Quick update on PM4E Canada 2011’s status: it’s almost ready for initial release.
What to expect: an initial release this week. Then, we’ll update the game, adding features and content as the election progresses, probably right up until the election.
Some new features over 2008:
– Completely new game engine.
– Detailed party seat breakdown according to strength of support.
– Timed game: set a per turn timer for hot-seat human players.
– Minority government resolution: will the NDP and Bloc work with a Conservative minority? if not, the Governor-General will award the government to the Liberals.
– Turn parties off: want to see what the election would be like without the Greens, for example (or any other party)? Turn them off, and give the scenario a spin.
– Campaign attributes: leaders have not only personal attributes (Leadership, Experience, and so on), but also campaign attributes (Ads Strength, Spin Strength, Polling Strength, and so on).
– Local scandals: dig up dirt on not just your opponent’s national campaign, but on local candidates as well … and then fan the flames into nation-wide scandal coverage.
– Seat swing info: look at how many seats you’re projected to take compared with the last sitting of Parliament, and which incumbents you’re going to dethrone.
– High-score bonuses: defeat high-profile candidates in ridings, and gain extra high-score bonuses.
– New ads system: target ads to the national, regional, or local levels, and run them accordingly.
– Issue positions expanded from 5 to 7: be the ideologue you always wanted to be.
– and more
More news soon …