This was Game 1 of the Gupta Division Semi-finals in the WarGameRoom.com
What am I going to do tonight? Same thing I do every night, try to take over the world! I am comrade brain and this is how I tried to take over the world. I started with 3 influence in Poland, 2 in Austria and 2 in Finland.
My nemesis George (AKA US or the ugly American) started with a Marshall Plan opening:
3 USA influence added to West Germany, now at 3
2 USA influence added to Italy, now at 2
1 USA influence added to Greece, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Spain/Portugal, now at 1
Then used his evil Marshall Plan to add 1 to United Kingdom, West Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. I dispatched the socialist in West Germany and Turkey.
I coup Iran with Nuclear Test Ban but it failed. US Ducked and Covered to in West Germany and Lebanon. De Gaulle gave me control in Syria and Iraq. The US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact gave the ugly American control in Japan and a strong Japanese contingent in Jordan.
The next part of my plan was scored in the Middle East (3 points, vp -3). US launches the Korean War which I won but the US influence in the south is as strong as ever.
The Chinese and the Russians help rebuild South Korea after the war and as invest in Afghanistan. US prowess in the Olympic Games led to an anti-soviet coup in Afghanistan.
Next I Decolonization Burma, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, my plan was coming together. US played Warsaw to coup Thailand but failed. Warsaw shored up Austria, Finland and East Germany. I played Containment to take control of Iran and Thailand. US plays Vietnam Revolts to move on Pakistan and Malaysia.
Headline Captured Nazi Scientists jump start the Nazi Space programs. German scientist and Engineers are killed in mass in a soviet Purge. VP down two, now at -7.
Truman Doctrine was not terrible effective but I was able to secure Thailand. The event has no effect. The US calls on China for help and coups Thailand. Darn, my global domination was in trouble. I used Comecon to coup Panama for no effect. The US used the Arabs and added two to Jordan and one to India. His Arabs turned on him and attacked Israel as I planned (vp is at -9).
I sent Independent Reds to Burma, getting them out of Europe. The ugly American formed NATO to help him in India, Malaysia and Israel. Fidel helps me out in Europe. US scores Asia for seven points, vp -2. All my lucky points wiped out, He is making it hard to take over the world. The UN Intervention to negate a Arab-Israel peace adds to my influence in Israel. US uses the CIA to add an influence to Israel, even though it officially does not exist yet. I Blockade western Europe and the US lost all his influence their. The US used the Formosan Resolution to add influence to Western Germany.
Headlines were Middle East Scoring and the CIA created. The US adds influence to Western Germany. USSR scores four points now at -6. Headline scoring never works but this was the exception. The world will be mine.
The Soviets use Defectors to add two influence to Western Germany, VP -5. US plays Five Year Plan to get 6 influence in West Germany and take back control. The Soviets play The China Card to take back Thailand. The US plays Suez Crisis to reduce himself in France, Israel and England and adds enough back to Israel to control it.
I De-Stalinize to take control of France. Americans moves Turkey and Israel. Soviets play Asia Scoring which gives the US 1 point, VP -4. Americans induce Nasser to take control of Egypt and then coups Egypt wiping out my influence in Egypt.
USSR plays Europe Scoring to gain 1 point, VP -5. US use Comecon to take Egypt to Turkey. USSR add influence to Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.
I Decolonize again to add influence to Nigeria, Angola, South Africa and Thailand. USA plays Olympic Games take Israel.
Soviets loss a VP from military ops, vp -4.
Headline the Soviets sign the ABM Treaty but still have Missile Envy. Soviets coup Pakistan and takes control. Missile Envy starts an Arms Race which has no effect. Soviets coup Panama reducing US influence. Americans declare they have launched the first Nuclear Subs.
The Formosan Resolution is signed while Soviets move on Panama and South America. The Romanian ruler abdicates the thrown. The US coups Angola, and takes over. Nixon Plays the China Card, so VP -2 and USSR adds influence to South Africa to control it. The US is an evil puppet master of his Puppet Governments in Brazil, Argentina and Algeria. He must be stopped.
I use OPEC oil money to add influence to Algeria. The USA starts a U-2 Incident and adds influence to Zaire and Venezuela. VP down 1 now at -3. Soviets Space race East European Unrest to get Animals in Space. The Portuguese Empire Crumbles but the US orchestrates a coup in Nigeria taking it over. Soviets make a deal with Saudi Arabia and the Americans Score Africa for 1 point. VP -2
Liberation Theology sweeps Mexico, installing the would-be socialist General Jesus and to a lesser extent Panama. The US reacts by sending in the Marines to coup Mexico which goes badly and only slightly reduces soviet influence.
Headline, the Soviets stir up a Junta while the US springs a bear trap. The Junta locks up Mexico and destabilized Argentina giving USSR influence in the country. Shuttle Diplomacy goes down to the Bear Trap. During the SALT Negotiations and distracted by the well set bear trap US was able to realign Mexico to remove Russian influence. They greatly weaken Castro and had no impact in Argentina.
USSR had to go to Camp David to end there Bear Trap. Willy Brandt disrupts West Germany but the US invest in Bases in German and Brazil. Vp -3. The Alliance for Progress is formed (VP -1) but Castro re-entrenches in Cuba. US scores South America with No USSR influence (VP +3). He has foiled me again.
USSR uses a Summit to take control of Saudi Arabia. The Muslims revolt against the Americans driving them out of Jordan and Egypt. However Egypt misses the Big Macs and the tourist and invites the Americas back. US also supports the ailing Mexican Economy. Allende is elected in Chile and Central America scores (4 points for Soviets, VP -1)
Soviets take control of Chile and Argentina. The Ussuri River Skirmish leads to America support in South Korea and Pakistan however soviet agents are quick to suppress the sentiment and stabilize both controls. But when China moves on Pakistan they turn to the US for help.
The Headlines are Brezhnev declares his Doctrine and a Lone Gunman has shot the president. Soviets stage a coup in Zaire figuring the Americans will not notice. The coup is not very successful but it does remove the America influence there. Soviets the stir up socialist sentiment in the Philippines. Soviets need Grain Sales but the US can not take full advantage of it. They invest in Zaire and Libya. China is still upset with Pakistan and it turns to Russia for it support. America takes control of Indonesia and Libya. Russia takes back Indonesia and fortifies Pakistan. De Gaulle Leads and already very red France and the US coups Nicaragua and outs the Soviets and takes control. Sadat Expels the non-existent Soviet presence. USSR counter-coups Nicaragua and takes it stronger than before. America takes back Indonesia.
USSR launches a lunar probe. Southeast Asia Scores 4 vp for -7. Panama Canal is returned and Russia adds influence to Costa Rica. Americans fail a rocket launch. USSR invest in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. The Cultural Revolution in China leads to increase Soviet/China cooperation while the US opens a base in Benelux.
Headline Socialist Governments in West Germany and Turkey give the US problems while USSR starts yet another purge campaign. Soviets attempt to coup Zaire which failed. In response JFK called on the nation to “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You….”. Wasn’t the lone gunman supposed to take care of him? Anyway this avoided a Quagmire, prevented Asia scoring implications and a possible Kitchen debate. Soviets scored Europe (6 points now -13). The US was not interested in such terrestrial concerns and launched an Earth Satellite. (VP -12) Soviets hunkered down in Poland, maybe purging those that were not ideological pure and moved into West Germany that was open to Soviet ideology with the recent sift to socialism. The US was quick to react in Germany and ferret out any communist sympathizers.
John Paul II is Elected Pope but the USSR had seen it coming. How many tanks does the pope have? Russia moved to influence Turkey. The Americas would have none of that an overthrows the new Socialist regime in Turkey installing president for life Hussian.
A Colonel Rear Guard tired of soviet oppression rose up in Algeria, South Africa, Cambodia and Thailand. The uprising was quickly put down in Algeria but festered in the other countries. An American backed coup in the SE African States brought to power a very pro-American warlord. NATO is announced while the USSR puts down the rest of the Colonels. Americans are clearly winning the Arms race (VP -9) but the USSR scores a huge PR coup after a surprise Brush War in Mexico leads to the Second coming of General Jesus. The Americans then supply arms and advisers to Jesus’s brother Jorge in Honduras while the Arabs are put in there place in a badly planed invasion of Israel.
The war is growing late. OPEC announces they will reduce oil production by 20% (VP down 3, -13) . The US is tipped of the the Soviets Five Year plan and manage to use this information to prevent the brewing Iran-Contra Scandal. Future historians would note the importance of this event in the unexpected rise of President North to national prominence.
The Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007 but the unified people’s republic of Korea do not protest to strongly (VP -11). The Soviets invest heavily in the former pro-American regime in Zaire. The Soviets announce a new era of understanding, a Glasnost. (VP -13) The Americans are quick to take advantage of the easing tensions to coup Iran which is now under American control. Under Glasnost the ABM Treaty is heralded as a crowing achievement by both the Russians and the Americans while Soviet agents remove American influence from Libya (Now 0 influence for both sides). Us quickly install a new regime in Libya and begin trade relations with Zimbabwe and Guatemala.
The Soviets look to realign Angola but only managed to weaken their own position. As soon do the OPEC restriction go into effect the pro-US Middle Eastern governments begin cheating on there quotas to the US. (Middle East is scored in the US favor VP -9).
Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in Space. The Americans score for South America for no effect. Iraq invades Iran which goes on for years to no effect. India invades Pakistan (Giving the Americans 15 influence in Pakistan, VP -7).
The Mexican Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl explodes, faulty soviet parts are blamed. General Jesus and the Soviets are helpless to react. In the meantime the formerly pro-American government in Angola realigns itself with China.
While only a few Contestants at the Mexico City Olympic Games glow green General Jesus takes the opportunity to announce he is realign Mexico fiscal policy and that Mexico is a free nation not beholden to any foreign power. Soviets needing a new trading partner for there nuclear power plants sold them to India with China helping to broker the deal. John Glean became the first American in Space.
Headline Americans have a defective defector! Soviet Defector Badenough declared that Russia had infiltrated The Voice of America Radio leading to a suspension of broadcasting worldwide until the leak could be fixed. When later investigations revealed no such infiltrator Boris was quoted as saying he did it to stop mouse and squirrel.
The soviets couped Nigeria taking control. Soviet missile envy gave the US an increased presence in Costa Rica but spurred increased cooperation with India, giving Soviet economic control of this key battleground country. Regan threatened to Bomb Lybia but went on a tour of Mexico and Costa Rica instead. Security fears from the overthrow of the Guatemala Banana republic by the pro-Castro rebels lead President Jesus to roll back some of his progressive reforms and institute more state control. This lead to a bloodless coup by Mexican businessmen unwilling to give up their trade relations with the United States. A pro-US government was also installed in El Salvador. Regan announces the new Star Wars defense shield which is quickly turned into a laughingstock as the satellites come crashing back to earth. In the meantime USSR quietly takes control of Botswana. Americans try to redeem their image in the Space Race but have little to show for it. Africa becomes the next region for the USSR to gain points on the US (Vp down 6, -13) quickly followed by Central American played by the US but in the Russian camp. (VP down 2, -15)
When the Marine Barracks are Bombed in Lebanon the US pulls out of both Lebanon and Iran. The next day they think it over and send more troops to the region to take both countries back. USSR adds influence in Haiti and Hungary. The OAS is founded in Argentina. Americans still reeling from the Barraks bombing have not been Militarily aggressive (VP down 2, -17)
Headline Colonial Rearguards tries to suppress South African Unrest. USSR takes control of Angola however the US destabilizes Algeria and Thailand and Laos and Cameroon. Soviets restabilize Thailand and Algeria the also add control to Dominican Republic. The Americans take control of Argentina and Laos. The Iron Lady declares war in the Falklands which leads to the ousting of the American puppet dictator in Argentina while Russia coups Nigeria to take control. Regan declares Tear Down this Wall and the socialist governments in France and Austria collapse while American position in Western Germany is weakened. The new Government in France is just as loyal to their soviet masters as the old. The US invest in both East and West Germany, trying to be seen as the great unifier. Regan signs the Camp David Accords while Soviet loyalists counter western influence in East Germany.
The US installs a new dictator in Argentina and aids the uprising in Eastern Germany. Americans topple the communist regime in Guatemala and install Jesus cousin Juan. The Western influence in East Germany leads to Solidarity in Poland which is quickly put down by the Soviets. Americans realign themselves out of Zaire. Liberation Theology neutralizes US influence in Mexico and Guatemala as General Jesus makes his final rise to power. Aldrich Ames reveals the US plan to undermine soviet control in India and South Korea but it is too little to late.
The world is mine, now I have to find a new nocturnal hobby. I was thinking of running for President of the United States in the Early 1960s.
This was the first game in the best of three series. I felt I had some good luck with the cards, the space race was good to me and I played fairly well. I have played George a few times and he is always a tough opponent. I am looking forward for the next game.
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That's the best report I've seen for TS. Kudo's
That's the best report I've seen for TS. Kudo's
Thank You, I enjoyed playing/writing it.
I posted the complete game log here
if you are interested. I would have posted it as part of this session report but it exceeded the length posts can be.
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