11: Dissident Arrested (2 ops, Communist, recurring event).
Remove 2 Democratic SPs from any Intellectuals space.
The Polish and Czech Intellectuals spaces are the main ones this card is likely to be used on, but given the lack of 'Headline & 1st AR' combos in 1989, this card is of somewhat less use than a corresponding card in TS might have been.
As Communist I would prefer to support check the Czech Intellectual space to get some of my own SPs in, and I would leave the Polish one to the Democrat if he wants it. Could be useful if you also have Jan Palach Week, play this first to clear out the Intellectuals space, and then play Jan Palach week and Support Check the Democrat out of the Student space with an even modifier assuming you have Praha. On average you should take out 2.5 SP per roll so you only need slightly above average luck to clear him out with 2 rolls with the 1 op Jan Palach.
If eco-glasnost (and/or Sajudis) are not in effect, Intelligentsia is often the only way for the democrat to get into Bulgaria. Then dissident arrested is a very usefull card to remove democratic influence. If you support check the writers space, you can be SC’ed back. Certainly when Helsinki Final act is in effect, Dissident arrested can be effective.
As democrat, I often overcontrol the Czech writers space to 3 – when Jan Palach week has not been played yet, to prevent dissident arrested being played on the Czech writers.
12: Apparatchiks (2 ops, Communist, remove if event occurs).
Place 3 Communist SPs in any Bureaucratic space(s).
The Communist will likely play this for ops so it can return to annoy the Democrat in Middle Year. The Democrat will normally be happy to play this for ops and get it out of the deck, but it can still give the Communist useful SPs in Warsaw, Praha etc. Due to the nature of Support Checks in 1989, getting SPs in the space you want is nowhere near as useful as it was in TS - you would prefer to get SPs in the spaces around the space you actually want to cancel your opponent's Support Check Modifier, as the SPs in the target space itself have no bearing on the Support Check.
When the event occurs, this is often the start for the communist of spreading further into Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia, 2 countries where it is usually difficult for the democrat to topple the communist from power. As democrat you need to bite the bullet.
13: Stasi (1 op, Communist, remove if event occurs).
For the rest of the turn the Democratic Player must reveal the card he will play this Action Round before the Communist player plays his card.
A nasty event for the Democrat as getting locked in to playing a card before you know what your opponent will do is clearly a problem. As its only 1 op I would often play this first in a turn.
If you get it as Democrat you can of course dispose of it harmlessly by playing it on your last Action Round of a turn.
This event is really nasty when a scoring card must be played (either democrat or communist).
14: Gorbachev Charms the West (4 ops, Neutral, recurring event).
Remove 2 opponent SPs and make a Support Check using the Ops value of this card. May not be played as an event after 'Breakaway Baltic Republics'.
A good event, its Neutral nature means it can sometimes tempt you to use it for Ops as 4 ops cards that don't have a good event on them are rare in this game.
Very useful to break into opponent-controlled triangles such as the worker space triangle in Czechoslovakia, assuming he has not over-controlled them (unlikely in Early Year). Take an SP out of each of two bordering spaces and you have a strong Support Check opportunity. Even if it fails your opponent is likely to have to devote at least 2 ops to repairing the damage.
I also have seen this event used as a light version of State Run Media/Foreign television. Remove 2 ops in countries to deny presence (mostly used as communist that way). But I agree it can do a lot more damage when used on breaking into protected places (such as worker triangles).
15: Honecker (3 ops, Communist, remove if event occurs).
The Communist Player may take any non-Power Struggle card in the discard pile and put it in his hand. The Communist Player may take one extra Action Round this turn. May not be played as an event after ‘Modrow’.
Useful for ops in Turn 1 as the Communist, and the Democrat can dispose of it on his first Action Round of Turn 1 with minimal effect unless the Communist were to play ‘Gorbachev Charms the West’ or similar as his first card.
The one extra AR for the Communist may be useful but more often than not he will want to hold one card so this is limited, it certainly would not put me off playing the card as the Democrat.
The ‘Modrow’ cancellation effect is of very little concern as ‘Modrow’ is a Late Year card and unlikely to be played for the event before Honecker is out of the deck.
As suggested in a reply on the 1-10 card analysis, a devastating combo is playing Honecker in T2/T3 and then play State Run Media in AR8.
16: Nomenklatura (2 ops, Communist, remove if event occurs).
Place 3 Communist SPs in any Elite Space(s), or remove all Democratic SPs from Elite Spaces.
Another card which is ops for the Communist and no real problem for the Democrat to play, it naturally discourages any placement of ops in Elite Spaces by the Democrat before it’s out of the deck, but these are 4 stability and usually Communist so he would be unlikely to do so anyway.
As communist, do not use this event on Hungary until Nagy reburied is out of the deck.
17: Roundtable Talks (3 ops, Democrat, recurring event).
Place in front of the Democratic Player. In the next Power Struggle the Democrat randomly draws 2 Power Struggle from the Communist hand. Then place this card in the discard pile.
The card text is not 100% clear but the Democrat puts the cards he take into his hand so this is a useful event for the Democrat unless the next country to be scored is one that he either leads or is behind in by a considerable margin.
Probably most useful if Poland has been scored and Hungary is a close race in Early Year.
The three ops are often too tempting, so it does not often get sent on the TAS-track. However, when this event takes place in turn 1 or 2, it will come back once more before the end of T7. This card often makes the difference in the outcome of the power struggle.
As communist, it is ideal to play when you also have a scoring card in hand. If round Table talks will make no difference (because you are way ahead or behind) you will gladly play it for ops first.
In other circumstances, you might consider of sending it to the TAS-track. It is a 3 op card so it gives you a good shot of advancing.
As democrat, you almost never play it for the event, unless it is really close and you really need to topple the communist from power.
18: Poszgay Defends the Revolution (2 ops, Communist, remove if event occurs).
Place a Communist SP in 4 spaces in Hungary not under Democratic control.
The Communist can use this to threaten a series of Support Checks with his next card, best used late in the turn when your opponent may hopefully have used most of his higher op cards. Otherwise not likely to have huge effect.
When Hungary has not been scored yet, this is an annoying card for the democrat. When it is triggered, it is often used by the communist to overcontrol Miskolc, Debrecen and Tatabanya. When these spots are under communist control, Budapest often falls too in communist hands. If this happens, The communist will most likely score domination. It will be difficult for the democrat to topple the communist from power when this occurs.
Also, when Posgay defends the revolution is played, and the communist uses this card to overcontrol his Hungarian battlegrounds, Consumerism in Hungary and Hungarian Democratic Forum are often deprived from there effects.
19: Papal Visit (2 ops, Democrat, remove if event occurs).
Place 3 SPs in any Catholic Church Space.
Most useful in the Czech Catholic Church to help in supporting your attempts to contest the Worker Triangle of Ostrava, Brno, and Bratislava. You will usually have control of the Polish Catholic Church, and the Hungarian Church is in a peripheral position.
As Communist it’s annoying to play, but you may as well get it out of the deck and use the ops to shore up the Czech Worker Triangle yourself.
This can be a candidate for the TAS-track. Czechoslovakia is often the place to be for the communist. As soon as possible, the communist will rush for the worker triangle. The Czech Catholic church under democratic control will slow down this rush.
20: Deutsche Marks (4 ops, Communist, remove if event occurs).
The Democrat gives the Communist his highest Ops value non-scoring card. If it is a Communist event that is still playable, it takes place immediately, otherwise use the Ops value of the card without triggering the event.
The Communist can spring this as an unpleasant surprise at the start of his turn, taking a big ops card off the Democrat and cutting his hand size so he will be forced to play all his cards this turn. There is an element of hit or miss depending on what you get, and the 4 ops can be tempting as well.
As the Democrat you can play this last along with a 1 op Communist card like ‘The Wall’ that you are not overly concerned about triggering. You will still have to play all your cards this turn, which can cause problems.
As democrat, you will be happy to see this card in your hand. I cannot think of a hand where Deutsche Marks will cause you problems you cannot overcome.
In mid-year, this card can do almost the same for the communist as presidential visit to use as combo with inflationary currency.