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168 8/28/2018 10:44:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from USSR:
Again first die is mine
167 8/28/2018 10:44:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Message Awful roll, nothing happens. Try it again
166 8/28/2018 10:43:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
5


Message from USSR:
First die will be mine
165 8/28/2018 10:43:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Operations #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)
In Early or Mid War: Remove 1 USSR Influence from three countries in Eastern Europe. In Late War: Remove 2 USSR Influence from three countries in Eastern Europe.

Message from USSR:
Going to do some realignment rolls on Pakistan. I have 2 adjacent countries, and you have more influence in the country, so I get plus 1 to my die.
164 8/7/2018 11:40:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


163 8/7/2018 11:34:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #71: 2 / Nixon Plays the China Card* (US)
If US has The China Card, gain 2 VP. Otherwise, US player receives The China Card now, face down and unavailable for immediate play.

Message from US:
I'll take that China Card you are thinking about using please :)
162 8/7/2018 11:29:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 1 to -6
161 8/7/2018 11:29:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Event #61: 3 / OPEC (USSR)
USSR gains 1 VP for each of the following countries he controls: Egypt, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Gulf States, and Venezuela. Unplayable as an event if #86 'North Sea Oil' is in effect.

Message from USSR:
I have all of them, I think that is a first. 7 VP's!
160 8/7/2018 11:22:00 PM Turn 5 US Message Changed vp for SE Asia scoring of US +4
159 8/7/2018 11:21:00 PM Turn 5 US Adjust Victory Points From -3 to 1
158 8/7/2018 11:21:00 PM Turn 5 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
157 8/7/2018 11:21:00 PM Turn 5 US Message wow!

6dr +4 is 10 compared to a 2x2 stability. net 6
USSR loses its 2 infl, US gains 4
156 8/7/2018 11:20:00 PM Turn 5 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:

155 8/7/2018 11:20:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Operations #34: 4 / Nuclear Test Ban (Both)
Player earns VPs equal to current DEFCON level minus 2, then improve DEFCON two levels.

Message from US:
With Defcon up now, I'll coup Pakistan
4 ops
154 8/7/2018 11:13:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #61: 3 / OPEC (USSR)

Message from USSR:
153 8/7/2018 11:13:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 5
152 8/7/2018 11:13:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Event #43: 3 / SALT Negotiations* (Both)
Improve DEFCON Status by two levels. Further Coup attempts incur -1 die roll modifier for both players for the remainder of the turn. Player may sort through discard pile and reclaim one non-scoring card, after revealing it to their opponent.

Message from USSR:
Taking OPEC out of the discard pile
151 8/7/2018 10:51:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #74: 2 / The Voice of America (US)
Remove four USSR Influence from non-European countries. No more than two may be removed from any one country.

Message from US:
Remove 1 infl each from

Nigeria
Zaire
Angola
Algeria
150 8/7/2018 10:37:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Event #81: 0 / South America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
No points. Back to you!
149 8/7/2018 9:24:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #38: 0 / Southeast Asia Scoring* (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
Hey!
I tally 4 US VP. Double check me.
File on the way
148 8/7/2018 7:00:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
147 8/7/2018 6:57:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:

146 8/7/2018 6:57:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Operations #40: 3 / Cuban Missile Crisis* (Both)
Set DEFCON to Level 2. Any further Coup attempt by your opponent this turn, anywhere on the board, will result in Global Thermonucelar War. Your opponent will lose the game. This card may be canceled at any time if the USSR player removes two Influence from Cuba or the US player removes two Influence from West Germany or Turkey.

Message from USSR:
Coup Venezuela
145 8/5/2018 10:00:00 PM Turn 5 US Message Ok, all set to start the turn you are up.
Opec safely in the discard pile! :)
144 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
143 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
142 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
141 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
140 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
139 8/5/2018 9:59:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
138 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Draw Extra Strategy card
137 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)

Message from US:
136 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #69: 2 / Latin American Death Squads (Both)

Message from US:
135 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #51: 3 / Brezhnev Doctrine* (USSR)

Message from US:
134 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #55: 2 / Willy Brandt* (USSR)

Message from US:
133 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #61: 3 / OPEC (USSR)

Message from US:
132 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)

Message from US:
131 8/5/2018 9:58:00 PM Turn 5 US Discard Card #80: 2 / One Small Step …' (Both)

Message from US:
130 8/5/2018 9:57:00 PM Turn 5 US Message I'm discarding 7 cards with my Headline event
129 8/5/2018 9:55:00 PM Turn 5 US Message There we go , sorry, it makes sense I needed to actually play that as the Headline to get the cards to discard
128 8/5/2018 9:55:00 PM Turn 5 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #77: 3 / Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for you…'* (US)
US Player may discard up to entire hand (including Scoring cards) and draw replacements from the deck. The number of cards discarded must be decided prior to drawing any replacements.

USSR: #36: 3 / Brush War (Both)
Attack any country with a stability of 1 or 2. Roll a die and subtract 1 for every adjacent enemy controlled country. Success on 3-6. Player adds 3 to his Military Ops track. Effects of Victory: Player gains 1 VP and replace all opponent's Influence with his Influence.

Message from US:
127 8/5/2018 9:54:00 PM Turn 5 US Return Strategy card to hand #77: 3 / Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for you…'* (US)

Message from US:
126 8/5/2018 4:27:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:

125 8/5/2018 4:26:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
Using this on Venezuela. Don't think it matters which one of us does their headline first, so I'll submit a die roll request now. Success on 4 through 6
124 8/4/2018 8:18:00 AM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #77: 3 / Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for you…'* (US)
US Player may discard up to entire hand (including Scoring cards) and draw replacements from the deck. The number of cards discarded must be decided prior to drawing any replacements.

Message from US:
I have to show my headline first
So here it is. This card is removed after play as an event, so I'll use that function in ACTS to do so

So I await your headline play, to see who goes first in the Headline phase, this is a 3 ops card
123 8/4/2018 8:12:00 AM Turn 5 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 4

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 9 cards drawn.
122 8/4/2018 8:12:00 AM Turn 4 US Adjust Victory Points From -1 to -3
121 8/4/2018 8:11:00 AM Turn 4 US Message I fail to meet my Mil Ops, you gain 2 VP
120 8/4/2018 8:11:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #78: 3 / Alliance For Progress* (US)
Gain 1VP for each US controlled Battleground country in Central and South America.

Message from US:
For Ops
3 infl into Cuba
119 8/3/2018 8:58:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #45: 1 / Summit (Both)
Both players roll a die. Each adds 1 for each Region they Dominate or Control. High roller gains 2 VP and may move DEFCON marker one level in either direction. Do not reroll ties.

Message from USSR:
1 into Ethiopia
118 7/29/2018 7:18:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
6


Message from US:
NE - try again with my last op, same thing

US at +1 for S. Africa, rolls on top
USSR at +2 for more in nation, and Zaire adj
117 7/29/2018 7:17:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from US:
That removes all Russian infl in Cuba

next we target Angola with low odds

US at +1 for S. Africa, rolls on top
USSR at +2 for more in nation, and Zaire adj
116 7/29/2018 7:15:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
1


Message from US:
1 Russian infl removed, net 6 to 5 roll
Will try again, 2nd ops

+3 US drm for USA/Haiti/Nicaragua adj - top roll
+1 USSR dr for more infl in country - bottom roll
115 7/29/2018 7:15:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
4


Message from US:
Targeting Cuba

+3 US drm for USA/Haiti/Nicaragua adj - top roll
+1 USSR dr for more infl in country - bottom roll
114 7/29/2018 7:13:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #59: 4 / Flower Power* (USSR)
USSR gains 2 VP for every subsequently US played 'War Card' (played as an event or Operations) unless played on Space Race. War Cards: Arab-Israeli War, Korean War, Brush War, Indo-Pakistani War or Iran-Iraq War. This event cancelled by #97 'An Evil Empire'.

Message from US:
Going to use these 4 ops for Realignment rolls
113 7/29/2018 3:02:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #32: 1 / UN Intervention (Both)

Message from USSR:
112 7/29/2018 3:02:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #44: 3 / Bear Trap* (US)

Message from USSR:
I've got the UN intervention, so no event. Putting 3 in Saudi Arabia
111 7/28/2018 3:46:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)
USSR reveals hand this turn. Then the US may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.

Message from US:
1 infl to Thailand
110 7/28/2018 1:09:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #14: 3 / COMECON* (USSR)
Add 1 USSR Influence in each of four non-US Controlled countries in Eastern Europe.

Message from USSR:
Putting 3 into the Gulf States
109 7/28/2018 11:53:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #5: 3 / Five-Year Plan (US)
USSR Player must randomly discard a card. If the card is a US associated Event, the Event occurs immediately. If the card is a USSR associated Event or an Event applicable to both players, then the card must be discarded without triggering the Event.

Message from US:
3 infl to Israel
108 7/28/2018 11:33:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:

107 7/28/2018 11:33:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #65: 2 / Camp David Accords* (US)

Message from USSR:
Another Space Race from the special ability
106 7/27/2018 7:59:00 AM Turn 4 US Message So the playing player can state if the event should go first, which I'll state then, so no infl removed

Then I'll place 2 in Venezuela and 2 in Jordan
105 7/27/2018 7:54:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #56: 4 / Muslim Revolution (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in two of the following countries: Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan.

Message from US:
Hi,
I cleverly (or just poor play!) have no influence in any of these countries, so I'll just play the 4 influence
104 7/24/2018 10:12:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:

103 7/24/2018 10:12:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #63: 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)

Message from USSR:
Space Race
102 7/23/2018 9:40:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #48: 1 / Kitchen Debates* (US)
If the US controls more Battleground countries than the USSR, taunt opponent and gain 2VP!

Message from US:
1 infl into Thailand to control it.
Back to you!
101 7/23/2018 8:55:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 2 to -1
100 7/23/2018 8:54:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #39: 3 / Arms Race (Both)
Compare each player's status on the Military Operations Tracks. If Phasing Player has more Military Operations points, he or she scores 1VP. If Phasing Player has more Military Operatons points and has met the Required Military Operations amount, he/she scores 3 VP instead.

Message from USSR:
The USSR uses the free military ops from the failed attack on Jerusalem to claim 3 VP's!
99 7/23/2018 7:42:00 AM Turn 4 US Message Arabs fail to subdue the Star of David.
USSR does gain 2 mil ops

98 7/23/2018 7:41:00 AM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:

97 7/23/2018 7:40:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #13: 2 / Arab-Israeli War (USSR)
Pan-Arab Coalition invades Israel. Roll a die, and subtract 1 for US Control of Israel and every US Controlled country adjacent to Israel. USSR Victory on modified die roll 4-6 USSR adds 2 to Military Ops Track. Effects of Victory: USSR gains 2 VP and replaces all US Influence in Israel with USSR Influence.

Message from US:
Place 2 in S. Africa.

-1 to the War roll for US control of Lebanon
96 7/23/2018 7:37:00 AM Turn 4 US Adjust Victory Points From 5 to 2
95 7/23/2018 7:37:00 AM Turn 4 US Message No US play of UN Intervention, so Russians gain 3VP for their headline
94 7/22/2018 11:41:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 3 to 5
93 7/22/2018 11:40:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #37: 0 / Central America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
So you have domination plus 2 batllegrounds, I have presence, 1 battleground, and 1 next to the US, so I think it is 2 points to you.
92 7/21/2018 10:18:00 AM Turn 4 US Message Net to fo the US .. remove your infl there, and put 1 US infl into Haiti
91 7/21/2018 10:18:00 AM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Coup in Haiti with the 2 ops from Junta
90 7/21/2018 10:15:00 AM Turn 4 US Message Place the two influence into Brazil

89 7/19/2018 9:51:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #47: 2 / Junta (Both)
Place two Influence in any Central or South American country. Then you may make a free Coup attempt or Realignment roll in one of these regions (using this card's Operations Value).

USSR: #50: 4 / We Will Bury You'* (USSR)
Unless UN Intervention is played as an Event on the US player's next round, USSR gains 3VP prior to any US VP award. Degrade DEFCON status one level.

Message from USSR:
88 7/19/2018 6:36:00 PM Turn 4 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
87 7/19/2018 6:35:00 PM Turn 4 US End Turn Mid War Cards added to deck


DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
86 7/15/2018 9:43:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from US:
I hate playing this card!
At least its buried in the deck.
I"ll use the (effective) 1 ops for the card to add an infl to Panama, controlling it.

You go ahead and add your 4 influence per the card, and then save your file.
85 7/15/2018 1:25:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #21: 4 / NATO* (US)
USSR player may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in any US Controlled countries in Europe. US Controlled countries in Europe may not be attacked by play of the Brush War event. Requires prior play of #16 Warsaw Pact or #23 Marshall Plan.

Message from USSR:
2 in Algeria, 2 in France
84 7/14/2018 11:37:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Hey , a good roll!
5+2 ops less 1X2 stability is 5
Now 4 influence in the US Puppet state of Nicaragua , cheap winter vacation resorts now open!
2 Mil ops met as well

83 7/14/2018 11:36:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:

82 7/14/2018 11:36:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Ok, will do.
I'll use my (effectively) 2 ops to coup Nicaragua
81 7/14/2018 2:25:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #7: 3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)
Remove US Influence in Western Europe by a total of three Influence points, removing no more than two per country. May not be played after #83 'The Iron Lady'.

Message from US:
Hi, your event, please let me know which 3 influence you'd like removed
80 7/14/2018 1:05:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:

79 7/14/2018 1:04:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #24: 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)
India or Pakistan invades the other (player's choice). Roll one die and subtract 1 for every opponent-controlled country adjacent to the target of the invasion. Player Victory on modified die roll of 4-6. Player adds 2 to Military Ops Track.

Effects of Victory: Player gains 2 VP, and replaces all opponent's Influence in target country with his Influence.

Message from USSR:
So I'll get 2 military ops, and then a die roll to see if I get 2 VP's as I control both of them already.

78 7/10/2018 11:04:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Right on your tail as we move up a box too
Back to you for card 5
77 7/10/2018 11:04:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust Victory Points From 2 to 3
76 7/10/2018 11:03:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:

75 7/10/2018 11:03:00 PM Turn 3 US Discard Card #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)

Message from US:
Hi, space race this for me.
Note this is only 2 ops.
Sometimes lowering the ops in Headline can cause issues with Space Racing certain cards (ie. normal 2 ops cards) as they then are only worth 1
74 7/9/2018 9:16:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:

73 7/9/2018 9:16:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Discard Card #103: 2 / Defectors (US)

Message from USSR:
Space Race
72 7/5/2018 7:22:00 AM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #16: 3 / Warsaw Pact Formed* (USSR)
Remove all US influence from four countries in Eastern European, or add 5 USSR Influence in Eastern Europe, adding no more than 2 per country. Allows play of #21 NATO.

Message from US:
Hey there!
Your event, do that first please then I'll use my 2 influence (less due to headline)
71 7/4/2018 11:43:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #17: 3 / DeGaulle Leads France* (USSR)
Remove 2 US Influence in France, add 1 USSR Influence. Cancels the effect of #21 NATO for France.

Message from USSR:
70 7/4/2018 8:01:00 AM Turn 3 US Play Card as Event #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)
US gains sufficient Influence in Japan for Control. USSR may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in Japan.

Message from US:
I'm always trying to get you to play this as my event, but I'm not sure thats going to be the case this game, and I better get another BG in Asia, so playing this as the event
69 7/2/2018 11:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #9: 2 / Vietnam Revolts* (USSR)
Add 2 USSR Influence in Vietnam. For the remainder of the turn, the Soviet player may add 1 Operations point to any card that uses all points in Southeast Asia.

Message from USSR:
1 in Sudan and 1 in Nicaragua

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