Still titanic ...
Peg Meacham and Akihisa Tabei
Defending champ Dan Strock, Julie
Ehlers and Arthur Wines
Dave Gubbay, Tom Johnston and
Battle in progress.
Playing the Final and semifinals on different days seems to
have been an improvement. Having a bit less time to play up to
six games in, doesn't seem to have had much affect. There was
one person who pretty regularly makes the semifinals who might
have with more time, but they were trying to play lots of other
stuff and Titan wasn't as high a priority this year.
We seem to be having less late night games. My theory on this
is that we aren't getting many new players and us codgers are
getting older and staying up past midnight multiple nights a
week is becoming less attractive. For next year, I am thinking
of shifting things forward an hour. While Titan players aren't
known as early risers, I think given the way things are going,
we'd be better off having games start at 9 and every four hours,
rather than at 10. It might also help attendance by providing
an opportunity to play at the start time for all of the other
events on Wednesday and Thursday morning.
This year we had 28 preliminary games evenly divided between
3- and 4-player games. We didn't have any 5-player games. Participation
was close to last year's but still represented a record low.
Akihisa Tabei again presented old style counter sheets to
all of the finalists. Some of them seem to be accumulating a
collection of these.
We still have some slow play, and I am still interested in
hearing from anyone about experiments with timing for Titan.
semifinal 1, Julie Ehlers got two minotaurs fairly early, but
got trapped in hills behind a green stack in the brush for multiple
turns. Tom Johnston got two wyverns in his titan stack. David
des Jardins started slowly but then zoomed into the lead with
two hydras in both his titan and angel stacks. Dan Strock had
two griffons in his titan stack. Just when Julie had gotten under
the inner ring with her minotaurs, Tom attacked. Titan, two warlocks,
two wyverns and a troll attacked titan, two angels and two minotaurs.
Tom summoned his angel and survived with titan, two angels, wyvern
and warlock. David later attacked Dan in a desert. Titan, two
hydras, two wyverns, cyclops and troll with an outside angel
to call attacked titan, hydra, warlock, angel, two griffons and
a ranger. Dan recruited another hydra on Turn 4. David rolled
poorly early in the battle. Even though he rolled well later,
it didn't make up for the earlier poor rolls and Dan survived
with titan, two angels and a hydra. Tom couldn't get into a swamp
and ended in a tower. Dan teleported into the swamp above the
tower. Tom decided this was going to be his best chance to win
and attacked with five rangers and two guardians against titan,
three hydras, angel and warlock. He got seven hits with two guardian
swings on the titan. It was still close, but Tom got a ranger
on the titan to do the last hit.
In semifinal 2, both Nick Klercker and Art Wines started with
6s. After a few turns Art had two warlocks and Nick had three.
Nick passed on attacking Ed Rothenheber's angel stack. Then Ed
attacked Art's three-centaur stack with angel, two rangers, two
trolls and a gargoyle. Ed rolled poorly and Art was able to kill
a troll and a ranger. The next turn Art attacked the survivors
with titan, two gorgons, two lions and two warlocks and got stripped
of recruiters, ending up with titan, angel and two warlocks.
Art got this stack into a tower and took a gargoyle (there were
no warlocks available). Several turns later he attacked Nick's
titan (and wyvern, troll, two cyclops and two rangers) in the
tundra. The titan got pinned and then killed, giving Art 340
points. After a few turns Art was able to get titan teleport
and roll a 6, which he used to attack a stack in a tower. A few
turns later, he attacked Peg Meacham's titan stack. It was titan
(12), three warlocks, two cyclops and a gorgon, attacking titan,
two behemoths, two warlocks and an angel, in a jungle. On Turn
1, Art pinned both behemoths with warlocks. Neither behemoth
kills a warlock in one roll, so that both behemoths die before
Peg can get a reinforcement, leading to Art winning the battle.
Ed then attacked three trolls and a warbear in the tundra and
decides to risk his titan. He rolled poorly and his titan was
In semifinal 3, Aaron Fuegi started in tower 1 with ogres
with his titan. He rerolled a 5 and ended up with a 4. He decided
to take a third ogre in the hills rather than go to the marsh,
where Akihisa Tabei would probably have attacked him. On his
next turn he should have taken a gargoyle on a 3, but didn't.
He then got a troll next to the tower, but Aki got a warlock.
He then did a 4/2 split and rolled a 2 to go to the plains. At
this point Kevin Hillock put a large stack in a marsh under a
tundra. When Aaron rolled a 3, he decided to go to the hills
rather than the inner ring and Aki caught him there. Brady Achterberg
was eliminated when he split and was stuck in the mountains.
Rather then go down and risk Aki killing him, he stayed and Kevin
was able to kill him. In the last battle Aki hit eight out of
13 rolls (with a 50% chance) to get a mutual and then won the
rolloff to advance.
In semifinal 4, Sean McCulloch was eliminated first when a
desert battle went south. Titan (7), warlock, two griffons, lion
and two cyclops were attacked by (David Finberg) ranger, warbear,
two lions and three centaurs in the desert from the bottom. Sean
put his lion outside the cone on the side that it could be reached
by a centaur. A centaur attacked the lion and killed it without
dying so that an angel could not be summoned. Two lions (and
a ranger rangestrike) then killed the griffon in the point of
the cone. The titan then came out and fought two centaurs, killing
them both. But the retaliation, plus a ranger swing kills the
titan. Rich Atwater was doing pretty well as his original angel
stack had a dragon and unicorn and his titan stack had a couple
of behemoths. He then attacked Steve Koleszar's angel and titan
stacks. The first attack was titan(8), two behemoths, two gorgons
and a ranger versus angel, two rangers, two gorgons, cyclops
and gargoyle. (The gargoyle was recruited after there were no
more cyclops to recruit.) Steve went for the titan during the
battle, passing on finishing off a 6-hit behemoth. When that
failed, Rich won the battle without losing anything or summoning
an angel and recruited a serpent. He then killed Steve, attacking
titan, angel, ranger, two behemoth and two gorgons with five
rangers, cyclops and guardian. Rich was eventually able to finish
off David, though both ended the game with titan teleport.
In the Final, both Art Wines and Tom Johnston had titan, warlock,
lion, gargoyle and two centaurs on Turn 2. On Turn 4, Tom had
a chance to attack Rich Atwater with an angel to call in a safe
area, but declined. Akihisa Tabei then had some trouble when
his angel stack attacked Art's two trolls in the tundra and one
of the trolls hit five times in eight rolls 8 (needing 6s) and
then finished off Aki's angel (and a troll). Rich then attacked
Aki's titan stack, killed him and got a total of 178 points.
In a key battle Rich attacked Art's angel stack (angel, cyclops,
gargoyle, two warbears) in a brush. On Turn 2 Rich has killed
the angel and cyclops with his giant having taken six out of
seven hits. At that point he decided not to summon his angel.
He then proceeds to roll poorly and Art killed three pieces,
changing the tide of the battle. Rich's remaining trolls were
unable to finish off Art's warbear and cyclops and Art won the
battle. This was a significant contributing factor to Art getting
titan teleport a few turns later. Art got an opportunity to attack
Tom's titan stack on a roll of a 5, but was hesitating. Rich,
who was not doing well offered to resign if Art killed Tom. So
Art decided to make the attack. After nothing unexpected happened
in the battle, Rich resigned.
finest: the dynamic duo of Bruno Wolff and Rich Atwater have
a combined 29 years of GM experience at WBC in the game.
GM Bruno Wolff with his finalists.
Three are going for their first TTN title. Only Rich Atwater
had won previously.