Phasing out subscriptions, moving to major release model

I’ve decided to phase subscriptions out, and move instead to a major release model.

Here’s why. From a development perspective, it is better to be able to focus on larger updates that take more time, than constant updates. Although 4 years (say) is too long, 1 year is about right. The new major release model will allow the games to receive major updates at relevant periods (see below), with President Infinity the most often at yearly intervals.

  1. Anyone on subscription currently will retain their subscription and updates to their products, but no new subscriptions, including renewals.
  2. Going forward, President Infinity will move to a yearly major release model (2021 shortly will be the current release, then 2022 at the end of the year). There will be major features for the year, and then minor updates and bug fixes after that, until the next round. 3.3.6 is the 2021 release, and unlike future years, it still has major features to be added, and that will occur for several months. Then there will be a pause from major features, then 2022 will be released. Each yearly release will be available at a discount if you’re an existing customer.
  3. Congress Infinity will move to a 2 year major release model. The latest Beta will become 2022, and will have major features added up to 2022. Then a pause on major features, and 2024 will be released after that. Each 2 year release will be available at a discount if you’re an existing customer.
  4. Prime Minister Infinity games will probably be released as major updates to coincide with their respective elections, which are variable. Each new release will be available at a discount if you’re an existing customer.

If your subscription has expired and you want the latest President Infinity or Congress Infinity, you can simply use Add a game. Through this, you can add President Infinity 2021, Congress Infinity 2022, or Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. or Canada.

Crumby is Free!

Crumby & Co., the office politics game, is now free.

For 1-4 players, work your way up the office ladder. The game is about cooperation and hard work, or back-stabbing and Machiavellian office politics … You get to decide. Fun for the whole office.

Crumby & Co. is a cross between Monopoly and Scruples, where you navigate the office waters by collecting projects and gaining points for promotion. Collect underlings, steal opponent players’ projects, shred files, and much, much more.

Here is a screenshot where the player Brad has just been promoted up the office chain:

It even includes a special Boss Key for emergencies.

You can download it here.

Crumby & Co. runs on Windows 98, Me, xp, Vista, 7, 10.

Have fun!

President Infinity Beta – v. 3.2.1

President Infinity Beta v. 3.2.1 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This release shows the results of the convention, fixes the primaries ‘lock’ icon being drawn off the map, fixes a bug affecting various things that relied on first or last day of turn, 2020 > updates Republican convention location and Democratic convention dates, and more.

Note: if you have campaigns you have made, it is recommended that you back these up first. Although there should be no problems loading and playing them, this simply errs on the side of caution. If the campaign formatting is unknown, the campaign will be re-written to disk using the new formatting without backing up the original version. If a campaign XML file’s syntax has to be updated, it will backup automatically, however.

Note: a Beta release is a pre-official release, for people wishing to test the product. It is not complete. See notes below. This version will not overwrite your existing official release install, so you can test the Beta release while still playing your previously installed official release.

Version Beta 3.2.1 adds

  • Beta version number changed back to shorter version number (ex., 3.2.0.1.1.2 previous version, new one is simply 3.2.1)
  • now shown message at start of screen if secure nomination in primaries
  • now shows results of convention
  • primaries > lock icon > fixed displaying off edge of map
  • primaries > lock icon > colour white -> grey
  • 2020 > Republican convention > Charlotte, NC -> Jacksonville, FL
  • 2020 > Democratic convention > July 13-16 -> August 17-20
  • fixed bug affecting various things that relied on first or last day of turn

I am not looking for feedback on the game unless it relates to core game functionality (basic things you can’t do in the game, crashing, bugs, things that obviously don’t look right).

No save-load. No Editor. It may crash or have other bugs.

Installation instructions:

Mac:

Download (see below) and double click on the zip file once downloaded.

1. Right click on the extracted app and select New Terminal at Folder. 

2. Copy and paste the following to the terminal line 

cd Contents/MacOS

then press enter. 

3. Then copy and paste the following to the terminal line

chmod +x *

then press enter. 

4. Then control-click on the app. Select ‘Open’ from the context menu (this is required the first time it is run).

Windows: download (see below) the zip file > right-click > Extract all > select location for extracted folder. Once it extracts, run the President Infinity file in the extracted folder.

Windows playing notes: Use Alt + Tab to switch back to your other apps when in the game. If it hangs, use Ctrl + Alt + Del > Task Manager > Processes > Apps > Infinity > right-click > End task.

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 (if not, you can add a subscription here).

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download at the link below. After entering your e-mail, click the link to the web page. The Beta will be listed under ‘Beta’.

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

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

President Infinity Beta – v. 1.1.1

President Infinity Beta v. 1.1.1 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This release fixes important bugs that prevented campaigns from starting or being played, users can now import campaigns using the Change Campaign Screen > Import button, and users can now select the location and file name when exporting election night results.

Note: if you have campaigns you have made, it is recommended that you back these up first. Although there should be no problems loading and playing them, this simply errs on the side of caution. If the campaign formatting is unknown, the campaign will be re-written to disk using the new formatting without backing up the original version. If a campaign XML file’s syntax has to be updated, it will backup automatically, however.

Note: a Beta release is a pre-official release, for people wishing to test the product. It is not complete. See notes below. This version will not overwrite your existing official release install, so you can test the Beta release while still playing your previously installed official release.

Version Beta 1.1.1 adds

  • Mac > fixed bug causing campaigns other than 2020 to not start properly
  • Primaries > fixed bug causing campaigns to crash
  • once Processing Turn Screen is showing, can no longer click buttons on Main Screen, which could cause game to crash
  • Election Screen > Export Results > can now select location and name for file
  • Select Campaign > Change Campaign > can now Import user-designed campaigns

I am not looking for feedback on the game unless it relates to core game functionality (basic things you can’t do in the game, crashing, bugs, things that obviously don’t look right).

No save-load. No Editor. It may crash or have other bugs.

Installation instructions:

Mac:

Download (see below) and double click on the zip file once downloaded.

1. Right click on the extracted app and select New Terminal at Folder. 

2. Copy and paste the following to the terminal line 

cd Contents/MacOS

then press enter. 

3. Then copy and paste the following to the terminal line

chmod +x *

then press enter. 

4. Then control-click on the app. Select ‘Open’ from the context menu (this is required the first time it is run).

Windows: download (see below) the zip file > right-click > Extract all > select location for extracted folder. Once it extracts, run the President Infinity file in the extracted folder.

Windows playing notes: Use Alt + Tab to switch back to your other apps when in the game. If it hangs, use Ctrl + Alt + Del > Task Manager > Processes > Apps > Infinity > right-click > End task.

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 (if not, you can add a subscription here).

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download at the link below. After entering your e-mail, click the link to the web page. The Beta will be listed under ‘Beta’.

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

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

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. next release v. 3.1.1 for Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. v. 3.1.1 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This adds U.K. 2019, and more.

Note: info on Infinity games and macOS Catalina here.

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

More info here.

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. owner on subscription (or if you purchased Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

If you own another Infinity game, you can ‘Add a game’ here.

This is a comprehensive update.

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

Version information: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-u-k-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous official release (v. 3.0.7)

  • added U.K. 2019
  • Platform Screen > hover over a given issue position > shows regional center and (if applicable) regional party center descriptions (ex. ‘Region > Center, Party Region > Center-Left’) and how far from own position to centers
  • fixed bug in which stories computer players choose to spin
  • fixed bug doing ground effects
  • added ‘pop undecideds’ functionality (game engine treats ‘undecided’ as an unstable state, and ‘pops’ voters to a candidate with + momentum who is tied for 1st in their Favorability scores at a rate that tends to cause fewer undecideds)
  • Constituency Screen > moved up and down buttons for leaders to right, made bigger
  • decreased how powerful Ground Ops are (Org. Strength x Footsoldiers), now if up to 7 days out is full powered, else up to 20 days out is 0.5, else up to 40 days out is 0.3, else up to 60 days out is 0.2, else up to 80 days out is 0.1, else up to 100 days out is 0.05, else up to 200 days out is 0.01, else is 0

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.5, Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. v. 3.0.5 sneak-peek for Windows and Mac has been released!

This sneak-peek is a major update, and adds Instant-Runoff (also called Ranked Choice or Preferences), Australia – 2019, attributes are now 0-10 instead of 1-5, introduces Favorability, shows info on the map when you move the mouse over a region, allows for increasing the size of the window, introduces counter-moves for computer players for ground ops and ads, 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 Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. 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: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-u-k-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous release (v. 2.7.8)

  • Platform Screen > fixed bug where player issue positions (“Center-Right” and so on) would disappear
  • Platform Screen > fixed bug with issue position Power bonuses for secondary regions
  • Editor > Regions > Issues > added ‘Set All Issues’ button, to set all issues for a region to specified center
  • Editor > Basics > Constants and Coefficients > added Fundraising coefficient
  • computer players now make more ads
  • Editor > Regions > fundamental regions > added exemptions for shifts, for regions where you want to specify %s without the shifts
  • allows for increasing the size of windows (for high-resolution or high-DPI displays)
  • Editor > Basics > More > can set tied color
  • if move mouse across map, will show info for region mouse on
  • 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
  • Sim Screen > fixed bug where win wasn’t counted if won seats but not popular vote
  • Editor > Surrogate > if has images, can set to default
  • for save (including autosave), a temporary save file is created first, so if there is an error for some reason, any existing save file is not overwritten
  • Main Screen > spacebarring for Done Turn -> ‘n’ (next)
  • 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
  • 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
  • if autosaving, shows message that saving
  • redid Notes Screen, now larger, isn’t draggable, different look
  • can press Esc or ‘n’ to close Notes Screen, not spacebar
  • Spin Screen > spacebar -> ‘n’
  • Debate Results Screen > can press ‘n’ to close screen
  • Message Screen > can press ‘n’ to close screen
  • changed how polls work so program uses up less memory and runs more quickly
  • Main Screen > momentum mode > fixed bug where up and down arrows wouldn’t change players listed
  • debates matter more > debate news stories +2 spin, can have more news stories
  • improved computer AI
  • Editor > Endorsers > added search box
  • Themes Screen > View All > text fits
  • AI > Ground Ops > computer players now make counter-moves when building ground ops
  • AI > Ads > computer players now make counter-moves when creating and running ads
  • AI > computer players now create and run ads regionally, instead of just for specific constituencies
  • computer players now create ads that can be run nationally, instead of just regionally or for specific constituencies
  • Editor > Regions > Universal > Basics > General Election > adds Ranked Choice (also called instant-runoff or preferences – in game it is called Instant-Runoff)
  • Main Screen > if Ranked Choice is ‘on’ for campaign, option to view as FPP (without instant-runoff), Instant-Runoff or Instant-Runoff 2C (2 candidates)
  • adds Australia – 2019
  • updates Australia – 2016

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.5, Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada v. 3.0.5 sneak-peek for Windows and Mac has been released!

This sneak-peek adds Instant-Runoff (also called Ranked Choice or Preferences) as an option and 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 – 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: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous release (v. 3.0.3b).

  • adds Australia – 2019
  • Editor > Regions > Universal > Basics > General Election > adds Ranked Choice (also called instant-runoff or preferences – in game it is called Instant-Runoff)
  • Main Screen > if Ranked Choice is ‘on’ for campaign, option to view as FPP (without instant-runoff), Instant-Runoff or Instant-Runoff 2C (2 candidates)
  • computer players now create ads that can be run nationally, instead of just regionally or for specific constituencies

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.4, Windows

President Infinity v. 3.0.4 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek continues to update 2020 (including latest polling, adding Gravel, Williamson, Messam, Bennet, and De Blasio, and more), fixes a bug which overpowered barnstorming in the primaries (enhancing the dog-piling effect), lowers default barnstorming in the primaries 1 -> 0 Power, computer players now make counter-moves for ads and ground ops, computer players now make national ads, adds a preset color picker for leaders the Editor, 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. 3.0.2).

  • Editor > Regions > Map > fixed bug where couldn’t click to set position
  • Editor > Regions > fixed bug where couldn’t set poll close times
  • AI > Ground Ops > computer players now make counter-moves when building ground ops
  • Ads > computer players now make counter-moves when creating and running ads
  • computer players now create ads that can be run nationally, instead of just regionally
  • Primaries > Barnstorming > fixed bug where barnstorming bonus was higher than should be
  • Primaries > Barnstorming > reduced default Power 1 -> 0
  • Editor > Leaders > added color picker with preset colors
  • updated 2020
    • Republicans > Colors > Trump -> red, Weld -> yellow, Kasich -> khaki, Hogan -> Brown, Sasse -> salmon, Flake -> purple, Collins -> fuschia, Romney -> green, Kristol -> tan, Paul -> burgundy, Rubio -> light turqoise, Huntsman -> orange, Cotton -> rose, Haley -> cornflower blue
    • Democrats > Colors > Yang -> khaki, Swalwell -> indigo, Moulton -> slate gray, Gravel -> gold, Williamson -> rose, Messam -> tan, Ryan -> lavender, O’Rourke -> brown, Warren -> yellow, Sanders -> red, Bullock -> aqua, McAuliffe -> purple, Ojeda -> gray blue, Avenatti -> bisque, O’Malley -> orange, Chafee -> salmon, Bel Edwards -> swamp green, Garcetti -> purple, Steyer -> khaki, Schultz -> yellow, Clinton -> fuschia, Newsom -> blue, Zuckerberg -> yellow, Merkley -> lavender, Kander -> orange, B. Clinton -> lavender, Gore -> light turqoise, Landrieu -> green yellow, Ocasio-Cortez -> dark red
    • Added state Dem Primary polls for WI, FL,  two from NH and TX each
    • Added three US Dem Primary polls
    • Surrogates > Booker > added Rosario Dawson
    • Surrogates > Sanders > added Sarah Silverman
    • Surrogates > Biden > added Coons, Carper, Feinstein, Cuomo, Doug Jones
    • Endorsers > Roseanne > California -> USA, 100% footsoldiers -> 5% footsoldiers
    • Endorsers > Rosanne -> Roseanne
    • Buttigieg > Experience > 3 -> 4
    • removed Observer from ballot in territories
    • Added Apr 22 Dem IA and NH Primary polls
    • Seth Moulton ‘off’ -> ‘on’
    • Added Change Research Dem Primary poll US
    • Biden > Integrity > 6 -> 5
    • Klobuchar > Integrity > 7 -> 6
    • Hickenlooper and Gillibrand > Charisma > 5 -> 4
    • Buttigieg > Charisma and Stamina > 5 -> 7
    • Adjusted campaign funds, fundraising ability for several candidates
    • Added US Primary poll for Dems and Reps
    • Added CA, PA, IA, and NH poll for Dems
    • Added Morning Consult, April 8 2019, Dem Primary US Poll
    • added Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet, Mike Gravel, Wayne Messam, Bill de Blasio
    • Rep. Tim Ryan, Andrew Yang, and Rep. Eric Swalwell > ‘off’ -> ‘on’
    • Greens > Howie Hawkins > ‘off’ -> ‘on’
    • Added recent Rep primary polls for UT
    • Added recent Dem primary polls for OR, PA, IA, NV, MA, and AL.
    • Debates > Dems > set first to June 26.
    • Debates > Dems > decreased requirement primary debate
    • Fixed primary dates
    • Removed all state bonuses (except on home states) from all candidates currently turned ON.
    • Surrogate > O’Rourke > added Fmr Gov. Neil Abercrombie
    • Added Emerson Dem Primary Iowa poll Mar 24
    • Added FoxNews Dem Primary US poll Mar 24

PEI Election Game

Get the definitive PEI election game for 2019 and beyond!

“If this game were running in an election – no question – it would win a massive majority. It is certain to bring out the inner politician and political strategist in you.” – David MacDonald, Election Almanac

Note: PEI 2019 is included as part of Prime Minister Infinity – Canada (for Windows and Mac).

Features for PEI 2019 include

  • the 2019 campaign (Bevan-Baker vs. King vs. MacLauchlan), including all 27 electoral districts, 4 parties, local candidates, issues, leader and campaign attributes, platforms, and much more
  • a Campaign Editor – edit or create leaders, parties, campaigners, electoral districts, percentages, and more

You can order Prime Minister Infinity – Canada, which includes PEI 2019 (for Windows and Mac), and receive the latest release version immediately.

Please go here for more information on Prime Minister Infinity – Canada.

The game is available for $19.95 CND.

Owners have access to both Windows and Mac versions.

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada will run on Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10, including the Surface 3) and Mac (macOS 10.10 and up).

Good gaming!