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139 7/23/2019 5:55:00 PM Fall 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Ron. Frist off, thanks for the game!

When the Germans stack three armies in C-T it’s generally called “The Western Hammer”. It is a powerful move but it can be somewhat easily countered, given that you have met it before. It may seem counter intuative, but I believe the most common response is simple to vacate the Verdun fort and form a line South of Paris. The Germans will quickly bleed themselves dry, if they try to hammer on Paris and their supply lines become stretched, will the French deploy directly on the line.

Leaving the French armies in the forts is quite dangerous as they risk getting trapped, as we just saw. However, I do admit, that I felt pressed and that I perhaps had over-stretched, but I decided that there was no way back. I had a stroke of luck with the two-space retreat in Nevers that bought me an action round and made sure that your armies stayed in the forts. Of course you hitting the 6-1 was a bit of a bummer :).

Another way to pressure the CP, when they try the Hammer, is to get the Russians rolling as fast as possible, to start drawing OPS to the East. On BoardGameGeek there are a thread about the move and how people have come up with counter moves.
138 7/23/2019 12:49:00 PM Fall 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Ron. That's fair, thanks. I have a few ideas. I'll get back later this evening.
137 7/23/2019 12:16:00 PM Fall 1914 Allies Message Congratulations, I have to finally concede to a successfully executed Schlieffen-Plan.

Apart from my last move, which was complete nonsense
" T02AP6
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C Paris (2) (FR10)+(BRc)+(BEFc) - C-T, 6-8 vs 9-11
C Lyon FR2+FRc - Nevers 4 vs 6-8"
- I wanted to attack Melun not C-T but never mind, it probably would not have changed much.

What else could I have done better?
136 7/21/2019 11:33:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 3 / Race to the Sea
CP units may now end movement in Ostend, Calais, and Amiens. Card may also be played as an event after CP WS is at 4.

Message from Central Powers:
T03CP1
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3 OPS
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M Insterberg GE8 to Danzig
C Melun GE3 auto kills Nevers and advances. Fort line OOS.
C C-T A Paris auto kills the 3LF for the units and fort. No advance possible.
135 7/21/2019 11:33:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #30: 2 / Alpenkorps

Message from Central Powers:
As no dice was rolled, I will alter my move slightly.
134 7/21/2019 6:16:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Message Paris fort destroyed. Trench remains.
133 7/21/2019 6:16:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Message Paris BEFc perm. eliminated.
132 7/21/2019 6:15:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #30: 2 / Alpenkorps
A GE attack to or from a mountain space adds +1 drm.

Message from Central Powers:
T03CP1
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2 OPS
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C Melun GE3 auto kills Nevers and advances. Fort line OOS.
C C-T A Paris auto kills the 3LF for the units and fort. No advance possible.
131 7/21/2019 6:08:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Message T3MO
None
None
130 7/21/2019 6:08:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Central Powers:
T3MO
CP
AP
129 7/21/2019 6:07:00 AM Fall 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards L war cards added to deck.
128 7/21/2019 6:07:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers End Turn
127 7/21/2019 6:07:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message I keep two cards.
126 7/21/2019 6:05:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message No RPs.
125 7/21/2019 5:21:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message Yes, FRc advances to Nevers
124 7/21/2019 5:20:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message My attack on Melun:
Replace (FR10) with FRc
You have choices for the remaining two LF.

(BRc) dies, FRc flips
123 7/21/2019 4:52:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Nevers 4-3
Flip GE2 and GEc
Flip FR2

Retreat (GE2) to Melun, (GEc) to St. Amand

I assume that FRc advances to save the forts?

122 7/21/2019 4:50:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message As always the dice never fail to surprise :D
121 7/21/2019 4:49:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from Central Powers:
C Lyon FR2+FRc - Nevers 4 vs 6-8
120 7/21/2019 4:48:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message C-T 3-5
Flip GE4

Replace (FR10) with FRc
You have choices for the remaining two LF.
119 7/21/2019 4:43:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
4


Message from Central Powers:
C Paris (2) (FR10)+(BRc)+(BEFc) - C-T, 5 vs 9-11
118 7/21/2019 2:37:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message You are right
117 7/20/2019 10:50:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message The Paris attack: Isn't it 5v9? Your French army got flipped.
116 7/20/2019 10:07:00 AM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #11: 3 / Russian Reinforcements (9th Army, 10th Army)
9th Army, 10th Army.

Message from Allies:
T02AP6
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C Paris (2) (FR10)+(BRc)+(BEFc) - C-T, 6-8 vs 9-11
C Lyon FR2+FRc - Nevers 4 vs 6-8
115 7/20/2019 10:04:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message 3-3, flip GE6, flip FR10
114 7/20/2019 10:04:00 AM September 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
1


Message from Allies:
C C-T GE4+GE6 A Paris 6A v 9A
113 7/19/2019 4:27:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message Note: M Mannheim (GEc) to Sedan is of course via Metz.
112 7/19/2019 3:38:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 3 / German Reinforcements (9th Army)
9th Army.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP6
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3 OPS
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M Mannheim (GEc) to Sedan
M Sedan GE2 to Nevers
C C-T GE4+GE6 A Paris 6A v 9A
111 7/19/2019 3:31:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message Flip BEFc and BRc
110 7/19/2019 1:54:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message You have choices of losses.
109 7/19/2019 1:32:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message Melun 3-3
Replace (GE7) with GEc
108 7/19/2019 1:30:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from Central Powers:
C Paris (2) FR10+BEFc+BRc - Melun, 6-8 both, MO done
107 7/19/2019 12:53:00 PM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #2: 4 / Blockade
Subtract 1 VP during the War Status Phase of each Winter turn.

Message from Allies:
T05AP5
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4 OPs
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C Paris (2) FR10+BEFc+BRc - Melun, 6-8 both, MO done
M Avignon FR2 - Lyon
M Grenoble FRc - Lyon
106 7/18/2019 4:13:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message GEc advances to Nevers

French fort line OOS
105 7/18/2019 2:32:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message I meanst advance?
104 7/18/2019 2:32:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message GE wins 7-3, flip GE7, (FR5) and replacement corps die, FRc dies, FR2 retreats to Avignon
advance
103 7/18/2019 2:30:00 PM September 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
2


Message from Allies:
C Melun A Nevers 12A v 6A (no flank)
102 7/17/2019 3:56:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP5
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4 OPS
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M Bremen (GEc) to Mannheim
M Strasbourg GE6 to C-T
C St.Amand A Nevers ...
C Melun A Nevers 12A v 6A (no flank)
101 7/17/2019 3:47:00 PM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #10: 3 / French Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army.

Message from Allies:
T02AP4
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FR10 to Paris
100 7/16/2019 2:39:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Yes, BEFc and BRc remain.
99 7/16/2019 1:33:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message (BEF) is replaced by BEFc
98 7/15/2019 7:59:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Paris 3-5
Elim GE5 and GEc
Elim (BEF)
97 7/15/2019 7:58:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from Central Powers:
C C-T A Paris 6A v 9A

I do not believe that you have any CCs. If you do, play them as you see fit.
96 7/15/2019 7:55:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #10: 3 / SUD Army
One AH unit and up to 2 GE corps may stack together and be Activated for a cost of 1 OPS point. A different stack may be chosen each Action Round. If a second AH unit or a second non-GE corps unit is present, then the activation cost is 2 OPS points. This event does not supercede rule 12.1.11.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP4
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3 OPS
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M Sedan GE7 to Melun
M Melun GEc to St. Amand via BLD
C C-T A Paris 6A v 9A

I'll stick to my original plan. I'll take the liberty and roll the dice for the combat, so I can stop pondering my move. Hope that it is okay this once.
95 7/15/2019 6:19:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)

Message from Central Powers:
I am truly sorry Ron. My head is totally spinning about this move :). I'll need to look at it later, when I am home.
94 7/15/2019 6:03:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Sorry. Final, final change.

M Bremen (GEc) to Sedan

Becomes

M Bremen (GEc) to Liege
93 7/15/2019 2:42:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP4
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4 OPS
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M Melun GEc to St. Amand via BLD
M Sedan GE7 Cambrai, GE2 to Brussels
M Bremen (GEc) to Sedan
C C-T A Paris 6A v 9A

OOS warning via combat on Nevers or via Rouen and Calais/Amiens.

Final move. High stakes! :D
92 7/14/2019 6:37:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)

Message from Central Powers:
Damn this is a tough choice. I have to reconsider once more! :D
91 7/14/2019 6:27:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message Minor thing. But Metz is of course converted back to CP.
90 7/14/2019 6:03:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP4
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4 OPS
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M Melun GEc to St. Amand via BLD
M Sedan GE7 to Melun
M Strasbourg GE6 to Cambrai
M Bremen (GEc) to Mannheim

OOS warning via combat on Nevers or via Rouen and Calais/Amiens.
89 7/14/2019 5:05:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #10: 3 / SUD Army

Message from Central Powers:
reconsidering
88 7/14/2019 5:02:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message 2 secs
87 7/14/2019 5:02:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #10: 3 / SUD Army
One AH unit and up to 2 GE corps may stack together and be Activated for a cost of 1 OPS point. A different stack may be chosen each Action Round. If a second AH unit or a second non-GE corps unit is present, then the activation cost is 2 OPS points. This event does not supercede rule 12.1.11.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP4
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3 OPS
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M Sedan GE7 to Melun
M Melun GEc to St. Amand via BLD
C C-T A Paris 6A v 9A
86 7/14/2019 4:08:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message Note: GE5 was already flipped from previous attack. Flipping GE1 instead.
85 7/14/2019 11:49:00 AM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 2 / Putnik
May only be played in 1914 and 1915. SB units get a +1 drm for an attack or defense.

Message from Allies:
T02AP3
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2 OPs
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M Nancy FR1 destroy trench in Metz, convert and move back to Nancy, FR2+FRc - Nevers, converting Bar le Duc
M Orleans BRc - Paris

A fascinating dance ;)
84 7/14/2019 11:40:00 AM September 1914 Allies Message 5-5, flip BEF, flip GE5
83 7/14/2019 11:40:00 AM September 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Allies:
C C-T GE1, GE4 A Paris 6A v 9A
82 7/13/2019 9:37:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #13: 4 / Falkenhayn
May be played on Aug/Sep 1914 turns only after the "Moltke" is played or without restriction beginning in Fall 1914. Cancels the effects of "Moltke". Allows play of "Place of Execution"

Message from Central Powers:
M Sedan GE3 to Melun (via BLD)
M Strasbourg GE7 to Sedan
M Budapest AH3 to Przemysl
C C-T GE1, GE4 A Paris 6A v 9A

OOS warning by attack on Nevers
81 7/12/2019 4:31:00 PM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 3 / Russian Reinforcements (11th Army)
11th Army, 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
T03AP2
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3 OPs
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M Ostend BEF - Paris, BRc - Orleans
M Paris (FRc) - Calais, (FRc) - Osten
C Nancy FR1+FR2 - Metz, autodestruct, no advance
80 7/12/2019 4:24:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message AH loses 2-4, flip RU5, AH4 to AHc <2,0>
79 7/12/2019 4:23:00 PM September 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Allies:
C Przemysl A Lublin 3A v 3A (MO done)
78 7/12/2019 4:22:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message GE wins 7-4, flip GE5, FR6 to (FRc) <5,0>, FRc flips to cancel retreat
77 7/12/2019 3:58:00 PM September 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Allies:
C C-T A Paris 12A v 6A
76 7/11/2019 5:37:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message Minor change to Sedan move order:
M Sedan GEc to Melun via Brussels and Cambrai
75 7/11/2019 3:49:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 3 / Race to the Sea
CP units may now end movement in Ostend, Calais, and Amiens. Card may also be played as an event after CP WS is at 4.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP2
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M Sedan GEc to Melun
C C-T A Paris 12A v 6A
C Przemysl A Lublin 3A v 3A (MO done)

OOS warning on Paris and Amiens.
74 7/11/2019 2:53:00 PM September 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 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 Allies:
T02AP1
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3 OPs
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M Antwerp BE - Amiens, converting Brussels and Cambrai
M Bar le Duc (FR9) - Dijon
M Melun (FR5) - Nevers
73 7/11/2019 1:13:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message Your unconventional move gives me headache. I need to do some research before I respond.
72 7/11/2019 3:58:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Ron, is everything okay? No rush of course!
71 7/8/2019 1:03:00 PM September 1914 Central Powers Message AH MO, of course. My mistake!

and yes, the Metz move is intentional. :D
70 7/8/2019 12:27:00 PM September 1914 Allies Message Two remarks:
1. CP MO is AH, you rolled a 2
2. You really want to clear Metz?
69 7/8/2019 8:47:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 2 / Von Francois
A GE attack vs. RU units adds a +1 drm. May be used against spaces with RU and other nationalities.

Message from Central Powers:
T02CP1
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M Liege GE1 to C-T via Brussels and Cambrai
M Metz GEc to Koblenz, GE4, GE5 to C-T
68 7/8/2019 8:31:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Ron. Sorry for the wait! I am now back again from my vacation.
67 7/4/2019 4:08:00 PM September 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
66 7/4/2019 3:10:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Message MO
None as TU neutral
BR
65 7/4/2019 3:08:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Central Powers:
T02 MO
CP
AP
64 7/4/2019 3:07:00 AM September 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
63 7/4/2019 3:07:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers End Turn
62 7/4/2019 3:06:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Discard Strategy card #4: 2 / Severe Weather

Message from Central Powers:
61 7/4/2019 3:06:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Discard Strategy card #2: 2 / Wireless Intercepts

Message from Central Powers:
60 7/4/2019 3:06:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Keeping no cards
59 7/3/2019 12:43:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message keeping one card
58 7/3/2019 12:40:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message RPs
===

1 A: void, all units full strength
2 BR: rally BRc in Port Said, Cairo, Basra, all units full strength <0,0>
2 FR: rally FR1 and FR6 <6,0>
3 RU: rally RUc, rally RUc in Grodno, RUc to RB, all units full strength <5,0>
57 7/2/2019 4:36:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message You know what. I believe I can do my RPs right away - no big surprises.

RP
GE 3: Unflip GE1, GE6 and GE7.
AH 2: AH3 from EB to Budapest
56 7/2/2019 4:32:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I will be away until Saturday on a music festival, but I should be able to take my RPs by phone :D
55 7/2/2019 4:29:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Good night
54 7/2/2019 4:29:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message RUc in Kovno dies, RUc in Grodno flips, RU1 flips, that hurt ...
53 7/2/2019 4:25:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message Interberg

AP 5LF

Evil split!
52 7/2/2019 4:24:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Central Powers:
Interberg

Elim GEc

CP 5A
51 7/2/2019 4:23:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Central Powers:
Insterberg (flank)

AP 5A
50 7/2/2019 4:21:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Russians fire first on 5
49 7/2/2019 4:21:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
flank Insterberg
48 7/2/2019 4:21:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 2 / Withdrawal
Defending units negate one required Corps step loss and instead must retreat 1 space. Full strength Attacking units may advance. If no Corps step(s) lost, an Army step loss may be negated. See rule 12.6 for details.

Message from Allies:
T01AP6
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2 OPs
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C Kovno RU1+RUc - Insterberg
C Grodno RUc - Insterberg, flank
47 7/2/2019 4:03:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #14: 4 / Austria - Hungary Reinforcements (7th Army)
7th Army, 2 corps.

Replacement points: AH: 2, BU: 1, GE: 3, TU: 1

Message from Central Powers:
T01CP6
======

RP

I couldn't handle the coolness!
46 7/2/2019 4:02:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message It is so cool that you forgot to play a card ;)
45 7/2/2019 3:24:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message T01CP6
======

RP

I will emulate your message style - I like it :D
44 7/2/2019 12:34:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #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:
T01AP5
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4 SR
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FRc RB - Paris <6,0>
BRc RB - Osten <0,0>
RUc RB - Kovno <4,0>
RUc Odessa - Warsaw <4,0>
43 7/2/2019 7:23:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #9: 4 / Reichstag Truce
May not be played after CP War Commitment Level is Total War. Add 1 VP.

War Status increased to 4

Message from Central Powers:
T01CP5 - Event
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42 7/2/2019 5:05:00 AM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #14: 4 / British Reinforcements (1st Army)
1st Army, 1 corps.

Replacement points: A: 1, BR: 2, FR: 2, IT: 1, RU: 3

Message from Allies:
T01AP4
======

RPs
41 7/2/2019 3:57:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #11: 2 / Oberost
German units may now attack spaces containing RU forts. (They may always besiege such spaces). May still be played for War Status after CP War Status is 4 or higher.

War Status increased to 3

Message from Central Powers:
T01CP4 - Event
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40 7/2/2019 12:52:00 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:
T01AP3
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2 OPs
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M Belgrade SB1 - Valjevo
M Belfort FRc - Nancy, converting Mulhouse

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