What is Fantasy Congress?
Short answer: Fantasy sports for congressional elections.
Long answer: Fantasy Congress is a free online game where data about congressional elections is converted into points. Like fantasy sports, you can play with friends or people all over the country. Players choose congressional candidates for their team(s) and aquire points based on real life data we collect about the candidates.
Who should play?
Any proud patriot of these United States of America!
But in all seriousness, whether you're a fantasy sports enthusiast, a hardcore political junkie, or neither of these things, we want you. Fantasy Congress is intended to be fun for all, plain and simple. You don't need any prior knowledge to get started.
How to play
First let's go over some terms.
Player - Someone who plays Fantasy Congress.
League - Fantasy Congress is played in small groups called leagues. A league consists of 3 to 12 players.
Commissioner - The player in charge of the league. Only the commissioner has access to the league settings. A league can only have one commissioner.
Candidate - Someone who is running for office in the U.S. House or Senate.
Team - The group of candidates attributed to a player. A player can have up to 15 candidates per team and only one team per league.
Owner - The player in charge of a team.
Drafting - The process of choosing candidates for your team. This occurs during a single event, often referred to as "the draft".
Season - The time period in which you can play Fantasy Congress. The season will run from September 4th, 2018 until November 13th, 2018. Drafting will be available August 12th, 2018 through September 8th, 2018.
Object of the game
The player whose team has the most points at the end of the season wins.
After creating a free account, there are two routes you can take to get started playing Fantasy Congress:
1. Start a league
Everytime you sign in, or just after registering, you will be taken to your Fantasy Congress dashboard. In the "League" section of the dashboard page, there is a blue button that says "Create". Click the 'Create' button to begin the process of starting a league.
In player created leagues, commissioners will invite others to join their league. Upon invite, you will receive an email with instructions on how to accept the invitation. Only those explicitly invited by the commissioner can join these leagues.
2. Join a public league
Next to the "Create" button in the Fantasy Congress dashboard, there is a grey button that says "Join". Click the "Join" button to sign up for a public league.
Public leagues abide by the same rules as player created leagues, but they are run by Fantasy Congress and have no formal commissioner. Near the beginning of the season, we will place you in a public league with randomly selected opponents.
Build your team
In the process of creating or joining a league, you will create a team. Commissioners will set a specific day and time for drafting candidates. During this event, referred to as "the draft", players will take turns choosing candidates for their team. The draft is a live, online event. If you are not able to attend the draft, the site will automatically choose candidates for you.
More information about how to draft will be available in July.
During the season, candidates will be worth points based on data we gather about them in three different categories:
1. Money Raised
2. Mentions in News Articles
3. Percentage of Vote Received on Election Day (November 6th, 2018)
Since we use live data, these numbers will constantly be changing. Throughout the season you will need to tweak your team by dropping and replacing poor preforming candidates. It's up to you to gauge how your candidates are doing against other teams in the league to achieve the best score.
Get started today!
Think you got what it takes to become a Fantasy Congress champion? Get started by signing up today!