Titan at the World Boardgaming Championships

Last updated on March 10, 2014.

For more information on Titan see my Titan Home Page.

This tournament is essentially a followon to Avaloncon run by the Boardgame Players Association instead of The Avalon Hill Game Company, who have been bought out by Hasbro.

Results of previous Titan events are available, including the 2013 WBC Titan events.

I plan on running the multiplayer Titan event again in 2014.

Assuming my requested times are accepted, the main change this year will be starting games an hour earlier. I've also had a request to survey players' opinions on giving advice in battles and I'll try to work something up for that.

The WBC will be in Lancaster PA again for 2014. The multi-player Titan tournament will run from Tuesday (evening) August 5th through Saturday August 9th. There will be a demo for new players Tuesday evening at TBD. Tuesday evening through Thursday will be preliminary play, The semi-finals will be held Friday morning and the finals Saturday morning. I don't have the two player info yet.

The schedule is as follows. Titan is a B event. There will be a demo Tuesday night in the Terrace. Preliminary heat rounds will be at 21 on Tuesday and 9, 13, 17 and 21 on Wednesday and Thursday. Turnout for Tuesday night and Wednesday at 9 will be low because of the two player Titan Tournament. But if we have at least three people who don't like to play two player, we will start up games. The preliminary games will NOT be limited to 4 hours. The 4 hour gap is to allow enough players to be eliminated that we have a reasonably sized pool of players available for playing in the next round. I leave myself the option to start games off the schedule no less than one hour before the next scheduled time. I will do this where I think it will help participation in the event. Just because there are enough players present to start a game doesn't mean that I will agree to do so.

The rules used will NOT be impacted by Valley Games Inc. rereleasing Titan.

The top 16 will advance to 4 semi-final games and the 4 semi-final winners will advance to the final. The semi-finals will be held at 9 on Friday and the finals at 9 on Saturday.

Preliminary games will have three, four or five players, with a preference toward having four or three player games as opposed to five player games. The semi-finals and finals will be four player games.

The qualifying tie breakers, in order, are firsts, seconds, thirds, fourths, titan kills, opponents' firsts, opponents' seconds, opponents' thirds, opponents' fourths, opponents' titan kills, lowest game number of the last game started, lowest tower number in the last game started. Finishing last in a game will not count as a third or fourth in a three or four player game, respectively. (Note that there will not be any ties under this tiebreaking system.)

In a mutual situation, both players get one titan kill and there is a roll off to see who gets credit for the higher and lower of the two positions. The attacker should roll seven dice needing 4s, 5s and 6s. If he gets 4 or more hits he is considered the victor of the battle and gets the higher placement, otherwise the defender gets the higher placement.

If a player withdraws from the game (this doesn't include conceding a battle involving his titan), his titan kill will be credited to the winner of the game (even if won after a mutual roll off).

The winner of a game (other than by winning a mutual roll off) also gets a titan kill for their own surviving titan.

If you play the same player more than once, you get credit for their results multiplied by the number of times you played them.

In order to be in the top sixteen for the event you must participate in the semi-finals. If there are players who would have qualified for the semi-finals but do not participate, they will be dropped out of the top sixteen and the next highest ranked players (that are able to participate) will be moved up into the top sixteen. You have to have at least finished not last in a qualifying game to get into the semi-finals even if there aren't sixteen other people participating in the semi-finals.

Players who are likely to end up in the top sixteen, but will have a conflict preventing them from participating in the semi-finals should let me know so that I can advise players who are likely to move up, to show up for the semi-finals.

Winning a preliminary game doesn't automatically qualify you for the semi-finals. Not winning a preliminary game doesn't preclude you making the semi-finals.

If a semi-final (or final) game runs extremely long we may need to award a victor by adjudication (which may include a roll off). (This should be very unlikely now that semi-finals and finals are on different days.) I will select three judges (which may or may not include myself) who will determine approximate chances possible finish orders. After assigning finish orders to the possible die rolls I will roll a die to determine the outcome.

Semi-final seeding will be random with constraints on who can meet which opponents. Players will be able to form groups of up to four players that will not be allowed to meet each other in the semi-finals. Each player may only be in one such group. All players in such a group must agree to being in it. A player should declare the group they are part of before playing any games. (I'm flexible here if I don't think this is being abused.) I will rule on any inconistant group declarations to make them consistant in what I think best matches the intent of the players. In addition the 16 players will be broken up into four groups of players based on their ranking from the preliminary rounds (1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16). Players in each group will be split accross tables. This will tend to split up the better players, without people knowing enough to be able to "game" things at the end of the preliminary play.

Players who have picked Multi-player Titan as their team event will not be allowed in the same semi-final game as any of their teammates.

Note that seeding will still affect the finish order for people who do not win their semi-final game. If you have chosen Titan for your team event, then it may be important to you to finish 5th or 6th rather than 7th or 8th.

Only the four semi-final winners will be allowed to participate in the finals. If there is a no show, no fill-in will be used.

I will play in heat round games, but will not play in the semi-finals or finals under any circumstances. There are two reasons for this. One is that I set up most of the matches (though assistant GMs may set up a couple). This would allow me to play in easier matches if I chose and I think it is better for appearance sake not to play in the semi-finals. Also if a ruling is needed for a final or semi-final game, I want to be free to make the correct ruling. I still may bring in an assistant for cases involving people I know (though now that is likely to include most of the people in the semi-finals and final) to back up my opinion (or point out a mistake).

While I (or a designated assistant) will make the final ruling on the composition for heat games, the following guidelines will normally be followed.

I will be taking room numbers of players who wish to be called if they aren't present 15 minutes ahead of the semi-final (final) start time. I will only do this for people staying at the hotel.

Anyone who is not present at semi-final (final) start time or hasn't checked in with me in the previous hour will lose their spot. Any players who are still not present at 10 minutes after the start time will be dropped whether they checked in previously or not. Fill-ins will be taken from the top ranked players present when a vacancy opens up. We will wait up to 15 minutes past the start time if we have less than 16 players. Otherwise play will start as soon as all checked in players are present. Please save wear and tear on the GM by showing up early.

The following are WBC specific rules.

You may also want to take a look at the current set of clarifications and errata which be used for my Titan event at the WBC.


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