El Guapo wrote:It's interesting to see newbie game results, as things definitely turns out differently. I've never seen Soviet influence in Japan or Australia, for example. Though you may not have seen the errata that Australia is supposed to start with 4 U.S. influence (i.e. with U.S. control), not 1 as I believe the manual states. What baffles me is how there is no influence in West Germany or Italy. Was there a successful embargo in West Germany? Why did no one retake it or Italy?
The Cuba thing sucked for the U.S., but after the first game you learn not to place U.S. influence in Cuba or Romania, and usually not in Egypt until post-Nasser. Cuba's not all that devastating for the U.S., though - for the most part Central America isn't super important points-wise, and you can just focus on keeping control of Mexico (usually doable) and Panama.
Jow wrote: With SE Asia scoring getting dumped on the Space Race by me during turn 7, I think I was in a pretty good position despite everything that happened.
Jow wrote:also, another question: if one player controls both India and Pakistan, can the opponent player use the India Pakistan War card to eliminate influence in either region?
Jow wrote:Shit, that's huge. I caught myself trying to use <2 ops on the Space Race once or twice but missed the scoring cards entirely. With Asia and SE Asia both potentially scoring heavily for the U.S. (with Formosan Resolution in play earlier, he had Asia convincingly dominated at the time I would have been forced to play the scoring card), this would have been an entirely different game.
--I failed to realize the utility of attempting coups across the world in Central and South America. A good example was my reticence to play OAS Founded (Add two US influence in Central or South America) on one of the turns I had a mittful of US events, due to C. America scoring still having not appeared and not wanting to give the U.S. a free entry-point into those regions. It didn't occur to me that with the low stability of most of the countries down there, it also gave me opportunity to establish myself down there too. Double durrrr. Otherwise, none of those events you mentioned transpired. Brandon held onto Fidel for at least one turn and then ditched him for the Space Race, never to be seen again.
Jow wrote:so in other words, if brandon had played that event on me, a successfull dice roll (with no penalty, since I didn't have control of Pakistan) would have resulted in me losing all my influence in India and Brandon gaining 3?
Jow wrote:that's brutal. HE had that card in-hand but i wasn't sure if he could use it. I had a feeling my situation was more untenable than it appears.
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