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Subject: Italy: NATO and Brush Wars rss

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Charles F.
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The following suggestion has been made by Volko F. Ruhnke on CSW:

"BRUSH WAR may not target a US-controlled country in Europe if NATO is in play."

Comment: This tweak really appeals to me since it makes the decision how to play NATO more difficult.
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Interesting, common sense in flavour terms. At the moment we always play NATO for Ops, becasuse Defcon is so rarely 5. This would make playing it more attractive.

I have seen Brush War used against Turkey as well, any of the southern four are vulnerable. Italy can be backed up by Spain and Greece and of course West Germnany (France may be difficult if you are waiting for De Gaulle/Suez Crisis). Turkey has Greece and Syria, maybe...
 
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Philip Thomas wrote:
Interesting, common sense in flavour terms. At the moment we always play NATO for Ops, becasuse Defcon is so rarely 5. This would make playing it more attractive.

I have seen Brush War used against Turkey as well, any of the southern four are vulnerable. Italy can be backed up by Spain and Greece and of course West Germnany (France may be difficult if you are waiting for De Gaulle/Suez Crisis). Turkey has Greece and Syria, maybe...


West Germany? Doesn't happen to be adjacent...

Anyway, what this variant does, is that it makes it a tough decision for both sides whether to see the NATO event occur or not. As the USSR I'd be perhaps even willing to sink it into the space race in order to allow for a brush war in Italy.

The Med strategy revolving round Italy remains valid, which I like.
 
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Erm, yes, now you mention it West Germany isn't adjacent to Italy. Doh!

As USSR I would take the 4 Ops any day, even with Brush War ruled out. 50% chance of my drawing Brush War, 50% chance of it working (assuming USA has control of one adjacent country)...
 
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Philip Thomas wrote:
As USSR I would take the 4 Ops any day, even with Brush War ruled out. 50% chance of my drawing Brush War, 50% chance of it working (assuming USA has control of one adjacent country)...


Probably. But it's not as clearcut as otherwise.
 
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I understand this rule has now been adopted officially in the 2nd edition rules.

(Too bad Jason & Ananda haven't adopted my space race variant and the Middle-East tweaks I'm fond of).
 
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