Comments for Clout: The Game

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jaquan109

Apr. 16, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) nevermind the game is working again, thanks

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Developer response from delosford

While I'm glad to hear you're no longer having a problem: I didn't change anything, so I guess it was just a problem with your internet connection or something.

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jaquan109

Apr. 16, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) is the game down for anyone else?

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Developer response from delosford

Haven't received any complaints about it, and it seems to be working fine for me. Are you getting some kind of specific error? If not, it's probably just a temporary problem related to your internet connection. The game hasn't ever actually crashed before in any meaningful fashion.

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vordlak

Apr. 13, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I apologize. I did not realize there was a way to go to war.

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Developer response from delosford

No apologies necessary. Suggestions for the game are always welcome.

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MIGUEL2915

Apr. 13, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Adolf Hittler - "I can think of at least one historical figure who would oppose this. That's right: Adolf Hitler." WTF!!

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Developer response from delosford

Hey, it's not his fault his parents named him that. Guess he just wanted to rebel against them or something.

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vordlak

Apr. 13, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I think that, if you have a high enough Clout Tier in this game, you should be able to declare war on other countries. You ggive speeches to raise support for the war, and the more support, the better the chances of it succeeding. If it succeeds, you get a Huge money bonus. Like if you agree.

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Developer response from delosford

There is already a way to declare war on other countries, though it's a bit more complex than that and requires certain opposing political alignments between the cabinet and the leader of the country in question, as well as an "Abysmal" relations rating. There is also no reward for going to war.

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MIGUEL2915

Apr. 12, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) lol WTF president of central africa

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Developer response from delosford

Central Africa has a bit of a history of um... leadership issues. Shall we say.

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oace3

Apr. 12, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) i want to use green dye on my hemp suit do you do it or is there some button

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Developer response from delosford

Well, first you have to have a green dye, then you use the boxes next to each piece of equipment on the status screen.

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PatriotSaint

Apr. 10, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I played against the Win Bill, but on the other hand, it would be cool to have countries start with real-world stats. Also, just wondering, does the VIP list get reset too?

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Developer response from delosford

Foreign nations get reset to real-life stats, and the VIP list will be rerolled (among other things).

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Stepping_Razor

Apr. 10, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) This game has been a lot more intense since that win bill was introduced.

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Developer response from delosford

Indeed.

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12q12q9

Apr. 9, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

I'm pretty sure most of Congress is keeping his pockets lined pretty well. Also uh... he tells all of them that they're his favorite customer, just FYI.

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JasmynN

Apr. 9, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Ooh Rah

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Developer response from delosford

So I'm guessing you picked the "Military Service" trait?

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12q12q9

Apr. 8, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

Just remember, if anyone asks you were doing meth for the good of the economy... or something. I dunno, maybe ask Marion Barry for advice on how to deflect that kind of thing.

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4thDr

Apr. 7, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) It's really nice that the devs watch over the game. Questions get answered & problems fixed. Kudos!

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Developer response from delosford

Thanks for saying so!

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wesley_ding

Apr. 7, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) yea, now it works. I used it for the last CC

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Developer response from delosford

Thanks for the update. Figured it was just a random problem.

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wesley_ding

Apr. 6, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) That time, I used Clear Committee not End Committee Early. The Win Bill had 20+ votes and the button worked, but when I clicked on the button, the screen went blank.

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Developer response from delosford

Just a blank screen? Probably a connection problem. You'll get some kind of error output to the screen when there's an actual code issue. Let me know if it still doesn't work next time. I looked into things already and couldn't see anything odd.

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12q12q9

Apr. 6, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

This is true.

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wesley_ding

Apr. 6, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Q, End Committee Early isn't working!

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Developer response from delosford

Uh, could you be more specific? Didn't you just use it the other day and complain about the cost of it?

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Gear_Of_Road

Apr. 6, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Have you changed the message we get when we pass a bill? I passed two bills in as many days and neither of them showed me a message. I don't think I got the clout from them either. I did play on them.

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Developer response from delosford

Nothing changed there. I'm guessing someone else would have reported this if it was a widespread issue. I'll look into it.

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wesley_ding

Apr. 4, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I noticed a spelling error. Not sure if it's intentional or an alt spelling. From Rhetoric: "We have to fight the good fight against the TYRRANY that would be imposed by this proposition!"

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Developer response from delosford

Just looks like a random error. I'll fix it up here in a while.

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WilliamE32

Apr. 3, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) im gonna assasinate Frank underwood

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Developer response from delosford

Usually it's best not to let people know before doing this. Just a general piece of advice.

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4thDr

Apr. 3, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Oh yeah, & it's hilarious. It's like Dr. Evil's PoliSci or the snarkiesy Daily Show ever. Kudos

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Developer response from delosford

Thanks for the feedback and support!

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4thDr

Apr. 2, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) A truly great game. Just hard enough. Always new & exciting. Open-ended but not pointless, 5/5+! Try it out!

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Developer response from delosford

Glad to hear you're enjoying it so much. Comments such as these definitely help keep my motivation to work on the games going!

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PatriotSaint

Apr. 1, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Wait, why would the Scientologists want to have access to the Cloutiverse?Not sure exactly what kind of beef they would have with it.

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Developer response from delosford

I run it, and they don't seem to like me much.

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Joshua_Lee

Apr. 1, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

Not sure what you mean. Unless you're just buying gear to try making more cash via "campaign contributions", you're more trading cash for effectiveness in other areas.

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Joshua_Lee

Apr. 1, 2014

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Joshua_Lee

Apr. 1, 2014

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DeeSuper

Apr. 1, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) So I can’t become a lobbyist becuase I don’t have an invite and I get get a new charecter because when I click retire I just go to a blank screen.

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Developer response from delosford

Not quite sure what you mean. When you retire you should go back to the character creation screen, though if you already transferred to become a lobbyist, hit back and hit retire that might have caused a problem. Try reloading the game and see what happens. I'll look into what may have occurred with your account if you hit back and then hit something else. edit: I have confirmed that no problem exists with your account. Just reload the game and try again.

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jja86

Mar. 31, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Is there any way to stop a fellow party member from gaffing on my proposed bills? Seems fishy that they would do this but it also seems against what my fellow party members should be doing.

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Developer response from delosford

There isn't. But gaffing is actually worse than just playing against party lines, so there wouldn't be any exploitative reason for them to do this. edit: well, I suppose you could assassinate them, actually. Though that's a bit heavy-handed.

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weirdguy

Mar. 31, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) It would be easier to believe that balanced gear has any use if I could actually tell the difference between changes that I am causing through gear, and effects that have nothing to do with gear at all, but are still affecting the end result. While obscuring the actual way plays are calculated prevents possible exploits, it also makes it nigh impossible to tell if what you do to try to play better actually matters beyond not gaffing, because something I may perceive as "effective play" might actually just be coincidence, superstition, or falsely attributed effect.

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Developer response from delosford

The help files very clearly state what is affected by each stat. You can also see these effects in numerical impacts of ability plays, Clout gain, and different things being reported as a defense from skullduggery in the paper. Obfuscation of exact numbers behind these mechanics is done to prevent powergaming, not exploits.

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zoeyxwitch

Mar. 31, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I thank you for making the most addicting game i have ever played outside of cookie clicker

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Developer response from delosford

Thanks for the feedback and support!

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MIGUEL2915

Mar. 30, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) how you answer every comments?

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Developer response from delosford

Some might say I'm quite the wordsmith.

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Top12Gun

Mar. 30, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Aaaand the same thing happens when I try to accept speaking arrangements. I can't spend energy. >:|

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Developer response from delosford

Try clearing your browser cache. The stalkers caused a major network outage at the new hosting provider yesterday, but that's been cleared up for almost 24 hours now. Nobody else seems to be reporting any problems. Could be something wrong with your personal internet connection.

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Top12Gun

Mar. 30, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Can't access the bill list. I keep getting Chrome's "This webpage is not available." Has happened two days in a row. :/

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Developer response from delosford

See my other comment. Either you need to clear your cache or this is a problem with your internet connection.

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weirdguy

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) also, for all the time I've spent in this game I haven't seen any mention of the assorted signs, posterboards, and other grade school props many legislators typically bring to make their points

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Developer response from delosford

There's a few ability texts that reference graphs and whatnot.

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weirdguy

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) as in make it so that we can save specific outfits to swap to with one or two clicks instead of having to equip each piece individually

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Developer response from delosford

It's much more advantageous to find a set of gear with balanced stats than to try switching between gear that stacks something in particular. Gear of all types has uses in any given situation. About the only thing that falls outside of this is protection stacking to avoid assassinations, but that's being altered soon.

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ArtixBot

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Sometimes I wonder how other legislators would react to my uniform. I mean, I'm walking into Congress with a M1 Bazooka and a live squirrel while wearing loafers, sunglasses, and a robe ._.

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Developer response from delosford

Seems pretty par for the course these days.

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weirdguy

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) would you be amenable to making preset gear configurations as a paid feature

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Developer response from delosford

Probably... but I'm not quite sure what you mean? Could you elaborate a bit more?

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JoeBl

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Why is the Church of Scientology stalking you and does that explain the reds?

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Developer response from delosford

The reds? Also I'm not exactly sure. Either they just don't like what I'm about in general or I ran afoul of one of their more influential members. I'm not sure which. They don't tend to tell you why they're after you.

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Superdupercat

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Oh the drama! The action!

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Developer response from delosford

Indeed.

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Greydon1

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) The connection has timed out The server at cloutserver.net is taking too long to respond.

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Developer response from delosford

Yep. Looks like the church of scientology and their cronies are doing some kind of denial of service attack on the entire web host. I imagine they'd only target the entire hosting company if the web host refused to let them have access to the games, so this is actually a good sign. Not sure when things will clear up, but I've contacted both the FBI and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service about what's going on, so I'm sure things will be cleared up fairly soon. The new servers are in Canada, if you're wondering about my contact with the latter.

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ArtixBot

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I love how after 2 years, you still reply to all of our comments and keep us updated on everything. :D

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Developer response from delosford

The only way to make the game better is to interact with the people playing it, so I think it behooves all of us to maintain communication. Thanks for the feedback and long-running support!

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oace3

Mar. 29, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) @helltank its funny because you cant actually buy clout or cash or a instant bill pass. also go back to whatever hole you crawled out of, people of your IQ are prohibited

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Developer response from delosford

Well, to be fair there's no IQ requirement to be a member of Congress. lol

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Helltank

Mar. 29, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

Hey look, somebody who doesn't know what P2W means! Been a while since we've had one of those.

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Dudeaga

Mar. 27, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I'd imagine you could get anon members of project chanology to get that guy if you could post some proof that he's a scientologist... you do that and they're bound to put him on their shit list

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Developer response from delosford

Well, the church of scientology is definitely behind things, like I outlined in global post a while back. You can safely assume that anyone attacking the game is affiliated with them. I'm guessing that's what you're talking about.

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oace3

Mar. 27, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) it would be cool if you could add weed/marijuana and it lowers stress alot and can cause a scandal UNLESS the legalize cannabis act is passed

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Developer response from delosford

I actually opted not to add Cannabis to the game as it would be a bit too good in game terms. Since it's not addictive and would cause a minor scandal (or even none at all under certain conditions, as you noted): it would be used disproportionately compared to other drugs and reduce a lot of PvP interaction. Which would be realistic, but in this case I made a choice for gameplay reasons. I have considered adding it and hallucinogens as a special category of drugs that just do something funny instead of actually affecting gameplay (like making the interface all kinds of different colors, or making your debate abilities do different stuff), but that's an extremely low priority.

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12q12q9

Mar. 26, 2014

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Developer response from delosford

There's absolutely no reason to make that alteration to the game.

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sinlun123

Mar. 26, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Q do you think we could have something were CT1 players cant vote? eliminating people creating multiple accounts to tip the balance of the elections in one persons favor?

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Developer response from delosford

This doesn't happen. Seriously. I've looked into it every time people claim mass voting fraud and this has never occurred. Implementing such a feature would therefore not change anything and also be very unrealistic and likely reduce new player interest in the social aspect of the game. The game logs your IP whenever you connect, so it's pretty damn easy to see if someone has created a bunch of accounts to vote repeatedly. edit: though I did realize upon writing this that suicide has a potential exploit route for multi-voting, so I'll fix that up to prevent any issues.

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oace3

Mar. 26, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) goodguy Q: actually appreciates long time players

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Developer response from delosford

That I do!

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12q12q9

Mar. 25, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) @sinlun, you get that by having an active character when v1.00 was out. If you had a character before v1.00 but it was dead or you had not made a new one when it switched to V1.00 then you, like me get nothing. Another possibility is that you get either rocks or lava tile instead.

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Developer response from delosford

Which items you got depended on your CT at the time.

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sinlun123

Mar. 25, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) how do you get pink champaigne and what does it do?

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Developer response from delosford

It was only given out once as a bonus for being a long-time player when the game went v1.0 and will not be given out again. It gives a minor stat bonus; nothing exceptional.

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