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).
  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., 3., 4.
  2. Australian Preferences.

Congress Infinity

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

Feedback welcome!

Understanding Candidates’ Attributes

Personal attributes are Leadership, Integrity, Experience, Issue Familiarity, Charisma, Stamina, Debating, Ideologue, and Ambition.

The descriptions for Personal Attributes which are also Issues (Leadership, Integrity, Experience, Issue Familiarity) are as follows (you can see these on the Player Info > Platform screen).

  • 0. Non-existent
  • 1. Extremely Weak
  • 2. Very Weak
  • 3. Weak
  • 4. Below average
  • 5. Average
  • 6. Above average
  • 7. Strong
  • 8. Very Strong
  • 9. Exceptionally Strong
  • 10. Legendary

These values are considered relative to a typical candidate for, in this case, President.

Below, each personal attribute is addressed in specific, including a working definition and how it works in the game.

Leadership

Definition: Leadership is a composite, and includes visionary, strategic, and managerial leadership abilities. These can be demonstrated in government, business, or other organizational leadership roles. It is the ability to inspire or get ‘buy in’ from people to follow and then effectively lead them to the desired result. There are various styles of leadership, from more cooperative to more authoritative to more inspirational, but the important point for game purposes is that it gets results.

Some places a candidate can have demonstrated leadership are

  • Military
  • Business
  • Representative, Mayor, Senator, Governor, Vice-President, President
  • Executive leaders of other organizations
  • Political movements

It’s important to note that it’s not just that they had a leadership role, but the quality of their demonstrated leadership, that affects the Leadership attribute. In some cases, a candidate won’t have a track record, and so the designer will have to make more of an educated guess.

Integrity

Definition: Integrity includes both political integrity (does a politician keep their promises in the public sphere? are they ethical in their public work?) and personal integrity (do they say what they believe or what is expedient? are they hypocritical? do they lie or engage in other obviously deceitful behavior in their personal lives?).

How it works in the game: affects Barnstorming (including Rallies), Scandals being researched on candidate, Spinning scandals by the candidate, Integrity issue.

Experience

Definition: Experience is experience relevant to running a campaign and then being a politician in whatever role they are running for. This would include familiarity with things like barnstorming, interviews, media relations, legislative processes, and so on.

How it works in the game: affects Barnstorming (including Rallies), Spinning, Gaffes, Backfires, Experience issue.

Issue Familiarity

Definition: Issue Familiarity is familiarity with both general aspects of various issues of the day, but also more specific facts. Therefore it helps in particular with interviews and debates.

How it works in the game: affects Barnstorming (including Rallies), Interviews, Debates, Gaffes, Issue Familiarity issue.

Charisma

Charisma includes personal magnetism, charm, and good looks. It comes across when campaigning (whether small-scale barnstorming or large-scale rallies) and also can be capitalized upon for ads or even televised debates.

How it works in the game: affects Barnstorming (including Rallies), Debates, Ads, Fundraising, Speeches, Interviews.

Stamina

Definition: Stamina is personal energy and work ethic. It is not only the ability to work, but the inclination to do so.

How it works in the game: increases Energy Points per day.

Debating

Definition: Debating is the intuitive or trained ability to debate in various formats like televised debates, interviews, town halls, or even dealing with tough questions while barnstorming or hecklers.

How it works in the game: affects Barnstorming, Debates, Interviews.

Ideologue

The Ideologue rating affects the likelihood a computer player will enter the primaries if Undecided, and stay in even if they can’t win.

Ambition

Ambition affects the likelihood that a computer player will enter the primaries if Undecided.

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.