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278 12/2/2020 4:12:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message excellent. will do later today
thanks
277 12/2/2020 12:40:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Let's restart with the same sides. Can you set up another game here on ACTS?
276 11/30/2020 6:25:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message always interested and happy to discuss strategy in this game [which i really love, even though it gets a bad rep on BGG]. First of all, this is my first time playing Protestant, i normally play Catholic, in fact, i think i played it 6-7 times before always as Catholic.
Catholic strategy is to use Spinola early to conquer as much as possible in the Spanish zone, especially where sieges are required: you need to take Palatinate as it gives you 3 VPs + 5 VPs for event and possibly ensure the 2 VPs for electorate. You also should take Strasbourg, Lorraine and Metz, another 5Vps, you missed that. Then send spinola to dutch and war and indded use him. I think focusing on dutch war is fine, but only after spinola has done a good job in the west. So after turn 3 or so.
ON the east, yes, destroy Hungarian and then move up north to silesia to threaten Brandenburg. In the middel usa bavarian to take Bohemia, you do need to Bohemia - most of the fight after 2-3 turns goes down to Bohemia, Saxony and possibly, if the catholic is a bit lucky around Hesse kassel. You were unlucky on a battle or two so nothing wrong that you did, but using reinforcement and recruiting wisely to build up large stacks makes sense.
By this time, you should be around 25 to 30VPs. In this game, i think i was lucky enough to win a battle or two more than usual. If i were to look at the map you probably should have boehami, moravia, and larraine and a couple of independent cities. You lost wallenstein early which is bad luck as he recruits and wins battles. at some point you need to get rid of him as it may lead to auto-loss, but early on he should help build your VPs.
overall, i think you had a couple of chances to do a little more but mostly you had bad luck, which i capitalised well and built on it.
so - what next? carry on this one or new game? swithicng side? :)
275 11/27/2020 12:54:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Never apologize for being lucky! :) I also think you know much better how to play the game and I'm just learning. With that in mind, let's talk a bit of strategy. Did I focus too much on The Netherlands early? It seems like maybe I should be recruiting at least once per turn to keep up with all the minor rulers you're able to bring into the game. Without more forces I think the Imperials are vulnerable to either a "Death Star" stack that wins a couple of battles or a "death by a thousand cuts" of losing all the VPs to tiny stacks. This is probably the wrong impression from just one play of one phase of the game. If I'd had more forces on the board I would have felt better about my chances, but it would take me another full turn at least to build up a competitive stack of Imperials. Obviously you stayed away from the Spanish zone mostly because my stack was too strong for you there. Thoughts?
274 11/26/2020 9:40:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message i have been unusually lucky. in all my other games i am doing, i have little luck so sorry but i reserved it all against you!

273 11/26/2020 9:39:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message well - you still have your five units - though four are reduced. your stack strength is still 11. Mine is 14. I mean not all is lost, as i could lose a big battle... though i can see if you wanted to stop.
up to you.
272 11/26/2020 5:54:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Well, that is probably the game. I ventured, I lost. :)
271 11/26/2020 5:53:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Catholic:
Attacker first.
270 11/25/2020 7:53:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message you roll when ready for both of us
269 11/25/2020 7:51:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Play Strategy card as Combat #12: 1 / Surprise Attack
+1 to Protestant combat die roll.

Message from Protestant:
i roll on 15-19 column with +2 modifier [+1 for mansfeld and +1 combat card]
you are on 15-19 column too but so far 0 modifier [unless you play combat card]
268 11/25/2020 7:50:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message i do have a combat card
267 11/25/2020 1:33:00 PM 1628-1629 Catholic Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 3 / Spain Declares War With England
-2 to all English AP totals.

Message from Catholic:
Activate Charles of Lorraine. Move Charles, Enlkvoort, and the Mercs from Graz to Ingolstadt via Salzburg, Linz, Passau, and Regensberg. Use the extra MP to convert Regensberg along the way. Combat card? File uploaded.
266 11/24/2020 12:43:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message place +1 siege and place pillage in donauworth
uploaded file
265 11/24/2020 12:41:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Protestant:
roll for siege with -1 for ingolstadt
264 11/24/2020 12:39:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 3 / England Intervenes
Deploy English Veteran unit in any Protestant-controlled city in Lower Palatinate.

Message from Protestant:
play to activate Mansfeld
he takes 1 unit move to Regensberg, convert regensberg, then back to ingolstadt drop off the unit, pick up another unit and go to donauworth and ulm, control ulm and then back to ingolstadt, then he rolls for siege.
sounds strange but as part of the rules, if you activate a general he has 8 MP, whihc he can use with different units and pick them up and drop them off provided none of them exceed their MPs.
in the end i gain 2 VPs for independent cities and -1VP for violating wurtemberg
263 11/24/2020 2:48:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Play Strategy card as Event #8: 1 / New Leaders
Charles of Loraine, Gallas. Place with any Imperial units.

Message from Catholic:
Event. They join the imperial stack in Graz. File uploaded.
262 11/20/2020 6:59:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message uploaded
261 11/20/2020 6:58:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message ok 9 losses for me and 10 for you
we both need to flip 3 units but i win battle and you need to retreat
and then play your card
260 11/20/2020 6:57:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Protestant:
roll for battle in ingolstadt
first is attacker [20+col with +1 mod] and second is defender [11-14col with +1 mod]
259 11/20/2020 5:48:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Sounds good. Let's proceed.
258 11/20/2020 5:41:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message Thaks Rob. Yes i do see your point
let's play out the rest of the turn and check next turn cards draws, and see where we end up.
in the intervention deck there is a card that removes my danish troops, the cardinal Infante card that gives you a powerful spanish army that can for 2 turns roam everywhere on the map
though there is the swedish intervention card that brings in the Gustav Adolf and his swedish army.
depending on card draw we may decide to stop.
the game can swing around a bi so not all it's over.
if we stop we can [if you are still keen] switch side and i cna play catholic.
but let's play one more turn and see
does that make sense?
Filippo
257 11/20/2020 5:30:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message No combat cards. You know, looking at the state of the board and the nature of the cards that I lost without gaining the benefits (I would venture that the majority of the cards I lost were "3" value), I suspect that my small percentage chance of even making this competitive has vanished. I'm fine playing it out since I'm learning the game, but I don't think it is going to last much longer with your "Death Star" stack gobbling up my remaining armies. :)
256 11/20/2020 5:27:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Draw Strategy cards
255 11/19/2020 7:31:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message now you are good to respond. do you play combat cards?
254 11/19/2020 7:30:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 2 / Gregory XV Becomes Pope
Playable only if Paul V is Pope. Death of Paul V. No Papal Aid to Catholic player this turn. Papal Aid resumes next turn, until Urban VIII Becomes Pope event (P-15).

Message from Protestant:
play to activate Mansfeld and move the entire stack from Prague to pilsen, nurnberg and then Ingolstadt and attack pappenheim army. do you play combat cards?
currently i roll on 20+ with +1 modifier and you roll on 11-14 with +1 modifier
253 11/19/2020 7:30:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message i will replay the same card and same move
252 11/19/2020 7:29:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message ok - i will not draw new cards as i have my 7 cards
you shoudl still have 5 cards, so now, you just need to draw two extra cards and you are on 7 cards and we are good to go
251 11/19/2020 7:29:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant End Turn
250 11/19/2020 7:29:00 PM 1626-1627 Auto Unplayed cards updated Intervention cards added to deck.
249 11/19/2020 7:28:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Change game turn Game turn changed to 1626-1627
248 11/19/2020 7:28:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Change game turn Game turn changed to 1628-1629
247 11/19/2020 7:28:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Change game turn Game turn changed to 1626-1627
246 11/19/2020 7:28:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Change game turn Game turn changed to 1628-1629
245 11/19/2020 7:27:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Return Strategy card to hand #5: 2 / Gregory XV Becomes Pope

Message from Protestant:
244 11/19/2020 7:27:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message ok - let me see if this works, i opted to play interfvention cards, but to shuffle them in, i will have to take back last card, and retrack end turn, then end turn again and in that way it should shuffled them intervention cards in
let me try

243 11/19/2020 7:25:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Change War Status From Early War to Intervention
242 11/19/2020 2:36:00 PM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Hi again. Sorry. Was traveling for work. That sounds fine. Go ahead and do that and then I'll draw more cards to fill out my hand. Thanks!
241 11/18/2020 12:36:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message Hi Rob - are you ok with suggestion of mixing on intervention cards?
Thanks
Filippo
240 11/16/2020 9:30:00 PM 1628-1629 Protestant Message yes, i reviewed the log and you played 5 cards as event to be removed and 4 as FA, so you should have 10 cards in the deck, not 6 - looks like FA cards are then excluded
so first of all - whenever we play cards for FA from now on - juts say so in the message but play them as operations
unfortunately i opened this game without a moderator - the moderator could amend the deck but not sure if we can do it without the moderator function.
we could undo the change of turn maybe and see if you can undo card play for last round but i think it would only solve 1 card now 4 cards you played as FA.
final option is to shuffle in interception cards and carry on. that would be my preferred option. intervention gets included in turn 7 - we are at turn 5. In fact, some of the house rules someone has proposed was to shuffle in one card from intervention deck everytime the early war deck removes a card.
i think we should go for a shuffle in of intervention deck. what do you think?
239 11/16/2020 10:56:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message It appears that cards that I played for Foreign Aid were also removed from the deck as if played for events. At least that accounts for two of the cards. I did not review the log comprehensively.
238 11/16/2020 10:50:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message Nope. Did not work. Not sure what is going on.
237 11/16/2020 10:50:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Draw Extra Strategy card NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
Message from Catholic:
Trying to draw an extra card.
236 11/16/2020 10:49:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Message I think something is wrong in ACTS. It only gave me five cards and I know I still have more than that available.
235 11/16/2020 10:48:00 AM 1628-1629 Catholic Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
234 11/16/2020 6:08:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 2 / Gregory XV Becomes Pope
Playable only if Paul V is Pope. Death of Paul V. No Papal Aid to Catholic player this turn. Papal Aid resumes next turn, until Urban VIII Becomes Pope event (P-15).

Message from Protestant:
play to activate Mansfeld and move the entire stack from Prague to pilsen, nurnberg and then Ingolstadt and attack pappenheim army. do you play combat cards?
currently i roll on 20+ with +1 modifier and you roll on 11-14 with +1 modifier
233 11/16/2020 5:58:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Message i have ended the year
new cards drawn
it is my impulse but i have added file with all admin anyway
232 11/16/2020 5:58:00 AM 1628-1629 Protestant Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
231 11/16/2020 5:58:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant End Turn
230 11/16/2020 5:57:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Protestant:
pillage recovery
229 11/16/2020 5:55:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message success
228 11/16/2020 5:55:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Protestant:
roll for siege in prague with +1
227 11/16/2020 5:54:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message pillage 1 in prague

226 11/16/2020 5:54:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Protestant:
so with 6 FA i pay all my militia and then roll on for merc in prague with +1 for merc, +1 for 4 units and -1 for dynamic leader so +1 modifier
225 11/15/2020 3:39:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message Back to you for end of turn. I don't have any pay or pillage to remove. File uploaded.
224 11/15/2020 3:38:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Catholic:
Enl, then Papp. Merc column.
223 11/15/2020 3:37:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Recruitment #2: 2 / England Withdraws Troops
Remove English Veteran unit from the game. English Aid continues.

Message from Catholic:
Recruiting again. One for Enk and one for Papp.
222 11/14/2020 6:24:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Change Victory Points -2: from 16 to 14
221 11/14/2020 6:24:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 1 / Ottoman Turks Raid Imperial Border
Imperial units in Austria are not automatically paid this turn.

Message from Protestant:
activate christian of brunswick. move to brunn, convert it, then back to olmutz and friedland, i have control of moravia - 2VPs
220 11/14/2020 4:25:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message File uploaded.
219 11/14/2020 4:22:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 3

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Message from Catholic:
1 and 2 for Enlkevoort. 3 for Pappenheim. All on the Merc column.
218 11/14/2020 4:21:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Recruitment #5: 3 / Spain Declares War With England
-2 to all English AP totals.

Message from Catholic:
Recruiting. Twice for Enlkevoort (mercs). Once for Pappenheim (Mercs).
217 11/13/2020 12:33:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message over to you
216 11/13/2020 12:32:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Event #10: 1 / Swedish Aid
Sweden give money to Protestants. Protestant player receives 6 additional Aid Points this turn.

Message from Protestant:
play for event - i get 6 FA
215 11/13/2020 12:00:00 PM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Foreign Aid #1: 3 / Val Telline Passes Open
Val Telline Passes must be Closed to play this card. Spanish Aid to Catholic player resumes.

Message from Catholic:
Foreign Aid. No file. Back to you.
214 11/12/2020 9:05:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message uploaded
213 11/12/2020 9:04:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Change Victory Points -2: from 18 to 16
212 11/12/2020 9:04:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #13: 1 / Command Rivalry
Catholic army must contain at least 2 leaders. -1 to Catholic combat die-roll.

Message from Protestant:
Play as activation - activate Christian of Brunswick
Take control of Liegnitz, move to Friedland, take control of friedland, move to Olmutz and take control of Olmutz
i flip Silesia and so -2 VPs.
Place pillage in Liegnitz
211 11/12/2020 9:00:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message thanks. Just a reminder - we are playing with optional rules and so if you don't have any FA on the board [either through play of card for FA or through events], you have a -1 modifier on recruiting. It would not have made any difference to your roll but just for future reference
210 11/12/2020 4:08:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message File uploaded.
209 11/12/2020 4:06:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Catholic:
Enlkevoort attempt to recruit mercenaries.
208 11/12/2020 4:05:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Recruitment #13: 1 / Discretion Over Valor
If Catholic VP total is higher than 21, remove Anhalt permanently from the game.

Message from Catholic:
207 11/11/2020 9:46:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Change Victory Points -3: from 21 to 18
206 11/11/2020 8:20:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message uploaded
205 11/11/2020 8:18:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Protestant:
roll for siege
204 11/11/2020 8:18:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 3 / England Intervenes
Deploy English Veteran unit in any Protestant-controlled city in Lower Palatinate.

Message from Protestant:
play to activate mansfeld to take 1 unit to Jankow, convert, prague, budweis, convert back to prague and roll for siege.
i in any case take back bohemia and 3 VPs
203 11/11/2020 6:28:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message No file.
202 11/11/2020 6:28:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Change Victory Points +5: from 16 to 21
201 11/11/2020 6:27:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Event #6: 2 / Edict of Restitution
Frederick of Palatine Deposed as Elector event must have been played previously. +5 VPs

Message from Catholic:
Event.
200 11/8/2020 6:14:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message i uploaded 2 files
199 11/8/2020 6:13:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message i actually think a loss of 12 is wiping out your army but do please check
198 11/8/2020 6:11:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message all safe
197 11/8/2020 6:11:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 4

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Message from Protestant:
leader losses in order:
Mansfeld, Christian of D, Piccolomini, repl
196 11/8/2020 6:10:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message 12 losses to you and 6 to me
you need to retreat and take losses
i will roll now for leader losses
195 11/8/2020 6:09:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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2


Message from Protestant:
ok. I am on 20+ with +2 modifier and you are on 11-14 with +2 modifier
first die is attacker, second die is defender
194 11/8/2020 6:07:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Combat #12: 1 / Surprise Attack
+1 to Protestant combat die roll.

Message from Protestant:
my combat card
193 11/8/2020 6:07:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message i think we both should have recruited more! but we have more time
192 11/8/2020 3:57:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message No card. I think I should have been recruiting more maybe?
191 11/7/2020 7:34:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message Battle in Prague, i am on 20+ column with +1 modifier [masnfeld], you are on 11-14 column with +2 modifier [picco]
i play combat card.
do you play combat card?
190 11/7/2020 7:32:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Urban VIII Becomes Pope
Playable only if Gregory XV is Pope. Death of Gregory XV. End Papal Aid to Catholic Player.

Message from Protestant:
play as activation for Mansfeld. He moves to Lutzen via Leipzig with 2 full and 2 reduced merc units, pick up Christian of Denmark and his 4 merc, and then together go to leipzig, Dresden and Prague.
189 11/7/2020 7:30:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message you took control of Bohemia with Prague so your VPs increase to 16
188 11/7/2020 7:29:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Change Victory Points +3: from 13 to 16
187 11/7/2020 2:18:00 PM 1626-1627 Catholic Message New file uploaded. Apologies again.

Thanks.
186 11/7/2020 2:14:00 PM 1626-1627 Catholic Message Picco, not Pappenheim.
185 11/7/2020 2:13:00 PM 1626-1627 Catholic Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Catholic:
Ah. Sorry. Same card, to activated Pappenheim for the siege.
184 11/7/2020 12:48:00 PM 1626-1627 Protestant Message Rob - wetzlar is outside the Spanish zone so Cordoba cannot move there.
so you may want to change your activation and do something else
183 11/7/2020 6:42:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Message File uploaded.
182 11/7/2020 6:42:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Play Strategy card as Operations #10: 2 / New Leaders
Deploy Aldringer and Holk with and Bavarian units.

Message from Catholic:
Activate Cordoba. Move to Wetzlar via Liege, Aachen, and Koln. Convert Wetzlar. Pillage marker in Aachen.
181 11/7/2020 6:32:00 AM 1626-1627 Catholic Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
180 11/6/2020 5:27:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Message uploaded
179 11/6/2020 5:26:00 AM 1626-1627 Protestant Change Victory Points -2: from 15 to 13

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