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.

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 2.7.0, Windows

This is a minor update. It fixes several bugs, adds select region by search to the Research Screen, sets regions not on the ballot to gray on the Strategy Screen, and modifies regions starting on ballot for Libertarians and Greens in 2016.

You can download it by clicking the button below for Windows.

Note: Requires you already have the game installed.

Feedback welcome!

New since previous release

  • fixed McMullin bug > try to start 2016 in primaries with Evan McMullin on > user in region that uses ‘,’s for decimal point > error about ‘0.01 is not a valid floating point value’
  • 2016 > Libertarians > on ballot in Oklahoma, Michigan
  • 2016 > Greens > on ballot in Connecticut, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hamsphire, Wyoming, Kansas, Vermont
  • Research Screen > can select region by search
  • Strategy Screen > names of regions not on ballot are gray
  • save > fixed bug with save files that were too big
  • save > now only 1 save file associated with a save game, as opposed to 1 plus 1 for each candidate in the game
  • fixed bug > if canceled load game where program would freeze
  • fixed bug > if used too many CPs and playing 7 days per turn, would subtract from leader’s EPs each day instead of once per turn
  • Strategy Screen > fixed bug when ordering by Platform Distance where results not in order

Updated Players Info screen first look

The Players Info screen has been modified. Here you can see the work in progress.

The biggest change is that the personal and campaign attributes are all viewable at once.

The Veep toggle button is gone, replaced with a drop-down list that allows you to select personal attributes for either the Presidential or Vice-Presidential candidate.

The player’s party image is now displayed.

Finally, the highscore information has been moved to its own tab, and looks like this.

Update on the polling feature

The polling feature now works in conjunction with the Select Campaign Screen. Here is the July 1st, 2015 start for Republicans.

polls1

The starting %s were automatically calculated based on national poll data for the campaign, and the candidates were then sorted based on the %s. You can see that Bush is clinging to a one-point lead at this point.

Here’s Oct. 1st, 2015.

polls2

This was near the top of Fiorina’s ascent. You can see Bush is no longer in the top 4, and Carson is in second place.

Finally, the Jan. 1st, 2016 start, using (temporarily) the latest Reuters poll.

polls3

Again, the %s and ranking of the candidates were all done automatically. The manual ordering of candidates now only matters for the general election, or where there’s no polling data that has been inputted.

Nota bene to Ross Douthat, Florida isn’t an early primary state

Ross Douthat predicts (‘gingerly’) that Marco Rubio will be the Republican nominee. I don’t try to predict these things (I think it’s up to the candidates and their teams, and I don’t think anyone can really know the relevant variables at this point), but one interesting point in his article is

It’s also easier to imagine [Rubio] winning a national primary than it is to figure out which early state he’ll win: He’s a little too moderate for Iowa, a little too conservative for New Hampshire, perhaps not quite combative enough for South Carolina … and so he might end up in the Rudy Giuliani-esque position of banking on his native Florida.

One small problem. Florida is no longer an early primary state. Douthat seems to be thinking in terms of the 2012 (2008) primaries, where Florida was 4th.

This time, Florida is on March 15th, which would make it (currently, things are still in flux) tied for 27th on the Republican primary calendar.

If Rubio doesn’t win until Florida, but then somehow goes on to win the nomination, we might be looking at a convention nominating process. If you take Douthat to be implying Florida will be first and he won’t win another state on the same day, add another 4 states.

That would mean Rubio would have to win the nomination while losing Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Wyoming, Virginia, Vermont, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Iowa – 30 states, all before or simultaneous with his first win in Florida.

I think Rubio will have to look for an earlier win than that. If it’s not the first four (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada), then it would have to be one or more (and I think it would actually have to be multiple) on March 1st. That means one or more of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Considerable interest has focused on polling in Florida on the Republican side, but I think this is because it is the home state of two prominent candidates – Bush and Rubio. It’s not because it’s an early, decisive state. Florida is a big state, with lots of potential delegates, but even there it shares March 15th with other large states – in particular Ohio, which is also typically considered a battleground ‘must win’ state for Republicans in the general. So it’s not even clear if press coverage will be on who wins Florida the day of, unless Rubio and Bush both lose there. If Rubio can’t win there, I imagine people saying, where can he win?

Instead of Florida as the key state Rubio can win to begin an upward trajectory towards the nomination, my guess is that its importance lies in that a Florida loss would end Rubio’s candidacy. Put another way, my guess is that Rubio has to win Florida (or come a close second, perhaps) just to keep in the game, more or less the opposite of what Douthat is claiming.