DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/15/2016    Duedate: 02/27/2016

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-729

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WINEHOUSE
THE 27 CLUB (374)
(46-4433) [14-9-0,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WINEHOUSE                      POSITION IS EMPTY
THE 27 CLUB (374)              
(46-4433) [14-9-0,102]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RUY LOPEZ                      PIGPEN
WE GOT GAME (289)              THE 27 CLUB (374)
(46-4461) [13-9-1,89]          (46-4432) [10-11-1,48]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE 27 CLUB (374)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WE GOT GAME (289)           28
2. THE 27 CLUB (374)           13      FANDILS (75)
3. WRATHMEN (387)               0      Unchartered Team
4. WEIRD STUDENTS (394)         0
5. DUNGEON CELL (388)           0      IMPS (84)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 WRATHMEN (387)            92  41  7 69.2   1/ 1 THE 27 CLUB (374)         7  2 1
 2- 2*WEIRD STUDENTS (394)      20  11  1 64.5   2/ 5 WE GOT GAME (289)         4  2 1
 3- 4 DUNGEON CELL (388)        50  33  2 60.2   3/ 2 FANDILS (75)              4  6 0
 4/ 5 FANDILS (75)             %1391 947 48 59.5   4- 4*WEIRD STUDENTS (394)      2  0 1
 5/ 6 WE GOT GAME (289)        113  77  9 59.5   5- 3 DUNGEON CELL (388)        2  1 0
 6/ 7 THE 27 CLUB (374)        168 135  7 55.4   6- 6 WRATHMEN (387)            0  1 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I cannot believe I made it here.  Duelmaster!  I am not very good; my record is 
not very good; and I am just plain too old for this stuff.  But I AM here on this 
throne, and I intend to make the most of it.
     Well, I am going to have to be manipulative.  I can't fight Headsman, or Freaky 
Tah, or really anybody near the top.  They are all younger and better than me.  
Somehow I will have to avoid and maybe I can get my teammates to challenge them to 
keep them off my back.  I think I can do that. And I guess I had better ask Fandil The 
Wise to help me prepare a sneaky defense in case one of them does challenge.  I hope 
they won't, but I have to be prepared, you know?
     I was thinking I was Old Mother Hubbard who was going to the cubbard only to find 
it was bare.  But, lo and behold, my cubbard had a DM Trophy in it.  Hallelujah!!!!!

                                          -- Grandma Clara, DMI

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Nothing works for a team like victory (How's 
that for a perceptive observation?) as WE GOT GAME can attest...  WE GOT GAME had 
cause to celebrate, after DEEP BLUE got 24 points by beating LOUIS CHAUVIN.  A 
certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 21 
points to DEEP BLUE.  (Discrete enough, LOUIS CHAUVIN?) What can be a greater 
victory?  WINEHOUSE has taken hers place as the top, as ARDIVENT's new Duelmaster.  
So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees? 
Someone's got a basic problem...   
     And how sociable are ARDIVENT's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Like the noble 
eagle soaring amongst the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of THE 27 CLUB, alone 
and unchallenged.  Like a pup with its tail between its legs, WE GOT GAME scurried 
away from THE 27 CLUB.  Oh, the shame!  If challenges were horses, EARL could open up 
a fast food joint!  RUY LOPEZ found himself challenged by a warrior 25 below:  EARL.  
EARL of FANDILS kept his wits as he was overcame by RUY LOPEZ.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ARDIVENT is the highlight of my life.  As if 
buffeted by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  
ARDIVENT, I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Seaside 
Manor.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINEHOUSE 4433               14   9  0   102       THE 27 CLUB (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HEADSMAN 4423                15   5  1   129       DUNGEON CELL (388)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUY LOPEZ 4461               13   9  1    89       WE GOT GAME (289)
 GRANDMA CLARA 4504            8   7  0    80       FANDILS (75)
-FREAKY TAH 4440               9   5  2    74       THE 27 CLUB (374)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EARL 4429                    13  15  0    57       FANDILS (75)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEEP BLUE 4537                4   2  0    53       WE GOT GAME (289)
-LINCOLN HILLS 4506           11   8  1    52       FANDILS (75)
 PIGPEN 4432                  10  11  1    48       THE 27 CLUB (374)
-EXPERT 4539                   4   1  0    41       WRATHMEN (387)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PRETTY PRANKSTER 4508         5   3  0    32       WEIRD STUDENTS (394)
 LOUIS CHAUVIN 4496            4   1  0    31       THE 27 CLUB (374)
-CHYNARAE 4528                 4   1  0    30       WRATHMEN (387)
-INSANE IAN 4501               5   0  0    28       WEIRD STUDENTS (394)
 CANTEX 4527                   7   5  0    26       FANDILS (75)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PETROSIAN 4520                3   2  0    24       WE GOT GAME (289)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TOTALLY TED 4518              2   0  1    23       WEIRD STUDENTS (394)
-LUCKY LARRY 4502              3   2  0    21       WEIRD STUDENTS (394)
-MAXWELL CHARLES 4554          2   1  0    20       FANDILS (75)
 NAT JAFFE 4495                3   2  1    18       THE 27 CLUB (374)
-SELFISH SELFIE 4499           3   5  0    18       WEIRD STUDENTS (394)
-CARLSEN 4523                  3   2  1    13       WE GOT GAME (289)
-POKORNA 4521                  2   2  0     8       WE GOT GAME (289)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SHIFTYEYED VOLUN        0  0 0                      NAT JAFFE 4495        729  NONE
INQUISITOR 4422        11  8 0 DUNGEON CELL 388     RUY LOPEZ 4461        727   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Wow!  Grandma Clara?  What a surprise!  What a babe!  You go, Duelmistress. -- Fandil 
The Wise

Trustworthy Scribe, you need to stop writing and start fighting. -- Cantex

Freaky Tah, I salute you.  You are the far better warrior. -- Lincoln Hills

Ruy Lopez, I think I must have surprised us both.  That felt wonderful! 
And at my age, one wonders if one will ever be able to feel IT again.  (wink) -- 
Grandma Clara

Shiftyeyed Volunteer, I made my day! -- Maxwell Charles

Winehouse, I just didn't have it.  You did. -- Earl

Health. Humility. Honor. -- WOF

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

EARL was devastated by RUY LOPEZ in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
GRANDMA CLARA was vanquished by WINEHOUSE in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
LOUIS CHAUVIN was demolished by DEEP BLUE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PIGPEN viciously subdued CANTEX in a 2 minute gory contest.
NAT JAFFE assassinated SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -   9 -  1      64  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  10 -  0      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  16 -  3      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 729 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:

AIMED BLOW         1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   WINEHOUSE 4433             14   9  0  102 THE 27 CLUB (374)
SLASHING ATTACK  DEEP BLUE 4537              4   2  0   53 WE GOT GAME (289)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RUY LOPEZ 4461.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PIGPEN 4432.  The ten other most popular fighters were WINEHOUSE 4433, RUY LOPEZ 
4461, DEEP BLUE 4537, NAT JAFFE 4495, CANTEX 4527, EARL 4429, GRANDMA CLARA 4504, 
LOUIS CHAUVIN 4496,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was LOUIS CHAUVIN 4496.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were GRANDMA CLARA 4504, EARL 4429, CANTEX 4527, NAT JAFFE 4495, 
DEEP BLUE 4537, RUY LOPEZ 4461, WINEHOUSE 4433, PIGPEN 4432,  0, and  0.

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of March.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- 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