tv wars [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report   

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Michael Destro, NJ

2003 Champion

2nd: Sean Vessey, VA

3rd: Carolyn DeMarco, NJ

4th: Richard Moyer, MN

5th: Charles Hickok, PA

6th: Ashley Dunn, VA

Event History
1993    Don Greenwood      12
1994    Don Greenwood      40
1995    Michelle Giannoble      28
1996    Richard Launius      22
1997    Andy Maly      26
1998    Charles Hickok      28
1999    Robert Destro     20
2000    Michael Destro     20
2001    Larry Lingle     28
2002    Barry Smith     20
2003     Michael Destro     14


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Michael Destro

NJ

03
50
 2. Robert Destro

NJ

01
24
 3. Larry Lingle

PA

01
20
 4. Ashley Dunn

VA

03
13
 5. John Keating

IL

01
12
 6. Barry Smith

NY

02
10
 7. David Kyle

PA

01
10
 8. Sean Vessey

VA

03
  8
 9. Robert Navolis

OH

00
  8
10. Cliff Ackman

PA

99
  8
11.  Peter Markevich

CA

01
  6
12. Paul Weintraub

MD

00
  6
13. Richard Curtin

NY

99
  6
14. Carolyn DeMarco

NJ

03
  4
15. Peter Martin

NJ

02
  4
16. Laura Wojtaszczk

NY

00
  4
17. Fred Minard

PA

99
  4
18. Richard Moyer

MN

03
  3
19. Mike Dwyer

NJ

02
  3
20. Charley Hickok

PA

03
  2
21. Mike Bailey

VA

02
  2
22. Graeme Dandy

Australia

02
  1

Past Winners

Don Greenwood - MD
1993-1994

Michelle Giannoble - NJ
1995

Richard Launius - OH
1996

Andy Maly - MD
1997

Charles Hickok - PA
1998

Robert Destro - NJ
1999

Michael Destro - NJ
2000

Larry Lingle - PA
2001


Barry Smith - NY
2002
     
 


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The turnout was at an all-time low this summer with only 14 players. The main reason why the turnout was lower was probaby because it was run in continuous format as opposed to having multiple heats as it did in previous years. Since TV Wars is a 4-player game, two tables of three and two tables of four were necessary. The last two people to enter were assigned a random table to decide which two tables would have four players.

The first round was a 2-hour heat. Table 1 had Michael Destro (a.k.a. the G.M.) beat Luke Koleszar, and eventually Tom Dunning who finished second. This game was close for a while and Tom did have a programming advantage. Landing on sponsor six times helped me beat Tom as I was able to keep outbidding him on 2-hour shows. I did this because I couldn't set up a three-hour lineup anyway since I was out of both half hour and hour long shows, so each new two-hour show would let me survive an extra rating war.

The second table had Carolyn Demarco eliminate Derek Landel 1st, followed by Donna Balkan, and Anthony Daw after leading throughout. The third table stopped playing once Eric Wrobel, and Josh Githens were eliminated, because both Charles Hickok and Richard Moyer were under the mistaken impression that they would both advance. At the time the game stopped playing Charles and Richard were about even so there was no way to tell who would have won. The last table was won by Sean Vessey, who beat Kaarin Engelman, and Ashley Dunn. This game lasted the full two hours but when the game was called Sean had almost twice as many assets as Ashley.

It was originally decided that, both 1st and 2nd place finishers would advance. There was a problem however because two of the tables had 2nd place finishers who didn't want to play in the semis, because of scheduling conflicts, and two of the winners, wanted to jump straight to the final, because they had other games to attend to later that day. To make matters worse Table 3 stopped when there were only two people left because both Charles Hickok and Richard Moyer thought they had already advanced and they put the game away without counting who had more assets. Since I originally said that there would be a Semi-final I told Charles and Richard that if they both wanted to play then there would still be a Semi-Final. Charles Hickok like the true sportsman that he is, stepped down to let his
tablemate Richard advance to the final, which I thought was very noble of him, and I take full responsibility for the foul-up. [GM 101 First lesson: Never schedule an unnecessary semi-final. With 16 or less players, this should have been a two-round tournament from the outset.]

GM Michael Destro directs traffic at the start of the event.

The final would be without timelimit and had the GM, Carolyn Demarco, first-timer Richard Moyer, and Sean Vessey. Richard Moyer drew the best shows at the outset however; this worked to his detriment, as he became the target for everyone else. Sean, Carolyn, and I all ganged up on him, once we noticed he had all good shows left. We all choose to steal programs from him whenever any of us landed on the steal a program space. To make matters worse for Richard, he couldn't add any more shows because everyone would decline to bid until he was eliminated. Richard finished with 25,000.

The game became very bloody after Richard was gone, because Ratings Wars kept coming up and with three players, the attrition rate is higher. Once Carolyn had little left, Sean and I stole her remaining shows. She finished with 3,000. Toward the end, I stole Sean's only star, even though I knew I could get a better one from Carolyn. This decision paid off as I took out all of Sean's shows in the next two ratings wars. Sean finished with 0 and I had 2,000 left.

This was only the second time I won Wood, even though I have made the final seven out of the last eight years. I think I deserved it too considering I was able to win that game without landing on a sponsor once.

 GM      Michael Destro  [2nd Year]   NA 
    mike_rutgers@yahoo.com   NA

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