Upcoming President Infinity – Version Amundsen – 1.9.4

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. Amundsen – 1.9.4, and includes an estimated release date for it (as with any estimate, this can change).

Est. release date: Thursday, March 26th.

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):

  • 2016 > Primaries > Republicans > updated state %s
  • Campaign Editor > now optional ‘Time Final Results’ and ‘How Often Results Updated’, if not specified then default values are 11:59 pm and every 10 minutes
  • 2016 > Mitt Romney > moved to after ‘on’ candidates, turned to ‘off’ by default
  • 2016 > Chris Christie > moved from 3rd to 6th
  • 2016 > Scott Walker > moved from 6th to 2nd
  • 2016 > Bobby Jindal > moved up the list, turned from ‘off’ to ‘on’ by default
  • 2016 > John Kasich > moved up the list
  • 2016 > Martin O’Malley > turned to ‘on’ by default, moved up the list
  • 2016 > Mark Warner > turned to ‘off’ by default, moved down the list
  • 2016 > Joe Biden > turned to ‘on’ by default
  • 2016 > Mike Huckabee > turned to ‘on’ by default
  • 2016 > General Election > can now start either Aug. 1st or Sep. 7th
  • Democrats > convention location -> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, date -> July 25-28
  • 2016 > Santorum > Super PAC > Patriot Voices
  • 2016 > Perry > Super PAC > Opportunity and Freedom
  • 2016 > Cruz > Super PAC > Jobs, Growth and Freedom
  • 2016 > Christie > Super PAC > Leadership Matters for America
  • 2016 > Walker > Super PAC > Our American Revival
  • 2016 > Larry Hogan no longer automatic surrogate for Martin O’Malley
  • 2016 > Andrew Cuomo > Mario Cuomo removed as surrogate
  • 2016 > Endorsers > John Kitzhaber -> Kate Brown
  • 2016 > Santorum > Primaries > starting funds $10 M -> $5 M
  • Rallies > attendance number on info line in pop up
  • 2016 > set the undecided-leaning-committed share of %s in the general election for the Republicans and Democrats to the same
  • Main Map > now draws Veep flag
  • Turn processing no longer gets significantly longer after a few turns
  • Election Night > updated
  • Fixed bug where receive message when trying to get on ballot that says “Can’t work on party ballot until you have secured the party’s nomination!”
  • Campaign Editor > minor modifications
  • Fixed bug where error when clicked New Game from within existing game
  • Debate Prep Screen > updated frame graphics
  • Debate Prep Screen > added popup help
  • Strategy Screen > Ads > when select region to advertise in, rectangle takes party color
  • Strategy Screen > shows ‘Next Player’s Strategy’ or ‘Previous Player’s Strategy’ when hover mouse over respective buttons
  • Strategy Screen > information updates properly when click ‘Next Player’s Strategy’ or ‘Previous Player’s Strategy’
  • Main Map > clicking on map now quicker
  • Main Screen > up and down arrows > clicking now quicker
  • Fixed bug where computer players weren’t running ads

48 Responses to Upcoming President Infinity – Version Amundsen – 1.9.4

  1. Jonathan March 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Trump formed an exploratory committee.

  2. anthony_270admin March 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for this – noted.

  3. Dallas March 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Will Carly Firoina be included in this update?

  4. anthony_270admin March 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    My guess is yes.

  5. anthony_270admin March 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Rallies > attendance number on info line in pop up.

  6. Falcon March 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Will you include George Pataki? After all he has formed an exploratory committee.

  7. anthony_270admin March 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    @Falcon,

    Pataki, Graham, and Fiorina were recently voted to be included in the game by the Steering Council. They will most likely all be added, if not in this update then the next.

  8. Falcon March 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Wrong by me! He is “only” formally exploring a candidacy

  9. anthony_270admin March 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    2016 > set the undecided-leaning-committed share of %s in the general election for the Republicans and Democrats to the same.

  10. Falcon March 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Will you consider adding Al Gore as an off default candidate? recently as you know there has risen some interest in getting him to run

  11. Steve March 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    When will the popular vote option be added (2014 Kentucky General Election) as promised?

  12. Jonathan March 22, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    Ted Cruz is supposed to formally declare his candidacy on Monday.

  13. Aaron Booth March 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    Setting the “undecided-leaning-committed” to the same should fix some of the electorate problems. Thanks for this.

  14. Aaron Booth March 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    @Falcon In all honestly he has about the same chance of running as Warren does at this point. Or Donald Trump for the GOP. Though Trump seems more serious this time than he was in 2012. He is postponing another season of his show for the time being. There are always going to be a Draft so and so “movement.” There is a draft Bachmann, Palin, and even Manchin crowd. (I got followed on Twitter for a Minnesotans for Manchin account a month or so ago for some reason.) None of the three have really any likelihood of running, but there are people that want them to.

    Some have compared Warren v. Hillary to Obama v. Hillary. There isn’t a whole lot of comparison. Obama was a one time event. He was able to inspire people to rally behind him as possibly being the first African American president. He also seemed to have more desire to run. By this point in 2007, Obama was already in the race and had already made a large dent in Clinton support in some key states. His 2007 position is drastically different than Warren’s “no means no” answers. I don’t see Gore in any different of a position. (Though he could rally the base around the Environment and hark back to the same 90’s style economic growth that Hillary would be able to do.)

  15. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Main Map > now draws Veep flag.

  16. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    @Falcon,

    That will be up to the Steering Council at some point.

  17. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    @Steve,

    No ETA on a popular vote option.

  18. Jonathan March 24, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I’m hoping we can vote on an event editor and an editor that will allow for a simple removal of states, so older campaigns can be easily created.

  19. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    @Jonathan,

    We’re at the point where it starts to make sense to vote again on features like these.

  20. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Turn processing no longer gets significantly longer after a few turns.
    Election Night > updated.
    Fixed bug where receive message when trying to get on ballot that says “Can’t work on party ballot until you have secured the party’s nomination!”
    Campaign Editor > minor modifications.
    Fixed bug where error when clicked New Game from within existing game.
    Debate Prep Screen > updated frame graphics.
    Debate Prep Screen > added popup help.
    Strategy Screen > Ads > when select region to advertise in, rectangle takes party color.
    Strategy Screen > shows ‘Next Player’s Strategy’ or ‘Previous Player’s Strategy’ when hover mouse over respective buttons.
    Strategy Screen > information updates properly when click ‘Next Player’s Strategy’ or ‘Previous Player’s Strategy’.
    Main Map > clicking on map now quicker.
    Main Screen > up and down arrows > clicking now quicker.

  21. Moderate guy March 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    I don’t know if anyone has discussed this in previous post but I have noticed the computer players do not really fundraise that much or spend that much money I have won a lot have campaigns with out the computer doing much to fight. And also it seems almost impossible to gain momentum after winning the early states like it doesn’t boost weak candidates. But other than that the game is great.

  22. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    2016 > Primaries > Republicans > updated state %s.

  23. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    @Moderate guy,

    Thanks for this feedback – improving computer player AI is on the list of things to do.

  24. Jonathan March 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    If they don’t already, I think the Dems should start with a lead in the EVs. Almost every website that isn’t far-right is saying how much of an advantage the party has on the general election map.

  25. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    @Jonathan,

    Are you referring to national polls (generic or head-to-head)? I don’t think we can read those trends this far out from election day. I’ll start to weigh those more once the primaries fields start to take more shape – but even then, things often change significantly once nominees are selected.

  26. Aaron Booth March 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    @Anthony, @Jonathan. Jonathan might also be referring to the advantage the Democrats have in the Electoral College itself. Without NV, OH, FL, VA, MI, IA, CO, NC, and NH Dems have a 231-191 lead. This concedes states that either Obama won or came close to winning in 2008 or that a Candidate like Clinton could have an outside chance to win (especially against a candidate like Cruz) like IN, NC, MT, MO, and GA to the GOP. So with MI and FL, Dems would win while losing OH, VA, IA, CO, NC, NV and NH. Even just going by the cook PVI (which frankly represents closer to a “worst case scenario” for Democrats in 2016 than a reality) Democrats have 272-253 majority with VA still even. Even if the even VA goes red, Dems still win 272-266. So a good argument should be made that even in a dead neutral electorate, the Democratic party has a “built in” majority in the electoral college. Even if you believe that all of the polling could shift 8-9 points towards the right nationally, the Democratic party still has a majority in the EC.

    That being said, saying it’s “too early” is quite wrong. Though less so than it will be once Hillary officially announces. Once that happens then we have more certainty. Generally when we talk “too early” to believe the polls, we are talking about unknown quantities. Clinton isn’t unknown. Everyone has an opinion of her. In 2007, very few people had an opinion on Barack Obama. Also, many people have an opinion on Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and others. More so, Clinton has upper 40%’s-50%’s in many key states as well as in national polls. When both candidates are in the upper 30’s- low 40’s then there is too much of the electorate still undecided. When she has a majority or close to already in her camp, she doesn’t need to win many (if any) of the remaining undecideds. Further, there are actually quite few undecided voters for a race 19+ months out.

  27. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    @Aaron,

    Thanks for this. My thinking is …

    Neither Jeb Bush nor Chris Christie are nationally known figures like Clinton. Clinton has been in a non-campaign cocoon – that’s about to change. She has never been in a national, partisan campaign before as a candidate.

    My opinion is formed by history – it almost always tightens up moving into the general.

    The numbers probably will be shifted a bit, though, towards the Dems.

  28. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Fixed bug where computer players weren’t running ads.

  29. anthony_270admin March 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Est. release date is now Thursday, March 26th..

  30. Aaron Booth March 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Not sure if anyone else has ever mentioned this, but, I find it odd that a candidate would be still winning endorsements after his/her opponent has clinched the nomination.

  31. Stephen March 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Why can’t I do debate prep? Every time i click ok, all it says is “you can add another activity you like”, but the icon isn’t highlighted at all

  32. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    @Aaron,

    Thanks for this – I’ve added it to the to-do list.

  33. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    @Stephen,

    To do debate prep., you have to click the Leader Activities button, then Debate Prep., then Do Debate Prep.

  34. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Contextual help has been added to the Debate Prep. screen for the upcoming release, to make this more obvious.

  35. Jonathan March 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    How about a button where you can export and post your election result onto Facebook or Twitter? This would get you more advertising and be a conversation starter.

  36. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    @Jonathan,

    Good idea! I’ll think about this.

  37. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    With this version, it can be done by uploading the results spreadsheet file to, say, Google Docs, and then posting a link to that on Facebook or Twitter, but that’s a bit clunky.

  38. Jonathan March 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Yeah you’d just have to program something that lists the candidates names, their EVs, followed by an image of the electoral map or something. I’m not sure how difficult that is. I think it would be really cool.

  39. Jesse March 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Is there a way in which you can add that there is a chance that an elector could be a faithless elector and vote for a different candidate or not vote at all?

  40. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    @Jesse,

    It’s a good idea, but it’s difficult as far as I can see to model it. Perhaps for every electoral voter, there’s a very small chance they will vote for someone else?

  41. Jonathan March 26, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    @anthony

    It would have to be such a small chance that it would happen in like once every 15 elections or so. It’s just very infrequent. It was much more frequent before 1912.

  42. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Ya, I suppose you could have a campaign specific chance_faithless_elector.

  43. Jesse March 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Also, if possible, it would be nice to have a feature that if you are playing as Teddy Roosevelt in the primaries and you loose, then you could be him as the Bull-Moose party candidate instead of being Taft.

  44. anthony_270admin March 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    @Jesse,

    Thanks for this – we’ll see.

  45. Jonathan March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    @Anthony

    I’m doing a play through right now. Looks great. However, I noticed something that should probably be fixed. The Florida primary occurred and Bush and Rubio came in dead last out of all the default candidates. Most likely they were being hammered because they were the top candidates in the state. I’m thinking that candidates in their home states shouldn’t fall below a certain % or something. Maybe add a new category next to the state % that say how far a candidate can fall. This might also be helpful in general elections, historical scenarios.

    It would prevent a user from playing the 2016 election and winning Utah as a Democrat by 60%, which would never happen.

    If you’re curious, Rubio got 2% in Florida and Bush 1.5%. This was all the CPU’s doing. I’m just spacebar-ing through as Jill Stein.

  46. Jonathan March 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    Also,

    Just finished the election. Jindal/Perry beat Clinton/Klobuchar with 57% of the vote and a landslide EV victory. The won OR with over 70%, which would never happen, and NH with 84%!

  47. Jesse March 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    @Jonathan
    I have seen this too. They did not come n dead last when I did it, but Bush got 4.5% and Rubio got 7%. This would never happen.

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