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95 11/21/2019 9:09:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Coup result 2*2 = 4, 1+6 = 7, 7-4 = 3 to me, meaning you lose 2 in Algeria and I end up with 1 as the world burns.
94 11/21/2019 9:08:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
Just for grins I roll the Algerian coup.
93 11/21/2019 9:07:00 PM Turn 4 US Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 1
92 11/21/2019 9:07:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Since I am doing a coup, DEFCON drops and the game ends.
91 11/21/2019 9:06:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Since I am doing a coup, DEFCON drops and the game ends.
90 11/21/2019 8:43:00 PM Turn 4 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:
89 11/20/2019 10:03:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Need 1-3 for successful spacing of this card.
88 11/20/2019 10:02:00 PM Turn 4 US Discard Card #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Try to send this to space. Need to roll 1-3.
87 11/20/2019 8:47:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #64: 1 / Panama Canal Returned* (US)
Add one US Influence in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Message from USSR:
I forgot to implement this card in VASSAL, but that shouldn't change anything major. Welcome to Hillsboro!
86 11/19/2019 9:21:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #74: 2 / The Voice of America (US)
Remove four USSR Influence from non-European countries. No more than two may be removed from any one country.

Message from US:
So many choices, but I decided to concentrate on the Americas.
85 11/19/2019 8:39:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #70: 1 / OAS Founded* (US)
Add two US Influence in Central or South America

Message from USSR:
Here is the ACTS play.
84 11/18/2019 9:38:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #63: 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)
Add one US Influence in each of four different African and/or Southeast Asian countries.

Message from US:
The war spreads!
83 11/18/2019 11:49:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #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:
82 11/17/2019 7:46:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #55: 2 / Willy Brandt* (USSR)
USSR gains 1 VP. USSR receives 1 Influence in West Germany. Cancels #21 NATO for West Germany. This event canceled/unplayable by #96 'Tear Down this Wall'.

Message from US:
Can it get any worse for me? Wait and see. The answer is yes.
81 11/17/2019 7:23:00 AM Turn 4 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:
80 11/16/2019 9:00:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #45: 1 / Summit (Both)
Both players roll a die. Each adds 1 for each Region they Dominate or Control. High roller gains 2 VP and may move DEFCON marker one level in either direction. Do not reroll ties.

Message from US:
Now you see why I had to play NATO. If you were able to Brush War Italy you'd get 6, 7 or 8 or more influence there! Ugh. And Summit is no great card either.
79 11/16/2019 7:43:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #59: 4 / Flower Power* (USSR)
USSR gains 2 VP for every subsequently US played 'War Card' (played as an event or Operations) unless played on Space Race. War Cards: Arab-Israeli War, Korean War, Brush War, Indo-Pakistani War or Iran-Iraq War. This event cancelled by #97 'An Evil Empire'.

Message from USSR:
78 11/15/2019 9:07:00 PM Turn 4 US Message You forget that if you have weak cards, I have even weaker ones! The one strong card I have I can't play for ops because if you Brushwar Italy you would win the game, thus I'm forced to play Nato and get no ops.
77 11/15/2019 9:06:00 PM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #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 US:
76 11/15/2019 8:55:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)
Add three USSR Influence in Central America, no more than two per country.

Message from USSR:
75 11/15/2019 1:26:00 PM Turn 4 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
74 11/15/2019 1:01:00 PM Turn 4 US Message Wow, I got a 6. I think that means I even get Libya. 6 + 3 - 4 = 5; so yes I have 3 influence in Libya now.
73 11/15/2019 1:00:00 PM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
Nice high one this time, please.
72 11/15/2019 12:59:00 PM Turn 4 US 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 US:
Played for Ops, obviously, with you having already solidified France and kicked me out of Israel. Now I will do a coup against Libya as I have given up completely on Europe.
71 11/15/2019 9:18:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Give random Strategy card to US Operations - 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)

Message from USSR:
Here's the card.
70 11/15/2019 9:01:00 AM Turn 4 US Message Wyatt - ACTS doesn't let a player take a random card from another player, only to give one. So I can't do this headline phase in Vassal until you send me a random card. Please do this in ACTS and I'll do the Vassal accounting for the Turn 4 headlines. Thanks.
69 11/15/2019 8:06:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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.

USSR: #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:
68 11/14/2019 11:01:00 PM Turn 4 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
67 11/14/2019 9:51:00 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.
66 11/14/2019 9:39:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Of course. Never too much success for me with the dice.
65 11/14/2019 9:39:00 PM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
Here's to a 1-3.
64 11/14/2019 9:38:00 PM Turn 3 US Discard Card #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)

Message from US:
Here is yet another nasty card that cost me an AR. At least I am able to space it for now since I succeeded at getting to space position 2. But this time I need a 1-3 to have success...
63 11/14/2019 8:49:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
HOW exactly is Canada part of Europe? (I do understand that from a geopolitical standpoint it makes the most sense of all the regions that they could have put it in)
62 11/14/2019 10:19:00 AM Turn 3 US Message Wow, that was good. Now I can space two lousy cards per turn, and given how I seem to collect them I am happy about that.
61 11/14/2019 10:18:00 AM Turn 3 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Let's get a 1-4.
60 11/14/2019 10:18:00 AM Turn 3 US Discard Card #7: 3 / Socialist Governments (USSR)

Message from US:
Here's hoping this spacing works. I'll roll a die now, need 1-4.
59 11/14/2019 9:28:00 AM Turn 3 USSR 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 USSR:
58 11/13/2019 9:14:00 PM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #12: 1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.

Message from US:
How desperate am I? How few cards do I have to play that don't KILL me? Playing Romanian Abdication while fighting over Europe tells you. I think I may be dead.
57 11/13/2019 8:44:00 PM Turn 3 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:
56 11/13/2019 8:44:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Discard Card #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)

Message from USSR:
55 11/13/2019 10:55:00 AM Turn 3 US Play Card as Operations #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:
Man that Red Scare hurts. All these ARs going to waste and no end in sight!

54 11/13/2019 9:41:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
53 11/13/2019 9:41:00 AM Turn 3 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:
We'll see if this is worth it.
52 11/13/2019 8:06:00 AM Turn 3 US 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 US:
51 11/13/2019 6:38:00 AM Turn 3 USSR 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 USSR:
50 11/12/2019 5:02:00 PM Turn 3 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:
See my email.
49 11/12/2019 1:25:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


48 11/12/2019 9:05:00 AM Turn 3 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #1: 0 / Asia 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:
I have no idea how this will work out.
47 11/12/2019 8:24:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
46 11/12/2019 7:14:00 AM Turn 3 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 6 cards drawn.
USSR: 7 cards drawn.

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
45 11/12/2019 7:12:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)
Add sufficient US Influence in either Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia to equal USSR Influence.

Message from US:
OK. Let's see if I can get the reshuffling correct now.
44 11/12/2019 6:56:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #19: 1 / Truman Doctrine* (US)
Remove all USSR Influence markers in one uncontrolled European country.

Message from USSR:
43 11/11/2019 10:50:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Wyatt. I couldn't think of a legit way to play Truman Doctrine for you - so just play it in ACTS and I'll play Independent Reds and then finish the turn and deal cards and shuffle in the discards and deal some more.
42 11/10/2019 2:25:00 PM Turn 2 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:
41 11/10/2019 7:06:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #12: 1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.

Message from USSR:
40 11/7/2019 10:23:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #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'.

Message from US:
I choose to have you do the event before I do the Ops.
39 11/7/2019 9:49:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I don't play a 3 influence card to defend my influence there. Soviet brinkmanship wins and West Berlin falls to the Commies. Truman is sure to lose to Dewey now.
38 11/7/2019 8:59:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #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:
37 11/7/2019 5:06:00 PM Turn 2 US 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 US:
I can't let you have France too easily.
36 11/7/2019 11:59:00 AM Turn 2 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:
35 11/6/2019 10:24:00 PM Turn 2 US Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
Now that I've lost the Middle East I must defend Asia.
34 11/6/2019 6:56:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
33 11/6/2019 3:24:00 PM Turn 2 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:
4 influence is 4 influence.
32 11/6/2019 3:24:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
31 11/6/2019 11:54:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
for use with the coup on Iran.
30 11/6/2019 11:53:00 AM Turn 2 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:
Here's to hoping you don't have NATO
29 11/6/2019 11:05:00 AM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

USSR: #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:
I don't really want to headline this because it lets you know how bad my second had is!
28 11/6/2019 10:06:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
27 11/5/2019 9:48:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I'm working on the Vassal board. As soon as I get it to the point where I think it is right I'll send it out.
26 11/5/2019 9:43:00 PM Turn 2 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 6 cards drawn.
25 11/5/2019 9:35:00 PM Turn 1 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:
24 11/5/2019 7:27:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Operations #25: 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

Message from USSR:
23 11/5/2019 12:51:00 PM Turn 1 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:
You certainly over control Egypt now. But I needed to get control of another country and this way I get Nasser out of the game.
22 11/5/2019 12:49:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
21 11/5/2019 10:52:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:

20 11/5/2019 10:52:00 AM Turn 1 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:
19 11/5/2019 9:44:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
A low roll please.
18 11/5/2019 9:44:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #11: 2 / Korean War* (USSR)
North Korea invades South Korea. Roll one die, and subtract 1 for every US Controlled country adjacent to South Korean. USSR Victory on modified die roll 4-6. USSR adds 2 to Military Operations Track. Effects of Victory: USSR gains 2 VP and replace all US Influence in South Korea with USSR Influence.

Message from US:
You see, I am stuck with bad cards. I will roll the die to see the result of the war. I will do the war first, then do the Ops.
17 11/5/2019 9:41:00 AM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
16 11/5/2019 8:55:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #8: 2 / Fidel* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Cuba. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Cuba for Control.

Message from USSR:
15 11/4/2019 8:00:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from US:
This is for the Thailand coup attempt.
14 11/3/2019 6:37:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I noticed the Defcon was still 5 in ACTS, so I lowered it to 4 as it should be.
13 11/3/2019 6:36:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
12 11/3/2019 6:36:00 PM Turn 1 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:
I want you do place your influence first so I assume I choose Play as Operations (USSR Event).
11 11/3/2019 4:02:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


10 11/3/2019 3:40:00 PM Turn 1 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:
I hope that I am now tied in Asia and Middle East.
9 11/3/2019 2:26:00 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:
8 11/3/2019 9:23:00 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:
7 11/3/2019 7:09:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #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 USSR:
6 11/2/2019 12:37:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I have sent you an email with the V3 log for turn 1 to use in the Vassal board. Let me know if things will work as I suggest in that mail.
5 11/2/2019 8:57:00 AM Turn 1 US Message OK, now that we've both picked our turn 1 Headline cards, how do we fit this into our TS Vassal game?
4 11/2/2019 8:53:00 AM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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).

USSR: #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:
3 11/2/2019 7:40:00 AM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

2 11/2/2019 7:09:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
1 11/2/2019 7:08:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

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