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Subject: ...so I clearly cannot drink the glass in front of you... rss

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Somtimes, usually on turn 3, the USSR knows that the US has Defectors in their hand. Would you consider headlining Defectors in this situation? Would you consider headlining a bad scoring card in a region you could fight for, or a strong US event as the USSR? In any case it's always a great chance for trash talk!
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Conor Hickey
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Always interesting - I normally wouldn't headline it, any experienced USSR player knows you have it and will likely headline a Scoring Card for a region he's not doing well in or that is a wash, or something like Romanian Abdication where he doesn't care much if it doesn't happen.

You should still do it the very odd time just to keep them honest.

As USSR I definitely wouldn't headline something strong for the US, but if I have nothing better and can dump Truman Doctrine or the likes, that's as good a time as any to do it.
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Drew
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Turn 3 Defectors is an interesting dilemma for both players. I played a game a few months ago where the USSR player tried to headline a DEFCON suicide card expecting to have it nullified by Defectors.

I played Duck and Cover instead and he lost by DEFCON suicide after all.

There's definitely a psychological mini-game when Defectors is in U.S. hands at the beginning of Turn 3. As the USSR, I generally do my best to play an event that I don't care about or a scoring card that isn't going to hurt me one way or another. If I feel confident about reading my opponent, sometimes I'll attempt to do something crazy, but as the example above illustrates, that can easily backfire.
 
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Eric Fletcher
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I had one game a while back where I tried to burn off Truman Doctrine in the headline Round 1, but it got Defected.

I tried again in Round 4, and it hit another Defectors.
 
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