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Norvan Vogt in the Sim Canberra challenge – The Verdict

By johnboy - 31 July 2008 30

In our open challenge to candidates in the 2008 ACT Election the Community Alliance’s Norvan Vogt was the first to man up and sit down in front of a rowdy audience in All Bar Nun to show off his city management skills.

Norvan kept his population happy and managed a major disaster well, but also ran up a ferocious debt.

More details below.

After an hour of play Norvan still hadn’t looked at his cash flow. But he had built an airport connected to his city by a monorail (yes! Monorail!), after persistent heckling from a crowd wanting to know when he’d build some real public transport infrastucture.

This prompted the people to award him a statue.

Immediately after that his starting money ran out and he turned to debt.

Schools and ambulances were hardest hit in the budget cutbacks and Norvan agreed to take garbage from neighbouring cities.

Following the cutbacks the power went out as the under-funded electrical utility collapsed.

Norvan responded by restoring funding where needed and bumping up his high density zoning in the inner city.

In year five his population reached 10,000 and he turned to god building the first house of worship.

Throughout all this his mayor rating stayed at a high seven.

And he persisted in building his monorail loop through the financial crisis.

While coming to terms with his finances Norvan jacked up taxes on dirty industry.

In the mean time his citizens suggested that lost cars could be found in the potholes developing in his roads.

The industrial areas also started pushing closer to residential development.

In a bind dubious interests offered to “help”.

Norvan took a supermax prison, a nuclear missile base, and an army base, but drew the line at accepting toxic waste.

He also bulldozed a residential neighborhood to build his council chambers.

Looking to his fourth year he declared “things are heading in the right direction”.

The hard work lead to more development, in year 7 he declared “come hell or high water I will finish this monorail”

While he was at the bar an earthquake struck the city. It conveniently knocked down his high density – low employment slums. But it played merry hell with his water supplies and previous redundant design saved the day.

Subsequent fires in the industrial city threatened to overwhelm his firefighting resources, but were eventually brought under control.

The power promptly went out until he was able to build more wind turbines to meet burgeoning demand.

Finally with a debt of 1,120,000 simoleons (borrowing capacity 2,000,000) time was up.

Three universities serviced a population of 15,000 and a radio broadcast tower had just become available.

His ratings according to the game:

Environment: Pure red. (despite a commitment to public transport and extensive park building)

Traffic: 90% green but falling fast.

Health: pure green

Education: pure green

Safety: 60% green but falling fast

Land value: 50% green

Mayor rating: 7

The Canberra Votes video of the action is below:


RiotACT SimCity ACT Election Candidate Challenge – 31 July 2008 from Jonathon Reynolds on Vimeo.

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Norvan Vogt in the Sim Canberra challenge – The Verdict
Overheard 10:46 am 01 Aug 08

jakez said :

Well I take back my earlier comments saying that this could only be used as entertainment and not as a serious judge of a candidates abilities…

Serious judge. Well, that was the intent, wasn’t it? I saw representatives of ABN McNair, Rehame and Newspoll hanging around outside Flatheads doing exit polls. I personaly raced home to file my update for the Lehrer/McNeil newshour.

Thanks again JB and Jazz for a diverting bit of entertainment (with some indicativeness in there too). Good to meet some more Rioters and put a few more faces to names.

And good on you, Norvan. Heel goed gespelen, meneer.

jakez 10:19 am 01 Aug 08

Skidbladnir said :

In Norvan’s defense, the SimCity4 tutorials are terrible.

And in-game things can get really counterintuitive, like a single row of ordered trees will prevent air pollution spreading from coal fired power stations, and that same row of trees can save an entire town’s water supply from agricultural contamination.

Well I take back my earlier comments saying that this could only be used as entertainment and not as a serious judge of a candidates abilities…

Skidbladnir 10:04 am 01 Aug 08

In Norvan’s defense, the SimCity4 tutorials are terrible.

And in-game things can get really counterintuitive, like a single row of ordered trees will prevent air pollution spreading from coal fired power stations, and that same row of trees can save an entire town’s water supply from agricultural contamination.

johnboy 9:48 am 01 Aug 08

Not that version no.

He did get a go on the tutorials before he started for real.

jakez 9:36 am 01 Aug 08

HAHA, I’d be terrible at this game. I’m sure there’s a zoo option but I’d refuse to build it, yelling at the computer screen “build your own damn zoo, I’m not stopping anyone”.

Had Norvan played Sim City 4 before?

Granny 9:03 am 01 Aug 08

I don’t think he could find a dragway option, but I’m pretty sure he said no to a mega-school.

Jonathon Reynolds 8:52 am 01 Aug 08

Thumper said :

Was there a dragway?

I distinctly thought I heard him promise something about building a dragway and setting aside the money to build it, but he never got round to it. A case of art imitating life?

Thumper 8:42 am 01 Aug 08

Was there a dragway?

hehe

Jonathon Reynolds 8:32 am 01 Aug 08

Overheard said :

I got my community radio station!

Yeah but I didn’t get the Zoo I was lobbying for.

And he also seemed to have a penchant for rezoning by bulldozing large areas without any community consultation, lodging a DA or undertaking an EIS!

Overheard 8:17 am 01 Aug 08

And he listened to his constituents — I got my community radio station!

Jonathon Reynolds 8:04 am 01 Aug 08

Was there last night getting some footage for CanberraVotes (video will be up when I get a chance to edit the footage down). Excellent fun!

Thumper 8:01 am 01 Aug 08

Gotta pay him.

Good effort…

Jazz 6:29 am 01 Aug 08

Norvan was fairly steadfast in his ambition to create a knowledge economy and high tech industry hence the number of universities i suspect just ran out of time to see it through to the end. He also had reasonable foresight in creating parkland buffers between industrial and residential Zones very early in his city development

Granny 12:34 am 01 Aug 08

It was the best fun!

: )

GottaLoveCanberra 12:08 am 01 Aug 08

Well done Norvan.

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