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78 2/19/2019 10:30:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #10: 3 / SUD Army
One AH unit and up to 2 GE corps may stack together and be Activated for a cost of 1 OPS point. A different stack may be chosen each Action Round. If a second AH unit or a second non-GE corps unit is present, then the activation cost is 2 OPS points. This event does not supercede rule 12.1.11.

Message from Central Powers:
SR:
1. GEc from reserve to Breslau
2. (GEc) Sedan to Posen
3. (GEc) Liege to Danzig
4. GEc from Liege to Konigsberg
77 2/19/2019 10:23:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message None for CP and Italy = none for AP.
76 2/19/2019 10:23:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Central Powers:
MO rolls
CP
AP
75 2/19/2019 10:21:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message My apologies, I should have declared RPs first. Doing so now.

AH1 and AH2 restored
GE4, GE5, and GE7 restored

74 2/19/2019 1:24:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
73 2/19/2019 1:24:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Discard Strategy card #2: 2 / Wireless Intercepts

Message from Central Powers:
Throwing this back into the pool....
72 2/19/2019 12:36:00 PM September 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
71 2/19/2019 12:31:00 PM August 1914 Allies End Turn
70 2/19/2019 12:30:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message A: 1, BR: 2, FR: 2, IT: 1, RU: 3
A: (1)º BE Brussels Flip
FR : (3)º FR Verdun Flip, (9)º FR Bar Le Duc Flip
BR : (xxx) BR Pot Said Flip, (xxx) BR Cairo Flip, (xxx) BR Basra Flip
RU : (xxx) RU Ivangorod Flip, (4)º RU Ivangorod Flip

69 2/19/2019 12:25:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #9: 3 / Moltke
May only be played in August or September 1914. CP Activation in Belgium or France costs 1 OPS per unit (not space) until the "Falkenhayn" card is played. All units must be activated in a space. Supersedes Sud Army and Eleventh army card effects.

Message from Allies:
68 2/18/2019 10:10:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message log 018 uploaded, I included the combat result and my RPs.
67 2/18/2019 10:06:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #14: 4 / Austria - Hungary Reinforcements (7th Army)
7th Army, 2 corps.

Replacement points: AH: 2, BU: 1, GE: 3, TU: 1

Message from Central Powers:
Well, not a great turn 1 for CP, but may as well get the RPs now and hope for a better turn 2...
66 2/18/2019 10:05:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message 2:3 LF

CP flips AH1, I think the AP must flip RUc and RU4 to take 3.
65 2/18/2019 10:03:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
4


Message from Central Powers:
Battle for Tarnow
AP 4
CP 3
64 2/18/2019 7:03:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Russian Reinforcements (2 corps)
2 corps.

Message from Allies:
AP5
2 Ops
A Ivangorod us Tarnow. xxx, 1º RU (4 AFT) us 1º AH (3 AFT)
M Valjevo. (2º) SB to Belgrade.
63 2/18/2019 4:35:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #5: 2 / Landwehr
CP player receives 2 extra RPs to immediately flip supplied reduced strength German units to their full strength side. They may not be spent to replace eliminated units. May not be played if Berlin is AL controlled or out of supply.

Message from Central Powers:
Restore GE 1 and GE 2. File 016 is uploaded, ready for your action.
62 2/17/2019 6:27:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #11: 3 / Russian Reinforcements (9th Army, 10th Army)
9th Army, 10th Army.

Message from Allies:

4 SR
4 SR
SR xxx FR R. B.(4,0) to Verdun.
SR xxx RU Riga to Warsaw.
SR xxx RU R. B. (4,0) to Ivangorod.
SR xxx RU R. B. (3,0) to Lomza
61 2/17/2019 6:09:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 3 LF as you can ignore the 4th LF?

You are right. I thougth the xxx BEF has 2 points-

Looses in Brussels: 1º BE flip.
60 2/17/2019 6:08:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message About the "1ª, I am sure. The rumanians has a phrase : "Every stick, has to tips"

You only must wait :)
59 2/17/2019 2:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I did not see my logfile with my move and attacks in dropbox, I thought I did upload, but perhaps I did not or you deleted?

I am uploading a log that includes all my moves, the combats, and my losses. All you need to do is decide on the 4 LF in Brussels (or how to apply 3 LF as you can ignore the 4th LF). You can do that in your new log and then your action using the same log.
58 2/17/2019 2:53:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I don;t believe you can apply the 4 LF as you did. You applied 5 LF by flipping the BEFxxx and the BE1. I think you can either flip the BEFxxx for 2, then eliminate for 1 more, total of 3; or you can just flip the BE1 for 3 and that's all?
57 2/17/2019 2:50:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message For Brussels I will flip GE1 and a GEc in Liege.
56 2/17/2019 2:48:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message For the Sedan fight, I will flip GE 4 and 5 in Metz and flip the GEc in Sedan.
55 2/17/2019 2:45:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message This is like my last PoG game in the previous tournament, half my rolls were 1's, but hopefully better days await.
54 2/17/2019 3:51:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message 4/4
xxx BEF flip
1º BE flip

Tell me your looses and create the new log file
53 2/17/2019 3:47:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
3


Message from Allies:
Combat 2 - Liege GE1 and 2xGEc and Sedan (GE2) I use ( ) to signify reduced units attack Brussels. Should be CP 12-14 v AP 9-11

2 xxx, 1º, (2º) GE (12 AFT) us xxx BEF, BEF, 1º BE (9 AFT)

First, attack
52 2/17/2019 3:44:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message 4/7
3º FR flip

Tell me your looses.
51 2/17/2019 3:42:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
5


Message from Allies:
Combat 1 - Metz GE4 and GE5 and Sedan GE3 and GEc attack Verdun; should be CP 15 v AP12-14

xxx, 3º, 4º, 5º (15 AFT) us 3º, 4º, FR, Fort 3 (12 AFT)

First, attack

50 2/16/2019 5:59:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
Activate 1 space for movement, 3 for combat:

M. Tarnopol AH3 moves to Stanislaw

Combat 1 - Metz GE4 and GE5 and Sedan GE3 and GEc attack Verdun; should be CP 15 v AP12-14

Combat 2 - Liege GE1 and 2xGEc and Sedan (GE2) I use ( ) to signify reduced units attack Brussels. Should be CP 12-14 v AP 9-11

No combat cards, you may resolve please
49 2/16/2019 1:14:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Log was good, yes if we save a vlog it's not necessary to also save and upload a vsav file.

I am away from the house for a bit today, will do my action later.
48 2/16/2019 10:30:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Hi: I have created the 012 files, log and game.
Please, check it.

I think its only necesary the game log, I am right?
47 2/15/2019 5:51:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Your turn.

See you tomorrow

Its late in Spain ;)
46 2/15/2019 5:49:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #14: 4 / British Reinforcements (1st Army)
1st Army, 1 corps.

Replacement points: A: 1, BR: 2, FR: 2, IT: 1, RU: 3

Message from Allies:
45 2/15/2019 5:05:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message No GE advance into C-T. Your action next.

AH Mandatory Offensive is complete for the turn.
44 2/15/2019 5:00:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I think we are having some issue, I reviewed the file you uploaded, but it is missing the VP change to 11 that I did, and the action round tracking, etc. I will do a new log file and redo those things and hopefully you can open that log, advance through the replay, and then start a new log for your actions. Remember the second button from the left is what you hit to step through the replay.
43 2/15/2019 4:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Short answer is to review a log, you hit the second button from the left side, each time you hit it, it advances the playback.
42 2/15/2019 4:54:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Jose, in response to your question in line 35, I sent an email on 13 Februaury with some explanation: Pasting below

Dear Jose,

With vassal, there are two types of files that can be exchanged between players.

First is the .vsav This file is a simple saved file showing the state of the board when saved. It can be created at anytime by selecting “save game” or “save game as” in the File menu.

Second is the .vlog This file is like a recording of all the actions taken. When a vlog is opened, the player opening it can advance through all the recorded actions one at a time, using the second button from the right on the button menu. The first button “undo last move” allows you to reverse the playback. When a vlog file is replayed all the way to the end, a prompt will come up stating “End of logfile, Start new logfile?”

Typically, a player will receive a logfile (via email or from dropbox) from the opponent. You open the vlog file and then advance through the replay to view the actions. At the end, if you are ready to take your actions, you reply yes to “Start a New Log file” and give it a name, move things around on the map, and when done, go to the file menu and select “End Logfile”. It will save the file and that file may be emailed or uploaded.

If you have a vsav file, you can’t view a replay, but you can open it, and start a vlog and when closed it will save the log file with the replay.

If all this is too confusing, we can just use vsav files and capture the endstate at the end of each turn.

Try loading the file 007 that I just uploaded. It is a vlog file and you should be able to step through each action I took on the map, inlcuding one mistake (I tried to SR a German unit from the reserve onto an AH unit, which is not legal) that I corrected in the log.

41 2/15/2019 2:51:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Tell me if you will advanced to Chateau Thierry
40 2/15/2019 2:48:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 5º FR to Melun
39 2/15/2019 2:48:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 4/3
2 xxx FR out.
2º GE Flip.

Retreat 1 to Melun
38 2/15/2019 2:46:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Allies:
C. Sedan attacks C-T CP 12-14 v AP 5
xxx, 2º, 3º GE (12 AFT) us 2 xxx, 5º FR (5 AFT)

First, attack
37 2/15/2019 2:44:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 3/3

Both armies fliped.
36 2/15/2019 2:44:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Allies:
C. Sarajevo attacks Valjevo CP 2 v AP 2
6º AH (2 AFT) Us 2º SB (2 AFT + 1 DRM CC)

First attack

35 2/15/2019 2:41:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Greg, when I open the Vassal file,..., I must click over some button?

I dont see nothing more than the units selected.
34 2/15/2019 1:38:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message vlog uploaded, you should be able to step through the log to see each action. I made an update to the board, VP should be 11, and added the action round markers to show what actions we each did (Ops, SR, event, etc).
33 2/15/2019 1:34:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #4: 2 / Severe Weather
Defending units in a mountain space in Fall/Winter or a swamp space in Spring/Fall get a +2 drm.

Message from Central Powers:
C. Sarajevo attacks Valjevo CP 2 v AP 2
C. Sedan attacks C-T CP 12-14 v AP 5

No CP combat cards, to you to resolve.
32 2/14/2019 8:40:00 AM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #10: 3 / French Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army.

Message from Allies:
2º, 4 SR

xxx BEF R. B. to Brussels
xxx FR Grenoble to Ostend
2 xxx FR R. B. to Chateau Thierry
31 2/13/2019 11:32:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #8: 3 / Race to the Sea
CP units may now end movement in Ostend, Calais, and Amiens. Card may also be played as an event after CP WS is at 4.

Message from Central Powers:
Reduced GEc from Bremen to Szeged
Next three from Reserve:
GEc to Liege
GEc to Liege
GEc to Sedan
30 2/13/2019 4:43:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Battle for Timisvar:
4/2
1º SB (3 AFT + 1 DRM) us xxx AH (1CFT)
3/0
xxx AH out. Dont advanced.


Battle for Czerno3
3/6
8º RU (3 AFT) vs xxx AH (1 CFT)
2/1
xxx AH out. Dont advanced.

Up to you
29 2/12/2019 10:28:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I noticed in your saved file 004 did not have the move you declared, so I created a logfile 005, and included your move and the two battles.
28 2/12/2019 9:58:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Central Powers:
Battle for Czerno.

AP 3
CP (1)
27 2/12/2019 9:57:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Central Powers:
Battle for Timisvar:

AP 2 +1 drm
CP (1) I use ( ) to indicate SCU table
26 2/12/2019 4:40:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #5: 2 / Putnik
May only be played in 1914 and 1915. SB units get a +1 drm for an attack or defense.

Message from Allies:
25 2/12/2019 4:39:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 3 / Russian Reinforcements (11th Army)
11th Army, 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
3 Ops.
1) M Antwerp. 1º BE to Brussels.
2) A Belgrade us Timisvar. 1º SB us xxx AH. Dont advanced in victory.
3) A Kamenets Podolski us Czernowitz. 8º RU us xxx AH. Dont advanced in victory.
24 2/12/2019 4:28:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Please, check it if this is the way.
23 2/12/2019 4:27:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Yes :)

Just to keep gunpower dry for the next time ;)

I think the final T1 CP1 will be saved with the advanced and the retreat. I will save it with a name with ending in "advance"
22 2/12/2019 1:45:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Good start for the French, avoiding any losses!

I do not see a new log file in the dropbox, so I added one with the combat result.

GE2 and GE3 advance into Sedan.

I agree, on the combats, attacker should declare combats, resolve any flank attempt, then declare combat cards. Then the defender declares cards and resolves the battle in ACTS.

Your AP round 1 next.
21 2/12/2019 12:19:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 1 Point.

5º FR retreat to Chateau Thierry.

Tell me about your advanced.
20 2/12/2019 12:17:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
4 points.
3º FR flip and negate with the Withdrawl.

3º FR (3 AFT)
19 2/12/2019 12:16:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
1º, 2º, 3º GE (15 AFT) us 3º FR (3 AFT)
First, flank attack with Withdrawl
18 2/12/2019 12:12:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message I will try to use the log file as you say.

Please, check if I have some mistake and fix it.

Who makes the attack roll request?

If you are agree, the defender can make it after plays its Combat Cards
17 2/12/2019 12:10:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #6: 2 / Withdrawal
Defending units negate one required Corps step loss and instead must retreat 1 space. Full strength Attacking units may advance. If no Corps step(s) lost, an Army step loss may be negated. See rule 12.6 for details.

Message from Allies:
16 2/12/2019 12:05:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Flank is good, but you may declare combat cards, I have none. Over to you to resolve please.

I will upload a log file, named: 001 BPA VIII R1G08 T1 CP1

The way I typically do the log is to name each successive log with a number at the start, adding one each time, make's it easier to see the most current file. Then at the end of the name I put the Turn number "T1" and the action "CP1"

Are you familiar with revieing a log, and after it get to the end of the replay, you can start a new log, do any action on the board, and then close the log? Alternately, we can simply save the log at the end and not do replays showing moves, etc. just showing the end state.
15 2/12/2019 12:01:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Central Powers:
Flank attempt, +1 with Koblenz pinning
14 2/11/2019 11:59:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #1: 3 / Guns of August
May only be played in the first Action Round of the August 1914 turn. The Liege fort is destroyed. Place the GE 1st and 2nd Armies in the Liege space. The GE 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Armies are activated for Combat.

War Status increased to 2

Message from Central Powers:
Starting with this event of course, as it's mandatory.

Activate Liege and Koblenz, all three GE armies attack Sedan, will attempt flank attack
13 2/11/2019 11:35:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
5


Message from Central Powers:
MO Rolls:
CP
AP
12 2/11/2019 4:20:00 PM August 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards
11 2/11/2019 4:20:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Perfecto ;)

Greg if you want, always make you the roll request for M. O. when you open each round.

I will close the round.
10 2/11/2019 4:02:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message You may draw your 8 cards and I'll start off this evening (your morning) with my first action.
9 2/11/2019 4:01:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards
8 2/11/2019 4:01:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I will accept your bid for AP at 1 VP. Therefore we don't need to switch sides. I will start off our game this evening! Buena suerte y diviertete! I am playing for fun first and competition not as much.
7 2/11/2019 3:58:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Thank you for being willing to use vassal. I did receive your dropbox invite. My understanding of the Historical Scenario (Rule 5.7) is the trench roll modifier is part of the historical rules, along with a few others (such as 8 card hands). I don't have any other optional rules that I wish to use. While I have played PoG quite a few times, I never play it frequently enough to really be an "expert" and prefer play the "simple" version....
6 2/11/2019 3:18:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Greg. I had send you a Dropbox message.

We can share also with Tom. I will send also to him.
5 2/11/2019 3:16:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Greg, te deseo mucha suerte :)

Tom, thanks a lot for your work.
4 2/11/2019 3:14:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message I live in Madrid (Spain): Please, forgive me if I had some mistakes spelling words or using the english grammar.

I had never used Vassal, instead, I used Cyber board with ACTS, but if you help me I could learn how to use it. You can save in a Dropbox space like a game file meantime I learn how to use the program.
I will open a space in Dropbox and send you an invitation. Please, saved there the game file and I will use it.

Ok to the standard WBC Historical scenario with supply warnings: We can use the optional rule about entrench for the German, British, French or Italian armies?
Another optional?

For the biding, 1 PV for use AP.

3 2/10/2019 3:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Central Powers:
Rolling for first bid, 1-3 You have first bid, 4-6 I have first.
2 2/10/2019 3:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Greetings Jose, look forward to our game. I live in the State of Oregon, USA (West Coast). I prefer to use vassal and ACTS, and the standard WBC Historical scenario with supply warnings. I am OK with tracking board states independently but I do like to share a common board using email ro saving in dropbox, google drive, or any other file sharing system you might prefer.
1 2/10/2019 12:41:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Welcome to Round One of the BPA VIII Paths of Glory Tournament!

I'll be your game moderator and should be your first point of contact for any issues related to this match. As always, the priority should be for a fun and fair match for all involved. The official launch date for this round is February 14th, 2019 but feel free to start your match immediately. Round 1 concludes on Wednesday, June 19, 2019; you'll have 125 days this round.

Contacting me: I am based in Philadelphia (US EST, GMT -5) and will generally respond to all match questions within 24 hours. I strongly recommend you e-mail me directly at "gregorit@yahoo.com" referencing your match # when you do so. If I do not respond within 48 hours, please escalate to one of the other GMs (mdauer92@yahoo.com or paulhubbard@hotmail.co.uk). If I am going to be unavailable for more than 48 hours, I will alert you ahead of time.

Issue Resolution: If either player has a concern about a particular ruling or resolution I make, feel free to raise it to the other GMs. I will also reach out to Paul and Michael if there's something I'm not sure of. Please remember that the ACTS logs are viewable for all, direct e-mail exchanges with your opponent are obviously permitted but GMs will view the ACTS logs as the authoritative record of the game.

Getting Started:
Here are my thoughts on how to get the match started:
- Introduce yourselves and set expectations regarding your availability and game pace.
- Agree on the scenario. The default is the WBC Historical Scenario as described on the POG Tournament Page and I strongly recommend its usage.
- Agree on usage of supply warnings. They are strongly recommended.
- There is no mandatory usage of a particular PBEM tool. VASSAL is recommended but not necessary and exchanging game logs is also optional.
- Bid for sides. (Initial bidder is to be random, one of you should just roll a die with a 50-50 shot of that player bidding first. Switch sides in ACTS if necessary, contact me if you need help with this.
- Draw cards. CP will then kick off the fun by rolling the turn 1 MO and playing their first card.

Have fun!

Tom Gregorio

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