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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.
52 12/30/2020 2:42:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message I replied per later entries after 41, yes? I believe it's your move.
51 12/29/2020 11:01:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Take a look at entry number 41
50 12/29/2020 11:01:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I'll try to get turns out to you as soon as I can. Work is still going, but I hope it will slack off a bit.
In the meantime, can you check as to IPs placed in Jordan and Malaysia? They're not showing up on the log file I got, but looking at the journal shows they were placed
49 12/23/2020 6:26:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message I am on vacation until the 4th. This means I can do faster moves if you are around.
48 12/23/2020 6:20:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message China card given to you - it should be face down so you cannot play it until turn 2
47 12/23/2020 6:19:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Play China Card for 4 ops to influence points in Egypt and Libya
46 12/23/2020 6:09:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message We'll see. Worst case scenario I still have a good job. This is basically a story of going from a good job to a potentially great job. I am not sure about Facebook in some ways especially with not meeting my supervisor and being able to interview her. FB has a policy that new hires of 6 months or less cannot interview. She got hired a few weeks back.
45 12/22/2020 3:52:00 PM Turn 1 US Message My pleasure, Hopefully everything will work out for you.
I think it is your turn
44 12/12/2020 3:44:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Thanks for asking.
43 12/12/2020 3:44:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message I feel the Facebook interview went well. At this point anyone who made the virtual onsite is going to be qualified for the role so it's going to come down to small factors. This weekend I'm finishing up some thank you notes to the people who interviewed me. We'll see how it goes. They told me the team will not make a decision any earlier than the second week of January.
42 12/9/2020 8:32:00 PM Turn 1 US Message To You!

IIRC, the big interview was today wasn't it. I hope it well for you.
41 12/9/2020 8:31:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #24: 2 / Indo-Pakistani War (Both)
India or Pakistan invades the other (player's choice). Roll one die and subtract 1 for every opponent-controlled country adjacent to the target of the invasion. Player Victory on modified die roll of 4-6. Player adds 2 to Military Ops Track.

Effects of Victory: Player gains 2 VP, and replaces all opponent's Influence in target country with his Influence.

Message from US:
Played for op points
1 IP placed in Malaysia
1 IP placed in Jordan

40 12/6/2020 4:23:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message To you!
39 12/6/2020 4:20:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
Play for influence on Iraq putting it up from zero to 3.
38 11/30/2020 4:18:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Sorry for the delay. I wrongly thought it was your move. Feel free to poke me if more than a week passes without an excuse.

My part of the Bay Area is purple so we are on curfew.
37 11/22/2020 6:29:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Yeah, my area shutdown because of a surge. I think people got carelessly stupid around Halloween and expected things to go back to normal when the authorities warned this would be a crucial time.
36 11/22/2020 6:28:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message I made it to the final round of interviewing with FB so that will be on December 9th. I expect my wargaming moves to slow down the week before. FYI.
35 11/17/2020 8:39:00 PM Turn 1 US Message upward spike here. The Governor is talking about new restrictions and guidelines to eb announced tomorrow.
34 11/16/2020 12:40:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message How is COVID where you are? Any changes? A lot of businesses have been temporarily shut down because of spikes upward.
33 10/28/2020 10:18:00 PM Turn 1 US Message to you!
32 10/28/2020 10:17:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Event #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)
US gains sufficient Influence in Japan for Control. USSR may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in Japan.

Message from US:
Played for event
31 10/25/2020 5:30:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Back to you.
30 10/25/2020 5:29:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message 4+3 = 7

Stability is 2x2 = 4

Difference of 3 - you have 1 influence so you lose that and then I add 2 to the country. Barely enough to control it.
29 10/25/2020 5:28:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from USSR:
3 to be added to this roll thereafter
28 10/25/2020 5:23:00 AM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
A coup attempt in Iran.
27 10/25/2020 5:22:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Sorry for the delay. I have been in my second round of interviews with GoFundMe and Facebook and my first round with Salesforce.

This while still working a tech job.
26 10/6/2020 9:32:00 PM Turn 1 US Message over to you
25 10/6/2020 9:30:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
24 10/6/2020 9:29:00 PM Turn 1 US Message USSR IPs reduced by 3
USA Mil OPs points go to 4
Defcon reduced to 4
23 10/6/2020 9:29:00 PM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from US:
Iraq has a stability number of 6
die roll +4
22 10/6/2020 9:28:00 PM 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:
okay, then on to my next play
Played for OPs and used to coup Iraq
21 10/4/2020 7:00:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message No, I played the card for influence points in the Middle East. You can see the progression in the vlog. So you're up. Thanks.
20 10/4/2020 11:50:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Did you place your IPs in Eastern Europe? I see 3 IPs in Yugoslavia and 1 in Austria. I'm guessing that them, but I wanted to be sure before I played my next card
19 10/3/2020 3:33:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message To you!
18 9/25/2020 11:15:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Look at journal entry #5. I placed 4 Ips in West Germany and 3 Ips in Italy
Over to you for placement in Eastern Europe
17 9/25/2020 5:42:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Back to you then I will finish my card play. You get to place in Western Europe.
16 9/21/2020 9:27:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I think we both overlooked that. Did you want to go ahead and place the initial IPs?
15 9/21/2020 7:52:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Eastern Europe seems bare per the setup rules below. Did I forget to place partly?

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3.0 GAME SETUP
3.1 Shuffle the Early War cards and deal each player 8 cards. In
addition, place ‘The China Card’ face up in front of the USSR
player. The players are allowed to examine their cards prior to
deploying their initial Influence markers.
3.2 The USSR player sets up first. The USSR places a total of
15 Influence markers in the following locations: 1 in Syria, 1
in Iraq, 3 in North Korea, 3 in East Germany, 1 in Finland, and
6 anywhere in Eastern Europe.
3.3 The US player sets up second, placing a total of 25 Influence
markers in the following locations: 2 in Canada, 1 in Iran, 1 in
Israel, 1 in Japan, 4 in Australia, 1 in the Philippines, 1 in South
Korea, 1 in Panama, 1 in South Africa, 5 in the United Kingdom,
and 7 anywhere in Western Europe.
14 9/6/2020 7:56:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I remove 1 IP from East Germany and 1 IP from Finalnd
Over to you for the play of the points
13 9/5/2020 1:27:00 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:
US can play first; then I will play the points.
12 9/1/2020 9:43:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I think the Soviet player goes first in the action rounds after the headline phase. Fidel and the Marshall Plan were the headline cards so I believe it is your play for yoru next action.
11 8/30/2020 7:22:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Per file 005 I have made my move. It has been over a week so giving you a poke.
10 8/19/2020 8:50:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Looks right. I already placed the IPs from the Marshall plan so over to you for you first card play
9 8/10/2020 3:50:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Sorry for the delay. Back to you. I played the event as I don't see any option to play for OPs per my message in the vlog.
8 7/21/2020 9:18:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I uploaded the Vassal file with my IPS from the headline event of Marshall Plan IPs in Turkey, Greece, Canada, Spain/Portugal, Norway, Italy and Wesy Germany

Over to you for you event- Cuba and placement of the Ips in Eastern Europe for the initial setup
7 7/21/2020 9:13:00 PM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #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.

USSR: #8: 2 / Fidel* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Cuba. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Cuba for Control.

Message from US:
6 6/28/2020 11:14:00 AM Turn 1 US Message In the meantime, I'm going to work on my spelling. :)
5 6/28/2020 11:14:00 AM Turn 1 US Message PLaced my infleunce markers. 4 in West Germany and 3 in Italy.
Over to you to place the influence markers in Eastern Europe
4 6/24/2020 8:57:00 AM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

3 6/21/2020 2:53:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Message from USSR:
2 6/21/2020 2:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

1 6/21/2020 2:46:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Change US player US player changed from Shannon Mac to Mike

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