DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 11/30/2006 Duedate: 12/13/2006 ROCANIS ARENA DM-56 TURN-417 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS IT GET (419) (56-3900) [12-1-0,125] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader IT POSITION IS EMPTY GET (419) (56-3900) [12-1-0,125] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite FORLUITHA TEMB BAD APPLES (187) RESCUE RANGERS (338) (56-3946) [10-9-0,55] (56-3907) [11-6-1,64] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM (-1) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. RESCUE RANGERS (338) 32 2. BAD APPLES (187) 23 GET (419) 3. GET (419) 17 Unchartered Team 4. EXILED GLADIATOR (249) 0 5. STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) 0 JUST A REM SONG (350) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 0 GET (419) 41 17 1 70.7 1/ 2 BAD APPLES (187) 9 6 0 2/ 0 RESCUE RANGERS (338) 72 31 7 69.9 2/ 1 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) 9 6 0 3- 2*STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) 14 9 2 60.9 3- 3*STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) 4 2 0 4- 3 EXILED GLADIATOR (249) 16 11 1 59.3 4/ 0 RESCUE RANGERS (338) 3 0 0 5/ 4 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) 76 75 8 50.3 5- 4 EXILED GLADIATOR (249) 1 2 0 6- 5 YIELD (405) 32 41 7 43.8 6/ 0 GET (419) 1 2 0 7/ 6 BAD APPLES (187) 442 579 14 43.3 7- 5 YIELD (405) 0 4 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank SPY REPORT Hail and well met warriors of ROCANIS! Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari. ZIPPER caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested TROCARAN DESERTER and was awarded 13 points in recognition. In one of the week's more notable duels, PRIEST OF MYTORI put down PRESTON, causing him to lose 26 points of recognition in the process. This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper. All hail IT, Duelmaster of ROCANIS! Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor. Watch out! Many and various are the arts of battle. In ROCANIS "art" is a word that has long since passed from the language! Vendettas. Bloodied blades and broken spears. Indeed the city has seen more than its fair share of red in recent times. Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms. One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt! The girls are as pretty in ROCANIS as ever I remembered them....and the fighters as ugly! Don't let your reputation slip! Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city. Depart I must and soon! Till next we meet remember: a fool flies into a rage quickly and often. The wise are angered by the same thing only once. Zontani Sharp Eyes DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME IT 3900 12 1 0 125 GET (419) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CONTRABAND 3827 11 5 3 100 YIELD (405) NIKALA 3443 19 12 0 93 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME ZANDER 3440 14 18 1 88 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) PRESTON 3604 12 10 5 82 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) -WISHLIST 3816 11 10 3 82 YIELD (405) GODGET 3110 9 10 1 76 RESCUE RANGERS (338) TREEKILLER 3927 17 6 0 73 BAD APPLES (187) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME TEMB 3907 11 6 1 64 RESCUE RANGERS (338) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VANESSA 3483 14 13 1 56 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) FORLUITHA 3946 10 9 0 55 BAD APPLES (187) -IN HIDING 3902 4 3 1 49 YIELD (405) MEABEER 3899 4 4 0 46 GET (419) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HARD CIDER 3978 5 2 0 33 BAD APPLES (187) SOURCRAB 3969 5 5 0 26 BAD APPLES (187) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -LOVEABLE LARRY 3981 2 0 0 20 STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) BUCK FEVER 3980 3 3 0 18 BAD APPLES (187) -LOIS THUG 3970 3 2 0 18 STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) -SAWTOOTH 3944 1 1 0 15 YIELD (405) PIERRE 3977 2 1 0 14 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) -DELIA THUG 3973 2 3 0 13 STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) ZIPPER 3947 1 0 0 13 RESCUE RANGERS (338) -MARCELLUS 3983 1 1 0 10 EXILED GLADIATOR (249) -CHIP 3948 2 2 1 9 RESCUE RANGERS (338) BACK 3949 0 1 0 5 GET (419) -MR THUG 3982 1 1 0 4 STRAIGHT UP THUG (426) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? PERSONAL ADS Rabid Gopher. Huh, what a wuss. I grant you he's a dangerous little critter, what with being rabid and all, but still, a wuss. I enjoyed dropping a tree on him. -- Treekiller P.S. And when you think about it, what better use for a tree? A Rirorni Assassin? Hmm, I was going to say, "That doesn't sound like the Rirorni approach," but then I noticed that the assassin is not, in fact, Rirorni, so I guess that isn't the issue. The issue is, this is a fairly mean sort of dude, and I didn't warm to him at all. -- Forluitha Vanessa -- Even with a loss, time spent with you was well spent. Something on the order of a skill per second, would you say? Sorry I didn't teach YOU more, but I was so busy learning, I didn't have a chance to teach. Maybe sometime later, in greater privacy? I'm sure that you're a woman who could handle... Hard Cider Loveable Larry -- (bristling) I don't love you, I could never love you, and if you hug me again, you thug, I'll bite your nose off. -- Sourcrab Marcellus -- Exiled, huh? From where and for what? Inquiring minds hope to hear some exciting. -- Buck Fever Ed. -- Yep. And it doesn't hurt if you can do "obsessive" and "jealous" well, too. -- Treekiller P.S. And "irrationally picky." Little did I know how many demigods I number amongst my acquaintance, though not amongst my friends. -- Ed. 2 November 2006 I received a Gift Certificate from someone. I'm assuming it's for entry into the Turf War 5. Whoever sent this to me...please email me at email@example.com. Thanks. 10 November 2006 The Quest of the Best has come to an end. Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest, wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners. Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the Quest. Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in the dust. Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink) Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions: 1) Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls 2) Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts! 3) Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts 4) D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen 5) Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation 6) Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders 7) D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights 8) D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights 9) The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion 10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their butt handed to them. Respect to All. Quest #1 host, Dark Knight Toker 14 November 2006 A Tale of Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution as told by Hammer the WordSmith SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the lingering wisps of memory from days gone by. From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation. Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence experience. The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times. Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities presently past and future. Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93. The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy. Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and gallantry before. Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike. History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes. Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and olden legends of times lost. [TIME JUMP] Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy, yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena! "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch Light!" Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81. Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind. From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn. Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand. Future events would lend themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for processing. Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM 28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!] Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena. After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then another group of hopefuls. After lengthy debate a third was cast aside. Deciding between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial Commission. The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney- worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager. [TIME JUMP] Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and now it was time to begin their training. The paperwork had been dispatched for registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which preparation was paramount! Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney Arena. Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red! Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No- Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly Expected!] Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his mind! When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night. These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had they fallen into the possession of most other managers! Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney Arena!] Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!] Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace! [TIME JUMP] Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting! Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81 [recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon graduation!] The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS stable managed by Sweety Pie. Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena! Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission. Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus] had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE. Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No- Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission. Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari! Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION. Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm. Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf. Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with GRIFFONRAWL MMA. Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!] Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!] Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in thought!] Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena. COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as to their intentions. Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was anybody's guess at the present time!] Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by! JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!] "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper" Hammer Minister of War 30 November 2006 NEED A TURF WAR ALLIANCE?? Master Beru, Wretch, Reaper, and Xoan have come together to form an Alliance for the TURF WAR in DM47 with no regards for experience in competitions or even the game. If you want to enjoy the thrills of the competition, we have space for up to three more managers. Contact Master Beru at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or send a note to Master Beru at DM 29--Army of Darkness. If you are interested, we need to move quickly, since the contest starts in January and there are a few requirements to meet to participate. May your blades find the chinks in your enemy's armor. -- Master Beru LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS NIKALA was devastated by IT in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight. ZANDER lost to RIRORNI SABOTEUR in a 2 minute brutal expert's battle. PRESTON was defeated by PRIEST OF MYTORI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute duel. TREEKILLER devastated MEABEER in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight. VANESSA was viciously subdued by TEMB in a 2 minute gruesome brawl. GODGET overpowered FORLUITHA in a 1 minute one-sided struggle. HARD CIDER devastated RIRORNI LOOTER in a 1 minute one-sided competition. SOURCRAB handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven melee. BUCK FEVER vanquished TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel. PIERRE viciously subdued BACK in a 4 minute gory novice's duel. ZIPPER overpowered TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided melee. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 9 TOTAL PARRY 11 - 3 - 0 79 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 AIMED BLOW 6 - 2 - 1 75 | |AIMED BLOW 1 PARRY-STRIKE 2 - 1 - 0 67 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 STRIKING ATTACK 8 - 4 - 3 67 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 WALL OF STEEL 3 - 2 - 0 60 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 LUNGING ATTACK 34 - 29 - 1 54 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 PARRY-LUNGE 3 - 3 - 0 50 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 SLASHING ATTACK 10 - 11 - 1 48 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 BASHING ATTACK 8 - 9 - 0 47 | |WALL OF STEEL 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 2 - 0 33 | Turn 417 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 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 4 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 3 SLASHING ATTACK LUNGING ATTACK 6 - 3 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY TOTAL PARRY 0 - 1 1 STRIKING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 0 - 0 1 BASHING ATTACK TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME AIMED BLOW IT 3900 12 1 0 125 GET (419) TOTAL PARRY NIKALA 3443 19 12 0 93 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) STRIKING ATTACK PRESTON 3604 12 10 5 82 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) LUNGING ATTACK TREEKILLER 3927 17 6 0 73 BAD APPLES (187) SLASHING ATTACK TEMB 3907 11 6 1 64 RESCUE RANGERS (338) BASHING ATTACK VANESSA 3483 14 13 1 56 ELEVENTH HOUR (372) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is FORLUITHA 3946. The most popular warrior this turn was TEMB 3907. The ten other most popular fighters were IT 3900, ZANDER 3440, TREEKILLER 3927, SOURCRAB 3969, PRESTON 3604, HARD CIDER 3978, BUCK FEVER 3980, BACK 3949, VANESSA 3483, and GODGET 3110. The least popular fighter this week was PIERRE 3977. The other ten least popular fighters were FORLUITHA 3946, MEABEER 3899, NIKALA 3443, ZIPPER 3947, GODGET 3110, VANESSA 3483, BACK 3949, BUCK FEVER 3980, HARD CIDER 3978, and PRESTON 3604. JANUARY FACE-TO-FACE IN TEMPE! Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2007. It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as last year by popular request. Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool. The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 before the block is released! (This is prime season for Phoenix, and several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.) Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet. We hope you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!