL slimly lost to STILJANZ in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
TIRANIAN was bested by M. CHARDINEE in a 4 minute Title duel.
GRINIAN was subdued by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a exciting 1 minute melee.
TIRRAJ overpowered THURNOCK in a 2 minute mismatched duel.
SULLIUS MAXIMUS viciously subdued KONJOR in a popular 7 minute brutal fight.
ARN was devastated by UNECASARY RUFNESS in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
LINNAEUS assassinated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute bloody one-sided struggle.
UMBAR CONN III easily killed MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CHESTER won victory over MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's duel.
CLOVIS vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   5 -  1      69  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   6 -  0      33  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 461 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     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  TIRANIAN 4391              13  11  0   75 THE FAMILY (116)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    GRINIAN 4407               11   7  0   60 THE FAMILY (116)
AIMED BLOW       TIRRAJ 4429                 8   2  0   55 THE FAMILY (116)
PARRY-LUNGE      STILJANZ 4409              10   7  0   41 THE FAMILY (116)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TIRANIAN 4391.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SULLIUS MAXIMUS 3434.  The ten other most popular fighters were TIRANIAN 4391, 
KONJOR 4448, SNOHBAL 4424, STILJANZ 4409, TIRRAJ 4429, CLOVIS 4454, GRINIAN 4407, 
UNECASARY RUFNESS 4053, LINNAEUS 4055, and UMBAR CONN III 4280.

The least popular fighter this week was ARN 3430.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were THURNOCK 3433, CHESTER 4119, UMBAR CONN III 4280, LINNAEUS 4055, 
UNECASARY RUFNESS 4053, GRINIAN 4407, CLOVIS 4454, TIRRAJ 4429, STILJANZ 4409, and 
SNOHBAL 4424.