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  1. 7 points
    I want begin by thanking everyone for the positive messages of encouragement sent my way that compelled me to consider the position of Chief Administrator. I want to personally thank both @Cyril and @MrAnderson for their faith in me to carry VGS forward. I remain of the firm belief that Anderson's AB set this game on the right path and helped the current reset survive as long as it has. I think we can all agree that the 2016 elections went from potentially not even happening to a resounding success and the credit for making that happen goes to Anderson and his AB. After consulting with Anderson and a few other individuals, we have come to the decision that VGS will be resetting. This is a decision made with careful consideration and an understanding of the need for a fresh start. I want to thank everyone who participated in the current reset who played their part in making it such a success. It's time for us as a community to move forward and I believe a reset will make that possible. Over the next few days, the AB will be working on archiving the current reset and establishing a new time table for when players can expect the new reset to begin. We will be reviewing our current game mechanics while also entertaining the development of new ones if the player base deems it something of particular interest. I have my own ideas for game mechanics that will aim to enhance the IG world for the player base that I hope to roll out in the coming days but I want to encourage all members of our community to give suggestions on ways we can improve. VGS isn't just a game but a community. We've got a wide array of folks from across the political spectrum that have come together to engage in spirited debate with one another and work with one another to create a realistic simulation of our own world. I remember back when I joined the 4th reset of Virtual America and I'm happy to say I've been around ever since. I've grown both as a player, as I bet people like @Conrad and @Baudin can attest to, and I'd argue I've grown as a person in both my own beliefs and knowledge of politics. VGS is a community worth fighting for and I am ready to keep this game moving forward. I'm looking forward to being a CA you all can be proud of and I hope to live up to the precedent that people like Anderson have left for me.
  2. 6 points
    IT HAS RETURNED! Dark Secrets will make a comeback in VGS Reset 2! In the age of Gary Hart, the Keating Five, and Iran-Contra, it would be a disservice to not allow this option for players. Dark Secrets is completely optional for all players. Benefits of Dark Secrets include influence in the IVS and a bump in cash to a player's bank account. As we all know, dark secrets may not stay secret forever and thus you risk exposure and fallout if your dark secret is uncovered. Keep your eye out for inquisitive Miami Herald investigative reporters and the occasional flash of a camera from the National Enquirer! The Biography Guidelines have also been updated. I encourage everyone to take a gander at the changes that have been made before considering making your new character. You will notice a new component called "Faction" underneath your political party. The new faction system will be expanded on over the next few days but it will significantly contribute to the new IVS influence system we will be rolling out shortly.
  3. 5 points
  4. 5 points
    I think we all know how to play the game...just saying..
  5. 5 points
    @DMH will be the new CA. I believe he will do a great job at leading the AB and launching the new reset.
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    I want to thank @Avner and @Ollie for their efforts in making our AB as successful as it was this past reset. I will miss their role as members of the AB but I wish them well. I am pleased to announce that @Baudin and @Wilder will be joining my new AB team. @Fisher has also indicated to me his intention to remain on the AB and I have accepted his decision. AB applications remain open and I encourage those interested to direct a PM to both Cyril and myself.
  8. 3 points
    Me, after DNC leadership elections and before the round has even started:
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    1982 - Gorbachev Elected To Succeed Leonid Brezhnev At 51, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the 4th General Secretary and youngest leader of the Soviet Union. On November 10, 1982, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev passed away, ending an eighteen year period at the helm of the USSR. Reports indicated that the Politburo was divided over his successor, with two factions forming around Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko. Andropov, a former Ambassador to Hungary and Chair of the KGB is largely an unknown quantity for the West, although many are apprehensive due to his reputation as the Butcher of Budapest and his role in Soviet Intelligence. Soon after a Third candidate emerged with Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was widely considered Andropov's man, and his youth appealed to the leaders of the party. After three weeks since the death of Leonid Brezhnev, Communist Party Leaders elected Mikhail Gorbachev to take the helm of the Party, and with it, their hopes of continuing the Communist Ideology. Gorbachev has been noted as an up and comer by Western pundits, but his accession to the leadership was largely a surprise, attributed to the inability to make a decision between the aged Andropov and Chernenko. Immediately, Gorbachev has initiated economic reforms based upon the Chinese Economic reforms of 1978 begun by Deng Xiaoping, calling it 'socialism with Soviet characteristics.' Such reforms involved the decollectivization of agriculture, similarly to Deng's policies, and forced workers to sell a certain percentage of shares to the government. While similar to China, Gorbachev kept a greater control with the Communist Party so as not to completely alienate hardliners. Gorbachev also ensured increased cooperation with private citizens and state-owned industries similarly to the Chinese model and ensured that these reforms were enacted in all the Soviet Satellite states as well. As the Soviet economy began to grow, internal support among the satellite states began to grow, and Communist hardliners who were wary of the reforms were satisfied with the flow of wealth coming into the country and the support for Communism internally.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    Good thing player media can easily become player editorials and newspapers players can build up and stuff.
  13. 2 points
    In words of Reagan, there you go again. President of the United States: Vice President of the United States: Speaker of the House: Thaddeus King (D-CA-13) [Avner] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) House Majority Leader: Augustus King (D-CA-44) [Storm] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) House Minority Leader: Paul Cavalieri (R-CA-39) [Ashcroft] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) House Majority Whip: Thomas Blackstone (D-MA-2) [FrankP] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) House Minority Whip: Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX-7) [TexAgRepublican] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) Chairperson of the RNC: Michael Marshall (R-NC-10) [Conrad] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) Chairperson of the DNC: Bryant Wolfe (D-SC-5) [Richard] (Jan 3, 1987 - ) Reset 0 Leadership Tracker Reset 1 Leadership Tracker
  14. 2 points
    Character Name: Jackson Clay Political Party: Democratic Faction: New Democrat Seat Held: IN- 2 Date of Birth: November 11, 1949 Place of Birth: Muncie, Indiana Place of Residence: Muncie, Indiana Race/Ethnicity: White Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Methodist Family Information: Wife: Stacy (b.1953, m.1980) Children: Jackson (b.1986) Educational History: (Include school names, specific degrees, and years of graduation) Burris Laboratory School, Graduated 1967 Ball State University, BA in Political Science, Graduated 1971 Notre Dame Law School JD Graduated 1976 Occupational History: (include specific job titles and employers and years in which that job was held.) Congressional Aide-1971-1973 Associate- Ice Miller Law Firm, 1976-1980 City Councillor- Muncie Indiana, 1979-1983 Mayor- Muncie, Indiana 1983-1985 Congressman- Indiana Second District 1985-
  15. 2 points
    Correction: Reset begins on the 18th which is Tuesday. Messed up the date when I posted before. I apologize for any confusion.
  16. 2 points
    Bios can be posted on Saturday and masking will be done. Folks are encouraged to elect their leadership if possible prior to the start of the Reset. The official VGS Reset 2 will begin next Tuesday. 9/17/18
  17. 2 points
    Orson Welles in his morbidly obese, drunken commercial spokesperson later days.
  18. 2 points
    I think that's what makes 1987 a brilliant gamble. Every AB in my time has largely rejected the mere idea of any pre-99 or so political era (even 10 year ago), even with the founding of VGS many called us crazy or were resentful for just going a bit earlier to the '98 midterms and we had some growing pains making it work, but while messy it was still a very memorable sandbox round. The founding principle of VGS was not to merely continue VUSA, but to take that base of a game and community and use the opportunity to try and make things better and tinker, and while probably more of these ideas by various ABs have been relatively shortlived or moderated over time than haven't as is the nature with experimentation, I still think outside of the box is better than mining familiarity. Would such a timeline mean more work across the board? Most likely, yes, there's a reason why so many sims before have resisted the temptation. Does it increase the likelihood of failure? Absolutely, there's very little base outside of briefly operational start-up side sims who have even really tried. However, more importantly, does it level the playing board between veteran players who have played 2000-2012 a million times like myself and you Matt and many of us which make many 00s-based sims skew towards us and late Obama-era towards modern day sims skew against anybody of any generation who loathes the monotone propose-and-spin that is modern political thought? I think that one is totally rhetorical, but the idea of every single person from AB down being brought nearly equally out of their comfort level is something you almost never get in "major" sim. As both an Admin and player, on VGS I don't think I've once ever see 15 people vote one way in one of these OOC polls, even universal MVP Admins well liked by most rarely getting more than like 13-1 approvals. If I had to guess, its the same reason why I was one of those 15: its an exciting unknown which could fail easily, but VGS has had two rounds in one year (one of which was a sandbox dubbed Round 0 that somehow grew into its own thing) which some other games can and do knock out in 3-4 months, it has earned the right to take a swing for the fences and by doing what so many have been afraid of trying never have could get a much bigger hit. My work with DMH on the AB this past run proved that he is never afraid of research and even less afraid of the unknown or offending anybody's sensibilities, its why I told Cyril before Anderson resigned publicly DMH would be my personal choice to replace him and I believe many other agreed: if anybody can make it work, he'd be one of the few I'd trust.
  19. 2 points
    After some consideration, I feel that there is a need to provide the full scope of options for players with this upcoming reset. There was a third idea that was floated around to some players that received an assorted mix of responses but it's an idea that I feel the community at large should have the ability to weigh in on. I want to do another vote with this additional option so I apologize to those who have already given their opinions on the upcoming reset date. Time Period: 1987 A potential 1987 round would be the most ambitious setting VGS has ever undertaken. Such a time frame would definitely be the most intensive on the AB but it's a challenge we are willing to undertake if the desire to think outside the box is there among the player base. We begin at the end of the Reagan Administration with an announcement from George H. W. Bush that he will not seek the presidency while the Miami Herald finds out about Gary Hart alleged infidelity sooner than expected. A reset in 1987 will put players in a period of significant change in both America and globally. The Soviet Union is on the brink of collapse and the Iron Curtain itself is breaking under the pressure of people across Eastern Europe embracing democracy. The US faces race relations issues, social upheaval, and economic inequality. The 1986 midterms would also be tweaked to allow a more balanced House composition and a competitive Senate. A 1987 reset would allow the AB and players significant amount of freedom to change the course of history. The idea of 1987 would also mean that we would switch to a house-based simulation as the House allows for both more ideological diversity and literal diversity. The AB is ready to give players the resources they need to immerse themselves in the mind of a Republican or Democrat in the late 1980s just as we are ready to make sure that those who play like it's 2018 are dealt with accordingly. 1987 would be our most ambitious reset to date and one that I'd be happy to take on if the desire is there. Time Period: 2019 A potential January 2019 round would start us off in the modern era. With President Trump's declaration that he has "Made America Great Again", he announces he is not running for re-election, tweeting "I did more in one term than any other President has done, ever". The Vice President announces that he will not run, and just like that, 2020 is a free for all on both sides. Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed in October, 2018 by a strict, 51-49 party line vote- the first ever nomination to be secured strictly on a partisan vote. The 2018 midterms were a mixed bag- Democratic pickups in Arizona and Tennessee were offset by Republican pickups in Florida and Indiana, so the Republicans maintained their slim, 51-49 majority. The blue wave hit the lower chamber, however, and Democrats won the slightest of House majorities, with 220 Democrats to 215 Republicans. An opportunity, of course, to shape the issues of the day as our world moves forward into the future. We are also open to beginning in 2018 to allow both parties a change to shape those elections if the desire is there. Time Period: 2003 A potential 2003 round would start us fresh off of the 2002 midterms. With the War in Afghanistan raging on and talks of WMDs in Iraq, America finds itself in a precarious position on the world stage. The "Axis of Evil" has been identified and the Bush Adminstration is ready to bring the fight to them. We have begun to enter the digital age and politics as we know it, while still very pre-2000 in terms of attitude and cordiality, is changing rapidly. Social issues have a renewed focus with the economy stimulated by massive tax cuts but economic inequality remains as prevalent as ever. George W. Bush will announce his decision to not enter the upcoming 2004 presidential election, leaving a wide-open field to change the course of America forever. The 2003 reset gives the opportunity for players to reshape recent modern history in their own way while also placing a renewed emphaisis on foreign policy and political identity as both parties struggle to find where they stand in a rapidly evolving political climate.
  20. 2 points
    None of the three are thrilling from my point of view, but I'm not sure that it's possible for there to be one which would be. 2019 - I find modern politics depressing. We have laid the Honorable John McCain to rest, and with him probably any concept of the good of the country before the good of the party - whatever the party may be pushing at this time. 1987 - I remember 1987. It was still acceptable for leaders of both parties to sit down and hammer out their differences. However, earlier times tend to be played by many of the players as being post-2000, or worse, "House of Cards". How does the AB intend to prevent that? (been there, tried to do that, it's NOT easy, folks) 2003 - I think any idea of cooperative politics started to crash with the Republican majority in the House during the Clinton years. While it is my own view, I tend to look at the game as a simulation of government, with the intent to deal with the problems that arise and potentially develop an alternative approach. Experience suggests most players are focused on "winning the issues", even to the extent of destroying their own proposals if the other side adopts them. (does anyone remember that "Obamacare" was based on Republican proposals?) Now, I have been buried in work over the last half year, so I have not even poked my nose in, so I COULD be wrong on how the player base behaves (I pray I am).
  21. 2 points
    Are we going to use modern census data when determining which seats we pick or will a guide be provided?-if we do 1987
  22. 2 points
    Conrad: The Ultimate Catalyst
  23. 2 points
    Part 2 @Avner Avner, you have always done your own thing, you and I have long shared the same deep flaws of people who want nothing less than to never care but still care far too much, and it is why I love you. While subtle if not unseen by many, you took the initial VGS ideal of sandbox experimentation and ran with it by frankly proposing one of the most punk rock player media systems ever. You spat in the face of flagrant abusers like multi-time fellow ABers such as myself and Anderson, and instead built a complex system in of itself that after numerous opposing ABs has only been built upon rather than ever scrapped unlike almost any other came system because it is that good. As players, you and I have been both bitter opponents and strange bedfellows, and even as friends we have had huge blowups as any passionate people will. However, working with you on two different ABs proved to me just how capable you are. Of all the many times I renamed VGS subforums to honor our all-stars, I still feel yours is one of the most deserved. @Fisher Fish, you and will probably never agree, we come from far too different a mindset. Even as a Presidential advisor to you playing a "Moderate Democrat", when your insticts told you to swing left, I swung right, and when they told you to swing right I swung left. However, even during a period when you were a key figure in perhaps the biggest OOC scandal in the VGS history, you still refused to give up on the community even when it was barely hanging on. I will always appreciate your dedication where even more successful players lacked. @Old Ironsides Honestly, I could send you an entire Hallmark store and still not express the degree of respect as a player and love as a longtime friend even OOC I have for you.. OOC, sadly I don't know if people truly understand the role you have played in this community. The consensus know you, sadly, as more of the guy who knows better than literally almost everybody in 5h3 main and don't know the degree to which is one of out best writers, and policy minds I've ever seen no matter the ideology or even the whipping post when you fulfilled a promise against the wishes of all friends rather tthan flake on a bad job Part 3 Coming Soon!
  24. 2 points
    The first part is a spin question. The second is a record you can research on the boards yourself.
  25. 2 points
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