titan: the arena [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report   

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Brenden Coomes, OH

2003 Champion

2nd: Gerald Lientz, VA

3rd: Josh Campbell, NY

4th: Chris Greenfield, NY

5th: Rob Brode, MD

6th: Mark Mitchell, VA

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


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Rebecca Hebner

CO

02
54
 2. Alan Witte

NJ

00
50
 3. Joseph Sposito

NJ

02
40
 4. Kaarin Engelmann

VA

00
35
 5. Brenden Coomes

OH

03
30
 6. Buddy Sinigaglio

CO

00
30
 7. Bruce Monnin

OH

00
20
 8. Gerald Lientz

VA

03
18
 9. Keith Levy

MD

01
18
10. Jerry Ohlinger

NY

99
18
11. Rodd Polsky

PA

02
16
12. Eric Gorr

VA

00
15
13. James Hopkin

CA

02
14
14. Josh Campbell

NY

03
12
15. Arthur Field

SC

02
12
16. Ken Sheffield

VA

01
12
17. Craig Melton

VA

99
12
18. Josh Githens

SC

00
10
19. Chris Greenfield

NY

03
  9
20. Scott Buckwalter

MD

01
  9
21. John Coussis

IL

99
  9
22. Rob Brode

MD

03
  6
23. Randy Jackson

OH

99
  6
24. Lance Ribeiro

NH

02
  4
25. Mark Mitchell

VA

03
  3
26. Gordon Elgart

CA

01
  3
27. Jason Ley

WA

99
  3

Past Winners

Peter Staab - PA
1997

Brian Suttom - MD
1998

Kaarin Englemann - VA
1999

Alan Witte - NJ
2000

Rebecca Hebner - CO
2001

Joe Sposito, NJ
2002
 


Always a titanic struggle ...

We had 47 players show up for this year's Titanic Rumble Royale (with cheese). This year we went with the five highest total scores from the three preliminary games advancing to the final, with place as a tie-breaker. One particular player would have made it to the finals if it had been the other way around, but instead placed 11th. Because of this, I am seriously considering switching it around for next year, and I would appreciate anyone's comments about this.

In the 23 games where such statistics were kept, I was able to come up with some interesting facts concerning eliminations. By far the most hated character was the Warlock, who only survived three games, was eliminated eight times in the first round, and, just to be sure, another eight times in the fourth round. The most cherished combatant was the Hydra, who survived 15 games, and was the only creature to never be eliminated in the first round. A weird fact of note is the Cyclops, who was only eliminated six times in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but a whopping nine times in the third. For as much effort as people put into killing off the Titan in the first two rounds (11 times between the two), he still managed to survive seven times.

The final was played by Brenden Coomes, Rob Brode, Josh Campbell, Chris Greenfield, and Gerald Leintz. Things were pretty easy the first round, with everyone making secret bets, and no one betting on the Unicorn, which died predictably. However, with all other combatants having bets on them, someone was going to have to lose some points in the second round. It turned out to be Josh, whose Cyclops bit the dust. This left two players, Brenden and Rob with two surviving 1st round bets as they entered the 3rd round. The other players noticed this, as Brenden's Titan died. Unfortunately, this was also Chris' Titan, as he had the 2nd- and 3rd-round bets on it. In the 4th round, everyone's attention was focused on Rob, who still had two surviving 1st-round bets, and this led to the demise of the Warlock, which was also Josh's 2nd-round bet. This left four creatures, each with a first round bet by a different player. It wasn't long before the Ranger was killed, leaving Dragon, Hydra, and Troll. Brenden won with 14 points by virtue of not only backing the Hydra, but shrewdly placing a secret bet on the Troll. Gerald ended up with 11, also because he had a secret bet on the Troll. Then Josh, whose secret bet on the Hydra helped him get 10 points. Chris backed a survivor, the Troll, but unfortunately made his secret bet on the Titan, taking him out of the running with 7 points. And Rob got ganged up on in the last two rounds, removing all of his bets, including his secret one on the Ranger, to net him 0 points for his efforts.

I'd like to thank each and every player for showing up and making this event what it is. I hope to see you all next year. Also, please, if you have any constructive suggestions on how to make next year's tournament better, please email me.

 GM     Greg Crowe  (1st year)   NA
   crowe@ncmahq.org   NA 

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