DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/12/2016    Duedate: 01/25/2016

SEAM ARENA

DM-20    TURN-18

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SMOKEHEAD
THIRSTY THUGS (31)
(20-175) [14-3-1,122]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SMOKEHEAD                      MUGS BUNNY
THIRSTY THUGS (31)             21ST AMENDMENT (47)
(20-175) [14-3-1,122]          (20-371) [2-3-0,21]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GILGAMESH                      BO CROWDER
DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)      BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
(20-217) [10-7-1,52]           (20-392) [0-2-0,3]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THIRSTY THUGS (31)          44
2. PHILANTHROLORDS (14)        35      THIRSTY THUGS (31)
3. UNLIKELY HEROES (4)         29      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)         26
5. 21ST AMENDMENT (47)         21      21ST AMENDMENT (47)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THIRSTY THUGS (31)        54  31  4 63.5   1/ 2 LOST SENTINELS (19)      10  5 1
 2/ 2 UNLIKELY HEROES (4)       51  33  2 60.7   2/ 1 DIETIES AND DEMIGOD (37) 10  5 1
 3/ 3 I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)       48  34  5 58.5   3/ 5 HOLY SHIP! (39)          10  5 0
 4/ 4 DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)       47  37  5 56.0   4/ 3 DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)       9  6 2
 5- 5 HOUSE OF PAIN (15)        47  38  4 55.3   5/ 4 PIXELBENDERS (36)         9  6 1
 6/ 6 PIXELBENDERS (36)         40  35  3 53.3   6/11 UNLIKELY HEROES (4)       8  7 0
 7/ 8 DIETIES AND DEMIGOD (37)  43  42  7 50.6   7/12 THIRSTY THUGS (31)        8  7 0
 8/11 PHILANTHROLORDS (14)      43  42  1 50.6   8/ 6 7TH SANCTUM (10)          7  8 0
 9- 9 WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)     37  37  1 50.0   9/13 PHILANTHROLORDS (14)      7  8 0
10/10 7TH SANCTUM (10)          43  47  1 47.8  10/17*21ST AMENDMENT (47)       6  8 1
11/13 LOST SENTINELS (19)       38  43  4 46.9  11/ 8 I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)       6  8 1
12/14 WYLD MASQUERADE (24)      30  34  1 46.9  12/10 HUCKLE'S CATS (23)        6  9 1
13/12 BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)     39  45  1 46.4  13- 7 WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)     5  5 0
14/15 HOLY SHIP! (39)           30  35  2 46.2  14/ 9 TWISTED ASYLUM (20)       5 10 2
15/16 HUCKLE'S CATS (23)        38  52  1 42.2  15-14 HOUSE OF PAIN (15)        4  6 0
16/17*21ST AMENDMENT (47)        9  15  1 37.5  16/19 WYLD MASQUERADE (24)      4  6 0
17-18 RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)      22  41  4 34.9  17-18 RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)      3  2 1
18/19 DEADLINE (32)             17  33  0 34.0  18/16 DEADLINE (32)             3  9 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20 TWISTED ASYLUM (20)       26  54 10 32.5  19/15 BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)     3 11 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is good to be back with you, my beautiful Seamites!  I took a little vacation 
over the holiday season to clear my mind for all the reporting in this New Year.  I 
the freshness of a new year has been treating you well!  Looking over the fight 
reports, I already know how to answer that question for a few of you.  Enough chit-
chat, my pretties, let's see how the turn unfolded.
     Smokehead remains on top.  It will be no surprise to anyone that he is in prime 
position to be Seam's first graduate, in all of its re-opened glory!  Smokehead has 
paved a pretty impressive path of destruction through the arena as one of the more 
successful fighters thus far.  This turn, he turned his attention to Foot Golem from 
7th Sanctum, who challenged for a shot at Seam's throne.  The fight was quick and one-
sided as Smokehead beat Foot Golem in 1 minute.  Congrats to DMobster once again for 
the achievement with his warrior!  The lone Challenger Champion is inactive, so it is 
not clear who will take their shot at Smokehead next turn.
     Big Lake Justify posted the biggest down challenge this turn and they were the 
most avoided team.  Are these 2 events related?  Your guess is as good as mine, but 
they print my guesses for all of Seam to read.  I'd wager there is certainly 
correlation between them.  21st Amendment avoided Big Lake Justify the most.  The 
biggest up-challenge belongs to Wyld Masquerade.  Manosque Cyan went up 25 points in 
the rankings to challenge Bumble Rumble from Philanthrolords.  Manosque lost the 
battle, but kudos on the gutsy challenge!  The most challenged warrior this turn 
according to the golem was Foot Golem.  I bet Hombre is proud!
     The bloodfeuders this turn were successful, but only by a hair.  Bloodfeuds went 
3-2 in favor of the challengers.  There was only 1 Dark Arena death this turn as 7th 
Sanctum sends another Bob to his death.  One of the arena standbys lost their life 
this turn, too.  Kaz from Twisted Asylum put down Tough Mama, who might not be as 
tough as she sounds.  The only other death came via random match up on the regular 
arena sands as Lady Songsteel from Darque Knights killed Dodge & Burn from 
Pixelblenders.  Overall, it was not a particularly bloody turn, but there were also 
only 40 fights this turn, down from previous turns.
     There is no top team this round.  Lost Sentinels and Deities and Demigods tied 
for 1st with 10-5-1 records.  Holy Ship moves up to 3rd from 5th, and Darque Knights 
slip a spot to 4th.  21st Amendment makes the biggest jump moving up to 10th place 
from 17th.  On the opposite side of the spectrum is Twisted Asylum, who fell 5 spots 
down to 14th.  There were 3 teams missing for turn 18 as House of Pain, Way of All 
Flesh, and Rainbow Brigade sat out.  We hope they return next turn, along with some 
new and returning teams.
     Only 2 more turns until we reach 20!  Who will be the first graduates?  Smokehead 
appears to be a sure bet for the honor, but who else has an opportunity to make 
Seamite history?  We can speculate more next turn!  Right now, I have to go report on 
another sporting event.  Who knew there were other games worth writing about in 
Alastari apart from the arenas?  I certainly did not.  Until next time, my pretties!  

                                          -- Sidara Brightbell

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMOKEHEAD 175                14   3  1   122       THIRSTY THUGS (31)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STANZA 97                    12   5  2   107       HOUSE OF PAIN (15)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLUCKEROO 67                 11   6  1    89       I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)
 FOOT GOLEM 69                11   7  0    89       7TH SANCTUM (10)
 CPT. BUZZY 65                11   6  0    88       I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)
 SUPER CHICKEN 39             12   5  1    87       UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
 $50 DROP SHADOW 215           9   6  1    81       PIXELBENDERS (36)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CARDHU 173                   10   7  1    76       THIRSTY THUGS (31)
 MERCYFLETCHER 89             11   6  0    75       PHILANTHROLORDS (14)
 GEOPLASTIQUE 70              13   5  1    73       7TH SANCTUM (10)
-ULVSBLAKK 107                10   5  0    71       WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)
 LOKI 218                     10   7  1    69       DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)
 ABLE BAKER CHARLIE 133        8  10  1    69       HUCKLE'S CATS (23)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SISTER GARLIC 41             12   5  0    64       UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
 BUMBLE RUMBLE 284             7   4  0    63       PHILANTHROLORDS (14)
 SIF 220                       7  10  1    61       DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)
-LUSTFUL TRAMP 322             5   4  0    60       RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)
 BRN VON SPEEDSTER 66         11   6  1    59       I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)
 COBRA MONSOON 71              9   9  0    59       7TH SANCTUM (10)
 PITTYVAICH 176               12   5  0    58       THIRSTY THUGS (31)
 SHADOWDANCER 132             11   6  0    58       DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
-FUNEBRE 106                   7   7  1    58       WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)
 LADY SONGSTEEL 128           11   6  2    57       DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE SILENT OWL 42            10   7  0    56       UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
 MAGUVIAL 129                 12   5  2    55       DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
 REPRISAL 281                  8   4  0    53       HOLY SHIP! (39)
 GILGAMESH 217                10   7  1    52       DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)
 GENERAL LIABILITY 38          9   8  0    50       UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
 ANJA SILVERCLAW 142           6   7  0    49       WYLD MASQUERADE (24)
-BLOODBLIND 105               10   5  0    46       WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)
 HARMONIOUS JADE 138           7   6  0    46       WYLD MASQUERADE (24)
 SOFT LIGHT 271                8   5  1    45       PIXELBENDERS (36)
 BAGHEERA 113                  8   9  0    44       LOST SENTINELS (19)
 KININVIE 174                  9   8  1    43       THIRSTY THUGS (31)
-ELENORAL 287                  7   4  1    43       HOUSE OF PAIN (15)
 COURAGEOUS 272                6   7  0    41       HOLY SHIP! (39)
 THOR 216                      7  10  2    40       DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)
 WENDY CROWE 108              11   6  0    39       BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
-MEJIDIJA 95                   9   8  0    39       HOUSE OF PAIN (15)
 ANUBIS 219                    9   8  2    38       DIETIES AND DEMIGODS (37)
 MANOSQUE CYAN 306             5   5  0    37       WYLD MASQUERADE (24)
 HARRY HYENA 137               9   9  0    36       HUCKLE'S CATS (23)
 MINNESOTA JONES 196           8   8  1    36       I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)
 COOVER BENNETT 110            9   8  0    35       BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
 BITTER COPAL 305              5   5  1    34       WYLD MASQUERADE (24)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALSA 333                     7   2  3    33       LOST SENTINELS (19)
 EXEMPLAR 275                  6   7  2    33       HOLY SHIP! (39)
 VIDAR 179                     3   8  0    33       DEADLINE (32)
 BANANAS GORILLA 366           3   4  0    33       HUCKLE'S CATS (23)
 PUCKER & BLOAT 387            3   1  0    32       PIXELBENDERS (36)
-MEAT STORM 323                6   3  1    31       RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)
 WYNN DUFFY 267                8   4  1    29       BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
-BUTCHER'S HAND 324            3   6  1    29       RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)
 CASCA 380                     3   2  1    26       TWISTED ASYLUM (20)
 OPACITY: 100% 314             7   4  0    25       PIXELBENDERS (36)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XAD BRONZEWOLF 288            6   5  0    23       DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
 RAYNER 182                    6   5  0    23       DEADLINE (32)
-KING KONG KHAN 269            6   4  0    22       WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)
-WILD JULIO 321                3   3  1    21       RAINBOW BRIGADE (43)
 MUGS BUNNY 371                2   3  0    21       21ST AMENDMENT (47)
 JANITOR JOE 286               4   8  0    20       HUCKLE'S CATS (23)
 STARGAZER 331                 5   4  0    19       LOST SENTINELS (19)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOTHAR 180                    4   7  0    19       DEADLINE (32)
 BLOODIER MARY 369             3   2  0    19       21ST AMENDMENT (47)
 TARL 332                      4   5  1    18       LOST SENTINELS (19)
 PYROBLOOM 397                 2   0  0    18       7TH SANCTUM (10)
-DEVOURED 304                  4   4  0    16       WAY OF ALL FLESH (17)
 EOS 364                       4   3  0    15       TWISTED ASYLUM (20)
 CADOC 344                     3   5  0    14       DEADLINE (32)
 KAZ 405                       1   0  1    14       TWISTED ASYLUM (20)
 VERTIGO 385                   2   2  1    13       TWISTED ASYLUM (20)
 THE OGRE SPRITE 403           1   0  0    13       PHILANTHROLORDS (14)
 BALOO X 375                   3   3  0    12       LOST SENTINELS (19)
 ELLAEL MAZE 382               1   3  1    12       DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
 MELANROH 402                  1   0  0    11       PHILANTHROLORDS (14)
 AMAZON 394                    1   1  0    11       HOLY SHIP! (39)
 GIGANTA MOUSE 389             1   2  0     9       UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
 SIR OSIS OF LIVER 373         1   4  1     8       21ST AMENDMENT (47)
 MERLOT RIDER 370              1   4  0     7       21ST AMENDMENT (47)
 SPARTAN 395                   1   1  0     6       HOLY SHIP! (39)
 ANVIL 384                     1   3  0     6       TWISTED ASYLUM (20)
 UNKLE RUCKUS 408              1   0  0     5       WYLD MASQUERADE (24)
 SUNRISE VICTORY 390           0   3  0     5       PHILANTHROLORDS (14)
 BO CROWDER 392                0   2  0     3       BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
 BOB SWEENEY 393               0   2  0     2       BIG LAKE JUSTIFY (18)
 BUH BYE 407                   0   1  0     1       HUCKLE'S CATS (23)
 SALINGER 406                  0   1  0     1       THIRSTY THUGS (31)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TOUGH MAMA              0  0 0                      KAZ 405                18  NONE
DAISY MILLER LITE 372   2  2 0 21ST AMENDMENT 47    WILD JULIO 321         17   
BOB 401                 0  1 0 7TH SANCTUM 10       SPYMASTER              18  NONE
AVA CROWDER 112         5 10 0 BIG LAKE JUSTIFY 18  SIF 220                16   
DARING 368              3  2 0 HOLY SHIP! 39        VERTIGO 385            16  REVENGED
GALLANT 367             2  3 0 HOLY SHIP! 39        ELLAEL MAZE 382        16  JUST REVENGED
XRISTIANA 96           11  6 0 HOUSE OF PAIN 15     ABLE BAKER CHARLI 133  17   
GROCER CAT 136          9  5 0 HUCKLE'S CATS 23     ELENORAL 287           14  REVENGED
MR. FRUMBLE 400         0  1 0 HUCKLE'S CATS 23     SIR OSIS OF LIVER 373  17  JUST REVENGED
GARTH GREYSCRIBE 92     6  8 0 PHILANTHROLORDS 14   ANUBIS 219             15  REVENGED
THON 361                3  1 0 PHILANTHROLORDS 14   DODGE & BURN 213       16  REVENGED
DODGE & BURN 213        6  9 1 PIXELBENDERS 36      LADY SONGSTEEL 128     18   
OBAN 177                9  6 1 THIRSTY THUGS 31     BRN VON SPEEDSTER 66   16  JUST REVENGED
NOM 378                 1  1 1 TWISTED ASYLUM 20    BALSA 333              14  REVENGED
SPIDER 386              1  2 0 TWISTED ASYLUM 20    BALSA 333              17   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stargazer -- I've never seen a lunger go 17 minutes. You're amazing!  Come down to the tavern and I'll buy you a beer. -- Merlot Rider

Huckle -- Sir Osis is in the penalty box for his bad behavior toward Mr. Frumble. (His kill desire was 3! I dunno what happened.) -- Tavern Keeper for 21st Amendment

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BOB was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
CARDHU won victory over BRN VON SPEEDSTER in a 2 minute Bloodfeud battle.
COURAGEOUS defeated ELLAEL MAZE in a 2 minute master vs. amateur Bloodfeud duel.
WENDY CROWE was savagely defeated by SIF in a exciting 3 minute Bloodfeud fight.
BANANAS GORILLA devastated SIR OSIS OF LIVER in a 8 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
VERTIGO was overpowered by BALSA in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
FOOT GOLEM was overpowered by SMOKEHEAD in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title melee.
ANJA SILVERCLAW was vanquished by LOKI in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CPT. BUZZY overpowered SISTER GARLIC in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
SUPER CHICKEN defeated GEOPLASTIQUE in a 2 minute Challenge match.
MANOSQUE CYAN was viciously subdued by BUMBLE RUMBLE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
REPRISAL demolished HARRY HYENA in a 4 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
MINNESOTA JONES was devastated by PITTYVAICH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
GENERAL LIABILITY overcame ANUBIS in a 2 minute Challenge conflict.
THE SILENT OWL defeated SOFT LIGHT in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
WYNN DUFFY defeated SUNRISE VICTORY in a 2 minute Challenge struggle.
KININVIE bested EXEMPLAR in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
HARMONIOUS JADE devastated OPACITY: 100% in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
JANITOR JOE was subdued by VIDAR in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
PYROBLOOM beat EOS in a 2 minute Challenge match.
AMAZON overpowered BOB SWEENEY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
SPARTAN was bested by BLOODIER MARY in a 1 minute novice's Challenge bout.
MUGS BUNNY slimly won victory over TARL in a 3 minute Challenge match.
ABLE BAKER CHARLIE was beaten by $50 DROP SHADOW in a action packed 3 minute fray.
CLUCKEROO overcame NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 2 minute gory contest.
MERCYFLETCHER savagely defeated COBRA MONSOON in a 2 minute gory fight.
COOVER BENNETT was vanquished by SHADOWDANCER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
LADY SONGSTEEL slaughtered DODGE & BURN in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
MAGUVIAL viciously subdued THOR in a action packed 3 minute gruesome bout.
BAGHEERA overpowered LOTHAR in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
GILGAMESH handily defeated XAD BRONZEWOLF in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
PUCKER & BLOAT overpowered CADOC in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BITTER COPAL handily defeated BALOO X in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
STARGAZER luckily beat BO CROWDER in a popular 8 minute brutal fight.
RAYNER beat GIGANTA MOUSE in a 2 minute expert vs. novice bout.
CASCA devastated SALINGER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ANVIL was devastated by THE OGRE SPRITE in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
MERLOT RIDER was viciously subdued by UNKLE RUCKUS in a 17 minute beginner's bout.
MELANROH demolished BUH BYE in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
KAZ slaughtered TOUGH MAMA in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         LUNGING ATTACK    69 -  51 -  8      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 12         PARRY-STRIKE      29 -  24 -  2      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         WALL OF STEEL     36 -  33 -  3      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         AIMED BLOW        67 -  62 -  2      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         SLASHING ATTACK   64 -  61 -  1      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         TOTAL PARRY       55 -  57 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         STRIKING ATTACK   78 -  91 -  8      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  22 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         BASHING ATTACK    41 -  57 -  3      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     22 -  41 -  1      35  |

Turn  18 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     7 -  3     TOTAL PARRY        4 -  6         4  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  4     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  5         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  6     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         1  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         4 -  4                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SMOKEHEAD 175              14   3  1  122 THIRSTY THUGS (31)
STRIKING ATTACK  FOOT GOLEM 69              11   7  0   89 7TH SANCTUM (10)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  CPT. BUZZY 65              11   6  0   88 I'M NOT EGGBERT (9)
TOTAL PARRY      SUPER CHICKEN 39           12   5  1   87 UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
BASHING ATTACK   GEOPLASTIQUE 70            13   5  1   73 7TH SANCTUM (10)
PARRY-LUNGE      PITTYVAICH 176             12   5  0   58 THIRSTY THUGS (31)
AIMED BLOW       SHADOWDANCER 132           11   6  0   58 DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
WALL OF STEEL    THE SILENT OWL 42          10   7  0   56 UNLIKELY HEROES (4)
PARRY-STRIKE     MAGUVIAL 129               12   5  2   55 DARQUE KNIGHTS (22)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GILGAMESH 217.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BO CROWDER 392.  The ten other most popular fighters were $50 DROP SHADOW 215, 
BUMBLE RUMBLE 284, SIF 220, CARDHU 173, SIR OSIS OF LIVER 373, WYNN DUFFY 267, 
MAGUVIAL 129, COURAGEOUS 272, GEOPLASTIQUE 70, and GENERAL LIABILITY 38.

The least popular fighter this week was UNKLE RUCKUS 408.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MERLOT RIDER 370, BANANAS GORILLA 366, HARRY HYENA 137, BUH BYE 
407, ANVIL 384, SALINGER 406, BALOO X 375, CADOC 344, XAD BRONZEWOLF 288, and LOTHAR 
180.

                    SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA!

At long last, we are finally having a summer FTF in New Orleans!  It will be held on 
July 15-17, 2016, at the beautiful Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue in downtown 
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includes free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, jacuzzi, indoor pool, 
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$40/night.  The rooms are blocked--code RSI.  (If you have issues making reservations, 
please let us know!) 

Hotel site:  http://tinyurl.com/July16FTF 

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in June.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                          -- RSI

                              NEW NOVEL:  "BLOOD GAMES"

Hail Gladiatorial Managers of Alastari,

     My name is Mark G. Manley, AKA Grimwood, author of the Duel 2 novel, "Dark 
Arena."  The RSI staff and I are pleased to announce the next novel in the Duel 2 
reality, "Blood Games."  A publisher has offered a contract to publish the novel and 
I'll continue to provide detailed updates as they become available.  However, I wanted 
to share a quick blurb about the novel.

                                        * * *

     WAR!
     The land of Alastari is thrown into chaos caused by the invasion of the Rirorni 
horde.  Swept up in the conflict and captured is My-re, a young girl living on the 
edge of the Rirorni plains.  Regarded as a spoil of war and growing up in a Rirorni 
family band, her troubles just begin as warlords within the Rirorni Empire fight each 
other for prestige, property, and personal honor.  For mutual protection, My-re is 
taught the family band's Wall of Steel combat style, where if executed correctly, no 
blade, no weapon, no arrow can penetrate.
     In a land where life is dangerous, brutal, and short, My-re is confronted by a 
prominent Rirorni warrior and kills him in self-defense.  She is sold to a Rirorni 
slaver after being found guilty of murder, and exiled back to her native land of 
Alastari.  However, there is no happy reunion, no joyful return, as she is sentenced 
to fight in the Blood Games arena for her crime.
     My-re's one chance of freedom resides in winning the Blood Game tournament.  But 
the champion is not declared by besting your opponents, but by slaughtering them.

                                        * * *

     As with novel "Dark Arena," I worked with RSI to write and publish "Blood Games" 
in the Duel 2 world of Alastari.  But it will always be known as Duelmasters to me.
     I wanted to share a little bit of background about myself, I started my first 
team back on turn 12 in Niania (Arena #2) on February 13, 1990.  I managed a team 
called Wolverines.  The next summer at Gen Con, I started my main team, Skull Squadron 
in Rocanis (Arena #56).  The following summer at Gen Con, I stared Legion of Death, in 
Valamantis (Arena #62).  Twenty-five years later, I've graduated numerous warriors, 
which would not be an easy feat to count.
     Good luck on the arena sands and more to come.

                                          -- Mark G. Manley
                                             AKA Grimwood