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Subject: Developing a strategy for the West, any advice? rss

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Piero
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I played this game 5 times. In all of these, except one, the East won.

In the last game, and perhaps the most serious we ever played, where I was playing the West, I was consistently hit by mass protests from Decade I which I could never shrug off.

I try, usually, to build a 2 Export Factory by the end of Decade I, but this was impossible because the main areas of protest were areas without any factories in them, therefore it was always impossible to build anything in these regions. I just struggled to take away protests only to see them placed again, and again, and again. In the end the East had better scores in Prestige, Currency and Socialists, more living standards, one (one!) rundown factory, and less protests than the West!

The beginning of the game was just crippling and it downward spiralled from there. The West has little way to counteract early protests, and using cards to remove single protests just bleeds it dry. Also protests were quelled by placing living standards in the affected areas. This only postponed the problem, other protests would be added to regions which at that point had already one LS, therefore making it impossible to place a second one.

The East, on the other hand, has many ways through which deal with protests.

As for now I can see that West has to be extremely aggressive in its use of events against the East, and it has to build its economy in a very large area.

In particular its point of attack, as well as its most vulnerable spot, is West Berlin. But working to build LS in West Berlin basically means having to invest in the three suppliers which are far away from the border, therefore contribute nothing to the East-West comparison.

Now what to do? Is there a strategy you can use to counteract this downward spiral? Any advice?
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I've only played 4 times and seen it played a few more times, and only recently did I see the West win. The last game I won, I was the East and was kicking ass for most of the game, but then I collapsed in the last decade, due to the strong economy, infrastructure, the West had slowly but surely built up over time.

I think its crucial to build up West Berlin as fast was possible, because of the fact it attacks twice.
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If a West 4-ops card is in the opening display, you can have a factory in most of your provinces before East even gets a turn. If East spends all its time creating unrest in the West, it's not doing other things, particularly building its own infrastructure up. Try to take advantage of this.
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