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43 2/18/2019 7:50:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Karl, if no objection, I’d like the Belgian army to go one space farther to CT.
42 2/17/2019 10:32:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Russian Reinforcements (2 corps)
2 corps.

Message from Allies:
Activate Antwerp and Paris for movement
BE1 to Brussels then Cambrai
FR(9) and 1c to CT.
41 2/17/2019 7:22:00 AM 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:
CP3

Note that there's again a supply threat to the same French units as before. I'm not exploiting it this turn, but consider yourself warned. Remember that units OOS can't be activated, so they themselves can't help to break them free, other units have to do that.

Another thing: when you write the results of a combat, please include the losses, so I don't have to look it up :) I just put it at the top of the message, right after I've made the die roll. Like with Belgrade for example:

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2-3 [attacker first, then defender]

Flip SB1, flip AH5, flip AHc Timisvar.

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Cheers
40 2/16/2019 9:23:00 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:
39 2/16/2019 9:20:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Sedan-CT result: Fr6 eliminated. Fr(9) and 1c retreat to Paris. French Reserves (5,0)
38 2/16/2019 9:09:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
2


Message from Allies:
Sedan CT combat. German on 9-11 column. French in 4.
37 2/16/2019 11:52:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message No advance means I've already decided not to advance if you retreat, so you don't have to ask me and can go straight on to play your next turn :)
36 2/16/2019 7:41:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Apologies. That last die roll was supposed to be a Send Message. Hit the wrong button on my phone!
35 2/16/2019 7:40:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Results of battle at Belgrade: SB1 now at half. AH5 at half. Timisvar corps also at half.

Karl, before I do the Sedan-CT battle, you wrote “no advance”. What does that mean in this context?
34 2/16/2019 7:33:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
For defense at Belgrade. Rolling on the 2 Factor Army column.
33 2/16/2019 7:31:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
For attack at Belgrade. Rolling on the 4 Factor Army column
32 2/15/2019 6:12:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Flank attack succeeds, so you roll my attack first, then your return fire. Also feel free to play combat cards.
31 2/15/2019 6:11:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Central Powers:
Flanking attempt in Belgrade, 3+.
30 2/15/2019 6:11:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 3 / Entrench
Place a Level 1 Trench (not improve a Level 1 to Level 2) in any space occupied by a supplied friendly Army. Both players may now entrench. Only one player may play this card as an event.

Message from Central Powers:
CP2:

Sedan GE3 and GE2 attack C-T, 9A vs 4A. No advance.
(2) Novi Sad and Timisvar attack Belgrade, 4A vs 3A. I attempt a flank attack.
29 2/15/2019 11:56:00 AM 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:
Activating Paris and Bar le Duc for movement.

FR(6)(Paris) to CT. Fr(9)(BlD) to CT.
28 2/14/2019 7:35:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message And when I say cotton I mean, ofc, control :P
27 2/14/2019 7:34:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Pretty much. If I move through a space I take control and if you're surrounded by enemy units and/or cotton you're OOS. So even if I just move an army down from Sedan through the spaces you mentioned, those FR units would still be OOS. But then you'd be able to save them really easily by just moving one of the free armies in to cut ME off and reconnect with the OOS armies. So I would most likely have to move units into the spaces you mentioned. Obviously C-T, BlD and Dijon would work too.
26 2/14/2019 5:15:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message So just to make sure I understand, the units you mention as potentially OOS would only be so if you are able to move units into CT, Melinda, and Nevers simultaneously. Is that correct?
25 2/14/2019 8:01:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message GE2 and GE3 advance into Sedan. +1VP <11>.

Note that there's now a supply threat for all the FR units in Verdun, Nancy, Belfort and BlD. Feel free to change your retreat if you want.

Also when an army is eliminated, or there's any other change to the number of corps in the RB, it's always good to specify that. So in this case you'd write something like "FR5 eliminated, FRc is reduced and retreats to Cambrai via C-T, <6,0>". In this case the 6 represents the number of full corps in the RB and the 0 the number of reduced corps in the RB.

Over to you for AP1.
24 2/13/2019 5:49:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message CP gets 6 on the 15 Factor column for 7 losses.
AP gets 2 on the 3 Factor column for 2 losses.

So a half strength corps remains in Sedan, which must retreat 2 spaces. No losses for CP. (Well, that couldn’t have gone worse. Off to a great start!)

The corps will retreat through Chateau T to Cambrai.

To CP to advance.


23 2/13/2019 5:38:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from Allies:
Liege/Koblenz on Sedan. No CC cards.
22 2/13/2019 5:18:00 PM August 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards
21 2/13/2019 2:50:00 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:
Ličge GE1 and GE2 and Koblenz GE3 attack Sedan, 15A vs 3A.

Now you go ahead and play CC if you want and then roll for combat with 2 dice. The attacker is always the first die rolled and the defender the second. And always specify which combat you’re rolling for and what the combat ratios are.
20 2/13/2019 2:27:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message MO’s are none and none.
19 2/13/2019 2:27:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Central Powers:
MO:

CP
AP
18 2/13/2019 2:24:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards
17 2/13/2019 2:22:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Yes! We’re god to go. Thanks! I’ll go ahead and draw cards and roll MO’s etc.
16 2/13/2019 1:04:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Now I think we’re good.
15 2/13/2019 1:02:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Change Central Powers player Central Powers player changed from Rich Gaffin to Karl Johan Nordensten
14 2/13/2019 12:55:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Or perhaps not. Does it ask you to login as CP?
13 2/13/2019 12:54:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Karl,

ACTS had me log in as Allies. I think we are good to go.
12 2/13/2019 8:05:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Ok, Paul, I'm trying to change the sides here but I can't seem to change the CP only the AP. Right now Rich is set as both. Am I not doing it right or don't I have the authority to do it?

I was given AP initially, so maybe Rich can change me to play CP?

So Rich, don't draw any cards until we've sorted this out :)
11 2/13/2019 8:01:00 AM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Karl Johan Nordensten to Rich Gaffin
10 2/13/2019 8:01:00 AM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Rich Gaffin to Karl Johan Nordensten
9 2/13/2019 8:00:00 AM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Karl Johan Nordensten to Rich Gaffin
8 2/13/2019 7:59:00 AM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Rich Gaffin to Karl Johan Nordensten
7 2/13/2019 7:58:00 AM August 1914 Allies Change Allies player Allies player changed from Karl Johan Nordensten to Rich Gaffin
6 2/13/2019 7:57:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message Allright, I will let you play the AP then :) I'll go ahead and draw cards, roll for MO and make my first move. Glhf!
5 2/13/2019 7:30:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message OK, Karl, off we go!

I’ll bid 1 to play the Allies.
4 2/12/2019 2:31:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Ok, so Rich will start bidding. You decide what you want to bid to play the AP. Average bid is 1, but of course you can bid whatever you want. You're allowed to bid 0. Whatever you bid is deducted from your VP at the end of the game.
3 2/12/2019 2:29:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
I'll make the dieroll to see who starts bidding. 4+ means it's me.
2 2/11/2019 9:08:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Change Moderator player Moderator player changed from Tom Gregorio to Paul Hubbard
1 2/11/2019 9:08:00 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 the UK (GMT 0) and will generally respond to all match questions within 24 hours. I strongly recommend you e-mail me directly at "paulhubbard@hotmail.co.uk" 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 gregorit@yahoo.com).

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 Tom 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!

Paul Hubbard

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