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Randy Evans
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I'm Ivan versus US +1.

No screen shots. Sorry. I never seem to record the ones I want ot do a session report on later. Some version of Murphy's Law.

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Setup
USSR: E Germ 0/4, Poland 0/4, Yugo 0/1
US: W Gemany 4/0, Italy 3/0 , Iran +1 2/0

USSR hand: Europe Scoring, ME Score, Nuke Test Ban, Marshall Plan, Norad, Olympic, CIA, and Blockade.


Meh. I've seen worse. Some good news (two 4 ops), some bad news (two scoring, two 1 ops). Toss Europe in headline and hope I can score ME for domination.

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Headline
USSR: Europe Scoring
US: Defectors


Score! I love it when Johnny Yank defectors air.

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AR1
USSR: Nuke Test Ban(4). Coup Iran. Roll 5. Iran 0/3. Defcon = 4
US: Nasser(1). Event first. Coup Egypt. Roll 5. Egypt(0/0). Defcon = 3


Not a bad play unless I was dealt ME Scoring (~27% chance). Even so, if I can play ME now , I pick up 4 but give up the coup. All those Sankt articles make me decide to go for the points. Also, I like to get my obligations out of the way.

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AR2
USSR: ME Score. 4 points. (VP -4)
US: Indy Reds(2). Coup Iran, Roll 4. Iran 0/1. Defcon = 2

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AR3
USSR: Olympic Games(2). Iran 0/2. Pakistan 0/1
US: Suez(3). Lebanon 1/0. Egypt 1/0. Malyasia 1/0. (Event. -2 UK 3/0. -1 Israel 0/0)


Good start. Time to start walking across on Asia. I want to play CIA before Fidel comes out but no sense in showing my cards earlier than needed. I figure if he had Fidel, he would have played it already. In retrospect. I might have taken Lebanon rather than topping off Iran. Plenty of time for that later.

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AR4
USSR: CIA(1). India 0/1. (Event Thailand +1 1/0).
US: Arab Israeli(2). Laos 1/0. France 1/0. (Event: War lost. No points)


I could play China to pressure Asia, but it is easily countered by picking up a few non-BGs in Southeast Asia. SE Asia is all blue. Best wait for next turn and hope to get in with Decol or Vietnam. Playing Marshall will likely give him Europe in the long term even I take two Mediteraneans. I'd like to fight for France, but I'd have to play Norad to push into Italy or W Germ. If France still available (not bloody likely), I could take with Marshall on AR6. I think of those Sankt articles again (and that De Gaulle is still out) and decide to space Norad for points.
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AR5
USSR: Space Norad. Success. (VP -6)
US: Space Decol. Fail.


Everything going my way. Since he spaced Decol, I figure he's holding Destal. If I play Blockade, he'll have to discard Destal. Given that I don't have any grand plays, I decide to sacrifice Blockade to get it back in the T3 shuffle. He played Suez earlier, so I think it highly unlikely that he just doesn't have any 3 ops.

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AR6
USSR: Blockade for event. US no discard. W Germany 0/0.
US: Special Relationship(2). W Germany 1/0. Burma 1/0.


Wow. Not sure if Johnny made a mistake here or figured holding Destal was worth emptying West Germany. Hey, I don't like giving Ivan Destal either, but he'd just be giving me a 50% shot of getting it later. I thought Johnny might also have Containment and really want to headline it, but again I would have punted.

Things is looking pretty good now. Up 6 points. Europe certainly in play long term. I can hold Asia to a draw with minimal investment. Middle East favors me. Overall, not bad for a less than stellar hand.


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Turn 2
USSR hand: Marshall, Nato, Red Scare, US Japan, Warsaw, Comecon, Cambridge, Indo Pakistan War.


Read 'em and weep, boys. 26 ops. 3 shy of maximum possible, 2 given that Nuke Test ban has been played already (yes, also by me). The probability of getting 26 ops on a starting hand is 0.14 % or 700-1, about the same likelihood as being dealt a full house in 5 cards. Don't know exactly what they odds are here (and I'm not going to calculate it), but I suspect slightly longer given Nuke Test is out.

My problem now it that I will be embarrassed if somehow I lose the game after having been giving such a monster.

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Headline
USSR: Red Scare
US: Asia Scoring. (VP - 7)


I headlined Red Scare because life is essentially unfair, and my opponent should be educated in this fact. Defectors was played last turn. Johnny wisely punts Asia. Likely he's got a turd sandwich for a hand - the unfair probabilistic corollary to my having great hand.
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AR1
USSR: Comecon(3). Coup Egypt. Roll 3. Egypt 1/0. Defcon=2.
US: East Europe(2). India 1/1. West Germany 2/0.


Coup in Egypt is 2 VP in the bank since he doesn't have a way to get mil ops (I've got Indo Paki). With two ops in W Germany, Johnny is within striking distance of control with a three op card.

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AR2
USSR: Warsaw Pact(3). Pakistan (0/2). West Germany (2/2)
US: Fidel(1). West Germany 3/2. Event Cuba 0/3.


No need to play an early Nato since I have Warsaw and Marshall in my hand. I want to make sure I get either W. Germany or France. Since he can play 2 ops or might have Truman, I just need to make sure I can take one or the other with one of my healthy collection of 4 op cards.

He plays into W. Germany, so France it will be.

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AR3
USSR: Nato(4). France 1/4. No event
US: De Gaulle(2). W Germany 5/2. Event -1 France 0/5.


De Gaulle certainly a nice slap in the face, but Johnny hasn't had much fun this turn. I think I might have put the ops elsewhere. I'm unlikely to invest much in W. Germany with Truman out. Europe domination seems a forgone conclusion.
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AR4
USSR: Cambridge Five(2). Spain 2/0
US: Truman for ops(1). West Germany 6/2


K. Europe domination is set.

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A5
USSR: US/Japan Mutual Defense(4). Egypt 0/2. Libya 0/2. Syria 0/2
US: Korean War(1). (Event. War failed) Korea 2/0


I don't see how I can get domination Asia, so let's shore up the ME. Good long term investment for OPEC too.

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A6
USSR: China card(5). Pakistan 1/4. Afganistan 0/2.
US: Nazi Scientist(1) for ops. Thailand 2/0.


So, China card is an odd choice, but here's my thinking. First, short term Johnny needs a 3 op to stop my domination. Maybe he's doesn't have one. (Turns out I'm right). Second,longer term, I'll never hold Asia, so all I really need to do is hold 3 BG. China card not as important. Third, I'm more worried about a flip with Indo-Paki, so I'd like ot hold that. Also would like to hold Marshall as I would probably want to take the other Meds if I played it.

He does only have one op, so I've got domination in all three regions at beginning of turn 3. Mil ops mean 2 more VPs. Score now -9. If I score a domination in turn 3, the steamroll may be complete.
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Pretty bad hands for the USA, but he made his situation worse than need be. If he's holding Destal, then he should have discarded it to Blockade. If he's not holding Destal, then he should have held Decol instead of spacing it. I'm guessing his hold card was Destal and he was overly concerned with stopping the spread of communism in the mid war. But, given the situation on the board, that's like treating the patient's cancer while he's bleeding out.
 
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Turn 3

USSR Hand: Marshall, Duck & Cover, Vietnam, Indo Paki war, Formosa, Olympic, UN, Nazi

Headline
USSR: Vietnam. Vietnam 0/2.
US: Containment

What? I'm gonna complain? Asia domination certainly won't hold, so I'd like to pressure ME and turn it into a longer term problem. Duck & Cover means I do have a solution.

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AR1
USSR: D&C(3). Coup Lebanon. Roll 3. Lebanon 0/3. (Event Defcon = 2. Vp -6)
US: Indy Reds(3). South Korea 3/0. Thailand 3/0. Greece 1/0.


I really like the coup to remove presence in ME while lowering defcon to 2. Not sure it was worth the 3 Vps, but I do like that it gives him a significant long term problem. If I can get control in ME with no presence, that's a gagilion points when it scores. He has to react somehow.

Note that Johnny does need to put 1 in Thailand. With Vietnam I can flip it with a 4 op as was my plan if he played China to flip Pakistan.

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AR2
USSR: Marshall with UN(4). Turkey 0/2. Pakistan 0/3. N Korea 0/4.
US: Space Decol. Fail.


I want him to pay full price to get back to ME and stock up in Europe too. Starting overprotect on Asia BGs. Need to work move into Algeria soon.

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AR3
USSR: Space Formosa Resolution. Success.
US: Romanian Abdication(2). Angola 1/0. Costa Rica 1/0. (Event Romania 0/3)

Formosa is now a serious prob. If I play it, Johnny can take domination by populating it and holding China. Johnny looks to the future when this ugly early war is but a memory.

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AR4
USSR: Olympic games.(2) Algeria 0/2
US: Scores Europe. (VP -11)

AR5
USSR: Nazi for event. (VP -13)
US: Socialist Government (4). Event first. -2 Italy, -1 W Germany. +1 W Germany 6/2. +1 Italy 2/0. +1 Zaire 1/0. +1 Indonesia.

AR6
USSR: Indo Paki War. Event. Success. India 0/5. (VP -15)
US: Five Year Plan(4). Nicaragua 1/0. Panama 2/0. Cameroon 1/0. Burma 2/0.


The Indo Paki war card serves two purposes. First, it is a 50-50 shot at 2 Vps. Also, if successful, it moves him one step further away from walking to Iran through Asia.

End of turn mil ops penalty. (VP -17) Without my clever D&C play on AR1, I would have just won the game.

Johnny is making good plans for the future. Africa is now US dominated. He has threatened to take Nigeria and to realign me out of Cuba. A win for Soviets is not a foregone conclusion. Looks good, but Johnny has been taking his medicine for 3 turns now. He has removed almost all of the USSR events and is ready for a diet of hellacious US 2 op mid war cards. Still a 3 VP card, and he's done.

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Turn 4

USSR hand: Nato, Opec, Usuri,Che, Salt, Warsaw, Camp David, Sadat, Lone Gunman


Opec = 3 Vps. How simple is that? He could headline what – Alliance for Progress? Not likely. He might have Defectors, but why chase ghosts?

Not since Jimmy Swaggart has someone failed his audience so completely. Right at the last moment, I chicken out. I can always play it in AR1, right?

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Headline
USSR: Che. Coup Cameroon. Roll4 Cameroon 0/4. Coup Nicaragua. Roll 5. Nicaragua 0/5.
US: Africa (VP -16)


UNLESS HE HEADLINES A SCORING CARD, YOU @#$%#^%.

*Sigh*

I am 1 VP shy with OPEC, so I decide to check out his hand while I lower Defcon to 2. He really can't hurt me anywhere with a scoring card.

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AR1
USSR: Lone Gunman for Event.

US Player reveals: Spec Relationship, Shuttle Diplomacy, South America scoring, Our Main in Tehran, Missile Envy, LA Death Squads, One Small Step and Southeast Asia scoring


EXCEPT SOUTHEAST ASIA SCORING. THAT'S GOOD FOR 4-6 POINTS AND HE'S BACK IN IT. “OH. I DON'T NEED TO INVEST IN ASIA EXCEPT FOR BATTLEGROUNDS. SEE HOW CLEVER I AM” WELL YOU'RE NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE GONNA GIVE HIM A DOMINATION SCORE FOR GRABBING SOME SADASS 1 AND 2 STABS IN THE BACKWATER OF ASIA. YOU'RE GONNA LOSE AFTER HAVING A 26 OPS HAND. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE WHAT A MORON YOU ARE AND MAKE INTENET MEMES ABOUT WHAT A BAD TS PLAYER YOU ARE...

The voice inside my head got worse than this. My thinking turns to how I can format my hard drive to erase all evidence of this game ever having existed. With a formatted hard drive, no one would ever be able to see the evidence.

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AR1 (cont)
USSR: Coups Panama. Rolls 2. Failure. Defcon = 2
US: One Small Step(2). Philippines 2/0. Malaysia 2/0


Of course, formatting doesn't actually erase the files. I'd have to zero write the drive 7 times with dd to make sure the files were unreadable.

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AR2
USSR: Nato (4). Iraq (0/3). Thailand (3/1)
US: Southeast Asia Scoring (VP -10)

Oh, crap! This is a Windows box! dd is a Linux program, and I lost the USB drive. I've got to download Linux disk images, and I don't think I remember how to do that anymore.

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AR3
USSR: Warsaw Pact (3). Saudi Arabia 0/3.
US: Missile Envy(2). Turkey 1/2.


Wait a second. I'm being really silly...

I have Slackware Linux on CD. I can load from there. Nothing to worry about.

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AR4
USSR: Opec for Event. (VP -15)
US: Our Man in Tehran(2). Syria 1/2.

I was just trying to get the score back close, but then I got another idea. With the exception of the Slackware CDs, I think it is my best idea this turn.

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AR5
USSR: Salt for Event. USSR reclaims OPEC. Defcon = 4.
US: China (4). Coup Libya. Rolls 6. Libya (3/0). Defcon = 3


So I lost 1 point. I could coup back with Usuri, but Johnny will put in Paki and bust Iran. Sadat and Camp David are not gonna work either. Best just to take the points.

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AR6
USSR: Opec for Event. (VP -19)
US: South America scoring. 0 point (VP-19)

AR7
USSR: Space Camp David. Success.
US: Shuttle Diplomacy (3). Thailand 4/1. Mexico 2/0


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Turn 5

USSR Hand: Usuri, Brez, Sadat, South African Unrest, Voice of America, Brush War, Subs, Comecon, Willy Brandt.


DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT PLAYING ANYTHING OTHER THAN WILLY BRANDT. IF YOU SO MUCH AS SAY, “But what if ….” I WILL SMACK YOU SO HARD YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PLAY ANYTHING OTHER THAN CHICKEN CHA CHA FOR THE REST OF YOUR MISERABLE LIFE.

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Headline
USSR: Willy Brandt
US: Grain Sales
Grain Sales pulls Brezhnev Doctrine.


Whew!

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US player plays Brezhnev Doctrine on the space race.


WHAT!!!!

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Die roll: 6. Failed


And I won with Willy Brandt (VP -20).

Thank goodness because I checked after the game, and I can't find the Slackware install disks. I could have been in serious trouble.

Hats off to my opponent who managed to find ways to keep the game alive until Turn 5. Lady luck certainly poured out her abundance on me in this game.
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Nice write up. You can make the Duck & Cover event go first and the US only gets 2 VP instead of 3 and then coup your target to get it to DEFCON 2.

DoD 7-pass clean erase is the best! Glad you didn't have to use it.
 
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Cabralicus wrote:
Nice write up. You can make the Duck & Cover event go first and the US only gets 2 VP instead of 3 and then coup your target to get it to DEFCON 2.

DoD 7-pass clean erase is the best! Glad you didn't have to use it.


This would apply if DEFCON was at 4, and a ME/ mid-war BG was being couped. Not when a non-bg is being couped at DEFCON 3.

Thanks for the amusing report .
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You are welcome, but it is small repayment for your epic BGG v. Ziemowit session.

Paul Harding wrote:
Thanks for the amusing report .
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As the "Johnny" in this game, I thought that was a funny and well-done report, Randy.
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I don't seem to be having the same luck in the rematch.whistle

By the by, were you holding a card or did I catch you napping with Blockade?

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As the "Johnny" in this game, I thought that was a funny and well-done report, Randy.
 
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I chose to hold Destal. In hindsight, it was the wrong choice, or I should have done the empty setup. I like to gamble and not cede Europe domination (by me, I mean) and put influence in Europe if I'm not holding Blockade and holding Destal.
 
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