Always a titanic and now legendary
Attendance was down a lot until a surge in the third heat
Saturday afternoon brought it back closer to the norm - but not
enough to maintain its place in the Century ... until the 2011
Board voted it alone Legacy status from among ten eligible candidates.
The 26 preliminary games yielded 24 qualifiers, with two players,
Joanna Melton and Bram Walzl, winning twice. A quarter of those
were AWOL for the semi-final round, so we added two alternates
to man five 4-player tables, named after some of the combatants
in the game.
Action in the heats was lively, possibly due to the "extra
credit" medals given for various achievements. In one game
a player killed the last creature while he had the most points
on it, which was the tiebreaker that give him the win. The semi-final
games were also pretty intense. In his game, Ewan McNay was in
complete control, killing all five creatures and earning the
highest score achieved this year (18 points).
Joining Ewan at the Final were Bram Walzl, John Speck, Jordan
Shea, and Thomas Melton - the youngest of the well-versed Morton
clan. In Round 1 the cyclops was killed quickly, almost through
unanimous consent, or possibly due to lack of depth perception.
In Round 2, instead of killing the only creature left with no
first round bet (titan) or one of Thomas' two first-round bets,
Bram ended up killing John's Hydra. The titan wasn't long for
this world, however, as it shuffled off its immortal coil in
Round 3, along with Jordan's second-round bet. There was no way
for Thomas to save both of his first-round bets, and so his Ranger
died valiantly in Round 4, also taking bets from Bram and John
What the players didn't know was that all five secret bets
were still alive in Round 5, meaning that each player had at
least seven points riding on one of the four creatures left.
This was complicated by all the first-round and secret bets of
each creature having been made by different players. The only
way Bram was going to win was if the Unicorn died, but with both
Jordan's and Ewan's secret bets there, it was unlikely. If the
Dragon had died then Ewan would have had enough to win, but since
all of John's remaining points were there, he was able to concentrate
on keeping it alive. That left the Troll and the Warlock, with
exactly the same total points bet on them. Finally, the stars
aligned and the Warlock bit the dust, crowning Jordan Shea the
I would like to note that, in its 15-year history, the tournament
has produced 15 different winners. This easily makes it the longest-running
event with no repeat winner. That's gotta be worth something,
right? This year we had more medals than ever to give out for
various gameplay-related achievements. The "Mighty Minotaur"
with imaginary fez was given to Joanna Melton for placing sixth.
The "Battling Behemouth" went to 2001 champ Rebecca
Hebner for killing the most creatures in the preliminaries. The
"Shining Serpent" was awarded to Kevin Breza for losing
the most points bet on a creature that dies in the last round
of a regular game. The "Weary Warbear" was earned by
Bram Walzl, who not only had the lowest winning score (10), but
did so breaking a three-way tie. The "Ardent Angel"
went to Gregory Kulp for the highest last-place score (8). Gregory
was not present to receive his medal, so, Gregory, if you are
reading this, shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.
Congratulations to Jordan and all of the award winners. I
hope to see you all (and some of your friends) next year! For
more details on the Titan: The Arena event see the GM's website
Titan: The Arena Junior
The little finalists check out their swag.
GM Greg Crowe presents Dacey
with her plaque.
Despite an upswing in Juniors attendance this year, only eight
kids reported for mayhem in the ring this year, with Thomas Melton
having moved on from the Junior ranks to place second in the
adult version. Down in the Minors, the next phenomenon appears
to be Dacey Collinson who improved from 6th last year to win
it in 2011. The other finalists were:
2nd: Adam Wojtaszczyk
3rd: Alyssa Morgan
4th: Lucas Holmquist
5th: Nicholas Metzger
6th: Wes Lewis
The preliminary round consisted of two four-player games,
with the top two from each game joining the closest third place
player for a 5-player Final. Alyssa, Lucas, Nicholas, Dacey and
Adam started that game the same way the adult Final did, with
the Cyclops and then the Hydra falling in the first two rounds.
The only difference was the Juniors' Hydra did not have any bets
on it, so all chips were still in play. The third creature to
perish was the only other one with no first-round bet - the Unicorn
- unfortunately taking out smaller bets by Lucas and Nicholas.
Things heated up in the fourth round, as Dacy managed to slay
Nicholas' Warlock, which was the only creature that had none
of her chips on it. Of course this meant that, whatever creature
dies next, Dacey would lose something. Adam's only hope was to
figure out which one had Dacey's secret bet on it. Unfortunately
for him, he managed to kill the Troll, and although it had her
first-round bet, only Nicholas had made a secret bet on it. Dacey's
secret bet was hiding under the Dragon, and with it she managed
to win quite handily.
As is the tradition in Titan: The Arena Jr., everyone
who made it to the final table got a trophy for their efforts.
Congratulations to Dacey and to all the other finalists for their