acquire  

Updated 11/15/2010

2010 WBC Report     

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Joshua Cooper, MD

2010 Champion

Offsite Links

  

Event History
1991    Forrest Pafenberg      28
1992    Michael Anchors      28
1993    Steve Packwood      38
1994    Bernard Norton      49
1995    Steve Koleszar      43
1996    Al Bingamen      32
1997    Chuck Nail      56
1998    Justin Childs      48
1999    Gary Moss     40
2000    Justin Childs     41
2001   Justin Childs   45
2002   Jon Shambeda    86
2003   Phil Bradley    51
2004   David Gantt    52
2005   Ed Kendrick    67
2006   Matt Calkins    54
2007   Jason Ley    93
2008   Matt Amitrano    31
2009   Dan Eshleman    65
2010   Joshua Cooper    72
 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Steve Shambeda     PA    08     51
   3. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   4. Matt Calkins       VA    06     42
   5. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
   6. Jason Ley          WA    07     36
   7. Gary Moss          MD    00     36
   8. Joshua Cooper      MD    10     30
   9. Dan Eshleman       NC    09     30
  10. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
  11. Ed Kendrick        uk    05     30
  12. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  13. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    10     24
  14. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  15. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  16. Fadi Deeb          NC    10     18
  17. Marc Beauregard    qc    09     18
  18. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  19. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  20. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  21. Rob Flowers        NC    00     18
  22. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  23. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  24. Davyd Field        SC    09     14
  25. Cliff Ackman       PA    09     12
  26. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  27. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  28. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  29. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  30. Nick Smith         uk    03     12
  31. Dylan Routh        MD    10      9
  32. James Pei          VA    09      9
  33. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  34. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  35. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  36. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  37. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  38. John Morris        MD    02      9
  39. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  40. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  41. Ticy Schaffer      FL    10      6
  42. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  43. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  44. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  45. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  46. Joe Bellizi        NJ    03      4
  47. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  48. Yoshiya Narita     jp    10      3
  49. Pete Gathmann      NJ    09      3
  50. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  51. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  52. Cheryl Meek        MD    06      3
  53. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  54. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  55. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  56. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2010 Laurelists                                                 Returning Laurelists: 0

Fadi Deeb, NC
2nd

Malinda Kyrkos, NY
3rd

Dylan Routh, NC
4th

Ticy Shaffer, FL
5th

Yoshiya Narita, jp
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

Steve Packwood, MN
1993

Bernard Norton, MA
1994

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995

Al Bingamen, PA
1996

Chuck Nail, GA
1997

Justin Childs, GA
1998, 2000-2001

Gary Moss, MO
1999

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Phil Bradley, IL
2003

David Gantt, SC
2004

Ed Kendrick, uk
2005

Matt Calkins, VA
2006

Jason Ley, WA
2007

Matt Amitrano, VA
2008

Dan Eshleman, LA
2009

Joshua Cooper, MD
2010
     

1993 Champ Steve Packwood is flanked by Paul Bean and Rich Atwater. You never know who will win Acquire which has had 17 different champs in 20 years.

No ... James, you can't move Lee to cover Richmond no matter how many Ops you have .. Imperial must merge with Continental. Who da you think we are ... Dockter?

Still a Classic ...

Acquire, which is subject to wild fluctuations in attendance due mostly to format changes over the years, increased attendance to 72 players in 2010. Three heats of 4-player games were typical, with several 3-player games occurring as needed to allow everyone to participate. The heats proved to be remarkably similar in attendance with nine 4-player games played in each. Only nine of the 72 players competed in every heat.

The year's competition went well. Even with five iterations of the game design only one rules clarification was asked of the GM (twice): When multiple chains merge with one tile, the largest hotel chain takes over the other chains from largest to smallest. The main impact of this rule is the order of trade for shares in the controlling chain.

The competition featured no less than six past champions, including Gary Moss who made his first appearance since 1999, but this year's competitors overcame them all, ensuring a brand new champion in 2010.

The final consisted of Joshua Cooper, Fadi Deeb, Malinda Kyrkos and Dylan Routh. All but Kyrkos were first-time laurelists, Malinda having finished third in 2007. Game play was intense as players contemplated each tile placement. With only eight mergers in the Final, a low score could be expected but several early mergers had payouts worth as much as 8,000. In the fourth merger of the game Joshua made a bold move by trading for a controlling interest in Continental. This proved to be the key for his victory because Continental was the eventual game ending 41-piece chain.

Of the 28 regular games played, the average winning cash position was $48,600, down $2,000 from last year. 18 of the 28 winners were involved in the first merger of their game. So while an early payout gives an edge, judicious stock purchases and tile placement is still key to winning.

Steve Shambeda and John Tighe Sr, a couple veterans from Avaloncon days, battle some young turks.

John Tighe, Jr and Cliff Ackman merge against our favorite Englishman, Barrington Beavis, in the hotel wars.

 GM      Cliff Ackman [4th Year]  NA 
   thx1138@itech.net  NA

2010 Preview Page | View the Icon Key | Return to main BPA page