titan: the arena

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Matt Calkins, VA

2015 Champion

Event History

1997 Peter Staab 72
1998 Brian Sutton 178
1999 Kaarin Engelmann 115
2000 Alan Witte 97
2001 Rebecca Hebner 56
2002 Joe Sposito 45
2003 Brenden Coomes 47
2004 Devin Flawd 63
2005 Robert Kircher 79
2006 Olin Hentz 74
2007 Harry Flawd 89
2008 Matt Calkins 116
2009 Greg Crowe 91
2010 Angela Collinson 81
2011 Jordan Shea 81
2012 Matt Calkins 105
2013 Doug Smith 92
2014 Carter Waite 96
2015 Matt Calkins 73

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1. Matt Calkins        VA    15     80
  2. Rebecca Hebner      CO    09     57
  3. Alan Witte          NJ    00     50
  4. Ewan McNay          NY    14     48
  5. Harry Flawd         PA    14     45
  6. Brendan Coomes      OH    14     44
  7. Devon Miller        VA    13     42
  8. Jordan Shea         CT    12     42
  9. Joseph Sposito      NJ    02     40
 10. Greg Crowe          MD    14     39
 11. Devin Flawd         PA    09     38
 12. Bruce Monnin        OH    06     38
 13. Dan Eshleman        NC    08     36
 14. Kaarin Engelmann    VA    00     35
 15. Robert Kircher      RI    06     33
 16. Angela Collinson    FL    14     32
 17. Carter Waite        VA    14     30
 18. Doug Smith          PA    13     30
 19. Gerald Lientz       VA    07     30
 20. Olin Hentz          CT    06     30
 21. Buddy Sinigaglio    CO    00     30
 22. Greg Zegalia        PA    13     18
 23. Charles Squibb      PA    13     18
 24. Thomas Melton       VA    11     18
 25. Evan Hitchings      DE    09     18
 26. Keith Levy          MD    01     18
 27. Jerry Ohlinger      NY    99     18
 28. Rodd Polsky         PA    02     16
 29. John Coussis        IL    12     15
 30. Eric Gorr           VA    00     15
 31. James Hopkin        CA    02     14
 32. Steven Sabatino     PA    15     12
 33. Rebecca Melton      VA    09     12
 34. Jordan Flawd        CT    06     12
 35. Greg Thatcher       FL    06     12
 36. Rob Schoenen        PA    04     12
 37. Josh Campbell       NY    03     12
 38. Arthur Field        SC    02     12
 39. Ken Sheffield       VA    01     12
 40. Craig Melton        VA    99     12
 41. Josh Githens        SC    00     10
 42. Steve Shambeda      PA    12      9
 43. John Speck         MD    11      9
 44. Steve Cameron       PA    08      9
 45. Jim Garvey          NY    07      9
 46. Carmen Petruzelli   PA    05      9
 47. Chris Greenfield    NY    03      9
 48. Scott Buckwalter    MD    01      9
 49. Kevin Burns         MA    15      8
 50. Tim Packwood        DE    10      8
 51. Abby Cocke          MD    04      8
 52. Donte Saccenti      MD    15      6
 53. Bram Walzl          VA    11      6
 54. Sam Bowercraft      PA    10      6
 55. Brooks Beyma        MD    08      6
 56. Dennis Mishler      CT    07      6
 57. Nick Henning        CT    06      6
 58. Morio Taketori      jp    05      6
 59. Mark Love           MD    04      6
 60. Rob Brode           MD    03      6
 61. Randy Jackson       OH    99      6
 62. Nick Kiswanto       NY    15      4
 63. Jefferson Meyer     MA    10      4
 64. Tracy Graf          MD    04      4
 65. Lance Ribeiro       NH    02      4
 66. Michael Coomes      OH    13      3
 67. Anna Rinko          VA    12      3
 68. Joanne Melton       VA    11      3
 69. Greg Thatcher       CA    08      3
 70. Jean-Francois Gagne qc    07      3
 71. Mark Mitchell       VA    03      3
 72. Gordon Elgart       CA    01      3
 73. Jason Ley           WA    99      3
 74. Isaac Clizbe        VA    15      2
 75. John Poniske Jr     PA    05      2
 76. Joe Nemet           PA    04      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 0

Steven Sabatino. PA
2nd

Kevin Burns, MA
3rd

Donte Saccenti, MD
4th

Nick Kiswanto, NY
5th

Isaac Clizbe, VA
6th

Past Winners

Peter Staab, PA
1997

Brian Sutton, MD
1998

Kaarin Englemann, VA
1999

Alan Witte, NJ
2000

Rebecca Hebner, CO
2001

Joe Sposito, NJ
2002

Brendan Coomes, OH
2003

Devin Flawd, PA
2004

Robert Kircher, RI
2005

Olin Hentz, CT
2006

Harry Flawd, PA
2007

Matt Calkins, VA
2008, 2012, 2015

Greg Crowe, MD
2009

Angela Collinson, MD
2010

Jordan Shea, CT
2011

Doug Smith, PA
2013

Carter Waite, VA
2014

GM Greg Crowe and his five finalists.

Three Times a Champ ...

This year’s reduced field can mostly be attributed to new conflicts to our traditional “Thursday at 11 PM” heat, due to another popular game being moved back to then, and a surprisingly popular run of a demo game. A move to an hour earlier for our debut in Seven Springs is being considered.

18 of the 20 heat winners appeared for the semifinal, so two happy alternates were admitted to make four 5-player games. The winner of each table as well as the closest of the four runners-up would advance. As it was, one semi winner declined advancement, which meant the next strongest runner-up (Matt) also made it in.

The Final began as one of the most serene games I have ever had the honor of adjudicating. The unloved Cyclops (with the exception of Nick’s secret bet) perished, ending the first round with nary a word spoken. In the second round silent alliances were formed, with Kevin betting on Matt’s Troll while Matt returned the favor on Kevin’s Unicorn. Steven decided to help both Matt’s Hydra and Donte’s Ranger. And although Nick showed support for Donte’s Titan, it was not enough, as the other three playing in succession managed to eliminate it, all with minimal negotiation. In the third round, it was Nick’s turn to kill a creature; this time it was the Ranger, which Kevin had hopped on with a 2-point bet.

Through it all, Matt had demonstrated his understated control of the proceedings. In the fourth round he played the Head Referee and chose Dragon, revealing Kevin’s secret bet. This allowed Matt to finagle its death, leaving his two first-round bets as well as second-round and secret bets on the Unicorn. Depending upon where the secret bets were, he knew he had a decent shot at victory no matter which died next.

The last round suddenly opened the negotiation floodgates. Everyone was concerned about Matt’s visible 13 points on the table, but none proposed a clear plan to do something about it as the other four were backing different creatures. When Kevin played a low Hydra card, Steven tried negotiating with everyone, and even tried to strike a deal with Matt. When Matt rebuffed his negotiations, Steven felt he had no choice but to reveal his secret bet on the Hydra, play a card to save it, and follow with a low Unicorn card. Matt then simply played the Centaur (1) spectator on the Warlock, killing it (and Donte’s secret bet).

Thus Matt took the shield handily, with a near-perfect score of 18 (20 is the highest possible score), leading second place by ten points. In so doing, the first and only two-time winner became our tourney’s first hat trick. 

No TTA report would be complete without naming the winners of the medals. This year I gave out seven, named after seven of the 11 spectator cards in the game (only four more to go!). The Mighty Minotaur (6), given to the person who comes sixth in the overall tournament, was given to Isaac Clizbe. The Battling Behemoth (10) goes to the player who killed the most creatures by making the last play in a round. It went to Anna Rinko, whose kill total of five was the lowest in the history of the medal. Anna also won the Overachieving Ogre (5) for earning 30 points in her preliminary games. We also had another double-winner, Steven Sabatino, who got the Shining Serpent (0) for betting 11 points on the last creature to die in a heat game, and the Weary Warbear (4) with a record low nine-point win (obviously two different games). The Ardent Angel (7) went to Donte Saccenti for earning the highest last-place score of seven points and losing on a tiebreaker. New for this year was the Greenie Gryphon (3) which went to the new player who performed the best in the heats (i.e. highest on the qualifier list). Two such players made it to the semifinal with a single win on their first tries, but Lynn Ribero enjoyed a greater percentage win, and is therefore the recipient of the first-ever Greenie Gryphon medal.

Congratulations Matt on your victory, and to all of our laurelists and medal winners! Hope to see everyone next year at the new place!

GM Greg Crowe (13th year) NA
ginfeatures@Gmail.com NA

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