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What should we do to the candidates in 2012?


In 2008 we had some fun with the sim challenge where we made prospective candidates play Sim City for an hour to get a feeling for their priorities.
It worked quite well, but things change a lot in the course of four years.
So with the election being the responsibility of Editorial Resource Number 2 (to be [...]

Some thoughts on voting for the 2008 ACT election.

By 17 October 2008

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal well meaning but without understanding.” – [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How Luciano Lombardo went

By 17 October 2008

The final RiotACT Sim Challenger was Dr Luciano Lombardo (Pangallo Independents, for Molonglo). He sat down to play last night in All Bar Nun.
A serious man, Dr. Lombardo approched his task with great seriousness. After a slow start he’d put his foundations in place and let the game speed rip to race to a respectable [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 12 – Dr. Luciano Lombardo, Pangallo Independents for Molonglo

By 15 October 2008

[ 16 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] “The perfect metaphor for Canberra” was how The Australian described the RiotACT Sim Challenge.

The 12th and final instalment of the challenge is taking place this Thursday night at All Bar Nun in O’Connor.

If you’ve been meaning to come along to one of these, this is your last chance.

Jesus had 12 disciples, 12 men have walked [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How Owen Saddler went

By 10 October 2008

The Community Alliance’s Owen Saddler graced All Bar Nun on Thursday night to show off his city management skills playing Sim City 4 in front of a crowd of drunks for the RiotACT Sim Challenge.
Owen’s “City of Holy Light” had a terrible environment rating (and getting worse) partly as a result of really taking mixed [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 11 – Owen Saddler, Community Alliance for Molonglo

By 8 October 2008

[ 9 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] [First filed: October 07, 2008 @ 08:58]

The RiotACT Sim Challenge is rumbling into its eleventh installment this Thursday, 7pm at All Bar Nun in O’Connor.

Joining the honour roll of candidates with the courage and intelligence to face the challenge will be the Community Alliance’s Owen Saddler.

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How Mark Parton went

By 5 October 2008

[First filed: October 04, 2008 @ 01:23]

Mark Parton, Independent for Ginninderra, showed us what he was made of in All Bar Nun on Thursday night for the Sim Challenge.
In the video Mark impugns the fitness for office of any candidate who has failed to take up the challenge.
He also announces who he would support as [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 10 – Mark Parton, Independent for Ginninderra

By 1 October 2008

[ 2 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] [First filed: September 30, 2008 @ 09:31]

This Thursday at All Bar Nun in O’Connor Election08′s celebrity candidate Mark Parton will be picking up the gauntlet flung down by Adam Verwey and showing off his city management skills in the RiotACT Sim Challenge.

Will Mark be able to beat the city management ratings of his young critic? [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How James Higgins went

By 27 September 2008

On Thursday night James Higgins, Greens for Ginninderra, took up the daunting RiotACT Sim Challenge, despite having busted his mousing wrist this week falling off a bicycle.
Fortunately his pint-drinking wrist was still in good working order and he powered through a frenetic three hours and ten years of game time.
At the end of it he’d [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round Nine – James Higgins, Greens for Ginninderra

By 25 September 2008

[ 25 September 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] [First filed: September 22, 2008 @ 11:14
Second filing: September 23, 2008 @ 11:04]

After a much needed week off the RiotACT Sim Challenge is rumbling back into gear with the Greens’ young gun James Higgins taking up cudgels at All Bar Nun this Thursday night to show the world just how he’d go about running a [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 8 – How Shane Rattenbury went

By 12 September 2008

Iron Man Shane Rattenbury, Greens for Molonglo, rode his bike down to All Bar Nun last night to take up the RiotACT Sim Challenge.
With a team of gun Sim City players advising, Shane gave a masterclass in sustainable city development, keeping his environment rating flawless throughout.
He also ran extremely strong surplus budgets.
Shane finished after three [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 7 – How Matthew Watts went

By 11 September 2008

The latest contestant in the RiotACT Sim Challenge was the youthful Matthew Watts, Liberal for Ginninderra in his haunt of The Pot Belly on Weedon Close, Belconnen.
Matt went for an unconventional “donut” with his power generation and heavy industry in the middle of the map, a green buffer, and then the city stretched out in [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round 7 – Matthew Watts, Liberal for Ginninderra.

By 10 September 2008

[ 10 September 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]

Tonight the RiotACT Sim Challenge safari takes us to the Pot Belly on Weedon Close to see how the Liberals’ Matt Watts handles city building Sim City 4 style.

Kickoff is at 7pm all welcome to offer advice or just to heckle, and of course the fabulous opportunity to tell the RiotACT team what you’d like [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How David Morgan went

By 9 September 2008

Yesterday saw Jazz and a nameless clone from the Riot 501st venture to deepest darkest Tuggeranong and the very nicely appointed but almost deserted on a Monday night, Ojo Bar to observe Liberal candidate for Brindabella, David “Morgo” Morgan attempt RiotACT’s Sim Challenge to a backing soundtrack of Ojo’s selection of ‘80’s hair rock.
Lacking RiotACT’s [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge – How Jacqui Myers went

By 7 September 2008

[First filed: September 05, 2008 @ 20:22]

Jacqui Myers, Liberal for Ginninderra, sat down to the RiotACT Sim Challenge on Thursday night to show us her Sim City 4 skills.
Extensive park building was a highlight of Jacqui’s urban design. Her extensive seperation of commercial, residential, and industrial areas kept pollution out of her residential areas.
Later in [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round Five – Jacqui Myers – Liberal for Ginninderra

By 3 September 2008

[ 4 September 2008 at 4:00 pm; ]

The RiotACT Sim Challenge gathers pace on Thursday evening with the Liberal candidate for Ginninderra, Jacqui Myers, becoming both the first Liberal, and the first woman, to take up the challenge in O’Connor’s All Bar Nun.

Jacqui will be demonstrating her priorities while building a community of Sims and you’re all welcome to come along to [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round Four – Adam Verwey, Independent for Ginninderra – Tonight!

By 28 August 2008

Tonight at All Bar Nun in O’Connor, from 7pm, the Independent anti-poker machine crusader, and candidate for Ginninderra, Adam Verwey will be showing off his Sim City skills for the benefit of the RiotACT readership.
The action will be up on the big screen in the back room for all to see.
Come on down to [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round Three – How Wayne went

By 27 August 2008

[First filed: August 26, 2008 @ 11:37]

Wayne Sievers (ALP for Brindabella) was a bit of a surprise packet last night in the RiotACT Sim Challenge at All Bar Nun.
Despite being very tentative in the tutorials, and obviously overwhelmed at times by the information overload, he soldiered on diligently, consulted advisers both in-game and out, poured [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Round Three – Wayne Sievers for the ALP

By 19 August 2008

[ 25 August 2008 at 6:00 pm; ]

This Monday at All Bar Nun in O’Connor the RiotACT Sim Challenge Canberra is playing host to the ALP’s Wayne Sievers, candidate for Brindabella.

Come on down, watch Wayne show off his vision of city management, say hello to your favourite Rioters, buy me a pint if you’re so inclined.

Greg Tannahill’s shot at the RiotACT Sim Challenge

By 14 August 2008

Democrat and Election08 candidate for Molonglo Greg Tannahill manned up and fronted a mob of RiotACT readers in All Bar Nun last night.
We were all extremely impressed. With hard work and concentration he built a thriving city without recourse to borrowing.
He advanced six years in with a population nudging 15,000. His bus network actually ran [...]

RiotACT Sim Challenge Rolls On. Greg Tannahill for the Democrats

By 13 August 2008

[ 13 August 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] [First filed: August 08, 2008 @ 15:28]

We’re proud to announce that following Norvan Vogt’s starting round last week our next contestant has committed to the RiotACT Sim Challenge Canberra.

The Democrats’ Greg Tannahill has confirmed that he’ll take on the challenges of city building SimCity4 style in O’Connor’s All Bar Nun on Wednesday 13 August.

It’s starting [...]

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