DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/11/2012    Duedate: 01/24/2012

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-131

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SQUASHAPILLAR
FURRY FURY (25)
(81-1478) [15-14-1,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JAGER VON DRACHEN              KRONSTEEN
DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)          BOND-AGE (133)
(81-1341) [23-20-0,118]        (81-1748) [7-1-0,83]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DOPPLEGANGER                   FEOHR
MONSTER MANUAL (87)            CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
(81-1382) [19-20-0,91]         (81-1737) [6-4-0,27]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SUMMERBORN (104)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BOND-AGE (133)              47
2. SUMMERBORN (104)            40      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. OTTO'S DINER (96)           38      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE AGES (29)            36
5. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       29      BOND-AGE (133)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*BOND-AGE (133)            27  13  1 67.5   1/ 9 SUMMERBORN (104)         11  4 3
 2/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       376 271 14 58.1   2/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       10  4 0
 3/ 4 SUMMERBORN (104)         151 127 16 54.3   3/ 4*BOND-AGE (133)           10  5 0
 4/ 3 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    352 299 12 54.1   4/ 5 DARQUE AGES (29)          9  5 1
 5/ 6 DARQUE AGES (29)         287 251 14 53.3   5/11 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     9  6 1
 6/ 8 OTTO'S DINER (96)        178 162  5 52.4   6/ 2 FURRY FURY (25)           8  5 2
 7/ 7 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     325 302 13 51.8   7/13 FOOD (130)                8  5 2
 8/10 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      335 317 15 51.4   8/12 OTTO'S DINER (96)         8  7 0
 9/ 9 ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)      166 159  5 51.1   9/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       7  8 0
10/11 WARMASTERS (15)          326 317 24 50.7  10/15 GFE (126)                 6  9 1
11/12 FOOD (130)                29  29  2 50.0  11/10*THE WILLBURYS II (127)    6  9 1
12/13 LITERATE LOONS (40)      313 340 14 47.9  12/ 1 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)      6  9 0
13/14 FURRY FURY (25)          194 223 11 46.5  13/ 7 ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)       6  9 0
14-15 CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)       24  28  1 46.2  14/ 6 LITERATE LOONS (40)       6  9 0
15/16 GFE (126)                 36  47  3 43.4  15/14 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       5  9 0
16/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      160 211  5 43.1  16/16 WARMASTERS (15)           5 10 0
17-18 RAIN DOGS (132)           21  29  0 42.0  17-17 RAIN DOGS (132)           2  8 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
18/20*THE WILLBURYS II (127)    11  19  2 36.7  18-21 CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)       0  1 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
SHADOWSPIRE brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, OF WOLF AND MAN, 
since SUMMERBORN took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Oh, this 
is too good to be true!  OF WOLF AND MAN has fallen to 12th place after going 0-5-0 
this turn.  Who's bragging now?  SUMMERBORN turned their 4-1-1 turn into a 1st place 
rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  
Gee, I'm impressed, a 4-1-1 is nice, but don't get cocky, DRAGONBANE GUILD, the Fates 
teach humility, and the Fates are proud.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to 
see VICTOR win a fight and gain 26 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, VICTOR beat ANGEROO 
and ANGEROO lost 22 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Looks like SHADOWSPIRE has 
some guts at least, PABST the Duelmaster was this turn's most-challenged warrior.  
SQUASHAPILLAR challenged SHADOWSPIRE's Duelmaster for a shot at the throne.  And it's 
out with the old, in with the new, as SQUASHAPILLAR takes the Title and last week's 
bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Warty Toad, humph!  I've tasted 
better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From SHADOWSPIRE's trash 
dumps?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
SUMMERBORN, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided team.  
Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And it looks like DRAGONBANE GUILD 
avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  
Hmph.  Now here's guts and stupidity all rolled into one, DROW challenged up 29 to 
take on IRONHEAD of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  Well, ok, the upstart knave (where've I heard 
that before?) won this match and gained 26 points to boot!  Ha ha ha, IRONHEAD.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Bye bye, warrior, bye bye...  VALAK, a glorious 7-8-0 
fighter, has passed away.  Gee, too bad OF WOLF AND MAN.  A big yahoo goes out to 
CICERO this turn, for revenging WARMASTERS' bloodfeud against FOOD's warrior BRUSSEL 
SPROUTS.  Heh, heh, heh.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     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!  Glad to see the back of this place-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SQUASHAPILLAR 1478           15  14  1   112       FURRY FURY (25)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JAGER VON DRACHEN 1341       23  20  0   118       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 FIVE 1572                    15   7  1   112       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CREIDDY LAD 1484             16  13  2   108       SUMMERBORN (104)
 TOM WOLFE 1467               17  14  3   105       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 VICTOR 1369                  19  20  1   101       WARMASTERS (15)
 SPORK 1562                   16   7  0   101       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 WONDERFACE 1522              15  11  0   101       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 JUNEBUG 1543                 13  10  4    95       SUMMERBORN (104)
 PABST 823                    17   5  0    94       ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)
 ZIGGY PIKE 1487              12  17  0    93       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DOPPLEGANGER 1382            19  20  0    91       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARCHON 1390                  23  15  0    87       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 NIKUS 1583                   12   9  1    86       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 KRONSTEEN 1748                7   1  0    83       BOND-AGE (133)
 ANGEROO 1452                 20  11  0    82       FURRY FURY (25)
 SUBPRIME RIB 1567            13   9  1    81       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BENEDICT 1470                16  14  0    79       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 HARP 744                     14  12  0    79       ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)
 JAKLAK 1430                  21  13  0    76       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 CHARLES MARTEL 1346          17  23  2    76       DARQUE AGES (29)
 JULIETTE 1630                12   6  0    71       SUMMERBORN (104)
 GWENNOLAY 1631               10   8  0    71       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 FISH TACO 1687                8   4  1    68       FOOD (130)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688          6   6  1    66       FOOD (130)
 BERNADETTE 1618               9   8  1    63       GFE (126)
 TEE HEE JOHNSON 1752          6   2  0    60       BOND-AGE (133)
 KNUT SUNDERHELM 1569         10  12  3    58       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLLUSQUOME 1629             12   6  1    54       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CAZADOR 1578                 10  11  0    54       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DROW 1774                     5   2  0    52       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 ONION RINGS 1684              8   4  0    49       FOOD (130)
-WARDEN KINCHLOE 82            5   5  0    49       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
-GROND 80                      5   5  1    48       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 SUSAN 1665                    8   7  0    46       GFE (126)
 ODDJOB 1766                   5   2  0    45       BOND-AGE (133)
-BOOGER STANG 78               3   7  0    45       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            10   2  0    43       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 LANEL 1619                   10   7  0    42       GFE (126)
 MAXENTIUS 1591               10   9  0    40       WARMASTERS (15)
 NICK NACK 1750                4   4  1    38       BOND-AGE (133)
 KIRIN ICHIBAN 1680            7   7  0    37       ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)
 IRONHEAD 1722                 8   3  0    36       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 MARTILN 1742                  6   2  0    35       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZADIE SMITH 1701             10   3  0    33       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746          4   5  1    33       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686             4   8  0    28       FOOD (130)
-TARA THE RED 1698             7   3  0    27       RAIN DOGS (132)
 FEOHR 1737                    6   4  0    27       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 ROSA KLEBB 1765               5   2  0    27       BOND-AGE (133)
 MICHELLE 1622                 5  12  0    27       GFE (126)
 HARE BINGER 1790              3   1  1    27       FURRY FURY (25)
 LITTLE DARLING 1700           6   7  0    26       SUMMERBORN (104)
 WASHSOUGAL 1625               4   2  0    26       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 LADY GODIVA 1782              5   0  0    25       DARQUE AGES (29)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783        3   2  1    24       DARQUE AGES (29)
 HELL HOUND 1788               3   1  0    24       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TUKWILLA 1627                 2   4  2    22       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 TURDUCKEN 1784                1   4  0    21       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 ZWINGLI 1804                  1   0  0    21       DARQUE AGES (29)
-MILAREPA 1695                 5   5  0    20       RAIN DOGS (132)
 TAMERLANE 1764                3   4  0    20       DARQUE AGES (29)
-HIGGS BOSON 1697              4   6  0    18       RAIN DOGS (132)
 ZARLENE 1726                  3   8  1    18       GFE (126)
-HOLY MOLET 1779               2   2  0    18       RAIN DOGS (132)
 CLERLEON 1796                 2   1  0    18       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 SUMNER 1624                   2   4  0    17       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 MIDSUMMER WREATH 1793         2   1  1    16       SUMMERBORN (104)
 RENTON 1623                   2   4  0    15       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 WYNDHAM LEWIS 1776            3   4  0    13       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 PURPLE WORM 1775              2   5  0    13       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
-DEADMAN'S FLOAT 375           3   3  0    12       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRWEHN 1785                   3   2  0    11       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BAG-O-MEAT 1762               1   6  0     9       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 EBORIUS 1799                  1   1  0     4       WARMASTERS (15)
 GLABRIO 1800                  1   1  0     4       WARMASTERS (15)
 FAILED DOG TRICK 1798         0   2  0     2       FURRY FURY (25)
 INGRAT 1805                   0   1  0     2       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 OLD PECULIAR 1808             0   1  0     1       ALE HOUSE MERCS (5)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BECK 743               13 12 0 ALE HOUSE MERCS 5    JUNEBUG 1543          130   
DEAD GUY 1807           0  1 0 ALE HOUSE MERCS 5    BLACK ORC             131  NONE
RODDON 1792             2  2 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    HARE BINGER 1790      131   
RECRUDESCENCE 81        7  5 0 CLUB CUTTHROAT 12    FISH TACO 1687        129   
DA FURY 1806            0  1 0 FURRY FURY 25        HIGH ELF              131  NONE
DAGON 1794              0  1 0 LA PENTARCHIE 11     TUKWILLA 1627         129  JUST REVENGED
PETER PAN 1759          1  3 0 LA PENTARCHIE 11     JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746  128  JUST REVENGED
KURT VONNEGUT 1802      0  2 0 LITERATE LOONS 40    JULIAN OF NORWIC 1783 131   
TRUMAN CAPOTE 1577      9 10 0 LITERATE LOONS 40    JUNEBUG 1543          129   
RIP GARY 1803           0  1 0 MONSTER MANUAL 87    WURM KIN              131  NONE
VALAK 1650              7  9 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 57   KNUT SUNDERHELM 1569  131   
ORTING 1626             1  5 0 THE WILLBURYS II 127 MIDSUMMER WREATH 1793 131   
HADRIAN 1739            4  3 0 WARMASTERS 15        BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688  129  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hum... Joseph Mitchell, what a warrior!  Would the LO be your favorite weapon? --
Mollusquome the ridiculous

Happy New Year!  Can I wish us a few ads? -- Le Pentarque

My team should be back to 5 this turn, but if you keep killing my newbies, it could
not last... -- LP

Spork -- Could have gone either way, til we meet again. -- Jaklak

Tee Hee Johnson -- Perhaps a better name for you would be Thigh Master. -- Feohr

Purple Worm -- Practice...Practice...Practice. -- Irwehn

Hell Hound -- I was robbed! -- Roddon

Harp -- Just when you think you have me I pull victory from the jaws of defeat. --
Jaklak

Maxentius -- You just don't give a guy a break do ya! -- Feohr

Zarlene -- Hmmm, I think I might have figured something out. -- Martiln

Washsougal -- Just because I fell to my knees doesn't mean I was kneeling. -- Irwehn

Tamerlane -- You now know what it means to "Kick your own arse."  <chuckle> -- Roddon

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA FURY was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEAD GUY was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
RIP GARY was easily killed by WURM KIN in a popular 1 minute Dark Arena match.
CICERO devastated BRUSSEL SPROUTS in a 2 minute one-sided Bloodfeud contest.
WONDERFACE overpowered JOSEPH MITCHELL in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
MOLLUSQUOME devastated TUKWILLA in a 1 minute bloody one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
SQUASHAPILLAR savagely defeated PABST in a 1 minute master's Challenge Title brawl.
DOPPLEGANGER was vanquished by JAGER VON DRACHEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CREIDDY LAD vanquished NIKUS in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
SPORK outlasted ARCHON in a dull 21 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
KRONSTEEN beat GWENNOLAY in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
SUBPRIME RIB subdued FISH TACO in a 1 minute Challenge match.
GREMLIN STEW was devastated by JULIETTE in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
TEE HEE JOHNSON demolished MAXENTIUS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
ODDJOB was luckily beaten by CAZADOR in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge conflict.
DROW savagely defeated IRONHEAD in a popular 2 minute bloody Challenge duel.
HELL HOUND was viciously subdued by NICK NACK in a 6 minute brutal Challenge fray.
MARTILN bested WASHSOUGAL in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge brawl.
TAMERLANE savagely defeated WYNDHAM LEWIS in a exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
BAG-O-MEAT was beaten by PURPLE WORM in a 1 minute Challenge match.
TURDUCKEN overpowered ZARLENE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
RODDON was butchered by HARE BINGER in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
FAILED DOG TRICK lost to IRWEHN in a 1 minute novice's Challenge match.
GLABRIO was overcome by RENTON in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
FIVE handily defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a exciting 1 minute gory one-sided contest.
TOM WOLFE overpowered BENEDICT in a popular 1 minute gruesome one-sided duel.
ANGEROO was defeated by VICTOR in a action packed 3 minute veteran's bout.
CHARLES MARTEL was beaten by HARP in a 1 minute expert's duel.
JAKLAK was savagely defeated by ZIGGY PIKE in a 9 minute veteran's fray.
JUNEBUG overpowered BERNADETTE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
VALAK was dispatched by KNUT SUNDERHELM in a 1 minute fray.
SUSAN luckily beat KIRIN ICHIBAN in a exciting 2 minute gory match.
ONION RINGS overpowered LITTLE DARLING in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
LANEL savagely defeated FEOHR in a exciting 5 minute bloody fray.
ZADIE SMITH won victory over SUMNER in a 3 minute fight.
MICHELLE was bested by ROSA KLEBB in a 1 minute battle.
TOSSED SALAD demolished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
ORTING was barely slain by MIDSUMMER WREATH in a exciting 3 minute brutal fight.
JULIAN OF NORWICH put to death KURT VONNEGUT in a 1 minute gory beginner's match.
CLERLEON overpowered OLD PECULIAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LADY GODIVA overcame INGRAT in a 6 minute amateur's match.
EBORIUS was vanquished by ZWINGLI in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 18         TOTAL PARRY       68 -  40 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         PARRY-STRIKE      53 -  42 -  1      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  11         WALL OF STEEL     51 -  44 -  2      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         SLASHING ATTACK   35 -  38 -  2      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         AIMED BLOW        28 -  31 -  1      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -  17 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    82 -  97 -  6      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         STRIKING ATTACK   79 - 101 -  6      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         BASHING ATTACK    56 -  78 -  3      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  19 -  1      32  |

Turn 131 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:

WALL OF STEEL      7 -  2     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    6 - 12         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  4     TOTAL PARRY        3 -  6         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     7 -  4     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   SQUASHAPILLAR 1478         15  14  1  112 FURRY FURY (25)
WALL OF STEEL    JAGER VON DRACHEN 1341     23  20  0  118 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
STRIKING ATTACK  CREIDDY LAD 1484           16  13  2  108 SUMMERBORN (104)
SLASHING ATTACK  TOM WOLFE 1467             17  14  3  105 LITERATE LOONS (40)
TOTAL PARRY      SPORK 1562                 16   7  0  101 OTTO'S DINER (96)
LUNGING ATTACK   WONDERFACE 1522            15  11  0  101 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
PARRY-STRIKE     SUBPRIME RIB 1567          13   9  1   81 OTTO'S DINER (96)
PARRY-LUNGE      BENEDICT 1470              16  14  0   79 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
AIMED BLOW       DROW 1774                   5   2  0   52 MONSTER MANUAL (87)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DOPPLEGANGER 1382.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was FEOHR 1737.  The ten other most popular fighters were ODDJOB 1766, VICTOR 
1369, WASHSOUGAL 1625, ZIGGY PIKE 1487, KIRIN ICHIBAN 1680, LANEL 1619, DROW 1774, 
TOM WOLFE 1467, ORTING 1626, and JULIETTE 1630.

The least popular fighter this week was ARCHON 1390.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SPORK 1562, LADY GODIVA 1782, GLABRIO 1800, EBORIUS 1799, OLD PECULIAR 
1808, KURT VONNEGUT 1802, MICHELLE 1622, LITTLE DARLING 1700, BERNADETTE 1618, and 
ZARLENE 1726.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

JAGER VON DRACHEN (81-1341) DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
DOPPLEGANGER (81-1382) MONSTER MANUAL (87)

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

CICERO (81-1266) WARMASTERS (15)

                              "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-
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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!