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Round 6 Announcements

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Gonna have a bunch of announcements coming over the few days, but first thing's first.

I'm very pleased to announce the addition of @Wm96 and @Chris to the admin team. We'll be announcing roles at a later date.

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  • Round 6 will begin with the IC date of December 1, 2018. Similar to RL (and ironically also how we ended last round), the Republicans control the Senate while the Democrats have the majority in the House.
  • President Trump (controlled by @Conrad) will be finishing out his term but will not be seeking reelection. This means that shortly after the round begins we'll be doing open primaries for both parties for 2020.
  • In Round 6 we'll be bringing back party advisors. These are admins who guide their respective parties, advocate for the party within the AB, and also grade that party's POTUS primary. @Batman will be the GOP advisor and @Chris will be the Democratic advisor. 

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Regarding media in Round 6:

  • We're no longer asking players to write news stories. IC news will be written by the various admins.
    • Background fundraising will now be generated through PAC grades instead of being talked about in player media.
  • Weekly roundtables are coming back this round to provide player feedback and commentary on IC happenings. Generally admins will serve as the talking heads, but occasionally player characters will be asked to come on to participate (or be interviewed 1 on 1 for VIP players). Here's some examples from Round 4.
  • Press Questions will be continued into Round 6. While these will not be individually graded, they'll be used as a way to track positions for elections (in addition to normal press engagement). In other govsims players have to maintain a voting record and do a detailed election platform, but I'd like to avoid that here.
  • The Momentum system and Affinity Ratings are now handled much more informally and will be entirely behind the scenes (not viewable to players). Press Releases will no longer be individually graded but will obviously still affect IC public opinion regarding issues and your character.
    • Wondering how to know how your character is viewed if you don't see your affinity ratings? That's what the PAC grades are for.

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Though the AB is still getting the game guide and game schedule finished up, players are invited to create their characters tomorrow (Saturday). The game is set to officially begin on Monday. 

As the sole VIP member currently, @TexAgRepublican is permitted to create his character today if he wishes. 

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Additional changes to Round 6:

  • We've expanded the Expected Behavior section of the game guide. No real changes here, just clarifications.
  • House Caucuses have been eliminated. These club functions can now be used for Private Meeting Rooms. These can be created by any player for any purpose. All posts made in these rooms are still considered IC.
  • The Senate Majority Leader and PPT positions are combined.
  • The Senate Majority/Minority Whip positions have been eliminated. Parties can still elect these positions informally, but they will no longer be tracked by the admin team. The Whip positions still remain in the House.
  • The game rules no longer require voting in the House or Senate to be conducted as a poll function. This is now given to the discretion of the Speaker/PPT.
  • As a slight change from last round, a motion for cloture to end a filibuster now requires a 2/3 majority (7 Senators if all vote). Normal cloture on bills in the Senate still only require 3/5 (6 Senators if all vote).
  • Posting requirements to maintain a filibuster have been relaxed from every 30 minutes to every hour. Each Senator still can only filibuster one bill per session of Congress.
  • Mid-session campaign schedules are now limited to only fundraisers, attribute upgrades, and polling. Rallies and ads can now only be held during official election schedules.
  • Unlike last round, a player cannot surrender a previously controlled Senate character in order to run again. Each player can have only 1 Senator or Governor (not both).
  • Governor and regional legislature rules have been added to the game guide at the end of the Government section. There should be 2 players (the Governor and the opposition leader) for each region. The opposition leader is appointed by that party's national party chair, and the party chair has the responsibility to ensure that the opposition leader is active.

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There were a couple errors in the Demographics previously posted. Mostly rounding errors, but primarily with Alaska and New York. These have been corrected: 

Shout out to @Andy for pointing these out. Thank you.

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The campaign events section of the rules has been updated to clarify that polls and ads should target conservatives, progressives, and/or moderates instead of the affinity rating voting bloc we saw in previous rounds.

 

Also, for regional elections you are permitted to poll the entire region OR individual states. However, ads must still be ran per state. If you're polling the entire region you need to pay 1/2 the sum of the polling cost for all states in the region. This ONLY applies to regional elections. The table below has also been added to the Ad & Polling Costs thread.

Regional Polling Cost
Midwest $6,370,000
Northeast $6,585,000
Plains $3,370,000
Southeast $5,825,000
West Coast $4,975,000

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Don't miss the election announcements above, but I have a couple more for you:

  • During the 2019 Governor Special Elections, only the filed candidates are permitted to campaign here. All other characters should continue doing their respective mid-session schedules.
  • This round there will no longer be any party hours. Instead, characters holding leadership positions (Speaker, HML, HMW, HmL, HmW, SML, SmL, POTUS, and VPOTUS) will be permitted to submit a schedule in every region. NPCs will not participate. This ONLY applies to regular general election turns (i.e., not the governor special election nor POTUS primaries). Each character can only hold 2 fundraisers per turn.

I know that there's a lot of new things with how elections function this round, so please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have here: 

 

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