DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/10/2005    Duedate: 03/23/2005

ROCANIS ARENA

DM-56    TURN-372

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HEDGEHOG
REDHORSE (207)
(56-3748) [19-23-0,95]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              GODGET
                               RESCUE RANGERS (338)
                               (56-3110) [4-0-0,39]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BITTER VETCH                   MECHANISM
BAD APPLES (187)               TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
(56-3762) [18-17-0,71]         (56-3796) [7-4-1,84]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

RESCUE RANGERS (338)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. REDHORSE (207)              22
2. RESCUE RANGERS (338)        11      PUNCH-OUT! (411)
3. BAD APPLES (187)            10      Unchartered Team
4. PUNCH-OUT! (411)             3
5. ARNIE'S ARMY (404)           0      RESCUE RANGERS (338)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*RESCUE RANGERS (338)      15   4  2 78.9   1/ 5*RESCUE RANGERS (338)      7  2 0
 2/ 2 PUNCH-OUT! (411)          32  15  5 68.1   2/ 4 BAD APPLES (187)          7  8 0
 3- 3*ARNIE'S ARMY (404)        13   7  1 65.0   3- 1*ARNIE'S ARMY (404)        6  2 0
 4/ 4 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)    17  12  1 58.6   4/ 2 REDHORSE (207)            6  9 0
 5/ 0*BLACKENED PRIDE (409)      4   3  0 57.1   5/ 3 PUNCH-OUT! (411)          5  7 2
 6- 5 YIELD (405)               19  19  3 50.0   6/ 6 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)    4  2 0
 7/ 6 REDHORSE (207)           398 459 14 46.4   7- 7 YIELD (405)               0  3 0
 8/ 7 BAD APPLES (187)         345 466 14 42.5   8/ 0*BLACKENED PRIDE (409)     0  1 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 510): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): MECHANISM of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): ARNIE'S ARMY (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BADGER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                     (turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Say good-bye to ARNIE'S ARMY, as they are pushed from the coveted top 
team spot by the RESCUE RANGERS stable.  Coming up with a solid 4-1-0 outing, RESCUE 
RANGERS has advanced 4 places in the rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for 
PRONGHRON, who flew up 11 points in the rankings after mashing CHIP like a melon.  
Keep your eye on this gal.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the 
sands.  CHIP was bested by PRONGHRON and drops 10 points.  In front of all the 
crowds, HEDGEHOG took the Duelmaster's crown for hers own.  I give the bum two weeks. 
Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad YIELD?  Big bad YIELD.  Big bad 
YIELD.  ROCANIS' afraid of the big bad YIELD.  Tra la la la la!  And you guys like to 
boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause TOOLS OF TORMENT beats feet every time 
YIELD smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were 
votes, BITTER VETCH would be president.  Although it may be a contest he doesn't want 
to win.  Challenging down 18 points was MACHINE.  Pretty soon he'll be using two 
shields and selling 'T.P.:  The only way to clean up' pins.  Definition of petty:  
MACHINE defeated BITTER VETCH, a mismatch of 18 points.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they 
will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     Well, there's the manager of the ROCANIS giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  
Good luck in next week's fights.  See ya next time I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown 
Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEDGEHOG 3748                19  23  0    95       REDHORSE (207)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MACHINE 3795                  8   3  0    95       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MECHANISM 3796                7   4  1    84       TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
-WISHLIST 3816                 7   5  0    80       YIELD (405)
 GLASS JOE 3847                6   4  0    72       PUNCH-OUT! (411)
 BITTER VETCH 3762            18  17  0    71       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KID QUICK 3846                8   2  2    64       PUNCH-OUT! (411)
-CONTRABAND 3827               7   0  3    62       YIELD (405)
-BALD BULL 3843                8   1  1    58       PUNCH-OUT! (411)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHANKS PONY 3854              5   4  0    47       REDHORSE (207)
-GLUTAMIC 3790                 3   0  1    40       ARNIE'S ARMY (404)
 GODGET 3110                   4   0  0    39       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 ZIPPER 3111                   4   0  1    34       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
-ROSE HIPS 3774                4   1  0    34       ARNIE'S ARMY (404)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRIVET 3867                   4   1  0    33       BAD APPLES (187)
 LARGE DOG 3848                4   8  0    33       BAD APPLES (187)
-CAUTION 3821                  3   2  0    33       YIELD (405)
 PRONGHRON 3852                5   4  0    32       REDHORSE (207)
-L. GLUTAMINE 3772             2   0  0    32       ARNIE'S ARMY (404)
-SILICA 3773                   2   1  0    28       ARNIE'S ARMY (404)
 CIRITH UNGOL 3842             3   2  0    25       BLACKENED PRIDE (409)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KING HIPPO 3845               6   3  1    22       PUNCH-OUT! (411)
 YUL 3868                      2   2  0    22       REDHORSE (207)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROTTEN CORE 3851              2   8  0    20       BAD APPLES (187)
-MR. SANDMAN 3844              4   5  1    18       PUNCH-OUT! (411)
 MONTY 3113                    3   1  0    17       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 DALE 3112                     2   1  0    17       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 EATS GRASS 3853               3   6  0    15       REDHORSE (207)
 CHIP 3114                     2   2  1    11       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
-DIRTY FRANK 3780              1   3  0    10       YIELD (405)
-STEARIC 3788                  2   2  0     9       ARNIE'S ARMY (404)
 PIEFACE 3875                  0   2  0     2       BAD APPLES (187)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CANDY APPLE 3786      10 18 0 BAD APPLES 187        KID QUICK 3846        370         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Machine -- Hmm, I was going to ask if you were related to Mechanism, but I see that 
you are of different races, so that can't be the case.  At least, not in any biology 
I've ever heard of.  I guess you just get your annoying personality--you know, 
sucking up the skills and teach nothing--naturally. -- Bitter Vetch

Eats Grass -- Always a mistake, eating grass.  If you'll just look at your teeth, 
you'll SEE that you were never intended by the gods to eat grass.  Meat, the 
occasional fruit or vegetable if you can't get out of it, but not GRASS. -- Privet

A Cult Member?  May he be gnawed by a... Large Dog
P.S.  For a long time.  Eternity, maybe.

I have seldom seen a dwarf so inept as the Persistent Beggar.  Which is probably why 
he doesn't have a real job, eh? -- Rotten Core

Chip -- Just because you wanted a slice of the pie was no reason to get MEAN. -- 
Pieface
P.S.  I nearly got named Pigface, glad that one slipped by!

Hedgehog -- It was probably the large ale that did you in. -- Bitter Vetch

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MACHINE devastated BITTER VETCH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
MECHANISM slimly lost to HEDGEHOG in a action packed 7 minute brutal Title battle.
GLASS JOE was defeated by PRIEST OF MYTORI in a crowd pleasing 3 minute duel.
KID QUICK viciously subdued SHANKS PONY in a 2 minute gory fight.
GODGET subdued CIRITH UNGOL in a 2 minute amateur's competition.
YUL was unbelievably bested by LARGE DOG in a 1 minute amateur vs. veteran fight.
PRIVET bested EATS GRASS in a popular 4 minute competition.
ZIPPER overcame ROTTEN CORE in a action packed 1 minute melee.
PRONGHRON vanquished CHIP in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MONTY won victory over PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute novice's duel.
DALE overpowered PIEFACE in a 1 minute uneven match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -   6 -  2      71  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  18 -  2      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  10 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  11 -  1      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   9 -  0      18  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW         2 -  11 -  0      15  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   9 -  0       0  |

Turn 372 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MACHINE 3795                8   3  0   95 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407)
AIMED BLOW       BITTER VETCH 3762          18  17  0   71 BAD APPLES (187)
STRIKING ATTACK  SHANKS PONY 3854            5   4  0   47 REDHORSE (207)
SLASHING ATTACK  ZIPPER 3111                 4   0  1   34 RESCUE RANGERS (338)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BITTER VETCH 3762.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MECHANISM 3796.  The ten other most popular fighters were GLASS JOE 3847, 
PRIVET 3867, KID QUICK 3846, GODGET 3110, ZIPPER 3111, MACHINE 3795, HEDGEHOG 3748, 
PRONGHRON 3852, DALE 3112, and SHANKS PONY 3854.

The least popular fighter this week was PIEFACE 3875.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CHIP 3114, ROTTEN CORE 3851, EATS GRASS 3853, BITTER VETCH 3762, MONTY 
3113, LARGE DOG 3848, YUL 3868, CIRITH UNGOL 3842, SHANKS PONY 3854, and DALE 3112.