DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/10/2010    Duedate: 05/22/2010

CALEAM ARENA

DM-26    TURN-629

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PASCELLA
GOLDEN CANYON (290)
(26-4800) [19-3-0,90]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PASCELLA                       BAKED FRATSFA
GOLDEN CANYON (290)            SHEWISH BUFFET (483)
(26-4800) [19-3-0,90]          (26-4818) [1-0-0,17]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CONDI RICE                     LUPITA LOEAN
FIRST LADIES (482)             GOLDEN CANYON (290)
(26-4808) [7-9-1,32]           (26-4810) [8-4-1,51]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GOLDEN CANYON (290)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SHEWISH BUFFET (483)        26
2. GOLDEN CANYON (290)         14      FIRST LADIES (482)
3. MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)      0      Unchartered Team
4. FIRST LADIES (482)         -24
                                       SHEWISH BUFFET (483)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)   87  42  4 67.4   1/ 1 GOLDEN CANYON (290)      11  4 1
 2/ 2 FIRST LADIES (482)        32  39  3 45.1   2- 2 MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)   5  3 0
 3/ 4 GOLDEN CANYON (290)      739 902 26 45.0   3/ 3 FIRST LADIES (482)        3  9 0
 4/ 0*SHEWISH BUFFET (483)       1   3  0 25.0   4/ 0*SHEWISH BUFFET (483)      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

                    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.

     I'm sure you're fine at soldiering, Soldier 1, but the truth is that you're
useless in a kitchen.  Which is okay, no one can be good at everything, and I'm sure
I'd be a poor grade of soldier.

                                      Pascella

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly CALEAM games.  BAKED FRATSFA caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested OVAELLA JUNE and was awarded 17 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, BAKED FRATSFA put 
down OVAELLA JUNE, causing her to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  
Although KHALHUMS DWARF made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign 
of victorious PASCELLA.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels 
this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city CALEAM.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in CALEAM.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I 
keep, indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari 
await me!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a 
maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PASCELLA 4800                19   3  0    90       GOLDEN CANYON (290)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SOLDIER 1 4791                9   7  0    75       MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAJOR 1 4811                  4   1  0    53       MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)
 LUPITA LOEAN 4810             8   4  1    51       GOLDEN CANYON (290)
-SOLDIER 3 4795                6   1  0    43       MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)
 HILLARY CLINTON 4805          9   7  1    38       FIRST LADIES (482)
 BEATRINA 4813                 5   2  1    35       GOLDEN CANYON (290)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JACKIE O 4807                 8   8  0    32       FIRST LADIES (482)
 CONDI RICE 4808               7   9  1    32       FIRST LADIES (482)
 ELENORE ROOSEVELT 4804        6  10  0    28       FIRST LADIES (482)
 ALFREDA CREME 4827            2   1  1    24       GOLDEN CANYON (290)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SOLDIER 2 4797                3   1  0    23       MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (481)
 BAKED FRATSFA 4818            1   0  0    17       SHEWISH BUFFET (483)
 OVAELLA JUNE 4823             2   2  0     8       GOLDEN CANYON (290)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BRUNCH 4828             0  1 0 SHEWISH BUFFET 483   MOUNTAIN TROLL        629  NONE
LEFTOVER 4816           0  1 0 SHEWISH BUFFET 483   DARK CHAMPION         629  NONE
SNACK 4819              0  1 0 SHEWISH BUFFET 483   WURM KIN              629  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hillary Clinton -- How annoying of you. -- Lupita Loean

Soldier 3 -- You seem to be a talented eater. -- Beatrina

Let that be a lesson to all scribes in the city:  You mess with our menus, you die.
-- Alfreda Creme
P.S.  You think nobody would *notice* when you padded the prices?

     But is this not a standard process?  If the prices aren't padded, they'll break
     if you drop them on the floor. -- Arenamaster Tohre
     P.S.  Or when they go through the roof.

The Shiftyeyed Volunteer can't even scramble an egg. -- Ovaella June

First Ladies -- We received your turn (probably in mistake for our turn for
Valamantis, also running today), but we aren't going to do your personals. -- Golden
Canyon

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LEFTOVER was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SNACK was slaughtered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
BRUNCH was easily killed by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
PASCELLA won victory over KHALHUMS DWARF in a 4 minute master's Title brawl.
LUPITA LOEAN defeated HILLARY CLINTON in a exciting 1 minute fight.
CONDI RICE was devastated by VISITING ORC in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
JACKIE O was overpowered by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
ELENORE ROOSEVELT was bested by BEATRINA in a 2 minute competition.
OVAELLA JUNE was defeated by BAKED FRATSFA in a 1 minute beginner's melee.
ALFREDA CREME won victory over FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW         4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   4 -  3      69  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       14 -   9 -  0      61  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   6 -  1      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -  17 -  1      39  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 629 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      PASCELLA 4800              19   3  0   90 GOLDEN CANYON (290)
STRIKING ATTACK  LUPITA LOEAN 4810           8   4  1   51 GOLDEN CANYON (290)
PARRY-STRIKE     HILLARY CLINTON 4805        9   7  1   38 FIRST LADIES (482)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    BEATRINA 4813               5   2  1   35 GOLDEN CANYON (290)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CONDI RICE 4808.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LUPITA LOEAN 4810.  The ten other most popular fighters were BEATRINA 4813, 
PASCELLA 4800, BAKED FRATSFA 4818, HILLARY CLINTON 4805, CONDI RICE 4808, ALFREDA 
CREME 4827, LEFTOVER 4816, SNACK 4819, BRUNCH 4828, and JACKIE O 4807.

The least popular fighter this week was OVAELLA JUNE 4823.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ELENORE ROOSEVELT 4804, JACKIE O 4807, BRUNCH 4828, SNACK 4819, 
LEFTOVER 4816, ALFREDA CREME 4827, CONDI RICE 4808, HILLARY CLINTON 4805, BAKED 
FRATSFA 4818, and PASCELLA 4800.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HEART BREAKER 4752 (29-23-1)           1  3  0         ULTRA-VIOLENT        

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PHANTASMAL 3493 (4-0-0)                5  2  0  DEAD   ZOMBIE SQUAD         

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CANDIED SAM 4815 (0-0-0)               4  3  1         SHEWISH BUFFET       
ELF FRICASSEE 4817 (0-0-0)             0  1  0  DEAD   SHEWISH BUFFET       

ADM FOOLS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ARTHUR BEYER 4648 (47-39-1)            0  3  0         MEDAL OF HONOR VI    

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GAMBIT 4826 (0-0-0)                    5  3  2         ZOMBIE SQUAD         
BAKED FRATSFA 4818 (0-0-0)             1  3  0         SHEWISH BUFFET