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82 4/6/2020 6:49:00 PM 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:
2 inf in Italy (moved to 3)
1 inf in W Germany (moves to 4)
81 4/6/2020 6:43:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message defcon should have been at 2 i think
80 4/6/2020 6:43:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
79 4/6/2020 6:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -8 to -14
78 4/6/2020 6:41:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message I think that's 11-5. 6 point swing to me?
77 4/6/2020 8:55:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
I think this might be as good as it gets more me in Asia : (
76 4/3/2020 11:32:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
all played in Asia so 5 ops points
3 in India (0/3)
2 in S Korea (2/6)
75 4/3/2020 11:30:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message I add 2 in Yugoslavia 2 inf to 4 inf (0/4)
2 in Austria 0 inf to 2 inf (1/2)
1 in East Germany 3 inf to 4 inf (0/4)
74 4/3/2020 11:13:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #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:
I am not having a good time of it. Partly I'm struggling to get the game state in my head and partly I'm just playing badly.

This I'm playing for 3 Ops:

* American player changes US Influence in Japan to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in Japan to 3.
* American player changes US Influence in Japan to 4.
73 4/3/2020 10:35:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -4 to -8
72 4/3/2020 10:35:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
ouch - you are having a tough time of it!

Of score middle east
I think I have domination and 3 battlegrounds - 8
you have presence and 1 battleground - 4

4 VP swing to me
71 4/3/2020 9:34:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #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:
Play for ops of Three.

* American player changes US Influence in S. Korea to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in Burma to 1.
70 4/3/2020 9:33:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Not playing De-Stalinization? Perhaps Stalin did not die? :)
69 4/3/2020 8:43:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message defcon to 2
ussr military ops to 5
68 4/3/2020 8:42:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message roll of 5 + 3 card = 8
Libya stability is 2x2 = 4.
4 difference means reduce US inf in libya by 2 and increase USSR inf by 2.
Yay the commies!
67 4/3/2020 8:40:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from USSR:
coup in Libya with 3 ops card
66 4/3/2020 8:40:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #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.

Message from USSR:
staggeringly I'm going to play this as ops and use it to coup Libya
65 4/3/2020 8:37:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message modified roll of 4 so no victory for USSR. USSR military ops to 2
64 4/3/2020 8:36:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
dice roll for arab-israeli war. -2 to dice
63 4/3/2020 7:15:00 AM Turn 2 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.

* American player changes US Influence in Lebanon to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Libya to 2.
62 4/2/2020 7:43:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Isn't it 2 to put one in Italy? I have three in Italy.
61 4/2/2020 7:00:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message 2 in iraq - USSR up from 1 to 3
1 in syria ussr up from 1 to 2
1 in Italy up from 0 to 1
60 4/2/2020 6:58:00 AM Turn 2 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:
59 4/2/2020 6:56:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -2 to -4
58 4/2/2020 6:55:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message score Europe
Both have presence
USSR have 2 battlegrounds. US have 0. 2VPs to USSR
VPs move frpm -2 to -4
57 4/2/2020 6:53:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message remove 2 from Italy - US3 to US1
remove 1 from france - US3 to US2
56 4/2/2020 5:43:00 AM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

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

USSR: #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'm playing Europe as a headline.
55 4/1/2020 3:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
54 4/1/2020 3:10:00 PM Turn 2 US Draw Extra Strategy card Message from US:
Extra card drawn
53 3/31/2020 12:57:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 2 to 3
52 3/31/2020 12:57:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Once you have drawn an extra card we can submit headline events.

I donít think there were any VP changes as we both had the required number of military ops
51 3/31/2020 12:56:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Draw Extra Strategy card Message from USSR:
Ok. I think we each need to draw an extra card so that we have the right number for this turn
50 3/31/2020 12:50:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 2
49 3/31/2020 12:50:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Unable to End Turn US holds scoring card(s)
USSR holds scoring card(s)
48 3/31/2020 12:50:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Unable to End Turn US holds scoring card(s)
USSR holds scoring card(s)
47 3/31/2020 11:54:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

Message from US:
Last card of the first turn. I had this in my hand at the start.

I'm playing it for 1+1 Ops to add two to West Germany.

* American player changes US Influence in W. Germany to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in W. Germany to 3.
46 3/31/2020 6:56:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
45 3/31/2020 6:54:00 AM Turn 1 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:
This was my last card. I have no cards left so nothing happens.

play for ops points. 3 in west germany
44 3/31/2020 6:51:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Hi. Sorry I think I made a mistake. I ended the turn but then realised that I had played UN intervention so actually had one less card in my hand.

I have reset the turn but I cannot undo the card draw. However, I will play the last card I had in my hand if you then play one of the two you had in your hand?
43 3/31/2020 6:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 1
42 3/31/2020 6:47:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Change game turn Game turn changed to Turn 1
41 3/31/2020 6:43:00 AM Turn 2 USSR End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 6 cards drawn.
USSR: 7 cards drawn.
40 3/31/2020 4:11:00 AM 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:
Playing for Inf (2+1)

* American player changes US Influence in Saharan States to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in W. Germany to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Angola to 1.
39 3/31/2020 4:09:00 AM Turn 1 US Message * American player changes US Influence in W. Germany to 0.

:(
38 3/30/2020 10:16:00 AM Turn 1 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:
you need to do a random discard or remove W German inf
37 3/30/2020 9:45:00 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:
Playing for Inf of 4.

* American player changes US Influence in Egypt to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in Libya to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Laos/Cambodia to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Algeria to 1.
36 3/30/2020 5:28:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
35 3/30/2020 5:27:00 AM 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:
Place 2 inf in Pakistan. Your event
34 3/29/2020 6:58:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Roll is a 2, Ops was 2 which gives 4 and I think it needs to be over 6 (do correct me if I'm wrong, my brain is atrophied at the moment) so nothing else occurs.
33 3/29/2020 6:56:00 PM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Coup in Iraq

USSR Inf is 1
Stability is 3.


32 3/29/2020 6:55:00 PM Turn 1 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:
Play as a Coup in Iraq

DEFCON 3>2

USA MILOPS Up 2 (Card is 1+1)
31 3/29/2020 6:52:00 PM Turn 1 US Message * American player changes USSR Influence in Austria to 0.
* American player changes USSR Influence in Yugoslavia to 2.
* American player changes USSR Influence in E. Germany to 3.
30 3/28/2020 7:49:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
29 3/28/2020 5:53:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message you can remove 3 inf in eastern europe
28 3/28/2020 5:51:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message 5 for coup, 4 defense in libya.
US lose 1 INF in Libya
Defcon to 3
USSR military points to 5
27 3/28/2020 5:50:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
coup in libya with a +3 card
26 3/28/2020 5:49:00 AM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
play for coup in libya
25 3/28/2020 5:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 0 to -2
24 3/28/2020 5:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
23 3/27/2020 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #8: 2 / Fidel* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Cuba. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Cuba for Control.

Message from US:
Use for 2+1 Inf.

* American player changes US Influence in Thailand to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Thailand to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in Libya to 1

You get 3 in Cuba.
22 3/27/2020 12:43:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message sorry SK is 1/4
21 3/27/2020 12:43:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Discard Card #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)

Message from USSR:
event does not happen because of US intervention

4 inf into south korea - south korea is 0/3
20 3/27/2020 12:42:00 PM Turn 1 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:
19 3/27/2020 12:36:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message 1 in poland
1 in e germany
1 in austria
1 in Finland
18 3/27/2020 10:42:00 AM 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:
Played for influence.

Four Inf gained (because of the headline card)

* American player changes US Influence in France to 2.
* American player changes US Influence in France to 3.
* American player changes US Influence in Egypt to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Malaysia to 1.
17 3/27/2020 10:37:00 AM Turn 1 US Message * American player changes US Influence in W. Germany to 5.
* American player changes US Influence in France to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Canada to 3.
* American player changes US Influence in Turkey to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Greece to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Spain/Portugal to 1.
* American player changes US Influence in Austria to 1.
16 3/27/2020 10:30:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message You can place Marshall plan tokens
15 3/27/2020 10:29:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Sorry 4 military points to USSR
14 3/27/2020 10:29:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Coup roll is a 6. Remove 1 US inf. replace with 4 USSR influence.

Defcon falls by 1, 4 military points to US
13 3/27/2020 10:26:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from USSR:
Coup roll into Iran
12 3/27/2020 10:25:00 AM Turn 1 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:
11 3/27/2020 10:21:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message 2 VP to me
10 3/27/2020 10:10:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
6 needed to win...
9 3/27/2020 10:08:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
With +2 to be added
8 3/27/2020 9:53:00 AM Turn 1 US Message No. I'm hoping to win all the Races too :) How do we do the dice roll?
7 3/27/2020 8:53:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Are you boycotting the olympics?
6 3/27/2020 8:32:00 AM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #25: 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

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 US:
5 3/27/2020 8:11:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
4 3/27/2020 7:42:00 AM Turn 1 US Message 4 In West Germany, 3 in Italy
3 3/27/2020 7:35:00 AM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

2 3/27/2020 7:20:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message 3 in Poland, 3 in Yugoslavia
1 3/27/2020 7:11:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

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