Congress Infinity Help File

This Help File is in the process of being created.

Welcome to Congress Infinity! This is the most in-depth, intense Congressional election game ever made. Using realistic electorate modeling techniques, an unprecedented number of options, the ability to plan complex strategies, detailed candidates, and sporting a futuristic interface, this is 21st century politicking big-time!

We will be expanding this help file.

Good campaigning!

To get the latest update for Congress Infinity, see here.

Note: if you have a question you think should be addressed in the help file, or a contribution you think could add to the help file, please send us an e-mail about it here. We then might add the answer or that information to the contents of the help file.

Note: If you want to view the Congress Infinity help file offline, simply save this web-page to your desktop or other convenient location. You will then have the help file available on your own computer, which you can open as you would any file on your desktop.

Contents


Requirements

Platforms

Congress Infinity is supported on the following platforms:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OS X 10.8-10.9

Resolution (Windows)

Congress Infinity requires your display resolution be set at 800×600 or above. It is also recommended you use High Color (16 bit) or higher for your display. If you have your desktop set to a resolution significantly higher than this, the game window may be fairly small. To change this, you can adjust your desktop resolution to a lower setting.

To change these settings, click on the Windows Start menu button, then click on Control Panel, then click on Display. Finally, click the Settings tab in the window that pops up.

Font Size (Windows)

Congress Infinity also may have display problems if you are using Large or Extra Large Fonts. To change your fonts to normal, click on Control Panel, then click on Display. Finally, click the Appearance tab, and set font size to normal.


In Game Help

To get help about a button, hover over it with your mouse. This will display further information on the bottom of the screen.


FAQ

Q. Is there a way to edit candidate attributes, or create scenarios?

A. A Campaign Editor tool is included allowing for full editing of candidates. It also allows for creating or editing candidates and endorsers. This tool might also be expanded to allow for full campaign modification in the future.

Q. How do I set the game to full-screen mode?

A. Congress Infinity is designed to run in windowed mode. For Windows, if the game is too small, please see the section above entitled ‘Resolution’.

Q. What is the difference between barnstorming and rallies?

A. A rally doubles the momentum and organizational strength + footsoldier bonuses, while using the same Energy Points as barnstorming. So, it allows your leader to have more of an effect without using more Energy Points.


Getting Started

It’s grueling. You’ll get dragged through the mud. You’ll get kicked when you’re down. Politics, anyone?

How to Win

Congress Infinity is a game about American Presidential politics. Your goal is simple: win the election. How do you do that? In short, win the balance of seats in the Senate or House (depending on the campaign you are playing).

Understanding Senate and House Seats

Every 2 years, approximately a third of the Senate seats are up for an election. Every state has 2 Senate seats, and typically only one or no seats from a state are up for election in a given election year.
In the House, all seats are up for election every 2 years.
The House and the Senate combined control the creation of legislation in the United States.
Whichever party has a majority of seats in the House usually controls what legislation is created and passed there. Whichever party has a majority of seats in the Senate usually controls what legislation is created and passed there.The winner of a given seat is the candidate who gets the most votes in that region (this is called First-Past-the-Post, or FPP).

If there is a tie in the Senate on a vote, the Vice-President can cast a tie-breaking vote. This means that the party with the Vice-President can still pass legislation in the Senate with only 50 votes (seats).


Tutorial

A winning campaign consists of two key components. First, there must be undecideds you can win to your column. To increase the percentage of undecideds, you (or someone else) must attack another candidate. Second, you must win undecideds into your column, by boasting about yourself.

For example, in your Theme, a mix of one attack and two boast components usually works well. If there are few undecideds, or a candidate has a very high percentage in a primary state, say, then you might want to increase the attacks to two components in your Theme.

The number of voters you strengthen on your side, or weaken on an opponent’s side, is related to momentum. Momentum is per issue. Each issue has a maximum amount of (positive or negative) momentum associated with it, which is then multiplied by its profile.

More coming soon.


How do I …

How do I move my surrogate?

To move your candidate, from the Surrogate Screen click the Activities Button for a given surrogate. Then, click the Move Button (an airplane). Then click where you want your surrogate to move on the Main Map. Then select the activity you want to do in that state by clicking one of the activity buttons. To move to multiple states in one turn, after selecting the first activity, click the Move Button again, and select a second location on the Main Map. Then select the activity you want to do in the second state. And so on.


Screen By Screen

  • Start Screen
  • Select Scenario & Parties Screen
  • Leader & Party Information Screen
  • Main Screen
  • Options Screen
  • Strategy Screen
  • Endorsers Screen

Start Screen

This is the first screen after the splash screen that you will see. At the top left is the Options Button and the Help Button.

To check if you have the latest version of President Infinity, click the Update Button. Note: we will be updating the game frequently up until the election. Please keep in mind that if you have a save file and then update, you will not be able to load the save game. Rather, you will have to start a new game.

Select Scenario & Parties Screen

Select the scenario options

There are several scenario options that can affect game play and strategy. To enable an option, on the Select Scenarios & Parties screen click the scenario so that it is selected.

  • Timed Game. If on, each human player has a certain amount of time per turn. Once turned on, you can use the up and down arrows to select how long a human player has per turn. Turned off by default.
  • Spies. Enables you to create spies to infiltrate other candidates’ headquarters. Turned on by default.
  • Fog of War. When enabled, public polls are not always accurate. Turned on by default.

Select parties and number of players

Click the button below each of the party or candidate graphics to choose Human, Computer, or Off.

If the Primaries option is on, you can click the Notes Button next to the candidate to view that candidate’s attributes.

Select computer player difficulty level

Click the Computer Difficulty Button to change how difficult the computer players are to beat. Either Easy, Medium, or Hard. The more difficult, the higher the highscore bonus for a human player.

Campaigns

Congress Infinity currently includes the 2014 Senate and House elections. Additional campaigns will be added in the future, for every 2 years to 1990. If they are added in a future update, you can select to play a different campaign by clicking the Change Campaigns Button.

Leader & Party Information Screen

In this screen you will be able to view the attributes for your leader and campaign.

If you reach your ‘Party goal for this election’, there is +50 to your high score.

Each party has a number of attributes, from 1 to 5, 5 being best. If you hover your mouse icon over the icon next to an attribute, it will describe what that attribute does.

Main ScreenThere are several areas on the main screen.

Main Map Area

The Main Map displays the country, divided by state, district, or territory (henceforward abbreviated as ‘state’). Each state displays the color of the candidate who is leading in that unit. The darker the shade of the candidate’s color, the larger the lead. If the state is too close to call (a statistical tie), then it is white.

To select a state to view, click it on the Main Map. To select the entire nation, click on the map somewhere where there isn’t a state. To view detailed information on a state, once it is selected click it again.

Candidate Info Area

The Candidate Info Area displays a picture of your Presidential Candidate (or Vice-Presidential Candidate if they are selected through the Activities Button, or a Surrogate picture if they are selected through the Surrogates Button).

The Candidate Info Area displays Command PointsEnergy Points, and Funds.

The number of Command Points your candidate’s campaign has left for that turn. So, 4/8 would indicate you have 4 points remaining out of a total of 8. You can click the Command Points Button for details on Command Point usage for the turn.

The number of Energy Points your candidate has left for that turn. So, 90/100 would indicate that you have 90 points remaining out of a total of 100. Once your Energy Points drop below 50 (indicated by the color becoming red), you are in danger of making a gaffe if you campaign. Energy Points are restored each turn.

The Funds you have available, and the net change in Funds from last turn. You can click the Funds Button for details on expenses from last turn.

Polling Graph Area

This area contains a graph of polling numbers from the start of the campaign. By default, it displays tracking percentages for each candidate.

Polling Numbers Area

This area displays numbers for the most recent polling data for each candidate displayed, as well as undecideds. Next to those numbers are the change in the numbers from the last poll.

To the right of the numbers is the flag of the state currently selected on the map. To view some extra information about the state, move the mouse over the flag.

Seats Bar Chart Area

This displays the seats (Primaries) or Electoral Votes (general election) each candidate is projected or has won in the selected state. The color indicates the depth of support for those seats.

If you are in the primaries, a Delegate Count Button is to the top left of the seat bars. Click this to switch between projected seats (default) and seats from completed elections (delegates locked up). When viewing completed elections, the line in the middle represents the number of seats required to win a majority of delegates.

To the top right is a Projected Electoral Vote Swing Button. This displays the swing in Electoral Votes for the state selected, compared to the previous election. So, if playing 2016 it would be compared to the 2012 outcome.

Buttons Area

These are the buttons for taking various actions during your turn. Hover over a button to see what it is for.

Once you have clicked a button during a turn, the line preceding it will turn from blue to yellow, to indicate that you have already clicked it. The buttons have numbers 1. through 12. next to them.

Options Screen

The Options Screen is accessible by clicking the clipboard icon on the top of the Main Screen or the Start Screen.

There are several options available. To turn them on or off, click the box next to the option. A checkmark will appear or disappear.

Sound

Whether to have sound in the game.

Inline Help

Whether the game will show help hints at the bottom of the screen when you hover over a button.

Autosave

Whether the game will automatically save after you click Done. If so, it will be saved to a file called ‘autosave.sav’. To load this save file, click the Load option and select ‘autosav.sav’.

Every time the game autosaves, it will write to the same save file, so if you autosave during one game, then start another game and autosave during that game, the autosave file from the first game will be overwritten.

Show +- On Map

Whether the map on the Main Screen will show the change in percentages. These changes will only show up once a week, and indicate the change in difference between your candidate and the next (or most) strongest candidate. For example, if you were at 25% and the other candidate was at 30%, and the next week you were both at 27.5%, then the number displayed would be +5%.

Strategy Screen

Coming soon.

Endorsers Screen

To get an endorsement, your endorser score must reach 100 before anyone else’s.

Endorser scores can increase through several factors. 1. Offering PIPs. 2. Offering CPs. 3. Affinity increase.

1. PIPs cause your endorser score to increase by an amount that is dependent on the given endorser.

2. CPs cause your endorser score to increase by points equal to your campaign’s Command Strength. You can only use 1 CP per endorser per turn.

3. Affinity increases happen automatically, and are determined by several factors, including your Command Strength, your national polling numbers, your national momentum, and how close your platform is to the endorser’s position. These increases are greater if the endorser has become ‘leaning’ (+1) or ‘decided’ (+2) for your candidate. An endorser becomes leaning or decided when the difference in endorser scores between the candidate with the highest score and the candidate with the second highest score is above a certain amount.

Affinity increases will stop at 95. At that point, you must use PIPs or CPs to cross 100.

If you get an endorsement, some endorsers can become surrogates. It will say ‘potential surrogate’ on the Endorsers Screen. Once you have gained their endorsement, that potential surrogate is automatically put into your list of possible surrogates. You can then create the surrogate by going to the Surrogate Screen, and creating them as you would any other surrogate.

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