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  1. I'd thought of that one, since such a feature is implemented in PM4E - not all parties have candidates in every riding so I don't see why some candidates cannot be absent from the ballot in certain states in P4E. Tony, I am very curious to know whether, with regard to primaries and creating scenarios, you will have to set a starting poll number for every candidate in every party for each individual state, or whether you set one general bunch of starting percentages for each candidate in the U.S as a whole. Personally I'd prefer the former. If that issue has not been decided upon and not imple
  2. I'm not sure how that could work. I would rather 80soft only included 2004 or 2008 in the game, so as to give the rest of us the chance to do the past scenarios. Even if they do include historical scenarios I doubt they will chose 1968 since they have chosen other elections in past editions. In any case, I can't imagine them including in the program a facility for having a certain candidate assassinated during the primaries. What would you do, have a 'gets assasinated' option in the candidate editor? I suppose in the case of 1968, I would rather see Kennedy included in the primaries so he can
  3. I think if you use your imagination you could find 7 positions for most issues. Of course it could be difficult with some but with many issues I'd like to have the option of 7 issue positions to allow for better realism and more difference between the candidates. Taft is right, tax policy is one. Right now it tends to be raise tax for everyone-raise tax for the rich-leave tax as it is-cut tax for everyone-cut tax for the rich. In reality, a candidates position on taxes is a lot more complicated. Actually I'm more concerned about having more actual issues than issue positions. Often I've had
  4. Thanks for the reply Tony. Like Taft says, I guess you could have more nuanced versions of the same position. In the case of Same Sex Marriage, I guess you could have, for example: Far Left: Same Sex marriage is a constitutional right Left: Same Sex Marriage, even if not in name Centre-Left: Introduce civil unions, consider introducing same sex marriage Centrist: Same Sex Marriage is a state issue Centre-Right: Marriage is between a man and a woman Right: We need a federal amendment banning any form of same-sex union Far-Right: Homosexuals need to be treated for their condition With
  5. I think you can get by with 4 parties in the US but ideally there should be more, perhaps eight. (16 is fine, but I can't see how you would use 16 parties except in entirely fictional scenarios). The reason I say that is that while in most US elections there has only really been a maximum of 3 serious candidates for election (and most often of course only 2), third-party candidates can make a difference to the outcome of elections by taking votes off the major candidates in key states and if you want the scenario to be realistic, then this is important (and you can always turn third-party cand
  6. Anyone know of a website online with detailed information about US primary results going back maybe to the 50s or 60s (or later if that's all that's available)? I know there is a site with the basic results - ie. who won what state's primary - but I am looking for a site with detailed results, such as percentages for each candidate. I've tried searching on the web, but haven't come up with anything except sites dealing with a few individual states such as New Hampshire. If anyone knows of any such site, I'd be grateful to hear about it. Cheers.
  7. Whatver values you type in for starting percertages are used by the computer as a rough guide to some extent, they don't show up as the exact figures you type in. It can depend on how far from the centre politically your candidate is - for instance if you have a very left wing candidate they will most likely lose some percentage points at the start of the game, especially in states that have tend centre-right or right-wing tendencies if your using regionalism. Regardless, the computer will re-organise the percentages for the start of the game only using yours as a guide, even if your candidate
  8. I didn't know that. I don't suppose Canadians would be as familiar with U.K newspapers either, so I'll still let them off!
  9. It can be excused sure, especially since 80-soft are American and obviously would not be as familar with British newspapers as we would be, I'm just curious to know whether it's a mistake or deliberate.
  10. I know the Express had backed Labour, but that's no excuse for listing them as 'left-wing', the Sun supports Labour as well!
  11. Just as a matter of interest, how come The Daily Express is listed as a 'left-wing tabloid' in PM4E? The Daily Express is quite right-wing and competes mainly with the Daily Mail for readers. At best, you could call it centre-right. Was this a mistake or a deliberate attempt to balance out the preponderance of Tory-supporting newspapers in real life? I only noticed because I am working on scenarios and was surprised to find the Daily Express listed as left-wing in the endorsers file.
  12. It's not the wrong flags for the regions that is the problem (that's irrelevant to anything that happens in the game), but some of the regional values for issues seem a little strange, left-wing or right-wing postitions on some issues that don't really fit the political trends of the region in question, which could give much more unrealistic results.
  13. If you run as the Tories on a centrist platform you have an excellent chance of winning. I tried it myself and won the election, but only just. It's not that implausible that the Tories could run on a centrist platform under a more moderate leader, provided it's not too centrist and does have some centre-right policies.
  14. Cheers, I actually did that last night and managed to find a demo to download. It's OK, I kind of enjoyed playing it but there dosen't appear to be enough going on and there is not enough realism in regard to how the political system in the UK works. The tax options are very limited, income tax is just up and down, no tax bands so you can higher it for the rich and cut it for the middle class for instance. Foreign Policy is way too limited, you can't alter relations with different countries and so on. There should be a little more detail and way more options for policies you can implement and
  15. Some ideas for game features I'd like to see (I may think of more later), nothing drastic but a few things I think would improve the game: 1. More Election Themes you can chose to highlight (most parties chose more than just three themes to highlight in an election campaign) and also be informed which Election Themes the other parties are highlighting and what they are mainly attacking you on (although you can sometimes deduce this from the news headlines). 2. Divide the UK into modern Counties, or at least smaller regions, as some people on here are having a go at, so as to help make issue
  16. Any links to a demo or download?
  17. That's just silly. PM4E is a great game, but it can come out with these ridicoulous results. Obviously there is no way the Tories would only win one seat and the Lib Dems winning 447 is a little implausible to say the least! What did Kennedy do, offer to abolish all taxation?
  18. Mark B

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    Good point regarding the Lib Dems. It is true however that Portillo was no liberal prior to the '97 election, he was one of the most ardent Thatcherites and seen as being one of the most prominent right-wing Tories. He became liberal and a major advocate for moderation afterwards, perhaps because of what he percieved to be the reasons for the heavy deafeat to Labour. Helsetine was perhaps the most prominent moderate and fairly liberal Tory and a very plausible Prime Ministerial candidate. On the opposite wing, Thatcherite John Redwood challenged Major in '95 so you could have him as an alterna
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    1997 was obviously a landslide and the poll numbers at the beginning were predicting an even bigger Labour victory. However, it would be interesting to try and pull off the miracle and return Major to power (I remember at the time reading Major required the biggest swing during a British election campaign in history if he was to return to office). Alternatively, it could be interesting to try and win as Labour on a more traditional Labour platform rather than as 'New Labour'. I prefer scenarios to have a choice of alternative candidates and perhaps you could include John Smith, the Labour lead
  20. Actually I've discovered I have the same problem, it won't display the high scores and gives me an error message. I downloaded the patch but there is some problem with it, I may download it again. In any case, maybe they will bring out a patch that actually fixes this problem at some point...
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    Hi dr abc, I have the same problem, I'm snowed under with work for uni for about the next two weeks. After that, I will able to concentrate on doing some scenarios. I've done some of a 1979 scenario already. Certainly the idea of collaborating on scenarios sounds good to me, as a second opinion (or more) is very helpful. I don't have much problem finding out any data on party leaders, candidates in individual ridings and political trends for elections as there is a website which gives very detalied info on all this for all UK elections. But with regard to events, issues, which minor parties
  22. Mark B

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    I downloaded P4E a number of months back and was well impressed, and I'm delighted with the new PM4E for the UK. Great level of detail, the only problems I have are with the occasional wildly improbable election result (in one game I played as the Lib Dems the Tories only won 9 seats! Er, this would never happen...) and the Election Night which seems a little bit of a let-down, but I don't see any other way of doing it other than announcing the result of each seat seperately which would probably be very tiresome. The game does seem much harder than P4E. In any case, I think it would be great
  23. There is a patch you can download which should fix any errors.
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