President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.8, Windows

President Infinity v. 2.9.8 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek fixes a bug causing large % shifts on primary day, and a Main Screen bug where up and down arrows wouldn’t change players listed if in momentum mode.

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

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Autumn 2018, see here. A draft of Winter 2018-19 goals is 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. 2.9.6).

  • Primaries > fixed bug causing large % shifts on primary day
  • Main Screen > momentum mode > fixed bug where up and down arrows wouldn’t change players listed

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.7, Windows

President Infinity v. 2.9.7 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek fixes a primaries bug in particular.

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

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Autumn 2018, see here. A draft of Winter 2018-19 goals is 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. 2.9.6).

  • fixed primaries error
  • fixed bug where would skip first primaries results screen if pressed ‘n’ on screen before that
  • Main Screen > changed Primaries Completed Button
  • Main Screen > changed View Swing Button

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.5, Windows and Mac

President Infinity v. 2.9.5 sneak-peek for Windows and Mac has been released!

This sneak-peek continues to refine the new Favorability system, in particular fixing several bugs causing game dynamics problems or errors. This also adds a Voter Detail option, primaries wins now have +2 spin news stories (increases importance of winning primaries), and endorsers can be set in the Editor to require certain issue positions in order to endorse.

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

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Autumn 2018, see here. A draft of Winter 2018-19 goals is 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. 2.9.4).

  • fixed bug causing lop-sided results where Ground Ops. were full strength if candidate hadn’t become nominee but primary was past
  • fixed bug causing error when starting 1968, 1972 campaigns
  • can now set new Voter Detail option for electorate detail at Select Campaign Screen > More Options
  • news stories for primary wins now are +2 spin, which means even if spun against the winner, they will be +1 spin for the duration of the news story
  • endorsers can now be set to only endorse if candidate has certain position
  • if endorser endorses and requires certain position, and then candidate endorsed changes position to position endorser doesn’t allow, endorser will take back endorsement
  • added code to hopefully fix problem with save error some people are getting
  • Main Screen > fixed bug where default surrogate image wouldn’t switch back to leader or vice-leader images after change who selected
  • Select Campaign Screen > rearranged options, including ‘More Options’ button
  • Select Campaign Screen > Primaries > fixed bug where Declared drop-down box sometimes wouldn’t display properly
  • 2012 > Democrats > Primaries > Clinton turned to ‘off’ by default

 

Endorsers can be set to endorse only with certain positions

I’ve just added a feature in the latest internal to the Campaign Editor that allows campaign designers to specify if an endorser will only endorse a candidate who has a certain issue position(s). Here’s a screenshot from the Editor’s Endorsers Screen.

Here you can see the NRA is set to ‘Endorser only endorses for these positions’ and the positions are specified as Centre, Centre-Right, Right, and Far-Right.

This will help campaign designers control which candidates an endorser will endorse.

Primaries dynamics with +2 spin

In the latest internal, primaries victory news articles are now +2 spin instead of +1. This ensures a larger initial momentum boost for the winner of the primary, and if the story is spun negatively by the winner’s opponents, it will still remain a +1 for the duration of the story.

This makes winning primaries much more important. Here are the results from the first play through.

You can see Trump in the purple-blue colour, Jeb Bush in the orange, Ted Cruz in the purple. Trump won Iowa over Cruz (22.4% to 17.3%), giving him a large enough boost to maintain his numbers. Jeb Bush then won New Hampshire over Rubio, with Trump in 3rd (25.3% to 14.6% to 10.6%), and then Rubio won South Carolina over Trump (22.2% to 19.2%). You can see Bush’s numbers taking off after his NH victory, and Rubio’s after SC to a lesser degree. However, Trump took the momentum back with a Nevada victory over Cruz (32.7% to 25.6%), which was enough to propel him to victories on Super Tuesday. The undecideds % looks about right, with relatively high numbers until after Super Tuesday.

New Voter Detail option

The campaign options have been changed a bit for the next release. Here’s how the Select Campaign Screen now looks, with a ‘More Options’ button and a few other changes.

Here you can see the Spies and Fog of War options have been moved to the ‘More Options’ screen, and there’s another option called ‘Voter Detail’.

The Voter Detail option allows you to set the detail for the electorate, from a value of 500 to 10,000. At a setting of 10,000 (most detail), the electorate for a given region is modeled to the 1/10,000th, or 0.01%. The least detail, 500, means the electorate is modeled to the 1/500th, or 0.2%. The default is 1,000, or 0.1%,

So, at 1,000, you can have % movements of 0.1% for candidates for a given region, and the electorate for a given region is broken up into 1,000 different virtual persons (each representing 1/1,000th of the electorate). This should be adequate for most purposes, but if having that extra decimal point matters to the political wonk purist in you, you can knock yourself out.

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:

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. 2.9.3).

  • 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

Goals for next releases – Winter 2018-2019 – preview

With the Autumn 2018 release getting close (it will probably take until the end of December February for all versions to be released, including hammering out Favorability quirks and Australian preferences for PMI), it’s time to start charting the Winter 2018-2019 release.

All features are goals, not promises. List subject to revision.

Networking is planned for Spring 2019. Electoral blocs is also planned, probably for Summer 2019.

President Infinity

  1. United States – 2020 (this campaign will then be updated as we move towards 2020)
  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)
  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)
  5. California Governor – 2018 official campaign added

Congress Infinity

  1. See PI 2.-3.

Prime Minister Infinity U.K. and Canada

  1. See PI 2.-3.

Feedback welcome!

Best-guess release date for President Infinity now later

I’ve pushed the President Infinity best-guess release dates from December 5th to December 15th 20th 30th first sneak peek already released, another sneak peek any day now. The good news is that I’m really happy with how the Favorability system is shaping up, and I’ll have another post soon with more screenshots.

Best-guesses are just that – my best guess about how long a (set of) feature may take. Thanks for your patience everyone.