Something terrible happened, and this post was inadvertantly and irrevocably deleted. Since I cross-posted the Acquire report at BGG, I’ve managed to recover at least part of it, but the rest is lost forever…
I’ve already talked about how this was my first ever play of Acquire, so I won’t retread that stuff all over again. Instead, let’s talk about how I totally decimated all the other players despite having no experience with the game at all. Oh screw! I just gave away the ending, so now you’re probably all going to skip over the rest of this report and go read something else about that hot, young Small World slut that everybody’s panting after. If that’s how you are, then go on, I don’t want you here anyway! I’ll just stay here and discuss the maturity and sophistication that only a true classic game can offer.
So where was I? Oh yes… how I beat the ever-living crap out of Alton, Chris and Josh in Acquire. Of course, maybe it wasn’t all that special that I won the game, because only Chris had any real experience with the game before, and even that had been a while ago. But still, I did win… and it was by a pretty good margin… even if the difference was because of only one extra stock. But that really is getting ahead of myself.
After Chris and I explained the game to Alton and Josh, we got right into the action. Over the first few rounds, most all of the hotel chains hit the board. The American and Worldwide companies dominated the center of the board, with American being the first to become “safe” by getting up to 11 tiles. Acquire is so engaging and intense that I really can’t remember much about the specific actions that any of us were taking. But in general, we were all buying stock in anything that we founded, as well as trying to manipulate control of smaller companies that we though would be eaten soon by one of the two “big boys”.
Starting off the game, and then American is safe at 11 tiles!
Pretty soon, it all started to hit the fan as the mergers began. Josh and I got an early boost when Tower was consumed by American. I had the majority in Tower and held on to my stock, planning to get it started again as soon as possible (which Josh actually beat me to). A few other acquisitions happened, being overall pretty balanced amongst all of us and keeping the money flowing. American was becoming a behemoth, and the tiles just weren’t coming up to push Worldwide past the 10-tile mark to make it safe. Instead, the tile was played to link up Worldwide and American in a merger that would determine the course of the rest of the game. As it turned out, I had managed to build up a majority in Worldwide as well, getting the big bonus all on my own and, more importantly, having the first shot at trading in my stock. I picked up 3 of the last 4 certificates for American, which, though we didn’t know it at the time, was the deciding point in the game.
The rest of the game was consumed with us all trying to posture the chains we controlled to be assimilated into the American collective to get a big payout. In an attempt to give the game away, I foolishly caused the merger of American and Continental, thinking that I would head it off before Continental got any bigger (which I though would somehow hurt Chris). But I didn’t realize how much stock he had in the company, and he got a huge payout that put him in a great position to make some big endgame moves. Fortunately, American grew even more in the coming turns, and topped the 41-tile mark a little later, allowing us to end the game.
We then went through all the smaller chains left on the board, paying them out and settling everything up. In the end, we all revealed our shares of American and the ginormous payout that went along with it. Chris, Alton and Josh all had six shares, and I had seven. So while they split the $5,500 for second place, I alone took the majority payout of $11,000 and the victory that went alone with it.
Those I destroyed… and the board that was my instrument of destruction.
Time: 65 minutes
Score: Me $51,200; Chris $41,200; Alton $40,700; Josh $24,100
Ratings: Me 8, Chris 8.5, Alton 9, Josh 9