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Northeast TITAN Championship 2011


The Northeast TITAN Championship 2011 starts in just a couple of weeks, and we have good news. We’ve added some Friday daytime games! Games will start at 9:30 a.m. and go all day on Fridays instead of just having the evening session.

Following are the dates and details of the tournament. Note: the rules for advancing to the finals are different this year (see Advancing below). If you have any questions, you can post here or email us at at TitanTournament /at/ swa-gaming.org

The tournament will take place over multiple days in February and March 2011. You may participate on just one day or all of the days. They will be February 11-13, 25-27, and the semi-finals and finals will take place on March 12. On each of the tournament days there will be multiple start times for games.

In the Albany New York area at The Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community Room, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY 12309. www.swa-gaming.org/studiodirections

All level players
Although it is a tournament, the most important thing is that we all get together to have fun and play Titan. Beginners and novice players are encouraged to attend. The rules of the game will not be taught, but tournament GMs will be available to answer any rules questions and/or disputes.

Are you planning to attend?
Let us know.
We would like to get a rough idea how many people will be participating in the event. So even if you are only planning on playing in one game, please send an email to TitanTournament /at/ swa-gaming.org and let us know you are playing.

The Rules
In addition to any tournament rules explained below, we will be adhering to Bruno Wolff’s Titan Errata and Clarifications (including the Etiquette guide) found here http://wolff.to/titan/errata.html. Printed copies of this will be available for reference during the tournament.

Preliminary Rounds
There will be multiple stages to the tournament. The first stage will be the preliminary rounds. Players will be able to play in as many or as few preliminary games as they like.

Prelim games will be made up randomly from the available pool of players at the specified start times. Except that, where possible, we will attempt to separate people who have already played each other in the event. There are no guarantees, but we will try to give people a chance to play against a variety of opponents. Preliminary games will be 4-player when possible, 3-player or 5-players if the number of available players necessitates it.

Start times for prelim games are listed below and have a time limit (see Time Limits). We may decide to start a game at a time other than the designated start times if we have enough available players and the next start time is still far off.

Start Times:

Friday, Feb 11 starting at 9:30a.m., 1:30p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 12 starting at 9:00 a.m., 1:00p.m., and 5:00p.m (S.W.A. Game-a-thon day)
Sunday, Feb 13 starting at 9:00 a.m., 1:00p.m., and 5:00p.m

Friday, Feb 25 starting at 9:30a.m., 1:30p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 26 starting at 3:00 p.m and 6:00p.m. NOTE: no morning game
Sunday, Feb 27, starting at 9:00 a.m., 1:00p.m., and 5:00p.m.

Semis and Final Rounds

March 12th (S.W.A. Game-a-thon day)
Semis 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with time limit
Finals starting at 5:00 p.m. no time limit

Players with the highest average score (see advancing) in the preliminary games will advance into the semi-final round and the top rated players will be placed in different games. The number of players in the semi-final round will depend on the number of participants. If there are 12 or under players, there will be no semi-final games and the top 4 players will advance directly to a final 4-player game. With 13–20 players, there will be two 4-player semi-final games with the winners and second place finishers advancing to a 4-player final. With 21–30 players, there will be four 3-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final. With 31+ players there will be four 4-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final. If there is a mutual elimination for an advancing place in a semifinal game, the player with the higher average from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final.

Time Limits

Preliminary and semi-final games will have a 7 hour time limit. Do not begin a game that you are not prepared to finish. If a player chooses to leave before the game end or time limit they must withdraw from the game, unless unless all players agree to a shorter time limit.

Hopefully most 4-player games will be over before the time limit. But unless all remaining players agree to keep playing, prelim games will end roughly when the 7-hour time limit is reached. All players should receive the same number of turns. Players should be conscious of the time limit so a new round of turns should not be started if it is likely to cause the game to go significantly over the time limit. Winners of games that end due to time limit will be determined by adding the following:
+ a player’s points scored from battles
+ double the number of points in a player’s Titan legion
+ the number of points in the player’s strongest legion besides its Titan legion

We changed the way players advance to the semifinals this year. Players will score points for winning games, finishing ahead of other players and eliminating Titans. The number of points a player has scored will be divided by the number of games they have played to determine a player’s average or rating. Note: Players who only play 1 or 2 games will still have their points divided by three. This is to get an average and to encourage players to keep playing if they win their first and/or second game, since they can’t hurt their average unless they’ve already played 3 games.

Players with the highest average/rating will advance to the semifinals.

Players will receive
points per player that they finish ahead of
points for winning the game
1 point per Titan kill
Mutuals will split the difference between the positions

Points in a 4-player game
1st gets 14 points (Mutual for 1st gets 11 points)
2nd gets 8 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 6 points)
3rd gets 4 points (Mutual for 3rd gets 2 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Points in a 3 player game
1st gets 12 points (Mutual for 1st gets 9 points)
2nd gets 6 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 3 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Points in a 5 player
1st gets 16 points (Mutual for 1st gets 13 points)
2nd gets 10 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 8 points)
3rd gets 6 points (Mutual for 3rd gets 4 points)
4th gets 2 points (Mutual for 4th gets 1 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Entry Fee
There will be a 12$ fee to enter the Tournament. Unlike last year there will be no per game fee or day rate, the entry fee includes all the games you would like to play. This entry fee will go towards prizes for the Tournament and to the Studio of Bridge and Games to use the space.

Prizes and Bragging rights
There will be cash prizes given out to the top four tournament players ($80, $60, $40, $20), the winners of the tournament will be listed on the SWA website, and the tournament results will be sent to A.R.E.A. (Avalon Hill Reliability, Experience, and Ability Scoring System) http://wolff.to/area/G_TTN.html. There will also be a plaque for the winner.

Physical memory aids (paper, computers, etc.) are NOT allowed except for recording information requested by the game master (such as points, who killed who, etc.). Players may only use their memories to keep track of stack contents or to make decisions in the game.

Players still in the game have an interest in the outcome of battles being fought by other players, and as such are allowed to give advice as long as they aren't bothering the player who it is being given to. No advice may be given by anyone not playing in the game, except to point out a rules violation.

Players are expected to start each game playing to win. If it is found that a player was more interested in helping another player than how he did, adjustments to the results may be made.

There will be several GMs, all of whom will be playing the tournament. Should any dispute involving a GM occur, that cannot be resolved using Bruno Wolff’s “Titan Errata and Clarifications”, a ruling will be made by the GM(s) not involved.

Thanks, and hope to see you at the tournament.

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Titan Finals this Saturday

The players below will play two 3-player semifinal games with the top two from each game advancing to the final 4-player game.

Top 6 averages from the Preliminary games:

Nick Klercker (10.9)
Mike Rogozinski (8.6)
Ralph Mabb (8.0)
Mycroft Sowizral (7.75)
John Fitzpatrick (7.6)
Vince Romeo (6.6)

TITAN Tournament Standings

There is still allot of Titan to be played, but we are off to a pretty good start.

Below are the current standings.
Name - Average (# of games played)

Nick Klercker - 12 (6)
Mike Rogozinski - 8.6 (3)
Mycroft Sowizral - 8.3 (6)
Ralph Mabb - 8 (4)
John Fitzpatrick - 7.3 (3)
Bill Dickerson - 4 (2)
Martin Szinger - 3.3 (2)
Vince Romeo - 2.6 (2)
Stu Kalfon - 2.6 (1)
Dave Cheng - 2.6 (1)
Doug Riggi - 2 (5)
John Rigley - 0 (2)

Players above the line are currently qualified for the Finals. At this time there are not enough players to trigger semifinal games, but that should change next week.

Adjusted point system

I just made some minor adjustments to the point system based on player feedback and discussion with the other GMs. The changes have been made to the original post.

These changes did not change the current Tournament standings, which I will post soon.

Titan starts Friday! I'll teach you.

The Titan Tournament is all day this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

This is not an elimination tournament. Even if you are new to the game, you can play in as many games as you want.

Even if you've never played you can still come by to hang out. If I am not in the middle of a game I'll teach you to play myself. Then you can play in the next round of games on the 25, 26, and 27th.

Tournament update - More Friday Start times.

We have good news. We’ve added some Friday daytime games! Just updated the original post with the new start times.