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351 8/6/2019 10:30:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Sure. Any wargame that is up on ACTS I will be up for. Is there anything that we haven't played yet that you would be interested in?

I have played, and still enjoy, almost every game listed.
350 8/6/2019 12:28:00 AM Turn 8 US Message Good game.

With TS sometimes the cards just flow your way.

Did you want to play something else?
349 8/5/2019 11:10:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message I have the feeling the USSR is going to die a slow death in this game. I have too many US Event cards in my hands, and I don't see an Scoring Area where I am going to get a lot of VP's back.

I think I will concede at this point.

Good game!
348 8/5/2019 12:09:00 AM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From 7 to 9
347 8/5/2019 12:09:00 AM Turn 8 US Play Card as Event #37: 0 / Central America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
I get + 2 USA
346 8/4/2019 11:14:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #10: 1 / Blockade* (USSR)
Unless US Player immediately discards a '3' or more value Operations card, eliminate all US Influence in West Germany.

Message from USSR:
USSR #4

Place 1 Influence in Honduras (0/2*)
345 8/4/2019 11:12:00 PM Turn 8 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:
Place in Guatemala (2,0*)
344 8/4/2019 10:58:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message No effect.
343 8/4/2019 10:57:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Costa Rica coup roll
342 8/4/2019 10:57:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #91: 2 / Ortega Elected in Nicaragua* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence from Nicaragua. May make one free Coup attempt (with this card's Operations value) in a country adjacent to Nicaragua.

Message from USSR:
USSR #3

I guess I should play this as the Event. Nicaragua now (0/0).

I'll make the free Coup attempt in Costa Rica.
341 8/4/2019 10:50:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Remove USSR and add 3 US, now (3,0*)

3 US Mil Ops
340 8/4/2019 10:48:00 PM Turn 8 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from US:
Coup in Nicaraga
339 8/4/2019 10:48:00 PM Turn 8 US 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 US:
Coup in Nicaraga
338 8/4/2019 9:19:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message No good.
337 8/4/2019 9:19:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Space Race roll
336 8/4/2019 9:18:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Discard Card #89: 4 / Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007* (US)

Message from USSR:
USSR #2

I'll play this on the Space Race.
335 8/3/2019 3:01:00 PM Turn 8 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:
2 in Panama (4,2*)

2 in West Germany (7,3*)
334 8/3/2019 12:24:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
333 8/3/2019 12:24:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message Wow, I really seem to have some successes rolling for coups.

Coup result is (6+4) - (2*2) = 6.

Remove the 2 US influence.

Add 4 USSR Influence.

Egypt is now (0/4*).

USSR gains 4 Military Ops.
332 8/3/2019 12:21:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Egypt coup roll
331 8/3/2019 12:21:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #21: 4 / NATO* (US)
USSR player may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in any US Controlled countries in Europe. US Controlled countries in Europe may not be attacked by play of the Brush War event. Requires prior play of #16 Warsaw Pact or #23 Marshall Plan.

Message from USSR:
USSR #1

The Event happens.

I'll use the card to make a Coup attempt in Egypt.
330 8/3/2019 12:20:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message OK, West Germany is now (5/3)
329 8/3/2019 12:04:00 PM Turn 8 US Message You can put 2 in West Getmany
328 8/3/2019 12:02:00 PM Turn 8 USSR Message Can I place 2 Influence in West Germany, to make it (5/3).
Or do I have to pay two Influence to put 1 Influence in West Germany and make it (5/2)

Put two Influence in Canada (0/2)
327 8/3/2019 11:58:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #80: 2 / One Small Step …' (Both)
If you are behind on the Space Race track, play this card to move your marker two boxes forward on the Space Race Track, gaining the VP value of the second box only.

USSR: #87: 3 / The Reformer* (USSR)
Add 4 Influence in Europe (no more than 2 per country). If USSR ahead of US in VP, 6 Influence may be added instead. USSR may no longer conduct Coup attempts in Europe. Improves effect of #90 Glasnost.

Message from USSR:
326 8/3/2019 10:24:00 AM Turn 8 US Message Headline is one small step
325 8/3/2019 10:24:00 AM Turn 8 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
324 8/3/2019 10:22:00 AM Turn 8 US End Turn Late War Cards added to deck


DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
323 8/3/2019 8:27:00 AM Turn 7 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. I assume yours is not as well.

If everything looks OK, please End Turn when ready.
322 8/3/2019 1:06:00 AM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From 8 to 7
321 8/3/2019 1:06:00 AM Turn 7 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:
2 in Chile (5,2*)

1 in Panama (2,2)

Event gives you 1 VP
320 8/2/2019 9:49:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #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:
USSR #7

I get 4OPS

Place two Influence in North Korea (2/5*)

Place one Influence in Nigeria (0/1*)

Place one Influence in Panama (1/2)
319 8/2/2019 6:30:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #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 US:
Place 2 in North Korea
318 8/2/2019 6:08:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message The difference is three, so remove three influence from Nigeria. It is now (0/0).
317 8/2/2019 6:07:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from USSR:
Nigeria Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll, +1drm

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
316 8/2/2019 6:07:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message I would like to realign Nigeria. I think the US gets a +1drm for having more influence in the country, and the USSR gets +1drm for having a controlled neighbor (Saharan States).
315 8/2/2019 5:56:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 6 to 8
314 8/2/2019 5:56:00 PM Turn 7 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:
USSR #6

I believe the US is way ahead in Battleground states, so the US gets 2 more VP's.

I will use the 1OPS for Realignment.
313 8/2/2019 10:21:00 AM Turn 7 US Message The US space program is floundering.

312 8/2/2019 10:20:00 AM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
Space race
311 8/2/2019 10:20:00 AM Turn 7 US Discard Card #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)

Message from US:
Space race
310 8/2/2019 7:46:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #64: 1 / Panama Canal Returned* (US)
Add one US Influence in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Message from USSR:
USSR #5

Add 1 Influence to Panama. Then the US Event happens:

Costa Rica (1/1)
Panama (1/)
Venezuela (3*/0)
309 8/1/2019 11:54:00 PM Turn 7 US 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 US:
Let event happen first , now (3,2)

Then add three to France (6,2*)
308 8/1/2019 11:32:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Place 1 Influence in Costa Rica (0/1).

Place 1 Influence in Algeria (1/3*)
307 7/31/2019 3:33:00 PM Turn 7 US Message 1 in Algeria (1,2)

1 in South Africa (5,0)

1 in Algeria (5,2)

1 in Nigeria (3,0)
306 7/31/2019 1:54:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #63: 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)
Add one US Influence in each of four different African and/or Southeast Asian countries.

Message from USSR:
USSR #4

I'll let you do the US Event first.
305 7/31/2019 1:49:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From 5 to 6
304 7/31/2019 1:49:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #79: 0 / Africa Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
I get 1 USA
303 7/31/2019 1:43:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message No good.
302 7/31/2019 1:43:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Space Race roll
301 7/31/2019 1:42:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Discard Card #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)

Message from USSR:
USSR #3

I'll play this on the Space Race
300 7/31/2019 1:30:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #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:
2 in Mexico (4,2)

1 in Nigeria (2,0)
299 7/31/2019 1:27:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Hmm, the only other country to try a make a realignment would be Mexico, and that could be risky as I could lose the influence I just placed there.

Therefore, I will not do a second Realignment roll.
298 7/31/2019 1:22:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message USSR wins, 5-3.

Remove both US Influence from Panama (0/0).
297 7/31/2019 1:21:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from USSR:
Panama Realignment

DR#1 - USSR roll

DR#2 - US roll, +1drm
296 7/31/2019 1:18:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #47: 2 / Junta (Both)
Place two Influence in any Central or South American country. Then you may make a free Coup attempt or Realignment roll in one of these regions (using this card's Operations Value).

Message from USSR:
USSR #2

I'll play this as the Event to place 2 Influence in Mexico (2/2).

Then I'll use the first Realignment roll on Panama.
295 7/31/2019 11:25:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Yes, they match
294 7/31/2019 10:54:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Oh, I guess I was thinking "Africa", since that had not been played yet.

Yes, I agree on the scoring of Asia.

Does your Africa map match mine?
293 7/31/2019 10:36:00 AM Turn 7 US Message I played Asia scoring, not Africa scoring.
292 7/31/2019 7:41:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message According to my map, that would leave us both with just Presence. The US has 1 more battleground, so I would show the scoring as US +1VP.

Please let me know if I am missing something (it won't be the first time I had a map wrong!)

If you wanted to pull back African Scoring because the maps were off, please feel free. With the re-shuffle meaning the last of the Draw Deck was handed out, I realized that one of us were going to get the card (and it wasn't me). So, it wasn't a surprise that one of us was score Africa this Turn.
291 7/31/2019 7:35:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message I don't think our boards are in synch.

The US controls:
- South Africa (4*/0)
- Angola (4*/2)
- Nigeria (1*/0)

And the USSR controls:
- Zaire (0/6*) See ACTS Message #287
- SE African States (0/2*) See ACTS Message #274
- Saharan States (0/4*) See ACTS Message #256
- Algeria (0/2*) See ACTS Message #229
- Sudan (0/1*) See ACTS Message #110
290 7/30/2019 11:29:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From -3 to 5
289 7/30/2019 11:29:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
I get USA + 8
288 7/30/2019 11:27:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Wow, that was some coup!
287 7/30/2019 11:16:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message Coup result is (6+3) - (2*1) = 7.

Remove the 1 US influence.

Add 6 USSR Influence.

Zaire now (0/6*)
286 7/30/2019 11:14:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message USSR gains 3 Mil Os
285 7/30/2019 11:13:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
284 7/30/2019 11:13:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Coup attempt on Zaire
283 7/30/2019 11:12:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #39: 3 / Arms Race (Both)
Compare each player's status on the Military Operations Tracks. If Phasing Player has more Military Operations points, he or she scores 1VP. If Phasing Player has more Military Operatons points and has met the Required Military Operations amount, he/she scores 3 VP instead.

Message from USSR:
USSR #1

I'll use this for a Coup attempt on Zaire.
282 7/30/2019 10:51:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Fail

3 US Mil Ops
281 7/30/2019 10:51:00 AM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Die roll for brush war in Algeria
280 7/30/2019 10:50:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Brush War in Algeria
279 7/30/2019 10:25:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #36: 3 / Brush War (Both)
Attack any country with a stability of 1 or 2. Roll a die and subtract 1 for every adjacent enemy controlled country. Success on 3-6. Player adds 3 to his Military Ops track. Effects of Victory: Player gains 1 VP and replace all opponent's Influence with his Influence.

USSR: #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)
USSR receives two Influence in Chile.

Message from USSR:
278 7/30/2019 10:25:00 AM Turn 7 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
277 7/30/2019 8:26:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


276 7/29/2019 11:27:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Maybe now you have the China Card?

I will headline Brush War
275 7/29/2019 11:23:00 PM Turn 7 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

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

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
274 7/29/2019 11:23:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Yes, SE States is now (0,2*)

Angola (4,2*)

I'll just end turn and see if I get the China Card
273 7/29/2019 9:43:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message I don't have the China card.

Also, SE African States is now (0/2*)
272 7/29/2019 2:50:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -4 to -3
271 7/29/2019 2:50:00 PM Turn 6 US Message I think you were one short on Mil Ops
270 7/29/2019 12:32:00 PM 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:
Add 2 in Angola then do the event.

So Angola is (3,2)
269 7/29/2019 12:30:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Also, don't forget to give me the China card.
268 7/29/2019 12:29:00 PM Turn 6 US Message I see the issue. You are looking at the original space track. I'm looking at the newer one that is on Vasssl and Steam.

That's fine, we can use the original one.


267 7/29/2019 10:58:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message I just looked at the map on the GMT website, and it appears to be the same.
266 7/29/2019 10:55:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message I do't have my physical game with me. I just have the Cyberboard.

The boxes alternate between giving the player a special privilege, or VP's. Here is what my Cyberboard map shows:

Earth Satellite - 2/1 VP's

Animal in Space - May Play 2 Space Cards per Turn

Lunar Probe - 2/0 VP's

Man in Space - Opponent Choose & Show Headline Card First

Man in Earth Orbit - 3/1 VP's

Space Walk - May Discard Held Card

Lunar Orbit - 4/2 VP's

Eagle/Bear has Landed - 2/0 VP's and May take 8 Action Rounds
265 7/29/2019 10:40:00 AM Turn 6 US Message Im showing the Man in Orbit is not worth any VPs. You dont get 3 VPs until you have Lunar Orbit.

Does that look right to you?
264 7/29/2019 9:16:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -1 to -4
263 7/29/2019 9:16:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message Sorry, we got him in space earlier. Now we put him in orbit.
262 7/29/2019 9:15:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message Success.

USSR puts a man in space! And gets 3VP's.
261 7/29/2019 9:14:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
DR#1 - Space Race roll
260 7/29/2019 9:13:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Discard Card #77: 3 / Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for you…'* (US)

Message from USSR:
USSR #7

I'm allowed to play a 2nd card on the Space Race, so I will discard this to try again.
259 7/28/2019 4:08:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Place that 1 Op in Thailand (5,2*)
258 7/28/2019 3:05:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message You still have 1OPS to use from the CIA Event.
257 7/28/2019 3:03:00 PM Turn 6 US Play Card as Event #76: 3 / Ussuri River Skirmish* (US)
If the USSR has The China Card, claim it face up and available for play. If the US already has The China Card, add 4 US Influence in Asia, no more than 2 per country.

Message from US:
I'll go ahead and take the China card back
256 7/28/2019 3:02:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Sat states now (0,4)
255 7/28/2019 3:01:00 PM Turn 6 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
sahran states coup
254 7/28/2019 3:00:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Looking at the wording on the card you are right. I may have been playing it wrong in the past.
253 7/28/2019 2:53:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message I thought the wording on Cuban Missile Crisis affected just your opponent, not you. At least that what it says on the ACTS card. I am not sure if there a modified card that says it affects both players.
252 7/28/2019 2:48:00 PM Turn 6 US Message With Cuban Missile Crisis you cannot coup anywhere.

What else would you liek to do with the 1 OP?

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