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412 12/9/2018 4:08:00 PM Turn 9 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
T9 US Headline: Shuttle Diplomacy, if only to prolong my suffering.
411 12/9/2018 4:04:00 PM Turn 9 US Message This game should be over soon :)
410 12/9/2018 4:02:00 PM Turn 9 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 9 cards drawn.
USSR: 7 cards drawn.
409 12/9/2018 4:00:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Operations #69: 2 / Latin American Death Squads (Both)
All of the player's Coup attempts in Central and South America are +1 for the remainder of the turn, while all opponent's Coup attempts are -1 for the remainder of the turn.

Message from US:
AR8 US: +1 influence in Pakistan
408 12/9/2018 3:58:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From -16 to -14
407 12/9/2018 3:58:00 PM Turn 8 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:
AR7 US: "A New Hope". Nixon scores some easy points with Mao. Perhaps this lets me live through T9AR1
406 12/9/2018 3:54:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Having a glimpse of hope to turn the tables around......aaaaaand it's gone. Regardless, let's just see what T9 cards bring before i simply surrender.
405 12/9/2018 2:57:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message Back to you for AR7, and then your bonus North Sea Oil card play, if you so choose!
404 12/9/2018 2:57:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -10 to -16
403 12/9/2018 2:57:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #79: 0 / Africa Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
AR7 USSR - Scoring

Sad to say it was all in vain. Africa scoring, fake out! If I'm not mistaken, that's 6 VPs for USSR.
402 12/6/2018 6:07:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Event #70: 1 / OAS Founded* (US)
Add two US Influence in Central or South America

Message from US:
OK, on an odd chance you'll be forced to play the SA Scoring on your AR7 (given the fight over Chile), here's +1 US influence in each Chile and Argentina breaking your control there. Map refreshed, save posted, vlog ongoing. Now please tell me this little ruse of mine was not in vain :)
401 12/6/2018 10:55:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #86: 3 / North Sea Oil* (US)
#61 OPEC event no longer playable. US may play eight cards this turn.

Message from USSR:
AR6 USSR - 3 ops

Ok this hurts BUT +3 Chile, I get control, you get to play 8 if you want to, and OPEC is now just for ops :(
400 12/5/2018 4:48:00 PM Turn 8 US Discard Card #104: 2 / Cambridge Five (USSR)

Message from US:
US AR5: +2 in Chile. Luckily no event, as it's turn 8. Save posted, map updated. All good for AR6 USSR
399 12/5/2018 4:38:00 PM Turn 8 US Message OK, i'll implement changes right away and post my move shortly.
398 12/5/2018 10:01:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Whoops! I'll do +1 in each of Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and E. Germany
397 12/5/2018 3:01:00 AM Turn 8 US Message and COMECON?
396 12/4/2018 5:00:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
AR5 USSR - 4 ops

+4 in Chile
395 12/4/2018 4:49:00 PM Turn 8 US Message BTW, you're up for announcements in our HIS game ;)
394 12/2/2018 3:00:00 PM Turn 8 US 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 US:
AR4 US: Chile +1, Uruguay +2.

Map refreshed, savegame updated, and vlog still ongoing, capturing all changes so far.

Go for COMECON and AR5 USSR, but keep in mind it can take me a while to post another move.
393 11/28/2018 12:27:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)
USSR receives two Influence in Chile.

Message from USSR:
AR4 USSR Playing for event, and Chile gets 2 USSR influence! Back to you.
392 11/27/2018 3:46:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Operations #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:
US AR3: Chile +2, Peru +2.

Map updated, ready for USSR AR4
391 11/27/2018 3:43:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From -11 to -10
390 11/27/2018 1:20:00 PM Turn 8 US Message ^-^ Silly me :) Still, it's quite surprising you're robbing yourself of an event that only now started to show its real power. Not that i'm complaining or anything :)
389 11/27/2018 11:03:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message The event gives USSR +1 in Argentina, not US :)
388 11/27/2018 11:01:00 AM Turn 8 US Message Argentina was on 1 US due to Puppet Govs if memory serves me right. If US event fires first, it's under US control by the time you place influence, meaning 2 Ops for 1st and either one last ops for this or spending all 3 for 2 USSR influence in Argentina.
387 11/27/2018 10:54:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #83: 3 / The Iron Lady* (US)
US gains 1 VP. Add 1 USSR Influence in Argentina. Remove all USSR Influence from UK. #7 Socialist Governments no longer playable.

Message from USSR:
AR3 USSR - 3 ops

Event fires first - +1 Argentina, and Socialist Governments no longer playable.

3 ops: +2 Argentina, +1 E. Germany
386 11/23/2018 4:14:00 PM Turn 8 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:
AR2 US: France up to 11 for US control
385 11/22/2018 5:22:00 PM Turn 8 US Message I'm honestly still thinking what to do next :) Hope to have an answer tomorrow.
384 11/21/2018 10:34:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Well that was the risk I took. You stay at 1 in Argentina and I lose it all.
383 11/21/2018 10:33:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
6


Message from USSR:
1st die = USSR (+1), 2nd = US
382 11/21/2018 10:33:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #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).

Message from USSR:
Argh, good play, mate. Ok, without further ado:

AR2 USSR - Event

2 ops in Argentina

Then, I'll realign Argentina (with a +1 mod for me). Rolls to come!
381 11/21/2018 2:43:00 AM Turn 8 US Play Card as Event #66: 2 / Puppet Governments* (US)
US may add one Influence in three countries that currently contain no Influence from either power.

Message from US:
US AR1: Argentina, Chile, and Nigeria +1
380 11/18/2018 10:35:00 PM Turn 8 USSR 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 USSR:
AR1 USSR - 4 ops

+1 Israel
+2 France
+1 Zaire
379 11/18/2018 10:32:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message Oh! I didn't realize that. (I'm learning some very good rule clarifications here!)

Gorby will:
+2 W. Germany
+2 France
+1 Poland
+1 Italy
378 11/18/2018 4:20:00 PM Turn 8 US Message NORAD doesn't apply if DEFCON is dropped during headline, proceed with Mikchail. Basically i'm cooked, but let's see how many ARs will i last.
377 11/18/2018 3:31:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
376 11/18/2018 3:31:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -14 to -11
375 11/18/2018 3:31:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.

USSR: #87: 3 / The Reformer* (USSR)
Add 4 Influence in Europe (no more than 2 per country). If USSR ahead of US in VP, 6 Influence may be added instead. USSR may no longer conduct Coup attempts in Europe. Improves effect of #90 Glasnost.

Message from USSR:
Ok! I'll bring out Gorby. Yours triggers first. Defcon to 2, +3VP US (which I've already changed on ACTS), and you get to use NATO's +1 Influence somewhere. I'll hold off on placing until you do that.
374 11/18/2018 2:46:00 PM Turn 8 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
US T8 Headline: Duck and Cover, as per your current space bonus.
373 11/18/2018 8:17:00 AM Turn 8 US Message Map updated, logfile dropped, we're good to go for T8 Headline.
372 11/18/2018 8:14:00 AM Turn 8 US End Turn Late War Cards added to deck


DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 9 cards drawn.
371 11/18/2018 8:13:00 AM Turn 7 US Message OK, ending the turn.
370 11/15/2018 11:05:00 AM Turn 7 US Message I believe we're good to go with T8 but would want to avoid both of us ending the turn all of a sudden :)
369 11/15/2018 11:04:00 AM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
No surprise here. Scoring inconclusive, 3 to 3 BGs, i got nothing adjacent to USSR, so 0 VPs to everybody.
368 11/15/2018 10:49:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #72: 1 / Sadat Expels Soviets* (US)
Eliminate all USSR Influence in Egypt and add one US Influence.

Message from USSR:
AR7 USSR - 1 op

You get Egypt, and I'll +1 Israel
367 11/14/2018 5:55:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #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 US:
US AR6: +3 inf in France

There's no easy way of doing it, as in these two regions a scoring ends the game and i don't have ops to fix both Europe and Africa. Given however Africa is more coupable, perhaps it's better i address Europe and postpone my inevitable doom.
366 11/14/2018 5:40:00 PM Turn 7 US Message I believe i managed to recreate our T7 log in Vassal. Renamed the previous map from Nov 12th (AR6 Soviet, pending your play of a card for Quagmire). Let's now see about my AR6.
365 11/14/2018 11:26:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Drat! Still, avoided contaminating S.Amer with red fever ;) My move to come later today, as i first need to redo T7 vlog (screenshot is most recent, actually, so will be of much help).
364 11/14/2018 10:57:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Ok, phew, that's over with. Back to you!
363 11/14/2018 10:57:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
to escape the bear trap!
362 11/14/2018 10:57:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Discard Card #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)

Message from USSR:
Discarding for the bear trap, roll to come
361 11/14/2018 8:39:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Ok, it worked. You're good to go for your 1st (hopefully of many) attempt at stepping out of the bear trap ;)
360 11/14/2018 8:38:00 AM Turn 7 US Draw Extra Strategy card Message from US:
Pile confirmed empty. Drawing 3rd "Ask not" card.
359 11/14/2018 8:37:00 AM Turn 7 US Reshuffle Deck Message from US:
Reshuffle to clean the discard pile
358 11/14/2018 8:36:00 AM Turn 7 US Discard Card #55: 2 / Willy Brandt* (USSR)

Message from US:
Let's reshuffle. You know which 2 cards i drew from the deck, you also know what cards i had before. That one was drawn 3rd
357 11/14/2018 8:21:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Nah, can't find anything -- must just be an ACTS glitch. Feel free to discard and reshuffle and draw!
356 11/14/2018 8:19:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message It seems to think that cards played this turn aren't reshuffled...I wonder if that's a rule I don't know
355 11/14/2018 8:18:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Yes, I think it makes sense to discard that 3rd card draw, force a reshuffle, and then draw again. Hopefully this works!
354 11/14/2018 2:56:00 AM Turn 7 US Message On a related note, my PC rebooted and took the T7 log with it. It will have to be recreated from scratch. Meanwhile please weigh in on the discard pile conundrum. Should i proceed with forced reshuffle and draw the 3rd card again?
353 11/12/2018 6:08:00 PM Turn 7 US Message I've already drawn my 3rd card. I could return it, force a reshuffle and once we see discard is empty, then draw it again. I just want to make sure we're doing the right thing as that would be a huge design flaw if it wasn't imtended behaviour.
352 11/12/2018 5:46:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Yes that's really weird...we could tell it to reshuffle the deck with the current discards?
351 11/12/2018 4:56:00 PM Turn 7 US Message I don't gett it, shouldn't all discarded cards be reshuffled when i drew the 3rd card? Why does the discard pile still contain this turn's cards?
350 11/12/2018 11:36:00 AM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #44: 3 / Bear Trap* (US)
On the next action round, USSR player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each USSR player Action Round until successful or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the USSR Player may only play scoring cards until the next turn.

Message from US:
AR5 US: what am i thinking, it's coming right now :) Enjoy the liberating theology ;)
349 11/12/2018 11:25:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Cool! Much needed breathing space. My move coming later today, in 3hrs or so.
348 11/12/2018 11:24:00 AM Turn 7 US Draw Extra Strategy card NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
Message from US:
"act not" draw #3 (will it reshuffle the deck on its own?)
347 11/12/2018 11:23:00 AM Turn 7 US Draw Extra Strategy card Message from US:
"act not" draw #2
346 11/12/2018 11:23:00 AM Turn 7 US Draw Extra Strategy card Message from US:
"Act not" draw #1
345 11/12/2018 11:23:00 AM Turn 7 US Discard Card #61: 3 / OPEC (USSR)

Message from US:
"Act not" discard #3
344 11/12/2018 11:22:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Catch is i have to discard 3rd card first ;) but ok, should it not work - we'll act as if i still held that card.
343 11/12/2018 11:04:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Hm I'm not sure which it would do. To be safe, you could draw 2, then reshuffle, then draw 1?
342 11/12/2018 10:13:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Before i proceed, any idea how the deck will behave if i go for 3 replacements? Will it be reshuffles after i deplete the current supply or do we have to trigger it manually? Card asks to declare # of discards in advance hence asking :) Just don't reshuffle yet, please :)
341 11/12/2018 10:10:00 AM Turn 7 US Discard Card #7: 3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)

Message from US:
"Ask not" discard #2
340 11/12/2018 10:09:00 AM Turn 7 US Discard Card #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)

Message from US:
"ask not discard #1
339 11/12/2018 10:05:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Hey! Welcome back! Good you dropped Kennedy at last, though i hoped to use him sooner ;)
338 11/12/2018 9:28:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #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 USSR:
AR5 USSR - 3 ops

+2 Pakistan, +1 Israel
337 11/6/2018 6:29:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #73: 3 / Shuttle Diplomacy (US)
Play in front of US player. During the next scoring of the Middle East or Asia (whichever comes first), subtract one Battleground country from the USSR total, then put this card in the discard pile. Does not count for Final Scoring at the end of Turn 10.

Message from US:
US AR4: +1 Lebanon, +2 Iran.
336 11/6/2018 5:51:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Nice :) NORAD's there to stay, as Quagmire is but a distant memory by now :) Given headline is not an action round, i already know what will you be doing then :D ;)
335 11/6/2018 3:40:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #106: 3 / NORAD* (US)
If the US controls Canada, the US may add 1 Influence to any country already containing US Influence at the conclusion of any Action Round in which the DEFCON marker moves to the '2' box. This event is cancelled by #42 Quagmire.

Message from USSR:
AR4 USSR - 3 ops

+2 Pakistan, and you get Norad
334 11/6/2018 2:13:00 PM Turn 7 US Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
US AR3: 5 Ops for 4 Influence in Pakistan, flipping it for Team Blue :)
333 11/5/2018 4:32:00 PM Turn 7 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:
AR3 USSR - 3 ops

+3 Poland
332 11/5/2018 4:22:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Ack yeah sorry I've been so sporadic. My work was crazy last week, and then I went out of town for the weekend. I will be much more consistent this week! Ok, on to AR3...
331 11/5/2018 4:08:00 PM Turn 7 US Message At least Arms Race is no longer playable, that's something. Map updated, you're good to go on AR3.
330 11/5/2018 4:06:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Heeey, wouldn't you know, i was right. Shite :/
329 11/5/2018 4:05:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
T7 AR2 US Brush war in Pakistan, DRM-1
328 11/5/2018 4:04:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #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:
AR2 US

Should've done that earlier, however we advance these rounds so rarely i honestly forgot you staged a coup in Salvador :D Meanwhile, I need to brush up on my Urdu. Rolling for Pakistan with a DRM-1 for Afghanistan. Need 4+ to succeed, will probably get a lousy 1.
327 11/5/2018 3:53:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Well, not the discard i was hoping for, but hey 2VPs are 2VPs. Anything to slow you down on the road to 20 :D
326 11/5/2018 11:48:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Your go!
325 11/5/2018 11:48:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -11 to -14
324 11/5/2018 11:48:00 AM Turn 7 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:
AR2 USSR

Playing as event for 3 VP!
323 11/5/2018 11:44:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Ah, Nixon gives you 2 VP. Ok my go!
322 11/5/2018 11:44:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -13 to -11
321 11/5/2018 11:43:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Discard random Strategy card Operations - 2 / Nixon Plays the China Card* (US)

Message from USSR:
Discarding random card for FYP
320 10/31/2018 6:52:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #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:
AR1 US - there's really no better time to play it than now given what you're most probably harboring there :)
319 10/31/2018 10:28:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Ok, I think I'm at 3 in El Sal. Back to you!
318 10/31/2018 10:28:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
For a new dictator in El Salvador...
317 10/31/2018 10:28:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #52: 2 / Portuguese Empire Crumbles* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in both the SE African States and Angola.

Message from USSR:
AR1 USSR - 2 ops

Time for another round of El Salvacoup!
316 10/31/2018 10:26:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Indeed! Well, good that you tamped it down 3 VPs, that makes it hurt less. Ok, on to AR1...
315 10/31/2018 3:33:00 AM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From -6 to -13
314 10/31/2018 3:33:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Wow, you went to cash in quick too :D

7 VPs for Africa, is it?
313 10/31/2018 3:32:00 AM Turn 7 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2

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