DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/09/2013    Duedate: 01/22/2013

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-157

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GREMLIN STEW
OTTO'S DINER (96)
(81-1710) [30-8-0,145]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GREMLIN STEW                   DESTROYER OF WORLDS
OTTO'S DINER (96)              ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
(81-1710) [30-8-0,145]         (81-1940) [3-1-0,25]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RENTON                         JOSEPH MITCHELL
THE WILLBURYS II (127)         LITERATE LOONS (40)
(81-1623) [16-16-1,127]        (81-1746) [15-20-1,106]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAVAGE HORDE (134)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       45
2. DARQUE AGES (29)            42      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. OTTO'S DINER (96)           38      Unchartered Team
4. SEARCH THE SKY (136)        34
5. MONSTER MANUAL (87)         23ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 BOND-AGE (133)            95  65  5 59.4   1/ 1 SAVAGE HORDE (134)       10  5 0
 2/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       452 323 18 58.3   2/ 4 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      9  6 1
 3/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      223 171  8 56.6   3/ 2 WARMASTERS (15)           9  6 0
 4/ 4 SUMMERBORN (104)         210 176 20 54.4   4/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)         9  6 0
 5/ 5 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  42  36  2 53.8   5/11 FARSEERS (137)            8  7 2
 6/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    417 363 12 53.5   6/14 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       8  7 0
 7/ 7 DARQUE AGES (29)         356 312 16 53.3   7/13 DARQUE AGES (29)          8  7 0
 8/ 8 OTTO'S DINER (96)        248 222  8 52.8   8/ 6 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        7  7 0
 9/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      401 380 16 51.3   9/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       7  7 0
10/10 WARMASTERS (15)          392 378 31 50.9  10- 5 FURRY FURY (25)           6  2 1
11/13 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      49  53  5 48.0  11/18 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  6  4 0
12/11 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    59  67  3 46.8  12/21 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     6  9 0
13-12 FURRY FURY (25)          242 275 15 46.8  13/17 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    6  9 0
14/15 LITERATE LOONS (40)      353 414 14 46.0  14/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       6  9 0
15/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      223 275  8 44.8  15/15 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      6  9 0
16/16 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        51  63  3 44.7  16/10 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    5  4 0
17/18 FOOD (130)                67  90  3 42.7  17/12*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)  5 10 0
18/19 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   124 175  9 41.5  18- 8 BOND-AGE (133)            4  6 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20 FARSEERS (137)            21  32  2 39.6  19/16 SUMMERBORN (104)          3  2 0
20/14*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)   7  11  0 38.9  20/20 LITERATE LOONS (40)       3  9 0
21/21 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      22  38  0 36.7  21/19 FOOD (130)                2  7 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hey there, guess who?  Oh, who am I kidding--you already know who.  It's the
Stew!  My guest last week was the new musical sensation known as Reddig.  He has
quite a stage presence, I can tell you.  We decided to make some music together with
me holding up some shields and him beating on them with scimitars.  It really had a
nice rhythm to it and some of the spectators started a little dance.  After a while
though he got tired and sweaty and it must have affected his vision because he missed
a couple times, whacking me in the arms instead of the shield.  He was so embarrassed
by that faux pas that he quit immediately and ran off the stage.  Join us next week
when my guest will be--ha ha, you didn't think I'd spoil the surprise, did you?
You'll just have to wait!

                                                        Gremlin Stew

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going to try to slide out of this, but... you guys are the most dedicated
Basic managers.  How could I desert you, merely because I didn't *feel* like doing a
spy report?  Better I should save that for days when I *really* don't feel like it.
     So, here's some stuff:
     First, Olaf has been off his meds again, as this sentence shows:  "DRAGONBANE
GUILD's 12th moved them up to 4-1-0 place."  And Darque Ages also went 4-1-0, moving
up 6.  Six WHAT, I couldn't say.  Positions, I suppose.
     Sye the Bearded moved up twenty points, Troll Hand went down 18, same fight.
Where did those extra two points come from?  Inquiring minds are deeply suspicious!
     The duelmaster was most challenged, receiving SEVEN!  Good cess.
     Monster Manual was most avoided, with Dragonbane Guild doing most of that
avoiding.
     We had forty-four fights, twenty-six of them challenges and only one of those
challenges was to the Dark Arena.  Only one standby fought today.

Okay, the fights:
     In the Dark Arena, RUG 1292 (81-1968) (0-0-0,0) of CLAN LONGBEARD DA challenged
HIGH ELF (81-19) (0-0-0,60) of DARK ARENA.  RUG 1292 was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1
minute Dark Arena fight.  I don't think the Roll-Up Gods are going to take this as a
compliment.

     EREKOSE (81-1965) (0-0-0,0) of THE MOTHERSHIP 011 fought BULFINCH (81-1959) (0-
0-0,0) of CULT OF BACCHUS.  EREKOSE viciously subdued BULFINCH in a 3 minute bloody
novice's conflict.  And a good thing, too!  That Bulfinch is a bowdlerizer from way
back, and we do NOT need those around here.
     BAWNDY (81-1963) (1-0-0,4) of FARSEERS fought MORDANT DESERTER (81-2) (0-0-0,5)
of Fine Imported Standbys.  BAWNDY devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute
mismatched match.  Good, again.  Who needs Mordant Deserters?  Let the Andorians cope
with them.
     HARUN-AL-RASHID (81-1961) (0-1-0,1) of DARQUE AGES fought XIOMBURG (81-1964) (0-
0-0,0) of THE MOTHERSHIP 011.  HARUN-AL-RASHID was overpowered by XIOMBURG in a 1
minute one-sided fight.  Do you suppose that if the fight had been longer, Harun
would have beguiled his opponent with highly decorated tales?

     STUMBLE OVER TRUTH (81-1942) (1-2-0,5) of ON THE SHOULDERS OF fought JOURNEYMAN
(81-1967) (0-0-0,0) of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  STUMBLE OVER TRUTH was demolished by
JOURNEYMAN in a 1 minute uneven competition.  Yes, well, that isn't the best way to
find the truth, after all.  A common way, but not the best.
     HAULIN' OATS (81-1957) (0-1-0,1) of OTTO'S DINER fought SANTA CLAUS (81-1966)
(0-0-0,0) of LA PENTARCHIE.  HAULIN' OATS won victory over SANTA CLAUS in a 1 minute
amateur's bout.  Wait a minute!  You're saying Santa is some kind of amateur?  Surely
not!
     SUMMER BAY SHOT (81-1884) (4-7-1,30) of SUMMERBORN fought CELESTIAL STEEL (81-
1931) (3-3-0,12) of SEARCH THE SKY.  SUMMER BAY SHOT lost to CELESTIAL STEEL in a
popular 1 minute bout.  And what is this, one of those swords made out of a
meteorite?  Scary things.
     HENRY MILLER (81-1846) (4-16-0,28) of LITERATE LOONS fought CABICHON (81-1914)
(5-4-0,33) of LA PENTARCHIE.  HENRY MILLER was demolished by CABICHON in a 1 minute
brutal mismatched match.  Literacy is not all it's cracked up to be.
     THE BLACK PRINCE (81-1841) (12-9-0,45) of DARQUE AGES fought RAMIRUS (81-1935)
(5-0-0,34) of WARMASTERS.  THE BLACK PRINCE demolished RAMIRUS in an action packed 1
minute one-sided struggle.  Yes, well, they do say that the Black Prince was good at
war, too.

     CAEDMON (81-1873) (9-6-0,43) of DARQUE AGES fought LONGFANGS (81-1881) (7-6-
1,55) of SAVAGE HORDE.  CAEDMON savagely defeated LONGFANGS in a 3 minute brutal
struggle.  It says here that Caedmon is the top ripper, or at least the top-ranked
WINNING ripper, and that he went up twelve points as a result of this win.  That
sounds like a good deal.
     GLABRIO (81-1800) (11-15-2,50) of WARMASTERS fought ORTING (81-1815) (10-12-
0,42) of THE WILLBURYS II.  GLABRIO handily defeated ORTING in a 2 minute gruesome
mismatched match.  These names don't speak to me, and the fight was just a fight,
so... no comment.
     JULIAN OF NORWICH (81-1783) (14-16-1,67) of DARQUE AGES fought AGORIX (81-1842)
(13-8-2,59) of WARMASTERS.  JULIAN OF NORWICH overpowered AGORIX in a 1 minute one-
sided bout.  Again, no comment occurs to me.  Some days are like that: low on the
"creative comment" index.
     ZADIE SMITH (81-1701) (18-20-0,76) of LITERATE LOONS fought SORRY (81-1891) (11-
9-0,83) of BRIDGE BURNERS.  ZADIE SMITH was beaten by SORRY in a popular 2 minute
veteran's match.  Odd, it looked to ME like it was Zadie who was sorry.
     TROLL HAND (81-1825) (12-10-1,84) of SAVAGE HORDE fought SYE THE BEARDED (81-
801) (11-10-0,66) of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS.  TROLL HAND was vanquished by SYE THE BEARDED
in a 1 minute one-sided fray.  The big deal with this fight was the point movement.
Always good to keep things moving around, I suppose.

     ONION RINGS (81-1684) (15-22-0,67) of FOOD fought THE CRISCO KID (81-1912) (6-3-
0,66) of OTTO'S DINER.  ONION RINGS was overpowered by THE CRISCO KID in a 1 minute
one-sided fight.  Just what we needed:  greasy onion rings.
     SUMNER (81-1624) (18-13-0,101) of THE WILLBURYS II fought KNUT SUNDERHELM (81-
1569) (20-27-3,90) of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  SUMNER was beaten by KNUT SUNDERHELM in a 1
minute expert's competition.  Shouldn't have worn the helm, Sumner, Knut just
automatically sunders helms when he meets them.
     DROW (81-1774) (19-13-0,92) of MONSTER MANUAL fought MARTILN (81-1742) (20-13-
0,85) of CLAN LONGBEARD.  DROW handily defeated MARTILN in a 1 minute uneven bout.
Two stylemasters here:  Drow as an aimer, going up 13 points.  Martiln as a wall of
steel, going down 6 points.
     FEOHR (81-1737) (17-18-1,94) of CLAN LONGBEARD fought BRUSSEL SPROUTS (81-1688)
(18-19-2,84) of FOOD.  FEOHR won victory over BRUSSEL SPROUTS in a 1 minute expert's
bout.  Really strong cheese will do it, sometimes.
     JOSEPH MITCHELL (81-1746) (14-20-1,92) of LITERATE LOONS fought IRONHEAD (81-
1722) (21-15-0,97) of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  JOSEPH MITCHELL savagely defeated IRONHEAD
in a popular 5 minute veteran's duel.  For reasons that must remain semi-private,
Joseph Mitchell was most popular this turn, a determination that says as much about
Ironhead as it does about Joe.

Ah!  The challenges:
     GRIMSTONES (81-1937) (2-2-0,16) of CULT OF BACCHUS challenged WARG RIDER (81-
1926) (4-3-0,15) of SAVAGE HORDE.  Down 1.  GRIMSTONES was unbelievably bested by
WARG RIDER in a 2 minute Challenge match.  I suppose "unbelievable" because of
Rider's greater experience.
     INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL (81-1939) (2-1-0,7) of ON THE SHOULDERS OF challenged STARRY
VOID (81-1958) (1-0-0,9) of SEARCH THE SKY.  Up 2.  INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL was
overpowered by STARRY VOID in a 3 minute Challenge match.  That was amazing, the way
Inscrut.etc. got sucked up into the sky.  Never seen anything like it, at least, not
this year.
     DESTROYER OF WORLDS (81-1940) (2-1-0,19) of ON THE SHOULDERS OF challenged
MOONSTRUCK (81-1929) (4-3-0,19) of SEARCH THE SKY.  Straight across.  DESTROYER OF
WORLDS slimly won victory over MOONSTRUCK in a 5 minute Challenge fray.  Does this
mean the moon in question has been destroyed?  What'll it do to the tides?
     VIXEN (81-1951) (2-0-1,22) of FARSEERS challenged SYFTAR TRAFF (81-1876) (4-10-
0,22) of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  Straight across.  VIXEN was demolished by SYFTAR TRAFF in
a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.  Ah, experience gives the edge once again.  That
happens oftener than you might think.
     TURNINGS CATHEDRAL (81-1943) (0-2-0,2) of ON THE SHOULDERS OF challenged NOSY
(81-1952) (1-1-0,4) of FARSEERS.  Up 2.  TURNINGS CATHEDRAL was bested by NOSY in a 4
minute novice's Challenge bout.  Not an impressive pair, but they're young.  Give
them a few months and we may be surprised.  Turnings, by the way, was Least Popular
today.

     ULTIMATE LAWS (81-1941) (1-1-0,9) of ON THE SHOULDERS OF challenged WHITE
PROPHET (81-1946) (3-1-1,11) of FARSEERS.  Up 2.  ULTIMATE LAWS was overpowered by
WHITE PROPHET in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.  That's religion for you.  Always
turning things upside down.
     ANTONIUS (81-1960) (1-0-0,5) of WARMASTERS challenged TARR (81-1938) (2-3-0,25) 
of BRIDGE BURNERS.  Up 20.  ANTONIUS was killed by TARR in a 2 minute Challenge
match.  Unfortunate, but not surprising.
     THE SEAMSTRESS (81-986) (3-7-0,16) of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS challenged GRAVITY
VORTEX (81-1895) (1-10-0,13) of SEARCH THE SKY.  Down 3.  THE SEAMSTRESS was
overpowered by GRAVITY VORTEX in a 2 minute Challenge match.  Your gravity urgs at
work.
     REGAL (81-1904) (5-5-0,20) of FARSEERS challenged EYE OF THE DEEP (81-1923) (6-
2-0,26) of MONSTER MANUAL.  Up 6.  REGAL was bested by EYE OF THE DEEP in a 1 minute
Challenge fight.  Was this a game of "who can see farther"?
     AELA FIREBLADE (81-975) (5-5-0,26) of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS challenged PICKER (81-
1890) (7-12-1,45) of BRIDGE BURNERS.  Up 19.  AELA FIREBLADE was overcome by PICKER
in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge bout.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and
we'll hope that Aela gained a lot of skills.

     ADISSA (81-1949) (2-0-0,26) of CULT OF BACCHUS challenged PISTORIUS (81-1916)
(4-3-0,23) of WARMASTERS.  Down 3.  ADISSA was overpowered by PISTORIUS in a 1 minute
uneven Challenge struggle.  The power of experience.
     QUARTON (81-827) (9-11-0,38) of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS challenged EDNA MILLAY (81-
1834) (10-13-0,43) of LITERATE LOONS.  Up 5.  QUARTON handily defeated EDNA MILLAY in
a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.  Well, you know, poets.  What can you do with 'em?
     BLUE NOVA (81-1898) (6-5-0,35) of SEARCH THE SKY challenged REAVER (81-1879) (8-
6-0,66) of SAVAGE HORDE.  Up 31.  BLUE NOVA was devastated by REAVER in a 1 minute
mismatched Challenge bout.  This can't have been a surprise to Nova.  Reaver, by the
way, is our top-ranked lunger.
     GAMBLE (81-1635) (8-7-0,39) of THE MOTHERSHIP 011 challenged STORM GIANT (81-
1819) (12-12-0,48) of MONSTER MANUAL.  Up 9.  GAMBLE bested STORM GIANT in an
exciting 3 minute Challenge battle.  So... maybe it wasn't such a gamble?
     KALAM (81-1888) (9-7-1,47) of BRIDGE BURNERS challenged INGRAT (81-1805) (12-14-
0,50) of LA PENTARCHIE.  Up 3.  KALAM was bested by INGRAT in a 2 minute Challenge
conflict.  Just goes to show something or other.

     AL ZHEIMER (81-1886) (8-4-0,49) of LA PENTARCHIE challenged TOSSED SALAD (81-
1686) (10-27-0,57) of FOOD.  Up 8.  AL ZHEIMER narrowly defeated TOSSED SALAD in a 2
minute brutal Challenge match.  Tossing a salad always seems like a good idea to me.
Toss it out the window.  Am I a rabbit, to eat leaves?
     TRUTTS (81-1889) (11-9-1,64) of BRIDGE BURNERS challenged THE DRONE (81-1862)
(10-7-1,63) of LA PENTARCHIE.  Down 1.  TRUTTS overpowered THE DRONE in a popular 1
minute uneven Challenge match.  Trutts is the Big Basher today.
     SKULLCLEAVER (81-1877) (8-6-0,66) of SAVAGE HORDE challenged LADY GODIVA (81-
1782) (18-12-0,69) of DARQUE AGES.  Up 3.  SKULLCLEAVER was luckily beaten by LADY
GODIVA in a 3 minute Challenge duel.  Is it luck, or Lady Godiva's effective
distraction?
     BAD BORSCHT (81-1894) (6-6-2,58) of OTTO'S DINER challenged IRWEHN (81-1785)
(16-14-0,75) of CLAN LONGBEARD.  Up 17.  BAD BORSCHT was vanquished by IRWEHN in a 1
minute uneven Challenge duel.  Just goes to show that there IS a use a beard:  you
can strain your borscht through it.
     TURDUCKEN (81-1784) (14-16-1,82) of OTTO'S DINER challenged WORD THIEF (81-1849)
(11-6-0,91) of CULT OF BACCHUS.  Up 9.  TURDUCKEN viciously subdued WORD THIEF in an
action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.  Therefore, Turducken should not be at a loss
for words next time.  Let's see a personal!

     RYAK RAZORSAW (81-597) (15-25-2,87) of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS challenged PURPLE WORM
(81-1775) (14-18-1,72) of MONSTER MANUAL.  Down 15.  RYAK RAZORSAW was bested by
PURPLE WORM in a 1 minute master's Challenge match.  Embarrassing.
     HOMONCULOUS (81-1851) (11-7-0,87) of MONSTER MANUAL challenged RENTON (81-1623)
(15-16-1,118) of THE WILLBURYS II.  Up 31, I think.  My mind is fogging.  HOMONCULOUS
was devastated by RENTON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Renton is the
overall popularity leader.
     QUINN (81-1634) (8-7-1,102) of THE MOTHERSHIP 011 challenged CAZADOR (81-1578)
(23-23-0,92) of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  Down 10.  QUINN was demolished by CAZADOR in a
crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.  Cazador is no pushover!  But he is
the top p-striker.
     FLAVOR TO GO (81-1633) (10-5-0,123) of THE MOTHERSHIP 011 challenged BALTAIRE
(81-833) (21-16-0,143) of CULT OF BACCHUS.  Up 20.  FLAVOR TO GO was devastated by
BALTAIRE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  And the Flavor is going.  Flavor to
Go:  top striker.

For the title:
     REDDIG (81-1838) (17-5-0,103) of CLAN LONGBEARD challenged GREMLIN STEW (81-
1710) (29-8-0,133) of OTTO'S DINER.  Up 30.  REDDIG was outwaited by GREMLIN STEW in
a 7 minute veteran's Challenge Title fight.  A good try, Reddig.  Reddig is the
master slasher, and Gremlin Stew the most impervious total parry--and duelmaster
still.  Congratulations.

                                      Larkin

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            30   8  0   145       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RENTON 1623                  16  16  1   127       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 CAZADOR 1578                 24  23  0   108       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746         15  20  1   106       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 DROW 1774                    20  13  0   105       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 REDDIG 1838                  17   6  0   104       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 KNUT SUNDERHELM 1569         21  27  3   103       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 FEOHR 1737                   18  18  1    96       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 TURDUCKEN 1784               15  16  1    96       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-HARE BINGER 1790             15  11  1    96       FURRY FURY (25)
 FLAVOR TO GO 1633            10   6  0    92       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUMNER 1624                  18  14  0    90       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 IRONHEAD 1722                21  16  0    89       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 SORRY 1891                   12   9  0    89       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 SYE THE BEARDED 801          12  10  0    86       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 QUINN 1634                    8   8  1    86       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 PURPLE WORM 1775             15  18  1    85       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688         18  20  2    82       FOOD (130)
 IRWEHN 1785                  17  14  0    81       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 WORD THIEF 1849              11   7  0    81       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 HOMONCULOUS 1851             11   8  0    80       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 MARTILN 1742                 20  14  0    79       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783       15  16  1    78       DARQUE AGES (29)
 THE CRISCO KID 1912           7   3  0    78       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 TRUTTS 1889                  12   9  1    77       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 LADY GODIVA 1782             19  12  0    75       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ZADIE SMITH 1701             18  21  0    75       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            15  26  2    74       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 REAVER 1879                   9   6  0    69       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 ONION RINGS 1684             15  23  0    68       FOOD (130)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROLL HAND 1825              12  11  1    66       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
-FAILED DOG TRICK 1798        11  13  0    66       FURRY FURY (25)
-KAMAL KHAN 1883               9   4  1    66       BOND-AGE (133)
 SKULLCLEAVER 1877             8   7  0    66       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 GLABRIO 1800                 12  15  2    59       WARMASTERS (15)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886               9   4  0    59       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            10  28  0    58       FOOD (130)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BLACK PRINCE 1841        13   9  0    56       DARQUE AGES (29)
 INGRAT 1805                  13  14  0    56       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CAEDMON 1873                 10   6  0    56       DARQUE AGES (29)
 THE DRONE 1862               10   8  1    54       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894              6   7  2    53       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 GAMBLE 1635                   9   7  0    52       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 AGORIX 1842                  13   9  2    51       WARMASTERS (15)
 QUARTON 827                  10  11  0    51       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 STORM GIANT 1819             12  13  0    49       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 PICKER 1890                   8  12  1    48       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 LONGFANGS 1881                7   7  1    46       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             10  14  0    44       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-CICADA SONG 1911              5   2  0    44       SUMMERBORN (104)
 ORTING 1815                  10  13  0    43       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 KALAM 1888                    9   8  1    43       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 CABICHON 1914                 6   4  0    43       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BLUE NOVA 1898                6   6  0    34       SEARCH THE SKY (136)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAT N TONIC 1870              5   7  1    33       FURRY FURY (25)
-ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920        5   2  0    33       FURRY FURY (25)
 PISTORIUS 1916                5   3  0    33       WARMASTERS (15)
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876             5  10  0    33       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-MAY DAY 1947                  3   1  0    33       BOND-AGE (133)
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923          7   2  0    29       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             4  17  0    29       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 RAMIRUS 1935                  5   1  0    28       WARMASTERS (15)
 TARR 1938                     3   3  1    28       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975            5   6  0    26       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 CELESTIAL STEEL 1931          4   3  0    26       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 GRAVITY VORTEX 1895           2  10  0    26       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940      3   1  0    25       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REGAL 1904                    5   6  0    21       FARSEERS (137)
 WARG RIDER 1926               5   3  0    21       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 SUMMER BAY SHOT 1884          4   8  1    21       SUMMERBORN (104)
 WHITE PROPHET 1946            4   1  1    20       FARSEERS (137)
 STARRY VOID 1958              2   0  0    20       SEARCH THE SKY (136)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            3   8  0    17       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 MOONSTRUCK 1929               4   4  0    16       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 ADISSA 1949                   2   1  0    15       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 BAWNDY 1963                   2   0  0    15       FARSEERS (137)
 JOURNEYMAN 1967               1   0  0    13       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 VIXEN 1951                    2   1  1    12       FARSEERS (137)
 GRIMSTONES 1937               2   3  0    12       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 XIOMBURG 1964                 1   0  0    12       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL 1939      2   2  0     8       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 NOSY 1952                     2   1  0     8       FARSEERS (137)
-LAP OF ADAMANT 1934           1   1  0     6       SUMMERBORN (104)
-HUGO DRAX 1948                1   3  0     6       BOND-AGE (133)
 STUMBLE OVER TRUTH 1942       1   3  0     6       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 HAULIN' OATS 1957             1   1  0     6       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 ULTIMATE LAWS 1941            1   2  0     5       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 EREKOSE 1965                  1   0  0     5       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943       0   3  0     3       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 HARUN-AL-RASHID 1961          0   2  0     2       DARQUE AGES (29)
 BULFINCH 1959                 0   1  0     1       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 SANTA CLAUS 1966              0   1  0     1       LA PENTARCHIE (11)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
RUG 1292 1968           0  1 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    HIGH ELF              157  NONE
GENSERIC 1953           0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       WHITE PROPHET 1946    155   
KENAI 1901              7  3 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  CAT N TONIC 1870      156   
PASTA ALL DENTY 1837    8 12 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      TRUTTS 1889           154  REVENGED
ANTONIUS 1960           1  1 0 WARMASTERS 15        TARR 1938             157   
SCIPIO 1900             6  3 1 WARMASTERS 15        KAMAL KHAN 1883       154  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

     Hot Flash!  The Face-to-Face Tourney will be in the 18th, 19th, and 20th of this
     month.  Get your strategies in by the 17th, please and thank you.

Cabichon -- Thanks for giving me the headstart this time.  Sorry about that groin
shot. -- de Longueur Croc

Blue Nova -- Luck was with again in that one.  I'm surprised our matchup didn't
result in more skills. -- Reaver

     If you've got luck, who needs skills?

The Drone -- You are an imposing opponent.  I bet your swing packs a beigne. --
Trollhand

Ingrat -- Change of strategy?  Or did you forget your armor like Warg Rider last
turn? -- Skullcleaver

Catalyst -- I don't down challenge unless someone else has done it to me first.
There are also some specific feuds taking place that are causing managers to make
challenges they otherwise would not.  FYI. -- Hawk

Cathedral -- I don't know what you mean 2 sad warriors?  I'm rather happy!  I'm even
happier when I'm hitting things! -- Adissa

The Catalyst -- There aren't any challenge rules here in Shadowspire.  Each manager
does what he wants to. -- DeGotti

Hombre -- It will be sad to see you go if you decide to.  You have always been a
worthy opponent and a fun drinking partner at FtFs! -- DeGotti

Turducken -- A very entertaining fight.  I thought you had me, but I stole to the
battle at the last second! -- Word Thief

The Catalyst -- I find that off hand parry weapons are situational, style & warrior
specific.  Your best bet is to try things out on your warriors to see what they like.
-- DeGotti

All -- Farseers are now chartered in Shadowspire.  Oh, and still above Search the
Sky! -- The Catalyst

Eye of the Deep -- Did no anticipate that result.  Guess I shall try that yet again.
-- Regal

Celestial Steel -- Seems that was almost your last fight.  Good thing you knew when
to quit. -- Vixen

Destroyer of Worlds -- Boy, are you big. Lucky, too, it apears. -- White Prophet

Starry Void -- Such a good starting match-up for you to come up with. -- Nosy

harun-Al-Rashid -- Well that was fun. -- Bawndy

All -- When using weapons that are unorthodox to a fighter's style, what are the
penalties they tend to suffer?  Such as a BS on a lunger against plate? -- The
Catalyst, mgr Farseers

Catalyst -- There are no challenge rules, other than the limitations imposed by the
game.  You can challenge one level up or down, unless Bloodfeuding.  In a Bloodfeud
there is NO limitation to your challenging 'range'.  There IS an 'unwritten rule',
however, that frowns on challenges where the initiating fighter has a large, unequal
edge in experience or skills.  Generally, this is something like a top Adept with a
winning record challenging down 15+ points to a new Adept with a mediocre record.  Of
course, you should always be on the lookout for some sort of advantage to exploit.
Challenge that TP with your AB!  Challenge that AB with your SL!  But don't drop 10
pts or more to pick on a weaker fighter without having a good excuse, like a
Bloodfeud.  Ohterwise, you will rapidly acquire a malodorous reputation that will be
difficult to shave off.  Just ask Vanek. -- Kid Arcane

Inscrutable & Magical -- I'm glad to see that you CAN be made to cry and give up.
Took a lot of hits, though. -- Moonstruck

Vixen -- I saw it, I just couldn't respond in time!  I'm going with light armor from
now on!  Let's do this again! -- Celestial Steel

Reaver -- I can see I need to start using Decisiveness. -- Blue Nova

Roadkill Surprise -- It was the stench that got to me!!  Wash those pits, dude! --
Gravity Vortex

Nosy -- Surprise matchup.  Lucky me. -- Starry Void

Hombre -- The D-2 virus is similar to malaria in that one tends to cycle through a
given pattern of symptoms.  There are periods of intense interest interspersed with
periods of apathy and a focus on the 'real world'.  I urge you to write an article
before you leave, if you decide to go.  Give something to the D-2 community.  Write
about a favorite style, or thoughts on weapon choices, or patterns of offensive
effort and activity level forthe AG.  Something I can use to get better.  These
voodoo dolls that Darque's henchmen have been hawking are worthless. :) -- Kid Arcane

Hombre -- In regards to your personal ad last turn, please learn to not take
everything in life so seriously.  My personal ad wasn't about me trying to get people
to feel sorry for me and view me as a victim, it was about trying to drum up some
intrigue in this arena and having some fun.  It was my way of trying to heat up the
rivalry between us with a little roleplaying.  Sorry you weren't able to figure that
out and didn't like my use of the word "poor."  I am also sorry to see you've decided
to depart just when things were starting to get fun. -- Vanek, Manager of Warmasters

The Catalyst -- For Pete's sake, will you please grow a pair and quit whining!  We
are Lanistas of gladiator stables, not some old ladies in a sewing circle.  How
pathetic is it that your feelings are so hurt by my massive 3 point down challenge?
I swear the managers in this arena are getting soft! -- Vanek

Otto -- Seems your Pasta was avenged in a slippery fight. -- Trutts

Crisco Kid -- Good challenge and win with lots of skill learns.  Well done. -- Trutts

Ironhead -- Your name suits you well. -- Martiln

Renton -- I thought I had you and the next thing I know I wake up in the infirmary.
-- Feohr

     Better than waking up in the morgue.

Onion Rings -- I hope the leg is healing nicely. -- Irwehn

Gremlin Stew -- You tortise shelled, slack jawed waste of skin!  Let me fight you on
my terms and you will find your head rolling accross the arena. -- Reddig

Congrats to Little Darling, Kronsteen and Baltaire on their invites. -- Visionist and
the Clan Longbeard guild

Magical -- It was that and the fact that I did little damage. -- Ghost of Tobias

Catalyst -- If the warrior has the strength for it, a War Hammer can be a devastating
off-hand weapon.  Doing good damage and breaking weapons. -- Visionist

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RUG 1292 was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
FLAVOR TO GO was devastated by BALTAIRE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
QUINN was demolished by CAZADOR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
REDDIG was outwaited by GREMLIN STEW in a 7 minute veteran's Challenge Title fight.
HOMONCULOUS was devastated by RENTON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
RYAK RAZORSAW was bested by PURPLE WORM in a 1 minute master's Challenge match.
TURDUCKEN viciously subdued WORD THIEF in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
BAD BORSCHT was vanquished by IRWEHN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SKULLCLEAVER was luckily beaten by LADY GODIVA in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
TRUTTS overpowered THE DRONE in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
AL ZHEIMER narrowly defeated TOSSED SALAD in a 2 minute brutal Challenge match.
KALAM was bested by INGRAT in a 2 minute Challenge conflict.
GAMBLE bested STORM GIANT in a exciting 3 minute Challenge battle.
BLUE NOVA was devastated by REAVER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
QUARTON handily defeated EDNA MILLAY in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
ADISSA was overpowered by PISTORIUS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
AELA FIREBLADE was overcome by PICKER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge bout.
REGAL was bested by EYE OF THE DEEP in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
THE SEAMSTRESS was overpowered by GRAVITY VORTEX in a 2 minute Challenge match.
ANTONIUS was killed by TARR in a 2 minute Challenge match.
ULTIMATE LAWS was overpowered by WHITE PROPHET in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
TURNINGS CATHEDRAL was bested by NOSY in a 4 minute novice's Challenge bout.
VIXEN was demolished by SYFTAR TRAFF in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
DESTROYER OF WORLDS slimly won victory over MOONSTRUCK in a 5 minute Challenge fray.
INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL was overpowered by STARRY VOID in a 3 minute Challenge match.
GRIMSTONES was unbelievably bested by WARG RIDER in a 2 minute Challenge match.
JOSEPH MITCHELL savagely defeated IRONHEAD in a popular 5 minute veteran's duel.
FEOHR won victory over BRUSSEL SPROUTS in a 1 minute expert's bout.
DROW handily defeated MARTILN in a 1 minute uneven bout.
SUMNER was beaten by KNUT SUNDERHELM in a 1 minute expert's competition.
ONION RINGS was overpowered by THE CRISCO KID in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
TROLL HAND was vanquished by SYE THE BEARDED in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
ZADIE SMITH was beaten by SORRY in a popular 2 minute veteran's match.
JULIAN OF NORWICH overpowered AGORIX in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
GLABRIO handily defeated ORTING in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched match.
CAEDMON savagely defeated LONGFANGS in a 3 minute brutal struggle.
THE BLACK PRINCE demolished RAMIRUS in a action packed 1 minute one-sided struggle.
HENRY MILLER was demolished by CABICHON in a 1 minute brutal mismatched match.
SUMMER BAY SHOT lost to CELESTIAL STEEL in a popular 1 minute bout.
HAULIN' OATS won victory over SANTA CLAUS in a 1 minute amateur's bout.
STUMBLE OVER TRUTH was demolished by JOURNEYMAN in a 1 minute uneven competition.
HARUN-AL-RASHID was overpowered by XIOMBURG in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BAWNDY devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute mismatched match.
EREKOSE viciously subdued BULFINCH in a 3 minute bloody novice's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 19         STRIKING ATTACK  108 -  93 -  4      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     11         TOTAL PARRY       41 -  36 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                    10         WALL OF STEEL     54 -  49 -  2      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         SLASHING ATTACK   41 -  43 -  2      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         AIMED BLOW        34 -  38 -  0      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         BASHING ATTACK    46 -  53 -  4      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         LUNGING ATTACK    35 -  41 -  2      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    7         PARRY-STRIKE      33 -  39 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  12 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     19 -  25 -  0      43  |

Turn 157 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:

LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    9 - 10         3  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         5 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  6         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     5 -  3     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  6         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  4         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  5                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GREMLIN STEW 1710          30   8  0  145 OTTO'S DINER (96)
PARRY-STRIKE     CAZADOR 1578               24  23  0  108 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
AIMED BLOW       DROW 1774                  20  13  0  105 MONSTER MANUAL (87)
SLASHING ATTACK  REDDIG 1838                17   6  0  104 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
STRIKING ATTACK  FLAVOR TO GO 1633          10   6  0   92 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
WALL OF STEEL    MARTILN 1742               20  14  0   79 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
BASHING ATTACK   TRUTTS 1889                12   9  1   77 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
LUNGING ATTACK   REAVER 1879                 9   6  0   69 SAVAGE HORDE (134)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CAEDMON 1873               10   6  0   56 DARQUE AGES (29)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
The overall popularity leader is RENTON 1623.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746.  The ten other most popular fighters were REDDIG 1838, 
SKULLCLEAVER 1877, PICKER 1890, SORRY 1891, GAMBLE 1635, CAZADOR 1578, LONGFANGS 
1881, TURDUCKEN 1784, TRUTTS 1889, and MOONSTRUCK 1929.

The least popular fighter this week was TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BAWNDY 1963, STUMBLE OVER TRUTH 1942, HENRY MILLER 1846, ORTING 
1815, AGORIX 1842, ZADIE SMITH 1701, TROLL HAND 1825, ONION RINGS 1684, MARTILN 1742, 
and BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688.

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

BALTAIRE (81-833) CULT OF BACCHUS (4)

                           AVOIDS, BLOODFEUDS, & CHALLENGES

                                       by Pagan

     Ever wonder how the whole challenge/avoid thing works?
     Who you fight depends on exactly how it works.  We will never know exactly how it 
works unless we can get a look at the coding for the program, but this is how I think 
it works:

The Situation:
     The system allows a warrior to make two separate challenges and two distinct 
avoids.
     Avoids are distinct in that they MUST indicate a specific team to be avoided, so 
a "double avoid" indicates a single team twice, which by default means you are 
avoiding one team.  In this case, the second avoid is a duplicate and therefore a 
waste of an avoid.
     Challenges are to specific warriors.  You have a first challenge, and then you 
have a second challenge.

The Process:
     First the computer removes all Dark Arena challengers from the list of available 
warriors.
     Second, the computer checks for WHO fights WHO by going though all TVs and 
bloodfeuds, which are 100% sure to go through except in four instances:
     1. the warrior challenged does not fight,
     2. the warrior challenged is also making a bloodfeud or TV challenge and that 
challenge has already been assigned,
     3. the warrior has already been assigned to a Dark Arena fight,
     4. that warrior has declared your team to be one of his warrior's avoids, 
reducing your challenge to 50%.
     Third, the computer assesses all the regular first-challenge warriors and assigns 
fights.  All other challenges are at 100% chance of success except in a few instances:  
warrior challenged is going to the DA, warrior challenged is involved in a previously 
assigned challenge, warrior challenged is not running this turn, or warrior challenged 
has avoided your team at 50% chance to avoid.
     Fourth, the computer assesses and assigns all secondary challenges of warriors 
not so far assigned for bloodfeuds and TVs.
     Fifth, the computer assesses and assigns all the regular second challenges.
     Sixth, the computer assigns random matchups in each available class starting with 
the highest class first.
     Seventh, the computer finds the remaining warriors that have successfully avoided 
all first and second challenges and/or who also did not get randomly assigned, AND for 
whom no more available warriors remain in their class for random pairing.  All of 
these warriors get RSI-generated warriors to fight based on their class.
     So, if I'm right and avoids reduce the chance for a challenge to 50%, then:
     In the absence of an avoid
          single challenge = 100% success
          double challenge = 100% success, then an additional 100% success
     Where an avoid is involved
          single challenge vs avoid = 50% success
          double challenge vs avoid = 75% (chance to avoid is 0.5 * 0.5 = 0.25; 1 - 
0.25 = 75% chance to succeed

     Bloodfeuds and TVs may increase the percentage chance of success above 100%, or 
they may not.  I feel that their increased ability to get through is based solely on 
the way the computer assigns challenges.  They are first, so they are most likely to 
go through.  The 100% chance for a challenge to succeed is 100% if it's a TV bloodfeud 
and you are the first one to get assigned a fight that day because you are also the 
Duelmaster.  But after that the chances start to diminish rapidly.
     The run-through for second challenges theoretically means your challenge should 
be 100% but it's not the case if you are the LAST guy the computer goes to for finding 
challenges.
     If you don't double challenge, you significantly lower your chance to get your 
challenge through.  The second challenge is not equal to the first challenge.

Pagan