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380 7/15/2019 10:38:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Nice Game Comrade !

I learned quite a lot from this session, thank you for your patience. I also had Africa Scoring which would have helped me.

I feel fortunate to have come out on top as I had a very lousy start. What would you suggest to me for next time that I missed on this time ?

Really looking forward to gaming with you at WBC !
379 7/15/2019 8:04:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #79: 0 / Africa Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
Here we go.

You get 9, I get 1, and the game is over.

2 other cards in my hand have the potential to give you points as well.
378 7/14/2019 12:22:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)
Add three USSR Influence in Central America, no more than two per country.

Message from USSR:
2 to Mexico for control <2>

1 to Guatemala for Control <2>
377 7/13/2019 7:08:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From -8 to -12
376 7/13/2019 7:08:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
yeah, this is basically over. So let's get it done before WBC.

3 for me, 7 for you, VP now -12.
375 7/12/2019 9:26:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #45: 1 / Summit (Both)
Both players roll a die. Each adds 1 for each Region they Dominate or Control. High roller gains 2 VP and may move DEFCON marker one level in either direction. Do not reroll ties.

Message from USSR:
Add 1 Influence to France <5> Control

Add 1 to Poland <4> Control

+1 for Breznev Doctorine
374 7/11/2019 7:32:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From -9 to -8
373 7/11/2019 7:32:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Lunar Orbit. VP to -8.
372 7/11/2019 7:31:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:

371 7/11/2019 7:31:00 PM Turn 7 US Discard Card #58: 3 / Cultural Revolution* (USSR)

Message from US:
Space.
370 7/11/2019 7:30:00 PM Turn 7 US Message US has 2 in France, so you do not have control with 4.

369 7/9/2019 8:14:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Discard Card #103: 2 / Defectors (US)

Message from USSR:
Add 1 Influence

France <4> control

East Germany <3> control

Poland <3>
368 7/9/2019 6:53:00 PM Turn 7 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:
Play for event

Remove 1 USSR inf from E. Germany [2], Poland [2], Austria [1]
367 7/9/2019 1:25:00 PM Turn 7 USSR 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 USSR:
+1 for Breznev Doctorine

2 in Italy for Control

1 in East Germany for control

you turn

366 7/7/2019 7:04:00 PM Turn 7 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:
Play for Ops

3 OPs to put 2 in Italy, breaking your control.

1 in Taiwan for 2.
365 7/7/2019 7:02:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Well that stank.
364 7/5/2019 1:34:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -5 to -9
363 7/5/2019 1:33:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #61: 3 / OPEC (USSR)
USSR gains 1 VP for each of the following countries he controls: Egypt, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Gulf States, and Venezuela. Unplayable as an event if #86 'North Sea Oil' is in effect.

Message from USSR:
Egypt Iran,Libya, Iraq +4VP =9 total for USSR
362 7/4/2019 5:53:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #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 US:
Play for Ops

2 in France (cost 3) to break your control.

1 in Taiwan.
361 7/2/2019 1:28:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message OK

2 ops, with a bonus op for my headline event =3ops

1 in Egypt <2> control

2 in Libya <2> control
360 7/2/2019 6:35:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Looks like you still have to re-do your turn.

On 329, you set defcon to 2.

On 339, between turns, it went to 3.

At 3, you cannot do coups or realignments in Asia.
359 7/1/2019 11:04:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message I already rolled the bonez, I'll keep it.
358 7/1/2019 6:43:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Now you play the OPs for Missile Envy. Do you want to keep your move?
357 7/1/2019 6:42:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Remove 1 USSR inf from Finland, now 0.

Remove 1 USSR inf from Yugoslavia, now 0.
356 7/1/2019 6:40:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Remove 1 USSR Inf from East Germany, now 2 and control lost.


355 7/1/2019 6:39:00 AM Turn 7 US Message So the event triggers.
354 7/1/2019 6:39:00 AM Turn 7 US Message No, wait you gave me a US event.
353 7/1/2019 6:38:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Slow down. I have to use the OPs and discard the card you gave me first.
352 6/29/2019 9:04:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
351 6/29/2019 9:03:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message remove 2US influence in Pakistan <0>

2 MIlitary OPS for USSR <2>

Defcon level -1 to 3
350 6/29/2019 9:02:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
Pakistan Coup attempt

2X2=4, modifier +3
349 6/29/2019 9:01:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message 3 OPS Coup in Pakistan

Stability 2X2 = 4 die roll +3 total with my bonus.
348 6/29/2019 9:00:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Give card to US #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)

Message from USSR:
Here you go
347 6/29/2019 5:46:00 PM Turn 7 US Message The 2 Ops are your first card play, so they are 3 given your headline.
346 6/29/2019 5:46:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Your headline card happens first, so you are +1 OPs.

For the two cards you have tied for highest value, you select one. If it's my event or a both, it occurs. If it is yours, it is discarded.

The you use 2 Ops for Missile Envy.
345 6/27/2019 1:38:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message I have 2 cards tied for the same value.

how do we proceed ?
344 6/27/2019 1:35:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)
Exchange this card for the highest valued Operations card in your opponent's hand. If two or more cards are tied, opponent chooses. If the exchanged card contains your event, or an event applicable to both players, it occurs immediately. If it contains opponent's event, use Operations value without triggering event. Opponent must use this card for Operations during his next action round.

USSR: #51: 3 / Brezhnev Doctrine* (USSR)
All further Operations cards played by the USSR this turn increase their Ops value by one (to a maximum of 4).

Message from USSR:
343 6/27/2019 6:37:00 AM Turn 7 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
342 6/27/2019 6:33:00 AM Turn 7 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 4

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
341 6/27/2019 6:33:00 AM Turn 6 US Message Containment no longer in effect.

Begin turn 7.
340 6/27/2019 6:32:00 AM Turn 6 US Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 3
339 6/27/2019 6:32:00 AM Turn 6 US Message Both of us met the required Mil Ops, so no change in VP.

Both Mil Ops to 0.

Defcon to 3.
338 6/27/2019 6:31:00 AM Turn 6 US Play Card as Operations #45: 1 / Summit (Both)
Both players roll a die. Each adds 1 for each Region they Dominate or Control. High roller gains 2 VP and may move DEFCON marker one level in either direction. Do not reroll ties.

Message from US:
Play for 2 OPs because of Containment.

2 in Costa Rica for 3 and control.
337 6/26/2019 1:46:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message Place 1 influence in Egypt <1>
336 6/26/2019 6:45:00 AM Turn 6 US Message 2 INF in Chile to break your control.
335 6/25/2019 1:52:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #70: 1 / OAS Founded* (US)
Add two US Influence in Central or South America

Message from USSR:
You place yours first then I shall place.
334 6/25/2019 6:30:00 AM Turn 6 US Message 5-2 is 3. So you lose 1 Inf and I gain 2 in Columbia for control.
333 6/25/2019 6:29:00 AM Turn 6 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Coup roll, +3, against a 2 stability.
332 6/25/2019 6:29:00 AM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -4 to -5
331 6/25/2019 6:28:00 AM Turn 6 US Play Card as Operations #60: 3 / U2 Incident* (USSR)
USSR gains 1 VP. If UN intervention played later this turn as an Event, either by US or USSR, gain an additional 1 VP.

Message from US:
You gain a VP, now -5.

Coup attempt in Columbia. 3 Mil OPs for US.
330 6/24/2019 9:12:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message your play
329 6/24/2019 9:12:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 2
328 6/24/2019 9:11:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #46: 2 / How I Learned to Stop Worrying* (Both)
Set the DEFCON at any level you want (1-5). This event counts as 5 Military Operations for the purpose of required Military Operations.

Message from USSR:
Set Defcon Level to 2

5 Military OPS for the USSR
327 6/24/2019 7:10:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Nowhere.
326 6/24/2019 7:10:00 PM Turn 6 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
Off we go...
325 6/24/2019 7:10:00 PM Turn 6 US Discard Card #50: 4 / We Will Bury You'* (USSR)

Message from US:
Space Race
324 6/21/2019 6:26:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)
Add three USSR Influence in Central America, no more than two per country.

Message from USSR:
2 Influence to Israel
323 6/21/2019 6:45:00 AM Turn 6 US 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 US:
4 OPs because of Containment.

3 in Saudi Arabia, 1 in Israel.
322 6/20/2019 1:29:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #56: 4 / Muslim Revolution (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in two of the following countries: Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan.

Message from USSR:
Event

remove all US influence from Saudi Arabia and Egypt
321 6/20/2019 1:28:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message For your last play

1 to South Africa <5>

1 to Botswanna <1>

1 to Angola
320 6/20/2019 6:40:00 AM Turn 6 US Play Card as Operations #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)
USSR either adds two Influence in South Africa or adds one Influence in South Africa and two Influence in any countries adjacent to South Africa.

Message from US:
My 3 OPs first (2+1 for Containment)

3 in Saudi Arabia for control.

You can place your INF from the event then take your turn.
319 6/19/2019 1:26:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message No VP's for US on the event......
318 6/19/2019 1:26:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #48: 1 / Kitchen Debates* (US)
If the US controls more Battleground countries than the USSR, taunt opponent and gain 2VP!

Message from USSR:
place 1 Influence in Iraq for control
317 6/19/2019 6:49:00 AM Turn 6 US Play Card as Operations #52: 2 / Portuguese Empire Crumbles* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in both the SE African States and Angola.

Message from US:
3 Ops because of Containment.

Event first: USSR now has 4 in Angola and 2 in SE African States.

My OPs: 2 in Denmark for 3 and control. 1 in Jordan for 2 and control.
316 6/18/2019 1:26:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #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:
Event
315 6/18/2019 6:45:00 AM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -6 to -4
314 6/18/2019 6:45:00 AM Turn 6 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:
I have the China Card so I gain 2 VP, now -4.
313 6/17/2019 11:48:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message See below
312 6/17/2019 11:48:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -3 to -6
311 6/17/2019 11:47:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message for the return of my card
310 6/17/2019 11:47:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 1 to 5
309 6/17/2019 11:47:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message Major Ivan to ground control...... Lunar Orbit

3VP to the Soviet
308 6/17/2019 11:46:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
Space Race

Lunar Orbit 1-3
307 6/17/2019 11:45:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Discard Card #77: 3 / Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for you…'* (US)

Message from USSR:
Space Race
306 6/17/2019 11:43:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #46: 2 / How I Learned to Stop Worrying* (Both)

Message from USSR:
305 6/17/2019 6:45:00 AM Turn 6 US Message You lose with that play. There are 3 victory conditions.

1) Get 20 points.
2) Have the most points following the last turn.
3) Nuclear War: if it starts on your turn, the other player wins.

The idea is to rule the world without blowing it up.
304 6/16/2019 5:21:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Why did you do that?
303 6/16/2019 12:47:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message See the below actions......
302 6/16/2019 12:47:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 1
301 6/16/2019 12:46:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #46: 2 / How I Learned to Stop Worrying* (Both)
Set the DEFCON at any level you want (1-5). This event counts as 5 Military Operations for the purpose of required Military Operations.

Message from USSR:
Defcon to 1

Military OPS to 5.

Cue up the Dr. Strange Love.......... and the end to my being meta-game whining......

USSR launches nukes.

I think that's the ballgame ?
300 6/16/2019 9:30:00 AM Turn 6 US Message Same score, but you have to calculate it right because it usually wouldn't work out the same.
299 6/16/2019 9:29:00 AM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From 2 to -3
298 6/16/2019 9:29:00 AM Turn 6 US Message You don't get presence AND domination, you get the better of the two. Plus you get points for BGs.

So your score is 5 for domination plus 3 battlegrounds is 8.

My score is 2 for presence plus 1 for battlegrounds is 3.

Net change 5 in your favor. VP=USSR -3.


297 6/15/2019 9:05:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message If I read this correctly for South American scoring

we each get 2 for Presence, then I get 5 for Dominance. VP being 2 currently that would have the VP 3 in my favor ?
296 6/15/2019 9:02:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #25: 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

USSR: #81: 0 / South America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
295 6/15/2019 5:24:00 PM Turn 6 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
294 6/15/2019 5:22:00 PM Turn 6 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 5

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 9 cards drawn.
293 6/15/2019 5:22:00 PM Turn 5 US Message Moving to turn 6.
292 6/15/2019 5:21:00 PM Turn 5 US Message No change in VP for Mil OPs.

DEFCON back to 5.

Mil Ops back to 0 for both players.
291 6/15/2019 5:19:00 PM Turn 5 US Message End of Turn.
290 6/15/2019 5:18:00 PM Turn 5 US Message 2 INF in Thailand, total of 4 for control.
289 6/15/2019 5:17:00 PM Turn 5 US Adjust Victory Points From 3 to 2
288 6/15/2019 5:17:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Operations #55: 2 / Willy Brandt* (USSR)
USSR gains 1 VP. USSR receives 1 Influence in West Germany. Cancels #21 NATO for West Germany. This event canceled/unplayable by #96 'Tear Down this Wall'.

Message from US:
You get 1 VP, now 2.

You get 1 INF in W. Germany. Since I have 5, I still have control.

My ops to follow.
287 6/14/2019 1:30:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Message sorry Poland is not yet under control/
286 6/14/2019 1:29:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Give card to US #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)

Message from USSR:
This card is givne to you for the last event I played. you decide what to do with it.
285 6/14/2019 1:29:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Operations #67: 2 / Grain Sales to Soviets (US)
Randomly choose one card from USSR hand. Play it or return it. If returned (or Soviet player has no cards), use this card to conduct Operations normally.

Message from USSR:
add 2 Influence to Poland <3> for control
284 6/14/2019 6:53:00 AM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #68: 2 / John Paul II Elected Pope* (US)
Remove 2 USSR Influence in Poland and then add 1 US Influence in Poland. Allows play of #81 Solidarity.

Message from US:
US and USSR both have 1 INF in Poland, which is uncontrolled.
283 6/14/2019 12:14:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Africa continues to resist the USSR attempts to Bring equality and superiority to the land, no wonder they remain in the stone age......

3 Military OPS to USSR = 4 total now
282 6/14/2019 12:13:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
Egypt Coup

Stability 2, X2 = 4 Card Value 3
281 6/14/2019 12:12:00 AM Turn 5 USSR 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 USSR:
Operations

Coup in Egypt

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