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Twilight Struggle is a card-driven, quick-playing, low-complexity game. The game map is a world map of the period, whereon players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT's other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one's cards and units given consistently limited resources?

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Can you discard a scoring card to the Space Track 6 power in Twilight Struggle?

Space Track 6 gives you this power: Upon reaching space 6 (Eagle/Bear has Landed), the player may discard their Held Card at the end of the turn Scoring cards cannot be held, and you are supposed to ...
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What happens if you hit +20 VP and Defcon 1 at the same time?

Say you are the US, you are at +17 VP, and Defcon is at 2. You event Duck and Cover. This event says "Degrade Defcon 1 level, then US player earns VPs equal to 5 minus the current Defcon level&...
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What happens if you need to play Missile Envy, but cannot due to Red Scare/Purge + Quagmire/Bear Trap?

Say Quagmire/Bear Trap as well as Red Scare/Purge are currently in effect. Opponent plays Missile Envy. Now I need to play Missile Envy on my turn, but I can't discard it to Quagmire/Bear Trap because ...
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Is the China Card removed from the Early War deck before the initial shuffle in Twilight Struggle?

I have just been given the 2016 edition of Twilight Struggle. Quoting the rule book ... 3.0 GAME SETUP 3.1 Shuffle the Early War cards and deal each player 8 cards. Place "The China Card" ...
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Is it possible to postponed the Turn 7 reshuffle to Turn 8?

As a Twilight Struggle player, it's important to be aware of the Turn 3 and Turn 7 reshuffles, and you need to plan your card management strategy accordingly. For example, a US player holding De-...
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Five-Year plan - defcon suicide?

I'm playing as the USSR in the fantastic Twilight Struggle PC implementation by GMT, and I have a hand of two cards, one is Five-Year Plan, which states: USSR Player must randomly discard one card. ...
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Twilight Struggle, Longer game

My friend and I play a lot of Twilight Struggle and we have a lot of fun with it. The thing is we only reach the late war 1 in 5 times so far. Is this how it is supposed to go or are we doing ...
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How can we adjust starting conditions in Twilight Struggle to favour the USSR?

My girlfriend and I play Twilight Struggle. She likes playing as USSR. I'm a bit better at the game, which leads to a frustrating situation where I win most of the games. Are there any generally ...
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South African Unrest clarification

The mid war card South African Unrest seemed perfectly clear to me, until I read the Twilight Strategy article on it. How, exactly, can the event be played? South African Unrest reads: USSR either ...
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What happens if I play Quagmire/Bear Trap on myself on AR 7?

Quagmire* says the following: On next action round, US player must discard an Operations card worth 2 or more and roll 1-4 to cancel this event. Repeat each US player Action round until successful ...
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Am I understanding the China Card right in Twilight Struggle?

I want to make sure I understand this right. Most cards, I can either choose the Event, or use the OPS Points in the top-left corner. If I choose the Event, then the OPS points in the corner is ...
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Can you confirm these DEFCON verbs for Twilight Struggle?

For example, DEFCON is currently at 3. Due to some trigger (event card, end of turn, etc.) it needs to move. Can you confirm my understanding of the verbs? INCREASE: Move DEFCON to left to 4 ...
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Does Defectors do anything when triggered by Five-Year Plan

I was playing as the USSR, and Five-Year Plan was played against me. Defectors was the randomly selected card. It has a US event, so it triggers. But, the event in question occurs when "played by ...
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Does a Junta during the Cuban Missile Crisis end the game?

In Twilight Struggle, if the Cuban Missile Crisis is in effect and the targeted player takes a free coup using the Junta event, does that trigger the end of the game clause on the Cuban Missile Crisis?...
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Does the event on CIA Created* have a one-time effect or last the duration of the turn?

The event on CIA Created* reads: The USSR reveals their hand of cards for this turn. The US may use the Operations value of this card to conduct Operations. Playing as the US, am I allowed to ...
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In Twilight Struggle, can I place influence in countries that border my superpower?

For instance, as the US, I want to place influence in Mexico. The only other influence I have in Central America is in Panama, a few spaces away. Thematically this seems obvious, yes. They're ...
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What is it about Twilight Struggle that keeps it so consistently highly rated on BGG? [closed]

Some say it's due to BGG being full of people who lived through the Cold War, adding a certain nostalgic element, but perhaps someone who has played it can offer some further insight.
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Twilight Struggle: When are we allowed to do a Realignment Roll?

I know this sounds like a silly question, but the rules are kinda awkwardly worded and I've seen some videos of Twilight Struggle where this restriction is overlooked. From the rules (section 6.2.1): ...
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What are the differences between the 2009 and 2011 reprints of Twilight Struggle?

I'm interested in getting a copy of "Twilight Struggle", having enjoyed "1960: The Making of the President" and seeing that the former is currently the top ranked game on BoardGameGeek. It seems that ...
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