Still titanic ...
Brady Achterberg, Julie Ehler, Rich
Atwater and Yoshita Narita
Defending champ Arthur Wines schools
Sean McCulloch and Michael Pustilnik
refight old battles.
Dan Strock tangles with eventual champion
People seemed to be happy with starting preliminary play at
9 instead of 10 in the morning, so we'll keep that for next year.
Having just the semis on Friday and Final on Saturday again seemed
to mostly work well. Unfortunately, Final regular David Finberg
wasn't able to qualify for the semis in part because he was GMing
Galaxy Trucker and was only able to play in four of his
allowed six games.
Our Japanese players brought gifts this year. As has been
custom the last few years, Akihisa Tabei brought old style replacement
counters for the finalists in both the multi-player and 2-player
events.Yoshiya Narita presented the GMs with tins of candy with
Titan art work on them. The candy is gone, but I'm saving
This year there were seven 3-player games, 20 4-player games
and no 5-player games in preliminary play.
A few years ago when Valley Games did their Titan reprint
I was hoping it would help our attendance. It may have helped
a little, but I do not recall seeing any games this year played
on the reprinted version. That suggests that we didn't retain
many new players who would have the newer version of the game.
So this got me thinking it might be interesting to see when
the players this year first played in the multiplayer tournament
and how often they played. I couldn't go back to the Bill Scott
era as I don't have a copy of any records he kept. So I only
have data from 1994 through 2014. (I remember some of the people
that played those years and a few of us did play this year. But
I don't remember well enough to use the data.) I also didn't
look at the 2-player data. (I have a fair amount of that data,
but not all of it. Also there is lots of overlap in participation
between the two tournaments.)
So for the 34 players that played this year, the following
are counts of how many first played in the following years:
I am somewhat surprised that over a quarter of this year's
players, played in 1994. It looks encouraging that four players
who first played last year
came back, even though we had two more total players participate
I also wanted to look at how often this year's participants
Years Number of people
This has this year's participants averaging a bit over 10
years of participation.
I think this gives a good hint at why a number of us consider
each other friends at this point. Especially considering the
amount of time is involved in playing Titan at the WBC.
I think these numbers suggest that Titan has a solid
core of participants, but we are getting new people slowly and
we are losing people slowly too.
(This data doesn't show it, but we took a big hit when Euro's
became popular. But since then things seem to be changing slowly.)
2014 Highlights: In one of the early games, Yoshiya
Narita had his angel legion strip Julie Ehlers' titan legion
to just the titan. However later in the game, when Yoshi's six
high titan legion tried to finish off Julie's lonesome titan,
she was able to mutual with Yoshi's titan, taking him down with
her. She even won the roll off to finish ahead of Yoshi that
In semifinal 1, Dan Strock decided to split with titan, troll,
two gargoyles and three ogres in the hills and rolled a 6. He
was then forced to choose between being in the plains four away
from one of Steve Koleszar's legions or staying in the hills
six away from one of Akihisa Tabei's legions. He opted to just
risk a 6, but Aki rolled it. Aki had angel, minotaur, troll,
gargoyle and three ogres and eliminated Dan. Aki eventually got
hydras in his titan legion and rolled a 5 to catch Jonathan Barnes'
weak titan legion and eliminate him. Steve got serpents in his
titan legion. He then chose to attack in the marsh with guardian,
wyvern, ranger and three trolls (with angel to summon) against
angel, dragon, two minotaurs, two ogres and got terrible luck
which resulted in Aki getting titan teleportation. Steve had
a chance to roll a 6 to catch Aki in the brush, but didn't get
it and then Aki rolled a 6 to catch Steve in the plains. Steve
had two serpents, but Aki had four hydras
and was able to eliminate Steve to win the game.
In semifinal 2, Julie Ehlers attacked with titan (6), angel,
behemoth and three cyclops in a desert, losing two cyclops and
the angel, but earning a angel. She was then attacked in turn
by Jason Ley with angel, rgeww trolls and two cyclops. There
was a big swing when Jason got nine hits on 15 dice from a troll
string up a dune at a cyclops and the cyclops got only one hit
in return. He went on to eliminate Julie in the battle. David
des Jardins attacked Kevin Hillock's legion of three cyclops
and four rangers in the plains with titan (6), griffon, ranger,
cyclops and three lions. David attacked a cyclops and ranger
with his titan and griffon. The cyclops took five hits and the
ranger three hits. Kevin then had a ranger overfly and attempt
to pin two lions (hoping to keep the titan exposed) and kept
two rangers back to move next to the titan after the upcoming
exchange. The ranger lived and Kevin was able to put two rangers
next to the titan and got four hits getting David's titan up
to five hits. David's (summoned) angel and lion whiffed and his
titan only got three hits, leaving both rangers alive. The lion
then got three hits and the angel six, but it was too late as
Kevin got the hit he needed on eight ranger dice to finish off
David's titan. Jason then attacked Kevin in the tundra with titan
(8), warlock, two minotaurs and two rangers against angel, three
cyclops and two lions. After setting up a situation where Kevin
was guaranteed four cyclops and 1 lion swings, the titan was
killed by two hits from an angel and six hits from the first
two cyclops swings.
In semifinal 3, Bruce Rae attacked three centaurs and a warbear
in the woods with titan, two angels and two cyclops. He lost
both angels to hot dice and then the last of the cyclops were
recruited before his next turn. Bruce did not move down on a
1 on his next turn, because it would have put him two in front
of Yoshiya Narita's titan legion with serpents. This was Yoshi's
only legion and there was a good chance that it would move past
and Bruce's titan could escape. Unfortunately Yoshi rolled a
2 and sat under Bruce's titan, prompting Bruce to withdraw. Meanwhile,
Art Wines was looking good with two dragons, two minotaurs a
warlock and lion in his titan legion when Rich Atwater attacked
him with three rangers, two cyclops, behemoth, guardian and an
angel to summon. Art won, but was left with just titan, minotaur
and (earned) angel. Art later attacked Rich with angel, two warbears,
two trolls, cyclops, gorgon and an angel to summon against two
giants, two warbears and two warlocks. At a key point two trolls
whiffed against a 5-hit giant that turned the battle into a definite
loss (instead of being close). Rich survived with giant and warlock.
After Rich's survivors had grown to giant, angel and two warlocks,
Yoshi attacked them with titan, serpent, warlock, two behemoths,
cyclops and gorgon and lost a serpent, behemoth and cyclops.
A bit later Art had lost track of the content of one of Rich's
legions and moved to the plains two in front of two angels,two
behemoths, two gorgons and serpent with titan, two minotaurs,
dragon, unicorn, warlock and ranger thinking he would pick up
some easy points. Instead Rich killed him, surviving with behemoth
and serpent. Yoshi's titan legion grew back to titan, two behemoths,
two gorgons, angel and warlock and attacked two serpents, behemoth
and angel in the jungle. Yoshi failed to kill everything by Turn
4, however a surviving serpent killed the titan with its retaliation
on Turn 3, so a serpent recruit was moot.
In the last semifinal, Aaron Fuegi had a close call when he
attacked three cyclops and a behemoth with titan (6), two rangers,
warlock, cyclops, angel to summon
in the marsh. He allowed two behemoth swings on his titan (about
a 45% chance of being killed), but only took four hits. This
gave Aaron a lead in points, but his best recruit was a warlock.
Pete Gathmann was forced to attack two rangers, two gorgons,
centaur, lion and troll with titan (10), behemoth, angel and
an angel to call. At the end of the battle a ranger needs to
get two hits to kill the titan, but only manages one. Pete ends
up with titan (11), archangel, angel. Aaron caught Pete's titan
stack with his hydra stack and eliminated Pete, while getting
titan teleportation. Unfortunately half points put him over 500
and he missed his chance to get an archangel. Sean McCulloch
got titan teleportation as well, while Michael Pustilnik was
stuck at 375 points. However Mike did have a legion with colossus.
Sean teleported on Mike in a tower with titan (10), three warlocks
and two hydras attacking titan (9), two rangers, two gorgons,
angel and troll. Mike wins the battle ending with titan (11),
archangel and angel. There was a discussion about this battle
on board game geek after the convention. Aaron then teleported
on colossus and angel, losing two angels and ending with titan
(13), warlock and two ogres. Mike declined a chance to teleport
on this legion with titan (11), warlock, archangel and angel
and instead gets a second warlock. Aaron catches Mike's titan
in the tower with five hydras, wyvern and ranger. Mike sets his
titan up front and survives 70 hydra dice up the wall (needing
6s), taking nine of his 11 hits. Mike went on to win the game.
In the Final, Akihisa Tabei struck early as usual, making
a very strong titan on titan attack against Rich Atwater in the
plains to eliminate Rich. Michael Pustilnik attacked Kevin Hillock's
angel stack and won, but Kevin attacked the survivors and killed
them. Mike took a ranger with his titan (7), two minotaurs, two
rangers, lion legion below Aki's two minotaur, gorgon, troll
legion in the mountains. On his next turn Mike split out ranger,
lion and then attacked into the mountains with titan (7), two
minotaurs and two rangers (and no angel to summon). Aki could
have killed Mike's minotaur, but took a 50% shot at the titan
instead and missed. Mike survived with titan, angel and two minotaurs.
Aki then attacked Kevin's titan with titan (8), two angels,
two rangers, troll and an angel summon against titan (7), giant,
two warbears, two rangers and a warlock. Kevin should have killed
an angel on average, which would have caused a mutual, but didn't.
Instead Aki survived with titan (12) and two angels. Mike was
stuck with titan (8), angel and two minotaurs and Aki would have
killed him on a 6, but didn't get it. Mike rolled a 1 and then
a 4 and was one turn from getting a dragon, when Aki got a 6.
The last battle was titan (13) and three angels against titan
(8), angel and two minotaurs. Aki gave Mike a chance to go 13
for 18 to get a mutual, but Mike only rolled 12 hits. Giving
Aki a clean win.
Yoshita Narita, Bruce Rae and Arthur
Wines punish dice.
Jonathan Barnes tests the experience
of Steve Koleszar.