DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/19/2007    Duedate: 06/15/2007

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-237

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ADRIANNE
DARQUE FORCES II (348)
(50-3190) [12-6-1,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ADRIANNE                       POSITION IS EMPTY
DARQUE FORCES II (348)         
(50-3190) [12-6-1,112]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HARRY MONSTER                  ADRIANNE
OPEN SESAME (199)              DARQUE FORCES II (348)
(50-3430) [11-12-0,102]        (50-3190) [12-6-1,112]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LIFE IMPACTS (395)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LIFE IMPACTS (395)          47
2. OPEN SESAME (199)           29      LIFE IMPACTS (395)
3. DARQUE FORCES II (348)      23      Unchartered Team
4. DREAMS OF KADATH (181)      11
5. DRUID'S GROVE (292)          2      MIX AND MATCH (367)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 LIFE IMPACTS (395)        36  14  1 72.0   1/ 0 LIFE IMPACTS (395)       12  3 1
 2/ 1 OPEN SESAME (199)        314 211 18 59.8   2/ 1 OPEN SESAME (199)        11  2 1
 3- 2 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         30  25  0 54.5   3/ 3 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    9  6 0
 4/ 3 DRUID'S GROVE (292)      147 136 14 51.9   4/ 5 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    7  7 0
 5/ 4 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    45  44  4 50.6   5/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        6  9 1
 6/ 5 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    29  31  0 48.3   6- 4 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         4  6 0
 7/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       140 195  5 41.8   7- 7*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)     4  6 0
 8- 7*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)      4   6  0 40.0   8/ 6 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       3  6 1

    '*'   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 Winter's Day ]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.
     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 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?"
     Cass pointed along the ridge.  "That way."
     Gobert looked along the ridge and scowled.  "There's nothing up there.  The
houses are down the other way."
     "Down there is 'visiting' and we're supposed to be hunting," Cass answered.
"Hunting is up here on the ridge."  He turned away from his teammates and started
along the high, narrow trail, leaving them to follow or not at their own decision.
     Each for their own reasons, all of them followed, Fender Grale bringing up the
rear.
     "What are we going to hunt up here?" Ingelmort asked.
     "Ice bears, if we're lucky."
     "And if we are NOT lucky?" Gobert Hinney asked.  A day spent tromping around in
the snow and the cold without even a hunt to show for it did not appeal.  Going down
into the valley and visiting residents was sounding better.
     "Utterly Abominable Snowmen and Nameless Horrors, most likely.  They hunt the
ice bears, too."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Yet another turn, still no invitation.  And to think we didn't even notice that Super
Grover had disappeared from the rankings.  Oh well, hopefully he'll be replaced this
turn by the Trash Can.

On My Way
Open Sesame

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt SNOWBOUND will ever be the same.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as OPEN SESAME is pushed out of top team by LIFE IMPACTS, who came from 
0th with a 5-0-1 this turn.  And let's see, TRASH CAN fought SANITY LOSS and gained 
24 points and contributed to OPEN SESAME's 4-1-1.  GOBERT HINNY has lost to FACE THE 
SKY II, falling 10 points, while helping make MIDDLE WAY 6 a 1-4-0 turn.  ADRIANNE 
challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, attempting to dethrone OPEN SESAME's 
warrior.  We should ask ADRIANNE about the thrill of victory, and what being the new 
Duelmaster does for a warrior, she's now the one to ask.  Tell me, is nothing sacred? 
I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Victory Tavern uses trolls in their 
stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  DRUID'S GROVE has cause to stand 
tall, as they were SNOWBOUND's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a 
team to beat.  And avoiding DRUID'S GROVE more than any other team we find OPEN 
SESAME.  SNOWBOUND, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, 
sports fans, take notice that ADRIANNE from DARQUE FORCES II was SNOWBOUND's most 
challenged warrior this turn.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  The manager of DREAMS OF KADATH 
will not be pleased to learn that SANITY LOSS, a 3-1-0 fighter, has been killed at 
the hands of OPEN SESAME's TRASH CAN.  IRINA JASSE has departed SNOWBOUND, leaving 
MIDDLE WAY 6 without their 8-9-1 warrior.  Question, just what was hers team doing at 
the taverns last night?  Is it really true that SNOWBOUND has more dishwashers per 
capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     I like this place, SNOWBOUND, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in SNOWBOUND and 
I've a long road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in SNOWBOUND 
again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ADRIANNE 3190                12   6  1   112       DARQUE FORCES II (348)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARRY MONSTER 3430           11  12  0   102       OPEN SESAME (199)
 SWEET AIR 3381               22  12  0    98       OPEN SESAME (199)
 ON MY WAY 3378               22  12  1    97       OPEN SESAME (199)
 STREET SIGN 3523              9   7  0    92       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GERRICK GRIMM 3530           15  12  0    84       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 EVALON ELKHORN 3553          11   6  3    74       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FACE THE SKY II 1447          8   3  0    65       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               9  22  0    57       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KINGU 3575                    7   4  0    56       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 CANTEX 3618                   6   4  1    56       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 C.H.S. 3616                   8   2  0    52       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
-FAUSTICA 3563                 4   0  0    47       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 TRASH CAN 3403                3   1  1    47       OPEN SESAME (199)
 GOBERT HINNY 3552             5  13  1    46       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 GRANDMA MILLER 3615           5   1  0    43       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 DOMJON 3554                   9   8  2    37       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
-TIAMAT'S DEMISE 3572          7   4  0    36       MESOPOTAMIA (389)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EXTRUSION 3617                8   2  0    32       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 MRS. VAUGHN 3614              8   2  0    32       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 WINGED DEATH 1374             4   8  0    29       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 LUPUS HORRIFIQUE 3605         3   0  0    27       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 PETRA QUORD 3577              7   5  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-CUNEIFORM 3583                5   5  0    26       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 WHISTLIN' DIXIE 3565          4   1  1    25       DARQUE FORCES II (348)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FROSTBITE 3606                1   0  0    20       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
-CONSORT OF APSU 3573          4   7  0    19       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 SOJOURN TO SARNATH 3594       3   5  0    16       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
-DEERHUNTER 3600               1   1  0    16       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
-STARGAZER 3599                1   1  0    14       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
-BISON 3601                    1   1  0    13       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PYROPA 3564                   2   3  0     9       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 INGLEMORT JULS 3596           1   4  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-MIDNIGHT 3597                 0   2  0     2       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
I NEED TO DIE! 3608    0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES II 348  SNOW DEMON 24         237 NONE    
KAYE 3188              9  7 0 DARQUE FORCES II 348  EVALON ELKHORN 3553   235 REVENGED
SANITY LOSS 3602       3  2 0 DREAMS OF KADATH 181  TRASH CAN 3403        237         
SIDURI 3576            7  4 0 MESOPOTAMIA 389       GOBERT HINNY 3552     236         
IRINA JASSE 3551       8 10 1 MIDDLE WAY 6 368      CANTEX 3618           237         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Faustica -- Cool name.  Too bad you felt you had to live down to it, but I can
understand how your manager might have been...pressing. -- Irina Jasse

Siduri -- It's the rain.  They shouldn't expect you to fight when water is falling
from the sky.  It's really hard on mud bricks. -- Gobert Hinny
P.S.  Oh, shoot, I just realized that I killed you.  I'm sorry about that; it was NOT
my intention.

Face the Sky II -- I'm not getting that reference, and I recently reviewed the
literature. -- Petra Quord

Cuneiform -- Well, what can you expect when your manager sends you instructions and
they look like chicken tracks on a muddy road?  It's HIS fault. -- Cass Dolan

Stargazer -- May you get a rotten crick in your neck. -- Inglemort Juls, bad loser

Winged Death -- Glibber at him and tickle his ears. -- Irina Jasse

Sanity Loss -- Quite true. -- Petra Quord
P.S.  And they're no damned good in mud.

Sojourn to Sarnath -- Time to take another trip to Sarnath, then, right? -- Inglemort
Juls

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

I NEED TO DIE! was butchered by SNOW DEMON in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ADRIANNE viciously subdued ON MY WAY in a 3 minute Challenge Title battle.
TRASH CAN assassinated SANITY LOSS in a 1 minute bloody mismatched Challenge duel.
PYROPA was defeated by SOJOURN TO SARNATH in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
HARRY MONSTER savagely defeated EVALON ELKHORN in a 3 minute competition.
SWEET AIR outlasted GERRICK GRIMM in a unpopular 14 minute veteran's struggle.
STREET SIGN handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
GOBERT HINNY was vanquished by FACE THE SKY II in a 1 minute uneven duel.
DOMJON was vanquished by CASS DOLAN in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
C.H.S. narrowly defeated WINGED DEATH in a 5 minute fight.
IRINA JASSE was executed by CANTEX in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
GRANDMA MILLER defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute brutal match.
PETRA QUORD was outwaited by EXTRUSION in a 8 minute conflict.
MRS. VAUGHN slimly won victory over CULT MEMBER in a 4 minute battle.
LUPUS HORRIFIQUE subdued EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute novice's brawl.
INGLEMORT JULS was overcome by WHISTLIN' DIXIE in a 1 minute novice's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   1 -  1      89  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         WALL OF STEEL     12 -   6 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       24 -  14 -  1      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  14 -  2      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -  15 -  1      58  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW        27 -  23 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  21 -  3      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   8 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  15 -  0      32  |

Turn 237 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   ADRIANNE 3190              12   6  1  112 DARQUE FORCES II (348)
TOTAL PARRY      SWEET AIR 3381             22  12  0   98 OPEN SESAME (199)
STRIKING ATTACK  STREET SIGN 3523            9   7  0   92 OPEN SESAME (199)
AIMED BLOW       FACE THE SKY II 1447        8   3  0   65 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
WALL OF STEEL    C.H.S. 3616                 8   2  0   52 LIFE IMPACTS (395)
LUNGING ATTACK   TRASH CAN 3403              3   1  1   47 OPEN SESAME (199)
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, 
CASS DOLAN 3517, WINGED DEATH 1374, GRANDMA MILLER 3615, TRASH CAN 3403, SOJOURN TO 
SARNATH 3594, EVALON ELKHORN 3553, C.H.S. 3616, CANTEX 3618, and PETRA QUORD 3577.

The least popular fighter this week was SWEET AIR 3381.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were EXTRUSION 3617, INGLEMORT JULS 3596, MRS. VAUGHN 3614, IRINA JASSE 
3551, GOBERT HINNY 3552, GERRICK GRIMM 3530, SANITY LOSS 3602, I NEED TO DIE! 3608, 
DOMJON 3554, and STREET SIGN 3523.