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Third Party Challenge!

Intro -

During my Playthroughs as a third party, I have always stumbled over 2 Problems 1 - Money, and 2 - No Fair Starts. I have attempted to do third parties because Democrat or Republican, both parties are not very fun (for me) if you play without a hard primary. So if I am playing in 2016 and want a hard game I go with Libertarian, Green, or Bloomberg. (My Best Results respectively) Anyways after destroying elections for Republicans and Democrats alike, I decided that we need a switch-up in the Presidency. We need a Ross Perot, a Gary Johnson, a John Anderson in The White House. So now this challenge is for those who love the game as much as me and want to see this happen in real life also (or not). So the rules of this challenge and how it works.

How it Works -

The basic goal of this challenge is to win with the 10 top most populous states (CA 55, TX 38, FL 29, NY 29, PA 20, IL 20, OH 18, GA 16, MI 16, NC 15, and NJ 14) If you can get more, go right ahead. The goal of this challenge is to get as close (or get) these 10 states to win exactly 270 Electoral Votes. Please remember to keep track of the states you carry, you amount of votes, and who you were running as. (Pictures encouraged) I will attempt to do a score keeping tally, just to see who can get closest to that 10 state perfect 270 number. Remember this is not a competition, so please do not get upset if you score lower than another competitor. I hope to see many people try this, and here are some guidelines to help you win fairly ;).

Rules/Guidelines -

  1. No Campaign Editing - I want to run this challenge as a fair and balanced game, to not only help improve skill, but to help the developers with third parties in the future.
  2. No Save Gaming - What this is, is when you autosave your game, then if you have a bad debate or just want your research to deploy you start over that turn to refurbish the next one. Now I am completely fine with this if you want to do it when playing the game for high scores or just for fun. But this is a special challenge so I'd like it to be auto refurbish free.
  3. Choose Candidates that would be well suited aganist each other in real life (General Only) - By this I mean don't have a really strong Republican vs. A really weak D. (or vice versa)
  4. Play For fun and don't get discouraged - Even if you don't win any states or even 1%, Just remember that those people that voted for you just made a Republican or Democrat cry a little bit inside.

‚ÄčScoring System -

The Scoring System is still being worked out, but here is it currently.

5 Points for every state (Out of 50), 2.5 for every popular vote percent (Out of 100) a max of 750.

Good Luck to all, and happy campaigning!


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5 Points for Every State, 2.5 Points for every Percentage Point you win. (The Score System is still being worked out, suggestions would be very helpful, I am adding the Scoreboard at the top)

20 for 4 States, 60 for 24%. 80/750.

A VT going Red? Wow, strange election, and good job for getting 1/4 of the Popular Vote good luck here and hope to see more of your campaigns!

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I can not figure out how to upload an image from my computer. I have about 50, but this website appears to require that I post the picture elsewhere online and then link to it. Way too much work. Add a feature to directly upload a picture and if I look back on the board I will do so.

19 states 95 points

34.3 percent of the vote 85.75 points

215 electoral votes

Total score: 395.75

Suggest adding factors for difficulty and start date. I used a primary start and it helps to do that. If someone else goes directly to election or plays on hard, they should have bonus. I would suggest plus 100 for skipping primaries and plus 100 more for hard. Other than the specific 3rd party candidate they add, I would subtract 100 points for every candidate change made; except to call it even if they add a single primary challenger from their party. I would also require not using a custom or edited candidate for the challenge as anyone could easily win every state with a custom candidate.

I did enjoy this challenge and may try again to win...if I had known what I did at the end of the game when I started, I think I would have managed to win. :-)

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