DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/29/2008    Duedate: 05/26/2008

ERINIKA ARENA

DM-73    TURN-198

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LAELKORISSA
FAVORITE GUYS (642)
(73-5599) [19-26-2,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LAELKORISSA                    SKIN PEELER
FAVORITE GUYS (642)            BLACKMAIL (651)
(73-5599) [19-26-2,100]        (73-5716) [5-1-1,102]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STUB BULL                      ROS QUIN
THE BULLS (43)                 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
(73-5485) [4-8-0,66]           (73-5748) [8-7-0,50]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SUE'S BOYS (632)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLACKMAIL (651)             22
2. SUE'S BOYS (632)            18      DREW'S BOYS II (652)
3. MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)         18      Unchartered Team
4. THE BULLS (43)              17
5. WORLDWIDE GORE (36)         13      SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)       9   1  1 90.0   1/ 4*SUE'S BOYS (632)          6  2 1
 2/ 2*GASHOUSE GANG (622)        8   1  1 88.9   2/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)       6  8 0
 3/ 3*AIR CANADA (635)           7   1  0 87.5   3/ 3*BLACKMAIL (651)           4  2 1
 4/ 5*SUE'S BOYS (632)          18   6  2 75.0   4/ 7 DREW'S BOYS II (652)      4  2 0
 5/ 6*BLACKMAIL (651)            9   3  1 75.0   5/ 5 THE BULLS (43)            3  1 0
 6/ 4 DREW'S BOYS II (652)      22   8  1 73.3   6/ 2*SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)      3  1 0
 7/ 8 THE BULLS (43)           178  92 10 65.9   7/ 8 WORLDWIDE GORE (36)       2  0 0
 8/ 9 PLAY BALL (623)           22  13  4 62.9   8/10*GASHOUSE GANG (622)       2  0 0
 9/10 WORLDWIDE GORE (36)      409 327 32 55.6   9/12*AIR CANADA (635)          2  0 0
10/11 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)       40  33  2 54.8  10/13 FAVORITE GUYS (642)       2  1 0
11-12 BLACK & BLUE (412)        28  31  3 47.5  11/ 6 PLAY BALL (623)           2  2 0
12/13 FAVORITE GUYS (642)      508 614 12 45.3  12- 9 BLACK & BLUE (412)        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

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): NORILTENNE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 590): KOOL-AID DRIKER of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 291): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 289): ULL STORMHELM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
                 (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
                                   HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
                       (turn 439): ALLAN JOHNSON of TPW FOREVER (Anti, mgr.)
                                   WHITE WITCH of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
                                   LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     No doubt you find the skills a compensation, Skin Peeler.  But what *I* would
like to see is an invitation to the Isle.  Oh, well.  My style has never been favored
with early invitation.

                                    Laelkorissa

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out ERINIKA to see 
what's new.  Too bad, MIDDLE WAY 18, but SUE'S BOYS was just too good to be stopped.  
Uncool, PLAY BALL.  I mean 1-1-0 is bad.  Will they will be allowed to fight?  I say 
use 'em for training practice!  SUE'S BOYS like really fought hard to move up to 1st 
from 4th.  Way to go!  This Duelmaster is like something else!  LAELKORISSA stopped 
VETERAN MERCENARY dead in his tracks!  I hear the top team insists all their warriors 
get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  BLACKMAIL was the most avoided team.  Is a 9-3-1 
record really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are SUE'S BOYS?  BLACKMAIL, 
an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can 
DREW'S BOYS II's MRS. POTATOE HEAD be more popular than me?  She was challenged the 
most, but is that really the same?  People were asking me did STUB BULL REALLY 
challenge STINKY PETE?  (all right, maybe they didn't, but it sounded good!) It 
wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but STINKY PETE wants me to write about it 
since he was overcame by STUB BULL.  Satisfied?  SKIN PEELER must not be a good 
enough fighter to get in fair fights.  He challenged CARDINAL.  12 is a big 
difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought SKIN PEELER showed great 
skill and promise when he killed CARDINAL.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big 
deal!   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All ERINIKA ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  What a bummer deal for CARDINAL!  It just barely was getting 
its "fighter feet" but got kill by SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL!  Those're the breaks, I 
guess.  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you?  
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I gotta leave.  ERINIKA is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much!  I 
had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAELKORISSA 5599             19  26  2   100       FAVORITE GUYS (642)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-APPLE DANISH 5247            17   2  0   153       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-RED HOT CHILE PAPA 3358      22  13  1   113       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-YANKEE DOODLE 3605           21  19  0   107       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-BULL MARKET 4124             22  10  1   103       THE BULLS (43)
 SKIN PEELER 5716              5   1  1   102       BLACKMAIL (651)
-SILVER BULL ION 5149         11   3  1   101       THE BULLS (43)
-CROSS CZECH 4008             14  14  2    98       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-EUROPEAN HAND BULL 3099      18  11  0    91       THE BULLS (43)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOLAN MARRIK 5746            11   4  0    85       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUB BULL 5485                4   8  0    66       THE BULLS (43)
-RED WING 5484                 4   0  0    66       PLAY BALL (623)
 BRAD PAISLEY 5520             5   0  1    61       SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)
 MRS. POTATOE HEAD 5723        9   4  0    60       DREW'S BOYS II (652)
 HINES WARD 5505               6   1  0    60       SUE'S BOYS (632)
 STINGER 5428                  5   3  1    57       PLAY BALL (623)
 CARPENTER 5553                5   0  0    57       GASHOUSE GANG (622)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STINKY PETE 5720             10   2  1    51       DREW'S BOYS II (652)
 BEN ROTHLESBURGER 5504        5   1  0    51       SUE'S BOYS (632)
 ROS QUIN 5748                 8   7  0    50       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 HERCULES 5525                 3   1  0    49       AIR CANADA (635)
-MARLIN 5426                   7   3  1    43       PLAY BALL (623)
 AMERICAN EAGLE 5658           6   1  0    42       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
 KENNY CHESNEY 5517            4   1  0    36       SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)
 ANTWOINE RANDEL-EL 5502       4   1  2    35       SUE'S BOYS (632)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SEA KING 5524                 2   0  0    33       AIR CANADA (635)
 TARIN SILLS 5742              8   7  1    32       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 DUM BULL 5669                 5   2  0    32       THE BULLS (43)
 DEATH SUCKS 5719              4   2  0    32       BLACKMAIL (651)
 JEROME BETTIS 5501            3   2  0    27       SUE'S BOYS (632)
-EDMONDS 5420                  1   1  0    25       GASHOUSE GANG (622)
 SALINDA RENN 5743             3   3  0    24       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GRIFFON 5523                  2   0  0    21       AIR CANADA (635)
-REX 5721                      1   0  0    13       DREW'S BOYS II (652)
-ROLEN 5422                    1   0  0    13       GASHOUSE GANG (622)
-RANGER 5659                   2   2  1     9       PLAY BALL (623)
-ARMY MUN 5722                 2   2  0     8       DREW'S BOYS II (652)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
THOMAS 5031             9  6 1 DREW'S BOYS 575      CARDINAL 5427         195   
LISA KAROL 5745         7  7 1 MIDDLE WAY 18 656    ANTWOINE RANDEL- 5502 197   
CARDINAL 5427           4  2 1 PLAY BALL 623        SKIN PEELER 5716      198   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stinger -- I never felt it was really fair to involve a golem in a ball game.  But I
suppose that isn't YOUR fault, is it? -- Nolan Marrik

Stub Bull -- You're a neuter golem?  A BULL is a neuter golem?  That is so weird! --
Tarin Sills

Jerome Bettis -- I wouldn't think there was enough air at that altitude to support
skill-learning. -- Ros Quin

Antwoine Randel-el -- Heck. -- Ghost of Lisa Karol

One can usually count on the Embezzling Scribe, if you catch him with his hand in the
till.  Not otherwise. -- Salinda Renn

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SKIN PEELER viciously butchered CARDINAL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.
STUB BULL demolished STINKY PETE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
DUM BULL was viciously subdued by ROS QUIN in a 4 minute Challenge brawl.
KENNY CHESNEY was overpowered by MRS. POTATOE HEAD in a 1 minute Challenge match.
DEATH SUCKS bested SALINDA RENN in a popular 4 minute Challenge duel.
AMERICAN EAGLE devastated TARIN SILLS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LAELKORISSA defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a action packed 5 minute uneven Title melee.
NOLAN MARRIK viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute gory duel.
STINGER won victory over THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a popular 1 minute duel.
BEN ROTHLESBURGER savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute match.
HINES WARD demolished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute mismatched match.
BRAD PAISLEY handily defeated DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
HERCULES savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute veteran vs. amateur brawl.
CARPENTER overpowered THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ANTWOINE RANDEL-EL won victory over OSKSI NOBLE in a 2 minute fray.
JEROME BETTIS overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   2 -  1      78  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         WALL OF STEEL     13 -   6 -  0      68  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  1      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  13 -  2      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  11 -  0      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -   9 -  1      61  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW        11 -  10 -  0      52  |

Turn 198 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1                                       2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SKIN PEELER 5716            5   1  1  102 BLACKMAIL (651)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  NOLAN MARRIK 5746          11   4  0   85 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
STRIKING ATTACK  BRAD PAISLEY 5520           5   0  1   61 SUE'S BIG BOYS (634)
AIMED BLOW       MRS. POTATOE HEAD 5723      9   4  0   60 DREW'S BOYS II (652)
WALL OF STEEL    HINES WARD 5505             6   1  0   60 SUE'S BOYS (632)
BASHING ATTACK   STINKY PETE 5720           10   2  1   51 DREW'S BOYS II (652)
PARRY-STRIKE     ANTWOINE RANDEL-EL 5502     4   1  2   35 SUE'S BOYS (632)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STUB BULL 5485.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ROS QUIN 5748.  The ten other most popular fighters were SKIN PEELER 5716, 
SALINDA RENN 5743, NOLAN MARRIK 5746, STINGER 5428, BEN ROTHLESBURGER 5504, CARPENTER 
5553, STUB BULL 5485, AMERICAN EAGLE 5658, LAELKORISSA 5599, and HERCULES 5525.

The least popular fighter this week was DEATH SUCKS 5719.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were KENNY CHESNEY 5517, DUM BULL 5669, HINES WARD 5505, TARIN SILLS 
5742, STINKY PETE 5720, CARDINAL 5427, JEROME BETTIS 5501, BRAD PAISLEY 5520, MRS. 
POTATOE HEAD 5723, and ANTWOINE RANDEL-EL 5502.

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."