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181 12/30/2019 8:19:00 AM Turn 6 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #4: 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.

USSR: #50: 4 / We Will Bury You'* (USSR)
Unless UN Intervention is played as an Event on the US player's next round, USSR gains 3VP prior to any US VP award. Degrade DEFCON status one level.

Message from US:
180 12/29/2019 7:25:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
179 12/29/2019 5:07:00 PM Turn 6 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
178 12/29/2019 5:07:00 PM Turn 6 USSR End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 4

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 9 cards drawn.
177 12/29/2019 5:06:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 3
176 12/29/2019 5:06:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -13 to -18
175 12/29/2019 8:23:00 AM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
It pains me to play this card.
174 12/28/2019 9:31:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Discard Card #37: 0 / Central America Scoring (Both)

Message from USSR:
This is the discard
173 12/28/2019 9:31:00 AM Turn 5 USSR 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 USSR:
Discard my remaining card, Central America Scoring.
172 12/28/2019 9:30:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
171 12/28/2019 9:29:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -12 to -13
170 12/28/2019 8:45:00 AM Turn 5 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
For my Second coup of Iran.
169 12/28/2019 8:44:00 AM Turn 5 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:
Desperation time.
168 12/27/2019 9:02:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
Need 1-4 to succeed at space.
167 12/27/2019 9:02:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Discard Card #70: 1 / OAS Founded* (US)

Message from USSR:
Can space this card this turn as I am under Brezhnev doctrine.
166 12/27/2019 9:01:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
165 12/27/2019 9:01:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -11 to -12
164 12/27/2019 8:02:00 AM Turn 5 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
I need a high number if my coup of Iran is to have any lasting effect.
163 12/27/2019 8:01:00 AM Turn 5 US Play Card as Operations #58: 3 / Cultural Revolution* (USSR)
If the US has The China Card, claim it face up and available for play. If the USSR already has it, USSR gains 1 VP.

Message from US:
Here is a desperation attempt.
162 12/27/2019 6:18:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message I get lucky and reduce you by 4, which is 3 since that's all you have. Now your toehold in the Mideast is in Lebanon and Syria.
161 12/27/2019 6:17:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
4 modified to 5 -- with my luck, not so good...
160 12/27/2019 6:17:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
Son of a gun! You only lose 1 in Israel. Now I have to get lucky to really get you down there...
159 12/27/2019 6:16:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Modified to 7, I can't do any better than that. Let's see what yours is...
158 12/27/2019 6:15:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Glad I didn't have any influence in Israel. Well, here goes nothing, realignment roll 3...
157 12/27/2019 6:15:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
Well 2 is not so good, even when modified to 3. So now we roll for you.
156 12/27/2019 6:14:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
OK, why not try for control. Go against Israel at +1 (I have 3 neighboring countries, you have one plus you have more influence in Israel.) And the roll is:
155 12/27/2019 6:11:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message So 4 + 1 - 1 = 4 - so you lose all your influence in Saudi, and I have 3 realignment rolls left over.
154 12/27/2019 6:09:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
And your roll.
153 12/27/2019 6:08:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
My first realignment roll against Saudi, at +1.
152 12/27/2019 6:06:00 AM Turn 5 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:
Playing for ops to try realignment in the Middle East since your raised DEFCON.
151 12/27/2019 6:05:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 4
150 12/27/2019 6:05:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -12 to -11
149 12/26/2019 4:32:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #46: 2 / How I Learned to Stop Worrying* (Both)
Set the DEFCON at any level you want (1-5). This event counts as 5 Military Operations for the purpose of required Military Operations.

Message from US:
A fun card.
148 12/26/2019 4:17:00 PM Turn 5 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:
Here is an au-natural 4 ops card. I try to claw back in Central America, and at least get presence in South America. The only place I have any pressure on you is the highly volatile Middle East. I smell Sadat.
147 12/26/2019 3:26:00 PM Turn 5 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
For use in a coup of Haiti.
146 12/26/2019 3:25:00 PM Turn 5 US Play Card as Event #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 US:
The use of a four ops card in Central America is enough to scare me.
145 12/26/2019 3:24:00 PM Turn 5 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:
Playing this card for my last turn.
144 12/26/2019 2:09:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Message Well, my realignment attempt was a complete and utter bust, and so you get a VP and I wasted 4 ops. I think I see why you never do realignments.
143 12/26/2019 2:08:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
I have to hope for a 1 or a 2 out of you...
142 12/26/2019 2:07:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
This definitely was a bad idea. According to my calculations I had over a 50% of getting at least one success against you. But I am rolling. Here goes the last one...
141 12/26/2019 2:06:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
I got a 6, so this is my best bet at making progress against you...
140 12/26/2019 2:06:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Well, this is not going well for me. Here is my third die roll.
139 12/26/2019 2:05:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
US realignment roll 2
138 12/26/2019 2:05:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
Russia realignment roll 2 - the first battle was won by the US.
137 12/26/2019 2:04:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
US realignment roll 1
136 12/26/2019 2:04:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
Russia realignment roll 1
135 12/26/2019 2:03:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Operations #78: 3 / Alliance For Progress* (US)
Gain 1VP for each US controlled Battleground country in Central and South America.

Message from USSR:
I'm caught up on cards played in ACTS. I think you need to play So. Af. Dissent in ACTS. This is played for OPS and the event. I am doing realignment rolls - I will roll for both sides, labeling each roll. You are +2 in Panama.
134 12/24/2019 11:08:00 AM Turn 5 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:
A 4 ops card when under Brezhnev Doctrine. Locks down the middle east and starts a challenge in Central America. Now I feel like I have the initiative.
133 12/24/2019 7:50:00 AM Turn 5 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:
Merry Christmas.
132 12/23/2019 10:43:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
131 12/23/2019 10:41:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Wow, just made it. -4 + 3ops = -1, +4 roll = 3, minus 1 US influence = 2 USSR influence, or barely control.
130 12/23/2019 10:39:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
For Iran coup...
129 12/23/2019 10:38:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Play Card as Operations #80: 2 / One Small Step ' (Both)
If you are behind on the Space Race track, play this card to move your marker two boxes forward on the Space Race Track, gaining the VP value of the second box only.

Message from USSR:
Here we go again. At least this 2 grows to 3 under Breznev doctrine as I am forced to coup Iran because of your excellent headline card.
128 12/23/2019 9:39:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Ah, I see you have played your headline - so since mine needs no further VASSAL play in the headline phase, you get to place your free influence now.
127 12/23/2019 9:36:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #66: 2 / Puppet Governments* (US)
US may add one Influence in three countries that currently contain no Influence from either power.

USSR: #51: 3 / Brezhnev Doctrine* (USSR)
All further Operations cards played by the USSR this turn increase their Ops value by one (to a maximum of 4).

Message from USSR:
Here's to you.
126 12/23/2019 9:36:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -11 to -12
125 12/23/2019 9:06:00 AM Turn 5 US Message Dad-o,
Sure, If you want to do it that would be nice.
Thanks,
Wyatt
124 12/23/2019 9:01:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Wyatt,
I have made a VASSAL save of Turn 4 through your discard of the Decolonization card. I can continue the end of turn 4 and the beginning of Turn 5, including populating my hand with the cards ACTS assigned me. Or you can do a new Turn 4, round 7 log with the Decolonization discard and do the end of turn stuff, etc. Let me know. I'm happy to do it.
123 12/23/2019 8:23:00 AM Turn 5 US Message Disregard all of what I just said. We have the same number of cards.
122 12/23/2019 8:21:00 AM Turn 5 US Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
I'm not sure how I got the China card accidentally. It is coming to you now. This will unbalance our hands. So this is what I propose. You get rid of your sixth card,(randomly chosen)and I should either take the card i discarded back, or draw a random card. I am obviously biased in that decision, so I'll let you decide what I should do with that.
Thanks,
Wyatt
121 12/23/2019 8:15:00 AM Turn 5 US Return Strategy card to hand #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)

Message from US:
Taking South African Unrest back into my hand.
120 12/23/2019 8:14:00 AM Turn 5 US Return Card to Deck Message from US:
returning to the deck to reshuffle as prescribed.
119 12/22/2019 3:44:00 PM Turn 5 USSR Message Wyatt,

Here's how I propose to fix the issue with ACTS and you having discarded (spaced) So. African Unrest.
1. You click on whichever card is fourth in your list of cards (I just randomly chose to 4th) and use the "return to deck and reshuffle" option to get it mixed back in.
2. You click "View discard pile" and click on So. African Unrest and choose "Return Card to Hand" to bring you back up to 9 cards.
3. You do the necessary to get me the China card.

Regards,
Dad-o
118 12/22/2019 9:07:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Wyatt, check out the strategy article for the card. One thing it says is, "The second is to hope that the US rolls really poorly and gets stuck in the Quagmire for an extended period of time. If they fail their rolls, you get to conduct back-to-back Actions, one of the Holy Grails of Twilight Struggle"
If discarding didn't count as your turn the back to back actions statement wouldn't obtain.
117 12/22/2019 8:23:00 AM Turn 5 US Message I don't think that discarding counts as my turn. It doesn't say so on the card, as far as I can tell. If I am wrong please let me know.
116 12/22/2019 8:10:00 AM Turn 5 USSR Message Whoa? What gives you an extra play? Quagmire allows you to discard Decolonization, and since this is R7 you need not roll to see if it continues, but what gives you the extra round to try and space a card? You don't get to discard AND play. I think you need to backup to after the decolonization discard and end the turn there, keeping S. Africa Unrest and redoing the shuffle for turn 5. Don't you agree? I'm not going to look at the log, or the resultant dealt cards, until you respond.
115 12/22/2019 7:58:00 AM Turn 5 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
My headline event is chosen.
114 12/22/2019 7:48:00 AM Turn 5 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
113 12/22/2019 7:42:00 AM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
For my Space expedition.
112 12/22/2019 7:42:00 AM Turn 4 US Discard Card #53: 2 / South African Unrest (USSR)

Message from US:
sending to space.
111 12/22/2019 7:41:00 AM Turn 4 US Discard Card #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Discarding for Quagmire.
110 12/22/2019 7:41:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #42: 3 / Quagmire* (USSR)
On the next action round, US player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each US player phase until successful or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the US player may only play scoring cards until the next turn.

Message from US:
For last turn.
109 12/21/2019 8:57:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

Message from USSR:
1 whole op. Don't forget to take Quagmire out when you discard for round 7.
108 12/20/2019 10:05:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -13 to -11
107 12/20/2019 10:05:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #38: 0 / Southeast Asia Scoring* (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
You get 2 Thailand VPs
106 12/20/2019 7:53:00 AM Turn 4 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from US:
for use in the coup of Zimbawe.
105 12/20/2019 7:52:00 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:
104 12/19/2019 8:33:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -5 to -13
103 12/19/2019 8:32:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Event #79: 0 / Africa Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
8 points, not bad.
102 12/19/2019 8:14:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Operations #56: 4 / Muslim Revolution (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in two of the following countries: Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan.

Message from US:
Realized I hadn't done this yet, so here it is.
101 12/17/2019 9:34:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)
Exchange this card for the highest valued Operations card in your opponent's hand. If two or more cards are tied, opponent chooses. If the exchanged card contains your event, or an event applicable to both players, it occurs immediately. If it contains opponent's event, use Operations value without triggering event. Opponent must use this card for Operations during his next action round.

Message from USSR:
I had my 1 ops card upgraded to a 2 ops, so am content to get European domination.
100 12/17/2019 8:48:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #64: 1 / Panama Canal Returned* (US)
Add one US Influence in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Message from US:
This is going to be interesting. Most interesting.
99 12/17/2019 8:40:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Give card to US #64: 1 / Panama Canal Returned* (US)

Message from USSR:
It is really weird. It seems your hand is full of bad USSR events and mine full of US events. Its a good thing you already scored South America. Its also lucky I don't have a card that would cause DEFCON to drop as you are the phasing player right now. Also, you now know my highest number of ops left is 1 (except for the card you will be sending me now.)
98 12/17/2019 8:35:00 AM Turn 4 US Give card to USSR #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)

Message from US:
Here's your missile envy card.
97 12/17/2019 8:35:00 AM Turn 4 US Return Strategy card to hand #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)

Message from US:
Undoing of the card play so I can send it to you.
96 12/17/2019 8:27:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Message You click on the card as though you will be playing it, and one of the options is to give it to the opponent.
95 12/17/2019 8:12:00 AM Turn 4 US Message I can find a way to give a random card, but not a specific card. If you have found a way, I would love to be enlightened.
94 12/17/2019 8:07:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)
Exchange this card for the highest valued Operations card in your opponent's hand. If two or more cards are tied, opponent chooses. If the exchanged card contains your event, or an event applicable to both players, it occurs immediately. If it contains opponent's event, use Operations value without triggering event. Opponent must use this card for Operations during his next action round.

Message from US:
The most complicated card in ACTS. Here we go.
93 12/16/2019 7:23:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
92 12/16/2019 7:23:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Message The VPs were out of date, so I corrected them.
91 12/16/2019 7:22:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -6 to -5
90 12/16/2019 7:22:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Play Card as Operations #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:
Don't control enough countries to play this for VPs, too bad, but at least I get 3 ops and can strengthen France.
89 12/16/2019 6:31:00 AM Turn 4 US Play Card as Event #81: 0 / South America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
2 VP's, at least.
88 12/15/2019 9:31:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Message Not bad, gain control.
87 12/15/2019 9:30:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
Need a high roll to coup ALgeria.
86 12/15/2019 9:30:00 AM Turn 4 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:
Coup Algeria.
85 12/14/2019 8:36:00 PM Turn 4 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
84 12/14/2019 8:10:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Message At least I did escape the Bear Trap.
83 12/14/2019 8:10:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
And this is my roll to escape the Bear Trap.
82 12/14/2019 8:10:00 AM Turn 4 USSR Discard Card #24: 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)

Message from USSR:
This is my R1 discard in the Bear Trap.

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