DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/15/2005    Duedate: 02/28/2005

AMEN-TEI ARENA

DM-63    TURN-347

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SELAUNAH
WAYFARERS (248)
(63-2551) [18-8-1,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SELAUNAH                       POSITION IS EMPTY
WAYFARERS (248)                
(63-2551) [18-8-1,116]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HOBO JO                        SELAUNAH
WAYFARERS (248)                WAYFARERS (248)
(63-2520) [24-18-0,103]        (63-2551) [18-8-1,116]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WAYFARERS (248)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WAYFARERS (248)             44
2. THE FORSAKEN (305)           0      CAR AND DRIVER (155)
3. CAR AND DRIVER (155)       -10      Unchartered Team

                                       JOHUR (79)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*THE FORSAKEN (305)         8   1  1 88.9   1/ 1 WAYFARERS (248)          11  4 0
 2/ 2 CAR AND DRIVER (155)     463 415 25 52.7   2/ 2 CAR AND DRIVER (155)      2  5 0
 3/ 3 WAYFARERS (248)          422 491  9 46.2   3- 3*THE FORSAKEN (305)        1  0 1

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of AMEN-TEI.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  Practice pays for 
HITCH HIKER, who pummelled POLITE BEGGAR, to pocket 16 points.  What can be a greater 
victory?  SELAUNAH has taken hers place as the top, as AMEN-TEI's new Duelmaster.  So 
who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  
Someone's got a basic problem...   
     And how sociable are AMEN-TEI's warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not for whom the 
sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     Do not think spyreporting in AMEN-TEI is the highlight of my life.  As the 
seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to 
leave this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid AMEN-TEI 
farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SELAUNAH 2551                18   8  1   116       WAYFARERS (248)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FURIOUS TERROR 2248          27  17  0   104       CAR AND DRIVER (155)
 HOBO JO 2520                 24  18  0   103       WAYFARERS (248)
 MARIO ANDRETTI 1809          13   9  0    99       CAR AND DRIVER (155)
-SPEEDWAY 2470                 9  10  0    93       CAR AND DRIVER (155)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHADY LADY 2552              15   8  0    89       WAYFARERS (248)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SECRET DOOM 2582              8   1  1    34       THE FORSAKEN (305)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HITCH HIKER 2592              1   0  0    16       WAYFARERS (248)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
THE N-ICEMAN 2576      3  9 0 WAYFARERS 248         SECRET DOOM 2582      346         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mario Andretti -- Better you than me. -- Hobo Jo
P.S.  Writing the column.

Speedway -- Gosh, are you really mine?  I can think of lots of fun stuff for us to
do.... -- Selaunah

Furious Terror -- Well, that was a surprise, really.  Not as much of a surprise as
the graduation notice, but still. -- Passer By
P.S.  "Slow and inactive"?  "Very low/low"?  Does this mean..."Born to scum"?

M. Chardinee has long since ceased to be amusing.  I would prefer to have killed him,
but the arenamaster stopped me. -- Shady Lady

Secret Doom -- Thus the fate of one who is N-Ice.  And quite a possible replacement,
so it's good all around. -- Leeta

15 January 2005
     BR 4 is upon us!  First turn is due on 1/29/05.  Many thanks to RSI for helping
supply a great prize for the winner and those who meet the 90% endurance criteria.
     Winning prize:  6 months free play, a +1 bonus potion, a limited damage potion,
a favorites knowledge potion, a minor stat-switch prize, and renaming a Dark Arena
creature.
     Endurance prizes:  a +1 bonus potion to all teams that fight 90% of the possible
fights during the contest.
     For details, visit Talcama's newletter or
http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4
     To join, simply bring a team to DM 18, announce your entry in the personals, and
follow the very simple rule of not avoiding!

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.

     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MARIO ANDRETTI was viciously subdued by SELAUNAH in a 3 minute master's Title fight.
HOBO JO handily defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 2 minute one-sided match.
PASSER BY won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a 2 minute gory mismatched brawl.
SHADY LADY savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute master's match.
HITCH HIKER overpowered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   4 -  0      73  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW        12 -   5 -  1      71  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL     12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   7 -  0      22  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 347 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         3  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    SELAUNAH 2551              18   8  1  116 WAYFARERS (248)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HOBO JO 2520               24  18  0  103 WAYFARERS (248)
SLASHING ATTACK  SHADY LADY 2552            15   8  0   89 WAYFARERS (248)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HOBO JO 2520.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SELAUNAH 2551.  The ten other most popular fighters were MARIO ANDRETTI 1809, 
HOBO JO 2520, SHADY LADY 2552, HITCH HIKER 2592,  0,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was HITCH HIKER 2592.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SHADY LADY 2552, HOBO JO 2520, MARIO ANDRETTI 1809, SELAUNAH 
2551,  0,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

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

PASSER BY (63-2513) WAYFARERS (248)

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The winter 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."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of March.
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, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)