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I'll start with the compliments. Just to see how it would play out, I space barred through a game with Katter, and I thought the game did a great job of simulating the election. Once the PUP and independents are added, I think this is going to be a very good simulation of the election. Also, this engine seems to handle preferences far better than the previous engine did. On the old engine, there seemed to be "leftover" votes that didn't go all the way through the preferences, but that doesn't seem to be the case now.

Now for the questions: First, while as I noted, the preferences work a lot better on this engine, I noticed something peculiar. In Kennedy and Denison, the top 2 parties had combined vote totals that equalled the total number of votes, and their percentages added up to 100%, but there was still a third party listed. For example, in Kennedy, there were 86 thousand some odd votes, and the KAP and Liberal vote totals added up to that number. The KAP had 59.5% and the Liberals had 49.5%, and yet Labor was still listed with 2,000 some votes and 3.2%, so that seemed odd. Is that something that is still being worked on?

Next question: Some of the issues in the game don't seem appropriate for the 2013 campaign, or even the 2010 campaign in some instances. An example would be that WorkChoices is an issue even though it was repealed in 2007 and the Coalition basically admitted that it overreached, and would thus not be something they would bring back. Are new issues still to come?

Overall, I think this is an outstanding effort by your team and a great game. It's a big improvement on the previous version, and questions aside, I don't really have any complaints. Keep up the good work!

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WorkChoices should be replaced with "Industrial relations", and the stances edited to reflect "we need industrial relations reform" (on the right) to "things are fine the way they are" (around the centre) to something else for the left.

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I'll also suggest that the Carbon and Mining taxes be issues, and possibly privatisation (I think I used the accepted spelling in Australia), since that - or, more accurately, opposition to that - was such a big issue for Katter's party.

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I'll also suggest that the Carbon and Mining taxes be issues, and possibly privatisation (I think I used the accepted spelling in Australia), since that - or, more accurately, opposition to that - was such a big issue for Katter's party.

Yeah definitely. State governments (both Labor and the Libs) have been privatising things for years. The mining tax as an issue has died down a lot, but it should still be up there, albeit as a low issue that no one really cares about, and the carbon tax should be relatively high, though I think a lot of the hate for it has died down.

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@ScottM,

Thanks for this feedback!

You have mentioned the #1 and #2 things on the to-do list as it is right now, and they should be finished for the next update (today or tomorrow) or next week's, depending on whether any bugs are encountered and so on.

I waited until finishing the issue editing capability in the Editor before starting on updating the 2013 issues. They should be significantly changed in the upcoming update or the one after that.

Thanks again!

@Alfonzo and ScottM re: issues,

Feedback noted.

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I used the campaign editor to make a copy of the 2013 scenario in order to modify it to create a 2010 scenario and ran into a problem. I tried to delete Kevin Rudd so that Julia Gillard would be the Labor leader and I got an access violation error. Is this something that will be corrected as the editor is updated?

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I decided to try again after posting that, and this time although it still gave me the access violation error, it seems to have worked. I'm not sure what the deal with the error message is.

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I haven't played all the way through yet, but the issue profiles seem to be rewritten with a lot more detail, which is something I appreciate as a non-Australian who doesn't always know the details. However, should Rudd's asylum seeker policy really be considered "center-left," given that some on the left have criticized Labor as moving to the right on this issue? Also, this is an open question on my part, but is Clive Palmer really to the right of the Liberals?

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Palmer is certainly further right on certain issues. For example on the carbon tax, he's not only putting for repeal, but he wants refunds given for the taxes paid. Off interest there is that he owes a large carbon tax bill himself if I'm not mistaken.

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"should Rudd's asylum seeker policy really be considered "center-left," given that some on the left have criticized Labor as moving to the right on this issue"

My sense is that the Labor party position was further from the center than the Liberal one pre-Rudd. However, Rudd did move to the right after taking the reins from Gillard. My sense from what I've read and seen is that Rudd's new position wasn't the center, as Australians are really fed up with the situation. Feedback (and hard data) welcome on this.

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I just have the free-trail right now, so pardon my lack of knowledge on the actual game. I'm just waiting for a scholarship to go through so I have the extra cash.

In the full version can you create a candidate and/or party?

Is there anything to the debates besides adding points to your debate and knowledge?

Is there a way to change the starting percentages at the start of the primary process?

Thanks in advance!

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@Rcon14,

1. Yes, a Campaign Editor comes with President Forever 2016 which allows you to edit or create candidates and parties.

2. Yes, you can focus on who to attack (or boast about your own achievements) in the debates.

3. Yes, the Campaign Editor allows for editing starting percentages in the primaries.

Hope this helps!

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@Rcon14,

1. Yes, a Campaign Editor comes with President Forever 2016 which allows you to edit or create candidates and parties.

2. Yes, you can focus on who to attack (or boast about your own achievements) in the debates.

3. Yes, the Campaign Editor allows for editing starting percentages in the primaries.

Hope this helps!

Thanks! I'm guessing there's no direct debating going on, but rather just a simulation based on a range of outcomes from a formula?

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@Rcon14,

Yes, the debate is represented from the perspective of a campaign manager (prep., what to focus on), instead of a "round-by-round" kind of debate model.

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@Rcon14,

Yes, the debate is represented from the perspective of a campaign manager (prep., what to focus on), instead of a "round-by-round" kind of debate model.

Okay, thanks! It'd be really awesome if the game could incorporate something like that, though I understand how difficult it would be to make a debate experience that is on par in quality with the rest of the game since it's very fluid.

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When I create a party how do I add current players to that party and remove them from their current party?

I'm trying to set up a race where there are multiple parties by dividing up the two big parties into smaller ones. For instance, I have a Liberty Republican party consisting of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz like players and a Progressive Republican party. I also split the Democrat party up into Socialist party and Modern Liberal party, but I don't know how to move players around.

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