DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/13/2010    Duedate: 06/09/2010

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-322

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CONFIDENCE
CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
(8-4894) [18-6-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CONFIDENCE                     POSITION IS EMPTY
CONSANGUINEOUS (567)           
(8-4894) [18-6-0,107]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KERBIN NOTTS                   ZILCH
MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)            Z GLADIATORZ (519)
(8-5040) [16-30-0,85]          (8-5081) [14-9-0,98]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

Z GLADIATORZ (519)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. YOU PAY I SLAY (373)        58
2. Z GLADIATORZ (519)          26      CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
3. CONSANGUINEOUS (567)        24      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)         12
5. DREAD EMPIRE (597)           0      BBCT4 (371)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*DREAD EMPIRE (597)         2   0  0  100   1/ 1 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       14  1 4
 2/ 2 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)      79  23  2 77.5   2/ 2 SMITHSONIAN (245)         5  6 0
 3/ 3 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       182  83  5 68.7   3/ 5 YOU PAY I SLAY (373)      4  5 0
 4/ 4 SMITHSONIAN (245)        624 406 13 60.6   4/ 6 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)      2  0 0
 5/ 5 YOU PAY I SLAY (373)      40  35  2 53.3   5/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       2 13 0
 6/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)      149 224  3 39.9   6- 4*DREAD EMPIRE (597)        1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                    Blood on a Purple Robe: A Bloodgames Primer
                                by One Armed Bandit

     Twice a year, there is a great gathering.  These tiny men with their stained
clothing and great intellects do not look like your traditional gladiators, but they
will meet and compete for a chance at Duel-2 immortality.  No, no, I'm not talking
about the managers at the Face-to-Face.  I'm talking about the murderous dwarves of
the Bloodgames.
     It's probably the worst advertised event in Duel-2 history.  It happens twice a
year, in January and July, and you don't have to fly across the country to
participate.  For some, the Bloodgames are just a distant memory of a t-shirt that
never arrived, newer managers may have never even heard of it.  For others, though,
it is a way of life.  And it can be yours, too.
     The cost:  $10 to roll up the team, $49 to run them.  At each Face-To-Face
tourney, two Bloodgames arenas are run.  One of them (called the FtF Bloodgames) gets
run round-by-round for ten rounds, and warriors are allowed to change their
strategies, avoid, and make Bloodfeud challenges.  For the other arena (called the
Mail-In Bloodgames), there are no bloodfeuds or avoids and each warrior must use the
same strategy and train for all ten rounds.  You can participate in both even if you
don't attend the FtF, but you'll be at a slight disadvantage in the FtF Bloodgames
(the Mail-In Bloodgames is a perfectly level playing field).
     The teams:  Each team consists of TEN warriors, one of EACH style.  You can
design each warrior however you want, as long as the stats add up to 84 points and no
stat is lower than a 3 or higher than a 21 (referred to as DYOs or design-your-own
warriors).  Simply write down the following information on a piece of paper and mail
it to RSI (or email it to csr@reality.com): your name, your account number, the words
"Mail-In Bloodgames" or "FtF Bloodgames", the team name, and all ten warriors (name,
style, gender, ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF).  If you submit them early enough you will
probably get a chance to see the overviews before sending in strategies for each of
them (using a normal strategy sheet, remember only one strategy and one train for the
entire event).  If you want to play it safe, however, you can submit strategies along
with the team information, just write "NEW" in each of the Warrior ID spots and
either "MI BG" or "FTF BG" in the Game # spot.  Some managers who are especially
ambitious will roll up each team more than once, and look over the overviews to
determine which team had the best luck in the roll-up process.  Just remember, it
costs $10 each time you roll them up.
     The rules:  So what's the catch? $59 for 10 design-your-own warriors?  Not so
fast, buddy.  At the end of ten rounds, the top three warriors of different styles
from each arena will be granted immortality, trained up to the minimum ADM
requirements, and will graduate to ADM.  Every other warrior will be gone forever.
Executed, freed, or retired to a quiet life on the farm like your childhood dog
Buster, if that helps you sleep at night.  If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors
are a LU, a WS, and an AB, then those three will win the prizes.  However, if the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors are a LU, a LU, and a WS, the 2nd place LU is out
of luck, his prize will drop down to the highest ranking member of a style that isn't
LU or WS.  So what does it take to be one of the top ranked warriors?  Warriors are
ranked based on number of kills, first and foremost, with their record and
recognition points being the tie breakers.  Oh, did I mention that the chances of
dying are FIVE TIMES that of a normal arena?
     What to expect:  You will run into many opponents who are SZ 3, who have 21 WT
and 21 WL, who are using a 10 KD and aiming for the vitals, who are using unusual
weapons that Duel-2 folklore says have a greater chance of delivering that killing
blow, such as the Battle Axe.  You may run into such classic archetypes as the 17-3-
3-21-21-8-11 ST or the 17-16-3-3-21-3-21 AB.
     So why should you play?  There are many reasons.  You don't have to feel guilty
about killing your friend's warrior, for starters, because that's the whole
objective.  Unique kill text make it all the sweeter, too.  You won't see anyone get
"pierced completely through" or "skewered through their vital organs" anywhere else
(at least I hope not).  Not only is it exciting to read, but my most rewarding
warrior came from the Bloodgames and yours could, too.  Whether you are a tournament
player or an arena player, if your warrior is tough enough to survive the Bloodgames,
he's tough enough for whatever task you set him to.  My first Bloodgames graduate was
a warrior named Sushi Slinger of Sea Dogs: 17-3-3-21-21-12-7 SL.  He left Old
Valamantis with a 10-0-3 record and immortality.  Since then, he has been a
Tournament Victor in the Freshman tourney, a Runner-Up in the ADM tourney, and a
three-time Tournament Victor in the Eligibles tourney.  He is now fighting in Primus
against the best of the best and holding his own.  Your Bloodgames graduate could
join him in Primus, too.

     "Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.
     Dare to fight bravely." - Alarond the Scribe

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 321): ZILCH of Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 645): GRAY MATTER of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 644): YELLOW DOG of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 629): ELDON KREE of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 633): EARTH QUAKE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 628): COL. MUSTARD of GOTTA GET A CLUE (?, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 628): PASCELLA of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 626): SENATOR WILEY of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 590): CARINEA LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 587): THE WAIT of THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 578): BROTHER JEROME of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 269): ZOUM LA BOUSE of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 474): YALO TACTSIE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 223): BIG DADDY KANE of RAP ATTACKS (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 530): THE PINK RANGER of SUPERIOR FORCES X (Manager, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 321): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 645): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 644): F WORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 629): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 633): PIRATE'S COVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 628): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 628): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 626): STEEL BLADES (Madwand, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 590): CAPTAIN PLANET (?, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 587): THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 578): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 269): PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 474): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 223): DARK AS DAY (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 530): SUPERIOR FATHER et al (Manager, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 645): GRAY MATTER of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
                               KHAKI KRAIT of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
              CITY (turn 644): CINDERELLA MAN of IMMORTALS (Dartor, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 628): CHAWLIE ISTTA of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 627): JILIAN NORMAN of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 632): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 626): SENATOR WILEY of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 586): HARBINGER OF WOE of THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 578): SABRE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 223): BIG DADDY KANE of RAP ATTACKS (?, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Again!  Yay!  Five more political points!  Please!  Let me do it all next time
and get out of here--alive!  Please?  Pretty please?  Who shall I challenge?  Or is
it whom?

          Zilch, Duelmaster II

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to ARKERS once again!  What's with URA GONER?  She actually beat 
ARKERS' STRAY CATMAN, and walked away with 29 more points from the fight.  Laughs 
were big at YOU PAY I SLAY while they watched DEAD LEE clobber GERONIMO.  He lost 8 
points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Apparently ARKERS isn't 
filled with as many gutless wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded Duelmaster got 2 
challenges this turn!  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for CONSANGUINEOUS' 
outstanding member, Duelmaster CONFIDENCE.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors 
and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  How well I know the 
feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of practive, 
CONSANGUINEOUS!  In my day, no team with a 77-23-2 would scare me off!  What's the 
problem, Z GLADIATORZ?   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting younger every 
day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  ARKERS is 
a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  Time for my 
medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONFIDENCE 4894              18   6  0   107       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZILCH 5081                   14   9  0    98       Z GLADIATORZ (519)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEAD LEE 3142                 4   2  0    88       YOU PAY I SLAY (373)
 ZITHER 5153                  16   1  0    87       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040            16  30  0    85       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058           19  25  0    82       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 CONFESSION 4895              14   7  0    79       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GERONIMO 5125                 6   7  0    66       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 ZEPHYR 5204                   7   1  2    58       Z GLADIATORZ (519)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALAMO 5151                    9   5  0    56       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 ZORK 5195                     6   0  1    43       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 NORM QUESHA 5171             10   8  0    38       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 URA GONER 5214                1   0  0    29       YOU PAY I SLAY (373)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SOUL CATCHER 5174             2   0  0    23       DREAD EMPIRE (597)
 ZEST 5224                     3   0  1    22       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 PLYMOUTH ROCK 5218            4   0  0    21       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 KOTTER NAHL 5197              2   9  0    15       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 SIR CUMCISER 5228             1   0  0    15       YOU PAY I SLAY (373)
 IWO JIMA 5223                 1   1  0     4       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 IMERTA LOEL 5225              0   3  0     3       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CAPTURED ORC            0  0 0                      ZEPHYR 5204           322  NONE
D.D. EISENHOWER 5196    3  2 0 SMITHSONIAN 245      JACKSON 5127          318  NOT REVENGED
SEE YA 5232             0  1 0 YOU PAY I SLAY 373   BLACK ORC             322  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Me no likeum lose to ugly dwarf.  Two time!  Suckem!  How! -- Geronimo

Polite Beggar -- Did you think this was a skipping rocks contest.  Tsk.  Tsk. --
Plymouth Rock

Imerta Loel -- Long live the flag! -- Iwo Jima

Norm Quesha -- Real men do not eat quiche, but they do wear Bowie knives. -- Alamo

Hi!  I'm new!  I hope I made it back from The Mailer! -- Yosemite

Zilch -- Kudos on the repeat Duelmastership. -- Curator

Whoa!  10-0 (actually 10-0-3) and going for 15!?  Can the Z's come through? -- The Z
Man

Zilch -- That's about what you taught me.  Damn. -- Kerbin Notts

Zither -- That is... I wish it hadn't happened that way.  Almost three years as a
gladiator, and a chit of a girl comes along and trounces me, singing the while.  Pah.
-- Indior Landis
P.S.  Good fight, I guess.

Alamo -- I remembered, but not soon enough. -- Norm Quesha

Zork -- Huh.  If *I* had a cat named Zork, I wouldn't feed him red meat. -- Kotter
Nahl

Iwo Jima -- Um... it was shock and repulsion at meeting that much beard in one face
that put me off my stroke.  Right, that was it.  You're just too tall to make a
reasonable dwarf. -- Imerta Loel
P.S.  Yes, I know, people are always point to that Carrot guy, but there was only ONE
of him, and Jorja's probably got scores of overgrown dwarfs.  It annoys her.  When a
manager is annoyed, a smart gladiator AGREES with her!

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SEE YA was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
CONFESSION slimly won victory over INDIOR LANDIS in a 4 minute Challenge battle.
ZILCH was luckily beaten by CONFIDENCE in a 3 minute master's Title duel.
KERBIN NOTTS overpowered ALAMO in a 1 minute mismatched match.
GERONIMO was devastated by DEAD LEE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ZITHER outwaited VETERAN MERCENARY in a 9 minute match.
ZEPHYR butchered CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided competition.
NORM QUESHA lost to ZORK in a 1 minute duel.
KOTTER NAHL lost to PLYMOUTH ROCK in a 4 minute veteran vs. beginner upset duel.
IWO JIMA was vanquished by SIR CUMCISER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ZEST overpowered IMERTA LOEL in a 3 minute one-sided melee.
URA GONER overpowered STRAY CATMAN 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|
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   6 -  1      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  12 -  1      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -   9 -  2      61  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  11 -  1      42  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  34 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  27 -  2      37  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 322 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     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CONFIDENCE 4894            18   6  0  107 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
SLASHING ATTACK  ZILCH 5081                 14   9  0   98 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
PARRY-LUNGE      DEAD LEE 3142               4   2  0   88 YOU PAY I SLAY (373)
TOTAL PARRY      ZITHER 5153                16   1  0   87 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
BASHING ATTACK   ALAMO 5151                  9   5  0   56 SMITHSONIAN (245)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KERBIN NOTTS 5040.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ZILCH 5081.  The ten other most popular fighters were CONFIDENCE 4894, 
CONFESSION 4895, KOTTER NAHL 5197, IMERTA LOEL 5225, INDIOR LANDIS 5058, KERBIN NOTTS 
5040, DEAD LEE 3142, ZEPHYR 5204, ZORK 5195, and SIR CUMCISER 5228.

The least popular fighter this week was ZITHER 5153.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were IWO JIMA 5223, PLYMOUTH ROCK 5218, GERONIMO 5125, ALAMO 5151, ZEST 
5224, NORM QUESHA 5171, SEE YA 5232, URA GONER 5214, SIR CUMCISER 5228, and ZORK 
5195.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CONSTERNATION 4896 (27-4-1)            5  3  0         CONSANGUINEOUS       

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DEAD LEE 3142 (3-2-0)                  3  3  0         YOU PAY I SLAY       

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MOTOR HEAD 5205 (4-2-0)                2  3  0         HEAD BANGERS         

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
URA GONER 5214 (0-0-0)                15  2  2         YOU PAY I SLAY       
PATTON 5219 (0-1-0)                    1  3  0         GENERALS             

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ABOVETHEGOLDENSTATE 5190 (0-0-0)       8  3  0         POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE 
RED 5188 (0-0-0)                       4  3  0         POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE 
YOSEMITE 5231 (0-0-0)                  3  3  0         SMITHSONIAN          

ELIGIBLES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
AUJARD 4639 (46-37-0)                  0  3  0         LA PENTARCHIE        

ADM FOOLS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MISS ERABLE 2766 (39-31-3)             2  3  0         LADIES IN WAITING    

FRESHMEN FOOLS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CONUNDRUM 4892 (24-13-0)               1  3  0         CONSANGUINEOUS       

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SIR CUMCISER 5228 (0-0-0)              0  3  0         YOU PAY I SLAY       

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 4 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                 EUGENE FLUCKY (82-41642) of MEDAL OF HONOR 30 (6955)
                             FGC (47-6648) of KAOS (695)
                  PRISONER B91 (82-53433) of DUNGEON CELL B9 (9014)
                   PRISONER 0381 82-42371 of DUNGEON CELL 77 (7085)

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes