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dancing queen

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Realigning Europe T1 AR1
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:53:14 pm »
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Question about a situation that came up in a recent game.

As soviets, I headlined Cambridge Five - he had Europe Scoring, so I played one into France. 

Then, AR1, I realigned him out of W Germany.

He responded by scoring Europe, and we moved on - but it left me in a dominant position.

Does this ever happen? Is the downside that its dicey, and might be wasted effort?  Or just unusual combination of events that sometimes comes up?
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Re: Realigning Europe T1 AR1
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 04:25:14 pm »
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Hmm... sounds really interesting.

1 Influence in France means he would need to spend a 4 Ops card to gain control before you had the opportunity to place more influence there (potentially for control). In addition, he is a couple turns from reaching W. Germany.

I guess you still get the first coup of the turn... if the US takes the coup (where would they target?) then you can take Europe in force. If he plays Europe Scoring on AR1, then you can coup Iran on AR2.

Is the best US response to play into Asia on AR1? Probably, since that requires an immediate response for the USSR, otherwise the US can gain a significant foothold in Asia.

This seems to return to an issue that often comes up... is it worth it for the USSR to expend resources to Dominate Europe in the Early War at the expense of US expansion in Asia? Often these moves are riskier than the more assured coup in Iran, so the conventional wisdom is to push the US out of western Asia and simply break even in Europe.
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Re: Realigning Europe T1 AR1
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 07:40:21 pm »
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Strategically I think it's unsound to assault Europe big time in early war (ops are very, very valuable here in the long term), though for early war tactics it looks okay. Unfortunately, unless you're very lucky you won't get control, and the possible domination of Europe is not enough to offset  the lesser position in Asia and ME. It will always be tempting, but I think a Europe attack is simply too much of a longshot for USSR to be viable in early war, barring exceptional circumstances.

Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't try to play for France, Italy or WG (deGaulle, Socialist governments, Blockade), but you should probably stop there.
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