DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/02/2009    Duedate: 05/15/2009

RODEKI ARENA

DM-42    TURN-560

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CHATTY CABALIST
DUNGEON CELL (402)
(42-4488) [15-2-1,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CHATTY CABALIST                POSITION IS EMPTY
DUNGEON CELL (402)             
(42-4488) [15-2-1,113]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EACHAM                         CHATTY CABALIST
DELVERS (154)                  DUNGEON CELL (402)
(42-4485) [10-8-0,60]          (42-4488) [15-2-1,113]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DUNGEON CELL (402)          19
2. DELVERS (154)               13      DUNGEON CELL (402)
3. COLOR ME SUAVE (322)         7      Unchartered Team

                                       TIME WARPED (306)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DUNGEON CELL (402)        38  15  2 71.7   1/ 1 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)      9  6 0
 2/ 2 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     647 435 29 59.8   2/ 3 DUNGEON CELL (402)        7  2 0
 3/ 3 DELVERS (154)            615 794 16 43.6   3/ 2 DELVERS (154)             5 10 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 622): POOP DECK GUY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 504): GALLORDIN of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 628): KOVARARMANN VOTH of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 623): FELISSA HURM of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 623): HATTIE of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 626): HIERONYMUS ZIGG of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): JOLEEN KRUZ of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): STOWAWAY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 611): LAGERKVIST of LITERATE LOONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 383): SHIRLEY of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): RUNNA DAMILL JOE of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 259): D'URVILLE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 559): CHATTY CABALIST of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 510): HASARCH of DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 246): KORASIM of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): KIRRALA of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): ANGRY DECKHAND of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): UM-PAH of ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 504): SUPER BUM of FLAT BROKE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 622): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 504): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 628): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 623): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 623): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 626): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 611): MONADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 583): GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (Non?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 259): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 559): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 510): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 246): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 210): ONE MAN BAND (Allegro, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 504) FLOPS et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 622): JAMMY LARKE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 625): HIDA YAMAKO oF CALL TO THUNDER (Ichabod Frothingslosh)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 616): JOLEEN KRUZ of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 615): REESE SILEEN of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 612): BLUE MOON of RUN AND HYDE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                            HEXALUS of VINCERE AUT MORI (Toker, mgr.)
                (turn 611): DECK APE of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 610): JAGARE of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 575): RUNNA DAMILL JOE of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
                  (turn 574): VANILLA of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 234): KIRRALA of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 460): EVANDER GILL of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
RODEKI brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see CORRUPT TURNKEY win a fight and gain 8 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
CORRUPT TURNKEY beat LEMON TENDER and LEMON TENDER lost 6 points.  You're breakin' my 
heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, RODEKI may be getting bland, as CHATTY 
CABALIST stays top dog in the city.  The Swinging Aardvark, humph!  I've tasted 
better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From RODEKI's trash dumps?  
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if 
the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHATTY CABALIST 4488         15   2  1   113       DUNGEON CELL (402)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MODEL PRISONER 4489           7   1  0    89       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 THE HYPHEN-DASH 4499         10   5  0    82       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 DACIMOUSEL 4438              15  23  0    76       DELVERS (154)
 STONECRUSHER II 4444         16  20  0    68       DELVERS (154)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CORRUPT TURNKEY 4487          7   2  1    62       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 ALMOST PRETTY 4496            9   7  0    61       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 EACHAM 4485                  10   8  0    60       DELVERS (154)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLDFISHFINGER 4501           9   4  0    48       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 REEKY SNEAK 4491              5   0  0    42       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 LEMON TENDER 4493             8   9  0    36       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAZY LOOKOUT 4504             4   3  0    30       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 FAROMAN 4495                  6  10  1    29       DELVERS (154)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKHOG JR 4511               2   2  0    16       DELVERS (154)
 BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510       3   2  0    11       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ROCKHOG 4468            9 14 0 DELVERS 154          CHATTY CABALIST 4488  556  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Chatty Cabalist -- Hmm, the old Rockhog did have it partly right, you talk a lot.
But it seems to me to be all airy persiflage, a sort of smoke screen without the
smoke.  Clever. -- Dacimousel

The Hyphen-Dash -- My teammates have explained to me about "dashes."  Short races won
by sprinters, yes?  I am not a sprinter, so far as I am aware.  It is my purpose to
stand still and crush things.  Therefore I cannot match your dash. -- Stonecrusher
Mark II
P.S.  Except that one of my teammates said that sometimes "dash" is "style or
fashion."  I do not comprehend the nature or even the purpose of "style or fashion,"
so I am sure I cannot match you there.  This is good.  There is no need for two to
pursue such a nebulous matter.

Coldfishfinger -- Ah!  I said to myself, Tartar Sauce!  But then I thought, it is
COLD fish, maybe I need a HOT sauce?  So I added tabasco.  Violets!  It worked. --
Eacham

Lemon Tender -- On the contrary, I find you darned tough.  A tough broad.  Odd, in a
way, because you don't LOOK like a tough broad. -- Faroman

This Mordant Deserter will not come to ME whining for sympathy!  What a wimp. --
Rockhog

29 April 09
Greetings All -- This is Vincent Michaels, "the Rake", mgr. of the Stormbringers out
of DM 33 Niatoli Island, back after a relatively long layoff.  I come back to my
arena to find only two other teams there.  Terrible!  I'm calling on all you managers
out there who have inactive teams in Niatoli to put them back in the game.  Also,
anyone else who wants to come check out our little island are welcome.  Good food and
a lot of good gambling, and you will have a chance to smack around Gen. GirlPants and
his band of Ravaged Queens.  Great fun.  Come one, come all!

4 May 09
Players of Duel 2:

RSI wants to try, in a few arenas, a system that rewards role-play and general arena
involvement.  Our thoughts at this time are as follows, and feedback is earnestly
solicited:

1.  What to reward.
a.  Spotlights--they don't have to be involved and lengthy storylines, and in fact,
my own inclination is to say: anything game related and original (i,e,, not a
reprint), maybe set a minimum length.  I use TOGS here as my model--half a column as
formatted for the newsletter, and we don't judge the quality of the writing (so long
as the editor isn't grossed out), just the intent to make a positive contribution.
b.  A dm column where one is "due."  Again, no judgment on quality of writing, should
be dm-related, and I would say (this is just me) a minimum length of maybe five
lines.
c.  Personals.  More than just "you suck," or "good fight."  How much more doesn't
really concern me, and quality, other than "not offensive to the editor," should not
be an issue.  We don't want to encourage participation and then muzzle it.
d.  It has been suggested that a reward point or two be offered for running a full
team.  We could include this, but my own inclination would be to say that there would
be no points for this, but that those who don't make a clear effort on this
(accidents happen, so maybe something like "when the three-turn total of fights is
below twelve"?) aren't eligible for points on any turn until they get it back up to a
full team.

2.  How to reward it.
a.  We've been thinking nebulously about some kind of point system, obviously, as an
example, say 3 points for a spotlight, 2 for a column, 1 for personals, more points
here for what takes more effort, but some points for any effort.  This is in no way
final!  But some way to keep track of who is contributing and how much, and as non-
subjective as possible; this would be noted as each newsletter would be proofed.  A
way to clearly identify who's sending in what would help, but I can work it out by
referring to the warrior listings if I have to.
b.  But, assuming a point system, do the rewards, whatever they end up being, go to
the player who achieves a certain point total?  Is this calculated per turn, or as a
running total over as many turns as it takes to reach that point?  Or to the player
with the highest total on any given turn?  What about ties?
c.  What do the points get the player?  The current thought is X points gets a free
fight, probably replacing the "Popularity Leader's" free fight in the relevant arena.
That suggests only one player getting a role-play free fight on any given turn.  Is
this enough to encourage the newsletter participation we're hoping for?  Should we
convert "This Week's Favorite" to a role-play free fight also?  Or handle rewards in
some other way entirely?

3.  Where it happens.
The current thought is, try it in four arenas:  one in each region, and one slow
arena.  Who picks the arenas in question?  I'd be inclined to rule out those that are
doing fairly well already (Ardivent, Sunset, Lapur; Arkers, Morya, North Fork), but
is that wise?  Or even fair?  Darned if I know.  Places where it is NOT currently
intended to happen:  Transfer arenas.  Maybe rule out the no-tourney arenas as
current candidates, too?

If this seems to work well enough to be worth the effort, should we consider
extending it to more, eventually to all non-transfer, arenas?

This is not a "someday down the line we might" concept.  We want to do this, and
SOON.  Your feedback would be appreciated, for, against, changes, anything.  You can
email me directly at jputney zianet com (make sure it says DM in the subject line) or
send a diplo to scribe, any arena.

the Scribe

P.S.  Staff members not to be eligible for role-playing free fights.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CHATTY CABALIST viciously subdued DACIMOUSEL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Title fight.
THE HYPHEN-DASH savagely defeated EACHAM in a exciting 1 minute gory melee.
STONECRUSHER II was vanquished by MODEL PRISONER in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
ALMOST PRETTY overpowered LAZY LOOKOUT in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
REEKY SNEAK bested FAROMAN in a action packed 1 minute brawl.
CORRUPT TURNKEY overpowered LEMON TENDER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
COLDFISHFINGER outwaited THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a slow 7 minute competition.
ROCKHOG JR overcame BIG DISAPPOINTMENT in a 1 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   2 -  0      82  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   5 -  0      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  10 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   8 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         4 -  12 -  0      25  |

Turn 560 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     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  CHATTY CABALIST 4488       15   2  1  113 DUNGEON CELL (402)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MODEL PRISONER 4489         7   1  0   89 DUNGEON CELL (402)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE HYPHEN-DASH 4499       10   5  0   82 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
WALL OF STEEL    ALMOST PRETTY 4496          9   7  0   61 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
PARRY-LUNGE      EACHAM 4485                10   8  0   60 DELVERS (154)
TOTAL PARRY      COLDFISHFINGER 4501         9   4  0   48 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    REEKY SNEAK 4491            5   0  0   42 DUNGEON CELL (402)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EACHAM 4485.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
CHATTY CABALIST 4488.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE HYPHEN-DASH 4499, 
MODEL PRISONER 4489, REEKY SNEAK 4491, CORRUPT TURNKEY 4487, ALMOST PRETTY 4496, LAZY 
LOOKOUT 4504, FAROMAN 4495, ROCKHOG JR 4511, BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510, and DACIMOUSEL 
4438.

The least popular fighter this week was COLDFISHFINGER 4501.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LEMON TENDER 4493, STONECRUSHER II 4444, EACHAM 4485, 
DACIMOUSEL 4438, BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510, ROCKHOG JR 4511, FAROMAN 4495, LAZY LOOKOUT 
4504, ALMOST PRETTY 4496, and CORRUPT TURNKEY 4487.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLVII

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
VULTUREMAN 3394 (152-50-4)             5  3  0         LEGENDS OF STEELE    
JANET RENO 3823 (106-107-1)            2  3  0         I'M DEAD SEXY        

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
STUPID SEXY FLANDERS 3836 (86-60-0)   11  3  0         I'M SO SEXY          

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MODEL PRISONER 4489 (6-1-0)            7  3  1         DUNGEON CELL         
REEKY SNEAK 4491 (4-0-0)               3  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         

INITIATES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CORRUPT TURNKEY 4487 (6-2-1)           2  3  0         DUNGEON CELL