President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.4, Windows only

President Infinity v. 2.9.4 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek continues to refine the new Favorability system, in particular making improvements on keeping voters in their ‘party lanes’ starting in the primaries. Improvements will continue to be made. Feedback is welcome!

Note: this version changes Main Screen > spacebarring for Done Turn to ‘n’.

(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:

Version information:

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous sneak-peek (v. 2.9.3).

  • each eligible voter now has a desired platform that makes up part of the Favorability score that eligible voter has for each candidate
  • if boasting, 50% of the time it will also be an attack on a leading candidate from another party (helps balance contested primaries vs. uncontested primaries dynamics)
  • if attacking, 50% of the time will also be a boast
  • Main Screen > spacebarring for Done Turn -> ‘n’ (next)
  • Elections > checks whether candidate withdrawn or not on ballot
  • if computer player changes to Not Seeking, they withdraw as well
  • fixed several bugs related to momentum
  • fixed bug with graph coming back up every turn despite having closed it
  • Direct pop. vote > Election Screen > fixed bug if campaign has less than 6 regions
  • region-specific leader bonuses are no longer by %, but affect Favorability – these should roughly map to what used to be the % bonuses in most cases
  • region-specific vice-leader bonuses are no longer by %, but affect Favorability – these should roughly map to what used to be the % bonuses in most cases

34 thoughts on “President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.4, Windows only”

  1. @Anthony

    This update is a big improvement in preventing lopsided results. I just played through an election.

    There are some issues with unrealistic endorsements–Dick Cheney supporting Elizabeth Warren over Donald Trump and The Tea Party Express endorsing Jay Inslee.

    I’m also wondering if the undecided voters are being decided too soon. Prior to the Iowa primary, both parties had only about 2 to 3% undecided. The problem is that the winner of Iowa gets practically no bounce. Kasich upset Trump to win Iowa and New Hampshire, and Flake took Nevada. Trump had about 90% support in all the other states, which makes an attempt at trying to gain momentum by winning the early states a flawed strategy. Likewise, Warren is the frontrunner for the Dems in my 2020 scenario (as of now) and Castro winning Iowa and New Hampshire gives him no real boost. He sort of just stays in 4th place. I think in an old version of the president game–back in 2012–I think the Iowa primary gave a sizable boost. Now it seems like it doesn’t really matter.

    Nevertheless, I like the game better after this update.

  2. @Jonathan,

    Thanks for this feedback – yes, the primaries seem to not be having as big a result as in real life. I think part of that is the positive news story generated tends to quickly become neutralized. One option is to make it so there are two news stories generated, one that can be neutralized, one that can’t (it would act like an event news story). I’ll look into this more carefully.

    The endorsements code shouldn’t have changed from previous versions, so that behaviour might be the same as it would have been before the update. I would recommend checking the starting bonuses for the various parties or leaders. If that doesn’t help, let me know.

  3. @anthony

    I didn’t mean to suggest that there endorsement issue is a new issue. I just meant to bring up an old issue. It would be nice if endorsment could be edited to never endorse a party or candidate.

  4. If you start the 1968 Campaign on the new sneak peak, you get a “Zero is not a valid integer value” error.

  5. @rophil Id rather have a really good favorability than 2020, its still along ways off to know exactly who is and who is out.

  6. @Berg2036

    As a long time President Infinty player, I remember President 2008, offering 2016 and 2012 presidential scenerios. I also remember after 2012 election, President forever 2016 immediatly proposed 2016 scenerio wuth hypothetical frontrunners (Christie, Paul, Rubio, Ryan, Cruz). It was really enjoyable… I don’t kown why 2020 scenerio was not proposed after 2016 election. We know for a long a time Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Booker, Gillibrand are the frontrunners (and now O’Rourke). I don’t know why 2020 is not playable …

  7. The game seems to rely too much on your platform now. For example, regardless of which candidate I play, if I change their stance to “center” on every issue, I immediately gain 20-30 percentage points on the next turn.

  8. The recent update is running very well, voters seem to be staying in the party lanes. It makes it a good challenge to win them.

  9. @Andres, Mac version will be released once there’s a stable Windows version. This will require at least 1 more Windows release. My best guess is a week or so.

  10. @Powerstarz re overpowering platform,

    Thanks for this – now that platforms are more important, this has to be re-balanced.

  11. Love the new update, especially with “not declaring” candidates dropping out now. Huge fix!

    But I now crash everytime I reach January 2020. This is with VCC’s 2020 campaign, which he updated to make it work with your latest update.

    I get an “out of memory” error every time I reach Jan 2020 now.

    It MIGHT be because I edit his scenario to start in January of 2019 (instead of August 2019, the default I think). But I’ve done that before and it always worked fine before the latest update.

  12. @Ted, can you tell me exactly what error message you are receiving? Also, does this happen if autosave is off?

  13. @Milo, CalebsParadox,

    Can you tell me what campaign and any non-default starting options? I am unable to replicate this using default 2016 primaries options currently.

  14. Hi Anthony,

    I tried running VCC’s updated 2020 campaign hands off, without changing the date to Jan 2019 this time. This time it got through Jan 2020 just fine (with the original June 2019 start date) and everything was going good. Came down to a tight race between Corey Booker and Mitch Landrieu that seemed destined for a brokered convention.

    But then I hit a “out of memory” crash in June of 2020.

    So when I start in Jan of 2019, it crashes in jan of 2020. When I start in June of 2019, it crashes in June of 2020.

    The error was “EEFFACE”.

  15. @Anthony

    I actually wasn’t aware there was an autosave option, and can’t seem to find one. So whatever the default option is, that’s what I was using.

  16. @Ted,

    What operating system are you using, and can you tell me exactly what the error message says (you mentioned ‘out of memory’)?

  17. How does the “favorability” work? How do you view that chart during the game?
    I like the addition of context hints on mouse over, maybe some further notes like when you hover over “Policy Speech” get a dialog box showing what a policy speech is and what it does, kind of an in-game documentation.

  18. @David,

    Favorability is a score each eligible voter has for each candidate. The candidate with the highest score is the candidate that voter will vote for.

    You view the Favorability chart by selecting Favorability from the drop-down menu on the Main Screen, and then clicking on a candidate’s name.

    Having more detailed in-game help is a good idea, and might be implemented – we’ll see.

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