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Rob Scovell
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... if you want to win the game as USSR, you basically need to do it before 1979 and the arrival of Reagan and Maggie ... ?

Follow-up question: why did the game designers make Glasnost a red-star card? (I hope this question can be discussed within the parameters of the game without it having to be taken to the Politics, Sex and Religion forum.)
 
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robscovell wrote:

Follow-up question: why did the game designers make Glasnost a red-star card? (I hope this question can be discussed within the parameters of the game without it having to be taken to the Politics, Sex and Religion forum.)


I assume because it was an initiative of the Soviet Government.

Although it is an interesting question, since 5-year Plan is a blue event on grounds of its historical consequences. Then again, playing 5-year Plan is not always favorable to the US within the game, which I always assumed was intentional.
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robscovell wrote:
... if you want to win the game as USSR, you basically need to do it before 1979 and the arrival of Reagan and Maggie ... ?

Generally, yes the balance of power shifts from USSR to US as the game progresses but I've won plenty of late/final scoring victories as the USSR.
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robscovell wrote:
... if you want to win the game as USSR, you basically need to do it before 1979 and the arrival of Reagan and Maggie ... ?

Follow-up question: why did the game designers make Glasnost a red-star card? (I hope this question can be discussed within the parameters of the game without it having to be taken to the Politics, Sex and Religion forum.)


I feel that Glastnost is a USSR event because, when it was first announced by the Soviet Government the world opinion of the USSR improved as they were seen as becoming less restrictive.

I always felt the victory points reflected world opinion of the Superpowers.

Just my view on that card.
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Despite being a USSR card it is often useful for the US- pay 2VP for ABM treaty pre-Reformer.
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robscovell wrote:
... if you want to win the game as USSR, you basically need to do it before 1979 and the arrival of Reagan and Maggie ... ?


Disagree. The early war favors the USSR and the mid war favors the USA. The late war is roughly equal. Even if you're behind in points and/or board position at beginning of the late war, Soviets can often come back and win it with a bit of luck and skill.
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Derry Salewski
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You don't exactly have to win. But you have to establish some kind of position early.
 
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JohnRayJr wrote:
robscovell wrote:

Follow-up question: why did the game designers make Glasnost a red-star card? (I hope this question can be discussed within the parameters of the game without it having to be taken to the Politics, Sex and Religion forum.)


I assume because it was an initiative of the Soviet Government.

Although it is an interesting question, since 5-year Plan is a blue event on grounds of its historical consequences. Then again, playing 5-year Plan is not always favorable to the US within the game, which I always assumed was intentional.

It can be favorable to the soviets if executed juuuust right
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kbclac wrote:
robscovell wrote:
... if you want to win the game as USSR, you basically need to do it before 1979 and the arrival of Reagan and Maggie ... ?

Follow-up question: why did the game designers make Glasnost a red-star card? (I hope this question can be discussed within the parameters of the game without it having to be taken to the Politics, Sex and Religion forum.)


I feel that Glastnost is a USSR event because, when it was first announced by the Soviet Government the world opinion of the USSR improved as they were seen as becoming less restrictive.

I always felt the victory points reflected world opinion of the Superpowers.

Just my view on that card.


That's how I view it too. TS is not a war-game in the sense of trying to conquer countries with armies, but instead swaying opinions to your side.

It's not that the US controls the UK and Australia at the start of the game, it's just that those country's governments totally supported the US vs the USSR.
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