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On 9/19/2019 at 2:15 PM, admin_270 said:

@darkmoon72

Ya, it's pretty difficult to simulate. My view is the %s in the election results can be understood to include any recounts.

 I can understand that.

One semi-related feature though that used to be in the 2008/2012 game and I'd love to see make a comeback:  declaring/undeclaring states on election night.

Florida (for example) would be called for Republicans...but then that call would be revoked, and it would be a toss up again, and then maybe it would go democrat (or back to Republican).  That made election night more exciting.  

 

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5 minutes ago, Patine said:

You're trying to turn this entirely on me and avoid admitting any fault or responsibility in the matter at all or that your method of approaching game design is anything short of stellar and above reproach.

To be clear, not adding MMP to Infinity by this point is 100% my responsibility. I'm not trying to deflect responsibility at all. What I'm trying to do is explain to you why the decisions are being made as they are. In this case, we have the software equivalent of a massive meteor hurtling towards Earth that will wipe out 25% of the population.

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15 minutes ago, Actinguy said:

One semi-related feature though that used to be in the 2008/2012 game and I'd love to see make a comeback:  declaring/undeclaring states on election night.

Ya, I want to add this. It just hasn't quite made it up the to-do list to this point.

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1 hour ago, Actinguy said:

Seconded.  I'd propose that time be August of the year before the election.  

This election (2020), the last person to throw their hat in was I think Steyer was the last to declare for the Democrats, and that was in July.  The last candidate to declare and poll at 5% or better right now was Biden back in late April -- who entered the race already as a known entity.  The latest an unknown entity was able to declare and still reach at least 5% was Pete Buttigieg in March.

I think an August cut-off is more than fair -- anyone who would be joining the real world election at this point in September would just be a laughing stock.

It can be different from campaign to campaign.  When McGovern declared in January of 1971 for the 1972 election it was seen as comically early, and he was the only declared Democrat for almost a year.

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23 hours ago, pilight said:

It can be different from campaign to campaign.  When McGovern declared in January of 1971 for the 1972 election it was seen as comically early, and he was the only declared Democrat for almost a year.

I think the primary schedule being pushed back earlier and earlier is largely due to the need for fundraising in the United States.  Unless we have some drastic changes (like public financing of campaigns), I don't see this trend improving any time soon. 

Even Bill Clinton didn't formally announce his bid until October 1991, which of course would be way too late to declare these days - in fact Cory Booker's campaign just announced he may drop out by this October if he doesn't improve his fundraising numbers.  I think this also speaks to Steyer's late entry this year - he's a billionaire and can largely underwrite his own campaign.

In real life, I'd much prefer the shorter campaigns of yesteryear.  No matter what side you're on or whom you support, I don't think the near-perpetual campaigning we have in the US is doing anyone any good.

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Are there any plans to have leadership elections for the PMI games? 

I do like the "What if?"-type situations where I play a historical campaign as a different leader, but I'd feel more satisfaction if I actually earned the right to play as a different leader, much like President Infinity's primary campaigns.

I do realize the Westminster leadership election schedule is very different from US primaries, and that typically there are several years between a leadership election and the federal election itself.  Perhaps the game could "fast forward" to the election itself once a leader is decided?

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21 minutes ago, RI Democrat said:

I'd like some way of filtering seats by margin and/or a click-and-drag feature so that I don't have to click the mouse, say, 150 times to turn an ad on in 150 different political units.

PM4E and K4E actually target ads by political region ON THE MAP - regardless of the number of constituencies in the political region. PMI and CI need ads targeted by each and every individual constituency or electoral district. Wouldn't a player having a choice between the two schemes in a given game on a case by case basis save a lot of headache?

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12 hours ago, Patine said:

PM4E and K4E actually target ads by political region ON THE MAP - regardless of the number of constituencies in the political region. PMI and CI need ads targeted by each and every individual constituency or electoral district. Wouldn't a player having a choice between the two schemes in a given game on a case by case basis save a lot of headache?

Maybe, though the disadvantage of the PM4E/K4E system is that you waste money on running ads in constituencies that aren't competitive. The ideal would be that you could just filter the list like you can on Excel, so that you could pull up, for example, all constituencies polling at 5% or closer and turn on an ad for them in one click rather than having to click each of them individually. Or, for that matter, if there was something like the old Congress Forever "watchlist" that allowed you to filter your key seats without necessarily investing the CP and cash necessary for targeting, then you could use the watchlist to filter for the purpose of running ads.

(I don't know about everyone else, but in countries with a lot of seats like Canada and the UK, I don't find it practical to try to turn on targeting in every seat where I'm running ads.)

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16 hours ago, RI Democrat said:

I'd like some way of filtering seats by margin and/or a click-and-drag feature so that I don't have to click the mouse, say, 150 times to turn an ad on in 150 different political units.

Ya, good idea. We'll see.

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On 9/21/2019 at 1:08 PM, darkmoon72 said:

Are there any plans to have leadership elections for the PMI games?

Ya, it's just a very different sort of system. I agree this would be fun - perhaps have a primaries period for the game and then fast-forward to the general election once a leader wins, resetting various things.

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On 9/20/2019 at 2:40 PM, Actinguy said:

 I can understand that.

One semi-related feature though that used to be in the 2008/2012 game and I'd love to see make a comeback:  declaring/undeclaring states on election night.

Florida (for example) would be called for Republicans...but then that call would be revoked, and it would be a toss up again, and then maybe it would go democrat (or back to Republican).  That made election night more exciting.  

 

Seconded.  I'm a huge fan of the election night simulation that P4E 2008 had.  Lopsided states would be called right away, closer races wouldn't be called until the last moment, there was the cheering crowd noise and even the check mark once a winner was declared - and I always loved seeing the "We are taking back our call!" announcement.

I also liked that the votes swung back and forth by relatively small margins in the 2008 game, giving the closer races a nail-biter feel.  In President Infinity, the races swing by huge margins - usually 10%+ at a time - so I have no idea how the closer races are going, since the percentages flip so much every time the game updates the election night totals.  I used to like watching the closer races and seeing them teeter between 51%/49% margins in either direction.

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A few minor things came to mind.  My apologies if these have already been posted or implemented and I missed it.

 

-An option to have a region's color reflect the number of seats won, instead of popular vote (Congress Infinity & PMI).  I can win regions by 8/7 majorities and it will still show my opponent's color, just because they won the popular vote.  It would be nice to be able to change that.

-A separate color - or split colors - for tie votes in a particular region.  Right now the game seems to just pick randomly between the top two.

-A description of the size of majority in Congress and PMI games.  When I play it now, it doesn't distinguish between a +1 majority or a +300 majority, every week I still get the same "Majority" headline in Congress or Parliament.  Would be nice to see "razor-thin", "solid", "huge", etc., before "Majority" headlines, depending on the number or percentage of seats.  Maybe even "supermajority" or "working majority", if possible.  It's kind of like how President Infinity distinguishes between "Ahead in Polls" and "Commanding Lead in Polls", just implementing the same idea for the legislative games.

-The option for abstentation.  PMI doesn't account for Sinn Féin refusing to take their seats in Parliament.  It may sound counterintuitive, but I'd like the game to account for candidates not ascending to the office after their election.

-More than one occurrence of the headline for "Out of Funds!", "In Collapse!", "Momentum!" "Negative momentum", and "Big Mo'!".  I've noticed no matter the situation, these headlines only seem to occur once in a given campaign, and never again.

-For President Infinity, local polls that can generate headlines would be a nice feature (Iowa, NH, etc.), in addition to the national weekly polls that show up in the headlines.  I've noticed in real life primaries and general presidential elections, a local state's poll will sometimes make the news.

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One thing I noticed, exclusive to the Prime Minister games.

It's almost impossible for me to form coalitions or confidence-and-supply agreements with other parties if nobody gets a majority.  15 PIPs hardly move the needle at all when I'm trying to negotiate with another party.  The one exception seems to be the two Israel scenarios, because I have 150 PIPs to give to any potential allies.  I've even tried playing nice with minor parties, so we have better relations with each other.  It doesn't seem to matter.  Usually I can offer all my PIPs and I can't even get out of the negative percentages.

If it was easier to form coalitions, I'd enjoy the post-election horse trading a lot more.  Maybe the starting percentages could be closer to 0% instead of -100%.  Maybe 1 PIP would help more than just 5% or so, or maybe every candidate could just start out with more PIPs to use.  I'm not sure which of these would be the easiest to implement, I just feel like forming coalitions is a little too tough in these games, except the Israel scenarios.

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2 minutes ago, darkmoon72 said:

One thing I noticed, exclusive to the Prime Minister games.

It's almost impossible for me to form coalitions or confidence-and-supply agreements with other parties if nobody gets a majority.  15 PIPs hardly move the needle at all when I'm trying to negotiate with another party.  The one exception seems to be the two Israel scenarios, because I have 150 PIPs to give to any potential allies.  I've even tried playing nice with minor parties, so we have better relations with each other.  It doesn't seem to matter.  Usually I can offer all my PIPs and I can't even get out of the negative percentages.

If it was easier to form coalitions, I'd enjoy the post-election horse trading a lot more.  Maybe the starting percentages could be closer to 0% instead of -100%.  Maybe 1 PIP would help more than just 5% or so, or maybe every candidate could just start out with more PIPs to use.  I'm not sure which of these would be the easiest to implement, I just feel like forming coalitions is a little too tough in these games, except the Israel scenarios.

Strangely, the earlier PM4E and K4E games were a lot more workable in this particular way, and PMI has made a definite step down in this regard.

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Two, in my opinion much needed, quality of life improvements I'd like to see for ads:

  1. The ability to filter out areas where a national/regional ad has been run the maximum amount of times. If I can filter out non-targeted seats, why can't I filter out seats where they're no longer eligible to be run? Aren't those unnecessary at this point? This is particularly important in PMI, where the constituency names and region names can be quite long, forcing the "(ad run max. times)" straight off the screen. There's no other visual indicator of them being maxed out, either, so in these cases you have absolutely no way of knowing that until you manually click it. Frustrating! (See attached screenshot; #10, Tweedale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, has had the selected ad run the maximum number of times, but you can't tell from the overview.)
  2. The ability to click and drag to select which seats to run ads in. Instead of clicking every single one on the screen manually and individually, I click the top one and drag down, and the ad is selected to run in every constituency that the mouse is dragged over. Would make mass-selecting seats SIGNIFICANTLY faster: think 1, maybe 2 seconds, instead of upwards of 5, per page of constituencies listed. That's a significant amount of time saved per run through.

These two features in conjunction with the sorting tools would make things much easier & quicker, and so much less tedious. I think it's genuinely possible that it can take upwards of 15 minutes to sort out ads right now for a single run, and that's just not a very enjoyable experience. With the Presidential edition, where state-targeted ads are a lot more common, it's okay and manageable, but in PMI, where there are literally 650 constituencies? The screen is pretty unwieldy and frustrating to use.

Cheers!

(P.S., I see now that I've written it that someone else has had the click-and-drag idea on this very page. Whoops! Still, I think it's a point worth repeating; if nothing else, to register my concurrence.)

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For President Infinity: Have you considered making a primary season based around popular vote possible, and for there to be an option for a runoff? And on the topic of two rounds, if I remember right awhile back you were working on it but ended up having to postpone it due to technical difficulties. Has there been anymore progress on that? Assuming I'm remembering correctly of course and not mixing it up with something else or just straight up imagining it, apologies if either of those is the case. I have to say those two things (popular vote primaries and runoffs/two rounds) are my most wanted features for this game. I believe it would make campaigns like French presidential elections, senate and gubernatorial races much closer to real life. The game is already near perfect but that stuff would just be icing on the cake for my personal experience, and for some campaigns I'm tinkering with.

Great work on the game by the way. This is easily the best election simulator out there right now and I admire the hard work put into it. Always look forward to hearing how you've improved it! :)

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@Nulla Lex Ink.

Thanks for the feedback!

Direct pop. vote has been implemented for the general election. Two-rounds has not been implemented yet - I missed the French Presidential election, which is what that was for. However, it should be relatively straightforward to implement now that direct pop. vote and Favorability have been implemented.

These sorts of features are on hold while the port to a new tool-chain is in progress. Port should be completed in a few months, then new features will be considered.

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21 hours ago, admin_270 said:

@Nulla Lex Ink.

Thanks for the feedback!

Direct pop. vote has been implemented for the general election. Two-rounds has not been implemented yet - I missed the French Presidential election, which is what that was for. However, it should be relatively straightforward to implement now that direct pop. vote and Favorability have been implemented.

These sorts of features are on hold while the port to a new tool-chain is in progress. Port should be completed in a few months, then new features will be considered.

Awesome news! I love to run the presidential elections with the popular vote, and then take the top two finishers and run another game. That's great, but being able to do runoff primaries and a two round general in one game would be a nice, complete experience and I love to hear that it's in the cards :) Keep up the good work man!

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Awesome! Among other things, the main things I would love to see after you retool are:

France/Louisiana/California style modifiable two-round voting with adjustable threshold (in some states runoff requirements are 50, some are 35, etc)

Direct PV for primaries (calculating proportional delegates is very very cumbersome)

Networked play (I would love to play others on this forum)

Linking parameters for scenarios to Excel/csv files that are much more easily editable for modders (trying to edit 95 counties in Tennessee, or 159 in Georgia, was a LOT of work, and the current xml files are editable, but would be even easier to manipulate in Excel)

 

Either way, keep up the great work man, I found this game a few months ago and now am hooked!

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10 hours ago, mahlerman2000 said:

Networked play (I would love to play others on this forum)

Linking parameters for scenarios to Excel/csv files that are much more easily editable for modders (trying to edit 95 counties in Tennessee, or 159 in Georgia, was a LOT of work, and the current xml files are editable, but would be even easier to manipulate in Excel)

Yes, networked play is a top priority once the port to a new tool chain is completed.

Having a way to import from a spreadsheet is a good idea - it would make it easier for certain people to input, and also make collaboration easier. We'll see.

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5 minutes ago, LoggingOut said:

Will you introduce another electoral system outside the first-past-the-post in the future?

Not in the near future. Focused on 2020. At some point maybe some kind of MMP.

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