Always a titanic and now legendary
Young Santa and Virginia Melton watch
Bob Wicks place his bet.
This young fella has Ken Samuels and
Paul Weintraub surrounded.
Sacrifice for the Titan ...
benefited from the record convention attendance with an impressive
13 games played in the first heat alone as our field broke the
century mark for the first time in four years. Close games were
the rule. Thirteen of the 33 preliminary games were decided by
a single point. Another four were decided by tiebreakers, and
one of those was a three-way tie! Even those with an eye on one
of the medals awarded for various in-game achievements had to
work for them, as many of those were also decided by a tiebreaker.
24 of the 31 qualifying winners appeared for the semifinal round.
One alternate was accepted to complete five 5-player games. If
anything, the competition stepped up a level, as three of those
games were decided by two points or less. On the other hand,
Matt Calkins used his own special ability of convincing other
players that he wasn't a threat so well that, in the last round,
he would have won regardless of which of the four remaining creatures
The Final had a diverse accumulation of player styles and it
was a treat to see how they interacted. At first it seemed to
be a push. The first round had many more card plays than normal
as the players were testing each other. Of course, this would
mean that the draw deck would be exhausted in the end, limiting
Things really got exciting in the third round when Steve Shambeda
played the Head Referee, exposing both Matt Calkins' and Jordan
Shea's secret bets on the Titan. However, by this time new cards
were dwindling, as were everyone's options. Even Devon Miller's
usually effective negotiating skills were hampered, and Matt
ended the game by choosing to kill one of his other bets to save
his Titan. He and Devon were tied with 10, but since he had a
bet on the creature he'd just killed, Matt won the tiebreaker
and became the first two-time champion in our 16-year run.
In addition to the trophy cups for the finalists, I was happy
to award five medals for various achievements, each named after
one of the spectators in the game. The Mighty Minotaur went to
the player who placed sixth sans fez, and Anna Rinko claimed
it with her extremely close semifinal runner-up performance.
Isaac Clizbe killed ten creatures in his heat games to claim
the Battling Behemoth medal. In Heat 2 we had two players each
lose 12 points on the last creature to die in their respective
games, but since Jeremy Rice had a higher score the Shining Serpent
medal was his. There was also a tie for the lowest winning score
in a heat, but the Weary Warbear went to Joanna Melton, who had
won her game on a tiebreaker. The Ardent Angel medal was won
by Erin Wingo for her highest last-place score of 7 points, but
unfortunately she wasn't present at the semifinals when I awarded
the medals, so I still have it for her. Erin, if you see this,
shoot me an email and we can make arrangements to get it to you.
Congratulations to all of our medal winners.
Titan: The Arena Junior
Rob Kircher, Brendan Coomes and Harry
Flawd try their luck at Table 1.
The Juniors event drew 18 young players competing for a place
in the 5-player Final, which consisted of the winner in each
of the four preliminary games and the runner-up whose score was
the highest percentage of their winner's score.
The Final started out friendly enough, with the betless Cyclops
perishing for lack of support. Of course, as is the nature of
this game, it wasn't to last as the Troll was second to go with
a newly-placed 3-point bet from Mandy Mossman. Next to go was
Alyssa Morgen's Unicorn, which got no support beyond her own
firstt-round bet. In Round 4, Nick Metzger and Mandy each had
four points showing on the Dragon, while Antony Saccenti and
Adam Wojtaszczk had 5 points on the Titan, rendering both creatures'
powers unusable. Despite this, Adam managed to kill the Warlock,
which had bets from both Mandy and Alyssa. Despite heartfelt
negotiations, the hapless Dragon was eliminated last by Alyssa,
because it was the only creature of the four remaining that had
none of her bets. Unfortunately for her though, it was revealed
that everyone's secret bets had survived, and Adam emerged triumphant.
Congratulations, Adam, and well done to all of the finalists!
Enjoy your trophies, and I hope to see all of you next year either
back in the Juniors event or graduating to the adult version.
Final standings: Adam Wojtaszczyk (11), Antony Saccenti (12),
Nick Metzger (12), Alyssa Morgen (12), Mandy Mossman (11) and
Giovani Petruzelli (11).