DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 02/20/2007 Duedate: 03/05/2007 JHELUM ARENA DM-4 TURN-569 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS FOOT BALL F BALLS (523) (4-6305) [15-1-1,182] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader FOOT BALL WOODEN BOY F BALLS (523) BAD PINOCCHIO (596) (4-6305) [15-1-1,182] (4-6358) [1-2-0,17] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite EPIMONIDAS CHALLON DOGS OF WAR (115) DOGS OF WAR (115) (4-5683) [17-19-0,92] (4-6304) [9-19-0,46] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) 49 2. THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) 30 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) 3. F BALLS (523) 23 Unchartered Team 4. DOGS OF WAR (115) 19 5. BAD PINOCCHIO (596) 0 BAD PINOCCHIO (596) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 2 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) 131 103 4 56.0 1/ 1 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) 10 5 0 2/ 4 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) 77 65 6 54.2 2/ 3 F BALLS (523) 9 3 0 3/ 3 F BALLS (523) 100 86 7 53.8 3/ 2 DOGS OF WAR (115) 7 8 0 4/ 1*BAD PINOCCHIO (596) 3 3 0 50.0 4/ 7 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) 5 5 0 5/ 7 DEATH SQUAD (468) 40 44 2 47.6 5/ 4 DEATH SQUAD (468) 4 8 0 6/ 8 DOGS OF WAR (115) 420 627 25 40.1 6/ 6*BAD PINOCCHIO (596) 0 2 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT In His Absence "Is it true, my Lady? Is the Master returning for a while?" The Lady Rodara smiled at the innocence that Mirella always projected. She had served them well during their journey and was a joy to her heart. Her beauty was fading, but that only meant she had fewer suitors and a hair more time for her duties. "It is true. He should arrive today, tomorrow at the latest. With Shadowspire opened, he should have more time to spend here. It will be good to have him around again, will it not?" "Yes, my Lady! We all miss him terrible much." Another smile for the woman and she returned to the gladiatorial commission paperwork. This was her least favorite duty while her husband was gone, but she knew it was essential. Merkava was again on the loss lists. Merkava's record had only worsened and there was no perceivable reason that she could identify. "Is my lady okay?" Looking up at Mirella, she realized she must have frowned or muttered something while thinking about Merkava. She was not sure what she should say, detesting lying unless it was absolutely essential. Add to that the fact that Mirella had a bit of a flame for the man.... "Just going over the arena results from the last fights," she said, avoiding the truth. Mirella's eyes said she knew the truth of the statement though. Shaking her head, the Lady Rodara continued, "No, Mirella, it's Merkava. He continues to perform poorly, even though his instructors ensure me that he is progressing well outside the arena. I just don't understand it. And the Master is unlikely to be happy about only one more win in four fights. He has served us faithfully for so long, but I can only keep the inevitable away for so long." Tears brimmed in the woman's eyes and the nobly born woman knew she had shared too much. Raising her hand, she signaled for Mirella to move closer. Once beside her, she wrapped her arms around the woman as the tears began to flow. Whispering soft words, she cast a minor spell to help calm her favored servant as she caressed her hair. As the woman snuffled into the Lady's shoulder, the door to her office softly slid shut. Argran turned and headed out of the house, dropping off the linens which he had been told to fetch. Grumishal would want to know about Master Beru's return and about their dissatisfaction over Merkava's performance. As he left the main house and turned to the stables, he was careful to go around to the back of the stable where fewer people went. Rounding the corner of the stable, he tripped and went sprawling into the sparse grass. Rolling over, he looked for what he had tripped over. There, by the corner of the stable, Merkava sat with his back against the stable with his eyes open but a far away look. His white shirt had long sleeves, which were rolled up and a piece of rope encircled his right arm. On the ground next to him were the various paraphernalia which he had witnessed used so often before his enlightenment in the Spider Cult. He knew now why Merkava was not performing well. It is hard to fight when you see everything through the haze of the drugs sold in the darker parts of town. He considered just continuing on his way, but something told him that he should make sure Merkava's condition was not discovered. Sitting up fully, he shifted onto his knees and began packing the paraphernalia in a small bag nearby which seemed to be their normal home. As he got everything together, his mind searched for a way to use this to his own ends. And it hit him what would be the best way to handle this little "situation". If anyone had been there to see, they would have been scared of the expression on his face as he picked out the small glass jars which held the opiate of Merkava's choosing. These went into his pocket and he went looking for a piece of paper and pen to leave a note in their place. As he moved back into the main house, he smiled broadly at the other servants he passed. Grumishal would be very pleased. + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Web of Death ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Grumishal the Factotum waited impatiently in the alley just beyond the back door of the arena Infirmary. He saw no reason for his minion to go to the Infirmary at all; the fool had been scummed, not demolished, devastated, or viciously subdued. And the Infirmary fees could be outrageous. True, the Exalted Grand Master had told him to "spare no expense!" but Grumishal had been his factotum long enough to know that he didn't mean it, not really. Finally! The Cult Member, a feckless youth named...Grumishal searched his memory, ah, yes, Topato. Stupid name, but he was not a luminary in the "intelligence and imagination" department. Topato exited the Infirmary, looked both ways, and darted across the narrow street into the narrower alley. And tripped over an uneven cobblestone, staggered, and slammed into the wall. Grumishal's breath hissed out in disgust. A fool, twice a fool, three times a fool. Topato was very close to achieving union with Dread Dreenth Shiszelle-- "I got it!" Topato said breathlessly. "I found the opening!" "The opening to the alley?" the Factotum snarled. "Just barely did you--" "No, no, the opening, the chance to get to Arenamaster Narhmin." Topato bit his lip. "If you're sure it's the right thing to do? I mean...he's the arenamaster!" "And Lord Morhaln's nephew, just so, and Lord Morhaln has the ear of Lord Ildarwin who rules the city-state. Just so. When we have the arenamaster in our grip, we will be in a position to put pressure, by means of this chain of levers, on Ildarwin, and thus regain the proper respect for Dreenth Shiszelle in Jhelum." Grumishal frowned at the young Member. "So you had better have a true piece of useful information, because the Exalted Grand Master has been very...testy lately." "It's t-t-true! Honest! I wouldn't l-l-lie! It's a demonstration next week, the arenamaster and some of his, you know, from the Dark Arena, and some Advanced Gladiators from Jhelum, to s-s-stimulate interest in the arena here. The orderlies were talking about it, and how some of the Advanced Gladiators who were coming didn't actually LIKE the arenamaster much and maybe there would be a regrettable accident!" "Very good, Topato." The factotum nodded and patted the young man's shoulder, all the while his mind was racing over the roster of graduated gladiators searching for those who would be malicious enough or stupid enough to be manipulated into the service of the Spider God's cult. "A very promising opening, indeed." SPY REPORT Much has changed in JHELUM since last I was here. Never fear, Olaf Modeen adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters. Ya gotta be quick on yer feet! Keep your elbow off the table! Thrust! Block out the pain! THE SHALLOWSHIP is now ranked 4th with a 4-1-0 turn. F BALLS showed JHELUM what they were made of as they fought with a vengeance to walk off with 3-1-0. What's with JIMMY CUSTER? He actually beat DEATH SQUAD's BAD TRANS OP, and walked away with 16 more points from the fight. Laughs were big at DOGS OF WAR while they watched JIMMY CUSTER clobber BAD TRANS OP. It lost 12 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands. THE SHALLOWSHIP's hatred of F BALLS surfaced again as GIMLET challenged JHELUM's top dog. GIMLET was reminded on the sands why FOOT BALL is Duelmaster. Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on? I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners. No matter the time or place, men will always duel. The most avoided team was DEATH SQUAD. Management must be dealin', as the boys at TANKS FOR NOTHIN' ain't reelin'! DEATH SQUAD's mad! What do people see in MERKAVA? His 5-14-0? TANKS FOR NOTHIN' ain't talkin', but he's got 36 points. Taunt your opponent EPIMONIDAS! That was my lucky charm when I was unfairly challenged. (and by 41 points!) FUZZ BALL should have an easy win. FUZZ BALL overcame EPIMONIDAS. I bet FUZZ BALL could beat two-year-olds, too. Well, DOGS OF WAR knows who to set their sights on. Maybe TANKS FOR NOTHIN''s PANTHER is one of those gals who likes pain, or something. That's what she'll get next week, after challenging up 29 to CHALLON. CHALLON must not been fighting well, cause he lost to PANTHER of TANKS FOR NOTHIN'. Sometimes you just have a bad day where things get, um, mixed up. Warriors of JHELUM unite. You have only your games to lose! BORE-O-ME's family knows what's wot, after seeing the response from THE SHALLOWSHIP! 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. I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME FOOT BALL 6305 15 1 1 182 F BALLS (523) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME FUZZ BALL 6299 12 4 0 138 F BALLS (523) ARAGANT 6220 32 14 0 112 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) HOWARD 6289 20 15 1 105 DOGS OF WAR (115) JIMMY CUSTER 6268 18 22 2 102 DOGS OF WAR (115) GIMLET 6218 21 26 2 93 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) EPIMONIDAS 5683 17 19 0 92 DOGS OF WAR (115) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HANNIBAL 5715 14 22 1 78 DOGS OF WAR (115) BAD TRANS OP 6312 10 6 1 78 DEATH SQUAD (468) DECAPITATOR 4959 9 11 0 74 DEATH SQUAD (468) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SERIAL KILLER 4957 12 7 0 56 DEATH SQUAD (468) M1A1 2734 8 5 0 50 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) CHALLON 6304 9 19 0 46 DOGS OF WAR (115) PANTHER 3554 7 0 0 46 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) LEOPARD 6363 4 1 0 43 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) MERKAVA 1839 5 14 0 36 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MIA2 3553 5 3 0 31 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) FAT BALL 6351 5 2 0 25 F BALLS (523) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME BAYONET BETTY 6346 5 8 0 23 DEATH SQUAD (468) FEAR-O-ME 6352 3 4 0 19 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) WOODEN BOY 6358 1 2 0 17 BAD PINOCCHIO (596) MERRY HADDOCK 6365 1 2 0 14 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) TELL ME A LIE 6360 1 1 0 12 BAD PINOCCHIO (596) -FOOS BALL 6366 1 0 0 11 F BALLS (523) RIPPIN 6354 1 5 0 10 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) -HALF-ASS 6357 1 0 0 5 BAD PINOCCHIO (596) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? FUR BALL 6373 0 1 0 F BALLS 523 WURM KIN 607 569 NONE BORE-O-ME 6216 28 16 1 THE SHALLOWSHIP 582 FOOT BALL 6305 565 NOT REVE PERSONAL ADS Methinks someone did not like the messenger and had him dispatched! Oh for all the good intentions of a manager, to receive such a small envelope on a rainy day is so very sad. Better luck next time I guess. -- Elfwine Challon -- Well, come on!! You're supposed to at least let me learn something!! -- Merkava Serial Killer -- Well, we are even now. Guess we will need another meeting at some point later. -- M1A1 Bayonet Betty -- So.... You want to got get a manicure together later? That was kinda fun and all, but I think a nice little settee would be better for our 'budding friendship'. -- Leopard Cult Member -- Well, the good news is that I at least learned that I don't like that weapon combination. What is your deal anyway? In the middle of the fight is NEVER a good time to pray. Just some friendly advice... well...advice anyway. Not sure I want to be your friend. -- Panther Fat Ball -- I enjoyed our dance. Next time I might even give you a chance to lead occasionally. -- MIA2 Shallowship -- Buddy!! Come back!! Believe me, our seemingly endless string of match-ups is not intentional! Dilbert at the Gladiatorial commission won't even take my bribes anymore.... Uh.... Oops.... Uh.... Forget I said that. -- Master Beru P.S. Seriously though, hope last turn was just slow mail or something. We need you here!! (And that is not just because I have come out ahead in a number of our matches so far.) Teerak Ha and Lurocians Z2 -- Missed you guys last turn. Hope to see you again soon. -- Master Beru Attention All Storytellers Or Aspiring Story Tellers -- Next turn Tanks For Nothin' will be 'hosting' a big bash, celebrating their return to the arena. Allow me to invite you to spin your own version of the activities and festivities. -- Master Beru Merkava -- Never drink MILK before a fight, man! It's too relaxing. You shouldn't have gone down just because I slapped your hand. -- Challon P.S. Or whatever that white stuff was. P.P.S. With that record, you should be one of us. Foot Ball -- The entire concept is ridiculous. -- Epimonidas Fuzz Ball -- AAGH! I can't stand the fuzz. Aagh-CHOO! -- Jimmy Custer Decapitator -- Thanks but no thanks, I'll keep my head right where it is. -- Howard Bad Trans Op -- That was a low blow. Trust a golem, and a neuter golem at that, to spot a weakness and go for it. -- Hannibal Panther -- That was a useless experience. Our Members need to learn FIGHTING skills. -- Torrhelus Salinz, Illuminated Spokesman for the Cult of Dreenth Shiszelle, the Spider God 24 January 2007 The Council of Lords would like to propose a rule change in ADM and Primus. We propose that Lord Protectors ranked "Grand Champions" and below (ADM) and "The Tower Guard" and below (Primus) be allowed to fight in the Dark Arena. This would not impact the top rankings or title match. Any managers who never got his fill or shot at fighting Gateway monsters would have it as an option. We believe it might spark some interest in the ADM/Primus realm for some managers. If interested, speak up in the newsletters or on forums under the "rules changes" thread and let RSI know. This could even be something to try for 12 months and then be re-evaluated. What say you, managers of Ghea? -- The Icelord sends.... 29 January 2007 HDFA Mission Statement "Show me the money!" This is the battle cry of a newly formed collection of like-minded individuals: The High Dolla' Free Agent$. We are not a tough guy alliance: No...we offer no battle without reward. We search for victory and the prizes and accolades that follow. We are motivated by winning and will freely use whatever means necessary to obtain our currency. No stuffy rules, no mandates, no constitutions, no leaders, only a few objectives: 1) Win as often as possible 2) Celebrate freely and revel in your victories; the more meaningless the victory the more we celebrate. Highsiding and chest thumping are encouraged. Ostentatious endzone celebrations with prop usage are encouraged, regardless of fines, penalties, suspensions or arrest by local authorities. It is important to let your opponent know how great you are; more importantly, you must let your own alliance mates know how great you are. This is a 1-up alliance, let the performance of your fellow Free Agent$ motivate you. If a Free Agent wins a TV, win 2; if a Free agent wins a contest, win a more prestigious one. Current members of the HDFA include: CFH and Abraxis. Inquires can be directed to: CFH/Rat Salad DM 47 14 February 2007 RSI is now taking rollups for a slow version of the No-Tournament arena. Send your rollup to RSI listing the arena as "Slow No Tournament". Sign and send in the following pledge: * I pledge that I will not send warriors from this team to a Tournament, nor will I use a Tournament prize on a warrior from this team. * I pledge to run a full team when I run turns in this arena. If circumstances preclude my running less than a full team I will notify the Player Committee. * I agree to abide by the decisions of the Player Committee. * I understand that any warrior that participates in a Tournament shall be sent to the Dark Arena until they are dead. * I understand that any warrior that receives a Tournament prize shall be send to the Dark Arena until they are dead. The following are the rules for joining this No-Tournament arena 1. No tournament play (Dead tournament or otherwise) 2. One team per manager 3. Team starts with new rollup (or a zero fight equivalent team is transferred into this arena.) 4. No tourney prizes allowed to modify warriors in the arena 5. 20 teams required, per RSI 6. Waivers are required to allow self-regulation on tourney ban, granting RSI authority to Dark Arena any warrior that participates in a Tournament (until the warrior is dead.) 7. Rotating council to enforce tourney ban and maintain arena integrity. Hammer will be the focal point for this arena's Player Committee. LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS FUR BALL was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight. FUZZ BALL won victory over EPIMONIDAS in a 1 minute expert's Challenge battle. GIMLET was overpowered by FOOT BALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title duel. LEOPARD was unbelievably bested by SERIAL KILLER in a 2 minute Challenge fight. PANTHER unbelievably bested CHALLON in a popular 7 minute bloody Challenge duel. WOODEN BOY was overpowered by MIA2 in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl. FAT BALL narrowly defeated BAYONET BETTY in a 2 minute Challenge melee. TELL ME A LIE was vanquished by MERKAVA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel. HOWARD vanquished DECAPITATOR in a 1 minute uneven fight. ARAGANT outwaited HANNIBAL in a 8 minute veteran's fight. JIMMY CUSTER overpowered BAD TRANS OP in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee. M1A1 demolished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute mismatched match. FEAR-O-ME handily defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided contest. RIPPIN subdued MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute brawl. MERRY HADDOCK overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched conflict. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |SLASHING ATTACK 5 TOTAL PARRY 12 - 3 - 0 80 | |LUNGING ATTACK 5 PARRY-LUNGE 15 - 5 - 0 75 | |WALL OF STEEL 3 LUNGING ATTACK 25 - 15 - 1 63 | |STRIKING ATTACK 3 STRIKING ATTACK 15 - 13 - 1 54 | |PARRY-LUNGE 2 SLASHING ATTACK 21 - 20 - 0 51 | |TOTAL PARRY 2 AIMED BLOW 9 - 13 - 0 41 | |AIMED BLOW 2 PARRY-STRIKE 4 - 6 - 0 40 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 BASHING ATTACK 2 - 3 - 0 40 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 WALL OF STEEL 8 - 14 - 0 36 | |BASHING ATTACK 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 5 - 12 - 1 29 | Turn 569 was great if you Not so great if you used The fighting styles of the used the fighting styles: the fighting styles: top eleven warriors are: PARRY-LUNGE 2 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 2 - 3 3 SLASHING ATTACK PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 0 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 3 2 LUNGING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 2 - 0 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 2 AIMED BLOW WALL OF STEEL 2 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY SLASHING ATTACK 3 - 2 1 PARRY-LUNGE AIMED BLOW 1 - 1 1 WALL OF STEEL PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK FOOT BALL 6305 15 1 1 182 F BALLS (523) SLASHING ATTACK FUZZ BALL 6299 12 4 0 138 F BALLS (523) TOTAL PARRY ARAGANT 6220 32 14 0 112 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582) PARRY-LUNGE HOWARD 6289 20 15 1 105 DOGS OF WAR (115) AIMED BLOW SERIAL KILLER 4957 12 7 0 56 DEATH SQUAD (468) WALL OF STEEL M1A1 2734 8 5 0 50 TANKS FOR NOTHIN' (171) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is EPIMONIDAS 5683. The most popular warrior this turn was CHALLON 6304. The ten other most popular fighters were LEOPARD 6363, BAYONET BETTY 6346, FUZZ BALL 6299, FOOT BALL 6305, SERIAL KILLER 4957, HOWARD 6289, JIMMY CUSTER 6268, PANTHER 3554, MIA2 3553, and FAT BALL 6351. The least popular fighter this week was ARAGANT 6220. The other ten least popular fighters were HANNIBAL 5715, DECAPITATOR 4959, WOODEN BOY 6358, GIMLET 6218, EPIMONIDAS 5683, FUR BALL 6373, MERRY HADDOCK 6365, FEAR-O-ME 6352, BAD TRANS OP 6312, and TELL ME A LIE 6360.