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Cristian Raut
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I play a lot of 2p games with my girlfriend and our games are always tough strategic ones as we both have been professional chess players

You can find some of our sessions here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/86641/detailed-session...




I played USA, she played USSR, I'll present the game from my perspective, with my cards shown and her cards unknown

Turn 1

My opening hand was:
Containment
Comecon
Independent Reds
CIA Created
Romanian Abdication
Europe Scoring
Middle East Scoring
Asia Scoring

USA placement: 3 Italy, 4 West Germany
USSR placement: 3 Poland, 3 Austria

Headline:

-She plays Olympic Games. I have so many scoring cards that I can't afford to give her ops so I take the more than likely 2VP hit.
-I play CIA Created to see her hand and also put down some quick ops before all the scoring cards come out.

Her hand is:
US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact
Five Year Plan
East European Unrest
Special Relationship
Defectors
Indo-Pakistani War
CIA Created
Blockade

I put my 1 op in Iran

Round 1:

-She plays US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact for a coup in Iran, she replaces my influence with 3 of hers. But she gives me Japan and that will be great for the Asia scoring.
-I play Containment for 3 influence in France. I saw that she doesn't have De Gaulle or any other threatening cards for me so I try to score Europe for as much as I can

Round 2:

-She plays East European Unrest on Space Rest and now she's up to 4VP
-I play Europe Scoring, I have Domination so I win 5VP, taking me to +1VP

Round 3:

-She plays Special Relashionship and puts 2 influence in Pakistan. I put an influence in France(preparing for a future aggression on France)
-I play Asia Scoring. I saw no way of getting more out of Asia than this so I take the 1VP hit. Now we're back to even. If I tried to fight for Asia I could end up worse than I am and I still have a scoring card in hand so better play it safe.

Round 4:

-She plays Blockade as event. I discard Comecon
-I play Romanian Abdication, putting an influence in Lebanon. This gives her 3 influence in Romania.

Round 5:

-She plays Indo-Pakistani War for the event but gains nothing.
-I play Middle East Scoring, again -1VP

Round 6:

-She plays Five Year Plan for 3 ops and she takes India. She discards the only card left, Defectors which gives me 1VP
-I play Independent Reds for a coup in Pakistan, get lucky and put 2 influences there.

I lose 1VP from Military Operations. I am at -1VP.



Turn 2

My hand is:
Red Scare/Purge
Norad
Duck and Cover
Truman Doctrine
UN Intervention
Arab-Israeli War
Decolonization
Nasser

Headline:

-She plays Socialist Government and takes 2 influence from Italy and 1 from West Germany
-I play Truman Doctrine and take all her influence from Austria. I was a bit lucky to do that otherwise she would have invaded Italy.

Round 1:

-She plays De-Stalinization as an event and moves 3 influences from Romania and 1 from Finland to Italy and West Germany.
-I play Norad for ops and regain Italy. Sadly I can't defend West Germany too but I'm not too worried, she lost a lot of good cards and time to take it from me

Round 2:

-She plays Nato and puts all 4 influences in West Germany (she has 6-3 there now)
-I play Red Scare/Purge for 4 ops and coup Iran. I decided to let her have West Germany and try to get the upper hand elsewhere. Again I get lucky and replace her 3 influence with 2 of mine.

Round 3:

-She plays Marshall Plan, she takes West Germany, Iraq and Syria.
-I play Duck and Cover and gain 3VP. My hope is she can't make military ops and get another 2VP. I am at +2VP.

Round 4:

-She plays Formosan Resolution on Space Race and advances
-I play Decolonization on Space Race and also advance. I am at +3VP

Round 5:

-She plays The Cambridge Five for ops, advances into Asia and gets Burma.
-I play UN Intervention+Arab-Israeli War and get Egypt.

Round 6:

-She plays Nuclear Test Ban for ops and takes Laos and Saudi Arabia.
-I play Nasser, lose Egypt and put 1 influence in Libya. I guess it was strange to put ops in Egypt so next round I would lose them but I didn't want to give her Egypt for free and my hope is that I can take Egypt or Libya next turn.

I win 2VP from military ops. I'm now at +5VP




Turn 3

My hand is:
Red Scare/Purge
Five Year Plan
Defectors
Warsaw Pact Formed
Socialist Governments
Vietnam Revolts
Korean War
Europe Scoring

Headline:

-I play Defectors and cancel her headline
-She plays Suez Crisis

Round 1:

-She plays De Gaulle leads France for ops, coups Iran but only removes 1 influence.
-I play Red Scare/Purge for ops and retake Iran, take Libya, take Indonesia and I put 1 influence in Malaysia. She was advancing quite a bit in Asia and I wanted to go quickly for Thailand

Round 2:

-She plays Independent Reds for ops and gets Egypt and puts 1 influence in Thailand
-I play Five Year Plan for ops and take Thailand. It was a nice diversion of her with Thailand; because she didn't play Middle East in headline when she had Domination I was tricked in not defending it.

Round 3:

-She plays Middle East Scoring, she has Domination+1 extra Battleground so she wins 3VP, now I'm at +2VP
-I play Warsaw Pact Formed and get Malaysia, Philippines and Canada
She puts 2 influence in Austria, 2 in Yugoslavia and 1 in Bulgaria

Round 4:

-She plays The Cambridge Five for ops and gets Yugoslavia and Vietnam
-I play Europe Scoring and lose 1VP, now I'm at +1VP

Round 5:

-She plays Olympic Games on the Space Race(she was afraid of getting stuck with it and me boycotting. She gains 2VP and I'm at -1VP
-I play Socialist Governments on Space Race and also advance

Round 6:

-She plays Captured Nazi Scientist as event and now she'll get to see my headlines.
-I play Vietnam Revolts, give her Vietnam but I get South Korea.

I lose 2VPs from military ops and now I'm at -3VP



Turn 4

My hand is:
Duck and Cover
Arms Race
Grain Sales to Soviets
Junta
Cultural Revolution
Quagmire
Comecon
Korean War
Asia Scoring

Headline:

-She plays Brush War on Thailand, gains 1VP and replaces all my influence. I'm at -4VP
-I play Grain Sales to Soviets, coup Egypt but I'm unsuccessful.

Round 1:

-She plays ABM Treaty as an event, coups Iran and removes my 2 influence
-I play Arms Race for ops and get Iran and Panama

Round 2:

-She plays South America Scoring, 0 for both
-I play Duck and Cover for ops, 1 in Angola and 2 in Botswana. Now that South America Scoring is out, I'll try to go for Africa and then Central America

Round 3:

-She plays Missile Envy and takes Comecon, puts influences in Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia
-I play Missile Envy and get Afghanistan(so I can get 1VP from the scoring card)

Round 4:

-She plays Summit for ops and gets Sudan
-I play Asia Scoring and gain 1VP, I'm at -3VP

Round 5:

-She plays Fidel and gets Cuba
-I play Cultural Revolution for ops, I make realignment rolls in Cuba and remove all her influence.

Round 6:

-She plays Che for ops and gets Ethiopia, Austria and Bulgaria
-I play Korean War on Space Race but I don't advance

Round 7:

-She plays How I Learned to Stop Worrying for ops and gets Somalia
-I play Junta for ops and get Zaire and 1 influence in Algeria

We both have the required military ops, I'm at -4VP



Turn 5

My hand is:
Puppet Governments
Nuclear Test Ban
Norad
Bear Trap
The Voice of America
Salt Negociations
Brezhnev Doctrine
Quagmire
Allende

Headline:

-I play Puppet Governments and get Cameroon, Nigeria and Saharan States
-She plays Lone Gunman and coups Nigeria, getting 4 influence there

Round 1:

-She plays Portuguese Empire Crumbles as an event and gets Angola and SE African States
-I play Nuclear Test Ban for ops and get South Africa, Zimbabwe and Algeria

Round 2:

-She plays Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You on Space Race and gets 3VP, taking her to 7VP
-I play Norad for ops and get Costa Rica(I'll be aiming for Domination or Control of Central America)

Round 3:

-She plays Decolonization and puts 1 influence in Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia
-I play Bear Trap for ops and retake Malaysia and Indonesia and also put 1 influence in Mexico

Round 4:

-She plays Colonial Rear Guards and coups Costa Rica, removing 1 influence. I put 1 influence in Laos, Thailand, Burma, Angola. I felt here was the beginning of the end for her as it seemed to me she was out of ideas and this felt like a very bad move from her. I guess she was a bit concerned that she had no way of getting into America
-I play Salt Negociations for ops, retake Costa Rica, take Laos and Angola

Round 5:

-She plays China Card, retakes Burma and Laos and reinforces Thailand.
-I play Quagmire on Space Race, still no luck in this department

Round 6:

-She plays UN Intervention+Saddat and gets Ivory Coast
-I play The Voice of America and remove 2 influences from Egypt and North Korea

Round 7:

-She plays Latin American Death Squad for ops and retakes North Korea
-I play Brezhnev Doctrine as a coup(I wanted to take Egypt but realised I hadn't made my military ops) and put 3 influences in Sudan

We have both made our military ops, but I'm still at -7VP



Turn 6

My hand is:
Camp David Accords
OAS Founded
Kitchen Debates
Special Relationship
East European Unrest
Formosan Resolution
John Paul II Elected Pope
U2 Incident
Allende

Headline:

-She plays We Will Bury You and gets 3VP
-I play Camp David Accords, put one Influence in Israel, Jordan and Egypt and get 1VP. I'm at -9VP

Round 1:

-She plays South Asia Scoring and gets another 2VP, and now has 11VP
-I play U2 Incident, giving her yet another 1VP, -12VP. I get Egypt, Mexic and put 1 influence in Cuba

Round 2:

-She plays Flower Power for ops and puts 4 influence in Israel
-I play Special Relationship for 2 ops and get Cuba. Maybe it was a mistake not to get Israel sooner.

Round 3:

-She plays Our Man in Teheran for 2 ops and gets Israel. I get to see the top 5 cards and discard Muslim Revolution, Arab-Israeli War and South African Unrest
-I play Kitchen Debates and poke opponent in chest(I've been waiting for this card the whole day ) and gain 2VP, now I have -10VP

Round 4:

-She plays Alliance for Progress on Space Race
-I play OAS Founded for ops and get Brazil

Round 5:

-She plays Nixon Plays the China Card and gives me 2VP (-8VP now) and puts 2 influences in Gulf States
-I play Formosan Resolution for ops and coup Ethiopia, getting it with 1 influence

Round 6:

-She plays Panama Canal Returned and gets Gulf States
-I play John Paul II Elected Pope for the event

Round 7:

-She plays Indo-Pakistani War for the event and gains 2VP, taking her to 10VP
-I play East European Unrest for ops and get Poland.

We both have the required military ops, I am at -10VP



Turn 7

My hand is:
Nato
Containment
Shuttle Diplomacy
Ussuri River Skirmish
Suez Crisis
Socialist Governments
Allende
Central America Scoring
Middle East Scoring

Headline:

-I play Shuttle Diplomacy, knowing I'll be playing the Middle East Scoring card this turn
-She plays Liberation Theology and adds 1 influence in Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador

Round 1:

-She plays Cuban Missile Crisis and coups Panama removing 1 influence
-I play Central America Scoring and because I have Control I gain 7VP, taking me to -3VP

Round 2:

-She plays OPEC and scores 3VP, -6P now
-I play Nato for ops, I get Venezuela, Uruguay and Jordan

Round 3:

-She plays Europe Scoring giving me 2VPs(1 extra BG and adjacent country), -4VP now
-I play Middle East Scoring and have Domination, another 3VP, -1VP now

Round 4:

-She plays One Small Step for ops, coups Cameroon and adds 4 influence
-I play Containment and coup SE African States and add 3 influence

Round 5:

-She plays Africa Scoring and another 6VP go my way, taking me to +5VP
-I play Socialist Governments on Space Race and miss again

Round 6:

-She plays Willy Brandt for ops and gets Hungary
-I play Ussuri River Skirmish for the event and I add 2 influence in India and North Korea

Round 7:

-She plays Nuclear Subs for ops and retakes India
-I play Suez Crisis and add 3 influence in North Korea (5-3), she removes 2 influences from France and UK

We both have our military ops, I lead with +5VP



Turn 8

My hand is:
Red Scare/Purge
Tear Down this Wall
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You
Brush War
Ortega Elected in Nicaragua
Arab-Israeli War
Decolonization
Allende
South America Scoring

Headline:

-She plays ABM Treaty and puts 3 influences in East Germany(she can see my headline) and 1 in Tunisia
-I play Tear Down This Wall, and make a coup there, removing 1 influence (3-5)

Round 1:

-She plays Olympic Games and I boycott so she retakes East Germany, gets Honduras and adds one more influence in Czechoslovakia
-I play South America Scoring and I get 7 more VP, +12VP now

Round 2:

-She plays East European Unrest on Space Race
-I play Red Scare/Purge and get North Korea, Spain, Turkey and Greece

Round 3:

-She plays Korean War for ops and gets Czechoslovakia and 1 influence in Kenya
-I play Arab-Israeli War for ops and get Argentina

Round 4:

-She plays Yuri and Samantha and coups Saharan States and adds 2 influence
-I play Decolonization on Space Race

Round 5:

-She plays Indo-Pakistan War for the event but doesn't get anything
-I play Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You for ops and get Chile

Round 6:

-She plays Wargames and coups Uruguay and removes my influences
-I play Brush War on Haiti but get nothing

Round 7:

-She plays Grain Sales to Soviets and coups Ethiopia and adds 5 inluences. She discards with it Colonial RearGuards and I add influences in Laos, Burma, Nigeria and Thailand
-I play Ortega Elected in Nicaragua and add influences in Laos and UK

We both have military ops, I have +12VP



Turn 9

My hand is:
The Voice of America
UN Intervention
Sadat Expels Soviets
How I Learned to Stop Worrying
Iran-Iraq War
Iran-Contra Scandal
Quagmire
Marine Barracks Bombing
Allende

Headline:

-She plays Che for the event and coups Zimbabwe adding 2 influences and SE African States adding 1 influence
-I play The Voice of America removing 2 influences from India and Iraq

Round 1:

-She plays Nuclear Test Ban retaking both Iraq and India
-I play Iran-Contra Scandal for ops, coup Nigeria and add 3 influences

Round 2:

-She plays Salt Negociations for the event and takes ABM Treaty from the discarded cards
-I play Iran-Iraq War and get lucky, I replace her influence with 3 of mine and +2VP, taking me to +14VP

Round 3:

-She plays ABM Treaty and coups Pakistan, removing 2 and adding 1 influence
-I play China Card and retake Pakistan and put 1 influence in Burma

Round 4:

-She plays Junta for the event, takes Paraguay and coups Argentina taking it
-I play Sadat Expels Soviets and take Burma

Round 5:

-She plays Arms Race and gains 3VP, I have +11VP now
-I play Quagmire on Space Race

Round 6:

-She plays Awacs Sale to Saudis on Space Race and advances
-I play UN Intervention+Marine Barracks Bombing and take UK and Colombia

Round 7:

-She plays Chernobyl to coup Colombia, adding 3 influences
-I play How I Learned to Stop Worrying for ops and get Benelux

She discards An Evil Empire
We have the required military ops, I lead with 11VP



Turn 10

My hand is:
Soviets Shoot Down Kal-007
Summit
Star Wars
Reagan Bombs Libya
Five Year Plan
Allende
Pershing II Deployed
Aldrich Ames Remix
The Reformer

Headline:

-I play Soviets Shoot Down Kal-007 and gain 2VP, I realign and remove all influences in Saharan States, Haiti and Nicaragua
-She plays Sglasnost and gains 2VP, so my lead is still 11 VP

Round 1:

-She plays Alliance for Progress on Space Race, advances and gains 4VP, now I have +7VP
-I play Summit and have a lead of 5 on the roll so I gain 2VP, +9VP

Round 2:

-She plays Solidarity and adds an influence to Saharan States and Guatemala
-I play Star Wars and coup Saharan States and add 3 influences

Round 3:

-She plays Terrorism and I discard Aldrich Ames
-I play Reagan Bombs Libya and coup Guatemala, adding 5 influences

Round 4:

-She plays Missile Envy and I give her Pershing II Deployed, +1VP and she removes influences from France, UK and Italy. I now have +8VP
-I play Missile Envy and add influences in Italy and France

Round 5:

-She plays U2 Incident for ops, coups Saharan States and adds 2 influences
-I play Five Year Plan for ops and add influences to Chile, France and UK

Round 6:

-She plays Latin American Death Squad and adds influences to Nicaragua and Kenya
-I play Allende, adding 1 to Chile, keeping it

Round 7:

-She plays Defectors giving me 1VP (+9VP now) and adds influence in Zair
-I play The Reformer, she adds influences to Italy and France and I retake Italy, France and Zair

We both have the military ops, I have +9VP



The lead is big in the final scoring, after my calculations they are:
8-1 Central America
5-3 South America
11-5 Europe
9-5 Middle East
13-5 Asia
6-1 Africa

I'm sure we've both made lots of mistakes, any feedback is appreciated, specially if we missed some small rules or suggestions for playing better

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Wow, I'd love a gf to play Twilight Struggle with You're a lucky guy
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Bahaus wrote:


-She plays Grain Sales to Soviets and coups Ethiopia and adds 5 inluences. She discards with it Colonial RearGuards and I add influences in Laos, Burma, Nigeria and Thailand
-I play Ortega Elected in Nicaragua and add influences in Laos and UK



It's not always clear what the DEFCON is, but you both could have lost on this very last action round of turn 7. You could have coup'ed when she played Grain Sales and she could have coup'ed Cuba with Ortega. Those are MUST-SPACE cards, especially that late in the turn.
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Marcon wrote:
Bahaus wrote:


-She plays Grain Sales to Soviets and coups Ethiopia and adds 5 inluences. She discards with it Colonial RearGuards and I add influences in Laos, Burma, Nigeria and Thailand
-I play Ortega Elected in Nicaragua and add influences in Laos and UK



It's not always clear what the DEFCON is, but you both could have lost on this very last action round of turn 7. You could have coup'ed when she played Grain Sales and she could have coup'ed Cuba with Ortega. Those are MUST-SPACE cards, especially that late in the turn.


Nice catch. You're right, and I think we both missed it because of the way we play and the fact that we don't know from memory what each card does:
when she played Grain Sales she just handed me the only card left, Colonial RearGuards and I didn't bother to check the writing on the other card
then I played Ortega and forgot completely that she can coup Cuba because I'm the active player. So I told her she can only coup Costa Rica and again she didn't bother to carefully read the card(although I told her what it says)

So in the future if we play cards of the opposite faction we should just hand them over to the other player so they can decide for themselves what they have to do

Thank you
 
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Bahaus wrote:
Marcon wrote:
Bahaus wrote:


-She plays Grain Sales to Soviets and coups Ethiopia and adds 5 inluences. She discards with it Colonial RearGuards and I add influences in Laos, Burma, Nigeria and Thailand
-I play Ortega Elected in Nicaragua and add influences in Laos and UK



It's not always clear what the DEFCON is, but you both could have lost on this very last action round of turn 7. You could have coup'ed when she played Grain Sales and she could have coup'ed Cuba with Ortega. Those are MUST-SPACE cards, especially that late in the turn.


Nice catch. You're right, and I think we both missed it because of the way we play and the fact that we don't know from memory what each card does:
when she played Grain Sales she just handed me the only card left, Colonial RearGuards and I didn't bother to check the writing on the other card
then I played Ortega and forgot completely that she can coup Cuba because I'm the active player. So I told her she can only coup Costa Rica and again she didn't bother to carefully read the card(although I told her what it says)

So in the future if we play cards of the opposite faction we should just hand them over to the other player so they can decide for themselves what they have to do

Thank you


The first case doesn't have anything to do with the text of Colonial Rear Guards - you're allowed to play the card for OPs, and this allows you to coup.
Giving an opponent an ability to coup on your action round at Defcon 2 is equivalent to losing the game. as you're the one held responsible when Defcon drops to 1.

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-She plays Olympic Games on the Space Race(she was afraid of getting stuck with it and me boycotting.

makes no sense. Olympic Games is a neutral event, if you're afraid your opponent would benefit from the even, just use it for the Ops.
She might have been aiming at the Space Race headline bonus instead.
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Nice session and sorry to bring this question on here, but I thought anything played on the headline phase always is for the event and not any ops unless the card gives ops as part of the event? I don't see how some of the turns could have happened. Maybe I am just not familiar with the card grain sale to soviets, I thought it let you take a soviet card, but not play any ops? ABM Treaty does give ops as I recall.
 
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Grain Sales lets you take a card but if you don't like it or it's not for you it lets you return it and play the ops instead

Randomly choose one card from USSR hand. Play it or return it.
If returned, use this card to conduct Operations normally.


And yes, ABM Treaty gives ops

I don't think we played anything wrong in headline but mistakes do happen
 
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