DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/27/2005    Duedate: 10/10/2005

AMEN-TEI ARENA

DM-63    TURN-363

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MALICHAI
WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)
(63-2396) [12-2-0,150]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MALICHAI                       POSITION IS EMPTY
WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)       
(63-2396) [12-2-0,150]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MALICHAI                       SHINDEN-KAI
WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
(63-2396) [12-2-0,150]         (63-2601) [9-6-1,85]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)     23
2. WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)    11      EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
3. SUPERIOR FORCES 5405 (302)  -2      Unchartered Team
4. WAYFARERS (248)            -10
                                       DARK ELVES (222)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)   45  29  2 60.8   1/ 2 EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)   7  8 0
 2/ 2 WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)  38  32  7 54.3   2/ 1 WAYFARERS (248)           7  8 0
 3/ 3 WAYFARERS (248)          455 515 10 46.9   3/ 3 WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)  3  0 0
 4/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES 54 (302)   5  11  0 31.3   4/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES 54 (302)  2  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

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Storm Season #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Veastian:

     Sharrou Darrasagh, Convicted Assassin, peered into the fog uneasily.  "We
shouldn't be out here," he muttered.  "This isn't safe--"
     "Row!" Marsham t'Sulej said.  The Ambitious Guard wasn't any happier to be out
on the lake in a fog than his companions, but he'd be damned if he'd let any of them
see his fear.
     "No good to row till we know which way to go," the Veteran Mercenary said
calmly.  The dwarf claimed his name was Vargas Tarn and that he had an absolute sense
of direction, developed in the tunnels under Murska.  "There's a magical field of
some kind at work that is distorting directions and all useful clues.  We just have
to wait it out."
     "There's something WITH us out here," t'Sulej whispered.
     "Oh, THANK you for that information!"  The Assassin was whispering, too, but his
voice dripped sarcasm--and fear--even so.  "If it's a Black Ship, I'm just going to
lie down and die right here."
     "I hope it is a Black Ship," Tarn said.  "That's why we're here, isn't it?  To
deliver our emir's answer to the ultimatum?  The sooner we meet the Ship, the sooner
we're done."
     "And the sooner the demons on the Ship can eat us," Darrasagh muttered.  "You
know the emir said no, and we'll be the first to reap the Or Else."
     "It's an adventure, boy," Tarn said.  A grin split his beard.  "Better'n dying
of boredom."
     A darker blob in the murk grew and resolved itself into the black hull of a
ship.  A ship a lot bigger than their rowboat.  A voice came down to them.  "Dho you
haf see answerh?"
     T'Sulej held up the leather message tube.
     "Frow i' upf."
     He tossed it up.
     The voice above them said something in a language none of them knew.  But they
all understood the net that dropped over them.

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 261): NYTEMAIR of CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (Blackstorm, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 524): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 524): ANDILLIA of THE DOGHOUSE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 517): CLINT EASTWOOD of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 512): TENTACRUEL of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 513): VELOND WOK of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Nolan Orgel, team
                              captain)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 511): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 506): DR. ROSENZWEIG of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 475): VIRULENT of BLOOD ANGELS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 467): LURLINE GRACE of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 456): GNEISS GUY of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): COLLAPSED LUNG of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 373): TYPHOON XXII of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 361): MALICHAI of WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 163): SOLAR SISTER of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 408): JOE SATRIANI of THE HEADCUTTERS II from ARUAK CITY
                            (Street Legal, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM  8 ARKERS (turn 261): LA PENTARCHIE (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 524): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 524): THE DOGHOUSE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 517): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 512): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 513): MADTOWN (Namenlos, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 511): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 506): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 475): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 467): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 456): CYNICAL DELUSIONS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 208): OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 373): none
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 361): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 163): NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 408): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  8 ARKERS (turn 260): JAGUARMAN of PHOENIX FIRE (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                          KAMI of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 524): LINI DAWNWIND of KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
                   (turn 523): ELIZA PIGERON of TUFT TUGGERS (Tankesh Dushanbe, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 512): JOE POOLE of KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 505): JET'E of IRON THRONE (Mage?, mgr.)
                         FREEDA of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 456): GNEISS GUY of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 162): <COOKIE JONES> of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)
                             <ERASER> of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  AMEN-TEI needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  MVP award for 
HAYABUSA?  EMPIRE OF THE SUN's proud of him after beating TOM-TOM TORA and getting 11 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  TOM-TOM TORA got smashed by HAYABUSA, and 
lost 7 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think MALICHAI 
should let SABURO SAKAI be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  Is the 
Duelmaster really being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  Hey you guys, don't you think your 
families would like to hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really 
should stop.  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALICHAI 2396                12   2  0   150       WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SABURO SAKAI 2605            10   5  0    87       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
 SHINDEN-KAI 2601              9   6  1    85       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
 HITCH HIKER 2592              9   8  0    72       WAYFARERS (248)
-SEVERIN 2394                  7   5  1    68       WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAIDEN 2602                  10   5  1    54       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
 HAYABUSA 2603                10   5  0    49       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
 BOUNCING BEA 2635             3   1  0    41       WAYFARERS (248)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROADBLOCK 2611                6   5  0    33       WAYFARERS (248)
-UG 2615                       2   0  1    33       WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)
 TORYU 2604                    6   8  0    26       EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FURTIVE RETURNS II 2556       5   8  0    23       SUPERIOR FORCES 5405 (302)
 TOM-TOM TORA 2634             3   1  0    22       WAYFARERS (248)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AVALANCH LILY 2636            1   3  0    11       WAYFARERS (248)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hayabusa -- That's the thing about the sun.  Eventually, it sets. -- Hitch Hiker

Raiden -- I can't get the image of you as a raisin out of my head, and it plays HECK
with my fighting stance. -- Roadblock

Visiting Orc?  Pshaw. -- Bouncing Bea

Toryu -- Whoa!  Careful, pussycat! -- Tom-Tom Tora

Furtive Returns II -- Gods, I hate that furtive manner of yours!  It makes my skin
creep. -- Avalanch Lily

Ed. -- Gravy is good. -- Hitch Hiker

     Yep, especially brown gravy. -- Ed.

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

MALICHAI devastated SABURO SAKAI in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
SHINDEN-KAI won victory over HITCH HIKER in a 2 minute battle.
BOUNCING BEA was viciously subdued by RAIDEN in a 3 minute novice vs. expert match.
HAYABUSA devastated TOM-TOM TORA in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
FURTIVE RETURNS II was viciously subdued by ROADBLOCK in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
TORYU luckily beat AVALANCH LILY in a 3 minute veteran vs. amateur struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  1      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   3 -  1      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  16 -  1      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         7 -   9 -  0      44  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   6 -  0      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   2 -  1      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 363 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     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MALICHAI 2396              12   2  0  150 WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (287)
PARRY-STRIKE     SHINDEN-KAI 2601            9   6  1   85 EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
STRIKING ATTACK  HITCH HIKER 2592            9   8  0   72 WAYFARERS (248)
PARRY-LUNGE      RAIDEN 2602                10   5  1   54 EMPIRE OF THE SUN (307)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MALICHAI 2396.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SHINDEN-KAI 2601.  The ten other most popular fighters were RAIDEN 2602, HAYABUSA 
2603, ROADBLOCK 2611, TORYU 2604, AVALANCH LILY 2636, MALICHAI 2396, HITCH HIKER 
2592, BOUNCING BEA 2635, TOM-TOM TORA 2634, and FURTIVE RETURNS II 2556.

The least popular fighter this week was SABURO SAKAI 2605.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FURTIVE RETURNS II 2556, TOM-TOM TORA 2634, BOUNCING BEA 2635, 
HITCH HIKER 2592, MALICHAI 2396, AVALANCH LILY 2636, TORYU 2604, ROADBLOCK 2611, 
HAYABUSA 2603, and RAIDEN 2602.