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71 2/18/2019 7:33:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Using Landwehr on GE4 in Metz and GEc's in Konigsberg and Oppeln.

I'm having a rough day I guess.
70 2/18/2019 7:27:00 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:
T1CP6

You can make your move, besiege forts if it comes to that, and do RPs. Thanks for the patience on the OOS warning! I always forget about the ports.
69 2/18/2019 7:20:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message You are 100% correct. That was what I wasn't seeing. Cheers!
68 2/18/2019 7:18:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Please explain your supply warning. Even if Race to the Sea were in effect, on my second play I moved BE1 to Ostend, which is a port. Therefore BE1 and BEF can draw supply from London, even if you were to play Race to the Sea and take Calais. Correct?
67 2/18/2019 6:57:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message So thats 2 LF to CP and 1 LF to AP. I will elim the corps and retreat to Uzhgorod. Nothing happens to RU3.

And now I think...
66 2/18/2019 6:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from Central Powers:
For Tarnopol 3A+1 v 2A.

AP
CP
65 2/18/2019 6:51:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Ignore my email. I couldn't cut off BEF and BE1 cause of Race to the Sea rules.

Liege is an autokill. Going to roll for Tarnopol.
64 2/18/2019 5:05:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #4: 2 / Pleve
RU units get a +1 drm for an attack or defense.

Message from Allies:
Play for +1 at Stanislaw.
63 2/18/2019 5:05:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 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 Allies:
AP5

BEF attacks the GE(c) at Liege. 4A vs 1c. No advance.
RU3 at Tarnopol attacks Stanislaw. 3A vs 2A. No advance.
Will play a CC at Stanislaw.
62 2/18/2019 4:57:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message The big guns ran out of ammo.

1LF each. No effect either way.
61 2/18/2019 4:56:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
1


Message from Allies:
Attack on Lublin. No CCs. AH roll first.
60 2/18/2019 4:54:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 5 LF each, so no retreat.

GE4 flips. GEc in Strasbourg eliminated.
FR1 flips, can't take the other 2LF.


59 2/18/2019 4:51:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from Allies:
Attack on Nancy. No CCs. German roll first.
58 2/18/2019 4:48:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Tom G., our moderator, says he's having the same email problem I'm having.
57 2/17/2019 9:07:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
T1CP5

A: GE4 and GE5 from Metz; GE6 and GEc from Strasbourg attacking Nancy. Will flip GE4 then GE5. 17A v 8A, trench makes it 15A v 9-11A.

A: AH4 from Przemysl attacking Lublin. Fulfills MO. Won't advance.

M: AH6 -> Novi Sad -> Szeged -> Timisvar

No CCs.
56 2/17/2019 8:57:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message AHc is a goner
55 2/17/2019 8:57:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
4


Message from Central Powers:
Rolling for Czernowitz.

CP
AP
54 2/17/2019 8:47:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Russian Reinforcements (2 corps)
2 corps.

Message from Allies:
AP4
SB2 moves Valjevo to Belgrade.
RU3 attacks AHc at Czernowitz.
No advance for RU3.
53 2/17/2019 8:38:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #9: 4 / Reichstag Truce
May not be played after CP War Commitment Level is Total War. Add 1 VP.

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

Message from Central Powers:
T1CP4

I will do the same
52 2/17/2019 7:34:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #2: 4 / Blockade
Subtract 1 VP during the War Status Phase of each Winter turn.

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

Message from Allies:
AP3: Replacements
51 2/17/2019 5:29:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #11: 2 / Oberost
German units may now attack spaces containing RU forts. (They may always besiege such spaces). May still be played for War Status after CP War Status is 4 or higher.

War Status increased to 3

Message from Central Powers:
T1CP3
50 2/17/2019 5:25:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Looks like my move is complete.

Message settings are good. I'm getting some, some after a delay, some not at all. They're not in my spam folder, either. No clue.
49 2/17/2019 2:19:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message RU takes 2LF. RU8 flips to (RU8).
AH takes 3LF from the RU 5A. Retreats to Stanislaw. RU3 advances into Tarnopol.


48 2/17/2019 2:15:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Central Powers:
Rolling for Tarnopol. RU/AH, but RU takes damage before firing.

No worries about the delay. Is it possible your settings have emails off?
47 2/17/2019 12:57:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message No CCs.

I am not getting emails from this game. I'll check with the moderator to see if he can do anything about it. Sorry for the delay; I'll check the game directly more often.
46 2/15/2019 10:30:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message CCs?
45 2/15/2019 10:29:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Central Powers:
Rolling for flank.

We both got hit with 4 LF so no retreat was necessary.
44 2/15/2019 10:23:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Ignore my last question: misread your message.
43 2/15/2019 10:22:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message On what grounds are you canceling the retreat from Liege by reducing the corps? There's no terrain in that space.
42 2/15/2019 10:12:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Sorry, yes, flank attempt at Tarnopol.
41 2/15/2019 9:51:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Reducing the GEc to (GEc). Left off the parenthesis last time.
40 2/15/2019 9:50:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message 4/4.
GE1 is eliminated replaced by GEc(4,0). Reducing that to GEc. No retreat.
BEF flips to (BEF).

Only the big guns in this game apparently. I will wait to hear whether or not you are flanking Tarnopol before continuing.


39 2/15/2019 9:47:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from Central Powers:
Rolling for Liege: 5A v 3A

BEF/GE1
38 2/15/2019 6:01:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Won't be able to resolve till later, but are you flanking Tarnopol?
37 2/15/2019 5:17:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message If Russian losses, take them from RU8. If the attack forces a retreat, RU3 will advance into Tarnopol.

BEF will not advance.
36 2/15/2019 5:15:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #1: 4 / British Reinforcements (2nd Army)
2nd Army, 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
AP2
BE1 Antwerp to Ostend.
BEF attack GE1 in Liege.
RU3 and RU8 attack AH3 in Tarnopol.

The Russian attack satisfies the Allied MO.

To you for combat resolution.
35 2/15/2019 5:11:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Moderator message acknowledged. We'll play it that way.

Might not matter; my clock may get cleaned by turn 10 anyway.:)

We forgot to note VP to 11 for Sedan.
34 2/14/2019 12:44:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #7: 3 / German Reinforcements (9th Army)
9th Army.

Message from Central Powers:
T1CP2
SR

GEc from RB(7,0) to Sedan
GEc from RB(6,0) to Metz
GEc from RB(5,0) to Strasbourg
(GEc) from Bremen to Konigsberg

Supply warning to BEF


Definitely can play many moves on weekends for most of them over the next few months
33 2/13/2019 11:01:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Hi Guys,

I would advise NOT having the attacker 'roll his own'. There may be the perception it saves time but my experience is that, unless both players are experienced and comfortable with each other's style and nomenclature, it just leads to issues down the road.

Having the defender roll gives him an opportunity to verify the legality of the move. I have even seen situations where the defender, after seeing the dice favor him greatly, choosing to ignore a minor illegality rather then risking a reroll. Not good.

The point about pace of play is very valid though. 20 turns, 6 cards = 120 cards for a game that goes the distance. You'll have > 120 days. In the first three tournament rounds < 25% of matches will go the distance and half of the matches will go 15 or fewer.

My recommendations to keep things moving are:
* Attacker including advances/loss specifications in his orders, wherever possible. Even conditional orders work.
* Check e-mail daily, try to resolve combats promptly and shoot to get a card a day in.
* Finally, set expectations on responses and availability, especially if you're in very different timezones.

Anyway, I'm happy to see you guys are underway and good luck to both of you!

Tom G.
32 2/12/2019 8:21:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message It's not really frustration. My concern is that we have 125 days to play and 140 card plays each if the game goes the distance. But let's try it your way and see if we can keep pace. Don't know about you, but there will be weekend days when I can get several moves in.
31 2/12/2019 8:20:00 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:
AP1. Let's see if I can slow you down.
30 2/12/2019 7:42:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Flipping GE1 to (GE1). Advancing with GE2 and GE3 into Sedan.

I would prefer to pause for CCs. Might slow us down, but I dont trust myself to not at least subconsciously break the honor system. If it becomes a frustration we can reconsider.
29 2/12/2019 7:08:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Let me know what you want to advance and then I'll play.
28 2/12/2019 7:05:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Ouch again. 7LF. FR5 flips, is eliminated, becomes FRc, which also flips to FR(c). FRc must retreat 2 spaces, goes through Cambrai to Chateau-Thierry.
27 2/12/2019 7:01:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
GE attack on 12A
26 2/12/2019 7:01:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Ouch. 4LF. I'll flip GE1, but you can change it.
25 2/12/2019 7:00:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
FR defense on 3A.
24 2/12/2019 6:59:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 1+1 is 2, flank fails. Defenders roll first.
23 2/12/2019 6:57:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Flank roll
22 2/12/2019 6:53:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message OK, all the emails finally came through later, so we're good to go.

In the ACTS games I've played, the attacker goes ahead and resolves the combat, so you don't have to go back and forth on advances after combat. Saves time. The defender just corrects (on the honor system that he would have played a CC) if he has a CC. Let me know if you're OK with that.

This time, I'll go ahead and resolve.
21 2/11/2019 8:51:00 PM August 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards
20 2/11/2019 8:51:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message I am not getting messages from the game. Let me see if they show up. I'll resolve the combat and make my play tomorrow.
19 2/11/2019 8:50:00 PM August 1914 Allies Manually change War Status Central Powers: from 3 to 2
Allies: from 0 to 0
18 2/11/2019 8:49:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message You can change War Status by clicking on "War Status" and making the adjustment. I'll do it, then make my move tomorrow.
17 2/11/2019 8:34:00 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 3

Message from Central Powers:
C Liege GE1,GE2 attacking Sedan
C Koblenz GE3 attacking Sedan, flanking
15A v 3A (for now)

Feel free to roll for the flank, play CC, and then roll for both sides
16 2/11/2019 8:34:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #9: 4 / Reichstag Truce

Message from Central Powers:
Not a good start
15 2/11/2019 8:33:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #9: 4 / Reichstag Truce
May not be played after CP War Commitment Level is Total War. Add 1 VP.

War Status increased to 1

Message from Central Powers:
C Liege GE1,GE2 attacking Sedan
C Koblenz GE3 attacking Sedan, flanking
15A v 3A (for now)

Feel free to roll for the flank, play CC, and then roll for both sides
14 2/11/2019 8:28:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message AH
RU
13 2/11/2019 8:28:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Central Powers:
MOs (CP/AP)
12 2/11/2019 8:26:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards
11 2/11/2019 8:21:00 PM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Shane DeStefano to Kevin Klemme
10 2/11/2019 7:17:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Use edit game/player info on the right hand menu, under administration.
9 2/11/2019 7:16:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Change Central Powers player Central Powers player changed from Kevin Klemme to Shane DeStefano
8 2/11/2019 7:15:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message OK, following the instructions I received from our fearless moderator:
- Player A goes in and changes his side to Player B.
- Player B logs in to the side he wants to change (he'd currently be assigned to both sides) and would reassign his role to player A.
- Voila - start playing!
Key thing after players switch sides is to log out of the game and then come back in.

So I am going to switch control of the CP to you. Then you can log in, switch AP to me, log out, and should be able to go back in as CP.
7 2/10/2019 10:13:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Need to change sides
6 2/10/2019 9:59:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message That works for me with the boards. Do you have a preferred system for sharing the boards?

I will accept your bid of 1 VP for the AP and play as the CP with +1 VP at the end.
5 2/10/2019 8:58:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I will open with a bid of 1 to play the Allies.
4 2/10/2019 8:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Central Powers:

3 2/10/2019 8:55:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Shane, I live in CT and can start anytime. I'll try to play once a day, certainly most days, and maybe more on weekends if our timing works out. Agreed that we use supply warnings and the WBC scenario.
Do you want to keep our own boards or send them back and forth?
I'll take the liberty of rolling a die. Odd I bid first, even you do.
2 2/10/2019 5:12:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hi Kevin,I'm Shane and I live in DC. I am pretty available to play over the next 3 months so I'm happy to start whenever you want. Im good with supply warnings and the WBC scenario.

First time playing in the tournament or on ACTS so sorry in advance if I break any of the etiquette
1 2/10/2019 12:55:00 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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