After a lot of thinking and retooling, we believe we have the fixed mechanics for Congress: The Board Game. We'll still have a few minor tweaks to make but the broad strokes changes are in place now. If you haven't yet played our game, the following may be hard to follow, but here are the bulk of our changes:
So as we're gearing up for a real crowdfunding run we're taking a last look at some of our mechanics. (It seems we've taken several last looks but there's always something to improve!) Something we've noticed as we've expanded our playtesting is that many people complain about certain elements of the game being unbalanaced or unfair. However, when we look at our materials we see that every element of the game is 100% mathematically balanced and that none of the perceived overpowered combinations actually have any effect on who wins the game. In other words, the game is technically fair, but it feels like it isn't.
We took a much needed break over the holiday weekends. Though we didn't stop working entirely and had to keep our day jobs going, we gave ourselves some rest and so we haven't been keeping on top of updates. But we're back!