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329 3/26/2020 5:18:00 AM Master ID = 8313 Game Deleted
328 3/26/2020 12:04:00 AM Turn 9 US Message Good game! You almost had me during the early turns, I think the game reached 15 or 16 Soviet VPs at one point. That was a really fun struggle back and forth

I like TS a lot, but if you want to play a game of WW to mix things up that's fine with me. We can always come back to TS after and switch sides. Maybe then we'll reach the end game


327 3/25/2020 5:25:00 AM Turn 9 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 18 to 20
326 3/25/2020 5:25:00 AM Turn 9 USSR Message BTW I had a pretty good hand for me this turn....

90 4 / Glasnost* (USSR)
USSR gains 2 VP. Improve DEFCON one level. If 'The Reformer' is in effect, then the USSR may place Influence or attempt Realignments as if they played a 4 Ops card.
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.
4 3 / Duck and Cover (US)
Degrade DEFCON level by one. Then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus current DEFCON level.
95 2 / Latin American Debt Crisis (USSR)
Unless the US immediately discards a '3' or greater Operations card, double USSR Influence in two South American countries.
84 2 / Reagan Bombs Libya* (US)
US gains 1 VP for every 2 USSR Influence in Libya.
100 4 / Wargames* (Both)
If DEFCON Status 2, you may immediately end the game (without Final Scoring) after giving opponent 6 VPs. How about a nice game of chess?
92 2 / Terrorism (Both)
Opponent must randomly discard one card. If played by USSR and 'Iranian Hostage Crisis' is in effect, the US player must randomly discard 2 cards (Events on discards do not occur).
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.
88 2 / Marine Barracks Bombing* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Lebanon plus remove two additional US Influence from anywhere in the Middle East
325 3/25/2020 5:24:00 AM Turn 9 USSR Message nicely done....good job

I make that to be 3 for you and 1 for me so gain of 2
giving you and auto victory....

we have YET to make it to the end game....

Want a break on this one and switch to Wash War or go again?
324 3/25/2020 5:22:00 AM Turn 9 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

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

USSR: #92: 2 / Terrorism (Both)
Opponent must randomly discard one card. If played by USSR and 'Iranian Hostage Crisis' is in effect, the US player must randomly discard 2 cards (Events on discards do not occur).

Message from USSR:
323 3/25/2020 5:12:00 AM Turn 9 USSR Message well let's see - I have 2 turns to gain at least 19 points - no problem

322 3/24/2020 10:31:00 PM Turn 9 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
321 3/24/2020 10:28:00 PM Turn 9 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.
320 3/24/2020 10:28:00 PM Turn 8 US Message We both meet the military ops so no further VP changes
DEFCON goes to 3
319 3/24/2020 10:27:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Here's my hand, or what's left of it. No other effect I guess since the turn is over now
1 / Lone Gunman'* (USSR)
US Player reveals his hand. Then the USSR may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.
318 3/24/2020 10:26:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Operations #98: 4 / Aldrich Ames* (USSR)
Original Edition: US player must display his hand. USSR player then orders the US player's cards. US player must play hand in that order. US player may not play The China Card for the rest of this turn. Deluxe Edition: This card has an Operations value of 3. US player exposes his hand to the USSR player for the remainder of turn. USSR player then chooses one card from US hand; this card is discarded.

Message from US:
Okay I'll go with the "original" version then

1 influence for Algeria, Italy, Egypt and Libya
317 3/24/2020 5:23:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message I am only familiar with the 'standard' game so let's go with that one for now.
316 3/24/2020 5:22:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message HUM...I'm not sure what the difference is

TS 2nd Edition Card Changes:



Korean War: Removed DEFCON reduction, to make it like the other War cards.



Slight change to eliminate an exception and it slightly favors the U.S. (less likely for this card to force the US into losing due to nuclear war)

Arab-Israeli War: -1 to die roll if Israel is US controlled.



Another slight change favoring the US and encouraging historical US attitudes towards Israel.

NATO: After play of NATO, US controlled countries in Europe are immune to Brush War.



I like this, gives NATO some meaning. Again, favoring the US

Red Scare/Purge: Operations value increased from 2 to 4.



Interesting change, only play will bear out if the event gets played less, I suspect the change will have very little impact as the event is likely still to be favored in most cases.

UN Intervention: Added "May not be played during headline phase."



Clarification

315 3/21/2020 9:30:00 PM Turn 8 US Message okay before I do my move, question-I have a card that has two separate descriptions, for an "original" and "deluxe" edition. Which one should I use for our game?
314 3/21/2020 7:12:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #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.

Message from USSR:
2 more in N. Korea

Then your 3 in Poland since the JB2 card has been played
313 3/20/2020 8:57:00 PM Turn 8 US Message well looks like the game goes on then
312 3/20/2020 8:56:00 PM Turn 8 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
Need a 1-3
311 3/20/2020 8:56:00 PM Turn 8 US Discard Card #87: 3 / The Reformer* (USSR)

Message from US:
Discarding for the space race
310 3/20/2020 5:42:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message 2nd fail
309 3/20/2020 5:41:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from USSR:
fail

Now against W. Germany

I have die roll +1
you have die roll + 2
308 3/20/2020 5:41:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from USSR:
going after France again.

I have die roll
you have die roll +2
307 3/20/2020 5:40:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #93: 2 / Iran-Contra Scandal* (USSR)
All US Realignment rolls have a -1 die roll modifier for the remainder of the turn.

Message from USSR:
2 re-alignment roll attempts.

306 3/19/2020 10:27:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From 17 to 18
305 3/19/2020 10:27:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Event #83: 3 / The Iron Lady* (US)
US gains 1 VP. Add 1 USSR Influence in Argentina. Remove all USSR Influence from UK. #7 Socialist Governments no longer playable.

Message from US:
One VP closer I guess
304 3/19/2020 10:26:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Okay with the Chernobyl card I'm going to designate Europe
303 3/19/2020 5:32:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message removing India and S. Korea and replacing with
Algeria and S. Africa
302 3/18/2020 11:22:00 PM Turn 8 US Message The four countries I think could only be in Africa or SE Asia, so if you want to switch the points you put into India and S. Korea (feel free to change your own move too if your realignment rolls would have been different in that case)
301 3/17/2020 5:53:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
5


Message from USSR:
In Ethiopia

USSR has a +1
US has a +1
300 3/17/2020 5:52:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from USSR:
In Nigeria

USSR has a +2
US has no modifier
299 3/17/2020 5:51:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from USSR:
In Zaire
USSR has a +1
US has a +1
298 3/17/2020 5:50:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #94: 3 / Chernobyl* (US)
The US player may designate one Region. For the remainder of the turn the USSR may not add additional Influence markers to that Region by the play of Operations Points.

Message from USSR:
re-alignment rolls
297 3/17/2020 5:48:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message >four African an/or SE Asian countries.

one in India
one in Indonesia
one in S. Korea
one in Angola

296 3/16/2020 11:01:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Operations #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from US:
One influence each for France and W. Germany

Unfortunately I have to give you some free points in the process
295 3/16/2020 5:26:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 18 to 17
294 3/16/2020 5:25:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Event #99: 3 / Pershing II Deployed* (USSR)
Gain 1VP. Remove one US Influence from up to three Western European countries.

Message from USSR:
W. Germany, France and Italy - the standard 3 go down 1 each
293 3/16/2020 5:23:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message > there's no need to focus so much on south america, I promise, really



AH, one of the many imperialist 'truths'....
292 3/15/2020 9:32:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From 12 to 18
291 3/15/2020 9:32:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Event #37: 0 / Central America Scoring (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
US domination plus 3 BG countries-8
USSR-presence, no BG states-2
so net gain of 6 for US
290 3/15/2020 7:30:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message No effect
289 3/15/2020 7:29:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from USSR:
Now in Nigeria

I get 2
you get 0
288 3/15/2020 7:27:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message so US loss of 2
287 3/15/2020 7:27:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from USSR:
First in Pakistan

I get +2
you get +2
286 3/15/2020 7:27:00 AM Turn 8 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:
Realignment roll attempts

First in Pakistan

I get +2 and you get +2
285 3/15/2020 7:25:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Each player rolls a die and the high roller may remove the difference between the rolls from their opponent’s Influence in the target country. Ties are considered a draw, and no markers are removed. Each player modifies his die roll:
• +1 for each adjacent controlled country,
• +1 if they have more Influence in the target country than their opponent,
• +1 if your Superpower is adjacent to the target country.

6.2.3 No Influence is ever added to a country as a result of aRealignment roll.
284 3/14/2020 10:52:00 PM Turn 8 US Play Card as Operations #44: 3 / Bear Trap* (US)
On the next action round, USSR player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each USSR player Action Round until successful or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the USSR Player may only play scoring cards until the next turn.

Message from US:
1 influence in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
283 3/14/2020 7:22:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message I win by 1 so drops you down 1
I get Mil Ops but no Defcon effect
282 3/14/2020 7:22:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:

281 3/14/2020 7:22:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Play Card as Operations #102: 2 / Iran-Iraq War* (Both)
Iran or Iraq invades the other. Roll one die and subtract one for every opponent-controlled country adjacent to target of invasion. Phasing player Victory on modified die roll of 4-6. Player adds 2 to Military Operations Track. Effects of Victory: 2 VP and replace opponent's Influence in target with your own.

Message from USSR:
attempt coup in Uruguay (non BG)

I have 2 + die you have 4
280 3/14/2020 7:19:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Defcon drops due to your Chili coup
279 3/14/2020 7:18:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
278 3/13/2020 10:51:00 PM Turn 8 US Message -2 Soviet influence
277 3/13/2020 10:50:00 PM Turn 8 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from US:
Chile has a 6 stability

+4 ops modifier
276 3/13/2020 10:49:00 PM Turn 8 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:
Going to attempt a coup in Chile
275 3/13/2020 5:17:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message Must have been dark side of the moon....
274 3/13/2020 5:16:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Space card roll
273 3/13/2020 5:16:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Discard Card #89: 4 / Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007* (US)

Message from USSR:
I'll play on the Space race - here is the card info

4 / Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007* (US)
Degrade DEFCON one level. US gains 2 VP. If South Korea is US controlled, then the US may place Influence or attempt Realignments as if they played a 4 Ops card.
272 3/12/2020 10:07:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From 14 to 12
271 3/12/2020 10:06:00 PM Turn 8 US Message okay wow we need better athletes
270 3/12/2020 10:06:00 PM Turn 8 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from US:
I'll participate in your Olympics

+2 Soviet modifier
US no modifier
269 3/12/2020 10:05:00 PM Turn 8 US Adjust Victory Points From 13 to 14
268 3/12/2020 10:05:00 PM Turn 8 US Message Hey it actually worked

1 VP for me and replace the 5 Soviet influence with 5 US
267 3/12/2020 10:04:00 PM Turn 8 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
I'll target Venezuela

Need a 3-6
-1 modifier from Soviet Columbia
266 3/12/2020 6:06:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message No map yet
265 3/12/2020 6:05:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message you are higher (3 to 2) so you go first
264 3/12/2020 6:04:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #36: 3 / Brush War (Both)
Attack any country with a stability of 1 or 2. Roll a die and subtract 1 for every adjacent enemy controlled country. Success on 3-6. Player adds 3 to his Military Ops track. Effects of Victory: Player gains 1 VP and replace all opponent's Influence with his Influence.

USSR: #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 USSR:
263 3/12/2020 6:03:00 AM Turn 8 USSR Message WOW, what crappy USSR cards this turn....
262 3/11/2020 9:55:00 PM Turn 8 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
261 3/11/2020 9:55:00 PM Turn 8 US Message oh no this hand could be better
260 3/11/2020 9:51:00 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.
259 3/11/2020 9:51:00 PM Turn 7 US Message Made it

We both meet the military ops so no further VP changes this turn
DEFCON goes to 3
258 3/11/2020 9:50:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Need a 1-4
257 3/11/2020 9:49:00 PM Turn 7 US Discard Card #42: 3 / Quagmire* (USSR)

Message from US:
Discarding for the space race
256 3/11/2020 9:48:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From 10 to 13
255 3/11/2020 9:48:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #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 US:
It's 3 to 2 for military ops and DEFCON is at 2 so I pick up 3 VPs
254 3/10/2020 5:23:00 AM Turn 7 USSR 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 USSR:
place marker in Libya

That's it for my cards so the US can run wild
253 3/9/2020 8:13:00 PM Turn 7 US Message So your influence in Angola is 3 before my coup

My gain of 5 points puts it at 2 US influence
252 3/9/2020 8:11:00 PM Turn 7 US Message actually I think you should have more influence in Angola from your coup-you rolled a 6 plus a 2 ops, so then with the stability of 2 you should have had 6, not 4. I think you just subtracted the stability from the die roll without factoring in the ops
251 3/9/2020 8:07:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
250 3/9/2020 8:07:00 PM Turn 7 US Message So 4 plus the 3 ops gives me 7, minus 2 stability gives me 5 points
249 3/9/2020 8:07:00 PM Turn 7 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from US:
Angola has a stability of 2
248 3/9/2020 8:06:00 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 try to counter-coup Angola
247 3/9/2020 5:55:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message I forgot to adjust the DEFCON marker on the map - please do so on your turn
246 3/9/2020 5:55:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
245 3/9/2020 5:54:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message so gain of 4 for me
244 3/9/2020 5:53:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Coup attempt in Angola

You have 2
I have 2 plus a die roll
243 3/9/2020 5:53:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Operations #75: 2 / Liberation Theology (USSR)
Add three USSR Influence in Central America, no more than two per country.

Message from USSR:
Coup attempt in Angola

You have 2
I have 2 plus a die roll
242 3/8/2020 11:17:00 PM Turn 7 US Message ahh very nice

I'll choose Zaire, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Botswana
241 3/8/2020 7:32:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message Grumble grumble
240 3/8/2020 7:32:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Message 63 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)
Add one US Influence in each of four different African and/or Southeast Asian countries.
239 3/8/2020 7:31:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Discard random Strategy card Operations - 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)

Message from USSR:
238 3/7/2020 9:14:00 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:
Hopefully a US event?
237 3/7/2020 6:25:00 AM Turn 7 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:
4 in Poland
236 3/6/2020 8:56:00 PM Turn 7 US Adjust Victory Points From 1 to 10
235 3/6/2020 8:56:00 PM Turn 7 US Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
Another nasty card
US-domination plus 5 BG states=12
USSR-presence plus no BG states=3
So net gain of the 9 for the US
234 3/6/2020 5:27:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Discard Card #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Message from USSR:
VERY NASTY CARD.....

2 in Venezuela
2 in Afghanistan

233 3/6/2020 5:26:00 AM Turn 7 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:
I'll use to negate the next card I'll play
232 3/5/2020 6:55:00 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:
One point each for France, Italy and Egypt
231 3/5/2020 5:41:00 AM Turn 7 USSR Play Card as Event #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 USSR:
1 in Italy
1 in Greece
1 in France
230 3/4/2020 8:40:00 PM Turn 7 US 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 US:
1 influence for S. Africa and 1 for N. Korea

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