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56 8/30/2019 10:03:00 AM Master ID = 25022 Game Deleted
55 8/30/2019 8:46:00 AM Turn 2 US Message My HL was Commitment and that would have make a pretty nice hand since i have both Nasser and KW.

My plan was to spread to Libya and dominate ME by using Olympic games with 3 ops for 2 Egypt 1 Indonesia as first move, but as far you didnt coup and play Japan it would be changed to play KW and try to fix Italy (that would have been a lower cost as far Italy is now (3/0) so you need 4 OPs to turn into (3/2) )
54 8/30/2019 7:49:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message I have an incredible hand for USSR, especially with Defector out already. My plan was to play Soc Gov HL and then take Italy with Japan.

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3 / COMECON* (USSR)
Add 1 USSR Influence in each of four non-US Controlled countries in Eastern Europe.
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.
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.
30
2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.
12
1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.
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.
7
3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)
Remove US Influence in Western Europe by a total of three Influence points, removing no more than two per country. May not be played after #83 'The Iron Lady'.
22
2 / Independent Reds* (US)

Only you can end the current game, by using Complete under the Edit Game option.
53 8/30/2019 7:36:00 AM Turn 2 US Message I mean: lets stop this game and create a new one.

Btw i was very involved in this turn so its a pitty :(
52 8/30/2019 7:36:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Ok, i agree with you on playing with optional cards.

Lets end this game and create a new one :)
51 8/30/2019 7:35:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message sigh. we should stop and start again. this does not include the optional cards, which are necessary to have a good game. I suppose we can continue, but it won't be as helpful. These cards are now officially standard, but were optional when ACTS was created.

50 8/30/2019 2:30:00 AM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
49 8/30/2019 2:29:00 AM Turn 2 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 7 cards drawn.
48 8/30/2019 2:29:00 AM Turn 1 US Message So this is our map at the end of Turn 1:

http://twistrug.jjt.io/#/board/xag555v8/n3200000010000300000040130200030000400100020504000000020201000100010020240000000100004030210413002020000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000

You've got a great position in Asia attacking from 2 sides. I have a better position in Europe and also ME, but ME could change quickly. Lets see how it goes in Turn 2 where almost all the 4 ops Early war cards are out :)
47 8/30/2019 1:20:00 AM Turn 1 US Message I think +2 to Taiwan

Now (3/0)*

It counts as Bg for me and also losers the chances for KW
46 8/30/2019 1:19:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Oh i really thought you were using blockade for event cause i was pretty convince it could happen, hehe.

About KW, yep. Thats my pain now, but, as you said, not for the entire game, just for Asia. If you get KW and it goes good... well, then i should be prepared to make great threats on other regions :P

Regarding the DeGaulle thing, then i habe 2 more OPs to spend. Let me se where.
45 8/29/2019 6:06:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message but I like the way you are analyzing the game and thinking about the many factors that give advantage or pain.
When you have decided what to do with DeGaulle, you can advance the turn.
44 8/29/2019 6:01:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message face card value of 13, my hand, is a little low. your hand has a face value of 21. It usually works out to give both sides chances. :)
I don't usually do SK without control of the KW event. you have no defenses; if I get KW I'll have a half chance of flipping SK.
43 8/29/2019 5:58:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message some observations:
I didn't play Blockade as event, so you still have DeGaulle in hand. you could choose to pair it with UN and play to more ops on your AR6.

The game is not won on a single turn; I would have held off on VN till your last play when it does me no good, or possible second last since you want to preserve DeGaulle and UN as your last 2 cards. howvever here it did you very little damage since I had to play ME. I couldn't press harder because my hand did not play for many ops, or more precisely I used my best cards early.
42 8/29/2019 5:01:00 PM Turn 1 US Message So this is my point of view from turn 1.

I didnt expect coming Europe Scoring and that was a mistake. Having a set up for MP without control of France was an invitation for you to Headline Europe.

The coup in Iran with (0/0) result was a decision making. I didnt thought about D&C and go Malaysia thinking in couping back if you coup there, but D&C make it impossible. Also your 5 roll in couping Malaysia was a problem, so second big mistake.

Honestly, having VR in my hand make me run for Thailand and make this failure possible. So both your HL and your AR2 was pretty nice moves reading the situation and making profit from my failures.

That put me out of Asia and forced me to attack in M.E. Thanks to lady luck, my 50% coup in Iraq went good, so i can manage there by threating entering back in Asia. Of course that forces you to play in Afghan and you did with an extra threatness in S.K that i havent yet solved. So it was a even greater AR3: Consolidate western Asia, having presence in M.E and threating SK all in one move!

That totally kick me out from Asia but also make a free-to-play card VR. Still have to play first a 3-OP card for both control Iran (and forcing you yo decide between go on with SK threat and close the door to Pakistan+India) and use the extra OP to, at least, control Europe. So even if im totally out of Asia i could future playing for ME and Europe.

There was a big risk there, but not enough OPs to make it better and btw you didnt attack harder. So im still on game.

You control Paki to close my door (as expected) and that makes me forced to SK. So now i am praying for having KW in my hand next turn xD

Last turns were some future investment on my side without spending my last 3 ops card with UN Intervention just because of Blockade (a little success in a massive failure Turn 1).

So now the only scoring left is Asia and the most relevant cards for me to improve a little my situation for Early War are Nasser and KW. This and lady luck in future coup are going to decide this early war and give o negate me the opportunity to rescue the situation
41 8/29/2019 2:26:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #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 US:
+1 S.K (4/1)*
40 8/29/2019 2:25:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I was expecting it xD
39 8/29/2019 2:24:00 PM Turn 1 US Discard Card #17: 3 / DeGaulle Leads France* (USSR)

Message from US:
38 8/29/2019 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message that was my AR6. This is your last play for turn 1.
37 8/29/2019 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 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:
2 Thailand(with VN bonus)
36 8/29/2019 2:22:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message all quiet on the Israeli front...
35 8/29/2019 2:22:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
AI war succeeds on 5+
34 8/29/2019 2:19:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #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 US:
Play for OPs

Event Success on 5-6

OPs doesnt affect roll:

+1 OPs S.Arabia (1/0)
+1 OPs Taiwan (1/0)
33 8/29/2019 1:40:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message US scores 1BG and dom of ME for +3 VP.
32 8/29/2019 1:40:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 0 to 3
31 8/29/2019 1:40:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
30 8/29/2019 1:33:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #9: 2 / Vietnam Revolts* (USSR)
Add 2 USSR Influence in Vietnam. For the remainder of the turn, the Soviet player may add 1 Operations point to any card that uses all points in Southeast Asia.

Message from US:
No Risk, no pain

+2 S.K. (3/1)

Event triggers

Vietnam (0/2)*
29 8/29/2019 12:41:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Operations #35: 2 / Formosan Resolution* (US)
Taiwan shall be treated as a Battleground country for scoring purposes if the US controls Taiwan when Asia Scoring is played. Taiwan is not a Battleground country for any other purpose. This card is discarded after US play of The China Card.

Message from USSR:
2 Pakistan 0/2*
event triggers
28 8/29/2019 10:01:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #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:
For OPs:

+1 France
+2 Iran

Well... if im out of Asia by now, should try to make something in M.East
27 8/29/2019 8:32:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message We both had good hands this turn, with 4 of the 4 ops cards on the table already.
26 8/29/2019 8:23:00 AM Turn 1 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:
Bravely done! I hate couping the 3 stability countries, but in TS there is a time for everything. :)
1 Syria 0/2*
2 Afghanistan 0/2*
1 SK 1/1
25 8/29/2019 2:32:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Well... not SO bad. It seems im back in Asia
24 8/29/2019 2:32:00 AM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 2
23 8/29/2019 2:31:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
Iraq (0/1). SI = 3. 4 OPs

1-2 fail
3 (0/0)
4 (0/1)
5 (0/2)
6 (0/3)*

So 50%
22 8/29/2019 2:30:00 AM Turn 1 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:
So i think now im almost forced to this:

Play for OPs to coup Iraq
21 8/29/2019 1:40:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Nice move!

Now im on trouble and just AR2! :)
20 8/28/2019 5:31:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Malaysia to 0/4*
19 8/28/2019 5:31:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
coup Malaysia
18 8/28/2019 5:31:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Operations #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.

Message from USSR:
coup Malaysia first, then event.
17 8/28/2019 8:59:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #103: 2 / Defectors (US)
Play in Headline Phase to cancel USSR Headline event, including Scoring Card. Canceled card returns to Discard Pile. If Defectors played by USSR during Soviet action round, US gains 1 VP (unless played on the Space Race).

Message from US:
Play for OPs:

+1 Malaysia (1/0)
+1 Lebanon (1/0)*
16 8/28/2019 8:58:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Now in AR1 coup iran success and let me out of asia *grrr*
15 8/28/2019 8:56:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Europe scores for 0VP

Note: *Sigh* i should have set up 2 in France but dont know why i prefer to play 1 in Turkey :(
14 8/28/2019 8:55:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Oook,

So Marshal Plan:

+1 Italy (3/0)*
+1 Canada (3/0)
+1 France (2/0)
+1 Turkey (2/0)*
+1 Greece (2/0)*
+1 Spain (1/0)
+1 W.Ger (4/0)*
13 8/28/2019 8:51:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Iran to 0/0
12 8/28/2019 8:51:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
Iran coup
11 8/28/2019 8:51:00 AM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
Your Marshall pips are not going to impact my play.
coup Iran.
10 8/28/2019 8:50:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message so USSR doesn't get to sneak in EU Scoring... :)
9 8/28/2019 8:49:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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.

USSR: #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Unusual setup!
presuming a Marshall HL with such a setup, I like a second in France rather than reaching for Turkey right away so that Marshall gives EU dom. :)
8 8/28/2019 8:40:00 AM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
7 8/28/2019 8:40:00 AM Turn 1 US Message US Set up:

+3 W.Ger (3/0)
+1 Italy (1/0)
+1 France (1/0)
+1 Greece (1/0)
+1 Turkey (1/0)

Total 7

Spending +2 bid:

+1 Italy (2/0)*
+1 Iran (2/0)*
6 8/28/2019 8:32:00 AM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

5 8/28/2019 8:15:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Setup:
1 EG 0/4
4 Poland 0/4
1 Austria 0/1
4 8/28/2019 8:14:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

3 8/28/2019 8:13:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Greetings! and have a fun game. :)
2 8/28/2019 7:41:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Welcome!
1 8/28/2019 7:40:00 AM Turn 1 US Change US player US player changed from Jbarzana to Jbarzana

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