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95 10/5/2020 8:49:00 PM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from US:
Coup in Egypt
94 10/5/2020 8:48:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
93 10/5/2020 8:48:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Operations #15: 1 / Nasser* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in Egypt. US loses half (rounded up) of its Influence in Egypt.

Message from US:
I'll play this for a coup, and I'll run your event first.

+2 USSR IP and remove 1 USA IP, so it's now

(1/3)

Time for the coup!
92 10/5/2020 8:43:00 PM Turn 2 US Message > Am I correct that the Warsaw Pact card now has an ongoing effect of allowing the play of NATO?

Yes - I wasn't able to play NATO last turn because neither Marshall Plan or Warsaw Pact had been played yet.

> And that it is in the remove from play pile?

This card (Warsaw Pact) is now permanently removed. When I played NATO last turn it was placed in the regular discard pile, which will get refreshed when we reach the Mid War deck on turn 4.
91 10/5/2020 8:13:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
Here's my last round of Turn 2.

I'll use the 3 op for

1 IP in Egypt (2/1), and
1 in Austria (0/4).

Your turn!
90 10/5/2020 8:07:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Am I correct that the Warsaw Pact card now has an ongoing effect of allowing the play of NATO? And that it is in the remove from play pile?
89 10/5/2020 8:03:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Ouch, that is a killer. I'll take the option add 5 ip!

Add 1 to Romania (0/4),
2 in Austria (0/3),
and 2 in Bulgaria (0/3).

88 10/5/2020 12:46:00 PM 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:
Well might as well get this out of the way. This is a killer card if it hangs around until the end of the game.

I'll run my Ops first then you can do what you need to do.

+1 Thailand (2/0)
+1 Laos (1/0)
+1 Malaysia (2/0)
87 10/5/2020 12:44:00 PM Turn 2 US Message With my 1 Ops I'll place 1 IP in Thailand (1/0)
86 10/5/2020 11:52:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message I meant to type "play if" not playoff...
85 10/5/2020 11:52:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Sorry to be slow; I spent a lot of yesterday putting some drywall in my garage; trying to finish the project before the rains come so I can put our trailer back in the garage for the winter.

I'll use my 1 op from creating the CIA to add 1 to Afganistan, now (2/2).

Now you get to use the same IP for something and then make your playoff I'm keeping track of things correctly.

Cheers!
84 10/5/2020 9:57:00 AM Turn 2 US Message > Round 5 of turn 2: I'll play for the operations, but you do the event first, right?

You get to choose whether to activate the event before or after you get the Ops. In this case it doesn't really matter - so you get to use your 2 ops.

Do your worst comrade!
83 10/4/2020 10:42:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)

Message from USSR:
Round 5 of turn 2: I'll play for the operations, but you do the event first, right?

Here is the rest of my hand:

25 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).
82 10/3/2020 6:57:00 PM Turn 2 US Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
Will play all in Asia for 5 Ops:

+1 Philippines (2/0)
+1 Indonesia (1/0)
+2 South Korea (3/0)
+1 Malaysia (1/0)
81 10/2/2020 4:10:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 8 to 7
80 10/2/2020 4:09:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Yay! I'm keeping up with the US-ers!
79 10/2/2020 4:09:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
Space! Come on Yuri Gagarin!
78 10/2/2020 4:08:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)

Message from USSR:
Round 4 turn 2.

I'll burn this for the space race...
77 10/2/2020 12:11:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
76 10/2/2020 12:11:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Coup fail!

Cuba still at (0/3) and US MilOps=2
75 10/2/2020 12:10:00 PM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from US:
Cuba coup
74 10/2/2020 12:10:00 PM Turn 2 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:
I'm going to play this - and run your event first. Then I'll use it for a coup.

So, pre-coup Cuba is (0/3)
73 10/2/2020 12:01:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Failed war!. I do get 2 MilOps points though!

Your turn...
72 10/2/2020 12:00:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:

71 10/2/2020 12:00:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #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 USSR:
WAR! Round 3 of turn 2...

I'll have India invade Pakistan, which means a -1 for your control of Iran.

70 10/2/2020 11:39:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Fail - over to you!

(Since I dumped it into the Space Race the event does not happen. Thankfully!)
69 10/2/2020 11:38:00 AM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:

68 10/2/2020 11:38:00 AM Turn 2 US Discard Card #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Space race time!
67 10/2/2020 11:35:00 AM Turn 2 US Message No problem - this is the down side with playing it 10 minutes a day. The half-life of some of the rules is too short!
66 10/2/2020 11:26:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Yep, yep, thanks. I now remember reading that in the rules. You know, just another four or five times of playing this game I might be able to handle it!

I don't suppose you'd buy the idea that I thought it was a role-playing game and I was behaving as the USSR would; knowing the rules but trying to get away with as much as possible?

Okay, take back the Egypt play, back to (2/0), and I'll use the last two op to add 1 to Afganistan (2/1).

Sorry to keep making mistakes! Over to you.
65 10/1/2020 10:43:00 PM Turn 2 US Message So close!!!!

> 1 in Syria (0/2),

Good!

> 1 in Israel (1/1),

Good!

>and 1 in Egypt (2/1).

Not good! When using Ops to place IP, you can only place them in countries that were adjacent to EXISTING IP that were present at the moment you play the card! (For events there is no such restriction). Thus the one in Israel is cool - since you already had an IP in Syria, but you didn't have any IP in countries adjacent to Egypt when you played the card. (In a sense you can't "daisy chain" them).

Hope this is clear!
64 10/1/2020 12:39:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard Card #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Message from USSR:
Alright, here's round 2 of turn 2:

I'll use the op to put

1 in Syria (0/2),
1 in Israel (1/1),
and 1 in Egypt (2/1).

I think I didn't mess that up too much...

Your play!
63 10/1/2020 12:28:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Holy Cow! Yes! That makes much more sense than the way I was trying to play it! I was sure I wasn't using it correctly because it seemed so powerful (take away your op and give them to me then let me make my next play), but I'm desperate to keep up with you capitalist running dogs! Thanks for keeping me straight!

My play with UN Intervention coming up...
62 10/1/2020 2:06:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Not quite right! The UN Intervention card allows you to play another card in your current hand without triggering the event. It is usually used to play a card with your opponents event, and thus it cancels the event allowing you to use it for Ops.

It's a great way to get Ops out of your opponents events without having to deal with the consequences of the event.

If there is another card in your hand with a nasty US Event, you can play it for Ops.

Does this make sense?
61 9/30/2020 6:16:00 PM Turn 2 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:
Okay, I think I can play this now to counter your nuclear test ban, is that right? If so, then the 3 VP go away and I can use 4 op to do stuff. If I understand it all I'll start working on that while I was to hear from you, and I'll get ready for the round 2 of turn 2.
60 9/30/2020 11:17:00 AM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From 5 to 8
59 9/30/2020 11:17:00 AM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #34: 4 / Nuclear Test Ban (Both)
Player earns VPs equal to current DEFCON level minus 2, then improve DEFCON two levels.

Message from US:
I'll grab 3 VPs with this event - kind of unusual that DEFCON is still at 5 here.
58 9/30/2020 11:16:00 AM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From 3 to 5
57 9/30/2020 11:16:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Got it on Austria and Bulgaria.

I forgot to add 2 VP due to Headline event which pushed me into the first Space Race box.

Ok - I think we're caught up now!

56 9/30/2020 11:07:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Dang! You're right; my color sense is bad! Let me move them to
1 in Austria (0/1), and
1 in Bulgaria (0/1). Sorry!
55 9/30/2020 12:15:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Hey Bill - the text says:

"Add 1 USSR Influence in each of four non-US Controlled countries in Eastern Europe."

1 to Turkey (0/1), and
1 to Greece (0/1).

Turkey and Greece are technically Western Europe countries. The map has two shades of purple to denote East vs West.

Can you pick two other countries?
54 9/29/2020 10:28:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #14: 3 / COMECON* (USSR)
Add 1 USSR Influence in each of four non-US Controlled countries in Eastern Europe.

Message from USSR:
Round 1 of Turn 2:

I'll play this for the event and add:

1 to East Germany (0/4),
1 to Poland (0/4),
1 to Turkey (0/1), and
1 to Greece (0/1).

Your turn!
53 9/29/2020 7:12:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message Big Bust! Your Space Race play....
52 9/29/2020 7:11:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
Headline Turn 2: I go first. Just a straight up 50/50 shot at taking over South Korea. Here we go!
51 9/29/2020 7:10:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

USSR: #11: 2 / Korean War* (USSR)
North Korea invades South Korea. Roll one die, and subtract 1 for every US Controlled country adjacent to South Korean. USSR Victory on modified die roll 4-6. USSR adds 2 to Military Operations Track. Effects of Victory: USSR gains 2 VP and replace all US Influence in South Korea with USSR Influence.

Message from USSR:
50 9/29/2020 6:58:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message No! You are the sensei! I bow at your feet!
49 9/29/2020 6:56:00 PM Turn 2 US Message > What am I missing?

You're missing the part that I am an idiot!!!

You are of course correct! Sorry!
48 9/29/2020 6:54:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message > Just to clarify, Romania (sic Bulgaria) is now (0/3) correct?

Okay, I'm still struggling with this Romanian Abdication event I guess. You said:

1. (Journal #5) Romania started off (0/3) in initial setup
2. (Journal #9) added 3 US to Romania (3/3)
3. (Journal #14) event changed Romania to (3/0)
4. (Journal #37) event removes US IP to (0/0)

All of which I agree with, but my Romanian Abdication card also says that USSR gains sufficient influence in Romania for control. Doesn't that make it (0/3) in Romania? What am I missing?
47 9/29/2020 4:08:00 PM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
46 9/29/2020 4:07:00 PM Turn 2 US End Turn US: 8 cards drawn.
USSR: 6 cards drawn.
45 9/29/2020 4:07:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I'll wrap up the turn - we both failed equally at MilOps - so no VPs there.

That was a killer turn having to deal with all the Scoring cards. Bad luck!
44 9/29/2020 4:03:00 PM Turn 1 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:
Last card- I can't play this as an event since neither Warsaw Pact nor Marshall Plan has been played.

With 4 Ops- I'll go for:
+2 Afghanistan (2/0)
+2 Pakistan (2/0)
43 9/29/2020 4:02:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From 6 to 3
42 9/29/2020 4:02:00 PM Turn 1 US Message > Just to clarify, Romania (sic Bulgaria) is now (0/3) correct?

1. (Journal #5) Romania started off (0/3) in initial setup
2. (Journal #9) added 3 US to Romania (3/3)
3. (Journal #14) event changed Romania to (3/0)
4. (Journal #37) event removes US IP to (0/0)


> By my count, you have presence for 3, domination for 5, and 2 BG
> countries for 10 VP!
> I have presence for 3 and 1 BG for a total of 4 VP:
> +6 for you (unless you find something wrong in my tabulation).


Almost - each side can only gain for VP for EITHER Presence or Domination or Control. Thus I only get VP for Domination, not Presence and Domination.

That means the net VP is only 3. I'll fix it!
41 9/29/2020 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 0 to 6
40 9/29/2020 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Nice play for the IP in Iran! I have to play this since it's the last round of turn 1. What a crummy turn for me! I drew all three scoring cards; not much opportunity to increase influence anywhere...

By my count, you have presence for 3, domination for 5, and 2 BG countries for 10 VP!
I have presence for 3 and 1 BG for a total of 4 VP:
+6 for you (unless you find something wrong in my tabulation).
39 9/29/2020 2:16:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Aargh....I mean Romania!
38 9/29/2020 2:16:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Just to clarify, Bulgaria is now (0/3) correct?
37 9/29/2020 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:
Ugh. I'll run your event first - Romania now (0/0)

With 1 Ops, I'll add +1 to Iran, now (4/2).
36 9/28/2020 11:59:00 PM Turn 1 US Message > Round 5 of Turn 1:

OUCH - I was miscounting the rounds! I forgot I dumped a card for the Berlin Airlift!

35 9/28/2020 11:57:00 PM Turn 1 US Message > Round 5 of Turn 1:

OUCH -

> I'll play for the op and add 1 to Iran (3/2)
34 9/28/2020 11:57:00 PM Turn 1 US Message > Round 5 of Turn 1:

OUCH -

> I'll play for the op and add 1 to Iran (3/2)
33 9/28/2020 12:49:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
Round 5 of Turn 1:

I'll play for the op and add 1 to Iran (3/2)

To you!
32 9/28/2020 11:57:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Well that didn't work.
31 9/28/2020 11:56:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from US:
John Glenn up, up, and away
30 9/28/2020 11:56:00 AM Turn 1 US Discard Card #103: 2 / Defectors (US)

Message from US:
Will save this for later - will use it now for Space Race.
29 9/28/2020 11:55:00 AM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From -1 to 0
28 9/28/2020 11:55:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Yep sounds good!
27 9/28/2020 11:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Round 4 of Turn 1:

My scoring app says you have presence for 3, control of 2 BG countries for 2, and control of one adjacent country to me for 1.

I have presence for 3 and control of 2 BG countries.

A net of +1 for you. Does that match your counting? If so, go ahead and adjust the score and take your turn!
26 9/27/2020 4:52:00 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:
Play for 4 Ops:

+1 Iran (3/1)
+2 Egypt (2/0)
+1 Spain (2/0)
25 9/27/2020 4:47:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Q. Hmmm, I clicked on giving you the China card; I probably should have clicked on "Use the OP". Does it make a difference?

A. I don't think it matters actually. If not we'll fix it manually.
24 9/27/2020 2:59:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Hmmm, I clicked on giving you the China card; I probably should have clicked on "Use the OP". Does it make a difference?
23 9/27/2020 2:58:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Give China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Round 3 of Turn 1:

Thanks for correcting my W Germany!

I'll use the op to put 2 points in Iraq (0/3) and 1 in Iran (2/1).

22 9/27/2020 12:43:00 PM Turn 1 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:
I'll run your event first. +1 USSR IP in France, now (0/1)

With 3 Ops I will:
+1 WGermany (4/0)
+1 Lebanon (1/0)
+1 Iran (2/0)
21 9/27/2020 12:40:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I think you had it correct with West Germany (3/0).

It started out (4/0)
- then 1st roll failed (USA 5+1, USSR 4+1)
- 2nd roll succeed by 1 (USA 5+1, USSR 6+1)

Thus decrease US IP by 1 to (3/0)
20 9/27/2020 10:15:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Oops, I should have mage W Germany (2/0). Sorry about that... Your turn.
19 9/27/2020 10:13:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Oh, Kremlin, another failed attempt. Your turn!
18 9/27/2020 10:13:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from USSR:
Success that time. W Germany now (3/0).
Last time, Romania. You have +1 for more IP and I have +1 for adjacent superpower.

1: US
2: USSR
17 9/27/2020 10:10:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from USSR:
No good for me. Try again in W Germany:

1: US
2: USSR
16 9/27/2020 10:09:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
4


Message from USSR:
First point: West Germany. You have +1 for more IP and I have +1 for adjacent control.

1: US
2:USSR
15 9/27/2020 10:08:00 AM Turn 1 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:
Round 2, Turn 1:

I'll use the points to try some realignment...
14 9/26/2020 11:11:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Event #19: 1 / Truman Doctrine* (US)
Remove all USSR Influence markers in one uncontrolled European country.

Message from US:
I'll play this for the event - and choose Romania.

Now (3/0)
13 9/26/2020 11:10:00 AM Turn 1 US Discard Card #28: 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)

Message from US:
I'll dump this card. Thanks!
12 9/25/2020 12:56:00 PM 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:
Round 1 of turn 1. I'll play this for the event. Your move, comrade!
11 9/25/2020 12:54:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 0 to -1
10 9/25/2020 12:54:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Yep, that's the way I see it too (and my scoring spreadsheet agrees!) I'll take my first turn next.
9 9/24/2020 7:26:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I do my event first- I'll add 3 to Romania (3/3)

Looks like the Asia event is we both get Presence, but you get +1 VP for controlling a BG country (and I control 0).
8 9/24/2020 7:04:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)
Add sufficient US Influence in either Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia to equal USSR Influence.

USSR: #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
7 9/24/2020 6:56:00 PM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
6 9/24/2020 6:55:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I'll 7 IP:
+4 WGermany (4/0)
+2 Italy (2/0)
+1 Spain (1/0)

Headline events are next!
5 9/24/2020 5:48:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Okay, I've spent the day making a spreadsheet ot help me do the scoring calculations throughout the game. If it seems to work I'll send it to you...

For my initial placement, I'll add 3 ip to Poland (0/3), and 3 to Romania (0/3).

Over to you!
4 9/24/2020 11:58:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message Alright, I'm starting to set up my board. It might take me a couple of hours, so hang tight!
3 9/24/2020 11:52:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

2 9/23/2020 11:47:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Your setup - as you recall:

"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."
1 9/23/2020 11:47:00 AM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

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