A Titanic Struggle of Champions
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.
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
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
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.