The People's House (WIP) (UPDATED: 2/19/24) - Presidential Sim

Thanks so much for fixing the issue! The saving system now works! Have a very good day!

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I seem to can’t get past the the UN meeting section and into the next chapter

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That is the end of Chapter 3, which is the end of the public demo.

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But last time peoples can enter chapter 4 in the public demo?

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Here is what the public demo is supposed to include:

On the initial post, the link to the Patreon demo was posted accidentally in place of the public demo. This was fixed immediately. The new public demo link (with no save issues) only goes to the end of Chapter 3, as it is supposed to.

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I found a switch up in the Democratic President run. I’m running as the Democratic President who’s first piece of legislation is Progressive Border Control. None of the DemVPs support it but all the RepVPs do lol

Edit: which is ironic cuz Progressive Border Control is the exact opposite of what the Republicans want thus making a run with a DemVP impossible as they won’t break the 50-50 tie but the RepVP will break the 50-50 tie voting in favor of the legislation

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I can finally make America great again

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Love the demo, I really only have one main critique. I’ve lived in AZ pretty much my whole life, and I’m honestly not really sure that the whole “strong arm Berkowitz by revealing he’s Catholic” thing makes sense. I mean, we had Doug Ducey as our governor for 8 years, and he was very openly Catholic (there’s literally pictures of him getting ashes at St. Mary’s Basilica for Ash Wednesday back when he was governor). There’s also Kyrsten Sinema, our senator, who’s an atheist (though she has sort of rejected the label). I feel like it would make more sense if there was something else we could reveal about Berkowitz, since I don’t really think constituents from AZ would necessarily care about him being Catholic, given who we’ve elected in the past.

Unless, of course, this isn’t meant to be an exact copy of actual Arizona, in which case it totally makes sense.

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Writer’s Diary #38
December 5th, 2023

Hello! I’d like to apologize for not being able to get this update out on time this weekend, I was once again moving and wasn’t able to put aside the time to post. Nevertheless, I have a lot of great progress and news to share!

The Updates

  • Our lovely Camp David scene where you will mull over your re-election decision is written! I am planning on going back to add some more flavor and additional scenes with family at a later date, but as of right now the first draft is complete
  • This one portion of the story is around 9,000 words total (including branching), so this is the only major thing I can announce without spoiling too much – part of the reason for the length: there is entirely different dialogue and events depending on which spouse you selected, your relationship with them, and how old your children are
  • Next, I’ll be getting into your announcement (that either you are running or you aren’t) – I also wanted to make clear that not running isn’t an immediate “game-over,” you’ll still be able to play through the remainder of your term
  • For Patrons: the December Edition of the demo is live! It includes everything I’ve written so far and the demo should end with you making your decision and calling Jackson to inform him of it
  • Lastly, I’m trying out a new writing schedule, more on that below!

New Writing Schedule

Over the past week or so, I’ve been working to put together a new set of goals for my writing to (ideally) help updates come out more frequently. I should stress before I get into them: these goals are ambitious and I am not fully confident I will meet all of these self-imposed deadlines.

The first big change to my short-term writing goals – I’ve transitioned from an hourly goal (write for three hours a week, as an example), to a words-based goal. Going forward, I’ll be aiming to write about 7k words per week (1k a day).

My long-term goals would be to have the draft ready and edits beginning around November 5, 2024 (Election Day), and to be ready to publish around January 20, 2025 (Inauguration). This is theoretically possible if I keep with my writing goals and if the chapters are around 60,000 words each. The past two chapters I’ve written have been 90k and 85k words each, so there’s definitely no guarantee that I’ll meet these long-term goals.

It would be great to be able to publish around the time of the inauguration where there’s a lot more interest in politics and the Presidency, but I of course don’t want to make any promises that I may not be able to keep. After all, I’d rather spend more time writing to keep in line with my biggest goal, which is to write a story where your choices really do matter.

Updated Word Count: 300,000 (!!!) :confetti_ball:

Patreon Link: RFKramer is creating The People’s House | Patreon

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Im stuck here on loading

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Thats the End Of the Demo.

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Ok thanks

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Writer’s Diary #39
December 18th, 2023

Hello friends! I’m happy to have made a good chunk of progress these past two weeks, and am eager to share it with you all!

The Updates

  • First (and most excitingly) I’ve been able to keep up with my 1k words a day schedule, meaning in the past two weeks an additional 14,000 words have been written! It’s been pretty intensive for me, but so far so good
  • Within these 14,000 words will lead you through your re-election announcement, selecting your Campaign Manager, and to the point where the opposition party candidates begin announcing their races
  • With this, a member of your own party may also launch a primary challenge
  • Finally, as some have requested, the opportunity to adopt a dog or cat for the First Family is being added!

Writing Schedule Updates
As mentioned, I have been able to keep up with my goal of 7,000 words a week! The rest of December, with the holidays, may be a little tricky to continue, though I am confident I’ll be able to keep up with my longer-term goals for this chapter at least.

I am hoping to be around halfway done with this chapter by the end of this month, and hope to have it finished and ready to be posted for playing through by the end of January! Since the main focus of this chapter is the election, I’m hoping that this will be a shorter chapter (around 40-50k words) and I’ll be able to meet those goals.

Updated Word Count: 314,000

Patreon Link: RFKramer is creating The People’s House | Patreon

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Make sure to have fun and enjoy the holidays thanks for your work its my current favorite wip cant wait for it to come out

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Thank you so much for the kind words, they’re greatly appreciated! Happy holidays to you as well and I hope you enjoy the updates as I’m able to continue to release them!

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@RFKramer Played the free demo and i couldnt help but notice Russia is a bit of caricature, i get that in current political situation it makes sense, but Russia genuinely didnt felt like ruthless and perhaps evil as much as a caricature of villain made to be a villain, Imho i hope that if you get good relations with Russians they actually stick to their deal, from what i know Russia position in real life is basically the outdated Imperial spheres of influence for superpowers which while going against our modern sensitivities is coherent position. I kinda dont want Russia to seem like mustache twirling evil.

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they were always like this, the demo interpretation is spot on for how russians act.

from tearing down Ukrainian flags at a summit to making absurd and unrealistic demands of Western powers and taking their neutral citizens captive…I feel like the demo doesn’t go far enough with how they behave but :man_shrugging: I won’t complain

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The problem isnt that Russians are portrayed as evil the problem is they are portrayed as pseudo Mongol Horde rather than power that never got past Imperialist stage. Imho they are potrayed as bit of caricature currently.

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While I understand it is just your opinion I disagree, I don’t see them as a caricature at all I mean I could say how the republican party and the division of American society are portrayed in this is also grossly misrepresentative and that’s coming from a democrat! But this is how we are perceived; if we want it differently, we have to act better.

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Hello friends!

For those of you who just care about the bottom line: I apologize for my radio silence, but to confirm: TPH is certainly not abandoned and is still an active project of mine!

Between the holiday season, the new year, and gearing up for another semester at college, I just haven’t had the time nor the motivation to write. I also feel that my previous writing schedule of a thousand words a day, every day, did more harm than it did good. While I was able to largely keep up with it, burnout quickly set in between working near-full time already and adding in a self-imposed requirement for words written daily.

I do think that these few weeks off have been great overall, though. I have written more since my last Writer’s Diary but won’t get too much into it now. I’m definitely finding that writing has come a lot easier since taking a few weeks off and relaxing more, and hope that they continue for a productive start to the new year! The time off has definitely helped to reduce my stress overall and make writing feel more like a hobby again, rather than like a chore.

Thank you all again for your patience, I understand a lot of you have been eagerly waiting for progress since this project started a while ago. I am still hoping to update the demo far more frequently, and it is my goal to get the re-election chapter written by the end of next month (we’ll see how complicated writing it gets – I have about 10 different outcomes planned with varying degrees of winning and losing; wish me luck).

Expect a more normal Writer’s Diary next weekend, with more regular updates to follow!

Best,
R.F.

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