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152 5/7/2022 5:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Do we want to shelve this game. It has been almost two months since you made a move.
151 3/12/2022 2:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Denied. Back to you.
150 3/12/2022 2:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
space race advancement attempt
149 3/12/2022 2:41:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Got it.

Will attempt to advance the space race. Need a 1-3 per the board.
148 3/8/2022 9:32:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I agree as to Yugoslavia being the likely choice and I go with it. As to the move, it's proceeding slowly, but I'm hoping to get it finished the near term.
147 3/5/2022 10:32:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message How is the move going? Yeah, it's concerning with this war and continues to raise the question of should we let dictators control nukes.
146 3/5/2022 6:41:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Before I proceed you get to decide on the US event. Yugoslavia seems to be your likely choice. Once you confirm I can continue with my play.
145 3/5/2022 6:40:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)
Add sufficient US Influence in either Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia to equal USSR Influence.

Message from USSR:
144 3/3/2022 10:54:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Sorry, between work and getting ready for a move I've been snowed under. I've been watching the world situation with quite a bit of trepidation. I'm not sure how it will all end.
143 3/1/2022 3:38:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Make that move a bit later. :)

Haven't heard back from you to my other message so I think I have time lol
142 2/26/2022 5:07:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message What do you think of the unfortunate incident in the Ukraine?

Making my move this weekend.
141 1/30/2022 6:05:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Over to you for USSR round 4
140 1/30/2022 6:04:00 PM Turn 2 US Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
5 OPs if all the points are used in Asia and I am doing so

3 Ops placed in Thailand for 3 Ips
1 OP placed in Phillippines for a total of 2 Ips
1 OP placed in Taiwan for 1 IP
139 1/8/2022 3:51:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message bty
138 1/8/2022 3:43:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from USSR:
3rd round russians. We should keep track of that in the log as it doesn't do it for us.
137 1/8/2022 3:41:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message wanted to be sure I played that right. I think I did.
136 1/8/2022 3:40:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
135 1/8/2022 3:40:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Return permanently removed Strategy card to hand #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
134 12/16/2021 8:41:00 PM Turn 2 US Message File uploaded and over to you
133 12/16/2021 8:40:00 PM Turn 2 US Message stability number is 4 and the final die roll is 5 so shift of 1 to the USA
132 12/16/2021 8:35:00 PM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
+4 to the roll
131 12/16/2021 8:35:00 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:
Played for ops points to coup Iran
130 12/3/2021 5:13:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Bump?
129 11/21/2021 2:36:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message No worries. I've got a lot of games going.
128 11/9/2021 4:39:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Also, FYI, the laptop I use for vassal is being worked on, so the game has been following the maxim of out of sight and out of mind. Sorry about that.
127 11/9/2021 4:38:00 PM Turn 2 US Message It's getting better. Have you played the OP points from Containment yet?
126 10/24/2021 4:06:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message That works. Back to you.

How are things going over there?
125 10/23/2021 3:52:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I think in this circumstance, is that we track it ourselves as I don't know a mechanism in ACTs to track it.
124 10/3/2021 1:42:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Played with no file as it's an active event for the turn. How do we track this? Other ACTs has an active event for such things but it's not on this module. Thoughts?
123 10/3/2021 1:41:00 AM Turn 2 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:
122 10/3/2021 1:21:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message If you don't hear from me within a week feel free to poke me here.
121 9/30/2021 12:41:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Apologies for the delay. I will make my move this week. PG&E knocked my power out for a couple of days so I have to scramble to do my hours at work this week.
120 9/15/2021 5:52:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Making my move soon.
119 9/15/2021 5:52:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Making my move soon.
118 8/25/2021 8:34:00 AM Turn 2 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:
Played for OPS
1 IP in Jordan
1 IP in Malaysia
117 8/25/2021 8:27:00 AM Turn 2 US Discard Card #14: 3 / COMECON* (USSR)

Message from US:
Discarded in response to play of Berlin Airlift card
116 8/25/2021 8:27:00 AM Turn 2 US Message I'm doing well. The virus is bad here, but not as bad as it was back last year.
115 8/11/2021 11:34:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message How have you been? How are things over there?
114 8/11/2021 11:33:00 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:
Over to you to take it or lose a card.
113 8/9/2021 2:21:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Apologies for the delay.

Per the image I have been in some intensive prepping for the final rounds with Reddit. Should be back to normal late Monday night.

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112 7/26/2021 2:20:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message I've been working this weekend because of a breakage. I expect to catch up on my wargaming no later than Thursday night if not before. Thanks for your patience.
111 6/21/2021 5:50:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Thanks, Mike. Coming up for air now as things calm down at work.

My area started to open restaurants up. Still enforcing masks in close areas.
110 6/13/2021 2:26:00 PM Turn 2 US Message No problem, I know how things cane be from work. My Work is picking back up after the pandemic and is hectic at times. Take your time and I'll be here.
109 6/11/2021 4:37:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Sorry for the tardiness in replying. My company had some breakages which led to overtime. I will try to reply this weekend.
108 5/29/2021 6:48:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Working on the move this weekend.

How is it over there with COVID? We are going to start opening up on June 1st as the numbers are down.
107 5/17/2021 10:51:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Over to you for your first action round
106 5/17/2021 10:50:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From 0 to 5
105 5/17/2021 10:50:00 PM Turn 2 US Message USSR has Presence with 1 BG (East Germeny)for 4 VPs
USA has Domination with 2 BG (West Germany and Italy) for 9 VPs
VP track goes to 5 VPs towards the US side

104 5/17/2021 10:49:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Looking through the messages, it looks like we need to score Europe from the Headline card of the USA

103 5/9/2021 12:37:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message It has been a really long time so you'd need to review the old files to answer your question.
102 5/5/2021 8:36:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Also, for what I can tell, we've not scored the US play of Europe scoring from headline phase yet. Is that right?
101 5/5/2021 8:35:00 PM Turn 2 US Message OKay, I looked at the most recent vassal file I have. If I understand correctly you played Warsaw Pact for the points and used them to coup Iran as you headline card. Is that right?
100 4/30/2021 4:35:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message It is your move, yes?
99 4/4/2021 11:42:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message I think that card reference was from a previous turn.
98 4/4/2021 10:49:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message I have only played the Warsaw Pact from my hand so I think that is it. Let me check.

I am getting my J&J on Tuesday.
97 4/1/2021 9:17:00 PM Turn 2 US Message COVID is getting better here. Of course as it gets better, my work gets more and more busy. Of course I don't mind.

Question, you played Warsaw Pact as your headliine event, but the vassal file talks about Socialist Governments Is that right, is that your first card play?

96 3/14/2021 8:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Back to you - file 020 uploaded. I noticed I forgot to upload file 019 so to you for review.
95 3/14/2021 4:10:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Checking in to see how it's going in your area with COVID-19.
94 3/9/2021 9:19:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Alright, if memory serves me first, headline goes by Ops value of the event with a scoring card considered to have an 0 Ops value.

So you would play your event first and once that is done, I will score Europe.
93 3/5/2021 11:29:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #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 USSR:
This will be my headline. Thanks.
92 3/5/2021 11:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
91 3/5/2021 11:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Move permanently removed Strategy card to discard pile #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
90 3/5/2021 11:24:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message My bad. Let me redo. Thanks.
89 2/28/2021 7:08:00 PM Turn 2 US Message I was going to mention that the containment card event benefits the United States as opposed to the Soviet Union. Did you want to select that card as your headline event or did you intend to play it for the OP points for your first play?
88 2/28/2021 7:06:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Sorry, with the ice storm the week before last, I've been slammed at work. Took me awhile to get caught up.

When you select a headline card, the ACTS progrma hides it until both players have selected their headline card so you did it right.
87 2/28/2021 2:56:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message to you
86 2/17/2021 7:04:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Not sure if I was supposed to hide it from you?
85 2/17/2021 7:03:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

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

USSR: #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:
USSR - turn 2 - played as the headline event
84 2/15/2021 6:16:00 PM Turn 2 US Message okay, you need to select your headline phase card. Once you've done that we're resolve the events and go onto your first card play
83 2/15/2021 6:15:00 PM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
82 2/12/2021 11:34:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Great. So it is my turn, yes?
81 2/6/2021 7:57:00 PM Turn 2 US Message We both had enough military ops points so penalty for either of us
80 2/6/2021 7:57:00 PM Turn 2 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 5

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 6 cards drawn.
79 1/31/2021 10:55:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Go ahead and end the turn and we shall proceed. Thanks.
78 1/31/2021 10:54:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Ah, I believe you are correct.
77 1/30/2021 11:30:00 AM Turn 1 US Message The number of VPs should be right. You have domination (5 VPs) with 5 battleground countries (Iraq, Iran, Saudia Arabia, Egypt and LIbya) for a total of 10 VPs.
I have presence (3 VPs) with no battleground countries for a total of 3 VPs. That should be a shift of 7 VPs to you.
76 1/27/2021 3:53:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Hey Mike,

Did you confirm the scorecard for the Middle East? It's fewer points than Europe. Please advise. Thanks.
75 1/19/2021 7:20:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From -2 to 0
74 1/19/2021 7:20:00 PM Turn 1 US Message That should be the end of turn 1. Over to you to review before one of us pushes the end of turn button.
73 1/19/2021 7:17:00 PM Turn 1 US Message 2 VPs to USA
72 1/19/2021 7:16:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Event #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

Message from US:
Played for event and Explorer circles the globe
71 1/19/2021 7:15:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I hope you don't mind I went ahead and shifted the VP track in your favor
70 1/19/2021 7:15:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From 2 to -2
69 1/19/2021 7:14:00 PM Turn 1 US Message That should be a shift of seven in your favor which should get you to 2 VPs on the Soviet side
68 1/19/2021 7:13:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I think you go tmore VPs than that. You have domination with 5 battlegrounds countries for total of 10 VPs.
I have presence with no battleground countries for a total of 3 VPs
67 1/16/2021 11:48:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 5 to 2
66 1/16/2021 11:48:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message
- okay then - last card play for the Soviets
- both have presence - I have 5 countries; 3 are battlegrounds - you have 3 countries; 2 are battlegrounds - so I have domination
- 5-3 = 2 pts for the soviets per 10.1.1
- no adjacent countries to either superpower
- we each get a VP for battleground
- I have 3 and you have two
- so that puts me at 3 pts
- I am negative on this track so that puts you down from 5 to 2
* Soviet player changes VPs to 2 American Victory Points.
65 1/16/2021 11:37:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Play this as my last card
64 1/16/2021 2:26:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I believe we're on to round 6 for you (last round of this turn)
63 1/16/2021 2:24:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From 0 to 5
62 1/16/2021 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I have domination with two battleground countries while you have presence with one battleground country
You get 4 VPs and I get 9 VPs for a shift of 5 to the USA.
61 1/16/2021 2:21:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
In the meantime, played for event
60 1/16/2021 2:21:00 PM Turn 1 US Message COVID is bad here. I know several offices whose staffs have been just ravaged by it. My office has had one person ought and the family of another. Mother is suppose to get her vaccination next week and I'm on the list for the next batch that comes through.
59 1/14/2021 3:11:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Okay back to you. I put 3 of your event cards out in the top left so that we know they were played.

How is COVID in your area? My brother is a doctor and got vaccinated last week. My parents are eligible to get in line to get vaccinated.
58 1/14/2021 3:08:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message we should find the cards of events played and put them in the top left to remember - Marshall Plan, NATO, etc

57 1/14/2021 3:07:00 AM Turn 1 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:
Playing 4 IP - 3 pts to get control of Saudi Arabia and 1 pt into Syria to get control of it.
56 1/14/2021 2:36:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Let's make the file names more simple. They have June in the name which was a long time ago. Gets confusing looking for the latest file. Thanks.
55 12/31/2020 10:17:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Sorry made a mistake on my original vassal log file. I uploaded a second one that fixes it
54 12/31/2020 10:12:00 PM Turn 1 US 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 US:
Played for IP placement
1 IP placed in Jordan
2 IPs placed in Thailand
53 12/31/2020 10:09:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Apologies. For some reason, the vasssal log file was quirky on my end and I wasn't seeing those IPs. I believe I have it fixed. I should get you my turn seomtime tonight.

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