Upcoming President Infinity – Version Amundsen – Test Release – 1.8.1

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. Amundsen – Test Release – 1.8.1, and includes an estimated release date for it (as with any estimate, this can change).

Est. release date: Saturday, December 6th.

Changes so far (this list will be updated as changes are implemented on this side, these changes will not be available until the version is released):

  • Barnstorming and Rallies > now select issue and player about, plus background bonuses for theme
  • Barnstorming and Rallies > new user-interface
  • 2016 > Haley > blurb updated
  • 2016 > Pence > blurb updated
  • 2016 > Pence > homestate South Dakota -> Indiana
  • 2016 > Grayson > Primaries > FL 0% -> 3%
  • 2016 > Castro > Primaries > TX 0% -> 3%
  • 2016, 2012, 2008, 1968, 1912 > changed attribute issue icons
  • Barnstorming > Vice-Leader > Power now includes issue bonus, as it already is with Leader Barnstorming
  • 1912 > fixed bug when editing campaign caused by leader PAC primaries and general values being set to “0” (valid values are 1 to 5) (these values are in the parties.xml file, in the “pacs” section for each leader)

President Infinity – Version Amundsen – 1.8.0

President Infinity v. Amundsen – 1.8.0 for Windows and Mac has been released!

If you are a President Infinity (President Forever 2016) owner, you are eligible for this upgrade.

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Relevant changes from Congress Infinity v. 1.7.3-1.7.9 (see here)
  • 2016 > added Sen. Bernie Sanders, on by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Mitt Romney, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Rob Portman, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. John Kasich, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Mike Pence, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Nikki Haley, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sec. John Kerry, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Jim Webb, on by default
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Tim Scott
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Sherrod Brown
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Joni Ernst
  • 2016 > Gov. Jeb Bush > on by default
  • 2016 > Rep. Paul Ryan > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Rick Perry > on by default
  • 2016 > Sen. John Thune > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Bobby Jindal > off by default
  • 2016 > Dr. Ben Carson > on by default, primaries funds $2,000,000 -> $5,000,000
  • 2016 > Rep. Peter King > off by default
  • 2016 > VP Joe Biden > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Andrew Cuomo > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Martin O’Malley > off by default
  • 2016 > Republicans > re-ordered candidates
  • 2016 > Democrats > re-ordered candidates
  • 2016 > Republicans > Primaries > updated poll numbers
  • 2016 > Democrats > Primaries > updated poll numbers
  • 2016 > Endorsers > Governors updated
  • 2016 > Endorsers > Senators updated
  • 2016 > population > updated to 2013 census bureau estimates
  • Campaign Editor > added Issues Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Vice-Leaders Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Relations Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Debates Screen
  • Campaign Editor > Leaders Screen > fixed bug where didn’t update leader id label when selected leader
  • Campaign Editor > Input Screen > edit component has focus to start
  • Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader primaries blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing
  • Campaign Editor > Regions Screen > Percentages > now shows image of leader whose percentages are being edited

This is a major update. There will probably be various bugs in this release. You can download this release by requesting a re-download e-mail at the link below.

Important: when you receive the e-mail, you will want to download the file from the “windows president infinity” or “mac president infinity” link.

If for some reason there is no “windows president infinity” or “mac president infinity” link in your e-mail and you are a President Infinity (President Forever 2016) owner, please notify us and we will fix that for you.

To update:

http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information:

http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/president-forever-2016-version-information/

What’s Romney doing?

The reporter linked to in this recent article on Republican contenders dismissed ideas of him running.

So here’s an open question – if Romney isn’t preparing for a possible third bid with his extensive campaigning on behalf of Republicans, appearances on news shows, press releases about Hillary Clinton, and so on, then what’s he doing?

A new way to do barnstorming

This post applies to President Infinity and Congress Infinity.

Up until now, barnstorming has involved two basic decisions.

The first is what to set your theme as.

The second is where to barnstorm.

Then, a barnstormer would barnstorm on the issues set in the theme (so 3 separate barnstorm Power activities, one for each issue set in the theme).

This made the barnstorming decision relatively straightforward, and mimicked what often happens (a candidate will have a stump-speech, for example, and use that in various places).

The problem is that it isn’t realistic in various situations – a candidate might campaign on very different issues in Iowa as opposed to Massachusetts as opposed to Mississippi, say.

One possible way to change this is to keep the background bonuses a theme gives a player (such as with creating ads), but to make barnstorming be on one issue, which a player selects (or can have on automatic) for a given region.

Then, when a leader campaigns in Iowa, say, the leader might barnstorm on the Energy issue, where they have a (say) 8 Power activity. However, if that leader has a theme bonus of +2 on Leadership, then they would also have a 2 Power activity on Leadership which is added to their barnstorming, and so on.

I think this increases the realism, makes it more interesting for a player when barnstorming (by allowing barnstorming to target specific issues in specific regions), while also keeping barnstorming relatively simple (which becomes more important when President Infinity includes a 7 days a turn option in primaries).

Feedback welcome!

Upcoming President Infinity – Version Amundsen – Test Release – 1.8.0

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. Amundsen – Test Release – 1.8.0, and includes an estimated release date for it (as with any estimate, this can change).

Est. release date: Saturday, November 22nd.

Changes so far (this list will be updated as changes are implemented on this side, these changes will not be available until the version is released):

  • Relevant changes from Congress Infinity v. 1.7.3-1.7.9
  • 2016 > added Sen. Bernie Sanders, on by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Mitt Romney, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Rob Portman, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. John Kasich, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Mike Pence, off by default
  • 2016 > added Gov. Nikki Haley, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sec. John Kerry, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, off by default
  • 2016 > added Sen. Jim Webb, on by default
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Tim Scott
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Sherrod Brown
  • 2016 > VPs > added Sen. Joni Ernst
  • 2016 > Gov. Jeb Bush > on by default
  • 2016 > Rep. Paul Ryan > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Rick Perry > on by default
  • 2016 > Sen. John Thune > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Bobby Jindal > off by default
  • 2016 > Dr. Ben Carson > on by default, primaries funds $2,000,000 -> $5,000,000
  • 2016 > Rep. Peter King > off by default
  • 2016 > VP Joe Biden > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Andrew Cuomo > off by default
  • 2016 > Gov. Martin O’Malley > off by default
  • 2016 > Republicans > re-ordered candidates
  • 2016 > Democrats > re-ordered candidates
  • 2016 > Republicans > Primaries > updated poll numbers
  • 2016 > Democrats > Primaries > updated poll numbers
  • 2016 > Endorsers > Governors updated
  • 2016 > Endorsers > Senators updated
  • 2016 > population > updated to 2013 census bureau estimates
  • Campaign Editor > added Issues Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Vice-Leaders Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Relations Screen
  • Campaign Editor > added Debates Screen
  • Campaign Editor > Leaders Screen > fixed bug where didn’t update leader id label when selected leader
  • Campaign Editor > Input Screen > edit component has focus to start
  • Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader primaries blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing
  • Campaign Editor > Regions Screen > Percentages > now shows image of leader whose percentages are being edited

Congress Infinity – Version Amundsen – 1.7.8

Congress Infinity v. Amundsen – 1.7.8 for Windows and Mac has been released!

If you are a Congress Infinity owner, you are eligible for this upgrade.

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Added Senate 2016
  • Campaign Editor > added initial Regions Screen
  • Platform Screen > now shows issue positions (ex. ‘Center-Right’, ‘Center-Left’, and so on)
  • Election Night > there is now an ‘x-‘ before an incumbent candidate’s name
  • Election Night, Strategy Screen, Electoral Info Screen > there is now a ‘y-‘ before a candidate’s name if there’s no incumbent but they are from the incumbent party
  • Election Night > a candidate in the table on the right side now takes up two lines to allow more room for name
  • Theme Screen > view all players > changed names
  • Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing
  • Senate 2014 > updated state populations to Census Bureau estimates (July 1, 2012)
  • Senate 2014 > updated state eligible voters
  • Senate 2014 > modified turnout percentage

This the the second official release. There will probably be various bugs in this release. You can download this release by requesting a re-download e-mail at the link below.

Important: when you receive the e-mail, you will want to download the file from the “windows congress infinity” or “mac congress infinity” link.

If for some reason there is no “windows congress infinity” or “mac congress infinity” link in your e-mail and you are a Congress Infinity owner, please notify us and we will fix that for you.

To update:

http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information:

http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/congress-infinity-version-information/

Senate races in 2016

Senate 2016 has just been added to Congress Infinity, and the map below shows how things are looking right now for the 2016 Senate elections.

Congress Infinity Senate 2016

The 2016 cycle has 34 seats up for election (at this point). 24 are where the incumbent party is Republican, 10 where it’s Democratic, so almost 2.5 times as many Republican seats are up for election than Democratic. That sounds good for Dems, but a Senate victory has to come from individual seat wins – which seats could they capture to net 4 or 5 seats (depending on who wins the Presidential election)? Looking at the details and assuming there isn’t strong sentiment for one party or another, the map doesn’t look as easy as you might think given the sheer number of incumbent Republican seats up for election.

At this early stage, it looks like there are 10 seats that have a significant chance of changing hands, 7 Rep and 3 Dem.

First the possibilities for Dem pick-ups, with the candidates we’ve put in against them for now and the percentages they start with in the latest internal version of Congress Infinity.

Ron Johnson (WI) vs. Fmr. Sen. Russ Feingold, 47%-53%,  D pick-up

Mark Kirk (IL) vs. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, 50%-50%, undecided

Pat Toomey (PA) vs. Fmr. Rep. Joe Sestak, 53%-47%, R hold

Kelly Ayotte (NH, potential VP pick) vs. Gov. Maggie Hassan, 53%-47%, R hold

Richard Burr (NC) vs. Fmr. Sen. Kay Hagan, 53%-47%, R Hold

Marco Rubio (FL, potential Presidential candidate or VP pick) vs. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DNC Chair), 53%-47%, R hold

Rob Portman (OH, outgoing Vice-Chair, NRSC, potential Presidential candidate or VP pick) vs. State Rep. Bob Hagan, 55%-45%, R hold

An interesting element to this is Rand Paul’s KY seat, where Kentucky law seems not to allow his name to appear on ballots for two offices simultaneously. My guess, though, is that Paul will figure out a way to run in the Republican Presidential primaries and have his name on the Kentucky Senate ballot.

Yet, even if Dems capture 4 seats and the Presidency, they have to make sure they don’t lose any. Here are 3 seats that could be close, where the incumbent candidate is Democratic.

Harry Reid (NV) (Majority Leader, soon Minority Leader) vs. Gov. Brian Sandoval, 50%-50%, undecided

Michael Bennet (CO) (outgoing Chair, DSCC) vs. Rep. Mike Coffman, 53%-47%, D hold

Patty Murray (WA, Democratic Conference Secretary) vs. Fmr. State Attorney-General Rob McKenna, 55%-45%, D hold

Reid won a relative squeaker last time, 50.3% to 44.6% against a weak candidate. Gov. Brian Sandoval has been polled beating Reid.

After incumbent Sen. Mark Udall lost his seat to Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in CO, it seems like Bennet’s seat might be a plausible Republican target.

A big question for either party is where there will be open seats – soon, Senators should start announcing whether they intend to retire after the 114th Congress, and there’s the possibility of successful primary challenges to incumbents.

Mormons and the Senate

In the Senate, candidates who are Mormon (CJCLDS members) currently hold 7 of the 100 seats (7%).

(Mike Crapo (ID), Jeff Flake (AZ), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dean Heller (NV), Mike Lee (UT), Harry Reid (UT), and Tom Udall (NM).)

Mormons as a percentage of the general population are about 6,398,889 out of 317,831,000, so about 2%. In the Senate, then, they are out-performing their general population numbers by about 350%.

The current Senate Majority Leader (soon to be Minority Leader) is a Mormon, and the expected next President Pro Tempore (third in line of succession to the Presidency, after the Vice-President and Speaker of the House) is a Mormon (Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican member of the Senate).

Also, the number of Mormons in the Senate from outside of Utah, currently at 5, is greater than the number of Mormons in the Senate from outside of Utah in total before now (there have been 4 before the current Senators).

Congress Infinity is here.