Congress Infinity v. 2.8.8 released!

Congress Infinity v. 2.8.8 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This adds the 0-10 attribute system (from 1-5), more contextual info to the Electoral Vote Info Screen, updates the Senate – 2018 campaign (including recent events), and more!

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

If you are a Congress Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Congress 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.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

What’s new in this upgrade

  • 1-5 -> 0-10 attributes system
  • Electoral Vote Info Screen (Constituency Screen) > if hover over Create Target, Org. Strength, Footsoldiers, Polling button, info
  • Create Polling > 1 CP total -> 0.5 CPs per day
  • Create Org. Strength > 2 CPs total -> 0.5 CPs per day
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Dems > added Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Reps > added Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lindsey Graham
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Reps > Trump > Barnstorming 4 -> 5
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Dems > Obama > Fundraising 4 -> 3
  • Senate 2018 > Issues > updated Supreme Court Nomination image from U.S. flag to ‘Courts’
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “250,000 new jobs in October, 3.7% unemployment lowest since 1969” for Nov. 1st, 2018, +2 momentum to center-right and right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “U.S. now world’s top energy producer” for Nov. 1st, 2018, Energy issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Bombs sent to prominent Democrats” for Oct. 24th, 2018, -1 momentum to center-right, right, far-right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Bomber arrested – Cesar Sayoc Trump fan” for Oct. 26th, 2018, -1 momentum to center-right, right, far-right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Synagogue shooting by Nazi” for Oct. 27th, 2018, Gun Control issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Migrant caravan heading to U.S. from Central America” for Oct. 18th, 2018, raises Immigration profile by 1
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Trump sends 5,000 military personnel to border” for Oct. 26th, 2018, Immigration issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added various Khashoggi events for Oct. 2nd – Oct. 23rd, 2018, Leadership issue
  • Sim Screen > fixed bug where win wasn’t counted if won seats but not popular vote
  • fixes save-load bug from previous sneak-peek (v. 2.8.7) release

Congress Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.8.7, Windows

This sneak-peek adds the 0-10 campaign attribute system, more contextual info to the Electoral Vote Info Screen, updates the Senate – 2018 campaign (including recent events), and more!

Mac version will be available soon.

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

If you are a Congress Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Congress 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.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

What’s new in this upgrade

  • 1-5 -> 0-10 attributes system
  • Electoral Vote Info Screen (Constituency Screen) > if hover over Create Target, Org. Strength, Footsoldiers, Polling button, info
  • Create Polling > 1 CP total -> 0.5 CPs per day
  • Create Org. Strength > 2 CPs total -> 0.5 CPs per day
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Dems > added Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Reps > added Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lindsey Graham
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Reps > Trump > Barnstorming 4 -> 5
  • Senate 2018 > Surrogates > Dems > Obama > Fundraising 4 -> 3
  • Senate 2018 > Issues > updated Supreme Court Nomination image from U.S. flag to ‘Courts’
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “250,000 new jobs in October, 3.7% unemployment lowest since 1969” for Nov. 1st, 2018, +2 momentum to center-right and right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “U.S. now world’s top energy producer” for Nov. 1st, 2018, Energy issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Bombs sent to prominent Democrats” for Oct. 24th, 2018, -1 momentum to center-right, right, far-right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Bomber arrested – Cesar Sayoc Trump fan” for Oct. 26th, 2018, -1 momentum to center-right, right, far-right on Trump Support
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Synagogue shooting by Nazi” for Oct. 27th, 2018, Gun Control issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Migrant caravan heading to U.S. from Central America” for Oct. 18th, 2018, raises Immigration profile by 1
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added “Trump sends 5,000 military personnel to border” for Oct. 26th, 2018, Immigration issue
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added various Khashoggi events for Oct. 2nd – Oct. 23rd, 2018, Leadership issue
  • Sim Screen > fixed bug where win wasn’t counted if won seats but not popular vote

Senate and House 2018 Predictions Contest Summary

Here are the predictions for Senate, listed from highest for R to highest for D.

  • 58R (Themiddlepolitical)
  • 58R (Kevin Aldrich)
  • 55R (Chris)
  • 55R (Lee Haiko)
  • 54R (admin)
  • 54R (Nathan)
  • 54R (Conservative Elector 2)
  • 54R (Jacob Berg)
  • 53R (NathanF)
  • 53R (Red Bear)
  • 52R (CalebsParadox)
  • 52R (Raphael)
  • 52R (Yorni)
  • 51R (Jonathan)
  • 51R (Hestia11)
  • 51R (Jeff Alan Vasconellas)
  • 51R (Harris/Ernst2020)
  • 50R (SirLagsalott)
  • 50R (Avatarmushi)
  • 50R (DylanS)
  • 50R (Jonah Ortiz)
  • 51D (Theliberalkitten)
  • 51D (John)
  • 52D (SystematicPollingError)

Here are the predictions for the House, listed from highest for D to highest for R.

  • D+41 (SystematicPollingError)
  • D+40 (Harris/Ernst2020)
  • D+39 (Avatarmushi)
  • D+39 (Dylan S)
  • D+35 (Jonah Ortiz)
  • D+33 (Hestia11)
  • D+25 (Theliberalkitten)
  • D+23 (Sirlagsalott)
  • D+20 (John)
  • D+19 (Jeff Alan Vasconcellos)
  • D+19 (Raphael)
  • D+16 (Yorni)
  • D+13 (CalebsParadox)
  • D+7 (NathanF)
  • D+5 (Nathan)
  • D+4 (Jonathan)
  • R+2 (Lee Haiko)
  • R+2 (Red Bear)
  • R+3 (Chris)
  • R+3 (Jacob Berg)
  • R+5 (admin)
  • R+5 (TheMiddlePolitical)
  • R+11 (Conservative Elector 2)
  • R+25 (Kevin Aldrich)

If I’ve made a mistake somewhere, please let me know!

The most bullish for Dems is SystematicPollingError (52D, D+41), while most bullish for Reps is Kevin Aldrich (58R, R+25).

The median value for the Senate is 52R. The median value for the House is D+14.5.

The average value for the Senate is 52.25R. The average value for the House is D+13.42.

 

Senate and House 2018 Predictions Contest!

You can post your Senate and House 2018 prediction totals here. This thread will be open until November 3rd at 10 am PST.

The person(s) with the highest point total gets 1 year added to their 270soft subscription.

For your totals, include Sanders and King (if you think they will win their seats) as Democratic seats. 50-50 is considered Republican control of the Senate (due to the Vice-President breaking ties).

For House totals, just indicate R or D and then the amount ahead. For example, D+15 if you think the Democrats will have around a 15 seat lead over the Republicans in the House (which would translate to 225-210). If any Independents are elected to the House, they will not be included in the totals.

  • Correctly predict who controls the Senate +10 points
  • Correctly predict who controls the House +10 points
  • -1 point for each 2 Senate seat from results (-0.5 for each 1)
  • -0.1 points for each 2 House seat from results (-0.05 for each 1)

For example, if someone predicts 51D-49R, and the actual result is 52D-48R, then they get +10 for predicting who controls the Senate, but -1 for being 2 away from the correct total = 9 points.

So somewhere near the top of your prediction, write (for example)

51D-49R, D+15

You can then elaborate as much as you’d like below that.

Make sure to use the e-mail associated with your 270soft account in the comment’s e-mail field.

Adding contextual info to Electoral Vote Info Screen

Here you can see extra info that’s provided when hovering over the Create Polling button on the Electoral Vote Info Screen.

Similar sorts of info are now available when hovering over the Create Targeting, Org. Strength, and Footsoldiers buttons. This clarifies exactly how these parts of the game work, and does it at the point of player decision, which I find relatively intuitive. My goal is to make the game mechanics more obvious without resorting to an external help file.

Here you can see how the polling ‘days to create’ is at 4.5, because the player’s Polling campaign attribute is 8. Not just personal attributes (Leadership, Experience, and so on) but also campaign attributes (Command, Strategic, Polling, and so on) are now 0-10.

In this case, because it starts at 4.5 completed, it only costs half of the CPs for the last day (so, 0.5 CPs).

A note on creating campaigns using the new 0-10 attribute system. With new versions going forward, the Editor will use the 0-10 system for attributes. However, the game will encode both 0-10 and 1-5 (automatically generated from the 0-10 values) in the campaign files, so people playing older versions will still be able to use the campaign, even though it’s designed for 0-10.

New events for Senate – 2018 – feedback welcome

I’ll be adding new events to the Senate – 2018 campaign for the upcoming update of Congress Infinity.

Right now, I have 3 events that seem worth adding to the ones already in the game, continuing from October 12th (where the most recent event currently in the game is ‘Pastor Brunson released from Turkish prison, headed back to US’).

  1. Mail bombs to prominent Dems.
  2. Synagogue shooting by Nazi.
  3. Migrant caravan.

If you have any events that aren’t in the campaign right now that you think should be, feel free to suggest them here.

Trump’s attributes for 2020 using the new 0-10 scale

Here’s a preview of the new 0-10 attribute points system.

Automatic conversions, for campaigns using the 1-5 system, work like this in the game engine (1-5 system to 0-10)

  • 1 -> 1
  • 2 -> 3
  • 3 -> 5
  • 4 -> 7
  • 5 -> 9

Obviously, since there are fewer potential values in the old system (5) versus the new (11), there are multiple possible values for an old system value. They are intended as

  • 1 -> 0-1
  • 2 -> 2-3
  • 3 -> 4-6 (note 3 possible new values)
  • 4 -> 7-8
  • 5 -> 9-10

In 2016 in the 1-5 system, Trump was (followed by automatic conversion values)

  • Leadership 4 -> 7
  • Integrity 2 -> 3
  • Experience 2 -> 3
  • Issue Familiarity 3 -> 5
  • Charisma 4 -> 7
  • Stamina 4 -> 7
  • Debating 3 -> 5

For 2020, you can see a few tweaks from these values. I have tweaked his Leadership and Stamina up to 8s, which still correspond to 4s in the old system but are the upper value. His Experience has been increased from a 2 in the old system to what would be a 3 in the old system (6 in the new, which is the upper range of 4, 5, or 6), and his Issue Familiarity was a 3 in the old, and is a 6 in the new (which is the upper value for an old system 3).

One result of note is that going from 1-5 to 0-10 means there are half-points for Command Points, bonuses, and so on.

As a general rule, bonuses followed a -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 scheme, corresponding to attribute values of 1 to 5. Because there are an extra 6 possible values, however, this is now -2.5, -2, -1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, +0.5, +1, +1.5, +2, +2.5. So, you get more refined bonuses, and a slightly larger range of possible bonuses.

In this case, in the old system, Trump’s Leadership was 4, which automatically would be translated to a 7 in the new system, and he would have (combined with his general election Command strength) 9 CPs per day. In the new system, with his Leadership as an 8 (tweaked up, but still maps onto the 4 of the old system), he has an extra 0.5 CPs per day, so 9.5 CPs. (Fractional CPs can’t be used, but can be saved up from one day to another, giving an extra 1 CP per two days.)

A similar result obtains for, say, running ads. His bonus for running ads based on Leadership is 1.5 for an 8 instead of 1 for a 4 Leadership value in the old system.

Feedback welcome!

Congress Infinity v. 2.8.6 released!

Congress Infinity v. 2.8.6 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This adds ‘Supreme Court Nomination’ as an issue in the Senate 2018 campaign, adds events to the Senate 2018 campaign, updates House 2018 issues, shows regional info on the map without having to click, allows for increasing the size of windows (for high-resolution or high-DPI displays), and more.

If you are a Congress Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Congress 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.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

What’s new in this upgrade

  • allows for increasing the size of windows (for high-resolution or high-DPI displays)
  • Editor > Basics > More > can set tied color
  • Senate 2018 > Republicans > Surrogates > Trump > Lasts for days > 5 -> 10
  • House 2018 > Republicans > Surrogates > Trump > Lasts for days > 5 -> 10
  • Senate 2018 > Issues > added Supreme Court Nomination
  • updates House 2018 issues
  • if move mouse across map, will show info for region mouse on
  • Senate 2018 > Events > added various events
  • Senate 2018 > King, Sanders, Johnson > colors purple -> gold, green, yellow
  • Senate 2018 > tied color > white -> purple
  • House 2018 > tied color > white -> purple
  • House 2018 > West Virginia-2 > Dems > Alex Mooney -> Talley Sergent

Supreme Court Nomination issue positions preview

Here is a preview of the issue positions for the Supreme Court Nomination issue for Senate – 2018. Feedback welcome!

  • Far-left: Kavanaugh is a serial predator and perjurer! Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court will lead to the Handmaid’s Tale!
  • Left: Ford’s allegations are credible, and perhaps some of the other ones. There’s a pattern of misconduct and Kavanaugh’s temperament precludes him from the Supreme Court. His appointment will lead to the dismantling of Roe vs. Wade.
  • Center-left: Ford’s allegations are credible. An unfettered FBI investigation is called for. Kavanaugh’s temperament is questionable. His appointment will lead to the dismantling of Roe vs. Wade.
  • Center: Kavanaugh is probably a good person, and has a strong record, but an unfettered FBI investigation is warranted given the allegations.
  • Center-right: Kavanaugh is a good person with a very strong record as a judge, but a limited FBI investigation is warranted to fully clear his name.
  • Right: Kavanaugh has a stirling record and is a very good person. Democrats are running a con-job, the allegations aren’t corroborated or credible.
  • Far-right: Ford is a CIA operative working for McCabe! This is an attempted deep-state takedown of Trump’s nominee!

 

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.8.6, Windows and Mac

This sneak-peek adds the ability to change the size of the screens. Go to Options > Full Screen, or select the slider under the Full Screen check-box.

Note that the tied color on the map is purple instead of white in this version. This will change, such that the default goes back to white and a campaign-specific tied color for general elections can be set by a campaign designer, and the color for official Presidential campaigns will be set to purple.

Note that the Editor is not enabled for screen size changes yet.

(Note: for goals for the next 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/