DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/26/2004    Duedate: 08/07/2004

VALAMANTIS ARENA

DM-62    TURN-337

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

YOU
SRETSAMLEUD (407)
(62-4002) [17-7-1,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BET OR NOT DIE                 TRAIN
SRETSAMLEUD (407)              PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)
(62-3981) [14-10-2,127]        (62-4114) [5-4-1,71]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

YOU                            CRYSALIS
SRETSAMLEUD (407)              SRETSAMLEUD (407)
(62-4002) [17-7-1,107]         (62-3980) [19-8-2,79]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)        43
2. PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)        20      SRETSAMLEUD (407)
3. THE BEARS (268)              0      Unchartered Team
4. SRETSAMLEUD (407)           -2
5. MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)        -23      DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)       9   1  1 90.0   1/ 2*DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)      9  1 1
 2/ 3 SRETSAMLEUD (407)         72  55  6 56.7   2/ 1 SRETSAMLEUD (407)         9  4 0
 3/ 4*PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)      10   8  2 55.6   3/ 4*PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)      4  2 0
 4- 6 THE BEARS (268)          274 225 19 54.9   4/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)       4 11 0
 5/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)       40  35  2 53.3   5- 6 THE BEARS (268)           0  2 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Middle Way ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "I've got a bad feeling about this," Alta Chess muttered
     "You have bad feelings about EVERYTHING fun," Chip Enser snapped.  "Keep it to
yourself, why don't you?"
     They had found a bit of rubble on a low hill that overlooked the main ruins of
Old Valamantis, and Chip figured if he could just make it to the top of that broken
wall, he'd have a really good view.  He wanted a really good view, because he might
pick up some tips.  He planned to be an adventurer as soon as he graduated, and an
adventurer needed all the tips he could get.  The first shrub he grabbed to pull
himself up wasn't as solidly rooted as he'd hoped.  In fact, it came away in his hand
and spilled him back down into the dust.  But he was undaunted.  He scrambled back to
his feet and dusted himself off (appearances were important, that was on page one of
the Hero Handbook).
     He glanced over at his teammate.  She hadn't noticed his fall, or rather, his
slither.  He hadn't really FALLEN.  In fact, she was cowering BEHIND the wall (just
like a girl!) and was looking back over her shoulder toward NEW Valamantis.  Nothing
interesting was happening there!
     But just in case, he turned to look also.  A small cloud of dust was approaching
their hillock, moving in a straight line from the patched walls of the modern city.
After a moment, Chip was able to make out the man in the middle of the dust, shoving
his feet along in short, powerful steps (thus the dust) and pumping his arms:  Train
of Public Transit.  Well, he'd keep Alta company, a thing Chip had been just a little
bit guilty about--what if he went off to join in the adventure and left her here?
She'd probably end up being a Damsel in Distress and needing a rescue, and it would
be his fault, because she hadn't wanted to come out here in the first place.  But
Train would take her back to town if he himself went elsewhere.  So that was okay.
But he'd better not make any more mistakes getting up this wall.  It was one thing to
risk looking silly in front of a teammate, but something else entirely with a near-
stranger looking on.
     Using more care, Chip swarmed up the wall until he was a good five feet above
the top of the little hill.  As he had hoped, the view was better, but he still
couldn't see much.  Old Valamantis was simply too far away.  With a feeling of
considerable smugness, Chip pulled a spyglass from his belt pouch and allowed the
sections to telescope outward, then held it to his eye.
     Splendid!  He might have been right down there among the...ah, resurrected
citizens of Old Valamantis....  A villainous looking lot.  Probably all wizards.
Tall, skinny, bald, gray-skinned (odd, that, not really human, when you got down to
it), beaky noses, and dressed in sweeping robes with glittery embroidery that made
his eyes hurt if he looked at one of them too long.  Wizards, without a doubt.
     But where were the gladiators?  He tried to turn the spyglass in another
direction and found that it resisted his efforts.  Tried to lower it, and couldn't.
Oh, that was just FINE.  How was he going to do his next arena match with a spyglass
stuck to his eye?  Muttering a particularly grotesque blasphemy against Ankor the Sky
God, he managed to wrestle it downwards and leaned against the wall panting.  He'd
probably given himself a black eye.
     "There's Dark Carny!" Alta said beside him.  "What's he doing?"
     "He wanders around," Train rumbled.  "No home life, no regular schedule.  Never
make a good commuter.  Besides, he doesn't BELONG here.  Someone's reading the wrong
newsletter.  Dark Carny should be in Tricorus."
     "But he might make a bad commuter," she whispered.  "What if he came here from
Tricorus?  What if he raises the Black Big Top here?"

17 July 2004
I am currently trying to put together a favorites chart for AD warriors.  I
desperately need help with this.  What I need are style, favorite rhythm (ex.:
hi/low), favorite weapons, and tactics.  What would be great is if you could send me
a copy of the invite with the warrior's name, id#, and arena blacked out.  This way,
I can verify that this is an actual warrior.  Minis will work, too!

For those interested, I have both a challenge style vs. style and a match-up style
vs. style chart.  There's about 250 fights calculated in these charts, and I'll be
happy to send a copy to anyone who asks.  You can contact me (if you're a free world
player) at: Rick Stringer, Merit/East, SCI, P.O. Box 500, Georgetown, DE 19947-0500.
If you're in prison, just send a diplo to:  Baphomet, Mgr. Knights Templar (568), DM
#47--North Fork.  (I also have a lot of other charts and info for anyone who wants
it.)  Thanks!

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon VALAMANTIS, 
for I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  SRETSAMLEUD?  Who?  DEVIL'S MAYHEM is the top 
team these days, buddies!  PUBLIC TRANSIT had cause to celebrate, after BUS got 19 
points by beating ALTA CHESS.  A certain someone should cut down on the drinking and 
practice more, after losing 17 points to BUS.  (Discrete enough, ALTA CHESS?) YOU 
successfully staved off a grab for the roses by TRAIN of PUBLIC TRANSIT.  Does 
VALAMANTIS have no one talented enough to dethrone him?  Word has it one team in 
VALAMANTIS is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst the 
mountaintops, so stand the warriors of THE BEARS, alone and unchallenged.  The 
warriors of THE BEARS found their efforts at combat frustrated as DEVIL'S MAYHEM 
apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Is it charming personality?  
Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, DUEL 2 is the most 
challenged warrior.   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  Questions are being raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the 
arena.  A certain tavern in VALAMANTIS would I avoid!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  As the seasons change, and the creatures of the 
wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave this place.  VALAMANTIS, I leave 
you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at Drake's Lodge.  'Til next 
time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YOU 4002                     17   7  1   107       SRETSAMLEUD (407)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BET OR NOT DIE 3981          14  10  2   127       SRETSAMLEUD (407)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRYSALIS 3980                19   8  2    79       SRETSAMLEUD (407)
 CHIP ENSER 4140               9   6  1    76       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 TRAIN 4114                    5   4  1    71       PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUS 4115                      5   4  1    59       PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOC FELLE 4139                9   6  1    44       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 CELESTIAL FURY 4143           3   0  0    40       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
 ALTA CHESS 4137               9   6  0    36       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BENSI DURN 4141               9   6  0    33       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 HELL STORM 4147               3   0  0    31       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
-TRAIN WRECK 4121              2   0  0    26       THE BEARS (268)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EB GOLLU 4138                 4  11  0    23       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 TRANSEL'S BUM 4145            2   0  1    15       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
 DEAF-MUTE 4144                1   0  0    13       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
-TOO GOOD 4131                 2   1  0     7       THE BEARS (268)
 THUNDER HEAD 4146             0   1  0     1       DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
THE BUM 3918          11  5 0 THE BEARS 268         BET OR NOT DIE 3981   333 NOT REVE
DUEL 2 4129            0  6 0 SRETSAMLEUD 407       TRANSEL'S BUM 4145    337         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bus -- No, it's okay.  I've never been laughed at by a bus before.  It's a new
experience. -- Eb Gollu
P.S.  How about if you collect up a bunch of people and publicly transport them out
to Old Valamantis to see what's going on, eh?

Crysalis -- Darn.  Somehow I figured you'd be slower.  Ouch. -- Chip Enser

Talk about adding insult to injury, after he beat me, the Userous Merchant tried to
sell me insurance!  Like I'd even need it if he'd been more of a gentleman. -- Bensi
Durn

Poor Bensi, she just doesn't have the knack.  *I* found the Merchant to be entirely
courteous and helpful. -- Alta Chess

Did you know that the Fratsfa Slave bleaches his hair?  Fact. -- Doc Felle

Bus -- Yeah, well (sigh), anything to support continued public transit.  Within
reason. -- Eb Gollu

Train -- I assure you, WE are relying on you...not to kill us!  (coaxingly)  How
about a stroll out toward the ruins, just to see what's going on, eh? -- Alta Chess

17 July 2004
I am currently trying to put together a favorites chart for AD warriors.  I
desperately need help with this.  What I need are style, favorite rhythm (ex.:
hi/low), favorite weapons, and tactics.  What would be great is if you could send me
a copy of the invite with the warrior's name, id#, and arena blacked out.  This way,
I can verify that this is an actual warrior.  Minis will work, too!

For those interested, I have both a challenge style vs. style and a match-up style
vs. style chart.  There's about 250 fights calculated in these charts, and I'll be
happy to send a copy to anyone who asks.  You can contact me (if you're a free world
player) at: Rick Stringer, Merit/East, SCI, P.O. Box 500, Georgetown, DE 19947-0500.
If you're in prison, just send a diplo to:  Baphomet, Mgr. Knights Templar (568), DM
#47--North Fork.  (I also have a lot of other charts and info for anyone who wants
it.)  Thanks!

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BUS devastated ALTA CHESS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
CELESTIAL FURY viciously subdued BENSI DURN in a 7 minute Challenge battle.
DUEL 2 was dispatched by TRANSEL'S BUM in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
HELL STORM devastated EB GOLLU in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge fight.
YOU devastated TRAIN in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven Title brawl.
BET OR NOT DIE overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
CRYSALIS was overcome by KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 3 minute gruesome melee.
DOC FELLE was vanquished by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CHIP ENSER won victory over M. CHARDINEE in a 2 minute fight.
THUNDER HEAD was overpowered by MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven match.
DEAF-MUTE overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    42 -  24 -  1      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   2 -  1      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  10 -  2      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  16 -  2      41  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 337 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     4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   YOU 4002                   17   7  1  107 SRETSAMLEUD (407)
BASHING ATTACK   TRAIN 4114                  5   4  1   71 PUBLIC TRANSIT (418)
WALL OF STEEL    DOC FELLE 4139              9   6  1   44 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
STRIKING ATTACK  CELESTIAL FURY 4143         3   0  0   40 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421)
SLASHING ATTACK  ALTA CHESS 4137             9   6  0   36 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is YOU 4002.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
CRYSALIS 3980.  The ten other most popular fighters were CELESTIAL FURY 4143, YOU 
4002, BET OR NOT DIE 3981, CHIP ENSER 4140, BUS 4115, TRANSEL'S BUM 4145, HELL STORM 
4147, DEAF-MUTE 4144, ALTA CHESS 4137, and DUEL 2 4129.

The least popular fighter this week was BENSI DURN 4141.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were THUNDER HEAD 4146, DOC FELLE 4139, TRAIN 4114, EB GOLLU 4138, DUEL 2 
4129, ALTA CHESS 4137, DEAF-MUTE 4144, HELL STORM 4147, TRANSEL'S BUM 4145, and BUS 
4115.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

YOU (62-4002) SRETSAMLEUD (407)