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85 11/27/2020 4:03:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Yep - I actually had Burma at 1 on my map - I just typed a "2" - and I forgot to run the Vietnam event.

We're all good (except I'm losing!)

Do your worst!

-dave

84 11/27/2020 4:00:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Well, as far as I can see, I think my score of (0/1) in Burma and (0/2) in Vietnam are correct. Do you agree?
83 11/27/2020 3:44:00 PM Turn 3 US Message I'm in agreement with your board, except for Asia where I have you a (0/1) in Burma and (0/2) in Vietnam. I'll look over the journal next and figure out where I went wrong.
82 11/26/2020 11:56:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Central America:
Panama (1/0)

South America:
-none

Europe:
UK (3/0)
France (0/3)
W.Germany (5/0)
E.Germany (0/4)
Poland (0/3)
Italy (2/0)
Yiugo (0/3)
Romania (3/0)
Turkey (2/0)

Africa:
S.Africa (1/0)
Angola (0/1)
Zaire (0/1)
Cameroon (0/1)
Nigeria (0/1)
Sudan (0/1)

Mid East:
Libya (2/0)
Egypt (2/0)
Iraq (1/4)
Iran (2/0)
Syria (0/2)
Lebanon (0/1)

Asia:
Afghanistan (0/2)
Pakistan (2/0)
India (3/0)
Burma (0/2)
Laos (0/1)
Thailand (0/2)
Malaysia (2/0)
Australia (4/0)
Philippines (1/0)
Japan (4/0)
S.Korea (1/4)
N.Korea (1/4)

81 11/26/2020 11:51:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -1 to 1
80 11/26/2020 11:50:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Gonna cut my losses here. We're tied in overall countries 3-3, so you get 2 VPs since you lead in BGs 3-1.

I'll send my inventory next.
79 11/26/2020 11:47:00 PM Turn 3 USSR Message Ah but there is a change in VP. (And hence my exasperation!) With controlling Turkey, Europe is now tied 4-4 overall, and I lead in BG's 3-2, so we both have only Presence, and that's a net 0 in VPs (since I get 1 VP for the advantage in BGs, but you get 1 VP for Romania).

Which might mean it is a good time to calibrate our maps. I'll start the first round, and then I'll send an inventory.
78 11/26/2020 4:11:00 PM Turn 3 US Message Dang it! Reading has been a skill I've been trying to build up since retirement. I guess I've got a ways to go! Thanks for pointing it out. I was clueless!

+1 to Turkey (2/0) ... no change in the VP.

Your turn.


77 11/26/2020 11:56:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Message It's your turn to not read the cards this time!

"USSR reveals hand this turn. Then the US may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card."

So, before scoring you get 1 Op, which by my calculation is good enough to mess with my scoring card!

So I'll let you play the Ops and then will score Europe and start off with round 1

76 11/26/2020 11:39:00 AM Turn 3 US Message Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a relaxing time together!

It looks like you got the Soviet Scoring-card Curse this time! You're in a better position than I was, but still... There ought to be a rule about allowing a redraw if all the scoring cards go in one hand.

By my count you are ahead in Europe by 10 to 6; does that match what you have on your board? If so, go ahead and adjust the VP and we'll get ready for round 1 of turn 3.

Cheers!
75 11/26/2020 12:06:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Message This is what I got:

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

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'.

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

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

30 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

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.

3 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

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).

6 4 / The China Card
+1 Operations value when all points are used in Asia. Pass to opponent after play. +1 VP for the player holding this card at the end of Turn 10.
74 11/26/2020 12:05:00 AM Turn 3 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)
USSR reveals hand this turn. Then the US may Conduct Operations as if they played a 1 Op card.

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

Message from USSR:
73 11/25/2020 12:00:00 PM Turn 3 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
72 11/25/2020 11:46:00 AM Turn 3 US Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
71 11/25/2020 11:46:00 AM Turn 3 US Message Oops, I over corrected the DEFCON...
70 11/25/2020 11:43:00 AM Turn 3 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 5

US: 6 cards drawn.
USSR: 8 cards drawn.

NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
69 11/25/2020 11:43:00 AM Turn 2 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 4
68 11/25/2020 11:43:00 AM Turn 2 US Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
Last round! I"ll use all the points in Asia and put

+3 in India (3/0) and
+2 in Malaysia (2/0).

A new turn begins! It looks like neither of us get any VP for this turn, unless I've missed something?
67 11/24/2020 7:58:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 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 USSR:
Argh!!!!

Ok for my final round I'll place 4 IP:

+1 North Korea (1/4)
+1 Zaire (0/1)
+1 Poland (0/3)
+1 Burma (0/1)
66 11/24/2020 4:34:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #19: 1 / Truman Doctrine* (US)
Remove all USSR Influence markers in one uncontrolled European country.

Message from US:
My round 5 for the event. I'll pull the ip from Romania, now (3/0).
Last round coming up!

Looking forward to seeing you at coffee tomorrow. Cheers!
65 11/24/2020 1:01:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message FAIL! That was my round 5, you're up!

I should be able to join you for coffee tomorrow!
64 11/24/2020 1:00:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from USSR:
AIW
63 11/24/2020 1:00:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #13: 2 / Arab-Israeli War (USSR)
Pan-Arab Coalition invades Israel. Roll a die, and subtract 1 for US Control of Israel and every US Controlled country adjacent to Israel. USSR Victory on modified die roll 4-6 USSR adds 2 to Military Ops Track. Effects of Victory: USSR gains 2 VP and replaces all US Influence in Israel with USSR Influence.

Message from USSR:
I'll try the same thing, but since you control Egypt I only succeed on a 5-6

USSR MilOps=2
62 11/24/2020 11:33:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Failed invasion, so no change in VP, only 2 MilOps for me.

Your turn!
61 11/24/2020 11:33:00 AM Turn 2 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
Pakistan into India!
60 11/24/2020 11:32:00 AM Turn 2 US 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 US:
Okay, my round 4 play, I'll use the event and watch Pakistan invade India. You don't control any neighboring countries to India, so it's a straight roll that I need a 4-6.

I'll get 2 MilOps regardless of outcome...

59 11/22/2020 8:30:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #18: 1 / Captured Nazi Scientist* (Both)
Advance player's Space Race marker one box.

Message from USSR:
4th round - I'll play this for an event.
58 11/22/2020 7:12:00 PM Turn 2 US Adjust Victory Points From -3 to -1
57 11/22/2020 7:12:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from US:
My round 4:

By my count we both have presence, and I have three BG countries to your 1 for a net of +2 VP.

Over to you...
56 11/22/2020 4:25:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Operations #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 USSR:
First your event: Japan goes (4/0)

My 4 IP:
+2 France (0/3)
+1 Syria (0/2)
+1 Iraq (1/4)
55 11/22/2020 12:04:00 PM Turn 2 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:
Anything but Rudy!

Here's my round 3 play: Your event, so France is now (0/1).
I'll use the op for

1 in Iran (2/0), and
1 in Iraq (1/3).
54 11/20/2020 11:54:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message You mean I'm supposed to read the card text?

OK - if you want to play it that way! Don't make me send Rudy Guiliani on you!

Keep Egypt at (2/0)
- how about lets take one from Israel now (0/0)
53 11/20/2020 11:17:00 AM Turn 2 US Message Clarification:

"#28: 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)
Remove a total of four US Influence from France, the United Kingdom and Israel. Remove no more than 2 Influence per country.

Message from USSR:
OK - remove IP from:
-2 Egypt (0/0)
-2 UK (3/0)"

What did you mean instead of Egypt? Or would you like a do-over?
52 11/19/2020 11:56:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #28: 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)
Remove a total of four US Influence from France, the United Kingdom and Israel. Remove no more than 2 Influence per country.

Message from USSR:
OK - remove IP from:
-2 Egypt (0/0)
-2 UK (3/0)
51 11/19/2020 2:16:00 PM Turn 2 US Message Yep! that was good timing for you. I'll take 1 from

Romania, now (3/2)
Bulgaria, now (0/0), and
Poland, now (0/2).

Back to you for the next round!
50 11/19/2020 2:03:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Message OK - I did all of that because I wanted it to be played as an event so that it gets removed from the deck.

At any rate, you get to enact that event - have at it! Glad I played Europe Scoring when I did!
49 11/19/2020 2:03:00 PM Turn 2 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:
48 11/19/2020 2:02:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Return Strategy card to hand #29: 3 / East European Unrest (US)

Message from USSR:
47 11/19/2020 2:02:00 PM Turn 2 USSR Discard random Strategy card Operations - 3 / East European Unrest (US)

Message from USSR:
46 11/19/2020 12:38:00 PM Turn 2 US Play Card as Event #5: 3 / Five-Year Plan (US)
USSR Player must randomly discard a card. If the card is a US associated Event, the Event occurs immediately. If the card is a USSR associated Event or an Event applicable to both players, then the card must be discarded without triggering the Event.

Message from US:
I'm torn about whether it's better to use this card for the ops or for the event. I guess I'll try the event and see what happens.

I was sorry to hear about Ian's lost birthday party. It is a strange world we're living in. Does he have plans for what he'd like to do next year, assuming graduation takes place and they don't just hold everyone back a year...

45 11/19/2020 1:21:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Play Card as Event #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
I forgot I start round 1! Let's start with this, which I think is a net zero since you thwarted me in the Headline Phase.
44 11/18/2020 12:04:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message Bummer! Well played! There's a thought that it is best to keep that for later in the game when the events may be more impactful, but I think it's a 50/50 thing that you might never see the event again with the re-shuffles.

Nicely done!
43 11/18/2020 12:03:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #103: 2 / Defectors (US)
Play in Headline Phase to cancel USSR Headline event, including Scoring Card. Canceled card returns to Discard Pile. If Defectors played by USSR during Soviet action round, US gains 1 VP (unless played on the Space Race).

USSR: #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'.
NOTE: discarded without effect.

Message from USSR:
42 11/18/2020 12:02:00 AM Turn 2 USSR Message 1989 sounds interesting! Some people say it is better than Twilight Struggle because streamlined some of the processes, and I think there is less luck.

Sorry to hear your T-giving was displaced! Ian had to cancel his 18th birthday party. It was supposed to be last Sat night with 4 friends (from 4 different families). It might have been within the limits of the COVID policies, but it still just made sense to cancel it. Poor kid is having such a weird senior year.


41 11/17/2020 11:37:00 PM Turn 2 US Message By the way, my copy of 1989 arrived today! Looking forward to that too. We also decided today that we won't be getting together with our son and daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving since the Guvnuh's issued the new rules. We're planning some kind of on-line gaming session on Black Friday to get a chance to "visit".
40 11/17/2020 11:33:00 PM Turn 2 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
39 11/17/2020 11:28:00 PM Turn 2 US End Turn
DEFCON level increased to 3

US: 7 cards drawn.
USSR: 6 cards drawn.
38 11/17/2020 11:28:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Event #22: 2 / Independent Reds* (US)
Add sufficient US Influence in either Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia to equal USSR Influence.

Message from US:
I'll play this event and add 3 to Romania, now (3/3).

End of turn, so I think the only thing that changes is that the DEFCON moves up to 3, right?
37 11/17/2020 3:12:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #12: 1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.

Message from USSR:
Final Round of turn 1. I'll play this for the event.

Romania now (0/3)
36 11/17/2020 2:25:00 PM Turn 1 US Adjust DEFCON From 3 to 2
35 11/17/2020 2:25:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Fail! I get 3 MilOps and drive us closer to Nuclear Winter.

Over to you for the last round this turn!
34 11/17/2020 2:24:00 PM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from US:
Coup in Iraq...
33 11/17/2020 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 US 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 US:
Alright...here is my play for round 5. I'll use the op to try a coup attempt in Iraq(0/3).

I've got 3 points, and the stability gives a 6, so I need to roll a 4, 5, or 6.

Here goes... and good luck in Vietnam!
32 11/16/2020 8:20:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message > #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR

Duh! Thanks!

Add 1 each to:
Nigeria (0/1)
Angola (0/1)
Cameroon (0/1)
Sudan (0/1)
31 11/16/2020 4:09:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Don't forget to use your points in Africa or Southeast Asia!

#30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

30 11/16/2020 12:39:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 4 to 3
29 11/16/2020 12:39:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Just minimally successful. Iran drops to (1/0).

USSR MilOps = 2
DEFCON - 1 = 3
28 11/16/2020 12:38:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from USSR:
Iran coup
27 11/16/2020 12:38:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
Let's coup it up in Iran!

This event takes place for you - so if you happen to control Taiwan it counts as a BG country.
26 11/16/2020 11:41:00 AM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from US:
Sputnik launches!

It hurt, but I'll use this for 3 ip and put them in

+2 in Libya (2/0), and
+1 in Italy (2/0).

Now you can add your influence; don't feel you need to use all four if you don't want to!
25 11/15/2020 5:05:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message Got it!
24 11/15/2020 5:05:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -2 to -3
23 11/15/2020 5:04:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from USSR:
Space race
22 11/15/2020 5:04:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Discard Card #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Message from USSR:
Round 4, space race time
21 11/15/2020 1:08:00 PM Turn 1 US Play Card as Operations #20: 2 / Olympic Games (Both)
Player sponsors Olympics. Opponent may participate or boycott. If Opponent participates, each player rolls one die, with the sponsor adding 2 to his roll. High roll gains 2 VP. Reroll ties. If Opponent boycotts, degrade DEFCON one level and the Sponsor may Conduct Operations as if they played a 4 Ops card.

Message from US:
I'll play this for the op and add

+2 Egypt (2/0) and
+1 to Iran (2/0).

Over to you for round 4.
20 11/14/2020 12:29:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust DEFCON From 5 to 4
19 11/14/2020 12:29:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From -3 to -2
18 11/14/2020 12:29:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 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 USSR:
I'll run your event first:
- DEFCON drops to 4
- You get 1 VP for this card.
- I'll use it for 3 Ops:
+1 Lebanon (0/1)
+2 Iraq (0/3)
17 11/14/2020 10:29:00 AM Turn 1 US Adjust Victory Points From -5 to -3
16 11/14/2020 10:29:00 AM Turn 1 US Message Whew! NASA on it's way!
15 11/14/2020 10:28:00 AM Turn 1 US Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from US:
For SPACE! I need a 1-3
14 11/14/2020 10:28:00 AM Turn 1 US Discard Card #10: 1 / Blockade* (USSR)

Message from US:
I'm going to use this one for the Space race; assuming my +1 works to push this to 2 OP. If not, let me know!
13 11/13/2020 7:30:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Adjust Victory Points From 0 to -5
12 11/13/2020 7:29:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Play Card as Event #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Ok - let's do this!

I believe this is the scoring:

USA: +3 Presence
USA: +1 BG (Pakistan)
USSR: +7 Domination (lead 3-2 total, 2-1 in BGs)
USSR: +2 BGs (S.Korea, Thailand)

Net 5 VPs for the Evil Empire! Start learning to like borscht!
11 11/13/2020 4:09:00 PM Turn 1 US Message I'm hoping that the other shoe won't end up being a boot to the neck! What a wild ride this is becoming!

Nice play; I'm sensing a possible Asia scoring coming up...

I'll use my 4 points as
+2 in Pakistan (2/0), and
+1 in North Korea (1/3).

Your turn! Hope you and your family can have a quiet weekend!
10 11/13/2020 1:00:00 PM Turn 1 USSR Message OK - I'll remove
-1 Finland (0/0)
-1 Hungary (0/0)
-2 Bulgaria (0/1)

and place them:
+2 Thailand (0/2)
+1 Laos/Cambodia (0/1)
+1 S.Korea (1/4)

Hope you've survived the election aftermath! I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop!
9 11/13/2020 12:29:00 PM Turn 1 US 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 US:
I'll throw this down for the operations points (which is +1 for this turn). But, I'll exercise the right to have you perform your event first. Do your worst!
8 11/13/2020 12:37:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Play China card #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Turn 1 - Round 1!

Play for 5 Ops in Asia:
+2 Afghanistan (0/2)
+3 S.Korea (1/3)

Over to you!
7 11/13/2020 12:34:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message OK your event goes first as the US, but there's nothing to do right now.

For my event, I'll add 5 IP as:
+2 Poland (0/3)
+2 Yugoslavia (0/3)
+1 Hungary (1/0)
6 11/13/2020 12:31:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Headline Event selected Headline Events Revealed:

US: #25: 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

USSR: #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:
5 11/12/2020 6:42:00 PM Turn 1 US Headline Event selected Message from US:
4 11/12/2020 6:41:00 PM Turn 1 US Message Alright! I'm getting the board set up and ready for the beginning of the end! By the way, I ordered a copy of the 1984 game so I'll be ready to try that once we're done with this time through. What a wacky week it's been; I'm breathing a little easier with the election more or less settled, but I'm just gobsmacked about how little I understand an apparent 48% of the rest of America!

I'll use my 7 extra IP as follows:

+5 West Germany (5/0)
+1 Turkey (1/0), and
+1 Italy (1/0)

Next step, headline phase?

3 11/12/2020 6:34:00 PM Turn 1 US Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

2 11/9/2020 2:03:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Message I start with my 6 free IP in Eastern Europe:
+1 Poland (0/1)
+3 Bulgaria (0/3)
+1 Yugoslavia (0/1)
+1 EGermany (0/4)

Over to you!
1 11/9/2020 1:58:00 AM Turn 1 USSR Draw Cards 8 cards drawn.

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