titan [Updated October 2007]  

 2007 WBC Report  

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Aaron Fuegi, MA

2007 Champion

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Event History
1991    Steve Rareshide      43
1992    Kevin Quirk      48
1993    Brian Sutton      58
1994    Chuck Kaplan      67
1995    Steve Koleszar      65
1996    Ben Foy      66
1997    Dave Finberg      72
1998    Jung Yueh      78
1999    Dave des Jardins     51
2000    Rich Atwater     60
2001    Steve Koleszar     55
2002    Ed Rothenheber     51
2003    David Finberg     60
2004    Aaron Fuegi     39
2005    David des Jardins     51
2006     Kevin Hillock     38
2007     Aaron Fuegi     45

 Laurels

Rank  Name             From  Last  Total
  1.  Aaron Fuegi       MA    07    193
  2.  Dave Finberg      MA    07    145
  3.  David des Jardins CA    07    128
  4.  Rich Atwater      WA    05     98
  5.  Brian Sutton      MD    07     97
  6.  Kevin Hillock     VA    06     80
  7.  Steve Koleszar    VA    03     78
  8.  Ed Rothenheber    MD    04     70
  9.  Dan Strock        PA    07     72
 10.  Jason Ley         GA    05     51
 11.  Michael Pustilnik NY    07     47
 12.  David Gubbay      TX    05     36
 13.  Chuck Nail        GA    01     36
 14.  Tom Johnston      IL    06     30
 15.  Joe Harrison      KY    04     30
 16.  Andrew Gross      WA    03     30
 17.  Arthur Wines      NJ    05     24
 18.  Kevin Quirk       FL    00     20
 19.  Russ Cleaveland   WA    04     15
 20.  Kyle Moore        WA    04     10
 21.  Justin Childs     FL    99     10

2007 Laurelists

David Finberg, MA
2nd

Dan Strock, PA
3rd

David des Jardins, CA
4th

Mike Pustilnik, NY
5th

Brian Sutton, MD
6th


1991: Steve Rareshide, VA
1992: Kevin Quirk, PA

Brian Sutton, MD
1993

Chuck Kaplan, IL
1994

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995, 2001

Ben Foy, VA
1996

Dave Finberg, MA
1997, 2003

Jung Yeah, MA
1998

David des Jardins, CA
1999, 2005

Rich Atwater, WA
2000

Ed Rothenheber, MD
2002

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2004, 2007

 

Kevin Hillock, VA
2006
     

 Note Akihisa Tabei's headwear - an Avaloncon cap from his last visit back in 1997 -- a year before WBC was born.

The finalists battle it out for supremacy in a battle of four former champs.

A Titanic Struggle of Champions

This year we played 42 games. 30 of these were 4-player games (including the four semi-finals and the Final) and 12 were 3-player games for a total of 156 game seats. Last year we had 138 game seats. This is about a 13% increase. The number of participants increased about 18% over last year.

This suggests that the current format is working ok and we don't need to switch to MSME at this time. The two-hour dead time seemed to work well. It is long enough to make sure we get a game going at the 4-hour start increments, but not so long that people who finish in the dead time get grumpy about having to wait to start another game.

The other event in our future is the Titan rerelease being done by Valley Games Inc. If it comes out early enough, I'll take a look at any rule changes they make and discuss with some people if we want to switch to their rules, play some games under each set or continue using the current rules. I'll want to make that decision before the end of February so I can include it in my event preview. My expectation is that the release won't occur early enough to use any rule changes for 2008. However, I do expect there to be discussion at the event if the game is published before or at WBC in 2008.

We had four players attend from Japan. Ted and Alex Lange are living there temporarily. Akihisa Tabei last attended in 1997. He brought Masahide Hisanaga "Hide" Shinjuku-Ku with him. Hide was very impressed by the WBC and was planning on trying to set up a similar event back in Japan. He was also hoping to bring some of his Titan students along with him next year. Hopefully that will take place as WBC continues to attract players worldwide.

As usual, some unusual things happened during the event. Ted Lange's titan survived 25 dice needing 4 or better (only three hits out of six needed) while eliminating Peter Gurneau's titan. David Platnick ended up winning a game with his titan the only character left in the game. In one of the semi-final games, three players (Bob Masso, Aaron Fuegi and Jason Ley) all had two warlocks at the same time.

I have some notes from two of the semi-final games.

In semifinal 1 Joe Harrison blocked Tom Johnston and neither player recovered from this. Tom did get a chance to kill Dan Strock, but rolled less than the 5 he needed to reach him. Dan played conservatively and did not risk teleporting near some weaker titans inorder to pressure them. Tom withdrew at a point that allowed Dan's serpent stack to kill Brian Sutton's dragon stack. Brian had a number of 1/3 shots at a hydra but was never able to get one. Brian tried a couple of desperate attacks incuding two trolls, two rangers and two wyverns against two wyverns, warlock, gorgon and a 9-die titan, but his miracle didn't happen. However, it made for a raucous game.

in semi-final 2 Akihisa Tabei attacked David desJardins with an angel, four rangers, and two cyclops against a 6-die titan, warlock, two minotaurs, two lions and a gargoyle and David ended up with titan, unicorn, two minotaurs and an angel. Rich Atwater attacked Michael Pustilnik with an nngel, hydra, two griffons and four rangers against an angel, gorgon, three cyclops and a ranger in the brush and Michael survived with a ranger. This was after things started off well for Rich in the battle. Rich withdrew rather than face a titan, unicorn, two warbears and two rangers being attacked by two angels, four rangers and a lion. Akihisa attacked Michael with a 6-die titan, warlock, two rangers and three gorgons against an 8-die titan, hydra, two griffons and three rangers in the desert and they mutualled. This left David as the winner.

This was the first year that all players in the Final were past champions. Titan remains very much a game for those who have earned their stirrups with all six laurelists adding to pre-existing totals. Aaron provided me with some notes on the Final:

No one was eliminated from the game early. David desJardins moved into the lead when he was able to catch Dan Strock's angel stack and end up with a killer stack that included his titan and two angels. Aaron got a giant in his titan stack and David Finberg got a hydra in his. desJardins then was able to chase Finberg's using tower teleport to move to a tower tto the left of Finberg. Finberg made a split where he pretty much had to roll a 1 to survive and did. David then rolled another 6 and switched to chasing Aaron.

Aaron got helped a bit when desJardins went for a small chance to kill Aaron's titan with a secondary stack that ended up making Aaron's titan stack a little better. desJardins wouldn't have made this attack if he had correctly remembered the contents of Finberg's angel stack as he wouldn't have needed to weaken Aaron's titan stack. On desJardin's next turn he needed a 4 or better to reach Aaron's titan stack and got it. Unfortunately he didn't also attack Finberg's angel stack which would have given him an angel to summon into the battle. So desJardins' attack was 9-die titan, two angels, two rangers and two gorgons versus a 9-die titan, angel, giant, two rangers and two warbears in the marsh without an angel to summon. Both players rolled low in the battle, but Aaron won with just his titan and an angel earned for the
points for winning the battle.

Finberg now had hydras in his titan stack and another stack with a serpent. Aaron rolled a 1 on his next turn to get into a tower and get an ogre so that he could start recruiting again. Two turns after that he rolled a 6 and recruited a warlock while starting to chase Dan's titan. Dan was able to split and escape while picking up a recruit, so Aaron switched back to recruiting and filled out his titan stack with another ogre and two trolls in short order. At that point Dan gambled on sitting in a marsh which was a good place to be for recruiting on his next turn. But Aaron picked that turn to roll a 6 and teleported to him. Aaron got about 150 points for eliminating Dan.

Aaron and Finberg continued recruiting for a while until Finberg had five hydras in his titan stack and had another stack with two serpents. While Aaron had gotten to two wyverns in his titan stack and had an outside stack with a serpent. At this point Finberg had Aaron's titan stack trapped between his titan and his angel stacks with only a couple of blockers to slow the serpent stack down. Just after the last blocker was eliminated, Aaron rolled a 6 which allowed him to teleport away.

Finberg was able to start up the chase again shortly. Aaron needed to split blockers from his angel stack to protect both his titan stack (which now had a hydra) and his outside angel. Again he rolled a 6 at a key time to let his angel stack escape while his titan stack was able to kill off a dragon stack in a plain below a mountain.

Finberg then made a good roll to threaten Aaron's titan stack and the latter followed up with a 1 which was the only roll which didn't escape. A couple of turns later Aaron was forced to attack Finberg.

The final battle was a 15-die titan, hydra, two warlocks, two wyverns and a troll (with an angel available to summon) against an 8-die titan, five hydras and a lion in the plains. (The lion was the result of an illegal recruit, but when this was discovered, removing it would have helped Finberg, so he was forced to keep it.) After some extreme luck in both directions Aaron won the battle, the game and the championship.

 GM     Bruno Wolff III  (13th year)   NA 
    bruno@wolff.to   NA

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