A Titanic Struggle of Champions
Daniel Barnes, Phil Rennert and Bruno
Wolff play as Rich Northey and Aaron Fuegi kibitz.
Ted Lange and Joe Harrison are no
match for Aaron Fuegi while on his game in 2010.
Aaron Fuegi became the second player to win the Titan
multiplayer event in the same year as he won the Titan 2-player
tournament. David desJardins managed the same feat in 2005.
First out of the Final was Rich Atwater. His titan got trapped
and he withdrew rather than give his points to one of two other
players depending on whether he moved his titan legion or not.
The game ended when David desJardins rolled a 6 and had a choice
of attacking Brian Sutton's titan legion, Aaron Fuegi's titan
legion or biding his time. David's titan legion consisted of
titan (12), two rangers, two cyclops and an outside angel to
call. Brian's consisted of ttan (12), angel, two warlocks, lion,
and ranger. Aaron's consisted of titan (8), two giants, two unicorns,
warlock, and a warbear. David decided to attack Brian and started
out with poor luck. He was unable to kill a warlock with 12 dice
which delayed his angel by a round. Later he needed four more
hits with an angel to finish off a lion and only got three, allowing
for a recruit. At this point David made a deal with Brian to
concede if David only closed with his titan (leaving out a cyclops)
and killed Brian's titan. (Some ethics discussion occurred while
the deal was being made and implemented.) David's titan killed
Brian's. After some thought, Brian struck back at David's titan
and slew it, making Aaron the winner. David won the roll off
to take second. It was noted later, that given the high likelihood
of a mutual with the two powerful titans, that delaying until
after Aaron's titan was slain (he was in move compulsion), may
have been the better option.
In semi-final #1, David desJardins suffered poor recruiting
with his angel legion and had the legion made ineffective when
he attacked a legion accompanied by two rangers, where he expected
to find two trolls. So at one point he risked a one-third hit
by Micheal Pustilnik, because he felt he really needed to get
a dragon in play. Jonathon Barnes was forced to make an attack
with his titan legion on one of Micheal's that he didn't really
want, but managed to win the battle. David eventually was able
to get his dragon by using blockers to keep the legion safe for
a few turns. Micheal got titan teleport with his titan legion
in the woods. David then attacked with a legion with two hydras.
Micheal needed to use his titan early in the battle. After taking
damage from a hydra and rangers he tried to hide his titan, but
David was able to reach it and ended the battle with three angels
and a hydra. Once David got a colossus in his titan legion, that
combined with titan teleport gave him a decisive lead and Jonathan
and Bruce Rae withdrew.
In semi-final #2, Dan Strock was hurt by a 7 on 7 attack in
the mountains that failed, in part due to a lack of rangers.
He was eliminated by Akihisa Tabei in a 5 on 6 attack. Dan had
a titan, two warbears and three trolls. Aki had an angel, some
rangers and lions. The attack was in the brush and the trolls
were not very effective in that terrain. Aki then split in an
odd place and Aaron Fuegi could have killed his titan, but depending
on the results may have been killed in turn by Bob Masso. As
he rolled a 6, Aaron tower teleported to chase after Bob's titan
as a safer alternative. Bob got a bad roll and his titan was
trapped. Bob's legions were worth a lot of points, giving Aaron
titan teleport. Even though Aki had strengthened his titan legion
by the time Aaron rolled a 6, the battle was a relatively easy
win for Aaron.
In semi-final #3, Yoshiya Narita was first out after playing
politely. Joe Harrison then withdrew after his situation became
hopeless. After Brian got titan teleport, Jason Ley survived
three turns as a weak titan. When Brian rolled a 6 the final
battle was Titan (12) two serpents, two warlocks, gorgon and
behemoth versus titan (9), two warlocks, two giants, and two
unicorns in the plains. It came down to titan on titan with Brian
needing nine hits in 21 dice and Jason needing seven hits in
nine dice. Both happened, but Brian won the resulting rolloff.
In semi-final #4, David Finberg was affected adversely by
lack of sleep. He split in an unintended manner for his starting
tower. And later missed a threat when teleporting to the tundra
to get a warbear for two trolls which earned him an early exit
from the game courtesy of Rich Atwater. Steve Koleszar tried
to split run from Rich and only rolled a 1, which let Peg Meacham
catch him. Rich then killed her angel legion and left with only
one legion to Rich's 12, she resigned.
In the best Near Miss category, in Preliminary game #5, Bob
Masso won the final battle with only his titan left, and it had
nine out of ten hits on it. On a sadder note, Gerald Lientz who
participated in the tournment regularly for almost 15 years,
missed this last WBC due to illness and passed away shortly afterward.
Rich Atwater, Steve Koleszar and Peg
Meachum battle in semi #4 after ending the defense of Dave Finberg's
Bruno Wolff in his 16th year as Titan
GM oversees his latest crop of finalists.