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213 11/1/2020 5:36:00 PM Turn 5 USSR 38 0 #38: 0 / Southeast Asia Scoring* (Both)
Both sides score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Round 5: Well, it's all over but the shouting; I'll concede now that you've schooled me thouroughly! This card gives you two more VP, and I've got the South American score card yet to play this turn, which will give you another 6 VP and nothing I can do to help myself. What a crazy game! Randomness worked against me, but you were an astute and careful opponent.

Thanks for the game! I'm up for another whenever you feel up to it!

Cheers! -- Bill
211 11/1/2020 11:07:00 AM Turn 5 US 48 1 #48: 1 / Kitchen Debates* (US)
If the US controls more Battleground countries than the USSR, taunt opponent and gain 2VP!

Message from US:
I think I lead 11-7 in BG countries. Over to you!
209 10/30/2020 5:36:00 PM Turn 5 US 5 3 #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:
OK - that worked out well.
- your discarded event does not take place (South African Unrest (USSR))
- it is your turn now, you must use the 2 OPS from my Missile Envy card for 2 Ops.
207 10/30/2020 5:06:00 PM Turn 5 USSR 5 3 #5: 3 / Five-Year Plan (US)

Message from USSR:
This is my highest value card. I'll discard a card next. Or do I wait for you to play the Five-Year Plan now that it's yours? I don't think it matters, so I'll go ahead and discard a random card...
206 10/30/2020 3:25:00 PM Turn 5 US 49 2 #49: 2 / Missile Envy (Both)
Exchange this card for the highest valued Operations card in your opponent's hand. If two or more cards are tied, opponent chooses. If the exchanged card contains your event, or an event applicable to both players, it occurs immediately. If it contains opponent's event, use Operations value without triggering event. Opponent must use this card for Operations during his next action round.

Message from US:
I think this will suck for you. What have you got for me?
205 10/30/2020 2:51:00 PM Turn 5 USSR 6 4 #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Round 3: It's hard to be subtle when you're holding on for dear life! I'll play all the points in Asia (surprise!).

Add 2 to Vietnam (1/3), and
2 to Thailand (costs 3) (3/3).

Man! Southeast Asia is a mess! Your turn...
204 10/30/2020 11:57:00 AM Turn 5 US 33 3 #33: 3 / De-Stalinization* (USSR)

Message from US:
I'll play this for Ops!

Looks like yet again you've drawn a scoring card- either the Asia scoring card or the one-time SE Asia scoring card.

I'll add 1 IP to:
Thailand (3/1)
Laos/Cambodia (2/1)
Indonesia (2/1)
203 10/30/2020 11:56:00 AM Turn 5 US 32 1 #32: 1 / UN Intervention (Both)
Play this card simultaneously with a card containing your opponent's associated Event. The Event is canceled, but you may use its Operations value to Conduct Operations. The canceled event card returns to the discard pile. May not be played during Headline Phase.

Message from US:
Will play this with the next card to cancel it's effects.
201 10/29/2020 1:08:00 PM Turn 5 USSR 30 2 #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)
Add one USSR Influence in each of any four African an/or SE Asian countries.

Message from USSR:
Round 2! I'll use the event here to add IP in SE Asia:

1 to Laos/Cambodia (1/1),
1 in Thailand (2/1),
1 in Vietnam (1/1), and
1 in Indonesia (1/1).

I think that's it. Over to you!
196 10/26/2020 8:48:00 PM Turn 5 US 63 2 #63: 2 / Colonial Rear Guards (US)
Add one US Influence in each of four different African and/or Southeast Asian countries.

Message from US:
Place 1 US IP in:
Ethiopia (1/0)
Zaire (1/0)
Angola (2/2)
Saharan States (1/0)

Over to you! Glad the wedding went well!
195 10/26/2020 11:42:00 AM Turn 5 USSR 30 2 o hand #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from USSR:
I figured it out! Your turn...
193 10/26/2020 11:41:00 AM Turn 5 USSR 43 3 #43: 3 / SALT Negotiations* (Both)
Improve DEFCON Status by two levels. Further Coup attempts incur -1 die roll modifier for both players for the remainder of the turn. Player may sort through discard pile and reclaim one non-scoring card, after revealing it to their opponent.

Message from USSR:
Okay! We survived the wedding drama here this weekend, but I may not survive Twilight Struggle much longer!

Turn 1!

I'll play for the event and pull a card from the discard pile. Coups get harder, which might not be a good play for me. DEFCON increases again.

My plan is to recall "DECOLONIZATION" from the discard pile. If I can't figure out how to do that, I'll send you a distress message!
178 10/21/2020 2:28:00 PM Turn 4 US 69 2 s #69: 2 / Latin American Death Squads (Both)
All of the player's Coup attempts in Central and South America are +1 for the remainder of the turn, while all opponent's Coup attempts are -1 for the remainder of the turn.

Message from US:
+1 Zaire (1/0)
+1 Guatemala (1/0)
175 10/21/2020 1:04:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 23 4 #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Message from USSR:
Last round of this turn:

I'll shoot for the moon with this.

I'm glad I didn't throw in the towel either, though I'm still behind I think. You had a couple of bad dice rolls that made all the difference this turn.

Space coming up!
174 10/20/2020 7:44:00 PM Turn 4 US 6 4 #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
I dropped DEFCON to 4 since you ran a coup in a BG country.

Was hoping to save this for Asia, but I'm getting skinned in Central America.

+2 Mexico (2/0)
+2 Venezuela (2/0)

You've bounced back nicely - it hasn't matriculated in terms of VPs yet, but once the scoring cards come out you're going to net some serious VPs. Not sure if you'll be able to bring it back close enough to what Reagen will do, but we'll see! I'm glad you didn't concede!
170 10/20/2020 7:12:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 39 3 s #39: 3 / Arms Race (Both)
Compare each player's status on the Military Operations Tracks. If Phasing Player has more Military Operations points, he or she scores 1VP. If Phasing Player has more Military Operatons points and has met the Required Military Operations amount, he/she scores 3 VP instead.

Message from USSR:
Good gawd y'all! Huh...

Round 6:

I'll try for a coup in Panama...

With the 3 op, I need to roll a 2 or better for success I think.
167 10/20/2020 6:20:00 PM Turn 4 US 24 2 #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:
We'll target India here so there's no die roll modifiers.

US gets 2 MilOps

166 10/20/2020 6:15:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 52 2 #52: 2 / Portuguese Empire Crumbles* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in both the SE African States and Angola.

Message from USSR:
Round 5: Gimmee Angola! (and SE African States)

Your turn...
165 10/20/2020 5:16:00 PM Turn 4 US 25 3 s #25: 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

Message from US:
+1 Italy (2/0)
+1 Panana (2/0)
+1 Angola (1/0)
164 10/20/2020 2:38:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 59 4 s #59: 4 / Flower Power* (USSR)
USSR gains 2 VP for every subsequently US played 'War Card' (played as an event or Operations) unless played on Space Race. War Cards: Arab-Israeli War, Korean War, Brush War, Indo-Pakistani War or Iran-Iraq War. This event cancelled by #97 'An Evil Empire'.

Message from USSR:
Round 4 of turn 4:

I'll play this for the operations and distribute them as:

2 in France (0/3),
1 in Afganistan (2/4), and
1 in Nicaragua (0/1).

Over to you.
163 10/19/2020 8:25:00 PM Turn 4 US 72 1 #72: 1 / Sadat Expels Soviets* (US)
Eliminate all USSR Influence in Egypt and add one US Influence.

Message from US:
This event isn't normally this helpful! Egypt is now (2/0).
162 10/19/2020 5:41:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 40 3 s #40: 3 / Cuban Missile Crisis* (Both)
Set DEFCON to Level 2. Any further Coup attempt by your opponent this turn, anywhere on the board, will result in Global Thermonucelar War. Your opponent will lose the game. This card may be canceled at any time if the USSR player removes two Influence from Cuba or the US player removes two Influence from West Germany or Turkey.

Message from USSR:
Round 3: I'll use the OP to add 2 IP in Libya (0/2) and one in Sudan (0/1).

At last you can make a play! (Boy, that quagmire is pretty bad!)
160 10/19/2020 1:04:00 PM Turn 4 US 56 4 #56: 4 / Muslim Revolution (USSR)

Message from US:
Dumped due to quagmire
159 10/19/2020 12:51:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 7 3 #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'.

Message from USSR:
Round 2: I'll play for the event and take 2 ip from West Germany (2/0), and 1 from Italy (1/0).

Your turn!
156 10/18/2020 6:32:00 PM Turn 4 US 50 4 #50: 4 / We Will Bury You'* (USSR)

Message from US:
Let me dump this one!
154 10/18/2020 6:16:00 PM Turn 4 USSR 42 3 #42: 3 / Quagmire* (USSR)
On the next action round, US player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each US player phase until successful or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the US player may only play scoring cards until the next turn.

Message from USSR:
Round 1 of turn 4:
I'll play this for the event; seems like a good chance of slowing you down a little (though I'm not sure giving up the 3 op at this point is a good idea for me.)
Your turn!
138 10/16/2020 2:06:00 PM Turn 3 US 4 3 s #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 US:
This has been such an unusual game - with tragically bad cards for you! I think you've gotten all the Scoring cards which pretty much castrates your hand!

I'll play this for a Coup in France - which amazingly is still allowed at this point DEFCON=5.

This will yield me 3 MilOps, which I think will yield 1 VP since I think you only have 2 MilOps.
136 10/16/2020 11:57:00 AM Turn 3 USSR 1 0 #1: 0 / Asia Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Round 6: My hands are tied! Nice move...

By my count you have complete DOMINATION in Asia, with all but one BG country, giving you 12 VP, and I struggled (in the Twilight) to hold onto one BG for presence and 4 VP.

Plus 8 VP for the USA! Your turn!
135 10/16/2020 1:38:00 AM Turn 3 US 35 2 s #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 US:
+1 India (4/1)
+1 Pakistan (3/1)

Over to you!
134 10/14/2020 4:20:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 9 2 s #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 USSR:
Round 5:

I'll use the two points of op to add 1 ip to India, now (3/1).

Your turn!

PS -- Good to see you today in geezer coffee! Give my best to Ilene.
130 10/13/2020 2:18:00 PM Turn 3 US 20 2 #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:
Wanna play a game?
125 10/13/2020 12:50:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 28 3 s #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:
Round 4: You are hammering me in Asia! I'll use the op on this card to try to do some realignments.

First try in India: I think you have a +1 advantage:
124 10/13/2020 12:04:00 AM Turn 3 US 27 4 s #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 US:
For Ops!

+3 Japan (4/0)
+1 SKorea (4/1)
121 10/11/2020 1:20:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 6 4 #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Round 3: I'll use the points in Asia to try to catch up with you there.

Clarification: Does the Red Scare/Purge card you played for operations still trigger the event to limit my operations this turn? I can't remember and can't find it clearly in the rules (when the event is a split event). I think the answer is no event, but I'll look to you for guidance.

119 10/11/2020 3:07:00 AM Turn 3 US 31 4 s #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).

Message from US:
Your move looks great!

I'll play this for 4 Ops
+3 India (3/0)
+1 Columbia (1/0)
118 10/9/2020 12:43:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 3 0 #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Round 2 of turn 3: Score!

If I've got things set right and my scoring program is working I think we're at:
US: Presence for 3 and 1 BG for 4VP
USSR: Domination for 5 and 2 BG for 7VP

A net of 3VP in my favor.

Does that square with your board? I'll let you check me out before I change the VPs.
113 10/9/2020 12:29:00 PM Turn 3 US 30 2 #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Dump this onto the Space Race!
108 10/9/2020 12:24:00 PM Turn 3 USSR 13 2 #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:
Round 1 of turn 3:

I'll play the event. I think it's a 50/50 shot at this point so here goes. I need a 4-6 to win.
93 10/5/2020 8:48:00 PM Turn 2 US 15 1 s #15: 1 / Nasser* (USSR)
Add two USSR Influence in Egypt. US loses half (rounded up) of its Influence in Egypt.

Message from US:
I'll play this for a coup, and I'll run your event first.

+2 USSR IP and remove 1 USA IP, so it's now

(1/3)

Time for the coup!
91 10/5/2020 8:13:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 25 3 #25: 3 / Containment* (US)

Message from USSR:
Here's my last round of Turn 2.

I'll use the 3 op for

1 IP in Egypt (2/1), and
1 in Austria (0/4).

Your turn!
88 10/5/2020 12:46:00 PM Turn 2 US 16 3 s #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 US:
Well might as well get this out of the way. This is a killer card if it hangs around until the end of the game.

I'll run my Ops first then you can do what you need to do.

+1 Thailand (2/0)
+1 Laos (1/0)
+1 Malaysia (2/0)
83 10/4/2020 10:42:00 AM Turn 2 USSR 26 1 #26: 1 / CIA Created* (US)

Message from USSR:
Round 5 of turn 2: I'll play for the operations, but you do the event first, right?

Here is the rest of my hand:

25 3 / Containment* (US)
All further Operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).
82 10/3/2020 6:57:00 PM Turn 2 US 6 4 #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from US:
Will play all in Asia for 5 Ops:

+1 Philippines (2/0)
+1 Indonesia (1/0)
+2 South Korea (3/0)
+1 Malaysia (1/0)
78 10/2/2020 4:08:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 27 4 #27: 4 / US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact* (US)

Message from USSR:
Round 4 turn 2.

I'll burn this for the space race...
74 10/2/2020 12:10:00 PM Turn 2 US 8 2 s #8: 2 / Fidel* (USSR)
Remove all US Influence in Cuba. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Cuba for Control.

Message from US:
I'm going to play this - and run your event first. Then I'll use it for a coup.

So, pre-coup Cuba is (0/3)
71 10/2/2020 12:00:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 24 2 #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 USSR:
WAR! Round 3 of turn 2...

I'll have India invade Pakistan, which means a -1 for your control of Iran.

68 10/2/2020 11:38:00 AM Turn 2 US 30 2 #30: 2 / Decolonization (USSR)

Message from US:
Space race time!
64 10/1/2020 12:39:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 23 4 #23: 4 / Marshall Plan* (US)

Message from USSR:
Alright, here's round 2 of turn 2:

I'll use the op to put

1 in Syria (0/2),
1 in Israel (1/1),
and 1 in Egypt (2/1).

I think I didn't mess that up too much...

Your play!
61 9/30/2020 6:16:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 32 1 #32: 1 / UN Intervention (Both)
Play this card simultaneously with a card containing your opponent's associated Event. The Event is canceled, but you may use its Operations value to Conduct Operations. The canceled event card returns to the discard pile. May not be played during Headline Phase.

Message from USSR:
Okay, I think I can play this now to counter your nuclear test ban, is that right? If so, then the 3 VP go away and I can use 4 op to do stuff. If I understand it all I'll start working on that while I was to hear from you, and I'll get ready for the round 2 of turn 2.
59 9/30/2020 11:17:00 AM Turn 2 US 34 4 #34: 4 / Nuclear Test Ban (Both)
Player earns VPs equal to current DEFCON level minus 2, then improve DEFCON two levels.

Message from US:
I'll grab 3 VPs with this event - kind of unusual that DEFCON is still at 5 here.
54 9/29/2020 10:28:00 PM Turn 2 USSR 14 3 #14: 3 / COMECON* (USSR)
Add 1 USSR Influence in each of four non-US Controlled countries in Eastern Europe.

Message from USSR:
Round 1 of Turn 2:

I'll play this for the event and add:

1 to East Germany (0/4),
1 to Poland (0/4),
1 to Turkey (0/1), and
1 to Greece (0/1).

Your turn!
44 9/29/2020 4:03:00 PM Turn 1 US 21 4 s #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.

Message from US:
Last card- I can't play this as an event since neither Warsaw Pact nor Marshall Plan has been played.

With 4 Ops- I'll go for:
+2 Afghanistan (2/0)
+2 Pakistan (2/0)
40 9/29/2020 2:23:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 3 0 #3: 0 / Mideast Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Nice play for the IP in Iran! I have to play this since it's the last round of turn 1. What a crummy turn for me! I drew all three scoring cards; not much opportunity to increase influence anywhere...

By my count, you have presence for 3, domination for 5, and 2 BG countries for 10 VP!
I have presence for 3 and 1 BG for a total of 4 VP:
+6 for you (unless you find something wrong in my tabulation).
37 9/29/2020 Turn 1 US 12 1 s #12: 1 / Romanian Abdication* (USSR)
Eliminate all US Influence in Romania. USSR gains sufficient Influence in Romania for Control.

Message from US:
Ugh. I'll run your event first - Romania now (0/0)

With 1 Ops, I'll add +1 to Iran, now (4/2).
33 9/28/2020 12:49:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 9 2 s #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 USSR:
Round 5 of Turn 1:

I'll play for the op and add 1 to Iran (3/2)

To you!
30 9/28/2020 11:56:00 AM Turn 1 US 103 2 #103: 2 / Defectors (US)

Message from US:
Will save this for later - will use it now for Space Race.
27 9/28/2020 11:47:00 AM Turn 1 USSR 2 0 #2: 0 / Europe Scoring (Both)
Both Sides Score. May NOT be Held.

Message from USSR:
Round 4 of Turn 1:

My scoring app says you have presence for 3, control of 2 BG countries for 2, and control of one adjacent country to me for 1.

I have presence for 3 and control of 2 BG countries.

A net of +1 for you. Does that match your counting? If so, go ahead and adjust the score and take your turn!
26 9/27/2020 4:52:00 PM Turn 1 US 31 4 s #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).

Message from US:
Play for 4 Ops:

+1 Iran (3/1)
+2 Egypt (2/0)
+1 Spain (2/0)
23 9/27/2020 2:58:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 6 4 #6: 4 / The China Card


Message from USSR:
Round 3 of Turn 1:

Thanks for correcting my W Germany!

I'll use the op to put 2 points in Iraq (0/3) and 1 in Iran (2/1).

22 9/27/2020 12:43:00 PM Turn 1 US 17 3 s #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:
I'll run your event first. +1 USSR IP in France, now (0/1)

With 3 Ops I will:
+1 WGermany (4/0)
+1 Lebanon (1/0)
+1 Iran (2/0)
15 9/27/2020 10:08:00 AM Turn 1 USSR 33 3 s #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 USSR:
Round 2, Turn 1:

I'll use the points to try some realignment...
14 9/26/2020 11:11:00 AM Turn 1 US 19 1 #19: 1 / Truman Doctrine* (US)
Remove all USSR Influence markers in one uncontrolled European country.

Message from US:
I'll play this for the event - and choose Romania.

Now (3/0)
13 9/26/2020 11:10:00 AM Turn 1 US 28 3 #28: 3 / Suez Crisis* (USSR)

Message from US:
I'll dump this card. Thanks!
12 9/25/2020 12:56:00 PM Turn 1 USSR 10 1 #10: 1 / Blockade* (USSR)
Unless US Player immediately discards a '3' or more value Operations card, eliminate all US Influence in West Germany.

Message from USSR:
Round 1 of turn 1. I'll play this for the event. Your move, comrade!

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