DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/14/2016    Duedate: 01/27/2016

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-572

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MESSY MATHEW
WEIRD STUDENTS (325)
(75-3644) [8-1-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HAN KANG                       MESSY MATHEW
SAND DANCERS (67)              WEIRD STUDENTS (325)
(75-3569) [16-33-1,82]         (75-3644) [8-1-0,104]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HAN KANG                       MIGHTY ASSAULT
SAND DANCERS (67)              CRITICALS (13)
(75-3569) [16-33-1,82]         (75-3674) [3-1-1,42]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAND DANCERS (67)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SAND DANCERS (67)           24
2. WEIRD STUDENTS (325)         6      CRITICALS (13)
3. CRITICALS (13)               0      Unchartered Team
4. APOKOLIPS (321)              0
                                       WEIRD STUDENTS (325)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*WEIRD STUDENTS (325)      21  10  0 67.7   1/ 2 SAND DANCERS (67)         6  6 0
 2/ 2 CRITICALS (13)           194 109 15 64.0   2/ 1 CRITICALS (13)            5  3 0
 3- 3 APOKOLIPS (321)           53  71  4 42.7   3/ 4*WEIRD STUDENTS (325)      3  2 0
 4/ 4 SAND DANCERS (67)        %1145 %1598 33 41.7   4- 3 APOKOLIPS (321)           3  2 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  The boys at CRITICALS left the arena dejected, after being kicked out 
of the top spot by SAND DANCERS.  Good show!  SAND DANCERS had cause to celebrate, 
after MEADOWLARK got 10 points by beating TALK-TO-DEATH.  MIGHTY ASSAULT certainly 
had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to BAHNING THE LAWYER and losing 2 
points in the process!  MESSY MATHEW successfully staved off a grab for the roses by 
HAN KANG of SAND DANCERS.  Does JADE MOUNTAIN have no one talented enough to dethrone 
him?  Word has it one team in JADE MOUNTAIN is taking speech lessons to try to bore 
their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     And how sociable are JADE MOUNTAIN's warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not for whom the 
sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  As if buffeted by forces of nature beyond my 
control, I must take my leave of this place.  JADE MOUNTAIN, I leave you now.  The 
Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Green Axe.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny 
Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MESSY MATHEW 3644             8   1  0   104       WEIRD STUDENTS (325)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAN KANG 3569                16  33  1    82       SAND DANCERS (67)
-HORRIFYING ATTACK 3621        8   2  1    80       CRITICALS (13)
-SECURE DEFENS 490             3   3  0    74       CRITICALS (13)
-HOUND ARCHON 3617            13  13  1    69       APOKOLIPS (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ENCANTADORA 3620             11  13  0    55       APOKOLIPS (321)
 BARRELS 3683                  8   1  1    55       CRITICALS (13)
-ROUGH ROSI 3648               3   2  0    48       WEIRD STUDENTS (325)
 MIGHTY ASSAULT 3674           3   1  1    42       CRITICALS (13)
-MS. SMOKEY MOON 3633          9  13  1    41       APOKOLIPS (321)
-SOUR SAM 3647                 4   4  0    40       WEIRD STUDENTS (325)
-MOODY MARK 3645               4   1  0    37       WEIRD STUDENTS (325)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHI HO 3663                   8   9  0    33       SAND DANCERS (67)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KARASENDRIETH 3662            3  10  0    23       APOKOLIPS (321)
 MEADOWLARK 3694               2   0  0    23       SAND DANCERS (67)
 RUMBLER 3693                  2   0  0    21       SAND DANCERS (67)
-F.U.B.A.R. 3688               2   0  0    17       APOKOLIPS (321)
 STONE CUTTER 3695             2   0  0    14       SAND DANCERS (67)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
JOLMAN 3689             0  2 0 SAND DANCERS 67      MIGHTY ASSAULT 3674   569   
MEADOWLARK 3587        18 21 1 SAND DANCERS 67      HORRIFYING ATTAC 3621 569   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Messy Mathew -- Gods, clean up your room! -- Han Kang

Mighty Assault -- Trying to bury me in the sands was TOO MUCH.  Don't do that again. 
-- Chi Ho

And the new guys get three wins over standbys, giving them an unreasonably rosy view 
of gladiation. -- Chi Ho

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MESSY MATHEW devastated HAN KANG in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
BARRELS won victory over CHI HO in a action packed 4 minute brutal battle.
MIGHTY ASSAULT was defeated by BAHNING THE LAWYER in a crowd pleasing 5 minute duel.
STONE CUTTER defeated GUARDSMAN TAN in a 1 minute novice's fight.
RUMBLER devastated LIGHTFINGER LU in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
MEADOWLARK defeated TALK-TO-DEATH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute novice's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       11 -   2 -  1      85  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK     8 -   4 -  1      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  10 -  2      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  12 -  1      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         WALL OF STEEL      8 -  19 -  1      30  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 572 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     1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MESSY MATHEW 3644           8   1  0  104 WEIRD STUDENTS (325)
TOTAL PARRY      BARRELS 3683                8   1  1   55 CRITICALS (13)
STRIKING ATTACK  MIGHTY ASSAULT 3674         3   1  1   42 CRITICALS (13)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HAN KANG 3569.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MIGHTY ASSAULT 3674.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHI HO 3663, 
MEADOWLARK 3694, MESSY MATHEW 3644, STONE CUTTER 3695, BARRELS 3683, RUMBLER 3693, 
HAN KANG 3569,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was HAN KANG 3569.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were RUMBLER 3693, BARRELS 3683, STONE CUTTER 3695, MESSY MATHEW 3644, 
MEADOWLARK 3694, CHI HO 3663, MIGHTY ASSAULT 3674,  0,  0, and  0.

                    SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA!

At long last, we are finally having a summer FTF in New Orleans!  It will be held on 
July 15-17, 2016, at the beautiful Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue in downtown 
New Orleans (504-378-2800).  Room rates are $145.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, jacuzzi, indoor pool, 
and business center, as well as several resturants inside the hotel.  Valet parking is 
$40/night.  The rooms are blocked--code RSI.  (If you have issues making reservations, 
please let us know!) 

Hotel site:  http://tinyurl.com/July16FTF 

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in June.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                          -- 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