President Forever 2016 v. 1.6.3 Test Release 1 has been released!
This update includes the first release with the ‘enter at variable times’ feature (more info below), significant updates to 1912, fixes a bug where all players focused scandals on player with highest percentages, regardless of party (so, in 2016 all would focus on H. Clinton), increases Christie’s Corruption rating, removes McDonnell, and does a bunch of behind the scenes GUI work moving the game towards cross-platform (Windows and Mac).
Credits: thanks to Jonathan Hobratsch for significant contributions on the 1912 campaign.
How the ‘enter at variable times’ feature works: there are 3 campaign types, Official, Undecided, and Not Seeking. When a player starts a new game in primaries, they can select the campaign type for each player. These can also be set to default values in the Campaign Editor.
If a player is Official, it is the same as before. If it is Undecided, they are unable to do key actions like make ads, but any ad attacks against them are at half power. If it is Not Seeking, they can only view data, but other computer players will not attack them. If a player is Undecided, at any time they can click a button on the Players Info Screen to officially enter the campaign. If a player is Not Seeking, at any time they can click a button to form an exploratory committee and so move to Undecided.
One significant issue remaining is how to handle Undecided or Not Seeking and ballots – should players that start in undecided not be on any ballots? Do they have to be official to get on a ballot? The other significant issue is how to handle how computer players decide to join the game – this function has not been completed, and currently any undecided computer players have a 1% chance of joining the primaries on a given turn. There are some other ends that need to be tidied up on this feature.
This is a Test Release, not an official release. You can download a Test Release by requesting a re-download e-mail at the link below. When you receive the e-mail, you will have both a President Forever 2016 link and a President Forever 2016 Test Release link. You will want to download the file from the Test Release link.