Info and data for fans of the play-by-mail games Duel II, Forgotten Realms, and Hyborian War from Reality Simulations, Inc


First, you need to be sure you are making your challenges correctly.
1. Are you writing down the warrior I.D. number of the warrior you want to
2. Is your handwriting clear?
3. Is the warrior you are challenging within range of your warrior? Warriors
can challenge within their own class and the next higher class, plus the “Challenger”
classes can also challenge the next lower class. So, an Adept can challenge Adepts
and Challenger Adepts. A Challenger Adept can challenge Adepts, Challenger Adepts,
and Champions. (Try not to challenge down, though. Besides being unsportsmanlike and
making everyone mad, it isn’t advantageous to your warriors. They need to fight more
experienced warriors so they will learn.)
4. Are your warriors eligible to make challenges? If they didn’t fight within
the last two turns, then they can’t challenge.
5. Are the warriors they want to fight eligible to receive challenges? If they
didn’t fight within the last two turns, then they can’t be challenged.

Next, adjust your choices for the maximum likelihood of getting your challenges.
There are several things that will help:
1. Have each of your warriors challenge two different opponents from two
different teams. That way, if the first opponent’s team doesn’t fight that turn, you
still might get your second challenge.
2. Use your avoids. Have each warrior avoid the teams of whoever you think
might be likely to challenge him. If you can get out of being challenged, that
increases your chance of getting your own challenge through.
3. Don’t challenge warriors who didn’t fight last turn. The odds are higher
that they won’t be fighting this turn.
4. Don’t challenge warriors who might be involved in a bloodfeud (either as the
killers, or the avengers). A bloodfeud challenge has priority over all other
5. Don’t challenge Tournament Victors. A TV challenge has priority over all
other challenges except bloodfeuds. You’ll need to do a little research in back
issues of the newsletter to find out who the TVs are.
6. Don’t challenge warriors who you know are going to challenge someone else, or
are going to get challenged by someone else. Your challenge has a better chance of
getting through if it is the only challenge to that particular warrior.
7. Don’t challenge the “easy pickings.” That is, warriors above you who have
way too few fights or very bad records for where they are ranked. They will tend to
get challenged a lot.
8. Don’t challenge warriors who are likely to be avoiding your team. This
includes any warrior your team fought within the last two turns.
Well, it sounds like I’ve eliminated just about everybody, doesn’t it? Of course
you can challenge opponents who fit into one or more of those categories; just try to
find ones who don’t. Your idea candidate for a challenge is: A warrior ranked
somewhat above your warrior in the same class, or in the next higher class, with a few
more fights than your warrior, and a winning record, who isn’t a TV and isn’t
currently at war with anyone.
I hope this will be of some help to you.

The Rogue She-Puppy

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