This post will keep track of changes to the upcoming version of Congress Infinity v. Amundsen – Test Release – 1.7.8, and includes an estimated release date for it (as with any estimate, this can change).
Est. release date: Saturday, November 15th.
Changes so far (this list will be updated as changes are implemented on this side, these changes will not be available until the version is released):
- Theme Screen > view all players > changed names
- Platform Screen > now shows issue positions (ex. ‘Center-Right’, ‘Center-Left’, and so on)
- Campaign Editor > added initial Regions Screen
- Added Senate 2016
- Election Night > there is now an ‘x-‘ before an incumbent candidate’s name
- Election Night, Strategy Screen, Electoral Info Screen > there is now a ‘y-‘ before a candidate’s name if there’s no incumbent but they are from the incumbent party
- Election Night > a candidate in the table on the right side now takes up two lines to allow more room for name
- Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing
- Senate 2014 > updated state populations to Census Bureau estimates (July 1, 2012)
- Senate 2014 > updated state eligible voters
- Senate 2014 > modified turnout percentage
19 thoughts on “Upcoming Congress Infinity – Version Amundsen – Test Release – 1.7.8”
Is there a way of making the game harder? So far I’ve played it at least twice on “hard” and I’ve won handily both times.
Added Senate 2016.
The AI will most likely continue to be improved, which will make computer players even more competitive.
@anthony Senate 2016? Interesting.
Not sure if I would have Mitch McConnell as a campaign surrogate in Senate 2014. He had his own campaign to worry about and I doubt he would be barnstorming every other state except his!
I also think on Election night we need a * that tells us who the incumbent is (if there is one). I think the color box is a great addition.
@Erik re McConnell,
This is a good point. He’s primarily in there for his spinning abilities.
Re * for incumbent, good idea – noted.
Election Night > there is now an ‘x-‘ before an incumbent candidate’s name.
Election Night, Strategy Screen, Electoral Info Screen > there is now a ‘y-‘ before a candidate’s name if there’s no incumbent but they are from the incumbent party.
I think adding hypothetical random events into congress 2016 and the president 2016 will make the game feel more realistic. Especially for congressional elections. I think big events should lead to the option to make a policy speech on that event.
Turnout seems way off
In game: 9.2 million
Actual: 4.6 million
In game: 3.2 million
Actual: 2.2 million
In game: 5.6 million
Actual: 3.5 million
In game: 4.5 million
Actual: 3.0 million
Some other states such as Alaska, Colorado seemed to be more accurate. But in a lot of these larger states, where there were no campaigns occurring, turnout seemed to be too high to account for.
Election Night > a candidate in the table on the right side now takes up two lines to allow more room for name.
Yes, population, eligible voters, and turnout % is off. I’ll be tuning those up, probably for the update after this one.
Yes, events should allow for policy speeches about them. It would be nice to have some hypothetical events for the 2016 campaigns – feedback noted.
Some events can be really general
– Economy improves
– Unemployment increases
– Relations with ____ worsen
– Breakthrough in _________ reform
– Congressional approval rating decreases
– President _____ approval rating increases
– G8 Summit
– Threat of Government shutdown
– Democrats/Republicans seen as weak on (platform issue)
– Natural disaster in Louisiana
– North Korea fires missile
Maybe having one random event a month would help with giving the game some flavor. Especially if it impacts the elections.
Campaign Editor > added edit buttons for campaign and leader blurbs, which allow you see the entire blurb while editing.
Yes, thanks for these ideas. With an option to turn random events on or off at the start of the campaign.
Senate 2014 > updated state populations to Census Bureau estimates (July 1, 2012).
Senate 2014 > updated state eligible voters.
Senate 2014 > modified turnout percentage.