DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/07/2007    Duedate: 05/19/2007

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-500

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JHEZRA STEELBLADE
TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
(46-3017) [13-11-0,98]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JHEZRA STEELBLADE              BONE MILL
TUFT-TASTIC! (265)             WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
(46-3017) [13-11-0,98]         (46-3977) [5-3-0,25]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JUANITA                        MEMNOCK
FANDILS (75)                   INFERNAL LORDS (8)
(46-3926) [14-8-0,81]          (46-3982) [2-4-1,15]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FANDILS (75)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WILD OATS (248)             30
2. FANDILS (75)                29      TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
3. SONS OF TULL (360)          23      Unchartered Team
4. BLACK COLOSSUS (359)        19
5. TUFT-TASTIC! (265)           6      BLACK COLOSSUS (359)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*BLACK COLOSSUS (359)       1   0  0  100   1/ 2 FANDILS (75)              9  3 0
 2/ 1 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)       111  72  2 60.7   2/ 1 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   9  6 0
 3/ 3 FANDILS (75)             843 633 27 57.1   3/ 4*SONS OF TULL (360)        8  7 0
 4/ 4 INFERNAL LORDS (8)       200 173 12 53.6   4/ 5 WILD OATS (248)           7  6 1
 5/ 2*SONS OF TULL (360)         8   7  0 53.3   5/ 7 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)        4  1 0
 6/ 5 WILD OATS (248)           28  25  1 52.8   6/ 3*WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)  4  9 0
 7/ 6 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  410 652 13 38.6   7/ 6 INFERNAL LORDS (8)        2  7 1
 8/ 7*WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)  13  23  0 36.1   8/ 0*BLACK COLOSSUS (359)      1  0 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Ardivent,

HA!!  How sneaky am I?!  Out of the blue, and WHAMMO!!  Smacked Davy down, just as I
planned!  Now I gotta figure out how to stay up here and leave this town for the good
life!  I've been here forever!

Jhezra Steelblade,
Duelmistress
I love the sound of that!

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to ARDIVENT once again!  Biff!  Pow!  ARDIVENT watched with glee as 
BLUVALLEY WARRIORS got knocked off top spot by FANDILS!  Some people say I ramble too 
much, I don't say anything relevant.  I repeat myself.  I ramble.  Well FANDILS moved 
up 1, to 1st.  What's with BUNKER?  He actually beat INFERNAL LORDS' NIVIX, and 
walked away with 19 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at WOE TO WHITECHAPEL. 
FEAR VECTOR lost 10 points to CROSSEYED MARY.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe 
FEAR VECTOR will provide more easy wins...  Try as he might, KUNG-FU MASTER wasn't 
good enough at persuading JHEZRA STEELBLADE to step down from the Duelmaster's 
throne...  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.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, TUFT-TASTIC!!  The bums at FANDILS couldn't face the challenges from 
TUFT-TASTIC!!  No excuse for that!  What do people see in JUANITA?  Hers 14-8-0?  
FANDILS ain't talkin', but she's got 81 points.  LIBERTINE of WILD OATS knows how to 
pick 'em.  He challenged JUANITA of FANDILS who is up by 22.  Now was this a wise 
move?  LIBERTINE perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he lost to JUANITA and 
ended up with 60 recognition points.   
     Warriors of ARDIVENT unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Here's some 
advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JHEZRA STEELBLADE 3017       13  11  0    98       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAVY PRIVETTE 3447           21  10  0    92       FANDILS (75)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEMPTATION 3314               9   6  0    83       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-LOTHAR LIGHTSWORD 3650        7   6  0    83       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
 JUANITA 3926                 14   8  0    81       FANDILS (75)
 EARL 3951                    11   5  0    76       FANDILS (75)
-ANNETTE TEVERLY 3651          9   3  1    73       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
 TUVOLD 3946                   8   0  0    69       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TERRENCE WYCLIFF 3433         8   3  0    64       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
-BROQUS 3947                   8   4  1    62       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 LIBERTINE 2597                6   6  0    60       WILD OATS (248)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EUROQ 3901                    8   7  0    53       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 DEBRA CONKLIN 3890            7  30  0    51       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 JACINTHE 3892                 7  28  0    50       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-IRONWOLF 274                  5   1  0    42       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BERNICE 3996                  3   0  0    42       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CADDO SCOT 3975               8   2  0    30       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 SMASH HIT 4002                2   0  1    30       WILD OATS (248)
 BONE MILL 3977                5   3  0    25       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BANNIR PARK 3981              7   2  0    23       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 CROSSEYED MARY 3999           2   1  0    23       SONS OF TULL (360)
 TATER TOT 3995                1   1  0    22       WILD OATS (248)
-UG 271                        4   2  1    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
-KROKUS 272                    4   2  0    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 DEAD DUCK 2598                2   3  0    19       WILD OATS (248)
 REAPER 3991                   1   0  0    19       BLACK COLOSSUS (359)
 BUNKER 4005                   1   0  0    19       SONS OF TULL (360)
-TARAMON 270                   3   3  0    18       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 UP FROM THE SEA 3979          3   4  0    17       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
 FEAR VECTOR 3978              3   4  0    17       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
-WEASEL 273                    4   2  0    15       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 MEMNOCK 3982                  2   4  1    15       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 NIVIX 3986                    2   3  0     9       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 DOANE 3997                    2   1  0     9       SONS OF TULL (360)
 DECKER COBB 3992              1   2  0     5       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 ANDERSON 3998                 1   2  0     5       SONS OF TULL (360)
 BARRE 4001                    1   2  0     5       SONS OF TULL (360)
 SEVERANCE 4003                1   1  0     4       WILD OATS (248)
-BORN OF THE DARK 4004         0   1  0     1       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CORNICK 4000           1  1 0 SONS OF TULL 360      SMASH HIT 4002        499         
WISP IN DARKNESS 3984  1  4 0 WOE TO WHITECHAPE 358 MEMNOCK 3982          498 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Cadmus -- Thank you for the welcome!  We are glad to be in such a prestigious arena!
-- Gerald Bostock (manager, Sons of Tull)

Dead Duck -- Unfortunately my luck ran out this week against Smash Hit! -- Ghost of
Cornick

DeGotti -- Wow, you welcomed me TWICE!  Way to make a team feel wanted! -- Gerald
Bostock (manager, Sons of Tull)

Decker Cobb -- It appears you got your revenge against me this week.  Well played! --
Barre

M. Chardinee -- That was not at all like pulling hen's teeth.  (smirk) -- Dr.
Steinburger

Jhezra Steelblade (and Lady Adie) -- Congratulations on the DM crown.  You are a
great warrior.  It is easy to see why Davy lost to you.  Salute. -- Fandil The Wise

Jhezra -- I tried.  You are the best. -- Davy
P.S.  I did fight like a sissy boy, didn't I?

Debra -- Again?  I am getting to be a bad, bad boy. (wink) -- Earl

Well, well, Nivix.  Thanks, Hon. -- Bernice

Libertine -- Surprised you and Cadmus, did I? -- Juanita

Adie -- Nothing like a few cute tufts to inspire an old man's day! (wink) -- WOF

Cadmus -- The boss not only grew up with a basher playmate, but with cousin Davy
Privette, too.  He was a waste! (wink) -- The Fandil Scribe

Smash Hit -- You are aptly named! -- Ghost of Cornick

Smash Hit -- Blood will follow blood and the ghost of Cornick demands retribution. --
Gerald Bostock (manager, Sons of Tull)

Tater Tot -- Talk about David versus Goliath.  Too bad for you that Goliath won! --
Doane

Born of the Dark -- I am glad to hear you recovered from your wounds and better luck
next time! -- Anderson

Fear Vector -- Well done!  Are you my secret admirer? -- Crosseyed Mary

Decker Cobb -- I had you wore down (again?) but you managed to seal the deal this
time.  Well done. -- Barre

Davy Privette -- Not smiling and making fun of me anymore, are ya?!  <plbbt!!!> --
Jhezra
P.S.  One reclaimed tuft for us!

DeGotti -- Special appearances by all those managers!  Goodness gracious, that would
be wonderful!  Will they actually field a team, or are you just trying to get us
to...how does one say...get hammered? -- Adie
P.S.  Maybe I can get Generalissimo Puerco to show up....

Broqus -- I guess that was a good match up.  You almost had me; good fight. --
Annette

     Cadmus, old friend, in my old age, I have given up on diplos, leaning more
towards the on-line methodology.  Yes, it is Wayne.  My good friend in adventuring,
Lady Adie is also my brother Kennelworth's (Bulldogs -- DM11) partner in running The
Bulldog Inn in Aruak City.  Sometimes The Lady responds to "Steve" for reasons you
can guess.  He is a true Andorian.
     And, again, welcome back.  You were a formidable opponent in the olden days, and
I would expect that and more in the present.  All of us Consortiumites enjoy your wit
and personals.  Health.  Humility.  Honor. -- Fandil The Wise

All -- Sorry about the repeat PA's last turn but for some reason HAL didn't want to
confirm I sent them in. -- DeGotti

Cadmus -- Don't know if we ever crossed paths before.  I have been around a very long
time so there is a possibility! -- DeGotti

Woe to Whitechapel -- Well done! -- DeGotti

Adie -- Hey, just because myself and WoF are vocal doesn't mean we chat like women at
a hairstylist's! -- DeGotti

All -- Make sure you come down to the Red Sands Brewery and Fine Food after this
week's fights for the 500th Turn Celebration!  Watch as Soultaker and Mannequin
perform "Islands in the Stream" in the karaoke contest!  It will be a blast! --
DeGotti

Dead Duck -- Hmm, yes, a bit whiff there!  Wind sprints and then the showers, that's
my advice. -- Bannir Park

Up from the Sea -- Now, that's a puzzler.  I've heard of people "going down to the
sea in ships," but that doesn't seem to fit you.  Up from the sea in dredges? --
Caddo Scot
P.S.  Yeah, I know, wrong mood, but it's that kind of day.  Another time I'll take a
different slant.

Earl -- Listen!  You laughed, I could tell.  So don't hand me that stuff about NOT
laughing. -- Debra Conklin

Why is it that Visiting Orcs always arrive at mealtime, and always hungry? --
Jacinthe

Barre -- Well, even with this loss, you aren't "Barre none," so you should be okay,
right? -- Decker Cobb

Juanita -- (shuddering)  Raw fish?  You can have it! -- Debra Conklin

Adie -- I know what I said, I know what habeneros are, and I stand by my
recommendation that she eat huaraches and cucarachas. -- Debra Conklin

Cadmus -- Actually...probably more than three.  How many are you active in? --
Leeta/Jorja/Nick

Our congratulations to Dr Steinberger. -- the Bluvalley Warriors

All -- No episode this time.  Think of it as the hop-skip thing where you get back
into step.  Next time for sure! -- the Scribe, ever the optimist

Juanita -- I don't usually invite foes into my bathtub but, I suppose I could make an
exception. -- Libertine

Bannir Park -- Skills!  Please sir, may I have some more? -- Dead Duck

Doane -- Mr. Doane?  Yeah, Down here.  I couldn't help noticing you have some lint in
your navel. -- Tater Tot

Sons of Tull -- I regret killing Cornick.  The broadsword clearly isn't the weapon
for me.  I await your will. -- Smash Hit

WOF -- The part of the "great ruse" that got me going was the last:  "What's the 
point in complaining because the sun rises in the East?"  What audacity!  Anyone
believing any aspect of the human condition to be as immutable as the sunrise is a
self-indicted buffoon.  Further, I have come to believe that, without exception, all
human institutions are nothing more than organized inadequacy.  It's just a question
of degree.  A far more fitting conclusion would have been, "What's the point in
complaining after common sense and logical argument have failed to persuade?" --
Cadmus

WOF -- I took a count; fully 60% of my aimers have a fist favorite.  My second best
aimer, highly blessed, has a fist favorite.  Am I excited?  No.  At the game's lower
levels, the fist is a handicap.  At higher levels, it has become a curse upon the
game itself.  How many managers with Primus as their goals have yet to wake up to the
fact that every bit of time, effort, and money they have invested into non-fist
aimers has been kicked to the curb?  What kind of steward willfully allows so great a
portion of the investments of the people who put bread on her table to be swept into
the proverbial gutter?  Still, it's good to know where one stands; a bug in a poorly
play-tested game is more worthy of RSI's respect than all of us. -- Cadmus

Adie -- Ardivent was a favorite, talkative place a decade ago, too.  I call upon each

of her three founding fathers currently playing here to take a bow.  Still, only
Fandil was present a decade ago so I must concluded that his good time (beware 
m'lady) is as infectious as ever. -- Cadmus

Adie -- Thank you for your thoughtful words.  Nevertheless, I am retiring.  Probably
Cadmus, too.  He is livid.  Believe it or not, his remarks here have been so
restrained that he's ready to bust a gut.  I game him a mushroom and laid him out on
Libertine's bunk.  Anyway, thanks again. -- Bob the Knob

20 April 2007
All -- I've been...out of circulation for the last couple of months, and my lists
are not up to date.  If you've announced a manager name, a new alliance, or changed
a manager name or alliance since the middle of February, let me know in the ads, via
diplo, or in an e-mail (Sue (at) solberg-mathews (dot) com).  For that matter, if
you just want to make sure I've got things right, you can always do the same. -- The
Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BONE MILL unbelievably bested MEMNOCK in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Bloodfeud fight.
DOANE was vanquished by SMASH HIT in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
DAVY PRIVETTE subdued TEMPTATION in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
EARL won victory over TERRENCE WYCLIFF in a 2 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
TUVOLD overpowered JACINTHE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LIBERTINE was bested by JUANITA in a action packed 1 minute Challenge brawl.
TATER TOT overpowered DECKER COBB in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
CROSSEYED MARY overcame FEAR VECTOR in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
ANDERSON was handily defeated by DEAD DUCK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
JHEZRA STEELBLADE vanquished KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
DEBRA CONKLIN was viciously subdued by THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 9 minute fight.
CADDO SCOT narrowly defeated UP FROM THE SEA in a 8 minute fight.
BANNIR PARK outlasted BARRE in a unpopular 10 minute bloody match.
NIVIX was devastated by BUNKER in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
SEVERANCE was devastated by REAPER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       27 -   8 -  1      77  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         BASHING ATTACK    17 -   6 -  2      74  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  15 -  2      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  13 -  1      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  11 -  1      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        11 -  11 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  19 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  18 -  0      22  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   5 -  0      17  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 500 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     1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       JHEZRA STEELBLADE 3017     13  11  0   98 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
WALL OF STEEL    DAVY PRIVETTE 3447         21  10  0   92 FANDILS (75)
LUNGING ATTACK   TEMPTATION 3314             9   6  0   83 INFERNAL LORDS (8)
SLASHING ATTACK  JUANITA 3926               14   8  0   81 FANDILS (75)
STRIKING ATTACK  EARL 3951                  11   5  0   76 FANDILS (75)
BASHING ATTACK   TUVOLD 3946                 8   0  0   69 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JUANITA 3926.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MEMNOCK 3982.  The ten other most popular fighters were CROSSEYED MARY 3999, 
TEMPTATION 3314, EARL 3951, JUANITA 3926, TATER TOT 3995, REAPER 3991, SMASH HIT 
4002, DAVY PRIVETTE 3447, TUVOLD 3946, and FEAR VECTOR 3978.

The least popular fighter this week was BARRE 4001.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BANNIR PARK 3981, DEBRA CONKLIN 3890, CADDO SCOT 3975, SEVERANCE 4003, 
NIVIX 3986, ANDERSON 3998, JACINTHE 3892, DOANE 3997, DECKER COBB 3992, and LIBERTINE 
2597.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

DR STEINBURGER (46-3442) FANDILS (75)