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    The congress gets to decide any election that is tied (or if it's a three- or four-way race, where no-one gets a clear majority). Basically there's nothing you can do if this happens. The program knows which party controls congress, and they give the presidency to their party. If that's you, you win. If it isn't, you lose.
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    It's barrel-full-of-monkeys fun, to the point that I don't mind the scandalously low royalty cheques. Most of the time This one is called "Brave New Worlds", an attempt to do 50s and 60s style "serious" space opera (like the Larry Niven "Known Space" stories), for d20 and updated to what we know about science now. Kind of like what Allen Steele and Jack McDevitt are doing in written SF, only for role-playing games. Or if you played the old Traveller or the somewhat-less-old 2300AD, like that only for the year 2004 instead of 1978 and 1988 respectively. Small universe (just fifteen human worlds so far, though there are other species exploring the stars further out), fairly tame advanced technology (comparable what you see in the Alien series of movies), and a lot of political intrigue as the world powers in 2104 scramble into space and maneuver for advantage -- none of this "United Earth" and world peace junk for me, thanks! There's some basic setting documents on my website (Antares Station) for people to download, though there's going to be a proper twenty-page promotional freebie up there in a few weeks -- what's there now is just some rough sketches from the beginning of the project a few months back.
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    I've spent the last week tying up loose ends on an SF role-playing game setting. I've done it before for Steve Jackson Games, but this is my first attempt at going solo for publication. With any luck it should be going out to beta test by the end of this weekend, and be published before the new year.
  4. Huzzah! I've been waiting for this one. Now to take Fremont and see it I can't precipitate the American Civil War four years early
  5. Doing that gets you the whole screen, though. You get the desktop and stuff; with ALT, you just get the active window, so you don't have to cut out the unimportant stuff in your paint program.
  6. Ah, so you're responsible for many of the scenarios, I see! Thanks very much for that. I find the 2004 scenario too depressing, so having all these historical elections to play makes the game much more fun.
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    1860, Bell

    Thanks, folks. I'll keep posting them as I come up with interesting results to discuss. 1912 next, maybe?
  8. No need for any special software, assuming you are using Windows and not an emulator on some odd OS. Press Alt-PrtScr and then open up Paintbrush or any other image editing application you might have. Select Paste, and a copy of the active window (presumably your game screen) will be dropped into the image editor. Now just save it.
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    1860, Bell

    1860 was the election when the Republicans and Abe Lincoln broke through against a fractured Democratic Party (Northern Democrat, Stephen Douglas/Southern Democrat, John C. Breckenridge). The Whigs/Know-Nothings also ran as the Constitutional Union Party with John Bell as their candidate. I ran as Bell. Real World: Lincoln: 39.8%, 180 electoral votes, 19 states Douglas: 29.5%, 12 electoral votes, 2 states Breckenridge: 18.1%, 72 electoral votes, 9 states Bell: 12.6%, 39 electoral votes 3 states (Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee) In the game it turned out this way: Lincoln didn't win quite so handily, but still won with a majority of the electoral college. Unsurprisingly, he's a juggernaut between his solid base in the north and his skills as a politician. He smashed everyone in the debates, for one. With Bell I generally wrecked Breckenridge's day, pushing down into the deep south and basically flipping his college count with mine (as well as siphoning a few votes off of Lincoln in the "southern North", but not enough). I won 9 states and the second most number of electoral votes, 90. Historically, this might have meant a three-party system in the US from 1864 on, as in the real world the Whigs (pardon, "Constitutional Union Party") evaporated; here they put on a decent showing. With only 45 electoral votes total, it's possible the Democrats may have been the ones to disappear My general strategy was to hammer Breckenridge while trying to support Douglas sufficiently that he kept Lincoln from an absolute majority in the college. Part one of the plan worked, but part two didn't. This is despite two strong attack ads by me on Lincoln, and a +9 scandal (instigated by someone else) at one point against Old Beardy. Lincoln does seem teflon-covered. Notes: Despite the plethora of candidates, there's not a lot of room to maneuver in this election. Every state is immensely polarized except for the southern ones where Bell and Breckenridge are able to grab back and forth from each other. You could probably play Douglas well enough to be a spoiler, but an outright win for anyone other than Lincoln seems unlikely. The warped logic of winning crushingly in states: note that I had the lowest popular vote of any of the four candidates, but still managed to do better in the college than anyone except Lincoln. Breckenridge had a ridiculous margin in Texas and won handily in his other victorious states, while I was usually coming in no better than +5 when I won. So he had the ballots but I had the electors. On the other hand, Douglas kept losing to Lincoln by fractions, so that he somehow managed to get just 900,000 fewer votes than Lincoln and not even a tenth his electoral college votes. Ouch. Amazingly this is slightly better than he did in the real world (Lincoln actually took Maine, California and Oregon, while Douglas got New Jersey in return and won Missouri instead of Bell). Would the Civil War happened under these circumstances? Damfino. I would guess some of the border states like Tennessee wouldn't have seceded. I note that the first one to go in real life, South Carolina, voted for the compromise candidate Bell in the game, 53% to 40%. Would they have started the dominoes falling under these circumstances?
  10. Davis, and so yes I did. Coolidge won it in real life.
  11. I'm playing the fun elections in the US, of course. Straight two-party battles are kind of boring. This morning, it was me as Bob LaFollette in 1924. Real World Results: Calvin Coolidge: 15,725,016 (382) John Davis: 8,386,503 (136) LaFollette: 4,822,856 (13, Wisconsin only state won) In the game: LaFollette increased his electoral vote by more than 3 times, and took six states. As you can see in the box at the right, he came pretty close to major coup, taking California. Idaho was also quite close. His romp through Coolidge's territory, coupled with two serious scandals on J. Calvin, were enough to act as the spoiler in the election. Davis won the most electoral votes (just barely), but no-one had a majority. So, of course, the election went back to the House and Davis was named president. Notes: Why are Eugene Debs and the Socialists in this year? I did some checking and the Socialists didn't run anyone in '24. There was a Socialist Labor party, but they had actually run independently of Debs in 1920 and were very minor anyway (38,958 votes total, about 2% of what Debs got in this game); their candidates were Frank Johns and Verne Reynolds. I think I'll run this one again at some point with Debs turned off. The popular vote is also astonishing. Coolidge is way ahead, but somehow managed to lose out to Davis in the college. I'd have to figure if this had actually happened, there'd be a major call for reform to direct voting. Nice hair, Bob.
  12. On the other hand, from 1905-1914, Russia was growing faster economically than it did during most of the communist era. It's at least possible that it would have done better than the USSR given a longer lease on life. Russia seemed destined to become a superpower almost no matter what -- certainly the commentators of the 19th century thought so, constantly pointing to it and the United States as the future.
  13. Hmmm, so that second strategy worked pretty well. The NDP won Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Yukon, and came first in the popular vote in BC (though lost to Harper 20-13 in seats). 39 seats in all. Martin had 118 seats, so we were probably the swing in this imaginary parliament. Getting there!
  14. I'll just chime in and say that, however it was done, I'd be really interested in this. A lot of countries are going through a lot of political upheaval right now (reformed Labour in Britain, the wipeout and possible return of the Conservatives in Canada via Reform, the apparently growing power of the Lib-Dems and Greens in the UK and Canada respectively). Having, say, five linked elections that let you try to come from nothing to a strong voice would be really interesting. I'd be particularly interested in being able to start a new party altogether and try to turn it into something. Among other things I've had this hankering to build a "Block Ontario" on the BQ model and see what would happen
  15. I've already solved problem one by making a new candidate -- Gerard Kennedy -- who comes out of the box somewhat less leftist than Jack Layton. No flip-flopping, in other words. It's the basic premise of my playing this: "What if the NDP dropped the economic socialism while keeping the social justice aspects of their platform?" I'll give that second strategy a try, though. I was thinking the opposite: pour everything into Ontario and ignore everyone else (because I seem to be so close to a 40 seat breakthrough there), but your suggestion would be an interesting shift in the opposite direction just to see what happens. My only concern is that there's not enough seats unless I get everybody in BC.
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