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197 5/21/2019 7:33:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message SPUTNIK !
196 5/21/2019 7:33:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 13 to 12
195 5/21/2019 7:33:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
Space race
194 5/21/2019 7:32:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #44: 3 / Bear Trap* (US)

Message from USSR:
Using this for space race so the event does not fire..... Looks familiar doesn't it ?
193 5/21/2019 7:15:00 PM Turn 4 US Message You first.
192 5/21/2019 7:15:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #103: 2 / Defectors (US)
Play in Headline Phase to cancel USSR Headline event, including Scoring Card. Canceled card returns to Discard Pile. If Defectors played by USSR during Soviet action round, US gains 1 VP (unless played on the Space Race).

Message from US:
I'll cancel your event with my headline card. No VP, but it ditches the card.
191 5/20/2019 11:10:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #42: 3 / Quagmire* (USSR)
On the next action round, US player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each US player phase until successful or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the US player may only play scoring cards until the next turn.

Message from USSR:
Headline Event is revealed
190 5/20/2019 11:10:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Return Headline Event to hand Message from USSR:
189 5/20/2019 11:09:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
188 5/20/2019 7:22:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Playing 7 this time.
187 5/20/2019 7:21:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Draw yer cards and play your headline first.
186 5/20/2019 7:21:00 PM Turn 4 US End Turn Mid War Cards added to deck

US: 9 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
185 5/20/2019 7:20:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 5
184 5/20/2019 7:20:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Defcon to 5.
MIl Ops to 0 for both of us.
183 5/20/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust Victory Points From 14 to 13
182 5/20/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 3 US Message I lose 1 VP for only having 2 Mil Ops with a Defcon of 3.
181 5/20/2019 7:18:00 PM Turn 3 US Discard Card #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Play for a measly 1 OP.

1 to Panama for 2 and control.
180 5/20/2019 7:17:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Event #32: 1 / UN Intervention (Both)
Play this card simultaneously with a card containing your opponent's associated Event. The Event is canceled, but you may use its Operations value to Conduct Operations. The canceled event card returns to the discard pile. May not be played during Headline Phase.

Message from US:
Play to cancel event on next card.
179 5/17/2019 9:50:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Ws trying to save this one but..........

2 to France for 3 and control
2 to Italy for 2 and control
178 5/17/2019 7:02:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Event #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)
In Early or Mid War: Remove 1 USSR Influence from three countries in Eastern Europe. In Late War: Remove 2 USSR Influence from three countries in Eastern Europe.

Message from US:
I'll play that as the event.

Remove 1 USSR each from Hungary [0], Romania [0], and Yugoslavia [1].
177 5/17/2019 7:00:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Ummmm....your darned headline event is a pain.
176 5/17/2019 6:58:00 PM Turn 3 US Message No change to scoring...there are no US VP on that card. You can gain, but you can't lose.

But you do get 2 Mil Ops.
175 5/17/2019 6:57:00 PM Turn 3 US Message OK, the answer is history. The Arab states never won any of those wars, so why would the game give them a bonus in a war event?
174 5/15/2019 1:08:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message I am not sure how to adjust scoring.....
173 5/15/2019 1:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message I don't understand why the Arabs don't get a bonus for surrounding Israel.

Jews win........
172 5/15/2019 1:06:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from USSR:
Arab Israeli War

No Modifiers I think
171 5/15/2019 1:05:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #13: 2 / Arab-Israeli War (USSR)
Pan-Arab Coalition invades Israel. Roll a die, and subtract 1 for US Control of Israel and every US Controlled country adjacent to Israel. USSR Victory on modified die roll 4-6 USSR adds 2 to Military Ops Track. Effects of Victory: USSR gains 2 VP and replaces all US Influence in Israel with USSR Influence.

Message from USSR:
More conflict in the Middle East
170 5/15/2019 1:02:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Discard random Strategy card Operations - 2 / Korean War* (USSR)

Message from USSR:
169 5/15/2019 6:58:00 AM Turn 3 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:
Discard a random card, please. There's a place to click over on the right so ACTS will do it randomly for you.
168 5/15/2019 6:56:00 AM Turn 3 US Message Yes you did.

167 5/14/2019 1:38:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message South Africa

USA loses the single influence there. Did I do this correctly ?

Over to you
166 5/14/2019 1:37:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
2


Message from USSR:
South Afrtica

USSR +2drm

USA
165 5/14/2019 1:37:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #12: 1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.

Message from USSR:
1 ops for Re-Alignment of South Africa

+1 adjacent, +1 target country +2 total
164 5/12/2019 2:07:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #24: 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)
India or Pakistan invades the other (player's choice). Roll one die and subtract 1 for every opponent-controlled country adjacent to the target of the invasion. Player Victory on modified die roll of 4-6. Player adds 2 to Military Ops Track.

Effects of Victory: Player gains 2 VP, and replaces all opponent's Influence in target country with his Influence.

Message from US:
Playing for OPs.

I only get 1, but that's OK. Put it in Japan for 5 and control.

163 5/10/2019 12:51:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message argh

1 to Japan, 1 to South Africa
162 5/10/2019 6:41:00 AM Turn 3 US Message It's only a 3 ops card.
161 5/10/2019 6:41:00 AM Turn 3 US Message It costs 2 to put the first one in Japan, one for the second one in Japan, and 1 for South Africa, so you spent 4.
160 5/9/2019 9:25:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 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 USSR:
add 2 Influence to Japan and 1 to south Africa for control
159 5/9/2019 9:00:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Yuri Gagarin is ashamed of you, comrade.

Even Laika the dog is ashamed.
158 5/9/2019 8:58:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Yes. Til you catch up you will reveal your headline before I select mine.
157 5/9/2019 8:57:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from US:
Space Race Roll
156 5/9/2019 8:57:00 PM Turn 3 US Discard Card #7: 3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)

Message from US:
Let's fire this one off into the space race.
155 5/9/2019 8:55:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust Victory Points From 12 to 14
154 5/9/2019 8:55:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
153 5/9/2019 8:55:00 PM Turn 3 US Message So Defcon still goes to 3, and I get 2 VP, for 14.
152 5/9/2019 1:52:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.

Message from USSR:
redoing

add 3 to South Africa
151 5/9/2019 1:49:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)

Message from USSR:
Didn't realize that it cost double..........
150 5/9/2019 6:36:00 AM Turn 3 US Message You might want to rethink that card.

See 6.1.2. If your opponent controls a country, it costs 2 Ops to place influence there there. So a 3-OPs card will only buy you 2 OPs in either Japan or South Korea. Using Japan as an example, it would cost 2 Ops to place your first INF, then 1 OP to place your second influence, and that would be the whole card. You cannot place in two countries I control with a 3 OPs card because it takes 2 OPs each, total of 4 OPs.

This is the advantage of having control of a country, besides scoring. It forces your opponent to burn through his OPs to change the situation. If you do the above in Japan, for example, it will cost you 3 OPs to place 2 INF, but it will only cost me 2 OPs to put 2 more INF down and retake control.

That's why realignment rolls and coups are important. You can whittle down your opponent's INF before trying to place your own INF. But those are tough in Japan because of the stability rating of 4.
149 5/8/2019 10:32:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.

Message from USSR:
U.S. gains 2VP. Defcon to Level 3

Add 2 influnece to Japan and 1 to South Korea
148 5/8/2019 7:30:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Put all 3 in West Germany for a total of 4 and control.
147 5/8/2019 7:29:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
146 5/8/2019 7:29:00 PM Turn 3 US Message DEFCON goes to 4 because of your unsportsmanlike conduct.
145 5/7/2019 8:43:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message USSR Boycotts the games..........

-1 to your OPS from my headline event.
144 5/7/2019 6:52:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Event #20: 2 / Olympic Games (Both)
Player sponsors Olympics. Opponent may participate or boycott. If Opponent participates, each player rolls one die, with the sponsor adding 2 to his roll. High roll gains 2 VP. Reroll ties. If Opponent boycotts, degrade DEFCON one level and the Sponsor may Conduct Operations as if they played a 4 Ops card.

Message from US:
Wanna play at the Olympics on my home turf?
143 5/7/2019 6:51:00 PM Turn 3 US Message 2 US influence in Yugoslavia for the event.
142 5/7/2019 6:49:00 PM Turn 3 US Message What cards I needed--they were all your events. I just played a scoring card during headlines, which is common if you are ahead in the region.
141 5/6/2019 10:15:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)
Add sufficient US Influence in either Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia to equal USSR Influence.

Message from USSR:
2 Influence to Algeria

you get the event
140 5/6/2019 10:10:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Wow...talk about getting the cards when you need them and be able to play scoring cards during headline phase.
139 5/6/2019 6:42:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust Victory Points From 6 to 12
138 5/6/2019 6:42:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Asia Scoring:

US has domination for 7, plus 3 battlegrounds for 10 total.

USSR has presence for 3, plus 1 battleground for 4 total.

Net change of 6 US puts US at 12.
137 5/5/2019 10:58:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Go on and resolve scoring and then I will play my first card
136 5/5/2019 10:56:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

USSR: #31: 4 / Red Scare/Purge (Both)
All further Operations cards played by your opponent this turn are -1 to their value (to a minimum value of 1 OP).

Message from USSR:
Headline Card
135 5/5/2019 8:20:00 PM Turn 3 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
134 5/5/2019 8:14:00 PM Turn 3 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 5

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 7 cards drawn.

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
133 5/5/2019 8:14:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I'm ending the turn, so you don't have to.
132 5/5/2019 8:13:00 PM Turn 2 US Message That's the turn.

We both have 2 mil ops, DEFCON is 4, so we both lose 2 VP, no change net.

Make sure you don't have a scoring card held. It's illegal.
131 5/5/2019 8:12:00 PM Turn 2 US Message And no longer have control of Afghanistan.
130 5/5/2019 8:12:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
129 5/5/2019 8:11:00 PM Turn 2 US Message 3+2 for the card is 5, so you lose 1 influence.
128 5/5/2019 8:11:00 PM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from US:
Ok, I'm going to stage a coup in Afghanistan.

My mil ops goes to 2.

DEFCON goes down 1 to 4.

And I roll against a stability number of 4.
127 5/2/2019 9:04:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message USSR 4 influence

1 each in Thailand, Nigeria, Zaire, Angola
126 5/2/2019 8:39:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from US:
I'll play this card, and let you place before I decide what to do with the OPs.
125 5/2/2019 8:37:00 PM Turn 2 US Message And now I need some Mil Ops. Which is a problem.
124 5/2/2019 8:36:00 PM Turn 2 US Message VP is now US+6.
123 5/2/2019 8:36:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From 4 to 6
122 5/2/2019 8:35:00 PM Turn 2 US Message You get 2 Mil Ops.

I get 2 VP.
121 5/1/2019 7:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message crap.........

adjust as needed and proceed
120 5/1/2019 7:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
Paki- India War Resolution

1-3 US gains

4-6 USSR gains
119 5/1/2019 7:06:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Play another card, then, if you want.

You have India invading Pakistan and you win on a 4-6. You would subtract one from your roll for every country I control adjacent to Pakistan. Which is 0. No bonus for your countries, so it's a straight 50% chance.
118 4/30/2019 9:12:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message I would only proceede if I have the advantage otherwise Ill play another card.
117 4/30/2019 9:11:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #14: 3 / COMECON* (USSR)

Message from USSR:
returning this to my hand.

you may resolve the India Paki War. Im not sure how to do it
116 4/30/2019 8:57:00 PM Turn 2 US Message By the way, one of those is your sixth card play, so that's it for the turn.
115 4/30/2019 8:56:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Why did you play two cards in a row?
114 4/30/2019 8:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #24: 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)
India or Pakistan invades the other (player's choice). Roll one die and subtract 1 for every opponent-controlled country adjacent to the target of the invasion. Player Victory on modified die roll of 4-6. Player adds 2 to Military Ops Track.

Effects of Victory: Player gains 2 VP, and replaces all opponent's Influence in target country with his Influence.

Message from USSR:
India invades Pakistan

I believe there is a die roll of 2 in my favor, I hope I am reading this correctly.

You may resolve or....->

If not I may wish to redo my entire turn.

113 4/30/2019 8:24:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 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 USSR:
Place Influence in Iran for Control
112 4/30/2019 7:56:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #8: 2 / Fidel* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Cuba. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Cuba for Control.

Message from US:
You take Cuba.

I will place 2 in Pakistan for control.
111 4/26/2019 9:13:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #9: 2 / Vietnam Revolts* (USSR)
Add 2 USSR Influence in Vietnam. For the remainder of the turn, the Soviet player may add 1 Operations point to any card that uses all points in Southeast Asia.

Message from USSR:
2 Influence to Vietnam
110 4/26/2019 9:12:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Warsaw Pact Influence

2 to Poland <2>
1 each to Czechoslovakia, Austria, Yugoslavia
109 4/26/2019 7:21:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #16: 3 / Warsaw Pact Formed* (USSR)
Remove all US influence from four countries in Eastern European, or add 5 USSR Influence in Eastern Europe, adding no more than 2 per country. Allows play of #21 NATO.

Message from US:
+3 inf in S. Korea, total of 4 for control.

You get to spread your evil to Eastern Europe.
108 4/26/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 2 US Message There's no atmosphere in space.
107 4/23/2019 8:54:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message I'm just bitching is all :-)

It's my atmosphere and I want it now !
106 4/23/2019 8:48:00 PM Turn 2 US Message When did you become so defeatist? This isn't close to over...TS is a game of wild swings in the scoring. The Space Race rarely settles it.
105 4/23/2019 8:39:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message failure....

this game is nearly over.....
104 4/23/2019 8:38:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
USSR Space attempt
103 4/23/2019 8:38:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #5: 3 / Five-Year Plan (US)

Message from USSR:
Attempting to Space Launch
102 4/23/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Man in Space. VP back to US+4.
101 4/23/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From 2 to 4
100 4/23/2019 7:19:00 PM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Space Race!
99 4/23/2019 7:18:00 PM Turn 2 US Discard Card #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)

Message from US:
Going to the Space Race.
98 4/23/2019 7:16:00 PM Turn 2 US Message VP is now 2 for US.

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