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Author Topic: Clarification on DEFCON, coups, and Required MilOps  (Read 1402 times)

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Comrade Pwnuby Khilemolov

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Clarification on DEFCON, coups, and Required MilOps
« on: April 14, 2013, 07:01:49 pm »
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I had been playing under the impression that the Soviets will usually try to push DEFCON from 3 to 2 each turn. If the Americans cannot raise their MilOps, then the Soviets gain two VPs at the end of the turn and DEFCON improves to 3.

On a stricter reading of the board's instructions, it seems that this is incorrect. It seems that DEFCON is improved first, and then its value is applied to the MilOps requirement. If this is true, and if the Soviets coup with a 3 Op card and the Americans are unable to perform MilOps of their own, then the Soviets gain three VPs at the end of the turn.

It may sound like a minor difference, but in the aggregate it's a huge cumulative advantage for the Soviets to potentially get 3 VPs per turn instead of 2 VPs per turn on the strength of their AR1 coups.

Which of these is the correct reading?
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Riku Riekkinen

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Re: Clarification on DEFCON, coups, and Required MilOps
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 08:44:10 pm »
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I had been playing under the impression that the Soviets will usually try to push DEFCON from 3 to 2 each turn. If the Americans cannot raise their MilOps, then the Soviets gain two VPs at the end of the turn and DEFCON improves to 3.

This is right
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Re: Clarification on DEFCON, coups, and Required MilOps
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 01:59:04 am »
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The board states that DEFCON is improved right before cards are dealt out at the beginning of the turn. Military ops should have been checked during the previous turn.

As has been pointed out previously, military ops are checked before the held card is revealed / you lose for holding a scoring card. Which means that if the US is at +18 in their last AR, has a scoring card that helps the USSR and another card left, and the USSR hasn't done military ops this turn, they can play the other card, and win on military ops before losing for holding a scoring card.

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