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152 7/17/2019 11:26:00 PM Turn 4 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:
1 in Argentina (2,0*)

3 in Chile (3,0*)
151 7/17/2019 6:13:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message US wins again.

No change.

Back to you.
150 7/17/2019 6:13:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
4


Message from USSR:
Argentina Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
149 7/17/2019 6:13:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message US won that, so no change.

I will try again.
148 7/17/2019 6:12:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from USSR:
Argentina Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
147 7/17/2019 6:12:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 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 USSR:
USSR #5

Need to do some more Realignments.
146 7/17/2019 Turn 4 US Message Quagmire ends

145 7/16/2019 11:59:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Quagmire
144 7/16/2019 11:58:00 PM Turn 4 US Discard Card #46: 2 / How I Learned to Stop Worrying* (Both)

Message from US:
143 7/16/2019 1:30:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message Wow. ACTS is consistent, if not a little odd.

Once again, USSR wins by 2. Remove the 1 US Influence from Brazil.
142 7/16/2019 1:29:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from USSR:
Brazil Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
141 7/16/2019 1:28:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message USSR wins by two. Remove the US Influence Point.
140 7/16/2019 1:28:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from USSR:
3rd Venezuela Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
139 7/16/2019 1:28:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message That's a little odd. Same result.

Let's see if the 3rd time is a charm.
138 7/16/2019 1:27:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from USSR:
2nd Venezuela Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
137 7/16/2019 1:27:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Message The result is a draw.

I will try again.
136 7/16/2019 1:27:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from USSR:
Venezuela Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
135 7/16/2019 1:24:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)
US gains sufficient Influence in Japan for Control. USSR may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in Japan.

Message from USSR:
USSR #4

I'll let the US have the Event first, and take control of Japan (4*/0).

I will use the 4OPS to do Realignment rolls
134 7/15/2019 10:08:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
To end Quagmire
133 7/15/2019 10:07:00 PM Turn 4 US Discard Card #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)

Message from US:
Discard for event
132 7/15/2019 9:16:00 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:
USSR #3

I'll play this as the Event.
131 7/14/2019 4:46:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #66: 2 / Puppet Governments* (US)
US may add one Influence in three countries that currently contain no Influence from either power.

Message from US:
Play event

1 in Venezuela (1,0)

1 in Brazil (1,0)

1 in Argentina (1,0)
130 7/14/2019 3:09:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

Message from USSR:
USSR #2

I'll play this as the Event.
129 7/14/2019 11:18:00 AM Turn 4 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
128 7/14/2019 11:18:00 AM Turn 4 US Message Coup successful

remove 1 USSR in increase 1 USA

Now (1,0*)

Decrease defcon by one and add 2 USA mil Ops
127 7/14/2019 11:16:00 AM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
For coup in Nigeria
126 7/14/2019 11:15:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #69: 2 / Latin American Death Squads (Both)
All of the player's Coup attempts in Central and South America are +1 for the remainder of the turn, while all opponent's Coup attempts are -1 for the remainder of the turn.

Message from US:
Coup in Nigeria
125 7/14/2019 10:25:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #78: 3 / Alliance For Progress* (US)
Gain 1VP for each US controlled Battleground country in Central and South America.

Message from USSR:
USSR #1

I'll have the Event play first. Since there are no US-controlled Batllegrounds in either Central or South America, there are no VP's awarded.

Place 1 Influence in Honduras (0/1)

Place 2 Influence in Burma (0/2*)
124 7/14/2019 10:20:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Message Add 1 Influence to Nicaragua, now (0/1*)
123 7/12/2019 9:46:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Take 1 Op for headline then your first action round
122 7/12/2019 9:46:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Description
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.
69 2 / Latin American Death Squads (Both)
All of the player's Coup attempts in Central and South America are +1 for the remainder of the turn, while all opponent's Coup attempts are -1 for the remainder of the turn.
34 4 / Nuclear Test Ban (Both)
Player earns VPs equal to current DEFCON level minus 2, then improve DEFCON two levels.
66 2 / Puppet Governments* (US)
US may add one Influence in three countries that currently contain no Influence from either power.
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.
65 2 / Camp David Accords* (US)
US gains 1 VP. US receives one Influence in Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Arab-Israeli War event no longer playable.
57 4 / ABM Treaty (Both)
Improve DEFCON one level. Then player may Conduct Operations as if they played a 4 Ops card.
81 0 / South America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.
75 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)
121 7/12/2019 9:44:00 PM Turn 4 US Adjust Victory Points From -9 to -8
120 7/12/2019 9:44:00 PM Turn 4 US Message 1 in Egypt (1,5)

1 in Israel (1,7)

1 in Jordan (1,0)

Vps increased by 1
119 7/12/2019 8:43:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #65: 2 / Camp David Accords* (US)
US gains 1 VP. US receives one Influence in Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Arab-Israeli War event no longer playable.

USSR: #62: 1 / Lone Gunman'* (USSR)
US Player reveals his hand. Then the USSR may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.

Message from USSR:
118 7/12/2019 8:39:00 PM Turn 4 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
117 7/12/2019 8:28:00 PM Turn 4 US End Turn Mid War Cards added to deck


DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
116 7/12/2019 8:28:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Ok, I'll just end turn
115 7/12/2019 7:50:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message I don't think we do. We just add the Mid-War cards to the existing Draw deck. The discards stay where they are. They get added when the Draw Deck is depleted.
114 7/12/2019 7:23:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Looks good to me.

When do we reshuffle our decks?
113 7/12/2019 6:49:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message OK, that ends the Action Rounds Phase

Military Operations Phase
The DEFCON Level is at 2. I see the USSR with 3 Mil Ops, and the US with 3 Mil Ops. If that is correct, then neither side gains any VP's.

My held card is not a scoring card (as you know). I assume yours is not as well.

If everything looks OK, please End Turn when ready.
112 7/11/2019 11:57:00 PM Turn 3 US Message For Marshall plan

add 1 in each of

UK (6,0)

France (5,1)

Spain (1,0)

West Germany (5,0)

Greece (1,0)

Bendelux (1,0)

Italy (4,0)

I'll keep my turn the same
111 7/11/2019 6:11:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message This may change how you want to play your last card.

Please feel free to change your move if you'd like.
110 7/11/2019 6:10:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Check that. I will take my 4OPS first.

Place two Influence in Turkey (0/2).

Place one Influence in Algeria (0/2).

Place one Influence in Sudan (0/1).
109 7/11/2019 6:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)
Allows play of #21 NATO. Add one US Influence marker in each of seven non-USSR Controlled Western European countries.

Message from USSR:
USSR #6

I will let you play the Event first.

By the way, you had already added 1 Influence to France and taken control last Action Round.
108 7/11/2019 6:05:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message I forgot that the card gives the US Player 1OPS, as well as reveal the USSR hand. You are correct. I certainly cannot play that card. I returned it to my hand.

I will play MARSHALL PLAN instead.
107 7/11/2019 6:04:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)

Message from USSR:
106 7/10/2019 11:42:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust Victory Points From -10 to -9
105 7/10/2019 11:41:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Successful - advance on space race
104 7/10/2019 11:41:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Space race roll
103 7/10/2019 11:40:00 PM Turn 3 US Discard Card #7: 3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)

Message from US:
Play in space race
102 7/10/2019 11:37:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Oops, I dont think that's a good card to play. Playing that card will cause you to immediately lose the game.

With defcon at 2 I can use that 1 Op to coup a battleground in Africa which would bring defcon down to 1 which would end the game. The rules state when that happens the phasing player (which in this case is you) losses the game.

I certainly don't want the game to end that way so I'll just play the card to place influence.

Place in France (4,1)


101 7/10/2019 9:45:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message My last card is:

#23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Allows play of #21 NATO. Add one US Influence marker in each of seven non-USSR Controlled Western European countries.

Remove after playing as event? Yes
100 7/10/2019 9:45:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)
USSR reveals hand this turn. Then the US may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.

Message from USSR:
USSR #6

I play this as the Event afterwards.

For the 1OP - Place 1 Influence in Algeria (0/2).
99 7/10/2019 6:35:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #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:
Add 1 in France (4,1)
98 7/10/2019 5:32:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -6 to -10
97 7/10/2019 5:32:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
USSR #5

I'll score the Mid-East

I see the USA with Presence (+3VP), and the USSR with Domination (-5VP). USA with 2 Battlegrounds (+2VP), and the USSR with 4 Battlegrounds (-4VP) and 1 Non-Battleground.

Total net VP would be -4VP for the USSR.
96 7/10/2019 12:21:00 AM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #15: 1 / Nasser* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in Egypt. US loses half (rounded up) of its Influence in Egypt.

Message from US:
Play event first

Egypt now (0,5)

Add 1 in France (3,1)
95 7/9/2019 11:56:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Operations #28: 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)
Remove a total of four US Influence from France, the United Kingdom and Israel. Remove no more than 2 Influence per country.

Message from USSR:
USSR #4

Place 2 Influence in Egypt (1/3).

Place 1 Influence in France (2/1).
94 7/9/2019 11:53:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Message Forgot I get 5 Influence Points:

Add 1 Influence to Yugoslavia (0/3).
93 7/9/2019 11:52:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Message Add 2 Influence to Austria (0/4).

Add 2 Influence to Finland (0/4).
92 7/9/2019 10:37:00 AM Turn 3 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:
Add 2 in France (2,0)

Add your 5 in Eastern Europe then take your action round
91 7/9/2019 7:06:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from USSR:
USSR #3

Place 1 Influence in Zaire (0/1).

Place 1 Influence in Nigeria (0/1).

Place 1 Influence in Algeria (0/1).

Place 1 Influence in Laos/Cambodia (0/1).
90 7/8/2019 11:12:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Angola (0,1)

South Africa (1,0)
89 7/8/2019 1:35:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Can you please tell me what your map shows in Africa?
88 7/8/2019 12:30:00 AM Turn 3 US Message Unsuccesful

USA Mil Ops at 3
87 7/8/2019 12:29:00 AM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from US:
Success on 4-6
86 7/8/2019 12:29:00 AM Turn 3 US 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 US:
Attack Pakistan

Playing for Mil Ops and possibly VPs

85 7/7/2019 10:08:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -4 to -6
84 7/7/2019 10:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Success.

USSR gains 2VP.

VP Level now at -6VP.
83 7/7/2019 10:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Space Race roll
82 7/7/2019 10:07:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Discard Card #103: 2 / Defectors (US)

Message from USSR:
USSR #2

I play this on the Space Race.
81 7/7/2019 9:42:00 PM Turn 3 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
80 7/7/2019 9:42:00 PM Turn 3 US Message No effect

USA Mil Ops at 1

Defcon down to 2
79 7/7/2019 9:41:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Coup roll
78 7/7/2019 9:41:00 PM Turn 3 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:
Event first - Cuba now (0,3)

Coup in Angola

2 Ops lowered to 1
77 7/7/2019 5:11:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -2 to -4
76 7/7/2019 5:10:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Success.

USSR gains 2 Military Ops

USSR gains 2VP. VP Level now at -4VP.

The 5 US Influence is replaced with USSR Influence. Israel now USSR-controlled (0/7).
75 7/7/2019 5:08:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Arab-Isreali War, +0drm
74 7/7/2019 5:07:00 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:
USSR #1

I'll play this for the Event.
73 7/7/2019 5:01:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Europe Scoring - Looks like another tie. No VP's to either side.
72 7/5/2019 12:32:00 AM Turn 3 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #2: 0 / Europe 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 US:
71 7/4/2019 9:47:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
70 7/4/2019 12:27:00 PM Turn 3 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
69 7/4/2019 12:27:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From -1 to -2
68 7/4/2019 12:03:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message OK, that ends the Action Rounds Phase

Military Operations Phase
The DEFCON Level is at 2. I see the USSR with 4 Mil Ops, and the US with 1 Mil Ops. If that is correct, then the USSR gains 1VP.

I have no cards left. I'll assume your held card is not the Mideast Scoring card.

If everything looks OK, please End Turn when ready.
67 7/3/2019 1:00:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)
USSR reveals hand this turn. Then the US may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.

Message from US:
1 in Libya (6,4)
66 7/3/2019 11:39:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #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 USSR:
USSR #6

Pay 2 to place 1 Influence in Libya (5/4).
65 7/2/2019 11:49:00 PM Turn 2 US 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 US:
USA # 5

1 in Libya (5,3)

1 in Israel (5,2)
64 7/2/2019 5:55:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)

Message from USSR:
USSR #5

I'll play this with UN Intervention to cancel this Event.

Pay 2 to place 1 Influence in Libya (4/3).

Place 1 Influence in Israel (4/2).
63 7/2/2019 5:53:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 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 USSR:
62 7/2/2019 5:52:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Place 1 Influence in Finland (0/2).

Place 1 Influence in Austria (0/2).

Place 1 Influence in Yugoslavia (0/2).

Place 1 Influence in Bulgaria (0/1).
61 7/1/2019 11:22:00 PM Turn 2 US 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 US:
2 in Libya (4,2)

1 in Israel (4,1)

Dont forget to place your 4 influence.
60 7/1/2019 10:03:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)
USSR may relocate up to four Influence points to non-US controlled countries. No more than two points may be placed in the same country.

Message from USSR:
USSR #4

Pay 2 to place 1 Influence in Libya (2/1).

Then place 1 Influence in Libya (2/2).
59 7/1/2019 10:37:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)
US gains sufficient Influence in Japan for Control. USSR may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in Japan.

Message from US:
1 in Libya (2,0)

1 in Iran (5,3)

2 in Israel (3,1)
58 7/1/2019 9:08:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Sorry, I messed up again.

I meant to place that first Influence in Egypt, not Israel.

So, Israel should be (1/1), and now Egypt is now (1/1).
57 7/1/2019 9:07:00 AM Turn 2 USSR 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 USSR:
USSR #3

Place 1 Influence in Israel (1/2).

Pay 2 to place 1 Influence in Iran (4/3).
56 7/1/2019 9:05:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Sorry, yes I meant Iran.
55 6/30/2019 10:33:00 PM Turn 2 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:
Place 1 in Iran (4,2) for control

Place 1 in Libya (1,0)

Place 2 in Afghanistan for control (2,0)
54 6/30/2019 10:28:00 PM Turn 2 US Message You said place in Iraq but I think you meant Iran?
53 6/30/2019 8:55:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #17: 3 / DeGaulle Leads France* (USSR)
Remove 2 US Influence in France, add 1 USSR Influence. Cancels the effect of #21 NATO for France.

Message from USSR:
USSR #2

Place 1 Influence in Israel (1/1).

Pay 2 to pace 1 Influence in Iraq (3/2).

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