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tristanshandy

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US placing influence with blockade
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:13:55 am »
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Hello, new player here.

My opening hand:

5-year
Fidel
Blockade
Norad
Formosan
Socialist gov.
Suez
De gaulle

My questions:

Do I leave w.germany empty to headline blockade and pitch suez or socialist?

Otherwise how do I play this opening hand, placing influence and in AR?

Thanks!
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 04:28:30 pm »
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A few different options it seems to me.

1.  Standard opening and headline Blockade and discard Socialist Governments.  You can then trigger Suez and DeGaulle while France is empty to minimize their impact, and likely take France and secure European domination.  The big risk is that the USSR headlines RS/P and you suddenly lose WG and Italy is open to coup.  That would be devastating normally and even worse with this hand since you'd have to play into France immediately with Suez and DeGaulle in hand.

2.  Standard opening and headline 5YP or NORAD (I'd probably favor NORAD).  Later plan to play Blockade and discard Socialist Governments.  If the USSR headlines RS/P, then just hold Blockade to next turn.

3.  Empty WG and headline Blockade.  Usually with an empty WG, I wouldn't discard anything.  But with this particular hand, I'd probably discard SG to free up my hand for another card on the draw.  If you discard, definitely discard SG over Suez, as Suez is a one-time event and not that bad with France empty.

Personally, I like to maximize ops on the first turn.  Plan 1 is the best if you knew he didn't have RS/P, you were headlining Defectors, or even if you had a 4 op in hand.  As your hand is, I think the risk is too great.  So, I'd go with Plan 3.

As to how to play the hand, so much depends on what opponent plays.  Generally, you want to play Suez and DeGaulle before you play into France, Suez before DeGaulle.  When you play Suez, you need to trigger the event after you play the ops, which you'll use to move out of Israel (I like Egypt and Lebanon, but not Jordan) if you haven't done so already.  With DeGaulle, you'll likely want to trigger the event first and then use the ops to make France 3/1.  I'd play all the cards for their ops and not trigger any of your events.  If he drops defcon to 2, play Fidel immediately afterwards so that he cannot ditch CIA if he has it.  If you coup with defcon at 3, use Fidel for the same reason.
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 05:01:52 pm »
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The safest play: go into W. Ger and headline Formosan.

If he responds with RS/P, space Soc Govs and hold Blockade. Otherwise play Blockade and discard Soc Govs. All cards for Ops.
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2016, 03:24:40 am »
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Thank you both for your replies!

I thought it was a tricky hand, but I'm glad my initial idea to headline blockade and pitch sg wasn't totally of the mark. I'll go with your option 3 @MichaelVal, but I appreciate both your opinions.

I'll let you know what happens.
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2016, 05:10:02 pm »
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Why do you say move from Israel to Lebanon and Egypt but not Jordan - what's the problem with Jordan?
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2016, 02:02:17 pm »
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Why do you say move from Israel to Lebanon and Egypt but not Jordan - what's the problem with Jordan?

IMO, Jordan does not give a good return on investment, in general and in particular compared to Lebanon and Egypt.  Lebanon is cheaper and immune to Muslim Revolution.  Egypt is the same price in ops, but is a battleground and offers access to another relatively cheap battleground in Libya.  I don't mind Nasser being used on a USA controlled Egypt because it removes the card and its threat permanently, I'll still be first to Libya, and the 1 influence left in Egypt after Nasser will be enough to flip the country when Sadat rolls around.  Jordan gets access to Saudi Arabia and Iraq, but I think USA almost always has better uses for scarce early war ops than trying to control expensive Mideast battlegrounds that can be wiped out by Muslim Revolution.
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2016, 12:05:55 am »
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The exception would possibly be if Iran goes to 0/0 on the first coup. Then getting access to the subregion forces the USSR to react.
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Re: US placing influence with blockade
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2016, 03:58:31 am »
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I'd headline Formosan with standard 4 w germ. Taiwan battleground can be surprisingly very helpful. In case of rsp I'd keep blockade just as Wojtek said.

As for early Lebanon I don't think it's a good play. Ussr can just flip it with 1op card. It also depends on opponent ar1 move. If it's 2afgh u have to defend Asia.
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