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The first steps on a long road...

Alec Chapman
United Kingdom
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Game 3 ever of Twilight Struggle and my first time playing as the USA.

Luckily to avoid a quick loss I was playing against a new player and reaching him the game - this was Chris (see Regular Opponent no 1: The Co Host) who let his dictatorial tendencies take over and was happy to play as the USSR.

As a first time teacher of the game I am struck by how easy this one is to teach. Dr Evil may have said "I don't know phases" but this is a world domination game with a really well defined process, and I LOVE well defined processes.

Nevertheless, and this is likely to be me affecting him more than anything else, there was not a single realignment roll made during this (five turn) learning game. The defining moment was the turn one coup in Italy he pulled off, gaining immediate control and playing a Europe Scoring on the very next action round to take an early lead.

Pakistan was another bone of contention, with control changing hands before being wrestled about for quite a while as he protected his holdings in Asia (he was pretty dominant here tbh). An attempted invasion of India by Pakistan proved unsuccessful and I was unable to turn things around.

From my point of view I learned a couple of interesting things from this play. Italy requires urgent protection if possible because of a low stability rating, something I had never considered. Also, I have recognised the trouble Muslim Revolution causes for the US. You can't give up on the Middle East, obviously, but you're going to get munched in Iran and Iraq a couple of times at least.

I also felt that I conceded the initiative in Central America much too easily, allowing him almost free rein (except for Mexico). The Middle East and South America was where I was more successful, with Africa reaching a virtual stalemate.

The new player of course loved this game (he loves his political history so that's a no-brainer). It's so easy to pick up and hard to master I think we'll be exploring it for many more sessions.
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