DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/26/2005    Duedate: 04/22/2005

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-209

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

FENDER GRALE
MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
(50-3389) [15-20-1,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SUPER GROVER                   VIRGINIA SLIM
OPEN SESAME (199)              IN THE NICOTINE (383)
(50-3413) [10-3-0,120]         (50-3501) [2-0-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GILIA HARN                     FENDER GRALE
MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)             MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
(50-3391) [22-19-0,95]         (50-3389) [15-20-1,102]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK SIDHE (288)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          47
2. IN THE NICOTINE (383)       33      MASTER BLASTERS (60)
3. OPEN SESAME (199)           24      Unchartered Team
4. MASTER BLASTERS (60)         9
5. SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)      0      IN THE NICOTINE (383)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)   15   5  2 75.0   1/ 2 DARK SIDHE (288)          9  6 2
 2/ 2 MASTER BLASTERS (60)     131  86  3 60.4   2/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        7  8 1
 3/ 3 OPEN SESAME (199)        278 192 17 59.1   3- 1*SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)   6  4 0
 4/ 5*IN THE NICOTINE (383)      5   4  0 55.6   4/ 3 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       6  6 0
 5/ 4 DARK SIDHE (288)         332 300 22 52.5   5/ 7*IN THE NICOTINE (383)     5  4 0
 6/ 6 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       85  86  8 49.7   6/ 6 OPEN SESAME (199)         5  5 1
 7/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        95 110  2 46.3   7- 5 EXTREMISTS (252)          4  3 2
 8- 8 EXTREMISTS (252)          46  59  7 43.8   8/ 8 MASTER BLASTERS (60)      2  0 0
 9- 9 BRIGANDS (384)            33  48  6 40.7   9- 9 BRIGANDS (384)            0  1 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly SNOWBOUND games.  Former top team SNOW CALL HAMMERZ 
was unseated this week as DARK SIDHE moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot 
with a 2-3-0 record for the round.  This time victory fell to the grasp of the 
usurper.  All hail FENDER GRALE, Duelmaster of SNOWBOUND!  Heed this!  A seer has 
warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just 
remember...5 or 7!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  SNOWBOUND, city of gladiators!  
Mighty among the names of thy guilds is DRUID'S GROVE, a guild shunned and avoided by 
many in the weekly duels.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard 
pressed to find any of OPEN SESAME last week.  Busy avoiding DRUID'S GROVE?  Loose 
talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many 
fighters are after ON MY WAY.  Watch your back!  A match that raised a few eyebrows 
at the games this week, it seems that ON MY WAY posted a challenge against the more 
highly recognized STRYKER.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand ON MY WAY 
defeated STRYKER.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  My hearty congratulations SUPER GROVER, 
for thy revenge upon ELLITA FESS, slayer of thy fallen comrade.  Next time she will 
know better, eh?  MAILEA must hold silent, for this week she was humbled in the arena 
by a successful Bloodfeud won by VIRGINIA SLIM of IN THE NICOTINE.  Hail VIRGINIA 
SLIM for thy victory!  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms.  One 
thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     The girls are as pretty in SNOWBOUND as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  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                  
 FENDER GRALE 3389            15  20  1   102       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUPER GROVER 3413            10   3  0   120       OPEN SESAME (199)
-TARGHOL 3512                 12   8  0   107       BRIGANDS (384)
-NO-PAIN-4U 2359              12   5  2   103       EXTREMISTS (252)
 ELLITA FESS 3392             22  19  1    96       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 GILIA HARN 3391              22  19  0    95       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 HOLLAN INNIS 3388            16  18  0    95       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON MY WAY 3378               16   7  1    87       OPEN SESAME (199)
 NEUMA 3406                   12  15  0    81       DARK SIDHE (288)
 YAIWE 3414                   20   3  0    80       DARK SIDHE (288)
 STRYKER 3404                 13  15  0    80       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ASHAKI 3509                   9   7  3    66       BRIGANDS (384)
 SWEET AIR 3381               13   9  0    62       OPEN SESAME (199)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BEGGERS BLOOD 2729            6   0  0    55       EXTREMISTS (252)
 BLAZE 3412                   10  10  4    52       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449         9   7  0    49       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
-SNOW COBRA HAMMER 3477        3   1  0    46       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 AZAER 3096                    6   2  0    42       MASTER BLASTERS (60)
-BERLINETTA 2156               7   6  0    40       MASTER BLASTERS (60)
-BLUNGEON 2436                 5   2  0    40       EXTREMISTS (252)
 HARRY MONSTER 3430            2   8  0    38       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KALDOR 2522                   5   2  3    33       EXTREMISTS (252)
-SNOW HIPPO HAMMER 3513        3   0  0    25       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 GRONK 3472                    5   8  1    24       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VIRGINIA SLIM 3501            2   0  0    24       IN THE NICOTINE (383)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SNOW BOUND HAMMER 3474        3   1  1    22       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 ASH TRAY 3498                 2   0  0    20       IN THE NICOTINE (383)
-GROTH 3508                    2   1  0    16       BRIGANDS (384)
-SNOW BELCH HAMMER 3475        3   1  0    15       SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (380)
 DRAGOUL 3516                  2   1  0    12       DARK SIDHE (288)
 CANNON BALL 3519              1   0  0    11       IN THE NICOTINE (383)
 MAILEA 3518                   1   1  1    10       DARK SIDHE (288)
-AMPUTATION 2767               1   2  1     9       EXTREMISTS (252)
-TOKAR 3504                    1   6  0     9       BRIGANDS (384)
-ROTHAZ 3505                   0   1  0     9       BRIGANDS (384)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               0   3  0     3       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 BENSON HEDGES 3499            0   1  0     1       IN THE NICOTINE (383)
 STREET SIGN 3523              0   1  0     1       OPEN SESAME (199)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TAMBARO 3514           0  1 0 DARK SIDHE 288        SNOW BOUND HAMME 3474 206         
OBSIDIAN 2484         14 21 1 DRUID'S GROVE 292     NO-PAIN-4U 2359       207         
ORION GRIMM 3486       5  4 1 DRUID'S GROVE 292     ON MY WAY 3378        208         
SMOKED 3520            0  1 0 IN THE NICOTINE 383   EXILED ELF 19         209 NONE    
SALEM 3500             0  1 0 IN THE NICOTINE 383   MAILEA 3518           208 JUST REV
ARLEN ABELI 3387      13 25 0 MIDDLE WAY 6 368      ASHAKI 3509           206         
HAIRY MONSTER 3436     5  3 0 OPEN SESAME 199       ELLITA FESS 3392      208 JUST REV
SNOW BUNNY HAMME 3473  0  1 0 SNOW CALL HAMMERZ 380 AMPUTATION 2767       205 REVENGED
SNOW TROLL HAMME 3476  3  1 1 SNOW CALL HAMMERZ 380 KALDOR 2522           208         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Neuma -- Your name makes me think of a cloud, or something insubstantial, anyway.  
Which should make you hard to hit... but not this time. -- Gilia Harn

Super Grover -- Just wait, I'll get me a super-chainsaw and have that grove DOWN yet. 
-- Fender Grale

Sweet Aor -- And how sweet it is! -- Hollan Innis

Hairy Monster -- A spy reporter told me to take a dagger and shave it close.  I gave 
it my best effort.  Unfortunately, and I do mean that, my hand slipped.... -- Ellita 
Fess

Dragoul -- Sounds sinister, and you're left-handed, besides.  You had me shaking in 
my shoes, which made it hard to defend myself properly.  Or improperly, for that 
matter. -- Cass Dolan

Brigands -- Glad to have you here. -- Jorja, the Middle Way

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

SMOKED was dealt death by EXILED ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SUPER GROVER won victory over ELLITA FESS in a 1 minute expert's Bloodfeud battle.
ON MY WAY luckily beat STRYKER in a 2 minute bloody master's Challenge duel.
SWEET AIR was overpowered by NEUMA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
HARRY MONSTER was bested by ROXANNE DE'MORRE in a 5 minute Challenge brawl.
GRONK was overpowered by AZAER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
MAILEA was defeated by VIRGINIA SLIM in a 3 minute beginner's Challenge melee.
YAIWE was viciously subdued by FENDER GRALE in a 4 minute veteran's Title duel.
HOLLAN INNIS overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
GILIA HARN handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
BLAZE subdued THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute match.
ASH TRAY devastated STREET SIGN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
DRAGOUL subdued BENSON HEDGES in a 2 minute gory amateur's match.
CASS DOLAN was handily defeated by CANNON BALL in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   2 -  0      78  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       18 -  10 -  1      64  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  11 -  1      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   27 -  20 -  5      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  17 -  5      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  18 -  1      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  17 -  3      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  22 -  3      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 209 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     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  0                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SUPER GROVER 3413          10   3  0  120 OPEN SESAME (199)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    ELLITA FESS 3392           22  19  1   96 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
WALL OF STEEL    GILIA HARN 3391            22  19  0   95 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
TOTAL PARRY      ON MY WAY 3378             16   7  1   87 OPEN SESAME (199)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GILIA HARN 3391.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FENDER GRALE 3389.  The ten other most popular fighters were HARRY MONSTER 3430, 
SUPER GROVER 3413, STRYKER 3404, MAILEA 3518, BLAZE 3412, ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449, 
AZAER 3096, HOLLAN INNIS 3388, DRAGOUL 3516, and BENSON HEDGES 3499.

The least popular fighter this week was CASS DOLAN 3517.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were STREET SIGN 3523, SWEET AIR 3381, SMOKED 3520, GRONK 3472, CANNON BALL 
3519, ASH TRAY 3498, GILIA HARN 3391, YAIWE 3414, VIRGINIA SLIM 3501, and NEUMA 3406.