DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/17/2008    Duedate: 04/30/2008

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-385

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GARTH
MANAGER MUSINGS (240)
(75-3246) [28-6-0,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GARTH                          SHERMAN
MANAGER MUSINGS (240)          TANKS TONS (291)
(75-3246) [28-6-0,129]         (75-3296) [2-0-0,21]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SERNILLAN                      JAGINRU
SAND DANCERS (67)              SAND DANCERS (67)
(75-3207) [17-41-1,93]         (75-3289) [12-5-0,104]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MANAGER MUSINGS (240)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MANAGER MUSINGS (240)       31
2. SAND DANCERS (67)           20      MANAGER MUSINGS (240)
3. TANKS TONS (291)             7      Unchartered Team

                                       TANKS TONS (291)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*TANKS TONS (291)           2   0  0  100   1/ 2 MANAGER MUSINGS (240)     9  3 0
 2/ 2 MANAGER MUSINGS (240)    457 216 10 67.9   2/ 1 SAND DANCERS (67)         7  8 0
 3/ 3 SAND DANCERS (67)        713 %1119 23 38.9   3/ 3*TANKS TONS (291)          2  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 591): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 591): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 587): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): TIMES of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 573): SERVIUS of CAESAR'S THUGS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 571): ACE HEARTS HAMMER of KLKASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 562): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): SOLDIER 4 of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 261): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 452): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 439): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 430): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): DUCK KA-BOB of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): GENERAL MILLS of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 384): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 591): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 591): CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 587): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 573): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 571): STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 562): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 261): X-MEN II (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 452): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 439): CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 430): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 384): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): 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.)
                (turn 584): BET TWICE of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, 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 572): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
                          DEFIANCE of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 570): THE CLAW of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 266): ANGEL HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (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.)
                       (turn 438): THE RIDDLER of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Why not?  Let's talk about it!  It is true that the Manager Musings are
454-214-10 for a .680 record.  But, and I do say but, the current five is a great
55-19-0 for a .743 record.  We must be GOOD!  Are we?  See for yourselves in our
stats:
ST  9,12,13,17,18
CN  9,13,14,16,19
SZ  7, 8,11,12,14
WT  4, 4,15,17,21
WL  7,10,16,19,19
SP  5, 6, 9,12,16
DF  5, 7, 7,12,17
I shall let you figure out just how great this is, but I have my own just doubts.
     Well, here is your chance.  Come and get us.  We may not be around for long.
          Garth

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome JADE MOUNTAIN.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the 
fights have I fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Biff!  Pow!  
JADE MOUNTAIN watched with glee as SAND DANCERS got knocked off top spot by MANAGER 
MUSINGS!  What's with JADE BELLE?  She actually beat MANAGER MUSINGS' SOULTAKER, and 
walked away with 20 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at MANAGER MUSINGS.  
SOULTAKER lost 10 points to JADE BELLE.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe 
SOULTAKER will provide more easy wins...  See how the Duelmaster challenged SAND 
DANCERS' JAGINRU?  That sort of initiative is how he got where he is now.  Try as he 
might, JAGINRU wasn't good enough at persuading GARTH to step down from the 
Duelmaster's throne...  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  The most avoided team 
was SAND DANCERS.  The bums at MANAGER MUSINGS couldn't face the challenges from SAND 
DANCERS!  No excuse for that!  What do people see in KORTO LU?  His 6-12-1?  SAND 
DANCERS ain't talkin', but he's got 31 points.  Keep challenging up 29 points, 
MANNEQUIN, and I won't have to write about you much longer.  SERNILLAN always accepts 
those kind of challenges...  SERNILLAN must not been fighting well, cause she lost to 
MANNEQUIN of MANAGER MUSINGS.  Sometimes you just have a bad day where things get, 
um, mixed up.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, places to 
go...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GARTH 3246                   28   6  0   129       MANAGER MUSINGS (240)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JAGINRU 3289                 12   5  0   104       SAND DANCERS (67)
 MANNEQUIN 3283               11   3  0    98       MANAGER MUSINGS (240)
 SERNILLAN 3207               17  41  1    93       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JADE BELLE 3282              17  10  1    90       SAND DANCERS (67)
 SOULTAKER 3253               16  10  0    80       MANAGER MUSINGS (240)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEARSTONE KAI 3292            6   1  1    44       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORTO LU 3287                 6  12  1    31       SAND DANCERS (67)
 FALCONIER 3293                3   1  0    28       MANAGER MUSINGS (240)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHERMAN 3296                  2   0  0    21       TANKS TONS (291)
 SPAWN 3299                    0   1  0     1       MANAGER MUSINGS (240)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jaginru -- What?  Model?  No, I'm just a standby. -- Mannequin

Sernillan -- Dance or not, I enjoyed the rumba. -- Garth

Korto Lu -- You'll have to go longer if you want to hang with me. -- Falconier

Jade Belle -- I enjoyed every moment of that.  Just don't tell Pandora. -- Soultaker

To-Fu -- I always say "A backstab a day keeps the friends away," -- Mannequin (the
quiet one)

Garth -- Way to go!  That makes five! -- FTF Manager

Garth -- You again.  It isn't that I have anything against you, exactly, but you
could at least buy me lunch after the fights. -- Sernillan

Falconier -- Do we know you?  I'm not hearing any bells ring. -- Korto Lu

Soultaker -- That's just greed.  You have your own already; be satisfied with it. --
Jade Belle

FtF Manager -- Sounds like a good plan to me. -- Jorja

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GARTH unbelievably bested JAGINRU in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
MANNEQUIN demolished SERNILLAN in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
FALCONIER outwaited KORTO LU in a 12 minute amateur vs. veteran upset Challenge brawl.
SOULTAKER was savagely defeated by JADE BELLE in a 4 minute master's competition.
BEARSTONE KAI bested ZELBAN SWORDBITER in a 2 minute match.
SHERMAN devastated SPAWN in a action packed 1 minute gruesome one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   0 -  1     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   3 -  0      79  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         9 -   4 -  1      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  10 -  1      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY       22 -  22 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 385 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         5  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GARTH 3246                 28   6  0  129 MANAGER MUSINGS (240)
LUNGING ATTACK   JAGINRU 3289               12   5  0  104 SAND DANCERS (67)
BASHING ATTACK   MANNEQUIN 3283             11   3  0   98 MANAGER MUSINGS (240)
AIMED BLOW       BEARSTONE KAI 3292          6   1  1   44 SAND DANCERS (67)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SERNILLAN 3207.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was JAGINRU 3289.  The ten other most popular fighters were SOULTAKER 3253, MANNEQUIN 
3283, JADE BELLE 3282, SHERMAN 3296, BEARSTONE KAI 3292, GARTH 3246, SPAWN 3299, 
SERNILLAN 3207, KORTO LU 3287, and FALCONIER 3293.

The least popular fighter this week was FALCONIER 3293.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KORTO LU 3287, SERNILLAN 3207, SPAWN 3299, GARTH 3246, BEARSTONE KAI 
3292, SHERMAN 3296, JADE BELLE 3282, MANNEQUIN 3283, SOULTAKER 3253, and JAGINRU 
3289.

                                 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."