Prime Minister Forever – Canada 2011: Prospective Development

Now that PM4E Canada – 2011 is out, it’s time to look at adding features.

Here are a few I’m looking at right now … Note: these are just things I’m looking at implementing, they may or may not be put into the game.

1. Endorsers.

This involves not only adding endorsers in, but also adding Political Influence Points, which gives the game an extra dimension. That leads to …

2. Minority Government Resolution.

The game has automatic minority government resolution in it right now. Basically, if you’re the Conservatives, the other 3 parties won’t cooperate with you, even if you have the most seats. So, the only way to get a workable majority as the Conservatives if you have a minority of seats is to fall 1 or 2 short, and then work with the Independents.

Once Endorsers and PIPs are added, you can decide to retain PIPs instead of using them on Endorsers, and if no one has a majority of seats, they can be used to sway parties to your side.

3. Candidate Editor.

This will start off very simple, so people can modify the leader attributes without having to modify the XML files.

Those are the major things as it looks right now. Feel free to suggest ideas in the comments.

Prime Minister Forever – Canada 2011: Almost Ready

Quick update on PM4E Canada 2011’s status: it’s almost ready for initial release.

What to expect: an initial release this week. Then, we’ll update the game, adding features and content as the election progresses, probably right up until the election.

Some new features over 2008:

– Completely new game engine.

– Detailed party seat breakdown according to strength of support.

– Timed game: set a per turn timer for hot-seat human players.

– Minority government resolution: will the NDP and Bloc work with a Conservative minority? if not, the Governor-General will award the government to the Liberals.

– Turn parties off: want to see what the election would be like without the Greens, for example (or any other party)? Turn them off, and give the scenario a spin.

– Campaign attributes: leaders have not only personal attributes (Leadership, Experience, and so on), but also campaign attributes (Ads Strength, Spin Strength, Polling Strength, and so on).

– Local scandals: dig up dirt on not just your opponent’s national campaign, but on local candidates as well … and then fan the flames into nation-wide scandal coverage.

– Seat swing info: look at how many seats you’re projected to take compared with the last sitting of Parliament, and which incumbents you’re going to dethrone.

– High-score bonuses: defeat high-profile candidates in ridings, and gain extra high-score bonuses.

– New ads system: target ads to the national, regional, or local levels, and run them accordingly.

– Issue positions expanded from 5 to 7: be the ideologue you always wanted to be.

– and more

More news soon …

Friday release: Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.8

Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.8 has been released.

If you pre-ordered (including under the ’2010′ name), you can get the latest Beta here:

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

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If for some reason you are unable to download it, please contact us here:

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Tim Pawlenty wins in 2012! or … President Forever 2008 reviewed in Minnesota Republic

President Forever 2008 + Primaries is reviewed in the latest edition of the Minnesota Republic, by J.D. Hunt.

The take-home excerpt:

“the incredibly addicting game is without a doubt, the best election simulator on the market.”

Hunt also gives a few suggestions, in particular allowing players to continue in an observer mode even if they have lost in the primaries, to see how things play out – noted.

You can read the whole thing, complete with pic of Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2012, here, pp. 21-22.

Friday release: Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.7

Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.7 has been released.

Note: the name has changed from ’2010′ to ’2011′, but the download file may still say ’2010′.

If you pre-ordered (including under the ’2010′ name), you can get the latest Beta here:

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

Version information here:

http://www.270soft.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=11216

If for some reason you are unable to download it, please contact us here:

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Friday release: Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.6

Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2011 Beta v. 1.0.6 has been released.

Note: the name has changed from ‘2010’ to ‘2011’, but the download file may still say ‘2010’.

If you pre-ordered (including under the ‘2010’ name), you can get the latest Beta here:

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

Version information here:

http://www.270soft.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=11216

If for some reason you are unable to download it, please contact us here:

http://270soft.com/contact/