President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.7.0, Windows

This is a minor update. It fixes several bugs, adds select region by search to the Research Screen, sets regions not on the ballot to gray on the Strategy Screen, and modifies regions starting on ballot for Libertarians and Greens in 2016.

You can download it by clicking the button below for Windows.

Note: Requires you already have the game installed.

Feedback welcome!

New since previous release

  • fixed McMullin bug > try to start 2016 in primaries with Evan McMullin on > user in region that uses ‘,’s for decimal point > error about ‘0.01 is not a valid floating point value’
  • 2016 > Libertarians > on ballot in Oklahoma, Michigan
  • 2016 > Greens > on ballot in Connecticut, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hamsphire, Wyoming, Kansas, Vermont
  • Research Screen > can select region by search
  • Strategy Screen > names of regions not on ballot are gray
  • save > fixed bug with save files that were too big
  • save > now only 1 save file associated with a save game, as opposed to 1 plus 1 for each candidate in the game
  • fixed bug > if canceled load game where program would freeze
  • fixed bug > if used too many CPs and playing 7 days per turn, would subtract from leader’s EPs each day instead of once per turn
  • Strategy Screen > fixed bug when ordering by Platform Distance where results not in order

Upcoming President Infinity – Version 2.7.0

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. 2.7.0.

Changes so far since previous sneak-peek release (this list will be updated as changes are implemented on this side, these changes will not be available until the version is released):

  • fixed McMullin bug > try to start 2016 in primaries with Evan McMullin on > user in region that uses ‘,’s for decimal point > error about ‘0.01 is not a valid floating point value’
  • 2016 > Libertarians > on ballot in Oklahoma, Michigan
  • 2016 > Greens > on ballot in Connecticut, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hamsphire, Wyoming, Kansas, Vermont
  • Research Screen > can select region by search
  • Strategy Screen > names of regions not on ballot are gray
  • save > fixed bug with save files that were too big
  • save > now only 1 save file associated with a save game, as opposed to 1 plus 1 for each candidate in the game
  • fixed bug > if canceled load game where program would freeze
  • fixed bug > if used too many CPs and playing 7 days per turn, would subtract from leader’s EPs each day instead of once per turn
  • Strategy Screen > fixed bug when ordering by Platform Distance where results not in order

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.6.9, Windows

This is a major update. It includes updated Platform, Endorsers, Ads, Strategy screens, a new Processing Turn Screen, updated election night, updated Editor, allows for exporting campaigns to a folder or zip, allows for up to 100 highscores, if click Highscores > Historical loads winner of every election in U.S. from 1789 to 2016, and more.

Because this is a major update, you can expect there to be bugs. If you find one, please let me know!

You can download it here for Windows.

Note: Requires you already have the game installed.

Feedback welcome!

New since previous release

  • Platform Screen > can click on issue position description to view full
  • New ‘Processing turn …’ pop-up
  • Select Leader Screen > added ‘Skip’ button, to skip selecting leaders
  • updated election night
  • if starting general election without poll-defined %s, fixed bug that would occur is a leader’s committed-leaning-undecided %s for a region were all 0
  • Election night > now displays swing in seats
  • Editor > can edit general election universal % shifts
  • Editor > can create multiple % shifts based on starting date
  • Editor > can edit currency symbol
  • Editor > fixed bug where would move mouse to another app, then move back, and non-active window would be brought to front
  • Editor > Relations button removed
  • Editor > added new tab, including ‘Basics’ and ‘Relations’
  • Editor > Basics > Start > updated date controls
  • Editor > Relations > added list of each party’s scores
  • fixed bug if starting general election using polling data where in some region no candidate > 0%
  • Editor > Regions > Issues > can see all issues, centers, profiles at a glance
  • can export campaigns as folder or zip (compressed) file automatically
  • Highscores Screen > updated, also highlights new highscore
  • Platform and Momentum Screens moved to Players Info > Platform
  • updated Platform Screen
  • updated Endorsers Screen
  • Editor > fixed tab ordering on certain screens
  • can’t attack players in Non-Aggression Pact with
  • updated Ads Screen
  • updated Strategy Screen
  • can view up to 100 highscores
  • Winner Screen > can see highscore
  • Highscores > Historical > includes winner from every election from 1789 to 2016
  • 1972 > fixed bug where election night stops at 11:59 pm, before Alaska’s results come in
  • Change Campaign Screen > Import > Zip > checks if folder to be decompressed to already exists in user campaigns, if so, first asks if overwrite, if no then asks if want to rename

Scratching an itch – introducing To Done!

At the beginning of this year, I started looking around for a to-do app that fit my criteria.

  • minimalist (not a bunch of extra buttons or options I didn’t need)
  • off-line (I can use it as easily if I have an internet connection as not)
  • nested to-do’s (so I can break a project down into sub-items)
  • doesn’t require me to log in or pay a monthly fee
  • runs on Windows (my development machine, where I keep track of projects)

I couldn’t find one I liked, and so I decided to make one. It’s still in the testing period, but you can download it here.

This to-do app is intended for people who use a Windows machine, to keep track of project-related to-do’s, and who don’t want or require to share those to-do lists across devices.

Feedback welcome!

2017 and 2018

Hi everyone,

2017

2017 was focused (unexpectedly) on Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. This was due to the snap election Theresa May (Prime Minister of the U.K.) called. A lot of the updates for PMI apply or will apply in the coming year to all the Infinity games (President Infinity, Congress Infinity, both Prime Minister Infinities).

Some of the major features added to the game engine in 2017 include a new negotiations system (including post-election negotiations), direct pop. vote, pop. vote viewing mode, starting in primaries mode as the nominee (for President Infinity, for independents or parties that don’t have primaries or conventions), speed increases, Editor expansions, automatic campaign import-export, significant updates to Election Night (including displaying gain-hold numbers), significant updates to the user-interface (including a new Relations Screen, Turn Screen, and updated Platform Screen including the distance metric, and constituency search capabilities on multiple screens). We also, of course, released an official U.K. 2017, revised 2015, and 2010.

A very big accomplishment for 2017 was one I wasn’t directly involved in – user-designed campaigns. The number of campaigns for President Infinity now dwarfs the number for President Forever 2008 (181 to 89). Prime Minister Infinity also saw a large increase in campaigns (now at 29, with 15 for the U.K.), and Congress Infinity has 20. The Historical Scenarios Commission (HSC) deserves particular mention – led by VCCzar, they now have campaigns for every U.S. Presidential campaign from 1788 to 2012. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out campaigns.270soft.com (you can automatically import campaigns after downloading them to your computer with the latest President Infinity and Prime Minister Infinity releases).

2018

2018 will be focused on upcoming elections in the United States, at the federal and state levels. This means the direct pop. vote feature in President Infinity, focused on individual gubernatorial and senatoral campaigns, and updates to Congress Infinity bringing it in line with the latest game engine and 2018 campaigns. Favorability will be the number one major feature to be focused on for the game engine. The end of the year will probably see a return to focus on President Infinity’s 2020 Presidential campaign. None of these are promises, and timelines are subject to change, but those are the priorities as of now.

Thanks everyone for your feedback, for playing the games, and for designing campaigns!

Congress Infinity historical Senate campaigns

Hi everyone,

TheLiberalKitten has posted Senate 2010, 2008, and 2006 campaigns for Congress Infinity. Because these will probably form the basis of future official campaigns, I recommend anyone interested in shaping how those campaigns look try them out and give feedback where relevant.

2010 is here, 2008 here, and 2006 here.

Congress Infinity’s game engine is next to be updated after the upcoming President Infinity update.

What are the best and worst election outcomes in U.S. history?

What are the best and worst election outcomes in U.S. Presidential history?

In the upcoming version of President Infinity, going to Highscores and clicking the Historical button will load results for every U.S. Presidential election. They are ranked according to our algorithm, which looks at electoral college seats as a percentage, and popular vote as a percentage. It then combines these two, and generates a score.

So, what are the results?

Best election results in U.S. Presidential history.

Here you can see the top 10 of all time, all 58 of which span elections from 1789 (the first) to 2016 (the most recent). Not surprisingly, George Washington occupies the number 1 and number 2 spots. 5 of the top 10 spots are held by people who won in the first 30 years of the history of the country (Washington twice, Jefferson, Monroe twice).

Somewhat surprising is that the time from 1964 to 1984 contains 3 of the top 10 (Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan), making it a hot spot for landslide elections not seen since the very beginning of the country.

All of the top 10 Presidents won their respective elections with a strong majority (57% is the lowest, Franklin Roosevelt in 1932) and very strong electoral college majorities.

There are 58 results in total, so what about the bottom 8?

Worst election results in U.S. Presidential history.

As can be seen, the prize for last place goes to John Quincy Adams, who received neither an electoral college majority or the most votes in the popular vote. Rather, the election was sent to the House to decide. Andrew Jackson, who received the highest number of electoral college votes and the highest percentage of the popular vote (41%) in the election, however, would get his revenge, winning back to back elections in 1828 and 1832 (for 28th and 24th places, respectively).

Lincoln gets second to last, with his victory in 1860 – the last before the Civil War – being an extremely weak showing, with only 40% of the popular vote despite a comfortable electoral college victory. Lincoln’s 1864 results are an anomaly, as they contained only the Union states, but he did significantly better, getting a ranking of 11th, albeit after a significant part of the country voted to secede.

Trump’s 2016 victory gets 53rd and a spot in the last 8. What about Obama? 2012 gets him 35th, and 2008 29th, so right in the middle of the pack. George W. Bush also gets a spot in the last 8 for his 2000 election, and 48th for his 2004, which combined are the weakest election results of any two-term President.

The President with the greatest disparity in results? That would be Nixon, getting 56th in 1968, but then 8th in 1972.

What will 2020 bring? We shall see.

Upcoming President Infinity – Version 2.6.8

Hi everyone,

This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of President Infinity v. 2.6.8.

Changes so far since previous sneak-peek release (this list will be updated as changes are implemented on this side, these changes will not be available until the version is released):

  • Winner Screen > “Future historians, …” line divided into two lines (fixes problem on Macs)
  • Platform Screen > can click on issue position description to view full
  • New ‘Processing turn …’ pop-up
  • Select Leader Screen > added ‘Skip’ button, to skip selecting leaders
  • updated election night
  • if starting general election without poll-defined %s, fixed bug that would occur is a leader’s committed-leaning-undecided %s for a region were all 0
  • Election night > now displays swing in seats
  • Macs > fixed a few bugs involving text not displaying properly
  • Macs > fixed bug viewing screens launched from Electoral Vote Info Screen
  • Macs > fixed bug viewing Offers Screen
  • Editor > can edit general election universal % shifts
  • Editor > can create multiple % shifts based on starting date
  • Editor > can edit currency symbol
  • Editor > fixed bug where would move mouse to another app, then move back, and non-active window would be brought to front
  • Editor > Relations button removed
  • Editor > added new tab, including ‘Basics’ and ‘Relations’
  • Editor > Basics > Start > updated date controls
  • Editor > Relations > added list of each party’s scores
  • fixed bug if starting general election using polling data where in some region no candidate > 0%
  • Editor > Regions > Issues > can see all issues, centers, profiles at a glance
  • can export campaigns as folder or zip (compressed) file automatically
  • Highscores Screen > updated, also highlights new highscore
  • Platform and Momentum Screens moved to Players Info > Platform
  • updated Platform Screen
  • updated Endorsers Screen
  • Editor > fixed tab ordering on certain screens
  • can’t attack players in Non-Aggression Pact with
  • updated Ads Screen
  • updated Strategy Screen
  • can view up to 100 highscores
  • Winner Screen > can see highscore
  • Highscores > Historical > includes winner from every election from 1792 to 2016
  • 1972 > fixed bug where election night stops at 11:59 pm, before Alaska’s results come in
  • Change Campaign Screen > Import > Zip > checks if folder to be decompressed to already exists in user campaigns, if so, first asks if overwrite, if no then asks if want to rename

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. – Version 2.6.7

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. – v. 2.6.7 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This update fixes a PIPs bug, allows minority governments without a workable majority, and more.

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. owner, 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.

To update:

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

Version information:

http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-u-k-version-information

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Player Info Screen > fixed bug where if add pips but don’t make offer, then close screen, lose pips
  • Election Night > if polls still open for constituency, shows candidate names on ballot
  • Editor > Basics > More > added ‘Allow Minority Government Without Workable Majority’ checkbox
  • ‘Allow Minority Government Without Workable Majority’ set to true by default
  • if campaign allows minority government with no workable majority, player with most seats wins, -10 to their highscore if they don’t have a workable majority
  • Platform Screen > can no longer change issue positions from platform screen after election