Upcoming Congress Infinity – Version Amundsen – Test Release – 1.7.8

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of Congress Infinity v. Amundsen – Test Release – 1.7.8, and includes an estimated release date for it (as with any estimate, this can change).

Est. release date: Saturday, November 15th.

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):

  • Theme Screen > view all players > changed names
  • Platform Screen > now shows issue positions (ex. ‘Center-Right’, ‘Center-Left’, and so on)
  • Campaign Editor > added initial Regions Screen
  • Added Senate 2016
  • 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
  • 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

19 thoughts on “Upcoming Congress Infinity – Version Amundsen – Test Release – 1.7.8

  1. Is there a way of making the game harder? So far I’ve played it at least twice on “hard” and I’ve won handily both times.

  2. @Mike,

    The AI will most likely continue to be improved, which will make computer players even more competitive.

  3. Not sure if I would have Mitch McConnell as a campaign surrogate in Senate 2014. He had his own campaign to worry about and I doubt he would be barnstorming every other state except his!

  4. I also think on Election night we need a * that tells us who the incumbent is (if there is one). I think the color box is a great addition.

  5. @Erik re McConnell,

    This is a good point. He’s primarily in there for his spinning abilities.

    Re * for incumbent, good idea – noted.

  6. 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.

  7. I think adding hypothetical random events into congress 2016 and the president 2016 will make the game feel more realistic. Especially for congressional elections. I think big events should lead to the option to make a policy speech on that event.

  8. Turnout seems way off

    Texas:

    In game: 9.2 million
    Actual: 4.6 million

    Virginia:

    In game: 3.2 million
    Actual: 2.2 million

    Illinois:

    In game: 5.6 million
    Actual: 3.5 million

    Michigan:

    In game: 4.5 million
    Actual: 3.0 million

    Some other states such as Alaska, Colorado seemed to be more accurate. But in a lot of these larger states, where there were no campaigns occurring, turnout seemed to be too high to account for.

  9. Election Night > a candidate in the table on the right side now takes up two lines to allow more room for name.

  10. @Erik,

    Yes, population, eligible voters, and turnout % is off. I’ll be tuning those up, probably for the update after this one.

  11. @Jonathan,

    Yes, events should allow for policy speeches about them. It would be nice to have some hypothetical events for the 2016 campaigns – feedback noted.

  12. @Anthony
    Some events can be really general
    – Economy improves
    – Unemployment increases
    – Relations with ____ worsen
    – Breakthrough in _________ reform
    – Congressional approval rating decreases
    – President _____ approval rating increases
    – G8 Summit
    – Threat of Government shutdown
    – Democrats/Republicans seen as weak on (platform issue)
    – Natural disaster in Louisiana
    – North Korea fires missile

    Maybe having one random event a month would help with giving the game some flavor. Especially if it impacts the elections.

  13. Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing.

  14. @Jonathan,

    Yes, thanks for these ideas. With an option to turn random events on or off at the start of the campaign.

  15. Senate 2014 > updated state populations to Census Bureau estimates (July 1, 2012).
    Senate 2014 > updated state eligible voters.

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