I held Truman, the USSR held Five Year Plan and the China Card.
Better hand than last turn, Red Scare is in the discard so there’s no need to fear Blockade or save the NTB. Indo-Pakistani War is the obvious headline, could swing Asia for me and gets me my MilOps.
USSR headlines Asia Scoring, which could be perfect… but the War flops. I guess this means no Decol or Vietnam Revolts to worry about, probably no De Gaulle either to flip Europe.
AR1 is Duck & Cover, netting me 3 VPs and making MilOps a problem for the USSR. Interesting. Also used in a kind of scattershot way: 1 into Israel, 1 into Burma, and 1 into Angola. Angola is a big deal, and now Africa and S. America have swung heavily for the reds, that’s a big problem. Israel looks like misdirection, and Burma seems kind of pointless. At this point I forgot that they were holding Five Year Plan, and played assuming that the weak headline and AR1 defcon reduction and attempt at misdirection meant they were trying to offload Europe safely. Responding accordingly, I used NTB to fill Egypt and W. Germany, blocking the Israel feint and dominating Europe.
Now I reviewed and recalled FYP, I can assume that will be their last AR to discard Europe scoring, and the China Card will not be used this Turn. Beyond that? No good headlines, and something else they want to space other than D&C.
So, 6 cards left:
Europe Scoring, check
Five Year Plan, check
CNS, UN Intervention, Special Relationship, EEU, NORAD, NATO, US/Japan, Blockade, Decol, Fidel, Vietnam, De Gaulle…
Rule out Decol, Vietnam, De Gaulle, rule in… Special Relationship, EEU, NORAD, or US/Japan, along with CNS, UN, Blockade, Fidel as possibilities.
CNS would probably have been a better headline, UN would be a nice waste of a good card unless it gets used in conjunction with the China Card, which could be a horrible OP-fest.
I have to space Israeli War to deny MilOps, and play two null AR with Suez and SocGov, so this Turn can still turn ugly. They probably have more easy ARs and OPs than I do. I have just Containment and the Cambridge five left, and quite a lot of work to do.