Since the wood for Titan: The Arena tournaments at WBC have typically gone down to only three places (sorry, no "sand plaque" here), I originally decided that everyone who makes it to the finalist table should get something. So that is how I decided to have Finalist cups made up to give out. Each of the five players who makes it to the finalist table will receive one (like the one pictued to the right) to commemorate their achievement, regardless of their standing after the final game.
In addition, I will award the following medals, named after various spectator cards in the game. You can find a record of all medal winners here. Note that the examples cite the sample game here.
This will be given to the player who comes sixth in the tournament. In a five-game semi-final, sixth place goes to the one of the second-place players whose score was the highest percentage of their game's winner. Ties for this are broken in favor of the player with the highest actual score.
In the sample game Hatshepsut came in second. The percentage of her score to Joe Schlabotinik is 9/11, or approximately 81.8 percent. Of course, whether this would earn her sixth place in the tournament would depend upon whether the second-place players at the other table got a higher percentage.
This will be given to the player credited with the most kills total in all of their regular heat games. Ties will be broken in favor of the player with the number of kills in their one game with most kills, followed by number of kills in the their second-most, etc., and lastly by best average place. NOTE: A kill of a creature on which you have the most points (public plus your secret bet) will not count toward this.
In the sample game Anne (of Green Gables) managed to rack up two kills, which may put her in contention depending upon how many kills she gets in her other games.
This will be given to the player who loses the most points in bets placed on a creature who is killed in the last round of play in a regular heat game by another player. Ties will be broken in favor of the player with the best place in their respective game, followed by the one with the highest score in their respective game.
When the Unicorn perished in the last round of the sample game, Anne had 5 points in bets on it. Whether she gets the medal of course depends entirely upon how many points others lose on their last-turn-killed creatures.
This will be given to the player who has the highest last-place score in a regular heat game. Ties will be broken in favor of the player with the highest percentage of the first-place score in their respective game.
Anne's last place score of two points isn't very likely to earn this medal.
This will be given to the player who has the lowest first-place score in a regular heat game. Ties will be broken in favor of the player with the lowest percentage of the second place score in their respective game.
Joe Shlabotinik's 11-point win in the sample game is somewhat low, so might be in the running for this medal. But of course you never know what could happen.
This will be given to the player who has accumulated the most total points in all of their regular heat games combined. Ties will be broken in favor of the player's highest single game score, followed by second highest, etc. Further ties will be broken by the best place among the games, followed by second best place, etc.
How the player's fare in competition for this medal will depend upon how many points they score in other heats in addition to this one.
This will be given to the player who has the best Round 1 performance (highest qualifier or alternate) of any player who has never played in the WBC TTA tournament before, or at least not since I started keeping my master spreadsheet in around 2009.
How the player's fare in competition for this medal will depend upon how they fare in other heats, and if they are in fact a new player to the tournament.
I welcome ideas for medals using the remaining spectator cards. If you have one, please email me. Remember that the critereon for a prize must 1) not directly interfere with the normal goal of winning a game as best you can, and 2) be quantifiable from the data already being collected on the game record form. But other than that, let me have it!