Brief Notes on Twilight Struggle: Me vs. cwrmadcat

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Brief Notes on Twilight Struggle: Me vs. cwrmadcat

Brief Notes on Twilight Struggle: Me vs. cwrmadcat

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to play Twilight Struggle and also to record the game! My opponent in this game was cwrmadcat, a friend of mine from Waaay when I was in public accountancy all the way to the Bay Area. For many years we have been our training partners, learning the game with each other and discovering the intricacies and strategies of the game. It was our favorite 2 player game. Those of you who have read my Twilight Struggle review should know how much I appreciate the tension in the game.

But alas, over time, physical distance has made Twilight Struggle games a rarity. But somehow we were able to program a game, this time around, using the new Collector’s Edition cwrmadcat got from the Kickstarter campaign. I was able to set up my camera and record what happened. You can watch what happened below. Note: I played like the USSR and cwrmadcat was the USA!

Quick thoughts:

  • I really don’t know why my friend did this, but playing De-Stalinization is a pretty terrible idea, especially at the start of the war. This move effectively gave me access to South America, where I would never have had access otherwise. With a few good scoring events in the middle of the war, it was as good as a toast and made a comeback nearly impossible.
  • South East Asia was up for grabs and in fact cwrmadcat had done a good job being able to score with the South East Asia scorecard. I want to say, Voice of America dominate the sub-region? Of course, it’s a strong game (although I think it would be more efficient to use this card to tip my holdings in South America). It was a good place Decolonization it finally allowed me to enter the region. Once neighboring countries are canceled, a Brush war turned Thailand under Soviet control and the rest of the match grew farther and farther away.
  • Despite a few blunders, the game was still at hand. What really put him out of reach was how I managed to realign my friend out of Africa. Having Africa under my control allowed me to garner a lot of points in areas that required little effort to invest. If he had been able to establish a more solid base of operations, I might have been dissuaded from charging there, but the fact that he had not made it easier for me to gain a foothold and expel him.
  • The Collector’s Edition, while looking sophisticated, lacked the feel of the Deluxe Edition. I’m glad I didn’t come back to such a high level.
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