President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.3, Windows only

President Infinity v. 2.9.3 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek adds the Favorability system, a complete replacement for the underlying electoral modeling in the game. It allows for more accurate greater-than 2 candidate voter dynamics, including rapid ascents and collapses. It does this by modeling scores for each candidates for each voter (the highest score is the candidate the voter will vote for, assuming it is above a threshold), where the electorate is modeled to the 1/10,000th, allowing for a high degree of segmentation.

Since this is such a big change, things are still being fine-tuned. One challenge is keeping voters ‘in their party lanes’ during games that start in the primaries, and this will continue to be worked on.

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Autumn 2018, see here.)

If you are a President Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased President Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below. From the e-mail, click the link to the web page. On the web-page, there will be a ‘Sneak-peek’ link.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous sneak-peek (v. 2.9.1).

  • adds Favorability, a complete replacement for the underlying electoral modeling in the game
  • for save (including autosave), a temporary save file is created first, so if there is an error for some reason, any existing save file is not overwritten
  • fixed load bug
  • fixed bug with game freezing after election night
  • fixed bug if started game where a party had candidates on but none declared

27 thoughts on “President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.3, Windows only

  1. Looks great, thanks Anthony for the hard work, especially during the Holidays!

    I use Mac most of the time so I’ll probably wait for the next release before getting too deep, but I’ll try it on my PC just to see how it looks/runs.

  2. Looks great thanks for the hard work!
    A couple quick things i think can be easily added:
    Under the favor ability bar,when u click the drop down menu the favorable s are right next to the candidates names.
    For the GE ability to select different candidates for the current polls (RN it’s the current Primary leader)
    and results are a bit wonky still,but that comes with tweaks
    great job Anthony!

  3. In the test run that I did using my 1988 scenario, most of the Democratic candidates had the same amount of favorability. I would then start the same scenario in the general election, and after a round of normal campaigning, the candidate I was using was leading in every state! Literally a landslide, I even got endorsed by people who vastly disagreed with me over the other candidate that had their preferred views. One additional thing I would suggest is to allow scenario creators to edit which candidate has better favorability in terms of the primaries. Also perhaps fix that non-issue with the endorsements. Great job! Happy holidays and thank you so much for your hard work. Each update makes the games much better each time. I hope that one day you’ll go beyond FPTP systems as not every country uses it and it would be really interesting to see other electoral methods.

  4. @TheLiberalKitten,

    Thanks for the feedback! Favorability is currently generated from the %s, so if the candidates have similar %s, they will have similar Favorability.

    Re landslides and so on, yes – this will require some extra work fine-tuning the game engine and perhaps adding extra variables to the eligible voters.

  5. When I click on the poll graph button, even when I click it again to leave the graph, the graph comes back up every turn.

  6. Hi,

    The new update is looking good, nice to see the load bug fixed. The landslides will I’m sure be fixed but the ability to compare different candidates through the drop-down menu is really nice. Lots of pre-election polling features hypothetical match ups.

    Thanks

  7. Keep getting back to back errors where it says it can’t write to the game file and then at the end of the turn it gives me an access violation

  8. Hi Anthony,

    Love the update, but saw some oddities. I’m playing this with VCCZAR’s latest 2020 campaign (From the forums), so not sure if that would explain the issues.

    Main problem: Kirsten Gillibrand is currently dominating the primaries, despite the fact that she is listed as NOT RUNNING in my game. (I set her to “undecided”, game decided that she would not run.) It’s April 2020 now and she is in 1st place in delegate count despite not being a candidate for the election.

    Other suggestions…

    1) When undecided candidates decide to switch to “not running”, they should immediately drop out of the race. I started in January 2019. Most undecided candidates decided not to run by March, but remained in the game until at LEAST the Iowa primaries (some, like Gillibrand, stayed longer). This SIGNIFICANTLY slows down the game, and also throws off all the polling because it includes candidates who aren’t running even when it’s too late for those candidates to declare.

    2) There should be a time limit for declaring to join. I saw undecided candidates declare in October of 2019. That’s WAY too late to throw together a campaign staff, etc, before the primaries start. I’d say August should likely be the drop-dead date.

    Thank you!

  9. UPDATE:

    Kirsten GIllibrand just declared for the 2020 election…in May of 2020. The primaries are almost over, and she finally declared.

  10. Hi Anthony. I, like other folks, have been waiting for a MAC version from this since Dec 20. Would seriously appreciate a progress update on this. Thanks.

  11. Hi Anthony,

    I’ve confirmed the issue I mentioned below (with Gillibrand winning in 2020 despite not declaring for President until the primaries were almost over) happens in the core game as well.

    Just ran a hands off 2016 scenario — the core scenario that comes with the game, no mods.

    Portman won the 2016 nomination despite not declaring until April 2016, when the primaries were almost over.

    Primaries are being won by people who are not running.

    I don’t recall seeing this problem before, until the most recent update.

  12. @Jonathan,

    Just added a feature so each eligible voter has a platform, and set up the background architecture for Voting Blocs (which will probably be added mid-2019).

    At this point, just making sure things are working right for primaries starts.

  13. @Ted,

    I can confirm this bug. Voters just weren’t checking if a candidate was decided and on ballot – will be fixed with next release.

  14. @Hamish re Mac version,

    A Mac version will be released soon after a Windows version that doesn’t have any major bugs or playability issues. My guess is pretty soon for the Windows version (within a week), then a few days after that for a Mac version.

  15. @Anthony awesome addition that they each have a platform,Makes alot a sense for them too have something else to choose a candidate on can’t wait!

  16. @Berg2036,

    Probably – as a former Representative, I wouldn’t label him a fringe candidate.

  17. @Daniel,

    Will probably have a Mac sneak-peek after the next Windows sneak-peek. I expect that to be soon, perhaps in about a week.

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