DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/10/2005    Duedate: 10/22/2005

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-459

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ECLIPSE
CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
(46-2740) [15-2-0,170]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ECLIPSE                        POSITION IS EMPTY
CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)        
(46-2740) [15-2-0,170]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PALANTIRIATHALASA              ECLIPSE
RUBY DRAGONS (336)             CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
(46-3808) [22-24-1,102]        (46-2740) [15-2-0,170]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)     44
2. CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)     29      CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
3. RUBY DRAGONS (336)          11      Unchartered Team
4. BARBARIAN HORDE (47)         0
5. INQUISITION SL8 (348)        0      THE DREAMFALL (316)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*BARBARIAN HORDE (47)      21  10  1 67.7   1/ 1 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)  11  3 1
 2/ 2 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)  178 116 10 60.5   2/ 2 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   9  5 1
 3/ 3 RUBY DRAGONS (336)        99  89  2 52.7   3- 3*BARBARIAN HORDE (47)      1  0 0
 4/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  344 518 10 39.9   4/ 4 RUBY DRAGONS (336)        1  5 0
 5- 5*INQUISITION SL8 (348)      0   2  0  0.0   5- 5*INQUISITION SL8 (348)     0  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

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #6 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Valamantis:

     M. Kargaed Chardinee was a little surprised that Ambitious Guard Rossanarth had
chosen to go with him to the mysterious tower.  It wasn't that he doubted the elf's
courage; no Rirorni who had fought the elves around Xochithlan would do that, and
besides, any man who would enter the arena was either brave or a fool.  Or both, of
course.  And Rossanarth was not a fool, that Kargaed had ever noticed.  But the idea
of having an elf as a comrade in a tight spot was...unusual.
     "We must be nearly there," Rossanarth said suddenly.  His movement changed,
making it clear that the taller warrior had his feet on the bottom.  "I never heard
of any shoal water here, so this must be the base of the tower's island."
     Kargaed tightened his grip on the piece of wood he'd caught and kicked
awkwardly, trying to get close enough to touch bottom himself.  It would feel very
good to get his feet on something solid instead of having them dangling in the water.
He hadn't wanted to panic and show himself afraid in front of the elf, but he WAS
afraid.  He was a horsemen, not a damned fish!
     "I can't see anything but water," Rossanarth said after a moment.  He stretched
upward to his full height, might even be standing on his toes.  "I should be able to
see the damned tower, but I can't!"
     "Illusion, in case anyone gets close," Kargaed guessed.  He got far enough to
have his own feet on the bottom and heaved a sigh of relief.  Although he didn't let
go of the floating wood.  Just in case.
     "Why?"  Rossanarth wanted to look at his companion but didn't.  Just because he
couldn't see anything didn't mean there was no danger.  He had a piece of wood from
the destroyed ships, too, but for him, it was a club, not a float.
     There was satisfaction in the Rirorni's voice.  "Because it's vulnerable,
somehow.  The black tower can be destroyed, once we figure out how."

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 262): NYTEMAIR of CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 525): FRANK ZAPPA of THE HEADCUTTERS II (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 525): OPUNTIA of PLANTARUM ANDORIA (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 518): CLINT EASTWOOD of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): JAMES T. JERK of STAR DRECK (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 514): VELOND WOK of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Nolan Orgel, team
                              captain)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 512): POPPA LODE of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 507): DR. ROSENZWEIG of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 476): JENIPHER of BEYOND THE PALE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 469): FLUTTERLEE of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 458): ECLIPSE of CYNICAL DELUSIONS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): COLLAPSED LUNG of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 374): BRUSHFIRE of NATURAL DISASTERS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 363): MALICHAI of WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 164): I OF THE KNEE DOLL of HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 410): JOE SATRIANI of THE HEADCUTTERS II from ARUAK CITY
                            (Street Legal, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 262): CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 525): TUFT TUGGERS (Tankesh Dushanbe, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 525): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 518): JUST CHILLIN (Mr. Freeze, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 514): MADTOWN (Namenlos, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 512): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 507): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 476): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 469): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 458): CYNICAL DELUSIONS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 374): THE MISGUIDED (?, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 363): none
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 164): NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 410): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 524): LINI DAWNWIND of KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 514): JAMES T. JERK of STAR DRECK (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 468): LURLINE GRACE of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ARDIVENT?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Now let's all watch BLUVALLEY WARRIORS' 
heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big 
deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see GOLDEN FURY win a fight and 
gain 20 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, DEBRA COLLIN beat BREAK POINT and BREAK POINT 
lost 13 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, 
ARDIVENT may be getting bland, as ECLIPSE stays top dog in the city.  The Seaside 
Manor, humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  
From ARDIVENT's trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only 
shines through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     There's got to be a better place in ARDIVENT to get a drink than The Seaside 
Manor!  Any suggestions?  Well, I've had enough of this drivel, and I'm sure you have 
too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  Glad to see the back of this place-- 
Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ECLIPSE 2740                 15   2  0   170       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POISED TO KILL 2637          17  10  0   104       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
 PALANTIRIATHALASA 3808       22  24  1   102       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 VECORDIUS 3870                8   2  0   100       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
 SOLARIS 3759                 21  29  0    92       RUBY DRAGONS (336)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEBRA COLLIN 3816            18  22  0    89       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 FLINT HILLS 3796             18  34  0    88       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BECKER COLLIN 3850           10   8  1    66       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BREAK POINT 2741             13  10  0    65       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDEN FURY 3887              3   0  1    45       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
-IRONWOLF 274                  5   1  0    42       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-UG 271                        5   2  1    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
-KROKUS 272                    4   2  0    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
-TARAMON 270                   3   3  0    18       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 HERMY COLLIN 3878             3   2  0    17       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 LORI COLLIN 3888              1   0  0    16       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-WEASEL 273                    4   2  0    15       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ANGELIC 3883                  0   2  0     7       INQUISITION SL8 (348)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
AMBITIOUS GUARD 9      0  1 0   1                   GOLDEN FURY 3887      459 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Poised to Kill -- Gods, I hate it when you stand there waiting for the starting
signal, looking like...well, like you're going to come busting out and kill me!
Couldn't you come busting out to win, and still not look QUITE so bloodthirsty? --
Flint Hills, rather chipped

Vecordius -- I don't, you know, understand about you at all.  What is the hidden,
like, significance of it all? -- Debra Collin

Ah, to be a Happy Peasant even though peasant season is amongst us! -- Becker Collin,
who has not yet bagged his limit

Golden Fury -- I see the delusion there, but where's the cynicism? -- Hermy Collin

Eclipse (mgr) -- The thing is, Leeta hates recruiting new gladiators.  But you could
kill Flint Hills, and then she'd have to. -- Gneiss Guy
P.S.  At least he doesn't have any tourney fights.  What you see is, unfortunately,
what you get.

Golden Fury -- If he didn't want me to "beat the snot out of him," he shouldn't have
come to the fight so full of it. -- Hermy

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

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ECLIPSE devastated SOLARIS in a action packed 2 minute brutal mismatched Title fight.
VECORDIUS handily defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided match.
POISED TO KILL vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PALANTIRIATHALASA overpowered FLINT HILLS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BREAK POINT was devastated by DEBRA COLLIN in a 2 minute gory uneven brawl.
BECKER COLLIN viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
GOLDEN FURY assassinated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
HERMY COLLIN vanquished FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LORI COLLIN vanquished POLITE BEGGAR 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|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -   5 -  1      79  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  12 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        8 -  12 -  0      40  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 459 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  ECLIPSE 2740               15   2  0  170 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
WALL OF STEEL    POISED TO KILL 2637        17  10  0  104 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
PARRY-LUNGE      BECKER COLLIN 3850         10   8  1   66 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
TOTAL PARRY      BREAK POINT 2741           13  10  0   65 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PALANTIRIATHALASA 3808.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was ECLIPSE 2740.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEBRA COLLIN 
3816, BECKER COLLIN 3850, PALANTIRIATHALASA 3808, GOLDEN FURY 3887, LORI COLLIN 3888, 
SOLARIS 3759, VECORDIUS 3870, POISED TO KILL 2637, BREAK POINT 2741, and HERMY COLLIN 
3878.

The least popular fighter this week was FLINT HILLS 3796.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were HERMY COLLIN 3878, BREAK POINT 2741, POISED TO KILL 2637, 
VECORDIUS 3870, SOLARIS 3759, LORI COLLIN 3888, GOLDEN FURY 3887, PALANTIRIATHALASA 
3808, BECKER COLLIN 3850, and DEBRA COLLIN 3816.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

POISED TO KILL (46-2637) CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
PALANTIRIATHALASA (46-3808) RUBY DRAGONS (336)