DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/03/2012    Duedate: 01/30/2012

ERINIKA ARENA

DM-73    TURN-246

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BBIAB
H8 2 TXT (673)
(73-5925) [15-6-1,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BBIAB                          POSITION IS EMPTY
H8 2 TXT (673)                 
(73-5925) [15-6-1,121]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KK                             R U DMB
H8 2 TXT (673)                 H8 2 TXT (673)
(73-5927) [15-6-0,106]         (73-5905) [12-13-0,51]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

H8 2 TXT (673)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ROUTE 84 (414)              43
2. H8 2 TXT (673)              24      H8 2 TXT (673)
3. THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)     1      Unchartered Team
4. ROUTE 86 (417)               0
5. MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)        -13      THE GUARDIANS (149)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*ROUTE 86 (417)             5   1  1 83.3   1/ 1 H8 2 TXT (673)           14  1 0
 2/ 3 H8 2 TXT (673)            74  48  6 60.7   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)       5 10 0
 3/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)      150 160  5 48.4   3/ 5 ROUTE 84 (414)            2  0 0
 4/ 5 ROUTE 84 (414)             7  10  0 41.2   4- 3*ROUTE 86 (417)            1  1 0
 5/ 0 THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)  19  44  3 30.2   5/ 0 THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)  0  2 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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                              ---===SLOW ARENA NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): NORM QUESHA of MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): ZOUM LA BOUSE of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): DIANGELIQUE of DARQUE FORCES V (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 60): VODI of OLLIS HEROES (Omega, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): DUTCH TREAT of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 343): MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 244): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 60): OLDIES (Coach, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 243): SPARF! et al (Crip, mgrs.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 291): 451 DEGREES of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
                (turn 290): HOT STUFF of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 267): UNCLE FESTUS of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ERINIKA?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see CARTER win a fight and gain 23 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, CARTER beat 
TALITHA SEALE and TALITHA SEALE lost 14 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if 
variety is the spice of life, ERINIKA may be getting bland, as BBIAB stays top dog in 
the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You 
want to know what's new, don't you, ERINIKA?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave 
team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need 
the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BBIAB 5925                   15   6  1   121       H8 2 TXT (673)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 L8R 5926                     12   9  2   109       H8 2 TXT (673)
 KK 5927                      15   6  0   106       H8 2 TXT (673)
 LOLZIE 5904                  15  10  2   104       H8 2 TXT (673)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PANAMA OATS 5839             20  20  0    86       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 SARMINO TIELO 5923           10  12  0    73       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 MRALISSA LOON 5939            7   3  0    70       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAROLINA 3670                 5   4  0    66       ROUTE 84 (414)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 R U DMB 5905                 12  13  0    51       H8 2 TXT (673)
-LEVIATHAN 6008                4   4  1    50       THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)
-OLYMPIC 3681                  5   1  1    47       ROUTE 86 (417)
-ORCA 6005                     5   3  0    40       THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEANDERTHAL 6009              2  20  1    27       THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)
-MAMMOTH 6010                  3   2  0    26       THEY MIGHT BE ORCS (686)
 WENDY VINE 5949               3   3  0    25       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CARTER 5951                   1   0  0    23       ROUTE 84 (414)
 VINING 5955                   1   0  0    20       ROUTE 84 (414)
 TALITHA SEALE 5959            2   1  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SALINDA RENN 5743      18 32 0 MIDDLE WAY 18 656    L8R 5926              242  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We salute the tourney participants.  If it wasn't for them, there'd be no action here
at all. -- the Middle Way

Bbiab -- Well, of course.  I wasn't going to get closer to you, the way you keep
spraying. -- Panama Oats

Lolzie -- Women like you can vanquish me any time.  I don't mind. -- Sarmino Tielo

Olympic -- I'll take Pike's Peak, or I would if he wasn't guarding it with fee-
rocious dogs. -- Mralissa Loon

R. U. Dmb -- What a surprise. -- Wendy Vine

Silly Thief. -- Talitha Seale

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BBIAB devastated SARMINO TIELO in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
KK vanquished KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute uneven battle.
L8R subdued PANAMA OATS in a 2 minute bloody expert's fight.
LOLZIE devastated MRALISSA LOON in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
R U DMB savagely defeated NEANDERTHAL in a 1 minute master's competition.
WENDY VINE devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TALITHA SEALE was handily defeated by CARTER in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
VINING vanquished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       4         BASHING ATTACK    14 -   4 -  1      78  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   5 -  1      72  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        19 -  10 -  0      66  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  12 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   6 -  0      14  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 246 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  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       BBIAB 5925                 15   6  1  121 H8 2 TXT (673)
SLASHING ATTACK  L8R 5926                   12   9  2  109 H8 2 TXT (673)
BASHING ATTACK   KK 5927                    15   6  0  106 H8 2 TXT (673)
PARRY-STRIKE     LOLZIE 5904                15  10  2  104 H8 2 TXT (673)
LUNGING ATTACK   MRALISSA LOON 5939          7   3  0   70 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KK 5927.  The most popular warrior this turn was R U 
DMB 5905.  The ten other most popular fighters were L8R 5926, CARTER 5951, BBIAB 
5925, KK 5927, LOLZIE 5904, WENDY VINE 5949, PANAMA OATS 5839, TALITHA SEALE 5959, 
VINING 5955, and SARMINO TIELO 5923.

The least popular fighter this week was NEANDERTHAL 6009.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MRALISSA LOON 5939, SARMINO TIELO 5923, VINING 5955, TALITHA 
SEALE 5959, PANAMA OATS 5839, WENDY VINE 5949, LOLZIE 5904, KK 5927, BBIAB 5925, and 
CARTER 5951.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

BBIAB (73-5925) H8 2 TXT (673)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                        CIRBANE (3-3841) SORCERY COVENANT (52) 
                       MADE A COMBO (62-3896) WON AT POOL (401) 
                        TAKANOHANA (77-2569) SUMO BASHO (369) 
                     PAIN PART 1 (82-11616) LUROCIANS XIV (1687) 
                      1101 (82-17779) MEDAL OF HONOR AA1 (2722) 
                        PUD 135 (82-22036) PUDS AGAIN 8 (3496) 
                    AMISTUM (82-26415) LBA: SPEILBURG FANS2 (4268) 
                     MORE COWBELL! (82-29315) BLAH TEAM 8 (4781) 
                    SILVER (82-30503) SUPERIOR FORCES 7402 (5001) 
                          HYPERMUX (82-32647) 121604Q (5387) 
                 BOND, JAMES BOND (82-36725) A VIEW TO A KILL (6066) 
                        R'AKA (82-37859) THE DREADLANDS (6285) 
                     PRISONER 007 (82-41051) DUNGEON CELL (6855) 
                          SPARKLY (82-41405) 012006E (6911) 
                  SEATTLE SLEW (82-41468) SUPERIOR HORSES II (6923) 
                    CATHARI (82-42267) 4604 SUPERIOR FORCES (7065) 
                     COFFEE GROUNDS (82-45801) ABSTRACTION (7691) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!