DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/06/2010    Duedate: 05/19/2010

DAYLA KIV ARENA

DM-74    TURN-430

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

POLYNIKES
GATES OF FIRE (512)
(74-4191) [10-2-0,92]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ALEXANDROS                     10
GATES OF FIRE (512)            NUMB-ERS (513)
(74-4196) [11-0-0,101]         (74-4205) [7-0-0,62]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SPARTAN 1                      SPARTAN 1
GATES OF FIRE (512)            GATES OF FIRE (512)
(74-4194) [10-2-1,96]          (74-4194) [10-2-1,96]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GATES OF FIRE (512)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GATES OF FIRE (512)         32
2. NUMB-ERS (513)              14      GATES OF FIRE (512)
3. SAND DANCERS (251)          -5      Unchartered Team

                                       NUMB-ERS (513)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GATES OF FIRE (512)       46   9  1 83.6   1/ 1 GATES OF FIRE (512)       8  2 0
 2/ 2*NUMB-ERS (513)            18   9  0 66.7   2/ 2 SAND DANCERS (251)        8  7 0
 3/ 3 SAND DANCERS (251)       989 %1048 37 48.6   3/ 3*NUMB-ERS (513)            5  4 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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 643): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 645): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 520): ROBERTO LEATHAM of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 639): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H. P. L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 641): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): GRISHORT HURM of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): FARM WEEKLY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 319): ANFERROUS of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 630): WHIP ME HOUSTON of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 316): SINGALEK of THE KINDRED (Godric Magnusson DaVinci)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 627): ENVY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 624): CRAB SMASHER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 616): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 578): PRINCE CONNOR of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 294): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 288): RONDOL QUIGLO of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 275): CASS DOLAN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): FREM HARID of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): BB BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): DRAGON HARVEST of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): LOEKER SMITH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 224): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 429): POLYNIKES of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 423): JAGUAR JON of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 415): DEVONSHIRE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 531): JOHN TYLER of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 643): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 645): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 520): HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 639): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 641): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 319): FORCE OF FIVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 630): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 316): MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 627): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 624): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 616): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 578): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 294): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 288): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 275): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 222): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 429): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 423): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 415): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 531): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 638): ROCKWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): GRISHORT HURM of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
                            TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
                (turn 631): SALARA LORMIN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): FARM WEEKLY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 318): SECI of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 315): KOLUM MAROD of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 626): BILL P. GORE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 623): TOBY of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 614): FROSTBITE of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 576): BITT BETRO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 292): WALRUS of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 274): HOOPS of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): FREM HARID of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): DRAGON HARVEST of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 465): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 422): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
                                  JADE RING of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  DAYLA KIV needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  MVP award for 
DIENEKES?  GATES OF FIRE's proud of him after beating MARDEL TEN VAREN and getting 15 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  MARDEL TEN VAREN got smashed by DIENEKES, 
and lost 12 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think 
POLYNIKES should let MADAME U-TANA be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about 
it.  Who was the wiseguy that said DAYLA KIV's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at 
The Crystal Wheel?  Don't look at me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POLYNIKES 4191               10   2  0    92       GATES OF FIRE (512)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALEXANDROS 4196              11   0  0   101       GATES OF FIRE (512)
 SPARTAN 1 4194               10   2  1    96       GATES OF FIRE (512)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 10 4205                       7   0  0    62       NUMB-ERS (513)
 DIENEKES 4193                11   2  0    61       GATES OF FIRE (512)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARDEL TEN VAREN 4186         8  12  0    53       SAND DANCERS (251)
 ONE 4204                      5   2  0    45       NUMB-ERS (513)
 RIELLA TYL TAHL 4203          5   3  1    41       SAND DANCERS (251)
 HESTI TYL VAREN 4188          8  12  1    37       SAND DANCERS (251)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ROOSTER 4192                  4   2  0    32       GATES OF FIRE (512)
 NIMINI TYL ZO 4202            6   6  0    29       SAND DANCERS (251)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORBLE 4201                   6   7  1    26       SAND DANCERS (251)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IV 4207                       2   5  0    11       NUMB-ERS (513)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
3 4206                  2  1 0 NUMB-ERS 513         RIELLA TYL TAHL 4203  426  REVENGED
E 4208                  2  1 0 NUMB-ERS 513         HESTI TYL VAREN 4188  426  JUST REVENGED

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                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

POLYNIKES devastated MADAME U-TANA in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
SPARTAN 1 viciously subdued PELIS THE OLD in a action packed 3 minute brutal battle.
ALEXANDROS savagely defeated TRAVELING TINKER in a 2 minute bloody duel.
MARDEL TEN VAREN was bested by DIENEKES in a 3 minute fight.
RIELLA TYL TAHL defeated STREET SWEEPER in a 2 minute match.
ONE devastated GORBLE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
HESTI TYL VAREN was overpowered by 10 in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
NIMINI TYL ZO unbelievably bested IV in a 7 minute gory competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -   1 -  1      94  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        20 -   3 -  0      87  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  12 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   9 -  1      10  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 430 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         3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       POLYNIKES 4191             10   2  0   92 GATES OF FIRE (512)
LUNGING ATTACK   ALEXANDROS 4196            11   0  0  101 GATES OF FIRE (512)
TOTAL PARRY      DIENEKES 4193              11   2  0   61 GATES OF FIRE (512)
WALL OF STEEL    RIELLA TYL TAHL 4203        5   3  1   41 SAND DANCERS (251)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SPARTAN 1 4194.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SPARTAN 1 4194.  The ten other most popular fighters were MARDEL TEN VAREN 4186, 
ALEXANDROS 4196, 10 4205, POLYNIKES 4191, ONE 4204, HESTI TYL VAREN 4188, IV 4207, 
DIENEKES 4193, RIELLA TYL TAHL 4203, and NIMINI TYL ZO 4202.

The least popular fighter this week was GORBLE 4201.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NIMINI TYL ZO 4202, RIELLA TYL TAHL 4203, DIENEKES 4193, IV 4207, HESTI 
TYL VAREN 4188, ONE 4204, POLYNIKES 4191, 10 4205, ALEXANDROS 4196, and MARDEL TEN 
VAREN 4186.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SHARP 2739 (152-68-1)                  2  3  0         CORPS                

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GODIVA 2800 (26-17-0)                  3  3  0         CORPS                

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LOVE 3919 (7-2-1)                     12  3  0         LORDS OF VIRTUE      

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 4 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                 EUGENE FLUCKY (82-41642) of MEDAL OF HONOR 30 (6955)
                             FGC (47-6648) of KAOS (695)
                  PRISONER B91 (82-53433) of DUNGEON CELL B9 (9014)
                   PRISONER 0381 82-42371 of DUNGEON CELL 77 (7085)

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes