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74 6/26/2022 12:57:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message AHc elimmed
No advance

You are up for replacements and turn end
73 6/26/2022 12:57:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Allies:
Stanislaw

AP - 3A
CP - 1c
72 6/26/2022 12:56:00 AM August 1914 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:
2 ops

1) Lublin (m) - RU5 to Brest-Litovsk
2) Tarnopol (c) - RU3 attacks Stanislaw

I'll resolve now
71 6/25/2022 5:17:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Killing one corps, no advance.
70 6/14/2022 11:53:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message 5/2 at Kovno

Elim RU1 and flip replacing RUc
Retreat (RUc) to Vilna

Germans get to choose losses and advance


69 6/14/2022 11:51:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
2


Message from Allies:
Antwerp is automatic

Here's the attack on Kovno

CP - 9A
AP - 4A
68 6/14/2022 5:47:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 2 / Von Francois
A GE attack vs. RU units adds a +1 drm. May be used against spaces with RU and other nationalities.

Message from Central Powers:
* Brussels activated for Attack - Activations: 1 - OPS: 1
* Attack activation moved Brussels to Antwerp. - Activations: 1 - OPS: 1
* Insterberg activated for Attack - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2
* Attack activation moved Insterberg to Kovno. - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2

All units attack, no CC.
No advance to Antwerp. I'll decide later for Kovno.
67 6/13/2022 1:36:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #2: 4 / Blockade
Subtract 1 VP during the War Status Phase of each Winter turn.

War Status increased to 4

Message from Allies:
Event
66 6/13/2022 1:03:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #10: 3 / SUD Army
One AH unit and up to 2 GE corps may stack together and be Activated for a cost of 1 OPS point. A different stack may be chosen each Action Round. If a second AH unit or a second non-GE corps unit is present, then the activation cost is 2 OPS points. This event does not supercede rule 12.1.11.

Replacement points: AH: 1, BU: 0, GE: 2, TU: 1

Message from Central Powers:
* (GEc): Novi Sad to Szeged
* AHc: Novi Sad to Sarajevo
65 6/4/2022 2:50:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message AHc elimmed
Advance RU8

-1VP

Back to you!
64 6/4/2022 2:49:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Allies:
Czernowitz

AP - 3A
CP - 1c
63 6/4/2022 2:48:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 2/1 result
Reduce (AH5) and replace with AHc
AHc and (GEc) retreat 1 (you can resolve on your move).
No advance
62 6/4/2022 2:45:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from Allies:
Belgrade first

AP - 4A
CP - 2A
61 6/4/2022 2:44:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Russian Reinforcements (2 corps)
2 corps.

Message from Allies:
AP4
2 ops
1) Belgrade (c) - SB1, SB2 attack Novi Sad
2) K-P (c) - RU8 attacks Czwernowitz

I'll resolve both since no CC possible
60 6/4/2022 3:05:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #11: 2 / Oberost
German units may now attack spaces containing RU forts. (They may always besiege such spaces). May still be played for War Status after CP War Status is 4 or higher.

War Status increased to 3

Message from Central Powers:
Log up, back to you.
59 5/27/2022 2:00:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hi Jakob - no worries, take care of yourself first always!
58 5/27/2022 5:13:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Rick,

Apologies once again for my prolonged absence. I've had a lot going on in my life recently. I'll work on my pace and do my best to avoid further breaks like this one.
57 5/20/2022 6:09:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Guys - the round is half over, and you're still on T1; need to seriously put some effort into catching up in order to finish on time.
56 5/8/2022 1:03:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #13: 4 / Rape of Belgium
May only be played if CP played "Guns of August." May only be played as an Event if the Allied War Status is still at Mobilization. Subtract 1 VP.

War Status increased to 2

Message from Allies:
AP3
Event
No log file this time!
55 5/8/2022 4:10:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #8: 3 / Race to the Sea
CP units may now end movement in Ostend, Calais, and Amiens. Card may also be played as an event after CP WS is at 4.

Message from Central Powers:
* GEc: Insterberg to Przemysl
* (GEc): Bremen to Novi Sad
* GEc: CP Reserve Box (6,0) to Insterberg
* GEc: CP Reserve Box (5,0) to Insterberg
54 5/3/2022 11:52:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message 4/1 result

(GE2) is reduced and replace by (GEc), which retreats 2
(I put the (GEc) in Liege but feel free to adjust)

No advance

Back to you!
53 5/3/2022 11:49:00 AM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
1


Message from Allies:
Here's the attack on Sedan

AP - 6A
CP - 3A
52 5/3/2022 11:48:00 AM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 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 Allies:
AP2
2 ops

1) Verdun (c) - FR3, FR4 attack Sedan
2) Valjevo (m) - SB2 to Belgrade.
51 5/3/2022 3:11:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Understood.

* GE3: Sedan to Brussels
* Brussels VP space captured by CP.
* VP: 12
* Sedan: GE2 => (GE2)
50 5/1/2022 6:41:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Need to pick up the pace here guys - and reminder that in the adjucation of matches (that don't finish in time) we tend to heavily penalize a player using significantly more time.
49 5/1/2022 2:02:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hey Jakob, hope you are well! We have to figure out how to get more than 1 card play per month, or we have no chance of finishing this game!
48 4/28/2022 7:41:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message that's a 1/3 result
For the CP, that means elim (AHc) in Timisvar, and flip AH5 in Novi Sad

VASSAL file is up for your loss/advance at Sedan, or you can just post it here and I'll do it on my move
47 4/28/2022 7:37:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
1 LF
here's the defense, also at 3A
46 4/28/2022 7:37:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
success - here's the attack at 3A
45 4/28/2022 7:36:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
Belgrade flank
44 4/28/2022 7:36:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 3 LF's to attack
Final result is 4/3
(BE1) and BEF to Cambrai
You can choose you loss and advance if you choose
43 4/28/2022 7:33:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
4 LF's - flip BE1

Return fire at 6A
42 4/28/2022 7:32:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
attack at 12A
41 4/28/2022 7:32:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
let's begin with Sedan - flank attack
40 4/28/2022 4:02:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Operations #12: 4 / German Reinforcements (10th Army)
10th Army, 2 corps.

Message from Central Powers:
* Sedan activated for Attack - Activations: 1 - OPS: 1
* Liege activated for Attack - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2
* Attack activation moved Sedan to Brussels. - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2
* Attack activation moved Liege to Brussels. - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2
* Novi Sad activated for Attack - Activations: 3 - OPS: 3
* Timisvar activated for Attack - Activations: 4 - OPS: 4
* Attack activation moved Novi Sad to Belgrade. - Activations: 4 - OPS: 4
* Attack activation moved Timisvar to Belgrade. - Activations: 4 - OPS: 4

Attacking with all possible units, flank attack in both cases. No CC.
39 4/20/2022 1:32:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Jakob,
Good to hear from you, I was starting to worry!
38 4/20/2022 4:18:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Hi Rick,

apologies for my prolonged absence without prior notice, I've had a busy few weeks with some health issues on top. Everything is in order now and I'll make sure I make up for the lost time from now on. My move will be coming shortly.
37 4/8/2022 6:38:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hi Jakob
Is everything ok on your end? It's been a couple of weeks, and we're not yet even to action 2 of turn 1!
36 4/1/2022 5:47:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message friendly reminder - you are up!
35 3/29/2022 12:28:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 1-1 result
AHc flips, no retreat

You can retreat Tarnopol on your move
RU3 will advance to Tarnopol

Move file is up!
34 3/29/2022 12:26:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
6


Message from Allies:
Now SB1 attacks Timisvar
AP -> 2A
CP -> 1c
33 3/29/2022 12:25:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message 5 LF's
AH3 elimmed, replacing AHc (3,0) flips
32 3/29/2022 12:23:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
Attack at 6A+1
31 3/29/2022 12:23:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
flank roll
30 3/29/2022 12:23:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #4: 2 / Pleve
RU units get a +1 drm for an attack or defense.

Message from Allies:
for Tarnopol
29 3/29/2022 12:22:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #1: 4 / British Reinforcements (2nd Army)
2nd Army, 1 corps.

Message from Allies:
AP1
4 ops

1) Antwerp (m) - BE1 to Brussels
2) Belgrade (c) - SB1 attacks Timisvar
3, 4) Dubno & K-P (c) - RU3 and RU4 will flank Tarnopol. CC (Pleve) to follow.

I'll resolve them since no def CC possible!
28 3/29/2022 3:25:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message * Liege: GE1 => (GE1)
* GE2: Liege to Sedan
* Sedan VP space captured by CP.
* VP: 11
* GE3: Koblenz to Sedan
27 3/24/2022 1:08:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message No MO for the CP
AP gets the Russians
26 3/24/2022 1:07:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from Allies:
Forgot to roll for MO's

CP
AP
25 3/23/2022 1:12:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message CP wins 7/4
FR3 elimmed, replace by FRc (5,0) which flips back to full strength per Withdrawal and retreats to Chateau-Thierry

Flip the army of your choice and advance to Sedan if you choose. File is in dropbox
24 3/23/2022 1:05:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
1 GE army flips
Here's the attack at 12A
23 3/23/2022 1:05:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
Defense fires first at 3A
22 3/23/2022 1:04:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
Here's the flank roll, success 3-6
21 3/23/2022 1:01:00 PM August 1914 Allies Play Strategy card as Combat #6: 2 / Withdrawal
Defending units negate one required Corps step loss and instead must retreat 1 space. Full strength Attacking units may advance. If no Corps step(s) lost, an Army step loss may be negated. See rule 12.6 for details.

Message from Allies:
The French withdraw. Battle roll coming next
20 3/23/2022 3:18:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Play Strategy card as Event #1: 3 / Guns of August
May only be played in the first Action Round of the August 1914 turn. The Liege fort is destroyed. Place the GE 1st and 2nd Armies in the Liege space. The GE 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Armies are activated for Combat.

War Status increased to 2

Message from Central Powers:
* Attack activation moved Liege to Sedan. - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2
* Attack activation moved Koblenz to Sedan. - Activations: 2 - OPS: 2

Flank on Sedan. No CC.
19 3/22/2022 9:30:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Hey Rick,

apologies for my prolonged absence. I've been away from home for a bit longer than expected, my move will be ready in a few hours once I get back home.
18 3/22/2022 9:28:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Draw Strategy cards
17 3/21/2022 2:03:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hey Jakob, just a shout out that you may draw cards and fire when ready!
16 3/16/2022 1:13:00 PM August 1914 Allies Draw Strategy cards
15 3/16/2022 1:10:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Dropbox works for me!
Have fun and good luck. But not too much good luck :)
14 3/16/2022 5:13:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Alright! Please let me know if you want me to set up a Dropbox (or some alternative) for log exchange, then, and I'll get going.

I agree with your remarks. I usually let the defender resolve rolls regardless of possible CC plays but you may feel free to proceed with resolution in the situations you described.
13 3/15/2022 8:06:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message A couple more notes, then you can fire away!

On combat, I always roll attacker first, then defender, no matter which I'm rolling as.

If there's no combat card possible, I'm ok with going ahead and rolling as the attacker. Obviously, if there is a possible CC, let the defender decide to play it (or not) then defender rolls.

Otherwise, let the Guns of August fire away!
12 3/14/2022 1:37:00 PM August 1914 Central Powers Message I accept the bid. Good luck!
11 3/14/2022 11:59:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message I will bid '0' to play the AP
10 3/14/2022 11:59:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message I use Vassal for my logs.
9 3/14/2022 11:58:00 AM August 1914 Allies Message What do you use to log your games? VASSAL or Cyberboard?
8 3/14/2022 8:51:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Also, do you wish to exchange logs? If so, my preferred method is Discord, Dropbox also works.
7 3/14/2022 8:49:00 AM August 1914 Central Powers Message Hey Rick,

Looking forward to a good game! I'm no expert either, I have some experience but this is my first PoG tournament.

I live in Slovenia, so I should be about 8 hours ahead of you. I propose we use supply and MO warnings, friendly play shouldn't be an issue at all :)
6 3/13/2022 10:14:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message I bid first, but I will wait to see if you have any special requests. I'm good with supply warnings, MO reminders, and generally friendly play :)
5 3/13/2022 10:13:00 PM August 1914 Allies Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
1-3 Jakob
4-6 Rick
4 3/13/2022 10:11:00 PM August 1914 Allies Message Hi Jakob,

I've played in the last few PoG tourneys, but I am definitely not an expert! I live in Southern California, so I am on PDT (UTC -7 I think?)

I'll go ahead and roll a die for the first bid - looking forward to our game. Have fun!
3 3/13/2022 10:00:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Kickoff Message Part 1 of 2

Warriors!

Welcome to Round 1 of the ninth BPA-Sponsored Paths of Glory Tournament!

With a significant number of new folks, this introduction is going to be more verbose and explicit than most kickoff messages but I promise I'll tighten it up going forward.

I will serve as the game moderator for your match, feel free to direct any issues or questions that arise directly to me at mdauer92@yahoo.com. (I am in the US CST time zone, set your response expectations accordingly.) While I may sometimes directly intervene when perusing the various logs, I generally wait for players to reach out to me unless I see something that merits immediate intervention. My response time is generally 24 hours; any longer, please reach out to either of the other two GMs, Paul Hubbard or Tom Gregorio. Should you not be pleased or satisfied by any response I give, don't hesitate to escalate to BOTH of the other GMs and I'll defer to their united wisdom. 😃

From a getting started perspective here's what I'd recommend:
Introduce yourself to your opponent, comments setting expectations regarding gaming experience, responsiveness, time zones, anticipated extended absences are also welcomed at this time.
If you want to modify the default scenario conditions, agree BEFORE bidding for sides. (Example: Many folks like Mandatory Offensive reminders.) As a reminder, supply warnings are in effect by default unless both players agree otherwise.
One of you roll a six-sided die, 1-3 = CP bid first, 4-6 = AP bids first. Then conduct bidding for sides.
If the sides need to be switched, and you can't figure it out via the "Edit Game" function, don't hesitate to reach out to me. (Key thing to remember is that if you use "Edit Game" to reset players, make sure you log out of ACTS and come back in before drawing cards!)

Match Information:
The Official round 1 kickoff is Monday, March 14, 2022 but you may start immediately. You'll have 120 days to get to an outcome, we're looking for a finish by July 12, 2022. Averaging a card per player per day is well within your means and any adjudications because time ran out will be heavily in favor of the player using less time. Very few games go the full 20 turns but don't be the game that wastes three weeks before the first card is played!
This is a double elimination event, regardless of any game outcome you will get a chance to advance to Round 2. New players will join the tournament but anyone joining in Round 2 will face immediate elimination from the event if they lose as they will have been accorded a round 1 loss. (The finals are always just one match for all the marbles.)
VASSAL is suggested, make sure you download the latest Paths of Glory game module. Exchanging log files is not expected or required, but many people do so if there is a significant map issue to be resolved. As a reminder, this is a PBEM event, playing a 'live' game over VASSAL is not recommended or encouraged, particularly in matches involving new players.
It is STRONGLY recommended that a consistent notation be applied when listing out your moves. I also can't stress enough that all Reserve Box transactions be captured in the ACTS log. Accurate place name spellings, and using consistent acronyms, will also go a long way in making the log easily searchable. If in doubt, just look at the logs of other folks to see what they do. At the end of the day, what's in the ACTS log supersedes any Vassal log files and the GMs will normally just answer questions based on what they see in ACTS.

2 3/13/2022 9:59:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Message Kickoff Message Part 2 of 2

Game Etiquette:
Not everyone is a native English speaker so do not assume any tone or intent to any particular communication. Be polite and seek clarification easily and often if you don't understand something.
The ACTS log is the official record of the game. Be aware that it is publicly visible. This does not preclude direct e-mail exchanges with your opponent but the GMs will only be looking at ACTS to ascertain game status. Make sure the bidding result is referenced in the log, it's also helpful ift any VP tabulations are recorded. (The latter really only being necessary if an AV is near or in the last few turns.)
If there is a true conflict of opinion about a game action or rule, reach out to your moderator. There is also an FAQ on the tournament site. Supply warnings and resolution/correction of illegal moves are easily the topics that get the most attention from players.
A large number of participants are new to organized play - be gentle, forgiving, and provide guidance as needed. "Sharp Play" against newcomers is frowned upon and the GMs will have no compunctions against 'rewinding the game' should it be encountered. (Example: Newbie 1 misreads the combat tables or misunderstands a rule to his disadvantage and Veteran 1 deliberately lets it go. Yes, this can be a subjective situation but the GMs have powers beyond your ken that help them identify when this is happening!)
Life happens: If you are going to be absent for an extended time, let your opponent know. Similarly, set expectations regarding your responsiveness so your opponent can 'nudge you' should you go dark. (Its quite common where both players are waiting for the other to do something, let's not waste time unnecessarily!).
Reference: Tournament Site: https://www.bitterwoods.net/paths-of-glory-2022-bpa-tourney/

Finally, and most importantly - have fun!

Good luck to both you,

Michael

1 3/13/2022 9:59:00 PM August 1914 Moderator Change Allies player Allies player changed from Michael Dauer to Rick Byrens

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