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Author Topic: Mr. President - P500 - GMT  (Read 15125 times)

BanzaiCat

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on: March 12, 2019, 10:10:25 AM
Went on a tear of P500 support yesterday including this one, Mr. President. Currently standing at 1,908 pre-orders though BGG is full of comments about how long it's taken to develop this one. It's been at least three years that Gene Billingsley has been working on it, but it looks like he might be ready to send it to the art department finally.

Anyway, this one is very intriguing because it's a solo game where you play the President of the United States (natch). You're torn in many different directions with ever-shifting priorities, disasters, and real-world events coming up (including war between other countries). In one of his blog posts, he said "why do I feel like there are 20 holes and I only have 10 fingers to plug with?" I love that concept and it seems it would make GREAT AAR material/narrative.

It does not simulate an election (I've got a couple of games on that subject), which is refreshing, though he did allude in one post to needing to pave the way for a second term.

Here's the first blog post Gene did, if you're interested - the narrative is very intriguing.

http://www.insidegmt.com/2014/08/overheard-in-the-oval-office/

Many more at the Mr. President GMT page here - https://www.gmtgames.com/p-555-mr-president.aspx

The only thing that annoys me about it is there's a lot of people that have already given this game ratings on BGG and on GMT's site (WTF guys, how do you rate a game that's not out yet? I get you're excited - hell, I am - but come on).

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Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 10:19:29 AM
Gene says he's hoping to have working copies of it at Consimworld Expo in Tempe this year. I'd love to go to that but I think it's about exactly the time where I'll be closing on my new house. Late June finish date and this Expo is in...late June. :(

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Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 10:30:20 AM
I went back and checked. I ordered this in 2017.

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Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 10:45:17 AM
It's a sad state of affairs when we can't remember if we ordered something or not.

I'm definitely guilty of it. I've ordered games I already have! Haven't done that in a while, but...I *have* done it. :(

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Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 01:52:15 PM
Anyone remember the old computer game, Shadow President?



I had a lot of fun with that one, back in the day. I recall clearly nuking Jamaica with 5,000 warheads (which probably put a hole 100 miles deep in the Caribbean). Almost immediately half my Cabinet resigned and shortly after my President alter ego was assassinated. There's a vid on YouTube of someone nuking Fiji with 1500 warheads, then sending the remainder against China, and invading China.

I'm going to 'Murica the shit out of some regions. ;D

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Reply #5 on: June 24, 2022, 08:30:03 AM
Been a while.

I've had this on my P500 order list for just over six years, and according to the June 2022 monthly newsletter from GMT, it's been on there for six years.  :o

In any case, here's some updated information:

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VAs I noted last month, our MP team is deep into proofing art and layout as Donal has various game components ready for us. This past week we finished both the Ally & Rogue States book and the Domestic Charts book. The Ally & Rogue States book manages the "AI" for the nine major US Allies in the game, as well as both permanent and game-created Rogue States. The Domestic Charts book includes 20 pages of charts that include all the details you need to play the Domestic side of the game, plus plenty of potential additional events.

Note that all of these books are substantial in both length and content, which is one reason it's been so time-consuming to do final proofs and edits on everything. As I have emphasized many times before and repeat now, THIS IS A MONSTER GAME—not for players looking for something that plays quick and easy. As such, it is filled to the brim with lots of interrelated events, charts, and processes. Please don't buy this if you want a simple game—you'll likely run screaming from the room when you get it. But if you want something big and immersive that makes you feel like you're the President, this may be the game for you.

It sounds PERFECT. I can't wait for this one!

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Reply #6 on: June 24, 2022, 08:32:49 AM
Yeah, I'm looking forward to this as well. Hope it is worth the wait.

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Reply #7 on: May 26, 2023, 05:56:47 PM
I just received notification a couple of days ago that this is charging. It should be shipping soon.


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