DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/21/2012    Duedate: 02/17/2012

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-298

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

4-H
LIFE IMPACTS (395)
(50-3670) [30-2-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

4-H                            POSITION IS EMPTY
LIFE IMPACTS (395)             
(50-3670) [30-2-0,120]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RED ALERT                      THOR
PUBLIC ENEMY (24)              THE MYRMIDONS (211)
(50-139) [20-14-0,93]          (50-1704) [5-7-0,33]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MYRMIDONS (211)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LIFE IMPACTS (395)          45
2. DANGER DANGER (404)         17      LIFE IMPACTS (395)
3. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          16      Unchartered Team
4. THE MYRMIDONS (211)         14
5. PUBLIC ENEMY (24)          -35      THE COHORT (68)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 LIFE IMPACTS (395)       255  98  2 72.2   1/ 1 THE MYRMIDONS (211)       9  6 3
 2/ 2 DANGER DANGER (404)       48  32  1 60.0   2/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        8  6 0
 3/ 3 PUBLIC ENEMY (24)         89  76  3 53.9   3/ 2 LIFE IMPACTS (395)        8  7 0
 4/ 4 THE MYRMIDONS (211)       32  41  4 43.8   4/ 3 DANGER DANGER (404)       6  9 0
 5/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       259 371  8 41.1   5/ 4 PUBLIC ENEMY (24)         5  7 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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                              ---===SLOW ARENA NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 344): CONFIDENCE of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 339): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 311): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): ZOUM LA BOUSE of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 276): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 245): SUGAR HILL GANG of RAP ATTACKS (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 61): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): DUTCH TREAT of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 339): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 311): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 276): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 245): DARQUE FORCES V (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 61): SUDDENLY, THE VAN (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): SPARF! et al (Crip, mgrs.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 311): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
                               KATIE of ALL STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
                               AGARIC of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                   (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                               AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): 451 DEGREES of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
                (turn 290): HOT STUFF of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
                          FAIRYFIRE of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I am back.  Red Alert and I have split the last two rounds.  I respect him so
much that I hope to avoid him next round.  I do.
     But let me, in my own little DM Column, tell you about my friend Bulldog, The
Consortium's newest Lord Protector.  (all excludes the results of this past fight
with Kung-Fu Master)
9-13-11-17-9-10-15 mode striker
good damage, poor endu
16-6-0 in arena, no tournaments
skill learn rate 2.04
master decise (135), expert attack (95)
seemed to like pointy weapons
     SS at 14/123/4
     LO at 3/14/0
     DA at 1/11/0
     other at 0/4/0
estimated faves ?????  (prob fave learn att or dec)
He becomes #914 for The Consortium.
     Meanwhile, I am here on the throne, trying to stay here, and wondering why
Bulldog graduated and NOT me.  Bah, Humbug!
          4-H

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of SNOWBOUND!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Warriors--remember that glory waits 
always around the corner!  Witness how this week MIDDLE WAY 6 went 2-2-0 to move up 3 
in the rankings.  BULLDOG caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he 
skillfully bested RED ALERT and was awarded 15 points in recognition.  In one of the 
week's more notable duels, BULLDOG put down RED ALERT, causing him to lose 12 points 
of recognition in the process.  Although LADIRO MAELS made a valiant effort, it did 
not suffice to topple the reign of victorious 4-H.  No confirmation, but my sources 
claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed 
weapons perhaps?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city SNOWBOUND.  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat in SNOWBOUND 
these days is DANGER DANGER.  At least, most blades in town are looking to avoid 
them.  Apparently the stalwarts of LIFE IMPACTS are catching the bulk of jests down 
at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Loose talk at the 
arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are 
after THRESHPACK.  Watch your back!  I cannot but express pride for the fearlessness 
of PURPLE ACE who cast caution to the winds and challenged THRESHPACK, a fighter 38 
points higher.  Do not the gods reward courage?  PURPLE ACE it was that claimed 
victory in the bout, while also rising 19 points in recognition.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the 
miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in SNOWBOUND.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I 
keep, indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari 
await me!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, 
and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 4-H 3670                     30   2  0   120       LIFE IMPACTS (395)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PURPLE ACE 3728              18   5  0   104       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 SMOKEY BEAR 3752             11   5  0    96       DANGER DANGER (404)
 RED ALERT 139                20  14  0    93       PUBLIC ENEMY (24)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THRESHPACK 138               21  13  0    90       PUBLIC ENEMY (24)
 LADIRO MAELS 3712            10  16  0    87       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 MATH 3735                    12   8  0    73       LIFE IMPACTS (395)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNDER THE GUN 3750           11   5  0    59       DANGER DANGER (404)
 MOLDAR NAY 3731              11  11  1    58       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHOBART TEEGUE 3737          11   8  0    55       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMAUG 1702                    7  10  1    46       THE MYRMIDONS (211)
 SYNERGY 3760                  3   3  1    43       PUBLIC ENEMY (24)
 VERRA 1937                    6   6  1    42       THE MYRMIDONS (211)
 TACO BELL 3751                8   8  1    36       DANGER DANGER (404)
 WILL ROBINSON 3749            9   7  0    34       DANGER DANGER (404)
 HIGH VOLTAGE 3748             9   7  0    34       DANGER DANGER (404)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THOR 1704                     5   7  0    33       THE MYRMIDONS (211)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BELEG BLOODAXE 2932           6   4  1    23       THE MYRMIDONS (211)
 ROLAN 3762                    3   1  1    20       THE MYRMIDONS (211)
 CIRCLE K 3768                 1   0  0    15       LIFE IMPACTS (395)
 JENNA KUUL 3761               0   5  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ELENA FARESTA 3753      6  8 0 MIDDLE WAY 6 368     SMAUG 1702            297   
GRIEF 3759              3  4 0 PUBLIC ENEMY 24      VERRA 1937            298   
BEREN ONEHAND 2931      3  3 0 THE MYRMIDONS 211    SYNERGY 3760          294  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Red Alert -- I guess it was simply MY turn. -- 4-H, DMV

I hope my night fight brought you a great recruit, Coach. -- Camp Pahoka (Actually
thinking "Bah, Humbug" in his own mind.)

Kung-Fu Master -- Thanks for propelling me into the Lord Protector ranks.  Goooooo,
Cannelton High School Bulldogs. -- Bulldog

Moldar Nay -- You've gotta know when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, when to add, when
to subtract.... -- Math

Venomous Concubine -- Every day, in every way, I show why I am the merest of cannon-
fodder. -- Purple Ace

All -- May all your teams come up winners. -- Coach and The Life Impacts

Jorja and the Middle Way -- Please accept our sincerest apologies for Smaug's actions
in the ring against Elena Farestar.  It was not part of my plan for him to kill
anyone, and certainly his previous fights did not suggest this darker side to him.  I
have chastised him, and warned him to prepare for pain, lots of pain, coming from
Elena's team mates. -- Sigurd and the Myrmidons (the ones who aren't Smaug, he's
sulking)

Moldar Nay -- I know what you mean, and I expect I'll be getting a lot of attention
from you and your team mates in the near future.  My only regret is that it isn't
because I'm a nice bloke with fantastic looks. -- Smaug.

Jenna -- I'm sorry, but it seems that I'm not only an average-to-terrible fighter,
but I'm also a poor teacher. -- Verra.

Taco Bell - That hurt, a lot.  My only consolation is that you were a good teacher,
thank you. -- Beleg.

Will Robinson -- Thanks to that fight, I missed my appointment at the hairdresser.
With my past record, I wasn't expecting to be in the ring any more than 2 minutes at
most.  Oh well, at least I made the later booking. -- Verra.

Jenna -- I'm sorry, I hope I haven't consigned you to a fight after dark, that would
be bad. -- Thor.

Synergy -- We hadn't forgotten you, but with the Christmas period things were over-
looked or simply didn't work out as we'd planned/hoped.  This is the last turn that
we can bloodfeud you, so hopefully it went well for us. -- Sigurd and the Myrmidons.

Our congratulations to Bulldog. -- Jorja and the Middle Way

Math -- Not my best subject, ever.  I take two cents, add two more, and end up
with... nothing. -- Moldar Nay

Under the Gun -- What did you want to go and get under that thing for, anyway? --
Ladiro Maels

Smaug -- Huh, dragon snacks, am I?  Oh, well, at least it was WARM. -- Ghost of Elena
Faresta

Synergy -- What were you doing fight me?  Have you offended the handicapper so badly
as that? -- Shobart Teegue

Thor -- I don't know what was unbelievable about that, do you?  Well, except that I
lasted three minutes.  Ouch. -- Jenna Kuul

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ROLAN was devastated by SYNERGY in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
BULLDOG vanquished RED ALERT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
PURPLE ACE subdued THRESHPACK in a crowd pleasing 1 minute expert's Challenge fight.
THOR bested WILL ROBINSON in a popular 5 minute Challenge fight.
4-H subdued LADIRO MAELS in a 2 minute master's Title competition.
SMOKEY BEAR vanquished MATH in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
TACO BELL was savagely defeated by SHOBART TEEGUE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
SMAUG was overcome by UNDER THE GUN in a 1 minute melee.
HIGH VOLTAGE lost to MOLDAR NAY in a action packed 2 minute duel.
VERRA assassinated GRIEF in a 3 minute uneven duel.
BELEG BLOODAXE luckily beat JENNA KUUL in a 2 minute brutal fight.
CIRCLE K overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 4 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   5 -  0      72  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  17 -  2      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        14 -   9 -  2      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -  12 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -  16 -  1      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  21 -  1      42  |

Turn 298 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         2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      4-H 3670                   30   2  0  120 LIFE IMPACTS (395)
STRIKING ATTACK  PURPLE ACE 3728            18   5  0  104 LIFE IMPACTS (395)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SMOKEY BEAR 3752           11   5  0   96 DANGER DANGER (404)
SLASHING ATTACK  RED ALERT 139              20  14  0   93 PUBLIC ENEMY (24)
PARRY-LUNGE      THRESHPACK 138             21  13  0   90 PUBLIC ENEMY (24)
BASHING ATTACK   MATH 3735                  12   8  0   73 LIFE IMPACTS (395)
LUNGING ATTACK   SHOBART TEEGUE 3737        11   8  0   55 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
PARRY-STRIKE     HIGH VOLTAGE 3748           9   7  0   34 DANGER DANGER (404)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RED ALERT 139.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was THOR 1704.  The ten other most popular fighters were MOLDAR NAY 3731, LADIRO 
MAELS 3712, PURPLE ACE 3728, WILL ROBINSON 3749, SHOBART TEEGUE 3737, JENNA KUUL 
3761, SYNERGY 3760, UNDER THE GUN 3750, HIGH VOLTAGE 3748, and BELEG BLOODAXE 2932.

The least popular fighter this week was GRIEF 3759.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were VERRA 1937, SMAUG 1702, TACO BELL 3751, MATH 3735, RED ALERT 139, ROLAN 
3762, CIRCLE K 3768, SMOKEY BEAR 3752, 4-H 3670, and THRESHPACK 138.

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

BULLDOG (50-3727) LIFE IMPACTS (395)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLVIII

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SHELLHEAD 1071 (41-27-0)               1  3  1         MARVEL MADNESS       

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!