Tada! Hot on the heels of revealing Political Animals, I can now start talking about what I have actually been coding myself. (yes I remember how to code!) For quite a while (about six months), I’ve been tinkering with the idea of adding a new expansion to Democracy 3 that deals with the elections side of the game in greater depth. The result is finally something I’ll start talking about and reasonably enough, I’ve decided to call it…

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Yay! New stuff! For a long time, the Democracy games have basically been ‘government’ games, not election games. Making electioneering work in the context of Democracy 3 was not easy, because frankly every country has a very different electoral process, and electoral system. The US is NOTHING like the UK (We don’t have primaries or caucuses, for starters), and the way elections are fought is very different over the various countries that Democracy 3 models. (Another example: in the UK we have no political TV advertising).  Eventually, I decided to take a few key areas of the election process, the ones that seemed universal, and model those, whilst letting the actual ‘mechanics’ of how an election is fought to remain abstract.

 

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The elements I thought really represented electioneering were fundraising, speeches, manifestos and perceptions. I’ll quickly outline how each works, but I’ll be doing videos to explain them over the next few weeks.

  • Fundraising in the DLC will be split between party members and big-money donors. Those donors can cut their support if you upset the voter groups they support, leading to a lower campaign budget and worse election results.
  • Speeches can be given closer to the election, and the idea is that they allow the opportunity to win over support from voter groups without actually concretely *doing* anything :D
  • Manifestos are commitments to the electorate to do ‘X’ if you are elected. That promise then hangs over you for the next term, assuming you win. You *can* break them, but that causes anger.
  • Perceptions are the most fun :D. Basically the voters rate you on one of three values, based on your policies and dilemma decisions. You can attempt to bend those perceptions more favourably by carrying out media stunts, which may work, but may backfire.

Added to that, I’ve revamped the election screen for the DLC, and its way more jazzy now :D.

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Anyway… I’ll be blogging, mostly in video form, about these new features over the next few weeks, and asking peoples opinions while I try to balance the DLC. I’ll probably grab a small group of keen D3 players to try out the DLC ahead of time, and then it will be release time. Wahey! Its feature complete and AFAIK bug-free already, I just anticipate a month or so of balancing and tweaking to get things just right.

Press people should be aware we have a website for the DLC already, release date is (Probably) Late July 2016, and I’m hoping for it to work on PC/OSX maybe Linux, and with a prevailing wind, it should also work with Democracy 3:Africa. Press people who are looking for an ‘angle’ might be aware that the UK has an upcoming referendum and the US has an upcoming election. WHAT A COINCIDENCE.

BTW we already have a steam coming soon page for the DLC. Feel free to wishlist it.

BTW I will be tweeting about this, and facebooking blah blah, but if anyone thinks this news is worthy of some social media submissions and love, I really appreciate it!

 

11 Responses to “Announcing Democracy 3: Electioneering”

  1. Daniel Whitley says:

    Really pleased you’re going down this route with the game. Ever since D1 I’ve wondered how the game could evolve with election mechanics. The old manifesto pledges were good, and at least give you something to aim for in the next government, but this looks much more fulfilling and realistic. Who doesn’t love a photo op that can backfire..? :)

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  3. Chris Robertson says:

    Perhaps you have already spotted and fixed it, but in the “Drive a tank” text, around is misspelled.

    …leader by being filmed roaring aroun a training ground…

  4. Steven says:

    That DLC sounds awesome and some parts of that actually reminds me of some of the material from Democracy 1 & 2 at least the Manifesto where you can make promises about what you intend to do for the next term of your presidency and if you failed your promises voters are angry. It was optional but I liked playing around with that.

    President Obama visited the UK a few weeks ago about the referendum. But that also made me think about Scotland’s vote for independence from the UK. I followed it on the news on BBC World via PBS. I was wondering, what are your thoughts about devolution, how decentralized the UK is, and if the UK should be more decentralized? How does the UK work where that is concerned?

    • cliffski says:

      I guess I’m a supporter of the status quo. I’m (marginally) in favour of us staying in the EU, but I was against the idea of Scotland breaking away. I guess I think we have way more in common with the scots than we do with Europe, but on balance it makes economic sense to stay in the EU. I’m definitely against ‘ever closer union’ though. Look how the Euro turned out…

  5. Sub says:

    This looks awesome. I see the Steampage only lists Windows and Mac. Is there a chance that this will support Linux further down the line?

  6. Hunter says:

    …and Australia has a Federal Election on July 2.

  7. Jose_Ruela says:

    will make the ‘popular leader’ achievement more easy, but I missed more foreign policy in the game

  8. realcliffhanger says:

    And when I was just about to purchase an election based game,YOU ROCK!!!So does Democracy 3.Just remember,when referring to America,we are a Constitutional Republic.A big difference between a Democracy and Republic.One way to look at it is a Democracy is two lions and a lamb deciding on what’s for dinner.A Republic is two lions and lamb deciding on what’s for dinner,except the lamb has a gun.

  9. Nikolai says:

    “Land on aircraft carrier” – I laughed so hard. This alone is reason for me to buy the expansion.

    There should also be some of the ones below:

    – “wrestle tiger” ( http://beautifulrus.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Putin-in-Barabash-.jpg )

    – “show trophy wife” ( an example where the stunt failed: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198254/A-tall-tale-5ft-5in-Nicolas-Sarkozy-roundly-mocked-beach-photographs-emerge-make-appear-taller-statuesque-wife-Carla-Bruni.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline)

    – “brownnose peer group” ( another example for backfire: http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/norwegian-politicians-publicity-stunt-backfires-spectacularly/ )

    – “prey on minority groups” ( https://www.mut-gegen-rechte-gewalt.de/news/meldungen/koch1 )

    – “advertise your degree” ( another backfire ;-) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causa_Guttenberg )