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126 9/7/2019 5:15:00 PM Master ID = 15470 Game Deleted
125 8/25/2019 7:50:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Care to point out if I misplayed anything? I definitely am still learning the nuances.
124 8/25/2019 7:49:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message no problem
123 8/25/2019 7:39:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message The thing is I feel that I haven't done anything wrong per se...

Sure, we can reset if that's OK with you. Same sides?
122 8/25/2019 7:38:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message certainly an uphill battle for you, with all my fronts on the board and receiving 9 RPs last turn. But you certainly could still get to the 5 VP spaces needed. I won't make it easy on you though...
want to reset?
121 8/25/2019 7:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message It's early, but I am hard pressed finding a happy ending for the Axis with this current position. It is very doubtful I will even hit the VP mark for the first winter, much less play Totaler Krieg.

Am I getting prematurely defeatist?
120 8/25/2019 7:29:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #2: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Don, Stalingrad, Steppe, & Voronezh Fronts. Place 4x Armies ==> RB

Message from Allied:
speaking of not getting a break....I'm getting all of them

DON to Tula
STE and VOR to Kharkov
STA to Dnep
4xSUa to RB (9)
119 8/25/2019 7:26:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message whole-heartedly agree that you can't catch a break
118 8/25/2019 7:22:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Can we agree I can't catch a break?

Eliminate (RO4) and replacement ROc (1,0)
117 8/25/2019 7:20:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message 4/4 tie - CC makes the difference!
SWm flips
you have choice
116 8/25/2019 7:19:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Allied:
Kirovograd
AX 9L
SU 5L + 1
115 8/25/2019 7:19:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #18: 2 / T-34
"+1DRM" for Su Offensive or Def fire w Mech unit.

Message from Allied:
Kirovograd
114 8/25/2019 7:16:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 9 to 10
Message from Axis:
Kiev
113 8/25/2019 7:16:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Flip GE17
(GE17), (GE2) advance to Kiev
112 8/25/2019 7:01:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message 4/3 GE victory
SOU flips, retreats to Chernigov
you have choice and I assume advance
111 8/25/2019 7:01:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Allied:
Kiev
GE 5L
SU 3L
110 8/25/2019 6:53:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Meant to put GE18 in perentheses, it is flipped.
109 8/25/2019 6:51:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Sorry, meant to delete the Pskov move, so disregard that part.
108 8/25/2019 6:51:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #14: 5 / Fall Blau
Axis places 5 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). +1DRM for all attack vs. Su this round. Allows Axis attack Stalingrad, Maikop, Armavir. PREREQ: May play after Hitler Takes Command.

Message from Axis:
T3AX1

Need some good rolls here...

5 OPs:

Tallinn - GE9 to Luga via Narva

Pskov - GE16 to Kholm

Smolensk - auto-kill SUa in Vyazma; GE18 advances to Vyazma; PZ1, PZ3 advance to Roslav (SF removed)

Zhitomir - attack Kiev (5L vs 3L)

Odessa (2) - attack Kirovograd (9L vs 5L)
107 8/25/2019 2:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allied:
to replace 3-front card
106 8/25/2019 2:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #24: 3 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Brynsk, Kalinin, & Volkhov Fronts. Place 3x Armies ==> RB.

Message from Allied:
to be replaced
105 8/25/2019 2:31:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
104 8/25/2019 2:31:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message These won't matter much....SF on Smolensk, Zhitomir and Odessa
103 8/25/2019 2:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hitler Orders
AL MO

To you for SF placement
102 8/25/2019 2:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from Axis:
T3 Orders:

AX
AL
101 8/25/2019 2:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
100 8/25/2019 2:25:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis End Turn
99 8/25/2019 2:15:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message sorry - BRY and WES meant to be built in Tula (short 4-letter words with both u's, l's and a's)
98 8/25/2019 2:14:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message You can't build in Luga...?
97 8/25/2019 2:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
RPs:

BR: flip the BRc's and CWc's in south
9 SU: flip KAL in Novgorod, RES in Valdai, CEN in Bryansk; build [LEN] in Leningrad, [NW] in Moscow, BRY and WES in Luga
96 8/25/2019 2:10:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message You still have a decent chance of having a decent hand next turn, though the 5s are out of your deck until you reshuffle.

For me, I stand a very good chance of a good hand - but you will be pretty healthy and that is no good for the Axis. If it comes to me taking a VP hit at the end of winter for not having enough spaces, this game will end early.
95 8/25/2019 2:08:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #23: 4 / Clearing the Scheldt
Allows Allied use of Antwerp supply PREREQ: May play if the Allies control Antwerp.

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 2, SU: 4

Message from Allied:
More RPs - I had a really strong hand but worry about what that means for the next couple turns. Happy to see Taifun, so minimal defense of Moscow possible, but Panzer Refit was just like getting some RPs. It's a toss-up on whether it's good or bad to use early on. Certainly helpful to avoid taking RPs, but can be needed late in the game for the extra panzer steps.
94 8/25/2019 2:05:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 5/2 GE win
BRY replaced by SUa to hold position (5)
no loss to you
93 8/25/2019 2:04:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Allied:
Vyazma
AX 12L
SU 3L
92 8/25/2019 1:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #11: 3 / Italian Naval Sortee
Axis unit may trace full supply across SR lines to Tripoli/Tunis this turn. May place 1 combat or Move marker.

Message from Axis:
T2AX6

3 OPs:

Dvinsk - PZ1 to Smolensk

Bengazi - ITc to Gazala

Smolensk - all attack Vyazma (12L vs 3L)
91 8/25/2019 1:52:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Your ability at seeing how to form your line on this point to point map is most impressive - forcing me to punch through, rather than play out a war of maneuver...

90 8/25/2019 1:49:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message 1/1 tie

Flip ITc
89 8/25/2019 1:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Axis:
Gazala:

AL on 1S
AX on 1S
88 8/25/2019 1:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Combat #18: 2 / Devil's Gardens
Treat desert space as a mountain space for 1 defensive combat.

Message from Axis:
At least I get to chuck this card...

For use at Gazala
87 8/25/2019 1:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Yep, Panzers are most valuable. I can't afford to take RPs yet, but had to spend that valuable card to flip some units that had to take hits, which (as you know) is why I had them on the front line.
86 8/25/2019 1:41:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message you really didn't have that great of a hand for turn 2. Some things are coming back to me - mostly it's don't let the panzers through, lol

C Tobruk vs Gazala, 2s vs 1s (MO), no advance
M Uman SUa to Poltava
M Vyazma [KAL] to Novgorod, [RES] to Valdai
M Moscow BRY to Vyazma
M Luga SUa to Leningrad
85 8/25/2019 12:35:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Not only are my dice pretty rough, the initial draws haven't been optimal ops for a good push. Hopefully we can have a long game.
84 8/25/2019 12:34:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message That's pretty clever holding that until near the end of the turn, to best utilize 5 ops.

Here you go:

18 2 / Devil's Gardens
Treat desert space as a mountain space for 1 defensive combat.

11 3 / Italian Naval Sortee
Axis unit may trace full supply across SR lines to Tripoli/Tunis this turn. May place 1 combat or Move marker.
83 8/25/2019 11:23:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #25: 5 / Enigma
The Axis player must show the Allied player his hand. PREREQ: May not be played if Allies control any space in Greater Germany. May not play during Spring Thaw.

Message from Allied:
let me know what you have left...
82 8/24/2019 10:12:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Flip GE18 :-(

Have a good night!
81 8/24/2019 10:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 3/5 - and yet another lucky hold by the Soviets
RES flips
you have choice
probably not around much rest of evening - good night
80 8/24/2019 10:10:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Allied:
Vyazma
AX 9L
SU 5L
79 8/24/2019 9:32:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message For some reason I had (KAL) in Gomel, probably carried it by mistake...

Proceed please, 9A vs 5A
78 8/24/2019 9:28:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I have RES and [KAL] in Vyazma, so would be 9L vs 5L
continue?
77 8/24/2019 9:26:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #6: 4 / Panzer Refit
Flip any 3 reduced strength Pz units (Army or corps) to their unreduced sides. No space containing an affected Pz unit may be activated this round. PREREQ: May not be played during Spring Thaw.

Message from Axis:
T2AX5

Event + 4 OPs:

Flip (PZ4) in Vitebsk
Flip (PZ1) in Dvinsk
Flip (PZ2) in Bobruisk

Tarnopol - GE6 to Odessa; (GE11) to Vinnitsa

Tarnow - (GE2), GE7 to Zhitomir

Riga - auto-kill (SUa) in Pskov, advance GE16

Smolensk - attack Vyazma (9A vs 3A)
76 8/24/2019 9:15:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message no problem with 3PZ in Smolensk
75 8/24/2019 9:03:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message My message appeared at the same time as your move. Let me know if you're OK with 3PZA advancing.
74 8/24/2019 9:02:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Actually 3PZA will advance as well to Smolensk
73 8/24/2019 9:02:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #11: 3 / Sorge
May place move/combat marker on 2 Soviet spaces. Allow play of Siberians

Message from Allied:
event
M Gomel [CEN] to Bryansk
M Kharkov VOL to Chernigov
72 8/24/2019 8:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Flip 4PZA
GE18 advances to Smolensk alone
71 8/24/2019 8:54:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 5/4 GE victory
SUa elim
KAL flips
you have choice for loss
RES and [KAL] retreat to Vyazma
your advance?
70 8/24/2019 8:52:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Allied:
Smolensk
AX 12L
SU 6L
69 8/24/2019 8:50:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message For the heck of it, they take VL and Orsha along the way
68 8/24/2019 8:49:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Hitler Declares War
Add 1 VP. US Enters the war. Allow play of Allied US Build-Up card. PREREQ: May play after Summer 41.

Message from Axis:
T2AX4

2 OPs:

Dvinsk - PZ3, PZ4 to Vitebsk

Vitebsk - all attack Smolensk (12A vs 6A)
67 8/24/2019 8:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #14: 5 / Lend-Lease
Allow play of Su Mech Fronts (31,37,39) on any later turn.

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
I can guess what's coming when you flip 2PZ....

I'll take advantage of the lucky rolls and get early RPs
66 8/24/2019 7:52:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Scratch that - flip PZ2 instead
65 8/24/2019 7:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Flip GE4 in Bobruisk

I don't expect to get the auto victory, but with rolls like these I won't get even close...sheesh :-)
64 8/24/2019 7:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 4/2 AX victory
[LEN] elim and replacing SUa to hold space (6)
63 8/24/2019 7:44:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from Allied:
Pskov
AX 6L
SU 3L
62 8/24/2019 7:43:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message another extremely lucky break for the Allies - 3/3 tie
CEN flips, you have choice
61 8/24/2019 7:42:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from Allied:
Gomel
AX 6A
SU 3A
60 8/24/2019 7:30:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #4: 4 / Taifun
Axis places 4 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). +1DRM for all attack vs. Su this round. Allows Axis attack on Moscow. -1VP unless OKH Conference has been played.

Message from Axis:
T2AX3

4 OPs:

Masurian Lakes - GEc to Minsk

Minsk - PZ2 to Bobruisk

Bobruisk - all attack Gomel (6A vs 3A)

Dvinsk - full Panzers only attack Pskov (6A vs 3A)
59 8/24/2019 7:23:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Game with Bill Pettus was most interesting and a lot of fun. We got to Turn 10 and stopped just before Total War cards would be added. Neither side (due to different circumstances) declared/was able to declare war until later than usual.
58 8/24/2019 7:22:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message You did your mulligan correctly, I just found the way of doing things in ACTS (the 3 OP card) being strange and probably counter-productive for the Allies. Now you have to basically spend Casablanca for ops no matter what.
57 8/23/2019 11:27:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Say hi to Bill and good luck tomorrow!
56 8/23/2019 11:26:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Did I misplay the ACTS procedure? I thought I had to discard down to one card on the first hand in order to automatically get the reinforcement on T2. I threw away a 5op card to do so - apologies if I did that wrong.
55 8/23/2019 10:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Gotta sign off for the evening - face to face game of this game with Bill Pettus tomorrow where I am sure to learn a lot via a butt kicking...
54 8/23/2019 10:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message That's certainly a weird way to deal with the Turn 1 Mulligan in ACTS, forcing you to spend a card you may not want to spend and having you discard at the end of the round. In Face to Face play, can't you discard to get the reinforcement right after drawing your Turn 1 hand?
53 8/23/2019 10:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Casablanca
Treat all Neutral spaces as Allied for VP purposes. PREREQ: May play if Allies control Oran & Algiers, or Syracusa, & there are no Axis controlled spaces in Libya or Egypt. (Subtract 1 VP for each currently neutral VP space.)

Message from Allied:
For the 3 Front reinforcement:
VOL to Kharkov
KAL to Smolensk
BRY to Moscow
3xSUa to RB (7)
52 8/23/2019 10:38:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 8 to 9
Message from Axis:
Odessa
51 8/23/2019 10:37:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message These combats aren't going well so far...AX needs to really pack a punch in the opening rounds.

Flip PZ1 in Dvinsk
Flip RO1 in Galatz

(RO1) and PZc advance to Odessa, PZc takes Kishinev before ending in Odessa (eliminate T1)
50 8/23/2019 10:36:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message believe that's 4/4 - lucky break for Soviets
LEN and SUa flip
PZ1 flips
49 8/23/2019 10:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from Allied:
Pskov
AX 12L
AL 5L
48 8/23/2019 10:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I got the flip - your choice for loss and advance
SUa elim
47 8/23/2019 10:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
6


Message from Allied:
Odessa
AX 4L
AL 2s
46 8/23/2019 10:30:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #19: 3 / Luftwaffe Supply
Place Luftwaffe supply marker on any OOS axis units in 1 space. Units in that space are in limited supply this turn for defensive & attrition only.

Message from Axis:
I am sure I am going to play suboptimal - but it takes a while to learn all the tricks to this one!

T2AX2

3 OPs:

Pinsk - PZc to Galatz via Zhitomir; PZ1 to Dvinsk

Galatz - all attack Odessa (4L vs 2S)

Dvinsk - all attack Pskov (12L vs 5L)
45 8/23/2019 10:18:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Never mind - missed that VL and Kholm are not connected!
44 8/23/2019 10:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I can cut off Pskov and Luga before attacking - did you mean to leave a hole?
43 8/23/2019 10:07:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I'm more ok with IE on Turn 2 than Turn 1 :-)
42 8/23/2019 10:03:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #7: 5 / Industrial Evacuation
May not be played if Moscow has ever been occupied by an Axis unit.

Message from Allied:
got it - dual event
M Zhitomir SW to Kirovograd
M Kishinev SOU to Kiev
M Mozhaisk RES to Smolensk
M VL SUa to Rzhev
M Narva SUa to Luga
41 8/23/2019 10:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message nope
40 8/23/2019 10:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allied:
Defense of Tarnopol
SU 2s
39 8/23/2019 9:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Don't forget to roll to see if you flip my PZc, I will advance it regardless
38 8/23/2019 6:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 5 / Herkules
Place an Axis control marker on Malta. May trace full supply by sea to Tripoli/Tunis. PREREQ: May not be played if Allied units are in Benghazi or Algiers.

Message from Axis:
T2AX1

5 OPs:

Vienna - PZc to Kovel via Lwow (T2 eliminated); (GE2) to Tarnow

Kaunas - GE9 to Tallinn; GE16 to Riga via Courland; GE18 to Vitebsk

Brest-Litovsk - GE4 to Bobruisk

**SUa in Kolomyja OOS**

Kovel & Chernovitsi - all attack Tarnopol, auto-kill SUa (chance to flip my PZc); PZ1, PZc advance to Pinsk; GE6, (GE11) advance to Tarnopol
37 8/22/2019 10:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message no problem. this game is much less forgiving with a poor move (either side), especially in the crucial first couple turns.
36 8/22/2019 10:54:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message This is going to be slow going for me to start. Strategic planning and making the best move is not as intuitive to me in this as it is in POG, which I have lots more experience with. I also find the Axis much harder to play, believe it or not (not a complaint).

Will get my next move to you tomorrow.
35 8/22/2019 10:49:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
34 8/22/2019 10:46:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message AL MO
33 8/22/2019 10:46:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from Axis:
T2 Orders:

AX
AL
32 8/22/2019 10:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
31 8/22/2019 10:45:00 PM June 1941 Axis End Turn
30 8/22/2019 10:43:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
29 8/22/2019 10:43:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
28 8/22/2019 10:43:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
27 8/22/2019 10:43:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Yes, thanks. I remembered that I had to go down to only one card, not 100% of the rest....

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