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Subject: A(nother) variant for Twilight Struggle rss

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Emmanuel KERN
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Hello everybody,

A few months ago, Aurélien and I issued a Twilight Struggle variant (the so-called “French Variant”) on Boardgamegeek; as we had tons of unused events still waiting to be used, we went on to a trip for a second variant, totally independent from the first. We called this second variant the Interphase Variant (INT-FV), because there the events are triggered between Action Rounds (more exactly, at the end of your own AR), or in some specific cases, at the very beginning of the Turn.

This is not an official GMT variant, and GMT provides no official or unofficial endorsement of this variant.

Basically, the INT-FV allows you to play one (and only one) event per Turn in addition to the basic course of the game (there are 73 new events provided). The events have no Ops, meaning that you must play them (you still can abstain from playing an event, in which case the opportunity will be lost).

The events, as I mentioned, can be played either at the very beginning of the Turn (as for normal events, the effect can be immediate or delayed), or at the end of your own AR, allowing for good opportunities to happen (immediately or at a later stage). To compensate for this increased flexibility, the number of events that you can play is restricted to one per turn, and the events playable during the Period (Early, Mid or Late War) are known in advance by the opponent. What your opponent doesn’t know is when exactly you will play the event, which adds some stress to the course of the game (and was shown by the game testing).

Along with this “basic” instructions and events, we also introduced 4 special featured, optional cards :
-A “Swiss Card” that allows you to “store” up to 2 Ops for later use to “boost” weak cards
-A “Subversion” card, allowing you to “spend” one Op once a turn to store it on the card and score VPs at the end of the game
-Two special “jokers” allowing each player to boost the value of its own cards (with a risk of decreasing the value of its own cards).

The zipped files can be uploaded here in ENglish version.
(pour les joueurs francophones les fichiers se trouvent ici.

We hope you will like it and have fun, with all due respect to the original TS ! Don't hesitate to comment !

Emmanuel Kern and Aurélien Violon

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