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403 3/2/2017 2:42:00 PM Master ID = 21696 Game Deleted
402 3/2/2017 2:21:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Another tip on B20 about that very powerful 8th AF card. Besides Bodenplatte you have your re-usable Luftwaffe card. It is likely that the Allies will take the 8th AF card almost every turn. On clear weather turns you can "Intercept" the 8th. We never did this but then I can intercept your interceptors (escort). At that point you've played one card for my two. Or if I don't counter your interceptors you then we've exchanged one card for one card but you've avoided the potential for two or three cards lost.
401 3/2/2017 2:17:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message FF:GD it is!! Again, let's take a few days to get it on the table but I can go when you are comfortable.
400 3/2/2017 2:15:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message I'm not sure. It may have been a mistake on my part to think this, but you had an infantry unit in each of the two Armies that you were using to attack. Those guys slow you down. So you weren't concerned about going fast meaning a more limited objective. BTW, I'm fairly certain you can have four corps in each army, rule 3.2, and that also seemed to indicate you weren't going for the big prize. I guess both of these things were a result of inexperience so I just got lucky. If we play again I think you will be able fool me.
399 3/2/2017 2:12:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message Box contained PQ-17, FtP and the totally unexpected 1805.
Thank you again for your generosity.

On to FF:GD ! -- I'll start reading rules…but I should go on my walk, first -- it's getting warm out there!
398 3/2/2017 2:10:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message What gave it away that I wasn't going for Wacht am Rhein?
397 3/2/2017 2:04:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Anyway, I'm putting away B20 for now. I propose a few days off while we decide our next game and to refresh our brains. If we are going to do PQ then we have a bit of rules reading to do. I've never played it so we will both be mistake prone rookies. If we decide to wait on PQ I'd like to get into FF:GD. I think you will like it - tanks and things!!
396 3/2/2017 2:00:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message As far as deception, I discerned fairly quickly that you weren't going for the all out Wacht Am Rhein objective. Given that, I chose one of two reinforcements objectives and got lucky in guessing correctly. If I had taken the 3rd Army you would have had a German Marginal Victory for overcommitment on the Allies part.
395 3/2/2017 1:58:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message So it is a Draw and you did quite well. At your furthest advance you got at least as far as the historical attack and I think maybe a bit further.
394 3/2/2017 1:57:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message But again, the casualties must be 3 or more corps greater than the other side to get a VL increase. Sort of like the old days in the NHL when you got 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and +1 point for scoring 3 or more goals, to completely beat to death the sports analogies...
393 3/2/2017 1:55:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Haha, yes a nil-nil result.
392 3/2/2017 1:54:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message I'll take a draw, if that's on the table…I assume you can reconstitute your last 'destroyed' Corps, so the score ends up 0-0?
Sounds like a soccer game.
391 3/2/2017 1:54:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Yes, you did deceive me a bit since you didn't move toward Aachen. Since I didn't commit 3rd Army you don't get a VL increase and casualties are not enough for a VL change so game is a "Draw" - well done Herr General (you've been demoted anyway).
390 3/2/2017 1:53:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message The box had my address hand-written -- that's how they coped with the alternate mail-to address.
389 3/2/2017 1:52:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message No, I'd have to kill three of your corps for a VL increase and reconstitute the 3C. The casualty VL is for +3 in the eliminated corps for one side or the other. I don't think I could do it necessarily in the two turns remaining. So I think the game is probably a draw or marginal victory for you depending on your objective.
388 3/2/2017 1:52:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message Operation Aachen was my Objective.
I got halfway there.
Did my feinting-to-the-south strategy confuse you, at all?

Mike the mailman just brought me the box o' games. I'm opening it up. as soon as I finish typing this.

387 3/2/2017 1:50:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Yes, we can alternate games from land to sea. When you get the games there will also be another naval game in there. Plus I really want to give Fighting Formations a go with you. The learning scenario in there is a very good game in itself and the rules are fairly short and precise.
386 3/2/2017 1:48:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message What was your objective?
385 3/2/2017 1:48:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Did you get the games in the mail? The rules for PQ-17 look complex and the comments on BGG seem to support this but they also say the play of the game is not as complex as the rules would seem to indicate. Probably a much lower learning curve to PQ than FtP.
384 3/2/2017 1:46:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message We can stop, or you can try to kill one of my units (for victory?)
If we stop, I will concede defeat and go hide in my bunker.

Have you played PQ-17?
I imagine (without any evidence) that this game is easier than FtP.
Besides, we could alternate naval (mostly) game (EotS), land, naval. then land again with FtP.
383 3/2/2017 1:44:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Anyway, if you want to continue I have one more card to play, and FoW, in my hand.
382 3/2/2017 1:44:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Or more targets for the 8th Air Force?
381 3/2/2017 1:42:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Those two cards would be "reaction" cards for you as I conduct my turn. A G-2 or G-4 battle support most likely.
380 3/2/2017 1:39:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Yes, I think the outcome of the game has been settled. I propose we call it and determine victory conditions.
379 3/2/2017 1:38:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message CP6/7 gG-3 #1 1st US Army moves forward to Houffalize.

"Berlin by Saint Patrick's Day!"
"Remember Pearl Malmedy or something."
378 3/2/2017 1:36:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message Maybe my 2 cards draws at the end of Turn 8 will save the game for me!
ha ha ha ha -- what is the point of this? In case the game goes into overtime?
377 3/2/2017 1:35:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message My cards.
1. gG-1
2. gG-2
3. gG-2
4. FoW

I discarded, due to bombing -
gG-1
ReG-1 -- Operation Northwind.
376 3/2/2017 1:35:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message That is "I get to examine the cards in your hand" unless you play your own G-2.
375 3/2/2017 1:30:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message CP5/7 gG-2 #4 Examine your cards unless negated by your own play of G-2.
374 3/2/2017 1:29:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Edit Victory Levels: Casualties cqness: from 2 to 1
The Graying Gamer: from 0 to 0
373 3/2/2017 1:29:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from cqness:
CP4/7 - gG-4 #3 roll to see which turn BCRC comes back into play (if greater than a one the CR goes to Other Reconstituted Corps box and does not count for casualties).
372 3/2/2017 1:27:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message It's starting to look like an Allied victory…hopefully only a minor one.
371 3/2/2017 1:26:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message CP2/7 - gG-1 #4 Flip 16C to full strength

CP3/7 - gG-1 #4 Flip 19C to full strength
370 3/2/2017 1:24:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Yes, it's a powerful card. As you now realize the Operation Bodenplatte card in your deck is a chance to remove this card from the game. Next game, Herr FM, next game...
369 3/2/2017 1:23:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Die roll request Request: 5-sided die x 1

5


Message from cqness:
Second hit against five cards in your hand.
368 3/2/2017 1:23:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message I hate that card.
Shuffling my cards for discards...
367 3/2/2017 1:22:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from cqness:
First hit against 6 cards in your hand.
366 3/2/2017 1:22:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Two hits again. Arrange your affairs, er I mean cards, Herr FM. Der Fuehrer is getting impatient with Herr Goering. Good thing he's taking the heat, eh?
365 3/2/2017 1:21:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 3

3
5
5


Message from cqness:
CP1/7 reG-3 #1 USAAF 8th AF three accuracy of bombing rolls.
364 3/2/2017 1:20:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message Let me know when you've drawn as the 8th AF is coming at you again in all likelihood.
363 3/2/2017 1:19:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message I have drawn my 5 cards.
362 3/2/2017 1:13:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message I rolled 1 too many times in our mega-battle.
I keep seeing 3/2 on a counter and thinking the 2 is the movement factor instead of the defending strength.
Fortunately, this did not affect the battle results.
361 3/2/2017 1:11:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message I only have 3 cards.
Here they are, in all their glory.

1. gG-1 -- #4
Flip II SS Corps in 5th Army
2. gG-1 -- #4
Flip LVIII Corps in 5th Army
3. gG-3 -- #1
5th Army retreats to Eisenborn.

That's all, folks! Now drawing 5 cards.
360 3/2/2017 1:03:00 PM Turn 7 cqness Message And let me know what the results were of my very accurate bombing while rolling for weather!
359 3/2/2017 1:03:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Message Weather will be clear for last Turn.
358 3/2/2017 1:03:00 PM Turn 7 The Graying Gamer Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from The Graying Gamer:
Weather roll.
357 3/2/2017 1:02:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Your bombing raid killed these 2 cards -
1. FoW
2. II Jagdkorps…which I could have used to negate your bombing card and thus achieved the same result as your bombing, basically.
356 3/2/2017 1:01:00 PM Turn 6 cqness End Turn
355 3/2/2017 1:00:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message I have drawn cards and will now end T6.
354 3/2/2017 12:58:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message End of turn. I will draw 7 cards now. Weather getting bad again. Give me few minutes and you can roll for weather and I will end T6.
353 3/2/2017 12:56:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message B30C comes back on in T8. I realized just now that B30C is the same corps that led the ground attack up Hell's Highway in the Arnhem campaign. I think Michael Caine is still leading the valiant tank brigade in this unit!
352 3/2/2017 12:56:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Ja, but it should have been a one-sided meat-grinder.
351 3/2/2017 12:55:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Edit Victory Levels: Casualties cqness: from 3 to 2
The Graying Gamer: from 0 to 0
350 3/2/2017 12:55:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from cqness:
B30C returns to battle this many turns in the future.
349 3/2/2017 12:54:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message CP7/7 - gG-4 #3 will roll to reconstitute British 30C.
348 3/2/2017 12:53:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message CP6/7 - gG-1 #4 Flip 13C in 9th Army back to full strength.
347 3/2/2017 12:51:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Thanks Herr FM, a real meat-grinder of a battle!
346 3/2/2017 12:50:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Flip all my Corps. Retreat result absorbed by Army.
Nice shooting…awe-inspiring bravery of your troops.
345 3/2/2017 12:50:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message US 9th Army shrugs off one 5 and absorbs the other three 5's by flipping 13C, 16C and 19C (reserves shot up too).
344 3/2/2017 12:48:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 6

6
1
6
2
6
5


Message from cqness:
US combat power applied against German 5th Army.
343 3/2/2017 12:47:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Not nearly as bad as it could have been.
342 3/2/2017 12:47:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message I should have designated which of my corps (2) were leading the attack though they are all the same statistically. So it's 13C and 16C.
341 3/2/2017 12:46:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 9

1
5
5
3
5
5
2
3
3


Message from The Graying Gamer:
I applaud your aggressive spirit, no matter what happens.

Whoosh! go the rockets.
Ka-blam go the artillery.
Rat-a-tat go the MGs.
340 3/2/2017 12:45:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Ouch! I shoulda stayed in the trenches...
339 3/2/2017 12:43:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Unfortunately, your bombing results were…rather unspectacular.

Germans play -
1. gG-2 to regain First Fire
2. gG-4 --#2 -- +1 die roll for each of my 3 Corps (unleash the nasty Nebelwerfers!)
9 die roll coming up.
338 3/2/2017 12:39:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message US commits gG-2#2 to try to gain first fire and oeG-3 Patton Prays For Weather #1 for two extra dice in Close Air Support.
337 3/2/2017 12:36:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Germans lay card/s face down on table.
336 3/2/2017 12:32:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message CP3/7 - gG-3#2 9th Army attacks 5th Army in Malmedy.

Go ahead and commit your card(s).
335 3/2/2017 12:32:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Ha ha ha -- you're going to laugh when I tell you what cards I discarded.
334 3/2/2017 12:30:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from cqness:
Shuffle your cards again if you feel the need. Second stick of bombs landing on target against 6 cards in your hand.
333 3/2/2017 12:29:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Ouch.

Yes, 7 cards.
332 3/2/2017 12:29:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Die roll request Request: 7-sided die x 1

3


Message from cqness:
First stick of bombs against 7 cards.
331 3/2/2017 12:27:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Two hits. Arrange your cards, Herr FM. Any last requests, a cigarette perhaps? I think you have 7 cards counting FoW?
330 3/2/2017 12:26:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 3

3
4
6


Message from cqness:
Bombing accuracy rolls.
329 3/2/2017 12:25:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message No reaction from me - Bombs away!
328 3/2/2017 12:24:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message CP2/7 - reG-3#1: 8th USAAF

Three Interdiction rolls coming at you. I don't think you have any more Luftwaffe cards to stop me but I will pause a minute to allow a Reaction just in case.
327 3/2/2017 12:21:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message I have drawn my 6 cards.
326 3/2/2017 12:19:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Check, let me know when you are ready. I think we can possibly finish this game this morning though that isn't a critical necessity.
325 3/2/2017 12:17:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Last card -

gG-1 -- #4
Flip II SS Corps in 6th Army

That's it for me -- now drawing 6 cards.
324 3/2/2017 12:15:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Next card -

gG-3 -- #1
15th Army moves Duren -> Aachen (Ach, we sure ache for Aachen!)
323 3/2/2017 12:13:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Next card -

gG-3 -- #1
7th Army moves Clervaux -> Bastogne
322 3/2/2017 12:12:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message No need to apologize for responding.

Next card -

gG-4 -- #1

7th Army Strat Move
Schnee Eifel -> Bitburg -> Clervaux
321 3/2/2017 12:12:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Haha, Fuehrer Five Step, eh? Allies are doing the Roosevelt Romp or perhaps the Eisenhower Promenade?
320 3/2/2017 12:08:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message My apologies for taking so long to react. I usually get a "beep" on my phone when a new email comes in and I didn't hear one so missed that you had made a play.
319 3/2/2017 12:08:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message I thought you might do that.

And now, Operation Teutonic Two-Step (well, it's actually Five-Steps).
Führer Five-Step ?

Next card -
gG-1 - #2
Assign LXVII Corps (Bastogne) to Army HQ.
318 3/2/2017 12:03:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message RCP (reaction card play)1: reG-3 #3 USAAF 9th Air Force flies cover over the rear areas to stop Luftwaffe Interdiction efforts.
317 3/2/2017 11:38:00 AM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message First card --
ReG-3 -- #2 -- II Jagdkorps
I'll wait to see if you choose to react to this card, before I roll and see what the die-roller has in store for us, today.
316 3/2/2017 11:36:00 AM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Glad to hear that you're feeling chipper, today.
My turn will be a simple one (spoiler alert).
I'll get a card/move out and you can deal with it whenever.

315 3/2/2017 11:31:00 AM Turn 6 cqness Message Guten Morgen Herr Feldmarchal, I'm feeling better this morning and you may start your turn as you wish! Slow start for me, you may want to go for your walk.

Possibility you will get the package from GMT today via USPS. They mailed it Tuesday and it went via USPS "Ground" which I don't know what that means as that's a UPS/FedEx term. I'm still thinking there's a good chance it will end up coming to my address.
314 3/1/2017 8:09:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message See you online tomorrow Herr Feldmarshal (you've been promoted!)
313 3/1/2017 8:03:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Everything can wait until tomorrow.
Rest and recuperate, O Resilient Resourceful…something else that starts with R.
I'll check with you, tomorrow.
312 3/1/2017 7:06:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Well, I think I avoided estrogen poisoning but my body aches. Hope I'm not coming down with anything. I could play and would like starting now if we do, but would prefer to wait until tomorrow morning. What say you?
311 2/28/2017 9:30:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message ha ha ha -- let's hope you can avoid that.
310 2/28/2017 9:26:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message Hope I don't get estrogen poisoning!
309 2/28/2017 9:21:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Thanks for the assessment.
I'll meet you for masculine macho stuff after you have your fill of feminine company.
308 2/28/2017 9:21:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message I enjoyed it too!

I think this is a pretty good game. The dice luck can be decisive but should even out over time (hahaha...). Next time you will make up a tanks only army and I'll send the 8th Air Force over the lines on Turn 1 and, well, who knows.
307 2/28/2017 9:18:00 PM Turn 6 cqness Message I think the change of weather helps you. It negates most of my air power. I think currently I have secured the two depots short of a big run of battle dice one way or the other. You have may have a VL in hand because of me playing Strategic Reserve and you currently have a VL in hand because of my casualties. If we sit and stare at each other I can fix that VL so the current situation is either 1 or 0 VLs in your favor. OTOH, there is a hole in my northern flank but it may be too late for you to exploit it.

I have practice with Eva in the morning and bridge with the LOLs in the afternoon so see you here about 4 PM tomorrow Herr General!
306 2/28/2017 9:18:00 PM Turn 6 The Graying Gamer Message Thanks for another fun day of gaming.
305 2/28/2017 9:15:00 PM Turn 5 The Graying Gamer Message Roger that.
304 2/28/2017 9:14:00 PM Turn 5 cqness End Turn

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