Upcoming Congress Infinity – Version Ericson – 2.3.6

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of Congress Infinity v. Ericson – 2.3.6.

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):

  • large number of upgrades to interface
  • Main Screen > Activities button now visible
  • Main Screen > Map > displays targeting
  • 7 days per turn mode
  • New spin system
  • Autospin
  • Senate 2016 > Florida-3 > Ron DeSantis -> Marco Rubio, Strength 3 -> 4, Highscore 0 -> 5
  • Senate 2016 > Florida-3 > R 50% -> 53%, D 50% -> 47%
  • Senate 2016 > Indiana-3 > Eric Holcomb -> Todd Young
  • Senate 2016 > Indiana-3 > Baron Hill -> Evan Bayh, Strength 2 -> 4
  • Senate 2016 > Indiana-3 > R 55% -> 47%, D 40% -> 53%
  • Senate 2016 > Pennsylvania-3 > Joe Sestak -> Katie McGinty
  • Senate 2016 > Pennsylvania-3 > R 53% -> 50%, D 47% -> 50%
  • Senate 2016 > Kentucky-3 > Democrat -> Jim Gray
  • Senate 2016 > Georgia-3 > Democrat -> Jim Barksdale
  • Senate 2016 > Alabama-3 > Democrat -> Ron Crumpton
  • Senate 2016 > Arkansas-3 > Democrat -> Conner Eldridge
  • Senate 2016 > Colorado-3 > Scott Tipton -> Darryl Glenn
  • Senate 2016 > Connecticut-3 > Republican -> Dan Carter
  • Senate 2016 > Idaho-3 > Democrat -> Jerry Sturgill
  • Senate 2016 > Illinois-3 > Tammy Duckworth > Strength 2 -> 3
  • Senate 2016 > Iowa-3 > Robb Hogg -> Patty Judge
  • Senate 2016 > Iowa-3 > R 65% -> 55%, D 34% -> 45%
  • Senate 2016 > Maryland-3 > Republican -> Kathy Szeliga
  • Senate 2016 > Nevada-3 > R 50% -> 52%, D 50% -> 48%
  • Senate 2016 > New York-3 > Republican -> Wendy Long
  • Senate 2016 > North Carolina-3 > Heath Shuler -> Deborah Ross
  • Senate 2016 > North Dakota-3 > Democrat -> Eliot Glassheim
  • Senate 2016 > Ohio-3 > R 50% -> 52%, D 50% -> 48%
  • Senate 2016 > Oklahoma-3 > Democrat -> Mike Workman
  • Senate 2016 > Oregon-3 > Republican -> Mark Callahan
  • Senate 2016 > South Carolina-3 > Democrat -> Thomas Dixon
  • Senate 2016 > South Dakota-3 > Democrat -> Jay Williams
  • Senate 2016 > Utah-3 > Jim Matheson -> Misty Snow
  • Senate 2016 > Vermont-3 > Republican -> Scott Milne
  • Senate 2016 > Washington-3 > Rob McKenna -> Chris Vance
  • Senate 2016 > Reps > Surrogates > deleted Ted Cruz
  • Senate 2016 > Surrogates > set bonuses set to both Senate regions (ex., Kentucky-2 and Kentucky-3)
  • Senate 2016 > Surrogates > Dems > Bill Clinton 5-5-5 -> 3-3-3
  • Senate 2016 > Surrogates > Dems > Barack Obama 10 -> 5 days
  • Senate 2016 > Surrogates > Reps > added Donald Trump, Mike Pence
  • Senate 2016 > Surrogates > Dems > added Tim Kaine
  • Senate 2016 > added start date August 1st
  • Senate 2016 > California-3 > Reps > not on ballot
  • Surrogates > any that were unlimited -> 15 days
  • Editor > can delete abstract regions
  • Editor > Map > displays x,y coordinates where cursor is
  • Editor > Map > now fills according to selected fill coordinates
  • Editor > Map > can now click on the map to set the selected fill coordinates
  • Editor > Map > added ‘Import Map’ button
  • Editor > fixed bug when changed region’s id where endorsers’ surrogates’ region id’s weren’t updated

President Infinity – Version Ericson – 2.3.5

President Infinity v. Ericson – 2.3.5 for Windows and Mac has been released!

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

Highlights:

There are a large number of upgrades in this version, including veeps, interface, primaries, conventions, 2016 updates, and much more.

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Select Leader Screen > updated, in particular for Veeps
  • Start Screen > added start quotes
  • Tip: to cycle through the quotes on the Start Screen, press ‘n’
  • Options > added Auto Spin – Surrogates, so can check Auto Spin option without surrogates then auto-spinning
  • Main Screen > Activities > can now do leader, vice-leader, and surrogate activities using drop-down box
  • Barnstorming > can barnstorm in region 5 times before incur penalty for barnstorming too much recently, but now regenerates 1 time per day
  • by default, all official campaigns now begin in general election
  • Primary Results Screen > now shows number of votes for given leader in that primary
  • Primary Results Screen > shows total votes for given leader in primaries to date
  • Main Screen > can now click the primaries delegates area to view Primary Results Screen
  • Primary Results Screen > can now view national numbers
  • Primary Results Screen > now has drop-down box to select primary results
  • Main Screen > increased size of seats bar
  • Select Campaign Screen > turn primaries on > fixed bug where candidates not ordered according to %s
  • Main Screen > seats bar > fixed bug where +- numbers overlapping
  • Main Screen > 4 -> 8 candidate %s can be displayed at a time
  • Main Screen > Primaries > seats bar > when change party, doesn’t flip out of completed seats mode
  • Main Screen > seats bar > primaries completed > fixed number saying how many delegates ahead first place is
  • Main Screen > ‘Primaries’ drop-down box above ‘Percentages’ drop-down box
  • Main Screen > swing button no longer displayed when in primaries viewing mode
  • Main Screen > can press ‘Esc’ to hide large graph image
  • Main Screen > added keyboard shortcuts ‘p’ (view percentages), ‘s’ or ‘d’ (view seats or delegates), m (view momentum), ‘c’ (toggle view completed delegates)
  • Graphs > lines no longer start from 0 on the y-axis
  • Main Screen > can click %s area to view larger graph
  • Main Screen > added keyboard shortcut ‘t’ (opens Strategy Screen)
  • Strategy Screen > added keyboard shortcut ‘Esc’ (closes screen)
  • Main Screen > fixed bug where get, ex. “Trump chooses Brown as vice-presidential candidate!”, message twice
  • Convention > get +10 highscore bonus if win on first round
  • Convention > new round-by-round results if no one has a majority on the first round
  • Convention > if contested convention, if player had endorsed another player and then is eliminated in a round at contested convention, those delegates go to player that was endorsed
  • Convention > if candidate is also endorser and withdraws, if endorser endorses then that candidate’s delegates go to leader endorsed if contested convention
  • no longer significant pause if player withdraws or endorses
  • News > Primaries > if more than 5 contests won, says ‘so-and-so takes x contest, including a, b, and c’, where a, b, and c are the 3 with the most delegates
  • fixed bug with convention numbers
  • fixed bug where weren’t being offered to continue playing as party’s nominee after convention
  • fixed bug with proportional seats allocation in primaries (ex., 0 votes getting 1 seat)
  • fixed bug where turning off candidates in primaries would lead to incorrect general election %s
  • fixed bug where if withdrawn candidate wins convention, they don’t continue
  • fixed bug where showing news for day after election
  • fixed bug with ads when continue playing with another player
  • 2016 > Veeps > Reps > added Jan Brewer, Shelley Moore Capito, Deb Fischer, Mary Fallin, Paul LePage, Rick Scott, Marsha Blackburn
  • 2016 > Veeps > Dems > added Ken Salazar, Al Franken, Bill Nelson, Terry McAuliffe, Martin Heinrich, Claire McCaskill, Tom Vilsack
  • 2016 > reordered Clinton’s Veeps (Kaine, Julian Castro, Booker, Sherrod Brown, Franken, Warren, Bill Nelson at top)
  • 2016 > Veeps > Dems > added Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • 2016 > Sanders > Veeps > Warren and Gabbard now at top of list
  • 2016 > Trump > Issue Familiarity > general election 2 -> 3
  • 2016 > Trump > Vice-Leaders > Mike Pence to 1st, Christie to 2nd, Gingrich to 3rd, Sessions to 4th
  • 2016 > Cruz > Veeps > Fiorina at top
  • 2016 > Veeps > Libs > added Bill Weld
  • 2016 > Libs > reordered Johnson’s Veeps (Weld at top)
  • 2016 > Libs > updated Johnson’s image
  • 2016 > Libs > Leaders > added Austin Petersen, ‘on’ by default
  • 2016 > Libs > Leaders > added John McAfee, ‘on’ by default
  • 2016 > Libs > Debate > May 15, 2016 -> March 29, 2016
  • 2016 > Greens > Jill Stein > updated image
  • 2016 > Nikki Haley > Alaska +5% -> South Carolina +5%
  • 2016 > Mike Pence > South Dakota +5% -> Indiana +5%
  • 2016 > general election blurb > updated
  • 2016 > Rubio > general election blurb > updated
  • 2016 > Endorsers > Crossroads GPS > Footsoldier Chance 15% -> 5%
  • 2016 > Leaders > Schweitzer > Experience 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Veeps > Salazar > Debating 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Veeps > McAuliffe > Integrity 4 -> 2
  • 2016 > Leaders > Biden > Debating 3 -> 4
  • 2016 > Veeps > Heinrich > Debating 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Veeps > McCaskill > Debating 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Clinton > Veeps > Warren -> 2nd spot in Veep list (now Kaine, Warren, Castro)
  • 2016 > Reps > Primaries > Kentucky delegates 45 -> 46
  • 2016 > Dems > Primaries > delegate count changes in a number of regions
  • 2016 > Dems > Primaries > added ‘Democrats Abroad’
  • 2016 > Veeps > Reps > Gingrich > Stamina 3 -> 2
  • 2016 > Trump > Veeps > top 5 are now Sessions, Christie, Corker, Gingrich, Pence
  • 2016 > Veeps > Reps > added Sen. Richard Burr
  • 2016 > Veeps > Dems > added Rep. Xavier Becerra
  • 2016 > Events > June 12th > Orlando > Terrorism, Trump boost
  • 2016 > Events > June 23rd > “U.K. Independence Day! Votes to leave E.U.” > Trump > Free Trade
  • 2016 > Events > May 24th > State IG report > Clinton > Integrity
  • 2016 > Events > June 30th > AG Meets Bill Clinton in private > Clinton > Integrity
  • 2016 > Events > July 1st > Clinton has met with FBI
  • 2016 > Events > July 5th > Comey says Clinton ‘extremely careless’ but won’t indict
  • 2016 > Reps > added turnout numbers
  • 2016 > Dems > added turnout numbers
  • 2016 > Leaders > Reps > Paul Ryan > title ‘Rep.’ -> ‘Spkr.’
  • 1972 > fixed bug when creating new candidate
  • Editor > can re-order Leader’s Veeps
  • Editor > can set whether, by default, campaign begins in general election
  • Editor > Parties > Primaries > can now set turnout
  • Spin Screen > Interviewers > extended box’s width
  • Notes > fixed bug where Big Mo’ note wasn’t in a section

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

Issue spectra, Favorability, and Voting Blocs

Note: this post is discussing planned changes to President Infinity. These may or may not be implemented, and this can change at any time.

3 new features will be the focus of President Infinity for the next while. They are

a) Issue spectra

b) Favorability

c) and Voting Blocs.

These 3 features work together.

Currently, issues fall along one spectrum, Left to Right (Far-Left, Left, Center-Left, Center, and so on). This will remain as the basis of issue positions. However, every issue can be tagged with additional issue spectra, or a specific issue position can be tagged with an additional issue spectrum position. For example, new issue spectra that might be added to the game are ‘Social Left-Right’, ‘Fiscal Left-Right’, and ‘Foreign Left-Right’ to distinguish between types of left-right. Similarly, ‘Totalitarian-Libertarian’ and ‘Populist-Globalist’ are possible spectra that might be added to the game.

Issues will be sortable by the spectra (so you can view by Social issues, Fiscal issues, Foreign issues, and so on). You will be able to view candidates in terms of their issue position averages on any given spectrum. Veeps can have issue position averages along any issue spectrum. Endorsers’ desired position can be defined in terms of any spectrum.

Voting blocs are definable in terms of any issue spectrum (or spectra) or issue, including where the center is for that voting bloc on that issue spectrum or how important the issue is to that voting bloc. The electorate will be set up using customizable (to the campaign designer) voting blocs. Obvious possibilities for voting blocs would be party affiliation, age, income level, sex, ethnicity, religious affiliation, geography, and so on.

Favorability will become the basis of candidate %s. Initial Favorability levels for candidates in significant part will be determined by the voting blocs, which determine the issue position averages for various parts of the electorate. This will lend itself to multi-candidate dynamics better than the current system (such as primaries, or general elections with > 2 strong candidates).

What you can expect: first will be a revamp of issues, including new issues and issue positions, as well as additional issue spectra added to the official 2016 campaign. Then, Favorability and Voting blocs will be implemented for 2016. I expect these changes to take some time.

Feedback welcome!