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A Puzzling Situation

Titan: The Arena 1.0

In Titan: The Arena you're betting on creatures in a "monster slug-a-thon". Every round a creature is eliminated until only three are left. the game ends at that point and any bets on these surviving creatures pay off. Bets made in the first round are worth 4 points, second round bets are worth 3, third round bets are worth 2 and fourth round bets are worth 1. (You can't make a bet in the fifth and final round.) Players can also make a "secret bet" in the first round that's worth 5 points. As you can only make five bets total in the game you must be very careful. Early bets are worth more but your creatures are less likely to survive. Betting on a creature in the later rounds is safer but you get paid less. Further incentive to betting early is that if you have the most bet on a creature then you are its "backer". This allows you to use that creatures special power whenever you lay a card in front of it.

The game is played in rounds. On their turn players play a single card from their hand by placing it in front of the matching creature (covering up any existing card placed there in this round). Once all creatures have a card in front of them AND there is a unique creature with the lowest numbered card, that creature is removed from the game and a new round begins. (A new row of cards is created in each round, cards played in a previous round have no effect on the current round.)

The full rules are not available on-line but here are two excellent pages if you want to know more about the game:

You can also view a listing of the creature powers here. If you have any further questions about how the game works you can write me at the address below.

It's nearing the end of the game and you're in a sticky situation. You've got a secret bet on the Unicorn and are also the backer of the Hydra (which lets you use its power). The problem is that both are in danger of losing! (You're the Red player.)

Your hand consists of the following cards:

What should you do?

Solution

- Greg Aleknevicus

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