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Welcome! This is a PBEM game of Maria between a few active members of the Two Rooms and a Boom forum. The game will be played using VASSAL as a map with logfiles stored on Dropbox.



Here's the cast:

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All trash talking, discussion, questions, diplomacy, battles, etc. will be done in this thread, so feel free to follow along for a taste of the action. We'll happily field rules and strategy questions from any spectators both during and after the game. I'll try to post a screenshot of the board at the end of each turn so any spectators can see what's happening.

Good luck, Slinky and Mowglee!
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Rules




Current Agreements:
1. Austria lets France get Pilsen, Klattau, Eger, and Linz in 1741.
2. Austria and France have peace (i.e. no battles) in Bohemia until the end of 1742.
3. Austria doesn't use hussars against France/Bavaria until the end of 1742.
4. France reduces military objectives sometime in 1742.
 
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Here's the map without any pieces on it:

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Here are the political cards, sorted by year:

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Here's the position in December 1740 as our story begins:

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Slinky, be advised that the VASSAL module erroneously starts with two extra armies in the French armies window. The number on the card (26) is correct, so please just delete two of the ones that start there and then double-count to make sure you're assigning the right number.
 
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Slinky and Mowglee, please PM me your emails so I can add you to the Dropbox folder I created.


If you're a spectator and want to follow along, click here to get to the Dropbox folder.
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Thanks for making this public. I am looking forward to following along.
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Slinky, when you're ready (no rush at all), you can draw your cards and assign your armies. France begins with 2 cards and Bavaria begins with 5.
 
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I think that I'm done but I really have no idea what I'm doing right now.
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slinkydink wrote:
I think that I'm done but I really have no idea what I'm doing right now.


I'll try to explain some of the reasons for my plays as we go along, but I recall that there are some strategy articles here on BGG. I forget if I wrote it in the other thread, but I can share a folder from a previous PBEM game I've played with you if you want to play through some of the logfiles.


It appears that you didn't play through what I did before starting your logfile. That's fine in this case (I just moved the deck to the draw pile in mine), but make sure to always play through the previous one first as we continue because it's a real hassle to have to fix that later.


Mowglee, your turn to draw and allocate armies. Prussia receives 9 cards and the Pragmatic Army and Saxony each receive 3.
 
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MD1616 wrote:

It appears that you didn't play through what I did before starting your logfile. That's fine in this case (I just moved the deck to the draw pile in mine), but make sure to always play through the previous on first as we continue because it's a real hassle to have to fix that later.


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Bump. Mowglee, you're up for starting troops and cards.
 
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MD1616 wrote:
Bump. Mowglee, you're up for starting troops and cards.


Will do it today... But i am not going to use cards to kill you. Instead i am going to use a lead pipe covered with mustard.
 
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mowglee wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
Bump. Mowglee, you're up for starting troops and cards.


Will do it today... But i am not going to use cards to kill you. Instead i am going to use a lead pipe covered with mustard.


Just to clarify, this is a PBF.



EDIT: typo
 
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MD1616 wrote:
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MD1616 wrote:
Bump. Mowglee, you're up for starting troops and cards.


Will do it today... But i am not going to use cards to kill you. Instead i am going to use a lead pipe covered with mustard.


Just to clarify, thus is a PBF.


I know... was posting for a reaction, if any, from people other than u or slinky.
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mowglee wrote:
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Bump. Mowglee, you're up for starting troops and cards.


Will do it today...


Bump
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You still in Mohit? Let us know if you want to drop out.
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Sorry for the long wait... setup done. The game is afoot...
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You'll have to walk me through at the beginning. What's the first step?
 
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You'll have to walk me through at the beginning. What's the first step?


Well, first I need to draw cards and allocate armies, which I'm doing as I write this...
 
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My setup vlog is up.

The political cards for this turn are:



The trump is SPADES. Mowglee is up to decide whether Prussia will play a political card.
 
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I didn't mention it earlier, but I very strongly suggest we play with the "Optional Political Rule" mentioned in section 25 of the rules:

Rules wrote:
25 OPTIONAL POLITICAL RULE

With this optional rule for politics, bluffing will no longer be completely cost free, since a TC used to bluff will be out of the player’s hand for one whole turn. It is recommended to play with this option.

Some rules of section 17 are modified. The segment »politics« is expanded by 1 phase:
1. From the political display, return face-down TCs to the players.
2. Reveal 2 Political Cards.
3. Determine the political trump suit.
4. Major powers place TCs on the political display.
5. Determine order of influence.
6. Select Political Cards.

25.1 Return face-down TCs to the players
In this phase, players return to their hands any face-down
TCs on the political display left over from the previous turn.

25.2 Reveal 2 Political Cards
This phase is unmodified.

25.3 Determine the political trump suit
This phase is unmodified.

25.4 Place TCs on the political display
This phase is unmodified.

25.5 Determine order of influence
In this phase the following rule is changed:
• A TC not of the political trump suit is not returned to the hand of the power that played it. Instead, place it face-down on the political display. Only face-up TCs count for determining political influence.
NOTE: These face-down »bluff-cards« are returned to
the players during phase 1 of the politics segment on
the next turn.

25.6 Select Political Cards
In this phase the following 2 rules are changed:
• A major power may only select a Political Card, when she has at least one face-up TC on the political display.
• If a major power selects a Political Card, only its faceup TCs go to the discard pile.
• As soon as both Political Cards are selected, all major powers whose turn is still to come do not take their TCs from the display back to their hand. Instead, they flip these TCs, so that they are now lying face-down on the political display.
NOTE: These face-down cards are returned to the players
during phase 1 of the politics segment on the next
turn.

 
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MD1616 wrote:
My setup vlog is up.

The political cards for this turn are:



The trump is SPADES. Mowglee is up to decide whether Prussia will play a political card.


Prussia does not play a card.
I think France is next.
 
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mowglee wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
My setup vlog is up.

The political cards for this turn are:



The trump is SPADES. Mowglee is up to decide whether Prussia will play a political card.


Prussia does not play a card.
I think France is next.


Yes, onto France.

Selecting political cards shouldn't take this long, though...
 
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