Titan for the socially challenged
Larry Lingle (left) and Jason
Ley battle in the opening round.
The 2-player version dispenses
with diplomacy for combat!
The 2005 winner was David des Jardins. In the first game of
his march to the championship, he played and beat John Sharp
III. This year David and John once again squared off in the first
round, and the winner again took the championship, but the result
was different this time. John beat the two-time defending champion,
then proceeded to march to the championship. Since the opening
pairings are randomly drawn, it does not seem likely that these
two will meet in the first round next year, but I wouldn't be
surprised if they were willing to play each other in the Final!
Along the way there were many good games played. 26 players
started. Four players were allowed late starting times because
of conflicting events, a benefit the 2-player tournament always
extends. Please note that this only requires the GM to be notified
no later than the starting time on Wednesday morning.
Steve Owens found out how unfortunate it is to have serpents
in the desert. He had six serpents with his titan when attacked
from below. Because serpents can only move one sand hex, and
there are three sand hexes on the side he was defending, he had
to leave three of them off the battle board on the first turn,
instantly becoming dead creatures and out of the game.
Three-time champ Brian Sutton bowed out to Ed Rothenheber
in the quarterfinals. Ed then lost in the semis to Jeff Cornett,
who had to beat Bruno Wolff and Dave Finberg just to reach the
semis. In the other half of the draw, past champions Aaron Fuegi
and Dan Strock met with the winner to face John Sharp, who survived
a mutual roll-off against Kyle Moore. John beat Dan in the second
semi-final to earn his first TT2 laurels.
The Final showed that Jeff was a competitor. He had earned
over 300 points in battle while John still had not reached 100.
But one of the battles had weakened Jeff's titan stack and when
offered the opportunity to attack, John took it and thereby became
the 2006 champion.
I look forward to seeing all again next year.