What’s upcoming

Hi everyone,

A quick note about what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

There will be an update to Prime Minister Infinity – Canada, bringing the game engine up to date, including the 2000 campaign (released as sneak-peek before) and a (surprise!) Australia 2016 campaign. We were working on this before their election, but it didn’t quite make it in time.

Then, Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. owners can expect a similar update (it will also include the Australia 2016 campaign, so if you own either, you’ll get it).

Then, a Congress Infinity update, similarly bringing it up to date with the latest game engine.

There might be a President Infinity update or two as well to address any new bugs or minor feature updates.

After that, I’ll be focusing on three new features for President Infinity, which will significantly change the game (how issues work, favorability as the basis for %s, and voting blocs). Once these are done, those features will be extended to the other Infinity games.

This will probably take us to the end of this year, if not next year.

Thanks everyone for your support of these games!

 

55 Responses to What’s upcoming

  1. Falcon October 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

    Wooow Australia, can’t wait!

  2. Daons October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Great news about the upcoming updates, just thought, would it be possible to combine the UK, Canadian and Congress engines into a single “Legislative Infinity” game given that the engines are very similar and therefore all the updates and features could be developed as a bulk. It may save time in development and bug testing. I take it with the news of the Australian 2016 vote the second preference system will be available for other custom scenarios.

  3. Brendan October 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m excited. Those three things will enhance the game so much more! (It’s already great)

  4. Chris October 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    @anthony,
    A Monmouth poll just came out also showing McMullin at 20 in Utah
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/ut/utah_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein_vs_mcmullin-6154.html

  5. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    Note that PMI – Canada may or may not have preference system in first upcoming release for Australia 2016. Feature is a possible at this point.

  6. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    @Chris re McMullin,

    Might make sense to add him to the game! Noted, thanks for this.

  7. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    @Brendan, thanks for this feedback!

  8. Jim October 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    anthony_270admin October 8, 2016 at 11:51 am #
    @Jim,

    “I’m having a big problem with Stamina. Regularly having my candidate with 200/100.”

    Do you have a save game you can load where you consistently get something like this?

    ————————-

    This is from the last thread, because I’ve been crazy busy. Thank you for responding. I’d love to upload my file for you to take a look at. How can I go about accomplishing that?

  9. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    @Daons,

    Your suggestion makes sense – the three legislative games already share the same code base for the most part, and a feature added to one usually at the same time is therefore added to the others. They are separated because people tend to be interested in a specific country (people in the U.K. tend to be interested in U.K. politics much more than Canadian politics, and so on).

  10. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    @Jim,

    If you are using Windows, if you can create a compressed (zipped) file with your save game files and e-mail it to me, I can attempt to recreate the error.

    If you are using Windows, to find where your save game files are, from the Start Screen click ‘Load Game’ and then note the default location. Then go there using your File Explorer.

    Once you are there in your File Explorer, select all the files that start with the save game file name in question (there will be a main one plus one for each candidate).

    Once they are selected, right-click on them and select Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder. Then move the compressed (zipped) file to your desktop (or what have you), and attach it to an e-mail.

    E-mail address is at http://270soft.com/contact/ .

  11. Jack October 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Is there anything in Congress Infinity to make creating new parties more convenient?

  12. anthony_270admin October 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    @Jack,

    Can you say more?

  13. Jack October 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Mostly just making it easier to get a party on all of the ballots.

  14. AJ October 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    Hey, any hope for Gilmore, Pataki, Chaffee, and Lessig added to the primaries, because if you do I would run Gilmore/Pataki vs Chaffee/Lessig tickets all day.

  15. Chris October 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    @anthony
    I don’t know if anyone’s ever suggested it before but 2 things I would think would be cool for u to consider for the future:
    1. Select the President or the Presidential candidate for Congress Infinity. In other words during midterms select who the President is and have their favorability have some impact and during regular election years select each parties nominee and have their favorability make an impact.
    2. A Governors scenario for congress infinity or a even Governors game
    Also still excited if you decide to make a be the President game, definetly want to see that
    Also very excited about the issue revamp and favorability, you already have the best election game I think these new features will be awesome.
    Thanks,
    Chris

  16. Daons October 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Could it be possible to have the declaration times for seats in the UK editable in the editor so we don’t need to go into the XML files. Thanks

  17. anthony_270admin October 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    @Jack,

    I’ll check and make sure a new party’s ballot access is set to the source party’s ballot access values.

  18. anthony_270admin October 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Also a set on or set off all ballots button.

  19. anthony_270admin October 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    @AJ,

    Yes, they are on the to-do list.

  20. bhchase October 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    What is the status of the “be the president” game? I, and many others, really want to see this come to fruition.

  21. Moderate Guy October 15, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    I want to know is there ever going to be an online multiplayer function or play by email. Playing against computers became boring they never adjust strategy or anything and my friends who were interested in politics we don’t live near each other anymore. So yea I would love to be able to play against them or even people on here.

  22. anthony_270admin October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    @Moderate Guy,

    I’d like to see it happen, but there are no plans to add it at this point.

  23. Jonathan October 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    I’d also like to see multiplayer as an option. I’m not sure how it would best be implemented though.

  24. anthony_270admin October 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    @bhchase,

    No decision on the Be President game. There are 4 other games to complete first (President Infinity, Congress Infinity, the Prime Minister Infinities). Probably no decision on this until after the election, perhaps even next year.

  25. anthony_270admin October 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    @Chris,

    1. Yes, incumbent President could affect Congressional elections. This could be simulated with external events, though.

    Similar with ongoing Presidential elections.

    2. Gubernatorial campaigns will be up to the users at this point – I have enough on my hands with the 4 games.

  26. anthony_270admin October 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    @Daons,

    Noted – thanks for this.

  27. Chris October 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Rasmussen has a three way deadlock in Utah: Trump 30, McMullin 29, Hillary 28, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/ut/utah_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein_vs_mcmullin-6154.html

  28. Chris October 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    The McMullin surge is real… Emerson has him winning Utah by 4 now! http://www.theecps.com/

  29. anthony_270admin October 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    In order for this to make a difference, it would have to be neither major-party candidate winning a majority. Then, the election is thrown to the House. What would happen then?

  30. Chris October 20, 2016 at 12:56 am #

    @anthony
    Well if your a McMullin supporter you would hope he becomes a compromise candidate and uses the narrative the both Clinton and Trump are unfit and that he is both conservative enough for the GOP majority House to elect him while pragmatic enough to work with democrats. 538 did an article on this if you want to read it. But basically if he’s capable of winning a state, hasn’t been done in 50 years by a 3rd party, then he is just as worthy as Johnson/ Stein of being in the base game. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-evan-mcmullin-could-win-utah-and-the-presidency/

  31. anthony_270admin October 20, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    @Chris,

    Yes, I think he should be added to the game if he’s polling like this. Call me skeptical about any chances of him becoming a compromise candidate, though. If the GOP majority in the House elected anyone but Trump, it would destroy the party.

  32. Chris October 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    @anthony,
    It’s more likely the democrats would join the few never trump republicans to elect him, I doubt more than 20 Republicans would break with Trump. Also it’s done by state delegation where each state gets one vote which would give Trump an advantage as well because now North Dakota and New York are equal.

  33. jesse October 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I see a corrupt bargain in the House giving the election to McMullin which leads to a bigger spread of anti-establishment sentiment among the people if neither got to 270. Although it would be funny after all the worrying about the top candidates if this did happen.

  34. Chris October 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    Idaho Trump 50, McMullin 21, Hillary 19 one point research twitter- @onepointpolls

  35. jesse October 21, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    @anthony_270admin
    Is there some way you could have a way to set write in ballot access? This would help with third parties and independent candidates.

  36. anthony_270admin October 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    @Jesse,

    Has there ever been a case where a candidate received a significant % of write in votes?

  37. jesse October 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Not in the Presidential election, but we may see a change this year. I was just thinking because Jill Stein has write in access in 3 states. There have been 2 Senators that have won with write in votes, but that is all I know of.

  38. Jack October 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    My excitement for the Congress Infinity update is starting to eat away at my insides. Any estimate of how much longer until it’s out?

  39. anthony_270admin October 28, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Working on it, aim is before the election.

  40. EM October 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I would love this!

  41. Chris October 29, 2016 at 1:28 am #

    best example of a successful write in campaign is Lisa Murkowski in Alaska https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alaska,_2010

  42. anthony_270admin October 29, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    @Chris,

    Thanks for that.

  43. Rob October 29, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    @anthony_270admin

    I think i mentioned it before as i am a PMI UK owner i was wondering in the next update will there be a coalition option for example like when a party dosent have enough seats to form a government. Also i was wondering if more party leaders would be added.

  44. Andres October 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Anthony,

    I think surrogates should be able to campaign more than once per day, for example:

    Bill Clinton has 3 events in Florida in Nov 1
    Chelsea Clinton has 3 events in Colorado and Wisconsin in Nov 2
    Biden 2 events in Florida in Nov 2
    Obama 2 events in Florida on Nov 3
    Other surrogates are fundraising several times a day.
    Etc.

  45. anthony_270admin October 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    @Andres,

    Yes, they should be able to – we’ll see.

  46. anthony_270admin October 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    @Rob,

    Maybe.

  47. anthony_270admin October 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    @Rob,

    A coalition feature will be added for the Australian campaign, which might include the ability to negotiate a coalition if there’s no majority after the election.

  48. Luki November 1, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    The forum is for some reason down… 🙁 Anyone else having troubles?

  49. CalebsParadox November 1, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    It’s down for me as well.

  50. Sean November 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Same goes for me the Forum is down

  51. anthony_270admin November 1, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    Back up – thanks everyone.

  52. EdgarAllenYolo November 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    For Prime Minister Infinity UK, can you include an option for the player to go 7-days a week per turn like other PI engines?

  53. anthony_270admin November 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Yes, it will have that.

  54. Jim November 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Anyone else having an issue where the CPU simply doesn’t spend any money on ads? I’m paying campaigns against Hillary Clinton and she simply doesn’t spend more than $10 million the entire election. Then sometimes when she does, it’s to launch ads against minor third party candidates.

    I think a setting that bars too much advertising or campaigning against the minor candidates would add a lot to the realism of the game.

  55. anthony_270admin November 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    @Jim,

    Thanks for this – I will attempt to replicate this problem.

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