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!

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Official Canada – 2000 Sneak Peek

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada will soon have Canada – 2000 added officially.

canada_2000

If you want to get a sneak peek of the campaign, and give us feedback if you’d like, you can download it here:

Canada – 2000

Campaign installation instructions are here.

All feedback welcome, including comments on attributes, issues, positions, %s, and so on.

Good gaming!

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Want to get your favorite quote added to President Infinity?

Hi everyone,

I am adding quotes to the Start Screen in President Infinity, and this is your chance to get your favorite political quote into the game.

These quotes will be relatively short (not a paragraph), about politics, and at least to some extent relevant to the U.S.

Here’s an example,

“A republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin

Quote ideas welcome! I’ll look at any suggestions and might add them to the game.

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Upcoming President Infinity – Version Ericson – 2.3.0

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. Ericson – 2.3.3.

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):

  • 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 > reordered Trump’s Veeps (Sessions, Christie, Corker, Brown, Gingrich, Kasich, Thune at top)
  • 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
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President Infinity – Version Ericson – 2.2.9

President Infinity v. Ericson – 2.2.9 for Windows and Mac has been released!

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

Highlights:

This adds a new spin system, modifies how ground ops work, decreases the frequency of scandals, updates 2016 including new Veeps, and adds 1980 and 1972 campaigns.

What’s new in this upgrade

  • New spin system
  • Ground Ops > if more than 3 months before an election, the Power is multiplied by 0 (so, it’s 0 regardless of Org. Strength and Footsoldiers), if 3 months before, it’s multiplied by 1/3, if 2 months before, it’s 2/3, if 1 month before, it’s full power
  • % research scandal increases half as quickly, starts at 0.5% instead of 1%
  • Relations now have greater impact on chance NA pact
  • Relations improve automatically by 1 per week (used to be approx. 1 every day and half), and only if relations < 50
  • added United States – 1980
  • added United States – 1972
  • 2016 > Primaries > Reps > MA > FPP -> PR
  • 2016 > Sanders > Command 1 -> 2
  • 2016 > Sanders > Spin 1 -> 2
  • 2016 > new Trump image
  • 2016 > Carson > Stamina 3 -> 2
  • 2016 > Jeb Bush > Charisma 3 -> 2
  • 2016 > Cruz > Stamina 3 -> 4
  • 2016 > Cruz > Strategic 1 -> 2
  • 2016 > Clinton > Stamina 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Warren > Leadership 3 -> 4
  • 2016 > Sanders > Strategic 1 -> 2
  • 2016 > Huckabee > Debating 3 -> 4
  • 2016 > Relations > Trump-Christie > Normal -> Good
  • 2016 > Veeps > Republicans > added Sen. Jeff Sessions, Spkr. Newt Gingrich, Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Bob Corker
  • 2016 > Trump > Research 1 -> 3
  • 2016 > Trump > Ads 1 -> 2
  • 2016 > Trump > Command 2 -> 3
  • 2016 > updated Huckabee image
  • 2016 > updated Jeb Bush image
  • 2016 > updated Christie image
  • 2016 > Events > March 14, 2016 > added “Russians Begin Withdrawal from Syria”
  • 2016 > Events > March 22, 2016 > added “Brussels Terrorist Attacks”
  • fixed bug where message on election night occurred calling election for player who didn’t actually win
  • Editor > fixed bug where deleting leader would cause error due to not being on all ballots (ex., official 1968 campaign)
  • Editor > fixed bug where error if no debates for a party or in general election
  • Editor > Regions > general election > no longer have PR option
  • 1968 > Endorsers > fixed bug that would occur when viewing all endorsers
  • Select Campaign Screen > fixed bug where blurb didn’t update when switched between primaries and general election

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/

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President Infinity next release sneak-peek, Windows only

I’m finishing up the next release of President Infinity, but if you want to get a sneak-peek at the release before everyone else does, you can download it here.

Note: Windows only at this point. Requires you already have the game installed.

Feedback welcome!

Version details here.

Note: v. 2.2.8 now released.

  • fixed two bugs causing errors when processing turns

Note: v. 2.2.9 now released.

  • fixed bug after saved where surrogates’ points weren’t right
  • fixed bug after saved where if surrogate was spinning story, didn’t load right
  • 2016 > Vice-Leaders > Gingrich > Debating 4 -> 5, Integrity 3 -> 2
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Official United States – 1972 – Fear and Loathing Sneak Peek

President Infinity will soon have United States – 1972 – Fear and Loathing added officially.

united_states_1972

If you want to get a sneak peek of the campaign, and give us feedback if you’d like, you can download it here:

United States – 1972

Campaign installation instructions are here.

All feedback welcome, including comments on attributes, issues, positions, %s, and so on.

Good gaming!

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