DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/24/2007    Duedate: 04/20/2007

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-235

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ON MY WAY
OPEN SESAME (199)
(50-3378) [21-11-1,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ON MY WAY                      POSITION IS EMPTY
OPEN SESAME (199)              
(50-3378) [21-11-1,105]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HARRY MONSTER                  ADRIANNE
OPEN SESAME (199)              DARQUE FORCES II (348)
(50-3430) [9-12-0,88]          (50-3190) [10-6-1,78]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OPEN SESAME (199)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRUID'S GROVE (292)         40
2. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          28      OPEN SESAME (199)
3. OPEN SESAME (199)           24      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE FORCES II (348)      21
5. NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)        9      NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OPEN SESAME (199)        306 210 17 59.3   1/ 2 OPEN SESAME (199)         9  3 0
 2/ 2 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         29  21  0 58.0   2/ 1 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         9  6 0
 3- 3*MODERN MASTERS (372)      11   9  1 55.0   3/ 4 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    7  8 0
 4/ 5 DRUID'S GROVE (292)      146 131 14 52.7   4/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        6  9 0
 5/ 0 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    41  39  4 51.3   5/ 5 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       5  4 1
 6/ 6 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    22  28  0 44.0   6/ 0 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    3  2 0
 7/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       137 188  4 42.2   7- 3*MODERN MASTERS (372)      3  2 0
 8/ 0*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)      0   5  0  0.0   8/ 0*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)     0  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

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ A Cold Day There ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The gladiators from the Middle Way, following Cass Dolan out to the valley north
of town where acreages were offered to graduates at bargain prices, kept silence,
each thinking their own thoughts.
     Petra Quord thought of the meal she would cook when they returned, this being
her day in the kitchen of the guildhouse.  It had been suggested that she prepare a
meal from whatever they caught in this hunt, but she chose instead to contemplate
familiar foods which were to be found already in the guildhouse's larder.  Who knew
what they might or might not catch?  Hunting was a chancy business.
     Irina Jasse thought of dinner, too, but the one she contemplated would involve a
restaurant and the company of a man.  She had not yet decided which man of those who
sought her company, but there was time yet to make that decision.
     Inglemort Juls ran his fingers up and down the shaft of the spear he carried.
He did not lack courage, but hunting was a new activity for him, and he had no idea
what to expect.
     Gobert Hinny would have been glad to go back to Snowbound.  What was the use of
hunting, when there was food to be bought in the marketplace?  But his teammates
wanted to do this, and he would not distress them with arguments.  Not yet.  Let them
get cold and tired, and they would be ready to return to civilization.
     Lord Protector Fender Grale, whose visit had sparked this expedition, did not
think about anything particularly.  He paid attention to the footing on this path
winding around the lower parts of a cliff, and the waves beating against the rocky
barrier just below it, noted how the spray sometimes flew high enough to dampen the
walkway and froze there in the cold wind that came down from the heights.  He noted
the way the cliff leaned out over them, and the snow that clung to its lip, and
calculated the probability of a snowslide and the problem it would make for anyone on
the path.  He paid attention to things, but he was a golem and had few deep feelings
about them.
     What Cass Dolan, in the lead, thought about, no one could tell.

     After a time, the path rose and finished rounding the cliff, and they all came
out on a shelf of snow and stone at the south edge of the valley, looking down into
the valley in the light of midmorning.  The sun was bright, but cold, and it
reflected blindingly off acres of snow and ice.
     "Shouldn't there be houses?" Gobert Hinny asked.  "I know some people have taken
lands out here and built on them, but I don't see any houses!"
     "You won't see the houses," Cass answered.  "The snow drifts and covers them.
Look for the smoke plumes.  There," he said, pointing.  "And over there."
     The gladiators looked.
     "I don't see many smokes," Petra said finally.  "Maybe half a dozen."
     Cass shrugged.  "There'll be more after the Thaw.  But the winters here are too
cold for most people, and too dark, and the wind yells curses in the middle of the
night."
     "That's ridiculous!"  Inglemort whacked at a pillar of snow with his spear.
"The wind doesn't have a voice, at least, not for WORDS."
     "Spend a week up here in the winter and tell me that again," Cass said.  "I know
what I've heard."
     "I'm sure you do."  Fender Grale scanned their immediate surroundings and saw
two paths, one that went down a long slope into the valley, and the other that clung
to the knife-edge of a ridge.  "Which way do we go?"

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

    This is it, if I win, I should get an invite to ADM.  Of course, the boss can't
remember if he sent in strategy sheets for us or not, so no one is really sure what
is going to happen.  Fingers crosses.

On My Way (I hope)
Open Sesame

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  The boys at MESOPOTAMIA left the arena 
dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by OPEN SESAME.  Good show!  Those 
betting on MODERN MASTERS lost their shirt, as MODERN MASTERS lost their fighting 
abilities:  0-0-0.  Practice pays for EVALON ELKHORN, who pummelled KAYE, to pocket 
23 points.  FACE THE SKY II certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after 
losing to STREET SIGN and losing 14 points in the process!  ADRIANNE found out that 
SNOWBOUND isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  Word 
has it one team in SNOWBOUND is taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent 
to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  To quell some nasty rumors, the guys in DRUID'S 
GROVE are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need to avoid 'em.  Like a pup 
with its tail between its legs, OPEN SESAME scurried away from DRUID'S GROVE.  Oh, 
the shame!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  EVALON ELKHORN 
of DRUID'S GROVE spared KAYE (9-7-0) from having to lose any more fights.  What's 
your next plan, DARQUE FORCES II?  Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself 
must needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in SNOWBOUND is the highlight of my life.  My fingers 
tire and I fear my incessant prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable 
character.  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for SNOWBOUND? 
On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON MY WAY 3378               21  11  1   105       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SUPER GROVER 3413            12   4  0    93       OPEN SESAME (199)
 SWEET AIR 3381               20  12  0    92       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GERRICK GRIMM 3530           15  10  0    88       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 HARRY MONSTER 3430            9  12  0    88       OPEN SESAME (199)
 EVALON ELKHORN 3553          11   4  3    85       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 ADRIANNE 3190                10   6  1    78       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 STREET SIGN 3523              7   7  0    75       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KINGU 3575                    7   3  0    63       MESOPOTAMIA (389)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FACE THE SKY II 1447          6   3  0    52       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               7  22  0    46       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 SIDURI 3576                   7   3  0    46       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 IRINA JASSE 3551              8   8  1    41       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOMJON 3554                   8   7  2    33       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 GOBERT HINNY 3552             4  12  0    33       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 FAUSTICA 3563                 3   0  0    33       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
-JULIE BELL 3427               2   2  1    32       MODERN MASTERS (372)
-CIRUELO CABRAL 3429           3   1  0    31       MODERN MASTERS (372)
 TIAMAT'S DEMISE 3572          6   4  0    28       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 WHISTLIN' DIXIE 3565          3   0  1    27       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 PETRA QUORD 3577              7   3  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 CUNEIFORM 3583                5   4  0    26       MESOPOTAMIA (389)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONSORT OF APSU 3573          4   6  0    22       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 SANITY LOSS 3602              2   1  0    19       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PYROPA 3564                   2   1  0    18       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 WINGED DEATH 1374             3   7  0    16       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
-BORIS 3425                    3   1  0    16       MODERN MASTERS (372)
 LUSPUS HORRIFIQUE 3605        1   0  0    16       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
-BROM 3428                     1   3  0    15       MODERN MASTERS (372)
 SOJOURN TO SARNATH 3594       2   4  0    13       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
-FRAZETTA 3426                 2   2  0     8       MODERN MASTERS (372)
 INGLEMORT JULS 3596           1   2  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 DEERHUNTER 3600               0   1  0     1       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 BISON 3601                    0   1  0     1       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 MIDNIGHT 3597                 0   1  0     1       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 STARGAZER 3599                0   1  0     1       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
KAYE 3188              9  7 0 DARQUE FORCES II 348  EVALON ELKHORN 3553   235         
ONE MAN'S FATE 1370    2  4 0 DREAMS OF KADATH 181  IRINA JASSE 3551      231 NOT REVE
HAUNTER IN BLACK 1371  4  3 0 DREAMS OF KADATH 181  TIMBER WOLF 1964      232         
HOLGER IRSIN 3562      1  7 0 MIDDLE WAY 6 368      DOMJON 3554           232         
UNTOUCHED 3598         0  1 0 NOCTURNAL BLISS 393   EXILED ELF 19         235 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Cuneiform -- That's the trouble with you mud bricks, you can't stand up to a little
rain. -- Cass Dolan
P.S.  Thanks for the win!  A strange experience.

Winged Death -- Hey, cats like me! -- Irina Jasse

Tiamat's Demise -- What?  Are you saying... goddess is dead? -- Gobert Hinny

Sanity Loss -- We WARNED you about the zebras, but did you LISTEN? -- Petra Quord

Sojourn to Sarnath -- Yes, okay, we're re-reading, but we haven't gotten that far.
We're still in Dylath-Keen. -- Inglemort Juls
P.S.  The rubies aren't worth it.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

UNTOUCHED was butchered by EXILED ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ON MY WAY unbelievably bested ADRIANNE in a exciting 5 minute uneven Title battle.
SWEET AIR was outwaited by GERRICK GRIMM in a slow 14 minute gory master's brawl.
HARRY MONSTER savagely defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute competition.
FACE THE SKY II was overpowered by STREET SIGN in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
KAYE was easily killed by EVALON ELKHORN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KINGU won victory over CASS DOLAN in a action packed 1 minute gruesome duel.
TIAMAT'S DEMISE was defeated by IRINA JASSE in a 1 minute duel.
SIDURI viciously subdued DOMJON in a popular 1 minute brutal fight.
CONSORT OF APSU was overcome by GOBERT HINNY in a popular 1 minute bout.
PETRA QUORD was subdued by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a crowd pleasing 3 minute match.
SOJOURN TO SARNATH was devastated by FAUSTICA in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
WINGED DEATH was bested by CUNEIFORM in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bout.
WHISTLIN' DIXIE handily defeated BISON in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PYROPA overpowered MIDNIGHT in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
INGLEMORT JULS overcame DEERHUNTER in a 1 minute amateur's bout.
SANITY LOSS devastated STARGAZER in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
LUSPUS HORRIFIQUE beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a exciting 1 minute novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       7         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   2 -  1      82  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       25 -  10 -  1      71  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     14 -   8 -  0      64  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  13 -  2      61  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -  14 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        21 -  22 -  1      49  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  22 -  3      41  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   9 -  0      31  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  15 -  0      25  |

Turn 235 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     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         4 -  3     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ON MY WAY 3378             21  11  1  105 OPEN SESAME (199)
STRIKING ATTACK  GERRICK GRIMM 3530         15  10  0   88 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
BASHING ATTACK   EVALON ELKHORN 3553        11   4  3   85 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
LUNGING ATTACK   KINGU 3575                  7   3  0   63 MESOPOTAMIA (389)
AIMED BLOW       FACE THE SKY II 1447        6   3  0   52 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HARRY MONSTER 3430.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ADRIANNE 3190.  The ten other most popular fighters were HARRY MONSTER 3430, 
KINGU 3575, SIDURI 3576, STREET SIGN 3523, GOBERT HINNY 3552, CUNEIFORM 3583, LUSPUS 
HORRIFIQUE 3605, EVALON ELKHORN 3553, CASS DOLAN 3517, and FAUSTICA 3563.

The least popular fighter this week was SWEET AIR 3381.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GERRICK GRIMM 3530, STARGAZER 3599, MIDNIGHT 3597, BISON 3601, SOJOURN 
TO SARNATH 3594, KAYE 3188, UNTOUCHED 3598, DEERHUNTER 3600, WINGED DEATH 1374, and 
PETRA QUORD 3577.