The Mayoral Campaign

Player Rating4.97/8

"#211 overall, #25 for 2015"
based on 102 ratings since 10/05/2015
played 1,081 times (finished 120)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length3/8

"A nice jog down the driveway"

Maturity Level1/8

"appropriate for all ages"
Stories with this maturity level will not, by design, have any potentially objectionable content. An example of a type story with this rating would be a quiz on mathematics.

Try to get elected as mayor of your town!

This is more game than story. Okay, there's not really much story to this one, it's a game. There are many options and lots of variables, so be sure to play more than once!

Player Comments

I must say, I’m a fan of the random variables. Even on my first playthrough, it adds an element of risk and discovery. Sort of like digging on the X mark on a treasure map. You have a good idea what is beneath, but won’t know unless you dig… or in this case, click! And I have to mention that the name “Dewey McDewerson” is f*cking hilarious.

The variety of options presented forced me to sit and think how best to campaign, which I’m guessing was the author’s goal. So, mission accomplished. The storygame had an element of ownership that drew me in. It wasn’t like I was playing as a predetermined character, I was playing as myself. And my competitive self, really wanted to win that damn election. I lost the primary my first time around, but that didn’t stop me from trying again… with a vengeance.

This is definitely one of the more game-focused storygames I’ve played and it was a nice change of pace. The writing quality was perfect for the type of storygame this was. It’s nothing life-changing, but it’s not supposed to be. As this is different from the typically “more story than game” storygames I play, it’s good to see how diverse a storygame can be. My favorite element was the results at the end. It would have been disappointing to see a simple end to a long, well thought-out campaign (at least mine was). Seeing the actual numbers from the election made it seem real, made progression easy to track, and added an element of suspense. Overall, quality game.
-- ninjapitka on 5/2/2019 12:07:00 PM with a score of 0
This was a very interesting simulation of an electorial campaign but while it is grammar-perfect and employs an impressive amount of variable reasoning there are two suggestions I would make:

- I was never sure how much money I had to support my choices throughout the campaigns. I think a Variable score of Money would be easy to implement and invaluable throughout the story.

- I was never entirely sure what issues and policies I was running on and what exatly my opponent's position was in opposition to these, to present a counter-argument all I could do was endorse an oppositional propoganda campaign.

I would also suggest that the way the districts voted was not especially noticable between the different elections as if the different districts had different preferences (like Conservative, Liberal, etc) it was not very clear.

This is a strong game from an excellent author employing some exceptional talent with variables but I think it needs a little more development. A story with this amount of potential can have a strong plot line behind it (the film "Milk" springs to mind as does 'Lincoln", though the latter is a different sort of concept) and I think this could be extended further into something much stronger.

As this grammar-perfect and strong piece of rationale now stands I would rate it a 5/8 but with more work to refine these difficult variables it could be near-perfect :)
-- Will11 on 10/5/2015 1:06:16 PM with a score of 0
Better than most story games Ive played on here. I ended up being defeated a few times before I finally hung my head and ended the game

7/10
-- Maiq_The_Liar on 5/13/2019 2:31:14 PM with a score of 0
I thought this was a ton of fun. Random as hell, but that just added to the replayability. I played it five times, and I'm definitely going to play it again. It was fun trying to play it in the style of different politicians. (all attack! rest all year! just nerd out on the issues!)

I would have loved more opportunities to personalize my candidate and get a bit more story in my game, but it isn't necessary--it's a fun experience as it is.
-- Gower on 4/28/2019 1:04:15 PM with a score of 0
Eh its cool and interesting
-- Davefaster on 4/26/2019 9:58:13 AM with a score of 0
I won the first election by 1 vote: 1114 for me and 1113 for the other guy. Lol
-- Austinc on 3/14/2019 1:13:30 PM with a score of 0
This was enjoyable.
-- Faervel on 2/17/2019 3:37:01 PM with a score of 0
"That's it, the election (and the game) is over. I hope you enjoyed it. Do remember that there are a lot of random numbers generated in this game, so feel free to try again (especially if you didn't win).

District Votes for you Marty Masters Total
1 3870 (86%) 630 (14%) 4500
2 2711 (66%) 1398 (34%) 4109
3 2546 (53%) 2259 (47%) 4805
4 1061 (28%) 2730 (72%) 3791
5 990 (29%) 2427 (71%) 3417
6 282 (27%) 763 (73%) 1045
The final totals:
Votes for you: 11460 (52%)
Votes for your opponent: 10207 (47%)
Congratulations! You won the general election! That's amazing, it is pretty hard to win!"

Well, just try to create news every month and that will work. ;)
-- TestingJest on 1/7/2018 1:46:06 AM with a score of 0
Very fun system
Loved the game over all
10/10 Would run for mayor again
-- Multiverse on 5/27/2017 7:09:26 PM with a score of 0
The game was fun, and I really got into it. I did not fully understand the mechanics of each district, which made everything harder. That was good for the game in my opinion, as going in I felt that it would be way too easy, when in reality it was a lot harder to finish.
-- Zulutrader on 1/31/2017 12:04:06 PM with a score of 0
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