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220 10/14/2018 5:06:00 AM Turn 9 Yellow Message Hi guys,

I am back from the return of the monitor, which is fixed now. I can't see where your next open generic thread for Time of Crisis is. So if you are short of one player and still want to have a second game, we can start anytime.

Lawrence
219 9/24/2018 1:29:00 AM Turn 9 Red Message Sorry to hear that, Lawrence. There will be another opportunity.

I have several players who would be keen to fill in. Given that, I will open a new ACTS journal. Iíll let you guys know when I have a fourth and weíre ready to go.

.....and Iím glad to see youíve learned to spell colour the right way, Mark :) (joking)
218 9/23/2018 11:19:00 PM Turn 9 Yellow Message Unfortunately, my monitor is out of service now and I am not sure when it will be returned from the vendor. If you guys want to go ahead without me, please do. Otherwise, I will let you know asap if I am back up.


217 9/23/2018 1:40:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Message I mean "colour"...
216 9/23/2018 1:40:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Message I am in. Same color is fine with me
215 9/23/2018 11:22:00 AM Turn 9 Green Message Iím definitely in! Iíll take the same colour
214 9/23/2018 3:59:00 AM Turn 9 Red Message Well, I barely had time to type this and the other game ended! Yellow squeaked in an Italian takeover at 67 Legacy and as he was last in turn order, it's all done.

So I'm ready to start a new one here. First, I should just get confirmation you're all still interested. If it's not good for you to start now I have backups. If you're happy to keep the same colours we can continue this same ACTS journal....if we have a new player or switch colours I'll start a new journal. Easy either way.

For ease I'll just use our original Dropbox as well. I'll tuck the first game's files away in a folder.

LMK.
213 9/22/2018 9:57:00 PM Turn 9 Red Message I'm just in the final stages of another PBEM game of Time of Crisis with some mates and thought I'd restart here when that was complete. Looking like a couple of days at most. Very interesting game with three of us near 60 Legacy and the throne changing almost every turn.....we've had three Emperors, a Pretender and six events. Quite tense and it's not clear who's going to win....quite different to our game and has given me a better understanding of the game's possibilities. Really enjoying it.

I'll let everyone know when I set up.

Mark, I'll send you a private email about Julius Caesar.
212 9/22/2018 6:26:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Message Brent,

I would be up for a live Vassal game. What time zone are you in?

Also ready to start up ToC again...
211 9/16/2018 4:25:00 AM Turn 9 Red Message Mark, I've played a lot of Julius Caesar. Great, quick block game that has a lot to it despite its apparent simplicity.

I have to say that I wouldn't choose to PBEM a quick 2 player game like this, and it has a lot of breaks for opposing player decisions regarding step loss, etc, which would make it very clunky PBEM....a battle would take forever. It's the sort of game I'd play live on Vassal, though, if you're interested. My work schedule is pretty hectic for the next week but I'd be good some time the following week. LMK.
210 9/16/2018 1:28:00 AM Turn 9 Yellow Message GG Mark and everyone. If you want another game, please count me in.

Re: Julius Caesar - a great game. I would love to join. But I have to refresh me the rules. Let me know when do you want to start.
209 9/16/2018 12:40:00 AM Turn 9 Green Message Sorry, not me. I don't have any experience with block war games and I'm already learning a game (Churchill) through PBEM. :)
208 9/16/2018 12:37:00 AM Turn 9 Blue Message thanks everyone. I suspect the next game will be tougher for me!

On another subject, is anyone interested in a PBEM game of Julius Caesar, the Columbia block game?
207 9/15/2018 7:09:00 PM Turn 9 Green Message sorry, should have been 041 in the file name, not 40
206 9/15/2018 7:08:00 PM Turn 9 Green Message Nice game, Mark! I managed 12 legacy in the final turn, but had no cards to actually do anything in Italia. I've uploaded the file in case you want to see it.
205 9/15/2018 7:08:00 PM Turn 9 Green Edit Legacy Red: from 36 to 36
Yellow: from 21 to 21
Blue: from 60 to 70
Green: from 44 to 56
204 9/15/2018 6:43:00 PM Turn 9 Green Message oh right! I forgot I was 4th. I'll take it now, though it won't change anything.
203 9/15/2018 6:36:00 PM Turn 9 Red Message Actually, I've realised you had a turn to complete, Dave, before we concluded the game and calculated final Legacy. I'm assuming you couldn't get past Mark with his Emperor Turns bonus.
202 9/15/2018 8:11:00 AM Turn 9 Red Message Congratulations, Mark. Well played. Apart from learning the rules I learned from all of you about strategy this game. I'd love to play another. I need a few days and I'll put out word to see if you're up for it.
201 9/14/2018 11:38:00 PM Turn 9 Green Message Congrats, Mark! That was nicely played.

I'm always up for another one.
200 9/14/2018 11:02:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Message I think that is it, i just managed to get to 60 legacy,while maintaining my title of Emperor.

I was relatively untroubled by the barbarians,and the Praetorian guard dice rolling was very lucky, for me!

now we have that training game under our belts, are we up for another game?
199 9/14/2018 10:58:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Edit Emperor Turns Red: from 0 to 0
Yellow: from 0 to 0
Blue: from 4 to 5
Green: from 0 to 0
198 9/14/2018 10:58:00 PM Turn 9 Blue Edit Legacy Red: from 36 to 36
Yellow: from 21 to 21
Blue: from 48 to 60
Green: from 44 to 44
197 9/14/2018 11:57:00 AM Turn 9 Yellow Message Adjusted Brent's Legacy. Fought a battle with Sassanids. Mark is up.
196 9/14/2018 11:56:00 AM Turn 9 Yellow Edit Legacy Red: from 36 to 36
Yellow: from 15 to 21
Blue: from 48 to 48
Green: from 44 to 44
195 9/13/2018 10:19:00 PM Turn 9 Red Message Sorry that's file 038 and I gave myself 1 Legacy too many in the log....I should be at 36 if someone would be happy adjust that.
194 9/13/2018 10:14:00 PM Turn 9 Red Edit Legacy Red: from 37 to 36
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 48 to 48
Green: from 44 to 44
193 9/13/2018 10:14:00 PM Turn 9 Red Edit Legacy Red: from 30 to 37
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 48 to 48
Green: from 44 to 44
192 9/13/2018 10:08:00 PM Turn 9 Red Message File 037 posted and Lawrence up.

Sorry guys, I made my play and the dice failed horribly. Think that might be the game. There's been a terrible run of luck.....yellow crippled by the Sassanids, epic battle dice failure in Macedonia and now my Praetorians fluffing what should have been a certainty. Not to take anything away from your excellent play, Mark, but I think we and the dice just made it too easy for you.
191 9/13/2018 4:40:00 PM Turn 8 Green Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 9
190 9/13/2018 4:40:00 PM Turn 8 Green Edit Legacy Red: from 30 to 30
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 48 to 48
Green: from 37 to 44
189 9/13/2018 4:40:00 PM Turn 8 Green Message Nothing happened with the re-roll. Mark, you forgot a legacy for the Limes in Thracia. I added it.

Neutral governors were under a legion that was in the wrong place

Nothing much on my turn. Brent's up!
188 9/13/2018 3:20:00 PM Turn 8 Blue Message David : just a reminder that you are up.
Also, please roll the exploding 6 from our last battle
If you happen to roll a hit, then the Foederati goes. If you roll another 6 then I had one red point left and so can heal one Legion hit.
187 9/12/2018 3:41:00 AM Turn 8 Yellow Message Got it, thanks Brent. I need reading it for a full absorption within the game 'cos apparently I know nothing about the history of the third century Rome. Thanks for sharing it!
186 9/12/2018 3:22:00 AM Turn 8 Red Message Hey Lawrence. The folder doesn't exist......confused from another Dropbox folder in another game I'm playing, teaching some friends to play ToC (I know, blind leading the blind) :).

The name of the magazine file is AW_II_6 copy.pdf. It was a 13 MB file so may not have uploaded fully? Or may be viewable only on Dropbox.com?
185 9/12/2018 2:26:00 AM Turn 8 Yellow Message Hi Brent, can't find the file and folder names you mentioned. Can you say the exact filename again? Thanks.
184 9/12/2018 12:11:00 AM Turn 8 Blue Message Good catch!


183 9/11/2018 11:58:00 PM Turn 8 Red Message Mark, David's legions rolled a 6 against you and so should have had an additional roll? Maybe he can do that in his turn?

I don't know what happened to the neutral governors....weird. Maybe we can stick a Mob counter on the Syrian track as a substitute
182 9/11/2018 11:14:00 PM Turn 8 Blue Message David is up
181 9/11/2018 11:14:00 PM Turn 8 Blue Edit Emperor Turns Red: from 0 to 0
Yellow: from 0 to 0
Blue: from 3 to 4
Green: from 0 to 0
180 9/11/2018 11:14:00 PM Turn 8 Blue Edit Legacy Red: from 30 to 30
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 38 to 48
Green: from 37 to 37
179 9/11/2018 7:23:00 AM Turn 8 Red Message Oops sorry, that folder doesn't exist in this game....thinking of another game. The magazine is simply uploaded on its own as AW II.6.
178 9/11/2018 1:32:00 AM Turn 8 Red Message For those interested in the history who may not know details, I've uploaded a copy of Ancient Warfare Magazine issue II.6 to the Rules-Map-Aid folder in the Dropbox folder. I'm an ancient history nerd and subscribe to the digital version of this magazine and it's excellent, as is it's sister Ancient History magazine (about all ancient things not war related).

This is a feature issue on the 3rd century crisis and is a great primer. Recommended articles are the quick Historical Introduction (page 6), an overview of Gallienus' reign (page 30) which gives an excellent narrative of the worst period of the crisis as well as repatriating the reputation of this unfairly maligned emperor, and an article on Aurelian, Restitutor Orbis (page 38).
177 9/11/2018 1:08:00 AM Turn 8 Red Message File 034 logged and Lawrence up
176 9/11/2018 1:06:00 AM Turn 8 Red Edit Legacy Red: from 24 to 30
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 38 to 38
Green: from 37 to 37
175 9/10/2018 9:47:00 PM Turn 7 Green Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 8
174 9/10/2018 9:47:00 PM Turn 7 Green Edit Legacy Red: from 24 to 24
Yellow: from 15 to 15
Blue: from 38 to 38
Green: from 27 to 37
173 9/10/2018 9:47:00 PM Turn 7 Green Message Brent's up. I basically just recovered my hold on 3 provinces. Yuck!
172 9/10/2018 9:07:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Edit Legacy Red: from 24 to 24
Yellow: from 16 to 15
Blue: from 38 to 38
Green: from 27 to 27
171 9/10/2018 9:07:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Message Guys, before David taking his turn, I made revision in file 32 for removing Flanking Maneuver from my purchased cards. Also, I adjusted the Legacy for not governing Macedonia actually, which should be 15 now.

David please continue with my file.
170 9/10/2018 12:46:00 AM Turn 7 Blue Edit Legacy Red: from 24 to 24
Yellow: from 16 to 16
Blue: from 27 to 38
Green: from 27 to 27
169 9/10/2018 12:46:00 AM Turn 7 Blue Message That works for me! I need to update my legacy. I think it was +11, not entirely sure
168 9/10/2018 12:18:00 AM Turn 7 Red Message I think that given the game has advanced, and there don't look like any good options for Lawrence, I'd suggest we leave things as they are. We'll need to reduce Yellow's Legacy by 1. I've done a quick experiment and you can just pull a card off your discard pile and replace it with a card from the stack to the right of the board, so you can switch your Flanking Maneuver for a 2 pointer, Lawrence. These mistakes are good, because it's ironing out rules wrinkles for me (I'd overlooked the support loss for an enemy army in a province capital, too, with all the focus on barbarians). Play be email works very well for this.

Well played, Mark. I'm learning strategy from you guys as well as rules. I'm realising that the way I positioned my armies and moving out of Italy a few turns back was a big mistake. The fluffed counterattack by the green legions in Macedonia was critical, as I understand they would have won on a tie. I don't know if it's possible to stop the blue juggernaut (Dave may have been our best hope) but I'm going to enjoy giving it a try.


167 9/10/2018 12:09:00 AM Turn 7 Blue Edit Emperor Turns Red: from 0 to 0
Yellow: from 0 to 0
Blue: from 2 to 3
Green: from 0 to 0
166 9/9/2018 11:20:00 PM Turn 7 Blue Message I posted a log file because I had already completed the crisis roll before I noticed. So I just completed my turn as if the governor got replaced.

Lawrence also can't afford the flanking maneuver card.

But if we want a re do, then that is ok.


165 9/9/2018 10:48:00 PM Turn 7 Green Message I'd be fine with a total redo of his turn. It's up to you guys.
164 9/9/2018 9:34:00 PM Turn 7 Red Message You're right, Mark.

Sorry to add to your woes, Lawrence, but you should have lost Macedonia to a neutral governor in the Support Check phase because of Dave's army in the capital. That would have meant 1 less Legacy and 1 less political pain for card purchase. I was going to suggest the easiest fix would be for us to back up and you retake Britain instead but that will have the same outcome with the active Frank there.
163 9/9/2018 9:18:00 PM Turn 7 Green Message I havenít looked at the log files yet, but yes. If my army is still there, then Lawrence should lose 1 support. If thatís all he had, then he should be replaced by a neutral.
162 9/9/2018 9:01:00 PM Turn 7 Blue Message I am back from my travels.

I see Macedonia has a new governor but there is a hostile army in the capital.

Doesn't that mean that the support check stage would drop support there by one, removing the governor?
161 9/7/2018 3:14:00 PM Turn 7 Blue Message The Emperor will return on Sunday
160 9/7/2018 11:46:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Message Is it still Mark's turn?
159 9/6/2018 12:29:00 PM Turn 7 Red Message Yes, you've been mistreated badly by the barbarians......and me :( but I play the blame on the Sassanids. That must be an extraordinarily unusual run of bad luck on the Crisis rolls. I don't have enough experience with the game to know how damaging that is and whether it's possible for a comeback. I'd imagine the blow to your economy and deck building is an even more important factor than lagging behind in the early Legacy.

That's okay when you're sitting at the table but might be a slog in a long PBEM game. Are you okay to keep playing? (I don't fancy my chances but I'm enjoying it).
158 9/6/2018 9:10:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Message Thanks Brent for your watching over my shoulder. I slip all the time and don't mind words of wisdom from anyone correcting me. I generally prefer to use the in-game dice roller as I don't want to do it somewhere else and thus omitting it from the vlog, which I might later come back to for AAR....:) Obviously Yellow is in bad shape, if not totally out of the game now.
157 9/6/2018 3:04:00 AM Turn 7 Red Message Thanks Lawrence. I wasn't hassling....most of these questions are to make sure I'm understanding the rules properly. You obviously had that Place Governor action in the bag. Also remember that although we'd decided to use the dice roller in Vassal there's always the option of using the dice roller here in ACTS for simple missed rolls if you don't want to have to go back and make a fresh Vassal log.

Confession time. We were having some issues with some files appearing only on Dropbox.com and not in other players' desktop Dropbox folders. I've been using "Brent -> Lawrence" in my log file names and apparently that's okay for Drop.box.com but the ">" symbol is probably incompatible with the desktop dropbox folders. I've done through and changed those files to "-" and hopefully it won't be a problem in the future.

156 9/5/2018 11:56:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Message OK, I roll the bonus dice and succeed by riding on my own file. Please check.
155 9/4/2018 2:23:00 PM Turn 7 Red Message Lawrence, I think you needed 4 votes to place a governor in Macedonia? Support 1 x 2 plus 1 for each of Dave's units there. Probably a certainty because you would have had two rerolls for the 6's.
154 9/4/2018 11:13:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Message Gentlemen, thanks for the wait. I am back. Mark is up.
153 9/4/2018 10:07:00 AM Turn 7 Yellow Edit Legacy Red: from 24 to 24
Yellow: from 10 to 16
Blue: from 27 to 27
Green: from 27 to 27
152 9/4/2018 3:13:00 AM Turn 7 Red Message Thanks Dave, that makes sense.

I think you were due back around now, Lawrence. Just to catch you up, it's your turn. No rush, because I believe the emperor is away this week.


151 9/3/2018 3:12:00 PM Turn 7 Green Message I've heard it happens if not all players have the updated module. I'm not sure if that's the case, or what it may be. But yeah, this is my third game and we've never had the Emperor Turns marker
150 9/3/2018 2:30:00 AM Turn 7 Red Message Interestingly, I've just started another PBEM game with some friends to get them up to speed on the rules....and there are Emperor Turns markers on the track. Same module version (I haven't updated it).....not sure why they weren't there in our game (and it sounds like they haven't been there in your previous games, Dave).
149 8/30/2018 11:39:00 PM Turn 7 Red Message Log 29 posted and Lawrence up when you're back on deck.

Great idea for the Emperor Turns, Dave. I've taken care of that in my log.
148 8/30/2018 11:36:00 PM Turn 7 Red Edit Legacy Red: from 20 to 24
Yellow: from 10 to 10
Blue: from 27 to 27
Green: from 27 to 27
147 8/30/2018 11:36:00 PM Turn 6 Red Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 7
146 8/30/2018 9:15:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message Ok, Brent's turn. In previous VASSAL games of ToC, we've used one of the Breakaway markers to denote Emperor turns. Did we want to do that, or just keep it in ACTS?
145 8/30/2018 9:14:00 PM Turn 6 Green Edit Legacy Red: from 20 to 20
Yellow: from 10 to 10
Blue: from 29 to 27
Green: from 19 to 27
144 8/30/2018 1:17:00 AM Turn 6 Blue Message David

I think as I messed up, the fairest thing to do would be for me not to attack Macedonia . I dont think I would attack 2 legions with only 2 legion, unless i knew the dice were going to be kind to me. I will forfeit those last two red points, as I dont think there is anything else I can do with them.

Please dock me two legacy.
143 8/29/2018 11:52:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message Good catch David.
Carry on
142 8/29/2018 11:05:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message Mark, you can't move and attack with an army that's already fought. You would have had to use the Pannonian army (without a barbarian).

Page 5 of the rules

that would reduce damage to my legions by 1 hit (the barbarians hit).

If you're ok with me adjusting that, let me know. I'll wait to take my turn until you say.
141 8/28/2018 10:04:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message ok, i elect not to use Flanking then. So only three hits.
140 8/28/2018 6:12:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message Brent's correct. You have to reroll the whole thing on the Flanking Maneuver.
139 8/28/2018 5:49:00 PM Turn 6 Red Message Mark, you did announce Flanking Maneuver for the Macedonian battle. However, the way I read it is that if you elect to reroll you can't choose a single die result but have to reroll all the battle dice, possibly risking a worse result.
138 8/28/2018 2:01:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message Ok, I haven't seen the logs yet. Just going by the ACTS messages. I'll check when I run them tonight.

Though I'm scared to now...
137 8/28/2018 1:59:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message Correct on the Flanking manoeuvre pre battle declaration. I believe I did that in the Vassal log. If I didn't, my apologies and my die reroll is voided.
136 8/28/2018 1:05:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message And I'm not liking all of this Macedonia talk!!!!
135 8/28/2018 1:04:00 PM Turn 6 Green Message You can't use a Flanking Maneuver unless you state you're using it before you roll the dice. It's not a "let's see how this battle goes and then I'll decide" action.
134 8/28/2018 1:01:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message I am going from memory,as I do t have the game in front of me. a 3 is a hit for a legion?
133 8/28/2018 1:00:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message Well, thanks for pointing that out! Green army is eliminated. Could someone update Vassal?
132 8/28/2018 12:58:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Blue:
Exploding die reroll, due to flanking
131 8/28/2018 12:55:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message Hmm, seeing as I played flanking attack, I guess I can re roll that last dice
130 8/28/2018 9:53:00 AM Turn 6 Blue Message Missed!
129 8/28/2018 9:52:00 AM Turn 6 Blue Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Blue:
Exploding 6 die roll
128 8/28/2018 3:48:00 AM Turn 6 Red Message Thanks for the heads up on next week, Mark. Gives us plenty of time to plot your downfall :).

I also overlooked it in one of my previous battles, Mark, but you rolled a 6 with one of your Legions in Macedonia, and so should have had one more battle die (which might eliminate the green army entirely).
127 8/28/2018 12:07:00 AM Turn 6 Blue Edit Legacy Red: from 20 to 20
Yellow: from 10 to 10
Blue: from 27 to 29
Green: from 19 to 19
126 8/28/2018 12:06:00 AM Turn 6 Blue Message Shorted myself 2 legacy, for my victory in Macedonia. Can someone add?
125 8/27/2018 10:55:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message by the way, i will be away from a computer all next week
124 8/27/2018 10:53:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Message David is up!
123 8/27/2018 10:53:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Edit Legacy Red: from 20 to 20
Yellow: from 10 to 10
Blue: from 16 to 27
Green: from 19 to 19
122 8/27/2018 10:52:00 PM Turn 6 Blue Edit Emperor Turns Red: from 0 to 0
Yellow: from 0 to 0
Blue: from 1 to 2
Green: from 0 to 0
121 8/27/2018 6:47:00 PM Turn 6 Red Message Sorry, assumed that on the fly and thanks for the clarification, Dave. The key point is that although shifting into or out of a capital is considered a move, albeit a free one, an army doesnít have to move out of a capital to attack an army in the surrounding province....an army anywhere in a province can just attack any other army there, with no movement involved, so Militia can participate. Reference is here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/27969846#27969846

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