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565 10/5/2020 10:27:00 AM Winter 1917 Moderator Change Moderator player Moderator player changed from Paul Hubbard to BPAPoGAdmin
564 8/8/2020 1:07:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message Thanks for the insights Tom, I really appreciate it. I'll keep on eye out for any tournament news in 2021. Good luck with rest of the tournament.
563 8/8/2020 1:03:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message One final strategic thought - there is also an approach which involves the CP going all out in the West but I personally am not a big fan of that. If you look at ACTS matches of other experienced CP players you might get some good ideas.
562 8/8/2020 1:00:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Thanks for the game, Todd, it actually was pretty close until the last few turns. I'm glad to hear you had fun in the tournament and hope you can join us in the next one. (I expect to run another BPA sponsored event early next year, in parallel to this 2019 event which probably won't finish until sometime in 2022.) I also enjoy the puzzles, especially when a sharp reader finds a solution better than the one the GMs and I had in mind. ;)

With regards to feedback on this match:
* The first break I had was when you chose to 'give up' Gaza. I think you need to respond to that, even having Kemal, as once the CP loses that space, Damascus, Medina, Baghdad, and Mosul are almost certainly going to be AP at the end of the game.
* I was very nervous once you sent FIVE German armies to the east. Only the pressure in the West and your 'missing' AH armies saved my Russians. And my trench rolls, of course.
* As far as holding in the west, here are some suggestions:
- Getting 2 or 3 RP plays in each turn is critical. Be wary of plays that lead to AP 'stealing' those RP plays. (Example: My threatening Berlin.) Head that off with plays that prevent that. (Example: Garrison Berlin.)
- Rainbow Coalition Defense: You need to bring AH/BU/TU forces into the Western trenches to absorb losses. Walk AH armies from Vienna, SR corps directly from Bulgaria and Turkey.
- Finally, dig in early, dig in deep. You want to get to T2 as quickly as possible. It's hard to make progress in the East if you're constantly scrambling in the West. If it becomes clear you're going to lose the West, you want to switch to a "Defend the Rhine" strategy (Essen, Frankfurt, Mannheim) and try to knock out Russia completely.

You played a good game, Todd, there are no slouches left in the tournament. You took care of business in the Balkans and you also were getting into position to take care of business in the East.

Stay safe and hopefully I'll see you in the cardboard trenches early next year!
561 8/8/2020 12:36:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message I think I'm going to resign here Tom. I had hoped to make a better showing of it, but i just ran into a buzz saw playing against your AP. I could never put enough pressure into any of the fronts, with maybe the exception of the Balkans, and just let the West get totally out of control by being too passive.

Bummed to be exiting the tournament, but I'm more than happy to make it to the 5th round as I basically learned how to play the game in my first round loss. I think I was fortunate in some of my other opponent matchups though and never ran into a player as good as you.

I want to thank you for the work you do for the community and for running the tournament. I also like the newsletters you puts out (especially the ones with PoG puzzles in them to work out). I have a long way to go in learning this game. If there are any pointers you can give me or big mistakes you can recount I would appreciate the input.


560 8/8/2020 12:29:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Discard Strategy card #5: 2 / Putnik

Message from Allies:
Holding last card, no RPs for me.
559 8/8/2020 12:28:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message No advance at Tarnopol, supply threat to KP.
558 8/8/2020 12:27:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 3L/2L AP win

elim AH10, r/w (AHc). retreat to Stanislau
557 8/8/2020 12:27:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Lose RUc in Dubno for 2LF.
556 8/8/2020 12:26:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Dubno v. Tarnopol

AP: 4A
CP: 1A
555 8/8/2020 12:25:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Sheesh. FR5A replaced by FR(c). RB(2,0)
554 8/8/2020 12:25:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message good call on that Belfort cover
553 8/8/2020 12:25:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 7L/3L CP win

The (GE4) do so well in battle and still get permanently eliminated

you have choices
552 8/8/2020 12:23:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Verdun/Nancy v. Metz

AP: 9A
CP: 12A
551 8/8/2020 12:20:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #55: 5 / Over There
May be played on any turn after "Zimmerman Telegram". Allows play of "US Reinforcements". ALL Allied RP cards played now include 1 US RP.

Message from Allies:
T12AP6
Much as I'd like to use this for RPs, I think I need to keep pressing.

Ostend: BE1(A), BR5A, BR(c) to Brussels. CP T2 becomes AP T1.

Verdun/Nancy: Armies attack Metz, 9A vs 12A

Melun: FRc to Belfort. (Ensure no bonus CP RP!)

Dubno: Attack Tarnopol, 4A vs 1A
550 8/8/2020 12:04:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 3 / Entrench
Place a Level 1 Trench (not improve a Level 1 to Level 2) in any space occupied by a supplied friendly Army. Both players may now entrench. Only one player may play this card as an event.

Message from Central Powers:
CP6

Brussels M: GE17 to Liege
Stanislay M: AH2 to Lemberg
Czernowitz M: (AH10) to Tarnopol
549 8/8/2020 11:55:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Message Replace BR2A in Ostend with BR(c). RB(3,0)
548 8/8/2020 11:55:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 7L each

I lose the GE2 and the replacement (GEc)
547 8/8/2020 11:54:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Brussels/Ostend v. Brussels

AP: 12A
CP: 12A
546 8/8/2020 11:52:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #38: 2 / USA Reinforcements (1 corps)
May only be played after "Over There". 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
T12AP5
Brussels/Ostend: Brit full armies attack Brussels, 12A vs 12A.
545 8/8/2020 11:51:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Message Yes, I suppose that FRc needs to be flipped as well. =)
544 8/8/2020 11:49:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #4: 2 / Severe Weather
Defending units in a mountain space in Fall/Winter or a swamp space in Spring/Fall get a +2 drm.

Message from Central Powers:
CP5 SRs

Thorn: BUc to Sedan
Metz: (GEc) to RB (0,1)

Sedan battle was 4L, did you want to flip the replacement FRc?
543 8/8/2020 11:45:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Message Brussels: Bah. Flip BE1A.
Sedan: Replace FR7(A) with FRc. RB(3,0)
Trent: 5LF - Replace IT4A with IT(c). RB(4,1)
542 8/8/2020 11:34:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 5L/4L CP win

flip AH3, elim GEc

you have choice
541 8/8/2020 11:33:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Verona/Asiago v. Trent

AP: 4A
CP: 12A
540 8/8/2020 11:33:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 4L/4L

elim (GE6), elim (GEc) RB is cleaned out

you have choice
539 8/8/2020 11:31:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
CT/Verdun v.

AP: 6A
CP: 9A
538 8/8/2020 11:29:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 5L/2L CP win

no losses to GE armies, you'll need to flip an army
537 8/8/2020 11:28:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Ostend v. Brussels

AP: 5A
CP: 12A
536 8/7/2020 8:29:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Good catch. In that case, attack with Ostend at 5A.
535 8/7/2020 8:24:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message I missed this in your dispositions. I have (BR1) as flipped in Cambrai.
534 8/7/2020 7:09:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #16: 5 / Romania
May not be played after "Fall of the Tsar". Romania joins the Allies. See also 9.5.2.5 for restrictions on play as a non-event when CP are at TW.

Message from Allies:
T12AP4
Cambrai: Attack Brussels, 6A vs 12A
CT/Verdun: Attack Sedan, 6A vs 9A
Verona/Asiago: Attack Trent, 4A vs 12A (IT MO made.)
533 8/7/2020 7:05:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message 3/2 CP win. AH1A flisp. RU7A replaced by RU(c). RB(3,3).
532 8/7/2020 7:03:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
Thanks for the map dispositions, I'm in alignment.

K-P A: attack Vinnitsa. CP3A v. AP2A
531 8/7/2020 5:32:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Central Powers:
Danzig T1 attempt
530 8/7/2020 5:32:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #37: 2 / Hoffman
May only be played after "H-L Take Command". Adds +1 to all future CP Mandated Offensive die rolls.

Message from Central Powers:
CP4

Danzig M: GE18 attempt T1
K-P A: attack Vinnitsa. CP3A v. AP2A
529 8/7/2020 5:27:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message Brussels: GE2A, GE17A
Sedan: GE3A, (GE6A)
Metz: (GE4A), GE5A, (GEc)
Strasbourg: GE7A

T2s in Brussels, Sedan and Strasbourg. T1 in Metz
528 8/7/2020 5:21:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message You were due.

Flip FR6A and FR7A in CT, lose FR(c) in Verdun.

Can we give me your CP dispositions in the west? Here's what I have:

Ostend: BR2A, BR5A, BE1A
Calais: FRc
Cambrai: BR1A, BR3A, BR4A
Paris: FR9(A)
CT: FR6(A), FR7(A), FR10A
Verdun: FR1A, FR4A
Melun: FRc
Nancy: FR2A, FR5A, FR(c)

AP T1's in: Cambrai, Paris, Verdun, Nancy
527 8/7/2020 5:15:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 7L/4L CP win

elim (GE9), elim replacement (GEc) (0,1)
526 8/7/2020 5:13:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
CT/Verdun v. Sedan

AP: 12A
CP: 9A
525 8/7/2020 5:12:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Flip RU2A in Warsaw, no advance.
524 8/7/2020 5:11:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 2L to you, (GE11) retreats to Gorlice
523 8/7/2020 5:10:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Central Powers:
GE11 fires back on 3A column
522 8/7/2020 5:10:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message meant AP12A....4L, so flip GE11
521 8/7/2020 5:09:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Central Powers:
Warsaw/Lublin v. Ivangorod

CP12A
520 8/7/2020 5:06:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message RU fires first at 12A, to you to resolve.
519 8/7/2020 5:06:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Flank at Ivangorod.
518 8/7/2020 5:06:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #30: 4 / Salonika
Allied player must SRs at least one and up to 3 BR/FR Corps (from Allied ports on the map and/or Reserve) only to Salonika (ANA, AUS, CND, or PT do not qualify as BR for this purpose). This counts as a SR action (see 9.3.3). May be played after Greek Entry provided Salonika is Allied controlled and subject to stacking limits.

Message from Allies:
T12AP3
Must. Keep. Attacking.
Warsaw/Lublin: Full armies only, flank attack Ivangorod.
CT/Verdun: Attack Sedan, 12A vs 9A
517 8/7/2020 4:56:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #53: 5 / Bolshevik Revolution
May only be played if Russian Capitulation marker is in the "Bolshevik Revolution Allowed" box. No more than 1 RU RP may be spent each turn. Current and future RU MOs become ďNoneĒ.

Replacement points: AH: 3, BU: 1, GE: 4, TU: 2

Message from Central Powers:
CP3

RPs
516 8/7/2020 4:39:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message We're using high-quality Krupp shovels purchased before the war.

AP T1 to Insterberg.
515 8/7/2020 4:38:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Dig in Insterberg.
514 8/7/2020 4:38:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #46: 4 / Brusilov Offensive
Allied player conducts Operations using this card and adds a +1 drm to ALL RU attacks this Action Round. Also, for 1 RU attack vs. Only non-GE CP units cancel all trench effects. Play prior to Attempt Flank Attack Step.

Message from Allies:
T12AP2
London: BR2A to Ostend, BR4A to Cambrai
Insterberg: RU2A, RU9A to Warsaw via Tannenberg and Plock, RU6A digs

Paris: FR1A to Verdun
B-L: RU8A to Lublin
513 8/7/2020 4:16:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message Verdun 7L - flip GE4 and GEc in Metz, flip GE6 in Sedan
512 8/7/2020 4:10:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message 7/7. Replace FR3A with FR(c), RB(4,0)

You have choices on 7LF.
511 8/7/2020 4:09:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
Metz A: attack Verdun
Sedan A: attack Verdun. CP15A v. AP12A. MO met
510 8/7/2020 2:09:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #45: 4 / Treaty of Brest Litovsk
May only be played after "Bolshevik Revolution". RU units may no longer attack. CP units may not attack RU units except TU units may attack on the Near East map. Both sides may still move into unoccupied spaces and may still suffer attrition, besiege forts, and resolve sieges. Also see 5.5.2.

Message from Central Powers:
CP2

Tannenberg M: GE14 to Thorn, GE18 to Danzig
Metz A: attack Verdun
Sedan A: attack Verdun. CP15A v. AP12A. MO met
Ivangorod A: GE11 attack Ivangorod fort. auto-kill

509 8/7/2020 2:04:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Message Brussels: 7LF - lose 2xBRc, flip BR1A in Cambrai.
508 8/7/2020 2:02:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message 7L each

elim GE1, elim replacement (GEc) (0,2)
507 8/7/2020 1:59:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Ostend/Cambrai v. Brussels

AP: 12A
CP: 16A
506 8/7/2020 1:07:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #47: 4 / USA Reinforcements (2nd Army)
May only be played after "Over There". 2nd Army, 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
T12AP1
Grodno:RU2A, RU6A, R9A to Insterberg
Kovno: RU10A, RU11A, RUc to Lomza
Ostend/Cambrai: All attack Brussels, 12A vs 16A
505 8/7/2020 12:16:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message actually, changing mind, will advance AH1
504 8/7/2020 12:15:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message that was underwhelming

flip AH10 in Crzernowitz, no advance
503 8/7/2020 11:03:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Message 3/2 CP win.
Enough to flip one of yours, RU7(A) retreats to Vinnitsa. To you for loss and advance.
502 8/7/2020 11:01:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
That was 3LF, RU7A flips. Firing back at 2A.
501 8/7/2020 11:00:00 AM Winter 1917 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
CP fires first at KP.
500 8/7/2020 12:26:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #50: 4 / Blucher
May only be played after "H-L Take Command". Cancels all trench effects for 1 GE attack. Play prior to Attempt Flank Attack Step. A trench does not need to be present.

Message from Central Powers:
I never played a card for those ops
499 8/7/2020 12:24:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message CP fires first on 6A column
498 8/7/2020 12:23:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Central Powers:
K-P flank attempt
497 8/7/2020 12:23:00 AM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message CP1

The GEc stack in EB is leaving me a little sick to my stomach

Essen M: GE1 and GE2 to Brussels, GE9 to Sedan
Gorlice M: GE11 to Ivangorod
Tarnopol A: attack K-P
Czernowitz A: attack K-P. Attempt flank


496 8/6/2020 10:51:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Message MOs

CP: GE
AP: IT
495 8/6/2020 10:51:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
MOs CP/AP
494 8/6/2020 10:50:00 PM Winter 1917 Allies Draw Strategy cards
493 8/6/2020 10:48:00 PM Winter 1917 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards
492 8/6/2020 10:48:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers End Turn
491 8/6/2020 10:45:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message CP RPs

AH4: full
BU2: BUc to RB
GE7: flip (GE17) in Brussels, flip (GE7) in Strasbourg, flip (GE14) in Tannenberg, GE1 to Essen and GE2 to Essen
TU2: flip (TUc) in Breslau, TUc to RB
490 8/6/2020 10:42:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message Hmm...

Yes, my army in Warsaw is flipped but I show my IT5A as full. Given it isnít, Iíll leave one of my IT(c)ís unflipeed in the RB(5,1) and spend the remaining IT RP to bring IT5A to full strength.

PS: Not to bad, 12 turns in and this is the first map mismatch we found...
489 8/6/2020 10:39:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message just a quick map check.

I have (IT5A) in Rome, and (RU3A) in Warsaw. Want to make sure I am not missing anything.
488 8/6/2020 10:08:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message OK, thanks. I'll try to pay more attention.
487 8/6/2020 10:04:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message I don't think so since I already rolled. Let's just let it go. I meant to warn you on my AR6 and just forgot to.
486 8/6/2020 9:48:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message (Just talking about AP6, of course.)
485 8/6/2020 9:47:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message Ack - totally missed that. Should we just rewind the move completely?
484 8/6/2020 9:40:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message I just realized that you didn't make your IT MO, but we agreed to warn each other, and I missed it so I think it should be made if you just inadvertently forgot.

483 8/6/2020 9:33:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message T11 AP RPs

RU(4):
Flip RU(c), RU10(A) in Kovno
Flip RU6(A) in Grodno
Build RU(c) to RB(4,3)
Build 1(A) to Kharkov

FR(3):
Build FR1A, FR9(A) to Paris

BR(3):
BR2A to London
Flip BR(c)'s in Ostend and Cambrai

IT(2):
Flip 3xIT(c) in RB(6,0)
FULL

A(1): Flip BE1(A) in Ostend
482 8/6/2020 9:29:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message Flip BE1A for 3LF.
481 8/6/2020 9:28:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message 5L/3L AP win

flip GE17, elim GEc, elim (GEc) to cancel retreat

you have choices
480 8/6/2020 9:27:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Ostend/Cambrai v. Brussels

AP: 12A
CP: 9A
479 8/6/2020 9:26:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message 7L/5L CP win

elim FR1, r/w (FRc) (5,0)
flip GE7, elim (GEc)
478 8/6/2020 9:24:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
Nancy v. Strasburg

AP: 5A
CP: 12A
477 8/6/2020 8:38:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message Ah, forgot about that. Attack at 5A, please.
476 8/6/2020 7:56:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message Hi Tom - I have a T2 trench in Strasbourg, so I believe AP will be firing on the 5A column. Can you verify your action.
475 8/6/2020 6:36:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 4 / MEF (BR Reinforcements)
May only be played if Turkey is at war and before "Salonika". May be played as normal reinforcement after Salonika. Place the MEF Army and the Beachhead marker at any MEF space. See 9.5.3.5.

Message from Allies:
T11AP6
Ivangorod: RU4A to Dubno
Nancy: Attack Strasburg, 6A vs 12A
Ostend/Cambrai: All attack Brussels, 12A vs 9A
474 8/6/2020 6:24:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message no advance into Lodz
473 8/6/2020 6:00:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Message RU(c) eliminated, advance?
472 8/6/2020 6:00:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
Thorn A: attack Lodz. CP2c v. AP0c
471 8/6/2020 5:29:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message T2 in Strasbourg
470 8/6/2020 5:29:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Central Powers:
Strasbourg T2 attempt
469 8/6/2020 5:29:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #48: 4 / Turkish Reinforcements (AoI Army)
AoI Army.

Message from Central Powers:
CP6

Strasbourg M: GE6 to Sedan, GE7 attempt T2
Munkacs M: move AH10 to Czernowitz
Stanislau M: AH1 to Tarnopol (through Lemberg)
Thorn A: attack Lodz. CP2c v. AP0c

468 8/6/2020 3:35:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Message 5L/5L

elim (GE1) and replacement (GEc) (0,3)
elim FR9 and replacement FRc (6,0)
467 8/6/2020 3:33:00 PM Fall 1916 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Central Powers:
CT/Verdun v. Sedan

AP: 12A+1
CP: 9A
466 8/6/2020 3:01:00 PM Fall 1916 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #19: 2 / Air Superiority
A BR or FR attack adds +1 drm. ANA, AUS, CND, or PT do not qualify as BR for this purpose.

Message from Allies:
Sedan

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