DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/19/2008    Duedate: 10/16/2008

TROCAR ARENA

DM-54    TURN-238

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RAVENZ
RAPTORZ (321)
(54-3014) [7-2-1,61]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VARDIN ABEQ                    RAVENZ
TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)        RAPTORZ (321)
(54-3002) [6-9-0,45]           (54-3014) [7-2-1,61]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VARDIN ABEQ                    RAVENZ
TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)        RAPTORZ (321)
(54-3002) [6-9-0,45]           (54-3014) [7-2-1,61]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. UNDESIRABLE'S (323)         53
2. TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)     31      TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
3. RAPTORZ (321)                0      Unchartered Team
4. SPARF! (310)                 0
5. USELESS TOOLS (219)          0      UNDESIRABLE'S (323)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*UNDESIRABLE'S (323)        4   1  4 80.0   1/ 2 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)   9  6 1
 2- 1 USELESS TOOLS (219)      187  91  6 67.3   2/ 1*RAPTORZ (321)             8  6 2
 3/ 2*RAPTORZ (321)             27  17  5 61.4   3/ 0*UNDESIRABLE'S (323)       4  1 4
 4- 3 SPARF! (310)              87  69  4 55.8   4- 4 SPARF! (310)              2  0 0
 5/ 4 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  263 225 10 53.9   5- 3 USELESS TOOLS (219)       2  2 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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 605): JETSAM of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): DOLOVOR of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): LAMERIDHOR SKO of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 609): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): TIFFINAL of WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 612): MICHELIN of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): LONG BEACH LILA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 604): LUNAR COYOTE of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): SALLI VOSS of MIDDLE WAY 13 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): BLACKHAWKZ of RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 443): WOLF RIDER of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 487): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 605): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 609): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 612): THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 604): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr,(
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): WACKY (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 443): GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 487) POWER PLAY et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): MARY JANE of GREEN WITH ENVY (Misfit, mgr.)
              (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                          GRUNT of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): TIFFINAL of WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
                           SASHA of CASSEY'S CREW (Dartor, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): N'ORLEANS NORA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 608): ERASMUS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
                (turn 594): SHEWISH WHALER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 249): HOT AIR DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
               (turn 541): CHRISTELLINA of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 492): FEAR OF THE DARK of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
                             VOICES IN MY HEAD of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 236): MOUSETRAP of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of TROCAR!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team RAPTORZ was unseated this 
week as TRADERS OF TROCAR moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot with a 3-2-0 
record for the round.  I could not but notice the fine record for UNDESIRABLE'S 
(4-1-4) after their first round of combat.  May the gods of war favor you in TROCAR!  
EBOLA BOB caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully 
bested MAGE'S APPRENTICE and was awarded 17 points in recognition.  In one of the 
week's more notable duels, SAMILDAR put down F. SAENZ, causing him to lose 7 points 
of recognition in the process.  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to 
SHAGORNAN WILD MAN, and BLACKHAWKZ has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  With 
BLACKHAWKZ clearing the throne, RAPTORZ of RAVENZ takes a proud seat as TROCAR's new 
Duelmaster, by virtue of recognition points.  No confirmation, but my sources claim 
that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons 
perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In TROCAR "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat 
in TROCAR these days is USELESS TOOLS.  At least, most blades in town are looking to 
avoid them.  Apparently the stalwarts of RAPTORZ are catching the bulk of jests down 
at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  VARDIN ABEQ take warning!  You have more 
than a few enemies in TROCAR.  For some warriors honor is not important--only empty 
victory.  See, gladiators, how FALCONZ of RAPTORZ challenged down 26 points to 
DARSINGI FAL.  All the city knows the duel went in favor of FALCONZ.  I shall not 
fail to spread the word in other cities of this "mighty" victory.  I can not but 
mention with disdain the name of RAVENZ who this week posted a challenge to a warrior 
a full 11 points below in the rankings.  I thought RAVENZ showed great skill and 
promise when he beat VARDIN ABEQ.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Cruelly, FALCONZ of RAPTORZ has slain 
the lesser ranked DARSINGI FAL.  Word already flies around town that TRADERS OF 
TROCAR plans a bloodfeud!  Must the anguished spirit of MR MOJO toss forever in the 
grave unrevenged?  Against the code, RAVENZ has escaped his deed unpunished by 
AMERICAN PRAYER!  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena 
there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in TROCAR as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far 
off city calling to me.  I must away!  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                  
 RAVENZ 3014                   7   2  1    61       RAPTORZ (321)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NO-STICK TAPE 2541           16   4  2   131       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-A.O. HELL 2523               16   5  1   130       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-RUBBER BULLET 2503           18   1  0   120       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-MADAM VENUSIA 2887           18  10  0   101       SPARF! (310)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKHAWKZ 3011               5   4  0    59       RAPTORZ (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-YAHOO WAHOO 2733              5   5  0    47       USELESS TOOLS (219)
 VARDIN ABEQ 3002              6   9  0    45       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 KORASIM 3001                 11   4  0    44       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 ALLERDAE CHAN 3024            3   0  0    40       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAMILDAR 3004                 7   4  2    35       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FALCONZ 3013                  7   2  1    32       RAPTORZ (321)
 SPARROWZ 3016                 4   4  2    31       RAPTORZ (321)
-VICTORIAN MANDARIN 2911       6   7  0    30       SPARF! (310)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EBOLA BOB 3028                1   0  1    17       UNDESIRABLE'S (323)
 MALARIA LARRY 3029            1   0  1    14       UNDESIRABLE'S (323)
 THE BLACK DEATH 3030          1   0  1    11       UNDESIRABLE'S (323)
 TYPHOID MARY 3027             1   0  1    10       UNDESIRABLE'S (323)
 F. SAENZ 3023                 1   1  0    10       RAPTORZ (321)
-KENAZ THORSSON 2507           0   2  0     2       ODIN'S CHOSEN (264)
 SYPHILIS SALLY 3026           0   1  0     1       UNDESIRABLE'S (323)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MAGE'S APPRENTIC        0  0 0                      EBOLA BOB 3028        238  NONE
PRETTY LERONA           0  0 0                      THE BLACK DEATH 3030  238  NONE
TROLLBAIT               0  0 0                      MALARIA LARRY 3029    238  NONE
MR MOJO 3006            4  1 0 AMERICAN PRAYER 320  RAVENZ 3014           234  NOT REVENGED
DARSINGI FAL 3025       1  2 0 TRADERS OF TROCA 252 FALCONZ 3013          238   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Falconz -- How do you manage with that constant buzz?  Sounds like a flock of bees or
whatever. -- Vardin Abeq

Sparrowz -- More bees.  Listen, you're supposed to pay close attention.  I was
demonstrating all kinds of cool stuff.  Meet me behind the arena at moonrise and I'll
tell you more. -- Korasim

Ah, the Mage's Apprentice.  A worthless type in the arena, whatever he might be like
in a lab. -- Samildar

I have to agree with Samildar on this one.  What a wuss. -- Allerdae Chan

F.saenz -- Ah, a born troublemaker, are you?  (heavy sigh)  There are a lot of
gladiators like that. -- Darsingi Fal

Owlin -- Well, for a wonder the guy I called came right over and trimmed off the
offending branch.  It was fun to watch, actually.  He had a cherry-picker and
manuevered around in and above the tree, which was fortunately on the small side for
a maple.  But I wish I had some of your raptors handy, now I'm fighting mice!  Just
one thing after another.  But life is not boring, so I can't complain. -- Jorja

8 July 2008
                *****************************************************
                **********************ATTENTION**********************
                *****************************************************
                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
                *****************************************************
                **********************ATTENTION**********************
                *****************************************************
                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:

        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RAVENZ bested VARDIN ABEQ in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gruesome Challenge Title fight.
FALCONZ narrowly killed DARSINGI FAL in a 3 minute brutal Challenge melee.
F. SAENZ was overpowered by SAMILDAR in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
BLACKHAWKZ was unbelievably bested by SHAGORNAN WILD MAN in a 2 minute fight.
KORASIM narrowly defeated SPARROWZ in a 2 minute match.
ALLERDAE CHAN slimly won victory over JHELUM RAIDER in a 4 minute beginner's brawl.
SYPHILIS SALLY was savagely defeated by MAGE'S APPRENTICE in a 1 minute brawl.
TYPHOID MARY dispatched TROLLBAIT in a action packed 1 minute beginner's duel.
EBOLA BOB slew MAGE'S APPRENTICE in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
MALARIA LARRY assassinated TROLLBAIT in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE BLACK DEATH put to death PRETTY LERONA in a 2 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -   2 -  2      83  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  2      71  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   5 -  2      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        14 -   6 -  1      70  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -   6 -  3      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   4 -  2      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   9 -  0      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   4 -  1      33  |

Turn 238 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        2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1                                       2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     RAVENZ 3014                 7   2  1   61 RAPTORZ (321)
AIMED BLOW       BLACKHAWKZ 3011             5   4  0   59 RAPTORZ (321)
TOTAL PARRY      KORASIM 3001               11   4  0   44 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
SLASHING ATTACK  SAMILDAR 3004               7   4  2   35 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VARDIN ABEQ 3002.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was RAVENZ 3014.  The ten other most popular fighters were VARDIN ABEQ 3002, 
FALCONZ 3013, ALLERDAE CHAN 3024, SPARROWZ 3016, DARSINGI FAL 3025, KORASIM 3001, 
TYPHOID MARY 3027, EBOLA BOB 3028, SAMILDAR 3004, and BLACKHAWKZ 3011.

The least popular fighter this week was SYPHILIS SALLY 3026.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were F. SAENZ 3023, THE BLACK DEATH 3030, MALARIA LARRY 3029, 
BLACKHAWKZ 3011, SAMILDAR 3004, EBOLA BOB 3028, TYPHOID MARY 3027, KORASIM 3001, 
DARSINGI FAL 3025, and SPARROWZ 3016.

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

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     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.