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Today I came across Lawgivers, a turn-based political simulation game which recently added Linux support and it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Since it's a political sim, you will be tasked with leading your party into elections. If you manage to get voted in, you will be responsible for approving laws and shaping your country’s destiny. Have a look at the trailer below:

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Always great to see games add Linux support! Especially like this, where it's being quite highly rated with a "Very Positive" user score on Steam. It was originally a mini-game that sold quite well on mobile platforms so they adapted it into a full desktop game.

Feature Highlight:

  • Choose a party, promise actions to citizens and run for elections
  • Approve or abolish laws with parliamentary votes
  • Take care of lawmaker's experience, popularity and loyalty
  • Bribe concurrent politicians in order to win majority
  • Build up relations with other parties and appoint the president
  • 15 playable nations such as the US, Russia, or South Korea
  • Over 100 ordinary and constitutional laws
  • 38 science advances

What's nice, is that they actually have a demo too so you can properly try before you buy and it seems to work without issues. Seems like it has a lot of potential and I say that since this is not a finished game, there's bound to be a few rough edges to it. Not overly complex either but still interesting enough.

You can find it on Steam in Early Access.

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razing32 14 October 2019 at 2:34 pm UTC
Hmm , wondering if they model the societal factors correctly.
I saw a lot of grieps on Democracy 3 that the only way to win was to go the route of the dev's politics.
chr 14 October 2019 at 3:09 pm UTC
razing32Hmm , wondering if they model the societal factors correctly.
I saw a lot of grieps on Democracy 3 that the only way to win was to go the route of the dev's politics.

Isn't that the problem with nearly every simulation game as long as one is paying any attention to the underlying mechanics? For almost every mainstream (and obviously non-mainstream) theory (of thing) there are those who have alternative views about how thing actually works. I'm pretty pissed off at most games that have societal or history-themed simulations in them.

Also thanks for sharing that piece of information. I never got around to playing it nor reading/watching any opinions/analyses.
PinballWizard 14 October 2019 at 3:21 pm UTC
I wonder if it's moddable; for instance I wonder if I could introduce ranked voting?
AimHere 15 October 2019 at 2:16 pm UTC
razing32Hmm , wondering if they model the societal factors correctly.
I saw a lot of grieps on Democracy 3 that the only way to win was to go the route of the dev's politics.

My experience with Democracy 3 is the opposite. From his public statements, the dev is a free market libertarian randroid of the 'Why do I have to pay tax? People have more money because they deserve it' ilk, while his game gets much easier if you adhere to center-left Social Democratic policies.

His game seems relatively immune to his own prejudices on the wish-fulfilment score, but he does have a couple of small issues with political terminology, which is an endemic libertarian trait. 'Socialism' to him seems to be 'if you think the government should do something, you're a socialist' and his civil libertarians seem to be big gun-rights nuts which doesn't make sense in the USA (ACLU devotees and NRA folks tend to be opposed ideolgically) and doesn't make much sense outside the USA either, where there's next to no gun-rights nuts to speak of, at least when it comes to electoral politics.
chr 15 October 2019 at 5:06 pm UTC
AimHere
razing32Hmm , wondering if they model the societal factors correctly.
I saw a lot of grieps on Democracy 3 that the only way to win was to go the route of the dev's politics.

My experience with Democracy 3 is the opposite. From his public statements, the dev is a free market libertarian randroid of the 'Why do I have to pay tax? People have more money because they deserve it' ilk, while his game gets much easier if you adhere to center-left Social Democratic policies.

His game seems relatively immune to his own prejudices on the wish-fulfilment score, but he does have a couple of small issues with political terminology, which is an endemic libertarian trait. 'Socialism' to him seems to be 'if you think the government should do something, you're a socialist' and his civil libertarians seem to be big gun-rights nuts which doesn't make sense in the USA (ACLU devotees and NRA folks tend to be opposed ideolgically) and doesn't make much sense outside the USA either, where there's next to no gun-rights nuts to speak of, at least when it comes to electoral politics.

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.


Last edited by chr on 15 October 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC
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