DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 10/12/2016 Duedate: 10/25/2016 LAPUR ARENA DM-29 TURN-796 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS OX CARDOW HUNTERS (359) (29-6084) [17-14-1,94] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader OX POSITION IS EMPTY CARDOW HUNTERS (359) (29-6084) [17-14-1,94] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite OX ARCH RIVAL CARDOW HUNTERS (359) ARGONAUTS (188) (29-6084) [17-14-1,94] (29-3685) [5-4-0,40] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM LIVING DEAD (45) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. ARGONAUTS (188) 32 2. LIVING DEAD (45) 25 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) 3. ALMOST EXACTLY (20) 16 Unchartered Team 4. CARDOW HUNTERS (359) -1 5. I'M THE WOLF (504) -2 HIT LIST LXV (338) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) 397 318 25 55.5 1/ 2 LIVING DEAD (45) 10 5 0 2/ 2 ARGONAUTS (188) 213 190 9 52.9 2/ 1 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) 9 6 0 3/ 3 LIVING DEAD (45) 31 28 2 52.5 3/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) 5 9 0 4/ 4 I'M THE WOLF (504) 21 21 1 50.0 4/ 4 ARGONAUTS (188) 4 2 0 5/ 5 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) 858 %1068 18 44.5 5/ 5 I'M THE WOLF (504) 1 3 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT The (not so) Great Lapur Experiment Many years ago (sometime in the 80s), while perusing the ads in the back of a Dragon magazine, I stumbled upon an ad for a gladiatorial combat game called Duelmasters. Fresh off of reading an article on the play by mail gaming phenomenon I was keen to try it. The set up was free! What the heck! I sent away for a team. When it arrived I did the best a high school D&D fanatic could do. I glanced through the red book and tried to make gladiators with no weaknesses. That team landed in Kolact as The Holy Legion. While struggling through learning the game I discussed it with several friends. One of whom decided to join me and set up another team in Kolact named Dragon Lords. Now, we were both poor HS students and were supporting our play by small part time jobs (at best) or allowance (at worst), often sending cash in the mail! We both wanted to play more but neither could afford to run a second team so we pooled some money together and sent off for another team rollup. We had seen an all arena ad indicating that a new arena was opening so we worked out an arrangement on who would design and run which gladiator, settled on some names and sent team in, hoping to land in the newly minted arena 30. We just thought Iaye was the coolest name! We were only mildly disappointed when we found ourselves in arena 29. Ultimately we just wanted more DM, it didn't matter which arena really. Thus the humble beginnings of the stable known as Living Dead. Xur (we watched The Last Starfighter WAY too much!), Evil Eye, Knightmare, Night Stalker, and Boogie Man would only see the sands twice as the income and interest of teenagers is fickle at best. Fast forward to around 2014. My friend who started the team with me had given his team in Kolact to Spirit and no longer played. I had been quite busy in Niytyole Island and had just started to play the tourney game seriously. In conversation with other D2 players I learned that in times of DM it was possible to obtain favorite weapons from the marginal pool as well as the well suited. Here I had a 7-3-2 team with styles that I consider to have some really interesting marginal weapons. What if some of these guys had them as favorites? Here I am with an original team on a team sheet that no longer exists (they are believed to have been randomly generated during the period when this team was created), fully populated with ancient gladiators who had never seen toner fused to paper. I couldn't resist the challenge! I had to try to graduate all original gladiators, rolled in the 80s, hoping for some really interesting favorite weapons! Let's look over this squad, without giving everything away. We have three bashers (hey, we were just coming off of watching Landslide and my friends own Beastmaster dominate Kolact, not to mention Goody Two Shoes!) who might have a chance at getting the battle axe, broadsword, or fist as a favorite weapon! The other two were lungers who could have the scimitar or the halbard! Yes, I said halbard. I know, I'm weird! To risk looking a little like a Consortiumite here are the averages of the original five's attributes. ST-13.4 CN-11.2 SZ-12 WT-11.6 WL-14.2 SP-10.4 DF-11.2 As you can see, aside from being slightly willful these guys are solidly average in just about every way possible. The return started out ok. The squad was losing more than it won but trains and learns were going ok. We were finally getting some of the guys to have the attributes to use some reasonable weapons. Somewhere along the way Boogie Man, who incidentally is the closest one of the five to a modern gladiator design, decided he was tired of undeath and renewed his dirt nap. This, of course, killed one of the goals. No longer was it possible to graduate the original team and I had lost 20% of what little chance I had to get a marginal favorite weapon! Boogie Man's replacement, Wight, is interesting in his own right but losing one of the originals killed my zest for this project and thus it died on the vine. That is until two turns ago. Living Dead has returned to the sands of Lapur. We will endeavor to graduate the remaining four originals in hopes of a nifty favorite weapon and graduate Wight, which will be a D2 milestone of sorts as well. No Living Dead stablemate has seen arena play, save Boogie Man in the dead tourneys. The original squad sits at 11 FE and Wight at 5. Here's hoping that beginning in 9 more turns we'll see some graduations with intriguing favorite weapons! -- Dameon Darkheart Living Dead RIP (2nd time is the charm?) Boogie Man -- 12(1)-10-12-16-15-10-10 BA SPY REPORT Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills? Well fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for LAPUR. Like, ALMOST EXACTLY had to be so embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by LIVING DEAD! Way to go LIVING DEAD! What was the name of that team who got 3-0-0 this turn for a total 213-190-9 you ask? (Sure) ARGONAUTS' their name, and fighting's their game! MVP award for CRUSH LARSSON? ARGONAUTS' proud of him after beating INSULT TO INQUIRY and getting 19 points. Talk about yer big time losers! EVIL EYE got smashed by POKEY, MON!, and lost 14 points! This Duelmaster is like something else! OX stopped M. CHARDINEE dead in his tracks! Who was the wiseguy that said LAPUR's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Warty Toad? Don't look at me! So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway? It can't be for these really neat Spyreports can it? The warriors of ALMOST EXACTLY must be getting lonely. They were the most avoided team. Do you guys know something that I don't? Is there some deep dark secret why LIVING DEAD's been avoiding ALMOST EXACTLY so much? Or is it just that they're too scared? Can LIVING DEAD's WIGHT be more popular than me? He was challenged the most, but is that really the same? Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other! Don't you guys ever give it a break? Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? Write! (Or have someone write for you.) I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid. Who would've guessed I'd be a famous Spyreporter? I gotta leave. LAPUR is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much! Its been really albendranius! Later, guys-- Debby Tonte DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME OX 6084 17 14 1 94 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -DIABOLICUS 3442 16 10 0 71 ARGONAUTS (188) CYBERNAUT 3568 14 5 0 67 ARGONAUTS (188) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME KNIGHTMARE 264 7 5 0 55 LIVING DEAD (45) XUR 261 8 4 1 51 LIVING DEAD (45) POKEY, MON! 6158 5 2 0 49 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) ARCH RIVAL 3685 5 4 0 40 ARGONAUTS (188) LOWDOWN AND MEAN 6113 3 3 0 40 I'M THE WOLF (504) WOLFBITER 6157 4 4 0 35 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) WRECKIN' LIVES 6073 5 4 0 34 I'M THE WOLF (504) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME NIGHT STALKER 262 5 7 1 33 LIVING DEAD (45) CRUSH LARSSON 3710 3 3 0 30 ARGONAUTS (188) SURESHOT 6141 6 9 1 28 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) WIGHT 6072 3 3 0 28 LIVING DEAD (45) EVIL EYE 265 7 5 0 27 LIVING DEAD (45) G.I. DON'T KNOW 6162 4 0 0 25 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) SHOCK AND AWWW 6144 5 3 0 24 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME RAINSTORM 6142 4 11 0 23 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) THE WOODS 6075 4 3 0 15 I'M THE WOLF (504) INSULT TO INQUIRY 6159 4 2 0 14 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) LAMENT TRUCK 6165 1 3 0 14 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) -COUP DE GRACE 3764 3 1 0 11 ARGONAUTS (188) LOG-STICKER 6172 0 2 0 4 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? PERSONAL ADS LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS KNIGHTMARE devastated WOLFBITER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight. NIGHT STALKER vanquished RAINSTORM in a 2 minute brutal uneven Challenge battle. WIGHT overpowered THE WOODS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel. OX devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight. CYBERNAUT subdued XUR in a 3 minute competition. LOWDOWN AND MEAN was bested by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute duel. EVIL EYE was overpowered by POKEY, MON! in a 1 minute one-sided struggle. SHOCK AND AWWW was bested by ARCH RIVAL in a 2 minute competition. SURESHOT was defeated by WRECKIN' LIVES in a 1 minute gruesome melee. INSULT TO INQUIRY was vanquished by CRUSH LARSSON in a 1 minute uneven duel. G.I. DON'T KNOW defeated LOG-STICKER in a 1 minute beginner's duel. LAMENT TRUCK overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 6 LUNGING ATTACK 26 - 13 - 0 67 | |BASHING ATTACK 5 PARRY-LUNGE 10 - 6 - 0 63 | |PARRY-LUNGE 3 SLASHING ATTACK 10 - 6 - 1 63 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 BASHING ATTACK 16 - 10 - 1 62 | |AIMED BLOW 2 AIMED BLOW 9 - 9 - 2 50 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 TOTAL PARRY 2 - 5 - 0 29 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 WALL OF STEEL 1 - 3 - 0 25 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 - 8 - 0 20 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 13 - 0 7 | |WALL OF STEEL 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 - 0 0 | Turn 796 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: SLASHING ATTACK 2 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 2 4 BASHING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 1 - 0 AIMED BLOW 0 - 2 3 LUNGING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 4 - 1 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 2 TOTAL PARRY LUNGING ATTACK 3 - 3 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 1 1 PARRY-LUNGE STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW WALL OF STEEL 0 - 0 TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME BASHING ATTACK OX 6084 17 14 1 94 CARDOW HUNTERS (359) TOTAL PARRY CYBERNAUT 3568 14 5 0 67 ARGONAUTS (188) LUNGING ATTACK POKEY, MON! 6158 5 2 0 49 ALMOST EXACTLY (20) PARRY-LUNGE ARCH RIVAL 3685 5 4 0 40 ARGONAUTS (188) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is OX 6084. The most popular warrior this turn was ARCH RIVAL 3685. The ten other most popular fighters were NIGHT STALKER 262, CYBERNAUT 3568, XUR 261, G.I. DON'T KNOW 6162, KNIGHTMARE 264, WIGHT 6072, OX 6084, POKEY, MON! 6158, WRECKIN' LIVES 6073, and CRUSH LARSSON 3710. The least popular fighter this week was LOG-STICKER 6172. The other ten least popular fighters were INSULT TO INQUIRY 6159, EVIL EYE 265, THE WOODS 6075, RAINSTORM 6142, WOLFBITER 6157, LAMENT TRUCK 6165, SURESHOT 6141, SHOCK AND AWWW 6144, LOWDOWN AND MEAN 6113, and CRUSH LARSSON 3710.