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Hello. I'm Tayya. I'm 19, a Swede and a resident of Daily Kos Elections.

Like many of my peers, I am a gamer. However, I do not play World of Warcraft, Call of Duty or most other AAA titles, with a few exceptions. Instead, I am dedicated to President Forever, an accurate, nerdy, flexible and fun election simulator game, and its offshoots. President Forever 2016 is the latest in the series, its website being found at The game is updated regularly (currently paused to focus on the Australian game up to the Aussie elections this September) and includes a scenario editor.

So what is a diary about a game doing on DKE? Am I doing commercials? No. I am not in any way working for or affiliated with 270soft. I'm just trying to showcase some work that I'm proud of and that you guys might be interested in, find ideas and inspiration, and perhaps even start a small community around it all. I'll explain more beyond the squiggle...

It all started on the forums. Those are how I found Daily Kos Elections, via US Election Atlas, as well as where I began to explore my election nerdiness. I don't remember the details, but that is also where I found and learned to enjoy President Forever (PF for short), eventually buying the scenario editor for the older game, the 2008 version (PF2008 for short), which wasn't included like it is in the 2016 version (PF2016 for short).

A couple of scenarios are included in both of the releases, but the most fun is found when you have access to a large variety of scenarios. For the old version I have most of the Presidential elections since 1968, some Gubernatorial elections, fictional elections for the EU and the UK, simulations of Austria and the Netherlands, fictional future and what-if scenarios and more... the boundaries are almost limitless (except for sticking to an Electoral College system).

Unfortunately, most fan-made scenarios were and are unpolished, which severely hurt how much I could enjoy them. There were spelling mistakes, outdated issue positions, unrealistic percentages and pixelated candidate pictures. Quickly learning the editor, I started working on a few scenarios, the one I published (and a relatively successful one at that!) being a fictional 1996 scenario for PF2008 with Ross Perot as the incumbent, based of a timeline written by author MaskedPickle on the Alternate History forums.

Candidate selection screen for A Giant Sucking Sound.
Candidate selection for A Giant Sucking Sound, featuring the Democratic frontrunners.
Now, with the 2016 edition released, the amount of scenarios available on the new format is unfortunately very low. This is partly because the editor is not yet finished, being unable to edit the map as well as scripted events. I released the first user-made scenario, the special election for South Carolina's 1st District this year, and a few more have come since then including my soon-to-be-updated President 2000 conversion/update from the 2008 platform. (No more self-promotion this time, promise.) But more is possible to do with the tool.
Democratic primary screen, A Giant Sucking Sound for PF2008.
Democratic primaries, A Giant Sucking Sound scenario, featuring Evan Bayh as the player.
We at Daily Kos Elections are united in our nerdiness when it comes to elections. Therefore, I turn to you as a possible forum for discussion, feedback and ideas, hopefully stimulating more of us to pour creativity into this veritable electionista Christmas.

I'm making this diary as a test, to see how many would be interested in a place at this site for the aforementioned matter. I won't waste more space if no one bothers, obviously, but no one can succeed if they don't ever try.

Feel free to share your best results, your scenario ideas, as well as any and all questions that you might be having. Included is a poll for some scenario ideas that I've been having and that I'm considering working on.

Thanks for bothering and best regards!


Which President Forever scenario are you the most interested in?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    19/Sweden/Wonk. Prefers discussing opinions to having them. Learning by doing.

    by Tayya on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 01:00:40 PM PDT

  •  Apparently a somewhat specialized taste. Good luck (0+ / 0-)

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 02:45:30 PM PDT

  •  Like the whole site but more, then. (nt) (0+ / 0-)

    19/Sweden/Wonk. Prefers discussing opinions to having them. Learning by doing.

    by Tayya on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 03:00:51 PM PDT

  •  If some people want to, (0+ / 0-)

    Here's some subjects to spark discussion:

    1. Suggest ideas for VP possibilities for the 2000 election, preferably outside the box (not those found on Wikipedia).

    2. Guess the other Democratic candidates in the pictures (hint: check the flags).

    19/Sweden/Wonk. Prefers discussing opinions to having them. Learning by doing.

    by Tayya on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 03:04:09 PM PDT

  •  Welp, this may take 20 dollars of my money (0+ / 0-)

    and a few hours of my Thursday night. My computer's pretty slow, so hopefully it will run well on here, but if it does, I may have a bit of a new addiction...

    For a newbie, should I start with the 2016 version?

    "Pillows, but no sleep / Feathers, but no birds." | Pro-transit young black urban progressive | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | NJ-05 - ! | Yard signs don't vote.

    by gabjoh on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:51:42 PM PDT

    •  It's not very performance demanding (0+ / 0-)

      But if you have a lot of candidates, it will run pretty slow.

      PF2008 runs faster (turns during primaries are a week, while PF2016 has a turn a day) and has more scenarios, so it depends on if you have money for both. 2016 is also more detailed when it comes to targeting states etc.

      19/Sweden/Wonk. Prefers discussing opinions to having them. Learning by doing.

      by Tayya on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:54:28 AM PDT

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