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Philip Thomas
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The Milton Keynes Board Games Club now meets in Leighton Buzzard. Anyway this was Richard's first game. I have played quite a few times now. Richard took USSR which was good, since they are easier to play, at least for new players. He lead by scattering his influence over Eastern Europe- 3 in Yugoslavia, 1 in Poland, 2 in Bulgaria and 1 in Austria. I played 4 in West Germany and 3 in Italy in utterly predictable fashion.

The Headlines saw me striking lucky with Five Year Plan discarding The Marshall Plan. An extra one on West Germany and Italy and one in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Benelux and Denmark. Richard's headline was Red Scare, not so good!

I had been dealt Blockade and no 4 value cards, so I had to keep Blockacde and play everything else. I threw De-Stalinisation on the space race, conceded Fidel, and pulled of the Independent Reds/Truman Doctrine combo in Yugosalvia- Tito himself! Meanwhile Nasser showed up, and I took Lebanon. Richard retook Lebanon with influence, and I took it back with a coup. Richard then played Arab-Israeli war, but won it despite Lebanon. He also won the Korean War, either this turn or the next.

In turn 2 all the scoring cards came out. I was able to exploit East European Unrest to win dominance in Europe, but Richard used Vietnam Revolts and his control of the Koreas for a similar result in Asia. Middle East was a draw, him having Egypt and me having Iran, Lebanon and Jordan. I managed to discard Suez Crisis on Blockade.

Turn 3 opened with Richard playing Asia Scoring as a headline. It would have been another 4+ VPs to him, but my headline was Defectors and Asia went safely into the long grass. Richard played Red Scare again. I played Suez Crisis, only losing 2 influence in the UK as I had no influence in France or Israel. Socialist governments removed my influence in Spain and weakened Italy, but I reinforced Italy immediately, fearing a coup. I played Warsaw Pact, and Richard played Comecon, and that was all the influence he played in Europe for a long time. Not playing in Europe has some sound logic behind it if you want to win in the Mid Game as USSR, but it is a bit of a gamble...

My memory of the Mid Game is a bit fuzzy. In Asia I secured the Indian subcontinent and Japan and Afghanistan, so getting +1VP when Asia Scoring finally reappeared. SE Asia scoring was also a wash. In the Middle East I took Israel and Egypt and Libya and Saudi Arabia but Islamic Revolution wiped out my Libyan and Iranian influence. Fortunately I was able to space race OPEC. In Europe I strengthened a little and, as I said, Richard didn't. In Africa Richard built up a good strength and when it was scored he had Domination. In the Americas I managed to Dominate Central America long enough to score it, while we ended up even in South America.

On the score track, Richard came close to winnning, reaching -17 just before I played the "Alliance For Progress", which rescued the situation. I was able to play Voice of America twice thanks to SALT, and I was also able to pull a last action How I Learned To Stop Worrying for some more vital VPs. I may even have been in postive territory as we entered the late war. Richard was far ahead on the space race though- he reached Discard Held Card about Turn 8. The China Card placed straight to me via Nixon- Richard hadn't played it at all. I played it the next turn and then it began to bounce back and forth.

On Turn 8 I drew a dreamt for combo: Chernobyl, East European Unrest and John Paul II. I used it to take control of East Germany and Poland, fairly easily due to Richard's neglect. I also took France, which I had been avoidng because De Gaulle was still out there (Richard had twice used it for Ops). Now I put 6 influence there. Richard, powerless in Europe because of Chernobyl improved his African and American position. On turn 9 Richard made some effort to retake Europe with the Reformer (for which he had managed to reduce the score into -ve territory), which I parried easily. He was unlucky to lose Glasnost to Missile Envy. I was able to take South Korea back and then play Flight K007. In Turn 10 I was hit by post-Iranian Terrorism, but Richard didn't try anything in Europe and so I won by default when the end scoring occurred.

A good game and I look forward to a return match with the positions reversed!meeple
 
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Colin Hunter
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man I can't wait for my copy to show up thanks for the session report I gives me a good insight into how the game plays.
 
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Actually I remember now- I didn't Space Race OPEC, I played it with UN Intervention. How the UN would stop OPEC is anyone's guess.

And in Late Game I played North Sea Oil before Opec reappeared. Never got to use the extra action though.
 
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Tom Hancock
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Good session report. My wife hinted she bought me this for christmas and now I'm itching to play it.
 
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