President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.9, Windows

President Infinity v. 2.9.9 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek adds Party Identification to each eligible voter (a given party, independent, or alienated) and Party Identification Strength (committed, leaning), and in particular if a voter is committed to a party, all candidates running for that party get +25 to their Favorability score, if voter leaning for a party, all candidates running for that party get +15, and fixes a bug where VP who is also endorser could take back endorsement of player is VP of.

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. 2.9.9).

  • each eligible voter has Party Identification (can be a given party, independent, or alienated) and Party Identification Strength (if a given party, committed or leaning), if committed to a party, all candidates running for that party get +25 to their Favorability score, if leaning for a party, all candidates running for that party get +15
  • fixed bug where VP who is also endorser could take back endorsement of player is VP of

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If you already own an Infinity game, you can get another one for just $9.95 (regular $15-20).

Simply purchase ‘Add another game’ with the below button, and then follow the instructions to specify the game you want.

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Owners have access to both Windows and Mac versions.

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Upgrades: All upgrades for 1 year are included.

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President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.6, Windows

President Infinity v. 2.9.6 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek reduces memory usage and improves speed, fixes a couple bugs with the Sim Screen, and more.

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. 2.9.5).

  • changed how polls work so program uses up less memory and runs more quickly
  • Sim Screen > fixed bug with screen not being proper size
  • Sim Screen > fixed bug where would crash when close screen
  • doubled negative change in Favorability if change issue position and lose support
  • 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
  • can press Esc to close Favorability Chart Screen
  • Spin Screen > spacebar -> ‘n’
  • Primaries Results Screen > can press ‘n’ to close screen
  • Debate Results Screen > can press ‘n’ to close screen
  • Message Screen > can press ‘n’ to close screen

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.9.3, Windows only

President Infinity v. 2.9.3 sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek adds the Favorability system, a complete replacement for the underlying electoral modeling in the game. It allows for more accurate greater-than 2 candidate voter dynamics, including rapid ascents and collapses. It does this by modeling scores for each candidates for each voter (the highest score is the candidate the voter will vote for, assuming it is above a threshold), where the electorate is modeled to the 1/10,000th, allowing for a high degree of segmentation.

Since this is such a big change, things are still being fine-tuned. One challenge is keeping voters ‘in their party lanes’ during games that start in the primaries, and this will continue to be worked on.

(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. 2.9.1).

  • adds Favorability, a complete replacement for the underlying electoral modeling in the game
  • 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
  • fixed load bug
  • fixed bug with game freezing after election night
  • fixed bug if started game where a party had candidates on but none declared

President Infinity v. 2.8.2 released!

President Infinity v. 2.8.2 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This update includes

  • Florida – 2018 – Senatorial (direct popular vote)
  • updates to computer AI, including for direct popular vote
  • updates the Surrogate Screen, including pictures for surrogates (where supported by a campaign, included in Florida – 2018 – Senatorial)
  • adds an option in the Editor for Vice-Leaders to be optional
  • fixes various bugs
  • and more

(Note: for goals for the next release cycle, Autumn 2018, see here.)

If you are a President Infinity owner, 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.

To update:

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

Version information:

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

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Surrogates > can add images, similar to candidates
  • Surrogates > Main Screen > name under portrait > if name too long, shows just last name
  • Main Screen > Activities > fixed bug where could continue using surrogate after used all Surrogate Points
  • new Create Surrogate Screen
  • Editor > Regions > Issues > Profiles > ‘Set All’ button visible regardless of region
  • fixed bug in function to determine where loss of support would go to after platform change
  • Editor > Regions > Map > can right click to set abbreviation coordinates
  • Editor > Regions > if edit id, checks if unique, if not, adds unique identifier (ex. “_2”)
  • Editor > Regions > Map > fixed tab ordering
  • Editor > Regions > if change region abbreviation and then go to map, abbreviation updated
  • Editor > Leaders > if edit id, check if unique, if not, adds unique identifier (ex. “_2”)
  • Editor > Regions > Map > can show all abbreviations
  • Editor > Issues > if edit id, checks if unique, if not, adds unique identifier (ex. “_2”)
  • Select Leader Screen > if only 1 leader, Change Leader button disabled
  • Editor > can set credits, button appears on Select Campaign Screen if set
  • Editor > Basics > More > can set Elected Leader Position (ex. “Prime Minister”), Institution (ex. “Parliament”), Appointed by (ex. “Governor General”)
  • added Florida – 2018 – Senatorial campaign
  • Editor > can set whether vice-leaders enabled
  • 2016 > Trump > Strategic 2 -> 3 primaries, 4 -> 5 general election
  • Strategy Screen > Primaries > fixed bug where player other than turn player’s selected by default
  • Editor > Regions > Parties > if editing %s but have Editor > Polling > Use Polls on, text indicates using polling
  • primaries > fixed bug where computer players wouldn’t withdraw or endorse other computer players
  • Players Info Screen > fixed bug if starting in primaries and get to only 1 leader left in party
  • Offers > fixed bug where didn’t get bonus to chance accept when offered VP slot
  • Offers > fixed some bugs with making offers that didn’t make sense (ex. offer to withdraw and offer them a VP slot)
  • Offers > improved computer players chance accept for some offers
  • Editor > Regions > Issues > added ‘Set All Issues’ button, to set all issues for a region to specified center
  • Florida 2018 Senatorial > Surrogates > added Tom Perez’s image
  • Florida 2018 Senatorial > Nelson > Charisma > 3 -> 2
  • Editor > Basics > Constants and Coefficients > added Fundraising coefficient
  • Florida 2018 Senatorial > Funds > Nelson $15 M -> $30 M, Scott $10 M -> $25 M
  • fixed bug with starting funds in certain situations
  • computer players now make more ads
  • Direct pop. vote > improved computer player strategy
  • Sim > Direct pop. vote > fixed bug where %s and wins (and vote count) weren’t in sync
  • fixed bug if saved, then loaded, then tried to save again

 

Goals for next releases – Autumn 2018 – Preview

This is a preview intended for feedback, in particular any features you think should be top priority. We are currently finishing up the Summer 2018 cycle of releases, with a new President Infinity and Congress Infinity to be released in a few weeks – this will be the next cycle after that.

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

President Infinity – September 15th

  1. Favorability (each voter has a numeric value rating each candidate, important for modeling > 2 candidate election dynamics or systems where candidates withdraw, such as primaries or two-round runoff systems such as France’s)
  2. Candidate attributes will use a 0-10 system, instead of 1-5 (allows for more distinctions between candidates)
  3. California Governor – 2018 official campaign added
  4. Map will have pop-up information when mouse-over, so don’t have to click on it to view %s
  5. Can modify size of windows (for displays with high resolutions)
  6. High DPI support (text for the game will show properly on monitors with high DPI, instead of being fuzzy from being scaled up by the operating system)

Note that United States – 2020 is planned for Winter 2018-2019 release, after the mid-terms. Networking is planned for after that, and applies for all products.

Congress Infinity – September 30th

  1. See President Infinity 1., 2., 4.-6.
  2. Updates to Senate 2018 and House 2018

Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. – October 15th

  1. See President Infinity 1., 2., 4.-6.
  2. Preferences added for Australia.

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada – October 30th (September 1st)

  1. Quebec 2018 official campaign added (will be released without game engine changes September 1st)
  2. See President Infinity 1., 2., 4.-6.
  3. Preferences added for Australia.

Feedback welcome!

Creating a sustainable financial model for the Infinity games – adding subscriptions

A huge amount of work has been put into updating the Infinity games (President, Congress, Prime Minister U.K. and Canada), but it isn’t sustainable without a better financial model to support that development. A better model will give a stable financial basis so we can continue to invest in the Infinity games and expand our investment beyond what we are doing now.

So, I am announcing we will be moving to a base product + subscription model. What does this mean for you?

For someone buying a game new, they get the game + 1 year of updates and customer support. After that, a person can choose to purchase a yearly subscription for $8. (If the subscription isn’t renewed, a person can renew later on but for an initial rate of $12, then $8 after that.)

The subscription covers updates and support for all the games you own, so if you own all 4, you get updates to all 4 for $8 a year.

If you already own the game, you will be grandfathered in for updates and customer support for a certain amount of time. You will be grandfathered for from 1 year if you just purchased to a minimum of 3 months for anyone who purchased more than 9 months ago.

This is effective May 27th, so anyone who purchased 9 or more months ago will have their updates and customer service period expire on August 27th, 2018. For everyone else, the date is 1 year from their original purchase date.

You can tell when your current updates + customer service will need to be renewed here (and clicking to get a redownload e-mail). You will be e-mailed before the renewal time to let you know, if you haven’t already added a subscription.

You can also add 1 year to your subscription term beforehand here so you don’t have to worry about it. (This will add 1 year after the point it is set to expire, so the new expiry date will become September 1st, 2019 if it’s set to expire September 1st, 2018).

Game development will move to an official release for each major product every 3 months or so. This is an estimate. So on a subscription, you can expect 4 official updates per year per product. The goals for upcoming releases will be stated clearly on the web-site, but these are goals and subject to revision.

Anthony Burgoyne, Lead Designer, 270soft

Q&A

Q. I already own the game. Does this mean I have to purchase it again?

A. No. If you are an owner, you only have to purchase a subscription ($8 per year) to continue receiving updates and customer service after your current term expires (August 27th, 2018 or later, depending on when you originally purchased).

Q. Will I be able to keep playing the game if I don’t get or renew a subscription?

A. Yes. You can keep playing the latest version available before your subscription expired.

Q. Can I unsubscribe?

A. Yes. At any time, if you added an auto-renewing subscription and don’t want your subscription to renew, simply contact us and we will cancel the subscription renewal for you.

Q. Are you promising 4 updates per year for each product?

A. No, but the goal is 4 updates for each of the Infinity games per year, roughly once every 3 months.

Q. I thought I would get updates until the end of the products’ life-times when I originally purchased. Isn’t this unfair?

A. The option here is between switching to a subscription model for the Infinity games, or to stop updating the games. Since the intent of subscriptions is to allow 270soft to significantly change the games, this new policy effectively starts new products that are more sustainable.

Q. Are you on Patreon?

A. No. Adding extra features for something like Patreon means more time spent not making the games better. If you want to support us more, the best way to do that is to give feedback, help with creating campaigns, and let other people know about the games!

Q. Will this change be able to cover improvements desired by the community, such as full-screen support and possibly mobile apps on iOS and Android down the road?

A. Yes, that’s a big part of doing this – to be able to continue updating the games. Full-screen support is something that might happen – mobile phones is more problematic, as it would probably require a complete redo of the user interface, but iOS and Android tablets are possible.

Congress and President Infinity Mac install files replaced due to problem with DMG files

Hi everyone,

Some Mac users were getting an error with the Congress Infinity and President Infinity install (DMG) files.

I have replaced those files with compressed (zipped) files, which are actually easier to use.

You can request a redownload from here

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

If anyone with a Mac has any further problems with the install files, please let me know.