DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/29/2010    Duedate: 05/12/2010

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-423

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JAGUAR JON
GREATS OF TROY (295)
(75-3325) [16-3-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JAGUAR JON                     POSITION IS EMPTY
GREATS OF TROY (295)           
(75-3325) [16-3-0,106]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SUNSET THUNDER                 SUNSET THUNDER
SAND DANCERS (67)              SAND DANCERS (67)
(75-3301) [18-18-0,90]         (75-3301) [18-18-0,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREATS OF TROY (295)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREATS OF TROY (295)        36
2. SAND DANCERS (67)           -1      GREATS OF TROY (295)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       WILD OATS (211)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GREATS OF TROY (295)      73  28  2 72.3   1/ 1 GREATS OF TROY (295)     13  2 1
 2/ 2 SAND DANCERS (67)        803 %1215 25 39.8   2/ 2 SAND DANCERS (67)         3 11 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

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 642): HOMESTAR of HOMESTAR & CO (Otis X Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 644): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 519): ROBERTO LEATHAM of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 638): ROCKWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 640): 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 318): CRICTOR UNGERER of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, 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 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 615): 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 505): FREM HARID of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 492): BB BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 472): COUNTER OFFER of VIKING LINGO (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): LOEKER SMITH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 223): 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 422): QUINCY WATTS 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 642): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 644): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 519): SATAN'S KINGDOMS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 638): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 640): 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 318): PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 630): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 316): MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 626): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 623): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 615): BAD GUYS (Mr. Bad Guy, 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 505): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 492): THE DISCIPLES (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 472): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 223): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 429): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 422): 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.)
                (turn 637): STARIEL of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, 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  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

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in JADE MOUNTAIN this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, DEBBIE GREEN fought KASTENMAR 
and gained 9 points and contributed to GREATS OF TROY's 5-0-0.  KASTENMAR has lost to 
DEBBIE GREEN, falling 4 points, while helping make SAND DANCERS a 1-4-0 turn.  The 
attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and QUINCY WATTS remains JADE 
MOUNTAIN's top warrior for another turn.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I 
saw last night, cramped under the table at The Green Axe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or 
hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JAGUAR JON 3325              16   3  0   106       GREATS OF TROY (295)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEBBIE GREEN 3327            14   7  0    98       GREATS OF TROY (295)
 ROD DEDEAUX 3329             14   5  0    96       GREATS OF TROY (295)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUNSET THUNDER 3301          18  18  0    90       SAND DANCERS (67)
 KORTO LU 3287                14  42  1    85       SAND DANCERS (67)
 KASTENMAR 3336                7   2  0    71       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHERYL MILLER 3326           12   9  2    61       GREATS OF TROY (295)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LENSI TU 3342                 1   0  0     9       SAND DANCERS (67)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TIGER LILY 3334         7  9 0 SAND DANCERS 67      CHERYL MILLER 3326    421  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Quincy Watts -- I see you're leaving.  Good.  We're tired of fighting you.  Not that
we don't wish you well, just, we wish you well ELSEWHERE. -- Sunset Thunder

Debbie Green -- You're an amazing student. -- Jade Ring
P.S.  And, of course, I'm an amazing teacher.
P.P.S.  Probably even more amazing as a teacher than you are as a student, when you
get down to it.

Rod Dedeaux -- I might've done better, but I was having trouble breathing through the
prayer that was lodged on my lips.  Seriously annoying. -- Korto Lu

Cheryl Miller -- Ah, very good skills, thanks!  I thought of bringing you flowers in
the Infirmary, and then I thought, what's she going to do with flowers?  It isn't
like she can eat them. -- Kastenmar

Zalgor -- I suspected something of the sort, but enjoyed your spotlight anyway. --
Jorja

Our congratulations to Quincy Watts. -- Jorja and the Sand Dancers

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

QUINCY WATTS devastated JADE RING in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
JAGUAR JON unbelievably bested SUNSET THUNDER in a 2 minute Title battle.
ROD DEDEAUX outlasted KORTO LU in a 8 minute fight.
KASTENMAR was vanquished by DEBBIE GREEN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
CHERYL MILLER overpowered STONEFACE MIKARN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LENSI TU bested LIGHTFINGER LU in a 2 minute beginner's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   1 -  0      90  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -  12 -  0      37  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   8 -  2      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 423 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      JAGUAR JON 3325            16   3  0  106 GREATS OF TROY (295)
LUNGING ATTACK   DEBBIE GREEN 3327          14   7  0   98 GREATS OF TROY (295)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     ROD DEDEAUX 3329           14   5  0   96 GREATS OF TROY (295)
STRIKING ATTACK  KASTENMAR 3336              7   2  0   71 SAND DANCERS (67)
BASHING ATTACK   CHERYL MILLER 3326         12   9  2   61 GREATS OF TROY (295)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SUNSET THUNDER 3301.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SUNSET THUNDER 3301.  The ten other most popular fighters were LENSI TU 
3342, JAGUAR JON 3325, DEBBIE GREEN 3327, ROD DEDEAUX 3329, CHERYL MILLER 3326, 
KASTENMAR 3336, KORTO LU 3287,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was KORTO LU 3287.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KASTENMAR 3336, CHERYL MILLER 3326, ROD DEDEAUX 3329, DEBBIE GREEN 
3327, JAGUAR JON 3325, LENSI TU 3342, SUNSET THUNDER 3301,  0,  0, and  0.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

JADE RING (75-3300) SAND DANCERS (67)
QUINCY WATTS (75-3328) GREATS OF TROY (295)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SAMSARA 3055 (44-26-0)                 5  3  0         GOLD STANDARD        

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SAMURAI 3119 (53-35-1)                15  0  0         GOLD STANDARD        

FRESHMEN FOOLS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WINNER 813 (20-17-1)                   0  3  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

               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