DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/01/2007    Duedate: 10/13/2007

VALAMANTIS ARENA

DM-62    TURN-419

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DARTH NIKILUS
RANDOM SITH (438)
(62-4358) [12-11-0,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DARTH NIKILUS                  POSITION IS EMPTY
RANDOM SITH (438)              
(62-4358) [12-11-0,102]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARTH NIKILUS                  DARTH SIDIUS
RANDOM SITH (438)              RANDOM SITH (438)
(62-4358) [12-11-0,102]        (62-4316) [12-14-1,82]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

RANDOM SITH (438)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. RANDOM SITH (438)           18
2. COLORS (186)                15      RANDOM SITH (438)
3. THE BEARS (268)             12      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)          4
5. SEA DOGS (442)               0      DARKBLADES (116)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 RANDOM SITH (438)         71  58  3 55.0   1/ 1 RANDOM SITH (438)        10  5 0
 2/ 2 THE BEARS (268)          346 314 31 52.4   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)       7  8 0
 3/ 3 COLORS (186)              34  38  1 47.2   3/ 3 COLORS (186)              6  3 0
 4/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)      210 272  4 43.6   4/ 5 THE BEARS (268)           4  6 1
 5/ 5 DEATH MOB (15)            88 124 13 41.5   5/ 4 DEATH MOB (15)            4  6 0
 6- 6*SEA DOGS (442)             0   3  0  0.0   6- 6*SEA DOGS (442)            0  3 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 580): LARRY KING of DEATH'S DOOR (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 463): SCURVY LAD of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 588): OTIS 3 of FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): LEOPARD of TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (Master Beru, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 583): BOMBETTE of PAPER MARIO (Luigi, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 587): JUGGERNAUT 31 of MACHINES OF WAR (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 585): BABY JESUS of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): QUIZNOS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 571): XYLICARE of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 570): DR. DREAM of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 544): IRON MAN of ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 534): RIQUETTIE of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 238): SMIRK of CHEAP SHOTS (Cheap Shots Manager, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 521): CELIE SHATTERSTONE of DELVERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 470): BLADERUNNER of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 225): GLUM of JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): DERELICT of ALL-STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 418): BALI DARRAS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 190): CRYBABY of OUTLAWS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 462): SUSHI SLINGER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 580): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 463): TEAM HAVOK (?, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 588): FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (Master Beru, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 583): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 587): MACHINES OF WAR (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 585): SENTINELS (?, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 571): BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 569): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 544): ENGINES 'O' DEATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 534): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 238): CHEAP SHOTS (Cheap Shots Manager, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 521): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 470): RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 224): JANIX (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 213): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 418): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 190): QUARTERFLASH (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 462) TWISTED SESAME (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 580): HATCH BATTENER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                            SWEET STUFF of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 587): BIG BROTHER of FRAT PARTY BLOWOUT (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 584): HOWARD of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 582): GRETZKY of SPORTS GREATS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 579): QUIZNOS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 520): QUICK DEAD HAMMER of KLK RANGE HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 417): BALI DARRAS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     A good try, Darth Sidius.  While you didn't have it in you to defeat me (today),
you were out there making the effort, and I salute you.  If you want to go after that
"voice in the stands," feel free to call on me for back-up.

                                     Bali Darras

P.S.  Rats.  It says here "born to scum."  In other words, fighting rhythm of
low/low.  I believe I'm not going to accept that.  These Commissioners are plainly
idiots.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, VALAMANTIS?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see BROWN win a fight and gain 27 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, BROWN beat DARTH 
SCION and DARTH SCION lost 19 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And it's out with 
the old, in with the new, as DARTH NIKILUS takes the Title and last week's bar tab 
from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how 
else do you think some of these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
RANDOM SITH, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided team. 
Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And who led the way in this mass act of 
cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was COLORS.  Ha ha ha ha!   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines 
through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     There's got to be a better place in VALAMANTIS to get a drink than Drunkard's 
Guild!  Any suggestions?  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before I leave the fine city 
of VALAMANTIS.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll 
need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARTH NIKILUS 4358           12  11  0   102       RANDOM SITH (438)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BROWN 4383                   11   3  0    88       COLORS (186)
 DARTH SIDIUS 4316            12  14  1    82       RANDOM SITH (438)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARTH SCION 4357             16   7  0    63       RANDOM SITH (438)
 ORANGE 4371                   8   6  0    59       COLORS (186)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARTH MALEK 4418              8   2  0    51       RANDOM SITH (438)
 BLUE 1172                     8  12  1    44       COLORS (186)
 GABRELLA IMBRO 4355           5  21  0    39       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 DONETTA FALDOUR 4388          9  11  0    38       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 DARTH BANE 4415               7   4  0    35       RANDOM SITH (438)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORMODUC IRN 4420             3   6  0    25       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 THE GRUDGE 4421               3   1  0    25       THE BEARS (268)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ADMIRAL KRINGE 1379           4   2  0    22       DEATH MOB (15)
 DEATH MAGE 2115               2   3  0    15       DEATH MOB (15)
 WOLF RIDER 2132               3   1  1    11       DEATH MOB (15)
 WOUNDED BEAR 4434             1   2  0    10       THE BEARS (268)
 RUSSIAN BEAR 4427             1   3  1     9       THE BEARS (268)
 TOWER MAID 2131               1   3  0     6       DEATH MOB (15)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TOWER GOURD 2130       1  3 0 DEATH MOB 15          STONE GOLEM 26        419 NONE    
GARVE HORMIN 4441      0  2 0 MIDDLE WAY 10 420     RUSSIAN BEAR 4427     419         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Orange -- Ook, that's a blinding variation!  Glows in the dark, doesn't it?
(shudder)  I'm sure it doesn't go well with your complexion, but I can't PROVE it
because the hue is so strong I can't SEE your complexion.  In fact, you just appear
to be a solid blob of orange, and it's enough to set anyone's teeth on edge,
especially mine. -- Doneeta Faldour

Blue -- I felt that way at the end of the fight.  I made the mistake last month of
asking, "how bad can my record get?" and I have this horrid feeling that I'm going to
find out.  Youch. -- Gabrella Imbro

Death Mage -- I thought dwarves didn't go in for stuff like that. -- Gormoduc Irn
P.S.  But thanks for the skills, anyway.

Tower Maid -- (reeling back)  Wow, I didn't realize it was going to be like THAT.
Ouch! -- Garve Hormin
P.S.  You busy tonight?  I could use some soothing feminine companionship.

6 September 2007
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                   ***** STORMCROWE SLAUGHTERHOUSE 3  *******
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15 managers have announced for the Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse!!!!!!  There is still 
time to join and make a name for yourself in one of Alastari's fiercest contests!  I 
must correct a mistake in the previous announcement.  I incorrectly called it the 
Slaughterhouse 2, but in reality, this will be the third installment of the 
Slaughterhouse!

HOW TO JOIN

*Find a Partner

*Declare your intentions in the Stormcrowe newsletter to enter before the first turn 
of the contest.  You may also email or diplo Master Darque.

*Each manager entering the Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse must submit one (1) Team Roll-Up 
Certificate.  Only certificates will be accepted for entry.  All certificates 
submitted will be used during the course of the contest as prizes.

*RU certificates must be received on or before the first turn of the contest which is 
Stormcrowe Turn 263 (running approximately November 27, 2007).

RULES and SCORING

Rules and Scoring information for the Slaughterhouse will be posted every turn in the 
Stormcrowe newsletter beginning with Turn 260 and in a final all arena ad in 
November.

PRIZES

ENDURANCE AWARD:  One (1) +1 Bonus Potion will be given to every team that competes 
in 60 of the 65 contest fights.

KILL MASTER AWARD:  The individual manager with the most kills will receive a Limited 
Immortality Potion.  This potion may be applied to one (1) warrior.  He/she will be 
resurrected ONE-TIME if they are killed in Basic D2.

TOP TEAM AWARD:  Each manager on the winning team will receive the following prize 
pack for their Slaughterhouse Dominance:

*One (1) +1 Bonus Potion
*Favorites Knowledge for one (1) Warrior
*Undisclosed amount of Team RU Certificates

Special note from RSI on prizes:  All contest prizes must be used within three 
months.  All contest prizes may only be used on a living warrior on the participating 
contest team in DM 45.  The immortality potion may resurrect a warrior one time, 
after a death in DM 45 only, after which time the potion disappears.

NEED MORE INFORMATION

Rules questions and clarifications may be directed to Master Darque the contest 
coordinator.  He may be reached by email at rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com or by 
diplo in DM 45 (Darque Forces-428).

20 September 2007
Ok, ok, you can stop not-talking about TOGS VI already, it is coming, slowly but
surely, like a giant, over-fed, greased slug sliding down a gravely driveway.  We're
looking for new-comers, old-timers, in-betweeners, fence-sitters and Delarquans to
come on out and participate.  Just think, you could be the next Pinky & the Brain
pairing (a la Creepster & Manager), or maybe you'll be the team that crushes all in
its path on the way TO UTTER AND COMPLETE TOGS DOMINATION!!!!!!  [note:  insert
sinister cackle if it helps you complete the picture]

There will be a few minor changes, so let's recap the rules from top to bottom:

1.  Each TOGS team consists of two managers.  After the contest starts, there will be
no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your teammate wisely.  TOGS VI will last
for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.

2.  The TOGS entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per TOGS
team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no exceptions
being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or manager decides
to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
     a)  send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
          Paul Jokelson
          115 Moss Ave. #201
          Oakland, CA 94611
     b)  get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards
         and no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.

3. TOGS point system:

Fights: 

10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on your even challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on another TOGS warriors challenge.
 7 points for winning a random match-up against another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning a random match-up against a non-TOGS warrior.

Changes this TOGS: 

** 10 points for any challenge by the DM, UP OR DOWN!!
** 4 points for winning a random match-up against your TOGS partner's warrior.
To state the obvious, there are 0 points if you challenge your partner.

** 4 points for winning a bloodfeud attempt against you by a non-TOGS warrior

You will not get any points if you challenge or get challenged by a non-TOGS team
(with the exception of the above-stated rule if you get bloodfeuded), so use your
avoids wisely if you think someone is out to get you.

Spots/Ads

5 points for every spotlight written by any team member.  1 per manager per turn.

The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter
(that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and we will be completely firm on
this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will not be given points if
they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy related.
We will be the sole judge of this.  If you're unsure if we will judge something to be
Duelmasters or fantasy related, then e-mail me before you write the spotlight and
ask.  We reserve the right to take points away from a spotlight after they are given
if we judge at later time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.

-5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
personal ad.

4.  TOGS VI will start in arena 60 shortly after the Winter Face-to-Face (turn due
Feb 21, Aradi turn 436) and as mentioned before will last for 13 turns.  There will
be multipliers in the later rounds, which means that all points accumulated by a team
on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by each team
on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.

5.  Soultaker and Nuln will be the sole arbiters of any dispute that may arise, with
props to Sentinel for doing the score-keeping as always.  Whine all you like, we will
be glad to provide comfortable chairs and the cheese of your choice.

And there be the rules.  If you look closely, you'll notice there were a few minor
changes and additions made from the TOGS V rules.  They are as follows:

-- The Snotman & Nuln rule:  Last TOGS Snotman and Nuln randomly matched up something
like 4-5 times, so we basically decided out of pity to now give a small amount of
points (4 in this case) for winning a random against a teammate, so that you're not
completely screwed by having 2 of your 10 warriors get 0 zero points automatically.

-- Scaling Down Points for the DM:  Previously a TOGS DM would get 10 points *in
addition* to whatever challenge points they got.  This was to keep the DM from being
penalized for being at the top and give people something to fight for.  However, it
was a bit too much of an award and we decided to scale it back and eliminate the
bonus, but give full upchallenge credit whenever the DM challenges.

-- Bloodfeuds from outside TOGS teams:  This incident came up last TOGS, and it was
felt that if a person killed a non-TOGS warrior in a random, they shouldn't have to
be potentially locked into 4 turns of getting 0 points.  So we've added an additional
rule which now gives 4 points if you win when bloodfeuded by a non-TOGS warrior, at
least giving you some way to get points if you're locked into a non-TOGS bloodfeud
instead of being basically removed from the contest for 4 turns.

And lastly...

-- Team Names:  This was not listed in the rules, but to make things more festive, at
the suggestion of Manager we have decided to have the added dimension of team names!
Yes, no more boring rankings with Team 4 edging out Team 7.  Just picture reading a
TOGS turn report now, with something along the lines of "Team Fiery Starfish
obliterated Team Superior TOGSlings," just as one example.

We hope to see you all there....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOWER GOURD was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
BALI DARRAS lost to DARTH NIKILUS in a exciting 1 minute expert's Title battle.
DARTH SCION was overpowered by BROWN in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
DARTH SIDIUS bested CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute fight.
BLUE was narrowly defeated by DARTH MALEK in a 2 minute bloody match.
ORANGE bested DONETTA FALDOUR in a 2 minute gory duel.
GORMODUC IRN was bested by DARTH BANE in a 2 minute match.
GABRELLA IMBRO devastated DEATH MAGE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
ADMIRAL KRINGE overcame WOUNDED BEAR in a 2 minute melee.
WOLF RIDER was vanquished by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
TOWER MAID was overpowered by THE GRUDGE in a 4 minute uneven duel.
GARVE HORMIN was savagely slain by RUSSIAN BEAR in a 2 minute gruesome novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   3 -  1      70  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  20 -  0      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        23 -  26 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  13 -  0      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  26 -  1      46  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 419 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        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         4  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         3  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   DARTH NIKILUS 4358         12  11  0  102 RANDOM SITH (438)
AIMED BLOW       BROWN 4383                 11   3  0   88 COLORS (186)
WALL OF STEEL    DARTH SCION 4357           16   7  0   63 RANDOM SITH (438)
PARRY-LUNGE      DARTH MALEK 4418            8   2  0   51 RANDOM SITH (438)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DARTH NIKILUS 4358.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DARTH SIDIUS 4316.  The ten other most popular fighters were TOWER GOURD 
2130, DARTH NIKILUS 4358, BROWN 4383, BLUE 1172, ORANGE 4371, WOUNDED BEAR 4434, 
RUSSIAN BEAR 4427, DARTH MALEK 4418, GORMODUC IRN 4420, and DARTH BANE 4415.

The least popular fighter this week was THE GRUDGE 4421.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were WOLF RIDER 2132, DEATH MAGE 2115, DONETTA FALDOUR 4388, DARTH SCION 
4357, GABRELLA IMBRO 4355, GARVE HORMIN 4441, TOWER MAID 2131, ADMIRAL KRINGE 1379, 
DARTH BANE 4415, and GORMODUC IRN 4420.

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

BALI DARRAS (62-4221) MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)