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766 9/21/2021 1:51:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message In fact Brussels could easily be taken back by France before conquest, but you cannot know.
With Napoleon abdication at least you are sure to end this turn ahead, in case of peace (and we have +1 for Talleyrand), with 1 VP
765 9/20/2021 6:29:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message No,I did not include the resource (another mistake). :(

Britain had potential +3 (Sweden, Brussels, resource) - 1 (Lisbon) + 1-3 keys for conquest (assuming that France did not choose to give keys to Britain during its selection).

I calculated +2 (Rome and Munich - to be taken), but I realized that I could go to Zurich in case of flag overrun ‘bonus’ CP (in case of two ‘6’ against Munich).

The resource takes me back to square one....

Two rules mistakes (perhaps) produce the right choice. So go on (I beg you pardon).
764 9/20/2021 5:51:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message It is not clear to me what you realised that would make you change your move: a possibility to take 2 keys?
(I'm not in front of the map)
But probably Napoleon abdication is better for Russia anyway, isn't it?
Otherwise you depend on outcome between France and Britain that you cannot control (in case of conquest I would also gain a resource, I was forgetting this - did you consider it, in your victory probability evaluation?)
763 9/20/2021 5:39:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message Sorry guys. I realized only now the "flag overrun" rule that did not limit my move to Munich in case of overrun of Hutozova against a single unit.
I declared finshed the impulse and so I have only to blame myself, but a new card has not still be played and so If Luca agrees that I change my move I'll do. Otherwise go on.
Remember all the rules is the first rule....
762 9/20/2021 10:49:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message The French squadron in Rotterdam is still in Rotterdam (see Force in the glossary - Squadrons are not Forces).
He is also free to leave, should he so desire.
761 9/20/2021 10:34:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message Yes, I think as well that we can't attack in any way.
I have also the French squadron in Rotterdam in regroup.
760 9/20/2021 10:33:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message No preemption (I will end the turn with one excess card).

France is up
759 9/20/2021 10:30:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message So in regroup we should have:
Moore+4 British
Gustavus+1 Swedish
Nap, Dav, Sou, Lan, Mas +16 French!
(but 18 of these can be back on the map very soon)
758 9/20/2021 10:25:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message However it doesn't say that we are no more enemies... (e.g. for what concerns deployments...) 🤔
757 9/20/2021 10:23:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message The exact meaning of "France (but not its Pact allies) may not attack or be attacked" is not crystal clear.
I assume it includes squadrons, so we cannot fight in the seas as well, right?
(and obviously flags, we cannot invade each other)
756 9/20/2021 9:59:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message This game is very funny 😃
Full of surprise!

I should check the rules to remember what happens with excess cards, to decide about preemption...
755 9/20/2021 9:44:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message If there are't objections my impulse is finished. Britain could preempt
754 9/20/2021 9:42:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Russia: Play Strategy card as Event #81: 6 / Napoleon Abdicates
Playable only with France's consent and if Napoleon is in play. Otherwise, play as 6 CPs. Regroup Napoleon, all French Forces not in French Home Duchies and all enemy Forces in French Home Duchies. France (but not its Pact allies) may not attack or be attacked until the next Turn when Napolon returns as a free reinforcement. If played during Turn 5, a 6th Turn is added. Voids Capitulation event vs. France.

Message from Russia:
And I'll play again as Event.
All the French forces (leader units and flags) in Italy, Germany and Venice go the regroup box as well English and Swedish uniits in France.
Brussels, Nassau, Rome and Antwerp are still controlled by the allied forces.
France can't attack or be attacked until next turn
753 9/20/2021 9:36:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Return Strategy card to hand #81: 6 / Napoleon Abdicates

Message from Russia:
I take back the card
752 9/20/2021 9:28:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message I don't know if abdication is a miracle or a prolonged agony...
anyway, odds are against Eugene.
I abdicate
751 9/20/2021 9:07:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message My choice would be of finish this turn (I see a 33% chance of winning), but only if Napoleon agrees
750 9/20/2021 9:04:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Russia: Play Strategy card as Operations #81: 6 / Napoleon Abdicates
Playable only with France's consent and if Napoleon is in play. Otherwise, play as 6 CPs. Regroup Napoleon, all French Forces not in French Home Duchies and all enemy Forces in French Home Duchies. France (but not its Pact allies) may not attack or be attacked until the next Turn when Napolon returns as a free reinforcement. If played during Turn 5, a 6th Turn is added. Voids Capitulation event vs. France.

Message from Russia:
Would Napoleon prefer a dashing run to Paris (with 5-6) or will he prefer to abdicate?
In case of abdication all British forces in France (but not in Belgium) and all French forces in Venice, Italy and Germany would regroup. Decision is up to you. Playing the event it's not mandatory for me, but I opted to leave the choice to Napoleon (we could also finish this one and start a new game in cas of French conquest).
In case of abdication, dear Austrian friend, remember what your brother Czar made for you (and don't flag Munich, please..).
Ps: I checked the box "play as Cp" because I have to wait for Napoleon's choice. In case of abdication I'll take the card back and I'll play again as event in order to to discard it.
749 9/20/2021 9:02:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Sorry, Gordon I unfairly blamed You....
Everything is collapsing around Napo....

748 9/20/2021 8:40:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message Anglo-american war is the second green event (can't be played until turn 4).
And then it's not over until is over
747 9/20/2021 8:33:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message No doubt Napo would be mainly responsible for French defeat....I'm aware of my mistakes...but there is a subtle balance in the game...
BUT you are right: it's too early to regret.
Eugene is alive and kicking!!!

746 9/20/2021 7:51:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message In case of tie between Britain and Russia, Russia wins
745 9/20/2021 7:43:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message By the way, as Alessandro was asking, even if France is conquered it is not sure that Britain would win.
Associate duchy keys would remain to whoever controls them, while home keys conquered by Britian would be given back to France, then a decisive dieroll would determine how many keys are ceded to Britain (1-3)
744 9/20/2021 7:37:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message As a general comment: should Britain win, if the game ends by conquest of France, it would be due to France play choices (before and after Napoleon's defeat in Vienna), not to the Prussian last impulse or other help from the allies.
Further details by email, but not before game end 😉 (at least turn end).

If the game does not end, everything can still gappen.
My latest conquests have no possibilities to be kept considering the 18-CPs French reinforcements and deployment, the British navy is reduced to 5 squadrons, Rome is firmly Russian and Portugal Spanish... Austria and Russia seems better placed for possible victory in later turns
743 9/20/2021 7:25:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message 4/5 flag Paris
5/5 flag Orleans

Russia is up.

France still has a card to liberate Paris and/or some other key (if he doesn't plan to attack Paris I don't see why Eugene retreated to Artois, giving away Orleans which is a key).

Antwerp is not a key, for France conquest it doesn't count
742 9/20/2021 7:17:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message ...Anglo - american war played for CP's...to get a useless key for Prussia counting for 15.2 and so to british benefit...instead of playing it as an event for slow down a winning Britain...
Gordon..!!! how many billions pounds Have you got from Pitt...???? ;-)
741 9/20/2021 7:13:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message ...also Nassau +4
740 9/20/2021 7:11:00 AM 1807-1808 Russia Message If France falls, the conquest procedure will be applied as 15.2 (with roll for ceded duchies) and then the game will end, right?

Roll for conquest is now= +5 (Paris, Piccardy, Brussels, Antwerp, Rome) -2 = +3
739 9/20/2021 7:10:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Too much loyalty from Russia and Austria...
738 9/20/2021 7:07:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Eugene retreats in Artois

737 9/20/2021 5:05:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message 1d
Rout avoided but no loss on the attackers.
1 French sp killed.
Eug+1 must retreat: where do they go?
736 9/20/2021 5:04:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 5

2
5
4
1
4


Message from Britain:
Eugene defence
735 9/20/2021 5:03:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message 1k 2d on the French
734 9/20/2021 5:03:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 9

5
2
5
2
3
3
3
2
6


Message from Britain:
Moore attack
733 9/20/2021 5:02:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message Odds are 9 vs 5
732 9/20/2021 4:42:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Fight
I don't play cards
You roll !!!
I don't dare to....


731 9/20/2021 4:06:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Play Strategy card as Operations #902: 5 / Parliament
Britain gets 1 CP to spend and chooses another nation not in the Imperial Camp to draw a card unless Britain is a Subject Neutral. RESERVE

Message from Britain:
1/5: flag Picardy
2-3/5: Moore+4+Gus+1 to Paris

fight or flee?
730 9/20/2021 3:13:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Britain can play reserve card, then Russia is up
729 9/20/2021 3:11:00 AM 1807-1808 France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from France:
Intercept from Paris
728 9/19/2021 10:57:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Britain asked me:
Gordon, just to verify (you talked about leaders but not units): now you have
Blucher+5+Ferdinand+2 in Graz (no Austrians nor Prussians left in Vienna) and
Anhalt+3 in Nassau
Right?

In Vienna I now have Kutuzov+Bag+Ben+8 Russians.
Charles alone in Moravia
1 Au unit in Prague
2 Pr units in Breslau
Bulow+3 in Berlin
etc (other Prussians as for setup)

Yes, all that is correct.
727 9/19/2021 4:47:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Play Strategy card as Operations #95: 2 / Deluge
Halve (franctions rounded down) the upcoming Battle Dice of both sides in the next round of the current battle.

Message from Britain:
2/2: Moore+4+Gustavus+1 to Picardy.

Any interception?
(I may then play the reserve)
726 9/19/2021 4:44:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message The doubt is: should I try to take Paris (now, before the French reinforce in the next round), or should I pursue a longer term strategy (e.g. buying a squadron)?
725 9/19/2021 10:54:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Yes 1 unit to Paris from Artois - not Calais
724 9/19/2021 10:45:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message I will do the British impulse later (maybe this evening)
723 9/19/2021 10:35:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message Britain is up...Nelson, Nelson...
722 9/19/2021 10:35:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message "2 CP 1 unit from Calais to Paris"
I suppose it was from Artois
721 9/19/2021 10:34:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message British squadra sunk
3 trench squadrons stay in BoB

720 9/19/2021 10:32:00 AM 1807-1808 France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 3

5
4
4


Message from France:
British fire
719 9/19/2021 10:31:00 AM 1807-1808 France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from France:
Battle
2 French dice
718 9/19/2021 10:30:00 AM 1807-1808 France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
6


Message from France:
British interception
717 9/19/2021 10:18:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message Do you confirm your move?
If yes, you can proceed with my interception attempt, and fight the battle with one squadron if intercepted (unless you succesfully evade, going back to Bordeaux)
716 9/19/2021 10:17:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message "Interception can be attempted
in a Zone by an inactive Fleet whenever a Fleet enters
its Zone and/or a Port in that Zone (and before it combines with
any friendly Fleet already in that Zone or Port, or gains protection
of the shore batteries). The inactive Fleet gets the first interception
opportunity. If it fails or declines, the Active Fleet may then
combine with any Fleet already in that Zone and may spend a
Maneuver to Patrol (attempt interception) or move on."
715 9/19/2021 10:15:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message (I check the rules but I'm rather sure it can be done...)
714 9/19/2021 10:14:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message I try to intercept the squadron coming out from Bordeaux (before he joins the others)
713 9/19/2021 9:49:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message 1 sq from Bordeaux to BoB (0,5 CP tot.1)
2 CP 1 unit from Calais to Paris

Britain up

712 9/19/2021 9:03:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message No interception.

Btw, your move costs 1 maneuver (0.5 CP)
711 9/19/2021 8:37:00 AM 1807-1808 France France: Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 2 / The King's Shilling
If not yet in play, place Beresford or Hill in any friendly British Home or Associate Duchy of the British Player's choice.

Message from France:
1 CP 2sq. from Brest to BoB
British can intercept
710 9/19/2021 4:39:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message (I meant British Royal Navy ;)
709 9/19/2021 4:38:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message (British fleet reduced to 6 squadrons, the bare minimum for Admiralty...)
708 9/19/2021 4:32:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message 1 Spanish squadron sunk and 1 disrupted
= British victory!

1 Spanish squadron goes back in Galizia's port.
Now in BoB I have only 1 British squadron.

France is up.
707 9/19/2021 4:31:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 3

2
6
5


Message from Britain:
British second wave of squadrons firing :)
706 9/19/2021 4:30:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message Wait, applying the Spanish move on the map I see that BoB is where I have two squadrons!
I thought the Spanish navy was forcing the blockade where I had only 1 squadron, but that is MAO!
So I wrongly rolled only 3 dice for the British, 3 more shall be rolled...
705 9/19/2021 4:26:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message Gordon, just to verify (you talked about leaders but not units): now you have
Blucher+5+Ferdinand+2 in Graz (no Austrians nor Prussians left in Vienna) and
Anhalt+3 in Nassau
Right?

In Vienna I now have Kutuzov+Bag+Ben+8 Russians.
Charles alone in Moravia
1 Au unit in Prague
2 Pr units in Breslau
Bulow+3 in Berlin
etc (other Prussians as for setup)

Other Russians: Kon (alone) in Grodno, 1 in St Pet (with 2 sqadrons), 1 in Sevastopol, squadron in Black Sea
704 9/19/2021 3:03:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Message British squadron sunk :(

Spain has 1 more maneuver available, if needed
703 9/19/2021 3:01:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
6


Message from Britain:
No hits!
Spanish gunfire
702 9/19/2021 3:00:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 3

2
1
4


Message from Britain:
Intercepted.
British gunfire
701 9/19/2021 2:59:00 AM 1807-1808 Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from Britain:
Interception attempt in BoB
700 9/19/2021 2:51:00 AM 1807-1808 France Message British fleet in BoB can intercept
699 9/19/2021 2:49:00 AM 1807-1808 France Spain: Play Strategy card as Operations #106: 5 / Baltic Naval Stores
If all Ports on the Baltic Sea are friendly or neutral, your Camp's naval Refits are Free and enemy Refits cost double (1 CP). Any one nation of your choice in your Camp with an availabel Squadron to build may freely place one once in an unblockaded Home Port beneath a Build marker. Retain faceup as long as all Ports on the Baltic Sea are non-enemy. Discard once no longer applicable.

Message from France:
1CP Blake+4 in Granada
2 CP unflag Cadiz
3 CP flag Oporto
4CP 1 unit from Valencia to Madrid
5CP Spanish Fleet (2sq) in BOB
698 9/18/2021 9:56:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Spain up.
697 9/18/2021 9:56:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Actually, no. I will Leave Blucher and Ferd in Graz, BUT Brunswick and 3 to Nassau and flag Franconia. NOW done.
696 9/18/2021 9:51:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Why does Spain still have a card? Speaking of Spain, they are up.
695 9/18/2021 9:50:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message 1-2/6 Anhalt to Hanover, to Munster.
3/6 Flag Nassau
4/6 Blucher to Graz
5-6/6 Blucher and Ferd to Zagreb.
694 9/18/2021 9:42:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Prussia: Play Strategy card as Operations #32: 6 / Anglo-American War
Britain must remove two Formations and two Squadrons to this Foreign War. Discard from play when War ends. If played by a Proxy Neutral during Turn 4 or later, it must be played as an event.

Message from Austria:
As this is the only card I have left...
693 9/18/2021 9:41:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message OK, Prussia.
692 9/18/2021 4:45:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message Pope returned to the true orthodox faith closing the schism.

Long live the pope!
691 9/18/2021 4:41:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message What have I done to the Pope?
:(
:)
(well played, Alessandro)


690 9/18/2021 4:27:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message Prussia is up
689 9/18/2021 4:26:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Russia: Play Strategy card as Event #55: 3 / Papal Bull
Place a Unit and Flag (even if already flagged by an ally) in one friendly or unoccupied Duchy in or adjacent to Rome. OR Spend 5 CPs on the Diplomatic Track to influence any nation(s) other than Ottoman Turks but never during the first round of 1805.

Message from Russia:
Play like event (sorry Britain).

1 unit and 1 flag in Rome (replacing English one)
688 9/18/2021 3:20:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Russia up.
687 9/18/2021 3:19:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Austria: Play Strategy card as Operations #46: 5 / Rear Guard
Void rout. The victor of the battle remains unchanged and the battle ends. Void Panic event against this battle whether played before or after this event.

Message from Austria:
1/5 unflag Vienna
2/5 John unflags Salzburg
3/5 Ferd and 2u to Graz
4/5 Ferg unflags Graz
5/5 Ferd unflags Zagreb
686 9/18/2021 2:20:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message Kutuzov will stay with the bulk of his army
685 9/18/2021 2:06:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message What plans does Russia have with its forces in Vienna?
684 9/18/2021 2:05:00 PM 1807-1808 Russia Message Time to discuss about diplomacy, dear allies.
I think that Russia earned the honor to lead a small army in Germany.
683 9/18/2021 1:59:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message Errata: no preemption possible, I think (Continental System Fails still active)
682 9/18/2021 1:57:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 3 / Descent from the Sea
Place one Unit and a Flag of this nation in any unoccupied enemy Port of any Zone controlled by this nation's Camp. This Port cannot be a Fortress.

Message from Britain:
3 CPs:
1-2/3 Moore+4 to Antwerp (thank-you Gustavus! You are no more alone now :)
3/3 flag Brussels

Austria is up

I may use preemption after
681 9/18/2021 1:46:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Draw Extra Strategy Card Message from Britain:
680 9/18/2021 1:46:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Draw Extra Strategy Card Message from Britain:
679 9/18/2021 1:46:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Britain: Play Strategy card as Event #903: 6 / Admiralty
Britain draws two cards if its Fleets control six Zones at the start of its Impulse. Voided by Bey of Algiers or if Britain is a Subject Neutral. RESERVE

Message from Britain:
Britannia rules the waves
(rather surprisingly for me, given the status of the Royla Navy :)
678 9/18/2021 1:43:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message Fuga in Italia! :)

John cannot intercept in Salzburg (as the duchy was occupied by Davout).

So I guess Britain is up
677 9/18/2021 1:30:00 PM 1807-1808 France France: Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 3 / Lancers and Uhlans
Increase or decrease Casualty disparity requirements for rout by one AFTER seeing battle results. Voided by the Form Square event.

Message from France:
Napo+Massena+2 from Linz to Salzburg, picks up Davout +2, then moves to dalmatia and stops in Venice
In Venive napo, Davout, Massena +4 units
BUT
John can intercept in Salzburg
676 9/18/2021 1:23:00 PM 1807-1808 France France: Draw Extra Strategy Card Message from France:
France plays her (his? its?) last resource
675 9/18/2021 1:19:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message no more :)
674 9/18/2021 1:18:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message ACTS is showing 0 for Spain because in fact Luca already played the reserve, but he was thinking that Napoleon had evaded by rolling a 1...
673 9/18/2021 1:17:00 PM 1807-1808 France Spain: Draw Extra Strategy Card Message from France:
672 9/18/2021 1:15:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message Spain might play its reserve, as an event (drawing a card that he may play or keep) or as 5 CPs
671 9/18/2021 1:12:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Looks like Tu, Sp, Sw, and De are all spent, so back to France?
670 9/18/2021 1:09:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message And nope.
669 9/18/2021 1:09:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Austria:
Resource roll
668 9/18/2021 1:02:00 PM 1807-1808 Austria Message Yes, Ru and Pr forces are fine to lose.
No, don't want to move Praga 1cu to Moravia for battle.
Thanks for rolling (I expect it was Russia who did that).
Prussian Resource roll coming up. We finally got even with Napoleon!
667 9/18/2021 12:57:00 PM 1807-1808 Britain Message "Ru and Pru lose 1, Au none"
I applied this on my map, but Gordon may correct it if he wants (it is Blucher who decides which 2 SPs to lose, subdivided equally between two nations)

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