Avoiding the Lava Flow Pays off
Pete Gathman, John Rinko, Craig Melton
and Rich Atwater
Akihisa Tabei, Ed Rothenheber and
There were 16 4-player and ten 3-player games in the preliminary
rounds. This is down from last year when we recorded 32 preliminary
games. Only six games were played on Friday -- perhaps a consequence
of the prevailing weather conditions.
I favor a scheduling change in 2013. Since a lot of crazy
stuff happens in the Final due to people being tired after playing
the semis and Final back to back, I want to split them between
Friday and Saturday. In order to help attract players, I want
to have games on Tuesday evening (overlapping the demos). So
the preliminary part of the event would run Tuesday evening through
Thursday night. The semis would be Friday morning and the Final
Saturday morning. This is subject to approval by the powers that
be, but is what I plan to submit for the event for 2013.
Akihisa Tabei again gave old style counter sheets to the four
I'd like to thank David des Jardins for recording the Final
and a rough copy of that data will be available on the web.
Semifinal 1, Steve Koleszar was leading with good brush legions
and a legion with two minotaurs, but withdrew because of the
heat in Lampeter. (For those of you not there, the AC had issues
for most of the week.) That left Brian Sutton in the lead. Then
Brian's titan legion with two warbears and two angels was forced
into the mountains and attacked by Akihisa Tabei with angel,
two minotaurs and two trolls with an angel to summon. Aki took
the angel from his other legion but forgot to enter it on the
turn it could come in (and hence was returned to the original
legion), allowing Brian to survive with his titan and two angels.
Then, one of Dan Strock's legions was attacked by Aki and he
was able to get an archangel. Dan had just two legions at that
point (two rangers, angel and archangel and titan, two warbears,
warlock, giant and unicorn). At this point Brian's titan was
in a tower with two warlocks and an angel (and multiple serpent
legions) when Aki moved next to that tower with titan, warlock
and five rangers. Brian needed to roll a 5 or 6 to reach Aki's
titan with a serpent legion, but only rolled a four. Brian fled
the tower, to a marsh. Aki needed a 5 or 6 to reach Brian, but
only rolled a 2. Then Dan rolled a 6 and teleported on Brian's
titan with titan, archangel, unicorn, warlock and two warbears.
Aki made a desperate attack the next turn, but didn't get the
miracle he needed.
In Semifinal 2, Jonathan Barnes got his five-high titan legion
trapped between two six-high brush legions belonging to Aaron
Fuegi and Bruce Rae. Bruce attacked Jonathan's titan on Turn
3, and with some good rolls, won handily. For a while the game
proceeded with few points being earned, but with the remaining
players all mustering well, especially Aaron. Then Bruce was
able to win a few battles and get teleportation. Bruce attacked
Aaron's titan in the hills with his first 6. Again Bruce got
good rolls, but still was stripped of recruiters. Bruce had titan
and two angels after the battle, but was able to get into towers
to gain some warlocks, while Kevin Hillock was mustering serpents.
Bruce was able to muster well with his other legions, getting
some hydras, serpents and unicorns. He used these other legions
to pin down Kevin's few legions. Bruce was then able to attack
Kevin's titan (with three serpents) with his own serpent legion,
summoning an archangel and won a close battle. Bruce remarked
that this was the best Titan game of his life.
In Semifinal 3, Tom Johnston was able to recruit all ten colossus,
which is very rare. Perhaps even rarer, is that David Finberg
was able to defeat Tom after a long game despite facing ten colossus.
Micheal Pustilnik and Jason Ley had each withdrawn after their
positions became hopeless.
Pete Gathmann was eliminated in Semifinal 4 when David des
Jardins attacked his titan legion with his own titan legion containing
rangers and gorgons. David got lucky to win the battle and survived
with a 12-point titan and two angels. Sean McCulloch attacked
him the next turn. At a key point in the battle, David played
for a win rather than a mutual (since he would not advance even
if he won the roll off) and Sean emerged with a 12-point titan
and two angels. Shortly afterwards Sean got his titan into a
tower, at which point Justin Childs resigned.
For the Final we moved to a cooler location to escape Lampeter's
anticipated lava flow. It was a good thing too because all four
players were in the game for a long time! On Turn 33, Sean McCulloch
resigned as his titan legion had been stripped and his only other
legion was outmatched. Immediately after this, David Finberg
attacked guardian, warlock and five rangers belonging to Dan
Strock, with his titan, a serpent, two behemoths and three gorgons.
David's titan was still only a 6 despite the length of the game.
Despite David's advantage, the battle went south and became a
mutual. Several turns later Dan was able to catch Bruce's 12-point
titan, an ang, two behemoths and a gorgon with two giants, two
warbears and two rangers to win his first Titan title.
Brian Sutton, Akihisa Tabei, Dan Strock
and Steve Koleszar
Dave des Jardins oversees the finalists.