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304 1/8/2020 5:51:00 AM Master ID = 8313 Game Deleted
303 1/6/2020 5:09:00 PM Turn 8 US Message My 6 points for Eastern Europe-
3 in Poland
1 each in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia
302 12/30/2019 5:21:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -16 to -20
301 12/30/2019 5:20:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
With Europe now in Shambles I'll play this care for my 1st play

I have dominance for 7
you have presences (in Great Britain only) for 3

Gain of 4

I have 2 BG states for 2 more for total gain of 6

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10.3.1 Automatic Victory. There are several ways to achieve an
automatic victory in Twilight Struggle:
The instant one player reaches a score of 20 VP, the game is
over and that player is the winner. NOTE: All VP awards (for
both players) that are scored during an event or scoring card
must be applied prior to determining automatic victory.
300 12/30/2019 5:17:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -15 to -16
299 12/30/2019 5:16:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message US - Add 3 US Influence in Poland. - DONE

USSR: Gain 1VP. DONE

Remove one US Influence from up to three Western European countries. - Remove 1 from France, Italy & Greece


298 12/30/2019 5:11:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Pope card was in effect as card was played as OPS by USSR

This card goes first in headline as it's higher than my 99 card
297 12/29/2019 5:03:00 PM Turn 8 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #101: 2 / Solidarity* (US)
Add 3 US Influence in Poland. Playable as an event only if #68 'John Paul II Elected Pope' is in effect.

USSR: #99: 3 / Pershing II Deployed* (USSR)
Gain 1VP. Remove one US Influence from up to three Western European countries.

Message from US:
I believe the John Paul II event was played a few turns ago

Looks like your event goes first
296 12/29/2019 6:28:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
295 12/29/2019 6:28:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Here is my Headline card

99 3 / Pershing II Deployed* (USSR)
Gain 1VP. Remove one US Influence from up to three Western European countries.
294 12/28/2019 10:46:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Okay since I still have that Space Race bonus I get to pick my headline card second
293 12/28/2019 10:44:00 PM Turn 8 US End Turn Late War Cards added to deck


DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 9 cards drawn.
292 12/28/2019 10:43:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Ahh oh no, I could have used those VPs

We both meet the military ops requirements so no further VP changes this turn
291 12/28/2019 10:41:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from US:
I need a 1-3
290 12/28/2019 10:41:00 PM Turn 7 US Discard Card #50: 4 / We Will Bury You'* (USSR)

Message from US:
Okay for my last move this turn I'm going to use this for the space race
289 12/28/2019 10:40:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Ahh sorry about messing that up-I forgot about the adjacency bonus and thought Cuba was still neutral without looking at the map.

Or maybe it was all a meta CIA psyop?

I knew a little about Phoenix before-not from reading about the war directly but about the legacy of the Algerian War. I guess French counterinsurgency theory helped "inspire" Phoenix in some ways
288 12/28/2019 3:49:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #72: 1 / Sadat Expels Soviets* (US)
Eliminate all USSR Influence in Egypt and add one US Influence.

Message from USSR:
last card for me

I'll add 1 to Vietnam

Then you get to run over Egypt
287 12/28/2019 3:46:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -14 to -15
286 12/28/2019 3:46:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message PLUS OI have one next to USA so 1 more point.
285 12/28/2019 3:46:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -13 to -14
284 12/28/2019 3:46:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message >We both have a presence so that's one VP, plus I get an extra one from Panama-so net gain of 1 for the USA

Need to count again.

I have Cuba, you have Panama so NO score
283 12/28/2019 3:43:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message >Maybe CIA-funded powerpoints on positive thinking


Tried that ins SE Asia - it was called Operation Phoenix
(heats and minds

Many of its men in Vietnam assassinated civilian Communists in an effort to destroy the Vietcong infrastructure. Operation Phoenix run by the CIA established a new high for U.S. political assassinations in Vietnam, largely in response to enemy terrorist tactics which also include assassination, kidnapping.
282 12/28/2019 2:54:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From -14 to -13
281 12/28/2019 2:53:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #37: 0 / Central America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
Well you keep checking me in Central America so I'm just going to take what few points I can

We both have a presence so that's one VP, plus I get an extra one from Panama-so net gain of 1 for the USA
280 12/28/2019 6:58:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)
USSR either adds two Influence in South Africa or adds one Influence in South Africa and two Influence in any countries adjacent to South Africa.

Message from USSR:
I'll use as OPS and place 1 (for 2) in Mexico
279 12/27/2019 8:52:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
278 12/27/2019 8:52:00 PM Turn 7 US Message nothing changes
277 12/27/2019 8:52:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Cuba has a stability of 6
Ops card modifier of +3
276 12/27/2019 8:51:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Operations #43: 3 / SALT Negotiations* (Both)
Improve DEFCON Status by two levels. Further Coup attempts incur -1 die roll modifier for both players for the remainder of the turn. Player may sort through discard pile and reclaim one non-scoring card, after revealing it to their opponent.

Message from US:
Going to attempt a coup in Cuba
275 12/27/2019 7:49:00 PM Turn 7 USSR 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 USSR:
2 in Saudi Arabia
2 in Cuba
274 12/27/2019 7:44:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Discard random Strategy card Operations - 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)

Message from USSR:
Per US event
273 12/27/2019 5:51:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #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:
all right let's see what I get out of this
272 12/27/2019 5:50:00 PM Turn 7 US Message oh boy...

On second thought I'm going to recall those CIA agents I sent after those Liberation theology priests because I'm going to need some prayers
271 12/26/2019 7:14:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -7 to -14
270 12/26/2019 7:13:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #81: 0 / South America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
let's get this out of the way.

I have Control for 6 and you have presence for 2
Gain of 4 for USSR

I have 3 BG states to your none so 3 more

Total of 7 gained
269 12/26/2019 1:03:00 PM Turn 7 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:
1 influence each in Mexico, Panama and Cuba
268 12/26/2019 5:21:00 AM Turn 7 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:
Add 2 in Panama and 1 in Mexico
267 12/25/2019 10:01:00 PM Turn 7 US Discard Card #13: 2 / Arab-Israeli War (USSR)

Message from US:
Since the Camp David Accords is in effect I believe I won't trigger the event by using this as ops-

2 influence for Costa Rica
266 12/25/2019 6:00:00 AM Turn 7 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:
2 in Poland
1 in Iran
1 in Chile
265 12/24/2019 10:38:00 PM Turn 7 US Message I was about to send the map but since I haven't yet I'm going to change half of that move-still the first influence into Cuba but I'm going to use the other 2 ops for one influence in Iran
264 12/24/2019 10:32:00 PM Turn 7 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:
3 influence into Cuba
263 12/24/2019 7:51:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message STILL no effect
262 12/24/2019 7:51:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
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.


No modifier
261 12/24/2019 7:50:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #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 USSR:
260 12/24/2019 5:30:00 PM Turn 7 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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).

USSR: #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.
NOTE: discarded without effect.

Message from US:
hmmmm...I don't think so

I didn't even notice before that control in Europe is an auto-win, I guess that makes for those situations where you spend an entire turn fighting over it
259 12/24/2019 1:42:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
LOCKED IN....
258 12/24/2019 1:42:00 PM Turn 7 USSR Message My Headline pick

3 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.
257 12/24/2019 10:20:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message My other TWS game ended when the USSR (Anthony) was
able to CONTROL Europe and then played the Euro-scoring
card that was auto-Victory....

I struggled for about 6 card plays trying to stop it but in the end he had too much control in too many battleground countries that it would have cost me 5 or 6 OPS to negate

Example he had 7 points in Poland to my 2 that only needed 3 for control so that would have cost me 2 for each one to get it uncontrolled (for 4) then 2 more each time he placed 1 - same in Italy and France....
256 12/24/2019 10:16:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message I'll copy you before posting to the Headline.

Should get one more move in before Christmas.

Are you and Kelly all set for ride over to Rita's?
255 12/24/2019 9:29:00 AM Turn 7 US Message Because of my newly gained space race perk I get to see your headline card first before I choose mine
254 12/24/2019 9:27:00 AM Turn 7 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

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

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
253 12/24/2019 9:23:00 AM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -5 to -7
252 12/24/2019 9:23:00 AM Turn 6 US Message End of turn military ops check- DEFCON 2, Soviets at 3 and US at 0, so Soviets gain 2 VPs
251 12/24/2019 9:21:00 AM Turn 6 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Need a 1-4
250 12/24/2019 9:20:00 AM Turn 6 US Discard Card #42: 3 / Quagmire* (USSR)

Message from US:
Discarding for the space race
249 12/23/2019 7:34:00 PM Turn 6 USSR 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 USSR:
Add 1 to Argentina, Venezuela & Burma
248 12/23/2019 7:28:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Message right - no change
247 12/23/2019 4:27:00 PM Turn 6 US Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
Okay we're both at presence, that's 3 VPs each, and then we each have two battleground countries

So our 5 VPs just cancel eachother out-no map changes
246 12/23/2019 4:24:00 PM Turn 6 US Message (from the Iran coup)
245 12/23/2019 4:24:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
244 12/23/2019 7:13:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
I have 3 + die roll
you have 2x2 or 4

Here's my roll
243 12/23/2019 7:12:00 AM Turn 6 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:
Coup attempt in Iran

I have 3 + die roll
you have 2x2 or 4
242 12/23/2019 7:10:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message I'll do 1 in S. Africa and 2 in Botswana

241 12/22/2019 9:13:00 AM Turn 6 US Message oops I just saw on the map I sent I placed a Soviet marker in Laos instead of an American one, I'll fix that next time
240 12/22/2019 9:11:00 AM Turn 6 US Play Card as Operations #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)
USSR either adds two Influence in South Africa or adds one Influence in South Africa and two Influence in any countries adjacent to South Africa.

Message from US:
One influence for France and the UK

And then you can choose how you want to implement this event
239 12/22/2019 9:07:00 AM Turn 6 US Message I'll choose Indonesia, Laos and Turkey
238 12/22/2019 6:49:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #66: 2 / Puppet Governments* (US)
US may add one Influence in three countries that currently contain no Influence from either power.

Message from USSR:
1 in Argentina and 1 in Saudi Arabia

now you can place 3 1 point markers in
any country that has no marker.
237 12/21/2019 10:27:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -7 to -5
236 12/21/2019 10:27:00 PM Turn 6 US Play Card as Event #48: 1 / Kitchen Debates* (US)
If the US controls more Battleground countries than the USSR, taunt opponent and gain 2VP!

Message from US:
I have the battleground count at 12 vs 10 in favor of the US, but I ran out of fingers after 10 so don't quote me on that
235 12/21/2019 3:47:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #64: 1 / Panama Canal Returned* (US)
Add one US Influence in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Message from USSR:
Your event happens then I'll add 1 to Thailand
234 12/21/2019 2:07:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -11 to -7
233 12/21/2019 2:07:00 PM Turn 6 US Play Card as Event #79: 0 / Africa Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
So Soviets have a presence, that's 1 VP plus 2 battleground countries-so 3 VP total

US has domination-4 VPs, plus 3 battleground countries, so a total of 7 VPs

So net gain of 4 for the US
232 12/21/2019 7:01:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -8 to -11
231 12/21/2019 7:01:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #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:
Egypt, Libya and Venezuela all give me 3 points
230 12/21/2019 6:57:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message >Remove US Influence in Western Europe by a total of three Influence points

1 from UK, France and Italy


229 12/20/2019 6:39:00 PM Turn 6 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:
Two points into Nigeria (first one cost 2)

And then you can implement your event
228 12/20/2019 5:25:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Event #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)
USSR receives two Influence in Chile.

Message from USSR:
since you already saw this
227 12/20/2019 10:24:00 AM Turn 6 US Message With the 2 OPs from the original card I'll place one marker in Iraq and one in the Saharan states
226 12/20/2019 10:22:00 AM Turn 6 US Give card to USSR #54: 1 / Allende* (USSR)

Message from US:
Was hoping for a US event so you can have this back
225 12/20/2019 5:42:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message so play my 1 OPS card or return it and you can
then play our 2 OPS from original card
224 12/19/2019 8:48:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Give random Strategy card to US Operations - 1 / Allende* (USSR)

Message from USSR:
223 12/19/2019 4:56:00 PM Turn 6 US Play Card as Event #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:
Let's see what I can get with this
222 12/19/2019 5:33:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Play Card as Operations #41: 2 / Nuclear Subs* (US)
US Coup attempts in Battleground Countries do not affect the DEFCON track for the remainder of the turn. (does not effect #40 Cuban Missile Crisis).

Message from USSR:
add 2 to Venezuala
221 12/19/2019 5:29:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message WOW, you are killing me with the Headline counter-cards

I think I might start doing US cards to get them out of my hand ...
220 12/18/2019 3:51:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust Victory Points From -9 to -8
219 12/18/2019 3:50:00 PM Turn 6 US Message So after that there are no Soviet controlled countries in SE Asia, so I just get 1 VP from the Philippines

218 12/18/2019 3:46:00 PM Turn 6 US Message Okay I'll remove one Soviet influence each from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia
217 12/18/2019 5:37:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Message You go first on this one
216 12/18/2019 5:35:00 AM Turn 6 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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.

USSR: #38: 0 / Southeast Asia Scoring* (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
215 12/17/2019 10:21:00 PM Turn 6 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
214 12/17/2019 10:20:00 PM Turn 6 US Message oops I increased it by one before I ended the turn, didn't realize ACTS did it automatically too, it should be at 3 going into this turn
213 12/17/2019 10:20:00 PM Turn 6 US Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
212 12/17/2019 10:19:00 PM Turn 6 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 4

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
211 12/17/2019 10:19:00 PM Turn 5 US Message I think that should be it for this turn
210 12/17/2019 10:18:00 PM Turn 5 US Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 3
209 12/17/2019 10:18:00 PM Turn 5 US Message So we both meet the military ops requirement

And then DEFCON improves to 3
208 12/17/2019 10:17:00 PM Turn 5 US Message (from the Brazil coup)
207 12/17/2019 10:16:00 PM Turn 5 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
206 12/17/2019 10:14:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Operations #71: 2 / Nixon Plays the China Card* (US)
If US has The China Card, gain 2 VP. Otherwise, US player receives The China Card now, face down and unavailable for immediate play.

Message from US:
2 influence into Iraq
205 12/17/2019 7:25:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Message 8 to 4 so I get 4 points of change.

I'll remove your 2 and then place 2 of my own

Okay that is my last play - do yours and then we
can end the turn

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