Titan for the socially challenged
year's Titan 2 (Two-player) tournament was to be more
free-flowing than in the past. Entrants had to start their first
game by 11AM Wednesday, with several games starting Tuesday night.
After random groupings, I used Post-It notes to mark later pairings
and allow players to find any opponent that was available. While
this format was an improvement over my earlier Titan 2
GMing experience, it allowed a player to enter another tournament
while waiting for the brackets to catch up to him. Thank you
to David Platnik for being a good sport during this time. While
all of the 30 entrants have the talent and experience to win,
kudos to the tournament's youngest entrant, Jon Shambeda overcoming
two experienced players before succumbing in the third round.
This year's championship match occurred Thursday around midnight.
This being the most advantageous time for the finalists: Andrew
Gross and David Platnik.
Andrew jumped out to an early lead with a turn 4 wyvern by
rolling 5, 5, 6, 6 from Tower 4. David, feeling he was behind,
made an attack to strip down Andrew's Titan stack with plans
of a followup to win the match. After the first battle, Andrew
was forced to split: Titan/cyclops and Angel/warlock on the outer
ring. David caught the Angel/Warlock with three cyclops, two
lions, a warlock and Titan and dispatched them. However, Andrew's
tactic worked, allowing his Titan stack to stay ahead of David's
pursuing legion while growing brush creatures along the way.
In the inner board, Andrew's other stacks caught David's growth
potential stacks and quickly took over most of the board. David
avoided move compulsion long enough to grow two serpents with
his Titan. By then, Andrew had twelve stacks covering the board.
One with several hydras, another on its way with a giant (or
two) and his own Titan stack with a serpent. Nearing 2 AM, David
was forced to attack Andrew's hydras in the hills. As
David reached for his stack, a violent boardquake centered in
the Valley Ballroom caused a catastrophic scattering of pieces
across the board. Rather than replay the game, David graciously
offered Andrew the win. Mr G., torn between mercilessly grinding
David's Titan into powder and wanting several hours of sleep
before Friday's multi-player semi-final reluctantly