Thanks Bruce! You played a good game as always. I was lucky enough to get Destalinzation, and early Decolonization, and a couple of key AR1 Coup rolls.
One nice Bruce play from the game and a question.
In turn 4 I (USSR) was dominating in most regions other than Europe which Bruce was dominating in (I never had access to Socialist Governments or De Gaulle the entire game) so France remained a bastion of Yankee imperialism from the start. Bruce started to play heavily into Africa when there were other optimal plays on the board which made me strongly suspect he had the Africa Scoring card, but as I fought back he played Bear Trap for influence to contest some of my pushback. This made me think he was probably playing from a weak position as otherwise you wouldn't want to sacrifice that card, so I continued to push there, sacrificing the China Card in AR4 to consolidate my gains and keep African domination. Bruce responds by playing The Cambridge Five which shows me not only does he have Africa scoring (no big surprise) but he also has Middle East scoring, another region I dominate in.
I thought it was a rare bad play from Bruce or simply out of desperation but I should have known better. I was able to use the C5 influence to break control of one of the small African battlegrounds and immediately started thinking about how to maximize my scoring in the Middle East as well, pitying Bruce as he only had one card play then would have to play two scoring cards. Then to my horror Bruce plays “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…” and discards both scoring cards. Bruce, kudos on that it was a great mindgame and you totally got me.
One question though, when you headlined Nuclear Subs in Turn 5 I was certain you were going to use it to try to break my control of South America and/or attack me in Central America, but you went after the 1 stability African Battlegrounds, even though the Africa score card was in the discard pile. Was this a case of just wanting to make a more long term play?