Always a titanic struggle ...
This year we had 79 players, 25% up from last year. And since
many of the players were new to the game (or hadn't played in
a few years), the prospect of reaching the glory days of yore
may soon become a reality. While the option to use the new version
of the game (Fantasy Flight's Colossal Arena) was available,
all of the games ended up using the Avalon Hill version.
23 preliminary games occurred over three heats, producing
22 winners (Dan Eshleman won two heats). Of those, 17 came to
test their mettle furher in the semifinal, with three alternates
who took second in a heat filling the remainder of the field.
The semifinal matches were grueling. In one, Joe Burch used the
Head Referee to expose David Burkey's secret bet in Round 2,
sealing the fate of both David and his Dragon, and helping Harry
Flawd to advance to the Final.
Joining Harry at the Final table were Carmen Petruzzelli,
Morio Taketori, Rob Kirchner, and Dan Eshelman. The first round
was friendly; everyone made a secret bet, and the un-bet upon
Dragon was the first to fall. The second round appeared just
as friendly; the Hydra died without any chips. But the third
round was going to get ugly, with each player having bet on
one of the creatures in the first round, another in the second
round, and yet different ones in round 3. As the majority of
players had some interest in most creatures, there was quite
a lot of jockeying done before the Troll (bet on by Morio, Dan,
and Harry, in round order) finally died. The fourth round was
similar, with the Titan (the one creature with no first-round
bet) succombing, taking another token from Morio and Dan.
As the only finalist without an undefeated record, Rob had
the chance to stay under the radar as they targetted each other,
and largely it worked - only his third-round bet on the Warlock
was lost in round 5. He did forget to bet his last chip, which
could have proved crucial. The three surviving creatures each
had at least three different colors, so the visible bets were
all close. As usual, it came down to secret bets. Morio's and
Carmen'·s secret bets did not survive, putting them out
of the running. Robert managed to win by one point over Dan and
Harry, so he hadn't needed that forgotten chip after all.
Congratulations to our 2005 Champ, Robert Kirchner, and thank
you all for playing. I hope to see you all next year!
Only twelve little Titans were on hand Tuesday night for the
first regular Junior's event slot, but they waged a colossal
battle nonetheless. The finalists were:
1st: Tommy Miklos
2nd: Carolyn Strock
3rd: Zack Dunn
4th: Daniel Collinson
5th: Tim Keating