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171 9/19/2021 9:26:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Change Victory Points -1: from 18 to 17
Message from Allied:
Partisans in Orel
170 9/19/2021 9:26:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Message T5AL2

Partisan plan - to Orel
169 9/19/2021 9:23:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Message Yeah, remembered after the fact that the Axis meat shields could negate a Partisans play in those spaces.
168 9/19/2021 8:14:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Message Misc: As you probably just figured out, not worth putting partisans in Kiev or Odessa until Satellites already played.
167 9/19/2021 8:13:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 17 to 18
Message from Axis:
AX gets the VP back for Kiev.
166 9/19/2021 8:12:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #23: 4 / Axis Satellites
IT8A ==> Odessa, HU 2A ==> Kiev. PREREQ: May play if Axis controls Kiev & Odessa in Supply.

Message from Axis:
T5AX2
IT8A to Odessa
HU2A to Kiev
165 9/19/2021 8:07:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Message Nope. Yup, good play to fend off AV.
164 9/19/2021 8:07:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Axis:
AX fires back at 2s.
163 9/19/2021 6:10:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Message Obvious OOS threat to Trondheim
162 9/19/2021 6:09:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Message Obviously I meant Bergen, not Oslo, sorry
161 9/19/2021 6:09:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Change Victory Points -1: from 18 to 17
Message from Allied:
Oslo
160 9/19/2021 6:09:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #16: 5 / Sledgehammer
Beach head: Allied A-B,D. [Br1A], 2x US Corps. PREREQ: Play after US Build-Up. May not play after Torch.

Message from Allied:
T5AL1

This VP may make a difference...

Allied BH to Beach A

Auto-kill GEc in Oslo and advance (chance to flip one of my USc)
159 9/19/2021 6:04:00 PM Spring 1942 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 5 to replenish hand to 5 cards.NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
158 9/19/2021 5:48:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 17 to 18
Message from Axis:
+1 Sevastopol
157 9/19/2021 5:48:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Message T5AX1
I'll open with a 1-OP
Perekop: ROc to Sevastopol, RO3A, RO4A to Krasnodar
156 9/19/2021 5:45:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 to replenish hand to 5 cards.
155 9/19/2021 5:45:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Message Stalin Orders on Leningrad, not seeing anything else.
None for AX.
154 9/19/2021 5:44:00 PM Spring 1942 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
1


Message from Axis:
T5 MOs (AL/AX)
153 9/19/2021 5:44:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis End Turn
152 9/19/2021 5:43:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Message T4 AX RPs:

GE(4):
Flip GE11(A) in Melitopol
Flip GE16(A) in Urbakh
Build GEc to RB(5,0)
Flip GE7(A) in Calais

AX(2): FULL
151 9/19/2021 5:03:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Message T4 AL RPs:

SU (7):
Build SOU and KAL in Tbilisi
Build SW in Sverdlovsk
2x (SUa) to RB (4,4)

BR/US:
FULL/off-map

To you for RPs and end of/start of turn

5-card draws for each of us
150 9/19/2021 5:01:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
149 9/19/2021 5:01:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #12: 3 / Bomber Command
Axis hand cap reduce by 2 for the next draw phase. PREREQ: Prior to Fall 44 maybe played as an event in Allied action rounds 1-5 only.

Message from Allied:
T4AL6

Might as well even things out
148 9/19/2021 2:10:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 4 / Stuka
All Ge attack vs. Su get +1 DRM this round. PREREQ: Maybe played in Summer/Fall 1941-43 only.

Message from Axis:
T4AX6
Uman: GE11(A) to Melitopol
Voronezh: GE6A to Rostov
Pskov: GE9A to Novgorod via Luga
Tambov: GE17A to Kazan
147 9/19/2021 1:54:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #2: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Don, Stalingrad, Steppe, & Voronezh Fronts. Place 4x Armies ==> RB

Message from Allied:
T4AL5

Long overdue...

VOL, STAL, STE to Chelyabinsk
DON to Tbilisi
RB (4,2)

146 9/19/2021 1:52:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #8: 2 / Hitler Declares War
Add 1 VP. US Enters the war. Allow play of Allied US Build-Up card. PREREQ: May play after Summer 41.

Message from Axis:
T4AX5
PZc from Warsaw to Tripoli
PZc from RB(1,0) to Warsaw

Would have loved to have gotten this in as the event!
145 9/19/2021 12:12:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Message Winter and Spring Thaw are probably the only times Id play Wolf-Pack during the Blitzkrieg years, AX loses too much momentum otherwise.
144 9/19/2021 11:37:00 AM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #4: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place 1st-6th Tank Armies ==> RB. PREREQ: Play 4 or more turns after Industrial Evacuation

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 2, SU: 4

Message from Allied:
T4AL4

More men

I often find that the card-reducers are least effective during Spring Thaw, when a 1-OP can be pulled off under less pressure. We shall see.
143 9/19/2021 11:36:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #15: 3 / Wolfpacks
Allied hand size reduced by 2 for the next draw phase. PREREQ: May not be played after ASW Victory.

Message from Axis:
T4AX4
Good time to use this.
142 9/19/2021 11:31:00 AM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #9: 4 / US Build-up
Allows play of Allied Invasions, US 8th Air Force, US Reinf, BR8A(21) on any following turns. PREREQ: May play any turn after the turn of US Entry.

Message from Allied:
T4AL3

Same
141 9/19/2021 11:30:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #16: 5 / Speer
Allow play of 5th Pz & 6th SS Pz A & Final Production Surge event. PREREQ: May not play after Totaler Krieg.

Message from Axis:
T4AX3
Might as well get this out of the way.
140 9/19/2021 10:51:00 AM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #7: 5 / Industrial Evacuation
May not be played if Moscow has ever been occupied by an Axis unit.

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
T5AL2

That's a no-brainer for me
139 9/19/2021 10:49:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #7: 5 / Hedgehogs
Place 3x lvl1 Trench markers in Full Supply spaces w Ge Armies in Su. All GE units in Su may use no retreat option this turn.

Replacement points: GE: 4, AX: 2

Message from Axis:
T4AX2
Let's get some troops lined up.
138 9/16/2021 5:39:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Message BRY will convert Novgorod as well, forgot it was in Limited Supply through its activation.
137 9/16/2021 5:38:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #11: 3 / Sorge
May place move/combat marker on 2 Soviet spaces. Allow play of Siberians

Message from Allied:
T4AL1

Tbilisi - LEN, RES to Amravir; CEN to Maikop
Leningrad - BRY to Luga and back to Leningrad

**SO MO DONE**
136 9/16/2021 7:58:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #13: 3 / Krim
Cancels Su fort combat effects for 1 attack vs. Sevastopol.

Message from Axis:
T4AX1
Hellfire Pass: PzC to Agedabia via Sidi Suleiman
Odessa: ROc, RO3A, RO4A to Perekop
Baskunchag: 4PA to Kuibishev via Uralsk and Guryev
135 9/16/2021 6:53:00 AM Winter 1942 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
134 9/16/2021 6:52:00 AM Winter 1942 Allied Message Hitler Orders:

SF on Gazala and Hellfire Pass
133 9/16/2021 6:46:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Message I believe the only eligible HOs is Hellfire Pass.
132 9/16/2021 6:45:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
131 9/16/2021 6:45:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Message Let's try again: Soviet MO and Hitler's Orders.
130 9/16/2021 6:44:00 AM Winter 1942 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Axis:
T4 MOs (AL/AX)
129 9/16/2021 6:44:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis End Turn
128 9/16/2021 6:44:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
127 9/16/2021 6:44:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message T3 AX RPs

GE(3):
Flip 1P(A) in Kotelnikovo
Flip GE2(A) in Melitopol
Flip GE9(A) in Pskov

AX(1):
Flip IT(m) in Bir Hacheim
FULL
126 9/15/2021 10:10:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message To you for RPs and the start of Winter
125 9/15/2021 10:09:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +4: from 13 to 17
Message from Allied:
Stalingrad (BLAU restriction lifted)
Orel
Tula
Moscow
124 9/15/2021 10:07:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message T3 AL RPs:

SU (8):
Build CEN, RES, and LEN in Tbilisi
2x (SUa) to RB (0,2)

BR (4):
Flip all (CWc) and (BRc) on the south of the map
FULL

I actually have a shot at the 4-op reinforcement being the only card left in the draw pile...I will laugh hard if that happens.


123 9/15/2021 10:00:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message The following die/convert due to attrition:

Vologda (LEN)
Tula (RES)
Stalingrad (RES)
Orel
Moscow
Courland
Tallinn
Narva
Luga
Gomel
Roslav
Bryansk
TV
Zabore
Sharya
Yaroslavl
Serafimovich

3x replacement SUa also eliminated (0,0)

This is probably the worst whooping I've experienced in BTB, and that's saying something.
122 9/15/2021 9:55:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
121 9/15/2021 9:41:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Yeah, that's the worst sequencing I've seen in a looooong time.
120 9/15/2021 9:41:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message ...and I didn't feel Siberians worth holding to play next turn, when I finally get my "real" reinforcement card...
119 9/15/2021 9:40:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Nope - Sorge as well fell to the bottom of my draw deck.

Do you accept my horrible luck yet? :)
118 9/15/2021 9:39:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message PS: Did you have to discard Sorge earlier? That's usually a keeper - you will be missing that "Shock Army Meat".
117 9/15/2021 9:38:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message 3/4 AX win. Good one, you at least got my 1PA to flip.
116 9/15/2021 9:37:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from Axis:
Darn - sorry about messing that MO! That will teach me to go from memory.

Stalingrad - attack Kotelnikovo (2L vs 5L)
115 9/15/2021 9:29:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #13: 3 / Siberians
Place 1st-5th Shock Armies on the map as if they were LCUs PREREQ: Play after Sorge.

Message from Allied:
T3AL6

Alexandria - DES to Buq Buq, (CWc) to Mersa Matruh
Sevastopol - VOL to Maikop via Kerch, Krasnodar
Stalingrad - attack Kotelnikovo (2L vs 5L)
114 9/15/2021 9:22:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message I just noted in message 79 you specified the rolls for MOs as AL/AX and rolled a 3 for AL. That means I had a Soviet MO this turn, which was satisfied BUT I might have spent that OP in North Africa on something else. Ah well...too late now, moving on :-)
113 9/15/2021 6:19:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #9: 4 / Hitler Takes Command
Allow play of Totaler Krieg, Fall Blau, Zitadelle, Wacht am Rhein events. Prevents play of PzG Guderian. +2DRM to the Axis Order rolls.

Message from Axis:
T3AX6
Chernovitsi: GE11(A) to Uman
Yassi: RO3A to Odessa
Poltava: GE2(A) to Melitopol
Bucharest: ROc to Odessa
112 9/15/2021 5:21:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #25: 5 / Enigma
The Axis player must show the Allied player his hand. PREREQ: May not be played if Allies control any space in Greater Germany. May not play during Spring Thaw.

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
T3AL5

MORE MEN
111 9/15/2021 4:41:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #18: 2 / Devil's Gardens
Treat desert space as a mountain space for 1 defensive combat.

Message from Axis:
T3AX5
2xPZc from RB(2,0) to Warsaw
110 9/15/2021 3:06:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Change Victory Points -1: from 14 to 13
Message from Allied:
Partisans in Kiev instead
109 9/15/2021 3:05:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Wait...
108 9/15/2021 3:04:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #19: 3 / Partisans
Allow placement of Partisan markers in the Su, Greece, Albania, & Yugoslavia. May immediately play 1 Partisan marker.

Message from Allied:
T3AL4

Partisans appear in Kazan

**Vyatka OOS**
107 9/15/2021 3:03:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Misc: GE7(A) in Calais, GE1(A) in Reims.
106 9/15/2021 3:01:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #25: 4 / Stuka
All Ge attack vs. Su get +1 DRM this round. PREREQ: Maybe played in Summer/Fall 1941-43 only.

Replacement points: GE: 3, AX: 1

Message from Axis:
T3AX4
Good idea!
105 9/15/2021 2:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #22: 5 / Operation Uranus
"+1DRM" for all Su attack this round. PREREQ: May NOT play during Spring Thaw

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
T3AL3

Time to draft
104 9/15/2021 2:55:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #23: 4 / Axis Satellites
IT8A ==> Odessa, HU 2A ==> Kiev. PREREQ: May play if Axis controls Kiev & Odessa in Supply.

Message from Axis:
T3AX3
Voronezh: 1PA to Kotelnikovo via Millervovo, Kamenskaya, and Kalach
Konotop: GE17A to Tambov via Kursk and Elets
Chernigov: GE6A to Voronezh
Cherkassi: PZc to Rostov via Melitopol, Stalino

** Stalingrad now OOS. **
103 9/15/2021 2:53:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Flip CWc in Buq Buq
102 9/15/2021 2:49:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message 2/1 AX win, one of yours flips.
101 9/15/2021 2:48:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
5


Message from Axis:
Buq Buq - attack Hellfire Pass (3s vs 3s)
100 9/15/2021 2:24:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Change Victory Points -3: from 17 to 14
Message from Allied:
Sevastopol
Moscow
Tula

(for now...)
99 9/15/2021 2:24:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Casablanca
Treat all Neutral spaces as Allied for VP purposes. PREREQ: May play if Allies control Oran & Algiers, or Syracusa, & there are no Axis controlled spaces in Libya or Egypt. (Subtract 1 VP for each currently neutral VP space.)

Message from Allied:
T3AL2

Rostov - VOL to Sevastopol via Melitopol, Perekop
Yaroslavl - RES to Tula via Moscow
Buq Buq - attack Hellfire Pass (3s vs 3s)

**AL MO DONE**

Supply threat to Germans in the far East
98 9/15/2021 1:49:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message >>There are other ways to capture BLAU spots. ;)<<

Very well aware. I didn't say it was a LARGE solace
97 9/15/2021 1:48:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 16 to 17
Message from Axis:
Saratov
96 9/15/2021 1:48:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #2: 4 / Von Paulus Pause
Axis places 4 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). Cancels Su Trench No Retreat option this round. Axis must take 2x 1 OPS rounds on Turn 2. Cancels Winter 42 effects. PREREQ: Play on Turn 1 only. May not play if Barbarossa has been played.

Message from Axis:
T3AX2
Gorki: GE16(A) to Urbakh via Ulyanovsk and Kuibishev
Kaluga: GE18A to Gorki, GE4A to Penza
Penza: 2PA to Kalmyk Steppes via Astrakhan
Tambov: Autokill SUa in Elets, advance to Baskunchag via Saratov

**** Supply threats to Stalingrad and Rostov.

There are other ways to capture BLAU spots. ;)
95 9/15/2021 1:43:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message My one solace is that Fall Blau is currently in the discard....
94 9/15/2021 1:41:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Yeah, VPs will be close, you absolutely have to get this in. This is actually a relatively common situation, especially in tournament games where very few people bail early.
93 9/15/2021 1:37:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #6: 4 / FDR Declares War
Maybe played after Summer 41. US Enters the war. Allow play of US Build-Up.

NOTE: US enters the war. Total War cards will be added at the end of Summer 1942.

Message from Allied:
T3AL1

This may be a forlorn hope, but it seems to me that HDW may be the VP that makes a difference if I stay in this thing.
92 9/15/2021 1:27:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message >>seeing how the Axis tries to close out in this situation <<

So I take it this situation (with the card sequencing early) is not one you see often in your experience?
91 9/15/2021 1:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 15 to 16
Message from Axis:
+1 more, missed T2 Allied MO.
90 9/15/2021 1:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message I missed an AL MO last turn too, so that's 16 total.
89 9/15/2021 1:17:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message VP Check:

Start = 7
SFs: +1 (T1 SF violation, Lwow)
Cards: -1 for Taifun w/o OKH
VPs: +8 (Minsk, Odessa, Kiev, Sevastopol, Kharkov, Tula, Moscow, Gorki)
88 9/15/2021 1:15:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message I've quit on you enough, you deserve an honest ass-whooping of your opponent. You seem to be my nemesis as my other games usually go much better (and the Card Gods know it lol)

Will get you my move later on, hopefully.
87 9/15/2021 1:13:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Yikes - definitely some unfortunate AL card sequencing! I'm ok with playing on - if for no other reason than seeing how the Axis tries to close out in this situation and staving off an AV as long as possible.
86 9/15/2021 1:11:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 5 / Herkules
Place an Axis control marker on Malta. May trace full supply by sea to Tripoli/Tunis. PREREQ: May not be played if Allied units are in Benghazi or Algiers.

Message from Axis:
T3AX1
Kalinin: 3PA to Vyatka via Vladmir and Kazan.
Moscow: GE16(A) to Gorki via Ivanovo
Orhsa: GE4A, GE18A to Kaluga
Krasnodar: 4PA to Kharkov via Melitopol
Kharkov:
4PA autokill SUa in Voronezh, advance to Tambov via Voronezh and Mikhalovska
1PA autokill SUa in Voroshilovgrad, advance to Voronezh via Voroshilovgrad

SU in Vologda, Yaroslavl, Elets OOS.
85 9/15/2021 1:05:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Also, FWIW no IE this turn either - very low odds of no IE the first 3 turns...
84 9/15/2021 1:00:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Well.......

I also didn't draw the other reinforcement, so now I (truly) don't see a path to victory.

Thoughts?
83 9/15/2021 1:00:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
82 9/15/2021 1:00:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Yeah...

Don't think I have done anything particularly wrong though, so long as this scenario isn't unusual against an AX shark given the hands I've been dealt?
81 9/15/2021 12:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
80 9/15/2021 12:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message T3 MOs: WAlly and None.
79 9/15/2021 12:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
2


Message from Axis:
T3 MOs (AL/AX)
78 9/15/2021 12:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis End Turn
77 9/15/2021 12:57:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
76 9/15/2021 12:57:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Not getting IE in is definitely a problem, no 8 card hand and no tank armies, an AL win is still possible. Now you have to make sure you don't lose in Russia AND get 'ahead of schedule' in the West and Med. =(
75 9/15/2021 11:04:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Message SUa in Kolomyja also eliminated.
74 9/15/2021 11:03:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Message SOU and replacement SUa (3,0) eliminated from attrition in Kishinev
73 9/15/2021 10:50:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Message PS - I am holding my last card.
72 9/15/2021 10:49:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #21: 4 / British Reinforcements
Replace Desert Army (must be on map in full supply) w 8th Army. Remove Desert Army from play. PREREQ: Play any turn following the turn US Build-up is played. Desert Army (5) must be in play

Message from Allied:
T2AL6

Only one option...

SR:

Kubiechev - Stalin to Chelyabinsk
Orel - CEN to Stalingrad

No good options so I thought I'd move an LCU

Once again I am glim about SU prospects, and I have to say this time it was "in the cards." IE won't get played and I don't know if the Allies can win without it?

Commentary welcome, I won't back out.
Then you can end the turn.

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