Just finished a 2-player Tournament game with my brother the other night. The 'Bot was Churchill. (We used the automated 'Bot, found here: Churchill variant bot spreadsheet)
For the first four conferences, Churchill kicked our butt! Everything just fell into place for the 'Bot. Going into the 9th Conference, Churchill's score was in the mid 40's, USSR was in the low 30's, and the US was in the high 20's (don't remember them exactly).
But USSR figured out the way to victory, even if it was a condition three ending. Why was it condition three?
The Allies had the A-Bomb as of Conference 9. The Soviets had made it past Manchuria. All that was needed to cause the surrender of both Axis powers was to break into Germany. And at the end of the 10th conference, the Allies were set to do exactly that!
The Western front line was in West Germany. The US and UK armies were ready to enter Germany with the aid of eight Offensive Support markers stacked up! But with the Soviets stalled back in Prussia, the Germans deployed to the Western Front in mass with five armies! The result? The Allies roll a 9! Arghh! No advance. And the war is lost.
Thusly, the raw ending score showed USSR with 44 points, as they very smartly focused on winning the last two conferences, including winning valuable Pol-Mil and stealing A-Bomb tech. The US was finally able to take back one of the UK's Global Issues and put PA markers in the colonies to finish with a score of 36. And poor Churchill slid back to 33 points! Perhaps it was because of the election which prevented him from attending Potsdam?
But because of all the chaos in the world due to the allies failing to win the war, the "big die in the sky" was rolled by each, to see the real result of all the chaos after the dust settled:
The final score:
Churchill ('Bot): 38
US (me): 36
A very good game!
(Next time, I'll have to focus on winning instead of simply enjoying my time by messing around! Uh uh.)
John Di Ponio
Acquired this in a trade last week. Cannot wait to get it on the table!