DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/23/2008    Duedate: 03/21/2008

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-247

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ON MY WAY
OPEN SESAME (199)
(50-3378) [27-15-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ON MY WAY                      POSITION IS EMPTY
OPEN SESAME (199)              
(50-3378) [27-15-1,115]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EVALON ELKHORN                 NIGHT GAUNT
DRUID'S GROVE (292)            DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
(50-3553) [16-11-3,103]        (50-3632) [3-2-0,33]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRUID'S GROVE (292)         15
2. OPEN SESAME (199)           11      LIFE IMPACTS (395)
3. DREAMS OF KADATH (181)      10      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)           2
5. DARQUE FORCES II (348)       0      MIX AND MATCH (367)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 LIFE IMPACTS (395)        68  32  1 68.0   1/ 1 LIFE IMPACTS (395)        8  7 0
 2/ 2 OPEN SESAME (199)        346 216 21 61.6   2/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        8  7 0
 3/ 3 DRUID'S GROVE (292)      158 150 15 51.3   3/ 3 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    6  6 0
 4- 4 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    49  49  4 50.0   4/ 2 OPEN SESAME (199)         5  3 1
 5/ 5 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    48  48  0 50.0   5/ 5 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       4  2 0
 6/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       160 225  6 41.6   6- 6 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): TANOSHII of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 580): JACK HAMMA of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 573): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): COMMANDER SPUD of MILITARY MAYHEM (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): HOPALONG of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 521): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 384): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 367): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 474): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 580): TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 573): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 521): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 384): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 367): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 474): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): COMMANDER SPUD of MILITARY MAYHEM (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
                            MATT of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
SNOWBOUND.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Hey 
everybody, watch out for KIRLA LORVIN, who flew up 13 points in the rankings after 
mashing LEERING SHANTAK like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And falling like a 
basher in the top ten was INGLEMORT JULS, who dropped 18 points after a disappointing 
(to say the least) bout with CAPTURED ORC.  Try as hard as the OPEN SESAME stable 
might, they were unable to find their warrior (and ex-Duelmaster) TRASH CAN before 
this week's fights.  It's a proud day for the OPEN SESAME stable, as their warrior, 
ON MY WAY, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 
gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the SNOWBOUND arena.  Here's 
a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad DRUID'S GROVE?   Big bad DRUID'S GROVE. 
Big bad DRUID'S GROVE.  SNOWBOUND's afraid of the big bad DRUID'S GROVE.  Tra la la 
la la!  For those of you who like math, try this one:  DRUID'S GROVE + Weapons That 
go Boom = LIFE IMPACTS + Avoid City.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, 
EXTRUSION would be president.  Although it may be a contest it doesn't want to win.  
In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, EXTRUSION went after ON MY WAY, who was 
higher by 20 points.  Well, when the dust settled, EXTRUSION overcame ON MY WAY.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and 
take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in SNOWBOUND have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Well, there goes another Spy 
Report.  Good luck in next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends 
and you can pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown 
Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON MY WAY 3378               27  15  1   115       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TRASH CAN 3403               10   1  3   121       OPEN SESAME (199)
 EXTRUSION 3617               15   5  0   106       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 EVALON ELKHORN 3553          16  11  3   103       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 RUBBER DUCKIE 3194            8   3  1    96       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CANTEX 3618                  11   9  1    70       LIFE IMPACTS (395)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOMJON 3554                  14  13  3    66       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MRS. VAUGHN 3614             17   3  0    55       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 C.H.S. 3616                  14   6  0    54       LIFE IMPACTS (395)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOBERT HINNY 3552             8  20  2    50       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 DYLATH-LEEN 3629              7   0  0    45       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 PETRA QUORD 3577              9  13  0    43       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-WHISTLIN' DIXIE 3565          5   2  1    38       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 INGLEMORT JULS 3596           6   9  0    37       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NIGHT GAUNT 3632              3   2  0    33       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 KIRLA LORVIN 3621             5   5  0    31       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 CASS DOLAN 3625               5   4  0    30       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-WINGED DEATH 1374             4  10  0    30       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOOPS 3623                    5   4  0    23       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 ALMOST HUMAN 3630             4   3  0    21       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 LEERING SHANTAK 3631          3   3  0    21       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
-KLYMENESTRA 3620              1   1  0    18       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 C IS FOR COOKIE 3636          1   1  0    12       OPEN SESAME (199)
-THE BEATLES 3635              1   0  0    10       OPEN SESAME (199)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hain't much ta bea sayin'.  Kinda liken it up here onna top.  Yup. -- Smitty

Trash Can -- Yuh done good, thang.  Yuh done did. -- Smitty

Petra -- An idle mind is the devil's workshop.  Now I know what is wrong with you.
So sorry. -- Mrs. Vaughn

Night Gaunt -- Well, it won't be much different in the daytime, you know. -- Mrs
Vaughn

Evalon -- You were the best.  I salute you.  Well done. -- Cantex

Gobert Hinny -- I couldn't score.  Was that a zone? -- Hoops

On My Way -- Now that was quite interesting, eh?  Quite interesting.  So interesting,
it begs for a repeat, eh? -- Extrusion

Petra -- We'll be true to the school that we love so well.... -- C.H.S.

Hoops -- With effort and a lack of inherent plausibility, people whose word I have
slight faith in have told me that your name indicates some kind of game played with
balls and hoops.  Something that is supposed to be challenging.  Unless the ball is
too big to go through the hoop, I see no challenge in this.  Perhaps if the hoop were
more than shoulder high, but still.  Why do it? -- Gobert Hinny

Almost Human -- Gosh, couldn't prove it by me! -- Cass Dolan

C.H.S. -- Critically Hyper Syndrome? -- Petra Quord

Leering Shantak -- The name rings a bell, but I fear I'll have to check with the
Collected Works to track it down.  I have this creeping feeling on the back of my
neck that by defeating you I may have sealed my doom. -- Inglemort Juls

Dylath-Leen -- How about if I just promise not to go? -- Kirla Lorvin

Ed. -- Yep.  Comes from goats, and goats are just sheep with attitude. -- Petra Quord
P.S.  You could even argue that the hair of angora rabbits is wool, also, but the big
deal is the goats.

     According to a usually reliable source, it's called angora fabric if it comes
     from rabbits.  Learn something new every day. -- Ed.

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

EXTRUSION viciously subdued ON MY WAY in a unpopular 19 minute Challenge Title fight.
MRS. VAUGHN subdued GOBERT HINNY in a 2 minute Challenge melee.
DYLATH-LEEN demolished HOOPS in a unpopular 7 minute bloody uneven Challenge fight.
C IS FOR COOKIE was defeated by CASS DOLAN in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
EVALON ELKHORN demolished VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
RUBBER DUCKIE vanquished CANTEX in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
C.H.S. was bested by DOMJON in a 2 minute gory competition.
PETRA QUORD overcame NIGHT GAUNT in a 3 minute expert vs. beginner melee.
INGLEMORT JULS was overpowered by CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute uneven duel.
LEERING SHANTAK was luckily beaten by KIRLA LORVIN in a 2 minute brutal fight.
ALMOST HUMAN viciously subdued CULT MEMBER in a 3 minute gory bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -   7 -  2      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  20 -  1      66  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  11 -  0      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  14 -  0      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        11 -  12 -  1      48  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   7 -  1      30  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 247 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:

TOTAL PARRY        5 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         4  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ON MY WAY 3378             27  15  1  115 OPEN SESAME (199)
BASHING ATTACK   EVALON ELKHORN 3553        16  11  3  103 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
STRIKING ATTACK  RUBBER DUCKIE 3194          8   3  1   96 OPEN SESAME (199)
AIMED BLOW       DOMJON 3554                14  13  3   66 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
WALL OF STEEL    C.H.S. 3616                14   6  0   54 LIFE IMPACTS (395)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EVALON ELKHORN 3553.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was NIGHT GAUNT 3632.  The ten other most popular fighters were GOBERT HINNY 
3552, DOMJON 3554, RUBBER DUCKIE 3194, LEERING SHANTAK 3631, CASS DOLAN 3625, EVALON 
ELKHORN 3553, PETRA QUORD 3577, KIRLA LORVIN 3621, ALMOST HUMAN 3630, and MRS. VAUGHN 
3614.

The least popular fighter this week was EXTRUSION 3617.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ON MY WAY 3378, HOOPS 3623, DYLATH-LEEN 3629, INGLEMORT JULS 3596, 
C.H.S. 3616, CANTEX 3618, C IS FOR COOKIE 3636, MRS. VAUGHN 3614, ALMOST HUMAN 3630, 
and KIRLA LORVIN 3621.