We had some big milestones in the past year.
1. We released our first cross-platform app, President Infinity, for Mac and Windows. Behind this was a big shift to new core technologies to power the games.
2. We had our first simultaneous Windows-Mac update release, instead of the usual staggering of releases between different OSes.
3. We released Congress Infinity, the sequel to Congress Forever.
4. We have a unified game engine powering President Infinity, Congress Infinity, and (soon) Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. This means new features added to any one game are more easily ported to the others.
5. A lot of work refactoring the code, to clear the way for future enhancements.
For the year ahead, our focus is simple – President Infinity, Congress Infinity, and Prime Minister Infinity – U.K.
Thanks everyone for your feedback over the last year!
31 thoughts on “The Year Past and the Year Ahead”
Good stuff Anthony. Keep up the good work. What sets these games apart from others is detail and how easy it is to make one’s own scenarios. I can’t make maps but other than that it’s easy. Point, click and type is, I think, the only way to go for those of us who can’t code.
Thanks for this feedback – the plan is to continue to expand the Campaign Editor in the months to come.
I hope this is the year many innovate features , voted on and suggested by the Steering Council, will make its way into President and Congress Infinity. 7-day per turn option, favorability system, Michele Bachmann implemented… A finished 2012 presidential and primary scenario etc. And a robust primary option for Congress Infinity including options to fund and back candidates during the primaries before heading to the general election.
The things I’d most like to see are:
1) Conventions fixed so deadlocked conventions turn into battles
2) Editor to omit or add states
3) Editor to create/delete events
4) 2000, 2004, 1992, 1980 scenarios.
5) Scenarios I’m creating 1788-1956 added as Betas (hopefully)
Overall, I think the game play is very good. I’m more interested in making the editor better/more complete.
Thanks for this – expanding the editor is a priority for 2015.
I noticed you slipped Bachmann into the list of features voted for by the SC. 😉 I’ll probably go ahead and add her to 2016, since it seems there’s some demand for it.
The big thing in your list that may or may not happen is a primaries system in CI. We’ll see.
@anthony I forgot to mention implementing Michele Bachmann is a personal request I have asked for some time now, oops. Like Johnathan mentioned, the gameplay is very good! Are you planning yo change/update the icons (x to closet the game, fundraising icon,etc.) To match the new engine/UI changes?
I think it would be awesome if you had governor races. Like arkansas 2014. For gubernatorial years, you should have 2014,2013,2012,2011 2010, 2009 2008-1994. At least try to consider 4-5, I would say. You’ve done house, senate and president, and I think a lot of people would like governor’s races. Also for senate, for sure get 2010, 2012, 2008 and 2006. But get 2002 or 2004 or 1994
And you should include every govenor race in that year.
Also, can you have more detailed run off races? And you should have a selection of candidates for races.
Thanks for the suggestions. For Governor races, we’ll see. There might be some in 2016. I’ve noted your feedback about run-off races.
No plans at present to change the icons.
I think you should develop senate/house/gubernatorial debates.
You should have countries when you click in. Counties the candidate can visit this would make the he game more advanced. You should actually show the districts and zoom in if its in large cities. And what engine/ machine do you use to make the game?
When you do gubernatorial and congress 2012 for Mac, can you include it has an update for congress 2016? And also can you make sure 2010 and 2008 is available?
For governors races, you shoul definatly have 2016, 2014, 2012 and 2012. My final thing is for senate 2016. Can you really try and research/find out candidates for every state?
I mean counties when you click in, how governor/senate had counties, it really makes the game more advanced. You should outline major cities. You know where you want to visit
Governor senate in 2008 scenarios
Thank you for this feedback – counties would certainly make the game more detailed and nuanced, but it would also require a large amount of work and I am guessing be something a large number of users would find too much. The feedback is noted, though – thanks again.
Maybe my question will be surprising, but have you ever think about create a game on french presidential elections? For example it could be for France 2017? To me it would be great!
That sounds good to me as well. Taoiseach Forever would be cool but I doubt that would happen.
Once the Campaign Editor is full featured, hopefully those who are interested in these sorts of campaigns will be able to collaborate to create them. On this end, it’s really just a matter of time being available.
Same with a Taoiseach game!
Are you getting 2012, 2010 and 2008 congressional campaigns on Mac?
Yes, those will all be released for Mac and Windows. I don’t have an ETA for when as of yet, though.
When will you release the 1992 campaign?
No ETA on 1992.
Republican candidates i would like to see in 1992
George H.W. Bush
Senate Minority Leader
of New York
Pierre S. du Pont, IV
Former Secretary of State
Former U.S. Senator
Harold E. Stassen
William L. Armstrong
Former U.S. Senator
Former Pres. Adviser
of New Jersey
Former UN Ambassador
Former Defense Secretary
of New York
Lamar Alexander, former Governor of Tennessee
William Armstrong, U.S. Senator from Colorado
Howard Baker, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Richard Cheney, U.S. Representative from Wyoming
George Deukmejian, Governor of California
Bob Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas
Elizabeth Dole, former Transportation Secretary of North Carolina
Nancy Kassebaum, U.S. Senator from Kansas
Jack Kemp, U.S. Representative from New York
Tom Kean, Governor of New Jersey
Jeane Kirkpatrick, former UN Ambassador from Oklahoma
Lynn Martin, U.S. Representative from Illinois
Jim McClure, U.S. Senator from Idaho
Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from Arizona
Kay Orr, Governor of Nebraska
Alan Simpson, U.S. Senator from Wyoming
John Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire
Jim Thompson, Governor of Illinois
Ok! Just to make clear, 1992 probably won’t be released for some time.
As far as future scenarios go I wouldn’t mind a 1988 scenario. It has always been a highly underrated and overlooked election by scenario designers imo, perhaps due to the general election having two uninspiring candidates and a fairly lopsided electoral vote. But the primaries had the likes of Jesse Jackson, Pat Robertson, Paul Simon, Jack Kemp, Donald Rumsfeld, Jim “Beam Me Up” Traficant and other interesting characters. It was also the subject of a big book by the name of “What It Takes: The Way to the White House”, arguably the best book ever written on presidential politics. In hindsight, it’s a shame that Dukakis and Bush made it through the primaries instead of Simon and Robertson, or Jackson and Rumsfeld…would have been an election battle for the ages.
1988 election is the earliest one I remember. My entire 3rd grade class “voted” for Bush, except for myself and a friend. We had to place a star sticker next to the person who we wanted to win. Bush had about 15 red stickers and Dukakis had 2 blue stickers.
Noted – 1988 might happen.
This might help, or otherwise be fun. It’s a text-based election game with scenarios for 1896, 1960, 1968, 1976, 2000, and 2012.