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Sid Sackson

Designer:Sid Sackson
Award Winning Games:
AcquireAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1979)
AcquireDeutscher Spielepreis ('German Game Award'), Rank: 5 (1993)
Deutscher Spielepreis: Essener Feder (1993)
BlockadeAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1979)
Can't StopAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1981)
Auswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1982)
Das Superblattà la carte: card game award of the Fairplay magazine, Rank: 2 (1992)
Die 1. MillionAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1987)
Die Bosseà la carte: card game award of the Fairplay magazine, Rank: 2 (1991)
FocusAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1980)
Deutscher Spielepreis: Essener Feder (1981)
Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) (1981)
Gold ConnectionAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1992)
Kohle, Kies & KneteAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1994)
MetropolisAuswahlliste 'Spiel des Jahres' (Selection List for Game of the Year) (1984)
Biography:Biography of Sid Sackson
                                                      by Bernice Sackson

Sid Sackson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. He lived for a short
while in Gary, Indiana, then in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and finally
settled in New York City where he lives now. Sid enjoyed playing games,
especially with his father. At the age of eight, Sid Sackson invented a
pencil and paper war game that eventually became Acquire.

As a teenager, Sid won awards for his ballroom dancing and especially, for
his mastery of the shag. He was an editor of his high school's newspaper.

Sid graduated Magna Cum Laude from the City College (New York City, N.Y.),
earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was offered a
graduate fellowship.

Sid has a wife, Bernice, two children, 2 grandchildren, and a step-

In the 1960's, 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) decided to publish
a series of bookshelf games. Thanks to the efforts of Sid's agent,
Felicia Parker, the 3M line included Sid's most popular game, Acquire, as
well as Bazaar, Monad, Venture, Sleuth and Executive Decision. The
marketing effort for these games included a publicity tour by Sid across
the East Coast of the United States and as far west as Chicago.

Sid wrote A Gamut of Games before retiring from Civil Engineering and
Traffic Engineering. From 1966 through the early seventies he and
Bernice took several trips to Europe to sightsee and visit game friends.
Sid, of course, returned home with suitcases crammed with games purchased
from shops across Europe.

In 1970 Sid began working at home as a full time game inventor, collector
and author. He routinely worked 60 hour per week and authored six more
game books.

By 1979, Can't Stop published by Parker Brothers became quite popular.
But Parker Brothers decided to concentrate on its electronic games and
suspended publication of Can't Stop

Sid Sackson has received many honors. Focus was named Game of the Year
in 1981 and was featured in the Game Show in London as well. His book "A
Gamut of Games" was translated into several languages and won Der Goldene
Poppel Award in 1987 in Germany. Sid was guest of honor at the Essener
Spieltage 1989.

Sid's game creations number several hundred. Well over fifty have been
published throughout the world. Today, Sid Sackson goes dancing whenever
possible, but his true love will always be games.


Some additional informations:

                    The parents of Sid immigrated from near Minsk into the USA
1946 The game "Poke" is published in the "Esquire" magazine
1962 Development of the game "Acquire"
1963 Development of "Focus"
1969 Writes book "A Gamut of Games"
                    Birth of daughter Dale
                    Birth of son Dana
1979 "Acquire" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1979 "Blockade" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1981 "Focus" is "Spiel des Jahres"
1981 "Can't Stop" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1981 "Essener Feder" for the rules of "Focus"
1984 "Metropolis" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1987 "Die 1. Million" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1992 "Gold Connection" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"
1994 "Kohle, Kies & Knete" on the selection list of "Spiel des Jahres"

Published games

A Gamut of Games1969Random House, IncSid SacksonBoard 
A Gamut of Games1992DoverSid SacksonBook 
Acquire1968SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Acquire1993SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Acquire19623MSid SacksonBoardBookshelf Games
Acquire1971Avalon HillSid SacksonBoardLeisure Time/Family Games
Acquire1997SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Acquire2000Avalon HillSid SacksonBoard 
Acquire19683MSid SacksonBoardBookshelf Games
Bazaar1967SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Bazaar1986SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Bazaar1993Klee Spiele GmbHSid SacksonBoard 
Bazaar19673MSid SacksonBoardBookshelf Games
Bazaar1967Discovery ToysSid SacksonBoard 
Beyond Competition1977Pantheon BooksSid SacksonBook 
Beyond Solitaire1976Pantheon BooksSid SacksonBook 
Beyond Tic Tac Toe1975Pantheon BooksSid SacksonBook 
Beyond Words1977Pantheon BooksSid SacksonBook 
Bierbörse1979Parker BrothersSid SacksonBoard 
Black Monday1988Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Blockade1979BütehornSid SacksonBoard 
Blockade1985Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Break Away  Sid SacksonBoard 
Break Away1987spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
Buried Treasure1999F.X. SchmidSid SacksonBoard 
Business1998Relaxx GmbHSid SacksonBoard 
Butin  Sid SacksonBoard 
BuyWord2004Face2Face GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Calculate1979Pantheon BooksSid SacksonBook 
Camp1994AbacusspieleSid SacksonBoard 
Can't Stop1980Parker BrothersSid SacksonBoard 
Can't Stop1991FranjosSid SacksonBoard 
Can't Stop2005FranjosSid SacksonBoard 
Can't Stop2007RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Can't Stop the Turtles2002Winning MovesSid SacksonBoard 
Cant Stop Express2017Eagle-Gryphon GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Can’t Stop2011FranjosSid SacksonBoard 
Can’t Stop2017FranjosSid SacksonBoard 
Can’t Stop – Reiseedition2020FranjosSid SacksonBoard 
Card Football  Sid SacksonBoard 
Card Games Around the World1981DoverSid SacksonBook 
Chain Reaction1990Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Chain Reaction1990AbacusspieleSid SacksonBoard 
Chain Reaction Exklusiv1990Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory1978KnopfSid SacksonBook 
Choice1989Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Choice1989Fun Connection GmbHSid SacksonBoard 
Corner1980RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Dacapo!1996PiatnikSid SacksonBoard 
Das Erbe des Maloney1988RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Das Superblatt1992F.X. SchmidSid SacksonBoard 
Diamantenjagd1991SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Die 1. Million1987Hexagames / TST-EnterprisesSid SacksonBoard 
Die 1. Million1987SalagamesSid SacksonBoard 
Die Bosse1991F.X. SchmidSid SacksonBoard 
Die chinesische Mauer1994PiatnikSid SacksonBoard 
Domination1982MBSid SacksonBoard 
Doorways to Adventure Pressman Toy CorporationSid SacksonBoard 
Doorways to Horror Pressman Toy CorporationSid SacksonBoard 
Executive Decision19713MSid SacksonBoardBookshelf Games
Executive Decision1981Avalon HillSid SacksonBoard 
Extra!2011SchmidtSid SacksonBoardRoll & Play
Flotte Krabbe1991AbacusspieleSid SacksonBoard 
Focus1980Parker BrothersSid SacksonBoard 
Focus19633MSid SacksonBoardBookshelf Games
Focus1995FranckhSid SacksonBoard 
Focus1980Spears Games, Mattel UK Ltd.Sid SacksonBoard 
Gamut of Games HutchinsonSid SacksonBook 
Gold Connection1992SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
High Spirits with Calvin and the Colonel1962MBSid SacksonBoard 
Holiday1973Research GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Hotel-König1982SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
I'm the Boss2003Face2Face GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Interplay1971HoyleSid SacksonBoard 
Intersection1974AladdinSid SacksonBoard 
Kohle, Kies & Knete1994SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Krawall im Paradies1987spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
Kundschafter im All  Sid SacksonBoard 
Major Campaigns of General Douglas MacArthur1974RGISid SacksonWar 
Major Campaigns of General Douglas MacArthur1974Waddingtons GamesSid SacksonWar 
Maloney's Inheritance1988RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Massai1993AbacusspieleSid SacksonBoard 
Metropolis1984RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Monad19703MSid SacksonBoardGamettes
Mouse Trap MBSid SacksonBoard 
Neue Spiele auf altem Brett: FOA1982spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
New York1995PiatnikSid Sackson
Sven Kübler
Nummerus Zahlus1995ASSSid SacksonBoard 
Pari & Despari  Sid SacksonBoard 
Playing Cards Around the World  Sid SacksonBoard 
Poke1946 Sid SacksonBoard 
Pushover AladdinSid SacksonBoard 
Quinto1994ASSSid SacksonBoard 
Right Connections1973SpringbokSid SacksonBoard 
Samarkand1998AbacusspieleSid SacksonBoard 
Samarkand1998Rio Grande GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Saxum1995Das SpielSid SacksonBoard 
Shanghai1997RavensburgerSid SacksonBoard 
Sidominos  Sid SacksonBoard 
Slam  Sid SacksonBoard 
Sleuth19673MSid SacksonBoardGamettes
Sleuth1981Avalon HillSid SacksonBoard 
Sleuth2021Skellig GamesSid SacksonBoard 
Sly1975AmwaySid SacksonBoard 
Space Explorer  Sid SacksonBoard 
Springer1982spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
Spy  Sid SacksonBoard 
String of Pearls1996Games MagazineSid SacksonBoard 
Take Five1969 Sid SacksonBoard 
Tam-Bit1969GamescienceSid SacksonBoard 
Tempo1971HoyleSid SacksonBoard 
Temptation Poker1982WhitmanSid SacksonBoard 
The 6 Pack of Paper and Pencil Games1974Gamut of GamesSid Sackson
Philip Orbanes
The Book of Classic Boardgames1991KlutzSid SacksonBook 
The Case of the Elusive Assassin1968IdealSid SacksonBoardMystery Classics
The Harry Lorayne Memory Game1976Reiss GamesSid SacksonBoard 
The Major Battles and Campaigns of General George S. Patton1974Waddingtons GamesSid SacksonWar 
The Major Battles and Campaigns of General George S. Patton1974Research GamesSid SacksonWar 
The New Acquire1996Avalon HillSid SacksonBoard 
The Winning Ticket IdealSid SacksonBoard 
Totally AladdinSid SacksonBoard 
Transformation1971Tromino Co.Sid SacksonBoard 
Transformation1985spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
Triad  Sid SacksonBoard 
Triad1990spielboxSid SacksonBoardSpielbox
Upthrust1995Great American Trading Company,TheSid SacksonBoard 
Venture19683MSid SacksonBoardGamettes
Venture SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Venture1982Avalon HillSid SacksonBoard 
Wiretap1996Games MagazineSid SacksonBoard 
Wirtschaftswunder1982SchmidtSid SacksonBoard 
Wu Hsing1993FranjosSid SacksonBoard 

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