Updated 11/30/2009

 2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

David Finberg, MA

2009 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
2008    Jason Ley     37
2009    David Finberg     42

Rank  Name             From  Last  Total
  1.  Dave Finberg      MA    09    219
  2.  Aaron Fuegi       MA    07    193
  3.  Jason Ley         GA    09    141
  4.  David des Jardins CA    08    140
  5.  Rich Atwater      WA    09    103
  6.  Brian Sutton      MD    07     97
  7.  Steve Koleszar    VA    08     84
  8.  Kevin Hillock     VA    06     80
  9.  Dan Strock        PA    07     72
 10.  Ed Rothenheber    MD    04     70
 11.  Joe Harrison      KY    08     48
 12.  Michael Pustilnik NY    07     47
 13.  Robert Masso      NY    08     36
 14.  David Gubbay      TX    05     36
 15.  Chuck Nail        GA    01     36
 16.  Arthur Wines      NJ    09     34
 17.  Tom Johnston      IL    06     30
 18.  Andrew Gross      WA    03     30
 19.  Jonathan Barnes   CA    09     20
 20.  Kevin Quirk       FL    00     20
 21.  Akihisa Tabei     jp    09     15
 22.  Russ Cleaveland   WA    04     15
 23.  Kyle Moore        WA    04     10
 24.  Justin Childs     FL    99     10

2009 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists:

Jason Ley, WA

Jonathan Barnes, CA

Akihisa Tabei, jp

Arthur Wines, PA

Rich Atwater, WA

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

Brian Sutton, MD

Chuck Kaplan, IL

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995, 2001

Ben Foy, VA

Dave Finberg, MA
1997, 2003, 2009

Jung Yeah, MA

David des Jardins, CA
1999, 2005

Rich Atwater, WA

Ed Rothenheber, MD

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2004, 2007


Kevin Hillock, VA


Jason Ley, WA

Craig Melton, Dave Gubbay, Dan Strock and Jarrett Weintraub wage fantasy wars on the tried and true old AH version of Titan.

Rich Atwater, Steve Koleszar, Arthur Wines and Marc Berenbach dispense mayhem using the new Valley Games version of Titan.

A Titanic Struggle of Champions

David Finberg became the first three-time multiplayer Titan champ. This year, as an extra benefit to winning, David received a new copy of Titan, signed by Jason McCallister, courtesy of Valley Games.

Jonathan Barnes became the youngest player to make the Titan final at an amazing 11 years of age. In his semi-final game he was matched against three players with former Final experience, so he didn't have an easy path to the Final. Talk about your David and Goliath scenarios. Well done young man! We hope to see more of you in the years to come.

Akihisa Tabei further increased his reputation as an extremely aggressive player by attacking David's titan legion on Turn 1 of the Final! As far as I know this is the only Turn 1 attack that has occurred in an official WBC game, let alone a Final. Akihisa decided to attack David's titan legion knowing that it had recruited a troll, but not that it contained his titan, with his titan legion which did not have any ogres. He did not get lucky early and had to commit his titan to try to get his angel in, forcing David to risk his titan to end the battle before the angel arrived. In the end David ended up with the same legion contents he started with, 84 points and a more open board near him. However he was shaken by the attack and felt that it negatively impacted his play for a while.

Jonathan was the next player out. David attacked him in the plains with a 13-4 titan, two angels, two rangers, two trolls and an archangel available to summon.  So even though Jonathan had a legion that in many games would be very good, 6-4 titan, dragon and four unicorns, he had little hope. David survived with s 15-4 titan, archangel, two angels, ranger and troll.

Jason Ley resigned once David had turned that troll into a giant and Jason felt he couldn't win even if he got to David's titan legion, giving him no reasonable chance to even get lucky at that point. David had a pretty commanding position at the end, but up until the giant was recruited Jason thought that he might have a small chance in a titan on titan battle.

Unfortunately, we did not see a big increase in participation with new Titan sets being available for the first time in a long while. New sets were seen being used and perhaps it will take a while for them to have an affect on attendance. I am still hoping for an increase in interest with reasonably priced sets available for people again. This year we had 42 different players, four 5-player games, 22 4-player games (including the elimination rounds) and eight 3-player games, for a total of 132 player seats. Last year we had 37 different players, no 5-player games, 24 4-player games and seven 3-player games, for a total of 117 player seats. The difference is comparable to other year to year changes, so while an increase is nice, the change isn't really significant. This year was odd in that we had a fair number of 5-player games. A couple of times we had just one game starting and five people to play, but in at least one case there was a preference for a 5-player game (and a 4-player game) to having three 3-player games.

Unlike last year, this year when Bruce Rae left his titan off the map in a battle, it was intentional. He wanted to minimize the points his opponent was going to receive in a battle he had essentially no chance to win. By leaving just the titan off, his opponent gets full points only for the titan, all of his other characters count only as half points.

There was an interesting final battle between Joe Harrison and Steve Koleszar where having too many serpents can be a problem even outside of the desert. Joe was attacking with an 8-4 titan and six serpents and no angel to summon against a 19-4 titan and three angels in the woods from the left side. The way it played out was that Steve set up with titan in F4 and the angels in F1, F2 and F3. Joe then considered whether or not to leave a serpent off as if he entered all six, he would have to expose his titan to the risk of an 8-4 titan and a serpent killing an angel in one shot. In the end he decided to take that risk and Steve decided to stick with his plan of defending in the corner with his titan. But it was noted that if an angel had been able to reach A2, Joe would have had to have left a serpent off, which got us thinking about the initial setup. It turned out that the first serpent that Joe threw into the double team at E4, got eight hits, popping an angel and damaging the titan. After that he just needed to make some careful play so that Steve's titan couldn't reach his and ended up winning the battle. After the battle we went back and looked at possible setups for the defender and found that if the defender put the titan at A2 and an angel at B2 the attacker would be forced to leave one serpent off (or face instant death) and another would have to start in the titan angel double team and very likely get only one shake. This makes the battle very close.

Jason Ley loads up on dice as he prepares to battle young Jonathan Barnes in the Final with his father, Daniel Barnes, rooting in the background.

David des Jardins (center) watches the finalists battling for wood. The young Californian broke into some exalted company to reach the final four.
 GM     Bruno Wolff III  (15th year)   NA 
    bruno@wolff.to   NA

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