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1050 1/4/2021 4:20:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Oops, wrong game!
1049 1/4/2021 4:20:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message I wrote out a message about resigning, but actually, might as well play one more turn. :)
1048 12/28/2020 11:42:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Starting this weekend sounds great! Looking forward to it!
1047 12/28/2020 11:18:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Ah, indeed about time and responding to threats. Definitely a reversal of what often happens for CP in late game...

Yep, friendly rematch with switched sides sounds great! Let's take a few days off, but I'm down to start Friday if that works for you.
1046 12/28/2020 11:16:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message For sure! Thank you for the excellent game-- I learned a lot from you!

Want to do a friendly rematch? Perhaps switched sides?
1045 12/28/2020 11:15:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message It crossed my mind if I had gotten more time to bring Germans back. But the distractions threw off my timetable to realistically bring Germans home and I never had a good chance to. When the CP is DtRing, the Allies just have to waste time, which is really really frustrating as the CP-- more than once I felt hopeless and helpless just responding to your threats.
1044 12/28/2020 11:15:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message And that's helpful about SRing a corps to MEF, good point
1043 12/28/2020 11:15:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message True about time being on my side then, and about your having low odds of taking Basra before I could SR a corps over. But indeed, you took the shot at the right time.

Ha about imagining it were T19!

In any case, I learned a lot this game. In addition to really enjoying it, of course! And I wish you much luck in the rest of the tournament!
1042 12/28/2020 11:12:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Ahh, gotcha about Allenby. Yeah, I felt like I was close there, but either way the main benefit was the distraction. But I didn't do too well combo-ing with CAU.

Definitely makes sense about DtR margin. Yeah, for a while I thought you'd make a late-game stab at breaking out of Stras, but then it became clear there wouldn't be time for GE armies to transfer over. Ultimately it seems like keeping WS low was a good call for you, but I was especially afraid of trench-busters against Metz or Nancy.
1041 12/28/2020 11:11:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I don't think you were wrong on the NE moves; at the time, time was on your side. It was a very back-and-forth game. And the play was masterfully done.

Even Basra was just a 1/3 shot on my part, so I don't think it's crazy to not respond. One thing that may have helped was SR'ing a corps to MEF4; that prevents me from just taking the shot at destroying it and freeing up 2 corps.

Gosh, I'm shuddering to think if this were Turn 19.
1040 12/28/2020 11:07:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message That's so interesting to hear your perspective on how it felt! Yeah, I was surprised you didn't take any more corps in the turn before I eliminated the army, but the options were certainly all unideal.

Also makes sense about going all-out earlier. I think maybe some of my NE moves just wasted time. I didn't actually expect to come so close to breaking apart the West. The decision to SR a corps to Sinai area instead of Basra was a mistake; I thought I might be able to mount an attack only if I had another corps, but I should've been playing more defense.
1039 12/28/2020 11:05:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I thought I would destroy you too-- but your Allenby offensive really threw me on the back foot. I had to spend a ton of ops/SRs to contain him right when I didn't want to.

Yeah, when I realized how low WS was, I made the conscious decision to play low and make you burn it up. With 6 German armies in Russia, only a matter of time before it collapses.

The problem with DTR is just how close to the margin it is. Even if I took everything in Russia + Belgrade, I would lose if you take Strasburg.So I have to hunt for 2 more VPs and they're really tough to get while also taking out all of RU
1038 12/28/2020 11:01:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message That guidance definitely makes sense, thanks! I can espeically see the importance of Strasbourg, and how much better off I would've been if I could've gotten it early (or really at any point). Yeah, Italy does seem like it was a weak point for me in this game, but of course there are so many things to manage. And I regretted not getting into the Balkans earlier; I held Salonika for multiple turns at one point but then was pressed too hard in Russia. I screwed up SB, but it still would've been difficult to use the second army effectively.

Yeah, when I was holding so many cards I was really afraid you'd destroy me in Russia. But it worked out well for me that I created the distractions in NE and the Balkans then.

I didn't have Greece planned out in advance. That was shortly after I realized I needed to take WS into my own hands, so I mainly played it for the WS, but I had in mind to set up Valona a bit. And Brusilov was also just for WS. I had originally thought you'd play more WS and try to get Treaty in earlier to shore up the East and attack Italy, and that was also when you didn't have quite as many RU VPs, but then you did well in making me do the heavy lifting of WS (well, also you didn't need as much since you had so many RU VPs...).
1037 12/28/2020 10:53:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I did do it out of necessity considering you stuffed my Hammer. Then when you killed the German army, I failed a morale check and needed to be as efficient with my Germans as possible.

I hate DtR... I was stressed the entire game trying to get VPs
1036 12/28/2020 10:52:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message RE: DTR, maybe going all-out one or two turns earlier than you did would've paid off.
1035 12/28/2020 10:52:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message I actually figured you DtRed not just out of necessity :D At one point I was a little surprised you didn't move into Amiens, but it's certainly easy to get overextended.
1034 12/28/2020 10:51:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message As for DtR, that's a good question. I think you had the right idea. My approach is to just hammer on Strasbourg so you pick up all 4 spaces in Germany, then I'd send armies to Italy. I think you can get away with sending 1-2 armies even while hammering Strasbourg so I now have to defend Trent (rather than eeking by with 3 corps for most of the game).

The best approach I've seen is shifting French to Italy, Italy to Balkans and just stretching the CP lines. Really have to inflict a ton of losses to forestall the onslaught on the Russians. What really helped was the AH were able to smash through to Kiev rather than having the Germans pound to get through Kovno/Grodno.

I think your approach was working well but was one turn behind where it needed to be (if this had gone on one more turn it would've been GG)

Your card sequencing was ATROCIOUS. I'm so sorry. When I saw the 2 1-ops I figured what was going on. You made the best of a really terrible situation :(

One question: Did you plan on playing Greece the turn I threatened somewhere (and forced you to play Brusilov as ops/event)?
1033 12/28/2020 10:50:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Aw, well, indeed, thanks! Glad you enjoyed as well--I also haven't had a game come down to the very last roll so evenly.

I'd definitely be up for a casual game sometime!
1032 12/28/2020 10:47:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Wow! What a nail biter and an excellent game. I can honestly say I've never had a game come down to the last roll with a true 50/50 chance for both sides. Really great game-- you're an excellent player and I learned a lot playing you (like how you stuffed my hammer in the west so badly I had to DtR)! Truly, an excellent game that is one for the books!

I'd love to get a friendly game (perhaps not quite the same breakneck pace :p ) in with you if you're interested sometime.


1031 12/28/2020 10:15:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message If you happen to have some chance, I'd appreciate any advice on how to respond to a Rhine defense, since I don't have much experience and I wasn't sure how to try to protect Russia. Or other comments on how I could improve. This was a really exciting game, in any case!

When I saw my T16 hand had Zimmerman, Over There, and 14 Points, I felt pretty desperate--but then the rest of my WS and US Reinf cards came in a good sequence
1030 12/28/2020 10:03:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Final VPs 11 for posterity
1029 12/28/2020 10:02:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Wow, that was intense. Well played! :D
1028 12/28/2020 10:02:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Well, good game, Alex!
1027 12/28/2020 10:02:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Siege roll on Stras
1026 12/28/2020 10:01:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Let's put it in Calais for the heck of it
1025 12/28/2020 10:01:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #43: 3 / USA Reinforcements (1st Army)
May only be played after "Over There". 1st Army, 2 corps.

Message from Allies:
Yep, I can't find anything better. Deciding it on a siege roll it is, then!
1024 12/28/2020 9:59:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message VPs:

CP:
+3 FoTT
+1 RT
+ 1 Balkans (Belgrade)
+6 Russia (all less Riga)
+1 NE (Basra)
+1 LG MO
+1 US Army

+14 VP



AP:
-5 Blockade
-3 West (Aachen, Koblenz, Metz)
-1 Zimmerman
-1 Lusitania
-1 RoB
-1 14 Points

-12 VP

Total right now: CP +2

1023 12/28/2020 9:58:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I think this game is going to go to a 50/50 siege roll on Strasbourg...
1022 12/28/2020 9:57:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
M Tannenberg GE(6), GE(14) to Szwali (Alas...)
C Kavalla v. Salonika for MO
1021 12/28/2020 9:56:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message So close... FR5/6 advance and start siege
1020 12/28/2020 9:54:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message GE(c) elim
1019 12/28/2020 9:54:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Central Powers:
4A
5c
1018 12/28/2020 9:53:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 2 / Putnik
May only be played in 1914 and 1915. SB units get a +1 drm for an attack or defense.

Message from Allies:
Petrograd: (RUc) to Riga

Metz: attack Stras, 4A vs. 5C

1017 12/28/2020 9:49:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Flip FR10 Metz and elim (FRc)
1016 12/28/2020 9:46:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #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.

War Status increased to 16

Message from Central Powers:
1015 12/28/2020 9:45:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message 4/4
AH army and corps elim
1014 12/28/2020 9:45:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Central Powers:
6A AP
6A CP

1013 12/28/2020 9:36:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message New plan for Moltke:

Smolensk: (RUc) to Petrograd

Metz and Nancy: attack Stras, 6A vs. 6A
1012 12/28/2020 7:54:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Agreed; I've already made one big mistake this turn, wasting my opps with Bolshevik because of fatigue >.<

GE(11), GE(14) Essen
GE17, GE(c) Frankfurt
GEcX2 Mannheim
AH(2), GE(c) Strasbourg
1011 12/28/2020 7:51:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Can you just say what's in the West now?
1010 12/28/2020 7:49:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Oh, yep, will reevaluate, thanks. WIll probably come back a bit later when I can give it optimal thought...
1009 12/28/2020 7:45:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message The perils of playing live online
1008 12/28/2020 7:45:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Sorry; I had buyer's remorse and changed my move probably while you were calculating, definitely affects your decision
1007 12/28/2020 7:44:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #9: 3 / Moltke
May only be played in August or September 1914. CP Activation in Belgium or France costs 1 OPS per unit (not space) until the "Falkenhayn" card is played. All units must be activated in a space. Supersedes Sud Army and Eleventh army card effects.

Message from Allies:
Koblenz: attack Frank, 5A vs. 5A

Nancy: FR5/6/(3) attack Stras, 4A vs. 5C, advance FR5/6
1006 12/28/2020 7:43:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #24: 3 / Libyan Revolt (TU Reinforcements)
May only be played if there are no Allied units in the Libya space. Place the SN unit in Libya. SN unit is always in supply. Space converted by the SN units are checked normally during the Attrition phase.

Message from Central Powers:
SR GE17 Riga to Frankfurt
1005 12/28/2020 7:42:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Return Strategy card to hand #4: 2 / Severe Weather

Message from Central Powers:
1004 12/28/2020 7:41:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Sorry, more revisions
1003 12/28/2020 7:34:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message So GEc Mannheim went to Frankfurt and Stuttgart
1002 12/28/2020 7:34:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Put GEc Mannheim in Stuttgart
1001 12/28/2020 7:33:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Hold on one second
1000 12/28/2020 7:32:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Ops:
M Strasburg AH(2) to Frankfurt
M Mannheim GEc to Frankfurt
999 12/28/2020 7:26:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message (FR2) Mulhouse -> (FR3) [1,0], flip FR3 Nancy
998 12/28/2020 7:24:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Flip AH2, Lose AHc, flip GE(c), you have options
997 12/28/2020 7:23:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Central Powers:
12A AP
12A CP
996 12/28/2020 7:23:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message 4/3
GE10 flips and GE(c) elim, elim GE(10) to hold
995 12/28/2020 7:23:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Admittedly wild dice... Flip BR1
994 12/28/2020 7:22:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Central Powers:
5A
9A
993 12/28/2020 7:22:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #53: 5 / Army of the Orient (FR Reinforcements)
Place the French Orient Army in the Salonika space if Allied controlled, subject to stacking limits. See 9.5.3.4.

Message from Allies:
Koblenz: attack Frankfurt, 5A vs. 9A

Metz, Nancy, Mulhouse all attack Stras, 12A vs. 12A
992 12/28/2020 7:18:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Central Powers:
Dig Trent
991 12/28/2020 7:17:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #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 “None”.

Message from Central Powers:
The dice giveth and they taketh away :)

Yes, lose GE(c) to hold space

Ops/Event:
M Augsburg AH2 to Strasbourg
M Trent GEcX2 to Mannheim// Trench
M Ismail AH4 to KP
M Szwawli GE(6), GE(18) to Tannenberg
M Essen GE(c) to Frankfurt
990 12/28/2020 7:16:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message In Frankfurt, (GEc) elim to keep space?
989 12/28/2020 7:15:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Wow, that was really lucky for me...

On the Stras attack, FR4 in Metz and replacing FRc are elim
988 12/28/2020 7:14:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message 5/4
GE3 elim, AHc elim, BR2 to BR(c)
987 12/28/2020 7:13:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Central Powers:
6+2
12A

Frankfurt
986 12/28/2020 7:13:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message 7/4, you have option between 2 flipped and a full strength corps
985 12/28/2020 7:12:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message bah humbug
7/5
GE2 and AHc elim, FR3 and FRc elim
984 12/28/2020 7:11:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
3


Message from Central Powers:
9A
12A
983 12/28/2020 7:11:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Yes, that's right, 9A vs. 12A, the fort slipped my mind
982 12/28/2020 7:11:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I have a full strength GE2 in Strasbourg, 7 + 3 shifted to the 12, proceed?

981 12/28/2020 7:09:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #35: 4 / Yanks and Tanks
Allied player conducts operations using this card and all Combats involving a US unit during this Action Round get a +2 drm.

Message from Allies:
Metz and Nancy: 9A vs. 9A

Koblenz: attack Frankfurt, 6A +2 vs. 12A
980 12/28/2020 7:03:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message I must've missed moving Uman rather than Basra; let's SR that one out.

Sorry for the confusion!
979 12/28/2020 7:03:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Basra was SRed to Adrianople in msg 875, as far as I can tell, so (GEc) in Qurna is only GEc in NE. Let me know if I'm missing something.

The full GEc I see out are in Uman, Adrianople, Villach, and Trent
978 12/28/2020 6:58:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Sorry; mislabeled the space-- BASRA should have been SR'ed, Qurna is still flipped and there
977 12/28/2020 6:57:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message I have Qurna as flipped. I can't find record of you unflipping it?
976 12/28/2020 6:53:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #43: 3 / Von Below
Cancels all trench effects for 1 GE attack against only IT unit(s).

Message from Central Powers:
SR:
GEc Qurna to RB 1,2
AHc Zhmerinka to Frankfurt
AHc Zhitomir to Strasbourg
AHc Kiev to Strasbourg
975 12/28/2020 6:49:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message FR7 Metz -> (FRc) [3,0]
974 12/28/2020 6:49:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message GE(5), GE(c), AH(c) elim; you have choices
973 12/28/2020 6:48:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Central Powers:
12+1
12

Strasbourg
972 12/28/2020 6:48:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message GE11 and BR4 flip 3/5
971 12/28/2020 6:47:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
4


Message from Central Powers:
4A
12A

Essen
970 12/28/2020 6:47:00 PM Winter 1919 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:
Stras
969 12/28/2020 6:47:00 PM Winter 1919 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:
Calais: US2 to Koblenz

Aachen: attack Essen, 4A vs. 12A

Metz + Nancy: all attack Stras, 12A +1 vs. 12A
968 12/28/2020 6:41:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message 5-3. (RU1 elim), fort destroyed
967 12/28/2020 6:41:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Flip GE18, advance GE17
966 12/28/2020 6:40:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Allies:
VPs look right to me

Riga

CP 9A
AP 6A
965 12/28/2020 6:39:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Message Yes, I agree, this has been a really fun game, and you're a great opponent!
964 12/28/2020 6:26:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Also, full VP Count

CP:
+3 FoTT
+1 RT
+ 1 Balkans (Belgrade)
+6 Russia (all less Riga)
+1 NE (Qurna)
+1 LG MO
+1 US Army

+14 VP



AP:
-5 Blockade
-3 West (Aachen, Koblenz, Metz)
-1 Zimmerman
-1 Lusitania
-1 RoB
-1 14 Points

-12 VP

Total right now: CP +2; need +3 unless Treaty comes in

963 12/28/2020 6:23:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message Only a handful of PoG games in my experience go down to the last turn and have it be an exciting end. I'm very confident this game will be one of those nail-biters and it's been an absolute delight! :)
962 12/28/2020 6:19:00 PM Winter 1919 Allies Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
961 12/28/2020 6:19:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #2: 2 / Wireless Intercepts
A Flank Attack Attempt involving at least one German unit (army or corps) vs. a space containing only RU units is automatically successful.

Message from Central Powers:
M Vienna AH2 to Augsburg
C Szwali v. Riga, everything in the battle, 9A v. 6A
960 12/28/2020 6:17:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
959 12/28/2020 6:17:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Message AH/BR
958 12/28/2020 6:17:00 PM Winter 1919 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
3


Message from Central Powers:
Orders
CP
AP
957 12/28/2020 6:17:00 PM Fall 1918 Central Powers End Turn
956 12/28/2020 6:16:00 PM Fall 1918 Central Powers Message Holding 1
955 12/28/2020 6:16:00 PM Fall 1918 Central Powers Message RPs
AH2 to Vienna
GE3:
Flip GE10 Frankfurt, GE2 Strasburg, GE(14) to Essen
TU1: TUc to RB 3,0
BU1: Flip BUc Gaza// BU(c) to RB 0,1
954 12/28/2020 6:16:00 PM Fall 1918 Allies Discard Strategy card #39: 2 / They Shall Not Pass

Message from Allies:
Holding 1, to you for RPs
953 12/28/2020 6:14:00 PM Fall 1918 Central Powers Message 3/4
BR(c) elim and BR2 flips
GE10 flips
952 12/28/2020 6:13:00 PM Fall 1918 Central Powers Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from Central Powers:
5A
9A
Frankfurt
951 12/28/2020 6:13:00 PM Fall 1918 Allies Message Flip FR4 Metz

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