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  1. Thanks. Yes, I did mean something on the strategy screen, but after looking at my post I realize what I meant is not clear at all. I'm talking about some kind of indicator of which party currently holds the seat on the strategy screen list. The same (or another) indicator could show whether an incumbent is running or it's an open seat. The text of the district's name (e.g., "AL-2") could be colored or you could add a blue filled dot for a Democratic incumbent, a blue open dot for an open seat that is being vacated by a Democrat and similar red dots for Republican-held seats. This is in addition to the current dots that show which party is ahead (which is of course more important). For example, at startup all we see on the strategy list for ID-1 is a lighter blue dot indicating that the race slightly favors the Democrat. With a few more pixels, the list could also show that it's a Republican held seat, and that the incumbent Republican is running for reelection. Same in reverse for LA-2. At the least, using a red or blue font to indicate party on the strategy list would show for AL-2, CA-4, LA-4, MD-1, OH-15 and VA-5 that those toss-up races are potential pickups for the Democrats, even if it doesn't distinguish between VA-5 (a Republican incumbent in a tight reelection) and the rest (open seats vacated by Republicans).
  2. I'm crashing in September also. And I'd like to second Taft's comment on sorting. I can understand putting the most important information at the top (which the current version accomplishes), but it winds up kind of jumbled using absolute values, and sorting from strong D through toss-up to strong R should be an option as well (even though finding the most important info will mean scrolling to the middle of the list). I'd add that being able to identify who currently holds the seat (whether it's an incumbent running for reelection or an open seat) could be helpful information too, so we can know how much is spent on offense vs. defense. Maybe an extra blue or red dot? Lastly, I'm having trouble figuring out how to raise money. $35 million is nothing to sneeze at, of course, but those ads are expensive. I know this is only a beta, and I've only even started two games, but it looks like a winner so far. It certainly seems to be as close to capturing the challenges of running one of the CC's as P4E is at capturing the challenges of running an individual campaign. I see great potential here.
  3. Could you send it to me at opossum1 at gmail.com, please?
  4. I'd say a candidate editor should be #1 right now. The 2008 scenario has been overtaken by events, and could use some tweaking. A candidate editor would give this game a lot more replayability. Other scenario editing tools would be great later on, but the basic candidate editor shouldn't wait for them.
  5. Sounds great! Could you send it to me? opossum1@gmail.com
  6. I don't have PM Forever, not even the demo -- but couldn't you set up an election with 33 or 34 ridings? Or one with 100 ridings, but 66 or 67 are uncontested? If so, I may just get PM Forever. 1986 and 1994 would be interesting scenarios.
  7. There weren't formal political parties, but there were plenty of real elections (Congressional and state). And something like an informal two-party system was beginning to take shape. "Confederates" were mainly former fire-eating Democrats, along with supporters of a stronger central government (including many from occupied and front-line areas). "Conservatives" were mainly former Whigs, along with supporters of states rights within the CSA. From a political standpoint, there wasn't much opposition to slavery in the CSA during the war (I mean among whites, that is). Not that there wasn't any (see Hinton Helper in NC, for example), but it was mostly quiet. Even the strongest pockets of anti-CSA sentiment (West Virginia, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina) weren't really abolitionist so much as against the power of the planter aristocracy in the flat parts of their states.
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