DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/03/2005    Duedate: 10/15/2005

VALAMANTIS ARENA

DM-62    TURN-368

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RELENTLESS
THE BEARS (268)
(62-4148) [12-7-2,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RELENTLESS                     THE BIG 'OH'
THE BEARS (268)                DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF (386)
(62-4148) [12-7-2,103]         (62-3734) [2-0-0,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RELENTLESS                     ERFIN GORAM
THE BEARS (268)                MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
(62-4148) [12-7-2,103]         (62-4220) [1-3-0,18]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE BEARS (268)             25
2. FINAL FANSTASY III (414)    21      THE BEARS (268)
3. MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)          9      Unchartered Team
4. DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF (386)   5
5. DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)         0DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF (386)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*DIAMONDS IN THE RU (386)   2   0  0  100   1/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)       7  8 0
 2- 1 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)      45  24  1 65.2   2/ 3 THE BEARS (268)           2  0 0
 3/ 3 THE BEARS (268)          305 262 24 53.8   3- 5 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)      2  3 0
 4/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)      105 123  4 46.1   4/ 4*FINAL FANSTASY III (414)  2  6 0
 5/ 4*FINAL FANSTASY III (414)   2   6  0 25.0   5/ 0*DIAMONDS IN THE RU (386)  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

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #6 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Valamantis:

     M. Kargaed Chardinee was a little surprised that Ambitious Guard Rossanarth had
chosen to go with him to the mysterious tower.  It wasn't that he doubted the elf's
courage; no Rirorni who had fought the elves around Xochithlan would do that, and
besides, any man who would enter the arena was either brave or a fool.  Or both, of
course.  And Rossanarth was not a fool, that Kargaed had ever noticed.  But the idea
of having an elf as a comrade in a tight spot was...unusual.
     "We must be nearly there," Rossanarth said suddenly.  His movement changed,
making it clear that the taller warrior had his feet on the bottom.  "I never heard
of any shoal water here, so this must be the base of the tower's island."
     Kargaed tightened his grip on the piece of wood he'd caught and kicked
awkwardly, trying to get close enough to touch bottom himself.  It would feel very
good to get his feet on something solid instead of having them dangling in the water.
He hadn't wanted to panic and show himself afraid in front of the elf, but he WAS
afraid.  He was a horsemen, not a damned fish!
     "I can't see anything but water," Rossanarth said after a moment.  He stretched
upward to his full height, might even be standing on his toes.  "I should be able to
see the damned tower, but I can't!"
     "Illusion, in case anyone gets close," Kargaed guessed.  He got far enough to
have his own feet on the bottom and heaved a sigh of relief.  Although he didn't let
go of the floating wood.  Just in case.
     "Why?"  Rossanarth wanted to look at his companion but didn't.  Just because he
couldn't see anything didn't mean there was no danger.  He had a piece of wood from
the destroyed ships, too, but for him, it was a club, not a float.
     There was satisfaction in the Rirorni's voice.  "Because it's vulnerable,
somehow.  The black tower can be destroyed, once we figure out how."

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 528): BRICK WALL of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 414): MELLITA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 536): BLACK WIDOW of MISTRESS 4 XMAS (Angus, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 532): VANGUARD of ORCCON THUGS (DMobster, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): BULL DURHAM of PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 535): COOKIE FOR THE SOUL of HOLE IN THE WALL (The Muffin Man)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): HAILSTORM of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 527): SIR REALISTIC of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): ALTON of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 518): ASHANDAR of AGE OF EMPIRE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 492): NIKITA of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 482): SIR LICKSALOT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 212): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 469): OSTMAN of WAY OF THE SWORD A3 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 418): WILLIE MCGEE of ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 199): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): EVANGELION of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 367): DOC FELLE of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 163): DRUWEZ of GLACIATION GUILD II (Sir Chester, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 411): WIGGLER of THUNDR + LITENING from TALCAMA (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 528): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 414): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 536): GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 532): HARMONY (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 535): THE LADY'S LIST (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 527): SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 518): AGE OF EMPIRE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 492): ABSTRACT (Xerxes, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 482): JINDA-BAN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 212): LITERATI (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 469): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 418): RONIN (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 199): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): CHAPEL ROCK (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 367): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 163): TWISTED SISTERS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 411): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 413): YOBER of OF WOLF AND MAN 6 (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 531): CYCLONE of FURY'S EDGE (Fury, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): BULL DURHAM of PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
               (turn 530): THE IMPECCABLE PIG of JUST DON'T CARE (The Muffin Man)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): HAILSTORM of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 526): QUADRICEPS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
                           IVAN MASHMINAPLP of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): ALTON of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                            BILLY THE SQUID of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                (turn 518): WILL THE BIKER of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal)
                            PREBIRTH of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 491): SASQUATCH COWBOY of LEGENDARY BASTARDS ( ! , mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 198): FRED WEASLEY of GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (Godric Gryffindor)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): EVANGELION of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     More of a Kung-Fu Apprentice, I think.

                                      Doc Felle

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon VALAMANTIS, 
for I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  MIDDLE WAY 10 had cause to celebrate, after 
ERFIN GORAM got 15 points by beating BLACK MAGE #631.  CHIA EDEL certainly had a 
baffled expression on hers face, after losing to GOOD BEAR and losing 12 points in 
the process!  Like a flirtacious debutante, VALAMANTIS' Duelmaster DOC FELLE found 
himself the man of the hour, being "invited to dance" 2 times!  You could cut the 
tension with a scimitar as RELENTLESS of THE BEARS met the Duelmaster.  Now I can't 
insult RELENTLESS, as she has gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new 
Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) Word has it one team in VALAMANTIS 
is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     And how sociable are VALAMANTIS' warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Ask not for whom the sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid VALAMANTIS farewell-- 
Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RELENTLESS 4148              12   7  2   103       THE BEARS (268)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOC FELLE 4139               20  26  1    87       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 EB GOLLU 4138                12  34  0    77       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HELL STORM 4147               9   3  0    72       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-INFERNO SERPENT 4162          8   3  0    66       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
-COLOSSUS'S FIRE 4164          6   3  0    61       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAJJ'IL THAN'NI 4160          8   4  0    41       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOOD BEAR 4200                2   1  0    30       THE BEARS (268)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BIG 'OH' 3734             2   0  0    20       DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF (386)
 CHIA EDEL 4219                3   1  0    18       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 ERFIN GORAM 4220              1   3  0    18       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
-TAR PIT 4217                  1   0  0    13       THE BEARS (268)
-ENSLAVED ANGEL 4178           3   2  0    12       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
 BLACK MAGE #631 4039          1   1  0     8       FINAL FANSTASY III (414)
 BALI DARRAS 4221              1   3  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 BLACK MAGE #717 4042          1   1  0     4       FINAL FANSTASY III (414)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DAA! 4228              0  1 0 FINAL FANSTASY II 414 MISTRESS SITALVA 23   368 NONE    
DA! 4227               0  1 0 FINAL FANSTASY II 414 MISTRESS SITALVA 23   368 NONE    
ALTA CHESS 4137       18 24 0 MIDDLE WAY 10 420     RELENTLESS 4148       364 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

If the Convicted Assassin won, why am I still alive? -- Eb Gollu

     If he was convicted, he's probably not much good at his job. -- Ed.

Black Mage #717 -- How tedious of you. -- Erfin Goram

Black Mage #631 -- Of you, also. -- Bali Darras

Silly Beggar. -- Chia Edel

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.

     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DAA! was butchered by MISTRESS SITALVA in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
DA! was slaughtered by MISTRESS SITALVA in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
RELENTLESS demolished DOC FELLE in a 1 minute bloody uneven Challenge Title fight.
GOOD BEAR bested CHIA EDEL in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
EB GOLLU savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute mismatched match.
THE BIG 'OH' defeated BALI DARRAS in a 2 minute struggle.
BLACK MAGE #717 was beaten by CONVICTED THIEF in a 2 minute amateur's brawl.
BLACK MAGE #631 was savagely defeated by ERFIN GORAM in a 5 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW         3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -   9 -  3      68  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY        8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   6 -  0      33  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   8 -  0      27  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 368 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   RELENTLESS 4148            12   7  2  103 THE BEARS (268)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RELENTLESS 4148.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ERFIN GORAM 4220.  The ten other most popular fighters were EB GOLLU 4138, THE 
BIG 'OH' 3734, BALI DARRAS 4221, RELENTLESS 4148, GOOD BEAR 4200, DA! 4227, DAA! 
4228, DOC FELLE 4139, CHIA EDEL 4219, and BLACK MAGE #717 4042.

The least popular fighter this week was BLACK MAGE #631 4039.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BLACK MAGE #717 4042, CHIA EDEL 4219, DOC FELLE 4139, DAA! 
4228, DA! 4227, GOOD BEAR 4200, RELENTLESS 4148, BALI DARRAS 4221, THE BIG 'OH' 3734, 
and EB GOLLU 4138.