Goals for next releases – Summer 2019

All features are goals, not promises. All dates are estimates. List subject to revision. Summer 2019 cycle is to approximately September 1st, but there will be releases before that with some of the features.

  • Networking is planned for Autumn 2019, and applies for all products.
  • Voting blocs is also planned, probably for Winter 2019.

All Infinity games

  1. Port to new tool-chain (will allow for continued cross-platform releases).
  2. New polling system (created by actual random sampling of population which is now modeled at a low level in game engine, different pollsters with different biases release public polls which player can then weight accordingly, can release internal polls to drive news).
  3. New graphs system (improved charts, works with new polling system including creating best-fits for multiple polls).

President Infinity

  1. Continue to update 2020.
  2. Add California Governor – 2018.
  3. Release cumulative changes in latest sneak-peek as official.
  4. Primaries > Can view hypothetical head-to-head match-ups for %s, seats, pop. vote (depends on new polling system, and expands the ability to select the candidate viewing from each party’s primaries introduced in Autumn 2018 but which was only available for Favorability and Momentum).

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada

  1. Add Newfoundland and Labrador – 2019.
  2. Add Canada – 2019.

Because the games will be ported to a new tool-chain, which is required to continue cross-platform capabilities, Networking and Voting Blocs have been pushed back. How long the port will take is a significant amount of guesswork, but my hope is it will be done within a few months. The plan is for the new polling and graphs systems to be implemented and released using the new tool-chain once the port is completed.

Feedback welcome!

Prime Minister Infinity next release v. 3.0.7, Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. and Canada v. 3.0.7 for Windows and Mac have been released!

This release updates the Australia – 2019 campaign (including updating the %s based on the 2019 results, adding more prominent Independents, and adding the UAP and PHON), improves the Instant-Runoff algorithm, adds a preset colour picker for parties for the Editor, and fixes a bug that prevented switching between FPP and FPP – Instant-Runoff modes once election night was done.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Spring 2019, see here.)

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. or Canada 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 (U.K.): https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-u-k-version-information/

Version information (Canada): https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous release (sneak-peek v. 3.0.6).

  • Instant-Runoff > improved voter flow algorithm, if party A being eliminated in a given constituency has voter flow (as specified in Editor) to another party B but that party B isn’t on ballot in that constituency, the voters from party A are apportioned to the remaining parties proportional to the other voter flow %s (this fixes two glitches on Election Night with %s not equaling 100%) (before, if party B wasn’t on the ballot, the voters from party A were simply removed)
  • Editor > Parties > added preset colour picker
  • Instant-Runoff > can switch between FPP, FPP – Instant-Runoff, and FPP – Instant-Runoff 2C after election night finishes
  • updated Australia 2019
    • Nationals > party colour yellow -> dark green
    • Cook > incumbent party > ALP -> Liberal
    • Monash > incumbent party and candidate -> Liberal
    • Menzies > incumbent party > ALP -> Liberal
    • added Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
    • added United Australia Party
    • Independents > Cowper > added Rob Oakeshott, Farrer > Kevin Mack, Mackellar > Alice Thompson, New England > Adam Blakester, Flinders > Julia Banks, Indi > Helen Haines, Kooyong > Oliver Yates, Wannon > Alex Dyson, Braddon > Craig Brakey
    • updated %s based on results
    • added universal % shift, Liberal -3%, Labor +3%
    • fixed various other candidate names, parties on ballot
    • updated party logos (Liberal, Labor, National, Greens, Katter’s Australian)
    • updated local candidate strengths, highscore bonuses
    • Morrison > Surrogates > added Jenny Morrison
    • Barnaby Joyce > Surrogates > removed Natalie Joyce
    • Barnaby Joyce > Integrity > 5 -> 4

macOS and the Infinity games

Note: this is relevant for macOS versions of President Infinity, Prime Minister Infinity (U.K. and Canada), and Congress Infinity.

We introduced macOS (then called OS X) for President Infinity back in 2014, after lots of requests from Mac users, and since then have maintained dual Windows and Mac versions of the Infinity games.

The most recent version of macOS is Mojave. There will probably be a new version of macOS released this autumn. Apple has announced Mojave (the current one) will be the last to support 32-bit apps.

President Infinity (and the other Infinity games) is a 32-bit app. The tool chain currently used to create President Infinity (and the other Infinity games) for macOS only allows for 32-bit apps. There is no capability for 64-bit apps available with the current cross-platform tool chain used to create President Infinity, and no capability in the immediate future.

This means that, for people who update to the next macOS version after Mojave, the Infinity games may no longer run.

If you use Windows, there will be no change in the immediate future. The games should continue to work, and updates will be done regularly.

If you use Mac, the game will continue to be updated for Mac until further notice. However, they will be in 32-bit, so if or when you update to the next macOS version, the games may no longer run.

Note that there may be simple workarounds for this if upgrading to the macOS version after Mojave, whether provided by Apple or by 3rd parties – right now, I don’t know.

In summary, Mac updates will continue for the foreseeable future, but if you plan to update to the version of macOS after Mojave, they may not run on your system when you do so.

There is little I can do in the short-term to allow for macOS 64-bit compatibility. However, I am actively looking at porting the Infinity games to a different tool chain, such that they will work on macOS for 64-bit. If this happens, the port may not be completed by the release of the next macOS version. I will announce updates on this when I have more information, but my hope is that the port will be completed by the end of this year.

Also, until there is more clarity on this situation, the Infinity games will not be advertised as supporting macOS, although all owners will continue to have access to both Windows and Mac versions into the foreseeable future.

Questions and feedback welcome.

Prime Minister Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.6, Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity v. 3.0.6 sneak-peek for Windows and Mac has been released!

This sneak-peek adds editing Instant-Runoff voter flow to the editor, and adds Katter’s Australian Party candidates and major independent candidates to Australia 2019.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Spring 2019, see here.)

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Prime Minister 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 (U.K.): http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-u-k-version-information/

Version information (Canada): https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous release (v. 3.0.5)

  • Editor > Regions > added ‘Flow’ tab, enabled if Ranked Choice box checked, allows to set voter flow for instant-runoff
  • Australia 2019 > added Katter’s Australian Party candidates, added %s
  • Australia 2019 > Independents > Clark > added Andrew Wilkie
  • Australia 2019 > Independents > Wentworth > added Kerryn Phelps
  • Australia 2019 > Independents > Warringah > added Zali Steggall
  • Australia 2019 > added endorsers in v. 3.0.5b

Adding Instant-Runoff to Prime Minister Infinity

Here’s a screenshot from the latest internal Prime Minister Infinity, which includes Instant-Runoff (also known as Ranked Choice or Preferences) as an option, set to ‘on’ here in the Australia 2016 campaign.

There is now a drop-down box where you can select to show poll %s and seat projections for straightforward FPP, FPP with Instant-Runoff applied for relevant constituencies, and FPP with 2 Candidate Instant-Runoff applied for all constituencies.

Preset colour picker added to Editor

In the latest internal, there is a preset colour picker in the Editor for Leaders.

There are currently 32 options. Simply select a checkbox, and that leader’s colours (light, medium, and dark) are set.

This becomes more useful when creating campaigns with large numbers of candidates, such as the Democratic 2020 primaries, which now has 20 candidates.

This will be included in the next President Infinity release.

Alberta – 2019 is almost ready

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada will have a sneak-peek released soon, including Alberta – 2019 along with the latest game engine. Here’s a screenshot from a recent run through, where I was a spectator as the AAP.

Notley almost closed the gap with the UCP, finishing strong and leading to a minority UC government (44 seats required for a majority). No negotiations were successful between the UCP and Alberta Party, so it will be vote by vote for the new government.

Just finishing up the Alberta – 2019 campaign right now, it will probably be released later today Saturday.

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.1, Windows

President Infinity v. 3.0.1 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek fixes a load bug, fixes a bug with selecting debate focus, adds 4 ‘what-if’ candidates to 2020 (Ocasio-Cortez, Crenshaw, Gillum, and Abrams), and more.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Spring 2019, 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. 2.9.9).

  • fixed load bug
  • fixed bug where couldn’t switch back to focusing on own candidate for debates
  • 2020 > added Ocasio-Cortez, Crenshaw, Gillum, Abrams as ‘what-if’ candidates
  • 2020 > added new Wisconsin poll
  • 2020 > Issues > Supreme Court > Left > added “Consider expanding Supreme Court.”
    2020 > Issues > Supreme Court > Right > added “Consider amendment to set Supreme Court at 9 Justices.”
  • 2020 > Ojeda > ‘former Senate nominee’ -> ‘former House nominee’
  • 2020 > Endorsers > Mike McMullin -> Evan McMullin
  • 2020 > Endorsers > McSally > removed national momentum bonus
  • 2020 > Delaney > new images
  • 2020 > removed Libertarian candidate New Mexico +5% bonuses
  • 2020 > Hickenlooper > Bullock added as possible VP

Goals for next releases – Spring 2019

All features are goals, not promises. All dates are estimates. List subject to revision. Spring 2019 cycle is to approximately June 1st, but there will be releases before that with some of the features.

  • Networking is planned for Summer 2019, and applies for all products.
  • Voting blocs is also planned, probably for Summer 2019.

President Infinity

  1. Features already in sneak-peek (Favorability, 0-10 Attributes, Map pop-up info, window resizability) to official.
  2. United States – 2020 (this campaign will then be updated as we move towards 2020). (delivered)
  3. New polling system (created by actual random sampling of population which is now modeled at a low level in game engine, different pollsters with different biases release public polls which player can then weight accordingly, can release internal polls to drive news).
  4. New graphs system (improved charts, works with new polling system including creating best-fits for multiple polls).
  5. Primaries > Can view hypothetical head-to-head match-ups for %s, seats, pop. vote (depends on new polling system, and expands the ability to select the candidate viewing from each party’s primaries introduced in Autumn 2018 but which was only available for Favorability and Momentum).
  6. California Governor – 2018 official campaign added.

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. and Canada

  1. See President Infinity 1. (delivered), 3., 4.
  2. Australian Preferences. (delivered)

Congress Infinity

  1. See President Infinity 1., 3., 4.

Feedback welcome!